Elsevier Repeats Offer for Free Access to ScienceDirect for Early Career Researchers Impacted by an Uncertain Job Market
AMSTERDAM, June 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
A program that helps postdocs stay current in their field is open for applications
Elsevier [http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/homepage.cws_home ], a world-leading
provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today
announced that its Postdoc Free Access Program [http://www.elsevier.com/postdocfreeaccess
] will be repeated, an initiative designed to help early career researchers who are in
between research positions stay up-to-date in their field.
The global economic climate for science funding is creating challenges for
postdoctoral 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
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 six months.
During a pilot in December 2012, access to ScienceDirect was granted to 64
individuals, most of whom used it for grant applications. One of them, Daniele Vergara
from Italy said, “As a postdoc fellow in biological sciences, this program gives me the
chance to maintain a vital scientific network, to read papers and write grants. In the
absence of help from government and local institutions, the Elsevier program was a great
experience, an innovative way to support postdocs during their research career.”
In order to qualify for the Free Access Passport, candidates will be asked to fill out
a form verifying their credentials, before August 31, 2013. Once approved, they will
receive a personal code allowing access to ScienceDirect.
Qualifying criteria include:
- Postdoctoral researchers who have received their PhD within the past five years - Must have completed last research position (PhD research, postdoc or equivalent) on or after December 31, 2012 or hold a position that will be completed before August 31, 2013.
For more information about the program and to access the application form go to:
ScienceDirect [http://www.sciencedirect.com ] is a world premier full-text scientific
database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed
journals and 11,000 books. The platform offers search and retrieval functionalities that
enable users to work effectively in the knowledge discovery process. ScienceDirect aims to
revolutionize the traditional format of the academic paper; interactive elements, enhanced
online-readability, alerting services, and linking options to external datasets help
researchers to build insights at the article level. ScienceDirect now has more than 10
million users; its wide reach makes it an ideal place for scientists to publish and
disseminate their research findings.
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
[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.elsevier.com/reaxys ], ClinicalKey
[https://www.clinicalkey.com ] and Mosby’s Suite [http://www.confidenceconnected.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/Pages/Home.aspx ], a world leading provider of professional
information solutions. The group employs more than 30,000 people, including more than
15,000 in North America. Reed Elsevier Group plc is owned equally by two parent companies,
Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. Their shares are traded on the London, Amsterdam
and New York Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam:
REN; New York: RUK and ENL.
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