Scopus APIs

Elsevier's API program allows you to integrate content and data from Scopus into your own website and applications. Scopus APIs expose curated abstracts and citation data from all scholarly journals, books and conferences indexed by Scopus.

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Who can use Scopus APIs?

Anyone can obtain an API Key and use the APIs free of charge, provided that our policies for using APIs and the data are honored. Scopus subscribers are granted full access to Scopus APIs. If you do not have a Scopus subscription you can still use the APIs; however, you will have limited access to a basic metadata for most citation records, as well as basic search functionality. Learn more about what data is available to you.

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What APIs are available for Scopus?

A variety of APIs for Scopus are available. For a quick summary of what they are and what they offer, refer to the list below. For more detailed information, go to the Scopus overview on the developer portal page.

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What are the benefits of using Scopus APIs?

  • Direct access to real-time Scopus data
  • RESTful architecture: stateless, scalable, portable and reliable platform
  • Standards and specifications support: W3C CORS, Dublin Core, PRISM
  • Ease of integration with client applications and/or directly with client web sites
  • Variety of supported API response formats
  • API responses include links to relevant resources to simplify navigation and access
  • Interactive API documentation allows to preview API request and response in any of the supported response formats directly from the Elsevier Developer portal