Frequently Asked Questions – Integrators

What are the benefits of GetFTR for discovery services and scholarly platforms?

The GetFTR service fully integrates into discovery tools and platforms, enabling researchers to easily see what content is available to them from within those online environments. Via the GetFTR indicator, they can then follow the enhanced links provided by GetFTR to seamlessly access research on participating publishers’ websites.

Unlike other features and tools that are trying to solve this problem, GetFTR provides researchers with accurate, real-time entitlements information from participating publishers’ websites and a seamless pathway to the trusted source of information. GetFTR can be used on devices both on- and off-campus, from any browser, without the need for additional software, removing technological restrictions that limit the effectiveness of other solutions.

Will there be an impact on my response times as an integrator?

There should be no impact on the response times of your search results, however, the GetFTR indicator button can take up to 1 second to load.

Is GetFTR integrated with existing solutions such as Papers, Kopernio, Google Scholar, Libkey, etc.?

GetFTR is not currently integrated with these solutions, however, GetFTR users can still use them. If you intend to integrate with GetFTR then please review our Usability Guidelines.

What is the “Deferred Authentication”?

As an integrator you can use Deferred Authentication rather than Seamless Access.orgSeamless Access (RA21). You will need to implement an institutional lookup and selection which returns article links for entitled content.

How much does GetFTR cost?

GetFTR can be integrated free of charge into discovery tools, scholarly platforms and library management systems. GetFTR will be sustained through financial contributions from participating publishers on a tiered structure according to the volume of published output.

When will GetFTR launch?

GetFTR went live with its pilot in early 2020. Entitlements information from the five founding partners – American Chemical SocietyElsevierSpringer NatureTaylor & Francis Group and Wiley – will initially be made available via GetFTR. Other publishers are actively encouraged to participate. Please contact us for more information if you’re considering participating now or register your interest for updates on the full GetFTR launch.

An Advisory Board comprising a broad range of industry participants have also supported GetFTR’s development, with guidance and technical insight from, amongst others, the American Society of Civil Engineers, Atypon, Digital Science, IEEE, Mendeley, Silverchair and Third Iron.

Four scholarly platforms and discovery tools – MendeleyReadCube Papers, and Dimensions – are piloting GetFTR. This will enable more experimentation in a live environment, more learning, and more refining of the GetFTR service, making it even better for users.

What resources do you provide that would assist with my implementation?

We can provide you with access to Swagger, which enables you to test the GetFTR API, its responses, and error codes.

You can also request access to our demo website, a lightweight discovery service, where you can explore the GetFTR UX.

And we can set you up on Slack so that our technical team can answer any integration questions you might have.

If you’ve got questions on any of these options our team are on hand to help at

Ready to register your interest as an integration partner? Simply follow the link below.

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