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UK BMJ Group to provide on-line medical education service to Saudi Pediatric Association - 30 Jan 2009

Medical information publisher BMJ Group, UK, has signed an agreement with the Saudi Pediatric Association (SPA) to provide a customised on-line medical education service for the Association's 1500 members.

The service is available through a new BMJ Learning Channel for the SPA: http://learning.bmj.com/spa. This provides SPA members with online access to over 440 learning modules dealing with everyday issues in primary care and hospital medicine. All are peer-reviewed and based on the latest medical evidence and the site will be updated regularly with additional modules and content.

BMJ Learning claims to be one of the world's largest and most trusted independent online learning and course providers for medical professionals in over 100 countries. In the Middle East BMJ Learning is already deployed by the Department of Health and Medical Services Dubai, the Oman Medical Specialty Board, the Iranian Ministry of Health National Consortium and the Ministry of Health in Bahrain. It has also been formally endorsed for Continuous Medical Education (CME) accreditation by the Department of Health and Medical Services Dubai and the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi.

Other organisations in different parts of the world that use BMJ Learning for CME accreditation include the Malaysian Medical Association, The Royal College of General Practitioners in the UK and The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

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India Dear Subscribers - 30 Jan 2009

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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Netherland Elsevier launches new research tool for authors - 30 Jan 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of CiteAlert, a new free automated service to notify authors when their articles are cited in an Elsevier journal.

CiteAlert was piloted one year ago, and after carrying out extensive research and user testing, this new user-friendly service is now in use. It automatically notifies authors by e-mail soon after their work is referenced in a newly published article in an Elsevier journal. Authors are eligible to receive CiteAlert notifications if their article has been indexed by Scopus, the largest citation database of research literature.

Weekly CiteAlert notifications are sent to authors of cited articles. Notifications include single cited articles or articles which have been highly cited. Some very popular articles are cited up to 50 times a week. Cited authors benefit as their research is recognised by others in their area of research. In retrospect, focus is given to the citing author and their written article. Self-citations are not included.

During the pilot, 50 percent of the citing authors indicated that the research described in the citing article was new to them and relevant in their research. Since its launch, reactions received from authors have been positive.

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UK Future Medicine launches new journal - Immunotherapy - 30 Jan 2009

Future Medicine Ltd., part of Future Science Group, UK, has announced the launch of a new journal - Immunotherapy. The journal is the latest addition to Future Medicine's collection of titles addressing modern medicine and biomedical research.

Immunotherapy involves the treatment of disease through immune manipulation of the host. The valuable role of this approach in oncology is increasingly recognised alongside conventional chemo- and radio-therapies. The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of immunotherapy in melanoma, leukemias, lymphomas and myelomas, and in breast, cervical, ovarian, kidney, prostate and colorectal cancers.

Immunotherapy publishes reviews, original research, perspectives, commentary and news and views for interdisciplinary community with an interest in the development and clinical use of immunotherapeutics. The journal operates rigorous peer review and disclosure policies.

Prof. Yutaka Kawakami of Keio University School of Medicine, Dr Francesco M. Marincola of the National Cancer Institute and Prof. David C. Wraith of the University of Bristol will serve as Senior Editors of the journal. They will be supported by a team of eight Associate Editors, together with an Advisory Panel of more than 50 international experts.

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UK IOP Publishing names new Editor-in-Chief for Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics - 30 Jan 2009

Non-profit scientific publisher Institute of Physics Publishing (IOP), UK, has announced the appointment of Professor Nikolay Zheludev of the University of Southampton, UK, as Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics. Professor Zheludev will succeed Professor Colin Sheppard who successfully led the journal from January 2003.

In addition, further enhancements are planned for 2009-10 to take advantage of the rising profile and impact of Journal of Optics A. The journal will seek to become a prime destination for quality papers in optics and photonics for the whole international community spanning from the Far East to Europe and the USA.

From 2009 the journal contents will be broken down into eight key sections - Nanophotonics and plasmonics; Metamaterials and structured photonic materials; Nonlinear and ultrafast optics; Photonics at the life science interface; Information and communication optics; Integrated optics systems and devices; Material processing with light; and Propagation, diffraction and scattering.

In 2010, Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics will be renamed Journal of Optics. The journal will continue to offer free web access to all papers published in the last 30 days creating a broad and unrestricted dissemination of research results.

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US McGraw-Hill Professional, JAMA launch new digital resource, JAMAevidence - 30 Jan 2009

Scientific and medical information resources provider McGraw-Hill Professional, US, and medical journal JAMA have announced the joint development and launch of a new state-of-the-art digital resource, JAMAevidence (http://www.jamaevidence.com). Updated monthly, the learning tool is designed to meet the needs of students, educators, and practitioners alike.

JAMAevidence provides medical students, residents, educators, and clinicians with the fundamental tools required for understanding and applying the medical literature and making clinical diagnoses. It provides full-text access to both the second edition of The User's Guides to the Medical Literature and the newly published The Rational Clinical Examination. In JAMAevidence these titles are combined with online-only content, updates, teaching tools, media, and interactive features to convey the best practices of evidence-based medicine - including the careful assessment and interpretation of medical research, as well as the application of that research to ensure the optimal care of the patient.

The online Education Guides enhance classroom and conference learning by offering detailed presentations on core topics in evidence-based medicine. The Education Guides are available to subscribers as both online slideshows and downloadable PowerPoint presentations. Interactive worksheets enable users to hone their critical appraisal skills and master the information cycle, while question wizards assist in formulating well-built clinical queries. Functional calculators and nomograms, organised by therapy, harm, diagnosis, and prognosis, provide evidence tools for use in daily practice. Finally, new podcasts are posted each month, bringing analysis and commentary from leaders in evidence-based medicine directly to users.

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UK Nature Clinical Practice journals to be rebranded Nature Reviews - 30 Jan 2009

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, has announced that the eight Nature Clinical Practice journals will be rebranded Nature Reviews, effective April 2009, increasing the size of the Nature Reviews portfolio from seven to fifteen titles. Launched in 2004 and 2005, the Nature Clinical Practice journals cover the fields of cardiology, clinical oncology, endocrinology, gastroenterology & hepatology, nephrology, neurology, rheumatology and urology.

Alongside the name change, the Nature Clinical Practice journals will be given a 'facelift' in print and online. The journals will be printed in full colour and the websites will be redesigned with improved navigation. Each issue will contain 25 percent more content, providing customers with more high-quality articles each month. Prices for personal subscriptions and institutional site licenses will be unchanged for 2009.

Content will include editorials, research highlights, news & views, reviews, case studies, and perspectives articles. The journals will not alter their editorial scopes or commissioning strategies and will retain their distinguished external Editors-in-Chief and international Advisory Boards. Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, has announced that the eight Nature Clinical Practice journals will be rebranded Nature Reviews, effective April 2009, increasing the size of the Nature Reviews portfolio from seven to fifteen titles. Launched in 2004 and 2005, the Nature Clinical Practice journals cover the fields of cardiology, clinical oncology, endocrinology, gastroenterology & hepatology, nephrology, neurology, rheumatology and urology.

Alongside the name change, the Nature Clinical Practice journals will be given a 'facelift' in print and online. The journals will be printed in full colour and the websites will be redesigned with improved navigation. Each issue will contain 25 percent more content, providing customers with more high-quality articles each month. Prices for personal subscriptions and institutional site licenses will be unchanged for 2009.

Content will include editorials, research highlights, news & views, reviews, case studies, and perspectives articles. The journals will not alter their editorial scopes or commissioning strategies and will retain their distinguished external Editors-in-Chief and international Advisory Boards.

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US Wiley-Blackwell announces online launch of the Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews - 30 Jan 2009

Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced the online launch of the Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs). The WIREs are unique hybrid publications that combine powerful features of review journals and online reference works, highlighting the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in research and education. The individual WIREs titles will cover a broad range of topics across the life, physical, clinical, and social sciences.

The WIREs publications focus on high-profile research areas at the interfaces of the traditional disciplines. Content for each WIRE is selected, invited, and reviewed by an internationally renowned Editorial Board, ensuring that the highest scientific and presentational standards are maintained. Coverage is carefully crafted to provide an encyclopedic coverage of the field. New and updated reviews will be added every month, ensuring that the most current information in the field is always available. Reviews are structured and consistently formatted, maximising the accessibility and utility of the content to the user.

Each WIREs title will initially be made available via complimentary online access to universities, businesses, libraries and other institutions.

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US YBP Library Services announces full cataloging support for Oxford Scholarship Online eBook Collections - 30 Jan 2009

YBP Library Services, a leading provider of materials to academic libraries, has announced the availability of fully customisable MARC records for all titles included in Oxford Scholarship Online eBook Collections. Oxford Scholarship Online is a rapidly expanding cross-searchable library which now offers quick and easy access to the full text of 2,556 Oxford books.

Oxford University Press initially launched Oxford Scholarship Online in a subscription database in 2003, and added the perpetual purchase option in 2005. At least 450 new and recently-published books are added each year. YBP Library Services began offering Oxford Scholarship Online to its customers late last year. Now, whether one opts to purchase one, two or all of the 16 available subject collections, YBP can easily deliver cataloging for the content of those collections, including the new updates as released. This eContent Cataloging Service is expected to further enhance YBP's extensive technical service offerings to libraries and consortia.

A Baker & Taylor company, YBP Library Services provides books and supporting collection management and technical services to academic, research, and special libraries in North America and around the world. The company recently announced an agreement with Greenwood, a publishing imprint of ABC-CLIO, to act as the non-exclusive agent for the sale of Greenwood's online databases in the US. Earlier this month, publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. also partnered with YBP Library Services to address the growing need of libraries to discover and order book content in the format of their choice using one consolidated book-purchasing channel.

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India Dear Subscribers - 29 Jan 2009

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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Israel Ex Libris joins European consortium to make audiovisual media accessible over time - 29 Jan 2009

Library solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that based on its experience in the development of digital preservation systems for libraries, the Company was invited to become a member of the PrestoPrime consortium. PrestoPrime is a European Union project, funded by the Seventh Framework Program (FP7) to research and develop means of ensuring the permanence of digital audiovisual objects in archives, libraries, museums, and collections. The goal of PrestoPrime, to be pursued over a four-year schedule, is to evaluate and prepare tools and processes for the long-term preservation of audiovisual objects, programmes, and collections, and to find ways of integrating specialised audiovisual archives into the framework of digital libraries. Programme partners include leading technology innovators from Europe.

In November 2008, version 1.0 of the Ex Libris Rosetta digital preservation system went live at the National Library of New Zealand, and the system is now in general release. Ex Libris Rosetta is a first-of-its-kind solution enabling academic, research, and national libraries to maintain the usability and integrity of their digital resources in perpetuity. The understanding that preservation and access belong together - and are not mutually exclusive entities - dictated a design in which preservation support is built directly into the platform rather than serving as an add-on feature.

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US HathiTrust and OCLC to enhance discovery of digital collections - 29 Jan 2009

Global library cooperative Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), US, has announced that it will work together with HathiTrust to increase visibility of and access to items in the HathiTrust's shared digital repository. HathiTrust is a group of some of the largest research libraries in the US collaborating to create a repository of their vast digital collections.

Launched jointly by the 12-university consortium known as the Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the 11 university libraries of the University of California system, HathiTrust leverages the time-honored commitment to preservation and access to information that university libraries have valued for centuries. The group's digital collections, including millions of books, will be archived and preserved in a single repository hosted by HathiTrust. Materials in the public domain and those where rightsholders have given permission will be available for reading online.

OCLC and HathiTrust will work together to increase online visibility and accessibility of the digital collections by creating WorldCat records describing the content and linking to the collections via WorldCat.org and WorldCat Local. The organisations will launch a project in the coming months to develop specifications and determine next steps.

HathiTrust provides libraries a means to archive and provide access to their digital content, whether scanned volumes, special collections, or born-digital materials. The representation of these resources in digital form provides expanded opportunities for innovative use in research, teaching and learning.

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Netherland Jan Hommen to step down as Chairman and as a Board member of Reed Elsevier - 29 Jan 2009

Publisher Reed Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that Jan Hommen will step down as Chairman and as a Board member of Reed Elsevier PLC and of Reed Elsevier NV at the companies' Annual General Meetings on 21 and 22 April 2009 respectively. This follows his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of ING Group from April 27, 2009 on confirmation at the ING Group Annual General Meeting.

The Reed Elsevier Nominations Committee will oversee the process of appointing a successor as Chairman to Hommen.

Reed Elsevier is a world leading provider of professional information and online workflow solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal, Risk Analytics, and Business sectors. The Reed Elsevier Group plc is owned equally by two parent companies, Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV.

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UK NPG launches networking website for scientists in New York - 29 Jan 2009

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, has announced that Nature Network, free online networking website for scientists worldwide, has launched a 'hub' dedicated to New York City at http://network.nature.com/hubs/nyc/. New York City (NYC) joins London and Boston as the third Nature Network city hub, and is the first new hub since the global launch of Nature Network in March 2007.

The Nature Network New York City hub offers a blog, forum, jobs and event listings for the city's thriving scientific community. Two Columbia University-based scientists will help bring the community together by chronicling the NYC scientific scene. Caryn Shechtman, a fourth-year graduate student, and Barry Hudson, an associate research scientist, will blog about scientific life in the city, by covering scientific events, writing about local research, and profiling local researchers.

Nature Network is Nature Publishing Group's community website to help scientists meet, communicate and collaborate. The site, which has blogs, discussion forums, groups, and personal profiles, continues to enjoy steady growth, attracting about 1000 new registered users a month from around the world.

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UK Open access publishing offers economic benefits, says UK research - 29 Jan 2009

The UK's Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) has commissioned a new research project to study the economic and social implications of new models for scholarly publishing. According to the findings of the research, sharing research information via a more open access (OA) publishing model would bring millions of pounds worth of savings to the higher education sector apart from benefiting corporate UK. Prof. John Houghton from the Centre of Strategic Economic Studies at Melbourne's Victoria University and Prof. Charles Oppenheim at Loughborough University were asked to lead the research.

The research centred on three models - subscription or toll access publishing which involves reader charges and use restrictions; OA publishing where access is free and publication is funded from the authors' side; and OA self-archiving where academic authors post their work in online repositories, making it freely available to all Internet users.

The research and findings reveal that core scholarly publishing system activities cost the UK higher education sector around £5 billion in 2007. Using the different models, the report shows what the estimated cost would have been. When considering costs per journal article, the researchers believe that the UK higher education sector could have saved around £80 million a year by shifting from toll access to OA publishing. They also claim that £115 million could be saved by moving from toll access to OA self-archiving.

In addition to that, the financial return to the UK industry from greater accessibility to research might result in an additional £172 million per annum worth of benefits from government and higher education sector research alone.

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US SAGE joins PubEasy book ordering service - 29 Jan 2009

Books enquiry and ordering services provider PubEasy, UK, has announced that academic publisher SAGE has joined the PubEasy community of booksellers and suppliers. As a new PubEasy member, SAGE's catalogue of 11,000 titles will now be available to retail booksellers for purposes of checking price and availability on various book titles and tracking the status of book orders.

SAGE joins a growing number of academic publishers who are making their catalogues available on PubEasy. This includes McGraw-Hill, Bedford, Freeman & Worth, and Chicago Distribution Services, which includes the University of Chicago Press among its 70 academic press distribution clients.

A division of US-based bibliographic information provider Bowker, PubEasy offers thousands of publisher imprints and millions of titles to over 16,000 booksellers across 110 countries. Publishers, distributors and wholesalers are seen to join PubEasy to get exposure to a large universe of potential clients, while increasing the ease with which those booksellers can conduct business with their suppliers.

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German Springer signs new publishing agreements - 29 Jan 2009

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced a publishing partnership with the Education Research Institute of Seoul National University in Korea. Under the deal, Springer will publish the latter's journal, Asia Pacific Education Review (APER), from 2009.

Published quarterly, the Asia Pacific Education Review aims to stimulate research, encourage academic exchange and foster the professional development of scholars and researchers interested in educational and cultural issues in the Asia Pacific region. The journal covers all areas of educational research, with a focus on cross-cultural, comparative and other studies within a broad Asia-Pacific context. Springer will publish APER both electronically and in print beginning in 2009 with Volume 10, Issue 1. The journal's back issues to Volume 1 will be available on http://www.springerlink.com Springer's online information platform. Features include fast, electronic publication in Online First, Cross Reference Linking and Table of Contents Alerts.

In a related announcement, Springer recently renewed its publishing cooperation with the National Science Council, Taiwan, to continue co-publishing the International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education. The journal publishes original, peer-reviewed articles on a variety of topics and research methods in both science and mathematics education.

The agreements are seen to considerably enhance Springer's position in education publishing in the Asia Pacific region.

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US Taylor & Francis in co-publishing agreement with Indian scholarly publisher Anamaya - 29 Jan 2009

Publisher Taylor & Francis Group (T&F), LLC, US, has announced that it will be co-publishing academic research journals with India-based Anamaya Publishers under the 'Taylor & Francis' and 'Routledge' imprints.

Anamaya publishes and distributes scholarly books and journals with an Indian focus on behalf of authors, editors and society partners. The company is projected to be ideally positioned to take the lead in creating a viable forum for showcasing Indian knowledge to reach a wider, global audience.

Anamaya journals that will be available to purchase in international online and print or in online-only editions for the first time include Gwalior Academy of Mathematical Sciences' (GAMS) Journal of Mathematics & Mathematical Biosciences; Indian Chemical Engineer: Quarterly Journal of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers; Indian Journal of Industrial & Applied Mathematics: Biannual Journal of the Indian Society of Industrial & Applied Mathematics; Maritime Affairs: Journal of the National Maritime Foundation of India; and SESI: Journal of the Solar Energy Society of India.

The incorporation of these five journals in the T&F portfolio brings the total number of journals available to subscribers to 1,405 in 2009. The T&F Group has 418 journals ranked within the Science and Social Sciences Journal Citation Reports (JCRs). In the 2007 JCR, 41 T&F journals were added.

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UK Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice joins BioMed Central's OA platform - 28 Jan 2009

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice has recently joined the growing number of journals opting to transfer to BioMed Central's open access platform. The move will complement the exposure generated from the journal's recent acceptance for tracking by Thomson Reuters (Impact Factor due 2010).

Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice is the third journal to transfer to BioMed Central's open access publishing platform this year. The journal publishes articles of interest for the cancer genetics community. Led by Editors-in-Chief, Jan Lubiński, Rodney J. Scott and Rolf Sijmons, it will continue to provide a discussion forum for the development of appropriate health care strategies for cancer genetics.

All articles published in Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice will be archived in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and also at INIST in France and in e-Depot, the National Library of the Netherlands' digital archive of all electronic publications. The journal is also participating in the British Library's e-journals pilot project, and plans to deposit copies of all articles with the British Library.

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India Corrigendum - 28 Jan 2009

This is with reference to the news alert titled "University Press' announce job cuts" covered in the News Section of Knowledgespeak (dated 27, January 2009). Readers may please note that the news article has been revised due to ambiguity reasons. The revised version of the news article is here.

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US EBSCO Publishing acquires Salem Press - 28 Jan 2009

Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing, a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., US, has announced the acquisition of US-based publisher Salem Press. This a natural extension of a longtime relationship as Salem Press content has been a mainstay in EBSCO database offerings for many years, including various Magill products and the Masterplots series.

The deal is the result of a natural synergy that exists with book content & database subjects. Salem Press is a publisher of material in areas where EBSCOhost provides leading resources, including literature, history and consumer health. EBSCO will bring digitisation, indexing and platform expertise to the Salem Press content, providing the means for a larger reach with this content. EBSCOhost claims to be the most-used for-fee research service available in tens of thousands of institutions worldwide.

Salem Press publishes reference works on literature, history and biography, the social sciences and the sciences suitable for adult and young adult readers spanning all educational venues. Reference materials are both printed and electronic. The company distributes its work to college, school and public libraries.

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Netherland Elsevier unveils new workflow solution for synthetic chemists - 28 Jan 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has introduced Reaxys, a new workflow solution for synthetic chemists. Reaxys is based on data from Elsevier's chemistry databases merged together to provide harmonised content, additional functionalities and a redesigned interface to help improve R&D efficiency. The databases include CrossFire Beilstein, CrossFire Gmelin and Patent Chemistry Database.

Reaxys also contains new features including a synthesis planner and advanced results handling to help scientists gather relevant information more efficiently. Other features include workflow and decision making support for synthesis design and planning; quick access to key data by displaying results in a unique tabulated overview of the most important information; and convenient and flexible output of data in most common formats. The product has been developed with input and advice from development partners from corporate and academic research institutions around the world. In addition, the web interface has been designed by experts in human-computer interaction. The look and feel has been streamlined to make searching easier and provide a clear visualisation of the results.

The result is projected as a solution that goes beyond retrieving data. Search results are seen to reflect how chemists think and work - helping their workflow move seamlessly from initial search, recognition of possible starting materials and their properties and through planning a strategy for the synthesis of a new compound to proposing a detailed synthetic route. Most compounds in Reaxys can be identified by their CAS Registry Numbers.

Reaxys is currently available and existing CrossFire customers may use it in parallel for an interim period. Elsevier offers full training and helpdesk support for new customers as well as guidance for the migration from CrossFire to the new platform. For the time being all CrossFire products as well as the Commander interface will be fully supported.

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US JSTOR to be merged with non-profit organisation Ithaka - 28 Jan 2009

JSTOR, an online archive of scholarly publications, has announced its merger with Ithaka, a provider of research, strategic and administrative services to non-profit projects. The move is seen to unite two pioneering entities focused on helping the scholarly community take advantage of rapidly advancing information technologies. The new combined enterprise will be called Ithaka and will help the academic community use digital technologies to advance scholarship and teaching and to reducing system-wide costs through collective action.

JSTOR was founded in 1995 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as a shared digital library to help academic institutions save costs associated with the storage of library materials and to improve access to scholarship. Today, more than 5,200 academic institutions and 600 scholarly publishers and content owners participate in JSTOR.

Ithaka was started in 2003 to aid promising not-for-profit digital initiatives and to provide research and insight on important strategic issues facing the academic community. Its reports include the 2007 University Publishing in A Digital Age and the 2008 Sustainability and Revenue Models for Online Academic Resources. Ithaka is the organisational home to Portico, a digital preservation service, and NITLE, a suite of services supporting the use of technology in liberal arts education.

JSTOR and Ithaka already work closely together, sharing a common history, values and fundamental purpose. During 2008, the Ithaka-incubated resource Aluka was integrated into JSTOR as an initial step, further strengthening ties between the organisations. JSTOR will now join Portico and NITLE as a coordinated set of offerings made available under the Ithaka organisational name.

As one organisation, Ithaka will explore how to use its combined knowledge and experience to help its constituents in new ways. It will also remain committed to enabling institutions to maximise the benefits they provide to scholars and students while containing expenses. In addition to JSTOR, Portico and NITLE, Ithaka's existing research and strategic services groups will remain important parts of the enterprise. The board will be composed of Ithaka and JSTOR Trustees, with Henry Bienen, President of Northwestern University, serving as Chairman and Paul Brest, President of the Hewlett Foundation, as Vice Chairman.

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US OCLC launches WorldCat Mobile pilot - 28 Jan 2009

Global library cooperative Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), US, has launched a pilot programme to make collections from libraries visible through mobile devices. The WorldCat Mobile pilot allows users to search for and find books and other materials available in libraries near them through a Web application they can access from a PDA or smartphone.

The pilot is based on WorldCat.org, the world's largest online resource for finding information in libraries. Advanced global positioning capabilities found in many smartphones and PDAs make it possible for users to find local library materials no matter where they happen to be. The pilot will gather data to inform and help shape future mobile access to WorldCat.org. The pilot is now available in the US and Canada and is expected to last six months.

The WorldCat Mobile pilot complements the recently released experimental WorldCat iPhone Web app, built with the WorldCat Search API. The pilot also uses some data from the WorldCat Registry, a comprehensive directory for libraries and consortia and the services they provide.

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US ProQuest launches free search widgets for products on its Illumina platform - 28 Jan 2009

ProQuest, part of Cambridge Information Group, has launched free search widgets for products on its CSA Illumina platform, including a widget for its CSA Illustrata product line. The CSA Illumina and CSA Illustrata Search Widgets - portable search boxes - allow instant searching of these acclaimed research databases from any page of a library or university web site. The widgets are part of ProQuest's larger initiative to help libraries market their collections by embedding them into the users' workflow.

The CSA Illumina platform encompasses unique, sought-after research sources. Its CSA Illustrata product line has become popular with researchers for its ability to surface relevant content from illustrations - information that's often buried in traditional resources. With the Search Widgets, anybody with access to the CSA Illumina Administrative Module can create simple customised search boxes that allow researchers direct access to CSA Illumina and CSA Illustrata databases from any Web page - from course pages to email messages.

The search boxes carry CSA Illumina and CSA Illustrata logos so that users know they're searching deep web content from the library, rather than the free Web. The widgets' flexible "plug and play" design lets libraries set their own search parameters, varying them with the context.

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US SAGE and International Society for Research on Emotion launch new journal - 28 Jan 2009

Academic publisher SAGE has announced the launch of a new journal - Emotion Review (http://emr.sagepub.com). James A. Russell and Lisa Feldman Barrett of Boston College will serve as Editors-in-chief of the journal.

Published in association with the International Society for Research on Emotion, the journal will cover theoretical, conceptual, and review papers to advance the field of emotion theory and research. It aims to attract research from many disciplines, with special issues in 2009 looking at embodied emotion; emotional experience; and the history of emotion.

The journal will be published quarterly, and will be available for free online until 2011.

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UK Turpin Distribution launches e-commerce service for journal subscriptions - 28 Jan 2009

Distribution services provider Turpin Distribution, UK, is set to launch a new comprehensive and fully integrated e-commerce service for journal subscriptions. The service will be open to all of the company's journal publishers and customers.

Customers will be able to search for titles across all Turpin's publisher clients and view prices, by geographic region, type and currency. Once registered and logged in, customers will then be able to manage their account and subscribe to multiple titles in one go. The system enables libraries to subscribe to one or more journals, collections and databases using the secure shopping cart; view their order and transaction history for all orders placed via the new site and manage their account, including multiple ship-to addresses and change ship-to addresses with immediate effect; and select calendar year or anytime-start subscriptions, if applicable, and select the start issue of an anytime-start subscription. Libraries can also renew subscriptions and pay proforma invoices sent by Turpin as part of the renewals process.

Journal publishers will benefit from a higher level of customer satisfaction through ease and speed of subscription procurement and a simplified, faster renewals process which should reduce false lapses. They will also receive all the additional marketing information provided directly by their customers via the registration process. Any changes that the customers make through the account management system are registered in the company's UK and US distribution centres and in the publisher reports with immediate effect. This ensures that publishers have the most up-to-date information about their customers as possible.

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US Cambridge University Press announces plans to reorganise printing business - 27 Jan 2009

Academic publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP) has announced plans to reorganise its printing business, Cambridge Printing Services, Ltd (CPSL), as a printer to the European part of CUP's publishing operation. The move follows a strategic review of the company's printing business over the past nine months.

The review has shown that CPSL is unlikely to make a profit in its current form. This would mean that the scale of CPSL will need to be reduced by roughly two-thirds. While the company has said that wherever possible, staff in affected posts will be re-deployed within other parts of Cambridge University Press, it is expected that 133 jobs in CPSL will be lost, with 37 jobs retained in the new structure. Some redundancies are also expected in the Press's UK Education publishing business.

In a similar move, the Oxford University Press has announced lays offs in the company. According to media reports, in cuts that ranged between the New York and North Carolina offices, 60 workers have been laid off at OUP. The move, according to the company, is expected to help cope with upcoming reductions in school and library budgets in the coming year. The cuts will affect roughly 8.5 percent of the publisher's 700 employees in the US.

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India Dear Subscribers - 27 Jan 2009

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Netherland Elsevier set to launch more than 600 Health Science e-book titles on ScienceDirect - 27 Jan 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that more than 600 medical, veterinary medicine, and health professions book titles will be launched in Health Science eBook Collections on ScienceDirect, in April 2009. Elsevier's health science books are published under the imprints W.B. Saunders, Mosby, Churchill Livingstone, and Hanley & Belfus.

To date, Elsevier's medical and health science book titles have only been available through MD Consult for clinical practitioners and medical education, Evolve eBooks for health professions education, and Veterinary Consult for veterinary medicine education. The thousands of authors represented in the Elsevier medical and health science collections on ScienceDirect will now enjoy greater market visibility, increasing the potential for research collaboration and recognition.

The addition of the Elsevier Health Science Collections follows the successful launch of Elsevier's Science & Technology book titles late in 2007. The initiative contributes to the evolution of the ScienceDirect platform into a comprehensive and complete source of global scientific knowledge.

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Israel Ex Libris to launch new Web 2.0 usage-based scholarly recommendation service - 27 Jan 2009

Library solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced a new Web 2.0 recommender service - Ex Libris bX. A first-of-its-kind, the service will provide library users with article-level recommendations based on collective usage data amassed from research communities around the world.

bX is the result of years of collaboration and research into advanced scholarly recommender systems conducted by leading researchers-Johan Bollen and Herbert Van de Sompel from the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The service derives its recommendations from the analysis of tens of millions of transactions performed by users from research institutions worldwide and captured through a large-scale aggregation of link resolver usage logs. Based on open interoperability standards such as OpenURL and OAI-PMH, bX can be tightly integrated into a library's existing user environment.

Sixteen institutions in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia have begun testing bX and are working with Ex Libris on ongoing development before the service's public launch.

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UK Nature Publishing Group expands open access choices for authors - 27 Jan 2009

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, has announced that it is expanding open access choices for authors in 2009, through both 'green' self-archiving and 'gold' (authors-pays) open access publication routes. Eleven journals published by NPG are offering an open access option from January 2009. NPG has also expanded its Manuscript Deposition Service to include 32 further titles.

An open-access option is now available to authors submitting original research to Molecular Therapy, published by NPG on behalf of the American Society of Gene Therapy, and to ten journals owned by NPG. The journals offering this option are: Cancer Gene Therapy, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Genes and Immunity, International Journal of Impotence Research, Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, Journal of Human Hypertension, Journal of Perinatology, Molecular Psychiatry, The Pharmacogenomics Journal and Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases.

For a publication fee of £2,000 / $3000 / € 2400, articles will be open access on the journal website and identified in the online and print editions of the journal with an open-access icon. The final full text version of the article will be deposited immediately on publication in PubMed Central (PMC), and authors will be entitled to self-archive the published version immediately on publication. Open access articles will be published under a Creative Commons license. Authors may choose between the Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported and the Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported Licence. The Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike Licence permits derivative works, ensuring that authors can comply with funders such as the Wellcome Trust. Other articles will continue to be published under NPG's exclusive License to Publish, and its usual self-archiving policy will apply.

Editors will be blind as to whether or not authors have selected the open access option, avoiding any possibility of a conflict of interest during peer review and acceptance. Print subscription prices for these journals will not be affected. Site licence prices will be adjusted in line with the amount of subscription-content published annually.

Continuing its support for the 'green route' to open access on high-impact journals, NPG has extended its Manuscript Deposition Service. Forty-three journals published by NPG will now offer the free service to help authors fulfil funder and institutional mandates for public access. In addition to Nature and the Nature research journals, 28 society and academic journals published by NPG now offer a Manuscript Deposition Service to authors of original research articles. A full list of participating journals is available online at http://www.nature.com/authors/author_services/deposition.html.

NPG's Manuscript Deposition Service will deposit authors' accepted manuscripts with PMC and UK PubMed Central (UKPMC). For participating journals, the service is open to authors whose funders have an agreement with PMC or UKPMC to deal with authors' manuscripts from publishers.

NPG's License to Publish encourages authors of original research articles to self-archive the accepted version of their manuscript in PMC or other appropriate funding bodies' archive, their institution's repositories and, if they wish, on their personal websites. In all cases, the author's version of the accepted manuscript can be made publicly accessible six months after publication. NPG does not require authors of original research articles to transfer copyright.

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Ireland Research and Markets unveils new report on scientists' use of social media - 27 Jan 2009

Market research and data services provider Research and Markets, Ireland, has announced the addition of the 'The Brave New World of Scientific Publishing' report to their offering. The report is based on responses to a 37-question online survey conducted by BioInformatics, LLC. More than 1,500 scientists participated in this survey between May 27 and May 30, 2008.

The report, a study of scientists' use of social media, is designed to help publishers understand what scientists expect 'and prefer' as Web 2.0 capabilities become the new industry standard. Scientists and publishers rely on each other to establish the priority of discoveries, to validate the scientific process by peer review, to disseminate findings and to establish the scientific record. However, social media threatens current business practices. According to the report, publishers who do not respond to these challenges, or respond by further entrenchment of traditional positions, could find themselves becoming increasingly unnecessary and irrelevant.

Scientists have always closely identified themselves with communities representing specific, often quite narrowly focused, disciplines and areas of research. This desire to connect with like-minded scientists is amplified by social media, open access and online data sharing. The Brave New World of Science Publishing report shows that publishers are in an enviable position to leverage their existing reputations to take advantage of social media provided that they resist the temptation to view it as the same type of threat the Web was perceived to be in the mid- to late 1990's. In addition, this report is projected as an indispensable resource for life science suppliers and advertisers seeking to bond with customers via social media.

The report noted that while hyperlinked citations, letters to the Editor and editorial comment are valued elements of scientific publications, social media affords publishers the ability to go far beyond these basic functions and enhance value to readers by delivering a richer and more meaningful experience. It further states that to survive, publishers must re-evaluate the roles they have traditionally played in scientific communication. The more than 1,500 scientists surveyed for this report share their opinions on how social media can provide new tools to further the advancement of science.

From their growing use of discussion boards, blogs, wikis, video and podcasts, scientists are learning how to employ Web 2.0 and social media tools to good effect. The Brave New World of Science Publishing report seeks to help publishers keep pace with the expectations of their readers while reinforcing their positions of respect and authority.

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US SAGE announces advertising sales agreement with e-Healthcare Solutions - 27 Jan 2009

Academic publisher SAGE has announced an agreement with e-Healthcare Solutions (e-HS) to sell, deliver and manage all online advertising sales for its specialty medical journals.

Under the deal, e-HS will sell online advertising space to pharmaceutical and device advertisers as well as advertising agencies for more than 45 of SAGE's medical specialty journals with one easy media buy. Titles include The Diabetes Educator, Trauma, Angiology, Journal of Pharmacy Practice and more.

e-Healthcare Solutions is a premier pharmaceutical and healthcare services Internet advertising network. The company exclusively represents medical online outlets and provides a highly targeted audience reach that includes physicians, healthcare professionals, patients and caregivers. e-HS also provides publishers with unique revenue generating tools and services. Other publishing partners include the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, Reed Elsevier, the American College of Physicians, and the American College of Surgeons.

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India Dear Subscribers - 26 Jan 2009

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Netherland Elsevier announces European availability of illumin8 - 26 Jan 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the European availability of illumin8, a web-based natural language processing solution designed to help corporate research professionals answer complex R&D questions with greater speed and effectiveness. illumin8 extracts key relationships across Elsevier's premium scientific content, millions of patents and 8 billion web pages and fuses them into an organised view.

Recent research projects European R&D spending to reach $280.2 billion in 2009, accounting for roughly a quarter of the World's total R&D expenditures. Initially launched in the US in February of 2008, illumin8 fills the void of streamlined, efficient research processes, setting a new standard for data extraction from high-quality content sources.

illumin8 is driven by a powerful semantic search index that surfaces exactly what the user is looking for in great detail, eliminating false positives and redundant results. This provides a much more effective result set and highly intuitive user experience that accelerates the discovery process. illumin8 searches across a wide range of technical and subject domains, serving the needs of research professionals in a number of different fields such as automotive, oil & gas, electronics, chemicals, coatings and consumer goods and packaging.

illumin8 is part of Elsevier's portfolio of advanced information retrieval solutions that transforms its high value content into actionable knowledge to improve ROI for corporate R&D. illumin8 users can easily access the full-text of Elsevier journals if they have an online subscription to the journal through Elsevier's online scientific research platform, ScienceDirect.

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US IEEE Intellectual Property Rights Office launches e-copyright tools for publication editors - 26 Jan 2009

The IEEE Intellectual Property Rights Office has made available two new electronic copyright form (eCF) tools for volunteers who are responsible for collecting, submitting and monitoring IEEE Copyright Forms.

To help volunteers track eCF submissions, the IPR Office and the IEEE Publishing Technology Group have developed the eCF Report Tool. This tool generates a downloadable Excel spreadsheet report showing the status of the eCFs submitted (and not yet submitted) to their specific publication title. More than 100K IEEE Copyright Forms were signed and submitted through the online tool in 2008.

The second, the eCF Upload Tool, will provide editors whose publications are not using a manuscript submission system with a simple process to enter metadata on all currently submitted manuscripts into the eCF system. Authors will then receive an e-mail with a user ID and password, as well as clear instructions on accessing the eCF to transfer their copyright to IEEE.

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UK Nature Publishing Group and ASGT announce open access and article deposition services for authors - 26 Jan 2009

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, and the American Society of Gene Therapy (ASGT) have announced the launch of two new services to help authors comply with funder and institutional mandates for public access. Under the initiative, Molecular Therapy, the official journal of the ASGT, will now offer authors the option of immediate open access on publication, including deposition in PubMed Central, subject to the payment of a publication fee. In addition, as a further author benefit to aid compliance with several funding body mandates, NPG will deposit all Molecular Therapy articles to PubMed Central upon final publication, to be made public after 12 months.

Upon submission of original research articles, authors have the option of publishing their articles as open access for a publication fee of £2,000 / $3,000 / € 2,400. Open access articles will be freely available upon publication. By paying this one-time fee, authors are also entitled to self-archive the final published PDF of their articles on a website, institutional repository, or other free public server upon publication. Open access articles will be designated by the MTOpen logo in both the print and online editions of the journal and will be freely accessible via PubMed Central immediately after publication.

Open access articles will be published under a Creative Commons license. Authors may choose between the Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported and the Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported Licence. The Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike Licence permits derivative works, ensuring that authors can comply with funders such as the Wellcome Trust. Under both licenses, the final published version of MTOpen articles can be downloaded and shared as long as the author and original publication are cited.

Under the terms of NPG's License to Publish, self-archiving is encouraged on all original research articles published in Molecular Therapy. In all cases, the author's version of the accepted manuscript can be made publicly accessible six months after publication. This applies regardless of whether the authors choose the MTOpen option.

Molecular Therapy joins The EMBO Journal, EMBO reports and British Journal of Cancer, which already offer an open access option to authors. NPG also announced the introduction of an open access option on ten further journals.

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UK New editor-in-chief for Journal of Physics A - 26 Jan 2009

Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, published by IOP publishing, UK, recently announced the appointment of Professor Murray T Batchelor of the Australian National University, Canberra, as the new Editor-in-Chief, effective January 2009. He succeeds Professor Carl M Bender.

Murray Batchelor has been Editor of the Mathematical Physics section of the journal since 2007. Prior to this, he served as a Board Member and an Advisory Panel member for the journal. He holds a joint appointment in mathematics and physics and has held visiting positions at the Universities of Leiden, Amsterdam, Oxford and Tokyo.

Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical reports research on the mathematical structures that describe fundamental processes of the physical world and on the analytical, computational and numerical methods for exploring these structures. Each issue of the journal is split into six sections. This includes statistical physics; chaotic and complex systems; mathematical physics; quantum mechanics and quantum information theory; classical and quantum field theory; and fluid and plasma theory.

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US SPARC releases guide and web community on campus-based publishing partnerships - 26 Jan 2009

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has released a guide titled Campus-based Publishing Partnerships: A guide to critical issues, by Raym Crow. The guide is the core of a new website, the Campus-based Publishing Resource Center, designed by a panel of advisors from the library and university press communities to support successful publishing partnerships.

It has been observed campus publishing partnerships can offer universities greater control over the intellectual products that they help create. But to fully realise this potential, partnerships need to evolve from ad hoc working alliances to stable, long-term collaborations. The new guide will help partnering organisations to establish practical governance and administrative structures; identify funding models that accommodate the different financial objectives of libraries and presses; define objectives that advance the missions of both the library and of the press, without disrupting the broader objectives of either; and demonstrate the value of the collaboration to university administrators.

Campus-based Publishing Partnerships will also help libraries, presses and other campus units to structure successful partnerships and to recognise when collaboration is not the right course of action. The guide reviews current library-press initiatives, describes the potential benefits of partnerships, and provides an overview of the financial and operating criteria for launching and sustaining a successful collaboration. It provides practical guidance on structuring a publishing partnership, including case studies that illustrate key concepts.

SPARC is releasing Campus-based Publishing Partnerships in conjunction with the launch of the new web-based 'Campus-based Publishing Resource Center' at http://www.arl.org/sparc/partnering. The resource center currently features case studies, a bibliography, and a listserv as well as the SPARC guide. In cooperation with its editorial board, the site will be expanded to include FAQs, sample planning documents, an index of collaborative initiatives, and other content suggested by the community.

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German Springer's online information platform now offers over 30,000 eBooks - 26 Jan 2009

STM publisher Springer Science+Business Media, Germany, has reached a milestone by publishing its 30,000th eBook in January 2009. Originally launched in 1996, SpringerLink provides students and researchers with electronic access to the largest collection of eBooks; more than 1,500 peer-reviewed Springer journals; as well as 18,000 protocols for laboratories. The eBook Collection comprises more than 140 reference works and over one thousand book series.

The Springer eBook Collection was introduced in July 2006 with 10,000 titles and recently, the number of available titles tripled and reached 30,000 eBooks. The company's goal is to add about 5,000 titles each year to the collection.

Springer boasts one of the most liberal purchasing models of digital content currently available. The company allows unlimited simultaneous access to eBooks for members of the purchasing library community. The eBooks' PDF and HTML documents are fully searchable and can be downloaded and printed. In addition, once a library purchases Springer's eBook Collection, they own the book content for their use in perpetuity. Libraries can either purchase a complete collection of all Springer titles from a copyright year or one or more of 13 distinct topic categories including engineering, medicine, computer science and mathematics.

The Springer eBook Collection provides MARC 21 records, a standardised form of electronic cataloging records. Recently, Springer also launched MyCopy, which allows a library's registered patrons to order softcover copies, for their personal use, of those Springer eBooks that the library has purchased.

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US YBP Library Services to sell Greenwood online databases - 26 Jan 2009

Greenwood, a publishing imprint of ABC-CLIO, US, recently announced an agreement with YBP Library Services, a leading provider of materials to academic libraries. Under the deal, YBP Library Services will act as the non-exclusive agent for the sale of Greenwood's online databases in the US.

A Baker & Taylor company, YBP Library Services provides books and supporting collection management and technical services to academic, research, and special libraries in North America and around the world. The company's online, interactive bibliographic information service, GOBI, provides access to 2.0 million titles in an English-language database.

Greenwood Press publishes reference books across the middle and high school and college and university curriculum as well as on general-interest topics. Praeger Publishers is Greenwood's line of scholarly and professional books in the social sciences and humanities, with emphasis on modern history, military studies, psychology, business, current events and social issues, international affairs, politics, visual and performing arts and literature.

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UK BMJ Group names new editor for Tobacco Control journal - 23 Jan 2009

Medical information publisher BMJ Group, UK, has announced the appointment of Professor Ruth Malone as the new editor of the journal Tobacco Control. Malone is the first woman, and the first academic nurse, to edit the journal. She succeeds Professor Simon Chapman of the University of Sydney's School of Public Health and Community Medicine, who edited the journal for 10 years. Professor Chapman will continue to contribute to Tobacco Control by acting as commissioning editor for new journal content relating to tobacco control, advocacy, and policy in low and middle income countries.

Professor Malone is currently Director of the Health Policy Program and Vice Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, USA (UCSF). She has published widely in academic journals, and served as reviewer, editorial board member, and contributing editor across a range of titles.

Published bimonthly, Tobacco Control is an international peer review journal for health professionals and others in tobacco control. The journal was first launched in 1992 under the editorship of the late Dr Ron Davis, immediate past president of the American Medical Association. It seeks to study the nature and consequences of tobacco use worldwide; tobacco's effects on population health, the economy, the environment, and society; efforts to prevent and control the global tobacco epidemic through population level education and policy changes; the ethical dimensions of tobacco control policies; and the activities of the tobacco industry and its allies.

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India Dear Subscribers - 23 Jan 2009

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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Netherland Elsevier launches expert-generated knowledge sharing web resource - 23 Jan 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of SciTopics, a free online expert-generated knowledge sharing service for the research community. Designed as a starting point for scientific research, the website integrates a content publishing platform with search functionalities and community features. The service includes a continually growing number of pages with over 650 SciTopics pages from more than 800 scientists.

The site creates a starting point for researchers to gain an introductory overview of a particular scientific topic. It serves as a collaboration resource where users can share their views and engage in discussions with other SciTopics members. SciTopics allows scientists to easily identify relevant players, journals, websites and science news services in the field. Thereby offering a channel for researchers to identify potential collaboration partners and help journal editors find suitable authors and reviewers for their publications.

Using keywords selected by the SciTopics page author, Elsevier provides links to the most recent and most cited published articles on the subject through Scopus, the world's largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Keywords are also used to identify links to relevant Web results and news through Scirus, Elsevier's science-specific search engine. These external links, updated each time the page is viewed, allow for more in-depth coverage of the subject reflecting the most current information. SciTopics page authors also offer a list of references and suggested Web resources.

SciTopics pages include a link to the author's profile page including affiliation, research interests, a list of publications and contact details. Authors are invited by a SciTopics Subject Editor or Elsevier Journal Editor to write a summary on a scientific topic of their choice. Additionally, those interested in creating a SciTopics page may submit a suggested topic via the site.

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US Healthline adds new partners to Healthline Media Network - 23 Jan 2009

Health information services provider Healthline Networks, US, has announced that AOL Health, dLife, iVillage, Organized Wisdom, tudiabetes.com and WrongDiagnosis.com have joined the Healthline Media Network. Healthline Media Network claims to be the only Internet advertising platform to leverage Medically Guided search technology to deliver health and pharmaceutical advertising.

Under terms of the agreements, the Healthline Media Network will augment the publishers' direct ad sales teams by matching unsold inventory with contextually relevant, targeted health and pharmaceutical advertising. With the addition of these new partners, the Healthline Media Network has quickly grown to become the largest condition-specific health marketing platform, with a potential reach of over 30 million quality health seekers a month.

Launched in June 2008, the Healthline Media Network is powered by HealthSTAT (Semantic Taxonomy Ad Targeting), an ad targeting platform that places contextually relevant health and pharmaceutical advertisements across a network of blue-chip publisher partners. HealthSTAT also enables advertisers to customise rules for optimal results, delivering clinically accurate contextual adjacencies for greater ROI in every campaign.

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UK Publishing Technology publishes case studies on two archive digitisation projects - 23 Jan 2009

Publishing Technology, a UK-based provider of software and services for the publishing industry, has announced the publication of two case studies exploring the benefits of digitising backfiles. Two scholarly publishers - Netherlands-based Brill and US-based OceanSide Publications - recently took their journal archives online. The Publishing Technology case studies outline these projects and the benefits realised.

Brill, a humanities and social sciences publisher, set out to deliver 60,000 journal articles dating back to 1850 to the modern researcher. The project, which coincides with the company's 325th anniversary, was established to increase visibility and improve sales. With 90 percent of the backfiles already available, sales have grown 8-10 percent this year as Brill has increased its traffic through IngentaConnect, Publishing Technology's scholarly research platform. Also, the company has been able to increase its fees for pay-per-view and subscription access as it is now able to offer more to its customers. According to the company, the academic community's reception of the project has been so positive that the JISC has purchased the entire archive on behalf of the UK higher education community.

OceanSide Publications, a medical publisher, wished to convey the depth of its 20 years of research to the community. It sought tools from Publishing Technology to remain competitive and build credibility by showcasing the breadth of its work and amount of time in the industry through the Internet. Since the project's completion in 2007, OceanSide has reportedly recognised many benefits. These include the ability to introduce and experiment with new business models, resulting in an increase in subscriptions, additional article sales via pay-per-view, as well as increased usage of content. Although the full subscription price increased following the addition of the backfiles, the entire package is being purchased more frequently than more limited subscription options.

The case studies are available in full at http://www.publishingtechnology.com/about/archive/brill_oct08.pdf and http://www.publishingtechnology.com/about/archive/oceanside_oct08.pdf.

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US Scientific business of Thomson Reuters announces enhancements to Journal Citation Reports - 23 Jan 2009

The Scientific business of Thomson Reuters has announced that it has enhanced the Journal Citation Reports, available to subscribers of the JCR Web. The recognised authority for evaluating journals, JCR presents quantitative data that supports a systematic, objective review of the world's leading journals and their impact and influence in the global research community.

In addition to Impact Factor, the JCR now includes the Eigenfactor Metrics, which use citing journal data from the entire JCR file to reflect the prestige and citation influence of journals by considering scholarly literature as a network of journal-to-journal relationships.

The JCR summarises citations from more than 10,000 journals and proceedings in the sciences and social sciences indexed in the Web of Science database. Nearly 8,000 journals appear in the 2007 JCR, with detailed reports of their citation performance, their citation network, and the count and type of materials published.

In addition to the collaboration with the University of Washington to include Eigenfactor Metrics, the Journal Citation Reports now include features such as five-year impact factor providing a broader range of citation activity for a more informative snapshot over time; Journal 'Self Citations'; graphic displays of Impact Factor 'Box Plots'; and Rank-in-Category tables for journals covering multiple disciplines. The JCR includes virtually all subject specialties in science, technology, and the social sciences as well as more than 1,400 publishers from 66 nations.

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US Wiley and YBP Library Services announce online books agreement - 23 Jan 2009

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced a new agreement with YBP Library Services, a leading provider of materials to academic libraries. The partnership was formed to address the growing need of libraries to discover and order book content in the format of their choice using one consolidated book-purchasing channel.

Under the agreement, YBP will add Wiley's full range of online books, book series, and online reference works to its Global Online Bibliographic Information (GOBI) database. YBP's library customers will now be able to view and select online books alongside print and e-books, with no change to the library's existing workflow. The result will be a fully integrated library acquisition process, from selection and profiling to ordering and invoicing.

Wiley's expansive Online Books programme comprises titles published from the 1940s to the present. The programme consists of books in the life sciences, physical sciences, medicine, engineering, social sciences and humanities and includes multi-volume book series and essential reference titles available on Wiley InterScience. Wiley plans to add about 1500 - 2000 newly published titles each year.

A Baker & Taylor company, YBP Library Services provides books and supporting collection management and technical services to academic, research, and special libraries in North America and around the world. The company's online, interactive bibliographic information service, GOBI, provides access to 2.0 million titles in an English-language database.

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US WK Health signs multi-year contract with Bristol-Myers Squibb - 23 Jan 2009

Medical information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced a new partnership with biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb, US. The multi-year contract calls for WK Health to provide HIPAA-compliant prescription sales data to help Bristol-Myers Squibb measure business efficiency, control costs and determine sales force effectiveness.

The Wolters Kluwer Health Source data-set captures nearly 80 percent of the prescription transactions in the US. It also boasts data from America's largest retail pharmacy chains including an exclusive agreement with the ArcLight consortium, which adds an incremental 360 million annual prescriptions generated by more than 4,100 retail outlets that are unique to the Wolters Kluwer Health dataset.

The Wolters Kluwer Health healthcare analytics product group pioneered prescriber-level data, and has continued to innovate in the categories of managed markets data and patient longitudinal data.

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UK BioMed Central journals on track to receive Impact Factors - 22 Jan 2009

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that two of its journals, Parasites & Vectors and Plant Methods, have been accepted for tracking by Thomson Reuters and will both receive Impact Factors in 2010.

Launched in 2005, Plant Methods encompasses all aspects of technological innovation in the plant sciences. The journal seeks to stimulate the development and adoption of new and improved techniques and research tools and, where appropriate, to promote consistency of methodologies for better integration of data from different laboratories.

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. Launched in January 2008, the journal has rapidly become an authoritative home for research in parasitology, reflected by its acceptance for tracking by Thomson Reuters from its first issue.

These journals bring to a total of 71 BioMed Central journals that are tracked by Thomson Reuters and either have or are on course to receive an Impact Factor.

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UK BMJ Group to deploy Datanomic platform for data cleansing - 22 Jan 2009

Data specialist Datanomic Ltd., UK, has announced that global medical publisher BMJ Publishing Group Ltd. has selected its dn:Director platform to cleanse, standardise, match and enhance its data. The move is expected to help BMJ achieve a consolidated single view of its 1.6 million customer/user records across multiple geographically dispersed databases.

dn:Director provides a single, unified platform that enables both business and IT personnel, such as data stewards, business analysts and owners of data, to identify and rectify compromised data which can place operations at risk. As a single product that encompasses profiling, analysis and transformation, dn:Director is seen to enable better understanding, improvement, protection and control of data quality for all types of structured and non-structured, real-time and non-real time information.

According to Datanomic, dn:Director will underpin BMJ Group's international market expansion strategy by enabling the group to improve its customer and prospect data, allowing it to better segment markets, identify commercial opportunities and reduce internal costs. BMJ will start training and early development work with dn:Director in January and will begin deployment in early February 2009.

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India Dear Subscribers - 22 Jan 2009

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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German Dr. Georg Ralle to leave Springer after 25 years of service - 22 Jan 2009

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced that Dr. Georg Ralle, President, Springer Business Media, is leaving the company after 25 years to pursue new entrepreneurial challenges. He will however continue to advise the Springer Management Board on the Professional (B2B) publishing business as Senior Consultant with a focus on medical publishing activities.

Martin Mos, COO, will manage Springer Business Media directly, and the management team of Springer Business Media - Ralf Birkelbach, Joachim Krieger, Harm van Maanen, Reinhard Theilmann, Jörg Zorn and Mechthild Sauer - will report to Mos.

Georg Ralle began his career at Springer in Berlin in 1983 as the Director of Advertising for Springer-Verlag. In 1987, he made the move to Heidelberg where he became Publishing Director. He worked directly with Heinz Götze in establishing the scientific communication division and the further development of the publishing house. In 1995, he became Managing Director of Urban & Vogel in Munich, and in 1999, following the acquisition of Springer by Bertelsmann, he became the Head of Professional Medicine for the merged group. Following the merger of Springer and Kluwer Academic Publishers in 2004, Georg Ralle was appointed Executive Vice President, Professional Medicine, and in 2007, he became President, Springer Business Media.

Springer Science+Business Media is one of the world's leading suppliers of scientific and specialist literature. The group publishes over 1,700 journals and more than 5,500 new books a year, as well as the largest STM eBook Collection worldwide.

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Netherland Elsevier acquires publishing assets of William Andrew, Inc. - 22 Jan 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the acquisition of the publishing assets of William Andrew, Inc. (William Andrew). William Andrew is an independent, mid-size publisher of technical and scientific materials that include applied science handbooks, references, and databases that promote knowledge, technology, and productivity, allowing individuals, markets, and societies to reach their full potential around the globe. The company appointed Elsevier to be its exclusive distributor in all countries outside of North America in 2007.

Over the last 18 months, both the companies have built a valuable strategic alliance including print distribution of William Andrew books globally outside of North America and electronic distribution of William Andrew content on Elsevier's globally renowned electronic publishing platforms - Science Direct and Engineering Village. This acquisition adds to Elsevier's portfolio the strength and depth of William Andrew's data and reference content. Elsevier will look at accelerating the growth of the William Andrew list both online and in print as part of its overall strategic goal of providing engineers and applied scientists with the critical information, intelligence and tools they need to do their jobs.

Some of the forthcoming titles from William Andrew and Elsevier include Nanotechnology Applications for Clean Water, Skin Aging Handbook, Handbook of Plastics Joining 2E, Tigers of the World 2E, Engineering Documentation Control 3E and Human Toxicology of Chemical Mixtures.

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US Graham & Whiteside titles now available on Gale Directory Library - 22 Jan 2009

E-research and educational publisher Gale, part of Cengage Learning, US, has announced that the Gale Directory Library now offers 22 Graham & Whiteside titles from its Major Companies of the World Series. Gale Directory Library lets customers build an online directory library where users can cross-search multiple directories or search a single title, enabling them to search, sort and export the data.

Graham & Whiteside is a leading supplier of international business and professional information. Its Major Companies of the World Series titles offer unparalleled access to key data on the most important international companies. Companies in this series have been selected on the basis of the size of their sales volume, premium income or total assets, as appropriate. Large companies have also been selected that are involved in strategic industries or are of geographical significance or are of newsworthy status in their country.

The series is presented in two main lines - the Regional directories and the Industry Sector directories. The Regional directories provide up-to-date information by region on leading businesses worldwide. The Industry Sector directories provide up-to-date information on international companies falling within the main sectors of industry and commerce including energy, finance, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and more.

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Netherland Swets to pre-launch SwetsWise Selection Support at Denver event - 22 Jan 2009

Subscription services provider Swets, Netherlands, will pre-launch the new SwetsWise Selection Support module at the forthcoming ALA Midwinter Conference in Denver, US, January 23-26, 2009.

SwetsWise Selection Support offers a decision support service made available by combining the customer's usage statistics matched to their subscription holdings and pricing. This results in an integrated price-per-use overview for collection analysis, with the flexibility to include additional customer-specific data. Data is pre-populated in the tool.

Powered by ScholarlyStats for usage statistics and SwetsWise for extensive subscription data, reporting is available at account and consortium levels, apart from customised reporting. Holdings and price information will be automatically maintained and updated by SwetsWise, including any new subscriptions. Customer-specific fields may be added, along with free text and file uploads, offering a high level of flexibility.

Swets will show demonstrations of SwetsWise Selection Support daily during ALA Midwinter in booth 1642. The service will be available for purchase in March 2009.

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US Wiley-Blackwell extends publishing partnership with American Cancer Society - 22 Jan 2009

Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced that it has expanded its long-standing partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS) to include CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. Wiley-Blackwell has published CANCER and Cancer Cytopathology on behalf of the ACS since 1996 and 1997, respectively.

A bimonthly publication, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians provides cancer care professionals with up-to-date information on all aspects of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Each issue of the journal is openly available online and distributed in print to about 90,000 recipients.

The 2007 Impact Factor for the journal was 69.026.

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US Apple opts for MathType as equation editor for new iWork '09 suite of applications - 21 Jan 2009

Enterprise software vendor Design Science, Inc., US, has announced that Apple has chosen its product MathType as the equation editor for its new iWork '09 suite of applications. Design Science makes the MathFlow line of MathML editing and composition tools for XML publishing.

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, made the announcement to adopt MathType in the keynote address at the recently concluded Macworld Expo conference in San Francisco. MathType works with all three iWork applications - Pages (word processor), Keynote (presentation) and Numbers (spreadsheet).

According to Design Service, MathType has long been known as the professional version of the Equation Editor in Microsoft Office, used by millions of educators, scientists and engineers to create papers and presentations with textbook-quality equations. It is estimated by scientific and technical publishers that over 85 percent of submitted manuscripts containing mathematical notation are Microsoft Word documents with MathType or Equation Editor equations. Now that MathType works with Apple's iWork, coverage of the word processing and presentation applications on Mac and Windows is projected to be virtually complete.

Founded in 1986, Design Science develops software used by educators, scientists and publishing professionals, including MathType, Equation Editor in Microsoft Office, WebEQ, MathFlow and MathPlayer, to communicate on the web and in print. As per company estimates, these products are used by millions of people worldwide, and most of the mathematics in content today is created using these products.

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India Dear Subscribers - 21 Jan 2009

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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Netherland Elsevier, CAS agreement to increase cooperation in information exchange - 21 Jan 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and chemical database provider Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society, recently reached an agreement to increase cooperation in information exchange to improve their respective operations and service offerings. Under the agreement, Elsevier will provide enhanced electronic versions of its journal articles to CAS. CAS in turn will help the global publisher identify additional CAS Registry Numbers in certain of its databases.

The CAS Registry Number identification aspect of the agreement is being carried out periodically through an automated, first level, 'machine comparison'. The method is neither comprehensive nor detailed relative to many chemical structure conventions. Therefore, the resulting addition of Registry numbers does not represent a complete comparison of Elsevier resources with the CAS Registry, the most comprehensive substance collection.

However, it is anticipated that these added CAS Registry Numbers will be useful and helpful for search and identification of more Elsevier database substances. From time to time more CAS Registry Numbers will be added.

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Israel Ex Libris launches collaboration initiative for design of digital preservation system - 21 Jan 2009

Library solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced a Charter Program to foster strategic collaboration between the company and its customers on the ongoing design of the Ex Libris Rosetta digital preservation system. Having gone live at the National Library of New Zealand in November 2008, Ex Libris Rosetta is now in general release.

The Ex Libris Rosetta Charter Program will allow members to share knowledge and collaborate with other preservation-focused institutions to advance preservation concepts and develop expertise. They will also seek to help define the solutions that will be created for, and incorporated, into Ex Libris Rosetta. Libraries participating in the programme will benefit from priority access to the digital preservation system.

Ex Libris Rosetta is expected to provide today's libraries with the infrastructure and technology needed to preserve and facilitate access to, and understanding of, the digital collections under their guardianship, in perpetuity. Built on a scalable, distributed architecture, the system can support multiple, flexible server configurations. Long-term sustainability is ensured by providing access to preserved digital entities via viewers that are compatible with constantly evolving format types, and are supplied as part of the system.

Following the Primo Charter Group model, the Ex Libris Rosetta Charter Program will span two years. During the period, the strategic, collaborative community will work together to further enhance the current digital preservation system functionality, including workflows and processes, for collecting, securing and preserving digital collections of all types. The group will consider ways to enhance the preservation-related services provided by the system, such as reference architectures, large data sets, rich media, e-mail/Wiki/blog archives, and migration of digital objects; and preservation issues specific to the consortia. Charter Program libraries will work in collaboration with Ex Libris to test and provide feedback on new functionalities before product versions are released to market.

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UK International grant competition Digging into Data Challenge launched - 21 Jan 2009

The UK's Joint Information Systems Committee together with the National Endowment for the Humanities, the USA's National Science Foundation and Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council have announced an international grant competition - the Digging into Data Challenge.

The challenge is designed to encourage research in social science and the humanities, using large-scale data analysis. Applicants will need to form international teams from at least two of the participating countries. Winning teams will receive funding from two or more of the funding agencies, and will be invited to present their work at a special conference.

This competition challenges scholars to develop international partnerships and explore vast digital resources, including electronic repositories of books, newspapers and photographs, to identify new opportunities for scholarship and encouraging international collaboration between scholars, librarians, data scientists and others. Interested applicants should submit a letter of intent by March 15, 2009. Final applications will be due by July 15, 2009.

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US Japan ministry selects Thomson Reuters' information solutions for strategic national project on accelerating translational research - 21 Jan 2009

The Scientific business of Thomson Reuters has announced that the Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation (FBRI) has selected its key intellectual property and pharmaceutical & life sciences data platforms - Thomson Innovation, Thomson Pharma and IDRAC - for a major national project. The project aims to accelerate translational research from academic research to clinical research and enhanced clinical care for the greater benefit of patients in Japan.

The project entitled 'Coordination, Support and Training Program for Translational Research' will be funded over three years by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan. The project fund, in turn, was allocated by the Japan Science & Technology Agency (JST) in support of the government's decade-long basic science and technology policy to bridge academic research and industrial expertise on applying basic research into practical clinical outcomes that can widely benefit patients in terms of improved medical care.

The national translational research project involves nine universities and a research institute. These include Tohoku University, University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Osaka University, Kyushu University, Hokkaido Organization for Translation Research which comprises Hokkaido University, Asahikawa Medical College Medical College, Sapporo Medical University, and FBRI.

In November 2008, the Thomson Innovation user interface was launched in Japanese to enhance productivity and decision making for Japanese intellectual property (IP) professionals. Japan remains the worldwide leader in published patents according to data analysis of Derwent World Patent Index, the world's most comprehensive database of enhanced patent documents.

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UK Publishing Research Consortium brings out a preliminary report on Journal Authors' Rights - perception and reality - 21 Jan 2009

The Publishing Research Consortium (PRC) has announced that it will shortly be publishing its fifth Summary Paper. The paper compares the findings of a specially commissioned study on what authors want to do with their journal articles, and what they believe they are permitted to do by their publisher agreements, with re-analysed data from a recent ALPSP Scholarly Publishing Practice Survey on publishers' policies. To mark the Academic Publishing in Europe conference in Berlin, a preliminary report has been issued summarising the findings.

The ALPSP Scholarly Publishing Practice Survey provides an array of evidence about the current policies and practices of scholarly journal publishers. It shows how these practices have changed over time with comparisons with the survey results from 2003 and 2005. In addition, the report shows how publishers' policies have changed in response to advocacy groups and funding mandates.

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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US Serials Solutions launches new discovery service - 21 Jan 2009

Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest, US, has launched a new service that will create Google-like searching of the full breadth of content found in library collections - from books and videos to e-resources at the article level. The new Summon unified discovery service is supported by ProQuest and Gale, and addresses what research shows is a fundamental barrier between libraries and users. The service is in beta with academic libraries throughout North America and will be available for purchase later this year.

The Summon service's library-branded search box will eliminate the confusion users have in finding a starting point for their research, making library collections simple to use and understand. Designed with library needs in mind, the service is built with an open API so that it can be integrated with existing library Web sites or campus systems.

The Summon service is being developed in close cooperation with library beta partners. It goes beyond federated search and leap-frogs next-generation OPACs by searching the library records as well as a full-complement of electronic content - at the article level - all together. It is the result of Serials Solutions' unique combination of assets and expertise, enabled by the participation of the industry's leading content providers. Apart from Gale and ProQuest, other participants include Springer, Taylor & Francis and Sage Publications, among others.

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UK Alan Storey named new Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Cancer - 20 Jan 2009

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced the appointment of Dr Alan Storey as the new Editor-in-Chief of the journal Molecular Cancer. Dr Storey will succeed Dr Munger, who will continue his support for the journal as a member of the Editorial Board.

Dr Storey is the Head of HPV Apotosis and Cancer Group at the University of Oxford with much of his research being based on the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK, non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC).

Launched in 2002, Molecular Cancer aims to promote the exchange of ideas, concepts and findings in any area of cancer and related biomedical science. All articles published in the journal are archived in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and also at INIST in France and in e-Depot, the National Library of the Netherlands' digital archive of all electronic publications. The journal is also participating in the British Library's e-journals pilot project, and plans to deposit copies of all articles with the British Library.

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US American Nurse Today, NINR partner to provide research news for nurses in practice - 20 Jan 2009

American Nurse Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association (ANA), and the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md, have partnered to deliver succinct reports of current research to nurses in practice.

The first article in this periodic series focuses on research related to palliative care in the intensive care unit (ICU). Specific topics include an examination of clinician communications patterns in the ICU and ways to provide more effective communication with patients and families. This includes a strategy based on the mnemonic Value: Value what the family members say, Acknowledge their emotions, Listen, Understand the patient as a person, and Elicit questions.

American Nurse Today reaches 175,000 nurses including 160,000 members of ANA. In addition to keeping nurses abreast of ANA's advocacy for the profession, the journal provides peer-reviewed, evidence based clinical, practical and career information that nurses can assimilate into their busy practices immediately.

The National Institute of Nursing Research is part of the National Institutes of Health. It supports basic and clinical research that develops the knowledge to build the scientific foundation for clinical practice, prevent disease and disability, manage and eliminate symptoms caused by illness, and enhance end-of-life and palliative care.

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India Dear Subscribers - 20 Jan 2009

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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US Harvard Health Publications launches new enhanced website - 20 Jan 2009

Harvard Health Publications, a publishing division of Harvard Medical School, has announced the launch of its redesigned and enhanced website to serve the needs of health-conscious consumers in search of trusted health care information. The new http://www.health.harvard.edu offers easy accessibility to the most current practical, authoritative health information, drawing on the expertise of the 8,000 faculty physicians at the Harvard Medical School and its world-famous affiliated hospitals.

The new website offers the latest health news from Harvard Medical School, and excerpts from its health newsletters. The Harvard Health Publications website features a number of health resources including a health dictionary which is searchable by medical condition and a guide to diagnostic tests, as well as other resources. The website also offers a free weekly health email newsletter, HEALTHbeat, and an archive of back issues. Also, visitors can read excerpts from approximately 50 titles of Harvard's Special Health Report series, which cover a wide range of disease conditions and health and wellness issues including Alzheimer's Disease, Healthy Eating, High Cholesterol, Weight Loss and Improving Memory.

In addition, the new website allows Harvard Health Publications subscribers and customers to keep their Harvard health newsletters and special health reports a mouse click away in their personal medical libraries and offers all products both electronically and in print.

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US Improved functionality online for AOSSM journals - 20 Jan 2009

Academic publisher SAGE has announced that the online versions of the journals of the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine (AOSSM) have been launched with new features and improved functionality. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, now in volume 37, and Sports Health: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach, a January 2009 launch, will publish on the new site. The changes incorporate new HighWire Press 2.0 features and functionality.

The new user interface is a flexible three-column design that makes features available without taking attention away from the substantive page content. Features most closely associated with the page content are placed closest to it. A major goal of the new design is to keep you in context as you conduct your research.

Other changes include an abstract preview; tag-along navigation; feature hideaway, where author affiliations, related links, and other article enhancements can be expanded or hidden; popular-articles list; new site design and navigation for enhanced user experience; and enhanced XML-based site. All personalisation settings, alerts, usernames/passwords, and subscription data are carried over from the previous site version.

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UK New publishing house KTI International launched - 20 Jan 2009

KTI International, a new publishing house that aims to provide high quality knowledge focusing on key technologies has been launched. The company is the brainchild of Dr Nigel Hollingworth and Professor Waqar Ahmed, who jointly provide a blend of skills, experience and knowledge of engineering, science and publishing. Dr Hollingworth will serve as the Publishing Director and Professor Ahmed will be the KTI Editor-in-Chief.

The company is set announce its new book series on Micro & Nanotechnologies; Key Technologies for Engineering; Renewable and Alternative Energy; and Biotechnology. The collective aim of these book series is to disseminate key technologies to engineers and scientists across a broad spectrum of traditional and emerging technologies in engineering and applied science.

Books will be published in a timely fashion in both print and electronic media. The latest production, printing and electronic technologies will be utilised in order to provide maximum accessibility and availability to readers. New and innovative ways of disseminating information are being explored.

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US OCLC announces new CONTENTdm version - 20 Jan 2009

Global library cooperative Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), US, has released CONTENTdm 5, a new version of CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management software. In direct response to input provided by more than 1,000 CONTENTdm users, OCLC development staff designed new features and improved existing features as part of CONTENTdm 5. The new release fully supports Unicode, the industry standard used to recognise text in most of the world's non-Western languages, and includes fundamental changes for both end users and libraries.

For end users, CONTENTdm 5 provides a new experience with powerful search improvements, including the integration of Find - the search engine behind OCLC's WorldCat.org. Offering capabilities beyond full Unicode searching, CONTENTdm 5 also features faceted browsing to help refine search results, as well as relevancy ranking similar to what end users experience when searching WorldCat.org and other popular search engines.

For libraries, the new CONTENTdm includes a totally redesigned Project Client, offering more streamlined collection-building workflows that will reduce the time needed to create a digital collection, reducing project costs and maximising results.

Other CONTENTdm 5 enhancements include a new reports module designed to better track and assess collection usage; nine integrated thesauri, which will improve efficiency by providing controlled vocabularies; and increased capacity that supports more collections, items and metadata fields as well as larger volumes for batch processing. In addition, CONTENTdm 5 offers improvements for handling Encoded Archival Description (EAD) files, including how finding aids are imported, displayed and searched.

The opportunity to curate digital collections is seen to be of great value to libraries and is a rapidly growing field. With millions of digital assets managed via CONTENTdm and hundreds of thousands of digital assets available through WorldCat, OCLC will continue to enhance CONTENTdm and its related products and services to support the library community in these important efforts.

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US Tomball Regional Medical Center deploys Thomson Reuters' Clinical Xpert Solutions - 20 Jan 2009

Healthcare solutions provider Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that the Tomball Regional Medical Center has selected the Clinical Xpert suite of products - Clinical Xpert Navigator and Clinical Xpert CareFocus - as part of its continuing effort to improve clinical performance and patient safety. These tools enable automated identification of high-risk patients within a hospital and give clinicians access to comprehensive patient information at any time via the Internet, smartphones and other mobile devices.

The medical center will use Clinical Xpert Navigator to deliver real-time patient data to physicians via their BlackBerry smartphones, Palm and Windows Mobile-based mobile devices, and desktop computers. This ensures doctors have access to critical patient information at any time and from any location, improving efficiency and clinical decision-making. The Clinical Xpert CareFocus will allow clinicians to build clinical profiles that identify high-risk patients from the entire hospital census based on their medications, laboratory results, vital signs, diagnoses, observations, active orders, and demographics.

Tomball will combine clinical solutions from Thomson Reuters to develop a closed-loop quality improvement process. The medical center also uses CareDiscovery, a benchmarking solution from Thomson Reuters, to analyse clinical performance and make comparisons with peer-group and national benchmarks.

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US ACS announces pilot programme for free online access to peer-reviewed, accepted manuscripts - 19 Jan 2009

The world's largest scientific society American Chemical Society (ACS), US, has begun a pilot programme that will make some journal papers available online about two to seven weeks earlier than was the case previously. Authors publishing in the journals ACS Chemical Biology, Journal of Proteome Research, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmaceutics can now opt to have their peer-reviewed, accepted manuscripts posted on the ACS Publications website within three days of acceptance. These "Just Accepted" manuscripts are assigned a digital object identifier (DOI) that can be used to cite the papers. The manuscripts are free to all readers.

ACS is providing this service to expedite the dissemination of scientific information in a fully citable format. It will monitor the number of authors and readers who use the feature and will assess the impact of the public availability of accepted manuscripts.

A "Just Accepted" manuscript proceeds through the usual ACS production process - technical editors edit and format it for the Web, and authors approve galleys. The final published article retains the same DOI as the "Just Accepted" manuscript, ensuring that citations link to the final scientific article of record when it becomes available.

The American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (ASBMB) has been offering a similar programme for its journals since 2002. ASBMB's 'Papers in Press' programme reduces the time from acceptance to publication by six to eight weeks. The society places each accepted manuscript in a permanent, publicly accessible archive on the respective journal's website. However, according to an ASBMB official, this free access hasn't eroded subscription demand.

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US Cleveland Public Library offer EPUB e-book downloads - 19 Jan 2009

OverDrive, a US-based digital distributor of e-books, audio books, music and video, has announced that Cleveland Public Library has become the first public library to offer e-book downloads in the industry standard EPUB format. More than 8,500 libraries powered by OverDrive will also soon be able to offer e-books in the EPUB format, along with over 150,000 titles in audio book, e-book and video formats. Many of these are compatible with both Mac and iPod.

OverDrive distributes thousands of EPUB e-books from top publishers. All EPUB e-book downloads from the OverDrive-powered library download website are borrowed just like a print book. A library customer can browse a library's digital catalogue for titles, check out a title with a library card, and download the e-book to his or her home computer. The titles can be transferred from the library customer's home computer to a Sony Reader PRS-505 (with proper firmware installed) or PRS-700 using the Adobe Digital Editions software. At the end of the lending period, the file automatically expires and Adobe Digital Editions prompts the user to delete the title from his or her computer.

Readers at both Cleveland Public Library and CLEVNET member libraries can check out and download EPUB e-books from the library's download website. Patron-defined lending periods will also be available for the first time at Cleveland Public Library site, http://emedia.clevnet.org. The new feature allows libraries to offer a variety of borrowing options, such as 7, 14, or 21 day lending periods. Fast readers can now select a shorter checkout time, allowing them to borrow more titles from their library. Patron-defined lending periods, EPUB e-books and other upcoming enhancements will be demonstrated at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting 2009 on January 23-26.

EPUB is a reflowable, XML-based format for e-books and other digital publications developed by the International Digital Publishing Forum and adopted by several publishers and technology firms as the industry standard for e-books. OverDrive, an IDPF member company, is claimed to be the only library download service supporting EPUB and integrating the format into a single platform for delivering digital audio books, e-books, music and video to library customers.

Earlier this month, STM publisher Hindawi Publishing announced the addition of EPUB to its online platform for all of its journal and book publications. The new digital format is expected to allow the publisher to produce and make available a single digital file that combines the benefits of the high fidelity typography typically found in PDFs along with the benefits of XML structured content, high resolution images, scalable vector graphics, and font embedding.

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India Dear Subscribers - 19 Jan 2009

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UK Genetics Selection Evolution transfers to BioMed Central's open access platform - 19 Jan 2009

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that Genetics Selection Evolution has recently joined the growing number of journals opting to transfer to BioMed Central's open access platform. Overseen by Editor-in-Chief Didier Boichard, the journal presents original research that will aid understanding of the genetics and selective mechanisms in farm and experimental animals.

Genetics Selection Evolution invites basic, applied and methodological content and publishes results from all levels of study - from the gene to the quantitative trait, from the individual to the population, breed or species. The journal welcomes material concerning both biological as well as mathematical approaches. In the inaugural Editorial that opens the journal's forty-first year of publication, Executive Editor Helene Hayes reflects on the collective sentiment of the journal's Editors, explaining "Converting GSE to open access to provide an online journal freely accessible to all readers without charge is an opportunity we did not want to miss."

All articles published in Genetics Selection Evolution's will be archived in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and also at INIST in France and in e-Depot, the National Library of the Netherlands' digital archive of all electronic publications. The journal is also participating in the British Library's e-journals pilot project, and plans to deposit copies of all articles with the British Library.

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US John Wiley & Sons, Inc. selects Entriq to package and distribute content to new digital channels - 19 Jan 2009

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced that it has selected Entriq as the video provider for a variety of Wiley's websites, including its soon-to-be-released "For Dummies" video content library across its branded online properties and other syndicated destinations.

As a complement to its books and online reference material, Wiley has developed an extensive video library that draws from existing publications and brings further to life the already engaging and light-hearted "For Dummies" content. The "For Dummies" reference books have gained massive popularity by helping simplify the technical complexities of computers and a myriad of personal and business issues.

In order to effectively extend its video across the web, the company needed a flexible and robust platform to package, control, deliver and monetise its content across all relevant devices and platforms. Wiley selected Entriq's solution for its ability to manage the entire video publication workflow, from inception into the content management system to syndication across branded properties and other sites, including popular social video services.

Entriq, a division of MIH, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Naspers Limited, helps companies quickly and easily get their digital media content to consumers and users. Entriq's Media Solution solves major problems content providers and broadcasters encounter when attempting to package, control, deliver and monetise content across all devices and platforms.

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US Petroleum Abstracts TULSA Database now available from EBSCO Publishing - 19 Jan 2009

Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing, a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., US, has added the leading petroleum industry resource to its collection of databases. The Petroleum Abstracts TULSA Database is a comprehensive source of information about oil and gas exploration and production with more than 900,000 entries dating from 1965 to present.

The database contains indexed bibliographic references and abstracts for scientific and technical articles from more than 300 journals and 200 conference proceedings worldwide, patent gazettes and full-text patents, government documents, dissertations, books, and other sources. Topics covered in the Petroleum Abstracts TULSA Database include Geology; Geochemistry; Geophysics; Drilling; Well Logging; Well Completion and Servicing; Production of Oil and Gas; Reservoir Engineering and Recovery Methods; Pipelining, Shipping and Storage; Alternate Fuels and Energy Sources; Business and Economics; Health, Safety and Environment; and Science and Engineering.

Linking technology available through EBSCOhost, the leading platform for STM databases, will enable institutions subscribing to both Petroleum Abstracts' TULSA Database and EBSCO databases such as Academic Search and Business Source to seamlessly link from citations in the TULSA Database to the full text results from EBSCO. Petroleum Abstracts TULSA Database is projected as an essential addition to energy resources available on EBSCOhost.

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US Thomson Reuters offers EndNote X2 for Mac integrated with Pages '09 - 19 Jan 2009

The Scientific business of Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that EndNote X2 for Mac now integrates with Pages '09, the word-processing application in Apple's office productivity suite. Users of Pages '09 can now automate the citing and formatting of references for scholarly publishing with EndNote X2.

EndNote is Thomson Reuters' commercial reference management software package used to manage bibliographies and references when writing essays and articles.

EndNote X2 connectivity with Pages '09 allows Mac users to include accurate and comprehensive bibliographic information quickly and easily. Users can search EndNote libraries within Pages '09 and select references to cite. The citations and bibliography are formatted instantly in thousands of journal styles and users can reformat bibliographies in Pages '09 by simply selecting a different style, with no additional typing required.

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US WK Health appoints Amy Clarke Luchsinger as VP Sales of Lippincott Williams & Wilkins product line - 19 Jan 2009

Medical information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced the appointment of Amy Clarke Luchsinger as Vice President of Sales supporting the Lippincott Williams & Wilkins product line. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins is a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

With over 20 years' experience in the field, Luchsinger brings an in-depth understanding of sales, promotion and strategy in healthcare communications and publishing. In her new position, Luchsinger will oversee sales, promotion, and marketing for the more than 280 medical and health sciences journals published by LWW.

Before joining LWW, she served as Senior Vice President of Quadrant HealthCom, Inc., a multimedia medical communications company. In that position, she was responsible for sales management, strategic planning, and product development, in addition to overseeing daily operations. Earlier in her career, Luchsinger was Vice President of Marketing at Advanstar Medical Economics, a healthcare publishing and custom education company.

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India Dear Subscribers - 16 Jan 2009

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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Netherland Elsevier launches eClips Consult, streamlines clinicians' access to medical journal content - 16 Jan 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has introduced eClips Consult, a website and e-mail digest service designed to simplify the process of professional medical journal research and information access. The site and e-mail service address physicians' need to quickly identify and assimilate information from 350 major medical journals and journal abstract databases.

eClips Consult's numerous editorial boards feature more than 280 experts in 28 medical specialties or sub-specialties. Surveying the most popular medical journals from across the globe, these boards select journal articles with the highest relevance and value for practicing physicians. Preference is given to articles of high clinical importance supported by strong medical evidence and free from previously published information. Additionally, eClips Consult's e-mail digest service sends articles to physician subscribers as soon as they are published.

Other features of eClips Consult include article abstracts plus expert commentary on an article's relevance to or impact on a medical specialty; daily e-mails containing articles based on subscribers' search criteria including keywords, journal titles or topics of interest; easy, one-click access to full text articles; and peer discussion, allowing physicians to comment on an article's relevance or importance to medical practice or specialty needs. Each article is rated from 'Top Article' to 'Suggested Reading'. This star-based article rating system helps physicians narrow article searches.

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UK RSC Publishing announces online publication of the first issue of new journal, Metallomics - 16 Jan 2009

Scientific publisher RSC Publishing, UK, the publishing arm of the Royal Society of Chemistry, has announced the online publication of the first issue of a new interdisciplinary journal - Metallomics: Integrated biometal science. The journal will appeal to chemical scientists, bio-scientists and environmental scientists from across academia, industry and government.

While Metallomics will publish 6 issues in 2009, it will increase its publishing frequency to 12 issues in 2010. Metallomics issue 1 contains 3 critical reviews and 8 primary research articles. In a landmark new paper, Hiromu Sakurai and colleagues in Japan describe how a drug based on a chemical found in garlic may be a potential new candidate for treating both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, while Jennifer A. Meyer and Dana M. Spence review the role of metals in diabetes.

Metallomics comes just one week after RSC Publishing launched Integrative Biology, a new journal covering the quantitative biosciences. The journal also published its first issue online. The current issues of both journals will be freely available to all web users throughout 2009 and 2010. Institutional online access to all 2009/2010 content is also free following a simple registration process.

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

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German Springer set to launch new journal - Biophysical Reviews - 16 Jan 2009

STM publisher Springer, Germany, and the International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB) have announced the spring 2009 launch of the journal Biophysical Reviews. The journal will be the new official publication of the IUPAB. The entire IUPAB Council will form the editorial board of the new journal in order to demonstrate the close affiliation between the Springer journal and the IUPAB. Professor Jean Garnier of the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) - Unité Mathématique Informatique et Génome (France) will serve as the editor-in-chief. He will work closely with the expert international editorial board.

A quarterly publication Biophysical Reviews will publish short and critical reviews from key scientists active in the field. The journal will cover the entire field of biophysics, generally defined as the science of describing biological phenomena and resolving their underlying principles using the concepts and techniques of physics. This includes areas such as bioinformatics, biophysical methods and instrumentation, medical biophysics, biosystems and cell biophysics.

Springer will publish Biophysical Reviews in both print and electronic formats. It will be available via Springer's online information platform, www.springerlink.com. The journal will include fast, electronic publication in Online First, as well as Cross Reference Linking and Table of Content Alerts. All potential authors have the option, via the Springer Open Choice programme, of publishing their articles using the open access publishing model.

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UK The British Library selects Syndetic Solutions for catalogue enrichment - 16 Jan 2009

Bibliographic information provider Bowker, US, has announced that it has won the contract to provide catalogue enrichment to the British Library via their Syndetic Solutions service. The agreement includes the provision of tables of content, images, annotations, first chapters and author notes for UK and US published titles held within the British Library collection. The enriched data seamlessly appears within the Library OPAC records, delivering a richer, more visual user experience and aiding search and discovery.

Syndetic Solutions is a premier provider of authoritative and comprehensive data to enhance library online catalogues. It offers a wealth of descriptive and visual information from UK, US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Subscribing libraries select from a menu of enrichment options which include cover images, summaries, tables of contents, first chapters, excerpts, reviews, series information, awards, find similar titles, author notes and profiles. Linking is based on automatic ISBN recognition.

Bowker claims to be one of the world's leading sources for bibliographic information. The company provides searching, analytical, promotional, and ordering services to publishers, booksellers, libraries, and patrons through national and international brands. These include Books In Print, Global Books In Print, Syndetic Solutions, Pubnet, PubEasy, PubTrack and more.

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US Thomson Reuters unveils Calais 4.0 web service and open API for publishers - 16 Jan 2009

Business information provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced the launch of Calais 4.0, a free web service and open application programming interface (API). The tool is projected to make it easy for publishers to enhance the value of their content, improve the reader experience and connect to the emerging linked content economy.

Found at OpenCalais.com, the service claims to be the fastest, easiest and most accurate way to tag the people, places, companies, facts and events in content to increase its value, accessibility and interoperability on the web. It goes beyond metatagging to help publishers automatically integrate their content with linked data and open web assets from online sources such as Wikipedia, DBpedia, GeoNames, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) and Shopping.com. Calais 4.0 also makes it easy for publishers to share rich semantic metadata about their content with such content consumers as search engines, news aggregators, and 'related stories' recommendation services.

The Linked Data cloud is observed to be a valuable and rapidly growing public information asset. Just as an editor might link to a Wikipedia entry to provide readers with background or context, publishers can use Linked Data assets to define - and provide reference data for - the key concepts in their content in a language that computers and databases can read. With Calais 4.0, publishers can leverage these assets to dramatically enhance their content at no incremental cost. In keeping with its commitment to the Linked Data standard, Thomson Reuters has also made a set of public business data assets available for use on the web. The collection is seen to represent the first contribution to the Linked Data cloud made by a major publisher.

With the latest release, Thomson Reuters is also publishing the Calais schema in the industry standard resource description framework schema (RDFS). This will enable developers to access to a growing toolkit of schema-aware tools to work with Calais' metadata output.

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US Unbound Medicine offers download support for iPhone and iPod - 16 Jan 2009

Healthcare knowledge management solutions provider Unbound Medicine, US, has announced that its platform now supports application download to Apple iPhone and iPod touch devices. Adding delivery of iPhone applications to existing support for BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Palm OS devices is seen to further strengthen Unbound Medicine's position as a leading provider of point-of-care clinical information in the healthcare segment.

The first native iPhone application to become available on the Unbound Platform is Nursing Central, a nursing application that provides up-to-date information on diseases, tests, drugs and procedures. Designed to take full advantage of the iPhone's visual and navigational support, Nursing Central also provides cross-links connecting related information and personalised bookmarking of favourite topics. It is the first of many iPhone applications arriving soon from Unbound Medicine.

Unbound's interface leverages the iPhone's Internet capabilities by delivering frequent content updates, tables of contents from just-published journals, and citations and abstracts from more than 18 million medical journal articles.

Wireless handheld devices such as Blackberry, iPhone and PDA are becoming increasingly popular among the academic community. Handheld devices are being projected as an ideal platform for mobile learning and reference, particularly in medical education and practice. In November 2008, Unbound Medicine released new 'digitally born' products developed in partnership with Merck & Co., Inc. The new products extended the Merck Manual franchise with a new database focused on the assessment and treatment of patient symptoms. Using these products on the Unbound Platform, end users can access the integrated content using all major technologies of the day - iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Palm or the web.

Earlier in October 2008, business information provider Thomson Reuters released the latest version of its Charge Capture solution - Clinical Xpert Charge Capture 2.0. Clinical Xpert Charge Capture 2.0 allows physicians to record charges and procedures via their BlackBerry smartphones and Palm and Windows Mobile handheld devices, regardless of location.

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US Wiley-CST Award for Outstanding Publication 2008 announced - 16 Jan 2009

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc, US, has announced that two young Thai chemists have been selected as the recipients of the Wiley-CST Award for Outstanding Publication 2008. The award was presented during the Pure and Applied Chemistry International Conference in Naresuan University, Phitsanulok, Thailand.

Jointly organised by John Wiley and the Chemical Society of Thailand (CST), the award is aimed at encouraging and recognising the original, innovative, and outstanding research of young Thai chemists working in the chemical sciences at the outset of their independent research careers. The award consists of $ 1,500 in cash and $ 500 in Wiley book vouchers (Wiley print books).

The CST is part of the Asian Chemical Editorial Network which co-owns and supports Chemistry - An Asian Journal, published by Wiley.

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US Alabama University unveils semantic search engine for environmental scientists - 15 Jan 2009

The University of Alabama in Huntsville has developed a new semantic web search engine to help environmental scientists retrieve the research data they need. Called Noesis, the new search engine is claimed to have the potential to help scientists and researchers in many other fields perform more focused and productive searches.

Noesis replaces the simple word-or-phrase matching search used by most search engines with a discipline-specific semantic 'ontology,' or knowledge base. Using Noesis, for instance, an aquatic botantist searching for Mobile Bay sea grass might get a list of additional terms narrowing the search based on taxonomy, location or water type. It will also filter out websites offering sea grass mats, oils and lotions that leave your skin silky smooth.

Both the terminology and the structure of relationships between terms in ontology help Noesis narrow a search to items related to the specific field of study. Noesis also broadens the search by adding datasets and scientific publications not routinely included in web searches. While the first three projects using the Noesis system are all related to meteorology or environmental science, the system can be adapted to any branch of science or research.

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US American Journal of Nursing announces 2008 Book of the Year Awards - 15 Jan 2009

The American Journal of Nursing (AJN), published by healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, recognised the best nursing and healthcare publications of 2008 with an announcement of its Book of the Year Award recipients. Winners in 15 separate categories appear in the journal's January issue.

Since 1969, the AJN has been announcing its annual list of the best in nursing publishing. The AJN Book of the Year program is a prestigious competition that garners the attention of its 285,000 subscribers and others who read the journal. The most valuable texts of each year are chosen by AJN's panel of judges. Only books published between August of the prior year and August of the award year are eligible. Many of the winning publications address a variety of controversial consumer health topics and nursing industry issues that span medical-surgical nursing, psychiatric-mental health nursing, maternal and child health, and other areas. The complete list of winners can be accessed online at http://links.lww.com/A639.

Founded in 1900, the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) claims to be one of the oldest and largest circulating nursing journals. The journal seeks to promote excellence in nursing and health care through the dissemination of evidence-based, peer-reviewed clinical information and original research, discussion of relevant and controversial professional issues, adherence to the standards of journalistic integrity and excellence, and promotion of nursing perspectives to the health care community and the public.

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India Dear Subscribers - 15 Jan 2009

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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Netherland Elsevier announces publication of 5th anniversary issue of JACR; strong growth in print circulation and website usage continues - 15 Jan 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and the American College of Radiology have announced the publication of the fifth anniversary issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The journal was dispatched to more than 29,000 subscribers, including ACR members and other radiologists and radiation oncologists, physicists and nuclear medicine practitioners, radiology business managers, corporations and others involved in the practice of radiology.

In the 5 years since its launch, JACR has seen strong growth in both print circulation and website usage. The journal publishes important and practical articles on clinical practice, practice management, health services research and policy, and education. In 2007, the National Library of Medicine accepted the journal for inclusion in PubMed/Medline. With the latest issue, the journal has begun offering CME credit related to published articles. Online readers will find expanded features and functions available, including options to bookmark and share articles and to customise email alerts of new content.

JACR publishes information on clinical practice, practice management, education, health policy and health services research. It strives to provide the tools radiologists need to solve everyday problems, while also offering powerful food for thought on the larger issues evolving within the specialty.

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US iParadigms adds eReference encyclopaedias from SAGE Publications - 15 Jan 2009

iParadigms, LLC, the leader in the field of textual intellectual property protection, has announced that it has added SAGE eReference encyclopaedias to its vast databases of billions of pages of live and archived web content. SAGE joins an esteemed group of library database providers and the CrossRef publishing consortium working with iParadigms.

Growing at a rate of 20 million pages a day, the iParadigms databases enable its web-based plagiarism prevention services, iThenticate and Turnitin, to rapidly check information for originality against an unprecedented volume of public and proprietary information. iThenticate is a business solution for checking the originality of commercial and professional documents and manuscripts. Turnitin is the leading originality checking and plagiarism prevention service for education.

SAGE eReference publishes encyclopedias that cover a wide range of subject areas including business, humanities, medicine, law, social sciences and technology. Key titles include the SAGE Sourcebook of Modern Biomedical Devices; Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media; Encyclopedia of Law and Society; Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society; Encyclopedia of Governance; and the Encyclopedia of Social Psychology.

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US Jones and Bartlett publishes Dietitian's Pocket Guide to Nutrition - 15 Jan 2009

Educational publisher Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc. (J&B), US, has announced the availability of the Dietitian's Pocket Guide to Nutrition, which allows easy access to essential nutrition information critical to patient care. Portable and concise, the Guide serves as an easy reference for dieticians and other health care professionals who quickly need to access the recommended nutrition care for various medical conditions and problems.

The Dietitian's Pocket Guide to Nutrition includes contributions from clinical dietitians from nutritional specialised areas. It contains information that is organised into tables that can be quickly accessed. A complete index enables the user to find the necessary information in a fast and convenient manner. Dietitians will now be able to answer patients' questions concerning their specific nutritional needs and make informed decisions about foods a patient may or may not consume.

The pocket Guide is projected as an ideal resource for dietitians and health professionals in long-term care facilities and home care, healthcare settings, and training programmes.

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US OCLC trustees, members council to convene review board on sharing library data - 15 Jan 2009

Global library cooperative Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), US, has announced that OCLC Members Council and the OCLC Board of Trustees will jointly convene a Review Board of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship. The review board will represent the membership and inform OCLC on the principles and best practices for sharing library data. The group will also discuss the policy for use and transfer of WorldCat Records with the OCLC membership and library community.

The purpose of the review board is to engage the membership and solicit feedback and questions before the new policy is implemented. In order to allow sufficient time for feedback and discussion, implementation of the policy will be delayed until the third quarter of the 2009 calendar year. Jennifer Younger, Edward H. Arnold Director of Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame, and an OCLC Members Council delegate, will chair the review board. Members Council delegates and other leaders in the library community will be represented on the board.

The review board will consult with librarians and member representatives as appropriate. It will review reports, letters and comments including blog and listserv messages from the global library community regarding the revised policy. Also, it will recommend principles of shared data creation and changes in the policy for use and transfer of WorldCat Records that will preserve the community around WorldCat infrastructure and services, and strengthen libraries. Karen Calhoun, Vice President, OCLC WorldCat and Metadata Services, will serve as liaison between the board and OCLC.

In addition, the board will take into consideration other sources of review, like the recently formed ARL Study Group. It will provide findings to the President of Members Council, the Chair of the Board of Trustees, and the OCLC President and CEO.

The review board is scheduled to meet in late January to develop a work plan. It will organise information sharing and feedback sessions with Members Council delegates and other constituencies as determined by the board, and a preliminary report will be made to Members Council during its February meeting. Delegates will discuss the report at the May Members Council meeting, and a final report is scheduled to be submitted to the OCLC Board of Trustees following the May meeting. Implementation of the policy had been set for February 2009, but the policy will be under further review by the Board of Trustees and Members Council into the third quarter of 2009.

In November 2008, OCLC announced that it was implementing the new policy to update the existing guidelines for use and transfer of OCLC-Derived Records. The goals of the new policy are to modernise record use and transfer practices for application on the web, foster new uses of WorldCat data that benefit members and clarify data sharing rights and restrictions. It is intended to foster innovative use of shared records, while protecting the investment OCLC members have made in WorldCat, and ensuring that use of WorldCat records provides benefit to the membership.

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Israel The UNILINC Library Network in Australia opts for Ex Libris discovery and delivery interface - 15 Jan 2009

Library solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that the UNILINC network has selected the Company's Primo discovery and delivery solution. UNILINC is a network of university, research, and other higher education libraries in Australia.

Primo is claimed to be a one-stop solution for the discovery and delivery of local and remote resources, such as books, journal articles and digital objects. The streamlined Primo search process enables users to quickly locate and obtain accurate, information anytime, anywhere. Features such as 'did you mean?' and faceted navigation help users to focus their search and quickly identify the most relevant results. Incorporated Web 2.0 and social computing features, provide Primo users with the tools they need to share their library experience with other community members through ratings, reviews, and tags.

A long-time Ex Libris customer, UNILINC also uses the Aleph integrated library system, the MetaLib gateway and metasearch portal, the DigiTool digital asset management system and the Verde electronic resource management system, all by Ex Libris. Central to the work of the network are systems that provide autonomy of operations for member libraries and at the same time facilitate resource sharing at many levels.

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UK BioMed Central launches new open journal - 14 Jan 2009

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has launched a new open access publication, Head & Neck Oncology. Led by Editors-in-Chief Adel El-Naggar, Colin Hopper, Waseem Jerjes and Tahwinder Upile, the journal encompasses all aspects of clinical practice, basic and translational research relating to tumours of the head and neck.

Head & Neck Oncology is the official publication of the Head & Neck Optical Diagnostics Society. The journal focuses on evidence-based and hypothesis-driven research, and aims to provide researchers and clinicians in the field with practical updates at the edge of translational research.

All articles published in the journal will be archived in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and also at INIST in France and in e-Depot, the National Library of the Netherlands' digital archive of all electronic publications. The journal is also participating in the British Library's e-journals pilot project, and plans to deposit copies of all articles with the British Library.

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India Dear Subscribers - 14 Jan 2009

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US Hindawi adds support for the ePUB digital format - 14 Jan 2009

STM publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation, US, has announced the addition of the ePUB digital format on its online platform for all of its journal and book publications. ePUB is a modern, industry standard format developed by the International Digital Publishing Forum, of which Hindawi is a member, as an XML format for reflowable digital books and publications.

The new digital format will allow the publisher to produce and make available a single digital file that combines the benefits of the high fidelity typography typically found in PDFs along with the benefits of XML structured content, high resolution images, scalable vector graphics, and font embedding. ePUB is widely supported on computer systems as well as on digital reading devices such as the Sony digital book reader. A number of sample articles that have been released can be found at http://www.hindawi.com/epub.html.

Hindawi currently publishes all of its journal articles in PDF and HTML with full MathML support. The integration of ePUB production within Hindawi's current XML workflow makes the ePUB production seamless. All articles published since the beginning of 2008 shall be reprocessed in order to generate ePUB files. Going forward, all articles and books will be released in ePUB in addition to the other current formats.

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US NEJM alters disclosure policy due to conflict of interest allegations - 14 Jan 2009

Conflict of interest allegations have reportedly caused American medical journal New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) to change its policies regarding such disclosures.

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education has criticised the journal for not revealing a financial conflict of interest with one of its study authors. This pertains to an article on CT scan effectiveness in the prevention of lung cancer deaths. According to media reports, the study authors - Dr. Claudia Henschke and Dr. David Yankelevitz - received a substantial, multi-million dollar grant from a cigarette manufacturer. The grant information was not revealed when the article was published in October 2006. The journal later issued a correction and published an editorial last spring.

The 2006 study concluded that broad CT scan use could prevent the vast majority of deaths attributable to lung cancer. While Dr. Henschke had advised the journal that she and Weill Cornell Medical College licensed the patent to GE, the journal opted to not disclose that information. It claimed it did not know the grant was funded, in large part, by a cigarette maker.

Financial ties between doctors, medical researchers and the drug industry is a known fact in the industry. Highly regarded doctors and researchers have also faced a great deal of criticism because of their financial arrangements with pharmaceutical companies.

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US New journal for pediatric nutrition specialists - 14 Jan 2009

Academic publisher SAGE is set to launch a new journal for pediatric nutrition specialists. The journal, ICAN: Infant, Child, & Adolescent Nutrition, is expected to reach 11,000 primary caregivers treating patients in pediatric nutrition.

Scheduled for launch later this month, ICAN will serve as a bimonthly resource and forum for health care professionals involved in the nutritional care of children from birth through adolescence. The journal will provide practical information derived from research and practice. It will publish peer-reviewed articles translating original basic and clinical nutrition research for clinicians, evidence-based practice innovations, research reviews, commentaries relating to pediatric nutrition and eating behavior, case reports, roundtable discussions, practice tips, media reviews, and alerts to new sources of information for clinicians.

Among the groups that ICAN will reach is the more than 3,000 members of Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group (PNPG) of the American Dietetic Association. PNPG members include pediatric registered dietitians (RDs), dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs), and other ADA members who recognise the vital role of good nutrition in the growth and development of infants, children and adolescents.

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US ProQuest announces changes to eLibrary research database - 14 Jan 2009

ProQuest, part of Cambridge Information Group, US, has announced innovative changes to the eLibrary research database. The database claims to be a recognised leader in delivering multimedia and digital full-text content in an engaging, user-centric interface.

Available now, the new eLibrary will offer editorially selected results. The next-generation eLibrary also integrates features familiar from web search engines, customised in-product web applications, media-rich content and Web 2.0 interactivity. Two key features of the new eLibrary include 'Smart Content' and 'Content Creators.' These new web tools seek to promote mash-ups, collaboration, and help strengthen 21st century information skills.

Smart Content combines eLibrary's 65 million documents with editorially-prepared content. For most-queried and most-studied topics searched, results sets will display a 'smart page' that provides biographical, historical, and other contextual information, in addition to eLibrary editors' top document and multimedia picks.

'Content Creators' are in-product web applications that enable use of eLibrary content in all new, custom applications, such as timelines, that allow users to create and publish in a safe online environment. These user-created pieces can be saved on eLibrary for presentation or further collaboration and added to personal "My eLibrary" pages that capture and tag user favorites.

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US US medical reps allowed to distribute journal articles to doctors, within norms - 14 Jan 2009

Drug company representatives will now be able to distribute reprints of journal articles on off-label uses for drugs, according to a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance.

While the guidance, titled 'Good Reprint Practices for the Distribution of Medical Journal Articles and Medical or Scientific Reference Publications on Unapproved New Uses of Approved Drugs and Approved or Cleared Medical Devices US', is expected to irk industry critics, it comes with several conditions. Reps can distribute articles or texts to doctors, but they must be separated from promotional materials and 'should not be the subject of discussion between the sales representative and the physician during the sales visit.' Reprints can be distributed at medical or scientific conferences 'in settings appropriate for scientific exchange," but not "in promotional exhibit halls or during promotional speakers' programmes.'

The agency said articles distributed should be from peer-reviewed journals and must not be false or misleading. Bespoke articles published primarily for distribution by the manufacturer are off-limits, as are letters to the editor, abstracts, and reports of phase 1 trials in healthy subjects or reference publications that contain little or no substantive discussion.

Information must be unabridged and cannot be marked, highlighted, summarised or otherwise manipulated by the manufacturer. Also, reprints must be accompanied by a 'prominently displayed and permanently affixed statement' noting that the uses discussed are unapproved by FDA and any financial ties between the manufacturer and the study's authors.

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US Credo Reference receives highest ratings in Library Journal's E-Reference Ratings - 13 Jan 2009

Online reference library Credo Reference, US, garnered the highest scores of all 176 titles from 60 publishers evaluated in Library Journal's new 2009 E-Reference Ratings feature published in the November 15, 2008 issue.

Library Journal reviewed the best-known and respected electronic reference resources in fourteen key subject areas, judging them on seven criteria that librarians use most when considering what to buy. This includes their scope, writing, design, 'bells and whistles,' ease of use, linking and value. Of all the resources evaluated, Credo Reference received four-star ("excellent/comprehensive") ratings in all seven categories.

Credo Reference has been offering completely customisable reference collections for libraries since 1999. Credo's General Reference and Specialist Reference services combine extensive content from multiple publishers with unique cross-referencing technology, delivering authoritative answers to millions of researchers worldwide.

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India Dear Subscribers - 13 Jan 2009

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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UK Emerald to showcase eBook Series Collection at ALA Midwinter Meeting 2009 - 13 Jan 2009

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced that it will launch its eBook series collections at the forthcoming American Library Association Meeting and mark the first anniversary of the acquisition of the Elsevier books and book series undertaken a year ago. The American Library Association meeting will be held from January 23-25 in Denver, Colorado.

The Business, Management and Economics Collection includes 65 series titles. Featuring titles from the highly regarded JAI imprint, the collection offers access to a selection of 380 titles covering subjects such as strategy, accounting and finance, organisational studies and economics. The Social Sciences Collection complements and extends the current Emerald portfolio, with titles in sociology, education and psychology. This will add over 180 volumes across 37 series titles. Both collections offer international content from a worldwide author base, with new content to be added each year.

In addition to the new collections, the Emerald Insight platform has a new feature allowing users to search and browse in different collections, including All Content, Journals, Books, Bibliographical Databases, and Site Pages. Users can browse both journal and book series content either alphabetically or by subject, and the type of content is clearly displayed. Coming soon to the book series content are COUNTER usage statistics, Rightslink, and Document Outline.

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Switzerland Inderscience appoints new editors for IJ Technology Marketing - 13 Jan 2009

STM and business publisher Inderscience, Switzerland, has announced the appointment of new editors for the journal International Journal of Technology Marketing. Alexander Brem from the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany, and Éric Viardot of the CERAM Business School in France are the new editors who have taken over responsibility for the journal.

Now in its fourth volume, the International Journal of Technology Marketing fosters discussion on advances in marketing practice and theory, with emphasis on technology and technology intensive products. The journal publishes original papers, theory-based empirical papers, review papers, in-depth case studies, conference reports, notes, and commentaries. Special issues related to important topics in technology management, marketing strategies and practices, and related topics are also published occasionally.

Inderscience publishes peer-reviewed international journals in the fields of science, engineering and technology, management and business administration, and energy, environment and sustainable development. The publisher has a collection of ever-increasing significance, mapping new frontiers in emerging technologies in research, industry and governance.

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US Ingram Content companies announces new appointments - 13 Jan 2009

Digital content services provider Ingram Content companies, US, has announced the appointment of James Gray as Chief Strategy Officer for the content group. Gray was most recently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ingram Digital. Mike Lovett, the former CEO of Ingram Book Group and most recently Senior Vice President of Ingram Digital, will be the new CEO of Ingram Digital.

In his new role, Gray will bring his high level of industry knowledge and business development experience to bear to identify new opportunities in all of Ingram's content areas, including physical distribution, print on demand, and digital content distribution. An innovative leader in the digital content field, Gray is widely recognised as a visionary in the emerging industry.

The Ingram Content companies provide a wide range of physical and digital services to the book industry, and immediate access to the largest selection of books and book-related products in the industry. The Content companies are Ingram Digital, Lightning Source Inc., Ingram Book Company, Ingram International Inc., Ingram Library Services Inc., Coutts Information Services, Ingram Periodicals Inc., Ingram Publishers Services Inc., Spring Arbor Distributors Inc. and Tennessee Book Company LLC.

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UK JISC to significantly increase funding to UKOLN - 13 Jan 2009

The UK's Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) has announced that it is significantly increasing its funding to UKOLN from 2009. This increase marks the rising importance of investment in a national e-infrastructure to support the UK's global competitiveness in science, research and innovation.

UKOLN has been central to the development of JISC digital information programmes and services. It provides strategic guidance, policy and advocacy support and technical expertise for JISC activities and, through those, to the sector as a whole.

The increase in funding will ensure that UKOLN can work with the Higher Education sector and other stakeholders to test and implement technical standards and approaches so that information is managed and made available to support innovative research and learning in the UK. In particular, this additional funding will strengthen community engagement and help to enhance deep technical capability.

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US OCLC and Atlas Systems sign deal to continue development of resource sharing services - 13 Jan 2009

Global library cooperative Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), US, has signed an agreement with Atlas Systems, creator of ILLiad and Odyssey resource sharing management software. Under the deal, OCLC will continue to support ILLiad and Odyssey and, in partnership with Atlas Systems, integrate the software more fully into OCLC delivery services in the coming years. Atlas Systems is a software development company with the mission of developing library automation to promote library excellence through efficiency.

ILLiad and its document delivery component, Odyssey, provide a faster, more functional alternative to traditional interlibrary loan workflow. The software improves interlibrary loan functions by consolidating all borrowing, lending and tracking capabilities into a single, customisable interface. ILLiad also smoothly integrates with a library's core services, such as WorldCat Resource Sharing, providing the user with access to the world's largest collection of shared resources. More than 1,000 libraries currently use ILLiad software for interlibrary loan management.

Atlas Systems will continue development, training, and installation support of ILLiad software under the new agreement. OCLC has been the exclusive distributor of ILLiad software since 2000.

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UK Papers from the 10th International Workshop on the Fast Ignition of Fusion Targets available free to read online - 13 Jan 2009

Non-profit scientific publisher Institute of Physics Publishing (IOP), UK, has announced that the latest issue of the journal Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion features eight articles based on presentations at the 10th International Workshop on the Fast Ignition of Fusion Targets. These articles will be free to read online until March 31, 2009.

The International Workshop on the Fast Ignition of Fusion Targets provides a vital forum for discussion on important topics in high intensity laser-plasma physics that are relevant to fast ignition. The event offered an opportunity for sharing ideas, forming new collaborations and maintaining the rapid progress in the field.

Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion covers all aspects of the physics of hot, highly ionised plasmas. This includes results of current experimental and theoretical research on all aspects of the physics of high-temperature plasmas and of controlled nuclear fusion, including the basic phenomena in highly-ionised gases in the laboratory, in the ionosphere and in space, in magnetic-confinement and inertial-confinement fusion as well as related diagnostic methods. A list of previous EPS Conference on Plasma Physics issues in Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion and related news can also be found on the journal website.

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UK Journal of Biomedical Science publishes first articles as an open access publication - 12 Jan 2009

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that the Journal of Biomedical Science has published its first articles as an open access publication. The journal is supported by the National Science Council (NSC) of Taiwan, and authors will not be required to pay any article processing charges to publish in the journal.

Led by Editor-in-Chief Michael M. C. Lai, the Journal of Biomedical Science seeks to be an important forum for communication among experts from different biomedical fields and between the scientific community in Asia and the rest of the world. The journal is indexed in MEDLINE and Web of Science and has an Impact Factor of 2.02. According to Lai, the transition to BioMed Central's open access publishing platform will further develop the journal, enabling the high-quality research to be more accessible to readers and authors internationally.

An increasing interest to switch from traditional journals to open access has been observed. Several other established journals affiliated with scientific societies/organisations have transferred to BioMed Central's open access platform. These include the Italian Journal of Pediatrics (Italian Society for Pediatrics), Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research (Italian National Cancer Institute), Asia Pacific Family Medicine (Asia Pacific Region of WONCA), and Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine (affiliated with 9 Scandinavian societies).

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India Dear Subscribers - 12 Jan 2009

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Israel Ex Libris unveils Digital Preservation System with new branding - 12 Jan 2009

Library solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced the release of Ex Libris Rosetta, a tool that helps national and academic libraries and archives to collect and preserve cumulative knowledge in digital format. Previously known as the Digital Preservation System (DPS), the product supports the acquisition, validation, storage, management, preservation and dissemination of digital objects while enforcing the relevant policies that can vary from one institution to another. Numerous people within and outside the institution can contribute to the system.

Based on the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) model and conforming to Trustworthy Repositories Audit and Certification (TRAC) criteria, the solution is projected to offer full security, auditing and integrity checks that maintain the safety of collections over time. A set of tools, including Application Programming Interfaces (API) and deep linking through persistent identifiers, enables institutions to make their collections easily accessible to users.

In parallel with Rosetta going live at the National Library of New Zealand in November 2008, Ex Libris has launched the Ex Libris Rosetta Charter Program. This initiative will seek to foster strategic collaboration between Ex Libris and its customers on the ongoing design of the company's digital preservation system. Institutions interested in becoming charter members can contact Ex Libris at rosettachartergroup@exlibrisgroup.com.

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US New cultural competency reports now available in ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health - 12 Jan 2009

ProQuest, part of Cambridge Information Group, US, has announced that 'cultural competency reports' from CultureVision are now available in ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source. This information is vital for health care professionals to confidently care for patients with diverse ethnic backgrounds and religious beliefs.

The CultureVision documents are based on exhaustive reviews of scholarly literature and government reports. Updated monthly, this resource currently contains reports relating to 30 different ethnicities and 11 religions. These reports include a list of suggested questions for the patient, which allow health care professionals to gain a better understanding of the patient's needs, avoid misunderstandings, and improve treatment outcomes.

ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source provides users with reliable healthcare information covering nursing, allied health, alternative and complementary medicine, and more. The CultureVision content is the latest addition to the ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source. Recently, critical evidence-based nursing content from The Joanna Briggs Institute and key educational finding tools such as Study Paths were added to the database. Additional unique resources are also planned for 2009.

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UK New initiative to assess impact of 'orphan works' on delivery of services to the public - 12 Jan 2009

The Collections Trust and the Strategic Content Alliance have announced a joint initiative to assess the impact of 'orphan works' on the delivery of services to the public. Orphan works are works for which the copyright owner is unknown or cannot be traced.

As part of the initiative, an online survey has been set up to allow cultural heritage, education, health and public service broadcast organisations to register how the issue affects their own service provision. The first research of its kind into the extent of orphan works across the UK and Europe, the survey has already received hundreds of responses from collections across the United Kingdom and overseas.

The survey is now available online and the closing date for completion is January 16, 2009. The survey is the first stage in a wider project to tackle the issue of orphan works. Further work will be undertaken in the coming months. This includes the publication of case studies providing detailed examples of the impact of orphan works on the provision of access to public sector content. A one-day conference to explore the issues and propose a way forward is also planned.

'Orphan works' is one of the main issues that has received much attention in recent years. Stakeholders around the world have been debating whether orphan works should be dealt with as a matter of a copyright exception, a reduction in copyright penalties once a "parent" is located, or a blanket collective licence. In March 2008, the publishing industry urged the US Congress to take legislative action to address the problem of 'orphan works'. Allan Adler, AAP Vice President for Legal & Government Affairs, testified on behalf of the Association of American Publishers (AAP). He told the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property that book publishers, as both users and producers of copyrighted works, have an important stake in achieving an equitable and workable statutory solution.

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UK NPG to co-publish 'Polymer Journal' with Japan's Society of Polymer Science - 12 Jan 2009

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, has announced a publishing partnership with the Society of Polymer Science, Japan (SPSJ) to co-publish the Polymer Journal from January 2010. Under the deal, the journal will undergo development during 2009 including a redesign to create a new-look cover, new website and new article types for the re-launch.

A monthly publication, Polymer Journal covers the whole range of polymer science: polymer syntheses and reactions, polymer structures, physical properties of polymers, functional polymers, biopolymers, and polymer engineering. The journal is seen to fit well with NPG's physical sciences portfolio. Important papers related to polymer science are regularly published in NPG's flagship journal Nature, as well as in a number of other Nature-branded journals including Nature Materials, Nature Physics and Nature Nanotechnology. The partnership is also projected to fit well with the forthcoming Nature Chemistry, scheduled for launch in April 2009.

SPSJ expects to leverage NPG's strengths in the areas of editorial expertise, technologies, formats and production to provide premium information for scientific researchers in the public and private sectors, government agencies and educators. SPSJ retains its original editorial rights including copyright and editorial board appointment.

Articles from Polymer Journal will be available for free on nature.com during the second half of 2009 to introduce the polymer community worldwide to the journal. This will be followed by a full site licence and subscription publishing model from January 2010.

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German Springer set to publish Phytoparasitica, expands portfolio in plant sciences - 12 Jan 2009

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced that it will publish the journal Phytoparasitica, starting with Volume 37, Issue 1, beginning in February 2009. Backfiles of the journal to June 1973 will be available on Springer's online information platform SpringerLink. Professor Jaacov Katan from the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and Professor Benjamin Raccah from the Agricultural Research Organization at The Volcani Center in Bet Dagan, Israel, will serve as the Editors-in-chief.

Phytoparasitica is an international journal that publishes original research contributions on the biological, chemical and molecular aspects of entomology, plant pathology, virology, nematology and weed sciences, including insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and other biocides. Emphasis is on new approaches in the control of pests and diseases. The journal also publishes invited reviews, research notes and book reviews. Guest editorials written by reputable scientists attest to the high quality of the content.

Springer will publish Phytoparasitica both electronically and in print. The journal will benefit from a manuscript tracking system that speeds publication of important articles in the field. Articles will be published in Online First in full text via SpringerLink. This system ensures immediate distribution of the electronic version of the article before it appears in print. Cross Reference Linking and alert services will be fully implemented for the journal.

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Netherland The American College of Cardiology, Elsevier renew publishing partnership - 12 Jan 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that it has renewed its publishing partnership with the American College of Cardiology (ACC), a nonprofit medical society in the field of cardiovascular research. The Society has been publishing with Elsevier for more than two decades as part of a mutually beneficial relationship.

As part of this new deal, Elsevier will publish the society's flagship journal, Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), for the next ten years. Also included are the ACC's two specialty journals, JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging and JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions, both launched by the ACC and Elsevier in 2008.

Elsevier has published JACC since its inception in 1983. Published weekly, JACC has the highest readership (according to PERQ/HCI research), largest circulation and second highest impact factor (11.054) in its specialty. JACC articles were cited nearly 53,000 times in 2007 and full text article downloads via ACCs CardioSource and Elsevier's ScienceDirect exceeded 6.4 million. An additional 17,000 articles were downloaded for free in developing regions of the world during 2008 through the Research4Life (formerly HINARI) information philanthropy programme run by the United Nations.

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Netherland Ambulatory Pediatrics changes name to Academic Pediatrics, announces new Editor-in-Chief - 09 Jan 2009

Ambulatory Pediatrics, published by STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that it has changed its name to Academic Pediatrics as of the January 2009 issue. The journal also announced that Dr. Peter Szilagyi will serve as the new Editor-in-Chief of the journal. He succeeds Dr. James M. Perrin.

A peer-reviewed publication Academic Pediatrics seeks to strengthen the research and educational base of academic general pediatrics. Each bi-monthly issue presents authoritative articles; delivers important research relating to the quality of child health care, health care policy, and the organisation of child health services; and serves as an active forum for the presentation of pediatric educational research in diverse settings. The journal is the official publication of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA).

The Academic Pediatric Association fosters the health of all children and adolescents in their families and communities through education, research, patient care, and advocacy. It strives to be recognised globally for innovation and leadership in creating and disseminating new knowledge and in enhancing health care and educational programmes.

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Netherland Arie Jongejan steps down as Swets' CEO - 09 Jan 2009

Subscription services provider Swets, Netherlands, has announced that after 4 years as CEO of Swets, Arie Jongejan has decided to step down from his position as of December 31, 2008. The process to appoint a successor to Arie is underway. The Executive Board of Swets, under the leadership of Siebe van Elsloo, will continue to deliver on the plans for 2009.

Under his leadership Swets has significantly strengthened its position with both customers and publishers through innovative product and service development. Jongejan has successfully led the Company through a change in ownership and has helped establish a very positive relationship with the new shareholders and Supervisory Board.

With clients in over 160 countries and more than twenty offices worldwide, Swets claims to provide the most comprehensive and sophisticated e-commerce platform currently available in its field. The company has been included in E-Content Magazine's '100 companies that matter most in the Digital Content Industry' for the past five years.

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US Collexis life science research portal BiomedExperts crosses 80,000 users mark - 09 Jan 2009

Knowledge management and discovery software developer Collexis Holdings, Inc., US, has announced that its life science research portal http://www.BiomedExperts.com has surpassed 80,000 registered users. BiomedExperts claims to be the world's first literature-based professional social networking site that was pre-populated with more than 1.8 million expert profiles from PubMed. The site allows scientists and researchers to directly connect with and explore their professional contacts, grow their networks and identify researchers with the expertise needed for future collaborations.

The site seeks to provide user-friendly interfaces through which research collaborators can share data and network with 1,800 organisations and institutions from 137 countries. It was selected by research and advisory firm Outsell, Inc. as one of the top 10 social communities to watch in 2009, in its report Social Media in STM Part 1: Social Networking. In addition, a recent Elsevier study found after only seven months post launch, BiomedExperts was the second most frequently used life science social network behind Nature, but ahead of Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn.

Collexis develops applications that range from search tools for users' websites to highly sophisticated discovery applications that are utilised by the intelligence community and R&D organisations worldwide. These applications allow users to identify and search for documents, experts, trends or new discoveries that may be hidden in the materials.

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India Dear Subscribers - 09 Jan 2009

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UK Emerald partners with COPE - 09 Jan 2009

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced a partnership with the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), starting January 1, 2009. The committee works with scientific journal editors to help them improve their skills and the quality of their publications. This partnership will provide Emerald with additional support to its editors. Emerald editors will now be able to discuss and learn more about publication ethics and meet other editors. It will also enable them to identify potential problems.

COPE is a forum for editors of peer-reviewed journals to discuss issues related to the integrity of the scientific record. It supports and encourages editors to report, catalogue and initiate investigations into ethical problems in the publication process, and is currently engaged in a major expansion programme. Its main role is to offer advice to editors of academic journals on tackling issues affecting integrity of work, such as suspected research or publication misconduct.

Established in 1997 COPE has now over 3500 members. The COPE forum meets quarterly to discuss cases as do their governing body the COPE council. COPE acts as an external body available for advice when any aspect of misconduct arises. COPE have written flowcharts that offer a step-by-step guide for editors to deal with the most common breaches of publication ethics in journals. These include duplicate publication, suspected plagiarism and suspected fabricated data. COPE also funds research on issues relating to publication misconduct, in addition to organising annual seminars and an online distance learning course.

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US European Respiratory Society, American Thoracic Society selected for TBI/Talis project - 09 Jan 2009

Library management systems provider Talis Information Ltd., UK, and TBI Communications, UK, have announced that the successful applicant for their new project is a joint submission from the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the American Thoracic Society (ATS). The project is designed to explore the potential of web and Web 2.0 technologies to help society publishers increase reader and member engagement with the society and its publications.

The announcement of the pilot project attracted international attention and a large number of applications were received. This was seen to be indicative of the huge amount of interest that there is amongst society publishers in exploring next steps in the development of online journals to increase the discoverability and usability of articles.

Together, ERS and ATS are seen to publish a significant proportion of high quality articles in the field of respiratory medicine. Members of both societies will, for the first time, be able to access journal articles through a single integrated interface - but one that can be branded in different ways, as appropriate for each individual society. They will also be able to use a range of services designed to help them discover people and content of interest in more sophisticated ways than search queries alone can support.

The pilot project will begin in early 2009 and it is anticipated the results will be published and made freely available in the summer.

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UK Nature Education launches free online educational resource for Generation Y - 09 Jan 2009

Nature Education, a division of scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group, UK, has announced the launch of Scitable (www.nature.com/scitable), a free, online educational resource for undergraduate biology students and educators. Currently focused on genetics, Scitable combines authoritative scientific information with social media functionality. Scitable is the first product launch from Nature Education to develop innovative education resources and tools for college science students and educators.

Scitable provides students with free online access to more than 180 overviews of key genetics concepts. The overviews are evidence-based and have been vetted by Nature Publishing Group staff. By connecting with other Scitable users via groups, chat functionality and other social media features, students can collaborate online with classmates, or with a wider community of experts, researchers and fellow students. The product is also intended as a teaching tool for faculty. Educators can set up public or private groups for their students, providing reading lists, course-packs of Scitable articles and group discussions. Scitable is flexible and easy to use, and can be incorporated into courseware services such as Blackboard. Nature Education introduced the Scitable beta site in October 2008 and invited faculty and students to provide feedback. Of the 31 faculty who beta-tested Scitable, 97 percent have stated that they would recommend it to other teaching faculty and 100 percent would recommend Scitable as a study resource to students.

Scitable currently contains content in the field of genetics, particularly chromosomes and cytogenetics, evolutionary genetics, gene expression and regulation, gene inheritance and transmission, genes and disease, genetics and society, genomics, nucleic acid structure and function, and population and quantitative genetics. Nature Education plan to expand the service to other subject areas in future.

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UK RSC Publishing announces online publication of the first issue of a new interdisciplinary journal for the scientific community - 09 Jan 2009

Scientific publisher RSC Publishing, UK, the publishing arm of the Royal Society of Chemistry, has announced the online publication of the first issue of Integrative Biology, a new interdisciplinary journal for the scientific community. Free for all to read online, this inaugural issue contains articles on human mammary progenitor cell fate decisions; the analysis of aptamer binding sequence-activity relationships using micro-arrays; genome-wide transcriptome analysis of 150 cells samples; and more.

The journal is RSC Publishing's latest addition in integrating physical sciences and biology. The free online access to the inaugural issue is expected to give Authors' work the best possible visibility in the community. The journal will provide a unique venue for elucidating biological processes, mechanisms and phenomena through quantitative enabling technologies at the convergence of biology with physics, chemistry, engineering, imaging and informatics. It will publish a mix of research articles including Full papers, Reviews (Tutorial & Critical), and Perspectives.

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

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US CRKN, Ingram Digital deal to provide Canadian universities access to e-book content - 08 Jan 2009

Digital content services provider Ingram Digital, US, has announced that it has been selected by the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) to provide 67 Canadian universities, encompassing nearly 900,000 researchers, scholars and students, with access to premium e-book content from leading academic publishers. Under the terms of the agreement, Ingram Digital will supply CRKN with access to over 20,000 digital titles from Taylor & Francis, Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press through its industry leading MyiLibrary platform.

Digital titles available to CRKN will be offered via dual access, through both the MyiLibrary platform and the publisher platform where available, in a model pioneered by Ingram Digital to provide its customers with flexible options for e-book access. Adding an average of 1,000 titles per week, the next-generation MyiLibrary platform claims to be the fastest growing e-content aggregator currently available.

Ingram Digital's agreement with the CRKN adds to a series of successful engagements by international entities such as the UK's Joint Information Systems Committee. In order to meet the growing global demand for digital content services and solutions, Ingram Digital recently enhanced its EMEA operations and continues to work with top publishers to expand its inventory of electronic titles.

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India Dear Subscribers - 08 Jan 2009

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US ebrary unveils on-demand MARC records - 08 Jan 2009

E-book technology firm ebrary, US, has announced that customers can now immediately upload free MARC records for individual titles they purchase as well as e-books and other documents added to the company's subscription databases. Additionally, ebrary's new MARC features make it easier for customers to manage MARC records and upload large batches.

The on-demand MARC features offer capabilities such as Instant MARC updates; MARC records separated by collection; Deleted MARC records; and Complete MARC record sets for large collections.

ebrary seeks to help libraries, publishers and other organisations 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.

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Netherland Elsevier adds Doyma Spanish Medical Collection titles on ScienceDirect - 08 Jan 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that fifty titles from the Elsevier Doyma Spanish Medical Collection are available on ScienceDirect, its online scientific research platform. Doyma, a Spanish language medical publisher acquired by Elsevier in 2005, publishes about 5,000 high quality papers every year. The inclusion of Elsevier Doyma titles on ScienceDirect will allow more researchers across the world to access these articles.

So far, the Elsevier Doyma collection has only been available through http://www.doyma.es and http://www.elsevierinstituciones.com. The narrow distribution as well as Spanish language nature of these platforms has limited access to this information. The thousands of authors represented in the Elsevier Doyma collection will now benefit from greater market visibility, increasing the potential for research collaboration and recognition. In addition, many of the articles will now include English abstracts benefiting non-Spanish speaking researchers.

The addition of the Spanish Medical Collection follows the successful launch of Elsevier's Masson French Medical titles early in 2008 and contributes to the evolution of the ScienceDirect platform into a comprehensive and complete source of global scientific knowledge.

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UK International Standard Text Code Agency appoints new registration agency - 08 Jan 2009

The International ISTC Agency, the official Registration Authority for the International Standard Text Code (ISTC), has appointed Bowker and Nielsen Book as ISTC registration agencies. These agencies will now be authorised to assign ISTCs on behalf of publishers, authors and content owners.

An approved ISO standard (ISO 21047), the ISTC provides a means of uniquely and persistently identifying textual works in information systems. It facilitates the exchange of information about such works between publishers, authors and authors associations, collective management organisations, libraries, search engines and others on an international level.

Authors, rights-holders and others interested in ISTC are encouraged to participate in pilot programmes offered by both Bowker and Nielsen that will provide free registration of ISTCs on a semi-limited basis through May 2009. Within these programmes, participants are encouraged to exchange required meta-data about their works and groupings of works that are intended for ISTC assignment, for which selected portions shall be validated for ISTC assignments for free during the pilot program period.

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US Queensland Health partners with Ovid Technologies for acquisition of ProVation Medical products - 08 Jan 2009

Medical information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Queensland Health has contracted with Ovid Technologies for acquisition of ProVation Medical products - ProVation MD for Gastroenterology and ProVation MultiCaregiver. Ovid and ProVation are part of global company Wolters Kluwer.

The software will be installed at all Queensland Health facilities that perform endoscopy services, and will play a key role in the documentation and reporting required by the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP). Implementation will begin in early 2009.

Created by clinicians, ProVation MD software produces complete procedure documentation that results in greater efficiency, streamlined workflow and clinician satisfaction. The software interfaces seamlessly with patient demographic and other healthcare IT systems, allows images taken during the procedure to be integrated directly into the report, and has market-leading query/reporting capabilities for quality or other initiatives. ProVation MultiCaregiver software delivers GI nursing documentation, with the ability to interface with vitals monitors and allowing caregivers to capture procedure data throughout the continuum of care.

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US RSC, ChemZoo developing tools to help chemists label compounds with standard tags - 08 Jan 2009

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and ChemZoo, a US-based software firm, are developing tools to help chemists label their own compounds with a standard computer-readable tag. The collaborative project, announced in December 2008, aims to help researchers share information on chemical structures and data for free online. It has been observed that the project may impact on closed subscription databases such as those offered by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

The standard way to represent chemical structures using a string of text, the International Chemical Identifier (InChI), was developed several years ago by chemistry's governing body, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (Iupac), together with the US government's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The idea was that InChI, which is generated by an algorithm from a chemical structure, would serve as a single public format for identifying structures and - if every molecule were tagged with its own InChI - a basis for sharing chemical information on the web.

Yet, despite its significance, the InChI system is still seen to be unused - or even unknown - by many chemists. According to ChemZoo representatives, tags are slowly becoming more mainstream. Wikipedia, among other commercial and public databases, is starting to use them, for instance.

In the hope of provoking more enthusiasm for the format, the RSC and ChemZoo are working to provide a free 'resolver' to turn any InChI into a shorter 25-letter code (the 'InChI key'). The code, also developed by Iupac and NIST, is seen to be friendlier to search engines.

There is disagreement over what impact the collaboration could have on current gold standards in managing chemical information, such as the ACS' subscription-only Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS). The ACS service allots compounds a CAS number and catalogues them using its own proprietary informatics platform. CAS holds some 40 million organic and inorganic substances in its registry - roughly double ChemSpider's existing database. While the database is projected to be authoritative and guarantees quality, the information is not openly accessible. ACS representatives have commented that the RSC/ChemZoo initiative is one of several activities focused on developing standards for communication of chemical information, which 'may prove useful to some sectors of the chemical enterprise'.

A beta form of the InchI resolver is expected to be on display in March, at the ACS' annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. This prototype will enable scientists to search ChemSpider's collection of chemical structures and associated information, and to deposit their own structures there.

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US Thomson Reuters' Clinical Xpert Navigator named Best Mobile Data System in the KLAS Awards - 08 Jan 2009

The Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters has announced that its Clinical Xpert Navigator has been named the Category Leader for Mobile Data Systems in the latest "Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Professional Services" report.

KLAS, an independent healthcare IT vendor research firm, recognises healthcare vendors for their leadership in working with customers to ensure satisfaction. This is the seventh consecutive year that the Navigator solution (formerly MercuryMD MData) has been ranked number one.

Clinical Xpert Navigator beat the competition in virtually every major category evaluated by KLAS, a research firm that monitors and reports on the performance of healthcare technology vendors. In compiling the report, KLAS assesses vendor performance through a process that includes confidential customer interviews with chief information officers, healthcare executives, managers, and clinicians.

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India Dear Subscribers - 07 Jan 2009

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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UK Emerald to launch eBook series collections at the Information Online event - 07 Jan 2009

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced that it will present its eBook series collections for the first time at the Information Online scheduled for January 20 - 22, 2009 at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Sydney. The eBook series collections provide users with more than 5,000 chapters from over 100 titles.

The Business, Management and Economics collection includes 65 series titles. Featuring titles from the JAI imprint, the collection offers access to a selection of 380 titles covering subjects such as strategy, accounting and finance, organizational studies and economics. The Social Sciences collection complements and extends the current Emerald portfolio, with titles in sociology, education and psychology. This will add over 150 volumes across 37 series titles. Both collections offer international content from a worldwide author base, with new content to be added each year.

The January launch marks the first anniversary of the acquisition of books and book series that Emerald undertook a year ago from Elsevier. Emerald will also be celebrating publishing 110 books in 2008, exceeding their publication target for the year, and unveiling their new distinctive branding at the event.

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US Largest collection of Proton NMR Spectra now available in SciFinder - 07 Jan 2009

Chemical Abstract Service (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society, has announced that scientists worldwide can now access more than 23.8 million predicted proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectra in SciFinder. SciFinder is the leading research and discovery tool and the authoritative source of information on more than 41 million chemical substances.

NMR spectroscopy is a widely used technique in determining the structure of organic compounds. Researchers use proton NMR (also called 1H-NMR) as an important analytical tool in characterising molecules across a variety of chemical research fields. These proton NMR spectra augment the 1.9 billion predicted and experimental properties and data tags already available in SciFinder.

CAS is making the proton NMR spectra available through an agreement with ACD/Labs, an organisation that has supplied other property information to CAS.

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US McGraw-Hill restructures select business operations - 07 Jan 2009

Information services provider McGraw-Hill Companies, US, has announced that it has restructured a limited number of business operations and corporate functions in the fourth quarter of 2008. With this move, the company seeks to serve its markets more efficiently in the current economic environment while positioning itself for future growth.

In connection with these actions, McGraw-Hill incurred a restructuring charge of $26.3 million, pre-tax, in the quarter. This consisted mostly of employee severance costs related to a workforce reduction of approximately 375 positions across the company. The total restructuring charge after tax is $16.4 million, or $0.05 per diluted share of fourth quarter 2008 earnings.

The actions taken in the latest quarter are expected to help the company focus its resources on more profitable areas of business while streamlining its operations to serve customers in a more cost-effective manner. When combined with the actions announced in the second and third quarters of 2008, McGraw-Hill will incur restructuring charges for the full year of 2008 totalling $73.4 million, pre-tax, ($45.9 million after-tax) or $0.14 per diluted share.

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US NLM accepts Aesthetic Surgery Journal for indexing in MEDLINE and PubMed - 07 Jan 2009

Aesthetic Surgery Journal (ASJ), an official peer-reviewed publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), has been accepted for indexing by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in MEDLINE and PubMed. MEDLINE is the NLM's premier bibliographic database containing references to journal articles from 1950 to the present in the life sciences with a concentration on biomedicine. PubMed is a searchable database that includes over 18 million citations and abstracts from MEDLINE and other life science journals. It includes links to full text articles and other related resources.

The NLM journal selection process includes close examination of all aspects of submitted journals including the importance, quality and scope of content; expertise and qualifications of the Editorial Board; conformity of the editorial process with currently accepted standards for scholarly journals; and production quality. Indexing comes at a pivotal time in the journal's history - the retirement of Stanley A. Klatsky, MD after 11 years as editor in chief. This achievement reflects his initiative to make the necessary changes over the years to ensure that ASJ became indexed by NLM.

Owned by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and published by Elsevier Science, Aesthetic Surgery Journal is a peer-reviewed international journal focusing on clinical and scientific developments in cosmetic surgery and cosmetic medicine. Besides its affiliation with ASAPS, the leading organization of board-certified plastic surgeons who specialize in aesthetic surgery, ASJ is also the official English-language journal of plastic surgery societies in Brazil, Israel, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Costa Rica, Colombia, India and The Netherlands, and it is the official journal of the Rhinoplasty Society.

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US Over 30,000 e-book titles made available on BooksOnBoard for iPhones - 07 Jan 2009

Online books retailer BooksOnBoard, US, has announced that it has released over 30,000 e-book titles for iPhones. Now iPhone owners can get most new release books anywhere on either Apple iPhone or iTouch with direct downloads to the device through the AT&T 3G network or through local wireless networks. Titles must be in the eReader eBook format.

Users currently require the free Stanza application found in the iPhone apps store in order to download and read the books. Detailed instructions for new users can be found at http://www.booksonboard.com/index.php?F=iPhone_ebooks.

There are several e-book readers available on the iPhone currently with more expected in the coming year. BooksOnBoard plans to work with any of them that allow its customers to read popular new titles from the publishing community. The retailer also offers over 5,000 recently released MP3 audio books which can be downloaded from BooksOnBoard and added to iTunes for inclusion on iPhone, iTouch and iPod.

Wireless handheld devices such as Blackberry, iPhone and PDA are becoming increasingly popular among the academic community. Handheld devices are being projected as an ideal platform for mobile learning and reference, particularly in medical education and practice. McGraw-Hill Professional, part of education materials publisher McGraw-Hill Education, recently partnered with Modality to bring Zollinger's Atlas of Surgical Operations to the iPhone and iPod touch.

In a similar move, in December 2008, technical publisher Apress, Inc. announced the publication of its first iPhone development title, Beginning iPhone Development: Exploring the iPhone SDK, authored by veteran Mac developers Dave Mark and Jeff LaMarche. The title seeks to take the reader from the basic downloading and installing of the free SDK, right through to building applications that make use of advanced features such as iPhone's MultiTouch Gestural Support and Accelerometer.

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UK UKDA releases new suite of web pages on data management and sharing - 07 Jan 2009

The UK Data Archive (UKDA) recently announced the release of its new suite of web pages providing guidance on data management and sharing. The pages aim to provide data creators, data managers and data curators with best practice strategies and methods for creating, preparing and storing shareable datasets.

In addition to these web pages, bespoke advice and training are provided by UKDA staff throughout the life span of a research project - from the initial award application, through the data creation phase to the end of the active research phase and to the final storage and dissemination of data. A comprehensive frequently asked questions web page is also available.

Founded in 1967, the UKDA is funded by the ESRC, JISC and the University of Essex. It houses several thousand datasets of interest to researchers in all sectors and from many different disciplines. The Data Archive is an internationally-renowned centre of expertise in data acquisition, preservation, dissemination and promotion.

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US Ariadne' Pathway Studio integrated with Illumina's new GenomeStudio software - 06 Jan 2009

Bioinformatics firm Ariadne Genomics, Inc., US, has announced the completion of a key partner programme with Illumina Inc. to provide advanced integration and interpretation capabilities for data generated from their iScan and BeadArray Reader platforms. The coupling of Ariadne's Pathway Studio to Illumina's next generation software, GenomeStudio Data Analysis Software, provides researchers with a toolset to quickly analyse expression data for physiological changes, cell signaling and other significant biological changes.

Pathway Studio provides academic and commercial clients with analytical capabilities for experimental data that provide biological context and mechanistic interpretation. Proprietary algorithms analyse experimental data to perform functional analysis, identify regulated pathways, or discover new biological networks. This bench-top application provides scientists a direct method to interpret their data, to formulate new hypotheses and to design new experiments.

The integration of Pathway Studio with Illumina's GenomeStudio Software improves the analysis workflow by rapidly characterising experimental data into meaningful results helping biologists develop new experiments and hypotheses. With the addition of advanced data analysis and pathway creation provided by Pathway Studio, Illumina's customers will achieve a significant research advantage by simplifying the transition from statistical data analysis to biological interpretation. In addition, Pathway Studio offers researchers a unique way to complete advanced downstream analysis by providing a graphical representation of Illumina's microarray data.

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India Dear Subscribers - 06 Jan 2009

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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US JIPB editor named one of five crop researchers who could change the world - 06 Jan 2009

Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced that handling editor of the Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, Professor Jianhua Zhang, has been named one of five crop researchers who could change the world. The Journal of Integrative Plant Biology is an international journal of plant sciences that publishes peer-reviewed papers in three categories - invited reviews, research articles and new technologies.

With the current worldwide crisis in food prices, the need to develop more productive agriculture is greater than ever. The December 2008 issue of "Nature" ran a news story spotlighting five ambitious scientists determined to make a difference. Professor Jianhua Zhang - from the Hong Kong Baptist University, was one of the scientists featured.

The Journal of Integrative Plant Biology aims to report novel and significant information related to any aspect of plant biology, which is relevant to and of interest to not only scientists in the immediate field but also those in biomedical and phytochemical studies. Research articles, published in ten themes, report comprehensive studies in answering biological questions.

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US NSF to reduce funding support for digital libraries initiative - 06 Jan 2009

The US' National Science Foundation (NSF) is in the process of reducing its support for digital libraries, according to reports from the Science Magazine. The NSF's National Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology Education Digital Library (NSDL) programme was launched in 2000 to help scientists and science educators make the most of the rapidly expanding online world.

The foundation has spent about $175 million since then to provide organised access to high quality resources and tools that support innovations in teaching and learning at all levels. In practice, that has meant creating and maintaining a website with a vast assortment of peer-reviewed materials, including lesson plans, videos, lectures, examples and teacher guides; providing support for more than a dozen disciplinary and sector-based portals, called Pathways, that offer suitable content to NSDL; and funding individual research projects that are aimed at helping researchers and educators make better use of online learning.

As NSDL serves several different purposes, the payoff from NSF's investment, which has averaged almost $18 million a year, has been hard to quantify. Its biggest advocates admit that relatively few educators and researchers have even heard of NSDL, much less visited the website or contributed material.

Last year, NSDL was redefined as the National Science Distributed Learning programme and subsumed under a new, broader cyberlearning initiative for which digital libraries are only a small component. In September, NSF cut its support to the organisations that manage NSDL by more than half. In 2007, it had ended its funding of DLESE, a digital library for earth system education that is separate from NSDL but serves as an informal pathway for the earth sciences community.

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Australia Online edition of Medical Journal of Australia retreats from OA - 06 Jan 2009

eMJA, the online edition of the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA), is retreating from open access (OA). Starting with the first issue in January 2009, access to general content excluding research papers will become limited to subscribed users only.

An Internet version of the MJA (eMJA) was published by the Australasian Medical Publishing Company (AMPCo) since 2001. The online edition of the journal was freely available to readers since its inception. The eMJA now contains 6350 pages of valuable information. Keeping in view the increasing production and maintenance costs, the AMPCo Board has decided that, commencing with the first MJA issue in 2009, access to certain content in the eMJA will require a subscription.

The Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) is available on subscription and is included as part of the membership package of the Australian Medical Association (AMA). Much information, including all previously published articles, current editions of In This Issue, plus guidelines, position statements and supplements, will remain on open access. Research articles will be freely accessible online for 2 weeks following publication, after which a subscription will be required. Twelve months after publication, all articles will revert to open access.

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UK Behavioral and Brain Sciences selects Editorial Manager to transition editorial workflow to the web - 05 Jan 2009

Online submission system provider Aries Systems Corporation, US, has announced that its Editorial Manager peer-review system was selected by the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS) to successfully transition editorial workflow to the web. BBS is published by Cambridge University Press.

BBS was one of several journals pioneering a format known as Open Peer Commentary over 30 years ago. Particularly significant and controversial pieces of work are published from researchers in any area of psychology, neuroscience, behavioral biology or cognitive science, together with 10-25 commentaries on each article from specialists across these disciplines, plus the author's response to them. The result is a forum for communication and discussion maintained by the careful selection of authors and commentators and refereeing of their contributions. This format anticipated the interactivity of a blog but situated it within the editorial system of an academic journal to maintain high quality.

The BBS peer commentary format posed significant challenges for updating its online submission, review and response. After exploring alternative approaches, the online submission system of Editorial Manager, with its multiple configuration options, made successful transition possible.

The Editorial Manager online submission system is used by more than 2,900 scholarly journals and processes tens of thousand of manuscripts per month. In October 2008, the independently published Dutch Journal of Medicine (Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde) selected Editorial Manager for transitioning to online peer review by customising author-facing pages to include instructions and hints in Dutch, the native language of most of the journal's contributing authors. Earlier, in September 2008, Aries Systems announced the integration of Editorial Manager with the CrossCheck plagiarism detection service. Convenient access to CrossCheck from within Editorial Manager workflows adds a powerful tool to help improve editorial integrity.

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India Dear Subscribers - 05 Jan 2009

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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Switzerland Inderscience brings out inaugural issues of four new titles - 05 Jan 2009

STM and business publisher, Inderscience, Switzerland, has announced the publication of the first issues of four new titles. The journals are - International Journal of Adaptive and Innovative Systems; International Journal of Knowledge Engineering and Soft Data Paradigms; International Journal of Leisure and Tourism Marketing; and International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics.

International Journal of Adaptive and Innovative Systems promotes intelligent system development and management, bringing together technologies, people and processes. It provides cross learning between various business, economics and logistical, as well as scientific and technological, disciplines comprising energy and resource industries, environmental and ecological systems, computer and automation sciences, risk and engineering management, human and material organisations. A free download of the papers from the first issue is available online at http://www.inderscience.com/sample.php?id=62.

International Journal of Knowledge Engineering and Soft Data Paradigms reports the most recent research results in the areas of knowledge engineering and soft data analysis, offering significant attributes such as learning, autonomy and self-organisation. A free download of the papers from the first issue is available online at http://www.inderscience.com/sample.php?id=276.

International Journal of Leisure and Tourism Marketing publishes conceptual and empirical papers that advance knowledge in the areas of leisure, recreation and tourism research, highlighting marketing issues and considering the influences of globalisation and growing competition. A free download of the papers from the first issue is available online at http://www.inderscience.com/sample.php?id=318.

International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics publishes papers on all methodological aspects in the field of shipping and transport logistics, particularly those that require empirical or mathematical analysis with managerial implications. There is a free download of the papers from this first issue at http://www.inderscience.com/sample.php?id=304.



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US Special print issue of BioMed Central journal made available at Epigenetics, Development & Human Disease symposium - 05 Jan 2009

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that following the successful launch of the journal Epigenetics & Chromatin, a special print issue containing some of the first articles will be available at the Keystone Symposium 'Epigenetics, Development & Human Disease,' scheduled for January 5-10 in Breckenridge, Colorado. The special print issue will be in circulation at the symposium.

Epigenetics & Chromatin co-Editor-in-Chief, Steven Henikoff, will give the Keynote Address on the opening evening of the symposium. Over the course of the meeting Editorial Board members William Kelly, Amanda Fisher, Barbara Meyer and Timothy Bestor will each chair a session of lectures.

Epigenetics & Chromatin is a peer-reviewed open access online journal, which publishes articles that provide novel insights into epigenetic inheritance and chromatin-based interactions. The journal fulfills the need for a journal that reflects the breadth of epigenetic research. Topics include, but are not limited to, gene silencing and imprinting, cellular reprogramming, nucleosome modification assembly and remodeling, DNA methylation, chromatin structure and dynamics, chromosomal maintenance elements, dosage compensation, interchromosomal interactions and prion inheritance.

Although only a recent addition to BioMed Central's online open access journals, Epigenetics & Chromatin has already published a number of quality articles, including a groundbreaking publication from the Brockdorff lab which was highlighted in a mini-review by Barbara Panning in Journal of Biology.

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UK Weak pound hurting journal subscriptions in UK, say associations - 05 Jan 2009

The fall in the value of the pound is reportedly having a "crippling effect" on the budgets of UK university libraries. Costs of subscriptions to overseas research journals from Europe and the US have risen due to changes in the exchange rate. Since July 2008, the value of the pound has fallen by about 25 percent against the dollar and the euro.

According to Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and the Research Information Network (RIN), the increased cost is a "significant problem" because libraries at large research-intensive institutions typically spend 75 percent of their acquisition budgets on journals. The RLUK represents the major research libraries in the UK, while the RIN promotes the information needs of researchers.

Experts note that the current situation may lead to libraries being forced to cancel journals. Tony Kidd, assistant director of Glasgow University Library, a RLUK member, explained that journals priced in US dollars, which used to account for about 25 percent of the library's journals budget, were now costing it 37 percent more than a year ago. Journals priced in euros, which accounted for about 40 percent, now cost an additional 19 percent. He estimated that every time the pound went down either a euro cent or a US cent over a year, it would cost his library £12,000 and £7,000, respectively.

According to Kidd, while recent VAT reductions had been helpful, there was still a "longstanding anomaly" in the system that saw libraries pay VAT on electronic information resources, such as e-journal subscriptions, but not on print books or journals. The RIN is currently conducting an emergency study to build up a better picture of the exchange-rate problem.

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US American Public Health Association announces new edition of renowned public health manual - 01 Jan 2009

The American Public Health Association has announced the publication of the 19th edition of the Control of Communicable Diseases Manual - a sourcebook for public health and infectious disease specialists for more than 90 years. Edited by Dr. David L. Heymann, Assistant Director-General for Health Security and Environment, World Health Organization (WHO), this updated edition strengthens the value of the manual as a global resource.

The 19th edition includes new information on the control of communicable diseases that is readily available and easy to read. New disease variants are included, and some chapters have been entirely reworked. Among the changes, the updated edition includes 11 new chapters on topics fundamental to a global public health landscape, including risk management, public health security in a globalised world, the International Health Regulations (2005), reporting of communicable diseases, outbreak response in bioterrorism, communicable disease control in humanitarian emergencies and handling of infectious materials. Other new chapters offer guidance on disease control at mass gatherings, after natural disasters, or in emergency situations.

Parallel updates were carried out on most chapters by experts at both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

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India Dear Subscribers - 01 Jan 2009

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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US PennWell acquires assets of hydroelectric industry information provider HCI Publications - 01 Jan 2009

B2B publisher PennWell Corporation, US, has announced that it has acquired the assets of HCI Publications, Inc., a producer of b2b magazines and conferences and exhibitions serving the hydroelectric industry. The company operates HydroVision and Waterpower Conferences and Exhibitions and publishes Hydro Review, HRW, and HydroNews.net, as well as other research and information products. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed.

HydroVision Conference and Exhibition is hydropower's largest gathering of industry professionals worldwide. The conference is held interchangeably every other year with its sister event, Waterpower Conference and Exhibition. Hydro Review focuses on industry trends, equipment, operations and maintenance, rehabilitation, dam safety, environmental effects, regulation and research. While Hydro Review primarily serves the North American hydropower industry, HRW magazine is published six times each year and distributed to readers in 130 countries. HydroNews.net is a daily information service providing international news and monitoring of hydropower projects.

The owners of HCI Publications, Leslie Eden and Carl Vansant, will serve as consultants to PennWell. PennWell will manage the business from its headquarters in Tulsa under Richard Baker, Vice President and Publisher, North American Global Energy Group. Along with Eden and Vansant as consultants, seven editorial and sales employees in Kansas City have joined PennWell.

This is PennWell's third acquisition in the renewable industry in two years. In addition to the HCI publications and events, PennWell's offerings for renewable energy include RenewableEnergyWorld.com, the leading web site for renewable energy, three magazines Renewable Energy World, Cogeneration and On-Site Power Production, and Waste Management World, and two conferences and exhibitions Renewable Energy World North America and Renewable Energy World Europe.

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US Techstreet receives WebAward for excellence in website development - 01 Jan 2009

The Scientific business of Thomson Reuters has announced that Techstreet, the one-stop source for online access to industry codes and standards, has received the 2008 Information Services Standard of Excellence WebAward from the Web Marketing Association (WMA) for excellence in web site development.

The WebAward is the premier annual website award competition that names the best websites in 96 industries while setting the standard of excellence for all website development. More than a decade's worth of judging scores define what Internet marketing professionals should strive for in their website marketing and design efforts.

Techstreet, a service of Thomson Reuters, uses Web-based technologies to speed delivery of industry codes and standards to engineers and technical professionals worldwide. Documents are easy to locate in a freely searchable online database, and are available for purchase in single-copy format or multi-user, web-based subscription at techstreet.com.

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