RefME, a London, UK-based creator of a free tool to generate citations, reference lists and bibliographies, secured a $5m seed funding round.
The round was led by GEMS Global ($4m).
The company intends to use the funds to invest in its engineering and data teams, and to scale its global presence.
Launched in January 2014 by Tom Hatton, CEO, RefME allows students and researchers to create citations and bibliographies in seconds. Students can scan book and journal barcodes using their smartphone or use the online search feature to reference anything. It automates citations in more than 7,000 academic formats, and saves and syncs the reference in the cloud, enabling students to manage their work across multiple devices.
Available at RefME.com or via iOS and Android apps, the platform has more than 800,000 users.
The company has a team of 36.