Elsevier Reference Modules on ScienceDirect Unlock Current Foundational Content

Researchers gain new source of current, trustworthy reference content for chemistry, molecular sciences, chemical engineering, earth systems and environmental sciences

Waltham, MA, September 16, 2013

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the availability of Elsevier Reference Modules on ScienceDirect , which allow researchers to access updated reference content as science progresses.

Reference Modules combine thousands of related reference work articles into one source of trustworthy information that is continuously updated by experts. The first modules available to researchers are Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering, and Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences.

Researchers benefit by gaining access to the most current foundational content that was previously locked up during the lengthy publishing process. In the past, updated reference work content would have been unavailable to researchers until the publishing cycle was complete, typically a five to seven year process.

Reference Modules include the following:

· Content from Elsevier’s authoritative, peer-reviewed reference works
· Articles that are continuously reviewed, updated as needed and then time stamped by an expert editorial board
· Intuitive subject hierarchies designed by each module’s editorial board that make the articles easy to navigate and find essential information
· Linking to relevant journal articles and book chapters on ScienceDirect for additional information

In addition to providing authoritative foundational content, Reference Modules will help researchers access increasingly interdisciplinary content. With interdisciplinary subject hierarchies, Reference Modules can be used at any stage of the research process and offer a better starting point than the web for exploring a new topic and staying current.

"I am being asked to stretch myself further and wider into fields that are not my immediate expertise,” said Kate Lajtha, Reference Modules Subject Editor and Director of the Environmental Sciences Program, Oregon State University. “This is why Elsevier Reference Modules on ScienceDirect are such a lifeline. I can read a general overview of a new area, and then follow trails into more and more specific chapters as my research demands."

“Reference Modules deliver on Elsevier’s commitment to provide innovations that address the needs of researchers and content that drives better research outcomes,” said Suzanne BeDell, Managing Director of Science and Technology Books, Elsevier. “This launch assures that researchers can start exploring scientific topics with authoritative, current content and quickly discover relevant information in related fields.”

Both new Reference Modules are available on ScienceDirect, a full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books. Elsevier will launch additional Reference Modules will launch in 2014.

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