FAQ

The Q&A below provides more information about the SafeNet service-in-development and the anticipated benefits for the scholarly community. If you have a question that is not answered below, please contact us.

What is SafeNet?

  • A two-year Jisc funded project, beginning on 1 August 2014, to build national archive infrastructure and improve assured continuity of access for UK HE institutions to the electronic journal articles for which they have paid.
  • Developing infrastructure and processes to run as a shared service for the UK research community from 1 August 2016.
  • Providing permanent, trustworthy post-cancellation access (PCA) to electronic journal articles.
  • Managed by a consortium representing UK HE libraries.

What will SafeNet do?

  • Develop service infrastructure to host a UK collection of archived journals
  • Clarify continuing access rights through an entitlement registry of subscription histories.
  • Focus on access workflows to simplify the route to a working copy when there is no active subscription or when access from the publisher ceases.
  • Engage UK HE librarians to prioritise content to be archived.
  • Negotiate with publishers to secure permission to archive priority content.
  • Provide assurance of PCA to libraries and academics.
  • Build a registry of data on entitlement to PCA that has been verified by libraries and publishers.
  • Maximise efficiency through collaboration and interoperation with related initiatives in the Jisc arena.
  • Be service ready by 31 July 2016.
  • Assured PCA to electronic journal articles for which UK HEIs have paid.
  • Service infrastructure hosting a UK collection of archived journals.
  • Clarity on access rights through an entitlement registry of institutions’ subscription histories.
  • Improved access workflows to simplify the route to a working copy when there is no active subscription and the publisher’s platform is unavailable or unaffordable.
  • A means to fulfil sustainability criteria in library collection development policies – supporting migration to e-only and cancellation and relegation of print holdings.
  • Trusted community governance with independent policy and financial control over long-term collection management and access decisions.
  • Reassurance that copies of the scholarly assets invested in by UK HEIs reside in local jurisdiction.

What will SafeNet mean for Libraries?

  • Assured continuing access to e-journals
  • Clarity of access rights via an entitlement registry
  • Clear access workflows to simplify route to a working copy
  • Means to meet sustainability criteria in library collection development policies supporting a move to e-only
  • UK HE community governance.
  • UK HE independent policy and financial control over long-term collection management and access decisions.

What will SafeNet mean for Academics?

Assurance that the electronic journals to which your library is subscribed will continue to be available to you even if the subscription is cancelled in the future.

What will SafeNet mean for Publishers?

A mechanism through which you can guarantee PCA to library subscribers – and be sure that access will be granted only to authorized users on the basis of data that you have verified yourself. You can satisfy libraries’ requirements for a robust and trusted PCA whilst retaining control over who is granted access.

Who is involved with SafeNet?

SafeNet will be developed by a team from EDINA and Jisc with expert contributions from Stanford University, RLUK and Jisc Collections. For details see the About Us page.

How can you get involved with SafeNet?

Libraries

By contacting EDINA.

Publishers

By contacting Jisc Collections.

What are the costs?

SafeNet is a project to develop a Jisc service. Alongside development of the service, the project will develop an appropriate business model that supports and efficient and effective service whilst minimizing costs. The cost to libraries will be known by July 2016.