What is it about?

It takes a community to safeguard the scholarly record. It’s too big a job for any single organization, and too horrific for our species if done badly. Long-term preservation requires active management to ensure that content remains healthy, and vigilance in the face of changing technology, censorship, hacking, and more.

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Why is it important?

This is a call to action to ask more academic publishers to ensure the works of their authors are professionally preserved and become part of the long-term scholarly record.


Failure to preserve at all (or until it is too late) is a key challenge in academic publishing. This challenge is greatest for less formally published scholarly communications and supplementary materials, but it remains firmly in scope for formally published content and established publishers too. Of 2.8 million ISSNs issued to date, only 68,960 are preserved in long-term digital preservation services according to the KEEPERS registered, and fewer than 20,000 of these are preserved in 3 or more such services (which is considered best practice https://blog.dshr.org/2022/06/where-did-number-3-come-from.html).

Dr. Alicia Wise
Information Power Ltd

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This page is a summary of: Time is a thief of memory, Information Services & Use, December 2022, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/isu-220163.
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