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Elsevier Embase APIs

What are the Embase APIs?

Embase APIs expose curated abstracts, indices and other metadata indexed by Embase, Elsevier's biomedical abstract and indexing database, from peer-reviewed biomedical literature, in-press publications and conferences. Records in Embase are deeply indexed with emphasis on drugs, diseases and medical devices using the Elsevier's life science thesaurus Emtree.

Who can use Embase APIs?

Full Embase APIs access is granted on a case-by-case basis, regardless of subscription to Please contact an Elsevier Embase representative if you are interested in using Embase APIs.

Where do I start?

Please visit Elsevier Developer Portal to get started.

Where do I get an API key?

You can obtain an API Key on Elsevier Developer Portal. If you do not already have an Elsevier user ID, you will have to register prior to obtaining an API Key.

What do I get access to with my API key?

Default API Key configuration description is available here.

How do I get help?

Please visit Support page.

What are the benefits of using Embase APIs?

  • Direct access to real-time Embase data
  • RESTful architecture: stateless, scalable, portable and reliable platform
  • Standards and specifications support: W3C CORS, Dublin Core, PRISM
  • Ease of integration with client applications and/or directly with client web sites
  • Variety of supported API response formats
  • API responses include links to relevant resources to simplify navigation and access

Embase APIs Specification

Please refer to the table below for a quick overview of Embase APIs, their corresponding purpose and response formats.
Embase API Name   What it does Response formats
Search API Search interface for EMBASE content. application/json
Embase Retrieval API Retrieval interface for EMBASE content. application/json