Elsevier Repeats Offer for Free Access to ScienceDirect for Early Career Researchers Impacted by an Uncertain Job Market

A program that helps postdocs stay current in their field is open for applications again

Amsterdam, June 3, 2013

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced that its Postdoc Free Access Program will be repeated, an initiative designed to help early career researchers who are in between research positions stay up-to-date in their field.

The global economic climate for science funding is creating challenges for postdoctoral students, especially for those looking for employment. In response to this growing trend, the program was conceived by editors and publishers at Elsevier who began to hear from postdocs in countries where funding has been hit hardest. Many emphasized the mounting pressure to stay competitive and publish, in many cases without the resources to do so.

For scholars who have recently received their PhD and currently do not have a research position, the program will offer postdocs a Free Access Passport, with complimentary access to journals and books on ScienceDirect for up to six months.

During a pilot in December 2012, access to ScienceDirect was granted to 64 individuals, most of whom used it for grant applications. One of them, Daniele Vergara from Italy said, “As a postdoc fellow in biological sciences, this program gives me the chance to maintain a vital scientific network, to read papers and write grants. In the absence of help from government and local institutions, the Elsevier program was a great experience, an innovative way to support postdocs during their research career.”

In order to qualify for the Free Access Passport, candidates will be asked to fill out a form verifying their credentials, before August 31, 2013. Once approved, they will receive a personal code allowing access to ScienceDirect.

Qualifying criteria include:

· Postdoctoral researchers who have received their PhD within the past five years

· Must have completed last research position (PhD research, postdoc or equivalent) on or after December 31, 2012 or hold a position that will be completed before August 31, 2013.

For more information about the program and to access the application form go to: www.elsevier.com/postdocfreeaccess

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About ScienceDirect
ScienceDirect is a world premier full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and 11,000 books. The platform offers search and retrieval functionalities that enable users to work effectively in the knowledge discovery process. ScienceDirect aims to revolutionize the traditional format of the academic paper; interactive elements, enhanced online-readability, alerting services, and linking options to external datasets help researchers to build insights at the article level. ScienceDirect now has more than 10 million users; its wide reach makes it an ideal place for scientists to publish and disseminate their research findings.

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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