BrowZine API Functionality

The below information is a quick overview of the BrowZine API.  For full documentation, please see our Technical Documentation Site here.

BrowZine offers libraries the ability to not only use BrowZine as their Journal Engagement Service by directly linking users to but also by producing a Linking API to allow users to search BrowZine from an external system.

This Restful API suite allows for robust integrations to enable dynamic linking deep into BrowZine from other library systems including Discovery Systems, Catalogs, Bento Box systems and more. 

BrowZine Journal Availability API

Request: ISSN of Journal and BrowZine Library ID

Response: If a match, a JSON payload containing:
  • Title of the journal
  • Path to the current issue of the journal
  • Path to the journal cover image
  • SJR value (SciMago Journal Rank)
  • Name and links to all subject categories assigned to that journal in BrowZine
This can then be used to provide quick and dynamic linking directly to the tables of contents to journals from other library systems and ONLY present this linking capability when its assured that the journal is one of the tens of thousands of titles covered by BrowZine. 

BrowZine Search Results API

Request: The free text query from the user and the BrowZine Library ID

Response: A JSON payload containing:
  • An array of matching journal titles just as if the search was conducted DIRECTLY in BrowZine
  • Path to the journal (including externally linked titles)
  • Cover image paths for each journal
  • Each journal's SJR value
  • Resulting subject matches for the query
  • Indication if the title is within BrowZine or linked externally
This API is well suited for "Bento Box" style pages popular in libraries that are API driven.  Using BrowZine results in a dynamic image-filled return which then presents in one click a consistent browsing experience of that journal as opposed to the myriad of additional clicks and inconsistent resulting interfaces using other techniques.

DOI Lookup Endpoint for Article in Context Linking 

Request: The DOI of an article and the BrowZine Library ID

Response: If a match, a JSON payload containing:
  • Name of the journal
  • Path to the cover image
  • Path to the specific issue that the article is in including specific syntax which will result in the article in question being highlighted for the user
This API will allow a library to provide a unique "See this article in context" view of an article.  Many journals have a very specific scope meaning that finding one article from a journal in a discovery layer and then being able to browse the source issue in one click may result in additional serendipitous discoveries for the user.

Getting Started with BrowZine APIs

To get started, simply contact our support desk at and request an API Key and the API Documentation.  Our staff will reply back with all the information you need to get started.

Library Configuration and FAQ

  1. About the BrowZine Taxonomy
  2. Your Institution Logo in BrowZine
  3. Publisher EZProxy Definitions and Common Issues
  4. EZProxy Configuration Instructions
  5. WAM Proxy Configuration Instructions
  6. Proxy Auto-Configuration (PAC) file Configuration Instructions
  7. Proxy Configuration Instructions
  8. How does authentication work with the BrowZine app? (iOS & Android)
  9. What is a Proxy Server and how does it work?
  10. What Proxy Servers do you Support?
  11. OpenAthens FAQ
  12. Shibboleth FAQ
  13. Does BrowZine support VPN? (iOS, Android & Web)
  14. EZProxy: Proxy by port or Proxy by Domain?
  15. Overview of the BrowZine Pairing Service (iOS & Android)
  16. LibGuide Integrations
  17. RefWorks and BrowZine (iOS & Android)
  18. BrowZine Marketing Widget - Integration Issues and FAQ
  19. BrowZine Marketing Widget - iFrame Workaround
  20. BrowZine Marketing Widget - Whitelabel Edition
  21. Getting Started with your Trial / Subscription (iOS, Android & Web)
  22. Inter-Library Loan / Link Resolvers and BrowZine (All Platforms)
  23. How do I integrate BrowZine's journal title/ISSN lookup into my library webpage?
  24. BrowZine Web & LibKey Accessibility
  25. How to integrate BrowZine within Primo
  26. How to integrate BrowZine with Summon
  27. How to integrate BrowZine within EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)
  28. How to integrate BrowZine within OCLC WorldCat Discovery
  29. Creating a drop-down menu with BrowZine Durable URL's in HTML
  30. Extended A-Z BrowZine Web Search to cover all Library Titles
  31. BrowZine API Functionality
  32. BrowZine and OpenAthens Overview
  33. Finding your OpenAthens Redirector URL
  34. How do I add a BrowZine's journal title/ISSN search box to my OpenAthens home page?
  35. How To Find Your Primo Link Resolver Base URL
  36. Determining your ProQuest ID
  37. List of Domains to Whitelist for BrowZine and LibKey Operation

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