Microsoft Academic Graph: paper, journals, authors and more

The Microsoft Academic Graph is a heterogeneous graph containing scientific publication records, citation relationships between those publications, as well as authors, institutions, journals and conference “venues” and fields of study.

Microsoft have been good enough to structure and release a bunch of web-crawled data around scientific papers, journals, authors, URLs, keywords, references between and so on for free here. Perfect for understanding all sorts of network relationships between these nodes of academia.

The current version is 30gb of downloadable text files. It includes data on the following entities.

  • Affiliations
  • Authors
  • ConferenceSeries
  • ConferenceInstances
  • FieldsOfStudy
  • Journals
  • Papers
  • PaperAuthorAffiliations
  • PaperKeywords
  • PaperReferences
  • PaperUrls

Being webscraped and coming with a warning that it has only been minimally processed, they do instruct users to beware that the quality is not perfect – but it’s apparently the biggest chunk of bibliographic data like this that has been released for the public to do what it will with.

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