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RE: Announcment: Oxford Journals signs archive agreement with Portico

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Mithu Mukherjee
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Oxford Journals
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Third archiving deal for Oxford Journals guarantees long term
preservation of electronic content

Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University Press, has 
signed a key archiving agreement with Portico, an electronic 
archiving service launched in 2005 with funding from 
JSTOR[http://www.jstor.org/], The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 
[http://www.mellon.org/], Ithaka [http://www.ithaka.org/], and 
The Library of Congress [http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/]. 
The agreement assures robust long-term preservation and ongoing 
access to Oxford Journals electronic content.

This is the third major archiving agreement* that Oxford Journals 
is participating in, as part of their commitment to ensure long 
term accessibility to all journals content. In 2004, Oxford 
Journals became one of the first publishers to sign an archiving 
agreement with the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), the National 
Library of the Netherlands, and in 2005 became a member of the 
LOCKSS preservation initiative from Stanford University. By 
signing this new agreement with Portico, Oxford Journals now have 
an enhanced ability to offer perpetual access, back-up archiving, 
and access facilities for all participating journals.

Martin Richardson, Managing Director of Oxford Journals, 
commented: "The agreement with Portico makes a firm statement to 
our customers and publishing partners that we are taking a 
responsible approach to digital archiving. We are committed to 
ensuring that access to our electronic content is safeguarded for 
the future.

"The agreement with Portico offers a further development to our 
archive provisions, by not only preserving an exact copy of 
journal content, but by also ensuring the usability of the 
archived content over time by migrating the files to future file 
formats as technology evolves. This approach of Portico is 
consistent with our strategy of establishing multiple, long-term 
preservation archives for our content, using a variety of 
different technologies."

"We are delighted that the Oxford Journals electronic content 
will be added to the Portico archive.  As electronic journals 
have become a more and more important part of the scholarly 
record, robust, multi-layered archival arrangements have become 
an increasingly urgent requirement. We look forward to 
incorporating Oxford Journals content into Portico's active 
archive operations, and are pleased to serve as the secure 
repository of this portion of the scholarly record" said Eileen 
Fenton, Executive Director, Portico.

* Oxford Journals is also currently participating with a further 
three initiatives, all in development: CLOCKSS (Controlled 
LOCKSS) is a two year pilot from the LOCKSS initiative, 
investigating a failsafe repository to ensure delivery of content 
in the event of a disaster; The British Library Legal Deposit 
E-Journal Pilot Project is currently testing the feasibility and 
technical requirements needed to store e-journal content on a 
legal deposit basis; and Oxford Journals is also participating in 
the Library of Congress Pilot Testing of Voluntary Copyright 
Deposits project.


Notes for Editors

Portico is a new, not-for-profit electronic archiving service 
established in response to the library community's need for a 
robust, reliable means to preserve electronic scholarly journals. 
Portico was initiated by JSTOR and has been developed with the 
initial support of Ithaka, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and 
the Library of Congress. Portico's mission is to preserve 
scholarly literature published in electronic form and to ensure 
that these materials remain accessible to future scholars, 
researchers, and students. For more information about Portico, 
please visit http://www.portico.org.

Oxford University Press (OUP)[www.oup.co.uk], a department of the 
University of Oxford, is the world's largest and most 
international university press. Founded in 1478, it currently 
publishes more than 4,500 new books a year, has a presence in 
over fifty countries, and employs some 3,700 people worldwide. It 
has become familiar to millions through a diverse publishing 
programme that includes scholarly works in all academic 
disciplines, bibles, music, school and college textbooks, 
children's books, materials for teaching English as a foreign 
language, business books, dictionaries and reference books, and 
journals. Read more about OUP [www.oup.com/about]

Oxford Journals [www.oxfordjournals.org], a Division of OUP, 
publishes over 180 journals covering a broad range of subject 
areas, two-thirds of which are published in collaboration with 
learned societies and other international organizations. The 
collection contains some of the world's most prestigious titles, 
including Nucleic Acids Research, JNCI (Journal of the National 
Cancer Institute), Brain, Human Reproduction, English Historical 
Review, and the Review of Financial Studies. Read more about 
Oxford Journals [www.oxfordjournals.org /about_us.html]