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Elsevier Science Announces New Policy on Electronic Archiving

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Elsevier Science Announces New Policy on Electronic Archiving

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Elsevier Science has announced its new policy on permanent archiving of electronic journals. Elsevier will maintain the journals offered through ScienceDirect, its host service, in perpetuity. The archives will be migrated as the technology for storage, display, or access changes. According to the announcement, an internal production archive separate from the ScienceDirect distribution platform will ensure redundancy and the ability to re-create the files in case of disaster.

The present ScienceDirect server holds over 700,000 articles from Elsevier Science journals and expands at a rate of 25,000 articles per month. The current format standards are SGML and Adobe PDF; most files are retained in both formats.

Elsevier Science notes that it is important that a secure electronic archive is provided in the transition from paper to electronic. Therefore, the company also makes the commitment that, in the unlikely future event that Elsevier Science (or ScienceDirect itself) should be unable to meet this responsibility, the archive will be turned over to one or more depositories chosen jointly by the publisher and an independent board of library advisors. …

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