AIP Partners with CLOCKSS to Digitally Archive All of AIP's Electronically Published Material
Participation ensures perpetual access to AIP online content
Melville, New York, 12 June 2009 — The American Institute of Physics (AIP) announced today that online versions of all its journals will soon reside in the dark archive, CLOCKSS (Controlled Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe), a joint venture by libraries and publishers committed to ensuring long-term access to scholarly publications in digital format. CLOCKSS will make AIP content freely available in the event that AIP is no longer able to provide access.
“AIP has long been committed to digital archiving, formulating our first policy statement on the subject more than 10 years ago,” said Tim Ingoldsby, AIP’s Director of Strategic Initiatives and Publisher Relations. “In the intervening years, we’ve been gratified when other publishers have taken our framework as a model when fashioning their own archiving policy.”
The CLOCKSS initiative was created in response to the growing concern that digital content purchased by libraries may not always be available due to discontinuation of an electronic journal or because of a catastrophic event. CLOCKSS creates a secure, multi-site archive of web-published content that can be tapped into to provide ongoing access to researchers worldwide, free of charge.
“Today, when over one half of all our subscriptions are online only, we owe it to our customers more than ever to provide the best security possible for their electronic products, said Mark Cassar, AIP's Acting Publisher. “Our nearly three-year-old partnership with Portico, and now our participation in the CLOCKSS initiative, solidifies this commitment.”
CLOCKSS’ decentralized, geographically distributed preservation strategy ensures that the digital assets of the global research community will survive intact. Additionally, it satisfies the demand for locally situated archives with 15 archive nodes planned worldwide by 2010.The American Institute of Physics is a federation of 10 physical science societies representing more than 135,000 scientists, engineers, and educators and is one of the world’s largest publishers of scientific information in physics. Offering full-solution publishing services for physics scientific societies and for similar organizations in science and engineering, AIP pursues innovation in electronic publishing of scholarly journals. AIP publishes its own 12 journals (many of which have the highest impact factors in their category); two magazines, including its flagship publication Physics Today; and the AIP Conference Proceedings. Its online publishing platform Scitation hosts nearly two million articles from more than 185 scholarly journals, and other publications of 28 learned society publishers.
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