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US New engineering network, EngRN, launches on SSRN platform - 14 Dec 2017

Elsevier, the information analytics business specialising in science and health, has announced that SSRN, its preprint server and early stage research platform, is launching a dedicated engineering network, EngRN.

EngRN supports early stage research sharing in all areas of engineering, including aerospace, bioengineering, chemical, civil, electrical, energy, industrial, manufacturing, materials and mechanical. Engineers can post preprints and working papers on the new network, share ideas and other early stage research, and collaborate. It allows users to quickly upload and read abstracts and full text papers, free of charge.

EngRN follows the 2017 launches of new SSRN networks in the Life Sciences with Biology and Physical Sciences with Chemistry. These are all part of SSRN's strategy to extend the knowledge and expertise it has in building research driven communities.

A preprint is the author's own write-up of research results and analysis that has not been peer-reviewed, nor had any value added to it by a publisher (such as formatting, copy-editing, technical enhancements). A preprint server, or working paper repository as they are also known, allows users to share these documents.

SSRN has been serving the research community since 1994 and was acquired by Elsevier in May 2016. Since joining Elsevier, SSRN has completely redesigned its website making it cleaner and easier to use. It has also launched full-text search. SSRN is now working towards deeper integration with Elsevier's other research products, particularly Mendeley's reference management software and Pure's research management system.

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Category :Networking / collaborating platform
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UK Editor-in-Chief of Nature Sir Philip Campbell to move to newly created role within Springer Nature - 14 Dec 2017

After 22 years as Editor-in-Chief of Nature, Sir Philip Campbell will move to a new role as Editor-in-Chief of Springer Nature in the summer of 2018 and continue to lead the Springer Nature Editorial Advisory Group and maintain responsibility for editorial policies across Springer Nature. Recruitment for a new Editor-in-Chief for Nature and Nature Research is underway.

During his time at Nature, Sir Philip has been responsible for numerous developments including ensuring Nature has a voice in important research community discussions across the globe; driving efforts to improve reproducibility in the Nature-branded journals and in publishing more broadly; stimulating the development of the Nature-branded research journal portfolio and the journals themselves; developing and steering a prize to recognise excellence in scientific mentoring in different countries, now in its fourteenth year; and overseeing the famed publication of the draft sequence of the human genome in 2001. Following the merger in 2015 to form Springer Nature, Sir Philip has also been responsible for the foundation and delivery of the Springer Nature Editorial Advisory Group, which oversees and creates editorial policies and standards across the organisation.

Springer Nature has initiated a search for a new Editor in Chief of Nature and Nature Research which is a prestigious role within the organisation, working with world-leading researchers, institutions, funders and policy makers. The new candidate will be responsible for shaping the direction of this internationally acclaimed journal.

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Category :STM Publishing
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US Wiley launches the Wiley Researcher Academy, helps scientific researchers get published - 14 Dec 2017

Publisher John Wiley and Sons Inc. has announced the launch of a comprehensive research publishing learning program, the Wiley Researcher Academy, unique in testing knowledge and understanding.

Encapsulating the entire publishing process, the Wiley Researcher Academy is an important support tool, establishing the skills needed to successfully publish research, collaborate and mentor.

The program has been created, developed and is launched by a global network of journal editors and industry experts with Dr Andrew Moore as Editor-in-Chief. Contributors include: Dr Bernd Pulverer, Head of Scientific Publications & Chief Editor, EMBO Journal; Dr Margaret Cargill, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide; Dr Oliver Renn, Head of Science Communication, ETH Zurich.

It has been developed to offer an efficient, effective means to make high-quality training on research skills, writing and publishing available to early to mid-level career researchers at universities, academic and R&D institutions and organisations interested in publishing research. The Wiley Researcher Academy provides investment in the future advancement of science and technology and the future growth and sustainability of the global knowledge economy.

The Wiley Researcher Academy is a comprehensive, online, institutionally scalable, researcher training program, pedagogically designed to deliver effective learning in a digital environment. The program delivers 14 modules covering areas such as best practices, processes and trends which are key for researchers to understand to be successful in research and publishing. In addition, researchers can access interactive community spaces to facilitate networking and collaboration. Designed in collaboration with learning experts, it boasts a didactically-conceived assessment structure that tracks participant performance and progress.

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Category :STM Publishing
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UK BMJ appoints Helen Crisp as new Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Open Quality - 14 Dec 2017

Healthcare knowledge provider BMJ has announced Helen Crisp as the new Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Open Quality. Helen Crisp is an expert in quality improvement in healthcare, working as a writer and editor, strategic consultant, programme developer and trainer.

Her experience includes eight years as Assistant Director of Research at the Health Foundation, London, UK, where she managed a big grants programme for research into patient safety, quality improvement methods and person-centred care. Prior to this, she worked in healthcare accreditation for 15 years, developing quality standards and assessment processes for acute hospitals, mental health services, hospices, care homes and primary care.

Helen brings a wealth of experience to the journal having also led NHS service reviews, and national improvement programmes for professional associations in the UK and internationally. BMJ Open Quality is a new open access journal dedicated to publishing high quality, peer reviewed healthcare improvement work. It welcomes articles covering original research, local, national and international quality improvement (QI) projects, value-based healthcare improvement initiatives and educational improvement work.

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Category :Medical publishing
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US ORCID User Facilities and Publications Working Group working collectively to promote facilities use - 14 Dec 2017

The ORCID User Facilities and Publications Working Group has issued a report that suggests a route to improved attribution and acknowledgement of research support related to use of facilities and specialised equipment, and better tools for the capture and analysis of that information.

The Working Group brought together stakeholders from labs, publishers, US federal agencies, and infrastructure providers. The group analysed workflows, technologies, and standards in use by user facilities and publishers, and identified key points at which information could be shared or made available to other systems.

The group identified several opportunities for user facilities and their sponsors, publishers, and researchers to improve the current capture and assessment of the impact of these facilities on the research enterprise. These are articulated in a report that specifies actions that each stakeholder group could take to move the research community toward this goal. The working group recognises that the greatest impact will come from stakeholders working collectively and collaboratively.

The group has also defined two pilot projects, one that targets processes at facilities, to integrate identifiers into user facility proposal submission or site access requests, and the second targets manuscript submission processes to integrate award and facility IDs into the manuscript publication process.

Interested parties may visit ORCID's blog post for more about the working group's findings and see how you can participate in one of the pilot projects.

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Category :Case Studies/Industry study reports
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Australia University of Southern Queensland selects Ex Libris solutions - Alma, Primo and Leganto - 14 Dec 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform, the Primo® discovery and delivery solution, and the LegantoSM course reading list solution as the university's next-generation integrated system to serve students, academic staff, and library patrons in the community. USQ selected Alma, Primo, and Leganto primarily for the return on investment that these solutions have demonstrated at customer sites around the world.

With Primo and Leganto, students gain from an intuitive, consistent user experience that helps them use library collections for learning and research. Additionally, with the workflow efficiencies provided by Alma, Primo, and Leganto, it is expected that USQ Library Services staff members will have more time to improve existing services, create new services, and develop staff capabilities.

The University of Southern Queensland has forged a reputation as one of Australia's leading providers of on-campus and online (distance) education programs in Australia. With more than 75 percent of students studying via distance or online, USQ's delivery of external education resources continues to lead the way.

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Category :Library information/solutions provider
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US CLOCKSS and Code Ocean announce preservation deal - 14 Dec 2017

Code Ocean and CLOCKSS have announced that Code Ocean will preserve its compute capsules in the CLOCKSS Archive to ensure the long-term accessibility of code associated with research articles. Code Ocean is a computational reproducibility platform enabling researchers to run, share, discover code in an executable, cloud-based environment. Researchers, engineers, developers, and scientists can link executable code and data to articles published in academic journals and conference proceedings while retaining copyright.

Code and software are increasingly crucial to the conduct of research and to the production of scholarly articles. Code Ocean's robust system allows authors to deposit their code, to make it available for others to reuse, and to reproduce published results. CLOCKSS will provide Code Ocean with a layer of preservation in the unlikely event that Code Ocean can no longer function.

CLOCKSS, a sustainable and globally distributed archive, will preserve all elements of Code Ocean's compute capsules, including the code, data, results, metadata and the Dockerfile associated with published research from participating publishers.

Code Ocean joins over 200 publishers and over 300 libraries participating with CLOCKSS.

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