Cast off for international EconBiz partner network

The ZBW sets sail for international distribution with the first six EconBiz premium partners on board

Kiel/Hamburg, 26 April 2012:
The ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics relies on international partnerships not only for research cooperation, but also in its affiliate marketing. The world’s largest information centre for economics establishes a global partner network for, the search engine for economic information. With six premium partners on board the ZBW sets sail, aiming for a crew of 40 associates. Next ports of call: the USA, Italy, the Philippines.

Since Professor Klaus Tochtermann assumed the office of director in 2010, the ZBW has been resolutely pursuing a strategy of international networking. “Think global” is the motto not only for signing contracts with internationally renowned partners for new cooperation projects in research. The ZBW also strikes new paths outside Germany when it comes to the distribution of economic information.

EconBiz Open (, provided by the ZBW, offers researchers and students all over the world direct access to 800,000 journal articles and working papers which are freely available on the internet. In order to increase the convenience factor for users of EconBiz, the ZBW relies on stringent affiliate marketing. In practice, this means that institutions outside Germany integrate a search box for EconBiz Open ( into the familiar work and study environment of economists and students, just as it has become customary at nearly all German universities. In addition, searching for literature with EconBiz is added to the curriculum at the partner universities who will each offer an annual EconBiz Award for excellence in information retrieval. The award will be presented at the annual partners’ meeting.The first six partner universities with 240,000 enrolled students are:

Exploratory talks with further partners are currently being held in Italy, the USA and the Philippines. The ZBW aims to establish an international partner network of 40 to 50 members all over the world. “It is indispensable for the long-term success of the ZBW that we internationalise our operations”, says Professor Klaus Tochtermann, director of the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, located in Kiel and Hamburg, and he continues: “As the world’s largest library for economics we link up with universities in Europe and beyond, pursuing a stringent Open Access strategy that enables us to support researchers and students in economics in their work.”

About the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics:

The ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics is the world’s largest information centre for economic literature, online as well as offline. Today the institution holds more than 4 million volumes and subscribes to 32,000 periodicals and journals. In addition, the ZBW provides the fastest-growing collection of Open Access documents on the internet: EconStor, the digital publication server, currently gives free access to more than 37,000 articles and working papers. EconBiz, the search engine for international economic information, allows students and researchers to search among nine million datasets. The ZBW edits two journals in economic policy, Wirtschaftsdienst and Intereconomics, and in cooperation with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy produces the Peer Review Journal Economics based on the principle of Open Access. The ZBW is a member of the Leibniz Association and has been a foundation under public law since 2007.