Elsevier Honors the 2011 Nobel Laureates

Nobel tribute website provides free access to Laureate research on immunology, material sciences, astrophysics and macroeconomics


Amsterdam, October 18, 2011 
- Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the launch of a Nobel tribute website to honor the nine 2011 Nobel laureates, providing free access to their research published by Elsevier. The 2011 Laureates will be honored at the Nobel Prize Ceremony on December 10 in Stockholm.

“Over the years the majority of the Nobel Laureates have been active with Elsevier: publishing their work in our journals and books, serving as editors, editorial board members and reviewers,” said Youngsuk “Y.S.” Chi, Chairman of Management Committee for Elsevier. “We are deeply honored to have had the opportunity to work with these great scholars in the publication and dissemination of their ground-breaking research. Congratulations to all winning 2011 Nobel Laureates.”

Elsevier salutes these scholars, and is proud to recognize their revolutionary research and contribution to society:

Medicine: The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was divided. Half of the award went to Ralph Steinman "for his discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity." Steinman, who sadly died three days before the announcement, served as a reviewer for Cell and Immunity, also publishing extensively with Trends in ImmunologyCurrent BiologyCellular ImmunologyCurrent Opinion in Immunology and Elsevier S&T BooksDendritic Cells: Biology and Clinical Applications and The Mouse in Biomedical Research. The other half of the award was shared between Bruce Beutler and Jules Hoffmann “for their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity.” Beutler and Hoffman have written numerous articles in a great variety of journals, including: ImmunityCurrent Biology, and Current Opinion in Immunology. Beutler also served as a reviewer for the journals: CellImmunity, and Cell Host & Microbe. Hoffmanwas a member of Cell Host & Microbe’s editorial board, reviewer for Immunity, also publishing his research in Cell.

Chemistry: Dan Shechtman, won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for the discovery of quasicrystals,” a fierce battle against established science which fundamentally altered how chemists conceive solid matter. Crystals are solid materials with atoms arranged in a periodic pattern. In order to fill space with an infinitely repeating pattern, only certain symmetries are allowed. It was a long-held belief that solid materials would not adopt structures that contained such symmetries. Shechtman found otherwise, with the discovery of a metal alloy that possessed five-fold rotational symmetry. Shechtman published in Elsevier journals: Materials LettersMaterials Science & Engineering AMaterials Science & Engineering B , Acta MaterialiaUltramicropsyDiamond and Related MaterialsActa Biomaterialia and Metal Powder Report.

Physics: The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics was divided, with half going to Saul Perlmutter and the other half shared between Brian P. Schmidt and Adam G. Riess. The three received the award “for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe through observations of distant supernovae.” These laureates discovered that – contrary to what was believed – the expansion of the universe is actually accelerating. The implication of this discovery is that three quarters of the universe remains an unknown form of energy, called dark energy. Together with equally unknown dark matter, the dark energy constitutes 95% of the universe. The remaining 5% is regular matter, the portion making up galaxies, stars, flowers and humans. Their work has been published in Elsevier journals, including: Astroparticle PhysicsPhysics ReportsNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment,and New Astronomy Reviews.

Economics: The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel was awarded jointly to Christopher Sims and Thomas Sargent “for their empirical research on cause and effect in the macroeconomy”. Their independent, yet complementary research has been fundamental to policymakers’ and researchers’ understanding of the major short and long term aspects of macroeconomics. Sims is a contributing author to the Handbook of Monetary Economics, Vol. 3A, whilst Sargent serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Review of Economic Dynamics. Both researchers have published in a variety of Elsevier journals including: Journal of EconometricsJournal of Economic Dynamics and ControlEuropean Economic ReviewJournal of Economic TheoryJournal of Monetary EconomicsEconomics LettersEuropean Economic ReviewEuropean Journal of Political Economy.

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