Five large Chinese biomedical bibliographic databases: accessibility and coverage

Health Info Libr J. 2008 Mar;25(1):55-61. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-1842.2007.00734.x.


Background: Much biomedical research is now undertaken in China.

Methods: Five large biomedical databases originating from China (CBM, CMCC, CNKI, VIP and WANFANG) are described and their utility and accessibility investigated.

Results: These databases index 2500 journals largely not familiar to MEDLINE users. Free access, search features, record selection, ease of downloading and cost of subscription varies considerably between databases.

Conclusion: Searches in all databases benefit from the use of simplified Chinese and all provide links to full text articles. Less than 6% of the 2500 journals in the five databases were listed as being indexed for MEDLINE.

MeSH terms

  • Bibliometrics
  • China
  • Databases, Bibliographic / standards
  • Databases, Bibliographic / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Information Storage and Retrieval
  • Libraries, Medical / organization & administration
  • Libraries, Medical / statistics & numerical data*
  • Library Collection Development / statistics & numerical data*
  • Library Services / organization & administration
  • Library Services / statistics & numerical data
  • Periodicals as Topic / standards
  • Periodicals as Topic / statistics & numerical data*