These are the fields in a concept object. When you use the API to get a single concept or lists of concepts, this is what's returned.
List: List of concepts that this concept descends from, as dehydrated Concept objects. See the concept tree section for more details on how the different layers of concepts work together.
display_name: "Data science",
display_name: "Library science",
// and so forth
Integer: The number citations to works that have been tagged with this concept. Or less formally: the number of citations to this concept.
For example, if there are just two works tagged with this concept and one of them has been cited 10 times, and the other has been cited 1 time,
cited_by_countfor this concept would be
List: The values of
cited_by_countfor each of the last ten years, binned by year. To put it another way: for every listed year, you can see how many new works were tagged with this concept, and how many times any work tagged with this concept got cited.
Years with zero citations and zero works have been removed so you will need to add those back in if you need them.
// and so forth
String: The date this
Conceptobject was created in the OpenAlex dataset, expressed as an ISO 8601 date string.
String: A brief description of this concept.
description: "study of alternative metrics for analyzing and informing scholarship"
String: The English-language label of the concept.
String: The OpenAlex ID for this concept.
Object: All the external identifiers that we know about for this institution. IDs are expressed as URIs whenever possible. Possible ID types:
wikipedia(String: this concept's Wikipedia page URL)
Many concepts are missing one or more ID types (either because we don't know the ID, or because it was never assigned). Keys for null IDs are not displayed..
String: URL where you can get an image representing this concept, where available. Usually this is hosted on Wikipedia.
Object: This concept's display name in many languages, derived from article titles on each language's wikipedia. See the Wikidata entry for "Java Bytecode" for example source data.
display_namein the given language
Integer: The level in the concept tree where this concept lives. Lower-level concepts are more general, and higher-level concepts are more specific. Computer Science has a level of 0; Java Bytecode has a level of 5. Level 0 concepts have no ancestors and level 5 concepts have no descendants.
List: Concepts that are similar to this one. Each listed concept is a dehydrated Concept object, with one additional attribute:
score(Float): The strength of association between this concept and the listed concept, on a scale of 0-100.
display_name: "Citation impact",
display_name: "Impact factor",
// and so forth
String: The last time anything in this concept object changed, expressed as an ISO 8601 date string. This date is updated for any change at all, including increases in various counts.
All OpenAlex concepts have a Wikidata ID, because all OpenAlex concepts are also Wikidata concepts.
String: An URL that will get you a list of all the works tagged with this concept.
We express this as an API URL (instead of just listing the works themselves) because there might be millions of works tagged with this concept, and that's too many to fit here.
Integer: The number of works tagged with this concept.
Conceptobject, with most of its properties removed to save weight. Its only remaining properties are: