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ISSN Newsletter n° 119 - June 2023
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Le Centre international de l’ISSN participe à l’Assemblée générale de Mir@bel (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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ISSN Romania presented ROAD at the Association of Romanian Librarians’ annual meeting

On 18 May 2023, ABR (Association of Romanian Librarians) organized its annual professional meetings. For the Serials Section, the theme was Processing and managing serials and other continuing resources – good practice and perspectives. Aurelia Perșinaru and Adina Patriche participated in this meeting with a presentation entitled ROAD – Instrument for Promotion of Open Access Continuing Scholarly Resources.

The presentation aimed to provide a clear picture of what an open-access resource is now, what are the requirements for a resource to be enrolled in ROAD and other useful information about quality management. The topics were: how to promote ROAD and enhance its visibility among Romanian beneficiaries, how to manage continuing resources in ROAD, with a specific focus on ensuring their quality (content and editorial requirements).

The meeting was an excellent platform to disseminate information about ROAD and its objectives, as well as to discuss methods for promoting and effectively managing Romanian open-access continuing scholarly resources.

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Presentation about Persistent Identifiers at the 52th Conference ACURIL and ISSN at the National Library of Jamaica (June 2023)

At the 52nd ACURIL conference held in Kingston, Jamaica, Gaelle Bequet, Director of the ISSN International Centre, was invited as keynote speaker to present a paper on identifiers and open science on June 6, 2023. The text of her paper is available online in French ( and English ( She was also received by Ms Beverly Lashley, Director of the National Library of Jamaica, and Ms Maxine Jones, Head of the Jamaican ISSN Center.

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Digital preservation
Integrating preservation into librarian workflows

The core mission of libraries is to ensure perpetual access to the record of knowledge. As a review of the NASIG webinar (formerly North American Serials Interest Group), ‘Integrating Preservation into Librarian Workflows’, this article examines working models constructed to sustain perpetual access for their institutional communities. Two critically distinct aspects are highlighted. One is concerned with long-term preservation and the other addresses a library’s ability to provide post-cancellation access to its user community, given budgetary or physical space constraints. In 2022, NASIG approved the committee’s Model Digital Preservation Policy, which is supposed to be revised through shared library use cases.

The role of the Keepers Registry is also explained.

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La Hemeroteca Digital de la BNE incorpora 17 nuevos títulos de prensa histórica

El periódico más antiguo es El Español constitucional, fundado en 1818. Un total de 17 títulos constituyen la nueva remesa que pasa a estar disponible para los lectores en la Hemeroteca Digital de la BNE, 13 de ellos del siglo XIX y 4 del siglo XX. La mayoría de ellos están editados en Madrid y Barcelona, pero hay una importante novedad: algunos de los periódicos están publicados fuera de la Península y recuerdan el antiguo imperio español en el Pacífico o en el Protectorado de Marruecos.

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La BNE publica su Estrategia Digital 2023-2025
El documento Estrategia digital 2023-2025 detalla los principios y proyectos de la nueva fase de transformación digital de la BNE.
La mejora de su infraestructura tecnológica, la preservación digital y el fomento de la reutilización de contenidos son líneas de actuación enmarcadas por la BNE en su Plan Estratégico 2021-2025
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Open Science
Open infrastructure group to collaborate with the view to exchange knowledge and build an Open Science Infrastructure Community of Practice
Meet the family. Open infrastructure group to collaborate with the view to exchange knowledge and build an Open Science Infrastructure Community of Practice.

SCOSS has successfully supported three pledging rounds to date. The group of SCOSS-supported projects has grown to 10 infrastructures. SCOSS wants to go beyond raising funds for open science infrastructures and look into strengthening the landscape by facilitating connection building and developing a Community of Practice. The third meeting held on 29 March 2023 aimed to bring the SCOSS infras together to welcome arXivRedalyc/AmeliCA, and DSpace. It quickly became clear that the group was eager to exchange their experiences, share insights and learn from each other. The group will meet quarterly. Stay tuned!

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The French National Open Science Fund (FNSO) provides financial support for international open science infrastructures

The French National Open Science Fund (FNSO) is providing financial support to four international infrastructures selected by SCOSS as part of its funding campaigns. Thus, France renews its commitment to sustainable international infrastructures for open science. The four supported infrastructures (LA Referencia, ROR – Research organization registry, OpenCitations and DOAB – Directory of open access books) were evaluated by the jury composed by SCOSS, then against the criteria of principles and best practices of the French Open Science Committee, which guarantee in particular transparency and participation of scientific communities in their governance.

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Streamlined access to scholarly content with the GetFTR browser extension

Get Full Text Research (GetFTR) is a free-to-use solution that enables faster access for researchers to the published scholarly content they need. This service works with major discovery resources such as Google Scholar, ResearchGate, PubMed, Web of Science and EBSCO Discovery Service, signaling to researchers the content they are entitled to read, right at the point of discovery. No more hitting paywalls or “click and pray”, as researchers benefit from fast access to authoritative, up-to-date research.

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Open Access
EIFL support boosts open access in Ghana
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New agreements open additional support to Directory of Open Access Journals in Canada

Two new agreements between DOAJ, the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and the Council of Atlantic Academic Libraries – Conseil des bibliothèques postsecondaires de l’Atlantique  (CAAL-CBPA), have been announced in April 2023. These agreements will provide a vital boost to the sustainability of key open access infrastructure, essential to the future of science and research in Canada and around the world.

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Publishing Industry
‘Too greedy’: mass walkout at global science journal over ‘unethical’ fees
An Elsevier facility in Missouri. They company has been accused of preying on the academic community.

More than 40 leading scientists have resigned en masse from the editorial board of a top science journal in protest at what they describe as the “greed” of publishing giant Elsevier. Academics around the world have applauded what many hope is the start of a rebellion against the huge profit margins in academic publishing, which outstrip those made by Apple, Google and Amazon.

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Scholarly Communication
New Thesaurus Terms for Searching APA PsycInfo

In June, APA (American Psychological Association) added 76 new terms to its Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms® to provide more effective searching on current topics. This Thesaurus update also includes 55 new cross-referenced terms and 76 revised scope notes. 

New terms from this summer update will initially be applied to current content only; following the fall release, the majority of new postable terms for 2023 will be back-mapped to older records. You can see the full list of Thesaurus changes on APA website.

PsycINFO® is among the ROAD data sources.

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OPERAS Innovation Lab website is online

OPERAS Innovation Lab’s website has been launched! The Observatory will feature case studies, discussions, resources and guidelines about innovation in scholarly communication.

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The Innovation Lab is part of OPERAS, Research Infrastructure supporting open scholarly communication in the social sciences and humanities (SSH) in the European Research Area. It is coordinated by the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IBL PAN).

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ISSN IC’s proposal to MARC Advisory Committee about Defining a New Field for Cluster ISSNs in the MARC 21 Formats

Cluster ISSN is a new concept defined in ISO 3297:2020. Cluster ISSNs are identifiers that allow an ISSN designated by a specific prefix, e.g., ISSN-L 0302-9743, to identify a group of related continuing resources.

This proposal is to define a new repeatable field (023), to provide a field that is distinct from the ISSN field (022) for this separate data element. Another goal is to allow the URIs associated with each Cluster ISSN to be linked unambiguously with their corresponding Cluster ISSN. Anticipation of future Cluster ISSNs with their associated URIs necessitates a new repeatable field to provide a separate field for each Cluster ISSN and its associated URIs. The result is a unique ISSN (ISSN-H) that will group the successive titles held by a publication over time.

In May 2023, the proposal was made available to the MARC community for discussion whose result will be known on 28 June 2023.

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Finding Your Way with RDA

The Oceania region RDA Committee (ORDAC) presented a series of three webinars exploring concepts from the Official RDA Guidance chapters, presented by ORDAC member and Oceania RSC representative Charlotte Christensen from the National Library of New Zealand.
These sessions provide the step before beginning to describe a resource, exploring terminology and structure that will be key to following more community-focused sessions in the future. The recordings are available:

Watch the Session 1 recording

Watch the Session 2 recording

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LIBER 2023 Annual Conference, Budapest, Hungary, 5 to 7 July 2023
LIBER 2023 Annual Conference

The 2023 LIBER Annual Conference will take place from the 5th to the 7th of July at the Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. More details will be made available nearer the time.

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Webinar Inclusion in the DOAJ: A panel discussion, 28 June 2023 Time: 8 AM PT / 9 AM MT / 10 AM CT / 11 AM ET
Inclusion in the DOAJ: A virtual panel discussion brought to you by Coalition Publica, a partnership between Érudit and Public Knowledge Project. Happening June 28, 10 AM Central Daylight Time. Registration is free at eventbrite (link in post).

Attend a panel discussion featuring experienced journal editors who use OJS, and library publishers, as well as organizations that support them, to learn more about inclusion in the DOAJ.

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SciELO 25 Years Week, 25-29 September 2023, São Paulo, Brazil

The SciELO 25 Years Week will bring together a series of events that will be designed as a global forum for face-to-face and online discussion on the state of the art and perspectives on the execution and communication of open science research and its contributions to the development of collections of research communication objects operated by SciELO with a focus on journals of increasing quality that the SciELO Network indexes, publishes, and interoperates.

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