Three million entries now in Zentralblatt MATH

Zentralblatt MATH (ZBMATH), the world’s most complete reference database in mathematical research, published its three millionth bibliographic entry today. ZBMATH is the leading publication in mathematics and has been presenting the state of the art and development of research in this discipline for the past 150 years. A total of 3,500 journals and more than 1,100 book series and monographs are currently documented and analysed.

In practice, this means an annual growth of around 120,000 new entries from research institutes all over the world. The entries consist of abstracts or reviews written by more than 6,000 experts. The editorial work is carried out jointly by FIZ Karlsruhe and the editor-in-chief Professor Bernd Wegner.

On the basis of a cooperation agreement signed between FIZ Karlsruhe and the National Science Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2007, the rapidly developing Chinese research literature in the field of mathematics is listed in its entirety in the database. A total of more than 70,000 papers are already listed, with around another 8,000 added each year.

Zentralblatt MATH is now a database that goes far beyond the original concept of a journal and networks the international mathematical research community. The editorial office in Berlin structures and assesses content, makes the entries available in electronic form and ensures that the software is refined to be able to deal with the continual growth in mathematical publications. Strong networking among mathematicians allows the functionalities of the database to be optimally adapted to the requirements of researchers and users. Last year, for example, an author database was set up using complex identification processes. By displaying the papers in MathML, complicated mathematical formulas can now be read directly as well.

Contact: Renate Bayaz, Springer, tel +49-6221-487-8531, renate.bayaz@springer.com

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