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NISO Recommended Practice PIE-J: Presentation & Identification of E-Journals

Recommendations Ensure Long-Term Online Accessibility to Scholarly Journals Even After Title and Publisher Changes

On March 27, 2013, NISO announced the publication of a new Recommended Practice: PIE-J: Presentation & Identification of E-Journals (NISO RP-16-2013). This Recommended Practice provides guidance to publishers and platform providers on the presentation of e-journals—particularly regarding the title, ISSN, and citation—and solves some long-standing concerns of serials, collections, and electronic resources librarians. The document also includes examples of good publication practices using screenshots from various publishers' online journal platforms; a discussion of helpful resources for obtaining title history and ISSN information; an overview of the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) and key points for using it correctly; an explanation of the Digital Object Identifier (DOI®), the registration agency CrossRef, and tips on using DOIs for journal title management; and a review of related standards and recommended practices.

Later in 2013, the PIE-J Standing Committee was formed. The charge for the Standing Committee is to continuously promote the PIE-J Recommended Practice, nationally and globally [in large part by encouraging librarians to contact publishers and e-journal providers to bring the guidelines to their attention but also through other formal and informal means]; respond to specific inquiries about PIE-J; and gather comments and information to assist with the 24-month review.

On October 21, 2015 the Committee issued its report from the 24-month review in which it re-affirmed PIE-J as a NISO Recommended Practice with no major changes.

The National Library of Medicine, the world's largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health, has been a partner in the development of the PIE-J Recommended Practice because of its deep interest in the publishing models used by scientific journals, from the viewpoints of practical and efficient use of titles that are indexed for MEDLINE, and the clear and accurate preservation of the scientific literature for use by future generations.  

Please refer to the NISO PIE-J Web site for further information, including the Standing Committee roster, the full text of the PIE-J Recommended Practice, a PIE-J summary brochure, a template for a publisher/provider letter to report e-journal access or display comments, and how to join the PIE-J Interest Group.

Last Reviewed: July 21, 2020