First users in Asia Pacific to benefit from Scopus

University of Newcastle ensures access to new navigational tool for over 20,000 staff and students.

Tokyo, 1 December 2004 – At the Scopus launch event held at the Grand Hyatt in Tokyo on November 18, Elsevier announced the University of Newcastle as the first customer to lic ense Scopus in Asia Pacific. Selected customers and prospects who attended the event are the University of Newcastle’s Greg Anderson and Kirston Neilson.

Scopus is a new navigational product from Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and health information products and services used by leading institutions all over the world.

 Scopus is the world's largest abstract and indexing database covering 27 million abstracts and citations from over 14,000 STM and social science journal titles and conference proceedings, from over 4,000 international publishers. Superior navigation through the available scientific literature is enabled by means of new searching and browsing functionality. 85 institutions in Asia Pacific have been trialing Scopus prior to its commercial launch.

The University of Newcastle was among the first institutions to trial Scopus in Australasia when the pre-release version of Scopus became available earlier this year. The University of Newcastle was quick to recognize the unique value of Scopus when the product was used by its user community during the 3-month trial and decided to license Scopus after the trial ended in October 2004. 

With this purchase, the University of Newcastle has become the first library in Australia as well as Asia Pacific to subscribe to the new service, giving over 20,000 academic staff and students access to a more extensive range of resources than that available to students at other Australian institutions.

"This launch is a great opportunity to have the University of Newcastle internationally recognized as a leader in the provision of electronic resources for its staff and students. Our long commitment to giving our students access to an intensive range of resources now gives us a chance to be major players in the Australasian region," says Greg Anderson, Director of Library Services, University of Newcastle.

Linda Dunne, Account Manager for Australasia commented, “Scopus was officially introduced to Australasia only in July and the interest has been tremendous with 15 customers actively trialing the product to date. In adopting Scopus before anyone else in the region, the University of Newcastle has, in effect, equipped its staff and students with a superior navigational tool, ensuring better search results”.

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Scopus Background

About University of Newcastle, Australia
The University of Newcastle was established in 1965 and has a student population of just over 20,000. Over 150 undergraduate and graduate programmes are offered via five Faculties - Business and Law; Education and Arts; Engineering and Built Environment; Health; and Science and Information Technology.

The University is an exceptional achiever in research with an international reputation for expertise in innovative approaches to teaching and learning. With campuses in both the Central Coast and Hunter regions of NSW, The University of Newcastle serves a community of around a million people.

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.

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).