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Integrating library information providers via SAFIRE

There is considerable interest in leveraging SAFIRE and eduGAIN to integrate with the various library information providers, such as academic content, journal, and database publishers. Information providers variously term this “Shibboleth”, “SAML” or “Institutional” logins, and in most cases are already integrated with other federations around the world.

The following documents the integration status of various providers in SAFIRE.

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)  

American Chemical Society  


Cambridge Core  


De Gruyter  


Elsevier ScienceDirect/Scopus  

Emerald Insight  

Gale Cengage  

IEEE Xplore  

IOP Science  




LexisNexus International  

LexisNexus South Africa / SpringerNature  



Ovid SP  

Oxford University Press  

ProQuest (RefWorks)  

Radiological Society of North America  

Royal Society of Chemistry




Taylor & Francis Online  

Thieme Connect  

Web of Science / Web of Knowledge (Clarivate Analytics)  

Westlaw UK (Thomson Reuters)  


If there’s something missing from the above, the information is out of date (or you know something we don’t), or you’d simply like to help us unlock one of the other information providers, please contact us! Our experience is it takes one or two interested libraries to help make the first connection, and then the entire community benefits from improved access.

Values needed by information providers

Publishers and information providers may ask for an entity ID or IdP identity. If they’re accessing your identity provider via eduGAIN, the value they will need is your institution’s proxied entity ID. You can get this by finding on your institution in our list of identity providers and then clicking on the Metadata entityID field to expand it. This will display other forms of the entity ID, including the Proxied entityID for you to copy-and-paste.

You may also be asked to make use of a “Wayfless” URL. Different providers have different mechanisms for constructing these, so you will need to refer to the providers’s documentation. However, they will always involve a URL-encoded version of your entity ID — follow the instructions in the preceding paragraph and copy the Wayfless entityID.

If you are asked for an entitlement value, you will most likely use urn:mace:dir:entitlement:common-lib-terms as described in the common-lib-terms specification and eduPersonEntitlement.

Finally, you may be asked for affiliation or scoped affiliation values. These are the values your institution sets for eduPersonScopedAffiliation and will be a value like You may be able to figure out the correct ones by logging into our test service provider, but generally you should confirm them with your own identity provider administrator or IT support staff.

Hints from other federations

Other federations have links to providers' documentation that may prove useful to those trying to get this to work:

South African Identity Federation