Frequently asked questions (FAQs) relating to the press release:
“EDP Sciences joins forces with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and its publisher Science Press Ltd.”

  • What are all the acronyms?

    CSPM – China Science Publishing & Media Ltd. (popularly known as Science Press) CAS - Chinese Academy of Sciences

  • Will anything change under the new ownership? Will EDP Sciences remain in France?

    It is ‘business as usual’ at EDP Sciences. Day to-day management and administration of EDP Sciences will continue to be handled by its experienced team based in France. Existing contracts will remain in force, governed by French law.

  • Will editorial practices change under the new ownership?

    No, editorial practices will remain unchanged with a continued focus on quality. EDP Sciences is a member of COPE and supports robust peer review and independent editorial boards.

    A Scientific Advisory Committee is being set up for the newly merged organisation that will include representatives from the former society co-owners as well as members of the wider scientific community.

    Science Press is the flagship of China’s scitech publishing industry and sits at the forefront of the highest-quality Chinese research, spearheaded by CAS.

  • Can you tell us a bit more about Science Press?

    Science Press has a vision to: Inform, Inspire and Innovate.

    Science Press is 74%-owned by CAS, the world’s largest research organisation and a prestigious learned society. Its contributors include a significant number of distinguished authors such as the Nobel Prize Laureate, Tu Youyou.

    Science Press is an established publisher of books and journals and enjoys an excellent reputation based on scientific and editorial quality.

    It publishes 4,300+ books annually; monographs, textbooks, and trade books.

    It publishes journals with high impact factors, including National Science Review with an impact factor of 13.222 and has partnerships with major publishers such as Oxford University Press and Springer.

    In addition, Science Press provides I&E (import and export) services and databases and platforms.

  • Can you tell us a bit more about the Scientific Advisory Committee?

    The committee will be composed of representatives from the four learned societies (the former society co-owners) as well as scientists from the French and European scientific communities. They will continue to advise EDP Sciences on issues such as the evolution of scientific fields , practices of scientific publishing, Open Science and editorial ethics in order to ensure that EDP Sciences’ high-quality publishing standards are maintained.

  • Will the new arrangement support international cooperation?

    Yes. Since the 1970s, Science Press has actively established international links with foreign publishing companies including Oxford University Press, Elsevier and Springer. Today it enjoys cooperative partnerships with over 200 publishing companies from more than 20 countries across the world. 125 of its journals are English-language, including, “National Science review”, “Science in China Series” and “China Science Bulletin.”

    Science Press already has overseas branches in New York and Tokyo; EDP Sciences will become its European branch.

    CAS also fosters joint international initiatives including with the Max Planck Society (Germany) and the Institut Pasteur (France) to name but two examples.

  • EDP Sciences was founded by societies and has always been owned by societies. Is there any society involvement in the new arrangement?

    Yes. Science Press is 74%-owned by CAS, the world’s largest research organisation and a prestigious learned society. EDP Sciences’ former co-owners will also remain involved through the Scientific Advisory Committee. So connections with learned societies and society values will continue to play a major role within EDP Sciences.

  • Can you tell us a bit more about CAS?

    According to Nature Index, CAS has held the number one position in ‘Top ten institutions for physical sciences in 2018’ ahead of the Max Planck Society, CNRS and MIT for four years in a row. EDP Sciences will now therefore be associated with some of the best scientific research in the world from CAS.

  • What are the advantages of the new arrangement?

    Strong ties to CAS, the world’s largest research organisation, will strengthen EDP Sciences’ ability to serve the global academic community.

  • Will this be a long-term relationship?

    Yes. Science Press has made a strong commitment to protecting the long-term interests of EDP Sciences and enhancing its future development. This new arrangement enables Science Press to have a presence in Europe.

  • Where can I find out more information about CSPM, Science Press and CAS?

    China Science Publishing & Media Ltd. - Further information about CSPM.

    Science Press Ltd. - Further information about Science Press.

    Chinese Academy of Sciences - Further information about CAS.

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