The Shanghai Information Center for Life Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (SICLS) was established in June 2002 through the merger of the former Shanghai Documentation and Information Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the information support units of the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences (SIBS). SICLS supports innovative research in the field of life science.
SICLS aims to be the best information support organization in our country in the field of life sciences and its interdisciplinary subjects as well as world-famous in the field. SICLS focuses on national strategy, frontier fields and economic and social development. It meets the information needs associated with scientific research and supports CAS’s long-range strategy to encourage innovation and scientific competitiveness so that CAS can become a world-class institution.
SICLS’s goal serves implementation of the "Innovation 2020" "One-Three-Five" plan (One Research Orientation, Three Important Breakthroughs and Five Important Developing Directions) and "Four-First" target (The first to achieve the leaping development of science and technology, the first to build a national innovation talent highland, the first to build a national high level technology idea bank, the first to build a world-class research institution) of CAS.
SICLS is CAS’s largest information support group in the life sciences. It comprises six divisions, namely, the Library for Life Sciences,Information Research Center, Life Sciences Journal Press, Network Computer Center, Archives, and United Office of Societies, which supports numerous academic societies in the life sciences.
SICLS has built up a system capable of supporting the most advanced scientific research. It provides information that helps CAS and governmental organs make decisions about strategic research and the development of scientific disciplines. SICLS’s capacity to provide information about new developments in S&T and industrial technology covers the Yangtze River Delta region and China’s central and western regions, thus contributing to regional economic development.
As of 2013, SICLS had 122 high-quality employees, of which 45 hold senior positions. Three SICLS employees have been selected for the CAS Outstanding Information and Publishing Preferential Support program. Two have been selected for the Pujiang Talent Plan. SICLS offers a master’s program staffed by five advisors and a postdoctoral program in technology periodicals.
SICLS edits and publishes five SCI English journals and six Chinese journals, whose international influence is becoming stronger and stronger. Cell Research and Molecular Plant have enjoyed particular success. The People’s Daily has called them “two super stars among domestic journals.”