Academic Books & Online Resources

Activate Online Access


Institutions must purchase an online subscription or collection in order to access online content. Activation of organizational subscriptions should be carried out by your librarian/institutional liaison officer.

What are the benefits of online journals?

• Content dating back to 1996 (or Volume 1) included with each online subscription
• Simple online registration and administration
• Open URL compatible linking
• Access can be controlled via IP address or remotely via Athens
• Usage statistics

I’ve paid for my subscription, what happens next?

1. Read and agree to our licence
Before registering for access to Oxford Journals, both personal and institutional subscribers must first read and agree to the terms of the relevant online license agreement. Licences options |Online licence agreement

2. Register your details with us via My Account
All online subscriptions for Oxford Journals will need to be activated before library users can access the full text or PDF of any article. While this may have been arranged for you by a subscription agent there are a whole host of benefits to also activating directly via this website. Click here to sign in to My Account.

Benefits of activating access directly with us:
• View your current subscriptions and activate new subscriptions
• Manage your preferences for e-mail alerting services
• View usage statistics for your institution
• Review and edit your IP ranges and Athens ID
• Activate reference links that direct your institution's users to your local OpenURL-enabled link resolvers
• Gain access to free sample issues from our journals
• Manage your library/account administrator details

3. Activate online access
Your online subscriptions need to be activated via our website before full text and PDF articles can be viewed. You can do this by logging in to My Account and following the online prompts.

You will need the following details to activate your account:
• Your contact details. Where possible please provide an e-mail address that is not personal to you (e.g.
• A username and password. This is for library administrator use only, and should not be passed on to your users
• Your subscriber number(s). If you have several subscriber numbers you will need to activate each one. If you are a member of a multi-site or consortium, we will activate access on your behalf
• You can add or amend all of your subscription numbers via one My Account registration. Any new subscriber numbers must be added to the account in order to activate full access
• The IP addresses that you want to register. Remote access is available via Athens authentication for participating organizations or via secure proxy server.
For more information please refer to our FAQ pages

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Librarians’ Handbook
The Librarians Handbook contains an introduction to, and usefully tips on, all aspects of online subscriptions from licensing and activating online access to updating your library catalogue and training library users.
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