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Oxford, UK - 9th May 2007 - Project Transfer is inviting publishers to sign up to a Code of Practice that aims to improve the procedures and policies surrounding the transfer of journals between publishers. The Code has been drafted with extensive help from many of the major international publishing houses and has already been applauded as an excellent step forward by the contributing library community.

The Code outlines a set of guidelines for both the Transferring and the receiving publisher in any journal transfer. Comprehensive in its detail, the Code covers the thorny issues of ongoing access provision to online content, exchange of subscriber lists, DOI and URL transfer as well as the division and definition of born-digital versus newly digitized backfile content.

The Project Transfer Working Group is inviting publishers to sign up to this Code through the Project website: http://www.projecttransfer.org where the Code of Practice can also be found. Full details of the Code were launched at the UKSG Annual Conference in Warwick (16-18 April 2007).

More information is available on the UKSG website: www.uksg.org/transfer.

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