Journal Availability Endpoint

The BrowZine Journal Availability Endpoint allows your application to determine whether a journal is available at, and provides some basic information to help link to the journal within BrowZine at your library.  

Submit a GET request against this endpoint with a search query and your application will get a response representing the results that would be presented to a user if they were to perform that same search query within the journal/subject search of  Responses contain an array of result objects of two types: journal results and subject area results.  The array returned in the response is ordered according to relevance to the submitted search query using the same rules as the search.

BrowZine Journal Availability Request:

Supported Methods
Endpoint Location

Endpoint Parameters

:library_idReplace the :library_id portion of the endpoint path with the id # of your library

Supply a querystring parameter of ?issns=issn_list where issn_list is

a comma-delimited list of ISSNs (up to 50) without the dash

Optional Includes
?include=bookshelvesAdding this include to your request will cause the response to include information about the "bookshelves" on which the title resides.  This includes the name of all three tiers of the taxonomy which contains the title (Subject → Bookcase → Bookshelf) as well as URL's for the given library for each of them so that linking could be provided in either a "breadcrumb" fashion or perhaps just to the shelf so that a link could be created to "browse similar journals".

BrowZine Journal Availability Response:

The browzine journal availability endpoint responds with a JSON object holding an array of journal result objects.  This array is not necessarily in the same order as the order of ISSNs passed in.  Each journal result represents a publication that the library has some entitlement to.   The structure of the response overall and individual journal results are described in the following tables.

Response Object:
dataArray of Object

An Array of Journal Availability objects, sorted by relevance to the query,

may hold up to 50 results

Journal Result:

Each journal result represents a journal that the queried library's collection has access to in some form that has an ISSN (or eISSN) passed in.  Results include both titles that are BrowZine enabled (which allow full Table of Contents browsing), and titles external to Browzine, but within a library's purchased materials.  

Whether a title is supported by the application is captured by the browzineEnabled property of the result object.  Results for journals that are browzineEnabled at the queried library will have a browzineWebLink that links to the journal within, and results for journals that are not browzineEnabled will have an externalLink property that links to the journal in the queried library's A-Z system if the queried library has been configured to integrate with the library's A-Z system.  Each browzineEnabled journal result also provides a coverImageUrl that can be used to visually depict the journal within your application.  

The full list of properties that may appear on a journal result are described in detail in the table below:


The journal's unique id in the Browzine system

typestringhas the value "journals"No
titlestringThe journal's titleNo

The issn for the journal that matches the issn passed in on the endpoint

(formatted with no hyphen)

browzineEnabledbooleanTrue when the title is available within Browzine at the specified libraryNo
coverImageUrlstringA url to a small image that can be used to visually depict the journalNo
sjrValuenumberThe Scimago Journal Rank (SJR) - see all their ranking at their website


browzineWebLinkURLOn titles that are browzine enabled, this property will be present and will link to the journal's current issue within browzine.comYes
externalLinkURLOn titles that are not browzine enabled, this property may be present. When it is, it is a link to the journal within the library's A-Z systemYes

Example Request, two journals, one BrowZine Enabled, the other not:

Example Response:
Example Request, two journals, one BrowZine Enabled, the other not, with bookshelves included:

Example Response:

Example Request, two journals, both BrowZine Enabled with bookshelves included:

Example Response: