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Newsletter no 43, March 2016




ISSN International Centre services announced by the Uruguayan Association of Scholarly Journals

In the framework of the cooperation agreement between ISSN-IC and Latindex, the Uruguayan Association of Scholarly Journals / Asociación Uruguaya de Revistas Académicas (AURA) has released an announcement about ISSN-IC services, the ISSN international Register and ROAD, the Directory of Open Access Resources.

  >> AURA, March 2016  

ISSN IC Director at Fiesole Collection Development Retreat

Gaëlle Béquet, Director of the ISSN IC, will speak in the 18th Fiesole Collection Development Retreat which will take place in Fiesole (Italy) from 6th to 8th April, 2016. This year’s topic will address issues in digital scholarly communication and accessibility of research data. On 7th April, a session will focus on discovery tools and data identification. Gaëlle Béquet’s speach will be intitled: “ISSN: A key identifier poised for innovation”. It will give the ISSN International Centre an opportunity to present its innovative strategy. More details can be found at

  >> Fiesole Collection Development Retreats  



NISO releases altmetrics definitions and use cases for public comment

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) seeks comments on the draft Altmetrics Definitions and Use Cases document, NISO RP-25-201X-1. The draft is an output of the NISO Altmetrics Initiative, a two-phase project aiming to address limitations and gaps that may hinder the adoption of altmetrics, an expansion of tools available for measuring scholarly impact of research in the knowledge environment. The NISO document means to highlight the different ways in which the stakeholders collect, develop, and consume altmetrics, and to explain and contextualize commonalities between stakeholders’ needs, goals, and usages.

The draft Recommended Practice is open for public comments through April 20, 2016.

  >> NISO, March 2016  

Publishing Industry


Emerald Group Publishing partners with ReadCube to widen reach of its collection

Through ReadCube’s Discover service, all Emerald research content – including over 200,000 journal articles, book chapters and teaching case studies – have been deep-indexed, allowing for increased discoverability across ReadCube’s web, desktop, and mobile reading portals, search engines and recommendation feeds. In addition to improved discovery, Emerald’s collection is now available in ReadCube’s signature “enhanced” reading format, including hyperlinked in-line citations and figures, annotation capabilities, clickable author names, one-click access to supplemental content and figures, social sharing, and Altmetrics.

Readcube has also acquired from Springer Nature the reference manager tool Papers that helps researchers collect and curate their research material. Click for more details.


  >> Readcube, March 2016  

Wellcome Trust and Charity Open Access Fund evaluate open access spend for 2014-15

Every year, the Wellcome Trust issues a report providing details of the total spend on OA publishing and considering to what extent papers are freely available through the Europe PMC repository and licenced in accordance with the Trust requirements. As a result, the Wellcome Trust has warned some big publishers than unless they improve their service and lower their costs, it could refuse to provide researchers with funds to publish in certain types of their journals.

  >> Wellcome Trust Blog, March 2016  

New initiative to boost Open Access

Research organizations declare support for an OA transformation of scholarly journals

A growing number of research organizations want to establish an international initiative which aims to convert the majority of today’s scholarly journals from subscription to Open Access (OA) publishing. This is the result of the 12th Berlin Open Access Conference hosted by the Max Planck Society in December 2015. An Expression of Interest, published in March 2016 and already adopted by thirty signatories, invites all parties involved in scholarly publishing to collaborate on a swift and efficient transition for the benefit of scholarship and society at large.


  >> Max Planck Gesellschaft, March 2016  

Launch of an editor-owned open access journal marks new era for OA journal publishing

Making academic journal articles free to read and quick to access — that’s the mission of the growing open access movement. The game-changing OA journal Discrete Analysis has been launched in February 2016. The journal will be owned by its editors, rather than a publisher middleman, and will follow the “diamond OA model,” meaning it will be free to read and publish in.

  >> Scholastica, February 2016  

Enabling authors to pay for open access – The Gold Open Access market and the role of an institutional central fund.

Stephen Pinfield shares findings and analysis from a detailed case study of the paid-for Gold Open Access market. Along with a snapshot of the paid-for Gold OA market the study provides, it may inform further evidence-based policy developments for institutions, funders and other stakeholders.

  >> LSE, The London School of Economics and Political Science, March 2016  

Elsevier agreement with universities on open access

Elsevier and the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) have established an agreement with Dutch universities. The agreement enables Dutch researchers to publish open access in 30% of Elsevier journals. The agreement has been in force since 1st January 2016 to 31th December 2018.

  >> Maastricht University, Online Library, March 2016  

EIFL welcomes adoption of Guidelines for Open Access to Research Results in Lithuania

The Research Council of Lithuania adopted Guidelines for Open Access to Research Results on 29th February 2016. The Guidelines include open access (OA) and open research data policy that are fully aligned with the Horizon 2020 (H2020) OA mandate and Open Research Data Pilot, and the July 2012 European Commission recommendations on access to and preservation of scientific information. The newly-adopted Guidelines are based on a strong OA tradition in Lithuania and on current good practices in Europe.

  >> EIFL, February 2016  

The End of Journals

Journals are facing fundamental challenges that can only be overcome through relentless innovation and a willingness to leave the security of an outdated model. There are at least 9 deficiencies in the current model that fuel the sense that journals as we have known them are approaching their final act.

  >> Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, March 2016  

All change in scholarly communications: how are the players – veterans and newbies – adapting?

Fiona Murphy’s report on Academic Publishing in Europe 11 held in Berlin in January 2016. Among the topics to be highlighted were Open Access transformation of scientific journal publishing, the need for scholarly communication infrastructures, and the role of journals in research ethics.

All the videos are online:


  >> ALPSP blog, February 2016  



RDA-thon: a series of events dedicated to RDA to be held at the BnF

In the framework of the French “bibliographic transition” programme, the National library of France will organize a series of events dedicated to RDA: the first French “Jane-athon”, dedicated to Jules Verne, and two meetings with RDA international experts. Gordon Dunsire, chair of the RDA Steering Committee, Regina Reynolds (Library of Congress), Director of US ISSN Centre, and Clément Oury (ISSN International Centre) will be among the speakers.

Register before 22nd April 2016.

  >> Transition bibliographique, March 2016  

University libraries launch Diginole: FSU’s digital library and research repository

University Libraries are proud to announce the launch of DigiNole, Florida State University’s unified platform for FSU-created and maintained digital resources. DigiNole will enable users’ seamless access to a range of materials through two portals including the Digital Library and the Research Repository.

  >> Florida State University Librairies, March 2016  

Open Access in Japan – a multi-institutional perspective

In January 2016, the French embassy organized an expert visit in Tokyo aiming at exchanging strategic options concerning open access in Japan and France, and to gather in-depth information concerning the situation in Japan in the domain of open access to scientific results. The group of 5 experts from France and the Netherlands met with several major agencies (MEXT, JST, JSPS, NII) as well as research and library communities. Their report reflects the rich interactions that occurred and the opportunities for close collaborations between European and Japanese institutions both at political and technical levels.


  >> HAL, March 2016  

Peru launches RENARE, a national network of open access repositories

On March 11, 2016 Peru launched its National Network for Open Access Repositories, RENARE, which connects 49 institutions and provides access to almost 50,000 publications and datasets. The national network is managed and hosted by CONCYTEC, the Peruvian National Council for Science, Technology and Innovation. The launch was organized in conjunction with a conference, V Congreso Internacional de Bibliotecas Universitarias, CIBU 2016. Eloy Rodrigues, COAR chairman, presented COAR’s activities and international perspectives.  CONCYTEC is a member of LA Referencia, the Latin-American network of repositories from nine countries, and a COAR member.

  >> COAR, March 2016  

Welcome to Science 2.0 : Open Access in Action

A look at the EU’s newly announced Open Science Policy Platform, and the long-term implications of Open Science for librarians and other information curators. The implications of Open Access publishing of peer reviewed journal content for academic and public libraries is examined through a librarian lens. Like open access, Open Science (OS) has broad implications for those charged with the curation of knowledge.

  >> Library journal, March 2016  

Journal-Flipping Public Consultation

New Preliminary Report From Harvard Library Office For Scholarly Communication

In April 2015, the Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication issued a request for proposals to write “a comprehensive literature review on methods for converting subscription-based scholarly journals to open access.” The preliminary version of their report is now open for public comments.

  >> Harvard Library, Office for Scholarly Communication, March 20016  

Costa Rica launches national open access repository

The University of Costa Rica has just launched the Costa Rican National Repository, called Kímuk, a tool promoted by the National Council of Rectors and supported by LA Referencia. Kimuk is based on the OpenAIRE guidelines for literature repositories and the recommendations of LA Referencia.

  >> COAR, March 2016  

Launch of the PERSIST digital heritage selection Guidelines

The UNESCO PERSIST Project, an initiative of UNESCO, ICA, IFLA and other partners, for enhancing the sustainability of digital heritage, has now launched The UNESCO/PERSIST Guidelines for the selection of digital heritage for long-term preservation. The aim of the Guidelines is to provide an overarching starting point for libraries, archives, museums and other heritage institutions when drafting their own policies on the selection of digital heritage for long-term sustainable digital preservation.

  >> IFLA, March 2016  

University Press Redux: preserving heritage, charting the future

Alison Muddit reports on the University Press Redux conference held on 16th-17th March in Liverpool. The event gathered delegates from nine US university presses and their UK counterparts  to exchange insights into the rapidly changing world of scholarly publishing. New publishing models and strategic relationships came into focus. The slides and Storify are available.

  >> The Scholarly Kitchen, March 2016  

Focus on INRA scholarly journals hosted by HAL

INRA journals’ archives were made available on HAL, the French, multidisciplinary open archive, at the end of 2014. INRA journals, representing today more than 25,000 articles, have been heavily consulted. This HAL-INRA partnership is a good example of synergy for a better visibility of research.  (Article in French)

  >> Le blog du CCSD, March 2016  



P2L (Publishers Reporting to Libraries) Summit, Philadelphia (USA)

This inaugural conference jointly convened by ARL, AAUP and CNI will bring together university library and press directors to explore how they may better work together towards understanding best practices for on-campus collaborations in scholarly communications.

  >> ARL, 9-10th May 2016  

ICEDIS @ UKSG, Bournemouth, UK

Some updates on the further rollout of ONIX-PC, initiatives to better support open access products, and ideas on how best to extend support to members involved with libraries and library services.

  >> ICEDIS, 13th April 2016  

ISSN IC will exhibit at Abu Dhabi book fair

ISSN IC will exhibit at Abu Dhabi Book Fair to be held from the 27th April to 3rd May 2016.


>> Abu Dhabi book fair, 27

April –3 May 2016


IFLA International News Media Conference, Hamburg

The conference will cover areas like newspaper and digital news media archiving, preservation and access, e-legal deposit, agreements between libraries and publishers, webharvesting.


>> IFLA News Media, 20th-

22nd April 2016, Hamburg


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