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EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) and the OpenAthens redirector

This guide will help you configure your EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) instance to work with the OpenAthens Redirector.

Whilst the OpenAthens service desk will always try to be helpful, they can only support the OpenAthens end. Information about EBSCO was correct at the time of writing.


  • Access to your EBSCO admin pages
  • Access to the OpenAthens administration area at the domain level


Look up your redirector prefix

Access the administration area as the domain administrator and navigate to the redirect link generator (Resources > Redirector link generator).

The part you are interested in is the bit like this:

Add your Redirector prefix to EBSCO Discovery Service

Even though the redirector is not a proxy, we can use the proxy support function in EDS to insert the redirector prefix

  1. Login to EBSCO admin (

  2. In the choose profile drop-down select the EBSCO Discovery Service (eds) option

  3. Go to: Linking section > Setup / Maintain proxies

  4. You need to add two new proxy definitions:
Proxy ID
Proxy Name
EBSCO Fulltext Athens
Proxy URL
Proxy ID
Proxy Name
Redirector Athens Proxy
Proxy URL


Even though the OpenAthens redirector is neither a proxy nor called Athens, these names and IDs are fixed in EBSCO's code and must be entered exactly.

Recommendations from EBSCO

To apply the Redirector prefix to resources in your EDS, modify your root proxy settings as per their guide at:

To apply the Redirector prefix to persistent or custom links, follow their guide at:

If having difficulty, your EBSCO support contact may be able to help:

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