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Before migration day

Download usage statistics

We recommend that you download historic COUNTER4 and COUNTER5 usage statistics from our existing HighWire platform as soon as possible, but by 30 April 2021 at the latest.

Click on the links below for details. Please note that you need to log into the relevant journal before you can run usage reports.

Prepare for link resolver, URL, discovery layer, and ERM changes

All URLs will change on migration day. Redirects will be in place and we are in touch with discovery partners including EBSCO, OCLC and ProQuest/Ex Libris.

To prepare for the switchover, we recommend that you review your library systems and locally-held knowledge bases to identify what updates will be required – particularly as redirects may not work for some services.

If you use EZProxy, you can update the stanza in advance.

From migration day (15 April)

Update your systems with the new URL structure

To ensure that there is no service interruption, redirects for all URLs will be in place on migration day and we are working with our discovery partners to ensure they update their links.

However, to ensure continuity and the best possible user journey, we recommend that you make updates to URLs used in library catalogues, discovery tools, and hyperlinks on migration day or as soon as possible afterwards.

The new URLs are as follows:

  • Development: https://journals.biologists.com/dev
  • Journal of Cell Science: https://journals.biologists.com/jcs
  • Journal of Experimental Biology: https://journals.biologists.com/jeb
  • Disease Models & Mechanisms: https://journals.biologists.com/dmm
  • Biology Open: https://journals.biologists.com/bio

Linking syntax can be found in our migration FAQs, and KBART files can be downloaded here.

Update proxy server information

If you use EZProzy, the stanza will need to be updated with the new URLs. You can do so on migration day, but it is also possible to add the new hostname to the stanza before migration day, as long as you do not remove the existing hostnames. This can be done by inserting the following line into the existing stanza:

HJ https://journals.biologists.com

If your library has a hosted EZProxy, you will need to contact OCLC to make the changes.

Verify account information

Your existing account information (including IP addresses and proxy server and Shibboleth information) will be transferred to the Silverchair platform.

However we recommend that you double-check that all the information is correct.

We will provide library administrators with full details about how to access the Silverchair admin dashboard prior to migration.

Download pre-migration COUNTER4 and COUNTER5 usage reports from HighWire by 30 April 2021

The Silverchair platform will begin collecting usage data from migration day and legacy COUNTER4 J1 reports will be available for 2019, 2020 and Q1 2021.

The full range of COUNTER4 and COUNTER5 pre-migration usage reports can be downloaded on the HighWire platform until 30 April 2021.

Information about how to access and download reports on the Silverchair platform will be provided to library administrators in due course.

Consider signing up to the IP Registry

From April 2021, we will be participating in the IP Registry. Libraries can sign up for free and the service enables them to inform all participating publisher partners about IP address changes automatically.

Any questions?

Please contact us at subscriptions@biologists.com.

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