EBSCOhost Entitlement API

About EBSCOhost Entitlement API

Starting with the August 2023 release, Open Access Helper supports EBSCOhost Entitlement API. This API connects Open Access Helper with your institution’s subscription at EBSCO Information Services.

EBSCO is one of the largest journal aggregators worldwide and their products can be found at virtually every academic institution worldwide. Using their API thus ensures that a large proportion of my users will be able to benefit without the need for additional subscriptions.

EBSCO’s commitment to Open APIs made this integration possible. 


Open Access vs. Subscription Access

True to its name Open Access Helper will prioritze Open Access over subscription access each and every time. It is only when there is no Open Access version on record, that the EBSCOhost Entitlement API response will be used. 

The order of precedence, therefore is:

    1. Open Access Version
    2. EBSCOhost Entitlement API (Subscription Access)
    3. Ask Your Library (Link Resolver or Interlibrary Loan form)

How to enable

At this time the option needs to be enabled by your Library, by simply letting me know about their EBSCO Customer ID. I will then setup the integration within the Open Access Helper and you will start to benefit of the changes. 

EBSCOAdmin settings to consider

Within EBSCOadmin navigate to your main EBSCOhost profile. On the Linking tab, navigate to the SmartLinks+ and ensure to select HLM For SmartLinks+ Holdings. This will ensure that Open Access Helper will not only find your EBSCOhost PDFs, but subscription access based on a large set of holdings you enabled in EBSCO’s Holdings & Link Management (HLM) tool.

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