Academic Books & Online Resources

Linking to Oxford Journals

Expand Close Journal metadata, URLs, and online coverage

Download a list of journal codes, ISSNs, home page URLs, collection information and holdings coverage as a Microsoft Excel file or a comma-separated text file. The spreadsheet contains the following fields:

  1. Prefix - to allow identification and sorting of journals whose titles begin with "The".
  2. Journal Title - the journal name.
  3. Homepage URL - the primary URL for the journal.
  4. Print ISSN - ISSN for the print version.
  5. Online ISSN - ISSN for the online version.
  6. PDF Starts - the volume, issue and year at which articles become available as full text PDF.
  7. Full Text HTML Starts - the volume, issue and year at which articles become available as full text HTML.
  8. Oxford Journals Archive Collection - Pre-1996 content for many titles is purchasable as separate-subject based products. There are five archive collections: Medicine, Law, Science, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Some journals appear in multiple collections. Archive collections are subject to change annually.
  9. International URL - sites are browsable from an alternative URL for users in specific global locations.
  10. HighWire/OAI-PMH Code - code representing the journal in HighWire systems, for example to retrieve data via OAI-PMH. This code is also used for digitized archive local loading data.
  11. Domain Name Code - code used in the subdomain for the journal website i.e.
  12. OUP code 1 - for internal OUP use.
  13. Short title - an abbreviated title for the journal, usually an abbreviation used by PubMed or ISI.
  14. Archive-Current boundary - generally a current subscription to a journal gives access to all content back to 1996. Pre-1996 content is purchasable separately via an Oxford Journals Archive product. This column gives the volume/issue number of that boundary.
  15. Oxford Journals Collection - current subscriptions can be purchased by institutions as 'collection' packages. This column indicates which collection a journal is part of. Journals can appear in multiple collections. Note that these are different to the Oxford Journals Archive packages.
  16. Open Access - indicates what Open Access model a journal participates in. This column is subject to change as journals join the open access programme.
  17. Online pre-1996 - total articles online published up to December 1995 inclusive. Figure may be subject to change due to ongoing content loading.
  18. Online 1996-2010 - total articles online published from January 1996 to December 2010. Figure is subject to change due to ongoing content loading.

Non-OUP owned titles which have moved to other publishers are removed from this metadata list and are detailed on our Oxford Journals title changes page

Expand Close URL-based linking algorithms

Using the home page URL spreadsheet available above, URL-based links to specific pages can be created using the following algorithms.

Updated! In September 2010, Oxford Journals completed migration of its websites to a new platform hosted by HighWire press (known as 'H2O'). The updated URL structures are shown below. The previous URL format ('H1O') will be supported and redirected indefinitely but links should be updated where possible.

Where links to specific page or article types need to be constructed, the following URL algorithms are available.


1. For persistent linking, if an article has a DOI, the DOI should be used for links. DOIs for Oxford Journals can be looked up via CrossRef.


Expand Close OpenURL linking

In order to link to Oxford Journals content using an OpenURL syntax, use the CrossRef OpenURL Resolver.

Please note that use of the previous Oxford Journals OpenURL resolver is deprecated in favour of CrossRef's OpenURL resolver.

OpenURL "Outbound" linking

If you are the administrator of an institution which has an OpenURL link server, you can add outbound OpenURL reference links to reference lists on Oxford Journals online. See the OpenURL for Librarians page for details on how to activate these links.


Expand Close MARC records

Title-level MARC records are available for download into library systems.

Expand Close CrossRef and DOIs

Oxford Journals deposits DOIs and metadata for our journal content with CrossRef. For an introduction to CrossRef services see the CrossRef Fast Facts page.

Anyone wishing to link to Oxford Journals content can query the CrossRef database using bibliographic metadata and receive DOIs for successful matches.

If you know the DOI of an article (e.g. doi:10.1093/nar/gkh704), simply append it to to make a link:

Libraries can now look up DOIs or retrieve metadata from CrossRef for free.


Expand Close RSS web feeds

Our journal RSS web feeds provide another method to receive Oxford Journals metadata and links. Find out more about RSS feeds and download an RSS OPML file on the Oxford Journals RSS web feeds information page.

Expand Close Proxy servers

From 14 November, our journals will be migrating to the new Oxford Academic platform. If your institution uses EZProxy, you will need to use the new exproxy.cfg file with the existing details of the Oxford Journals websites on your proxy server to gain access to both the existing and new platform. For more information, visit the Migration Information page.

The EZProxy community runs an EZProxy listserv for EZProxy-related questions. See the documentation from OCLC on how to update your ezproxy.cfg file.


Expand Close Specifications for Third Party Linking Agreement

For further details on Third Party linking agreements and PDF retrieval see the section on metadata distrubution on the technical information page

Expand Close Cover images

You can create a link which pulls in the current cover image of a journal with the following linking syntax:

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