Elsevier Launches SciTopics, the Expert-Generated Information and Collaboration Web Resource

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 General News
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AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, January 20 Elsevier todayannounced the launch of SciTopics (http://www.scitopics.com), a free onlineexpert-generated knowledge sharing service for the research community toquickly offer scientific, technical and medical knowledge on a variety ofsubjects. Designed as a perfect starting point for scientific research, thewebsite integrates a content publishing platform with search functionalitiesand community features. SciTopics guarantees high scientific standards byincorporating a very strict editorial policy, safeguarded by subject specificeditors. The service includes a continually growing number of pages with over650 SciTopics pages today, from more than 800 scientists.

The site creates a starting point for researchers to gain an introductoryoverview of a particular scientific topic and serves as a collaborationresource where users can share their views and engage in discussions withother SciTopics members. SciTopics allows scientists to easily identifyrelevant players, journals, websites and science news services in the field.Thereby offering a channel for researchers to identify potentialcollaboration partners and help journal editors find suitable authors andreviewers for their publications.

Using keywords selected by the SciTopics page author, Elsevier provideslinks to the most recent and most cited published articles on the subjectthrough Scopus (http://www.info.scopus.com), the world's largest abstract andcitation database of peer-reviewed literature. Keywords are also used toidentify links to relevant Web results and news through Scirus(http://www.scirus.com), Elsevier's science-specific search engine. Theseexternal links, updated each time the page is viewed, allow for more in-depthcoverage of the subject reflecting the most current information. SciTopicspage authors also offer a list of references and suggested Web resources.

"The speed of sharing information that has been made possible by theInternet has opened up a new fast-paced content channel, however, it hascreated a sense of data overload as well as significant concerns over qualityand accuracy," commented Dr. Garry Corthals, SciTopics Subject Editor,Biochemistry & Genetics. "SciTopics will leverage the instantaneous andinteractive nature of the Web, while narrowing the scope of content andoffering the peace of mind that comes with authoritative and moderatedmaterial."

SciTopics pages include a link to the author's profile page includingaffiliation, research interests, a list of publications and contact details.Authors are invited by a SciTopics Subject Editor or Elsevier Journal Editorto write a summary on a scientific topic of their choice. Additionally, thoseinterested in creating a SciTopics page may submit a suggested topic via thesite.

"While inclusion in a traditional peer-reviewed journal is still regardedas the ultimate signal of scientific integrity, in addition, authors are alsointerested looking for faster, more informal, dynamic and interactive ways toshare their knowledge and highlight their research," said Michiel van derHeyden, Head of Product Management, Academic & Government Product Group,Elsevier. "We are excited to introduce SciTopics as a free solution to helpresearchers, authors and editors locate information quickly and collaboratewith other members of the scientific community."

About SciTopics

SciTopics (http://www.scitopics.com) is a free expert-generatedknowledge-sharing service for the scientific community. Developed to serve asan information and collaboration service for researchers, SciTopics offersauthors a dynamic, quick, informal yet authoritative online publicationplatform.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical andmedical information products and services. Working in partnership with theglobal science and health communities, Elsevier's 7,000 employees in over 70offices worldwide publish more than 2,000 journals and 1,900 new books peryear, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, suchas 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 inAmsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. Elsevier is part ofReed Elsevier Group plc (http://www.reedelsevier.com/), a world-leadingpublisher and information provider. Operating in the science and medical,legal, education and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provideshigh-quality and flexible information solutions to users, with increasingemphasis on the Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier's tickersymbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK andENL (New York Stock Exchange).Name Malkie Bernheim/ Melanie Nadeau Padilla Speer Beardsle Phone +1-212-752-8338 E-mail mbernheim@psbpr.com/ mnadeau@psbpr.com

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