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ISSN Newsletter n° 121 - September 2023
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ISSN IC @Frankfurt Book Fair 2023

The ISSN International Centre will be at Frankfurt Book Fair on October 17 & 18, 2023. We look forward to sharing our expertise with you. Please contact us at to arrange a meeting!

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Further to IFLA WLIC 2023

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 ( 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!

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NDL to Integrate the NDL Online and NDL Search web services in January 2024

The National Diet Library, Japan, (the NDL) plans to integrate two of its current web services: the National Diet Library Online Search and Request Service (NDL Online) and the NDL Search. These two will be launched as a new NDL Search web service in January 2024.

As of today, ISSN assigned for online resources published in Japan, which have been registered and maintained by the Japanese National Centre for ISSN, are available in the bibliographic records contained in NDL Search and NDL Online. WARP (Web Archiving Project) and National Diet Library Digital Collections (Online publications) provide online journals collected by the National Diet Library based on the National Diet Library Law or permission from the publishers.

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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:

Le rôle du Centre International de l’ISSN et de son réseau dans le développement de la science ouverte par Gaëlle Béquet
Où en est Mir@bel aujourd’hui ? (bilan annuel) par Sophie Fotiadi
Mir@bel au sein de la juridiction administrative par Caroline Louati et Blandine Guérard
Centre ISSN France, retour d’expérience d’un partenaire particulier, par Philippe Cantié
Réutiliser les données de Mir@bel par Bernard Teissier.

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Digital preservation
CLOCKSS Annual Update 2022-23

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.

CLOCKSS (Controlled LOCKSS) employs a unique approach to archiving (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) that was initiated by Stanford University librarians in 1999.

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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.

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Choosing a Persistent Identifier Type for Your Digital Objects: New Technology Watch Guidance Note now available on general release

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has made available the next in its series of Technology Watch Guidance Notes, Choosing a Persistent Identifier Type for Your Digital Objects by Remco van Veenendaal of the National Archives of the Netherlands.

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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.

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Open Science
Supporting open science in the Arab world

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.

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eLife and PREreview to adopt COAR Notify

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.

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Open Access
Diamond is for everyone

On 23 May, the Council of the EU adopted a groundbreaking set of conclusions advocating high-quality, open, trustworthy and equitable scholarly publishing. The move drew widespread support from Europe’s academic community. To facilitate the move to diamond open access in the European Research Area, Horizon Europe has funded two projects: Diamas and Craft-OA. These will develop technical services and a federated infrastructure for institutional publishers and service providers to share resources such as software, know-how and training with the community.

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Introducing the Hybrid Open Access Dashboard (HOAD)

The Hybrid Open Access Dashboard (HOAD) is an openly available data analytics tool designed for academic libraries and their consortia. Developed at the State and University Library Göttingen and funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), HOAD combines open data from CrossrefOpenAlex, and the cOAlition S Journal Checker Tool. By doing so, the dashboard illustrates the ongoing transition of hybrid journal portfolios included in transformative agreements to full open access. Throughout the dashboard, users can explore variations in open access adoption among different countries.

Screenshot showing the Hybrid Open Access Dashboard (HOAD) view on Creative Commons licences over time by publisher.
Hybrid Open Access Dashboard (HOAD) view on Creative Commons licences over time by publisher
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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.

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Publishing Industry
Why preprint review is the way forward
As preprints shake up the science publishing landscape, Damian Pattinson and Emily Packer (photo) reflect on efforts to embrace new models of review and curation.
With the ongoing adoption of preprints among researchers, particularly within the life sciences and medicine, as well as a wider movement to advance open and equitable science, it is clear that preprints are here to stay.
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Scholarly Communication
The State of Scholarly Metadata: 2023
Copyright Clearance Center

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.

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Publishing Due Diligence

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.

This video is a guide for all librarians who are supporting researchers in finding the right home for their work and avoiding predatory publishers.

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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.

The ISNI poster, alongside a number of other posters from this year’s event, are available on

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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).

To register, visit

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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.

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AI and Its impact on OA and Research Integrity, Thursday, October 19, 2023 – Frankfurt Studio Stage in Room Europa, Hall 4.0
SSP Society for Scholarly Publishing             Image

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.

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Ciencia Abierta con IDEIA – Impacto, Diversidad, Equidad, Inclusión y Accesibilidad – 25-29 septiembre, 2023, São Paulo, Brasil
Logo do SciELO 25 Anos

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.

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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.

Check the programme and register for the conference at

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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.

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NISO Plus Forum 2023, Washington, DC, USA, 3 October 2023

The NISO Plus Forum is an on-site, workshop-style event in which attendees explore areas of common concern to the information community.

Topic:  AI & Machine Learning: Services, Data, and Ethics.

Registration: Click here

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Internet Archive Annual International Conference – November 15-17 2023 AI for Libraries, Archives, and Museums
Logo for AI4LAM          Logo for FF 2023

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.

The registation form and the programme will be published soon. Please stay tuned.

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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.

Programme complet à venir sur cette page.

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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.

Please register for free to attend.

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