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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. This is often due to learned and professional societies making decisions to switch from one publishing partner to another, or to relinquishing their in-house publishing arrangements.

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

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