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Elsevier launches multidisciplinary open access journal   - 24 Apr 2015

STM publisher Elsevier has announced the launch of a new open access journal One Health. The journal is the official journal of the One Health Platform, an international forum that promotes a cross-sectoral and collaborative approach to one health issues, bringing together leading experts from a multitude of research areas.

The launch of the journal stems from the recognition that human, animal and ecosystem health are inseparably linked and that disseminating ideas and cross-fertilising information between these scientific disciplines contributes to a healthier future for humans, animals and their environment.

One Health will publish high quality research papers, reviews and outbreak reports on inter- and intra-species pathogen transmission and the predisposing factors that lead to their emergence. Research areas include virus discovery, antimicrobial resistance, veterinary science, ecosystem health, food safety, public health and emergency preparedness. The journal will focus heavily on speed of publication and a fair and rigorous peer review process of all papers.


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Introducing Nature Reviews Disease Primers with NPG portfolio   - 24 Apr 2015

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group has launched Nature Reviews Disease Primers (NRDP), an online-only, peer-reviewed journal that introduces a new format to the NPG portfolio. NRDP will publish review articles called Primers that provide overviews of diseases and disorders. Alongside each of the articles is an accompanying PrimeView, an illustrated summary of the Primer.

Complementary to the more-focused, specialised articles that are published by the existing Nature Reviews titles, NRDP aims to cover a broad spectrum of medical conditions and will be an invaluable resource for researchers and educators alike. NRDP will cover 'classic' diseases including melanoma, systemic sclerosis and Huntington disease, in addition to other important health-related topics, including the consequences of ageing such as menopause, which increases the risk for cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.

Primers are intended to provide an authoritative, global perspective for the benefit of biomedical scientists, putting current clinical and translational challenges into context. Modular in nature, Primer articles describe all aspects of a condition from epidemiology to disease mechanisms, diagnosis and treatment. The Primers also include an 'Outlook' section in which the authors discuss the open research questions in the field. The corresponding illustrated PrimeView mini-poster can be printed out and hung on the walls of classrooms, laboratories and offices.


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China Computer Federation and Springer to publish new journal   - 24 Apr 2015

STM publisher Springer will publish the new open access journal Data Science and Engineering (DSE) in collaboration with the China Computer Federation (CCF), starting in 2015. CCF is responsible for editorial content, the editorial board and academic development of the journal. Data Science and Engineering is financially sponsored by Nanjing Sinovatio Technology Co. Ltd. The journal is part of Springer's open access portfolio SpringerOpen.

Springer has established a strategic framework for collaboration with the CCF over the past three years. The cooperation started with the publication of proceedings for the annual conferences of the technical committees of the CCF, and has extended to books and book series. Fourteen titles have been published so far. Collaborating on the new journal Data Science and Engineering marks the development of a more systematic and long-term cooperation between the CCF and Springer.

Data Science and Engineering aims to offer a forum for researchers and industrial practitioners to disseminate original research in the rapidly growing fields of data science and data engineering. The journal is dedicated to presenting high-quality papers that address the principles of data analysis and processing, data-intensive computing, and the techniques and systems used to analyse and manage big data and launch big-data products.

Data Science and Engineering is the first international academic journal in the field of computer science initiated and administered by a Chinese research society. The technical committee on databases at the CCF will help to shape its development strategy, solicit submissions and review articles, and promote the journal within the scientific community.


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SAGE opposes America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806)   - 24 Apr 2015

Academic publisher SAGE has joined the leading scientific associations and American universities in opposing the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806). H.R.1806 challenges the value of the social and behavioral science research and restricts the proven processes of the experts at the National Science Foundation. SAGE opposes this legislation in its current form and urges members of Congress to vote no on H.R. 1806.

H.R. 1806 arbitrarily makes decisions on funding levels for the NSF by directorate, impeding the NSF's highly regarded review processes, which are the envy of the world. If enacted, it would cut authorised funding to NSF's Social, Behavioral, and Economic (SBE) Directorate by 45 percent, discouraging interdisciplinary science.

A US-based independent publisher of more than 800 academic journals, SAGE has published social and behavioral science research since 1965. At present, they employ more than 700 people across the US and are headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA, with principal offices in Boston and Washington, DC. In their 50 years as a publisher, they have witnessed how SBE research sustains the impact of the natural sciences and improves the economy and the competitiveness of their great nation as well as the health, safety, and wellbeing of both individuals and society at large. While federal agencies must be mindful of changing fiscal conditions, the research conducted by social and behavioral scientists has made us more efficient and has saved countless dollars for America and Americans.

The SBE directorate funds 55 percent of university-based social and behavioral science research in the nation, yet it has remained the smallest of the directorates, accounting for less than 5 percent of the entire NSF budget. A 45percent cut would significantly undermine research conducted at world-renowned universities and research institutions across the US.

The original America COMPETES Act was enacted in 2007 with bipartisan support and near universal endorsement of the science, higher education, and business communities. The original statute and subsequent reauthorisation bills adopted a vision for US competitiveness that included support for all disciplines of science. Regrettably, the new cuts proposed by H.R. 1806 would thwart this vision, leading to irreparable damage to the US scientific enterprise.

It is their hope that members of Congress will oppose H.R. 1806 in its current form and instead enact a strong reauthorisation bill that benefits the entire scientific community to support their nation's researchers and universities and to maintain their role as a leader in science and technology.


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Columbia University Press selects De Gruyter as distribution partner for electronic content   - 24 Apr 2015

Academic publisher De Gruyter and Columbia University Press have announced their global distribution partnership for ebook content. De Gruyter will electronically distribute a selection of current CUP publications and an extensive backlist of over 1,000 eBooks.

Furthermore, in a joint digitalisation project, over 3,000 out-of-print titles will be made available as eBooks and hardcover reprints. This transatlantic partnership will expand the international reach of Columbia University Press while also strengthening De Gruyter's catalogue with a wide range of high-quality academic publications.

Columbia University Press, the fourth-oldest university press in the US, publishes outstanding original works in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. All Columbia University Press eBooks will be offered at De Gruyter Online.


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EVENTS
ALPSP Training Course: How to Make Content More Discoverable Through SEO  - 02 Dec 2015

If you’re producing content for the web and want readers to find your products, you need to understand how to make search optimization work for you. This course focuses on the practical things you can do, explains how search engines work, and equips you with the tools to apply all you have learnt immediately. This course is run in collaboration with Marketability.

Event Date: December 2, 2015


ALPSP Training Course: Project Management for Publishing  - 24 Nov 2015

Projects are fundamental to all publishing organizations. Everyone gets involved in them.They may involve developing new products, new processes and systems, adopting new technologies, reaching new markets, acquiring new business, selecting new suppliers or improving existing processes. Projects are also challenging and often fail to achieve the desired results. This course provides a template and many supporting tools that can be applied to all projects, large or small, to help ensure successful outcomes. It has a strong emphasis on getting things right at the outset because thi s is where most problems with projects arise. The programme is highly practical and includes break-out sessions using real project scenarios provided by delegates as well as providing publishing case studies as examples of what works and what doesn''t.

Event Date: November 24, 2015


ALPSP Training Course: Publication Ethics: Fraud and Misconduct  - 17 Nov 2015

A wide range of ethical issues can arise in academic publishing. These can be caused by misbehaving authors (e.g. committing plagiarism or fraud), by abuse of editorial positions and also by conflicts between publishers’ and societies’ commercial interests and principles of editorial freedom and integrity. This course will cover how to effectively detect and deal with possible misconduct and show the importance of having sound ethical policies. While the principles and theories covered are applicable across most publication types, some issues covered will be particularly relevant to journals publishing.

Event Date: November 17, 2015


ALPSP Training Course: Understanding eJournal Technology  - 12 Nov 2015

This course will provide an insight into the technologies behind eJournal delivery. Technology has removed the barriers between production, editorial, marketing, sales, customer services and most importantly – the customers. The course will be business-centric – clearly positioning technologies in the context of the industry issues they aim to solve. Participants will learn how technology is used throughout the delivery of eJournals from publisher via library to the end-user.

Event Date: November 12, 2015


ALPSP Training Course: Advanced Journal Development: Strategic Development for Journal Managers  - 10 Nov 2015

This course has been designed as a follow-on from Journal Development 1 which provides participants with a toolbox system for planning the development of their journals. This more advanced course looks at overarching strategies for journal development including acquisition and portfolio development. The course is built around case studies to allow participants to work on simulated scenarios in order to discuss and test ideas and strategies with their peers and the course facilitators.

Event Date: November 10, 2015


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RESOURCES
Questioning the drug firms-scientists nexus

The US Center for Science in the Public Interest has questioned medical journals for not revealing the financial relationship the authors hold with drug companies for the studies that may potentially benefit the companies. . Scientists whose researches are funded by drug companies often publish their reports in prestigious scientific journals. Drug companies who fund the reports claim the results of the study while marketing the product. Publishers of the journals are left clueless about the funding agreement.   Click Here


Study analyses pricing trends of scientific journals

Allen Press had conducted an annual study to identify the pricing patterns of scientific and medical journals. The research covers the 2004 pricing of US journals and gives recommendations on the pricing structure for 2005. It carries comparisons between the pricing structures of non-profit society journals and discusses general pricing trends in the US. The author also ranks the journals based on the subscription charges and science categories with higher prices. The paper also forecasts the pricing strategy of science journals in 2005.   Click Here


Publishers opening up to Open Access archiving

Researchers have voiced their support to Open Access (OA) that makes their works available to anyone free of cost. While commercial publishers have given a subdued response to OA, scientists welcome OA archiving, wherein institutions or academics maintain an electronic format of the studies submitted by the scientists. Amidst disapproval from publishers and scientific groups, OA archiving is gaining acceptance from developed nations. Economic factors, existing subsidised but limited free content supported by publishers and an inclination to traditional publishing are a few reasons that impede support for OA archiving from developing countries.   Click Here


Open access movement gaining ground in STM publishing

The “open access movement”, which is rapidly gaining ground in the area of STM publishing, stresses the free use of online medical research. As commercial publishers set high prices for medical periodicals and libraries struggle to sustain amidst shrinking budgets, a debate has flared up on the need for open access. Clinical and basic researchers point out that as these studies are funded by the government, the publishers must make them available for free. The increasing use of electronic format of journals has induced independent publishers, such as ASCO and JCO, to host e-journals as an extension of their respective membership programmes and educational missions.    Click Here


Do science publishers still have a role?

The open access movement is gaining momentum. Critics have voiced their strong protests against the pricing of STM journals. The spiralling prices were, in fact, the major reason for the launch and rapid spreading of the open access movement. Does this mean the end of SRM publishers? No, says Bill Town in his article in Computing.   Click Here


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