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dblp Computer Science Bibliography

The dblp computer science bibliography is the premier open bibliographic data base, search engine, and knowledge graph on computer science publications. It has evolved from an early small experimental web server to a popular online service for the international computer science community. Our mission is to support computer science researchers all over the world in their daily efforts by providing free access to high-quality bibliographic metadata and hyperlinks to the electronic editions of publications.

As of 2023, dblp indexes over 6.5 million publications, published by more than 3 million authors. To this end, dblp covers more than 50,000 journal volumes, more than 50,000 conference and workshop proceedings, and more than 100,000 monographs. Please find more statistics on dblp here. The dblp team places particular emphasis on the reliability and quality of the metadata entries. Every year, more than 500,000 new publications are added to dblp in a rigorous, semi-automated and semi-manual data curation process.

Via its website, dblp provides unique insight into the complex interrelations and semantic networks of international computer science research. All data is also made publicly available for reuse under the CC0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication license as bulk download and via open data APIs. Every month, the dblp servers record more than 40 million page impressions by more than 750,000 users from all over the world.

In recent years, the database has grown to be a powerful semantic tool that supports computer scientists and stakeholders on several levels, for example by:

  • supporting researchers in their day-to-day work, e.g., when reviewing the literature or searching for full-text research articles
  • supporting the scholarly publication process by providing standardized bibliographic reference data
  • supporting researchers and institutions in their reporting duties by curating quality-assured bibliographies
  • supporting research funders and decision-makers, e.g., by providing publicly available and explorable bibliographic references

In addition, the dblp dataset itself is object of study of several thousand research articles. Hence, dblp has become indispensable to the computer science community as both a research information infrastructure and as a research dataset.


  • # of publications: 7,343,227
  • # of authors: 3,556,209
  • # of conferences: 6,720
  • # of journals: 1,882

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The dblp computer science bibliography was started in 1993 by Dr. Michael Ley at the University of Trier. In creating dblp, Ley reacted to the special publication culture in computer science, where conference contributions – which were rather ignored by general scholarly databases and indices – often play a more important role than publications in scientific journals. Although originally only focusing on publications from the fields of database systems and logic programming (hence, "dblp"), the service became soon popular with the community and gradually expanded toward all fields of computer science. Over the years, and with only minimal staffing, the database grew to already list more than one million publications in 2008.

In November 2010, the University of Trier and Schloss Dagstuhl joined forces to strengthen the value and ensure the long-term sustainability of the infrastructure. The database has since been operated and further developed by both institutions in close cooperation. Since 2011, Schloss Dagstuhl has been providing the lion share of the staff and the resources of dblp.

On the occasion of dblp's 25th anniversary, the full operation of dblp was transferred to Schloss Dagstuhl in November 2018. Dagstuhl has now adopted dblp as part of its main mission of fostering and supporting research communication, thus ensuring a stable enduring operation of the database in the future.

The database and its creator have been honored with several prizes, such as

  • the ACM SIGMOD Service Award 1997
  • the VLDB Endowment 1997 Special Recognition Award
  • the ACM SIGMOD Contributions Award 2003
  • the ACM Distinguished Service Award 2019


Today, the permanent operations of dblp is guaranteed by Schloss Dagstuhl's funders

  • the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research 
  • the state of Rhineland-Palantine
  • the state of Saarland

Over the years, the database has also received funding, grants, and donations from various sources, such as

  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG)
  • Leibniz Gemeinschaft (Leibniz Association)
  • Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2),
  • Klaus Tschira Foundation
  • Microsoft Research
  • Max Planck Institute for Informatics
  • ACM SIGMOD Anthology project
  • Very Large Data Base Endowment
  • as well as donations by individual researchers