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MARC Records

ScienceDirect Books MARC Record Program

Elsevier is pleased to provide high quality MARC records created and delivered by OCLC® to customers who have purchased books on ScienceDirect. MARC records are available at no charge for all books on ScienceDirect. Customers will manage their MARC deliveries through OCLC WorldShare Collection manager. Because OCLC is a trusted partner in Elsevier's automated customer holdings data exchange service your WorldCat library knowledge base will be constantly updated automatically and you will receive MARC deliveries (new, update, and delete records) automatically as your ScienceDirect holdings change. With this automated approach, your catalog will always match your ScienceDirect subscription without the need to place orders for each book purchase or update your WorldCat institutional knowledge base.

Please note that Elsevier does not provide MARC records for ScienceDirect journals.

How Automated Delivery Works

Diagram of ScienceDirect customer profile system sending continuous holdings data updates to WorldCat institutional knowledge base, which supports automatic MARC deliveries to libraries through OCLC WorldShare Collection Manager

Diagram of ScienceDirect customer profile system sending continuous holdings data updates to WorldCat institutional knowledge base, which supports automatic MARC deliveries to libraries through OCLC WorldShare Collection Manager

When you request automated ScienceDirect MARC records, OCLC will use Elsevier's secure data exchange interface to download your ScienceDirect Electronic Holdings Report on regular basis. Automated data sharing ensures that your institutional knowledge base in OCLC WorldCat always reflects the titles currently available in your ScienceDirect subscription. Once OCLC notifies you that data sharing is set up, you can activate automatic MARC delivery and specify your delivery preferences through OCLC WorldShare Collection Manager. OCLC will monitor your institutional WorldCat knowledge base, and automatically send you MARC records for all books added to your ScienceDirect subscription since the last MARC delivery. In your WorldShare Collection Manager profile, you can also choose to receive update and delete records. Elsevier strongly recommends that choose both these options to ensure that your library catalog stays in synch with your ScienceDirect holdings.

How To Order MARC Records

To set up MARC record deliveries, please send an email to the Elsevier regional Help Desk. Please include your ScienceDirect account number and OCLC library symbol if you have them. The Help Desk will take care of setting up data sharing and provide you with instructions for setting up your OCLC WorldShare Collection Manager profile to manage your ScienceDirect MARC records.

About Automated Data Sharing

ScienceDirect customers can control sharing of their Electronic Holdings Report through the ScienceDirect Admin tool, and you can set up data sharing with other knowledge base providers used by your library. Information about the ScienceDirect Admin Tool and your Electronic Holdings report are available on the Managing Your Account page of For detailed information on managing data sharing for your Electronic Holdings Reports, please see the User Guide.

About OCLC MARC records

OCLC Collection Manager offers a variety of record output formats including MARC21 with MARC-8 or UTF-8 characters, as well as UNIMARC, MARCXML, Dublin Core, and MODS, all with UTF-8 characters.

Sample records can be downloaded here in two formats


Linking to and from ScienceDirect

Shortcut links (linking within ScienceDirect)

Setting up shortcut links
There are a number of ways to link directly to resources on ScienceDirect, from search queries to title lists to individual journal issues. For example, you can link your institute's website straight to particular journals, rather than linking just to our home page.

Full list of shortcut links
Shortcut URLs allow you to quickly jump to a specific area in ScienceDirect. There are also shortcut URLs for the users who want to return to a specific area in ScienceDirect to continue a research session. You can add the shortcut URLs that are most useful to your staff to your home page, or bookmark your favorite URLs for quick recovery later.

Article-level linking

Article Locator

When you follow a link to an Elsevier article, you may encounter the Elsevier Article Locator page. Because Elsevier articles are often available on multiple websites, the Elsevier Article Locator page allows you to choose from a list of participating websites. Depending on your entitlements, you may be taken directly to the article, asked to authenticate your account, or prompted to purchase the article. We recommend you contact your librarian or information specialist to confirm your institution's website subscriptions, and then select preferred websites in Article Locator Preferences (available on the Article Locator page).

It is also possible to set Article Locator preferences for all users in your institution. See Institution-Level Article Locator Preferences.


As a founding member of CrossRef, Elsevier is committed to supporting industrywide, cross-platform linking solutions. ScienceDirect was among the first web services to implement cross-publisher linking via CrossRef and now offers free linking to over 10,000 journals from article references and A&I databases. We also register all our article metadata using the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) standard, which means our links are persistent and won't change or break. Unlike many of our competitors, we offer free CrossRef linking for our full ScienceDirect customers. For more info, please visit

OpenURL / Link resolvers

ScienceDirect supports the OpenURL industry standard, which can be used to create custom links between content items. Open URL syntax is used by link resolver software to create links to the authoritative, full-text version of an article from an article reference, greatly improving navigation across sources.

ScienceDirect supports these link resolvers for linking to ScienceDirect:

  • Bowker - Ulrich's Resource Linker
  • EBSCO - LinkSource
  • Endeavor - LinkFinderPlus
  • ExLibris - SFX
  • Index Data - Keystone Resolver
  • Innovative Interfaces - WebBridge
  • Openly Informatics - 1Cate
  • Serials Solutions - Article Linker
  • Sirsi - Resolver
  • Other, non-listed, link resolvers might be able to link to ScienceDirect as well, using CrossRef/DOI.

These link resolvers are supported for linking from ScienceDirect:

  • BIBSYS - X
  • EBSCO - LinkSource
  • Endeavor - LinkFinderPlus
  • ExLibris - SFX
  • Innovative Interfaces - WebBridge
  • Openly Informatics - 1Cate
  • Ovid - LinkSolver
  • Serials Solutions - Article Linker
  • TDNet - TOUResolver
  • UKOLN - OpenResolver
  • VUBIS - Vlink

My link resolver is not listed as being supported by ScienceDirect. Now what?
This does not necessarily mean that it won't work with ScienceDirect. If you want to have your link resolver link to ScienceDirect, then it'll probably be able to do that just fine if it uses DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers). If it needs to link differently, however, or if you also want your link resolver to work from ScienceDirect, then the supplier of your link resolver software should contact us.

Configure your link resolver service to link from ScienceDirect
If it is a supported link resolver, you can configure your link resolver to link from ScienceDirect by using the Admin Tool, or ask Elsevier's E-Helpdesk to do it for you.

Configure your link resolver service to link to ScienceDirect

To enable users from your institution to link to articles on ScienceDirect, your link resolver will need to know what titles you have access to on ScienceDirect. The authoritative source of what your organization has access to on ScienceDirect is the ScienceDirect Electronic Holdings Report (EHR).

For more information about the Electronic Holdings Report, please click here

I've selected my ScienceDirect subscribed journal packages in my link resolver configuration, but the links are missing/broken/not correct. Why is that?
Please be aware that journal collections like the Freedom Collection and the Subject Collections are customizable and that in your specific case their coverage might be different from the "standard" collections that some link resolvers offer as configuration options. The above-mentioned Electronic Holdings Report is the authoritative source for all your holdings information.

Discovery Services

Because Elsevier is committed to making our content available through the discovery platforms our customers use, we partner with leading web discovery services to index full-text articles and eBook chapters from ScienceDirect .

Researchers can search the full text of all ScienceDirect journal articles and eBooks via the following services:



Elsevier content for integration into third-party websites, applications and institutional repositories

Elsevier supports and encourages our institutional and corporate customers who want programmatic (i.e., automated) access to the content on ScienceDirect and other Elsevier web-based databases. We have developed complimentary services for our customers that are specifically designed to support machine-to-machine access, including a comprehensive suite of APIs and content syndication services. In order to ensure stability and maintain the performance of our user-facing platforms, we recommend that our customers use those Elsevier services to access content.

Elsevier has also put in place policies and technical measures to prevent crawling by robots or other mechanized devices. Web crawling is an inefficient method of harvesting large quantities of content from sites similar to our sites, and imposes a high volume burden on our systems which interferes with access for human users in the research community.

To aid discovery for researchers, we also partner with major search engines such as Google and Google Scholar to enable them to index our content.

Customers who would like to use Elsevier's services to deep index full-text and bibliographic data on ScienceDirect or other Elsevier Internet databases (such as building indexes for the purpose of recreating navigational schemes to Elsevier content on a customer's or company's local servers) should contact their Account Manager for an overview of the commercial solutions we provide for these purposes.

We also recognize that some of our customers want to be able perform text or data mining within this content, and we encourage them to do so. To enable such functionality (and ensure mining activities are not falsely identified as crawling), customers should discuss content mining needs with their Account Manager so that they can utilize these services. Elsevier also has sophisticated services for delivering Journal metadata including bibliographic information and abstracts for the inclusion in 3rd party A&I databases, agents' consolidated services and others.

If you are a researcher, developer or other end-user and you would like to use Elsevier data to build applications, perform text or data mining, or for other uses, please go to or contact your institution's library staff for assistance.

APIs: Including ScienceDirect in Your Applications

ScienceDirect offers a wide range of APIs that allow integration of article- and title-level data into your own applications, such as federated search tools, widgets and library catalogs. For more information, visit

Text mining

Text mining options are specified in our policies on Text & Data Mining and the Developers Website.

XML Gateway: Including Science Direct in Your Search Portal

Federated searching, also known as meta-searching, cross-searching or broadcast searching, is the concept of using a single search portal to search through and retrieve results from multiple online resources at once. Many ScienceDirect customers deploy such portals in their organizations and want to include ScienceDirect in their search results.

In response, ScienceDirect has developed an XML gateway together with Scopus, allowing customers with a full ScienceDirect or Scopus license to target that content from their federated search portals.

You can set up your library's search portal to target ScienceDirect and/or Scopus if:

  • You have a ScienceDirect and/or Scopus license that entitles you to federated search
  • Your search portal is provided by a vendor that has enabled its products for the ScienceDirect and/or Scopus XML gateway

Some of the portals that support ScienceDirect and Scopus are listed below. Please ask your vendor for instructions on setting it up the XML gateway. We welcome new partners, so if your vendor is not listed, ask them to contact us about developing federated search support.

MetaLib v3.13 or higher, by ExLibris
ENCompass for Resource Access v3.5 or higher, by Endeavor Information Systems
Central Search / 360 Search, by SerialsSolutions
MuseGlobal and partners:
CSAIllumina MultiSearch by CSA
MuseSearch by ELiDOC
JaniumLink by Janium Technologies
Jones e-Global library
Mandarin PACPortal by MLA (Mandarin Library Automation) Solutions
SearchSolver by Ovid (WoltersKluwer Health)
SingleSearch by SirsiDynix
Quest by SoftLink International
SwetsWise Searcher
Muse by Transtech Information System, Taiwan
Metafind by Innovative Interfaces, Inc
ResearchPro by Innovative Interfaces, Inc
WebFeat / WebFeat Express
QWAM's E-Content Server
OCLC Pica / Fretwell-Downing
DeepWeb Explorit Technologies
Cosmotron Advanced Rapid Library
Potiron OrtoDocs DynaRef
Academic Software Citavi
AutoGraphics AGent

Institutional repositories

We offer special services to support institutional repositories. Click here for more information.