STM publisher Elsevier has announced the launch of the fully redesigned Expert Consult and Student Consult, its two medical reference and learning platforms, now powered by Inkling, the creator of engaging, intuitive digital books for some of the world's most respected publishers.
Expert Consult and Student Consult now feature Inkling's standard-setting reading and search experience. Both existing and new users will benefit from easy search, consistent structure, rich media, social and community features, as well as seamless electronic access from any device. Fast Company recently selected Inkling as one of "The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies."
These interactive tools offer access to Elsevier's robust, renowned library of texts, including Netter's Atlas of Human Anatomy, Gray's Anatomy and Braunwald's Heart Disease in digital format. There is no additional cost for separate use of digital and print copies of each available title. If a clinician or medical student buys the print version of an Elsevier medical reference or textbook, the corresponding digital title is also theirs on Expert Consult or Student Consult.
More than half a million users around the world of Expert Consult and Student Consult have been integrated to-date through platform migration.
Elsevier is making use of Inkling Habitat, the industry-leading cloud publishing platform, to build and manage the content of more than 800 medical texts so that they are consistently structured, searchable and easily updated. Expert Consult and Student Consult users experience truly interactive content that brings new meaning to illustrations and allows readers' annotations to travel across their devices and be shared with others.
Elsevier opted into the Inkling Content Discovery Platform, which allows Google to index the contents and make them available for instant preview and purchase online. To experience the power of Elsevier content in Google search, users can type "robbins congenital heart disease" into Google and see a set of search results delivered from deep within Elsevier's industry-leading content. This is one of hundreds of thousands of topics that now rank organically in Google search.
Current Expert Consult and Student Consult users are automatically upgraded to the new Inkling platform experience. New and returning customers can buy access to individual chapters and complete eBooks directly online.
Elsevier plans to roll out hundreds of additional digital titles, ranging from oncology to psychiatry, pediatrics to emergency medicine, and more, throughout 2014.
IOP Publishing (IOP), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute of Physics, and the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS, Japan) have announced that Science and Technology of Advanced Materials (STAM) has adopted the Creative Commons license (CC-BY 3.0) for all articles published in the journal.
This license gives users the right to reuse, repurpose and build upon a piece of work, even commercially, as long as they credit the original creation. The license does not replace the copyright, which remains with the copyright holder.
The change is effective immediately for all new articles submitted to the journal.
STAM is already one of the highest ranked gold open access journals in materials science and is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2014. In 2008, NIMS took over the management of its peer review and financial systems, and IOP Publishing began co-publishing and hosting the journal. This partnership led to a continuous rise of the impact factor from 1.267 in 2008 to 3.752 in 2012.
STAM has also recently announced a new collaboration with the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa, Switzerland) for the editorial management of the journal and the opening of a new editorial office in Switzerland, which will act as the journal's editorial hub in Europe.
Academic publisher Emerald Group Publishing is collaborating with Kudos to pilot a service that helps increase the impact of published articles. The partnership aims to support Emerald's authors in exploiting digital communication channels to maximise the global influence of their research.
Launching in April 2014, the service will provide researchers with a platform to increase accessibility and aid discoverability by simplifying and explaining content, uploading multimedia materials and distributing on social networks and email.
Emerald's collaboration with Kudos affirms the company's commitment to providing value-added services for its growing author base.
EBL - Ebook Library, a ProQuest business, has reinvented its LibCentral administrative and acquisitions module, enabling libraries to tailor their ebook experience to fit their own and their users' unique needs. The new LibCentral helps libraries streamline workflows, making discovery, selection, acquisition, and management of ebooks simple.
With sophisticated tools, it provides the library granular access and permission settings along with insight into overall collection and Demand-driven Acquisition usage. Created through collaboration with customers, LibCentral is a substantial step in the integration of ProQuest's ebook businesses EBL and ebrary, and will become the base of the combined ebook platform.
EBL's all-new LibCentral transforms ebook acquisition and management with expanded workflow tools that drive efficiency and reduce overlap. While EBL's sophisticated Demand-driven Acquisition (DDA) profiles do the heavy lifting, LibCentral also offers one-click and shopping cart options for title-by-title purchases, support for selector workflows and integrated fund code and budget support. Further, a matching tool enables libraries to upload print or electronic ISBNs in bulk and then map them to the EBL catalogue – another means of helping libraries avoid duplication.
Patron analytics have been expanded in LibCentral and now include an optional short survey that can be customised by librarians, allowing them to gather specific data on their users, all of which is private to the library. The data can be fed into all usage and expenditure reports, providing a new window into collection use.
Interventional Cardiology Review (ICR) has announced the appointment of Dr Simon Kennon to the position of Editor-in-Chief.
Dr Kennon is an interventional cardiologist and Head of Structural Heart Disease and the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation Programme at the London Chest Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, London. He trained at Manchester University, St. Bartholomew's Hospital and St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne. His research interests relate to aortic valve and coronary interventions.
Interventional Cardiology Review is a tri-annual journal aimed at assisting time-pressured physicians to stay abreast of key advances and opinion in the coronary and structural interventions. Aimed at educating interventional cardiologists, ICR provides comprehensive update on a range of pertinent issues to support physicians in continuously developing their knowledge and effectiveness in day-to-day clinical practice.
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