RefWorks and Scopus deliver time-saving breakthrough for researchers

Amsterdam – June 21, 2005 – Scopus®, the world’s largest abstract and indexing (A&I) database of research information, today announced an integration with RefWorks, the Web-based bibliographic management tool. RefWorks: Scopus Edition provides a sophisticated level of interoperability between the two services; enabling researchers an uninterrupted workflow when finding and managing their research information.

For a long time, researchers have faced the time-consuming task of compiling useful references from their literature research, storing those references and ultimately using them for tasks such as creating bibliographies for research papers or grant applications. This usually means going from one database to another and logging in and out of different systems. This unique integration between Scopus and RefWorks removes these obstacles so that a researcher can go straight from results on Scopus to storing them in RefWorks or, while in RefWorks, initiate a search in Scopus. All this is done live, with real-time interaction between the two systems which are continuously updated so the user can find out instantly how often selected articles in RefWorks have been cited, in which publication, by whom and even if new citations have been made since they last looked. Similarly while in Scopus it is easy to automatically save selected references to RefWorks and see which ones are already saved - a process which otherwise takes several more steps.

"This is an extremely exciting breakthrough. This integration is proof that researchers can achieve real time savings when vendors cooperate,” said Marshall Clinton, Director of Information Technology Services at University of Toronto Library. “Scopus and RefWorks are setting the right example for the industry.”

"Our mission is to simplify the task of the user in managing reference information,” said Tina Long, RefWorks Vice President of Strategic Development and Sales. “It is a very logical step to allow users to work seamlessly between one of the worlds largest abstracts and reference database and our leading web-based reference management system; wherever the user starts, they can simply click between the two services."

“RefWorks and Scopus share a similar commitment to innovation for the user and saving them time and effort is what it’s all about,” said Amanda Spiteri, Scopus Marketing Director. “The researchers who have tried it so far are delighted; they tell us the unique live aspect really saves them time.”


About Scopus

Covering the world’s research literature, Scopus is the largest and easiest-to-use navigation tool ever built. Scopus was designed and developed with over 300 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from over 14,000 titles from 4,000 different publishers, ensuring broad inter-disciplinary coverage. In addition, Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles covered, but also integrates web & patents searches directly from its clean and simple interface. Direct links to full-text articles, library resources and other applications like reference management software, make Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use than any other literature research tool.

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About RefWorks

RefWorks was founded by a team of experts in the field of bibliographic database management. Dedicated to providing a high quality, yet affordably priced product for the academic, government, and corporate communities. RefWorks supports hundreds of online databases covering a broad range of subject areas. The collection is compatible with some of the world's most prestigious services, including CSA Illumina, BioOne, EBSCOhost, ISI Web of Science, OCLC, and ProQuest, to name a few. A full list of the services and specific databases covered, along with other product information, can be found at the RefWorks Web site (

About CSA

CSA is a worldwide information company, serving as a guide to researchers to help them be more effective in their work by enabling and expediting discovery, aiding the management and organization of quality information and providing tools to assist in its subsequent dissemination. CSA specializes in publishing and distributing, in print and electronically, 100 bibliographic and full-text databases and journals in four primary editorial areas: natural sciences, social sciences, arts & humanities, and technology. A privately held company, CSA is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, with offices throughout the U.S., as well as in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Europe, Latin America and the United Kingdom. Researchers in more than 4,000 institutions worldwide use CSA information resources, and CSA’s print journals are used in more than 80 countries. CSA has been a leader in publishing and providing quality abstracts and indexes and an innovator in the information field for over 30 years. For more information, contact

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.