ACCUCOMS helps the Geological Society of London sign French national licence deal with ISTEX

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Leiden, The Netherlands – ACCUCOMS has secured a major agreement with ISTEX, a French national licensing program, to make Geological Society of London available to French research institutions.

ACCUCOMS, who represents the Geological Society of London in France, was instrumental in the deal selling volumes 1-305 of the Special Publication archives from the Geological Society of London Lyell Collection. With this agreement, these collections are now made available to millions of users at over 330 French universities, grande écoles, research institutes, and libraries.

“It was a wonderful experience to bring such prestigious archives and make them available to all the academics and public institutions in France.” Says Nahriman Dougarem, ACCUCOMS Regional Manager Southern Europe “It will benefit all users from students to high level researchers. It was a great pleasure to collaborate with ABES on behalf of the Geological Society of London and make this possible.”

This signing validates ACCUCOMS’ strength in the French market, and makes the Geological Society of London the only earth sciences publisher to have provided content for this national licence so far.

Simon Boisseau Commercial Director at ACCUCOMS commented “National deals are notoriously tricky to get over the finishing line, and require skilled negotiation. Over the past 2 years we have concentrated on building strong links with the main Consortia and national bodies across Europe. This deal is evidence that our strategy has been working.”

Anne Davenport, Head of Sales and Marketing at the Geological Society of London Publishing House said “GSL is very pleased to be able to provide content from our renowned Special publication Archive to earth scientists throughout France.  Our ACCUCOMS representative Nahri worked continuously to drive forward this initiative and showed enormous determination to help GSL fulfil its mission.”


The ISTEX project is a vast program of acquisitions of scientific resources aimed at creating an international-standard digital library which can be accessed by all members of higher education and research institutions. The project was launched in November 2012 and received 60 million Euros of public funding. The platform for the data involved will be hosted at Inist-CNRS. The Ministry of Higher Education and Research initiated this innovative project which is led by CNRS, ABES, the Couperin Consortium and the University of Lorraine which represents the Conference of University Presidents.

About Geological Society of London

The Geological Society of London is a not-for-profit organisation, and a registered charity (no. 210161). Its aims are to improve knowledge and understanding of the Earth, to promote Earth science education and awareness, and to promote professional excellence and ethical standards in the work of Earth scientists, for the public good. 

The Society is the UK’s professional body for Earth science and has a worldwide membership of over 11,500. More than 2,000 of its members live overseas and over 2,500 are Chartered Geologists or Chartered Scientists – professionals who have demonstrated a high level of education, professional competence in their field and a commitment to professional ethics. The Society is licensed by the European Federation of Geologists to award the title of European Geologist and works with partner bodies in the UK to maintain specialist professional registers. It accredits undergraduate and MSc degree programmes, as well as in-house professional training schemes provided by employers. These professional designations and programmes play a vital role in assuring high professional standards, for the benefit of society.




ACCUCOMS is the leading independent provider of services to academic and professional publishers around the world. With its headquarters based in the Netherlands, the company operates in five continents, covering North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, North Africa, Turkey, India, South Korea, Taiwan and South East Asia.

ACCUCOMS’ multilingual teams offer efficient and intelligent representation, telesales and business intelligence services as well as user interaction programs to clients that range from large publishing houses to specialist society publishers. In 2016 ACCUCOMS launched Aggregagent, a new way of thinking about collection sales and changing the big deal scene in the industry.


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