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ScienceDirect is a "full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books" within the SciVerse Hub created by Elsevier.[1] As of 2011, ScienceDirect hosts "more than 9.5 million articles/chapters," and digitized articles date "as far back as 1823 (The Lancet)."[1] ScienceDirect has advanced search features, and some of the publications are available to be searched in full text. A guide to the command language for Science Direct is available here (DOC).

ScienceDirect allows users to search through Elsevier publications and articles without having to access a subscription platform. Journal articles found through the search engine are behind a paywall, but may be purchased on an individual basis. If a user is registered, they also have access to the following customization features:[2]

  • Users can customize how they receive search results and alerts.
  • When a user logs in, Quick Links to their favorite titles and pages will be displayed.
  • ScienceDirect can remember up to 100 of your recent actions.
  • Users can e-mail articles.
  • Users can receive e-mail alerts for searches, volumes/issues, and topics.
  • Users can subscribe to several RSS feeds.
  • Users can follow ScienceDirect’s free TOP25 Hottest Articles alerting service.


Recent Updates

May 2011

A May 2011 update to the SciVerse Hub included the following updates for ScienceDirect:[3]

  • If you find a ScienceDirect article through Google, Google search terms are highlighted within the ScienceDirect article.
  • The default number of results per page is reduced from 100 to 50 results to allow for quicker loading of the search results.

February 2011

As of February 2011, SciVerse ScienceDirect released "self-managed remote access" that is "based on validating the user’s email address against a predefined list of domain names."[4] Users can also access both SciVerse Scopus and ScienceDirect mobile applications from their mobile devices.[4]

A 2010 update to ScienceDirect also added interoperability features between ScienceDirect and Reaxys:

To further improve discoverability and usefulness of the chemistry, authors submitting articles to selected journals are invited to contribute structure (MOL) files of their key compounds. These structure files will be used to visually display all the key compounds referenced in the article in a single scrollable list and will contain direct links to Reaxys, straight from ScienceDirect. It is already possible to access the full-text literature from Reaxys; now Reaxys content is available from ScienceDirect, completing the circle. Furthermore compound identifiers (InChI keys) will be added to the structures, making both the article and its key compounds more discoverable through mainstream search engines like Google.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 About Science Direct." SciVerse website, Accessed April 21, 2011.
  2. "Customizing." SciVerse website, Accessed April 21, 2011.
  3. "SciVerse ScienceDirect Releases." SciVerse website, Accessed May 24, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "SciVerse ScienceDirect Releases." SciVerse website, Accessed April 21, 2011.
  5. "Interoperability between Reaxys and ScienceDirect." Reaxys website, Accessed April 21, 2011.

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