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Leading research libraries sample ScienceDirect eBooks Program

Prestigious institutions participate in trial of 500 eBooks available on ScienceDirect


Amsterdam, May 23, 2007 -- Elsevier, a leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical (STM) information, today announced that more than 900 leading research libraries and corporations from all over the world are participating in the trial of eBooks on ScienceDirect. The trial will provide participating institutes with preliminary access to 500 of the 4,000 scientific and technical books that will be launched on ScienceDirect in the third quarter of 2007.

"We aim to widen the range of eBooks available and, therefore, welcome the opportunity to trial the new ScienceDirect eBooks program," said Laurent Jonchère, head of acquisitions, l'Université de Rennes 1.

"We decided to take up the eBooks trial because we have a policy to develop our electronic resources and ever since our decision many years ago to be early adopters of such a strategy, our students just absolutely love it! The titles offered are very much in sync with our teaching and research needs and they greatly enhance student learning in this institution," said Robyn Benjamin, Associate Librarian University of Western Sydney, Australia.

The eBooks program represents a major expansion to the reference works, handbooks and book series already available on ScienceDirect. At launch, the program will comprise high-quality selected titles published from 1995 to the present day. The books will cover a wide range of scientific disciplines, including those published under the renowned Pergamon and Academic Press imprints. Following the launch, approximately 50 newly published titles will be added to the eBooks list on ScienceDirect each month, offering researchers unparalleled integration and linking between the latest online book and journal information.

"The eBooks program will help librarians maximize their users' search productivity in a credible environment that researchers are already familiar with" said Joep Verheggen, Director, ScienceDirect. "Researchers will be able to search across all relevant information published in books and journals, focusing research efforts and saving time."


The ScienceDirect eBooks program ( will render these and many other authoritative titles fully searchable and linked not only with referenced book series, handbooks and reference works but also the world's largest repository of full-text journal content. This development offers researchers a significantly broader perspective of their field of study, from a single industry leading interface.

To review the list of titles available, or to inquire about participating in the trial, please visit

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 eight 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 2,000 STM publishers through CrossRef. An expanding program of online major reference works, handbooks, book series and eBooks in all fields of science seamlessly interlinks with primary research referenced in journal articles.

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 (, MD Consult (, Scopus (, bibliographic databases, and online reference works.

Elsevier ( is a global business headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. Elsevier is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc (, 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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