Better access to Elsevier content for researchers in India

Agreement with University Grants Commission widens life sciences information.

Amsterdam/New Delhi, 9 June 2004 - Elsevier and the University Grants Commission of India (UGC) have announced an agreement that will provide students, researchers, faculty and staff at India’s top 50 universities electronic access to thirty-four premier life science titles via ScienceDirect®, Elsevier’s premier electronic platform. The collection includes 25 Trends and Current Opinion titles and key titles from Cell Press including the prestigious and highly cited journal Cell.

A number of academic institutions in India already subscribe to ScienceDirect – such as the IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology), the IISc (Indian Institute of Science) and the top universities. This most recent agreement greatly increases the subscription base and allows a much larger section of the Indian research community to access leading journal titles within ScienceDirect.

The agreement was signed between the University Grants Commission negotiation committee, which includes scientists from universities and research institutes across the country, and representatives from the Elsevier offices in New Delhi.

This initiative is an important development for the Indian academic community. Professor Ajit Kembhavi, of the decision-making committee, commented: "The UGC-INFONET e-subscriptions scheme is truly path breaking. It has brought to the Indian universities the best scholarly periodicals from all fields of learning, at no cost to the individual institutions. The scheme provides a treasure to university faculty and students and can be expanded at an incremental cost. The UGC is to be congratulated for taking this giant step."

Dr T. A. V. Murthy, Director of the UGC’s Information and Library Network Centre (INFLIBNET), said: 

“The UGC-E-Journal Consortium is INFLIBNET’s project to obtain multi-user national licenses from e-journal publishers and provide universities and colleges across India with vital academic information in electronic form. Faculty, students and others can access, monitor information faster and more professionally anytime and virtually anywhere.”

Martin O’Malley, Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, Elsevier, commented: “We are delighted to be providing valuable scientific information to researchers in India, and our cooperation with the UGC underpins this. We see this is as very important first step in our mission to disseminate our content more broadly in India and are looking forward to continued collaboration, the addition of more academic institutions to the scheme, and indeed an expansion of the Elsevier title list accessible under this agreement.”

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About the University Grants Commission

The University Grants Commission (UGC) is a statutory organization established by an act of Parliament. 294 Universities/institutions in the country are directly under the preview of UGC. The universities are uniformly spread all over the country from metropolitan cities to very remote areas.

Through its INFLIBNET Centre, the UGC-Infonet consortium provides electronic access to member institutions to research journals, abstracts, review publications and databases. It covers all areas of learning: science and technology, as well as social sciences and humanities. Founded in 2001, the UGC-Infonet currently has a membership of 50 universities across India with plans to extend the scheme to colleges, as well as distant and continuing education sectors.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence, and ClinicalKey — and publishes nearly 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).