Biological Abstracts
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Biological Abstracts is a database produced by Clarivate Analytics. It includes abstracts from peer-reviewed academic journal articles in the fields of biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, botany, pre-clinical and experimental medicine, pharmacology, zoology, agriculture, and veterinary medicine, and has been published since 1926.[1][2]

It can be accessed through a number of services, including EBSCO, Ovid[3] and Web of Science.[1]


The service began as a print publication in 1926, when it was formed by the union of Abstracts of Bacteriology (1917–1925), and Botanical Abstracts (1919–1926), both published in Baltimore by Williams and Wilkins.[4] It was published in paperback subject sections, with abstracts usually written by scientists in the US, as a great many articles from that period were in other languages. At the time of founding, it was in competition with the classified indexing service of the Concilium Bibliographicum in Zurich.[5][6][7][8]

The first online version was published on magnetic tape; it contained only the bibliographic information, not the text of the abstracts, and was intended as a rapid alerting service.[definition needed]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Biological Abstracts on the Web of Science". Web of Science. Archived from the original on 2020-09-22. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Biological Abstracts". Ovid Technologies. Archived from the original on 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2011-07-26.
  3. ^ "Wolters Kluwer | Ovid - Home". Archived from the original on 2013-12-19. Retrieved 2013-02-28.
  4. ^ Sheehy, Eugene Paul (1986). Guide to Reference Books (10th ed.). American Library Association. ISBN 0838903908.
  5. ^ Burke, Colin B. (2014). Information and Intrigue: From Index Cards to Dewey Decimals to Alger Hiss. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. pp. 166–168, 235–237. ISBN 978-0-262-02702-1.
  6. ^ Curtis, W. C. (May 15, 1931). "The Washington Conference of March 7, 1931". Science. American Association for the Advancement of Science. 73 (189): 509–512. Bibcode:1931Sci....73..509C. doi:10.1126/science.73.1898.509. JSTOR 1655530. PMID 17778395.
  7. ^ Schramm, J. R. (May 15, 1931). "Biological Abstracts". Science. American Association for the Advancement of Science. 73 (1898): 512–516. Bibcode:1931Sci....73..512S. doi:10.1126/science.73.1898.512. JSTOR 1655531. PMID 17778396.
  8. ^ Mcclung, C. E. (May 15, 1931). "The Union and Biological Abstracts". Science. American Association for the Advancement of Science. 73 (1898): 517–518. Bibcode:1931Sci....73..517M. doi:10.1126/science.73.1898.517. JSTOR 1655532. PMID 17778397.

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