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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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:

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.

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