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January 15-31, 2005

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January 15-31, 2005 Edition GENERAL NEWS Elsevier Signs Agreement

With Hellenic to Bring

Medical Info to Greece

AMSTERDAM/01/11/05—Elsevier has announced the signing of a 5 -year agreement for the provision of vital scientific and medical information throughout Greece.

The agreement provides virtually all Greek researchers—composed of university undergraduates, graduate students, researchers, faculty and staff—with complete online access to full-text articles from over 1,800 journals, going back to 1995 and covering authoritative titles from the core scientific and medical literature including high impact factor titles such as The Lancet and Tetrahedron.

The Hellenic Academic Libraries Link, or HEAL Link, is the network of academic libraries throughout all of Greece that functions as a consortium and consists of 57 Greek educational and research institutions—including higher education institutions, the Academy of Athens and the National Library of Greece.

The agreement provides the Greek research community with access to approximately 6 million full-text articles on ScienceDirect. Furthermore, the agreement contains the standard Elsevier “walk-up” provision, which permits all Greek citizens coming to libraries for scientific and medical information, free access to content covered under the agreement. Furthermore, Elsevier has provided HEAL Link with price protection for the period of the contract.

“We are extremely pleased to finalize this agreement and extend our excellent cooperation with HEAL Link through 2009, now including additional academic institutes and governmental research bodies. HEAL-Link is one of the first e-only consortia, and the enormous increase in online usage we have witnessed with them is a trend we expect to continue,” said Frank Vrancken Peeters, Elsevier’s Managing Director for Sales, Science & Technology, Elsevier. “We are proud to support the HEAL-Link libraries and are grateful for the continued support from the Ministry of Education and the General Secretariat for Research and Development to make this partnership happen.”

“Over the last few years, we have seen at least a 50% increase per annum in online usage, indicating the high appreciation our users show towards the content available through ScienceDirect. This is a great example of success in an agreement, since all parts (Elsevier, HEAL-Link and SWETS Information Services who have undertaken the Consortium’s financial administration part of the deal) benefit from it. We have the content we need at a price we can afford, within a timeframe that is useful. At the same time, we have also found good solutions for perpetual access to content with archival rights,” said Professor Vassilios J. Papazoglou, Chairman of the HEAL-Link Consortium. “It is a very good deal.”

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. Working in partnership with the global science and health communities, Elsevier’s 7,000 employees in 74 offices worldwide publish more than 1,800 journals and 2,200 new books per year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, such as ScienceDirect ( http://www.sciencedirect.com/), MD Consult ( http://www.mdconsult.com/), Scopus (http://www.news.scopus.com/), bibliographic databases, online reference works and subject specific portals.

Elsevier ( http://www.elsevier.com/) is a global business headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. Elsevier is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a world-leading publisher and information provider. Operating in the science and medical, legal, education and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provides high-quality and flexible information solutions to users, with increasing emphasis on the Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier’s ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

Elsevier Signs Agreement

With Tunisian Ministry

of Higher Education

Amsterdam/01/04/05—Elsevier has signed a one-year agreement with the Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Technology in Tunisia for the provision of on-line access to vital scientific and medical information.

The agreement provides the entire research community throughout Tunisia—which is made up of over 9,200 researchers – with complete access to all journals available on Elsevier’s ScienceDirect. This agreement provides full-text articles from over 1,800 journals going back to 1999, and covering authoritative titles from core scientific and medical literature. High impact factor titles such as The Lancet and Tetrahedron will be covered by this agreement.

Elsevier was the first publisher the Ministry selected, following a trial period of access to all journals on ScienceDirect. The Tunisian research community quickly realized the value of having access to over 6 million full text articles, and the overall interest was overwhelming. The ministry selected 60 electronic subscriptions beginning in 2003, and increased that number to 200 over the course of 2004.

“We greatly appreciate access to Elsevier’s journal portfolio, and recognize the great value it brings to the Tunisian research community,” said Madam Ben Abdallah, Director, Centre National Universitaire de Documentation Scientifique et Technique (part of the Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education.)

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. Working in partnership with the global science and health communities, Elsevier’s 7,000 employees in 74 offices worldwide publish more than 1,800 journals and 2,200 new books per year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, such as ScienceDirect ( http://www.sciencedirect.com/), MD Consult ( http://www.mdconsult.com/), Scopus ( http://www.elsevier.com/), bibliographic databases, and online reference works.

Elsevier ( http://www.elsevier.com/) is a global business headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a world-leading publisher and information provider. Operating in the science and medical, legal, education and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provides high-quality and flexible information solutions to users, with increasing emphasis on the Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier’s ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).