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and is probably the largest publisher of scientific information.
The deal with scirus.com has been around for a long time.
They recently landed Elsevier engineering info:
Just to add to what Vitaplease said:
Working in partnership within the global science and health communities, the company publishes more than 1,800 journals and 2,200 new books per year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, such as ScienceDirect and MDConsult. MDConsult, bibliographic databases, online reference works and subject specific portalsfrom the above PR.
Yup, that is an important company in the information sector. Certainly an interesting partnership for Fast.
Their products and services are very expensive and mainly targeted to industry, not consumers - e.g. academic and research libraries, corporate libraries and knowledge bases. So their pricing assumes that a lot of people will read the one copy.
I would guess (but not sure) they are mainly interested in original research-based and content information, backed by research studies and academic qualified researchers.
Researchers and scientists use their products to do secondary research on what research has been done on their topic before.