Portico and Nature Publishing Group (NPG) have signed an agreement to preserve Nature and all the other NPG journals and online databases across the life, physical and applied sciences and clinical medicine, to ensure that these publications are preserved and available for future readers.
Portico began as the Electronic-Archiving Initiative launched by JSTOR in 2002 with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation to extend the foundation’s E-journal archiving programme. The goal was to build a sustainable electronic archiving model: for more than two years, project staff developed technology and discussed approaches with publishers and libraries. In 2004, the Electronic-Archiving Initiative became a part of Ithaka Harbors, Inc., a non-profit organization with a mission to accelerate the productive uses of information technologies for the benefit of higher education around the world. The electronic archiving service, known as Portico, was then developed and launched in 2005, with support from JSTOR, Ithaka, the Library of Congress and the Andrew W. Mellon foundation. The service aims to be a permanent electronic archive of scholarly journals. With the addition of the NPG titles, there are more than 6,200 publications in the archive.