Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)

Many platforms make their data available for download through an interface (Application Programming Interfaces, APIs). In addition to the freely accessible data services, university members can also use the APIs of licensed data sources. Sometimes an individual API key needs to be registered for this.

Would you like some assistance with the use of APIs or are you not finding what you want in the overview? You are very welcome to contact us.

Platform/provider Description Access, data licence


  • REST API with endpoints for five types of entities: works, authors, venues (journals, repositories), institutions, concepts
  • Metadata including citation data and full text links
  • People data
  • Data sources and data dumps
  • R Wrapper
  • Jupyter Notebook in the DS Toolbox

Freely accessible, CC0




Metadata, event data


  • Metadata, some with full text links: various APIs, e.g. REST API and dumps
  • Event data and funder data
  • Data sources: publishers
  • Wrappers for various languages
  • API request for all publications available for TDM (approx. 142,000)
  • Jupyter Notebook in the DS Toolbox
Freely accessible (etiquette); metadata: "free to use", funder data: CC0

Documentation: Start, APIs


  • Full texts of Elsevier publications: Article (Full Text) Retrieval API (max. 6,000 records, various formats)
  • Metadata (incl. abstracts, Elsevier publications or Scopus)
Entire content licensed for TDM (non-commercial use);

API key required

Springer Nature

Documentation: Start, APIs

  • Full texts (Springer, Nature, Imprints): via article webpages (1 request/sec, XML)
  • Metadata (incl. abstracts): APIs
Entire content licensed for TDM (non-commercial use);

User key required for APIs



  • Full texts and metadata (PDF, XML) via article webpages
Entire content licensed for TDM (non-commercial use);

TDM token required

PubMed Central


  • Open access to full texts (XML, TXT, PDF): API, FTP
  • Full texts of accepted author manuscripts (XML, TXT): FTP
Min. TDM licence, CC licenses, some include commercial use
Public Library of Science (PLoS)


  • Metadata: API
  • Full texts: data dump recommended, some are also available via webpage (XML, PDF)
  • Article level metrics API
Freely accessible; CC BY
IIIE Xplore


  • Metadata including abstracts (XML, JSON, max. 10 requests/sec, 200 requests/day)
  • Java, PHP, Python (2.7) SDKs
  • Dynamic Query Tool
Entire content licensed for TDM (non-commercial use);

Registration required for APIs



  • Full texts and metadata (XML, PDF, EPUB) via article webpages
Freely accessible; CC BY


  • Metadata: OAI-PMH API
  • Full texts: bulk download with sFTP (journal batches: XML, PDF)
  • Full texts and metadata (XML, PDF) via article webpages (70 requests/20 min.)
Freely accessible; CC BY;

for sFTP access please contact UB Bern.

Platform/provider Description Access, data licence
Europeana Newspaper Collection


Freely accessible, public domain, API key required for full texts
German Digital Library



  • 40 million objects/documents relating to culture and science
  • Metadata (CC0)
  • Digital reproductions, images, audio files, videos
  • People data
Freely accessible, various licenses, API key required
German National Library

Metadata services


  • National bibliographic title data and selected collections
  • Authority data (Integrated Authority File, "Gemeinsame Normdatei" GND), digitalized tables of contents
  • Dumps (including sFTP), various APIs and formats (SRU, OAI, linked data)
  • Jupyter Notebook tutorials for querying and using data
Freely accessible, public domain
Gallica (French National Library – “Bibliothèque nationale de France” BnF)


Freely accessible, non-commercial use (licensing terms)
KB National Library of the Netherlands Freely accessible, various licenses
Internet Archive 
  • 30 million books and texts in a variety of genres, languages and data formats (detailed documentation of the APIs, bulk downloads with command line tool, Python wrapper)
Project Gutenberg 
  • 60,000 public domain books in a variety of genres, languages and data formats (bulk downloads)
Freely accessible, public domain
Text Creation Partnership 
  • 73,000 public domain transcribed full texts (SGML/XML/TEI) of prints from the 15th-18th century as bulk downloads (individual files also in the Oxford Text Archive: EBUP, HTML, XML, some are also POS-tagged as TSV)
  • Early English Books Online (EEBO, 60,000 full-text transcriptions, 1473-1700)
  • Eighteenth-Century Collections Online (ECCO, 3,000 full-text transcriptions, 1700-1800)
  • Evans Early American Imprints (Evans, 5,000 full-text transcriptions, 1640-1800)
Freely accessible, public domain