Elsevier and PANGAEA Link Contents for easier access to full earth system research

PANGAEA research data now directly linked to Elsevier articles

Amsterdam, 24 February 2010 – Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced today that the data library PANGAEA - Publishing Network for Geoscientific & Environmental Data - and Elsevier have implemented reciprocal linking between their respective content in earth system research. Research data sets deposited at PANGAEA are now automatically linked to the corresponding articles in Elsevier journals on its electronic platform ScienceDirect and vice versa. This linking functionality also provides a credit mechanism for research data sets deposited in this data library.

Dr. Hannes Grobe, data librarian of PANGAEA at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research commented, “Through this fruitful cooperation, science is better supported and the flow of data into trusted archives is promoted. The interaction of a publisher with an Open Access data repository is ideal to serve the requirements of modern research by diminishing the loss of research data. It also enables the reader of a publication to verify the scientific findings and to use the data in his own work. The Elsevier-PANGAEA cooperation consequently follows the most recent recommendations of funding bodies and international organizations, such as the OECD, about access to research data from public funding.”

“Our goal is to continuously improve user experiences, and this is one of the ways we make this happen” added Dr. Christiane Barranguet, executive publisher at Elsevier. “This is the beginning of a new way of managing, preserving and sharing data from earth system research. It also highlights the value ScienceDirect can deliver on its platform by giving researchers the papers they need and helping them put those papers in context, delivering unique value to user.”

Working with the scientific community to preserve scientific research data is also an objective of the Elsevier Content Innovation programme. Through this agreement and development Elsevier supports long-term storage, wide availability and preservation of large research data sets.

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About PANGAEA
PANGAEA is a data library which links primary data related to articles in earth and environmental science journals and thus may serve some hundred journals of the Elsevier portfolio. In the first phase, more than 1 000 articles from various earth science journals were linked.
The data is freely available from the publication’s page in ScienceDirect, without a login or subscription. PANGAEA, as a library, is open to any field of earth system research, enabling a bibliographic citation of datasets with identification via DOI and a widespread distribution through portals, libary catalogs and search engines, which is currently unique on the Internet.
PANGAEA is operated by the research institutions AWI and MARUM.

About the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI):
The Alfred Wegener Institute conducts research in the Arctic, Antarctic and oceans of the temperate latitudes and covers all disciplines of earth system research. It coordinates polar research in Germany and provides major infrastructure to the international scientific community, such as the Polarstern research icebreaker and stations in the Arctic and Antarctic. AWI is one of the sixteen research centres of the Helmholtz Association, the largest scientific organisation in Germany.

About MARUM
MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at Bremen University aims at understanding the role of the oceans in the Earth’s system by employing state-of-the-art methods. It examines the significance of the oceans within the framework of global change, quantifies interactions between the marine geosphere and biosphere, and provides information for sustainable use of the ocean.

About ScienceDirect
Over a quarter of the world's full text scientific, technical and medical (STM) peer-reviewed articles - managed by renowned editors, written by respected authors and read by researchers from around the globe - are available in one place: ScienceDirect.

Elsevier's extensive and unique full-text collection covers authoritative titles from the core scientific literature including high impact factor titles such as THE LANCET, Cell and Tetrahedron. Over nine million articles are available online, including Articles in Press which offer online access to recently accepted manuscripts. The critical mass of trusted information available on ScienceDirect is unsurpassed. Coverage includes over 2,500 journals published by Elsevier and dynamic linking to journals from approximately 2,000 STM publishers through CrossRef. An expanding program of online major reference works, handbooks, book series and over 4,400 eBooks in all fields of science seamlessly interlinks with primary research referenced in journal articles.

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.

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