Linking to & from ScienceDirect

Shortcut links

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.

Keep Your Knowledge Base up to Date Automatically

Library service providers, including discovery services and article linkers, can now update your knowledge base automatically to match your ScienceDirect subscription by using the ScienceDirect Knowledge Base Data Exchange.