Digital Science

Digital Science (or Digital Science & Research Solutions Ltd) is a technology company with its headquarters in London, United Kingdom. The company focuses on strategic investments into startup companies that support the research lifecycle.[1]

Digital Science
Founded2010 (2010)
FounderTimo Hannay
HeadquartersLondon UK
Key people
Daniel W. Hook (CEO, 2015-present)
ProductsAltmetric | Global Research Identifier Database | Dimensions
ServicesResearch Management
Number of employees
250 (2017)
ParentHoltzbrinck Publishing Group


Digital Science was founded in 2010. It was initially the technical division of Nature Publishing Group/Macmillan and is now operated as an independent company by Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.[2] They are one of the organizers of Science Foo Camp along with Nature, Google and O'Reilly.[3]

Since 2013, Digital Science has released a number of collaborative reports using data generated from their portfolio companies featured in media outlets.[4][5] The company worked with HEFCE and King's College London in 2015, following the inclusion of Research Impact in the Research Excellence Framework (REF), to analyse the results and provide access to the case studies to the public.[6]

Digital Science launched a Global Research Identifier Database (GRID) for identifying research institutions around the world in 2015.[7] Through the Digital Science Catalyst Grant the company has supported a number of early-stage ideas such as Nutonian,[8] TetraScience[9] and Penelope[10] as well as community schemes including Ada Lovelace Day.[11][12]

In 2013 it invested in UberResearch[13] which launched "Dimensions" in 2016, a searchable database of research funds.[14]

On 15 January 2018, Digital Science re-launched an extended version of Dimensions,[15] a commercial scholarly search platform that allows to search publications, datasets, grants, patents and clinical trials. The free version of the platform allows searching for publications and datasets only.[16][17][18][19][20]

Several studies published in 2021 compared Dimensions with its subscription-based commercial competitors, and unanimously found that provides broader temporal and publication source coverage than Scopus and Web of Science in most subject areas, and that Dimensions is closer in its coverage to free aggregation databases, such as Lens and Google Scholar.[21] [22]

As of October 2021, covers nearly 106 million publications with over 1.2 billion citations.[21] [22]

Key people

  • From 2010 to 2015, Timo Hannay was Managing Director
  • From 2013 to 2015, Amy Brand held the role of VP academic & research relations before moving to become Director of MIT Press.
  • From 2015 to present, Daniel W. Hook acts as Chief Executive Officer.

Catalyst Grant Winners

Company Cohort Description
Ricochet by Ripeta September 2017[23] The credit score for scientific publications that can detect and predict reproducibility in the trillion-dollar scientific research industry through software and analytics development; improving evidence-based science and fiscal efficiency of research investments.
Open Syllabus Project Software that collates and maps the college and university curriculum, on a global scale. A search tool that gives students and researchers instant access to millions of research resources, within seconds, all on one platform.
Figures March 2017[24] A workflow solution to manage figure data including creation, tracking, editing and discussion – all on one platform.
HackScience A platform enabling scientists to create, share and control open and affordable lab automation tools.
HipDynamics A data set interrogation tool in the field of cell and molecular biology.
Etalia September 2016[25] A platform that offers recommendations for papers and people based on a unique fingerprint generated from a researcher’s reference library.
Simiary A software solution which boosts content discovery via intelligent search.
Writefull An online software application which provides editing and authoring guidance to enhance academic writing.
Ada Lovelace Day September 2015[26][27] On the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ada Lovelace this year, Ada Lovelace Day and Digital Science will mark women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Penelope Automated, online editing tool aims to make it easier to assess and improve scientific research – wins award, backing and shared facilities with Digital Science.
TetraScience January 2015[28] An open Internet-of-Things (IoT) platform to enhance productivity, safety and reproducibility in research.

See also


  1. "Cobbling Together the Pieces to Build a Workflow Business". The Scholarly Kitchen. 2017-02-09. Retrieved 2017-02-22.
  2. "Macmillan Announces Release of Digital Science". Information Today. 2010-12-09. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  3. Dougherty, Conor (22 January 2016). "How Larry Page's Obsessions Became Google's Business". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  4. editor, Ian Sample Science (2016-06-24). "Brexit big blow to UK science, say top British scientists". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-02-22. {{cite news}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  5. "'Brexit' would hit U.K. research hard, report says". Science journal. 2016-05-17. Retrieved 2017-02-22.
  6. Hill, Dr Steven (7 August 2015). "The diversity dividend: why interdisciplinarity strengthens research". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  7. "Digital Science Gives GRID a CC0 License". Information Today. 2016-12-06. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  8. Wheeler, Laura (10 May 2016). "Scientific software ideas wanted – 10 tips to impress the catalyst grant panel". BioMed Central. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  9. "Digital Science Catalyst Grant Program Awarded To Boston Start Up Tetrascience". BioSpace. Retrieved 2017-02-22.
  10. "Digital Science awards catalyst grants". The Bookseller. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  11. "Today is Ada Lovelace Day! Who is your role model in STEM?". BioMed Central. 2015-10-13. Retrieved 2017-02-22.
  12. Kundu, Sujata. "Ada Lovelace Day 2016 -- A Celebration Of Women In Science And Technology". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-02-22.
  13. "ÜberResearch Secures Investment From Digital Science". Digital Science.
  14. "ÜberResearch Announces Dimensions for Publishers". Digital Science. October 14, 2016.
  15. "Digital Science discovery platform 'will transform scholarly search' | The Bookseller".
  16. "Digital Science discovery platform 'will transform scholarly search' | The Bookseller". Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  17. "A New Citation Database Launches Today: Dimensions". The Scholarly Kitchen. 2018-01-15. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  18. Noorden, Richard Van (2018-01-16). "Science search engine links papers to grants and patents". Nature. doi:10.1038/d41586-018-00688-0. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  19. Ballard, Terry (2018-01-23). "Digital Science Adds Extra Dimensions to Scholarly Research Data". Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  20. "Musings about librarianship". Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  21. Singh, V. K., P. Singh, M. Karmakar, J. Leta and P. Mayr (2021). "The journal coverage of Web of Science, Scopus and Dimensions: A comparative analysis." Scientometrics 126(6): 5113-5142
  22. Martín-Martín, A., M. Thelwall, E. Orduna-Malea and E. Delgado López-Cózar (2021). "Google Scholar, Microsoft Academic, Scopus, Dimensions, Web of Science, and OpenCitations’ COCI: a multidisciplinary comparison of coverage via citations." Scientometrics 126(1): 871-906
  23. "Three Innovative Software Tools To be Boosted by Digital Science's Catalyst Grant - Digital Science". Digital Science. 2017-09-18. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  24. "Digital Science Announces New Catalyst Grant Winners - Digital Science". Digital Science. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  25. "Digital Science Reveals Catalyst Grant Winners - Digital Science". Digital Science. 2016-09-07. Retrieved 2017-10-22.
  26. "Digital Science Awards Catalyst Grant for Development of New Online Tools to Empower Women Working in STEM - Digital Science". Digital Science. Retrieved 2017-10-22.
  27. "UK Startup, Penelope, To Pen New Chapter Of Growth After Winning Digital Science Catalyst Grant - Digital Science". Digital Science. Retrieved 2017-10-22.
  28. "Digital Science Catalyst Grant Awarded to TetraScience - Digital Science". Digital Science. 2015-01-28. Retrieved 2017-10-22.
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