Nature Publishing Group (NPG), leading publisher of high impact scientific and medical information, has launched the OpenSearch API that provides an open, bibliographic search service for nature.com. The API grants developers access to over half a million research articles. Sites and apps can access all scholarly articles available on nature.com. The open API furthers NPG's mission statement for Nature:
"[Publish] the finest peer-reviewed research in all fields of science and technology on the basis of its originality, importance, interdisciplinary interest, timeliness, accessibility, elegance and surprising conclusions....[Provide] rapid, authoritative, insightful and arresting news and interpretation of topical and coming trends affecting science, scientists and the wider public."
Nature sits as the most cited interdisciplinary science journal and continues to significantly impact the scientific community with its ongoing publications (both print and digital). Opening up its resources to the developer community will only further its reach and impact, and encourage further incorporation of scientific research in other disciplines.
The OpenSearch API uses REST protocol and returns data in a number of formats (i.e. ATOM, JSON, JSONP, RSS, SRU, TURTLE). Methods include keyword search, citation search, publication time search, and more. Those interested can visit the developer site, and request an API key.
As the world continues to share data across borders and across disciplines, the interrelated nature of our world continues to reveal itself. Access to one of the world's most trusted scientific resources to the developer community will continue to expose our interdependence and could encourage groundbreaking new discoveries.