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ISSN Newsletter n° 101 - October 2021
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Two new preservation agencies for the Keepers Registry

Two preservation agencies have joined the Keepers Registry: the National Library of France (BnF)  with a subset of their Gallica collection, and Merritt Preservation Repository, maintained by the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library. The number of preserved titles has increased from 53,000 to 68,841!  

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The Transfer Alerting Service (TAS)
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The Transfer Alerting Service has been designed to share information about journal transfers between publishers. It is hosted by the ISSN International Centre. TAS is based on NISO Transfer Code of Practice that sets out best practices for scholarly publishers to ensure journal transfers between parties occur with minimum disruption and their content remains accessible. TAS is made up of:

  • A database of journal transfers which can be searched or browsed: it allows librarians and information professionals to access the details of journal transfers and provides an archive of transfer information supplied by publishers,
  • A notification service available through an RSS feed or by signing-up to a dedicated mailing list,
  • An API to query or integrate with TAS.

Endorsing Publishers register with the ISSN International Centre to report journal transfer through TAS. They are provided with an account on the ISSN Portal. If you have already endorsed Transfer Code of Practice and wish to set an account, please contact

This slide deck and video explain how a receiving publisher can report a title transfer on the ISSN Portal.  Publishers must first endorse the Transfer Code of Practice.  Please contact the Co-Chairs of the Transfer Standing Committee to sign up.  Endorsing publishers will subsequently be assigned credentials for the ISSN Portal.

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With an ISSN National Centre, take your local publishers global

Being a part of a global network has its benefits. Over 90 ISSN National Centres receive support from the ISSN International Centre to put into practice the ISO 3297 standard. The ISSN Network coordinates the collection of bibliographic data for serials and continuing resources which is in turn published in a centralized registry. Member countries have recognized the value of hosting their own ISSN National Centre at a research centre, national library, book chamber or publisher association.


  • Offering publishers a recognized global label (ISO 3297) and service in their native language
  • Support for establishing data workflows and a network of experts to consult
  • A way to promote your country’s cultural and academic publications on a global platform

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ALPSP is a new partner of ISSN International Centre

ALPSP (Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers) is the international trade association for scholarly publishing and communication. The ISSN International Centre became an ALPSP associate member in 2021 to engage in a dialogue with ALPSP scholarly publishers regarding its services, e.g. content identification, title transfer information, digital preservation. The ISSN International Centre stands at the crossroads of content creation, circulation and preservation which are also of concern to ALPSP publishers.
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ISSN International Centre @ Charleston Library Conference

Dr Gaëlle Béquet, Director of ISSN International Centre, will participate in a panel session titled Strategic Frontiers in Digital Preservation that will take place on 3 November. In this session, the perspectives of libraries, publishers, and service providers will be explored on key strategic digital preservation issues. Participants will learn about recent initiatives and hear expert reflections on the fundamental requirements to ensure that scholarly material is adequately preserved in efficient and cost-effective ways for future scholars.

The full agenda of the conference is online.

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Digital preservation
A Model Preservation Policy for Digital Publishers & Preservers

This webinar held on 16 September 2021 introduced a draft of the NASIG Digital Preservation Model Policy as it moves into the comment and revision stage of development. This evolving policy was designed as a tool to publicize, measure, and grow your organization’s commitment to the preservation of its scholarly assets. It includes identifying first step initiatives, activities emerging in the field, and opportunities to share and refine professional experiences. The policy is available for public comment until 30 November 2021.

Download the draft document or submit comments. Look at the video recording.

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Celebrate the Internet Archive’s 25th Anniversary!
25. From Wayback to way forward

As the Internet Archive turns 25, you are invited on a journey from way back to way forward, through the pivotal moments when knowledge became more accessible for all.  In 1996, a young computer scientist named Brewster Kahle dreamed of building a library containing all the published works of humankind, free to the public, built to last the ages. He named this digital library the Internet Archive. Its mission: to provide everyone with “Universal Access to All Knowledge.” Dive deep into stories, collections & important milestones in an interactive timeline.

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The Internet Archive Welcomes 60+ New Members From Around the World to its Community Webs Digital Archiving Program
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Community Webs, the Internet Archive’s community history web and digital archiving program, is welcoming over 60 new members from across the US, Canada, and internationally. Community Webs empowers cultural heritage organizations to collaborate with their communities to build web and digital archives of primary sources documenting local history and culture. The program achieves this mission by providing its members with free access to the Archive-It web archiving service, digital preservation and digitization services, and technical support in topics such as web archiving, community outreach, and digital preservation. The program also offers resources to support a local history archiving community of practice and to facilitate scholarly research.

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National Diet Library Vision 2021–2025: The Digital Shift at the National Diet Library

The Japanese National Diet Library announced its new vision which will set the policy for the next five years, National Diet Library Vision 2021–2025: The Digital Shift at the National Diet Library.

Seven initiatives are intended to better connect information resources with intellectual activities.

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Video and Text Report: Conference Presentation From OCLC Research: “Wikipedia and Libraries”

Originally presented in 2020 at the Convegno Stelline Conference (Bibliostar), this session Wikipedia and Libraries: Partnerships to reach the future highlights how OCLC has invested in partnerships with Wikimedia projects, and shares success stories from different types of institutions with a common goal of connecting communities of knowledge.

The accompanying conference paper Wikimedia and Libraries: From Vision to Practice makes an argument that libraries and Wikimedia make great partnerships that can collaborate to strengthen shared information access goals. Illustrative examples are provided from OCLC’s direct experience.

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Open Science
COAR Asia OA Meeting 2021

The virtual 6th meeting of COAR Asia OA will be held 25-27 October 2021. The meeting will discuss the latest trends in open access and open scholarship, with community updates from Asia. Topics include open access infrastructure, open educational resources, open peer review, research data repositories, and tools built on open data. The meeting will be a venue for information exchange between Asian communities.

Registration is open.

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NISO Voting Members Approve Work on Recommended Practice for Retracted Research

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announced that its proposed work item for a Communication of Retractions, Removals, and Expressions of Concern (CORREC) Recommended Practice has been approved by NISO Voting Members.

Retracted research is published work that is withdrawn, removed, or otherwise invalidated from the scientific and scholarly record. Although relatively rare, retracted research can be inadvertently propagated within the digital scholarly record through citations. The CORREC Recommended Practice is intended to help address this problem, by clearly identifying parties involved in the retraction process, along with their responsibilities, actions, notifications, and the metadata necessary to communicate retracted research.

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Open Access
UNESCO supports the launch a new version of the Global Open Access Portal (

The new Global Open Access Portal ( presents access to a wide array of Open Access resources worldwide, through an advanced user interface design. allows users to browse dynamic Open Access contents via both a text-based search and a map-enabled country search option. The new version of will facilitate the advocacy for openness, sharing of contents, technologies and processes that generate information and knowledge. The new Portal includes Open Access profiles of 166 countries and highlights existing key Open Access initiatives, mandates, events and publications.

Released as a beta version, the portal will soon feature an observatory for open access policies and policy development resources. It will also provide linkages with the ROAD directory of ISSN and other similar resources on Open Access.

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Quartz OA white paper

Quartz OA is an ecosystem that facilitates exchanges of resources and funding among the open access community. It is a new cooperative economy and a new channel to fund and support independent open access publishing. The authors seek to create an ecosystem that would help retain the value in the hands of the academic community and re-distribute the flows of funding fairly and transparently among its members.

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SDG-impact journals rating: a new perspective

What should a good quality journal include in its make-up: rigorous research, a well-regarded editorial board, plenty of citations? But what if we challenge these assumptions and demand commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as well? There are solutions to this challenge.  Simon Linacre introduces the first SDG Impact Intensity(TM) rating from Cabells and Saint Joseph’s University. This pilot study seeks to highlight the differences between business and management journals regarded as leaders in their disciplines, and those which have focused on sustainability and related issues.

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Publishing Industry
2021 STM Report highlights rapid transformation to Open Access

STM (the Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers) has published the latest edition of The STM Report, the organization’s comprehensive overview of the scientific and scholarly publishing market. The revised report reveals significant publisher-driven growth in Open Access (OA) and continued dynamism in the scholarly communication ecosystem. It also highlights emerging trends across journal publishing and article growth, the market dominance of formats and disciplines, whilst also exploring the variances across the different markets of the global economy.

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BIBFRAME June 2021 Update Forum

In this Forum held during the ALA Annual Virtual Meeting, the Library of Congress reported on its progress toward BIBFRAME 100. Stanford reported progress on the community level and provided exciting news about a BIBFRAME data pool – cooperatively created by the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), OCLC and ShareVDE. The PCC is also starting to look at important aspects of data exchange in this new BIBFRAME environment. With several large implementations of BIBFRAME now having extensive experience, the BIBFRAME ontology is being adjusted based on this experience.

The presentations are accessible here.

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OASPA Online Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing

The 2021 OASPA conference took place took place online from 21 September – 23 September 2021. It addressed many timely and fundamental topics relating to open scholarly communication and also provided a forum for collective reflection on the ongoing impact of the pandemic and publishers’ endeavours to ensure scholarship is open and accessible to all to address all current and future challenges. Recordings are now available. Slides and posters will soon be added to the conference program page.

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Exploring the Growth and Future Development of Open Access Publishing in China

This webinar to be held on 25 October 2021 will explore the development and trends in open access publishing in China. The conversation will discuss the growth of APC funded open access publishing, the development of new local open access journals, and moves by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) towards a transformative model.

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14th International Open Access Week

International Open Access Week, a global event now entering its fourteenth year, is an opportunity for open access advocates to engage their communities to teach them about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. The theme for this year’s International Open Access Week, to be held October 25-31, will be It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity.

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ACRL is Celebrating Open Access Week

ACRL will offer a free webcast in celebration of the 14th annual International Open Access Week to be held on 25 October 2021. Join authors from ACRL’s forthcoming Scholarly Communications Cookbook to learn how librarians at all kinds of institutions can adapt workshops, consultations, and other projects to their local needs. This panel consists of recipe authors from different institution types. Panelists will describe some of the open initiatives at their institutions and how they have scaled the project to their specific needs. They will also offer suggestions for adapting open projects to your needs.

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