Elsevier signs agreement with Hellenic Academic Libraries Link

Deal brings scientific and medical information to Greece.

Amsterdam, 11 January 2005 - Elsevier announced the signing of a 5 -year agreement for the provision of vital scientific and medical information throughout Greece.

The agreement provides virtually all Greek researchers - composed of university undergraduates, graduate students, researchers, faculty and staff - with complete online access to full-text articles from over 1,800 journals, going back to 1995 and covering authoritative titles from the core scientific and medical literature including high impact factor titles such as The Lancet and Tetrahedron.

The Hellenic Academic Libraries Link, or HEAL Link, is the network of academic libraries throughout all of Greece that functions as a consortium and consists of 57 Greek educational and research institutions - including higher education institutions, the Academy of Athens and the National Library of Greece.

The agreement provides the Greek research community with access to approximately 6 million full-text articles on ScienceDirect. Furthermore, the agreement contains the standard Elsevier “walk-up” provision, which permits all Greek citizens coming to libraries for scientific and medical information, free access to content covered under the agreement. Furthermore, Elsevier has provided HEAL Link with price protection for the period of the contract.

"We are extremely pleased to finalize this agreement and extend our excellent cooperation with HEAL Link through 2009, now including additional academic institutes and governmental research bodies. HEAL-Link is one of the first e-only consortia, and the enormous increase in online usage we have witnessed with them is a trend we expect to continue,'' said Frank Vrancken Peeters, Elsevier’s Managing Director for Sales, Science & Technology, Elsevier. “We are proud to support the HEAL-Link libraries and are grateful for the continued support from the Ministry of Education and the General Secretariat for Research and Development to make this partnership happen.''

''Over the last few years, we have seen at least a 50% increase per annum in online usage, indicating the high appreciation our users show towards the content available through ScienceDirect. This is a great example of success in an agreement, since all parts (Elsevier, HEAL-Link and SWETS Information Services who have undertaken the Consortium’s financial administration part of the deal) benefit from it. We have the content we need at a price we can afford, within a timeframe that is useful. At the same time, we have also found good solutions for perpetual access to content with archival rights,” said Professor Vassilios J. Papazoglou, Chairman of the HEAL-Link Consortium. “It is a very good deal.”

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