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US Allen Press expands scholarly publisher services team - 31 Jan 2018

As part of an ongoing commitment to enhance its scholarly publisher services, Allen Press, Inc. is growing the team that delivers those services.

This includes the promotion of Mark Kohlhase to Vice President, Scholarly Publishing Services and Barbara Buzzi to Senior Sales Executive, and the addition of Elizabeth Just as a Sales Executive. Along with Julie Rinke, Senior Vice President, Operations, and Maria Preston-Cargill, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, the team will work to enhance scholarly publisher services and grow revenue from society and association publishers.

Kohlhase has worked at Allen Press for six years and held roles in account management, editorial services and composition. In his new position as Vice President, Scholarly Publishing, he is tasked with providing scientific and professional society customers with the very best publishing systems, workflows, technologies and service.

Buzzi has over 25 years of publishing experience and has been a Sales Executive with Allen Press since 2009. She will continue to utilise her vast industry knowledge to build strong client relationships and help societies and associations in the scientific, technical and medical fields develop successful publishing and editorial programs. Buzzi has been a member of the Society of Scholarly Publishing since 1999 and the Council of Science Editors since 2005.

Just will join Allen Press in February and brings over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry with a strong history of business development. With past roles with Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Swets Information Services and most recently LM Information Delivery, Just understands the intricacies of the publishing landscape and will work to promote and expand Allen Press's scholarly publishing services in the Washington D.C. area.

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US Elsevier Care Planning wins 2018 KLAS Category Leader Award - 31 Jan 2018

Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health, has announced that Elsevier Care Planning was named a 2018 Category Leader for the 'Clinical Decision Support – Care Plans/Order Sets' category, as determined by KLAS, the research firm which specialises in monitoring and reporting the performance of healthcare vendors.

A Category Leader designation identifies top-rated vendor products for a market segment in the 2018 Best in KLAS: Software and Services report. Elsevier Care Planning placed at the top of the 'Clinical Decision Support - Care Plans/Order Sets' category.

Elsevier Care Planning brings evidence-based content to the point of care, helping to promote patient-centered standardised care, and reduce variability across the continuum. Integrated into the provider's EHR to streamline the clinical workflow and promote consistency of care across the care continuum, Care Planning has helped Elsevier customers meet safety and quality measures, regulatory requirements, as well as Magnet designation.

KLAS works with the executives, managers, and professionals from over 4,500 hospitals and over 2,500 clinics, gathering data to measure vendor performance. Through reports on software, professional services, and medical equipment vendors, KLAS provides an informative view of vendor performance in the healthcare industry.

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UK New partnership between Springer Nature and BenchSci to benefit biomedical researchers - 31 Jan 2018

Springer Nature and BenchSci, a life science machine learning startup, have announced a new partnership designed to address the challenge millions of biomedical researchers face when searching for biological products for their research in scientific papers.

Up to 50% of biological products don't work when used in experiments. This contributes to the current reproducibility crisis. Life science product companies can’t test every way their products might be used. So researchers review scientific papers for this information when planning experiments. But more than 38 million scientific papers have been published since 1980, and this number doubles every nine years. Searching papers for guidance is increasingly difficult.

This partnership seeks to solve this problem by combining Springer Nature's rich database of biomedical journals and BenchSci's industry leading machine learning technology for biological products.

The licensing agreement will see papers from Springer Nature's biomedical journals decoded, indexed and displayed on BenchSci, an artificial intelligence discoverability platform that decodes scientific papers and extracts data related to proper use of biological compounds. This will make them more easily searchable and discoverable to scientists who search for biological compounds using BenchSci.

Data from Springer Nature publications will be available on BenchSci in April 2018.

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US OCLC in deal with publishers worldwide to make more content discoverable through libraries - 31 Jan 2018

OCLC has signed agreements with distinguished publishers from around the world to add metadata for high-quality books, e-books, journals, databases and other materials that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery.

OCLC has agreements in place with 325 publishers and information providers to supply metadata to facilitate discovery and access to key resources relevant to researchers, faculty and students. OCLC recently signed agreements with such content providers the Asahi Shimbun Company, Hogrefe, East View Information Services, Kluwer Law International B.V., Kubikat, Mergent and Practising Law Institute (PLI).

Metadata from many of these publishers will also be made available to users through other OCLC services based on individual agreements. Details about how this metadata may be used in library management workflows will be communicated to OCLC users as the data is available. By providing metadata and other descriptive content, these partnerships help libraries represent their electronic and physical collections more completely and efficiently.

WorldCat Discovery provides over 3 billion records of electronic, digital and physical resources, including articles, books, dissertations and audiovisual materials in support of libraries and information seekers.

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Netherland SPIE and ACCUCOMS extend collaboration to MENA - 31 Jan 2018

ACCUCOMS has expanded its relationship with SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, by representing the SPIE Digital Library in MENA in addition to its already established agreements in India and Eastern Europe. The agreement is effective January 1, 2018.

More than 469,000 research papers and 320 ebooks from the SPIE Press are published in the SPIE Digital Library, making it the world's largest collection of optics and photonics research. Approximately 18,000 new articles and 25 ebooks are added each year.

In MENA, ACCUCOMS Commercial Manager EMEA Eyad Mohammad, will oversee contacts for SPIE. Technical articles in the SPIE Digital Library include conference proceedings from 1962 through its most recent events, and articles from the society publisher's 10 peer-reviewed scholarly journals.

Through the 'e-First' publishing program, individual articles from journal issues and proceedings volumes are published electronically in the SPIE Digital Library. 'e-First' ensures that they are available for subscribers as rapidly as possible.

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US Taylor & Francis partners with Code Ocean taking journal article to the next level - 31 Jan 2018

Academic publisher Taylor & Francis and Code Ocean, a cloud-based computational reproducibility platform, have announced a new partnership that enables researchers to easily share and run code, making journal articles more robust.

Readers will enjoy new interactivity where the Code Ocean widget is embedded within an article. They can run the code instantly within the page to easily reproduce and replicate data findings, so results can be verified and tested, and knowledge improved.

Authors can share their executable code with their data so that it can be visualised, augmented, and built upon. They will benefit from greater visibility of their code and can collaborate with others, with any open source programming language, plus MATLAB and Stata. Recognising the use of code across many fields - from engineering to psychology - Taylor & Francis will implement Code Ocean across disciplines.

Authors retain their copyright for code and can authorise use with any open source license they choose. Code Ocean assigns a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to the code when it is deposited to the platform and can be associated with the article at any stage of publication. Taylor & Francis will incorporate Code Ocean into its publishing workflow starting with a selection of journals in early 2018, with the goal to roll it out across journals that are rich in code and data.

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Switzerland Frontiers and the Helmholtz Association in deal to expand OA publishing agreement - 30 Jan 2018

Frontiers and the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren) have established an agreement entailing the inclusion of three new members of the Helmholtz Association in an agreement on open access publishing.

Building on an agreement established in 2015 comprising a consortium of then nine member institutions of the Helmholtz Association, Frontiers and the Helmholtz Association have now agreed on the expansion of this consortium to include three further member institutions. The new members are: The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V., DLR), The Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR), and The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, AWI).

Furthermore, with the new agreement a new discount rate of 15% applies on APCs for accepted articles in any Frontiers journal by corresponding authors affiliated with any of the above listed 12 institutions. This discount is applied to the net APC, which is the APC which would otherwise be payable after deduction of any other discounts (e.g., editorial-board-membership and Research Topic contribution discounts).

This agreement will further encourage Helmholtz Association authors to publish open access, benefiting scientific research and the public at large as well as supporting the goals set out in the Helmholtz Association's open access policy, according to which, by the end of 2020, 60% of the publications from the previous year falling under this policy will be open access.

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US NEJM Group and The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery partner to create the JBJS Clinical Classroom on NEJM Knowledge+ adaptive learning platform - 30 Jan 2018

The NEJM Group and The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, two of the most trusted names in medical and scientific content, have joined forces to create the best in ongoing orthopaedic education. JBJS Clinical Classroom on NEJM Knowledge+ is a state-of-the-art adaptive learning platform that helps users assess the orthopaedic material they know and identify the areas where they need reinforcement. JBJS Clinical Classroom is an efficient and engaging way to prepare for initial board certification or maintenance of certification (MOC) exams.

Edited by Dr. Christopher Chiodo, JBJS Clinical Classroom houses more than 2,800 questions based on learning objectives developed by experts in 10 orthopaedic subspecialties. It continually tailors the experience to users' specific learning needs. Residents, fellows, or board-certified orthopaedists can use JBJS Clinical Classroom to reinforce clinical skills and boost confidence. Users can also earn AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. JBJS Clinical Classroom is approved by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery to provide scored and recorded self-assessment examination (SAE) credits for MOC.

For residency program directors, JBJS Clinical Classroom reports performance data at the individual and program level. Directors can identify at-risk performers and monitor group and individual performance by learning objective and by postgraduate year.

For a limited time, JBJS is offering discounted introductory pricing. Interested parties may visit http://jbjsclinicalclassroom.jbjs.org/ to learn more about JBJS Clinical Classroom on NEJM Knowledge+.

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UK Oxford University Press and Jisc in deal to provide continued access to OUP journals - 30 Jan 2018

Academic publisher Oxford University Press and Jisc have reached an agreement to provide Jisc members with continued access to journals published by OUP.

This is a two-year deal and will provide members with access to OUP's prestigious journals collection which covers over 340 titles in STM, social sciences, and humanities. For the first time, the agreement also contains an open access publishing component, whereby participating institutions can choose from one of two ways to convert prior OA spend into future OA articles.

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US Society for Scholarly Publishing seeks mentors and mentees to participate in 2018 Mentorship Program - 30 Jan 2018

The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) is now accepting applications for the next cohort of its Mentorship Program. After completion of a successful pilot ending in November 2017, the SSP Career Development Committee is now seeking potential mentors and mentees to participate in the program for 2018.

This program is ideal for professionals at all career levels to develop new relationships, share experiences, and learn from others outside their organisations by connecting with a mentor. The next cohort will run from March through August 2018, and SSP is accepting applications for mentees and mentors now through February 16.

This new initiative aims to connect members of SSP for the purposes of professional development, information exchange, networking, personal growth, and career advancement. The pilot matched 23 pairs of mentors and mentees who met at least monthly over a period of five months. The feedback at the end of the pilot was overwhelmingly positive with 94% of participants responding that they would recommend the program to a colleague.

Accepted applicants will be matched with a mentor/mentee by the Career Development Committee. Mentors and mentees are expected to meet at least once per month for six months in-person, via telephone, or by other virtual means. Mentors and mentees are also required to attend an online orientation and virtual discussion group. There is no cost to apply, but program participants (both mentors and mentees) must be SSP members.

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UK Springer Nature seeks early adopter institutions and funders to shape new research data services - 30 Jan 2018

Springer Nature is rolling out new support services to help the research community manage and share data. Following a successful pilot offering data deposition support to Springer Nature authors, announced in April 2017 and extended to all researchers in January 2018, a wider range of research data services are now being introduced for institutions and funders.

The recent report from Digital Science, State of Open Data 2017, shows that while the proportion of researchers sharing their data has grown, efforts to archive, publish and share data continue to be hampered by time constraints and a lack of knowledge around data standards, repository options, and funder and institutional requirements.

Developed in response to these challenges, Springer Nature's Research Data Support services for institutions and funders aim to overcome many of these problems.

To support data deposit into repositories, Research Data Editors will curate and enhance metadata to improve its discoverability and encourage reuse in accordance with the Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) data principles. Editors will also help authors draft summaries and data availability statements to improve human readability and data linking and citation. Initially made available on Figshare, the service can be used for any scholarly research data (including code, videos, images, text, raw and processed data) whether or not they are associated with a publication.

Research Data Editors and in-house data policy experts will also offer webinars, workshops and 'train-the-trainer' resources on policy and best practice in data management, along with hands-on data curation workshops.

Working with institutions and funders, Springer Nature also aims to develop data availability statement reporting to support policy compliance and track research outputs and impact.

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Switzerland Frontiers forms open access publishing agreement with Queen's University Belfast - 29 Jan 2018

Frontiers and Queen's University Belfast have formed an institutional agreement for open access publishing. The library of the Queen's University Belfast covers article-processing charges (APCs) for eligible authors affiliated with the University.

Under this agreement affiliated eligible authors publishing in any of the (currently 60) Frontiers journals receive a 5 percent discount on the APC. This discount is applied to the net APC, i.e. the APC, which would otherwise be payable after deduction of any other discounts (e.g., editorial-board-membership and Research Topic contribution discounts).

Eligible authors are affiliated corresponding authors of articles funded by: COAF (Arthritis Research UK, Breast Cancer Campaign, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and Wellcome Trust) and Research Councils UK (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, STFC).

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UK Future Medicine's eight Oncology Management Series of journals to convert to full open access from 2018 - 29 Jan 2018

Future Medicine has announced that its Oncology Management Series will be following a fully open access model, from January 2018. The eight journals within the Oncology Management Series are Breast Cancer Management; CNS Oncology; Colorectal Cancer; Hepatic Oncology; International Journal of Endocrine Oncology; International Journal of Hematologic Oncology; Lung Cancer Management and Melanoma Management.

The transition means that all content published from January 2018 onwards will be open access on www.futuremedicine.com. Access to all archive material is free for members of Oncology Central, an online oncology knowledge hub.

The journals cover key areas of oncology, publishing the latest findings and opinions related to the overall management of the respective disease areas. They explore the best patient-centered clinical research and present this information both directly, as clinical findings, and in practice-oriented formats of direct relevance in the clinic. The journals also highlight significant advances in basic and translational research, placing them in context for future therapy.

The Oncology Management Series of journals considers original research articles that have been conducted with scientific rigour and research integrity. They also accept case report submissions. Other article types considered include reviews, perspectives, editorials and commentaries, providing oncologists and other health professionals with high-quality information and discussion on these widespread diseases in a clear, accessible format. In addition, they also consider article proposals from nurse practitioners, patient advocates and the wider professional oncology community.

The journals will follow 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 GPP3. All research and review-style articles submitted to the journals will undergo double-blind peer review by a minimum of three independent experts.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 29 Jan 2018

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Benedikt Fecher and Tony Ross-Hellauer (Tautology, antithesis, rallying cry, or business model? “Open science” is open to interpretation); Phil Davis (Not Every Publisher Can Support A Cascade Journal); EBSCOpost Blog (The Four Stages of a Successful Library/Vendor Relationship); and Roger C. Schonfeld (Identity Is Everything). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.

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US Louise Jones joins JSTOR's Library Advisory Group - 29 Jan 2018

JSTOR has announced that Louise Jones has joined its Library Advisory Group. The group is composed of leading librarians from around the globe and provides JSTOR with guidance on strategic questions and decisions.

Jones became university librarian at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2013. While there, she has led the development of digital services and technology-rich spaces and opened up the library's abundant bilingual collections to the world. She is also a member of the Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee (JULAC), president of the Hong Kong Library Association, and vice-chair of the newly founded Guangdong Hong Kong Macau University Library Alliance.

Jones joins new Library Advisory Group members Wendy Pradt Lougee, university librarian and dean of libraries at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and Michael Levine-Clark, dean of libraries at the University of Denver, who both became part of the group last fall.

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UK Royal Society of Chemistry names Paul Lewis as new Deputy Chief Executive - 29 Jan 2018

Royal Society of Chemistry has announced that Paul Lewis will join the organisation as the new Deputy Chief Executive (Head of House) in March.

An experienced senior leader in the private and not-for-profit sectors, Paul was previously at City & Guilds where he was Executive Director, International and Strategy. He has substantial leadership experience in the education, skills and knowledge sectors with specialist Government-to-Government and international operating expertise.

Paul is a Freeman of the City of London, Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and, the Royal Society for the Arts.

Paul will be responsible for leading the organisation's publishing, commercial and technology delivery with a strong focus on developing and maintaining the position as a leading, high-quality publisher and knowledge provider, which is core to the Royal Charter and strategic ambitions.

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German Springer and Society for Mathematical Psychology to publish Computational Brain & Behavior - 29 Jan 2018

Springer, a part of Springer Nature, and the Society for Mathematical Psychology have launched an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal, Computational Brain & Behavior (CB&B), which draws together research from the fields of psychology, neuroscience, economics and statistics. Articles published in Computational Brain & Behavior (CB&B) are linked by a common theme of quantitative and computational approaches, and aim to foster cross-disciplinary communication. The first issue will be published online in April 2018.

Headed by editor-in-chief Scott Brown, professor of psychology at The University of Newcastle in Australia, the journal will cover empirical and theoretical approaches. Authors are invited to submit original research, reviews, commentaries, and book reviews in all areas of mathematical psychology and cognitive science. Four volumes of the journal will be published online per year, and open access options are available.

The Society for Mathematical Psychology (SMP) promotes the advancement and communication of research in mathematical psychology and related disciplines. Mathematical psychology is broadly defined to include work of a theoretical character that uses mathematical methods, formal logic, or computer simulation.

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US ALA appoints Mary Ghikas as Executive Director through January 2020 - 26 Jan 2018

The American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board has appointed Mary Ghikas as executive director through January 2020, effective immediately. Ghikas has been serving as interim executive director since August 1, 2017, after the retirement of Keith Michael Fiels. She was most recently senior associate executive director of member programs and services.

The search process for the executive director will begin in spring 2019 after the position description requirements have been finalised. The ALA Executive Board plans to name a new executive director after the fall board meeting in October 2019. The new executive director will officially start at Midwinter 2020, and Ghikas will support the orientation and transition process through the Annual Conference in June 2020.

Ghikas, who started with ALA in 1995, has her MLS and BA from UCLA as well as her association executive certification (CAE) from the American Society of Association Executives. Throughout her career, she has served in numerous library systems including Chicago Public Library, Los Angeles Public Library, Western New York Library Resources Council, and the U.S. Book Exchange in Washington, DC.

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UK London Info International 2018 – Business Design Centre, December 4-5, 2018 - 26 Jan 2018

London Info International 2018 will be creating a whole new experience for both exhibitors and visitors by integrating the conference and the exhibition along with the show floor presentations, networking and some additional new features. The physical space will be used more creatively. LII is developing innovative event formatting that will provide a great new attendee experience.

Two parallel conference programmes, one with an academic and one a corporate focus, will be staged, providing more flexibility for attendees on which sessions they attend. It is believed that additional networking opportunities and integrating the exhibitors into the conference arena will give everyone increased engagement.

This year there will also be live streaming of the conference and all virtual visitors will be given access to the exhibitors via the use of an online platform to arrange meetings during the 2-day event.

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France OECD trials with UNSILO to improve content discovery and collection-building - 26 Jan 2018

UNSILO and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have worked together on a proof of concept designed to improve content discovery and collection-building from the hundreds of thousands of books and papers available on the OECD Publishing platform, using UNSILO’s artificial intelligence technology. The solution is delivered using UNSILO’s concept extraction engine, which uses semantic tools and machine learning to extract and analyse the key concepts from OECD’s publications. The UNSILO tool works in any subject domain, and the concepts extracted do not require a pre-existing taxonomy or classification system.

The first deliverable of the Proof of Concept is based on UNSILO Classify, a desktop application that can automatically create subsets of existing collections around any broad or narrow subject. Classify provides easy and quick means to create and maintain new and innovative content packages that can support communication and dissemination activities, without losing control of the process. The tool not only provides for the selection of content to be adjusted, but also enables the in-house subject matter experts to control the degree of automation of the subject extraction, thereby reducing the cost and time of manually creating collections of content.

UNSILO, based in Aarhus, Denmark, is an artificial intelligence software company that develops advanced tools for text understanding and processing. UNSILO tools deliver dramatic workflow improvements by reducing processing time, while at the same time improving quality and accuracy. The UNSILO Document Enrichment service forms the basis of over 20 separate functional solutions and APIs for publishers, including identifying trending topics as they emerge, improving the quality of document abstracts, and locating relatedness, including related content, similar journals or matching experts.

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US Oxford University Press to publish the International Communication Association journals - 26 Jan 2018

Academic publisher Oxford University Press has announced that it will publish the International Communication Association (ICA) journals, beginning January 2018.

ICA is an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication. ICA has over 4,000 members globally and is the premier international academic association for communication to scholarship.

ICA journals include Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, Communication Theory, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication and Communication, Culture, & Critique.

The Journal of Communication is a general forum for communication scholarship and publishes articles and book reviews examining a broad range of issues in communication theory and research. The journal publishes the best available scholarship on all aspects of communication. All methods of scholarly inquiry into communication are welcome. Manuscripts should be conceptually meaningful, methodologically sound, interesting, clearly written, and thoughtfully argued.

Human Communication Research concentrates on presenting empirical work in any area of human communication. The special brief of the journal is to advance understanding of human symbolic processes, so there is a strong emphasis on theory-driven research, the development of new theoretical models in communication, and the development of innovative methods for observing and measuring communication behaviour. The journal has a broad social science focus, so it should appeal to scholars in communication from psychology, sociology, linguistics, and anthropology, as well as areas of communication science.

Communication Theory publishes research articles, theoretical essays, and reviews on topics of broad theoretical interest from across the range of communication studies. Essays, regardless of topic or methodological approach, must make a significant contribution to communication theory. Data-based papers are appropriate only insofar as they advance new theoretical developments in communication. The journal recognises that approaches to theory development and explication are diverse. No single approach or set of approaches is privileged.

The Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication is a web-based, peer-reviewed scholarly journal. Its focus is social science research on communicating with computer-based media technologies. Within that general purview, the journal is broadly interdisciplinary, publishing work by scholars in communication, business, education, political science, sociology, psychology, media studies, information science, and other disciplines. Acceptable formats for submission include original research articles and meta-analyses of prior research.

Communication, Culture, & Critique publishes critical, interpretive, and qualitative research examining the role of communication and cultural criticism in today's world. The journal welcomes high quality research and analyses from diverse theoretical and methodological approaches from all fields of communication, media, and cultural studies. Sites for enquiry include all kinds of text- and print-based media, as well as broadcast, still, and moving images and electronic modes of communication including the internet and mobile telephony.

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US World Scientific Publishing and Enago partner to offer manuscript preparation and author education services - 26 Jan 2018

World Scientific Publishing has announced its partnership with Enago, a leading author service provider that specifically caters to the large section of the global research community for whom English is a second language (ESL).

World Scientific Publishing was founded in 1981 and has established itself as one of the leading scientific publishers in the world, and the largest international scientific publisher in the Asia-Pacific region. It releases about 600 book titles and more than 130 academic journals annually in various fields.

Enago is the trusted name in author services for the global research community. Enago has worked with more than 100,000 researchers in over 125 countries improving the communication of their research and helping them to achieve success in international publication. Enago has offices in Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Istanbul and New York, and operates globally with regional teams supporting researchers locally.

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US Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology to preserve e-journals with Portico - 25 Jan 2018

Digital preservation service Portico has announced that the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) will preserve e-journals with Portico, ensuring that their content will be secure and available into the future.

Founded in 1960, APAO was formed to create closer relationships between ophthalmologists and ophthalmological societies to combat blindness. The APAO publishes their journal, Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology, bi-monthly, and has expanded to over 25 member organisations from the Asia-Pacific region.

In a related announcement, Portico announced that the Japanese Urological Association (JUA) will also be preserving e-journals with Portico, ensuring their content will be secure and available into the future. The JUA publishes several journals, including The Japanese Journal of Urology, which is considered the top urology journal in all of Asia.

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US Clarivate Analytics names 2017 Top 100 Global Innovators - 25 Jan 2018

Clarivate Analytics, a global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation and commercialise ideas, has announced its highly anticipated list of 2017 Top 100 Global Innovators. The annual report highlights the most successful organisations in the world that are active in innovation through research and development, protection of their IP and the achievement of commercial success. It also reinforces a prevailing trend among innovative businesses of prioritising investment in unique, enduring inventions - for which patents are successfully brought to market and enjoy greater global commercial potential.

Forty-five Asian companies appear on 2017 list, a 15% increase over 2016, with long-recognised organisations like Honda, Komatsu, Samsung and Toyota joined by newcomers Fuji Electric, Hon Hai and Nichia. North America runs second with 36 companies appearing on the list, where newcomers like Facebook, Molex and Western Digital join Apple, Abbott Laboratories, Boeing, Microsoft and others.

Asian organisations outperformed the rest of the Top 100 in all metrics during 2017, indicating that the region is producing higher quality innovation, seeking to commercialise its innovation globally and creating more impactful innovation than both the remaining Top 100 Global Innovators and organisations outside the Top 100.

Now in its seventh year, Top 100 Global Innovators tracks innovation based on patent data-driven analysis from Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI). The index provides editorially enhanced, authoritative and accurate patent data, and is trusted by more than 40 patent offices worldwide.

The metrics produced reveal a combined indicator score used to identify the world's most innovative organisations. The report's methodology examines the portfolio strength and quality of each organisation, assessing four key areas: patent volume: in order to be considered, an organisation must have had at least 100 inventions protected by a granted patent in the past five years; a high ratio of success in obtaining patent grants; the globalisation or international breadth of patent filings across Europe, China, Japan and the USA; influence of how a patent/invention is cited externally by other organisations.

The organisations in the 2017 Top 100 represent three continents and 11 different markets, with major innovation hubs Japan and the USA accounting for 75% of the list. Eighty-five of the 2017 Top 100 Global Innovators also appeared on the 2016 list, and six are new to the report.

Data further indicates that while patent filings by the Top 100 Global Innovators have increased at a slower pace than those outside the list, the Top 100 are more successful in bringing their innovations to market - the ultimate measure of success. Overall, the volume of global patent filings has increased by 11.9% during the last five years, compared to a 2.4% increase for the Top 100. However, the number of patents granted to the Top 100 in 2017 grew by 5.7% year-over-year, compared to a 3.4% increase for companies outside the Top 100.

After leading Asia from 2011-2013 and again in 2016, North America once again ceded the top spot to Asia in 2017. In the US, while Silicon Valley remains the epicenter of innovation, the Midwest gained on the Western US and outpaced the Eastern region. Chicago-based companies make up the majority of Midwestern innovators in the Top 100.

With Asia ascending back to the top spot in 2017, European representation in the Top 100 fell to 19 organisations in 2017, compared to 22 last year. France, Germany and Switzerland make up 75% of European Top 100 organisations, with the majority of those based in France. Still, all three of Europe's losses in 2017 came from French companies dropping off the list - research institutions IFP Energies Nouvelles, CNRS and automotive supplier Valeo.

The full report on the world's most innovative organisations are available at http://top100innovators.clarivate.com/.

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France EDP Sciences joins the Initiative for Open Citations - 25 Jan 2018

Not-for-profit publisher EDP Sciences has joined the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC), a collaboration between scholarly publishers, researchers, and other interested parties, to promote the availability of data on citations that are structured, separable, and open.

I4OC project promotes the unrestricted availability of citation data by asking publishers to ensure that references within academic articles are made publicly available. This then allows for references to be distributed without restriction through Crossref's services, and made available to all.

I4OC project aims to create a global public web of linked scholarly citation data which will enhance the discoverability of published content. Build new services over the open citation data, for the benefit of all key stakeholder groups: publishers, researchers, funders, academic institutions, and the general public. Create a public citation graph to explore connections between disciplines and the evolution of ideas and new disciplines.

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UK ProQuest provides access to print and ebooks for Institutions across Scotland - 25 Jan 2018

ProQuest has announced that the academic institutions across Scotland, together with special libraries, will now have access to an extensive collection of resources following its appointment to the print and ebook framework agreements for the Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC) for LIB1007 AP Print Books & Standing Orders and LIB1004 AP eBooks & eBook Collections.

APUC is the procurement centre of expertise for all Scottish universities and colleges, selecting the best suppliers to partner with member universities, colleges and special libraries.

Under the new agreement, APUC members can acquire print and ebook materials through the OASIS® and Ebook Central® platforms. Using a variety of acquisition models, including Access to Own (ATO), institutions can access the industry's best and broadest book offerings, including more than 25 million print titles and 1.5 million ebooks. Print fulfilment will be managed through ProQuest's established distribution centre in the UK, which provides customised services including shelf-ready books, and speeds the time from order to delivery.

APUC members who also have the Alma® solution can simplify their Books workflow utilising this library services platform helping librarians manage their entire collection through a simple interface. They will also have access to ProQuest's collection development consultants and UK-based customer and technical services teams for expertise on content curation, technical integrations and other operational efficiencies.

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US Scripps Translational Science Institute and Nature Research launch open-access, peer-reviewed online journal - npj Digital Medicine - 25 Jan 2018

Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) has launched an open-access, peer-reviewed online journal, npj Digital Medicine. The new publication is a collaboration between STSI and Nature Research, a portfolio of high-quality journals and services and part of Springer Nature, a global research, educational and professional publisher.

The editors-in-chief of npj Digital Medicine are Eric Topol, TSRI professor and the director of STSI, and Steven Steinhubl, STSI's director of Digital Medicine. Both are leaders in this new field of research.

Digital medicine, however, encompasses more than the devices that enable the collection and transfer of health data. The field merges a wide range of specialties including computer science, clinical care, engineering, behavioural science, ethics and more. npj Digital Medicine aims to provide a platform that allows stakeholders from all backgrounds to discuss topics and research findings in an academic, evidence-based environment.

npj Digital Medicine can be viewed online at https://www.nature.com/npjdigitalmed/.

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US Wiley and American College of Clinical Pharmacy partner to launch JACCP: Journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy - 25 Jan 2018

Publisher John Wiley and Sons Inc., in partnership with The American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), have launched the College's second official journal, JACCP: Journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (JACCP), with its first online issue to publish in time for the ACCP Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy in Seattle, Washington, October 20-23, 2018.

JACCP will complement ACCP's flagship journal, Pharmacotherapy through publication of papers across the spectrum of clinical pharmacy practice. The new journal will serve as a forum for discussions of clinical pharmacy practice research, education, and training. In addition, JACCP will publish official ACCP position and policy papers and Board of Pharmacy Specialties recertification modules.

Dr. Jerry Bauman, FCCP, FACC Dean Emeritus and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy will serve as the JACCP's first Editor-in-Chief. Dr. Bauman will lead an esteemed Editorial Board in rigorous peer review of submissions to JACCP.

The Journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy will be online only and available to ACCP members as a membership benefit, and to institutions through a subscription.

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Netherland ACCUCOMS' Aggregagent to include MIT Sloan Management Review - 24 Jan 2018

MIT Sloan Management Review has expanded its current relationship with ACCUCOMS to now also participate in AggregagentTM. Multiple subject collections of Aggregagent will include this highly regarded title.

MIT Sloan Management Review bridges the gap between academic research and daily practice and keeps readers in tune with management trends and innovations. Articles in the review cover a wide range of topics relevant to management with a focus on areas such as Data & Analytics, Digital, Global, Innovation, Leadership, Marketing, Operations, Social Business, Strategies and Sustainability.

ACCUCOMS and MIT Sloan Management Review already had a representation agreement in multiple regions across the world. With the inclusion of MIT Sloan Management Review in Aggregagent, ACCUCOMS can offer content of 19 publishers to libraries and consortia via Aggregagent. The collections now include 435 titles, publishing over 22,000 articles annually. With the rapidly increasing amount of content, Aggregagent will soon be comparable to big deals from major publishers.

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US American Psychological Association appoints eleven ethics experts to Ethics Code Task Force - 24 Jan 2018

The American Psychological Association (APA) has appointed eleven ethics experts to serve as an Ethics Code Task Force, charged with analysing and evaluating its 'Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct' and recommending revisions as appropriate.

The last comprehensive review and revision of APA's Ethics Code was completed 15 years ago.

Task force members were chosen by the Ethics Committee and approved by APA's Board of Directors. The panel comprises 10 psychologists and a non-psychologist public member, and is led by Dr. Linda Campbell, Chair and Dr. Mark Leach, Vice Chair.

Campbell is a professor in the department of counselling and human development services and director of the Center for Counseling at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Leach is a professor and chair of the department of counselling and human development at the University of Louisville, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. Jennifer Kelly will act as the 2018 liaison from the board of directors. She is director of the Atlanta Center for Behavioral Medicine.

The task force, after soliciting public comment, will report its findings and recommendations to the Ethics Committee, which will forward a final version of the code to APA's Council of Representatives.

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US BIR Publications partners with ReadCube to enhance discoverability of its collection - 24 Jan 2018

BIR Publications, the publishing arm of the British Institute of Radiology (BIR), has partnered with ReadCube's Discover program to index their collection of over 35,000 articles. Through the Discover service all of BIR's journals, including BJR, BJR|case reports, Dentomaxillofacial Radiology, and Imaging, will be searchable in ReadCube's browser, desktop and mobile applications. Each journal will also be accessible in ReadCube's search engine, related article feed and personalised recommendation engine.

In addition to enhanced discoverability, when readers view any article from BIR within any of ReadCube's app, they will enjoy interactive features including hyperlinked in-line citations, annotations, clickable author names, direct access to supplemental content and figures, social sharing, and Altmetrics.

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Colombia Elsevier announces adoption of its Care Planning solution at Fundación Valle de Lilli - 24 Jan 2018

Elsevier, the information analytics business specialising in science and health, have announced the adoption of Elsevier's Care Planning solution at Fundación Valle de Lilli (FVL), resulting in FVL's HIMSS EMRAM Stage 6 certification.

FVL, a renowned institute of medical excellence throughout South America and the world, spent almost seven years looking for a platform to ease care documentation in its electronic health record (EHR). The foundation required an integrated solution that would deliver regularly updated evidence-based content, while helping to promote patient-centered standardised care, better documentation and variability reduction to improve patient outcomes.

The implementation of Elsevier's Care Planning solution sets FVL as a pioneer in evidence-based care in Colombia and South America. The foundation will also implement Order Sets in 2018.

Elsevier's Care Planning, a 2017 Category Leader for the 'Clinical Decision Support – Care Plans' as determined by KLAS, is the industry's only electronic health record (EHR)-based care planning solution that combines the patient story, more than 500 evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and standardised assessments into one patient-centred plan of care across all care settings and disciplines. Elsevier's pre-built Care Planning solution assures seamless integration with a well-established implementation and adoption methodology.

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US Content from Institution of Engineering and Technology added to InnovationQ Plus - 23 Jan 2018

Technical professional organisation IEEE and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) have announced that the latter's full-text journals and conference papers are now fully discoverable on InnovationQ Plus, a patent discovery and analytics platform from IEEE and IP.com, a global leader in intellectual property solutions.

InnovationQ Plus combines a powerful machine learning-based search engine with a global patent database and critical non-patent literature to provide a unique IP discovery and analysis solution. It allows IP professionals to see the full picture of the technical landscape to determine patentability, identify market opportunities, and uncover competitive intelligence.

IET's mission is to promote the general advancement of science, engineering, and technology and to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas including knowledge-sharing activities to gather and distribute scholarly and professional content through a variety of physical and online channels to a global audience. More than 230,000 full-text IET journals and conference papers are now indexed within InnovationQ Plus.

Indexing IET full-text content in the InnovationQ Plus discoverability engine is key to a platform enrichment strategy that has also included numerous other enhancements over the last year. InnovationQ Plus recently added a comprehensive corporate tree from S&P Global Market Intelligence to create accurate portfolios by organisations, enhanced semantic mapping to better evaluate market and competitive landscapes, and an advanced query builder that combines the ease of semantic searching with the precision of fielded, Boolean, and proximity searching.

All current subscribers can now search this content at no additional charge.

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Bulgaria Dr. Matthias Wahls appointed as new Business Development Manager of ARPHA Journal Publishing Platform - 23 Jan 2018

ARPHA, a product of Pensoft, has announced that Netherlands-based independent publishing consultant Dr. Matthias Wahls recently joined ARPHA Journal Publishing Platform as the venture's new Business Development Manager.

Bringing in extensive expertise from his previous appointments with key players in the academic publishing market, alongside experience accumulated through years of independent consultancy, Dr Wahls will be working on expanding ARPHA's reach towards Western Europe, Greater China, and other Asian countries.

Dr Wahls invites editors, publishers, and individual academics who are facing the multiple transition hurdles on their way to adopt Gold Open Access, to take their journals to a next technological level with ARPHA, while staying independent under their own identity.

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Switzerland Frontiers in Built Environment launches new specialty section on Computational Methods in Structural Engineering - 23 Jan 2018

Frontiers in Built Environment has announced the launch of a new specialty section on Computational Methods in Structural Engineering. The section is led by two Specialty Chief Editors, Associate Professors George Tsiatas and Vagelis Plevris of the University of Patras and Oslo Metropolitan University, respectively.

As Specialty Chief Editors, Plevris and Tsiatas aim to bridge the fields of structural engineering and computational methods within this new section and establish computational methods as the go-to methodology for analysis of complex structural systems.

As our structural engineering needs and aspirations grow in the modern day, new innovative methods must be developed to provide accurate numerical solutions. Plevris and Tsiatas are certain that an open access platform will help to progress the field and lend greater impact to research.

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US Hearst Magazines appoints Liz Plosser as Editor-in-Chief of Women's Health - 23 Jan 2018

Hearst Magazines has announced that Liz Plosser has been appointed editor-in-chief of Women's Health, the global health and wellness authority, with 29 editions in 53 countries. The announcement was made by Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz and Hearst Magazines President David Carey. Plosser succeeds Amy Keller Laird, who held the role since 2014.

Women's Health was acquired in January and is now part of Hearst Magazines' Young Women's Group, under Editorial Director and Cosmopolitan Editor-in-Chief Michele Promaulayko, to whom Plosser will report. Her appointment is effective January 22.

Previously, Plosser was senior vice president of content at Well+Good, a premier lifestyle and news publication devoted to wellness, where she led the editorial, branded content, audience development, video and product teams, and managed a robust contributors' network.

Before that, Plosser was senior director of content and communications at SoulCycle, overseeing multichannel content, as well as creating business-driving strategies and campaigns. Earlier, she was fitness director and then deputy editor of SELF and senior health and fitness editor at Cosmopolitan, where she assigned, wrote and edited the magazine's health, fitness and nutrition content, including the brand's first National Magazine Award-winning feature package in 2013.

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US SAE International in deal with International Civil Aviation Organization to share technical information - 23 Jan 2018

SAE International and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have committed to an even closer partnership through the signing of an updated memorandum of understanding (MoU). This agreement, signed on December 12, 2017, by SAE International Director, Aerospace Standards David Alexander and ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu, will help to increase overall safety, sustainability and efficiency for the aviation industry through the greater collaboration between ICAO and the aviation industry standardisation bodies, including SAE International, ARINC IA - an SAE ITC program, EUROCAE, and RTCA.

This landmark agreement is the product of several years of increased collaboration and partnership. SAE and ICAO first signed an MoU in 2009, updated in 2015, to provide for the use of SAE standards to support ICAO activities and materials. ICAO is an important and increasingly proactive partner with industry and aviation authorities in developing technical standards. SAE International was honoured in 2016 to be named as an official organisation to participate in ICAO meetings, and work is ongoing in the development of a new SAE standard, AS6413, establishing technical requirements for the packaging performance of lithium batteries transported as cargo on aircraft as requested by ICAO in 2015. This updated agreement makes yet greater provision for the mutual use of SAE International and ICAO materials in supporting aviation safety, operations and environmental protection.

SAE International's Aerospace Standards repository includes nearly 8,500 documents. Its 350 committees comprise 10,000 experts from 56 countries. They represent industry (airframers, suppliers, operators, MROs), regulatory authorities, military agencies, researchers, and consultants. Document development serves the full spectrum of aerospace businesses in both the commercial and military sectors thereby meeting the engineering, advanced technology, safety, regulatory, and defence needs of a world market.

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US The Wyanoke Group acquires annual meeting ‘Cataract Surgery: Telling It Like It Is’ from Dr. Robert Osher - 23 Jan 2018

The Wyanoke Group, parent company of Ocular Surgery News publisher SLACK Incorporated, has acquired 'Cataract Surgery: Telling It Like It Is', from Dr. Robert Osher, the meeting's founder and Program Director.

Dr. Osher announced the agreement from the podium Friday during a meeting in Amelia Island, Florida. The agreement is effective with the 2019 meeting. Osher will remain Program Director, while Ocular Surgery News Chief Medical Editor Dr. Richard L. Lindstrom, will join the meeting Program Committee. The meeting will remain in Florida but will not overlap with the Hawaiian Eye meeting. The 2019 final dates and location will be announced shortly.

Osher created the meeting in 2010 and has seen it grow in attendance, support and reputation since then. The meeting gets its title from Osher's penchant for delivering excellent and direct clinical education to attendees on surgical technique and technology, therapeutics and medical practice in a no holds barred manner. This year's meeting attracted more than 550 ophthalmologists and 100 exhibiting companies.

The Wyanoke Group includes SLACK Incorporated, Vindico Medical Education, Association and Meeting Solutions (AMS) and SLACK Events. SLACK Events will be the meeting organiser and provide content services. AMS will provide the meeting and exhibit management services for the meeting. Ocular Surgery News will serve as the official media partner. 'Cataract Surgery: Telling It Like It Is' joins Hawaiian Eye, Retina 2019, Kiawah Eye, OSN Italy and OSN New York in ophthalmic meetings offered by Wyanoke Group companies.

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Canada Board of Directors of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network announce re-appointment of Clare Appavoo for five-year term - 22 Jan 2018

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) has announced the re-appointment of Clare Appavoo as the organisation's Executive Director for a further five year term, effective January 1, 2018.

Since joining CRKN in December 2012, Clare has proven to be a strong leader, with a deep knowledge of the library sector, leveraging her ability to create and maintain relationships within the consortia and in the broader library and heritage sectors.

During her first term as Executive Director, Clare lead the organisation through the development and extension of a strategic plan with a new focus on collaboration to advance digital scholarship. Under her direction, CRKN has increased collaboration both nationally and internationally; developing the CRKN-Érudit partnership, the Canadiana Heritage project, developing the Canadian National Digital Heritage Index (CNDHI), collaborating to develop ORCID-CA, and participating in the Leadership Council for Digital Research Infrastructure. Demonstrating an innovative approach and openness to new opportunities has led to the participation with other organisations on the Library and Archives Canada lead National Heritage Digitization Strategy (NHDS), which looks to a future of improved access to, and creation of, digital heritage resources in Canada. Clare has also helped to increase CRKN’s profile internationally particularly through CRKN's participation in SCOAP3 and through her participation as Chair of the Executive Committee of SCOAP3.

Under her leadership, CRKN has increased engagement with members ensuring that their evolving priorities are understood by staff and continue to be well-served by the organisation. She has overseen the enhancement of services provided to members such as Journal Value Analytics, enhanced foreign exchange services and undertaking the Journal Usage Project (JUP). In addition she has lead the organisation through an external review of negotiation effectiveness, a transition from a former license cost sharing model to a new banding structure, an overhaul of the CRKN model license and most recently through the exploration of a merger opportunity with Canadiana.org.

Prior to joining CRKN, Clare held the position of Director, Sales and Strategic Support for Ingram, Coutts Information Services where she worked closely with university libraries across North America to provide collections and acquisitions services for monographic content. Clare earned a BA in General Studies from Simon Fraser University, with minors in English, Women's Studies, and Fine and Performing Arts, and she continues her education in leadership through various programs such as the Schulich Executive Education Centre at York University.

Working with members, the Board, and the staff of CRKN, Clare will continue to improve upon the past successes of CRKN, focusing on serving the CRKN member community in meeting their research and teaching objectives while maintaining a sustainable organisation.

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UK Elsevier and Times Higher Education (THE) extend partnership in multi-year agreement - 22 Jan 2018

Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health which is part of RELX Group, and Times Higher Education (THE), the data provider underpinning university excellence in every continent across the world, have announced their extended partnership in a multi-year agreement.

This will see THE draw on Elsevier's Scopus data to power its flagship World University Rankings and derived rankings, including the Asia University Rankings, BRICS & Emerging Economies, World Reputation Rankings, Young University Rankings, US College Rankings, Japan University Rankings, and Latin America Rankings.

The THE World University Rankings score research-focused universities across all their core missions: research, teaching, knowledge transfer, and international outlook. Staff are surveyed to share their experiences and opinions and these results are combined with quantitative metrics and institutional own data about student and staff to compile the rankings. Scopus will now continue to be the sole source for the bibliometric data and reputation survey underlying the ranking.

Scopus is the world's largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed academic literature. Data included covers that of 5,000 publishers globally resulting in over 70 million records and 12 million author profiles indexed. The breadth of this data enables THE to analyse research activity from a greater number of institutions, including institutions from emerging economies that account for a growing share of global research today.

THE will also continue to draw on Elsevier's SciVal research benchmarking tool to develop its research performance metrics and analysis; Elsevier will continue to run an annual global academic reputation survey on THE's behalf. THE now also has access to education data from Elsevier's fellow RELX Group company, LexisNexis Risk Solutions.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 22 Jan 2018

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Alison Mudditt (Countering the Über-Brands: The Case for the Megajournal); Phil Baty (This is why we publish the World University Rankings); Roger C. Schonfeld (A New Citation Database Launches Today: Digital Science’s Dimensions); Björn Brembs and Guy Geltner (The scholarly commons must be developed on public standards); and EBSCOpost Blog (Three Steps to Creating a Balanced Collection Development Strategy). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.

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Bulgaria Pensoft integrates its journals with Catalogue of Life - 22 Jan 2018

Scholarly publisher Pensoft has implemented a new integration with the global organisation Catalogue of Life (CoL), so that it joins in the effort to encourage authors publishing global taxonomic review in any of the publisher's journals to upload their taxonomic contributions to the database.

Whenever authors submit a manuscript containing a world revision or checklist of a taxon to a Pensoft journal, they are offered the possibility to upload their datasets in CoL-compliant format, so that they can contribute to CoL, gain more visibility and credit for their work, and support future research and conservation initiatives.

Once the authors upload the dataset, Pensoft will automatically notify CoL about the new contribution, so that the organisation can further process the knowledge and contact the authors, if necessary.

In addition, CoL will also consider for indexing global taxonomic checklists, which have already been published by Pensoft.

It is noteworthy to mention that unlike an automated search engine, CoL does not simply gather the uploaded data and store them. All databases in CoL are thoroughly reviewed by experts in the relevant field and comply with a set of explicit instructions.

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UK University College Dublin to use OCLC Sustainable Collection Services to transform library collections - 22 Jan 2018

OCLC has announced that University College Dublin (UCD), one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities, will use OCLC Sustainable Collection Services (SCS) to tackle collection management challenges as it redefines its library services and facilities.

UCD is currently ranked within the top one percent of institutions world-wide. The university has now embarked on an ambitious plan to review its library print book collections. UCD will use a data-driven approach pioneered by SCS and GreenGlass, its web-based analysis application, to inform decisions about its collections. UCD's objective is to maintain a vibrant and relevant collection across its multiple campuses, while freeing up space for other activities.

This transformative project will ensure UCD's libraries, including the flagship James Joyce Library, will meet the needs of its international research community, while continuing to develop public service offerings for the increasingly diverse users of its facilities.

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Netherland ACCUCOMS to represent NEJM in Poland and Turkey - 19 Jan 2018

The NEJM Group, publisher of premier medical resources for research, education and professional practice, is expanding its presence globally. To facilitate this goal, NEJM has now entered into a new agreement with ACCUCOMS whereby the latter will represent the publisher's site license products in Poland and Turkey (in addition to existing representation agreements in France, Germany and Italy).

The new agreement with NEJM ensures that ACCUCOMS is responsible for increasing site license sales in the academic, government and corporate sectors in Poland and Turkey as well as providing local support to all subscription agents and customers in these regions.

NEJM Group creates high-quality medical resources for research, learning, practice and professional development designed to meet the demand for essential medical knowledge among academic researchers and teachers, physicians, clinicians, executives and others in medicine and health care. NEJM Group products include the New England Journal of Medicine, NEJM Journal Watch, NEJM Knowledge+, NEJM Catalyst, NEJM Resident 360, and NEJM Yi Xue Qian Yan. NEJM Group is a division of the Massachusetts Medical Society.

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US APA releases new Journal Article Reporting Standards - 19 Jan 2018

The American Psychological Association (APA) has released Journal Article Reporting Standards (JARS) for researchers seeking to publish in scholarly journals. The move is part of the Association's promotion of greater transparency and the assessment of rigor in psychological science.

One set of standards applies to quantitative research and is an expansion of standards first issued in 2008. This set focuses on enhancing reproducibility. The second set applies to qualitative research and is new, created in response to the increasing application of these methodologies. These standards aim to enhance the assessment of methodological integrity. Both are available via open access.

The standards are specific to psychological research and offer guidelines on the information needed in a research article to ensure that the elements included are comprehensible and that the study could be replicated. They were developed by two working groups appointed by APA's Publications and Communications Board. The quantitative group was led by Dr. Mark Appelbaum of the University of California, San Diego, and the qualitative group was led by Dr. Heidi Levitt of the University of Massachusetts Boston.

APA has partnered with the Center for Open Science to advance open science practices in psychological research through open science badges on articles, a data repository for APA published articles and designating the COS' PsyArXiv as the preferred preprint server for APA titles.

In addition to making the APA Style JARS reports available through American Psychologist, APA will release a new website later this year that includes tools to help researchers and authors follow the guidelines.

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US Association of Health Care Journalists partners with Wiley to provide member access to health science research - 19 Jan 2018

The Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) has enhanced its partnership with global research and learning company, John Wiley and Sons Inc., to provide members with access to the full collection of journals published on Wiley Online Library. AHCJ members can now read 6 million articles from more than 1,500 journals including Cochrane Library, Cancer, the Journal of the American Heart Association, and more.

Wiley Online Library hosts the world's broadest and deepest multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities. It delivers integrated journal access with nearly 400 health science titles in more than 30 subject areas.

Access to Wiley Online Library is a benefit to active AHCJ members.

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US Enago launches Open Access Journal Finder enabling research scholars find authentic OA journals relevant to their research objectives and manuscripts - 19 Jan 2018

Editing and publication support services provider Enago has announced the worldwide release of Open Access Journal Finder (OAJF) that aims at enabling research scholars to find open access journals relevant to their manuscript.

OAJF uses a validated journal index provided by Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) - the most trusted non-predatory open access journal directory. The free journal finder indexes over 10,700 pre-vetted journals and allows researchers to compare their paper with over 2.7 million articles and counting. Seeing the positive response in the initial pilot stage, OAJF has also been rolled out in languages other than English, primarily Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Researchers looking for open access journals can now simply add their research abstract and OAJF will make use of advanced search algorithm to deliver contextual search results sorted by relevance. In its search results, the tool displays vital journal details to the scholars including publisher details, peer review process, confidence index (indicates similarity between matching keywords in the published articles across all journals indexed by DOAJ), and publication speed. The dynamic platform also lets scholars filter search results based on preferences such as peer review process and approval of journals, among others.

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Netherland FinELib consortium and Elsevier in deal for subscription access and open access publishing - 19 Jan 2018

The FinELib consortium and Elsevier have signed an agreement making Elsevier's globally published research articles available to Finnish academic institutions, while providing Finnish researches with incentives to publish open access if they so choose.

The three-year contract applies to 13 Finnish universities, 11 research institutions and 11 universities of applied sciences, and grants subscription access to around 1,850 journals on Elsevier's ScienceDirect e-platform. To support Finland's goal of transitioning to open access publishing, Elsevier and FinELib have initiated an Open Access pilot program that stimulates Finnish researchers to publish their articles open access in Elsevier journals.

Based on Scopus and ScienceDirect data, Finnish research published by Elsevier increased by 37.5 percent between 2011 and 2015 while the total number of Finnish articles published grew by 15.8 percent during the same period. These numbers demonstrate the value Finnish scientists attach to publishing in Elsevier's high-quality journals.

The FinELib consortium comprises Finnish universities, universities of applied sciences, research institutes and public libraries. The consortium centrally acquires electronic resources for its member organisations and actively promotes open access. The aim of the consortium is to provide the best possible resources for research and teaching while supporting openness.

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Switzerland Frontiers in Education appoints Prof. Margaret Grogan as new Field Chief Editor - 19 Jan 2018

Frontiers in Education has announced the appointment of Professor Margaret Grogan as its new Field Chief Editor.

Professor Grogan is Dean of the College of Educational Studies, at Chapman University, California. In addition to holding various leadership positions at her institutions and in professional organisations, she is Specialty Chief Editor of Frontiers in Education's Leadership in Education section. Her focus on women in leadership, gender and education, the moral and ethical dimensions of leadership, and leadership for social justice is reflected in her vision for the journal.

Frontiers in Education publishes rigorously peer-reviewed research featuring specialty areas including Leadership in Education, Special Educational Needs, and Assessment, Testing and Applied Measurement. Led by an eminent Editorial Board of international experts, this multidisciplinary open-access journal is at the forefront of disseminating and communicating knowledge and impactful discoveries to educators, academics, policy makers and the public worldwide.

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UK Three South African Universities go live with Ex Libris Alma and Primo - 19 Jan 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, the University of Cape Town, and the University of the Western Cape are now operational with the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Primo® discovery and delivery solution. They join Stellenbosch University, the first university in Africa to choose Alma, which went live in early 2017.

The South African universities are realising added value through Alma's unified resource management and cloud-based platform while Primo makes their library collections more accessible and searchable for researchers and students. Ex Libris solutions are designed to put libraries at the center of universities' teaching, learning, and research, a factor that was important to the South African universities in their choice of Alma and Primo.

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) is one of the six universities of technology in South Africa, and the largest university in the province with over 32,000 students enrolled in six faculties on five campuses. The CPUT library provides resources, information, and information literacy programs to support learning and research at the various campuses.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university and is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions. The university has six faculties, which address students' teaching and learning needs. UCT Libraries came into being in 1905, and today its collection consists of more than 1.2 million volumes, over 72,000 e-journal titles, more than 28,500 print journal titles, 190 high-quality electronic databases, and over 38,000 audiovisual resources.

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) is a national university, alert to its African and international context as it strives to be a place of quality, a place to grow. It is committed to excellence in teaching, learning, and research; to nurturing the cultural diversity of South Africa; and to responding in critical and creative ways to the needs of a society in transition. UWC's key concerns with access, equity, and quality in higher education arise from extensive practical engagement in helping the historically marginalised participate fully in the life of the nation. Today, over 22,000 students are educated at UWC.

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Japan Edanz partners with Aries Systems to adopt Editorial Manager Ingest Service for its Author Path product - 18 Jan 2018

Author services company Edanz has announced a partnership with Aries Systems to adopt the Editorial Manager Ingest Service for its Author Path product.

The Edanz Author Path was launched in beta last April in both English and Chinese. This partnership means authors using the Author Path, will be able to submit files and metadata associated with their manuscripts to the thousands of journals using Editorial Manager with a single click.

The EM Ingest Service was further enhanced by 'Ingest 2.0' available in version 14.1. Extended functionality includes the tools necessary for services and submission partner tools, including Author Path, and publisher portals to further curate the author's submission experience.

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US Elsevier acquires Via Oncology, a clinical decision support solutions provider for oncology professionals - 18 Jan 2018

Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health, and part of RELX Group, has acquired Via Oncology, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based company that provides decision support and best practices in cancer care management. A former subsidiary of UPMC, one of the nation's leading integrated healthcare delivery and financing systems, Via Oncology helps cancer centers demonstrate the value of their care to patients, referring physicians and payers by developing and implementing clinical pathways in collaboration with its network of more than 1,500 US cancer care providers.

Via Oncology's Via Pathways is evidence-based proprietary content developed by committees composed of leading oncologists that forms the basis of clinical algorithms covering 95 percent of cancer types treated in the US. This content is deployed to physicians and their staff at the point of care through the Via Portal, a patient-specific decision support tool that is integrated with the electronic medical record and provides seamless measurement of adherence.

Via Pathways addresses more than 2,000 unique patient presentations, including expert-defined clinical algorithms and specific recommendations for all significant aspects of cancer care. Additional services provide nurse triage and tracking of symptoms, cost information analytics used by oncologists and their patients in shared decision-making, quality reporting, and medical home tools for cancer centers.

Elsevier's Clinical Solutions group supports health institutions in improving patient outcomes, reducing clinical errors, and optimising cost and reimbursements. With Via Oncology, Elsevier will continue to broaden its existing portfolio of solutions to create an integrated offering of end-to-end clinical support and active clinical guidance.

UPMC, a $17 billion healthcare provider and insurer affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh, will continue to be a Via Oncology customer. The Via Oncology chief executive officer, chief medical officer and employees will continue working with the company in Pittsburgh. The acquisition is effective immediately and terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.

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US Endocrine Society names Dr. Daniel J. Drucker as Editor-in-Chief of Endocrine Reviews - 18 Jan 2018

Noted diabetes expert Dr. Daniel J. Drucker has been named Editor-in-Chief of Endocrine Reviews, a peer-reviewed journal published by the Endocrine Society. Drucker's term as Editor-in-Chief will begin July 1, 2018.

Drucker is Professor of Medicine and the Banting and Best Diabetes Centre-Novo Nordisk Chair in Incretin Biology at the University of Toronto and is a Senior Scientist at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Endocrine Reviews publishes comprehensive, authoritative and timely review articles balancing both experimental and clinical endocrinology themes. The journal features Essential Points summaries for each article and professionally-prepared illustrations that can be downloaded for presentations and teaching. The journal's Impact Factor ranks among the top of the more than 100 journals in the 'Endocrinology & Metabolism' category of Clarivate Analytics' Journal Citation Reports.

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US Inera Inc. launches eXtyles STS, a Word-to-XML solution for standards publishers - 18 Jan 2018

Inera Inc., a provider of editorial and XML software for scholarly and technical publishers, has announced the release of eXtyles STS, the newest member of the widely-used eXtyles product family. eXtyles STS supports NISO's latest standard, NISO STS, officially known as ANSI/NISO Z39.102-2017. Inera's eXtyles STS solution allows standards publishers to adopt this new 'standard for standards' while allowing their committees to continue drafting documents in Microsoft Word.

eXtyles STS provides tools for quick and accurate structuring, editing, and conversion of standards content from Word to high-quality XML, with no in-house XML expertise required. Designed to offer an immediate, cost-effective solution for standards organisations who need to produce NISO STS XML, this comprehensive eXtyles configuration will meet the needs of most organisations that publish standards and can be further customised, if necessary, to accommodate unique publishing requirements.

The eXtyles STS XML conversion solution also facilitates the process of editing standards in Word with sophisticated editorial features. Such features include a unique user-friendly interface for applying Word styles from an integrated document template and advanced tools to identify in-line references to standards and ensure that normative references are properly cited in the text.

The publication of standards is a complex process involving committee authorship, multiple rounds of revision, and multi-format production. All eXtyles STS processes operate within the familiar Word environment, and the valid NISO STS XML created from Word can be used as a single source for multi-format standards publishing.

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US Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology names Dr. Dirk Elston as new editor - 18 Jan 2018

Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Dirk M. Elston, has been named the next editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Elston, the journal's current deputy editor, will step into his new role in July 2018, succeeding board-certified dermatologist Dr. Bruce H. Thiers, who has served as editor for the past 10 years.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pa., and his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Dr. Elston completed an internship and a dermatology residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, as well as a dermatopathology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. He is currently the chairman of the department of dermatology and dermatologic surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Dr. Elston is a past president of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Dermatopathology, and he also has served on a number of AAD councils, committees and task forces, including the board of directors. A member of the Council of Dermatology Editors and the Council of Science Editors, he has had editorial roles with four other journals. He has authored more than 400 peer-reviewed publications and 84 textbook chapters.

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UK SAGE Publishing acquires Data-Planet, expands data offering - 18 Jan 2018

Academic publisher SAGE Publishing has announced the purchase of Data-Planet, a statistical multidisciplinary data repository that has application in academic libraries, public libraries, government and commercial markets.

Data-Planet Statistical Datasets claims to be the largest collection of organised statistical data and is used by many of the world's leading research universities. Covering 16 major subject categories (including education, health and vital statistics, international relations and trade), it brings to SAGE 35 billion data points from over 450 databases sourced from 70 public and private organisations. Data-Planet provides immediate access to data presented in charts, maps, graphs and table form, via multiple points of entry further enabling and facilitating comparison within and to all other datasets within the Data-Planet repository.

Data-Planet is the flagship product of Conquest Systems, Inc. On completion of the purchase, Richard Landry, CEO and founder, alongside several other staff members will be joining SAGE to support the development and transition of the product.

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US The University of the Andes (Colombia) unveils trilingual OA journal site on Atypon’s Literatum online publishing platform - 18 Jan 2018

The Universidad de los Andes (University of the Andes) in Colombia, a private research institution and one of the top universities in South America, has launched a new site for all of its journals on Literatum, Atypon's online publishing platform. The trilingual site offers researchers content in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, with interfaces available in Spanish and English. The Literatum platform natively supports content in any language.

Designed by Atypon, the new mobile-optimised site includes individually branded sections for each journal, with related editorial content at the article level. Multimedia such as videos and reader surveys with real-time results are enhancing users' experience.

For the first time, the University can document content usage across all journals. And as of November 2017, 75% of site visits were resulting in a full text download. Literatum's visualised reporting informs the editorial teams which articles are most accessed and downloaded, by journal, year of publication and the selected reading format, allowing them to closely monitor content usage.

An integrated dual-search functionality allows users to search the entire corpus of ten OA journals, or a single journal, making it fast and simple for researchers to find the content that they need. The new journal site cross-promotes relevant titles from, and links to, the University's book catalogue. Additionally, the new Author Services section provides a portal for authors to both prepare and submit their articles. The site includes the entire published backfile of each journal, starting from 1979.

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Netherland Bladder Cancer named official journal of the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network - 17 Jan 2018

STM publisher IOS Press and the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN), have announced that the journal Bladder Cancer will now become the official journal of BCAN.

As the result of this new partnership, Bladder Cancer and BCAN will combine resources to support a readily accessible information platform to serve the bladder cancer research and clinical practice communities. As such, the journal is dedicated to providing an open forum for publishing original peer-reviewed research in basic science, translational research and clinical medicine that will improve the fundamental understanding of bladder cancer and lead to more effective treatment of tumours of the bladder and upper urinary tract and improved patient outcomes.

Launched in 2015, Bladder Cancer is an international multidisciplinary journal designed to facilitate progress in understanding the epidemiology/etiology, genetics, molecular correlates, pathogenesis, pharmacology, ethics, patient advocacy and survivorship, diagnosis and treatment of tumours of the bladder and upper urinary tract. Guided by an eminent editorial board comprising global leaders in the field, the journal publishes research reports, reviews, short communications, letters-to-the-editor, and special features that deliver timely commentary, alerts of groundbreaking research, clinical trials coverage, challenging case studies and access to current funding information.

Bladder cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the United States with over 79,000 new cases and nearly 17,000 deaths that were projected for 2017. With only recent advances in treatments over the past 30 years, there continues to be a tremendous need for more bladder cancer research.

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US CLOCKSS and SAGE Publishing announce preservation deal - 17 Jan 2018

The CLOCKSS Archive and academic publisher SAGE Publishing have announced that the SAGE e-book offerings on its SAGE Research Methods (SRM) and SAGE Knowledge (SK) platforms will be digitally preserved for the long-term in the CLOCKSS Archive.

SAGE, an independent academic publisher, is known for its commitment to quality and innovation, and has helped to inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students across a broad range of subject areas.

CLOCKSS, the decentralised preservation archive that ensures that the digital assets of the community will survive intact, simultaneously announced the support of five additional participating publishers for future generations of researchers. New Publishers include: Annals of Family Medicine; European Journal of Business Science and Technology; Mersenne Center for Open Scientific Publishing; Parenteral Drug Association, Inc.; and Verduci Editore (European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences).

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US Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. set to publish new peer-reviewed journal - Bioelectricity - 17 Jan 2018

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. has announced that it will publish Bioelectricity, a peer-reviewed journal and an influential and dynamic meeting place for the rapidly growing bioelectricity community. Spearheaded by Editor-in-Chief, Dany Spencer Adams, Tufts University, Bioelectricity will be published online and in print with open access options. The journal will seek to provide an authoritative, high-profile forum for groundbreaking original research papers, review articles, and captivating front matter, debate, and commentary. A preview issue of the journal is planned for summer 2018.

Authoritative Associate Editors include Dr. Annarosa Arcangeli, University of Florence School of Medicine; Dr. Emily Bates, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine; Dr. Mustafa Djamgoz, Imperial College London; Dr. Richard Kramer, University of California, Berkeley; Dr. Michael Levin, Tufts University; Dr. Richard Nuccitelli, Pulse Biosciences Inc.; Dr. Ann Rajnicek, University of Aberdeen; and Dr. Min Zhao, School of Medicine, UC Davis.

The journal will provide rapid, fair peer-review and welcomes original research papers on every aspect of bioelectricity in biology and technology, including basic research (in any organism), translational, clinical, and agricultural applications. Specific areas of interest include (but are not limited to) bioelectric mechanisms associated with cancer, cell signaling, channels and pumps, channelopathies, development, health, homeostasis, immunity, microbiology, physiology, regeneration, and senescence; practical applications for biomedical approaches, electropharmaceuticals and electroceuticals, medical devices, nanotechnology, regenerative medicine, synthetic biology, tissue engineering, and transplantation; and tools for bioelectricity research including imaging, intellectual property and patenting, bioethics, optogenetics, simulation software and mathematical models, and tools to manipulate bioelectric signals.

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Taiwan National Taiwan University selects Ex Libris Alma Library Services - 17 Jan 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that National Taiwan University (NTU) has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform to replace the school's library management system.

In addition, NTU's local implementation of the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution will be migrated to the cloud and integrated with the Alma platform. Through the software-as-a-service model, the university library services will enjoy benefit from the real-time synchronisation and automatic updates of the Alma and Primo software solutions.

The evaluation process for the library platform focused on several main requirements: open access, flexibility, extension capabilities and plug-ins, support for traditional Chinese characters, and adaptability to accommodate the library's specific needs. Furthermore, as NTU embarks on a restructuring of its library and the adoption of the Resource Description and Access (RDA) standard, Alma's support for this standard will facilitate the review and streamlining of workflows and processes.

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US Nominees for Clarivate Analytics Cortellis “Deal of the Year” awards announced at 36th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference - 17 Jan 2018

Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation, revealed that the market value of the most innovative and impactful global life sciences transactions of 2017 increased by 6% totalling US $364 billion, despite a decrease in overall deal volume. The transactions nominated for the annual Clarivate Cortellis Deal of the Year Awards include licensing and mergers and acquisitions. The announcement of the nominees at the 36th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco coincided with the Clarivate Deals and Portfolio Annual Review presentation - the foremost independent analysis of the economic trends shaping the life sciences sector in 2017.

Clarivate's Deals and Portfolio Annual Review showcased a deep-dive analysis of 4,234 life sciences transactions. While overall the aggregate dollar value for deals increased from 2016, deal volume dropped by approximately 3% and saw contractions in almost every type of deal structure. This represents a reversal from last year when deal volume was up, but deal dollars were down.

A total of ten 'Deal of the Year' nominees were announced, five each in the categories of M&A and licensing. These include some of the industry's most recognisable names (AstraZeneca, Celgene, and Merck) and life sciences upstarts like Rigontec, CureVac, and IFM Therapeutics. Nominees were recognised for innovations in creative deal structures, the use of novel technology, addressing unmet medical needs and new market penetrations. The analysis was drawn from the Cortellis suite of solutions from Clarivate Analytics. Industry participants may vote for the Deals of the Year at http://info.clarivate.com/DOTY. Winners will be announced in the beginning of February 2018.

This year's Deals and Portfolio Review included a particularly deep investigation into oncology trends, which account for the largest number of M&A transactions by therapeutic area and the largest volume of licensing transactions. All but one of the top 20 dealmakers were active in oncology transactions last year.

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UK Oxford University Press joins the Initiative for Open Citations - 17 Jan 2018

Academic publisher Oxford University Press has joined the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC), a collaboration between scholarly publishers, researchers and other interested parties to promote the unrestricted availability of scholarly citation data.

I4OC is a project which promotes the unrestricted availability of scholarly citation data by making metadata for references within academic articles publicly available. It aims to establish a global public web of linked scholarly citation data to enhance the discoverability of published content, explore connections between knowledge fields, and follow the evolution of ideas and scholarly disciplines.

There are several benefits to the I4OC scheme which OUP will support. Researchers will now be able to study the dissemination of methods and scientific ideas. Authors will gain machine-readable access to references for all their papers. Funding organisations will be able to rely on this public resource to develop transparent and reproducible evaluation metrics and create new tools to assess the academic and societal impact of research they fund. Members of the public will be able to trace information back to its source or reuse it in open knowledge repositories such as Wikipedia and Wikidata.

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Netherland South Korean universities reach agreement with Elsevier for access to ScienceDirect - 17 Jan 2018

A consortium of hundreds of South Korean universities has reportedly reached a new deal with scientific publisher Elsevier for access to ScienceDirect, a database containing content from 3500 academic journals and thousands of electronic books. The agreement includes price hikes between 3.5% and 3.9%. The publisher had earlier pushed for a 4.5% increase.

The universities will be seeking more concessions in future negotiations. According to Lee Chang Won, secretary general of the Korea University & College Library Association, Elsevier should abolish the minimum flat rate system, in which these universities have to pay for digital content that nobody reads. The Korea University & College Library Association, together with the Korean Council for University Education (KCUE), leads the consortium.

In May 2017, the association, the council, and other groups formed a consortium to represent 300 university and college libraries in negotiations with 42 database providers. The group took a hard line on Elsevier's proposed rate hike and also sought concessions on charges for open-access publications and little-used journals included in the database. When talks hit an impasse at the end of the year, the group organised a boycott under which the schools refused to renew their contracts. Elsevier agreed to provide access while negotiations continued.

Individual universities will now have the option of a 1-year renewal at an increase of 3.9% or a 3-year contract with yearly increases of 3.5%, 3.6%, and 3.7% above the 2017 baseline. Schools are expected to start concluding contracts with Elsevier this week. The publisher has however agreed to continue to provide access to ScienceDirect until documents are signed.

Singapore-based Elsevier spokesperson Jason Chan has confirmed that the publisher reached an agreement with the South Korean consortium for access to ScienceDirect through 2020 and has agreed to continue to discuss future access options.

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US 2018 RedLink Index now available - 16 Jan 2018

The 2018 RedLink Index, covering the 2017 subscription year, is now available. The 2018 RedLink Index provides benchmarks and comparisons of usage patterns, aggregating information about more than 1,700 journals from a variety of international publishers covering all areas of science and scholarship. More than 7,500 subscribing institutions are served by the participating publishers.

The dataset covers more than 218 million full-text views, 35 million denials (turn-aways), and 114 million abstract views.

Information included in the Index includes percentage of institutions with increasing, decreasing, or steady usage; percentage of usage coming from consortia; percentages of usage coming from current vs. archival content of various eras; percentage of denials (turn-aways) to current content vs. archival content; and usage by world region (North America, Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, Oceania).

RedLink is providing the 2018 RedLink Index free to interested parties. Publishers who are RedLink subscribers can order a copy of a customised report, which will show them how their usage data compares with the benchmarks in the main report.

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UK Digital Science launches Dimensions, a next-generation research and discovery platform linking publications, grants, policy, data and metrics for the first time - 16 Jan 2018

Global technology company Digital Science has announced the launch of Dimensions, a new platform that aims to democratise and transform scholarly search. A collaboration between six Digital Science portfolio companies (Altmetric, Digital Science Consultancy, Figshare, Readcube, Symplectic and ÜberResearch) and more than 100 research funders and universities, Dimensions offers a better, faster way to discover, understand and analyse the global research landscape, without wasting time searching for information across multiple poorly integrated tools.

Dimensions breaks down barriers to discovery and innovation by making over 860 million academic citations freely available, and delivers one-click access to over 9 million Open Access articles. Within Dimensions, 124 million formerly siloed documents, including $1.2 trillion in funding, 86 million articles and books, and 34 million patents, are linked through 3.7 billion connections and contextualised with metrics and altmetrics. Built using real-world use cases, it combines advanced concept extraction, natural language processing, categorisation and complex machine learning to create a flexible and robust tool that meets the most demanding modern research needs.

Whereas previous tools and datasets have focused mostly on publications and citations, Dimensions takes a different approach - by integrating funded grants, publications and citations, altmetric data, clinical trials and patents, a complete picture of the research landscape emerges; from resources entering the system, research outputs, recognition, patents reflecting the commercial trajectory and the translation of medical research into treatments.

Under a pricing model designed to reduce the strain on institutional budgets, research organisations have the option to license additional data types and analytical functionality to benefit from a more comprehensive view of the research landscape. An extension of the one-click access to include publisher content licensed by the institution is also available.

A new Dimensions API also provides access to the underlying data in the easiest and most flexible way possible, using a domain-specific language designed with non-technical users in mind. The API can be used not just for data retrieval but also to aggregate data or return different facets in one single API call, enabling direct integrations and machine-to-machine implementations.

Dimensions is available now, and can be accessed at www.dimensions.ai.

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Netherland Elsevier and University of Oxford announce 5-year collaboration to support early career researchers in the field of mathematics and data science - 16 Jan 2018

Elsevier, the information analytics business specialising in science and health, and the University of Oxford, a world-leading centre of learning, teaching and research and the oldest university in the English-speaking world, have announced their five-year collaboration to develop exceptional research talent in the field of mathematics and data science.

The initiative will enable five early career researchers from Oxford Mathematics to apply for the internationally competitive three-year Hooke and Titchmarsh Fellowship Program. Through this fellowship scheme the selected post-doc researchers are provided with opportunities to work alongside and learn from globally-distinguished academics who are at the forefront of the most profound advances in mathematics.

Throughout the five-year collaboration, Oxford Mathematics will also host a series of high-profile meetings and workshops which will bring together researchers from other UK and international institutions to engage on topics ranging from data science to fundamental problems in geometry and number theory.

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Switzerland Joachim Flickinger appointed new Managing Director of S. Karger GmbH in Freiburg - 16 Jan 2018

Joachim Flickinger has been appointed as the new Managing Director of S. Karger GmbH in Freiburg, Germany, on January 1, 2018. He succeeds Sibylle Gross who had been in charge of the Freiburg office since 1993 and retired at the end of 2017.

Alongside his new role, Joachim Flickinger will continue to serve as Director Sales & Distribution and as a member of the Management Board of S. Karger AG in Basel, Switzerland. As the new Managing Director in Freiburg, he will be contributing his knowledge and expertise in the areas of sales and market expansion. In future, one of the goals is to better connect the Freiburg and Basel offices to leverage synergies in order to expand the portfolio of innovative products and services.

Joachim Flickinger has developed the Latin American markets for Karger as Director Sales & Distribution and is currently responsible for the markets in Europe and the Americas. He has acquired in-depth knowledge of many local markets as well as of the topics that drive digital change within the publishing industry. Before joining Karger in 2011, he worked at Swets Information Services and at Iberoamericana/Vervuert in Germany.

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German Journal of Transition Medicine joins De Gruyter’s medicine portfolio - 16 Jan 2018

Academic publisher De Gruyter has announced that the recently launched OA publication the Journal of Transition Medicine will join its medicine portfolio. The journal will be published in cooperation with the German Society for Transition Medicine (DGfTM). Dr. Martina Oldhafer of the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein and Professor Lars Pape, MD of the Hannover Medical School will serve as the editors-in-chief of the journal. They will be supported by a prestigious international editorial board.

The Journal of Transition Medicine is the first international interdisciplinary journal which exclusively concentrates on transition medicine. The editorial board’s overarching goal for the journal is to improve the quality of medical care for young people with chronic illnesses during their transition into adulthood. In addition to physicians, experts from several professional disciplines involved in transition care – or dedicated to its improvement – such as sociologists, psychologists, social workers and researchers in the healthcare sector, are involved with the journal.

The journal’s concrete objective is to disseminate research results in the area of transition medicine, including biological and behavioural science, public health and even public policy.

The Journal of Transition Medicine will publish four issues per year in English. The journal will contain original research articles, reviews and case reports as well as guidelines and recommendations.

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UK The Publishers Association unveils data protection toolkit - 16 Jan 2018

The Publishers Association is launching a new online toolkit for members to help them prepare for the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will introduce widespread changes to data protection laws in Europe.

The resources, which have been developed for the PA by law firm Harbottle & Lewis together with technology consultancy Stigmergist, offer a full practical guide for publishers, outlining what they need to do to comply with the new regulations before they apply from May 25, 2018. The resources include a questionnaire to help the publishers conduct their own data review, template policies and contracts, guidance on data processing contracts and transferring data outside the European Economic Area. The toolkit has been particularly designed to support smaller publishers, to ensure they have a straightforward, accessible route to compliance. Larger members will also benefit from using the resources as a reference point for their own GDPR preparations.

The toolkit will include a series of webinars with topics including an introduction to data protection and the GDPR, handling children’s data, data subject rights and data breaches. The toolkit will be available to all members on the PA’s website.

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US Association of Research Libraries Board of Directors appoints Mary Lee Kennedy as executive director - 12 Jan 2018

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Board of Directors has appointed Mary Lee Kennedy executive director of the Association, effective April 1, 2018. Kennedy is currently principal of the Kennedy Group, where she partners with organisations to empower local and global communities to create and use knowledge that enhances lives.

Kennedy will come to ARL with a wealth of experience in academic research libraries and knowledge corporations, most recently New York Public Library (NYPL), where she held the position of chief library officer (2013–2016). Prior to NYPL, she served at Harvard University as senior associate provost for the Harvard Library (2011–2013) and executive director of Knowledge and Library Services, Harvard Business School (2004–2011). Before going to Harvard, she was director of the Knowledge Network Group at Microsoft (1998–2004).

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US Ex Libris and HighPoint announce strategic partnership to deliver enhanced student mobile experience - 12 Jan 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, and HighPoint Solutions have announced a strategic partnership that will provide a student app for the digital-native generation at institutions of higher education. The joint product will deliver consolidated functionality covering administration and student life and will facilitate teaching and learning via users' mobile phone and, simultaneously, a web portal.

The partnership brings to market a comprehensive suite of products, including the Ex Libris campusM™ mobile campus solution. This cross-platform native mobile app and web portal consolidates campus-wide services such as learning management systems, library systems, and information guides. The HighPoint product set focuses on the PeopleSoft Campus Solutions platform and extends it, enhancing the user experience while offering significantly more features to support student success and retention.

The combined Ex Libris -HighPoint offering brings best-of-breed solutions from each vendor and is specifically designed to help institutions solve current student engagement challenges and other unique pain points. The personalised campus app platform, which consolidates systems from academic affairs to student life, will leverage the extensive HighPoint app to maximise an institution's PeopleSoft investment.

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India Holiday Notice - 12 Jan 2018

This is to inform our esteemed subscribers that there will be no newsletter dispatch on January 15, 2018 on account of a Local holiday. We will resume our newsletter service on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The newsletter will contain all the headlines that have appeared after the January 12th issue.

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UK Prachee Avasthi becomes first early-career researcher to join eLife's Board of Directors - 12 Jan 2018

eLife has announced that Prachee Avasthi is the first early-career researcher to join its Board of Directors. Avasthi, who is Assistant Professor of Cell Biology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, US, will help the board to oversee the strategic direction of eLife and support the non-profit in the pursuit of its mission.

eLife aims to help scientists accelerate discovery by operating a platform for research communication that encourages and recognises the most responsible behaviours in science. The community behind eLife, including the research funders who support the journal, the editors and referees who run the peer-review process, and its Early-Career Advisory Group, is keenly aware of the pressures faced by early-stage investigators, and is working to create a more positive publishing experience that will help these researchers receive the recognition they deserve.

In support of this goal, Avasthi will bring the voice of early-career faculty members to eLife's board and encourage further involvement of early-career scientists in every level of the organisation, including the journal's review process.

In addition to her commitments to her research and eLife, Avasthi recently joined the Board of Directors for ASAPbio, a scientist-driven initiative to promote the productive use of preprints in the life sciences – a mission that eLife strongly supports as part of its own goals.

She has also set up a forum specifically for principal investigators (PIs) using the social networking platform Slack. Called New PI Slack, the platform allows members to discuss and support each other with various aspects of their careers, including grant feedback, mentorship advice and publication issues.

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US The Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology now included in Clarivate Analytics' Emerging Sources Citation Index - 12 Jan 2018

The Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology (JNMT) has been selected by Clarivate Analytics for inclusion in its Emerging Sources Citation Index. This coverage begins with 2017.

The Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) covers all areas of the scholarly literature of the sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities. To be accepted for coverage in ESCI, a journal must be peer reviewed, follow ethical publishing practices, meet certain technical requirements, and be recommended or requested by a scholarly audience of Web of Science users. Journals in the ESCI are discoverable via the Web of Science with an identical indexing process to any other indexed journal, with full citation counts, author information, etc.

Published by the technologist section of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI), the JNMT focuses entirely on the technology crucial to nuclear medicine. In peer-reviewed articles, every quarter the journal offers recent technically centered articles on imaging and instrumentation, radiopharmacy, quality assurance, radiation safety, and more.

SNMMI also publishes The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, which is listed in Clarivate's Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE). JNMT's selection for the Emerging Sources Citation Index could possibly lead to future inclusion in SCIE.

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US Wiley Digital Archives partners with Royal College of Physicians to provide access to 500 years of medical history - 12 Jan 2018

Publisher John Wiley and Sons Inc. has announced that the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is the latest Wiley Digital Archives partner. The relationship with RCP is the first venture between Wiley and this society which is the oldest medical college in England. The digital resource will contain approximately 5 million images, selected from both the archives of the College and from the Dorchester library, and will span over 500 years of history, with some material pre-dating the founding of the Royal College of Physicians by charter of King Henry VIII in 1518.

The RCP digital archive will reflect interdisciplinary interests in a broad range of subject areas, the content will be selected in coordination with the Royal College of Physicians and with an Advisory Board of experts, led by Dr. Elizabeth (Tilli) M. Tansey, medical historian and neurochemist at the University of London, and Dr. Jacob Steere-Williams, professor of History at Charleston College.

Dr. Elizabeth is a professor of the History of Modern Medical Sciences at Queen Mary, University of London. Dr. Tansey is an honorary member of the Physiological Society and in 2017 was appointed as an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. She is also the honorary archivist of the Physiological Society. Dr. Jacob Steere- Williams is currently a professor of History at Charleston College. He specializes in the history of science, medicine, disease and his teachings are in the history of nineteenth century Britain and the British Empire.

In partnership with the Royal College of Physicians, work is underway to conserve, digitise, and create metadata that will greatly enhance access and discoverability to over 5 million page-images of historical content - Wiley's largest digital archive to -date.

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US Wolters Kluwer Health to divest its procedure documentation and order set management software business, ProVation Medical - 12 Jan 2018

Wolters Kluwer Health has signed an agreement to divest ProVation Medical, its procedure documentation and order set management software business, to Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. for $180 million (approximately €150 million) in cash.

The divestment reflects the Health division's increasing focus on supporting healthcare providers in delivering improved patient outcomes by offering a broad and cohesive suite of products, from healthcare learning and research, to advanced clinical decision support, terminology management and patient engagement. This broad-based, multispecialty and integrated range of solutions can most effectively help healthcare providers in improving outcomes and reducing variability in care.

ProVation Medical is the U.S. market-leader in gastroenterology procedure documentation software and is also a major supplier of order sets to hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. The business had revenues of €65 million in 2016 and has approximately 200 employees.

Completion of the divestment is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to take several months. Assuming completion, Wolters Kluwer intends to deploy the proceeds of the divestment towards additional share repurchases in order to mitigate the expected earnings dilution.

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US Duke University Press, Mathematical Sciences Publishers and Project Euclid announce new publishing services partnership - Alloy: A Publishing Services Alliance - 11 Jan 2018

Duke University Press, Mathematical Sciences Publishers (MSP), and Project Euclid have announced a new publishing partnership, Alloy: A Publishing Services Alliance.

Alloy was forged with two goals in mind - to offer journals the finest suite of non-profit publishing services available in the field, and to welcome publishers into a collaboration that treats journals as true partners, not just as clients or profit centers.

Each organisation will bring its own set of strengths, skills, and experience to the partnership. Alloy features editorial management supported by EditFlow from MSP; editing and production from MSP; marketing, sales, and customer relations from Duke University Press; and online presence from Project Euclid.

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US EBSCO Industries names Ryan Loy as new Chief Information Officer - 11 Jan 2018

EBSCO Industries, Inc. (EBSCO), headquartered atop Oak Mountain off Highway 280, has announced that Ryan Loy is joining the company as Chief Information Officer (CIO), and will be reporting to David Walker, President and Chief Executive Officer. Loy comes to EBSCO from ADTRAN where he was CIO.

Having held leadership positions at Eli Lilly and Deloitte prior to ADTRAN, Loy joins EBSCO as an accomplished IT professional focused on building customer value through IT innovations.

Founded in 1944, EBSCO Industries, Inc. has evolved into a global company with businesses in a range of industries including Information Services, Outdoor Brands, Real Estate, Manufacturing and Distribution, and Business Services. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., EBSCO operates divisions and subsidiaries in 23 countries and employs almost 6,000 people. EBSCO Information Services, the largest EBSCO business, is the leading provider of discovery services, databases, and other information resources for libraries worldwide.

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UK Emerald Publishing appoints Vicky Williams as its new CEO - 11 Jan 2018

Academic publisher Emerald Publishing has announced the appointment of Vicky Williams as its new CEO.

Richard Bevan, who has been CEO of Emerald Group (incorporating Emerald Publishing, Research Media, GoodPractice and Towards Maturity) since 2010, will take on the additional role of Executive Chairman of Emerald Group, with its Founder, Dr Keith Howard, stepping down as Chairman after 50 successful years. Dr Howard will remain a member of the Emerald Group Board.

Vicky moving into the Emerald Publishing CEO role will allow Richard to focus on the Group at what is an exciting time, as it looks to develop new markets in the Learning and Development space, and potentially make further strategic acquisitions.

Vicky has held a variety of senior roles at Emerald in her 18 years at Emerald, including Head of Publishing Development, Director of Business and Development and, most recently, Director of People (HR) and CEO of Emerald's creative agency business, Research Media.

This range and level of experience - spanning editorial, new product and digital development, business intelligence, HR and global marketing communications - gives Vicky unique insight into the challenges and opportunities facing academic publishing, and makes her ideally placed to take Emerald forward to meet them.

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US Research Square's new multimedia product, Video Bytes, helps share research results with the public - 11 Jan 2018

Research Square, a provider of innovative solutions for improving scholarly communication, has announced the launch of a new multimedia product, Video Bytes. These brief, informative videos summarise a piece of published research for a lay audience in a 1-minute overview. Each Video Byte combines on -screen text, relevant imagery and footage, and music to create a compelling and aesthetic take on recent research and how it impacts society. Two samples can be viewed on Research Square’s website: www.researchsquare.com/videos.

Video Bytes are an offshoot of Research Square's successful Video Abstract product, first developed in a trial with Nature Publishing Group in 2015. Like Video Abstracts, Video Bytes cover any field of research and are available for purchase by authors, editors, institutions, funders, or any other interested parties. They are created by Research Square's scientifically trained animation and scriptwriting teams, with input from the authors of the research being summarised. After creation, Video Bytes are posted on social media with appropriate tags and descriptions to enhance their chances of being found.

Video Bytes are available for researchers, universities, funders, and other interested parties to purchase through Research Square’s website, https://www.researchsquare.com/videos.

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US SAE International launches SAE International Journal of Connected and Automated Vehicles - 11 Jan 2018

SAE International will begin publishing its latest scholarly journal, Connected and Automated Vehicles, in 2018. This journal aims to promote theoretical and applied investigations in the arena of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) in on-road, off-road, and aerial operational environments. Articles will present original research and developments in such areas as cyber-enabled system capabilities, human-in-the-loop elements, and subsystem and system engineering frameworks. The Journal is edited by Dr. Venkat Krovi in collaboration with an editorial board of worldwide industry experts.

Dr. Krovi specialises in the lifecycle treatment of novel automation and cyber-physical systems, focusing both on theoretical formulation and experimental validation. His work examines novel design-architectures and scalable-control approaches for modulating physical power in Distributed Systems in automotive, plant-automation, co-robotics, and defense application arenas. Dr. Krovi is a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award and Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award recipient, with research published in more than 175 journal/conference articles, book chapters, and patents.

SAE International Journal of Connected and Automated Vehicles covers a range of subject areas, including active perception architectures and implementations (radar, vision, LIDAR) for CAVs; sensors and sensor fusion (infrastructure and vehicle-based) for CAVs; vehicle design, analysis, and control enhancements for CAVs; electrification/vehicle electronics architectures and implementations for CAVs; big data analysis and cloud computing architectures; vehicle navigation and situational awareness; human machine interaction design (driver- and controller-interfaces); and Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs).

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US Sírio-Libanês Hospital in Brazil strengthens medication safety with Wolters Kluwer’s Lexicomp and Medi-Span - 11 Jan 2018

Wolters Kluwer Health has announced the expansion of its partnership with Sírio-Libanês Hospital, an international health center in São Paulo, Brazil. The institution, which has relied on Wolters Kluwer's UpToDate® clinical decision support since 2010, recently adopted Lexicomp® Online drug reference and Medi-Span® embedded drug data. With these combined resources, Sírio-Libanês becomes the first institution in Brazil to implement the Advanced Clinical Decision Support (ACDS) solution. Hospital leaders believe the combined ACDS resources are essential to improving clinical effectiveness, particularly with regard to reduced medication errors and patient safety overall.

Sírio-Libanês Hospital is recognised for its 95-year history of excellence and leadership, as well as its pioneering role in healthcare and medical research in Brazil. The hospital cares for thousands of patients annually at its complex in São Paulo’s Bela Vista district and three additional locations: a diagnostic center and ambulatory hospital in Itaim Bibi; a multidisciplinary clinic in Jardins; and an oncology center in Brasília.

The steady, sustained growth of UpToDate usage by the clinical staff served as one of the key reasons for choosing to deploy ACDS at Sírio-Libanês Hospital.

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US Clarivate Analytics names Mukhtar Ahmed as President, Life Sciences - 10 Jan 2018

Clarivate Analytics, a global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation and commercialise ideas, has announced the appointment of Mukhtar Ahmed as President, Life Sciences. His arrival marks a full complement of executive level appointments for Clarivate Analytics since its formation in October 2016. Following significant hiring activity, Mukhtar Ahmed joins a host of new C-suite appointments of global leaders with domain expertise for each business unit and supporting executive functions.

Ahmed brings a wealth of leadership experience to the organisation, having worked across biopharmaceutical, technology and life sciences industries. In this role, he will be responsible for the strategic leadership of the division. He will be based in London and will report to Clarivate Analytics CEO Jay Nadler in Philadelphia.

Ahmed joins Clarivate Analytics from Bioclinica, where he held the position of president of eHealth Solutions for more than two and a half years. In a career spanning 25 years within the healthcare industry, Ahmed has held senior executive posts at Oracle Corporation, Parexel and Kendle International, and board-level positions with the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. Ahmed has also served as an industry advisor to a number of medical device, clinical laboratory, mobile health start-up and private equity companies. He is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine and chairs the Digital Health Committee for Life Sciences.

The Life Sciences division of Clarivate includes the flagship brand, Cortellis - the world's most comprehensive suite of solutions for life science professionals, providing unmatched content, intelligent search, state of the art analytics and powerful visualisation tools. Bringing together data with analytics across the innovation lifecycle, the breadth of content delivered by Clarivate via Cortellis is unrivalled, bringing together a huge range of data across the drug and device innovation lifecycle, to provide new insights to improve success rates and shorten time to market.

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UK CSPO names Prof. Robert Ivkov as Editor-in-Chief - 10 Jan 2018

Convergent Science Physical Oncology (CSPO) has named Professor Robert Ivkov, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, as its new Editor-in-Chief.

As Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences at Johns Hopkins, Professor Ivkov's research encompasses physics, biology, chemistry, and engineering, making him ideally placed to lead a journal that highlights the convergence of different disciplines to tackle cancer.

Professor Ivkov co-founded a start-up biotechnology company and worked for many years developing antibody-labelled magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles as a thermal ablation tool for breast cancer. In early 2008, the company underwent a merger, and he joined the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Professor Ivkov's current research focuses specifically on the development and characterisation of magnetic nanostructured materials and devices for cancer therapy; and, most recently on how these interact with the complex biology and immunology of cancer.

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Netherland Future Science Group and ACCUCOMS extend agreement to include AggregagentTM - 10 Jan 2018

Publisher Future Science Group (FSG) and ACCUCOMS have extended their agreement to include AggregagentTM. Titles published by FSG will now become available for purchase within multiple subject collections in Aggregagent, including the ALPSP Collections.

The titles of Future Science Group, predominantly in the fields of Health Sciences and Life Sciences, push the total amount of included titles in Aggregagent over the 400 mark, published by 19 publishers.

ACCUCOMS and ALPSP have a partnership concerning Aggregagent, to reinstate sales services as a benefit of ALPSP membership. Journals of participating ALPSP members will be part of a series of ALPSP Collections available for purchase by libraries, in addition to the broad and narrow subject classifications within Aggregagent.

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UK Ingenta Connect integrates Google Scholar’s Campus Activated Subscriber Access service - 10 Jan 2018

Academic journals aggregator Ingenta Connect has announced the integration of Google Scholar's Campus Activated Subscriber Access (CASA) service.

Google Scholar's Campus Activated Subscriber Access is a new service which expands on Google's subscriber Links programme. It enables researchers to access full text PDFs from journals to which their institution has subscribed, even when they are working remotely, and not using a university IP address.

Ingenta Connect already functions with Google's Subscriber Links service, so institutional users can link directly from Google Scholar search results to subscribed content - but only if they are on campus. Campus Activated Subscriber Access extends this feature off-site. Researchers discovering content via Google Scholar which their affiliated institution has the right to use can access this same content off-campus as they do on-campus. No additional off-campus login is necessary, resulting in an easier, smoother way for legitimate users to access the content hosted on Ingenta Connect, wherever they might be.

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US Oxford University press and the American Burn Association partner to publish Journal of Burn Care & Research - 10 Jan 2018

Academic publisher Oxford University Press (OUP) and the American Burn Association (ABA) have announced a new partnership to publish the Journal of Burn Care & Research, the only US journal devoted exclusively to the treatment and research of patients with burns.

Journal of Burn Care & Research provides the latest information on advances in burn prevention, education, delivery of acute care, and research to all members of the burn care team.

The ABA and its members dedicate their efforts and resources to promoting and supporting burn-related research, education, care, rehabilitation, and prevention. The ABA has more than 2,000 members in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Members include physicians, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, researchers, social workers, fire fighters, and hospitals with burn centers.

Oxford University Press publishes over 400 academic and research journals covering a broad range of subject areas, two thirds of which are published in collaboration with learned societies and other international organisations. Oxford University Press has been publishing journals for more than a century and has more than 500 years of publishing expertise.

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US AACR Publications partners with ReadCube to enhance discoverability of its collection - 09 Jan 2018

The American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Publications has announced a partnership with ReadCube's Discover program. The eight, highly ranked journals of the AACR cover the entire spectrum of cancer research and will now be fully indexed and discoverable through ReadCube's web, desktop and mobile platforms. The entire collection will also be included in ReadCube's search engines, related article feeds and popular personalised recommendation engine.

In addition to deep-indexing, when read within any of ReadCube's apps, over 40k articles will be available with ReadCube's popular Enhanced PDF features. These include hyperlinked in-line citations, annotations, clickable author names, instant access to supplemental content and figures, social sharing, and Altmetrics.

Founded in 1907, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) claims to be the world's first and largest professional organisation dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. AACR membership includes 40,000 laboratory, translational, and clinical researchers; population scientists; other health care professionals; and patient advocates residing in 120 countries. The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise of the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, biology, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer by annually convening more than 30 conferences and educational workshops, the largest of which is the AACR Annual Meeting with more than 21,900 attendees.

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US Allen Press adds Rick Cheetham and Bill Kopp to its executive sales team - 09 Jan 2018

Allen Press, Inc. has announced the addition of Rick Cheetham and Bill Kopp to its executive sales team.

Cheetham joins Allen Press with more than 30 years of experience selling magazine, catalogue, insert and direct mail printing to the association, publication and retail markets while Kopp joins Allen Press with over 20 years of experience in B2B business development, serving clients in print, marketing, healthcare and technology.

In their new roles, Cheetham and Kopp will leverage their diverse experience in print production, direct mail and marketing communications, creating trusted partnerships and new business for Allen Press. Both will work closely with its marketing and operations teams to position Allen Press as a leader in innovative printing and professional services.

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Switzerland Frontiers in Applied Mathematics and Statistics names Prof. Charles K. Chui as new Field Chief Editor - 09 Jan 2018

Frontiers in Applied Mathematics and Statistics has announced Professor Charles K. Chui as its new Field Chief Editor.

Professor Chui is currently Research Professor of Mathematics at the Hong Kong Baptist University, while holding a courtesy appointment as Consulting Professor in the Statistics Department of Stanford University. He is also Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Texas A&M University. His current research interest is in the discipline of computational and applied mathematics, with focus on: time-frequency analysis, mathematics of super-resolution, as well as signal and image manipulation, processing and visualisation, particularly for real-world applications, including recovery of point-source data in motion and understanding of complex data on (data-determined) manifolds in a high-dimensional ambient space.

With extensive experiences from working in the Silicon Valley high-tech industry and from contributing to JPEG-2000, MPEG-4 and DICOM standardisation, Prof. Chui considers applied mathematics and statistics to be fundamental to technological and industrial innovations, and believes that the future challenge in applied mathematics is the development of rigorous mathematical theory, along with effective methods, computational schemes and efficient algorithms that are applicable to solving real world problems.

According to Prof. Chui, as a multidisciplinary open-access journal, Frontiers in Applied Mathematics and Statistics provides an ideal platform for disseminating and communicating scientific knowledge and impactful discoveries to both academic and industrial researchers worldwide.

Leading an international editorial board, Prof. Chui will oversee and guide the strategic development of the journal for the next years.

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US New LPC resource for the library publishing community - Publishers and Service Providers List - 09 Jan 2018

As part of its new Publishers and Service Providers Program, the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) is releasing a new resource for the library publishing community: the Publishers and Service Providers List.

The list is a place where any organisation eligible for the larger program (non- and for-profit publishers and service providers that work with, or provide services of interest to, library publishers) can indicate its interest in working with library publishers.

While new enquiries will continue to be added to the list, it currently includes organisations such as: bepress, BiblioLabs, Project MUSE, Overleaf, Public Knowledge Project, PKP Publishing Services, Scholastica, Ubiquity Press, and Veruscript.

The LPC is an independent, community-led membership association. The purpose of the LPC is to support an evolving, distributed range of library publishing practices and to further the interests of libraries involved in publishing activities.

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UK SAGE Publishing acquires journal portfolio from Wichtig - 09 Jan 2018

Academic publisher SAGE Publishing has announced the purchase of the full portfolio of journals from international, independent STM publisher, Wichtig. The acquisition marks a significant milestone in SAGE's science, technology and medical (STM) publishing program and the development of its offerings across clinical medicine and bioengineering.

Wichtig Publishing was established in Milan, Italy, by the nephrologist Diego Brancaccio over 40 years ago, with an ambition to publish niche specialty medical journals and books. The publishing portfolio covers topics such as nephrology, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, gynecology, urology, and biomaterials.

The first issues with SAGE will publish January 2018. The journal list is available online at https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/wichtig.

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US AIP Publishing eliminates publication page charges across all journals - 08 Jan 2018

AIP Publishing, a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), has announced the elimination of publication page charges and colour charges, as of January 1, 2018, for all of the organisation's journals, including Physics of Plasmas, Review of Scientific Instruments, and 10 other prominent peer-reviewed physical science titles. The company's decision followed an assessment of the global publishing landscape, which found that the charges represented potential barriers to some researchers, and no longer serve the AIP Publishing non-profit mission. Two prominent AIP Publishing titles, Journal of Applied Physics and Applied Physics Letters, ceased levying publication page charges in June 2017.

Removing these charges is the latest in a series of AIP Publishing policy initiatives to accommodate emerging shifts in scholarly communication. In 2016 the company adapted its licensing policies so that authors retain copyright of their work, and can share author manuscripts, without embargo, upon acceptance into an AIP Publishing journal.

AIP Publishing continually reviews policies to maintain alignment with the needs of physical science researchers around the globe. The decision complements the company's participation in industry initiatives such as CHORUS and howcanishareit, which make content more discoverable and accessible to researchers. AIP Publishing is also part of the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC), providing free, open access to reference data from all journals in its portfolio.

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German Carina Kniep joins STEM team at De Gruyter - 08 Jan 2018

Dr. Carina Kniep has joined the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) team at De Gruyter as Editorial Director Physical Sciences. She brings not only 18 years of experience in STM publishing, but also specific expertise in developing and launching new products with scientists as well as scientific and learned societies and institutions from all over the world.

At De Gruyter she will lead the publishing teams in Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Physics and Materials Sciences.

Carina Kniep joins De Gruyter from Wiley-VCH, where she was Editorial Director, leading a department with responsibility for journals and databases from all areas of academic and industrial scientific research.

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US ERT’s Karin Beckstrom recognised as a Top Industry Innovator - 08 Jan 2018

ERT, a global data and technology company that minimises uncertainty and risk in clinical trials, has announced that Karin Beckstrom, who heads up the company's Innovation Lab, has been named a Top 20 Innovator by CenterWatch.

CenterWatch's list of Top 20 Innovators recognises the smart and talented industry representatives who are exploring and developing innovative products and services that will improve drug development over the next decade.

Beckstrom's recognition is based on results from a months-long proof of concept initiative she and a team of ERT developers executed, which explored how patients could benefit from using voice assistant technology instead of traditional, manual methods to submit clinical trial data. Developed in collaboration with Orbita, a healthcare software provider, ERT’s Voice Assistant Data Capture Solution simplifies patient data collection by enabling clinical trial participants to complete daily assessment surveys, report vital statistics measurements, ask questions, receive training and report health concerns via voice recognition technology. Additional applications are under development.

ERT’s Voice Assistant Data Capture Solution has great potential for capturing important real-world data from clinical trial participants, as well as from patients participating in post-launch, late phase programs. Patients with manual dexterity limitations - including those with rheumatoid arthritis or Parkinson's disease - may benefit the most from the technology. Instead of having to manually enter or write down answers, which may prove difficult, they simply need to vocalise their responses and the interface will enter the data.

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UK Global engineering and technology TV platform unveils video search functionality - 08 Jan 2018

IET.tv has launched Engineering Video Intelligence (EVI), a powerful, new video transcript search function, which allows users to keyword search within its entire video database to find exact and relevant time stamped content at the click of a button.

The online platform, run by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), claims to be one of the largest dedicated engineering and technology video databases in the world and includes industry news, technical and regulatory updates, expert insight and interviews, as well as EngTalks and lectures.

The new functionality takes away hours of trawling through video content to find specific extracts and will be highly beneficial to practising engineers, technologists, academics and researchers who want to find accurate content quickly. The search functionality also enables users to navigate to individual words or phrases within the video while the video is playing and will recommend related videos from the database based on search results.

Users can now use EVI search by visiting the IET.tv homepage or by using the EVI search toggle on the search results page.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 08 Jan 2018

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Roger C. Schonfeld (Workflow Lock-in: A Taxonomy); Jalees Rehman (Novelty in science - real necessity or distracting obsession?); and Nature Blog (Reward research that changes society). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.

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US NISO to manage U.S. Group dedicated to document description and processing languages - 08 Jan 2018

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to take over management of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for the ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34 - Document description and processing languages. This international technical committee is concerned with standardisation in the field of document structures, languages, and related facilities for the description and processing of compound and hypermedia documents. The portfolio includes standards for document structures, structures for interactive documents in web environments, document processing architectures, multilingual font information interchange, and APIs for document processing. The accreditation also means that the United States will once again be a voting member of ISO/IEC/JTC 1/SC 34 after a lapse of some months.

NISO's membership voted this past fall in favour of adding the JTC 1/SC 34 portfolio to its roster of international standards activities. NISO has managed the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for ISO/TC46 - Information and documentation and its six subcommittees since the technical committee was formed in the 1940s. NISO also serves as the Secretariat for ISO/TC 46/SC 9 - Identification and description, supporting the international work on identifiers and metadata it undertakes, so that the new work is an ideal complement to an already robust set of responsibilities.

The ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1, Subcommittee 34 described in its 2017 business plan the value of its work. JTC 1/SC 34 includes among its 80 standards those relating to SGML, EPUB, Office Open XML (OOXML), OpenDocument Format, Font information interchange, and Document Schema Definition Languages (DSDL).

A full list of the Technical Committee's standards is available at https://www.iso.org/committee/45374/x/catalogue/p/1/u/0/w/0/d/0.

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India Scope creates drug monographs for a leading health portal - 08 Jan 2018

Scope e-Knowledge Center (Scope), a leading provider of specialized knowledge services for publishers and information providers, has announced the successful delivery of 135 drug monographs for one of the world's leading health information portals.

Drug monographs were developed for drugs approved by the European Medicine Agency (EMA), as well as drugs not approved by the EMA but approved in selected countries outside the United States. The monographs allow users to easily evaluate the safety, tolerability and efficacy of approved drugs.

The complex and specialised project required a very refined level of understanding of clinical pharmacology. Scope leveraged its in-house team of medical SMEs - physicians and pharmacologists - who conducted extensive research and analysis of the drugs and created monographs that would integrate with already existing monographs for the drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Therefore, the content required standardization to a particular format.

To aid in standardization, Scope's process experts built a workflow that automated components of the editorial and formatting process. For this project and those with similar requirements, Scope leverages cutting-edge technology for scale, and expertise of in-house SMEs, for accuracy. This unique hybrid approach helped Scope's team evaluate an extensive volume of relevant drug information efficiently and accurately.

Dr. Sheeba Chandru, Head of the Medical Content Division at Scope said, "EMA monographs are based on brand, which means a single generic US monograph may be linked to multiple brand alternatives in the European Union. This called for a very refined level of understanding of clinical pharmacology. Our in-house SMEs were able to successfully meet this challenge". She continued, "Apart from this, there was the challenge to deliver content in a standardized format. This would have normally been time-consuming if not for an automated workflow built by our technology team. This automated workflow helped quickly populate the fields in the monograph."

Tram Venkataraman (Tram), President, Scope e-Knowledge Center said, "At Scope, we are focused on enabling publishers, information product and enterprise content managers get the maximum ROI from existing content. We are thrilled that our unique hybrid, technology + SME delivery methodology was instrumental in making this project a success. The fact that the client partnered with us in developing guidelines for creating monographs for drugs was the icing on the cake."

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US ACS Publications records 100 million article downloads by researchers worldwide in 2017 - 05 Jan 2018

The American Chemical Society's (ACS') Publications Division achieved a major milestone in 2017 surpassing 100 million full-text journal article downloads during the calendar year. This marks a new global usage record for the 51 peer-reviewed ACS journals, which publish research in chemistry and allied fields. Along with citations and other metrics, full-text usage provides insights on a journal's influence across the research landscape and reflects the importance of the science encompassed by its editorial scope.

The 100-millionth article download took place on Dec. 14, when a reader accessed a 2015 peer-reviewed article published in the journal ACS Nano. The novel interdisciplinary research, titled 'Trans-Blood Brain Barrier Delivery of Dopamine-Loaded Nanoparticles Reverses Functional Deficits in Parkinsonian Rats,' was co-authored by Seth, Chaturvedi, Gupta and colleagues, and was undertaken primarily at Council of Scientific & Industrial Research - Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India. Since its publication, the article has garnered more than 30 citations and nearly 7,000 article views. It was also an ACS Editors' Choice selection. ACS Editors' Choice is a Society program offering free public access to published research based on recommendations by the scientific editors of ACS journals.

This online usage milestone achievement also underscores the value and importance of ACS journals to the global research community. Almost 50 percent of the Society's journal usage now originates from Asia, with China being a notable leader in both research submissions and reader engagement. With its broad international research audience in mind, ACS remains committed to expanding the Society's global reach and presence, and to providing cutting-edge research and information solutions in service to its membership and the worldwide scientific community.

The Society's most-highly accessed journal during 2017 was the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the organisation's flagship publication. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, which features research from one of the fastest-growing fields in chemistry, emerged in 2017 as the second-most downloaded title within the ACS’ portfolio of preeminent research journals. Many ACS journals set all-time online usage records in 2017, demonstrating the widespread interest in, and broad global access of, ACS Publications.

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US Dr. Howard Burris, Editor for JCSO and Oncology Practice, elected President of ASCO - 05 Jan 2018

Medical communications company Frontline Medical Communications has announced that Dr. Howard A. "Skip" Burris III, an Editor for both JCSO (Journal of Community and Supportive OncologyTM) and Oncology Practice®, has been elected to serve as President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) for the 2019-2020 term.

Dr. Burris is the chief medical officer and president of clinical operations at the Sarah Cannon Research Institute in Nashville, Tenn. He established the first community-based phase 1 drug development program in Nashville, which went on to become the Sarah Cannon Research Institute. He led the first-in-human studies for many now-approved drugs that have changed the standard of care for several types of cancers including docetaxel and ado-trastuzumab emtansine in breast cancer and everolimus in kidney cancer.

Dr. Burris has authored more than 300 publications and more than 450 abstracts, and was named a Giant of Cancer Care during the 2014 ASCO annual meeting.

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US Five Lippincott nursing education publications honoured with American Journal of Nursing 2017 Book of the Year Awards - 05 Jan 2018

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), an imprint of Wolters Kluwer, has announced that five Lippincott nursing education publications have been honoured as exceptional texts for advancing healthcare quality by the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) 2017 Book of the Year Awards.

The Lippincott nursing book winners in four categories include: Gerontological Nursing by Charlotte Eliopoulos (2nd Place) and Teaching with ACES: A Faculty Guide edited by M. Elaine Tagliareni (co-published with the National League for Nursing) (3rd Place) in the Gerontological Nursing category; Simulation Champions: Fostering Courage, Caring, and Connection by Colette Foisy-Doll and Kim Leighton (1st Place) in the Information Technology category; Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice: Creating a Blueprint for Nurse Educators edited by Elizabeth Speakman (co-published with the National League for Nursing) (2nd Place) in the Nursing Education/Continuing Education/Professional Development category; and Leadership Roles and Management Functions in Nursing: Theory and Application by Bessie L. Marquis and Carol J. Huston in the Nursing Management and Leadership category.

For 48 years, the annual AJN Book of the Year program has recognised the best in nursing publishing. This competition gains the attention of the nursing community and supporting healthcare publishers. The winners are chosen by a panel of judges who range from college professors to clinicians to nursing executives. Awards are given for first, second and third place in 20 categories.

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US IEEE GlobalSpec launches enhanced Reference Library on Engineering360.com - 05 Jan 2018

IEEE GlobalSpec, a provider of digital media solutions designed to connect industrial marketers with their target audience of engineering and technical professionals, has announced the launch of its new Reference Library on Engineering360.com.

Visitors to the new Reference Library on Engineering360.com can conduct a topic search and view detailed information on IEEE journal articles, conference papers, and technical standards along with related content from Engineering360. The IEEE information includes links to the IEEE Xplore® digital library for access to full-text with an IEEE Xplore login or subscription. IEEE Xplore provides digital access to some of the world's most highly cited publications in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics.

Engineering360.com also connects the Reference Library user with a suite of related content resources, including specification guides, supplier technical articles, curated editorial content, community blog posts, video, and more. The library features a streamlined user interface that allows users to refine results by publisher, document status, type, topics, and ICS codes. The Engineering360.com Reference Library can be accessed at http://reference.engineering360.com/.

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US Society for Scholarly Publishing invites scholarly communication professionals to join its Industry Announcements and Events online discussion group - 05 Jan 2018

The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) is inviting scholarly communication professionals to join its Industry Announcements and Events online discussion group. The discussion group replaces the SSP-L list-serv and is part of SSP's new C3 community platform. Announcements of conferences, events, or other resources of broad interest to the community are welcome. Press releases with newsworthy information of interest to SSP members should continue to be directed to SSP's editors for potential inclusion in SSP's various news outlets.

The online discussion group is open to the public, but users must register on the C3 platform to post messages. Users can choose to receive real-time notifications of new posts or opt for a daily or weekly email digest.

In addition to supporting the Industry Announcements and Events discussion group, C3 also supports SSP's committees, task forces and other volunteer groups. Each volunteer group has a community workspace for communicating, collaborating and sharing resources. SSP members also have exclusive access to the SSP Member Exchange where they can share ideas, ask questions, and network with their peers.

Those who wish to join the Industry Announcements and Events discussion group may register at www.c3.sspnet.org. If you already have an account on sspnet.org, you can log in with your existing user name and password. Existing SSP-L subscribers have been migrated automatically to the new platform.

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US UC Press appoints Tim Sullivan as Executive Director - 05 Jan 2018

University of California's Office of the President has announced that Tim Sullivan will serve as the next Executive Director of the University of California Press. Sullivan was selected through an international search and an interview process that included senior UC Press employees, the UC Press Board of Directors, the Academic Senate UC Editorial Committee, and the Trustees of the UC Press Foundation.

UC Press plays a major role in the University of California's pre-eminence as a public research university across its ten campuses, known nationally and internationally for progressive, groundbreaking publications. Tim Sullivan brings to UC Press extensive knowledge in and experience with publishing in general, and university press publishing in particular. His leadership and editorial experience will be important to a Press respected for its 125-year history of top-line, prize-winning publishing and innovative publishing platforms.

Tim Sullivan has been the Editorial Director of Harvard Business Review (HBR) Press since October 2011, after having served as Executive Editor for the press from September 2010 to October 2011. He also served as a senior editor for HBR magazine and as a member of the senior management team for the HBR Group. Over the last six years he has worked with his team to transform the Press, re-focusing its publishing program, expanding the reach of its authors' ideas, and improving its financial results.

His career has woven through university press publishing (Princeton), trade (Penguin and Basic Books), and professional/educational (HBR), with increasing editorial and management responsibility in each role. Additionally, Sullivan has co-authored two widely and positively reviewed books, The Org: Understanding the Underlying Logic of Your Office (Twelve, 2013; paperback, Princeton University Press, 2015), and The Inner Lives of Markets: How People Shape Them – and How They Shape Us (Public Affairs, 2016).

Sullivan will join the UC Press offices in Oakland, CA in February 2018.

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Netherland Universities in Germany win temporary access to Elsevier journals after refusing to pay fees - 05 Jan 2018

Dutch publishing giant Elsevier has reportedly granted uninterrupted access to its paywalled journals for researchers at around 200 German universities and research institutes that had refused to renew their individual subscriptions at the end of 2017.

The institutions had formed a consortium to negotiate a nationwide licence with the publisher. They sought a collective deal that would give most scientists in Germany full online access to about 2,500 journals at about half the price that individual libraries have paid in the past. But talks broke down and, by the end of 2017, no deal had been agreed. Elsevier now says that it will allow the country's scientists to access its paywalled journals without a contract until a national agreement is hammered out.

Academic-publishing experts around the world are keenly observing the situation in Germany. The nationwide deal sought by scientists includes a open-access option, under which all corresponding authors affiliated with German institutions would be allowed to make their papers free to read and share by anyone in the world. This would be a milestone for global efforts to make the results of publicly funded research immediately and freely available to scientists and the wider public in all countries, they say.

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UK CAB Direct wins CHOICE magazine ‘Outstanding Academic Title’ award 2017 - 04 Jan 2018

The CAB Direct platform, which provides a single point of access to all of CABI's databases, was rated as 'highly recommended' for undergraduates, researchers, faculty members, technical programme students, professionals and practitioners in the March 2017 issue of CHOICE magazine. The platform has now won a CHOICE magazine 'Outstanding Academic Title' award 2017.

CABI's databases include CAB Abstracts (the leading English bibliographic information service providing access to the world's applied life sciences literature) and Global Health (giving researchers and students unparalleled access to the world's relevant public health research and practice).

CAB Direct now provides access to over 12 million bibliographic references (including more than 416,000 full-text articles) as well as conference papers and reports published in 120 countries.

Before launching the new CAB Direct platform in July 2016, CABI worked with development partners across academia and industry to design a platform around the way researchers work. CAB Direct has completely new features to help researchers get more out of the literature and has a more intuitive user experience.

The CHOICE review includes that: "Searching is intuitive and documents load quickly. The online CAB Thesaurus provides a controlled vocabulary of almost 2.5 million descriptive terms in English and all major European languages. A well-developed help guide enables researchers to enhance their skills in constructing search strategies. Researchers can organise their search activities in project files and highlight, annotate, and share them with others".

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US Dale F. Bohn begins term as 2018 chairman of ASTM International board of directors - 04 Jan 2018

Dale F. Bohn, product quality manager for Flint Hills Resources LP, in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, has started his term as 2018 chairman of the ASTM International board of directors.

ASTM International's board is made up of 25 leaders from a broad variety of companies, associations, and government bodies worldwide. In addition to Flint Hills, this includes a wide range of organisations such as Intertek, the Eurasian Economic Commission, the Toy Association, and Tufts University.

Bohn has served in his current role since 2011 and is responsible for product quality and customer support, including development, formulations, testing, process support for petroleum, and other products. Bohn previously served as a technical leader for Flint Hills Resources and for Koch Materials Co.

An ASTM International member since 1996, Bohn is a member of the committee on road and paving materials (D04). He serves on multiple D04 groups and has served as chairman of the subcommittees on emulsified asphalt specifications (D04.41) and emulsified asphalt test (D04.42). Bohn is also a member of the committees on petroleum products, liquid fuels, and lubricants (D02) and gaseous fuels (D03).

He previously served on the ASTM International Committee on Technical Committee Operations (COTCO) from 2006 to 2011, and was the COTCO chair from 2009-2011. COTCO maintains, interprets, and enforces the internal regulations governing all ASTM International technical committees, among other things.

Bohn, a board member since 2012, also served as chairman of the board's finance and audit committee in 2015. In 2017, he served as board chairman of the Safety Equipment Institute, an ASTM International affiliate.

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US Dr. Kim Curry named Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of American Association of Nurse Practitioners - 04 Jan 2018

The Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP) has named Dr. Kim Curry to the position of editor-in chief. Dr. Curry will replace Dr. Charon Pierson current editor-in-chief, who will become executive editor of JAANP during the transition period prior to her retirement in 2018.

Dr. Curry brings more than three decades of experience to the journal as an author of book chapters, monographs, and refereed publications. She has delivered numerous lectures, speeches and posters in state, local, national and international presentations. The recipient of many honours and awards, she has been recognised for excellence in clinical practice, research and innovation in her role as faculty. Currently Dr. Curry is Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Clinical Associate Professor, College of Nursing at the University of Florida at Gainesville. In 2013 Dr. Curry was inducted as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Although Dr. Pierson will retire from the editor-in-chief position of JAANP, she will continue her work with COPE - the Committee on Publication Ethics, to which she was elected in 2012 and will complete her second term as the secretary of the COPE Trustee Board in 2019.

Continually cited as one of the main reasons for membership in AANP, JAANP is available at no cost to AANP members, whether they want to read current articles or search archived content. Non-members can access samples of free content on the JAANP website.

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Israel Ex Libris unveils Connect Partner Program - 04 Jan 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced the launch of the Ex Libris Connect Partner Program, designed to support a rich ecosystem of third-party solution providers in the development of integrations with Ex Libris solutions.

Ex Libris has long supported open standards and integration with third-party products for Ex Libris solutions. A solution provider interested in joining the new partnership program can sign an agreement with Ex Libris to facilitate the use of Ex Libris APIs for the mutual benefit of that provider’s customer base and the Ex Libris community. A number of partners have already signed a collaboration agreement in advance of the program and benefit from a strong relationship with Ex Libris and a comprehensive integration with Ex Libris solutions. A partner with existing integrations need not enroll in the program unless the partner wishes to extend the functionality of the existing integration.

The success of existing collaborations between Ex Libris and third-party partners is evident in the more than 150 APIs that are available in the Ex Libris Developer Network, enabling customers and other authorized users to integrate various systems and services with Ex Libris solutions. A live API dashboard demonstrates the Ex Libris cloud-based API platform in action, with more than two million daily transactions on average and peaks that reach over four million.

The new Ex Libris Connect Partner Program will provide a framework for creating a formal relationship between Ex Libris and interested partners, enabling all stakeholders involved in an integration - the customers, the partner, and Ex Libris - to realize the greatest benefits from the collaboration. The program will lay the foundation for coordinating development, certification and support of the integration with Ex Libris solutions, defined access by Ex Libris to the partner's products and information, and alignment of Ex Libris and partner roadmaps. All these elements are essential to the sustainability of the collaboration.

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UK Taylor & Francis launches new OA journal - Big Earth Data - 04 Jan 2018

Academic publisher Taylor & Francis has announced the launch of a new open access journal which aims to revolutionise our understanding of the Earth's systems. Big Earth Data, published with the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), encourages researchers across a range of disciplines that are using a growing body of large data sets to make new discoveries in Earth Science.

Big Earth Data joins Taylor & Francis' respected Earth Science program, including the International Journal of Digital Earth, enhancing existing offerings in this area. The purpose of the society is to promote international cooperation around the 'Digital Earth' vision - an extensive virtual representation of the Earth, and enable Digital Earth technology to play a role in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and the improvement of human beings' living standards.

Prof. Huadong Guo, President of the International Society for Digital Earth, will serve as the Editor-in-Chief of Big Earth Data.

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Switzerland Frontiers and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin form open access publishing agreement - 03 Jan 2018

The library of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin) has entered an institutional agreement with Frontiers whereby affiliated corresponding authors publishing in any of the (currently 60) Frontiers journals receive a 5% discount on the APC.

The library of the HU Berlin supports its researchers by covering article-processing charges (APCs) for open access articles by affiliated corresponding authors where there are no other sources available to cover these fees.

The 5% discount is applied to the net APC, i.e. the APC, which would otherwise be payable after deduction of any other discounts (e.g., editorial-board-membership and Research Topic contribution discounts).

Should the APC after application of these discounts exceed 2,000 EUR including taxes, or for information on whether an article is eligible under this agreement, or for any further information, interested parties may visit the HU Berlin Library's webpage on open access or email openaccess@ub.hu-berlin.de.

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US John Adams elected chair of the American Chemical Society's board of directors - 03 Jan 2018

Dr. John E. Adams has been elected chair of the board of directors of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society. Dr. Adams began his one-year term on January 1, 2018.

As chair of the board, Adams will preside over board and executive committee meetings, oversee the performance of the chief executive officer, appoint chairs and members of board committees and task forces, and ensure that strategic planning and evaluation of progress toward strategic goals occur, among other duties.

Adams is a Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus of chemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1981. He has been an ACS member since 1974.

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US MCG Health and Healthx partner to provide expedited prior authorizations for payers and providers - 03 Jan 2018

MCG Health, part of the Hearst Health network and a leading provider of informed care strategies, has announced a partnership with Healthx, Inc., the leader in cloud-based digital engagement solutions for healthcare payers, to offer a streamlined authorisation solution. This integration combines MCG's evidence-based care guidelines and Cite AutoAuth workflow rules engine with Healthx's easy-to-use Hx Authorization Submission solution. Designed to increase collaboration between payers and providers, this solution will automate the prior authorization process while maintaining decision quality, empowering clinicians to deliver effective care in a timely manner.

Payers typically require prior approval for certain procedures and services to ensure appropriate care while managing costs and avoiding over-utilization. MCG Cite AutoAuth integrated within Hx Authorization Submission allows for automatic determinations for select procedures and services as determined by the payer. Payers can configure a custom rules-based engine to prevent unnecessary prior authorizations and apply evidence-based documentation where appropriate-saving time and improving standards of care.

Seamless integration between the two platforms allows providers to document and support treatment requests directly within the care planning workflow in an easy three-step process. Providers have the option to add multiple procedures to one request, attach documentation for auto-approval consideration, and track the status of previously submitted requests. Replacing a high-touch, manual process with this innovative solution decreases the number of authorizations that require review, eliminates the need for faxes, and significantly reduces time spent waiting on determinations.

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