Elsevier and the Library of Alexandria Sign a Three Year Agreement to Provide Access to ScienceDirect and Scopus to 150 Researchers in Low-income Countries

Elsevier-Library of Alexandria Memorandum of Understanding drives research usage and access with virtual knowledge community in developing countries

Amsterdam, NL, December 3, 2013

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and the Library of Alexandria (BA) announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide 150 researchers working in least-developed and low-income countries across the globe with access to ScienceDirect, Elsevier's online scientific research platform with 11 million full text articles and Scopus, an abstract and citation database containing 21,000 peer-reviewed journals from 5,000 publishers. The new agreement will provide courtesy access for a period of three years.

As an integral part of this initiative, the BA will also facilitate research capacity building, or the development of strong research skills through a closed Virtual Knowledge Community (VKC) to provide the scientists with regular support including: research best practices, information literacy and authorship skills training.

"Science can help feed the hungry, heal the sick, protect the environment, bring dignity to work and create space for the joy of self-expression…But if we do not build capacity for the deprived to have access to the best of science, the gap between the rich and the poor will increase", said Dr. Ismael Serageldin, Director of the Library of Alexandria, "This collaboration between Elsevier and the Library of Alexandria is intended to empower many researchers in Africa to have access to the best of science today."

Many of the 150 scientists who will be granted access to ScienceDirect and Scopus focus their research on areas relevant to the UN Millennium Development Goals including the treatment and prevention of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis; promoting rural development with improved water, sanitation and food security.

Mohamed Kamel, Elsevier's Regional Director Africa, said, "It is an honor to support the critical work that the Library of Alexandria is undertaking to provide access to information, develop capacity and drive science in key developing world institutes, bringing researchers closer to their peers across the world. This carefully targeted South-South knowledge exchange is part of our overall effort with Research4Life and the Elsevier Foundation to provide clinicians, researchers, and policymakers in the developing world with access to the information they need to address critical health and sustainability challenges."

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About The Library of Alexandria

Situated close to the original site of the ancient Library of Alexandria, The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the New Library of Alexandria, inaugurated in October 2002, is dedicated to recapturing the spirit of the original library. It aspires to be the world's window on Egypt and Egypt's window on the world. The library complex contains space for millions of books, a center for the internet and its archive, museums of antiquities, manuscripts, the history of science and more. In addition the library includes fifteen research institutes covering Manuscripts Studies, Calligraphy and Writing Studies, Francophone Cultural Activities, Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage, Alexandria and Mediterranean Studies, Special Studies and Programs, Democracy  and Social Peace, Hellenistic Studies, Development Studies, Environmental Studies, Islamic Civilization Studies, Coptic Studies, Information Sciences, Arabic Computational Linguistics Studies and Genealogies Studies.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. www.elsevier.com

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