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Reference Modules – The Future of Reference Publishing

By: , Posted on: July 8, 2016

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In the increasingly competitive world of science and technology research, academics and scientists are required to push themselves further than ever before. To succeed they must break boundaries and solve complex problems where solutions often transcend the scope of a single discipline. To achieve this interdisciplinary research, they are required to have the knowledge and understanding across a diverse range of disciplines, often far beyond their own area of expertise. This is a demanding challenge as the research process to gain this foundational knowledge is time-consuming and can be frustrating as many resources such as the search engines and wikis are often unreliable and uncitable or out-of-date. However Elsevier has provided an innovative solution to this problem:

Reference Modules.

How do Reference Modules solve the challenges of researchers and academics?

  1. Continuously Advancing
  • Science and Technology are dynamic – continually emerging and transforming. Reference Modules are designed to reflect this, under constant review they evolve as research evolves.
  • Articles are reviewed, checked for currency and updated month-on-month to reflect the latest developments and discoveries in the field.
  • Once reviewed they are date-stamped so users can be sure they are using the most up-to-date content.
  • New articles are commissioned where needed to extend topics or cover entirely new areas of research to ensure the user has access to the latest in the field.
  1. Authoritative
  •  Using a variety of methods such as Scopus and Scival, Elsevier’s experienced Acquisition Editors investigate the fast-moving areas and ensure high-quality content is commissioned accordingly.
  • Each Reference Module has an independent and renowned panel of experts making up the editorial board, chosen for their expertise in the field.
  • The editorial board hand-selects and organizes the highest-quality peer-reviewed content from Elsevier’s Major Reference Works and in addition, commission brand new articles to cover the latest scientific developments in the field, thus ensuring that the Reference Modules have the most complete content available by subject area.
  • The use of bibliometrics combined with the expert knowledge of the editorial board drive the publishing of the content to ensure Reference Modules align with the current and evolving subjects to address the issues faced in society and science today.
  1. Cohesive – A Cross-Disciplinary Bridge
  • Dynamically cross-referenced, users can easily navigate between subdisciplines in the Reference Module efficiently with the interdisciplinary relationships across topics clearly displayed – essential in today’s competitive and interdisciplinary scientific world
  • Researchers across many areas of study find themselves in need of basic, reputable information to build their studies upon.
  • Just as in real-life research, Reference Modules are interdisciplinary and treat topics in context rather than in isolation. Covering all areas of the field, each Reference Module provides understanding of the whole spectrum of the subject, essential for researchers and scholars working across multiple disciplines.
  1. On ScienceDirect
  • Reference Modules are hosted on ScienceDirect for quick and easy searches on one simple platform.
  • The Reference Module articles are the ideal primer for research, acting as a springboard to more advanced research by linking out to related journal articles and book chapters on ScienceDirect for additional information and further research
  • Reference Modules are the perfect tool for wider exploration, opening the door to new possibilities for cross-disciplinary research and discovery.

Learn More at

Elsevier currently has 5 live Reference Modules:

Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering

Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences

Reference Module in Food Science

Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering

We are thrilled to announce two new Modules that will be launching November 2016:

Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology

Reference Module in Life Sciences

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