Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), the world's authority for chemical information, has announced a three-year agreement for SciFinder, the choice for chemistry research, with Kalexsyn, a Contract Research Organization (CRO) uniquely positioned to address the needs of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology communities. Through this partnership, Kalexsyn will provide unlimited searching in SciFinder for every chemist on its staff.
Kalexsyn joins a host of other CROs that have chosen SciFinder to advance research projects. In addition to top ranking CROs globally, 47 of the top 50 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and 46 of the top 50 chemical organisations around the world, rely on SciFinder to save valuable time and money by learning from previously disclosed research that is collected, organised and made discoverable by CAS.
Leaders at CROs recognise that allowing their researchers to have access to the same product their client organisations rely on giving them an advantage in the marketplace. A multi-year, unlimited agreement allows researchers at Kalexsyn to explore discovery opportunities while maintaining a predictable budget.
STM publisher Springer and the American Thoracic Society (ATS) have entered into a partnership to collaborate on the book series Respiratory Medicine. Springer will hold editorial responsibility, but will work with the ATS to develop new topics for books. Members of the society will have free access to the eBooks in the series on SpringerLink and be eligible for discounted prices of the print versions on Springer's website. The series includes 20 books with about 15 in development. The first volume was published in 2009.
The books in the series Respiratory Medicine offer clinical and research-oriented resources for pulmonologists and other practitioners and researchers working in respiratory care. Spanning a broad range of issues in respiratory medicine, the series covers topics such as COPD, asthma and allergy, pulmonary problems in pregnancy, molecular basis of lung disease and sleep disordered breathing.
The series editor is Dr. Sharon Rounds, Professor of Medicine and of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University in the US.
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced the addition of information on the European vaccine to fight a meningitis B outbreak to its referential drug information resources, Lexicomp® Online™ and Facts & Comparisons® eAnswers. The rapid response by the Wolters Kluwer Health reference content team demonstrates the speed and proficiency with which the resources are updated to keep clinicians current in a rapidly evolving drug information environment.
Meningitis B does not respond to any of the four vaccines licensed for use in the US. Thus, when eight cases were identified at Princeton University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took the unusual step of requesting permission from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to import Bexsero, the only vaccine proven effective against strain B. Made by Novartis, Bexsero is licensed for use in Europe and Australia.
The FDA granted the emergency request in mid-November, and the vaccine is expected to be available to Princeton students in December. Within days of the approval, a presentation of the vaccine was developed by the in-house team of advanced-degree pharmacists and incorporated into both Lexicomp Online and Facts & Comparison eAnswers.
In December, four new cases of meningitis B were identified at the University of California Santa Barbara, bringing the total between the two universities to 12. As the number of institutions battling the outbreak continues to grow, it is imperative that clinicians across the country have access to current clinical information on the vaccine.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has named Krista L. Cox director of public policy initiatives, effective January 6, 2014. Cox is currently the staff attorney/legal counsel at Knowledge Ecology International, a non-profit organisation that searches for better outcomes, including new solutions, to the management of knowledge resources.
The director of public policy initiatives advocates for the policy priorities of ARL and executes strategies to implement these priorities. The position monitors legislative trends and participates in ARL's outreach to the Executive Branch and the US Congress.
Cox brings to ARL a strong technical and policy background in copyright law and other information policy issues. She has published and, by invitation, has organised and led workshops on intellectual property laws, their relationship to technology, and their impacts on consumers. She has worked closely with civil society organisations and the private sector, participating in ad hoc coalitions to promote common goals, submitting joint comments, collaborating on legal strategies, and preparing amici briefs.
Cox also follows these issues at the international, multilateral level. She has attended the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) meetings of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) as well as the recent WIPO diplomatic conference on the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled.
In her current work for Knowledge Ecology International, Cox has gained experience monitoring legislative trends and outreach to the Executive and Legislative Branches. She has testified before numerous federal agencies and regularly submits comments in response to Federal Register notices. She works closely with a number of Congressional offices to promote the public interest and consumer rights concerning intellectual property issues.
Academic publisher Brill and UK-based online publishing services provider Semantico have announced the launch of BrillOnline Discovery, which offers users the option to search across all of Brill's online resources from one central place. BrillOnline Discovery uses the Scolaris Linking Hub technology developed by Semantico. This enables federated search increased discoverability across the family of Brill platforms - BrillOnline Primary Sources, BrillOnline Books and Journals, BrillOnline Reference Works and BrillOnline Bibliographies.
A multi-platform publisher like Brill faces challenges in communicating the wealth of online information to users. With over 150 reference works and primary source collections, 200 journals and 4000 e-books the challenge is big. The number of visitors to Brill's online resources increases every month, which is an extra incentive for Brill to continue to invest in and improve user experience.
The Scolaris Linking Hub developed by Semantico helped Brill solve the problem of communicating the wealth of online information by enabling the user to discover and navigate to content on every site within the publisher's ecosystem, in a simple and cost-effective way. Users are now offered a full view of all content, links to related documents and access to multiple content types. With the introduction of BrillOnline Discovery, widgets have been added on the different platform which gives the user a full view of all content while visiting any one of the BrillOnline platforms, making it easier for users to search and discover the rich, high quality content Brill offers.
The Scolaris technology – developed by Semantico - promotes discoverability by providing intelligent, full-text search powered by Solr and allows rich taxonomy support for faceted search and browsing. The Scolaris Linking Hub solution also creates enhanced flexibility for customers by enabling different levels of subscription and direct access. This allows a broader range of customers to discover and engage with Brill content.
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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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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. (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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