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Newsletter n°39 November 2015




Conference « L’ISSN face à la transition numérique » on 4th November, 2015 at Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)

This conference about ISSN facing the digital transition has been organised by the French ISSN national centre, together with ISSN IC and ABES, the French Bibliographic Agency for Higher Education. ISSN 40th anniversary is the opportunity to remind and illustrate the role of ISSN for reliable identification, access and preservation.

The most interesting tweets are compiled and ISSN presentations will be posted on Slideshare.

  >> Program  

Publication Ethics and Research Integrity

Gaëlle Béquet, Director of the ISSN International Centre, will participate to a panel session entitled “What criteria can identify ethical publishing and publications?” during the STM Week 2015 (1st-3rd December, London).

  >> STM, October 2015  

ISSN: Key Information for Measuring the Quality of Open Access Resources

Overview and perspectives of the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources, ROAD, by Nathalie Cornic, ISSN International Centre.


  >> Waiting for an Echo, 2015-10-02  

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

The presentation has been made by Gaëlle Béquet, Director of the ISSN International Centre and Laurie Kaplan, Content Business Analyst Lead, ProQuest. It describes the 2015 pilot project and ongoing cooperation between their respective organizations to identify active titles without ISSN. This cooperation is meant to use Ulrich’s Periodicals database as the initial resource.

  >> Slideshare  



Creation and call for participation of the “Web Archivability Community Group” (W3C)

Web Archivability is interested in proposing best practices that help the web developers and designers in building web site that can be easily captured, preserved, and replayed using the web archiving tools.

Call for Participation

  >> W3C, 2015-10-29  

RDA Governance Review Takes First Step in Implementation

On the 6th November 2015, the first step in implementing the recent review of the RDA Governance Model was taken with the launch of the new governance branding. The names of the Committee of Principals and Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA changed to the RDA Board and RDA Steering Committee (RSC). This change is an important milestone in the project to internationalise RDA.

  >> RDA Steering Committee, 2015-11-07  

Springer Nature implements ORCID unique digital identifiers for books and chapters

Springer Nature will collaborate with ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) to enable authors and editors to apply their digital identifiers to books and chapters, ensuring recognition of their work. These identifiers can be linked to the researcher’s contributions to enhance scientific discovery and collaboration within the research community.

  >> Springer, 2015-11-02  

Publishing Industry


Exploring the publishing model of the Open Library of Humanities: A view from Latin America

On September 28th 2015, the greatly anticipated open access mega-journal, the Open Library of Humanities (OLH) was launched. The author provides a brief overview of what sets this journal project apart from the rest and how the new funding model offers an economic, social and technological platform for the humanities and social sciences to transition to open access.

  >> London School of Economics and Political Science, 2015-09-30  

Books, Glorious Books: Explorations in Open Access Monograph Publishing

According to Karin Wulf, OA is too often presented and discussed as a unitary philosophy and practice. Whereas the basic issues are the same for OA journals and monographs, cost, use, licensing, distribution, and the varied significance of the form across disciplines and within fields play out very differently.

  >> Scholarly Kitchen, 2015-11-02  

SPARC Launches Open Access Evaluation Tool

SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) lauched the Open Access Spectrum (OAS) Evaluation Tool, which provides a concrete, quantifiable mechanism to independently analyze publications’ policies. The OAS Evaluation Tool generates an “Openness” score that is straightforward, easy to understand, and free. It can be used to help determine compliance with funder policies, institutional mandates, and researchers’ individual values.

  >> SPARC, October 2015  

Scholarly publishing in South Africa: the global south on the periphery

This paper highlights the challenges and limitations faced by scholarly presses in South Africa, presenting the business and operational changes required (both individually and collectively) to meet overarching political and competitive pressures.

  >> UKSG Insight, 2015-11-06  

COAR Guidelines for Assessing Publisher Repository Services

The guidelines contain criteria that will help repositories make decisions about whether or not to adopt the different services being offered by publishers to the repository community. They were developed in consultation with the COAR Executive Board and the Aligning Repository Networks Strategic Committee.

  >> COAR, 2015-11-04  

Language of Protest

The editors and all editorial board members of Lingua, one of the top journals in linguistics, resigned to protest Elsevier’s policies on pricing and its refusal to convert the journal to an open-access publication that would be free online. As soon as January, when the departing editors’ noncompete contracts expire, they plan to start a new open-access journal to be called Glossa.

  >> Inside Higher Ed, 2015-11-02  



Library support for open access journal publishing: a needs analysis

The aim of this study was to establish the role of academic libraries in the context of open access (OA) journal publishing, based on the perceived needs of the journals and/or their editors. As a study sample, 14 OA journals affiliated to the University of Zürich, Switzerland, were taken.

  >> UKSG Insight, 2015-11-06  

6th Couperin open access days: The researchers, actors of the mutations of scientific publishing in the Open Access era

This event was organised by Couperin, the French consortium of academic libraries for e-publications, during October 12th-14th. This year’s focuses were: growth of OA in France and Europe, new legal French developments and the next steps in open science.

The participations are now available online (French).

  >> Couperin, October 2015  

Licensing service for out-of-commerce works successfully launched

The German National Library has successfully launched its licensing service for out-of-commerce works (VW-LiS) as a contribution to the digitisation of literature of the 20th century. VG Wort, a copyright management association, granted use licenses for the first 352 titles in September. The German National Library can now make these works available via the Internet in digitised form.

  >> DNB, 2015-10-08  



ROAD presentation at UCL Conference “Discovery and Discoverability”

  >> January 20th 2016, London  

NISO/NFAIS Virtual Conference: Semantic Web: What’s New and Cool

  >> 2015-12-02, Online  

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