Elsevier and the Egyptian Government Sign National License Agreement to Expand Access to Scientific and Medical Information and Tools

Collaboration aims to boost Egypt’s education, health care, research and innovation capacity

Cairo, Egypt, November 16, 2015

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced a multi-year agreement with the Egyptian Government, which supports the country’s aim to further develop as knowledge-driven society and strengthen its position as an education hub in the Arab region. The national license agreement includes access to ScienceDirect, Elsevier's full-text platform for research literature, Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and ClinicalKey, Elsevier’s online search engine that provides evidence-based clinical answers to healthcare professionals and students.

The agreement was signed by Prof. Tarek Shawki, Secretary General of the Presidential Specialized Councils on behalf of the Egyptian Government, and Gino Ussi, Elsevier’s Executive Vice President Research Solutions Sales. It will provide Egyptian researchers, students, caregivers and professionals with the content and tools that will further improve the research and education system, promote a culture of quality and standards across healthcare institutions and stimulate innovation and the economy.

Prof. Tarek Shawki said, “The mega national project called the ‘Egyptian Knowledge Bank’ is an integral building block for developing an Egyptian learning society in which all citizens are given the opportunity to learn, think and innovate. This effort brings together the world’s knowledge in one of the largest global digital libraries that is accessible to all that are able to drive inspiration, learning and innovation nationwide. We look forward to a very fruitful collaboration with Elsevier through which we advance scientific research and innovation in Egypt. ”

Gino Ussi added, “We’re in the business of advancing science and health for the benefit of society, among other things by providing the broadest possible access to content and technology that empowers knowledge. That’s what motivates us. It’s exciting to work with like-minded people like Prof. Shawki on a project that has the potential to unleash the enormous research and innovation potential of Egypt. ”

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About Egyptian Specialized Presidential Councils
Specialized Councils are four presidential councils specialized in community development, education and scientific research, economic development, and foreign policy and national security. The community development council is concerned with “studying and suggesting public policies that aim to develop a community based on the foundations of justice, equality, opportunity, respect, and the acceptance of the other”. The education and research council is responsible for contributing policy suggestions for all different levels of developmental education, as well as coordinating with research centers in various fields. Meanwhile the economic development council is set to study economic policies that can lead to increased production and better use of resources. The foreign affairs and national Security Council will study Egypt’s foreign relations, and suggest public policies that can “achieve the security and well-being of the country externally and internally”.

About ScienceDirect
ScienceDirect is Elsevier’s leading information solution that empowers over 15 million researchers, teachers, students, healthcare professionals and information professionals around the world to be more impactful in their work. ScienceDirect combines authoritative, full-text scientific, technical and health publications with smart, intuitive functionality so users can stay more informed, and can work more effectively and efficiently. With over 13 million publications from nearly 2,500 journals and over 33,000 books from Elsevier, our imprints and our society partners, ScienceDirect empowers smarter research.

About Scopus
Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and features tools to track, analyze and visualize scholarly research. Its comprehensive database contains 55+ million items indexed from 21,000 titles from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and arts and humanities. Scopus was designed and developed with input from researchers and librarians and features direct links to subscribed full-text articles, other library resources and interoperability with applications such as reference management software. Scopus is part of the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio which includes the SciVal tools, the Pure system, rich data assets and custom Analytical Services.

About Elsevier Research Intelligence
Elsevier Research Intelligence is a comprehensive research information management portfolio which improves the ability to establish, execute, and evaluate research strategies. The portfolio includes the new-generation SciVal tool, the Pure system, and our custom Analytical Services, as well as rich data assets like Scopus, and the reference management technology of Mendeley. Elsevier Research Intelligence enables research organizations, funders, policy-makers, and individual researchers to make better decisions, improve collaboration, attract investment, and optimize expenditure - all to enhance research strategy, execution, and performance.

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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