DBLP is a computer science bibliography website. Starting in 1993 at the University of Trier, Germany, it grew from a small collection of HTML files[1] and became an organization hosting a database and logic programming bibliography site. DBLP listed more than 3.4 million journal articles, conference papers, and other publications on computer science in July 2016, up from about 14,000 in 1995.[2] All important journals on computer science are tracked. Proceedings papers of many conferences are also tracked. It is mirrored at three sites across the Internet.[3][4][5]

For his work on maintaining DBLP, Michael Ley received an award from the Association for Computing Machinery and the VLDB Endowment Special Recognition Award in 1997.

DBLP originally stood for DataBase systems and Logic Programming. As a backronym, it has been taken to stand for Digital Bibliography & Library Project;[6] however, it is now preferred that the acronym be simply a name, hence the new title "The DBLP Computer Science Bibliography".[7]

Users of dblp remain unaffected by some additional attributes in the DTD as of February 2016, which are meant to support future versions of the data file. Thus consumers of the raw dblp.xml file should update their local dblp.dtd file, according to the notice on the home page, as of February 2016.[8]


Developer(s) Alexander Weber
Initial release 2005 (2005)
Stable release
2.0b / September 6, 2006 (2006-09-06)
Written in Java
Operating system Unix
Type XML
License GPL
Website dbis.uni-trier.de/DBL-Browser

DBL-Browser (Digital Bibliographic Library Browser) is a utility for browsing the DBLP website. The browser was written by Alexander Weber in 2005 at the University of Trier. It was designed for use off-line in reading the DBLP, which consisted of 696,000 bibliographic entries in 2005 (and in 2015 has more than 2.9 million).

DBL-Browser is GPL software, available for download from SourceForge. It uses the XML DTD. Written in Java programming language, this code shows the bibliographic entry in several types of screens, ranging from graphics to text:

DBLP is similar to the bibliographic portion of arxiv.org which also links to articles. DBL-Browser provides a means to view some of the associated computer science articles.

See also


  1. Ley, Michael (2009). DBLP: Some Lessons Learned (PDF). VLDB. Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment. 2 (2). pp. 1493–1500. doi:10.14778/1687553.1687577. ISSN 2150-8097.
  2. "Records in DBLP". Statistics. DBLP. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  3. "Computer science bibliography". DBLP. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  4. Ley, Michael (2002). "The DBLP Computer Science Bibliography: Evolution, Research Issues, Perspectives". String Processing and Information Retrieval. LNCS. Springer-Verlag. 2000: 481–486. doi:10.1007/3-540-45735-6_1.
  5. Petricek, Vaclav; Cox, Ingemar J.; Han, Hui; Councill, Isaac G.; Giles, C. Lee (2005). "A Comparison of On-Line Computer Science Citation Databases". Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries. LNCS. Springer-Verlag. 3652: 438–449. arXiv:cs/0703043Freely accessible. doi:10.1007/11551362_39.
  6. Ley, Michael; Reuther, Patrick (2006). "Maintaining an Online Bibliographical Database: the Problem of Data Quality." (PDF). EGC, ser. Revue des Nouvelles Technologies de l’Information. RNTI-E-6: 5–10.
  7. "What is the meaning of the acronym dblp?". FAQ. DBLP. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  8. "Small modifications to dblp's XML format". News. DBLP. February 29, 2016. Retrieved July 16, 2016.

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