Elsevier and Conference of Italian University Rectors Provide 60 Italian Universities with Access to Scopus

Amsterdam, 6 May 2010 – Elsevier and the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI) have reached a multi-year agreement that will provide researchers in 60 Italian Universities with access to Scopus, the company’s flagship product and the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Built in collaboration with scientists and librarians from around the world and launched commercially in 2004, Scopus has since been endorsed and adopted by researchers in the world’s top universities as well as international research assessment agencies.

“The contract signed with Elsevier represents a great opportunity for the entire Italian university system”, says Enrico Decleva, President of the CRUI, “In fact, citation databases of peer-reviewed literature, used for many years by university libraries for bibliographic purposes, are now playing an ever-growing role in the quality assessment of scientific literature. Besides the economic advantage of a national contract for single universities, there is at least one more aspect to be taken into consideration. The contract paves the road to a wide range of cooperation opportunities with Elsevier, among which the possibility to cross-check Italian affiliations is just the most urgent one”.

"We are very pleased that CRUI has decided to expand access to Scopus for most Italian universities and we see it as a first step toward a long-term collaboration to support the Italian research community with their challenges”, added Niels Weertman, Director of Product Management Scopus and SciVal for Elsevier.

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About CRUI
The Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI) is the association of state and private universities in Italy. Established in 1963 as a private association of Rectors, the CRUI has over time acquired an acknowledged institutional and representative role, as well as a practical capacity to influence the development of the university system through its intense activity of study and experimentation. Since 2001, the Conference of Italian University Rectors has been flanked on its managerial and executive functions by the CRUI Foundation, which is entrusted with developing projects and services in conformity with the strategies of the Conference of Italian University Rectors.

About Scopus
Covering the world’s research literature, Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality Web sources with smart tools to track analyze and visualize research. Scopus was designed and developed with over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from over 15,000 peer-reviewed journals from 4,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles covered, but also directly integrates Web and patent searches. Direct links to full-text articles, library resources and other applications like reference management software, make Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use than any other literature research tool. For more information about Scopus please visit www.info.scopus.com.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey— and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 35,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com

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