Elsevier Collaborates with Ministry of Education Belarus in the Launch of a Nation-Wide University Consortium

Access to ScienceDirect and Scopus for all Belarus Republic universities supported at Government level

Minsk, Belarus, September 19, 2012– Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services, today announced its official collaboration with the Republic of Belarus Ministry of Education in the launch of a nation-wide university consortium providing access to ScienceDirect and Scopus for all universities of the Belarus Republic. The collaboration has been officially supported by the Minister of Education of Republic of Belarus Dr. Sergey A. Maskevich.

Over the last 5 years science and research conducted by universities have made significant contributions to the economy of the Republic of Belarus and investments in the universities have been actively encouraged by the Ministry of Education of Republic of Belarus. With the launch of this “roadmap,” the nation-wide university consortium, the Ministry secures collaboration with Elsevier at a national level.

Dr. Maskevich said, “Our universities have grown to become key hubs of innovation for the Belarus Republic, providing integration of higher education, science and industry, for the creation of innovative infrastructure to implement world knowledge and export our developments and technologies. We see Elsevier as a necessary element in this construction and are glad for this official collaboration.”

Dr. Igor Osipov, Elsevier’s Regional Director for Russia and Belarus added, “We are honored that through this 'roadmap' agreement with the Ministry of Education Belarus all Belorussian universities are now able to discover both ScienceDirect and Scopus as key tools for their international research advancement and we are happy to be able to share our publishing and author workshop expertise across the country. It is important to have official government support for our collaboration and we look forward to helping the Ministry map the ‘bigger picture’ of Belorussian research.”

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About the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus
 The Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus is a republican organ of government which pursues governmental policies in the field of education, provides regulation, management and governmental monitoring in the sphere of education as well as coordination of the related activities performed by the republican organs of government. In its activities the Ministry of Education is guided by the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus, the Regulation on the Ministry of Education and other laws of the Republic of Belarus. The Ministry of Education is subordinate to the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus, to which it is responsible for performing the tasks assigned and organizing the operation of the lower organizations.

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ScienceDirect (www.sciencedirect.com) contains over a quarter of the world's full text scientific, technical and medical (STM) peer-reviewed articles - managed by renowned editors, written by respected authors and read by researchers from around the globe. Elsevier's extensive full-text collection covers authoritative titles from the core scientific literature with more than ten million articles available online. Coverage includes over 2,500 journal titles published by Elsevier with dynamic linking to journals from approximately 2,000 STM publishers through CrossRef. Additionally, SciVerse ScienceDirect contains an expanding library of online major reference works, handbooks, book series and over 10,000 eBooks in all fields of science seamlessly interlinked with primary research referenced in journal articles.

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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. www.elsevier.com

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