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Max Planck expands access to Elsevier portfolio
January 2007
by Jeffrey Bouley  |  Email the author


MUNICH, Germany—Having operated on a decentralized basis with their library information services until now, the Max Planck Society recently entered into an agreement with Amsterdam-based scientific publisher Elsevier under which all scientists of the 80 Max Planck Institutes will be granted access to the entire Elsevier full-text portfolio for three years. In addition, the society has entered into a development relationship with Elsevier for future informational offerings from the publisher. The expanded library access encompasses some 7.5 million articles available through ScienceDirect, which is Elsevier's online content platform. The actual online library services that the Max Planck Society is accessing from Elsevier hasn't changed; only the scope of access to those services. The increased access to information is expected to improve pharmaceutical efforts for the society across all areas of research, from preclinical onward, and into other areas of study as well in life sciences, natural sciences and other areas. "The institutes had managed their libraries on their own before," notes Brant Emery, a spokesperson for ScienceDirect. "To maximize efficiency, the Max Planck Society decided to start a process last year of developing a centralized library. By doing so, they not only gain economies of scale, but are enabling a combination of online resources to be accessed by more researchers and to create a much better pool of information for everyone to draw from." To further maximize efficiency, the Max Planck Society decided to use only electronic versions of Elsevier-published articles, according to a news release jointly sent out by the society and Elsevier. In addition to broadening access to articles for its researchers, the Mac Planck Society also accepted an invitation from Elsevier to join ScienceDirect's Development Partner Program, which has been established to help model ScienceDirect's continuing development according to customer needs. "This program was started in 2006 and is a new program in which we develop close collaboration with academic, government and corporate entities to enable better development of products and features as well as creating a trusted network that can be involved in testing of prototypes and provide concept development help," Emery explains. "The Max Planck Society has been following the path of electronic information provision for several years and knows that excellent research is not possible without a wide information base and permanent developments in infrastructure," says Kurt Mehlhorn, vice president of the Max Planck Society. "Therefore, it makes sense that the existing collaboration is not only extended, but that further enhancements to ScienceDirect will also be directly influenced. This way we can bring in our experience in the development phase [of ScienceDirect] and supply our scientists with new possibilities quickly and ideally configured." 
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