Lens Scholarly API - Terms of Use

These terms of use were last updated on June 22, 2020 (v2020.06.22)

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The Terms of Use below outline permissions associated with use of The Lens Scholarly API. For all requests for API access, we will ask that you inform us of your use case, affiliation, and project timeline. If you are only affiliated with an academic institution, you can expect to get access for 30 days in the first instance, depending on confirmation your project is non-commercial and your project timeline. You must commit, however, to sharing the outcomes of the study under open access principles and comply with the Lens data Terms of Use. If your affiliation is anything other than an academic institution, we are willing to provide short term trial access to a throttled API. If you need longer access or higher access rates, we will ask that you contribute to The Lens mission through an Institutional Membership, which affords much higher API use, and many additional benefits, as well as supporting the advancement of open public goods.

We realise there will always be cases that are in a grey area. If you feel your use needs to be considered in a different way, just contact us.

Terms of Use:

Terms of Use may be specific to each API access plan. Upon requesting access to the API, you agree to be bound by these terms. Cambia and The Lens reserve the right to not grant access to and use of the Lens Scholarly API or to revoke access if in our own estimation, the specific usage does not comply with these terms. Cambia and The Lens reserve the right to negotiate variations to these Terms of Use on a case-by-case basis. These terms are effective from June 22, 2020 and are subject to change at any time upon publication of the change on the Lens site. Your Lens Scholarly API access may not be transferred, sold or re-licensed to third parties and may not be used in unfair or deceptive practices. To request access, please sign in, select either the Free or the Custom Access option, and complete the API request form. For this service, it is important that you provide accurate information about yourself, your organisation, your intended use of the data, and how you will comply with the Lens Terms of Use. Once you submit the request, you will receive a confirmation notification by email that your request has been received. Your request will be reviewed and processed manually and once approved, you will get another email with instructions on how to generate API tokens. To speed up the access process, please ensure you provide accurate information in the request form, read and understand the Terms of Use, and let us know how you intend to comply with them.

Academic Use

API access for academic research and publication (under Open Access conditions) is available to eligible individual users for non-commercial research use only. Users must provide valid institutional contact details including an email address. Users are subject to the Acceptable Use and Attribution terms and conditions that are detailed in the Lens general Terms of Use. Please review these terms before requesting API access. Data may not be transferred, sold or re-licensed to third parties nor used for commercial purposes.

Commercial Use

Commercial Use is defined as any use of Lens data that results in a business or corporate outcome - financial or otherwise. Examples of Commercial Use include, but are not limited to, any of the following: commercial research & development, data services and products, consultancy reports, investment decisions, government activities, including policy development etc. Commercial Use API access plans provide access to the API as well as other benefits, and contribute to the support of Lens.org as a public good.

API Access Plans:

Free

Under this plan, individuals are entitled to request free access to the scholarly API for academic use. Once approved, you will be able to generate an API token and access the API and data under the Acceptable Use and Attribution terms and conditions that are detailed in the Lens general Terms of Use. Please review these terms before using the API.

Custom

This plan is intended for a wide range of public or private institutions and companies who require a higher level of API access, automated downloads, integration or commercial use. In conjunction with the Lens general Terms of Use, the use of the API here may be governed by a contractual agreement between Cambia, representing the Lens and the organisation.

Please complete the API request form or contact us directly for further information or trial access.