Access to the Current Index to Statistics (CIS) <> will become open to the public effective January 1, 2017. Subscription fees will no longer be charged for any user. CIS will remain open until December 31, 2019 and at that time will be shut down.

After much consideration, the IMS came to this decision for the following reasons:

* Most of the relevant scientific bibliography is now covered by Google Scholar, which is free and well resourced.

* The world of scientific bibliography is increasingly technical computationally. Modern tools make processing of bibliographic data from publishers more efficient but also require investment in tools and expertise that are less feasible for a small project like CIS than for larger scale ones like broader bibliographic databases.

* Similar issues arise for search interface and functionality.

The IMS will continue to auto-update bibliographical data from larger publishers, but any data that was previously manually entered will not be updated.