Statement From Michael Hansen, CEO of Elsevier's Health Sciences Division, Regarding Australia Based Sponsored Journal Practices Between 2000 and 2005



    PHILADELPHIA, PA, May 7 /CNW/ - Elsevier, one of the world's leading
publishers of scientific, technical, and medical (STM) information products
and services, announced today that Michael Hansen, CEO of Elsevier's Health
Sciences Division, issued the following statement in light of recent
allegations of improper Australia based sponsored journal publication
practices between 2000 and 2005:
    "Elsevier prides itself on operating its business in the most ethical,
honest and transparent manner possible. We have been stewards of the
scientific record for more than 125 years and we take our role in advancing
medical and scientific research seriously.
    It has recently come to my attention that from 2000 to 2005, our
Australia office published a series of sponsored article compilation
publications, on behalf of pharmaceutical clients, that were made to look like
journals and lacked the proper disclosures. This was an unacceptable practice,
and we regret that it took place.
    We are currently conducting an internal review but believe this was an
isolated practice from a past period in time. It does not reflect the way we
operate today. The individuals involved in the project have long since left
the company. I have affirmed our business practices as they relate to what
defines a journal and the proper use of disclosure language with our employees
to ensure this does not happen again.
    We will continue to partner with all scientists and clinical
investigators, including those in the pharmaceutical industry, to help
communicate the findings of high-quality, peer-reviewed medical research. We
have strict disclosure rules in place so that readers are aware of any
financial interests behind a specific article or journal, or when entire
compilation products are created for pharmaceutical marketing purposes.
    I understand this issue has troubled our communities of authors, editors,
customers and employees. But I can assure all that the integrity of Elsevier's
publications and business practices remains intact."

    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 over 70
offices worldwide publish more than 2,000 journals and 1,900 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.info.scopus.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. Elsevier is part of Reed
Elsevier Group plc (http://www.reedelsevier.com/), 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).

    Tom Reller, Director, Corporate Relations, Elsevier
    +1-212-462-1912
    T.Reller@Elsevier.com




For further information:

For further information: Tom Reller, Director, Corporate Relations,
Elsevier, (212) 462-1912, T.Reller@Elsevier.com

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