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Executive Leadership

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Youngsuk (YS) Chi
Non-executive Chairman
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Kumsal Bayazit
Chief Executive Officer
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Ed Cassar
Chief Financial Officer
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Jill Luber
Chief Technology Officer
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Jan bij de Weg
Senior Vice President and Global General Counsel
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Jan Herzhoff
President Health Markets
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Gino Ussi
President, Corporate Markets
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Judy Verses
President, Academic and Government
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Anita Chandraprakash
Executive Vice President, Operations
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Mirit Eldor
Executive Vice President, Strategy
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Esra Erkal
Executive Vice President, Global Communications
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Mie-Yun Lee
Chief of Staff and Executive Vice President Research Marketing

Company Ownership

Elsevier is part of RELX, a publicly traded company.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and Acquisitions for Elsevier

Documents or articles featuring Elsevier

Breeding, Marshall. Elsevier Acquires Bepress. September 2017. Smart Libraries Newsletter. In a move that continues its expansion into technologies and services supporting a diverse range of research activities, Elsevier has purchased bepress, a company best known for its repository solutions for academic libraries. Bepress, based in Berkeley, CA, offers a platform and services to support institutional repositories as well as a variety of tools to support editorial processes and to highlight and assess the impact of research publications. The acquisition of bepress represents Elsevier's latest investment in products outside its traditional role as a publisher of scientific literature. In recent years—likely in response to increased interest in open access, moderation of journal pricing, and other factors in the scholarly publishing industry—Elsevier has diversified its portfolio to include tools and services that tap into other aspects of the research process.

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News Announcements

June 15, 2021. Mark Allen acquires 13 publications from Elsevier. Mark Allen Group has acquired 13 magazines and newsletters from Elsevier Limited, part of the RELX Group. This portfolio comprises four magazines - Metal Powder Report, Reinforced Plastics, World Pumps and Filtration & Separation - and nine newsletters - Additives for Polymers, Biometric Technology Today, Computer Fraud and Security, Filtration Industry Analyst, Fuel Cells Bulletin, Membrane Technology, Network Security, Pump Industry Analyst, and Sealing Technology.


February 29, 2016. Elsevier Announces the launch of New Metrics on SciVal to Help Institutions Measure the Economic Impact of Their Research. Elsevier announced the launch of new metrics to help measure the economic impact of research within SciVal, Elsevier's tool to analyze and benchmark the world of research, and part of the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio of tools and services. The new indicators are aligned with SciVal's mission to provide a wide range of metrics to analyze and evaluate different aspects of research. With funding bodies and evaluation exercises, such as the UK's Research Excellence Framework, putting researchers under increasing pressure to demonstrate the impact of their research, these new metrics help provide that evidence. The release brings patent-article citations to SciVal along with the inclusion of publication views data from Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, throughout the tool.


June 27, 2015. Vijf Amsterdamse instellingen kiezen Pure als onderzoeksinformatiesysteem. De UvA, VU, VUmc, AMC en de HvA hebben gezamenlijk gekozen voor de aanschaf van het onderzoeksinformatiesysteen Pure van Elsevier B.V. Met deze voorlopige gunning gaat de aanbestedingsprocedure de volgende fase in.


January 7, 2014. Elsevier launches the new generation SciVal, providing dynamic real-time analytics and insights into the global research landscape. Elsevier announced the launch of the new generation SciVal. SciVal will allow research organizations to analyze the world of research, enabling them to establish, execute and evaluate their research strategies by revealing insights based on Scopus data. Users can benchmark their research performance accurately and meaningfully against any other institution or group of researchers in the world.


April 16, 2010. Reed Business Information concludes divestment of US controlled circulation magazines. In July 2009, Reed Elsevier announced that the RBI-US controlled circulation magazines and certain other print titles, representing approximately 45% of the revenues of RBI-US, were to be divested. Since then, the following titles, representing approximately two thirds of the revenues of the portfolio to be divested, have been sold in seven separate transactions:


November 11, 2009. Erik Engstrom appointed as Chief Executive Officer. Reed Elsevier announces that Ian Smith has resigned as Chief Executive Officer by mutual agreement and has with effect from today stepped down from the Boards. Erik Engstrom, currently CEO of Elsevier, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Reed Elsevier with immediate effect.


June 29, 2009. Elsevier launches SciVal Spotlight. Elsevier announced the launch of SciVal Spotlight, a customized web-based tool that offers institutions a unique multidisciplinary perspective of research performance to evaluate, establish and execute more informed research strategies. SciVal Spotlight uses an innovative visualization technique to produce customized maps that provide graphical views of an institution's performance over time and across scientific fields, focusing on specific topical areas. By pinpointing a university's topical strengths and identifying leading researchers and institutions in each area, the tool is designed to help academic decision-makers optimize funding allocations and enhance hiring and collaboration decisions.


July 8, 2008. Reed Business Information agrees to sell UK Travel Publishing Group. Reed Business Information, a Reed Elsevier company, announced that it had agreed in principle to transfer its travel publishing division, to the entrepreneur Clive Jacobs. The division publishes Travel Weekly (UK), Travolution, Gazetteers.com and associated online services and events. The agreed consideration is not being disclosed.


November 3, 2004. Scopus comes of age. The culmination of the months of intensive feedback and development are on show today, as Scopus is launched to the world at the Science Museum in London, UK. In the 8 months since a pre-release version of Scopus was revealed to universities around the world, 200 institutions and thousands of researchers have been seeing just what a difference this unique tool can make to scientific research.


October 13, 1997. Major libraries participate in ScienceDirect's early release. ScienceDirect has moved successfully into its Early Release phase, throughout which selected academic, corporate and government libraries have been offered access to the ScienceDirect service. ScienceDirect is a Web-based publishing platform that provides libraries and their end users desktop access to searchable refereed scientific, technical and medical articles on a scale much greater than previously available. Taking full advantage of Web browser and hypertext standards, ScienceDirect offers many unique features, for example, a subject-tailored abstract and indexing layer, sophisticated graphics capabilities and SummaryPlus, an innovative article summary display. When complete, content will include nearly 1,100 Elsevier Science journals, as well as publications from other participating publishers.


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Corporate Chronology

Jun 07, 2022 Elsevier acquires Interfolio
Elsevier has acquired Interfolio, a provider of advanced faculty information solutions for higher education, headquartered in Washington DC, US.

Nov 29, 2021 Elsevier acquires Osmosis.org
Elsevier acquired Osmosis, a US-based visual learning platform that has simplified the complex learning journey for millions of current and future healthcare professionals and their patients around the world.

Dec 09, 2020 Elsevier acquires Shadow Health
Elsevier acquired Shadow Health, a Florida-based developer of virtual simulations in nursing and healthcare education.

Aug 21, 2020 Elsevier acquires SciBite
Elsevier acquired SciBite, a semantic AI company headquartered in Cambridge, UK. SciBite's solutions identify and extract scientific insights from structured and unstructured text and content, to identify key concepts such as drugs, proteins, companies, targets, and outcomes. This semantically-enriched, machine-readable data, helps SciBite's customers around the world make streamlined, more efficient decisions. SciBite was founded in 2011 by Dr. Lee Harland, who currently serves as Chief Scientific Officer at the company.

Mar 11, 2020 Elsevier acquires Authess
Elsevier acquired Authess, the Boston-based developer of an advanced performance-based competency assessment platform that evaluates how students solve complex, open-ended problems they would encounter on the job. Founded in 2015, Authess built a scalable platform for authoring, delivering and scoring performance-based competency assessments. The company's machine-learning models and data analytics observe students as they work through a task, capturing not just their answers but their behaviour, process and problem-solving approach.

Nov 27, 2019 Elsevier acquires 3D4Medical for $50.6 million
Elsevier acquired 3D4Medical, the global anatomy education company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. 3D4Medical created Complete Anatomy, the world's most advanced 3D anatomy platform, revolutionizing how students, educators, health professionals and patients understand and interact with anatomy. With outstanding technology and design that pushes the boundaries of how people learn using advanced 3D visualization tools, Complete Anatomy has garnered more than a million registered users at more than 300 of the world's top universities.

Jul 29, 2019 Elsevier acquires Parity Computing
Elsevier signed a definitive agreement to acquire Parity Computing, a California-based business that employs artificial intelligence to provide high-accuracy entity resolution, profiling and recommendations for STM content and applications in the world of research. Parity provides disambiguation technology for Elsevier's abstract and indexing databases that help researchers, universities, national bodies and other stakeholders improve decision-making and answer critical questions. Resolving ambiguities in entities and relationships that appear in publications lays the foundation for the analytics and decision support capabilities of Scopus.

Feb 15, 2019 Kumsal Bayazit appointed Chief Executive Officer of Elsevier
Elsevier appointed Kumsal Bayazit as Chief Executive Officer effective February 15, 2019.

Dec 09, 2018 Elsevier acquires Science-Metrix
Elsevier has acquired Science-Metrix Inc., a research evaluation firm that provides science research evaluation and analytics to assess science and technology activities. Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Science-Metrix is known for high-quality and independent bibliometric analysis and research evaluation.

Sep 10, 2018 Elsevier acquires Aries Systems
Elsevier completed its acquisition of Aries Systems, a leader in scientific publication workflow solutions headquartered outside Boston, Massachusetts. Aries' offerings are used by journals, books and other publications for manuscript submission, peer review, production tracking and eCommerce.

Apr 05, 2018 Elsevier launches Mendeley Data
Elsevier launched Mendeley Data, a new, cloud-based platform designed to help universities and researchers manage, share and showcase their research data. With Mendeley Data, researchers can safely record and share research data while improving its reuse via publication, while universities can showcase institutional outputs and improve their collaboration rate.

Jan 17, 2018 Elsevier acquires Via Oncology
Elsevier acquired Via Oncology, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based company that provides decision support and best practices in cancer care management. A former subsidiary of UPMC, one of the nation's leading integrated healthcare delivery and financing systems, Via Oncology helps cancer centers demonstrate the value of their care to patients, referring physicians and payers by developing and implementing clinical pathways in collaboration with its network of more than 1,500 US cancer care providers.

Aug 02, 2017 Elsevier acquires Bepress
Elsevier has acquired bepress, a Berkeley, California-based business that helps academic libraries showcase and share their institutions' research for maximum impact. Founded by three University of California, Berkeley professors in 1999, bepress allows institutions to collect, organize, preserve and disseminate their intellectual output, including preprints, working papers, journals or specific articles, dissertations, theses, conference proceedings and a wide variety of other data.

Feb 02, 2017 Elsevier acquires Plum Analytics
Elsevier acquired Plum Analytics from EBSCO Information Services, a global information services company providing research and discovery platforms and access to premium content. The acquisition will enable Elsevier to significantly expand access to Plum Analytics’ altmetrics to more researchers and more institutions.

May 17, 2016 Elsevier acquires the Social Science Research Network
Elsevier acquires the Social Science Research Network and plans to strengthen it alongside Mendeley's technology platform

May 17, 2016 Elsevier acquires SSRN
Elsevier acquires Social Science Research Network, with plans to strengthen it alongside Mendeley's technology platform, marks a significant advancement for each community of users

Jul 01, 2015 Elsevier Acquires InferMed
Elsevier acquired InferMed, a London-based clinical decision support technology company. InferMed's Arezzo technology supports clinicians in choosing the most appropriate treatment path for each patient. Arezzo matches appropriate evidence-based guidelines with patient information and dynamically evaluates best-practice options in the light of current patient and disease information. Arezzo helps physicians improve care outcomes while taking unnecessary costs out of the system.

Feb 25, 2015 Reed Elsevier becomes RELX
From February 25, ownership of all Reed Elsevier businesses, subsidiaries and financing activities below the two listed parent companies, Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV, has been transferred to a new single group entity. This entity has been named RELX Group plc. RELX Group plc will continue to be owned by Reed Elsevier PLC, the London listing vehicle, and Reed Elsevier NV, the Amsterdam listing vehicle, although we will be asking shareholders at the Annual General Meeting to change their names to RELX PLC and RELX NV respectively.

Feb 25, 2015 Elsevier parent company Reed Elsevier becomes RELX Group
All Reed Elsevier businesses, subsidiaries and financing activities below the two listed parent companies, Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV, has been transferred to a new single group entity. This entity has been named RELX Group plc. RELX Group plc will continue to be owned by Reed Elsevier PLC, the London listing vehicle, and Reed Elsevier NV, the Amsterdam listing vehicle, although we will be asking shareholders at the Annual General Meeting to change their names to RELX PLC and RELX NV respectively.

Jan 12, 2015 Elsevier acquires Newsflo
Elsevier has acquired Newsflo, a London-based company that helps researchers and academic institutions to measure the wider impact of their work by tracking and analyzing media coverage of their publications and findings.

Jul 12, 2014 Elsevier acquires Amirsys
Elsevier acquired Amirsys. Focused on visually oriented medical disciplines like radiology, pathology and anatomy, Amirsys' global solutions give healthcare providers the expert information and clinical decision support (CDS) tools to make informed, expert and evidence-based diagnoses. Amirsys also provides learning environments that help those training in these disciplines to sharpen their diagnostic skills and increase their knowledge.

Aug 12, 2013 Elsevier acquires Woodhead Publishing
Elsevier announced it has acquired Woodhead Publishing Limited, an award-winning, UK-based publisher known for its high-quality content in the fields of materials science, food science, engineering, energy & environmental technology, textile technology and biomedicine. The acquisition of Woodhead Publishing also includes Chandos Publishing, which is known for its strong publishing program in library information science and Asian studies.

Aug 07, 2013 Elsevier acquires certain book assets of Gulf Publishing Company
Elsevier acquired certain book assets of Gulf Publishing Company. The portfolio of 32 books includes petroleum engineering titles in drilling, pipeline, oil and gas, and safety. The GPC titles are for professionals in upstream oil and gas engineering and cover drilling, recovery methods, reservoir management, processing, and pipeline transmission.

Apr 09, 2013 Elsevier acquires Mendeley
Elsevier announced the acquisition of Mendeley, a London-based company that operates a global research management and collaboration platform. Researchers worldwide use Mendeley's desktop and cloud-based tools to manage and annotate documents, create citations and bibliographies, collaborate on research projects and network with fellow academics.

Jan 08, 2013 Elsevier acquires Aureus Sciences
Elsevier acquired Aureus Sciences, a Paris, France based privately held company that provides databases and information tools to pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Formed in 2002, Aureus Sciences gathers unique and high quality quantitative biological activity data for major therapeutic drug targets. This content enables researchers to identify the most promising compounds, repurpose existing compounds and identify targets with which the new compounds might interact.

Jan 07, 2013 Elsevier acquires Knovel
Elsevier announced the acquisition of Knovel Corp. New York City-based Knovel provides a web-based application that integrates technical information with analytical and search tools to drive innovation and deliver answers engineers can trust. Founded in 2001, Knovel has developed a deep knowledge of the engineering community and is a valuable tool for thousands of engineers and students in more than 700 corporations and engineering schools worldwide. Knovel integrates information and data from more than 100 engineering societies and publishers and makes it highly searchable and interactive so that engineers can easily manipulate the data they find and use it in other engineering applications.

Sep 10, 2012 Elsevier acquires ExitCare
Elsevier acquired ExitCare, an enterprise-wide solution for patient education and discharge instructions. ExitCare provides peer-reviewed patient education and discharge instructions to support clinicians, empower patients and help providers meet their patients' educational needs.

Aug 15, 2012 Elsevier Acquires Atira and its Pure research information system
Elsevier announced the acquisition of Atira, a provider of software and tools that help academic institutions and researchers manage and improve their research outcomes. Atira complements Elsevier's SciVal by expanding the scope of data to report on research activities across an academic institution, and by broadening the range of tools and dashboards to analyse those data. Atira's main product, Pure, is a flexible research information system that enables the planning, evaluation and reporting of research activities.

Jul 2012 Taylor & Francis acquires Focal Press from Elsevier

Jan 12, 2012 Elsevier acquires QUOSA
Elsevier acquired QUOSA a content management and workflow productivity solutions provider for researchers and information managers. QUOSA's current solutions and platform, including its Information Manager and Virtual Library, will continue to be supported. QUOSA's technological capabilities will be developed into Elsevier-branded solutions, raising the efficiency of the search and discovery process. They will also allow researchers and information professionals to manage information more efficiently at the various stages of the research workflow including organizing, archiving and sharing.

Dec 08, 2011 Elsevier acquires Ariadne Genomics
Elsevier acquiredf the business assets of Ariadne Genomics, a provider of pathway analysis tools and semantic technologies for life science researchers. Ariadne will be integrated with Elsevier's Corporate Markets division.

May 09, 2011 Elsevier acquires Fisterra.Com
Elsevier acquired Fisterra.com, an award winning, widely used e-clinical reference solution in Spain. Fisterra was launched in 2002 by two primary care doctors and a medical librarian in response to the need for an online short answer Spanish language reference solution to help primary care physicians. Fisterra.com provides access to Fisterrae, an advanced e-clinical reference solution that integrates support resources for health professionals in a local language platform. Fisterrae is written by doctors and pharmacists and is kept permanently up to date by following medical journals, reviews by the Cochrane Library and the most important databases of clinical practice guidelines.

Oct 18, 2010 Omnicom Group acquires Excerpta Medica from Elsevier
Omnicom Group's Diversified Agency Services has acquired Amsterdam-based medical communications agency Excerpta Medica from Elsevier, a division of Reed Elsevier Group plc. Excerpta Medica will become a division of DAS's Adelphi, a group of businesses that provide multiperspective healthcare solutions to the pharmaceutical industry. Excerpta will continue to operate as an independent business, with offices in Amsterdam, New Jersey and London.

Jun 09, 2010 Elsevier acquires Collexis
Elsevier acquired assets from Collexis Holdings, a leading developer of semantic technology and knowledge discovery software. The combination of Elsevier's content and Collexis' semantic technology will provide institutions and researchers new ways to collaborate, showcase accomplishments and improve grant related workflow efficiencies.

Jan 05, 2010 Elsevier acquires NurseSquared
Elsevier acquired NurseSquared, the leading electronic health record (EHR) training product in the market that teaches students how to properly document using a simulated EHR. The NurseSquared training tool allows Elsevier to offer a more complete curriculum solution, including an EHR training tool, to academic customers.

Jan 20, 2009 Elsevier acquires William Andrew Publishing
Elsevier acquired the publishing assets of William Andrew, Inc. Over the last 18 months, Elsevier and William Andrew have built a valuable strategic alliance including print distribution of William Andrew books globally outside of North America and electronic distribution of William Andrew content on Elsevier's globally renowned electronic publishing platforms: Science Direct and Engineering Village.

Oct 2007 Symyx Technologies, Inc. acquires MDL from Elsevier

Nov 21, 2006 Francisco Partners acquires Endeavor Information Systems from Elsevier
The Ex Libris Group, a leading worldwide developer and provider of high-performance applications for libraries and information centers, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Francisco Partners, one of the world's largest technology-focused private equity funds, for the acquisition of 100% of the Company's shares. This acquisition will enable Ex Libris to continue expanding its geographical reach and explore acquisition opportunities for complementary products in the library automation and e-resource markets.

Oct 13, 2006 Reed Elsevier sells Harcourt Education, Harcourt Trade and Greenwood-Heinemann Divisions to Houghton Mifflin Company
Houghton Mifflin Company and its parent, Education Media and Publishing Group Limited, today announced that Houghton Mifflin has completed the acquisition of the Harcourt Education, Harcourt Trade and Greenwood-Heinemann divisions from Reed Elsevier

May 26, 2005 Reed Elsevier acquires Netter publications from MediMedia
Reed Elsevier announces binding offer to acquire MediMedia's European and US Netter professional medical publishing businesses for €270

2004 Elsevier launches SCOPUS
Scopus - covering 14,000 scientific titles plus 167 million scientific web pages, and delivering the largest collection of abstracts ever collected online in one place, going back forty years - is now commercially available for trial and sale to any institution.

2002 Reed Elsevier becomes Elsevier

Apr 2000 Elsevier Science acquires Endeavor Information Systems
In April 2000, the founders of Endeavor Information Systtems sold the company to Elsevier Science, an Amsterdam-based multinational publisher of scientific scholarly literature.

Apr 1999 Elsevier acquires Cell Press from Benjamin Lewin

1998 Reed Elsevier acquires The Beilstein Database, BioMedNet, ChemWeb, Engineering Information from Current Science Group.

Mar 24, 1997 Reed Elsevier acquires MDL Information Systems
Elsevier Science to acquire MDL Information Systems for $320 Million. MDL Information Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of integrated solutions that accelerate high-throughput discovery and development in the life science and chemical industries. MDL's software systems, databases and services help customers manage, communicate, and analyse the volumes of data associated with modern R&D workflows. With applications supporting chemical and biological information management, bioinformatics, automated synthesis and screening, and materials science, MDL is committed to keeping pace with new technologies in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries.

Mar 1997 Elsevier launched ScienceDirect
Elsevier launched ScienceDirect, its platform of peer-reviewed scholarly literature.

1997 Elsevier acquires JAI Press

Jan 01, 1993 Reed International merges with Elsevier NV to form Reed Elsevier PLC
Reed Elsevier came into existence on January 1, 1993 when Reed International P.L.C., a UK company, and Elsevier NV, a Dutch company, contributed all their businesses to two jointly owned companies; Reed Elsevier plc, an operating company and Elsevier Reed BV, a finance company. Reed Elsevier is the name used to refer to the combination of Reed International P.L.C. and Elsevier NV and the two jointly owned subsidiaries. Under the equalization arrangements agreed at the time of the merger, ordinary shareholders in Reed International P.L.C. and Elsevier NV enjoy substantially equivalent dividend and capital rights with respect to their ordinary shares in the net income and net assets of Reed Elsevier.

1991 Elsevier launches The University Licensing Project (TULIP)

1991 Elsevier purchases Pergamon Press from Maxwell for $440 million
See New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/1991/03/29/business/maxwell-selling-pergamon-cornerstone-of-his-empire.html

1991 Elsevier acquires The Lancet from Hodder & Stoughton

Sep 1986 Reed International acquires Technical Publishing Co. from Dun & Bradstreet for $250 million
Cahners Publishing Company, part of Reed International, acquired Technical Publishing Co. from Dun & Bradstreet for $250 million

1981 Elsevier acquires Focal Press

1979 Elsevier acquires Congressional Information Services

1979 Elsevier acquires Congressional Information Service and Greenwood Publishing

1972 Excerpta Medica acquired by Elsevier

1971 Elsevier Publishing Company NV, North Holland Publishing Company, and Excerpta Medica merge to form Excerpta Medica

1971 Elsevier acquires Excerpta Medica
Elsevier acquires the medical abstracting service and databank Excerpta Medica.

Jan 01, 1970 Elsevier Science Publishers acquires North Holland Publishing Company

1962 Elsevier Publishing Company launched in the United States and United Kingdom

1880 Elsevier was founded as a small Dutch publisher (NV Uitgeversmaatschappij Elsevier)
Elsevier founded in Rotterdam by five Dutch booksellers, led by Jacobus George Robbers.