In Revit, you cannot easily transfer Dependent views from one Revit project to another. Here’s one way you might workaround this issue:

  1. Make them Independent by using Duplicate with Detailing (resultant duplicate is Independent), you can do this for a batch of Dependent Views using Bonus Tools. Or you can do it slowly, one by one, using the right click and Convert to Independent option.
  2. Select those new independent views and save as selection set with Dynamo (see image below). Load the selection Set and Ctrl+C. Note: this method allows you to Copy all of the required plan Views directly to Clipboard, without having to select Crop Regions as would normally be required…
  3. Paste Aligned – Selected Levels into the target model
  4. Copy View Templates if necessary, you can use this method for individual templates
  5. Reapply any View Templates as necessary

Note: applied Scope Boxes should automatically be copied with the views

The term ‘View Reference’ refers to a automatically updating link symbol that can be added to a Primary or Dependent View if the Primary-Dependent Floor Plan situation exists.  That is pretty much its only purpose.  Here is some more info from Wikihelp:

A view reference is a symbol. You can create a view reference family in the Family Editor. View reference families can contain lines, filled regions, text and labels for the view number and sheet number parameter values.

View references display in the primary view and all related dependent views (except for the view that it is referencing). For example, if you have a view split into 2 dependent views (left and right), and you add a view reference to the right view to reference the left, the view reference appears in the primary view and in the right view, but not in the left view.

Info via
Navigating Primary and Dependent Views – WikiHelp


Also check out:
View References (excerpt below)
 Now what would be REALLY useful (to anyone trying to read our drawing set) would be a reference near the matchline to tell you what sheet to find the other part of the plan. This is where “View References” come into play….