For 20 years, the Smithsonian/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) has kept all professional astronomers worldwide up-to-date via their digital library of 12 million records which provides links to ScienceDirect and other platforms for full-text retrieval. The ADS maintains relationships with all major publishers and offers users access to four million full-text article links with some of those links originating in 40 full-text Elsevier journals on ScienceDirect.
In order to increase visibility of - and encourage linking to – their subscribed full-text (especially articles written by NASA researchers), NASA had the idea to add thumbnails of graphics appearing within the article to the abstract view of a publication. To do this, they turned to the ScienceDirect Object retrieval and Object search APIs to mine the images and then linked them to the corresponding articles on ScienceDirect. Until now, the ADS has been able to implement this feature for 32,000 publications.
“My experience with the ScienceDirect API was exemplary. A well-designed API with a very efficient and friendly support team to back it up!”
- Edwin Henneken, IT Specialist for the Smithsonian/NASA Astrophysics Data System, employed at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The redesigned ADS remains in beta release and can be easily accessed while more infornation about the ADS in general, is also available.
ScienceDirect API page to learn more, watch videos and get started.