Press Release: Elsevier Launches Mobile-First Personalized Education Platform
July 29, 2016 at 1:48 pm

ST. LOUIS — July 28, 2016 — Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, has launched Sherpath, a first-of-its-kind nursing and allied health, adaptive and mobile-first education platform focused on improving student outcomes. "As digital learners, healthcare students now require shorter and more targeted, media-rich content accessible on their…

2% Revenue Rise for Elsevier in First Half
July 29, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Elsevier's business trends "remain positive", with underlying revenue growth of 2% for the first half of 2016, parent company RELX Group has reported. Revenues for Elsevier — the Scientific, Technical and Medical division of the RELX Group — for the six months to 30th June were £1,056m (2015: £987m), 80% of which were generated by digital.

Academic Publishing Meets Open Access
May 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm

If you want to read an article from the Journal of Financial Economics, and you don't have a subscription or access to a library that does, publisher Elsevier will charge you $39.95. For one article! Don't despair, though. You can also just go to the Social Science Research Network, where drafts -- in some cases…

Elsevier Acquires Online Community SSRN
May 17, 2016 at 2:13 pm

STM publisher Elsevier has acquired the largest repository and community for social science and humanities researchers in the world, SSRN, to accelerate its social strategy and scale the network up for the benefit of "the entire scientific ecosystem". Elsevier has not disclosed how much it paid for American research preprint repository and online community SSRN, but revealed it will…

Winning Strategies for Journal Publishers
March 14, 2016 at 2:19 pm

It’s three years now since I posted “The Inexorable Path of the Professional Society Publisher” and I thought it was time to revisit it. What’s always troubled me about that post is that it takes the view of the underdog — that is, of the small or mid-size professional society publisher — which is struggling…

Press Release: Elsevier’s New ECC Webcasts Platform Provides Free Access to Webcasts of the European Cancer Congress
January 26, 2016 at 2:40 pm

AMSTERDAM—January 21, 2016—A new online platform gives healthcare professionals free access to a selection of lectures from Europe’s biggest cancer conference, providing them with the latest research on a variety of cancers and treatments. The ECC Webcasts platform (eccwebcasts.ejcancer.com), run by Elsevier and hosted by the European Journal of Cancer (EJC), features webcasts of some…

BitLit Adds Springer to Bundling Publisher-Partners
December 7, 2015 at 11:39 am

Springer has become the latest publisher to offer ebook bundles to readers through Vancouver's BitLit. In an announcement made today (December 7), BitLit personnel tell The Bookseller that the new arrangement will add more than 100,000 titles to BitLit's "Shelfie" app. Some 1,200 publishers now offer some degree of bundling through BitLit, according to the…

Elsevier Poised to Take on Thomson Reuters in Citation Metrics Market
June 9, 2015

Each June, editors, publishers, and authors anxiously await the release of the Journal Citation Report (JCR)-a dataset that reports, among other things, Journal Impact Factors for approximately 12,000 scholarly publications.

While new titles are added to the JCR each year, several dozens will be suppressed for "anomalous citation patterns." Stated in more direct language, the JCR will kick out journals that attempt to game the system. Thomson Reuters, the publishers of the JCR, prefers to use language that does not infer intent; however, the result is the same. Last year, 38 titles were delisted from the JCR

Elsevier Clashes With Researchers Over Open Access Publishing for Academic Texts
May 29, 2015

Academic publishing is a multi-million dollar business dominated by just a few major publishing houses. Many academics and open access advocates believe that's unfair-publishers simply take researchers' work and sell it back to them, they say. Stan Correy takes a look at the state of play.

In 2001, I did a story for RN's Background Briefing called Knowledge Indignation: Road Rage on the Information Superhighway.

That rage was aimed at companies in the STM industry-science, technology and medical publishing.  Leading the charge against these commercial publishers were scientists, doctors, university librarians and other researchers