Elsevier to Contribute 9 million Articles to CrossCheck

Ready to implement CrossRef’s plagiarism detection software after successful pilot

Amsterdam, 23 June 2008 – Elsevier, the leading publisher of science, technology and medical information announced today that it will implement CrossCheck, the plagiarism detection service offered by CrossRef in collaboration with iParadigms. With plagiarism a growing problem for journal editors, Elsevier has invested in CrossCheck to develop, pilot and implement, a single database of published articles enabling publishers to easily verify the originality of submitted and published work.

After a successful six months pilot with eight leading publishers, Elsevier is now in the process of integrating CrossCheck into its editorial workflows as part of its efforts to support the peer review process and assist the scientific community in all aspects of publishing ethics. Elsevier will contribute nearly nine million journal articles to the CrossCheck database, which is launching with a commitment of over 20 million journal articles from publishers including the Association for Computing Machinery, American Society of Neuroradiology, BMJ Publishing Group, Elsevier, Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, International Union of Crystallography, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Nature Publishing Group, Oxford University Press, Sage, Informa UK (Taylor & Francis), and Wiley Blackwell.

“By creating a pooled database of articles from multiple publishers and tested tools, we can provide assistance to the scholarly community on an unprecedented scale,” commented Martin Tanke, Elsevier’s Managing Director of S&T Journal Publishing, “CrossRef has taken the principles of publisher collaboration far beyond reference linking. CrossCheck, combined with our recently launched Publishing Ethics Resource Kit and full journal membership in COPE (Committee on Publishing Ethics) further reinforce our commitment.”

“CrossRef took the initiative to create this co-operative publisher service, which we greatly appreciate. This is a tremendous development and we are delighted that this collaboration has been so fruitful,” said Karen Hunter, Senior Vice President Global Academic & Customer Relations and Elsevier’s CrossRef Board member, “The iParadigms software is impressive and we are look forward to working with them.”

John Barrie, Ph.D, president and CEO of iParadigms, LLC added, “Our customers, especially academic ones, have been asking for more medical and science content for checking the originality of work destined for publication. Elsevier’s adoption of CrossCheck powered by iThenticate lets us leverage their vast, industry-leading content to significantly enhance the effectiveness of our originality checking services. Likewise, Elsevier will leverage the CrossCheck and iParadigms database which makes for a powerful alliance and one that is extremely beneficial to our network of institutional subscribers.”

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).

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