Elsevier Announces Launch of 2collab, New Research 2.0 Platform

    - Supports Scientific Communities, Fosters Group Participation

    AMSTERDAM, Nov. 27 /CNW/ - Elsevier, the world's leading publisher of
science, technology and medical (STM) information, today announced the
official launch of 2collab (http://www.2collab.com), a free online platform
for scientific collaboration.
    2collab is a free Web application that provides researchers with a
platform to share resources with networks of peers and specialists, creating
an online community that facilitates information discovery, evaluation and
    This official launch follows a successful beta testing period and
incorporates feedback gained from researchers based at Elsevier's Development
Partners, which include a range of premier academic, government and corporate
institutions worldwide.
    "2collab provides the platform and tools needed for researchers to
connect with their peers, enhancing the way they work together and offering an
open and accessible space that will foster collaboration," said Jay Katzen,
Managing Director, Academic and Government Products, Elsevier.
    2collab allows researchers to add, share and rate bookmarks, tag
resources, and to add comments and create topical groups. Each user is
encouraged to create a personal profile, which everyone can view to ensure the
authenticity of fellow users. This creates an accessible environment where
specialists can work together on evaluating new research, discussing current
controversies and opportunities as well as providing a place for first-time
authors to promote their research.
    Elsevier's focus on developing Research 2.0 tools demonstrates its
continuous efforts in delivering innovations that allow researchers to
increase their productivity and effectiveness. The company's mission and
commitment to the scientific community is to deliver high-quality solutions
and to invest in furthering the development of the global science and medical
information communities.

    About 2collab

    2collab (http://www.2collab.com/) was developed in conjunction with
Elsevier's usability labs and its premier Development Partners, which include
many established research institutions. 2collab is a social research
application that provides a new way of processing scholarly information from
any source. 2collab provides a platform for researchers to connect with others
in their fields, making it possible to explore, share and collaborate,
increasing the chances to discover new research opportunities and mine the
collective wisdom of the its member community.

    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).

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