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DataStar, Dialog, and Ovid to Host EMBASE Classic Database from Elsevier


Elsevier, the leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information and producer of EMBASE, announces that agreements have been signed with both Thomson Scientific and Wolters Kluwer Health to host the new EMBASE Classic bibliographic database on DataStar, Dialog, Ovid and SilverPlatter beginning fall 2007. This EMBASE Classic release will mark the first time that the EMBASE backfile from 1947-1973 will be accessible in electronic form. It will enable institutions to obtain perpetual access to this important body of information. To celebrate the upcoming release of EMBASE Classic, an introductory pre-launch sales offer is currently available.

“With EMBASE Classic, researchers will have access to the early literature on the market-leading Ovid platform that is so critical to understanding major developments in their field. This continues to fulfill the commitment of Wolters Kluwer Health to provide librarians with comprehensive information in important subject areas to support the research needs of their institution,” said Scott MacFarland, Vice President of Content Management at Wolters Kluwer Health. “Our EMBASE implementation features industry-leading functionality of the EMTREE thesaurus, enabling researchers to quickly locate the precise information they need. EMBASE Classic will be an excellent addition and is the kind of offering our customers have come to expect from Ovid.” EMBASE Classic will be available on both the Ovid Gateway and SilverPlatter WebSPIRS platforms.

“Thomson Scientific understands the vital need for archive data to enhance search and analysis capabilities, and the upcoming release of the EMBASE Classic database is sure to accelerate biomedical and pharmacological research efforts worldwide,” said Geoffrey Dick, Director, Publisher Management, Thomson Scientific. “Combined with other archive data recently added to Dialog and DataStar, including BIOSIS and Zoological Record, EMBASE Classic will provide greater context for current and future research. We are pleased that we will soon be able to offer this valuable content to our Dialog and DataStar customers.”

Amanda Spiteri, Director of Elsevier’s Pharmaceutical Development Group, commented that, “Because this year marks the 60th anniversary of EMBASE, it makes it particularly gratifying to launch EMBASE Classic at this time, enabling today’s researchers to look back at critical research that has paved the way for advancements in science and medicine. We are very pleased to have reached agreements with two of the major online vendors.”

EMBASE Classic is a fully digitized 27-year backfile that is drawn from 43 Excerpta Medica Abstract Journal print titles and includes more than 1.8 million bibliographic records of articles published in 3,000 international biomedical and pharmacological titles.

EMTREE, Elsevier’s Life Science Thesaurus, has been implemented across the file for precision retrieval. The thesaurus contains over 52,000 preferred terms and more than 215,000 synonyms. Historic medical and drug terms have been identified and added to the current version of EMTREE. Please visit for a complete product overview.

Please contact your sales representative at Ovid, Dialog or DataStar today to find out how you can take advantage of the introductory sales offer.


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