Innovative

Using data science to place research in its context!

Extensive

140 million grants, publications, clinical trials, patents and policy documents with 4 billion connections

We use artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science to bring different types of data together to set research in context and enable serendipity.

References

4 billion extracted references and links show connections between content types and reveal research impact

Funders

Funding worth >$1.3 trillion and more than 40 million connections to grants and funders show where resources are going

Persons

20m researcher profiles worldwide capture the activity of authors, investigators and inventors

Sources

Source titles, preprint servers, patent offices and trial registries show where research has been published or registered

Institutions

>80k international institutions extracted, normalized, enriched and assigned more than 150M times

Categories

Machine learning based categorization for >80m records - 100% consistent across all content types

Concepts

1.5 bn connections based on extracted concepts connecting 140 million documents

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96M
publications
4.1M
grants
61M
Altmetric
data points
361k policy
documents
427k
clinical trials
36M
patents

Re-imagining discovery and access to research:

grants, publications, citations, clinical trials, patents and policy documents in one place

Dimensions metrics API and Dimensions Badges - openly available

Citations and metrics are how we as a community assess and contextualize research. We use them to “value” efforts in pursuit of assigning adequate resources, illustrate successes, communicate the importance of research activities or provide ways to compare research objects against another - for good or for bad.

However, these metrics and underlying data have not always been accessible, living behind paywalled gates, away from to the broader community. With Dimensions, we do not believe that these restrictions are what’s best for the community.

To facilitate innovation and discovery, we are making the Dimensions metrics API and the Dimensions Badges openly available for non-commercial use.

More information on the open Dimensions Metrics API...

A Version of Dimensions for Everyone

Dimensions offers three unique product versions. Each has been carefully designed with functionality explicitly designed to support different groups within the research ecosystem while all as part of a consistent modular product platform.

Dimensions: free for researcher's personal use, access to millions of publication metadata records and over 1 billion citations

Dimensions Plus: providing institutions and their researchers with a broader set of functionalities and data sources.

Dimensions Analytics: supporting funders and publishers with workflow support.

Do what you want with the data!
Dimensions has been built to allow the researchers to ‘take the data back’ - both for immediate research purposes and research management and assessment. This requires modern tools and APIs that offer as much flexibility as possible.

With the Dimensions API, we have developed a Dimensions-specific query language which allows for search, aggregate, and cluster in a single API call, providing cleanly structured data for the further analysis or a machine-machine interaction.

For more information on the API, please complete the attached form and we'll be in be in touch soon.

 

Dimensions is a dynamic, easy to use, linked-research data platform that re-imagines the way research can be discovered, accessed and analyzed.  Within Dimensions, users can explore the connections between grants, publications, clinical trials, patents and policy documents.

As the research landscape evolved dramatically over the past 10 years with new technologies, more data and increasingly diverse research ecosystems, the channels for discovery and the ways impact is measured and assessed have remained static. Digital Science had a vision for a modern research system where data is democratized and the lens through which we measure research outputs broadened.

In collaboration with over 100 community partners, Digital Science invested the unique skills, technology and talent across its portfolio companies to make Dimensions a reality.

In developing Dimensions we aimed to:

  • Deliver a cutting-edge research insights platform that meets the needs of today’s research organizations, funders, and publishers
  • Break down barriers to access and discovery - de-siloed data and lower costs of access
  • Provide a platform for developing relevant, meaningful metrics

With millions of papers published each year - researchers struggle to not only find the research relevant to their work but also keep track of the research landscape in the process.

Dimensions provides students and researchers access to the data and information they need - with the lowest barriers possible.


The free version of Dimensions provides researchers with access to:

  • A data universe with publication records, citation information, and researcher profiles
  • Linked information: publications contextualized with grants, patents, clinical trials and more
  • Powerful search functionality and metrics to identify trends
  • Instant Access to over millions of open access articles

Access the free Dimensions application here

Our Data Universe, Enriched and Connected

Unlike other tools, Dimensions brings together various research-related data sources in a venue that is consistent and accessible to the community.  In addition to deep-indexing, the Dimensions team invests in enhancing existing data for increased searchability and identifying links between related pieces.

Going far beyond traditional databases, Dimensions provides the community with a data discovery engine with both context and perspective.

Learn more in A guide to the Dimensions Data Approach...

Dimensions and our approach to metrics

Dimensions aims to provide a data-rich environment which allows for the development and dissemination of metrics  - driven by and developed for the research community. 

The Digital Science & Dimensions team is passionate about supporting discussion and efforts in bibliometrics and research management.

We encourage the bibliometric research community to make use of the rich data set and platform for development of innovative approaches and metrics to assess the impact of research and the management of research in research organizations.

Interested in joining or in getting access to the Dimensions data for research purposes? Please reach out to us via this form.

Learn more about the metrics currently implemented in Dimensions here….

Dimensions and the research ecosystem

Digital Science efforts to bring the data in Dimensions together, to realize the 4 billion connections and to build the application and APIs, has and will continue to be enormous.

This was done with the belief that the fruit of these efforts should never be closed but instead a platform for other not-for-profit or commercial organizations to build on.


Closed ecosystems slow innovation and discovery, both being farthest from the Digital Science mission.

Dimensions' hope is to cultivate a developer ecosystem to collaboratively explore new data applications that will inspire and drive research innovations within the research community into the future.

If you are interested in discussing future possibilities with us, please complete the attached form and we'll be in touch. 

Corporate research and development and Dimensions

Unlike existing tools, Dimensions brings together 4 billion research connections - relationships between scientific experts, publications & citations, grants, clinical trials, intellectual property, and market response.

The first release includes the most comprehensive grouping of research-related data sources - 97M publications, 1B citations, $1.3T in grants, over 37M patents, and a comprehensive clinical trial database, as well as public data points from news media, policy documents, and social attention.

This robust, cleansed, and connected dataset can be used in our own Discovery environment - Dimensions - or directly through our API's in raw and/or enriched format(s) to utilize for knowledge management, business intelligence, and/or internal product teams.

This database allows for easy identification of experts globally and Key Opinion Leaders across domains. It spots trends from the earliest signals of scientific activity - in awarded grants - through pre and post-publication activity - through commercialization and therapeutics.

It will help identify academic partnerships, ensure teams stay on-top of the latest literature, simplify pharmacovigilance,  monitor competitors, and more -  all within seconds.

There is nothing like it available today. And almost every organization who collaborated on this development has expressed their own internal struggles to organize and enrich these same datasets for a breadth of mission-critical decision-making and analysis.

Contact our corporate team today.

A platform for publishers, supporting the research community

With Dimensions, Digital Science has designed an innovative cross-publisher discovery engine which is freely available, allowing publishers to increase the discoverability of their content in a tool focused on the needs of individual researchers, organizations, funders, and governments.

With the metadata backbone sourced from publicly available databases such as CrossRef and PubMed, publishers can also enhance the discoverability of their collections effortlessly while making use of both the Dimensions Metrics API and Dimensions Badges to contextualise their publications.

Find out

When looking across the research landscape historically, different groups participated and contributed in the research process within their own circles.

From researchers to research administrators, funders to corporate R&D and publishers - each had their own tools, data sets, lenses in which they viewed their data and unique structured workflows.

These artificial divisions limited the ability to understand the real value of a particular research object diminished the ability to identify broader trends and dampened the possibilities for future discoveries.

With Dimensions, Digital Science has realized an innovative research information infrastructure that is collaborative, comprehensive, and flexible - and has become uniquely positioned to support a diverse range of use cases.

By design, Dimensions allows each user to define their own experience to be as broad or specific as it makes sense for their pursuits.

200+ funders rely on Dimensions to reach their strategic goals: 

For years, leading funders have been using the robust Dimensions grant database to transform their workflows - more than 200 to date.

Applications have been broad, from designing funding strategies and programs to positioning their funding programs in the international research funding landscape, to even supporting individual funding decisions based on automatic report funding summaries on both researchers and institutions, using advanced AI-based classification.

With the expanded scope of Dimensions, funders can do even more with access to an even broader and more integrated view of the funding and research landscape including grants, publications, clinical trials, and patents - all seamlessly linked with relevant impact metrics.

Learn more about how funders have been leveraging Dimensions, including how Dimensions helps with National Assessments

Free access to millions of publications, citations, and researcher profiles

With free search, citation and Altmetric data , Dimensions allows you to find the most relevant results faster.

In addition, you’re able to see details of associated grants, clinical trials, patents and policy documents - and benefit from 1 click access to Open Access content.

Access the free Dimensions application covering millions of publications, contextualized with grants, patents and clinical trials by visiting https://app.dimensions.ai/.


  • Search through a full-text index of millions of articles and books,
  • Powerful filtering: narrow it down to what is really relevant
  • Get to the full text of Open Access articles with one click
  • Linked information: publications contextualized with grants, patents, clinical trials and Altmetric mentions
  • Researcher profiles: Over 20 million researcher pages showing individual research activity

360º Support for Academic Institutions
In an increasingly competitive research landscape, research organizations work tirelessly to offer an attractive home for both existing and prospective researchers.

These efforts range from ensuring the organization is well poised and competitive within the national or international research system to attract much-needed resources, as well as providing individual researchers with the right tools, data, and resources to succeed.

Dimensions was uniquely designed to support different groups within a research organization, from research administrators to students and research staff:


For students/researchers: a powerful discovery tool for publications, grants, patents and other research outputs, one click full-text access for subscribed content - helping researchers in their core mission.

For librarians: a robust and reliable platform that enables you to analyze and provide the latest and most relevant results to users, faster than ever before.

For research administrators: a robust view of research outputs and impacts of research within an institution. Flexibly designed for ongoing internal use or for planning/evaluation exercises.

Learn more about Dimensions and research organizations

“The Digital Science team have worked closely with the research community and have built this new platform with real-world users in mind. It’s incredibly intuitive and easy to use, and combines unique data that will be extremely valuable in informing decisions made across our institution.”

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Dimensions in 30 minutes
Jan 22nd
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15th Annual Meeting of ISMPP
London, UK
Jan 29th
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LIS Bibliometrics Forum: Open Metrics and Measuring Openness
London, UK
Jan 30th
conference
Digital Pharma Advances
London, UK
Mar 3rd
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ER&L 2019
Austin, TX
Sep 2nd
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Rome, Italy

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With each company focused on a different pain point within the research cycle, and serving various stakeholders in the research ecosystem, these teams shared their true passion for innovation


and contribute their unique experiences, opinions, and values into Dimensions.

Meet the team... > more

 

Building Dimensions together
The vision to realize a modern research infrastructure like Dimensions has lived within Digital Science since its inception in 2009. As with all the initiatives from Digital Science, broad community involvement was an essential part of making this big idea into a scalable and robust reality.

Six Digital Science portfolio companies (Readcube, Altmetric, Figshare, Symplectic, DS Consultancy and ÜberResearch) decided to take on the new Dimensions project together in 2011.

It was clear that this undertaking would only be achieved through a collaboration of a talented and passionate team, a robust range of technologies and community partners involved each step of the way. Dimensions was designed to break down silos - not to develop from within them.

This level of innovation would require a village - and within weeks of reaching out to the community, we had over 100 development partners from universities and funders from around the globe.

The response was overwhelming and inspiring.

Our partners worked with the Dimensions team for 12 months, providing invaluable product input, examining diverse use cases, flagging friction points and most importantly keeping the Dimensions project grounded and focused on its core mission: to make research more accessible.

Innovation through collaboration

The development of Dimensions has been triggered by the feedback from clients and partners of the Digital Science portfolio companies.

As a result, Dimensions has been developed through a dynamic collaboration across Digital Science and six of its portfolio businesses (ReadCube, Altmetric, Figshare, Symplectic, DS Consultancy and ÜberResearch).

 

More than 100 development partners continuously involved

From day one it was clear that such a large project could not be realized in corporate isolation, and instead would only be successful with involvement from all stakeholders in the research ecosystem.

Soon after reaching out to partners and clients from research organizations, funders, publishers and even R&D heavy corporate organizations, more than 50 joined the effort and suggested more than 60 others who signed up over the following months.

 

During monthly calls, the Dimensions team presented product plans, achievements, and setbacks -- while the development partners shared use cases, advice, and concerns.

This support and trust from the development partners has made the Dimensions project truly special, and we are going to continue the program into the future.

See which organizations our development partners came from:

The new tool will allow staff to better understand the research and funding landscape > more
Read how David used Dimensions to gather insights to help inform his research and funding strategy. > more
Learn about new features that can help you discover relevant research, more efficiently. > more
Novel discovery tool connects research and guides strategic decisions > more
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Read how David used Dimensions to gather insights to help inform his research and funding strategy.
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Our response to a recent survey highlighting how we think that Dimensions does a good job of meeting the community’s needs described in the article, and where we have room to grow.
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Request a free report and see how your institution is represented in Dimensions.
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Using Dimensions data to measure the impact of the initiative to strengthen international cooperation among BRICS countries.
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With Anywhere Access, Dimensions users never need to leave the page they are viewing.
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Our third and final part of this blog series continues the exploration of the breakthrough work in immunotherapy by Dr. Carl June.
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What can be said about the body of work which has allowed June to “see further by standing on the shoulders of giants?”
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Daniel Hook, Digital Science CEO; Christian Herzog, ÜberResearch CEO; and Simon Porter, Director of Innovation talk about how Dimensions uses the Crossref REST API to augment other data and their workflow.
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Within seconds you have access to the full-text article in ReadCube’s Enhanced PDF viewer, bringing you a more interactive reading experience.
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Explore how Dimensions data can be used to identify trends that are emerging in my discipline.
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Comments from our team in response to questions raised on the lis-bibliometrics JISCMail list
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Mark Hahnel, the CEO and founder of figshare, uses Dimensions data to explore data repository needs.
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Hear more about the process of implementing DImensions Badges from two very early adopters.
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Dimensions Head of Product, Christian Bode, announces the release of a highly anticipated new feature.
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Our API wizard, Simon Porter, shares how to build institutional collaboration diagrams using the Dimensions Search API
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Use our Library Toolkit to help researchers understand the powerful information that is now freely available to them.
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Read Outsell's article about why VP & Lead Analyst, Jo McShea, believes the launch of Dimensions is genuinely game-changing.
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Read more about our plans to collaborate with the bibliometric research community in an effort to develop better views of our data.
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Altmetric's Product Development Manager Jean Liu shares behind-the-scenes insights from building the Dimensions Badge.
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Dimensions lead Christian Herzog addresses the points raised in this insightful Tweeted review
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Built with and for the research community, Dimensions is designed to provide unique insights across the research lifecycle
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The new tool will allow staff to better understand the research and funding landscape
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Integration provides extended citation insights for authors and reader.
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Technology initiative to benefit publishers, institutions and researchers.
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The next evolutions in research data sharing and scholarly discovery come together to support Russian Science
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Innovative tool enables publishers to delve into a breadth of data and metrics
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Customers will benefit from a powerful combination of intuitive discovery, instant scientific literature access, and personalized data
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Partnership enables researchers to explore contextualized publications and analyze their broader impacts.
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Integrations with Dimensions and Figshare now available to publishers hosted on the platform.
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Digital Science added its name to the list of international supporters of this worthwhile and critical effort.
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Interlinked metrics integration provides an innovative way to visualize citations
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Addition of over 50 policy sources offers new perspective on societal impact of research
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Expanded coverage offers unparalleled insights into the commercial translation of research.
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Research insights platform will support faculty development.
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You can now view supplemental data for many publications directly on the publication details page.
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Unique public portal will increase visibility of Ohio’s university research programs, promote faculty expertise, and showcase campus facilities and equipment critical to the innovation process to industry partners
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Interlinked data universe within Dimensions will aid landscape analysis project
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Groundbreaking tool offers advanced analytical insights to support a variety of use cases.
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Hear from the Director of The London Institute for Mathematical Sciences on why access to Dimensions is changing the culture at the Institute.
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Dimensions speeds up the Science of Science by reducing the time needed to get the data required for analysis.
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ORCID collaboration supports community efforts toward unified author disambiguation
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IntechOpen becomes the first book publisher to integrate Dimensions Badges.
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Hear about new partnership from FZ Jülich Library Director, Dr Bernhard Mittermaier
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ARPHA's founder and CEO Prof. Lyubomir Penev shares why Dimensions can bridge a crucial gap
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Research Intelligence manager, Gert Goris, speaks more about why EUR adopts new tools
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Read about an exciting new collaboration in open science from the Health Research Alliance.
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New platform from Digital Science provides free search and citation data for 89 million publications
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A new report from the Consultancy team at Digital Science explores the practical applications of Dimensions
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Learn more about the content and technology that resulted in 4 billion connections between 128 million documents

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