BUDAPEST, Hungary, August 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- National access to Elsevier's Backfile Collection on ScienceDirect to strengthen Hungary's global position in research ranking Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services, announced it has signed a license agreement with the Hungarian National Consortium for access to Elsevier's entire Backfile Collection for all Hungarian academic and research institutions. The Backfile Collection on ScienceDirect provides access to journals back to the start of their publication. Access to this collection comes in addition to existing access to Elsevier's broadest journal offering, the Freedom Collection. As a result, all Hungarian researchers now have access to the entire range of articles available on ScienceDirect. Expanding access to scientific information fits the Hungarian National Consortium's strategic goal to improve the global research ranking position of Hungarian research, researchers and institutions. Professor István Klinghammer, Minister of State for Higher Education at the Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources, said, "We are very happy to be the first country in Central Eastern Europe to have access to the entire range of Elsevier journals which closes the knowledge gap and promises to strengthen the global competitiveness of Hungarian research." "Broad access to scientific publications has a positive impact on research output," said Endre Béky, Regional Director for Central Eastern Europe at Elsevier. "Scientists who read more scholarly articles tend to publish more, which enhances their international visibility, increases their opportunities for international collaboration and expands the probability of acquiring the necessary research funds." About the Hungarian National Consortium (EISZ) The Electronic Information Services (EISZ) is a national program designed to purchase and make available essential electronic information resources via national licensing for higher education and scientific research. As a part of higher education development program, greatly increases the competitiveness of Hungarian higher education institutions and research centers and facilitates the access to information, expanding democracy as well. The professional database service of the EISZ Fund as an integral part of the research infrastructure includes current journals, journal articles, scientific publications and bibliographic information of essential research databases.