BIOSIS Citation Index​

The most comprehensive reference database for life sciences research

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Discover a rich and comprehensive view of life sciences research, including the most important discoveries, significant influences and relevant connections.

BIOSIS Citation Index™ combines the carefully indexed life science coverage found in BIOSIS™ Previews (Biological Abstracts™Reports, Reviews, and Meetings) with the power of cited reference searching in Web of Science™.  Precision searching is delivered through custom terms, and specialized, article-level indexing, with tags to vital data such as Enzyme Commission numbers, and cross-references throughout to gene, disease, and organism names.

Deep and broad coverage across all subject areas, including traditional areas of biology like botany, zoology, and microbiology; alongside related and interdisciplinary fields such as agriculture, biochemistry, bioengineering, biomedical, biophysics, biotechnology, ecology, medicine, and pharmacology.

Premier life sciences coverage, superior indexing, and powerful search, combine to deliver confident life sciences research.

Streamline your workflow with our powerful search platform

Subscribing to BIOSIS Citation Index delivers the value of the entire Web of Science. Web of Science is today’s premier research platform for information in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Its sophisticated indexing backbone eases the researcher’s job, providing seamless access and powerful search capabilities across multiple databases. So you can rely on comprehensive and relevant life sciences coverage via a search environment that eliminates excess effort and delivers accurate, meaningful and timely data.

What you can do


Find the first mention of plants, organisms, chemicals, or lab techniques in various life sciences fields


Access over 27 million records from journals, books, reports, meetings, and U.S. patents dating 1926 or later


Improve search results through a seamless indexing backbone that consolidates multiple database coding and indexing methodologies into one unified system


Discover high-impact articles and related records that are based on shared references


Detect emerging trends that help pursue successful research and grant acquisition


Follow the history or methodology of a topic

Create and challenge

Create cross-disciplinary studies that confirm, change, or challenge researchers’ theories and conclusions

Gain insights

Gain broad insights into research trends and top performers — across disciplines, geography, and time


Facilitate grant acquisition with accurate, comprehensive pictures of the work on research topics


See where the top life-science researchers are publishing and presenting findings


Transform searching, writing, and bibliography creation into one integrated process

A full view

Get a comprehensive, yet focused, view of life sciences literature from a resource designed specifically for the biological community

What you'll find

What you'll find

  1. Cited reference searching with a summary table to easily keep track of citation counts
  2. Seamless access through one powerful search platform to unique citations not available elsewhere:
    - Abstracts for over 90% of the journal material
    - Broad international and regional coverage
    - Non-journal coverage, including abstract meetings, as well as books (serials and monographs), and U.S. patents
  3. Connect to full text as well as other important life science resources
  4. Specialized, article-level indexing, with tags to vital data such as Enzyme Commission numbers, and cross-references throughout to gene, disease, and organism names
5.300 +

high quality journals

27.9 M+

Records in the BIOSIS Citation Index


coverage from 1926 to present

2.6 M

documents from meetings and conferences

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