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Elsevier Research Products APIs

Anyone can obtain an API Key and use the APIs for non-commercial purposes free of charge, subject always to Elsevier's policies for using APIs and data. Any individual or organizations using APIs for commercial purposes must have a dedicated API subscription. Please check the dedicated product APIs pages for more information.

1. Attain 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 API usage is tied to specific use cases, with corresponding policy.

Use cases
3. Start coding

Check out our Python SDK, the Interactive APIs and the How to Guides.

How to Guides

About the APIs

Get programmatic access to:

  • citation data and abstracts from virtually all relevant scholarly journals, as indexed by Scopus, Elsevier's citation database.
  • journals and books published by Elsevier on 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.

Learn more:

Anyone can obtain an API Key and use the APIs free of charge, provided that our policies for using APIs and the data are honored. Furthermore, full API access is only granted to clients that run within the networks of organizations that have subscriptions to the corresponding Elsevier product. Clients without subscriptions have access to limited basic metadata for most publications and citation records, as well as to basic search functionality. Content published by Elsevier under Open Access licenses is fully available.

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.