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.



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 APIv1.0

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 our survey.

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 the opportunity to help us do just that. There are several technical and data challenges that we are working on and you may be able to provide an important contribution to help make the Lens an even better a public resource. These challenges include, but are not limited to:

  • Disambiguation of author affiliations and assigning institutions
  • Quality checking of scholarly works metadata
  • Unified topic taxonomy
  • Any other suggestions?

If you are interested in helping improve the Lens, please contact us at support@lens.org

Your work will be publicly acknowledged and your contribution highlighted.