Information Today
Volume 18, Issue 6 — June 2001
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Elsevier Science Introduces

Elsevier Science has announced the launch of (, a search engine dedicated to science. According to the announcement, Scirus is the world’s most comprehensive search engine specifically designed for finding highly relevant scientific information. Using search engine technology developed by Fast Search & Transfer ASA (FAST), Scirus pinpoints both free and access-controlled scientific information sources that conventional, generic search engines can’t find, according to the company.

"We supply a tailor-made tool specifically for the scientist," said Derk Haank, Elsevier Science’s CEO. "It really fulfills the desire of scientists to put important refereed research in the context of everything else that’s available. People don’t like to search in boxes—they want to search the universe. The way I see it, Scirus is a targeted entrance to the universe."

Scirus searches the whole Web, including access-controlled sites. It currently covers more than 60 million science-related pages and is capable of reading non-text files in formats such as Adobe PDF and PostScript. According to the company, Scirus yields more precise results because it indexes complete documents. It can direct users to more peer-reviewed articles than any other search engine.

Scirus is powered by the same core technology behind FAST’s It also leverages specialized linguistic search algorithms specifically designed to target scientific content. FAST is providing hosting services for the Scirus search engine.

In addition to scientific information that’s freely available on the Web, Scirus will cover Elsevier Science’s information resources: ScienceDirect, BioMedNet, and ChemWeb. Elsevier Science is currently in final negotiations with other scientific publishing companies to make their proprietary databases searchable through Scirus.

Scirus is also available as a Web search capability on ScienceDirect (, complementing both its scientific literature and the scientific content available via its linking capabilities.

[For an in-depth look at Scirus, see the Internet Insights column on page 34.]

Source: Elsevier Science, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 011-31-20-4853851;

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