Elsevier signs agreement with academic institutions in Alabama

Deal will also bring scientific and medical information to 200 primary care physicians.

Amsterdam, 3 June 2004 - Elsevier and the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL) announced today that they have signed an agreement for the provision of vital scientific and medical information during the period of 2004-2008. NAAL is a consortium of academic institutions in Alabama.

The agreement provides all university undergraduates, graduate students, researchers, faculty and staff at the subscribing institutions with the entire Elsevier catalogue of 1,800 scientific and medical journals going back to 1995, covering authoritative titles from the core scientific and medical literature including high impact factor titles such as The Lancet, Tetrahedron, Journal of the American College of Cardiology and the European Heart Journal

The agreement, successfully negotiated by the team of Lou Pitschmann, Jerry Stephens, Sherida Downer and Scott Plutchak provides the NAAL user community with access to approximately 6 million full-text articles on ScienceDirect. Furthermore, the agreement permits all Alabama citizens coming to libraries for scientific and medical information, free access to content covered under the agreement. 

The agreement also includes a clause, which allows the University of Alabama at Birmingham to grant access to 200 Alabama primary care physicians caring for patients in rural areas. This ground-breaking research project, MI-PLUS, will provide these physicians with 24/7 access to the full content of information giving them the most current medical information even in the remotest parts of the State. 

Scott Plutchak, Director of Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, University of Alabama-Birmingham is spearheading this initiative, and said: "Through this partnership with Elsevier, we'll be introducing many of Alabama's primary care physicians to a level of access that academics are now able to take for granted. We face many challenges in making sure that primary care physicians have access to the most up-to-date clinical information, and this project is a significant step towards developing ways to meet those challenges."

"We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the negotiations, and particularly the noteworthy professionalism with which they were conducted and organized by the NAAL representatives. Furthermore, we are very proud to be associated with the research project with Alabama physicians in rural areas which Scott Plutchak is so admirably passionate about,'' said Frank Vrancken Peeters, Elsevier’s Managing Director for Sales, Science & Technology.

“In today's financial environment, Alabama's academic institutions must find ways to leverage their expenditures for libraries and information resources. Our partnership with Elsevier for ScienceDirect will achieve greater value for dollars spent by Alabama's research-level institutions for their libraries. Most important for NAAL's mission to support academic instruction and research across the state, ScienceDirect offers greater access to scientific, technical and medical information for students, faculty and researchers in all of NAAL's member institutions,” said Sue Medina, Director, Network of Alabama Academic Libraries.

About NAAL

The NAAL consortium, headquartered in Montgomery, AL, is composed of 23 academic institutions in Alabama. The subscribing institutions for this agreement are:

· Alabama A&M University
· Auburn University
· Auburn University - Montgomery
· Jacksonville State University
· Tuskegee University
· University of Alabama - Birmingham
· University of Alabama - Huntsville
· University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa
· University of North Alabama
· University of South Alabama

About MI-PLUS

MI-Plus, is a 5-year study funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) entitled "Trials assessing innovative strategies to improve clinical guidelines in heart, lung and blood diseases." The study will test a web-based intervention and performance measurement system aimed at improving adherence to a set of clinical practice guidelines amenable to the primary care physician’s practice and targeted at patients recently discharged from hospital with a diagnosis of myocardial infarction (MI).

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).