Audio Engineering Society content now discoverable via Serials Solutions Summon service - 13 May 2013
Serials Solutions, a ProQuest business, is working with the Audio Engineering Society (AES) to make the rich collection of technical and scientific papers and reports from AES discoverable through the Summon service. The Society's publications span every aspect of audio, from psychoacoustics and amplifier design to spatial re-creation and sound for computer games. The agreement makes the latest knowledge and research related to audio engineering more discoverable for millions of researchers.
The Summon service will index the full text of the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society;
Convention Papers library; and Conference Proceedings and Collected Papers library.
The official publication of the AES, the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society claims to be the only peer-reviewed journal devoted exclusively to audio technology. The journal contains technical papers and engineering reports; feature articles; pre and post reports of AES conventions and other society activities; Standards and Education Committee work; patents, new products, and newsworthy developments in the field of audio.
The Convention Papers library collection includes scientific presentations and technical papers, as well as supporting materials for various student activities, workshops and tutorials.
AES conferences, held periodically in locations around the world, are devoted to a specific field of audio engineering. The Conference Proceedings and Collected Papers library comprises these gatherings, and the publication of their proceedings contribute to the international advance of audio technology.
By aiding researchers in discovering this content, the Summon service helps the academic community stay current with emerging audio technologies and techniques.
California OA bill clears state’s Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review Committee - 13 May 2013
A bill that would require California-funded research to be deposited in open access repositories recently passed the state's Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review Committee. The bill was the brainchild of California Council on Science & Tech Fellow Annabelle Kleist. Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R-Palm Desert) introduced the bill.
According to a report published in the LibraryJournal, it not clear as to how much research California does fund as agencies are not required to report their funding to the legislature. Most recent figure Nestande's office could find was $327 million in direct research funding in 2006, based on an National Science Foundation report.
As originally drafted, the bill called for a six month embargo and a new repository managed by the California State Library. However, in that form, in addition to opposition from the American Association of Publishers, NetChoice, TechAmerica, and CalChamber, it attracted critique from an unusual source - the University of California (UC) system, whose libraries spend nearly $40 million each year on access to academic journals.
In a letter to the committee, Robert L. Powell, Chair of U.C.'s Academic Council, wrote that while supporting open access in principle, the Senate has concerns that the bill's current permissible embargo period of six months may be too short, and does not conform to national open access policies. Adrian Diaz, UC, Legislative Director, asked the committee to explicitly state that UC is not a state agency, and is therefore not required to develop an open access policy of its own.
Nestande made the requested amendments, and UC now endorses the bill. She also introduced amendments to replace the new repository requirement with "allowing agencies to determine which existing repositories" they'll accept.
BioMed Central and the Japanese Society of Intensive Care Medicine partner to launch Journal of Intensive Care - 13 May 2013
Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced a new partnership with The Japanese Society of Intensive Care Medicine, to launch a new journal titled Journal of Intensive Care.
The Journal of Intensive Care is the official journal of the Japanese Society of Intensive Care Medicine. It will publish peer-reviewed scientific articles in the field of intensive care medicine and related fields to fulfil the aim of the Society, namely 'planning the progress of intensive care medicine and related fields and, in addition, contributing to the development of science and culture'.
The journal aims to promote the international exchange of ideas and experience that draws from the different cultures in which practice takes place. As an open access journal, Journal of Intensive Care will facilitate greater dissemination and visibility outside Asia of the research published in the journal.
Dr. Satoshi Gando, Professor and Chairman of Division of Acute and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine, Sapporo Japan, will serve as the Editor-in-Chief.
IOP Publishing and NIMS announce new agreement for continued publication of STAM - 13 May 2013
IOP Publishing, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute of Physics, has announced a new three year agreement with the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) for the continued publication of the open access title Science and Technology of Advanced Materials (STAM).
Beginning July 2013 the journal will offer a gold open access option for the first time. This move will mean that authors publishing with STAM will be asked to pay an article publication charge when their paper is accepted for publication in the journal (which has been set at ¥135,000). NIMS will continue to subsidise publication of selected research.
It is expected that this move will make STAM the highest impact, gold open access title in material science (the journal has an Impact Factor of 3.513 and growing). The journal is also refining its scope to emphasise the areas of nano-, bio- and eco-materials.
IOP has been publishing STAM for the last five years on behalf of NIMS and under the new contract will take responsibility for the entire production process for the journal. IOP will guarantee publication within 27 days of an article being accepted for publication.
NIMS will continue to manage the peer review.
Mary Ann Liebert set to publish MOOCs FORUM journal - 13 May 2013
Scientific publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. is set to publish a new journal MOOCs FORUM, a publication dedicated exclusively to the development, design, and deployment of the game-changing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
Multidisciplinary in scope, the journal has a neutral bias. Its mandate is the critical evaluation of the MOOC components and modules that are essential in creating a global and sustainable system. The Journal will be published online, with open access options, and in print by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.
The Editor-in-Chief of MOOCs FORUM is Nishikant (Nish) Sonwalkar, Sc.D. The journal's content includes components and modules, roundtable discussions, interviews, case studies, model proposals, and perspectives from the leading stakeholders in the expanding and dynamic MOOCs community. Strategic thinking and re-evaluation will include ensuring the integrity for both creation and use. Existing economic models will be presented, and new models will be proposed. A robust blog will be a critical component of the Forum.
Libraries NI selects SirsiDynix Symphony and Enterprise discovery platform - 13 May 2013
Fujitsu N.I., an IT systems, services and products company, has won the £25 million managed services contract for Libraries NI, the single Public Library Service for Northern Ireland. As part of the core business applications solution, SirsiDynix, a library technology solutions provider, is partnering with Fujitsu NI for the delivery of the SirsiDynix Symphony Library Management System and Enterprise discovery platform for its content management and discovery tools.
The initiative is expected to transform the library experience for the Northern Ireland public, as well as introduce greater efficiency in backend staff operations.
In addition to the core Library Management System, SirsiDynix Symphony, NI libraries will benefit from a suite of new functionality including SirsiDynix Enterprise Discovery platform for a "one-stop-shop" seamless search experience of the library catalogue, e-resources, digital collections, and Oxford University Press databases; BookMyne+ for the same experience through mobile devices; Social Library, a native Facebook application, enabling end users to search the catalogue, reserve materials and query their account without ever leaving Facebook; and SirsiDynix's own SMS messaging module allowing users to set their own preferences.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 13 May 2013
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: David Smith (Convenience versus Community — Is a Deeper Question Hiding Behind the Façade of the Access Debates?); Peter Scott (Scholarly publishing should be set free – but not a free-for-all); Carly Strasser (Some answers to the most common misconceptions about sharing research data);and Joseph Esposito (The Inexorable Path of the Professional Society Publisher). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.