Public Release:  Elsevier announces launch of 2collab, new research 2.0 platform

Supports scientific communities, fosters group participation

Elsevier

Amsterdam - November 27, 2007 - Elsevier, the world's leading publisher of science, technology and medical (STM) information, today announced the official launch of 2collab (www.2collab.com), a free online platform for scientific collaboration.

2collab is a free Web application that provides researchers with a platform to share resources with networks of peers and specialists, creating an online community that facilitates information discovery, evaluation and debate.

This official launch follows a successful beta testing period and incorporates feedback gained from researchers based at Elsevier's Development Partners, which include a range of premier academic, government and corporate institutions worldwide.

"2collab provides the platform and tools needed for researchers to connect with their peers, enhancing the way they work together and offering an open and accessible space that will foster collaboration," said Jay Katzen, Managing Director, Academic and Government Products, Elsevier.

2collab allows researchers to add, share and rate bookmarks, tag resources, and to add comments and create topical groups. Each user is encouraged to create a personal profile, which everyone can view to ensure the authenticity of fellow users. This creates an accessible environment where specialists can work together on evaluating new research, discussing current controversies and opportunities as well as providing a place for first-time authors to promote their research.

Elsevier's focus on developing Research 2.0 tools demonstrates its continuous efforts in delivering innovations that allow researchers to increase their productivity and effectiveness. The company's mission and commitment to the scientific community is to deliver high-quality solutions and to invest in furthering the development of the global science and medical information communities.

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About 2collab

2collab (http://www.2collab.com/) was developed in conjunction with Elsevier's usability labs and its premier Development Partners, which include many established research institutions. 2collab is a social research application that provides a new way of processing scholarly information from any source. 2collab provides a platform for researchers to connect with others in their fields, making it possible to explore, share and collaborate, increasing the chances to discover new research opportunities and mine the collective wisdom of the its member community.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. Working in partnership with the global science and health communities, Elsevier's 7,000 employees in over 70 offices worldwide publish more than 2,000 journals and 1,900 new books per year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, such as ScienceDirect (http://www.sciencedirect.com/), MD Consult (http://www.mdconsult.com/), Scopus (http://www.info.scopus.com/), bibliographic databases, and online reference works.

Elsevier (http://www.elsevier.com/) is a global business headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. Elsevier is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc (http://www.reedelsevier.com/), a world-leading publisher and information provider. Operating in the science and medical, legal, education and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provides high-quality and flexible information solutions to users, with increasing emphasis on the Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier's ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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