Cairn was formed in 1995 by four European publishing houses (Belin, De Boeck, La Découverte and Eres) and offers access to French language periodicals in the social sciences and humanities. The collection is currently comprised of 149 titles from more than 40 publishers, teaching institutions and learned societies and is growing rapidly. The earliest full text coverage begins with 2001 issues to the present, in both html and pdf. The collection is projected to include 182 journals by 2009 and 230 journals by 2010.
CAIRN is part of the CRKN Digital Content Initiative.