One million registered users for The Lancet online

Pioneering medical journal marks important milestone.

Pioneering medical journal marks important milestone.

London, 19 October 2004– The Lancet®, the world's longest continuously published medical journal, has reached a milestone – the number of registered users of its website,, has now surpassed the 'One Million Mark'.

In 1996, The Lancet became the world's first medical journal to offer full-text online access to research articles. Usage of has continued to grow dramatically as more people turn to online information sources. At a time when the methods by which medical research is communicated to the world have once again become a 'hot issue', this is a singularly significant achievement for The Lancet.

David Allen, Head of Circulation for The Lancet said: "Pioneering researchers look to a ground-breaking journal like The Lancet to communicate their work to the greatest possible number of users - whether practitioners or fellow members of the medical research community. The Lancet is committed to delivering more peer-reviewed research to more end-users via more channels than ever before."

Downloads of The Lancet content by institutional users via ScienceDirect® (Elsevier’s electronic platform) topped 2.4 million in 2003 alone. The number of registered users of our website,, continues to rise and this summer saw the launch of The Lancet Mobile - offering The Lancet content via mobile phone and personal digital assistant for the first time."

The Lancet, as well as more than 600 Elsevier journals, continues to support the World Health Organization's Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI), thereby making its content freely available through the internet to users in the developing world.

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About The Lancet

Founded in 1823 by surgeon Thomas Wakley with a vision ‘to inform, to reform, and to entertain’, nearly 200 years later The Lancet’s vision remains unchanged. The journal is one of a select few weekly medical titles published worldwide which seeks to influence clinical practice by the publication of high-quality peer-reviewed research covering a broad spectrum of medical disciplines of appeal to clinical practitioners and research academics alike.

In addition to the publication of peer-reviewed research, the journal educates readers through a weekly seminar on a specific topic and regular review articles analysing the status of research in a particular field; regular obituaries and reviews of books, websites, and exhibitions and a lively correspondence section add to The Lancet’s vibrancy and colour. Available by print or online subscription, recent developments have seen the emergence of three monthly specialty review journals: The Lancet Oncology, The Lancet Infectious Diseases, and The Lancet Neurology. October 2003 heralded the arrival of 180 years of electronic Lancet archive material from ScienceDirect®.

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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