(18 Dec 2020) South Korea’s National Research Council of Science & Technology (NST) and Elsevier, a global research publishing and information analytics provider, today announced a new three-year agreement that will provide South Korean researchers access to global academic research and offer them Open Access (OA) publishing options from January 1, 2021.
The agreement provides 25 government-funded research institutes (GRIs) across South Korea under the administration of NST access to ScienceDirect, Elsevier’s world-leading platform that brings together scientific knowledge and peer-reviewed research with more than 16 million articles from the company’s 2,500 journals. It also enables South Korean researchers to publish their research open access.
Sun-Hwa Hahn, Acting Chairperson, NST, said: “The first OA transformative agreement with Elsevier marks a progressive step towards unrestricted access to South Korean academic research outputs to be read and re-used by the global academic community. This opportunity will encourage our researchers to proliferate their scientific output around the world. In line with the global trend of Open Science and the sharing of research data, NST will endeavour to accelerate the transition to open access.”
Gino Ussi, Executive Vice President, Elsevier, said: “We are delighted to build on our strategic relationship with the NST with a new agreement to support the priorities of the South Korean research community. Our collaborative and flexible approach means we can continue to provide researchers full access to our vast portfolio of academic research as well as providing options for them to publish open access, amplifying the work of South Korean scientists globally.”
The original press release can be found here.