Release notes

New & Noteworthy

Version 3.34 - 28 November, 2019

GRID organization data available via API

The Analytics API now includes the capability of searching GRID data as well as matching free-text affiliation strings against it, so it will return valid GRID identifiers. The new feature makes it easier to perform a number of scholarly analytics and also opens up new opportunities.
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Version 3.33 - 07 November, 2019

Disambiguated patent investigators

Dimensions is now identifying researchers in the patent content type. You can search for researcher in patents using the filter on the left-hand side and analyse them with the researcher Analytical View.

Version 3.33 - 07 November, 2019

Filter researchers by current affiliation

When searching for research organizations or their locations you will now get an additional filter in the Researcher Analytical View which allows you to only see researchers currently affiliated with the selected research organization or location. This feature is available in Dimensions Analytics.


Version 3.34


  • The recently introduced feature in Dimensions Analytics to filter for researchers affiliated with a specific organization / location has now been enabled for patents.
  • Improvements to the stability of the timeline charts when changing the applied filters and to the reliability of the OpenURL link resolver.
  • We are very happy to announce that the latest Analytics API release includes the capability of searching GRID – the Global Research Identifiers Database – as well as matching free-text affiliation strings against it, so it will return valid GRID identifiers. Read more

Version 3.33


  • Dimensions is now identifying researchers in the patent content type. You can search for researcher in patents using the filter on the left-hand side and analyse them with the researcher Analytical View. More than 275 thousand researcher profiles are currently linked to patents.
  • When searching for research organizations (or their locations) you will now get an additional filter in the Researcher Analytical View which allows you to only see researchers currently affiliated with the selected research organization or location. Available in Dimensions Analytics.
  • The search box auto-expands and will show up to 15 rows of a query. When using a query which is longer than just one line of text, this makes it much easier to review and edit what you put in the search box.
  • For more than 800k arXiv items we already show a link to the published version of the preprint on the details page. With this release we now also show the link from the published version to the arXiv preprint.

Version 3.32


  • We implemented Units of Assessment (UoA) as a new categorization system for publications in Dimensions. UoA is a classification scheme used by the Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF) for assessing the quality of research in UK Higher Education Institutions. We have implemented this system using automated allocation of UoA codes to documents in Dimensions based on category definitions defined by machine learning. The UoA categories are available in Dimensions Analytics.
  • After enabling the time range selection for all Overview charts in the last release you can now also define the time range for all other Timeline charts. You can go back in time up to 50 years or plot the future activity in terms of grants and clinical trials.
  • In the Analytical Views panel in Dimensions you can download a csv / xlsx files with up to 500 entities such as researchers, source titles, funders etc. including the selected indicators. With this release we added an additional column to the export of the Researcher view which includes the Dimensions researcher IDs.

Version 3.31


  • The time range in Overview charts can now be defined by the user and the data for up to 50 years can be plotted. This allows you to investigate trends over a larger time span, including future years for grants and clinical trials.
  • We added arXiv publications to Dimensions. When an arXiv preprint has already been published in another source title, we show this information on the publication details page under “Resulting publication”. Links to the arXiv record and the PDF full text can be found on all arXiv details pages.
  • When searching for a researcher name using the “more” field we now also return the name of a researcher’s current affiliation. Especially when searching for more common names this change makes it easier to add the correct researchers to your query. The current affiliation is automatically assigned to researcher profiles based on the organizations used in recent publications and grants.

Version 3.30


  • We improved the way to present indicators in the Analytical Views for Publications and also added several new indicators. Per default you will now see three columns: 1) Publications, 2) total number of citations, and 3) average number of citations. Depending on the Dimensions version you are using you can select other indicator families to analyse the academic impact or Altmetric attention. The indicators shown in the collapsed Analytical View have been replaced by total and average number of citations (instead of average RCR and FCR).
  • Two new download options for the charts in Dimensions have been added: XLSX and CSV. This is especially useful when you want to recreate a chart in Excel or use another chart type which is not supported in Dimensions.
  • The bar chart visualization which was only available for Grants is now also available for all other content types. 
  • There is a new section available on publications details pages where the original acknowledgements /funding text is shown. This gives you additional transparency about how the research has been funded.

Version 3.29


  • Two new filters for the patents added: 1) Priority year and 2) Filed year. Priority year is the filing year of the earliest application of which priority is claimed, Filed year is the year when a patent application is first filed at a patent office. Both are important dates in the history of a patent. 
  • Filter for Grant status and Clinical Trial status added: These filters allow you to filter by grants and clinical trials which a) are finished, b) have not started yet, c) are ongoing, and d) which have an unknown status (no start date / end date available). These filters not only allow you to quickly select e.g. grants which have not started yet – they are also more precise since they are calculated based on the day when the grant / clinical trial starts and ends.
  • We implemented a new methodology to assign Fields of Research (FOR) categories to publications. The new methodology is improving both the precision and recall of the FOR categorization.
  • The Field Citation Ratio (FCR) is now based on the improved Fields of Research categories (see above). The FCR values will change slightly due to the larger number of categorized publications.
  • For all content types Dimensions now provides both the 4-digit and the respective 2-digit codes in the filter, the analytical views, and on the details pages. This means that you can now build queries with the broader 2-digit FOR codes and from the comparison charts you can directly add a 2-digit FOR code to the query.
  • When selecting a more entities from a filter using the type-ahead, all selected entities are now added to the top of the filter section, i.e. when selecting more than 10 entities to add them to a group or a query it is now much easier to review and refine your selection before doing the next step.
  • On all details pages we now show the normalized name of all research organizations when they have been disambiguated. In addition to this we show a tooltip with the “original address” when the normalized name is different from the name we got from the original metadata. This change brings more consistency in the way we display resolved organization names and the tooltips ensure transparency of the underlying data.

Version 3.28


  • Publication type “Books” renamed to “Edited books”
  • Add link from proceeding details page to proceeding source title 

Version 3.27


  • Comparison chart – number of grants added as an option to analyze research categories per organization
  • New indicator available in Analytical View ‘Overview’: “Publications with citations”
  • Significant performance improvements for Analytical Views 

Version 3.26


  • Disambiguated researchers are now available for clinical trials. You can search for researchers using the researcher filter and analyse involved researchers with the ‘Researchers’ Analytical View.
  • The compare chart has a new look and you can export the charts as jpeg, png and pdf. This chart type is available in Dimensions Plus and Dimensions Analytics for all content types and allows you to compare the activity per research category of two research organizations or funders.
  • Chart settings are now stored until you leave the Analytical View. This allows you to add / remove filters or change the keywords without loosing your defined settings.

Version 3.25


  • Clinical trial references – Dimensions is extracting clinical trials references from publications. and shows the more than 1 million extracted links between clinical trials and publications on publication and clinical trials detail pages as ‘Clinical trial references’ and ‘publication citations’. References from clinical trials to publications are shown as ‘clinical trial citations’ and ‘publication references’.
  • The citation indicator available in the ‘Overview’ panel has now three options to aggregate citations: total, mean, median.
  • The bar chart visualization available in grants (research categories) has a new look and allows you to export the chart as jpeg, png, and pdf.

Version 3.24


  • ICRP Common Scientific Outline (CSO) and ICRP Cancer types have been added as new classification systems. CSO is a classification system organized into six broad areas of scientific interest in cancer research. ICRP cancer type coding scheme complements the CSO and is linked to the International Classification of Diseases. Both classification systems are available in Dimensions Analytics.
  • You can now export tables with entities such as researchers, organizations, or source titles from Analytical Views as xlsx and csv. Available in Dimensions Analytics.
  • Indicators in the Analytical view are now grouped by indicator type: Output, Academic impact, Altmetric attention.
  • Funding amounts for grants can now be shown in New Zealand Dollars.

Version 3.23


  • Bug fix release

Version 3.22


  • With ‘Search in DOI’ you can now search for a single DOI or multiple DOIs combined with boolean ORs.
  • There is now an ‘Open access’ Analytical View which includes visualizations to analyze OA activity over time and to create pivot tables – you can also select ‘Open access’ in all other heatmaps which allows you to quickly analyze the OA distribution per research category, organization, funder etc. Available in Dimensions Analytics.
  • To reduce the clutter in the left-hand side filter panel we group filters as Research Categories, Location – Research Organization, and Patent categories.

Version 3.21


  • Dimensions Plus now supports the operator * which represents any group of characters, including no character.
  • Details pages of edited books show the chapters published in this book.
  • Book series title on details pages are now clickable which adds the book series to your query.

Version 3.20


  • Updated Source title facet / AV (includes book series)
  • Registry country added to CT registry facet
  • CiteSpace (linkout in the export confirmation popup, export center)
  • Link from Chapter to Edited Book on details page

Version 3.19


  • Alerting – When creating a favorite you can opt-in to get email alerts for new items added to Dimensions. Alerts can be managed in the ‘browse favorites’ view.
  • ‘Publishers’ Analytical View ‘ added including timeline and heatmap visualizations. Available in Dimensions Analytics.
  • Export for bibliometric mapping now includes additional data which allows you to perform co-citation analyses with VOSviewer and term co-occurence analysis based on the publication title .
  • Autocompletion in the research organization filter shows a tooltip with the full organization name, city and country.