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Updated Transfer Code of Practice for journal transfer released
Oxford, UK 12 July 2013 The UKSG Transfer Working Group today released Version 3.0 of its Code of Practice for public comment (http://www.uksg.org/transfer/Code). Key updates in Version 3.0 deal with new content types, HTTP redirects, subscriber types, nomenclature, and communication. Public review and comment are invited between now and 6 September 2013.
The Transfer Code of Practice is a set of voluntary guidelines for publishers involved in any journal transfer. It covers thorny issues including ongoing access provision to online content, exchange of subscriber lists, DOI and URL transfer, as well as perpetual access rights to journal content.
Over the last year the Transfer Working Group has revised and improved upon the current version of the Code (Version 2, released in September 2008). The Transfer Working Group is inviting comments on the Code through the Transfer website (http://www.uksg.org/transfer), where the Code of Practice, a summary of changes from Version 2 to Version 3, a glossary of terms, and other information can also be found.
After the public review period, the Transfer Working Group will review the comments and decide if any revisions are needed to the Code in light of comments received. Once this is done, the Transfer Code of Practice v3.0 will be formally released, and publishers will be asked to agree to follow the new version. Publishers agreeing to align their procedures with the Code, and to apply them in practice when working with other, similarly aligned publishers, will be considered ‘Transfer Compliant'.
The Transfer Code of Practice is a response to the expressed needs of the scholarly journal community for consistent guidelines to help publishers ensure that journal content remains easily accessible by librarians and readers when there is a transfer between parties, and to ensure that the transfer process occurs with minimum disruption.
Transfer launches new Enhanced Transfer Alerting Service – May 2012
Transfer, the UKSG-sponsored initiative to create a Code of Practice to follow when journals are transferred between publishers, is delighted to announce the release of its Enhanced Transfer Alerting Service (ETAS).
ETAS is a rapid alerting service that will allow the publishers involved in a journal transfer to notify the various stakeholders by providing a standardised set of information relating to the exchange. For the first time, this information is then hosted in a searchable database, providing a simple and easily accessible way for librarians and other groups to find out about journal transfers involving the 36 currently endorsing publishers.
ETAS is the latest development from the Transfer Working Group and is a partnership of JISC, Mimas, UKSG and Cranfield University. It will replace the existing Transfer alerting service, which was not linked to a database, and data from the old system will also be stored in ETAS.
Commenting on the new service, Elizabeth Winter, co-chair of the Transfer Working Group, said: “Keeping up with journal transfers is always a struggle. My colleagues and I have desired a database of transfer information for a long while, so I'm delighted that the project partners were able to bring this to fruition. I hope serials and e-resources librarians everywhere will agree that it is useful”.
The new service is now live at http://www.jusp.mimas.ac.uk/etas/. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Established in 2006, the Transfer Code of Practice has been endorsed by 36 publishers, including Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell and Springer. All of the publishers have agreed, wherever possible, to use the Code when managing and communicating journal transfers between themselves. A Working Group, comprising publishers, librarians and intermediaries, oversees the development of the Code and associated activities. Later this year the Working Group will introduce an updated Code of Practice that builds on the work already done and the changes that have taken place regarding online journal delivery since the Group was established.
About the ETAS partners:
JISC (www.jisc.ac.uk) is the UK's technology consortium for higher and further education and skills. JISC provides advice, guidance and resources to help institutions make the best use of innovative technology. As part of that remit, JISC supports the UKSG to help information professionals work smarter for the benefit of UK education and research.
Mimas (mimas.ac.uk) is an organisation of experts. Its role is to support the advancement of knowledge, powering world-class research and teaching. As a national data centre based at The University of Manchester, Mimas hosts a significant number of the UK's research information assets – and builds applications to help people make the most of this rich resource. Mimas has a longstanding relationship with JISC, developing services that support teaching, learning and research, and strong connections with research councils, especially the ESRC.
UKSG (www.uksg.org) exists to connect the knowledge community and encourage the exchange of ideas on scholarly communication. It is the only organisation spanning the wide range of interests and activities across the scholarly information community of librarians, publishers, intermediaries and technology vendors.
Cranfield University. Positioned between traditional universities and business and industry, Cranfield University combines the academic rigour and long-term perspective of a university with the commercial and business focus of industry. Cranfield educates students at postgraduate level on both professional development and degree-awarding courses bringing a range of multidisciplinary skills to bear in addressing a number of fields including: aerospace, automotive, energy, environment, healthcare, manufacturing, management, security and defence. The Library and Information Service has a record of contributing to the community via involvement in a number of JISC funded research projects including Journals Usage Statistics Portal (JUSP) and Institutional Repository Usage Statistics (IRUS).