How it works

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The ROAD website relies on a three-steps process:

 

  • identification of Open Access scholarly resources among the resources to which ISSN numbers have been assigned by the ISSN Network
  • checking/updating the corresponding ISSN records
  • matching ISSN records with coverage lists provided by indexing/abstrating databases, registries and journal indicators.

 

Identification of Open Access scholarly resources among the resources to which ISSN numbers have been assigned by the ISSN Network (retrospective identification and at the time of ISSN assignment)

 

In July 2013, the ISSN International Centre has started to identify Open Access scholarly resources among the 130,000 online resources to which ISSN numbers have been assigned by the ISSN Network since the end of the 90’s. This retrospective identification has been continued and completed in 2014. In parallel, and since October 2013, ISSN National Centres identify Open Access scholarly resources at the time of ISSN assignment by providing a specific code in ISSN records.

 

Checking/updating the ISSN records

 

The ISSN records created before the launch of the ROAD project and which describe Open Access scholarly resources are checked and updated when necessary (URL, publishers...).

 

Matching ISSN records with coverage lists provided by indexing/abstrating databases, registries and journal indicators

 

Every month, the ISSN marked as assigned to Open Access scholarly resources in the ISSN Register are matched against the coverage lists provided by indexing/abstracting databases, registries and journal indicators. The matching is made thanks to the ISSN numbers. ISSN records are automatically completed by the mention "covered by" or by indicators when the matching is positive.

The services which have provided the list of the publications they cover are presented in the heading "Data sources". 

ROAD records

 

ROAD records are basically bibliographic records. They have been created by the 89 ISSN National Centres and the ISSN International Centre following the cataloguing rules of the ISSN Manual (see http://www.issn.org/en/understanding-the-issn/assignment-rules/issn-manual/).