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Elsevier’s SciVal Experts Leads Participation in National Research Network

August 22, 2011

AMSTERDAM, August 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –

DIRECT2Experts connects researchers across disciplines,

institutions and platforms

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical
information products and services, announced that 14 institutions that use
SciVal Experts, Elsevier’s directory of research expertise, now participate
in DIRECT2Experts [http://direct2experts.org ]. This online network allows
users from academic institutions throughout the United States to find
potential research collaborators, regardless of their local platforms and
tools. DIRECT2Experts is a pilot project facilitated by the Research
Networking Group of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), a
consortium led by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for
Research Resources.

Users at institutions participating in the DIRECT2Experts network have
the opportunity to connect with researchers at other organizations in a
growing national research community, which could expand globally in the
future. Individual researchers can search and view researcher profiles in
SciVal Experts in addition to a variety of other databases such as Harvard
Catalyst Profiles, Stanford’s Community Academic Profiles (CAP), VIVO at
Cornell University and University of Florida, and Loki at the University of
Iowa. Currently, 14 of the 29 institutions in the DIRECT2Experts network
utilize SciVal Experts, including: Johns Hopkins University; Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; University of Michigan; and University of
California Davis.

“Enabling interoperability among different profile systems creates a
collective network of researchers better poised to connect with each other
and pool their expertise,” said Griffin Weber, Chief Technology Officer at
Harvard Medical School and Co-Chair of the CTSA Research Networking Group.
“By linking various institutions through DIRECT2Experts via their own
individual platforms, we are able to create a much larger network that
enables researchers to easily identify potential collaboration partners
throughout the United States.”

Niels Weertman, Vice President of SciVal at Elsevier, said, “Our
participation in DIRECT2Experts provides customers with a unique opportunity
to take advantage of the benefits of a SciVal Experts implementation -
pre-populated, automatically updated profiles- while still connecting with
peers in other researcher networks. We look forward to seeing the network
continue to grow.”

For more information about DIRECT2Experts, please visit
http://direct2experts.org. You will find more information on SciVal
Experts on http://www.info.scival.com/experts.

About the Elsevier SciVal(R) Suite
Elsevier’s SciVal suite [http://www.info.scival.com ] (
http://www.info.scival.com) of services supports academic and government
leadership in evaluating, establishing and executing research strategies
that optimize the performance of existing assets and maximize investments to
enhance near and long-term productivity. SciVal tools leverage Scopus(R)
data, Elsevier’s trusted source of bibliometric data, to offer innovative
yet authoritative solutions. Current suite offerings include: SciVal
Spotlight(TM), a strategic tool that generates unique institutional and
country maps of existing and emerging strengths based on an
interdisciplinary perspective of current performance; SciVal Funding(TM), an
online solution that provides targeted recommendations on grants to pursue
based on pre-populated research profiles and historical awards; SciVal
Strata, a web-based research performance tool that offers users the
flexibility to construct relevant contextual data to evaluate research teams
or individual researchers, using a range of indicators based on Scopus data;
SciVal Experts, a semantic technology-based application that enables
researchers to identify and locate sources of expertise at an individual or
departmental level within and across institutions..

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 [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
SciVerse ScienceDirect [http://www.sciencedirect.com ], SciVerse Scopus
[http://www.scopus.nl ], 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, 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).

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