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PMC hosts a number of important article datasets and makes our APIs and some code available via public code repositories.

E-Utilities is a set of server-side programs that provides a stable interface into all the NCBI databases, including PMC.

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We offer several methods for automated retrieval of articles in machine-readable formats.

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APIs

API NameDescriptionDocumentation
OA Find citation data, license information, update date, FTP file location and more for Open Access Subset articles that can be downloaded from our FTP site.
Base URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/utils/oa/oa.fcgi
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OAI-PMH Access metadata for all items in our archive, as well as the full text for a subset of these items that have Creative Commons or similar licenses.
Base URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/oai/oai.cgi
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BioC Access to the full text of all the Open Access Subset articles in the BioC format XML or JSON
Base URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/research/bionlp/RESTful/pmcoa.cgi
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PMC ID Converter Programmatically convert between the various IDs used in our databases, such as PMCIDs, PMIDs, DOIs and more.
Base URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/utils/idconv/v1.0/
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Literature Citation Exporter Get formatted citations and tag formats, such as MEDLINE or RIS, for journal articles from PubMed and PMC.
Base URL: https://api.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/lit/ctxp/v1/pmc/
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Public Code Respositories

PMC maintains some of our software on GitHub, within the NCBI organization.

Developer help

The following pages address the most common problems that developers face (as determined by the queries that we've received to our help desk).

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