ScienceDirect Increases Researcher Productivity with Document Download Manager

ScienceDirect works with QUOSA to reduce the time needed to download and organize full-text PDF articles

Amsterdam – September 4, 2008 – ScienceDirect, Elsevier’s online science, technology and medicine (STM) information platform, today announced that it has partnered with QUOSA to introduce the Document Download Manager, a new feature that enables researchers to download multiple full-text articles simultaneously. QUOSA, who specialize in building information management tools, are providers of the Download Manager technology.

With Document Download Manager researchers can initiate the download of up to 20 PDF versions of full-text research articles from any results list with much fewer clicks. In an example of time-saving, downloading five articles now takes only seven clicks instead of 21. The Download Manager enables researchers to automatically name downloaded full-text articles according to their own naming convention and pre-select a preferred destination for downloads. This helps reduce the irritation factor of lost files, and makes the process much more intuitive.

“My first reaction to the Document Download Manager is that it will be very valuable, particularly as this allows naming conventions for the article and default storing locations to be specified. I can see big advantages in saving download time when I do multiple file downloads, and all that gets done in parallel.” Dr. S. Venkadesan, Librarian, JRD Tata Memorial Library, Indian Institute of Sciences.

The Document Download Manager will significantly save time on some of the repetitive and laborious tasks involved in research today. “We are committed to making the research process more efficient and helping researchers’ increase their productivity, and the Download Manager is a feature that significantly reduces time spent on gathering and organizing information” comments Rafael Sidi, Vice President, Product Management, ScienceDirect.

Malcolm MacKenzie, President of QUOSA, says, “As a specialist in information management tools for academic and commercial researchers we feel this partnership with Elsevier provides ScienceDirect users with an integrated workflow solution for the most common pain points for users accessing online full-text content.”

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About QUOSA
QUOSA Inc. is a specialist software company focused on supplying superior work-flow tools to science, technical and medical professionals for reviewing and managing the scientific literature and related documents. With a large world-wide subscriber-base in academic and government research and medical centers and at leading life-science and technical companies, QUOSA’s literature management systems and applications are used to enhance efficient access to essential information and to compress time to insight across the key functions and work-processes of its customer organizations. For more information about QUOSA, please visit: www.quosa.com.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence,and ClinicalKey—and publishes over 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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