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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.



Annual EURIG meeting 2022 (Sept.17th, 2022)

The ISSN Interntional Centre will be attending RDA in Europe 2022, an annual meeting organized by EURIG, on 17 November. The agenda and registration details can be found here:

Notably, the afternoon session will focus on aggregates, of particular interest to the ISSN Network.


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 Alicia Wise, CLOCKSS, Jason Colman, University of Michigan and Mikael Laakso, Hanken School of Economics. They 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 hold the session Separating the wheat from the chaff: How to identify quality open access journals? It is 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.