Zentralblatt MATH

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Producer European Mathematical Society, FIZ Karlsruhe, and the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences
History 1980–Present
Languages English, German, French
Cost Subscription
Disciplines Pure mathematics and applied mathematics
Record depth Index, Abstracts, Reviews
Format coverage Journal articles, Conference papers, Books
Temporal coverage 1868–present (first entry from 1755)
Number of records more than 3.4 million
Update frequency Daily
Print edition
Print title Zentralblatt für Mathematik und ihre Grenzgebiete
Print title 1931–Present
ISSN 0044-4235

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. It contained the bibliographical data of all recently published mathematical articles and book, together with peer reviews done by mathematicians over the world. In the preface to the first volume, the intentions of Zentralblatt are formulated as follows:[1]

Zentralblatt für Mathematik und ihre Grenzgebiete aims to publish — in an efficient and reliable manner — reviews of the entire world literature in mathematics and related areas in issues initially appearing monthly. As the name suggests, the main focus of the journal is mathematics. However, those areas that are closely related to mathematics will be treated as seriously as the so-called pure mathematics.

In the late '30s it began rejecting some Jewish reviewers and a number of reviewers in England and United States resigned in protest.[2] 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.

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  1. ^ Neugebauer, Otto (1931). "Geleitwort". In Neugebauer, O. et al. Zentralblatt für Mathematik und ihre Grenzgebiete. Springer-Verlag. p. 1. 
  2. ^ Lehmer, D. H. (1988). "A Half Century of Reviewing". In Duren, Peter. A century of mathematics in America (PDF) (Repr. ed.). Providence, R.I.: American Mathematical Society. pp. 265–266. ISBN 978-0-8218-0124-6. 

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