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ISSN Newsletter n° 89 September 2020




IBICT: Performance of the International ISSN Centre and the National Centres of Latin America

The Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology (Ibict) held a new live for QuartaàsQuatro. The theme of the 5 August 2020 edition was “Performance of the International ISSN Centre and the National Centres of Latin America” and brought together Taina Batista, from the Brazilian ISSN Centre and Ibict researcher; Gaëlle Béquet, Director of the ISSN International Centre ; Carlos Cifuentes, from the Colombian ISSN Centre ; Guadalupe García de Rivera, from the ISSN’s Panamanian Centre; and Carlos Norberto Authier, from the Argentine Centre of ISSN. The national centres invited shared their experiences in their countries with the ISSN network.

Watch the video on YouTube or access the presentations. [in Portuguese and Spanish]


ISO/FDIS 3297.2 (Ed 6) approved by ISO/TC46/SC9 25 out of 30 P-members

The draft of the sixth edition of ISO 3297 was put to a vote of ISO/TC46/SC9 member countries this summer. 25 out of 30 ISO/TC46/SC9 P-members have approved the draft. The sixth edition will be published in October 2020 by ISO after review of the final comments.


ISSN IC will attend COASP

Nathalie Cornic, Head of Metadata and Technical Coordination of the ISSN Network Department, will attend OASPA Online Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing 2020, to be held from Tuesday 22 – Thursday 24 September 2020. The full program is now available.

  >> OASPA, September 2020  

WeMissIPres: An online celebration of iPRES conference series and the digital preservation community (22 – 24 September 2020)

The Digital Preservation Coalition is organizing a 3-day virtual event to support the digital preservation community. On 22 September 2020, a presentation of Keepers Registry is scheduled. Do not miss it and register at

See the #WeMissiPRES program in full.

  >> #WeMissiPRES, 22-24 September 2020  

ISSN IC will participate in RDA satellite meeting on 15 September 2020

Deanna White, Project Officer, and Mikael Wettertrom, Metadata Specialist, will attend the virtual meeting RDA in Europe, which will be held on 15 September 2020. Originally intented to be a satellite meeting from the cancelled WLIC2020, the meeting will revise case studies on adaptations of the new 3R RDA, in its first part, and will address some practical approaches to RDA (application profiles use, RDA and MARC..).

Please register (free) and access the programme.

This event is organized by IFLA Cataloguing Section, jointly with the RDA Steering Committee and the European RDA Interest (EURIG).

  >> RDA satellite meeting, 15 September 2020, 9:30 – 15:00 CEST  

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NISO Plus 2020 Outputs and Next Steps

The inaugural NISO Plus conference took place in Baltimore, MD on February 23-25, 2020. Following the merger of NFAIS and NISO in 2019, the goal was to combine the thought leadership tradition of the former NFAIS conference with the hands-on practicality of NISO. The conference brought together around 250 professionals from across the information community to focus on shared challenges and opportunities through a combination of presentations and in-depth discussions, culminating in concrete next steps for NISO and its community. Download the full report from Figshare.

  >> NISO, July 2020  

Announcing NISO’s New Strategic Plan

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) launched its strategic plan for July 2020 – 2023, which focuses on four key themes: Diversity and Inclusion; Trendsetting; Standards Development for Content and Technology; and Community Development. The plan takes account of NISO’s expanded membership and broader remit following its 2019 merger with NFAIS, which provides the organization with an opportunity to pursue new objectives and goals aligned with its vision of a world where all benefit from the unfettered exchange of information.

The 2020-2023 Strategic Plan can be found here.

  >> NISO, August 2020  

Help establish a new best practice: a guide to the use of persistent identifiers in the cultural heritage sector

Now that more and more organisations have chosen and implemented persistent identifiers, it is time to share use/er experiences of the organizations (as provider and maintainer of persistent identifiers) and of their online visitors (man or machine, who use persistent identifiers to get access to information or objects). The Dutch Digital Heritage Network wants to collaboratively write and publish a guide to the use of persistent identifiers in the cultural heritage sector. The PID Guide application guides you through 25 statements, helps you learn and think about important PID subjects, and guides your first steps towards selecting a PID system.

  >> Dutch Digital Heritage Network, September 2020  

The new IFLA Namespaces now includes the LRM

The LRM (Library Reference Model) is the latest standard to be included on the new IFLA Namespaces site. Visit the site at: The IFLA Namespaces is designed to promote IFLA standards using linked data and is a project from the LIDATEC subcommittee of the IFLA Committee on Standards.

Visit the site at: and

  >> IFLA, August 2020  

When is a persistent identifier not persistent? Or an identifier?

Every modern book published has an ISBN, which uniquely identifies that book, and anyone publishing a book can get an ISBN for it whether an individual or a huge publishing house. It’s a little more complex than that in practice but generally speaking it’s 1 book, 1 ISBN. Nevertheless, while most publishers stick to the rules about never reusing an ISBN, it’s apparently common knowledge in the book trade that ISBNs from old books get reused for newer books, sometimes accidentally, sometimes intentionally, and that has some tricky consequences.

  >> The British Library Digital Scholarship Blog, September 2020  

DataCite Commons – Exploiting the Power of PIDs and the PID Graph

DataCite is proud to announce the launch of DataCite Commons, available at DataCite Commons is a discovery service that enables simple searches while giving users a comprehensive overview of connections between entities in the research landscape. This means that DataCite members registering DOIs  will have easier access to information about the use of their DOIs, and can discover and track connections between their DOIs and other entities. DataCite Commons was developed as part of the EC-funded Project Freya and will form the basis of new DataCite services.

  >> DataCite Blog, August 2020  

Publishing Industry


Why are new journals created? An international analysis of information and documentation titles (2013-2018)

The creation or title changes of scientific journals in the information and documentation (ID) area in the period 2013-2018 are analyzed. This study is based on 62 journals identified through the ISSN Portal and Ulrichsweb. Among the main conclusions regarding newly created titles, the leading role of academic publishers in expanding national university systems and open-access titles stands out. In general, new publications generate few articles per year, have little presence in databases, and receive few citations. Title changes were found only in journals published by commercial publishers. In both cases, journals with a general thematic scope predominate and a significant number of journals did not justify their creation or change of title.

  >> Profesional de la información, May 2020  

Kickstarting ISNI adoption in trade publishing

For the past couple of years, the British Library has been working with a small group of publishers and other organisations involved in the metadata supply chain for the UK book industry to explore options for including ISNIs in publisher’s standard product metadata. The results so far have been encouraging, linking ISNIs into around 70% of names contained in publishers’ current databases. Next steps will also include exploring options for establishing sustainable workflows for ongoing assignment of ISNIs to new authors.

  >> ISNI Newsletter, September 2020  




The adaptation work for the new RDA Toolkit has started in German-speaking countries. Two projects commissioned by the standardization committee and led by the DNB (Deutsche National Bibliothek) started their work in March 2020. Together with the experts from the indexing department, the colleagues deal with the implementation of the new requirement in practical cataloging work. For this purpose, a manual for the development with RDA according to the 3R project is to be created (3R project for DACH libraries, i.e. the German-speaking area). On December 15, 2020, the 3R project will end and the Beta Toolkit will receive the official status of the RDA Toolkit.

  >> DNB Standardization and Indexing Newsletter, August 2020  

ISNI Consultation group for libraries

This is vital that the interests and priorities of ISNI’s library users are clearly understood and represented. With this in mind, an ISNI Consultation Group for Libraries has been assembled, with the group being chaired by Vincent Boulet from the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF). A questionnaire is currently being developed for circulation to ISNI users in libraries during the fourth quarter of 2020. It is hoped that this will not only start to tease out priorities and pain points experienced by national libraries, but also help publicize the activities of the consultation group beyond its original core of steering group members.

  >> ISNI Newsletter, September 2020  

Digital preservation


CLOCKSS provides 2020 annual update

CLOCKSS, aka Controlled LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe), participates in the Keepers Registry as a preservation agency. New reports are made available to the Keepers Registry every begining of the month. Here are some highlights of the previous twelve months.

The CLOCKSS Archive has grown by 4.9 million journal articles, to 38.1 million, and by 14,000 books, to 200,000. The journal growth includes over 2 million new articles, plus almost 3 million backfile articles. In 2020, CLOCKSS is striving to maintain the increased pace of content ingest, to continuously improve the service provided to libraries and publishers, and to consider new strategic preservation initiatives that may be of value to the community.

  >> CLOCKSS, July 2020  

Dozens of scientific journals have vanished from the internet, and no one preserved them

The study Open is not forever co-authored by Mikael Laakso, reveals that 176 online-only, open-access (OA) journals have disappeared from the internet over the past 2 decades, as publishers stopped maintaining them. This study was based notably on the ISSN Portal and the Keepers’ Registry, as well as on bibliographic indexes such as Scopus, Ulrichsweb, and the DOAJ. A new mandate by research funders set to take effect in January 2021 requires preservation schemes, and the new preservation rule is contained in Plan S—but most online-only journals currently lack such plans. The study highlights the urgency to take collaborative action to ensure continued access and prevent the loss of more scholarly knowledge.

  >> Science, September 2020  

Exploring the Effectiveness and Durability of Digital Preservation and Curation Services

With generous funding from the Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS), Ithaka S+R are initiating an 18-month research project to examine and assess how digital preservation and curation systems (DPCS) are developed, deployed, and sustained. Libraries, archives and museums are increasingly dependent on digital platforms to support the curation, discovery, and long-term management of digital content. Yet, some of these systems and tools have substantial sustainability challenges. This study aims to examine the business approaches of community-based DPCS,  and also what it means for DPCS to be inclusive and accessible.

  >> Ithaka S+R Blog, August 2020  

Scholarly Communication


Towards societal impact through open research

Publishing open access dramatically increases the impact of research beyond academia. Springer Nature shares further evidence of this in a four-part blog series that highlights the key takeaways from a survey Springer Nature conducted of over 9,000 researchers in June 2019, to better understand their attitudes towards societal impact.

  >> Springer Nature, September 2020  

Open Access


Why openly available abstracts are important — overview of the current state of affairs

The value of open and interoperable metadata of scientific articles is increasingly being recognized, as demonstrated by the work of organizations such as CrossrefDataCite, and OpenCitations and by initiatives such as Metadata 2020 and the Initiative for Open Citations. At the same time, scientific articles are increasingly being made openly accessible, stimulated for instance by Plan SAmeliCA, and recent developments in the US, and also by the need for open access to coronavirus literature.

In this post, the many ways in which abstracts can be used are explored, as well as the limited availability of abstracts.

  >> Medium, June 2020  

Digital Collection of Academic Journals AmeliCA – Central America

On 10 September 2020, the Digital Collection of Academic Journals AmeliCA – Central America, was officially launched. Redalyc-AmeliCA and the University of Panama have worked since 2018 to build a communication system that gives visibility, positions and improve editorial quality of Central American journals. In 2019, a collaborative agreement was signed between the two institutions in order to lay the foundation for the creation of a portal for Central American journals, define the terms for technology transfer from Redalyc-AmeliCA, and determine the strategies for training to editors and technical staff of the journals of the University of Panama, in the use of the XML Markup System and other areas, to support the editorial management of their journals.

  >> AmeliCA, September 2020  

Redalyc launched the Collection of Ancestral knowledge

In July 2020, Redalyc, together with Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEMex) launched the Collection of Ancestral knowledge accessible on Redalyc portal with support of a Shuttleworth Foundation flash grant. More than 24,000 articles from 1,300 journals and 26 countries are analyzed with SPARQL. This is an ontology-based dataset that aims to integrate the scientific content published in the Open Access journals indexed by Redalyc on topics such as: indigenous knowledge, indigenous peoples and cultures, native languages, ancestral agriculture, among others. The resulting data set is transformed through a process to extract the meaning of the different data that make up a scientific article and is then stored in the form of triplets in a knowledge base linked to Linked Open Data.

  >> Redalyc, July 2020  



The 2020 Charleston Conference is Going Virtual

Remote presentations will include a mix of live and pre-recorded sessions, and both options will include live Q&A for attendees. The event platform will provide a virtual vendor showcase, several networking opportunities, and a user-friendly interface for conference sessions.

Topic: Quo Vadis? Where do we go from here?

Tentative agenda, subject to change.

Registration information

A postconference workshop will be held online using Zoom on 17 November 2020, 1:00 – 4:00 pm EST: Prototyping for Progress: Using a design thinking approach to implement OA and collections strategy.

  >> Charleston Conference, 2-6 November 2020  

DCMI Virtual 2020

DCMI Virtual, the conference of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, will be a programme of virtual, invited and moderated sessions including keynotes, expert panel discussions, tutorials and presentations.

The programme is online, as well as the list of speakers and abstracts.


PIDApalooza Happens in January of 2021!

PIDapalooza 2021 will be a one-of-a-kind experience: a 24-hour nonstop PID party happening around the world. The party starts on January 27 at 14:30 UTC (see the time in your location here). Sessions will take place over the course of the following 24 hours.

Mark your calendars and think about a session to propose.

  >> PIDapalooza, 27 January 2021  

UKSG November Conference

Topic: From Transition to Transformation: providing scholarly content and services in tumultuous times

The speakers will explore how the pace of change in the scholarly communication sector has accelerated as a result of the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The programme is announced.

This year’s event will take place online over two consecutive half days, Wednesday 11th November: 9am GMT to approx. 1pm and Thursday 12th November: 1.30pm GMT to 5pm.

  >> UKSG November Conference, 11-12 November 2020  

IFLA Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section will hold a virtual event about International OA Publishing Practices (21 September 2020)

IFLA SOCRS section is organizing a virtual conference about International OA practices with six speakers who will discuss the Open Library of Humanities, research database integration of open access content in Iran, open access mandates and policies of Latin American countries, and the Research4Life program. Register here: .

  >> IFLA SOCRS: International open access practices: Strategies beyond the APC model, 21 September 2020, 16.00 - 18.00 CEST  

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