|Elsevier Science has announced that, in conjunction with the integration
of Academic Press journals into ScienceDirect, it is launching E-Choice,
a new electronic license option. E-Choice offers electronic subscriptions
to a licensee's selected collection of Elsevier Science and Academic Press
journals and allows each licensee to purchase print subscriptions to the
same selected titles at deeply discounted prices. However, there is no
requirement that any E-Choice licensee maintain print subscriptions. E-Choice
is an addition to the current range ofElsevier Science print and electronic
subscription options for academic libraries.
E-Choice allows each academic library to pace its transition from print
holdings while maintaining its core journal collection in electronic format.
According to the announcement, Elsevier Science has improved the electronic-only
licensing model that's popular with IDEAL customers by including in E-Choice
4 years of backfile access for journals in each institution's e-collection
at no added cost. Academic Press journals are expected to be fully loaded
onto ScienceDirect by May.
According to the announcement, E-Choice simplifies the licensing process
for libraries by providing one unified, convenient license for both Elsevier
Science and Academic Press journals. For end-users, E-Choice offers access
to the ScienceDirect platform, delivering speed, reliability, searching,
and linking across a larger collection of important research journals.
Derk Haank, Elsevier Science chairman, said: "We are pleased to offer
E-Choice, the latest in our range of innovative ScienceDirect licensing
options. The increased demand for e-only licensing anticipates the needs
of the future. Today, though the research process is already enhanced through
online searching, linking, and other electronic features, journal publishing
remains in a transitional stage. In the long term, however, the electronic
journal article will stand apart more definitively from the print version.
E-Choice provides a path to the future for the world's leading scientists
and researchers, and for the world's leading journals."
Source: Elsevier Science, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 011-31-20-485-2661;