What is OpenAthens Authentication?

OpenAthens is a form of Single Sign-On authentication that connects your institution to ProQuest seamlessly through your local Identity Provider. OpenAthens is similar to Shibboleth Authentication and OpenAthens is available in ProQuest authentication as a Federation but is also available through interfederation partnership with eduGAIN.

How do I enable Shibboleth Authentication?

Shibboleth Authentication is enabled through the ProQuest Administrator Module under Authentication/Access > Shibboleth. Most customers can set up their access by searching their name and the system will ingest from their connected Federation or through partners such as eduGAIN and OpenAthens. If you have further questions on set up, please contact ProQuest Support for further assistance.

Note: Shibboleth authentication for the ProQuest products that support it mainly works as a means for logging into the search platform at this time. Patrons can still manually create personal accounts (such as My Research) in order to save research. The exception to this is for ProQuest eBook Central which supports integrating personal account usage with Shibboleth metadata.

What is WAYFless Authentication?

WAYFless authentication is a URL that is configured to be account specific and includes an identifying account ID that will bypass the Shibboleth lookup process and automatically redirect you to your Identity Provider for the Single Sign-On process.

Does ProQuest support WAYFless Authentication with OpenAthens?

Yes, ProQuest supports WAYFless authentication with some of its products/platforms. Any product under the ProQuest Academic family of products is supported through OpenAthens/Shibboleth as a WAYFless URL.

You can enable WAYFless access by setting your Automatic Redirect in your ProQuest Administrator Module to Shibboleth (after OpenAthens via Shibboleth is set up as authentication) under Authentication/Access > Additional Authentication Options > Manual Login Redirect.

What about platforms like Chadwyck Healey, ProQuest K-12, ProQuest GIS or Alexander Street Press?

Unfortunately, at this time, WAYFless authentication is not supported under these platforms. However, OpenAthens Support can work around this limitation by utilizing the OpenAthens Managed Proxy with these platforms. Please contact OpenAthens Support to see if your institution is eligible to use the OpenAthens Managed Proxy.