Academic publisher SAGE has announced the purchase of Pion Limited, independent publisher of high quality academic journals founded by Adam Gelbtuch and John Ashby in 1959. The sale was announced jointly by Chairman of Pion, David Cohen and Stephen Barr, President SAGE International.
The acquisition (brokered by Bertoli Mitchell LLP) results in Pion’s entire publishing portfolio becoming a part of SAGE’s journal program. The portfolio comprises four journals of the acclaimed ‘Environment and Planning’ series of journals alongside Perception and the open access i-Perception.
The acquisition results in the following journals moving to SAGE: Environment and Planning A(EPA); Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design (EPB); Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy (EPC; Environment and Planning D: Society and Space (EPD); Perception;
iPerception– OA sister journal to Perception. The journal is focused on the fields of senses and the perceptual process of humans, animals and machines.
Amongst the small books list is also the classic title ‘Place and Placelessness’ by Edward Relph which will continue publication with SAGE.
Taylor & Francis Group has announced the addition of Altmetric data to Taylor & Francis Online and Cogent OA, enhancing the article metrics currently available on both journal platforms.
Altmetric data, which will be added to all journal articles published since January 2012, will offer users a more complete picture of how people are engaging with research articles from Taylor & Francis Group, whether via traditional or social media, blogs or online reference managers.
Those visiting Taylor & Francis Online and Cogent OA will be able to click on the Altmetric badge and see the underlying mentions from newspapers, magazines, blogs, social media and policy documents, as well as comments on post publication peer review sites. Altmetric track mentions of over 5,000 research articles a day, with one mention seen on average every two seconds.
As one of the first publishers to implement Altmetric’s recently released updated details page design, Taylor & Francis Group users will benefit from its enhanced functionality and the addition of new features such as a summary tab. From the tab, users will be able to see bibliographic information, demographics for Twitter and Mendeley, and simplified ‘score in context’ information. Alerts are also more prominent, so authors (and anyone else) can keep track of every new mention of an article, via a daily e-mail summary.
The National Library of the Netherlands (KB) and Portico have announced a new partnership that will support the preservation of e-journals through the KB’s International e-Depot program and take advantage of Portico’s extensive preservation infrastructure and expertise.
The KB’s International e-Depot program focuses on the preservation of e-journals from international scientific publishers, and grew out of e-Depot, the solution to preserve locally published content in the Netherlands.
Portico first began offering e-journal preservation support to national libraries through its work with the British Library to help it meet UK legal deposit regulations in 2013.
The International e-Depot already preserves more than 15 million e-journal articles, and Portico will provide the KB with preservation-formatted e-journal content from scientific publishers who are new to the program. The first group of new participants includes BioOne, Walter de Gruyter, Wolters Kluwer, Karger, Brill, and Thieme. In case of an e-journal trigger event from participating publishers, the KB would provide access to Dutch researchers.
Open access publisher PeerJ has announced the publication of its first peer-reviewed articles in PeerJ Computer Science, a new cross-disciplinary open access journal publishing articles across all fields of computer science. PeerJ Computer Science first started accepting preprints and submissions for peer-reviewed articles in February this year, and the journal publishes its first articles on May 27th.
Interested authors and readers can visit peerj.com/computer-science to find out more about the journal, and its over 300 Editorial and Advisory Board (which includes many high profile computer scientists such as Vint Cerf, Wendy Hall, David Patterson and Mary Shaw). PeerJ is offering free publication credits until August 3, 2015, to all those who register at this page, and also to their colleagues simply by providing their email details.
As part of this aim to improve publishing for the computer science community, PeerJ Computer Science recently announced an open access publishing partnership with USENIX - the Advanced Computing Systems Association, whereby their members and conference delegates are encouraged to publish their research in the journal.
PeerJ Computer Science operates in exactly the same way as PeerJ (the biology focussed journal) – articles are published through CC BY licensing ensuring that the content is freely accessible to the world. The business model also remains the same with authors paying a low cost fee to publish their article, starting at $99 for lifetime publication. By publishing cross-disciplinary research across the full spectrum of computer science, PeerJ Computer Science hopes to engender more cross-fertilisation between fields and to become a hub for the computer science community as a whole to interact.
The first articles to publish in PeerJ Computer Science cover a broad spectrum of computer science research and can be accessed at peerj.com/computer-science.
Publishers Weekly has announced a new programme ‘The Publishers Weekly Publishing Luminaries Awards,’ which will identify and celebrate talented young members of the US publishing community and bring recognition to them on a global stage.
Publishers Weekly will partner with The Frankfurt Book Fair (14 – 18 October 2015) in a series of events and promotions to commend and support this group of acclaimed young professionals. A judging panel comprising members of Publishers Weekly, the Frankfurt Book Fair, and noted industry leaders will identify a number of up-and-coming ‘stars’ of American publishing who will be feted at an event in New York and covered in a special editorial feature in PW.
Of the group, one finalist will be chosen to receive an all-expense paid trip to the Frankfurt Book Fair in October, where he or she will be provided with an All-Access pass to the Fair and the Business Club, and exclusive networking opportunities throughout the Fair. All of the finalists will be invited to attend a celebratory evening event in Frankfurt the week of the Fair.
On June 15, the nomination page on PublishersWeekly.com will go live and publishers & agents may nominate candidates who deserve to be considered. Nomination details will include name, title, and any achievements or examples of innovation to highlight why this candidate stands out among his or her peers.
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