FIZ Karlsruhe, Springer, Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften and the European Mathematical Society have signed an amended version of the publisher agreement for Zentralblatt Math.
This ensures the further development of the oldest and most comprehensive information service in mathematics, thus enabling it to meet the challenges of the digital age.
Zentralblatt fur Mathematik was founded by Springer in 1931 as a reference journal aiming at maximum completeness and high topicality.
In 1932 there were just 4,432 papers covered.
Now, more than 100,000 papers per year are added.
Due to this enormous increase of referenced publications the printed version soon reached its limits.
Therefore, in 1985, FIZ Karlsruhe launched an online version, the Zmath database, which is available worldwide and by now contains more than 2.7 million records.
The new publisher agreement now takes account of the fact that the online database is given higher priority than the printed version and ensures that the information service will be enhanced according to the latest technical standards.
Current and future activities will focus on developing more sophisticated search functions and intelligent navigation and ranking methods.