Venues are where works are hosted.
OpenAlex indexes about 124,000 venues. There are several types, including journals, conferences, preprint repositories, and institutional repositories. The Canonical External ID for venues is ISSN-L, which is a special "main" ISSN assigned to every venue (venues tend to have multiple ISSNs). About 90% of venues in OpenAlex have an ISSN-L or ISSN.
Our information about venues comes from Crossref, the ISSN Network, and MAG. These datasets are joined automatically where possible, but there’s also a lot of manual curation involved.
ISSN is a global and unique ID for serial publications. However, different media versions of a given publication (e.g., print and electronic) often have different ISSNs. This is why we can't have nice things. The ISSN-L or Linking ISSN solves the problem by designating a single canonical ISSN for all media versions of the title. It's usually the same as the print ISSN.
String: The name of the venue.
String: The name of this venue's publisher. Publisher is a tricky category, as journals often change publishers, publishers merge, publishers have subsidiaries ("imprints"), and of course no one is consistent in their naming. In the future, we plan to roll out support for a more structured publisher field, but for now it's just a string.
We say "currently" because the status of a Venue can change over time. It's common for journals to "flip" to Gold OA, after which they may make only future articles open or also open their back catalogs. It's entirely possible for a Venue to say
is_oa: true, but for an article from last year to require a subscription.
Array: Alternate titles for this Venue, as obtained from the ISSN Centre and individual work records, like Crossref DOIs, that carry the Venue name as a string. These are commonly abbreviations or translations of the Venue's canonical name.
abbreviated_title: "J. addict. med. ther. sci."
String: The starting page for navigating the contents of this venue; the homepage for this venue's website.
Object: All the external identifiers that we know about for this venue. IDs are expressed as URIs whenever possible. Possible ID types:
"organization": "American Counseling Association on behalf of the American College Counseling Association"
String: The type of venue, which will be one of the following from the Type column:
score(Float): The strength of association between this venue and the listed concept, from 0-100.
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If the venue was founded less than ten years ago, there will naturally be fewer than ten years in this list. Years with zero citations and zero works have been removed so you will need to add those in if you need them.
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String: A URL that will get you a list of all this venue's
We express this as an API URL (instead of just listing the works themselves) because sometimes a venue's publication list is too long to reasonably fit into a single