FAQ for Librarians
In the following, you will find a list of FAQ for librarians.
If you cannot find the answer you are looking for in this FAQ section, please do not hesitate to contact us at service [ at ]degruyter.com anytime.
Access to content
Error page 'An error has occured', no access to content
Are all De Gruyter databases accessible on De Gruyter Online?
What is the syntax of the direct access URL for journal content?
What is the structure of deep links pointing to journal content?
How do I see that I have access to a certain content item?
Administrator accounts and library features
Is there a possibility to set up library administrator accounts on De Gruyter Online?
Are COUNTER reports available?
Are historical usage statistics available for 2011?
How do I get MARC records?
What about Shibboleth authentication?
Do libraries using proxy servers need to adjust their settings?
What about metasearch interfaces?
Which browser settings and technical requirements are recommended?
Is there training material available for De Gruyter Online?
Orders through De Gruyter Online
Is it possible to be invoiced in GBP?
Where do I find the GBP pricing?
How do I switch to an invoicing procedure in Pounds Sterling?
Access to content
When trying to access a page/content on the platform occasionally a page with the following error message appears: "An error has occurred in the application. Please contact support. Thank you for your patience and understanding". This is randomly appearing error, which once it occurred prevents access to the page/content. This error message can be attributed to several causes. Should you encounter this error message this does not mean that somebody else can't access the content either (but it might). You don't have to take any steps to solve this problem from your side, it is not a question of missing access rights or similar.
However, you would do us a huge favour if you helped us chasing the problem: should you still come across this error message, please send a screenshot, the relevant URL and the time of the error to service [ at ] degruyter.com. We will have a much better chance fixing the remaining bugs behind this error that way. Thanks a lot in advance!
No. The primary source databases of the former Saur Verlag did not move to De Gruyter Online, they remained on their current platform. There will be no changes in accessing the following products:
- World Biographical Information System (WBIS) Online
- Deutsche Geschichte im 20. Jahrhundert Online (20th Century German History Online) with the parte:
Nationalsozialismus, Holocaust, Widerstand und Exil 1933-1945 (National Socialism, Holocaust, Resistance and Exile 1933-1945)
Tagesrapporte der Gestapoleitstelle Wien 1938-1945 (Daily Reports of the Gestapo Headquarters Vienna 1938-1945)
- Deutsche Literatur des 18. Jahrhundert Online (18th Century German Literature Online)
- Der literarische Expressionismus Online (German Literary Expressionism Online)
- Die Vossische Zeitung Online. 1918-1934
With the following link syntax you can directly access the latest issue of a journal:
For the journal Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (CCLM) the URL is as follows:
Journal Codes can be gathered from the URL of a journal on De Gruyter Online that is viewed. It is the code in the parameter following /view/j/
Deep links that point directly to specific journal articles (eg originating in linkresolvers or other systems) must be changed to reflect the following link syntax of De Gruyter Online:
http://www.degruyter.com/JournalArticles?source=/j/[journal code]&volume=[volume number]&issue=[issue number]&page=[page number]
In brackets [ ] is the information that has to be added from the source (without brackets). Accesing a specific article from volume 49, issue 11 and page 1873 from the journal Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (CCLM) looks like this:
Access via inbound OpenURL from linkresolvers on article level is also possible. The syntax is: http://www.degruyter,com/openurl?genre=[Typ]&issn=[ISSN]&volume=[volume number]&issue=[issue number]&spage=[start page]&epage=[end page] (individual parts can be omitted).
Access Icons to show the level of access a user has to a piece of content are displayed on all relevant levels, from titles down to chapters and articles as well as issue lists of journals.
Administrator accounts and library features
Yes, this is possible. All registered library administrators have received their access details for the library admin area. In case your institution has never been registered for a library administration account, please contact our Technical Customer Service (service [ at ] degruyter.com).
In the library admin area your are able to maintain your IP-ranges, upload banner images and information on your linkresolvers, and to download usage statistics. MARC records will be available to all users with a user account on the platform (see below).
COUNTER reports are available to institutional administrators in the admin area. There the user has the option to download the following reports:
- Journal Report 1
- Journal Report 5
- Database Report 1
- Book Report 2
- Book Report 6
Here you will also find the access details to get reports via SUSHI.
If you are not a library administrator and should you require usage statistics, please contact the Technical Support team (service [ at ] degruyter.com).
Historical usage statistics for the usage of journals an eBooks on our former platform Reference Global for the year 2011 are available within the library administrator accounts. Alternatively we will be sending them out via e-mail.
Usage statistics for databases for 2011 and January until August 2012 are available from Customer Service (service [ at ] degruyter.com).
Making MARC records available to institutions happens in two steps:
MARC records are available in downloadable files from the "My Account" section of the platform (for registered users). There are links to access a complete list of "all eBooks" and "all accessible content", later on also "all databases".
Individual MARC records are also available on the title level of each publication. Users can download the MARC record for the respective print and eBook on the title overview page. On the overview pages of eBook packages, the MARC records for all the eBooks from the package are available.
For specific MARC records requests, please contact Customer Service (service [ at ] degruyter.com).
The Service Provider (SP) for www.degruyter.com is now operative.
Shibboleth access to De Gruyter Online is available for the following federations:
- DFN-AAI (for Germany)
- UK Federation (for the United Kingdom)
- SWITCH (for Switzerland)
- RedIRIS (for Spain)
If you have been using Shibboleth access to our former platform Reference Global, please change your configurations accordingly. The SP uses the entity ID https://www.degruyter.com/shibboleth.
The De Gruyter Online SP is able to authorise by attributes (eduPersonEntitlement urn:mace:dir:entitlement:common-lib-terms). Please correct your configurations accordingly.
The establishment of contracts with further access federations is planned.
Yes, libraries using proxy servers for remote authentication (HAN, EZProxy etc) will need to adjust those to our platform.
If you require assistance, please contact our Technical Customer Service (service [ at ] degruyter.com).
De Gruyter Online can be searched through a SRU interface (SRU = Search/Retrieval via URL, http://www.loc.gov/standards/sru/). This is being used for the external query of a number of databases. These are mainly the bibliographic databases (such as IBZ, IBR).
The relevant configuration changes will need to be made in cooperation with providers of metasearch engines (such as Serials Solutions, Ex Libris (SFX) and Ebsco). De Gruyter will aim to make these contacts and initiate the changes in the relevant knowledgebase entries. We would be grateful if such contacts could also be made by our customers using these systems, so that the new configuration of the SRU interface can be made in time.
The documentation of the SRU interface is available here.
Browsers: The display has been optimized for the current production versions of Firefox (Firefox 18.0 - 43.0), Internet Explorer (from IE 8) and Google Chrome.
Screen Resolution: The minimum screen resolution is 1024x768. 800x600 screens will be accommodated with scrolling.
Yes, De Gruyter provides clients with training material and instructions for using databases on De Gruyter Online. Information can be found in the section User Guides.
If you have specific training needs, please ask your contacts from the De Gruyter sales team or our customer service at: service [ at ] degruyter.com.
Orders through De Gruyter Online
We offer invoicing in Pounds Sterling for all books, journals, and databases from the De Gruyter Group. Products we distribute on behalf of our partner publishers are also included.
For all publications, you will find the pricing in GBP on the homepage of each product. Our price lists for journals, yearbooks and databases will continue to be available in Euros and US Dollars only.
Please contact our distribution centre HGV Hanseatische Gesellschaft für Verlagsservice mbH at orders [at] degruyter.com or add a comment on your next order. A competitive exchange rate will be applied, and will be revised should any larger rate movements make this necessary. Please note: Once the invoicing currency has been changed to Pounds Sterling, it is not possible to convert it back to Euros.
Site in general
We are continually working on issues to improve the browsing, searching and search facets, as well as the title display and general appearance of information on the platform. This is ongoing with a focus on usability issues.
The platform is open for crawlers such as Google Scholar so that a good visibility of the content on the internet can be assured.