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Quosa (Consolidate and share scientific literature faster)Query, Organize, Share, Save, Analyze — is a set of scientific literature management tools owned by Elsevier. Quosa helps researchers and scientists manage scholarly literature, set up information alerts, share literature via article archives, provide document delivery, perform text analytics, pharmacovigilance and information management. One of its major functions is to act as an overlay to biomedical databases. Its key features are:

  • drag and drop functionality; dynamic highlighting, export and import citations to and from popular management programs
  • batch full-text downloads (up to 500), full-text indexing, filing articles in multiple folders
  • annotating citations, and full interoperability with other reference management software
  • search PubMed, Web of Science, Scopus, etc. as you are in the native databases
  • integrate content including full-text links, within EndNote® and Reference Manager®
  • identify your results, batch download full-text; results moved into a folder.
  • when you move new items into that folder, it automatically deduplicates. You can compress folders of search results and send to others.
  • Because requester has Quosa on his/her machine, he/she is able to open the file.
  • When they do Quosa goes out to the publisher sites and does a batch download of records onto their machines.
  • 500 articles can be done in about an hour depending upon connection and publisher server speed.
  • One of the major benefits of Quosa is full-text indexing; as new articles are incorporated into Quosa, they are being fully indexed.
  • works with number of file formats - .pdf, .doc, .ppt, .xls, .tiff, etc; enables researchers to keep everything together (and indexed) for one project
  • Elsevier and QUOSA have collaborated as the latter’s PDF download manager works with SciVerse Scopus. The feature was embedded in SciVerse ScienceDirect
  • Users generate Endnote library of citations in a Quosa folder and will include links in Endnote record to where full-text exists on their hard drive.
  • Users can import Endnote library citations into Quosa. Quosa will go out to Pubmed and retrieve full-text articles for citations in that Endnote library.
  • downside is = pricey and requires learning curve for non-technically inclined; remains to be seen whether Elsevier purchase of Quosa will have a negative impact
  • trying to download many citations, can result in your IP being blocked due to bulk downloading


According to Elsevier, "...QUOSA Information Manager is a desktop application used to retrieve and manage your scientific literature collection. It is also a tool for publishing documents to QUOSA’s Virtual Library to share within your organization. Get multiple full-text articles with one simple click from your databases, including ScienceDirect®, PubMed, Scopus®, Embase™, OvidSP, EBSCO, and many others. Obtain alert results from Embase, PubMed, and OvidSP automatically. Import your existing PDF collections. Efficiently search full-text and citation fields to find terms of interest, and work seamlessly with familiar citation management software. Information Manager accommodates multiple file formats, including MS Office and multimedia files."

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