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Long-term access to Oxford Journals content receives further boost with LOCKSS Programme

20 October 2005

Oxford Journals is delighted to announce that it is to begin preserving its content in Stanford University’s LOCKSS Programme.

The LOCKSS Programme (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) is a community based, open source, persistent access digital preservation system. It enables publishers to guarantee long term perpetual access to their content, by allowing libraries to store, preserve, and provide back-up access to the content they have purchased.

Oxford Journals’ participation in the LOCKSS Programme further reinforces their commitment to providing long term accessibility, following their archiving agreement with the National Library of the Netherlands, Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB) in 2004, and their current backfile digitization programme, due for completion in early 2006.

“Preserving access to scholarly research is a critical issue for Oxford Journals and its publishing partners,” commented Martin Richardson, Managing Director, Oxford Journals. He continued:

“With more and more content becoming available online, we are concerned to ensure that this electronic information is as permanent and safeguarded as possible, so that research remains available for the long term. We are delighted to be involved with the LOCKSS Programme to further benefit our librarians and readers, both now and in the future.”

By participating in the LOCKSS Programme, Oxford Journals grants permission to LOCKSS alliance member libraries to use the LOCKSS software to collect, preserve, and provide back-up access to its content.

“The LOCKSS Programme believes that a core foundation of a library is its collections. We are providing tools and documentation to member libraries to help them build, preserve, and guarantee access to digital collections in an easy and inexpensive way,” said Victoria Reich, Director LOCKSS Programme, Stanford University. “Oxford Journals’ participation in the LOCKSS Programme provides its libraries with the assurance of current and perpetual access to content, whilst at the same time retaining access control by only providing content to the original authorized subscriber base.”

Thirteen journals have already been added to the LOCKSS System (listed below). Further Oxford Journals titles are scheduled to be added over the coming year. Visit the LOCKSS website for more information.

Oxford Journals titles released for preservation so far:

  • American Literary History
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biostatistics
  • Brain
  • Carcinogenesis
  • Cerebral Cortex
  • Chinese Journal of International Law
  • Early Music Volume
  • Essays in Criticism
  • Glycobiology
  • Human Rights Law Review
  • Human Molecular Genetics
  • Journal of Petrology

For more information contact:
Mithu Mukherjee
Communications Executive
Oxford Journals +44 (0)1865 354471

Notes for Editors

Oxford University Press (OUP) is the world's largest and most international of university presses. Founded in 1478, it currently publishes more than 4,500 new books a year, has a presence in over fifty countries, and employs some 3,700 people worldwide. It has become familiar to millions through a diverse publishing programme that includes scholarly works in all academic disciplines, bibles, music, school and college textbooks, children's books, materials for teaching English as a foreign language, business books, dictionaries and reference books, and journals.

Oxford Journals, a Division of OUP, publishes over 180 journals covering a broad range of subject areas, two-thirds of which are published in collaboration with learned societies and other international organisations. The collection contains some of the world's most prestigious titles, including Nucleic Acids Research, JNCI (Journal of the National Cancer Institute), Brain, Human Reproduction, English Historical Review, and the Review of Financial Studies. For further information please visit the Oxford Journals website.