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11/08/11

Iran Physics Society calls for Elsevier to lift information ban

Source: ISNA

Physics Society of Iran called for Elsevier publishing company to lift information ban on two Iranian universities. The Head of Physics Society of Iran Akbarzadeh in a letter to the Head of Elsevier said the decision goes against academic norms and international scientific co-existence.

"Physic Society of Iran has been informed that Elsevier publishing company has restricted access of some Iranian universities to its publications," he said in the letter.

"We do not regard the decision in line with academic norms. Access to scientific information without political considerations has been one of the principles of peaceful scientific co-existence throughout history."

Elsevier is a publishing company which publishes medical and scientific literature. It is a part of the Reed Elsevier group. Based in Amsterdam, the company has operations in the United Kingdom, USA and elsewhere.

Elsevier took its name from the Dutch publishing house Elzevir, which, however, had no connection with the present company. The Elzevir family operated as booksellers and publishers in the Netherlands. Its founder, Lodewijk Elzevir (1542-1617), lived in Leiden and established the business in 1580.

Elsevier was founded in 1880. Leading products include journals such as The Lancet and Cell, books such as Gray's Anatomy, the SciVerse ScienceDirect collection of electronic journals, the Trends and Current Opinion series of journals, and the online citation database SciVerse Scopus. Its free researcher collaboration tool, 2collab, launched in 2007, was discontinued in 2011.

Elsevier publishing company's website banned the access of Iranian Shahid Beheshti University (SBU) as well as Malek-Ashtar University to its scientific data.

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