Dimensions APIs

Access Dimensions the way that works for you.

Dimensions contains a network of more than 100 million records connected by billions of links. This vast information landscape supports a myriad of business and analytical needs. Making data available in ways that are useful to the research community is a key priority for the Dimensions team, so we’ve designed several API services with your needs in mind.

Analytics API

The Analytics API supports extraction of Dimensions data for use in complex analyses and visualizations or the building of analytical tools and reporting templates. The API uses an intuitive query language specifically developed for Dimensions data. You can retrieve, aggregate, and sort data from highly specific requests in a single API call. Additional services like text categorization are also available.

Runtime API

The Runtime API has been developed to support the use of Dimensions data in external search applications or other widgets. The control options for this API are less fine-grained, but it does allow an unlimited number of items to be returned per query.


The CRIS API is specifically designed to retrieve Dimensions data and enrichments for all internal CRIS / RIMS systems, like Symplectic Elements or Elsevier’s Pure.

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API labs @ Github

Get the most out of the Analytics API by reusing sample code and Jupyter notebook templates from the Dimensions team.

Dimensions Search Language

Find out more about the Dimensions Search Language features and usage.

Free for scientometric research

Learn more about how to get free access for one-off scientometric research projects.

Metrics API and Dimensions Badges

Enrich your publications with metrics and colorful Dimensions Badges. The Metrics API and Dimensions Badges are free to use for non-commercial purposes.

Metrics API documentation

The Dimensions Metrics API is openly available for non-commercial use – get all information required to use it.

Dimensions Badge builder

Enrich your publications with the colorful Dimensions badges – Try the options of the Dimensions badge generator now.

User stories

See how publishers, academic institutions and researchers use Dimensions badges & indicators.

How to get access

Please get in touch to discuss the best option for you. For one-off academic research projects we can also grant free access to our APIs.