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UK The All Party Parliamentary Group on Publishing call for evidence on how to maintain a world-leading publishing sector - 16 Feb 2018

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Publishing has called for evidence into how to maintain a world-leading publishing sector in the UK.

The publishing industry generates up to £7.8bn gross value added (GVA) for the wider economy and supports more than 70,000 jobs directly and indirectly. It is also far greater than the sum of its parts. The sector is extraordinarily wide-ranging in its economic and social impact, from playing a fundamental role in children's education and furthering global science and R&D, through to blockbuster fiction that inspires West End hits and Oscar-winning films.

Fundamentally linked to the success of the publishing industry is the bookselling sector, which makes a strong economic contribution to the health of the UK economy in its own right, with a turnover to the value of £1.3bn and employing 24,400 directly.

The industry as a whole is fundamental in safeguarding the UK's cultural identity and standing in the world, with the UK already being the world's biggest exporter of physical books and punching well above its weight in contributing to global academic research.

However, the sector faces a number of challenges in the coming years. From copyright and IP protection abroad, to future trading relationship with the EU and the rest of world, and from work to end the VAT discrimination on digital publications, to promoting wider literacy and accessibility for all, 2018 will prove a decisive year for the industry and will likely set its regulatory framework for years to come.

Andrew Lewer, MP for Northampton South, is now urging the trade to share their views on future challenges such as the impact of Brexit, export growth, copyright and IP protection, education and research and piracy. The information will inform a report produced by the APPG towards the end of the year, with policy recommendations for government.

Written evidence can be submitted to ileana.grigorescu@parliament.uk until 5pm on March 15, 2018. Each submission should be no more than 3,000 words in length; be in Word format with as little use of colour or logos as possible; and have numbered paragraphs.

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Category :Scholarly/Professional Publishing
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Canada CARL releases new brief on the increasingly alarming situation of escalating subscription costs for international journals - 16 Feb 2018

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has released a new brief entitled Responding to Unsustainable Journal Costs, which addresses the increasingly alarming situation of escalating subscription costs for international journals.

Authored by CARL Research Associate Kathleen Shearer, with input from the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), the brief provides an overview of the current situation and discusses the systemic issues contributing to the problem. While this issue is not new for libraries - they have been dealing with it for decades - it is now getting to a point of crisis. The aim of the brief is to raise awareness with the broader community and define an appropriate national response.

Although the library community has been actively working to mitigate the increasing unsustainable situation through redistribution of library budgets, journal cancelations, and consortial purchasing, more must be done. A coordinated approach is needed, and the brief provides recommendations for how the Canadian university community can work together to tackle this important issue.

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Category :Digital Archiving
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UK Libraries reject Taylor & Francis’ new policy of locking content - 16 Feb 2018

More than hundred and ten libraries have signed an open letter to Taylor & Francis rejecting their new policy of locking content more than 20 years old behind a 'moving wall'.

This means that academic research which was previously available to universities as part of the Taylor & Francis 'big deal' will now have to be purchased as a separate package. As the new 20 year 'moving wall' moves each year, the volume and cost of this material will increase.

As the open letter states 'diminishing this coverage is opportunistic and potentially profiteering within a sector which is recognised to enjoy substantial profit margins as it greatly monetises the outputs and inputs of publicly-funded research'.

A copy of the letter is available at https://www.sconul.ac.uk/page/open-letter-to-the-management-of-the-publisher-taylor-francis.

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Category :Academic publishing
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UK Cambridge University Libraries go live with Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions - 16 Feb 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced the successful implementation of the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Primo® discovery and delivery solution at the University of Cambridge. The Alma and Primo solutions will be an integral part of services at multiple Cambridge libraries.

The Alma and Primo solutions enable the University to unify the management of its digital and print resources, take advantage of the collaborative Alma capabilities, and present users with a coherent view of the services and collections that are available to them.

The libraries of the University of Cambridge house rich and diverse collections of information resources to support the teaching and research of the University. There are over 100 libraries in Cambridge. More than eight million books and periodicals, one million maps, and many thousands of manuscripts occupy more than 125 miles of shelving. Department and faculty library collections support teaching and research in subject areas taught at Cambridge and add breadth to what is available for students and academics.

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US Mary Ann Liebert announces inaugural issue of The CRISPR Journal - 16 Feb 2018

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers, has announced the publication of the inaugural issue of The CRISPR Journal, a groundbreaking new peer-reviewed journal. The issue features an array of cutting-edge international original research papers as well as a compelling mixture of front matter content from luminaries in the field of CRISPR technology, including Rodolphe Barrangou, who also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, Fyodor Urnov, Qin Liu, Francisco Mojica, Eduard Akhunov, Luke Wiley, and Jacob Sherkow, among others. The complete first issue of The CRISPR Journal is available to read on the Journal website.

While CRISPR has become almost synonymous with genome editing technology, it is important to remember that there were several other robust genome editing technologies, including zinc fingers and TALENs, developed before the application of CRISPR to gene editing in 2012-13. In a beautifully written, informative, colourful, and compelling review article titled "Genome Editing B.C. (Before CRISPR): Lasting Lessons from the 'Old Testament'," Fyodor Urnov, Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences (Seattle, WA), presents the essential timeline of advances in basic research of DNA repair, using a Noah's Ark of model organisms, that have already enabled one version of genome editing to enter the clinic in the United States.

The CRISPR Journal is an international, multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal publishing outstanding research on the myriad applications and underlying technology of CRISPR. Led by Editor-in-Chief Rodolphe Barrangou, the Journal provides a high-profile forum for cutting-edge international original research papers, review articles, perspectives, profiles, and commentary spanning not only matters of research but the many social, ethical, and business issues confronting the field. The CRISPR Journal is published bimonthly online and in print with flexible open access options.

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US JDR Clinical & Translational Research wins PROSE Award for ‘Best New Journal in Biological and Life Sciences - 16 Feb 2018

The International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) have announced that IADR/AADR's latest journal, the JDR Clinical & Translational Research (JDR CTR), has won the PROSE Award for the 'Best New Journal in Biological and Life Sciences.'

The PROSE Awards, given annually by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers, recognise the best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals and electronic content in 58 categories.

Launched in 2016, the JDR CTR was designed for IADR/AADR members, affiliate members, as well as other oral health research leaders and the practicing community, to facilitate the translation of research findings to evidence-based prevention and care.

Professor Jocelyne Feine, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada, serves as Editor of this quarterly, peer-reviewed journal that encompasses all areas of clinical and translational research in the dental, oral and craniofacial sciences. The JDR CTR is dedicated to publishing original research at the interface between discovery science and clinical application, with the translation of research into healthcare delivery systems at the individual patient, clinical practice and community levels.

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Category :Awards, Certification and other Achievements
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UK Overleaf and The University of New South Wales partnership to provide UNSW students and faculty with Overleaf Pro+Teach accounts - 16 Feb 2018

Overleaf has announced a partnership with The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) to provide all UNSW students, faculty and staff with Overleaf Pro+Teach accounts.

The UNSW Library is providing the UNSW community with innovative scholarly authorship technology via premium Overleaf accounts and a custom UNSW authoring portal on Overleaf. UNSW students, researchers, faculty and staff benefit from easy sign-up for their premium accounts, a collaborative authoring platform, easy-to-use writing templates, and LaTeX authoring support.

A few of the features that influenced UNSW Sydney to partner with Overleaf include easy-to-use templates with custom submission links for publishing researchers and faculty; research & authoring collaboration with multiple co-authors made easier via a cloud-based platform that can be accessed by desktop, laptop, and even mobile devices; full-project history view with version control, commenting, and easy revert options; and assignment templates that help professors distribute and collect homework assignments.

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Category :Software solutions
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India Holiday Notice - 16 Feb 2018

This is to inform our esteemed subscribers that there will be no newsletter dispatch on February 19, 2018 on account of President day. We will resume our newsletter service on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. The newsletter will contain all the headlines that have appeared after the February 16th issue.

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