Our Reference Modules Are Receiving Rave Reviews – Here’s Why They Offer Powerful Benefits for Researchers and Authors

As an author and expert in your field, you are likely searching continuously for new ways to make your work more accessible and research workflow easier. We believe Reference Modules on ScienceDirect are the solution both researchers and authors have been looking for.

RefModsReference Modules on ScienceDirect provide trustworthy and current content all in one place. They combine thousands of related reference work articles into a single “go-to” source of subject-related information that is continuously vetted and updated by a renowned editorial board.

Researchers benefit by gaining access to the most current foundational content all in one place, while authors benefit from our ability to leverage rapidly changing technology and understand shifting user and buyer needs.

New Reference Modules Coming in Late 2015

Coming soon to ScienceDirect are two new Reference Modules, one in Food Science and a second in Materials Science and Materials Engineering. This expands our Reference Module offering to five modules in total, including the following pre-existing modules:

Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences
Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering
Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences

What Editors Are Saying


View our unscripted video series to hear what some or our Reference Module editors are saying about the value and benefits of the modules:

Unscripted: Editors-in-Chief of the New Reference Modules in Food Science and in Materials Science

Unscripted: Editorial Board Members on Elsevier Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences

Unscripted: Dr. Michael Caplan on the New Elsevier Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences

What Reviewers are Saying


Reviewers are giving high marks to the modules as well. CHOICE, the American Library Association’s publication that provides current reviews for academic libraries, asked subject-matter experts to test and evaluate Elsevier’s Reference Modules in Biomedical Sciences, and in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering. Here’s what they had to say:

CHOICE Recommends New Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences
CHOICE Reviews the Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering


FreePint, a firm that provides content, community, and consulting on information sources, information technology, and information value, took an in-depth look at two of the Reference Modules on ScienceDirect. Download the full report here to read more.

Interested in Contributing to A Reference Module?

We see Reference Modules as the future of reference publishing. Students, scientists, researchers, and engineers can all benefit from having instant access to the most up-to-date, foundational content.

Since the modules are constantly evolving and expanding, there is always a need for new contributors. If you have interest in submitting an article to an existing or forthcoming module, please contact Michelle McMahon to be put in touch with the proper acquisition editor.

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