BIOSIS, established in 1926, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to foster the growth, communication and use of biological knowledge for the common good. By accumulating the world's largest collection of abstracts and bibliographic references to worldwide biological and medical literature and organizing this information for easy access, BIOSIS provides vital sources of information for life scientists.
BIOSIS processes approximately 550,000 items each year, from primary research and review journals, books, monographs, and conference proceedings. The BIOSIS information system, a pool of material totalling over 13 million citations at the end of 1997, is available in several formats. These include Biological Abstracts, the leading printed reference publication for life science information and Biological Abstracts, the companion printed reference to Biological Abstracts. BIOSIS also publishes Zoological Record, supplying a comprehensive collection of references to zoological research articles worldwide.