Elsevier and Kazakhstan National Center for Scientific and Technical Information Sign National License Agreement

Kazakhstani research community to benefit from access to Scopus and continued access to ScienceDirect

Almaty, Kazakhstan, April 14, 2014

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services, today announced it has signed a license agreement with the National Center for Scientific and Technical Information (NCSTI) to make key Elsevier resources available to the entire Kazakhstani research community.

The agreement, signed on behalf of the Ministry of Science and Education, provides more than 400 Kazakhstani academic and research institutions with access to Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and ensures continued access to ScienceDirect, Elsevier’s full-text platform for research literature. Through this access agreement, Kazakhstan aims to strengthen its position in the international scientific community.

Adil Ibrayev, NCSTI’s President, said, “I’m excited that all our universities and research institutes will benefit from access to Scopus and ScienceDirect. Having access to global scientific literature and the tools to track and analyze research help us to become more effective in our research activities. We are confident this will increase the quantity and quality of Kazakhstani research output, thereby increasing our significance in the international scientific community.”

Youngsuk “YS” Chi, Elsevier’s Chairman, said, “Elsevier is committed to making sure the important work of the Kazakhstani research community takes its deserved place in the international research landscape. We are pleased to continue the collaboration with Kazakhstan’s National Center to advance Kazakhstan’s scientific position and contribute to establishing a knowledge-based economy.”

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About Kazakhstan Centre for Scientific and Technical Information
The National Center for Scientific and Technical Information (hereafter NCSTI) was established in 1957. For many years our center has managed to maintain considerably high status of the integrated body for scientific and technical information in Kazakhstan.

The NCSTI’s activity covers a wide range of functions facing national science and technology, and great attention is paid to the formation of national informational resources in scientific and technical sphere of the country, formation of databases as well as the integration of foreign databases and electronic information resources to ensure access to the results of scientific and technological activities, collecting of deposited scientific work and publications of Kazakhstani scientists. NCSTI cooperate with about 300 universities and scientific-research organization of Kazakhstan which include about 10 000 scientists and researchers.

About ScienceDirect
ScienceDirect is home to almost one-quarter of the world's peer-reviewed full-text scientific, technical and medical content. Over 15 million researchers, health care professionals, teachers, students and information professionals around the globe rely on ScienceDirect as a trusted source of nearly 2,200 journals, almost 900 serials and 25,000 book titles. ScienceDirect supports research and education with interactive elements in articles such as audio, video, graphs, tables and images, and offers tools so users can easily set alerts. Content on ScienceDirect also features embedded links to external datasets, including earth and environmental science data from PANGAEA, abstract and indexing data from Scopus and chemical reactions data from Reaxys. With almost 12 million content pieces available—including pre-publication release of articles and open access content from Elsevier journals—ScienceDirect is a premier platform for discovering the world of research.

About Scopus
Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize scholarly research. Its vast database contains abstracts and references from 21,000 titles from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and Arts & Humanities. Scopus was designed and developed with input from researchers and librarians internationally; and features direct links to subscribed full-text articles, other library resources and interoperability with applications such as reference management software.

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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