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Elsevier Research Products APIs

Various options are available for researchers who want to use Elsevier APIs:

  • Non-Commercial Users (Researchers in Academic & Public Sector Institutions, Charities & Charitable Foundations): Most APIs (except SciVal and Embase APIs) are available for no charge, for non-commercial use, subject to Elsevier's policies and limits on usage
  • Commercial Users (Researchers in Private Sector & Commercial Institutions): APIs are available (for commercial use), with an API license and subscription, please contact us here to discuss your request

1. Request an API Key

Find out more about default API key settings, quotas and throttling.

I want an API Key

2. Look at use cases

Elsevier's APIs have different policies depending on the intended use. See them here.

Use cases
3. Start coding

Check out our Interactive APIs and the How to Guides.

How to Guides

About the APIs

Get programmatic access to:

  • Citation data, metadata, and abstracts from scholarly journals, as indexed by Scopus, Elsevier's citation database.kl
  • Full-text journals and books published by Elsevier on the ScienceDirect full-text platform.
  • Research metrics available on SciVal, Elsevier's platform for research performance benchmarking.
  • Engineering resources available on Engineering Village..
  • Curated abstracts, indices and other metadata indexed by Embase, Elsevier's biomedical abstract and indexing database.
  • Reactions, chemical structures & chemistry information from Reaxys, Elsevier's expert curated chemistry database.
  • Safety data, efficacy data, pharmacokinetic, metabolizing enzymes and transporter data from PharmaPendium, Elsevier's fully-searchable database containing data extracted from FDA and EMA drug approval documents, as well as FAERs, to inform drug development decisions.

Learn more:

Anyone can request an API Key to use Elsevier APIs. Except for Scival and Embase APIs, access at no charge is available to researchers in academic and public-sector institutions, charities and charitable foundations. Free access is only available for non-commercial use and provided Elsevier's policies for using APIs and the data are honoured.

Full API access is only granted to researchers affiliated to organisations that have subscriptions to the corresponding Elsevier product.

APIs are also available for OAuth authentication; for electronic holdings exchange in KBART format and for checking a user's access rights for specific publications. These APIs are made available to customers and partners upon request, subject to approval.