ScienceDirect® launches New Release

New content and functionality meet requests from scientific community

Amsterdam, 17 December 2004 – Elsevier's leading web delivery platform ScienceDirect, has expanded its full-text collection and introduced enhanced functionality to improve the customer experience. The new release has also advanced the Shibboleth authentication system, allowing researchers to gain remote access more easily.

ScienceDirect is one of the first electronic resources to partner with InCommon Federation. Utilization of Shibboleth software means that users from InCommon universities and colleges can now benefit from remote off-campus access to ScienceDirect without additional administration by participating institutions. Shibboleth technology enables the use of the same login credentials to access multiple information resources so that users can link seamlessly to other Shibboleth-protected information. By offering support for all the major authentication standards, Shibboleth allows institutions the opportunity to evolve their authentication procedures at their own pace. ScienceDirect is also accessible through Athens, which provides simultaneous access to multiple online resources via the use of one username and password (single sign-on). The Athens access management system recently incorporated Shibboleth interoperability, ensuring users have the simplest route to any licensed resource. This allows Shibboleth-enabled organisations to access Athens-protected resources and Athens-enabled organisations to access Shibboleth-protected resources.

ScienceDirect has also been rapidly expanded to include major new English-language titles from German publisher Urban & Fischer, now part of Elsevier. In addition to ScienceDirect’s over 2,000 journal titles, a total of 28 English-language journals have been added in 2004, including prestigious titles such as Flora and European Journal of Cell Biology, and are available through promotional access. An additional eight Urban & Fischer titles will be added in 2005.

The collections of Major Reference Works, Book Series and Handbooks on ScienceDirect have also been significantly expanded, as well as backfiles of journal issues back to the first published volumes.

With ScienceDirect the research process is enhanced, with unparalleled searching and linking functionality all on a single, easy to use interface. ScienceDirect's new features include image-based linking, pre-defined search alerts on specific topics, as well as a more user-friendly “table of contents.” 

Researchers and scientists around the world will now be able to access more content with greater ease thanks to this release.

''At ScienceDirect, we aim to provide the highest quality scientific information in a comprehensive way, efficiently and effectively. Research professionals have told us that they need to have these tools, this content, and they rely on ScienceDirect to deliver. Above all else, scientists look to ScienceDirect as a reliable scientific resource--one that they can count on.'' said Amanda Spiteri, Global Marketing Director, ScienceDirect.

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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. Elsevier’s extensive and unique full- text collection covers authoritative titles from the core scientific literature including high impact factor titles such as Cell, THE LANCET, and Tetrahedron. Over 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 2,000 journals published by Elsevier and dynamic linking to journals from approximately 170 leading STM publishers through CrossRef. An expanding suite of scientific full-text content 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 Eduserv Athens
Eduserv Athens is a leading access and identity management system and service for distributed enterprises. Since 1995, Eduserv Athens has grown to become the de facto standard, within UK higher and further education and health sectors, for secure access management to hundreds of internal and external online services and resources. Currently, more than 2,000 organisations in 50-plus countries use Athens to manage 3.1 million-plus user accounts and access rights, and its use is rapidly growing internationally and within the UK public sector. 

Eduserv Athens provides comprehensive web based administration tools requiring no technical expertise, remote access with the same facilities and resources as experienced by on-site users and on-demand access statistics for subsets of users and online resources. Furthermore, Eduserv Athens facilitates an organisation’s ability to meet online service providers’ licence requirements and is configurable to integrate with existing local authentication services.

For more information about Eduserv Athens, please visit www.eduserv.org.uk/athens.

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).

Contact:

Michelle Willemsen-Rusbridge

Elsevier, ScienceDirect

+31 (0)20 485 3857

m.rusbridge@elsevier.com