Elsevier and the Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) Connect Research Articles to Genetic and Molecular Biology Data

Amsterdam, 21 February 2011 – Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and TAIR -  The Arabidopsis Information Resource, announce their next step in interconnecting the diverse elements of scientific research. All articles on Elsevier’s electronic platform  SciVerse ScienceDirect that describe Arabidopsis genes and use AGI codes (e.g. AT4G32520) will now link to the corresponding pages at TAIR, giving readers access to additional relevant genetic and molecular biology data. Research data deposited at TAIR will link to their corresponding articles in Elsevier journals on SciVerse ScienceDirect.

Aiming at supporting the plant science community, Elsevier encourages authors to submit manuscripts to relevant journals to deposit Arabidopsis gene-related information in the TAIR database. Upon acceptance of their manuscripts, authors can use TAIR’s online submission software to deposit relevant information about the Arabidopsis gene(s) described in their papers.

“With an increasing interest in the preservation of research data, it is very important to make those data clearly visible in the context of formal research publications,” commented Gilles Jonker, Executive Publisher Physical Sciences for Elsevier. “Elsevier is committed to advancing science by investing in such collaborations with data set repositories. This new feature, launched as part of the wider Elsevier Content Innovation initiative,will allow readers to easily go beyond the content of an article and drill down to the research data sets,” he added.

Eva Huala, director of TAIR, added, “We’re very happy to partner with a forward-looking publisher like Elsevier to make it easier for scientists to find the data they need.”

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About TAIR
The Arabidopsis Information Resource ( TAIR) maintains a database of genetic and molecular biology data for the model higher plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Data available from TAIR includes the complete genome sequence along with gene structure, gene product information, metabolism, gene expression, DNA and seed stocks, genome maps, genetic and physical markers, publications, and information about the Arabidopsis research community. Gene product function data is updated every week from the latest published research literature and community data submissions. Gene structures are updated about once a year using computational and manual methods as well as community submissions of new and updated genes. TAIR also provides extensive links from its data pages to other Arabidopsis resources. TAIR is located at the Carnegie Institution for Science Department of Plant Biology and is funded by the National Science Foundation.

About the Elsevier SciVerse Suite
The SciVerse ( www.sciverse.com) suite of search and discovery offerings provides the global research community access to a constantly expanding universe of content and solutions which can now be accessed in one platform. The suite currently includes SciVerse ScienceDirect ( www.sciencedirect.com), the world’s largest source of peer-reviewed content containing more than 10 million articles, and SciVerse Scopus ( www.scopus.com), an abstract and citation database containing 41 million records, 70% with abstracts and nearly 18,000 titles from 5,000 publishers worldwide. The new platform also includes SciVerse Hub beta ( www.hub.sciverse.com), which enables researchers to perform a single search across all of the SciVerse content as well as targeted web content with results ranked by relevancy and without duplication. SciVerse Applications beta ( www.applications.sciverse.com), a new module within the suite, is a marketplace and developer network that allows the scientific community to build, find and use applications that enhance the SciVerse.

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.

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