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NHS: Journals

Subjects: Medicine

Journal key links

There are three steps to access nearly any journal article you need. OpenAthens from anywhere, University of Oxford journals via Bodleian PCs, and inter-library loans for anything else.

Inter-library loan

In some cases the journal article you want to read will not be available using NHS OpenAthens or in the university collections. You can use our Document Supply service to request a copy of journal articles. Each item costs £5.00.

Access using the library catalogue

If you are in our Oxford libraries you can search for University of Oxford journal titles through e-Journals A-Z.

  • Type in the name of the journal and click 'Go'
  • From the list of results, click on the title of the journal that you would like to view

[Tip: You'll need to search for the journal title and not the article title]

You must be on a Bodleian Library computer or Wi-Fi network to access University resources.

Accessing e-journals through the NHS

NHS staff can access a huge range of e-journal titles via NHS OpenAthens.  In addition to these national subscriptions, you can access e-journals subscribed to by OUH Trust. See below for details of how to access these excellent subscriptions. In addition, you can view the University of Oxford subscriptions when using the computers in our libraries within Oxford.

There can be some variation in how publishers and information providers refer to the logging on process. Generally, the first login box you will meet will not be the OpenAthens one. Some example links to look for include:

  • OpenAthens
  • Login via UK Federation
  • Login via your institution
  • Log in via UK Access Management Federation
  • Institutional Login
  • Log in with Athens
See the OpenAthens tab for details of how to register.

Local subscriptions to journals

We subscribe to several journals and journal packages. These are available through the A-Z list on NHS Evidence. You must be logged in to OpenAthens to see these journals. 

Each package includes many journals and these all come with full text of the articles. The packages include:

Searching by subject


If you are searching for a topic or subject rather than a specific article you might like to search the literature using The NHS Knowledge and Library Hub. There are databases that cover all of the professions working in the NHS.

Databases available include Medline, Embase, CINAHL, the British Nursing Index and HMIC (for health management topics).

See the Databases tab for more information

Quick Guide

Open access resources

Did you know that you can access millions of high-quality articles from peer-reviewed academic and clinical journals for free? Many funding bodies now insist that articles based on research that they have paid for must be made available for free for anyone to read. These articles are stored in thousands of different subject and organizational databases across the Web, but there are a number of 'one-stop' search tools that will help you find articles on the topics that you are interested in. Take a look at our Open Access Articles tab in this guide to try some of these out.