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Society publishing: Problems Resulting from Journals Transferring Between Publishers

Each year significant numbers of journal titles are transferred to different publishers and often this is as a result of learned and professional societies making decisions to switch from one publishing partner to another, or to relinquish their in-house publishing arrangements.

A frequent unintended consequence of these transfers however, is a range of practical problems for both libraries and scholars.

In order to provide help in addressing the problem, JISC Collections, has now published a Guide for societies that outlines the nature of, and reasons for, the problems and suggests ways in which societies could help. This includes a checklist of key "transfer" issues societies could consider using in their discussions with publishers when exploring new publishing partnerships.

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