LibKey FAQ for Publishers


What is LibKey?
LibKey is a proprietary technology developed by Third Iron designed to create dynamic signposts for users in third party systems where bibliographic information is present and where it would be useful to know if the user has access to a specific article instantly without authenticating.

It does this using a combination of publisher metadata, library entitlements & authentication and a unique link building technology and article resolver.  All of these elements are also dramatically accelerated through state of the art server technology to enable most "signposts" to return information in < 100 ms allowing the creation of completely organic user experiences.

Quite simply, if you have an identifier like a DOI or PMID available, and the user is able to identify their affiliation, LibKey can determine if that PDF is available to them in a fraction of a second leading to a dynamic user experience which meets user expectations!

Third Iron has built this and a number of different tools that utilize this technology, utilized by over 725 libraries in 30 different countries around the world:

BrowZine - The world's leading journal engagement software suite which allows users to browse, read and monitor their favorite scholarly journals on the web as well as on iOS and Android devices.  Learn more.

LibKey Discovery - Enjoy one-click access to PDF documents, links to article in context and journal cover images from the Discovery results in Ex Libris' Primo & Summon, EBSCO Discovery Service, TDNet Discovery and more.  Learn more.

LibKey Link - Create a one-click to PDF experience in PubMed for your clinicians and researchers.  Easy to integrate within Library Link Out.  Learn more.

LibKey Nomad - Connect the library's subscription and open access content to user's as they navigate thousands of publisher pages, PubMed, Google Scholar, Wikipedia and more with this Chrome browser extension.  Non-subscribed items can be requested via ILL/Document Delivery in just one click.  Learn more.

Will LibKey Affect COUNTER statistics?
No.  All article resolution is done to the publisher site and thus downloads occur from your domain, so all COUNTER stats are intact.

How does LibKey Authentication work?
LibKey is not an authentication mechanism but rather knows how to initiative the proper authentication for each of our 725+ customers worldwide.  This includes proxy servers, VPN systems, Open Athens, SAML and more!  Thus, users are accessing publisher content the same way they today, but doing so while saving clicks and minimizing confusion to get them from the bibliographic record they are interested in to your full text.

We have our own database/service that could be enhanced by LibKey... what does this service cost to license?
There is no license fee to use LibKey in your product.  All of our documentation is clearly laid out here and available to read immediatelyContact us if you have questions about how this works or our like to discuss your project and we would be happy to assist in explaining how LibKey could best be integrated!






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