These are answers to the most frequently asked questions about Jisc Journal Archives.
Subscription and Access
- • How do I request a free trial of Jisc Journal Archives?
- • How do I subscribe to Jisc Journal Archives?
- • How can I access Jisc Journal Archives?
- • Do you provide WAYFless URLs?
- • Do you provide proxy server access to Jisc Journal Archives?
- • Do you provide inbound OpenURL linking for Jisc Journal Archives?
- • How do i add Jisc Journal Archives to my institutions Athens resource list?
- • How can i access my institutions usage statistics?
- • Can i still access the journals on the publishers sites?
- • Is there a list of all the journal titles included in Jisc Journal Archives?
- • What format are the full text documents in?
- • Why are the contents not exactly the same as the publishers for these archives?
Subscription and Access
Jisc Journal Archives is included in the new Jisc eCollections service, along with Jisc Historic Books and Jisc MediaHub. To request a free 30 day trial ask your institutions librarian to login to the Jisc Collections website or email the Jisc Collections helpdesk.
Jisc Journal Archives is available via subscription to UK HE and FE institutions and Research Councils.
Previously there was a single subscription to the Jisc eCollections service available which provided access to all three platforms in the service (Jisc Journal Archives, Jisc Historic Books and Jisc MediaHub). For subscriptions from 1 August 2013 there are now more flexible options available which vary for HE and FE institutions.
UK Further Education (FE) subscriptions
There is no longer a Jisc eCollections subscription option for FE institutions from 1 August 2013 as Jisc MediaHub will be free from that date. To subscribe to Jisc Journal Archives from 1 August 2013 the following package is available:
This provides access to both Jisc Journal Archives and Jisc Historic Books. It is not possible to subscribe to Jisc Journal Archives on its own.
UK Higher Education (HE) and Research Council subscriptions
There are two new options available for HE institutions and Research Councils for subscriptions from 1 August 2013, alongside the existing Jisc eCollections subscription option:
Jisc eCollections for HE (includes access to Jisc Journal Archives, Jisc Historic Books and Jisc MediaHub)
These options provide access to Jisc Journal Archives along with either Jisc Historic Books or Jisc MediaHub or both. It is not possible to subscribe to Jisc Journal Archives on its own.
We provide UK Access Management Federation authentication (Shibboleth and OpenAthens) as well as ip authentication.
Our system will do an ip check first, so if your institution has ip authentication enabled, and your machine is included within the authorised range, then you will gain access automatically. If you are outside the authorised ip range, e.g. if you are off campus, or if your institution does not have ip authentication enabled, then you will be prompted to login via the UK Federation (e.g Shibboleth or OpenAthens).
If you would like to make any changes to your authentication method please contact the helpdesk at email@example.com.
Yes, WAYFless URLs are available for Jisc Journal Archives.
The format is: http://jcolls.mimas.ac.uk/wayf?sso=SSO_LOCATION&destination=journals
SSO_LOCATION is the URL of the single sign on service of the Identity Provider to use for authentication (which can be found in the IdP configuration files or federation metadata).
So, for example, to use The University of Manchester IdP you would use:
In this example, 'https://shib.manchester.ac.uk/shibboleth-idp/profile/Shibboleth/SSO' is the SSO_LOCATION belonging to The University of Manchester.
Mimas makes every effort to enable proxy server access to Jisc Journal Archives.
The login link for Jisc Journal Archives goes through some re-directs and these will need to be included in your local proxy server configuration. We have tested and confirmed access with Innovative Interfaces and they have advised that institutions using Innovative's Web Access Management (WAM) proxy server will need to add the following entries to their forward table:
Mimas will also need to know the ip address of your proxy server so we can add this to our records. Please contact the Jisc Journal Archives helpdesk at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If this does not resolve any issues Innovative Interfaces have requested that institutions please contact their helpdesk directly at: email@example.com so they can assist you with your configuration. Mimas has already provided them with the access details for Jisc Journal Archives.
If your institution is using a different proxy server, and adding the urls above to your local configuration does not work, please contact the Jisc Journal Archives helpdesk at: firstname.lastname@example.org where we will be happy to assist you.
Jisc Journal Archives provides inbound OpenURL linking using standard OpenURL parameters.
The OpenURL target for Jisc JournalArchives is: http://www.jiscjournalarchives.ac.uk/openurl.html
Add a '?' to the end of the target then one or more of the supported arguments below.Supported arguments
We would recommend searching by DOI or ISSN/EISSN where available, although not all articles have these identifiers, in which case it is possible to search on journal title. As Jisc Journal Archives only contains articles ‘genre’ is not required in your query.
The following OpenURL arguments are currently supported:
First author last name
First author first name or initial
Date of publication (year only)
Digital Object Identifier
International Standard Serials Number (ISSN)
By DOI: http://www.jiscjournalarchives.ac.uk/openurl.html?doi=10.1163/156920607X245887
By Author and year: http://www.jiscjournalarchives.ac.uk/openurl.html?aulast=smith&aufirst=steve&year=2007
By First Author Last Name and Article Title: http://www.jiscjournalarchives.ac.uk/openurl.html?aulast=smith&atitle=Revolution%20and%20Counterrevolution:%20Class%20Struggle%20in%20a%20Moscow%20Metal%20Factory
We have provided Serials Solutions (360 Link), ExLibris (SFX) and EBSCO (LinkSource) with our journal titles listings.
Jisc Journal Archives is available via UK Access Management Federation authentication (Shibboleth and OpenAthens) and ip authentication. As it is not an Athens protected resource the Eduserv helpdesk have advised it will need to be added as additional resource by your institutions Athens Administrator.
If you would like instructions on how to do this please contact the OpenAthens service desk.
Librarians at subscribing institutions are able to view and download their full text access statistics for Jisc Journal Archives via a new web interface. Statistics are available from the launch of the platform on 1st August 2011 and reports can be viewed online in html format or downloaded in csv format.
Access details have been emailed to librarians at subscribing institutions. You can access the usage statistics interface using the same authentication method you use to access Jisc Journal Archives, either via UK Access Management Federation (Shibboleth and OpenAthens) or ip authentication, depending on which options have been set up for your institution.
If you haven't received an email, or if you experience any problems with accessing the usage statistics, please do contact our helpdesk at email@example.com.
Yes you can continue to access the journals on the publishers sites as usual, for the duration of your current agreement with the publishers, as well as being able to cross-search the collections from Jisc Journal Archives. If the publishers decide to charge a fee in the future, however, you could choose not to renew with them and still access the journals through Jisc Journal Archives.
Yes, you can view the journal titles included in each archive directly from the platform's 'browse' tab or you can download the full titles list below. This list includes the title level urls. The MS Excel version is included for easier viewing.
Journal titles list (MS Excel, 114KB). Last updated 28 April 2013.
Journal titles list (Text file). Last updated 28 April 2013.
The list follows the Knowledge Bases And Related Tools (KBART) format, so you will notice that there are repeated lines for journal titles where the sequence of titles is broken by one or more years. There are some journals where there are multiple breaks of one year, even though the sequence of volumes is unbroken, so they also appear on multiple lines.
The full text documents are all in Portable Document Format (PDF) format which requires Adobe Reader in order to read them. You can download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software from: www.adobe.com/products/reader/.
There are a few reasons why the contents of Jisc Journal Archives are not exactly the same as the publishers for these archives.
Firstly, Jisc Journal Archives contains the titles included in the licences at a particular point in time. Since then the publishers may have added or removed titles in subsequent years and while additional titles may be available on their platforms those changes will not be reflected in our platform.
Additionally, when the data was originally provided to us from the publishers it was not complete. Some of the titles were missing and we are working with the various publishers to try to arrange for the missing content to be sent to us.
For a couple of the archives, Brill and RSC, there are also upgrades to the archives which are available in the publishers interfaces now, but are additional to the original content loaded in Jisc Journal Archives. This data has been provided to us now and it is currently waiting to be indexed.
For Brill, we have Brill Archive Online Part 1 and Part 1a but not Part 2 yet. Part 2 data has been received now and needs to be loaded, indexed and checked before it can be made available in the platform. Some titles and date ranges from Part 2 are available already though, as they were provided to us at the same time as the Part 1 data.
For RSC, we have RSC Journals Archive 1841 - 2004 but not the RSC Journals Archive 2005 - 2007 upgrade yet, which has been received now and is waiting to be loaded, indexed and checked.
Yes, you can browse the journals by archive or alphabetically by journal title using the 'browse' tab on the platform. You do not need to be logged in to browse the titles list however once you select an article you will be prompted to login if you don't have ip access and you haven't logged in already.
No, it is not possible to save searches in Jisc Journal Archvies.