International Identifier for serials
and other continuing resources, in the electronic and print world


Journal Learned Publishing has just published article The changed – and changing – landscape of serials publishing: Review of the literature on emerging models (February 2020)

This article by Eti Herman, John Akeroyd, Gaelle Bequet, David Nicholas, and Anthony Watkinson presents an up-to-date portrayal of the greatly changed landscape of scholarly journal publishing and identifies the emerging trends characterizing it. The article posits that journal transition can be seen as falling into three categories: enhanced models of the traditional scholarly journal, innovative models of the traditional scholarly journal and possible alternatives to the traditional journal. This review shows that each of the models identified makes contributions to enriching the reporting and showcasing of scholarly output. This study on the evolution of serial publications, and more particularly on the transformations of scientific journals, was commissioned by the ISSN International Centre as part of a reflection on the new multi-year development strategy of ISSN International Centre for the years 2020 to 2024.


Calls for papers for 2020 IFLA WLIC Open Sessions (Dublin, Ireland, 15-21 August 2020)

IFLA Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section and IFLA Committee on standards have issued a call for papers for IFLA WLIC 2020. More information available at .


The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) stresses the crucial role of ISSN in its 16 Principles of Transparency

COPE has released a discussion document about predatory publishing ( which contains recommendations to help researchers pinpoint fake scientific journals. COPE advises researchers to search the ISSN of the publication in the ISSN Portal and verify if the ISSN is genuine and has not been assigned to another serial publication.