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New RefWorks Offers Greater Research Efficiency

RefWorks (, a business unit of ProQuest, LLC (, announced the latest release of features and enhancements to its web-based research management, writing, and collaboration service for the academic and research communities. Improvements include author linking with profiles from COS Scholar Universe and non-English/ multilanguage custom formatting. The enhancements were made in response to requests by RefWorks users.

Users can now further their research and collaboration efforts by learning more about authors through the new Author Linking feature. The Author Resolver service links author names from a RefWorks database to possible matching profiles within the COS Scholar Universe database ( Scholar Universe is a multidisciplinary database containing profiles of more than 1.7 million authors, university faculty, and other scholars. Organizations subscribing to the Scholar Universe database will automatically have access the complete profiles; nonsubscribing organizations are provided with a more concise complementary version of the scholar profiles.

RefWorks has new features for users with non-English or multilanguage bibliographies. These include special handling and automatic formatting of ordinal numbers and the ignoring of leading articles in titles when sorting the bibliography, as well as the ability to customize output styles for formatting in multiple languages.

In response to recent changes in publication formats by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), new fields have been added to RefWorks: PubMed ID (PMID) and PubMed Central ID (PMCID). Accordingly, import filters have been adjusted to accommodate these new fields, and output styles can be modified to include such fields. In addition, for users with visual difficulties, RefWorks has upgraded its interface to offer greater screen-reader compliance.

To help users more easily update their database of citations, a global edit feature now enables moving, deleting, or replacing information throughout all references. Several other additions and improvements have also been made, including enhancements to search functionality, attachment file sizes, user-defined fields, and administrator functions.

Source: RefWorks

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