Why SafeNet?

Secure, continuing access to e-journal archives is a key criterion in library e-only policies.  Moving towards e-only collections allows libraries to make best use of budgets by cancelling or relegating print.

As a national archive, SafeNet will hold, within local jurisdiction, a copy of the scholarly assets in which UK HEIs have invested.  National infrastructure will give the UK independent policy and financial control over long-term collection management and access decisions.

For Libraries

SafeNet will deliver assured continuity of access for UK HE institutions to the electronic journal articles for which they have paid. Service infrastructure will host a UK collection of archived journals. Continuing access rights will be clarified by means of an entitlement registry that records subscription history. Work to consolidate and improve access workflows should simplify the route to a working copy in the absence of an active subscription and where access via the publisher’s platform is unavailable or unaffordable.

This will help libraries to fulfil sustainability criteria in library collection development policies that support a move to e-only and the cancellation and relegation of print holdings. A key criterion is secure continuing access to the journal via e-journal archives.

As a shared service governed by the UK research-library community, SafeNet will provide permanent and trusted post-cancellation access to electronic journal articles providing the UK HE sector with independent policy and financial control over long-term collection management and access decisions. As a national archive, SafeNet will ensure that copies of the scholarly assets invested in by UK HEIs reside in local jurisdiction.

For Academics

SafeNet will provide assurance that the electronic journals to which your library is currently subscribed will continue to be available to you even if the subscription is cancelled at some time in the future.

For Publishers

SafeNet will provide a mechanism through which publishers can guarantee PCA to library subscribers – and be sure that access will be granted only to authorized users on the basis of data that publishers themselves have verified. In this way, publishers may satisfy libraries’ requirements for a robust and trusted PCA whilst retaining some control over who is granted access.