I've been looking recently at some papers in physics, from journals that are not listed in mathscinet. Is there is a similar database for physics, with reviews and citation links? I'd like to see where the papers I'm currently looking at have been referenced, in order to follow the subject forward in time.

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    $\begingroup$ Not exactly the same, but for high-energy physics there is spires: slac.stanford.edu/spires $\endgroup$ – Josh Guffin Oct 31 '10 at 21:10
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    $\begingroup$ Google Scholar gives you a "cited by" link. $\endgroup$ – S. Carnahan Oct 31 '10 at 21:25
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    $\begingroup$ by the way... is there an analogue of MO for physics? $\endgroup$ – Bruno Martelli Oct 31 '10 at 21:37
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    $\begingroup$ Bruno: physicsoverflow.com exists but is somewhat dormant. It looks like the administrator hasn't visited in about 3 months. $\endgroup$ – S. Carnahan Oct 31 '10 at 21:58
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    $\begingroup$ @Bruno Martelli: There's physicsoverflow.com but I wouldn't say it's very active. There's also a proposal for Physics SE-2.0 area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/1908/… which is currently in a pre-beta mode. $\endgroup$ – Andrey Rekalo Oct 31 '10 at 22:05

In addition to freely available Google Scholar and SPIRES, and subscription-based Web of Science and Scopus, there is a free NASA Astrophysics Data Systems database which, contrary to its title, appears to have broader scope than SPIRES, at least as far as mathematical physics is concerned; it provides abstracts (but not reviews), citations, and, for some older papers, their full-text scanned versions. Now it is sort of integrated with arXiv.org: when looking at the abstract of any arXiv preprint, you see the link to its citations and references at NASA ADS under References & Citations. This database has, inter alia, a specialized physics and geophysics search engine.

  • $\begingroup$ I was going to chime in with xxx.lanl.gov Which I haven't visited in over a decade. I was surprised to find that it has since turned into arxiv.org, which I have been to more recently, but never bother to learn it's back story. $\endgroup$ – Mark Nov 1 '10 at 2:49

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