The Biochemical Society, and its wholly-owned publishing subsidiary Portland Press Limited, have announced that authors from low income countries will no longer have to pay open access author processing charges.
With this move, authors from 71 countries can have their accepted papers published and made publicly available for free in the Biochemical Journal, Clinical Science, and the fully open access journal, Bioscience Reports from September 2014. Authors from a further 45 countries can receive a discount on their author processing charges.
All Portland Press Limited journals offer a gold open access option, meaning everyone can view the research online as soon as it is published. Papers will continue to undergo robust peer review processes and adhere to strict publishing guidelines.
Biochemical Society Chair Steve Busby says the move reflects the benefit of having a Society-owned publisher.
Low income countries will be defined by the HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme.
Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry and students of medicine, has introduced an innovative seven-volume series on the latest techniques in Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. Written by a team of head and neck surgeons widely recognized as among the best in the world, the new series, entitled Master Techniques in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, documents their proven surgical techniques using text, photos, illustrations and video. Dr. Eugene Myers serves as the Series Editor.
Designed to help otolaryngologists become masters of their profession, Master Techniques in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery: Reconstructive Surgery by Dr. Eric Genden, is now available along with the first two volumes in the series: Head and Neck Surgery: Volumes 1 and 2, edited by Dr. Robert Ferris.
With this series, Dr. Myers has assembled an expert author panel of surgeons that represents some of the most esteemed institutions of head and neck surgery, including Mount Sinai Medical Center, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, to document advances in both endoscopic and open surgical procedures.
The Masters' series covers all areas of Otolaryngology, using a clean and efficient format with a focus on "how to do it," and provides step-by-step instructions for each procedure supplemented with thousands of colour intra-operative photographs, line drawings and a number of electronically accessible videos. Designed for both specialist and generalist, the new series is expected to become a permanent fixture on the shelves of otolaryngologists, fellows in otolaryngology and plastic surgeons of the head and neck.
The full seven-volume series of Master Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery includes: Head and Neck Surgery: Volume 1 Larynx, Hypopharynx, Oropharynx, Oral Cavity and Neck (Volume Editor: Robert Ferris) – Published December 2013; Head and Neck Surgery: Volume 2 Thyroid, Parathyroid, Salivary Glands, Paranasal Sinuses and Nasopharynx (Volume Editor: Robert Ferris) – Published December 2013; Reconstructive Surgery (Volume Editor: Eric Genden) – Published July 2014. Print book bundled with interactive eBook; Skull Base Surgery (Volume Editor: Carl Snyderman) – Publishing September 2014. Print book bundled with interactive eBook;
Rhinology (Volume Editor: David Kennedy) – Publishing 2015. Print book bundled with interactive eBook; Otology and Lateral Skull Base Surgery (Volume Editor: Thomas Roland) - Publishing 2015. Print book bundled with interactive eBook; and Facial Plastic Surgery (Volume Editor: Wayne Larrabee) - Publishing 2015. Print book bundled with interactive eBook.
The first three volumes of Master Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery are available now and sold separately on the LWW website. All seven volumes will be available for purchase by fall 2015. Titles are also available on Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble NOOK.
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the launch of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Cases, an open access, surgical journal.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Cases is a surgical journal dedicated to publishing case reports and case series only which must be original, educational, rare conditions or findings, or clinically interesting to an international audience of surgeons and clinicians. Case series can be prospective or retrospective and examine the outcomes of management or mechanisms in more than one patient. Case reports may include new or modified methodology and treatment, uncommon findings, and mechanisms. All case reports and case series will be peer reviewed for acceptance for publication in the Journal.
Dr. Janice Lee, Deputy Clinical Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the NIH, will be the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.
The 18th meeting of the Global Standards Collaboration (GSC), a senior-level gathering of the world's leading information and communication technologies (ICT) standards organisations, took place on July 22 – 23, 2014, hosted by ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) in Sophia Antipolis, France.
GSC enhances co-operation among standards organisations from different regions of the world to facilitate the exchange of information on standards development, build synergies and reduce duplication of work.
The GSC meeting focused on three topics where standards play a major role in the development of technologies that bring benefits to consumers and businesses: critical communications, machine to machine communications and software defined networking.
The GSC coverage of critical communications included subjects such as communications systems for public safety services, large-scale public warning systems, emergency calling systems and communications systems for disaster relief situations. Standards address each of these systems and there is a wealth of experience regarding their use in each region of the globe. It is essential that lessons learned be taken into account, and that teams of disaster relief specialists do not face communications difficulties from incompatible equipment. The GSC seeks to reduce these difficulties and improve critical communications services through global harmonisation of standards.
The interconnection of billions of devices and their generation of 'big data' was also a topic of discussion at this GSC meeting. The many standardisation initiatives underway and the relationships between them were explored. The success of machine to machine communications and the Internet of Things (IoT) will depend on the availability of globally accepted standards and associated economies of scale. The GSC members, together with a number of participating stakeholder organisations from the healthcare, automotive and other industries, discussed the development of M2M/IoT standardization.
The GSC meeting discussed the rapidly progressing topics of network functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networks (SDN), which will provide greater flexibility to network operators, allowing them to provide new services faster and more efficiently. The GSC meeting provided an opportunity to better understand the many distributed and potentially complementary industry initiatives, as well as the synergies between NFV and SDN. Speakers shared details of the progress that has been made in setting the architectural frameworks, use cases and proofs of concept upon which current and future standardisation activities will be based.
A delegation from the Government of India participated in this meeting and announced TSDSI (Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India) as their national telecommunications standards organization.
GSC welcomed two new members at this meeting: the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) and the Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI).
The SPIE Professional magazine is inviting entries in a photo contest celebrating the use of light and light-based technologies in everyday life. Cash prizes and placement on the magazine's cover will be awarded to the winning photos.
Winning photos in a contest launched this week for images showing the use of light and light-based technologies in daily life will win cash prizes and cover placement in an issue of SPIE Professional magazine, published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. Contest sponsor and organiser SPIE Professional is presenting the SPIE International Year of Light 2015 Photo Contest as part of the society's observance of the United Nations-declared International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies in 2015 (IYL2015).
IYL2015 is a celebration of the crosscutting discipline of science that has revolutionized medicine, astronomy, and clean energy and opened up international communication via the Internet, and that continues to be central to linking cultural, economic, and political aspects of the global society.
Entries in the SPIE Professional contest must be received by 30 September 2014. Prizes will be awarded in 2015.
Judges knowledgeable in light-based technologies and photography will award a top prize of US $2,500, a second prize of $1,000, and a third prize of $500.
In addition, members of the optics and photonics community and the general public will vote on awarding a "People's Choice" prize of $500.
Photographers of all ages and from around the world are eligible to submit a maximum of two photos that show light or a light-based technology used in everyday life. Photos are not required to be scientific but they should hold some scientific interest or communicate the International Year of Light theme.
In addition to scientific interest, judges will also evaluate photos on creativity, artistry, and overall appeal. Minimal digital enhancement will be permitted.
Because the top photos will be published on the covers of the print editions of SPIE Professional in 2015 and displayed in large format at SPIE Optics + Photonics in 2015, only print-quality digital files will be considered. Files smaller than 5 MB will not be accepted.
Complete information on the contest and rules is available at www.spie.org/IYL.
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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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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