Elicit Credits: How Credits Work


You use Elicit credits when you use different workflows in Elicit. Credits are roughly correlated to the amount of text processed in Elicit.

How many credits will I receive?

Upon signing up for Elicit Basic, users will immediately receive 5,000 free credits.

Elicit Plus subscribers will receive access to 12,000 monthly subscription credits, as well as the ability to purchase additional top-up credits.

What are top-up credits?

Top-up credits can be purchased separately to supplement your monthly subscription credits. They can be purchased from the "Credits & usage" section of your Account settings.

Top-up credits are currently available to users on an Elicit Plus plan only.

Do credits expire?

Your first 5,000 sign-up credits and any separately purchased top-up credits are valid for a period of 1 year after purchase or receipt.

Monthly subscription credits are refreshed every month. Unused monthly subscription credits do not carry forward into the next month.

As you use Elicit:

  • Monthly subscription credits will be exhausted first

  • Individual credits will then be used in the order they were purchased/received

How do I know how many credits I have left?

You can view your credit balance in your Elicit sidebar at any time.

Clicking to view your Account settings page will show a more detailed breakdown of your monthly credits, plus any additional top-up credits you have purchased.

How many credits do different actions cost?

Credits are roughly correlated to the amount of text processed in Elicit. The more papers you review and the more columns you add to extract data, the more credits you use.

  • Find papers typically costs about 50 - 120 credits.

    • Clicking Load more and Show more like selected after the initial results will cost more credits because you will be summarizing and analyzing more papers.

    • See how adding columns will affect this number below.

  • Extract data from PDFs costs depend a lot on how many papers you upload, how long they are, and how much data you extract (how many columns you add - see below).

  • List of concepts typically costs 500 - 2500 credits. This is the most expensive workflow because it often finds dozens of relevant papers, extracts lots of data from each of them, groups the data, and summarizes all of it. Doing this manually would take hours!

  • Adding columns costs about 30-100 credits per cell or answer.

  • Adding columns in high-accuracy mode (required for using data from tables) costs about 200-500 credits per cell in the column.

These are rough estimates and may change over time.

Which actions don't cost any credits?

The following actions don't cost any credits. You can run them as much as you want for free:

  • Exporting your results (to CSV, BIB, RIS)

  • Importing papers (via PDF or Zotero)

  • Opening papers to read them

  • Sorting papers

  • Reopening previous sessions just for viewing (not adding to or changing them)

  • Filtering results by columns

  • Creating new tables by selecting papers from multiple tables within a single Notebook and adding a "Create new table from selected papers" step.

  • Selecting papers in a Notebook and adding a "Summarize abstracts from selected papers" step.