ProQuest, a Cambridge Information Group company, has acquired RefWorks LLC, a provider of web-based research management, writing, and collaboration services for the academic and research communities. Cambridge Information Group has had an ownership position in RefWorks since May 2001. Complete ownership will enable ProQuest to integrate RefWorks into its COS business--which serves the same market--creating single-source networking and management tools for scholars around the world.
RefWorks CEO Earl Beutler will remain a consultant to support strategic projects from RefWorks/COS. The remaining senior management team of RefWorks will report directly into Mr. Baer. The other RefWorks staff will be combined with the COS staff to create a single, integrated organization.