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US American Chemical Society journals continue to publish the most impactful research in chemistry - 24 Jun 2019

The scholarly publications of the American Chemical Society (ACS) have once again been ranked as the most cited and most impactful across their respective subject categories, as reported by the 2018 Journal Citation Reports (JCR) from Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science Group. The latest JCR rankings highlight the sustained quality, relevance and global prominence of the research published across the breadth of the Society’s preeminent peer-reviewed journals.

The following indicators also demonstrate how ACS journals continued to be the most significant in chemistry during 2018 - Researchers: Published 51,154 articles in ACS journals (up 11% annually); Readers: Downloaded ACS full-text articles more than 130 million times (up 27%); Authors: Cited ACS journal articles more than 3.4 million times (up 7%). Taken together with the JCR rankings, these achievements emphasize the Society’s influence and central role in publishing the highest-quality science on a broad scale, in close partnership with the global research community.

Almost half of ACS titles achieved JCR Impact Factors greater than 5.0 in 2018, according to the Web of Science Group’s statistics. The latest metrics also affirmed the important impact of the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) and the growing influence of ACS Central Science — both preeminent forums for publishing groundbreaking findings of broad significance across the chemical sciences. JACS recorded its highest-ever Impact Factor at 14.695, again ranking ahead of other major multidisciplinary chemistry publications, and affirming its reputation as the most-cited journal in chemistry, with more than half-a-million citations in 2018. ACS Central Science, the Society’s award-winning, fully open access journal, has quickly emerged as the platinum standard for publishing interdisciplinary chemical research of exceptional quality. Free to both authors and readers, its Impact Factor grew to 12.837 in 2018.

One of the Society’s newer publications, ACS Energy Letters, achieved a remarkable second reported Impact Factor of 16.331. That journal’s editorial influence highlights the intended broad appeal of its coverage of alternative energy capture, conversion and storage — in keeping with the Society’s mission as a provider of indispensable research information — including studies that foster research related to the United Nations’ global sustainability goals.

Complementing the Society’s portfolio of original research journals, ACS titles dedicated to the publication of timely and topical reviews also continue to be highly influential and relied upon by scholars. Accounts of Chemical Research and Chemical Reviews each recorded significant Impact Factors. Presenting concise summaries of recent research developments, Accounts of Chemical Research (21.661) offers easily understandable overviews of basic and applied research advances across the landscape of chemistry and allied sciences. Chemical Reviews (54.301, its highest Impact Factor ever) provides authoritative and incisive reviews of seminal research that are acknowledged to be the most comprehensive in the chemical sciences.

Of the 53 ACS journals with 2018 JCR rankings, more than 75% are positioned within the top quartile of their respective topical categories. Full 2018 JCR data for ACS journals is available at: https://axial.acs.org/JCR/.

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US Consortium led by Northern Michigan University library opts for Ex Libris Alma Platform and Primo solution - 24 Jun 2019

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the library consortium led by the Northern Michigan University library has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution to replace the group’s Ex Libris Voyager® and Summon® systems.

The consortium, which includes Northern Michigan University, Lake Superior State University, Finlandia University, and Gogebic Community College, is located in the large, remote Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Promoting collaboration across the large distances is a key priority, as is actively supporting the local communities.

The cloud-based solutions were selected for their software-as-a-service architecture, frequent updates, and a reliable product roadmap. Consortium-specific features will include a shared catalog, collaborative acquisitions, and centralised administration. With the sharing of the catalog and metadata, the consortium will reduce the overhead of metadata management while increasing the visibility of collections among member institutions. The members will be able to link local holdings and inventory information to shared, central metadata records while also adding local field extensions.

A range of policies, such as those relating to the general system configuration, user accounts, vendors, funds, purchases, vendor import profiles, and resource sharing will be administered at the consortium level, enabling member institutions to either inherit the policies or operate autonomously.

Consortial analytics in the Alma platform will aid the consortium in assessing system-wide resource sharing, collection development, and the usage of resources, all in support of data-driven decisions.

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US Atypon acquires RedLink® - 24 Jun 2019

Atypon, the technology leader in the scholarly publishing market, has acquired RedLink®, the provider of key data and insights for academic publishers, libraries, and consortia. RedLink’s portfolio includes Remarq®, the popular article-sharing, commenting, and annotation platform for researchers.

RedLink’s data and engagement products, Library Dashboard, Publisher Dashboard, SiteLeads®, and Remarq®, are a natural fit for the publishers and institutions whom Atypon serves, and a natural extension of Atypon’s own publishing product portfolio.

RedLink will continue to provide publishers and institutions with valuable insight into how content is used, and give researchers and practitioners a powerful tool for organising content and connecting with others in their community.

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US NISO publishes final recommended practices for KBART Automation - 24 Jun 2019

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has announced the formal publication of recommended practices for KBART Automation: Automated Retrieval of Customer Electronic Holdings (NISO RP-26-2019). This Recommended Practice supports the timely exchange of accurate, library-specific KBART-formatted holdings reports between content providers’ access control systems and knowledge bases, allowing knowledge base-powered systems to more accurately reflect content accessible at a particular institution and its unique holdings, with little interaction or ongoing maintenance from library staff.

Users will be presented with information on content that is immediately accessible to them at the point of need. Updated knowledge bases in turn drive increased usage, an important consideration for content providers, notes Oliver Pesch, Chief Product Strategist at EBSCO Information Services and the other co-chair of the KBART Automation Working Group. Knowledge base providers will not have to create custom solutions for each content provider, reducing costs and improving efficiencies.

The published version of the recommended practice may be found at the KBART Automation web page at: https://www.niso.org/standards-committees/kbart/kbart-automation.

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German ScienceOpen and Future Science Group expand collaboration to include latest biomedical research - 24 Jun 2019

ScienceOpen and Future Science Group have announced an extended collaboration that integrates two new featured collections covering the latest scientific findings in drug discovery and biotechniques into the ScienceOpen research discovery environment. These collections join the already featured open-access article collection ‘Future Science: Open Access’ that includes research, review and opinion articles from across the biomedical sciences.

ScienceOpen’s partnership with Future Science Group marks an important contribution to advancing clinical practice and drug research. Future Science Group’s portfolio consists of three publishing imprints, Future Science, Future Medicine, Newlands Press, as well as a content development imprint, PharmaPlatforms. ScienceOpen’s freely accessible and interactive discovery environment of over 55 million article records places Future Science Group’s journal content within a broader research framework.

Future Science Group’s new collections on ScienceOpen feature two journals - Future Drug Discovery and BioTechniques.

Future Science Group aims to advance clinical practice and drug research by optimising the communication between clinicians, researchers and decision-makers, and by providing innovative solutions to that end. ScienceOpen’s interactive features such as community curation, article reviews, comments and recommendations benefit all stakeholders by facilitating public engagement with scholarly research and increasing research discoverability.

ScienceOpen and Future Science Group believe that integrating ‘Future Drug Discovery’ and ‘BioTechniques’ will increase the global impact of latest scientific discoveries in these fields.

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UK The BMJ launches special collection on China’s health reforms - 24 Jun 2019

The BMJ has launched a special collection of articles that analyse the achievements and challenges of China’s health system reforms that started in 2009. The collection was launched at a special event in Beijing on June 22, 2019.

The articles, written by leading Chinese experts, outline the progress made towards establishing an accessible, equitable, affordable, and efficient health system, and highlight the need for further reform to meet the growing health expectations of China’s 1.4 billion citizens.

In an editorial to mark the launch, two senior editors at The BMJ, Dr Kamran Abbasi and Dr Daoxin Yin, along with Professor Qingyue Meng at Peking University and Professor Anne Mills at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, say the reforms are an encouraging commitment to health, but must be extended to deliver better outcomes. Before 2009, limited public health services were provided, they explain, with most focused on maternal and child health and control of infectious diseases.

The 2009 reforms therefore focused on strengthening the capacity of primary care, expanding social health insurance, delivering an essential public health package, revamping the public hospital sector, and establishing the essential medicines policy.

Promoting universal health coverage was also a central pillar of the reforms. After the reforms, government investment in healthcare increased and China expanded its three main social health insurance schemes to cover more than 95% of the population, they write.

Differences in maternal and infant mortality rates between rural and urban areas were reduced, and primary care facilities now provide essential public health services to all citizens that are free at the point of delivery.

An expanded public health package was designed to integrate health education, non-communicable diseases, and severe mental illnesses, and a performance based salary system was introduced to realign incentives for primary care practitioners, in an attempt to encourage better quality services.

An essential medicines list was also created to regulate prescriptions, combined with enhanced antimicrobial stewardship to curb misuse of antibiotics. But despite these improvements, China’s health system reform is a long term challenge, and many problems remain, they write.

They argue that “a well functioning health system of high quality and efficiency is integral to China’s desire to improve population health and shift to a health based national development model.”

This ambition is embodied in China’s commitment to achieving Healthy China 2030, a statement of political will to prioritise population health and respond to global commitments related to realising the United Nations sustainable development goals.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 24 Jun 2019

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Randy Schekman (Scientific Research Shouldn’t Sit behind a Paywall); Shaun Khoo (Guest Post: Do Authors Have Any Power Over Publishers?); Barbara Fister (Sharing and Attention in the Academic Gig Economy); Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe (Open and Equitable Scholarly Communication: An ACRL Research Agenda); and Kate Dommett and Warren Pearce (Have we really had enough of experts – What evidence is there for public attitudes towards experts?). 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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