Microsoft Academic

Microsoft Academic has been offered as part of Bing China since 2015. The official start as an independent product in English was 2016. It indexes books as well as articles and offers a relevance ranking and further ranking possibilities. In 2013, Bing introduced its Knowledge Repository, also known as Bing Satori, which retrieves the objects with facts from Wikipedia and personal information from Wikipedia and LinkedIn. Microsoft Academic also makes use of this data and presents short descriptions of the queries, organisations and persons.

The object approach introduced in Libra can also be found in Academic. Whereby and is now referred to as "entities." The basis of Microsoft Academic is a new Web scale entity graph, called Microsoft Academic Graph (MAG). Microsoft provides the (MAG) as a file for download as well as accessible via an Academic Knowledge API. Interested scientists are invited to work with this extensive database and to share their experiences with Microsoft.

Most of the data in Microsoft Academic is determined by crawling on the Web. The HTML meta tags used for ACM (Highwire Press Tags) or ScienceDirect (EPrints Tags) are evaluated. In addition to websites, the system searches the offerings of publishers as well as freely available databases and repositories. Since August 2018, Microsoft Academic has been offering a preview of a new version. In addition to a new interface, new rankings for journals, authors, etc. are offered.

Language English

Launched 2016
Closed No

Developer Microsoft Research Asia

Country of Origin China

2016 - [...] Microsoft

Topic Academic, Scientific or Educational Search engine

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
Search engine for databases, repositories, portals and other closed (deep web) or open content collections
Semantic search
SeEn with analysing, data mining tools

Used SeEn Bing

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

Since 2015, Microsft Academic has been available as part of Bing China. Here you can also find an overview of the sources (publishers, freely available databases, repositories) searched by Microsoft Academic. Source

The Chinese version of Microsoft Academic can be found here: Source


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References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN):
Wikipedia (Others): n.a.

Other Sources

Microsoft Academic - FAQ URL:
Gary Price (February 29, 2016): Preview Version of the New Microsoft Academic Search Engine is Now Online, API Also Available URL:
Pradeep (Apr 27, 2017): Microsoft launches the preview of Microsoft Academic 2.0 with refreshed user experience URL:
Nicola Jones (11 November 2016): AI science search engines expand their reach : Semantic Scholar triples in size and Microsoft Academic's relaunch impresses researchers. URL:
Wu, C. H. & Song, Y. (2015 Oktober). Robust and distributed web-scale near-dup document conflation in microsoft academic service. In Proceedings - 2015 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, IEEE Big Data 2015 (S. 26062611). IEEE. URL: 2015.7364059
Sinha, A., Shen, Z., Song, Y., Ma, H., Eide, D., Hsu, B.-j. (, & Wang, K. (2015). An Overview of Microsoft Academic Service (MAS) and Applications. In Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on World Wide Web Companion (WWW 2015 Companion) (S. 243 246). URL:
Aaron Tay (2018): Microsoft academic preview - Microsoft's new rankings of journals, institutions, authors & conferences URL:*/

Created: 2017-05-01