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ISSN Newsletter n° 118 - May 2023
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The ISSN International Centre supports the organization of the 50th meeting of ISO Technical Committee 46 (Paris, 22-26 May 2023)

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 46 Information and Documentation will meet from 22 to 26 May 2023 in Paris. The ISSN International Centre, which participates in the work of the committee, is helping to organize an event that will bring together experts from national delegations. They will visit the National Archives and the National Library of France (Richelieu Building). A reception will be held at the end of the day so that participants can enjoy French hospitality.

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ICSTI welcomes the Brazilian Institute of  Information in Science and Technology (IBICT)

Image  ICSTI (International Council for Scientific and Technical Information) is proud to warmly welcome as a new member, the Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology. The membership of IBICT is of  great value to ICSTI as they offer a great opportunity to connect ICSTI’s community to an even much larger South American network of institutions and scholars.

IBICT host the Brazilian ISSN Centre.

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Le Centre international de l’ISSN participera à l’Assemblée générale de Mirabel (Strasbourg, 19-20 juin 2023)

Mir@bel est une base de données de plus de 15 000 revues qui fournit des informations sur les conditions d’accès aux revues. Mir@bel organise son assemblée générale annuelle à Strasbourg avec un programme d’ateliers, visites et conférences. Gaëlle Béquet, directrice du Centre international de l’ISSN, présentera le rôle du Centre international et de son réseau dans le développement de la science ouverte. Le programme est disponible.

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The ISSN International Centre is participating in the ACURIL Annual Conference (Kingston, Jamaica, 4-8 June 2023)

The Association of Caribbean University, Research, and Institutional Libraries has chosen the theme Innovation: Opportunities and Challenges in Caribbean Libraries, Museums, and Archives for its annual conference, which is being held in Kingston, Jamaica, June 4-8, 2023. Gaëlle Béquet, Director of the ISSN International Centre, has been invited to present a paper on the role of identifiers in open science. The conference programme is available.

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The ISSN International Centre is participating in Knowledge Exchange Webinar on Persistent Identifiers (15-16 CEST, 23 May 2023)

In early 2023, Knowledge Exchange published a report on persistent identifiers that focuses on the requirements for a reliable infrastructure for the dissemination of research results at the international level. The webinar on 23 May 2023 will be moderated by Pablo de Castro, author of the report and librarian at the University of Strathclyde, and Gaëlle Béquet, Director of the International ISSN Centre. The webinar is free with registration.

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The ISSN International Centre will present its ISSN List Submission Service at NASIG 2023 (23 May 2023)

The ISSN International Centre will present its ISSN List Submission Service at the 38th NASIG Conference, May 22-25, 2023 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This service has been created to meet the needs of libraries willing to check the quality of serial identifiers in their catalogues and retrieve information from the Keepers Registry regarding the long-term preservation of the journals they hold in their collections. This service is currently being tested with the University of California at Davis. The presentation is scheduled 23 May 2023 at 2.45 p.m. EDT. The global programme is available.

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Digital preservation
Library as Laboratory: A New Series Exploring the Computational Use of Internet Archive Collections

From web archives to television news to digitized books & periodicals, dozens of projects rely on the collections available at for computational & bibliographic research across a large digital corpus. This series will feature six sessions highlighting the innovative scholars that are using Internet Archive collections, services and APIs to support data-driven projects in the humanities and beyond.

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IFLA welcomes Sharon Memis as new Secretary General, effective 1 June 2023
Sharon Memis

IFLA is announcing the appointment of Sharon Memis as the new Secretary General. Sharon’s appointment was a unanimous decision of the Governing Board following a global search and recruitment process.

Sharon has been introduced to the IFLA HQ team and will begin her role in earnest on 1 June 2023. She will join the June meeting of the Governing Board and is looking forward to meeting members and delegates at WLIC 2023 in Rotterdam.

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From open science to sustainable development: libraries as essential infrastructures

As part of the UN Science, Technology and Innovation Forum, IFLA was proud to host a side-event whose recording is available.  It focused on how libraries help make open science work in ways that maximise its contribution to development. At the heart of this is the need to apply principles of sustainable development – leaving no-one behind, taking a holistic approach – to open science itself.

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Open Science
ICSTI Connections: Data Management and Sharing Policy

ICSTI Connections

At the first ICSTI Connections event of 2023, Taunton Paine, director of the Scientific Data Sharing Policy Division in the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Science Policy, provided an overview of the NIH’s current Data Management and Sharing Policy (DMSP). The DMSP went into effect in January 2023 and is aimed at both promoting trust in publicly funded research and advancing the rigor and reproducibility of research supported by taxpayer funds. Sharing data helps to validate research results, make high-value data sets accessible, accelerate future research, and increase opportunities for collaboration and citation of research products.

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Jisc assets report will drive collaboration

The new report, Optimising the UK’s university research infrastructure assets, aims to help identify more opportunities for collaboration, attracting investment, developing skills and reducing bureaucracy. The report identifies four key areas of opportunity for the research sector, which it recommends should receive extra investment to promote knowledge exchange and the commercialisation of research and development.

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Open Access
Diamond Open Access 2023 Roadmap

In the lead-up to the October 2023 Global Summit on Diamond Open Access, Science Europe, cOAlition SOPERAS, and the French National Research Agency (ANR) have organised two webinars for the community to prepare discussions for the global summit and to take decisive steps towards a stronger Diamond Open Access ecosystem for scholarly communication.

The ‘Action Plan for Diamond Open Access’ was launched in March 2022. It has since been endorsed by 146 organisations and 138 individuals. It is now available in Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, with more translations on the way.

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How has the transition to open access advanced in 2022?

Undoubtedly, 2022 has been a year of growth for open access (OA). Funder policies and deadlines have come into play and, as a result of the pandemic, the impact and benefits of open research and open access are now better understood by people beyond academia. Overall, two themes featured strongly – the need for OA take up to become more global and the importance for authors to remain able to publish in their journal of choice. Taken together these themes were instrumental to enabling OA growth in 2022.

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Publishing Industry
Identifying fake journals: Statement from COPE Officers

COPE believes that authors and institutions should treat lists of predatory (or fake) journals with the same degree of scrutiny as they do with the journals themselves. Lists that are not transparent about criteria used should not be relied on. Moreover, such lists may perpetuate systemic bias and include journals with limited resources but which are legitimate journals with the best intentions. COPE’s Predatory Publishing discussion document expands on how authors, reviewers, editors and institutions can identify predatory journals.

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Manifesto for a New Read deal

It’s time for a new serials subscription strategy. With most stakeholders now used to a rapidly changing environment comes an opportunity to shape the next standard way academic libraries and larger commercial publishers make content available to users. The author offers a route for managing closed access e-serials in a way that finds the best value for libraries, the most content for users, keeps publishers solvent, and experiments on behalf of equity.

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Scholarly Communication
STM Solutions launches paper mill detection tool as part of the STM Integrity Hub

STM Solutions, the operational arm of STM, has launched a paper mill detection tool as part of its Integrity Hub. The MVP (minimal viable product) is a web application that can be used to upload submitted journal manuscripts and scan them for pre-identified indications of potential fraud. If any potential issues are noted, the system generates a message alerting the research integrity managers and editors, allowing them to investigate and take action if needed.

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Now available: UPDATES 2022 for UNIMARC, 3rd. ed.

All updates to the UNIMARC Bibliographic and Authorities formats, 3rd ed., approved in 2022 are available online (in PDF format).

See all the updates to the UNIMARC Bibliographic format.

See all the updates to the UNIMARC Authorities format.

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2023 Satellite Meeting – Bibliography Section, Cataloguing Section and Subject Analysis and Access Section

Universal Bibliographic Control at the crossroads: the challenges of unifying IFLA bibliographic standards

Date: 18 – 19 August 2023

LocationKBR, Brussels, Belgium

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Ready for Rotterdam? WLIC 2023 Congress programme now available!

The  World Library and Information Congress WLIC2023 Programme is now live on the Congress website. A wealth of innovative and thought-provoking sessions awaits you! Explore the Congress Programme, pick sessions of your choice and set up your own agenda. Use the iPLANNER to view the entire week’s worth of sessions.

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The German National Library (DNB) at the 111. BIBLIOCON2023 (23 – 26 May 2023)

111. BiblioCon2023, Germany’s central library and information science congress, will take place in Hanover from 23 to 26 May and feature the motto “Vorwärts nach weit” (Forward to Far). The congress, established in 1900, will gather 3,500 participants from 18 countries. The German National Library will again be present with a stand and numerous presentations and contributions to the discussion.

Look at the programme.

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Open Teleconference June 2023 – ISO TC46 2023 update, June 12, 2023 03:00pm – June 12, 2023 04:00pm EST

The topic for the June open teleconference will be a recap of the ISO Technical Committee 46 Plenary meeting week, which held in Paris, France from May 22-26, with international participants.

Five TC 46 Subcommittees will hold plenary meetings, among others SC 9 (Identification and description), along with meetings of other subcommittee working and discussion groups and of course the final TC 46 plenary.

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OASPA Webinar – Funding Open Access after the Transformation on 23 May 2023 at 3.00 pm UTC / 5 pm CEST

At its launch in 2018, cOAlition S announced that its members would, for a “transition period,” fund open access fees for journals covered by “transformative” agreements.

Beginning in 2025, funders adhering to Plan S will no longer support the agreements. This webinar features perspectives on the emerging landscape of collective and conditional open models from publishers and will be followed this year by a second webinar focusing on the perspective of funders.

Please join this free webinar and contribute to the discussion.

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The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP)’s 45th Annual Meeting, May 31 – June 2, 2023, in Portland, Oregon

SSP’s  Annual Meeting will be an in-person learning and networking event, with a virtual component available for those who wish to attend remotely.

It brings together academics, funders, librarians, publishers, service providers, technologists, and countless others with a communal interest and stake in disseminating scholarly information.

The topic will be: Transformation, Trust, and Transparency.

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