|History||March 12, 1997|
|Record depth||Index, abstract & full-text|
|Format coverage||Books, Journals|
ScienceDirect is a website which provides subscription-based access to a large database of scientific and medical research. It hosts over 12 million pieces of content from 3,500 academic journals and 34,000 e-books. The journals are grouped into four main sections: Physical Sciences and Engineering, Life Sciences, Health Sciences, and Social Sciences and Humanities. Article abstracts are freely available, but access to their full texts (in PDF and, for newer publications, also HTML) generally requires a subscription or pay-per-view purchase.
The quality of ScienceDirects review process was called into question in 2013 during a ScienceMagazine sting-investigation that showed ScienceDirect, along with multiple other online journal hosts, were willing to accept papers that under basic scrutiny should have been rejected.
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