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The SPARC Scientific Communities publisher partner program recognizes the importance of building new outlets for scientific communication around the broad information needs of the communities of users they serve. The program supports development of non-profit information aggregations or portals that serve specified scientific communities by providing high-quality, reasonably priced access peer-reviewed research and other needed content from a variety of sources or publishers. The current SPARC Scientific Communities publisher partners are listed with the partners representing the other two partnership programs: SPARC Alternative and SPARC Leading Edge.
Potential partners will be evaluated and selected based upon their standing relative to specific criteria and, if appropriate, the results of negotiations for an agreement. Potential projects will be considered based upon market need and the likelihood of contributing to the success in meeting SPARC's goals. Since SPARC must allocate its resources only to those opportunities with a solid financial basis, it is keenly interested in the project's ability to attain a leading position in its field, meet its commitments, and achieve financial viability.
Evaluation criteria for potential partners in SPARC's Scientific Communities Program include:
In the course of any negotiations between SPARC and the potential partner, shared data of a proprietary nature will remain the property of the disclosing party and will be kept confidential by the other when marked "Confidential" by the originator.
If you believe your organization may qualify for partnership, contact the SPARC Director with a preliminary proposal that describes your venture and how it addresses the criteria above.
SPARC reserves the right to determine at its sole discretion the appropriateness and eligibility of any party as a potential SPARC Partner. Any partnership or other relationship that may be established must be governed by a written agreement.