Text and data mining

As a publisher we believe it is our job to help meet the needs of researchers and we are committed to reducing the barriers to mining content. We actively collaborate with researchers and institutes to facilitate text and data mining by enabling access and by developing our platforms, tools and services to support researchers.

Elsevier's policy

We have adopted a license–based approach which both formalizes the right to mine into our academic agreements and delivers a flexible way in which researchers can gain access to our API through a self-service portal. Specially:

  • Academic subscribers: Researchers can text mine subscribed content on ScienceDirect for non-commercial purposes, via the ScienceDirect API's. Text and data mining enabling clauses for non-commercial purposes are included in all new ScienceDirect subscription agreements and upon renewal for existing customers.
  • Corporate and other subscribers: Please contact your Elsevier Account Manager to find out more about our text mining products and services.
  • Non-subscriber access: Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis, and can be made by emailing universalaccess@elsevier.com.
  • Open access content: Text and data mining permissions are determined by the author's choice of user license. This information is detailed in the individual articles.
  • Search & Discovery partners: We invite you to work with us so that you can provide users of your application with relevant results and recommendations for ScienceDirect journal articles and book chapters. More info here.
  • Other requests: We are always happy to support and accommodate researchers who have specific text mining needs and for any questions please email universalaccess@elsevier.com

Access to the API

We are committed to streamlining the administrative process for mining and have created a self-service developer's portal to enable researchers to easily gain access to the ScienceDirect API's. The registration for the API is quick and simple see our developer's website for further details. Once the institutional agreement is updated, researchers at subscribing institutions will need to follow three steps:

  1. Register their details using the online form on the developer's website.
  2. Accept our API conditions.
  3. Receive a unique API token that will enable the delivery of the content they wish to mine, delivered in an XML format suitable for text mining.

Mining open access content

Open access content may be downloaded directly from our API by either:

  • Registering for an API key via our developer's website enabling us to provide you with technical support and assistance should you encounter any problems.
  • Using the DOI retrieval function: http://api.elsevier.com/content/article/doi/[DOI] which your automated script can run on. This option can be used without registration and without having to obtain or use an API key. No self-registration is necessary for this option.

Please note, reuse of open access content is determined by the article's user license. In some cases the reuse will be broader than otherwise specified in the registration form.



Elsevier's approach and policy on text and data mining is a reflection of our ongoing collaboration within the research community. We encourage anyone with feedback and ideas to contact us via universalaccess@elsevier.com.