A Reproductive Lexicon


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API Documentation

The Repropedia API is a RESTful web service that expresses all the terms and definitions created in the Repropedia Website. The content is curated by a team of specialists around the globe, to define and provide appropriate meaning to many new research terms being created.

Repropedia API - Consumer Key

All requests should include a URL param with name of "oauth_consumer_key" and your consumer key.


Repropedia API - Content Schema

Term - Resource Properties

Property Type Description
nid Integer Drupal's internal Node ID for the term
title TEXT Human Readable String
field_term_synonym URL Link to a synonymous Repropedia Term
body HTML Description of the term
field_termimage URL Link to image (if applicable)
field_termvideo URL Link to video (if applicable)
field_term_aka URL Array(TEXT) | List of synonymous terms
field_term_otherresources LINK Link to associated resources (if applicable)
path URL Mapped Url to this resource

Request Details

When making a request, please use these request and response formats.

Accepted Request Formats


Response Formats


// Prepare Request Data - fetching a definition for term[nid:119]
var node_uri = '/api/1.0/term/119';
var format = 'jsonp';
var uri = node_uri + '.' + format;

  'type' : "GET",
  'dataType' : 'jsonp',
  'contentType' : 'application/json',
  'url' : uri,
  'success' : function() { // success handler },
  'error' : function() { // error handler },



HTTP Methods Available

The WebService endpoint accepts HTTP GET requests.


Query parameters are passed via the request URL with the following syntax:


The available parameters are:

Parameter Type Description
pagesize integer Number of results for the response. Currently the API recognizes about 350 terms in the API. Setting this value to a higher value (1000) will ensure that terms are returned.
fields string List of fields separated by comma. ie: fields=title,nid

Output Formats

The webservice responds to 'JSON' requests only'. Add '.json' to the request url before the '?' preceding the parameters.


The Web Service endpoint offers cross domain browser support with JSONP. See

jQuery Example

  url : "/api/1.0",
  dataType : 'jsonp',
  data : {
    fields : "title, nid",
    pagesize : 1000    
  error : function(jqXHR, textStatus, errorThrown) { // (…) },
  success : function(data, textStatus, jqXHR) { // (…) }

Listing All Terms and their URIs



By Default the result will return the URI for each term.

Live Results JSON

Term Definition:

Definitions for terms can be retrieved using their respective URIs. Keeping track of a list of terms and their URIs, then it is possible to do remote definition lookup:

JSON Output


Live Results JSON

RESTful WebServices Intro