Scientists, tech entrepreneurs, students, professors and all other members of the Skolkovo innovation ecosystem now have access to the goldmine of scientific information compiled by the Elsevier publishing house.

The Elsevier publishing house produces more than 3,800 science journals, including The Lancet. Photo: Flickr.

Anyone accessing the internet via the Skolkovo innovation centre’s internal network will now have access to Science Direct, a giant online library whose collection consists of more than 14 million publications from over 3,800 journals and more than 35,000 books published by Elsevier, including crucial reference works. They will likewise be able to make use of Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, which also enables users to analyse and visualise research.

The move aims to make it easier for those working in cutting-edge areas of science and technology at the Skolkovo innovation centre to keep up to date with the latest global developments in their field, and is in line with international best practice trends at leading universities and hi-tech companies.

Kirill Bulatov, vice president for grants and expert assessments of startup projects at the Skolkovo Foundation, said that access to the databases would be useful for all those involved in the Skolkovo ecosystem.

“It will help startups to check their ideas at the early stages of development and eliminate typical mistakes – to prevent them from reinventing the wheel – thus saving them time and resources,” he said.

“The foundation’s experts [who are responsible for assessing the potential for success of projects that apply for residency status at Skolkovo] will have another tool to help them make even better informed assessments of projects, and it will also help foundation staff to monitor innovators around the world – potential resident startups – working in relevant areas,” added Bulatov.