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Newsletter n°47 August-September 2016




ISSN IC Tender procedure

The ISSN International Centre has launched a tender procedure for the development of a new web portal and a customer extranet.

  >> ISSN International Centre, September 2016  

Preparatory meeting of the 41st Meeting of ISSN Directors includes representatives of Latin American countries

Official representatives of Latin American countries gathered on the 31th of August, at the headquarters of the Brazilian Institute for Information in Science and Technology (IBICT), to attend the second preparatory meeting of the 41st Meeting of Directors of ISSN network. The preparatory meeting was meant to speed up and confirm the participation of Latin American countries that have not ensured their presence at the event to be held in Brasilia from 7 to 11 November 2016.

Article in Portuguese

  Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia, September 2016  

The ISSN International Centre and the ISSN Russian Centre met with Russian publishers during Moscow Book Fair (8 September 2016)

Russian publishers answered a survey earlier this year about their needs and expectations regarding ISSN services. Representatives from the ISSN International Centre and the ISSN Russian Centre presented the findings of their survey and the on-going projects to develop their services for the publishing industry and the library community.

The meeting took place on September 8, 2016, at Moscow International Book Fair.

  >> Moscow International Book Fair, September 2016  

ISSN network representatives participated in ISBN Annual General Meeting in Vienna (21-22 September 2016)

Gaëlle Béquet (ISSN International Centre) and Christian Schuetz (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, ISSN Germany) presented the strategy of the ISSN network at ISBN AGM. They also had meetings with Austrian colleagues from OBVSG (Die Österreichische Bibliothekenverbund und Service GmbH) and Hauptverbandes des Österreichischen Buchhandels about the creation of ISSN Austria.

  >> ISSN IC, September 2016  

Questionable Practices in Scholarly Publishing: the Stance of the ISSN Network

The advent of Open Access publishing has been tainted by questionable practices favouring profit-generating activities over the advancement of sciences. The ISSN network has been faced since 2012 with ISSN requests lacking correct and verifiable information preventing the unambiguous identification of the publication. Some guidelines have been devised to handle these flawed requests.
The ISSN network advocates some educational action towards authors, editors and publishers to improve the quality of publications.

Article also available in PDF:

  >> IFLA Library, August 2016  

ROAD: the Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources to Promote Open Access Worldwide

ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources, is a service implemented by the ISSN International Centre to provide a free access to a selection of worldwide, multidisciplinary scholarly resources in open access that have been identified by the ISSN Network. This paper details ROAD background, its innovative concept and how it is positioned in the open access ecosystem.

Article available in PDF published within the Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Electronic Publishing on IOS Press.

  >> ElPub2016, July 2016  

Working Together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record

EDINA and the ISSN International Centre are pleased to announce the publication of Working Together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record. This statement outlines the actions now required to tackle the evolving challenges of preserving and ensuring the long-term accessibility of digital scholarship.

  >> The Keepers blog, August 2016  

ISSN Colombia won the 2016 ISSN Award

Mr Carlos Cifuentes Cobos, librarian, will participate in a training session from 10 to 14 October 2016 at the ISSN International Centre in Paris. The session is organized by the Data, Network & Standards department. Congratulations to our Colombian colleague and welcome!


Latindex in Argentina

The beginning of Argentina’s cooperation with Latindex System is framed in a series of institutional policies taken by the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) that hosts the ISSN National Center. The aim of these policies is to identify, record, select, produce and disseminate qualified information on Argentinian scientific journals looking forward to helping optimize its editorial quality and visibility. The activities of the Argentinian collection center, its results and the interaction with the community of editors are the focus of this article.

Article in Portuguese


  >> Ciência da Informação, Vol 44 No 2, 2015  



NISO releases Altmetrics Recommended Practice

The National Information Standards Organization has published NISO RP-25-2016, Outputs of the NISO Alternative Assessment Project. This recommended practice on altmetrics, an expansion of the tools available for measuring the scholarly impact of research in the knowledge environment, was developed by working groups that were part of NISO’s Altmetrics Initiative. The document outlines altmetrics definitions and use cases, alternative outputs in scholarly communications, data metrics, and persistent identifiers in scholarly communications.

  >> NISO, September 2016  

The Library of Congress announces the release of the 2016-2017 Recommended Formats Statement

By providing guidance in the form of technical characteristics and metadata which best support the preservation and long-term access of digital and analog works , the Library of Congress hopes to encourage creators, vendors, archivists and librarians to use the recommended formats in order to further the creation, acquisition and preservation of creative works which will be available for the use of future generations at the Library of Congress and other cultural memory organizations.

Recommended Formats Statement [PDF: 353 KB, 31 pp.]

  >> Library of Congress, August 2016  

Gathering the needles: evaluating the impact of gold open access content with traditional subscription journals

The Project COUNTER, known as the Code of Practice, is the standard that ensures vendors and publishers can provide their library customers with consistent, credible and comparable usage data. Utilizing the Project COUNTER Release 4 JR1-GOA report, two librarians explore these data in comparison to journal package subscriptions represented via the JR1 reports. The intent of the study was to assess the overall picture regarding article usage. The methodology and the initial outcomes of the study are provided, along with future plans and opportunities arising from the study findings.

  >> UKSG Insights, July 2016  

Publishing Industry


Managing relationships between libraries and publishers for greater impact

This is an examination on how some straightforward changes to publisher practices might enable simpler workflows within libraries. It looks at the scope for transformational change in academic publishing as a result of open access (OA), and argues that publishers that explore radically new business models will be in a position to flourish in the future.

  >> UKSG Insights, July 2016  



LIBER highlighted in research library journal Signum

LIBER’s mission and key elements of the work accomplished are currently featured in the latest edition of Signum, a journal published by the Finnish Research Library Association, further to the 2016 LIBER annual conference held in Helsinki.

  >> LIBER, September 2016  

IFLA Trend Report 2016 update

The update fulfils the original mission of the Report to be just the starting point for ongoing reflection. It highlights questions which were barely on the horizon in 2013, such as redefining the role of libraries, ensuring investment in skills and improving coordination in the sector.

  >> IFLA Trend Report, August 2016  

Scholarly Communication


Stockholm University: New open access agreement with Springer

Researchers at Stockholm University can now publish articles in open access without any fees in more than 1,600 Springer journals. Stockholm University has joined the pilot agreement between The National Library of Sweden and Springer that will last until end of 2018.

  >> Stockholm University, August 2016  

UCB Library partners with OpenEdition

The institutional subscription to OpenEdition Fremium allows the UC Berkeley community to participate in an acquisition policy that supports sustainable development of OA. As such, thousands of ebooks and journals are discoverable through the portal or through the Library’s catalogs and bibliographic search tools. The OpenEdition platform is a knowledge dissemination portal whose founder was awarded by the CNRS Innovation Medal in July 2016.

  >> Berkeley University Library, August 2016  

Open Access


DOAJ policy updates: Open access statement and user registration

From 8th September, DOAJ will accept a short open access statement, but only in combination with a Creative Commons licensing statement on the same page. Likewise, from August 2016, DOAJ no longer accepts journals that require users to register to view the full text.

  >> DOAJ News Service, September 2016  

Open access and knowledge sharing: reflections on the Pathfinder projects and Open Access Good Practice initiative

The Jisc-funded Open Access Good Practice (OAGP) initiative is a community-led support programme which aims to develop and share best practices when implementing open access (OA) workflows, systems and procedures across UK higher education institutions (HEIs). As part of this programme, nine Pathfinder projects were established in 2014. This paper highlights a selection of thoughts and reflections from project members about their experience of participating in the programme.


  >> UKSG Insights, August 2016  

The global hegemony in academic research – will open access change the game?

De Gruyter Open Author Survey has recently shown that authors from less wealthy countries are indeed more likely to publish their works  in gold open access model. There is a strong negative correlation between the share of academic papers published in open access journals and a country’s GDP per capita.

  >> OpenScience, August 2016  

The costs of flipping our dollars to gold

The University of California (UC) Libraries have recently released the final version of the Pay It Forward report, examining the impact on large, research-intensive institutions in the US and Canada of a wholesale shift to gold open access (OA) for journals. The conclusions point a way toward a possible funding model that could introduce the right incentives to both manage costs and improve the system over time, while achieving the benefit of fully open access to research.

  >> Scholarly Kitchen, August 2016  

Role of open access digital repositories (OADR) on information seeking behavior among research scholars: A study

The result of the study revealed that 56 % of respondents prefer to seek information through Open Access Digital Repositories , 34 % of the respondents believe that the use of Open Access Digital Repositories while seeking information has increased their academic activities.

PDF Article

  >> International Research: Journal of Library & Information Science | Vol. 6 No. 2, June, 2016  



Frankfurt Book Fair 2016

ISSN IC will participate in the Frankfurt Book Fair at the International Library Centre booth (4.2 N75).

  Frankfurter Buchmesse, 19-23 October, 2016  

Guadalajara International Book Fair

ISSN IC will participate in the 30th Guadalajara International Book Fair (Feria Internacional del Libro) at booth GG26.

  FIL 2016, November 28-30, 2016, Guadalajara, México  

UKSG Introduction to E-Resources Today

A one day course aiming to present a practical introductory overview of all aspects of journals and e-resources management including e-books.

  UKSG, London, 6 October, 2016  

OA days in Munich

The 10th Open Access Days will focus on the “Transformation to Open Access”. This is the central annual conference on Open Access in the German-speaking countries. 

  Open Access Tage, Munich, 10-11 October, 2016  

International Open Access Week

Hundreds of events will be celebrated around the world.

  OA Week, 24-30 October, 2016  

OpenCon 2016

OpenCon is a conference and a platform for the next generation to learn about Open Access, Open Education and Open Data.

  OpenCon2016, Washington DC, 12-14 November, 2016  

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