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Allen Press journals to be accessible via SIMID SMILE - 31 Jan 2008

Healthcare information and education publisher Allen Press, US, has announced a strategic marketing and distribution agreement with SIMID S.M.I.L.E. (Scientific Medical Information Library Europe), a combination database and library of medical journals and books covering forty medical disciplines.

Under the deal, Allen Press will provide metadata and full-text articles from its portfolio of medical journals to SIMID. With this move, the publisher aims to increase European readership and international exposure to key medical research. Journals to be included in the library include Anaesthesia Progress, Biomedical Instrumentation and Technology, The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, Journal of Endovascular Therapy, Journal of Oral Implantology, The Journal of Parasitology, The Journal of School Nursing, and Pediatric and Developmental Pathology.

SIMID is a European corporation providing an online thematic library service to medical professionals. Launched in 2005 by SIMID, S.M.I.L.E. is a combination database and library of over 1.000 medical journals and E-books covering forty medical disciplines, including oncology, cardiology, neurosciences, respiratory and psychiatry. Medical professionals are able to search this exhaustive database.

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Dear Subscribers - 31 Jan 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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Elsevier announces beta launch of WiserWiki - 31 Jan 2008

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the beta launch of WiserWiki, a wiki that allows board-certified physicians to collaboratively contribute and update medical information online. The site, which is open to and viewable by the public, is seeded with content from The Textbook of Primary Care Medicine (3rd Edition, 2001) by Dr. John Noble. Published by Mosby, an Elsevier imprint, the textbook was one of Elsevier's best-selling medical textbooks.

No longer in print, the textbook seeding WiserWiki contains in-depth information on a full-range of medical problems, conditions and diseases encountered in the practices of family physicians, general internists, medical and surgical subspecialists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.

WiserWiki provides exposure for physicians who wish to publish relevant, up-to-date and insightful medical content based on personal experience and expertise. It hopes to maintain a high level of relevancy and trustworthiness by ensuring that editorial privileges remain restricted to medical professionals.

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Emerald Group Publishing to present Emerald Backfiles at VALA 2008 - 31 Jan 2008

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced that it will present Emerald Backfiles at the VALA 2008 Conference and Exhibition, to be held at the Melbourne Convention Centre, Melbourne, from February 5-7. Emerald will release the digitisation of the full archive of its journal titles in business, management, library and information services, materials science, and engineering. Working with the British Library, more than 50,000 articles, some going back to the 1800s, are now in PDF format and are being made available electronically for the first time.

Andrea Gilbey, Emerald's new Australia-based Business Manager for the region, will be on hand at the Emerald booth to discuss Emerald Backfiles and Emerald's recent acquisition of Elsevier's Social Science Book Series, Serials and Monographs.

Also on show will be Emerald's flagship product, Emerald Management Xtra. Emerald Management Xtra is claimed to be the largest, most comprehensive online collection of peer-reviewed management journals, created to meet the needs of educators, students, researchers and information professionals working in the business community.

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Institute of Physics Publishing introduces e-prints in IOPscience - 31 Jan 2008

Non-profit scientific publisher Institute of Physics Publishing (IOP), UK, has announced the introduction of e-prints to its new journal service, IOPscience. E-prints are delivered seamlessly from eprintweb.org (based on Cornell University's arXiv.org) and are presented in a new tab alongside regular search results, providing a valuable extra resource for researchers.

IOPscience is a new online service for journal content published by IOP. It contains more than 290,000 articles, from 1874 to the present day. Available through an electronic-only, site-wide license, the service is designed to give easy access to scientific, technical and medical content.

IOPscience is being enhanced continually, with the addition of new features and functionality to improve the user's experience. A recent release allows the user to tag articles with personal descriptions.

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Latest version of InSight Publisher launched with improved submission linking capabilities - 31 Jan 2008

Regulatory software vendor Liquent, part of Thomson Scientific, US, has announced the availability of InSight Publisher 3.6. The latest version of InSight Publisher adds intuitive hyperlinking and cross-reference management to its enhanced functionality set.

Launched in 2006, InSight Publisher seeks to enable pharmaceutical companies to create, manage and publish regulatory submissions in both paper and electronic format using a single software application. The latest version helps companies enable cross-referencing in all critical stages of submission development - during authoring and submission preparation, and post publishing. By offering support at all three critical stages, the tool will help companies streamline the cross-referencing tasks and improve efficiencies during the publishing process.

Liquent expects the latest version of InSight Publisher to not only address core cross-referencing requirements, but also the new cross-referencing complexities brought on by eCTD lifecycle management such as managing cross-sequence references and stale references. In 2007, Liquent completed a number of worldwide implementations of InSight Publisher with its clients ahead of the project timelines and on or below budget.

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MuseGlobal introduces information services, News Hound and Blog Hound - 31 Jan 2008

Metasearch technology provider MuseGlobal, Inc., US, has announced the release of two new products - News Hound and Blog Hound. Designed to aggregate, integrate, enrich and deliver comprehensive, current and relevant content to customers, the new products seek to fuse together a wide range of content sources. The aim is to create information services that inform decision-makers in both enterprise and consumer markets. Available through collaborative alliances with both OEM and distribution partners around the globe, News Hound and Blog Hound are also expected to help online news, media and entertainment companies to better monetise their content.

Built using the Muse Content Machine, MuseGlobal's content integration platform, the two products enable organisations to build and deliver up-to-date information services to their internal and external audiences. Organisations can now create custom feeds from both structured and unstructured news sources including search engines, subscription databases, media outlets and web mining applications; access up-to-date content instantly with query-based searches and alert feeds; migrate and deliver information seamlessly into third party or custom applications; and generate new revenue streams from company-owned and syndicated content.

MuseGlobal will work exclusively with OEM and distribution partners to bring News Hound and Blog Hound to market. Through these collaborative alliances, joint customers are projected to receive highly customised solutions that meet each organisation's precise information requirements.

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Springer, OCUL agreement to provide member libraries with access to Springer eBook Collection - 31 Jan 2008

STM publisher Springer Science+Business Media, Germany, has signed an agreement with the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL). Under the deal, Springer will provide OCUL member libraries with the complete Springer eBook Collection, 2005 - 2008. All of the 20 universities in Ontario are members of OCUL, including the University of Toronto, McMaster University, University of Guelph, and Nipissing University.

With the OCUL consortium deal, over 12,000 Springer eBooks will be made available to nearly 400,000 students and faculty within OCUL. The Springer eBook Collection consists of textbooks, monographs, reference works, handbooks, book series and encyclopedias.

With immediate effect, all students and researchers at individual universities will have electronic access and full archival rights to the Springer eBooks. Currently this includes more than 12,000 eBooks, all available on Springer's online platform, SpringerLink. SpringerLink also includes millions of articles from Springer's peer-reviewed journals and reference works.

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Dear Subscribers - 30 Jan 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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Emerald names Andrea Gilbey as business manager for Australia and New Zealand - 30 Jan 2008

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced the appointment of Andrea Gilbey as business manager for Australia and New Zealand. Gilbey will be based in Australia, enabling her to meet existing and prospective customers and provide training sessions on Emerald's online collections of journals. With this appointment, the company now has business managers working in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, China and India.

Gilbey has worked for both publishers and aggregators in the UK and Australasia for the last 12 years and has a diploma in Library and Information Studies. She most recently served as Journal Sales Director for Blackwells, Asia and also as ANZ Regional Sales Manager for Elsevier.

Emerald Group Publishing Limited is one of the world's leading publishers of management journals and databases. It publishes over 190 titles, 93 percent of which are peer-reviewed and 36 of which are ranked by Thomson Scientific. The Emerald online collection of journals, abstracts and resources, Emerald Management Xtra, serves business schools and management departments world-wide. For managers in corporate and public organisations, Emerald Management First provides fast access to applied research, ideas, insights and interviews from the world's best management thinkers.

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Inderscience brings out inaugural issue of three new journals - 30 Jan 2008

STM and business publisher Inderscience Publishers, Switzerland, has published the first issue of 3 new titles - Afro-Asian Journal of Finance and Accounting (AAJFA); International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development (IJIRD); and International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology (IJOGCT).

AJFA is dedicated to publishing high quality research papers focusing specifically on finance and accounting issues in Africa, the Middle-East and Asia. The journal will cater for the research and knowledge requirements of finance and accounting scholars and professionals from (or with an interest in) Africa, the Middle-East and Asia. The journal seeks to provide a valuable proactive channel for contemporary critical thought and discussion on not only prevailing finance and accounting issues but topics that may affect Africa, the Middle-East and Asia in the future. A free download of papers from the first issue is available at http://www.inderscience.com/sample.php?id=214.

A quarterly publication, IJIRD seeks to establish an effective channel of communication between policy makers, government agencies, academic and research institutions and persons concerned with latest research, scientific development and practice on innovation and regional development. The journal provides a domain to assist professionals, academics, researchers, policy makers and practitioners, working in the field of innovation, regional development, economic, technological development, and knowledge transfer and infusion, to disseminate information and to learn from each other's work, thus promoting developments in the field. A free download of papers from the first issue is available at http://www.inderscience.com/sample.php?id=234.

A multidisciplinary refereed journal, IJOGCT is concerned with exploration, production, processing and refining, storage and transportation, economical, managerial, business, environmental, safety and security issues related to oil, natural gas, coal and petrochemicals as well as manufacturing and refining of biofuels. The journal seeks to provide a single reference that addresses all issues related to fossil type fuels and their derived products especially with regard to environmental and economical constraints as well as biofuels. A free download of papers from the first issue is available at http://www.inderscience.com/sample.php?id=242.

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Information industry witnessed growth slowdown in 2007, says Outsell report - 30 Jan 2008

Media industry-focused research and advisory firm Outsell, Inc., US, has released a new report - Information Industry Market Size and Share Rankings: Preliminary 2007 Results. According to the report, the industry slowed over the past year -with revenues growing only 5.3 percent to $381 billion, compared to a 6 percent growth in 2006. Even Google, which retained its number one position among information providers for the second year in a row, saw its growth decline in 2007 to 57.5, from a heady 72.8 percent in 2006. Google's chief rival, Yahoo!, also slowed down, from 22.2 percent to an estimated 9.7 percent.

Altogether, Outsell analysed results of the information industry as a whole, and 12 separate segments. The segments showed mixed financial results, with news publishers and providers experiencing a decline of 2.5 percent. At the other end of the spectrum, search, aggregation and syndication continued to prosper, with growth estimated at 25.5 percent.

The new Outsell report includes Preliminary 2007 revenues and growth rates for the total information industry and its top 20 companies. In addition to Google, the companies in the first 10 positions include Reed Elsevier, Pearson, Yahoo!, Thomson, Gannett, McGraw-Hill, Bloomberg, Reuters and Wolters Kluwer. Predictions of the report include: users will move to gated communities as search recedes; Asia and Europe will drive growth in mobile content; and B2B online ad revenue growth will surpass print growth.

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Knovel names Grant Hunter as VP Product Marketing - 30 Jan 2008

Web-based information services provider Knovel, US, has announced the appointment of Grant Hunter to Vice President of Product Marketing. Hunter brings more than 12 years of executive experience in strategic roles, including vice president of the Enterprise Solutions Business Unit at GE. His extensive experience with science and technical publishing include consulting and executive roles with IHS, Elsevier, and British Standards International.

Hunter's experience with search technologies and publishers is projected to be a key asset in helping prioritise and deliver Knovel's next set of innovations. His strengths in assessing and leveraging technology will help Knovel accelerate delivery of innovative capabilities.

Knovel has uniquely optimised content, search, and interactive tools for specific engineering disciplines. Its content includes material properties, process and design information, standard procedures, equations, and formulations. Close to 2,000 leading reference works and databases from over 40 international publishers and professional societies are integrated to provide a single source of answers to technical questions.

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Most researchers prefer existing peer review systems, says PRC study - 30 Jan 2008

The Publishing Research Consortium (PRC) has published a new study titled 'Peer Review in Scholarly Journals - perspective of the scholarly community'. According to the study, most researchers are not in favour of changing the current system of peer review for journal articles, as it is believed to help improve scientific communications and increase the overall quality of published papers. Alternatives such as 'open peer review' (where papers are available for public comment prior to publication) were not popular in the new study, which covered over 3,000 senior authors, reviewers and editors from around the world. However, some were interested in post-publication review, where a published paper is opened up for public comment, as a useful supplement to, but not a replacement for, traditional peer review.

Researchers did, however, prefer double-blind review (where both reviewers and authors are unaware of each other's identity) to the currently prevalent single-blind system (where only the reviewer is anonymous). Double-blind review is seen as a way to improve both objectivity and fairness. A majority of reviewers and editors also said it would be desirable to be able to review authors' data as part of peer review.

While the majority of respondents saw peer review as an effective filter for research, some did not think it was effective at detecting plagiarism, fraud or misconduct. The report, by Mark Ware Consulting, also underscored that the most productive reviewers are currently overworked - an area that may need further monitoring and analysis.

The Publishing Research Consortium is a group of associations and publishers, which supports global research into scholarly communication in order to enable evidence-based discussion. The Consortium seeks to promote an understanding of the role of publishing and its impact on research and teaching.

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Thomson Scientific makes file histories available via Dialog - 30 Jan 2008

Information solutions provider Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced that research professionals can now order file histories directly through patent and trademark databases on Dialog, giving researchers the complete information on a patent or trademark in one place.

File histories are up-to-date accounts of the prosecution history for published or granted patent cases and trademarks. Also called 'file wrappers,' file histories provide the full history of a patent including all documentation of the correspondence between the examiner at the patent office and the applicant or their representatives.

Each electronic patent file history automatically includes a family report with a complete INPADOC family list for the source document. For each family member, patent researchers will see U.S. litigation information; U.S. post-issuance assignment data; U.S. post-issuance data, including assignment data; maintenance fee status; and legal status. International file histories span over 40 countries, providing a comprehensive look at the whole history of an invention.

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World Scientific to provide ejournal contents to institutions in Brazil - 30 Jan 2008

STM publisher World Scientific, Singapore, has announced a new consortia agreement in Brazil, for 2008. Under the agreement, World Scientific ejournal contents will now be available to 152 institutions in Brazil. World Scientific and Imperial College Press journals package to Brazil includes nearly 100 journals covering a diverse area of subjects. The journals are available on Worldscinet.com, the electronic resource platform for World Scientific Publishing.

Users from member institutions will now be able to access nearly 40,000 articles published from 2001 to the latest issues in 2008. Subject areas covered by the journals include basic sciences, like Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, etc to new and exciting fields like Nanoscience and Life Sciences.

World Scientific also has current consortia deals in countries like China, Korea, Russia, Taiwan, Ireland, Iran, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia. World scientific ebooks, eproceedings, as well as journal archives (1973-2000) are also hosted on Worldscinet.com.

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'Philadelphia Inquirer', 'Philadelphia Daily News' available on ProQuest Newsstand - 29 Jan 2008

ProQuest, part of Cambridge Information Group, has announced that it now offers the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News (1983 - present) through its online interface, ProQuest Newsstand. These newspapers significantly expand the local and regional news content available through ProQuest, and both titles are cross-searchable with all ProQuest Newsstand titles, including The New York Times.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, the third oldest surviving newspaper in the US, is one of the top 20 newspapers by circulation, and has won 18 Pulitzer prizes. It has 11 bureaus around suburban Philadelphia and the US, as well as five international bureaus. Philadelphia Daily News, a tabloid newspaper launched in 1925, now has a circulation of almost 114,000 readers. It is very city-oriented with vast coverage of local news and sports.

Providing more local, regional and national content is part of ProQuest's strategy to create a total news solution for libraries, serving all their needs through a single source. The company's current news collection contains more than 500 newspapers from around the world, including over 350 full-text titles. ProQuest's news offerings include the ProQuest Historical Newspapers programme with more than 19 million full-page images from important US and British newspapers. Also on offer are delivery systems such as NewspaperDirect PressDisplay, which provides libraries with direct access to more than 450 current international and domestic dailies in full-image, full-page format.

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Collexis to develop Advanced Expert Profiling System for NIH - 29 Jan 2008

Knowledge management and discovery software developer Collexis Holdings, Inc., US, recently announced that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has selected the company to develop an Advanced Expert Profiling System. The system will allow more than 8,000 NIH researchers to connect and share their expertise via a web interface. The agreement is an expansion of Collexis' existing relationship with NIH - under an earlier enterprise licence agreement, more than $20 billion in NIH grant funding is analysed using Collexis' software platform.

In a two-phase solution tailored specifically to the NIH community's needs, Collexis will compile expert profiles that will then be integrated with Medline, the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database. Medline holds references for more than 16 million journal publications in the life sciences. Collexis has designed a virtual knowledge directory for the NIH based on its proprietary next generation search technology. The customised directory will provide researchers with immediate access to expert knowledge; objective profiling of that knowledge; a quick and seamless means of locating NIH experts most relevant to the issue at hand; and complete profiles of those experts.

Other existing users of Collexis' knowledge discovery tool include the Mayo Clinic; Johns Hopkins University; University of California, San Francisco; University of South Carolina; Erasmus University Library; Bristol-Myers Squibb; Lockheed Martin; WHO; Wellcome Trust; and the US Department of Defense.

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Dear Subscribers - 29 Jan 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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Healthline names Paul R. Rostkowski as VP Advertising Sales - 29 Jan 2008

Health information services provider Healthline Networks, US, has announced the appointment of Paul R. Rostkowski as vice president of Advertising Sales.

In his new position, Rostkowski will be responsible for capitalising on the Company's strong growth in 2007, as well as expanding opportunities for advertisers on Healthline.com and for partners within the Healthline advertising network. He joins Healthline Networks from Hoovers, Inc. where he served as vice president for national advertising sales since 2004 and drove a 300 percent increase in revenue.

Healthline Networks offers an innovative approach to meeting the needs of health information seekers. The company's unique consumer healthcare taxonomy powers a suite of intelligent health search, navigation and content services. The company has an extensive network of distribution partnerships with leading medical, healthcare, Internet companies and consumer brands by providing a 'Powered by Healthline' search offering to their health-related content areas.

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Publisher S. Hirzel Verlag selects Editorial Manager - 29 Jan 2008

Acta Acustica (united with Acustica), the flagship journal of S. Hirzel Verlag, Germany, has announced that it will deploy Aries Systems Corporation' Editorial Manager for online manuscript submission and peer review, beginning in early 2008. Editorial Manager, used by scholarly journals for online manuscript submission and peer review, is claimed to be the most widely adopted online manuscript submission and tracking system for scholarly journals.

Acta Acustica( united with Acustica) is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. The journal reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. It considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. Special issues and review articles are also published.

Founded in 1853, S. Hirzel Verlag specialises in the fields of chemistry, physics (particularly acoustics), Germanic languages and literatures, and philosophy. In addition to scientific works focused on chemistry, physics, and philosophy, it also publishes Zeitschrift für Deutsches Altertum und Deutsche Literatur (ZfDA) and Universitas.

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Sale of Harcourt Assessment Business to Pearson gets regulatory nod - 29 Jan 2008

Publisher Reed Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that the sale of its Harcourt Assessment Business to Pearson plc has received clearance from the US Department of Justice. Completion of this transaction, announced on May 4, 2007, is expected to take place shortly and represents the final element of Reed Elsevier's sale of its Harcourt Education division.

The sale of the Harcourt Education International businesses to Pearson completed earlier in 2007 and that of the Harcourt US Schools Education businesses to Houghton Mifflin Riverdeep Group completed in December 2007.

In February 2007, Reed Elsevier announced plans to sell its Harcourt Education division to sharpen its strategic focus on the growing digital opportunities in its key markets of Science, Medical, Legal and Business. With this acquisition, Pearson seeks to further strengthen its existing position by adding international reach, complementary products and new capabilities.

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TDNet launches eBook Manager service for libraries - 29 Jan 2008

e-resource access and management solutions provider TDNet Inc., US, has announced the launch of its new eBook Manager. Claimed to be the industry's first service of its kind, the new eBook Manager provides libraries with the necessary tool for accessing, resolving, and managing e-books.

eBook Manager is the latest addition to TDNet's comprehensive suite of services. It currently contains content from such leading publishers as Elsevier, Oxford University Press, Springer, Electric eBook Publishing, Blackwell Publishing, and from aggregators, including Ebrary, ScienceDirect, NetLibrary, Knovel Library, Ingenta Connect, Oxford Reference Online, MyiLibrary and many other prominent e-book suppliers. The service supports a wide variety of searching options. These include search for books only, combined book & journal search, or search via an independent book search screen. Users also can perform rapid searches for specific e-book content using book title, ISBN, volume, issue, edition, year, book author, editor, publisher, or vendor.

Free e-books are also represented in the eBook Manager knowledgebase. As a stand-alone service, eBook Manager features a customisable A to Z interface that allows users to search and access e-book holdings, or when integrated with TDNet's Journal Manager, users can perform simultaneous searches of both journals and e-books. Additionally, users can resolve book citations and link to content at the book level using TDNet's OpenURL link resolver service.

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Chinese medical publisher announces new American operations, names new publisher - 28 Jan 2008

Beijing-based medical publisher People's Medical Publishing House (PMPH) has announced the appointment of Martin J. Wonsiewicz as President and Publisher of its new American publishing operations. Wonsiewicz will lead the launch of a Connecticut-based company to sign and publish medical books and electronic products by world-class authors in both English and Chinese.

This is one of several steps PMPH is making to expand its international presence. Although 90 percent of its 1500 new books every year are in Western medicine, PMPH claims to be one of the world's leading publishers in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) such as acupuncture and moxibustion. It launched its English language list in 2006 and has so far published more than 150 books, DVD's and wall charts for international sales.

Martin has a 26-year career in medical publishing, including senior editorial positions at W. B. Saunders, Appleton & Lange, McGraw- Hill, and most recently B. C. Decker, Inc.

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Co-Action Publishing and Lund University Library to create Best Practices Guide to Open Access Journals Publishing - 28 Jan 2008

Co-Action Publishing, Sweden, and Lund University Library have been awarded substantial funding from the Swedish Royal Library through its OpenAccess.se Program to create a Best Practices Guide to Open Access Journals Publishing. The project seeks to create a comprehensive, electronically available guide that addresses key issues for editors, researchers, librarians and university presses considering an Open Access publishing venture.

Information and experiences will be systematically collected and then presented in a format that allows others to apply the lessons learned. Inputs for the guide will be collected through interviews with editors and presses. Additionally, the guide will be informed by existing literature on specific areas of OA journals publishing and will take into account reports from relevant projects that have earlier received funding from the Swedish national OA Program and the Nordbib Program. In particular, the guide will build on the Nordbib-funded project, 'Aiding Scientific Journals Towards Open Access Publishing'.

While the final version of the Guide will be available by January 1, 2010, the project team plans to release a draft version in January 2009. This will allow editors, researchers, presses and others to provide comments and input.

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Dear Subscribers - 28 Jan 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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Elsevier expands electronic content offering - 28 Jan 2008

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the expanded development and offering of electronic book content, with initial stages rolling out in 2008 and the complete programme in place by 2009.

In 2007, Elsevier launched more than 4,000 books electronically on ScienceDirect as well as other third-party platforms. The response has reportedly been overwhelmingly positive, with a significant increase in usage of Full Text Book Chapters for Major Reference Works, E-Books, and Handbook Series. In 2008, the global publisher will publish 10 major reference works, including the 'Encyclopedia of Infant and Early Childhood Development'; the 'Niels Bohr 13-volume Limited Edition Collector's Set'; and the 'Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict.' Among these, the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, edited by Larry R. Squire, and the second edition of Encyclopedia of Ocean Science, edited by John H. Steele, Steve A. Thorpe, and Karl K. Turekian, will be available exclusively in electronic format. Elsevier will continue to publish print MRWs as the market and customer require it.

Elsevier continues to monitor market trends, and survey customers. In recent surveys conducted by Elsevier, 83 percent of librarians requested major reference works in electronic format, citing ease of use, search ability and usage reports as the primary reasons for this preferred format. Researchers and academics alike are utilising this information in their daily work.

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ISMTE announces inaugural conferences on editorial office best practice - 28 Jan 2008

The International Society of Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE) has announced its inaugural conferences on editorial office best practice. The meetings will take place on February 27, 2008 in London, and March 18-19, 2008 in Baltimore, US. Managing editors; editorial administrators; editors-in-chief who perform administrative duties; publishers; and journal owners will benefit from these conferences.

Intended to meet a growing demand for professional development, these conferences will facilitate discussion on effective operational strategies; establish a context for the demands currently placed on offices and their staff; and identify future roles and responsibilities. The meetings offer a rare opportunity for editorial office staff and others interested in manuscript submission and peer review management to come together to share experiences, concerns, creative solutions and tips and tricks. Attendees will experience a unique chance to shape debate on operational strategies as well as take home key tools to assess performance.

Both meetings will feature a keynote address from an industry leader on the evolving role of editorial offices, author/reader expectations, and emerging trends/policies in journal publishing. In break-out sessions participants will discuss key issues in the life of a manuscript, share experiences, and propose solutions as part of a debate on effective management.

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Outsell, Inc. acquires Eduventures' business research division - 28 Jan 2008

Media industry-focused research and advisory firm Outsell, Inc., US, and higher education's leading learning collaborative research and consulting company Eduventures jointly announced Outsell's acquisition of Eduventures' business research division. Under the terms of the agreement, Outsell will assume responsibility for the latter's syndicated research business serving hundreds of content, technology, and services companies in the education industry.

The companies will maintain independent consulting divisions focused on serving their respective clients. However, they will combine their resources as appropriate on custom client engagements that could benefit from the unique expertise of both firms.

In order to better serve both current and new customers, three key Eduventures executives will be participating in the business transition. Adam Newman, Managing Vice President; Laurence Bloom, Research Manager; and Noah Carp, Senior Analyst will be serving existing education customers while helping to integrate Eduventures' education industry perspective and rich research library with Outsell's strong family of research offerings.

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Springer launches new e-Product, Springer Protocols - 28 Jan 2008

STM publisher Springer Science+Business Media, Germany, has announced the release of Springer Protocols, a protocol database of over 18,000 searchable online protocols in life sciences and biomedicine. The protocols provide step-by-step 'recipes,' that can be executed in a controlled laboratory environment. Springer Protocols is a subscription product published under the Humana Press imprint, and can be found at www.springerprotocols.com.

Organised into 15 subject collections, Springer Protocols leverage 25 years of protocols content compiled by Humana Press and formerly marketed as 'BioMed Protocols'. BioMed Protocols form the basis of Springer Protocols, but the new product includes not only much more content, but also new technological developments and many additional features. Each year, over 2,000 Springer protocols, of which 1,000 are updates of existing protocols, will be loaded. As with other Springer e-products, no special software is needed and there is no limit to concurrent user access within an institution to subscribed content. All content is accessible using an Internet browser and Adobe Reader.

Used primarily in the life sciences, protocols provide individual sets of instructions that allow scientists to recreate experiments in their own laboratory. These documents provide instructions for the design and implementation of experiments that include the safety bias, procedural equipment, statistical methods, reporting and troubleshooting standards for the experiment.

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Wiley names Swets as global sales partner for OnlineBooks - 28 Jan 2008

STM publisher Wiley, US, has announced that it has chosen subscription services provider Swets, Netherlands, to act as a global sales partner for its range of OnlineBooks. Under the deal, the entire range of electronic book material hosted on Wiley Interscience's web platform will now be available to order directly through Swets.

Wiley Interscience OnlineBooks are available in fully customisable packages of titles, adding flexibility to e-book collection development. Currently housing over 2,900 titles, with the number rapidly increasing, Wiley Interscience gives libraries access to top quality content in the fields of STM, business, the humanities, finance and others. With COUNTER-compliant usage statistics, libraries can review the usage of their Wiley InterScience OnlineBooks on a title-by-title level and annually swap out titles that are underused.

Wiley InterScience is the online content delivery platform from John Wiley & Sons, which acquired Blackwell Publishing in 2007. Ordering OnlineBooks directly through Swets will make it possible for its customers to gain access to the wealth of information Wiley offers.

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Dear Subscribers - 25 Jan 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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Desktop Engineering Magazine appoints Amy Rowell as Editorial Director - 25 Jan 2008

Desktop Engineering, a magazine published by Level 5 Communications, Inc., US, has announced the appointment of Amy Rowell as editorial director of the magazine and its associated properties. She was earlier executive editor of Innovate Forum, and also an industry analyst/editor with consulting firm Cyon Research.

Rowell's publishing industry experience spans senior editorial management positions with engineering and design-centric media firms including MCADCafe, Cadence magazine and Computer Graphics World magazine. She has also handled technical marketing and market research for several manufacturing firms.

In her new role, Rowell plans to increase Desktop Engineering's coverage of HPC and analysis, and to provide insight into the issues surrounding 2D to 3D migration. The journal will also expand its coverage in areas such as product and process innovation, rapid manufacturing, and design collaboration.

Rowell graduated from Clarkson College of Technology in Potsdam, NY with a Bachelor of Science in Technical Marketing/Mechanical Engineering.

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Elsevier to publish two journals for Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences - 25 Jan 2008

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, announced today that it will publish Archaeology, Ethnology and Anthropology of Eurasia as well as Geography and Natural Resource starting in January 2008. It will be publishing the two journals on behalf of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Elsevier will distribute both journals globally via ScienceDirect, its electronic platform, which is currently accessed by over 11 million users worldwide.

Archaeology, Ethnology and Anthropology of Eurasia publishes a wide range of research in areas such as quaternary geology; pleistocene and holocene paleo-ecology; evolution of human physical type; modern methods of paleo-population genetics; primitive art; astro-archaeology; and cultures of indigenous populations and ethno-cultural processes.

Geography and Natural Resource, which was published in English for the first time in January 2008, contains research papers on theoretical problems of geography and nature management, regional problems of the studies into the use and protection of natural recourses, development and allocation of industry.

The Russian Academy of Sciences is a civil self-governed non-commercial organisation established pursuant to the order of the Emperor Peter I by the Decree of the Ruling Senate dated January 28, 1724. The Academy was reinstated by the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation dated November 21, 1991 as the supreme scientific institution of Russia.

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Helmholtz Alliance states support for SCOAP3's open access initiative - 25 Jan 2008

The management board of the Helmholtz Alliance 'Physics at the Terascale' has expressed its support for the SCOAP3 initiative, which calls for free electronic access to peer-reviewed journal content in the area of particle physics. The initiative has proposed a commercial business model that is projected to boost a dynamic market while also benefiting researchers, authors, publishers and funding organisations.

The Helmholtz Alliance board has invited all members of the alliance to extend their support to the SCOAP3 initiative. It has also requested the members to support a transition to open access (OA) in particle physics on a large scale. This, it suggests, can be done by improving awareness on OA publishing in various communities and by persuading authors to publish in OA journals.

SCOAP3 has put forth a new business model for STM publishers in a bid to take OA to the majority of peer-reviewed particle physics publications. An international group comprising funding bodies, research organisations and libraries seeks to make peer-reviewed journals open access, such that authors find the process transparent and there is room for new good quality particle physics publications. Under the model, publication costs are borne centrally by the consortium but shared as per the respective number of articles of member countries.

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Humana releases book on disparities in American healthcare - 25 Jan 2008

Publisher Humana Press, US, has announced the launch of Eliminating Healthcare Disparities in America, a book co-authored by Dr. Richard Allen Williams, an expert on healthcare disparities. The expert writers seek to provide the benefits of their experience as a resource for helping others to make judicious determinations about how to proceed in efforts to improve the disparities in American healthcare.

Dr. Williams, the founder of the Association of Black Cardiologist, writes not only about healthcare differences but also discusses the struggles the African Americans race has faced within the healthcare system. This text is intended to raise the reader's level of consciousness and concern to increase the knowledge about this issue. Eliminating Healthcare Disparities in America is projected as an initial spark that may one day eliminate healthcare disparities in communities around the country.

Other books authored by Dr. Williams include The Textbook of Black-Related Diseases, a 900-page volume that is claimed to be a comprehensive African American medical textbook.

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Royal Society of Medicine Press to archive 17 journals with Portico - 25 Jan 2008

The Royal Society of Medicine Press (RSM Press) has signed an agreement with Portico to preserve its entire online journals collection of 17 titles. With the inclusion of the RSM Press publications, over 7,300 titles have now been entrusted to the Portico archive.

Through this agreement, RSM Press expects to ensure that its online journal collection will be preserved and available for future practitioners, scholars, researchers and students. RSM Press has also agreed to make an annual financial contribution to Portico and has designated the Archive as an official delivery platform for post-cancellation access claims.

RSM Press, the publishing arm of the Royal Society of Medicine, publishes books and journals for the medical professional and professionals working in related fields. The Royal Society of Medicine is a long-established postgraduate medical society with a multi-disciplinary and multi-professional membership.

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Techstreet named primary distributor of ASC X9 print and electronic publications - 25 Jan 2008

Information solutions provider Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has signed an agreement with the Accredited Standards Committee X9, Inc. - Financial Industry Standards (ASC X9). Under the deal, Thomson Scientific's Techstreet (www.techstreet.com) will be the primary distributor for ASC X9 publications in print and electronic format. ASC X9 publications can be ordered through the new online publications store at www.X9.org, operated by Techstreet.

According to ASC X9 representatives, Techstreet was chosen because of its leading position in online delivery and customer service. ASC X9 members and customers are projected to benefit from Techstreet's self-serve features and functionality, new electronic download options, free tracking alert system and web-based enterprise subscriptions. Members who visit the ASC X9 online store can search and order ASC X9 publications and related codes and standards in print and PDF formats, sign up for free document alerts and learn about subscription services. As part of the agreement, Thomson Scientific also will support the marketing of ASC X9 publications.

ASC X9 American National Standards, Technical Reports and Draft Standards includes over 70 publications covering Card and Check standards; Security standards: Paperless Contract standards: and Securities Processing and Data and Information Security standards. ASC X9 also offers the Check 21 Collection, a group of standards that facilitate Check 21 requirements.

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University of Texas researchers develop search engine to curb plagiarism - 25 Jan 2008

The Nature journal has reported that two research scientists at the University of Texas in Dallas - Dr. Harold Garner and Dr. Mounir Errami - have developed an online search engine that curbs "questionable publication practices". By deploying its new eTBLAST programme, the duo has managed to pinpoint 70,000 papers on biomedical paper repository Medline that are highly similar. As per their estimates, over 200,000 duplicate papers are likely to exist on Medline alone.

Recent surveys have reported lesser than 1,000 reported cases of duplication over the past six decades. While it is wrong to categorise every duplicate under plagiarism, the Texas university researcher believe that a sizeable number of plagiarists do exist. They have copied the duplicates spotted by them on to Deja Vu, an open access database. From here, plagiarism detectives can examine the various journals and essays and take requisite action.

Dr. Garner and Dr. Errami, writing in Nature journal under the title 'A tale of two citations', have said that their aim is to separate the duplicates from the original works. According to them, this is imperative in the current context, as science publishing is at a record high. They have termed copying, co-submission and duplication as the three main problems of today's publishing. However, they are quick to condone and support certain types of repeated publications, such as errata, clinical-trial updates and conference proceedings.

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Dear Subscribers - 24 Jan 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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Elsevier acquires online publishing company in Italy - 24 Jan 2008

STM Publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the acquisition of Edra S.p.A, an online publishing company in the healthcare sector. By combining Elsevier's content and services with Edra's electronic capabilities and online delivery channel, both companies seek to provide professional and promotional support to pharmaceutical companies. An important tool is Medikey, the largest online medical and healthcare professional community in Italy.

Elsevier Masson S.r.l, based in Milan, is the market leading provider of scientific and medical content and services, in the form of books, journals, drug databases and pharmaceutical marketing support. Also based in Milan, Edra S.p.A. provides e-pharma promotional services and is a Continual Medical Education provider certified by the Italian Ministry of Health and the region of Lombardy, both for residential and distance learning.

Edra publishes important online magazines including Doctornews33, Dermatologia33 and Cardiologia33 for doctors; and Farmacista33 and Pharmamarketing for pharmacists and pharma managers. Also, it maintains the portals such as Italian consumer health portal (www.dica33.it), medical doctors portal (www.doctor33.it) and www.pharmamarketing.it, a portal for pharmaceutical company professionals.

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Emerald acquires new serials, series and books from Elsevier - 24 Jan 2008

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced the acquisition of a programme of Management and Social Sciences book serials, series and monographs from Elsevier, comprising about 2,000 titles. With this acquisition, Emerald seeks to ensure the continuing success of all titles, and to extend the sales and readership of the programme.

This acquisition consolidates Emerald's position as the leading publisher of management research. The company's 40 years of publishing experience will provide editorial and market expertise and a new perspective on the acquired portfolio, most of which already has an excellent fit with existing titles. The company will also be investing in the development of titles in these new disciplines.

Emerald is proactively working with Elsevier during the hand-over period to ensure the avoidance of any disruption. It has already set up a team to manage the integration and ongoing business, and has recruited experienced editorial staff to sustain and enhance the quality of the publishing programme.

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GlobalSpec attains record results in 2007 - 24 Jan 2008

Search engine and online engineering community operator GlobalSpec, US, has announced that it posted record results for 2007, reaching new milestones in revenue, registered users, new product launches and additional strategic partnerships.

In 2007, GlobalSpec experienced 35 percent revenue growth, marking the sixth consecutive year of high double-digit growth in revenue for the company. The company expanded its global user base by more than one million registered users, now exceeding four million registered users - a number that continues to grow at a rate of more than 20,000 per week. These registered users have the ability to search by over 180 million specifications in 2.3 million product families via GlobalSpec's proprietary database of more than 22,000 digitised and parametrically searchable OEM and distributor product catalogues.

GlobalSpec's suite of targeted e-newsletters focused on very specific industrial products and their related technologies also achieved new levels of scale in 2007. Over the past year, Specs & Techs, GlobalSpec's weekly showcase of new products for engineering, technical and industrial professionals, exceeded a circulation level of over 1.2 million. In all, GlobalSpec now publishes more than 57 e-newsletters with a combined opt-in circulation of 8.5 million - the largest e-newsletter circulation in the industrial space.

Also, the company extended its reach among its target audiences through a variety of new and enhanced partnerships with significant publishers, publications and associations, including Manufacturing.net, Microwave Journal, NASA Tech Briefs, Autodesk and IEEE. Visitors to GlobalSpec now have access to more than 17,000 copyrighted definitions from McGraw-Hill's Digital Engineering Library, in a variety of disciplines including chemical engineering, design engineering, electronics and mechanics.

Two major new products - The Industrial Ad Network and PartFinder - were also launched by GlobalSpec in 2007. CR4, GlobalSpec's social networking peer-to-peer community site for industrial professionals, also continued its growth in 2007 with the introduction of industry-based forums and blogs in the areas of Instrumentation, Education, and BioMech/BioMed.

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J. J. Keller introduces content tools - 24 Jan 2008

Specialist publisher J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc., US, has introduced an online service that makes it easy to scan the broad range of risk management, safety, and compliance content offered by publishers. The new web pages provide an overview of compliance-related content that can be licensed for resale or for internal use.

J. J. Keller's new content pages distill information about its over 6,000 products and content services. The content is organised by major compliance categories and media/formats, enabling visitors to see, at a glance, a representative sampling of available topics that would be useful to their customers.

J. J. Keller publishes a wide range of printed publications, videos, CD-ROM products and online subscription services covering nearly 1,500 topics. These products and services provide a rich base of information for legal, research and information professionals, as well as executives and managers responsible for risk management, safety, and compliance.

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Local Knowledge Online and Morgan & Claypool announce eContent partnership - 24 Jan 2008

eContent solutions provider Local Knowledge Online, US, has announced Morgan & Claypool, publishers of The Synthesis Digital Library, as its latest eContent partner.

As Morgan & Claypool's exclusive reseller serving the corporate market in the US, Local Knowledge Online will offer the Synthesis Digital Library which provides engineers and scientists with the relevant research and information required to solve problems with technical solutions. The Synthesis Digital Library is seen as the next generation eContent solution that combines current, authoritative content with modern technology for engineers and computer scientists.

The basic component of the library is a 50- to 100-page 'lecture', a self-contained electronic book that synthesises an important research or development topic, authored by an expert contributor to the field. Lectures provide more analysis and depth than the typical research journal article. Each series is managed by a prominent consulting editor. The editor guides topic and author selection as well as peer review. New series and lectures are added continuously and existing lectures are revised as needed.

In addition to existing eContent offerings from ebrary and execuGo Media, Local Knowledge Online now offers Morgan & Claypool Synthesis Digital Library series such as Synthesis Complete; Computer Science; Electromagnetics & Antennas; Signal Processing & Communications; Digital Circuits & General Electrical Engineering; and Biomedical Engineering.

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Scientific American selects LiveWorld to provide enhanced community features - 24 Jan 2008

Science and technology media brand Scientific American has announced that it has selected social networking agency, LiveWorld, Inc., US, as provider of its enhanced community features launched in November 2007 at science-community.sciam.com. Known for its leadership in providing innovative thinking, Scientific American's new social networking tools blend world-class thinking from experts worldwide with the ideas and voices of SciAm.com's active site visitors.

The new features include profiles, expanded blogs, user-generated videos and photos, social bookmarking and a community calendar.

Wholly-owned by Macmillan (formerly Holtzbrinck Publishers), Scientific American is claimed to be the world's leading source and authority for science and technology information. Published in 19 foreign language editions with a total circulation of more than 1 million worldwide, Scientific American reaches business executives, opinion leaders, policy makers, academics and well-educated general consumers.

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Wiley-Blackwell publishes 'The Handbook of Proteins' - 24 Jan 2008

Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has published a comprehensive resource for students and researchers studying protein structure and function. The Handbook of Proteins introduces the reader to the principles of protein biochemistry and at the same time describes traditional and state-of-the-art techniques for elucidating protein function and structure.

The 2 Volume set consists of self-contained, peer-reviewed articles written by leading scientists in each field. The volumes feature introductory articles aimed at undergraduates and non-specialists, which provide basic information and a list of recommended further reading to encourage the reader to explore a topic in more depth. The introductory articles are complemented by advanced articles, written for postgraduate students and research workers. These contain more detailed information and key references allowing the reader to further investigate a specific area. This format allows professionals to use the books as a quick reference source.

Thorough knowledge of proteins, their structure, function and their interactions with other molecules in the body is important for the understanding of many diseases and also vital for developing appropriate therapies as many proteins are popular drug targets.

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Dear Subscribers - 23 Jan 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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Emerald announces 2007 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research award winners - 23 Jan 2008

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) have announced the winners of the Outstanding Doctoral Research Fund Awards 2007. More than 100 outstanding quality applications were received from many prolific institutions from all over the world.

The awards were open to those who had completed examination requirements for a Doctoral Award between 1st June 2005 and 1st October 2007. Winners received a cash prize of € 1,500 and an offer of publication in an Emerald publication, as a full paper, or as an executive summary/research note, at the discretion of the Editor. The full list of all award winners and their comments is available online at www.emeraldinsight.com/awards.

Emerald Group Publishing Limited is one of the world's leading publishers of management journals and databases. It is celebrating 40 years of publishing excellence in 2007. The company's expanded China team complements its dedicated business managers working with customers and contributors worldwide - including North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Australasia, Asia Africa and India.

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Future Medicine announces publishing alliance with Personalized Medicine Coalition - 23 Jan 2008

Future Medicine Ltd., part of Future Science Group, UK, has announced a new partnership between the Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC) and the journal Personalized Medicine, for 2008. The journal addresses scientific, commercial and policy issues in personalised medicine and includes news and views, current awareness regarding new biomarkers, concise commentary and analysis, reports from the conference circuit and full review articles. In addition to the regular features, the 2008 volume will include news and views from the PMC. An article will be selected from each issue to feature on the Coalition's website.

Members of the PMC have always been well represented within the editorial team and advisory panel of the journal, and also amongst the contributors. Full articles published in Personalized Medicine are subject to independent review by a minimum of three independent experts and the journal offers rapid publication, aiming to publish within 8-10 weeks of original submission, with fast track options available.

Published bimonthly, Personalized Medicine translates recent genomic, genetic and proteomic advances into the clinical context. The journal provides an integrated forum for all players involved - academic and clinical researchers, pharmaceutical companies, regulatory authorities, healthcare management organizations, patient organisations and others in the healthcare community. The journal assists these parties to shape the future of medicine by providing a platform for expert commentary and analysis.

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Google to offer online storage for scientists via Palimpsest - 23 Jan 2008

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, is reportedly set to offer an online storage facility to scientists. It is expected that the domain will provide a home for terabytes of open source scientific datasets. Called Palimpsest, the initiative was first revealed at the Science Foo camp in August 2007, jointly organised by Google and publishing firm O'Reilly.

The new service will reportedly have annotating and commenting features along the line of YouTube. It is projected to fill a major need for scientists who want to openly share their data and allow citizen scientists access to an unprecedented amount of data to explore.

The tool, developed in Sweden, was acquired by Google in March 2007 for an undisclosed sum. Building on its purchase of data visualisation technology Trendalyzer, Google will also offer algorithms for the probing and examination of data stored in the facility. Trendalyzer presents data in an easily accessible, graphic format, which makes it easier for organisations to show data in a consistent and user-friendly manner.

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Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and American College of Sports Medicine expand publishing partnership - 23 Jan 2008

Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, has announced that it has been awarded publishing responsibilities for Current Sports Medicine Reports, a leading sports medicine journal of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The journal was recently acquired by ACSM, and expands LWW's publishing partnership with the society to include four journals and multiple books.

A bimonthly publication, Current Sports Medicine Reports is claimed to be a comprehensive and authoritative reference source dedicated to the unique needs of physicians in sports medicine. Each issue provides in-depth review of the most current literature for two major categories in sports medicine, covering 12 major categories over the course of a year. The journal, available online at www.acsm-csmr.org, is also available to Ovid subscribers. Other ACSM titles published by LWW include Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (R), Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, and ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal. In addition, LWW publishes numerous books and study materials for members seeking ACSM certification.

With over 35,000 members, ACSM is claimed to be the largest sports medicine and exercise science organisation in the world. All ACSM physician members will receive a complimentary digital version of Current Sports Medicine Reports as a member benefit.

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NPG and the Obesity Society announce new renovated edition of Obesity - 23 Jan 2008

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, and the Obesity Society have introduced a renovated edition of the journal Obesity, a product of their publishing partnership beginning this year. The January 2008 issue unveils a modern design and additional article features. It is the first issue under the new editorial team.

Dr. Richard N. Bergman, Chairman of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, will be the journal's new editor-in-chief. He is joined by Deputy Editor, Dr. Marilyn Ader of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, and an internationally esteemed team of Associate Editors.

Internationally recognised as the pre-eminent journal on research into the growing world-wide health problem, Obesity is intended to increase knowledge, foster research and promote better treatment for people with obesity and their loved ones. The journal publishes important, peer reviewed original scientific articles and now features an expanded scope that includes editorials, reviews and commentary on important breakthroughs in obesity research.

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SAGE set to publish leading international relations journal - Millennium - 23 Jan 2008

Academic publisher SAGE has announced a partnership with the Millennium Publishing House to publish the latter's International Relations (IR) journal, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, starting August 2008.

A highly influential and globally acclaimed journal, Millennium has built a reputation for being the home for post-positivist IR research. Based at the LSE's Department of IR, Millennium has been a postgraduate-run journal since its inception in 1971, maintaining a high professional standard and a reputation for publishing innovative work by both young scholars and established figures in the field.

A market leader in International Relations, SAGE currently publishes four of the top fifteen ISI-ranked International Relations journals. Millennium joins a distinguished list that includes Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, European Journal of International Relations, and Security Dialogue.

Institutional subscriptions will include Combined (Print and E-access), E-access, or Print Only options. From April 2008 all Millennium content will be available on the SAGE Journals Online platform. The journal's new homepage on SAGE Journals Online is http://millennium.sagepub.com.

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Task force on sustainable digital preservation and access named - 23 Jan 2008

International leaders holding a variety of interests and areas expertise have been named to a Blue Ribbon Task Force to develop actionable recommendations for the economic sustainability of, preservation of, and persistent access to, digital information. The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access is co-chaired by Fran Berman, director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center at University of California, San Diego and a pioneer in data cyberinfrastructure; and Brian Lavoie, a research scientist and economist with OCLC, a library service and research organisation.

Using its members as a gateway, the Task Force will convene a broad set of international experts from the academic, public and private sectors who will participate in quarterly discussion panels. It will publish two substantial reports with its findings, including a final report in late 2009 that will include a set of actionable recommendations for digital preservation, taking into account a general economic framework to establish those objectives.

The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation was launched by the National Science Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in partnership with the Library of Congress, the Joint Information Systems Committee of the United Kingdom, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and the National Archives and Records Administration. Their two-year mission is to develop a viable economic sustainability strategy to ensure that data will be available for further use, analysis and study.

Simply keeping pace with the rapid change in technology that has made things such as VCRs and cassette tapes curious antiquities in our own lifetimes is just one concern to be addressed by the task force. Establishing economically sustainable infrastructures and global standards to ensure that massive quantities of digital information are efficiently migrated to new mediums is also critical. Yet another challenge will be managing the storage of such vast amounts of data so that a wealth of scientific, educational and business information is not lost.

The first meeting of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access will be held in Washington, D.C., January 29-30, 2008. The group will also establish a public web site to solicit comments and encourage dialogue on the issue of digital preservation.

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Dear Subscribers - 22 Jan 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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Guilford Publications' medical journals content to be accessible via SIMID SMILE - 22 Jan 2008

Healthcare information provider Guilford Publications, US, has announced a partnership with SIMID, S.M.I.L.E. (Scientific Medical Information Library Europe), a combination database and library of medical journals and books covering forty medical disciplines. Under the deal, Guilford Publications will provide metadata and full-text articles from its portfolio of medical journals to SIMID. With this move, the publisher aims to increase European readership and international exposure to key medical research.

Founded in 1973, Guilford Publications, Inc. has built an international reputation as a publisher of books, periodicals, and software in mental health, education, and the social sciences. It publishes 13 journals and 2 newsletters in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, and clinical research. Its periodicals include Psychiatry, Journal of Personality Disorders, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior and Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. In 2008 Guilford will launch the International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, sponsored by the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy.

SIMID is a European corporation providing an online thematic library service to medical professionals. Launched in 2005 by SIMID, S.M.I.L.E. is a combination database and library of over 1.000 medical journals and E-books covering forty medical disciplines, including oncology, cardiology, neurosciences, respiratory and psychiatry. Medical professionals are able to search this exhaustive database.

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Krames acquires video health education content provider, wired.MD, Inc. - 22 Jan 2008

US-based patient education publisher Krames, part of MediMedia, has announced that it has acquired wired.MD, a leading provider of video health education content. Content is delivered via the latter's proprietary streaMed system to hospitals, health plans, universities, resource libraries, and technology companies producing video on-demand and electronic medical records systems for healthcare organisations.

The wired.MD collection of 415 video programmes is projected to complement the vast library of patient education that Krames offers to the medical markets in both print and electronic formats. Under the deal, Mark Friess will continue in his role as President of wired.MD overseeing the editorial, sales, and production teams that will remain in Portland, Oregon.

Founded in March 2000, wired.MD is an eHealth company that uses innovative technology to develop patient and consumer health education for use at the point of care and beyond. The wired.MD streaMed product suite helps healthcare organisations of all types do a better job of managing costs, compliance, and customer satisfaction.

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ProQuest acquires RefWorks LLC - 22 Jan 2008

ProQuest, a Cambridge Information Group company, has announced that it has acquired RefWorks LLC, a leading provider of web-based research management, writing and collaboration services for the academic and research communities. Cambridge Information Group has had an ownership position in RefWorks since May 2001. Complete ownership will enable ProQuest to integrate RefWorks into its COS business, which serves the same market, creating powerful, single-source networking and management tools for scholars around the world.

Jeff Baer, ProQuest Vice President and General Manager of RefWorks/COS, will lead the newly merged group. RefWorks CEO Earl Beutler will remain a consultant to support strategic projects from RefWorks/COS. The remaining senior management team of RefWorks will report directly to Baer. The other RefWorks staff will be combined with the COS staff to create a single, integrated organisation.

RefWorks' acclaimed tools, best known for their ability to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, are uniquely complementary to COS Scholar Universe. COS Scholar Universe is known for its networking capability, which provides direct access to over 1.4 million active researchers from around the world working in over 200 disciplines.

With RefWorks and COS joining forces, researchers will now be able to turn to one source for tools that help them identify colleagues with similar research interests around the world, establish alliances and manage joint research projects.

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SeaZone launches online resource on marine and coastal zone digital data - 22 Jan 2008

SeaZone Solutions Ltd. has launched Marine Digimap, an online resource which makes available marine and coastal zone digital data. The maps and data delivered by Marine Digimap are seen to provide a fascinating insight into the broad range of factors that make up the marine and coastal environment and influence its exploitation.

Marine Digimap includes raster marine maps of various scales and detail (derived from Admiralty Charts), which are ideal for back-drop mapping in the UK coastal zone. Also part of the offering is Hydrospatial, a vector thematic marine data product suitable for advanced spatial analysis and customised mapping. Users will be able to view maps through their web browser, save maps for printing and download the map data for use in geographical information systems.

The Hydrospatial product includes key geographical information on the UK marine and coastal zone environment provided as six logically structured Topic Layers. This includes data on: the nature and shape of the earth's surface on land and under the sea; marine biological, physical and chemical features; man-made physical structures and obstructions; socio economic information (for example, aquaculture, fisheries and transportation routes); conservation areas and data on tides and currents.

The JISC agreement that has made Marine Digimap possible follows a successful consultation with librarians and academics. Marine Digimap is available to all staff and students within a subscribing university, college or research council institution in the UK (via Athens authentication and the UK Access Management Federation). Institutions wanting access to the service will be required to pay an annual subscription fee.

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SwetsWise releases SwetsWise 5.0 - 22 Jan 2008

Subscription services provider Swets, Netherlands, recently announced the release of SwetsWise 5.0, the latest technical update to the comprehensive and sophisticated subscriptions management tool currently available. SwetsWise 5.0 adds a host of additional functionalities to SwetsWise Subscriptions, the central focus of the SwetsWise platform. The most significant addition is the introduction of License Bank, a functionality that makes the largest collection of publisher license conditions in the industry available to all SwetsWise customers at no extra cost.

License Bank contains a wealth of publisher license information, providing a range of additional features and benefits for SwetsWise customers. The new function contains 45 separate license data fields, tracked following the guidelines of the Digital Library Federation's (DLF) Electronic Resource Management Initiative (ERMI). Among other features, a customer can see a complete overview of all the licenses they have already signed or are in the process of signing, complete with the current status of each license.

In addition to the License Bank, SwetsWise 5.0 includes new e-journals management, activation and tracking capabilities, as well as an overview of financial information, such as payments, credits and invoices. Furthermore, this new release incorporates a 'multiple subscriptions' section into SwetsWise that enables users to select and renew many subscriptions at once, saving time and effort.

SwetsWise 5.0 completes the first full year of development on the new, fully integrated SwetsWise platform. In the past year all Swets customers have been successfully migrated over to the new platform.

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UK universities to launch Internet search engine rivalling Google - 22 Jan 2008

The University of Manchester's national data centre Mimas is set to launch an Internet search engine rivalling Google at the end of January. The free service will add thousands of documents to the 'Intute' service which already allows academics, teachers, researchers and students to search for information relating specifically to their subject area.

The launch follows high profile criticism by a senior academic at Brighton University, who argued that students need to be taught to challenge the facts taken from Google or Wikipedia. At the end of January, researchers will be able to automatically access papers from research databases within universities and other institutions.

The £1.5 million per year collaboration between seven UK universities and partners enlists a team of full-time specialists who are scouring the Internet. They are backed by an army of PhD students and a range of organisations, including the Wellcome Trust, who have added their own information to the Intute database.

Intute also provides free Internet tutorials in a 'Virtual Training Suite' to help students learn how to get the best from the web. It is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee and The Arts and Humanities Research Council. Intute's new content will be harvested automatically using purposely designed software from trustworthy sources, primarily UK university research databases and repositories.

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BMJ Group announces new appointments - 21 Jan 2008

Medical publisher the BMJ Group, UK, has announced the appointment of Janet O'Flaherty and Julie Solomon as Publishers of the Group's specialist journals portfolio. Janet has worked at the BMJ Group since 1997 as Managing Editor on a range of specialist titles and Julie Solomon joins the company from Nature Publishing Group where she was Assistant Publisher for the clinical division.

In their new position, both Flaherty and Solomon will have responsibility for the management and development of the BMJ Group's portfolio of 24 specialist journals with an emphasis on building the list through brand extensions, launches, acquisitions and society partnerships.

The commercial division of the British Medical Association, the BMJ Group publishes and distributes leading journals covering all major medical specialties and clinical evidence. The Group's flagship journal, British Medical Journal (BMJ), is rated as one of the world's top five general medical journals. About 1.2 million people download 6.5 million pages a month from bmj.com and more than 100,000 doctors in the UK and 14,800 internationally receive the weekly print BMJ.

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Dr. Beth Y. Karlan named new Editor-in-Chief for Gynecologic Oncology - 21 Jan 2008

Dr. Beth Y. Karlan has been named the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Gynecologic Oncology, effective January 1, 2008. Dr. Karlan replaces Dr. David M. Gershenson, who has stepped down following 17 years as Editor-in-Chief of the journal.

Dr. Karlan is the Director of the Women's Cancer Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, and is also a Professor of Obstetrics and Genecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). A long-time member of the SGO, Dr. Karlan has held a number of leadership positions within the Society, including serving as a member of the Communications, Government Relations, Informatics, and Program committees (of which she was Program Chairman).

To assist in the journal's publication, Dr. Karlan has selected a new, scientifically diverse editorial board and four new deputy Editors. These include Dr. Robert E. Bristow of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions; Dr. Barbara A. Goff of the University of Washington; Dr. Stephen C. Rubin of the University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Anil K. Sood of the Anderson Cancer Center. The newly appointed team will work to raise the impact of the Journal in the medical community while ensuring that the publications are innovative and clinically relevant, and meet the highest standards of scientific integrity.

The Journal of Gynecologic Oncology is the official publication of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO). The journal is devoted to the publication of clinical and investigative articles that concern tumors of the female reproductive tract.

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Peking University becomes first academic institution in China to acquire Thomson Scientific' Century of Science - 21 Jan 2008

Information solutions provider Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced that Peking University in China has purchased Century of Science. Century of Science expands Web of Science with the most important scientific bibliographic and cited reference data covering the period from 1900 to 1944.

Web of Science is a carefully selected and maintained collection of the world's most influential journals across all disciplines. Coverage is multidisciplinary with emphasis on quality and superior collection development and can be accessed via the ISI Web of Knowledge, a premier research platform that offers an extensive collection of backfiles to 1945. Launched in January 2005, the Century of Science initiative made available nearly 850,000 articles from over 200 journals carefully selected from the published research in the first half of the 20th century.

Peking University now joins the growing list of the top research organiations around the globe that invest in Century of Science to support world class research efforts. While more than 200 universities throughout the world have Century of Science, Peking University is the first academic institution in China to acquire it.

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SAGE to publish IUHPE' flagship publication - Promotion & Education - 21 Jan 2008

Academic publisher SAGE has announced a new partnership with the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE). Under the deal, SAGE will publish the latter's flagship journal, Promotion & Education. Subscribers will now be able to access the journal online, including backfiles dating to 1993, through the SAGE Journals Online (SJO) platform.

Published quarterly, Promotion and Education is a multilingual journal publishing peer-reviewed articles and practical information for a world-wide audience of professionals interested in health promotion and health education.

The journal will be available electronically on the SAGE Journals Online platform, beginning March 2008. Institutional subscriptions will include combined (Print and E-access), E-access, or Print only options. The journal's new homepage on SAGE Journals Online will be http://ped.sagepub.com.

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Three universities announce agreement with AAP on new copyright guidelines for course content in digital formats - 21 Jan 2008

The Association of American Publishers (AAP), US, has announced that three universities - Hofstra, Syracuse and Marquette - have reached an agreement with the association on new copyright guidelines affirming that educational content delivered to students in digital formats should be treated under the same copyright principles that apply to printed materials. The guidelines, developed separately by the three universities, govern how librarians and faculty members distribute copyrighted content through library electronic course reserves systems, course management systems, faculty and departmental web pages and other digital formats.

AAP worked with each of the three universities in cooperative efforts to establish easily understood and common-sense standards that help faculty and staff to understand and interpret their rights and responsibilities when using copyrighted content in educational settings. Each of the guidelines reflects the specific needs of the particular university and is consistent with the principles of fair use while providing helpful guidance as to when permission from the copyright holder is required to copy or post materials in digital formats. AAP noted that the guidelines, which are similar to those adopted by Cornell University last year, will serve as models for others colleges and universities.

In the last two years AAP has initiated discussions with a number of universities after observing that unlicensed digital copies of course materials were gradually replacing the licensed physical copying of articles, book chapters and other copyrighted works. While it is well established that physical copying of materials for distribution to multiple students, often in compilations known as coursepacks, generally requires permission from the copyright holder, faculty and staff seem less aware that permission is similarly required for distribution of electronic copies of such copyrighted materials.

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Universities and research institutions in Germany gain access to RSC Publishing content - 21 Jan 2008

The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), on behalf of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), has completed a three-year nationwide licensing agreement for journals and databases from RSC Publishing. This agreement, effective January 2008, follows an earlier deal that provided access to the RSC Journals Archive.

Under the new deal, all universities and publicly funded research institutions in Germany will have access to all RSC journals and databases published from 1841 to the present day. The agreement is part of an initiative to improve access to specialised electronic resources for German universities, research institutes and academic libraries, financially supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and coordinated by major research libraries like TIB.

Wholly owned by the Royal Society of Chemistry, RSC Publishing publishes a wide range of journals, magazines, databases and books. It is claimed to be one of the largest publishers of chemical science information in the world.

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Wiley-Blackwell and AWHONN set to launch new women's health magazine - 21 Jan 2008

Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, and the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) have announced the March 2008 launch of a new women's health magazine, Health for Women.

A quarterly publication, Health for Women will be distributed at no charge to female patients by more than 3,000 nurses at private medical offices, women's health centers, corporate health and wellness centers, women's cancer and heart centers and specialty clinics throughout the US and Canada. The magazine also has both controlled circulation and subscription-based distribution channels. It will be available by subscription for $12 a year at its website www.Health4WomenOnline.com.

With Health for Women, AWHONN continues a successful legacy of providing evidence-based women's health magazines that nurses want to distribute and that consumers want to read. For the past six years, AWHONN was the driving content and distribution force behind the former Every Woman magazine, which was closed by its publisher in January 2007. During its publication, Every Woman won seven major health information awards, including 'Health Care Consumer Publication of the Year' in 2006.

Health for Women is packed with 'actionable' content women can act on immediately to promote their own health and that of their family and aging relatives. Nurses can sign up to receive bulk copies at no charge for their female patients at www.awhonn.org or www.Health4WomenOnline.com. Starting this spring, women who want to subscribe to Health for Women can do so at www.Health4WomenOnline.com.

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Dear Subscribers - 18 Jan 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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DFG funds licence for entire Nature archive for German institutions - 18 Jan 2008

Goettingen University Library (SUB), the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), and scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, have announced a national deal. Under the deal, all universities, government institutions and publicly funded research institutions in Germany will obtain access to the complete Nature archive from 1869-2007.

The national licence is financed by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) as part of its national licensing project. The licence agreement also covers the Nature research journal archive collection up to and including 2007.

From May 2008, about 2.5 million researchers and students across Germany will have online access to the entire Nature archive back to Volume 1, Number 1. The archive contains more than 400,000 articles from over 6,500 issues, the first 80 years of which (1869-1949) went live earlier this month. In addition, the national deal includes access to the archives of Nature Biotechnology, Nature Genetics, Nature Medicine and Nature Structural & Molecular Biology up to and including 2007.

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Elsevier acquires MEDai Inc - 18 Jan 2008

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the acquisition of MEDai Inc., US, a leading healthcare predictive analytics and data mining solutions provider. Terms of the arrangement were however not disclosed.

MEDai's predictive analytics and data mining solutions combined with Elsevier's existing evidence and experienced-based medical content will enable the global publisher to provide integrated clinical decision support (CDS) solutions to improve performance and patient care and support quality and cost improvement. In addition, this acquisition will provide Elsevier with an expanded customer base of large health insurance companies, providing an important distribution channel for Elsevier's payer/provider and e-clinical decision support solutions.

MEDai has solutions that include severity adjustment (determining the severity of a disease and its affect on the patient's outcome through the analysis of relevant data), benchmarking and evidence-based care processes. Payers and care management organisations use MEDai to predict patients at risk, identify cost drivers for high-risk populations, forecast future health plan costs, evaluate patient patterns over time and improve outcomes.

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Idaho, Thomson Healthcare sign multi-year contract - 18 Jan 2008

Healthcare solutions provider Thomson Healthcare, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced that the state of Idaho has awarded the company a multi-year contract to provide a healthcare decision support system and data warehouse (DSS/DW) for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The move is part of the state's efforts to modernise its Medicaid Management Information System. The DSS/DW system seeks to improve the department's ability to manage and mine data from 9 million healthcare claims submitted to the state Medicaid programme each year.

The Department of Health and Welfare will use analytic and reporting capabilities of the Thomson Healthcare DSS/DW to strengthen management of Medicaid programmes, measure cost effectiveness and quality of care, forecast budgets, and fulfill federal Management and Administrative Reporting (MAR) requirements. The system will generate information that supports programme planning and evaluation, financial reporting, healthcare utilisation management, Medicaid eligibility analysis, actuarial rate setting, and other functions. Also, it will serve as the department's Surveillance and Utilization Review System (SURS), which is mandated for every state Medicaid programme by the federal government to help detect healthcare fraud and abuse.

The Thomson Healthcare solution integrates an analytically ready data warehouse with advanced methodologies and business intelligence applications to provide a powerful decision support system. It will be specifically configured to meet the unique needs of the Idaho Medicaid programme and will replace the programme's existing information system.

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Illinois Wesleyan, Marquette universities opt for Digital Commons solution - 18 Jan 2008

Publisher Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress), US, has announced that the libraries of Illinois Wesleyan University and Marquette University (WI) have signed contracts to use bepress' document repository software, Digital Commons. Also, both institutions are implementing bepress's SelectedWorks, a platform for building individual faculty pages.

SelectedWorks and Digital Commons are integrated, enabling migration of authors' works from the faculty page to the repository. The universities chose Digital Commons for its functionality; services such as mail lists, e-journal publication modules, alerting services, data feeds and conference management workflows; and customer service. The service is seen to allow the universities to include the works of alumni as well as current students.

Founded by academics in 1999, bepress is both a publisher of peer-reviewed e-journals and a software developer, having created a variety of tools to facilitate open access publication. The bepress Institutional Repository platform currently powers the eScholarship Repository of the University of California system as well as over 50 schools using Digital Commons.

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MarketResearch.com to distribute Liang Kong's Research - 18 Jan 2008

Market intelligence products and services provider MarketResearch.com, US, has announced a business partnership with research publisher Liang Kong. The deal allows for the marketing and distribution of Liang Kong's proprietary market analyses through the MarketResearch.com website.

Business professionals across the globe will now be able to access complete product descriptions and tables of contents from research publications authored by Liang Kong. In addition, visitors to the MarketResearch.com website can also purchase the material directly through MarketResearch.com's secure server.

Liang Kong is the Project Manager for Fountain Medical Development Corp., a CRO offering a full range of ICH GCP compliant clinical research services for multinational clients conducting clinical research in China. Kong's report, How to Conduct Clinical Trials in China, provides a comprehensive insider's view of the clinical research industry in China and the strategies necessary to successfully conduct clinical trials in the country.

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New Mathematical Biology section on Biology Direct - 18 Jan 2008

Open access publisher BioMed Central, US, has announced the launch of the new Mathematical Biology section of Biology Direct. The new Mathematical Biology section will be overseen by Section Editor Andrei Yaklovev, and supported by an international editorial board.

Biology Direct operates a unique open peer review system, whereby reviewers' comments and authors' responses are published alongside the final article, making the process of peer review open, rather than anonymous. Launched in 2006, Biology Direct has since published over 75 articles; nearly half of which have been accessed over 2,000 times, and seven articles have been highlighted on the literature evaluation service Faculty of 1000 Biology.

Biology Direct is tracked by Thomson Scientific and is on course to receive its first impact factor in 2008.

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Portico signs archiving agreement with MIT Press - 18 Jan 2008

Non-profit electronic archiving service provider Portico, US, has announced an agreement with the MIT Press, US, to preserve the latter's entire online journals collection of 33 titles. With this inclusion, over 7,300 titles have now been entrusted to the Portico archive.

Through this agreement with Portico, the MIT Press seeks to ensure that its online journal collection will be preserved and available for future scholars, researchers and students. MIT Press has also agreed to make an annual financial contribution to Portico and has designated the archive as an official delivery platform for post-cancellation access claims.

The MIT Press is one of the largest American university presses in terms of number of books and journals published and overall sales. The MIT Press Journals Division publishes in many subject areas, including the arts and humanities, social sciences, and certain areas of science and technology.

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Psyche: A Journal of Entomology converts to open access - 17 Jan 2008

STM publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation, US, has announced that Psyche: A Journal of Entomology has joined the company's growing collection of open access journals. Since its inaugural issue in 1874, Psyche has been published by the Cambridge Entomological Club and has served as a leading forum for the publication of fundamental entomological research. Hindawi is currently in the process of digitising the journal's back volumes, which will be made freely available on the journal's website in the coming months.

Psyche is an open access, peer-reviewed journal publishing research and review articles in all areas of basic (as opposed to applied) entomology. The journal is currently accepting new submissions. All published articles will be made freely available under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Founded in 1997, Hindawi Publishing Corporation is a rapidly growing open access publisher with more than 100 journals covering a wide range of areas in Science, Technology, and Medicine. The publisher claims to be the only OA publisher with fully developed open access journals spanning a wide range of subjects in STM.

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Dear Subscribers - 17 Jan 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section

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F-D-C Reports launches PharmAsiaNews.com - 17 Jan 2008

Publisher F-D-C Reports, Inc., US, part of STM publisher Elsevier, has announced the launch of PharmAsiaNews.com, a new subscription-based online service covering Rx drugs, biologics and devices in China, India, Japan and other nations in the Pacific Rim.

The new online service seeks to provide readers with a wide spectrum of news sources, including original on-the-ground reporting from news bureaus across Asia; guest columns; exclusive interviews; news summaries; English translation summaries of Chinese- and Japanese-language news; and aggregated content from across the globe. Subscribers to PharmAsiaNews.com will get online access to around-the-clock coverage of the rapidly expanding Asia marketplace, including China, India, Japan and other nations in the Pacific Rim; twice-weekly email updates; full archive access; breaking news alerts; and other online resources.

Through its diverse publications, F-D-C Reports provides up-to-date information on the health care and pharmaceutical industry worldwide. Its publications include The Pink Sheet, The Gray Sheet, The Rose Sheet, The Tan Sheet, Research Policy Alert, and Pharmaceutical Approvals Monthly.

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ISA, Knovel announce content partnership - 17 Jan 2008

Nonprofit organisation ISA, US, has announced a partnership with web-based information services provider Knovel Corporation, US, to provide ISA content to subscribers of Knovel's online technical reference collection. Knovel's online technical reference collection is claimed to be one of the most advanced and comprehensive online search and information tool for engineers. It offers authors and editors a platform to reach out to an increasingly global audience.

Knovel has uniquely optimised content, search, and interactive tools for specific engineering disciplines. Knovel's content includes material properties, process and design information, standard procedures, equations, and formulations. More than 1,200 leading reference works and databases from over 40 international publishers and professional societies are integrated for easy information discovery.

The addition of ISA's books and technical references is projected to help subscribers find valuable information about automation and control systems. Access to these resources through Knovel's fast and accurate search technology will enable design engineers to find the right resources to develop their systems, which helps companies save time and money.

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Lippincott Williams & Wilkins to continue as publisher for the Society of Critical Care Medicine - 17 Jan 2008

Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has signed a five year agreement to continue as publisher for the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). LWW and the SCCM launched the flagship journal Critical Care Medicine in 1973. In 2000, both parties expanded their offerings with the launch of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, published in partnership with the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies.

Both these journals are dedicated to improving the care of the critically ill and injured. Critical Care Medicine covers all aspects of acute and emergency care for the critically ill, including the latest news on clinical breakthroughs and promising research. Over 14,000 members of the SCCM receive the journal in print or online.

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine is devoted exclusively to pediatric and neonatal intensive care medicine, and reaches over 2,000 subscribers worldwide. PCC has been adopted as an official journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, World Federation of Pediatric intensive and Critical Care Societies, the Paediatric Intensive Care Society, UK, the Latin American Society of Pediatric Intensive Care, and the Japanese Society of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care.

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NPG partners with online physician community to help physicians access, interpret, and contribute to current medical research - 17 Jan 2008

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, has announced a partnership with online physician community Sermo to facilitate the discussion and interpretation of content in leading NPG medical journals by US physicians.

In this collaboration, NPG will add 'Discuss on Sermo' links to the online versions of articles in 12 of its leading medical journals, including Nature Medicine, Nature Clinical Practice Cardiovascular Medicine and Leukemia. These links will allow US physicians reading the journals to create or join discussions of the articles in Sermo's physician-only knowledge-sharing community. On Sermo, discussions of research articles include both free-text comments and user-generated surveys, capturing the depth of individual observations and opinions as well as aggregating the collective wisdom of its 50,000 physician members.

To best facilitate information sharing, NPG will make the full text of all articles from a selection of its medical journals freely available to registered users of Sermo, which is freely available to all licensed US physicians. In return, Sermo will allow NPG to use the Sermo community to better inform and extend the relevance of its articles. The partnership is Sermo's first with a commercial publisher.

The NPG titles that will make selected content freely available to Sermo users include Nature Clinical Practice Cardiovascular Medicine, Nature Clinical Practice Endocrinology & Metabolism, Nature Clinical Practice Neurology, Nature Clinical Practice Urology, International Journal of Impotence Research, International Journal of Obesity, Journal of Human Hypertension, Journal of Perinatology, Leukemia, and Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases. 'Discuss on Sermo' links will be added to the online versions of selected articles in these journals, and also in Nature Medicine and Nature Reviews Cancer.

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Orthodontic Technicians Association subscribes journal for members - 17 Jan 2008

Academic publisher Maney Publishing, UK, recently announced that the Orthodontic Technicians Association (OTA), UK, is to take up a preferential subscription offer to provide the Journal of Orthodontics for its members.

The journal, published by Maney for the British Orthodontic Society, is projected as a key resource for the practising orthodontic community. The OTA is engaged in advancing orthodontic research and practice. With this partnership, both the Journal and the Association seek to increase latest research papers for orthodontic practitioners.

The Journal of Orthodontics is the official journal of the British Orthodontic Society. Devoted to publishing the highest quality research in the field, it promotes research into different treatment methods and techniques, with regular papers on clinically relevant topics and studies to stimulate interest in new developments.

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Wiley-Blackwell extends publishing partnership with Cochrane Collaboration - 17 Jan 2008

Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced that the Cochrane Collaboration has renewed its partnership to publish The Cochrane Library. The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.

Wiley-Blackwell's wide range of evidence-based medicine products are claimed to aid healthcare professionals in accessing the right information at the right time. The Essential EBM Collection from Wiley-Blackwell seeks to provide healthcare professionals with up-to-date, unbiased and independently reviewed medical information to facilitate diagnosis and improve patient care.

Founded in 1993, the Cochrane Collaboration is an international not-for-profit and independent organisation, dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily available worldwide. It produces and disseminates systematic reviews of healthcare interventions and promotes the search for evidence in the form of clinical trials and other studies of interventions.

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Dear Subscribers - 16 Jan 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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Humana Press journals now available on SpringerLink - 16 Jan 2008

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced that Humana Press content is now available on www.springerlink.com along with more than 1,500 peer-reviewed Springer journals and over 22,000 eBooks. Humana Press, a US-based publisher of medical and scientific books and journals, was acquired by Springer in September 2006.

Beginning with the subscription year 2008, libraries and research institutions may purchase Humana Press journals through Springer. All issues previously available on the Humana Press platform are now available on SpringerLink which includes most journals starting from the inaugural issue or from 2000 and earlier. Archival conversion has been initiated with the intent to provide electronically available content to the first issue of each journal. More than 240 of such issues are currently available on SpringerLink.

With all content and subscribers migrated to SpringerLink, the Humana Press journals platform will be deactivated January 31, 2008. Access to journals on HumanaPress.com or HumanaJournals.com will no longer be available from February 1, 2008.

Humana Press' flagship journals are Molecular Neurobiology, Neuroinformatics, Immunologic Research, Journal of Molecular Neuroscience, Molecular Biotechnology, Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics, Endocrine, Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology, and NeuroMolecular Medicine. The Cancer Drug Discovery and Development series and the Contemporary Cardiology series are two esteemed book series in its publishing programme. Humana Press also publishes a number of major reference works, such as Principles of Molecular Medicine. Also, it has a backlist of about 1,500 titles in clinical medicine and life sciences, and nearly 150 titles are added each year. Springer will offer Humana Press eBook titles on SpringerLink beginning in 2008.

In addition to the journal and book portfolio, Humana Press also publishes SpringerProtocols.com, which includes the Methods in Molecular Biology series, the Methods in Molecular Medicine series, the Neuromethods series and many others. SpringerProtocols.com is a unique research methods database that operates outside of the journal and book searching environment.

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Ohio librarian receives Thomson Scientific' 2008 Quantum² InfoStar Award - 16 Jan 2008

Information solutions provider Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has awarded the 2008 Quantum² InfoStar Award to Brian Gray of Case Western Reserve University. The announcement was made during a special ceremony at the ALA Midwinter meeting in Philadelphia.

Gray currently serves as Head of Reference and the Engineering, Mathematics, and Statistics Librarian at the Kelvin Smith Library of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He was chosen as a participant in the 2006 American Library Association Library 2.0 Bootcamp that was developed to explore how libraries and/or associations could use Web 2.0 tools effectively. Gray is the current web coordinator for the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) of ALA, and maintains a personal blog that covers engineering resources and Web 2.0 in libraries.

The company annually designates recipients of its InfoStar Awards in several regions worldwide as part of its Quantum2 programme that offers leadership development services to information professionals globally. Key characteristics of winners include strategic involvement in an organisation, proactive relationship building, innovative information services and continuous change and development.

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SAGE content now available to universities and publicly-financed research institutions in Germany - 16 Jan 2008

Academic publisher SAGE and the Bavarian State Library (Munich) on behalf of the German Research Foundation, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), have completed a three-year nationwide licensing agreement. Under the deal, SAGE content will be available to universities and other publicly-financed research institutions in Germany, starting January 2008. The agreement is an initiative to improve access to specialised electronic resources for German universities, research institutes and academic libraries, financially supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and coordinated by major research libraries like the Bavarian State Library.

Over 170 German academic institutions, governmental institutions and major research centres, including the Max Planck Society, will now be able to access SAGE Premier - a leading collection of over 480 journals in business, humanities, social sciences, science, technology and medicine. The agreement also includes access to the SAGE Shallow Backfile (1999-2006).

The initiative is part of a pilot project to provide nationwide access to current content collections with financial support from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. SAGE has more recently developed a flourishing collection of science, technology and medical journals, bringing a broad range of high quality peer-reviewed journals and over 177,000 articles to the German research community.

A further agreement has been made enabling an outright purchase of the SAGE Deep Backfile - 367 SAGE journal backfiles from volume 1 issue 1 to 1998, containing over 371,000 research articles.

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Serials Solutions launches expanded e-resource, KnowledgeWorks - 16 Jan 2008

Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest, US, has re-introduced its e-resource knowledgebase called Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks. The expanded and improved knowledgebase covers e-journals and e-books; new legal citations abbreviations; and titles entered through a new Library Managed Holdings feature.

Serials Solutions is re-introducing its knowledgebase as a distinct brand to recognise the value that knowledgebase provides to the Serials Solutions 360 e-resource access and management solution. The Serials Solutions knowledgebase is a part of the Serials Solutions AMS Access and Management Service, now known as 360 Core.

Since 2000, Serials Solutions has been providing metadata for e-resources, developing its e-resource knowledgebase on the principles of accuracy, completeness and accessibility. This knowledgebase is integrated with all Serials Solutions services and provides a single source of accurate data as well as maintains local customisations for each client library for every service.

The KnowledgeWorks team works closely with content providers to collect and correct bibliographic metadata.

In conjunction with KnowledgeWorks, Serials Solutions is introducing the new KnowledgeWorks Certified programme to promote greater cooperation with content providers. This programme will help Serials Solutions develop the best possible relationships with content providers so that librarians can expect to maintain the highest quality information within KnowledgeWorks.

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Three more libraries set to use WorldCat Local service - 16 Jan 2008

Global library cooperative Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), US, has announced that following results from several pilots, the Cornell University Library, the State Library of Ohio and the University of Delaware Library have signed agreements to use WorldCat Local. WorldCat Local is a new service that combines the cooperative power of OCLC member libraries worldwide with the ability to customise WorldCat.org as a solution for local discovery and delivery services.

Pilot projects are currently under way to determine interoperability with a variety of systems. University of Washington, Peninsula Library System in California, Libraries in Illinois, The Ohio State University Libraries and the University of California Libraries are all currently involved in WorldCat Local pilot projects. Introduced as a pilot in April 2007, WorldCat Local will go live in 2008.

The WorldCat Local service builds on WorldCat.org, which allows web access to the world's richest database for discovery of materials held in libraries. Through a locally branded interface, the service provides libraries the ability to search the entire WorldCat database and present localised results most accessible to the patron. These include internal special collections, collections shared in a consortium, and open access collections.

WorldCat Local interoperates with locally maintained services like circulation, resource sharing and resolution to full text to create a seamless experience for the end user. It will also include future enhancements to WorldCat.org.

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WebFeat posts record growth in revenues with increased products and clients - 16 Jan 2008

Search engine provider WebFeat, US, has announced that it had posted another record year in 2007, its 10th year of consecutive growth, increasing revenues by 55 percent. Database searches soared by nearly 200 percent, growing from 88 million searches in 2006 to over 170 million last year. The company added 330 new client systems during the period, in turn providing WebFeat federated search access to over 3,500 more libraries. WebFeat systems are now available to over 16,500 libraries worldwide.

The company launched several new products in 2007, including Enterprise Administration Manager for multi-library networks, WebFeat Proxy, Menu Manager and version 3.0 of its WebFeat Express system. Notable new clients included North Carolina's 200-library NC LIVE statewide network, and Pennsylvania's 3,000-library Access PA system. WebFeat also realised significant growth overseas, with new systems in the UK, France, Australia, China, Korea, Spain, the Netherlands, and the Middle East. WebFeat now supports 11 languages, including double-Byte Unicode characters.

WebFeat capped the year with its fourth patent in session management and authentication technology. The product has patents in the US, Germany, Australia and China. The company attributes its growth to advances in its WebFeat Express and WebFeat Enterprise Edition administration technology, dramatically reducing the time required to configure, launch and maintain federated search systems.

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Dear Subscribers - 15 Jan 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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OCLC acquires library solution EZproxy from Useful Utilities - 15 Jan 2008

Global library cooperative Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), US, has announced that it has acquired EZproxy, a software for serving library patrons remotely, from Useful Utilities, US. Useful Utilities founder Chris Zagar will join OCLC as a full-time consultant. Zagar, a librarian at the Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona, will help ensure a smooth transition of EZproxy operations to OCLC and also assist OCLC in developing authentication services for the cooperative.

EZproxy allows libraries to manage access and authentication configurations through a proxy server so that library users do not have to make any configuration changes to their personal web browsers. More than 2,400 institutions in over 60 countries have purchased the software.

OCLC will honour EZproxy's current service arrangement for existing and new customers whereby licensees will continue to enjoy access to new releases of EZproxy and technical support at no additional charge. OCLC will also continue to develop and support EZproxy by working with commercial vendors to create new connectors to authentication systems and online content resources to libraries. Version 4.1 of the product is scheduled for release in March 2008.

Additionally, OCLC is planning to connect local instances of EZproxy to WorldCat.org, which allows web access to one of the world's richest database for discovery of materials held in libraries. By surfacing EZproxy in WorldCat.org, end users outside of the library will have better access to library collections and services through WorldCat.

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OCUL selects ebrary platform to host over 100,000 e-books - 15 Jan 2008

E-book technology firm ebrary, US, has announced that the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) has chosen its technology to distribute and archive over 100,000 e-books as part of the Scholars Portal services. Scholars Portal offers all 20 Ontario universities a growing collection of scholarly content including nearly 13 million journal articles and 200 abstract and index databases.

Under the deal, OCUL will be one of the first customers for ebrary's standalone licensed product - code named ISIS - that is hosted on the customers' servers, behind their firewalls. ISIS is currently in its last phase of development and is slated to ship in 2008. In addition to providing customers with complete control over their own digitised collections, ISIS will offer the same rich functionality as ebrary's current hosted solution.

OCUL is a consortium of twenty university libraries in the province of Ontario. The member libraries cooperate to enhance information services through resource sharing, collective purchasing, document delivery and many other similar activities.

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Open access use expanding in India - 15 Jan 2008

A growing number of Indian journals are reportedly converting to the open access format of Internet publishing. Many leading journals such as those published by the Indian Council of Medical Research, Indian National Science Academy and the Calicut Medical College are already open access.

The state-run National Informatics Centre as well as private firm MedKnow reportedly publish open access journals on behalf of about 75 societies. In November 2007, academic publisher Sage Publications and Hindawi Publishing Corp announced an agreement to jointly launch and publish a suite of fully open access journals. Under the model, all Sage-Hindawi journal articles are to be made freely available online via the Hindawi platform, funded by author charges.

Apart from individual journals, open access is making its impact at the repositories level too. Nearly 30 institutions have set up their own institutional open access repositories using free software and open source software such as EPrints and DSpace. The Indian Institute of Science (IIsc) was the first to set up the IISc EPrints archive, which has over 8,000 records.

The country is making significant development at the level of open access courses too. This refers to programmes for study, which offer access to everyone, regardless of whether they are formally students or not in an institution.

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ProQuest adds supplementary digital materials to Dissertations and Theses Database - 15 Jan 2008

ProQuest, part of Cambridge Information Group, US, has announced that it now offers supplementary digital materials to current and future academic works in the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database. These digital additions include audio, video, spreadsheets, and more.

With the recent increase in dissertations and theses that contain supplementary materials, ProQuest is working to ensures researchers everywhere have access to these important works. The supplementary material is now available for existing documents, and will be added to the PQDT database for all future dissertations where the author includes multimedia content. Thousands of libraries that have access to PQDT will benefit from easily discovering graduate works regardless of the format in which they were created.

Researchers across the globe turn to the PQDT database to find graduate research in their areas of interest. The database is claimed to be the most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses in the world. It includes over 2.4 million citations, representing works published as far back as 1637 and published as recently as last semester. Every major research university in the US and Canada is represented in the database.

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SirsiDynix launches new browser-based software for K-12 library staff - 15 Jan 2008

Library technology solutions provider SirsiDynix, US, has announced the availability of SirsiDynix StaffWeb, a new solution for K-12 libraries. The new, easy-to-use software solution will allow school librarians and media specialists to carry out primary circulation, cataloging, reporting and administration tasks and transactions using only a standard web browser.

SirsiDynix StaffWeb makes upgrading and maintaining library system software quick, easy and more affordable for school libraries, especially for district-wide systems that currently must perform on-site upgrades of staff workstations throughout the district. Currently available for K-12 sites running SirsiDynix Unicorn GL3.1, SirsiDynix StaffWeb will be available for SirsiDynix Symphony 3.2 in the second quarter of 2008.

This announcement was made at the 2008 Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association.

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Springer to sell Springer Business Media Austria to WEKA Group - 15 Jan 2008

STM publisher Springer Science+Business Media, Germany, and WEKA Group have reached an understanding for the sale of Springer Business Media Austria GmbH to WEKA Group. The anticipated transaction is subject to competition authority review in Austria. Based in Vienna, Springer Business Media Austria groups Springer's business-to-business publishing activities in Austria, and publishes titles in four thematic areas - Technology & Industry, Transportation, Commerce and Construction & Living.

Springer Wien New York, part of Springer Science+Business Media's STM publishing activity, and also based in Vienna as Springer-Verlag GmbH, is not part of this anticipated transaction, and will remain part of Springer Science+Business Media.

Katharina Oppitz, Managing Director of Springer Business Media Austria, has announced that she will leave the company shortly after the sale. She joined Springer Business Media Austria in 2005 as Head of Finance and became Managing Director in 2006. During this period, her main achievements have been the successful re-launching of a number of key titles and the re-engineering of core processes in order to achieve higher efficiency.

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Thomson Scientific Launches ResearcherID.com - 15 Jan 2008

Information solutions provider Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced the launch of ResearcherID.com. Designed as a web-based system, ResearcherID.com enables researchers to create stable personal identifiers to present their works and manage public presentation of their personal metrics.

Each individual identification (ID) number acts as a digital 'calling card' that the researcher can place anywhere, such as a personal home page, a CV, or a university page. The identifier links to a personal workspace that automatically updates citation data, user-generated tags and keywords, and professional information that can be shared with the public or kept for personal monitoring. ResearcherID.com ensures an accurate record of a researcher's output and attribution, providing a gateway for colleagues to pinpoint not only a researcher's published work, but also the researcher as a potential collaborator.

ResearcherID.com allocates an ID during a one-time registration which can be expressly associated with a researcher's published works without confusion over nomenclature or any changes in institutional affiliations during one's career. Later this month, Web of Science users will be able to create identifiers and workspaces to share publicly, with even wider availability via trusted sponsors in the future.

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Corland launches open access online publication, 'Green Fuels Forecast' - 14 Jan 2008

Corland Publishing has announced the launch of its third publication, Green Fuels Forecast. The public online magazine and companion monthly e-newsletter provide breaking news, analysis and original reporting on the global renewable vehicle fuels industry, including developments in E85, cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel and other fuels fortified with biomass. Automotive journalists Scott Anderson and Sam Abuels will oversee editorial development for the publication as editor and technical editor, respectively.

Green Fuels Forecast is claimed to be the first open access, web-based publication to present all sides in the debate over the commercial, technical and agricultural triumphs and challenges presented by renewable fuels. Topics include infrastructure, science, supplier trends, consumer and marketplace acceptance, agricultural/environmental perspectives and the energy industry's effort to bring biofuels to the market. The site includes original content detailing how automakers are developing power trains of the future and profiles of new startups chasing the technology behind clean fuels. It seeks to help consumers understand how renewable fuels will change what and how they drive.

Green Fuels Forecast complements Corland Publishing's existing open access web publications, Diesel Forecast and Hydrogen Forecast. Corland has also announced the addition of a YouTube channel to capture all videos posted on its online magazine websites. In the coming weeks, Green Fuels Forecast will add new features, such as a search engine to find E85 or biodiesel pumps anywhere in the US.

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Dear Subscribers - 14 Jan 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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Informa Healthcare licenses ebrary platform to sell e-books - 14 Jan 2008

E-book technology firm ebrary, US, has announced that Informa Healthcare, a division of Informa PLC, has licensed its platform to sell and market Informa's growing selection of e-books online. With a portfolio that includes more than 250 new pharmaceutical science and clinical medicine books and other materials published each year, Informa Healthcare is focused on the life sciences and medical publishing markets.

With ebrary's technology, the company expects to significantly grow its e-book business while increasing usage and customer satisfaction. The ebrary platform not only makes it easy to submit e-books in industry standard PDF, it also offers flexible options for selling individual e-books and packages of e-books under both single- and multi-user access models.

Key features and benefits of the ebrary platform for publishers include flexible e-commerce options; 'Browse-before-buy' capabilities; integration with multiple online resources; easy PDF submission; full text searching and indexing; personal bookshelves; highlighting and annotating; multiple search options; copying and printing with an automatic citation and URL hyperlink back to the source; and reporting tools and usage statistics.

Informa Healthcare caters to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices, diagnostics, instrumentation, crop protection and animal health industries. It provides a wide range of news services, magazines, R&D databases, books, research journals, mailing lists, contact directories and business reports.

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Knovel expands online technical reference collection with Earth Science titles - 14 Jan 2008

Web-based information services provider Knovel, US, has announced that it now provides access to essential references for Earth Sciences as part of its online collection. The new Earth Science subject area enables subscribers in infrastructure construction, oil and gas, civil engineering and many other fields to rely on Knovel as a single place to get reliable answers quickly.

The new titles span areas such as Climatology; Mineralogy; Geophysics; Geochemistry; Geology; Oceanography; Soil science; Glaciology; and Geomechanics, among others. Based on requests from subscribers, the company has introduced titles from publishers such as Elsevier, Cambridge University Press, Springer, and John Wiley & Sons.

Knovel has uniquely optimised content, search, and interactive tools for specific engineering disciplines. Its content includes material properties, process and design information, standard procedures, equations, and formulations. Close to 2,000 leading reference works and databases from over 40 international publishers and professional societies are integrated to provide a single source of answers to technical questions.

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LexisNexis launches new online service, LexisNexis Statistical DataSets - 14 Jan 2008

Information solutions provider LexisNexis, US, has announced the release of a new online service, LexisNexis Statistical DataSets, which will enable researchers to build statistical tables from multiple sources in a single interface. It can be added to the LexisNexis Statistical service or it can be accessed through a standalone subscription.

LexisNexis Statistical DataSets aggregates more than 100 licensed and public domain datasets and makes 750 million data points accessible within a single interface. The online interactive statistical solution joins three existing modules in LexisNexis Statistical - American Statistics Index (ASI), State Reference Index (SRI), and Index to International Statistics (IIS).

LexisNexis Statistical DataSets complements the existing LexisNexis Statistical offering and illustrates the company's Total Solutions strategy to deliver comprehensive information solutions to address specific customer needs. Users will now be able to easily and quickly scan content, select subjects and criteria and view data in side-by-side tables and charts, offering the opportunity to get exactly what they need faster.

An alliance with Conquest Systems, Inc. provides customers dynamic statistical information through the LexisNexis Statistical platform. As a result, users can control data featured in their reports and become publishers themselves.

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London medical schools opt for BMJ Group' information resources - 14 Jan 2008

Medical publisher BMJ Group, UK, has announced that a consortium of the libraries of the five London medical schools (Imperial College London, King's College London, Queen Mary University of London, St George's University of London and UCL) has purchased a range of evidence based information resources from the BMJ Group. Key among these is BMJ Clinical Evidence.

BMJ Clinical Evidence is claimed to be one of the world's most authoritative medical resources for informing treatment decisions and improving patient care. It provides a set of evidence based medicine facilities to help busy clinicians manage their patients as effectively as possible. It sums up what is known - and not known - about more than 500 medical conditions and over 3000 treatments.

Several of the medical schools have also bought BMJ Best Treatments, which is designed to give patients access to information on which treatments work and which don't, based on the latest available medical research. Most of the medical schools have also decided to subscribe to the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (DTB), which is owned by the BMJ Group and is independent of both the pharmaceutical industry and the government.

Access to the BMJ information resources is not restricted to the Higher Education staff and students who are members of the consortium libraries. Wherever possible, access to these resources has also been made available to the staff of a number of affiliated NHS Trusts to which the libraries are significant providers. This includes Guy's and St Thomas', Imperial College Healthcare, the Royal Free, Barts and the London, St George's, UCL Hospitals NHS Trusts, as well as several PCTs and mental health Trusts.

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ProQuest expands CSA Illustrata to offer Technology collection - 14 Jan 2008

ProQuest, part of Cambridge Information Group, US, has announced plans to significantly expand the content searched by CSA Illustrata, a cornerstone in the company's strategy to make serious bibliographic searching more precise and efficient. Under the initiative, the digital research tool, which uncovers data 'hidden' in the illustrations and tables in scholarly journals, will be expanded to offer a Technology collection, improving the quality of research on virtually any technological topic. Key subject areas in CSA Illustrata: Technology will include aerospace, engineering, high technology, and materials science.

Released in early 2007 with a Natural Sciences module, CSA Illustrata launched a patent-pending process of deep web indexing, which surfaces relevant content by first extracting tables, charts and other illustrations from journal articles and then indexes it so it can be retrieved through a common search. The release of CSA Illustrata: Technology will apply that same granular indexing and categorising to graphics contained in key technological journals from Blackwell Publishing, Cambridge University Press, EDP Sciences, Elsevier, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, IGI Global (Idea Group), IOS Press, National Research Council of Canada, Oxford University Press, and Trans Tech Publications Inc.

CSA Illustrata was developed over the course of two years and in conjunction with end-users, researchers and librarians.

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Science Service re-launches under the name Society for Science & the Public - 14 Jan 2008

Non-profit organisation Science Service, US, has been re-launched under the name Society for Science & the Public (SSP). Established in 1921, SSP is a leading advocate for the understanding and appreciation of science. Under the new name, the organisation will continue to own and administer the world's leading pre-college science competitions and publish the award-winning magazine Science News.

Published since 1922, Science News is a weekly newsmagazine covering important and emerging research in all fields of science. It publishes concise, accurate, timely articles that appeal to both general readers and scientists, reaching nearly 130,000 subscribers and more than one million readers weekly. SSP's science programmes include the world's preeminent science competition for high school students: the Intel Science Talent Search, whose alumni have gone onto receive the world's top science honors, including six who have won the Nobel Prize. Until 1998, the Intel STS was known as the Westinghouse Science Talent Search.

The Science Service Board of Trustees appointed a volunteer commission of the country's leaders in science, education, management and scientific publishing to lead a thorough review of the organisation. The board, made up of leading scientists including two Nobel laureates, endorsed the commission's recommendations in late 2006, setting this organisational repositioning in motion.

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Academic Alliance Foundation publishes medical textbook on the management of HIV/AIDS - 11 Jan 2008

The Academic Alliance Foundation (AAF), US, has announced that it has published the first medical textbook, Global HIV/AIDS Medicine, aimed at a comprehensive approach to the management of HIV/AIDS as a global problem. The book reflects a changing landscape in HIV/AIDS prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, with particular emphasis on the realities of HIV/AIDS in resource limited settings.

By bringing in new global expertise and openly addressing the challenges of prevention and care in diverse resource limited settings, Global HIV/AIDS reflects growing recognition of the need to train medical professionals to treat the epidemic on the stage on which it often unfolds. The book features current guidance and realities of HIV/AIDS management by geographical region; the ability to diagnose AIDS manifestations by comparing them to full-colour clinical images; and tables that allow a practitioner to quickly gather, compare and review essential data.

A not-for-profit corporation, AAF seeks to overcome the burden of infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa by building healthcare capacity and strengthening academic medical institutions. AAF was born out of unique partnership between senior North American academic physician-researchers in the field of infectious disease, their counterparts on the Faculty of Medicine at Uganda's famed Makerere University, and others motivated to find innovative solutions to combat infectious disease in sub-Saharan Africa and strengthen Africa for future generations.

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Dear Subscribers - 11 Jan 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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Healthcare systems using EBSCO's Health Library recognised with eHealthcare Leadership Awards - 11 Jan 2008

Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO), a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., US, has announced that institutions using patient education information from Health Library were recognised in several categories during the eighth annual eHealthcare Leadership Awards.

The eHealthcare Leadership Awards recognise the best websites of healthcare providers and other healthcare-related organisations. These awards highlight the Internet's role in achieving an organisation's business objectives and recognise the hard work that has gone into creating outstanding health websites. Sites receiving the awards were selected from more than 1,000 entries and were compared with each other by a panel of expert judges in the area of health care and the Internet.

Healthcare systems and hospitals using EBSCO Publishing's Health Library won awards in each subcategory, including Best Health/Healthcare Content for a Healthcare System, Best Interactive Site, Best eBusiness Site, Best Quality Communication, Best Rich Media and Best Overall Site.

Health Library provides URAC-accredited, evidence-based patient education information. The content is written for the lay reader and can be integrated into websites to allow hospitals and healthcare systems to offer their patients the latest information on conditions, treatments and procedures, as well as drug information and health news.

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Ingenta names Jeff Downing as Manager, Library Relations - 11 Jan 2008

Information and publishing services provider Ingenta, UK, a division of Publishing Technology plc, recently announced the appointment of Jeff Downing as Manager, Library Relations. Downing will join the company in February and will pursue opportunities for the company's suite of integrated library services. With this appointment, the company seeks to strengthen its sales presence and strategic focus in the North American library market.

Downing joins Ingenta from Amigos Library Services where he was most recently Associate Director and Manager, Electronic Information Services, a role with responsibilities including North American marketing and sales of scholarly aggregation databases including BioOne.

Ingenta's flagship website, IngentaConnect, provides over 25,000 libraries with access to over 31,000 publications via subscription and document delivery. Publishers can opt to apply their own brand to their pages of the site using the IngentabyDesign service. Also, they can upgrade to their own pub2web publications platform, which shares some IngentaConnect technical architecture but offers publishers full control over design and content structure. Library services were streamlined during 2007 with new features being added to the standard free-to-use package.

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Jobson Medical Information acquires CenterWatch and NEIRB from Thomson Healthcare - 11 Jan 2008

Healthcare communications, publishing, and medical education company Jobson Medical Information LLC (JMI), US, has announced that they have acquired the assets of CenterWatch and The New England Institutional Review Board (NEIRB) from Thomson Healthcare Inc., a subsidiary of the Thomson Corporation. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

CenterWatch and NEIRB provide information and services that support the efficient execution of clinical trials. Founded in 1994, CenterWatch is a publishing and information services company supplying critical data to the clinical trials industry. Key customers include pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology and medical device companies, CRO's and patients involved in clinical trials. The CenterWatch website lists over 5,000 clinical trials and details of over 30,000 clinical trial sites. The website attracts over 200,000 visitors per month.

NEIRB provides FDA mandated services to pharmaceutical companies and CRO's. Founded in 1988, NEIRB was one of the first central institutional review boards established to meet the ethical review needs of a burgeoning drug development market.

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Palgrave Macmillan titles now available through MPS Technologies' BookStore Discovery platform - 11 Jan 2008

MPS Technologies, the technology arm of Macmillan India, has announced that over 1,900 Palgrave Macmillan books are now available to browse and search online through its BookStore Discovery platform.

The launch of the facility on www.palgrave.com, earlier this week, incorporates MPS Technologies' second generation Widget. The BookStore Discovery Widget (http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=270666) allows readers to share their favourite books with their friends via social networking sites. The viral marketing tool has a forward-to-a-friend and bookmarking function and can be embedded as HTML. The tool now integrates with Google also.

MPS Technologies' BookStore Discovery platform helps to drive more readers to book content and increases the chance that they will purchase it by allowing them to browse through pages of the book and to search for terms online before deciding to buy it. With this new technology, publishers have control over how much content is made available to browse and also retain their current payment process on their existing websites.

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ProQuest launches aggregated full-text database for libraries - 11 Jan 2008

ProQuest, part of Cambridge Information Group, US, has launched what is claimed to be the largest aggregated full-text database for libraries. The new database, called ProQuest Central, serves as a foundational research collection for academic libraries. It offers more than 11,000 titles (8,000 in full text) and over 160 subject areas covering core academic disciplines.

ProQuest Central's coverage of over 160 subject areas include core disciplines such as business and economics, medical and health, news and world affairs, science, education, technology, humanities, social sciences, psychology, literature, law and nursing.

Currently available, the database combines content from publishers such as Cambridge University Press, Emerald Group Publishing, MIT Sloan Management Review, Palgrave, Oxford University Press and Dow Jones. Multiple content types are available, including scholarly and general reference journals, newspapers, full-text dissertations, company annual reports, industry reports, country reports and working papers.

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US' digital library for geosciences shifted to Center for Atmospheric Research - 11 Jan 2008

The US' National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced that the nation's most extensive collection of digital learning resources for geoscience education is now based at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. The move is designed to ensure that the Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE), developed with funding from the NSF, will continue to serve hundreds of thousands of K-12 educators and learners around the country.

DLESE had previously been funded through a five-year grant from NSF. During that grant period (2002-2007), the DLESE archive and programme centre office were located at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), which operates NCAR.

In determining where to move its collection, DLESE called on a group of experts in information science, geoscience education, and business as well as members of DLESE's former steering committee and advisory board. The group examined potential models of sponsorship and membership and looked carefully at which parts of the DLESE collection should be sustained in the absence of dedicated funding.

The move to NCAR is seen to enable DLESE and its users to benefit from NCAR's extensive cyber-infrastructure and expertise in information management. NCAR library staff will maintain the DLESE collections.

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Physicians Practice, Loma Linda partnership to improve patient care in Southern California - 10 Jan 2008

Physicians Practice, America's leading practice management journal, has partnered with the Loma Linda University Medical Center to provide resources to help physicians in Southern California manage their practices more efficiently, thereby improving patient care.

Under the deal, the journal will be mailed monthly, beginning in January, to nearly 4,500 doctors in the region. The journal will cover articles pertinent to the daily business issues faced by area physicians and their staff. Also, it will feature a section sponsored by Loma Linda highlighting news in clinical and scientific research.

Physicians Practice journal maintains about 60 hospital partnerships and is distributed to more than 276,000 practicing physicians. Owned by CMP Healthcare Media, a division of United Business Media, it helps physicians effectively manage the operational and business aspects of their practices by providing practical, proven solutions for the 'real-world' concerns their businesses face.

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BioCentury, NPG introduce electronic publication to distill life science research - 10 Jan 2008

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, and BioCentury Publications, Inc., US, have unveiled SciBX, a new publication that seeks to leverage the business intelligence of BioCentury and the scientific acumen of NPG. SciBX will distill and analyse newly published life science research, aiding the translation of academic science into commercial products.

The Preview Edition of SciBX: Science-Business eXchange was launched during the 26th Annual JPMorgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco. The electronic publication will be distributed to SciBX subscribers every Thursday, starting January 31, 2008. The companies also announced the launch of www.scibx.com, a new website featuring a free Preview Edition of SciBX and information on the publication and charter subscription rates.

SciBX will evaluate hundreds of high impact peer-reviewed scientific articles every week and pick the most commercially relevant findings that merit deeper analysis. Such a multidisciplinary approach is expected to provide scientific context, identify potential commercial impact and describe the next steps required to translate the newest developments in the lab into innovative healthcare solutions.

The biopharmaceutical industry and its investors are inundated with complex scientific papers describing the latest discoveries each week. According to MEDLINE, over 600,000 articles were added to its database in 2006 alone. The new publication is expected to help distill this flood of scientific data by filtering and analysing key findings within the most current scientific and business context. It is projected as a resource for biotechnology and pharmaceutical executives, business development specialists, drug discovery and development teams, venture capitalists and other investment professionals who wish to identify new projects and potential new partners.

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Dear Subscribers - 10 Jan 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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McGraw-Hill restructuring select business operations to boost growth - 10 Jan 2008

Information services provider McGraw-Hill Companies, US, has announced that it has restructured a limited number of business operations in the fourth quarter of 2007 to fortify its long-term growth prospects. During the period, the company incurred a restructuring charge of $43.7 million, pre-tax, consisting mostly of employee severance costs related to a workforce reduction of approximately 600 positions. This reduction represents approximately 3 percent of the company's global workforce. The total restructuring charge after tax is $27.3 million, or $0.08 per diluted share of fourth quarter 2007 earnings.

McGraw-Hill Education accounts for $16.3 million, pre-tax, of the restructuring charge. The Higher Education, Professional and International Group has taken steps to consolidate certain sales, editorial, marketing and administrative functions, primarily in its international locations. This is to better address new and existing revenue streams for textbooks, facilitate its strategic shift toward increased investments in digital and custom products, and enable greater efficiencies. The School Education Group also is making a strategic shift toward more digital products, while taking steps to centralise certain management functions and to better leverage outsourcing opportunities.

The Information & Media segment accounts for $6.7 million, pre-tax, of the restructuring charge. Restructuring activities in the segment's B2B Group - which includes BusinessWeek, J.D. Power and Associates, Platts, McGraw-Hill Construction and Aviation Week - are related primarily to the reallocation of certain resources to support continued digital-evolution and productivity initiatives.

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ProQuest to celebrate 70th anniversary of UMI - 10 Jan 2008

ProQuest, part of Cambridge Information Group, US, has announced that the company will celebrate the 70th Anniversary of University Mircofilms, Inc. (UMI), an imprint of ProQuest, at the ALA Midwinter conference on January 12, 2008. UMI was created in 1938 by Eugene Power to safeguard threatened scholarly resources.

UMI worked to make content accessible to researchers around the world long before the first computer, and decades before the first PC, floppy disc, or wiki. Even today, microform remains a perfect way to capture content and make it accessible around the world - especially for more specialised research needs.

ProQuest and UMI continue to pioneer increasing access to titles, and eliminating the typical need experienced by publishers either to print hundreds of copies or not to publish at all. With the 'view on demand' opportunity provided by microfilm from UMI, libraries can make rare titles available to their researchers even if they are out of print. Through UMI, ProQuest is working to ensure that content is available for generations of patrons to come.

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Rebecca Lenzini joins Ingenta as Director of Business Development, Publisher Services - 10 Jan 2008

Information and publishing services provider Ingenta, UK, a division of Publishing Technology plc, has announced that Rebecca Lenzini, President of The Charleston Company, will join the firm as Director of Business Development, Publisher Services, on an assignment to strategically improve the positioning and development of its US presence.

A long-standing member of the scholarly publishing and library communities, Lenzini is well-known as publisher of The Charleston Advisor and as co-founder and sponsor of the Fiesole Collection Development Retreat Series. She was previously President and COO of CARL Corporation in Denver, Colorado, and is one of the founders of UnCover, the original article retrieval and document delivery service introduced in 1988, now part of Ingenta.

In addition, she also served as Vice President and Director of the Faxon Company's Academic Information Services Division in the 1980s. Lenzini will continue her activities for The Charleston Company in addition to her new role at Ingenta.

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SAGE announces new consortia agreements across Asia for 2008 - 10 Jan 2008

Academic publisher SAGE has announced several new consortia agreements across Asia for 2008. After a year of considerable growth in the region, SAGE content will now be available for subscription to member and affiliated institutions of the Japan Association of National University Libraries (JANUL); Private & Public University Libraries Consortia (PULC); Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee (JULAC); and the Korean Electronic Site License Initiative (KESLI).

SAGE's electronic journals package represents one of the largest collections in the social sciences as well as an extensive portfolio of titles in Science, Technology and Medicine. Members and affiliates of these consortia can now stand to benefit from access to over 485 journals across 40 disciplines in SAGE Premier, the Subject collections and Deep Backfile. KESLI, based in Korea will also be offering member access to SAGE's eReference package, now containing over fifty titles in 2008.

The global publisher opened its regional headquarters in Singapore in January 2007, marking the company's commitment to growth in the region. SAGE Singapore now employs staff based in Japan, China, Malaysia and Thailand, as well as managing a network of agents and representatives across Asia.

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Thomson Scientific launches online forum for promoting discussion on citation-based research evaluation - 10 Jan 2008

Information solutions provider Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced the launch of its Citation Impact Forum. The Citation Impact Forum is an online forum promoting scholarly discussion about all facets of citation-based research evaluation - from Thomson Scientific's own influential Journal Impact Factor to emerging citation metrics, such as the h-index.

The Citation Impact Forum will feature interviews with and commentary from industry leaders - bibliometricians, researchers and publishers - about scholarly evaluation. By becoming a registered member of the Forum, users will have the added ability to join invitation only forums where they can participate in discussions by sharing their own thoughts with other members. Registered members can also recommend future Forum discussion topics.

Thomson Scientific will also use the Forum to address inaccuracies and common misinterpretations circulating among the scientific community, printed in journals, blogs and other forums.

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BioMed Central launches new OA journal - Parasites & Vectors - 09 Jan 2008

Open access publisher BioMed Central, US, has announced the launch of a new, broad-focus journal, Parasites & Vectors. Chris Arme, Past-President of the British Society for Parasitology, will serve as editor-in-chief of the journal.

An open access, peer-reviewed online journal, Parasites & Vectors will report on the biology of parasites, parasitic diseases, intermediate hosts and vectors. The journal will also address broader issues like economics, social sciences and global climate change in relation to parasites, vectors and disease control.

Parasites & Vectors expands upon the scope of two former BioMed Central publications, Kinetoplastid Biology and Disease and Filaria Journal, both of which ceased publication in December 2007. Authors working in the areas covered by these journals are encouraged to submit their work to Parasites & Vectors. The full archives of these two journals remain available from the Kinetoplastid Biology and Disease and Filaria Journal websites and PubMed Central.

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Dear Subscribers - 09 Jan 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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ebrary rolls out public beta of new Java-based Reader - 09 Jan 2008

E-book technology firm ebrary, US, has announced the first stage of its public beta for its new Java-based Reader. The new ebrary Reader, which will replace the company's current plug-in, is now available to new ebrary subscription customers on Windows and Linux platforms. All ebrary end-users will have access to the new ebrary Reader in the first quarter of 2008.

The ebrary Reader enables materials to be viewed online and streams pages, providing faster access to large documents. Also, it gives the ebrary platform all of its rich functionality including ebrary InfoTools, which enables integration between multiple online resources and instant, contextual linking when end-users select words of interest in a document.

Key enhancements and new features include better annotating features; ability to transform text into a hyperlink to a URL of the end-user's choice; improved keyboard shortcuts to assist end-users with special accessibility needs; transparent updates, eliminating the need for end-user or IT intervention; ability to display, print, and copy/paste text from documents in any language; improved support for color images; and better text handling when copying text.

ebrary seeks to help libraries and publishers disseminate information to end users, while improving end user research and document interaction. The company has developed a flexible e-content platform, which customers may use in a number of different, integrated capacities. It currently offers a growing selection of more than 120,000 e-books and other titles from more than 285 publishers and aggregators.

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Global EMM solutions provider selects DocZone.com for DITA CMS and single-source publishing - 09 Jan 2008

Software firm DocZone.com, Netherlands, has announced that enterprise marketing management (EMM) software provider Unica Corporation, US, has purchased a multi-year Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) contract to use the DocZone system for authoring, managing, translating, and publishing DITA content.

DocZone was selected for its strong support for managing translations, ability to do automated single-source publishing, and cost-effective pricing model. Focused exclusively on the needs of marketers, Unica's solution uniquely provides a marketing system of record that enables marketers to easily manage marketing information and assets, rapidly assemble campaign components, and track performance. Presently, more than 500 companies worldwide have adopted Unica's Affinium as their EMM solution.

DocZone.com provides the industry's first 'Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)' XML content management platform, including XML authoring, content management, automated workflow, server-based translation memory, and single-source publishing. In addition, it also offers the industry's only guaranteed rapid deployment methodology to bring customers into production within 30 days.

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Ingenta announces new, renewed client agreements for digital publishing service - 09 Jan 2008

Information and publishing services provider Ingenta, UK, a division of Publishing Technology plc, recently announced that 16 new publisher clients have chosen the IngentaConnect digital publishing service. Several are launching online publications for the first time, which is seen to indicate the continuing growth of the e-publishing sector and the increasing power of the digital imperative. Those publishers who are moving to IngentaConnect from a competitor service reportedly cite the platform's ability to grow their audience and deliver global exposure with its large share of the library market. Sixteen current clients are also extending their electronic publishing partnerships with Ingenta for another three years.

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), which is launching its first online publishing presence, has chosen IngentaConnect. Ingenta will provide data conversion and enhancement, secure online hosting, access and authentication and content discoverability management for IMarEST's three journals. Other new clients include Agricultural University of Szczecin; Essential Oil Consultants SARL; Hellenic Veterinary Medical Society; Institut National d'Etudes Démographiques; International Journal of Engineering Education; Oxford Business Group; Society for Underwater Technology; and The Society of Indexers.

Existing clients extending their contracts include Berg Publishers, which will add two titles to its IngentaConnect-hosted collection of social science journals, and Bentham Science Publishers. Bentham expects to capitalise on Ingenta's high traffic to grow advertising revenues for 200 new open access journals.

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Nature archive from 1869 to 1949 goes online - 09 Jan 2008

Scientific journal Nature has announced that the archive of the first 80 years (1869-1949) of the journal is currently available online at www.nature.com/nature/archive. Many of the historic moments in modern science can now be explored online.

The archive includes reports on the first observation of x-rays (Wilhelm Röntgen, 1896) the discovery of the electron (J.J. Thomson, 1897), the first fossil evidence that humans originated in Africa (Raymond Dart, 1925), and the discovery of the neutron (James Chadwick, 1932). Containing over 4000 issues and an estimated 180,000 articles, the 1869-1949 archive completes the digitisation of Nature. The project has taken over five years to complete, beginning with the launch of the 1987-1996 archive in 2003. A special web feature, The History of the Journal Nature (www.nature.com/nature/history/), featuring timelines, video interviews and profiles of editors, has been developed to celebrate the launch of the 1869-1949 archive.

The Nature archive 1869-1949 is an integrated part of the nature.com platform. The articles are available as PDFs of the original journal article, but HTML abstracts are available. All users can browse the archive via www.nature.com/nature/archive. While access is by site licence for institutions, articles can also be purchased individually. Selected content is free for a limited time at www.nature.com/nature/history/century.html.

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Springer set to launch new journal - Tropical Plant Biology - 09 Jan 2008

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced the launch of a new journal, Tropical Plant Biology. Paul H. Moore, recently retired from the US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, and Ray Ming of the Department of Plant Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, will serve as editors-in-chief of the journal, the first issue of which is scheduled for March 2008. They will be supported by an editorial board comprising international scientists. The advisory board will include heads of leading plant institutes as well as influential researchers in plant biology.

To be published quarterly, Tropical Plant Biology will report on significant advances in all aspects of tropical plant biology as well as applications towards genetic diversity and crop improvement. The journal will cover the most rapidly advancing aspects of tropical plant biology including physiology, evolution, development, cellular and molecular biology, cytology, genetics, genomics, comparative genomics, genomic ecology and molecular breeding. It will publish articles of original research as well as review articles. Occasional special issues focused on a single tropical crop species or breakthrough will also be published. The journal joins the growing number of new plant science journals in Springer's publishing portfolio.

Springer will publish Tropical Plant Biology both online and in print. The journal will include Online First, Cross Reference Linking and Alert services. In addition, all authors, via the Springer Open Choice programme, have the option of publishing their articles using the open access publishing model.

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Wiley-Blackwell to publish International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology' IUBMB Life - 09 Jan 2008

Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc, US, has announced that it has been selected by the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) to publish the latter's IUBMB Life. Edited by Angelo Azzi and William J. Whelan, IUBMB Life is the flagship journal of the IUBMB. Wiley-Blackwell began publishing IUBMB's other journal Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education in January 2007.

Wiley-Blackwell will publish the journal in print and online via the company's online publishing platform, Wiley InterScience. IUBMB Life publishes novel and significant short articles, reviews and papers in the broadly defined fields of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, and molecular medicine.

Under a separate agreement, Wiley-Blackwell and IUBMB will also develop books with an objective of co-publishing around 5-10 books per year in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology. The global publisher will oversee the publishing services for these titles, including production, marketing, and distribution worldwide. Both parties will collaborate on acquisitions and editorial development.

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BioOne forms agreement with Allen Press, integrating Atypon's platform - 08 Jan 2008

BioOne, US, a web-based aggregator of research in biological, ecological and environmental sciences, has announced a new agreement with printer and publishing services provider Allen Press, Inc., US. The deal will continue the organisations' seven-year partnership and provide for a superior new online platform through a strategic alliance with Atypon Systems, Inc.

Under the agreement, Allen Press will continue to provide comprehensive customer service and support for BioOne, with the new platform build, content migration, and ongoing technological development managed by strategic partner Atypon Systems. Allen Press recently signed an agreement with Atypon Systems for online platform hosting services and technological tools to offer BioOne's service.

Now entering its eighth year of operation, BioOne includes three full-text collections (two subscribed and one open access) representing 143 publications from 102 not-for-profit society and institutional publishers. In order to better serve this growing community of publishers, libraries, and end users, the BioOne leadership had issued an RFP for online hosting services to leading industry providers in mid-2007.

BioOne, Allen Press and Atypon Systems will begin development of the new BioOne platform in early 2008, with a public launch date of the new interface in early January 2009. The new BioOne website will focus on enhanced administrative capabilities for both publishers and subscribing libraries, as well as a superior user experience for scholars and researchers.

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Cengage Learning names William D. Rieders as executive VP - 08 Jan 2008

Print and digital information services provider Cengage Learning, US, has announced the appointment of William D. Rieders as executive vice president of Cengage Learning. He will report directly to Ronald Dunn, CEO and president of Cengage Learning.

As a member of the Cengage Learning Executive Committee, Rieders will initially focus efforts on growth strategies and the integration of the recently acquired Houghton Mifflin College Division into the existing Cengage Learning operations. He was most recently a partner of The Parthenon Group, a leading global strategy consulting firm. While at Parthenon, Rieders was an advisor to Thomson Learning (now Cengage Learning) and played a significant role in improving the overall growth and profitability of the business. In addition, he has been instrumental in transforming a variety of information businesses, including healthcare, scientific, intellectual property, legal, and tax.

Cengage Learning, formerly Thomson Learning, provides integrated information solutions to business and professional customers. These solutions are delivered through specialised content, applications and services that foster academic excellence and professional development, as well as provide measurable learning outcomes to its customers. Cengage Learning's existing company and imprint brands include Heinle, Gale, Wadsworth, Delmar Learning, Brooks/Cole and South-Western, among others.

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Commercial Director of BMJ Group appointed to APPSI panel - 08 Jan 2008

Medical publisher BMJ Group, UK, has announced that the company's Commercial Director, Shane O'Neill, has been appointed by the Ministry of Justice to the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information (APPSI).

Established by the Cabinet Office in 2003, the APPSI is a non-departmental Public Body of the Ministry of Justice. Its role is to advise ministers on how to encourage and create opportunities in the information industry for greater re-use of public sector information; to advise the Director of the Office of Public Sector Information and Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office about changes and opportunities in the information industry, so that the licensing of Crown copyright and public sector information is aligned with current and emerging developments; to review and consider complaints under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005 and advise on the impact of the complaints procedures under those regulations. Until recently, Shane has been advising the Department of Health in a number of information related areas. His experience makes him a valuable addition to this panel.

Shane O'Neill joined the BMJ Group as Commercial Director in December 2007. The commercial division of the British Medical Association, the BMJ Group publishes and distributes leading journals covering all major medical specialties and clinical evidence. The Group's flagship journal, British Medical Journal (BMJ), is rated as one of the world's top five general medical journals.

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Dear Subscribers - 08 Jan 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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Ex Libris Group unveils new corporate branding - 08 Jan 2008

Library solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has launched its new corporate branding. With this initiative, the company seeks to provide a comprehensive suite of solutions for managing the full spectrum of materials and processes for academic, research, and national libraries worldwide.

Since its establishment in the 1980s, Ex Libris has been at the forefront of library automation and has retained its leadership position by combining technological expertise with a thorough understanding of market trends. This new offering enables libraries worldwide to manage and disseminate the full spectrum of library materials-print, electronic, and digital.

The new Ex Libris branding can be seen on the corporate website at www.exlibrisgroup.com and will appear on the Ex Libris booth (#544) at the forthcoming American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

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ProQuest to distribute Corporate PressDisplay from NewspaperDirect - 08 Jan 2008

ProQuest, part of Cambridge Information Group, US, has announced plans to distribute Corporate PressDisplay, a new specialised product from NewspaperDirect. The digital daily newspaper collection allows corporate librarians to deliver customised news services directly to executives' and information specialists' desktops or mobile devices.

Corporate PressDisplay offers more than 450 titles from around the world. These may be viewed in their original format using a standard web browser or through a BlackBerry, iPhone or smart mobile device (with or without an audio function). Unlike websites of newspapers, which typically provide only selected stories from the printed publication, Corporate PressDisplay presents a digital, interactive replica of the paper's original print format.

Corporate PressDisplay's features and navigation tools make it easy for users to find and read articles of interest. Smart Navigation titles offer instant translations in up to 12 languages and a powerful keyword monitoring feature, allowing global executives to keep tabs on news around the world - no matter the language barriers. Users can also choose single-page or two-page views, duplicating the feel of a printed newspaper's 'spread'. In addition, Corporate PressDisplay includes customised home pages, bookmarking and up to a 90-day archive.

NewspaperDirect provides digital delivery of same-day newspapers and magazines from across the globe. Corporate PressDisplay is one of four on-site delivery methods offered by NewspaperDirect and distributed by ProQuest. NewspaperDirect's Print-on-Demand and ND Press services offer more than 600 newspaper titles in an 11"x17"/A3, black & white or colour version. ND Press offers the additional flexibility of printing newspapers in a variety of sizes.

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STM expresses disappointment over new OA mandate - 08 Jan 2008

The International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) has expressed disappointment with the recent passage of legislation in the US.

STM believes that this legislation establishes an unfunded government mandate with an unknown impact on the advancement of science. Also, according to STM, it puts at risk a system which has enabled more research to be available to more scientists in more countries than at any point in the history of science. The Association has said that while STM publishers will comply with the laws of the nations in which they operate, they will continue a vigorous engagement with appropriate stakeholders on issues such as this where legislative change seems necessary or desirable.

The new mandate was signed into law by President Bush on December 26 as part of the 2008 appropriations bill, which went through much iteration before its final passage. By law, the NIH must now require that its funded researchers submit a copy of any published work into PubMed Central within one year of publication, when allowed by copyright laws.

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'Science' rejoins online archive JSTOR under new licensing terms - 07 Jan 2008

Scientific publication Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has rejoined JSTOR, an online archive of scholarly publications, according to media reports. The terms of the new licence, however, were not disclosed by either of the parties. The changes had to do with price and with linking of articles within JSTOR to other articles, the reports add.

In July 2007, the journal had announced its decision to pull out of JSTOR, effective December 31. The decision had been the subject of much criticism by librarians and others.

The official journal of the AAAS, Science is projected as one of the world's leading outlets for scientific news, commentary and cutting-edge research. Through its print and online incarnations, the journal reaches an estimated worldwide readership of more than 1 million.

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Dear Subscribers - 07 Jan 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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Dow Jones extends content agreement with ProQuest by two years - 07 Jan 2008

ProQuest, part of Cambridge Information Group, US, and media group Dow Jones have announced an extension of their longtime information provider agreement. The agreement makes key ProQuest licensed content available globally via Dow Jones Factiva, a business information service. Under the multi-year agreement, ProQuest will continue to seek to enhance the newspaper and journal content that is integrated into Dow Jones Factiva products.

Dow Jones provides essential business news and information together with content delivery tools and services to enable researchers to make better decisions faster. Dow Jones Factiva's collection of more than 14,000 authoritative sources includes The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones and Reuters newswires and the Associated Press, as well as Reuters Fundamentals.

ProQuest and Dow Jones's two-year extension of the information provider agreement will leverage ProQuest resources within Dow Jones Factiva's suite of services. ProQuest's ongoing relationships with primary publishers facilitate the delivery of nearly 2,000 full-text titles, meeting the information needs of Dow Jones Factiva business subscribers worldwide.

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Elsevier unveils new journal - Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering - 07 Jan 2008

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that it is launching a new journal, the Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering. Michael J. Economides, one of the most instantly recognisable names in the petroleum and chemical engineering professions and the energy industry, will serve as Editor-in-Chief of the journal, the first issue of which will appear later this year.

A bimonthly publication, the Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering will focus on the advances in the rapidly expanding area of natural gas science and engineering. The journal seeks to bridge the gap between the engineering and the science of natural gas by publishing papers by and for scientists and engineers working in any field of natural gas science and engineering, from the reservoir to the market. It will cover the fields of natural gas exploration, production, processing and transmission in its broadest possible sense.

In addition, research articles, case histories, field process reports, short communications, book reviews, symposia proceedings and review articles will be available to more than 11 million researchers via Elsevier's online platform ScienceDirect.

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Inderscience reaches 300 titles - 07 Jan 2008

STM and business publisher Inderscience Publishers, Switzerland, has announced that it now has 300 titles either published or under development. This significant milestone has been reached with its 30th anniversary in sight in 2009. Also, it represents a major achievement for the strategy being pursued by the Inderscience Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Mohammed Dorgham.

The initial establishment of major titles, in cooperation with centres of excellence, was followed by spin-off titles building on the success of these initial titles. Once the general subject areas were defined, journals then started to address different aspects of these subjects. The number and scope of these journals is claimed to have grown dramatically in the last 6 years, in tandem with increases in issue numbers for many of the established titles.

Inderscience publishes peer-reviewed international journals in the fields of science, engineering and technology, management and business administration, and energy, environment and sustainable development. With over 14,500 papers on its full-text database, the publisher has a collection of ever-increasing significance, mapping new frontiers in emerging technologies in research, industry and governance.

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New NIH research publication policy undermines intellectual property rights essential to science publishing, say Publishers - 07 Jan 2008

The Association of American Publishers has criticised the controversial new NIH research publication policy that was enacted as part of the omnibus appropriations package for 2008. It reaffirmed that journal publishers who have opposed the policy will continue to pursue their concerns with Congress regarding the policy's negative impact on science publishing and the protection of related intellectual property rights. Also, they will urge NIH to conduct a rulemaking proceeding, with opportunity for public comment, before implementing the new policy.

The new policy, according to AAP's Vice President for Legal and Government Affairs, Allan Adler, is unprecedented and inconsistent with important US laws and policies regarding the conduct of scientific research and the protection of intellectual property rights. He further stated that smaller and non-profit scientific societies and their scholarly missions will be particularly at risk as their journal subscribers worldwide will turn to NIH for free access to the same content for which they would otherwise pay.

The Association noted that changing to a new mandatory policy undermines publishers' ability to exercise their copyrights in the published articles. The NIH policy also threatens the intellectual freedom of authors, including their choice to seek publication in journals that may refuse to accept proposed articles that would be subject to the new mandate.

Under the previous voluntary NIH policy, NIH-funded researchers were 'requested' to submit an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts to NIH immediately upon acceptance by a journal for publication. The agency would then make it freely available to the international online world through its PubMedCentral web site no more than 12 months after the date of journal publication.

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Springer set to launch new journal - Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health - 07 Jan 2008

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced that it is launching a new journal, Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health. Slated for release in February 2008, the first issue of the journal will be made available free on Springer's online information platform, SpringerLink.

A quarterly publication, Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health seeks to provide a forum for the enormous output of research in this rapidly developing area. It is projected to strengthen Springer's expanding environmental and public health publishing portfolio. The multidisciplinary journal will focus on the atmospheric consequences of human activity and its implications for human and ecological health. It will publish original research articles and integrative reviews, treating topics from local, regional and global perspectives. The subject areas will include, among others, climate change and air quality, greenhouse gases, acid precipitation, air quality management, risk assessment, atmospheric chemistry, air pollution climatology, clean air technology and forest-fire emissions.

Fast publication of articles from Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health in Online First will provide readers with immediate access to new research results on www.springerlink.com, Springer's online information platform. Cross Reference Linking and Alert services will be fully implemented for the journal. In addition, all potential authors, via the Springer Open Choice programme, have the option of publishing their articles using the open access publishing model.

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The British Library and Relais International renew contract - 07 Jan 2008

The British Library, UK, and Relais International Inc, Canada, have agreed to renew a 3 year contract for the maintenance and support of the existing Relais Enterprise Document Delivery and Request Management System based at Boston Spa.

Relais International has been selling systems to support interlibrary loan and document delivery services since 1996. The company assists libraries in implementing intelligent and automated methods to support the delivery of documents. Relais products range from scanning stations through to fully integrated request management, scanning and delivery software suitable for a single library through to a consortium.

The British Library provides information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers access to a vast and comprehensive research collection. The Library's collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation. It includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, newspapers and sound recordings in numerous written and spoken languages.

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ACP receives Commonwealth Fund grant to study patient-centered medical home - 04 Jan 2008

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has announced that it has received a Commonwealth Fund grant of nearly $225,000 to study the cost of a patient-centered medical home (PCMH). The grant, part of the Commonwealth Fund's Patient-Centered Primary Care Initiative, will help underwrite a 10-month study which began in November 2007. ACP committed matching funds late in 2007.

The PCMH is a conceptual model of care whose goal is to put the needs of the patient first. It can be the base from which healthcare services are coordinated to provide more effective and efficient care to the patient. The PCMH includes using health information technology; coordinating specialty and inpatient care; providing preventive services through health promotion; and using disease management and prevention, health maintenance, behavioral health services, patient education and diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses.

The study - 'What Does a Patient-Centered Medical Home Cost?' - will be directed by Dr. Michael S. Barr, vice president of ACP's Department of Practice Advocacy and Improvement. The research team will be led by Dr. Robert Berenson, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute who is an expert in healthcare policy, particularly Medicare. ACP has convened a multi-stakeholder advisory committee to help guide the project.

The US-based Commonwealth Fund is an independent philanthropic foundation working toward health policy reform and a high performance health system.

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CrossRef surpasses 30 million DOI mark - 04 Jan 2008

Publisher linking services provider CrossRef, US, has announced that it has recently registered its 30 millionth DOI. While the majority of CrossRef's Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) are assigned to online journal articles, there are now over 2.5 million DOI names assigned to other types of publications, including conference proceedings, dissertations, books, datasets, and technical reports. CrossRef's dues-paying membership exceeds 500, with over 2,400 publishers and societies participating in CrossRef linking.

The 30 millionth DOI, doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.76.055201, was registered by The American Physical Society for their journal Physical Review E. CrossRef adds an average of 550,000 new items every month to its DOI registry and linking service. Of the over 6.5 million DOIs created and assigned during the past year, a large number are associated with archival, or back-file, journal articles, as several large publishers have recently undertaken extensive retro-digitisation projects. This includes the Royal Society, Elsevier, Springer, Sage, Kluwer, Wiley, Blackwell, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

CrossRef is an independent membership association founded and directed by publishers. It seeks to improve access to published scholarship through collaborative technologies. The Company operates a cross-publisher citation linking system, and is the official DOI registration agency for scholarly and professional content.

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Dear Subscribers - 04 Jan 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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Five American university presses collaborate for scholarly publishing - 04 Jan 2008

Five university presses have reportedly announced a collaboration to find a way to reduce costs of scholarly publishing and allow for more books to be released. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the collaboration will set up a joint operation for copy editing, design, layout and typesetting for the work in American literatures. The five university presses involved are: the NYU Press, Rutgers University Press, Fordham University Press, Temple University Press and the University of Virginia Press. The presses will retain complete control over book selection and distribution.

The NYU will manage the $1.37 million grant to be spread out over five years. The grant includes royalties for authors and marketing funds. It is expected that Mellon will follow this grant with several others promoting collaboration, in sectors such as Slavic studies, ethnomusicology and East Asian studies.

The new system is likely to generate adequate savings to allow each of the presses to increase output by five books a year. The project comes at a time of increased interest in using collaborative models to make university publishing more economically feasible.

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Gold Standard integrates its electronic drug information and medication management reference with FormChecker - 04 Jan 2008

Clinical software vendor Gold Standard, Inc., US, part of STM publisher Elsevier, has integrated its Clinical Pharmacology electronic drug information and medication management reference with FormChecker. FormChecker is a formulary management and pharmacy information system from pharmacy software developer, MedKeeper. The initiative seeks to provide hospital pharmacists with a single, comprehensive source for both drug and formulary information.

The integrated feature is available to concurrent subscribers of both products in two convenient ways - by going to the 'Resource Center' button within Clinical Pharmacology and selecting 'FormChecker' from the drop-down menu - from there, pharmacists can easily conduct formulary searches and access other documents and links; and formulary information can also be accessed from within Clinical Pharmacology monographs.

With a new look, simpler navigation and additional content, Clinical Pharmacology provides clinically-relevant drug information to prevent drug errors, reduce adverse events and improve health outcomes. It includes all US prescription drugs, as well as off-label uses and dosages, herbal supplements, nutritional and over-the-counter products and investigational drugs. Clinical Pharmacology, the trusted frontline drug information resource for more than 1,000 hospitals, also features IV compatibility, drug interaction and adverse reaction reports, as well as MedCounselor patient education sheets in English and Spanish.

FormChecker is an easy-to-use formulary management and communication system that aids in JCAHO compliance, ensures current pharmacy guidelines are followed and reduces time spent on management of formulary conversions. Using a web browser, pharmacists can effortlessly update formularies, guidelines, alerts and other pharmacy-related information. Changes are instantly made available to pharmacists over the Internet, in print, and on Palm and Pocket PC PDAs. FormChecker also includes integrated drug information and health plan formulary information for more than 180 million covered lives.

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Latest issue of IJMC includes study on nanocomposites and machining - 04 Jan 2008

The International Journal of Metalcasting (IJMC) has announced that it will release its second issue in January 2008. This issue will feature 6 papers, including one on 'Recent Developments on Ultrasonic Cavitation Based Solidification Processing of Bulk Magnesium Nanocomposites' by G. Cao, H. Konishi and X. Li, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison. The paper discusses the potential to double the strength of aluminum castings with only a 1-2 percent addition of nano-sized particles of Silicon and Carbon. A second paper titled 'Age Strengthening of Gray Iron-Kinetics Study' by V.L. Richards, T.V. Anish, S. Lekakh, D.C. Van Aken, Univ. of Missouri-Rolla, W. Nicola, Warsaw, Ind., reports on improvements in machinability along with increases in strength that have been observed, and now documented for gray cast iron.

A quarterly publication, IJMC was launched by the American Foundry Society (AFS) in August 2007. The journal has been accepted for coverage by Chemical Abstracts.

The IJMC is dedicated to leading the transfer of research and technology for the global metalcasting industry. The publication will work closely with the annual AFS Transactions to provide scientific leaders in the industry with the latest developments in metalcasting research and technology throughout the year.

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ProVation software named number one in Clinical Procedure Documentation category of KLAS' Year-end Report - 04 Jan 2008

Healthcare software and services firm ProVation Medical Inc., part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that it has been designated number one in the Clinical Procedure Documentation category of KLAS' 2007 Year-End Top 20 Report.

KLAS Enterprises, an independent healthcare IT vendor research firm, recognises healthcare vendors for their leadership in working with customers to ensure satisfaction. ProVation Medical was named number one in this category in the 2005 and 2006 Year-End Reports as well.

ProVation MD software for multi-specialty procedure documentation and coding compliance replaces dictation/transcription and streamlines the coding and billing process. Driven by deep medical content, ProVation MD allows clinicians to quickly and completely document medical procedures and apply the appropriate CPT and ICD codes, as well as CCI edits. ProVation MultiCaregiver software delivers multispecialty perioperative documentation, streamlining workflow by intelligently reusing data at various points while automatically retrieving data from multiple IT systems.

The 'Best in KLAS' ranking measures performance based on customer surveys and in-depth interviews and gauges insight into specific strengths, weaknesses and future expectations for companies and their products. This annual recognition assists medical facilities in providing an unbiased and accurate vehicle for measuring performance in the healthcare industry, allowing for further understanding of how well suppliers and products perform.

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American Journal of Ophthalmology publishes report on long-term study of high myopia patients - 03 Jan 2008

In an article published in the January 2008 issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology, researchers from Miguel Hernandez University, Medical School, Spain, and Ankara University School of Medicine, Turkey, report on a study of high myopia patients ten years after LASIK surgery. The findings show that laser in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) for myopia over -10 D is a safe and effective procedure in the long-term.

The article titled 'Ten-year Follow-up of Laser In Situ Keratomileusis for High Myopia' is authored by Jorge l. Alió, Orkun Muftuoglu, Dolores Ortiz, Juan Jose Pérez-Santonja, Alberto Artola, Maria-Jose Ayala, Maria Jose Garcia, and Gracia Castro De Luna. Laser surgery to correct vision problems has been in use since the early 1990s. Photorefractive Keratotomy (PRK) is typically used to correct low to moderate myopia, while LASIK is preferred for high myopia corrections. Although over 18 million LASIK procedures have been performed worldwide, there is still some controversy regarding the maximum correction possible and efficacy with this technique.

A peer-reviewed scientific publication, the American Journal of Ophthalmology is published by STM publisher Elsevier. It publishes original articles, brief reports, perspectives, editorials, abstracts, correspondence, book reports and announcements. The journal welcomes the submission of original, previously unpublished manuscripts directed to ophthalmologists and visual science specialists describing clinical investigations, clinical observations and clinically relevant laboratory investigations.

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Dear Subscribers - 03 Jan 2008

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Reed Elsevier hoping for higher growth in profit per share - 03 Jan 2008

Publisher Reed Elsevier, Netherlands, expects that cost cuts will help it achieve growth of over 10 percent in annual profit per share. The publisher will reportedly keep its official target at a growth rate of at least 10 percent annually, but internally it hopes for improved margins to enhance its share price.

According to Chief Executive Crispin Davis, Reed Elsevier can cut costs by better cooperation between its three business units - science and medical, legal and business publishing and exhibitions. Also, it can boost its earnings by developing and offering more software products for its content. Davis has reportedly told a Dutch newspaper that though private equity firms have shown interest in buying Reed Elsevier, this interest has subsided since the outbreak of the credit crisis.

The company recently completed the sale of its Harcourt US Schools Education Business to Houghton Mifflin Riverdeep Group for $4 billion.

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Scientific and teaching organisations report on national survey to determine public views of evolution education - 03 Jan 2008

A coalition of 17 scientific societies and science teachers, including the National Academy of Sciences, the American Institute of Physics, and the National Science Teachers Association, has called on the scientific community to become more involved in the promotion of science education, including evolution. According to an article in the January 2008 issue of The FASEB Journal, the introduction of 'non-science,' such as creationism and intelligent design, into science education will undermine the fundamentals of science education. Some of these fundamentals include using the scientific method, understanding how to reach scientific consensus, and distinguishing between scientific and nonscientific explanations of natural phenomena.

The article is based on a national survey of 1,000 likely US voters. Survey respondents were queried on their attitudes toward science and scientists, their views on evolutionary science in the context of education, and their opinions regarding the means through which the scientific community can effectively bolster support for teaching evolution and related subjects.

The survey revealed that respondents favoured teaching evolution over creationism or intelligent design. The survey also revealed that respondents were more interested in hearing about evolution from scientists, science teachers, and clergy than Supreme Court Justices, celebrities, or school board members. Also, it found that there is a relationship between people's understanding of science and their support for teaching evolution.

The FASEB Journal is published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), and is consistently ranked among the top three biology journals. With over 80,000 members from 21 nonprofit societies, FASEB claims to be the largest coalition of biomedical research associations in the US.

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SCImago launches free journal-ranking tool - 03 Jan 2008

SCImago, a data-mining and visualisation group at the universities of Granada, Extremadura, Carlos III and Alcalá de Henares, Spain, recently launched the SCImago Journal & Country Rank database. The new Internet database lets users generate on-the-fly citation statistics of published research papers for free. It ranks journals and countries using such citation metrics as the Hirsch Index. Also, it includes a new metric - the SCImago Journal Rank (SJR).

The tool calculates papers' impact factors using a new algorithm similar to PageRank, the algorithm used by Google to rank web pages. What differentiates SJR from Google's PageRank is that SJR uses a citation window of three years. The open-access database is reportedly collaborating with STM publisher Elsevier and its underlying data from Scopus, a subscription abstracts database created by Elsevier in 2004.

The familiar impact factor created by industry leader Thomson Scientific is calculated as the average number of citations by the papers that each journal contains. The SJR also analyses the citation links between journals in a series of iterative cycles.

According to experts, it will be difficult to compare the results of SJR journal analyses directly with those based on impact factors, as each is based on different databases. Thomson's Web of Science abstracts database covers around 9,000 journals and Scopus more than 15,000, and in the years covered by the SCImago database - 1996 to 2007 - Scopus contains 20-45 percent more records.

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Wiley-Blackwell announces new publishing partnerships, expands presence in the Asia-Pacific region - 03 Jan 2008

Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc, US, has announced two new publishing partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region. Under the new deals, the global publisher will publish Basic & Applied Pathology and Pacific Focus from 2008.

While Basic & Applied Pathology will be published in partnership with six pathology societies from the Asia-Pacific region, Pacific Focus will be published jointly with the Centre for International Studies at Inha University. The new collaborations will add to the growing number of Korean journals published by Wiley-Blackwell. Also, it will serve to raise its profile in the region.

Targeted at pathologists, Basic & Applied Pathology will be published four times a year as an online-only journal. The multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal will publish research in pathology with relevance to various settings such as the laboratory, hospital and clinic. Edited by Professor Jeong-Wook Seo of Seoul National University's College of Medicine, the journal will cover the fields of experimental, anatomical, clinical, molecular, forensic and legal, and toxicological pathology in humans and animals. Each issue will include one comprehensive review article covering a topical aspect of pathology.

Pacific Focus, now in its 23rd volume, will be published three times a year. Previously self-published and edited by Professor Euikon Kim from Inha University, the journal seeks to foster diverse perspectives of research in the major sub-areas of regional political economy - including issues of security, regionalism, environment, migration, civil society, and multi-culturalism. It will provide in-depth analyses of current issues and policy alternatives to all policy makers in Asia-Pacific.

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Dear Subscribers - 02 Jan 2008

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New US law provides wider access to govt. funded research on health - 02 Jan 2008

Under the provisions of the US' Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008, signed by President Bush last week, most health researchers backed by federal grants will now be required to offer their findings free to the public a year after they are published commercially. According to advocates of open access, the new law is projected to accelerate medical progress and improve biomedical education by sharing key results far more widely.

A majority of biomedical researchers publish their findings in technical journals that can cost subscribers $1,000 or more annually. Articles are also sold individually or by the page, but the costs are proportional to journal subscription prices. Only a few reportedly provide free, open access to results. Under the new law, expected to be enforced within six months, researchers who get government funding must deposit electronic copies of all relevant peer-reviewed articles with PubMed Central, the National Library of Medicine's online archive. Full texts of the articles will be made available and searchable on PubMed Central a year after they are published in journals.

Research librarians and universities pressed by tight budgets and high subscription fees won the new deal by convincing key lawmakers that knowledge gained from taxpayer-funded research should be made freely available.

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Nobel Laureate Peter Agre to serve as AAAS president-elect - 02 Jan 2008

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), publisher of the peer-reviewed science journal Science, recently announced that Nobel laureate Peter C. Agre has been chosen to serve as president-elect of AAAS beginning February 19, 2008. Agre, a chemist and Vice Chancellor for Science and Technology at Duke University School of Medicine, will assume presidency of AAAS in February 2009.

Agre shared the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of aquaporins, the key proteins that transport water across cell membranes. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, chair of the NAS Committee on Human Rights and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

On February 19, the current president-elect, James J. McCarthy, will begin a one-year term as AAAS president. McCarthy is the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography at Harvard University. The current president, David Baltimore, will begin a one-year term as chairman of the AAAS Board of Directors. Baltimore is the Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Biology and head of the Baltimore Lab at the California Institute of Technology.

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Springer journal to offer free online access to all articles - 02 Jan 2008

Neuroethics, a new peer-reviewed journal from Springer, has announced that will offer free access to the full text of all articles during 2008 and 2009. The journal will provide a forum for interdisciplinary studies in neuroethics and related issues in the sciences of the mind.

Neuroethics seeks to be an important communication medium in the dual areas of neuroethics: the ethics of neuroscience and the neuroscience of ethics. It will offer comprehensive bibliographies, reviews of significant literature, information about current scholarly activities in the field, including partial proceedings of selected meetings, and an opinions section for readers' commentaries.

In addition, the journal will publish articles with a historical focus on earlier philosophical discussions of neuroethics, as well as articles with a contemporary focus. It will seek contributions from a range of academic disciplines; as such, it will seek to promote fruitful dialogue between all members of the ethical, medical, legal and social science communities.

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The Journal of Continuing Education to increase frequency with 2008 volume - 02 Jan 2008

Healthcare information provider SLACK Incorporated, US, has announced that The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing will increase its frequency to monthly, beginning January 2008. Formerly published bi-monthly, the Journal will continue to offer peer-reviewed articles on career competence through education and staff development.

The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing has delivered relevant articles to nursing professionals for nearly 40 years. The new monthly publishing schedule, along with full text online articles at JCENonline.com, is expected to provide readers with expanded access to more content.

In addition to reports on new studies, the journal offers valuable and practical information that adds to the knowledge and expertise of those involved in nursing education. Topics include issues and trends in competence, leadership and programme development, and critical perspectives from educators and practitioners.

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American Journal of Ophthalmology report on how cost of glaucoma medications may impact treatment - 01 Jan 2008

An article published in the January 2008 issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology, researchers from The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine, analysed the economics of medically managing glaucoma. The management of glaucoma reportedly costs about $2.5 billion per year in the US. The yearly costs to patients of various topical glaucoma medications were calculated and significant price differences and increases in cost over time were found.

In the article 'Cost Analysis of Glaucoma Medications' by Nathan R. Rylander and Steven D. Vold researchers looked at four classes of pharmaceuticals; ß-blockers, prostaglandins, α2-agonists and carbonic anhydrase inhibitors. They compared both brand-name and generic formulations, evaluated how accurately the bottles were filled and how accurately the medications could be dispensed by patients. Using results from earlier studies, the increases in Average Wholesale Prices (AWP) were also evaluated from 1999 through 2006.

A peer-reviewed scientific publication, the American Journal of Ophthalmology publishes original articles, brief reports, perspectives, editorials, abstracts, correspondence, book reports and announcements. The journal welcomes the submission of original, previously unpublished manuscripts directed to ophthalmologists and visual science specialists describing clinical investigations, clinical observations and clinically relevant laboratory investigations.

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ACS launches Bytesize Science - a new podcast for young listeners - 01 Jan 2008

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Office of Communications has launched Bytesize Science, an educational, entertaining podcast for young listeners. Bytesize Science translates cutting-edge scientific discoveries from ACS' 36 peer-reviewed journals into stories for young listeners. It includes content from Chemical & Engineering News, ACS' weekly news magazine.

New installments of Bytesize Science will be posted every Monday and available without charge. The archive includes among other items, environmental threats to killer whales, a scientific explanation for why some people love chocolate, some unlikely new uses for compact discs, and a hairy tale about 'hairy roots.' The podcaster for Bytesize Science is Adam Dylewski, an ACS science writer and recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in genetics and science communication.

As the world's largest scientific society, the ACS provides access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. With more than 160,000 members, it is claimed to be the world's largest scientific society.

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Dr. Fred Phillips named Senior Editor of Elsevier journal - 01 Jan 2008

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, recently named Dr. Fred Phillips as Senior Editor of Technological Forecasting & Social Change (TFSC). Published continuously since 1967, TFSC publishes peer-reviewed advances in technology assessment, forecasting, and policy.

In his new position, Phillips will cooperate with TFSC founding editor Harold Linstone in transferring journal management duties as Dr. Linstone nears retirement. Phillips has been Associate Editor of TFSC since 1999, and a member of the journal's editorial advisory board since 1996.

With a print subscriber base of a thousand libraries and professionals, and many more readers accessing individual articles via ScienceDirect.com, TFSC is read and quoted by policy makers worldwide. Submissions to the journal, now originating equally from Europe, Asia and the Americas, have risen sixty percent over the past two years. A comparative author survey in 2006 rated the journal above average in all categories. This includes refereeing speed, reputation, refereeing standard, impact factor, production speed, editor/board, publication services, and physical quality.

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New Year Greetings - 01 Jan 2008

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