Recommended Practices for the
Presentation and Identification of E-Journals (PIE-J)
Working Group Charge
The PIE-J Working Group updated and approved its formal charge in their December 1, 2010 conference call. It is:
To develop a Recommended Practice that will provide guidance on the presentation and identification of e-journals, particularly in the areas of title presentation and bibliographic history, accurate use of the ISSN, and citation practice, that will assist publishers, platform providers, abstracting and indexing services, knowledgebase providers, aggregators, and other concerned parties in facilitating online discovery, identification, and access for the publications.
New Work Item Proposal Balloted January 12 - February 8, 2010
Approved by the Business Information Topic Committee
Citations form the basis for much scholarly research. Connecting researchers with appropriate content is the goal of OpenURL linking and other reference linking systems. Two things are necessary for accurate identification. First, articles must be cited by the title of the journal in which they originally appeared, which may be different from the title the journal currently bears. Second, the correct ISSN must be used in order for link resolution to accurately happen. Until there is a consistent and universally used identification scheme for articles (the penetration of CrossRef and the DOI is far from universal), researchers have no choice but to rely on existing citation elements.
Unless journal websites accurately and uniformly list all the titles under which content was published, user access to desired content is considerably diminished. No one wins: not the library, the publishers, the vendor, or the researcher.
The goal of Working Group is to review the problem and develop a Recommended Practice that will provide much-needed guidance on the presentation of e-journals—particularly in the areas of title presentation, accurate use of the ISSN, and citation practices—to publishers and platform providers as well as to solve some long-standing concerns of serials librarians.
Issues to be addressed fall under the following key areas:
- Titles for Different Formats: For example, when a journal is available in print and online.
- Former Titles: Information about and easy access to former titles (including ISSN of former titles and the dates that the journal was published under the former titles) needs to be provided on the new title’s website to ensure visibility, accessibility, and tracking. Supporting documentation that providers/publishers can mount on the website to facilitate identification will be covered.
- Citations: Citations need to be historically accurate; they need to cite the title and ISSN that the journal carried at the time when the article was published.
- ISSN: ISSN centers can help to provide correct title sequences, dates, and the ISSNs that will enable accurate linking, as well as help in resolving questions or interpreting complex relationships.
For more information, see the December 13, 2010 PIE-J Quarterly Update Report.
Humble Pie: PIE-J Background and Update, Regina Reynolds, Bob Boissy, and Steve Shadle, NASIG Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO, June 2011 and ALCTS Continuing Resources Section Standards Update Forum, American Library Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, June 2011