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Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness journal offers free access to special collection of articles on Ebola   - 31 Oct 2014

The Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health recently launched a special collection of articles on the Ebola virus. These, and subsequent articles will remain freely available to all readers.

The Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness (DMPHP) Special Edition on Ebola has been designed from the outset to be a conduit for operational and policy level information that will improve outcomes and decision making, and to ensure that this information is available to all practitioners. Topics range from translational public health, legal preparedness and response, triage screening and a primer for clinicians.

All content is peer reviewed and new content is published as ready. Global experts, responders, and scientific and medical professionals in both the Ebola virus and public health will support and supply content for this special and timely issue.


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Wiley makes 2014 Nobel Laureates work free to access until end of the year   - 31 Oct 2014

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. will celebrate the achievements of the 2014 Nobel laureates by making a selection of content from the 2014 winners free to access until the end of the year.

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded jointly to Professors John O'Keefe, of University College London, UK, May-Britt Moser, of Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, and Edvard I. Moser, of University of Science and Technology, Norway, for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain. All three laureates are Editorial Board Members of the Wiley journal Hippocampus and all have published with Wiley.

The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Professors Isamu Akasaki, of Meijo University, Nagoya, Japan and Nagoya University, Japan; Hiroshi Amano, of Nagoya University, Japan; and Shuji Nakamura, of University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources. All three laureates are Wiley authors having published well over 150 papers in Wiley's Physica Status Solidi family of journals as well as other Wiley titles.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Eric Betzig, of Janelia Farm Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, VA, USA; Stefan W. Hell of Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, and German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany; and William E. Moerner of Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA, for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy.

The 2014 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2014 was awarded to Jean Tirole of Toulouse 1 Capitole University, France, for his analysis of market power and regulation. Jean Tirole serves on the Advisory Board of Journal of the European Economic Association, his latest Wiley published research appearing in The RAND Journal of Economics in 2014.

To celebrate the achievements of the Nobel laureates, Wiley will be making a selection of content from this year's winners free to access until the end of the year. Interested parties may visit the individual announcements on the Wiley Press Room to access content.


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Freedom of Information requests reveal payments to main journal publishers by universities have soared   - 31 Oct 2014

The amount paid by UK universities to subscribe to journals from some large publishers has risen by almost 50 per cent since 2010, new data suggest.

The finding is based on freelance requests under the Freedom of Information Act to more than 100 universities by Ben Meghreblian, an independent researcher, and Stuart Lawson, a research analyst at Jisc Collections. The researchers asked each institution how much it had spent over the past five years on subscribing to journals from seven of the largest publishers.

They found that the amount paid to Oxford University Press rose by 49.2 percent between 2010 and 2014. The amount paid to Springer rose by 36.3 percent and the amount to Wiley by 33.5 percent. The smallest rise – 17.4 percent – was in subscriptions to Elsevier journals. Overall expenditure increased by 23.9 percent.

According to Lawson, he had made the FoI requests to instigate a better-informed conversation about the cost of publishing in an era of increasing open access. Many institutions and funders have recently begun publishing the amount that they spend in open-access article fees. However, information on the amount paid in subscription fees has typically been masked in confidentiality agreements between libraries and publishers.

The lid began to be lifted earlier this year by Tim Gowers, Royal Society 2010 anniversary research professor at the University of Cambridge, who unearthed figures on how much Russell Group members pay for subscriptions to Elsevier journals.

Writing in a posting earlier this month on the London School of Economics' Impact of Social Sciences blog, Lawson and Meghreblian say that their data could be used by libraries to compare their subscription expenditure, and by open access advocates to examine whether publishers' subscription charges also take into account articles whose authors have already paid an open access fee: a phenomenon dubbed 'doubledipping'.

However, Lawson admitted that this would be difficult without additional information since, despite the rise of open access, the number of articles published under the subscription model is still increasing.


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Springer signs on as principal sponsor of ‘Trans-Tasman 3MT’ competition   - 31 Oct 2014

STM publisher Springer has announced that it is the principal sponsor of the 2014 Trans-Tasman Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, which challenges students pursuing higher education degrees to turn their theses into three minute presentations. The contest provides Springer a way of encouraging early career researchers to develop an ability to communicate their work to non-scientists.

Founded in 2008 by the University of Queensland, Australia, the 3MT competition asks students to explain their work within three minutes. The challenge focuses on encouraging young researchers to consolidate their ideas into a format that is broadly accessible to a general audience, in language appropriate to a non-specialist.

The competition began in 2008 and this year participants from 48 universities in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore will take part. Each of these competitors was victorious in the 3MT competition at their own institutions, so the upcoming event is a World Cup, of sorts. Because last year's winner studies at The University of Western Australia, that will be the location of this year's competition.


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Elsevier announces winners of 2014 Tetrahedron Prize   - 31 Oct 2014

STM publisher Elsevier and the Executive Board of Editors of the Tetrahedron journal series have announced that the 2014 Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic & Biomedicinal Chemistry has been awarded to Professor Barry Trost, Stanford University, USA and Jiro Tsuji, Honorary professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. They jointly receive the award for their outstanding contributions to organic chemistry.

Both Professors Trost and Tsuji have made numerous contributions to the general idea of developing and applying transition metal-catalyzed reactions in the broad arena of organic chemistry. For example, since its discovery in 1965, the renowned Tsuji-Trost reaction has been widely exploited in synthetic organic chemistry for the diastereoselective and enantioselective transfer of allyl groups to various carbon and heteroatom nucleophiles. The importance of this transformation is underscored by its numerous applications in the synthesis of complex molecules. Additionally, Tsuji pioneered the discovery and development of many palladium-catalyzed reactions that are now routinely used in synthesis, and Trost masterfully developed and applied a variety of ring-forming and other reactions catalyzed by transition metals such as rhodium and molybdenum.

The Tetrahedron prize consists of a monetary award of $10,000 and will be presented during the 2015 Fall National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, in Boston, USA ( August 16-20, 2015).


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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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