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Elements Data Sources

Elements searches a wide range of sources to automatically harvest data and save you from manual input. By default, Elements searches the following data sources:

  • arXiv
  • CiNii EN (National Institute of Informatics - English)
  • CiNii JP (National Institute of Informatics - Japanese)
  • DBLP (Digital Bibliography & Library Project)
  • MLA (Modern Language Association)
  • PubMed
  • RePEc (Research Papers in Economics)
  • SciVal Experts
  • Scopus
  • SSRN (Social Science Research Network)
  • Web of Science
  • Web of Science Lite
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Altmetric collects article-level metrics and the online conversations around research on behalf of publishers, institutions and funders, combining a selection of online indicators (both scholarly and non-scholarly) to give a measurement of digital impact and reach. We do this by tracking, collecting and measuring large amounts of data collected from all of the places where scientists, patient advocates, journalists, nurses, engineers and members of the public talk about science online - for example, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, message boards and mainstream newspapers and magazines. Altmetric allows authors, institutions and publishers to see what people are saying about a scholarly paper and can tell them how much attention a paper is receiving relative to their peers.


Started in August 1991, arXiv.org (pronounced "archive") is a highly-automated electronic archive and distribution server for research articles. Covered areas include physics, mathematics, computer science, nonlinear sciences, quantitative biology, and statistics. arXiv is maintained and operated by the Cornell University Library with guidance from the arXiv Scientific Advisory Board and the arXiv Sustainability Advisory Group, and with the help of numerous subject moderators.

CiNii EN/CiNii JP

CiNii (pronounced like "sigh-knee") is a database service which can be searched with academic information of articles, Books & Journals. "CiNii Articles" enables you to search information on academic articles published in academic society journals, university research bulletins or articles included in the National Diet Library's Japanese Periodicals Index Database. "CiNii Books" enables you to search information of books and journals held by university libraries in Japan.


DBLP (Digital Bibliography & Library Project) is a computer science bibliography website hosted at UniversitA$?t Trier, in Germany. It was originally a database and logic programming bibliography site and has existed at least since the 1980s. DBLP listed more than 2.3 million articles on computer science in October 2013. All important journals in computer science are tracked. Proceedings papers of many conferences are also tracked. DBLP originally stood for DataBase systems and Logic Programming, the new title is now, "The DBLP Computer Science Bibliography"


The MLA (Modern Language Association) International Bibliography is an essential tool for research in all aspects of modern languages and literature. Available as a searchable online database of more than 2.7 million records and constantly updated by scholars in the field, the bibliography is used by academics and teachers around the world to find and share their work. Students at all levels rely on the bibliography to lead them to the journals, books, Web sites, and other publications they need to succeed in their research projects.
Institutional subscription required.


PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher websites.


RePEc (Research Papers in Economics) is a collaborative effort of hundreds of volunteers in 82 countries to enhance the dissemination of research in Economics and related sciences. The heart of the project is a decentralized bibliographic database of working papers, journal articles, books, books chapters and software components, all maintained by volunteers. The collected data is then used in various services as described below.

So far, over 1,600 archives from 81 countries have contributed about 1.4 million research pieces from 1,800 journals and 3,800 working paper series. Over 35,000 authors have registered and 70,000 email subscriptions are served every week.


Data sources with the Local Source 1 gear icon are the records transferred from your Research in View profile. The Research in View product is no longer supported by Thomson Reuters.


50 million records | 21,000 titles | 5,000 publishers

Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Scopus delivers the most comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and arts and humanities. As research becomes increasingly global, interdisciplinary and collaborative, you can make sure that critical research from around the world is not missed.


The Social Science Research Network is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks, each of which encourages the early distribution of research results. The SSRN eLibrary consists of an Abstract Database containing over 646,000 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers, and an Electronic Paper Collection containing over 540,000 downloadable full-text documents in PDF format.

Web of Science

Web of Science is an online subscription-based scientific citation indexing service originally produced by the Institute for Scientific Information, now maintained by Clarivate Analytics, that provides a comprehensive citation search. Everything in Web Services Lite plus additional metadata, such as author addresses and author affiliations.

Web of Science (Lite)

Web of Science is an online subscription-based scientific citation indexing service originally produced by the Institute for Scientific Information, now maintained by Clarivate Analytics, that provides a comprehensive citation search. Web of Science (Lite) supports rich searching across the Web of Science Core Collection and retrieving core article-level metadata.