Portrait of Alex D. Wade

Alex D. Wade

Principal Program Manager


Alex Wade is Director of Scholarly Communications at Microsoft Research, currently focused on Microsoft Academic, involving aspects of knowledge acquisition, knowledge representation, intentionality, dialog systems, semantic search and intelligent agents. Alex holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from U.C. Berkeley, and a Masters of Librarianship degree from the University of Washington.

During his career at Microsoft, Alex has managed Microsoft’s internal corporate search and taxonomy management services, has worked on Windows Search for multiple Windows OS releases, and has implemented an Open Access policy governing Microsoft Research’s scholarly output. Prior to joining Microsoft, Alex worked in the library systems of the University of Washington, the University of Michigan and the University of California at Berkeley.


Open Academic Society

Established: July 15, 2016

Microsoft Research and several academic partners have formed the Open Academic Society, with the mission to contribute to and create a shared, open and expanding knowledge graph of research and education-focused entities and relationships. Seeded by the Microsoft Academic Graph,…

Microsoft Academic Graph

Established: June 5, 2015

The Microsoft Academic Graph is a heterogeneous graph containing scientific publication records, citation relationships between those publications, as well as authors, institutions, journals, conferences, and fields of study. This graph is used to power experiences in Bing, Cortana, and in…

Microsoft Academic

Established: February 22, 2016

Microsoft Academic: Helping Researchers Stay on Top of Their Game Microsoft Academic (academic.microsoft.com) is an online destination that helps researchers like you connect with the most personally relevant papers, research news, conferences, people, and ideas, powered by artificial intelligence (AI)…







Panel 4: Publishing Content: The Article of the Future Link description

Panel 4: Publishing Content: The Article of the Future


January 27, 2015


Alyssa Goodman, Alex Johnson, Alberto Pepe, Tiffany Bogich, Tim Clark, Dan Valen, and Alex Wade


Harvard University, plot.ly, Authorea, Standard Analytics, Harvard Medical School, figshare, Microsoft

Panel 1 – Capturing the Research Lifecycle Link description

Panel 1 – Capturing the Research Lifecycle


December 5, 2014


Courtney Soderberg, Arfon Smith, Rion Dooley, Lars Holm Nielsen, John Lees-Miller, Robert Seigel, and Tim Gardner


Center for Open Science, GitHub, Texas Advanced Computing Center, Zenodo, OverLeaf, Publiscize, Riffyn


 Some of Alex Wade’s past projects include: