Major Reference Works on ScienceDirect

Major Reference Works provide a wealth of foundational knowledge in a specific subject, ideal for graduate students, researchers, technologists and clinicians looking for a one-stop authoritative reference work covering all aspects of the field. They are the ideal primer for researchers and students needing to quickly acquaint themselves with a new field.

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Recent and Forthcoming Major Reference Works

Encyclopedia of Food Grains, Second Edition

Editors: Colin W Wrigley, Harold Corke, Koushik Seetharaman and Jonathan Faubion

The Encyclopedia of Food Grains is an in-depth and authoritative reference covering all areas of grain science. Coverage includes everything from the genetics of grains to the commercial, economic and social aspects of this important food source. Also covered are the biology and chemistry of grains, the applied aspects of grain production and the processing of grains into various food and beverage products. With the paramount role of cereals as a global food source, this Encyclopedia is sure to become the standard reference work in the field of science.

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Also available as part of the Reference Module in Food Science


Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology

Editor in Chief: Richard Kliman

Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology is the definitive go-to reference in the field of evolutionary biology. It provides a fully comprehensive review of the field in an easy to search structure. Broad topics include the history of evolutionary biology, population genetics, quantitative genetics; speciation, life history evolution, evolution of sex and mating systems, evolutionary biogeography, evolutionary developmental biology, molecular and genome evolution, coevolution, phylogenetic methods, microbial evolution, diversification of plants and fungi, diversification of animals, and applied evolution.

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Encyclopedia of Immunobiology

Editor in Chief: Michael J. H. Ratcliffe

Encyclopedia of Immunobiology provides the largest integrated source of immunological knowledge currently available. It consists of broad ranging, validated summaries on all of the major topics in the field as written by a team of leading experts. The large number of topics covered is relevant to a wide range of scientists working on experimental and clinical immunology, microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, veterinary science, physiology, and hematology.

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Comprehensive Materials Finishing

Editor in Chief: Saleem Hashmi

Comprehensive Materials Finishing integrates a wide body of knowledge and understanding on the topic into a single, comprehensive work. Containing a mixture of review articles, case studies, and research findings resulting from R and D activities in industrial and academic domains, this reference work focuses on how certain finish manufacturing processes are advantageous for a broad range of technologies. Discussions include their applicability, energy, technological costs, and practicability of implementation.

A wide range of materials, including ferrous, non-ferrous, and polymeric materials are covered, along with three distinct types of finishing processes. Coverage includes surface treatment by which the properties of the material are modified without generally changing the physical dimensions of the surface. Finish machining processes by which a small layer of material is removed from the surface by various machining processes to render improved surface characteristics is discussed. Finally, surface coating processes by which surface properties are improved by adding fine layer(s) of materials with superior surface characteristics are explored. | Available in October 2016

Will be included in Reference Module in Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering


Encyclopedia of Applied Plant Sciences, Second Edition

Editor in Chief: Brian Thomas, Professor of Crop Development, HRI Wellesbourne, UKCo-Editors: Denis J Murphy and Brian G Murray

Encyclopedia of Applied Plant Sciences, Second Edition presents both foundational and applied information on plants used by humans as sources of food, raw materials, and amenity purposes. It highlights how the underlying science and information links through to applications in practical situations. This Second Edition has been expanded to include specific chapters on the leading crops and crop-types, as well as updated chapters on plant development, photosynthesis, metabolism, nutrition, reproduction, seed biology, plant pests and diseases, weed biology, and responses to environmental stresses. The updated chapters reflect progress, particularly in genome sequencing and molecular genetics and biotechnology, including genetic modification, that have taken place since the first edition was published. In addition, the book places these developments in the wider context of biodiversity, food security, intellectual property, and ethical considerations.

Available in October 2016


Encyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry, Third Edition

Editors: John Lindon, George E. Tranter and David Koppenaal

Encyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry, Third Edition provides authoritative and comprehensive coverage on all aspects of spectroscopy and closely related subjects that use the same fundamental principles, including mass spectrometry and imaging techniques and applications. It includes the history, theoretical background, details of instrumentation and technology, and current applications of the key areas of spectroscopy. The new edition will include over 80 new articles across the field. These will complement those from the previous edition, which have been brought up-to-date to reflect the latest trends in the field. Coverage in the third edition includes: atomic spectroscopy; electronic spectroscopy; fundamentals in spectroscopy; high-energy spectroscopy; magnetic resonance; mass spectrometry; spatially-resolved spectroscopic analysis; vibrational, rotational and raman spectroscopies. | Available in October 2016

Will included in the Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering


International Encyclopedia of Public Health, Second Edition

Editor in Chief: Stella Quah

International Encyclopedia of Public Health, Second Edition is an authoritative and comprehensive guide to the major issues, challenges, methods, and approaches of global public health. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, this new edition combines complementary scientific fields of inquiry, linking biomedical research with the social and life sciences to address the three major themes of public health research, disease, health processes, and disciplines. Covering all dimensions of the field, from the details of specific diseases, to the organization of social insurance agencies, the articles included cover the fundamental research areas of health promotion, economics, and epidemiology, as well as specific diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and reproductive health. Additional articles on the history of public health, global issues, research priorities, and health and human rights make this work an indispensable resource for students, health researchers, and practitioners alike.

Available in November 2016


Evolution of Nervous Systems, Second Edition

Editor in Chief: Jon Kaas

This timely new edition of Evolution of Nervous Systems is a unique major reference which offers the gold standard for those interested in evolution and in nervous systems. Completely revised and updated to reflect the current state-of-the-art knowledge of how nervous systems evolved throughout the animal kingdom, this second edition remains rich in detail and broad in scope. It outlines the changes in brain and nervous system organization that occurred from the first invertebrates and vertebrates to present day fishes, reptiles, birds, mammals, and especially primates, including humans.

Evolution of Nervous Systems, Second Edition, includes wholly new content, fully updating the chapters in the previous edition and offering brand new content on current developments in the field. Each of the volumes has been carefully restructured to offer expanded coverage of non-mammalian taxa, mammals, primates and the human nervous system. The basic principles of brain evolution are discussed, as well as mechanisms of change, which involved gene expression and altered the courses of embryonic development.

Available in December 2016


Hormones, Brain and Behavior, Third Edition

Editors: Donald W Pfaff and Marian Joels

Now in its third edition, Hormones, Brain and Behavior offers the reader a state-of-the-art overview of hormonally-mediated behaviors, including an extensive discussion of the effects of hormones on insects, fish, amphibians, birds, rodents, and humans. The third edition has been substantially restructured to include both foundational information and recent developments in the field. Continuing the emphasis on interdisciplinary research and practical applications, the third edition includes articles aligned into five main subject sections with new chapters included on genetic and genomic techniques and clinical investigations. This reference provides unique treatment of all major vertebrate and invertebrate model systems with excellent opportunities for relating behavior to molecular genetics. The topics cover an unusual breadth (from molecules to ecophysiology), ranging from basic science to clinical research, making this reference of interest to a broad range of scientists in a variety of fields.

Available in December 2016


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