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John J. Regazzi

Director, Scholarly Communications and Information Innovation LabProfessor

B.A., St. John’s UniversityM.A., University of Iowa; M.S., Columbia UniversityPh.D., Rutgers University


John Regazzi has been called a "pioneer" and "true innovator" of the information industry with a career spanning more than 35 years. He has worked in corporate, government, and academic settings and has addressed industry groups around the world.

John' s career began at the H.W.Wilson company where he was the first to bring a publisher online with their own distribution services, successfully challenging the then current aggregation services such as Dialog Information Services. He then helped launch the content CDROM industry, creating the first commercially available CDROM text database, and provided the keynote address at Microsoft's first CDROM conference.  As CEO of Ei Inc., John then launched the first professional online community, the Engineering Information Village, which is still the largest professional service on the net for engineers. In 1999 John became the CEO of Elsevier Inc. (NYSE: ENL) and was also responsible for their electronic publishing portfolio with a program totaling a staff of 3,000, revenues in excess of $1billion, and some of the most ground-breaking net-based services for the professional science, technology, and medical communities, including Science Direct, Scirus, Scopus, and Medical Consult. 

John retired from Elsevier in 2005 and assumed the role of Dean of the College of Information and Computer Science of Long Island University.  He now is Professor and Director of the Scholarly Communications and Information Innovation Lab at LIU.  In his academic role, John continues to work with academic and professional groups, and has been invited to participate in the U.S. Department of State Expert Speakers Program, and has undertaken lectures in Turkey in 2007, and in Germany in 2008, 2009, and 2010.  Last year John lectured at the Polytechnic University of Valencia , and has been invited to deliver a series of additional lectures in 2012 and 2013 to the university and selected IT professional associations in Spain.

John continues to be active in the industry as well.  He currently serves of the Board of Directors of:  the British Standards Institute, BSI Group (a UK Royal Charter Company), Collexis (a semantic search company), the American Institute of Physics (AIP a non-profit professional society), the Elsevier Foundation, the Ei Foundation, and most recently John was appointed by U.S Department of Commerce Secretary as Chairman of the Advisory Board, National Technical Information Service (NTIS).

Over his career John has previously served on a wide range of industry associations at the board or senior levels in the organizations including Association of American Publishers, American Library Association, Information Industry Association, Software & Information Industry of America, International Federation of Library Associations, and was presented the Miles Conrad Award from the National Federation of Access and Information Services.  


Electronic Information Services, Scholarly Communications, Professional Workflow Solutions, Electronic Publishing, Strategic Planning, Information Economics, the Information Industry



A Guide to Indexed Periodicals in Religion. (with Theodore Hines)  Scarecrow Press. 1975


"Queues and reference service: some implications for staffing," College and Research Libraries  39 (4) July 1978,, 293-298.

"Continuing education in online searching: and instructional module for special librarians,"  (with Victor Triolo) Special Libraries 69 (5/6) May/June 1978, 189-200.

"Evaluating indexing systems: a review after Cranfield," Indexer 12 (1) April 1980, 14-21.

"Online systems of disciplines and specialty areas in science and technology" (with Bruce Bennion and Susan Roberts) Journal of the American Society for Information Science (JASIS) 31 (3) May 1980, 161-170.

" The recent fate of the National Alcohol Information System,"  (with Christine Murchio)  Behavorial and Social Sciences Librarian 3 (2) Winter 1983, 31-36.

"Converting the H.W.Wilson Company indexes to an automated system: a functional analysis,"  Information Services and Use 4 (5) October 19984, 327-340.

"The H.W.Wilson Information System," Library High Tech 3 (1) 1985, {3 articles in this issue}, 29-34. 61-68, 101-113.

"The silver disc of Wilsondisc:  Wilsonline on CDROM,"   Database 9 (5) October 1986, 115-129.

"Performance measures for information retrieval systems – an experimental approach,"  Journal of the American Society for Information Science (JASIS) 39 (4) 1988, 235-251.

"Engineering Information – a changing resource," FID Bulletin 40 (3) 1990, 1-3.

"User driven: the evolution of the EiReference Desk,"  Library High Tech 10 (4) 1992, 81-84

"The Shifting Sands of Open Access Publishing", Serials Review, September, Volume 30, Issue 4, 2004, 275- 280.

"Publisher and Author Partnerships: a changing landscape " with Nicole Caliguiri, Learned Publishing, Volume 19, Issue 3, July, 2006, 27 – 35.

"How do authors define quality for scholarly journals" with Selenay Aytac, Learned Publishing,  April, 2008.

"Trends in Higher Education eLearning Markets", Encyclopaedia of Information Science and Technology, 2nd Edition, 2009.

"Constrained? – An analysis of U.S. academic libraries and shifts in spending, staffing and utilization, 1998 – 2008". College and Research Libraries, (accepted for publication), July 2012.
Recent Papers, Presentations and Interviews

"Electronic Publishing Trends in the Scholarly and Professional Communities", sponsored by the University of Valencia Spain -- a series of lectures for the university and related professional organizations, May 9 – 13, 2011.

"Current Trends in Electronic Scholarly Communication",  NYC Metro Library Association, Annual Meeting, April 14, 2011

U.S. Department of State Expert Speakers Program -- during the summers of2008, 2009 and 2010, gave a series of lectures at universities, business and professional groups in Stuttgart, Leipzig, Berlin, Karlsruhe, and Munich. 2008 - 2010

Guest Lecture: "The merging of library and publishing services", Library, Information and Media Faculties, University of Berlin, June 2008

U.S. Department of State Expert Speakers Program -- during June 2007 gave a series of lectures at universities, business and professional groups in Istanbul and Ankara, including the American Embassy in Ankara.

Keynote Speech: "The changing face of electronic services", First International Symposium on Information Management in a Changing World, Ankara, Turkey, June 2007

"Scholarly Communications and Trends in Primary and Secondary Publishing", New Jersey Institute of Technology, Library Strategic Planning Retreat, May 12, 2006.

"Scholarly Communications and Open Access", Metro Science Library Association, Annual Meeting, February 10, 2006

"Scholarly Publishing in the Web Age"  Stony Brook Library Staff Lecture Series,  January 10, 2006

"Publisher and Author Partnerships: a changing landscape"  International Online Conference Paper, London, December 3, 2005

"Electronic Secondary Service and Libraries" Long Island Libraries Resource Council, Keynote Speaker, Annual Meeting, November 10, 2005.

"Secondary Publishing Services in the Information Age", Charleston Conference, Keynote Address, November 5, 2005.

Keynote Speaker: " Is there any progress in alternative publishing? Problems of scholarly information economy"  5th Frankfurt Scientific Symposium: October 22, 2005

"Future Directions for STM Publishing – evolution or revolution", IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations), Annual Meeting, August, 2004.

" The changing face of scholarly communication" Keynote Address at the CABI (Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau International) Triennial Meeting, April, 2004.

"The Battle for Mindshare in Scholarly Publishing" The Miles Conrad Lecture, NFAIS (National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services) Annual Conference, February 2004.

"New Directions in Automated Library Management Systems: the acquisition of Endeavor by Elsevier", ALA (American Library Association) Annual Meeting, 2002. 

"Q & A with John Regazzi, Managing Director of Electronic Publishing, Elsevier Science", Frankfurt Book Fair Program, 2001

"Science Direct – its future directions" IOLM  (International Online Meeting) Annual Meeting, December 2000.

"Ei – new initiatives, new directions"   National Online Meeting, May, 1999.

"IT Interview: John Regazzi reinvents Ei" interviewed by Richard Poynder, Information Today 15 (2) February 1998, 1-4.

"ATG interview with John Regazzi," interviewed by Judy Luther, Against the Grain 9 (3) 1997 38-39.


Selected Awards and Fellowships

President's Award (Scholar/Athele), St. John's University, 1970

Joseph Wheeler Award, Columbia University, 1973

Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation, American Society for Information Science, 1984

Dartmouth Medal, American Library Association (in conjunction with the H.W.Wilson Co.) 1985

Who's Who in America, Listed 1991

Outstanding Information Company, Information Industry Association (in conjunction with Engineering Information Inc.), 1995

First Annual Samuel Lazerow Lecture, Thomson-Reuters/Long Island University, 2001

Miles Conrad Award and Lecture, NFAIS, 2004

U.S. Department of State, Expert Speakers Program, Turkey, 2006

U.S. Department of State, Expert Speakers Program, Germany 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Professional Affiliations

Current and Recent Board Appointments
American Institute of Physics
BSI Group (UK)
CABI (UK) Chairman Emeritus
Collexis (OTC: CLXS)
Ei Foundation, Vice President
Elsevier Foundation, Chairmen (retired)
U.S. Department of Commerce, National Technical Information Service, Chairman