Elsevier joins global observance of World Intellectual Property Day

Publisher reaffirms commitment to protecting scientific record through copyright

Amsterdam, 26 April 2004 – In recognition of World Intellectual Property Day, Elsevier, a leading scientific, technical and medical (STM) publisher, reaffirmed its support of copyright protection for the publishing industry.

“The exclusive rights embodied in copyright enables STM publishers to support and maintain the high level of quality in STM publishing and to invest in innovative digital technologies for researchers. Copyright is also a mechanism that protects authors from those who would mischaracterize, misconstrue, or manipulate their data,” said Mark Seeley, Vice President, General Counsel, Elsevier. “World Intellectual Property Day provides an excellent reminder that without copyright protection, materials could be easily misrepresented, plagiarized or otherwise manipulated with little opportunity for recourse by the author or publisher.”

The article, as published and archived in the official journal, represents assurance to readers that the findings have been peer-reviewed and the results of research have been officially recorded. This is one of the quality control steps that copyright protects.

In addition, Elsevier’s copyright policies allow authors to use their own articles in a variety of ways: for teaching; in preparing revised and expanded new works (e.g., books); making copies for their research colleagues; posting the pre-print version of their articles widely, including on Web-based pre-print servers; posting the final version on their institutions’ intranets or other secure networks (“self archiving”). 

In terms of distribution, the copyright policies also allow Elsevier to deliver content to developing countries to further the spread of research. In conjunction with United Nations bodies, Elsevier provides institutions with free online access to current, high quality journals in science and medicine through a number of initiatives including Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) and Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA).

According to the World Intellectual Property Organization, World Intellectual Property Day, created in 2000, offers an opportunity to promote, inform and teach the importance of intellectual property as a tool for economic, social and cultural development. The theme of this year’s observance is “Encouraging Creativity.”

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).