UKSG Transfer launches Version 1.0 of its Code of Practice

Oxford, UK - 7th April 2008 -UKSG TRANSFER has launched
Version 1.0 of its Code of Practice
(http://www.uksg.org/transfer/papers), which aims to improve the
procedures and policies surrounding the transfer of journals between
publishers. The initial draft of the Code was released in April 2007 and
was applauded as an excellent first step forward by the contributing
library and publisher community.

Over the last year the UKSG Transfer Working Group,
made up of publishers, librarians and agents, has revised and improved
the initial draft of the Code. Version 1.0 of the Code has been
released for a public review period to last until 31 May 2008.

The Code is a set of voluntary guidelines for publishers involved 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 perpetual access
rights to journal content.
The UKSG Transfer Working Group is inviting comments on the Code through the website: http://www.uksg.org/transfer
where the Code of Practice and other
information can also be found.

Full details of the Code are being
presented at the UKSG Annual Conference in Torquay, UK (7-9 April 2008)
where there will be a briefing session by Ed Pentz, Executive Director
of CrossRef and Chair of UKSG Transfer.
After the public review period the 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 Code of Practice will be
formally released and publishers will be asked to agree to follow the
Code.

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 'UKSG Transfer Compliant'. Publishers can
apply the Code of Practice immediately for their wholly-owned journals
and can do so for journals owned by a third party (such as a society)
with new or revised contracts.
If you would like more information about the UKSG Transfer Code of Practice,
please contact Ed Pentz, Chair, UKSG Transfer.

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