Elsevier and NESLi2 conclude major new agreement

Elsevier and NESLi2 conclude major new agreement to provide online science journals to UK universities and research communities.

Amsterdam, 19 January 2004 – The UK Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and Elsevier, part of the Reed Elsevier Group, today announced the conclusion of a new agreement as part of NESLi2, the national electronic journals initiative for the higher education and research communities in the United Kingdom .

The new two-year agreement, which starts in January 2004, provides the framework under which the UK's universities and research communities will have electronic access to Elsevier's scientific, technical and medical journals through the ScienceDirect® platform. These include many of the most highly ranked and important journals in their respective fields. The new agreement has been expanded to cover access to the Academic Press and Harcourt Health Sciences journals acquired by Elsevier in 2001.

Commenting on the new agreement with Elsevier, Dr Tom Graham, Librarian at the University of Newcastle and Chair of the JISC's Journals Working Group, said: “Many important journals are included in the Elsevier publishing stable, and it was therefore important that we reached an agreement with the publisher which met the needs of the higher education community. I am delighted that, after much work on both sides, this has been achieved. At a time of change in scholarly publishing, this will provide a period of stability while we look ahead, along with publishers of such material, towards agreements adapted to optimise the possibilities of electronic communication.”

Arie Jongejan, CEO, Elsevier Science & Technology, commented:"We are very pleased with this agreement with JISC. This provides the framework for researchers in all leading UK institutions to have access to highly valued scientific and medical research content through ScienceDirect. The new agreement underscores the importance of ScienceDirect and Elsevier's other electronic offerings in making high quality peer reviewed research widely available throughout the higher education and research community."

Albert Prior of Content Complete Ltd, JISC's Negotiation Agent for NESLI2, added: “We are very pleased with the outcome of our discussions with Elsevier, which provides significant benefits for the academic and research community in terms of affordability, access, flexibility and choice.”

About NESLi2
NESLi2 was launched in June 2003 and covers subscription agreements for the years 2004 to 2006. It is the successor scheme to the original NESLI which ran from 1997-2002. NESLi2 has focused its discussions on ten scholarly publishers for 2004, following an extensive Serials Requirements Survey undertaken in 2002. An eleventh consortium of publishers was added when it became clear that the ALPSP Learned Journals Collection would be available for libraries to order for 2004. The negotiations were handled by Content Complete Ltd on behalf of JISC.

The JISC is a joint committee of the UK further and higher education funding bodies, and is responsible for supporting the innovative use of information and communication technology (ICT) to support learning, teaching, and research. It is best known for providing the SuperJANET network, a range of advice and support services, and a portfolio of high-quality resources. Information about the JISC, its services and programmes can be found at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/.

About Content Complete
Content Complete Ltd (CCL) is a new company established by Albert Prior and Paul Harwood, both of whom have extensive journals related experience, to provide outsourced negotiations and related support services to academic and research libraries and institutions in the area of digital content. CCL's partner in NESLi2 is MIMAS, the JISC/ESRC supported national data centre, which provides the helpdesk and communications functions of NESLi2. For further information on Content Complete Ltd and MIMAS visit www.contentcomplete.com and www.mimas.ac.uk.

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 over 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).