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How does scite search work?

You can search over 100m publications on scite by publication metadata, such as authors, journal, year, title, abstract, and more, and scite-specific data, such as citation classification tallies, editorial notices, types of papers, and more. By utilizing our search you are able to discover supporting and contrasting citations to the searched for items. Users can also set alerts on a set of search results and will receive email notifications when new articles are added to those results or new citations are made to those articles.

Our advanced search funtionality allows users to either (a) Make new queries that are restricted to one of these fields or (b) filter a prexisting search. It is important to note that as you add advanced search filters, the query is continually narrowed down to include ALL terms and filters you have set.

Exact Matches

You can use quotes around set of terms and you will be able to make an exact search for that specific phrase. We do not currently support exact term search for a specific term.

Where can I learn more?

You can learn more about how to use our search on our search tutorial How can I use scite advanced search?


1. Do you have X search feature?

scite is a citation index and a set of research tools over citation contexts, ie. where they come from, how they are made, what they are about ect.
If you do not see a search feature such as search history, search with boolean operators, full-text search, ect. we do not currently support it. If you think that adding a certain feature to our search would help you please don't hesitate to let us know at Also if there are other types of metadata you would like to search within please let us know.

2. Why isn't my query returning any results? it returns results in X database.

If you are not finding any results, it could be a number of things. Generally, our metadata comes from Crossref as a canonical source. Additionally, we only index publications that have a definitive DOI. If the publication you are trying to find does not have a DOI or is not in Crossref then we will not have that publication.

Another issue could be that you have filters set that are filtering out the results you are looking for and you have neglected to clear those advanced search filters. In that case try searching from scratch.

Finally, since we rely on elasticsearch we are limited in the kinds of smart searching we can do. A good example of this is in the case of expanding abbreviations and initials, we do not currently support expansion of abbreviations such as "DNA" to "Deoxyribonucleic acid" nor do we support expanding "JM Nicholson" to "J. M. Nicholson" or "Joshua M. Nicholson"

Updated on: 07/26/2021

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