Public Books Database

With university classrooms and libraries shuttered because of the COVID-19 crisis, scholars are facing disruptions not only in their teaching lives but also in their ability to access research materials. In response, many academic presses have made hundreds of their titles freely accessible online. The Public Books Database aims to catalog such resources in a single location and to highlight titles of particular interest. View the list (We’ll be updating regularly as additional materials are made available).



Biological Toolset
Search and analyse Biological Sequences disclosed in patents

Choose among the 5 apps available to you to search and analyse the DNA, RNA and protein sequences found in patents. The Lens’ unique open PatSeq facility allows you to search, analyse and share the biological sequences disclosed in patents. This is the world’s largest publicly available database with internal transparency metrics.

Global Research Identifier Database (GRID)

GRID has been broadly adopted in the Digital Science portfolio companies to facilitate data exchange, increase functionality, and support novel features. We think these benefits should be shared more widely in the scientific community to foster innovation and increase interoperability.

What data is included in GRID?

GRID is comprised of a worldwide collection of institutes associated with academic research. The institutes contained are distinguished by a unique identifier, GRID ID. Each unique GRID record also contains relevant metadata, as well as relationships between associated institutes.
What metadata is included?

GRID records contain a wealth of metadata obtained from trusted sources. Among these we include established dates, name aliases, acronyms and geolocation. Additionally we include links to external webpages such as wikipedia and official websites, as well as external identifiers such as ISNI, GeoNames and Fundref.
What types of relationships are included?

GRID records can display relationships between each other. We currently model two types of relationships. A relationship that defines a subordinate association, called a parent-child relationship
and a relationship that describes other associations, called a related relationship.
How do we add data to GRID?

Data extracted from research funding grants and research paper affiliations is formatted into source data. In this format, source data is associated manually to the corresponding GRID record in a process called mapping. Whenever a source data row can not be mapped to a GRID record, a new record is created. Records are named by using the generally recognised name of the institution, which is determined by querying the official website, encyclopaedic records and other trusted data sources.


Transpose is an initiative to build a database of journal policies. We’re focusing on three areas: open peer review, co-reviewing, and detailed preprinting policies. We welcome contributions from anyone, but seek verification from journals and publishers.

Our goal is to foster new practices while increasing awareness among authors, editors, and other stakeholders, and we seek to provide resources to assist journals in setting, sharing, and clarifying their policies.


AcademiaNet is a database of profiles of excellent female researchers from all disciplines. Learn more about the project.
The Robert Bosch Stiftung and Spektrum der Wissenschaft hope to provide just such a tool with AcademiaNet. By providing numerous profiles of excellent women academics from every discipline, we are making them more visible and more easily accessible. This in turn will make it easier to fill leadership positions and scientific bodies with women academics. Other target groups include journalists and conference organisers searching for proven experts.