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Co-chair James Phillpotts and member Linda Wobbe participated on the June 2019 NISO Open Teleconference to talk about Transfer and answer some frequently-asked questions about the Code of Practice. 



The Transfer Code of Practice responds to the expressed needs of the scholarly journal community for consistent guidelines to help publishers ensure that journal content remains easily accessible by librarians and readers when there is a transfer between parties, and to ensure that the transfer process occurs with minimum disruption. The Code contains best practice guidelines for both the Transferring Publisher and the Receiving Publisher.  Publishers are asked to endorse the Code, and to abide by its principles wherever it is commercially reasonable to do so.
Transfer originated with the United Kingdom Serials Group (UKSG) and moved to the auspices of NISO in 2014.
The Code is governed by a group of librarians, publishers and other experts (the Transfer Standing Committee), and its main activities fall into three areas:
1. The Transfer Code of Practice. The current version is the Transfer Code of Practice, Version 4.0. 

A list of the publishers that currently endorse the Code can be found on the Publisher Endorsement page.
2. The Enhanced Transfer Alerting Service. This service has been designed to facilitate communication of journal transfers. The service is made up of the following:

  • The Journal Transfer Notification Database. This database allows librarians and other interested parties to search for details of journal transfers announced through the Enhanced Transfer Alerting Service and acts as an archive of transfer information supplied by publishers using the service. Searches can be by title, keyword, or ISSN.
  • The Transfer Notification List:  Librarians, information professionals and any other organisations with an interest in journal transfers are encouraged to sign up to the list. Every time a journal transfer is announced using the Enhanced Transfer Alerting Service, registrants on the Transfer Notification List receive e-mail alerts detailing the journal(s) involved, bibliographic information, and contact details for the publishers involved. Sign up to the email list.
  • The Journal Transfer Notification Form. This form is a simple way for publishers to communicate journal transfer information. Under the terms of the Code, endorsing publishers are requested to use the service whenever they receive a new journal. Log-in details are required to use the form, and these are supplied to any publisher that endorses the Transfer Code.
  • The Transfer Notification Blog. This blog page stores information from publishers about previous journal transfers, and acts as an archive of transfer information supplied by publishers using the service.

3. Transfer’s educational and support activities. The Transfer Standing Committee aims to provide practical support to publishers, librarians and other stakeholders in the publishing process.

  • Journal transfer problems: The Transfer Standing Committee provides informal advice to publishers and librarians who are encountering problems with the journal transfer process. To discuss or report any instances of non-compliance with the Transfer Code, please e-mail one of the co-Chairs of the Transfer Standing Committee.*
  • Papers and Presentations: Links to presentations about the Code and the activities of the Standing Committee, as well as other useful sources of information about the journal transfer process.

*If you have any questions please email the co-Chairs of the Standing Committee, Jennifer Bazeley ( and James Phillpotts (


Committee Roster


Standing Committee Members

Eva Jurczyk

Electronic Resources Librarian
University of Toronto Libraries

Linda Wobbe

eJournal Relations Manager
SCELC (Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium)