User agreement

The data in the Scholarly Migration Database (SMD) are provided free of charge to all individuals who request access to the database. We ask that you kindly observe the following requests and restrictions:

  • In all published work and presentations, please acknowledge the Scholarly Migration Database as the source of the data.

    APA Style: Akbaritabar, A., Theile, T., and Zagheni, E. (2022). Scholarly Migration Database, Version 0.1. Accessed: 2022-04-24

    Bibtex: @misc{ScholarlyMigrationDatabase2022, title = {Scholarly Migration Database, Version 0.1}, copyright = {Scholarly Migration Database}, url = {}, abstract = {The Scholarly Migration Database (available at: is prepared, maintained and publicly released by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany. It uses and re-purposes bibliometric data from scientific publications to prepare stock and flow data on scholarly migration events. The publications come from Scopus 2021 provided to the Scholarly Migration Database by the German Competence Centre for Bibliometrics through the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL). The methodology of re-purposing this data and calculating measures is described in detail in the Scholarly Migration Database Methods and Documentation protocol (available at: The most updated version of the database and documentation on April 27,2022 is:0.1.}, urldate = {2022-04-24}, author = {Akbaritabar, Aliakbar and Theile, Tom, and Zagheni, Emilio}, year = {2022}, note = {original-date: 2022-04-24T21:20:21Z}}

  • Please do not pass your copy of these data to other users. Rather refer them to the Scholarly Migration Database website, where they may download the data for themselves. This practice helps to prevent the existence of multiple outdated or incorrect versions. It also ensures that each user has full access to information about the data, citation procedures, etc.

  • The Scholarly Migration Database (including all project personnel and institutional sponsors) accepts no liability with regard to the material available in the collection. In particular, we accept no responsibility for any harm suffered by the user as a result of using these data, even if such harm results from errors on our part. As a user, we ask you kindly to inform us of any errors that you may identify, so that they can be corrected in a timely fashion.

  • We do not accept responsibility for any harm or inconvenience resulting from a suspension of service, whether temporary or permanent.