Workshop on Electronic Journals


Standards Workshop

Electronic Journals -- Best Practices

Sunday, February 20, 2000

Four Seasons Hotel, Philadelphia, PA

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Report on the E-Journals Workshop


NFAIS and NISO are co-sponsoring a preconference workshop to the 2000 annual NFAIS meeting to explore general issues surrounding electronic journals and the current lack of standards for publication, presentation, linking and archiving. Can we develop standards, guidelines or best practices in any of these areas? What will most facilitate the work of publishers, editors, abstracting and indexing services, librarians, and researchers? Problems and issues from the perspectives of primary publishers, secondary publishers, and libraries will be presented. At this Workshop you will have the opportunity to discuss and influence the directions that editorial, technical, linking, and archiving standards will be taking.


NISO/NFAIS Workshop on Electronic Journals Best Practices

Date: Sunday, February 20, 2000

Location: Four Seasons Hotel, Philadelphia

8:30am - Registration and Coffee

9:00 am - Welcome and introductions (Pat Harris)

9:15 - 10:00 am - Overview and Scene Setting What are the general issues surrounding e-journals and lack of standards? How do these practices affect users in the secondary services and in libraries? Is it too soon it set a standard? Can we develop guidelines or best practices to enable all those who work with journals to continue to do so as these materials increasingly appear in electronic form?

10:00 - 12:00 Noon - Scenarios in Electronic Publishing

1. From the perspective of the commercial primary publisher: What are the key decisions publishers face when creating new electronic journals and e-journals that supplement a print version.What is important for a publishers to consider? How are these decisions being made and by whom? Speaker: Howard Ratner, Springer-Verlag
2. From the perspective of the non-profit/society primary publisher: What are the key decisions that scholarly society publishers face in creating new electronic journals and e-journals that supplement a print publication? Speaker: John Ewing, American Mathematical Society
3. From the perspective of the Secondary Publisher: What is the impact of electronic materials on the creation of bibliographic databases? What are the issues that emerge in creating records describing electronic journal articles and when establishing links to electronic text from bibliographic records (full text linking) and from references (reference linking). Speaker: Helen Atkins, Institute for Scientific Information
4. What issues are surfacing in the library community as e-journals proliferate: How do librarians let users know what they have access to; how is access monitored and and managed? Do e-journals need to be "checked in" or cataloged? What is the definitive version of a journal that is published in more than one format or that is made available from more than one vendor? Is the "Harvard problem" everyone's problem?

Speaker: Regina R. Reynolds (Head, National Serials Data Program, Library of Congress)

12:00 Noon-1:00pm Lunch (Included in the registration fee)

1:00pm - 2:30 pm : 4 Break-out /Discussion groups based on general areas of interest A. Editorial standards: Content and bibliographic issues B. Archiving issues C. Linking standards: Reference linking issues D. Technical standards: Presentation/format issues

2:30 - 3:00 pm: Break

3:00 - 4:00 pm Short reports from the discussion groups, each followed by general discussion

4:00 pm Meeting wrap-up

4:30pm Meeting Adjourned


Planning Committee members: Helen Atkins (ISI), Committee chair Priscilla Caplan (Center for Library Automation/Chair, NISO Standards Development Committee) Emily Fayen (RoweCom Inc./NISO Standards Development Committee) Lola Halpin (Emory University Library/ALA ALCTS Committee to Study Serials Standards) Howard Ratner (Springer-Verlag New York)