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RIPM provides access to the largest online collection of rare music periodicals published between 1760 and 1966. Access to RIPM permits use of RIPM's three principal publications:

  • Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (1760–1966)
  • RIPM Online Archive of Music Periodicals (Full Text) (Citations found in the Retrospective Index linked to full-text Online Archive)
  • RIPM e-Library of Music Periodicals, a separate full-text collection of journals not found in the Retrospective Index/Online Archive

For more information, see the RIPM website.

RIPM is offering 30 free accounts to their index, full-text periodical archive, and e-library of music periodicals to help write Wikipedia content related to music. Active and experienced Wikipedia editors may apply for access to RIPM through this pilot collaboration; their account will be valid for a period of one year.


  • You do not already have access to RIPM through another library or institution
  • You have your preferences enabled to receive email messages on English Wikipedia or on your home wiki linked from your application; (see Special:Preferences)
  • You have a Wikipedia account that is a minimum of 6 months old
  • You have made a minimum of 500 edits to the encyclopedia
  • You are active in content generation, research, and/or verification work. If you haven't been particularly active lately, preference may be given to another request
  • You have made at least 10 edits to Wikimedia projects in the last month
  • You are not currently blocked from editing Wikipedia

If you don't quite meet the experience requirements but think you would still be a strong candidate for access, feel free to apply and you may be considered.


Approved editors may:

  • Search, view, retrieve, and display portions of restricted content
  • Electronically save portions of restricted content
  • Print out single copies of portions of restricted content
  • Comply with all of RIPM's Terms and Conditions as they appear here on the RIPM website:

Approved editors will not

  • Share their account logins or passwords with others, or sell their access to other parties
  • Mass scrape or mass download content on RIPM
  • Systematically make printed or electronic copies of multiple extracts of restricted content available for any purpose
  • Mine data or content without permission, in order, for instance, to use metadata for auto-created stub articles
  • Use the access provided through the pilot for any commercial purpose

Private and confidential information

  • You will need to have a confirmed email address to participate.
  • By applying, you understand and agree that your name and email address may be shared with representatives of the Wikimedia Foundation, The Wikipedia Library, and RIPM. While Wikipedia Library coordinators are volunteers (not employees or contractors of the Wikimedia Foundation or RIPM), they have signed confidentiality agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation with regards to the personal information they may handle for the Wikipedia Library.


  • Editors should always provide original citation information, in addition to linking a RIPM source permalink, per WP:V and WP:SAYWHEREYOUGOTIT
  • Editors should not provide bare links to non-free RIPM pages
  • Editors should note "(subscription required)" in the citation (either through the "|subscription = " variable in {{cite web}} or {{subscription required}}), where appropriate)
  • Respect the copyrights of RIPM, in line with our copyright policy and their Terms of Use
  • Editors should use consistent citations, preferably in the TWL recommended citation format below

Access to full-text content found in the RIPM Online Archive is via the Retrospective Index, an annotated citation database, or Browse mode. Citations, generated via a Search or located using Browse mode, contain annotations found in brackets [ ]. These annotations describe the content of the referenced source and provide additional keywords for access. See here to learn more about searching and browsing RIPM.

Authors are recorded in the manner in which they signed, including abbreviations and pseudonyms, and where possible, the authoritative name is also given in the "Author as Edited" field. To access this information in Search mode, click on "Full" beside "Citation" at the bottom of the screen.

Furthermore, many records reflect the hierarchical structure of articles, typical of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century journals, and contain, in addition to titles, Sections and Subsections. This results in an article having many potential "titles."

  • Do not use the words SECTION or SUBSECTION and provide any pertinent information within brackets.
  • Give author and title with any pertinent information in brackets. If no author or title is provided, place all pertinent information in brackets.
  • Include journal title, volume and issue, date, and page number(s).
  • Include the RIPM Permalink which contains a reference to the first page of the article; the permalink is in the lower right-hand corner of the Full-Text viewing window


{{cite journal |title= The Diarist Abroad. Notes (Berlin, Feb. 1860)|author= A.W.T. [Alexander Wheelock Thayer]|date=March 24, 1860|url=|journal=Dwight's Journal of Music|volume=XVI|issue=26|pages=410–11|subscription=yes|via=[[RIPM]]}}
  • A.W.T. [Alexander Wheelock Thayer] (March 24, 1860). "The Diarist Abroad. Notes (Berlin, Feb. 1860)". Dwight's Journal of Music. XVI (26): 410–11 – via RIPM. (Subscription required (help)). 

Access to content in the RIPM e-Library is strictly via OCR-generated text without an accompanying citation database. Therefore, article titles and authors must be supplied by Wikipedia editors when citing RIPM e-Library content.

When viewing full-text pages, a short citation is always available in the upper left-hand corner.


{{cite journal |last=Llewellyn |first=Louise |title=Chicago Singer in Paris Song Recital |journal=[[Musical America]] |accessdate=24 March 2014 |volume=IX |issue=15 |pages=11 |url=|date=December 12, 1908 |registration=yes |via=[[RIPM]] }}</
  • Llewellyn, Louise (December 12, 1908). "Chicago Singer in Paris Song Recital". Musical America. IX (15): 11. Retrieved 24 March 2014 – via RIPM. (Registration required (help)). 

Further participation

Here are a few ways you could help The Wikipedia Library effectively leverage this partnership:

  • Add {{Wikipedia:RIPM/Userbox}} to your user boxes if you have access to this database. This helps us share our project with other experienced users.
  • TWL is interested in having guest bloggers. Guest blogging gives the opportunity for both The Wikipedia Library and RIPM to profile our partnership, and it gives the guest bloggers a new platform to share their editing experience with others (which is good for the Wikimedia community).


Add yourself at the bottom of the list with a line starting with #{{user8|USERNAME|Project=code}} (eg. {{user8|Example|Project=en}}) followed by an explanation of why you believe the access would be beneficial to you. Please sign up even if the 20-person limit has been reached, so that overall interest can be measured and so we can get a waitlist started. Please be aware that if you are given access but fail to register an account within a reasonable time, you may be asked to relinquish it.
  1. Lfstevens (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) - I work as a copyeditor with an emphasis on technology and believe that access to these journals will enhance my work and contribute to the encyclopedia. I have 10k+ edits on WP. Cheers! Lfstevens (talk) 16:25, 6 May 2015 (UTC)
    @Lfstevens: I see that you've applied to several resources with this same rationale, but some of those resources (particularly this one) aren't relevant to "an emphasis on technology". Can you please review your applications and specify why you think each particular resource will enhance your current work? Thanks, Nikkimaria (talk) 17:11, 6 May 2015 (UTC)
  2. YborCityJohn (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email)) I would love to expand my work on Wikipedia to editing music related articles and having access to RIPM would help tremendously to provide with accurate information and references. YborCityJohn (talk) 02:42, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
    @YborCityJohn: I'm not seeing too much music-related editing so far - can you expand on your plans in that regard? Since we have so few of these accounts we want to make sure they will be well used. Nikkimaria (talk) 02:46, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
    @Nikkimaria: Would you like me to withdraw my application and work on editing some music articles first before I re-apply? Because I totally understand that you are limited on the number of account given to Wikipedia and you want to make sure that they are used. YborCityJohn (talk)
    @YborCityJohn: Let's say you're on the waitlist for now, and if we have accounts left over we can reconsider. Nikkimaria (talk) 14:58, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
  3. Twindoors (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I recently started to add or translate some music articles within the frame of a volunteer collaboration with a National Library. I'm doing a PhD in musicology. I cannot be defined an 'expert' Wikipedia contributor, but I guess I can quickly learn (and I am very much interested into the whole project). My mother tongue is Italian, my French and English are good but need supervision, and I have a passive knowledge of Dutch. Twindoors (talk)
    @Twindoors: I appreciate your enthusiasm, but given that you have fewer than 100 edits across all languages with this account, I think it would be helpful for you to gain a bit more Wikipedia experience first before applying for access. In the interim, I recommend using the Resource Exchange to seek specific sources you may need. Nikkimaria (talk) 15:36, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
    @Nikkimaria:I understand your point. Thanks for the tip. I'll do! Twindoors (talk) 17:03, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
  4. I'm not asking for access myself (most of my music-related edits are for genres past 1970). However, if there was a way to contact people on this list easily, and perhaps ask them to do research in particular areas (say, for example, I'm trying to expand on the history of music festivals in the 1920s, and there's little online research), that would be really wonderful. (a pointed version of Wikipedia:WikiProject_Resource_Exchange/Resource_Request)? I imagine these sources could also be really phenomenal at saving older pre-internet topics from afd deletions. Earflaps (talk) 19:11, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
    @Earflaps: The Resource Exchange is a really good option for this type of thing; you could also try posting to specific WikiProjects, such as Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Classical Music. Nikkimaria (talk) 01:14, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
    unfortunately those resources are extremely unlikely to find helpful editors with this specific access, since there is limited access. is there no way we will be able to contact the editors with access in one place, to ask them for help? or is this service more to help individual specific editors? Earflaps (talk) 02:57, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
    Actually, I would say it would be more likely, since there are more editors with access than just those who applied through this program - for example, some will have access through a university. You could try posting on the talk page of this signup or asking editors directly (once they're granted access - logins haven't gone out yet), but I really think you'd have better luck at the broader and more widely watched venues. Nikkimaria (talk) 12:43, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
  5. Owlsmcgee (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I've requested access to a few databases for a variety of topic areas, but this collection would be very helpful as I expand articles about women in music, particular the underrepresented genre of riot grrrl and punk music. There's a widespread lack of reliable sourcing in these articles because of their popular interest, and I'd like to improve them. Though I'm at 398 edits as of today, they've had an impact: 5 new articles and large improvements to several others. I understand if you'd prefer me to wait for the next 100 edits, but access would be very helpful in improving the articles I'm already developing! Thanks. Owlsmcgee (talk) 07:35, 10 December 2015 (UTC)
    @Owlsmcgee: You are not quite up to the minimum requirements yet. Have you looked at the RIPM website to see what journals they offer? I suspect this database may not be useful for the articles you plan to write as they mostly don't cover punk/riot grrl/indie rock. Have a good look at what they cover, and let me know if you are still interested when your edit count gets up a bit. -- haminoon (talk) 10:25, 10 December 2015 (UTC)
  6. Voceditenore (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Editing since 2006 with 92,248 edits (48,175 to article space) and 530 articles created, largely on operas and opera singers, librettists, composers, etc. The majority of those are from the 19th century or earlier and this database would be of enormous help. I don't have access to RIPM through a university or my local library. Hopefully, these accounts are still available. I completely missed the boat when they were first offered. Voceditenore (talk) 07:24, 10 September 2016 (UTC)
    @Voceditenore: Approved Please check your email. -- haminoon (talk) 10:12, 11 September 2016 (UTC)
  7. Justlettersandnumbers (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) This is a valuable resource which I would find useful for specific areas of research that go beyond what is in Grove. Music articles I've worked on or started include Add MS 29987, Óscar Esplá, Il Primo Libro delle Canzoni (with the entire section on instrumentation still waiting to be written) and, more recently, Franz Xaver Glöggl. Tobias Haslinger (de) is among those I'm thinking of starting. I don't have alumnus access. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 23:51, 25 February 2017 (UTC)
    @Justlettersandnumbers: Approved Please check your email. -- haminoon (talk) 06:34, 27 February 2017 (UTC)
  8. DejaVu (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I am Coordinator for TWL, active in Persian Wikipedia, access of RIPM would be highly relevant for maintaining and verifying references, and creating and expanding articles, specially at this time I am propagating articles in music realm and RIPM is one of the best resources.--Déjà vu (Talk) 22:44, 5 July 2017 (UTC)
    @DejaVu: We are just moving our application form. Would you mind applying over here please? -- haminoon (talk) 08:15, 8 July 2017 (UTC)
    No problem, I did.Thank you for informing me and your help. --Déjà vu (Talk) 10:42, 8 July 2017 (UTC)
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