What is OpenAthens?

An OpenAthens account allows you to access a range of quality information online. Users can access Healthcare Databases Advanced Search(HDAS) and nationally purchased content, which includes bibliographic databases from:

  • Ovid (Medline, Embase, AMED, HMIC and PsycINFO)
  • ProQuest (BNI)
  • Full-text databases from EBSCO (Cinahl and Health Business Elite)
  • Journals from the BMJ and AMA collections.

You may also be able to access extra content which has been purchased in your region or by your organisation. For a list of all the content you might be able to access log into My Resources.


OpenAthens support

OpenAthens accounts are managed by OpenAthens administrators. If you have a question about your account or eligibility contact the relevant administrator.

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OpenAthens registration

You can register for OpenAthens using our online form. Please check you are eligible before trying to register.

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  OpenAthens eligibility

Any personal data submitted as part of the registration process will be used by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for the administration and management of the OpenAthens service in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998

Your personal data will be held on a database by Eduserv who manage OpenAthens and process your data on behalf of NICE, and will be accessible by your local OpenAthens administrator, your regional administrator and the national administrator who are all responsible for maintaining the system and providing you with information on the resources available.

Further information about how NICE may use your personal information and your rights to change or delete it can be found in NICE's Information Charter.

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