This R package is an interface for the WOS Lite API. This package is freely released by the FRB-CESAB and allows user to retrieve references from a WOS request.


This package uses the WOS Lite API to access data on scientific literature. You must first have obtained a Personal API Token by contacting the WOS team.

Then you must store this token as an R Environment variable (i.e. a name-value pairs). Use the function usethis::edit_r_environ() to open the ~/.Renviron file and add this line (by replacing z999zzz… with your token):


Save the file and relaunch R.


You can install the development version from GitHub with:

# install.packages("remotes")

Then you can attach the package rwoslite:


The general workflow is the following:


Please cite this package as:

Casajus N & Mouquet N (2022) rwoslite: An R Client for the WOS Lite API. R package version 0.0.1.

Code of Conduct

Please note that the rwoslite project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By contributing to this project, you agree to abide by its terms.