Microsoft Academic is a free public search engine for academic publications and literature, developed by Microsoft Research. Re-launched in 2016, the tool features an entirely new data structure and search engine using semantic search technologies. It currently indexes over 375 million entities , 170 million of which are academic papers . The Academic Knowledge API offers information retrieval from the underlying database using REST endpoints for advanced research purposes.
The service replaces the earlier Microsoft research project, Microsoft Academic Search, which ended development in 2012.
Preliminary reviews by bibliometricians suggest the new Microsoft Academic Search is a competitor to Google Scholar, Web of Science, and Scopus for academic research purposes as well as citation analysis.
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