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April 1, 2013 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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NISO Publishes Recommended Practice on Ejournals

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announced the publication of a new Recommended Practice: "PIE-J: Presentation & Identification of E-Journals" (NISO RP-16-2013). This recommended practice was developed to provide guidance on the presentation of ejournals—particularly in the areas of title presentation, accurate use of ISSN, and citation practices—to publishers and platform providers, as well as to solve some long-standing concerns of serials, collections, and electronic resources librarians.

In addition to the recommendations, the document includes extensive examples of good practices using screenshots from various publishers’ online journals platforms; a discussion of helpful resources for obtaining title history and ISSN information; an overview of the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) and key points for using it correctly; an explanation of the Digital Object Identifier (DOI), the registration agency CrossRef, and tips on using DOIs for journal title management; and a review of related standards and recommended practices.

“Citations form the basis for much scholarly research. Unless journal websites accurately and uniformly list all the titles under which content was published, user access to desired content is considerably diminished,” explains Cindy Hepfer, continuing e-resource management and cataloging librarian at the State University of New York at Buffalo and co-chair of the NISO PIE-J Working Group. “For example, many e-journal publishers and aggregators now place digitized content originally published under an earlier title on the website for the current title, using the current ISSN, thus seriously impeding the researcher’s ability to find or identify the content being sought. The PIE-J project was initiated to address these issues.”

The PIE-J draft Recommended Practice and a brochure summarizing the recommendations are available from the NISO PIE-J workroom website at niso.org/workrooms/piej/.

Source: NISO



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