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Working with publishers and Industry standards

We have a series of guides for publishers that focus on a number of standards that support the Jisc Information Environment. Please click on the items in the menu on the left to find the information you are looking for.

Industry Standards and working with Publishers

To support the promotion, management, preservation, access and use of e-resources Jisc Collections works with publishers to implement a range of industry standards. The standards are drafted and regularly updated in consultation with UK Further and Higher Education libraries and international standards organizations. The standards and information on the standards are listed as a responsibility of the Publisher within in the Jisc model licences.

Any changes by publishers to the Industry Standards schedule can be viewed in elcat, the Electronic Licence Comparison and Analysis Tool. The requirements under the schedule are listed below:

1. In order that the Authorised Institutions can fully assess the use and therefore value of the Licensed Material the Publisher will:

• Provide the Authorised Institutions with fully COUNTER-compliant usage statistics every three months (

• Implement the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) protocol (

2. In order to ensure that the Licensed Material is archived and preserved for future scholarship, the Publisher will:

• Archive the Licensed Material in at least one of the following archiving solutions Portico, CLOCKSS or LOCKSS and inform the Authorised Institutions in which of the archiving solutions the Licensed Material may be found.


3. In order to ensure that the Licenced Material is accessible to all the Authorised Users of the Authorised Institution, the Publisher will:

• Use all reasonable efforts to meet the W3C standards(

In order to ensure that Authorised Users can discover and find the Licensed Material, the Publishers will:

• Use all reasonable efforts to meet the Open URL Standard (

4. An estimated 40% of full text usage on publisher sites is driven by library databases (including Google Scholar and Next Generation Discovery Tools). A major part of this access flows through OpenURL link resolvers that rely on detailed knowledge base title data provided by the Publisher.

In order to ensure accurate, up to date representation of the Licensed Material and to ensure Authorised Users have ease of access the Publisher will:

Use all reasonable efforts to give the link-resolver vendors and A-Z vendors the following information about each title in the licensed material on a monthly basis.

• Title


• Previous title, if appropriate

• Previous ISSN or eISSN, if appropriate

• First volume and issue made available as part of the offer or, if volume and issue are not available, first year, final volume and issue or year and URL. (You can get information on the names of the link resolver companies from Jisc Collections.)

• Provide the link-resolver vendors with the algorithm or syntax for constructing an article-level link from an article’s metadata within the Licensed Material.

5. In order to ensure that journal content remains easily accessible by Institutions and their Authorised Users when there is a transfer of material between parties, and to ensure that the transfer process occurs with minimum disruption, the Publisher will

• Use all reasonable efforts to keep to the Code of Practice of Project Transfer ( and the KBART standards ( and include the KBART data fields and labels detailed below as columns in the tab separated metadata file. All fields should be considered to be mandatory if they exist, and all effort should be made to gather the data, even if it must be obtained from another area of the business or even from an external source.

publication_title Publication title

print_identifier Print-format identifier (i.e., ISSN, ISBN, etc.)

online_identifier Online-format identifier (i.e., eISSN, eISBN, etc.)

date_first_issue_online Date of first issue available online

num_first_vol_online Number of first volume available online

num_first_issue_online Number of first issue available online

date_last_issue_online Date of last issue available online (or blank, if

coverage is to present)

num_last_vol_online Number of last volume available online (or blank, if

coverage is to present)

num_last_issue_online Number of last issue available online (or blank, if

coverage is to present)

title_url Title-level URL

first_author First author (for monographs)

title_id Title ID

embargo_info Embargo information

coverage_depth Coverage depth (e.g., abstracts or full text)

coverage_notes Coverage notes

publisher_name Publisher name (if not given in the file’s title)


Last updated: March 2016