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Elsevier launches competition for the scientific community, calls for submissions -

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced a new contest inviting the scientific community to prototype tools to innovate how Life Sciences information is used in online text databases. 'The Elsevier Grand Challenge: Knowledge Enhancement in the Life Sciences' is designed to generate useful new ideas that will contribute to improving the productivity of life science researchers.

The deadline for submitting abstracts for The Elsevier Grand Challenge is July 15. Winning ideas will improve the process of creating, reviewing and editing scientific content; interpreting or connecting the knowledge more effectively, or measuring the impact of these improvements. Semi-finalists will be chosen in the first week of August by a distinguished interdisciplinary panel of judges and given the opportunity to work with a large collection of Elsevier life science content to further develop and refine their concepts.

Finalists will be announced at the end of the year after a second round of judging. They will then be invited to present vision papers to the judging panel and the public in February 2009. The first place winner will be awarded a cash prize of $35,000 while the second place innovator will receive a $15,000 prize. As an additional benefit, finalists will enjoy free access to ScienceDirect and Scopus; moreover, all contestants will be offered the opportunity to develop their tools in collaboration with Elsevier.

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