What's New Archive
January 15, 2014
- Author Profile Personalization
Authors indexed in MathSciNet can now add personal information to their Author Profile Page. Initially, this personal information will consist of:
- a personal photograph,
- personal e-mail address, and
- personal URL.
This information can be added in whole or in part and modified at any time, after AMS Login. All that is required is a valid AMS Login. To add this personal information, first navigate to your profile page, using an Author Search. Then click the Edit button to login. The first time you do this you will be asked to verify that the author is yourself. In this initial release, personalization will be available to anyone with access to MathSciNet. In the future, it will be extended to anyone with an AMS Login.
October 1, 2012
MathSciNet now includes Preliminary Data items, which are created from bibliographic data received directly from publishers. This data allows users to view early information about new papers in mathematics while full processing, including author identification and editorial decisions, is ongoing.
Preliminary Data items are marked as such until processing is complete. The initial group of publishers who have agreed to provide preliminary data feeds includes the American Mathematical Society, the Canadian Mathematical Society, the European Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, SIAM, Elsevier, and Springer. Publishers interested in participating in the Preliminary Data program are invited to contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, new MathSciNet item tags allow users to instantly assess at what stage an item is in the review process. The seven tags are: Preliminary Data, Pending, Reviewed, Expansion, DML, Indexed, and Thesis. For more information and detailed descriptions of each item tag, please visit: www.ams.org/mathscinet/help/fullitem_help_full.html.
May 21, 2012
Mobile Pairing allows authorized users to 'pair' their mobile devices—tablets, laptops, smartphones—with their host institution's subscription to MathSciNet, as well as to the institutional subscriptions to AMS, and AMS-distributed, journals and eBooks. Once 'paired', the user will have access to those subscriptions without having to be connected to the host institution's network. The pairing will last for 90 days. It can be renewed for another 90 days at any time. More information about Mobile Pairing is available at www.ams.org.publications/mobilepairing.
December 5, 2011
Reference Lists from AMS Journals prior to 1997
The number of Reference List Journals has grown from 33 in 2001 to 485 today. Currently, reference lists from new Reference List Journals are added to the Mathematical Reviews Database back to 2000 at the earliest. A few journals from the earliest days of the project have reference lists back to 1997. The reference lists derived from the retrodigitization of the complete run of AMS journals have now been added. As a result, the oldest reference lists in MathSciNet are now associated with issues from the year 1900. See, for example, MR1501215. It is hoped that more publishers of Reference List Journals will contribute their reference list data from retrodigitization projects, thus enhancing the richness of this resource in MathSciNet.
September 27, 2011
In response to requests from MathSciNet users and librarians, MathSciNet now offers tutorials on how to get the most out of searching. These tutorials treat each of the tabbed areas of MathSciNet—Publications, Authors, Journals, and Citations—as well as Free Tools and Preferences. Users are helped to take advantage of the rich structure of the databases underlying MathSciNet. Every user is likely to find a feature or search that they have not previously used.
October 12, 2010
MathSciNet® with MathJax: Displayed Mathematics
Although MathJax successfully imitates TeX typesetting in most reviews, there are certain places where MathJax cannot reproduce TeX output. In these cases we leave the untranslated TeX source code. MR2428115 is an example of this.
Direct links to Series, Books and Book Chapters
Using DOIs registered by publishers, MathSciNet® now contains direct links to Books and Proceedings. This supplements the Article links that currently number well over a million in MathSciNet®. Where appropriate, the Journal link below the bibliographic data has been replaced by a Series link. The Article link has been replaced by a Book or Chapter link.
Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics Ph.D. theses from ProQuest
MathSciNet® now contains bibliographic data and direct links to Ph.D. theses published in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics from the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database, the most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses in the world. MR2713010 is an example of this type of entry in MathSciNet®. The Thesis link beneath the bibliographic data leads to the entry in the ProQuest database. New theses from Proquest are added monthly to MathSciNet®.
Reference List Journals labeled
Currently there are approximately 450 Reference List Journals, journals for which original reference lists are included in MathSciNet®. A Reference List Journal is now labeled as such on its Journal Information page, e.g., see Duke Math. J.
October 30, 2009
Expanded Citation SearchesA search feature now allows MathSciNet users to find the top cited books and top cited journal articles by subject classification and by publication year. A new search page is reached by clicking on the Citations tab. Here, one finds the Author Citations search, the Journal Citations search, a search for highly cited articles and books by classification and by year, and the Top 10 Lists. Click on the Top 10 Lists tab to find a drop-down menu that provides Top 10 Books and Top 10 Journal Articles, ranked according to the number of citations to the book or article in a given year as well as Top 10 Journals ranked according to the Mathematical Citation Quotient (MCQ).
Library BrandingAt the request of librarians, subscriber names are now presented in the upper right-hand corner of each search page.
Digital Object IdentifiersThe Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is widely used to locate and identify publications available on the internet. As part of the BibTex information available from the drop-down which reads Select alternative format, MathSciNet now presents DOIs for more than one million electronic publications.
August 25, 2008
Author ProfilesMathSciNet now has a page dedicated to information associated with each MR Author ID number in the database. This information includes, when available, publications and reviews written by the author, a link to the author's Mathematics Genealogy Project listing, citation information for the author, a list of coauthors, and counts of articles published in various subject classifications. There are also links to facilitate a search for additional information about the author. The author profile page is accessible from the drop-down menu after an Author search or by clicking on the Author Profile icon after a publications search.
Librarians' PageA click on the Librarians Tab in the upper right-hand corner of a search page will return a page with links to resources in support of librarian activities. Here one finds up-to-date information about mathematics journals, instructional resources pertaining to MathSciNet, and other resources from the AMS that might be of interest to librarians.
PDF/HTML optionA default option to have reviews returned in PDF or HTML format is now available as a preference. This preference may be set by clicking the Preferences tab on any search page or by selecting the desired format on the Publications search page.
August 27, 2007
- Top 10 Lists: The Top 10 Lists button located on the Author Citations page and on the Journal Citations page reveals three tabs giving Top Books, Top Journal Articles, and Top Journals. In each case, a drop-down menu allows one to select a citing year from the year 2000 through last year. The top 10 books and the top 10 journal articles cited (see Understanding the MR Citation Database) in the year selected are listed according to number of citations. The top 10 journals are listed according to their Mathematical Citation Quotient (MCQ) for the selected year.
- Journal Citations:
Additional information from the citation database has been added to a
journal citations search. Specifically, in addition to listing
the number of items published in each of the five years preceding the
selected citing year, the percentage of those items which have been
cited since their publication is given. This percentage is
available for specific journals and, by selecting the All Journal MCQ located below the
MCQ table, for all journals.
- Author Citations: Search results have been enhanced. In an author citations search, which returns the ten most frequently cited articles for a specified author, books are now distinguished from articles using a book icon.
- Free Tools: Search MSC, Collaboration Distance, Current Journals, and Current Publications are now available without a subscription to MathSciNet. These tools are described below.
September 30, 2006MathsciNet has a new look which simplifies access to the database. The new home page has tabs for searching the five main areas of the database. The overall functionality of these searches has not changed. They are as follows.
Publications searches the review database and returns bibliographic data, reviews and (when available) linked reference lists for article and book listings.
Authors searches the author database and returns authors identified uniquely according to their publications as well as a listing of name variations.
To help identify an individual, there is now a sample publication visible by sliding the cursor over an icon. This publication is either a frequently cited or a recently published item.
Once an author is selected, one may view the author/related publications, do a publications search with the author automatically entered in the author search field, find coauthors or collaboration distances and make a link to all of an author's MathSciNet listings.
Journals searches the MR journal database and returns a journal or list of journals with links to bibliographic information, publisher websites, and issues listed in MathSciNet.
Author Citations returns up to 10 items ordered by the number of matched references in MathSciNet reference lists.
Journal Citations returns information about citations to the journal of interest based on matched reference lists from MathSciNet.
The four tabs on the Other Tools page are the following:Search MSC offers a search of the Mathematics Subject Classification scheme.
Collaboration Distance finds a shortest publications-path between two authors.
Current Journals lists those journals indexed in MathSciNet within the past six weeks.
Current Publications offers a search for books and articles reviewed or indexed within the past six months.
September 12, 2005
MR Citation Database: Authors
The new Citation Database collects the information on MathSciNet Reference Citations to individual papers, by a given author, in one convenient page. It shows up to ten of the most frequently cited items for the author, as measured by matched references in MathSciNet reference lists. It also indicates how many distinct authors were associated with all the publications that cited the given author.
MR Citation Database: Journals
The Citation Database presents information about journals from the MathSciNet Reference Citations. To make this information as useful as possible, the number of reference list journals has been substantially increased.
The Digitial Mathematics Library (DML) refers to projects around the world that are making digitized copies of historical mathematical literature. Contributed Items, a new class of MathSciNet items, offer a portal to this literature, as do Article links in existing MathSciNet items and Reference list links to the Contributed Items. MathSciNet will add items for the various digital sites as quickly as possible, as soon as well-formatted bibliographic metadata is received from the site.
Japanese language interface
Search screens in Japanese have been added to the choices of English, French, German, Chinese, Spanish, and Russian.
A tool for direct links to MathSciNet authors
The Author Database is one of the great strengths of MathSciNet. New external links using MathSciNet Get Author make it easy to point from personal pages into MathSciNet publication lists by author. There are two forms of the link. One links to the MathSciNet Author Search results page that corresponds to a uniquely specified author. From this screen the user can list all the items, construct a full search, or search for co-authors. The other link goes directly to the headline list of all the items. These links are found on a Search the Author Database results page.
Current awareness of journals using RSS
For those using RSS feeds for current awareness, RSS 1.0 and RSS 2.0 links are provided on the bibliographic information page for each journal covered by MathSciNet. These links will provide updated information about a journal issue as soon as that issue is loaded in MathSciNet.
September 27, 2004
Users are now able to customize MathSciNet in several different ways. This personalization is available with sign in. For example:
- The contents of the Clipboard can be saved.
- The default search fields in Full and Basic Search can be saved.
- The default language can be set.
- Whether or not to display reference lists can be set.
- Whether or not to display simplified headlines can be set.
- Whether or not to display reference lists can be set.
- Whether or not to view items in PDF by default can be set.
It is not necessary to sign in to use MathSciNet.
More precise co-author searches
A new search option is available in an Author Search results screen. For a given author selection, it will produce a list of co-authors, from which a new selection can be made. This will narrow the results of the final search to a particular collection of co-authors.
Enhanced current awareness searching
The three Browse search screens are now tied to the calendar in non-overlapping calendar intervals of time. This simplifies current awareness searching that is done on a regular schedule. For example, Current Books presents the choices: This Month, Last Month, 2 Months Ago and so on up to 6 Months Ago . This Month grows during the current month, while Last Month and 2 Months Ago are fixed during the current month. For Current Journals, the dates are in weeks and refer to the publication date on MathSciNet of bibliographic information associated with journal issues.
New language interface
Search screens in Russian have been added to the choices of English, French, German, Chinese, and Spanish.
As an illustration of the power of the Author Database in MathSciNet, the distance between authors in the MR Database can be calculated for each pair of authors in the database. The distance is measured by the minimal path (if a path exists) from one author to another in the graph whose vertices are authors and whose edges are co-authored papers. This calculation is available from a link beside each author in an author list generated in Search Author Database and also from the Collaboration Distance link on the toolbar of each search page. A special case that some will find interesting is where one of the authors is Paul Erdös, in which case the resulting distance is known as the Erdös Number.
Improved Help and FAQ
The Help pages have been separated into two levels, with the top level contextually linked and containing the essential information needed. Each top level page is then linked to more detailed information about the particular context. A new FAQ page has been created with the most commonly asked questions about MathSciNet.
More consistent display of MR Numbers
The new form of MR Numbers introduced in the Fall of 2003 is now represented in essentially every context in MathSciNet.
September 22, 2003
A choice of languages for the search pages and the MathSciNet home page is now offered for the convenience of users. This choice is offered in a pull down menu on each of the search pages and the home page. Languages offered are English, French, German, Chinese, and Spanish. This choice will change the appearance of the search screens, the home page, and the various error messages and "not found" messages.
The sort order of items in headline lists has been changed, depending on the context. Most headline lists are now sorted in reverse order of date of publication of the original item. Within a given year of publication, they are sorted in reverse order of date of entry in the Mathematical Reviews Database. The exception to this sort order occurs when the headline list corresponds to a particular issue of a given journal. In this case, for journals issued with consecutive paging, the headline items are sorted in ascending order of first page number. As a result, the items occur in table-of-contents order.
New format for primary item identifier
Every item in MathSciNet has always had a numerical identifier. This number (with up to 7 digits and one or two spaces) has always been displayed for items without reviews or with reviews pending. In the past it was not displayed for items with completed reviews, even though it was still searchable. This number (with no spaces and expanded to 7 digits with leading zeros, if necessary) preceded by the letters MR will now be displayed in all cases. The classical MR Number, kept for compatibility with the paper publication Mathematical Reviews, will be displayed when available, in parentheses and following the 7-digit number.
number – MR1909785
seven-digit number with classical MR Number – MR1883032 (2002k:13024)
The term “MR Number” will be used to denote either format.
Choice to display or not to display reference lists
It is now possible to choose whether or not to display and print reference lists when they are available. A global choice to display or not to display can be made from the Full and Basic Search screens. This global choice can be changed at any time during a MathSciNet session. In addition, the display choice can be changed locally for particular items or selections of items, without changing the global choice.
Pluralization in searches
A very useful feature of MathSciNet searches is the automatic extension of singular search words to plural search words, and plural search words to singular search words. In most cases, someone searching for "matrix" is likely also to be interested in occurences of "matrices". However, there are times when a precise match is useful. It is now possible to search for the exact match only on a search word, by appending "!" at the end of the word. Thus, "matrix!" will not match "matrices".
More flexibility in search characters
Search strings may now include accented characters in ISO Latin encoding. For example, it is now possible to search for "poincaré", which now will return the same results as searching for "poincare".
September 17, 2002
OpenURL allows librarians to restructure access to their library’s electronic collection, including both licensed and freely available resources, creating links targeted to the particular needs of their end-users. The MathSciNet user at an institution with an OpenURL service can, for example, learn the physical location of a bound paper journal in an institutional library or locate the source of the institution’s licensed electronic holdings for a journal, which might be different from the publisher link already included in MathSciNet. The user can also be linked directly to a library document request form, with all the relevant bibliographic information included or directed to a document delivery service appropriate to the user’s location. These new links will complement the extensive Article, Journal and Document Delivery links already in MathSciNet.
Addition of full TeX code to review text
In the past, as an aid to searchability of review text, the non-mathematical TeX codes were removed from the review text presented in MathSciNet. So for example, accented characters appearing in proper names in the text of a review were not displayed in MathSciNet. Now the non-mathematical TeX codes have been restored, without changing the searchability. So, for example, a search for references to the work of Izrail Moiseevich Gelfand in review text using review text=gelfand will yield the same collection of items as previously. A study of the individual reviews returned by the search will yield gelfand coded as gelfand and coded as gelfand. If these items are displayed in PDF, those coded using the TeX accent macro will have the Cyrillic accent.
Flexible year searching
We have made searching for year ranges more flexible.
Improvements in use of screen space
With this release, we have improved the use of MathSciNet's screen space. Navigation on the homepage, search and browse pages is available from a navigation bar on the left hand side of the screen. Links to context sensitive help and to the help index are available from each of the search and browse pages. The Results page and Full Item page now have a "Navigate MathSciNet" jump menu to facilitate travel to any of the browse or search pages.
In this release we also introduced the use of Cascading Style Sheets to more effectively separate MathSciNet's content from its look and feel. This transition makes site maintenance and page loading a bit quicker. The change also adheres to the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) guidelines on how to use HTML/XHTML to the best effect. Users with outdated browsers such as Netscape 4.* and below, will not see the interface as our design team intended but the application will be completely functional. For best viewing, upgrade to a freely available modern browser such as Internet Explorer, Navigator 7.0 etc.
New in this release of MathSciNet are two additional download formats: EndNote and AMSRefs.
Millions of researchers, scholarly writers, students, and librarians use EndNote to organize their references and create bibliographies and figure lists. To accommodate MathSciNet users who use EndNote, we have added this as an additional download option.
Another new download option is the "amsrefs" format described in http://www.ams.org/tex/amsrefs.html. The amsrefs package provides a way for the internal structure of references to be preserved when importing bibliography data into a LaTeX document. This is a critical advantage if one wants the LaTeX form to serve as the archival master source of the document; it also yields a number of other benefits, such as making it much easier to adapt the printed style of the bibliography on demand via standard LaTeX methods.
Linked journal list
The AMS has a forward moving program with publishers in the scientific community and with JSTOR to add links to and from MathSciNet to online journals and articles. Use this list to quickly understand the level at which publishers are linked from MathSciNet.
September 10, 2001
New version of MathSciNet released
On September 10, 2001, the AMS released a new version of MathSciNet to subscribers. MathSciNet - available on the Web by subscription - provides searching of over 60 years of Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications. New features and enhancements include:
Full reference lists from original items are now available in MathSciNet. Lists have been added initially from 65 journals, covering material published since January 2000. Over time, additional journals and possibly earlier time periods will be covered. The reference list is located at the end of the full MathSciNet item (when available). Two new search fields have been added to the Full Searc and Basic Search screens; Ref Author (which searches author names in the reference lists) and Ref Anywhere (which searches the reference lists).
Reference citations are now available in MathSciNet. If an item appears in a MathSciNet reference list, a Reference Citations link is displayed. This link will bring you to a Headline list of those MathSciNet items whose reference lists include the on-screen item. The Reference Citations are limited to those items that include a full reference list in MathSciNet. As further reference lists are added, the number of reference citations will grow.
Database expansion items
The scope of the Mathematical Reviews Database has been expanded to include a new collection of items in the area of Applied Statistics. These new items, termed database expansion items, receive full author identification work, journal linking, and original item linking (when available), however, they are not classified and do not have reviews.
Improved help files
The MathSciNet Help files have been rewritten and redesigned to provide clearer content and easier navigation to the information that you need to get the most out of MathSciNet.
Improved search screens
Minor modifications have been made to improve the MathSciNet search screens. These changes were made to provide an interface that is more user-friendly for our new users. Changes include setting focus to the first input box so the user can begin entering search criteria immediately and placing the Start Search button at the bottom of each page for a more logical progression through the search criteria.
November 1, 2000
MathSciNet Version 6.0 released
On November 1, 2000, the AMS released a new version of MathSciNet to subscribers. MathSciNet - available on the Web by subscription - provides searching of over 60 years of Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications. New features and enhancements in Version 6.0 include:
New clipboard feature - collect
citations over multiple searches into one file
More publishers link to MathSciNet
Publishers and journals are providing links from article references to the corresponding MathSciNet entry. Links to MathSciNet are available from:
- American Mathematical Society (all 8 AMS journals)
- ScienceDirect (over 1100 journals from Elsevier Science and other publishers)
- Insitute of Physics Publishing (20 journals including Journal of Physics A, Classical & Quantum Gravity, Inverse Problems, and Nonlinearity
- Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (10 SIAM journals)
- New York Journal of Mathematics
Clearer navigation for MathSciNet
On both headline and review pages, navigation tools are now text-based. In addition, the PDF icon on headlines pages has been replaced with text, "Review in linked PDF".
Full list of journals to which
MathSciNet provides links to original articles
MathSciNet provides links to more than 119,000 online articles in over 190 journals. The journal list is available in alphabetical order by journal and in alphabetical order by publisher.
Author field split into two fields
for improved search results
The former Author field is now called Author/Related. This more clearly denotes the scope of this field which searches for all names of authors listed in the original document, as well as other names associated with the document (for example, editors, translators, the subject of the item when it is a biography). The current Author field now searches for authors only. For more information, see Field Help.
Classification field split into two fields
for more focused searches
The former Classification field is now called "MSC Primary/secondary" which searches the primary and secondary classifications assigned to an item. The new field, MSC Primary, searches only the primary classification assigned to an item. For more information, see Field Help.
Journal searching improved to accept
more abbreviated formats
When entering a journal abbreviation as search criterion, it is no longer necessary to enter the exact MR journal abbreviation. Many reasonable abbreviations will work. For more information see Field Help.
More functionality added to the
From the new MathSciNet homepage you can submit a search on a selected mirror site, link to all search and browse pages, link to MR Lookup and MathSciNet GetItem, and find reviewer information such as how submit reviews online and how to become a reviewer.
added to bibliographic data
The bibliographic information concerning translations is added for those items in foreign-language journals for which there is a cover-to-cover translation but the translation information is not available when the review is published.
May 23, 2000
Submit reviews online
A new web form is available for the electronic submission of reviews to Mathematical Reviews. Those reviewers who have used email for submission should find the web form even simpler. Reviewers who have not previously used email will find the form easy to use, particularly for those reviews without mathematical symbols.
More links to JSTOR
Links to 17 more journals on JSTOR have been added to MathSciNet. Researchers will have direct links from MathSciNet reviews to full-text articles in 38 historic mathematics journals dating from 1940.
April 4, 2000
Links to articles in Springer
MathSciNet has expanded its linking to include articles in 32 journals from Springer-Verlag (Heidelberg and NY) and 10 journals from Birkhauser. The journals cover mathematics and related disciplines such as statistics and physics. MathSciNet now provides links to over 190 journals from 11 publishers.
Links to original articles are available from headlines and review pages at the icon Article See the full list of publishers, independent journals, and services represented.
Coming soon! More links to JSTOR
Within the next 2 weeks, links to 17 more journals on JSTOR will be added to MathSciNet. Researchers will have direct links from MathSciNet reviews to full-text articles in 38 historic mathematics journals dating from 1940.
February 1, 2000
PDF now available for all users
A problem that affected users of Internet Explorer has now been fixed. Reviews may be viewed in PDF format by anyone who has Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.01 or higher installed.
- PDF with hypertext functionality - Click on the PDF link PDF next to an MR number. The review is displayed in PDF format and all links to additional data are functional.
- PDF for marked records - After marking records, select Reviews (PDF) from the pulldown menu. Individual reviews may also be viewed in PDF by using the pulldown menu. Hypertext linking is not available in PDF format when the pulldown menu is used.
January 14, 2000
New MathSciNet guidebook
MathSciNet: Mathematical Reviews on the Web. Guiding you through the literature of mathematics provides an informative introduction to MathSciNet, including both a historical overview of the Mathematical Reviews (MR) database and hints about the many recent enhancements to the electronic product. Extensive illustrations and detailed, step-by-step explanations show how to make use of the full range of search capabilities of MathSciNet. There is advice about how to best use the latest browsing options, and readers also receive background information about some of the unique features of the database, including author identification.
This is a valuable resource for everyone who uses MathSciNet---researchers, librarians, and students. It will help everyone to use the MR database more effectively, using the latest version of a powerful tool available to mathematicians around the world.
December 7, 1999
Links to JSTOR and Elsevier journal articles now available
MathSciNet has expanded the links from reviews to original articles to include:
JSTOR, providing researchers at participating institutions with over 40,000 direct links from MathSciNet reviews to full-text articles in 11 historic mathematics journals dating from 1940. Links to additional journals are planned.
ScienceDirect, providing links to over 70 journals from Elsevier Science and other publishers in key subject areas for mathematics and applied math.
Links to original articles are available from headlines and review pages at the icon Article. See the full list of publishers, independent journals, and services represented.
Links from ScienceDirect journals to MathSciNet reviews now available
Links are now available from article references of selected ScienceDirect journals to corresponding MathSciNet reviews. Contact your ScienceDirect regional sales office to activate reference linking for your ScienceDirect subscription; there is no charge for this.
2000 Mathematics Subject Classification
now in use
The 2000 Mathematics Subject Classification (MSC) will be used in Mathematical Reviews starting with issue 2000:a and in Current Mathematical Publications starting with issue 2000:01. The 2000 Mathematics Subject Classification replaces the 1991 Mathematics Subject Classification.
The following are available to assist MathSciNet users with the conversion,
- When you enter a classification as search criteria for which the corresponding 2-digit classification has changed, a short description of the change will be displayed on the Headlines page. Plus, there will be a link to more detailed information about the change.
- A list of changes to the Mathematics Subject Classification at the 2-digit level is at MathSciNet Field Help.
- A full listing of the MSC2000, with a list of changes and conversion tables, is at www.ams.org/msc.
Full text of all reviews available
in all formats
The full text of all reviews in MathSciNet, from 1940-present, are available in PDF, PostScript, and DVI as well as HTML. Data conversion of the 1940-84 reviews to TeX format was done by Apex Data Services.
September 8, 1999
MathSciNet Version 5.0 released
On September 8, 1999, the AMS released MathSciNet Version 5.0 to subscribers. MathSciNet - available on the Web by subscription - provides searching of over 59 years of Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications. New features and enhancements in Version 5.0 include:
Three new browsing tools point you to current data in MathSciNet.
Three new tools:
Browse Current Books, Browse Current Journals, and Browse by MSC, give you 1-click access to data in the current issues of Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications. The Browse tools are available from the toolbar which is on each page of MathSciNet.
Reviews posted 6-10 weeks sooner
Completed reviews will be posted to MathSciNet nightly. This results in reviews appearing in MathSciNet 6-10 weeks earlier than they do now. Since these reviews do not yet have an MR number, they will be noted in search results by the CMP number followed by (Review), i.e. CMP 1 111 111 (Review)
Expanded access to original articles
MathSciNet now has more links to original articles. With this release, articles from the Electronic Journal of Combinatorics are available. And shortly, links to the JSTOR collection of mathematics journals will be available. MathSciNet now provides direct links to over 75,000 original articles. Links to original articles are available from headlines and review pages at the icon Article. See the full list of publishers, independent journals, and services represented.
In cases where links to original articles have not yet been established but the journal is available electronically, MathSciNet has links to the journal's home page. From the journal's home page, various avenues of access to the original article may be available. The links are available from headlines and review pages at the icon Journal
Document delivery is now through Canada
Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI)
Document delivery for items in MathSciNet is now handled by CISTI. You must register with CISTI to order documents online. MathSciNet captures the bibliographic data for the item and you fill in the rest of the form. Once submitted, all processing is done by CISTI. The link for document delivery is Doc Del.
New simplified search added
A new simplified search, Basic Search, has been added to MathSciNet. Basic Search provides one pulldown menu of fields and one input box. Boolean operators and parentheses may be used. The standard, Full Search, is still available.
Link directly to a list of the items
from a journal issue that were reviewed in MathSciNet
The journal issue number links directly to a list of items from that issue that are indexed in MathSciNet. The journal issue number may be in either a headline or the citation area of a review page.
Go directly to review when search yields
If a search yields one result, no Headlines list will be displayed. You will go directly to the Review page.
Major changes to the MSC documented in search
If you enter a Classification as search criteria for which the corresponding 2-digit classification has changed, a short description of the change will be displayed on the Headlines page. Plus, there will be a link to more detailed information about the change.
Improved boolean documentation
From a headlines page, the criteria used for the search will be displayed in operation order. Knowing how a search was processed will aid in understanding how results were obtained.
Improved email support screen
In keeping with our commitment to improving customer services, the email support screen has been greatly enhanced. It is now clearer how to direct your questions and what information we need from you in assisting with questions or problems.
April 26, 1999
Over 500,000 reviews added to the Mathematical Reviews electronic database
The American Mathematical Society has completed its two-year project of adding full-text reviews from the early archives of Mathematical Reviews (MR) to the MathSci database. During that project, all reviews from 1940-1979 were keyboarded--over 80,000 pages of MR. The number of searchable reviews from 1940 to the present now on MathSciNet (MR on the Web) totals nearly 1,400,000. The entire collection contains, for the first time online, searchable reviews of a major part of mathematics from the past 60 years.
The addition of the review texts back to 1940 means, among other things, that researchers can see more fully the development of mathematical ideas by using a combination of sophisticated tools within MathSciNet --notably the Author Identification resource, and the extensive network of links throughout the database.
The Author Identification function--unique to MathSciNet --assists in identifying authors and variations of authors' names as they appear in MR. Author Identification results can then be combined with other search criteria to further narrow a search. From the search results, users can mark records to display or download in multiple formats. Then within those records, researchers can follow via links the progression of an author's published works, reviews of those works, and how the works influenced other mathematicians' research. Access to the full-text reviews and cross-references online enables users to better understand the history, development, and applications of mathematical concepts.
AMS Executive Director John Ewing notes that the addition of the full-text reviews is an important step towards achieving the potential of electronic publishing: "The full-text reviews combined with the network of links to original articles in 59 electronic journals enhance MathSciNet 's value to the mathematical and scientific community and begins to establish the web of electronic literature for which we all aim."
January 12, 1999
Brazil mirror site added
An additional MathSciNet mirror site has been added at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. All mirror sites are available from pulldown menus on the MathSciNet home page and all MathSciNet search pages.
Quick starts now in PDF format
Users can now get the MathSciNet QuickStarts in PDF format as well as HTML. They are available from the Help Index, Search Help, and on the pulldown menu under About MathSciNet on the home page. The Quick Starts provide easy-to-follow search instructions. Users are welcome to download and print any number that they need.
September 22, 1998
MathSciNet Version 4.0 released
On September 22, 1998, the AMS released MathSciNet Version 4.0 to subscribers. MathSciNet - available on the Web by subscription - provides searching of over 58 years of Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications. New features and enhancements in Version 4.0 include:
1970-74 reviews added
The full text of reviews from 1970-1974 has been added to the MathSciNet database. You can get updated information on added review text from the link on the Review Search page, 1940-79 Reviews.
Online mathematical symbols
plus hypertext linking
You can now view mathematical symbols online and retain hypertext functionality within a review. Click on the PDF link, PDF next to an MR number. The review is displayed in Adobe's PDF format and all links to additional data are functional. Best viewed with Netscape 4.0 or higher and Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.01 or higher.(Not available for users of Microsoft Internet Explorer. We are working with Microsoft to resolve the inconsistent way in which Internet Explorer handles PDF code generated from within MathSciNet.)
PDF format for download or display
Marked records can now be displayed in PDF format. The PDF version of marked records does not have hypertext links. Best viewed with Netscape 4.0 or higher and Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.01 or higher. (Not available for users of Microsoft Internet Explorer. We are working with Microsoft to resolve the inconsistent way in which Internet Explorer handles PDF code generated from within MathSciNet.)
Retrieve all records
From a result set of 50 or less items, you can use the Retrieve All button to display or download all reviews without marking records. If the result set is greater than 50, you can display or download the first 50 items of the result set with the Retrieve First 50 button.
Quick starts available online
Users can now get additional or updated versions of the MathSciNet Quick Start cards online. They are available from the Help Index, Search Help, and on the pulldown menu under About MathSciNet on the home page. The Quick Starts provide easy-to-follow search instructions. Users are welcome to download and print any number that they need.
Search page indicates current site
The top of the left-hand column of the search page indicates which site you are using. To select a different site, scroll through the pulldown menu to choose a site and click on the Go button.
Limit searches to CMP entries
Select the option, Current CMP issue through today, on the Review Search page to limit searches to Current Mathematical Publications (CMP) entries. Items from the most current complete issue of CMP in the database plus entries added up to the day of the search will be included. CMP entries are added daily.
PDF version of the Abbreviations
In addition to searching and browsing the journals database, you can display or download the entire Abbreviations of Serials Adobe's PDF format. You can find all versions from the MathSciNet Resources button on the Toolbar or from the Journal ID page.
PDF version of the 1991 Mathematics Subject
In addition to searching and browsing the 1991 Mathematics Subject Classification, you can display or download the entire publication in Adobe's PDF format. You can find all versions from the MathSciNet Resources button on the Toolbar or from the Classification ID page.
Links to all bookstore items
plus Chelsea now available
All items in MathSciNet available through the AMS Bookstore, including the AMS Chelsea Publishing series, have links from the item directly to its order form on the bookstore. You can order items online.
April 12, 1998
As of April 12, 1998, the full text of reviews from 1975-1979 has been added to the MathSciNet database. The years and volumes are:
- 1975 (vols. 49 - 50)
- 1976 (vols. 51 - 52)
- 1977 (vols. 53 - 54)
- 1978 (vols. 55 - 56)
- 1979 (vols. 57 - 58)
You can get updated information on added review text from the Review Search page link, Status of Pre-1980 Reviews.
March 12, 1998
MathSciNet Version 3.1 released
On March 12, 1998, the AMS released MathSciNet Version 3.1 to subscribers. The following modifications have been made with this release of MathSciNet:
- Links to online articles in journals published by Oxford University Press
are now available. A current list of publishers or journals is available from
the Review Search screen at Status of Article Links.
- An option for secure ordering was added to MathDoc, the document delivery
- When marking records from 1980-84, bibliographic data only is displayed
in DVI or PostScript formats. Reviews between 1980-84 are not in
TeX so the review text cannot be displayed in DVI or PostScript.
- A problem that sometimes caused a Server Error message to occur when downloading
marked records was corrected.
- BibTeX citations will no longer be truncated when angle brackets (<>) are used in a title field. HTML codes are now used instead of angle brackets so browsers will read them properly.
December 15, 1997
MathSciNet Version 3 released
On December 15, 1997, the AMS released MathSciNet Version 3 to subscribers. MathSciNet - available on the Web by subscription - provides searching of over 55 years of Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications. New features in Version 3 include:
- Expanded access to online articles
- The rest of pre-1980 reviews added
- Marking records for display or download
- Combining author identification results with other criteria
- Searching 5-Year ranges
- More MathSciNet mirror sites
- Enhancements to Journal Identification
Expanded access to online articles
Last year, MathSciNet provided links to articles in AMS electronic journals. Now, there are links to articles from publishers such as Academic Press and SIAM as well as the AMS. The links are available from either the headline or review of an article. The icon, Article, links directly to the journal's Web site. Access to the full text of an article may be dependent on your having a subscription to the journal. In some cases, the abstract for the article is available without a subscription. A current list of publishers or journals is available from the Review Search screen at Status of Article Links.
The first of pre-1980 reviews added
When MathSciNet was first introduced, reviews from 1980 to the present were available with bibliographic data for reviews from1940 - 79. The American Mathematical Society has begun a project that will add the reviews from 1940 - 1979 to the MathSciNet database. As more reviews become available, they will be added in full year increments. By 1999, the full text of all reviews from 1940 to the present will be available on MathSciNet. The Review Search page has a link, Status of Pre-1980 Reviews, stating the current data available.
Marking records for display or download
In addition to viewing reviews one at a time, you can select items from a Headline List to display or download in one batch. You can choose to display the selected items in the following formats: reviews in HTML, DVI, and PostScript, citations in ASCII and BibTeX.
Combining author identification results
with other criteria
Author Identification, available from the toolbar, is the most effective option for finding all published forms of an author's name. Now you can combine the author's name with other search criteria for a more focused search. Complete lists of an author's works are still available.
Searching 5-year ranges
Using the MR publication year, the database has been divided into 5 year sections beginning with 1940. The MR publication year is the year that a review was published in Mathematical Reviews. You can search one 5 year section or a contiguous range.
More MathSciNet Mirror Sites
Over the last year three mirror sites have been added; there are now five MathSciNet sites. The sites are:
- Houston, TX USA at http://ams.rice.edu/mathscinet
- Strasbourg, France at http://irmasrv1.u-strasbg.fr/mathscinet/
- Bonn, Germany at http://klymene.mpim-bonn.mpg.de/mathscinet/
- Bielefeld, Germany at http://ams.mathematik.uni-bielefeld.de/mathscinet/
- Providence, RI USA at http://www.ams.org/mathscinet/
Enhancements to Journal Identification
- ISSN and CODEN now searchable fields
You can now search using ISSN or CODEN in addition to journal name or abbreviation.
- Journal URLs added
If a journal is available electronically, Journal Identification results list the journal's URL and a live link to that journal's web site.
December 17, 1996
MathSciNet Version 2 released
On December 17, 1996, the AMS released MathSciNet Version 2 to subscribers. MathSciNet - available as an online subscription service from the AMS - provides searching of over 55 years of Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications. Significant new version 2 features include:
- Links to AMS journal articles for AMS journals subscribers
- Links to the AMS Bookstore for ordering original works
- Links to the MathDoc document delivery system for ordering journal articles
- Search or browse the current issue of Mathematical Reviews
- Search or browse Mathematics Subject Classifications using the new Classification Identification option
- Refine searches using Document Type or Institution Code search criteria from the MathSciNet search screen
- Download citations in BibTeX format
Featured Reviews in Mathematical Reviews
The most recent three months of Featured Reviews from the Mathematical Reviews database are now freely available on e-MATH or from the MathSciNet home page.
MathSciNet mirror site in Bielefeld, Germany
In December 1996, a MathSciNet mirror site was established in Bielefeld, Germany. Mirror sites are accessible from the MathSciNet home page. Plans are underway to establish other mirror sites in 1997.
Consortium pricing for MathSciNet
The AMS believes that consortial arrangements can be particularly valuable for small- and mid-sized institutions who do not now subscribe to MathSciNet but wish to have access at a more affordable price. Consortial arrangements that have a reasonable mix of current MathSciNet subscribers and non-subscribers, and which have one contact organization or individual for administering consortium payment and arrangements, will now be considered. For additional information contact:
AMS Customer Services
MathSciNet Consortial Arrangments
PO Box 6248, Providence, RI 02940-6248
401-455-4000 or 800-321-4AMS
First MathSciNet User's Group Meeting
The first MathSciNet User's Group Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 8, 1997 at 6pm in the San Diego Convention Center, Room 10 (during the 1997 Joint Mathematics meeting). All MathSciNet users or potential users are welcome to attend. For additional information, please stop by the AMS Electronic Products booth at the meeting or send e-mail to email@example.com.
September 25, 1996
MathSciNet Version 1.4 released
The following modifications have been made:
- Character strings entered as search criteria are highlighted in the results only when they stand alone, not when they are part of larger strings.
- When Anywhere is selected, searches involving titles are more accurate.
- Messages that are generated by the search engine provide more meaningful information.
- The string, 01, can now be used in the Classification field .
June 19, 1996
MathSciNet Version 1.3 released
The following modifications have been made with this release of MathSciNet:
- Create direct links to reviews
- Improved response time
- Improved MathSciNet demo
- Previewer information
- Other modifications
Create direct links to reviews
Now you can make direct links to individual MathSciNet reviews from your web page. The links can be used to establish direct links to either bibliographic information or complete reviews in HTML, DVI, or PostScript formats. GetItem is available for use by all mathematicians. Access to MathSciNet records is limited to MathSciNet subscribers.
Improved response time
Users should see improved response times when using MathSciNet. Working closely with our service provider and with subscriber sites, various changes were made to improve the MathSciNet Internet connection, including the rerouting of the MathSciNet T-1 line. Please notify MathSciNet technical support of any response time problems firstname.lastname@example.org.
Improved MathSciNet demo
The MathSciNet demo has been improved with the addition of descriptive information. The simulated searches and results are described on-screen.
A list of PostScript and DVI previewers, both public domain and commercial, is provided, with links to download the software.
Other modifications made with this release of MathSciNet:
- The DVI and PostScript retrieval problem with Windows has been corrected. A file downloaded from MathSciNet now has a unique name and file extension.
- Plurals are no longer automatic in classification searches. This change makes it possible to limit a search such as the classification 57s.
- The problem with the Retrieve button with Netscape 3.0 Beta has been fixed. Also, additional errors produced by Netscape 3.0 Beta have been addressed.
- Canadian addresses for institution codes now include province and zip code.
- Some problems that were causing error messages from the server have been fixed.
March 19, 1996
MathSciNet Version 1.2 released
The following modifications have been made with this release of MathSciNet:
- The database has been reloaded to incorporate corrections to Author Identification.
- Internal changes have been made to improve performance when searches include hyphens.
February 15, 1996
MathSciNet Version 1.1 released
The following modifications have been made to the initial release of MathSciNet:
- "No Hit" error messages have been customized to provide users with descriptive information.
- MR pre-1985 data has been reloaded to correctly handle hyphenated words.
- "Anywhere" searches have been corrected to include Institution Codes.
- Problems expanding headlines containing author names with accents (') have been resolved. A related problem displaying titles for these authors has also been rectified.
- Review Searches yeilding results containing Journal titles with ampersands (&) has been corrected.
January 1, 1996
MathSciNet Version 1.0 now available
The first release of MathSciNet is now available to subscribers. MathSciNet - the online subscription service from the AMS - provides searching of over 55 years of Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications. Mathematical Reviews is available from 1940 to the present with full text of reviews available from 1980 to the present.
The MathSciNet Demo is a simulation of the various types of searches available in MathSciNet. To start the demo, click on the MathSciNet Demo button. If you are using the Netscape 1.1 (or higher) browser, the demo runs automatically. Otherwise, to move from screen to screen, click on "CONTINUE DEMO". To stop the demo at any time, click on "STOP DEMO".
December 4-15, 1995
MathSciNet available for free trial
For the two weeks between December 4 and December 15, MathSciNet was made available to the public for a free trial. Thanks to all who sent comments and suggestions.
December 4, 1995
MathSciNet version 0.7 beta released
The following fixes or changes have been made (includes changes made in version 0.6 beta released November 22, 1995):
- Additional help has been added to the search screens
- Searching on date ranges has been fixed.
- The Anywhere field now searches all fields in a review record. This was documented correctly but not implemented in the original version (0.5beta)
- In author field, the word "and" is no longer case-sensitive. Previously, uppercase and (AND) was not recognized.
- The following reserved words may now be used in searches: near, same, with, xor, tally, expand, root, pref.
- Single instances of the following words are allowed in search fields: and, adj, or.
- Hit-to-hit icons no longer appear in text-only mode.
- When viewing a list of papers authored by a reviewer, it is now possible to get the second page of the listing.
- Under the "How to Subscribe" button: an interactive order form and a license agreement have been added.
October 15, 1995 - November 30, 1995
MathSciNet Version 0.5 beta released
The first public beta version of MathSciNet, the American Mathematical Society's World Wide Web version of the Mathematical Reviews database, is released for testing. Scheduled for public release on January 1, 1996, MathSciNet delivers unparalleled access to the Mathematical Reviews database by taking full advantage of the Web's hypertext linking capabilities.