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Wiley-Blackwell joins CrossMark service to ensure content integrity

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Hoboken, NJ – November 29, 2011 – Wiley-Blackwell, the scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons Inc., announced today it is a participant in the CrossMark service from CrossRef - a multi-publisher initiative to provide a standard way for readers to identify and locate the publisher-maintainedversion of a piece of content.

With the increase of online discoverability of different versions of a paper, it can be difficult for readers to identify what version of a paper they are looking at – it can be the submitted version, the accepted version, the published version, or it can be enhanced, amended, corrected, updated, withdrawn and even retracted. There can be many versions of a scholarly article, leading to uncertainty over what constitutes the version of record; the CrossMark logo on the publishers' version will always alert readers to changes to a paper since its original publication.

"The CrossMark servicewill give readers a standard way in which to assess the trustworthiness of the article, and also whether it is the most up to date version," said Edward Wates, Vice President and Director of Global Journals Content Management, Wiley-Blackwell. "By applying the CrossMark logo to journal content on Wiley Online Library, Wiley-Blackwell is committing to the ongoing stewardship ofthe content we publish and to alerting readers to changes if and when they occur."

The program is currently in its pilot phase, due to launch in full early next year, and Wiley-Blackwell is one of five pilot publishers who have begun to implement the system onlive content.Once in place, clicking on the CrossMark logo will tell a reader the current status of a document and may also give the reader additional publication record information about the document. CrossMark will also work on PDF content that users have downloaded to their machines or devices.

"We're extremely happy that Wiley-Blackwell is participating in CrossMark and contributing to the pilot phase of the project," said Ed Pentz, CrossRef's Executive Director."CrossMark has the potential to provide significant value to researchers by alerting them to the current status of the scholarly literature they rely on."


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