After reading Mark's message, I took a look at the OncologyStat website.
Despite the NY Times article statement about the site being available to
doctors and oncologists, the OncologyStat Registered User Agreeement [sic,
and an eeeek to their proofreaders] says that one only needs to be a
"healthcare professional" to register, so I decided to complete the
registration form. Of the listed professions, I was delighted to see that
Librarian is included!  Elsevier is defining healthcare pro very broadly,
which is an interesting marketing tool. 

As a librarian in a community hospital with a modest journal budget, I can
live with a few ads to have access to this many oncology journals! Indeed,
there is a problem with the premise of the NY Times article, which says that
medical journals "often attract few, if any, advertisements" and that
Elsevier "is trying an experiment that stands this model on its head" by
including online ads. We know this is not true, with the plethora of ads -
usually from drug companies -  in many medical journal and medical portals.


Valerie G. Rankow, Medical Library Director
Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center
Patchogue, NY 11772
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> Behalf Of Mark Funk
> Sent: Monday, September 10, 2007 9:30 AM
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> Subject: Elsevier's latest tactic
> The New York Times reports this morning that Elsevier has started a
> new website  ( that allows registered
> oncologists to get free access to the latest articles from 100 of
> their journals, and that Elsevier plans to sell advertisements to go
> with the content.
> Article at:
> (free, but registration required)
> Evidently Elsevier's revenue is flat, and online readership is
> growing faster than print subscriptions, so Elsevier is going after
> new revenue. A senior Elsevier VP said the total online advertising
> market is growing in double digits, and said they expect it will be a
> $1 billion opportunity within the next two years. (I think this is
> meant total online advertising, not just Elsevier's share, although
> you never know.)
> The article points out that while teaching center oncologists
> typically have access to these articles (libraries aren't mentioned
> as the source...), non-teaching center oncologists see about 85
> percent of all cancer patients, and rely on the internet as their
> link to the knowledge base.
> It will be interesting to see how this plays out. If successful,
> Elsevier may expand this to other specialties.
> Mark
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