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UK Taylor & Francis and Cambridge University Press join blockchain for peer review project - 26 Apr 2018

Academic publisher Taylor & Francis Group and Cambridge University Press have joined a pilot project to test blockchain technologies applications to peer review.

Taylor & Francis Group have joined the initiative, announced in March 2018, which focuses on the problems of research reproducibility, recognition of reviewers and the rising burden of the peer-review process. The project will develop a protocol where information about peer review activities (submitted by publishers) are stored on a blockchain. This will allow the review process to be independently validated, and data to be fed to relevant vehicles to ensure recognition and validation for reviewers. By sharing peer review information, while adhering to laws on privacy, data protection and confidentiality, they will foster innovation and increase interoperability.

Taylor & Francis and Cambridge University Press join Springer Nature as publisher partners; all three organisations will share key information around publisher and peer review workflows, and make a number of journals available to the pilot for development purposes. Katalysis will provide technical expertise to the creation of the test platform and ORCID will share insights on personal identifiers and authentication. Digital Science will continue to manage this non-commercial industry initiative.

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Category :Academic publishing
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Netherland Springer Nature acquires medical communications service provider Medidact - 26 Apr 2018

Springer Nature has announced the acquisition by its Springer Healthcare business of Medidact, part of Van Zuiden Communications - a medical communications agency targeting the Dutch healthcare market. Both companies reached an agreement on April 24, 2018. The acquisition fits perfectly into the strategy of Springer Healthcare Benelux to continue to grow as a provider of scientific communications and services.

Springer Healthcare acquires all Medidact activities. As a result of this acquisition, a small number of employees from Van Zuiden Communications will join Springer Healthcare. The Medidact brand will continue to operate under its own name.

Medidact provides professional and congress information for the medical healthcare professional through a portfolio of magazines, websites, videos, e-mail and apps. It focuses mainly on the fields of oncology, hematology, rheumatology, neurology, infectious diseases, gastroenterology and lung diseases. The acquisition enables Springer Nature to continue to expand its successful specialist science communications portfolio.

Springer Healthcare has been active as a service provider for the healthcare sector for many years and has been operating in 22 countries with about 500 employees for 40 years. Together with partners, Springer Healthcare reaches the medical target group with content, conference reports, continuing education, videos and customised communications solutions.

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Category :STM Publishing
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US Wiley partners with leading content platform providers to launch Wiley Inclusive Access increasing affordability and access for students - 26 Apr 2018

Publisher John Wiley and Sons Inc. has launched a comprehensive program to partner with leading content platform providers to make it more affordable and easier for students to purchase their Wiley course materials, as part of their tuition and fees. Wiley Inclusive Access, in partnership with Barnes and Noble College, Follett, Red Shelf and VitalSource enabled campus stores, not only saves students more than 60 percent off the cost of a bound text, but also provides valuable first-day of class access.

In a study by Vital Source, 63 percent of students who had their textbooks with them on the first day of class completed the course, while only 29 percent of the students who showed up without the materials finished the course.

Instructors at participating campuses, like University of Tennessee at Knoxville, who enroll in Wiley's inclusive access program pass along discounts on WileyPLUS and Wiley eTexts to their students. Wiley's partnership with the University of Tennessee at Knoxville's VolShop, powered by VitalSource, has helped grow their inclusive access program and extend the benefits of the program to more and more students and faculty each term.

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UK Reuters releases top 100 Europe’s Most Innovative Universities ranking - 26 Apr 2018

Reuters has released its third annual ranking of Europe's Most Innovative Universities in partnership with Clarivate Analytics. The list is based on empirical data including patent filings from Derwent Innovation and research paper citations from the Web of Science. The list identifies and ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies, and help drive the global economy.

The most innovative university in Europe, for the third year running, is Belgium's KU Leuven. A Dutch-speaking school based in Belgium's Flanders region, KU Leuven was founded in 1425 by Pope Martin V and continually produces a high volume of influential inventions. Overall, the most elite ranks of Europe's Most Innovative Universities held steady from last year. The UK's Imperial College London and University of Cambridge hold onto their respective second and third spots for the third straight year.

Other leading institutions simply traded a few spaces, like the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (up one at four), University of Erlangen Nuremberg (up one at five), and the Technical University of Munich (down two at six).

The overall trend is most clear in the sum of changes in rank for each country's institutions: the 23 German universities on this year's list rose 23 spots, more than any other country. Switzerland was second, with five universities up a total of eight spots.

In contrast, the list's 21 UK-based universities dropped a cumulative 35 spots. The introduction to the ranking concludes that while the UK's 'Brexit' from the European Union is almost a year away, Europe's scientific community may already be leaving the UK in favour of research institutions on the continent. A February 2018 study published by the UK-based Centre for Global Higher Education reports that many German academics view Brexit as an 'advantage,' and hope to use it to attract UK researchers to German universities. In turn, UK academics report that their own postdoctoral researchers are not seeking positions in the UK and are looking at the EU or US instead.

According to Reuters, as Brexit unfolds the situation could get worse: A November 2017 study performed by the School of International Futures for the UK's Royal Society describes a possible post-secession UK where universities compete for a shrinking pool of skilled workers, projects that used to receive EU funding wither, researchers receive fewer invites to join consortia and attend conferences, and overseas collaboration is limited. Similarly, EU-based businesses that fund research at universities may prefer to keep their investments within the region in order to avoid the tax and regulatory headaches of working with post-Brexit UK institutions.

For more on the Reuters Top 100: Europe's Most Innovative Universities, including a detailed methodology and profiles of the universities, visit https://www.reuters.com/innovative-universities-europe-2018.

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Australia Ara Institute of Canterbury goes live with Ex Libris Alma library services platform - 26 Apr 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that New Zealand's Ara Institute of Canterbury has gone live with the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform, which, together with the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution, is facilitating the management of Ara's wide range of electronic and physical resources.

Ara Institute of Canterbury sought a new cloud-based and future-proofed system that would handle both electronic and physical assets and support the various acquisition methods that the Institute employs. Ara anticipates that the Alma platform will simplify and centralise the management and control of electronic and physical resources as well as improving access to resources.

In addition, the Alma Analytics module will facilitate the tracking of resource usage, enabling the Institute to evaluate its collection and report on the library's impact on student success.

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