The movement of scholarly journals between publishers has been an established feature of the scholarly publishing landscape for many years and there is every indication that this practice, a fundamental strand of many publishers' business strategy, will only increase in the future.
Whilst it is not a phenomenon caused by the move to online publishing, the implications of titles moving between publishers in an online environment are far more pronounced than they are in a print world. Indeed, it is currently one of the principal sources of frustration, dissatisfaction and debate between publishers and librarians and between publishers themselves.
Transfer, established in 2006, under the auspices of the UK Serials Group has been created to address the challenges caused by the growing number of titles moving between publishers.
The Transfer working group
Drawing upon previously successful initiatives from the recent past, (the work of PALS, PA-JISC and Project COUNTER), Transfer is currently a cross-sectoral Working Group comprising representatives from the scholarly publishing, intermediary and library communities. For a list of the Working Group members, see the people page.
The current version is Version 2.0 of the Transfer Code of Practice. Publishers are now being asked to sign up and follow the Code and can do so by:
- emailing Alison Mitchell or Elizabeth Winter
- announcing the transfer on the Enhanced Transfer Alerting Service (ETAS).
- publishers endorsing the Code are listed on the Publisher Endorsement page.
- information on Press relations
- more Transfer Papers