Biological Abstracts

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 published since 1926.[1][2]

Biological Abstracts
ProducerClarivate Analytics (United States)
History1926 to present
Record depthIndex & abstract
Print edition

It can be accessed through 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 (1917–25), and Botanical Abstracts (1919–26), both published in Baltimore by Williams and Wilkins.[4] It was published in paperback subject sections, with abstracts usually written by scientist in the US, as a great many of articles in 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.

See also


  1. "Biological Abstracts" (Online). Retrieved 2009-08-30.
  2. About "Biological Abstracts". Ovid Technologies, Inc. Archived from the original (Online) on 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2011-07-26.
  3. "Wolters Kluwer | Ovid - Home".
  4. Sheehy, Guide to Reference Books, 10th ed.
  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. AAAS. 73 (189): 509–512. Bibcode:1931Sci....73..509C. doi:10.1126/science.73.1898.509. JSTOR 1655530.
  7. Schramm, J. R. (May 15, 1931). "Biological Abstracts". Science. AAAS. 73, Issue 1898, pp. 512-516 (1898): 512–516. Bibcode:1931Sci....73..512S. doi:10.1126/science.73.1898.512. JSTOR 1655531.
  8. Mcclung, C.E. (May 15, 1931). "The Union and Biological Abstracts". Science. AAAS. 73 (1898): 517–518. Bibcode:1931Sci....73..517M. doi:10.1126/science.73.1898.517. JSTOR 1655532.

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