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Best Practices

best practice is a method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means, and that is used as a benchmark. Best practices in abstracting, indexing and publishing contribute to the discoverability and accessibility of scholarly and scientific content.  Experience and research has proven that the use of best practices reliably leads to the desired result—meeting user search expectations on the web.  It is important to remember that a "best" practice can evolve to become better as improvements are discovered. NFAIS' recommended practices are outlined in the white papers and position papers below:

Discovery Services (August 2013)
Ease of Discovery, Access, and Use of Trustworthy, High-quality Information

Best Practices for Publishing Journal Articles (February 2009)
Guidelines for article-by-article publishing

NFAIS White Paper on Database Protection (May 2001)
Securing the Future of U.S. Intellectual Property and Scholarly Communication

The European Database Directive by David Mirchin
The European Database Directive Sets the Worldwide Agenda Bulleted list Item One

Integrating @ Internet Speed: Revisiting 2002
Overview of 2002

The following NFAIS surveys are posted for discussion purposes:

Discovery Services


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