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Free access to ScienceDirect for journalists

Free access to ScienceDirect for journalists
Elsevier provides free online access to all its publications for science and medical journalists worldwide

By Ellen van Gijlswijk and Sacha Boucherie

Science and health journalists face the critical challenge of presenting science in a way that is easily understandable as well as accurate. In many cases, their readership is predominantly non-scientific and not used to reading and interpreting research studies.

A science writer's work, therefore, involves a great deal of "researching the research." These journalists cannot limit themselves to simply rewriting a press release or rewriting the conclusions of the study itself; they must examine the facts, data and findings first-hand to write an objective report that puts in the finding in context, while telling the story in a way that speaks to a broad, lay audience.

Access to the published research is therefore critical to their work.

What is ScienceDirect?

ScienceDirect is Elsevier' full-text database with almost a quarter of the world's peer-reviewed
 scientific content. It's home to nearly 2,200 journals, 900 serials and 25,000 book titles. Journals
 include The Lancet, Cell, Current Biology, Biomaterials, Biological Psychiatry,
Social Science & Medicine, Cognition, and Behavioural Brain Research).

Free access for journalists

Credentialed science journalists can get free access to ScienceDirect through a media code.
 For more information, email the Elsevier Newsroom.

To help them, Elsevier offers credentialed science journalists free access to all Elsevier content published online on ScienceDirect, Elsevier's full-text database of journals and books.

Although the service has been around for many years, we know, from speaking and working with science journalists, that many are unaware of the opportunity. Others do know about it and have a media code but are less familiar with ScienceDirect and are not getting the most out of access.

To help journalists get optimal use out of ScienceDirect, we have created three video tutorials. The videos not only include the basic "getting started" steps, but also tips on how to customize settings in the database to alert users of research papers in a particular field or those that have only just appeared online.

For more information on newsroom services, visit the Elsevier Newsroom. For more about Elsevier and science journalism, read Tom Reller's commentary "What's up with science journalism these days?"

How to get the most out of ScienceDirect
Elsevier colleagues have created this short tutorial.

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