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IP Registration Help

Please note IP addresses/ranges are limited to the geographical area of the subscription holder’s address. This means that, for example, an institution that has offices in both London and Hong Kong cannot share a subscription via IP if the account holder is the London office. To get access the Hong Kong office would also need its own subscription.

As an institutional subscriber, you can set up your online access to authenticate using IP addresses. In other words, there is no need for individual library users to have user names and passwords. The IP addresses you enter must be registered to your institution and not to a proxy server. Your Computing Officer/IT Department should be able to supply you with the IP addresses of the computers in your institution and confirm whether or not a proxy server is in use.


Expand Close What is an IP address?

IP stands for Internet Protocol. Every computer on your institution's network will have a unique IP address. IP addresses are represented by a series of four numbers (bytes) each separated by a full stop (period). Each number can be anything from 0 to 255.

Expand Close What is a reserved IP address?

The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) has reserved the following three blocks of the IP address space which may be used for constructing 'private internets', i.e. networks which are strictly local to an organization and whose traffic is not routed over the global Internet. Any network using private addresses must not be directly connected to the Internet but must rather be linked to it by some device capable of address translation: such a device will hide the individual hosts on the private network from the Internet. A host cannot send an IP packet to a private address unless it is on the same private network as that address. - - - The block 127.*.*.* is reserved for local software loopback testing - The block 224 - 239.*.*.* is reserved for IP multicasting - The block 240 - 255.*.*.* is reserved - Addresses from within these ranges must not be visible from the global Internet. You must not use addresses from within these ranges when entering your own details.

Expand Close What is a proxy server?

Some institutions gain access to the Internet via a server which is not on their site. These servers are known as 'proxy servers'. If your institution uses a proxy server, you will need to by-pass it in order to get access to our online journals. The same can apply if your institution uses a firewall. There are some exceptions. If the proxy server or firewall has been set up to service your institution or department only, you may be able to get access to the online journals without by-passing it. Your Computing Officer/IT Department should be able to tell you whether your institution uses a proxy server/firewall and, if so, how to bypass it. If not, please contact OUP Journals help desk.

Expand Close Registering your IP address

After adding an institutional subscriber number to your Oxford Journals account, you will be taken to an Institutional Details screen where you will be asked to enter your IP addresses. If you are returning to your account and wish to update your IP details select 'Institutional Details Edit' from the main Details and Subscription page. Simply add your IP address in the box provided and select 'Update' For example: IP(1): You can add up to 100 IP addresses in this way. To enter a range of IP addresses: Click on 'Edit IP addresses'. Enter the IP addresses as a range. You can enter up to 40 ranges. For example: IP(1): - 200 For example: IP(1): 192.168.12 - 14.* Once you have finished entering your IP details, select 'Continue' to return to your Details and Subscription page Note: The IP addresses given in the instructions above are for example only and you must not use them when entering your own details. Please contact your Computing Officer/IT Department for the IP addresses of the computers at your institution.

Expand Close Using wildcards to register a range of addresses

Sometimes a range of IP addresses may be represented by using a *. The * is used to represent any number between 0 and 255 and is known as a 'wildcard'. For example, 192.168.13.* would represent a range of IP address from to Wildcards can also appear in the third position (byte) of the IP address. For example would be entered as: IP(1): 172.193.*.* You may be given a range of addresses where the number (byte) in the first or second position is variable. For example, 127.12-14.*.*. This would need to be entered as shown below: IP(1): 127.12.*.* IP(2): 127.13.*.* IP(3): 127.14.*.*

Expand Close How to block IP addresses

If you need to block certain IPs from your range, then rather than using wildcards to enter the entire range, you should enter sub-ranges of IPs and omit those that you wish to block. For example you would need to enter: IP(1): 129.10.1 - 9.* IP(2): 129.10.11 - 255.* to block 129.10.10.* from your range, rather than entering 129.10.*.*