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Dear Subscribers - 31 Oct 2006

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FAST webcast on importance of search technology for publishing sector - 31 Oct 2006

Enterprise search technologies provider Fast Search & Transfer, Norway, and Editor & Publisher, a journal covering all aspects of the newspaper industry, have announced a new webcast. The webcast, scheduled for October 31, 2006, will feature a panel of industry experts discussing how to take advantage of search technology in order to build new business models in the publishing industry. The panel will be moderated by Greg Mitchell, editor of Editor & Publisher.

The webcast, titled 'New Business Models: Building Revenue and Breaking Down Barriers', will examine the issues relating to changes in the editing and publishing industry pertaining to the growth of social networking, third-party aggregators and community building. It will also explore how businesses can leverage brand loyalty and multimedia content to build revenue and break down traditional technology barriers.

The panel of industry experts includes Perry Solomon, senior director of media business development at Fast; Tim Ruder, vice president - marketing at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive; Shailesh Rao, director of local search and channel partnerships at Google, Inc.; and Michael Romaner, president of Morris DigitalWorks.

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Inderscience acquires Journal of Design Research - 31 Oct 2006

Scientific publisher Inderscience Publishers, Switzerland, has announced the acquisition of the Journal of Design Research (JDR). Originally published at the Delft University of Technology as an electronic journal, JDR is now also available in print format. Dr. Henri Christiaans, Dr. Paulien M. Herder and Dr. Ina T. Klaasen from the Delft University of Technology serve as Editors-in-Chief.

A quarterly publication, JDR is an interdisciplinary journal, emphasising human aspects as a central issue of design through integrative studies of social sciences and design disciplines. The journal publishes original papers, review papers, case studies, conference reports, book reviews, notes, and commentaries.

JDR seeks to offer a platform for high-quality research, theory making, analysis, education, and practice. It helps academics, researchers and professional designers working in the field of design and design engineering to disseminate information and to learn from each other's work. The journal is currently available online at http://www.inderscience.com/jdr.

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Institute of Physics Publishing's Nanotechnology to be published weekly - 31 Oct 2006

Non-profit scientific publisher Institute of Physics Publishing (IOP), UK, has announced that its journal Nanotechnology is set to become a weekly publication from 2007. The journal is currently published twice a month, and covers papers on all aspects of nanoscale science and technology.

Starting with the 2007 issue, Nanotechnology will be presented in a more user-friendly format and will feature subject sections. The new sections include biology and medicine; electronics and photonics; patterning and nanofabrication; quantum phenomena; sensing and actuating; materials: synthesis or self-assembly; and materials: properties, characterisation, modelling or tools.

With an average receipt-to-publication time of less than 3 months, the journal offers authors some of the fastest publication times, worldwide visibility (all papers are free to read for 30 days from publication) and high impact. It includes the understanding of fundamental physics, chemistry, biology and technology of nanometre-scale objects and how such objects can be used in the areas of computation, sensors, nanostructured materials and nano-biotechnology.

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Manchester Metropolitan University launches open access repository using BioMed Central service - 31 Oct 2006

Open access (OA) publisher BioMed Central, US, has announced that its Open Repository service has built the Manchester Metropolitan University's (MMU) institutional repository, e-space, utilising its open-source DSpace technology platform. The repository is currently available at www.e-space.mmu.ac.uk.

MMU's institutional repository will enable its 39,000 staff and students working at ten research institutes on seven campuses, to deposit and share research findings. While BioMed Central will provide hosting services, customisation, backups and technical support, MMU will maintain complete administrative control over the repository.

MMU chose BioMed Central's Open Repository service for its value-added features in addition to the standard DSpace functionality, such as a submission form using PubMed ID and external linking to Entrez databases. The service is now W3 web accessibility compliant AA. Open Repository also offers a new Pilot Repository setup scheme, allowing customers to have working demo sites personalised to their needs for a three-month, no obligation, free trial.

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MC Strategies to deliver Mosby's Pharmacology Essentials for Nurses - 31 Oct 2006

E-learning solutions provider MC Strategies, Inc., US, part of Elsevier Health Sciences, has announced plans to offer Mosby's Pharmacology Essentials for Nurses, a new course for nursing professionals. It is expected to give nurse managers and clinical educators a means to assess and remediate new hires and returning professionals.

The course offers a comprehensive review of basic pharmacology with an emphasis on clinical application and medication safety. It seeks to give nurses a thorough understanding of drugs and how they affect patients. Nurses will gain insight on why certain medications are prescribed and the importance of continuous patient monitoring. In addition, they will learn the contraindications and potential toxic affect of drugs. The course uses a variety of elements designed to engage the learner, such as interactive learning activities and a glossary of terms with audio pronunciations.

MC Strategies supplies nursing and clinical-related curricula to healthcare professionals. Courses are delivered by the company's Knowledge Deployment System, developed specifically to bring interactive e-learning solutions to hospitals.

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Texterity provides technology support for 'Make Magazine' RSS feeds - 31 Oct 2006

Digital publishing solutions provider Texterity, US, has announced that it will provide the technology to support the newly launched RSS feeds of Make Magazine, published by O'Reilly Media, US.

An XML-based technology, RSS provides syndication feeds of a website's content in such a manner that it is easy to distribute for web publishers and easy to receive and read for users. Texterity combines with Make's RSS solution and provides the link between the RSS feed and the magazine articles. Texterity's browser-only digital edition technology places a cookie on the subscriber's computer the first time the subscriber accesses the digital edition. The cookie then remembers the subscriber's information and allows immediate access to the article without screen names or downloads -- making targeted information immediately available to the RSS subscriber.

Make's RSS feeds are available to everyone. Readers who do not subscribe to the magazine can also subscribe to the RSS feeds and be notified when an article of interest is available. The reader may then choose to purchase a newsstand copy.

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Thomson Scientific, FIZ Karlsruhe launch upgraded version of Derwent World Patents Index - 31 Oct 2006

Information solutions provider Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation, US, and scientific information services provider FIZ Karlsruhe, Germany, have announced the launch of the enhanced version of Derwent World Patents Index (DWPISM) on The Scientific & Technical Information Network (STN International). Used by major patent offices worldwide, DWPI is a critical resource for patent examiners.

The DWPI database has been updated to offer the patent information searcher a broader view of global patenting activity. The enhanced DWPI database provides new value-added content and original patent data and a new two-part structure to facilitate access to the vast data found in DWPI.

Specific new information available through the enhanced DWPI database include over 750,000 documentation abstracts (1995-1999); additional chemical structure indexing (Chemistry Resource) backfile; new first-level data, such as original patent titles and abstracts, full names of inventors and associated addresses, and patent agent information; and coverage of USPTO national patent data classifications. In addition, DWPI database records now have a brand new two-part structure - Invention and Members- to make records easier to access and use. While the Invention level comprises traditional DWPI content such as patent family and enhanced abstracts, the Members level provides new additional information from each of the publications listed in the patent family portion of the patent record.

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Business & Commercial Aviation contributing editor bags 2006 NBAA Gold Wing award - 30 Oct 2006

Information services provider McGraw-Hill Companies, US, has announced that David P. Esler, contributing editor of Business & Commercial Aviation (B/CA), has been honoured with the 2006 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Gold Wing Award. The award was presented at the company's recently concluded 59th Annual Meeting & Convention.

The NBAA Gold Wing Award is bestowed annually for excellent, accurate and insightful reporting of issues related to the business aviation industry. Esler's article 'The Battle Over User Fees' covers a proposal, promoted by scheduled air carriers, that the federal government impose a new tax schedule and collection system on companies operating turbine aircraft in furtherance of their businesses. The article appeared in the May 2006 issue of B/CA.

A 40-year veteran of aviation journalism, Esler has been a contributing editor for B/CA since 1993. B/CA is the business aviation monthly of The McGraw-Hill Companies' AVIATION WEEK. The award is the third editorial honour conferred on Esler this year for his B/CA features. In July, he received the Best Systems or Technology Submission from the Royal Aeronautical Society for his article 'FADEC's Benefits, Today and Tomorrow.' Earlier, he also received the National Air Transportation Association's 2006 NATA Aviation Journalism Award.

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Journal of the American Medical Directors Association accepted into ISI index - 30 Oct 2006

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA) has been accepted by Thomson Scientific, for inclusion in the Science Citation Index Expanded and Current Contents/Clinical Medicine databases. Published by Elsevier, the journal is the official publication of the American Medical Directors Association.

JAMDA will receive its first official Impact Factor in 2008, and will cover the 2006 and 2007 volume years. The Science Citation Index Expanded provides access to current and retrospective bibliographic information, author abstracts, and cited references found in nearly 5,900 of the world's leading scholarly science and technical journals covering over 150 disciplines.

Published 9 times a year, JAMDA covers issues most significant to healthcare professionals providing long-term care. Peer-reviewed articles include original studies, reviews, clinical experience articles, case reports, and more.

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Dear Subscribers - 30 Oct 2006

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MIT Press adopts open access model for ITID journal - 30 Oct 2006

Publisher MIT Press, US, has announced that Information Technologies and International Development (ITID) has become its first journal to participate in the open access initiative. The journal is now available for free at http://mitpressjournals.org/loi/itid.

A quarterly publication, ITID focuses on the intersection of information and communication technologies (ICT) with international development. It seeks to create a networked community of leading thinkers and strategists to discuss the critical issues of ICT and development, an epistemic community that crosses disciplines (especially technologists and social scientists), national boundaries and the North and South hemispheres. The journal is edited by Dr. Ernest J. Wilson of the University of Maryland and Dr. Michael L. Best of Georgia Institute of Technology.

By providing open access to ITID, the MIT Press seeks to help to create a wide-reaching forum for dialogue, while increasing visibility and readership, and potentially attracting a larger volume of high quality submissions from a wider audience. MIT Press Journals publishes more than 30 titles in the arts and humanities, social sciences and in certain areas of science and technology.

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OpenDOAR offers full-text cross-archive search via Google engine - 30 Oct 2006

The Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) has announced the release of a trial full-text search service for academics and researchers across the globe. The trial service is being offered via Google's recently launched Custom Search Engine, which allows OpenDOAR to define a search service based on the Directory holdings.

OpenDOAR already offers a global directory of freely available open access repositories that hold research material. It now offers a full-text search service from a list of quality-controlled repositories. OpenDOAR users can search through the open access repositories of freely available research data from across the world to get more useful and relevant information. The repositories listed by OpenDOAR have been assessed for their full-text holdings, helping to ensure that results have come from academic repositories with open access to their contents.

The service is designed as a simple and basic full-text search and is intended to compliment and not compete with the many value-added search services currently under development. It relies on Google's indexes, which in turn rely on repositories being suitably structured and configured for the Googlebot web crawler.

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SkillSoft to acquire NETg from Thomson Corporation - 30 Oct 2006

Content resources provider SkillSoft PLC, US, has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire employee training services provider Thomson NETg, part of Thomson Corporation, US, for about $285 million. The deal amount includes $216 in cash and the issue of 11.1 million ADSs of SkillSoft. The acquisition is expected to close in the first half of calendar 2007.

The addition of NETg capabilities are projected to strengthen SkillSoft's ability to compete for a greater share of the $13.2 billion corporate training market that includes many larger players with more comprehensive product offerings. This acquisition is also expected to enhance SkillSoft's existing offerings in e-learning content, Referenceware and learning platform technology. It will add NETg's complementary offerings in live virtual ILT, blended learning, content authoring/LCMS technology, learning content and custom development services.

NETg offers many of the same financial and operating characteristics as SkillSoft's business model. These include an annual recurring subscription-based licensing model for access to its learning resources library, a direct sales force distribution system and a Global 2000 client base offering visibility through multi-year contracts and renewal rates. As a result, the acquisition is expected over time to support both SkillSoft's revenue predictability and growth.

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Taylor & Francis unveils new electronic publishing platform - 30 Oct 2006

Academic publisher Taylor & Francis Group, UK, has announced the beta launch of its new electronic publishing platform, informaworld (www.informaworld.com). The new platform will deliver enhanced search capabilities for its extensive current collection of over 550,000 electronic journal articles, databases, 13,000 eBooks and more than 3000 volumes from its online archives, spanning back to volume 1, by subject.

informaworld will provide librarians, researchers and students with access to more than 950 journals from Taylor & Francis, Routledge and Psychology Press, as well as over 180 Informa Healthcare journals, selected encyclopaedias, 185,000 A&I records from all Taylor & Francis abstract databases, and a growing collection of 260,000 eBook chapters from Taylor & Francis, Routledge and Informa Healthcare. For journal editors and authors, informaworld will offer alerting services including table of contents and subject and citation alerts, which help bring readers back to a particular journal or electronic resource. Researchers and students will now be provided with enhanced searching capabilities over a broader range of resources.

informaworld will run in parallel with T&F's existing platforms. Customers are invited to try out the beta site and provide feedback. All current subscriptions and recent usage information will be maintained and transferred to the informaworld platform.

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Blackwell's English language Chinese journals named to Chinese Association for Science and Technology's top five journals for 2006 - 27 Oct 2006

Society publisher Blackwell Publishing, UK, has announced that two of its Chinese journals have gained entry into the top five Chinese Science and Technology journals for 2006 by the Chinese Association for Science and Technology (CAST).

The journals - Acta Pharmacologica Sinica and the Journal of Integrative Plant Biology - were granted the Category A award for being among the Top 5 Chinese Science & Technology Journals for 2006. The award recognises significant contributions made by the journals to science both within China and around the world. The journals were chosen from among 417 publications administered by the association. The Evaluation Committee conferred scores to all the 106 journals competing in Category A based on three broad categories- Publication Factor, Development Factor and Other Factors.

A monthly, Acta Pharmacologica Sinica is the official journal of the Chinese Pharmacological Society and Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The journal publishes current original research on all aspects of life sciences, both experimental and clinical, from any part of the world. The Journal of Integrative Plant Biology is the official English language journal of the Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Botanical Society of China. The Journal publishes original research articles, rapid communications and reviews dealing with all aspects of plant science.

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Dear Subscribers - 27 Oct 2006

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Emerald editor named Director of Berlin's oldest university - 27 Oct 2006

Management and library & information science publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced that Dr. Michael Seadle, Editor of Emerald's peer-reviewed journal Library Hi Tech, has been named the new Director of Humboldt University's Institute of Library and Information Sciences, Berlin's oldest university. Dr. Seadle is the first American to hold this position.

Seadle was initially appointed by Humboldt to create an active digital library research and teaching programme on the model of the School of Information at the University of Michigan. During his eight years at Michigan State University, Seadle was principal investigator or co-principal investigator for $5.5 million in grants.

Emerald is a leading international publisher of journals in the library and information science field and publishes over 150 titles in the fields of management, information science and engineering. The company's quarterly publication, Library Hi offers continuing education about the issues and options facing libraries. The journal seeks to help readers anticipate the future, make best use of current technologies and to use new resources as soon as they become available. Topics covered include metadata, integrated library systems and networking.

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Harvard University licenses premier chemical information resource - 27 Oct 2006

Informatics and database solutions provider Elsevier MDL, US, has announced that Harvard University has licensed the DiscoveryGate content platform. Under the initiative, the same structure-searchable resource for scientific information that is used by life sciences research organisations industry-wide will now be available to students, faculty and researchers at the University.

The DiscoveryGate platform provides access to over 20 million chemical compounds, 11 million reactions and 500 million observed chemical facts, including synthesis, bioactivity, metabolism, toxicology, physical property, chemical sourcing, pharmacology and patent data-all from a single query. Using DiscoveryGate, researchers can access 17 databases including the Beilstein and Gmelin databases, MDL Available Chemicals Directory, MDL Drug Data Report, MDL Toxicity and authoritative reference works on synthetic methodology.

In addition, researchers can search compounds in third-party databases such as PubChem and the Derwent World Patents Index. Also, they can link to over 20,000 journal titles with additional licenses required to access certain third-party content.

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McGraw-Hill CEO to be honoured with USCIB's International Leadership Award - 27 Oct 2006

Information services provider McGraw-Hill Companies, US, has announced that the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) will present Harold McGraw III, President, Chairman and CEO, McGraw-Hill Companies, with the International Leadership Award. Mr. McGraw was selected for his work to promote international trade and to ensure America's leadership in the global economy.

Each year, USCIB honours a senior business executive for significant policy leadership in improving the global competitive framework for American business. Founded in 1945, USCIB promotes an open system of global commerce in which business can flourish and contribute to economic growth, human welfare and protection of the environment. As American affiliate of several leading global business groups, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide and works to facilitate international trade.

In 1998, Harold McGraw became chief executive officer of The McGraw-Hill Companies, which includes such leading brands as Standard & Poor's, McGraw-Hill Education, BusinessWeek and J.D. Power and Associates. He was elected chairman of the company the following year. During his tenure, he has led a transformation of the company, consolidating 15 diverse units into three focused business segments, each one a market leader.

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ProQuest offers COUNTER statistics, expanded collection in MyiLibrary - 27 Oct 2006

ProQuest Information and Learning, a division of ProQuest Company, US, has announced that its MyiLibrary Medical e-books platform now offers COUNTER-compliant usage statistics, and has launched major updates to the platform. In addition, MyiLibrary content will now be searchable on the ProQuest platform.

MyiLibrary is now claimed to be the only e-books provider to offer libraries precise usage information in the industry standard format of COUNTER. The new functionality follows a major increase in the number of specialist medical e-books available within the database. MyiLibrary now offers over 6,000 of these titles, more than doubling the number available upon initial release. The search facility within the platform has been redeveloped to provide quicker results. This has been achieved via technical and visual developments, such as reducing the amount of clicks required to perform a search. New tools enable the user to create a personal account to save search results and bookmark texts.

As MyiLibrary content is now searchable on the ProQuest platform, ProQuest users can link directly to the full-text titles from within the interface and cross-search book and journal titles using Medical Subject Heading terms. ProQuest users can search titles from the world's leading academic publishers, including the full e-book collections from Springer, CRC Press, Wiley, Taylor and Francis, and titles from both Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press.

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Thomson to sell education businesses as part of strategic revamp - 27 Oct 2006

Information solutions provider Thomson Corporation, US, has announced a realignment of operations to sharpen its strategic focus on providing electronic workflow solutions to business and professional markets. As part of the move, which becomes effective January 2007, the company intends to sell its $5 billion Thomson Learning division.

The Thomson Learning businesses cater to the higher education, careers, library reference, corporate e-learning and e-testing markets. The divestiture will encompass three independent sales processes, each on its own schedule. Firstly, the company will sell NETg, a provider of continuing corporate education and training, to Skillsoft PLC for approximately $285 million. Later, Thomson will sell its assessment services unit, Prometric, and its Higher Education, Careers and Library Reference business through competitive bidding processes.

Thomson will reorganise its operations into six existing Strategic Business Units: North American Legal; Financial; Scientific; International Legal & Regulatory; Tax & Accounting; and Healthcare. Brian H. Hall will assume the newly created role of vice chairman. James C. Smith will become chief operating officer, with responsibility for the Strategic Business Units.

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WebFeat launches partnership programme for content providers - 27 Oct 2006

Search engine provider WebFeat, US, has announced the launch of the WebFeat Friendly Partnership Program for content providers. Under the initiative, WebFeat will work together with each partner content provider to ensure that the latter's databases are optimised for use with its federated search engine.

The programme is designed to streamline the process of building and maintaining WebFeat systems. WebFeat Friendly partners' databases can be configured in minutes using the new Express version of the company's Administrative Console. Additionally, WebFeat and its programme partners maintain a technology relationship intended to optimise performance and uptime. Content providers who have already joined the initiative include ABC-CLIO, Alexander Street Press, ARTstor, EBSCO, Elsevier, Facts on File, H. W. Wilson, IEEE, JSTOR, Lexis-Nexis, Naxos, NewsBank and Thomson Gale.

WebFeat is used by over 5,000 public, academic, government and Global 1000 libraries and information centres. The search engine display results in their true native interfaces, delivering all the functionality that the content providers have built into their products.

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BioMed Central announces new appointments - 26 Oct 2006

Open access (OA) publisher BioMed Central, US, has announced the appointment of two senior publishers to its management team to drive business expansion plans. Bryan Vickery and Chris Leonard join the company as Deputy Publisher and Associate Publisher respectively.

In his new position, Vickery will be responsible for the Chemistry Central portal and for the development of a portfolio of open access journals in Chemistry. Leonard will lead the development of a portfolio of open access titles in Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science.

Prior to joining BioMed Central, Vickery held a number of senior positions at Elsevier. He has a background in Chemistry, having set-up and later run ChemWeb.com. Leonard also comes to BioMed Central having previously worked at Elsevier, where he was responsible for a string of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science titles.

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Cadmus names Lori Barber as sales director for its Publisher Services Group - 26 Oct 2006

Publishing services provider Cadmus Communications Corporation, US, has announced the appointment of Lori Barber as sales director for Cadmus' Publisher Services Group.

In her new position, Barber will serve the scholarly and professional publishing communities, representing Cadmus' end-to-end suite of content, editorial, and printing services provided by its United States and India-based operations.

Prior to this, she served as sales executive with workflow management systems provider ScholarOne Inc., and was responsible for selling web-based manuscript submission and peer review systems. Earlier, she also served as production editor for The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, where she oversaw a digital production workflow and print and online publication of the journal.

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CAS extends agreement to provide SciFinder Scholar to Brazilian universities - 26 Oct 2006

Chemical database provider Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society, has announced that it has renewed an agreement with the Brazilian Ministry of Education CAPES group. Under the deal, originally signed three years ago, CAS provides the SciFinder Scholar research tool to a consortium of universities throughout Brazil.

Over 150 Brazilian academic institutions have made SciFinder Scholar available to university students and other academic researchers. The initiative allows them to explore CAS' databases of chemical and related scientific literature, patents and chemical substances.

SciFinder seeks to provide scientists with easy, point-and-click access to chemical information. It is used by scientists at pharmaceutical, biotech and chemical companies to explore research topics, browse scientific journals and gather information on the latest scientific developments. SciFinder Scholar was introduced in 1998 to give students and academic researchers the benefit of SciFinder technology for higher education in the sciences.

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Dear Subscribers - 26 Oct 2006

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

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Ovid to provide free access to e-resources to medical library in Maldova - 26 Oct 2006

Information solutions provider Ovid Technologies, US, has announced that it will provide the Scientific Medical Library of the State Medical and Pharmaceutical University, Maldova, with free online access to its resources, Medline and Clin-eguide. The move is part of a programme with the 10 North Carolina Area Health Education Centers and the NC Academic Medical Libraries to support North Carolina's efforts at scientific, cultural, scientific and academic exchange with Moldova.

Clin-eguide is a clinical decision support tool that enables physicians, nurses and other healthcare workers to access evidence-based information on disease management, drug therapy and other important clinical topics at the point of care. Ovid Medline is an index to clinical medical literature published since 1996, with links to an institution's additional Ovid-subscribed full-text content.

The Scientific Medical Library of the State Medical and Pharmaceutical University was formed by the 2005 merger of the Moldova Medical Library and the State Medical and Pharmaceutical University library. Ovid is part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Portico signs journal preservation agreement with Taylor & Francis Group - 26 Oct 2006

Non-profit electronic archiving service provider Portico, US, has announced an agreement with academic publisher Taylor & Francis Group, UK, to preserve all of the publisher's journal collection. This inclusion brings the number of titles in the Portico archive to over 5,100.

Under the deal, Portico will preserve 1,149 journal titles for future scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students. The publisher has designated Portico as an official secure archive repository. Also, Taylor & Francis has agreed to make an annual financial contribution to support Portico's ongoing operations.

Taylor & Francis now joins the growing list of publishers that have chosen to work with Portico to preserve their journal content.

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Scirus forms web services search partnership with CrossRef - 26 Oct 2006

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that its free science-specific search engine, Scirus, has signed an agreement with publisher linking services provider CrossRef, US, to become a Web Services Search Partner. The deal allows Scirus to collect metadata from hundreds of participating publishers via CrossRef's new Web Services protocol. This combined approach is projected to improve how researchers, academics, students and librarians search authoritative, scientific published content.

CrossRef Web Services was developed to optimise the way in which published articles are indexed and disclosed on the web. By making agreements with search partners to utilise a clearly defined protocol, CrossRef Web Services ensure that the indexed data are kept up to date. They also see to it that the Digital Object Identifier is used to guarantee accurate and persistent links to the source articles being indexed. The Web Services protocol also ensures that published articles are clearly distinguished from other versions in web results.

CrossRef is a non-profit membership association founded and directed by publishers. It seeks to improve access to published scholarship through collaborative technologies.

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Springer and Hebrew University collaborate on mathematics journals - 26 Oct 2006

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced that it has signed an agreement with The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, to distribute and sell the Israel Journal of Mathematics and the Journal d'Analyse Mathématique. The first issues under the new partnership are slated for launch in 2007. International in scope, both journals publish contributions from mathematicians working worldwide.

Under the deal, Springer will manage all subscription and consortia sales, as well as electronic production and distribution of the two journals. The Hebrew University Magnes Press will however continue to manage editorial, production print services and distribution to Israeli customers.

Publishing 2,280 pages each year, the Israel Journal of Mathematics comprises high-quality research papers on set theory, model theory, algebra, group theory, number theory, analysis, functional analysis, ergodic theory, geometry, algebraic topology, combinatorics, theoretical computer science and applied mathematics.

Journal d'Analyse Mathématique publishes 1,200 pages of top-level articles every year in classical analysis and related areas, including complex function theory, ergodic theory, harmonic analysis, partial differential equations, and quasiconformal mappings.

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Aries marks 20 years in business, 2,000th journal goes live with Editorial Manager - 25 Oct 2006

Online submission system provider Aries Systems Corporation, US, has announced two major achievements - 20 years in its business of developing innovative publishing technology solutions, and 2,000 journals using its flagship Editorial Manager manuscript submission and peer review system.

Founded in 1986, Aries has successfully developed several generations of technologies that serve the needs of STM publishing. This includes a search engine called Knowledge Finder, digital rights management solution called DocuRights, and Editorial Manager. Online manuscript submission and peer review system Editorial Manager is currently the most widely adopted online peer review solution worldwide.

Launched in October 2006, Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAI) is the 2,000th journal to go live with Editorial Manager. The journal is the official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology. AAAI will be the first journal to use the EM Data Bridge to transition from a competitive peer review system. EM Data Bridge is a set of tools that facilitates a simple and low-risk transition to Editorial Manager from other online and desktop manuscript tracking systems.

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Dear Subscribers - 25 Oct 2006

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

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Factiva unveils enhanced version of Taxonomy Warehouse - 25 Oct 2006

Information services and technologies provider Factiva, US, has announced the introduction of an enhanced version of its resource, Taxonomy Warehouse, at www.taxonomywarehouse.com. Taxonomy Warehouse is a community directory and information source for taxonomies, thesauri and classification schemes. It provides enterprises and academic and government organisations with the information required to categorise internal and external data collections and ensures that relevant answers to search queries are found with speed and precision.

The enhancements include the addition of over 100 new taxonomies including alternative medicine, American industries, business, energy, explosives and related items, genetic disorders, health, safety and environmental data, and public health. Also included is a newly designed web site featuring easier navigation among taxonomies and classification schemes; a new A-Z index for easy browsing; a powerful new search function that enables users to find vocabularies, publishers and categories using keywords of their choice; up-to-date information about taxonomy references, resources, latest news and events; and links to professional associations and organisations.

TaxonomyWarehouse.com claims to be a one-stop shop for information, resources and solutions for utilizing taxonomy and metadata to maximize information assets in the enterprise. It lists more than 650 taxonomies arranged in 73 subject domains, produced by nearly 300 publishers in 40 languages and helps answer over 10,000 user queries per month.

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IMS Health to integrate data from IntrinsiQ into Oncology Analyzer - 25 Oct 2006

Pharmaceutical and healthcare information provider IMS Health, US, has announced a partnership with oncology information provider IntrinsiQ Research, US. The alliance gives IMS Health an exclusive license to incorporate IntrinsiQ's US-based anonymised patient-level oncology information into its own multi-country oncology offering, Oncology Analyzer. With this alliance, IMS Health seeks to support clients' growing need for comprehensive, clinically rich insights into the global oncology market.

With the integration of US-based patient information, IMS Health clients now have a complete view of cancer care across seven major countries, covering 85 percent of the world oncology market. This is projected to help them better manage their oncology franchises.

IMS has completed over 140 engagements related to oncology over the past 18 months. It has also provided pricing and market access strategic advisory consulting for nine of the top 10 oncology products introduced over the past two years.

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News industry to reach $139.4 billion by 2009, says Outsell report - 25 Oct 2006

Research and advisory firm Outsell, Inc., US, has released a report according to which the news providers and publishers market will attain a compound annual growth rate of just one percent from 2006 to 2009, to reach $139.4 billion. The information industry segment includes news publishers such as News Corporation, Gannett and Tribune Company, as well as aggregators such as Google, LexisNexis, Mochila and Digg, and rising stars Yelp, Pluck, and YouTube.

The report 'News Providers & Publishers: 2006 Market Size, Share, Forecast and Trend Report' analyses the size, growth rates, financial performance, and market shares of the top 50 companies in the information industry. It looks at budding organisations and disruptive new entrants, as well as change drivers and trend points. Also, it provides clear and essential actions for continued growth.

According to the report, newspaper companies will slip from a 37 percent share of the information industry down to nearly 30 percent by 2010. Outsell predicts that news publishers will accelerate acceptance of the major search engines' distribution power, and make more and bigger deals around advertising and content. News publishers are expected to move further into lead generation, developing more pay-for-performance ad models, and increasing behavioral targeting to boost ad rates.

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ProQuest platform supports Shibboleth -to-Athens gateway - 25 Oct 2006

ProQuest Information and Learning, a division of ProQuest Company, US, has announced that the ProQuest platform now supports the latest Athens software. The upgrade enables institutions using both Athens and Shibboleth to connect to ProQuest resources using Shibboleth authentication via the Shibboleth-to-Athens gateway.

ProQuest databases are recognised worldwide as the most comprehensive sources of high-quality indexing and full-text content. The ProQuest interface and underlying technology make searching this vast content base easy enough for novices yet provides advanced searching capability to satisfy more sophisticated researchers.

Recent enhancements to the ProQuest platform also include ProQuest SmartSearch and Spell Check. SmartSearch increases user success through a variety of techniques that map user's search terms to relevant items in ProQuest's extensive controlled vocabulary. Spell Check asks the user a 'Did you mean…' question on the search results page to prompt for spelling corrections inside the user's search query. This not only helps correct spelling mistakes, but can also help target searches towards a more common spelling that yields more search results.

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SAGE announces publishing partnership with the Society for Gynecologic Investigation - 25 Oct 2006

Academic and professional publisher Sage Publications, US, has announced a partnership with the Society for Gynecologic Investigation (SGI). Under the deal, Sage will publish the journal Reproductive Sciences on behalf of the society, starting January 2007. Formerly known as the Journal of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, the publication is expanding its focus to reflect the enormous changes in reproductive sciences and related sciences during the last decades. It is currently published by STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands.

Reproductive Sciences publishes significant scientific papers advancing knowledge in all aspects of reproductive biology, including the disciplines of perinatology, obstetrics, gynecology, reproductive endocrinology, infertility, gynecologic oncology, and related fields. The journal seeks to be a publication at the interface between basic and clinical research, especially for human studies. While continuing to publish the original, peer-reviewed, research and reviews, the journal will also highlight translational research in the reproductive sciences and medicine.

Sage will publish the journal both online and in print format. New ISSN numbers have been assigned due to the change in the title. Institutional subscriptions will include Combined (Print and E-access), E-access, or Print Only options. The journal will be available electronically through SAGE Journals Online platform, prior to the first print issue in January 2007.

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Wright Group launches third edition of 'Everyday Mathematics' - 25 Oct 2006

Wright Group/McGraw-Hill, part of McGraw-Hill Learning, US, has announced the third edition of Everyday Mathematics, a standards-based elementary mathematics programme for pre-kindergarten to grade 6 students. The research-based programme, created by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project, has been enhanced to help teachers deal with the challenges of today's classroom. Components for Grades K-6 are currently available, with Pre-K scheduled for August 2007.

The new edition of Everyday Mathematics offers more support for learning differences, extra help for English-language learners, enhanced assessment and new support for the Pre-K and KG mathematics classrooms. The edition also features new technology components to support teachers and students.

In addition, it provides in-depth differentiated instruction to support teachers with diverse groups of learners. The edition also includes two new technology components - Assessment Management System and Interactive Student Reference Book. The first allows teachers to input data from each lesson to monitor student progress and see which areas each student understands and which the student is struggling to grasp. The second is an online interactive version of the Everyday Mathematics Student Reference Book. Students can access this component online from their classrooms, homes or libraries.

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Cadmus Communications expands publisher services management team in Europe - 24 Oct 2006

Publishing services provider Cadmus Communications Corporation, US, has announced the appointment of Graham Lawley as senior director, Europe for Cadmus' Publisher Services Group. He will report directly to Robert Kidd, Cadmus' vice-president of Global Content Services.

In his new position, Lawley will be responsible for promoting and establishing business relationships between Cadmus and UK and European-based professional publishers. Initially, he will concentrate on selling content and editorial services provided by Cadmus' India-based operations, KnowledgeWorks Global Ltd., and web, sheet-fed, and digital print services provided by Cadmus-affiliated print sites in Asia. He will also assist in strategic activities related to Cadmus' future plans in the UK and Europe.

Prior to this, he served as chief executive of The Charlesworth Group in the UK and was responsible for developing and managing The Charlesworth Group's publisher services activities in China, the UK, and the US.

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Dear Subscribers - 24 Oct 2006

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

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Inderscience launches four new journals - 24 Oct 2006

Scientific publisher Inderscience Publishers, Switzerland, has announced the addition of six new journal titles covering intermodal transportation, environmental and waste management, strategic change management, intellectual property management, sensor networks, security and networks. Content of all titles is available by subscription.

The new journals are: World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research (WRITR), International Journal of Environment and Waste Management (IJEWM), International Journal of Strategic Change Management (IJSCM), International Journal of Intellectual Property Management (IJIPM), International Journal of Sensor Networks (IJSNet) and International Journal of Security and Networks (IJSN).

A refereed multidisciplinary journal, WRITR offers a forum for practitioners, academics, and policymakers from across the world to exchange concepts, research, and best practices in the field of intermodal transportation. While IJEWM is projected to be an authoritative source of information in the field of environmental and waste management, covering both engineering/technical and management solutions, IJSCM proposes and fosters discussion on strategic change management implementation and follow-up and related topics. IJIPM covers a wide range of topics embracing the studies of intellectual property from the perspectives of business management, organisational principles, and government policies.

While IJSNet provides discussion on and dissemination of issues related to research and applications of distributed and wireless/wired sensor and actuator networks, IJSN covers network security related issues.

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Jones and Bartlett adds four new titles to patient education series - 24 Oct 2006

Educational publisher Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc., US, has announced the addition of four Lahey Clinic Guides to its 100 Questions & Answers series of empowering patient education resources.

The new books are: 100 Questions & Answers About Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis: A Lahey Clinic Guide by Dr. Andrew S. Warner and Dr. Amy E. Barto; 100 Questions & Answers About Liver Transplantation: A Lahey Clinic Guide by Dr. Fredric D. Gordon; 100 Questions & Answers About Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: A Lahey Clinic Guide by David L. Burns and Dr. Neeral L. Shah; and 100 Questions & Answers About Hepatitis C: A Lahey Clinic Guide by Dr. Stephen C. Fabry and Dr. R. Anand Narasimhan.

The new books cover a wide range of issues that are expected to help patients better understand certain medical conditions. The writers of the books are physicians from Lahey Clinic of Burlington, Massachusetts. The questions are supposedly true queries posed by actual patients. From diagnosis to treatment, the books seek to organise the medical information into concise, easy-to-read paperbacks. The question-and-answer format is expected to mimic an actual physician consultation.

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ProQuest finalises $500 million deal to sell business solutions segment - 24 Oct 2006

Educational content publisher ProQuest Company, US, has announced a definitive agreement with Snap-on Incorporated, US, to sell its ProQuest Business Solutions segment for an estimated $500 million. Snap-on is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, diagnostics and equipment solutions for professional users. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

This partnership is expected to bring added value to Business Solutions' customers. ProQuest will reportedly use most of the proceeds from the sale to pay down outstanding debt. Also, the company has entered into a waiver extension agreement with its current lender group, under which the lenders have agreed to extend the timeframe for refinancing the company's remaining debt through March 15, 2007.

ProQuest Business Solutions is the original developer of electronic parts catalogues, used by over 33,000 dealerships worldwide. The company's products transform complex technical data, like parts catalogues and service manuals, into easily accessed electronic information for the world's major automotive manufacturers and their dealer networks.

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TC Luce team bags Nuclear Fusion award for paper - 24 Oct 2006

TC Luce et al were awarded the inaugural Nuclear Fusion Award at the recently concluded 21st IAEA Fusion Energy Conference in China. The authors, in their article in the journal Nuclear Fusion, had demonstrated how one of the primary physics goals of ITER might be more safely realised. The winning paper will be freely available for readers online until December 31, 2006.

TC Luce and his team were awarded the prize for their paper 'Stationary high-performance discharges in the DIII-D tokamak' (Nuclear Fusion 43 (5), pp. 321-329). The paper outlines a tokamak scenario that can maintain high fusion performance at reduced plasma current (compared with the conventional tokamak operational scenario). This lessens the potential for structural damage in the event of a major disruption.

This is the first year the International Atomic Energy Agency has awarded an annual prize to honour exceptional work published in the journal Nuclear Fusion. A monthly, Nuclear Fusion covers work relevant to controlled thermonuclear fusion. Such work comprises the production, heating and confinement of high temperature plasmas, as well as the physical properties of such plasmas and the experimental or theoretical methods of exploring or explaining them. The journal also publishes work on fusion reactor physics, reactor concepts and closely related technology.

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Wolters Kluwer to shift a chunk of backend jobs to India - 24 Oct 2006

Publisher and information services provider Wolters Kluwer, Netherlands, will move a majority of its backend jobs from the US to India, it has been reported.

Under the initiative, the publisher will move most of the pre-press and data conversion for digitisation jobs to India. The move is projected to make the Indian subsidiary play a key role in the company's global operations. Currently, Wolters Kluwer India creates content for professionals in sectors such as health, education, accounting, corporate, tax, law, regulation and financial services. The company will start selling tax, accounting and law books in India by early next year.

Earlier this year, the Dutch group had obtained government approval for the import and sale of books on health and medicine, including medical research. It is now expanding the operations of its subsidiary, Wolters Kluwer Health (India), to include printing and publishing scientific journals in India.

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BMJ Publishing selects CCC's online solution for accelerated copyright permissions - 23 Oct 2006

Non-profit copyright licensing solution provider Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), US, has announced that medical publisher BMJ Publishing Group, Ltd, UK, has selected Rightslink as its automated, online permissions licensing solution.

The BMJ Group is the fifth STM publisher to have implemented Rightslink for online permissions or reprint ordering in the recent months. It now joins other Sci-Tech publishers such as Springer, Oxford University Press, Nature Publishing Group and Blackwell Publishing. The web based solution is expected to help the global publisher, with 28 specialist medical journals and a total circulation of over 150,000, to instantly license customer requests to reuse content.

BMJ processes thousands of permission requests every month for its journals. It will now utilise Rightslink to automate and streamline its business while delivering a higher level of service to its customers.

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Dear Subscribers - 23 Oct 2006

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

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Informa may be acquired by Springer Science and Business Media - 23 Oct 2006

Specialist information provider Informa plc, UK, has announced that it has received a preliminary takeover approach from buyout firms Cinven Ltd. and Candover Investments Plc. The acquisition will likely be routed via Springer Science and Business Media, Germany, in which the two buyout firms hold a substantial stake.

Informa is the publisher of the Lloyd's List maritime newspaper, which was founded in 1734. The company was created after Informa Plc merged with Taylor & Francis Plc in May 2004. It publishes over 2,000 subscription publications and organises over 10,000 conferences every year across the globe. Earlier, industry insiders had observed that Informa may seek to acquire Springer to tap the synergies between the two companies.

As part of its strategy to double its revenue from emerging markets in the next few years, Informa had opened an office in Beijing earlier this year to boost sales in China. Also, it formed a new company in India to develop local publishing initiatives.

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MarketResearch.com to distribute Enerdata research content - 23 Oct 2006

Market intelligence products and services provider MarketResearch.com, US, has announced a partnership with energy market research publisher Enerdata. Under the deal, Enerdata's content will be marketed through MarketResearch.com.

Business leaders looking for the latest energy research will now be able to view Enerdata research abstracts and tables of contents at MarketResearch.com. In addition, they can also purchase the material directly from the MarketResearch.com web site.

Enerdata's market expertise is expected to allow MarketResearch.com customers to explore further into energy markets. Enerdata reports focusing on the oil, gas, coal and power markets can be immediately accessed by linking to their dedicated MarketResearch.com page at http://www.marketresearch.com/vendors/viewVendor.asp?VendorID=3419. Among these reports are Enerdata's country energy reports that provide analysis and updated data on market structures, evolution and issues.

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McGraw-Hill Education book on mental health bags BMA award - 23 Oct 2006

Print and online educational products provider McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced that its Open University Press has bagged the Medical Book of the Year 2006 award from the British Medical Association (BMA). The award was for the third edition of its book, A Sociology of Mental Health and Illness. Open University Press publishes books and resources for education, health, the social sciences, management and study skills.

Authored by Anne Rogers and David Pilgrim, the book was also been honored with an award in the Mental Health category. First published in 1993, the book is projected as a key teaching and learning resource for undergraduates and postgraduates enrolled in a range of medical sociology and health-related courses. It is also considered to be a key reference for trainees in the fields of social work, nursing, clinical psychology and psychiatry. In addition to the two awards, McGraw-Hill Higher Education and Open University Press were honoured in BMA's Basis of Medicine category for Patient Safety by Kieran Walshe and Ruth Boaden.

The BMA Medical Book competition is conducted annually by the BMA's Board of Science and administered by the BMA Library. This year, the competition received 573 entries in 26 categories, and 25 first place prizes were awarded. All entries are reviewed by physicians and educators who are asked to consider accuracy, currency, originality, book production quality, and whether the title meets the needs of its audience.

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Sage Publications upgrades SJO platform with new features - 23 Oct 2006

Academic and professional publisher Sage Publications, US, has announced that it has enhanced its SAGE Journals Online (SJO) platform to include several new features as well as a new look. Powered by Stanford University's HighWire Press, the new refined SJO is slated for launch later this fall.

The new SAGE Journals Online platform is projected to provide online access to over 450 journals spanning a wide range of subject areas in STM, humanities, social sciences and business.

Other key enhancements include improved navigation across the entire platform; easy-to-locate, site-level quick search function; enhanced advanced search options, including 'Fielded Boolean Search'; refined search possibilities, including search history and saved searches; new 'my tools' tab providing all personalisation and alert features in one easy-to-find location; improved marked citations, including email, print or save option; refworks compatibility; new and improved contextual help system; and institutional branding on the interface.

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Springer names Nobel Prize laureate editor-in-chief of Foundations of Physics - 23 Oct 2006

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced the appointment of Nobel Prize laureate Gerardus't Hooft as editor-in-chief of Springer journal Foundations of Physic, effective January 2007.

Other changes at the journal next year include the start of a new free online access letter section. Consequently, the journal Foundations of Physics Letters will merge into Foundations of Physics and cease to be published as an independent journal.

An international journal, Foundations of Physics emphasises the logical, methodological, and philosophical premises of modern physical theories and procedures. The journal brings out articles of interest to physicists and other scientists who are sensitive to the crucial and often controversial issues that underlie current studies in the physical sciences. The new free online access letter section will comprise brief communications and reports, responds to the need for the rapid dissemination of noteworthy research.

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EBSCO offers training resources in multiple languages - 20 Oct 2006

Publisher EBSCO Publishing, US, has announced that it will offer translated versions of many of the company's training documents in multiple languages. The move is an effort to make database support materials more readily accessible to customers across the world.

Translated materials for EBSCO products and services include tutorials, help sheets, marketing summaries, user guides, printable posters and presentations. Selected materials are available in languages such as Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian.

EBSCO Publishing offers a suite of over 200 full-text and secondary research databases. Through a vast library of full-text journals, magazines, books, monographs, reports, etc from renowned publishers, EBSCO seeks to serve the content needs of a wide range of researchers.

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GlobalSpec surpass three million registered users - 20 Oct 2006

Search engine and online engineering community operator GlobalSpec, US, has announced that it has surpassed the three million registered user mark.

Over the past year, the company's registered user community has increased by 50 percent. Visitors to globalspec.com also register for its trademarked search technology, SpecSearch, which allows them to search by specification more than 142 million parts in 1,900,000 searchable product families from over 21,000 supplier catalogues.

In addition, GlobalSpec offers visitors to the site access to other products designed to help them perform key job tasks accurately and productively. More than 55 product-centric e-newsletters are available in topics ranging from chemical engineering to nano technology, with a combined subscriber base of over 2.5 million. GlobalSpec also offers The Engineering Web, a vertical search engine comprised of more than 250 million pages of technical content.

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McGraw-Hill Professional's Principles of Critical Care honoured with BMA's top prize - 20 Oct 2006

Publisher McGraw-Hill Professional, part of McGraw-Hill Companies, US, has announced that its Principles of Critical Care has been awarded with first prize in the Anaesthesia category by the British Medical Association (BMA).

The BMA Medical Book competition is conducted annually by the BMA's Board of Science and administered by the BMA Library. It aims to encourage and reward excellence in medical publishing and patient information. This year, the competition received 573 entries in 26 categories, and 25 first place prizes were awarded. All entries are reviewed by physicians and educators who are asked to consider accuracy, currency, originality, book production quality, and whether the title meets the needs of its audience.

Principles of Critical Care is available through AccessMedicine.com, which also include Harrison's Online, CURRENT Medical Diagnosis and Treatment, Tintinalli's Emergency Medicine, and much more. Updated daily, AccessMedicine keeps pace with the changing practice of medicine by delivering the latest medical advances and knowledge in a digital aggregation with online desktop, PDA, iPod, and other MP3 compatible device solutions.

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Nature Publishing and ISME launch new publication - 20 Oct 2006

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group, UK, and the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME) have announced the launch of a new international publication - The ISME Journal: Multidisciplinary Journal of Microbial Ecology (www.nature.com/ismej). Slated for launch in May 2007, the journal will be available both online and in print format.

The ISME Journal seeks to promote diverse and integrated areas of microbial ecology spanning the breadth of microbial life, including bacteria, archaea, microbial eukaryotes, and viruses. It will join NPG's portfolio of journals in microbial ecology. The journal will offer a forum for microbial ecology by publishing original research, poignant and up-to-date reviews, commentaries and short communications.

The editorial team will be led by three editors, George Kowalchuk, Mark Bailey and John Heidelberg, and will include a highly-respected international editorial board.

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Oxford Journals forms publishing partnership with the London Mathematical Society - 20 Oct 2006

Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University Press (OUP), UK, has announced a new publishing partnership with the London Mathematical Society (LMS).

Under the deal, Oxford Journals will publish three of LMS' titles - Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society, Journal of the London Mathematical Society, and Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society - starting January 2007.

The LMS journals are among the world's leading mathematical research periodicals covering a broad spectrum of mathematics, including the whole of pure mathematics, as well as more applied areas of analysis, mathematical physics, theoretical computer science, probability, and statistics. Starting January 2007, subscribers will gain access to the complete electronic archive of papers, dating back to 1865. The journal archive will include previously hard-to-find papers from leading British and international mathematicians over the last 150 years.

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Thieme-connect made compliant with version 2 of Counter - 20 Oct 2006

Medical and scientific publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has announced that its online journal service Thieme-connect (www.thieme-connect.com) is now compliant with Release 2 of the Counter code of practice. Counter is a measuring tool that provides standardised guidelines for quantification, creation and distribution of online usage data to institutional subscribers.

Counter, or Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources, has been developed to assist librarians, publishers, intermediaries and industry organisations by facilitating the recording and exchange of online usage statistics. Having a standard provides a way to research and compare usage information from a wide variety of vendors, thus enabling users to make informed decisions about online product categories.

Release 2 of Counter allows successful requests for HTML and PDF full-text articles to be reported separately. This feature is projected to offer Thieme-connect customers with enhanced possibilities to analyse the usage of the journals they subscribe to via the service. Thieme-connect offers an advanced search function that provides online access to Thieme's medical and scientific journals. The online service, which features inter-linkage with major resources such as PubMed, Chemport and Web of Science, is targeted primarily at the medical and scientific communities.

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University of Chicago Press selects Aries software for online peer review - 20 Oct 2006

Academic university press publisher University of Chicago Press, US, has announced an agreement with online submission system provider Aries Systems Corporation, US. Under the deal, Aries' Editorial Manager (EM) peer review system will be deployed for all journals published by the University of Chicago Press. EM, which facilitates online manuscript submission and peer review, was reportedly chosen for its track record of reliability and regular software upgrades.

Aries' other products include Preprint Manager for online production tracking; DocuRights for digital rights management for STM publishers; and Knowledge Finder for online literature searching.

Founded in 1891, the University of Chicago Press is rated as one of the largest American university presses. The Journals Division currently publishes 47 periodicals and serials in a wide range of disciplines, including several journals that were the first scholarly publications in their respective fields. Online since 1995, the Journals Division has also been a pioneer in e-publishing, delivering original, peer-reviewed research from international scholars to a worldwide audience.

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About.com partners with Healthology to offer expanded health video content - 19 Oct 2006

Online information provider About.com, US, has announced a partnership with medical information provider Healthology, US. Under the deal, Healthology will offer visitors to About.com Health (http://health.about.com) access to over 1,000 physician-generated videos on key topics including asthma, heart disease and cholesterol, depression, cancer, nutrition, hair loss, sleep and various other condition areas.

Visitors to About.com Health will now be able to access the expanded video library through a video player developed jointly by About.com and Healthology. The video player will also include relevant articles from About.com Health Guides. About.com will offer the Healthology content in addition to its existing library of health videos. About.com recently unveiled new health videos on a range of topics, including the new food pyramid and avian flu.

Following a March 2005 acquisition deal, About.com is part of The New York Times Company. Healthology, acquired by NBC Universal in May 2006, has developed and maintains an online syndication network for health and medical content.

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Dear Subscribers - 19 Oct 2006

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

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ICIS Forecasting launches US Benzene to MMA monthly report - 19 Oct 2006

Chemical and oil information provider ICIS, part of Reed Business Information, US, has announced the launch of the Benzene - Propylene-Cumene - Phenol - Acetone - MMA monthly report covering the US market.

ICIS forecasting's methodology forecasts prices by incorporating the output of the index in the forecasting model of each feedstock product (e.g., Benzene, Phenol). The price generated by incorporating the Market Sentiment Index is provided separately in the monthly report. This is the fifth product chain included in ICIS forecasting. Since June, the service has launched reports on Polystyrene (US), Polyethylene (US and Asia), and Polypropylene (US).

ICIS forecasting is completely independent from ICIS price reporting (http://www.icispricing.com) and is based on statistical analysis of historical assessments plus textual analysis of news files.

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Publishers settle pending lawsuit against two individuals - 19 Oct 2006

Three leading college textbook publishers have settled pending litigation against two defendants engaged in the unauthorised importation, promotion, and sale of non-US versions of educational textbooks, and the unauthorised reproduction of textbook solutions manuals.

The publishers - Pearson Education, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and Thomson Learning - filed their complaint in the US District Court of the Southern District of New York.

The petitioners have alleged that individuals using the names 'Dalbooks,' 'Chitownbooks,' 'Chitownbooksdot.com,' 'Chitownbooks_com,' and 'Easybooks_il' were responsible for the unauthorised importation, promotion, and sale of non-US versions of educational textbooks. The defendants have also been charged with unauthorised reproduction and sale of electronic copies of publishers' instructor's manuals.

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SLACK Publishing names new Managing Editor for Orthopedics Today - 19 Oct 2006

Healthcare information provider SLACK Publishing, US, has announced the appointment of Lee Beadling as Managing Editor of Orthopedics Today.

Prior to this, Beadling worked as a staff writer for the publication. His contributions include the APEX Award winning series Pioneers in Orthopedics: The People Who Shaped the Specialty and Innovations in Orthopedics.

A monthly newspaper, Orthopedics Today reports on the latest clinical advances in musculoskeletal care, along with current trends in the practice of orthopaedics. Circulated to over 28,500 orthopaedic professionals, the newspaper provides up-to-date orthopaedic news and practices. Issues feature interviews with experts, and round table discussions to highlight the most important issues facing the practice of orthopaedics.

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SmallBizResource.com signs content agreement with Business.com - 19 Oct 2006

SmallBizResource.com, a provider of online technology information resource for small businesses, has announced a content agreement with Business.com, a B2B search engine and directory with over 65,000 categories. SmallBizResource.com is part of marketing solutions company CMP Technology, US.

Business.com is expected to simplify information gathering at SmallBizResource.com, thereby providing easy access to targeted business web sites, products and services, saving time and money. The search engine attracts over 3.2 million diverse business owners and decision makers and reaches another 28 million through its distribution network.

Business.com's proprietary placement and relevancy ranking systems enable contextual placement of specific advertisements tied to relevant web site sections. This allows web publishers to add value to their online brands and monetise their existing product. Its taxonomy of 65,000 industry categories allows users to precisely locate information and resources. Business.com's intuitive directory structure helps users to easily find the most relevant results to meet their business needs.

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Springer to publish two In-Vitro journals from January 2007 - 19 Oct 2006

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has entered a publishing partnership with the Society for In-Vitro Biology (SIVB) and the International Association for Plant Biotechnology (IAPB). Under the deal, Springer will publish the two journals, In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology - Animal and In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology - Plant, both online and in print, starting January 2007.

The journals cover the latest research, techniques and other developments related to the in-vitro cultivation of cells, tissues, organs or tumours from plants and animals, including humans. While In Vitro - Animal will be published 10 times a year, In Vitro - Plant will appear bi-monthly.

All articles will be published online via Online First before they appear in print. In addition, all authors, via the Springer Open Choice programme, have the option of publishing their articles using the open access model. Springer will digitise the back volumes of the journal and make them available to readers through the Springer Online Archives Collection.

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Wiley to publish IUBMB journal - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education - 19 Oct 2006

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced that it has been chosen by the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) to publish Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, starting January 2007. Wiley will publish the journal both in print and online via its online publishing platform, Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com). Dr. Donald Voet, Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania; and Dr. Judith G. Voet, Department of Chemistry, Swarthmore College, will continue to serve as editors-in-chief.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education is a leading publication aimed at promoting quality biochemistry and molecular biology education, as well as education in related fields such as biophysics and cell biology.

Each issue covers topics such as innovative teaching/learning techniques and practices; methods of assessing the effectiveness of new educational approaches; reviews of key areas of biochemical knowledge; research in biochemistry and molecular biology education; descriptions of important web-based materials and software; and details of tried and tested laboratory experiments. In addition, the journal features reviews of books and other teaching aids such as websites, videotapes, transparency and slide sets, and computer software.

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Blackwell Book Services and ebrary partner to deliver eBooks - 18 Oct 2006

Library services provider Blackwell Book Services, UK, and e-book technology and services firm ebrary, US, have announced the launch of a new eContent hosting platform for libraries, ECHO. The two companies have collaborated to aggregate current and high-value eContent from leading academic, STM and professional publishers.

The new eContent hosting platform seeks to help libraries across the globe to purchase and manage eBook and print collections within their current acquisitions workflow. Powered by ebrary, ECHO provides an effective way for libraries to preview from a growing selection of full-text eBooks; select from either multiple or single-user access for the majority of titles; and purchase titles instantly through Blackwell's Collection Manager.

eBooks delivered through ECHO feature unique research tools and integrate with other digital resources both in the library and on the web via ebrary's InfoTools software. They are also delivered page-by-page online, thereby eliminating cumbersome document downloads.

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Dear Subscribers - 18 Oct 2006

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eBook Technologies first to support new IDPF content packaging standard - 18 Oct 2006

Electronic book platform provider eBook Technologies, Inc (ETI), US, has made two related announcements regarding IDPF standards. Formerly called the Open eBook Forum (OeBF), IDPF is the trade and standards association for the digital publishing industry.

The company has become the first to offer eBook publishing tools that support the new Open eBook Publication Structure (OEBPS) container format (OCF). The public beta of the OCF compliant tools is available at http://www.ebooktechnologies.com/support_publisher_download.htm.

OCF provides publishers with a single transport format for sending publications to the distribution or sales channel. It is also the recommended format for delivering the final publication to an eBook reading system. For consumers, OCF enables the exchange of unencrypted books and documents between reading systems that support the new standard.

In a related announcement, the company also announced that ETI members are leading a new IDPF working group seeking to update OEBPS 1.2. This is expected to improve the adoption and viability of the standard as a cross-reading system interchange and production format as well as a final publication delivery format.

The original OEBPS 1.0 specification was published in September 1999 followed by two updates to the specification, 1.0.1 in June, 2001, and 1.2 in August, 2002. The next-generation OEBPS working group charter has proposed three main areas of desired enhancement. This includes improved presentation flexibility; alignment with W3C standards; and enhanced navigation and accessibility.

The Working Group plans to have a draft specification submitted to the IDPF output process later this year.

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LexisNexis expands Intellectual Property offerings - 18 Oct 2006

Information solutions provider LexisNexis, US, has announced the launch of a new Global IP Law Service to address the needs of intellectual property professionals.

The new online service is projected to give intellectual property professionals easy access to up-to-date primary law resources and current news updates from across the globe. It provides comprehensive coverage of international, regional and domestic laws related to patents, trademarks, utility models and industrial designs. The service covers more than 220 countries, supported by a network of practicing legal associates.

In addition, the company has released a new publication - Intellectual Property Management: Strategies and Tactics - written specifically for a corporate counsel's daily workflow. Each chapter includes call-out tips to emphasise key points so it is easy to scan. A cross-reference index makes it easy to find related LexisNexis publications on specific topic areas.

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LWW Journal Legacy Archive now available on Ovid - 18 Oct 2006

Information solutions provider Ovid Technologies, US, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, has announced that it will offer the Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) Journal Legacy Archive on its online database of searchable peer-reviewed journals, Journals@Ovid. The LWW Journal Legacy Archive will be available in the fourth quarter of 2006.

The LWW Journal Legacy Archive features over 800,000 articles of original research, reviews, notes, letters, and case studies from 220 journals in a range of medical, clinical, and healthcare specialty areas, including nursing, cardiology, infectious disease, and surgery. Key features of the archive include hard-to-find, pioneering literature from Nobel Prize winners and other renowned innovators; integration with Journals@Ovid, where users can search the archive simultaneously with other Journals@Ovid resources; and superior, easy-to-read PDF pages including text and images, such as photos, illustrations, and charts in gray scale.

In addition, Ovid will also offer electronic access to the LWW Total Access collection, which provides subscribers with the most current journal issue on an ongoing basis. Subscribers to both collections can receive the entire run of a particular journal, including the American Journal of the Medical Sciences, as well as Medical Care, the official journal of the Medical Care section of the American Public Health Association.

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McGraw-Hill names Peter C. Davis as Executive VP, Global Strategy - 18 Oct 2006

Information services provider McGraw-Hill Companies, US, has announced the appointment of Peter C. Davis as executive vice president for Global Strategy. He succeeds Deven Sharma, who was named executive vice president for Investment Services and Global Sales at Standard & Poor's, the Company's financial services business.

In his new position, Davis will work closely with the senior management team in the company, to build global business opportunities and strengthen its presence in existing markets. In addition, he will focus on developing partnerships and new business opportunities for The McGraw-Hill Companies' Education, Financial Services and Information & Media businesses.

Prior to this, Davis served as managing director of Novantas, a management consulting firm, where he was responsible for the capital markets, asset management and commercial and private banking practices.

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Thomson acquires Solucient - 18 Oct 2006

Information solutions provider Thomson Corporation, US, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Solucient, LLC. Primarily owned by VNU Group B.V., Veronis Suhler Stevenson and VHA Inc., Solucient provides healthcare decision support solutions to nearly 3,000 customers. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Under the deal, Solucient will now become part of the Medstat business within Thomson's scientific and healthcare group. This acquisition is projected to accelerate Thomson's plan to deliver integrated clinical and management decision support tools. The company is now well positioned to provide healthcare decision makers with the most comprehensive and valuable set of decision support capabilities for managing healthcare costs as well as quality of care.

According to independent research firm EPS, this acquisition will place Thomson in a unique competitive position in the healthcare decision support market.

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VARBusiness magazine set to announce 2006 Tech Innovators awards - 18 Oct 2006

Marketing solutions provider CMP Technology, US, has announced that its biweekly magazine VARBusiness will honour the 4th annual VARBusiness Tech Innovator award winners at a ceremony during CMP's XChange Tech Innovator conference scheduled for October 23, 2006, in California.

The Tech Innovator awards recognise technology vendors, both large and small, who have the most innovative products, people and personalities in the industry. Through a self nomination process, vendors submit product applications which are rated by a select group of top solution providers and integrators on characteristics such as usefulness, the new and improved factor, price/performance, and revenue potential. The top scoring product in each category earns the VARBusiness Tech Innovator Choice Award.

The complete listing of the VARBusiness Tech Innovator award winners will be published in the December 4 issue of the magazine.

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Cell Press to launch new journal - Cell Host & Microbe - 17 Oct 2006

Scientific publisher Cell Press, US, has announced the launch of Cell Host & Microbe, a new monthly journal focused on the interactions between microbes and their hosts. Dr Lakshmi Goyal will serve as the journal's editor. Scheduled for launch in March 2007, the journal is designed to stimulate the exchange of ideas and concepts between scientists studying the microbe and those studying host responses upon microbial invasion.

Cell Host & Microbe will address the renewed interest in microbial disease stemming from bioterrorism concerns, the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and emerging conditions such as bird flu. It will highlight new findings related to microbes, with particular emphasis on the interface between the microbe and its host. In addition to primary research manuscripts, the journal will include expert analysis, commentary, and reviews covering topics of current interest in the field.

The publication will consider papers covering aspects of basic and translational research related to molecular and cell biology of microbes, host cellular and immune response to microbes, vaccine design and development, microbial pathogenesis, immune evasion, therapeutics, evolution and natural history of microbes, and emerging pathogens.

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Dear Subscribers - 17 Oct 2006

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Open Archives Initiative announces Object Reuse and Exchange project - 17 Oct 2006

The Open Archives Initiative (OAI) has announced a new initiative, Object Reuse and Exchange (ORE), as part of its mission to develop and promote interoperability standards. The project aims to facilitate the efficient dissemination of content.

ORE will develop specifications that allow distributed repositories to exchange information on their constituent digital objects. The specifications will enable a new generation of cross-repository services that leverage the intrinsic value of digital objects beyond the borders of hosting repositories. The initiative will be funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for two years beginning October 2006.

The ORE two-year work plan includes the formation of an international advisory committee, consisting of leaders in e-science, institutional repositories, publishing, library, and educational technology communities; formation of an international working group that will meet over the two-year period and develop the set of ORE specifications; establishment and management of an experimental deployment community that will exercise the developed standards in a variety of contexts; and establishment of a sustainable community to support the widespread deployment and management of the standards fabric.

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Second edition of 'Encyclopedia of Biostatistics' launched - 17 Oct 2006

Market research and data services provider Research and Markets, Ireland, has announced the launch of Encyclopedia of Biostatistics: 8-Volume Set, 2nd Edition (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c43556).

Biostatistics is seen to be gaining importance, reflected in the increasing number of statisticians employed in the pharmaceutical industry, healthcare sector and medical schools. In this light, the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Biostatistics is projected to provide a timely expansion and updating of the content of the first edition. It comprises more than 1,300 articles presented in alphabetic sequence across eight volumes. Each contribution has been commissioned, reviewed and cross-referenced by the Editors-in-Chief and Editorial Board, who have taken responsibility for 19 main subject areas within the discipline.

Many crucial areas of current research in biostatistics are covered by completely new or revised articles that address topics in Bayesian methodology and applications, modelling of the spread of infectious diseases and the development of epidemics. In addition, the Encyclopedia now includes many contributions that focus on the rapid growth of bioinformatics and its pivotal role in studying the human genome.

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Talis and Medialab Solutions form platform partnership - 17 Oct 2006

Library management systems and services provider Talis Information Ltd., UK, has announced a new platform partnership agreement with Medialab Solutions, creators of the AquaBrowser application. Under the deal, Medialab will become a Talis Platform partner, and the two will collaborate on new features that will enable seamless integration with leading ILS applications, enhanced search and indexing technologies, and data visualisation.

Any library with a catalogue supported by the Talis Platform will now be able to deploy the AquaBrowser Online catalogue search service. AquaBrowser Online is projected as a 'software as a service' application for the global library market.

Both Talis and Medialab have been offering software products and services to help libraries expose their data silos, to easily integrate disparate systems and deliver next generation solutions.

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Wiley-VCH set to launch new journal - Proteomics - Clinical Applications - 17 Oct 2006

Wiley-VCH, the German subsidiary of John Wiley & Sons, US, has announced the forthcoming launch of a new journal - PROTEOMICS - Clinical Applications (PCA). Michael Dunn will serve as editor-in-chief.

After six years of publication, PROTEOMICS, the parent journal, has achieved an Impact Factor of 6.088 (ISI 2005), and has been able to further strengthen its market position as an international source for information on all aspects in proteomics. Starting 2007, PCA will be published as a stand-alone journal. With 12 issues a year, the journal is projected to be a premier source of information in the field of applying proteomics to the study of human disease and translation to the clinic. It will focus on clinical research, including dysfunction in human disease, validation of diagnostic and prognostic disease biomarkers, novel drug targets and clinical trials.

PROTEOMICS - Clinical Applications will target clinical researchers, researchers in the pharmaceutical industry, biochemists, clinical chemists, immunologists, geneticists, and molecular biologists interested in mechanisms of disease, as well as toxicologists. The journal will be available both in print and online via Wiley's online publishing platform, Wiley InterScience at http://www.interscience.wiley.com.

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Wolters Kluwer to publish Indian editions of scientific journals - 17 Oct 2006

Publisher and information provider Wolters Kluwer, Netherlands, has announced plans to print and publish scientific journals and magazines in India, it has been reported. The company currently creates content for professionals in sectors such as health, education, accounting, corporate, tax, law, regulation and financial services.

Earlier this year, the Euro 3.4 billion Dutch group had attained government approval for import and sale of books on health and medicine, including medical research. The company is now expanding operations of its subsidiary, Wolters Kluwer Health (India), to include printing and publishing scientific journals in India.

The company has reportedly received mandatory no objection certificate's (NoC) for publishing Indian editions of 10 specialised journals. This includes The Neurologist, Current Opinion in Nephrology, The Laryngoscope, Anesthesiology, Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine and Current Opinion in Neurology, among others.

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Columbia University to deploy VITAL repository services at Earth Institute - 16 Oct 2006

Library technology solutions provider Visionary Technology in Library Solutions, Inc. (VTLS), US, has announced a contract with Columbia University in New York. Under the deal, VTLS will install its VITAL repository services at the university's Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN).

CIESIN is a centre within the Earth Institute at Columbia University that works at the intersection of the social, natural, and information sciences. It specialises in online data and information management, spatial data integration and training and interdisciplinary research related to human interactions in the environment.

Under the agreement, CIESIN will work with the Columbia University libraries to establish a new long-term digital archive based on FEDORA for a range of digital data holdings. VITAL is projected to facilitate implementation and management of the archive and help the centre to demonstrate the full potential of such tools in an academic environment.

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HFSP Publishing launches new journal - Frontiers of Interdisciplinary Research in the Life Sciences - 16 Oct 2006

Publisher HFSP Publishing, France, has announced the launch of the HFSP journal - Frontiers of Interdisciplinary Research in the Life Sciences. While the first issue is scheduled for March 2007, articles will appear online in December 2006. Arturo Falaschi serves as Editor-in-Chief.

The HFSP Journal seeks to serve as a forum for communication between scientists from different disciplines who are focusing on problems in the life sciences. The journal will publish commentaries and perspectives to encourage broader understanding and synthesis of the work being done across different scientific fields of research.

The new HFSP journal offers its authors the option to pay a fee to make their research articles Open Access immediately upon publication. For other articles, access is limited to subscribers for the first 6 months after publication, after which the article will be available for free. The HFSP Journal will be published both online and in print format.

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Nstein launches content management suite for e-publishing industry - 16 Oct 2006

Nstein Technologies, Inc., a Canada-based provider of text mining and multilingual information access solutions, has announced the launch of the Ntelligent Content Management Suite (NCM) developed with content management firm Eurocortex, France. The suite, projected as a comprehensive content management and semantic analysis solution targeted at the e-publishing industry, was launched at the recently concluded IfraExpo 2006 Conference in Amsterdam.

The new solution combines Nstein's advanced text mining technology with content management applications from Eurocortex. It is designed to help publishers boost their print and online revenues, as well as tap the potential of cross media publishing.

NCM is claimed to be a complete and modular solution that integrates seamlessly within e-publishers' legacy workflows. It allows for the management of all digital and text assets, ensures XML normalisation, automated content enrichment with intelligent metadata generation and semantic search. It also facilitates dynamic delivery of Web 2.0-enabled output formats such as blogs and RSS feeds.

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R2 Library, Doody Enterprises announce partnership - 16 Oct 2006

Health sciences distribution firm Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Inc., US, has announced a partnership with medical information provider Doody Enterprises, US. Under the deal, Doody will provide its Doody Core Title (DCT) and Doody Review information to Rittenhouse's R2 Library clients. The R2 Library is one of the leading platforms providing aggregated health sciences electronic books to libraries.

DCT is a comprehensive, cost-effective collection development tool for health sciences libraries of all sizes, while Review information is a unique collection development tool featuring an extensive database of expert reviews of books and software in the health sciences. Designed specifically to support the collection development process, both DCT and Review Information are compiled and written by subject area experts. Beginning in fall 2006, all R2 Library clients will be able to access DCT and Doody Review Information when making collection development decisions.

Founded in 1993, Doody Enterprises aims to develop time-saving information update products for health care professionals. It delivers customised updates in medical literature to over 300,000 health care and health information professionals every week. The company's principal editorial properties include Doody's Core Titles in the Health Sciences, Doody's Review Service and Online Literature Review, the value-added filtering of the Medline database.

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Techstreet, AGA partner to launch expanded online information store - 16 Oct 2006

Information solutions provider Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced a partnership with the American Gas Association (AGA) to launch a new and expanded online publications store at www.aga.org.

Under the deal, Techstreet, a business unit of Thomson Scientific, will operate the AGA online store as well as market and sell a wide range of natural gas industry information. Techstreet will be the primary distributor of AGA publications in print and electronic format. All members and customers visiting the AGA online store will now be able to search and order AGA publications and related codes and standards in print and downloadable PDF formats, sign up for free document alerts and learn about multi-user subscription services. Also, customers will benefit from enhanced customer service, as well as the electronic download options and corporate subscription opportunities.

AGA's publications division serves members and related agencies with a vast catalogue of natural gas-related publications. This includes books on gas appliance installation, codes and standards, new and emerging gas technologies, operating and engineering reports, manual, software, market research and educational materials. Popular featured publications include the National Fuel Gas Code and ANSI-approved standards for safety, measurement and installation of gas meters and regulators.

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Thieme's electronic information resource for medical students and professionals - 16 Oct 2006

Thieme Publisher, part of medical and scientific publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has announced the launch of the 'Thieme ElectronicBook Library' (www.thieme.com/ebooklibrary). An electronic information resource for learning, research and review for students, researchers and medical professionals, the product offers content related to anatomy, basic science, clinical science and radiology.

With a robust search function, the Thieme resource lets users locate information swiftly. It incorporates a 'simple search' function alongside its advanced search function, allowing keyword and full-text queries within individual books or throughout the entire system. Non-subscribers are given an opportunity to try out the service via browsing, viewing table of contents, reviewing indexes and/or reviewing sample chapters from its books.

Subscribers have complete online access to Thieme ElectronicBook Library's content drawn from Thieme's print editions. Exclusive features available only to subscribers include the ability to bookmark individual pages; view pages either as single- or double-paged spreads; and convert pages to full-screen view, and print. Online content has been fully reproduced from the original print editions.

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University of Wisconsin joins Google's book search project - 16 Oct 2006

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have announced an agreement to expand access to an array of public and historical books and documents from over 7.2 million holdings at the UW-Madison Libraries and the Wisconsin Historical Society Library. The combined library collections of UW-Madison and the Wisconsin Historical Society comprise one of the largest collections of documents and historical materials found in the US.

Initially, the Wisconsin project will focus on library collections that are free of copyright restrictions. The project is expected to provide easy public access to hundreds of books held by the two institutions. In addition to public documents, the UW-Madison digitising program will target other high-use collections, which includes history of medicine, patents and discoveries, history of engineering, early publications of scientific societies, American and Wisconsin history, genealogical materials, Wisconsin state documents, decorative arts, visual/material culture, maps and sheet music.

The university is the eighth library to join Google's book search project. Other libraries that are currently working with Google to digitise portions of their collections include Harvard, Michigan, New York Public Library, Oxford, Stanford, the University of California system, and, most recently, Madrid's Complutense University. The Library of Congress is also conducting a pilot project with Google.

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American College of Rheumatology and Wiley set to launch new controlled-circulation news magazine - 13 Oct 2006

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, and the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) have announced an agreement to launch The Rheumatologist, a new controlled-circulation news magazine. The first issue of the magazine will be published in November 2006 to coincide with the 70th annual meeting of the ACR and the 41st annual meeting of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals. It will be distributed for free to all ACR members as part of their membership, and will also be sent to other select audiences.

Subsequent to the inaugural issue, the magazine will be published monthly, beginning January 2007. Each issue will report on general research topics and clinical trends in rheumatology, and will include keys to interpreting research for clinical practitioners; general medicine topics of relevance to rheumatologists; people-focused content (e.g. profiles of key leaders in the field, roundtable discussions about critical topics, and one-on-one interviews with newsmakers); public policy and legislative trends; career development and practice management issues; and college news and events.

Dr. David Pisetsky, former editor of Arthritis & Rheumatism, will serve as the Physician Editor for the publication. He will be supported by an editorial board comprising leading rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals in areas of practice, research, and academia.

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Carnegie Learning expands top management team - 13 Oct 2006

Publisher Carnegie Learning, Inc., US, has announced the appointment of two key executives - David Farr as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Mike Reynolds as National Sales Manager.

Prior to this, Farr served as Chief Financial Officer for TRG Customer Solutions, a global call center company with operations in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Mike Reynolds, Carnegie's newly appointed Sales Manager, most recently served PLATO Learning where he held several positions including Vice President of Sales and was a member of the Executive Leadership Team.

Carnegie Learning is a leading publisher of comprehensive mathematics curricula for middle school and high school students. The company's Cognitive Tutor is used by 375,000 students in over 1000 school districts across the US to succeed in math by integrating interactive software sessions, text, and student-centred classroom lessons into a unique learning platform for algebra readiness, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and Integrated Math programs.

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Dear Subscribers - 13 Oct 2006

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ICIS Pricing unveils new Biofuels price reports - 13 Oct 2006

Pricing and market intelligence service provider ICIS Pricing, US, has added two new reports to its global portfolio of biofuels price and market intelligence reports - Biodiesel (USA) and Ethanol (Latin America). A free sample of the reports is available at http://www.icispricing.com/il_home.asp?comp=PRBiodieselEthanol.

The new reports will offer incisive market intelligence on demand and supply, market commentary covering legislation, financial incentives, production news, new plant capacities and invaluable insight and analysis of global markets. The US Biodiesel report will give two accurate and independent weekly domestic price assessments - B100 FOB Midwest and B100 FOB Texas, while the Latin America Ethanol report will give four assessments - Anhydrous FOB Sao Paulo (domestic) and Santos (export) and Hydrous FOB Sao Paulo (domestic) and Santos (export).

Biodiesel is a clean-burning diesel replacement fuel that is manufactured from renewable sources such as virgin vegetable oils. ICIS pricing has developed a global portfolio of biofuels reports, with Ethanol reports in Europe, the US, Asia and Latin America; Biodiesel reports in Europe and the USA; and an ETBE (Ethyl Tertiary Butyl Ether) report in Europe.

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Open Text to integrate RedDot software with Livelink ECM - 13 Oct 2006

Enterprise content management (ECM) software provider Open Text Corporation, US, has announced an expanded Web Content Management (WCM) strategy. The scheme includes the integration of RedDot Solutions' software with Open Text's Livelink ECM - Web Content Management Server.

The integration will form a comprehensive offering that ties WCM into a customer's broader ECM strategy to improve business processes, reduce costs and manage compliance. The company will present an initial version of the solution at its LiveLinkUp Phoenix 2006 global user conference in November 2006. Open Text has also unveiled a product roadmap for further versions of the integrated product.

The integration will bring together RedDot's easy-to-use WCM and delivery capabilities with Open Text's Livelink ECM suite. RedDot's products, including CMS, LiveServer and XCMS, are claimed to offer ease-of-use, fast implementation time and sophisticated contextual delivery features. RedDot's software will now be integrated with the ECM functionality in Open Text's Livelink ECM suite, including document management, records management, business process management and collaboration.

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TechTarget launches network of five web sites for IT channel market - 13 Oct 2006

IT media company TechTarget, US, has announced the launch of a network of five targeted web sites. The new web sites will cater to the information requirements of the IT channel community, including resellers, systems integrators, technology consultants and other independent solution providers.

The five sites are: SearchITChannel.com, SearchStorageChannel.com, SearchSystemsChannel.com, SearchSecurityChannel.com and SearchNetworkingChannel.com. The editorial teams for these sites will be directed by Sean Gallagher. Gallagher brings 20 years of channel knowledge and experience acquired with a number of IT publications and first-hand experience working for VARs and systems integrators.

The network of channel sites provides the latest technology and business information relevant to channel companies, including coverage of vendors' partner and channel programmes and new products and technologies. It also provides advice from channel experts on best practices for managing relationships with vendors and customers, guides to packaging new technologies into sellable solutions and case studies of industry-leading channel projects.

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Thomson tool to accelerate regulatory publishing - 13 Oct 2006

Information solutions provider Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced the launch of InSight Publisher 3.5, a tool designed to accelerate the publishing process for drug submissions to the world's regulatory authorities. The beta version of the software will be officially unveiled at the forthcoming Liquent Horizons International User Conference in the US.

With InSight Publisher 3.5, life sciences companies can now quickly create all the components of both electronic and paper submissions from a single assembly structure. It helps streamline the entire regulatory submission process, enhancing efficiency and helping to bring new drugs to market faster.

InSight Publisher 3.5 also provides other new features to accelerate drug applications. These include step-by-step wizards for eCTDs and study reports help to streamline the creation of submissions and reports that comply with ICH, Japanese, Canadian, US and other regional specifications; the complete eCTD Conformity Checking that automatically performs 50 eCTD validation checks, including 32 ICH compliance requirements; templating capabilities that let companies pre-define the structure of their content and the placement of paper publishing elements such as tabs, slip sheets and cover pages; and an eCTD import wizard that helps organisations to continue their lifecycle management of previously completed eCTD submissions.

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BioMed Central's Editorial Director awarded the Rose-Hunt Award - 12 Oct 2006

Open access (OA) publisher BioMed Central, US, has announced that Deborah Saltman, Editorial Director (Medicine) for BioMed Central, has been awarded the Rose - Hunt Award.

The Rose Hunt Award is a gift of The Royal College of General Practitioners to The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and commemorates the names Fraser Rose and Lord Hunt, founders of the Royal College of General Practitioners. It is awarded to any fellow or member of the RACGP who, in the opinion of the Council, has rendered outstanding service in the promotion of the aims and objectives of the College.

Dr Saltman is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and a Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine in the Royal Australian College of Physicians. As Editorial Director (Medicine) for BioMed Central, Dr Saltman is responsible for all editorial aspects of BioMed Central's medical publishing activity.

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Blackwell Publishing selects Troux Technologies' AEA platform - 12 Oct 2006

Enterprise Architecture (EA) platform provider Troux Technologies, US, has announced that society publisher Blackwell Publishing, UK, has selected Troux's Metis 6 actionable enterprise architecture (AEA) platform. With the AEA platform, Blackwell will be able to aggregate current and future state information throughout the organisation to provide business intelligence to the CIO and IT team. This is projected to facilitate strategic planning based on a rich information baseline.

As a result of the deployment of new applications in recent years, the EA team at Blackwell Publishing sought an effective method to document, track and provide visibility throughout its IT infrastructure. With this comprehensive view, the company expects to better assess the people, processes and technologies currently available, model a desired future state and develop a transition plan between the two.

Blackwell Publishing is engaged in academic and professional scholarly publishing on behalf of societies. It brings out more than 800 scholarly journals and over 600 text and reference books each year.

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Dear Subscribers - 12 Oct 2006

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IAEA to award best papers in Nuclear Fusion - 12 Oct 2006

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Austria, has announced the launch of an annual award to recognise the work published in the journal Nuclear Fusion. A publisher focused on the nuclear field, the IAEA's scientific and technical publications cover 15 subject areas. They include proceedings of major international conferences as well as international guides, codes and standards.

Every year, the agency will shortlist 10 papers, which will be nominated for the Nuclear Fusion Award. These papers will be of the highest scientific standard, published in the journal volume from two years previous to the award year. Nominations will be based on citation record and recommendation by the Board of Editors. The Board will vote by secret ballot to determine which of these papers has made the largest scientific impact. The recipient of the 2006 Nuclear Fusion Award will be announced at the 21st IAEA Fusion Energy Conference in China on October 21, 2006.

A monthly, Nuclear Fusion covers work relevant to controlled thermonuclear fusion. Such work comprises the production, heating and confinement of high temperature plasmas, as well as the physical properties of such plasmas and the experimental or theoretical methods of exploring or explaining them. The journal also publishes work on fusion reactor physics, reactor concepts and closely related technology.

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Industry Measure report examines adoption of new media by publishers - 12 Oct 2006

Graphic communications market research firm Industry Measure, US, has announced the release of a report titled The Multichannel Mix: The Role of Print, Web, Wireless, and Other Platforms in today's New Media Environment-Part I: Publishing. The report provides a detailed overview of the new media landscape as it applies to book, magazine and catalogue publishers.

According to the report, in summer 2006, one-third of catalogue publishers cited using the Internet more effectively as a business challenge. One-fourth of book publishers cited e-book production as a sales opportunity - an all-time high for this opportunity. While 10 percent of magazine publishers cited blogs, only 8 percent cited podcasting as sales opportunities.

The 148-page report examines the vast proliferation of new media technologies and platforms and provides a critical analysis of where and where not publishers have been focusing their energies. It also looks at where they will likely need to focus in the next 12 to 18 months. The report, priced at $995, is available for purchase online at http://www.theindustrymeasure.com.

The Industry Measure regularly surveys publishers and draws on the 10-year Industry Measure/TrendWatch Graphic Arts historical database to track adoption rates and interest in new and newer media.

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New OA journal in biomedicine - 12 Oct 2006

The World Enformatika Society has announced the launch of a new peer-reviewed open access (OA) journal - International Journal of Biomedical Sciences (IJBS). The inaugural issue is currently available online at http://www.enformatika.org/ijbs/current.html.

A quarterly, IJBS is a refereed journal for scientific papers dealing with any area of biomedical sciences research. The journal is projected to help in the development of science, operative publication and storage of materials and results of scientific researches and representation of the scientific conception of the society. It covers all areas of biomedical sciences, computational and systems biology, publishing refereed research articles, survey articles, and technical notes.

All papers published in the journal are refereed by international researchers and scientists. Articles submitted should report original, previously unpublished research results, experimental or theoretical. Manuscripts should follow the style of the journal and are subject to both review and editing. IJBS will publish accepted articles on the internet immediately upon receiving the final versions.

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Tony Uphoff to lead CMP Technology's Business Technology Group - 12 Oct 2006

Marketing solutions company CMP Technology, US, has announced the appointment of Tony Uphoff as President of its Business Technology Group (BTG), effective October 23. Uphoff rejoins CMP from VNU Business Media, where he was publisher of The Hollywood Reporter and President of the Film & Performing Arts Group. He will report directly to Steve Weitzner, President and CEO of CMP Technology.

An industry veteran with over 20 years' experience, Uphoff built a strong track record at CMP throughout the 1990's, creating the vision and implementing the strategy for InformationWeek, one of the largest and most influential community of IT buyers and providers. Under his leadership, InformationWeek became recognised as the top publication among IT media. In addition, Uphoff strengthened BTG's outstanding brand portfolio, based on a strong commitment to editorial quality and innovation.

BTG is an extensive brand portfolio, which serves the information needs of over one million C-level executives and IT professionals. The portfolio includes industry-leading brands such as InformationWeek, the TechWeb Network and Interop, North America's largest and most comprehensive IT event.

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Nature Clinical Practice Rheumatology endorsed by APLAR - 11 Oct 2006

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group, UK, has announced that the Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology (APLAR) has endorsed Nature Clinical Practice Rheumatology. APLAR has recommended the publication to the clinical communities in the regions that it serves.

APLAR's mission and goals focus on providing state-of-the-art care to patients with arthritis and other musculoskeletal diseases through continuing professional development of members. It also seeks to increase awareness and understanding of rheumatic diseases, patient advocacy and empowerment, and research in the field of rheumatic diseases.

A monthly peer-reviewed publication, Nature Clinical Practice Rheumatology delivers authoritative and timely interpretations of key developments in the field of rheumatology, translating the latest findings into clinical practice. The journal, published both in print and online, features content designed to be of practical value in making diagnosis and treatment decisions.

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Dutch libraries to make digital heritage collections available online - 11 Oct 2006

The Dutch Haarlem public library, the Maastricht public library and Tresoar in Leeuwarden will jointly acquire CONTENTdm, the digital management software for libraries, distributed by global library cooperative OCLC, Inc., US. The three regional academic support libraries will jointly use one license to publish their heritage collections online. Tresoar will act as the hosting organisation for all three.

The package is projected to help the three institutes to publish and manage digital collections online. Also, the institutes will use the software to make heritage collections better accessible on the Internet.

The libraries jointly closed a license agreement under which each can separately present its digital collection. This is one of the possibilities of CONTENTdm software. The libraries can offer all kinds of digital materials, photographs, audio files, streaming video, drawings, manuscripts and digitised books in one format. In addition to directly publishing and managing on the Internet, the institutes can also offer their digital collection through their local catalogue or national catalogues such as the Dutch National Catalogue NCC and PiCarta.

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Emerald announces new journals launch for 2007 - 11 Oct 2006

Management and library & information science publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced the launch of eight new journal titles in the education management, industry sector management, innovation and enterprise, international business, and marketing fields. Vicky Williams serves as managing editor for the new launches.

Emerald's new journals include International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing; Journal of Enterprising Communities; Chinese Management Studies; Direct Marketing: An International Journal; International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research; International Journal of Energy Sector Management; Multicultural Education & Technology Journal; and Transforming Government. The titles are already gaining support from university leaders in higher education institutes across the globe.

Slated for launch in 2007, all journals will be published quarterly both online and in print format.

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EPA to prune journal access for scientists in cost-cutting measure - 11 Oct 2006

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reportedly reducing the number of technical journals and environmental publications to which its employees will have online access due to budgetary constraints. If implemented, employees may not have access to either a hard copy or an electronic version of various publications.

In addition to technical journals, EPA is cancelling its subscriptions to environmental news reports such as Greenwire, The Clean Air Report and The Superfund Report. These reports summarise and synthesise breaking events and trends inside the industry, government and academia. Greenwire, for instance, recorded over 125,000 hits from EPA staff in 2005.

As a result, it is observed that agency scientists and other technical specialists may no longer have ready access to materials that keep them abreast of developments within their fields. Moreover, enforcement staff, investigators and other professionals are expected to have a harder time tracking new developments affecting their cases and projects. EPA's move to close several libraries has also been criticised. It is feared that the resultant cancellation of hard copy subscriptions will drive up online subscription costs, as online discounts for hard copy subscribers have been forfeit.

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FDC Reports, Inc. names Joe Hecker as editor in chief - 11 Oct 2006

Publisher F-D-C Reports, Inc., US, part of STM publisher Elsevier, has announced the appointment of former BNA executive, Joe Hecker as editor in chief of FDC Reports, Inc.

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

In his new position, Hecker will be responsible for broadening the reach of the Sheets' authoritative, independent reporting and analysis of business trends and developments by increasing coverage for existing customers and expanding the FDC brand into new markets. Prior to this, Hecker served the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) where he was working with a team on GPO's long term strategic goal of transforming itself from a printing operation to an information dissemination organisation.

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Taylor & Francis announce plans to acquire LEA - 11 Oct 2006

Specialist information provider Informa plc, UK, has announced that its academic and scientific division, Taylor & Francis, has agreed to acquire US based academic publisher, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. (LEA), subject to receipt of regulatory clearances.

Under the deal, LEA will become a part of Informa's Taylor & Francis business. LEA publishes over 100 journal titles and 200 new books a year under the imprints of Lawrence Erlbaum Associates and The Analytic Press. The global publisher is known for its wide range of academic titles particularly in behavioural science and education, where Taylor & Francis also has core strengths under the Routledge and Psychology Press imprints.

As part of Informa, LEA will gain access to a wider range of customers, content and opportunities. In addition, Informa will enable LEA to expand faster into newer and progressive digital formats in journals, books and combined offerings.

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VNU to make open offer of $16 per share for NetRatings - 11 Oct 2006

Information and media firm VNU Group B.V., Netherlands, has announced plans to acquire the outstanding publicly held minority interest in NetRatings, Inc., US, for US$16.00 per share in cash. VNU currently holds a 60.5 percent stake in NetRatings. Following the proposed transaction, NetRatings will become a wholly owned subsidiary of VNU.

The proposed merger is subject to the negotiation and execution of a mutually acceptable definitive merger agreement between the concerned parties. If the transaction agreement is successfully negotiated, NetRatings and VNU will file appropriate materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission and mail such materials to NetRatings' stockholders. VNU has said that the company is only interested in acquiring the outstanding stock of NetRatings not currently owned by VNU, and has no interest in a disposition of any of its stake in NetRatings.

VNU is a global information and media company with various brands in marketing information (ACNielsen), media information (Nielsen Media Research), business publications (Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Computing, Intermediair) and trade shows. It is owned by a consortium of private-equity investors.

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AutoWeek Magazine announces new appointments - 10 Oct 2006

AutoWeek Magazine, a publication of Crain Communications, Inc., US, has announced the appointment of Anthony J. Merpi as publisher and Keith Crain, Jr. as associate publisher/sales, with immediate effect. In addition, the company named Dutch Mandel as associate publisher/editorial.

Merpi, who recently celebrated 30 years with Crain Communications, joined Automotive News as an advertising salesman and was later promoted to advertising director. In his most recent role as director of sales and marketing of the Automotive News Group, he was responsible for overseeing the marketing and sales efforts of all the Crain automotive titles and web sites including Automotive News, Automotive News Europe, AutoWeek, automotivenews.com and autoweek.com.

Crain Jr. joined AutoWeek in June 2005 and was named ad director in April 2006. Earlier, he served as a reporter with Automotive News and was an early member of Crain Communications' corporate New Media department.

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Power Engineering announces scholarship fund with JETS - 10 Oct 2006

Engineering and applications magazine Power Engineering, published by PennWell Energy Group, US, has announced the creation of the Next Generation Scholarship Fund along with the Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS). Supported by contributions from various companies across the electric power generation industry, the fund will provide college scholarships to high school students who plan to make a career in the power industry. It will award its first scholarship, following a competitive application process, in the Fall 2007 school year.

The magazine will promote the scholarship fund to its 60,000 readers across North America. The fund will be made at three levels - $5,000 Innovator Level; $2,500 Facilitator Level; and $1,000 Baseload Level. Further details may be found at the JETS web site at http://www.JETS.org or at the Power Engineering magazine Web site at http://www.power-eng.com.

The Power Engineering monthly serves the North American power generation industry including electric utilities, industrial power plants, independent power producers, co-generators and the engineering design and construction firms serving this industry. Power Engineering Online provides up-to-the-minute energy news, stock quotes, five years of searchable editorial archives, power generation conference schedule and details and an industry product and services guide.

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Current BioData announces new appointments to drive commercial expansion - 10 Oct 2006

Current BioData Ltd., a joint venture between Geneva Bioinformatics (GeneBio) SA and the Science Navigation Group, recently announced a major commercial expansion program to accompany its new product development initiatives. This includes the appointment of Ian J Tarr as Chief Executive Officer; Dr Rebecca Lawrence as Director, Editorial Services; Dr Stephanie Kappus as Chief Technology Officer; Dr Laura Thomson as Business Development Director; and James Jacketti as Senior Vice President for Sales & Marketing operations.

Tarr most recently served as Executive Vice President with Thomson Scientific, a division of Thomson Corporation, US, where he was responsible for the company's products and services for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical industries. The company also announced the appointment of Dr Rebecca Lawrence as Editorial Director. Prior to this, Dr Lawrence served as Publishing Manager for the Drug Discovery Today series at Elsevier, a division of the Reed Elsevier Group.

In addition, the company announced the appointment of Dr Stephanie Kappus as Chief Technology Officer. In her new position, Dr Kappus will manage the team of software developers and bioinformaticians developing the Targeted Proteins database at Current BioData's Geneva offices. Earlier, she served GeneBio SA and the European Bioinformatics Institute. The company is also preparing the ground for its first product launches in early 2007 with the appointment of James Jacketti as Senior Vice President for Sales & Marketing.

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Dear Subscribers - 10 Oct 2006

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Excerpta Medica launches new online resource - CTJournalClub.com - 10 Oct 2006

Excerpta Medica, part of STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of Clinical Therapeutics Journal Club (CTJournalClub.com), an online resource offering the latest in pharmaceutical progress. Dr. Philip D. Walson serves as Editor-in-Chief.

Clinical Therapeutics Journal Club is a new, scientifically credible forum for the latest in pharmaceutical progress. The resource provides clinical investigators and research sponsors an opportunity to expand the reach of their clinical work. Medical professionals can now keep pace with important clinical developments through the original research reports and expert reviews provided at CTJournalClub.com.

Manuscripts accepted for publication in Excerpta Medica's print journal, Clinical Therapeutics, will be considered for one of the featured spots on the CTJournalClub.com website. Each article will be accompanied by a short commentary by the editor or another member of the Clinical Therapeutics Editorial Board.

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Exhibitors happy with Frankfurt Book Fair, as business deals shoot up - 10 Oct 2006

The 58th Frankfurt Book Fair recently concluded with exhibitors expressing satisfaction with the response from the public. A total of 7,272 exhibitors participated in the fair, which was attended by more than 286,000 people. There has been a particularly positive development in the amount of business initiated. Among international exhibitors, around 35 percent of those surveyed stated that they were able to negotiate a larger number of business deals this year.

The new elements introduced at this year's fair were reportedly well received. Companies on the non-book collective stand expressed satisfaction with their contacts with booksellers and wholesalers. The Online Conference of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Informationswissenschaft und Informationspraxis was also integrated into the book fair. This was found to have created value addition for both the conference and the book fair, due to which it is likely to be repeated next year.

With a reading programme involving more than 20 languages, the Guest of Honour India succeeded in attracting and captivating a huge audience. The publishing companies also reported unusually big interest in the more than 50 new publications of Indian literature coinciding with this year's Guest of Honour appearance. At Frankfurt Book Fair 2007, scheduled for October 10-14, the Guest of Honour will be Catalan Culture.

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LUPC names EBSCO Information Services as preferred supplier of periodicals and subscription services - 10 Oct 2006

Journal subscription services provider EBSCO Information Services, US, has announced that the London University Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) has once again named the company as the preferred supplier of periodicals and subscription services for libraries.

Prior to its selection, the company had to undergo a rigorous evaluation process conducted by five purchasing / technical and representatives from London-area universities. The evaluation confirmed EBSCO's capability to serve all institutions, in accordance with steady and controlled growth from its current position and representing more than fifty eight institutions, in the LUPC region. The selection also measured and recognised EBSCO's advanced electronic journal and package expertise, its exemplary management services and the experience of its staff.

The LUPC is an independent organisation that provides service to its member institutions-Universities and Colleges in and around London - through consensus and the common desire to maximise its purchasing power in the marketplace.

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Dear Subscribers - 09 Oct 2006

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

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EBSCO launches Integration Toolkit to improve point-of-care services - 09 Oct 2006

Publisher EBSCO Publishing, US, has announced the launch of the EBSCOhost Integration Toolkit (EIT), with which hospitals can easily integrate EBSCO resources with any electronic health or medical record (EHR or EMR) system. The company currently provides point-of-care reference and medical research products such as DynaMed, CINAHL and Health Library.

With EIT, the company expects to serve the hospital's electronic reference needs. It can provide easy integration between EBSCO's online clinical, nursing care, patient education and medical research resources and all electronic medical and patient record applications. Hospitals can seamlessly integrate critical decision support information, like DynaMed, into a physician's workflow directly at the point-of-care. This will result in more informed decision-making and better care for patients.

Once implemented, the EIT will allow clinicians at the point-of-care to rapidly select topics from an EHR/EMR and retrieve the relevant, evidence-based condition or procedure summary from an EBSCO resource such as DynaMed (www.dynamicmedical.com). The new offering is expected to reduce the cost and complexity of custom integration for hospital IT departments. Also, it will improve the quality of patient care by delivering the best available evidence to point-of-care users, such as physicians, nurses, therapists, pharmacists and patients.

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Google to subpoena information on rival book-scanning projects - 09 Oct 2006

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, will reportedly subpoena information from Internet services firms Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc. and Yahoo Inc. to help deal with copyright lawsuits over its book-scanning project.

According to papers filed in the US District Court in New York, Google is looking for information on rival projects by the companies. The data it is scouring for includes book lists, costs, estimated sales, dealings with publishers and likely benefit or harm to copyright owners. The US District Judge has issued an order that all information gathered in the case would be used only for litigation purposes.

Publishers and authors have filed a lawsuit against Google, claiming that the company does not have the right to make copies of books without obtaining permission. However, Google maintains that it is complying with copyright law as the search engine shows only snippets of protected books. Google has said that it would keep subpoenaed information confidential. The search engine giant will also work with the companies to address concerns about their confidential information.

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Industry veterans join Thomson Digital to lead aggressive business expansion plans - 09 Oct 2006

Thomson Digital, information technology enabled services (ITES) division of Thomson Press (India) Limited, has announced the appointment of senior industry veterans to its business development team in the US. Tom Oborski joins the company as Senior Vice President, Keith Higbee as Vice President, and Bina Trivedi as Director of sales.

In his new position, Oborski will be responsible for the overall business of printing services, along with composition services for STM journals and higher education books. Operating out of Thomson's new office in Madison, Keith Higbee will take up sales responsibilities of a full range of content development services to educational publishers. This includes the well-established offshore-based composition services, complemented with additional illustration and book design services for the El-Hi segment. Bina Trivedi, who shall focus on content aggregation and conversion services along with mainstream outsourced composition services, also joins the company.

Thomson Digital provides end-to-end content development, conversion and management services to several international publishers. The company is rapidly expanding its reach into the US market, and plans to use both organic and inorganic growth strategies.

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McGraw-Hill forms alliance for Chinese language educational materials - 09 Oct 2006

Publisher McGraw-Hill Higher Education (MHHE), US, and Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP), a China-based publisher of foreign language education materials, have joined forces to offer Chinese-language educational materials in North America.

Through this alliance, MHHE is projected to develop and distribute quality content from Chinese authors to markets across the world through its global network, and bring world-class education materials to China. The first co-publishing project in North America, Me and China, will be the first Chinese text for the World Languages list at McGraw-Hill Higher Education. Me and China is a college-level, introductory Chinese-language text for heritage speakers and American-born Chinese students. Future projects will target first-time Chinese-language learners in regions around the world.

The project is expected to combine FLTRP's strengths - its rich Chinese-language content and Chinese authors - with McGraw-Hill's leading position in educational publishing.

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Scopus signs agreement with Bibliotheca Alexandrina - 09 Oct 2006

Abstracting and indexing database Scopus, part of STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has signed an agreement with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the New Library of Alexandria, to make Scopus available to the library community. The database is the latest addition to the learning facility.

Scopus brings a wide set of quality content including a comprehensive mix of international scientific research literature, books, selected Web sources, patents in one interface. It will thereby provide central support to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina's research programs, which includes agriculture, chemistry, physics, astronomy, medical and social sciences.

Designed to recapture the ancient library's heritage of science, discovery, dialogue and learning, the new library is well on its way to achieving its mission as Egypt's world-class center of learning. The library offers millions of books, a centre for internet and internet archives, three museums, a planetarium, two permanent exhibitions, six art galleries, a conference centre and seven research institutes.

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Taylor & Francis set to publish the Journal of Earthquake Engineering - 09 Oct 2006

Academic publisher Taylor & Francis, UK, have announced that it will publish the Journal of Earthquake Engineering (JEE), starting 2007. JEE is one of the leading journals in the study of earthquakes and their impact.

A bimonthly, JEE publishes peer-reviewed papers on research and development in analytical, experimental, and field studies of earthquakes. The journal draws on research and development work from engineering communities worldwide in the fields of earthquake engineering and engineering seismology. Topics considered to be within the scope of the journal include historical eismicity; tectonics and seismology; strong-motion studies; soil dynamics and foundations; site effects and geotechnical aspects; dynamic soil-structure interaction; foundation design for earthquake loading; seismic response of buildings, bridges, and other special structures; lifelines earthquake engineering; repair and strengthening; seismic sea-waves (Tsunamis); earthquake disaster mitigation and emergency planning; and case histories and field studies.

In addition to original peer-reviewed articles, timely papers on field investigations following damaging earthquakes will also be considered for accelerated review and publication. The journal will also publish short communications of new research findings that may not have been developed sufficiently to warrant full-length papers.

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Thomson Scientific extends Regulatory Online Learning resource - 09 Oct 2006

Information solutions provider Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced an expansion of its Regulatory Online Learning, a web-based resource for regulatory intelligence training. The resource, a set of online learning modules, is provided by IDRAC, a leading authority in global regulatory intelligence that was acquired by Thomson in 2004. Six additional Regulatory Online Learning modules are scheduled for launch later this year, with further modules planned for 2007.

Recognised by regulatory professionals as the leading authority in global regulatory intelligence, IDRAC has introduced three new Regulatory Online Learning modules. This includes Introduction to ICH (International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use); how to prepare for an FDA (Food and Drug Administration) Advisory Committee meeting; orphan drugs in the US, Europe and Japan.

The Regulatory Online Learning modules cater to three levels - Introductory, Practical and Strategic. Users can choose either to follow the entire course as a complete guide to regulatory affairs, or select modules to meet their specific training needs. Each module offers expert instruction and is constantly updated to reflect the latest developments. An e-Testing capability is also available to assess knowledge acquired after each module.

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BMJ and Unbound Medicine launch PDA version of clinical database - 06 Oct 2006

Knowledge management solutions provider Unbound Medicine, US, and medical publisher BMJ Publishing Group, UK, have announced the release of an upgraded version of the BMJ Clinical Evidence database. The version allows the database to be accessed via mobile devices using Unbound Medicine's personal digital assistant (PDA) platform.

The PDA version of BMJ Clinical Evidence is projected to make it easier for clinicians to make evidence-based treatment decisions essential for improving patient care. The full content of the database can be accessed using a PDA from any location, including the patient's bedside. Monthly updates are delivered to subscribers when they synchronise their devices. BMJ Clinical Evidence gives clinicians the means to quickly review the efficacy of treatment options based on available evidence. Clinicians can click through to the complete BMJ Clinical Evidence report with citations to the original research articles for more details.

Unbound Medicine develops knowledge management systems for the healthcare sector. Its handheld, wireless and web-based technology platform and its information architecture services help partners provide healthcare professionals with advanced systems for acquiring, managing and sharing knowledge.

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Copyright Clearance Center names new COO - 06 Oct 2006

Non-profit copyright licensing solution provider Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), US, has announced the appointment of Tracey Armstrong as Chief Operating Officer.

Armstrong joined CCC in 1989 and most recently served as Executive Vice President. In her new position, she will oversee all of company's business units, including CCC's corporate and academic licensing groups, international, business operations, information technology, finance, marketing and rightsholder relations.

Founded in 1978, Copyright Clearance Center is one of the largest providers of text licensing services. CCC has created and expanded the markets and systems that facilitate content reuse and the distribution of royalties to publishers and authors worldwide. By offering rights to millions of publications, the company plays a key role in the global knowledge economy and encourages support for the principles of copyright.

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Nature Publishing Group unveils new research journal - Nature Nanotechnology - 06 Oct 2006

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group, UK, has announced the launch of a new research journal - Nature Nanotechnology. Dr Peter Rodgers, previously, Editor of Physics World, serves as Chief Editor.

Currently available online at www.nature.com/naturenanotechnology, the new journal covers all aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology. It includes topics as diverse as the separation of metallic and semiconducting carbon nanotubes to the development of potential memory devices made from tobacco mosaic virus. Several papers in the journal report on the latest work with nanotubes, including the first nanotube-based SQUID. These research articles are complemented by a review article on molecular motors, a commentary article on scanning probe microscopes, a thesis article on the interactions between nanotechnology and society, research highlights, a book review and the News and Views section. The first issue also contains a special feature in which 13 experts answer the question: 'what is nanotechnology?'

Nature Nanotechnology will also be the first NPG research journal to have an editor in the Asia-Pacific region. Dr Ai Lin Chun joined the journal as an Associate Editor from the National Institute for Nanotechnology in Canada, earlier this year. The journal will also have a part-time Editorial Consultant - Dr Adarsh Sandhu, an associate professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Both Dr Chun and Dr Sandhu will visit leading research laboratories in Japan, China, Korea and elsewhere to encourage submissions of top quality research papers to the journal. The journals editorial team also includes two London-based Associate Editors - Dr Stuart Cantrill and Dr Jessica Thomas.

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Ovid, Oxford University Press expand publishing partnership - 06 Oct 2006

Information solutions provider Ovid Technologies, US, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, has announced an expanded partnership agreement with Oxford University Press (OUP), UK. Under the deal, Ovid will add more than 180 titles in medicine, neurosciences, social and behavioral sciences to its e-books interface, Books@Ovid. The company announced this at the ongoing Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany.

All titles will be scrutinised by subject matter experts for accuracy and currency. Among the new OUP books now available on Books@Ovid are nearly 150 titles in neurology, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, and sensation that make up the Brain Sciences collection. Key titles include Neurobiology of Mental Illness, The Science of False Memory, Human Brain Anatomy in Computerized Images, Fifty Neurologic Cases from Mayo Clinic, and The Middle East: A Cultural Psychology.

This inclusion brings the total number of OUP books on Books@Ovid to more than 200. More than 600 titles are currently available on Books@Ovid representing a selection of high-quality content from premier publishers such as Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, McGraw-Hill, Pharmaceutical Press, and WebMD.

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Thomson Scientific redesigns patent database - 06 Oct 2006

Information solutions provider Thomson Scientific, US, has announced that it has enhanced the full text patent collections in its Aureka and PatentWeb products to include enriched data indexing, new search and display fields and additional patent coverage. Patent researchers will now be able to retrieve more complete results with greater flexibility and precision.

Aureka is an advanced intellectual property management and analysis platform, while PatentWeb is an online repository covering one of the largest commercial collections of patent data. Both Aureka and PatentWeb are part of Thomson Scientifics' product portfolio that supports the research and development needs of organisations globally.

Enhancements implemented on Aureka and PatentWeb include more publication types; increased coverage of Japanese and British patent data; improved coverage for more complete search results, including ECLA codes, correspondent information and additional post-issuance data; normalisation of key elements to ensure accurate and complete retrieval of data, including patent and application numbers, assignee/applicant names and classification codes; and enhanced indexing for more precise search results and proximity searching, including elimination of stopwords and markup.

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UK review calls for greater research into scholarly journal publishing - 06 Oct 2006

The UK's Research Information Network (RIN), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Research Councils UK (RCUK) have jointly published a review of the data available on scholarly publishing in the nation. The review, titled The UK scholarly journals: 2006 baseline report (http://www.rin.ac.uk/data-scholarly-journals), has examined the available information about the operation and costs of scholarly journal publishing in the nation and found that there is only a limited knowledge of how the journal market is currently operating.

The review was commissioned in order to provide a baseline of evidence for policies to promote a world-class scholarly communications system to support the work of UK researchers. There are nearly 200,000 full-time researchers in the UK, and as authors and readers they are interested in the articles published in most of the 20-25,000 scholarly journals published worldwide. According to the report, there is little knowledge on who buys the journals and how much they pay for them, especially outside the higher education sector. The report also mentions that there is no reliable or consistent information about the costs that researchers and publishers incur in producing journal articles.

The report was prepared by UK based content industry market intelligence and consultancy provider, Electronic Publishing Services Ltd (EPS), in association with the Department of Information Studies at Loughborough University. An RIN workshop to discuss the findings, with perspectives from researchers, publishers and librarians, will be held in London on November 14.

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University Of Aberdeen deploys Scopus database in library - 06 Oct 2006

Abstracting and indexing database Scopus, part of STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and the University of Aberdeen, the third-oldest university in Scotland, have announced an agreement to provide Scopus to the University's student and faculty researchers.

The University of Aberdeen is rated as internationally distinguished by the UK's Research Assessment Exercise. The creation of a new library spearheads the next phase of the University's 10-year investment programme to develop the infrastructure to meet its academic requirements and ambitions. The new library is projected to be a landmark of learning and an embodiment of the library of the future, in which new media and technology enhance the existing collection.

The University has been providing Scopus to its researchers for the past two years, during which time the database has enjoyed sound usage rates. Scopus offers easy searching across a comprehensive mix of local and international scientific research literature, books, selected web sources and patents. It seamlessly integrates into electronic library environments with customisable full text linking options and web-based library administration support. It is also compatible with leading federated search solutions.

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Atypon announces new publishing partnerships - 05 Oct 2006

Information services provider Atypon Systems, Inc., US, has announced that six publishers have chosen Atypon as their strategic technology partner for developing and maintaining online journal publishing services.

The publishers are: American Economic Association, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, CFA Institute, FDI World Dental Press Ltd., JNS Publishing Group and Modern Language Association. In addition, the company has also announced several renewed partnerships with other publishers. This includes the Australian Academic Press, Springer Publishing, Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag, American Marketing Association, Lynne Rienner Publishers and Walter de Gruyter.

Atypon offers a suite of e-publishing software and related services for scholarly publishers and other content providers. Its primary services, Atypon Link and Atypon Premium, together with other custom offerings, provide services to more than 65 publishers.

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Blackwell Publishing launches new journal - Early Intervention in Psychiatry - 05 Oct 2006

Society publisher Blackwell Publishing, UK, has announced the forthcoming launch of a new journal, Early Intervention in Psychiatry. The journal, slated for launch at the IEPA Conference at Birmingham, will publish its inaugural issue in February 2007. Professor Patrick McGorry serves as Editor-in-Chief.

Early Intervention in Psychiatry is targeted at international researchers in all major psychiatric disorder groups - clinicians, primary health care workers, health planners and policy makers. The journal seeks to create a common forum that will enable researchers and clinicians working across the full spectrum of disorders with a special interest in their early phases to share ideas, experiences and data.

The journal will publish original research articles and reviews dealing with the early recognition, diagnosis and treatment across the full range of mental and substance use disorders, as well as the underlying epidemiological, biological, psychological and social mechanisms that influence the onset and early course of these disorders. It will provide comprehensive coverage of early intervention for the full range of psychiatric disorders and mental health problems. Special features on related topics will also be published.

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Elsevier MDL launches latest version of MDL Notebook - 05 Oct 2006

Informatics and database solutions provider Elsevier MDL, US, has announced the release of an enhanced version of MDL Notebook, its electronic laboratory notebook (ELN). Version 2.0 of the ELN allows scientists to build searchable experimental repositories quickly and easily and share information seamlessly. Built on the MDL Isentris system, MDL Notebook supports a wide range of chemistry experiments from the single-step synthesis of discrete molecules to multi-step synthesis and complex parallel chemistry experiments.

MDL Notebook integrates well with the critical laboratory systems, workflow applications and content sources chemists use every day. These include the MDL Available Chemicals Directory sourcing database, the MDL Logistics reagent management system, the new MDL Registration system for creating corporate compound registries and the DiscoveryGate content platform.

Elsevier MDL's advanced notebook system uses the MDL Direct chemistry platform. MDL Notebook is part of a new generation of MDL workflow tools available to researchers today. It builds a true reaction database from experiments, provides a reaction-based enumerator for parallel chemistry and supports the full range of industry-leading MDL chemical representation and search features, including enhanced stereochemical representation.

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FAST announces management changes - 05 Oct 2006

Enterprise search technologies provider Fast Search & Transfer, Norway, has announced that Ali I. Riaz has resigned from his post as the Company's President and CFO to accept a position as CEO in a US based non-competing venture, effective October 1, 2006. Riaz has been with FAST for six years.

The company has expanded the Executive Management Team (EMT) under CEO John M. Lervik, to include nine additional senior-level managers. Also, Lervik will take on additional responsibility as Fast' President.

FAST will separate the operations and finance functions, with Joseph Lacson, currently Sr. Vice President of Strategy, Finance & Administration, named as Finance Director. Summary details of the EMT are available at www.fastsearch.com/management.

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Open Text completes Hummingbird acquisition - 05 Oct 2006

Enterprise content management (ECM) software provider Open Text Corporation, US, and ECM solutions provider Hummingbird Ltd., Canada, have announced that the acquisition of the latter by the former has been completed. Under the deal, all of Hummingbird's common shares were acquired by 6575064 Canada, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Open Text.

6575064 Canada has acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Hummingbird. The transaction, previously announced by Open Text in August, is valued at approximately US$489 million. The transaction was completed pursuant to a plan of arrangement under section 192 of the Canada Business Corporations Act and an arrangement agreement made in August 2006, which was later amended in September.

Under the plan of arrangement, Hummingbird's shareholders are entitled to receive US$27.85 in cash for each Hummingbird common share. It is expected that Hummingbird's common shares will be delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange and will cease to trade on the NASDAQ after the close of business on October 2, 2006.

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Publishers Weekly extends coverage, offers free subscriptions to qualified booksellers - 05 Oct 2006

Publishers Weekly, published by Reed Business Information (RBI), US, has announced that it is offering free subscriptions to qualified booksellers throughout North America. The program seeks to extend the publication's reach into the book-retailing marketplace, including independent booksellers, mass merchants, chain stores and specialty stores that manage, select or purchase books.

Under the initiative, the weekly magazine will be offered free, as a controlled circulation publication, to all qualified book retailers. To qualify for a free subscription, booksellers who currently subscribe to Publishers Weekly will be required to complete a qualification form upon the expiration of their current subscription in lieu of a renewal payment.

Any qualified bookseller who is not currently a subscriber may request a qualification form, which will be available in the coming weeks. The magazine reaches publishers, booksellers, agents and librarians worldwide.

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Serials Solutions launches Results Clustering feature in Central Search - 05 Oct 2006

Serials Solutions, a business division of ProQuest Information and Learning, US, has announced the launch of a new Results Clustering feature in its Central Search federated search service. Clustering reveals new and intriguing relationships among citations and assists users to determine topics that may have otherwise been missed. Researchers can thus quickly identify the resources relevant to their areas of interest.

More than 30 Central Search clients, including the University of Arizona, began to deploy the feature immediately on its release. Serials Solutions' web-hosted model requires no local software loading, making implementation of Result Clustering easy for the library. The Clustering Engine, developed by Vivísimo, requires no user training. Clustering happens automatically with each search and the results are organised and come in a customisable format.

Users can register for a free upcoming webinar at www.serialssolutions.com/webinarlist.asp or request a free demonstration by e-mailing info@serialssolutions.com to see Results Clustering.

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Blackwell to publish Hepatology Research - 04 Oct 2006

Society publisher Blackwell Publishing, UK, has announced a publishing partnership with the Japan Society of Hepatology. Under the deal, Blackwell will publish the Society's English language journal, Hepatology Research, beginning 2007.

This partnership further enhances Blackwell's position as a leading publisher in hepatology and gastroenterology. Hepatology Research will be positioned as a key title within the global hepatology research arena. , and Blackwell will work in close partnership with the journal's editorial board to attract quality manuscripts submissions. With enhanced publication and production times, the journal is poised to be one of the foremost hepatology titles.

Blackwell's current list of titles in the field of hepatology research includes Liver International, the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, The Journal of Viral Hepatitis, and Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics. Offering an online submission through Blackwell's partnership with ScholarOne via the use of Manuscript Central, the journal will join the publisher's growing list of journals that enjoy the premier services of the author-centric Online Early system.

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Current BioData to launch Targeted Proteins database - 04 Oct 2006

Current BioData Ltd., a joint venture between Geneva Bioinformatics (GeneBio) SA and the Science Navigation Group, has announced the forthcoming release of the Targeted Proteins database (TPdb), a new resource for scientists. The pre-release version of the database, projected to meet the needs of scientists and others involved in drug discovery and R& D, will be demonstrated later this week at the R&D Leaders Forum Autumn 2006 Meeting in Germany.

The database has been built in co-operation with the founders of Swiss-Prot, a source of annotated information on proteins. TPdb focuses on a carefully selected number of protein systems that are of interest to prospective clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. In addition, the database identifies proteins or protein systems that are heavily implicated in disease.

The company will use a range of advanced information harvesting, text mining and analysis techniques to gather relevant data. It will then evaluate the results in conjunction with external experts to deliver opinions and conclusions - apart from just data - to its clients.

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Dear Subscribers - 04 Oct 2006

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

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Nature Publishing Group offers access through ATHENS - 04 Oct 2006

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, has announced that nature.com is now ATHENS compliant. Athens is an access management system for controlling secure access to web based services. It offers remote access user accounts to multiple web-based services using a secure single sign-on.

Athens compliancy will apply to all NPG publications, including Nature-branded and NPG academic and society journals. Remote access through ATHENS plays an essential role in the use of online subscriptions by academic and medical communities. NPG will now be able to support this channel. Usage of both remote and IP access will be reported in customers' monthly usage statistic reports.

The company is now working to become Shibboleth compliant.

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RSC Publishing set to launch new publishing model - 04 Oct 2006

Scientific publisher RSC Publishing, UK, has announced plans to offer increased publishing choices for its journal authors. Under the initiative, RSC Open Science will offer authors the option of paying a fee in exchange for making their accepted research paper openly available via the web.

RSC Open Science will be available only to authors, whose papers have been accepted for publication, following the normal rigorous peer-review procedures. This is to ensure that the processes remain entirely separate and that the RSC's scientific and editorial standards are upheld. Authors who have published their work in RSC journals will also be able to retrospectively apply for their work to be included in the scheme. All article types, not just primary research papers, published in RSC Journals will be eligible for inclusion under the scheme.

The publisher has offered a 15 percent discount for authors who are RSC members, or are a member of a society which owns or co-owns the journal in which they are publishing, and to those whose institution subscribes to RSC journal packages.

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Springer and Indian Academy of Sciences sign cooperation agreement - 04 Oct 2006

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has signed a cooperation agreement with the Indian Academy of Sciences (IAS), India. The agreement follows Springer's moves in China, Russia and Central and Eastern Europe in 2005 to bring high-quality, non-Western scientific information to the global research community.

Under the deal, Springer and IAS will jointly publish IAS's ten journals. The global publisher will provide access to the journals content worldwide in an online full-text database on its electronic platform, SpringerLink. In addition, Springer will distribute the print version of the journals outside India.

The journals covered by the agreement are: Journal of Chemical Sciences, Proceedings - Mathematical Sciences, Journal of Earth System Science, Sadhana (IAS proceedings in engineering sciences), Pramana - Journal of Physics, Journal of Biosciences, Bulletin of Materials Science, Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy, Journal of Genetics and Resonance - Journal of Science Education.

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University of Michigan Press launches e-book series - 04 Oct 2006

Publisher University of Michigan Press, US, is reportedly starting a new e-book series. The first book in the series, titled The Best Of Technology Writing 2006, is a collection of technical writing edited by New York Times columnist Brendan I. Koerner.

Currently available in print, the book is slated for online release in November 2006. The book contains easily accessible information that can serve as an introduction to some of the technological issues faced by the society. Some of the topics are the future of publishing, medical advances, jetpack and games. Like other books in the project, this book will also be transferred to the Scholarly Publishing Office at the University of Michigan Library, which will create the e-version. Almost all the books in the project will be reference books.

The e-books will supply online all research information used by the writer. Therefore, a link to a certain archive, attached to the e-book, will not appear in the printed edition. The project aims to familiarise readers who shy away from technology with key concepts in that field.

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VNU may consider sale of Business Media Europe operations - 04 Oct 2006

Information and media firm VNU Group B.V., Netherlands, has announced plans to explore strategic alternatives for its Business Media Europe (BME) group, including a possible sale of the business.

BME is a leading B2B media company in Europe. Both in print and online, it has strong market positions with its core recruitment, B2B information technology, special interest computer and business and finance portfolios. According to the company, BME includes several media properties that have played significant role in the growth and success of the company. However, the company is considering selling the group, as its activities are not well aligned with VNU's Marketing Information and Media Measurement businesses. VNU's Business Information group in the US, which has greater synergies with the company's core marketing and media information activities, will not be part of a potential sale.

The BME group has more than 70 trade magazines and events and a range of associated web sites, including the leading IT B2B position online via BME's network of technology websites. BME is well known for its brands such as Intermediair, Computing, Computable, Accountancy Age and Management Team; its B2B online brand VNUNet, and recruitment sites such as Intermediair.nl and NationaleVacaturebank.nl.

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AEA online publications to be available via Atypon hosting service - 03 Oct 2006

Information services provider Atypon Systems, Inc., US, has announced a publishing partnership with the American Economic Association (AEA), under which AEA will move all its online publications to the Atypon Link hosting service.

Atypon Link offers a cost effective, aggregated hosting and delivery platform wherein publishers are projected to benefit from a well managed, outsourced e-publishing service. It allows for a branded publisher presence and provides publishers with the ability to set publishing and business model parameters within an easy-to-use, reliable system. It also simplifies the process of launching and managing content online, requiring less in-house resources.

Atypon's solutions include Atypon Link and Atypon Premium, a complete e-publishing solution for publishers who wish to manage the entire process of delivering and managing their content online.

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Aristotle University of Salonica to deploy MuseSearch technology - 03 Oct 2006

Metasearch technology provider MuseGlobal, Inc., US, has announced that the second largest of the University of Greece institutions, Aristotle University of Salonica, has become the first user of its technology, MuseSearch, in that nation. The MuseSearch technology is now in use in nearly 30 countries worldwide. EliDOC Systems and Services is the company's technology partner in Greece and Cyprus.

Aristotle University was looking for a way to offer its users a simple and powerful interface for complex searches in a variety of external sources. These include Greek and foreign bibliographic databases, e-journals, e-books and scientific databases as well as the library's own local catalogue and institutional repository.

The MuseSearch technology seeks to address the user's need to locate the required items within the university's multitude of electronic resources. The university has access not only to its own resources but also to the 12,000 e-journals available through the national consortium, Hellenic Academic Libraries Link (HEAL-Link). HEAL-Link comprises the 32 higher education institutions of Greece, the Academy of Athens and the National Library of Greece.

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Complete Healthcare launches free online resource for medical research - 03 Oct 2006

Strategic publication planning firm Complete Healthcare Communications, Inc., US, has announced the launch of PubsHub.com (www.PubsHub.com), a free online database for publication planning professionals, medical writers, researchers or individuals seeking submission criteria related to top peer-reviewed medical journals and meetings worldwide.

PubsHub.com offers a comprehensive and complete database of peer-reviewed medical journals and meetings available anywhere online. It provides users with instant access to a continually growing database of over 2700 peer reviewed medical journals and meetings spanning all therapeutic areas.

Potential users of PubsHub include pharmaceutical companies, clinical research organisations, research organisations, universities, medical writing companies and advertising agencies. All registered users of the free Standard Edition can sort from 44 different therapeutic categories and review up to 13 key pieces of information on a particular journal or meeting. Standard Edition users can also choose to upgrade to the Premium Edition of PubsHub for $4995 per year and also get access to an additional 43 fields of critical publishing data, along with full sorting capabilities for the entire database. In addition, Premium subscribers will also have access to the latest Journal Impact Factors from the Journal Citation Report, a product of Thomson Scientific.

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Dear Subscribers - 03 Oct 2006

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

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Elsevier's iCONSULT to be offered as part of SOAPware electronic medical record - 03 Oct 2006

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced a partnership with leading electronic medical records software provider SOAPware, US. The deal will allow Elsevier's iCONSULT clinical decision support content to be offered as a Clinical Knowledge Module to its SOAPware v5 (liger) Electronic Health Record (EHR) users.

Elsevier's iCONSULT is expected to help SOAPware customers to have evidence-based, clinical information and medical reference information at their fingertips. For physicians, the Clinical Knowledge Module will include two components - integrated evidence-based point of care content, powered by FIRST Consult and integrated medical referential content, powered by MD Consult. While the first is continuously updated to offer information on evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of disease categories, the latter allows users to seamlessly search and access clinical information and included respected reference books, full-text articles from professional journals, practice guidelines and much more.

iCONSULT was developed to integrate Elseviers' clinical reference content directly into the electronic workflow and enhance clinical decision support. The service delivers real-time clinical decision support by putting evidence-based, point-of-care clinical reference content directly into the electronic workflow of health practitioners.

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Taylor & Francis to publish journals for Australian psychiatrists body - 03 Oct 2006

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), Australia, has announced a five-year publishing agreement with academic publisher Taylor & Francis, UK. Under the deal, Taylor & Francis will publish RANZCP's two scientific journals - Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry and Australasian Psychiatry -- starting January 2007.

The publications will be the flagship journals in Taylor & Francis' psychiatry publishing programme within its new medical sister group, Informa Healthcare. Prof. Peter Joyce serves as editor for Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, while the Australasian Psychiatry is edited by Prof. Garry Walter.

The journals are expected to gain international exposure through the company's new online delivery platform, Informaworld. The number of issues of both journals will increase. While the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry will move from 10 to 12 issues, Australasian Psychiatry will move from four to six issues a year. The company expects to offer favourable advertising rates taking additional placements as a result of the increased frequency in publication.

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Thieme unveils free service for chemists in academia and industry - 03 Oct 2006

Scientific and medical publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has announced the introduction of the free service, 'SYNFACT of the month'. Access to the new service is available to users for free via Thieme-connect at www.thieme-connect.com.

'SYNFACTS' is a user-friendly resource that keeps synthetic chemists at the forefront regarding important developments in their field. It provides articles and overviews of the most compelling trends in synthetic chemistry. The service enlists experts to pre-screen and select from the vast amount of primary literature to alert the practicing chemist on the latest developments in synthetic chemistry. The current issue features four complimentary articles.

The new service addresses the needs of the synthetic chemist in both academia and the industry. It seeks to help chemists, involved in R&D, medicinal chemistry, university laboratories and/or teaching, to stay informed about the ongoing changes in the field. Users have the option to either view content as HTML or to download a PDF file to their desktop.

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Emerald partners with plagiarism detection products firm iParadigms - 02 Oct 2006

Management and library & information science publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced a partnership with plagiarism detection products maker iParadigms, LLC, US. Under the deal, iParadigms, developer of the Turnitin plagiarism detection product for academic institutions and the iThenticate plagiarism detection product for content publishers, has expanded Turnitin to include Emerald content.

The partnership is projected to allow Emerald to address the problems of plagiarism and copyright infringement. Emerald also has five iThenticate licences to allow its editors to verify that articles submitted for publication are free from plagiarism and do not duplicate previously published work. The move is expected to strengthen the company's proactive stance on plagiarism and ensure that Emerald content maintains a high standard of integrity.

Turnitin and iThenticate's plagiarism detection system is based on proprietary technology that is completely web-based, requiring no installation or software maintenance. Students, tutors, researchers and editors can now compare content that they are submitting, marking, editing or publishing with content previously published by Emerald. This will alert the enquirer to possible duplication or plagiarism, and allow them to take the appropriate action, such as revision.

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Ex Libris, Sabinet add key South African resource to MetaLib Knowledge Base - 02 Oct 2006

Library solutions provider Ex Libris, Israel, and online information solution provider Sabinet, South Africa, have announced that SACat can now be searched by MetaLib, the Ex Libris library portal and metasearch tool, in parallel with other MetaLib search targets. SACat is a cooperative database of all library stock in South Africa, and covers books, journals, conference proceedings, standards and technical reports from South African higher education institutions.

SACat comprises bibliographic information on over 3.8 million books, periodicals, audio-visual material, as well as South Africa's historic national catalogues. Under the initiative, the new SACat configuration will now become part of the MetaLib knowledge base. It is available to all MetaLib customers through Ex Libris' knowledge base service.

The new addition follows Ex Libris' recent announcement to offer free, hosted SFX service for the University of Lesotho. It is expected that the company will introduce configurations for more African resources and services in the near future.

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LWW launches programme for nursing students with Kaplan Test Prep - 02 Oct 2006

Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced an agreement with Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions. Under the deal, LWW and Kaplan, a provider of educational services for individuals, schools and businesses, will jointly develop and distribute an integrated testing and RN licensure prep programme for nursing schools and students. The companies launched the offering at the recently concluded National League for Nursing conference in New York.

The Kaplan/Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins Deluxe Integrated Testing Program will include customised testing, basic remediation and NCLEX-RN preparation courses provided by Kaplan with additional in-depth content for remediation provided by LWW.

The programme comprises the Kaplan/LWW Integrated Testing Program (a series of tests to benchmark knowledge: admission test, customised tests, course specialty tests, end-of-programme tests, -RN Diagnostic Test); the Kaplan NCLEX-RN QBank (a classroom teaching tool and preparation tool that allows students to review 1,200+ application- and analysis-level exam-style questions with comprehensive explanations); multi-level remediation; and the Kaplan NCLEX-RN Review Course (classroom or online).

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MPS Technologies launches e-book repository, 'Bookstore' - 02 Oct 2006

MPS Technologies, the technology arm of Macmillan India, has announced the beta launch of its e-book repository, called 'Bookstore,' where publishers can store books in a secure digital format.

BookStore is a digital content delivery platform which allows publishers to manage the transition to new digital publishing and distribution models. Its helps publishers to make content available for search and purchase online, while retaining control of all copyright, metadata, licensing (including price, territory and duration), payments and customer data. The Company will demonstrate live beta sites in English and German for four publishers and the Borsenverein, the publishers' and booksellers' association for Germany, at the forthcoming Frankfurt Book fair.

A technology and services provider for the information industry, MPS Technologies, provides a range of technology-driven services specifically designed to support libraries and publishers. Through its products, the company seeks to provide professionals, librarians and publishers with vendor-usage statistics and online usage data.

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Springer set to launch Journal of Robotic Surgery - 02 Oct 2006

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced the launch of the Journal of Robotic Surgery. The journal, the first issue of which is scheduled for launch in January 2007, is positioned to become the world's foremost clinical resource for robotic surgical education. Dr.Vipul Patel, Director of The Center for Robotic and Computer Assisted Surgery and Associate Clinical Professor of Urology and Bioinformatics at The Ohio State University, will serve as Editor-in-Chief.

According to Springer, the journal is the first to focus exclusively on emerging robotic applications in surgery. The global publisher will publish the journal in both electronic and print formats to serve the needs of librarians and readers worldwide. The journal will be available via SpringerLink, Springer's online information platform, and will include Online First, a feature wherein articles are published online before they appear in print, as well as Editorial Manager, an online peer review and author submission system. In addition, it will offer all authors, via the Springer Open Choice programme, the option of publishing their articles using the open access model.

The Journal of Robotic Surgery will publish papers on robotic surgical applications in urology, cardiac surgery, gynecology, ENT, neurosurgery, and general surgery. It seeks to become the leading journal for the publication of articles related to robotic surgery, encompassing surgical simulation and integrated imaging techniques. The journal provides a centralised, focused resource for physicians who wish to publish their experience or those wishing to educate themselves of the latest findings.

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Taylor & Francis announces open access option for authors - 02 Oct 2006

Academic publisher Taylor & Francis, UK, has announced an 'iOpenAccess' option for authors, under which they can make their articles freely available to all via the journal's website for a one-time fee of $3100. The option is aimed at authors publishing in the 175 journals from the company's Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics portfolios, one behavioural science journal from Psychology Press, and medical and bioscience journals from Informa Healthcare.

The initiative, beginning October 2006, applies only to accepted manuscripts. Authors will be offered the open access option after they have sent their proofs for review. This complete separation of payment from the peer review and acceptance process is to ensure that editorial independence and quality are not compromised.

Taylor & Francis' initiative is a pilot 'hybrid' open access scheme in selected subjects, which follows several years' experimentation with access schemes operated by various group journals. The company plans to increase the number of iOpenAccess journals over the coming months.

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Thieme names new Editors in Chief of the American Journal of Perinatology - 02 Oct 2006

Thieme New York, part of medical and scientific publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has announced the appointment of Dr. George Saade and Dr. Rosemary D. Higgins, as the new editors in chief of the American Journal of Perinatology.

Dr. Saade is a professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, while Dr. Higgins is a program scientist for the Neonatal Research Network, Center for Developmental Biology and Perinatal Medicine NICHD, NIH, in Bethesda.

Published eight times a year, the American Journal of Perinatology is an international, peer-reviewed and indexed journal for original research and topical reviews. Available both in print and online, the journal primarily focuses on clinical and translational research, clinical and technical advances in diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment as well as evidence-based reviews. It acts as a forum for communicating information to specialists in obstetrics, neonatology, perinatology, and maternal/fetal medicine. The recent changes to the journal include the expansion of submission guidelines as well as the opportunity to submit manuscripts online. The institution of the electronic version of the publication will ensure that material is rapidly published online.

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