LibKey Link requires that the item being requested includes a valid DOI or PMID; that it be available for a subscribed source held by the library or be available Open Access; and that it be published by a LibKey supported publisher. LibKey Link cannot provide a direct link to an article, for example if a database indexes a record where the full text is only available in print, LibKey Link intelligently falls back to the link resolver to display the other fulfillment options.
Open Access Linking
LibKey is enriched with Unpaywall data which adds article-level Open Access knowledge to Third Iron’s already substantial understanding of title-level Open Access journals. Third Iron has taken the unique step of locally loading and synthesizing this data into our linking algorithm, delivering the advantage of only linking to the version of record, adding more links to PDF articles, removing the unneeded obstacle of authentication, and better responsiveness should there be a linking problem. See our Open Access linking support page for more information.
LibKey Link URL Syntax OptionsAll the variations of the LibKey Link URL syntax are documented here for easy reference. This guide provides URL syntax examples for forcing LibKey Link to behave in different ways and is useful for a more customized setup.
Where to use LibKey Link
LibKey Link may be used in any database where an OpenURL link resolver is used today. Libraries report the most benefit in databases that include a lot of article citations, including Google Scholar, Web of Science, Scopus, EBCSOHost and ProQuest databases, and more!
When a user clicks on a link which initiates LibKey, a screen will briefly appear indicating that LibKey is retrieving the article and show the library logo. If you do not want this page to appear, contact email@example.com and request it be suppressed.
LibKey Link is both mobile optimized and works great with assistive technologies like screen readers. For vision impaired users in particular, going directly to content, and avoiding having to navigate the link resolver menus and vendor screens, is a huge improvement in user experience.