ScienceDirect Significantly Expands Service to German Research Community

Elsevier’s online information resource popular with German institutes and universities


Amsterdam, 1 February 2007 - During 2005 and 2006, Elsevier, a leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical (STM) information, made several agreements with German research institutes, universities and consortia for access to the increasing wealth of scientific information contained within ScienceDirect, its unsurpassed online database.

Most recently, in December 2006, the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft decided to not only continue its ScienceDirect subscription for another three years, but also collaborate in the further development of ScienceDirect: Max Planck will deliver valuable input to make ScienceDirect even more useful for the scientific community. The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft - a vital element in Germany’s industrial and scientific landscape - has also chosen ScienceDirect as a source for scientific information. The new agreement with Elsevier ensures that all 12,500 researchers and employees working at 56 Fraunhofer institutes in Germany have access to journal content and an increasing range of reference works, books series and handbooks provided by Elsevier.

Also at the end of 2006, four new journal Backfile packages became available to the German research community through a nationwide license funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). This took the total to 14 Backfile packages, which range from the first volume of the first journal until 2002.

In addition, over the last two years, several new university customers opted for Elsevier’s platform, which hosts one quarter of the world’s STM articles. Among the new institutions that have chosen ScienceDirect are the prestigious University of Heidelberg and the universities of Dortmund, Jena, Mannheim, Passau and Greifswald. The agreements with these universities serve a community of about 100,000 students (not counting agreements with other smaller organizations that have been arranged in addition).

Elsevier has also consolidated and upgraded existing agreements with customers such as the Saxony Consortium, which has signed a licensing agreement to provide Scopus(R) and ScienceDirect(R) to their research community. The agreement ensures that all nine academic libraries in Saxony will provide more than 90,000 students and researchers with access to the world's most comprehensive and easy-to-use scientific STM information tools.

The latest uptake in Germany has come as Elsevier is taking steps to make ScienceDirect more customer focused and further expand its online content offering. In 2006, the company introduced the first in a series of user-driven enhancements with a new User Interface, Improved Browse, Search, and added Personalization Features. In 2007, approximately 4,000 book titles will be added to expand the platform’s breadth of coverage.

"I'm delighted that ScienceDirect is gaining widespread popularity in Germany," said Joep Verheggen, Director, ScienceDirect. "We have been working hard to ensure that the platform fits with user needs and ultimately helps enhance productivity. That many institutions in Germany will be benefiting from these developments is undoubtedly pleasing. Equally significant is the decision by Max Planck to contribute their valuable input to help ensure that ScienceDirect remains closely tied to what German users want as new technology becomes available and needs change."

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About the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science is an independent, non-profit research organization in Germany. The 80 Max Planck Institutes perform basic research in the interest of the general public in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. In particular, the Max Planck Society takes up new and innovative research areas that are not yet established at the German universities.

About the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
The Fraunhofer Society has a distinctive profile within the German research environment. Research of practical utility remains the focal objective of all activities, whether these involve contract research, pre-competitive research, consulting services or studies. The majority of the Fraunhofer Society’s activities therefore take place in the middle ground between public sponsorship and free enterprise.

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.

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 8 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 2,000 journals published by Elsevier and dynamic linking to journals from approximately 350 STM publishers through CrossRef. An expanding program of online major reference works, handbooks, book series and e-Books in all fields of science seamlessly interlinks with primary research referenced in journal articles.

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Michael Neuroth
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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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