Online publishing allows for the release of multiple versions of journal articles — and these growing practices are redefining our concept of “publishing” and the “version of record.” How do we determine when a manuscript is considered final? Which version should be cited? How do we best indicate online article versions?
In 2008, NISO published the Recommended Practice, “Journal Article Versions (JAV): Recommendations of the NISO/ALPSP JAV Technical Working Group” (NISO RP-8-2008; available at http://www.niso.org/publications/rp) . The recommended version classifications could be incorporated into article metadata for database management, archiving and cataloging, online display, and more.
Now, NISO would like to hear what you think — how do you manage version control of journal articles? Are you amenable to industry standards for online versions? Who is responsible for managing such version metadata? Please take a moment to contribute your perspectives by answering this short survey by July 16, 2010. It should take no more than five minutes to complete. Following the survey, a report of the results will be made available on the NISO website.
The survey can be found at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PBJSPKR