Brief introduction to 10 international databases


Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine is an international journal of tropical biomedicine that is edited by Asia-Pacific Tropical Medicine Press and published by Elsevier. Recently the journal has been covered by UPD, IC, ZR, BA, CA, CABI, Global Health, CSA, Embase, Scopus. Meanwhile, we are planning to apply for the evaluation of Medline and SCI and all the evaluation process has already started.

Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory (UPD) is the standard library directory and database providing information about popular academic magazines, scientific journals, newspapers and other serial publications. The printed version has been published since 1932 and online version includes over 300 000 active and current periodicals.

Index Copernicus (IC) is an international retrieval system for medicine and biology sponsored by Medical Science International. It provides supplement for Medline and Institute of scientific information (ISI) and sets up the platform for scientific information collection, planning and promotion of periodicals, and improvement of international influence for endemic journals.

Zoological Record (ZR), currently published by Healthcare & Science Division, Thomson Reuters, is the world's oldest continuing database of animal biology, and the most comprehensive index to zoological and animal science literature. Records cover every aspect of zoology, including biochemistry, behavior, ecology, evolution, genetics, etc., with particular emphasis on biodiversity and systematic/taxonomic information. More than 5 000 international serials plus approximately 1500 non-serial publications are currently monitored, including professional journals, magazines, newsletters, monographs, books, reviews, and conference proceedings.

Biological Abstracts (BA) is a database produced by Thomson Reuters through its subsidiary BIOSIS. It consists of 350,000 references for almost 5,000 primary journal and monograph titles, including abstracts from peer-reviewed academic journal articles in the fields of biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, botany, pre-clinical and veterinary medicine published since 1926.

Chemical Abstracts (CA), associated with the American Chemical Society in one way or another since 1907, is a periodical index that provides summaries and indexes of disclosures in recently published scientific documents. Approximately 8,000 journals, technical reports, dissertations, conference proceedings, and newbooks, in any of 50 languages, are monitored yearly.

Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) is an intergovernmental not-for profit organization, providing information and scientific services in the developed and developing world. The CAB Abstracts database aims to document the world's published literature in plant and animal science, agriculture, food and related subjects.

Cambridge Scientific Abstract (CSA) is a privately-owned information company located in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, publishing abstracts and indexes to scientific and technical research literature for over 30 years. Content coverage includes life sciences, environmental and aquatic sciences, computer sciences, material sciences and engineering, aerospace, social science, and humanities, providing access to more than 70 databases and many print journal.

Embase is a comprehensive database which holds over 20 million indexed records from more than 7,000 active, peer-reviewed journals. Furthermore, Embase contains over 2,000 biomedical titles not offered by Medline.

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools track, analyze and visualize research. Updated daily, it includes the abstracts and references of 15,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 4,000 international publishers.

The Science Citation Index (SCI) is a citation index originally produced by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) and created by Eugene Garfield in 1960, which is now owned by Thomson Reuters. The Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) covers more than 6,650 journals across 150 disciplines, from 1900 to the present, which are alternately described as the world's leading journals of science and technology, because of a rigorous selection process.