JISC Collections and Elsevier renew agreement for electronic journal content through 2016

Collaborative approach has helped keep focus on researchers’ information needs

London, November 29, 2011 – JISC Collections announced today that they have agreed the terms of a license to renew access for the next five years to Elsevier’s journal content, via their SciVerse ScienceDirect platform. The vast majority of researchers at UK academic institutions will have online access to all 2,000+ Elsevier journals. Furthermore, the agreement also offers institutions multiple access options, depending on their needs.

“JISC Collections and Elsevier worked well together throughout the process to ensure that researchers will have access to maximum amount of material while considering universities’ financial constraints,” said Paul Harwood of JISC Collections. “We are pleased with the outcome and the positive relationship we have developed with Elsevier.”

“Over the last few months we have worked together with JISC Collections to create a long-term arrangement to not only provide UK researchers with the quality content they need, but deliver it through increasingly sophisticated online solutions, directly enhancing their workflow,” said Ron Mobed, CEO, Elsevier Science & Technology. “We believe this agreement makes a major contribution to sustaining and advancing the UK’s position as a global leader in research.”

JISC Collections and Elsevier stressed a shared commitment to investing in information as a driver of research excellence and efficiency. JISC Collections has initiated a series of projects to serve researchers and academic libraries, including projects developing effective and sustainable business models for e-resources, studies examining the needs and behaviours of modern students and researchers, and projects exploring how innovative tools and technology can support efficient library procurement. Similarly,Elsevier is working with the UK Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS), the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), and the 1994 Group on a series of initiatives to support the UK’s goals of sustaining and advancing its leadership position in research.

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About JISC Collections
JISC Collections was established by the UK Higher and Further Education funding councils, to support the procurement of digital content for education and research in the UK. It undertakes negotiations with a large number of scholarly and research publishers on behalf of UK universities and colleges in the area of e-journals, e-books, databases and datasets achieving best pricing and licensing conditions for its members. (See: www.jisc-collections.ac.uk).

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics company 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, 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

Media contacts
Lorraine Estelle
JISC Collections
+44 (0)20 3006 6005
l.estelle@jisc-collections.ac.uk

Paul Harwood
JISC Collections
+44 (0)20 3006 6085
p.harwood@jisc-collections.ac.uk