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2 Authenticity and integrity Implicit in the concept of preservation is the notion that what is preserved must remain authentic. As argued in Rothenberg and Bikson (1999), the term ‘authenticity’ encompasses two concepts: integrity and authentication. 9 The scholarly record must be authentic if it is to provide a sound basis for scholarly progress, historical accuracy and intellectual and legal accountability. Of the two aspects of authenticity, authentication may be the easier to ensure in the digital domain, since it can rely on the traditional basis of an unbroken chain of stewardship, optionally augmented by digital signature techniques.

Although there are significant differences between subject areas, publications older than 15 years constitute less than 5 percent of the full text downloads in a given year. However, with the improved online accessibility of older content – ranging back to their first volumes – the lifetime usage of scholarly publications may well be subject to change over the next years. Table 2. 6 Source: Tenopir and King (2000) 20 RAND Europe Scholarly dissemination and publishing: a complex and dynamic environment Life Science – Rapid usage journals Life Sciences Health Sciences Chemistry Material Sciences/Engineering Social Sciences 100% Cumulative percent of lifetime full text downloads* 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Years Since Publication Figure 7.

While Elsevier and Kluwer Academic Publishers are international publishers of Dutch origin, the other international publishers represented in the e-Depot are not. Among them are other large publishers, for example: BioMed Central, Blackwell, Oxford University Press, Springer, Sage Publications and Taylor & Francis. KB’s target is to include in the e-Depot at least the journals from the 20 to 25 largest publishing companies which produce almost 90 percent of the world’s electronic STM literature (Kenney et al 2006).

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