Baker & Taylor’s new Axis 360 app streamlines access to digital content for mobile users - 30 Jan 2015
Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books, has announced the launch of its new Axis 360 app for both Apple and Android devices. The Axis 360 app offers mobile users the ability to discover, download and listen to digital audiobooks, as well as access ebooks to read, within a single application.
Axis 360 app users will enjoy increased functionality and ease-of-use, with one-stop access to content from their public or school library. Users can browse the library or school's entire digital collection or search for a specific title. Axis 360 also presents recommendations from the library's collection, based on the user's selection.
With its one-time login functionality the app will store a user's home library and access credentials, eliminating the need to retype usernames and passwords, and providing immediate access to the library's entire digital collection. Users can access all of their borrowed titles in a single, consolidated bookshelf called 'My Stuff,' and will enjoy seamless integration with all their devices - check out a title on a desktop and have access on all mobile devices fitted with the app.
Axis 360 is Baker & Taylor's revolutionary digital media service that provides libraries and schools with a state-of-the-art and visually engaging system for circulating digital books and audiobooks. Library patrons and students can download the free app now on iTunes or Google Play.
Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering now open for submissions - 30 Jan 2015
Swiss open-access publisher Frontiers has announced that Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering is open for submissions.
Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering welcomes original, theoretical, and applied research in mechanical sciences and engineering, with a scope from the nano- to the macroscale. Submissions are peer-reviewed on Frontiers' unique Interactive Forum, through a collaborative, transparent, fast, and rigorous review that focuses on objective criteria. Articles are published as Open Access under the Creative Commons CC-BY license, freely available to anyone.
Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering is part of Frontiers' open-science platform and research network, awarded the Gold Award for Innovation in Publishing by the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers in 2014. As in all Frontiers journals, detailed article-level impact analytics and post-publication review are available on all articles, while the Frontiers Tiering System highlights the studies with the highest impact for a wider audience.
Historical databases now accessible to libraries through WorldCat and WorldCat Discovery Services - 30 Jan 2015
Accessible Archives, Inc., a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases, has entered into an agreement with OCLC, a nonprofit library cooperative providing research, programs and services for libraries, to add MARC records from hundreds of digitised historical book resources to WorldCat for discovery of these valuable resources worldwide.
The reviews will synthesise advances in linguistic theory, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, computational linguistics, language acquisition, language change, biology and evolution of language, typology, field linguistics, and language documentation, as well as the application of linguistics in many domains.
Accessible Archives' diverse primary source collections, which now are available through WorldCat Discovery Services, also include newspapers and periodicals from Colonial and Early America. Unlimited Priorities LLC is the exclusive sales and marketing agent for Accessible Archives, and also facilitated the negotiations for this agreement.
The Accessible Archives collections that have been added to the central index used by WorldCat Discovery and WorldCat Local previously were available only as single centrally indexed collections. Libraries currently accessing these collections through the Accessible Archives database (target ID 1940) should switch from that collection to the appropriate individual collections(s). Instructions for configuring the individual collections in the OCLC Service Configuration module are available on the WorldCat Local User Support Center. Further information may be obtained directly from OCLC.
Accessible Archives and OCLC also have partnered to add these collections to the WorldCat knowledge base. This direct feed will save libraries time and will result in fast, easy and reliable access to these critical e-collections for library users.
Maney Publishing partners with ReadCube to widen reach of its collection - 30 Jan 2015
Academic publisher Maney Publishing has announced its partnership with Boston-based publishing software company ReadCube.
Through ReadCube's Discover service, over 100,000 articles from Maney Publishing will be indexed, with their discoverability bolstered via ReadCube's web, desktop, and mobile reading portals, search engines, and recommendation feeds.
ReadCube Discover fully enhances scholarly content within ReadCube's suite of scholarly tools, both in terms of aforementioned discoverability, but also in terms of reading experience. To the latter, all articles from Maney Publishing will be readable in ReadCube's signature 'enhanced' reading interface, which includes helpful features such as hyperlinked in-line citations, annotations, clickable author names, direct access to supplemental content and figures, social sharing, and altmetrics.
Nature Publishing Group and The University of Queensland launch new OA journal - npj Science of Learning - 30 Jan 2015
Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group has partnered with The University of Queensland (UQ) to publish npj Science of Learning, a new open access research journal that will explore the neurobiology of learning in experimental and educational environments.
UQ researcher Professor Pankaj Sah of the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the new journal. Prof. Sah's work centres on understanding the amygdala, an area of the brain involved in emotional processing, and he is Deputy Director (Research) at QBI, and Director of the Australian Research Council's Science of Learning Research Centre (SLRC).
Despite record funding – $63.7 billion was invested in Australian schools over three years from 2009-10 - educational outcomes have not improved, with Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) figures showing that Australian educational results have slipped behind.
Prof. Sah said that education needs to be treated like health, and the outcomes of new teaching strategies should be tested and evaluated before implementation in classrooms.
The open access format of the journal means that all articles will be free to read upon publication, enabling greater reach to the wider community interested in this topic, from researchers to school teachers.
UQ is currently collaborating with universities and state governments across Australia under the SLRC, with funding until the end of 2016, and has built its own Educational Neuroscience Classroom to understand the biological processes that occur during learning situations.
To launch the journal, UQ, QBI and Nature Publishing Group, will hold a symposium on the Science of Learning on April 24, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia, attended by Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief of Nature, Mariette DiChristina, Editor-in-Chief and Senior Vice President of Scientific American, as well as Dr Jonathan Sharples from the Institute for Effective Education, The University of York and other leading academics and researchers.
The journal is available online at http://www.nature.com/npjscilearn/, and open for submissions now.
ProQuest joins BIBCO and ECIP Cataloging Partnership Programs - 30 Jan 2015
ProQuest has announced that it has become a partner in the Library of Congress' Electronic Cataloging in Publication (ECIP) Cataloging Partnership and BIBCO Programs. The company is the first publisher ever to partner in the ECIP program and joins academic libraries in cataloguing pre-publication galleys of U.S. imprints received at the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress selects candidates for these programs that have demonstrated expertise in and commitment to cooperative cataloguing.
ECIP and BIBCO partners create high quality catalogue records for digital products and monographs in advance of publication as a service to American libraries. ProQuest's role will be to prepare pre-publication metadata that conforms to the highest standards of the Library of Congress for at least one major publisher and may add additional publishers in the future.
ProQuest has been a longstanding collaborator with the Library of Congress with a unique public/private partnership. ProQuest assigns one of its employees to the Library's U.S. ISSN Center to perform work for the benefit of both organisations. The work that ProQuest donates has assisted the Library in keeping up with new ISSN assignments and moving forward on innovative projects and activities. ProQuest is also the official off-site repository for the Library of Congress' collection of American dissertations.
University of Iowa Libraries select Ex Libris Cloud solutions - 30 Jan 2015
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the University of Iowa has selected Ex Libris Alma for next-generation resource management services. Alma will replace a number of systems, including the Aleph integrated library system.
Having used Aleph for 15 years, Iowa Libraries were keen to move to a cloud-based SaaS system that offers unified workflows for print, electronic, and digital collections, as well as enabling dynamic collaborations with the school's partners in Iowa and more widely. The libraries sought a robust system that would offer unified management of resources together with enhanced analytics and reporting functions, integrated with their existing unified discovery interface for their extensive collections.
A major research and teaching institution, the University of Iowa offers internationally recognized programs in a diverse array of academic, medical, and artistic disciplines. The University of Iowa has a faculty of 2,800 and a permanent staff of 16,000 serving 31,000 students, almost 40 percent of whom are from out of state and close to 10,000 of whom are registered in graduate and professional degree programs.
Academic institutions worldwide select ProQuest Intota for transformative library management capabilities and industry-leading user experience - 29 Jan 2015
Academic institutions around the world are selecting the IntotaTM library services platform, a transformational cloud-based service that simplifies two major challenges libraries face today - collection assessment and e-resource management. Released last June, Intota v1 combines industry-leading discovery, linking, collection management and assessment in one system, built on a single, authoritative knowledgebase.
Significant adoption of Intota over the last six months is a clear indication that innovative libraries are recognising the immediate benefits of this integrated best-in-class solution, and the value achieved from a flexible, phased migration path to unplugging legacy systems. Since the launch last year by ProQuest, more than 35 libraries around the world have chosen the first version of Intota.
One of the newest features of Intota v1 is 'My Intota'. 'My Intota' gives library staff a more comprehensive view of their diverse collection management activities and is a great productivity tool for managing day-to-day workflow tasks. Other recent enhancements include 'View Changes' functionality and 'My Account' for streamlining and unifying intelligent workflows.
Intota is a library services platform designed to address the key workflow needs of modern libraries - managing electronic collections - and meeting user experience expectations of the modern patron. Focusing on the transformation and evolution of workflows, Intota seamlessly integrates with other systems, while addressing the biggest pain points libraries face—without requiring lengthy and challenging systems migration. Intota v2, in development now, will extend the functionality of Intota by providing acquisitions, description and delivery capabilities.
Applications invited for CSA Trust Grant for 2015 - 29 Jan 2015
The Chemical Structure Association (CSA) Trust, an internationally recognised organisation established to promote the critical importance of chemical information to advances in chemical research, has created a unique Grant Program and is now inviting the submission of grant applications for 2015.
The Grant Program has been created to provide funding for the career development of young researchers who have demonstrated excellence in their education, research or development activities that are related to the systems and methods used to store, process and retrieve information about chemical structures, reactions and compounds. One or more Grants will be awarded annually up to a total combined maximum of ten thousand U.S. dollars ($10,000). Grants are awarded for specific purposes, and within one year each grantee is required to submit a brief written report detailing how the grant funds were allocated. Grantees are also requested to recognise the support of the Trust in any paper or presentation that is given as a result of that support.
Applicant(s), age 35 or younger, who have demonstrated excellence in their chemical information related research and who are developing careers that have the potential to have a positive impact on the utility of chemical information relevant to chemical structures, reactions and compounds, are invited to submit applications. While the primary focus of the Grant Program is the career development of young researchers, additional bursaries may be made available at the discretion of the Trust.
Grants may be awarded to acquire the experience and education necessary to support research activities; e.g. for travel to collaborate with research groups, to attend a conference relevant to one's area of research, to gain access to special computational facilities, or to acquire unique research techniques in support of one's research.
Applications must include a letter that details the work upon which the Grant application is to be evaluated as well as details on research recently completed by the applicant; the amount of Grant funds being requested and the details regarding the purpose for which the Grant will be used (e.g. cost of equipment, travel expenses if the request is for financial support of meeting attendance, etc.). The relevance of the above-stated purpose to the Trust's objectives and the clarity of this statement are essential in the evaluation of the application; a brief biographical sketch, including a statement of academic qualifications; and two reference letters in support of the application.
Additional materials may be supplied at the discretion of the applicant only if relevant to the application. Three copies of the complete application document must be supplied for distribution to the Grants Committee. These should be forwarded to: Bonnie Lawlor, CSA Trust Grant Committee Chair, 276 Upper Gulph Road, Radnor, PA 19087, USA. If you wish to enter your application by e-mail, please contact Bonnie Lawlor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for applications for the 2015 Grant is March 13, 2015. Successful applicants will be notified no later than May 2nd of the relevant year.
Credo’s Literati Academic selected as a 2014 Choice Outstanding Academic Title - 29 Jan 2015
Information skills solutions provider Credo has announced Literati Academic's selection as a 2014 Choice Outstanding Academic Title. Choice's 2014 review emphasised the 'huge potential' for students and faculty and concluded that Literati Academic is 'highly recommended.'
Literati Academic is an online research platform and library teaching tool which offers point-of-need instruction and supports students' self-directed research. The world class reference content included in Credo's Academic Core Collection is paired with instructional videos and tutorials that are integrated and embedded into the platform.
Literati addresses several problems faced by students, librarians and professors alike. By making information discoverability more intuitive, librarians need to spend less time helping students find basic sources at the beginning of their research project. Professors can take a flipped learning approach and direct students to on-demand videos and tutorials to hone their research skills, rather than consuming valuable in-class time. Students can find and use tutorials while they are doing research, without logging in to another resource for help or instruction.
Ex Libris Group announces development partnership with universities from the US, the UK, Belgium and Australia - 29 Jan 2015
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced a development partnership with the libraries of the University of Oklahoma (OU) in the US, Imperial College and Kingston University in the UK, KU Leuven in Belgium, and UNSW Australia. The partners will participate in the development of a new reading-list solution that is now in the works at Ex Libris.
Tailored to the needs of instructors and students, the reading-list solution will provide an easy-to-use application enabling instructors to create, maintain, and review course reading lists of all types and to monitor their use. Students will benefit from an engaging and convenient way to access the items on reading lists and to track reading-related tasks.
The solution will be tightly integrated with institutional systems such as course-management, library-management, and discovery systems, as well as with third-party systems and services.
IOP Publishing relaunches Journal of Optics - 29 Jan 2015
Non-profit scientific publisher IOP Publishing (IOP), UK, has announced that it is relaunching Journal of Optics (JOPT) in 2015 with a new, expanded scope and a fresh look.
JOPT, under different journal names, has been part of the optics community for more than 100 years with some of the earliest discoveries in optical manipulation, transformation optics and plasmonic lasers, having been published in the journal. With a deep-rooted history within optics and photonics research, JOPT has evolved its scope as the community has developed.
The journal has an Impact Factor above 2.0 and is an official media partner of the International Year of Light 2015. It will be introducing new topical sections on quantum photonics and photovoltaics and energy harvesting, to complement existing strong areas that include nanophotonics and plasmonics, information and communication optics, and biophotonics.
With help from key researchers in their disciplines, the journal will also launch a series of optics and photonics 'Roadmaps', giving high-level perspectives on how key research areas will develop in future years.
Heading up JOPT's editorial development is Editor-in-Chief, Professor Nikolay Zheludev, who recently helped set up the Photonics Institute at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (created in co-operation with the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton, UK).
To support this growth, JOPT welcomes several new board members and topical editors, including researchers from the US, Europe, China, Singapore and South Africa.
SAGE set to publish Health Environments Research & Design journal - 29 Jan 2015
Academic publisher SAGE will begin publishing Health Environments Research & Design (HERD), a journal that publishes research on the relationships among health and environmental design and organisational, provider, and patient outcomes.
HERD publishes evidence-based articles and research papers, opinion papers, theory papers, meta-analysis/metasynthesis, book reviews, case studies, independent post-occupancy evaluations, letters to the editors, and responses to letters/papers that come from both academic sources and applied research in practice.
HERD was one of the first journals to focus on both healthcare research and evidence-based design. Since it launched more than eight years ago, the journal has helped to bridge the gap between research and practice to guide design decisions in the field. The journal will continue to be affiliated with the Center for Health Design.
Springer assumes control of Autoimmunity Highlights journal, shifts journal to open access - 29 Jan 2015
STM publisher Springer has assumed control of the journal Autoimmunity Highlights, which was previously owned by A. Menarini Diagnostics, an Italian company. In doing so Springer has also elected to make the journal an open access (OA) publication, which will allow for its published findings to be immediately available. However, readers should not expect any changes in the high quality of the content.
Autoimmunity Highlights presents material of interest to diverse professionals working on autoimmune diseases, and examines all aspects including diagnosis, treatment and management. The journal offers specific coverage of all autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, coeliac disease, thyroid disease and diabetes, among others.
New challenges in the field receive special attention, among them genetics, molecular biology, genomics and proteomics, point-of-care testing, information technology and communication, and health economics.
Wolters Kluwer publishes guide for achieving compliance with USP <797> Guidelines for Pharmaceutical Compounding - 29 Jan 2015
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer has announced the release of a complementary guide designed to help healthcare organisations stay compliant with U.S. Pharmacopeia Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding - Sterile Preparations (USP 797). A Step-by-Step Guide to a USP 797 Compliant Pharmacy details the core practice and quality steps needed to optimise patient safety during compounding sterile preparations (CSPs) in healthcare organisations.
Pharmaceutical compounding practices have come under increased regulatory scrutiny in recent years due to several high-profile instances of patient safety issues associated with CSPs. Industry data reveals ongoing issues with CSPs since 2001, pointing to more than 25 pharmacy compounding errors associated with 1,049 adverse events, including 89 deaths.
Presented in the form of an eBook, the guide educates pharmacy and clinical staff on practices and requirements laid out in USP 797, covering the storage, handling, preparation and transportation of CSPs. Insight is provided into the rationale and oversight of UPS 797 and the three critical first steps healthcare organisations need to take to achieve compliance. Also covered in the guide are three key areas covered by USP 797 requirements and where common compliance failures occur.
In addition to procedural steps, the guide also highlights the use of a web-based compliance management tool — Simplifi 797® — as an industry best practice that better enables all types of pharmacies to achieve and maintain compliance. A UPS 797 quality management system, Simplifi 797 offers everything needed to establish the training, risk management and quality assurance practices necessary for a safe and efficient sterile compounding environment, minimising the potential for error.
De Gruyter expands Advisory Board in China in the area of STM - 28 Jan 2015
Academic publisher De Gruyter has announced that Professor Wing Sum Cheung of the University of Hong Kong has been appointed to De Gruyter's Advisory Board, strengthening the company's STM activities in the area of mathematics. Professor Cheung's appointment is the latest development in De Gruyter's many years of successful engagement in China.
The two other advisors, Professor Pauline Chiu of the University of Hong Kong and Professor Tiping Ding of the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, have been members of the Advisory Board since 2012.
DynaMed grant to allow free website to continue to provide infectious diseases specialists with beneficial educational resource - 28 Jan 2015
A grant from DynaMed will enable healthcare professionals to continue to have the opportunity to learn from interesting and instructive infectious disease cases. The EBSCO Health resource has made a donation to support the Partners Infectious Disease Images website, a free database for healthcare trainees and providers that contains thousands of clinical images and hundreds of in-depth cases.
The Partners ID Images digital library was developed with a grant from the National Library of Medicine, and includes cases and images from contributors throughout the world. The site was developed by faculty of the Infectious Disease Division of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Ragon Institute of MGH, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard. The site is run by Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Rajesh T. Gandhi and Managing Editor Dr. Alice M. Cort, both of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.
The DynaMed editorial team comprises experts in a variety of fields, including infectious diseases. Deputy Editor for Infectious Diseases for DynaMed, Dr. Sheila Bond, facilitated the grant to ensure that this resource is able to continue to grow and be freely available to the public.
DynaMed is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other healthcare professionals for use at the point-of-care. It is projected as an indispensable resource for answering most clinical questions by providing the latest content and resources with validity, relevance and convenience. It provides educators with a resource that supports medical education goals, encourages trainees to access the original research, and provides guidance on diagnosis and treatment options while preserving and supporting the essential learning opportunities that educators want to provide.
IOP Publishing joins eduGAIN service - 28 Jan 2015
Non-profit scientific publisher IOP Publishing (IOP), UK, has joined the service eduGAIN to allow institutions, within participating federations, access to IOPscience through Shibboleth/Institutional login, simplifying access to scientific content within the global research community.
Through eduGAIN, IOP has expanded the list of institutions that can use Shibboleth/Institutional login to access IOPscience to include customers in the Czech Republic, Ireland, Italy and Switzerland.
IOPscience is an online service for journal content published by IOP Publishing. IOPscience embraces innovative technologies to make it easier for researchers to access scientific, technical and medical content.
More than 20 institutions now using Altmetric to help track and report research impact - 28 Jan 2015
Alternative metrics provider Altmetric has announced that over 20 world-leading research institutions have now adopted the Altmetric for Institutions analytics platform to monitor and report on the engagement and attention surrounding their research outputs.
First launched in June 2014, the platform aggregates mentions of an institution's output from a number of non-traditional sources including public policy documents, mainstream and social media, post-publication peer-review and online reference managers.
According to Sue Mikilewicz, Director of Business Intelligence and Planning at the University of South Australia, a key benefit of the Altmetric platform is that it allows monitoring the impact of research – this includes non-traditional outputs such as policy papers, reports and creative works. Altmetric can also be used to monitor the effectiveness of the institution's open access policy and institutional repository – making it a very useful cross-departmental tool that will help to inform university-wide strategies and investment.
The platform is also providing valuable insight for non-academic research institutes.
New whitepaper compares and contrasts linked data initiatives at OCLC and the Library of Congress - 28 Jan 2015
OCLC, the non-profit computer library service and research organisation, and the Library of Congress jointly released a whitepaper which compares and contrasts the compatible linked data initiatives at both institutions. The whitepaper is an executive summary of a more detailed technical analysis that will be released later this year.
The white paper summarizes the recent activity of the Bibliographic Framework Initiative at the Library of Congress which proposes a data model for future data interchange in the linked data environment that takes into account interactions with search engines and current developments in bibliographic description. It also provides an overview of OCLC's efforts to refine the technical infrastructure and data architecture for at-scale publication of linked data for library resources in the broader Web. In addition, it investigates the promise of Schema.org as a common ground between the language of the information-seeking public and professional stewards of bibliographic description.
This report will be of interest to anyone wanting to know more about complementary linked data efforts and how they compare.
ProQuest, University of Michigan Library and Bodleian Libraries provide 25,000 early modern books as open access text - 28 Jan 2015
The full text of more than 25,000 titles from the acclaimed ProQuest resource Early English Books Online (EEBO) are now openly available on the websites of the University of Michigan Library and the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford. The new open access titles are the result of work of the Text Creation Partnership (TCP), a longstanding effort to transcribe early modern print books, creating standardised, accurate XML/SGML encoded electronic text editions. Through funding from ProQuest, Jisc and a collective of libraries, these text files are jointly owned by more than 150 libraries worldwide, creating a significant database of foundational scholarship.
From the first book published in English in 1473 through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and on through works produced in 1699, EEBO's incomparable collection contains more than 130,000 books that have been digitised, with fully searchable images of each page - many include beautiful artwork and marginalia. The images, along with enhanced meta data added by ProQuest experts, fulfill even the most exhaustive research requirements of graduate scholars in subject areas as diverse as English literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, theology, music, fine arts, education, mathematics, and science.
TCP's encoding allows users to search the full ASCII text of 25,000 EEBO documents. Libraries that have EEBO in their collections can seamlessly move between the ASCII text transcriptions and the corresponding original page images in the ProQuest interface. ProQuest's expert digitisation and indexing amplifies the benefit of the full ASCII text from TCP, enabling precision searching – made possible through tools that address variant spellings and word forms - and delivery of exceptionally crisp page images.
TCP has been an ongoing effort. An additional 28,000 titles have been transcribed by the University of Michigan as part of Phase 2 -- called TCP-II -- and are available to TCP partner libraries. Phase 2 will be completed by June 30, 2015. EEBO customers may purchase access to these texts as they did for TCP-I. New customers can purchase TCP-II from ProQuest beginning July 1, 2015. They will become open-access works in January 2021.
EEBO is part of ProQuest's larger initiative to create a fully searchable, digital survey of books produced after the birth of printing, preserving rare, fragile works for future generations. Begun with English-language titles from the Pollard & Redgrave and Wing short title catalogues, ProQuest has expanded the project to include multiple languages, working with major libraries throughout Europe including the Det Kongelige Bibliotek (The Royal Library, Copenhagen), Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze in Italy, the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Nationale bibliotheek van Nederland, Den Haag (National Library of the Netherlands), the Wellcome Library in London and Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris.
SAGE's Global Publishing Director, Ziyad Marar, appointed to Campaign for Social Sciences Board - 28 Jan 2015
Academic publisher SAGE has announced that it's Global Publishing Director and author of three books, Ziyad Marar, has been appointed to The Campaign for Social Science (CfSS) coveted board.
Launched to raise the profile of social science in the public, media and parliament, The CfSS is one of the leading voices and advocates for social sciences in the UK. Since SAGE's founding 50 years ago, its role as an active voice and support for the social sciences has been fervently underscored. In his capacity as Global Publishing Director, Ziyad has played a pivotal role in both initiating and supporting SAGE's global work in campaigning for the social sciences, working alongside key organizations to lobby against Government acts and threats to social science funding as well as working with key policy figures and academics to publish research outputs into the challenges against social sciences in the UK.
The full list of CfSS board members can be accessed online at https://campaignforsocialscience.org.uk/ww_group/board/.
University of Arizona selects Ex Libris Rosetta to drive large scale digital asset management and preservation for a consortium-led initiative - 28 Jan 2015
Library automation and preservation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the University of Arizona has adopted the Rosetta digital management and preservation solution as a key component of its repository services. Designed to expose the University's rich digital collections for the benefit of diverse audiences, the project will better enable the University of Arizona to provide sustained access to scholarly digital content and research to both university members and the broader academic community.
Rosetta's ability to provide end-to-end digital asset management and preservation for the vast array of assets and research data that the university possesses, its consortial architecture that allows participating institutions to maintain a degree of autonomy, and its ability to act as a transitional component between multiple display layers, made it the clear choice for Arizona.
Installed in libraries and archives worldwide, Rosetta encompasses the entire digital preservation workflow, including the acquisition, validation, ingest, storage, preservation, and delivery of digital objects. It enables academic institutions as well as libraries, archives, and other memory institutions to manage, preserve, and provide access in perpetuity to institutional documents, research output in digital formats, digital images, websites, and other digitally born and digitised materials.
Wiley launches premium open access journal Advanced Science - 28 Jan 2015
Publisher John Wiley and Sons, Inc., has announced the launch of Advanced Science, a new premium, interdisciplinary open access journal. Advanced Science publishes cutting-edge research, selected through a rigorous and fair reviewing process and is presented using the highest quality production standards to create a premium open access journal.
The journal is the latest addition to Wiley's portfolio of Advanced Materials journals and benefits from relationships with widely respected titles including, Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials and Small. Advanced Science covers fundamental and applied research in materials science, physics and chemistry, medical and life sciences, as well as engineering.
Advanced Science exemplifies the highest quality of interdisciplinary publishing in terms of coverage, quality, speed, international outlook, and services to authors. In contrast to the other Advanced Materials journals, Advanced Science will publish under the fully open access (CC-BY) license.
The journal is open to submissions now and the first issue is already online at www.advancedscience.com.
Capturing growth and share in emerging markets will continue to be a key strategy for medical publishers, says new Simba report - 27 Jan 2015
Media and publishing intelligence firm Simba Information has released a new report 'Global Medical Publishing 2015-2019,' according to which, clinical-based publishing is projected to see some of its most rapid growth in Turkey, Chile, South Korea, Mexico, Greece and Great Britain.
The report concludes that capturing growth and share in emerging markets will continue to be a key strategy for medical publishers and information providers — especially as declining print book and journal advertising revenue stifle the industry's overall growth.
Simba Information's analysis determined that the global medical publishing market was essentially flat in 2014 (-0.2 percent). Declining print books and journal advertising, countered continued growth in online delivery of book collections, journal site licenses and databases.
Increased journal site license revenue is good news for scientific, technical and medical (STM) publishing, but for many medical journals with large circulations, subscriptions represent less than half of total sales. Unfortunately for that sector, pharma sponsorship has declined worldwide, institutional budgets are tight and individuals have been more selective in what they buy.
The outlook for medical publishing market in 2015 and beyond is grounded in sub 1percent growth rates. Weakness comes from world economies, particularly those of Europe, technological blows to high-priced books and ads, and maturity for what were once young, high growth digital startups.
Global Medical Publishing 2015-2019 outlines the strategies publishers, individually and collectively, will pursue in this environment. The move to emerging markets is a natural one given a new global emphasis on research and development, as well as market maturity in the U.S. and Europe. The report found that Europe's medical publishing market is now smaller than Asia-Pacific and rest of the developing world (outside of North America) combined.
The pharmaceutical industry has identified Brazil, Russia, India, China and Turkey as high growth national markets. A combination of rising incomes, healthcare reform and regulatory environment all play a part.
English dominates medical publishing and remains the lingua franca of medicine, particularly at the research and specialist level. But China, Brazil, South Korea and other markets have emerged as new, non-English language markets that are both important consumers and increasingly important producers of medical research. Major publishers are making their content easier to access in other languages.
Global Medical Publishing 2015-2019 provides detailed market information for medical and health care publishing, segmented by delivery medium: journals, books, online content, abstracting and indexing (A&I) and other activities (audio, video and CD-ROM). It analyses trends impacting the industry and forecasts market growth to 2019. The report includes an in-depth review of 15 leading medical publishers, including Reed Elsevier, Wolters Kluwer, Truven Health Analytics, Springer Science+Business Media, John Wily & Sons, Igaku-Shoin, Thieme, American Medical Association, Epocrates and others.
Creighton University in Nebraska selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo - 27 Jan 2015
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that Creighton University has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management service and the Primo discovery and delivery solution to provide unified resource management and discovery. This integrated cloud-based platform will replace several systems, including SirsiDynix Symphony and ProQuest Summon.
To support their shift to an 'Academic Commons' approach to research and learning, Creighton University sought a major change to their technology framework, which would support their growing emphasis on electronic resources rather than physical collections. Creighton was also keen to enable easier collaboration between the University's Reinert-Alumni, Health Sciences and Law libraries.
Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. The company enables libraries to maximise productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.
HealthCanal and UBM Medica US renew marketing and distribution partnership - 27 Jan 2015
HealthCanal.com, an online health newswire, has announced that it will continue its marketing and distribution partnership with UBM Medica US.
One of the largest media companies in the United States serving the healthcare industry, UBM Medica US delivers integrated and strategic communication solutions to a comprehensive audience of medical professionals and healthcare consumers through online, print, live, and custom programs. HealthCanal's content will continue to be delivered to more professionals via the UBM Medica Partner Alliance.
Medical professionals will continue to benefit from HealthCanal's content, which includes peer-reviewed news by experts and top researchers; daily updates to keep readers informed about healthcare industry news; articles and health news on a variety of topics including child health, alternative therapies, geriatrics and aging, and more; an easy-to-read, practical format, available for free to healthcare professionals; and compatibility with multiple digital platforms – including desktop computers, tablets, and smart phones.
Addressing today's healthcare information needs, UBM Medica US, delivers strategic, integrated communications solutions and comprehensive reach - online, in print, via custom programs and live events. Improving the effectiveness of healthcare through information and education, UBM Medica US provides unbiased clinical, practical, and business information for physicians, providers and payers resulting in improved quality of care for patients around the world. Through journals, magazines, online communities, live and digital events, and other valuable resources, UBM Medica US also delivers comprehensive communication solutions for the pharmaceutical and related industries.
Nature Publishing Group moves to CC BY 4.0 as default for OA journals - 27 Jan 2015
All 18 open access journals owned by Nature Publishing Group (NPG), and two society titles published by NPG, will use the Creative Commons Attribution license CC BY 4.0 as default, effective immediately. All future open access journals will also use CC BY 4.0 as default.
Nature Communications has used CC BY as default since October 2014. The other titles included in this initiative are: npj Primary Care and Respiratory Medicine, Scientific Reports, Scientific Data, seven fully-OA academic journals, and ten recently announced forthcoming journals, including nine Nature Partner Journals and Cell Discovery.
NPG will also move to charging a flat APC fee, regardless of license chosen.
Project MUSE in deal with Portico to preserve its complete collection of scholarly electronic journals - 27 Jan 2015
Project MUSE has entered into an agreement with Portico to preserve its complete collection of scholarly electronic journals, which contains titles from more than 120 not-for-profit scholarly publishers worldwide. Project MUSE and Portico began their partnership in 2012 with the preservation of e-books from the University Press Content Consortium (UPCC) collection.
Since 1995 the MUSE journal collections have supported a wide array of research needs at academic, public, special, and school libraries worldwide. MUSE provides complete, full-text versions of scholarly journals from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies.
Project MUSE is a provider of digital humanities and social science content for the scholarly community, offering access to books and journals from more than 200 of the world's most distinguished not-for-profit publishers. Content from over 600 journals is currently offered, including many prestigious flagship titles in their respective disciplines. UPCC Book Collections on Project MUSE, launched in January 2012, now consist of more than 35,000 frontlist and archival book titles, fully integrated with MUSE's scholarly journal content.
UBM Canon and Science@OC partner to support STEM education in Southern California - 27 Jan 2015
UBM Canon and Science@OC have announced their 2015 partnership to promote education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). This will mark the second of a three-year collaboration. The partnership will also include a STEM Education Day on February 10, 2015, at UBM Canon's Advanced Manufacturing Trade Show at the Anaheim Convention Center next month.
The collaboration is designed to help educators better understand the quality and vast array of career opportunities available to students who have the math and science skills required by Orange County manufacturers. The program is a part of a long-term approach to address a chronic challenge faced by Orange County manufacturers: finding qualified workers.
According to Science@OC Executive Director Sue Neuen, Science@OC is using a grant from the UBM Foundation to send 25 middle school educators from six Orange County school districts to the exposition and conference. Educators will take a guided tour of the exhibit hall and discuss how to best share these experiences with students and their parents.
Middle school teachers who attended the STEM Education Day at the advanced manufacturing trade event in 2014 were surprised by the sheer number of technology and manufacturing companies exhibiting at the event as well as the number of them who told the visiting teachers that they are starved for qualified applicants for their jobs.
The Southern California Advanced Manufacturing Trade Show, scheduled for February 10-12, 2015, is the largest comprehensive manufacturing exposition and professional development conference on the West Coast. It is an ideal location to provide the connection between educators and manufacturers. The event attracts more than 30,000 participants and includes more than 2,000 exhibits of equipment, products and services in manufacturing, with the following co-located events: Pacific Design & Manufacturing, ATX West,MD&M West,Quality Expo,WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, and AeroCon.
Admission to the expo hall is free for qualified manufacturing industry professionals who pre-register.
American Geophysical Union to give free access to journal content through public libraries in California - 26 Jan 2015
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) and global publisher Wiley have announced that starting in January 2015 they will offer free online access to all AGU journal content (published from 1997 forward) in public libraries throughout California for onsite use. In addition, schools and programs that participate in AGU’s Bright Students Training as Research Scientists (Bright STaRS) program—which brings middle and high school students from after-school and summer research program to the annual AGU Fall Meeting to present their research alongside the leaders of the Earth and space sciences—will be given free access.
By expanding public access to this groundbreaking Earth and space science research, AGU hopes to help improve public understanding of the impact science has on the world around them and its potential to help ensure a sustainable future for us all.
This new development marks the latest innovation in AGU’s publishing strategy. Earlier in 2014, AGU announced that it would offer free access to all journal content from 1997 forward on a 24-month rolling embargo, and it has three fully open access journals – JAMES, Earth’s Future, and Earth and Space Science, which recently published its first articles. AGU also participates in Wiley’s Research4Life program, which enables more than 5,000 institutions in developing nations to freely access journal content, and it offers green open access after six months, which allows authors to place a copy of their article in an institutional repository.
Elsevier publishes new edition of three-volume Handbook of Crystal Growth - 26 Jan 2015
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the publication of the new edition of the three-volume Handbook of Crystal Growth edited by Dr. Tatau Nishinaga, Dr. Peter Rudolph and Dr. Tom Kuech.
These combined works of reference present the underlying scientific foundation of the multi-disciplinary field of crystal growth. This long-awaited update of a seminal work in the field covers important new topics such as organic crystallization, bio-crystallization, and industrial crystallization techniques, with an emphasis on nano-materials, solar cell materials and nitride semiconductors. Readership for the handbooks includes: scientists and engineers from academia and industry, such as crystal growers, physicists, chemists, engineers, bioengineers, solid state scientists, materials scientists and earth scientists.
In volume one, the handbook addresses the underlying scientific principles relevant to all the techniques of crystal growth, the fundamentals. The second volume is devoted to bulk transport effects and the influence of transport-limited growth on the stability of both isolated growth forms (such as the dendrite) and arrays, and on the cooperative effects which lead to pattern formation. Recent developments in the phase field method and its application to real systems are also described. Focused on techniques, volume three covers thin films and epitaxy.
The new volumes are: Handbook of Crystal Growth, Volume 1: Fundamentals, 2nd Edition, edited by Tatau Nishinaga; Handbook of Crystal Growth, Volume 2: Bulk Crystal Growth, 2nd Edition, edited by Peter Rudolph; and Handbook of Crystal Growth, Volume 3: Thin Films and Epitaxy, 2nd Edition, edited by Tom Kuech.
The books are available on the Elsevier Store and on ScienceDirect, Elsevier's full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from over 2,200 peer-reviewed journals and more than 25,000 book titles.
Emerald Group Publishing and The Charlesworth Group in exclusive referral deal - 26 Jan 2015
Academic publisher Emerald Group Publishing has selected The Charlesworth Group to assist its non-native English speaking authors by providing a referral link to The Charlesworth Group's Author Services website across its publications.
With an ever-increasing number of global authors, it is more important than ever that publishers are able to support non-native English speaking author communities. The Charlesworth Group's referral agreements offer publishers dedicated language services, assisting publishing clients to grow and be able to accept more submissions from international authors. Furthermore, referral agreements allow publishers to pass on discounts or offer special editorial support to their author communities.
The Charlesworth Group's Language Editing referral scheme is designed to support both authors and publishers, by assisting authors with their language and scientific expression. In turn, this improves an author's chance of publication, and reduces the workload of editors by facilitating better quality submissions, and drawing attention to the publisher's stylistic criteria so that it can be applied up-front in the publication workflow. The website interface is available in both English and Chinese, along with dedicated helpdesk staff in the US, UK and China.
The Charlesworth Group also offers tailored services for special editions/supplements, such as liaison directly with conference organisers and triaging of submissions to assess the level of editing needed.
Innovative and EBSCO extend strategic partnership - 26 Jan 2015
Innovative and EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) have extended their strategic partnership to incorporate all platforms in the expanded Innovative product portfolio, including Polaris ILS, Vital, and Virtua. The partnership activities between the two companies for Innovative's Sierra Services Platform and Encore Duet will continue.
Encore Duet is the newest implementation of the market leading Encore Discovery Platform that integrates the full portfolio of EDS content and metadata with the library's local collections. This makes a powerful, single search result of all of the library's holdings. In addition, the agreement provides the opportunity for Innovative to integrate other EBSCO products including the EBSCO Knowledgebase into Innovative's various ILS and Library Services Platform offerings.
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 6,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customisation.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 26 Jan 2015
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Kent Anderson (Macmillan + Springer: Some Lessons to Learn, Some Twists to Watch); Jillian Hart (Peer Review: what’s the point?); Joseph Esposito (Big Sister: Some Beneficial Aspects of Collecting User Data); Liudvika Leisyte (How International Is Peer Review?); and Martin Eve (Obstacles to innovation in digital publishing can be easily overcome by opening up legal channels for experimentation). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
OSA names Ronald Driggers new editor of Applied Optics - 26 Jan 2015
The Optical Society (OSA) has announced the appointment of Ronald Driggers, CEO of St. Johns Optical Systems, as the new editor-in-chief of its journal, Applied Optics. Driggers will serve as the seventh editor-in-chief, and has a long history with the Journal as of an author, reader and topical editor.
Prior to founding St. Johns Optical Systems, Driggers was the Superintendent of the Optical Sciences Division at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. Before that, he was the Director of the Modeling and Simulation Division at the U.S. Army’s Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD). Driggers is also a fellow of OSA and SPIE. During his career, he has served as an Applied Optics topical editor and as editor-in-chief of Optical Engineering.
Applied Optics publishes in-depth articles emphasizing applications-centered research in optics. Published three times each month, Applied Optics’ articles cover topics such as optical technology, photonics, lasers, information processing, sensing and environmental optics.
University of California Press announces two new OA programs for journal and monograph publishing - 26 Jan 2015
The University of California Press recently announced Collabra and Luminos, two new open access programs for journal and monograph publishing. Aligned with UC Press’s mission to build reach and impact for transformative scholarship, the programs expand publishing options for scholarly authors and researchers, make it easier for readers to find and use content, and share the monetary value generated from publishing across the academic community. Both Collabra and Luminos launch with a distinguished group of advisory board members, editors, authors, and reviewers from universities and associations around the globe.
The mega journal Collabra is based on an innovative model designed to share value generated from publishing an article among editors and reviewers who contribute to its success. Instead of retaining all funds generated from author article processing charges (APCs), UC Press directly compensates reviewers and editors for their work on the journal; reviewers and editors can then opt to pass these earnings on to an APC waiver fund that benefits other authors or to their institution’s open access fund.
At launch, Collabra will focus on three broad disciplinary areas: life and biomedical sciences, ecology and environmental science, and social and behavioural sciences. UC Press is lining up an international team of field experts for the editorial board, including, among others, Erica Fleishman, Research Scientist, Department of Environmental Science and Policy and John Muir Institute of the Environment, University of California, Davis; Maryann Martone, who is also Co-Director, National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research (NCMIR) and Executive Director of FORCE11; and Rolf
A. Zwaan, Professor, Department of Psychology, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
With Luminos, UC Press is taking steps to ensure the longevity of monographic publishing while adhering to the same exacting editorial standards for which it has been known for more than 120 years. This entails combining the best of OA and digital publishing with UC Press’s rigorous selection and editorial processes to create a wholly new approach to sustainable and affordable monograph publishing.
For authors whose traditional monographs have been relegated to sales of just a few hundred, an open access model offers the potential to exponentially increase the discoverability and readership of their work. UC Press’s model also supports rich multimedia content—essential in order to keep pace with new digital modes of scholarship.
Luminos shares the cost burden of publishing in manageable amounts across the academic community. For each title, UC Press makes a significant contribution, augmented by membership funds from supporting libraries. Authors will then be asked to secure a title publication fee to cover the remaining costs. Additional revenue from supporting libraries and print sales will help to support an author waiver fund.
To ensure the program continues to evolve as OA and the needs of the scholarly community change, UC Press has established an advisory board that represents the interests of many monograph audiences. These include: Wendy Chun, Brown University; Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Modern Language Association and New York University; Faye Ginsburg, New York University; David Theo Goldberg, University of California, Irvine; Christopher M. Kelty, University of California, Los Angeles; Todd Presner, University of California, Los Angeles; and MacKenzie Smith, University of California, Davis.
Wolters Kluwer Health releases complimentary guide to help hospitals create comprehensive ASPs - 26 Jan 2015
Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, has announced the release of a complimentary guide designed to help hospitals create comprehensive antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs). The step-by-step eBook, Guidelines for Developing and Enhancing Your Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, defines the pervasive financial and patient care benefits related to ASP implementation, as well as the critical role electronic surveillance technology plays in an effective program.
ASPs address an increasingly critical global concern regarding the rapid growth of multidrug resistant organisms (MDROs). These ‘superbugs’ account for more than 2 million hospitalizations and 23,000 deaths each year in the United States, and their impact is expected to rise exponentially over the next three decades if effective ASPs are not widely adopted. A report commissioned by the British government and published in December projects that deaths caused by drug-resistant pathogens could rise to 317,000 by 2050 in North America alone.
In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention formally recommended ASPs for all hospitals. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are expected to require that US acute care, critical care and long-term care hospitals implement antimicrobial stewardship programs by the end of 2017.
The eBook explains the challenges posed by MDROs and how hospitals can take action to slow their progression. Clinical teams will learn about common barriers to implementing ASPs, along with eight elements of a high performing program that impact patient care and the bottom line. The guide also details the role of electronic surveillance and the advantages of leveraging the Sentri7® solution to provide a technical framework for patient care-focused policies, actionable information for members of the ASP team, and the metrics and reporting central to continuous improvement.
Accessible Archives retains Scholarly iQ to upgrade COUNTER Usage reporting capabilities - 23 Jan 2015
Accessible Archives, Inc., a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases, has announced that usage statistics for its collections will become available April 1, 2015 using the new COUNTER Release 4 (R4) standards.
Scholarly iQ, a provider of eBusiness solutions to the academic publishing market, is the new vendor providing the reporting and data management services. This upgraded capability provides an extra benefit for Accessible Archives' customers, utilising the latest version of the agreed international set of standards and protocols governing the recording and exchange of such online usage data to ensure independent reporting of publishers' usage statistics.
This agreement was coordinated through Unlimited Priorities LLC, a firm specialising in support for small and medium-size companies in the information and publishing industries.
A complete list of the new features contained in COUNTER Release 4 standards is available. Among these are a single, integrated Code of Practice covering journals, databases, books, reference works and multimedia content ; enhancements of the SUSHI (Standardised Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative) protocol designed to facilitate its implementation by vendors and its use by librarians; an expanded Database Report 2, which now includes 'access denied: content item not licenced', in addition to the 'Turnaways' (access denied: simultaneous/concurrent user licence limit exceeded) covered in earlier Releases ; and modified Database Reports, in which the previous requirement to report Session counts has been dropped, and new requirements, to report Record Views and Result Clicks, have been added. (Database Report 3 has also been renamed Platform Report 1).
American Publishers and Authors require OFAC to permit US publication of books and articles from Syria - 23 Jan 2015
A coalition of leading publisher and author associations has written to the Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") of the Treasury Department demanding that it revise trade regulations that effectively prohibit American publishers from publishing books and journal articles written by Syrian authors.
The Association of American University Presses ("AAUP"), the Association of American Publishers Professional and Scholarly Publishers division ("AAP/PSP"), and PEN American Center ("PEN") have condemned the portion of the amended and re-issued Syrian sanctions regulations dictating that American publishers may not enter into transactions for Syrian works not yet fully completed, may not provide 'substantive or artistic alterations or enhancements' to Syrian works, and may not promote or market Syrian works.
The letter states that the Syrian Sanctions Regulations violate federal law and the First Amendment, and by severely restricting the ability of American publishers to publish works by Syrian academics, dissidents, and opponents of the Assad regime and/or ISIS, make a terrible policy decision at odds with this country's longstanding traditions at a time when the American public most needs to educate itself about Syria.
In light of the important First Amendment values at stake, Congress twice passed laws making clear that OFAC has no authority to regulate 'information or informational materials.'
In 2004, the coalition sued OFAC for similar trade sanctions governing works penned by authors in Iran, Cuba, and the Sudan. OFAC quickly revised those regulations and created a general license permitting all publishers to engage in any transactions 'necessary and ordinarily incident to' publishing and marketing written works from those countries, with limited exceptions. When the coalition agreed to voluntarily dismiss the suit, OFAC stipulated that it would 'take [similar] policy considerations into account in the event that it issues regulations pertaining to additional countries under trading sanction.' Despite that stipulation, OFAC failed to include such protections in recent Syrian sanctions regulations – imperiling the US publication of many valuable political and scientific publications.
EBSCO and the American Medical Association expand partnership to promote visibility and adoption of top medical journals - 23 Jan 2015
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and the American Medical Association (AMA) are expanding their relationship in an effort to further promote visibility and adoption of the top medical journals around the world. While EBSCO has long made AMA journals available via its subscription services, EBSCO will now act as a sales agent for The JAMA Network.
Long known as both a subscription agency and a database vendor, EBSCO has now pooled the resources from both areas and now offers selected publishers truly expanded worldwide sales and marketing efforts as part of a new program. The list of publisher partners in this program is limited.
Healthcare professionals around the world turn to The JAMA Network for groundbreaking research and insightful commentary from leaders across the broad spectrum of health care. It is a trusted family of esteemed medical journals that shape the future of medicine by connecting physicians with important, innovative research in general medicine and many specialties.
Journals from The JAMA Network that EBSCO will sell as part of the agreement include: Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA); JAMA Dermatology; JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery; JAMA Internal Medicine; JAMA Neurology; JAMA Ophthalmology; JAMA Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery; JAMA Pediatrics; JAMA Psychiatry; and JAMA Surgery.
These journals are indexed in many EBSCO databases, and the two organisations are maximising technology to ensure the best possible linking between EBSCO’s hosted indexes (e.g., Academic Search, CINAHL®, MEDLINE™, etc.), and the AMA e-journal platform for mutual customers. Enhanced linking will also be provided via EBSCO Discovery Service, as well as via EBSCO’s point-of-care products (e.g., DynaMed™) for mutual customers.
Elsevier publishes five new geology books essential for professionals in the oil and gas industries - 23 Jan 2015
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the publication of five new geology books. These include the updated and revised third edition of Elements of Petroleum Geology, written by preeminent petroleum geologists, Dr. Richard Selley and Dr. Stephen Sonnenberg.
Elements of Petroleum Geology reviews the concepts and methodology of petroleum exploration and production, and reflects the vast changes in the field since publication of the previous edition. It features new information on drilling activity and production methods including crude oil, directional drilling, thermal techniques, and gas plays as well as additional coverage of 3D seismic interpretation. With first-time sections on pressure compartments, and hydrocarbon adsorption and absorption in source rocks, it is a comprehensive resource for geophysicists, geologists, and petroleum engineers in the oil industry.
Editor Dr. Richard Selley is a Senior Research Fellow and Emeritus Professor of Petroleum Geology at Imperial College, London. He has more than 50 years of experience in the teaching, research and practical application of geoscience to petroleum exploration. Co-editor Dr. Stephen A. Sonnenberg is a Professor and holds the Charles Boettcher Distinguished Chair in Petroleum Geology at the Colorado School of Mines. He specialises in unconventional reservoirs, sequence stratigraphy, tectonic influence on sedimentation, and petroleum geology.
The five new geology books are: Elements of Petroleum Geology, 3rd Edition by Richard Selley and Stephen A. Sonnenberg; Education in Training for the Oil and Gas Industry, Volume Two: Building A Technically Competent Workforce by Phil Andrews; Structural Geology: The Mechanics of Deforming Metamorphic Rocks by Bruce Hobbs and Alison Ord; Geoethics: Ethical Challenges and Case Studies in Earth Sciences by Max Wyss and Silvia Peppoloni; and Practical and Applied Hydrogeology by Zekâi Sen.
The books are available on the Elsevier Store and on ScienceDirect, Elsevier's full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from over 2,200 peer-reviewed journals and more than 25,000 book titles.
Orbis Cascade Alliance and Ex Libris complete implementation of a shared resource management and discovery system - 23 Jan 2015
The Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 37 North American academic institutions known for innovative collaboration, and library automation services provider Ex Libris Group have announced the completion of a two-year effort to migrate Alliance members to a shared, next-generation library management and discovery solution. Alliance member libraries have migrated from 37 locally hosted systems comprised of four discovery and three ILS platforms to shared use of the cloud-based Alma unified resource management solution and Primo discovery solution.
Working in partnership, the Alliance and Ex Libris each played critical roles in managing the complex migration of four cohorts comprised of 6-11 libraries, each cohort migrating over a six-month period. Beyond migration, the Alliance and Ex Libris worked in partnership to create a new resource sharing solution and to develop consortial functionality that will allow Alliance member libraries to build on their 20-year history of shared work.
The Orbis Cascade Alliance is a consortium of 37 academic institutions in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, serving faculty and the equivalent of more than 275,000 full-time students. The Alliance helps member libraries to advance institutional missions through collaboration and innovation. Members join together in the spirit of innovation and combined expertise, seeking efficiency and productivity to strongly promote the success of students, faculty, staff, and researchers.
Oxford University Press publishes first issue of the European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy - 23 Jan 2015
Academic publisher Oxford University Press (OUP) has announced the publication of the first issue of European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy (EHJCVP), which it is publishing on behalf of the European Society for Cardiology (ESC) and the Working Group on Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy.
Pharmacotherapy is an increasingly important area of cardiology given the high number of cardiac patients who are on medication of some kind. This new journal aims to publish the highest quality research, interpreting and integrating new scientific developments within the field of cardiovascular pharmacotherapy. The overarching goal of the journal is to improve the care of patients with cardiovascular disease with a specific focus on cardiovascular pharmacotherapy.
The Editor-in-Chief of EHJCVP is Professor Stefan Agewall of the Institute for Clinical Medicine at the University of Oslo. OUP will publish four issues of EHJCVP in 2015, and the journal will be freely available until December 2016.
The journal's website can be found at http://ehjcvp.oxfordjournals.org/.
SAGE white paper presents collaborative opportunities for improving discoverability in 2015 - 23 Jan 2015
Academic publisher SAGE has released a new whitepaper 'Improving the Discoverability of Scholarly Content: Academic Library Priorities and Perspectives,' which discusses new ways for members of the scholarly communications supply chain to come together to solve discoverability issues.
Lettie Conrad, Executive Manager of Product Analysis and Elisabeth Leonard, Executive Market Research Manager at SAGE surveyed more than 250 librarians about resource discovery practices and priorities. According to the survey findings librarians considered the highest potential for increasing discovery indexing to be mainstream search engines (Google) and in academic databases (A&I). The library catalogue remains a priority discovery channel for librarians. Discovery issues preventing libraries from purchasing/subscribing to scholarly resources included lack of metadata standards compliance (23%), lack of transparency around discoverability (33%), lack of collaboration (26%) and lack of metadata (33%).
The biggest discoverability challenges are found with audiovisual and multimedia materials.
The paper discusses how content providers can promote discoverability by ‘getting their metadata out there everywhere.’ For example, publishers can participate in open web and library resource discovery and access tools such as search engine indexing, high-quality, timely MARC records, and metadata standards compliance.
Furthermore, the authors recommend that librarians communicate openly and directly with publishers and others in the community about furthering their library priorities.
Those attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting are invited to join Elisabeth for a special in-booth presentation of the white paper results on January 31st at 2pm in the SAGE Booth #4021. The paper is available to read at http://www.sagepub.com/repository/binaries/pdfs/discoverability2015.pdf.
ALPSP appoints Lucy McBride as Events and Membership Administrator - 22 Jan 2015
The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) has announced the appointment of Lucy McBride to the position of Events and Membership Administrator.
Lucy joins ALPSP with a wealth of industry experience in events and marketing. She most recently worked for Swets in a number of roles in communications and commercial support functions. Prior to that Lucy helped set up the UK office of Atypon Systems and worked at Extenza ePublishing Services.
Lucy will report to Lesley Ogg, Events and Membership Manager.
Elsevier launches Knovel Quick Search for Autodesk Inventor - 22 Jan 2015
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the launch of Knovel Quick Search for Autodesk Inventor. This easy-to-use search application enhances engineers' workflow by enabling access to Knovel's extensive and trusted content resources without leaving the Inventor environment. Users can resolve critical engineering questions during the design and simulation process, enabling efficiency from start to finish. Knovel Quick Search for Autodesk Inventor is the latest offering based upon Knovel's APIs, which enable a range of integration capabilities for third-party applications widely used by engineers.
Knovel Quick Search for Autodesk Inventor helps engineers and other users discover and utilise vetted reference information on engineering technical information, design guidelines and best practices as needed during the design and validation process. Engineers can research and resolve a wide range of questions launched directly from within Inventor, and they can also access information interactively through the Knovel browser opened through the quick search application. Elsevier is the first information services company to incorporate knowledge-based reference discovery into the Inventor modeling environment, helping engineers to solve conceptual, operational and environmental issues quickly and easily.
Knovel Quick Search for Autodesk Inventor is a vital tool for structural and mechanical engineers who use Inventor for digital prototyping, 3D mechanical design, product simulation and other applications. Inventor is a 3D CAD software for mechanical design, documentation and product simulation.
Knovel Quick Search for Autodesk Inventor is for users with subscriptions to both Inventor and Knovel. The cloud-based application is available for download on Autodesk Exchange Apps store.
Future Science Group launches new OA journal - Future Science Open - 22 Jan 2015
Publisher Future Science Group (FSG) has launched Future Science Open, the publisher's first fully open access journal. Each month, Future Science Open will publish research in all areas of biotechnology and medicine, as well as topics in biological, life and physical sciences that are relevant to human health.
Future Science Open will consider publication of all original research articles that have been conducted with scientific rigor and research integrity. All articles submitted to Future Science Open will undergo peer review by a minimum of three independent experts. The journal will also feature review articles, editorials and perspective pieces, providing readers with a leading source of commentary and analysis in the field of biomedical research.
Senior editors of the journal include Benoit Arsenault, Université Laval, Canada; Ian A Blair, University of Pennsylvania, USA; and Paul Span, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands. They are joined by a young ambassador's panel, composed of early career researchers, and an international editorial board.
The journal follows a gold open access model, publishing all articles under the Creative Commons CC-BY license to allow maximum dissemination. Authors are required to comply fully with the journal's Disclosure & Conflict of Interest Policy as well as major publishing guidelines, including ICMJE and GPP2.
Future Science Open is actively soliciting contributions of original research, reviews and perspective articles and is waiving fees during its launch phase.
Informa Healthcare acquires medical journals - 22 Jan 2015
Informa Healthcare, part of the Taylor & Francis Group, has announced the acquisition of Postgraduate Medicine, Hospital Practice and The Physician and Sportsmedicine.
Established in 1916 by Charles Mayo, Postgraduate Medicine is a rapid peer-reviewed medical journal that communicates the latest research to aid physicians when making treatment decisions, with an emphasis on appealing to primary care physicians.
Hospital Practice is a peer-reviewed journal serving the hospitalist's range of inpatients, covering the latest in-hospital treatments and protocols serving the needs of patients pre- and post-discharge.
The Physician and Sportsmedicine is a peer-reviewed, clinically oriented publication for primary care physicians, which covers the latest primary care-focused treatments serving the needs of the active patient population, examines the latest drug discoveries to advance treatment and recovery, and takes into account the medical aspects of exercise therapy for a given condition.
All three journals provide a rapid publication service and present semi-themed issues that enhance the impact of published articles. These journals will transition on to the Taylor & Francis Online platform during 2015.
Lynne Miller joins TBI as Associate Director, Client Services - 22 Jan 2015
TBI has announced the appointment of Lynne Miller as Associate Director, Client Services. Lynne previously held the post of Associate Director, Society Engagement at Wiley.
TBI provides outsourced business development, market research and marketing services to publishers and other organisations in the research information sector. Established over a decade ago, TBI has built a reputation as a thought-leader in the industry, providing strategic guidance on marketing and new product development, together with tactical implementation of campaigns for publishers all over the world.
New Analytics On Demand apps improve outreach and provide insights to multi-branch systems - 22 Jan 2015
Public libraries face challenges demonstrating their value to the communities and stakeholders they serve – just 22 percent of Americans say they know most or all of the services provided by their public library. To help libraries overcome these barriers, Gale, part of Cengage Learning, has added three new applications to Analytics On Demand, the first affordable big data analytics solution for public libraries. The new apps, Marketing Action (for Patrons and Non-Patrons) and Branch Insights, help libraries deploy targeted direct marketing programs to current and prospective library users, as well as better understand how existing patrons are interacting with individual branches across a system.
Launched in April, Analytics On Demand has grown to include applications to analyze eBook and audiobook usage reports from library vendors, and now, Marketing Action and Branch Insights (available next month). As with other Analytics On Demand apps, these new additions give libraries quick, affordable, and easy access to valuable insights on an ongoing basis, specifically Marketing Action (Patrons), Marketing Action (Non-Patrons) and Branch Insights.
Marketing Action (Patrons) allows libraries to analyse demographic, psychographic and other information on existing library users to inform the development of new campaigns. Direct mail and email lists can be customised by a variety of demographic and psychographic filters.
Similar to that for patrons, the Marketing Action (Non-Patrons) app enables libraries to generate mailing lists of non-cardholders based on specific criteria related to their household composition. Direct mail campaigns and maps help libraries target key geographies, and identify potential partner businesses and organisations.
Branch Insights tracks cardholders' use across various branches in a single library system and provides insight into where and how individual consumer types are engaging the library system, so they can tailor the materials, programs, services and outreach at the branch-level.
Wiley appoints Mark Allin as Chief Operating Officer - 22 Jan 2015
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has announced the appointment of Mark Allin as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective May 1, 2015.
In this new role, Allin will continue to report to Steve Smith, President and CEO, and have strategic and operational responsibility for Wiley's three businesses. He previously served as Executive Vice President, Professional Development.
Allin joined Wiley with the acquisition of Capstone in 2000 (where he was co-founder), after holding numerous senior positions at Blackwell, Simon & Schuster, and Pearson. In 2003, he became Vice President and Managing Director, Wiley Asia, providing him with extensive experience across all three Wiley businesses. In 2010, Allin was promoted to Senior Vice President, Professional Development.
Dow partners with the American Chemical Society to improve chemistry teaching all over North America - 21 Jan 2015
The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) and the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) are partnering to invigorate chemistry education and support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in the nation's schools.
Dow and AACT will work together to convene a series of teacher summits and create more than 750 lesson plans, multimedia resources, demonstrations and other high-quality chemistry teaching materials for use in K–12 classrooms. The work will be supported by a $1 million contribution from Dow to the AACT spread over a four year period.
AACT was launched in 2014 by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society. The partnership with Dow promotes the main goal of AACT—to provide its members with resources that foster top-notch chemistry instruction grounded in everyday life.
Dow's STEM mission is to build the workforce of tomorrow by supporting teachers, motivating student achievement, developing careers, and collaborating with communities to transform STEM education into a driver for innovation, manufacturing, and economic prosperity. Through its STEMtheGAP™ initiatives, including the AACT partnership, Dow strives to provide more resources to teachers, drive excitement in young people around STEM topics and increase the number of students who choose STEM majors, ultimately preparing these students to be successful in STEM careers.
In order to prepare these teachers for the challenges they face in the chemistry classroom, Dow and AACT will host a series of teacher summits in cities around the country, with the first summit occurring this summer in Midland, Michigan. Approximately 30 chemistry teachers from surrounding communities will attend the weeklong summit. They will work with Dow volunteers, known as Dow STEM Ambassadors, to identify improvement opportunities in K–12 classroom resources and develop lesson plans, multimedia presentations and other materials that better meet teachers' needs. As part of this effort, Dow STEM Ambassadors will help teachers incorporate career-based examples into their teaching resources, educating students on future potential career opportunities.
Lesson plans and other classroom materials developed at the Dow-AACT teacher summits will be available to AACT members via the association's website, www.teachchemistry.org.
Edmodo and Cambridge University Press announce strategic partnership - 21 Jan 2015
Academic publisher Cambridge University Press and Edmodo, an e-learning platform for primary and secondary teachers and pupils, have announced a strategic partnership to encourage effective instruction and deeper student learning. With this partnership, both parties seek to bring premier educational content and technology to schools in the United Kingdom.
With changes to curriculum standards percolating across the globe, educators are being challenged to adapt while, at the same time, growing accustomed to a 21st century classroom environment. Through the partnership, teachers and pupils alike will benefit from a best-in-class solution that combines high-quality content and collaborative technology. A communication and resource-sharing platform designed for the classroom environment, Edmodo is used by more than 45 million educators, pupils and parents in over 190 countries.
Cambridge University Press has a global reputation for creating high-quality, accessible, and inspirational learning resources. As partners, the Press will create and distribute standards-aligned content to educators via the Edmodo platform. The companies will work in partnership with teachers, departments and schools on implementation and product customisation.
The first stage of the partnership will focus on delivering a tailored solution to schools in England as part of a progressive rollout. Cambridge's brand new content for the reformed linear GCSEs will be exclusively integrated with Edmodo's formative assessment tool, Snapshot. Built directly into the Edmodo platform, Snapshot allows teachers to easily gauge, on a regular basis, student performance on educational standards. The GCSE content will cover the core subjects of Mathematics, English Language, English Literature, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Combined Science & Computing.
Elsevier celebrates International Year of Light 2015, collaborates in the production of documentary film - Einstein’s Light - 21 Jan 2015
STM publisher Elsevier has announced its collaboration in the film production of Einstein's Light which was first presented at the Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Light 2015 (IYL2015) held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
Einstein's Light explores how scientific imagination and innovation advance knowledge frontiers featuring Dr. Albert Einstein and Dutch Nobel Laureate Dr. Hendrik Lorentz as models. The film examines Einstein's discoveries as well as modern examples of scientific imagination and innovation, highlighting organisations on the front edge of discovery. It illuminates Einstein's quest to realise his General Theory of Relativity from his miracle year of 1905 to its finalisation amidst the horrors of the First World War, as he used the properties of light to guide his creative path.
The complete documentary can be viewed in cinemas across the globe in September 2015. The trailer was presented at the Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Light 2015 (IYL2015), held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Interested parties may view the trailer at https://vimeo.com/117005227.
New grants awarded to OCLC to support joint strategy, research and prototypes initiated by the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums - 21 Jan 2015
OCLC, the non-profit computer library service and research organisation, has received grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services to advance and sustain professional development and continuing education for information workers across the United States.
The grants will support continued work of the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries, and Museums to produce strategies for effective staff learning programs, and will identify new opportunities for mutually beneficial collaboration among archives, library and museum organisations.
The Coalition was first convened in Arlington, Virginia, in March 2014, through an initial IMLS investment of $289,000, which supports work through March 2015. The Gates Foundation grant of $266,000, and supplemental funding from IMLS of $149,000, will bolster Coalition activities and extend them through October 2015.
The Coalition is now working to publish a joint strategy that will support the shared vision of cross-sector collaboration, and document a plan for well-coordinated, sustainable and effective continuing education and professional development for the field.
OA journal Palgrave Communications publishes first papers - 21 Jan 2015
Palgrave Communications, the new high quality open access (OA) online-only, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary journal has published its first articles.
The papers, which are all free to access, span a wide range of disciplines including international studies, political science, theatre and performance studies, and operational research.
The first edition of the journal includes a commentary by Dr W. James Jacob, Institute for International Studies in Education, University of Pittsburgh, on interdisciplinary research trends in higher education. This is the first of several articles that will discuss interdisciplinary research, which is much needed to help tackle global challenges such as migration and water scarcity but can be difficult within the traditional culture of academia.
Palgrave Communications was launched after a global survey of academics in the humanities and social sciences, where 82 percent said that they would publish OA if the best or most appropriate journal were OA. 68 percent thought that their specific area of interest would benefit from journals that publish peer-reviewed OA. The journal offers immediate, free online dissemination of all published articles via a CC BY license1, and is committed to speedy peer review and publication.
Palgrave Communications is led by a large international, cross-disciplinary Editorial Board of leading researchers. The in-house Managing Editor, who oversees the editorial process, is Gino D'Oca.
Palgrave Communications is the first Palgrave Macmillan title to launch on a new publishing platform created by Palgrave Macmillan's sister company Nature Publishing Group. There are no restrictions on word limits: all articles that conform to the required editorial standards of the journal will be published regardless of length. The journal offers authors an enhanced digital publishing experience with industry-leading features such as article-level metrics, including data from Altmetric, and enhanced article layout and navigation.
Thieme selects TEMIS's Luxid Webstudio for thesaurus management - 21 Jan 2015
Semantic Content Enrichment solutions provider TEMIS has announced that scientific and medical publisher Thieme has chosen TEMIS's Luxid® Webstudio to help its teams manage their thesauri and terminologies. Luxid® Webstudio will help different departments of the group to manage, expand and customise the complex vocabularies they use to semantically enrich their content.
The Luxid semantic enrichment platform has already been in use at Thieme for several years in a whole range of projects to process content in domains such as radiology, veterinary medicine, nursing care, osteopathy and chemistry. With the acquisition of this additional Luxid® WebStudio module, Thieme will be able to manage multiple thesauri easily and autonomously.
In order to increase end-users' productivity in the context of everyday thesaurus management, Luxid® Webstudio provides them with advanced ergonomics as well as two more distinctive features enabled by the platform's underlying Natural Language Processing layer: Real-time Preview and Term Suggestion.
Real-time Preview enables users to verify in real-time how well their ontology applies to content, and to rapidly correct gaps from the same interface, for example by adding variants or adjusting extraction mechanisms.
Term Suggestion identifies concepts that are mentioned in the user's corpus but are not yet included in the ontology in order, thus facilitating thesaurus enrichment.
University of Haifa opts for Ex Libris Alma - 21 Jan 2015
Library technology solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the University of Haifa's Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library is the first early adopter in Israel of the Alma® library management solution. Haifa University will be replacing the Aleph® integrated library system. Alma will be integrated with the University Library's Primo® discovery and delivery solution - for which the library developed a Hebrew interface in cooperation with Ex Libris.
Provided on a SaaS basis, Alma automates and streamlines all library operations, including order management and acquisition, catalogue management, metadata management, and digitisation, for the full range of bibliographic resources - regardless of their location or format.
Haifa University was keen to adopt a cloud-based solution that would enable staff members to direct their resources towards supporting users in learning, research, and teaching.
Wiley-VCH and the Korean Chemical Society partner to jointly publish the Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society - 21 Jan 2015
Wiley-VCH, part of the scientific and technical publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and the Korean Chemical Society have signed an agreement to closely cooperate and jointly publish the Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society. The journal will be available online from volume 2015 in Wiley Online Library, one of the most extensive multidisciplinary collections of online resources, visited by 15 million users a month.
The Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society was founded by the Korean Chemical Society in 1980, with the aim to create an international, English-language forum to reach out to the chemical community worldwide. The journal publishes peer-reviewed reviews/accounts, articles, communications and notes covering all major fields of pure and applied chemistry.
The Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society is covered by the Science Citation Index and is included in all major abstracting & indexing services. Effective from Volume 36 (2015) all issues will be published online in Wiley Online Library; archive volumes (1980-2014) are available through the website of the Korean Chemical Society .
Almost half of IT staff in HE are not involved in the delivery of transnational education by their own institution overseas, says report - 20 Jan 2015
Almost half of IT staff in higher education (HE) are not involved in the delivery of transnational education (TNE) by their own institution overseas, according to a joint report by Jisc and the Observatory of Borderless Higher Education (OBHE).
The research – which was designed to uncover the current state of TNE in UK HE institutions – found that 45 percent of IT staff were in the dark regarding TNE activities. This finding is despite technology being integral to universities delivering teaching and qualifications to students in other countries.
The finding is reiterated by IT departments' exclusion from TNE decision making, with only 27 percent claiming they were involved in institutions' development plans. When it comes to deciding on future TNE activities, this number falls to a worryingly low 1 percent, which suggests that where IT infrastructure is being considered at all, it is only as an after-thought.
There is also a lack of awareness regarding system risks and threats. When asked if data-related problems had previously been encountered abroad through their university's TNE activities, just over half (52 percent) answered 'don't know', while 57 percent were unaware if their institutional risk assessments included IT infrastructure.
TNE is increasingly being recognised for the important role it plays in the UK economy and has been named by the government as one of the key policy strands in the education component of the industrial strategy. A report by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in late 2014 on the value of TNE to the UK estimated that £496m was generated in 2012/13 alone from this activity stream.
In order to better understand the market, Jisc commissioned OBHE to undertake research on current trends in UK institutions' delivery of TNE, future direction of travel, challenges and opportunities for the HE sector.
The research involved two distinct groups: international offices, and IT departments. A total of 84 institutions responded, all of which were either members of Universities UK or GuildHE.
Other findings to emerge include 'online provision, blended or distance learning' being the preferred method of delivery, chosen by 54 percent. Establishing a branch campus abroad was the least popular, named by just 10 percent of respondents.
Boopsie for Libraries announces tremendous growth in 2014 - 20 Jan 2015
Boopsie, Inc., the leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide, demonstrated a tremendous surge of momentum in 2014. Among other achievements, the company has grown its customer base by more than 30 percent over the previous year.
In addition to expanding its position as market leader among Public, Academic, and K-12 libraries,
Boopsie now serves Corporate Libraries and Government & Military Libraries, having signed a global 'Fortune 10' energy company; one of the largest cosmetics companies in the U.S. (Mary Kay, Inc.); and one of the most prestigious military-academic institutions in the world. In addition to growing its customer base and expanding into new library industries, the company's overall customer satisfaction is evidenced by a high 96 percent renewal rate for its mobile Platform-as-a-Service.
New Boopsie technologies and services shipped in 2014 include Boopsie Analytics, which enable libraries to track downloads, unique users, queries and channel visits made in their library-branded apps from a centralised web-based dashboard. The company also launched marketing services for libraries that have increased their library-branded mobile app usage by as much as 300 percent for individual libraries as well as consortia and state-wide systems such as Washington State and the State of Virginia.
Boopsie partnered with a number of leading digital content providers in 2014 to bring a seamless, native mobile experience to users including ProQuest, EBSCO, Baker and Taylor, Recorded Books, Overdrive, and 3M Cloud Library. Boopsie also expanded into re-selling digital content, such as Comics Plus (a digital catalog of 10,000 comics and graphic novels) and CoverCake (an in-app discovery tool for books-as-seen-on-TV).
Innovative strategic technology partnerships such as Parity Computing Inc., which provides powerful data mining, analytics, and decision-support systems for STM publishers and research institutes; Spritz, which offers proprietary advanced speed-reading technology; and LoYakk, a next-generation mobile engagement platform for Fortune 500 companies that facilitates collaboration will help Boopsie serve libraries looking for a mobile strategy that will be relevant far into the future.
As part of its international expansion plans, in 2014 Boopsie partnered with iGroup, the largest reseller of digital services to academic libraries in the Asia-Pacific region, serving more than 2,000 academic institutions and libraries.
Furthermore, a number of industry experts joined the Boopsie Advisory Board in 2014 including Fareed Adib, Global Head of Android Partnerships at Google; Dr. David Clementz, former CIO of Chevron-Texaco; Dr. Michael Housman, Chief Analytics Officer from Evolv, Inc., and other technology industry leaders.
CGG’s Multi-Physics Business Line now fully operational - 20 Jan 2015
CGG, a fully integrated Geoscience company, has confirmed that its new Multi-Physics Business Line is now up and running within its Acquisition Division. The new Business Line combines all of CGG's Airborne capabilities with its GravMag Solutions business.
The Multi-Physics Business Line offers clients timely and cost-effective solutions encompassing gravity, magnetic, electromagnetic and radiometric surveys with the most comprehensive and advanced range of airborne fixed-wing and helicopter systems.
Multi-Physics is also able to leverage CGG's decades of expertise in applying these geophysical methods offshore with gravity and magnetic data acquisition from a broad range of marine platforms and onshore with particular specialisation in near-surface Multi-Physics to enhance onshore seismic imaging.
The internationally renowned interpretation geoscientists working for this new Business Line integrate multi-physics data with geologic, seismic and well data to add insight to the natural resource evaluation process. They develop and commercialise specialised software to process, invert and interpret potential field and electromagnetic data which are then used to model a large variety of geologic environments. These capabilities extend to the delivery of specialised magnetic models for use in geo-steering by the drilling industry.
The Business Line's multi-client library of gravity and magnetic data also helps to further reduce exploration risk by contributing to an integrated understanding of basin architecture and hydrocarbon potential in most of the world's petroleum basins.
Reprints Desk, Inc. launches Article Galaxy Widget, accelerates scientific discovery by simplifying lowest cost - 20 Jan 2015
Reprints Desk, Inc., a Research Solutions company and document delivery supplier, has officially launched its Article Galaxy Widget, a time-saving tool that provides web browser access to scientific, technology and medical (STM) research articles indexed by more than 50 popular search sites and discovery databases, like Google Scholar, PubMed, ResearchGATE, Web of Science and Scopus, as well as numerous publisher websites.
Launched as beta version in June 2014, Article Galaxy is already in use at dozens of research-oriented organisations — from Fortune 500 companies to boutique research firms — where it has received widespread praise and appreciation for its ease-of-use and advanced functionality. Article Galaxy is now available to all Reprints Desk customers in biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, engineering and other research-intensive industries.
Researchers simply launch the Article Galaxy Widget as a browser bookmark while they are viewing any website that references published journal articles. The widget's intelligent user interface standardises the search and presentation of full-text articles, and can quickly source content from existing journal subscriptions, Open Access, tokens, past single article document purchases or time-limited rentals. The widget also features quick filtering by source type, instant pricing, and a 'more like this' function that identifies related scholarly papers.
Article Galaxy Widget's journal subscription access and single article document delivery service are powered by Reprints Desk, with rental capabilities offered by DeepDyve. Reprints Desk and DeepDyve work closely with leading journal publishers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and medicine, supporting legal, convenient and cost-effective content access.
Corporations, academic institutions, and government organisations around the world rely on Reprints Desk and its online platform Article Galaxy for legal, low cost access to full-text STM content.
The Max Planck Society and De Gruyter in deal to share bibliographical references - 20 Jan 2015
The Max Planck Society, which runs a large number of research institutes throughout Germany and beyond, and academic publisher De Gruyter have reached an agreement to share bibliographical data.
Under the agreement, De Gruyter will provide the Max Planck Society with bibliographical records for all of its past and future publications on language and linguistics. For its part, the Max Planck Society will incorporate these records into Glottolog, an open access database of the world's languages which contains a comprehensive bibliography. A link will be provided within each reference on Glottolog to the publication's page on De Gruyter Online, De Gruyter's integrated platform.
The first data transfer, consisting of the bibliographical records of roughly 4000 books and about 5000 journal issues, has already been completed. Together they contain the individual references of tens of thousands of book chapters and journal articles.
Wolters Kluwer Health releases updates to Sentri7 electronic surveillance solution - 20 Jan 2015
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced the release of updates to its Sentri7® electronic surveillance solution to improve the efficient and effective management of antimicrobials in hospitals and health systems. The advanced offering will help antimicrobial stewardship teams improve patient care and lower costs by optimizing use of drugs associated with antibiotic-resistant strains.
Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) has become a focal point of national initiatives to combat escalating rates of infection from organisms that are resistant to many of the industry's most potent antibiotics. These organisms contribute to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), which are responsible for significant morbidity and mortality as well as notable increases in the costs of care. AMS initiatives help combat the epidemic rate of antimicrobial misuse across the industry—widely reported at greater than 50%—by fostering optimal selection, dose and duration of antimicrobial therapies.
Combining real-time AMS functionality, clinical content and consulting services, Sentri7 provides key components to help healthcare facilities optimise antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs). Through a real-time, continuously generated antibiogram and an on-demand days-of-therapy (DOT) report, Sentri7 alerts clinicians to the improper use of antimicrobials and guides them to take proper actions while also providing a means of measuring stewardship program performance.
Wolters Kluwer Clinical Decision Support Guidance offers real-time clinical guidance for intervention opportunities and expert-driven suggestions for next steps, while Smart Alerts™ provides immediate and accurate feedback on optimal antimicrobial use. Rounding out the solution is ClinicalOneSource.com, a web-based resource center that provides in-depth insight into infection-related topics, and change management consulting services provided by a team of MAD-ID certified clinicians for efficient implementation of a successful ASP.
Sentri7 is a web-based, real-time, decision support application that drives continuous improvement and empowers healthcare organisations to achieve excellence in care delivery. It supports multiple infection prevention responsibilities, including investigation of HAIs, isolation management, multi-drug resistant organism (MDRO) management and compliance with federal and state reporting requirements.
Credo adds new titles and video collections to its Academic Core collection - 19 Jan 2015
Credo, the industry leader for information skills solutions, has announced the addition of nearly 50 new titles to its Academic Core general reference collection this month. The new titles come from notable publishers such as Harvard University Press, National Geographic Society, SAGE, and others, as well as videos from the MacNeil/Lehrer PBS Newshour.
New titles include Global Social Issues: An Encyclopedia, a Choice OAT selection, published by Routledge; Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems, published by Elsevier Science & Technology; Ask Harvard Medical School Video Series from Harvard Health Publications; Defining Digital Humanities, published by Ashgate Publishing; and Encyclopedia of the History of Astronomy and Astrophysics, from Cambridge University Press.
Academic Core is available for annual subscription on the Credo Online Reference Service and Literati Academic platform (a 2014 Choice OAT selection) and will be updated monthly with new and updated titles. In addition to the Academic Core Collection, Credo offers general reference collections tailored to Public and School libraries as well as the Complete Core collection, comprising all titles from the three Core collections.
Dr. John Morrison named new Editor-in-Chief of BrainFacts.org - 19 Jan 2015
Dr. John Morrison of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai began his term on January 1 as editor-in-chief of BrainFacts.org, a public information initiative of The Kavli Foundation, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and the Society for Neuroscience. Morrison joins an editorial board composed of leading neuroscientists from across the globe in providing guidance on content development, ensuring scientific validity, and facilitating engagement from the scientific community.
In less than three years, BrainFacts.org has helped transform the neuroscience field’s ability to share accurate and accessible information about the brain with a global public. Since launch, nearly 2.5 million people have accessed more than 5.25 million articles, images, and videos about the brain on BrainFacts.org. Nearly 50 percent of site traffic comes from outside the United States, with recent increases in access from India, Pakistan, and Mexico. Driving the site’s continued growth and innovation are an expanding presence on social media, an active blog led by SfN members, and emerging strategies for greater incorporation of multimedia content and engagement opportunities.
Morrison serves as professor of neuroscience, professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine, and dean of basic sciences and the graduate school of biomedical sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. His scientific work focuses on synaptic plasticity, the aging brain, and the synaptic basis of age-related cognitive decline. Morrison has a long history of leadership in the public communication of science, including engaging policymakers, educators, and patient groups, as well as a sustained interest in helping convey the importance of animal research.
His volunteer service with SfN includes roles as councillor from 2010-2013 and chair of the three SfN committees dedicated to educating and engaging the public. Morrison served as chair of the Public Education and Communication Committee during the BrainFacts.org launch in 2012 and was a member of the advisory group that helped conceptualize BrainFacts.org and forge a relationship with the site’s founding partners.
EBSCO Health and MEDCOM Inc. sign reseller agreement - 19 Jan 2015
EBSCO Health, part of EBSCO Information Services, has announced an agreement with MEDCOM Inc.
A leader in nursing education for more than 50 years, MEDCOM produces online healthcare training courses designed to give nursing students, allied health students and nurses access to the latest nursing content. The new agreement will allow EBSCO Health to resell a nursing education resource from MEDCOM Inc.
MEDCOM produces highly-regarded videos to help educate nurses and ensure they have the most current information. These videos complement EBSCO Health’s suite of medical research products, such as CINAHL® and Nursing Reference Center Plus™.
MEDCOM’s courses are comprised of video programs that can be accessed through an internet-based learning management system. The courses are developed with the assistance of leading subject matter experts in a variety of healthcare specialties, as well as leading healthcare and professional organizations.
The videos can be used in a classroom setting or remotely through desktop computers, tablets and mobile devices. CE credits are available quickly and easily with test results available instantly. Educators can customise a set of course materials to fit their needs and can include entire programs or desired sections.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 19 Jan 2015
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: David Crotty (Compliance: The Coming Storm); Ben McCluskey (Impact doesn’t have to be a dirty word – staying positive about the promotion of scientific excellence); Phil Davis (Social Media And Its Impact on Medical Research); and Steven T. Corneliussen (Should journals pay peer reviewers $50 per hour?). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
NISO Publishes Recommended Practice on metadata indicators for accessibility and licensing of e-content - 19 Jan 2015
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a new Recommended Practice on Access License and Indicators (NISO RP-22-2015) that defines metadata to be used to indicate free-to-read content and a link to license terms for the use/re-use of that content.
Developed by the NISO Working Group on Access License and Indicators (formerly Open Access Metadata and Indicators), the recommended practice proposes the adoption of two core pieces of metadata and associated tags: and . The first tag would indicate that the work is freely accessible during the specified timeframe (if applicable). The second tag would contain a reference to a URI that carries the license terms specifying how a work may be used.
Access and License Indicators (NISO RP-22-2015) is available for free download from the ALI Working Group webpage on the NISO website at: www.niso.org/workrooms/ali.
Oklahoma State University Library joins HathiTrust - 19 Jan 2015
Oklahoma State University Library has become the newest member of HathiTrust, a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in an extraordinary digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form.
Launched in 2008, HathiTrust has a growing membership currently comprising more than 80 partners. The partners have contributed nearly 11 million volumes digitized from their library collections. More than 3.4 million of the contributed volumes are in the public domain and freely available online.
HathiTrust serves a dual role. First, as a trusted repository it guarantees the long-term preservation of the materials it holds. It provides the expert curation and consistent access associated with research libraries. Second, HathiTrust offers persistent access to the digital collections as both a service for partners and a public good. This includes viewing, downloading, and searching to public domain volumes, and searching of copyright volumes. Specialised features are also available which facilitate access by people with disabilities and allow users to gather subsets of the digital library into ‘collections’ that can be searched and browsed.
In a related announcement, the Georgia Tech Library also joined HathiTrust as one of its members. Through HathiTrust, the Georgia Tech campus community can now freely access more than 4.5 million digital books and journals in the public domain from a desktop or mobile device. Users can search HathiTrust’s catalogue, curate their own private libraries, and download digital material at no cost.
Reprints Desk expands reach to over 200 academic libraries with three new library consortiums deals - 19 Jan 2015
Research Solutions subsidiary Reprints Desk, Inc., a document delivery supplier, has announced new agreements with University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Consortium of Libraries, Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS), and the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium (PALCI) to provide group purchase pricing incentives to more than 200 academic library members who are now eligible to sign up for Reprints Desk’s award-winning Article Galaxy software platform to retrieve scholarly research articles that are not available via journal subscriptions.
An alternative to interlibrary lending and borrowing, academic library consortia members rely on Reprints Desk’s Article Galaxy as an online gateway to specially priced scholarly journal articles from more than 40,000 publications as well as hundreds of thousands of book records. Reprints Desk provides a high quality PDF of the article for a small transactional fee plus a special academic copyright royalty charge that can be as low as $15.00. Participating publishers currently include Elsevier, John Wiley & Sons, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Springer Verlag, Nature Publishing Group, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and dozens of others.
Other Article Galaxy features include 24/7 ordering and customer support, integration with popular interlibrary loan (ILL) lending software such as ILLiad and RapidILL, a searchable and browsable A-Z list of participating publishers and publications, optional secondary sourcing for articles beyond the collection, and single-source billing via subscription agents.
Academic institutions, corporations and government organisations around the world rely on Reprints Desk and its online platform Article Galaxy for legal, low cost access to full-text scientific, technical, and medical (STM) content.
Wolters Kluwer Health announces launch of UpToDate Anywhere in Japan - 19 Jan 2015
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced the launch of UpToDate Anywhere in Japan. UpToDate Anywhere enables Japanese hospitals and healthcare organisations to provide clinicians with mobile access to UpToDate, the acclaimed evidence-based clinical decision support resource. Clinician usage of UpToDate nationwide is expected to steadily increase as mobile access becomes available in the country's healthcare institutions.
St. Luke's International Hospital, a general and teaching hospital located in the Tsukiji district of Chūō, Tokyo, is the first institution in Japan where access to UpToDate is available on smartphones and tablets. As one of central Tokyo's largest and most comprehensive medical care facilities, St. Luke's International Hospital uses UpToDate as a key resource to improve the quality and effectiveness of patient care.
With the launch of UpToDate Anywhere in Japan, clinicians can use the UpToDate app anytime and anywhere—in the hospital or at home. Ranked first among ‘The best medical apps for your new iPhone’ by iMedicalApps and rated as one of ‘The Best Apps in Publishing’ by EContent Magazine, the app is available in iOS, Android™ and Windows 8 mobile platforms.
UpToDate Anywhere has been enthusiastically received by the healthcare community in Japan. St. Luke's International Hospital is joined by a number of hospitals who have rapidly adopted the mobile health resource to ensure easy access to current, evidence-based clinical answers and recommendations for diagnosis and treatment.
Hospitals and healthcare systems in Japan that have a strategic objective to enhance workflow integration can opt to embed UpToDate in their electronic medical record systems. This allows clinicians to search UpToDate with fewer clicks and without additional windows or log-ins.
UpToDate Anywhere users in Japanese healthcare organisations benefit in particular from Search in Your Own Language, a customisable suite of multi-language search and navigation tools enabling clinicians to pose clinical questions in several languages, including Japanese. The intuitive auto-complete feature of UpToDate search also predicts words or phrases in Japanese to deliver faster search results.
California Digital Library, UC Libraries, and Internet Archive’s Archive-It Service announce new partnership - 16 Jan 2015
The California Digital Library (CDL) and the UC Libraries are partnering with Internet Archive’s Archive-It Service. In the coming year, CDL’s Web Archiving Service (WAS) collections and all core infrastructure activities, i.e., crawling, indexing, search, display, and storage, will be transferred to Archive-It. This new partnership will allow the CDL to meet its mission and goals more efficiently and effectively and provide a robust solution for stakeholders.
The constantly changing and ever-increasing complexity of the web poses significant challenges to the current web archiving toolset and requires frequent upgrades to stay ahead. It became clear that there was a significant opportunity cost to maintaining WAS, which would not leave CDL with the capacity to develop new added-value web archiving services, such as tools for researchers, computational analysis of aggregated archival corpora, or work toward integrating web archives with other format types.
In 2014, the CDL held a series of meetings with peer institutions to investigate the possibility of collaborating on web archiving solutions. Enlisting the services of Archive-It was the most efficient solution because it will permit the CDL and its partners to reallocate their local resources to activities through which they can uniquely add stakeholder value to the baseline function provided by Archive-It.
The CDL is currently exploring opportunities with Harvard, MIT, Stanford, UCLA, and others to work closely with Archive-It to create an expanded roster of added-value tools and services.
CCC announces findings from open access roundtable discussion with UK institutions and publishers - 16 Jan 2015
Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a global licensing and content solutions organisation, recently brought together institutions from the UK and publishers from both the US and UK for an Open Access roundtable discussion to explore the implications of managing Open Access fees on a large scale. During this meeting, held at University College in London, the attendees examined a number of issues related to fragmentation, approach and processes, including ways vendors can play an expanded role in addressing the challenges. CCC published the group’s findings in a report written by Rob Johnson, Founder and Director of Research Consulting.
The roundtable was characterized by a shared desire among the attendees to work collaboratively to make Article Processing Charges (APCs) easier to manage, despite the uncertainties in the marketplace. The institutions and publishers issued the following statement at the close of the event: “We should work towards simplifying and standardizing processes to move to a sustainable and scalable Open Access ecosystem which preserves academic freedom and author choice in publishing and makes the research as valuable as possible for the end user.”
In his report, Johnson wrote, “The current approach to APC management is highly fragmented and undermined by differences of approach among nations and academic disciplines, by inefficiencies in process, and by scarcity of resources. Many of these issues could be alleviated through improvements in data sharing and development of common identifiers and vocabularies, but these must be placed in the context of broader trends and continuing uncertainties over the future of academic publishing.”
Roundtable attendees included the American Chemical Society, Aries Systems, British Medical Journal, Institute of Electrical and Electronics (IEEE), Imperial College London, Jisc, Nature Publishing Group, University College London, University of Exeter, University of Glasgow, University of Huddersfield, University of Kent, and University of St. Andrews.
RightsLink for Open Access is CCC’s next-generation platform that automates the collection and management of APCs. It can be easily integrated with publishers’ manuscript management and production systems to help automate the collection of Open Access charges. The platform thereby allows more time for editorial staff to work with authors and for publication personnel to produce high-value content. RightsLink for Open Access also offers comprehensive billing and collections services to publishers, priority customer service to authors, and detailed reporting to both.
As part of its commitment to keeping the market informed of the latest Open Access news and trends, CCC launched an Open Access Resource Center in collaboration with the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), linking to the latest Open Access news, reports, industry whitepapers, webinars and websites.
Johnson will discuss his report during the CCC-sponsored webinar, ‘Making Open Access Work,’ on January 28 at 11:00 am EST.
Editage becomes first adopter of Aries’ manuscript ingest functionality for Editorial Manager - 16 Jan 2015
Aries Systems, a provider of workflow solutions to STMS publishers, societies, and researchers, announced at their Eleventh Annual European Editorial Manager User Group Meeting in London, England, that Editage, the flagship manuscript editing brand of Cactus Communications, is the first adopter of its new 'ingest service' for Editorial Manager (EM). In September 2014, Aries announced the addition of manuscript ingest functionality to the EM platform’s robust set of submission workflow streamlining tools. As part of the collaboration, Editage will soon be able to transfer author manuscripts directly to participating journal EM submission sites and simplify the manuscript submission workflow for both journals and authors alike.
Authors today use a range of manuscript services to assist with document preparation, including bibliography management, collaborative authoring tools, language polishing, and journal selection services. The addition of the manuscript ingest functionality to EM allows authors to save valuable time in manuscript submission to journals, by offering them a much simplified and hassle-free submission workflow. Journals will benefit from increased submissions owing to seamless manuscript submission processes, facilitated by a leading manuscript services provider such as Editage. The ingest functionality will be available to the thousands of scholarly journals using EM and the 70,000+ scholarly authors using Editage. The service also permits use of ORCID identifiers to ensure that transferred submissions are accurately mapped to prior author registration records.
Aries is exhibiting at the upcoming APE Conference, January 20-21, Berlin, Germany and the PSP Annual Conference, February 4-6 in Washington DC. For those who would like to learn more about the manuscript ingest service, may arrange to meet Aries representatives at an upcoming event by contacting email@example.com.
Elsevier acquires media monitoring company Newsflo - 16 Jan 2015
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the acquisition of Newsflo, a London-based company that helps researchers and academic institutions to measure the wider impact of their work by tracking and analysing media coverage of their publications and findings.
Currently Newsflo tracks over 55,000 English-speaking global media sources and has the technology and network to expand to non-English language media. Newsflo applies this intelligence to mine emerging trends in the academic sector and to provide relevant media alerts. The Newsflo media monitoring capability will be integrated in the profiles of researchers using the Mendeley platform, providing individually customised evidence of societal impact of their research through media mentions. Through the ongoing integration of Mendeley with Elsevier's existing platforms, Newsflo's media monitoring feature will become an integrated part of the workflow of researchers publishing with Elsevier, along with tools such as the Article Recommender.
The acquisition is effective immediately and financial terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.
Holtzbrinck Publishing Group and BC Partners in deal to merge majority of Macmillan Science and Education with Springer Science+Business Media - 16 Jan 2015
Holtzbrinck Publishing Group (Holtzbrinck) and BC Partners (BCP) have reached an agreement to merge Springer Science+Business Media (owned by funds advised by BCP) in its entirety with the majority of Holtzbrinck-owned Macmillan Science and Education (MSE), namely Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan and the global businesses of Macmillan Education.
This is a strategic transaction by Holtzbrinck and BCP aimed at securing the long-term growth of both businesses. It will create a leading global science and education publishing house with the opportunity to better serve its authors, the research community, academic institutions, learned societies and corporate research departments, as well as to extend its reach within the education and learning markets. Both companies have a highly complementary portfolio in terms of products (journals, books, databases and workflow tools) and end-markets (academic institutions, corporate research departments and individuals). The merged businesses will continue to offer the leading brands on which researchers, teachers and information professionals rely.
Upon completion of the transaction, the new group will be under joint control of Holtzbrinck and funds advised by BCP with Holtzbrinck retaining a 53 percent share.
The management board of the new company will be composed of four members: Derk Haank (Chief Executive Officer), Annette Thomas (Chief Scientific Officer), Martin Mos (Chief Operating Officer) and Ulrich Vest (Chief Financial Officer).
The supervisory board will be composed of Stefan von Holtzbrinck (Chairman/Holtzbrinck), Ewald Walgenbach (Vice-Chairman/BCP), Michael Brockhaus (Holtzbrinck), Hans Haderer (BCP), Christian Mogge (BCP) and Jens Schwanewedel (Holtzbrinck).
Further details regarding the joint venture’s organisational structure will be disclosed once the businesses are combined. The transaction is subject to approval by various competition authorities, and this is expected during the first half of 2015.
National Agricultural Library unveils PubAg, a new search engine for published USDA research - 16 Jan 2015
The National Agricultural Library (NAL) has unveiled PubAg, a user-friendly search engine that gives the public enhanced access to research published by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. NAL is part of USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS).
PubAg, which can be found at PubAg.nal.usda.gov, is a new portal for literature searches and full-text access of more than 40,000 scientific journal articles by USDA researchers, mostly from 1997 to 2014. New articles by USDA researchers will be added almost daily, and older articles may be added if possible. There is no access fee for PubAg.
Phase I of PubAg provides access for searches of 340,000 peer-reviewed agriculturally related scientific literature, mostly from 2002 to 2012, each entry offering a citation, abstract and a link to the article if available from the publisher. This initial group of highly relevant, high-quality literature was taken from the 4 million bibliographic citations in NAL's database.
Phase II of PubAg, planned for later in 2015, will include the remainder of NAL's significant bibliographic records.
PubAg has been specifically designed to be easy to use and to serve a number of diverse users including the public, farmers, scientists, academicians and students. There is no requirement for a username, password or any other form of registration to use PubAg.
NAL has one of the world's largest and most comprehensive compilations of agricultural information available.
PPF names Elizabeth Just Business Development Manager - 16 Jan 2015
Publisher Promotion & Fulfillment (PPF) has named Elizabeth Just to the position of Business Development Manager, responsible for identifying opportunities related to the
outsourcing of order fulfillment, distribution, customer service, and marketing for publishers.
Just is a 17-year veteran of the publishing industry. She previously served as Vice President of North American Operations for Turpin Distribution Services, where she managed the establishment of the UK's North American satellite offices from the ground up. More recently, she served as North American Business Development Manager for Swets Information Services, focusing on product and service development and overall business growth.
Just comes aboard as part of PPF's overall rebranding effort. Historically, PPF has provided marketing as an ancillary service to its fulfillment and customer service clients. PPF is now offering marketing as an exclusive service. The company is broadening its marketing options to include SEO, social media, and third party aggregation. Over the past six months, PPF
has experienced measurable increases in efficiency and has welcomed marketing-exclusive publishers to its mix of clients.
PPF is a member of the Publishing and Digital Media group of EBSCO Industries Inc., an international corporation founded in 1943, headquartered in Birmingham, AL.
Professor Benjamin List appointed new Editor in Chief for Thieme Chemistry journal SYNLETT - 16 Jan 2015
Professor Benjamin List, director at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr, has been appointed head of the SYNLETT editorial board, effective immediately. Professor List takes over the position of editor-in-chief from Professor Peter Vollhardt of UC Berkeley, who will continue his work for the English-language journal for synthetic chemistry as Editor for Accounts and Synpacts.
Thieme has been publishing the international journal SYNLETT since 1989. During Professor Peter Vollhardt’s 25 years as editor-in-chief, SYNLETT has evolved into a worldwide leading journal for synthetic organic chemistry. Professor Benjamin List, formerly a regional editor for SYNLETT, plans to build on this success.
The synthetic chemistry journal has been an important factor in Professor List’s academic life since undergraduate days. He published one of his earliest articles in SYNLETT and was awarded the Synthesis-Synlett Journal Prize, now known as Thieme Chemistry Journal Award.
Professor List has a PhD in chemistry and discovered the proline-catalyzed intermolecular aldol reaction in 2000. At the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr he develops new concepts in organocatalysis, including aminocatalysis and enamine catalysis. In 2005, his group was the first to identify the concept of asymmetric counteranion-directed catalysis (ACDC) as a new principle for asymmetric synthesis. This method has become a common approach to asymmetric synthesis and is being used in organocatalysis, transition metal catalysis, and Lewis acid catalysis.
Benjamin List won an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award 2014 of the American Chemical Society as well as numerous other awards, including the Mukaiyama Award of the Japanese Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, the renowned Otto-Bayer-Preis, and the Lieseberg-Preis of the University of Heidelberg. Professor List is also one of the most often cited scientists.
ProQuest Dialog adds new features to its patents product - 16 Jan 2015
ProQuest Dialog, ProQuest’s professional search service for researchers in the pharma, engineering and patents industries, recently added two new features to its patents product.
ProQuest Dialog now features hyperlinks to non-patent literature and patents cited throughout its patent content collections. All patent and application numbers and many literature citations are now hyperlinked in ProQuest Dialog for one-click access of content. Searchers can click on a patent or application number link to run a search on the citation in all patent databases (regardless of how many are open). ProQuest Dialog provides hyperlinks for all patent and application numbers without excuses for missing links due to improper or unrecognisable number input formats from patent offices. Main, related, priority, cited, citing and family member numbers are hyperlinked in every patent document.
Additionally, ProQuest Dialog users can now search and export full images for more than 149 million patents through the LexisNexis Univentio database. This includes 124 million images from the United States Patents Fulltext, 5 million images from the WIPO PCT Patents Fulltext, and 20 million images from the European Patents Fulltext. Images are also available for Chinese and Japanese patents, with additional countries to be added on an ongoing basis.
ProQuest Dialog’s patents product provides access to 33 full-text patent authorities, including PDFs, claims, specifications, forward and backward citations, families, legal status tables and an additional 69 bibliographic authorities. Users can also search world’s largest collection of prior art available in a single, integrated resource.
SAGE launches OA journal Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine - 16 Jan 2015
Academic publisher SAGE has announced the launch of a new peer-reviewed, 'gold' open access journal, Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine (GGM). An interdisciplinary journal sponsored by the Southern Gerontology Society (SGS), GGM will publish original research, review articles, and will serve as an interactive forum for the exchange of gerontological and geriatric knowledge.
GGM will take a unique approach to publishing rigorously peer-reviewed research. Rather than assessing the relative importance of a given article to its respective field, reviewers will instead focus solely on assessing the quality of research methodology by determining whether the research was conducted properly, the discussion accurately summarizes the research, and the conclusion follows logically from the research. The wide academic community will then have the power to continue the peer review process after online publication, helping to determine the significance of each article through the ability to share and discuss articles freely.
In addition to original research and review articles, the journal also welcomes letters to the editors, commentaries, book reviews, case reports, and more.
Astronomical Society of the Pacific and IOP Publishing announce publishing partnership - 14 Jan 2015
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) and IOP Publishing (IOP) have announced a new partnership to publish the journal, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (PASP).
Established in 1889, PASP has a long and illustrious history in the field of astronomy, disseminating refereed research, invited reviews, and dissertation summaries. PASP's primary focus is to provide a medium through which astronomy research at all wavelengths and distance scales can be communicated to a global community at all levels. The journal also publishes timely and informative articles on the latest innovations in astronomical instrumentation and software.
The new collaboration between the ASP and IOP will build on the reputation of PASP. It will enable both organisations to further their outreach mission by communicating astronomy research to a broader spectrum of the scientific community.
PASP will be available on IOPscience from January 2016 and will continue to be available to ASP members as well as institutional subscribers.
Draft road map for Ebola vaccine development - 14 Jan 2015
A draft road map for the expedited development, testing, manufacture, delivery and financing of Ebola vaccines has been published by a global group of experts supported by the Wellcome Trust. The development and delivery of safe and effective vaccines would make a huge contribution to containing Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as improving responses to future outbreaks and providing a model for vaccine development against other emerging infectious disease, the expert group has concluded.
The panel of 26 international experts, convened by the Wellcome Trust and the Centre for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota, explain how the substantial scientific, financial, social and logistical challenges to rapid Ebola vaccine development and deployment can be overcome through collaboration between governments, industry and philanthropic bodies.
It highlights the potential need for multiple Ebola vaccines with different characteristics, which might enable different vaccination strategies such as ring-vaccination to prevent an outbreak from spreading, and prophylactic vaccination of high-risk individuals such as healthcare workers. It sets out the qualities that a successful vaccine should have and a set of principles for trial design.
The road map also emphasises the importance of community engagement so that vaccine trials and delivery programmes are positively received, and the need for such engagement campaigns to be adapted to national and local circumstances.
The recommendations are made in the interim report of Team B, which is co-chaired by Dr Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust, and Professor Michael Osterholm, Director of CIDRAP. A full report will be published in the coming weeks, and the guidance will be a 'living document' that evolves over time.
The group is called 'Team B' in recognition of the principal role played by the World Health Organisation and national governments in leading the international Ebola response.
The draft roadmap can be viewed here.
Elsevier launches Knovel Polymer Matrix Composites Database - 14 Jan 2015
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the launch of the Knovel Polymer Matrix Composites Database. The new database helps companies replace existing materials or select new composites during the engineering research and design process, helping engineering teams increase efficiency in the early materials selection stage, lower costs of testing and maintenance, and ultimately improve material performance.
The Knovel Polymer Matrix Composites Database is an interactive compilation of composite tensile, shear, flexural, compressive and impact properties data for engineers involved in the component design process. Content within the database has been sourced from multiple providers and has been uniquely curated by subject matter experts. Organised into multiple tables, the database includes mechanical, thermophysical and processing properties data, along with relevant application information and safety data. The database is the only commercially available solution featuring design-allowable properties compiled and normalised in a manner ideal for structural, mechanical and materials engineers. It allows engineers to innovate with confidence when designing components made from composite materials with specific physical, mechanical and thermal properties.
Although composite materials can offer manufacturers a revolutionary approach to creating lighter, stronger and more corrosion resistant products, replacing components conventionally made from materials such as metal can make even the most seasoned engineer apprehensive.
The database, which is sold as a premium supplement outside of the Knovel platform, draws its content from authoritative sources including data from NCAMP, AGATE and CMH-17. It currently includes more than 1,700 records on more than 100 laminate precursors in cured and uncured states, including matrix resins and fiber reinforcement data. The new database will make it easier for users to identify, evaluate and screen a wide range of materials throughout the design process.
Holiday Notice - 14 Jan 2015
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OCLC acquires Sustainable Collection Services - 14 Jan 2015
OCLC, the non-profit computer library service and research organisation, has acquired Sustainable Collection Services (SCS), the industry leader in helping libraries manage their print collections.
Libraries everywhere are changing. Library collections are moving from print to digital, and spaces once used to house books are now dedicated to collaboration and research. Librarians need to decide what materials to keep, what can be shared among groups of libraries and what can be recycled.
OCLC maintains WorldCat, the largest aggregation of library data in the world, as well as the world's largest library resource sharing network. SCS is the leader in analyzing print collection data to help libraries manage and share their materials. SCS services leverage WorldCat data and analytics to show individual libraries and library consortia which titles should be kept locally, which can be discarded, and which are the best candidates for shared collections.
OCLC Research has been at the center of the evolution of library collections. Recent studies and reports on the subject include Right-scaling Stewardship (2014) and Understanding the Collective Collection (2013).
All four SCS staff members will join OCLC as employees. The team will participate in the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, January 30–February 2 at Booth #1916, adjacent to the OCLC Booth #1818. Staff there will be available to provide more information.
Stanford University Press awarded funding from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to accelerate integration of interactive scholarly works - 14 Jan 2015
Scholars of digital humanities and computational social sciences will soon have an academic publisher offering a validated, peer-reviewed process for their interactive scholarly research projects. Stanford University Press, with grant funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will accelerate the integration of interactive scholarly works, usually revealed as Web sites, and new narratives enriched with digital objects and rich linking, into its publishing portfolio.
Stanford University Press will undertake a digital publishing process that mirrors the rigor and consideration of book publishing. According to Michael A. Keller, university librarian at Stanford and publisher of the Stanford University Press, the grant will be implemented over 3 years and will spark changes in the expertise and practices of specialist in all aspects of 21st century academic publishing, beginning with the practice of research by teams of scholars and leading through ultimately to all publishing roles.
Advances in technology have provided scholars with new ways to visualise and analyse data. The impact of these tools in the academy continues to evolve as more digital projects take form. Currently, individuals and research groups host their digital materials online through their own Web sites, or on various public platforms.
Stanford University Press will collaborate with the University of Richmond's Digital Scholarship Lab on implementation of the grant. In addition to developing the system and framework for publishing digital-born scholarship, the grant will develop a cost-basis for publishing digital objects and establish an example of publishing practices that other academic presses can emulate, adopt or adapt.
Stanford University Press will seek interactive scholarly works and help its authors prepare them for submission to the publishing program. Consistent with its present publishing program the Press will serve as publisher of the interactive works, acquiring titles, operating independent peer and technical reviews and marketing each published title. To guard against lost content, Stanford Libraries will perform Web and data archiving for each project.
Stanford University Press will continue their current publishing programs, including extensive digital and print-on-demand offerings, and build upon these, to support complex forms of digital scholarly argument.
The American Medical Association selects Sheridan to produce commercial reprints and eprints from The JAMA Network - 14 Jan 2015
The American Medical Association has selected Sheridan to produce all reprints and ePrints offered through The JAMA Network, beginning January 1, 2015. The JAMA Network publishes some of the most highly cited and influential journals in the world. Reprints from JAMA or any of the 10 specialty journals offer commercial entities a highly valued way to educate, inform, and engage the entire medical community in the issues and conversations shaping medicine today.
The JAMA Network brings JAMA together with an array of specialty journals to offer enhanced access to the research, reviews, and viewpoints shaping the future of medicine. The American Medical Association is the premier national organisation dedicated to empowering the nation's physicians to continually provide safer, higher quality, and more efficient care for patients and communities.
Sheridan provides print, publishing services and technology solutions to publishers, associations, university presses, and cataloguers. Comprised of The Sheridan Press, Dartmouth Printing Company, Dartmouth Journal Services, and Sheridan Books, each company within The Sheridan Group has a market specialty that supports STM and commercial reprints, scholarly journals, magazines, catalogues, or books.
36th Annual IATUL Conference 2015: Call for papers and posters ends February 13 - 13 Jan 2015
The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) will be hosting the 36th Annual IATUL Conference 2015 of the International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) with the title 'Strategic Partnerships for Access and Discovery' in Hannover from July 5-9, 2015. The conference language will be English.
The call for papers and posters ends on February 13, 2015. Contributions to the 36th Annual IATUL Conference 2015 may be submitted on the topics: Library Strategy and Management: Methods of strategic planning and steering; Strategic Partnerships: International and national networks and alliances for improving library services; Changing Environment for Librarians: In between new types of publication, access options and discovery tools – challenges and solutions; Open Science/Science 2.0: Enabling networked web-based scientific collaboration; Management of Research Data: New approaches and best practices for data repositories; Non-textual Information: Novel ways to provide added value while managing growing data volumes; and Digital Preservation: Collaborative projects, service and business models, limitations in legal framework, involving researchers in curation.
Interested parties may visit http://www.iatulconference2015.org/general-information/call-for-papers-posters for more information about the call.
The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) in Hannover is Germany's National Library for all areas of engineering as well as architecture, chemistry, information technology, mathematics and physics. It primarily supplies the national and international research community and industry with literature and information.
EDP Sciences and SICOT launch new OA journal - SICOT-J - 13 Jan 2015
EDP Sciences and SICOT (International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology) have announced the launch of a new open access journal, SICOT-J. The journal will be part of the EDP Open portfolio and will cover the entire field of orthopaedics and traumatology.
SICOT-J will place a high priority on rapid publication and seeks to publish a broad range of research study types including original clinical, basic and translational research. In addition, the journal will publish editorials, review articles, surgical technique papers, and case reports as well as the latest congress proceedings and letters to the editors.
According to Prof. Jochen Eulert, SICOT Secretary General, by offering an open access journal in addition to the society's successful International Orthopaedics Journal, SICOT is further strengthening its key mission to promote the advancement of the science and art of orthopaedics and traumatology at an international level.
Professor Hatem Said, of Assiut University, Egypt and Professor Jacques Caton, of Clinique Orthopedique Emilie de Vialar, Lyon, France, are co-Editors of the new journal working with a global team of associate and section editors to manage the journal and its peer review process.
SICOT-J will publish articles under a CC-BY license, enabling authors to be fully compliant with open access requirements of funding organisations where they apply. Authors are now invited to submit their manuscripts and during the first year of publication article processing charges will be waived. The website is now live at www.sicot-j.org.
Elsevier and the Association for Nursing Professional Development collaborate to develop an online course to help new nurses transition to the clinical setting - 13 Jan 2015
STM publisher Elsevier and the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD), an association focused on advancing the specialty practice of nursing professional development, have announced that they are collaborating to develop a cutting-edge eLearning course to help nursing professional development specialists successfully transition new nurses to the acute-care, medical-surgical setting.
Nurses leave an organisation for several reasons, including job dissatisfaction from work overload, stress, shortened orientations, and poor physician-nurse relationships. The new product will arm nurses with the professional and clinical information and skills to promote their confidence, competence, and job satisfaction.
Development is underway, and the course is scheduled to launch in late 2015. The course will be rich in interactive elements to promote critical thinking and the application of knowledge in the real world clinical situations. Additionally, nursing professional development specialists will have access to several targeted resources to help implement an effective transition program.
This new product adds to Elsevier's library of exclusive, co-developed products with key nursing associations, including the Emergency Nurses Association and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
ORCID, Hypothes.is and NIF partner on Helmsley Trust-supported open annotation project - 13 Jan 2015
The Hypothes.is Project together with partners at the Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF) and ORCID has been awarded a 3-year, $2.2M grant by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to bring annotation to biomedicine. Web annotations, a new standard for digital notes on top of an existing online resource, are proving transformative in diverse fields from scholarly publishing to education, open government, and journalism. This project will bring these advances to biomedicine, where they have the potential to make a unique impact.
Biomedical researchers are faced with a rapidly growing body of literature and data, yet extracting, citing and sharing individual components in a digital and interactive way remains elusive. References to small data sets, embedded figures and widely catalogued research objects (such as proteins, structures and species) remain difficult to associate with contributors or commentary, surface to researchers and retrieve through open web search. Consequently, researchers are hampered in their ability to effectively discover, and leverage the information around them.
In 2014, the Helmsley Trust created a new program area, Biomedical Research Infrastructure (BRI), to improve the infrastructure for collaborative and cooperative research in biomedicine. As one of the largest private funders of biomedical research in the world, they are acutely aware of the inefficiencies and disincentives in biomedicine that limit research. This new program area strives to remove roadblocks to research collaboration where possible through the creation and adoption of open technologies.
This grant is one of three made by the new program office in their inaugural round, along with awards to the Mozilla Science Lab and Sage Bionetworks.
Annotations provide a powerful new way for researchers to organise their thoughts and notes on web content. These can be shared one on one, in small groups or publicly with other collaborators as preferred. Annotations can warn about quality issues, suggest modifications to experimental techniques or simply provide helpful background information.
Recent developments such as new identifiers for research objects (Research Resource Identifiers, aka RRIDs), researcher identifiers (ORCID) and a new open web annotation standard (W3C), are converging to increase knowledge discoverability, transfer, reproducibility and collaboration within biomedical research.
Already, projects such as the Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF) at UCSD have surfaced millions of annotations by aggregating associations between published papers and research objects or protocols. These annotations have been shared with literature discovery services, such as PubMed, but they remain difficult to discover. Migrating these associations into the open annotation model makes them available for reuse, consumption, and display through a variety of approaches, including standards compliant clients like Hypothes.is and others.
Annotations are an example of the new paradigm of micro or 'nanopublication'— new publishing capabilities that enable a more granular approach to research communication that has not been possible until now. Micropublishing permits a more rapid dissemination of experience, including details about aborted efforts or unsuccessful protocols. The enhanced visibility of small or one-off trials and bench experiments can suggest fruitful avenues to deepen an investigation for those better trained or resourced, along with the release of small amounts of data and statistical results.
Joining together annotations with RRIDs and the ORCID unique researcher identifier can transform biomedical research by creating an interlocking and interoperable set of open source research assets that bring precision in location, attribution and reference.
The partners will collaborate to incorporate ORCID contributor identifiers into annotations and into publisher workflows along with RRIDs, as well as exposing scholarly annotation activity in the ORCID interface.
The proposal knits together identifiers and researcher driven commentary in a way that it will facilitate research activity and engagement with scholarly output in general. In addition, this proposal will enable the measurement and citation of annotation activity by researchers of scholarly research objects, making it possible to include such activity in institutional and individual research activity reporting.
The last key objective of the proposal is to facilitate the adoption of annotation generally in the biosciences. An early activity will be to organise and gather input from user groups and partners to better understand their needs, and evolve deliverables to meet them. We welcome interest by others that see the potential for this technology, and are eager to join forces with like-minded organisations and individuals.
Princeton High School selects EBSCO Discovery Service to improve discoverability of library resources - 13 Jan 2015
EBSCO Information Services has announced that Princeton High School, a public high school in New Jersey, has selected EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS). The school chose EDS to improve discoverability of its library resources and to raise the level of the research being conducted by students.
Students at Princeton High School are encouraged to understand and implement advanced searches in order to develop their research skills. The Princeton High School Learning Commons team worked with EBSCO Support to customise the search box with facets and colour. Feedback from students has been positive, specifically with regard to the features and functionality of EDS.
EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customised index of an institution's information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box.
SAGE launches open access journal, Academic Pathology - 13 Jan 2015
Academic publisher SAGE has announced the launch of Academic Pathology, a new open access journal that addresses the innovations in leadership and management of academic departments of Pathology. Sponsored by the Association of Pathology Chairs, the journal will begin publication in 2015.
Academic Pathology research will address methods for improving patient care; best practices in inter-professional, clinical partnerships across the globe; innovative pedagogical approaches to medical education and educational evaluation; models for training academic and clinical pathologists; improving administrative models that support the discipline; and advancing leadership development.
Dr. James M. Crawford from North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Great Neck, NY, will serve as the journal's Editor-in-Chief.
Springer celebrates third anniversary of interdisciplinary open access journal, SpringerPlus - 13 Jan 2015
STM publisher Springer is celebrating the third anniversary of the launch of its highly successful open access journal, SpringerPlus. Having opened for submissions on January 12, 2012, the journal has published over 1,600 articles to date.
SpringerPlus publishes sound science from all disciplines, accepting submissions that present original research, case descriptions, and methods. The journal also welcomes the submission of data reports and large datasets. Peer-reviewers are asked to focus their attention to data presented in the article, rather than whether there is an advance in the field. All submissions are screened before being sent out for review.
Authors receive feedback on their submissions even when the manuscript cannot be accepted for publication. Published articles are indexed in Scopus and PubMed.
SpringerPlus' exceptional editorial board includes leading academics from all disciplines, and is undergoing expansion at present owing to a growth in the number of submissions.
Alongside the main journal, SpringerPlus is a platform for the publication of sub-discipline article Collections, independently guest edited by leading academics in the field. Collections allow editors and authors to benefit from dedicated space in a large open access journal.
Allen Press' annual Emerging Trends in Scholarly Publishing Seminar titled Life in the Fast Lane scheduled for April 16 - 12 Jan 2015
Publishing services provider Allen Press, Inc., US, will present its annual Emerging Trends in Scholarly Publishing™ Seminar titled Life in the Fast Lane on April 16, 2015, at the Embassy Suites DC Convention Center.
Leaders in the field of scholarly and electronic publishing will share their expertise, experience, and analysis on a variety of topics ranging from access to research, developments in digital publishing, collaboration, and sustainability of scholarly publishing.
Rapid developments in the world of digital publishing are stirring the imagination of those who can see the possibilities and opportunities. Keynote speaker Joe Wikert will share his vision of what we might see through our windshield as we peer into the future.
In a session titled 'Engineering the Interchange of Ideas,' Jason Karl of JournalMap, Alberto Pepe of Authorea, and Adam Etkin of Peer Review Evaluation will present information behind the development of their respective organisations that have helped to create bridges and interchanges for many contributors, researchers, authors, and editors. Amy Brand of Digital Science will also present information about a new contributor taxonomy currently in development.
The day will wrap up with a final session titled 'Innovative Infrastructure for the Sustainability of Scholarly Communication,' presented by Rebecca Kennison of the Open Access Network. This session will cover creative solutions for sustaining and funding long-term access to scholarly content and its delivery in various forms.
Roundtable discussions, a popular and regular feature of the seminar, will create an opportunity for in-depth conversation with colleagues in an informal setting. More information – including additional speaker and roundtable topic announcements – will be available at http://allenpress.com/events/2015seminar/program in the coming weeks.
Registration includes breakfast and a networking lunch. For more information or to register, interested parties may visit http://allenpress.com/events/2015seminar.
Cengage Learning and LearnLaunch partnership to accelerate technology start-ups - 12 Jan 2015
Education company Cengage Learning and LearnLaunch, an organization dedicated to expanding Boston's edtech ecosystem, have announced a partnership to boost the Boston edtech community.
Recognising Boston as a center for both excellent education and technology innovation, Cengage Learning has made a commitment to participate in LearnLaunch's Accelerator program, which identifies edtech start-ups and provides them with mentoring opportunities to help them grow.
In connection with the strategic relationship with LearnLaunch, Cengage Learning will be making an investment in LearnLaunch Accelerator, Boston's edtech accelerator. Through this investment, Cengage Learning will actively promote and support educational technology entrepreneurship and emerging educational innovations in the Greater Boston area.
Cengage Learning is the platinum sponsor for the upcoming LearnLaunch Annual Conference http://learnlaunch.org/2015conference and George Moore, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Cengage Learning, will be speaking at the event.
Digital Publishing Interest Group publishes Group Note of DPUB IG Metadata Task Force Report - 12 Jan 2015
The Digital Publishing Interest Group has published a Group Note of DPUB IG Metadata Task Force Report.
The Metadata Task Force of the DPUB IG found, through extensive interviews with representatives of various sectors and roles within the publishing ecosystem, that there are numerous pain points for publishers with regard to metadata but that these pain points are largely not due to deficiencies in the Open Web Platform.
Instead, there is a widespread lack of understanding or implementation of the technologies that the OWP already makes available for addressing most of the issues raised. However, some of the very technologies that are little used or understood in most sectors of publishing are widely used and understood in certain other sectors (e.g., scientific publishing, libraries).
Priorities that have emerged are the need for better understanding of the importance of expressing identifiers as URIs; the need for much more widespread use of RDF and its various serialisations throughout the publishing ecosystem; and the need to develop a truly interoperable, cross-sector specification for the conveyance of rights metadata (while remaining agnostic as to the sector-specific vocabularies for the expression of rights).
This Note documents in detail the issues that were raised; provides examples of available RDF educational resources at various levels, from the very technical to non-technical and introductory; and lists important identifiers used in the publishing ecosystem, documenting which of them are expressed as URIs, and in what sectors and contexts. It recommends that while little new technology is called for, the W3C is in a unique position to bridge today's currently siloed metadata practices to help facilitate truly cross-sector exchange of interoperable metadata. This Note is thus intended to provide background and a context in which concrete work, whether by this Task Force or elsewhere within the W3C, may be undertaken.
Hearst Health announces venture investment in health optimization pioneer Welltok - 12 Jan 2015
Hearst Health, a unit of Hearst Corporation, announced a venture investment in Welltok, Inc., creator of the CaféWell platform, which allows insurers, hospitals and other health managers to work with consumers to help them achieve better health. The announcement was made by Richard P. Malloch, president of Hearst Business Media, the group that includes Hearst Health and its venture group, and Dr. Gregory Dorn, president of Hearst Health. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed.
The Welltok platform helps people manage their own health with guidance that is tailored to their individual needs. Health plans and healthcare providers are able to incentivise and reward consumers for healthy activities.
Hearst Health Ventures takes minority positions in startups that offer health IT solutions and technology-enabled healthcare services. The healthcare venture fund is part of the Hearst Health network, which includes FDB (First Databank), Zynx Health, MCG and Homecare Homebase.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 12 Jan 2015
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Alice Meadows (Peer Review — Recognition Wanted!); Lorraine Estelle (Unravelling the true cost of publishing in open access); Gary Collins (The TRIPOD Statement: enabling the transparent reporting of prediction model studies); Kent Anderson (Is Google Now a Publisher Offering Other Publishers an Inadequate Deal?); and Danny Crichton (In war with publishers, tech companies take wrong approach). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
WriteLaTeX relaunches under new name of Overleaf in 2015 - 12 Jan 2015
WriteLaTeX, a provider of tools for writing scholarly papers in an online collaborative academic world, is relaunching in 2015 under the new name of Overleaf as part of a major upgrade to the service. The move is part of their efforts to make the power of LaTeX more accessible to more people.
When writeLaTeX (now Overleaf) started out a couple of years ago, it was to solve a very specific problem; there was no easy way to share and collaborate upon LaTeX files over the internet, making it hard to write scientific research papers effectively. Enter writeLaTeX, which was developed with ease-of-use as a priority. From humble beginnings it has grown immensely into a service used far beyond its originally imagined scope.
What's also become clear is that writeLaTeX (now Overleaf) is about much more than just writing LaTeX documents – through their work with universities and publishers, they are helping to make science more open and accessible by bringing more of the scientific writing and publishing process into one place in the cloud. The Overleaf relaunch is another step in that direction, and having added some new developers to their team, Overleaf are focused on continuing to provide a great authoring tool that supports open science and reproducible research.
But onto the important part – all your projects, files and links will remain fully accessible, and you can continue to use Overleaf in exactly the same way as you used writeLaTeX.
To mark the relaunch Overleaf have recently announced a host of new free features for users, which include tracked changes & version comparison, integrated spell-check, editor themes, and LaTeX auto-complete.
This year Overleaf will also be releasing a major upgrade to the real-time preview, providing a higher quality display and faster rendering times, along with a number of exciting collaborations with some major names in the research and publishing worlds. Bring on 2015!
WVU receives $1 million grant to develop scholarly publishing platform - 12 Jan 2015
The West Virginia University has been awarded $1 million from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Scholarly Communications and Information Technology program to develop a new academic publishing platform for mixed-media and print-based scholarship materials.
Dubbed Cairn, this editorial-management system will be a modular publishing platform for print-like and scholarly multimedia journals, books and data sets.
The platform includes features that will help editors and publishers provide an accessible, secure, sustainable, flexible, open, free, and collaborative environment for authors and readers, and which will help them engage in building and reading multimedia-rich, peer-reviewed content.
Bengler, a design and development team in Oslo will develop the publishing system.
Authors Guild v. HathiTrust litigation ends in victory for fair use - 09 Jan 2015
For the past several years, HathiTrust and five of its member universities have been engaged in litigation after being sued by the Authors Guild. On January 6, 2015, the parties entered a settlement on the sole issue remaining before the district court, ending the litigation in a victory for HathiTrust and fair use.
In its litigation, the Authors Guild alleged that HathiTrust Digital Library's (HDL) digitization of works for the purposes of use in a full-text search database - providing access for the print disabled, and preservation, as well as the Orphan Works Project developed by the University of Michigan - constituted copyright infringement. The Orphan Works Project was abandoned and not considered ripe for adjudication, while the other issues advanced. The district court found in favour of HDL's motions for summary judgment on the remaining three issues.
In June 2014, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit strongly affirmed fair use, finding that HathiTrust Digital Library's creation of a full-text search database and providing access for the print disabled constituted fair use. On the issue of preservation, the Second Circuit remanded back to the district court - without determining the merits of whether such preservation constituted fair use - to determine whether the plaintiffs had standing to bring the claim.
The Library Copyright Alliance applauded the decision, noting the Second Circuit rightly concluded that HDL's activities are protected by fair use, ensuring the 'safety valve' of fair use is well functioning and providing meaningful balance through limitations on the copyright holder's rights. Fair use has long been relied upon to provide important protections for the public and promote new and transformative uses of copyrighted works, such as those facilitated by HDL.
On January 6, 2015, the Authors Guild and HathiTrust settled the preservation issue, with the defendant libraries stipulating that they have complied with Section 108(c) of the Copyright Act and have only made replacement copies where the original was damaged, deteriorating, lost or stolen, and that an unused replacement could not be obtained at a fair price. The defendant libraries further agreed that for a period of five years, if the libraries do not comply with the stipulation, it will notify the Authors Guild, "which, although not a Remaining Plaintiff in this Action, will accept notice."
While an appeal to the Supreme Court would still be possible, it appears from a release issued by the Authors Guild on January 8, 2015, that the Authors Guild will not pursue this path. The Authors Guild begins its release noting that the settlement "brought to an end the Guild's copyright infringement lawsuit against the group of research libraries known as the HathiTrust."
Furthermore, while the parties settled the issue of preservation for purposes of use as a replacement copy, essentially noting that the parties will comply with Section 108(c) of the Copyright Act, practically speaking, as noted by Jonathan Band in "What Does the HathiTrust Decision Mean for Libraries?" (PDF), libraries engaged in the activities of HathiTrust can make digital copies. As providing full-text search capability justifies the creation and maintenance of a database of text files, a library could create and maintain a database of text files if the library provided full-text search capability of those text files. Likewise, because access to the print disabled justifies the creation and maintenance of a database of image files, a library could create and maintain a database of image files if the library provided the print disabled with access to those image files. Additionally, the library could create appropriate backup copies of these databases.
eBook use rise 33 percent in 2014 in Libraries through OverDrive - 09 Jan 2015
Capitalising on the latest advances in eBook technology and popular catalogue availability, public libraries saw digital checkouts rise again to record levels in 2014. According to OverDrive, an eBook and audiobook platform for libraries and schools, circulation of eBooks, audiobooks and other digital media increased 33 percent in 2014 to 137 million checkouts, while web traffic and discoverability similarly increased, especially on mobile devices.
The record growth can be attributed to several key factors, including improvements in app design and ease of use, compatibility with more devices such as Chromebook™ and Kindle® in addition to iOS and Android, and the growing catalogue that now includes all of the largest publishers and bestselling titles. In addition, OverDrive Read, the browser-based eBook reader that provides instant access to eBooks without an app, became the fastest growing format and contributed to the record year with growth of 124 percent to nearly 15 million checkouts.
OverDrive's industry-leading catalogue also experienced significant growth in 2014, adding hundreds of thousands of new titles in all formats (eBook, audiobook, music, streaming video, periodicals) to its current level of 2.6 million from 5,000 publishers.
Elsevier set to launch OA journal that will publish sound research across all disciplines - 09 Jan 2015
STM publisher Elsevier has announced it is developing a new open access journal covering all disciplines. The journal will be developed in close cooperation with researchers, enabling continuous improvement in line with their needs and feedback. The official launch is planned in 2015.
The new journal will be as much technology-driven as it will be community-driven. Authors are to enjoy a step-by-step, quick and intuitive submission and publishing experience. Data from and technology behind Scopus will enable efficient matching of papers to relevant editors and reviewers, shortening peer review times. Also, integrated smart technologies, developed at Elsevier and Mendeley, will make papers easily discoverable and will connect them to the relevant research communities and readers.
The journal will open for submissions in the course of 2015. Members of the international researcher community who have constructive ideas that help to further develop this journal are welcome to submit their feedback. More information is available on Elsevier Connect.
In first LWW issue, Journal for Healthcare Quality puts focus on Healthcare Transitions - 09 Jan 2015
In its first issue published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, the Journal for Healthcare Quality presents a special issue on Healthcare Transitions.
Effective and efficient healthcare transitions - patient "handoffs" between providers, units, or healthcare systems - are a critical part of efforts to provide coordinated, high-quality patient care. A special focus on Healthcare Transitions is presented in the January/February issue of the Journal for Healthcare Quality (JHQ), the peer-reviewed journal of the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ). The special theme issue is the first to appear under a new publishing partnership between NAHQ and LWW.
The special issue presents nine original papers, authored by leading experts in healthcare quality and related fields. The contributions look at patient handoffs from a variety of perspectives - within and across care delivery systems, at the community level, and through the use of research and clinical data to achieve key goals such as reduced hospital readmissions.
Beginning with the current volume, LWW assumes publication of the Journal for Healthcare Quality, the NAHQ's professional forum for continuous advancement of healthcare quality practice. The journal presents original research and other content, providing leaders in diverse and changing environments across healthcare settings with evidence to promote quality improvement, patient safety, performance measurement, and more. Each issue of JHQ also includes a continuing education opportunity, free of charge to NAHQ members.
The JHQ continues on its bimonthly publication schedule. As always, NAHQ members will receive each issue as a benefit of membership. Members and subscribers can also access the full contents of each issue at the newly updated journal website: www.jhqonline.com. A streamlined electronic manuscript submission, review, and tracking process through WKH's Editorial Manager system is now live at http://www.editorialmanager.com/JHQ.
The theme of Healthcare Transitions will be revisited this spring at the NAHQ's inaugural National Quality Summit, to be held April 23 to 24, 2015, in Philadelphia. The Summit features noted transitions expert Eric Coleman, MD, MPH, who will join with leading quality professionals to share insights on managing the quality of transitions at every step along the healthcare continuum.
Nature Plants joins Nature family of research journals - 09 Jan 2015
Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG) has announced the launch of Nature Plants, the newest member of the Nature family of research journals. It is the first journal in the field to focus on excellence in research across the plant sciences, building upon the cross-disciplinary model established by Nature Climate Change.
Nature Plants provides a venue for the very best research into all aspects of plants and their interactions with the wider world. The journal serves researchers interested in better understanding the plant kingdom - whether their primary focus is on genetics, development, disease resistance, metabolism, agronomy, or economics.
Publishing outstanding studies from across pure and applied plant sciences, including molecular and cell biology, genetics, agriculture, ecology and biotechnology, the online journal looks to explore the societal and political impacts of cutting-edge plant research.
Highlights in the first issue include: research into the origin and evolution of maize in the south west of the United States; a study of Gloger's rule (which describes how the colouring of animals darkens the closer to the equator they live) in the context of floral pigmentation; and a discussion of the implications of genome editing techniques on the legislation and licencing of genetically modified organisms.
Nature Plants also has a keen interest in translational research that helps create a path to a sustainable future by addressing today's most pressing global challenges: food security, water and land use efficiency, energy sufficiency and climate change.
Like all Nature-branded journals, Nature Plants is characterised by a fair and rigorous peer-review process, high standards of copy-editing and production, swift publication and editorial independence. In addition to research, the journal publishes Review Articles, Commentaries, Features, Perspectives, and News & Views pieces placing the very latest advances in our knowledge of plants in context for those both within and beyond the plant research community. Nature Plants is available to online personal subscribers and via site license.
NISO publishes revised SUSHI Standard and Supporting Documentation - 09 Jan 2015
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a revision to the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) Protocol (ANSI/NISO Z39.93-2014). The SUSHI standard defines an automated request and response model for the harvesting of electronic resource usage data utilising a Web services framework that can replace the user-mediated collection of usage data reports. It was designed as a generalized protocol extensible to a variety of usage reports. An extension designed specifically to work with COUNTER reports is provided.
This new version of the SUSHI standard extends the filter support to allow multiple filters and/or report attributes to be included in the SUSHI Request. Use of these filters and attributes is optional, making the new version backwards compatible with the previous one. Additional documentation supporting SUSHI implementation has been updated including SUSHI schemas, COUNTER schemas, sample reports, selected SUSHI Harvesters tools, and the Server Registry.
The revised SUSHI standard and extensive supporting tools and documentation are available on the NISO SUSHI website at: www.niso.org/workrooms/sushi/.
OCLC’s Worldshare Interlibrary Loan service now fully integrated with British Library Document Supply Service to streamline ordering process - 09 Jan 2015
OCLC, the non-profit computer library service and research organisation, and the British Library now offer a new option for fast, flexible purchase from the British Library Document Supply Service that enables library staff to confirm the availability of required documents before placing an order, and provides a wide range of choices for delivery and price.
Rather than sending OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan requests without knowing whether the British Library can supply the required items, the new option makes clear whether an item is held in advance of ordering - and also whether a digital delivery option is available that will reduce delivery times to as little as several minutes.
The new purchase option also simplifies library procedures related to copyright compliance and document fee payments. All document fees include copyright payments, so purchasing libraries do not need to take additional steps to ensure copyright compliance. In addition, libraries may continue to use OCLC's Interlibrary Loan Fee Management (IFM) service to pay for their purchases. IFM reconciles resource sharing charges and payments through a library's monthly OCLC invoice to eliminate invoices and check writing for individual transactions.
Libraries with existing British Library accounts will continue to receive the differential pricing that accompanies their accounts.
Users of the ILLiad resource sharing service may also benefit from the new purchase workflow through the use of an ILLiad add-on available at http://oc.lc/bladdon.
American Psychological Association appoints Jasper Simons as publisher, PsycINFO - 08 Jan 2015
The American Psychological Association has appointed publishing executive Jasper Simons to lead its growing PsycINFO® and APA database program as publisher, PsycINFO.
APA currently produces seven databases: PsycARTICLES®, PsycBOOKS®, PsycINFO, PsycTHERAPY®, PsycTESTS®, PsycCRITIQUES® and PsycEXTRA®.
Simons has been involved in science, technical and medical publishing (print and online products), project management and business development for his entire career. Most recently, he was vice president, product and marketing strategy, for Thomson Reuters. He also served as director of special markets for SAGE Publishing, responsible for launching innovative database products for the lobbying and political advocacy markets. Before that, Simons served as vice president/publisher for CIG Media Group, a medical oncology publisher, overseeing editorial production and sales and marketing for a broad range of medical oncology subspecialties.
Digital content and publishing headliners to take the stage at the Digital Book World Conference + Expo - 08 Jan 2015
Headliners, innovators and change agents of the digital publishing industry will gather in New York, from January 13 – 15, for the 6th Annual Digital Book World Conference + Expo (DBW). The event (@DigiBookWorld - #DBW15) is the largest conference worldwide dedicated to publishing's digital transition. Registration and program details are available at conference.digitalbookworld.com (the early-bird rates expire Jan. 12).
More than 100 thought leaders will present on digital content and digital book strategies, as well as the challenges and opportunities facing publishers and content providers of all sizes and business models.
DBW's prominent line-up includes: executives responsible for developing their organisations' digital publishing strategies, innovators who are bringing new ideas and new technologies to market, and path-making authors, agents, marketers and editors.
The event, which takes place at the New York Hilton Midtown, is expected to gather more than 1,500 professionals from the global book and digital publishing community.
Numerous educational sessions and workshops are one the key highlights of DBW 15. The event will cover the most pressing topics, including: industry growth, subscriptions, innovative business models, copyright policy, mobile marketing and discoverability, self-publishing, pricing and distribution, and the transformation of the K-12 market, among many other issues.
The winners of the 2015 Digital Book Awards will be named at the Digital Book Awards Gala on January 14 at 7 p.m. during DBW 15. The prestigious competition recently named more than 50 finalists, representing publishers both large and small from around the world. The winner in each category will be named at the Digital Book Awards Gala.
Additionally attendees will be able to discover some of the latest, most innovative, business enhancing products and services for the digital publishing industry at the DBW 15 Expo. DBW's expo hall is open two days, January 13 from 10 am to 7 pm and January 14 from 10 am to 3:30 pm.
Elsevier and ISTE Press announce publishing partnership - 08 Jan 2015
STM publisher Elsevier and ISTE Press Ltd, a London-based international publisher of scientific and technical books, have formed a publishing alliance that will bring researchers ISTE Press content on high-growth subjects. The subjects include energy, engineering, materials science, food science, mathematics and environmental science. The content from ISTE Press, which primarily publishes French-originated content in the English language, will be distributed through Elsevier's ScienceDirect and other global distribution channels.
New Elsevier and ISTE Press co-branded books will be published in collections beginning in 2015, and will be available in print as well via all of the digital channels Elsevier serves. Elsevier will have global rights to co-branded content and will work in close cooperation with ISTE Press to develop content in areas of mutual interest.
ISTE Press is a privately owned science and technology publisher based in London, with publishing interests across the science and technology sector. The Press has a particular focus on science and technology content from France, and works with over 26 expert scientific committees, each comprising a panel of senior scientists and researchers who ensure the excellence of their content.
ICV Partners acquires SirsiDynix - 08 Jan 2015
Investment firm ICV Partners has announced the acquisition of SirsiDynix, a provider of technology solutions to libraries around the world, from Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm that focuses on investing in software, data and technology-based organisations.
The change in SirsiDynix's ownership structure brings the opportunity to revise the board of directors and increase employee ownership.
SirsiDynix connects people with knowledge at more than 23,000 libraries around the world. Through library management technology and search and discovery tools, libraries using SirsiDynix technology bring relevant resources and the power of knowledge to their users and communities. SirsiDynix technology is architected to be open, scalable, and robust, offering a complete out-of-the-box solution and unparalleled flexibility through APIs and web services.
Vista will maintain a minority equity position in the company.
Ingram Content Group Inc. names Shawn Morin as President and COO - 08 Jan 2015
Ingram Content Group Inc. has announced the appointment of Shawn Morin as President and Chief Operating Officer. The announcement was made by John R. Ingram, Chief Executive Officer of the company.
Morin has been Chief Operating Officer of the company since June, 2012. His additional responsibilities as President are effective immediately.
As COO, Morin has been the executive in charge of managing the company's commercial activities, systems, and operations. The past two years have seen important expansions in the scope of Ingram's systems that serve publishers, libraries, booksellers and educators worldwide.
The past two years have also seen international expansion for Ingram; the introduction of automated print on demand systems in Fresno, California, and Fairfield, Ohio; new collaborations between Ingram and allied businesses across the industry, and the launch of IngramSpark®, an innovative publishing program for independent publishers.
Morin joined the company in 2009 as the Chief Information Officer and was responsible for overseeing the information technology infrastructures and applications for the content group of companies, which include Lightning Source Inc., Ingram Book Company, Vital Source Technologies, and Ingram Publisher Services.
McGraw-Hill Education unveils latest version of SmartBook at 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show - 08 Jan 2015
Learning science company McGraw-Hill Education introduced the newest version of SmartBook, company's adaptive reading platform, at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show. SmartBook helps students study more effectively and efficiently by guiding them through a personalised study experience that continually adapts to their needs and focuses their attention on what they need to learn the most.
The latest version of SmartBook - now available for the higher education market - expands on the platform's functionality by introducing students to personalised learning resources at the precise moment of need, allowing them to close knowledge gaps in real time. The result is more confidence, better grades and greater success.
McGraw-Hill Education has made SmartBook available for more than 300 course areas in higher education. Since 2009, nearly 4 million students have used LearnSmart, the adaptive engine that powers SmartBook, having answered nearly 3 billion questions through the system. LearnSmart has been shown to help students improve by an average of one letter grade.
McGraw-Hill Education CEO David Levin will highlight SmartBook and the power of learning technology during his keynote address at TransformingEDU, a CES Summit that brings together leading experts, educators, entrepreneurs and investors in a discussion around changes in pre-K through 20 education.
Kurt Strand, the chief product officer of McGraw-Hill Education's Higher Ed group, will participate in a panel discussion at TransformingEDU focusing on innovation in higher education. The panel – moderated by Goldie Blumenstyk, senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education – will also feature Anne Praderas Vance, assistant professor at Austin Community College.
American Society for Cell Biology selects TEMIS for Science Navigator application - 07 Jan 2015
TEMIS, a provider of Semantic Content Enrichment solutions for the Enterprise, has announced an extension of their collaboration with the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) to further hone the ASCB Science Navigator, a bespoke version of TEMIS Luxid Navigator - Biopharma Edition, as a tool for biomedical research. The ASCB Science Navigator aggregates information from millions of scientific documents and news releases, providing scientists working in basic biomedical research with an efficient, one-stop shop where they can discover insights to drive their research.
ASCB is an inclusive, international community of biologists studying the cell, the fundamental unit of life. ASCB is dedicated to advancing scientific discovery, advocating sound research policies, improving education, promoting professional development, and increasing diversity in the scientific workforce.
The ASCB Science Navigator is based on the 2014 CODiE Award-winning Luxid Navigator, TEMIS's user-friendly SaaS analytics application that helps scientists explore and then target pertinent information. Based on a dashboard approach, Luxid Navigator leverages advanced computational linguistics to dynamically build intuitive visualization widgets that with a few clicks, help users find information that would otherwise have taken hours or days to collate.
The ASCB's customized application uses some of the Luxid® Navigator's specific search lenses on key areas of interest such as identifying experts; science of diseases and their treatment; and updated literature and news in areas of interest.
Luxid Navigator also includes other dedicated search lenses like Clinical Trial Intelligence and Drug Safety modules that enable professionals to gauge the competition's trials pipelines and optimise their clinical trials, with a better understanding and awareness of relationships between drugs, reactions, patient populations.
Elsevier acquires Neoplasia Press Inc. - 07 Jan 2015
STM publisher Elsevier has announced that it has acquired Neoplasia Press Inc. and assumes publication of its flagship journals, Neoplasia and Translational Oncology. These peer-reviewed, open access journals will now be published by Elsevier under the Neoplasia Press imprint.
With a significant Impact Factor of 5.398, Neoplasia is a well-established cancer research journal that publishes the results of novel investigations in all areas of oncology research. Under the editorial leadership of Dr. Alnawaz Rehemtulla, Ruth Tuttle Freeman Research Professor and Director of the Molecular Imaging Division, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Michigan, the journal's breadth encompasses not only the traditional disciplines of cancer research, but also emerging fields and interdisciplinary investigations. Published monthly, Neoplasia features studies describing new molecular and genetic findings relating to the neoplastic phenotype and laboratory and clinical studies demonstrating creative applications of advances in the basic sciences to risk assessment, prognostic indications, detection, diagnosis, and treatment.
Sister publication Translational Oncology was successfully launched in 2008 and publishes the results of novel research investigations that bridge the laboratory and clinical settings, including risk assessment, cellular and molecular characterization, prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of human cancers with the overall goal of improving the clinical care of oncology patients. Guided by Editor-in-Chief Dr. Theodore S. Lawrence, Isadore Lampe Professor and Department Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Michigan, this bimonthly journal publishes laboratory studies of novel therapeutic interventions as well as clinical trials that evaluate new treatment paradigms for cancer.
Neoplasia and Translational Oncology are available on their own dedicated Elsevier sites as well as via ScienceDirect, Elsevier's full-text platform for the library community. Both journals are included in PubMed and PubMed Central, increasing the discoverability of their content by researchers, clinicians and other healthcare professionals worldwide.
HighWire Press included in 2014 EContent Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry - 07 Jan 2015
HighWire Press, Inc., a technology platform and strategic partner to influential scholarly publishers, has announced its inclusion on the 2014 EContent Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry in the categories of Content Creation and Distribution & Delivery.
This year, there were many new companies and contributors in the digital content industry to consider, including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and O'Reilly Media.
HighWire is the online host to thousands of peer-reviewed, high-impact journals and books. The user-centric design of the Drupal display layer on top of its innovative open platform has received widespread praise from researchers and publishers alike.
IEEE to adopt the HDBaseT standard for ultra-high-definition digital connectivity - 07 Jan 2015
The HDBaseT Alliance, the cross-industry group tasked with promoting and advancing HDBaseT standard, and IEEE, the technical professional organisation, have announced that the HDBaseT standard has been approved by the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Standards Board for adoption as part of the organization's standard portfolio.
HDBaseT is a successful technology for long-distance ultra-high definition distribution of digital media, with hundreds of HDBaseT-certified products currently commercialized. It will complement IEEE-SA's portfolio of market-proven communications and technology standards. The HDBaseT standard will become IEEE 1911™ standard, once the adoption process is complete.
HDBaseT enables all-in-one transmission of ultra-high-definition video through a single 100m/328ft Cat6 cable, delivering uncompressed 4K video, audio, USB, Ethernet, control signals, and up to 100 watts of power. HDBaseT simplifies cabling, enhances ease-of-use, and accelerates deployment of ultra-high-definition connectivity solutions. The cost-effective LAN infrastructure and power transmission support also help reduce and simplify installation and electrical costs.
The HDBaseT Alliance will continue to offer its members the HDBaseT branding and certification necessary for commercialization of the technology.
IEEE and HDBaseT Alliance will be taking part in the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show. IEEE and IEEE-SA can be found at booth number 30646, and the HDBaseT Alliance will be located at booth number 21424 on the 2015 International CES expo floor (South Hall).
LexisNexis completes acquisition of Health Market Science - 07 Jan 2015
LexisNexis Risk Solutions, a Reed Elsevier company, has completed regulatory review to acquire Health Market Science (HMS), a leading supplier of high-quality data on health care professionals and an administrator of one of the largest practitioner-level medical claims databases in the US.
LexisNexis, together with HMS, offers healthcare organisations a comprehensive suite of healthcare provider and claims analytic solutions that leverage leading data sources and technology to meet key challenges and deliver insight to reduce fraud, comply with increasing regulations, enable cost reduction efforts, and enhance patient outcomes.
Earlier, in November 2014, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, announced its intent to acquire HMS. The acquisition of HMS supports LexisNexis' strategy in the health care market which is to enable customers to solve key challenges including fraud prevention, regulatory compliance, cost reduction, and improved patient outcomes through the use of advanced data and analytics.
Semantico announces changes to senior management team - 07 Jan 2015
Online publishing services provider Semantico Ltd. has announced changes to its senior management team as part of the company's growth and strategic plan. Richard Padley, co-founder of Semantico will move up into the role of Chairman and CEO; Rob Virkar-Yates has taken full control over the day-to-day running of the business as COO.
In this new role Richard will leverage his wealth of experience to establish an innovation centre within Semantico – this wholly future focused business unit will drive the technical and strategic development of Semantico to enable the business to innovate and deliver new market leading products and services to the scholarly community. Richard will also continue to grow market leadership through increased strategic engagement with and contributions to the scholarly community at large.
Rob will continue to drive growth in consultancy, product, and service delivery to ensure that Semantico advances its position as a leading vendor within the marketplace.
Wolters Kluwer Health adds Physical Therapy to Lippincott Procedures - 07 Jan 2015
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced that Physical Therapy (PT) has joined Respiratory Therapy (RT) as the second major non-nursing discipline added to Lippincott Procedures, the leading clinical procedures software used by nurses and other clinicians at the point-of-care. The expansion makes Lippincott Procedures the first-to-market clinical procedures solution for physical therapy.
More than 50 new procedures are being added — all tailored to meet the needs of hospital-based physical therapists and PT departments. This enhancement allows a larger group of allied health clinicians as well as nurses to use Lippincott Procedures to access and maintain all of their institutionally mandated clinical procedures.
All of Lippincott Procedures' evidence-based content is clinically reviewed and fully updated on an annual basis, allowing institutions to trust that their clinicians are referencing current EBP information that has been fully vetted by clinical experts. Institutions also have the ability to customize each procedure to meet organization-specific guidelines, add new procedures in an existing discipline, or add other disciplines to help standardize care across an entire institution.
The first set of PT-related procedures is available immediately with the remainder to be available in the April quarterly software update.
Lippincott Procedures gives clinicians accurate, step-by-step guidance for more than 1,700 evidence-based procedures. Institutions gain benefit from the product both with clinicians using the software at the point-of-care, and also through functionality that allows procedures to be assigned as courses, tests given for content understanding, and skills checklists used to ensure practice competence.
Part of the Lippincott Solutions product suite, Lippincott Procedures is available as a group subscription to hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The product is accessible from any Internet-enabled device including PCs and mobile devices including iPad and Android tablets as well as an iPad app.
Applications for ARL/SAA Mosaic Program called for - 06 Jan 2015
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) are now accepting applications for the 2015–2017 cohort of the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program. This program, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), ARL, and SAA, provides support for master of library and information science (MLIS) students pursuing degrees with a concentration in archives or special collections.
Components of this program include a robust internship experience, mentoring, career placement assistance, and leadership development. The program seeks to attract individuals who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives and special collections profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.
The ARL/SAA Mosaic Program offers a generous compensation package for each program participant consisting of tuition stipend of up to $10,000 to be distributed over two years, in installments of $2,500 per semester; paid internship in a partner archives or library organisation beginning in early fall 2015; mentoring from an archives professional or special collections librarian; financial assistance of up to $1,000 for relocation to the area of the MLIS program into which the participant has been accepted; student membership in SAA; and support for travel to and participation in the annual SAA Mosaic Leadership Forum, SAA Annual Meeting, and the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium during the participant's scholarship period.
To be eligible for the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program, one must identify with a racial/ethnic minority group as described by the US Census Bureau or Statistics Canada; be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada; be accepted into a master's program in archival science, archival management, digital archives, special collections, or a related program; remain enrolled in at least 6 graduate credit hours per term through completion of the designated graduate programs and have at least one full academic year remaining in studies; and maintain a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4-point scale) and submit transcripts as evidence of progression towards completion of graduate studies in the targeted areas.
For additional information about the program and to apply, interested parties may visit the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program webpage. The completed online application form and attachments and all supporting documentation should be submitted and/or delivered to ARL by 11:59 p.m. EST on February 28, 2015.
Elsevier in deal to integrate over 100,000 maps from Wiley's leading journals into the Geofacets platform - 06 Jan 2015
STM publisher Elsevier has announced an agreement with Wiley to integrate more than 100,000 maps from Wiley's leading journals into the Geofacets platform. The content integration will increase the amount of trusted data available to geoscientists, helping them to make better-informed decisions in exploration, as well as improve recommendations that influence company investments in new exploration opportunities.
Content to be added include fundamental geologic maps, petroleum geoscience maps, geophysical maps and specialized maps, such as those focused on sedimentology and geochemistry. The content is from 26 Wiley journals, published on behalf of several society partners (including the American Geophysical Union,). This will increase Geofacets' content portfolio to more than 500,000 maps extracted from almost 200,000 associated articles by the end of the year.
Geofacets is Elsevier's premier research tool for geoscientists working in natural resource exploration. Geofacets extracts geologic maps from trusted, peer-reviewed publications, making content easier to find and integrate with other data. Users will have seamless access to multi-disciplinary content extracted from Wiley journals and maps including high impact journals such as Basin Research, the Journal of Petroleum Geology, and Sedimentology and journals published on behalf of the American Geophysical Union including Geophysical Research Letters, Reviews of Geophysics, Journal of Geophysical Research and Paleoceanography.
The collaboration builds further on earlier contributions to Geofacets from organisations including the Geological Society of London in October 2011, the SEPM/Society for Sedimentary Geology in September 2012, the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) in February 2013 and the Geological Society of America in October 2013.
Sigma-Aldrich’s second annual ‘State of Translational Research Survey Report’ highlights challenges to reproducible science - 06 Jan 2015
Life Science and High Technology company Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, US, has issued the second annual State of Translational Research Survey Report, addressing challenges to the reproducibility of research within the academic translational research community. Sigma-Aldrich's report, based on a survey conducted in concert with the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Academic Drug Discovery Consortium (ADDC), sheds light on practices that compromise the reproducibility of published research, underlines the translational research community's desire for experimental standards, and suggests multi-faceted strategies for improving the reproducibility of translational science.
The Sigma-Aldrich survey found only 22 percent of respondents had complete success in the last year reproducing other labs' published work. Respondents cited the primary suspected causes of experimental irreproducibility to be poor controls, the rush to publish, and insufficient samples sizes. Half of respondents also blamed the reproducing lab's failure to understand or follow experimental protocols.
Survey results indicate that several simple quality control practices could be performed more consistently. These practices include testing for mycoplasma, validating reagents for purity and identity, and screening for misidentified cell lines.
The 2014 State of Translational Research Survey Report chronicles additional viewpoints and practices within the academic translational research community, such as scientific journals' role in ensuring reproducibility, data or protocol documentation and study retractions. The Sigma-Aldrich report was first presented at the ADDC's 'Addressing Irreproducibility in Target Validation' Conference on October 23 at the Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research in Cambridge, MA.
Taylor & Francis rolls out CrossMark and FundRef across Taylor & Francis Online - 06 Jan 2015
Academic publisher Taylor & Francis has rolled out CrossMark, a verifying tool from CrossRef, across Taylor & Francis Online. CrossMark helps users identify if they are reading the most recent and reliable version of an article, and if it is not the case, there will be a link to the most current version that one can follow to read.
Since April 2014, the functionality of CrossMark has been trialled in a range of real-life situations on selected titles. Following the latest major site release, CrossMark is now on all journal content published from January 1, 2014.
The CrossMark is present on the abstract and full-text HTML pages, as well as on hosted PDFs. Users will simply need to click on the CrossMark icon to find out if what they are reading is the most current version of record. They will also be able to see whether there are updates pending.
CrossMark also includes FundRef, another CrossRef initiative to standardize funding information. Users will be able to see if research has been funded and if it has by whom. FundRef aims to standardise how funder and funding details are captured and recorded. Funder names and identities will be consistent to remove any ambiguity. All articles on Taylor & Francis Online with associated funding information will be recorded clearly and consistently and displayed on the CrossMark.
Trevor Owens to head National Digital Platform responsibilities across programs at IMLS - 06 Jan 2015
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced that Trevor Owens has been selected to be the Senior Program Officer with responsibility for the national digital platform in the Office of Library Services. The announcement was made by IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth.
Owens is currently Digital Archivist with the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) in the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the Library of Congress, where he plays a key role in defining national strategy for collecting, preserving, and providing access to digital information. He served as co-chair for the National Digital Stewardship Alliance's Infrastructure working group and managed the development of Viewshare, a free open-source platform for visualizing and sharing digital collections now used by thousands of librarians, archivists and curators. Before joining the Library of Congress, he worked as the community manager for the Zotero open-source research tool at the Center for History and New Media.
Owens was the recipient of the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference C. Herbert Finch Online Publication Award for his work as special curator on a Library of Congress online collection and thematic exhibition featuring the papers of scientist Carl Sagan. He also received the Society for American Archivists' 2014 Archival Innovator Award, an award granted annually to recognize the archivist, repository, or organization that best exemplifies the 'ability to think outside the professional norm.'
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 05 Jan 2015
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Brian Hughes (Alternative access models in academic publishing); Dr. Sara Adaes (There’s Something Really Wrong With Science These Days); and Prof. Heather Morrison (2014 Dramatic Growth of Open Access: 30 indicators of growth beyond the ordinary). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
Oxford University Press and the American Society of Mammalogists announce publishing partnership - 05 Jan 2015
Academic publisher Oxford University Press (OUP) has announced a new partnership with the American Society of Mammalogists (ASM).
Under the deal, OUP will publish the Journal of Mammalogy and Mammalian Species, beginning January 2015. The Journal of Mammalogy has been the flagship publication of ASM since 1919 and was voted one of the top 100 most influential serials in biology and medicine of the 20th century. ASM also publishes Mammalian Species, which covers accounts of individual species, reviews books that pertain to specific taxa or topics, and maintains an exceptional mammal images library.
The American Society of Mammalogists is a leader in its field, driving global research, education, conservation, and communication. The ASM is currently composed of around 2,500 members, many of whom are professional scientists. Members of the Society have always had a strong interest in the public good, and this is reflected in their involvement in providing information for public policy, resources management, conservation, and education.
ProQuest unveils first regionalized version of Academic Complete - 05 Jan 2015
ProQuest ebooks company ebrary has created a brand new version of Academic Complete™ subscription collection designed specifically for UK and Irish students, faculty and researchers with over 4,000 unique, region specific titles.
Recognising the importance of providing key content to this region, this new edition of Academic Complete delivers more than 115,000 titles, and is the first locally-tailored content edition which goes beyond territorial rights adjustments. Providing simultaneous, multi-user access the UKI edition contains over 4,000 specially selected titles which are only available to this region and consist of the most relevant publishers and topics. This local version will only be available in the UK and Ireland with the same overall number of titles as the standard Academic Complete.
Included in the purchase of the new Academic Complete UKI Version is the LibraryThing for Libraries Book Display Widget. This enhancement drives discoverability and usage of titles by enabling libraries to easily create virtual book/ebook displays and highlight key titles in their collection front and center on their homepage, Facebook page, blog and other digital display areas.
Winner of multiple awards, Academic Complete is a multidisciplinary subscription collection that provides a comprehensive foundation of ebooks for researchers at all levels. It can be de-duplicated against the library's firm and PDA titles from both ebrary and EBL. With scholarly ebooks from leading publishers and coverage across all academic disciplines, Academic Complete is projected as an ideal foundation for a university ebook collection.
Scribd to expand ebook subscription service, raises $22 million in financing - 05 Jan 2015
Subscription book service Scribd has closed a $22 million financing led by Khosla Ventures with reinvestment from existing backers including Redpoint Ventures, Charles River Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank. Seasoned entrepreneur Keith Rabois will join Scribd's board as a board observer. This brings Scribd's total funding to date up to $48M.
Scribd, which launched in 2007, now has more than 80M monthly readers accessing their books and documents worldwide. The new capital resources raised will be used to reinvest in the business to further accelerate hiring, content acquisition efforts and international expansion. Since the launch of the company's subscription book service in October 2013, the subscriber base has grown an average of 31 percent per month. Scribd readers have spent more than 17M hours reading half a million premium e-books and have logged 180,000 listening hours in the first 60 days since launching its audiobooks service.
Over the past year, Scribd has seen a steady increase in subscribers each month, consistently landing the company in the top-5 reading apps in both the Apple App Store and Google Play. Scribd is available on iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook tablets and the web.
YBP Library Services selected as supplier for Ontario Colleges Library Service - 05 Jan 2015
YBP Library Services (YBP), the academic division of Baker & Taylor, has announced that the Ontario Colleges Library Service (OCLS), on behalf of the Ontario college libraries, has selected YBP as a supplier of bibliographic material including Canadian, US and UK imprints across a broad spectrum of subject areas and disciplines as well as in print, audiovisual and electronic formats.
OCLS is a non-profit corporation providing a suite of services to Ontario's 24 publicly-funded colleges of Applied Arts and Technology. One of OCLS's core services in the management of selection, acquisitions and cataloging service agreements now includes an agreement with YBP.
YBP Library Services, a Baker & Taylor company, provides print and digital content, supporting collection management and technical services to academic, research and special libraries throughout the world. GOBI3, YBP's acquisition and collection development interface, provides access to more than 10 million titles.