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What is Embase?

Embase is the most comprehensive, highly versatile, multipurpose and up-to-date database covering over 28 million indexed records from international biomedical literature, from 1947 to the present day. For further details see About Embase

What are the main benefits of Embase?

Embase provides extensive and reliable coverage of the peer-reviewed biomedical literature, along with in-depth indexing and powerful search and information management tools. With Embase, you can be confident that you have access to the most relevant and up-to-date information from the biomedical literature. For further details see who uses Embase.

What is Embase Classic?

Embase Classic is the Embase back file covering almost 2 million biomedical and pharmacological citations drawn from over 3,000 international titles from between 1947 and 1973. For further details please contact your regional office. 

If using MEDLINE, do I  need Embase?

Embase has significant content not available from PubMed, as well as in-depth indexing that makes even shared information uniquely retrievable from Embase.

Examples include:

  • Over 2000 journals not indexed on PubMed, especially from countries outside North America
  • Over 300,000 conference abstracts from 1000 conferences each year (since 2009)
  • In-depth drug and medical device indexing based on the Emtree Life Science thesaurus, which has over twice as many terms as the PubMed (MEDLINE) thesaurus (MeSH)

If I have Scopus, do I need Embase?

As an all-science database, Scopus includes most (but not all) the content of Embase, including most (but not all) Embase index terms.

However, since Scopus does not make use of the Embase thesaurus (Emtree) to facilitate synonym mapping and hierarchical searches, search results can be significantly less than on Embase. For example, a Scopus search on "heart attack" misses records mentioning "myocardial infarction" or indexed using the Emtree term "heart infarction". In addition, Embase subheadings are not available on Scopus, so that it is not possible to limit drug searches (for example) to records focusing on adverse effects.

How do I stay up to date with Embase?

Information about the latest release is provided on the news page. Alternatively you can access All Embase release news for information about past releases, or subscribe to the Embase newsletter. You can also follow Embase via Twitter.

How current is Embase?

New records are added to Embase every working day, with on average over 3000 records a day (corresponding to over 800,000 records each year), of which about 75% are from Embase and 25% from unique MEDLINE. Articles in Press and In Process are added as soon as available. Since 2009, conferences abstracts are also added to Embase.

How is Embase indexed?

Fully indexed records in Embase (excluding unique MEDLINE) are manually indexed on the basis of the full text of the article. It is done by trained indexers with a biomedical background. Biomedical terms identified by indexers are controlled against Emtree before being added to records online. The entire process (including data input of Citation and Abstract) takes on average two weeks from receipt of the journal issue.For unique MEDLINE records, index terms assigned by the NLM (which are controlled via the MeSH thesaurus) are mapped to EMTREE terms - making use of the fact that all MeSH terms are included within EMTREE. Please refer to the Embase Indexing Guide for more information.

How do I find out about pricing?

Pricing is based on the number of biomedical users and is at this time only available for institutional access, this is not individual access. Please contact sales if you would like help in finding out about the possibilities of Embase at your institution.

Are usage statistics available?

Once we have your contact details, usage stats are sent automatically on the first day of the month. You will receive a report outlining the number of sessions, the number of searches and the types of searches (quick, advanced, EMTREE, author, journal) year to date, month by month. Please contact your regional helpdesk to set up a usage report.

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Supported operating systems:

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