Je viens d’apprendre qu’Elsevier abandonnera Scirus, son moteur de recherche gratuit en science au début de l’année 2014.
"Scirus is the most comprehensive scientific research tool on the web. With over 575 million scientific items indexed at last count, it allows researchers to search for not only journal content but also scientists’ homepages, courseware, pre-print server material, patents and institutional repository and website information."
Voici ce qu’Elsevier a envoyé par courriel :
"With regret we are writing to inform you that Scirus, Elsevier’s free science-specific search engine, will be discontinued in early 2014. While a firm retirement date has not yet been set, it will likely be sometime by or before 31 January 2014.
We realize that this decision may disappoint you. The reality is that Scirus has lost its competitive edge to other platforms and services. Rather than attempt to catch up, Elsevier has instead made the difficult decision to retire Scirus and redirect even more attention to the continuous improvement of our core products. Our company fully expects that these efforts will yield more impact and therefore be of greater benefit to our customers and their research communities, allowing us to serve our content partners more effectively.
Effectively immediately, Elsevier has stopped adding new content sources for indexing on Scirus and we are no longer adding or supporting any new Open URL library partners. The Open URL program in which you are currently participating will continue until Scirus is retired.
We remain grateful for your interest in Scirus and look forward to you continuing your relationship with Elsevier in other ways. You can continue to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions about your current OpenURL set up or Scirus in general.
The Scirus Team"
Scirus sera donc désactivé de MetaLib lorsqu’il n’existera plus.
Bonne journée !