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Elsevier Joins InChI Trust as a Charter Member

September 10, 2009

NEUCHATEL, Switzerland, September 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Elsevier,
a leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products
and services, today announced it has become one of the Charter Members of the
InChI Trust and will have a seat on the board at the first InChI Trust Board
meeting on September 11th.

Originally developed by the International Union of Pure and Applied
Chemistry (IUPAC), the IUPAC International Chemical Identifier (InChI) is a
non-proprietary, international standard to represent chemical structures as
an alpha-numeric character string generated by an algorithm. InChIs are
machine-readable and therefore allow chemistry and chemical structures to be
much more navigable and discoverable. The InChI Trust is a not-for-profit
organization established to develop and improve on the current InChI standard
and thereby further enable the interlinking of chemistry and chemical
structures on the web.

Recognizing that scientists need to navigate through a range of
information sources, Elsevier has already implemented InChI Keys within
Reaxys(R), the leading workflow solution for synthetic chemists. The use of
InChIs also ties into the broader Elsevier strategy of Content Innovation in
which research articles are enriched to provide more depth, value, and
context to our users. For the chemistry journals available on ScienceDirect,
the incorporation of InChI keys will accordingly improve the discoverability
and organisation of compounds within the chemistry scientific literature,
facilitating and accelerating connectivity to other research tools and
content sources.

“Elsevier understands that chemists use a variety of tools and
information sources in their research work,” said Dr. David Evans, Director
Scientific Affairs at Elsevier Properties SA, and representing Elsevier at
the Trust Board meeting. “The aim is to help them to navigate seamlessly
through the relevant data and ultimately help them to increase their research
productivity. We believe that InChIs will make an increasing contribution to
this ambition and we are therefore delighted to be involved in the InChI
Trust from the start.”

“Elsevier is without doubt one of the world’s most important providers of
chemistry information,” said InChI Trust Project Director, Dr. Stephen
Heller
. “They have used InChIs since the outset and we are all delighted to
have them as charter members of the InChI Trust as it further reinforces the
message that InChIs are set to become a major standard in the communication
of chemistry information.”

For more information about Elsevier joining the InChI Trust please
contact David Evans

Director Scientific Affairs, Elsevier Properties SA, at
david.evans@reedelsevier.ch

About Elsevier Elsevier is a world-leading publisher 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 (http://www.thelancet.com) and Cell
(http://www.cell.com ), and close to 20,000 book titles, including major
reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include
ScienceDirect (http://www.sciencedirect.com), Scopus (http://www.scopus.com),
Reaxys (http://www.reaxys.com), MD Consult (http://www.mdconsult.com) and
Nursing Consult (http://www.nursingconsult.com), which enhance the
productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite
(http://www.scival.com ) and MEDai’s Pinpoint Review (http://www.medai.com),
which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more
cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier (
http://www.elsevier.com) employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part
of Reed Elsevier Group PLC (http://www.reedelsevier.com), a world-leading
publisher and information provider. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext
Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock
Exchange).

About Elsevier Properties SA

Elsevier Properties SA since 2007 has been the owner of the Beilstein
Database and the Reaxys trademark. Elsevier Properties SA is a part of Reed
Elsevier
.

About The InChI Trust

The InChI Trust is a not-for-profit organization to expand and develop
the InChI chemical structure representation algorithm. The InChI project was
initially undertaken by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
(IUPAC) with the cooperation of National Institute for Standards and
Technology (NIST). The IUPAC International Chemical Identifier (InChI) is an
alpha-numeric character string generated by an algorithm. The InChI was
developed as a new, non-proprietary, international standard to represent
chemical structures. In 2009, a standard version of InChI and the InChIKey
were released and the InChI Trust was established to support the continued
development of InChI, and maintenance of the InChI algorithm.

For more information about Elsevier joining the InChI Trust please
contact David Evans, Director Scientific Affairs, Elsevier Properties SA, at
david.evans@reedelsevier.ch

SOURCE Elsevier


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