AMSTERDAM, October 4, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- On Tuesday, September 28, Elsevier released the results of a "Future of Search and Discovery" opinion survey that was designed to provide a "quick pulse" of the attitudes of researchers through an informal online opinion poll. While it was not a scientific research study nor labeled as such in the release, we should have included more information about the survey's methodology and limitations. To avoid any confusion, we have clarified the press release and survey results to communicate more clearly the nature of the survey. The complete, updated release follows.

Elsevier, ( a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, released highlights from a new online opinion survey that suggests that researchers around the globe are not only ready for the next phase in search and discovery, but also prepared to actively contribute to making it a reality.

In developing SciVerse, Elsevier's recently launched search and discovery platform, the company conducted a significant amount of qualitative market research within the scientific community. Building on this earlier work, the online "Future of Search and Discovery" survey offers a quick pulse of the attitudes and opinions of 1,200 researchers across the globe. Respondents primarily hailed from academia (79%) with the balance from government (15%) and industry (7%). The survey was conducted as an informal online opinion poll and while indicative of opinions of those responding, it is not intended to be viewed as a rigorous scientific research study on the matter.


This summer, 1,200 academic, government and industry researchers participated in Elsevier's "Future of Search and Discovery" online survey. A link to the online survey was distributed via email to 11,570 ScienceDirect use