The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Chinese engineering portal EEFOCUS have announced a partnership that will see the IET's essential engineering intelligence made available to over 1 million researchers and academics throughout China. A sample selection of articles from the IET Digital Library will be available free of charge and researchers will also be able to access article abstracts from the IET Inspec bibliographic database. The move is part of the IET's mission to make engineering content available to as wide a global audience as possible.
Under the agreement EEFOCUS members will be able to access up to 30 IET Inspec abstracts per month, spanning a broad range of specialisms from across the technology and engineering fields. Access will also be given to up to 10 IET journal articles from the IET Digital Library translated into Mandarin and selected from relevant journals such as Wireless Sensor Systems, Radar, Sonar & Navigation and Computers & Digital Technologies.
"This is an important agreement for both the IET and EEFOCUS," said Daniel Smith, Head of Academic Publishing at the IET. "For EEFOCUS, it gives its subscribers access to information that can enhance or assist their own knowledge requirements.
"From our side, the partnership is part of our Chinese growth plans. By offering selected content free of charge, we hope this will give them a taste of the kind of intelligence the IET offers through IET Digital Library and IET Inspec and encourage them to access more content from these platforms in the future."
EEFOCUS has over 1 million registered users and acts as an information portal for the electrical engineering community in China. It provides an important reference link to relevant books, journals and other materials and provides a forum where users can discuss industry topics. In partnership with the IET, it will add leading academic research to its offering.
Gongyu Su, General Manager at EEFOCUS, said: "The IET's journals contain leading intelligence from across engineering. As China strives to be a leader in technological innovation, access to this kind of knowledge will be vital. We also hope that, having seen how pioneering this content is, our users will look closer at the IET and make greater use of its services. This is an important partnership for us which will benefit our subscribers and ultimately China's engineering community as a whole."
The IET zone on EEFocus is due to go live in January 2013 and will be available via the EEFOCUS homepage - www.eefocus.com