29th August 2019 - LibLynx & PSI partner on real-time Open Access Usage Reporting
25th February 2019 - Important new EZproxy security feature calls out to PSI’s blocklist for validation
7 June 2018 - TheIPregistry.org has partnered with Remote Xs
22 March 2018 - SiQ and PSI partner for reporting the great unknown
Open Letter to all University Presidents,
Principals, Rectors, Chancellors and
December 20th 2019
Justice Department investigates Sci-Hub
founder on suspicion of working for Russian
A story in today’s Washington Post reports that the Justice Department has launched an investigation – with both criminal and intelligence-gathering elements – into Sci-Hub’s founder, Alexandra Elbakyan. The article says that a former senior U.S. intelligence official said he believes Elbakyan is working with Russia’s military intelligence arm.
This confirms our worst fears. At PSI we’ve been investigating Sci-Hub for three years. It was inconceivable that
Elbakyan, all on her own, could have funded and run a site the size of Sci-Hub, containing 76 million articles and providing 200 million annual downloads. We have been warning of the risks presented by Sci-Hub for some time, for example here.
From our research with academic institutions and publishers over the past three years, we discovered the scale and scope of the phishing at western universities to obtain the credentials has been truly industrial. We found that Sci-Hub had stolen log-in credentials for 373 universities in 39 countries, including more than 150 academic institutions in America alone. Leading research nations with a high number of compromised university systems include the UK, Canada, Australia and Sweden as well as technical universities in Germany.
Following the Washington Post’s revelations about Alexandra Elbakyan, the question now is what actions should universities take to protect their intellectual property, their faculty and their students?
As a matter of urgency, here are some simple and immediate steps that can be taken to enhance your current security:
Block access to Sci-Hub. Make your users aware that by attempting to download content from these illegal and dangerous sites, they are putting their university at risk.
You can block access to these illegal sites by downloading the Outgoing Block List from theIPregistry.org.
Download the Incoming Block List from theIPregistry.org (your academic library staff should already have access to this resource) and protect your university from harmful intrusions by Russian Military Intelligence.
Finally, universities must share information with each other about the source of attacks, so that they and other organisations can start to protect themselves and each other.
Please get in touch if you’d like to hear more about any of the issues raised in this letter.
CEO and co-founder, PSI Ltd
19th August 2019
LibLynx & PSI partner on real-time
Open Access Usage Reporting
Alexandria, VA - Liblynx and PSI partner to deliver real time usage metrics to organisations wanting to learn who is accessing their Open Access (OA) content.
As the volume of OA content increases, it’s becoming increasingly crucial for OA publishers to know who is reading their content and where that readership is based, especially when developing new transformative deals and providing metrics to funders. Traditional methods of usage reporting that rely on authenticating user access do not apply to OA content.
The new OA Usage Reporting solution works by capturing and analysing raw usage data from a publisher’s platform. The organisational source of usage is identified by matching incoming IP addresses against PSI’s theIPregistry.org to provide organisational detail of users and geographical data for all remote use. The analysis can also identify malicious access, such as Sci-Hub downloads, by matching data to PSI’s IP-intrusion.org database.
OA usage reports will be available by title, source organisation, organisation type, and geographical location. Reports can be viewed online or downloaded from any existing website by embedding the LibLynx reporting widget. Alternatively, reports can be delivered as a data feed for ingestion into a third party analytics tool. Libraries and other information and knowledge managers will be able to access organisational usage data directly from their profile on theIPregistry.org.
Andrew Pitts of PSI said, “Working closely with publishers, membership societies and libraries for many years has enabled PSI to create a powerful database that can be leveraged to provide publishers, libraries and authors with valuable data to nurture a deeper understanding of organisational readership.”
“Traditional usage reporting tools are slow, inflexible, and expensive to implement and maintain,” said Tim Lloyd, CEO of LibLynx. “Our lightweight solution is much simpler to implement and delivers near-real time analytics that publishers can flexibly integrate with their existing workflows.”
Publishers interested in learning more should contact either party for more information.
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About LibLynx (www.liblynx.com): LibLynx provides flexible Identity, Access Management, and Analytics solutions to online resource providers and libraries. We make identity & access as simple as possible and as secure as necessary, and deliver insightful analytics that are on-demand and in real time. We mitigate the risks of fraud and managing personal data. Our cloud native applications are technology and platform independent, with an architecture designed to simplify integration and facilitate customization.
About PSI (www.PSIregistry.org): PSI is the developer of both theIPregistry.org and IP-intrusion.org. PSI is an independent company. Through our work to enable publishers, membership societies, and libraries to work together securely and confidentially towards common goals, PSI has found itself in a unique position to encourage collaboration, communication and innovation across the academic research community.
TheIPregistry.org is a single repository of the verified IP addresses for over 60,000 content licensing organisations worldwide. TheIPregistry.org is accessible to both libraries and publishers and is the only registry that checks and verifies IP addresses to eliminate the errors that commonly occur. IP-intrusion.org is a community liaison hub where publishers and libraries can exchange information and warn each other about threats.
LibLynx: +1 202-888-3324,
PSI: +44 1865 849514,
25th February 2019
Important new EZproxy security feature calls out to PSI’s blocklist for validation
We are delighted to announce that OCLC is using PSI’s IP Intrusion Service block list to provide a new security feature for their latest release. EZproxy 6.5 contains an important feature that incorporates a real-time call out to a security API that validates the IP address of the requester and logs/denies access if the IP address is a known pirate/hacker. This greatly reduces the time-consuming and manual process of scanning log files for hacked credentials. The API calls out to a blocklist created by IP-intrusion.org and validated via theIPregistry.org. TheIPregistry.org is a repository that contains over 1.5 billion verified IP addresses from 60,000 content licensing organizations worldwide. Both IP-intrusion.org and theIPregistry.org are maintained by PSI Ltd.
The IPs on the list have been identified as the source of spamming, phishing, hacking, and other forms of cyber-crime. The list also incorporates the information identified on the P.R. Butler list. One major advantage of this blocklist is that it uses theIPregistry.org as a whitelist, giving libraries the power to ensure that their verified IP addresses are not included on the list. Keeping the IP addresses held within theIPregistry.org for your organisation up-to-date will ensure that these IPs are never included on the block list. We urge all libraries that haven’t already done so to register a user and confirm the IPs held for their organisation.
PSI is an independent third-party organization, which enables libraries, publishers and membership societies to work together securely and confidentially towards the common goals of facilitating legitimate access to scholarly content, eradicating IP misuse, eliminating subscription abuse, and combating cyber-crime.
OCLC is a non-profit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation.
19th December 2018
For participating publishers Atypon Literatum uses theIPregistry.org to offer publishers IP address verification
Atypon is now offering participating customers on its Literatum platform integration with theIPregistry.org to validate IPs and reduce the inefficiencies and inaccuracies inherent in the process of managing, updating and communicating IP address changes.
TheIPregistry.org is a single repository, pre-populated with data for over 60,000 content licensing organisations worldwide. The original data within theIPregistry.org was the result of a 4 year audit and clean-up of the data held by over 150 publishers. The results of this audit highlighted that 58% of the data held by publishers at that time was incorrect. TheIPregistry.org has now been live for 18 months and during that time has accepted an average of 800 IP updates each month. Each of these updates is checked and verified by the IP registry team in order to maintain the integrity of the registry. Approximately 20% of the updates received initially contain some form of error, this demonstrates the importance of the checking and verifying process. TheIPregistry.org is the only IP registry that checks and verifies IP addresses to eliminate the errors that commonly occur. There are now over 1.5 billion verified IP addresses held within theIPregistry.org.
Through this integration, Atypon is making it even easier for customers to save time and streamline processes by improving the accuracy of usage metrics, using APIs to further reduce the chance of introducing errors due to manual entry, and ensuring that the right content is made available to the right customers.
For further information regarding theIPregistry.org please visit the website at http://www.theIPregistry.org.
PSI is the developer of theIPregistry.org, IP-intrusion.org and the Due Diligence Bureau. For further information about PSI please see http://www.publishersolutionsint.com/.
25th June 2018
ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing
2018 shortlist announced
The Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers is delighted to announce the shortlist for the ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing 2018, sponsored by MPS. These awards are open to any new development, product, service or project which is both innovative and of significant value to scholarly communication. The winners must demonstrate excellence in terms of originality, innovation, value to the community, utility and long-term viability. This year’s finalists are: Annotation for Transparent Inquiry from Cambridge University Press in collaboration with Hypothesis and the Qualitative Data Repository Code Ocean Dimensions from Digital Science IP Intrusion Database from PSI IPV Ltd Journal Publishing Practices and Standards (JPPS) from AJOL and INASP Kopernio from Clarivate Analytics This year was a record year for entries to the Awards with 45 submissions received from 10 countries giving our panel of judges a lot to deliberate over in the shortlisting process. After independently scoring each submission, the panel convened to discuss the merits of each entry from their different perspectives and make their final decision. Chair of the judging panel, David Sommer, noted, ‘The shortlist this year includes an array of innovative solutions that touch on several different aspects of the research cycle including reproducibility, discoverability, integration, ethics and standards. That said, they are united by the fact that they endeavour to address real challenges for the research community and by doing so push our industry forward.’ Audrey McCulloch, Chief Executive of ALPSP, remarked ‘It is great to see that new businesses, established publishers and some flourishing collaborations have all made it on to the shortlist. Innovation is clearly alive and well in many different sectors of our industry. A huge thanks to the Awards Committee for reviewing all 45 submissions and I look forward to seeing the short-listed organizations at the ALPSP Conference in September.’
The finalists will be presenting their submissions to our panel of judges for further scrutiny and final judgement next month. They will then be invited to showcase their products to industry peers at the ALPSP Annual Conference, a key event in the scholarly communications calendar that brings the community together. The winner(s) will be announced at the Conference Awards Dinner on Thursday 13 September. Panel of Judges David Sommer, Product Director & Co-founder, Kudos (Chair) Andrew Barker, Associate Director, Library Services, Liverpool John Moores University
Kivmars Bowling, Publications Director, Society for Industrial & Applied Mathematics Astrid Engelen, Business Strategist, IOS Press Lorraine Estelle, Project Director, COUNTER Richard Gedye, Director of Outreach Programmes, STM Pam Harley, Senior Consultant, Clarke & Esposito Jane Harvell, Director of Library Services and University Librarian, University of Sussex Robert Iannello, Sales and Marketing Manager, ARM Education Media David Smith, Head of Product Solutions, The IET
The 2018 ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing are sponsored by MPS Limited.
The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) is the international membership trade body which works to support and represent not-for-profit organizations and institutions that publish scholarly and professional content around the world.
7th June 2018
TheIPregistry.org has partnered with
Remote Xs to further remove barriers to access
In addition to their existing partnership with Research4Life, theIPregistry.org has also now partnered with Remote Xs. All of the IP addresses that Remote Xs have supplied to libraries are now loaded in theIPregistry.org ready to be used by publishers*. This information will allow publishers to provide access to libraries in parts of the world that have previously been “off limits” to many publishers.
All Remote Xs IP addresses are denoted clearly within theIPregistry.org to provide publishers will the information they need in order to make licensing decisions.
Jatin Baraiya, CEO of Remote Xs says “Remote Xs is able to allocate IP addresses to institutions that do not have the technical ability to implement this technology themselves. To provide security for publishers providing content to these institutions, Remote Xs is able to place access limits by publisher, by institution and by user. Our partnership with theIPregistry.org is allowing details of these IP addresses to be shared with the growing number of publishers now using theIPregistry.org”.
TheIPregistry.org is the only pre-populated IP registry which now contains over 1.5 billion fully verified IP addresses for over 60,000 libraries. Libraries using theIPregistry.org can communicate IP updates to multiple publishers at the click of a button. TheIPregistry.org is also the only registry that checks and verifies IP addresses to eliminate the errors that occur when distributing this kind of information. These checks and measures are clearly absolutely vital as an audit of the data held by over 150 publishers, carried out by PSI IPV Ltd, showed that over 50% of the IP data they held was incorrect. It is still the case that, on average, 20% of the new data submitted to theIPregistry.org is rejected due to errors. TheIPregistry.org is not content to simply store and share information regardless of its value, value is added to the data through the process of vetting, verifying and collecting supporting documentation.
Andrew Pitts, CEO of PSI IPV Ltd (the developer of theIPregistry.org) says “Remote Xs is a simple solution providing access gateways for libraries in parts of the world that have often been denied access to the latest research in the past. This solution also simultaneously provides publishers with the security they need in order to provide access to these institutions.”
The two companies will continue to work together with the aim of breaking down barriers to access and encouraging collaboration between the publishing industry and the academic library world.
* The growing list of publishers now using theIPregistry.org to coordinate updates includes: Springer Nature, JAMA Network, Wiley, Taylor and Francis, Brill, IOP Publishing, American Welding Society, ASTM, SAE International, ASME, The Royal Society.
22nd March 2018
SiQ and PSI Partner for Reporting the Great Unknown
SiQ and PSI Integrate COUNTER Analytics with IP Registry to Resolve Unknown Usage Issues
San Antionio, TX: SiQ and PSI are delighted to release a new integration of IP Registry data to COUNTER and publisher usage reporting and analytics, significantly resolving the issue in attributing institutional usage to unknown or expired sets of IP ranges.
Usage metrics are some of the most trusted and common measurements used to demonstrate the value relationship between authors, publishers, funders, librarians and researchers, however the provision of such measurements relies on the availability of associated data to match the usage to institutions. This is particularly challenging for Open Access publishers, repositories and for ‘Unknown’ usage where the publisher does not have database entries to match usage identifiers to identifiable institutions.
SiQ, leaders in providing COUNTER compliant usage reporting for over 15 years, has partnered with PSI to overcome this challenge and deliver COUNTER R5 reporting using PSI’s IP Registry database to assign institutional usage by IP address. theIPregistry.org is the only pre-populated IP Registry containing over 1.5 Billion fully vetted and verified IP addresses for over 60,000 libraries. theIPregistry.org contains data from over 170 publishers and has been tested by libraries all around the world.
“This collaboration between SiQ and PSI provides enormous potential for all publishers to attribute usage to, and understand engagement with previously unidentifiable accounts. The combination of PSI’s unrivalled dataset and SiQ’s analytics services will transform how publishers identify opportunities and deliver new evidence based acquisition programs.” Stuart Maxwell, VP, SiQ.
The service integrates theIPregistry.org data with COUNTER compliant usage data to enable reporting and analysis for previously unidentifiable institutions. These reports are delivered in the next generation of COUNTER 5 standard reporting, and via flexible publisher analytics to support internal business intelligence to report trusted, valued data and insight to further business stakeholders. The underlying business intelligence analytics provides click-level usage data that is configurable for reporting against any and all available dimensions including article, item, author, funder, source, topic, location, technical etc as well as attribution to institutional data in the IP Registry.
The COUNTER standard is recognised as the trusted, comparable, independent currency for usage reporting and SiQ has been supporting publishers in meeting these requirements and more since the inception of COUNTER. In addition to providing publishers with reporting supported by this official stamp of trust, including through independent audit, SiQ makes this data available throughout their organisation and to other stakeholders so that insights and decisions can be made on accountable and consistent data.
Please contact us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information about how SiQ and PSI can deliver you industry compliant, advanced analytics with verified usage attribution, even for institutional users that may not be currently included in your customer dataset.
About Scholarly iQ
Scholarly iQ provides independent, trusted eBusiness solutions to the academic publishing market. Leaders in usage reporting since 2002, SiQ services integrate and deliver meaningful data accurately and on time for better business decisions.
SiQ leverages leading technologies and has a solid team of professionals in online publishing, web analytics, database integration, and web site development, providing legendary client support 24×7 with energy, enthusiasm and commitment. This combination ensures that SiQ continuously provide exemplary customer centric solutions with industry leading people, processes and technologies.
In addition, SiQ actively supports the academic publishing market as a whole through community participation including NISO’s SUSHI Developers Group and Business Information Topic Committee (www.niso.org) , the Society for Scholarly Publishing (www.sspnet.org), UKSG (www.uksg.org) and COUNTER’s International Advisory Board (www.projectcounter.org). For more information, contact us.
PSI is an independent third-party, which enables libraries, publishers and membership societies to work together securely and confidentially towards the common goals of eliminating subscription abuse, eradicating IP misuse, and combating cybercrime.
PSI is the developer of both theIPregistry.org and IP-intrusion.org. With theIPregistry.org publishers and libraries can save time and streamline processes, eliminate errors, improve the reliability of usage metrics and ensure the right content is accessible to the right users. With IP-Intrusion.org publishers, and soon libraries, can join the community driven fight against cybercrime.
PSI is the brainchild of two veterans of the publishing world who hold over 40 years of STM publishing experience. It was while working for major publishers that they recognised the extent of IP misuse and subscription abuse, the damage it was causing to the community as a whole, and the need to identify a viable means of addressing these issues. Since then they have recognised the unique position that PSI finds itself in to encourage collaboration, communication and innovation among the various stakeholders of the academic library and publishing world for the benefit of the whole community.
1st October 2014
STM announces endorsement for compliance with anti-bribery and corruption legislation
Anti-bribery and corruption principles released to assist Members
Publisher Solutions International selected to lead voluntary compliance scheme
The UK Bribery Act of 2010 contains a number of important provisions which are relevant and important for the publishing industry – specifically it relates to the process of appointing and maintaining relationships with subscription agents and intermediaries. Similarly, recent efforts to enforce related regulatory efforts around the world such as the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and OECD’s 2009 Anti-Bribery Recommendations have increased the visibility of anti-bribery and corruption matters and underscore the risks of not implementing robust anti-bribery and corruption policies. The International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers (STM) has released a set of principles designed to assist publishers in their efforts to ensure compliance with the UK Bribery Act and related legislation.
As part of this wider effort to present publishers with a viable means of complying with important aspects of the Act, STM has also recently completed a ‘Request For Proposal’ process whereby several independent companies were asked to present proposals for the services of a Due Diligence Bureau to assist participating publishers in a voluntary scheme with compliance with the anti-bribery and corruption legislation around the world. Following this process, STM has recommended Publisher Solutions International, Ltd (PSI) as part of a voluntary compliance mechanism for its members.
Accordingly, PSI has been invited to begin the process of communicating with members of STM in an effort to gauge interest within the marketplace for such a program. PSI will be working closely with STM and the Association of Subscription Agents (ASA) with the goal of enlisting sufficient participation to warrant launching a global compliance program in January of 2015.
The Due Diligence Bureau program will consist of several facets including:
Compliance questionnaire/survey for all active intermediaries
Research via independent diligence databases
Local news service audits
Credit check/ratings audit
As part of the program, PSI will conduct an ongoing review of active intermediaries for all participating publishers and will house and provide access to the results of same via a protected database.