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Help: Linking to IOP Journals with STACKSTM

Creating links to IOP journals is easy using the STACKS linking protocol developed by IOP Publishing.

There are three ways of enabling your links to IOP journals using STACKS:

Since IOP abstracts are available freely to all, your users will be able to access the bibliographic citation and abstract of any online article published by IOP Publishing from a STACKS link.

Creating STACKS URLs

You may create your own STACKS links to IOP journals using the protocol outlined below. Please note that a different syntax is used for the electronic-only titles published in partnership with SISSA.

If you have any queries regarding our linking protocol, please contact

Link to a Journal abbreviated name
where journal abbreviated name is the abbreviated name, online or print ISSN of an IOP journal. A full listing of all journal name abbreviations and ISSNs is available at:
Links to the available volumes for the journal specified.

Example: Link to Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General or

Link to a Volume abbreviated name/volume
where volume is a journal volume number.
Links to the available issues for the volume specified.

Example: Link to Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General, Vol 30

Link to an Issue abbreviated name/volume/i=issue
where issue is the journal issue number.
Links to the Table of Contents for the issue specified.

Example: Link to Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General, Vol 30, No. 1

Link to an Article abbreviated name/volume/page
where page is the first page number.

Links to the article starting at the page specified. (If the page cannot be resolved, a list of issues with page ranges within the volume will be displayed.) The title, author and abstract are displayed. If you subscribe to the journal and are registered for access to Electronic Journals, a link to the full text (Adobe Acrobat PDF) and HyperCite® references will also be displayed. Please note that letter characters used in page numbers are case sensitive and do require the prefix character in the example of a letter or rapid communication (L), fast track communication (F), special issue article (S), note (N) or review (R).

Example: Link to Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General, 39 No 26 (30 June 2006) R315-R392

Always link to the latest issue abbreviated name/latest
Links to the latest complete issue of the specified journal.

Example: Link to latest issue of Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General

Always link to the current accelerated issue abbreviated name/accel
Links to the current accelerated issue of the specified journal, if available. If no accelerated issues are available, the latest complete issue is provided.

Example: Link to the current accelerated issue of Classical and Quantum Gravity

Syntax for linking to electronic-only titles

An alternative STACKS syntax is used for two electronic-only titles, where the standard bibliographic information of volume, issue and page number are not applicable:

  • Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
  • Journal of High Energy Physics
  • Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment

To link to one of these journals, use abbreviated name
This is the same format as for all other IOP journals.

To link to the articles published in a particular year, use abbreviated name/year
where year is the four-digit year, e.g. 2003.

To link to the articles published in a particular month, use abbreviated name/year/i=month
where month is a two-digit code, e.g. 01 for January or 12 for December.

To link to an article, use abbreviated name/volume/i=month/a=article number
where article number is a code assigned to the article when it is published online.

Subscribing to STACKS

If you wish to download preformatted links to IOP journals, in either CSV or XML format, you may subscribe to the STACKS alerting service. The metadata supplied via STACKS may also include abstracts, if you choose. To enable you to keep your links up to date, regular updates of the latest links for your selected journals will be e-mailed to you in the format you require.

To subscribe to STACKS please contact Judith Barnsby, stating your institution name and address, contact details, your Electronic Journals Site Key (if applicable) and the journals that you are interested in. We can then activate your STACKS account and help you set up automatic updates for the journals of your choice.

Open Archives Initiative

Our Electronic Journals service is compliant with the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) technical framework. IOP metadata currently adheres to versions 1.1 and 2.0 of the OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH).

If you are interested in harvesting our OAI metadata, please contact

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