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India Dear Subscriber - 29 Jan 2010

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US Gale acquires Questia Media, Inc - 29 Jan 2010

E-research and educational publisher Gale, part of Cengage Learning, US, has acquired the assets of Questia Media, Inc., a provider of information and educational resources to students. Questia provides a premium subscription-based online information service that gives users access to more than 76,000 books from over 300 publishers and millions of articles from journals, magazines and newspapers.

Questia will further broaden Gale’s extensive content base, by adding information from tens of thousands of scholarly books selected from leading publishers to support learning in high school and college. In addition, it will enhance Gale’s offerings with new research and productivity tools, lesson plans and professional development for the classroom.

Recent product access enhancements introduced by Questia include an iPhone application enabling mobile access to Questia’s entire library; and Research Wizard, a Facebook application that facilitates community research. Gale will support these and develop other new applications to enhance the research experience for users.

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US Hematologists can now earn CME credits through journal Blood - 29 Jan 2010

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) is offering physicians who diagnose and treat blood disorders a new resource for earning continuing medical education (CME) credits. Through a partnership with Medscape, an online network of medical content for physicians and other health professionals, hematologists can earn CME credits by testing their comprehension of articles published in ASH’s biomedical journal Blood. The first Blood article to offer CME credit has been included in the January 28 issue, both in print and online. Blood is published weekly, and one CME article will appear in the journal in the fourth week of every month. By completing a set of study questions after reading the selected article, physicians will have a convenient and effective way of earning credits to maintain board certification, enhancing their knowledge on the subject matter, and improving the care they provide to patients.

Medscape is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. To earn CME credit for selected Blood articles, physicians should visit cme.medscape.com/cme/blood. Other CME opportunities offered through ASH can be found at www.hematology.org/practice.

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Netherland JST selects Scopus Custom Data for citation linkage analysis between scientific articles and patents - 29 Jan 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that the Japan Science and Technology (JST) agency has selected Scopus Custom Data (SCD), the primary source of Scopus.com, to conduct citation linkage analysis between scientific articles and patents. Scopus Custom Data was selected for its wider coverage and clear relations between authors and their affiliations. JST provides research support to many organisations from industry and academia.

Scopus Custom Data provides research agencies, institutions and government bodies with customised datasets in XML format for large-scale research performance analysis. Scopus Custom Data extracts Scopus core records in accordance to each customer’s individual specifications, such as date range, subject categories and geographic location. The XML data can then be loaded by customers into their proprietary in-house systems, making it possible for them to run their specific search queries and execute their own analytical techniques; providing the analyst with the freedom to formulate their own reports. It empowers them to make well-informed, unbiased resource allocation and policy making decisions.

Attention is being placed on citations in patents as a new index to measure the influence of scientific articles. JST used Scopus data for its analysis on the return on investment of science and technology policies. The use of SCD for this type of measurement is seen to be increasingly becoming the standard among different institutions. Earlier this month, Forschungszentrum Jülich, one of the largest research centers in Europe, selected SCD to calculate global reference values at subject and country levels.

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US Open Book Alliance formally opposes Google books settlement - 29 Jan 2010

The Open Book Alliance (OBA) has formally filed Amicus Curiae in opposition to the proposed settlement between the Authors Guild, Inc., Association of American Publishers, Inc. and Google, Inc.

The OBA filing states that the torrent of criticism to the settlement may have produced amendments to the class definition, but it has not affected Google’s conduct. It further states that the Court’s procedures are ill-suited for resolution of what is now at stake in this matter – rewriting the copyright law, restructuring the publishing industry, and maintaining a competitive search market.

The proposed Google book settlement is not a philanthropic effort to bring literature into the 21st century and bridge a literary divide, says the OBA. In reality, Google is focused on becoming the sole owner of an immense digital library that will improve the company’s advertising-based search business. This de facto exclusive licence will provide Google with an enormous advantage over its search competitors, the OBA argues.

The brief explores the market importance of so-called ‘tail queries’ – rare or obscure search requests that are hard to fulfill accurately. It explains how digital rights to virtually all out-of-print books provide Google with a decisive advantage in responding to tail queries. The brief further states that if Google can deny its search rivals the ability to integrate the same corpus of books, its lead in search will become insurmountable.

The brief also uncovers ‘carefully crafted exceptions’ inside the settlement regarding the Google Partner Program. Google has signed ‘Partner’ agreements with thousands of publishers. Many – if not all – of the named publishers in the settlement have their own agreements with Google that will govern the payments they receive from the company in lieu of the provisions that were negotiated in the settlement for other class members. The brief states that this permits the parties to negotiate secret side deals to govern the economic terms of books licensed to Google under the Settlement at any time, even after a court review of the Amended Agreement, effectively evading judicial and public scrutiny.

The OBA believes that the proposed settlement threatens to bottleneck the access to and distribution and pricing of the largest, private digital database of books in the world. It would do so by using the class action mechanism to not only redress past harm, but to prospectively shape the future of digital book distribution, display and search.

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UK Public libraries in England expanding use of Internet, says study - 29 Jan 2010

A new research report by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) highlights the role of public libraries in opening up free online access and providing support to help people get online. Heads of library service, library managers and IT specialists from 112 local authorities in England took part in the study. The aim was to identify the extent of available Internet access; support for people to get online; and digital training of library staff.

The report, prepared by CFE on behalf of the MLA, confirmed that 79 percent of library services in English Local Authorities do not charge for Internet access at all. A further 12 percent do not make any charge for the first hour (91 percent in total). There is an average of 762 hours of Internet access available across all libraries in a Local Authority area per week. Nearly all Local Authorities (98 percent) provide this access in the evening and at weekends with over half (59 percent) providing Internet access on Sundays.

Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of library services have provided digital training to their frontline staff to support them in their role of providing both one-to-one and group support to library users. Three-quarters (75 percent) of English Library authorities offer one–to-one support from frontline staff. Third parties are used by four in 10 (44 percent) local authorities and volunteers are used by one-third (34 percent) of local authorities.

Respondents estimated that they offer an average of 121 hours for both group and one-to-one support. Library services are particularly skilled at supporting older people to get online – such people are offered support by about 64 percent of Local Authorities.

People are also supported to get online in libraries to improve their employability – 86 percent of library services report that they provide support to the unemployed to get online. Seventy-six percent support online job searches, 71 percent support through CV writing and 63 percent offer short courses that help the unemployed improve their ICT skills.

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US The Endocrine Society launches new journal - Hormones & Cancer - 29 Jan 2010

The Endocrine Society has launched a new journal - Hormones & Cancer. In collaboration with STM publisher Springer Science + Business Media, the Society has created an international editorial board that includes many of the leading experts in this interdisciplinary field of study. Jonathan J. Li of the department of pharmacology, toxicology and therapeutics at Kansas University School of Medicine will serve as the Editor-in chief of the journal.

A bi-monthly publication, Hormones & Cancer will include research articles covering all aspects of hormone action on cancer causation, progression, dependence, prevention, resistance and treatment. Hormonal cancers include two of the most deadly cancer subtypes - cancers of the breast and prostate. In addition to these cancers, journal will include research articles covering other less-commonly occurring cancer subtypes, such as thyroid, gynecologic and pituitary cancer. Bringing together endocrinology and oncology researchers, this new journal will span the multidisciplinary nature of this field of research by including basic scientific, epidemiological and translational research papers.

Hormones & Cancer will be published both electronically and in print. The first issue will be available online February 1, 2010, at http://www.springer.com/medicine/oncology/journal/12672.

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US WK Health’ new smartphone application to provide physicians with CME credit for online medical research - 29 Jan 2010

Medical information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has launched XtraCredit, an iPhone and iPod Touch application that provides physicians with continuing medical education (CME) credit for clinical research done online. XtraCredit was developed by the Lippincott Continuing Medical Education Institute, a Wolters Kluwer Health subsidiary, in partnership with software developer RSi/Focal Search.

Using XtraCredit, physicians can receive CME credit for online searches of a range of professional sources, including medical books and journals published by medical and health publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Users can download the application at no charge from http://xtracredit.com/iphone or directly from the iTunes AppStore.

Many US states require medical professionals to complete an established number of continuing medical education credits to remain certified and licensed. Many specialty societies and hospitals also require physicians to complete CME activities to maintain their Board certification and admitting privileges. CME credits are awarded for classes, presentations and other live events, written publications, online programs, audio, video, or other electronic media. XtraCredit allows physicians to use text or dictation to earn credit for their online searching, regardless of whether the research is completed on the phone, on a computer, or via an approved evidenced-based clinical decision support system.

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US ARL names Sue Baughman as Associate Deputy Executive Director - 28 Jan 2010

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has announced the appointment of M. Sue Baughman as Associate Deputy Executive Director. Baughman is currently Assistant Dean for Organizational Development at the University of Maryland, College Park. She will assume her role at ARL on March 29, 2010.

The primary role of the Associate Deputy Executive Director is to promote and facilitate the strategic development of ARL policies and programes. The position carries a mix of responsibilities revolving around issue analysis and programme development, strategic positioning and message development, and practical management and coordination accomplished, working closely with the ARL Executive Director and Board of Directors.

In her current position, Baughman works with over 200 library staff in every facet of the University of Maryland Libraries. Her duties focus on the development needs of individual staff, teams, and work groups, and the organisation as a whole. In her career, Baughman has held positions at a variety of types of libraries and library systems and has served on committees of numerous library associations. In all of these positions, she has been committed to finding innovative solutions to challenging problems.

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UK BioMed Central journals accepted for inclusion by Thomson Reuters - 28 Jan 2010

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that two of its journals - Harm Reduction Journal and International Journal for Equity in Health - have been accepted for inclusion by Thomson Reuters. These journals are due to receive their first impact factors in June 2011.

A peer-reviewed online journal Harm Reduction Journal focuses on the prevalent patterns of psychoactive drug use, the public policies meant to control them, and the search for effective methods of reducing the adverse medical, public health, and social consequences associated with both drugs and drug policies. It provides full access to the large body of factual reports and policy documents published by governments and by the growing international network of harm reduction organisations. The journal has an unofficial 2008 impact factor of 1.68.

International Journal for Equity in Health presents evidence relevant to the search for, and attainment of, equity in health across and within countries. It aims to improve the understanding of issues that influence the health of populations. The journal has an unofficial impact factor of 1.24.

Both journals have also been accepted for coverage in Current Contents.

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India Dear Subscriber - 28 Jan 2010

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Netherland Elsevier launches interactive digital learning platform, Pageburst - 28 Jan 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of Pageburst, an interactive digital learning platform for Elsevier health science education content. The Pageburst platform is designed specifically for students of nursing and health profession in North America, who require anytime/anywhere access to course material and utilise texts as reference guides throughout their careers.

Pageburst is built upon easy-to-use and recognisable software tools that allow painless implementation and support for health science educators, students and practitioners seeking superior teaching, learning and clinical outcomes. The platform enables users to master course content quickly and easily by working with their entire collection of Elsevier health science titles in text, video and audio formats and by collaborating online with faculty and classmates within the context of the content.

Accessible offline or online through Elsevier’s Evolve portal, Pageburst is Elsevier’s new platform for accessing a much wider array of features and functionality for its digital textbooks. Fully integrated collaboration tools within Pageburst will help students gain and share knowledge through personal learning networks that connect students, instructors, and user groups directly from within the content. Both students and instructors can embed notes and links directly into textbook content. Additional features include interactive quizzes and activities that can be submitted to an instructor’s virtual grade book.

Pageburst is web-based, so it can be accessed anytime, on any device with a supported web browser. Students can also download their content to their desktop or laptop computers to study offline. More than 550 of Elsevier’s most-used book titles are available on the platform, including Potter’s Fundamentals of Nursing, Chabner’s Language of Medicine, and Lewis's Medical Surgical Nursing.

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US Online ads to come with standard icon to inform consumers on privacy - 28 Jan 2010

The advertising industry has agreed on a standard icon - a little ‘i’ - that will be used in online ads that target users based on demographics. The icon, called Power I, will be added to most online ads that use demographics and behavioral data to inform customers why specific ads are being targeted at them. The symbol has been introduced by Future of Privacy Forum, an advocacy group that helped create the symbol, and a coalition of trade groups that have been vocal about fending off government regulation.

Major companies running online ads are expected to begin adding the little blue symbol to their ads by midsummer. The icon will be included along with phrases like ‘Why did I get this ad?’ On clicking the icon, customers will be led to a page explaining how the advertiser uses their web surfing history and demographic profile to send them certain ads.

The initiative comes in the midst of a fierce debate on privacy, with the US Congress showing interest in the subject. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) officials have expressed concern that the privacy policies of companies are not clear or accessible enough to protect visitors. FTC representatives have stated that it is too early to tell whether the new icon and phrases would work with consumers.

The FTC supports industry efforts to develop a consistent symbol and message that would help educate consumers about online advertising. It hopes that the industry will share data, such as click-through and opt-out rates, that will inform the debate.

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UK SHEDL member institutions gain access to EUP journals - 28 Jan 2010

Scholarly publisher Edinburgh University Press (EUP), UK, has announced a three year agreement with the Scottish Higher Education Digital Library (SHEDL). Under the deal, nineteen SHEDL member institutions in Scotland will gain access to all EUP journals.

SHEDL was set up in 2009 to provide uniform access across all Scottish Higher Education Institutions. It started by licensing journal content from three publishers and has expanded considerably. SHEDL operates as a closed consortium, enabling researchers to have access to the same titles wherever they are based. This is seen as vital to the Research Pools operating in Scotland. These consist of researchers from different institutions working together but dependent on the online information that they receive from their home library.

The Edinburgh University Press agreement, running from January 2010 until 2012, will enable researchers in Scotland to access all Edinburgh University Press journals. This includes leading Scottish History journals Scottish Historical Review and Journal of Scottish Historical Studies; and highly regarded publications in literary studies.

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US US agriculture department allots $100 million funding for rural libraries - 28 Jan 2010

The US’ Secretary of Agriculture has announced the allocation of $100 million in funding for public libraries to provide educational opportunities and improve public services in rural communities. The funding – from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Community Facilities - will be provided primarily through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Specifically set aside for rural libraries, the aid is seen as a lifeline for communities across the country who depend on their local libraries for their basic needs. These include Internet access as well as assistance with e-government services, literacy and homework programmes. Funds may be used to construct, enlarge or improve public libraries. This can cover costs to acquire land needed for a facility, pay necessary professional fees and purchase equipment required for operation. Funds can also be used to purchase shelving, furniture, computers, audio-visual equipment, distance learning equipment and bookmobiles.

Depending on funding availability, USDA Rural Development will provide up to $500,000 in additional Recovery Act dedicated grant funds to each of the State Offices for library projects.

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US AIP selects DataSalon’s MasterVision service for a fully-integrated 'single customer view' - 27 Jan 2010

Data solutions provider DataSalon Ltd., UK, has announced that the American Institute of Physics (AIP) has adopted its MasterVision service to create a complete profile of all subscribing institutions and new prospects. The system merges data from many different source systems, combining subscriptions, online usage, turnaways, alert signups, single article sales, author submissions, and marketing campaigns. It also incorporates Ringgold’s Identify database that provides reference data for existing subscribers, and lists of potential new institutional prospects classified by location, size, interests, etc. All data is fully de-duplicated to create a clear summary page for each customer listing all known data in a single view.

The implementation of the MasterVision product enables AIP’s marketing team to run detailed customer analysis in seconds, identifying targeted segments for several new recruitment and renewal campaigns. Turnaways are identified using IP addresses in order to spot non-subscribing institutions with substantial interest in AIP’s online content. Online usage is tracked in detail in order to identify upward and downward trends, and to spot any ‘at risk’ subscribers whose usage is low. Individuals are automatically linked to affiliated institutions using their email address, creating accurate counts and lists of related authors, single article purchasers, and so on for each institution.

MasterVision was designed specifically for the needs of academic publishers. It provides sales and marketing teams with direct access to their data through a user-friendly web interface, without the need for expert IT assistance. MasterVision also provides AIP with easy access to a range of visuals, including pie charts, bar charts, cross tabs and maps: all enabling staff to explore and visualise AIP customers. Management dashboards combine charts and tables into a single view to provide one-click access to essential statistics and trends.

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Netherland CIC to acquire major eBooks collection on ScienceDirect platform - 27 Jan 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) has agreed to acquire the complete ScienceDirect eBooks collections for 2008, 2009 and 2010. Libraries and patrons in CIC member institutions will now be able to access over 1,300 titles across 18 science, technical and medical subject areas.

CIC member institutions include Indiana University, Michigan State University, Northwestern University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, University of Illinois, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. By providing access to the ScienceDirect eBooks collection, member patrons will gain access to the library as well as a powerful search and browse capability. Users will also be able to access instant links to relevant journal articles and innovative knowledge discovery features such as the NextBio Ontology-based semantic search tool.

CIC chose to acquire the eBooks collections based on evidence gathered from increasing patron adoption of retrospective content from the HathiTrust Digital Archive as well as robust uptake of current publisher content from a variety of sources. A careful analysis of current ebook usage among consortium member institutions was conducted last year, and participating schools found that when they worked together to make a critical mass of content accessible, it was immediately noticed and used by faculty and students.

Later this year, ScienceDirect will partner with selected libraries from CIC to conduct joint usage studies to better understand the value of these ebooks in driving world-class research, teaching and learning. Findings from this study will be shared with the global library and research community.

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India Dear Subscriber - 27 Jan 2010

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US EBSCO to hold Open Days interactive forum from March 2010 - 27 Jan 2010

Information services provider EBSCO, US, is celebrating its fourth year of sponsoring Open Days. The programme is aimed to bring together people involved in the information supply chain and provide a convenient and beneficial open communication platform throughout major cities in Europe. This year, the series will be held from March to June with the theme ‘Building the Library of the Future’. It is expected to help library directors, librarians, academic information managers, e-resources managers, serials and e-books acquisition specialists as well as corporate information professionals come together to discuss a variety of topics. These include industry trends, experiences and best practices, and products and services.

Over the past 10 years, the role of librarians is seen to have changed and deeply evolved. They have had to reposition themselves in order to survive in this ever-changing environment. They also have to provide support, training and add value for users, who are increasingly ‘Google savvy’ and are able to independently carry out their own research, without fully realising the unlimited value of a library collection.

Most recently, in addition to carrying out their main role and providing support and training, librarians also have to become contract/licence managers and marketing executives. EBSCO seeks to assist librarians in this new approach, by providing them with consultative services and the latest library solutions, including its newest products: EBSCONET ERM Essentials and EBSCO Discovery Service.

The Open Day series offers the opportunity to make contacts within a single day. Publishers get exhibitor opportunities in which to share their e-content product information with attendees. In this context, EBSCO will offer numerous meeting, seminar and workshop options to help create an open forum among information services professionals.

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UK JISC announces JISC Conference 2010 blog competition - 27 Jan 2010

The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), UK, has announced a blog competition for the education community. As part of the JISC Conference 2010, JISC is asking teachers, learners and researchers to share their experiences of technology around the event theme: ‘technology – at the heart of education and research’.

Entrants should write a blog post or produce a short video explaining how important technology is to their work in education and research. All entrants will receive reciprocal links to their blogs from the JISC website, with a chance to be part of the selected entries in a JISC publication on the topic. The overall winner of the competition will receive a flip camera, presented to them at the JISC Conference 2010, scheduled for April 12-13, 2010, at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London. The deadline for entries is February 19, 2010.

The competition will be judged by Michelle Pauli, deputy editor of Guardian.co.uk books section and editor of the conference blog; conference keynote speaker Bill St Arnaud, chief research officer at Canada's Advanced Internet Development Organization; and John Traxler, professor of mobile learning and director of the Learning Lab at the University of Wolverhampton.

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US Russia’s research output second lowest among ‘BRIC’ group of nations, says report - 27 Jan 2010

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has released a study according to which Russia’s research output experienced a steady decline over the past 10 years and is now the second lowest among the ‘BRIC’ group of nations.

The study, The New Geography of Science: Research and Collaboration in Russia, found that after reaching a peak in 1994 of just over 29,000 papers, output in Russia declined over the next decade to reach a low of 22,000 in 2006. A review of literature over a recent five-year period shows Russia produced about 127,000 papers in all fields of science, accounting for 2.6 percent of the world’s papers published in journals indexed by Thomson Reuters. This is more than Brazil but less than India and far less than China. On a worldwide basis, Russia’s output was less than Australia and Canada and only slightly more than the Netherlands.

The study is part of the Global Research Report series from Thomson Reuters that illustrates the changing landscape and dynamics of scientific research around the world. It draws on data found in Web of Science, available on the Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge platform.

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German Springer to publish International Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems Research - 27 Jan 2010

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced that it will publish the journal International Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems Research, effective January 2010. The journal is the official publication of ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) Japan. First launched by ITS Japan as the International Journal of ITS Research in 2003, the journal will now be published in electronic format, available on www.springerlink.com. Masao Kuwahara of the University of Tokyo is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.

The International Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems Research claims to be the only international platform to foster wide-ranging discussion across disciplines by bringing together a broad-based audience for solutions-oriented information and discussion. The journal publishes original research and survey papers. It serves a multi-disciplinary set of researchers and specialists in fields ranging from transportation, electrical, mechanical, and traffic engineering, as well as in policy planning, economics, and psychology. It reaches across disciplines to find solutions to the difficult issues surrounding future transportation systems and their impact on society.

The journal will be published three times a year. Cross Reference Linking and alert services will be fully implemented for the journal.

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US US Copyright Office adopts interim regulation on online-only deposits - 27 Jan 2010

The US’ Copyright Office is adopting an interim regulation governing mandatory deposit of electronic works published in the US and available only online. The regulation establishes that online-only works (those without a physical version) are exempt from mandatory deposit until a demand for deposit of copies or phonorecords of such works is issued by the Copyright Office. It also states that categories of online-only works subject to demand will first be identified in the regulations, and names electronic serials as the first category for which demands will issue.

In addition, the regulation sets forth the process for issuing and responding to a demand for deposit; amends the definition of a ‘complete copy’ of a work for purposes of mandatory deposit of online-only works; and establishes best edition criteria for electronic serials available only online. This interim regulation is effective from February 24, 2010.

Further comment on its implementation will be sought later in 2010.

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India Dear Subscriber - 26 Jan 2010

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US Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and Laerdal Medical partner to develop nursing skill simulations - 26 Jan 2010

Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced a partnership with Laerdal Medical. Under the deal, Lippincott’s print and online nursing content will be integrated with Laerdal’s state-of-the-art simulators and superior simulation programmes.

Practicing nurses and nursing students will now gain access to real-world clinical simulation packages that will advance their technical skills and critical thinking abilities. The Lippincott/Laerdal simulators will enable nursing students to experience real-world scenarios that correspond to their nursing courses, strengthen skills, and build critical thinking competencies. Practicing nurses will reinforce their knowledge base with clinical scenarios that correspond with their specialty.

The first product will be a Medical-Surgical Nursing simulation package that provides clinical scenarios using web-based content from the 12th edition of Brunner & Suddarth’s Textbook of Medical–Surgical Nursing; Lippincott’s Nursing Advisor, an online reference program with more than 2100 evidence-based, quick access entries on diseases, diagnostic tests, drugs, treatments, and nursing care plans; and Lippincott’s Procedures and Skills, an online program with more than 900 step-by-step, evidence-based nursing procedures and skills and over 1200 full colour images and videos.

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UK Macmillan Education Group selects Semantico for online English learning products - 26 Jan 2010

Teaching and school curriculum materials publisher Macmillan Education Group, US, has announced that it will implement the Semantico Access Management System (SAMS) across its industry-leading range of English teaching materials and e-learning products. SAMS provides a flexible and sophisticated approach that can integrate simply with third-party systems to control access, subscriptions, reporting and contact information across multiple product sites. It supports up-to-date, and industry-standard, authentication mechanisms and reporting features such as support for Shibboleth 2.0 and COUNTER-compliant statistics respectively.

SAMS will enable Macmillan Education Group to manage users and subscriptions from a single place through a self-service web interface. This provides a more consistent access authentication model to end users across all online product lines covered by Macmillan Education Group, including Macmillan English Campus. It will also enable the business to handle hundreds of thousands of customer logins and transactions each year with plenty of room for further growth when required.

SAMS offers Macmillan Education Group a scalable, enterprise access management system with a proven track record of managing subscriptions for leading academic and educational publishers. It is an essential component of a flexible system enabling publishers to meet existing and emerging customer requirements for online publications. The broad range of access and business model support enables publishers to maximise the value of their online content.

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US McGraw-Hill Education's 2010 Science Symposium to examine critical K-12 issues - 26 Jan 2010

Education materials publisher McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced that its Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Learning Solutions Center is bringing together a group of top science educators at the University of Michigan-Dearborn for a two-day symposium. The event ‘2010 Science Symposium’ is scheduled for January 29-30, 2010.

The event will address some of the most important issues in K-12 science education including the power of technology in the classroom and how school districts can incorporate new and emerging technologies in their instruction. These issues, which are at the forefront of the Obama administration's Educate to Innovate STEM initiative, are part of McGraw-Hill Education's larger efforts to help increase students' interest and achievement in science and math, provide them with digital learning solutions and enhance their ability to compete in today's global economy.

Featured guest speakers include, among others, Dr. Richard H. Moyer, author and professor of science education and natural sciences at the University of Michigan, and Dr. JoAnne Vasquez, a member of the National Science Board and past president of the National Science Teachers Association.

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US National Library of Medicine launches Emergency Access Initiative - 26 Jan 2010

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) in partnership with members of the Professional & Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers have announced the availability of free full-text articles from over 200 biomedical journals and over 30 select reference books for libraries and hospitals affected by the earthquake in Haiti. The collection is also intended for healthcare personnel responding to the disaster.

The Emergency Access Initiative collection is a combination of common biomedical journal titles and reference books, and also emergency medicine related titles. The Emergency Access Initiative serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster.

The literature is being provided as part of the Emergency Access Initiative – a collaborative partnership between NLM, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text articles and select reference books to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. While the project was established to assist libraries affected by disasters in the US, NLM and the publishers are activating the Emergency Access Initiative in light of the medical disaster unfolding in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti.

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UK Oxford Journals and IDSA announce new publishing partnership - 26 Jan 2010

Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University Press, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) have announced a new publishing partnership. Under the deal, Oxford Journals will publish the latter’s journals, Clinical Infectious Diseases (CID) and The Journal of Infectious Diseases (JID), beginning January 1, 2011. IDSA's twice monthly publications will join Oxford Journals' medicine collection, which includes complementary titles in the field of infectious diseases, as well as with OUP's clinical book publishing programme.

Clinical Infectious Diseases publishes articles on infectious diseases, microbiology, hospital infections, public health, and HIV/AIDS. In 2009 this journal was named one of the ‘100 Most Influential Journals in Biology and Medicine of the past 100 years’ by the Special Libraries Association.

Founded in 1904, the Journal of Infectious Diseases predates the Society's formation in 1963 and is the premier publication for original research on the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases; on the microbes that cause them; and on disorders of host immune mechanisms.

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US Portico digital repository certified as trustworthy digital repository by CRL - 26 Jan 2010

Non-profit electronic archiving service provider Portico, US, has announced that the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) has certified the Portico digital repository as a trustworthy digital repository. Portico claims to be the first digital preservation service to undergo this independent audit and the only service to be certified at this time.

The nine-month audit process confirmed that the majority of Portico’s practices conform to the Trustworthy Repositories Audit and Certification Checklist (TRAC) and other metrics developed by CRL through its analyses of digital repositories. It also identified several areas for continued improvement as well as ways in which Portico can enhance the service for CRL member libraries as well as others.

Portico preserves scholarly literature published in electronic form and ensures that these materials remain accessible to future scholars, researchers, and students.

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US AAP to hold Professional & Scholarly Publishing Division’s annual meet in Feb 2010 - 25 Jan 2010

The Professional & Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP), US, has announced that the 2010 PSP Division Annual Conference, ‘The New Reality: Disruption, Innovation, Relevance’ will begin with a plenary session on ‘Policy and Market Challenges – Critical Issues for 21st Century Publishers.’ The session will bring together a number of policy experts from the publishing industry to outline the major issues facing content owners today, and discuss the business implications of these proposals, should they become law. The conference is scheduled for February 3-5, 2010, at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. According to AAP, conference registration fee for 2010 is the lowest in five years.

Keynote speaker, James J. O’Donnell, Provost at Georgetown University Press will discuss changes in the industry. Additional plenary sessions include an Oxford-style debate of the proposition, ‘Current US Copyright Law Excessively Restrains the Development of Intellectual Property.’ The audience will be polled in real time (via mobile texting) in advance and upon completion to determine which team has prevailed.

Social Media has been in the consumer space for more than a decade fundamentally shifting the way people discover, read and share news, information and content. More recently there has been a surge in social media sites targeting the STM community. The Social Media and Scientific Research session will explore the benefits of social media for researchers, the elements needed to engage communities and the implications and challenges for publishers.

Concurent sessions include: Social Marketing 101; What Riches to be Gained from Enriching Content?; Retail Now Lead the Digital Way; Publishing Model Innovation: The Author Pays Model; and How Technology Is Influencing Traditional Publishing.

The Pre-Conference seminar ‘The Culture of Free: Publishing in an Era of Changing Expectations,’ scheduled for February 3, 2010, will discuss a variety of issues. These include the culture of free-from-copyright vs. fair use; publishers and authors rights vs. consumer rights; and the shifting paradigm of business models of content distribution. The seminar will present speakers and panels from both inside and outside the industry to explore the general question of ‘how do we compete with free’.

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UK British Library Preservation Advisory Centre and DPC sign MoU to build digital preservation skills - 25 Jan 2010

The British Library Preservation Advisory Centre and the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) have signed a new memorandum of understanding.

Both organisations seek to promote a culture of shared responsibility for and understanding of digital content amongst those caring for library and archive materials. Focussing on training and skills development, the first joint initiative will be an event on the preservation of digital objects aimed at librarians, archivists and technical staff involved in the creation and care of digital content.

The British Library Preservation Advisory Centre supports the preservation of library and archive collections of all types through the provision of preservation management tools, training and information services. The Digital Preservation Coalition was established in 2001 to foster joint action to address the urgent challenges of securing the preservation of digital resources in the UK. Established as a not-for-profit membership organisation the coalition provides a mechanism by which members can work together to realise the opportunities of long term access.

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US Cornell University Library seeks financial support for online scientific repository - 25 Jan 2010

Cornell University Library, one of the leading academic research libraries in the US, is broadening the funding base for its online scientific repository, arXiv. Nearly 600,000 e-prints - research articles published online in physics, mathematics, statistics, computer science and related disciplines - now reside in arXiv, which claims to be an open information source for hundreds of thousands of scientific researchers.

arXiv will remain free for readers and submitters, but the Library has established a voluntary, collaborative business model to engage institutions that benefit most from arXiv. The 200 institutions that use arXiv most heavily account for more than 75 percent of institutional downloads. Cornell is now asking these institutions for financial support in the form of annual contributions. Most of the top 25 institutions have already committed to helping arXiv. Institutions that have already pledged support include California Institute of Technology; University of California, Berkeley, University of Cambridge (UK), CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research (Switzerland), CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France), Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Max Planck Society (Germany), among others.

The proposed funding model is viewed as a short-term strategy, and the Library is actively seeking input on a long-term solution. Currently, Cornell University Library supports the operating costs of arXiv, which are comparable to the costs of the university's collection budget for physics and astronomy. As one of the most influential innovations in scholarly communications since the advent of the Internet, arXiv's original dissemination model represented the first significant means to provide expedited access to scientific research well ahead of formal publication.

Researchers upload their own articles to arXiv, and they are usually made available to the public the next day. arXiv, founded by physics professor Paul Ginsparg, has about 400,000 users and serves more than 2.5 million article downloads per month.

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UK Curtis project on future of academic libraries gets funding from UK bodies - 25 Jan 2010

The British Library, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), Research Information Network (RIN), Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) are funding a project called ‘Academic libraries of the future’. The 18-month project is being undertaken by Curtis+Cartwright Consulting Ltd.

The funding for the project comes as part of a joint initiative to explore future scenarios for academic libraries and information services, particularly in the context of a rapidly-changing environment. It will help higher education institutions and organisations look at the challenges faced from a fresh focus and formulate strategies to ensure the sector continues to be a leading global force.

The project will explore queries such as - how will UK higher education be funded and operated in the long term future? What will be the information needs of users?

Factors such as the digital revolution, the knowledge economy, students and researchers as ‘consumers’ and the global economic crisis, are all transforming the landscape, it has been observed. Developing and implementing business strategies over a three- to five-year timescale is now commonplace in higher education. Looking beyond this horizon (over 10-20 years) is less common, and more challenging - but to improve decision-making and plan effectively for the future, this longer-term time scale must be considered, it has been noted.

A series of workshops will be held during 2010-2011 with the aim of imagining and describing possible futures for libraries. They will bring together a wide range of stakeholders, including institutional senior managers, librarians, funders, students, researchers, suppliers, technologists and legal specialists.

The first two workshops are taking place in February and March 2010 to scope out the broad global environment and consider possible futures for higher education and the information needs of users within these scenarios. These will be followed by smaller focused workshops during the summer of 2010 to gain a more in-depth analysis.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 25 Jan 2010

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Kent Anderson (Lifelines and Funeral Rites in the Publishing World); Larry Vingelman (EBook Publishing Growth – Myth or Reality!); John F Schneider (A Treatise On The Future of Publishing); and Mike Shatzkin (Apple’s disruption of the ebook market has nothing to do with the tablet). A service of Knowledgespeak.com, Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here

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US NLM’ new Mobile MedlinePlus to meet health information needs of users on the go - 25 Jan 2010

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institutes of Health, an agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services, has launched Mobile Medline Plus to meet health Information needs of users on the go. Mobile Medline Plus builds on the NLM's MedlinePlus Internet service, which provides authoritative consumer health information to over 10 million visitors every month.

The mobile Internet audience is growing rapidly, almost doubling from February 2007 to February 2009. Experts predict that within the next five years, more people will connect to the Internet via mobile devices than via desktop or laptop computers. It has been observed that people use their mobile devices to accomplish a variety of tasks, including finding health information. NLM therefore developed the mobile version of MedlinePlus to bring high-quality health information to users on the go.

Mobile MedlinePlus is available in English and Spanish and includes a subset of content from the full web site. It includes summaries for over 800 diseases, wellness topics, the latest health news, an illustrated medical encyclopaedia, and information on prescription and over-the-counter medications.

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US SAGE and Histochemical Society announce publishing partnership - 25 Jan 2010

Academic publisher SAGE has announced a partnership with The Histochemical Society (HCS). Under the deal, SAGE will publish the latter’s official journal, the Journal of Histochemistry & Cytochemistry, beginning with volume 59 in 2011. Dr. John R. Couchman, the Danish National Research Foundation Professor at the University of Copenhagen, will assume the Editor-in-Chief position of the journal.

The Journal of Histochemistry & Cytochemistry publishes significant advances in visual techniques that provide biochemical and molecular information about the structure and function of cells, tissues, and organs. In addition to novel primary data papers, timely review articles on all aspects of cell biology are encouraged.

The journal emphasises microscopic analyses of cells and tissues but encourages submissions in which histochemical and cytochemical techniques are complemented by modern genetic, molecular and biochemical approaches.

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US San Juan Regional Medical selects WK Health’ ProVation Software for procedure documentation and coding - 25 Jan 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that San Juan Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) has selected its ProVation MD software for Gastroenterology and Cardiology. San Juan Regional Medical Center is a 260-bed community hospital that is Joint Commission accredited and a designated Level 3 trauma center. ProVation MD for procedure documentation and coding compliance replaces dictation/transcription and streamlines the coding and billing process.

ProVation MD for Gastroenterology offers robust electronic documentation and document imaging for all elements of the patient encounter, from past records to procedure documentation to follow-up care. The software leads clinicians through the procedure documentation process quickly and automatically with intuitive navigation and provides tracking and analysis that supports pay for performance, quality indicators and other reporting initiatives.

Unlike Cardiovascular Information Systems (CVIS), which collect patient measurements and administrative data, ProVation MD for Cardiology lets clinicians quickly and completely document medical procedures at the point of care, then applies the appropriate reimbursement codes to drive compliance and revenue recovery. The software interfaces with cardiovascular nursing, imaging and measurement systems to complete the electronic documentation process and free busy cardiologists and technologists from time-consuming dictation.

ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment through electronic procedure documentation. ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate decision support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

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US Social science and humanities publishers post revenue growth despite odds: report - 25 Jan 2010

Media industry forecast and analysis firm Simba Information has released a report that says the market for social science and humanities publishing has managed to grow over the past year. This is in spite of challenges from disruptive technologies, an uncertain future for its traditional publishing model and a titanic global recession.

According to the report, ‘Social Science and Humanities Publishing 2009-2010’, the sector saw a 1.6 percent growth in total sales to $2.4 billion in 2009. Poor economic conditions in the US hurt book sales and put publishers' recurring journal subscription revenue in question as library budgets tightened.

It has been observed that social science and humanities publishers often take a back seat to the scientific, technical and medical (STM) publishing sector. This is because revenue is tied to scholarly monographs with niche appeal, and these journals mostly don't attract the commercial interest of their STM counterparts. Still many small commercial publishers specialising in social science and humanities sustain levels of profit sufficient to satisfy their investors.

These presses confront substantial challenges, but also encounter significant opportunities, it has been noted. Advanced software and techniques for composition, cheaper digitisation and file storage mechanisms, sophisticated online content management systems, and short-run and print-on-demand services help presses lower costs for new publications and support their backlist titles. Similarly, the growth of the web, discovery tools such as search engines, and the opening of new distribution channels such as Amazon.com have made it possible to reach new markets beyond university libraries.

To exploit these opportunities, social science and humanities publishers must make strategic investments in existing and emerging forms of publication; continuously review their more specialised processes; and make technical and other investments wherever possible to reduce costs. In addition, presses need to form strategic alliances among themselves to strengthen and improve the publishing services they provide to the scholarly community.

The report seeks to provide an overview and financial outlook for the global social science and humanities publishing markets based on specific research and analysis of the leading competitors' performance. The research was conducted in conjunction with a larger study of the overall market for professional publishing. The market for social sciences and humanities are divided into four content delivery channels: books, journals, online services (including abstracting and indexing) and other, a category that includes audio, video and CD-ROM information.

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UK British Library, HEPI commission study on UK postgraduate education - 22 Jan 2010

The British Library and Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) have commissioned a study into postgraduate education. Emerging findings focus on current numbers of students, profiles and trends, regional disparities and costs and benefits. Updating an earlier study produced in 2004, it is expected to provide vital information in support of the Government's current review of postgraduate education. The report can be found online at www.bl.uk/news/pgreport and www.hepi.ac.uk

The findings of the 'Postgraduate Education in the United Kingdom' study are projected to provide an overview of the current trends, issues and challenges facing the postgraduate sector. The growth of the international postgraduate community and increase in women undertaking postgraduate study are seen to demonstrate the leading role the UK is playing in the sector. This is helping to create an international market place for research students who collaborate to contribute hugely to the UK's research output, knowledge economy, innovation and economic advancement, it has been observed. However, the report also raises issues and challenges that the academic community faces - such as rising fees, number of UK domiciled postgraduates and salary premiums.

Over 270,000 students enrolled for postgraduate courses in 2007-08, with the sector seeing growth of 27 percent in masters' degrees and 9 percent in doctoral degrees. These domestic growth rates, however, are much lower than those of students from overseas, and now 50 percent of masters' students and 44% of doctoral students are international students. While this recognises the strength of the UK's research base, it also demonstrates the need to encourage more UK based students to undertake postgraduate study in the nation, says the study.

With more women than men, amongst UK-domiciled students, undertaking postgraduate study, these figures highlight the increasing accessibility of UK academia. Further, with science subjects such as engineering and technology, biosciences and physical sciences dominating the postgraduate arena, this reflects the support provided by Research Councils and other institutions.

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India Dear Subscriber - 22 Jan 2010

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UK First NPG issue of Polymer Journal now live on nature.com - 22 Jan 2010

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, has announced that the first issue of Polymer Journal on nature.com is now live. The journal is the official publication of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan (SPSJ). SPSJ claims to be the world's largest polymer science society.

The January 2010 issue is the first to be co-published by NPG, and showcases the journal's redesign, including a new-look cover, new website, and new graphical table of contents. Polymer Journal is a significant addition to the program of partnerships between NPG Nature Asia-Pacific and key scientific and clinical organisations across the Asia-Pacific region. It represents the first academic journal for NPG in the physical sciences and chemistry, not just for the Asia-Pacific programme but worldwide.

Published in English since 1970, 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.

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France French publishers’ association making fresh objections to Google settlement - 22 Jan 2010

The French Publishers Association (Syndicat National de l'Edition, SNE), has endorsed about 10 pages of objections to the second draft of a settlement between Google and American publishers and authors.

The objections, to be sent to Judge Denny Chin before January 28, are reportedly different from those of the first draft agreement. Some French publishers will also send their own individual objections. The first draft of the Settlement was discarded after the US Department of Justice raised objections to it.

SNE representatives have stated that new legislation would be required to extend France's fixed book price Lang Law, 1981, to digital books. While the Competition Authority has recently said that regulating a non-existent market is uncalled for, SNE members have expressed hope that the government would expedite the issue.

Google reached the settlement in 2008 with authors and publishers, over a copyright infringement suit they filed against the search services company in 2005. Under the settlement, Google agreed to pay $125 million to resolve outstanding claims and establish an independent Book Rights Registry. The registry provides revenue from sales and advertising to authors and publishers who agree to digitise their books.

Publishers and authors have been upset with Google posting extracts of their books online without fairly compensating them. In December 2009, a French court ordered Google to pay more than €300,000 in damages and interest and to stop digital reproduction of the material. As part of the ruling, the company was also ordered to pay €10,000 a day in fines until it removes extracts of some French books from its online database.

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UK Informa Healthcare names new editor-in-chief for Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs - 22 Jan 2010

Medical scientific publisher Informa Healthcare, UK, has announced the appointment of Dr Sandy Weinberg as the new editor-in-chief of Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs. Dr Weinberg’s career activities span both the biological science industry and the business development arena, where he launched a biotech company and worked with the FDA and other regulatory agencies to speed the development and control of the regulation of biologics.

Dr Weinberg is the author of sixteen books on biomedical regulation, validation, and vaccine development. He is also the author of two newsletters – ‘Early Warning’ and ‘Advanced Notice’ and has served as a consultant to a host of international regulatory agencies and industrial organisations.

Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs is a peer-reviewed international journal whose primary aim is the dissemination of knowledge about the issues and challenges of clinical research, with a special emphasis on the design, conduct, analysis, synthesis, history, ethics, regulation, and clinical and policy aspects of drug development. The journal is committed to the communication of original, scientific, and statistically significant results that pertain to advancements in clinical research and regulatory approaches appropriate for advancing drug development.

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UK JISC invites experts to contribute to international survey on orphan works - 22 Jan 2010

The UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) is calling on experts who create and curate digital content from public sector organisations across Europe to contribute to JISC’s international survey on ‘orphan works’ called ‘In from the Cold Europa 2010’.

There are millions of so-called ‘orphan works’ which risk becoming invisible because rights holders are not known or easy to trace. The survey, commissioned by the JISC-led Strategic Content Alliance in conjunction with the Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER), the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) and the Wellcome Trust, will focus on this topic.

The survey aims to establish how much time, effort and money is spent on orphan works across Europe by people working in the public sector and to find out the effect orphan works have on cultural heritage preservation at an international level. Organisations such as universities, archives, libraries, museums, health services and public service broadcasters are invited to participate. Although no particular technical knowledge is required, the survey does ask participants to fill in relatively detailed information about the collections (digital and analogue) held or licensed by an organisation.

In May 2009 over 500 organisations took part in the UK only orphan works online questionnaire which showed that rich primary resources are being ‘warehoused’ at public expense – with little or no prospect of them being delivered online to the public without additional costs and/or risks being imposed on the public purse.

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US Quertle announces content expansion - 22 Jan 2010

Biomedical search engine Quertle has expanded the content covered by its innovative, free website, www.quertle.info, for searching the biomedical, life science, and chemical literature. With this release, Quertle adds full-text scientific whitepapers and research posters to the PubMed and full-text journals already in place.

In addition, through a partnership with FierceMarkets - the publisher of FierceBiotech, FiercePharma, and FierceBiotech Research - Quertle has incorporated current news articles to enable researchers to find announcements of critical discoveries and industry activities in advance of published results. FierceMarkets provides information and marketing services in the Telecommunications, Life Sciences, Healthcare, IT, and Finance industries through its portfolio of e-mail newsletters, Web sites, webinars, and live events. The company’s wide array of publications reaches more than 800,000 executives in over 100 countries.

Quertle uses advanced linguistic methods to find critical assertions within the literature, thereby focusing search results on the most meaningful documents. This relationship-driven searching, coupled with an easy to use interface - including filtering by automatically extracted key concepts- has made Quertle an important tool for biomedical researchers.

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US Scholarly Publishers urge Administration not to impose access mandates - 22 Jan 2010

The Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and DC Principles Coalition for Free Access to Science expressed their concerns in a letter to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The letter was submitted in response to a December 9, 2009, OSTP request for comments on ‘Public Access Policies for Science and Technology Funding Agencies Across the Federal Government.’

Scholarly and scientific journal publishers called on the Administration to adopt a collaborative approach to the development of a federal policy to expand public access to scientific information. They encouraged the Administration to avoid adopting policies that would damage the very institutions that researchers, the public and government itself rely on to peer review, publish, disseminate and preserve scientific information.

Among the proposals under evaluation is executive branch action that would direct agencies to post articles online that have already undergone peer review and other significant improvements by publishers. A mandatory policy would undermine essential intellectual property protections and blunt the ability of publishers to recover the considerable costs associated with creating journals, disseminating scientific information, building and maintaining digital platforms, managing and preserving the scientific record and coordinating the peer review process. It would artificially force a shift of those costs from users who subscribe to journals to authors, who would increasingly be called on to fund the cost of publishing their articles.

Scholarly societies, non-profit and commercial publishers are opposed to the approach taken by the National Institutes of Health in 2008, which mandated access to the post-peer reviewed articles. Publishers are concerned that inflexible, government-mandated solutions will undermine the substantial contribution the private sector makes to science through its management of the complex process that fuels millions of peer-reviewed journal articles every year.

The full text of the letter is available at http://www.pspcentral.org/OSTP.cfm

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US Thomson Reuters announces Micromedex 2.0 for Web and mobile access to Micromedex content - 22 Jan 2010

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that Micromedex 2.0, the new web-based version of its market-leading clinical information system, is now available to current and new customers. Micromedex 2.0 gives clinicians direct web and mobile access to Micromedex content through a new user interface that combines enhanced search with user-based interface design to simplify and enhance the way they use referential information.

Pharmacists, nurses, and physicians in more than 3,500 hospitals in 83 countries use Micromedex for evidence-based information on drugs, disease management, toxicology, neonatal dosing, and alternative medicines as well as patient education material. Micromedex 2.0 was designed to help clinicians make better use of this wealth of information. New features include an interface based on clinician workflow patterns, enhanced search capabilities, special tabs for high-usage tools, and compatibility with iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry smartphones, and other mobile devices.

New search functionality allows for multi-term search, predictive text, synonyms and suggestions for alternate spellings. Highly used features — such as dosing calculators, Trissel’s 2 IV compatibility, drug identification, and drug interaction checking — have been pulled into separate tabs so they can be accessed and used quickly. Micromedex 2.0 also simplifies how clinicians see results. The new 360-degree view of results provides a complete picture of all available information about a drug or condition on a single screen — including drug summaries, images, consults, comparative efficacy information, labeled and off-label indications, treatment options, and more.

The Micromedex 2.0 is available at no additional charge for existing Micromedex customers.

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US BioMed responds to US policy forum on public access to federally funded research - 21 Jan 2010

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has submitted its contribution to the US Office of Science and Technology Policy request for contributions to its Policy Forum on Public Access to Federally Funded Research.

According to BioMed Central, the success of its open access (OA) journals proves that immediate OA to the official and authoritative version of published research results is not only desirable but also achievable and sustainable.

The success of the OA model is especially notable given that, until recently, in contrast to the substantial library budgets devoted to subscriptions to serials, there has been little funding explicitly allocated by academic institutions to cover OA publication fees. Authors have therefore had to make direct use of their research grant funding in order to publish in OA journals. The Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity is seen to be an important recent initiative, involving Harvard and other leading research universities, which seeks to address this disparity by providing central institutional funding support for OA journals. This can be expected to add to the already considerable momentum driving the growth of the OA publishing model.

BioMed Central supports both the goal of OA and the goal of ensuring that the value added by publishers is properly recompensed. In contrast to some of the contributors, the publisher states that there is no need to ‘balance’ these two goals as they are not in opposition.

As noted by other participants in this debate, the benefits resulting to the scientific community from OA to research are substantial, BioMed has stated. What may be less obvious is that OA need not threaten the role of STM publishers. The OA publishing model, in which publishers are paid directly for the service of publication, is proving in practice to be just as viable a business model as the traditional model - whereby publishers recover the costs associated with publication by taking exclusive rights and then selling access via subscriptions.

Given that there is a viable business model for publishing scholarly research that does not depend on restricting access, BioMed feels no need for the US government to arbitrarily limit the extent and reach of its OA deposit requirements attached to its research funding. It recommends that the mandatory Public Access Policy which has operated successfully with respect to National Institutes of Health funding since 2008, be extended to cover all federally funded research. Also, it proposes that consideration is given, over time, to reducing or eliminating the 12 month embargo period, because this embargo period covers the very period during which the results of research are most timely and valuable. Gradual reduction of the embargo period would provide a natural mechanism to encourage publishers to adopt business models compatible with open access, while avoiding disruptive upheaval.

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India Dear Subscriber - 21 Jan 2010

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UK JISC TechDis launches new tool to improve internet accessibility - 21 Jan 2010

Educational advisory service JISC TechDis, UK, has announced the beta release of a new internet browser tool that seeks to make information on the web more accessible for everyone, especially disabled users.

The JISC TechDis toolbar has been created in partnership with the University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science. The free application, released as a beta version, provides a range of editing and speech tools to enable internet users to better access information and interact with web pages. This is particularly useful for researchers and learners to complete research and gather information for their studies.

Features such as the text to speech function, where users can have either the whole page or highlighted text read out loud, have been designed to support partially sighted users to enable quicker and easier access to what they need. The toolbar also provides a simple way to adjust the magnification or font used on web pages in order to make it easier to read.

Users can now browse a web page or search for what they are looking for without having to read through the entire text. This can then be collated and exported to a Word document or notepad. Editing tools such as spell check, dictionary, and font and style formatting can also be selected and applied when working within an interactive web resource such as a blog or social media site.

The toolbar can be accessed using a ‘favourites folder’ and applied to individual websites (Lite version), or downloaded onto a PC or Mac to be applied to all web pages accessed. It is designed to work with all operating systems and browsers, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

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UK Maney acquires healthcare titles from Henry Stewart Publications - 21 Jan 2010

Academic publisher Maney Publishing, UK, has announced that it has acquired three quarterly healthcare journals from Henry Stewart Publications, an international publisher of peer-reviewed, professional and academic journals. The journals - Journal of Care Services Management, Journal of Management and Marketing in Healthcare and Journal of Communication in Healthcare - together establish a decisive publishing commitment to research and best practice in management and communication for health service providers.

Journal of Care Services Management serves all those directly involved in or concerned with the management and delivery of care homes and care services, at a strategic and senior level. The journal publishes detailed, authoritative briefings, analysis, case studies, research and reviews by leading experts and practitioners in the field, to keep subscribers up to date with the latest developments and thinking in care services and care home management.

Journal of Management & Marketing in Healthcare claims to be an indispensable resource for all those directly involved in, or concerned with, the organisation, delivery, management and marketing of healthcare services, at a strategic and operational level. The journal publishes original, forward-looking papers describing the strategies, concepts and processes of direct and indirect concern to healthcare managers and marketers. Each article is subjected to double-blind peer review to ensure it is both rigorous and addresses and satisfies the practical needs and concerns of healthcare managers and marketers.

Journal of Communication in Healthcare is the major professional journal publishing peer-reviewed articles on how to improve communication in all aspects of healthcare delivery, health promotion and the healthcare business. The journal highlights the role of effective communication in patient care, managing healthcare organisations and the healthcare business, and seeks to advance understanding of how communication techniques are used and their impact measured in practice.

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US OSA set to launch new journal on biomedical optics and photonics - 21 Jan 2010

The Optical Society of America (OSA) is set to launch a new journal focusing on biomedical optics and photonics. The journal, Biomedical Optics Express, is slated for launch this fall. Joseph A. Izatt, professor of biomedical engineering at Duke University, will serve as the editor-in-chief.

Biomedical Optics Express will become OSA’s principal outlet for serving the biomedical optics community with rapid, open-access publication of content related to optics, photonics and imaging in the life sciences. The journal will join OSA’s portfolio of 12 peer-reviewed optics journals.

Many features of the new journal will mirror those of the pioneering and successful OSA publication, Optics Express, including rapid, online open-access publication and availability of free colour figures, movies, animations, and live reference links. Additional new features of particular interest to biomedical authors will include interactive science publishing (ISP) capability for online visualisation of large datasets, and automated submission of published articles to PubMed Central to assist authors funded by the US National Institutes of Health in complying with federal open-access requirements.

The journal scope encompasses theoretical modeling and simulations, technology development, biomedical studies and clinical applications. Topics will include tissue optics and spectroscopy, laser interactions with and manipulation of molecules, cells and tissues, novel microscopies, optical coherence tomography, diffuse optical tomography, photoacoustic and multimodal imaging, molecular imaging and therapies, as well as developments in nanophotonic biosensing, optical biophysics/photobiology, microfluidic optical devices, and vision research.

Submissions will be accepted beginning in April. Guidelines for authors, manuscript templates and submission instructions will be posted online in the coming weeks.

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UK ProQuest unveils online community for atmospheric scientists - 21 Jan 2010

Information resources and technologies provider ProQuest, UK, has launched a new online community, AtmosPeer, designed specifically for researchers, scholars, librarians and students in the atmospheric science community. AtmosPeer (www.atmospeer.net) seeks to connect atmospheric scientists to not only their colleagues, but also to emerging research trends, current news feeds, conference information, and funding opportunities. It is a free service from ProQuest that was developed in partnership with AMS, the Atmospheric Science Librarians International and the Conference Exchange.

Created in close cooperation with the atmospheric science community, AtmosPeer is projected to offer a tailored research environment for scientists in the field. It seeks to allow scholars to identify peers doing similar research and creates a simple method for document sharing and collaboration. Users can create discussion topics and share ideas and best practices in a community forum. To help users stay current on the latest developments in the field, AtmosPeer acts as a central source of community news from such websites as American Meteorological Society, UCAR, Royal Meteorological Society, Scientific American, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Background on current and upcoming conferences is easily accessible for quick reference and abstracts from emerging research can be searched and explored. Further, relevant articles from AMS publications can be quickly surfaced with a unique deep indexing tool that uncovers data and findings not only in the text, but in the tables and figures, too. The site also allows a quick, simple search of material that has been presented at conferences in the atmospheric sciences, specifically by linking to the content stored at The Conference Exchange, an AtmosPeer partner.

AtmosPeer was designed with an advisory group that includes AMS, Environment Canada, Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Center for Atmospheric Research and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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UK SAGE and Index on Censorship launch new award for international publishing - 21 Jan 2010

Academic publisher SAGE and Index on Censorship, Britain’s leading organisation promoting freedom of expression, have announced a new award that will recognise the significant contribution made by the publishing industry to promoting freedom of expression. The SAGE International Publishing Award will be presented at the 10th annual Index of Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards, scheduled for March 25, 2010.

The award will recognise the role of the publisher in facilitating diverse and extreme points of view through both print and online publications. The Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards are featured by the BBC, major national newspapers, and national radio, as well as internationally, giving publishers a major opportunity to profile their work.

Nominations for the SAGE International Publishing Award are invited now. The deadline for entries is 4 p.m. January 29, 2010.

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US West Georgia Health System to implement WK Health’s ProVation Order Sets - 21 Jan 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that West Georgia Health System (WGHS) has selected ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support, to automate the creation, deployment and maintenance of order sets solutions at West Georgia Medical Center. The 276-bed West Georgia Medical Center has been serving the citizens of LaGrange and Troup counties for more than 60 years and is one of only 211 designated rural referral centers in the nation.

ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support, is an easily customisable order set authoring and management solution that provides flexible integration into clinical processes to streamline the delivery of standardised care for improved patient safety, outcomes, clinician performance and regulatory compliance. Built upon ProVation Medical’s clinician-designed technology platform, ProVation Order Sets offer automatic linking to the superior clinical decision support content of UpToDate, the resource of choice for more than 360,000 clinicians.

UpToDate covers more than 7,700 topics in 15 medical specialties and includes more than 80,000 pages of text and graphics, as well as links to Medline abstracts, more than 260,000 references and a drug database. Content is continuously reviewed and updated by physician editors and authors.

In addition to integrated links to UpToDate and other trusted sources of medical evidence, ProVation Order Sets offer the flexibility to link additional clinical resources based upon client needs and preferences. Further, to help facilities achieve the highest possible degree of automation, ProVation Order Sets feature vendor-neutral mapping and export capabilities that allow for flexible integration into any facility or vendor EMR or CPOE system.

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UK ALPSP responds to OSTP Public Access Policy consultation - 20 Jan 2010

The Association of Learning and Professional Society Publishing (ALPSP) has submitted its response to the Public Access Policy consultation carried out by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). OSTP, part of the Executive Office of the President in the US government, is seeking public input on access to publicly-funded research results, such as those that appear in academic and scholarly journal articles.

Currently, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) require that research funded by its grants be made available to the public online at no charge within 12 months of publication. The Administration is seeking views as to whether this policy should be extended to other science agencies and, if so, how it should be implemented.

ALPSP believes that publishers should be allowed to control their own business models without the government expropriation of value added by private organisations. The Association encourages additional research to assess the level of demand and purpose of access to the peer-reviewed literature by researchers and the public so that the most appropriate and cost-effective solution can be found. It suggests that the US should instigate a large-scale, cooperative research study involving relevant stakeholders (similar to the PEER project in Europe) to gather evidence to inform OSTP policy in this area.

ALPSP asserts that the system of peer-reviewed journals greatly assists research efficiency and suggests that Federal agencies work with publishers to find acceptable policies for public access that do not have a deleterious impact on publishers' ability to add this value. Further, it states that publishers should determine if and when versions of the article to which they have added value should be made freely available, depending on the needs of different research disciplines.

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UK Cambridge, Williams F1 win award for Formula One-based educational software - 20 Jan 2010

Cambridge University Press and Williams F1 have been jointly recognised with BETT Awards, an industry award for excellence in ICT in education. The duo bagged the award for the curriculum software product, Race to Learn. The product, which uses Formula One as a point of engagement for primary school children, provides cross-curricular learning for Year 5 & 6 pupils through 12 half-days of teaching in many subject areas. It uses a range of multimedia content including real Formula One footage to promote individual and group working.

Winning the 2010 BETT Award for Primary Digital Content, Race to Learn was reportedly commended by the judges for ‘superb activities that are highly engaging for children.’ ‘With helpful teacher introduction and age-appropriate activities, Race to Learn is a well thought through support for cross-curricular learning,’ it was observed.

Designed for interactive whiteboards, Race to Learn seeks to cover key curriculum topics – science, maths, literacy, geography, PSHE, design & technology, physical education – with each one linked to the relevant National Curriculum/Framework objectives.

The pilot of Race to Learn was carried out at Oakdale Junior School in Redbridge. According to the company, the pupils felt the product’s greatest merit was its ability to engage all students, both high achievers and reluctant learners alike.

Race to Learn, launched in September 2009 for UK primary schools, has been licensed by the London Grid for Learning for online delivery to 2,000 primary schools across the capital. Cambridge University Press and Williams F1 are now expanding the project overseas with foreign language versions currently in development.

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US Credo Reference adds Hodder Education titles to Credo collection - 20 Jan 2010

Online reference library Credo Reference, US, has signed an agreement with Hodder Education to incorporate three major subject references into the Credo collection. These will be the first Hodder Education titles licensed to Credo.

Hodder Education publishes for the educational market at all levels. It claims to be the second largest publisher for secondary and further education in the UK and is also a major publisher of higher education and health sciences textbooks and reference works. The three titles that will be added to Credo Reference’s collection of over 440 titles are: Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Psychology, The Essentials of Philosophy and Ethics and The Essentials of Global Politics.

Credo Reference has been offering completely customisable reference collections for libraries since 2002. Credo’s General Reference and Specialist Reference services combine extensive content from multiple publishers with unique cross-referencing technology, effortlessly delivering authoritative answers to millions of researchers worldwide.

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India Dear Subscriber - 20 Jan 2010

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UK Future Science to publish bioenergy journal - Biofuels - 20 Jan 2010

Publisher Future Science, UK, has announced the launch of a new journal – Biofuels. The journal is the first of a new range of environmental science titles published by Future Science. Yusuf Christi of Massey University, New Zealand, and Timothy Donohue from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, US, will serve as Senior Editors. They will be supported by a team of two Associate Editors, together with an Advisory Panel of more than thirty international experts.

Biofuels is a peer-reviewed journal that seeks to provide a forum for all stakeholders in the bioenergy sector. The journal will feature original research, review articles, commentaries, news and much more, with a view to establishing an international forum for biofuel research and communication.

Biofuels research is progressing at an unprecedented rate, with the development of new feedstocks and improvements in production processes providing the key to the transformation of biomass into a global energy resource. Published on a bimonthly basis, Biofuels will report key developments and place these advances in context during this evolution. The launch issue contents can be viewed at http://www.future-science.com/loi/bfs.

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US IEEE launches smart grid Web portal - 20 Jan 2010

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), US, has launched the IEEE Smart Grid Web portal (http://smartgrid.ieee.org), an integrated gateway to Smart Grid intelligence, education and news from IEEE and other expert sources. The Web Portal is designed for manufacturers, policymakers, educators, academics, governments, engineers, computer scientists, researchers and other stakeholders in the power and energy, information technology (IT), and communications industries.

The term ‘Smart Grid’ refers to a next-generation electrical power system that is typified by the increased use of communications and information technology in the generation, delivery and consumption of electrical energy. The IEEE Smart Grid Web Portal is the first phase of IEEE Smart Grid, created to bring together the Institute's broad array of resources to provide expertise and guidance for those involved in Smart Grid worldwide.

The new IEEE Smart Grid initiative will organise, coordinate, leverage and build upon the strength of various entities within and outside of IEEE with Smart Grid expertise and interest. The societies within the IEEE help guide the evolution toward the Smart Grid, by holding several events, publications and standards within their area of focus. On the IEEE Smart Grid Web portal all these activities and assets converge into a single place where users can explore and understand all the different and particular aspects of the Smart Grid, and how they are connected to the overarching Smart Grid framework.

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UK JISC study moots pooling of business information to boost innovation - 20 Jan 2010

The UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) has published a report, which says sharing business information more effectively - particularly through colleges, universities and reference libraries - could help recession-hit companies out of crisis and stimulate innovation. The JISC report, undertaken by the British Library Research Service, states that libraries may not be an obvious source for all start-ups and small businesses but the business information they hold can help organisations plan their growth and development; make funding applications; get hold of up-to-date statistics and legal advice; and research new developments. These are seen as essentially key information to help them thrive.

JISC and the British Library are calling for an integrated service model with universities, colleges and public libraries working in partnership to help businesses obtain the information and knowledge they need. Entrepreneurs, business owners, leaders of community, cultural and charity organisations could all benefit if a more coordinated approach was adopted. For instance, an online hub could enable small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and others to access the full range of resources. Universities and colleges are ideally placed to help turn information into serviceable knowledge.

Higher and further education institutions are seen to possess a rich range of knowledge and expertise resources. There is an opportunity for them to take a leading role in enabling improved access to this knowledge and expertise as well as the supporting information services, to enhance innovation. Working in partnership with public libraries and other agencies, institutions can play a key part in a structured service model which offers tailored support and guidance for business sustainability and development.

Building on good practice, and combining a mixture of online resources and physical support, the study calls on publishers to investigate the opportunity to sell packages of data through an online hub within the proposed integrated service model.

JISC is to fund demonstrator projects exploring how universities can help facilitate the flow of information and knowledge resources to a much wider community, under a new call on access to resources.

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US Skyscape launches mobile clinical decision application on Google Android OS - 20 Jan 2010

Mobile medical references provider Skyscape, US, has launched a mobile clinical decision application on the Google Android operating system. Skyscape’s medical resources are now available on most smart phone devices, allowing medical professionals to easily download the latest medical information.

The technology produced by Skyscape gives medical practitioners access to up-to-date clinical information on their mobile devices, allowing them to spend more time treating patients and less time rummaging through volumes of research. The application also allows them to treat patients in a variety of settings and locations, without being tied to a computer. With the Android operating system, all of the medical information needed to quickly and accurately diagnose and treat a patient is available on the same mobile device.

With the expansion of the Skyscape system onto the Android operating system, Skyscape claims to have become the first mobile clinical decision support provider to offer its application on all major mobile carriers. In addition to their current iPhone enabled application, the Skyscape programme will now be available on a number of Android OS enabled phones, including the HTC Touch, the Zii Trinity, Samsung Behold, G2, G3, G4, MyTouch, and DROID.

Widespread access to up-to-the-minute medical information is transforming the way physicians are able to treat patients around the globe. Wireless handheld devices such as Blackberry, iPhone and PDA are being projected as an ideal platform for mobile learning and reference, particularly in medical education and practice. Earlier last month, US-based healthcare knowledge management solutions provider Unbound Medicine announced the launch of Evidence Central, an integrated evidence-based solution, with content from its partner, Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Evidence Central supports effective medical practice through delivery of the latest research and guidelines to mobile devices and the web.

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US ARL, others publish comments to FCC on preserving openness of Internet - 19 Jan 2010

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), EDUCAUSE, Internet2, NYSERNet and ACUTA have published comments, welcoming an initiative to preserve the openness of the Internet. The comments are part of a joint filing to the US’ Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the Net Neutrality proceedings.

The non-profit organisations ARL, EDUCAUSE and Internet2 have expressed support for the codification of the six principles outlined in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). They have also urged the FCC to adopt clear, enforceable rules to preserve the openness of the Internet as soon as possible. ARL and EDUCAUSE - both members of the Open Internet Coalition – have also endorsed the Coalition’s comments in this proceeding.

According to the organisations, research libraries and higher education institutions rely on an open Internet to collaborate and to obtain important services and content from outside sources. It is expected that neutrality rules would preserve the benefits that flow from the Internet’s open, democratic nature. By keeping broadband providers from raising artificial price barriers and stifling open debate, Net neutrality would preserve the principles that have made the Internet a competitive market for ideas as well as goods and services.

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US Atypon to power Oldenbourg’s new publishing platform - 19 Jan 2010

Information services provider Atypon Systems, Inc., US, has announced that academic publisher Oldenbourg Verlagsgruppe, Germany, is using Atypon's software to power its just-launched publishing platform for its journals and books.

The Oldenbourg Verlagsgruppe, which includes its subsidiary Akademie Verlag, publishes 40 journals and more than 400 new books each year, the latter of which are being made available in digital format for the first time. In addition, more than 3,000 backlist titles are in the process of being digitised.

The new platform (www.oldenbourg-link.com), which is hosted by Atypon, is available in English and in German. It provides a host of capabilities to librarians and researchers, including the ability to download e-book MARC records for integration with library cataloguing systems.

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India Dear Subscriber - 19 Jan 2010

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UK Eleven millionth record uploaded on Inspec database - 19 Jan 2010

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced that its bibliographic database, Inspec, has uploaded the 11 millionth record. Research into cognitive radio networks was the 11 millionth record on the Inspec database, following swiftly on from the addition of the 10 millionth record in 2009.

Established in 1969, Inspec celebrated 40 years of innovative approaches to engineering and scientific research in 2009. The multi-disciplinary database covers significant research and development literature in the fields of physics, electronics, communications, electrical engineering, control engineering, information technology, and the applications of computers to a wide variety of disciplines. The database continues to grow with abstracts of over 4,000 journal titles, 2,700 conference proceedings, numerous books, technical reports, and dissertations added annually. Around 700,000 records are added annually.

The 11 millionth record is an IEEE conference paper given at the 9th International Symposium on Communications and Information Technology. The research, entitled ‘A novel non-cooperative power control game for cognitive radio networks,’ is from the Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications and Inha University in South Korea, and examines developments cognitive radio networks.

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UK Online drug discovery database ChEMBLdb launched with half a million compounds - 19 Jan 2010

ChEMBLdb, an online database of information on the properties and activities of drugs and drug-like small molecules and their targets, has been launched. The database, which contains information on over half a million compounds, is hosted by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory's European Bioinformatics Institute. It was transferred from biotech firm Galapagos NV in July 2008 through a £4.7 million Strategic Award from the Wellcome Trust.

ChEMBLdb is positioned as a unique resource because of its focus on drug discovery and its size. Information on an additional 100,000 compounds has been added to the database for its launch, taking the number of small molecules to over 520,000. It now contains over 2.4 million records of their effects on biological systems. The data include information about how small molecules bind to their targets, how these compounds affect cells and whole organisms, and information on the molecules' absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion and toxicity.

The human genome sequence provided a molecular 'parts list' for a human being, comprising all the genes and proteins that are encoded by our genetic blueprint. In order to develop new medicines, it is important to catalogue how each of these 'parts' interacts with drugs and drug-like molecules. ChEMBLdb seeks to bring together information from the interface of the genome with chemistry into a set of 'chemogenomic' databases. These databases can be used to help determine whether a particular molecule has the right properties to make an effective drug.

The launch of ChEMBLdb is accompanied by the release of Kinase SARfari, an integrated resource of sequence, compound and screening data from a variety of sources for the protein kinases, a key family for drug discovery.

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Singapore Research Publishing launches new journal focusing on environment and disaster related issues in Asia - 19 Jan 2010

STM publisher Research Publishing Services, Singapore, has announced the launch of its first journal – Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management (AJEDM). The journal claims to be the first journal focusing on environment and disaster related issues in the Asian region. Asia, being the center of urban growth in the last few decades, has also created severe environmental problems, and is prone to different types of natural disasters.

Prof. Rajib Shaw from Kyoto University, Japan, and Prof. R. R. Krishnamurthy from University of Madras, India, serve as the chief editors of the journal. The editorial board includes leading experts in environmental and disaster management.

Published twice a year, this journal provides a forum to communicate research findings, not only through academic research, but also incorporating field based action research. It will have wider authors and readers, which will include the research and academic community, non-government organisations, policy makers and international organisations. The print version of this journal will be released during the AUEDM workshop to be held at Bangkok during February 22–24, 2010. The first issue of this journal is now available online at: http://rpsonline.com.sg/journals/101-ajedm/2009/0101/1010101-toc.html

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US Serials Solutions announces new features to Summon web-scale discovery service - 19 Jan 2010

E-Resource Access and Management Services (ERAMS) provider Serials Solutions, US, celebrated the first anniversary of its Summon web-scale discovery service market launch by announcing the latest in a series of new features being added over recent months. New local language interfaces now support Japanese, Chinese and Western European languages and are expected to fuel further international growth. Also, users will get even more research help in their results set with database recommendations and ‘cited by’ counts from ISI Web of Science.

The Summon service captured the library market’s attention when it announced that it could create a simple entry to the breadth of a library’s collection. Integrating all formats – including e-resources at the article level – in a single search box, the service creates a search experience with the familiarity of those found on the Open Web. Now in use at dozens of universities across three continents, the Summon service continues to be the only available web-scale discovery service, according to the company. Built from the ground-up and based on extensive end-user research, the service’s every element was designed to bring students and faculty back to the library as the starting point for research, rather than the Open Web.

At the core of the Summon service is a mega-index that pre-harvests content in a rapid, multi-threaded ingest process. Launched with key partners ProQuest, Gale and 40 other publishers, the service’s content providers list now exceeds 6,000 and includes Ingram Digital, LexisNexis, IngentaConnect, ThomsonReuters, ABC-CLIO, Springer, Taylor& Francis, MLA, SAGE and thousands of others. Half a billion records have been indexed from nearly 100,000 journals.

The Summon service’s comprehensive coverage has been a key consideration for libraries evaluating the service. Grand Valley State University, the first Summon site to go live – compared the Summon list of covered titles with actual usage of the library’s subscribed content. Results revealed an average of more than 99 percent coverage.

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German Springer to publish Chinese Journal of Polymer Science - 19 Jan 2010

STM publisher Springer, Germany, will publish the Chinese Journal of Polymer Science (CJPS), starting January 2010. The journal is the official publication of the Chinese Chemical Society and the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The journal joins Springer’s Chinese Library of Science, a collection of about 90 English-language research journals from China. It will be available in print and electronically on www.springerlink.com.

A peer-reviewed bi-monthly journal, CJPS publishes original research ideas and results in the field of polymer science. The issues comprise regular papers, rapid communications and notes, as well as feature articles. The journal reflects the new achievements obtained in various laboratories in China, but also includes papers submitted by scientists from the international community.

CJPS is one of the leading English-language polymer journals in China. The journal is edited by a distinguished editorial board headed by Professor Fo-Song Wang, the Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and is supported by an advisory board made up of accomplished polymer scientists from all over the world. The journal was first published in 1983 under the title Polymer Communications and changed its name to CJPS in 1985.

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UK Cambridge Imaging Systems in deal with British Library to build moving image archive - 18 Jan 2010

Cambridge Imaging Systems has announced a deal to supply the British Library with an advanced digital archive management system, known as Box of Broadcasts or simply ‘BoB'.

The British Library contains over 150 million items including a moving image collection of around 40,000 titles. As part of the Library's extensive plans to improve digital access, the Library has brought in Cambridge Imaging Systems to provide the digital video management technology required to host selected digital video files from the archives and to record, store, describe, locate and deliver access within the Library to television and radio news programmes.

Cambridge Imaging Systems' Box of Broadcasts package is an advanced off-air recording system which has been developed over a number of years. BoB is capable of capturing tens of thousands of hours of television and radio content per year from many channels and distributing that content to many users via the computer's normal web browser. The system also enables users to search for archived material using a variety of search criteria.

The British Library project will extend the functionality and scalability of BoB by integration with Imagen2, the latest edition of Cambridge Imaging Systems Media Asset Management and Digital Workflow Manager.

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US EBSCO unveils ERM Essentials, an electronic resource management tool for libraries - 18 Jan 2010

Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing, US, has announced the release of ERM Essentials, an electronic resource management (ERM) solution that seeks to help libraries manage e-resources.

According to the company, the system features auto-population of holdings and data, making a highly effective ERM solution. The Digital Library Federation’s Electronic Resource Management Initiative (ERMI) has reportedly influenced the development of ERM Essentials. However, EBSCO has stated that its role as part of the “e” supply chain would allow ERM Essentials to go beyond the offerings of other ERM systems.

EBSCO claims to provide all the features one would expect from a comprehensive ERM system in a single, centralised source where data is readily available for complete e-collections management. This includes key services like simple searching and browsing of the library’s e-collection and orders, workflow management via reminders and tasks, management of trials and renewals, and the ability to gather data for analysing and evaluating holdings.

According to the company, ERM Essentials differs from other ERM systems due to its integration with EBSCO’s subscription management tools and services. The combination is projected to result in a powerful e-resource solution for libraries. ERM Essentials can automatically update holdings and coverage for a library’s e-resources plus auto-populate approximately 100 data elements pertaining to a library’s e-journals and e-packages. This in turn is expected to simplify the management of licence details, access information and other order-specific information.

ERM Essentials is designed to work directly ‘out of the box’ with very little start-up effort. It is claimed to offer true integration, sharing the EBSCO Integrated Knowledge Base with EBSCONET, EBSCO A-to-Z, LinkSource, EBSCOhost Integrated Search (EHIS) and EBSCOhost databases with SmartLinks linking technology. Resources that are purchased through EBSCO are automatically updated in the EBSCO Integrated Knowledge Base, which means multiple systems are updated once, saving time and resources on the library end.

The new product is expected to evolve with libraries’ evolving needs for e-resource management. A usage consolidation module is in development and additional releases to ERM Essentials are planned for enhanced workflow management and consortia management.

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US JSTOR now indexed in WorldCat.org - 18 Jan 2010

Authenticated scholars and researchers with online access to full-text content in JSTOR can now locate and connect to articles through WorldCat.org. JSTOR is a preservation archive and research platform for the academic community.

Over 4.5 million JSTOR article-level records from more than 1,000 journals, selected monographs, and other scholarly content are now indexed in WorldCat.org, the Web destination for discovery of materials in libraries worldwide. JSTOR records are delivered in WorldCat.org search results. Scholars and researchers using WorldCat.org can now identify content in JSTOR and connect to the full-text using the authorisation provided by their library.

WorldCat.org is a Web destination with search and social networking features that allow information seekers to discover, localise, and personalise content from local collections and those of more than 10,000 WorldCat libraries worldwide. WorldCat.org indexing of JSTOR metadata helps researchers easily identify resources in the collection alongside other materials relevant to their work. An authorization is required for access to full-text materials in JSTOR.

WorldCat claims to be the world’s largest database of bibliographic information built continuously by libraries around the world since 1971. Each record in the WorldCat database contains a bibliographic description of a single item or work and a list of institutions that hold the item. The institutions share these records, using them to create local catalogs, arrange interlibrary loans and conduct reference work. There are now more than 165 million records in WorldCat spanning five millennia of recorded knowledge. Like the knowledge it describes, WorldCat grows steadily. Every second, OCLC and its member libraries add seven records to WorldCat.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 18 Jan 2010

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: David Crotty (Going Legit: The Difficult Path from Piracy to Partnership); Lydia Dishman (Why Even the Most Pirated E-Books of 2010 Won't Bring Down Publishing); Spero melior (Ontologies to facilitate revolution in scientific publishing); and Nicolas Gremion (The Greater Flexibility of Publishing With E-Books). A service of Knowledgespeak.com, Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here

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UK Maney Publishing launches open access model, MORE OpenChoice - 18 Jan 2010

Academic Publisher Maney Publishing, UK, has announced the launch of a new open access (OA) business model, MORE OpenChoice. Twenty-four materials science and engineering journals and fifteen health science titles are initially included in MORE OpenChoice, with the intention to expand this to humanities journals in the future.

MORE OpenChoice has been developed in response to the changing requirements of customers. It represents a new business model which will co-exist with Maney’s traditional subscription business in disciplines where funding agencies require their research work to be put in the public domain.

This is just one of several initiatives being introduced to ensure that Maney continues to attract the best research which when published achieves the maximum impact. MORE OpenChoice papers will provide additional momentum in optimising dissemination of, and access to, research in specific disciplines and in particular parts of the world.

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US Optical Society of America’ Optics Express named first SPARC Innovator of 2010 - 18 Jan 2010

Optical Society of America (OSA) has announced that its open-access journal Optics Express has been named the first SPARC Innovator of 2010.

Optics Express publishes original, peer-reviewed articles in all fields of optical science and technology twice a month – within an average of 47 days after article acceptance. The quick turnaround, along with creative ways to highlight content – such as electronic cover images for every issue and Focus issues – have made Optics Express a sought-after publishing destination for authors and a top journal in the field. The journal, now entering its second decade of publication, is consistently ranked among the top titles in its field. Following the success of Optics Express, this year the Society is rolling out three more publications that follow the same open-access business model.

The SPARC Innovator programme recognises advances in scholarly communication propelled by an individual, institution, or group. Typically, these advances exemplify SPARC principles by challenging the status quo in scholarly communication for the benefit of researchers, libraries, universities, and the public. SPARC Innovators are selected by the SPARC staff in consultation with the SPARC Steering Committee.

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UK STM states response to US Scholarly Publishing Roundtable Report - 18 Jan 2010

The International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) has applauded the efforts of the Scholarly Publishing Roundtable in seeking to establish broad stakeholder agreement and for involving leading researchers and incorporating their research in the Roundtable deliberations. The Scholarly Publishing Roundtable was set up in 2008 by the US House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology in collaboration with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

STM has stated its support for the general principles that the Roundtable has generated - the critical need for peer review, the importance of sustainable business models, the goal of widening access, and the move to improved utility and interoperability. The Association supports the recommendation that OSTP establish a public advisory committee on which interested parties, including STM publishers, are represented.

STM takes issue, however, with some of the other recommendations and goals expressed in the Report. While it supports US agencies in the development of public access policies to the results of research funded by those agencies, it does not agree that the scholarly articles arising from publisher investment and value add fall under this category. Government research grants currently cover the cost of the research only, and not the costs of publication, STM has stated.

Welcoming the consultation and collaboration that has occurred in the industry, STM believes the goal of US agencies in establishing a ‘global publishing system’ is redundant and wasteful and ignores the essentially international nature of STM publishing. According to the organisation, STM publishing has, without any government assistance anywhere in the world, enabled more access to more people than at any time in history.

STM supports the need for embargo periods if there is to be no compensation for the use of journal mediated content. There is, however, no evidence whatsoever to support the recommendation that embargo periods of 0-12 months could be adopted for ‘many sciences’ without problem. STM is leading a three-year experiment part‐funded by the European Commission (the PEER Project) to find out the effects of various embargo periods on journals. The Association strongly encourages such an evidence-based policy investigation in the US as well.

STM supports the recommendation that the final published article should be given primacy (the so called VoR or Version of Record) over the proliferation of other imperfect earlier versions. However, it is through this final version – and the creation and maintenance of their authoritative journals – that STM publishers provide significant added value, the Association has stated. To make final published articles (VoRs) free immediately upon publication must involve some mechanism of financial compensation, it has observed.

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UK UKSG / NISO release first KBART recommendations for improved OpenURL data supply - 18 Jan 2010

The UK Serials Group (UKSG) and the National Information Standards Organisation (NISO) have announced the first report by the KBART (Knowledge Bases And Related Tools) Working Group, a joint initiative that is exploring data problems within the OpenURL supply chain. The KBART Recommended Practice (NISO RP-9-2010) contains practical recommendations for the timely exchange of accurate metadata between content providers and knowledge base developers.

The KBART Recommended Practice, a report from Phase I of the KBART project, provides all parties in the information supply chain with straightforward guidance about the role of metadata within the OpenURL linking standard. The report recommends data formatting and exchange guidelines for publishers, aggregators, agents, technology vendors, and librarians to adhere to when exchanging information about their respective content holdings.

The KBART Working Group will shortly embark on the project's Phase II, which will build on the foundation phase to address more complex data issues, including different types of content, emerging business models, and customised licensing. The UKSG Committee and the NISO Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee are in the final stages of approval. Sarah Pearson, E-Resources & Serials Coordinator at the University of Birmingham, is taking on the role of UKSG co-chair for KBART’s Phase II.

KBART was set up following the 2007 publication of the UKSG research report ‘Link Resolvers and the Serials Supply Chain’. Central to the efficient operation of the OpenURL is the knowledge base, which consists of data supplied by content providers including publishers. The report found that a lack of awareness of the OpenURLs capabilities and requirements is impacting the quality and timeliness of data provided to populate knowledge bases, and thus undermining the potential of the sophisticated OpenURL technology.

UKSG partnered with NISO to commission the KBART Working Group to develop guidelines for best practice and provide educational materials. The core NISO/UKSG Working Group consists of representatives from libraries, knowledge base developers, publishers, intermediaries and other content providers, and is supported by a monitoring group of interested parties. Its Phase I report (KBART Recommended Practice (NISO RP-9-2010) and guidelines have been widely reviewed and tested by a wider group of information supply chain stakeholders.

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Canada CRKN concludes three-year license renewal deals with 14 scholarly publishers - 15 Jan 2010

The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) has announced the conclusion of three-year license renewals with 14 scholarly publishers, valued at about $140 million (CAD). These agreements follow an extended round of negotiations with publishers, aimed at providing CRKN's 73 university members with resources that foster innovative research and allow Canadian researchers to remain internationally competitive.

CRKN members have taken advantage of new flexibility offered in the renewal as multiple agreements have been unbundled by CRKN, allowing members to tailor their participation in each separate agreement. Members' return on investment is high through these agreements. A conservative estimate reflects savings of between 15 percent to over 50 percent within the national agreements compared to institutional prices for comparable content, representing savings of over $40 million over a three-year period. In addition, members derive value through superior price protection with caps on annual increases set below market norm, expanded usage terms through the CRKN model license agreement, and the most strategic influence with publishers regarding future services and developments.

The license renewals represent a diverse portfolio of content, and include science/technology/medical content as well as humanities and social sciences content, in diverse formats such as e-journals, databases, primary sources, newspapers and historical archives. These agreements leverage CRKN members' own institutional funds, and are not dependant on investments from external granting sources.

The CRKN is a partnership of Canadian universities, dedicated to expanding digital content for the academic research enterprise in Canada. Through the coordinated leadership of librarians, researchers, and administrators, CRKN undertakes large-scale content acquisition and licensing initiatives in order to build knowledge infrastructure and research capacity in 73 of Canada's universities.

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US De Gruyter and CiteULike partner with DeepDyve to make journals more widely accessible - 15 Jan 2010

Academic publisher De Gruyter, Germany, has announced that it is making more than 160,000 scholarly and professional journal articles available via DeepDyve, a company whose rental service for scientific research articles is designed to meet the needs of sophisticated professionals and consumers. Through DeepDyve, users will be able to rent the full-text of any article from De Gruyter's vast collection of humanities and natural sciences journals.

De Gruyter’s entire portfolio of journals will be available via DeepDyve beginning in March 2010. Users will have the option to rent individual articles for $0.99. The full text of rented articles can be read repeatedly for up to 24 hours. And for those users who want to rent a higher volume of articles or would like longer-term access to their articles, DeepDyve offers subscription plans. Those interested in DeepDyve’s subscription plans are encouraged to sign up for a free 2-week trial.

In a related announcement, DeepDyve announced a collaboration with CiteULike to deliver a superior way to easily and affordably share and read scholarly information on the Internet. CiteULike’s web-based service is widely used in academic and professional circles as a way to store, organise and share scholarly papers. Through its partnership with DeepDyve, CiteULike now offers its users a simple way to rent and read the journal articles they discover.

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India Dear Subscriber - 15 Jan 2010

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Netherland Elsevier Foundation announces $600,000 in new grants for libraries worldwide - 15 Jan 2010

The Elsevier Foundation has announced the 2009 grant recipients, committing a total of $600,000 to 12 institutions from around the world to support the work of libraries and scholars in science, technology and medicine. The grant recipients were selected from 250 applicants worldwide for their innovation and potential for impact in the developing world, academic workplace and nursing community.

Six new grants have been awarded under the Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries programme. The recipients include institutions across Africa and Asia, and demonstrate how information resources can be used to address a variety of development issues – emergency management, the environment, boosting authorship and research skills and the distribution of clinical care information.

Within the New Scholars programme, the Elsevier Foundation has awarded four new grants to a range of international institutions. These have reportedly been pioneering new approaches to childcare, mentoring, networking, and policy advocacy in order to support scholars during the early stages of their demanding careers in science and technology.

An additional Elsevier Foundation grant has been awarded to the International Council on Nurses (ICN) and the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) to hold ‘The International Summit on Nurse Faculty Migration.’ The event is a three day 2010 policy summit on the economic and health ramifications nurse faculty migration has had on both developing and developed countries. The summit will purportedly host 30 internationally recognised global nurse leaders who will commit to using the outcomes from the summit to advance the issue at the global level; consult with local entities on implementation; and coordinate and disseminate the results of local initiatives.

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UK Emerald offers pay-per-view access for eBook Series - 15 Jan 2010

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited, UK, has announced that pay-per-view access is now available for its eBook Series. Non-subscribers can now select only the specific chapters that they need to consult. Emerald offers two eBook Series Collections - The Business, Management and Economics collection and the Social Sciences Collection.

The Business, Management and Economics collection includes 380 volumes across 65 series titles. It covers 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, adding over 180 volumes across 37 series titles.

Emerald publishes over 700 titles, comprising 200 journals, over 300 books and more than 200 book series as well as an extensive range of online products and services. Emerald is both COUNTER and TRANSFER compliant. The organisation is a partner of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and also works with Portico and the LOCKSS initiative for digital archive preservation.

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Israel Ex Libris announces beta launch of Primo Central - 15 Jan 2010

Library solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced the launch of Primo Central for beta testing at 14 partner institutions. When searching in their institution’s Primo interface, users in partner libraries will have seamless access to the Primo Central mega-aggregate of scholarly e-content.

Primo Central is a centralised index consisting of data harvested from primary and secondary publishers and aggregators. With Primo Central, users simultaneously search locally managed collections and global e-content and receive search results that are blended into a single relevance-ranked list. Libraries can tailor the relevance ranking to ensure appropriate emphasis on their local collections. Ex Libris provides Primo Central as a service, in a cloud computing environment.

With Primo, libraries can choose to independently harvest licensed resources and add the harvested data to their local Primo index. The product relieves libraries of this task. The power of Primo Central, with its millions of scholarly resources, is available to all Primo users.

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US JBC to change publishing policies, eliminate submission fees for authors - 15 Jan 2010

The editors of the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC) are unveiling this week a number of changes to the journal's publishing policies. The changes are seen to be in response to the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of biological research. According to the editors, the changes are expected to help the journal better meet the evolving needs of the scientific community.

In an editorial in this week's issue of the JBC the editors announced the journal's new mission statement and laid out changes to how manuscripts are judged by peer review. They also reported that the journal's submission fees have been eliminated to expedite the submission process and hold down costs to authors.

JBC was established in 1905. Its founders set out to publish ‘anything of a chemical nature’ in the whole field of biology, whether this touches the plant or animal kingdom. In the decades since, the journal has embraced papers that provide clear ‘mechanistic insight’ into any molecular process. It accepted papers which not only reported that a molecular process occurred but how or why it occurred.

Now, JBC editors are broadening their definition of ‘mechanism,’ in light of research being done in new, still-developing fields that, while molecular in the level of analysis, has not yet reached the stage at which it provides the level of detailed mechanistic information expected in more established research areas.

The journal's table of contents will reflect all areas of biology that can be studied at a molecular level. In addition, articles may appear under more than one category. This will reportedly make finding relevant articles easier for readers and will increase authors' visibility.

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UK Nature Publishing Group and ADMC launch new OA journal - Cell Death & Disease - 15 Jan 2010

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, and the Associazione Differenziamento e Morte Cellulare (ADMC) have announced the launch of a new open access journal - Cell Death & Disease. Published by NPG the ADMC, the journal explores the area of cell death from a translational medicine perspective.

Cell Death & Disease is devoted to the biology of cell death in the pathogenesis of human diseases or relevant animal models. The journal will publish articles weekly as they are ready; offering authors a rapid decision and publication service. All articles are freely available online immediately on publication, published under Creative Commons licenses. An article-processing charge of $3,000 is levied per article accepted for publication. The journal is live at www.nature.com/cddis. More than 20 articles have already been accepted, many of which will be online in the journal's first week of publication.

Cell Death & Disease is NPG's second open access journal. Molecular Systems Biology, launched in 2005, is published by NPG in partnership with the European Molecular Biology Organization. In addition, NPG offers open access options on 15 of its academic and society journals. In April 2010, the publisher will introduce Nature Communications, the first Nature-branded online-only journal with an open access option.

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US Annual Reviews announces new collection of economics journals - 14 Jan 2010

Nonprofit publisher Annual Reviews, US, has announced its new collection of economics journals. The new journals are: Annual Review of Economics, Annual Review of Financial Economics and Annual Review of Resource Economics.

The new titles summarise developments in their respective fields and reflect the advancement of economics as a critical scientific discipline. The journals are edited by leading economists Tim Bresnahan (Stanford), Andrew Lo (MIT), Gordon Rausser (UC Berkeley) and Nobel prize winners Kenneth Arrow (Stanford) and Robert Merton (Harvard Business School).

Since 1932, Annual Reviews has offered comprehensive, timely collections of critical reviews written by leading scientists. It seeks to provide the worldwide scientific community with a useful and intelligent synthesis of the primary research literature for a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines. Annual Reviews volumes are published each year for 40 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Physical, and Social Sciences.

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UK BioMed Central names Bob Schatz as North American Sales Manager - 14 Jan 2010

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced the appointment of Bob Schatz as its North American Sales Manager.

Schatz comes to BioMed Central with over thirty years of experience across the wider library community. He has served in senior roles for the Academic Book Center, WH Everett & Sons, Franklin Book Company, and Coutts Information Services. In his new position, Schatz will be responsible to develop and expand BioMed Central’s successful institutional membership scheme in the US and Canada.

According to BioMed Central, interest in its membership packages is growing rapidly and many opportunities now exist for partnerships and relationships with academic institutes, libraries and societies alike. BioMed Central membership allows institutions to encourage open access publication by providing central funding to offset open access publication fees for their researchers.

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India Dear Subscriber - 14 Jan 2010

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US Elsevier to sponsor Genomic and Personalized Medicine Conference - 14 Jan 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that the Genomic and Personalized Medicine Conference will be held from May 16-18, 2010, in Arlington, VA, US. The event, supported by medical journal The Lancet, is being organised in association with the book ‘Genomic and Personalized Medicine’ by Huntington Willard and Geoffrey Ginsburg.

The conference is expected to serve the needs of a wide group of stakeholders - practicing physicians, physician-scientists, industry leaders, policy makers, and other health care professionals and trainees at all levels. The event seeks to provide a venue for all those endeavoring to develop and advance the diverse and practical field of genomic and personalised medicine.

The topics that will be covered have been derived from the comprehensive, two-volume book ‘Genomic and Personalized Medicine’ published in 2009, and will provide in-depth coverage of the field of genomic and personalised medicine, including genomic and other technologies, state-of-the art of genetic and genomic discoveries for individual diseases and practical uses of genome-based information in clinical medicine. Delegates to this event will be offered a 25 percent reduction on the two-volume book.

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UK Emerald to showcase new online portal at ALA Midwinter 2010 - 14 Jan 2010

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited, UK, has announced that will introduce the improved interface, and search and browse functionality of its website at this year's ALA Midwinter Conference. The event is scheduled from January 15-18, 2010, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, Massachusetts.

On January 18, Paul Coyne, Principal Consultant and VP of Innovation at Emerald, will talk about QR (quick response) codes in publishing. The presentation will explore QR codes as a user-friendly and versatile breakthrough in technology and their future influence on the publishing industry.

In addition, the company will also display its extensive range of books as well as Emerald Management Plus, its new flagship collection of 212 scholarly journals from a range of 22 management disciplines.

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US Google may exit Chinese operations over attacks and govt. curbs - 14 Jan 2010

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has threatened to pull out operations in China citing massive cyber attacks on its computers and China’s efforts to ‘limit free speech on the web.’ The move, if pursued, would be a highly odd reprimand of China by one of the biggest technology companies, according to industry observers. Google has reportedly coveted China’s over 300 million web users for years now.

The company had launched Google.cn in January 2006 under an agreement with the government that purged its Chinese search results of banned topics. Since then, the company has come under fire for supporting a system that increasingly restricts what citizens can read online.

The cyberattacks, which took place last week, were directed at some 34 companies or entities, most of them in Silicon Valley, California. It is suspected that the attackers may have succeeded in breaking through elaborate computer security systems and obtaining crucial corporate data and software source codes. Google has, however, confirmed that it did not suffer losses of that kind.

The scope of the hacking and the reason and identities of the hackers remained uncertain. However, Google’s reaction amounted to an unambiguous repudiation of its own five-year courtship of the Chinese market, which major multinational companies consider key to their growth prospects. The company has said it would cease to run google.cn and would consider shutting its offices in China, if a new arrangement to provide uncensored results on its search site does not come through. The Google office in China employs some 700 people - many of them highly compensated software engineers - and has an estimated $300 million in annual revenue.

While Google’s business in China is currently small, it is estimated that the country could soon become one of the most lucrative Internet and mobile markets. A withdrawal could significantly reduce the company’s long-term growth.

Google has faced increasingly restrictions from the Chinese government over the past one year. In June 2009, the government forced the company to stop a function that lets the search engine suggest terms. The government had earlier blocked nationwide access to its main search engine and other services like Gmail.

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US International Journal of Astrobiology accepted into Thomson Reuters Citation Index - 14 Jan 2010

Academic publisher Cambridge University Press, US, has announced that the International Journal of Astrobiology has been accepted into the Thomson Reuters Citation Index.

Coverage started with the first issue of 2009, and the first (2011) Impact Factor will be published in 2012. The journal is included in the Astronomy & Astrophysics, Geosciences (Multidisciplinary), and Biology subject categories.

Launched in 2002, International Journal of Astrobiology provides an international peer-reviewed forum for practitioners in the interdisciplinary field of astrobiology. The journal publishes articles that encourage interaction between scientists world-wide from a diverse range of disciplines. Coverage includes cosmic prebiotic chemistry, planetary evolution, the search for planetary systems and habitable zones, extremophile biology and experimental simulation of extraterrestrial environments, Mars as an abode of life, life detection in our solar system and beyond, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, the history of the science of astrobiology, as well as societal and educational aspects of astrobiology.

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US Panel calls on US agencies to develop policies for better public access to research results - 14 Jan 2010

An expert panel of librarians, library scientists, publishers and university academic leaders has called on US federal agencies that fund research, to develop and implement a more robust scholarly publishing system. The policies ought to ensure free public access to the results of the research they fund ‘as soon as possible after those results have been published in a peer-reviewed journal’, the panel has said. The Scholarly Publishing Roundtable was convened last summer by the US House Committee on Science and Technology, in collaboration with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Policymakers asked the group to examine the current state of scholarly publishing and seek consensus recommendations for expanding public access to scholarly journal articles.

The various communities represented in the Roundtable have been working to develop recommendations that would improve public access without curtailing the ability of the scientific publishing industry to publish peer-reviewed scientific articles.

The Roundtable's recommendations, endorsed in full by a majority of the panel (12 out of 14 members), seek to balance the need for and potential of increased access to scholarly articles with the need to preserve the essential functions of the scholarly publishing enterprise, according to the report.

The Roundtable identified a set of principles viewed as essential to a robust scholarly publishing system, including the need to preserve peer review; the necessity of adaptable publishing business models; the benefits of broader public access; the importance of archiving; and the interoperability of online content.

Also, the group affirmed the high value of the ‘version of record’ for published articles and of all stakeholders' contributions to sustaining the best possible system of scholarly publishing during a time of tremendous change.

In issuing its report, the Roundtable urged all interested parties to move forward, beyond ‘the too-often acrimonious’ past debate over access issues towards a collaborative framework. Within the framework, federal funding agencies should be able to build an interdependent system of scholarly publishing that expands public access and enhances the broad, intelligent use of the results of federally-funded research.

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US ARL, partners receive grant to study value of academic libraries to students, faculty - 13 Jan 2010

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Libraries and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), has received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The funding will be used to study the value of academic libraries to students, faculty, policymakers and funders.

The three-year grant, entitled ‘Value, Outcomes, and Return on Investment of Academic Libraries (Lib-Value),’ will work to enrich, expand, test, and implement methodologies measuring the return on investment (ROI) in academic libraries.

Academic libraries actively participate in the many changes in scholarship, such as the move to e-science, collaborative and participatory scholarship, and focus on new materials such as data, multimedia, and born-digital assets. To remain relevant and central to the academic mission in the future, academic librarians need to be able to demonstrate the value that the academic library provides to the campus community using proven methods of measurement.

The results of the study will provide evidence and a set of tested methodologies and tools to help academic librarians demonstrate how the library provides value to its constituents and ROI to its funders; and to measure which products and services are of most value to enhancing the university’s mission. The project is expected to expand upon earlier studies to consider multiple measures of value that the academic library brings to teaching/learning, research, and social/professional/public engagement functions of the academic institution.

To ensure that the process will be rigorous, realistic and highly visible in the academic library and university community, an experienced team of academic librarians and researchers are projected to bring their leadership to the project. The project is also engaging an advisory committee of noted information science researchers.

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US Atypon to power next generation informaworld publishing platform - 13 Jan 2010

Information services provider Atypon Systems, Inc., US, has announced that academic publisher Taylor & Francis Group has selected its software to power the next generation of the informaworld publishing platform.

A division of Informa plc, Taylor & Francis Group includes such imprints as CRC Press, Psychology Press, and Routledge. It publishes more than 1,400 journals and 3,000 new books each year and maintains an e-book backlist of 25,000 titles and a print backlist of 50,000 titles.

Atypon will host the next-generation informaworld platform. According to Atypon, this is expected to bring in significant cost savings to the publisher. The platform will be fully integrated with Taylor & Francis’s internal systems, allowing for seamless identity and access management, commerce and more.

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US CABI Agricultural Collection now available via Credo Reference platform - 13 Jan 2010

Online reference library Credo Reference, US, has signed an agreement to launch a new Publisher Collection from CABI. A set of CABI’s reference resources will soon be added to the Credo Reference platform.

CABI is a non-profit international organisation that provides information to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. The CABI Agricultural Collection on Credo will include all of CABI’s key subject encyclopaedias and dictionaries devoted to the applied life sciences. They will be available by subscription or purchase on the Credo Reference platform. Planned titles for the collection include: The Encyclopedia of Farm Animal Nutrition; The Encyclopedia of Fruit & Nuts; The Encyclopedia of Seeds: Science, Technology and Uses; A Dictionary of Entomology; Dictionary of the Fungi, 10th Edition; Fungal Families of the World; and The Encyclopedia of Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare.

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, effortlessly delivering authoritative answers to millions of researchers worldwide.

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India Dear Subscriber - 13 Jan 2010

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US Industry veterans join Copyright Clearance Center Board of Directors - 13 Jan 2010

Copyright licensing solutions provider Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), US, has announced the election of Laura N. Gasaway and Tarja Koskinen-Olsson to its Board of Directors.

Gasaway is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law. She teaches courses in Copyright Law and Cyberspace Law in the Law School and Copyright Law for Librarians in the School of Information and Library Science. Additionally, she is past president of the American Association of Law Libraries, a Fellow of the Special Libraries Association and has served on and chaired various committees of both associations, including their Copyright Committees.

Koskinen-Olsson works as an international advisor on intellectual property issues, with rights management as a special focus. She served as President of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO) from 1993 to 1999 and then as Honorary President from 2001 to 2009. In 2006, Koskinen-Olsson was elected a Member of the High Level Expert Group on Digital Libraries, a flagship initiative of the European Commission. Today, she lectures extensively at various training programmes organised by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and local organisers, such as the Patent and Registration Office in Sweden, the Norwegian Copyright Development Association (NORCODE), the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and the Organisation Africaine de la Propriete Intellectuelle (OAPI).

Copyright Clearance Center provides innovative licensing solutions for the seamless sharing of knowledge. The company’s licensing services, combined with its Web-based applications and tools, allow corporations, universities, law firms and government agencies to use and share published information with ease.

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US Mosby holds conference for nursing educators to update tech and curricula - 13 Jan 2010

Mosby, the medical reference arm of STM publisher Elsevier, has announced that its Faculty Development Institute conference, held January 3-5, 2010, brought together nursing educators from across the US with industry leaders. The three-day educational conference sought to address challenges in the nursing industry from a variety of perspectives.

The Mosby meet is designed for both new nurse educators and veteran nurse faculty. More than 450 attendees from 47 states had the opportunity to collaborate with other industry professionals on a range of topics including legal issues, teaching strategies, simulation and virtual experiences.

The event sought to focus on not only introducing new technology to nurse educators but aiding them in integrating it into their existing curricula. The Institute’s main conference breakout session included virtual clinical experiences, integrating simulation throughout the curriculum and using new aspects of technology in the classroom. By simulating real-world situations, attendees aided each other by sharing everyday tips, tools and techniques for better teaching outcomes.

Mosby has been holding the annual conference over the past 20 years.

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US Portico to preserve OA content from BioMed Central - 13 Jan 2010

Non-profit electronic archiving service provider Portico, US, has announced that it will preserve BioMed Central's entire collection of 60,000 open access online articles and all newly published articles going forward. With the inclusion of all articles from BioMed Central's 205 online journals, over 10,700 e-journals, including over 400 open access journals, and 34,000 e-books from 91 publishers have now been entrusted to the Portico archive.

Open access publisher BioMed Central, a unit of Springer Science + Business Media, will participate in Portico under the journal archive license agreement already in place between Springer and Portico. With this initiative, Springer furthers its digital preservation strategy, which already includes participation in Portico since 2007 on behalf of 824 journals and, since 2009, on behalf of 21,000 e-books.

Launched in 2000 as an independent publishing house, BioMed Central provides free access to peer-reviewed research in the biomedical sciences. Acquired by Springer in October 2008, BioMed Central claims to be the largest open access provider in the world with 205 peer-reviewed open access journals.

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US SAGE expands list of titles offering open access through SAGE Open - 13 Jan 2010

Academic publisher SAGE has announced that it has extended the list of titles included in its SAGE Open initiative. Ninety SAGE journals will now offer open access through SAGE Open.

SAGE Open initiative is a hybrid open access publishing model allowing authors the option to pay to make their primary research articles freely available on publication. The initiative was introduced to enable authors to comply with funding body requirements. It seeks to ensure that relevant journals are compliant with NIH/Wellcome Trust and other grant funder requirements.

Originally including only titles in SAGE’s biomedical publishing programme, the list of journals now includes titles from across the science, technology and medical disciplines including some material science and engineering, psychology and nursing titles.

Authors can select the SAGE Open option on acceptance of their paper for publication. Payment of the SAGE Open fee will enable articles to be immediately available on SAGE Journals Online to non-subscribers, as well as to subscribers to that journal. It will also permit authors to submit the final manuscript to their funding agency’s preferred archive if applicable. SAGE will post to PubMed Central (PMC) and its international equivalents, such as UKPMC or PMCI, on behalf of authors where their funder requires it.

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UK British Library to showcase new web tools for UK PubMed Central - 12 Jan 2010

The British Library has announced that it will showcase a range of new search and data mining tools designed to unlock the scientific knowledge held by UK PubMed Central on January 12, 2010. Researchers will be able to access over 1.7 million full-text, peer reviewed biomedical research articles and over 19 million other life science research papers.

Developed in consultation with researchers, UK Pub Med Central (UKPMC) aims to become the information resource of choice for the UK biomedical and health research community. Launched by Prof. Dame Sally C. Davies, Director General, Research and Development at the Department of Health, the Open Beta version of UKPMC will enable researchers to search and link information from literature and drill down into underlying datasets in new and innovative ways.

UKPMC is supported by the UK's eight principal funders of biomedical and health research, who fund over 90 percent of the country's research publications in the field. It seeks to offer users a comprehensive and sustainable repository for UK funded free-to-access life sciences research. Developed in collaboration with the founders of PubMed Central in the US, the National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the consolidation of published research outputs into globally accessible resources such as UKPMC is seen to be vital for widening access to knowledge and improving the efficiency of desk research. It is also expected to vastly improve the ability of funding organisations to assess the impact of their research, and help to better inform scientific strategy and policy making. The showcase event will provide the chance to try out some of the new features that have been developed by the British Library and the consortium of programme partners including European Bioinformatics Institute, Mimas at the University of Manchester and the National Centre for Text Mining. There will also be the opportunity to hear from some of the key funders behind the programme, including Prof. Doug Kell, Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, and Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust, on the value and importance of UKPMC for the research community.

The easy-to-use, intuitive interface developed by the British Library for the latest beta version is projected to enable researchers to conduct a full-text search of 1.7 million articles; access abstracts for over 19 million articles; exploit the scientific literature with innovative features which enrich abstracts and full-text articles by linking scientific terms to other sources of quality assured and useful information; and search content not included in traditional journal literature – including clinical guidelines as well as other hard to find material such as PhD theses.

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US Cengage Learning launches CengageBrain.com, enters textbook rental market - 12 Jan 2010

Higher education publisher Cengage Learning, US, has announced the launch of CengageBrain.com, a retail outlet providing students with a variety of choices for obtaining the company's diverse array of learning solutions. Students can now rent textbooks for up to 70 percent off the suggested retail price, and purchase print textbooks, eTextbooks, individual eChapters and audio books. The Web site also includes Cengage Learning's broad range of homework and study tools, features a selection of free content and offers discounts for purchasing multiple products.

Currently, 1,200 Cengage Learning titles are available for rent. This includes popular titles such as Essentials of Psychology, 5th Edition (Douglas Bernstein); American Government: The Essentials, 12th Edition (James Q. Wilson); and Principles of Economics, 5th Edition (N. Gregory Mankiw). Approximately 1,500 more titles will be added in July 2010. Students who choose the rental option will have immediate access to the first chapter in eBook format and will also have a choice of shipping options. Once the rental term is complete, students can either choose to print a pre-paid return label from CengageBrain.com and ship the textbook back, or purchase the title.

CengageBrain.com is the latest innovation from Cengage Learning, the first higher education publisher to offer a full-choice, direct-to-consumer online retail outlet. The company has pioneered the development and delivery of a range of unique print and digital learning solutions, such as 4LTR Press, The Watch and Aplia.

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US Dartmouth Journal Services to provide editorial and print production services for CHEST - 12 Jan 2010

Journal production services provider Dartmouth Journal Services (DJS), part of The Sheridan Group, US, has announced a partnership with the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). Under the deal, DJS will provide editorial services and print production for CHEST, the official publication of the ACCP.

A monthly publication, CHEST features original research in the multidisciplinary specialties of chest medicine, such as pulmonology, critical care, sleep medicine, cardiorespiratory interactions, thoracic surgery, transplantation, airways disease and more. The journal also features recent advances, topics in practice management, medical writing tips, pulmonary and critical care pearls, chest imaging and pathology for clinicians, contemporary reviews and more. Editorials and communications to the editor explore controversial issues and encourage further discussion.

The decision to utilise DJS’s services was announced by ACCP Vice President of Publications and Editorial Resources, Stephen Welch.

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India Dear Subscriber - 12 Jan 2010

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US ebrary to unveil data sharing service, DASH! - 12 Jan 2010

Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced the launch of a service called DASH! for its Academic Complete subscribers. The service is expected to allow subscribers to quickly and easily upload, integrate and share an unlimited number of their own PDF documents from their computers. The new feature is seen to increase the value of the company’s flagship subscription e-book database, which offers multi-user access to a multidisciplinary selection of more than 45,100 titles along with research capabilities including InfoTools.

ebrary will unveil DASH! at the ALA Midwinter Conference and will be using the technology to create collections on a variety of topics including autism, natural disasters and breast cancer. The collections will be publicly available after ALA, similar to ebrary’s H1N1 (Influenza) Information Research Center at http://h1n1.ebrary.com/home.action.

Currently in beta, DASH! is projected to enable authorised librarians to easily upload individual PDF files or batches of documents along with corresponding metadata from the convenience of their own computers. Documents are almost instantaneously added to a new collection that seamlessly integrates with Academic Complete as well as other ebrary products and services.

Collections created with DASH! include all of ebrary’s existing functionality for discovering and managing information online, such as InfoTools, which turns every word into a portal to other online resources of the library’s choice; highlighting and annotating; multiple search options; and personal bookshelves.

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Israel Ex Libris announces beta release of Rosetta Version 2.0 - 12 Jan 2010

Library solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced the beta release of version 2.0 of the Ex Libris Rosetta digital preservation system. Currently undergoing beta testing at the National Library of New Zealand, version 2.0 will be rolled out to Rosetta customers in spring 2010.

The Ex Libris Rosetta digital preservation system enables institutions to manage, preserve and provide access to documents for perpetuity — institutional documents, research output in digital formats, digital images, Web sites, and other digitally born and digitised materials. Rosetta supports the acquisition, validation, ingest, storage, preservation and dissemination of digital objects from many sources and formats and keeps this information secure while allowing institutions to implement multiple digital preservation policies and strategies.

Version 2.0 introduces a first of its kind preservation planning module. Complying with the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) standard, the module enables institutions to manage and mitigate risks related to digital formats and to perform a variety of preservation actions. With version 2.0, Rosetta institutions can share information about risks and formats on a network level. Other highlights of the new product version include object deletion; restoring objects from permanent storage; and access rights exceptions.

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Netherland Forschungszentrum Jülich selects Scopus Custom Data to measure global reference values - 12 Jan 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that Forschungszentrum Jülich has selected Scopus Custom Data (SCD), the primary source of Scopus.com, to calculate global reference values at subject and country levels. Forschungszentrum Jülich is one of the largest research centers in Europe.

Scopus Custom Data provides research agencies, institutions and government bodies with customised datasets in XML format for large-scale research performance analysis. The XML data can then be loaded by customers into their proprietary in-house systems, making it possible for them to run their specific search queries and execute their own analytical techniques; providing the analyst with the freedom to formulate their own reports.

Forschungszentrum Jülich is a member of the Helmholtz Association, Germany's largest scientific organisation in terms of staff and budget. It claims to be the only research institute of its kind within the Helmholtz Association that conducts bibliometric analysis and works with raw data - a primary reason for the partnership between Elsevier and Jülich. The research center found that the breadth of content in Scopus allowed for more German and international literature from a single data source to be captured, thereby providing the broadest content coverage. Scopus currently covers 1,326 active German titles.

The use of SCD for this type of measurement is seen to be increasingly becoming the standard among different institutions. Jülich is one of many similar institutions around the world that are now using Scopus data as an authoritative data source for research performance measurement. In February 2009, the Australian Research Council (ARC) selected SCD for its Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative. The ERA initiative seeks to assess research quality within Australia's higher education institutions using a combination of indicators and expert review by committees comprised of experienced, internationally-recognised experts.

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US Pearson's nursing titles receive top honours from the American Journal of Nursing - 12 Jan 2010

International media company Pearson, US, has received Book of the Year honours from the American Journal of Nursing (AJN), in recognition of two titles that explore the nursing specialties of pediatrics and gerontology. The AJN claims to be the oldest and largest circulating, broad-based nursing journal. The titles - Child Health Nursing: Partnering with Children and Families and Gerontological Nursing - are market-leading resources in the field of nursing, offering a practical, research-based approach to the issues currently facing the care of children and older persons.

Child Health Nursing: Partnering with Children and Families, 2nd edition, provides a comprehensive, reader-friendly reference for pediatric nurses. Written by leading nurse authors Jane W. Ball, Ruth C. Bindler and Kay J. Cowen, the publication simplifies the content of pediatric nursing into a user-friendly format that makes it easy for students to learn and professors to teach.

Gerontological Nursing 2nd edition, by Patricia A. Tabloski, is a research-based guide to caring for older patients. It presents information related to normal and pathological changes of aging, with an emphasis on the critical information that nurses need for assessment, diagnosis, planning and evaluating care outcomes for their older clients.

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Netherland Cell Press journals available in Elsevier’s Article of the Future format - 11 Jan 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that all research articles in its collection of Cell Press journals will be published online in the new ‘Article of the Future’ format. Previously released as a demonstration prototype for two sample articles, the Article of the Future is an ongoing collaboration with the scientific community that seeks to redefine how scientific articles are presented online. Successful ideas from this project are planned to be rolled out across Elsevier’s portfolio of 2,000 journals available on ScienceDirect, a scientific, technical and medical database.

To mark the launch and to encourage user feedback, Article of the Future articles are accessible for free for Cell Press’ flagship title, Cell, on www.cell.com, for the first four issues of 2010.

The Article of the Future is seen to reflect a new approach to structuring the traditional sections of a research article. The effort is to move away from the linear format required by print presentation to an integrated, linked navigation scheme that allows each reader to create a personalised path through the article’s content. A key feature of the functionality is a tabbed navigation structure through the Introduction, Results, Figures and Discussion sections. This is projected to provide experts with in-depth coverage of a particular experiment, while allowing more general readers to absorb the main message without being overwhelmed by additional details.

There is a graphical abstract and a highlights section on the landing page of each article, complimenting the abstract text by creating a quickly reviewable visual summary and bullet points. In addition, articles will offer the article’s text, a figure and a figure caption at the same time on one screen, with a zooming capability to discover the finer details of a figure. Selected articles offer integrated multimedia by featuring PaperFlicks, a video tour of an article’s content.

The latest relase of Article of the Future features at Cell Press is part of Elsevier’s larger Content Innovation initiative. This initiative aims at improving the formal scientific communication in a scalable way, and includes efforts to enhance the presentation of the current scientific article.

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US Fort Worth Endoscopy Center selects ProVation software for procedure documenting - 11 Jan 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Fort Worth Endoscopy Center (FWEC) has selected its ProVation MD software for procedure documentation and coding. The Center has also opted for ProVation EHR electronic health record and patient charting solution, which is designed for busy, cost-conscious Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs). FWEC is an ambulatory surgery center designed primarily for outpatient gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures.

ProVation EHR seeks to offer electronic documentation and document imaging for all elements of the patient encounter, from past records to procedure documentation to follow-up care. ASCs using the product can expect to have affordable access to a single, patient-centric documentation system that eliminates printing and chart storage costs and streamlines workflow.

ProVation MD, available for the full range of ASC specialties, replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation software produces complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes that result in greater efficiency, increased profitability and clinician satisfaction, according to WK Health.

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US Google apologises to Chinese authors over scanning of books - 11 Jan 2010

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has reportedly apologised to Chinese authors for scanning thousands of their books without obtaining permission from them. The books were included in the controversial Google Books project. A statement by Erik Hartmann, the Asia-Pacific head of Google Books, was posted on the website of the Chinese Writers Association. The Association is one of the groups leading accusations against Google.

According to the China Written Works Copyright Society, thousands of books by Chinese authors were added to Google Books. Google originally claimed ’fair use’ protections in copyright law allowed it to show snippets of in-copyright books that it scanned from US research libraries. The project has raised objections from authors and publishers in Germany, France and the US.

The China Written Works Copyright Society is in talks with Google to try to solve outstanding copyright issues and agree terms for compensation. However, Chinese writers have so far refused the company’s offers.

Publishers and authors have been upset with Google posting extracts of their books online without fairly compensating them. In December 2009, a French court ordered Google to pay more than €300,000 in damages and interest and to stop digital reproduction of the material. As part of the ruling, the company was also ordered to pay €10,000 a day in fines until it removes extracts of some French books from its online database. Earlier last year, Google reached a settlement with publisher and authors in the US over a copyright infringement suit filed in 2005. Google agreed to pay $125 million to solve pending claims and establish an independent unit to provide revenue from advertising and sales to authors and publishers who agree to digitise their books. A US judge has scheduled a hearing for February 18 on the revised settlement.

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US Hindawi announces strong growth in 2009 - 11 Jan 2010

STM publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation, US, has announced that its collection of open access journals has grown substantially during 2009. The number of submitted manuscripts to Hindawi journals in 2009 increased by more than 115 percent - from about 7,600 submitted manuscripts in 2008 to more than 16,500 in 2009. The number of manuscripts accepted for publication increased from about 2,500 in 2008 to roughly 4,400 accepted manuscripts in 2009.

Hindawi's journals are edited by more than 8,700 scholars who serve on the journals' Editorial Boards. The 16,500 manuscripts that were submitted in 2009 were authored by more than 46,000 distinct authors from around the world.

Hindawi Publishing Corporation is a rapidly growing STM publisher with more than 200 peer-reviewed, open access journals covering a wide range of subjects in science, technology, and medicine. The company reported strong growth in Impact Factors of its journals in the 2008 Journal Citation Report published by Thomson Scientific. The average Impact Factor of Hindawi's journals increased by more than 27 percent, with two of Hindawi's journals - EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing and Mathematical Problems in Engineering - rising by 70 percent and 45 percent respectively.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 11 Jan 2010

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Kent Anderson (Fighting Fire with Fire — The Only Remaining Option?); Eric Rumse (Academic Libraries, eBooks Nobody Reads & OITPL); Philip Davis (Does a Citation Advantage Exist for Mandated Open Access Articles?); and Michelle Kraft (Who Is Reading Your E-Books?). A service of Knowledgespeak.com, Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here

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US PSP 2010 Annual Conference registrations still open - 11 Jan 2010

The Professional & Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP), US, has announced that registrations for the PSP 2010 Annual Conference ‘The New Reality: Disruption, Innovation, Relevance’ is still open. The conference is scheduled for February 3-5, 2010, at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. According to AAP, conference registration fee for 2010 is the lowest in five years.

The pre-conference seminar ‘The Culture of Free: Publishing in an Era of Changing Expectations,’ will discuss a variety of issues. These include the challenges of competing with free and obstacles to embracing free; what are user expectations in this new culture and the ways publishers are trying to meet them; cost versus value of scholarly content: who bears the freight; will free content that is ‘good enough’ diminish markets for more high-quality content?; and how might the culture of free affect broad business models and how might those models change in response?. The seminar, scheduled for February 3 from 0900hrs-1530hrs, will present speakers and panels from both inside and outside the industry to explore the general question of ‘how do we compete with free’.

The Annual Conference will begin with a plenary session on ‘Policy and Market Challenges – Critical Issues for 21st Century Publishers.’ This session will bring together a number of policy experts from the publishing industry to outline the major issues facing content owners today and discuss the business implications of these proposals, should they become law.

Other sessions include: Social Marketing 101; What Riches to be Gained from Enriching Content?; Retail Now Lead the Digital Way; Publishing Model Innovation: The Author Pays Model; and Social Media and Scientific Research.

There will also be an Oxford-style debate of the proposition, ‘Current US Copyright Law Excessively Restrains the Development of Intellectual Property.’ The audience will be polled in real time (via mobile texting) in advance and upon completion to determine which team has prevailed.

The line-up of sessions and speakers is available at
http://www.pspcentral.org/events2/PSP2010AnnualConferenceProgram.cfm

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US Wiley-Blackwell and The Cochrane Collaboration extend publishing partnership in India - 11 Jan 2010

STM and scholarly publisher Wiley-Blackwell, US, has announced that The Cochrane Collaboration will be renewing its license with India. Representatives of Wiley-Blackwell and the Indian Council of Medical Research will meet on January 27, 2010, to formalise the modalities of this arrangement.

This national license will enable about 60 million internet users gain access to The Cochrane Library’s internationally renowned collection of healthcare databases. This includes gold-standard Cochrane Systematic Reviews, which help clinicians and consumers make decisions about what treatments are best for their patients.

The Cochrane Library contains healthcare information, including Systematic Reviews from The Cochrane Collaboration. These Reviews bring together research on the effects of healthcare and are considered the gold standard for determining the relative effectiveness of different interventions.

The Cochrane Collaboration is a UK registered international charity and claims to be the world's leading producer of systematic Reviews. It has been demonstrated that Cochrane Systematic Reviews are of comparable or better quality and are updated more often than the Reviews published in print journals.

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UK ASA 2010 conference to examine information supply chain issues - 08 Jan 2010

The Association of Subscription Agents & Intermediaries (ASA) has announced that the ASA Conference 2010 will be held in London from February 22-23, 2010.

The conference is projected to analyse and debate key topics of interest to the whole information supply chain. It will feature 17 speakers from the publishing, library, intermediary, research and corporate sectors. Topics include the Economic Downturn: Threats, Opportunities, Costs, Benefits; the Big Deal in the economic downturn: disaster or opportunity?; Information supply in the C21st: Changes in management, delivery, demand and use; Ebooks: Marketplace; the Economy (II): 2010 and Beyond: The Shape of Things to Come; and Innovations and possible futures.

Booking is now available via the ASA website at http://www.subscription-agents.org/conferences/asa-conference-2010. The ASA is also offering a special rate for librarians. Non-members booking before January 16 will obtain an early-bird discount.

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Israel CAPES’ Periodical Portal goes live with MetaLib and SFX - 08 Jan 2010

Library solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that Periodical Portal has gone live with the SFX OpenURL link resolver and the MetaLib gateway and metasearch solution. Periodical Portal is a virtual library of scientific and technological information resources maintained by the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES). Users in over 300 institutions of higher education will now be able to use the portal to access the agency’s vast collection of scholarly electronic resources.

A consolidated search environment for accessing remote information resources, MetaLib streamlines the process of obtaining materials by presenting users with content from multiple information providers in a clear, familiar user interface. SFX offers features that go beyond basic link resolver functionality, including a comprehensive KnowledgeBase, an A-Z list, and CitationLinker, Collection Analysis, and Statistics modules.

Complementing the launch of MetaLib and SFX at CAPES, the portal has been completely revamped. The number of available journals and e-books have also been increased. The new Periodical Portal offers users a more intuitive layout and content access that is customised to the researchers’ areas of interest.

Created in 2000, the CAPES Periodical Portal seeks to provide easy access to scientific and technological information that the federal government of Brazil makes available to the Brazilian higher education system. The portal offers over 21,000 full-text periodicals, 150,000 e-books, 126 citation databases, and 78 sites featuring the full text of books.

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Sweden Co-Action Publishing to publish Libyan Journal of Medicine - 08 Jan 2010

Publisher Co-Action Publishing, Sweden, has announced the addition of the Libyan Journal of Medicine (ljm) to its portfolio. A peer-reviewed, open access, international medical journal, ljm seeks to promote health and health education by publishing premium medical research and data in the different disciplines of medicine.

ljm was founded in 2006 by a group of physicians and scientists to address the lack of publication outlets for Arab and African medical research. The journal enjoys support as well as recognition from the international medical community and also attracts submissions from around the world.

The journal is indexed with ISI Thomson's Science Citation Index.

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India Dear Subscriber - 08 Jan 2010

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US Dr. Raymond Fabius named Chief Medical Officer of Thomson Reuters Healthcare & Science business - 08 Jan 2010

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced the appointment of Dr. Raymond Fabius as Chief Medical Officer of the company’s Healthcare & Science business. In his new position Dr. Fabius will develop and deepen relationships with customers, advise on product development, and provide counsel to Thomson Reuters on business strategy and medical issues.

Dr. Fabius is a physician executive who has served in leadership roles in academia, private practice, the health insurance industry, eHealth, corporate health initiatives, and provider-vendor organisations. Prior to this, he was strategic advisor to the president of Walgreen’s Health & Wellness Division.

Dr. Fabius has a track record of entrepreneurial success, serving as president and chief medical officer for i-TRAX (AMEX:DMX) prior to its successful sale to Walgreens in 2008. He has written and lectured extensively on building cultures of health, health and productivity, quality management, population health, healthcare utilisation management, credentialing and network development, and the matrix of healthcare purchasers, payers, providers and patients/employees.

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Netherland Mosby’s Nursing Skills, Corpak to create skill reference for feeding tube placement - 08 Jan 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that its online tool, Elsevier/Mosby Nursing Skills, has formed a partnership with Corpak MedSystems, a US-based manufacturer of enteral/vascular access devices. The partners will seek to develop an online skill reference for placing feeding tubes using the CORTRAK Enteral Access System.

The CORTRAK Skill within Mosby’s Nursing Skills is projected to offer a quick sheet with an abbreviated step-by-step placement procedure, checklist, animated demonstration, illustrations, and extended text with the full step-by-step placement procedure. It will also offer an interactive test allowing nurses to assess their own knowledge and skills. The CORTRAK Skill is at present available to all current Nursing Skills subscribers. Hospitals that already use the CORTRAK System will have access to the CORTRAK skill, even if they are not currently Mosby Nursing Skills subscribers.

Mosby’s Nursing Skills interactive functionality also offers subscribers the opportunity to customise skills for institution-specific protocols and procedures or link to nursing policies and procedures. As a result, hospitals can easily develop an internal protocol for placing feeding tubes using CORTRAK—either by using the protocol directly or modifying it to meet unique clinical goals.

Blending a skills and procedures reference with a learning and competency management system, Mosby’s Nursing Skills seeks to offer subscribers access to more than 800 nursing skills and procedures. It features detailed text, summary reviews, tests, checklists, illustrations and video/animation demonstrations. Nurse managers and educators can assign, track and manage skills and test nursing staff, while nurse management can post and manage announcements and alerts to communicate with staff.

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US Serials Solutions and Springshare partner to integrate KnowledgeWorks data into LibGuides - 08 Jan 2010

E-Resource Access and Management Services (ERAMS) provider Serials Solutions, US, has announced a partnership with library web-technology vendor Springshare. Under the deal, both companies will work together to provide the first ERAMS-based LibGuides integration, enabling common subscribers to create LibGuides A-to-Z lists powered by Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks knowledgebase.

Serials Solutions and Springshare worked with beta partners at SUNY Westchester Community College, Grand Valley State University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and Mississippi State University to test the integration of KnowledgeWorks data into LibGuides. LibGuides customers will benefit from the Serials Solutions Knowledgeworks Certified publisher certification programmme, which ensures that users receive the best possible information.

The minimum requirement to enable this feature is a subscription to LibGuides and Serials Solutions 360 services or the Summon service, which include the KnowledgeWorks knowledgebase. There is no additional charge for integrating KnowledgeWorks data with LibGuides.

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German Springer and ISOBM sign co-publishing agreement - 08 Jan 2010

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has signed an agreement with the International Society of Oncology and BioMarkers (ISOBM) to co-publish the journal Tumor Biology. Starting in January 2010, the global publisher will publish the journal six times a year electronically and in print. Professor Torgny Stigbrand from Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden, will serve as editor-in-chief.

Tumor Biology publishes original research, mini-reviews and commentaries on translational cancer research. The journal places special emphasis on articles covering all aspects of tumor markers and tumor targeting, but studies in other areas of clinical and translational cancer research are also included. Following a multidisciplinary approach, Tumor Biology seeks to provide an important platform for cell and molecular biologists, developmental biologists, pathologists, clinical oncologists and any researcher involved in the study of tumors.

The ISOBM is an international society that seeks to bridge the gap between basic science and clinical application. It provides a forum for discussion and development of novel approaches to clinical problems in cancer. Through annual meetings and antibody workshops, the society aims to support communication among scientists, clinicians and commercial groups.

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US Thieme Medical Publishers acquires Journal of Knee Surgery from Slack - 08 Jan 2010

Scientific and medical publisher Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc., US, acquired the Journal of Knee Surgery from healthcare information provider SLACK Inc, in late 2009. The first Thieme issue will be published in March 2010. Dr. Bernard Bach will continue as Editor-in-Chief of the journal.

A quarterly publication, the Journal of Knee Surgery covers a range of issues relating to the orthopaedic techniques of arthroscopy, arthroplasty, and reconstructive surgery of the knee joint. In addition to original peer-review articles, the journal provides details on emerging surgical techniques, as well as case reports, reviews, and special focus sections. Published in full-colour, the Journal of Knee Surgery is projected as an indispensable source for all knee surgeons, orthopaedists and sports medicine specialists.

The transaction was brokered by Decker*Farrell, a firm dedicated to facilitating mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures in STM Publishing.

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US American Chemical Society launches Chinese news site on EurekAlert! - 07 Jan 2010

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Office of Public Affairs has launched a Chinese-language news site on EurekAlert!, an online science news service sponsored by American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The ACS Chinese site will feature reports from research papers authored by Chinese scientists that have appeared in the ACS News Service Weekly PressPac. PressPac is a collection of press releases based on research selected from ACS’ 38 peer-reviewed journals and Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the Society’s weekly newsmagazine. Public Affairs staff culls the items from an ongoing review of the more than 35,000 articles published annually in ACS journals and C&EN.

Scientific knowledge has been one of China’s most impressive, but least visible, exports. Dr. Susan King, Senior Vice President, ACS Journals Publishing Group, noted that scientists in China account for about 1 out of every 10 papers published in high quality, high impact ACS journals. It is hoped that the new Chinese-language site will encourage news media in China to publish stories that make the authors’ families, neighbours and colleagues more aware of how this world-class research improves everyday life.

EurekAlert! is a global science news source for reporters and others seeking advanced word of discoveries in science, medicine, engineering and technology. The site, launched in 1996 by AAAS, currently serves nearly one million public visitors per month as well as over 6,900 registered reporters.

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US CQ Press implements RSuite to manage complex staff directories content - 07 Jan 2010

Enterprise software vendor RSuite, US, has announced that CQ Press, a division of academic publisher SAGE, has successfully implemented RSuite to manage the latter’s complex staff directories content.

Over the years, CQ Press has added new content to its directories products, acquired other directory publications, and identified the need to shift from a product-based to a topic-based editorial and publishing format. RSuite was selected to manage CQ Press’ XML and related assets and become the company’s single repository for all directory content. Initial testing began with three titles in February 2009. At present, additional titles and 18 users (internal and external) interact with the system and the content feeds CQ Press’ web and many online products.

RSuite is a browser-based content management system that facilitates the creation, management, re-use, and distribution of XML, media files, and other document formats (Word, PDF, InDesign, etc). Powered by MarkLogic Server, it provides native support for XML content storage services, full text search in combination with XQuery, a full suite of editorial capabilities for XML and other content formats, content re-use at many levels, and editorial workflow tools.

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India Dear Subscriber - 07 Jan 2010

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US EBSCO to launch ERM Essentials following beta test results - 07 Jan 2010

Information services provider EBSCO, US, is set to launch EBSCONET ERM Essentials, which seeks to offer key features that librarians need to simplify management of their e-resources. The launch is slated to coincide with ALA Midwinter 2010.

In 2009, 25 library customers partnered with EBSCO to beta-test ERM Essentials in two phases with an initial round during the spring and a second phase beginning in mid-October. Feedback from beta testers has reportedly been positive. According to the company, users can discover a new way to manage their e-resources, eliminating the challenge of maintaining multiple e-mail chains, paper files, spreadsheets and other decentralised information spread across multiple departments and staff.

ERM Essentials is pre-populated for orders of e-journals and e-packages purchased through EBSCO with daily updates to ensure accuracy. It offers integration with other EBSCO tools that are already in the market. The product claims to provide librarians with a user-friendly system, intuitive design and a central location to manage all their e-resources. The often cumbersome job that most librarians face when trying to manage large groups of e-resources, such as e-journal collections, purportedly becomes easier with ERM Essentials. The product is positioned as the first full-featured electronic resource management tool that automatically populates and maintains more than 100 data fields for e-journals and e-packages purchased through EBSCO.

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UK STM annual spring conference to focus on users, practitioners and libraries - 07 Jan 2010

The International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) has announced that its annual Spring conference will be held at the LeMeridien in Cambridge Massachusetts from April 27 – 29, 2010. This year’s conference is titled ‘Users, customers, practitioners & librarians talk – Publishers are you listening?’

The annual STM Spring conference is expected to bring together those working with, relying on, and investing in, the high-level information STM member organisations provide. Topics include: the pressures to publish and whether new channels and media are changing the process. Is it still Publish or Perish?; patron driven acquisitions; user behavior & industry trends; one scientist’s wish list for STM publishers; the new contracts: researcher, practitioner, publisher, library; and getting to the content: rethinking publisher models.

Celebrating its 40th year, STM is a broad association of about 100 scholarly publishers. Collectively STM member publishers are responsible for more than 60 percent of the global annual output of research articles, over half the active research journals and the publication of tens of thousands of print and electronic books, reference works, and databases. STM claims to be the only international trade association representing all types of scholarly publishers –large and small companies, not for profit organisations, learned societies, traditional, primary, secondary publishers and new entrants to global publishing.

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US Symyx Technologies releases Symyx Notebook 6.4 - 07 Jan 2010

Information management systems provider Symyx Technologies, Inc., US, has announced the release of Symyx Notebook 6.4. This latest release of Symyx's electronic lab notebook (ELN) seeks to offer scientists improved support for method development, validation and execution in regulated and non-regulated analytical labs.

Symyx Notebook 6.4 offers new cross-experiment referencing and reporting capabilities that improve collaborative workflows for multidisciplinary teams working in the life sciences, chemicals, energy and consumer products industries. The latest enhancements round out important functionality for analytical labs while also supporting other scientific disciplines, including biology.

Symyx Notebook provides productivity improvements for scientists by capturing the science they do in the lab, enabling them to readily optimise, share and repurpose information to increase productivity in today’s electronic lab. A single, shared notebook enables scientists to work more efficiently by instantly accessing a variety of techniques, instrumentation, software and information while also fully leveraging the experimental methodologies and results of colleagues.

Key features of version 6.4 include: a new spreadsheet section that enables cell-bycell auditing, import/export of Excel workbooks and inline editing/graphing capabilities; enhanced capabilities for creating and executing structured recipes and procedures; improved support for sample preparations with auto-generated procedure text and calculations for dilutions and replicates; advanced cross-section referencing capabilities with the ability to retrieve section data for a selected set of samples; new cross-experiment reporting using standard report templates; and improved form searching with property searches spanning table sections, forms and recipes.

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US Thomson Reuters plans data-driven profiles of research institutions - 07 Jan 2010

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that it has begun working with thousands of institutions and research facilities to produce a new resource. The initiative, called the Global Institutional Profiles Project, will seek to create data-driven portraits of globally significant research institutions. It would look to combine peer review, scholarly outputs, citation patterns, funding levels and faculty characteristics in one comprehensive database.

The dataset can be packaged and analysed to different specifications, allowing organisations to receive custom information for their specific needs. The Times Higher Education, a London-based weekly newspaper that covers higher education issues, is the first to request a customised dataset to produce an improved version of its annual World University Rankings. The publication will work closely with Thomson Reuters to create a balanced, transparent methodology to support its rankings.

The Global Institutional Profiles Project has already begun with a worldwide survey of opinion leaders at key research institutions. The advice they provide will inform the project both in terms of data collected and methodologies used. The results of the opinion survey will be published in the first quarter of 2010.

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India Dear Subscriber - 06 Jan 2010

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UK Dr. Malcolm K. Brenner named new editor-in-chief of Molecular Therapy - 06 Jan 2010

The American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy and scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group, UK, have announced the appointment of Dr. Malcolm K. Brenner, as Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Therapy.

Dr. Brenner, Director of the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at Baylor College of Medicine, studies immunotherapy and gene therapy as applied to cancer research. He conducted one of the first human gene therapy studies at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. He brings this history of research experience to the journal, together with past experience as President of the International Society for Cellular Therapy and President of the American Society of Gene Therapy in 2002 - 2003.

Launched in 2000, Molecular Therapy is the official journal of the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy. The journal publishes independently peer-reviewed research and cutting-edge reviews and commentaries that promote the sciences in genetics, medicine and biotechnology. With a newly appointed board of deputy editors, the journal claims to be well-placed to maintain its standing as a valued resource for scientists dedicated to the understanding, development and application of gene and related cell and nucleic acid therapies.

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US ebrary extends Patron Driven Acquisition programme for academic libraries - 06 Jan 2010

Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced that it is extending the Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) pilot programme for academic libraries through Spring 2010. The company intends to launch its finalised PDA product this summer.

Additionally, ebrary is conducting a survey to better understand libraries' needs and challenges with regard to PDA models. The questionnaire is available through January at http://tinyurl.com/ebrarypdasurvey. Results will be available later this year.

ebrary’s PDA pilot participants are given access to a selection of about 100,000 e-books and other titles from publishers such as Wiley, Elsevier and McGraw-Hill. Purchases are automatically triggered based on usage measured by page views, copies and prints. Titles purchased through the PDA pilot integrate with other ebrary products and services including Academic Complete, ebrary’s subscription product that seeks to provide cost-effective, multi-user access to a selection of more than 45,100 titles.

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US EBSCO unveils customised index search service for enterprises - 06 Jan 2010

Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing, US, has announced the release of EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). The service seeks to create a unified, customised index of an institution’s information resources and provides access via a single search box. Metadata is harvested from both internal (library) and external (vendors) sources, creating a pre-indexed service of significant size and speed.

EDS is indexed directly on EBSCO servers in a bid to allow for fast search response times. This is projected to offer researchers a single interface for the discovery of a library’s entire collection and features that heighten the research experience.

EDS seeks to provide deep indexing as well as access to all of the library’s full-text content (both electronic and print resources)—an integrated one-stop search experience for a library’s journals, magazines, books, special collections and OPAC.

In addition to a comprehensive and robust collection of metadata from various content sources, EDS is also claimed to provide full indexing from EBSCOhost database subscriptions, as well as many non-EBSCOhost partners. These include NewsBank, Readex, LexisNexis and Alexander Street Press. Superior relationships and licences with academic publishers are seen to make EDS a key service for searching the complete full text of journal articles and other sources. Nearly every major academic publisher is included in EDS, according to EBSCO.

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Netherland Elsevier acquires NurseSquared electronic health record training tool - 06 Jan 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the acquisition of NurseSquared, an electronic health record (EHR) training product that teaches students how to properly document using a simulated EHR. The training tool is projected to help Elsevier offer a more complete curriculum solution, including an EHR training tool, to academic customers. The acquisition is effective immediately. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

NurseSquared provides a simulated EHR and charting system with embedded documentation scenarios that can be used in the classroom, SIM (simulation) Lab, or real-world clinicals. Though NurseSquared closely resembles a real live EHR with features similar to hospital software, it is not an EHR. It is rather a product focused on teaching students appropriate documentation within an electronic health records system.

Key features include hospital-like electronic documentation; care plan construction; and competency assessment. In addition, a MyClinicals module allows students to input their own patient assignments from clinical rotations and then appropriately document and chart the findings from these assignments.

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US Portico and American Geophysical Union sign archiving deal - 06 Jan 2010

Non-profit electronic archiving service provider Portico, US, has announced an agreement with the American Geophysical Union (AGU) to preserve 10 online journals. With this inclusion, over 10,700 e-journals and 34,000 e-books from 92 publishers on behalf of over 2,000 societies and associations have now been entrusted to the Portico archive.

The American Geophysical Union, which was established in 1919 by the National Research Council, is a nonprofit organisation that promotes the study of the geophysical sciences. AGU's publications, which are available in more than 135 countries and nearly 2,000 libraries, include peer-reviewed scientific journals, a member newspaper, and award-winning books.

Through this agreement with Portico, AGU seeks to ensure that the journals will be preserved and available for future scholars, researchers, and students. As part of the agreement, AGU will make an annual financial contribution to support Portico’s preservation activities. The organisation has also named Portico as a mechanism to fill post-cancellation access claims.

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US Serials Solutions announces Medical Subject Headings for KnowledgeWorks and 360 Services - 06 Jan 2010

E-Resource Access and Management Services (ERAMS) provider Serials Solutions, US, has enhanced the 360 services to improve e-resource access and management at medical libraries. Users can now browse and find resources using the 2009 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) through the 360 Core E-Journal portal.

This enhancement supplements recent medical-focused features. In 2009, Serials Solutions added 1.2 million National Library of Medicine eBook MARC records and Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) data to KnowledgeWorks. Also, it integrated the PubMed LinkOut service with the 360 Link OpenURLlink resolver.

In 2010 Serials Solutions plans to update the current MeSH vocabulary in KnowledgeWorks with 2010 descriptor data and to enhance the Serials Solutions 360 management tools for MeSH data.

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US Thomson Reuters’ Clinical Xpert Navigator named best mobile data system - 06 Jan 2010

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, 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. This is the eighth consecutive year that the Navigator solution (formerly MercuryMD MData) has been ranked number one.

Clinical Xpert Navigator received higher scores in virtually every major category evaluated by KLAS, a research firm that monitors and reports on the performance of healthcare technology vendors. Navigator outpaced other mobile solutions by receiving a product quality rating of 8.28 on a nine-point scale — placing it in the top 5 percent of all software solutions cited in the report. It also received a score of 97 percent in a key category: customers indicating they would buy the solution again.

Clinical Xpert Navigator provides clinicians with real-time access to patient data via mobile devices such as Palm, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry smartphones, as well as through web-based platforms such as desktop, laptop and tablet PCs. It consolidates data from multiple hospital information systems and delivers it to clinicians at the point of care.

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US Allen Press’ annual seminar to discuss industry challenges and opportunities - 05 Jan 2010

Publishing services provider Allen Press, Inc., US, has announced that it will present its annual Emerging Trends in Scholarly Publishing Seminar at the Capitol Hilton in Washington, DC on April 8, 2010. This year's seminar is titled ‘Scholarly Publishing: Boldly Going Where No Journal Has Gone Before.’

Speakers include leaders in the field of scientific research, scholarly and electronic publishing, and library science. They will discuss changing standards and content distribution channels, the Google Book Settlement and the Open Access Compact. Kent Anderson, CEO/Publisher of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, will be the keynote speaker for the event. He will share his vision of how influences such as social networking, open access, and measuring the value of content will change scholarly publishing during the keynote address, ‘Hitchhiker's Guide to scholarly Publishing’. Formerly the publishing director at the New England Journal of Medicine, Anderson has been in healthcare publishing for 20 years and has worked as a writer, editor, designer, production manager, copy editor, managing editor and publisher.

Celebrating its 75th year, Allen Press has sponsored educational seminars for scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journal publishers and others in the field of information dissemination for more than thirty years. The company provides a comprehensive portfolio of integrated services in areas of print, online, distribution and publishing services.

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US Cengage Learning named to EContent's list of 100 digital companies that matter most - 05 Jan 2010

Print and digital information services provider Cengage Learning, US, has announced that it was named to EContent magazine's list of 100 companies that matter most in the digital content industry. Companies named to the EContent 100 List are chosen for their continued leadership in the content industry and their forward-looking solutions in the digital space.

Cengage Learning was selected for the fee-based information services provided by Gale, a leader in authoritative reference content and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses, and part of Cengage Learning. Gale offers next generation of research and discovery tools to users, with a new class of products that are Web-like, interactive and user-friendly.

Gale has over 600 subscription-based resources available to customers. Key recent product launches include Career Transitions; Grzimek's Animal Life, a media-rich, knowledge portal including more than 4,000 species and continuous updates; GREENR(Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources); and Global Issues in Context, an intuitive interface providing global news and perspectives on issues and events of international importance.

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India Dear Subscriber - 05 Jan 2010

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UK Reed Business Information likely to close titles, announce job cuts - 05 Jan 2010

In a year-end memo, the current CEO of B2B publisher Reed Business Information (RBI has stated that the company has not been able to sell a majority stake in its US-based magazine division as a whole. As a result, it will need to close certain titles and lay off a number of employees during the first half of 2010. RBI, a division of Reed Elsevier (RUK), has been trying to divest its magazine division for about two years now.

The memo further stated that the company is in advanced discussions to sell a number of titles to separate purchasers. It was, however, not clear which titles are marked for closure or how many employees may lose their jobs as a result.

In December 2009, RBI divested Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and This Week in Consumer Electronics (TWICE) to NewBay Media. The deal is reportedly the only one that RBI has pulled off since putting majority of its trade magazines for sale in July.

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German Springer launches new journal - Review of Philosophy and Psychology - 05 Jan 2010

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced the launch of a new journal - Review of Philosophy and Psychology (RPP). The journal, scheduled for launch in March 2010, will focus on research trends at the intersection of philosophy, psychology and cognitive science.

Published quarterly, Review of Philosophy and Psychology seeks to provide a forum for discussion on topics of mutual interest to philosophers and psychologists and foster interdisciplinary research at the crossroads of these two disciplines, including the neural, behavioural and social sciences as well. The journal is hosted at the Jean Nicod Institute in France, a research center which is part of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). It will be available in print and electronically on www.springerlink.com. The journal will include Online First, Cross Reference Linking and Alert services. In addition, all authors, via the Springer Open Choice program, have the option of publishing their articles using the open access publishing model.

Dario Taraborelli of the University of Surrey in the UK will serve as the editor-in-chief of the journal. He will closely cooperate with executive editors Roberto Casati and Paul Egré, both from the CNRS, and Christophe Heintz from Central European University in Hungary. The advisory board of the journal includes leading experts in philosophy, linguistics and cognitive science.

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US Ten Wiley-Blackwell journals to adopt ‘condense and rotate’ printing process - 05 Jan 2010

STM and scholarly publisher Wiley-Blackwell, US, has announced that starting from the first issues of 2010, ten Wiley-Blackwell journals will adopt a ‘condense and rotate’ printing process, also known as two-up printing. The new approach is expected to reduce the carbon footprint associated with printing and distributing the journals by about 40 percent.

Market research has shown that libraries that continue to take print often do so for archival purposes or to best accommodate VAT or other national tax requirements. This new print layout, where two moderately condensed pages of content can fit alongside one another on each printed page, enables Wiley-Blackwell to continue to meet this need while printing less overall. The online versions of individual articles remain unchanged.

Wiley-Blackwell journals that will adopt this condense and rotate printing approach include Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems; Ecology of Freshwater Fish; Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental; Hydrological Processes; International Journal of Non Profit & Voluntary Sector Marketing; International Journal of Selection and Assessment; International Journal of Tourism Research; Plant Breeding; River Research and Applications; and Social Development.

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US Thomson Reuters acquires Discovery Logic, Inc - 05 Jan 2010

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced the acquisition of Discovery Logic, Inc, a provider of customisable analytics and decision support solutions for scientific research. Effective immediately, the company is part of the Healthcare & Science business of Thomson Reuters. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The acquisition of Discovery Logic is expected to enhance current research analytics offerings and provide increased decision support and workflow solutions to academic, government, non-profit and commercial professionals. Key assets and benefits which Discovery Logic will bring to Healthcare & Science's Scientific & Scholarly Research group include ScienceWire, a customisable and proprietary software and database platform; complementary capabilities in analytics, data management and value-added services; experienced management team; and a successful track record of deploying decision support systems.

Discovery Logic is a provider of systems, data and analytics for real-time portfolio management, decision support, outcomes tracking and information visualisation. The company provides a unique software, data and analytics for relating people, organisations, ideas, grants, inventions, patents, publications and products worldwide.

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UK Bloomsbury Publishing, Qatar Foundation and QNRF partner to launch new scientific publishing house - 04 Jan 2010

Publishing house Bloomsbury Publishing, UK, Qatar Foundation and Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) have announced the launch of a new scientific publishing house to be based in Doha, Qatar. The new publishing house, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals (BQFJ), will publish scientific research developed to the highest international peer review standards.

The development follows the creation of a unique scientific and research environment in Qatar. Together, the six existing universities in Education City alongside other scientific and technical centers are a catalyst for intellectual growth and technological advance. Through BQFJ, research facilities will be complemented by state-of-the-art publishing, using the best technical, communications and editorial systems to provide the basis for a world-leading research publishing programme for the global scientific research community.

The project will mainly adopt the Open Access Publishing model and will cover all research subjects, including medical, physical, engineering, Islamic and social sciences and the arts. Articles and journals will be made available on the same platform as the institutional repository, currently under development in Qatar.

Bloomsbury already has a book publishing operation in partnership with Qatar Foundation that is set to become a major regional and international publishing centre. The creation of a scientific publishing centre will provide the seeds for a leading publishing house based in the Middle East.

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UK Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents journal introduces new features to mark 20th anniversary - 04 Jan 2010

Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents (EOTP), an Informa Healthcare publication, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month. EOTP has for two decades offered a bird’s eye view of the latest advances in the discovery of therapeutically promising molecules.

Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents’ launch aimed at filling a gap in the life science literature by explicitly including patents within the scope of its review articles. Key to a legal system designed to promote innovation, patents provide exclusive rights to the inventor in return for the full disclosure of the invention to the public.

EOTP’s review articles seek to provide shortcut to the essential information by summing up the important scientific content of dozens of patents, putting it into a wider perspective and expressing the authors’ own critical opinion. They not only answer fundamental questions such as ‘what are the structural types of inhibitors?’ and ‘who are the major players in the field?,’ but also go beyond and suggest which compounds are likely to progress to the clinic.

New features have been introduced to the 20th volume of EOTP based on feedback gathered from the advisory boards and readers. The abstract’s structure has been redesigned to better reflect the content of the article. Also, an ‘article highlights’ box has been added to guide the reader through the main points of the paper.

In addition, EOTP will start publishing one to two themed issues in each volume. The first one, guest-edited by Dr Herbert Kirst from the journal’s Editorial Board, will cover anti-bacterials and is due later this year.

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US Journal editor criticised for financial ties with medical devices maker - 04 Jan 2010

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel analysis has found that Thomas Zdeblick, editor-in-chief of the medical journal Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques, failed to disclose ties to spinal- and heart-device maker Medtronic. The editor reportedly received millions in royalties for promoting Medtronic spinal products through the journal.

Zdeblick, a University of Wisconsin orthopedic surgeon, took over as editor-in-chief of the journal in 2002. Since then, studies that involved Medtronic spinal products or that were funded by Medtronic appeared in the journal at least once per issue, on average. It was found that dozens of studies mentioning Medtronic products have been published during Zdeblick’s tenure as editor. More often than not, the articles, including some co-authored by Zdeblick, reported positive views about the Medtronic products. The articles rarely found problems with the company’s devices. None of the articles disclosed the financial ties the authors had to Medtronic.

In a statement, a spokesman for the spinal journal has however clarified that Zdeblick had disclosed his financial relationship with Medtronic to the journal publisher, Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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. Medical journals also have been criticised for not always requiring authors to fully disclose financial conflicts. The situation with Zdeblick and the journal is seen as yet another twist in the ongoing controversy over conflicts of interest in the field of medicine.

In an effort to protect the integrity of research and improve public trust, a number of organisations have published guidelines that include specific recommendations for disclosure of information about authors' conflict of interests (COI). Similarly, journal policies calling for authors to disclose COIs have evolved. However, it is unclear whether medical journals have consistent policies for defining and soliciting COI disclosures. In November 2009, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a report, according to which nearly 90 percent of medical journals with relatively high impact factors have policies addressing author COI available for public review. But many journals do not require authors to sign disclosure statements, and there is variability in how COI is defined, the report stated.

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India Latest edition of blogspeak now online - 04 Jan 2010

The latest edition of blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Joseph Esposito (Let’s Hear It for Reckless Enthusiasm!); Neurocritic Blog (Scam Journals Uncovered by Improbable Research); and Kent Anderson (Some Memorable Dishes from the Kitchen in 2009). A service of Knowledgespeak.com, Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of blogspeak Here

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UK Nielsen Book partners with Library Multimedia Supplies - 04 Jan 2010

Nielsen Book, part of global information and media group Nielsen Company, US, has announced an agreement with library audio visual (AV) supplier, Library Multimedia Supplies (LMS). LMS is part of the Pilton Group of companies which in turn is a wholly owned subsidiary of DCC Plc.

Under the deal, LMS will make BookData Multimedia MARC records available via their website www.librarymultimedia.com. Customers will be able to select products from the LMS website and download the corresponding BookData Multimedia MARC record, making the process of accessing high quality MARC data as seamless as possible. The company will work closely with Nielsen Book to support and promote the service to its existing and prospective customers over the coming weeks.

MARC records are available in both UKMARC and MARC21 formats. In order to take advantage of this service, libraries will need to enter into a subscription agreement directly with Nielsen Book. As the company already supplies data services to most public libraries, this is expected to be a straightforward process.

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