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    Open Access Indication in Primo VE

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    For non-Primo VE environments, see Open Access Indication in Primo.


    Primo VE displays a flag and enables users to filter items with content that is open access. This article describes the Open Access indication and facet. In addition, it describes how the feature works and how items are flagged as Open Access for Community Zone (CZ) and local records. 

    For more information on how Open Access content is handled in CDI, see Open Access Content in CDI.

    Open Access Indication and Facet in Primo VE

    When items are marked as Open Access in either the Central Index or CZ and local records, an Open Access indication appears in the brief results and the full view of the record in Primo so that users can easily identify items that are not restricted to view their content.


    Open Access Indication in Brief Results

    In addition, an Open Access facet enables users to filter results to display only open access content. For Primo VE, the Availability facets do not display the record counts.


    Open Access Facet in Brief Results for Primo

    Hiding the Open Access Indication

    If you would like to hide the Open Access text and icon, add the following lines to the your view's CSS:

    /* Hide the open-access icon and text */

    .prm-open-access md-icon {

         display: none;


    .prm-open-access span {

         display: none;


    Linking to Open Access Content from the Primo VE Results Page

    Linking in CDI is supported either by the Alma Link Resolver or by the link within the CDI records. The proxy configuration is managed accordingly in two different places. Both places allow you to create exceptions for records that are flagged as open access.

    • In Alma you can define the proxy settings for links that are generated by the Link Resolver (LinkResolver collections). For more details, see Managing Electronic Resources in Alma.

    • In Primo VE you can define proxy settings for Link in Record type of links. For more details, see the configuration options under the Use Proxy section.

    With the Primo VE September 2022 release, a new Open Access indication is available for links returned by CDI. For all CDI links that have this link-level Open Access indication, the proxy configuration settings in Primo VE are used to determine whether a proxy is added or not. For more details on this link-level Open Access indication and how it affects linking, see Remove Proxy Prefix for Open Access Links.

    Open Access Content from the Community Zone

    Relevant journals from the Alma Community Zone are enriched with the following MARC information so that they display the Open Access indicator in Primo VE:

    506 0_ $f Unrestricted online access $2 star

    This indication is automatically added only to bibliographic records that are linked to Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) portfolios.

    The $f and $2 subfields must be entered as shown above and must not contain any punctuation (such as a period). Otherwise, the indicator will not appear.

    Adding Open Access Indicator to Local Records

    While the previous sections covered content from the Central Index and the CZ, you can also display the Open Access indicator for local Alma records by adding the following MARC information to them:

    506 0_ $f Unrestricted online access $2 star

    The $f and $2 subfields must be entered as shown above and must not contain any punctuation (such as a period). Otherwise, the indicator will not appear.

    Support for Dublin Core (DC) Records

    The Open Access indication for DC records is based on whether the dcterms.accessRights parameter contains the following value: Unrestricted online access.

    For externally managed data that is loaded into Primo, you can write a normalization rule that adds this value to each record. For more information, see Configuring Normalization Rules for Primo VE.


    Open Access Indication in Brief Results
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