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Elsevier publishes new edition of three-volume Handbook of Crystal Growth   - 26 Jan 2015

STM publisher Elsevier has announced the publication of the new edition of the three-volume Handbook of Crystal Growth edited by Dr. Tatau Nishinaga, Dr. Peter Rudolph and Dr. Tom Kuech.

These combined works of reference present the underlying scientific foundation of the multi-disciplinary field of crystal growth. This long-awaited update of a seminal work in the field covers important new topics such as organic crystallization, bio-crystallization, and industrial crystallization techniques, with an emphasis on nano-materials, solar cell materials and nitride semiconductors. Readership for the handbooks includes: scientists and engineers from academia and industry, such as crystal growers, physicists, chemists, engineers, bioengineers, solid state scientists, materials scientists and earth scientists.

In volume one, the handbook addresses the underlying scientific principles relevant to all the techniques of crystal growth, the fundamentals. The second volume is devoted to bulk transport effects and the influence of transport-limited growth on the stability of both isolated growth forms (such as the dendrite) and arrays, and on the cooperative effects which lead to pattern formation. Recent developments in the phase field method and its application to real systems are also described. Focused on techniques, volume three covers thin films and epitaxy.

The new volumes are: Handbook of Crystal Growth, Volume 1: Fundamentals, 2nd Edition, edited by Tatau Nishinaga; Handbook of Crystal Growth, Volume 2: Bulk Crystal Growth, 2nd Edition, edited by Peter Rudolph; and Handbook of Crystal Growth, Volume 3: Thin Films and Epitaxy, 2nd Edition, edited by Tom Kuech.

The books are available on the Elsevier Store and on ScienceDirect, Elsevier's full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from over 2,200 peer-reviewed journals and more than 25,000 book titles.

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Wolters Kluwer Health releases complimentary guide to help hospitals create comprehensive ASPs   - 26 Jan 2015

Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, has announced the release of a complimentary guide designed to help hospitals create comprehensive antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs). The step-by-step eBook, Guidelines for Developing and Enhancing Your Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, defines the pervasive financial and patient care benefits related to ASP implementation, as well as the critical role electronic surveillance technology plays in an effective program.

ASPs address an increasingly critical global concern regarding the rapid growth of multidrug resistant organisms (MDROs). These ‘superbugs’ account for more than 2 million hospitalizations and 23,000 deaths each year in the United States, and their impact is expected to rise exponentially over the next three decades if effective ASPs are not widely adopted. A report commissioned by the British government and published in December projects that deaths caused by drug-resistant pathogens could rise to 317,000 by 2050 in North America alone.

In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention formally recommended ASPs for all hospitals. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are expected to require that US acute care, critical care and long-term care hospitals implement antimicrobial stewardship programs by the end of 2017.

The eBook explains the challenges posed by MDROs and how hospitals can take action to slow their progression. Clinical teams will learn about common barriers to implementing ASPs, along with eight elements of a high performing program that impact patient care and the bottom line. The guide also details the role of electronic surveillance and the advantages of leveraging the Sentri7® solution to provide a technical framework for patient care-focused policies, actionable information for members of the ASP team, and the metrics and reporting central to continuous improvement.

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Innovative and EBSCO extend strategic partnership   - 26 Jan 2015

Innovative and EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) have extended their strategic partnership to incorporate all platforms in the expanded Innovative product portfolio, including Polaris ILS, Vital, and Virtua. The partnership activities between the two companies for Innovative's Sierra Services Platform and Encore Duet will continue.

Encore Duet is the newest implementation of the market leading Encore Discovery Platform that integrates the full portfolio of EDS content and metadata with the library's local collections. This makes a powerful, single search result of all of the library's holdings. In addition, the agreement provides the opportunity for Innovative to integrate other EBSCO products including the EBSCO Knowledgebase into Innovative's various ILS and Library Services Platform offerings.

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 6,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customisation.

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American Geophysical Union to give free access to journal content through public libraries in California   - 26 Jan 2015

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) and global publisher Wiley have announced that starting in January 2015 they will offer free online access to all AGU journal content (published from 1997 forward) in public libraries throughout California for onsite use. In addition, schools and programs that participate in AGU’s Bright Students Training as Research Scientists (Bright STaRS) program—which brings middle and high school students from after-school and summer research program to the annual AGU Fall Meeting to present their research alongside the leaders of the Earth and space sciences—will be given free access.

By expanding public access to this groundbreaking Earth and space science research, AGU hopes to help improve public understanding of the impact science has on the world around them and its potential to help ensure a sustainable future for us all.

This new development marks the latest innovation in AGU’s publishing strategy. Earlier in 2014, AGU announced that it would offer free access to all journal content from 1997 forward on a 24-month rolling embargo, and it has three fully open access journals – JAMES, Earth’s Future, and Earth and Space Science, which recently published its first articles. AGU also participates in Wiley’s Research4Life program, which enables more than 5,000 institutions in developing nations to freely access journal content, and it offers green open access after six months, which allows authors to place a copy of their article in an institutional repository.

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University of California Press announces two new OA programs for journal and monograph publishing   - 26 Jan 2015

The University of California Press recently announced Collabra and Luminos, two new open access programs for journal and monograph publishing. Aligned with UC Press’s mission to build reach and impact for transformative scholarship, the programs expand publishing options for scholarly authors and researchers, make it easier for readers to find and use content, and share the monetary value generated from publishing across the academic community. Both Collabra and Luminos launch with a distinguished group of advisory board members, editors, authors, and reviewers from universities and associations around the globe.

The mega journal Collabra is based on an innovative model designed to share value generated from publishing an article among editors and reviewers who contribute to its success. Instead of retaining all funds generated from author article processing charges (APCs), UC Press directly compensates reviewers and editors for their work on the journal; reviewers and editors can then opt to pass these earnings on to an APC waiver fund that benefits other authors or to their institution’s open access fund.

At launch, Collabra will focus on three broad disciplinary areas: life and biomedical sciences, ecology and environmental science, and social and behavioural sciences. UC Press is lining up an international team of field experts for the editorial board, including, among others, Erica Fleishman, Research Scientist, Department of Environmental Science and Policy and John Muir Institute of the Environment, University of California, Davis; Maryann Martone, who is also Co-Director, National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research (NCMIR) and Executive Director of FORCE11; and Rolf A. Zwaan, Professor, Department of Psychology, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

With Luminos, UC Press is taking steps to ensure the longevity of monographic publishing while adhering to the same exacting editorial standards for which it has been known for more than 120 years. This entails combining the best of OA and digital publishing with UC Press’s rigorous selection and editorial processes to create a wholly new approach to sustainable and affordable monograph publishing.

For authors whose traditional monographs have been relegated to sales of just a few hundred, an open access model offers the potential to exponentially increase the discoverability and readership of their work. UC Press’s model also supports rich multimedia content—essential in order to keep pace with new digital modes of scholarship.

Luminos shares the cost burden of publishing in manageable amounts across the academic community. For each title, UC Press makes a significant contribution, augmented by membership funds from supporting libraries. Authors will then be asked to secure a title publication fee to cover the remaining costs. Additional revenue from supporting libraries and print sales will help to support an author waiver fund.

To ensure the program continues to evolve as OA and the needs of the scholarly community change, UC Press has established an advisory board that represents the interests of many monograph audiences. These include: Wendy Chun, Brown University; Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Modern Language Association and New York University; Faye Ginsburg, New York University; David Theo Goldberg, University of California, Irvine; Christopher M. Kelty, University of California, Los Angeles; Todd Presner, University of California, Los Angeles; and MacKenzie Smith, University of California, Davis.

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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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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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Thomson Scientific
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Ovid Technologies
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Chemical Abstracts Service
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