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The 47th ISSN Centre Directors’ Meeting is taking place in Cairo, Egypt, for the first time in 46 years !

The 47th ISSN Centre Directors’ Meeting is being held from November 20-24, 2022 in Cairo, Egypt, at the kind invitation of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT) and the Egyptian National Scientific and Technical Information Network (ENSTINET). Egypt has been a member country of the ISSN Network since 1990.

The ISSN International Centre, located in Paris, France, has put together a dense agenda of presentations that will be attended by 28 member countries including 10 African countries.

This annual meeting of ISSN National Centre Directors is an opportunity for colleagues from ISSN Member Countries to exchange information on their activities, to establish cooperation and to receive technical training.

Several important topics are addressed during this meeting, including predatory publishing, persistent identifiers in open science, and bibliographic standardization for the identification and description of print and online continuing resources, e.g. journals, blogs, academic repositories.

Training will be provided by the ISSN International Centre in the use of its new metadata production tool, which was implemented in June 2022, to ensure that colleagues within the ISSN Network take ownership of it. This tool is the production base underlying the ISSN portal, the global index for continuing resources (

At the end of this meeting, resolutions will be voted that will guide the activities of the ISSN network for the year 2023.

A warm welcome to all delegates of the ISSN Network !

About the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT)

The Academy of Scientific Research & Technology (ASRT) was established in September 1971 by the Presidential Decree No 2405 as the national authority responsible for science & technology in Egypt. In 1998, ASRT was reorganized by the Presidential Decree No 377 that further defined and strengthened its mission, function and activities. ASRT is the Egyptian house of expertise. It brings together outstanding Egyptian scientists and experts from universities, research institutions, private sector, NGOs, policymakers and prominent Egyptian scientists in Diaspora to deliberate country problems, propose and carry out scientific studies and future strategic basic plans to tackle these problems.

About the Egyptian National Scientific and Technical Information Network (ENSTINET)

ENSTINET provides IT and marketing services to raise information awareness and manpower development. Its objective is to assist Egyptian problem solvers and decision makers to access and apply quality data and relevant current information to development. ENSTINET wants to become the national information service facility equipped with the latest information Technology, run by the best staff members who render the most efficient services to the scientific community. Its mission is to bring knowledge to bear on human problem solving for the socio-economic development of Egypt by raising the standards of locally produced scientific literature.

About the ISSN International Centre (ISSN IC)

Officially created in Paris in January 21st, 1976, the ISSN International Centre is an intergovernmental organization under the auspices of UNESCO that coordinates the activities of 93 ISSN National Centres hosted in its member countries.  The ISSN IC publishes the ISSN international database of serials and continuing resources and provides several online services, i.e. ISSN Portal, the Directory of Open Acces Scholarly Resources (RAOD) and Keepers Registry. The ISSN Portal contains to date more than 2.5 million ISSN records with about 60,000 new ISSN records added annually by the ISSN Network. Please visit to learn more about our services.


Participe en la consulta pública para actualización de la norma técnica sobre publicaciones seriadas

Queremos invitarte a que participes en la consulta pública, para actualizar  la norma técnica colombiana NTC 902, que trata sobre terminología para publicaciones seriadas:

Para mayor información puedes ingresar al enlace:

Enlace para participar en la consulta pública:

Invitamos a calificar nuestros servicios y trámites  a través del enlace:

The Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera: A Story of Pirate Publishers, ISSN Hijacking and Fraudulent DOI Assignment

In 2017, The Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera published its final issue. The journal’s website was turned off and all 49 volumes were made freely available on BHL. Five yars later, a “bad actor” had resurrected the Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera website and had been using the journal’s title and ISSN to publish 260 fraudulent new articles. In January 2022, in consultation with ISSN USA, the ISSN Portal record for this ceased journal was updated to describe this situation. In an ideal world, publishers would inform their ISSN Centre or a depository library if they are ceasing publication to prevent ISSN hijacking. The ISSN Portal subscribers will see a note explaining if there has been an misappropriation. Read the full story of this case study.

ISSN IC @ Charleston Conference

The 2022 Charleston Conference will be held both in person (November 1 – 4) and online (November 14 – 18).

Gaelle Béquet, Director of the ISSN International Centre, will participate in the session: Making Preservation Inevitable along with Jason Colman, University of Michigan and  Mikael Laakso, Hanken School of Economics. She will describe the roles that indexing services, hosting platforms, and preservation services can play in improving the long-term availability of Open Access journals.

Gaëlle Béquet and Ana Maria Cetto, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, will also participate in the session Separating the wheat from the chaff: How to identify quality open access journals? The presentation will be a roundtable discussion of the Interacademy Partnership (IAP) report‘s recommendations and their impact if any on current and future DOAJ, Latindex and ROAD selection practices.

Journals preserved or how to turn Diamond into JASPER

Gaëlle Béquet, Director of ISSN International Centre, published an article in UKSG Insights about the JASPER project. Open access journals are poorly preserved, as shown by two recent studies based on an analysis of titles indexed by DOAJ. This worrying finding has motivated DOAJ, CLOCKSS, Keepers Registry, Internet Archive and Public Knowledge Project to join forces to propose an archiving solution for journals without article processing charges. The JASPER project resulted in the creation of a tool and a workflow allowing the preservation of a dozen journals. The next step is to go to scale (more journals archived, more agencies involved), conditioned subject to the mobilization of external funding.

Identifying OA Journals: A Core Business of the ISSN Network

The ISSN International Centre and its Network launched the Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources in 2013. ROAD is a free service that received a grant from the Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO at its inception. It is now included in the ISSN Portal and it provides metadata related to 5 types of multidisciplinary, open access resources, i.e. journals, monographic series, scholarly blogs, academic repositories and conferences proceedings. In 2021, ROAD selection criteria were revised to tighten up inclusion in the service and to counter some improprieties.

Beyond the issue of OA scholarly resources and their selection, this presentation at IFLA 2022 in Dublin is the opportunity to learn more about the ISSN Network and especially about ISSN Ireland which is hosted by the National Library of Ireland.

Digitalisation des services éditoriaux de la bibliothèque nationale : Les acteurs de la chaîne du livre s’imprègnent de la réforme

Le Directeur général de la Bibliothèque Nationale du Bénin (BNB), Monsieur Koffi ATTEDE, s’est entretenu le 7 septembre 2022 avec les acteurs de la chaîne du livre et les professionnels des médias sur l’ensemble des réformes entreprises pour la modernisation de la structure.
Pour les participants, c’était l’occasion de se familiariser avec les nouvelles modalités d’obtention des numéros ISBN, ISSN et dépôt légal. Cette plateforme numérique de fourniture et de paiement en ligne des identifiants et du dépôt légal est accessible à cette adresse: Un tutoriel explique le processus.
Pour le Directeur général de la BNB, cette réforme numérique de l’identification des livres et périodiques à la Bibliothèque nationale du Bénin répond à un besoin spécifique important : faciliter l’accès aux services de qualité de la BNB partout dans le monde.