As a firm believer in the wider dissemination of knowledge, IntechOpen supports the OAI Metadata Harvesting Protocol (OAI-PMH Version 2.0).

The OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting) is a protocol used to collect metadata descriptions and to enable other archives to access our database. The Protocol has been developed by the Open Archives Initiative, thus setting interoperability standards in order to ease and promote the broader and more efficient dissemination of content within the scientific community.

We have implemented the Protocol which increases the number of readers of our publications. All material is more widely accessible with resulting benefits for scholars, researchers, students, libraries, universities and other academic institutions. Through this means of exposing metadata, IntechOpen enables citation indexes, scientific search engines, scholarly databases, and scientific literature collections to gather the metadata from our repository and make our publications available to a broader academic audience.

As a Data Provider, metadata for published book chapters and journal articles is available via our interface at the base URL: http://www.intechopen.com/oai/?.


  1. Information about our repository http://mts.intechopen.com/oai/?verb=Identify
  2. The set structure of IntechOpen, Open Access Publisher repository http://mts.intechopen.com/oai/?verb=ListSets
  3. To retrieve the metadata formats available from IntechOpen - Open Access http://mts.intechopen.com/oai/?verb=ListMetadataFormats
  4. To harvest records from IntechOpen - Open Access Publisher repository http://mts.intechopen.com/oai/?verb=ListRecords&metadataPrefix=oai_dc
  5. To retrieve an individual metadata record from IntechOpen - Open Access Publisher repository http://mts.intechopen.com/oai/?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=oai_dc&identifier=oai:intechopen.com:2
  6. To retrieve an abbreviated form of List Records, retrieving only headers rather than records of books and journals http://mts.intechopen.com/oai/?verb=ListIdentifiers&metadataPrefix=oai_dc&set=978-953-7619-59-6
  7. To retrieve List Records within a specified date range http://mts.intechopen.com/oai/?verb=ListRecords&metadataPrefix=oai_dc&from=2007-01-01&until=2008-11-01

You can find out more about the Protocol by visiting the Open Archives website. For additional questions please contact us at info@intechopen.com.


Some databases, repositories and search engines that provide services based on metadata harvsted using the OAI metadata harvesting protocol are:

BASE - Bielefeld Academic Search Engine

One of the world's most powerful search engines, mostly for academic Open Access web resources.

WorldCat - OCLC

A search engine for online catalogs of publications from all over the world.