Journal articles, books, datasets, and theses

Works are scholarly documents like journal articles, books, datasets, and theses. OpenAlex indexes over 240M works, with about 50,000 added daily. You can access a work in the OpenAlex API like this:

That will return a list of Work object, describing everything OpenAlex knows about each work. We collect new works from many sources, including Crossref, PubMed, institutional and discipline-specific repositories (eg, arXiv). Many older works come from the now-defunct Microsoft Academic Graph (MAG).

Works are linked to other works via the referenced_works (outgoing citations), cited_by_api_url (incoming citations), and related_works properties.

What's next

Learn more about what you can do with works:

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