Elsevier implements reciprocal linking between Earth Science content on ScienceDirect and related data sets of the Dept. of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory Tennessee, promotes flow of data, supports long term storage, preservation

CAMDEN, England , July 8, 2013 (press release) – Elsevier articles on ScienceDirect and datasets in the ORNL DAAC data repository now reciprocally linked

Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced its implementation of reciprocal linking between Earth Science content on ScienceDirect and related data sets of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory Tennessee (ORNL).

The ORNL Distributed Active Archive Center (ORNL DAAC), which is funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, US, provides facilities for archiving, discovery and accessibility of biogeochemical dynamics data. Research datasets deposited at the ORNL DAAC are now automatically linked to relevant articles in Elsevier journals available on ScienceDirect using DOIs, and vice versa.

This fruitful cooperation between Elsevier and the ORNL DAAC promotes the flow of data into trusted archives and supports long-term storage, wide availability and preservation of research data. Interconnecting journal articles and relevant data serves the needs of researchers and funding agencies by diminishing the loss of data and helps researchers find data that is necessary to reproduce results from the literature.

Robert Cook, ORNL DAAC Chief Scientist and member of ORNL's Climate Change Science Institute said, "The way researchers work has dramatically changed with the developments of the Internet and new computer technology. Linking data to the research article is an important matching advancement in digital publications. Now readers will be able to discover and access the complete data products that are used in the article they are reading. Previously, readers only had access to the data presented in tables and figures in the article."

Bethan Keall, Publishing Director for Energy and Earth Sciences at Elsevier said, "We are delighted to be able to offer authors and readers the opportunity to seamlessly link their published article to the underlying data with one easy click and are proud to work together with the ORNL DAAC on this initiative. It is through collaborations such as this one that we recognize the value of research data for science, and help make it easier for researchers to find relevant data sets and present them in the right context."

This type of linking between articles and data is one of the pillars of Article of the Future, Elsevier's on-going program to improve the format of the scientific article.


The ORNL DAAC is a NASA-funded archive that assembles, distributes, and provides data services for a comprehensive archive of terrestrial biogeochemistry and ecological dynamics observations and models to facilitate research in support of NASA's Earth science. The ORNL DAAC has been in operation since 1994. Visit http://daac.ornl.gov/ for more information.

About Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ORNL is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy's Office of Science. DOE's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit http://science.energy.gov.

About ScienceDirect

ScienceDirect is a world premier full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and 11,000 books. The platform offers search and retrieval functionalities that enable users to work effectively in the knowledge discovery process. ScienceDirect aims to revolutionize the traditional format of the academic paper; interactive elements, enhanced online-readability, alerting services, and linking options to external datasets help researchers to build insights at the article level. ScienceDirect now has more than 10 million users; its wide reach makes it an ideal place for scientists to publish and disseminate their research findings.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions include ScienceDirect, Scopus, Reaxys, ClinicalKey and Mosby's Suite, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite and MEDai's Pinpoint Review, which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a world leading provider of professional information solutions. The group employs more than 30,000 people, including more than 15,000 in North America. Reed Elsevier Group plc is owned equally by two parent companies, Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. Their shares are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RUK and ENL.

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