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ISSN Newsletter n° 93 January 2021




U.S. ISSN Center Launched Online Application

In November 2020, ISSN Uplink opened its virtual doors at the Library of Congress. It is the first online application system for those seeking international standard serial numbers (ISSN) from U.S. ISSN Center at the Library.

For applicants, the benefits of ISSN Uplink are many compared with the paper- and email-based application process it replaces. ISSN requesters not only can apply online for ISSNs, but they can also create accounts that include team members, track the status of their applications, communicate with ISSN staff and view a history of all their applications, communications and ISSNs assigned.
For ISSN staff, the history that Uplink retains will enable them to provide better service to users during the ISSN assignment process and for future inquiries. The system also allows staff to edit communication templates as needed, track ISSN requests and send automated reminders to applicants when published issues the Library wishes to collect are overdue.

The Library of Congress’ ISSN program started in 1972, so it is approaching its 50-year anniversary. What better early anniversary present than ISSN Uplink!
More information about ISSN Uplink: see ISSN page and consult the FAQ.

  >> The Library of Congress' Gazette, January 2021, p. 4  

ISSN for scientific blogs?

Typically ISSN are used for continuous publications that appear numbered or dated, but scientific blogs or databases of general interest can also be registered. In the allocation, only the formal criteria are examined. Mareike König clearly explains which requirements must be met in order to be assigned an ISSN, and for which benefits. The ISSN supports visibility and long-term citability, important prerequisites for the recognition of blogs as a form of communication relevant to science.

  >> Hypotheses, From the Krekelborn Research Library, January 2020  

Dr Harsh Vardhan Lays the Foundation of a New Institute NIScPR

The new entity CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication and Policy Research (CSIR-NIScPR) was inaugurated with a new Vision on 14 January 2021 by the Union Science and Technology Minister of India, Dr Harsh Vardhan. The new Institute has been established after the merger of two prestigious institutes of CSIR namely, CSIR-NISCAIR and CSIR-NISTADS. The merger will combine strength of two institutes in a synergistic way with a vision to become a globally respected Think Tank and Resource Centre for understanding Science, Technology & Innovation (STI) Policy Research and Communication. CSIR-NISCAIR manages the largest and oldest National Science Library and also distributes International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) for Indian continuing resources. It has been the custodian of the National Knowledge Resource Consortium (NKRC) which facilitates access to more than 5,000 e-journals of all major publishers, patents, standards, citations, and bibliographic databases.

  >> CSIR News, January 2021  

Online Conference on ISO 21110 – Emergency preparedness and response organized by AFNOR and BnF (25 January 2021)

Gaëlle Béquet will give a presentation on the production of ISO international standards at the conference organized by AFNOR, the French standardization agency, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Quai Branly Museum and Sorbonne University. This conference will take place on the occasion of the publication of ISO 21110 – Emergency preparedness and response in libraries, archives and museums. Registration is free of charge.​ Program available here.

  >> AFNOR, Webinar, 25 January, 9:15-17:30 CEST  

ISSN IC @ MARC Advisory Committee (MAC) (January 26th, 2021, distant meeting)

The ISSN Review Group will present two proposals to update MARC to the MARC Advisory Committee (MAC) on January 26th, 2021. The proposals can be read on the MAC website here:

  >> Library of Congress, MARC Advisory Committee (MAC), 26 January 2021  

ISSN IC @PIDapalooza 2021 (January 27th, 2021, Online conference)

Gaëlle Béquet, ISSN IC Director, will attend the online conference PIDapalooza -The Open Festival of Persistent Identifiers on 27 January 2021. The program is available.

  >> PIDapalooza Conference, 27 January 2021  



Focus on PIDapalooza

PIDapalooza, the open festival of persistent identifiers, will be held online from 27-28 January 2021 with a multilingual program. Notably, Carlos Norberto Authier (ISSN Centre of Argentina) will speak about persistent identifiers assigned for free to academic articles in Argentina; Abel Packer (SciELO) will describe SciELO Program adoption of PIDs towards more visibility and participation in the global flow of scientific information; Arnaud Gingold will give examples of PIDs implementation’s options and strategies from the OpenEdition platforms and the OPERAS discovery service TRIPLE; and Laura Paglione will advocate for richer metadata that fuels discovery and innovation.

  >> PIDapalooza, online, 27-28 January 2021  



Measuring the impact of special collections and archives in the digital age: opportunities and challenges

Research libraries are faced with a pressing demand to assess the value of their services and evidence their impact. In order to develop a better understanding of how research libraries respond to this demand, the authors collected and analysed case-study and survey data from across the RLUK membership. The authors present some of the key findings, showing the pathways to impact, and reflect on the opportunities and challenges that the digital era presents for increasing and measuring this impact.

  >> LIBER Quarterly, November 2020  

Casalini Libri and @Cult

Casalini Libri joins forces with its historic partner @Cult, a software house based in Rome and specializing in the design and development of solutions for information management and knowledge sharing. The union both strengthens and furthers the Casalini mission to promote the dissemination of culture through increasingly advanced services to libraries, institutions and publishers. They both promote Share-VDE, a collaborative endeavour and a library-driven initiative. This prototype platform for searching and accessing bibliographic resources according to the BIBFRAME data model brings together the bibliographic catalogues and authority files of a community of libraries in a shared discovery environment based on linked data.

  >> Casalini Libri, January 2021  

Digital preservation


Celebrating 50 Years of the Southeast Asia Materials Project (1970-2020)

2020 marks a milestone in the half-century of international collaborative accomplishments of SEAM (Southeast Asia Materials Project) under the governance of the Center for Research Libraries. SEAM is a global membership-based consortium of academic institutions interested in supporting Southeast Asian scholarly resources.

  >> Center for Research Libraries, December 2020  

Newspapers from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan preserved by SEEMP

The Slavic and East European Materials Project (SEEMP) has preserved a large set of newspapers from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.  These newspapers were collected by Dr. William Fierman, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University and extend the collection SEEMP preserved in 2016.

  >> Center for Research Libraries, December 2020  

Scholarly Communication


Can Publishers Maintain Control of the Scholarly Record?

The journal brand has proven to be the great intangible asset of the scholarly publisher. It signals trust and authority to authors and readers alike. Nevertheless, looking ahead, there are real tensions emerging in how the scholarly record will be structured and who will have ownership and control over it. What are the opportunities and challenges as publishers seek to extend the reach — and value — of their journal brands by supporting research materials beyond the version of record? Digging into the evolving context of preprints and research data offers valuable clues.

  >> The Scholarly Kitchen, January 2021  

How reliable and useful is Cabell’s Blacklist ? A data-driven analysis

In scholarly publishing, blacklists aim to register fraudulent or deceptive journals and publishers, also known as “predatory”, to minimise the spread of unreliable research and the growing of fake publishing outlets. However, blacklisting remains a very controversial activity for several reasons. Cabell’s paywalled blacklist service attempts to review fraudulent journals on the basis of transparent criteria and to provide allegedly up-to-date information at the journal entry level. A team of academic librarians  tested Cabell’s blacklist to analyse whether or not it could be adopted as a reliable tool by stakeholders in scholarly communication. They expose their methodology and conclude with recommendations and suggestions that could help improve Cabell’s blacklist service.

  >> LIBER Quarterly, September 2020  

Compass to publish: assessing the fraudulent nature of an Open Access journal

This new and unique tool aims to help the scientific community to better understand the problem of fake journals and fake publishers. Compass to publish makes it possible to assess the authenticity of Open Access journals by answering a series of questions.

  >> Liège Université, November 2021  

Open Access


Open access: A problem way beyond one nation one subscription

The past two decades have witnessed accelerated demand for open access (OA) to scholarly publications propelled by the progress in digital technologies. The government of India new policy “one nation one subscription” aims to facilitate larger access to journal articles generated from publicly funded research. However, OA experts argue that this will promote a subscription-based culture rather than providing a sustainable alternative to move away from it. The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore has been a strong advocate for OA and recently organised a series of discussions to shed light on the roadblocks to OA route especially in the Indian context. India can learn from the early adoption and successful journey of local OA publishing in Latin America.

  >> Times of India, December 2020  

Indian Government proposes to buy bulk subscriptions of all scientific journals, provide free access to all

On 1st January 2021, the government of India released the ambitious draft policy for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) to the public for comments. The policy aims to bring about changes in the research ecosystem of India by encouraging innovation to make the Indian science and technology ecosystem one that can survive global competition. As part of such an endeavour, the government proposed a ‘One Nation, One Subscription’ plan which would make thousands of journals freely available to Indians.

  >> The Indian Express, January 2021  

Achieving an equitable transition to open access for researchers in lower and middle-income countries

This White Paper – produced in collaboration with the STM Association – provides an evidence base, supporting practical recommendations towards the equitable and inclusive shift towards open access publishing in countries eligible for Research4Life participation.

  >> Elsevier, June 2020  

Report on the OPERAS workshop “How to fill the information gap: Open Access for the social sciences and humanities”

This OPERAS workshop took place on 17 November 2020 as part of the 15th Munin Conference on Scholarly Publishing 2020. The discussion showed that overviews over Open Access publishing possibilities, especially for journals, have strongly evolved and are already of good quality in many countries. Yet, this is not true for all European countries and particularly for Open Access publishing of monographs and books. During the discussion it became clear that the community-debate should now focus on building the “house” for Open Access.

Read the full report.

  >> OPERAS, November 2020  



Conference Bibliographic Control 2021

The International Conference on Bibliographic Control in the Digital Ecosystem, organised by Firenze University and to be held online from 8-12 February 2021 aims to explore the new boundaries of Universal Bibliographic Control. The conference will bring together metadata experts from major libraries and publishers’ associations.

The programme is announced. Participation is free, but registration is necessary.

  >> International Conference Bibliographic control in the digital ecosystem, onlin 8-12 February 2021  

New RDA Toolkit Demonstration

The free webinar covers navigating and searching the Toolkit, new features and functions of the site, and some tips for getting the most out of it. Register by January 25th.

  >> New RDA Toolkit webinar, 26 January 2021, 11:30 AM, Central Time (US and Canada)  

RDA Lab Series, a weekly presentation of live webinars

The next RDA Lab Series, presented by cataloger and recent RDA Steering Committee member Kate James, is scheduled to run from 23 February 2021 to 18 August 2021. This upcoming iteration of the familiar series invites registrants to work with the new RDA Toolkit in either one of two time slots of their choosing. While designed specifically for the time convenience of users in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Oceania and the UK, the series welcomes participation by catalogers everywhere. Registration is now open here on the ALA Store website. 

  >> RDA Lab Series webinar, from 23 February 2021 to 18 August 2021  

Online forum on European Librarianship: The New Shape of Sharing

This multi-day working forum, sponsored by the Collaborative Initiative for French Language Collections (CIFNAL), the German-North American Resources Partnership (GNARP), both working projects of the Center for Research Libraries, will focus on three areas: collaborative collection development and services; the growing range of content and format types; and the evolving role of libraries and librarians in the research process. The program is online. Sessions are free, registration is required.

  >> The New Shape of Sharing online series, 11 January-19 April 2021  

IFLA Namespaces Intermediate Training

This is a 1.5-hour training webinar for IFLA Committee Members who contribute standards to the Namespaces. Register to join the webinar.

  >> IFLA Namespaces Intermediate Training, 17 February 2021 at 15:30 - 17:00 CET  

IFLA Linked Data Technical subcommittee (LIDATEC) next meeting

The next meeting of IFLA Linked Data Technical subcommittee (LIDATEC) will take place online on 27 January 2021. The agenda is online.

  >> IFLA Linked Data Technical subcommittee (LIDATEC), online, 27 January 2021 via Zoom from 09:00-10:30 AM EST  

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