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STM ISSUES POSITION FOR CUSTOMERS' ONLINE ACCESS WHEN SOCIETY JOURNALS CHANGE PUBLISHERS
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Subject: STM ISSUES POSITION FOR CUSTOMERS' ONLINE ACCESS WHEN SOCIETY
JOURNALS CHANGE PUBLISHERS
Contact: Michael Mabe
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
STM ISSUES POSITION FOR CUSTOMERS' ONLINE ACCESS WHEN SOCIETY JOURNALS
London, England, 4 August 2006 - The International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) a trade association has issued a position 'Ensuring Quality Customer Access to Online Content when Society Journals Change Publishers.'
Many STM members publish scholarly journals on behalf of scientific or medical societies. When such societies change publishers (as contract terms expire), or when societies elect to begin or reinitiate their own direct publishing efforts, there are often important transitional questions not always dealt with clearly in the underlying contracts. Of most importance to library customers and end-user researchers is any potential impact concerning access to electronic journals, especially when those journals are hosted on specialized online platforms.
'Researcher access to online scientific content should never be held ransom because of a business transition," said Michael Mabe, CEO of STM. 'STM publishers must work together cooperatively to ensure seamless transitions that minimize interruptions.'
STM has identified certain core principles that should govern such transitions, although of course it does not intend in any way to interfere with existing contractual relationships.
The core principles are:
* The prior publisher should be able to continue to offer access (on a non-exclusive basis) to previously licensed journal content under, and according to the terms and conditions of, existing customer licenses;
* The prior and new publishers should work together to minimise disruption to used by sending out joint communications and co-ordinating work on changing the access arrangements; and
* The new publisher should aim to provide access on-line as soon as reasonable practical after the transition.
STM believes that these principles outlined are equally applicable to general transfers or acquisitions of a journal or a portfolio of journal titles (whether or not society-owned) and applicable as well when societies decide to bring this publishing activity (back) in-house.
STM salutes the work of other associations and publishing group on these issues, particularly the UK Serials Group working group "Transfer" (see http://www.uksg.org/transfer.asp). and ALPSP in its Advice Note 18 called "When a society journal changes publisher" (see http://www.alpsp.org/socjourn1.pdf). More work is needed in this area to ensure greater efficiencies in such transitions, while at the same time respecting the overall competitive environment from a business perspective.
The International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) is a global trade association with approximately 100 member publishing organisations, both large and small, and for-profit and not-for-profit, collectively responsible for about 50% of the global output of research articles each year. STM's mission is assisting publishers and their authors with their activities by disseminating results of STM research, assisting national and international organisations and industries to improve electronic dissemination of STM information, and working with international and national publishers associations and other governmental and professional bodies, concerned with these tasks.