Elsevier signs agreement with seven Virginia universities

Deal brings scientific and medical information to the James Madison University Cooperative (JMUC).

Amsterdam - 13 April 2004 - Elsevier and the James Madison University Cooperative (JMUC) announced today that they have signed a five-year agreement for the provision of vital scientific and medical information. 

The agreement provides the over 120,000-strong JMUC community -- composed of university undergraduates, graduate students, researchers, faculty and staff -- with complete access to full-text articles from over 1,800 journals going back to 1995, covering authoritative titles from the core scientific and medical literature including high impact factor titles such as The Lancet and Tetrahedron. Furthermore, Elsevier has provided JMUC with price protection for the period of the contract.

The JMUC consortium is composed of the University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, James Madison University, College of William and Mary, Old Dominion University, Virginia Commonwealth University and George Mason University.

The agreement provides the JMUC user community with access to approximately 6 million full-text articles on ScienceDirect. Furthermore, the agreement contains the standard Elsevier "walk-up" provision, which permits all Virginia citizens coming to libraries for scientific and medical information, free access to content covered under the agreement.

"We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the negotiations, and particularly the noteworthy professionalism with which they were conducted and organized by Madelyn Wessel (UVA), Iris Moubray (JMU), Eileen Hitchingham (VA Tech) and Sharon Gasser (JMU). We are proud to support the JMUC libraries in their goal of becoming research powerhouses and providing the best research materials available to their communities,'' said Frank Vrancken Peeters, Elsevier's Managing Director for Sales, Science & Technology, Elsevier.

"This is a great example of success on both sides of an agreement. We have the content we need at a price we find acceptable, within a timeframe that is useful. At the same time the publisher maintains an ongoing relationship with a major group of public academic libraries in Virginia. Of course, the biggest winners are our users. They won't have to do without these very important materials," said Eileen Hitchingham, Dean of Libraries at Virginia Tech. Hitchingham further noted that for Virginia Tech this agreement provides access to a broader range of biomedical publications than was available for VT users just a few years ago and that she considered access to journals of this kind to be very important for supporting emerging university initiatives.

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.

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