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ISSN Newsletter n° 99 July-August 2021




The ISSN International Centre completes a pilot project with Springer Nature

The ISSN International Centre, with academic publisher Springer Nature, has just completed constructing a new, centralized process for the assignment of ISSN to periodicals and books series published by this publisher.

Read the press release.

  >> ISSN International Centre, July 2021  

Launch of the online ISSN requesting tool by the National Library of the Philippines

The National Library of the Philippines has just launched its online application system for the assignment of identifiers, i.e. ISSN, ISBN and ISMN, to publications issued on the national territory.

This system is meant to provide better services for stakeholders and publishers.

For further inquiries please visit or email

For more information, you can watch this video.

  >> National Library of Philippines, June 2021  

ISSN International Centre @ IFLA WLIC 2021

ISSN International Centre will participate in IFLA WLIC 2021.

The Marketing team will hold a gold exhibitor virtual booth accessible through the exhibitors section. The showcase page will enable delegates to network with private, direct chat functions.

The Metadata department will be represented by Mikael Wetterstöm. As a liaison officer of the ISBD Review Group, he has an active part in the ISBD for Manifestation Task Force to review ISBD in the context of alignment with IFLA LRM model. He will present the revision work done so far by the group about the evolution of the data elements.  More information on IFLA website ISBD in transition.


The Chinese Digital Preservation Programme on Keepers Registry

The Keepers Registry has registered a significant increase of periodicals archived by the Chinese National Digital Preservation Programme for Scientific Literature, NDPP.

The Keepers Registry Statistics July 21

NDPP China is funded by National Science & Technology Library placed under the umbrellla of the Ministry of Science and Technology, China.  More than 200 research and academic libraries participate in this programme, operating with multiple preserving nodes at major institutions.
NDPP strives to promote research and practice of digital resource preservation in China, and also looks forward to exchange and cooperation with international experts and institutions.

  >> The Keepers Registry, July 2021  



France announces Second National Open Science Plan with specific actions around PIDs

The French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation has released its second national open science plan, which proposes specific actions around PIDs such as:

  • Standardise the Software Heritage Identifier (SWHID), which will complement the DOIs for software.
  • Encourage researchers to adopt ORCID iDs, and propose adding data from ORCID to the research information systems to limit duplication efforts.
  • Participate in the governance of standards for metadata and persistent digital identifiers (Crossref, DataCite, ORCID, ROR) and in the governance of open science services (Directory of Open Access Journals, Directory of Open Access Books, OPERAS,…).

More info on 8

  >> Ouvrir la science, July 2021  

NISO Announces Publication of Updated JATS, Version 1.3

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) publishes the latest update to the JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite standard (ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2021), Version 1.3.

JATS provides a common XML format in which publishers and archives can exchange journal content—both articles (text and graphics) and non-article material such as letters, editorials, and book and product reviews. The Tag Suite is the complete set of elements and attributes described in the standard. Along with these descriptions, the standard includes three implementations of the suite, called Tag Sets, which are intended to provide models for archiving, publishing, and authoring journal article content. Version 1.3 of the standard incorporates public comments made through October 2020.

  >> NISO, July 2021  

ANSI/NISO Z39.4, Criteria for Indexes is now published!

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of its updated ANSI/NISO Z39.4, Criteria for Indexes, incorporating feedback from the public comment period earlier this year. It replaces the original ANSI/NISO Z39.4 standard (Guidelines for Indexes and Related Information Retrieval Devices), last updated in 1984, and is an updated and expanded version of NISO’s Guidelines for Indexes and Related Information Retrieval Devices (a technical report, TR02-1997).

The updated standard provides guidelines for the content, organization, and presentation of indexes used for the retrieval of information. It deals with the principles of indexing—regardless of the type of material indexed, the indexing method used, the medium of the index, or the method of presentation for searching.

  >> NISO, July 2021  

Publishing Industry


Preprints Are Not Going to Replace Journals

Since 2016, the number of preprint servers has rapidly increased. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of preprints, as a vehicle for open science, has widely been discussed, as have the limitations of the academic journals.
In the virtual 15th Conference of the European Association of Science Editors (EASE), a debate was held on the motion: Preprints are going to replace journals. The author of this article was asked to oppose the motion, establishing similarity between journals and preprints in terms of nature of service they provide or purposes they serve; advantages of preprints over journals/articles; and uniqueness of preprints. For three reasons, however, the author demonstrates that preprints are not going to replace journals.
  >> The Scholarly Kitchen, June 2021  



Out Now: June 2021 issue of IFLA Journal

​​IFLA Journal    IFLA Journal is an international journal publishing peer reviewed articles on library and information services and the social, political and economic issues that impact access to information through libraries.

The Journal publishes research, case studies and essays that reflect the broad spectrum of the profession internationally.

  >> IFLA Journal, June 2021  

Digital preservation


Hathi Trust welcomes new Program Steering Committee members

Hathi Trust’s Board of Governors approved the appointment of the following four candidates to serve on the Program Steering Committee (PSC) for three years, beginning July 2021:

*Christopher Cox, Dean of Libraries, Clemson University (HathiTrust member since 2019)
*Dracine Hodges, AUL for Technical Services, Duke University  (HathiTrust member since 2010)
*Nathan Mealey, AUL for Discovery & Access, Wesleyan University  (HathiTrust member since 2016)
*Catherine Mitchell, Director, Publishing, Archives, and Digitization, California Digital Library  (HathiTrust member since 2008).

  >> Hathi Trust, June 2021  

National library of the Netherlands receives CoreTrustSeal for its e-Depot

The e-Depot of the KB, the national library of the Netherlands, has been awarded the CoreTrustSeal for Trustworthy Data Repositories. The CoreTrustSeal offers an internationally recognized certification in the area of digital preservation. This certificate is an important recognition for all activities aimed at preserving the KB’s digital collections and keeping them accessible. It proves that the national library of the Netherlands adheres to the core level of requirements needed to sustain a trustworthy digital archive.
  >> KB, National Library of the the Netherlands, July 2021  

Scholarly Communication


Now available: IFLA Journal Editorial Committee’s “How to get published in scholarly journals” webinar series

The IFLA Journal editorial committee and editor are pleased to announce the availability of its summer webinar series on how to publish in academic journals.  Conducted in a series of four events focused on various world time zones, these webinars aimed to provide LIS scholars and practitioners with an insider view of the journal editing process with perspectives from the editor, reviewers, and authors. Overall, the webinars offer a unique view of the academic publishing process and provide practical advice to authors on how to approach the academic publishing process. More than 400 members of the IFLA community were able to join the sessions live, and these are now freely available.

View the webinars

  >> IFLA, July 2021  

Open Access


A new service of inventory of open access policies for French journals by Mir@bel

Since June 2021, French journals can declare their policies so that they are visible in Sherpa Romeo. The French network Mir@bel has launched a beta version of a new service, designed to make an inventory of open access policies for publications in French journals. This project, funded by the French National Plan for Open Science, aims to increase the visibility of French journals by enriching Sherpa Romeo with these policies (at the end of 2021). The self-archiving policy will thus be available in HAL deposit form. In September, the service will be opened to all journals and publishers.

[Article in French]

  >> Mir@bel, July 2021  

Ambition: 100% open access publications by 2030

In its second national plan for open science, France makes a focus on developing open access to publications. The percentage of open access scientific publications in France has risen from 41% to 56%. The Plan accelerates and amplifies the commitment to open access to publications. The effort already initiated by many research funding agencies such as the National Research Agency will be extended. The aim is to increase the visibility of research results in all disciplines, to democratise access to knowledge and to strengthen the international influence of French research. The Plan will promote the circulation of scientific knowledge through the translation of publications, to make scientific advances more accessible to the public and to increase the international influence of research. This plan responds to the European Union’s ambition to have a national plan for open science in every country.

Read Theme one: Generalisating open access to publications.

  >> Ouvrir la science, July 2021  



Peer Review Week (PRW) 2021

This annual event led by academic publishers, institutions, societies, and researchers, will be dedicated to the theme “Identity in Peer Review.” Participating organizations will organize virtual events and activities to highlight the role of personal and social identity in peer review and ways the scholarly community can foster more diverse, equitable, and inclusive peer review practices.

Over 35 organizations around the world are involved in this year’s Peer Review Week, and there is still time to participate.

  >> Peer Review Week, 20-24 September 2021, online  

ALPSP virtual conference and awards 2021

The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers organizes its annual conference for everyone in the scholarly publishing community.

The main themes of the conference are Discoverability and Accessibility and The Great Reset: Scenario planning for life after COVID.

Registration is open. The programme is online.

  >> ALPSP conference and awards 2021, 15-17 September 2021, online   

ISNI standard will celebrate its 10th anniversary

The International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) has been embraced by multiple professional communities over the past decade, and is now one of the most trusted sources of identification and disambiguation for public identities (including individuals and organisations) worldwide. To celebrate this milestone, ISNI International Agency will hold an ISNI Information Day. The online event will take place on Wednesday 1st September 2021, 2pm-4:30pm (BST) / 1pm-3:30pm (GMT) / 3pm-5:30pm (CEST) / 9am-11:30am (EDT) / 6-8:30am (PDT). 
The event will provide an overview of the ISNI standard to date, from its origins and history to its many achievements. Further information about this event, will be announced soon. Please follow the dedicated event hashtag #ISNI2021 on social media.


  >> ISNI, June 2021  

IFLA WLIC 2021 Programme now available

3 days of discussion starters, 3 time zones full of thought provoking ideas, 160 sessions and hundreds of speakers. The 86th IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) programme is now on the conference website. Which sessions will help you address topics and issues in the workplace? Explore how global perspectives can address local challenges. Delegates get 12 months’ access to recorded sessions!


  >> IFLA WLIC 2021, 17-19 August 2021, online  

iPRES 21 Registration is Open Now!

The 17th International Conference on Digital Preservation, iPRES2021, will be held at the National Science Library in October 2021 in Beijing, China and will be organized in a hybrid mode: onsite and online.

Topic: Empowering Digital Preservation for the Enriched Digital Ecosystem

Registration is open.

Deadline for submission for lightning talks: 30 July 2021

  >> iPRES21, Beijing, China and online, 19-22 October 2021  

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