Click here if you are unable to view the images below


ISSN Newsletter n° 79 September 2019




Meeting on Serial Publications at the National Library of Colombia

The National Library of Colombia – National Center of ISSN held a Meeting on Serial Publications in August 2019.

Attendees learned about topics related to the revision of the Colombian Technical Standard 1074 on information and documentation, with reference to the international standard serial number (ISSN); the role played by open access scholarly journals, and the behavior of serial publications in the digital environment were also discussed. In addition, the importance and advances of the digital legal deposit in the National Library of Colombia were presented, as a mechanism that allows preserving digital documents for future generations. As a complement to this professional development day, there was a workshop on the process of preservation of serial heritage works, both born-digital and analog.

  >> Biblioteca nacional de Colombia, September 2019  

ISSN IC @ 16th International Conference about Digital Preservation (IPres, 16-20 September 2019, Amsterdam, Netherlands)

ISSN IC will participate in the 16th International Conference about Digital Preservation (iPRES) by giving a lightning talk about the Keepers’ Registry ( that will soon be added to the portfolio of services provided by the ISSN Portal ( Gaëlle Béquet, Director of the ISSN International Centre, and Peter Burnhill, Advisor to the ISSN IC Director, will meet with supporting archiving agencies attending iPRES on 19 September  2019.

Conference programme is available.

  >> iPRES 2019  

The ISSN International Centre will attend COASP

The 11th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP) will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark from 24-26 September 2019. Nathalie Cornic, Head of the Metadata and Technical Coordination of the ISSN Network Department, will attend the conference. This is the opportunity for ISSN International Centre to hear about new trends in Open Access, all of which might influence the development of ROAD, the ISSN Directory of Open Access Resources.

The programme is online.

  >> COASP  

ISSN IC @ Conference Standards as a means of improving the quality of services to users organized by AFNOR and Bibliothèque nationale de France (Oct. 11th, 2019, Paris)

ISSN IC Director and Chair of ISO TC46 Information and Documentation, Gaëlle Béquet, will open the conference organized by AFNOR and Bibliothèque nationale de France about standards that improve the quality of services to users. This event will take place at BnF, François Mitterrand Building, on Oct. 11th, 2019 (9.00 – 17.00).

Registration and program available at

  >> View the programme  

ISSN Regional Meeting @ IZUM (Maribor, Slovenia, 22-24 October 2019)

The ISSN International Centre is organizing an ISSN Regional Meeting in partnership with IZUM, the Slovenian Institute of Information Science ( in Maribor, Slovenia. Representatives from Balkan and Central European ISSN National Centres will attend and share information about metadata issues, the ISSN Portal and the new metadata production tool.


ISSN International Centre will take over The Keepers Registry

ISSN International Centre and EDINA at the University of Edinburgh, have agreed to collaborate to postpone the retirement of Keepers Registry. Keepers Registry has been a Jisc funded service for the UK Higher Education sector from 2016 to 2019, but this funding will cease in July 2019. Jisc are thanked for their funding of the service over many years.

The ISSN International Centre and its Governing Board value the Keepers Registry as part of the global identification infrastructure for serials and wish to continue to make its functionality and content available for the UK and international communities of libraries, publishers and scholars.

To maintain this valuable service ISSN International Centre aims to provide a new service from December 2019. To facilitate this development, funding for EDINA to run the current service until the end of November 2019 is to be provided by the ISSN International Centre and the Keepers Agencies.

  >> The Keepers Registy, July 2019  

ISSN International Centre at Frankfurt Book Fair 2018

ISSN International Centre Sales team will be happy to meet you at FBF International Library Centre, ILC– hall 4.2, stand N 75 (16-17 October 2019).

Nathalie Cornic, Head of Metadata and Technical Coordination of the ISSN Network Department, will participate in the ICEDIS meeting organized by  EDItEUR ahead of the Frankfurt Book Fair.

  >> Frankfurt Book Fair 2018, 16-20 October 2019  



Preparing for Thema version 1.4!

The intent behind the formulation of Thema was to develop a descriptive book subject classification system (similar to BISAC) that was suited to the needs of a multi-cultural, multi-lingual book supply chain. A core tenet of the system was that the scheme would be sufficiently flexible to allow an individual market to retain a unique cultural voice, all while remaining a unified and simple-to-adopt scheme.

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG), a NISO member organization, recently published an informative three-part series on the creation and development of Thema.

  >> NISO, September 2019  

BAnQ Becomes a New ISNI Agency in Québec

The ISNI International Agency and Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) have announced that BAnQ is joining the ISNI network as a Registration Agency operating in Québec. ISNI, the International Standard Name Identifier, is used to uniquely identify persons and organizations across a wide range of creative sectors. The ISNI International Agency acts as the registration authority for identifiers. BAnQ plans to offer ISNI assignment services to people and organizations associated with Québec works, including visual and audiovisual materials as well as books.

  >> BAnQ, JUly 2019  

Update on the Work of the ISBD Editorial Group

At IFLA WLIC 2019, the ISBD Review Group gave account on the work carried out to prepare the revision of ISBD, as mentionned in the four-years work plan for revision of ISBD 2018-2022 approved by the IFLA Committee on Standards.

  >> ISBD Review Group, September 2019  

2nd international ISNI Summit for Libraries: a report

The 2nd international ISNI Summit for Libraries was held on 26th-27th June 2019 at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF). Organized by the BnF and the British Library, the summit attracted 36 participants, including representatives from 17 national and research libraries as well as representatives from the ISNI International Agency and OCLC.  This summit led to the creation of the ISNI Consultation Group for Libraries led by a steering group in charge of drafting the terms of reference and an action plan. The resulting final statement about the ISNI Consultation Group for Libraries is available on the Bibliothèque nationale de France’s website, together with presentations delivered over the two days:

  >> Bibliothèque nationale de France, September 2019  

Publishing Industry


Exploring publication ethics in the arts, humanities, and social sciences: A COPE study 2019

COPE’s first survey aims to identify publication ethics issues specifically for Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHSS) journals. The report takes you through the study methodology, its findings on issues identified by the 650 editors who responded, and their awareness of COPE and its resources. The study also compares the responses of the AHSS respondents to those of STM journals in a study by Wager et al in 2009.

The report can be downloaded here.

  >> COPE, September 2019  



Announcing International Collaborations on Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions

The Library of Congress Labs team is co-hosting a workshop to kick-off international collaborations around digital scholarship. Partners in the UK and the US are coming together to collaborate on the role of digital scholarship in transforming museums and other cultural institutions such as libraries, archives, and galleries. They will aim to achieve this by transforming the ways in which culture and heritage can be experienced by global audiences; developing new directions for organisational leadership and new forms of curatorial practice; opening new research frontiers and questions; and advancing collections-based research methods for the 21st century.

  >> The Signal, September 2019  

Bye-bye COPAC, hello Library Hub Discover – search UK and Irish libraries

A generation of researchers and librarians will have grown up with COPAC (Consortium of Online Public Access Catalogues), the union catalogue for research libraries in the UK and Ireland. Since 1st August 2019, COPAC has been replaced by JISC Library Hub Discover. Library Hub Discover currently contains over 39 million records contributed by 110 institutions across the UK and Ireland. The holdings include books, journal titles, grey literature, and also maps which you can locate using the advanced search. Contributing libraries include national libraries, higher education libraries and some specialist libraries.

  >> Bodleian History Faculty Library at Oxford, July 2019  

Annif: DIY automated subject indexing using multiple algorithms

Manually indexing documents for subject-based access is a labour-intensive process. This paper describes Annif, an open source tool and microservice for automated subject indexing developed by the National Library of Finland. After training it with a subject vocabulary and existing metadata gathered from bibliographic databases, Annif can be used to assign subject headings for new documents. The current version is based on a combination of existing natural language processing and machine learning tools.

  >> LIBER Quarterly, 29(1), pp.1–25, July 2019  

Academic Libraries Engaging in Publishing Webinar – Recording

The recording from the IFLA ARL Webinar, Academic Libraries Engaging in Publishing: a Burgeoning Service Model in the Open Access Sphere, presented by Jody Bailey, Head of Scholarly Communications Office, Emory University Libraries, and Ted Polley, Social Sciences & Digital Publishing, IUPUI University Library, is now available from here:



  >> IFLA, August 2019  

LIBER Annual Conference 2019: Watch The Live Stream and Slides

If you could not attend LIBER Annual Conference 2019 held in Dublin, 26-28 June 2019, there are two places to watch the live stream: on this website, or on YouTube. You can find the presentations on Zenodo and on LIBER Conference website.

  >> LIBER Annual Conference 2019, 26-28 June2019  

Scholarly Communication


OPERAS’s Answers to the Expert Group for Open Science of the European Commission

The OSPP (Open Science Policy Platform) asked their stakeholders some questions on the future of Scholarly Publishing and Scholarly Communication. These are the answers prepared by the OPERAS Core Group. OPERAS is the European Research infrastructure for open scholarly communication in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH).

  >> OPERAS Blog, September 2019  

Improving journal publishing practices and standards for increased research equity

At the end of August, as part of a second meeting on research equity, Ugandan National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) and INASP brought together journal editors in Uganda to help improve them their publishing standards to meet the requirements of the Journal Publishing and Practice Standards (JPPS) and increase visibility of their journals and the research they contain.

  >> INASP, September 2019  

Avoiding Technical Debt – A Scholarly Publishing Imperative

Because the cost of continually upgrading technology can be both operationally and financially daunting, content providers too often go with the quick-and-easy option. Is that wise?

  >> NISO, September 2019  

Open Access


Plan S and Open Access in Latin America: Interview with Dominique Babini

Dominique Babini shares her thoughts on Plan S and its significant differences with the Open Access ecosystem, free of article processing charges (APC), that the Latin American region preserves.

  >> AmeliCA blog, September 2019  

Celebration of the International Day for Universal Access to Information 28 September 2019: Leaving no one behind!

Since 2016, UNESCO annually marks 28 September as the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI). UNESCO will continue to organize a series of ‘Open Talks’ at the global level in Lima, Peru on 27 September 2019, and at the regional level in Toluca, Mexico on 19 and 20 September 2019. The events aim to create worldwide discussion on how to foster open societies, open access to information and sustainable development. Within this context, the event, to be held at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEMex) in Toluca, will bring together the founders of AmeliCA and recent members, and create an opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved one year after its launch, build a roadmap of activities and projects for 2020 including the strategy by AmeliCA in favor of the Sustainable Development Goals.

  >> AmeliCA, September 2019  

Plan S Revisions Made Simple

In July 2019, Christopher Kenneally spoke with Rob Johnson of Research Consulting during the webinar Plan S Revisions Decoded. They covered all aspects about Plan S: what has changed, what has stayed the same, and what might happen next. 

  >> Copyright Clearance Center, August 2019  



2019 Charleston Conference

The Charleston Conference gathers hundreds of librarians, vendors, and publishers, and covers issues in serials and book acquisitions.

The full programme is online.

  Charleston Library Conference, 4-8 November 2019, Charleston, SC, USA  

ICSTI (International Council for Scientific and Technical Information) Annual Conference 2019

The International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) will hold its annual conference in Shanghai.

Topic: Open Science and Open Innovation

There are 2 workshops and one keynote report addressing the topic of Open Science.

The programme is online.

  ICSTI’s Annual Conference, 23-26 September 2019, Shanghai, China  

2019 PKP International Scholarly Publishing Conference

In 2018, the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) turned 20. The 2019 PKP International Scholarly Publishing Conference will explore this milestone, reflecting on the maturation of open access and the open, community controlled infrastructure that brings us all together.

The preliminary program is now available.

  PKP 2019, 20-22 November 2019, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain 

SWIB 2019 11th Semantic Web in Libraries Conference

Opening data, linking data and creating tools and software for LOD (linked open data) production scenarios are the major themes that will be addressed.

The programme is online.

  SWIB 2019, 25-27 November 2019, Hamburg, Germany  

21st International Conference on Grey Literature

Topic: Open Science Encompasses New Forms of Grey Literature

How the principles of science and advancements in information technology have impacted the field of grey literature and in turn how grey literature by implementing these has contributed to the open science movement.

The programme is online.

  21st International Conference on Grey Literature, 22-23 October 2019, Hanover, Germany 

For any comment or suggestion about the ISSN newsletter please send a message to :
For further information about the ISSN International Centre please check
Privacy policy

ISSN 2221-8009

  Join us