Elsevier Offers Free Access to ScienceDirect to Early Career Researchers Impacted by an Uncertain Job Market

   Elsevier Offers Free Access to ScienceDirect to Early Career Researchers
                     Impacted by an Uncertain Job Market

  PR Newswire

  AMSTERDAM, November 13, 2012

AMSTERDAM, November 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

- A new program aims to help postdocs stay current in their field

Elsevier , a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical
information products and services, today announced the launch of the Postdoc
Free Access Program, a new initiative designed to help early career
researchers who are in between research positions stay up-to-date in their

For scholars who have recently received their PhD and currently do not have a
research position, the program will offer postdocs a Free Access Passport,
with complimentary access to journals and books on ScienceDirect for up to 6

The global economic climate for science funding has created new challenges for
post doctoral students, especially for those looking for employment. In
response to this growing trend, the program was conceived by editors and
publishers at Elsevier who began to hear from postdocs in countries where
funding has been hit hardest. Many emphasized the mounting pressure to stay
competitive and publish, in many cases without the resources to do so.

Lenka Stockova, a research assistant from the Czech Republic said about the
initiative, "This is a great opportunity for postdocs to keep in touch with
the latest news in their field of interest and to identify the most active
centers of research where they can apply for a position." According to Lenka,
access to published research is "not only important, it is really necessary.
Otherwise you cannot keep up with the latest research in your branch of

Professor Stephen Neidle, Editor-in-Chief of Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
, part of Elsevier's flagship Tetrahedron chemistry journal portfolio, who was
part of the team that devised the program, explains, "Postdocs are facing a
challenging time as big pharma has closed down many operations in Europe and
the United States. University budgets are squeezed and research budgets are
reduced. It will be important to keep the interest and commitment of the
younger generation."

In order to qualify for the Free Access Passport, candidates will be asked to
fill out a form verifying their credentials, before December 15, 2012. Once
approved, they will receive a personal code allowing access to ScienceDirect.

Qualifying criteria include:

  *Postdoc researchers who have received their PhD within the past 10 years
  *At least one recent postdoc position which was completed in the past three
    months or that will be completed within three months
  *A letter of recommendation from the postdoc's supervisor and/or
    institution verifying employment

For Alicia Wise, Elsevier's Director of Universal Access, the program provides
an opportunity to invest in the future of science by keeping promising young
scientists--who would otherwise be without access to content--current in their
field. "Postdocs today face a multitude of challenges, between an uncertain
job market and the inherent temporary nature of research projects themselves,"
she said. "At Elsevier, we know that access to published research is vital for
early career researchers to stay connected, to stay competitive, and to get
that next project or job."

More information about the program and the application form can be accessed at

About ScienceDirect

ScienceDirect contains over a quarter of the world's full text scientific,
technical and medical (STM) peer-reviewed articles - managed by renowned
editors, written by respected authors and read by researchers from around the
globe. Elsevier's extensive full-text collection covers authoritative titles
from the core scientific literature with more than ten million articles
available online. Coverage includes over 2,500 journal titles published by
Elsevier with dynamic linking to journals from approximately 2,000 STM
publishers through CrossRef. Additionally, SciVerse ScienceDirect contains an
expanding library of online major reference works, handbooks, book series and
over 10,000 eBooks in all fields of science seamlessly interlinked with
primary research referenced in journal articles.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical
information products and services. The company works in partnership with the
global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals,
including The Lancet and Cell , and close to 20,000 book titles, including
major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions
include ScienceDirect , Scopus , Reaxys , MD Consult and Mosby's Nursing Suite
, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the
SciVal suite and MEDai's Pinpoint Review , which help research and health care
institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people
worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC , a world-leading
publisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier
PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL
(London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

Media contact Tom Reller Vice President, Global Corporate Relations
+1-215-239-3508 T.Reller@Elsevier.com
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