Reference module in biomedical sciences

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Explore the Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences on ScienceDirect

This comprehensive online Reference Module forms the definitive source for those entering, researching or teaching in any of the many disciplines making up this area of study. Overseen by Editor-in-Chief, Michael Caplan, this resource is designed to serve as an in depth and comprehensive compendium of the Biomedical Sciences. Its individual articles are rigorously curated and continually updated to ensure it reflects the current state of these rapidly moving fields. The Reference Module reveal the interconnectedness of the subdisciplines that constitute the Biomedical Sciences as well as the synergies that can be achieved by applying their distinct approaches.

Numbers at glance:

  • 7,200+ articles
  • 7,000+ contributors
  • 19 editorial board members
  • 17 Elsevier Major Reference Works
  • 6,600+ images
  • Over 1,600 new or updated articles added since launch
Michael_Caplan_142x150"Biomedical science is an interwoven web of different disciplinary threads that connect different fields and require that we have access to information in disciplines that are far outside our area of expertise." Michael Caplan - Editor-in-Chief for Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences - Yale University School of Medicine, USA
Ralph Bradshaw"The module covers the complete spectrum of biology and biomedical aspects integrated in a very well organized fashion. As scientists we rely on correctness and something being up-to-date and so the module is important because it provides this level of knowledge" Ralph Bradshaw - Subject Editor for Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences - University of California, San Francisco, USA

With continuously updated articles from the following Elsevier Major Reference Works:

  • Brenner's Encyclopedia of Genetics (Second Edition)
  • Comprehensive Biomedical Physics
  • Comprehensive Biotechnology (Second Edition)
  • Comprehensive Toxicology (Second Edition)
  • Encyclopedia of Biological Chemistry (Second Edition)
  • Encyclopedia of Cell Biology
  • Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition (Third Edition)
  • Encyclopedia of Immunobiology
  • Encyclopedia of Microbiology (Third Edition)
  • Encyclopedia of Neurological Sciences (Second Edition)
  • Encyclopedia of Neuroscience
  • Encyclopedia of Toxicology (Third Edition)
  • Encyclopedia of Virology (Third Edition)
  • International Encyclopedia of Public Health
  • International Encyclopedia of Public Health (Second Edition)
  • Pathobiology of Human Disease
  • xPharm: The Comprehensive Pharmacology Reference

Plus new articles exclusively commissioned for the Reference Module!

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Benefits for Researchers:

  • Quickly build authoritative foundational, interdisciplinary knowledge in preparation to reading primary literature
  • Keep current with new developments across the breadth of the field
  • Explore multiple subject areas related to your work in one easy to use resource

Benefits for Students, Academics and Lectures:

  • Faculty can easily build a portfolio of reliable course material, hosted online for easy distribution
  • Students can quickly gain an understanding of a new subject at an accessible level
  • Lecturers can be assured students are using authoritative and up to date content to gain foundational knowledge
  • Much wider knowledge resource than a textbook with access to thousands of articles

Benefits to Librarians and Information Specialists:

  • Ensure that researchers are accessing and using the most accurate and reliable resource
  • Hosted on ScienceDirect with links to related journals and books
  • Thousands of articles hosted in one interdisciplinary resource avoiding the need to purchase multiple Major Reference Works
  • Flexible purchasing options

Listen to editorial board members, Dr. Richard (Rick) Mitchell, Dr. Ralph Bradshaw and Dr. Linda McManus discussing the benefits of the Reference Module

Watch an interview with the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Michael Caplan


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