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US AAAS and Bio-protocol announce four-year collaboration to support scientific reproducibility - 13 Aug 2019

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the non-profit publisher of the Science family of journals, has announced a four-year collaboration with the publisher Bio-protocol, as part of its continued efforts to foster transparency and reproducibility in life science research.

The launch of the agreement between AAAS and Bio-protocol comes amid a growing demand for sharing experimental materials and methods and aims to raise the standards for reproducibility by directly connecting researchers with high-quality, reliable and free access to protocols.

Bio-protocol, an online publisher of both established and novel life science protocols, has built a platform for reviewing, sharing, discussing, and updating protocols tied to research papers published in high-quality research journals.

The collaboration between AAAS and Bio-protocol will offer authors publishing in the Science family journals the option to publish their protocols on the Bio-protocol website, where they will be made freely available. A link to the Bio-protocol website will be included in the Materials and Methods section of all relevant research articles published in the Science family journals.

For Science family journal articles in the biological sciences, authors will be invited to submit a protocol to Bio-protocol and a link will be provided that directs readers to the Bio-protocol site. If the authors have published protocols derived from their Science family journal article on Bio-protocol, the link will direct readers to those protocols.

If a related protocol is not available on the Bio-protocol site, the link will instead take readers to Bio-protocol's ‘Request a protocol’ service webpage. The request for a protocol will then be relayed to the author. Protocols that may be related to the methods in the paper will also be displayed at the link, but it will be clear that these are not provided by the author and do not directly relate to the paper.

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US New ASTM International Standard supports asset-management career development - 13 Aug 2019

ASTM International's asset management committee (E53) has approved a new standard with guiding principles for creating an asset management career development program (soon to be published as E3140). According to committee members, the standard outlines the education, training, and experience needed to support the mission and objectives of an entity’s asset-management operations.

According to Kim Doner, a committee member and technical lead for the new standard who is senior manager at Grant Leading Technology, LLC, this new standard could go a long way in helping professionals grow in knowledge and competency while also increasing the quality and reliability of the work they do.

The standard could encourage broader and higher-level thinking by practitioners, reinforce the use of innovative and cost-effective practices, create greater commonality between government and industry practice, and increase the ability of entities to respond to changing needs and business conditions.

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Category :Technical Publishing
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US WebMD acquires QxMD - 13 Aug 2019

Health information services provider WebMD Health Corp. has acquired QxMD, a Vancouver, BC-based learning technology company that delivers mobile decision point tools and personalised learning solutions for physicians and healthcare professionals (HCPs).

The acquisition combines QxMD's unrivaled online clinical calculators and other digital learning tools for HCPs with the content, reference, point-of-care and crowdsourcing solutions of Medscape, the leading digital news, information and continuing medical education platform for physicians and HCPs worldwide. Medscape is a division of WebMD Health Corp.

QxMD will continue to operate as an independent subsidiary of WebMD Health Corp. Terms of the transaction were not made public.

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UK BioOne selects The Charlesworth Group to provide language editing services to partner publishers - 13 Aug 2019

BioOne, the non-profit publisher of more than 200 journals from over 150 scientific societies and independent presses, has selected Charlesworth Author Services as their exclusive partner to provide language editing services to BioOne publishing partners.

By including Charlesworth language editing services with BioOne’s portfolio of publisher products, BioOne aims to help participating publishers drive higher quality submissions from prospective authors, improve publisher/author engagement and introduce time and cost efficiencies into the manuscript and peer review workflow of those publishers. The referral partnership demonstrates BioOne’s commitment to their publisher clients in providing solutions which support the researcher.

Under this collaborative agreement, BioOne participating publishers can now refer authors seeking editorial services directly to the Charlesworth-BioOne English and Chinese language co-branded landing pages (www.cwauthors.com/BioOne) using a unique referral link. Charlesworth’s co-branded landing page service provides publishers with a fast and efficient branded referral solution, with limited set up time.

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US McGraw-Hill’s growing Inclusive Access program now reaches 660 campuses - 13 Aug 2019

McGraw-Hill is continuing to expand its array of initiatives focused on lowering the cost of course materials and improving outcomes for students. Since last year, the company has rapidly expanded its Inclusive Access program, which provides significant savings to students, increasing the number of student activations of its digital course materials via Inclusive Access by 70 percent and now reaching more than 660 campuses with the program. The company also launched an affordable eBook product and continued to grow its textbook rental program and add more value to its digital platforms.

Because of initiatives like McGraw-Hill’s and others in the industry, the overall cost of learning materials for students has continued to decline. Data released last month by the National Association of College Stores (NACS) showed a 14 percent decline in student spending on course materials in the 2018-19 school year. Students spent only $415 on average on print and digital materials last year, compared to $484 in 2017-18. That number has continued to tick down from over $700 in 2007-08. The fast growth of Inclusive Access is one factor that has helped bring costs down.

Inclusive Access is a partnership between an education institution, bookstore, and publisher to deliver digital course materials to students on or before the first day of class at deeply discounted and affordable rates – up to 70 percent off the cost of print textbooks. Research shows that Inclusive Access helps improve learning outcomes as well. Students who have timely access to high-quality course materials are more likely to be prepared and engaged, resulting in higher grades and completion rates in the course.

In addition to Inclusive Access, the company recently launched a new McGraw-Hill eBook product, which gives students the flexibility to study anytime, anywhere either on their computers or via the ReadAnywhere app on their mobile devices, even when they’re offline. The eBooks provide a much more dynamic experience than traditional eBooks, with features such as annotation tools, text search capability, and the option to read the text aloud. Prices for McGraw-Hill eBooks start at just $45.

The company’s new textbook rental program continues to expand as well, saving students up to 70 percent off the cost of print textbooks.

In 2019, McGraw-Hill also announced a series of updates to its Connect and ALEKS platforms designed to help students get more value out of their digital learning materials.

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