RCN Publishing to end agreement with ProQuest

RCN Publishing announced today that it will be ending its relationship with ProQuest for aggregated distribution of their online journals. The current agreement will end in September 2013.

Speaking of the agreement, Tony O’Rourke, Commercial Director, said “Over the last year RCN Publishing has been committed to providing a more robust approach to support our customers. This will begin by moving our content to Atypon’s Literatum platform to provide the features libraries and their patrons need in mid-August, such as COUNTER-compliant usage statistics, Shibboleth compliance, article-level DOIs, reference linking and more. Given this investment, it makes sense for RCN Publishing to approach the market directly and allow institutions to decide which of our journals to subscribe to based on their need.”

RCN Publishing publishes leading nursing journals such as Nursing Standard, Nursing Management, Mental Health Practice, Nurse Researcher and Nursing Children and Young People. Currently, these titles are included in ProQuest Hospital Collection, British Nursing Index and ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source. The agreement will come to an end in September 2013 from which time no new content will be added to these databases. However, ProQuest customers who retain their subscription will continue to have access to the archive of RCN Publishing journals articles. O’Rourke further commented, “We hope that we can continue to serve ProQuest customers by providing access to the archive for the duration of their subscription. If institutions have any queries about this and would like to discuss further, please contact us. Equally, for institutions that wish to continue to access our current journal content we welcome the opportunity to speak directly.”