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Welcome to the leading platform of peer-reviewed scholarly literature

To connect the dots and see the big picture, researchers require access to reliable interdisciplinary research and fundamental information. With an intuitive, comprehensive platform featuring smart tools, deep insights on topics, and access to high-impact and topical eBooks, ScienceDirect helps researchers gain knowledge, generate more ideas and answer their most pressing questions in less time.

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A ScienceDirect subscription gives you and your patrons access to articles from up to 3,800 journals and over 37,000 book titles.

Even without a subscription, ScienceDirect brings the world of open science to you wherever you are. With over 250,000 open access publications at your fingertips, the next big step towards discovery is yours to take.


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Whether conducting a broad subject overview or an in-depth analysis, books and journals work in harmony to impart researchers with knowledge, nurture insights and illuminate new paths for discovery. Using the many cross links embedded in publications on ScienceDirect, researchers can move seamlessly between the two formats across topics and disciplines.

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Source: ScienceDirect Co-Usage Data Analysis, 2017

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