Through generous one-time support from the Institute for European Studies (IES), the UC Berkeley Library has gained access to Cairn.info – one of the most comprehensive collections of French and Belgian journals in the humanities and social sciences available online. The Library now subscribes to the “Bouquet Sciences sociales” which includes the full text of more than 167 peer-reviewed academic journals. Cairn also provides citations and archival access to more than 60 open-access scholarly journals. For many of the OA titles, current issues (generally the most recent 3 years) of the journals are not yet available.
Many of the journals such as L’Année balzacienne, Dix-septième siècle, L’Homme: revue française d’antropologie, and Recherches sur Diderot et sur l”Encyclopédie, the Library already subscribes to in print format but online access through Cairn will increase the discoverability of content. Once titles are added to the Library’s E-journal title A-Z list, article-level linking will be possible from indexes like MLA, Historical Abstracts, Francis, and more. The complete list of journals currently available through Cairn is listed here: http://www.cairn.info/listerev.php (subscribed titles in red and OA titles in green)
Cairn is a hybrid project, launched in 2005 by private stakeholders – four French publishers (Belin, La Découverte, Erès, and De Boeck) and public ones – the Université de Liège in Belgium, Bibliothèque nationale de France, and the Centre national du livre. Its aim is to improve the online presence of humanities and social sciences journals published in French while at the same time that it provides an alternative means for scholarly publishers to disseminate their research. To read more about the Library’s commitment to open access and alternative publishing models, please visit the resource pages on scholarly communication.