Type of site
|Launched||February 22, 2016|
|Current status||Inactive (No longer accessible after Dec. 31, 2021)|
Microsoft Academic was a free public web search engine for academic publications and literature, developed by Microsoft Research. It profiles authors, organizations, keywords, and journals. The search engine indexes over 260 million publications, 88 million of which are journal articles.
The Academic Knowledge API offers information retrieval from the underlying database using REST endpoints for advanced research purposes. The search engine provides not only search results and access to sources but also citation information that include the number of sources, g-index, and h-index. Aside from academic publications, it is also used to find websites that contain state and local records. The technology uses machine learning, semantic inference and knowledge discovery from sources crawled and indexed by the Bing search engine.
The service replaces the earlier Microsoft research project, Microsoft Academic Search, which ended development in 2012. The platform was developed in 2009 of the Microsoft Research branch in Asia and the project was headed by Zaiqing Nie. Microsoft Academic was re-launched in 2016, as a tool that features an entirely new data structure and search engine using semantic search technologies.
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. However, it is primarily used as a resource in the field of computer science since it is the most completely indexed information.
On May 4, 2021, Microsoft announced that the Microsoft Academic website and APIs would be retired on December 31, 2021.