January 19, 2022

Digital Preservation: CLOCKSS Archive and CHORUS Partner For Perpetual Public Access to Content

From Today’s Announcement:

The CLOCKSS Archive, a not-for-profit joint venture between the world’s leading academic publishers and research libraries, has entered into an agreement with CHORUS (Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States).

As a result of the agreement, CHORUS Publisher Members will be able to take advantage of a special arrangement with CLOCKSS to establish permanent, perpetual public access to content and ensure the integrity and sustainability of the scholarly record. CHORUS works with US federal agencies, publishers, service providers, and researchers to enable, monitor, and preserve public access to published articles. Built on CrossRef’s open, interoperable framework, CHORUS services are initiated when researchers submit their articles to publishers.

“Safeguards are necessary to ensure that public access to articles reporting on federally funded research is never disrupted. That’s where CLOCKSS comes in,” says Howard Ratner, CHORUS Executive Director. “This agreement allows CHORUS partners to rely on CLOCKSS’ rich and trusted repository of content in the event that publicly accessible research articles become unavailable.”

CLOCKSS has agreements with 200 publishers and has preserved more than 11,000 academic journals, from participating scientific publishers. Through the agreement, CLOCKSS will provide public access to the archived publications should a publisher fail to provide public access for a period of longer than 30 days and there no other parties providing public access.

“By partnering with CHORUS, CLOCKSS is meeting the needs of government funding agencies, publishers, and others in the scholarly community to ensure continued public access to articles reporting on funded research,” states Randy S. Kiefer, Executive Director of the CLOCKSS Archive.

NOTE: CHORUS also has a digital preservation deal with PORTICO that was announced last August. Today’s news gives CHORUS members another option to provide perpetual access to their content.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.