CIFNAL negotiates access to OpenEdition HSS journals


Through the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) consortium, member libraries of the Collaborative Initiative for French Language Collections (CIFNAL) can now subscribe to OpenEdition Freemium for Journals (OEFJ) at a preferential rate.

This offer includes a subscription to a bundle of 143 peer-reviewed humanities and social science journals (HSS), open access to all content on the platform (in HTML format) and unlimited downloads of PDFs and ePubs (premium offer). High-quality associated services make it easy to integrate content into catalogues and library discovery tools.

This partnership is the fruit of North American libraries’ expression of interest in the journals included in the OEFJ offer. Its aim is to enrich digital resources in the French-language research domain, which are particularly well represented within the OpenEdition journal bundle. The bundle includes the following publishers: Collège de France, CNRS Editions, Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, École Française de Rome, Éditions de l’École normale supérieure de Lyon (ENS), Éditions de la maison des sciences de l’homme, Presses universitaires du Midi and Éditions de l’École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), etc.

CIFNAL is currently examining the possibility of expanding this agreement to OpenEdition Books. OpenEdition brings together a vast array of resources, namely 400 journals, two thirds of which are in open access, over 2,600 online books, an academic blogging platform for researchers, and announcements of academic events. Available in a variety of languages, these resources cover the full disciplinary range of the humanities and social sciences (history, sociology, anthropology, political science, literature, etc.) and all of the regions of the world, particularly Europe, the Mediterranean Basin, the Middle East and Latin America.


The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is an international consortium of university, college and independent research libraries in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1949, CRL supports original research and inspired teaching in the humanities, sciences and social sciences. On behalf of member libraries, CRL negotiates favourable terms for the purchase of (or subscription to) major electronic resources. The Collaborative Initiative for French Language Collections (CIFNAL) is a CRL interest group. It aims to improve access to French and Francophone resources for North American partners and, inversely, access to North American French-language resources for French and Francophone partners.

About OpenEdition

OpenEdition is a comprehensive digital publishing infrastructure that disseminates publications and information in the humanities and social sciences. Together OpenEdition platforms receive 5 million visits a month from around the world. OpenEdition’s Freemium programme offers a package of services and formats to libraries and their users. OpenEdition is developed by the Centre for Open Electronic Publishing, a non-profit public initiative supported by several leading research and higher education institutions. Its primary mission is to promote open access digital publishing.

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The OpenEdition team (2016, March 9). CIFNAL negotiates access to OpenEdition HSS journals. Open Electronic Publishing. Retrieved June 18, 2024, from

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