Elsevier-LOGO-WEB-250-170The Netherlands publishes over 9% of all scientific journals in the world, which is a disproportionate large share given the size of the country and the number of researchers. The Dutch publishing industry has historically been able to prosper, thanks to a combination of strong copyright protection and very few restrictions on what could be published, compared to most other countries in Europe. For centuries, The Netherlands was a haven for scholars escaping religious or creative persecution in their own countries. Between the 17th and 19th centuries, famous scholars such as Erasmus, John Locke, John Milton, Descartes and Galileo published their work in The Netherlands rather than in their home countries because of its liberal publishing infrastructure. One of the first publishers in the Netherlands, founded in 1580, was Elzevir. Its name was adopted in 1880 by the largest science and technology publisher, Elsevier. Elsevier, the modern publishing company, has evolved from a small Dutch publishing house devoted to classical scholarship into an international multimedia publishing company with over 20,000 products for educational and professional science and healthcare communities worldwide. Elsevier’s history reflects a series of collaborations in the effort to advance science and health. These publishing collaborations with a group of scientific visionaries — ranging from Jules Verne to Stephen W. Hawking — created the foundation of scientific and medical publishing. In Australia, Elsevier is a dedicated publisher of medical, nursing, and scientific content for the Australian and New Zealand market in a variety of formats that include books, eBooks, apps, journals and web-based, digital solutions. With a staff of 70 people based in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne we serve universities, hospitals, corporate R&D departments and government institutes across the region.