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OpenAthens and Institutional Migration – May 2020


OpenAthens and Institutional Migration

Dear Ovid Customer:

On May 29th at 14:30 UTC we will be updating our Open Athens and Institutional Federated Login process. View your local time. This change is being made in order to support changes that OpenAthens is implementing. As mentioned in our earlier communication of May 11, 2020, the link from the Ovid Login page to Open Athens and Institutional will be combined, as shown below:

This change will take some time to propagate throughout the world and as such there is a possibility that your users will not be able to access Ovid. For most Ovid customers this will be momentary, for some this could be for or up to 6 hours. Alternative methods of accessing Ovid via IP authentication or User ID and Password will still be available, for assistance please contact our Support team.

Upon clicking on the combined “Open Athens | Institutional” link, the page below will now appear:

Typing anything in the entry box will retrieve all matching results and give you a much easier way of logging into your organization.

In addition, the jumpstarts to content such as a specific journal, for Athens (OpenAthens) and Shibboleth (Institutional) which we refer to as WAYFless links, will also change. They will both use the same format.

The current Institutional WAYFless links will change slightly. Currently, we use the following base URL: and that will change to
Everything else after the base URL will stay the same.

OpenAthens links such as T=JS&NEWS=n&CSC=Y&PAGE=toc&D=ovft&AN=00002030-000000000-00000 will continue to work for a short time after the update. However, we encourage you to change them as soon as possible to the new format. For example, the new version of the link above should look something like the following:**&entityID=*

where the information between the two pairs of asterisks will need to include your specific EntityID details.

Should you need help constructing these links, or if you have any questions, please contact our Support team at: [email protected].


Wolters Kluwer – Ovid