What is the problem?

PSI has been working with publishers for many years, helping them to detect, investigate and prosecute subscription fraud. In that time we have won and settled many cases recovering substantial damages for our publisher clients. In recent times we have turned our attention to the IP ranges publishers hold to authenticate their institutional customers; on average these are incorrect in 58% of cases; either by human error or maliciously. Inaccurate IP data can be costly to publishers for a number of reasons:

Unlicensed access – too broad an IP range can facilitate institutions piggy-backing on the licences of others and thus gaining free access.

Inaccurate usage statistics – wrongly entered, duplicated or over-lapping IP ranges can cause accesses and/or downloads to be counted multiple times. Too narrow an IP range can mean institutions have insufficient access and lead to increased turn-aways.

How does the IP Registry help Open Access Publishers?

OA publishers have difficulty in gauging impact of content when they cannot measure usage nor identify consumers.

By linking log files to the IP Registry publishers can understand where access is coming from, better measure impact and target future marketing activity.

How it works

The IP Registry currently holds around 1.5 billion validated IP addresses from over 60,000 content licensing organisations worldwide. Designated administrators at each institution will log additions, edits and updates for validation by PSI and these will be made available to publishers.

Either manually or via our API, publishers will populate their access management systems with the appropriate and validated IP addresses for each customer organisation or consortium.

Publishers can be confident that only the licensed organisations are accessing their content and that their usage stats provide a true reflection of actual access.

What you need to do

Simply register online and we will send you a full proposal and
grant immediate access.

How much does it cost?

Publishers participate in the program
with an annual fee based on size.


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Question: Do you see #RA21 as completely replacing IP-based authentication? A: Not for a very long-time. There will need to be concurrent support of IP & RA21 solution for a while.

Internet censorship is a global problem, says @SandraWachter5. At the same time there is no one-size fits all solution. What is considered free speech in one culture is unacceptable in another. #stminnovations

After working closely with @WileyGlobal to create the IP Registry we are pleased to announce that Wiley are now using https://t.co/KiVkOLJvKM to coordinate IP updates and are encouraging all customers to register for FREE access to https://t.co/KiVkOLJvKM. #library #libraries

AP: encouraging all universities to register their IP addresses and contact details into the IP Registry. #LII2017

AP: they have set up an initiative to help the publishing industry & trying to educate people about phishing attempts, ensuring proxy servers are secure, etc. More secure passwords. Protecting personal data. #LII2017

THREAT: Sci-Hub’s cache of pirated papers is so big, subscription journals are doomed, data analyst suggests https://t.co/td2ngNny5t #LII2017

P: publisher content being stolen by international cyber gangs. Orgs like SciHub are very clever. In one single attack, 350+ publishers had content stolen with 45k incursions. This is how they have ended up with 68m articles (and they're not the only ones...) #LII2017

Relevant to current discussion at #LII2017: widespread assumption that this kind of password sharing doesn’t matter, how do we tackle this from a user education point of view? https://t.co/7vFN353Jg2

#stmdigitalpublishing @ProjectCounter metrics hard to deliver for #openaccess because no authentication needed

Andrew is on his way to #LII2017 and #stmdigitalpublishing. Can he be in 2 places at the same time? If anyone can, Andrew can!
#communicate #collaborate #innovate #libraries #publishing

We are delighted to announce that @JAMANetwork is now receiving daily updates with details of IP changes via https://t.co/KiVkOLJvKM and are encouraging all #libraries to register for FREE access to https://t.co/KiVkOLJvKM.
#communicate #collaborate #innovate

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“The University of Cambridge warmly supports the IP Registry initiative and looks forward to the greater efficiencies it will bring, not least in reducing the admin overhead with multiple publishers and in ensuring reliability for our usage statistics data”

James CaudwellUniversity of Cambridge