ProQuest and China Academic Library Information System (CALIS), a consortium of Chinese higher education libraries, have expanded their long-standing collaboration and are now enabling unprecedented, global access to more than 270,000 dissertation abstracts from China’s premier universities. The records, captured in English, are available in the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global Database (PQDT Global™), allowing 3,000 universities around the world to discover graduate research from institutions in China. The collaboration advances global research by making a more complete picture of scholarship discoverable. It also enables Chinese universities to disseminate their students’ work outside of their country.
This is the second major dissertations project from ProQuest and CALIS, who have worked together for more than a decade. In 2003, they created a dissertations resource that empowers CALIS member libraries to discover and access the full text of more than 630,000 dissertations from PQDT Global on the CALIS platform.
“We’re excited to share the important work coming out of our universities to enrich research around the world,” said Professor Zhu Qiang, Head of CALIS. “Our long and successful relationship with ProQuest and the company’s expertise in dissertations and digitization make them the only logical partner for this historic initiative.”
In addition to elevating the global profile of participating universities, the new program provides insights about how their dissertations are being used. Each library receives an analytical tool showing usage of their content overall as well as by country and university. The libraries can also monitor popularity of dissertations by work and subject area, pinpointing their university’s strengths on a worldwide stage – critical evidence that helps universities attract an international selection of high-quality students and premier faculty.
“This important collaboration between ProQuest and CALIS enables discovery of Chinese research of increasing worldwide significance, particularly in science,” said Rafael Sidi, ProQuest Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Information Solutions. “We’re honored that CALIS has entrusted us with this essential content and excited to take a big step forward in our goal to curate scholarship from all over the world and simplify its discoverability for the global research community.”