Developers Resources

Lens Tools

The Lens provides a variety of tools for you to integrate our core experience into your website. The Lens enables you to make your website more dynamic and integrated with our search platform. You can use our website Plugins to enhance your site, in most cases it's a simple copy and paste of a HTML snippet into your site.

Integrated Search Plugin

Easily embed The Lens' search into your site, in a light or dark theme.

Patent Search Widget

<iframe src="" height="100px" width="100%" frameborder=0></iframe>
<iframe src="" height="100px" width="100%" frameborder=0></iframe>

Scholarly Works Search Widget

<iframe src="" height="100px" width="100%" frameborder=0></iframe>
<iframe src="" height="100px" width="100%" frameborder=0></iframe>
Note: you may be required to change the width="100%" to fit into your site. For example if you want the plugin to be 250px wide, you can change it to width="250px"

Introducing the Lens Scholarly API

This new service provides free access to the full corpus of Lens scholarly works using the flexibility and convenience of a REST API. The versioned API allows you to combine and perform several search operations to programmatically retrieve results The API documentation provides guidelines for getting you started with the API and details the request/response schema with examples. A Swagger UI is also provided for query development. This is version 1.0 of the Lens Scholarly API, which we will continue to develop and improve with your help. For the initial release, we are offering API subscriptions until the end of 2019 while we work on improving the service and adding more features. As we continue scaling up the Lens services, we welcome your feedback, and if you would like to help us design and build API’s and web services that better meet your needs, please take one of our brief surveys:

Interested in helping us improve?

We are continually looking for ways to improve the quality of our data. As a part of this ongoing process, we would like to invite anyone with an interest in improving the quality of the Lens data and services to the benefit of all, the opportunity to help us do just that. There are several technical and data challenges that we are working on as well as other areas of need such as copy writing and marketing, and you may be able to provide an important contribution to help make the Lens an even better public resource. Challenges include, but are not limited to:
  • Disambiguation of author affiliations and assigning institutions
  • Disambiguation of author names
  • Quality checking of scholarly works metadata
  • Translation of UI text for localisation
  • Unifying topic taxonomies
  • Any other suggestions?
If you are interested in volunteering your expertise and time to help improve The Lens, we welcome expressions of interest. Please contact us at, we are happy to learn more about your skill set to see if there is alignment of expertise and opportunities to contribute to The Lens or support Collective Action. Your volunteer work will be publicly acknowledged and your contribution highlighted. The Lens also lists open volunteer opportunities through VolunteerMatch.


When using any data obtained through our Services in a product or service, or including data in a redistribution, please acknowledge The Lens by including the URL, or a link to a relevant search or collection on the domain.

The Lens logo image files are available in our Press Kit and must be used for digital or print attribution along with the link to The Lens website. We prefer you use the expression ‘Enabled by The Lens’ or ‘Data Sourced from The Lens’ and the URL. Please ensure that the Lens logo and link is prominently displayed at the point of delivery of the services or data derived from Lens, to the end-user. Alternatively you can use the Lens Attribution badge by copying and pasting this iframe code snippet into your website.
<iframe src="" scrolling="no" height="30px" width="100%"></iframe>