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Why should I register for approval on this site?

What does "approved" mean?

How do I get access to more than one subject area?

What is "My Desktop"?

I can't open my electronic inspection copy any more?

What do I need to view your e-inspection PDFs?

Information on this website's terms and conditions of use

Information on our privacy policy

How can I access an instructor manual for a specific book?

Why should I register an adoption?

Why should I register for approval on this site?

When you provide your contact, teaching and course information with Elsevier, your registration will be forwarded to the Elsevier representative who covers either the subject area(s) you teach in or the geographical region in which you are located. After the information you have provided has been confirmed and approved by your rep, you will be able to access the ancillary material in the subject area you selected during the registration process.

We invite you to register today!

Prior to registration, you may contact our Academic Sales teams at:

In the Americas & Asia: [email protected]
In EMEA: [email protected]
In Australia & New Zealand: [email protected]
Global technical support for this site: [email protected]

What does "approved mean"?

As an approved instructor, you can:

  • Access exclusive web-based instructor ancillaries and teaching support materials
  • Review electronic exam copies right from your desktop
  • Register your adoption, letting us know which Elsevier textbooks you are using, when, and for which course(s)
  • Purchase books directly from Elsevier
  • Get in touch with your Elsevier Textbook representative

*Upon approval. Review/inspection copies may not be available in all regions. If your request is declined, please contact your sales representative for more information.

How do I get access to more than one subject area?

When you register, you can only pick one subject area. However, once you have filled in this form you may go to any subject area and click on the "Request Access to this Subject Area" that appears at the top of the subject area home page. You do not need to wait to have your registration approved.

What is "My Desktop"?

"My Desktop" acts as a convenient short-cut to those Elsevier books that you are interested in.

The books on your desktop comprise:

  • Books that you are inspecting. These also show up on the "My Inspections" page.
  • Books for which you have registered an adoption. These also show up on the "My Adoptions" page.
  • Books that you have manually added to your desktop.

You may choose to remove any title.

You can also view all the requests you have made to your rep via via the "My Requests" tab.

How can I access an instructor manual for a specific book?

First, search for the book and see if it has a supporting material. If it does, and you have access to its subject area, you will be able to access by clicking on the "manual" link. If you don't have an account on, you'll need to register and request access to the book's subject area. (Some books are in more than one subject area, please choose the most appropriate one for your needs). If you already have an account on textbooks, but don't have access to the right subject area, please follow the "request access" link at the top of the subject area home page. Your representative will process your application and let you know when access has been granted.

I can't open my electronic inspection copy any more.

Our electronic inspection copies are protected by a programme called WebPublisher. Within your approved subject area(s), you are permitted to view any available electronic inspection copy for a period of fifteen days. You may apply for a limited extension from your rep. Please use the form provided on the book details page.

Why should I register an adoption?

Instructors who register an adoption with us may receive course-long access to the electronic copy (subject to availability and approval). Your adoptions will appear permenantly on your desktop.

What do I need to view your e-inspection PDFs?

Our e-inspection copies will work on Windows PC and MacOSX. There are known issues with the Safari browser running on a MAC. If you experience problems with this setup, please try a different browser.

In order to open an e-inspection copy on, you will need to ensure that the following is installed on your computer:

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The installer may need to alter your Acrobat settings to allow non-Adobe plug-ins to be installed and to close Acrobat if it is running. You must agree to allow these changes for the install process to complete successfully.
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Privacy Policy

This web site ("Site") is owned and operated by Elsevier Inc., 170 South Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA, 19106-3399, USA ("Elsevier," "we," "us" or "our"). Elsevier is committed to maintaining your confidence and trust with respect to the information we collect from you. This privacy policy sets forth what information we collect about you, how we use your information, and the choices you have about how we use your information.

Collection of Information Provided By Your Browser And Through Use Of Cookies

Collection and Registration of Personal Information

How Personal Information Is Used

Disclosure of Personal Information to Third Parties

Access and Changes to Your Registration Information and Preferences

Retention of Personal Information

Our Commitment to Data Security

About This Privacy Policy

Questions, Complaints and Dispute Resolution

Collection of Information Provided By Your Browser And Through Use Of Cookies

This Site automatically collects information on our server logs from your web browser regarding your use of the Site. Examples of information we collect automatically from all users include the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet; computer and connection information such as browser type and version, operating system, and platform; and full Uniform Resource Locator ("URL") click stream data, including date and time, and content you viewed or searched for on the Site. This Site also collects information through the use of "cookies." Cookies are anonymous, unique alphanumeric identifiers sent to your browser from a web site's computers and stored on your computer's hard drive. The type of information we collect as a result of a cookie being stored on your computer is specific to your computer. We use "session" cookies to collect information about your use of the Site (e.g., whether you are logged in) and so that you may view articles, abstracts or other records and browse from page to page. These cookies are temporary and are deleted when you close your browser. We use "persistent" cookies to give you a more personalized browsing experience and help you navigate the Site more efficiently.We collect and use, and may from time to time supply third parties with, this information only as anonymous, aggregated user data for the purposes of usage analysis, quality control and administering and improving the Site. You can prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or disable cookies altogether by accessing your browser's preferences menu. If you choose to disable cookies altogether, you can use the Site but will not be able to register, login to the Site with a personal User Name and Password, or make use of the advanced personalization features of the Site, although the basic features and functionality offered to unregistered users of the Site will be possible to use.

Collection and Registration of Personal Information

We sometimes request users of the Site to provide personal information. The information collected from a user is strictly voluntary and may include contact information such as the user's name, e-mail address, and postal address.In order to access certain content and to make use of the full functionality and advanced personalization features of the Site such as full text online, image banks, saved searches, and integration links, we may ask you to register and obtain a personal User Name and Password. You may be prompted to register when you:

Choose the "Register" link from the home page or login screens

Use personalization features

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The information collected from the registration form that is presented to users when they choose to register may include contact information such as the user's name, e-mail address, postal address, institution, and country ("Registration Information"). The Registration Information is linked directly to a personal User Name and Password chosen by the user and can only be retrieved by supplying the correct User Name and Password that is linked to that profile.

How Personal Information Is Used

We use the personal information that you provide for such purposes as:

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research and development to enhance, evaluate and improve the Site and our services

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pseudonymous analysis to create a profile used to determine the habits, interests or other characteristics of users for purposes of research, analysis and anonymous reporting

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Disclosure of Personal Information to Third Parties

Access to your personal information is restricted to our employees, agents, representatives and service providers, such as our data processing, printing and fulfillment operations, for the purposes set forth above. Your personal information may be used by all of our trading names and transferred to countries outside of the European Economic Area ("EEA"), including to the United States, for processing. These countries may not have similar data protection laws to the EEA. If we transfer your information outside of the EEA in this way, we will take steps to ensure that your privacy rights continue to be protected. In addition, if you access the Site while you are outside of the EEA, your information may be transferred outside of the EEA in order to provide you with such access.With your consent, we also may share your personal information with our affiliated group companies located both inside and outside of the EEA in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United States and/or with non-affiliated third parties located inside and outside of the EEA that wish to send you information about their products and services that may be of interest to you, and users who have consented to receive such information may receive communications from these third parties. If you wish us to pass your personal information to third parties, please tick the appropriate check box when you register for personalized services or access.We will not otherwise disclose any personal information without your consent except under the following circumstances:

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Retention of Personal Information

We retain the personal information we collect from you for as long as the information is relevant to our business purposes or until you request that we remove the data by contacting our Customer Service Center at the email address and telephone number detailed below.

Our Commitment to Data Security

We recognize that your privacy is important to you, and therefore we endeavor to keep your personal information confidential. The personal and demographic information about each user is stored on our servers that are behind a firewall and physically housed within a secured data center. Furthermore, our internal practices help protect your privacy by limiting employee access to and use of such information. However, we do not represent, warrant, or guarantee that your personal information will be protected against unauthorized access, loss, misuse, or alterations, and do not accept any liability for the security of such information submitted to us nor for your or third parties' use or misuse of such information.

About This Privacy Policy

The foregoing is the current privacy policy of the Site. We reserve the right to change this policy at any time without notice. Any changes to this policy will be posted on this webpage. Our policy does not create a contract or any legal rights. This privacy policy applies solely to the information you provide while visiting this Site. The terms of this privacy policy do not govern personal information furnished through any means other than this Site (such as via telephone or postal mail). This Site may contain links to other websites that are beyond our control. Other websites to which you link may contain privacy policies that are different from this privacy policy. We encourage you to check the privacy policy of each website you visit before submitting any information to them.[Back to top]

Questions, Complaints and Dispute Resolution

If you have any questions or comments regarding this privacy policy, please contact us via our email: [email protected]

If at any time you believe that we have not adhered to this privacy policy or you have a complaint regarding the way your personal information is being handled, please contact our Customer Service Center. Disputes under this privacy policy will be resolved by our Customer Service Center, which will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly investigate, and if necessary, to correct any problem. Last revised: 17 February 2005