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Newsletter n°38 October 2015




Charleston Conference 2015: Improving the Availability of ISSN – A Joint Project

This session will describe the 2015 pilot project and ongoing cooperation between the International ISSN Centre based in Paris and ProQuest to identify active titles without ISSN. The project is using Ulrich’s Periodicals Database as the initial resource.

The speakers are Gaëlle Béquet, Director of the International ISSN Centre and Laurie Kaplan, Content Business Analyst Lead, ProQuest.

  >> Charleston Conference, November 6th 2015  

PERSIST Selection Guidelines discussed at “Digital Heritage 2015″

Digital Heritage, an annual international conference for societies, organizations and events around ICT for heritage, was organised this year in Granada, Spain. The PERSIST Content Task Force participated with the workshop “Demand driven selection for long term preservation of born digital cultural heritage” that took place on September 29. It was moderated by Clément Oury, Head of the Data, Network and Standards Department at the ISSN International Centre, and by Marco de Niet, Director of Digitaal Erfgoed Nederland from the PERSIST Steering Committee.
  >> Digital Heritage, 2015-09-29  

ISSN IC associated to “Think Check Submit”

Cross-industry campaign launches to help researchers make informed choices about where to publish

This campaign will provide information for researchers, through an online hub at, about the criteria they should look for when selecting where to publish their research.

  >> OASPA, 2015-10-01  

International conference hosted by EDINA and the ISSN International Centre

On the 7th September 2015 EDINA and the ISSN International Centre hosted ‘Taking the Long View: International Perspectives on E-Journal Archiving’. Organised as part of the Jisc-supported Keepers Extra project, the conference focused on exploring the international challenges of enhancement and promotion of preservation of scholarly resources. The conference report is now available.

On this occasion, Gaëlle Béquet, Director of the ISSN International Centre, provided an overview of the ISSN and its place in the overall archival landscape.

  >> Keepers Extra Conference, September 2015  



International identification and “white and grey literature”

Flavia Cancedda / Italian ISSN centre and Luisa de Biagi / National Referring Centre for Grey Literature will speak at the 17th International Conference on Grey Literature on 1st and 2nd December, 2015. They will consider the usefulness of establishing common guidelines for cross-sharing and cross-use of data, metadata and identifiers, that allow international agencies to pool or exchange their information collections.

  >> GreyGuide, December 2015  

Researcher identifiers: National approaches to ORCID and ISNI implementation

In June 2015, Knowledge Exchange brought together representatives from its five partner countries for a workshop to share national perspective on ORCID and ISNI. The challenges, solutions and lessons learned with regards to implementation of ORCID and ISNI on a national scale were discussed as well as the progress of ORCID and ISNI adoption internationally.

The report of this workshop is now available online.

  >> Jisc repository, 2015-09-28  

Start of cataloguing based on new Resource Description and Access (RDA) standard

The German National Library generated the catalogue entry for the first data record to be generated based on the Resource Description and Access (RDA) standard. As project leader, the library is responsible for overseeing the transition to the international standard in the German-speaking countries.

  >> DNB, 2015-10-01  

Ringgold releases over 400,000 ISNI numbers for institutions in the Identify Database

Ringgold has expanded the descriptive metadata associated with the records in the Identify Database by developing a new classification system in consultation with customers. A schema was developed by Ringgold for the Identify Database that included nine new areas of classification, each providing a high degree of granularity. The Identify Classification Data has now been applied to all records in the Academic sector.

  >> Society for Scholarly Publishing, 2015-10-06  

Publishing Industry


EC Workshop on Alternative Open Access Publishing Models

The EU and many other research funders now mandate open access to scientific publications resulting from public funding. One of the central implementation issues is the search for sustainable models supporting a transition to open access. The workshop aims to collect information and reflect on each of the models presented.

  >> October 12th, Brussels  

Launching of REDIB Ibero-American Network for Innovation and Scientific Knowledge

The platform REDIB, Red Iberoamericana de Innovación y Conocimiento Científico (Ibero-American Network for Innovation and Scientific Knowledge), has launched late September 2015, and is available at  (check for the English version).
REDIB is a platform for the aggregation of scientific and academic content in electronic format, produced in the Ibero-American space.

  >> ROAD, 2015-10-08  

BioMed Central first publisher to implement Author Contributorship Badges, a new system which improves how publishers credit scientists

BioMed Central is the first publisher to pilot a new system which shows exactly how each researcher contributed to any given scientific article.

  >> BMC Medicine, 2015-10-01  

What is an Academic Journal?

Opinions on the future of journals vary widely. There are those who say it will live forever and others who see the journal as an ugly reminder of the sins of big publishers – exploitative vehicles for dragging a profit from those who can’t afford to pay.

According to the author, it is worth taking a step back and asking ourselves why the journal exists in the first place.

  >> Scholarly Kitchen, 2015-10-06  

Open Access Policy Guidelines for Research Performing Organizations

The present guidelines aim to assist in the development of efficient Open Access policies among Research Performing Organisations. They have been prepared by the National Documentation Centre and SPARC Europe as part of the work of the PASTEUR4OA project.They provide the context, the process and a model policy that will enable the institutions to devise and implement their own Open Access policy

  >> PASTEUR4OA, September 2015  

‘Predatory’ open access: a longitudinal study of article volumes and market characteristics

A negative consequence of the rapid growth of scholarly open access publishing funded by article processing charges is the emergence of publishers and journals with highly questionable marketing and peer review practices. These so-called predatory publishers are causing unfounded negative publicity for open access publishing in general.

A very complete study on these entities, their origins and their methods.

  >> BMC Medicine, 2015-10-01  



OLH partners with LingOA and Ubiquity Press to provide long-term sustainability for flipped journals

The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is an academic-led, gold open-access publisher with no author-facing charges. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the platform covers its costs by payments from an international library consortium, rather than any kind of author fee. OLH has partnered with the LingOA initiative and with Ubiquity Press to support the transition of subscription linguistics journals to a pure OA model. The LingOA project is designed to move linguistics journals out of unaffordable subscription models and into a pure, gold OA environment. Ubiquity Press is the technological platform provider that underpins the OLH.

  >> OLH, 2015-10-12  

The new Cataloging in Publication (CIP) Data Block to be implemented

The Library of Congress announced that a new version of the CIP Data Block, the cataloging information printed by publishers at the front of the book, will be implemented by the Cataloging in Publication Program this fall. There are numerous changes to the data block layout, including the use of labels to clearly identify the different components within the block, addition of Resource Description and Access (RDA) and electronic resource data elements, and a URL that links directly to the LC catalog for easy retrieval of bibliographic records.

  >> Library of Congress, 2015-10-01  

Library Publishing and Collection Development Activities: What’s the Connection?

The purpose of the research is to inform collection development department policy and the development of collaborations in a large North American academic research library. The research also has the potential to assist libraries in determining how to best create and integrate library publishing services and their products into library collection development activities. Potential challenges, stakeholder comments, roles and issues for libraries wanting to include library publishing services in collection development activities are presented.
  >> IFLA Library, September 2015  

Call for Papers: 2016 IFLA News Media Conference

“Reviving the past and keeping up with the future – the libraries’ role in preserving and providing access to newspapers and news media”

This conference will reflect how libraries are and should be deeply involved in the debates concerning quality assurance, selection, preservation, and access, how they try to manage new media diversity in the light of their archiving and access roles.

The deadline is set for December 10th.

  >> IFLA, 2015-09-17  



40th Meeting of Directors of ISSN Centres

  >> October 12th-16th, Belgrade  

Study day « L’ISSN face à la transition numérique » at Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)

  >> November 4th, Paris  

Open Access Week 2015

  >> October 19 - 25, Everywhere  

NISO/ICSTI Joint Webinar: A Pathway from Open Access and Data Sharing to Open Science in Practice

  >> November 10, Online  

Frankfurt Book Fair 2015, ISSN IC Booth at the International Library Centre (4.2 N 84)

  >> October 14-16, Frankfurt  

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