Elsevier signs deal with Dutch universities

Amsterdam, June 16, 2005 - Elsevier announces the signing of a five-year agreement with the UKB for the provision of vital scientific and medical information to the 200,000-strong academic community in The Netherlands. The UKB is comprised of the Dutch Association of the thirteen University Libraries, the Royal Library and the Library of the Royal Dutch Academy of Science.

The agreement provides all Dutch university undergraduates, graduate students, researchers, faculty and staff with complete access to full-text articles from over 2,000 journals, covering authoritative titles from the core scientific and medical literature including high impact factor titles such as The Lancet and Tetrahedron. The agreement also includes the archives of these journals on ScienceDirect, giving the universities access to all titles from their first issue onwards, in some cases back to the 19th century. Furthermore, Elsevier has provided the UKB with price protection for the period of the contract.

The UKB members participating in this deal are: Technische Universiteit Delft, Universiteit Utrecht, Wageningen Universiteit, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Universiteit Twente, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Universiteit Leiden, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Universiteit Maastricht, and Universiteit van Tilburg.

The agreement provides the UKB user community with access to approximately 7 million full-text articles on ScienceDirect. Furthermore, the agreement contains the standard Elsevier “walk-up” provision, which permits any Dutch citizen 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. We are proud to support the UKB 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.

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About UKB

UKB is the Dutch Association of the thirteen University Libraries, the Royal Library and the Library of the Royal Dutch Academy of Science. As from 2001 there is also an associate member: the Open University. UKB was founded in 1977 to improve scientific information services and in particular services to the members of the individual libraries.

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).

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