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QUOSA acquired by Elsevier

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QUOSA was already known by ScienceDirect and Scopus’ users for the PDF download facilities embedded into the Elsevier’s products.

Elsevier’s acquisition of QUOSA marks a continuation of this collaboration which has boosted research productivity for the users of both solutions.

“QUOSA empowers enterprises to share full-text scientific information faster and more efficiently, helping users to get more out of their information while controlling costs, all with one easy-to-use copyright observant solution,” said Malcolm MacKenzie, President and CEO, QUOSA. “Both our customers and the wider research community stand to benefit from the pooling of resources and expertise with Elsevier.”

Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Boston, QUOSA began by targeting the academic and government segments and now also serves a range of corporate customers, including more than half of the Top 25 pharma-biotech companies. Financial details of the acquisition are not being disclosed.

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January 13, 2012 at 5:46 pm

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Demonstrating ROI of paid databases at AstraZeneca

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In this video presentation, Rosemary Lau, from AstraZeneca, gives her view on the challenges of demonstrating ROI of paid R&D information tools, against the backdrop of free information sources, budget cuts and changing business strategy. In her presentation she analyzes cost savings realized from Elsevier’s paid information tools, and the tangible and intangible savings in terms of a scientist’s time.

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December 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm

BioMedExperts: a new release

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BiomedExperts, now part of Elsevier,  has today 374,000 users.

BiomedExperts is a free online service for the life sciences community to connect, network, communicate and collaborate. It is the world’s first pre-populated scientific professional network for life science researchers.

BiomedExperts contains the research profiles of more than 1.8 million life science researchers, representing over 26 million connections from over 2,700 institutions in more than 160 countries. These profiles were generated from author and co-author information from 18 million publications published in over 20,000 journals!

For me, BME remains one of the best sources to locate medical experts… 


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September 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm

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Elsevier wants to create an incubation environment

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In this podcast from Copyright Clearance Center, Rafael Sidi, Elsevier talks about a new app ecosystem.

Sidi explains that “as a scientific publishing company, we are moving to a solution space and we don’t want to be just an information provider, but we want to also provide solutions to our customers, to our market… We want to go to the community, collaborate with the community and build the solutions together with the community.”

 In order to have their “data easily remixable, reusable,” they are “going to the crowd.  We are letting them play with our data and build on top of our data stuff that they need to build, because at the end, scientists and researchers, they know their problem better than us.”

With the main goal to accelerate science, Elsevier reaches out to the community in hopes to collaborate to find new solutions. “We want to create an incubation environment for the scientific and research community.  [In some case], we providing some seed funding to startup companies… Our goal for the future, definitely, we want to create an Elsevier incubation environment.”

 The podcast and transcript are available at:

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August 8, 2011 at 5:12 pm

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Ebooks: Scientists prefer the PDF format

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Ebooks survey, Indiana University, departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 81 respondents, 2011.

Some findings:

  • E-books and print will coexist for a long time in the foreseeable future
  • The first reason to use ebook is availability 24/7
  • The first concern, the difficulty to read
  • Preferred format is PDF
  • Critical features: ability to print, full-text search
  • Preferred vendors: Wiley, Springer, Elsevier

Zhang, Y. & Beckman, R. E-book usage among Chemist, Biochemists and Biologists: Findings of a survey and Interviews. ISTL, Spring 2011. Online:

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June 21, 2011 at 6:34 pm

STM Publishers: The economic crisis is away now

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The world’s largest pub-lishers have begun growing again after weathering the global recession over the past three years, with -Pearson once again emerging as top dog. (…)

Pearson leads the pack as the world’s largest book publisher..
The London-based group is hotly pursued on the list by professional and STM publishers Reed Elsevier, ThomsonReuters, and Wolters Kluwer, each of whom now has sales well above their 2008 levels. (…)

Among the 10 largest groups, professional and STM publishing is the largest sector, with 43% of the total revenues…

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June 21, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Open Access, Publishers profit and the medical community

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A manifesto, by a student of the activist coalition RightToResearch.

These days there is continuous discussion on ways to improve the efficiency, quality, and cost-effectiveness of healthcare.

I would argue that one of the most neglected and important ways to improve our healthcare delivery and innovation is by opening access to research. “Open Access” is the free, immediate, unrestricted availability of high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship over the Internet … (…)

6 arguments:

  1. Education: The gap in access to up to date information diminishes our ability as students to educate ourselves. Furthermore, this gap in access is likely to grow. In the current era of budget cuts at public universities and hospitals, expensive journal subscriptions make an attractive target of cost savings. So where does this leave student education? With an even larger gap in access, the majority of students will be unable to fully access information crucial to our education
  2. Patient care: This gap in information access is even larger in private practice where doctors often only subscribe to a handful of journals due to cost restrictions
  3. Innovation: Research thrives on the sharing of ideas, and research careers are made by publishing widely read articles that inspire other people’s research or change the way we practice healthcare. For the author, the goal of publishing an article is to move patient care or medical innovation forward, not to have a list of unread articles serving as bullet points on a resume. Increasing open access to research allows for a free exchange of ideas serving both the goals of the researcher and the benefit of students and patients
  4. Patient’s right: None of these (alternative) sources (wikipedia, wesites, etc.) provide reliable information to patients. In fact, I would argue these resources only increase the duress of patients and families by providing views that often contradict the information provided by the doctor without providing an evidence base
  5. Global Health Equity: Open access to research would be another step towards reducing steep health disparities in developing countries
  6. Public investment: The vast majority of medical research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, a federal organization funded by you, the taxpayer. Why do we invest our public dollars in research? To improve patient care and medical innovation, of course – an outcome that only happens when students, physicians, researchers, and patients have open access to research

Anderson, Tim. 6 reasons Open Access matters to the Medical community. The Right To Research Coalition blog. Online, posted on: April 2011.

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April 26, 2011 at 7:29 pm