Elsevier and Beijing Normal University Cooperate to Offer Language Editing Assistance to Chinese Researchers and Students

Amsterdam, December 20, 2011 – Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and Beijing Normal University announced that they have entered into an agreement enabling researchers and students at Beijing Normal University to make use of Elsevier’s Language Editing Services.

The language editing services agreement with Beijing Normal University is the first of its kind. This service is normally offered to individual researchers through the Elsevier Webshop platform. It allows researchers worldwide to improve their scientific impact by ensuring the English of their articles is free of grammatical and spelling errors and ready for publication. More than 11,000 individual researchers have already used the service. By creating agreements on an institutional level, Elsevier aims to increase the availability of language editing services to researchers.

“Elsevier is committed to serving researchers across the globe,” said Bernard Aleva, Senior Vice President of Innovation and Product Development at Elsevier. “In an environment in which an increasing amount of article submissions are received from researchers with English as a second language, we consider providing English language services an important part of that commitment. In order to offer these services to as many researchers as possible, we are looking to cooperate with universities worldwide.”

“Beijing Normal University attaches great importance to internationalization,” said Kai Xiao, Deputy Director for International Exchange and Cooperation at Beijing Normal University. “However, English language is a bottleneck for our faculty and students to publishing internationally, especially in high-impact journals. By using Elsevier’s Language Editing Services, including a customized workflow tailored to the needs of BNU, we are able to remove that language barrier. We believe this will greatly increase the interest and confidence among faculty and students in publishing their research in English.”

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About BNU
Founded in 1902 Beijing Normal University (BNU) is one of the oldest universities in China. After over 100 years of development, BNU is now a comprehensive and research intensive university with its main characteristics of basic disciplines in science and humanities, teacher education and educational science. In 2010 BNU ranked 9th best among the universities in China by Netbig. The university has 16 national key disciplines, among which, the disciplines of Chinese Language and Literature, Education, Psychology are ranked 1st in China. BNU has a full-time student body of nearly 20,000, including over 8000 undergraduate students, over 9000 graduate students, and nearly 2000 long-term international students. BNU has 1792 faculty members, including 19 academicians of Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) and Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), leading the research in respective fields.

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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