Call for Papers: Programme Session

Standards and Best Practices Relating to Serials, Continuing Resources and Scholarly Communications

Sponsored by: IFLA Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section

Co-Sponsored by: IFLA Committee on Standards


World Library and Information Congress

85th IFLA General Congress and Assembly, 24-30 August 2019, Athens, Greece


Call for Proposals and Papers:

The Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section (SOCRS) and the Committee on Standards invites colleagues to submit proposals for its two-hour open session at the IFLA Congress in Athens on the theme “Standards Relating to Serials, Continuing Resources and Scholarly Communications."


We invite papers that address any one or more of the following topics related to standards:

  • IFLA Conceptual Models Standards

    • IFLA Library Reference Model 5.8 Modelling of Serials; 5.7 Modelling of Aggregates
    • Interoperability between metadata created using RDA and ISSN instructions and element sets
    • The development of PRESSoo
  • Standards and best practices relating to serials discovery and access, acquisitions and scholarly communications
  • Identifiers and serials: ISSN and its interoperability with other identifiers (e.g., ISNI, DOI)
  • Other major serials, continuing resource or scholarly communication standards used regionally or around the globe.


Submissions and Selection Process

If you are interested in submitting a paper proposal, please provide the following in English:

  • Name(s) and affiliation(s) of author(s)/presenter(s)
  • Proposed title of the paper
  • Proposed abstract of the paper (no more than 500 words)
  • Brief biographical information of all author(s)/presenter(s)
  • Contact information, including email, of all author(s)/presenter(s)


Proposals should be sent by email to Gaelle Bequet, Secretary, ( and Meg Mering, Chair, ( of SOCRS by March 1, 2019.


All proposals will be reviewed by members of the IFLA SOCRS committee and the Committee on Standards Organizing committee. Selection will be based on proposal content and fit to the programme theme. Proposal authors will be notified via email by April 1, 2019.

The deadline for final papers is June 1, 2019. Papers should be original work written in English, not published elsewhere, and should be no longer than 10 double-spaced pages using a standard 12-point font. Authors will be required to present their papers at the conference session. At least one author for each accepted paper must attend. This requirement ensures that the author(s) of the papers and attendees of the conference have the opportunity to engage in thoughtful discussion with colleagues about the presentations and other related topics, leading to a more robust professional experience.  Presentations should last about 15-20 minutes and time will be allotted afterwards for questions and discussion. Presentations should be engaging, interactive, and designed to elicit thoughtful discussion from the audience. Use of PowerPoint or other visual applications is encouraged for the benefit of the entire audience. The official language of the programme is English.

In accordance with IFLA's Open Access Statement, all papers presented at the open program will be available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. Authors of accepted papers will need to sign IFLA's author form upon notification. Papers and presentations will be freely available online.

Important Dates

  • March 1, 2019 Proposal submission deadline
  • April 1, 2019: Notification to submitters
  • June 1, 2019: Deadline for authors to submit completed papers




Authors needing a letter of invitation or further information shall contact Gaelle Bequet, Secretary of the SOCRS Committee ( or Margaret Mering, Chair of SOCRS Committee (



All expenses are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA or the IFLA SOCRS and Committee on Standards


Programme Planning Committee

Meg Mering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Chair, IFLA SOCRS Committee

Diane Beattie, Library and Archive Canada; Chair, IFLA Committee on Standards

Gaelle Bequet, ISSN International Office, Paris; Secretary, IFLA SOCRS Committee

Theron Westervelt, Library of Congress; Information Coordinator, IFLA SOCRS Committee

Anders Cato, Slots- og Kulturstyrelsen (Denmark); LIDATEC Chair, Committee on Standards

Sharon Dyas-Correia, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, SOCRS Committee

Beata Katrincova, University Library in Bratislava, Slovakia, SOCRS Committee

Christina McCawley, West Chester University, United States, SOCRS Committee

Andrea Wirth, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, United States, SOCRS Committee