|Alliances, Partnerships & Consolidations (8)|
|New Release - Journals/Products/Services (11)|
|Multi-channel publishing / Innovative e-publishing services / New content formats (1)|
|Scientific Data Management, Indexing & Archiving (1)|
|Regulations, guidelines and other institutional frameworks (2)|
|Grants and other research fundings (1)|
|Awards, Certifications and other Achievements (2)|
|Support tools/software/solutions (1)|
|Open Access (2)|
|Citation Statistics / Analyses / Enhancements (2)|
|Collaborative content / Web 2.0 / Social Networking (1)|
|Events and conferences (1)|
|New appointments and other Executive movements (1)|
|Alliances, Partnerships & Consolidations|
InnoCentive, Inc., the global open innovation marketplace, and scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG) has announced a partnership to facilitate greater scientific collaboration and open innovation. Under the deal, InnoCentive and NPG will work together to stimulate the involvement of scientists worldwide in solving global scientific challenges, via an online marketplace for problems and their solutions.
STM publisher Elsevier has announced that the Brazilian Federal Agency for the Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) is expanding local research community access to the company’s flagship product, Scopus. Scopus is projected as the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.
Medical information publisher BMJ Group will start publishing - Veterinary Record and In Practice - two leading veterinary medicine titles from May 2009, it was announced. The journals are currently published by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) for its more than 11,000 members and subscribers.
Global library cooperative Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC) and its network of US Regional Service Providers are implementing new programmes designed to increase value and reduce overall service costs for OCLC member libraries. The new infrastructure and service design changes are intended to make it possible for most OCLC members to see flat or reduced cost levels for OCLC service for the next fiscal year. The service cost savings, in combination with OCLC’s goal to keep product prices at current levels, are expected to help libraries face the challenges brought on by the current economic downturn.
E-content delivery solutions provider Impelsys, Inc. has announced that MIT Press has launched its e-book portal using iPublishCentral, its self-service e-publishing platform. iPublishCentral enables publishers of any size or in any location to digitise their content for sale online, and promote brands and titles across the web through strategic viral marketing. It is seen to offer MIT Press an innovative, efficient e-publishing tool that would allow it to experiment with varied market segments at a low price; sell backlist content in new, electronic formats; and avoid lengthy development cycles and costs associated with traditional online publishing.
STM publisher Elsevier has announced that its flagship product, Scopus, has been chosen by the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (iFQ) to be used in the development of its new German Competence Centre for Bibliometrics. The Competence Centre, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF), aims to set up a bibliometric database and develop checked bibliometric methods and indicators that meet today’s requirements in reliability and validity.
Online information services provider Dialog has announced a partnership with specialist software company QUOSA. Under the deal, the two companies will enable their shared customers to explore full text and search results from Dialog’s Datastar platform using QUOSA’s document management tools. Dialog’s Datastar customers who also subscribe to QUOSA will be able to use QUOSA’s Information Manager for dramatically more efficient article retrieval and full-text search on the corpus of articles. QUOSA will also enable better management of search results and imported documents.
Global library cooperative Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC) has expanded its offer to FirstSearch subscribers (to its base package) to include the OAIster, CAMIO and ArchiveGrid databases at no additional charge. CONTENTdm Quick Start, an entry-level, hosted version of the digital collection management software, will also be included at no additional charge from May 1, 2009.
|New Release - Journals/Products/Services|
Construction information solutions provider Reed Construction Data has announced the launch of version 3.2 of SmartBIM Library (SBL). SBL is a building information modelling (BIM) content management tool for engineers and architects. The latest version offers new features and enhancements including the drag-and-drop family publisher, allowing users to automatically publish and load Revit families into SmartBIM Library from a user’s file system, Autodesk Revit project files or Autodesk Seek.
Marketing services provider Frontline Global Marketing Services Ltd, has announced the publication of the fourth edition of the Consortium Purchasing Directory, covering 337 library consortia worldwide. The Directory is projected as a comprehensive guide to the library consortium market. It provides profiles on library consortia that acquire content for their member libraries, or those that have announced that they intend to do so.
Market research and data services provider Research and Markets has announced the addition of The Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design subscription to their offering. The journal seeks to provide a forum for work relating to the measurement and analysis of strain that is appropriate to engineering design and practice.
E-learning solutions provider MC Strategies, Inc. has introduced Mosby’s Imaging Suite, the first fully integrated, online solution developed to meet the routine research, education, communication and compliance challenges of radiologic technologists and managers. Mosby’s Imaging Suite is projected to enhance the productivity, efficiency and quality of any imaging environment —from the physician’s office and freestanding imaging center to imaging and radiology departments in hospitals and academic medical centers.
Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG) has announced the first issue of Nature Chemistry at www.nature.com/naturechemistry. Nature Chemistry's inaugural issue covers the breadth of chemistry, from inorganic microtubes to theoretical studies of how water behaves in detonations. Nature Chemistry will celebrate the launch of its first issue at the forthcoming American Chemical Society (ACS) spring meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.
STM publisher Springer is set to launch a new book series called The Constantinos Karamanlis Institute for Democracy Series on European and International Affairs. The series consists of edited multi-author works dealing with contemporary political and socioeconomic issues of European and international concern. One to two volumes are planned per year. The first volume of the series, Turkey’s Accession to the European Union: An Unusual Candidacy, will be officially presented at the European Parliament in Brussels on April 1, 2009.
Medical publisher BMJ Group has announced its participation at the 2009 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, April 4-8, 2009, at McCormick Place in Chicago. BMJ has partnered with clinical information products and services provider Epocrates, Inc, to create BMJ Point of Care, a diagnostic and treatment guidance tool. It will be demonstrating BMJ Point of Care at the HIMSS exhibit floor.
The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) has announced the release of their Best Practices for Publishing Journal Articles. The document has been in development for more than a year by a Working Group under the leadership of Linda Beebe, Senior Director, PsycINFO, and including representatives from primary and secondary publishing as well as from the library community. It provides guidelines for bibliographic policies that apply not only to article-by-article digital publishing, but also to the more traditional article publishing processes.
Medical publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. has announced the launch of a new peer-reviewed journal, Ecopsychology. Thomas Joseph Doherty, Psy.D., Graduate School of Education and Counseling, Lewis & Clark College (Portland, OR), will serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, the first issues of which will appear in Spring 2009. The journal will examine the psychological, spiritual, and therapeutic aspects of human-nature relationships, concern about environmental issues, and responsibility for protecting natural places and other species.
The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has published the first issue of a new journal - Engineering History and Heritage. The journal will also be of particular interest to practitioners and researchers who are faced increasingly with the challenges of maintaining or adapting the world’s inherited infrastructure in a sustainable way.
Market research and data services provider Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ‘International Journal of Engine Research’ subscription to their offering. With global coverage of the latest research developments and technological advances affecting the automotive, railway and marine industries, and other areas of transportation, this Journal is projected as an essential reading for engineers in engine research and development both in academia and industry.
|Multi-channel publishing / Innovative e-publishing services / New content formats|
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers has launched the beta version of its digital sales catalogue. The content-rich catalogue offers an environmentally friendly, up-to-date tool for booksellers and librarians. Launching with Fall 2009 titles, the digital catalogue features book jackets and covers, prices, on-sale dates, marketing information, reviews, sample spreads, quotes and important media alerts.
|Scientific Data Management, Indexing & Archiving|
Bioinformatics firm Ariadne Genomics, Inc. has announced the launch of ChemEffect, a new Pathway Studio knowledge base that contains more than 425,000 biological facts and relationships linked to more than 17,000 small molecules, chemicals, and drugs. ChemEffect can be customised and installed to work seamlessly within existing pharmaceutical infrastructure.
|Regulations, guidelines and other institutional frameworks|
The UK Serials Group (UKSG) has announced that 20 publishers have now signed up to its TRANSFER Code of Practice. TRANSFER provides best practice guidelines and outlines responsibilities to ensure that journal content remains easily accessible in the event of a change of ownership. Major signatories to the code include STM publishers Elsevier, Nature and Wiley.
The International ISTC Agency, the official Registration Authority for the International Standard Text Code (ISTC), has announced that the International Organization for Standardization has formally published ISO Standard 21047. The ISTC system provides a means of uniquely and persistently identifying textual works in information systems. It also facilitates the exchange of information about such works between publishers, authors and authors associations, collective management organisations, libraries, search engines and others on an international level.
|Grants and other research fundings|
The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has expressed concern on the way the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the UK's primary science funding body for chemistry, is introducing new measures. EPSRC’s failure to give adequate advance notification of new demand management procedures is causing confusion and concern on some campuses where important new research is being performed, RSC noted.
|Awards, Certifications and other Achievements|
The American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society, has announced that its journals Biochemistry and Journal of Medicinal Chemistry are among the ‘100 most influential journals in biology and medicine over the past 100 years,’ as voted on by members of the BioMedical & Life Sciences Division of the Special Libraries Association (SLA). SLA generated the list of 100 most influential journals as part of its 100th anniversary celebration. More than 400 journals competed in 64 different scientific categories.
LabX, a B2B marketplace for scientific equipment and supplies, has announced that the February/March issue of Lab Manager Magazine achieved record sales and page count despite tough economic conditions. The print magazine combined with unique online resources has enabled Lab Manager Magazine and its parent company, LabX, to stand out as a successful media hybrid, successfully merging print and online audiences.
The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) has released a new module titled ‘Public Reaction to Science Research’. It is designed to increase scientists’ awareness of the general public’s perception of their research; the possible consequences; and how scientists can engage the public to address their concerns. The module is the latest addition to the FAS Case Studies in Dual Use Biological Research multimedia online education material.
Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation (JNER), published by open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has published a new thematic series entitled ‘Noninvasive Brain stimulation’ (NBS). The series features 6 articles that bring together leaders in the fields of robotics, NBS, plasticity and motor learning, to provide an up-to-date overview for researchers and clinicians interested in physical neurorehabilitation, including their effectiveness and their possible future role in physical rehabilitation therapies.
The faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has voted to make their scholarly articles available to the public for free and open access on the Web. Under the new policy, faculty authors give MIT nonexclusive permission to disseminate their journal articles for open access through DSpace, an open-source software platform developed by the MIT Libraries and Hewlett Packard.
|Citation Statistics / Analyses / Enhancements|
Academic publisher Maney Publishing has announced the introduction of the Online Manuscript Submission, Tracking and Peer Review System for the journal Progress in Palliative Care. Contributors now have the benefit of being able to upload papers direct to the journal by registering at the system homepage.
Academic publisher SAGE and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) have announced that the Journal of Correctional Health Care (JCHC) has been accepted for inclusion in MEDLINE. MEDLINE is the premier bibliographic database of the US National Library of Medicine (NLM), containing more than 16 million journal article citations.
|Collaborative content / Web 2.0 / Social Networking|
The Healthcare and Science business of Thomson Reuters has launched IDRAC Notes, an add-on commenting feature to IDRAC. Designed from user feedback, IDRAC Notes will improve collaboration and communication on regulatory affairs matters and improves information sharing and interpretation of regulatory requirements.
|Events and conferences|
Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. has announced that it will join fellow publishers and vendors at Computers in Libraries to be held in Arlington, VA, from March 29 – April 1, 2009. Amongst the products on display will be Emerald Management Xtra Plus, a collection of peer-reviewed management journals that integrates a host of online resources tailored for communities of librarians, managers, students, faculty members and deans. Also on display is Emerald Management First, Emerald Books, eBook series collection and Backfiles.
|New appointments and other Executive movements|
Publishing-specific software solutions provider Publishing Technology plc has announced the appointment of Natasha Oostergetel as Online Sales Manager. In her new position, Oostergetel will be responsible for generating sales for all of Publishing Technology's online platform solutions, including IngentaConnect and pub2web.
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