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General Information

The Standard Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative protocol (SUSHI) has been established as the ANSI/NISO Z39.93-2014 standard for API support of COUNTER compliant usage statistics.

The SUSHI COP5 API provides RESTful API support in JSON format for COUNTER COP5 usage statistics and reports. For more information about the SUSHI and COUNTER COP5 standards, please see the following Project COUNTER pages:

Elsevier SUSHI COP5 Information

The Elsevier SUSHI COP5 API provides COUNTER compliant usage statistics support for Elsevier customers using ScienceDirect, Scopus, ClinicalKey, Engineering Village, or Embase.

The Elsevier Librarian usage reports page provides more information about Elsevier supported reports and metrics.

What are the benefits of using the SUSHI COP5 API?

The SUSHI COP5 API replaces the time consuming manual collection of usage data reports through E-PIC. The API complies with ANSI/NISO and COUNTER standards and provides generalized and reliable support for COUNTER COP5 usage reports.

Who can use the Elsevier COUNTER COP5 SUSHI API?

Anyone who has obtained a SUSHI API key and has been granted access to use the API key to harvest COUNTER Code of Practice 5 compliant usage statistics on behalf of Elsevier supported platform users.

Where do I start for Elsevier SUSHI COP5 support?

The Elsevier Developer Portal contains API specifications and guides to help you get started with the Elsevier SUSHI COP5 API. This page serves as a central hub for those resources.

If you're an existing COP4 integrator migrating to COP5 or a new integrator who wants to activate SUSHI COP5 for the first time, you first need to complete and submit a copy of our COP5 SUSHI Application Form by logging a support ticket through one of these support centers:

Home - Elsevier Access Support Center
Home - ScienceDirect Support Center (
Home - Scopus Support Center (
Home - ClinicalKey Support Center (
Home - Engineering Village Support Center (
Home - Embase Support Center (

Elsevier will then provide you with a preconfigured API key and instructions on how to proceed. In case of issues or questions using your API key, please ccontact Data Support.

What do I get access to with my API key?

Your API key will be your requestor_id value when making SUSHI API requests. With the API key you will be able to use the GET /status and GET /reports methods by default.

To use the GET /members and GET /reports/{reportID} methods, your API key must have been properly configured for your type of access and the customer_id of the Elsevier customers you need to support. NOTE: The customer_id is the 10 digit Elsevier account number starting with 'C' for institutions and 'S' for consortium accounts.

Who do I contact for API support?

Please e-mail your questions to Data Support by including the API key in the email. For Elsevier COP5 reports and metrics related questions, please see the Librarian usage reports page.

Interactive SUSHI APIs

Interactive examples of the SUSHI COP5 API and supported methods can be found on the COUNTER_SUSHI5_0 API Swagger web page.

Elsevier SUSHI COP5 Methods

Elsevier supports status, members, reports, and all DR, TR, and PR report methods. Elsevier does not support IR report methods.

Method Resource URI Description
GET /status Returns the current status of the SUSHI COP5 API service. This path returns a message includes the operating status of the API, the URL to the service's entry in the Register of COUNTER Compliant Content Providers, and an array of service alerts (if any).
GET /reports Returns a list of reports supported by the SUSHI COP5 API service. The response includes an array of reports, including the report identifier, the release number, the report name, a description, a list of supported report filters, and a list of supported report attributes.
GET /reports/{reportID}{reportID} Each supported report will have its own path, e.g. GET /reports/TR_B1 for book requests (excluding "OA_Gold"), GET /reports/TR_J1 for journal requests (excluding "OA_Gold"), etc.
GET /members Returns the list of consortium members or sites for multi-site customers. The response includes an array of customer account information, including for each member the customer ID (to use when requesting COUNTER reports), the requestor ID (to use when requesting COUNTER reports), the customer account name, and additional identifiers for the organization (if any). Note that if the customer ID specified in the parameter for the /members path is not a multi-site organization, then the response will simply return the details for that customer.


  1. GET /status{requestor_id}&platform={platform}
  2. GET /members{requestor_id}&platform={platform}&customer_id={customer_id}
  3. GET /reports{requestor_id}&platform={platform}&customer_id={customer_id}
  4. GET /reports/{reportID}{requestor_id}&platform={platform}&customer_id={customer_id}&begin_date=2018-03-01&end_date=2018-03-31

Elsevier SUSHI COP5 API Specifications

More detailed Elsevier SUSHI COP5 API technical specifications are available at the Elsevier Developer Portal SUSHI COP5 documentation page.

For more information regarding the SUSHI COP5 API standards, please see the Project COUNTER Section 8.0 SUSHI for Automated Report Harvesting and Specifications for the RESTful COUNTER SUSHI API. Additional links are provided on the Elsevier SUSHI COP5 API specification page.