Greek Academic Libraries sign agreement with Elsevier

HEAL Link expands content offering through 2009

Amsterdam, 21 December 2005 – Elsevier announces the signing of a three-year agreement with the Hellenic Academic Libraries Link (HEAL Link), a consortium of 57 Greek educational and research institutions securing access to Scopus, the world’s largest Abstract and Indexing (A&I) database through 2009. The current agreement builds on the January 2005 accord to provide HEAL Link members with full access to ScienceDirect’s seven million full-text articles. In addition, the Greek research community will now also benefit from Elsevier’s three million strong Backfiles collection.

HEAL Link chose Scopus because it delivers to their scientists and allied researchers one-stop shop access to search results in a wide range of journals (14,000), web sites, patents and reports. Easier, faster searching helps streamline the research process and ultimately impacts on research excellence.

Scopus has won high-profile customers in the corporate and academic sector and is being adopted at a very fast pace globally since its launch one year ago. Leading academic and corporate institutions in North America, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East have signed deals. The HEAL Link consortium is one of the growing list of academic libraries who believe Scopus will positively impact on their research.

“We anticipate that Scopus will lead to significant improvements in our researchers’ efficiency and productivity while dramatically reducing interlibrary loan and document delivery related costs,“ stated Professor Vassilios J. Papazoglou, Chairman of the HEAL Link Consortium, “At the same time, we are very pleased with our new Backfiles collections which provides a true digital library of Elsevier’s journals going back to volume one, issue one. The scientific record, as fixed by the digitization of backfiles of journals, is very important to the continuity of research and will enhance Greek research in general. This is a great example of success in an agreement, since all parties—Elsevier, HEAL Link and Swets Information Services, the subscription agent who has undertaken the Consortium's financial administration—benefit.”

"Needless to say, we are extremely pleased about this agreement. As one of the first e-only consortia, HEAL Link has been a continuous frontrunner in the use of innovative technologies—thus ensuring greater productivity for researchers throughout Greece,'' said Frank Vrancken Peeters, Managing Director, Academic & Government, Elsevier Science & Technology. “We are proud to support the HEAL Link libraries and pleased with the continued support from the Ministry of Education and the General Secretariat for Research and Development in making this partnership happen.''

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About Scopus
Covering the world’s research literature, Scopus is the largest and easiest to use navigation tool ever built. Scopus is designed and developed with over 300 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from over 14,000 titles from 4,000 different publishers, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles covered, but also integrates web & patent searches directly from its clean and simple interface. Direct links to full-text articles, library resources and other applications like reference management software, make Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use than any other literature research tool.

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