At IFLA WLIC 2023 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (21-25 August), our Sales, Marketing and Communication Team was pleased to welcome several colleagues from the ISSN Network on our booth. We had conversations about ISSN assignments and questionable journals. Our subscribers enquired about ISSN linked and the update of the ISSN Portal. Our communication focused on Keepers Registry and our new service Submit-Retrieve-Reuse. Our presentation “Using the ISSN Portal to check the Status of a library’s Journal Collections regarding Digital Preservation” is available on Zenodo (https://zenodo.org/record/8282860). We are making a significant contribution to the development of ISBD Review Group by chairing the dedicated working group. We thank all our colleagues and our customers for their continued support!
ISSN International Centre and Mir@bel are in partnership
Mir@bel network and ISSN International Centre have signed a partnership in order to exchange data, enrich mutual databases with updates and new links. This will notably enable to extend the exchanges that have been set up between ABES (the French bibliographic agency for higher education), ISSN France (BnF) and Mir@bel on the assignment of eISSNs and the curation of ISSN-related data.
Morover, the video recordings of the 2023 Mir@bel network General Assembly are now online in this section Channel Canal-U:
The CLOCKSS community is growing! Content has been added to the archive from 556 participating publishers including 82 new ones. The CLOCKSS community is delighted to welcome all new publishers and note that they range in shape and size from OA monograph publishers hosted on OAPEN through to Kluwer Law International. This year the archive has grown to include 53 million articles and 467,000 books. This includes content from publishers in 61 countries.
Judge Approves Final Injunction in Publishers, Internet Archive Copyright Case
After more than three years of litigation, it took judge John G. Koeltl just hours to sign off on the parties’ negotiated consent judgment—but not without a final twist. In a short written opinion, Koeltl sided with the Internet Archive in a final dispute, limiting the scope of the permanent injunction to cover only the plaintiffs’ print books that also have electronic editions available.
Generative AI for library and information professionals
The IFLA Statement on Libraries and artificial intelligence (AI) issued in 2020 outlined key considerations and recommendations for the use of AI technologies in the library sector. IFLA Artificial Intelligence Special Interest Group produced in June 2023 a reference document seeking to provide a useful non-technical resource for information library and information professionals. The members of the group try to point to authoritative sources which are open to all. After an introduction with definitions of generative artificial intelligence, they highlight ethical and information issues and various uses for information professionals as well as for end users.
Emily Choynowski outlines the progress of the open research movement in the Middle East and North Africa
The Arab region comprises 22 member states across the Gulf, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa. The region as a whole has the resources and capability to play a pivotal role in the global transition towards more accessible, sustainable and inclusive research and education models. At the start of 2022, the Knowledge E Foundation decided to develop and launch a new non-profit initiative, the Forum for Open Research in MENA (FORM) – to support the development and implementation of Open Science policies and practices in research communities and research institutions across the Arab region.
eLife and PREreview have announced that the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) will provide them with technical and funding support to implement the COAR Notify technology. With this support, the organisations will work to connect separate services within the ‘publish, review, curate’ ecosystem.
The project will put in place the basic infrastructure and protocols needed for all-round and standardised connections between preprint repositories, community-led preprint review platforms, journals, and preprint review aggregation and curation platforms. The aim is to lower existing technological and cost barriers so that as many of these services as possible can more easily participate in the ‘publish, review, curate’ future for research.
Five years of Plan S: a journey towards full and immediate Open Access
In September 2018, a group of national research funding organizations, with the support of the European Commission, rallied behind an initiative to make research publications openly accessible to all: Plan S. These visionary organizations came together as cOAlition S, and adopted a set of 10 principles that were intended to function as a catalyst for the accelerated transition to full and immediate Open Access. In five years, cOAlition S has grown from a dozen to a network of 28 funders. This is a good moment to reflect on what has been achieved so far, says Johan Rooryck, Executive Director of cOAlition S.
In late 2022, Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) and Media Growth Strategies undertook a thorough examination of metadata management across the research lifecycle. CCC is sharing this analysis with the scholarly communications community to spark dialogue and to drive action. This living infographic depicts the significant impact that a fragmented metadata supply chain has today on researchers, institutions, funders, and publishers. Stakeholders recognize that new strategies, inclusive policies, and a robust network of interoperable data and systems are essential for making critical infrastructure improvements, and much progress is underway.
Think.Check.Submit, an initiative to which ISSN International Centre contributes, has just published a video for researchers wishing to identify journals for their manuscripts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdM6fxP2Zk
This video is a guide for all librarians who are supporting researchers in finding the right home for their work and avoiding predatory publishers.
SSP and the scholarly publishing sector’s need for Persistent Identifiers (PIDs)
In June 2023, ISNI-IA provided a poster presentation at the Society of Scholarly Publishers (SSP) 45th Annual Meeting, with onsite support from Claire Holloway, Manager of Publishing Relations at OCLC.
Key takeaways from the Conference are that:
PIDs are now integrated into the majority of scholarly publishing workflows;
PID exchange and wider interoperability are increasingly desirable features to support the widest possible dissemination of content.
African Journals Online holds a webinar on ISSN (September 28, 2023, 10.00 CAT/CEST)
The distribution platform African Journals Online has revamped its website and is launching a series of seminars on persistent identifiers. The first webinar will be dedicated to ISSN and the suite of services offered by the ISSN International Centre (CIEPS).
The Charleston Conference at the Frankfurt Bookfair, October 20, 2023
This event will take place as an academic conference during the Publisher Perspectives Forum at the Frankfurt Book Fair. This conference is free and open to all registered Frankfurt Book Fair attendees.
Two panel discussions will take place.
Speakers of the first panel discussion will shed light on Research Integrity: Technology, Trust, and Transparency. The second panel discussion will focus on Sustainability and the Future of Scholarly Communication: Looking Forward at Business Models, SDGs, and Beyond.
AI and Its impact on OA and Research Integrity, Thursday, October 19, 2023 – Frankfurt Studio Stage in Room Europa, Hall 4.0
Within the explosion of natural language processing applications gaining academic and popular attention over the past year, reflecting on its implications on other important key trends in scholarly discourse is critical. In this mini-conference organized by the Society for Scholarly Publishing and its Scholarly Kitchen Blog, panelists will explore these two important issues facing the scholarly publishing community through the lens of artificial intelligence tools.
Ciencia Abierta con IDEIA – Impacto, Diversidad, Equidad, Inclusión y Accesibilidad – 25-29 septiembre, 2023, São Paulo, Brasil
Ese es el lema de la Semana SciELO 25 Años que se proyecta como un fórum histórico sobre el estado de avance y perspectivas del modus operandi de ciencia abierta.
Los 25 e 26 de septiembre serán dedicados a la reunión quinquenal de la Red SciELO que analizará el estado de avance de las colecciones nacionales y las perspectivas de desarrollo para los próximos cinco años. A continuación, en los días 27 a 29 de septiembre, tendrá lugar la Conferencia Internacional SciELO 25 Años que abordará la transición de la investigación y su comunicación para el modus operandi de ciencia abierta.
Connect.Collaborate.Create: Bridging communities to foster participatory research and citizen science, 19-21 October, 2023, Paris
The OPERAS coordinated project, COESO, is organizing the Connect.Collaborate.Create conference in Paris on 19–21 October 2023, where topics like participatory, responsible research and its funding schemes will be discussed.
UKSG November Conference 2023 – Enriching Scholarship: how libraries and publishers educate, enhance and inform scholarly works – 15-16 November 2023
Just as librarianship is a lot more than collection management, publishing is far broader than peer review. In this UKSG November Conference, you will be exploring all the ways in which librarians and publishers act to enrich scholarship, within the following themes: research integrity, open scholarlship, information literacy, digital and blended learning.
To check out the programme so far and to register click here.
Internet Archive Annual International Conference – November 15-17 2023 AI for Libraries, Archives, and Museums
The International Conference on AI for Libraries, Archives, and Museums (ai4lam) will take place November 15-17, 2023 at Internet Archive Canada Headquarters, the Permanent Library, in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada. This will primarily be an in-person event, but proceedings will be videotaped and made available freely online after the event.
Datathon et 8e journée professionnelle Métadonnées en bibliothèques, 30 novembre-1er Décembre 2023
Le groupe Systèmes & Données du programme Transition bibliographique organise sa 8e journée professionnelle « Métadonnées en bibliothèques » le 1er décembre 2023, à la Bibliothèque nationale de France (site François-Mitterrand). Celle-ci sera précédée d’un datathon la veille, le 30 novembre 2023.
Webinar: Transforming Metadata: Valuing metadata in changing environments, 27 September 2023, 5-6 PM Paris time
Researchers from Ithaka S+R and MoreBrains Cooperative discuss the challenges and opportunities of communicating the value of metadata throughout complex research lifecycles. Learn about the forces inside and outside the library shaping scholarly communications and metadata ecologies.