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Supplemental Journal Article Materials Thought Leader Meeting

Date: January 22, 2010

Location: Washington, D.C., American Psychological Association Building


  • Linda Beebe, Senior Director, PsycINFO, American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Bonnie Lawlor, Executive Director, and Jill O’Neill, Director of Planning and Communication, National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS)
  • Todd Carpenter, Managing Director, and Karen A. Wetzel, Standards Program Manager, National Information Standards Organization (NISO)

Meeting Report: Free and available for download
Presentation: Supplemental Journal Article Materials: In Search of Best Practices (CNI Spring 2010)
Podcast: Creating Standards for Supplemental Journal Article Materials (April 14, 2010)
New Work Item Proposal: Supplemental Journal Article Materials (Approved April 16, 2010)

Topic Committee: Content & Collection Management

The results of a November 2009 survey on how publishers handle supporting materials in scientific journals by Alexander (Sasha) Schwarzman of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) has generated considerable interest within the information community (Supporting Material, at http://www.agu.org/dtd/Presentations/supporting-material.htm). In recognition of the importance of this topic, on January 22, 2010 the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) cosponsored a roundtable discussion on the need for standardized bibliographic and publishing policies for supplemental material. Additional meeting planning and support was provided by the American Psychological Association (APA), who also hosted the meeting at the APA headquarters. Invited participants represented various journal publishers, scholarly organizations, and libraries. A full list of participants is provided at the end of this report.

This group met to discuss the issue of supplemental materials in journals in order to discover if there might be an opportunity to reach some consensus on how to work with supplemental materials in a more standardized fashion for improved management, access, and discoverability. The report of the meeting summarizes the discussions and provides recommendations for further action.

A report of the meeting is publicly available. As noted in the report, the group suggested that a number of working groups should be created to address the business, policy and technical issues surrounding supplemental materials. The Content and Collection Management Topic Committee has reviewed and approved a new work item proposal created from this report. For more information, see www.niso.org/workrooms/supplemental