January 16, 2022

New Preprint: “Web Infrastructure to Support e-Journal Preservation (and More)”

The following article (preprint) was written by three important people in the library and info retrieval world and was recently made available on the arXiv site.


Web Infrastructure to Support e-Journal Preservation (and More)


Herbert Van de Sompel
Los Alamos National Laboratory

David S. H. Rosenthal
Stanford University Libraries

Michael L. Nelson
Old Dominion University

via arXiv


E-journal preservation systems have to ingest millions of articles each year. Ingest, especially of the “long tail” of journals from small publishers, is the largest element of their cost. Cost is the major reason that archives contain less than half the content they should. Automation is essential to minimize these costs.

This paper examines the potential for automation beyond the status quo based on the API provided by CrossRef, ANSI/NISO Z39.99 ResourceSync, and the provision of typed links in publishers’ HTTP response headers. These changes would not merely assist e-journal preservation and other cross-venue scholarly applications, but would help remedy the gap that research has revealed between DOIs’ potential and actual benefits.

Direct to Full Text Article (23 pages; PDF)

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.