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Remote Access Information

How do you know if you have access?

Sign in display

To confirm that users are authenticated through their institution, they should see the name of their institution in the platform header on the right side of the blue banner. Users who have logged into their personal account see their username in that banner space, to the right of the institution name.

Access icons (include OA content)

Once authenticated, users will see access icons in the search results and on content pages. If the content is Open Access users will see an orange unlock icon , if user has subscribed access they will see a green check mark .

Access via your institution

GeoScienceWorld provides several options for libraries to serve on-campus and remote users.

Campus IP access

Campus IP access can be set up and managed on the librarian administration dashboard found at This includes the ability to update IP address ranges.

Proxy or VPN access

Many libraries use a proxy server or VPN to provide a secure network for access to authorized users, including single sign-on systems such as EZproxy. The GSW platform supports these systems and can help troubleshoot access issues. If such issues arise, please contact for customer support.

OpenAthens and Shibboleth

OpenAthens or Shibboleth authentication can also be used for remote access to the GSW content. The library administration page supports these access features and provides librarians a means for updating Entity ID and Affiliation provided by OpenAthens/Eduserv or Shibboleth IDP.

Google CASA

The GSW platform supports Google Scholar CASA and Universal CASA. These services link a user’s Google ID with their institutional affiliation based on their previous use of the institution’s IP, so that the user has access to their institution’s licensed content when away from the network.

Referrer Access

For some libraries and society members, referrer-based access is the best option for remote access. With this option, a referring link is recognized as a valid authenticated route. The referring link must be from a URL that requires authentication at that institution to access and must be an HTTPS URL. When a user clicks on that authenticated page link to GSW, access is granted.

Access as a society member

Members of the societies listed below can access content on the GeoScienceWorld platform via a single-sign-on (SSO) system. Members can start at their society page found on and authenticate with the society by clicking the member sign in links. They will be briefly routed to their society site for authentication and then back to the GSW platform. Members of multiple societies will have layered access and authentication at one society will provide access to any other society content that was previously passed authentication in prior sessions. If you are a member with access issues please contact for customer support.

GSW supports SSO member access for the following societies:

  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists
  • Geological Society of America
  • SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology
  • Society of Economic Geologists
  • Seismological Society of America

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