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OpenAthens: WAYFLess URL or Deep Linking

If you have already set up your OpenAthens access with Optica Publishing Group, you can construct either WAYFless URLs or Deep Linked URLs.

For a WAYFLess URL:

Connect these pieces to construct a URL (note that steps 3 and 4 are optional)

  1. https://connect.openathens.net/osa.org/044c15ae-16d9-4f14-9c9c-5a14677c642d/login?entity=
  2. {the institution's registered entityID}
  3. &target=
  4. {your desired destination page on Optica Publishing Group site}

For example, for an institution with an entityID of https://idp.va.gov/openathens, in order to send a user to https://opg.optica.org/boe/abstract.cfm?uri=boe-11-4-2254, this style of WAYFless URL looks like:

https://connect.openathens.net/osa.org/044c15ae-16d9-4f14-9c9c-5a14677c642d/login?entity=https://idp.va.gov/openathens&target=https://opg.optica.org/boe/abstract.cfm?uri=boe-11-4-2254

For a Deep linking URL:

Connect these pieces to construct a URL (note that Steps 3 and 4 are optional)

  1. https://opg.optica.org/openathens.cfm?entity=
  2. {the institution's registered entityID}
  3. & target_link_uri =
  4. {your desired destination page on Optica Publishing Group site}

For example, for an institution with an entityID of https://idp.va.gov/openathens, in order to send a user to https://opg.optica.org/boe/abstract.cfm?uri=boe-11-4-2254, this style of WAYFless URL looks like:

https://opg.optica.org/openathens.cfm?entity=https://idp.va.gov/openathens&target_link_uri=https://opg.optica.org/boe/abstract.cfm?uri=boe-11-4-2254

NOTE: If you have not set up OpenAthens access for your Optica Publishing Group content and would like to enable access this way, please contact elec@optica.org and provide the following information:

  1. Your institution's name
  2. Institution's Entity ID
  3. Contact person's name
  4. Contact person's email