Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and Palgrave Macmillan are making data from their Author Insights survey publicly available for the first time as part of Open Access Week. The survey, which contains views from 30,466 researchers, is the biggest publisher survey of authors’ views to be made open access.
NPG and Palgrave Macmillan are making this anonymised data available in order to achieve greater understanding between authors, funders and publishers, particularly with regard to open access.
The survey reveals authors’ views on a diverse range of topics, including how authors make publishing decisions, funding availability and reasons for choosing open access as a publishing route. It is available to view and download via a CC BY license on figshare, along with a short summary pulling out the highlights.
According to the findings of the survey 1 in 5 (20%) science authors and 1 in 10 (12%) HSS authors do not know if their main funder requires them to publish open access. A significant number of authors are unaware of the requirements of even the largest OA funders with long-established mandates.
For instance, 17 percent of Wellcome Trust and 25 percent of NIH-funded authors do not know if their funders have OA requirements. Forty percent of science authors and 54 percent of HSS authors who have not published open access say that ‘I am concerned about perceptions of the quality of OA publications.’
The Author Insights survey was originally carried out for internal research purposes in Spring 2014 among academics who have written papers for NPG, Palgrave Macmillan and Frontiers, as well as other publishers. It contains responses from 24,773 science authors and 5,693 authors in the humanities and social sciences (HSS).
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the publication of four new books on natural disasters and hazards, including three from the newly developed Hazards and Disasters series edited by Dr. John F. Shroder.
Some of the worst known natural disasters in world history happened in the last decade. In addition, the number of natural disasters increased from 30 in 1950 to 544 in 2013, according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters. The intensity and severity of the individual occurrences has also increased. Without continued focus and research on causality, prediction, preparedness and prevention, these events will continue to have devastating impacts on human life, ecosystems and global economies. Dr. Shroder, a distinguished researcher, professor and author on natural hazards and resources, has developed the Hazards and Disasters book series to provide researchers and professionals with an understanding of the latest scientific discoveries for assessment and prevention.
Earthquake Hazard, Risk, and Disasters, edited by Max Wyss of the International Centre for Earth Simulation (ICES) in Geneva, is the first of nine volumes in the Hazards and Disasters series. It covers problems caused by earthquakes and discusses current thinking about engineering and social issues, such as how earthquake disasters can affect lives and impact property. Two more books in the series also published this month, and several more will be made available in the coming months, covering landslide, volcanic, biological, snow and ice, and coastal and marine hazards.
The new books available on natural hazards and disasters are: Assessment of Vulnerability to Natural Hazards: A European Perspective by Joern Birkmann, Stefan Kienberger and David Alexander; In the Hazards and Disasters Series: Earthquake Hazard, Risk and Disasters by Max Wyss; Hydro-Meteorological Hazards, Risks and Disasters by Paolo Paron and Giuliano Baldassarre; and Wildfire Hazards, Risks and Disasters by Douglas Paton.
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.
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced that the Southern Adventist University in Tennessee has selected EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) as its discovery service. Southern Adventist University was recently ranked in the top 30 Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report for Regional Colleges in the South.
The library’s evaluation found EBSCO Discovery Service had many key features that were important to the university. According to Stan Cottrell II, Technical Services Librarian, EBSCO was selected due to real time availability checking linked into their catalogue, tight integration with Illiad [document delivery service] and the high success rate of accurate article retrieval via their link resolver. With these features, librarians at Southern Adventist University expect EDS to improve access to full-text resources and increase the exposure of both print and electronic materials to library users.
The university started to implement EDS a few months ago and Cottrell says the set-up process has gone smoothly.
EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customised index of an institution’s information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box.
Medical and scientific publishing house Thieme Publishing Group has announced that a number of major changes will be made to the AOSpine journals in 2015. The editors of Global Spine Journal and Evidence-Based Spine-Care Journal, Dr. Wang and Dr. Chapman, have announced that the titles will merge into a single publication in 2015 and will publish under the name Global Spine Journal.
Devoted to the study and treatment of spinal disorders, including diagnosis, operative and non-operative treatment options, surgical techniques, and emerging research and clinical developments, the journal will publish six times a year and is projected to be an essential reading for all researchers and clinicians specializing in the spine.
Dr. Jeff Wang will continue in his role as Editor-in-Chief, publishing papers devoted to the study and treatment of spinal disorders, including diagnosis, operative and non-operative treatment options, surgical techniques, and emerging research and clinical developments.
The core content of Evidence-Based Spine-Care Journal comparative studies of effectiveness providing accurate, concise presentations of information that can be quickly grasped by busy spine surgeons, will continue to be published in two special issues of Global Spine Journal annually, with Dr. Chapman continuing to act as Editor-in-Chief.
This change will also coincide with Global Spine Journal becoming an Open Access title, making all content freely available to everyone. In addition, all papers will continue to be fully searchable through Pubmed immediately upon publication.
Members of AOSpine will continue to receive a print subscription to the journal as a benefit of membership and in addition they can publish unlimited papers in the journal at no cost.
These changes are the first of many innovations that will be coming to the journal in the coming months, including a new tablet/mobile optimised viewing experience, a regular podcast series, and best paper awards.
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that all journals and the majority of reference databases hosted on GBI-Genios’ wiso-net platform have been indexed in the Ex Libris Primo Central Index of scholarly electronic resources, making the content easily discoverable via the Ex Libris Primo discovery service.
In the coming months, the e-books hosted on wiso-net will also be accessible via Primo. The wiso-net platform includes specialised information in economics; social sciences; technical studies; psychology; and law, and is used in more than 85 percent of economic and social science universities in German-speaking countries.
GBI-Genios is a provider of electronic business information in German-speaking countries. The company has been providing its customers with reliable information and services related to the topics eContent, business intelligence, market and customer knowledge for more than 35 years.
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.
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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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