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Elsevier Engineering Village APIs

What are the Engineering Village APIs?

Engineering Village APIs expose access to a comprehensive database that includes the most authoritative engineering resources available to answer today's most timely questions - from theoretical to applied, and basic to complex .

Who can use Engineering Village APIs?

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. Full Engineering Village APIs access is only granted to customers with Engineering Village subscription.

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. After obtaining an API Key, you will need to contact support to enable access to Engineering Village APIs.

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 Engineering Village APIs?

  • Direct access to real-time Engineering Village data
  • RESTful architecture: stateless, scalable, portable and reliable platform
  • Ease of integration with client applications and/or directly with client web sites
  • Variety of supported API response formats
  • Interactive API documentation allows to preview API request and response in any of the supported response formats directly from Elsevier Developer portal

Use Cases

Engineering Village encapsulates a search request method that enables a RESTful API client to perform an expert search across all or any combination of Engineering Village databases. It also provides the ability to retrieve one or more records by unique document identifiers from these same databases.

Detailed policy:

Definition: incorporates within the client application a search tool that takes the user's query, passes it on to different search indexes through APIs, gets the results from those APIs and combines them into a single result list for the user to see. This practice is common in digital library portals at universities, and Engineering Village's indexes are common targets for this. It also provides the ability to retrieve those results based on unique, individual document identifiers.

We allow this use case under the following conditions:

  • The developer of the federated search application needs to be an organization that has a license for Engineering Village, or should be building the application for an organization who has a license
  • The organization is only allowed API access to Engineering Village databases that are licensed on the Engineering Village web site.
  • If the application is provided to Elsevier customers by a third-party vendor, this vendor is not allowed to differentiate the fees for the use of the application based on Engineering Village data being in- or excluded by the application
  • The users of the application should be limited to authorized users at the organization holding the license
  • The application can only show the core abstract, author, and publisher data for each search and/or retrieval result from Engineering Village - the record's indexing terms are off-limits
  • Results need to be marked as coming from Engineering Village, and may link back to the article on the Engineering Village web site.
  • The application can use the RESTful APIs.

How To Guide:
Engineering Village Search Request .
Engineering Village Retrieval Request .

Interactive Engineering Village APIs

Engineering Village Swagger is available here

Engineering Village APIs Specification

Please refer to the table below for a quick overview of Engineering Village APIs, their corresponding purpose and response formats.
#    Engineering Village API Name What it does Response formats
1 Engineering Village Search API Provides Expert Search functionality against Engineering Village databases. Expert Search provides search power and flexibility by incorporating advanced Boolean logic and including a rich variety of options. application/json
2 Engineering Village Retrieval API Provides detailed view of an Engineering Village database record. application/json