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The UML subscribes to the Dimensions database for the use of students, faculty and staff. Dimensions is a database of research grants, which links grants to resulting publications, clinical trials and patents.

Searching across publications provides a narrow view of the research ecosystem in any given field, and misses much of the related activity that takes place before and after a research project has been carried out. Developed in collaboration with over 100 leading research organizations around the world, Dimensions simultaneously searches

  • grants 
  • publications 
  • citations 
  • alternative metrics 
  • clinical trials 
  • patents 
  • policy documents

providing a platform enabling users to find and access the most relevant information faster, analyze the academic and broader outcomes of research, and gather insights to inform future strategy.

With Dimensions you can:

  • discover the latest publications, awarded grant funding, clinical trials, and patents
  • identify new sources of research funding for future funding applications
  • benchmark against other universities, funders, or researchers
  • review the research activity at your own organization, and how this is evolving.

Comprehensive Ecosystem

To date, few discovery platforms have moved beyond the core publication-citation graph and extended it to explore allied areas of research activity such as awarded grants, patents, and clinical trials. The central theses of the Dimensions database are that: (i) these data are now sufficiently available to make such a database possible with good enough coverage that the results and linkages are interesting; (ii) the combination of these data give a user access to greater context of a piece of research and allow this user to fulfill a significantly wider set of use cases.

Adapted from Hook Daniel W., Porter Simon J., Herzog Christian "Dimensions: Building Context for Search and Evaluation in Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics, Vol.3, 2018