Was wondering if there were any reasonably exhaustive open databases listing academic papers, with just the preliminary info, namely Title, authors, journal, etc. with or without abstract. I'm not looking for full-texts here.

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    Did you check Google Scholar? For CS (and EE?), DBLP is close to exhaustiveness.
    – sean
    Apr 1, 2017 at 20:49
  • What does "open" mean for you? Free to query, or free to download the entire data set? Apr 2, 2017 at 1:26
  • "Academic paper ever published" is a pretty ambitious and vague goal. What time frame are we taking about? University journals, published conference abstracts, thesises also included?
    – Greg
    Apr 2, 2017 at 6:21
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    Try BASE (you can switch to English and select "only OA" for Browsing) or oaDOI. Apr 2, 2017 at 8:40
  • @NateEldredge, free to download entire dataset.
    – newtonian
    Apr 2, 2017 at 19:24

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I suppose you mean databases that are free to query so that you get to see all metadata stored without any subscription (i.e., not Scopus or Web of Science)?

Yes, there are various free platforms of that kind. My favourite (cross-disciplinary) ones are:

  • LENS.org (my favourite one - very comprehensive, and allows additional analyses and visualisations)
  • Microsoft Academic (not bad, powered by a semantic search approach)
  • Google Scholar (probably the most prominent one)
  • Semantic Scholar (another semantic search approach)
  • ScienceOpen (not too familiar with it)
  • CrossRef Search (only offers metadata about articles that have a DOI registered at CrossRef)
  • Wizdom.ai (offers interesting analyses, e.g. regarding research trends and grants)

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