Association for Laboratory Automation Extends Publishing Agreement with Elsevier

Contributing to the progress and application of science by delivering superior information

St. Louis, April 23, 2007 – Elsevier is extremely pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with the Association for Laboratory Automation (ALA) to extend publication of the Journal of the Association for Laboratory Automation (JALA) through 2012.

"We are very proud to continue our relationship with the Association for Laboratory Automation. JALA is one of the 'jewels in the crown' in our society-partnership publishing portfolio and has recently been recognized by Association TRENDS magazine for excellence in scientific publishing," states Lynelle Korte, Associate Publisher at Elsevier.

"JALA is fortunate to be aligned with such a progressive publishing partner," says Douglas Gurevitch, P.E., JALA Executive Editor. "Elsevier and ALA share a similar vision, to contribute to the progress and application of science by delivering superior information products and tools that build insights and enable advancement in research. Elsevier’s growing menu of innovative electronic resources, including ScienceDirect, Scopus, Scirus, Author Gateway and other editorial management systems, alerts and historical archives, make the journal more accessible to authors and readers throughout the world and thus contribute to the wider and more rapid dissemination of information," Gurevitch continues.

Greg Dummer, ALA executive director, adds that "ALA, the JALA editorial team and its publishing partner, Elsevier, have worked hard over the past four years to raise the quality bar and exceed ALA member expectations. It is evident that the information in JALA is in high demand and scientists embrace its unique role in published literature."

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About the Journal of the Association for Laboratory Automation (JALA)
Published bimonthly, JALA is a multi-disciplinary international forum devoted to the advancement of technology in the laboratory. It is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Association for Laboratory Automation and provides a unique forum for the presentation of method-focused scientific papers and related news, events and products.

JALA is the only journal devoted entirely to the research, development and application of technologies (including automated instruments, devices, software algorithms and methodologies) in clinical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and other scientific laboratories. Technologies covered by JALA are diverse, but all seek to improve efficiency and effectiveness of lab activities. On occasion, other journals may include an article on emerging lab technology, but only JALA offers a consistent forum for this expertise.

About the Association For Laboratory Automation (ALA)
ALA’s mission is to advance science and education related to laboratory automation by encouraging the study, advancing the science and improving the practice of medical and laboratory automation.

ALA is the only international organization devoted exclusively to the unique professional specialty known as laboratory automation. As such, ALA serves academic, commercial and government researchers, scientists and engineers from around the world who conduct research and develop new technologies to increase productivity, elevate experimental data quality, reduce lab process cycle times or enable experimentation that otherwise would be impossible.

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.

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