Access difficulties with OnePetro: Update

Although the previously reported error message for OnePetro is still on display, the difficulty now appears to have been resolved. It is possible to download PDFs from searches.

If you experience any difficulties please email:

Apologies for the inconvenience – SPE* are investigating the issue.

*Society of Petroleum Engineers


Access difficulties with OnePetro

We are currently experiencing difficulties with the OnePetro database. The message users will see on their screen reports technical issues with IP validated accounts.

We have reported the problem; an update will follow once we have heard back from the providers.

Our apologies for the inconvenience.

INFO: New look OnePetro

The OnePetro database now has a new look. This important resource, which provides full-text technical documents, conference papers and journal articles related to oil and gas exploration and production, now has a cleaner look and increased functionality.

  • The database continues to be available from
  •  There is now an option to create a personal account called My OnePetro. This is a similar feature to that available in databases such as Scopus and Web of Science. It allows you to save searches and set alerts
  • Mobile Friendly Viewing – with their new platform design, OnePetro has a more intuitive approach for varying mobile device screen sizes
  • Google™ Translate is also available – you can select one of 80 languages from the drop-down Google™ Translate menu found in the bottom right hand corner of OnePetro and instantly have a machine generated translation of the webpage
  • OnePetro is authenticated using IP address. If you are on-campus then you are automatically recognised. If you are off-campus you must set the proxy on a browser. If you forget to do this you will get into the OnePetro site but will be prompted to pay to view individual conference papers and journal articles. (Don’t pay – set the proxy!). Information on proxy setting is available for University of Aberdeen students and staff at and

Susan McCourt,

INFO: OnePetro/RefWorks changes

Do you use the OnePetro database for SPE and other oil related papers? If the answer to that is YES, and you also use RefWorks to store your references, then make sure you know how to get references from OnePetro into RefWorks. The exporting method changed very recently and updated details are available in our refworks/database guide at

Susan McCourt,