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Third Party Linking

Third Party Linking Agreements

Supplied Data

When data feeds resume the XML metadata will comply with the NLM Journal Publishing XML DTD

Examples which can be found here:

The delivery process will resume with XML headers posted on a weekly basis via ftp to the third party ftp server. Your existing FTP accounts will receive the headers.

Headers will be contained in .tar files, there will be one tar file per journal issue.


Within each tar file, the headers will be found in a directory structure of the form:


  • Code stands for the journal code
  • Volume will be numeric
  • Issue will be numeric

For example: – nar/353/10/abstracts/

If you receive other data, PDF for example ‘abstracts’ will be replaced by ‘pdf’

For example: nar/353/10/pdf/

Supplements will be supplied with the following directory structure - suppl_2
e.g. ndt/17/suppl_2/abstract/

This directory structure guarantees the uniqueness of each header file.

.tar Files

The issue tar files will be named by concatenating:

  • The journal code (journals codes can be found on the spreadsheet or CSV file located here The OUP code 1 is the correct code to use.
  • The Volume Number
  • A hyphen (“-“)
  • The Issue Number
  • The file extension (“.tar”)

Example: For Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation volume 17 issue 5, the archive file will be named ndt17-5.tar, ndt being the code for this journal.

Linking to full-text pdf

Building full-text URLs

The third party will be able to access full-text material by using a URL of the form:

http://www.oxfordjournals.org/ViewPDF/ + the full name of the file (path included) as provided in
the archive files that are pushed by OUP to the third party.

In other words, the file name as provided in the archive files is to be considered as a unique key for building PDF URLs.

Example: From the header file ndt/17/05/abstracts/170945.xml found in the archive file ndt17-5.tar, we build the following URL:

(please note that the directory structure is case sensitive)

The access to the full-text material, which is subject to authentication, will be enabled for the IP addresses that the third party will have communicated to OUP. Only these IP addresses will be granted access to full-text PDFs.

This means that the third party end-users will only be granted access if they connect by using the third party registered IP addresses.