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 web site straight to particular journals, rather than linking just to our home page.
Link directly to journal home pages
The ScienceDirect Journal Linking feature enables you to link directly to the issue page of a particular journal within ScienceDirect . For example, you can link your institute's web site straight to particular journals, rather than linking just to our home page.
We recommend you link to a particular journal, rather than bookmarking the page, for two reasons:
- Your users will go directly into the journal of their choice, with the minimum of clicks - so potentially increasing the usage of your subscribed material.
- The Journal Linking feature provides short, easy-to-use URLs that are guaranteed not to change.
How to generate Journal Linking URLs
Journal linking URLs are very simple. Use a URL of the form:
Where nnnnnnnn is the ISSN of the journal.
For example, to link to Molecular Brain Research - ISSN 0169-328X, use the URL:
Note the following rules regarding the ISSNs, which must be used:
- The hyphen must be removed from the ISSN.
- If the ISSN contains an "X", only the uppercase version will work.
- If the ISSN of a journal has changed over time, only the most recent one will work.
- In the case of complete sets (e.g. Molecular Brain Research is part of Brain Research), the ISSN of the individual component journal must be used.
- If you attempt to link with an incorrect ISSN, or to a journal which is not in ScienceDirect , the home page of ScienceDirect will be displayed.
How to generate Reference works Linking URLs
Reference Works URLs are very simple. Use a URL of the form:
Where nnnnnnnn is the ISBN of the Reference Work.
For example, to link to Comprehensive Clinical Psychology, use:
It is possible to directly link to specific parts of journals and Book Series:
To link directly to the free sample issue for a given journal, add /sample/ before the ISSN.
For instance, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/sample/0169328X links directly to the sample issue of Molecular Brain Research.
To link directly to the Articles in Press section for a given journal, add /aip/ before the ISSN.
For instance, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/aip/0169328X links directly to the Articles in Press section of Molecular Brain Research.
To link to a specific journal volume or issue, use a link with the following syntax:
For instance, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03088146/130/1 links directly to volume 130, issue 1 of Food Chemistry and https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00406090/515/7-8 links directly to the combined issue 7-8 of volume 515 of Thin Solid Films.
To link to the index of a volume or issue, append /index to the above syntax.
For instance, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00033472/44/index.
To link to supplements or parts, use the following syntax:
For instance, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/07351097/56/13/supp/S links directly to the supplement to volume 56, issue 13 of Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
To link to a book series (or book series volume/issue/part etc.), replace ‘journal’with ‘bookseries’in the above syntax.
For instance, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/bookseries/00808784/22/part/PD links directly to part D of volume 22 of the Semiconductors and Semimetals book series.
For instance, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/jfind?query=chemical+engineering displays a list of all journals that have the words "chemical"and "engineering"in their title.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
How to link to an article using the Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Creating a link to a specific article can easily be done using the DOI:
- DOI links will remain valid even if the content moves from ScienceDirect to another (DOI compliant) platform
- The structure of a DOI link is always the same, whichever publisher the article is from, which makes it easy to use.
DOI links have the following structure:
For example, https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0014-5793(02)03627-X
The DOI is found on the top left hand corner on every article on ScienceDirect.
You can also go to https://dx.doi.org/ and subsequently type in the DOI to get a certain article.
All Journals, Books or Book Series listings
This feature enables you to link directly to a full listing of all of the publications of a particular type on ScienceDirect .
Just use the following URLs:
You can also link directly to an alphabetical listing of all of the publications of a particular type on ScienceDirect .
For example, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journals/b/ will display a list of all of the journals with titles beginning with the letter b. This structure also works for Books and Book Series using the structure above.
Listing subscribed and nonsubscribed titles
You can also link directly to a full listing of all of the publications to which your institute is subscribed, as well as a listing of all the publications to which your institute is not subscribed.
This structure also works for Books and Book Series using the structure above.
In addition, subscribed and nonsubscribed publications can be listed alphabetically by title using the structure above. For example, adding /b/ to the end of the link will list all publications whose title begins with the letter b.
To display the results of a Quick Search, use the link:
For instance, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/quicksearch?query=ant+hill displays the results of a Quick Search of the terms "ant"and "hill".