Thomson Reuters EndNote, the software for researchers, librarians and students to find, publish and manage bibliographies, citations and references, has announced a collaboration with Science Hack Day, a global grassroots movement aimed at empowering scientific innovation, to bring the first Science Hack Day to Russia. The event will be held in St. Petersburg, August 22-24 at Quiet Place, a coworking space dedicated to advancing science and technology in Russia.
Having held over 35 successful information technology (IT) hacking events since 2009, the event's organisers aim to make their first Science Hack Day a collaborative effort between IT and science enthusiasts to bridge the gap between the two fields and build actionable scientific solutions. Quiet Place, the innovative coworking space in which the event is being held, shares a mission with Science Hack Day in matching up developers, designers, scientists and other innovators to foster interdisciplinary collaboration to create inventive projects and assist start-up organisations.
Science Hack Day is a global grassroots movement aimed at empowering scientific innovation with events joining scientists, engineers, programmers and designers to work together in the same physical space to nurture new scientific concepts. Since its launch in 2010, more than 30 Science Hack Days have been held in over a dozen countries. The event is designed to connect individuals from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, all sharing a passion for science, to work together to develop new scientific solutions or 'hacks.' During each event, groups compete in a friendly competition to build the best prototype based on a concept of their choice within 48 consecutive hours.
Science Hack Days have been primarily fuelled by volunteers and regional sponsorships. As the first global sponsor, EndNote is helping the movement further its goal of making science more accessible by providing funding and marketing support to increase awareness, enhance current events and spread the movement to new cities.
EndNote is utilised by more than 1,100 global academic institutions and R&D departments and two million scientists, researchers and students worldwide. It is committed to keeping its user community in step with the constantly evolving world of scientific research by providing advanced tools for managing and creating research effectively and efficiently. EndNote is integrated with other industry-leading sources from Thomson Reuters, including the Web of Science and ScholarOne Manuscripts peer-review systems and company research management and profiling tools.
Global licensing and content solutions organisation Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC) has announced that the American Chemical Society (ACS) is the first publisher to implement its next generation RightsLink® for Open Access platform to manage article processing charges (APCs) for ACS Open Access (OA) publications. ACS, the world's largest scientific society, is a congressionally chartered independent membership organisation that represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.
ACS's use of RightsLink for Open Access will streamline and simplify the APC author payment workflow with new easy-to-use tools, facilitating institutional reimbursement to authors and delivering to ACS significant cost-savings in customer service, finance and operations. CCC's RightsLink for Open Access securely manages Article Processing Charges, as well as page and color charges. Additionally, RightsLink complies with funding agencies' mandates, and provides author support, billing and rapid collection services.
Since RightsLink for Open Access can be integrated with any manuscript submission system and production system, authors can complete APC transactions from within their editorial workflows and publisher staff can track payment status from within their production workflows, streamlining the process of paying and managing author charges for all involved.
In collaboration with the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), CCC launched an Open Access Resource Center that links to the latest Open Access news, reports, industry whitepapers, webinars and websites. For the past ten years, CCC has been helping publishers improve the author experience in collecting APCs and is working toward standardisation and transparency.
CCC hosts webinars and podcasts on many aspects of Open Access and works with organisations like the National Information Standards Organization to create standards related to Open Access. It recently joined the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, working with its members on issues such as collecting APCs and Open Access-aware licensing. Named one of '10 to Watch' by information industry analyst Outsell in its 2013 Open Access Market Report, CCC has endorsed the Research Information Network's call for cooperation among funders, universities and publishers.
Non-profit scientific publisher IOP Publishing (IOP), UK, has announced that its 2015 Product Catalogue and prices for customers based outside of the Americas are now available on its Librarian Channel.
The Product Catalogue is available online to allow IOP to reduce its environmental impact. However, a print/save-on-demand function is available for customers wanting a printed version.
Please note that the pricing for customers in the Americas will follow shortly.
Beginning in 2015, nine journals in the IOP portfolio are going electronic only. This decision has been prompted by a decline in demand for the print editions of these journals, while the number of electronic-only subscribers has significantly grown. Five of its medical journals as well as titles published in partnership with the American Astronomical Society (AAS) are affected. Libraries that currently subscribe to the print and electronic versions of these journals will be offered an electronic-only renewal for 2015.
From 2015, existing IOPscience extra or IOPcorporate subscribers will no longer have to renew their Japanese Journal of Applied Physics (JJAP) and Applied Physics Express (APEX) subscriptions separately. Subscribers will be invoiced a single amount for IOPscience extra or IOPcorporate, which will include the JJAP and APEX value. Subscribers no longer need to take out a separate stand-alone JJAP or APEX subscription.
Subscription invoices will automatically incur a reduction in price where research articles have been partially funded by SCOAP3 in Chinese Physics C and the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics. The relevant discount applied to the 2015 prices is in accordance with the percentages agreed with the SCOAP3 consortia.
The IOP ebooks programme, launched in 2013 and named a finalist in the ALPSP Innovation in Publishing Awards, comprises two complementary collections. The 2015 release is now available for permanent purchase and includes 20 IOP Expanding Physics titles and 40 IOP Concise Physics titles.
Two new journals, 2D Materials and Materials Research Express have been launched as a direct response to requests from the materials science community. IOPscience extra, IOPcorporate and
Pack Z subscribers will automatically gain access to these titles through their 2015 subscription.
Gary Dunham, a leader and innovator in academic publishing for two decades, has been appointed director of Indiana University Press and Digital Publishing. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President and IU Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel.
Dunham has served since 2010 as director of publications for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, where he transformed the 173,000-member association's publications program.
He was previously executive director of State University of New York Press from 2008 to 2010 and director of University of Nebraska Press from 2004 to 2007.
Dunham brings with him an academic's passion for books combined with a deep understanding of the editorial process to the position. With success in extending and enriching scholarly fields through proactive publishing efforts, he was central to the development of successful journal programs at both Nebraska and SUNY.
At the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, he co-developed and co-directed a book publishing program, oversaw a sweeping update of scholarly journals and online publications and redesigned the association's news magazine. The association is a national professional organisation for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language and hearing scientists, and students.
Dunham will begin his position as director of IU Press on Oct. 20. As director of IU Press and Digital Publishing, he will provide strategic and editorial direction, building on Indiana University's reputation for high-quality print, e-book and journal publishing and leading the development of innovative publishing and scholarly communication.
Indiana University Press is an internationally recognised academic publisher specialising in the humanities and social sciences. It produces 120 new books annually, in addition to 26 journals, and maintains a backlist of more than 3,000 titles. Since it was founded in 1950, IU Press has been committed to publishing ideas and knowledge of global significance, regional importance and lasting value.
Direct Textbook has announced the release of its revamped mobile app, which lets college students instantly compare textbook prices from hundreds of online stores. The new version of the Direct Textbook app introduces a barcode scanner that makes it easier than ever for students to find the lowest textbook prices and save an average of 50 percent – and up to 90 percent – on textbook costs. The free app runs on both iOS and Android platforms, available for download on the App Store and Google Play Store, respectively.
The Direct Textbook app turns smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices into textbook barcode scanners; users can either scan the barcode of the textbook they need or manually enter its ISBN number into the app. The app searches more than 200 online bookstores and 10,000 libraries to compare prices for new, used, ebook, rental, teacher and international textbook editions. The app also displays shipping information, available discounts and coupons in order to rank textbook deals by their total prices. If a student likes an offer, they can complete the purchase on the seller's website.
The Direct Textbook app mirrors the Direct Textbook website, which since 2002 has been trusted by more than 20 million parents and students to slash college textbook fees. The app brings the power of DirectTextbook.com to mobile devices so students can compare and purchase textbooks at the lowest prices from anywhere, anytime.
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.
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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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