ScienceDirect now available through the Federation

Page last modified on 23 November 2022, at 04:25 PM (initially posted on 5 April 2006)

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We partner with a global community of 7,000 journal editors, 70,000 editorial board members, 300,000 reviewers and 600,000 authors to help customers advance science and health by providing world-class information and innovative tools that help them make critical decisions, enhance productivity and improve outcomes. Find articles from nearly 2,200 journals, almost 900 serial and close to 22,000 book titles on ScienceDirect.

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WAYFless URL: Detailed description of WAYFless URL syntax can be found here If your Shibboleth SSO service URL is, and you want to point your users to the main page of the journal Cell on ScienceDirect ( then the session initiation URL or WAYFless URL for this is:

In principle, all ScienceDirect URLs can be used as target URLs, however it is safest to use ScienceDirect’s published set of persistent “Short Cut” URLs to link to specific pages in the site as these are guaranteed not to change (again - bear in mind to use the https:// prefix and URL encode appropriate WAYFless URL parameters). For more information on persistent ScienceDirect URLs, go here:

This service is available for subscription to UK HE, FE & research councils through JISC Collections.


2. Many services can make use of the eduPersonTargetedID attribute. This is a persistent opaque identifier, which enables service personalisation (remembering data about a user over different login sessions) without the service provider knowing who the user is. If the identity provider supplies the eduPersonTargetedID attribute, the session is treated similarly to an Athens personal account. Otherwise, the service's personalisation features (e.g., saved searches) may be disabled, though the service will still function in the same way as with Athens shared accounts. With some services (e.g., Zetoc Alert) this attribute is mandatory. If so, it is marked as "Required/Yes" in the table in Attribute Usage.

For a Shibboleth IdP, generation of eduPersonTargetedID in attribute-resolver.xml is described on the IdP setup page.

Release of eduPersonTargetedID by attribute-filter.xml is described further down the same page.

Users of other IdP software should check their documentation.

6. Some services (e.g., ScienceDirect) grant access based on the name (entityID) of the identity provider used, rather than on the basis of user attributes. Therefore, it is not necessary to release any user attributes to such services to gain basic access, though some services may make use of additional attributes if they are supplied; for example, ScienceDirect can make use of eduPersonTargetedID.