In Autumn 2020, DOAJ will be relaunching with a new website with updated functionality, improved search, and a simplified application form. More information is available on our blog. Our API is also changing.

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Advice for using the DOAJ's OpenURL feature.


OpenURL is for retrieving a resource using a structured URL format. On the DOAJ, the parameters included in the request are passed to our search interface, which provides the top result. This means that using OpenURL isn't guaranteed to find your result 100% of the time, even if it exists.

Improving Results

There are a few things you can try if you keep seeing the "not found" page or the wrong result:

  • Use a trustworthy field - identifiers like ISSN are more reliable than free text like title.
  • Check each parameter is correct - ensure there are no typos or strange formatting and that the parameter labels are correct.
  • Reduce constraints - remove some parameters, e.g. remove specific volume and issue because these may not be present in our index.
  • Use OpenURL 1.0 (see below) - this will remove the rewriting step from the process.

Supported OpenURL version

The DOAJ prefers to receive OpenURL 1.0 requests, namely those following the fmt:kev:mtx:journal schema. However, if the old "0.1" syntax is used, the DOAJ will rewrite it to the new syntax and try again. You will see a redirect to an OpenURL 1.0 URL then the result.