Elsevier launches prestigious Handbook Series on ScienceDirect

Amsterdam, 25 June 2005 - Elsevier has announced the addition of seven new Handbook Series to its premier electronic platform, ScienceDirect. The Handbooks span a range of subjects within the fields of Economics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics and add another layer of quality content to ScienceDirect.

Prestigious Handbooks in the new series include Handbooks in Economics Series, Handbook of Magnetic Materials, Handbooks in Operations Research & Management Science, Handbook on the Physics & Chemistry of Rare Earths, Handbook of Numerical Analysis, Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry, and the Handbook of Statistics.

Authored by invitation only, these highly-cited handbooks present benefits for librarian and user alike. Online availability enables 24/7 multiple-user access, full-text and bibliographic searching, browsing through chapters and different volumes, in- and outward linking to other electronic resources and easy compilation of usage statistics. Now, lost or damaged volumes and the management of shelf space are problems of the past.

A review of the Handbooks in Economics Series that appeared in Games and Economic Behavior, Volume 46, Number 1, states, “… No one can keep up with the literature, so we have come to recognize these volumes as immensely valuable. They are on almost everyone’s shelves…The Handbook has become the first reference for anyone who wants to learn [of game theoretic results] outside their own area.”

In response to input from librarians, ScienceDirect offers the seven Handbook Series under two convenient pricing options. With the annual Subscription Option, librarians pay a fee for site-wide access to online Handbooks and regular new volumes. With the Upfront Payment Option, a one-time fee lets librarians make use of year-end budget.

“Our pricing options are designed to offer flexibility for librarians and their budgets,” says Darrell Gunter, Senior Vice President of Sales at Elsevier. “What’s more, internal cross-referencing and external linking enables users to take their research path further and with greater ease and efficiency, maximizing the library’s investment in online resources.”

The addition of these titles increases the range of books already available on ScienceDirect. Researchers can cross-reference all content including Reference Works, Book Series and more than 2,000 scientific, technical and medical journals.

For more information please visit www.info.sciencedirect.com/handbooks

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About ScienceDirect

ScienceDirect is the essential information resource for millions of researchers, scientists, engineers, professionals and students holding more than a quarter of the world’s electronic collection of science, technology and medicine full-text, peer-reviewed articles.

More than 2,000 journals and hundreds of books from Elsevier - including prestigious titles such as The Lancet, Cell, Tetrahedron Letters, the Handbooks in Economics Series and the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences - are available on ScienceDirect.

Users can access approximately 7 million full-text articles from all fields of science. Most journal articles become available on ScienceDirect immediately after peer review and before the printed versions are issued. Additionally, users gain online access to features not available in print, such as cross-publisher linking via CrossRef, and multimedia features, such as video, audio and supplementary spreadsheet files.

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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