Access SciSearch through the Dialog platform

Access SciSearch on Dialog to search over 8,850 journals from 80 countries across nearly every subject area within the fields of science and technology. SciSearch®: a Cited Reference Science Database is also the world’s leading citation database, containing millions of cited reference connections indexed from high-quality peer reviewed journals and proceedings. 

By using the Dialog platform to access SciSearch, you can use Dialog’s precision search functionality to find the data you need for a wide range of purposes, from systematic reviews to pharmacovigilance literature screening. 

Find out more below about the advantages of using Dialog to access SciSearch.

The benefits of using Dialog to access SciSearch

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Search SciSearch with Advanced Search Features

Dialog enables users to perform cross-database searches, download results, save searches and create custom reports, all in a single interface. This improves collaboration and allows organisations to create custom search workflows that meet their unique requirements. 

In addition, search results are provided in a native qualitative XML format that integrates seamlessly into downstream workflows.

Dialog also includes the Dialog® Alerts Manager, which lets users manage multiple searches and create research alerts. 

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Search Other Databases in the Same Interface

Through Dialog, researchers can access and search peer-reviewed content in over 140 literature databases (including Embase, MEDLINE and International Pharmaceutical Abstracts, among others). Together, these databases offer:

  • 1.7 billion authoritative records
  • 522 million newspaper articles
  • 5.5 million dissertations and theses
  • 3.7 million unpublished working papers/preprints
  • 33 full-text patent authorities
  • 69 bibliographic patent authorities

Using Dialog to access SciSearch

We work with businesses around the world to support their pharmaceutical and scientific research efforts. As well as helping them search SciSearch, we work with them to achieve their end goals – whether that’s a research outcome or regulatory compliance. Click on the examples below to find out more and see how we can support you. 

If you need to search SciSearch, get in touch with us to discuss how we can help you.  

Overview of SciSearch

SciSearch®: a Cited Reference Science Database is not only a large, multi-disciplinary, international bibliographic database covering 150 disciplines in science, technology and biomedicine, but also the world’s preeminent citation database with millions of cited reference connections indexed from high quality peer reviewed journals and proceedings. 100% of available cited references for all items in the database are included with each document. Each cited reference is meticulously indexed to ensure that it is searchable and attributes credit to the appropriate publication, enabling accurate evaluation of research productivity and citation impact. You can locate articles cited by a particular paper or author, as well as those citing a known reference, allowing you to extend your research on a subject and find seminal papers, potential collaborators and prominent new researchers. Dialog™ has created search fields, look up lists and results filters to allow you to access and analyze this wealth of cited reference material.

SciSearch also operates as a traditional bibliographic database, with abstracts, subject terms, authors, affiliations and funding acknowledgements in addition to the cited references, providing you with a complete view of the scholarly record as well as many different access points for search and retrieval. SciSearch covers virtually every subject area within the broad fields of science and technology, including but not limited to:


  • Agriculture and Foods
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Applications and Cybernetics
  • Earth Sciences
  • Electronics
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Genetics
  • Instrumentation
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine
  • Meteorology
  • Microbiology
  • Nuclear Science
  • Pharmacology
  • Physics
  • Psychiatry and Psychology
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Zoology

Access SciSearch to answer such questions as:

  • What are the adverse effects of pembrolizumab?
  • Are there any systematic reviews on the treatment of hepatitis C?
  • Who are the leading researchers in entanglement distillation?
  • Which articles cite the Longley 2016 paper on immune response to malaria?
  • Which articles does Longley cite in his 2016 paper on immune response to malaria?
  • How many times has Sanger’s 1977 paper on DNA sequencing been cited?

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