STM publisher Elsevier recently announced that the Australian Research Council (ARC) has selected Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed scientific literature, as the bibliometric provider for its 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment. This is the third consecutive time Scopus has been chosen as the sole citation provider for ERA.
ERA is an Australian Government initiative which evaluates the quality of research undertaken among Australia's higher education institutions against national and international benchmarks. The published ERA National report will provide insights for the identification and promotion of research excellence across the full spectrum of research activity in the country. It aggregates information about discipline-specific research activities at each individual institution, as well as information on the contribution of each discipline and each institution to the national research landscape.
Ratings in the ERA National Report are determined and moderated by committees of distinguished researchers, drawn from Australia and overseas.
The results for the first full round of ERA were published in early 2011. This was the first time Australia conducted the assessment to take stock of its research discipline strengths and identified areas for development. The results of the second round of ERA were published in 2012.
The ERA 2015 assessment will open for submissions on October 1, 2014 for all participating Higher Education providers. Further details about ERA 2015 and the key documents are available from the ERA section on the ARC website.
The Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced the 150th anniversary of the Zoological Record, the oldest continuous bibliographic database in life sciences and the leading and most comprehensive source for biodiversity, systematics and zoological information. Housed within the Web of Science, the premier web-based platform for scientific search and discovery and the authority in science, social science, and arts and humanities indices, the Zoological Record serves as the world's unofficial, but primary, animal-name repository covering the entire animal kingdom, including living and fossil species.
Albert Günther was the original editor of the Zoological Record, first published in 1864 and founded by a group of scientists associated with the Zoological Society of London and British Museum to disseminate and connect their research. This early database revolutionised life sciences by serving as a key driver in the advancement of systematic zoology and biodiversity research. Since its origination, the archive has recorded nearly 1.2 million species and influenced the work of environmental researchers including those studying global warming, energy and conservation.
Over the years, the Zoological Record has continued to expand and adapt to the needs of its researchers. Today, as part of the Web of Science, the digitized Zoological Record directly connects to a vast network of people, organisations, documents and countries, providing millions of connections documenting the evolution of science over the past century. Trusted by more than 6,900 of the of the world's leading research institutions and hundreds of governments, the Web of Science is the primary resource through which scientific literature is captured for scholarly record.
In recognition of this sesquicentennial anniversary, Thomson Reuters will host the Taxonomy Trivia Challenge, a three-part contest that challenges participant's research skills in a race against the clock for a chance to win prizes, including an iPad®, Beats headphones and a GoPro® camera. Taxonomy Trivia Challenge will time participants in their search of the Zoological Record to find the name of a species after viewing a series of photos and clues about the identity of an animal. To learn more about the contest and to find out how you can enter, visit Web of Science and follow Web of Science on Twitter for the latest updates.
The Royal Society of Chemistry has announced the appointment of scientific information and publishing industry specialist Jan Kuras to lead and implement the organisation's open access strategy.
Kuras joins RSC's publishing team as Open Access Development Manager and brings over 20 years' experience in scientific information and publishing to this new role, including in product development, strategy and business planning.
Previously Publisher within the Springer Chemistry group, Kuras led their open access publishing strategy for chemistry to establish the open access publishing platform Chemistry Central as a highly successful operation, including the launch of the open access journals Journal of Cheminformatics and Heritage Science, which have quickly become among the leaders in their fields. He also brings valuable experience from roles at Elsevier and Thomson Science.
The Royal Society of Chemistry claims to be the the world's leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. With over 49,000 members and a knowledge business that spans the globe, the Society is the UK's professional body for chemical scientists.
Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group has announced a new partnership with The Systems Biology Institute, Tokyo, to launch npj Systems Biology and Applications, an online open access journal dedicated to publishing high quality research. The journal will begin accepting submissions in November 2014 and publish its first articles on nature.com in Q1 2015.
npj Systems Biology and Applications was formally launched on September 15 at The International Conference on Systems Biology (ICSB) in Melbourne, Australia. The journal aims to provide a home for articles that help define the developing and interdisciplinary field of Systems Biology. The 15th ICSB attracts top system biologists from all over the world to an environment that encourages integration of biology, computer science, engineering and chemistry, and that spans leading areas of biomedical research. The Systems Biology Institute is a non-profit private research institution established in 2000 with the aim of promoting systems biology research and its application to medicine and global sustainability.
Areas of interest for the journal include fundamental biological systems and drug discovery, but also systems-based applications to healthcare, medical practice and implementation, big data, biotechnology, food science, human behaviour, broader biological systems and industrial applications of systems biology.
Dr Hiroaki Kitano will serve as the Editor in Chief of the journal. Dr. Kitano has played a pivotal role in establishing and promoting the discipline of systems biology, which employs modern computing to study living systems as an intergrated whole, and is now part of the research program at hundreds of universities and institutes around the world.
npj Systems Biology and Applications will encourage all approaches, including network biology, application of control theory to biological systems, computational modelling and analysis, comprehensive and/or high-content measurements, theoretical, analytical and computational studies of system-level properties of biological systems, ICT healthcare solutions, mobile devices, and computational/software/data platforms enabling such studies and applications. The journal will publish research articles and review articles, as well as editorial summaries.
Systems Biology is an interdisciplinary field and this is reflected in the broad audience of npj Systems Biology and Applications: researchers in basic biology and biomedicine, researchers and managers in the pharmaceutical, biotechnological and healthcare industries as well as policy-makers in the biomedical sciences.
Academic publisher SAGE has announced the purchase of education journals publisher, Symposium Journals Limited. The sale was announced jointly by Roger Osborn-King of Symposium Journals and Ziyad Marar, SAGE's Global Publishing Director.
With a journals publishing career spanning nearly 40 years, Roger founded Symposium Journals 12 years ago in which period he has established a high quality portfolio of education journals publishing international research within the field of education for researchers and professionals. Symposium's journal portfolio includes leading academic journals within childhood studies, educational policy, contemporary educational practice, international education and teaching assessment, as well as the flagship journal of one of the prominent educational societies, European Educational Research Association. The acquisition results in Symposium's entire journal portfolio of nine titles becoming a part of SAGE's journal program.
Roger will continue work with SAGE to support the transition and will continue to publish each journal through to the end of 2014 following which all production, editorial, marketing and sales of the journals will move to SAGE. Roger will continue to wholly own and run his long-established book publishing company, Symposium Books Ltd.
Life on Earth has evolved by coping, adapting and because of the light-dark cycle due to the rotation of our planet on its axis. Circadian rhythms are widespread among all life forms and govern a remarkable array of physiological and metabolic functions. Rhythms are based on the circadian clock, is an extensive molecular network of timing mechanisms that converge to maintain organismal physiological state. In mammals, biological rhythms are established and maintained by a central clock consisting of around 20,000 pacemaker neurons found in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). SCN neurons are entrained by light, the most powerful zeitgeber (time-giver), via the retinohypothalamic tract. The central SCN clock directs rhythms in a number of peripheral tissues using several, still illdefined, output cues. These include numerous secreted paracrine signals, transduction pathways and endocrine control systems whose deciphering is biomecally and pharmacologically critical. Indeed, disruption of the synchrony within clock system leads to a number of metabolic and physiological disorders. Moreover, peripheral clocks are also entrained by extrinsic cues, specifically food intake, which operates as a powerful zeitgeber. In addition, it has been shown that various ‘nutrient sensors’ are linked to circadian rhythms, reinforcing the notion that there is a tightly coupled relationship between metabolic state and the clock. Finally, as a considerable fraction of the genome is functionally regulated by the clock, a further layer of this complex timing mechanism lies in the emerging link between cellular metabolic state and epigenetics. This Symposium is centered on the emerging links between the circadian clock system, endocrinology and cellular metabolism.
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 senior 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.(full day)
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Projects are fundamental to all publishing organisations. 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 this is where most problems with projects arise. The course tutors are practising project managers with a wealth of experience from the publishing sector. 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. It provides an excellent introduction for those new to taking responsibility for projects as well as a great refresher for those facing new project challenges. (full day)
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Projects are fundamental to all publishing organisations. 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 this is where most problems with projects arise.
The course tutors are practising project managers with a wealth of experience from the publishing sector. 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. It provides an excellent introduction for those new to taking responsibility for projects as well as a great refresher for those facing new project challenges. (full day)
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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
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
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
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
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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