Entities overview

The OpenAlex dataset describes scholarly entities and how those entities are connected to each other. Together, these make a huge web (or more technically, heterogeneous directed graph) of hundreds of millions of entities and billions of connections between them all.

Learn more about the OpenAlex entities:

  • Works: Scholarly documents like journal articles, books, datasets, and theses

  • Authors: People who create works

  • Sources: Where works are hosted (such as journals, conferences, and repositories)

  • Institutions: Universities and other organizations to which authors claim affiliations

  • Topics: Topics assigned to works

  • Publishers: Companies and organizations that distribute works

  • Funders: Organizations that fund research

  • Geo: Where things are in the world

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