ScienceDirect collection reaches 6 million full-text articles

Research process enhanced by critical mass of information delivered to the desktop.

Amsterdam, 28 June 2004 – Today, Elsevier announced that six million articles are now available on its premier electronic platform, ScienceDirect. This milestone in electronic scientific, technical and medical (STM) publishing means that researchers around the globe will be able to quickly and efficiently access an unsurpassed critical mass of information all from the convenience of their desktop.

ScienceDirect’s extensive and unique full-text collection covers over 1900 journals from the core scientific literature including titles such as THE LANCET, Cell and Tetrahedron. With ScienceDirect the research process is enhanced with unsurpassed searching and linking functionality all on a single, intuitive interface.

"Elsevier’s full-text collection on ScienceDirect has grown dramatically over the course of the last year,” says Arie Jongejan, CEO Science & Technology. "We increased our investments significantly to bring more peer-reviewed research to our users, which means that they will have unparalleled access to the world's STM literature."

The rapid growth of the ScienceDirect collection is due to the integration of several prestigious publications as well as the ongoing addition of the Backfiles - heritage collections in a number of disciplines. The latest step in this ambitious project to digitize all of Elsevier’s journals back to volume one, issue one, is the addition of the highly-cited Cell Press journal collection on ScienceDirect. Also available online for the first time are six Cell titles’ long-awaited Backfiles, containing more than 12,000 articles highlighting important historic developments in the field of life sciences.

‘’After five years in the market, we continue to be amazed at the rapid growth in usage, which has more or less doubled every year. We firmly believe this is a reflection of the ever increasing popularity of this must have resource for the science, technology and medical research community’’ says Eefke Smit, Managing Director of ScienceDirect and Bibliographic Databases. "In an age where research crosses disciplines and borders, a single platform that covers an estimated 25% of the world STM literature is an essential tool, and of great benefit to researchers."

The sixth millionth article loaded onto ScienceDirect entitled "Gene Switching and the Stability of Odorant Receptor Gene Choice" was authored by Benjamin M. Shykind, S. Christy Rohani, Sean O'Donnell, Adriana Nemes, Monica Mendelsohn, Yonghua Sun, Richard Axel and Gilad Barnea from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. The article appears in the 11 June issue of Elsevier's leading journal Cell, Volume 117, Issue 6, pages 689-847.

In addition to an extensive full-text journal collection, ScienceDirect has increased its offering of other types of full-text content, such as the recently enlarged Elsevier Reference Works on ScienceDirect, which is an expanding program of online reference works in all fields of science that seamlessly interlinks with primary research referenced in journals.

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 1,800 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 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).