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Newsletter n°42 February 2016




ISSN International Centre and ProQuest work together to improve electronic loading of serial titles worldwide

New project combines efforts to identify and assign missing ISSNs

The outcome of the project will be a huge benefit to librarians, publishers, and vendors as more serial titles will have ISSNs registered in the ISSN International Register compiled by the ISSN network and in the Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory® and Ulrichsweb™ references.

  >> ProQuest, February 2016  

Celebration of the ISSN 40th anniversary

The ISSN network, that currently comprises 89 national centres and the International Centre based in Paris, celebrated its 40th anniversary throughout the year 2015. Have a look at all the events organized.

  >> ISSN, January 2016  

The Cariniana Network joins the Keepers Registry

The Cariniana Network is a distributed preservation network,  which provides long term preservation and access for Brazil’s scientific publications. The Cariniana Network’s parent organisation is the Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology (IBICT), which plays a key role in promoting effective production, management and dissemination of information. In less than three years since it was created, the network already has around one thousand journals preserved.

About the Cariniana Network (English/Portuguese)

  >> The Keepers Registry blog, January 29th, 2016  

The latest issue of Ciência da Informação is online

Ciência da Informação,  the Brazilian Information Science journal published by IBICT (Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia / Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology), has just released a thematic issue about scientific mediation of information, in collaboration with ANCIB researchers (Associação Nacional de Pesquisa e Pós-Graduação em Ciência da Informação / National Association of Research and Post-Graduation in Information Science).

  >> Ciência da Informação, Vol. 43, issue 2 (2014)  

The German National ISSN Centre has reorganized its ISSN workflows

The major change is that every publication in Germany falling under the scope of ISSN and catalogued by the German National Library (Deutsche National Bibliothek) will automatically receive an ISSN as part of the normal cataloguing workflow. This new workflow will start during Summer 2016.

During the workshop organized at the DNB in March, 2016 (on specific invitation), the major publishers and relevant stakeholders will be informed about the changes in the ISSN workflow. There will also be a general discussion about the use of ISSN by major publishers and their needs.

  >> ISSN, February 2016  

ALA Midwinter meeting, January 2016

Regina Romano Reynolds, Director of the US ISSN Centre, attended the ALA Midwinter meeting, held in Boston in January. She presented the challenge of change posed by the forthcoming revision of the ISSN standard.

  >> ISSN, January 2016  

ISSN IC and Spanish National ISSN Centre share a common project of retrospective ISSN assignment

The ISSN International Centre and the Spanish ISSN National Centre have recently completed a common project of semi-automated retrospective assignment of ISSN to bibliographic records from the Spanish Serials Union Catalogue (Catálogo Colectivo de Publicaciones Periódicas), which is managed at the National Library of Spain (Biblioteca Nacional de España). As a result, more than 10,737 ISSN records were added to the ISSN Register.

  >> ISSN, February 2016  

Publishing Industry


Academic journal markets, their limitations, and the consequences for a transition to open access: a thought piece

Jisc discussion piece around the features of academic journal markets that might promote or inhibit cost-effective progress toward the UK government’s aim of open access.

  >> Jisc reports, February 2016  

Results of the workshop AlterOA: recommendations for the future of open access

The workshop on Alternative Open Access Publishing Models organized by the European Commission in October 2015 brought together science communication specialists at its headquarters in Brussels to discuss the future of open access (OA). Here are the results of the workshop and researches.

  >> Scielo in Perspective, February 2016  

Open Access and research data sharing … Towards Open science?

As part of the French Digital Bill, two provisions have been adopted that will change the French researchers’ work. These provisions refer to scholarly open access publications and Text and Data Mining within an established corpus.

(article in French)

  >> Prospectibles, February 2016  

Royal Historical Society moves into Open Access monographs

The RHS New Historical Perspectives series offers an OA model attuned to the needs of a specific discipline that also answers these basic questions about financial sustainability, licenses, and scale more decisively than speculatively.

  >> Scholarly Kitchen, February 2016  

Advances in peer review

The traditional model of peer review is based on a pre-publication evaluation system. There is increasing evidence that mistakes are becoming ever more frequent in the process of peer review.

In this first post in a five part series, the ebb and flow of the debate around the various aspects of peer review will be summarized, and how ScienceOpen is acting to attempt to resolve these issues will be demonstrated.

  >> Science Open, February 2016  



Where are we now? Delivering content in academic libraries

Academic contents have evolved and diversified, as well as the way they are delivered. Their transformation present a direct challenge to the role of libraries, in terms of workflows, staffing, budgets. Contents aquisition have become user-driven, and publisher-librarian relationships have evolved. If traditional professional skills are still relevant, they are being exploited differently, and the need to develop new skills has become obvious.

  >> UKSG eNews, February 2016  

Academic social networks and Open Access: French researchers at the crossroads

The French consortium COUPERIN (Academic Consortium for Electronic Publications) launched a nationwide survey in 2014 to explore whether and how academic social networks are used to share content. This survey gives general tendencies, considering the behaviour and opinions according to the different disciplinary communities and their research practices.  As a result, the main characteristics of an ideal tool dedicated to Open Science can be defined.

  >> LIBER Quarterly, vol. 25, issue 3 (2016)  

New report on the future of Open Access policies

The success of the implementation of Open Access policies depends on a broad and diverse landscape of services. A new report entitled Putting down roots: Securing the future of open access policies from Knowledge Exchange details currently essential OA infrastructure and services (OpenAIRE amongst them) and seeks dialogue on their future maintenance, security and development.

  >> OpenAIRE, February 2016  

ROAD presented at the seminar Discovery and Discoverability at UCL / London

ROAD, the Directory of scholarly Open Access Resources, provides a free access to the ISSN bibliographic records which describe scholarly resources in Open Access. This service was presented at the seminar Discovery and Discoverability held at University College London in January 2016.

All the presentations are now online, and will give you an overview of the latest experiences from libraries and publishers innovations in delivering content.

  >> UCL Centre for Publishing, February, 2016  

Digital newspapers: the German e-paper collection

The German National Library (DNB) has been collecting the digital versions of daily newspapers since 2010.

The German National Library developed an automatic process to collect the editions of 1,193 daily newspapers from the publishers’ servers to enter them into the German National Library’s catalogue and archive systems. In January 2016, the users of the German National Library were able to access, from the reading rooms, to roughly 1 million issues containing over 44 million pages online. Approximately 30,000 new issues containing more than 1,2 million pages are added each month.

Search for e-papers in the catalogue of the German National Library

  >> Deutsche National Bibliothek, January 2016  

Legal Deposit: National Library of Australia begins collecting e-books, web content, and other digital material

The new amendments to the Copyright Act allow the NLA to collect everything, from e-books to blogs, websites to social media. Under the new provisions, Australia will protect the digital record in the same way as it always has for print. From now on, publishers and authors can upload electronic books, journals, magazines and newsletters through the NLA’s website.

  >> InfoDocket, February 2016  



ICSTI Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, USA

As part of the 2016 Annual Members’ Meeting, the ICSTI ITOC and TACC committees have organized two workshops about Text and Data Mining. See ICSTI-programme-Feb2016.


  >> ICSTI, February 2016  

Last call for papers: IFLA Cataloguing and IT Sections / 82nd General Conference & Assembly, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Topic: Let´s make IT usable! Formats, systems and users: the use of IT to mediate the independent development of cataloguing rules, exchange formats, and cataloguing systems used in libraries.

Deadline for abstracts submission: by 29 February 2016.


  >> IFLA, 13-19 August 2016  

OASPA webinar on licensing

Topic: Creative Commons Licenses, resources and current issues in OA.

Chaired by Mark Patterson, Executive Director at eLife and OASPA Board Member.

  >> OASPA, 2nd March 2016, 3pm GMT  

COAR annual meeting & general assembly, Vienna, Austria

Registration is open for the Confederation of Open Access Repositories annual meeting. The topic will be: The Role of Collaboration in Building the Global Knowledge Commons.

  >> COAR, April 12-13th, 2016  

13th EASE Conference, Strasbourg, France

Early bird registration is open for the European Association of Science Editors conference. The main theme is:  Scientific integrity: editors on the front line.

  >> EASE, June 10-12th, 2016  

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