Features

Improve your research, teaching or studies and make a greater impact in your work by being more informed, more effective and more efficient. ScienceDirect’s features empower you to achieve more than you thought possible.


More Informed Research

With ScienceDirect, you can navigate across a broad array of high quality journal articles, book chapters and supplementary data that support your understanding and exploration, so that you are always up-to-date and aware of developments impacting your field.

Inform your research, teaching or studies with ScienceDirect in the following ways:

  • Use a single solution to access over 3,800 journals and more than 35,000 books, covering 24 major disciplines across science, technology and health
  • Access over 14 million full-text publications with an average citation share of 25.3%
  • Register for multiple alerts, including journal and book series, topic and search alerts
  • Get advanced access to peer-reviewed articles accepted for publication through Articles in Press
  • View, read and download the 25 most popular articles in more than 20 subject areas
  • Get more out of your reading through links to data repositories and supplementary data as supplied by authors
  • Discover over 400 papers by 74 Nobel Laureates (2008-2015)
“It becomes easier to search for related works.” Senior Researcher/ Middle Management, Research Institute in China, uses ScienceDirect monthly, and is very likely to recommend ScienceDirect. Preferred features that are useful include PDF downloader
“It is easy to access the references of the article I am reading at that moment” Senior Researcher/ Middle Management, University in Spain, uses ScienceDirect Once every six months, and is very likely to recommend ScienceDirect. Preferred features that are useful include Search alerts, Top 25 articles and Volume / issue alerts
“Current studies are available” Senior Researcher/ Middle Management, University in Turkey, uses ScienceDirect weekly or more often, and is very likely to recommend ScienceDirect. Preferred features that are useful include Articles / Chapters in Press, Top 25 articles, Volume / issue alerts, Topic alerts, PDF downloader, Books / Reference Works, Image search, Links to data repositories, Multimedia files and Visualization tools
“Looking for keywords related to my work gives me quite a broad insight into the published work done by others.” Senior Researcher/ Middle Management, Research Institute in Spain, uses ScienceDirect monthly, and is very likely to recommend ScienceDirect. Preferred features that are useful include Articles / Chapters in Press, PDF downloader and Visualization tools

ScienceDirect Facts & FiguresRead more about the breadth of content available on ScienceDirect in this handy Facts & Figures factsheet.

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More Effective Research

With ScienceDirect, you can quickly assess the relevancy of content, extract key insights, and share, connect and collaborate with your peers so that you can carry out more accurate, impactful research.

Be more effective in your research, teaching or studies with ScienceDirect in the following ways:

  • View recommendations for other articles or chapters based on what your peers are reading
  • Easily evaluate the relevance and quality of an article by viewing:
    • Article-based metrics such as Scopus citation counts
    • References and citing articles
    • Interactive graphs, 3D models, and data visualizations
      learn about all of the available content innovations in publications on ScienceDirect that help inform your research
    • Figures and tables
    • Information about each author
  • File or share articles or chapters by exporting to Mendeley or another reference managers of your choosing
  • Use ScienceDirect APIs to seamlessly integrate article-, title- and object-level metadata into your own website or applications, including text and data mining projects
“For each sought article ScienceDirect suggests other articles on the same topic” Researcher/ Staff Member, University in France, uses ScienceDirect weekly or more often, and is very likely to recommend ScienceDirect. Preferred features that are useful include Articles / Chapters in Press, Search alerts, Volume / issue alerts, Topic alerts and PDF downloader
“For scientists it is very important to save time for the search. Success - what is this? For someone it is a permanant search, for another person - it is a fast result. ScienceDirect saves time and efforts to find information, and in such a case it can be understood as a success in the research process.” o Researcher/ Staff Member, University in Ukraine, uses ScienceDirect monthly, and is very likely to recommend ScienceDirect. Preferred features that are useful include Articles / Chapters in Press, RSS feeds, Search alerts, Top 25 articles, Volume / issue alerts, Topic alerts, PDF downloader, Books / Reference Works, Links to data repositories and Visualization tools
“I like searching journals in topics that I'm interested in--I might miss these with a PubMed search” Senior Researcher/ Middle Management, University in USA, uses ScienceDirect monthly, and is very likely to recommend ScienceDirect. Preferred features that are useful include Articles / Chapters in Press, Search alerts, Top 25 articles, Volume / issue alerts, Topic alerts, PDF downloader, Books / Reference Works, Multimedia files and Visualization tools
“A simple search on ScienceDirect will show you several articles published on the subject. So, it gives me a picture of the published literature in my subject area.” Head of Department/ Senior Management, University in Nigeria, uses ScienceDirect monthly, and is very likely to recommend ScienceDirect. Preferred features that are useful include Articles / Chapters in Press and Top 25 articles
“It provides articles from very well recognized journals which makes my papers more successful” Senior Researcher/ Middle Management, Research Institute in Mexico, uses ScienceDirect weekly or more often, and is very likely to recommend ScienceDirect. Preferred features that are useful include Articles / Chapters in Press and PDF downloader
“Having fast access to research articles helps me find new directions and helps in finding references for my discussions, as well ” Senior Researcher/ Middle Management, University in Hungary, uses ScienceDirect weekly or more often, and is very likely to recommend ScienceDirect. Preferred features that are useful include Articles / Chapters in Press, Search alerts, Top 25 articles, Topic alerts and PDF downloader

Recommended articles

Watch this short video  to learn more about the recommended articles function within ScienceDirect.

More Efficient Research

You can easily access and use ScienceDirect from anywhere, using any search tool, from any location, and on any device. Once you are on the solution, it is fast and easy to use, allowing you to work more efficiently.

Your work will be more efficient with ScienceDirect because you can:

  • Experience a responsive solution that has been optimized for device sizes from smart phone to desktop
  • Find peer-reviewed, full-text publications on ScienceDirect while using any popular search tool
  • Access ScienceDirect remotely from wherever you work
  • Search for and discover almost 400 open access journals and more than 1,600 additional open access articles
  • Download up to 20 documents simultaneously
  • Benefit from a high level of web accessibility for users with impairments and disabilities
“It cuts down on the time I spend on researching” Researcher/ Staff Member, University in Portugal, uses ScienceDirect monthly, and is very likely to recommend ScienceDirect. Preferred features that are useful include Articles / Chapters in Press, Search alerts, Volume / issue alerts, Topic alerts, PDF downloader and Books / Reference Works
“I consider the way it displays information very objective and easy to go to the point” Researcher/ Staff Member, Research Institute in Brazil, uses ScienceDirect weekly or more often, and is very likely to recommend ScienceDirect. Preferred features that are useful include Articles / Chapters in Press and Top 25 articles
“The navigation platform is very easy” Researcher/ Staff Member, University in Mexico, uses ScienceDirect weekly or more often, and is very likely to recommend ScienceDirect. Preferred features that are useful include Articles / Chapters in Press, RSS feeds, Search alerts, Top 25 articles, Volume / issue alerts, Topic alerts, PDF downloader, Books / Reference Works, Image search, Links to data repositories, Multimedia files and Visualization tools
“The option --This Journal/Book-- is very useful as it limits the search to the journal you are only interested in” Senior Researcher/ Middle Management, Research Institute in Italy, uses ScienceDirect monthly, and is very likely to recommend ScienceDirect. Preferred features that are useful include Articles / Chapters in Press, Top 25 articles and PDF downloader
“Provides advice on articles viewed by others who accessed the content I am currently looking at. In some cases this identifies material I may not have found otherwise or would have taken considerable time to find.” Senior Researcher/ Middle Management, University in Australia, uses ScienceDirect weekly or more often, and is very likely to recommend ScienceDirect. Preferred features that are useful include Articles / Chapters in Press, Top 25 articles, Volume / issue alerts, Topic alerts, PDF downloader, Books / Reference Works and Image search
“It often makes relevant suggestions in the pop-up box with links to other articles that are of interest in the topic I am searching/paper I am looking at -- this is sometimes more powerful than a Google search to find content of interest to me” Engineer, University in Canada, uses ScienceDirect weekly or more often, and is very likely to recommend ScienceDirect. Preferred features that are useful include PDF downloader and Books / Reference Works
“It is easy and quick to find relevant papers, and I can also access them from home or while traveling...” Senior Researcher/ Middle Management, University in Belgium, uses ScienceDirect weekly or more often, and is very likely to recommend ScienceDirect. Preferred features that are useful include Articles / Chapters in Press and PDF downloader

The ScienceDirect mobile article

Watch this video  and see how to keep up-to-date when you’re on the go.