Basic Technical Requirements and Industry Standards

In addition to the fundamental principles, we expect vendors to comply with the basic technical requirements and industry standards.

Webb Access

Licensed material must be accessible through a Web interface and no installation of any special software, other than an ordinary web browser, should be necessary.

IP Access

Licensed material must be available through the university’s or the organisation’s network by IP-address authentication. This must apply even if the university or organisation is located in several geographical places.

Remote Access

In order for researchers, students and staff/personnel to have access to the licensed material outside of the university or workplace, authorized users must be permitted remote access via a secure network, for example via VPN or proxy login.

Accessibility and W3C

In order to ensure that the licensed material is accessible to all users, the vendors will use all reasonable efforts to meet the W3C standards (, established by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

The licensed material shall be available to read with compensatory aids (Braille displays, voice synthesizers, and other such devices) for reading impaired users.

It is desirable that the licensed material is adapted to mobile interfaces and/or provided by downloadable applications (apps). 


In order that the licensee(s) can fully assess the use and therefore value of the licensed material the vendors will:

Open URL Standard

In order to ensure that users can discover and find the licensed material, the vendors will use all reasonable efforts to meet the Open URL standard.

Project Transfer Code of Practice

In order to ensure that journal content remains easily accessible by licensee(s) and their users when there is a transfer of material between parties, and to ensure that the transfer process occurs with minimum disruption, the publisher will use all reasonable efforts to keep to the Code of Practice of Project Transfer (

Discoverability and KBART Compliance

In order to ensure accurate, up to date representation of the licensed material and to ensure users have ease of access the vendor agrees to:

  • Provide the link resolver suppliers with the algorithm or syntax for constructing an article-level link from an article’s metadata within the licensed material.
  • Use all best efforts to comply with the KBART (Knowledge Bases and Related Tools) recommendations (

If not KBART compliant, the vendor will use all reasonable efforts to provide to link resolver, A Z and knowledge base suppliers the following information about each title in the licensed material on a monthly basis/regular schedule:

  • Title
  • ISSN or eISSN
  • Previous title, if appropriate
  • Previous ISSN or eISSN, if appropriate
  • First volume and issue made available as part of the offer or, if volume and issue are not available, first year, final volume and issue or year and URL.


In order to ensure that the licensed material is archived and preserved for future scholarship, the vendor will archive the licensed material in at least one of the following archiving solutions: Portico, Clockss or Lockss.


For more information, please contact Britt-Marie Wideberg, Head of Licensing, Bibsam Consortium. / +46 10 709 36 60

Senast uppdaterad: 2016-02-25
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