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Unearth more insights to drive discovery with the leading platform for peer-reviewed literature. ScienceDirect’s deep and wide content facilitates interdisciplinary research with tools designed to help you streamline your research work flow.

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Books and Journals are used together 500,000+ times per month on ScienceDirect.

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ScienceDirect provides access to more than 16 million articles, 2,500 journals, 370 full open access journals, 39,000 books and 330,000 topic pages to help researchers discover more insights, achieve more breakthroughs and move their research forward.

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370 full Open Access publications
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330,000+ topic pages

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Stay ahead with access to the latest scholarly articles in your field. ScienceDirect includes more than 2,500 peer-reviewed technical, health and scientific journals spanning 24 major scientific disciplines to keep you connected to both historical and the most current research in your subject of expertise.


New journals

Elsevier continues to add journals to its collection. See the overview of recently added titles or view journals expected to publish on ScienceDirect within the next 12 months. Please note that the publishing schedule for upcoming titles is subject to change and all information should therefore be seen  as tentative.

Journal collections

Give your library users access to additional and non-subscribed journal content and deep content in a specific field.

The Freedom Collection is available to ScienceDirect Complete academic customers only and offers access to additional non-subscribed Elsevier journal content.

The Special Journal Collections list includes some of the most prestigious titles published.

Subject collections offer a cost-effective way for ScienceDirect Complete customers to gain additional access to deep content in a specific field.

2019 titles in the subject collections (XLS, 708 KB)

Not all titles are included in various discounted collections due to limited contractual arrangements. The Included/Excluded Titles list is subject to change as electronic rights for any given title can change as determined by the publisher or society.

Included/excluded titles 2019 (XLS, 765 KB)

Journal title lists

See the complete list of journal and book titles available on ScienceDirect or discover the titles to which your organization subscribes. You can also access detailed information about the journal title list.

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Gain access to a collection of journals and books tailored to the needs of your sector, whether for corporations or two- and four-year baccalaureate institutions.




ScienceDirect Backfiles provides access to historical packages of journals published prior to 1995, which may go back to Volume 1, Issue 1.

Subscription and payment options

With a wide variety of options for how to access the latest interdisciplinary research, ScienceDirect offers an access model that will work for you.

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Seamlessly connect to the answers you need with foundational information from Elsevier books – cited more than books by any other publisher. ScienceDirect provides access to more than 39,000 books that help researchers gain the insights they need to get ahead.

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Book title lists

All books currently available for purchase on ScienceDirect:

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With an average of 16.5 citations per book, our trusted reference books provide researchers with the context they need to gain insights and get ahead.

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Answering user needs no matter their level of research

Elsevier offers different content types which work in harmony on ScienceDirect to deliver the best source of knowledge, no matter what research stage a user is at.

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Unlock the power of co-usage

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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Filling content gaps

Choosing the right content for the library is challenging. Data tools including gap analysis, co-usage and citation analysis help empower the research community.

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Make your library more portable for students

Provide a dynamic learning experience for your patrons with eTextbooks on ScienceDirect.

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Subscription options and title lists

With a wide variety of options for how to access the latest interdisciplinary research, ScienceDirect offers an access model that will work for you.

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Many researchers want their research to be available to anyone with an internet connection. Elsevier is a leading gold open access publisher and the largest publisher enabler of green open access. We host a growing number of open access journals with no subscription charges and provide free access to archived research or complimentary access content. The majority of our subscription journals also offer the option for authors to publish individual articles via open access.

Gold open access

Made available via article publishing charges that cover the expenses required for publication, gold open access articles are free for everyone to read and use.

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Green open access

Made available via subscriber-paid publication expenses, green open access articles are a version of subscription article that are also free for everyone to access.

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When researchers encounter unknown terms and concepts, they require contextual knowledge to move forward. Over 330,000 ScienceDirect Topics pages help researchers on the path to discovery by connecting them to key topics and critical context sources that are vital to their understanding.

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How ScienceDirect Topics work

Bring the path of discovery into researchers’ natural research workflow. ScienceDirect Topics combines cutting-edge technology with essential content to enhance the research process. They make it simpler for researchers to explore comprehensive and credible interdisciplinary research and knowledge.

For researchers and academics

Using smart technology and innovative algorithms, ScienceDirect Topics integrates select book and journal content using natural language processing tools. It creates an interactive, seamless and convenient reading experience to improve the research process for researchers, academics and students.

For authors

Creating a bridge between journal articles and book chapters, ScienceDirect Topics places your book content within researchers’ natural paths to discovery. It places relevant chapters directly in multiple research workflows to help foster insight and speed understanding of related topics.

For librarians

Fostering insight and guiding your researchers on their path to discovery, ScienceDirect Topics provides the most complete picture of researchers’ needs, revealing the true demand for content to help you determine if they are using the most reliable and accurate resources.

Additional resources

Get the most from ScienceDirect with a selection of articles and resources that support how researchers use ScienceDirect Topics to move their research forward.

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Discover more insights and achieve more breakthroughs than you believed possible with powerful features that help inform your research, making you more effective and more efficient. ScienceDirect brings together the highest quality research with the latest technology to keep you on top of the latest developments impacting your field.

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Enhanced reader

Make your research and navigation easier with enhanced PDF article viewing that shows outlines, citations, recommendations, in-article references and author links.

Improving researchers’ ability to:

  • Evaluate content relevancy
  • Understand the experimental methods and data contained within the article
  • Uncover related discovery opportunities
  • Support the writing process and help enable collaboration with improved annotation and note-taking capabilities

Reading history


Never lose track of an article again. Simply sign in to your registered ScienceDirect account to keep track of your research and ensure you can find useful articles again when needed. This new feature follows your activity, keeping track of the 100 most recent articles or book chapters you have viewed, sorted by date and time. You can then review, save and delete items, or download the full list of entries.

Search and alerts

ScienceDirect’s sophisticated search and retrieval tools make it easy to discover more relevant journal articles and book chapters.

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Search results in only 2.8 seconds.
An article page in only 5.2 seconds.

Quick search

Simply use the search bar on the home screen for quick search results on the topic of your choice.

Advanced search

Specify one or more pieces of information (keywords, authors, dates, etc.) to find related documents. As you type, ScienceDirect lets you know if your search will produce no results.

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Set up alerts to ensure you always have access to the latest research and never miss updates to publications in your field.

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Remote access


Access content on ScienceDirect anytime and anywhere, without being limited to an IP range.

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How personal recommendations work

ScienceDirect combines your reading history, the articles your peers have read and Scopus citation data to help you work smarter.

Accelerating your research

By helping you discover related content and interdisciplinary research, personal recommendations help you work more efficiently and effectively.

How do I receive the recommendations?

ScienceDirect is responsive to your current signed-in activity. Your recommendations appear in a dedicated section in your profile or are emailed to you on a weekly basis.

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