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German Springer Nature updates policy to encourage preprint sharing for its journals - 20 May 2019

For more than two decades, Nature and its sister journals have supported pre-publication sharing of manuscripts on preprint servers. Nature’s first editorial on this goes back to 1997 — although, back then, the practice was common only among physicists. By making early research findings accessible quickly and easily, preprints allow researchers to claim priority of discovery, receive community input and demonstrate evidence of progress for funders and others.

Recognising these benefits, Springer Nature has announced an updated policy encouraging preprint sharing for Springer Nature journals. This intends to remove ambiguity on two important points. First, they make it clear that authors may choose any licence for preprints, including Creative Commons licences. Licensing choice will not impede consideration at a Springer Nature journal, but authors should bear in mind that it could affect sharing, adaptation and reuse of the preprint itself.

Second, the updated policy provides more information about the position on author engagement with the media in response to enquiries about preprints. Authors are free to provide clarification and context, and this will not affect editorial consideration. However, in the interests of transparency, they advise researchers to emphasise in their communications that the study has not been peer reviewed and that the findings could change. They also recommend that reporters who cover such work indicate that the study is a preprint and has not been peer reviewed, a practice that they strive to follow in these pages. Finally, they stand by their policy supporting citation of preprints in reference lists of submitted and published manuscripts.

All Springer Nature journals will adopt a unified policy that encourages preprint sharing and provides further details on preprint licensing, citation and communications with the media. Preprint sharing will continue to synergise with journal-mediated peer review and curation, and will experiment with new ways of working with preprints.

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Category :STM Publishing
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US Atairos acquires ownership position in ProQuest - 20 May 2019

ProQuest, a global leader in educational technology, and Atairos, an independent private company focused on supporting growth-oriented businesses, have announced that Atairos will acquire an ownership position in ProQuest. ProQuest will use the proceeds from the transaction to repurchase most of the shares owned by entities affiliated with the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs, which will retain a minority interest in the Company. Cambridge Information Group (CIG) will maintain its majority ownership of ProQuest.

CIG has been the majority owner of ProQuest since 2007, overseeing a period of growth through new product innovation and strategic acquisitions that have helped ProQuest customers respond to changing environments.

Along with its SaaS software company Ex Libris, ProQuest is building on a track record of innovation and expanding its broad portfolio of content and technology solutions. A variety of these new products help universities streamline workflows, make data-driven decisions and boost the productivity of their libraries, students and faculty. The investment from Atairos validates the long-term commitment ProQuest and Ex Libris have to solutions such as ProQuest One, Rialto, Alma, Summon, Primo, Esploro and Leganto.

ProQuest’s management team, led by CEO Matti Shem Tov, will all continue, and the Company’s strategy of innovation on behalf of better research, better learning and better insights remains unchanged.

The transaction is expected to be completed in the coming months, following satisfaction of customary closing conditions and receipt of required regulatory approvals.

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Category :Library information/solutions provider
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UK ConTech 2019 first draft programme released - 20 May 2019

ConTech.Live has announced the release of the ConTech 2019 first draft programme.

At ConTech, delegates get ground-breaking insights into the biggest technical revolution to hit the content world since the birth of the internet – the intersection of data science and content.

This year ConTech 2019 is bigger and bolder than before – and a whole community is growing around it. Attendees can hear from innovators, pioneers and businesses taking a futuristic approach to what they do. They can also learn from their successes and mistakes.

Attendees will discover: How fingerprints are being used to supercharge data and unlock the value of each piece of content in scholarly publishing; How machine learning and AI have gone beyond simple keyword extraction and topic categorisation to take content enrichment and transformation to the next level; and How AI is being used to predict and analyse the success of medical clinical trials and look into the future to see how medical practice could evolve.

ConTech 2019 is scheduled to be held at the Millennium Gloucester, London on December 5-6, 2019.

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Category :Conference proceedings/Debates/Workshops/Seminars
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UK Future Science Group set to launch The Evidence Base at the upcoming ISPOR 2019 Conference - 20 May 2019

Future Science Group (FSG) will be launching their newest resource, The Evidence Base, at the upcoming ISPOR 2019 Conference. The Evidence Base is a free-to-join, online community to share knowledge, discuss the latest research and continue developments in real-world data and its applications to real-world problems in healthcare. The site covers hot topics in real-world evidence, health economics and outcomes research (HEOR), comparative effectiveness research, patient-centered decision making and much more.

Real-world evidence has a vital role to play in today’s increasingly strained healthcare systems. It has never been more important to understand the impact of different treatments on the health of the population and at the individual level, including patient outcomes and cost implications. While evidence from randomised controlled trials (RCTs) will continue to play a vital role in providing data for the approval of new products, the evidence base is now expanding, and trust in real-world data (data obtained outside the traditional RCT framework, from sources including observational research, electronic medical records, disease registries and more) is increasing.

The Evidence Base provides a go-to site to share news and knowledge to help drive this exciting field forward. Members benefit from the latest news and developments in real-world evidence along with the ability to connect with their peers; paving the way to expand their knowledge and foster future collaboration. In addition, the site provides free access to select peer-reviewed content from FSG’s range of journals, including the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research (Medline-indexed, Impact Factor: 1.906 [2017]) along with interviews, conference reports and exclusive commentary from subject experts and thought leaders.

To register for free access to The Evidence Base, go to: https://www.evidencebaseonline.com/users/sign_up.

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Category :Networking / collaborating platform
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US DOAJ reaches its funding target to cover operational costs - 20 May 2019

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) has reached its funding target to cover its operational costs as outlined in its SCOSS application. Eight consortia and 175 institutions/organisations from 18 different countries have committed support to DOAJ.

There are organisations that have already made the decision to help fund DOAJ, but are still deliberating over the details of their financial commitment. Though the funding goal has now been met, these organisations may still commit financial support. Furthermore, the SCOSS Board has allowed DOAJ to present a new work package, both to these organisations and any additional organisations that come forward in 2019. The package describes additional activities that DOAJ would like to pursue with the extra funding, should it be granted.

The Board has supported the second work package on the conditions that DOAJ reports on progress made in a progress report on the activities delineated in the SCOSS application form, and that DOAJ describes the new work package in detail and includes a budget for the amount of funding needed.

SCOSS endorses this plan through the end of 2019.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 20 May 2019

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Simon Wakeling, Stephen Pinfield and Peter Willett (Guest Post - A Study of Commenting on PLOS Articles); Kurt Heisler (Is Your APC Workflow Working?); Inez van Korlaar (Find out who’s talking about your funded and Open Access research); Lisa Matthias, Najko Jahn and Mikael Laakso (Open and closed - What do reverse flips tell us about the scholarly publishing landscape?); and Gwen Evans (Guest Post: Evaluating Open Access in a Consortial Context). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.

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