People who create works

Authors are people who create works. OpenAlex indexes about 213M authors, with thousands added daily. You can get an author from the API like this:

The Canonical External ID for authors is ORCID; only a small percentage of authors have one, but the percentage is higher for more recent works.

Our information about authors comes from MAG, Crossref, PubMed, ORCID, and publisher websites, among other sources. To learn more about how we combine this information to get OpenAlex Authors, see Author disambiguation.

Authors are linked to works via the works.authorships property.

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Learn more about what you can with authors:

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