Universities Australia Provides Scopus Access to 39 Local Institutions

Amsterdam, 18 May 2010 – Elsevier and Universities Australia have reached a three-year agreement that will provide researchers in 39 Australian universities with access to Scopus, the company’s flagship product and the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.

The agreement further strengthens the relationship between Elsevier and Universities Australia, who together presented the inaugural Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Awards earlier this year. Hosted at the Parliament House of Australia, awards were presented to dedicated researchers under age 40 in various fields.

“We are proud to expand access to Scopus, a key solution for scholars to address their day-to-day challenges and improve productivity. This allows Australia to continue to position itself to contribute with an increasing proportion of leading research and innovation in a global market” said Dr. Glenn Withers, Chief Executive Officer of Universities Australia.

"Australia’s national commitment to increasing research excellence is admirable. Elsevier is proud to extend our partnership with Universities Australia and excited that the organization has decided to make Scopus available to each of its 39 member institutions. We will continue to work alongside Universities Australia to proactively support and uncover innovative solutions for Australia’s research community,” added YS Chi, Chief Executive Officer of Elsevier Science & Technology.

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.”

“Scopus is an indispensable, multi-disciplinary databases underpinning research and research performance analysis in Australian universities. CAUL welcomes their wide availability arising from these negotiations,” said Ms Cathrine Harboe-Ree, President of the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and University Librarian of Monash University.

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About Universities Australia
Universities Australia (UA) is the industry peak body representing the university sector, established on 22 May 2007. Universities Australia represents Australia's 39 universities in the public interest, both nationally and internationally. Members of Universities Australia are the universities, represented by their Chief Executive Officer - the Vice-Chancellor. Universities Australia strives to advance and promote the benefits of Australian Universities to the nation and support Australian Universities in the performance of their roles. http://www.universitiesaustralia.edu.au

About Scopus
Covering the world’s research literature, Scopus.com is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from 18,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles covered, but also integrates web and patent searches directly from its clean and simple interface. 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 http://www.info.scopus.com

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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