Dimensions, a new citation database from Digital Science

The Dimensions web site is full of information about different aspects of this resource. Free searching is available at app.dimensions.ai/discover/publication. It covers 89 million publication records, 870 million citations, 50 million Altmetric mentions and about 20 million research profiles. You won’t find it on the library web sites yet. I don’t know yet how it will be useful, where it is as good as or better than Scopus, Web of Science or Google Scholar. I’m told that in a couple of weeks, there will be an option to create a user account, which makes it possible for logged-in users to save search queries and export search results (up to 500 items).

Another open question is what features are not freely available, such as Get it! buttons and information on grants, patents, clinical trials, and whether Washington University Libraries should consider paying for any of them. It should be interesting to see how this develops!

Explore please and share with your colleagues and subject librarians. We’d like to hear if you want to have it listed among other databases available at WU. Here are a few posts to browse in addition to the Dimensions web site itself:

About the author

Ruth is a librarian at Washington University for biology, math, history of science; she is also scholarly communications coordinator. Email: rlewis@wustl.edu Phone: 314-935-4819