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With high-quality journals, books and reference content, the ScienceDirect platform uniquely supports an uninterrupted workflow so researchers move seamlessly among books and journals and across topics and disciplines.
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ScienceDirect’s sophisticated, intuitive search and retrieval tools make it easy to discover more relevant journal articles and book chapters.
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Sign in, click on your Profile in the upper right corner and then click “My history”.
Never lose track of an article again. Simply register and then sign in to your ScienceDirect account to keep track of your reading history. This feature ensures you can always find useful articles when needed by following your activity. It keeps track of the 100 most recent articles or book chapters you have viewed, sorted by date and time. You can save and delete items or download the full list of entries.
Need to know what else to read but short on time to spend searching? ScienceDirect combines your reading history with articles your peers have read and Scopus citation data to recommend other relevant information to you. Quickly review these recommendations and decide what more to read, making both efficient and effective use of your time.
As a registered and signed in user, ScienceDirect is responsive to your recent signed-in activity. Recommendations appear in a “My recommendations” section in your Profile, plus, you can have article recommendations emailed to you on a weekly basis.
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