NLM’s Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) activated in response to recent hurricanes and Mexico earthquakes

Elsevier providing free access to medical and disaster content through NIH’s U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) program


New York, September 22, 2017

Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health, is providing free access online to health and disaster-related journals through the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI), a program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in partnership with the U.S. National Library of Medicine, for healthcare professionals and libraries.

The NLM activated the EAI in response to the recent Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria which devastated parts of Texas, Florida, South Carolina and Louisiana and several Caribbean islands, as well as the recent earthquakes in Mexico.

The EAI is a partnership between NLM and many participating publishers, including Elsevier, to provide free access to full-text from more than 650 biomedical journals and more than 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster.

This is the eighth time the EAI has been activated, including for the earthquake in Haiti; flooding in Pakistan; the cholera epidemic in Haiti; the earthquake and tsunami in Japan; the typhoon in the Philippines; the Ebola outbreak in West Africa; and the earthquake in Nepal.

In addition to Elsevier’s collection of more than 500 health and medical journals, Elsevier has added the following journals more specifically related to disaster and environmental science:

  • World Development
  • Science of the Total Environment
  • International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Earth Science Reviews
  • Marine Geology
  • Safety Science.

If you know of a library or organization involved in healthcare efforts in response to the hurricanes in the southeastern United States and Caribbean, please let them know of this service.

Go here for further details about the EAI.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare and improve performance for the benefit of humanity. 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, more than 35,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professionals and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com

Christopher Capot
Global Communications, Elsevier
+1 917 704 5174
c.capot@elsevier.com