University of Rome Tor Vergata signs license with ScienceDirect for electronic journal archive

Providing students and faculty with 24 hour access to journals dating as far back as 1823

Rome, 29 October 2008 - Elsevier and the University of Rome Tor Vergata have recently reached an agreement to provide the University library system with the fully digitalized copies of all the journals published by Elsevier since 1823, also known as ScienceDirect Backfiles. Students and researchers at Tor Vergata can now access over nine million articles online from anywhere on campus. The content purchased represents over one quarter of the entire world scientific literature in Science, Technology and Medicine.

Elsevier’s far-reaching project to scan and digitize Backfiles for its entire journal collection was launched in 2000. Through an ongoing investment of capital and resources, the collection now contains over four million articles and a total of 28 journal Backfile packages going back to volume 1, issue 1 where possible.

The University of Tor Vergata was founded in the 1980s, and most of its paper archives date back to that time. Making the investment into more backfile content will increase the value and importance of the university even more. Through these types of investments the library system of the University of Tor Vergata is now one of the most advanced library systems in Italy in terms of content and modern service. It offers most of its content online to all of its members without any limitations on where and when it can be accessed.

“Having the Backfiles online makes the library service more efficient and provides our members the opportunity to access the content 24 hours a day. Purchasing all of these journals in print, by contrast, would have been an impossible and expensive mission to accomplish”, says Dr. Gabriele Mazzitelli, Director of the Biomedical Library. “We consider this an investment for the present as well as for the future”.

This service is expected to continue having an impact on the quality of the service provided to the students, as well as having a positive impact on the quality and quantity of the research completed at Tor Vergata.

“I’m delighted to hear that the scientists, students, and researchers at the University of Tor Vergata will now be able to take advantage of so much valuable research, a real case of going back to the future,” notes Lindi Belfield, Senior Product Manager, ScienceDirect, Elsevier.

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About University of Rome Tor Vergata
Roma “Tor Vergata” is among the most important academic institutions in Italy. Founded in the 1980s based on the idea of an American style campus, it is unlike any of the traditional Universities in Italy. The campus covers a wide area in the south east outskirts of Rome with separate buildings for each of the 6 university faculties, plus several laboratories, research and teaching facilities.

The University has 44,000 students and over 1400 teaching staff. There are over 250 undergraduate and 78 graduate courses offered. Students and researchers can enjoy almost 500 laboratories and research facilities as well as 352 class rooms all over the campus area.

Several national research organizations are hosted on campus, including the National Research Council (CNR) as well as the Italian Space Agency. Several other research institutions of international relevance are located very close to the university, amongst them the European Space Agency, the National Center for Alternative Energy and the Synchrotron of the National Institute for Nuclear Physics. Such a mixture of academia and research makes the campus of Tor Vergata one of the most dynamic aggregates in terms of research and teaching in Italy.

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 THE LANCET, Cell and Tetrahedron. Almost nine 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 2,500 journals and dynamic linking to journals from approximately 2,000 STM publishers through CrossRef. An expanding program of online major reference works, handbooks, book series and e-books 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).

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