Elsevier Announces Launch of 2collab, New Research 2.0 Platform
Supports Scientific Communities, Fosters Group Participation
Amsterdam – November 27, 2007 –Elsevier, the world's leading publisher of science, technology and medical (STM) information, today announced the official launch of 2collab, a free online platform for scientific collaboration.
2collab is a free Web application that provides researchers with a platform to share resources with networks of peers and specialists, creating an online community that facilitates information discovery, evaluation and debate.
This official launch follows a successful beta testing period and incorporates feedback gained from researchers based at Elsevier’s Development Partners, which include a range of premier academic, government and corporate institutions worldwide.
“2collab provides the platform and tools needed for researchers to connect with their peers, enhancing the way they work together and offering an open and accessible space that will foster collaboration,” said Jay Katzen, Managing Director, Academic and Government Products, Elsevier.
2collab allows researchers to add, share and rate bookmarks, tag resources, and to add comments and create topical groups. Each user is encouraged to create a personal profile, which everyone can view to ensure the authenticity of fellow users. This creates an accessible environment where specialists can work together on evaluating new research, discussing current controversies and opportunities as well as providing a place for first-time authors to promote their research.
Elsevier’s focus on developing Research 2.0 tools demonstrates its continuous efforts in delivering innovations that allow researchers to increase their productivity and effectiveness. The company’s mission and commitment to the scientific community is to deliver high-quality solutions and to invest in furthering the development of the global science and medical information communities.
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2collab was developed in conjunction with Elsevier’s usability labs and its premier Development Partners, which include many established research institutions. 2collab is a social research application that provides a new way of processing scholarly information from any source. 2collab provides a platform for researchers to connect with others in their fields, making it possible to explore, share and collaborate, increasing the chances to discover new research opportunities and mine the collective wisdom of the its member community.
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include ScienceDirect, Scopus, Reaxys, ClinicalKey and Mosby’s Suite, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite and MEDai’s Pinpoint Review, which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.
A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a world leading provider of professional information solutions. The group employs more than 30,000 people, including more than 15,000 in North America. Reed Elsevier Group plc is owned equally by two parent companies, Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. Their shares are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RUK and ENL.
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