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Agreement with Japanese Science and Technology Agency Adds User Value Worldwide and Helps Fulfill the Agency’s Science and Technology Mission

Seattle – October 25, 2011 – Serials Solutions®, a business unit of ProQuest® LLC, today announced it has signed an agreement with the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) to enable the discovery of its Japan Science and Technology Information Aggregator, Electronic (J-Stage) content from the Summon™ web-scale discovery service. With the inclusion of J-Stage, researchers all over the world will now be able to discover full-text articles from peer-reviewed Japanese academic society journals for their research projects.

Developed by JST, J-Stage is the largest electronic journal platform that enables Japanese academic societies to disseminate their research and development results to the broader academic community.
J-Stage contains more than 330,000 articles and 150 conference proceedings in both Japanese and English, spanning the topics of science, technology and medicine and social sciences and humanities. Though used heavily by academic libraries in Japan, many researchers worldwide rely on J-Stage as a valuable resource of information. 

“It is our mission to bring visibility of society journals to the Japanese academic community, and this collaboration with Serials Solutions further extends our vision,” said Yoshiyuki Miyagawa, Manager, Group of Electronic Journals at JST. “The Summon service provides a clear starting point for researchers and enables them to find and access relevant material simply and easily. Through this collaboration, we are able to further expand the discoverability of outstanding research and development results from leading academic societies to researchers worldwide instantaneously.”

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) aims to establish Japan as a nation built on the creativity of science and technology, as a core organization for implementing Japan's science and technology policy in line with the objectives of the Science and Technology Basic Plan. Using hardware and software designed and deployed by JST, J-Stage enables academic societies to computerize bulletins and disseminate academic journals and research papers with ease and at low cost.

“We are excited to collaborate with the Japan Science and Technology Agency,” said Mike Buschman, director of product management for the Summon™ service at Serials Solutions. “Their content is valued by researchers and libraries in Japan, and we believe the addition of J-Stage’s authoritative content through Summon will play an important role in helping researchers globally with their own scientific discovery.”

With this arrangement, JST joins the ever-growing list of content providers in the Summon™ service underscoring Serials Solutions’ ongoing commitment to make the most comprehensive discovery service for researchers around the world. With full text search for most content in its single unified index, the Summon™ service provides a superior discovery experience by allowing researchers to search its more than 750 million records optimized for discovery using the Summon™ service’s exclusive match and merge process.

Recognized as the Best Enterprise Search Solution at the 2011 CODiE Awards by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the Summon™ service offers the most compelling user experience by providing an easy and open discovery experience. More than 250 libraries worldwide are already experiencing the Summon™ service difference, many of which are seeing a substantial increase in the use of their library’s collections.

About Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

The Japan Science and Technology Agency aims to establish Japan as a nation built on the creativity of science and technology, as a core organization for implementing Japan's science and technology policy in line with the objectives of the Science and Technology Basic Plan. JST promotes many research projects, and one of its outcomes was iPS cells by Professor Shinya Yamanaka (Director of Center for iPS Research and Application / Professor of Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences, Kyoto University). For more information, please visit

About Serials Solutions (

Serials Solutions® is the global leader in essential discovery and e-resource management solutions which are powered by a comprehensive knowledgebase. Its popular suite of Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions helps improve access to and use of collections, eases librarian workloads, and ultimately reduces operating costs. Solutions include: the world-class Summon™ web-scale discovery service, providing instant access to the full breadth of the library’s collection through a single search; the AquaBrowser® discovery layer, making navigation more accessible; 360, the only integrated e-resource access and management solution; KnowledgeWorks, the authoritative e-resource knowledgebase and foundation for Serials Solutions 360; and Ulrich’s™, the world’s most authoritative source of bibliographic and publisher information for serials and the most comprehensive source of print and electronic serials data available. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Serials Solutions is a member of the ProQuest® family of companies.

25 October 2011

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