Reference Module in Life Sciences

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One of the most important parts of the research process is separating trustworthy, current information from everything else efficiently, this has been too difficult for far too long. Until now.

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This curated collection holds a wealth of knowledge about Life Sciences that is easy to access and assimilate. The Reference Module is designed for faster, more relevant browsing within the subject and beyond, with featured articles for quick, clear overviews, subject hierarchies to put everything in context, and guidance to lead researchers to related knowledge. The dynamic work evolves as science changes.

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

  • Brenner's Encyclopedia of Genetics (Second Edition)
  • Comprehensive Biophysics
  • Comprehensive Biotechnology (Second Edition)
  • Comprehensive Molecular Insect Science
  • Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior
  • Encyclopedia of Applied Plant Sciences (Second Edition)
  • Encyclopedia of Biodiversity (Second Edition)
  • Encyclopedia of Cell Biology
  • Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology
  • Encyclopedia of Fish Physiology
  • Encyclopedia of Microbiology (Third Edition)
  • Encyclopedia of Rose Science

Numbers at a glance

  • 3,100+ articles
  • 5,200+  contributors
  • 13 editorial board members
  • 12 Major Reference Works
  • 13,000+ images
  • Over 100 new or updated articles added since launch

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“The Reference Module is the perfect way for beginning graduate students and practicing scientists alike to keep abreast of basic knowledge in our time of rapid expansion of new knowledge and cross-fertilization between disciplines. Biophysics epitomizes these current trends. The areas in which biophysicists are working are so diverse, no single person can be familiar with all of them. The articles in the Reference Module, written by experts at an introductory level and updated regularly, will be an invaluable resource.” Huan-Xiang Zhou - Subject Editor for Biophysics - Florida State University, US

“Research changes our knowledge every day, so we need new ways to communicate scientific advances. Furthermore, regular scientific articles are often difficult to understand for non-specialized readers. Elsevier Reference Modules offer a unique framework where current and relevant topics in Life Sciences are reviewed and periodically updated by experts in the field, with the aim that general public can learn the most relevant concepts in Biology” Oscar Zaragoza Hernandez - Subject Editor for Mycology - National Centre for Microbiology, ISCIII, Spain

“In our era, science progresses so fast that by the time a manuscript or a book comes out in print, it runs the risk of being already outdated. The Reference Module tackles this flaw because it is conceived to provide continuously updated and authoritative content: authors have the chance to keep their article current by periodical addition of the latest information, whereas readers, on the other side, can rely on a trustworthy source of reference material covering a wide range of topics in an easily accessible way” Francesca Pentimalli – Subject Editor for Cell Biology and Genetics - National Cancer Institute of Naples, Italy

“Life sciences include many different but interconnected disciplines. To progress, research needs to consider the whole of things analyzing all their possible aspects through different technical tools. We, as scientists, tend to specialize more and more into narrow fields but the Reference Module in Life Science now gives us the chance to better view ‘the big picture’. Thanks to this innovative publishing strategy, both specialists and non-specialists can access life sciences through different perspectives and easily find reliable sources of updated and authoritative material through well designed hierarchies of topics, which lead readers to both general overviews and detailed chapters satisfying all possible needs of information.” Antonio Giordano - Subject Editor for Cell Biology and Genetics - Temple University, USA

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

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