ProQuest Flow for Research Collaboration

ProQuest has a new online version of Refworks known as Refworks Flow or simply as Flow™.  While Refworks itself (like EndNote, Papers, and Zotero) supports citations and referencing,  Flow (like Papers 3, Mendeley, EndNote Web, ResearchGate, and Zotero Groups) supports reading, annotating, and collaborating.  As with some of these other services, Flow users can save web content; save and edit metadata; create collections to organize documents and citations; upload documents to the cloud; automatically connect to Dropbox; automatically detect and add citation metadata; and read, highlight, and annotate PDFs.

There is a Windows/Mac “Flow for Word” plug-in that syncs with your Flow library and integrates with Microsoft Word (like EndNote) for automatically inserting citations and creating bibliographies in all the popular citation formats.

The “Save to Flow” bookmarklet adds a browser button that will automatically extract documents or references right into your Flow library from data sources that include DOAJ, ebrary, EBSCO, Financial Times, Galegroup, Google Scholar, HighWire, IEEE Xplore,JSTOR, Worldcat, Ovid, ProQuest, PubMed, ScienceDirect, Safari Books Online, SIRS, Summon, WSJ, and Wiley,

You can see how the Save to Flow button works here:

If an academic library has an account, individual students and faculty members can sign up for a free plan (a generous 2 GB of storage with up to 10 collaborators).  Users of Mendeley, Papers, Refworks, EndNote, RefMan, ReadCube and Zotero can import their databases into Flow.  ProQuest will soon offer a $9/month premium plan (10GB storage, 25 collaborators).

ProQuest also offers Flow, institutionally, to corporate and government libraries. ProQuest’s press release issued yesterday describes the value of institutional subscriptions as providing:

  • Usage statistics to improve services, hone collections and plot trends
  • Users the premium service (10GB of storage, unlimited collaborators)

Anyone interested can sign up for a webinar and libraries can inquire about an institutional account.

Published by

Ray Matthews

Government Documents and Digital Library Services Coordinator, Utah State Library