November 24, 2014

Report: Elsevier in “Advanced Talks” to Acquire Mendeley For $100 Million

From TechCrunch: TechCrunch understands from sources close to the companies that the deal is underway and should close this quarter, possibly by the end of February — all things being equal — and will be in the region of $100 million. The news comes at a pretty busy time for Mendeley: it has also closed […]

Scholarly Publishing: Elsevier Designers On “Designing the Article of the Future”

Here’s a new extended blog post loaded with screenshots and charts by Dr. Elena Zudilova-Seinstra from the “Article of the Future” User Design Group at Elsevier. The ongoing Article of the Future project began several years ago. In her post Zudilova-Seinstra discusses how the group developed the layout now being used for all articles delivered […]

Editor of an Elsevier Journal Resigns Over Open Access

From European Public Sector Information Platform: Associate editor Winston Hide of the Elsevier magazine Genomics has resigned from the editorial board, stating “I can no longer work for a system that puts profit above access to research” and that publisher Elsevier effectively denies the developing world access to research findings. Hide writes: “As associate editor […]

ProQuest and Elsevier Expand Agreement for Medical Publications

From ProQuest: ProQuest and Elsevier Health are expanding their relationship for licensing of the Lancet family of medical journals to include 36 additional acclaimed health science titles from Elsevier in ProQuest’s information products. The new three-year agreement enables the full text of these journals to be discovered within the context of libraries’ entire ProQuest collections. [Clip] […]

Research4Life Expands Peer Reviewed Research Available to Developing World; More than 17,000 Resources Now Available

From Research4Life: Research4Life partners announced today that the content available through its collaborative public-private partnership has dramatically increased since 2011 to reach 17,000 peer reviewed scientific journals, books and databases. Research4Life provides over 6,000 institutions in more than 100 developing countries with free or low cost access to peer-reviewed online content from the world’s leading […]

Pilot Projects: Elsevier Tests Peer Review Report Transparency

From an Elsevier Announcement: Elsevier has launched a pilot project aimed at improving the quality of peer review. Review reports for articles in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology will be published alongside the article on SciVerse ScienceDirect. The pilot will last until the end of 2012. If successful, the initiative will also be applied to other […]

Elsevier Withdraws Support For the Research Works Act But Continues to Oppose Government Mandates

UPDATE: Full Text of Letter From Elsevier to Mathematics Community Released today. It includes the following paragraph: To make clear that we are committed to wider access, we have made the archives of 14 core mathematics journals open, from four years after publication, back to 1995, the year when we started publishing digitally. All current […]

NPR's "On the Media" Discusses Scholarly Publishing and Elsevier Boycott

Segment Title: Trouble for Elsevier, the Leading Academic Publisher Program: On the Media (WNYC) The segment runs about seven minutes. Late last month, a Cambridge Mathematician wrote a blog post that launched a massive boycott of the largest publisher of academic journals in the world. The boycott, now more than 6,000 academics strong, has ignited a […]

Reed Elsevier Reports 2011 Results

From The Bookseller: The academic publisher saw its underlying sales grow by 2% to £2,058m for the year to 31st December 2011, from £2,026m in 2010, while its underlying operating profit increased by 4% to £768m from £724m, due to “increased efficiency” at the company. The science and technology field performance particularly stood out, with […]

University of Pittsburgh Reacts to Elsevier Boycott (incl. Info on Elsevier's Contract With Pitt Libraries)

From the University Times (Pitt’s Faculty and Staff Newspaper): Fellow mathematicians [protest founder Tim Gowers, is a mathematician] including Juan Manfredi, Pitt’s vice provost for Undergraduate Studies, have made up the bulk of the early signers of the declaration. The University administration would not make Manfredi available to comment for this story. [Clip] Pitt mathematics […]