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|Producer||European Mathematical Society, FIZ Karlsruhe, and the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences|
|Languages||English, German, French|
|Record depth||Index, Abstracts, Reviews|
|Format coverage||Journal articles, Conference papers, Books|
|Number of records||2,800,000|
|Print title||Zentralblatt für Mathematik und ihre Grenzgebiete|
zbMATH, formerly Zentralblatt MATH, is a service providing reviews and abstracts for articles in pure and applied mathematics, published by Springer Science+Business Media. It is a major international reviewing service that covers the entire field of mathematics. It uses the Mathematics Subject Classification codes for organising the reviews by topic.
The service was founded in 1931 by Otto Neugebauer as Zentralblatt für Mathematik und ihre Grenzgebiete. In the late 1930s it began rejecting some Jewish reviewers and a number of reviewers in England and United States resigned in protest. Some of them helped start Mathematical Reviews, a competing publication.
The electronic form was provided under the name INKA-MATH (acronym for Information System Karlsruhe-Database on Mathematics) since at least 1980. The name was later shortened to Zentralblatt MATH.
The Zentralblatt MATH abstracting service provides reviews (brief accounts of contents) of current articles, conference papers, books and other publications in mathematics, its applications, and related areas. The reviews are predominantly in English, with occasional entries in German and French. Reviewers are volunteers invited by the editors based on their published work or a recommendation by an existing reviewer.
Zentralblatt MATH is provided both over the Web and in printed form. The service reviews more than 2,300 journals and serials worldwide, as well as books and conference proceedings. Zentralblatt MATH is now edited by the European Mathematical Society, FIZ Karlsruhe, and the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences.
The Zentralblatt database also incorporates the 200,000 entries of the earlier similar publication Jahrbuch über die Fortschritte der Mathematik from 1868 to 1942, added in 2003.
Access is by subscription. Currently, the first three records in a search are provided for free without a subscription.
- Mathematical Reviews, published in the United States.
- Referativnyi Zhurnal, published in the former Soviet Union and now in Russia.
- Lehmer, D. H. (1988). "A Half Century of Reviewing". In Duren, Peter. A century of mathematics in America (Repr. ed.). Providence, R.I.: American Mathematical Society. pp. 265–266. ISBN 978-0-8218-0124-6.