Dimensions is a scientific search engine from London-based technology company Digital Science, which is part of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. Dimension was developed by Digital Science in collaboration with over 100 research institutions. Users can search publications free of charge. Other sources such as grants, clinical trials, patents are only available to users of organisations with a subscription.

Dimensions collects content from publishers and societies such as Springer, Wiley, Elsevier, SPIE, British Medical Association, American Medical Association, Oxford University Press, AAAS, etc. The journals covered are based on journal lists such as ERA 2015, Norwegian register, PubMed and DOAJ, which guarantees a high quality of content in view of fake science.

The preparation of the content meets today's usual requirements for scientific databases: filters for the year of publication, author, etc., citation analysis and integration of further metrics, and finally overall analyses of the research areas, leading researchers, etc.

Digital Science offers further well-known offers tailored to the scientific field such as FigShare, Altmetric, Readcube, etc., which are partly integrated or linked in Dimensions.

Language English

Launched January 15th 2018
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Developer Digital Science

Country of Origin US America

2018 - [...] Digital Science

Topic Academic, Scientific or Educational Search engine

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Search engine for databases, repositories, portals and other closed (deep web) or open content collections

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Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

Digital Science (2018): »Dimensions is a modern, innovative, linked research knowledge system that re-imagines discovery and access to research. Developed by Digital Science in collaboration with over 100 leading research organizations around the world, Dimensions brings together grants, publications, citations, alternative metrics, clinical trials and patents to deliver a platform that enables users to find and access the most relevant information faster, analyze the academic and broader outcomes of research, and gather insights to inform future strategy.« Source


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Other Sources

Richard Van Noorden (2018): Science search engine links papers to grants and patents: The Dimensions database promises a financial perspective on scholarly literature. URL:
Cameron Shepherd (2018): Digital Science Presents Dimensions at the Gaidar Forum 2018, Moscow URL:
Daniel Hook (2018): The Next Generation of Discovery – Dimensions URL:
J. Adams et al. (2018): Dimensions Report: Dimensions - A Collaborative Approach to Enhancing Research Discovery URL:
ROGER C. SCHONFELD (2018): A New Citation Database Launches Today: Digital Science’s Dimensions URL:
Catherine Williams (2018): Dimensions from Digital Science URL:

Created: 2018-02-11
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