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Find answers to frequently asked questions regarding how to access or subscribe to the Oxford Journals digital archive.
Which archives are available?
Oxford Journals has five subject archives, and the complete Oxford Journals Archive which comprises 228 titles in 2016. The first subject archive to launch was the Humanities Archive, in July 2005, followed by Law and Social Sciences. The Medicine and Science archives were the last to be loaded, and were fully launched in April 2006 along with the digital backfile for the complete Oxford Journals Archive.
For detailed information on all our Archive packages, click here.
Are titles added to the archives every year and, if so, how will you communicate this to your customers?
Yes, titles will be added each year to the whole archive, and to the relevant subject archive, whenever Oxford Journals acquires new journals that have pre-1996 archival content. We will alert subscribing customers to new content at the time of archive renewal. We will offer outright-purchase customers the opportunity to purchase newly added content as and when it becomes available. Details of new titles can be found here.
Can you help us to promote the archive to our end users?
Yes, you can download a brochure or poster from our Librarian Resource Centre, or fill in a form to request printed copies for your library.
What are the purchasing options for the archives?
Institutional customers can purchase one or more of the archives, or the whole archive (as a single collection), either through annual subscription or by outright purchase. For outright purchase, you can choose either to locally load the archive or, for a small annual fee, OUP will provide remote access. Visit our Prices and Ordering page for more details.
Can I buy the archives through my subscription agent?
Yes, you can buy or subscribe to the backfile collections through your subscription agent, or direct through us.
Is there a discount if we buy more than one subject archive?
Yes, we offer a discount if you buy or subscribe to more than one archive. Visit our Prices and Ordering page for details.
If we choose to make a one-off purchase of the archives, will there be a maintenance charge for accessing the archives from the OUP website?
Yes, if you choose to access your backfile content through our website, we charge a small annual hosting maintenance fee, see our Prices and Ordering page for full details. This fee will be payable by the end of February each year to ensure continuing access to your archive. The level of this fee may rise in successive years to take into account our inflationary costs, but you will always have the opportunity, at any time, to choose to transfer the responsibility for hosting your archive from OUP to your own local server.
Can we pay for the one-off purchase option in instalments?
Yes, we offer a 3-part instalment plan if you choose to purchase any or all of the archives, payable over 3 years. We will send out reminders for payment at the end of each year.
Is a pay-per-view option available for the archives?
Yes. The pricing model for archival content is the same as for current content.
Who do we contact for more information on purchasing the archives?
Contact your regional sales representative at Oxford Journals.
How are the archives accessed?
There are two ways you can access the archives:
You can choose one or more subject-based archives individually or opt for the complete set.
For the outright purchase (local loading) option, the content will be supplied on a removable hard disk for you to install and access as required. For the outright purchase (remote access) and subscription options, you will need to register your IP address(es) to get access to the archive product(s) you have bought or to which you have subscribed, as with current subscriptions.
What is in the archive versus what is available via a standard subscription?
Access to archive content is sold to collections and not to individual journals. A subscriber may buy access to all journals within any of our five subject collections, or to the complete set.
- The Humanities Archive
- The Medicine Archive
- The Science Archive
- The Social Science Archive
- The Law Archive
Archive content is sold separately from current content using a 'fixed wall' which is set as follows:
- Jan 1996* to present is "current" content
- Jan Pre-1996* is "archive" content
(*With the exception of BJA: British Journal of Anaesthesia, where the 'wall' is set at Jan 1995 rather than Jan 1996)
This wall will remain fixed as above for the foreseeable future and will not move forwards over time. Note that the concept of perpetual access is not applied to the archive collections.
What is the format of the archives?
The delivery medium will be a removable hard disk which will be provided by Oxford Journals as part of the purchase cost. The data format will be PDF files plus headers in NLM XML Publishing DTD. In order to deliver the content locally, a content management system (not included) will be required. Your preferred ILS vendor will be able to recommend a system.
If a different data format is required, please supply us with a specification of what is needed. Depending on requirements, this may then be subject to an additional data conversion fee.
What are the features and functionality of the archive?
- Full text PDFs of each article with HTML headers and abstracts
- Fully-integrated search facilities covering the archive and recent content
- All images and graphics
- Links to 'similar articles in this journal'
- Fast retrieval of previously hard-to-find material
Where are the digital archives be hosted?
For the subscription and remote-access options, all the archives will be hosted on the Oxford Academic Platform.
Can we get usage statistics for our use of the digital archives?
Yes. Oxford Journals supply the following reports, in accordance with the COUNTER R4standard:
JR1 (current and archive content combined)
JR1A (archive only)
JR5 (usage by year of publication)
These reports are available at the institution and consortium level.For a list of titles included in the Oxford Journals Archive click here.
Information on COUNTER can be found at www.projectcounter.org.
Is OpenURL linking available?
OpenURL linking is possible via CrossRef. To view a full list of URLs and content coverage please see our linking support page.
Can I search across the archives alongside my other journals content?
Who do we contact if we have a technical problem accessing the backfile content?
OUP has four journals' customer service centres, in the UK, USA, Japan, and China. Please contact your nearest office.
How will Oxford Journals ensure that the digital backfiles will always be available and accessible?
OUP has a combination of measures in place, including a third party archiving arrangement with the Dutch KB, to ensure that continuous access to the digital backfiles will be available and accessible.
What if Oxford Journals sells or loses a journal to another publisher - how will this affect the archives?
Oxford Journals will make every effort to maintain the rights to continue to provide access to the content in the archive, but we reserve the right to remove a title if sold or lost to another publisher who does not want the content to remain in our archive.
Do I have to register separately for access to the archives?
If you already subscribe to the recent content of one or more Oxford Journals, and you opt to subscribe to the archives, you won't have to register separately to get access. If you have chosen the outright purchase option, with remote hosting by Oxford Journals, you will need to register separately.
Do I need a licence to access the archives?
Any intended use of content from the Oxford Journals Archive is covered by the terms and conditions of an Institutional Site Licence. Please note there is a separate licence for the Archive, the terms of which vary according to whether it is being purchased on an outright or subscription basis. Details of where to obtain the licence will be provided at the point of purchase by the sales representative involved.