DigiZeitschriften - Das deutsche digitale Zeitschriftenarchiv

Das deutsche digitale Zeitschriftenarchiv

Frequently asked questions

If you have any further questions, or if you find that an important FAQ is not listed here, then please contact us.

What is DigiZeitschriften?

DigiZeitschriften (Zeitschriften means journals) is a German non-profit association. It is supporting scientific research by making retro-digitised scientific journals online available.

The service of DigiZeitschriften can be devided in two sections: One is only accessible for users of subscribed institutions, the other is an Open Access area and is available for everyone.


What is an IP address?

Each computer connected to the internet must have a unique identifier so that data can be sent to it. For this reason it is assigned an address consisting of four sets of numbers between 0 and 255. These four sets of numbers are normally separated with full stops. For example would be a valid IP address.

Computers which are permanently connected to the internet (for example over a dedicated line) are given a fixed address; computers which connect only transiently (e.g. over a modem) are assigned an address dynamically. For example T-online or AOL users get a new IP address each time they connect to the internet, which remains fixed only for that session. Each internet provider has a certain number (a pool) of addresses for this purpose. Larger institutions usually have several fixed IP addresses (an IP range).

As DigiZeitschriften is authenticated by IP address, only users with a fixed IP address can obtain access.


What are the technical requirements?

Access is obtained by IP authentication. Your institution must have a fixed range of IP addresses so that we can identify it.


Can I suggest additional journals?

DigiZeitschriften has used carefully developed criteria to select the journals currently available. If you still cannot find a particular journal title, please use our contact email to send us your suggestion.


How can I cite links to articles from the DigiZeitschriften archive?

DigiZeitschriften is an online archive and therefore does not provide a document delivery service. Please try your library or one of the recognised document delivery services.

DigiZeitschriften does not guarantee that a journal will be available indefinitely. Each journal does however have a fixed address for the time it is available. In order to link to a particular journal please give the following URL adding the digital PPN (PICA Production Number) of the desired journal:


Can I also get single articles in PDF format?

DigiZeitschriften makes each article available in PDF format. The option to download is available for each volume as well as for each article.


Why does the zoom factor sometimes change?

DigiZeitschriften uses cookies in order to direct users consistently to the same server. The cookies are only used for this purpose and are deleted as soon as the browser window is closed. If cookies have been deactivated in the browser settings there can occasionally be problems.


What do I do if a journal page is missing or is of poor quality?

DigiZeitschriften makes use of the most modern scanning processes combined with optimisation software and manual quality assurance in order to achieve the very highest standards. 

If a page should nevertheless be missing or of poor quality, please inform us by using our contact email.


Does DigiZeitschriften also provide current articles from the journals on offer?

For many journals DigiZeitschriften only offers copies, which first appeared a few months or at most a few years ago. As an archive DigiZeitschriften is working with a so-called "Moving Wall". You can find out more about this here.


Where do I find out if my institution already subscribes to DigiZeitschriften?

A list of our subscribers can be consulted here.

If your institution is not listed, please inform the appropriate contact person of what we have to offer. We would be very happy to supply you with an information pack. We are also very grateful for details of who would be the appropriate person to contact at your institution. Please use our contact email.


How much does it cost to subscribe?

DigiZeitschriften has a banded price structure, which depends on the type and size of the institution. On subscription the first annual fee must be paid immediately along with a one-off payment of three-times the annual fee. The price structure can be accessed here.


Which institutions can obtain access?

Higher Education and other academic and public institutions can access the DigiZeitschriften archive on payment of an annual subscription. These institutions can then make our service available to colleagues, students, customers and others. More information is available here.


How can I obtain access?

To obtain access to the DigiZeitschriften content you must use a computer which is located in an subscribing institution. Only these working stations are cleared from us for access.

You can find out which institutions allow access to the archive by consulting our List of Subsribers. For further information please consult your institution's contact person.

If your institution is not listed, please inform the appropriate contact person of what we have to offer. We would be pleased to supply you with an information pack. We are also very grateful for details of who would be the appropriate person to contact at your institution. Please use our contact email.


Do I have access to the DigiZeitschriften content?

That depends on the location of your computer from which you are trying to get access. The computer must be located in an institution subscribed to the DigiZeitschriften service.

You will find an overview of all subscribers by following this link.

Basically free available are the bibliographic data (article titles, authors, year of publication, etc.) and especially the content of the Open Access area.

If your institution has not subscribed to DigiZeitschriften yet, please click here.


DigiZeitschriften is supported by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft