Elsevier brings scientific and medical information to New Zealand researchers

New agreement result of application to development fund.

Singapore, 6 September 2004 –Elsevier announced today that a new agreement has been signed with members of the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee (NZVCC) and the Association of Crown Research Institutes (ACRI) which will provide New Zealand researchers with access to vital scientific and medical information. 

Funding to support access to core electronic information came about as a result of a joint project application from NZVCC and ACRI to the Tertiary Education Commission’s Innovation and Development Fund (IDF). The IDF is a contestable fund whose purpose is to foster innovation in New Zealand’s tertiary education organizations. 

As a result of the project application’s success, researchers from eight universities and nine Crown Research Institutes (CRIs) have complete access to over 1,900 full-text journals going back to 1995 on ScienceDirect under the Freedom Collection package. Three polytechnics were also involved in the project and they will have access to journals in their required fields through ScienceDirect Subject Collections. 

New Zealand has a history of producing top-quality research in science and technology and the recent investment in Elsevier’s ScienceDirect Freedom Collection is a clear indication of the country’s commitment in science. ScienceDirect’s extensive and unique full-text collection covers over 1,900 journals from the core scientific literature including titles such as THE LANCET, Cell and Tetrahedron and now contains six million peer-reviewed articles. With ScienceDirect the research process is enhanced with unsurpassed searching and linking functionality all on a single, intuitive interface.

Pascal Nieuwendijk, Regional Sales Manager in Asia Pacific, Science & Technology, Elsevier commented: “We are happy to have worked out an effective and cost efficient deal which will see New Zealand researchers access resources through the Freedom Collection. Elsevier currently covers over 25% of the world’s peer-reviewed content in scientific, technical and medical (STM) literature and it is our honour to be a supporting partner to New Zealand’s contribution to science by providing our top-quality content to all universities and CRIs.”

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About ScienceDirect

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

Owned by world leading publisher Elsevier, ScienceDirect is the world's largest electronic collection of science, technology and medical full-text and bibliographic information, including authoritative titles from core scientific literature, including high impact factor titles such as THE LANCET, Cell and Tetrahedron. Nearly 6 million articles are available online, including Articles in Press which offer rapid access to recently accepted manuscripts.

The critical mass of information available on ScienceDirect is unsurpassed. Coverage includes over 1,900 journals published by Elsevier and dynamic linking to journals from approximately 170 leading STM publishers through CrossRef. An expanding suite of scientific full text and abstract databases in a rich linking environment provides subscribers with increasingly flexible and extensive access to the world's published STM literature. An expanding program of online major reference works and book series in all fields of science seamlessly interlinks with primary research referenced in journal articles.

About the New Zealand Vice-Chancellor’s Committee (NZVCC)

The NZVCC was established by the Universities Act 1971. Today the Committee represents the interests of New Zealand’s eight universities; Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, Waikato, Massey, Victoria, Canterbury, Lincoln and Otago. The eight Vice-Chancellors who comprise the Committee meet on a formal basis six times a year.

About the Association for Crown Research Institutes (ACRI)

Formed in 1992, Crown Research Institutes (CRIs) are the science research businesses owned by the New Zealand Government. Collectively, the CRIs’ are the largest providers of science research in New Zealand, and some of New Zealand's most significant commercial users of science and technology.

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).