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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.

What is an IP address?

What is a reserved IP address?

What is a proxy server?

Registering your IP address

Using wildcards to register a range of addresses

How to block IP addresses

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.

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. 10.0.0.0 - 10.255.255.255 172.16.0.0 - 172.31.255.255 192.168.0.0 - 192.168.255.255 The block 127.*.*.* is reserved for local software loopback testing 127.0.0.0 - 127.255.255.255 The block 224 - 239.*.*.* is reserved for IP multicasting 224.0.0.0 - 239.255.255.255 The block 240 - 255.*.*.* is reserved 240.0.0.0 - 255.255.255.255 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.

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.

Registering your IP address

After adding an institutional subscriber number to your Oxford account, you will be able to access the institutional account settings and add your institutional IP range.  To do so, simply click on the institutional account drop down on any page of the site and select "Institutional Settings", from there you will be able to add IP ranges and take advantage of our contextual help functionality. If you are returning to your account and wish to update your IP details simply follow the above process.  Please contact your Computing Officer/IT Department for the IP addresses of the computers at your institution.

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