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 using the form below and we’ll send you a full proposal and provide access to theIPregistry.org

How much does it cost?

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

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To help provide institutions with easier, IP-based access to #R4L resources, the IP registry has now uploaded all R4L accounts for #Cameroon and #CentralAfricanRepublic. @R4LPartnership is encouraging all #Cameroonian and #CentralAfrican #libraries to use https://t.co/KiVkOLJvKM

We are pleased to announce that @NEJMGroup is the latest #publisher to sign up for daily updates with details of IP changes via the IP Registry. NEJM Group encourages all #libraries to register for FREE access at https://t.co/5U7fFWbEKo. #academiclibraries #medlibs

Interesting fact: Ginny Hendricks of @CrossrefOrg has just mentioned that 80% of grants are from 20% of funders at #STMweek #STMStandTools

Andrew will be presenting "The IP address is dead! Long live the IP address!" at #STMWeek at 10:15am this morning. You can join the growing number of publishers now using https://t.co/KiVkOLJvKM to check, validate, and update IP addresses used for authentication.
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#Librarians – Don’t forget you can now report all IP updates via https://t.co/y39wUYQyUg (@ip_registry). Find out more on our website: https://t.co/pR4TffLlfn #AcademicLibraries #LibraryLife #Libraries

To help provide registered institutions with easier, IP-based access to #R4L resources, theIPregistry has now uploaded all R4L accounts for #Cape verde and #Cambodia. @R4LPartnership is asking all #CapeVerdean and #Cambodian #libraries to use https://t.co/KiVkOLJvKM .

#Librarians - don't forget to register with https://t.co/KiVkOLJvKM so you can easily communicate your IP address updates. @MicrobioSoc are already receiving your updates via theIPregistry and will be asking for all updates via this route from 2019. #AcademicLibraries

"All organizations should be making progress toward IPv6 adoption to start to relieve their long-term dependence on IPv4 addresses. The 12-step journey to an IPv6-only network starts with the first step, admitting you have an IPv4 address dependency problem."

We are delighted to announce that @ASA_CSSA_SSSA (Alliance of Crop, Soil and Environmental Science Societies) is the latest #publisher to sign up for daily updates with details of IP changes via theIPregistry. They are asking all #libraries to use https://t.co/KiVkOLJvKM.

To help provide registered institutions with easier, IP-based access to #R4L resources, theIPregistry has now uploaded all R4L accounts for #Guinea and #Guyana. @R4LPartnership is asking all #Guniean and #Guyanan #libraries to use https://t.co/KiVkOLJvKM .

From 2019 all #IP updates for @MicrobioSoc will be accepted via https://t.co/KiVkOLJvKM #Librarians you can access directly or via https://t.co/AYdQHk3cxK
#AcademicLibraries #EasierForYou

Better alternatives? Like maybe IP recognition?
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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