Automated Content Integration

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.