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Child Development Perspectives publishes inaugural issue - 31 Oct 2007

Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc, US, has announced the publication of the first issue of Child Development Perspectives. A new journal published in partnership with the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Child Development Perspectives seeks to keep readers abreast of the latest issues and trends in development sciences and opens the door for encouraging dialog across disciplines.

The inaugural issue of the journal highlights a number of timely topics such as how minimally aggressive behavior in children can grow into serious problems later in life and how modern neuroscience can address the behavioral problems that present among children deprived of a normal childhood, either because of poverty, war, or abandonment. The journal provides developmental scientists, researchers in other disciplines, policymakers, instructors, and professionals who work with children in clinical settings access to short summaries of the latest scientific reports on developmental issues related to children.

Wiley-Blackwell also publishes two other journals, Child Development and Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, on behalf of the SRCD. Child Development Perspectives, along with Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, is included with a subscription to Child Development.

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Dear Subscribers - 31 Oct 2007

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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EMpact to provide STAT!Ref medical reference library to global markets - 31 Oct 2007

Medical information company Teton Data Systems, US, has announced a partnership with EMpact to provide the former's flagship product, STAT!Ref, to libraries and other medical research organisations in different parts of the world. EMpact is the publisher representation group within the EBSCO Information Services division.

STAT!Ref, is a subscription-based, online medical reference library. It includes key medical and pharmacology reference books, internal medicine and point-of-care resources and a comprehensive nursing and dental collection. The product helps healthcare professionals, students and researchers gain fast access to current information, evidence and decision support tools.

The EMpact partnership seeks to provide STAT!Ref with increased exposure throughout a number of international markets and access to several prestigious institutions. EMpact will represent STAT!Ref to organisations in South America, Africa, Europe (excluding the UK and Scandinavia), Asia (excluding the Middle East, Taiwan and Korea), Australia and New Zealand, and North America (excluding the US and Canada).

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New vertical search engine for the Aerospace & Defense Industry - 31 Oct 2007

Aviation Week, part of The McGraw-Hill Companies, US, has announced the launch of an aerospace and defence industry vertical search engine at www.aviationweek.com. The new search engine seeks to provide AviationWeek.com users with a single resource to obtain aviation-specific information from highly specialised sources in a matter of seconds.

The new vertical search capability is the latest in a series of enhancements to AviationWeek.com, which was relaunched in January 2007. The site now includes the latest industry news and insight; and multimedia content, including news, videos, audio podcasts, photo galleries, blogs across all aerospace and defense sectors as well as forums and discussion groups. AviationWeek.com boasts a current average of 800,000 views and over 200,000 unique visitors per month, who are predominantly executives and engineers from aerospace and defense manufacturers, airlines, armed forces, government agencies, MRO service providers, educational and R&D institutions.

The new search capability was developed in partnership with Inventory Locator Service, ILS, using the Industry Eyes filtered web search along with content from AVIATION WEEK including selected news, company information and product/service listings.

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OCA to scan orphan works via digital interlibrary loan system - 31 Oct 2007

The Open Content Alliance (OCA) has reportedly announced that it will begin scanning some open works for distribution via a digital interlibrary loan system. The move follows the recent statement regarding use of orphan works by three professional publishing associations. The three associations are the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) and the Professional /Scholarly Publishing Division (PSP) of the Association of American Publishers.

According to OCA officials, the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala City and the Boston Public Library, together with the Internet Archive, will scan works that were out-of-print but in-copyright. This is seen to pioneer 'a digital interlibrary loan service' around them. In turn, this is projected to increase scholarly and public access to hard-to-find resources.

The announcement denotes a departure of sorts, as the OCA has up to now stuck to scanning materials in the public domain or works with permission only.

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Online e-books marketplace Mixiv launched - 31 Oct 2007

Mixiv.com, a US-based online e-books sales platform, has gone on stream. The portal allows digital e-book publishers to sell unlimited products online in minutes, deliver them securely, pay no additional transaction fees, get them listed in web-wide marketplaces and also participate in an affiliate programme. The service has been launched with attractive introductory prices.

The new system helps publishers to ease the sales process and provides a marketplace with access to many prospective buyers. One of the key features of Mixiv is the thank-you page. When a product is created in Mixiv, a thank you page can also be created that secures download link by only allowing a certain number of clicks on the link and/or expiring the page after a given time period, say 48 hours. This prevents multiple usage/sharing of the product.

Mixiv.com claims to be equally effective for the seasoned Internet marketer as well as for someone just getting started. Some of its projected benefits include: no HTML is required; manageable subscriber lists and seamless integration with Aweber e-mail service; built-in payment mechanism using PayPal; and no transaction fee overrides. Mixiv does not allow publishers to host their own downloadable files, but offers them two cost-effective options with usage instructions.

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UK Research Community attains extended access to ScienceDirect - 31 Oct 2007

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and the National e-Journals Initiative 2 (NESLi2) have agreed to a four-year license for the former's online database, ScienceDirect. Under the agreement, most of the NESLi2 members will continue to have access to the ScienceDirect Freedom Collection, which contains nearly 1,900 journals - almost the entire ScienceDirect journals portfolio.

NESLi2 is the UK's national initiative for the licensing of electronic journals on behalf of the higher and further education and research communities, 2003-2006. NESLi2 is a product of the JISC and underwritten by the Higher Education Funding Council for England on behalf of the Funding Bodies.

ScienceDirect is Elsevier's major full-text platform that offers more than a quarter of the world's STM information. More than 1 billion articles have been downloaded on ScienceDirect by scientists, teachers and researchers since it was launched in 1999.

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World Scientific launches new OA journal - Optics and Photonics Letters - 31 Oct 2007

Scientific publisher World Scientific Publishing Company has announced the launch of a new open access journal - Optics and Photonics Letters, starting 2008. The new journal is projected to offer rapid dissemination of original and timely results in various fields of optics and photonics, with emphasis on peer-reviewed short communications.

Michael A Fiddy of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Larry X.C. Yuan of the Nanyang Technological University and Hugo Thienpont of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel will serve as Editors-in-chief. All articles submitted for publication before January 2008 will benefit from a 50 percent waiver on publication charges.

In addition, the publisher has announced that all World Scientific and Imperical College Press Journals will offer open access option. Authors will now have the option to pay $2,500 for their articles to be open access. Open access choice will apply to all of World Scientific and Imperial College Press journals with electronic version.

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Dear Subscribers - 30 Oct 2007

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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European conference examines cooperation and library digitisation - 30 Oct 2007

The three-day LIBER-EBLIDA conference ended October 26, 2007, with a call for greater cooperation between countries and increased investment in digitisation at the highest political levels. The conference brought together representatives from national and university libraries across Europe to discuss how digitisation can support moves towards making available European scholarly and cultural digital content.

High on the agenda were moves towards a European Digital Library - the delivery of integrated access to the digitised collections of libraries, archives and museums across the EU. The involvement of major commercial players such as Google and Microsoft and the stated aims of a number of smaller European nations to digitise their entire cultural and scholarly heritage were discussed. Pat Manson from the European Commission was one of the keynote speakers.

In addition, there were calls for greater coordination across countries in a number of areas. These include the area of funding; in the exchange of information about available resources and the creation of registries; and in the area of technical interoperability.

Among the recommendations made by conference delegates were: changes in European copyright directives, including greater uniformity of copyright regimes across the EU; simplified access to information about all European library and archive resources through a single portal (a 'European Discovery Space'); greater coordination in the sharing of best practice as far as public-private sector initiatives were concerned to allay some of the fears felt by many in this area; agreement on the place of European developments on the world stage, and greater coordination of long-term preservation activities.

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LWW bags bronze at 2007 National Health Information Awards - 30 Oct 2007

Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that it has been selected as a winner of the 14th annual National Health Information Awards. The programme seeks to recognise the US' best consumer health information programmes and materials.

LWW's English/Spanish Anatomical Chart Desktop Collection received a Bronze Award for Health Information. Those involved in the creation of the product included Lesley Ochoa and the creative staff of the Anatomical Images Group of LWW. This full-colour book includes 34 of the most popular anatomy and pathology topics presented in both English and Spanish - 68 charts total - with emphasis on those disorders that may often affect the Hispanic/Latino population. The book is seen to be handy for learning terminology and in bilingual patient counseling situations. Medical terminology and easy-to-understand supporting text are also printed directly on each chart.

The awards programme was coordinated by the Health Information Resource Center, a national clearinghouse for consumer health information programmes and materials. The centre, which houses a large collection of such public and private sector materials, promotes the distribution of accurate, timely consumer health information materials to professionals and managers in the field.

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Publishers not fully prepared to handle digital content, reports survey - 30 Oct 2007

International Business Systems (IBS), Sweden, recently conducted a survey at the recently concluded Frankfurt Book Fair to find out if publishers are prepared for digital change. The survey revealed that while 23 percent of publishers are not fully prepared to handle digital content, just 13 percent say they are fully prepared. A further 64 percent have only made limited preparation. Also, it was revealed that 31 percent of publishers have no strategy for providing content in different formats.

According to IBS, these survey results demonstrate the publishing industry's continuing reservations about distributing digital content and the general confusion that exists in this area. According to the survey, for 54 percent of publishers, digital content represents virtually none of their revenues, with 12 percent earning 50 percent or more through digital formats. Nearly half of the 156 companies surveyed considered print-on-demand and digital content to be very important, while a greater percentage felt that consolidation in the market and eCommerce were more important.

The survey also revealed that just 15 percent of publishers consider digital content and eBooks to be 'Very Important' to their business. Further, more than 70 percent of respondents claimed that the on-line publishing capabilities of Amazon and Google were having an effect on the industry, with 32 percent saying it was having a major effect.

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Springer expands publishing partnership with AAPS - 30 Oct 2007

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced that it will publish The AAPS Journal and AAPS PharmSciTech, both official publications of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), starting January 2008. The global publisher has partnered with the AAPS since 2005 to publish its book programme, and for more than 20 years the AAPS has sponsored Springer's journal Pharmaceutical Research.

An online-only quarterly journal, The AAPS Journal publishes reviews, theme issues and research articles in the scope of pharmaceutical sciences encompassed by the AAPS membership. Special emphasis is placed on increasing the dissemination of scientific presentations made at AAPS-sponsored meetings, workshops and symposia. Ho-Leung Fung, Chairman of the Department of Pharmaceutics and Professor of Pharmaceutics at the State University of New York at the Buffalo School of Pharmacy, NY, serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal.

AAPS PharmSciTech, also an online-only quarterly journal, seeks to serve those pharmaceutical scientists interested in the research, development and evaluation of pharmaceutical dosage forms, including drugs derived from biotechnology and the manufacturing science pertaining to the commercialisation of such dosage forms. Patrick P. DeLuca, Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, Lexington, KY, serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal.

Both journals will be available via Springer's online information platform, www.springerlink.com, and will include fast, electronic publication in Online First, as well as Cross Reference Linking and Table of Content Alerts. In addition, all potential authors have the option of publishing their articles using the open access publishing model, via the Springer Open Choice programme. Springer will also digitise the back volumes of The AAPS Journal and AAPS PharmSciTech making them available to readers through the Springer Online Archives Collection.

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Three NIH Scientists named AAAS Fellows - 30 Oct 2007

Three scientists from the US' National Institutes of Health (NIH) have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow is an honour bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. This year's AAAS Fellows have been announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the October 26 issue of the journal Science.

As part of the Section on Chemistry, Dr. Jeremy M. Berg, director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, was elected as an AAAS Fellow for distinguished contributions to the structure and functions of metal ions in proteins and for leadership in advancing research in service to humanity. Two NIH researchers were elected as AAAS Fellow for outstanding contributions under the Section on Medical Sciences. Dr. John E. Niederhuber, director of the National Cancer Institute, was elected for pioneering research on MHC immunology and cancer stems cells, and outstanding leadership of the University of Wisconsin Cancer Center and the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Mark C. Udey of the National Cancer Institute was elected for seminal research on the biology of Langerhans cells (epidermal dendritic cells) and the role of E-Cadherin and TGF-beta in their development and localisation.

This year, 471 members were awarded this honour by AAAS for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin at the Fellows Forum during the 2008 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston on February 16, 2008.

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WALDO libraries gain access to SAGE content - 30 Oct 2007

Academic publisher SAGE has signed an agreement with the Westchester Academic Library Directors Organisation (WALDO) to offer participating member libraries access to SAGE's online journals.

Researchers at participating WALDO libraries in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Vermont can now explore content in over 400 journals (including backfile to 1999) via SAGE Premier. SAGE Premier is one of the world's largest collections of social science titles, and contains a growing portfolio of highly-ranked STM journals. These journals are available on SAGE's user-friendly online journal delivery platform, SAGE Journals Online.

WALDO is a membership organisation supporting the procurement and administration of electronic information services for libraries in the Northeast United States since 1982.

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IJTM special issue on Knowledge and Technology Management for Sustainable Development in Africa - 29 Oct 2007

The International Journal of Technology Management (IJTM) has issued a call for papers for a special issue on Knowledge and Technology Management for Sustainable Development in Africa.

The special issue seeks to provide an overview of the significant role of knowledge management in achieving sustainable development (SD) in Africa. The issue will also provide an opportunity to discuss and clarify how universities can contribute to the generation of wealth in Africa through the transfer of finalised knowledge and the creation of new firms, new industries and business opportunities.

Guest editor Allam Ahmed, University of Sussex, expressly includes open access among the topics 'of particular interest' for the issue, but there is no tight limitation to the scope of coverage of the papers that will be considered. Titles and abstracts of submissions are due by November 15, 2007.

The IJTM aims to provide a refereed and authoritative source of information in the field of managing with technology, and the management of engineering, science and technology. It seeks to establish channels of communication between government departments, technology executives in industry, commerce and related business, and academic experts in the field.

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Dear Subscribers - 29 Oct 2007

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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ECNext named one of the fastest growing companies in Central Ohio - 29 Oct 2007

ECNext, a US-based provider of web merchandising services for business publishers, has announced that it has been named the 20th fastest growing company in Columbus in Business First's Fast Fifty Awards. The company was also recognised in the Fast Fifty in 2006.

According to company sources, in the last 12 months, the company has experienced tremendous growth, driven primarily by its flagship site, Manta.com. Manta.com features information on 45 million global companies with an emphasis on small to medium companies. In less than two years, the site is claimed to have become the largest company information website on the internet, attracting 5 million visits per month. It is also among the top 10 most visited business web sites on the internet.

ECNext specialises in helping publishers market, sell and deliver business information online. Its family of solutions, including publisher-branded sites, MANTA and various web marketing programmes, offers publishers additional channels to reach online content buyers.

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New York hospital opts for Krames patient education system - 29 Oct 2007

US-based patient education publisher Krames, part of MediMedia, has announced that its electronic patient education system, Krames On-Demand, has been selected by Montefiore Medical Center in New York City to enhance system-wide patient education. Montefiore is a 1,122-bed medical centre serving the 1.4 million residents of the Bronx, Westchester County and the surrounding area.

Krames On-Demand is a comprehensive patient education solution that delivers access to a database of content developed utilising Health Literacy Design Principles and featuring Krames signature art/text synergy designed to improve patient comprehension and self-care skills. The system features 5,600 titles, each available in English and Spanish. Krames On-Demand also has patient-oriented materials in three additional languages - Russian, Chinese, and Vietnamese. Also, it offers information on the 10 most common diagnoses in other languages including Armenian, Tagalog (Filipino language), Chinese, Farsi, Hmong, Korean and Vietnamese.

Montefiore's implementation includes the Krames Online patient education library that is available on the company's web site. Krames Online provides visitors to Montefiore's web site with access to the same type of information they would receive as a patient in one of Montefiore's facilities. The library is designed to help healthcare providers give consistent, credible, high quality, patient education across multiple consumer touch points.

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Ovid releases new electronic information search platform - 29 Oct 2007

US-based information research solutions provider Ovid Technologies, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, has announced the release of OvidSP, its new electronic information search platform.

OvidSP is projected as the next evolution of Ovid's two existing platforms, Ovid Web Gateway and SilverPlatter WEBSPIRS. The new platform is designed to make searching high-quality scholarly and professional content faster, simpler, and more efficient for all users, from novice searchers to expert power users.

OvidSP seeks to streamline the search and discovery process with a simple, intuitive interface, powerful precision search technology, and time-saving user workflow tools. It enables users at all levels of research in Ovid's core customer markets to search high-quality scholarly and scientific content from the world's leading publishers. In addition, users can find the most relevant information they need to do their work, whether that information comes from a peer-reviewed journal, medical textbook, bibliographic database, or all three.

OvidSP incorporates the advanced precision search technology of Ovid web gateway and SilverPlatter WEBSPIRS, to meet the ongoing needs of expert, power users who prefer working with command line syntax searching. The new OvidSP platform also includes new functionality that speaks to beginners or occasional searchers, as well as new workflow tools and features that help all types of users save valuable research time.

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Publishing trade associations announce safe harbour for use of orphan works - 29 Oct 2007

Three trade associations have announced a further step towards establishing clear rules for users of orphan works. An orphan work is a copyrighted work for which the user is not able to identify and/or contact the legitimate holder to obtain permission to use the work. The three associations are the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) and the Professional /Scholarly Publishing Division (PSP) of the Association of American Publishers.

The associations have said that the newly released 'safe harbour' statement is an evolution in policy and practice from statements and positions announced previously.

Stakeholders around the world are currently debating whether orphan works should be dealt with as a matter of a copyright exception, a reduction in copyright penalties once a "parent" is located, or a blanket collective licence. The view of ALPSP, STM and PSP is that private market solutions are almost always to be preferred, since they are the most likely to provide tangible results. That solution is put forward in the new "safe harbour" document.

The safe harbour document outlines a need for a viable and diligence search request, and identifies resources that should be consulted, including a list of journal publisher imprints that the associations have compiled. Users, who conduct such a search where the owner of such a work is later identified, will be subject only to a normal licence fee and will not be subject to any statutory, punitive or special fees or damages.

A significant number of ALPSP, STM and PSP members have acceded to the safe harbour principles, and it is hoped many more will join shortly. The safe harbour is expected to significantly increase the ability of scholarly users, researchers and writers to utilise varied resources of scholarly and academic journal content for the benefit of all.

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Symyx Technologies launches content web service - 29 Oct 2007

Symyx Technologies, Inc., a US-based provider of technologies for R&D, has announced that researchers using Symyx Available Chemicals Directory (previously MDL Available Chemicals Directory or MDL ACD), now have the option of accessing up-to-date ACD data via the internet using XML-based web service. The Symyx Available Chemicals Directory (ACD) is claimed to be one the largest structure-searchable collection of commercially available chemicals in the world.

The Symyx ACD Web Service is part of a growing new generation of Symyx workflow tools available to researchers today. It was developed with design input from a global pharmaceutical R&D organisation seeking business process efficiencies and a simplified mechanism for distributing dynamically updated chemical sourcing data to globally dispersed project teams. Research organisations can use this web service to update internal data sources and deliver sourcing data directly to scientists using in-house-developed applications that integrate with existing laboratory workflows.

The Symyx ACD contains more than 605,000 structures representing nearly 1.7 million products and 3.4 million packages available for purchase, in bulk and research quantities. The database can be searched by structure and substance identifiers to retrieve all available data.

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Thomson reports revenue increase driven by performance of Scientific segment - 29 Oct 2007

Information solutions provider Thomson Corporation, US, has reported an 11 percent increase in revenues to $1.8 billion for the third quarter of 2007. The operating profit declined 1 percent to $312 million, attributable to $53 million of expenses related to the Reuters acquisition, a series of efficiency initiatives (THOMSONplus) and a $13 million charge related to a legal settlement. Diluted earnings per share increased to $4.61 in the third quarter, from $0.65 in the year-ago period, primarily driven by the gain from the sale of Thomson Learning's higher education, careers and library reference assets.

In the Scientific segment, revenues grew 8 percent to $160 million. While organic revenues contributed 5 percent, acquisitions added 1percent, and foreign exchange added an additional 2 percent. Strong performances from Scientific's information solutions and services, including ISI Web of Knowledge, Web of Science and solutions targeted at corporate customers, continued to drive growth in the quarter. Software solutions also contributed to Scientific's growth in the quarter. However, revenue growth was partially offset by declines in legacy online and print products.

For the healthcare segment, revenues increased 26 percent to $102 million. Revenues from acquisitions contributed 30 percent in the quarter, offset by a 4 percent decline in organic revenues. This was primarily due to the timing of the shipping of an annual PDR supplement in the second quarter of 2007 that was distributed last year in the third quarter. Revenue growth continued to be driven by Solucient, which further strengthened Thomson's management decision support products for healthcare providers.

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Chinese provincial authorities crack down on illegal textbook duplication - 26 Oct 2007

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the Publishers Association of the UK (PA) have applauded recent steps by the Shan'xi Provincial Copyright Bureau to enforce against use of pirated books in the city of Xi'an. Working with right holder representatives and national authorities in the People's Republic of China, the Shan'xi Copyright Bureau raided warehouses belonging to a textbook center affiliated with Xi'an Jiao Tong University, seizing nearly 2000 suspected infringing titles. University officials reportedly cooperated in the inspection and enforcement action.

The books, many of which are published by AAP and PA member companies, were primarily professional, medical, scientific and technical titles belonging to publishers such as Elsevier, Springer, John Wiley & Sons, Macmillan, Pearson, Houghton Mifflin and Cambridge University Press.

AAP is the national trade association of the US book publishing industry. The association's more than 300 members include most of the major commercial publishers in the United States, as well as smaller and non-profit publishers, university presses and scholarly societies. The Publishers Association is the leading trade organisation serving book, journal and electronic publishers in the UK. It brings publishers together to discuss the main issues facing the industry and to define the practical policies that will take the industry forward.

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Dear Subscribers - 26 Oct 2007

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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ETH Zurich researchers examine role of ethics in manuscript assessment - 26 Oct 2007

Three researchers at ETH Zurich's Professorship for Social Psychology and Research on Higher Education (D-GESS) have reportedly addressed review procedures for publishing scientific papers. Dr. Lutz Bornmann, Dr. Irina Nast and Prof. Hans-Dieter Daniel are set to publish an article titled 'Do editors and referees look for signs of scientific misconduct when reviewing manuscripts?' in the journal Scientometrics.

The ETH Zurich study explored the rules that define acceptance standards for the publication of scientific manuscripts. The project evaluated 46 research studies published between 1967 and 2006 that examined editors' and referees' criteria for the assessment of manuscripts and their grounds for accepting or rejecting them. According to the project, scientific papers were reviewed based on nine main criteria which reviewers felt were most important. Each of those nine areas had up to six different underlying dimensions.

The ETH Zurich researchers primarily focused on ethics, the last of the nine criteria that were listed in descending order. 'Relevance of contribution' was number one, seemingly influenced by a manuscript's perceived 'importance, newness and originality'. It was noted that none of the 46 studies defined falsification of information or fabrication of data as a specific area on which to focus.

Despite this omission, the ETH Zurich researchers found repeated instances of 'quality of research' as one of the underlying themes of each of the top three main criteria. The researchers wrap up that the importance of 'quality of research' in the assessment of a manuscript does play a significant role in the review process. This stands in opposition to criticism levelled at the peer review process in the wake of the recent sensational incidents of scientific fraud.

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National Geographic forms Global Media Group, Tim Kelly named President - 26 Oct 2007

Not-for-profit scientific and educational organisation National Geographic Society has announced the formation of a new Global Media group composed of its magazine, book publishing, television, film, music, radio, digital media and maps units. The new combined structure is projected to enhance and broaden coordination among the Society's editorial units, refine digital content strategies and better serve members and partners.

Tim Kelly, president and CEO of National Geographic Ventures, has been named president, Global Media. In his new role, he will continue to report to John Fahey, president and CEO of the National Geographic Society. Kelly will continue to oversee National Geographic Ventures, National Geographic's wholly owned taxable subsidiary that includes National Geographic Television, National Geographic Films, National Geographic Home Entertainment, National Geographic Digital Media, National Geographic Maps and National Geographic's interests in the National Geographic Channels.

Kelly's leadership team will expand to include John Q. Griffin, executive vice president of the National Geographic Society and president of the Magazine Group, and Nina Hoffman, executive vice president of the Society and president of Book Publishing.

The National Geographic Magazine Group includes the English-language versions of National Geographic magazine, National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, NG Kids and the newly published NG Little Kids. National Geographic Books publishes hundreds of titles annually for trade, library and direct-mail sales.

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New suite of order information services from Bowker - 26 Oct 2007

Bibliographic information provider Bowker, US, and Booklog, a leading point-of-sale and inventory management system for booksellers, have announced the launch of a new suite of order information services from Bowker that integrates with the latest version of Booklog's POS system.

The newly integrated Bowker content includes one-screen access for bookstore managers to do real-time checks of publisher price and availability and order books electronically through Pubnet. These Bowker products will be seamlessly integrated into the new 8.0 version of Booklog, which is currently available.

The new suite of services from Bowker is seen as a major value-add for customers of Booklog as it will significantly increase efficiency at the retail level, enabling book retailers to deliver faster and more satisfactory customer service. Also, booksellers and book publishers will be able to work together more effectively.

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

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Number of US-based published science articles plateauing, says study - 26 Oct 2007

The National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Division of Science Resource Statistics has reportedly produced a quantitative study of the trends and patterns of US journal articles from the past 15 years. The move follows the observation that the need for increased collaboration and research costs have resulted in a plateauing of the number of science and engineering journal articles from the US since the 1990s.

The first study of this three-part effort, 'Changing US Output of Scientific Articles 1988-2003', takes a quantitative look at the science and engineering article output of the world's four major scientific publishing centres - the US, the EU-15, Japan and East Asia. Also, this section looks at the breakdown of national publishing counts within different sectors in science and engineering.

The second article, 'The Changing Research and Publication Environment in American Research Universities', is a qualitative report. It comprises interviews with researchers and administrators across a wide spectrum of disciplines at nine major research universities in Massachusetts California, North Carolina and Illinois.

According to the study, while the number of journal articles published is an indicator of research output, it may be an admittedly imperfect one. There are many other ways scientists distribute research today, including databases and online archives. Although these modes of storing information are expensive to produce, they are very important and useful to researchers. Another large factor affecting research paper counts may be certain policies at research institutions. US researchers interviewed for the study see less of a focus on quantitative output measures at their universities than at institutions in other countries. The focus at US universities seems to be based more on quality, not quantity.

The NSF plans to release a third report in the series that will explore the inputs and outputs of research and funding. It hopes to determine which of these factors is most relevant to the overall trend towards the plateauing of journal article numbers in the US.

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Senate passes bill with OA provision - 26 Oct 2007

The US Senate has reportedly passed the 2008 appropriations bill that, if not rejected by the President, will be a big step ahead for open access (OA). The Senate passed the 2008 appropriations bill by a voting margin of 75 to 19.

The bill includes $150 billion in funding for the Departments of Health and Human Services, and Education. In addition, it includes a public access provision for all research funded by the National Institutes of Health, accounting for over $24 billion in extramural research.

The two amendments were filed in the Senate on October 19 to strike or modify language from a Senate appropriations bill that would require NIH-funded research to be made publicly available.

However, it has been reported that President Bush will likely veto the bill as it involves high level of spending.

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Thieme launches new series of radiology books - Dx-Direct - 26 Oct 2007

Thieme Publishers, part of STM publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has launched 'Dx-Direct', a new series of radiology books in a handy, pocket-sized format. Comprehensive in scope, the 12-book series covers all the main subspecialties in radiology, with each book presenting all the cases that radiologists are likely to encounter in daily practice.

The Dx-Direct series is claimed to be ideal for residents and trainees seeking concise, portable references for managing the most common problems in the clinical setting. Each book in the series is organised to distill the essential information in a minimal amount of pages. For each problem, the book provides concise descriptions of epidemiology, etiology, imaging modality, findings, clinical presentation, treatment options, course, prognosis, differential diagnosis, and tips and pitfalls. High-quality diagnostic images demonstrate key concepts in each book.

The first six books in the series are Brain Imaging, Head and Neck Imaging, Cardiac Imaging, Gastrointestinal Imaging, Spinal Imaging and Breast Imaging. The publisher will bring out six books in 2008. These include Pediatric Imaging, Musculoskeletal Imaging, Urogenital Imaging, Vascular Imaging, Thoracic Radiology and Interventional Radiology.

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Boehringer Ingelheim accesses critical safety information using latest release of Symyx OHS safety database - 25 Oct 2007

Symyx Technologies, Inc., a US-based provider of technologies for R&D, is pleased to announce that pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim is using the new 3.0 release of the Symyx OHS EH&S Data Elements database to manage the usage of regulated chemicals and reagents at the company's Biberach chemical R&D laboratories. Symyx's OHS business unit is a leading provider of EH&S data and services.

Compatible out-of-the-box with the Symyx Logistics (previously MDL Logistics) chemical procurement and inventory management system, the latest version of Symyx OHS EH&S Data Elements facilitates and accelerates the loading of reliable safety, health and regulatory information into Oracle databases for use with regulatory reporting, inventory management, OSHA/DOT hazards assessment and related business solutions. The database helps organisations that manufacture or use chemical compounds demonstrate compliance with critical EH&S mandates and is an essential component of a modern Enterprise Resource Planning system.

Updated quarterly and available in ASCII and Oracle formats, the Symyx OHS EH&S Data Elements database covers five types of safety information. These include substance identification, component identification for mixtures/preparations, physical property, regulatory and hazard assessment data. The database is offered in US English, French and German languages.

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Dear Subscribers - 25 Oct 2007

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 forms new Clinical Solutions Group within the Health Sciences division - 25 Oct 2007

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the formation of a new Clinical Solutions group within its Health Sciences division. Structured from the perspective of the clinician-customer, the new group combines the company's journals, books and clinical decision support tools to address the needs of medical customers, including medical researchers, practitioners, providers and payors.

Studies have shown that it takes as much as 17 years to translate the findings from research studies into practice. By connecting the company's journal and periodicals content with its electronic tools, the global publisher hopes to increase the pace of physician adoption of research findings and improve outcomes in health.

Some of the leading brands and products now coordinated within the Clinical Solutions group include clinical decision and reference support products such as MDConsult, FirstConsult, Clinical Pharmacology, EmpoweRx and ProceduresConsult; more that 200 medical journals, including The American Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American College of Cardiology and The Clinics of North America; and all Mosby and Saunders medical titles, including Braunwald's Heart Disease, Cecil's Textbook of Medicine and Gray's Anatomy. The other groups within the Health Sciences Division are Nursing and Health Professions and Pharma Solutions.

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Matt Dunie resigns as ProQuest president - 25 Oct 2007

ProQuest, part of Cambridge Information Group (CIG), US, has announced that Matt Dunie plans to leave his role as president, after twelve years with Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) and then ProQuest. Marty Kahn, CEO ProQuest, made this announcement.

Dunie was president of CSA at the time of its merger with ProQuest Information and Learning earlier this year. Under his leadership, CSA won numerous awards, completed more than a dozen acquisitions and fostered a spirit of innovation that remains a key characteristic of ProQuest.

Dunie will remain an integral contributor to CIG, parent of ProQuest. He will join its Advisory Board and will serve on the RefWorks Management Board, beginning January 1, 2008. Also, he will lead various special projects for ProQuest and other CIG companies.

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Publishers' body lauds US-led initiative to protect IP rights globally - 25 Oct 2007

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has applauded the recent launch of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a major new international initiative to protect intellectual property (IP). The agreement was announced simultaneously by the US and key trading partners to bring together governments committed to strong IP rights protection in order to establish agreed standards for enforcing those rights.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement contains provisions for international cooperation among enforcement authorities, sharing of 'best practices' for preventing IPR infringement, and construction of an up-to-date legal framework on which to build effective anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting measures. Specific areas of focus include Internet infringements, criminal and civil enforcement measures, optical disc piracy and improved prevention of cross-border piracy and counterfeiting.

The proposed agreement is seen to strengthen international cooperation in areas such as Internet piracy and shipment of pirated books and journals across borders, building on the work that has started with bilateral free trade agreements. The initial group of trading partners has agreed to an outline that will frame the discussions.

AAP will follow the negotiations closely, anticipating that the talks will lead to a strong agreement. This is expected to embody the signatories' common interest in ensuring that IP rights protection keeps pace with the rapidly changing environment in which right holders operate.

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RSM Press publishes new book for students and qualified practitioners - 25 Oct 2007

The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) Press has recently published a book - The Anatomy Student's Self-test Colouring Book - for students and qualified practitioners requiring detailed anatomical knowledge. Written by Dr Kurt Albertine, Professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine, the book seeks to make learning parts and systems of the human body easier.

The book, available for purchase at http://www.rsmpress.co.uk, contains more than 350 digitally-created line illustrations of the human body that readers are encouraged to colour in. The task of colouring the illustrations, educationalists claim, helps unlock the bridge between both sides of the brain, allowing greater recall in the future. To aid in the learning process, the book has a set of eight transparent sheets to lay over the illustrations of the human body. Readers can remove sheets to reveal different parts of the body, such as the muscles and bones, to gain an understanding of where the features are in relation to each other.

RSM Press is the publishing arm of The Royal Society of Medicine, an independent apolitical organisation that promotes the exchange of knowledge, information and ideas in medical science and continued improvement in human health. RSM Press publishes books and journals for medical and allied healthcare professionals.

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Thieme and Missouri Library Network sign agreement to license ElectronicBook Library - 25 Oct 2007

STM publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has announced the signing of a new agreement with the Missouri Library Network Corporation, MNLC. The agreement allows all members of the organisation to license the Thieme ElectronicBook Library under favorable terms.

The MLNC represents 31 libraries based in the US state of Missouri. It aims to organise and deliver to member libraries and other contracting entities, OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) based information services, related electronic services and content and training in the management and use of information.

The Thieme ElectronicBook Library is an electronic information source for learning, research and review for students, researchers and medical professionals. It is seen as an indispensable resource for libraries. It has a user-friendly interface and an easy-to-use search function, which allow users to quickly locate information. The ever-expanding content includes anatomy, basic science, clinical science, and radiology.

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Wiley-Blackwell journals to participate in CSE's Global Theme Issue programme - 25 Oct 2007

Wiley-Blackwell has announced that 16 of its journals will participate in the Council of Science Editor's (CSE) Global Theme Issue dedicated to poverty and human development. The journals will be addressing a variety of key issues under the topic. These include a review of Trachoma treatment methods, a look at how poverty affects women, in terms of health, pregnancy and equal opportunities, and current access to health information in Zambia. Wiley-Blackwell is the STM and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US.

The Wiley-Blackwell journals taking part in the theme issue include Anaesthesia; Clinical and Experimental Optometry; Evidence-Based Child Health: A Cochrane Review Journal; Health Information and Libraries Journal; Journal of Advanced Nursing; International Journal of Dermatology; International Nursing Review; Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing; and Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing. All of the papers published by Wiley-Blackwell journals as part of this global theme issue will be available for free online from the journals' home pages.

Wiley-Blackwell seeks to increase access to information in developing countries and participates in programmes that promote scientific research and development, including HINARI, AGORA and OARE. Most of the company's medical, agricultural and environmental journals, as well as The Cochrane Library, are available in developing countries for free or at a reduced price.

Other participants in the CSE's Global Theme Issue initiative include 25 science and health journals of Elsevier, four of Mary Ann Liebert and the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA).

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Convera, Advanstar Communications sign deal to develop multiple specialised vertical search solutions - 24 Oct 2007

Search technology provider Convera Corporation, US, has announced an agreement with media company Advanstar Communications Inc., US. Under the deal, Advanstar will develop a series of vertical search engines using Convera search technology to help the company deliver relevant web content to its specialised business and consumer audiences.

Advanstar Communications produces 67 print publications and directories, 91 events and 150 electronic publications and websites for its numerous communities. The initial focus of the company's vertical search strategy will be on the automotive aftermarket, veterinary and dental domains.

Convera is a leading provider of vertical search services for publishers. Based on a semantic index of the web, the company enables publishers to generate additional revenue by creating customised search applications for specialist audiences under their own brand. Many of the world's largest publishers rely on Convera's vertical search services to accelerate their e-publishing strategies, meet growing monetisation goals and build loyal online professional communities.

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Dear Subscribers - 24 Oct 2007

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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HealthDay names Dr. Cynthia Haines as Managing Editor of Physician's Briefing - 24 Oct 2007

HealthDay, a division of ScoutNews, LLC, has announced the appointment of Dr. Cindy Dennison Haines as Managing Editor of Physician's Briefing, a daily news service for health and medical professionals.

Dr. Haines is on staff at St. John's Mercy Medical Center and an assistant clinical professor at Saint Louis University's School of Medicine in the Department of Community and Family Medicine. She is also a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and is board certified in Family Medicine.

Physician's Briefing provides timely and concise summaries from peer-reviewed medical journals and sends updates twice daily, providing a minimum of 15 articles a day across 21 different medical specialties. The editors of Physician's Briefing review more than 75 top medical journals monthly and over 150 journals quarterly.

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Nine SAGE journals to participate in CSE's global theme issue on poverty and development - 24 Oct 2007

Academic publisher SAGE, US, has announced its participation in a Global Theme Issue on Poverty and Human Development recently launched by the Council of Science Editors (CSE).

The CSE global theme issue aims to raise awareness and stimulate interest and debate on the crucial matters of poverty and development internationally. Over 230 scientific journals from both developed and developing countries will simultaneously publish papers on this topic, enabling widespread access to the latest research and analysis.

Nine SAGE journals from its health sciences portfolio are participating by publishing editorials, one or more articles, or entire issues devoted to the said theme. These include: American Journal of Men's Health; Health Education and Behavior; Health Promotion Practice; Home Health Care Management & Practice; International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds; Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association; Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care; Nursing Ethics; and Western Journal of Nursing Research. Upon each issue's release, free online access to the Global Theme Issue content from these titles will be available for a limited time.

The Council of Science Editors is a professional organisation with 1,200 members dedicated to promoting excellence in the communication of scientific information. It was established in 1957 by joint action of the National Science Foundation and the American Institute of Biological Sciences.

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OCLC and OCLC PICA form one global organisation - 24 Oct 2007

Global library cooperative Online Computer Library Center Inc. (OCLC), US, has announced that it is uniting all offices under one name and visual brand identity to reflect a global enterprise with a unified strategy to serve libraries worldwide. As a result of the move, OCLC PICA, with offices in the Netherlands, Australia, France, Germany, Switzerland, the UK and the US, will now be known as OCLC.

By bringing together all offices under one name and identity, the organisation is now well positioned to provide libraries with services at the point of need. In addition, libraries worldwide can benefit from OCLC membership, research and an expanded portfolio around a comprehensive set of products and services. The company has also created teams of employees from various geographic regions, and has aligned activities in three major geographic areas - The Americas, Asia-Pacific; and Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The OCLC global strategy represents an evolution of the cooperative that began as an intrastate group of 54 colleges and universities in the state of Ohio, USA, sharing resources to save money and eliminate duplication of effort. The new OCLC organisation is represented by a new logo and brand identity, which will be integrated in OCLC communications by the end of the year.

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ProQuest launches second collection in British periodicals series - 24 Oct 2007

ProQuest, part of Cambridge Information Group, US, has announced the launch of British Periodicals Collection II, the second phase of its British Periodicals digital collection. When complete, British Periodicals Collection II will consist of more than 300 journals and 3 million pages.

The latest collection incorporates rare periodicals from the 17th through the 20th centuries, drawn from the UMI microfilm collections English Literary Periodicals and British Periodicals in the Creative Arts. British Periodicals will be essential to libraries, academic departments and institutions interested in documenting the literary habits and social history of Britons from all classes and their influence on the wider world over 250 years.

Both British Periodicals collections I and British Periodicals collections II are accessible from a single stand-alone interface. These can also be accessed via ProQuest's Periodicals Archive Online interface, where they are fully cross-searchable with other Periodicals Archive Online content in institutions with access to both resources.

Institutions with access to ProQuest's Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals can cross-search Wellesley indexing with British Periodicals full-text using the stand-alone interface. The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals includes more than 90,000 records from 45 key British periodicals; all included in full text within both British Periodicals collections. Indexed by scholars, this source offers information on author attributions for articles that were originally published anonymously or pseudonymously.

All content in these two collections is available in full-page facsimile images with searchable full text. Users can instantly filter results down to article type and download articles in either PDF or TIFF. Each facsimile page is available in both a high resolution bi-tonal version, for ease of on-screen reading, and a high resolution grayscale version, providing scholars with an authentic and detailed record of the printed source.

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Really Strategies named a 'Best Place To Work' by Philadelphia Business Journal - 24 Oct 2007

Content management and publishing solutions provider Really Strategies, Inc., US, has announced that it has been named one of Philadelphia Business Journal's 'Best Places to Work' in the Philadelphia region for the 4th consecutive year. The award recognises the company's achievements in creating a positive work environment for its employees through a combination of benefits, working conditions, and company culture.

More than 200 entries were submitted to the awards programme in the small business category. The Philadelphia Business Journal's research partner, Wichita, Kan-based Quantum Market Research tabulated the results of thousands of online surveys completed by employees to establish the rank order. Common themes among top companies focused on work-life balance; respect and caring for employees; recognition of accomplishments; feeling empowered; good teamwork and commitment to community.

Founded in 2000, Really Strategies provides content solutions and services to publishers, media companies and other content-centric companies. From content creation to delivery, Really Strategies seeks to bring strategy, content and technology together to analyse, architect and implement appropriate tools and technologies.

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ScienceDirect offers additional features tested by development partners - 24 Oct 2007

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that it has added more development-partner-tested features on its ScienceDirect platform. As an integral part of ScienceDirect's product development, the development partners' involvement is seen to have ensured that the new features mirror researchers' needs.

Through intelligent document matching, the Related Articles feature automatically displays citation information and the abstract - including a link to the full text - of content relevant to the article being accessed. This improves the discoverability of information and makes it easier for a researcher to find key information. To maximise search outcomes and eliminate unwanted results, a new Fast Search & Transfer (FAST) spell check function has also been integrated into ScienceDirect. It recognises spelling errors using a built-in dictionary.

As an added value to traditional abstracts, ScienceDirect is now indexing Graphical Abstracts of 30 chemistry titles. Particularly important to organic chemistry researchers, Graphical Abstracts help researchers to summarise the scope of a structure or reaction more succinctly than plain text.

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BRASS seeks nominations for RUSA Emerald Research Grant Award - 23 Oct 2007

The Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has called for nominations for the 2008 Emerald Research Grant Award.

Emerald will give away two $5,000 cash awards to individuals seeking support to conduct research in business librarianship. The award recipient must be an ALA member or at least one member of a collaborative team must be an ALA member. Recipients may be asked to present their findings at a public BRASS event within two years of receiving the award (at the discretion of the BRASS Executive Committee). Recipients will also be required to acknowledge the Emerald Research Grant when publishing or presenting their research.

BRASS represents the interests of reference librarians, business information specialists, and others engaged in providing business reference and information services. The section serves as a medium for the sharing of information and concerns among interested librarians, publishers, and other suppliers of business reference sources. Also, it seeks to help improve the sources and techniques of business reference and information through its programmes and projects.

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Dear Subscribers - 23 Oct 2007

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

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German research society ends contract with Springer over pricing issues - 23 Oct 2007

German research organisation Max Planck Society (MPG) has reportedly terminated its online contract with STM publisher Springer, Germany, effective January 1, 2008. Springer has, for the past eight years, given all MPG institutes electronic access to about 1,200 scientific journals.

According to the society, an analysis of user statistics and comparisons with other key publishing houses revealed that Springer was charging twice the amount the MPG still considered justifiable for access to the journals. The termination of the contract will mean that the various institutes will soon no longer be able to access the common pool of scientific literature via SpringerLink.

The Society, together with the linked institutes, will now try to work out a strategy whereby the supply of essential scientific content can be ensured in a cost-effective way. The subscriptions taken out in 1997 included the electronic archive rights, which according to the contract stay in force beyond the termination of the same. The scientists will therefore continue to enjoy online access to the paid-for, older volumes of the journals.

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INSAR and Wiley-Blackwell to publish new journal - Autism Research - 23 Oct 2007

Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc, US, and the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) have announced plans to launch a new journal - Autism Research. Anthony J. Bailey, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, will serve as Editor-in-Chief.

As the journal of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), Autism Research will cover the developmental disorders known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders or autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The journal will have a strong focus on basic genetic, neurobiological and psychological mechanisms and how these influence developmental processes in ASDs.

Each edition of the journal will feature one or more commissioned high quality review articles, editorials on current issues in autism research, original research articles and brief reports. The journal will contain summaries of key papers relating to autism research that have appeared in other journals since the last paper edition of the journal. There will also be space for items relating to the activities of INSAR, news of meetings and other activities likely to be of interest to the autism research community.

In addition, authors of original scientific papers and reviews will be asked to submit lay abstracts. Lay abstracts will appear on the INSAR website (http://autism-insar.org/) and will be made freely accessible to the public. The journal will also publish regular podcasts of interviews with authors and overviews of scientific meetings that will give both the public and other scientists a greater understanding of some of the background and implications of current scientific developments.

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Nature Publishing Group names new Managing Director - 23 Oct 2007

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, has announced that Steven Inchcoombe, currently Macmillan's International Director, will become Managing Director of Nature Publishing Group (NPG) with immediate effect. The announcement was made by the newly appointed Macmillan CEO, Annette Thomas.

Inchcoombe joined the Macmillan Board just over a year ago and has been working closely with Macmillan Education, Macmillan India and Macmillan Production (Asia) Ltd (MPAL) in Hong-Kong with a keen focus on growth, profitability and digital strategy.

NPG publishes journals and online databases across the life, physical and applied sciences and, most recently, clinical medicine. Content encompasses daily news from award-winning journalists, expert opinion and practical methodology, and high impact research and reviews. Also, it publishes a number of journals in association with prestigious academic societies, most of which are expected to opt into the Portico agreement in the coming months.

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Serials Solutions announce major enhancements to Ulrichsweb.com and Ulrich's Serials Analysis service - 23 Oct 2007

Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest, US, has announced major enhancements to Ulrichsweb.com and Ulrich's Serials Analysis System. The service updates, designed to enhance functionality and increase usability, are the largest in 18 months.

Ulrichsweb.com provides the latest information available on more than 300,000 serials worldwide. The service has enhanced its comprehensive serials discovery through the addition of A&I databases to Ulrichsweb.com records displays, updated links for the 2006 Science and Social Science Impact Factor journals, and refreshed connections between Ulrichsweb.com and JCR Web accounts that facilitate linking at the journal level. As part of the October 2007 release, there is a new look for Ulrichsweb.com, the first update to the site in years.

Library professionals worldwide are expected to benefit from the new reporting features added to the Ulrich's Serials Analysis System. It is now possible for users to convert list prices into more than 15 major international currencies, all from within an active report display. New functions allow users to limit their report results to titles available in online full-text or titles designated academic or scholarly in the Ulrich's database.

In addition, users now have the option to display LC classification numbers in reports, and additional ISSN designations (such as Cancelled ISSN, Title History ISSN, and Merged/Incorporated ISSN) in ISSN Audit Reports, and new major A&I resources in Aggregator Comparison Reports. The additions to the Ulrich's Serials Analysis System toolkit make it easier than ever to identify and evaluate details about serials, whether or not they are part of the library's collection.

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SPIE Digital Library to expand multimedia file support and other services - 23 Oct 2007

SPIE, an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light, has announced that the SPIE Digital Library will extend multimedia file support and other new capabilities in January.

New features of the SPIE Digital Library include multimedia file support; enhanced citation reference linking; user-defined RSS saved search; and open access content. New papers from SPIE Journals and Proceedings go online as they complete the necessary approvals and production steps (e-First publication). Proceedings articles are published online within two to four weeks after the end of a conference, with print and CD-ROM publication following soon after. For e-First publications, the electronic version is the publication of record and citation information indicates the online publication date.

Launched on the American Institute of Physics Scitation platform in June 2003, the SPIE Digital Library is accessible through key search engines and scientific databases as well as independently. The library contains the world's largest collection of optics, photonics, imaging, sensor and scientific and technical research.

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BioMed Central launches new online resource for biological images - 22 Oct 2007

Open access publisher BioMed Central, US, has announced the launch of Biology Image Library, an online resource that provides access to over 11,000 carefully selected biology-related images. The Library is a new subscription-based service offering access to an annotated selection of biological images, movies, illustrations and animations.

Biology Image Library gives researchers, teachers and students an easy way to find and download visual material. All content comes from sources that are peer-reviewed by academic editors prior to publication online. Subscribers may make royalty-free use of images in the collection for research and educational purposes, while commercial usage rights will be available for an additional fee.

Subjects covered include developmental biology, histology & pathology, immunology, microbiology & parasitology, molecular & cellular biology, neuroscience and plant biology.

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Convera to create vertical search solutions for Newport Communications Group and Grand View Media Group - 22 Oct 2007

Search technology provider Convera Corporation, US, has announced agreements with the Newport Communications Group and Grand View Media Group to develop and host specialised vertical search solutions.

Convera's vertical search solution is a revenue share hosted service that enables publishers to generate additional online advertising revenues by rapidly building search-centric online professional communities. The company manages the vertical search capabilities of major specialist publishers across the globe.

For Newport Communications Group, Convera will develop a vertical search site for the North American trucking industry. The Newport Communications Group is a leading provider of media services to trucking and related industries in the US, Canada and Mexico.

Convera will develop and host a specialised vertical search tool to serve readers of Grand View Media Group's Processing Magazine, a leading publication for professionals in the processing industries. The Group publishes 18 titles and three directories serving the outdoors and business-to-business markets.

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Dear Subscribers - 22 Oct 2007

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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McGraw-Hill Higher Education ties up with ETUDES to expand learning content delivery - 22 Oct 2007

Educational material publisher McGraw-Hill Higher Education, US, has announced a strategic alliance with the ETUDES Consortium at Foothill College, a community of educational institutions leading the development of open source web-based tools for teaching and learning. The alliance is intended to further the development and distribution of content for use by instructors and students.

Working closely with ETUDES, McGraw-Hill Higher Education's instructional designers will create authoritative, thoroughly reviewed content and complete online courses, which can easily be deployed and accessed by instructors and students through ETUDES-NG open source software. ETUDES-NG is built upon the Sakai platform, a higher education project for creating open source tools for use in teaching, learning, collaboration and research.

Adoptions of McGraw-Hill Higher Education's online courses developed through this alliance will fund additional research and development within the ETUDES Consortium community. In addition, McGraw-Hill Higher Education's Learning Solutions team will gain insights into how instructors and students use Sakai- supported online course content in both distance and hybrid (online and traditional) learning environments.

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Publishers settle lawsuit against international textbook pirates - 22 Oct 2007

College textbook publishers Pearson Education, John Wiley & Sons, and Cengage Learning have announced that they have reached a final judgment in a settlement of pending litigation against several defendants engaged in unauthorised importation, promotion and sale of non-US versions of educational textbooks.

The publishers' complaints, filed in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York, alleged that Walbooks, Inc., 123textbooks.com, Low Price, Inc., Reliable Book Service and Ram Kishore, were responsible for the unauthorised importation, promotion and sale of non-US versions of educational textbooks. These textbooks were not authorised by the publishers for sale and/or distribution within the US, through national websites such as amazon.com, ebay.com, abebooks.com and half.com. Also, the publishers have alleged that the defendants misled US student buyers by obscuring the text, title and copyright information indicating titles were not authorised for sale in the US and then falsely advertised the infringing works using graphics, photographs and ISBN numbers associated with the US version of the works.

As part of the settlement, the defendants have agreed to pay the publishers an undisclosed sum and cease all importation, promotion and sales of the publishers' works; recall any and all versions of the publishers' works from retailers and distributors; and turn over any remaining non-US copies of educational material in their control or possession. This settlement is expected to shut down a number of organisations involved in the unauthorised importation and sale of textbooks in the United States.

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Symyx ties up with TIBCO to integrate Isentris with Spotfire DecisionSite - 22 Oct 2007

Symyx Technologies, Inc., a US-based provider of technologies for R&D, has announced an out-of-the-box integration between the Symyx Isentris informatics system (formerly MDL Isentris) and the TIBCO Spotfire DecisionSite visual analytics platform. The collaboration is the result of a strategic partnership between Symyx and TIBCO Spotfire.

The integration is projected to equip researchers to find the right data and leverage the best combination of research tools to make sound R&D decisions. Symyx Isentris, a scientist-centric research environment, seeks to integrate commercial and in-house data with workflow applications, calculators, predictors and other tools to help researchers work smarter, collaborate more effectively and make better informed, timelier decisions.

TIBCO Spotfire offers a direct, interactive, visual approach to data analysis that enables researchers to quickly and easily spot trends, outliers and unanticipated relationships in large, complex datasets. Integration of the Symyx Isentris and TIBCO Spotfire systems provides researchers with powerful, advanced data visualisation capabilities. This enables them to explore informative Structure Activity Relationships, carry out rich structure analyses, accelerate lead identification/optimisation, analyse datasets more easily and make decisions faster.

Working within Isentris, researchers can locate and pull together disparate data from multiple internal and external sources. They can then send the data to Spotfire DecisionSite (separate licence required) to visualise, analyse and interpret structures, scaffolds/Rgroups, test results, property data, calculated properties, etc. Subsequently, they can return the results to Symyx Isentris for further investigation, decision-making and reporting. Also, researchers can use guides and the publishing capabilities of Spotfire DecisionSite Posters to share pre-configured visualisations with colleagues-integrating informative visual analyses into the daily decision-making process within the Isentris workflow.

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TG Publishing changes name to Bestofmedia LLC - 22 Oct 2007

Technology media firm TG Publishing, US, has announced that it has changed its name to Bestofmedia LLC. The company is owned by the Bestofmedia Group, one of the top-three online media publishing companies for technology in the world with over 19.8 million readers.

Bestofmedia Group provides real-time technology product reviews, news and information to millions of IT decision makers, business executives, consumers, corporate buyers, industry analysts, tech enthusiasts and purchasing influencers. It is the publisher of Tom's Guide, Tom's Hardware, Tom's Games and other leading web publications.

Tom's Guide is an online resource for unbiased product reviews, price comparisons, news and information on consumer electronics and high technology products for the home or business. Tom's Hardware is one of the leading authorities worldwide for news, reviews and buyers guides for computer processors, motherboards, memory, graphics cards, displays, storage, computer peripherals, printers, cases, modding, PC cooling, power supplies and many more high technology products. Tom's Games targets the gaming community, providing information to avid gamers and active consumers of PC and console games.

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The IET announces launch of new web-based version of the Inspec Database - 22 Oct 2007

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) recently announced the forthcoming launch of Inspec Direct, a new web-based version of the Inspec Database that will be available directly from the IET. Slated for launch in January 2008, the new Inspec Direct platform will feature a user focused design that will support all levels of scientific and technical research in the corporate, industrial, government and academic sectors. IET is one of the world's largest professional engineering and technical societies and a leading international scientific and technical publisher.

The Inspec Direct platform will provide online access to abstracts and citations to millions of high quality, relevant peer-reviewed articles, conference proceedings and technical reports, via a secure and intuitive interface featuring state-of-the-art indexing, search features and analytical functionality. The Inspec Database is seen as a valuable source for scientists, engineers and information professionals around the world. The new web-based version seeks to provide a powerful precision research tool with highly sophisticated support functionality that will allow users to analyse, store and communicate their findings.

Researchers and information professionals are invited to trial the new platform for free at www.theiet.org/inspecdirect. The trial will allow users to familiarise themselves with the new system and get an insight into the features and functionalities available on the new platform.

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Cengage Learning names Patrick C. Sommers President of Gale - 19 Oct 2007

Print and digital information services provider Cengage Learning, US, has announced the appointment of Patrick C. Sommers as president of Gale, effective October 22, 2007. Sommers will work as part of the Cengage Learning management team and will report directly to Ronald G. Dunn, president and CEO of Cengage Learning.

Prior to this, Sommers served as president and CEO of SirsiDynix Corporation, a library automation and content company. Under his leadership, SirsiDynix grew organically and through acquisitions until it was sold in early 2007 to a private equity firm. Earlier, he also served as Chief Operating Officer of Dialog Corporation, a major provider of online databases and information solutions to libraries and corporations.

Best known for its authoritative reference publishing programmes, Gale produces a wide range of print and online information services for college, school and public libraries worldwide.

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Dear Subscribers - 19 Oct 2007

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Exhibitors happy with Frankfurt Book Fair - 19 Oct 2007

The 59th Frankfurt Book Fair recently concluded with exhibitors expressing satisfaction with the response from the public. A record 7,448 exhibitors from 108 countries participated in the fair, which was attended by more than 283,293 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 'Education for the Future' theme was present in several events throughout the Fair, especially during the Literacy Congress on the opening day. Digitisation was another major theme of the Fair, beginning with the International Rights Directors Meeting discussing the challenges of rights and licenses for the digital age, to top executives from some of the biggest international publishers - Penguin, Holtzbrinck, Random House and HarperCollins - having a round-table discussion about the quest for digital sales.

The Guest of Honour, Catalan Culture put on one of the most modern and multi-faceted programmes in the history of the Guest of Honour Programme. Both readers and international publishers discovered a hitherto little-known literature through readings and discussions with 150 Catalan authors, with more than 50 titles appearing in German for the first time at the Fair. At Frankfurt Book Fair 2008, scheduled for October 15-19, the Guest of Honour will be Turkey.

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Portico and American Marketing Association sign archiving agreement - 19 Oct 2007

Non-profit electronic archiving service provider Portico, US, has announced an agreement with the American Marketing Association (AMA) to preserve its online journals collection of four journals. With this inclusion, over 6,200 titles have now been entrusted to the Portico archive.

Through this agreement with Portico, AMA seeks to further its preservation strategy. Since 2003, AMA has worked with JSTOR to provide a trusted archive of its journals' back issues and through Portico, it provides for the ongoing preservation of its born-digital current issues. Working in collaboration, JSTOR, Portico, and AMA also intend to include the born-digital versions of the AMA titles in JSTOR in accordance with the moving wall.

The American Marketing Association is one of the largest professional associations for marketers with 38,000 members worldwide in every area of marketing. For over six decades the AMA has been the leading source for information, knowledge sharing and development in the marketing profession.

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Sage set to launch new journal - Foot & Ankle Specialist - 19 Oct 2007

Academic publisher SAGE has announced the launch of Foot & Ankle Specialist (FAS), a peer-reviewed journal offering clinical information for foot and ankle caregivers. The journal will be edited by Dr. Bob Baravarian, chief of podiatric surgery at Santa Monica/UCLA medical centre and an assistant clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Greg Berlet, chief, Foot and Ankle Surgery, at The Ohio State University Medical Centre Department of Orthopaedics, serves as Co-Editor.

A bimonthly, FAS offers the latest techniques and advancements in foot and ankle treatment through research reports and reviews, technical perspectives, case studies, and other evidence-based articles. The journal enables practitioners to address a broad range of disorders and provide their patients with the best current diagnosis and therapy.

The journal will be available electronically on the SAGE Journals Online platform, beginning February 2008. Institutional subscriptions will include combined (Print and E-access), E-access, or Print only options. The journal's new homepage on SAGE Journals Online will be http://fas.sagepub.com.

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Syngene International Limited adopts Symyx's DiscoveryGate content platform - 19 Oct 2007

Symyx Technologies, Inc., a US-based provider of technologies for R&D, has announced that India-based Syngene International Limited (a Biocon Company) has licensed Symyx's online DiscoveryGate content platform including CrossFire Beilstein, Patent Chemistry Database, Symyx Available Chemicals Directory (Symyx ACD) and a selection of Symyx Synthetic Methodology Databases. Syngene is a custom research company offering multidisciplinary drug discovery services in synthetic chemistry and molecular biology.

DiscoveryGate provides detailed information on more than 27 million chemical compounds, 17 million reactions and 500 million observed chemical facts including synthesis, bioactivity, metabolism, toxicology, physical property, chemical sourcing, pharmacology and patent data. Researchers with the full DiscoveryGate platform can access 17 databases including the Beilstein and Gmelin databases, Symyx ACD, Symyx Drug Data Report, Symyx Toxicity Database and authoritative reference works on synthetic methodology such as ChemInform Reaction Library, Symyx Solid-Phase Organic Reactions, Symyx Reference Library of Synthetic Methodology, Derwent Journal of Synthetic Methods, ORGSYN and Integrated Major Reference Works. Researchers can also search compounds in Pub hem and the Daren't World Patents Index and link to over 20,000 journal titles.

The Discovery Gate platform serves tens of thousands of researchers at more than 500 commercial, academic and government institutions worldwide and is supported on both the Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X platforms.

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Thomson Scientific report on materials published by pharmacy firms - 19 Oct 2007

Information solutions provider Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has published a report that seeks to provide an objective assessment of the tremendous volume of research being received within the clinical community. The report also aims to give expert measured insight into organizations that helped to shape professional opinions. The report, 'Who is Making the Biggest Splash?,' assesses the quantity and quality of the materials published by pharmaceutical companies, research institutions and other non-commercial organizations from April - June 2007. The target is to identify which organisation has made the biggest splash.

Novartis gained pole position in this quarter's analysis, knocking GlaxoSmithKline out of the top spot for the first time since June 2006. Researchers affiliated with the firm issued 82 articles, abstracts or scientific posters between April and June 2007, more than the 73 identified in the previous quarter. The company maintained its solid Thomson Source Score of 76. Three of the other organisations at the top of the list (AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, and Eli Lilly) this quarter also ranked in the top five last quarter.

Findings are based on information compiled from Thomson Pharma and the Thomson Message Mapping System, which provides data to the pharmaceutical industry in real time. The service evaluates specific drugs and therapies against competitors as new studies are being published, in a bid to help pharmaceutical companies to measure the overall impact of published scientific information.

A full copy of the report with analysis, is available at http://www.thomsonpharma.com/media/pdfs/tpqr/making-a-splash-apr2007.pdf.

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Wichtig Editore to deploy Preprint Manager to track production workflow - 19 Oct 2007

Medical publisher Wichtig Editore Srl, Italy, has announced that it will be extending its use of solutions from Aries Systems Corporation by adopting Preprint Manager for production workflow tracking in the fall of 2007. The independent publisher has been using Aries' Editorial Manager online manuscript management system in conjunction with its two leading medical journals.

Editorial Manager was first deployed by Wichtig Editore in March 2007 with the European Journal of Ophthalmology and the Journal of Nephrology. The system is used to manage all aspects of the editorial workflow, including author submission and peer review.

Preprint Manager is a stand-alone web-based content management system for scholarly journals, books and reference works. It enables scheduling and management of tasks such as copy editing, author proofing, composition and issue management. Users of Preprint Manager are projected to benefit from rationalisation of content production workflow; reduced time to publication; increased control over cost and content-related production tasks; and the ability to rapidly 'retool' production processes to create innovative publications and respond to competitive threats.

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BMJ Group, United Health Foundation publish guidelines on smoking cessation - 18 Oct 2007

Medical publisher BMJ Group, UK, and United Health Foundation, a non-profit private foundation established by UnitedHealth Group, are distributing important new guidelines regarding smoking cessation interventions to more than 500,000 physicians in the US. The report, titled 'Putting Evidence into Practice: Smoking Cessation', examines the current medical evidence for interventions that best help adults quit smoking. It also provides a practical toolkit for putting the evidence into everyday clinical practice.

Cigarette smoking remains the number one avoidable cause of death and disability within the US today. Encouraging smoking cessation is now recognised as a critical component of medical care and public health. To address this critical gap in knowledge, United Health Foundation commissioned the BMJ Group to review the currently available medical evidence regarding the effectiveness of various smoking cessation interventions. BMJ Group was also commissioned to develop a practical set of guidelines and tools that physicians can use in their interactions with patients who want to quit smoking.

In addition to this smoking cessation paper, for the past seven years, United Health Foundation has distributed BMJ Group's BMJ Clinical Evidence to physicians in the US. Launched in 1999, BMJ Clinical Evidence offers evidence-based synopses on the effectiveness of common clinical interventions. It provides systematic reviews of evidence for over 3,000 interventions and provides answers to more than 570 clinical questions. It is currently used by over one million clinicians worldwide, including 500,000 physicians in the US.

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Dear Subscribers - 18 Oct 2007

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EBSCO offers integrated e-journals title listing on A-to-Z - 18 Oct 2007

Subscription services provider EBSCO, US, has announced that customers of its online title listing service A-to-Z, who also subscribe to EBSCOhost Electronic Journal Service (EJS), can now view their EJS holdings within A-to-Z. End-users can now browse tables of content and view article-level details for many of their e-journals, all while remaining within the A-to-Z interface.

According to the company, not only does this make e-journal content more accessible for end-users, it also allows a library's preferred branding to be maintained while users perform their research.

EBSCO A-to-Z is a locator tool listing all of a library's e-resources, including e-journals, titles in full-text databases, publisher packages and e-books. It can include print titles and other local resources a user chooses to upload. The master EBSCO A-to-Z title database represents all major database vendors and publishers, with information on more than 221,000 unique titles from nearly 2,000 databases, e-journal and e-book packages.

It is expected that the easy-to-navigate, searchable list of journals will allow end-users to quickly find any journal or resource, even those buried in a database. Administrative tools allow them to customise the journal list for their library, including branding the site to match the appearance of the library's other web-based services.

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Healthnostics to incorporate Thomson Scientifics' Journal Citation Reports rankings into MedBioWorld portal - 18 Oct 2007

Medical and bioscience analytics company Healthnostics, Inc., US, has announced the incorporation of Thomson Scientifics' Journal Citation Reports ranking of medical and biotechnology journals into Healthnostics' MedBioWorld portal. MedBioWorld will now rank those select journals that meet the exacting standards of Journal Citation Reports, the recognised authority for evaluating journals. By doing so, the portal seeks to provide enhanced research and access for its professional users in finding and subscribing to the world's leading journals.

MedBioWorld claims to be one of the largest medical and biotechnology information resource and reference portals on the internet. The site provides access to valuable information through directories, targeted search engines and specialised databases, as well as through reference tools like dictionaries, calculators, blogs, and newsletters. In addition, the portal provides access to medical and biotechnology journals, associations, databases and other medical resources.

Healthnostics, Inc. is a medical and biotechnology analytics company that provides patient clinical monitoring and risk management systems to acute care hospitals. The company utilises its internet portals to deliver medical and biotechnology resource information to industry professionals as well as to the general public. Healthnostics' products include: MedGuardian, a patient care monitoring and risk management system for hospitals that is fully Web-based; and through the MedBioWeb subsidiary, MedBioWorld, one of the largest professional medical and biotechnology resource and reference portal sites on the Internet, and FamilyMedicalNet, a companion consumer healthcare information portal.

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Lippincott Williams & Wilkins announces publishing deal with the National Strength & Conditioning Association - 18 Oct 2007

Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced a new publishing partnership with the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). Under the deal, LWW will publish Strength and Conditioning Research and the Strength and Conditioning Journal, two leading publications in the field of sports medicine. The ten-year contract seeks to ensure that NSCA's 33,000 members receive a steady source of both peer-reviewed research findings and practical applications of new knowledge in the science of sport.

A quarterly publication, The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research covers original research that addresses optimal physical performance through applied exercise science. The journal is seen as a comprehensive, authoritative, and peer-reviewed reference source for research developments and scientific breakthroughs in all aspects of athletics training and performance.

A bimonthly, Strength & Conditioning Journal incorporates practical applications of research and offers hands-on clinical solutions from experienced strength and conditioning professionals. The journal is a leading resource for strength coaches, personal trainers, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and other health professionals working in the strength and conditioning field throughout the US.

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Springer and New York Botanical Garden Press partner to publish botanical journals - 18 Oct 2007

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced a publishing partnership with the New York Botanical Garden Press. Under the deal, Springer will publish the latter's journals - The Botanical Review, Brittonia and Economic Botany - beginning in 2008. The New York Botanical Garden Press previously self-published these quarterly journals, starting with Brittonia in 1931.

For over half a century, The Botanical Review has been a leading international journal noted for its in-depth articles on a broad spectrum of botanical fields including systematics, phytogeography, evolution, physiology, ecology, morphology, paleobotany and anatomy.

Published since 1931, Brittonia is seen as an important outlet for the publication of original research articles on a variety of botanical topics. It contains papers by the staff of the Botanical Garden and outside contributors, as well as book reviews, announcements and news.

Interdisciplinary in scope, Economic Botany bridges the gap between pure and applied botany by focusing on the uses of plants by people. The journal documents the rich relationship that has always existed between plants and humans. First published in 1947, it has been the official publication of the Society for Economic Botany since 1959.

The three journals will be available in print and on Springer's online platform www.springerlink.com. All articles will be published online via Online First before they appear in print, thereby providing the global community with immediate access to new research results. In addition, all authors have the option of publishing their articles using the open access publishing model via the Springer Open Choice programme. Also, the global publisher will digitise the back volumes of the journals, making them available to readers through the Springer Online Archives Collection.

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Swets names Jose Luis Andrade as President of Swets North America - 18 Oct 2007

Subscription services provider Swets, Netherlands, has announced the appointment of Jose Luis Andrade as the new President of Swets North America.

In his new position, Andrade will be responsible for managing all of the sales, marketing, customer service, finance and operations activities in the US and Canada. He most recently served the company as General Manager for Latin America, a position he held from 2004 to the present. In that role, he was responsible for customer acquisition, retention and partnership development. He completely restructured the sales operations in the region, and designed and executed a new marketing strategy.

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

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Wiley-Blackwell to publish IAFN's Journal of Forensic Nursing - 18 Oct 2007

Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc, US, has announced that it has been selected by the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) to publish the Journal of Forensic Nursing. With this addition, the global publisher seeks to further strengthen its position as the publisher of choice for societies and organisations focused on all aspects of nursing.

A quarterly publication, the Journal of Forensic Nursing is the official journal of the IAFN. The journal covers all facets of this multidisciplinary specialty, including health care, law enforcement, legal issues, and forensic science. It features empirical studies; review and theoretical articles; methodological papers; and case studies. Topics include interpersonal violence (sexual assault, abuse, domestic violence); death investigation; legal and ethical issues; forensic psychiatric nursing; correctional nursing; and emergency and trauma.

Starting in 2008, each issue of the journal will be published both in print and online at http://www.blackwell-synergy.com.

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Dear Subscribers - 17 Oct 2007

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 to offer PathConsult through mTuitive's xPert for Pathology system - 17 Oct 2007

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to offer its PathConsult online diagnosis resource tool through mTuitive's xPert for Pathology system. The agreement allows pathologists to maximise the accuracy and efficiency of their diagnoses by providing access to the advanced information resources of PathConsult to xPert for Pathology users.

According to the College of American Pathologists' protocols, mTuitive's xPert for Pathology is an interactive software product for quickly and easily reporting malignant tumors. The product provides expert guidance, error checks and complete documentation, with the aim of standardising practice and providing knowledge to the practitioner at critical decision times.

PathConsult is an Elsevier clinical decision support tool that provides the latest clinical content, along with thousands of images, in an online resource allowing professionals to quickly get the diagnostic information they need, exactly when they need it.

mTuitive, Inc. develops data capture and synoptic reporting software to assist health care professionals in recording clinical findings and maintaining compliance with established protocols and guidelines. mTuitive software improves care to the patient through quality assurance and error reduction while standardising and automating manual reporting processes, reducing both time and labor costs.

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Inderscience brings out inaugural issue of three new journals - 17 Oct 2007

Scientific publisher Inderscience, Switzerland, has announced the publication of the first issue of three new journals. The journals are: International Journal of Design Engineering; International Journal of Precision Technology; and International Journal of Procurement Management.

International Journal of Design Engineering proposes and fosters discussion on up to date research findings and achievements in design engineering and related areas, and identifies new technology requirements, needs and priorities in those areas. It offers the reader a wealth of valuable material on the theories and practices which underpin successful research and development in design engineering.

A quarterly publication, International Journal of Precision Technology promotes technological advances in precision engineering that are not accompanied by science and mathematics. The journal seeks to attract papers that deal with normal, precision, high precision, and ultra-precision machining processes, and the machine tools, cutting tools and measurement systems involved in these processes.

International Journal of Procurement Management deals with the development of procurement resources, with emphasis on the implications that purchasing and supply management functions have on organisational productivity and competitiveness in the global market. The journal provides a platform for interaction between researchers and practitioners who are dealing with procurement function and supply management.

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Infused Solutions to resell RedDot web software to higher education institutions - 17 Oct 2007

Enterprise content management (ECM) software provider Open Text Corporation, US, has announced a partnership between RedDot, its web solutions arm, and Infused Solutions. Under the deal, Infused Solutions, which has been an Open Text partner since 2005, will also resell web software from RedDot. US-based Infused Solutions is a systems integrator specialising in web solutions for institutions of higher education.

The extended partnership is seen to be a part of Open Text's commitment to enhancing and expanding the reach and capabilities of its partners by introducing other products and solutions available from the Open Text portfolio. Under the deal, RedDot web content management and delivery software and services will be provided to the Commonwealth of Virginia public institutions of higher education. The partnership provides these institutions with the ability to leverage academic pricing for RedDot software and services.

Virginia Commonwealth University and Longwood University have selected Infused Solutions to implement RedDot Content Management to manage new web, intranet and extranet sites. RedDot web content management and targeted delivery solutions are projected to allow Infused Solutions' teams to quickly and easily build web, intranet and extranet sites for their higher education clients.

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NHS library signs deal for single login - 17 Oct 2007

The National Library for Health (NLH) of the US' National Health Service (NHS) has reportedly announced a five-year agreement for the provision of single sign-on access to a series of online information resources. The NLH provides access to full-text journals, reference materials, e-books and clinical databases to over 257,000 staff and placement students in the UK via the NLH portal.

The NLH portal uses data provided by the Athens access and identity management service to identify users' organisational affiliations. Athens, a service of non-profit IT services group Eduserv, is used by many higher education institutions. NHS workers across the UK will now be able to access web services such as journals and databases that the NHS trust subscribes to, as well as local and national news items.

The NLH portal's use of Athens enables users to search across all of the resources that they are permitted to access. The service also allows the portal to save the searches and settings of individual users. So every time users log on to the portal with their Athens username and password, the portal customises itself according to their preferences.

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Scandinavian scientific journal converts to open access - 17 Oct 2007

Open Access publisher Co-Action Publishing, Scandinavia, has announced an agreement with the Swedish Nutrition Foundation. Under the deal, Co-Action Publishing will publish the latter's scientific journal, Food & Nutrition Research (formerly Scandinavian Journal of Food & Nutrition), starting January 2008. As of January 2008, researchers will be able to access all of the journal's content free of subscription fees.

The journal will be funded by a combination of modest publication fees, which are generally covered by an author's institution or funding agency, online advertising and commercially sponsored OA supplements to the journal. An annual low-cost print edition of the journal will be available to those libraries and individuals who wish to purchase a copy.

Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Prof. Nils-Georg Asp, will work with Editors Asim Duttaroy, Mikael Fogelholm and Inge Tetens, and an international Editorial Board, to develop the journal into one of the most reliable sources of research on human nutrition. All submissions will be strictly reviewed by leading experts in relevant fields.

The first OA articles are due for publication in early 2008. Under a Creative Commons license, authors will retain the non-commercial copyright to their work, and other users will be free to download, copy, distribute and re-use materials for any educational purpose as long as the original source is duly attributed.

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Thomson completes sale of Thomson Prometric - 17 Oct 2007

Information solutions provider Thomson Corporation, US, has announced that it has completed the sale of Thomson Prometric to leading educational measurement and research organisation, Educational Testing Service (ETS), for nearly $435 million. The purchase price includes $310 million in cash plus $125 million to be paid through a promissory note due in 2014, and is subject to certain post-closing adjustments. In July 2007, Thomson announced it had entered into a definitive agreement with ETS.

The sale is part of Thomson's previously announced strategy to sell the assets of its Learning business via three independent sales processes to enable Thomson to pursue opportunities better aligned with its growth strategy and business model.

Thomson Prometric is claimed to be a global leader in technology-enabled assessment services, providing paper-and-pencil, internet and computer-based testing solutions. It offers a fully integrated testing system that includes test development, test delivery and data management capabilities. On behalf of more than 400 clients in the academic, professional, government, corporate and information technology markets, Thomson Prometric develops and/or delivers assessments through a global network of testing centers in 132 countries as well as direct to candidates via the Internet.

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BioMed Central launches new journal - BMC Medical Genomics - 16 Oct 2007

Open access publisher BioMed Central, US, has announced the launch of a new journal, BMC Medical Genomics. The journal is the latest addition to the BMC series, a group of open access, peer-reviewed research-only journals that span most areas of biological and clinical research. Dr Melissa Norton will serve as Editor-in-Chief of the journal.

BMC Medical Genomics will publish original peer-reviewed research articles on genome-scale population genetics, genome structure, epigenomics, proteomics, functional genomics, systems analysis and pharmacogenomics in relation to human health and disease. In addition, it will publish commentary articles exploring new directions and innovations in medical genomics. The journal is set to publish its first articles in January 2008. It is currently accepting submissions. All manuscripts can be submitted using the online submission system.

As with the other medical journals in the BMC series, BMC Medical Genomics will use open peer review. The names of the peer reviewers will be known to the authors and the reports will be made public alongside the published article. The journal will be indexed/tracked/covered by PubMed, BIOSIS, CAS, Scopus, EMBASE, and Google Scholar.

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Dear Subscribers - 16 Oct 2007

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Excerpta Medica, Elsevier Interactive Solutions announce merger - 16 Oct 2007

Excerpta Medica, part of STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has merged with corporate sibling Elsevier Interactive Solutions (EIS). An interactive health communications agency, EIS has over a decade's experience creating online marketing and educational programmes for leading healthcare brands.

This merger will enable Excerpta Medica to offer customers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries a full range of comprehensive, turn-key communication solutions that combine important and timely clinical content with innovative online tools.

An Elsevier business, Excerpta Medica is a global communications company that services health care clients in the areas of medical education, medical communications, publication planning, and interactive solutions. To reflect the merger, EIS has changed its name to Excerpta Medica Interactive and will operate as a division of Excerpta Medica. Excerpta Medica Interactive will service clients globally from its offices in Toronto.

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KEP makes special e-book conversion offer for publishers - 16 Oct 2007

E-books provider Kreutzfeldt Electronic Publishing (KEP), Germany, has announced a special e-book conversion offer for publishers. At the recently concluded Frankfurt Book Fair, the company called for publishers to try out its data conversion service for Mobipocket eBooks with a discount. The rebate, valid for orders placed until October 31, is part of the company's 10th anniversary celebrations.

The Mobipocket eBook format allows e-books to be used on all mobile platforms including Pocket PC, Palm and Smartphone, as well as on a PC. With its experience in e-book conversions, the company developed a complex build-system, which guarantees a high standard of conversion at an attractive rate. Among the special features are an advanced full-text search, disinflection and other dictionary-related features and user-friendly layouts optimised for small screens. Even though reference works are their special focus, KEP is open to all kinds of books.

KEP is a multimedia company which focuses on mobile e-books and e-learning. It provides data preparation and conversion to international publishers. The company has its own online shop for medical e-books (http://www.med4mobile.de/), and for general titles (http://www.ebookportal.de/).

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SAGE Reference's new encyclopedia of global health - 16 Oct 2007

Academic and professional publisher SAGE has announced the launch of Sage Reference's new 4-volume Encyclopedia of Global Health. Written by an international team of global health experts, the encyclopedia is edited by Dr. Yawei Zhang from the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at Yale University.

The encyclopedia examines every aspect of health around the world. More than 1,200 authoritative, highly-accessible A-to-Z entries cover every region of the world, focusing on key areas such as children's health; localised diseases (heart, lungs, etc.); systemic diseases (whole body diseases); drugs and drug companies; health sciences; men's health; mental health; procedures and therapies; research; society and health (technology, government, insurance, etc.); and women's health. In addition, biographies of major doctors and researchers, profiles of medical institutions, organisations, and corporations, as well as stand-out discoveries and advances are also spotlighted. An in-depth chronology detailing the important advances in health through history is also provided.

The encyclopedia is projected as an essential addition to all public, academic and medical libraries. It seeks to inform readers about the current issues and challenges facing the field of global health, supporting effective participation in the worldwide health discourse.

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The McGraw-Hill Companies open new global headquarters for higher education Science, Engineering and Math business - 16 Oct 2007

Information services provider McGraw-Hill Companies, US, has officially opened its new environmentally-friendly global headquarters for its higher education science, engineering and math group at the Port of Dubuque, Iowa. To mark the occasion, Harold McGraw III, chairman, president and CEO of The McGraw-Hill Companies, announced the launch of the William C. Brown/James H. McGraw Greater Dubuque College Scholarship Competition.

The scholarship competition, administered by Scholarship America, will award two $10,000 grants to Greater Dubuque-area high school seniors who plan to continue their education in a four-year college degree programme, majoring in the disciplines of science, engineering or math. Each grant is for $2,500 annually over four years. The submission process includes an essay and research project focused on fostering economic growth and development through technology and eco-friendly practices. Winners will be announced in early spring 2008.

In the new four-story, state-of-the-art building, nearly 400 McGraw-Hill Education employees provide editorial, production and marketing services focused on the development of higher education textbooks, digital products and other content for the critical subjects of science, engineering, math and allied health.

McGraw-Hill Education also operates a distribution center in Dubuque, which is the primary distribution point for educational products offered by CTB/McGraw-Hill. CTB/McGraw-Hill is a leading publisher of standardised student achievement tests, and McGraw-Hill Professional, which focuses on professional, reference, and trade publishing.

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Yale University Press adds digital content to OCLC's NetLibrary - 16 Oct 2007

University press Yale University Press, US, has announced that it is adding digital content to NetLibrary. The e-content platform of global library cooperative OCLC, Inc., NetLibrary is a provider of electronic content to academic, public and other libraries.

Founded in 1908, Yale University Press is one of the oldest and largest American University Presses. The publications of the Press include books and other materials that seek to further scholarly investigation, advance interdisciplinary inquiry, stimulate public debate, educate both within and outside the classroom and enhance cultural life. In its commitment to increasing the range and vigour of intellectual pursuits within the university and elsewhere, Yale University Press seeks to continually extend its horizons.

There are more than 400 Yale University Press titles currently available through NetLibrary, and a total of more than 2,000 titles will be added once the backlist is digitised.

OCLC NetLibrary provides content and technical delivery solutions to institutional libraries, corporations and government agencies that facilitate the purchase, management and distribution of research, reference, digital learning and general interest content via web-based technologies. NetLibrary's eContent solution is claimed to be the most broadly adopted in the market, making the content of more than 400 publishers and e-content providers available through more than 15,000 libraries worldwide. OCLC NetLibrary now offers more than 150,000 titles through its e-content platform.

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Biomed Central launches new journal - Journal of Biological Engineering - 15 Oct 2007

Open access publisher BioMed Central, US, has announced the launch of a new open access journal, Journal of Biological Engineering (JBE). Dr Mark Riley, Associate Professor at the University of Arizona's Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, will serve as the journal's Editor-in-Chief. He will be supported by an expert Editorial Board.

The official publication of the Institute of Biological Engineering, the Journal of Biological Engineering will cover all aspects of biological engineering. The journal seeks to provide a forum for topics that address the basic questions that unify all applications of biological engineering.

Articles in JBE are listed in PubMed and archived at PubMed Central. JBE manuscripts will integrate engineering with life sciences to generate new quantitative methods, models, and information. The journal invites manuscript submissions that address theoretical and applied approaches to design, optimise, and use biological systems ranging in scale from molecules, cells, organisms, to ecosystems.

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BSI British Standards joins CrossRef as a new member - 15 Oct 2007

Publisher linking services provider CrossRef, US, recently announced that the UK's National Standards Body, BSI British Standards, has joined CrossRef as a new member.

As a member, subject to the creation of an appropriate protocol, BSI will be able to register standards with CrossRef and implement interlinking with other scholarly and scientific publications. This will be achieved through use of the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) System for which CrossRef provides content registration services. CrossRef includes hundreds of publishers and societies, with 28.9 million content items registered to date. BSI British Standards has 27,000 current standards.

CrossRef and BSI British Standards will work together to establish a working group of interested parties, made up of both CrossRef members and outside organisations, to discuss best practice for assigning DOI names to standards. Together, both companies seek to make standards more visible, provide a common way to cite standards, and enable linking between standards and the rest of the scholarly literature.

BSI British Standards is recognised globally for its independence, integrity and innovation in the production of standards and information products that promote and share best practices. BSI British Standards works with businesses, consumers and government to represent UK interests and to make sure that British, European and international standards are useful, relevant and authoritative.

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Dear Subscribers - 15 Oct 2007

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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Holtzbrinck changes name to Macmillan - 15 Oct 2007

Publisher Holtzbrinck Publishers, US, has announced that the Company's US operations are to be re-branded from Holtzbrinck Publishers to Macmillan.

Macmillan is one of the most venerable and respected names in publishing, and is already the name of the English and Spanish language publishing operations of the Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck in over 70 countries. The name change will affect the corporate and consolidated functions that have been using the Holtzbrinck name in the US including the executive offices, trade publishing sales, operations, IT, legal, finance, human resources and other centralised functions. In addition, Audio Renaissance, the audio publishing imprint of Holtzbrinck Publishers, will now be known as Macmillan Audio.

Apart from these changes, the names of the company's many divisions and imprints in consumer publishing, educational publishing, magazines, and digital media, will remain unchanged.

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Portico signs archiving agreement with the American Society of Clinical Oncology - 15 Oct 2007

Non-profit electronic archiving service provider Portico, US, has announced the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) as its latest publisher participant. This inclusion brings the number of titles in the Portico archive to over 6,200.

Through this agreement with Potico, the Society seeks to ensure that its online journals are preserved and available for future scholars, researchers, and students. In addition, ASCO has agreed to make an annual financial contribution to Portico and has designated the Archive as an official delivery platform for post-cancellation access claims.

Founded in 1964, ASCO is a non-profit organisation representing physicians and health-care professionals in all oncology subspecialties who care for people with cancer. With nearly 25,000 members worldwide, the society advances the education of oncologists and other oncology professionals through its publications and conferences and is an advocate for policies that provide access to high-quality cancer care.

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SAGE set to publish Urban Studies journal - 15 Oct 2007

Academic publisher SAGE has announced a new agreement to publish the journal, Urban Studies, from 2008. The title joins a well established publishing programme of SAGE books, journals and reference works in urban studies, including the Handbook of Urban Studies; European Urban and Regional Research; and Urban Affairs Review.

Urban Studies seeks to provide an international forum for the discussion of issues in the fields of urban and regional analysis and planning. The journal publishes leading articles from urban scholars working from within a variety of disciplines, including geography, economics, sociology, political science as well as planning and public administration. While contribution to academic scholarship is the mainstay of the journal, its intent is to also inform practitioners of the changing urban scene.

With the new partnership, SAGE will aim to increase the global reach of the journal, while continuing to build on the high quality editorial and production associated with it. The global publisher has also made major investments in online and marketing technologies to ensure the most effective dissemination of research to readers.

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Symyx upgrades Isentris system to integrate data and streamline workflows - 15 Oct 2007

Symyx Technologies, Inc., a US-based provider of technologies for R&D, recently announced enhancements to the MDL Isentris system, which will henceforth be known as Symyx Isentris. The new enhancements include giving research organisations improved ability to speed R&D experimentation, reduce costs and improve productivity. Symyx Isentris 3.0 bridges internal and external information in a single search, alerting researchers to relevant data and integrating leading scientific tools on the desktop.

The new capabilities in the system offer significant enhancements over its predecessor, ISIS. Symyx Isentris enables scientist-empowered access, personalised data views, flagging of relevant data and other features that seek to improve the efficiency and productivity of scientific research and development. With easy deployment and many out-of-the-box productivity features, it integrates applications, data and business rules.

With Isentris 3.0, researchers can quickly create forms to retrieve the precise chemical and biological data they want, without relying on IT assistance. They can save sophisticated searches and use the same forms to generate comprehensive reports for sharing with colleagues. Synthetic chemists can formulate reaction plans using a reaction planning tool while leveraging access to the world's largest set of reaction databases-over 17 million reactions-including access to CrossFire Beilstein, other Symyx reaction data sources and in-house reaction data.

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UK publishers and funders reach agreement on open access and re-use rights - 15 Oct 2007

The UK PubMed Central Publishers Panel has agreed on a set of principles in relation to the re-use of documents for which an open access (OA) fee has been paid. The panel comprises research funders and STM and scholarly publisher trade associations.

The agreement recognises that it is in the interests of fostering and promoting research that OA articles may be freely copied and used for text and data mining purposes, provided certain norms are met. The norms stipulate that the uses are fully attributed, undertaken on a non-commercial basis, and do not interfere with any moral rights of the author(s) of the articles. In addition to making such papers freely accessible to users worldwide at the time of publication, other re-use of the content such as further redistribution, adaptation and translation is encouraged under licence from individual rights-holders. A number of publishers already provide an OA option in accord with the principles agreed here including Springer, OUP and Elsevier.

The Statement of Principle also stresses the value publishers add to the research process, and encourages funding bodies to establish clear funding mechanisms to ensure that these legitimate research costs can be met.

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New England Journal of Medicine selects Manuscript Central platform for online peer review - 12 Oct 2007

The Massachusetts Medical Society's New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has selected ScholarOne's Manuscript Central as its online peer review system.

The NEJM is a weekly general medical journal that publishes new medical research findings, review articles, and editorial opinion on a wide variety of topics of importance to biomedical science and clinical practice. Material is published with an emphasis on internal medicine and specialty areas including allergy/immunology, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology, kidney disease, oncology, pulmonary disease, rheumatology, HIV, and infectious diseases.

Manuscript Central is seen to offer a number of features to address scholarly publishers' needs, enabling users to submit, review, annotate and format technical manuscripts in innovative ways. Also, Thomson Scientific's recent acquisition of ScholarOne enables it to combine elements of Manuscript Central, Web of Science and EndNote within a new Manuscript Management Toolset designed to enhance each stage of the manuscript review process.

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Author Solutions completes acquisition of iUniverse - 12 Oct 2007

Author Solutions, Inc., US, a Bertram Capital-owned holding company, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of iUniverse, a leading self-publishing company. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. iUniverse will now join AuthorHouse as one of the brands of Author Solutions. With this acquisition, the company seeks to further strengthen the offerings of AuthorHouse and iUniverse while maintaining their respective identities in the marketplace.

AuthorHouse seeks to provide premier book publishing and marketing services for authors. It offers a broad array of tools and services to allow authors to make their own choices throughout the publishing process. Authors retain all rights, maintain editorial control and choose the exact selection of services that best suits their goals.

iUniverse has been focused on providing authors with the publishing expertise required for professional results. Now, through Author Solutions, the company will provide all authors-both self-published and traditionally published - with a wider range of services.

AuthorHouse and iUniverse offices will remain open in all six locations around the world.

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Dear Subscribers - 12 Oct 2007

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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EMpact to market IGI Global's electronic resources to European organisations - 12 Oct 2007

Journal subscription services provider EBSCO Information Services, US, has announced that publisher IGI Global has partnered with EMpact Sales (EMpact), the publisher representation group within the EBSCO Information Services division. Under the deal, EMpact will market two of IGI's key electronic resources to organisations in Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Germany and Poland. IGI Global is an international publishing company specialising in STM research publications.

EMpact's sales force and support team will provide InfoSci-Books (formerly the IGI Full-Text Online Journal Collection) as well as InfoSci-Journals to libraries. InfoSci-Books include access to full-text chapters from IGI Global's books and reference works published from 2000 to present.

Founded in 1987, IGI Global publishes encyclopedias, books, journals and teaching cases. The company publishes under five imprints - IGI Publishing, IRM Press, Information Science Publishing, CyberTech Publishing and Information Science Reference. It also produces high-quality research and professional publications. Each IGI publication is aimed at aiding information science and technology professionals in keeping up with emerging innovations, technologies and managerial techniques.

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McGraw-Hill Higher Education expands partnership with Chinese firm - 12 Oct 2007

Educational material publisher McGraw-Hill Higher Education, US, has announced the expansion of an existing publishing alliance with Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP), a China-based provider of foreign language education materials. Under the deal, the two partners will expand their efforts to provide more high quality teaching and learning materials to colleges and universities across North America.

The McGraw-Hill Higher Education/FLTRP co-publishing programme was launched in 2006, and began with Me and China, a college-level, introductory Chinese text for heritage speakers published this year. The next major undertaking for the two publishers will be a text for an introductory Chinese-language college course. It will be published in early 2009. This textbook will target students who are learning the Chinese dialect Mandarin for the first time. The text will attempt to take a more innovative approach than most traditional Chinese curriculum texts, focusing on the functional use of Chinese through communicative tasks and a spiraled syllabus. This is seen to enable learners to integrate and consolidate what they have learned.

Dr. Jun Liu, professor and head of the department of English at the College of Humanities at the University of Arizona, will lead the author team.

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OCLC announces feature enhancements to digital collection management software - 12 Oct 2007

Global library cooperative OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc., US, has announced that it has added new features and functionality to CONTENTdm, the leading digital collection management software for libraries and other cultural heritage institutions. Libraries can now easily manage and access documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) and integrate digital collection growth into their current cataloging workflows.

With CONTENTdm 4.3, libraries can more easily manage PDF files. Multiple-page PDF files can be automatically converted to compound objects with searchable full text which allows users to retrieve page-level search results within a PDF. Full-text extraction and generation of thumbnail images from the PDF happen automatically. End users can also select any subset of pages from the PDF to print or save, making it easy to get just the information they need.

The new CONTENTdm release also supports the OCLC Connexion digital import feature which allows catalogers using the Connexion client to add digital items to CONTENTdm collections during the Connexion cataloging process. This new feature streamlines digital collection creation by integrating it with standard cataloging workflows.

OCLC's CONTENTdm software offers a complete set of tools to store, manage and deliver digital collections such as historical documents, photos, newspapers, audio and video on the Web. It is used by hundreds of institutions worldwide to manage thousands of digital collections.

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Thomson Scientific adds enhancements to INPADOC database on Dialog - 12 Oct 2007

Information solutions provider Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced enhancements to the INPADOC/Patent Family and Legal Status database on Dialog. Enhancements include an extended content set, additional search capabilities and more comprehensive results for patent searchers.

INPADOC is a comprehensive resource of about 62.5 million patents represented in 34 million patent family records from more than 80 countries. The INPADOC database on Dialog is claimed to be unique because it brings together equivalent patents that share common priorities for a particular invention in a single family record.

New content, indexing and display enhancements have been added to INPADOC on Dialog. Approximately 10 million family records will be enhanced with either abstracts, search reports or both. About 100,000 19th century patents are available. Cited references are available for both searching and display, making prior art and patent infringement screening more effective. The format of all patent application and publication numbers has been normalised for consistency and ease of retrieval. Each patent in the patent family table includes the week it was originally added to the database. Indexing has been enhanced with the addition of new fields and searchable European Classification (ECLA) codes, among other changes.

INPADOC data is projected to be better organised and easier to read when displayed in Dialog interfaces supporting HTML. New alerting formats provide a summary of changes to the record made in the current update which allows the user to pinpoint new information more easily. All full formats include the patent family table. Data presented in table format, such as patent families, priorities and IPC codes, can be easily cut and pasted into spreadsheet and word processing software.

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CHEST signs up Accucoms for sales representation services - 11 Oct 2007

Accucoms, a Netherlands-based provider of sales and marketing services to scholarly and society publishers, has announced its first agreement to deliver its recently launched sales representation services in Latin America. CHEST, the official publication of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), has been a client since January when it signed up for European sales and customer support services.

A monthly publication, CHEST: The Cardiopulmonary and Critical Care Journal features technologically advanced clinical investigations in the multidisciplinary specialties of chest medicine, such as pulmonology, cardiology, thoracic surgery, transplantation, sleep and breathing and airways disease. The journal also covers basic science, special reports, case reports and board review questions. Editorials and communications to the editor explore controversial issues and encourage further discussion by physicians dealing with chest medicine.

Established in 2004, Accucoms caters to a global market. The company offers publishers worldwide a sales representation service that includes face-to-face selling, account management, representation at library events, telesales and local language marketing activities.

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Collexis and SyynX to offer preview of scientific networking site - 11 Oct 2007

Knowledge management and discovery software developer Collexis, US, and its German partner SyynX Solutions have announced the preview of a new life sciences social networking site to representatives from global book publishing and multimedia companies. The preview is being held October 10-12 at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany.

The online community is seen to represent the next generation in social networks. Designed to promote collaborative research and development in advancing medical science, the site is slated for launch in January, when its name and web address will be formally released to the public. Frankfurt Book Fair attendees can gain access to the site at the companies' joint booth, number 417 in Hall 4.2, any time during the conference.

The site is claimed to be the first social networking application to incorporate pre-generated expert profiles of over 1.4 million biomedical experts from more than 150 countries. Currently, it houses nearly 12 million pre-established network connections, automatically generated from over six million scientific publications from 6,500 journals. Contrary to the first generation social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn, this life science open platform goes to the next level and reflects the real-life activity network of the experts worldwide.

The social networking site is based on Collexis' proprietary Fingerprint technology, a research tool already employed by organisations such as Johns Hopkins, the Mayo Clinic, Harvard University and the National Institutes of Health.

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Dear Subscribers - 11 Oct 2007

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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DynaMed to offer institution-wide CME credits via Tufts Health Care Institute and Tufts University School of Medicine - 11 Oct 2007

Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO), a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., US, has announced a partnership with Tufts Health Care Institute (THCI) and Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) Office of Continuing Education, to provide institutional access to Internet point-of-care CME/CE credits via DynaMed. This partnership is projected to further enhance the ability of DynaMed users to incorporate education into their practice on a daily basis.

DynaMed is EBSCO's evidence-based reference resource. The database can work within electronic health records and is claimed to be the only evidence-based reference resource shown to answer most clinical questions. In order to meet the continuing medical education needs of physicians and other healthcare professionals, DynaMed can now be integrated with the Tufts Online Credit Tracker for institution-wide access to CME/CE.

The THCI manages the TUSM Office of Continuing Education, a nationally accredited provider of continuing education for physicians, nurses and pharmacists. The THCI has developed the Online Credit Tracker for issuing and recording Continuing Education credits and certificates. The Tracker enables learners to quickly and easily obtain their certificates and maintain a record of their accredited activities. Institutional access to DynaMed and the Tufts Online Credit Tracker provides clinicians with new and efficient opportunities to access continuing medical education within the clinical workflow.

DynaMed is approved as a source of point-of-care learning CME/CE in the US. A link within the search results of DynaMed will allow healthcare providers to receive Internet Point-of-Care CME credits from Tufts for their searches. Current DynaMed users can upgrade to the institutional CME/CE module to begin receiving continuing education credits.

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Gibson Library Connections boosts eBook Business with ebrary platform - 11 Oct 2007

Gibson Library Connections (GLC), a leading provider of eBooks to the Canadian library community, has announced that it has expanded its product line and customer base since licensing the ebrary platform in 2005. Among other achievements, GLC's growing roster of customers now exceeds 35 Canadian institutions including over one third of the universities in the country, representing more than 500,000 end users. In 2007, the company estimates it will increase its revenue by more than 300 percent over the previous year.

In June 2005, Gibson launched the Canadian Electronic Library (CEL) with the Canadian Publishers and Canadian Public Policy Collections using the ebrary platform. At the time, the Publishers Collection included approximately 2,000 titles from a dozen publishers, which GLC licensed to Canadian libraries under a subscription model.

By the end of the year, CEL will include more than 14,000 titles making it Canada's largest collection of eBooks for libraries. The selection includes nearly 7,000 current in-copyright titles from 50 major Canadian publishers such as McClelland & Stewart, Irwin law, University of Toronto Press, and McGill-Queen's University Press. CEL customers may choose among pre-selected databases or purchase titles individually. In 2008, GLC plans to migrate to ebrary's forthcoming standalone licensed product, which will be implemented and maintained in Canada.

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Springer announces publishing partnership with Estuarine Research Federation - 11 Oct 2007

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced a publishing partnership with the Estuarine Research Federation (ERF). Under the deal, Springer will publish the latter's journal - Estuaries and Coasts. Carlos Duarte of the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies in Esporles, Spain, and James Cloern of the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California, will serve as Editors-in-Chief of the journal, the first Springer issue of which will be February 2008. The partnership will be officially announced at the forthcoming ERF 2007 Conference from November 4-8, 2007.

Appearing six times a year, Estuaries and Coasts plays a key role in promoting research on and management of estuarine and coastal ecosystems. The journal will publish research on physical, chemical, geological or biological systems, as well as management of those systems, at the interface between the land and the sea. The interface is broadly defined to include areas within estuaries, lagoons, wetlands, tidal rivers, watersheds that include estuaries, and near-shore coastal waters.

Springer will publish the journal both in print and online. The journal will include Online First, Cross Reference Linking, and Alert services. In addition, all Estuaries and Coasts authors, via the Springer Open Choice programme, will have the option of publishing their articles using the open access publishing model. The journal will be included in OARE, AGORA, and INASP, three of the developing countries initiatives in which Springer plays a leading role. These initiatives provide scientists, researchers, and policymakers in low-income countries with free or very low-cost online access to Springer journals.

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Thomson Scientific' new study ranks Australian universities and research institutes - 11 Oct 2007

Information solutions provider Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced the results of a study analysing Australian institutions' research influence and scientific output. The September/October issue of Science Watch analyses data from its Australian University Indicators 1981-2006 to evaluate universities and research institutions based on total citations and impact. Science Watch is a subscription newsletter that uses citation data from Thomson Scientific to provide rankings, interviews and reports on present day's most significant science.

The study ranks institutions by impact and total citations across 21 fields as well as overall output and impact. The University of Melbourne occupies the lead position in this survey by frequently ranking among the top three in many of the scientific fields. The university ranked in both citations and impact in five scientific fields - physics, neurosciences, pharmacology, microbiology, and psychology/psychiatry.

Of total citations garnered by the institutions that ranked among the top three in these 21 fields, the University of Sydney collected the highest overall total, with more than 64,000. The University of Melbourne, with more than 51,000 citations, and the University of New South Wales, with more than 41,000 citations, were placed second and third respectively.

In overall impact rankings, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute garnered first place over every other institution with the highest impact across all fields with an average of nearly 20 citations per paper. The Garvan Institute of Medical Research, with an average of almost 14 citations per paper, and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Center, with close to 13 average citations per paper, round out the top three institutes with the highest impact.

The University of Sydney was ranked as the most prolific institution with more than 13,000 papers published between 2002-2006. With 11,503 papers, the University of Queensland was ranked second. This was followed by the University of Melbourne with 11,220 papers.

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Wiley-Blackwell, ISTE announce publishing partnership - 11 Oct 2007

Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc, US, has announced an agreement with ISTE Ltd., the English language division of Hermes Science & Lavoisier. Effective January 2008, Wiley-Blackwell will become the latter's exclusive co-publisher in the Americas, Asia, and other territories worldwide.

Under the agreement, Wiley-Blackwell and ISTE will co-publish nearly 60 books per year in the fields of electrical, civil, and mechanical engineering; information and communication technology; numerical methods; materials science; digital signal and image processing; and networks. Thirty-four new titles will be available in the first quarter of 2008. In addition to completely new titles, the agreement includes updated and expanded English-language versions of books originally published in French.

Wiley-Blackwell will be responsible for all sales activities for these jointly branded titles in its territories, including marketing and distribution. The global publisher will also manage eBook and online sales of the titles via the Wiley InterScience platform. Also, it will be distributing select backlist titles. These include titles such as Structural Health Monitoring, Free-Space Optics, Particle Swarm Optimization, Protection of Electrical Networks, Graphs and Networks, Robot Manipulators, Organic Materials in Civil Engineering, Fundamentals of Instrumentation and Measurement, and Multimedia Multicast on the Internet.

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Dear Subscribers - 10 Oct 2007

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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Duke University Press selects ebrary platform to host new eBook collection - 10 Oct 2007

E-book technology firm ebrary, US, has announced that Duke University Press has licensed its platform to host and deliver a new eBook product, the e-Duke Scholarly Books Collection. The new product is scheduled for release in January 2009, with a pilot programme taking place during 2008 for a limited number of library partners.

Using the ebrary platform, Duke will distribute the new collection directly to the academic library community under a perpetual access model. Key features and benefits of the platform include ability to distribute digital content under multiple business models (subscription, perpetual access, pay-per-use); 'Browse-before-buy' capabilities; full text searching and indexing; and easy PDF submission, among others.

Duke University Press is the publishing arm of Duke University. The Press publishes cutting-edge books and journals, primarily in the humanities and interpretive social sciences, as well as books intended for a general audience.

ebrary seeks to help libraries and publishers disseminate information to end users, while improving end user research and document interaction. The company has developed a flexible e-content platform, which customers may use in a number of different, integrated capacities. It currently offers a growing selection of more than 120,000 e-books and other titles from more than 260 publishers and aggregators.

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Dutch university adopts Collexis search software for instruction programme - 10 Oct 2007

Knowledge management and discovery software developer Collexis, US, has announced that the Delft University of Technology Library, Netherlands, has selected Collexis' Basic Search software to empower its TUlib Instruction programme.

Collexis High Definition Search 6.0 enables significant knowledge retrieval and discovery quickly and accurately by utilising fingerprinting technology. The Collexis Fingerprint empowers users to immediately identify and search for documents, experts, trends and new discoveries more quickly and accurately than conventional search engines. The TU Delft Library joins other university libraries such as Mayo Clinic Libraries, Wageningen Universiteit Library, Johns Hopkins and Erasmus University Library that have opted for the software.

The TUlib Instruction programme needed to improve its library search software in terms of user friendliness and productivity. The implementation of the Collexis software provides these benefits to the user community by guiding users to the appropriate 'entrance/path' either by clicking on relevant words or entering a question into a search box. Following this, an appropriate entry is suggested. If the results are not specific enough, additional search suggestions are offered.

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IMS Health, IRI forge global alliance - 10 Oct 2007

Pharmaceutical and healthcare information provider IMS Health, US, has announced a global alliance with Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), US, to provide industry-leading business intelligence, analytics and consulting expertise on the consumer health marketplace. The multi-year alliance establishes a seamless, end-to-end view of three key market segments - prescription medicines, over-the-counter products and consumer packaged goods - providing clients with unique, new insights into consumer dynamics that are driving today's healthcare decisions.

The two companies will offer superior insights into market dynamics - equipping clients with more comprehensive information and analyses and innovative offerings to help them launch new products, reposition existing brands, manage sales teams and inventories, and reach the right prescribers, retailers and consumers. The initial focus of the alliance will be on the US and European markets, where IMS and IRI are well positioned to assess regional and local trends.

IMS is the world's leading provider of market intelligence to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. IRI is a leading global provider of market information, insights and decision solutions for the consumer packaged goods, retail, and healthcare industries.

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Royal Society makes Hooke's notes available via digital technology - 10 Oct 2007

The Royal Society, the UK's autonomous scientific academy, has announced the launch of the notes and minutes written by the world's first professional scientist, Robert Hooke. The pages of the 17th century Hooke folio, which were lost for centuries, have been brought into the 21st century. These will now be available to everyone using the latest digital page turning technology.

The papers were saved from auction last year, following the payment of around £1 million, and returned to their original home. In its original form, the 17th century manuscripts are too delicate to touch but the turning-the-pages software makes it accessible to all. With the new techniques, such as infrared scanning, it is now possible to read comments and paragraphs written in the fragile pages, which at some point were erased.

A Wellcome Trust grant enabled the Society to return the manuscript to its home, completing the Society's records which date back to 1660, and to make it accessible to the public. Prof. Lisa Jardine, Director of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters at Queen Mary, University of London and Advisor on the Royal Society's Collections, is a biographer of Hooke. She has been leading a team working to transcribe Hooke's work.

Readers will be able to leaf through selected pages of the manuscript to see first-hand notes and scribbles of the pioneering scientist. Text and diagrams in the document which detail the early minutes of the meetings held at the Royal Society can also be magnified.

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SAGE content now available to CALIS members - 10 Oct 2007

Academic publisher SAGE has signed a one-year agreement with the China Academic Library and Information System (CALIS) to provide electronic access to more than 450 journals from January 2008.

Under the deal, member and affiliated institutions of CALIS will be eligible to access SAGE Premier, one of the largest collections of social science titles, and a growing portfolio of highly ranked STM journals. Also, members will be able to access SAGE's recently launched backfile collection dating back to volume 1 issue 1 for about 298 journals. Both current and backfile content are available on the SAGE Journals Online platform (SJO), offering fast, user-friendly access to librarians and readers.

SAGE is a leading international publisher of journals, books and electronic media for academic, educational and professional markets. This agreement supports the company's aim to extend its reach within the Chinese research community.

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Wiley InterScience OnlineBooks now available via EBSCO Information Services - 10 Oct 2007

Journal subscription services provider EBSCO, US, has announced that Wiley InterScience OnlineBooks may now be purchased through EBSCO Information Services. EBSCO is one of the select group of vendor partners selling the online version of Wiley book titles that are available on the Wiley InterScience web platform.

Available in fully customisable packages, Wiley Interscience OnlineBooks add flexibility to e-book collection development. Libraries can choose from more than 2,900 online titles in the subject areas of STM, business, the humanities, finance and others. With COUNTER-compliant usage statistics, libraries can review the usage of their Wiley InterScience OnlineBooks on a title-by-title level and annually swap out titles that are underused. Titles may also be added at any time.

EBSCO Information Services is the leading service provider for e-journal, e-book, package and print subscriptions, a suite of e-resource management tools, full-text and secondary databases and related services for all types of libraries and research organisations. EBSCO's comprehensive solutions include proven systems to consolidate ordering, invoicing, claiming and renewals as well as assistance with licensing and registration requirements for its e-journal and e-package customers worldwide.

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WK Health names new President & CEO for Professional & Education business unit - 10 Oct 2007

Medical information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced the appointment of Gordon Macomber as President & CEO of its Professional & Education business unit, with responsibility for the Lippincott Williams & Wilkins product lines.

Prior to this, Macomber served as President at Thompson Gale, global print and e-reference publisher for libraries, schools, and businesses. Earlier, he also served as CEO of Merriam-Webster, Inc., a subsidiary of Encyclopedia Britannica. He brings with him strong industry acumen and proven track record of success in library reference publishing and related businesses.

WK Health, a division of Wolters Kluwer, is a provider of information for professionals and students in medicine, nursing, allied health, pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry. Major brands include traditional publishers of medical and drug reference tools and textbooks, such as Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and Facts & Comparisons; electronic information providers, such as Ovid, Medi-Span and ProVation Medical; and pharmaceutical information providers Adis and Source.

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Dear Subscribers - 09 Oct 2007

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Dutch publisher adopts VISTA's information commerce software - 09 Oct 2007

VISTA, a provider of applications to support the publishing supply chain, recently announced that Sdu Publishers, Netherlands, has selected VISTA's information commerce software. The VISTA software will pilot realtime customer profile management in support of online access to Sdu Publishers' NBDOnline web site. Ongoing developments will investigate the benefits of integrating this new software with existing technologies, supplied to Sdu Publishers by both VISTA and other providers, to create a comprehensive management system for online and offline publishing activities.

Following its February 2007 merger with Ingenta to form Publishing Technology plc, VISTA has added information commerce middleware to its extensive suite of publishing software. Rapid implementation of the new system for Sdu Publishers has been facilitated by the software's modular architecture. The architecture fragments the sophisticated functionality into individual component capabilities that can be readily repurposed and combined to meet specific publisher needs.

The software gives publishers the agility to capitalise on market trends by providing tools which can quickly and easily create or modify licensing models. According to the company, it is already proving successful for launch customer Institute of Physics Publishing. The Institute recently transferred all subscription, access and profile administration for its IOP journals, Physics World Archive and IOPscience web sites to VISTA's information commerce software.

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Elsevier publishes special issue of International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics - 09 Oct 2007

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the publication of a special issue of the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics (IJGO) to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Safe Motherhood Initiative. The special issue (Volume 98, No.3 September 2007) has been designed to tie in with the forthcoming international 'Women Deliver' conference to be held from October 18-20, in London.

The official publication of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), IJGO publishes articles on all aspects of basic and clinical research in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology and related subjects, with emphasis on matters of worldwide interest. The September special issue contains clinical articles and communications of particular relevance to the issues surrounding women's health and safe motherhood, both from developed and developing countries. It also features articles from the Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD) series on topics such as emergency obstetric care in low-resource settings.

In addition, the issue includes special communications by Professor Mahmoud Fathalla, and Professor Allan Rosenfield, both leaders in the field of obstetrics and gynecology, who have spearheaded the Safe Motherhood initiative. A new special editorial feature is also launched in the September issue, to introduce prominent FIGO leaders to the readership, and to highlight their special interests and visions for FIGO. The special issue marks the first publication under the editorship of Dr. Timothy R.B. Johnson, who assumed the role in January 2007.

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Emerald announces digitisation of complete archive - 09 Oct 2007

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced a project to digitise the full archive of its journal titles in the areas of business, management, library and information services, materials science, and engineering. Called Emerald Backfiles, the electronic archive is due for release in early 2008. The move is part of the company's 40th anniversary commemoration activities. The British Library (BL), with its vast journal collections, will be responsible for the digitisation programme as well as helping Emerald locate elusive paper copies that are not held at the BL.

Working with the British Library, more than 50,000 articles from over 120 journals are to be processed into PDF format and made available electronically for the first time. The archive will include articles from such seminal publications such as British Food Journal, European Journal of Marketing and Journal of Documentation.

When complete, the Emerald Backfiles will provide business and management scholars and social historians electronic access to materials which until now, only existed in print. The contents of each article will be fully searchable, making the archive a robust resource for researchers.

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NASA launches book to commemorate 50 years of spaceflight - 09 Oct 2007

The US' National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has released a new book titled America in Space. The book commemorates the past five decades of achievement in aeronautics, science and technology, and spaceflight since the launch of Soviet satellite Sputnik ushered in the Space Age. NASA is also celebrating its own 50th anniversary in 2008.

Published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., the book contains 500 colour and black-and-white photographs, gathered from NASA archives. Many of these have never been published before. Images demonstrate dramatic moments at lift-off as well as the faces behind the scenes in mission control, providing vivid illustration of the very human astronauts, scientists, engineers and administrators.

The book, priced at $50, also features a foreword by Neil Armstrong - the first human to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969. NASA chief historian Steven Dick, lead photo researcher Constance Moore and other officials also contributed to the new book.

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Taylor & Francis adds 31 more journals to its iOpenAccess option - 09 Oct 2007

Academic publisher Taylor & Francis, UK, has announced that its iOpenAccess option has been extended to cover 31 journals in environmental and agricultural sciences, behavioural sciences and development studies. This is in addition to the 175 journals from T&F's Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics portfolios, 7 behavioural science journals from Psychology Press, and medical and bioscience journals from Informa Healthcare.

Effective immediately, all authors whose manuscripts are accepted for publication in one of these iOpenAccess journals will have the option to make their articles available to all via the Journal's website, and to post to repositories, for a one-off fee.

The assessment of the first group of iOpenAccess titles will take place in early 2008. Only accepted articles are eligible for the scheme. 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.

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Wageningen Universiteit Library upgrades to Collexis High Definition Search 6.0 - 09 Oct 2007

Knowledge management and discovery software developer Collexis, US, has announced that the Wageningen Universiteit Library has upgraded its Collexis Search software to Collexis High Definition Search 6.0. The reason for the upgrade is based on extended features and usability. The WUR Library will be integrating the Collexis Search software on a publicly available website and will roll it out to other departments and systems within Wageningen UR.

The WUR Library manages over 120,000 publications and links to their authors. The Collexis High Definition Search 6.0 enables the user to search these publications via full text, abstract and title. This enables the researcher to find the most appropriate experts and acquire a direct link that provides personal data on them.

Collexis High Definition Search 6.0 enables extraordinary knowledge retrieval and discovery quickly and accurately by utilising fingerprinting technology. The Collexis Fingerprint empowers users to immediately identify and search for documents, experts, trends and new discoveries more quickly and accurately than conventional search engines. Other university libraries that have opted for the software include Mayo Clinic Libraries, Technical University Delft Library, Johns Hopkins and Erasmus University Library.

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Another University-Press leader quits Publishers' panel over anti-OA campaign - 08 Oct 2007

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Press has registered its discontent with the Partnership for Research Integrity in Science & Medicine (PRISM), a controversial new anti-open-access campaign sponsored by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). Ellen Faran, director of the MIT Press, has reportedly resigned from the Executive Council of the Association of American Publishers' Professional and Scholarly Publishing division.

Faran's exit follows that of James D. Jordan, president and director of Columbia University Press, who resigned from the Executive Council five days after PRISM went public. Other academic publishers, including Rockefeller University Press and Cambridge University Press, have also publicly criticised the initiative.

PRISM is a coalition formed with developmental support from the Professional & Scholarly Publishing Division of the AAP to alert Congress to the unintended consequences of government interference in scientific publishing. According to the PRISM website, the initiative was established by the Executive Council of the Professional & Scholarly Publishing Division of the AAP to alert policy makers and the American people about the risks posed by government interference in scholarly publishing. The group has made language changes elsewhere on the site since the first round of publishers' protests.

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Copyright Clearance Center and Japan Copyright Licensing System sign content licensing agreement - 08 Oct 2007

Non-profit copyright licensing solution provider Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), US, has announced a new bilateral content licensing agreement with Japan Copyright Licensing System Co., Ltd. (JCLS), Tokyo, effective January 1, 2008. The deal allows for the licensing of published works in Japan and the US by content users in both countries. Terms of the deal are identical to an agreement that has been in place with the Japan Academic Association for Copyright Clearance, Inc. (JAACC) since 1999.

As with the existing CCC-JAACC relationship, the JCLS agreement will enable Japanese content users to license works in CCC's photocopy repertory, which contains the rights to millions of the world's most sought-after publications. These agreements also enable JAACC and JCLS to license the CCC rights repertory to document delivery companies, while giving CCC's rightsholders options for document delivery pricing in Japan. The agreements also provide US content users access to the JAACC and JCLS repertories of Japanese works.

Established in 2001, JCLS offers a range of licensing options to academic societies, universities, research institutions, corporations, business organisations and individual users. JAACC was established in 1989 by a group of leading academic societies to centrally handle copyright matters.

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Dear Subscribers - 08 Oct 2007

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 launches DoctorPortal to provide doctors in the UK with latest medical information - 08 Oct 2007

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of DoctorPortal, an online repository that seeks to provide doctors with the latest medical information at their fingertips. Aimed at the UK's 150,000 primary and secondary care doctors, DoctorPortal is advertiser supported and based around enhanced online versions of the freely available Doctor and Hospital Doctor magazines.

As UK doctors rely increasingly on the internet for clinical information and Medicine 2.0 becomes today's tool for busy health professionals, Elsevier's DoctorPortal is seen as a central source of information and online discussion for doctors. Free to users, it provides a wide variety of news and clinical content of interest to both GP's and Consultants.

Content previously available only in the print editions of Doctor and Hospital Doctor magazines is now online and delivered via an efficient e-workflow tool. Users of the DoctorPortal can search and download both clinical and practice-orientated information, including extended, authoritative daily news coverage; clinical, medico-political news and financial information; detailed analysis and opinion; coverage of professional journals and national press; and growing and searchable archive of content aggregated across 26 key clinical practice areas.

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ICIS pricing launches new NBR (Asia) weekly report - 08 Oct 2007

Pricing and market intelligence service provider ICIS Pricing, US, has launched a new weekly Acrylonitrile Butadiene Rubber (NBR) report covering the Asia Pacific market. The report has been developed in response to demand for news and pricing information on NBR in the region.

NBR's gradual rise of presence is largely due to the Chinese and Indian automotive markets' boom. China was recently crowned the second-largest automotive market globally, with sales reaching astounding heights and expected to double over the next few years. India has become an inflating production centre for automotive component suppliers and the market is set to double by the end of next year. The new weekly NBR (Asia) report will offer spot CFR China, spot CFR South East Asia price assessments and spot CFR India (UDS/MT). Also, it will feature vital insights and critical market commentary as well as operating and production news within the industry. This latest addition consolidates ICIS pricing's benchmark position and provides additional price information and news in the Asian synthetic rubber market.

ICIS Pricing is an independent pricing and market intelligence service from ICIS, part of Reed Business Information. It provides petrochemical and oil markets with reports published daily, weekly or monthly on more than 120 commodities.

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Lulu unveils service to allow content download on to handheld devices - 08 Oct 2007

Lulu.com, a digital content platform on the Internet, has announced the launch of its eBook Optimization service that allows users to format their works for viewing on Apple's iPhone and Sony eBook Reader.

The eBook Optimization service enables individual publishers to format existing PDF files for viewing on an iPhone or Sony Reader. eBook Optimization is among Lulu.com's recent enhancements. Last month, the company re-launched its web site with new features, functionality and tools designed to help users create, buy, sell and share better content faster.

Content publishers participating in the Lulu online marketplace can, for the first time, ensure that customers have the opportunity to download content on to handheld devices, and take it wherever they go. Previously available only to large publishers, individual creators can now take advantage of the new service to reach the rapidly growing market of e-book readers.

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Macmillan names Annette Thomas as new CEO - 08 Oct 2007

Publishing house Macmillan, UK, has announced that Annette Thomas, currently Managing Director of the Nature Publishing Group (NPG), has been appointed CEO of Macmillan Ltd with immediate effect. She succeeds Richard Charkin, who recently resigned after ten years with the company.

In her new position, Thomas will report to Stefan von Holtzbrinck, CEO of Holtzbrinck Group, Macmillan's parent company, and will have the same structural responsibilities as Charkin did. John Sargent will continue to be responsible for the US operation, reporting to Stefan.

Annette joined Macmillan 14 years ago with Nature magazine. She has held a number of editorial and publishing roles within NPG including Publisher of the Nature Reviews series before being appointed Managing Director in October 2000. During the past seven years, under her leadership, NPG has established itself as a major scholarly publisher, extending the reach and influence of the Nature brand in science and medicine and developing an enviable reputation for innovation particularly in the digital space. Earlier this year, she was awarded the Kim Scott Walwyn prize, set up in 2004 to celebrate outstanding achievements by women in publishing.

Mike Barnard, who has been coordinating UK and overseas operations since Richard left, will stay on board as Deputy Chairman.

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Prof. B. M. Hegde named editor of new journal on healing outcomes - 08 Oct 2007

Former Vice Chancellor of Manipal University, India, Prof. B. M. Hegde, has reportedly been named the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Science of Healing Outcomes. The journal, recently launched at the meeting of the Friends of Health at the Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel, is the brain child of Prof. Rustom Roy, a pioneer of nanotechnology, a leading American material scientist and a professor at the Penn State University.

Prof. Rustom Roy will be the Co-editor-in-Chief of the journal. Richard Smith, who has been the editor of British Medical Journal, is also on the editorial board.

The Journal of the Science of Healing Outcomes is mainly a web based journal, but the extended abstracts of all the papers will be published as a paper journal from Mangalore in India. The peer reviewed journal will publish authentic healing results after confirming the content. While the journal will not advertise drugs and instruments, it will give wide publicity for scientific meetings as well as proceedings of these meetings.

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Dear Subscribers - 05 Oct 2007

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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Oxford University deploys Ex Libris' SFX link resolver - 05 Oct 2007

Library solutions provider Ex Libris, UK, has announced that following an extremely rapid implementation process, the Company's SFX link resolver is now operational at the Oxford University Library Services (OULS). The OULS has introduced SFX to manage the university's e-collection consisting of more than 22,500 e-journals and an extensive collection of e-books.

The Times Higher World University Rankings 2006 cites Oxford University as one of the top ten universities worldwide. With the addition of the OULS to the Ex Libris customer community, the Company's solutions are now running at all of the top ten universities in this ranking.

The SFX subscription service, in which Ex Libris provides all product hardware, software, and system support and maintenance, greatly reduces staff resources that were previously allocated to supporting e-resource management. The same library staff can now focus on customising SFX to conform to the unique workflows and look-and-feel guidelines of the OULS.

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PCG brings out report on journal renewal trends - 05 Oct 2007

Research, sales and marketing services provider Publishers Communication Group (PCG), a division of Publishing Technology, Inc., has published its latest research report on journal renewals trends. The report analyses journal renewal trends in the scholarly information sector over the past four years.

Libraries in North and South America, Europe, Africa and Australia were surveyed to harvest data about cancellation decisions taken over the period. Over 22,000 lapsed subscriptions are included in these results, representing over 60 different publishers in the STM, social sciences and humanities. The results have been collated and analysed by PCG's publishing consultants to provide a comprehensive overview of current trends in renewals of journal subscriptions by academic, corporate and medical libraries.

Such data is seen as key to scholarly publishers' ability to develop successful sales, marketing and editorial strategies. The findings of PCG's previous report, Trends in Journal Subscription Renewal and Cancellation 2005-2006, have reportedly contributed to improved segmentation and targeting, different pricing models, and adjustments to sales cycles and editorial strategies.

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Portico, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc sign archiving agreement - 05 Oct 2007

Non-profit electronic archiving service provider Portico, US, has signed an agreement with medical publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., US. With the inclusion of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publications, over 6,200 titles have now been entrusted to the Portico archive.

Through this agreement with Portico, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. ensures that its entire online journal collection of 62 titles is preserved and available for future scholars, researchers, and students. The publisher has also agreed to make an annual financial contribution to Portico and has designated the Archive as an official delivery platform for post-cancellation access claims.

Founded in 1980, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. is universally acknowledged for publishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals, books, and trade magazines in the most promising areas of biotechnology, biomedical research/life sciences, clinical medicine and surgery, environmental studies, philanthropy, and law.

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Reed Construction Data partners with RCMS Group to offer building content - 05 Oct 2007

Construction information solutions provider Reed Construction Data (RCD), US, has announced a partnership with RCMS Group, which is engaged in providing building information modelling (BIM) services to the building design and construction market.

The agreement is primarily intended to promote the creation and distribution of intelligent building content to the AEC community, including building product manufacturers, architects, general contactors and sub-contractors. For this partnership, both companies are focused on creating content and building models for the Autodesk platform - specifically Revit, which allows an architect to use the content in both the conceptual stage and the design process.

RCD, part of Reed Business Information, brings to the partnership what are claimed to be North America's largest B2B information resources. These include more than 80 publications, 55 web sites and a range of B2B services. RCMS Group, with its offices in Atlanta and India, brings innovative and value-added BIM services that include creation of BIM content for building product manufacturers; conversion of completed 2D construction drawings to 3D BIM models; development of Architectural BIM models working with architects, structural and MEP consultants; development of "Builders" BIM model for general contractors; creation of quantity take-offs from BIM models for general contractors; and detection of collisions and clashes within BIM models for general contractors.

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SearchMedica enhances search experience to find most recent search results - 05 Oct 2007

SearchMedica.com, a service of CMPMedica, UK, has announced that it has enhanced its search experience to allow internal medicine and family practitioners to sort results by publication date. The company made this announcement at the American Academy of Family Physicians' Scientific Assembly.

SearchMedica, created by doctors for doctors, is projected as a credible, professional source of medical information for practising clinicians. The service not only finds the most relevant professional medical information on the web, it now also provides timely clinical resources to clinicians.

SearchMedica recently surveyed 6,000 physicians and found Google to be the search engine of choice among 51 percent of respondents. When asked about their biggest challenge using Google, 65 percent of primary care physicians said these searches returned too many irrelevant results. The second most common challenge, not enough clinical information in the search results, was reported by 18 percent of primary care physicians.

In each of the SearchMedica vertical search engines, currently serving primary care physicians, oncologists and psychiatrists, clinicians receive a specialist's view of the web and an easy to use interface. SearchMedica.com leverages the medical expertise of thought leading medical editors as well as practicing physicians to ensure that every result is clinically sound.

Healthcare professionals can register to receive updates about new content and tips on how to use various advanced tools within SearchMedica. SearchMedica.com was recently acknowledged for its outstanding user experience as a recipient of a 2007 Standard of Excellence WebAward.

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Symyx Technologies acquires MDL Information Systems from Elsevier - 05 Oct 2007

Symyx Technologies, Inc., US, has announced that it has closed the acquisition of certain software and content products of MDL Information Systems for $123 million in cash, subject to working capital and other adjustments, from Elsevier Inc.

This acquisition transforms Symyx Software into a leading provider of R&D informatics offerings for the life sciences and chemicals industries. It further strengthens Symyx's ability to offer integrated R&D informatics, automation and workflow solutions to scientists and lab professionals, including complementary Symyx Tools and Research Services.

Symyx funded the $123 million purchase price from its available cash. The final purchase price remains subject to a working capital and other adjustments. The company expects to incur significant restructuring and one-time acquisition costs in Q4 2007. It is anticipated that Symyx will provide guidance for the fourth quarter and full year 2007, historical financial information for MDL and guidance for 2008 at its third quarter earnings call scheduled for October 24, 2007. The company has put in place a $25 million back-up line of credit to support working capital requirements as well as future growth initiatives.

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Thomson Scientific launches new integrated RSS management solution - 05 Oct 2007

Information solutions provider Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced the launch of Enterprise Alert Manager, an integrated RSS management and collaboration solution. Designed to simplify information distribution across an organisation, the new service also helps centralise content management, including managing users' credentials for password protected content.

With Enterprise Alert Manager, information managers can access, manage and deliver information from any RSS-based source, including Dialog, the internet and internal, proprietary content. It also provides the ability to enhance content with editorial reviews, tag records with separate categories, customise information feeds for specific constituencies and provide users access to RSS content feeds via email, web browsers, portals, intranets, desktop applications and mobile devices.

Enterprise Alert Manager is available through subscription and can be purchased as a stand-alone service or in addition to a Dialog subscription.

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PMC Physics A publishes first research articles, new editors announced for PMC Physics B - 04 Oct 2007

PhysMath Central, BioMed Central's open access publishing platform for the fields of physics, mathematics and computer science, has announced that PMC Physics A, the first PhysMath Central journal, has published its first research articles. One of the first articles published in the journal shares the results of a study conducted by Nikolaos Mavromatos of King's College London and his colleagues Athanasios Lahanas and Dimitri Nanopoulos, which found that the amount of dark matter left over from the early universe may be less than previously believed. The full research paper, along with others, is available at http://www.physmathcentral.com/pmcphysa.

PhysMath Central has also announced that its second journal, PMC Physics B will be jointly edited by Prof. Peter Hatton of Durham University, and Prof. Steve Buckman of Australian National University. The new journal will focus on condensed matter and atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) physics.

Professor Peter Hatton is head of the condensed matter research group at the University of Durham and has published more than 100 papers in neutron scattering, orbital physics, resonant soft x-ray scattering, strongly correlated electron systems, superconductors and x-ray scattering. Professor Stephen Buckman is Research Director of the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for Antimatter-Matter Studies, focusing on absolute scattering measurements of low energy, electron-driven processes in atoms and molecules, scattering from excited atoms and molecules, and the elucidation of resonance excitation mechanisms in electron collisions. He has been involved in atomic and molecular physics research since completing his PhD at Flinders University, Adelaide in 1979.

The PhysMath Central platform was launched to meet the increasing need for open access journals from major research institutes such as CERN and the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, and other funding organisations and government bodies. It seeks to make research in physics, mathematics and computer science more widely available and increase access to this research to all institutes and individuals, free of subscription charges.

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Alexander Street Press names Julie Stevens as Asia-Pacific Sales Director - 04 Oct 2007

Publisher Alexander Street Press, US, has announced the appointment of Julie Stevens as Asia-Pacific Sales Director. In her new position, Stevens will be responsible for driving growth across the region.

She most recently served as West Asia Pacific sales director for ProQuest Information and Learning, a position she held for 10 years. Earlier, she also worked for SilverPlatter Information in London and for library specialist Aldis in Australia.

Alexander Street Press publishes online databases in the arts and humanities, including collections in psychology, sociology, literature, women's studies, black studies, history, ethnic and diversity studies, music, religion, social theory, popular culture, and film studies.

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Children's hospitals body renews contract with Thomson Healthcare - 04 Oct 2007

Healthcare solutions provider Thomson Healthcare, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced the renewal of an agreement with Child Health Corporation of America (CHCA), an alliance of North America's leading children's hospitals. The renewed agreement makes Thomson Healthcare a preferred vendor of planning and marketing services for CHCA members.

The agreement encompasses Thomson Healthcare strategic planning tools for hospitals (Market Planner Plus and Market Expert) as well as a customer relationship marketing tool (crmView). In addition, the contract includes educational events and research projects. This year, for instance, Thomson Healthcare will examine the long-term impact of pediatric obesity on the resources of CHCA members.

The contract was originally signed in 2002; the renewal extends the agreement by four years.

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Dear Subscribers - 04 Oct 2007

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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IMS Health names Andrew Howden as new President, Asia Pacific - 04 Oct 2007

Pharmaceutical and healthcare information provider IMS Health, US, has named Andrew Howden as President, Asia Pacific. He succeeds Stephen Phua, who is leaving IMS at the end of the year to pursue other opportunities. Howden will report to Gilles Pajot, IMS's chief operating officer.

Prior to this, Howden served as general manager for the company's ASEAN markets. In his new position, he assumes responsibility for IMS operations in 16 countries in the region. He joined IMS earlier this year from AstraZeneca, where he served as regional vice president, Asia Pacific. His 25 years of experience working in the healthcare field include two decades of service in business management positions with national, regional and international responsibilities.

Operating in more than 100 countries, IMS Health offers business intelligence products and services that are integral to clients' day-to-day operations, including portfolio optimisation capabilities; launch and brand management solutions; sales force effectiveness innovations; managed care and over-the-counter offerings; and consulting and services solutions that improve ROI and the delivery of quality healthcare worldwide.

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MyiLibrary adds 5,000 additional titles with 21 new publishers - 04 Oct 2007

Digital content provider MyiLibrary Ltd., US, part of Ingram Digital Group, has announced the addition of 21 new publisher clients with over 5,000 titles to be made available on the MyiLibrary platform. The new publishers will provide titles covering a wide range of topics, including social sciences, humanities, arts and history.

MyiLibrary is a global provider of digital content accession, storage, management and delivery services to publishers and other content owners. The publishers who have selected the MyiLibrary platform services include Center for Creative Leadership; Council on Foreign Relations; HRD Press; Salem Press; SFC Publishing; Pennsylvania State Univ. Press; Univ. of British Columbia Press; University of Chicago Press; University of Hawaii Press; University of Massachusetts Press; and Texas Tech University Press, among others.

MyiLibrary specialises in the production of technology solutions for the distribution and hosting of electronic books, journals and other content. Used by academics, researchers, professionals, and students worldwide, MyiLibrary has nearly 80,000 titles currently available that cover all major disciplines.

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South Carolina university in hydrogen fuel project with Collexis, SC Launch! - 04 Oct 2007

The University of South Carolina has signed an agreement with US-based knowledge management and discovery software developer Collexis, Inc. and SC Launch!. The agreement will create a partnership for hydrogen fuel research and make the university an international technology hub in that field.

The new partnership builds on successful research collaborations between Collexis and South Carolina in the health sciences, the university library and the department of computer sciences and engineering. Using several different sources of research, Collexis will build a hydrogen fuel dashboard - similar to a virtual library - that will be available for free to the South Carolina research community. It will be available online, for a fee, to researchers across the world.

Collexis will develop the hydrogen fuel search portal and the hydrogen fuel dashboard. The hydrogen fuel search portal will utilise data from the US Department of Defense and the US Department of Energy, as well as resources from the university's Thomas Cooper Library. University researchers will, in turn, have access to Collexis' advanced technology and semantic search capabilities and be able to trend research across many data sources, identify experts and identify literature by relevant concept(s).

The agreement calls for SC Launch! to fund the endeavor with $200,000. SC Launch! was created by the S.C. Research Authority to help commercialise research ventures, including those from the state's three major research universities. Faculty from the university's College of Engineering and Computing, as well as the School of Library and Information Science, will be involved in the project.

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Swets acquires ScholarlyStats from MPS Technologies - 04 Oct 2007

Subscription services provider Swets, Netherlands, has announced that it has acquired exclusive rights to ScholarlyStats from MPS Technologies (MPST).

Under the deal, MPS Technologies will continue to operate ScholarlyStats for Swets and to develop the service, ensuring continuity for existing customers. MPST will serve as an outsourcing partner for Swets and will continue to gather and process the usage statistics. Customers will still access and utilise ScholarlyStats through the same portal, www.scholarlystats.com, and the statistics will continue to be reported in the same format.

ScholarlyStats provides libraries across the globe with consolidated vendor usage statistics. It collects, standardises and consolidates journal and database usage reports, providing libraries with a single point of access to their usage data. Supplied in COUNTER compliant format, usage reports may be viewed and downloaded by libraries via a single, intuitive interface, thus freeing their staff to focus on other duties and facilitating more accurate collection decisions.

MPST launched ScholarlyStats in 2005 and the product has experienced rapid adoption on a global scale. ScholarlyStats won Library Product of the Year at the 2006 International Information Industry Awards. Working closely with MPS Technologies as a Global Sales Partner since the start of 2006, Swets developed a leading channel position, demonstrating its strength in bringing new technologies to the marketplace.

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Dear Subscribers - 03 Oct 2007

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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MarketResearch.com to distribute Amadee+Company's reports - 03 Oct 2007

Market intelligence products and services provider MarketResearch.com, US, has announced a business partnership with Amadee+Company. The deal allows for the marketing and distribution of Amadee+Company's proprietary market analyses through the MarketResearch.com website.

Business professionals will now be able to view complete product descriptions and tables of contents from research publications authored by Amadee+Company. In addition, visitors to the MarketResearch.com website can also purchase the material directly through MarketResearch.com's secure server.

Amadee + Company focuses on the technology and industrial sectors. The company publishes syndicated market studies and competitive analyses, and offer custom research services.

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MuseGlobal's content machine to integrate with Groxis' information management and discovery tool - 03 Oct 2007

Metasearch technology provider MuseGlobal, Inc., US, has announced the integration of the Muse Content Machine into Groxis' information management and discovery tool, Grokker. This partnership enables both Groxis and MuseGlobal to focus on mutual core strengths and as a result to deliver the most powerful suite of products to clients for the best possible value.

The Muse Content Machine provides source management, access management, search integration and application modules all managed within a common administrative system and networking environment that creates and maintains search products and services quickly, effectively and reliably. Combined with the management and administrative tools of MuseGlobal's Content Machine, Groxis will now set to offer a system that can easily integrate and manage diverse search sources and services in a unified, stable and easily maintained production environment.

MuseGlobal sets the standard for search management technology. The company's search integration and management systems enable institutions worldwide to build search products and services, unifying the widest range of content sources into high performance and reliable custom search solutions. MuseGlobal works closely with today's most sophisticated publishers, technology companies, enterprises and online services to build effective custom search solutions for their users.

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NIH launches extensive open access resource of genetic and clinical data - 03 Oct 2007

The US' National Institutes of Health (NIH) is set to launch an extensive collection of genetic and clinical data that will be made freely available to researchers worldwide. Called SHARe (SNP Health Association Resource), the web-based dataset enables qualified researchers to access a wealth of data from large population-based studies, starting with the landmark Framingham Heart Study.

Funded by the NIH's National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), SHARe will accelerate discoveries linking genes and health, thereby advancing scientists' understanding of the causes and prevention of cardiovascular disease and other disorders.

Framingham SHARe includes data on more than 9,300 participants spanning three generations, including over 900 families, who had their DNA tested for 550,000 genetic variations (single nucleotide polymorphisms, or SNPs). In addition, the participants' clinical data gathered during the study, such as test results or weight, are included. SHARe will enable researchers to relate study participants' genetic variations with their clinical and laboratory test results. SHARe is accessed through dbGaP, or the database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (http://view.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/dbgap), a web-based resource for archiving and distributing data from genome-wide association studies (GWAS).

GWAS explore the associations between genes (genotype information) and observable traits (phenotypes), such as weight, cholesterol levels, or the presence or absence of a disease. Launched in December 2006, dbGaP was developed, and is operated, by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of NIH's National Library of Medicine. The dbGaP also provides, for the first time, a central repository where study documentation, such as protocols and questionnaires, is linked to summary data of measured variables.

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Penton arm to tie up with PARTsolutions for digital catalogue marketing - 03 Oct 2007

Penton Media's Design Engineering Group, anchored by Machine Design magazine, has announced a strategic marketing and sales partnership with PARTsolutions LLC, a provider of publishing solutions for 3D digital parts catalogues.

Under the deal, the Design Engineering Group will market PARTsolutions' eCATALOGsolutions technologies and services to component manufacturers. eCATALOGsolutions products and services allow component manufacturers to create 3D-enabled catalogues that support web and print distribution to customers worldwide.

Powered by PARTsolutions technology, the Machine Design CAD Library is an engineering resource where designers can configure and download millions of supplier components and assemblies in the native CAD format of their choice. PARTsolutions CAD portals are expected to surpass 20 million downloads and 110 million page impressions in 2007. PARTsolutions' relationships with the major CAD companies are seen to enable it to serve the entire market, independent of the technology choices of component manufacturers, OEMs and their customers.

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Scopus launches new newsletter on research performance issues - 03 Oct 2007

Abstracting and indexing database Scopus, part of STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, recently launched a free bi-monthly newsletter, Research Trends, reporting on research performance issues. Developed in response to the increasing demand for quality research performance measurement (RPM) and trend-related information by deans, researchers and funding bodies, Research Trends is seen as an essential resource for these target groups.

Research Trends will provide up-to-date insights into the state of science through thought-provoking articles based on bibliometric data. This data is analysed and interpreted by a team of internal and external experts in the field of bibliometrics. Each issue will focus on five areas of interest: the value of bibliometric measures, trends in research, country trends, expert opinion and the citation choices of individual authors.

The first issue of Research Trends features articles on the history of Scientometrics, government policy and its effects on research output in Turkey, a top cited percentile overview for 10 countries, as well as an interview with Prof. Dr. Leo Egghe, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Informetrics and developer of the g-index.

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Versita announces new partner - 03 Oct 2007

Versita, one of the fastest growing publishing companies specialising in Eastern European science, technology and medicine, has announced that Dr John J Regazzi has joined the company as a limited partner.

Dr Regazzi is well-known in the world of electronic publishing. He is the former board member and CEO of Elsevier Inc, the US division of Elsevier. While at Elsevier, Dr Regazzi developed the Engineering Village, the first online community for engineers; Scirus, the first search engine for scientific enquiry; and Science Direct, the world's largest and most used full-text article database for scientists and researchers.

Established in 2001, Versita is fast becoming the leading science publisher for Central and Eastern European science information. It publishes science journals based in Central and Eastern Europe, and many of these journals are now distributed worldwide by Springer. Besides publishing own journals, the company offers various services to other publishers, including full publishing services on behalf of research institutes, societies and universities from Central and Eastern Europe; epublishing services for journals owned by research institutes, societies and universities from Central and Eastern Europe; and emarketing services for other science publishers.

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Alain Charles to publish RECSO journal on environmental challenge - 02 Oct 2007

The Regional Clean Sea Organisation (RECSO), Dubai, has announced that international publisher Alain Charles Publishing Limited will publish its official magazine, Offshore Arabia.

The new journal will be published from November in English and Arabic. It is projected to help RECSO highlight and promote key marine and environment issues that are critical to the region. The organisation believes that energy and environment are essential for sustainable development, and therefore remains focused and committed to energy, environment, advanced technologies, renewables and sustainable development.

Alain Charles has been operating in the region for over 20 years. The company publishes a number of titles, including the Oil Review Middle East, and the region's leading magazine for industrial management, Technical Review Middle East.

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ARSL to join forces with WebJunction - 02 Oct 2007

Global library cooperative OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc., US, has announced that the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) has partnered with WebJunction to offer a vibrant new community on the web to share research, best practices, ideas and discussion on issues most relevant to rural and small libraries. This was announced at the recently concluded ARSL Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

WebJunction is OCLC's online community where library staff share ideas and use online resources to help them in their work. This partnership with ARSL is projected to help WebJunction continue to address the specific needs of rural and small libraries.

The developing online community, www.webjunction.org/arsl, combines content from the former ARSL website with the training, materials and community participation of library staff at WebJunction. As part of the new initiative, ARSL has contributed journals, newsletters and postings from its site to WebJunction. The Association will continue to provide regular webinars, updates and relevant advice to the community. In addition, all of the resources, best practices and discussions that have been developed and shared as part of the recently completed WebJunction Rural Library Sustainability Project, will now be combined on the WebJunction site with ARSL materials.

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British Library to digitise rare 19th century books - 02 Oct 2007

The British Library has announced that over 100,000 old books, previously unavailable to the public, will now go online. The move is the result of a mass digitisation programme focused on 19th century books. Many of these are unknown as few were reprinted after first editions.

At full production, nearly 50,000 pages per working day will be scanned. The first 25 million pages will take nearly two years to complete. Texts which are hard to get hold of will mainly benefit from the digitisation. The new category of digitised titles will supplement other early historic printed books, which the Library has already made available online through previous projects. Those are included in two commercial resources - the Early English Books Online and the Eighteenth Century Collections Online. Both collections are freely accessible to higher education institutions in the UK.

Digitised publications will initially be accessible through Microsoft's Live Search Books and then via the Library's website. Due to copyright restrictions and intellectual property issues, the deal covers only public domain materials. The books will be fully text searchable. Users will now be able to look for keywords within a publication.

Other digital resources in the British Library will soon include one million pages of 18th century newspapers and two million pages of 19th century newspapers.

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Dear Subscribers - 02 Oct 2007

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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InfoCommerce Group names Thomson Scientific's Techstreet Service 2007 Model of Excellence Award winner - 02 Oct 2007

Information solutions provider Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation, US, recently announced that Techstreet has been named a Model of Excellence award winner by InfoCommerce Group Inc. A business unit of Thomson Scientific, Techstreet is an online supplier of industry codes and standards.

The Models of Excellence awards recognise the information industry's most innovative data products and publishers. Thomson Scientific accepted the award at the InfoCommerce 2007 conference in Philadelphia. The conference was attended by info-commerce publishers from around the world.

The Techstreet e-commerce website and web-based subscription service provide a one-stop source for online delivery of industry codes and standards to engineering professionals across the globe.

A US-based Publishing and research company, InfoCommerce Group provides research, consulting and experience-based insight to publishers of commercial databases from nearly 30 companies in seven countries. The company also publishes InfoCommerce Report, a newsletter covering database publishing.

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Journal of Medical Case Reports publishes 100th case report - 02 Oct 2007

Open access publisher BioMed Central, US, has announced the publication of the 100th case report in the Journal of Medical Case Reports (JMCR).

The 100th article, 'Pulmonary cystic disease in HIV positive individuals in the Democratic Republic of Congo: three case reports' by Steven Callens and colleagues, has been published just over seven months after the journal's launch. All case reports published in the journal will be aggregated into a structured case reports database. The database will also draw content from other sources, making it possible to search for patterns of drug reactions, hopefully driving future research.

An open access, peer-reviewed online journal, JMCR welcomes submissions of case reports from any area of medicine, which contribute to expanding medical knowledge. The journal's articles are archived in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and also in repositories at the University of Potsdam in Germany, at INIST in France and in e-Depot, the National Library of the Netherlands' digital archive of all electronic publications.

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Lippincott Williams & Wilkins to publish AFMR's Journal of Investigative Medicine - 02 Oct 2007

Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that it will assume publishing responsibilities for the Journal of Investigative Medicine, beginning with the January 2008 issue of the journal.

Published eight times a year, the Journal of Investigative Medicine is the official journal of the American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR). The journal will join WK Health's already strong portfolio of publications in clinical investigation, research, and academic medicine.

A leading publication in the field of clinical and scientific research, the journal provides readers with original investigations and articles detailing the latest developments in medical research, news on the biomedical research community, interviews with prominent members of the scientific community, updates on critical federal regulations, and guidance on professional recruitment and research funding.

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Allen Press and Atypon Systems announce strategic alliance - 01 Oct 2007

Printer and publishing services provider Allen Press, Inc., US, and has announced a strategic alliance with information services provider Atypon Systems, Inc., US, to power its online journal hosting services for scholarly publications.

This partnership allows Allen Press to remain focused on its core competencies in full-service content management and content delivery while leveraging the rich feature set and proven capabilities in online publishing technology. Currently, Allen Press hosts 176 STM publications on 45 unique websites on its propriety online journal hosting system. In addition, they are the current technology provider for and founding partner of the BioOne aggregation, a unique collection of high-impact bioscience research journals. The Atypon platform will power the Allen Press journal sites beginning in the summer of 2008.

Allen Press, Inc. provides a comprehensive portfolio of integrated services in the broad areas of content management, content delivery and association management and publishing services. It plays a key role in the dissemination of knowledge and information by partnering with organisations in the STM community.

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AuntMinnie.com launches new web portal for dental professionals - 01 Oct 2007

Online media firm AuntMinnie.com has announced the debut of DrBicuspid.com, a new website for general dentists, specialists, and other dental professionals. Available at http://www.drbicuspid.com, the site delivers timely and relevant dental news, features, columns, forums, and resources to readers across the world.

DrBicuspid.com is backed by AuntMinnie.com, the leading Web portal for medical imaging professionals. As part of the launch, DrBicuspid will feature coverage from the American Dental Association (ADA) conference in San Francisco. Apart from delivering daily breaking news on the dental industry, DrBicuspid.com will cover everything from clinical breakthroughs and cosmetic dentistry to practice management and political intrigues. Focused features will harvest the best tips from dental experts (from marketers to implantologists), explore (and in some cases, deflate) the latest trends, highlight new advances, and more. To keep dentists on their clinical toes, DrBicuspid's interactive Case of the Week quiz will test their knowledge and diagnostic skills.

In addition, DrBicuspid's editorial offerings include a fully stocked conference calendar, directories of vendor products and services, a career center with employment listings, equipment classified ads, links to professional associations and other resources. Also, it features an interactive forum to enable dental professionals to communicate with each other.

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Collexis names Jon Lieberman as new GM for Government Business Sector - 01 Oct 2007

Knowledge management and discovery software developer Collexis, US, has announced the appointment of Jon Lieberman as General Manager for Government and Strategic Accounts for the Americas.

Lieberman brings with him over 20 years of experience leading services, systems and software teams with federal government contract work. In the last ten years, he has represented a series of vanguard software technologies including Convera, Siderean, and Vivisimo to federal and civilian clients, as well as arranged key technology and integration partner business relationships. A pioneer in the knowledge management industry, he has closed significant business over the years in many government sectors such as the Army, Navy, Air Force and joint commands under the Secretary of Defense.

Collexis develops applications that range from search tools for users' websites to highly sophisticated discovery applications that are utilised by the intelligence community and R&D organisations worldwide. These applications allow users to identify and search for documents, experts, trends or new discoveries that may be hidden in the materials. Collexis software creates profiles of text - web pages, documents, e- mails, speech transcripts, grants, etc. These profiles represent the key ideas or concepts in those texts and are presented in a format known as the Collexis Fingerprint. Once Collexis has profiled a set of text, the Fingerprints (or document profiles) are used to create the applications.

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Dear Subscribers - 01 Oct 2007

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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Geological Society announces new initiative for developing countries - 01 Oct 2007

The Geological Society of London, one of the world's oldest national scientific and professional societies for Earth scientists, has announced a new initiative to help developing countries benefit from access to digitised content. Under the initiative, all current and archival content from the Society's digitised publications - the Lyell Collection - will be made freely available to higher education institutions, NGOs and geological surveys in developing countries. The Society announced this at its recently concluded Bicentennial Conference.

Researchers, teachers and students in some of the poorest countries across the globe will now have access to over 14,000 original research articles and 230,000 full-text pages from the Society's collection of world-leading journals and Special Publications, stretching from the mid 1800s through to the present day. Access to the Lyell Collection will be facilitated by the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP).

However, the Society believes that further support will be required if this access is to be translated into knowledge and actions that will have a real and positive impact on the progress of developing countries. To that end, the Society has formed a partnership with Schlumberger - a leading provider of technology, project management and information solutions to the oil, gas and water extraction industries. The Geological Society and Schlumberger are also working with AfricaArray - an initiative that brings together education, training and research programmes for building and maintaining a scientific workforce for Africa's natural resource sector.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute supports Springer's Open Choice programme - 01 Oct 2007

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced that the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has expressed support for its Open Choice programme whereby articles, if accepted for publication, are immediately published with full open access and deposited in repositories such as PubMed Central. Springer's Open Choice programme applies to all its journals.

HHMI is one of the largest private funders of biomedical research in the US and commits more than $500 million a year for research and distributes $80 million in grant support for science education. Beginning with papers submitted for publication after January 1, 2008, HHMI will require its scientists to publish their original research articles in journals that allow the articles and supplementary materials to be made freely accessible in a public repository within six months of publication.

HHMI investigators already publish a significant number of research articles in open access journals or in journals with open access options. Under the new policy, HHMI will pay up to $2,000 in open access charges per article with the balance coming from laboratory budgets or other sources.

With Springer Open Choice the authors decide how their articles are published in Springer journals. As with all other articles, Springer Open Choice articles are peer-reviewed, professionally produced, and available in both print and electronic versions on SpringerLink. In addition, every article will be registered in CrossRef and included in the appropriate Abstracting and Indexing services. In Springer Open Choice, authors are not required to transfer their copyright to Springer; instead, these articles are published under a Creative Commons License.

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Publishing Technology to power BBC web service - 01 Oct 2007

Publishing-specific software solutions provider Publishing Technology, UK, recently announced its selection by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to provide a new generation of the BBC Monitoring web platform. A subscription-based service, the web platform brings together over 3,000 global news sources for use by international businesses, research operations and governments.

With the objective of expanding the commercial reach of this flagship open source intelligence resource, BBC Monitoring selected Publishing Technology for the range of its proposition. Services covered by the agreement include digital publishing consultancy, market research, information architecture, web design and maintenance, content conversion and hosting, and sales representation, which will facilitate BBC Monitoring's entry into new markets by leveraging the experience of Publishing Technology's PCG division.

Publishing Technology plc was formed in February 2007 following the merger of Ingenta plc and VISTA International. The company is one of the largest providers of digital solutions for the publishing industry, and serves eight out of ten of the world's largest publishers.

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Thomson Corporation acquires Prous Science - 01 Oct 2007

Information solutions provider Thomson Corporation, US, has announced the acquisition of leading life sciences information solutions provider Prous Science, Spain. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Under the deal, Prous Science will now become part of Thomson Scientific. Prous Science management and employees will join the Pharmaceutical/Chemical business unit within Thomson Scientific.

Prous Science serves key strategic geographic areas including Europe, Japan, North America and Latin America. Scientists worldwide rely on Prous Science information solutions to enhance knowledge-based drug discovery and development. Its Prous Science Integrity portal provides access to over 265,000 compounds with demonstrated biological activity and about 100,000 patent family records. With this acquisition, Thomson Scientific seeks to expand its market-leading portfolio of chemistry and drug discovery information solutions.

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