Elsevier and Endeavor Information Systems Provide Chinese Academic Consortium with Online Access to ScienceDirect

Des Plaines, IL, May 17, 2006 — Elsevier, a world-leading scientific and healthcare publisher, and Endeavor Information Systems (www.endinfosys.com), one of the leading worldwide providers of library management software and a wholly owned subsidiary of Elsevier, today announced that the more than 100 member organizations of the Chinese Academic Library & Information System (CALIS) will transition to the Web-based version of ScienceDirect by July 2006. Previously, those organizations utilized a localized version of ScienceDirect to access the more than seven-and-half million articles, 2,000 journals and hundreds of Elsevier books available through this comprehensive information resource.

“Elsevier continues to deliver innovative solutions that provide our global customer base with seamless access to a wealth of scientific, technical and medical resources,” said Frank Vrancken Peeters, managing director, Academic & Government, Science & Technology, Elsevier. “In particular, our success in working with a number of institutions in China is a direct reflection of the strength of Elsevier’s content, our flexibility in providing multiple delivery channels for that content and our willingness to meet our customers’ linguistic requirements.”

Previously, CALIS’ localized version of ScienceDirect required a weekly update of articles and journals achieved by uploading content accessed from CD-ROMs, which were sent directly from Elsevier’s Amsterdam headquarters.

“Elsevier and Endeavor share in the privilege of providing the members of the CALIS consortium access to ScienceDirect,” said Roland Dietz, president and CEO, Endeavor. “As recent technologic and telecommunications advancements have made online access to ScienceDirect faster and more secure, this Web-based model will allow us to realize increased economies of scale while delivering the latest academic research in ‘real time.’

”While in the past, language and distribution barriers have prevented Chinese research from becoming more widely accessible. In June 2005, Elsevier launched its comprehensive Chinese Journal Cooperation Program (CJCP) partnering with Chinese publishers, societies and research institutes, to improve international quality and distribution of Chinese journals. The CJCP oversaw the recent addition of Chinese journals to the ScienceDirect China Collection, announced in March 2006 with the goal of providing unique online access to peer-reviewed literature from an emerging global player, on the world’s leading full-text platform.

Previously, in November 2005 Elsevier launched a joint translation center with Science Press, a leading scientific, technical and medical publisher in China. The translation center aims to reciprocally promote books and journals in the Chinese and international markets. Additionally, in December 2005, research from the Robert Gordon University in Scotland examined patterns of Chinese international co-authorship and the impact of Elsevier journals. The study revealed that 9.4 percent of Elsevier’s published articles had at least one Chinese author; a favorable comparison given the wider Chinese world share of 6.52 percent.

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About ScienceDirect
Over a quarter of the world’s full text scientific, technical and medical (STM) articles – managed by renowned editors, written by respected authors and read by researchers from around the globe – are available in one place: ScienceDirect (www.sciencedirect.com). Elsevier’s extensive and unique full text collection covers authoritative titles from the core scientific literature including high impact factor titles such as THE LANCET, Cell and Tetrahedron. Over 7 million articles are available online, including Articles in Press which offer rapid access to recently accepted manuscripts.

The critical mass of information available on ScienceDirect is unsurpassed. Coverage includes over 1,800 journals published by Elsevier and dynamic linking to journals from approximately 350 STM publishers through CrossRef. An expanding program of online major reference works and book series in all fields of science seamlessly interlinks with primary research referenced in journal articles.

About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems produces advanced library management systems for research and public librarians seeking to integrate ever-increasing electronic resources within their collections. Since 1994, Endeavor has pioneered library management systems by offering enhanced functionality coupled with intuitive interfaces that increase usability and efficiency. Its heritage of technological innovation and service to libraries as well as its significant financial strength as a wholly owned subsidiary of Elsevier combine to make Endeavor Information Systems an industry leader. Visit Endeavor at www.endinfosys.com for more information.

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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