Scirus Indexes Saarland University's PsyDok Repository

Amsterdam, June 27, 2006 – Elsevier announced today that Scirus, its free science-specific search engine, has added the contents of PsyDok, the psychology-based repository, to its index through a partnership with Saarland University, Germany. As part of its Repository Search service, Scirus is also powering the discovery service on the PsyDok site. PsyDok, developed at Saarland University and State Library (SULB), collects and preserves psychology-related journal articles, post prints, prepublications, reports, and dissertations. This partnership reflects Scirus’ mission to remain the most comprehensive source of science-focused content on the Web and further builds on the success of the Repository Search partnership program launched last year.

Saarland University and State Library established PsyDok, the first digital disciplinary repository in Germany, in 2002, with the aim of improving the availability and accessibility of electronic psychological information. The collection, predominantly in German, includes output from institutes in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

“Some of the features we value the most about Scirus are the combined metadata and full-text search capabilities which greatly enhances the discovery of the content available via the PsyDok site, and the possibility to search across other high quality repositories,” said Ulrich Herb, Electronic Publishing, Digital Repositories, SULB. “In addition, Scirus greatly enhances the visibility of the PsyDok content by making it available on Scirus.com, helping to disseminate German-language psychology-related information globally.”

The Scirus index already includes subject-based repositories such as CogPrints (cognitive sciences), RePEc (economics), Project Euclid (mathematics and statistics) and Organic Eprints (organic agriculture) and others, underlining its commitment to increasing the visibility of subject collections. Increasing its involvement with European partners, Scirus continues to be the premiere search engine specializing in indexing all scientifically-relevant information available on the Web.

“The addition of the PsyDok repository to our index not only builds on Scirus’ extensive coverage of psychology-based content but also expands on our non-English coverage of scientific information,” said Sharon Mombrú, managing director of Scirus. “Scirus continues to index collections established at institutional, national and regional levels as well as disciplinary repositories.”

About PsyDok
PsyDok is a disciplinary Open Access repository for psychological documents, maintained by Saarland University, and State Library of Germany which also hosts the special subject collection psychology and the virtual library psychology. PsyDok is a free, full-text e-print archive of published, peer-reviewed journal post prints plus prepublications, unrefereed preprints, reports, manuals, grey literature, books, journals, proceedings, dissertations and similar document types.

About Saarland University and SULB
Saarland University (Universität des Saarlandes) was founded in 1948 had an early international orientation. It currently has 15,500 students of which 7 percent are foreign students and 2,000 employees of which 15 percent have professorial status. The University has 8 faculties: Law and Economics, Medicine, Humanities I-III, Natural Sciences and Technology I-III. The Saarland University and State Library (SULB) was founded in 1950. Together with the Homburg Medical Branch-Library, it is the central library of the Saarland University. Since 1996 the library has also officially assumed the tasks of a state library. In addition to the standard categories of books and audiovisual aids, electronic information plays an increasingly greater role.

About Scirus
Scirus is the most comprehensive science-focused search engine available on the Internet, supporting over one million researchers, scientists and students worldwide. Scirus offers users a unique combination of free Web information and journal content, clearly branding search results from proprietary sources, assuring users the validity of the content. Web sources searched by Scirus include research institutes, governments, scientific organizations, conferences, scientists’ homepages and company homepages worldwide. Optimized for science-related queries, Scirus uses a dictionary with over 1.6 million scientific terms, unique pattern recognition tools and linguistic analysis, to classify the content type and recognize the relevance 250 million scientifically relevant pages, Scirus offers users unique search functionalities such as the ability to search on bibliographical information and specific content types. Scirus is the recipient of numerous International awards, including the Search Engine Watch award for Best Specialty Search Engine and the WebAward for Best Search Engine or Directory. www.scirus.com

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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