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India Dear Subscribers - 28 Nov 2008

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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UK Emerald's Research Fund Award programme in collaboration with INASP, submission deadline extended - 28 Nov 2008

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, and the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS), in association with the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), International Academy of African Business and Development (IAABD) and African Engineering Education Association (AEEA) is offering two research grants to support research in engineering and management disciplines from Africa. The funding grant of up to £2,500 will be offered to the winners of the grants - Research contributing to the development of management in Africa and Research contributing to the development of engineering disciplines in Africa.

Researchers based in Africa can submit an application to one of these awards. Proposals should address the dissemination of knowledge for the social good with a specific focus on the benefit of Africa. The winners of both awards will have the opportunity to receive the assistance of an experienced Emerald editor or former editor to help them to write a high quality article which has a high chance of getting accepted for publication.

All applications are required to be submitted on or before December 19, 2008.

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Netherland Leading STM publishers win copyright infringement suit against international digital pirates - 28 Nov 2008

STM publishers Elsevier, Netherlands, and Thieme Publishers, part of Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, have announced that they have secured a significant victory against an international piracy scheme involving illegal copying, sale, and distribution of their scientific journals. In September 2007, the publishers became aware that an unknown person had sent unsolicited e-mail advertisements to academic professors informing them that journals were available for sale on the Internet. Recipients were also Elsevier and Thieme authors, who have been instrumental in gathering the evidence.

To stop this illicit scheme, the publishers engaged the law firm of DeVore & DeMarco LLP. Working in conjunction with US and international investigators, the firm filed an action in federal court on behalf of the publishers and identified the copyright infringer as an entrepreneur living in Vietnam. The investigators discovered that the infringer had orchestrated an elaborate scheme and was selling copyrighted journals around the world, including to individuals in Botswana, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, the United States, and Vietnam.

A complaint was filed with the Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communication which promptly formed a task force to handle the matter. The task force engaged the assistance of local law-enforcement and regulatory officials and ultimately concluded to prosecute the action. As a result, within weeks of filing the complaint with the Ministry, Vietnamese authorities identified the infringer. The infringer confessed to the illicit scheme and agreed to stop all piracy activities and to pay a substantial fine, including repayment of illegal profits garnered from the sales as well as penalties for copyright infringement under Vietnamese law. This represents a substantial victory for academic publishers in the on-going fight against global digital copyright infringement.

In a similar move, earlier this month, publishers John Wiley & Sons, Inc., McGraw-Hill Education, Pearson Education, Inc. and Cengage Learning, Inc. were awarded a favorable ruling in a copyright infringement case against two online booksellers. The summary judgment in favour of the publishers included an award of over $125,000 in statutory damages and permanently enjoins the defendants from further infringing the publishers' copyrights.

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UK More guidance needed to check outcome reporting bias, says report - 28 Nov 2008

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that its journal Trials has published a review of reporting guidelines for randomised controlled trials (RCTs), conducted by Dwan et al. The report, Reporting of clinical trials: a review of research funders' guidelines, highlights the need for more detailed guidance from RCT funders to prevent outcome reporting bias (ORB).

As part of the Outcome Reporting Bias in Trials (ORBIT) project, set up to investigate the prevalence of ORB and its impact on the outcome of systematic reviews, this study assessed reporting guidelines from national and international organisations, as well as UK based charities, which fund RCTs. Assessment was carried out with regard to trial registration, protocol adherence, trial publication and monitoring.

Publication bias, where statistically significant results are more likely to be published than those that are statistically insignificant, is a well-recognised problem. However, ORB, where publications report only a subset of the original variables according to the nature of the results, is an equally important but less well-documented issue. It was found that although trial registration, protocol adherence, trial publication and monitoring were frequently discussed, only 11 of the 73 organisations and charities contacted mentioned the publication of both negative and positive outcomes.

The authors conclude that the majority of funders are yet to incorporate ORB into their recommendations. They further state that more detailed guidance, stating the importance of reporting all primary and secondary outcomes specified in the protocol, regardless of the nature of results, is required to prevent the selective reporting of outcomes.

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US New Zealand Universities renew Web of Science for education and research needs - 28 Nov 2008

The Scientific business of Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that all eight universities in New Zealand have chosen to renew Web of Science, a multidisciplinary citation resource, for their education and research needs.

The eight universities are: University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, University of Canterbury, Lincoln University, Massey University, University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington and University of Waikato. All these universities are committed to Web of Science for a period of three to five years through 2013.

Web of Science provides researchers, administrators, faculty, and students with quick access to the world's leading citation databases with multidisciplinary coverage of over 10,000 of the most influential, high impact journals worldwide, spanning the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. This includes Open Access journals and more than 110,000 conference proceedings. It also provides a unique search method, cited reference searching. This allows users to navigate forward, backward, and through the literature, searching all disciplines and time periods to uncover all the information relevant to their research. Users can also navigate to electronic full-text journal articles.

In addition, six of the eight universities have Century of Science, a collection of deep backfiles which expands Web of Science with the most important scientific bibliographic and cited reference data going as far back as 1900.

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US Platts launches Chinese domestic grade fuel oil, LPG assessments - 28 Nov 2008

Energy information provider Platts, part of the McGraw-Hill Companies, US, recently introduced new Chinese domestic grade assessments for fuel oil and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to complement the organisation's existing coverage of imported grades. For fuel oil, Platts now assesses domestic-grade 180 centistoke (CST) 2.5 percent sulfur grade in South China's Huangpu market, in addition to existing assessments for imported-grade 180 CST 3.5 percent and 1.5 percent sulfur. The new assessment is being introduced in response to the emergence of an active domestic grade fuel oil market in China, which has eclipsed re-trade of imported product.

The company has also introduced new assessments for domestically-produced LPG, basis FOB South China, as well as new price points for South and East China LPG to reflect cargoes with a propane-to-butane ratio of 50:50, in addition to existing assessments for 30:70 cargoes. Platts has also expanded its listing of wholesale Chinese domestic LPG prices.

The above assessments are being published daily in Platts' proprietary Chinese real-time information service, Platts China Alert, in addition to the company's popular English service, Platts Global Alert.

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Ireland Research and Markets adds John Wiley and Sons' new report to its offering - 28 Nov 2008

Market research and data services provider Research and Markets, Ireland, has announced the addition of John Wiley and Sons Ltd's new report 'Beginning Database Design Solutions' to its offering.

Beginning Database Design Solutions introduces IT professionals - both DBAs and database developers - to database design. It explains what databases are, their goals, and why proper design is necessary to achieve those goals. It tells how to decide what should be in a database to meet the applications requirements, and how to structure the database so it gives good performance while minimising the chance for error. Each chapter begins with a list of topics covered and ends with a summary providing a descriptive and bulleted list of the key points described in the chapter. Each chapter also includes a list of review questions and a series of exercises to help beginners and students solidify the concepts presented in the chapter.

The book is presented in five parts. The appendixes provide solutions to exercises, as well as sample database designs for common business functions such as order entry, tracking, and fulfillment, which readers can directly implement in their own database projects. Key topics covered include introduction to databases and database design; database and design process techniques; a detailed case study; and advanced topics such as introdution to SQL, building databases with SQL Script, database elements and database security.

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Netherland Swets names new Country Manager for Greater India - 28 Nov 2008

Subscription services provider Swets, Netherlands, has announced the appointment of Rakesh Malik as Country Manager for Greater India. The move follows the recent opening of the company's Delhi based Indian office.

Malik brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience of the Indian information industry. His 16 years experience with leading local publisher distributors and subscription agencies should see Swets gaining ground in India.

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 five years.

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US Academic publishers examine future of books at Yale University Press symposium - 27 Nov 2008

As part of its ongoing centenary celebration, Yale University Press recently hosted a one-day symposium entitled 'Why Books Still Matter'. The conference on scholarly publishing was sponsored by Yale's Whitney Humanities Center, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and Yale University Press.

In his keynote address, YUP Director John Donatich invoked the theme - the hazy economic future of print works in an increasingly digitised publishing environment. This was followed by three all-star panels weighing in on the issues that continue to confront the publishing industry, as the Press moves into its second century. The panel discussed issues such as the digital future of scholarly publishing; the idea of the press in the modern university; and the future of the university press.

Yochai Benkler, a professor of entrepreneurial legal studies at Harvard, and Michael Heller, an expert on property theory at Columbia Law School, challenged the existing publishing business model. According to them, all forms of culture today, from music to news, involve gathering information from different sources. Heller further emphasised that universities should be supporting the cutting edge of cultural production.

Other panelists contradicted this view, supporting the traditional book as the best means of exploring ideas in detail. Yale President Richard Levin moderated the second panel, 'The Idea of the Press in the Modern University,' along with three other Yale faculty members. The final panel, 'Whither the University Press,' featured four heads of presses. These include Donatich of Yale, Peter Dougherty of Princeton, Ellen Faran of MIT and William Sisler of Harvard. They dealt with the basics of experiments in digital and open access publishing and assessed other ways of expanding their readership.

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India Dear Subscribers - 27 Nov 2008

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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US GSA journal Lithosphere to debut in early 2009 - 27 Nov 2008

The Geological Society of America has announced the early 2009 launch of a new journal - Lithosphere. The journal is the latest addition to the Society's collection of premier peer-reviewed, earth-science journals. Prof. James P. Evans of the Department of Geology at Utah State University, Prof. Jon D. Pelletier of the Geosciences Department of the University of Arizona and Prof. Raymond M. Russo of the Department of Geology at the University of Florida (Gainesville) have been appointed editors for the journal.

Lithosphere will focus on the tectonic processes that affect Earth's crust and upper mantle. Content will highlight research that addresses how the surface, crust, and mantle interact to shape the physical and chemical evolution of the lithosphere at all spatial and temporal scales.

The journal particularly encourages articles that address how complex systems in the solid Earth operate and how coupling between those systems occur. Formats can include short research contributions that present new and innovative ideas, longer research articles with complete presentations of field-based data, and review articles.

GSA will publish Lithosphere every other month both in print and online. The journal will be available to UK universities and colleges through the NESLi2 Small and Medium Publishers initiative. The GSA journals packages provide significant discounts and are tiered according to the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) banding.

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US Merck Manual of Patient Symptoms launched with Unbound Medicine technology - 27 Nov 2008

Knowledge management solutions provider Unbound Medicine, US, has announced the release of new 'digitally born' products developed in partnership with Merck & Co., Inc. The new products extend the Merck Manual franchise with a new database focused on the assessment and treatment of patient symptoms. All phases of the project - from content design and writing through simultaneous release in multiple products and media - were powered by the Unbound Platform.

Because patients frequently present with symptoms rather than known conditions, the Merck Publishing Group determined that a concise, highly organised, and practical guide to patient symptoms would be useful to practicing physicians and trainees. Merck then chose the Unbound Platform and its editorial module, uPub, to author and edit the new Merck Manual of Patient Symptoms because it supports web-based authoring, version tracking and online management for geographically distributed author networks.

After editorial development was completed, the Unbound Platform was used to simultaneously output the content from uPub's XML repository for print composition and digital distribution, and to create integrated product bundles. The product bundles link the new patient symptom data together with the classic Merck Manual. Using these product bundles on the Unbound Platform, end users can now access the integrated content using all major technologies of the day-iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Palm or the web.

A comprehensive website, the Merck Manual for Web and Mobile, serves as the online destination for all subscribers and customers looking for Unbound products in the Merck Manual family. In addition to the Merck Manual, the site features the two new integrated product bundles. The Merck Manual with Patient Symptoms Guide facilitates quick review of etiology, evaluation, and immediate treatment of presenting symptoms then links directly to the details of specific diseases. The Merck Manual Suite + Davis's Drug Guide adds a comprehensive drug guide to the symptom and disease management resources described above for a complete point-of-care solution.

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UK Nicola Rylett named new Managing Director for OnExamination - 27 Nov 2008

Medical information publisher BMJ Group, UK, has announced the appointment of Nicola Rylett as Managing Director for OnExamination, a subsidiary business of the Group. Rylett was previously Head of Marketing for Nelson Thornes, an educational publisher specialising in curriculum resources and exam support services for the schools market.

She has a wealth of experience across senior sales and marketing roles, which include appointments at TMP Worldwide Advertising & Communications Ltd and the Institute of Physics Publishing. In her new role, Rylett will lead the strategic, commercial and operational development of the OnExamination business ensuring its continued growth and development.

OnExamination.com is a leading resource for online exam preparation in the UK. Since 2000, when the company was founded, they have provided revision support online, helping over 100,000 doctors and health professionals from more than 100 countries to pass their exams. OnExamination.com is part of BMJ Learning, the medical education division of the BMJ Group.

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US Purdue University professor named president-elect of American Chemical Society - 27 Nov 2008

Joseph S. Francisco, the William H. Moore distinguished professor of chemistry at Purdue University, has been named president-elect of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. He will serve as ACS president in 2010 and as a member of the ACS Board of Directors from 2009 to 2011.

Francisco will succeed 2009 president Thomas H. Lane, a director with the Dow Corning Corp. and a 1974 Purdue chemistry graduate. He will be the second African-American, but the first from academia, named as president of the society, which was founded in 1876. The society has more than 160,000 members in chemistry, chemical engineering and related fields.

Francisco said the theme for his term will be bridging the gaps for the future of the chemical enterprise through partnerships that engage industry, academia and government. He plans to work to attract a broader pool of students into the chemical sciences to keep the enterprise healthy, prepare all members to be able to thrive in a global economy, and promote innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability in the chemical sciences.

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Netherland Scopus expands Arts & Humanities coverage - 27 Nov 2008

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that its flagship product Scopus will be nearly doubling its Arts & Humanities (A&H) titles. Access to the new journals will be available to Scopus users in April 2009. Currently the Scopus database contains 1,600 titles in A&H and related fields.

Many countries will be better represented as a result of these added titles. Researchers will have enhanced access to international A&H content. Journal subjects include literature and literary theory (30% of new titles), general arts and humanities (22%), history (17%), visual/performing arts (16%), among others.

Covering the world's research literature, Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality Web sources with smart tools to track analyse and visualise research. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from over 15,000 peer-reviewed journals from 4,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles covered, but also directly integrates web and patent searches. Direct links to full-text articles, library resources and other applications like reference management software, make Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use.

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US Wiley-Blackwell increases publication frequency of materials science journals - 27 Nov 2008

Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced that it will double the publishing frequencies of its materials science journal Advanced Materials and nanoscience journal Small in 2009.

Advanced Materials and Small are two of the most-cited journals in materials science, with Institute for Scientific Information 2007 Impact Factors of 8.191 and 6.408, respectively.

Advanced Materials celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2008, having published critically important articles in materials science for the past two decades. Small was launched in 2005 as a journal dedicated to the worldwide explosion of interest in micro- and nanotechnology.

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UK BMJ Group launches new Evidence Centre - 26 Nov 2008

Medical information publisher BMJ Group, UK, has announced the launch of the new BMJ Evidence Centre. The new Evidence Centre aims to facilitate the crucial role that all health care workers play in interpreting and using the vast array of health care information to improve the care of their patients.

Every year over 2,00,000 new research articles are published in over 40 medical specialties. The BMJ Evidence Centre will provide comprehensive evidence based answers to clinical questions and easy to use information that improves clinical outcomes and informs policies and service design. The centre now provides point of care and reference tools to health care professionals; advice materials for patients; and access to evidence based content such as care pathways, training, white papers, newsletters and commissioned evidence reviews.

The product portfolio from the Evidence Centre includes Clinical Evidence, Best Health and Evidence Updates. This will be followed next year by Best Practice - a comprehensive on-line point of care tool, and Order Sets which will provide the resources clinicians need to employ effective disease management.

To help determine the strategic direction for the Evidence Centre, the BMJ Group has also appointed an International Advisory Board.

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US Chinese research added to WorldWideScience with Deep Web search tool - 26 Nov 2008

Search solutions provider Deep Web Technologies, US, has announced the addition of essential Chinese research to WorldWideScience.org, the WorldWideScience Alliance's global science gateway. WorldWideScience.org is powered by Deep Web Technologies' Explorit Research Accelerator, a federated search engine. Explorit Research Accelerator allows anyone with Internet access to launch a single query across WorldWideScience's 375 million pages of scientific and technical information in databases and portals from six continents.

China is the world's second largest publisher of scientific papers, with output that is new to many of the world's researchers. The addition of the nation's publications to WorldWideScience's deep web content is expected to significantly increase the use of Chinese research by the global community.

Deep Web Technologies' experts worked with their Chinese counterparts to identify a relevant and useful subset of the massive Chinese research database held by the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC). The effort involved working across language, technical and culture barriers to create an optimised interface to their content, enabling seamless integration of this content into WorldWideScience.org. As a result, WorldWideScience.org users can search more than 6,000 Chinese journals.

Federated search is projected as the future of search because of its ease and power to find content not indexed by the popular search engines including Google and Yahoo. Similar to metasearch technologies, federated search performs real-time, parallel searches of multiple, deep web information sources, merging the results into one ranked and sorted result list. It enables the rapid and cost-effective integration of multiple, valuable information sources into one web portal without significant expense or effort on the part of content owners.

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US Collexis launches Reviewer Finder product to streamline grant and peer reviewer recruitment - 26 Nov 2008

Knowledge management and discovery software developer Collexis Holdings, Inc., US, has announced the formal launch of the Reviewer Finder product, an application which identifies the best reviewers based on their research profile. By using the proprietary Collexis Fingerprint technology, a submitted grant proposal or submitted scientific manuscript is analysed and the resulting document Fingerprint is compared against more than 1.8 million expert Fingerprints - simultaneously checking for conflicts of interest based on co-authorship and organisational affiliation.

The Collexis Reviewer Finder helps grant funding organisations in two important ways. First it assists in reducing the time to identify the most qualified reviewers from hours to virtually minutes, and secondly it enhances security by identifying reviewers with potential conflicts of interest by instantly analysing over 30 million relationships between the research community and peer review community.

The Reviewer Finder tool is the latest enhancement to the suite of Collexis grant management applications. These services provide funding organisations with sophisticated portfolio analysis tools to assist in identifying gaps and trends and track the success of their funding by an institution, department or researcher.

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India Dear Subscribers - 26 Nov 2008

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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US OUP deploys Thomson Reuters tool JADE to examine and expand subscriber base - 26 Nov 2008

Thomson Reuters, a US-based provider of information for businesses and professionals, has announced that Oxford University Press (OUP) has selected its Journal Analysis Database Expanded (JADE) to conduct a targeted analysis of OUP journals' market penetration and potential.

In order to increase its subscriber base, OUP needed to construct a more accurate picture of its current subscribers and non-subscribers. OUP made use of the JADE database to undertake a 'gap' analysis that helped identify a core of non-subscribing institutions whose researchers were nevertheless contributing significant numbers of papers.

JADE is a new, customised database that is projected to provide the business intelligence necessary to inform decisions and direct future strategies. The tool joins Thomson Reuters content and metrics with partner Ringgold's 'Open Identify' technology. The database is seen to uniquely and appropriately identify an institution and its relationships with subsidiaries, thereby providing information that solves a major issue for publishers, libraries and universities around the world. Users can clarify authors' publishing activity and citations in journals, as well as identify current or past subscribers. JADE uses citation data to specify who a journal's subscribers are; what institution they are associated with; and which journals they are reading, citing and submitting to.

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US Serials Solutions announces new and improved reporting for the Serials Solutions 360 Resource Manager - 26 Nov 2008

Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest, US, has announced new and improved reporting for the Serials Solutions 360 Resource Manager e-resource management system. These reports help libraries optimise e-resource management, increase efficiency, and make informed decisions concerning budgets, collection-development goals, and patron needs.

360 Resource Manager Reports easily turn pages of raw e-resource data into powerful knowledge about subscriptions, licenses, costs, and tracked resource data. Reporting requires no special database management skills, is easy to use and allows libraries to increase efficiency, reduce effort, and lower costs. Reports can be exported in a variety of formats to manipulate and analyse data or for distribution to stakeholders.

In addition to the new and improved standardised reports, 360 Resource Manager also offers reporting through 360 Core, including Data on Demand reporting to export normalised holdings data, Usage Statistics reporting for Serials Solutions 360 Link and 360 Search services, and Overlap Analysis. Vendor Statistics reporting and cost reports are included for 360 Counter subscribers. The new reporting enhancements are included free of charge for 360 Resource Manager subscribers.

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German Springer set to launch new scientific journal on food security - 26 Nov 2008

STM publisher Springer, Germany, is set to launch a new scientific journal Food Security: The Science, Sociology and Economics of Food Production and Access to Food. The journal is the official publication of the International Society for Plant Pathology (ISPP). The Society's website features a personal commendation of the new journal by Nobel Peace Laureate Dr Norman Borlaug. Dr. Richard Strange of Birkbeck College, University of London, will serve as the editor-in-chief of the journal, the first issue of which will appear in March 2009.

A quarterly publication, Food Security will be published both in print and online. The first online issue will be made freely available on Springer's online platform www.springerlink.com. Also, these will be included in the lists of Springer journals available through Springer's participation in the Research 4 Life initiatives AGORA, HINARI and OARE, which provide low-cost or no-cost access to scientific information for developing country institutions.

The new journal seeks to define the constraints that prevent around one billion of the world's population from accessing an appropriate diet and to address the means by which these constraints may be overcome. The journal will cover topics such as global food needs; the mismatch between population and the ability to provide adequate nutrition; global food potential, natural constraints to satisfying global food needs; nutrition, food quality and food safety; and socio-political factors that impinge on the ability to satisfy global food needs. Coverage will also include original refereed papers, review articles, case studies, commentaries and letters to the editor.

Food Security will include Online First, Cross Reference Linking and alert services. All Food Security authors, via the Springer Open Choice programme, will have the option of publishing their articles using the open access publishing model.

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UK The Geological Society of London selects PCG to provide North American sales representation - 26 Nov 2008

Research, sales and marketing services provider Publishers Communication Group (PCG), a division of Publishing Technology, Inc., UK, has announced that it has been selected by the Geological Society of London to expand its relationships and improve penetration in the North American library market. In January, PCG will appoint a sales representative to develop opportunities for GSL's Lyell collection as well as its individual leading journal titles.

PCG has continued its rapid growth in recent years, with more than twenty publishers choosing its sales representation and market research services in 2007. The company offers qualitative and quantitative marketing research, international multi-lingual telemarketing services, UK- and US-based customer services operations, sales representation, and strategic consulting.

The Geological Society of London is the UK national society for geoscience, and the oldest geological society in the world. The Society provides a wide range of professional and scientific support to around 9500 members, about 2000 of who live overseas. More than 2000 Fellows are also Chartered Geologists.

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US ARL bimonthly report examines balance between IP laws and knowledge access - 25 Nov 2008

Intellectual property (IP) and copyright, as well as access to special collections, are highlighted in the current issue of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Bimonthly Report, no. 260. In the lead article, President of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, Peter McPherson, identifies IP law as a major factor in how universities are able to conduct their mission. He cites examples of how recent law revisions, court decisions and discoveries have come together to impose barriers to faculty and researcher access to critical resources.

McPherson notes that the growing imbalance in IP and copyright law and court decisions hinders the constitutional purpose of copyright 'to promote the Progress of Science and the useful Arts.' He calls for the academic community to find a way to agree upon and advance a common set of positions in Washington DC that would regain within the law a balance between the needs of the creators of IP and the needs of society, which benefits from the early and wide availability of knowledge. He proposes 'an adequately funded structure to advance this agenda in Washington and across the country.'

Jeffrey Makala, Assistant Special Collections Librarian, University of South Carolina, makes the case for 'A New, Open Access, Online Directory of Special Collections.' He notes 'a significant and surprising gap in our contemporary information environment…there is no current, freely available directory of major research collections or academic and research library subject strengths in North America.' Inspired by ARL's Celebrating Research book and Web site, he proposes that the research library community create a collaborative online tool to fill this need.

Alice Prochaska, University Librarian, Yale University, responds to Makala's proposal for an online directory of special collections with strong support. She provides the example of the British National Register of Archives as a potential model for a North American directory. She also notes that the ARL Special Collections Working Group will consider adding Makala's proposal to the recommendations included in their report, which is expected to be released in early 2009.

This issue of the Bimonthly Report is also freely available on the web at http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/br/br260.shtml.

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US Collexis to expand capabilities for Asklepios Group utilising Microsoft solutions - 25 Nov 2008

Knowledge management and discovery software developer Collexis Holdings, Inc., US, has announced that the Asklepios Group has incorporated the voice and video communication functionalities of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, providing information about the availability of experts and direct voice and video communication possibilities. The Asklepios Group operates hospitals and specialised rehabilitation clinics in Europe and the US.

Collexis' proprietary 'Fingerprinting' technology analysed scientific and medical texts to develop Expert Profiles of Asklepios' physicians and researchers. The result is a detailed 'Knowledge Map' of the Group's shared expertise. Working with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, Asklepios providers can instantly search a central knowledge and skills management system in order to better diagnose and treat patients. Within seconds, providers can then draw on the experience of a colleague in another Asklepios clinic for advice on a disease, diagnosis or therapy.

The Collexis expert profiling solution in combination with the unified communication functionalities from Microsoft redefine the concept of medical cooperation, but also provides concrete benefits for patients, in the form of shorter waiting times and routes on the way to diagnosis and improved treatment success.

The Asklepios Group of Hamburg, Germany, needed a way to make professional information, past experience with patients, disease patterns and treatment methods quickly available to doctors across the organisation. The project was undertaken within the framework of the Asklepios Future Hospital, a programme which aims to set new standards of quality and efficiency in the Healthcare service and to implement consistency throughout all processes. Microsoft Corp. and SyynX Solutions, a Collexis subsidiary, belong to the more than 20 companies that work with Asklepios in this programme.

In addition to Asklepios, Collexis is bringing its innovative technology to other healthcare providers, research organisations and universities world-wide, including the National Institutes of Health, Mayo Clinic Libraries; Johns Hopkins University; Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the University of California, San Francisco; the University of South Carolina; Bristol-Myers Squibb, and the World Health Organization.

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India Dear Subscribers - 25 Nov 2008

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UK Informa launches interactive electronic delivery platform - e-MedINFORM - 25 Nov 2008

Informa Medical Publishing, part of medical scientific publisher informa Healthcare, UK, has announced the launch of the e-MedINFORM, a new interactive electronic delivery platform of market-leading clinical medicine books, journals and educational content. The new system is designed to make access to cutting-edge medical knowledge easier for the busy physician.

E-MedINFORM works by creating quick educational learning modules for sponsorship by pharmaceutical companies looking to provide top-quality clinical information to physicians anywhere in the world. A single knowledge center can contain a limitless library of Informa Medical Publishing's highly acclaimed clinical medicine books, journals, or customised content hand-selected by the brand manager to support their product's educational and promotional initiatives. Access to the knowledge center is provided via the internet, free of charge to the pharma company's list of physician contacts.

e-MedINFORM allows brand managers to accurately calculate the ROI of any campaign they run through their library. The library will capture users' contact details, provide detailed history on their reading preferences and therefore inform the marketer about how to tailor future campaigns for improved ROI in the future. The system enables busy physician to search across all the titles on offer with a single function. Additional benefits include flexible pricing that can bring the offering in-line with country-specific marketing regulations and the ability to use e-MedINFORM as a direct sales tool that can track individual reps' physician interactions.

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UK IOP Publishing launches new journal - Computational Science & Discovery - 25 Nov 2008

Non-profit scientific publisher Institute of Physics Publishing (IOP), UK, has announced the launch of a new journal - Computational Science & Discovery. The journal will focus on scientific advances and discovery through computational science in physics, chemistry, biology and applied science. A Mezzacappa of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.

Computational Science & Discovery will publish original, peer-reviewed research across physics, chemistry, biology and applied science. The journal offers an opportunity for researchers to publish all the important components of their enterprise, together with their scientific results.

The first issue is currently available online at http://www.iop.org/EJ/toc/1749-4699/1/1.

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UK New OA resource on women's medicine launched - 25 Nov 2008

The Global Library of Women's Medicine, a new open access resource, was recently launched online at The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London. More than 650 world experts provide a definitive resource on the latest therapeutic options in women's medicine for doctors and women concerned about their health. The Library is free to view at www.glowm.com.

The Global Library of Women's Medicine is a unique web library incorporating a vast range of detailed clinical information across the whole field of women's medicine. It consists of 442 main chapters and 53 supplementary chapters, supported by over 40,000 references, which will be kept permanently up-to-date. The chapters have been written by more than 650 specialists and will reflect some of the very best worldwide opinion.

Primarily designed for the medical profession, most of the information in the Library is also available for those who want to know more about the therapeutic options available to women. This includes a section on Safer Motherhood. In addition, there are innovative features, freely available to registered users, aimed at medical professionals including surgical videos, specialist colour atlases of visual medicine, comprehensive guidance to laboratory tests and the significance of their results, and an option to provide doctors with selected patient information handouts.

As an open access resource it is hoped that in addition to providing an expert resource for the medical profession in the Western World, the Library may also be of real value to doctors and others in parts of the Developing World where access to current clinical information has always been challenging.

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US Society for Applied Anthropology launches online archive for its journal Human Organization - 25 Nov 2008

The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) has announced the launch of the new online archive for its journal Human Organization. Offering content back to the first issue published in 1941, the archive provides an historical record of the field's development and accomplishments. The archive is hosted by MetaPress at http://sfaa.metapress.com.

The journal's primary objective is the scientific investigation of the principles controlling the relations of human beings to one another and the wide application of these principles to practical problems. The archive contains over 3,000 papers that focus on concepts of social/behavioural science and issues and problems in the contemporary world with regular sections on government and industry, health and medical care, and international affairs. Currently, the archive contains papers from Volume 20 (1964) to Volume 67 (2008), with content from Volume 1 (1941) to Volume 19 (1963) being added throughout 2009.

The archive includes content for Human Organization and for the predecessor journal that was named Applied Anthropology from 1941 to 1949. The Society for Applied Anthropology encourages interdisciplinary scientific investigation of the principles controlling the relations of human beings to one another, and the encouragement of the wide application of these principles to practical problems. The archive is available to subscribers and members as an added bonus with their standard subscription. A subscription to the journal and its archive can also be purchased directly from the Human Organization journal homepage at http://sfaa.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0018-7259. Access is available immediately after purchase.

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UK UK libraries to step up e-book purchases, says NetLibrary survey - 25 Nov 2008

NetLibrary, the e-content division of OCLC, recently surveyed academic and public libraries on key issues in perceptions and usage of e-books currently and going forward within the UK. It was found that three-quarters of academic libraries and half of public libraries that responded intend to increase their collections of e-books over the next year, in spite of the current fiscal climate. Nearly 300 libraries responded to the survey. Other key themes born out of the survey findings provide insights into what is driving usage and collection development in these two key sectors.

Eighty-five percent of public libraries responding to the survey indicated that they were most interested in developing fiction e-book collections despite recent research that suggests e-books are most often used for reference purposes. Possibly this trend is being fuelled by the growth in take up and availability of e-book reading devices among public library users such as Amazon's Kindle and Sony's Reader. Similarly, a rise in the usage of MP3 players could be attributed to the fact that 65 percent of public libraries also indicated an intention to further develop their e-audiobook collections.

Of the academic libraries who responded to the survey, half indicated that their use of e-books was to support their core reading lists in various subject areas. The main areas were business/management (13%), medicine/health (9%), education (6%) and engineering (5%).

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US Copyright Clearance Center' new web-based service to license content for commercial use - 24 Nov 2008

Non-profit copyright licensing solution provider Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), US, has announced the beta launch of a web-based service, Ozmo (www.ozmo.com). The new service makes it easy for independent content creators to license the use of their work for commercial purposes and for content users to tap into the wealth of user-generated content found online.

Ozmo puts artists and writers in control. They select their license terms and set the price for the use of their content. CCC will handle the entire licensing process and all payments go through Amazon's Flexible Payment Service when a license is purchased. With Ozmo, buyers know instantly that they have the right to use the content and sellers know how their content is being used.

There are no set-up fees with Ozmo and content creators can license as much content as they want. Payment is collected from the buyer when the rights are purchased. Ozmo even helps sellers track and manage sales and buying trends. The service supports the Creative Commons CC+ protocol for bridging the gap between commercial and non-commercial licensing. Content creators can apply the Creative Commons link for non-commercial use, and the Ozmo link for commercial use.

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India Dear Subscribers - 24 Nov 2008

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US JISC Collections, ProQuest partner to make over two centuries of British Periodicals available to academic and research community in the UK - 24 Nov 2008

ProQuest, part of Cambridge Information Group, US, has announced a new agreement with JISC Collections to make British Periodicals collections I and II available to the UK academic and research community from January 2009. This purchase by JISC Collections on behalf of its members will provide access to two significant collections of British journals from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century, covering a diverse range of subjects - from the arts and humanities to science and the social sciences.

Beginning January 2009 academics, teaching staff, researchers and students at subscribing institutions will be able to access and cross search over 450 journals of content in British Periodicals in addition to the 80 journals in the Periodicals Archive Online collection purchased by JISC Collections earlier this year.

British Periodicals traces the development and growth of the periodical press in Britain from its origins in the seventeenth century through to the Victorian 'age of periodicals' and beyond. This digital archive will consist of almost 500 periodical runs published from the 1680s to the 1930s, comprising six million keyword-searchable pages and providing a rich record of more than two centuries of British history and culture.

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US Mosby's Nursing Skills launches Maternal-Newborn Collection - 24 Nov 2008

Mosby's Nursing Skills (MNS), the online nursing skills and procedures reference and competency management system from STM publisher Elsevier, has announced the launch of its Maternal-Newborn Collection for healthcare institutions seeking to improve the quality of their nurses who work with adult, pediatric, and maternal-newborn populations. The 72 web-based skills in the Maternal-Newborn Collection are the latest addition to Mosby's electronic evidence-based Nursing Skills collection, designed to help healthcare institutions provide easy-to-access, evidence-based skills and procedures materials that can help improve the quality of nursing care.

Launched in May 2006, Mosby's Nursing Skills is designed with the help of nurses, nurse managers, and nurse educators to meet the training needs of today's healthcare institutions. Created from leading, peer-reviewed Mosby reference texts and other evidence-based practice guidelines with input from clinical nurse specialists, these online skills and procedures provide thorough coverage of antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum care of women and newborns; present step-by-step skills and procedures for all aspects of maternal and newborn care; include patient-family teaching tips; outline important physical changes that occur during labor; and provide step-by-step guidance for assessing and caring for pregnant woman, new mothers, newborns, and families.

For learners, Mosby's Nursing Skills features clear rationales for all steps, checklists, online testing, more than 3,150 illustrations, and step-by-step video demonstrations or animations with voiceover and close captioning. Also included are references to evidence-based information. The testing process provides instant feedback and concept review to help learners master the skills and procedures and develop clinical reasoning skills.

In the first quarter of 2009, 40 High Risk Obstetric Skills will be added at no additional charge as part of the MNS Core Collection. These new skills, in combination with more than 530 adult skills and procedures and 321 pediatric skills, will bring the total collection to nearly 1,000 comprehensive skills.

Mosby's Nursing Skills is built using learning management system (LMS) functionality allowing nurse managers and educators to assign, track and manage skills and test hospital staff. It also includes supplementary material such as searchable database of patient education handouts. The Nursing Skills system also enhances a healthcare institution's recruitment and retention efforts.

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US PCMag Network goes all-digital, renamed PCMag Digital Network - 24 Nov 2008

Integrated media firm Ziff Davis Enterprise (ZDE), US, has announced that PCMag, its flagship brand, will go all-digital. The final print version will be the January 2009 issue. Further emphasising its all digital direction, it was also announced the PCMag Network will be renamed PCMag Digital Network with PCMag.com as its lead property.

For the past seven years, PCMag has leveraged its long-standing position with technology readers and advertisers to build one of the leading digital media properties in the technology category. During this period, its digital assets registered annual audience and revenue growth of 33 percent and 42 percent respectively. The PCMag Digital Network, with over seven million unique monthly visitors, reaches in excess of 10 times the circulation of the print publication.

Leveraging the digital platform, PCMag Digital Network has accelerated its core position of providing reviews and advice to active technology buyers across a multitude of core technology categories including laptops, desktops, smart phones, software, web services, HDTVs, printers, and many more. The Network leverages its quality content and audience to offer marketers a unique combination of solutions that enable strong brand positioning, while driving measurable response results.

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US Serials Solutions names Richard Bodien as Director of Marketing - 24 Nov 2008

Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest, US, has announced the appointment of Richard Bodien as Director of Marketing. In his new role, Bodien will oversee all advertising, event, marketing, press, and web activities for the company.

Bodien joined Serials Solutions in 2006 as the Senior Product Marketing Manager and introduced many new brands and products to the library market, including Serials Solutions 360 and Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks. He has twenty-five years of experience with software and high technology companies including Microsoft, AOL Mobile, and The Boeing Company. His marketing experience and understanding of the library industry is projected to help the company further strengthen the Serials Solutions brand and increase knowledge about its services.

Founded in 2000 by a librarian for librarians, Serials Solutions serves more than 2,000 libraries of all sizes and types. Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks, the authoritative e-resource knowledgebase, is the foundation for Serials Solutions®360, a complete and integrated e-resource access and management solution.

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German Thieme Publishing Group and Portico announce preservation deal - 24 Nov 2008

STM publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has announced an archiving agreement with non-profit electronic archiving service provider Portico, US. Under the deal, all journals and backfiles available through Thieme eJournals (www.thieme-connect.com/ejournals) are being archived with the organisation.

The long-term availability of electronic publications is seen to be a major concern for librarians and publishers. Through this agreement with Portico, the publisher seeks to ensure that its scholarly work is both secure and accessible for future scholars, researchers, and students.

Since its launch in 2005, Portico has archived more than 8 million articles for its customers. The system was built after obtaining extensive input from academic librarians and publishing companies. By working closely with them, the organisation has developed a sustainable service that balances the needs of everyone in search of a stable, reliable and trusted third party archive.

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UK Trials accepted for indexing in MEDLINE - 24 Nov 2008

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that the journal Trials has been accepted for indexing in MEDLINE following a review by the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee. MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's premier bibliographic database.

Trials was launched in 2006 as an evolution of the journal Current Controlled Trials in Cardiovascular Medicine. The journal considers manuscripts on any aspect of the design, performance and findings of randomised controlled trials in any health care discipline, and encourages complete reporting of trial results, regardless of the outcome or significance of the findings.

Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System Online (MEDLINE) is the US National Library of Medicine's (NLM) premier bibliographic database that contains over 16 million references to journal articles in life sciences with a concentration on biomedicine. Majority of journals are selected for MEDLINE based on the recommendation of the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee, an NIH-chartered advisory committee of external experts analogous to the committees that review NIH grant applications.

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UK ALT announces free workshop to discuss JISC TILE project - 21 Nov 2008

The Association of Learning Technology (ALT) has organised a free workshop where the results of the TILE (Towards Implementation of Library 2.0 and the E-Framework) project will be presented and discussed. The event, 'Sitting on a gold mine' - improving provision and services for learners by aggregating and using 'learner behaviour data', will be hosted at JISC's London office on December 12, 2008.

The JISC TILE project has been investigating existing and potential Web 2.0 services linked to UK HE libraries. Detailed work in the areas of 'creating context' and 'enabling contribution' has suggested opportunities for cross-institution aggregation of learner behaviour data, potentially available from not only library but also learning and repository systems. This workshop will review the vision and service models proposed by TILE, seeking to achieve a shared understanding of the challenges, the desirable opportunities and any potential early developments.

The ALT is a professional and scholarly association which brings together all those with an interest in the use of learning technology. The Association aims to facilitate collaboration between practitioners, researchers, and policy makers; represent and support our members, and provide services for them; and spread good practice in the use of learning technology.

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India Dear Subscribers - 21 Nov 2008

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Netherland Elsevier announces January 2009 launch of new medical journal - 21 Nov 2008

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has announced the January 2009 launch of a new medical journal - PM&R, The journal of injury, function and rehabilitation. Dr. Stuart M. Weinstein, Clinical Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle, will serve as the Editor-in-Chief. He will be supported by an internationally renowned Editorial Board.

The 'Purple Journal' (as it will be colloquially branded) is designed to advance education and impact the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation through the timely delivery of clinically relevant and evidence-based research and review information. Coverage includes acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders and pain, neurologic conditions involving the central and peripheral nervous systems, rehabilitation of impairments associated with disabilities in adults and children, and neurophysiology and electrodiagnosis.

The various sections of PM&R highlight original research including clinical trials and outcomes studies, clinically relevant translational science, comprehensive and focused review articles, case presentations, point/counterpoint discussions and commentary, ethical legal topics, practice management updates, topical study guides, editorial and opinion pieces, clinical pearls, emerging issues and letters to the editor. Continuing Medical Education opportunities for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit are also offered.

The journal is projected to serve as a vehicle to enhance the dissemination of medical knowledge that will benefit people with acute and chronic impairments and disabilities. The contributing authors and readership of the journal embody the diversity of groups for whom this journal was developed. These include clinicians and clinical researchers in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation, in other medical specialties (such as neurology, rheumatology, geriatrics and spinal surgery) and practitioners in related disciplines (such as physical and occupational therapy, speech and language pathology and clinical psychology).

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Belgium European digital library Europeana goes online - 21 Nov 2008

The European Commission has announced the launch of Europeana, a European multimedia online library, at www.europeana.eu. Internet users worldwide can now access more than 2 million books, maps, recordings, photographs, archival documents, paintings and films from national libraries and cultural institutions of the EU's 27 member states. Europeana makes it possible to search and browse the digitised collections of Europe's libraries, archives and museums all at once. This means users can explore themes without searching for and visiting multiple sites and resources.

Europeana is seen to open up new ways of exploring the region's heritage. Those interested in literature, art, science, politics, history, architecture, music or cinema will have free access to Europe's key collections and masterpieces in a single virtual library through a web portal available in all EU languages.

Further expansion for the project is planned for 2010. In that phase, Europeana will give access to millions of items representing Europe's cultural diversity and will have interactive zones such as communities for special interests. Between 2009 and 2011, some € 2 million per year of EU funding will be dedicated to this. The Commission also plans to involve the private sector in the further expansion of the digital library. In September 2007, the European Parliament supported, in a resolution voted by an overwhelming majority, the creation of the library.

Initiated by the Commission in 2005, Europeana was brought to fruition in close cooperation with national libraries and other cultural bodies of the member states as well as with the strong support of the European Parliament. The library is run by the European Digital Library Foundation, which brings together Europe's major associations of libraries, archives, museums, audiovisual archives and cultural institutions. It is hosted by the Dutch national library, the Koninklijke Bibliotheek.

Over 1,000 cultural organisations from across Europe have provided material for Europeana. National libraries all over the region have contributed printed and manuscript material, including digitised copies of the great books that brought new ideas into the world. State archives have made important national documents available, and France's Institut National de l'Audiovisuel supplied 80,000 broadcasts recording the 20th century, right back to early footage shot on the battlefields of France in 1914.

In 2009-2010 around € 69 million will be available for research on digital libraries through the EU's research programme. In the same period, the information society part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme will allocate around € 50 million to improve access to Europe's cultural and scientific heritage.

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US Finbarr O'Neill to lead J.D. Power and Associates - 21 Nov 2008

Information services provider McGraw-Hill Companies, US, has announced the appointment of Finbarr O'Neill as president of J.D. Power and Associates, effective Jan. 1, 2009. O'Neill succeeds Stephen C. Goodall, who is retiring after 30 years with the company.

O'Neill, 56, joined J.D. Power in March as senior vice president and general manager of international operations, with responsibility for the company's international development throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and Canada. Prior to joining J.D. Power, he was vice chairman and CEO of Reynolds and Reynolds, a global provider of dealership management software and services. He is also a past board chairman of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers.

A business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies, J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information services firm operating in key business sectors including market research, forecasting, performance improvement, training and customer satisfaction. The firm's quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually.

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US Library of Congress and National Library of China sign deal for World Digital Library - 21 Nov 2008

The Library of Congress has announced an agreement with the National Library of China to cooperate in developing the World Digital Library, which is scheduled for launch in April 2009. The two libraries have agreed to provide content to the World Digital Library and to cooperate in such areas as the development and maintenance of the Chinese-language interface, the convening of international working groups to plan and develop the project, and the formation of an advisory committee of leading scholars and curators to recommend important collections for inclusion in the World Digital Library.

The Web-based World Digital Library is spearheaded by the Library of Congress and other cultural institutions around the world in cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Other institutions participating in the project include major libraries from Brazil, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Russia, Serbia, and Sweden, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, the John Carter Brown Library, and the libraries of Brown and Yale Universities.

Earlier in September this year, the Organization of American States (OAS) joined the Library of Congress in developing the World Digital Library. A Contributor Agreement was signed by both parties. Under the agreement, the OAS' Columbus Memorial Library will collaborate on the global library project.

The goal of the World Digital Library is to represent major world cultures in a way that contributes to better understanding among different cultures, as well as to serve the needs of scholars and researchers. The project will digitize and make available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials of many cultures, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings and other materials of interest both to scholars and the general public.

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US Mark Allen Group and EMpact Sales partner to provide print and e- journals to customers across five continents - 21 Nov 2008

EMpact Sales (EMpact), the publisher representation group within the EBSCO Information Services division, US, and Mark Allen Group (the Group), UK, recently joined forces to provide print and electronic journals to customers across five continents. According to the new agreement, EMpact will, on behalf of the Group, serve as sales and marketing representative and consultant in the Caribbean (including Puerto Rico), Mexico, Central America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Korea, Macau, Taiwan and the Nordics.

The Mark Allen Group publishes 34 journals that focus primarily on healthcare, including the British Journal of Community Nursing, British Journal of Health Care Management, Journal of Wound Care, British Journal of Midwifery and British Journal of Nursing. The Group also publishes several journals in the education sector.

Through its affiliation with EBSCO Information Services, EMpact is projected as the ideal partner for publishers who wish to expand their sales efforts and promotion of their products to additional targeted territories across the globe. The EMpact team can develop an exclusive and strategic plan to dramatically broaden the exposure for publishers' electronic products and content.

As part of the EBSCO group, EMpact brings to the sales process an expanded team of experienced sales and marketing personnel, many of whom have been working with publishers and libraries for many years. With the support of 32 fully staffed offices in 23 countries worldwide, EMpact's global reach makes it possible for content providers to take advantage of opportunities they might otherwise miss.

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UK Revision in Declaration of Helsinki calls for mandatory registration of clinical trials - 21 Nov 2008

The World Medical Association recently revised the Declaration of Helsinki at its General Assembly in Seoul, it has been reported. Of particular interest in the new version, which replaces all the previous ones, are paragraphs 19 and 30. Paragraph 19 states that every clinical trial must be registered in a publicly accessible database before recruitment of the first subject.

Existing trial registers include the ISRCTN register, which is open to all study designs in all healthcare areas and all countries. The register is administered by Current Controlled Trials, a sister company to BioMed Central. According to BioMed Central, the company and its journals insist on public registration of clinical trials, and will follow with interest any increase in up-take of public registration following the revision of the Declaration of Helsinki.

According to Paragraph 30, authors, editors and publishers all have ethical obligations with regard to the publication of the results of research. Authors have a duty to make publicly available the results of their research on human subjects and are accountable for the completeness and accuracy of their reports. They should adhere to accepted guidelines for ethical reporting. Negative and inconclusive as well as positive results should be published or otherwise made publicly available. Sources of funding, institutional affiliations and conflicts of interest should be declared in the publication. Reports of research not in accordance with the principles of this Declaration should not be accepted for publication.

A number of BioMed Central journals including BMC Research Notes and Trials are reportedly working with the scientific community to encourage complete and transparent reporting of scientific research, including clinical trials. Making all information potentially relevant to patient care freely available - via publication in an open access journal - is seen to complete the scientific record. It is also projected to avoid publication bias, which can have serious consequences for evidence-based medicine practices.

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UK Italian Journal of Pediatrics moves to BioMed Central - 20 Nov 2008

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that the Italian Journal of Pediatrics has moved to its open access publishing platform. With this move, the journal seeks to increase its global author and readership.

Italian Journal of Pediatrics is the official journal of the Italian Society for Pediatrics. The open access, peer-reviewed online journal includes all aspects of pediatric medicine, and also covers health service and public health research that addresses primary care issues.

The journal provides a forum for pediatricians and other healthcare professionals to report and discuss up-to-the-minute research and expert reviews in the field of pediatric medicine. The journal will continue to develop the range of articles published to enable this invaluable resource to stay at the forefront of the field.

Initially published in 1975 as Rivista Italiana di Pediatria, Italian Journal of Pediatrics is indexed in EMBASE. All articles published in the journal will be 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. The journal is also participating in the British Library's e-journals pilot project, and plans to deposit copies of all articles with the British Library.

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US College publishers awarded favourable ruling in copyright infringement suit - 20 Nov 2008

Publishers John Wiley & Sons, Inc., McGraw-Hill Education, Pearson Education, Inc. and Cengage Learning, Inc. have announced a favorable ruling and damages award in a copyright infringement case against two online booksellers - Jun Liao and Zhengshu Gu. The publishers' lawsuit alleged that Liao and Gu engaged in the illegal importation, promotion and sale within the US of foreign edition textbooks manufactured by the publishers for distribution only in certain overseas territories.

The summary judgment in favour of the publishers includes an award of over $125,000 in statutory damages and permanently enjoins the defendants from further infringing the publishers' copyrights. This lawsuit demonstrates the publishers' ongoing commitment to combatting illegal importation of restricted foreign editions, which unlawful importation infringes the publishers' copyrights and trademarks, cheats authors of their due compensation for their efforts, and stifles creativity and innovation.

In a similar move, in April 2008, publishers Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and SAGE Publications, supported by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), filed a lawsuit in the Atlanta federal court to stop widespread copyright infringement at Georgia State University (GSU). The publishers charged GSU officials for violating the law by systematically enabling professors to provide students with digital copies of copyrighted course readings published by the plaintiffs and several other publishers without authorisation.

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India Dear Subscribers - 20 Nov 2008

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US Elsevier selects FatWire's WEM solutions to automate web content management process - 20 Nov 2008

Web experience management solutions provider FatWire Software, US, has announced that its Web Experience Management (WEM) solutions have been selected by STM publisher Elsevier to ensure brand consistency across its web presence, and to build a community around its products and services online.

The Elsevier team required an easy-to-use, scalable Web Content Management (WCM) solution with web 2.0 collaboration, personalisation and community capabilities in order to deliver a better service to its customers, and to strengthen its customer relationships and brand awareness using the web. Elsevier's charter is to deliver world-class information and innovative tools to researchers, students, educators and practitioners worldwide. The web is a primary channel for effectively delivering these services, including a broad range of research, publications, and courseware. The publisher also wanted the ability to recommend new purchases to site visitors based on their viewing and buying patterns, in order to increase the relevance of their site and to drive additional sales.

FatWire Content Server was chosen to automate Elsevier's entire WCM process including content authoring, site design, content publishing, targeted marketing, site analytics and user participation. With FatWire Content Server, the publisher can build a community by quickly implementing web 2.0 features that facilitate user interaction and also create a consistent brand identity online.

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Israel Ex Libris' Voyager integrated library solution expands customer base - 20 Nov 2008

Library solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that several institutions have recently selected the Voyager integrated library solution (ILS). Some of the most recent additions to the Voyager customer community are New York Medical College; Judson College, Alabama; Unitec New Zealand; and the American Embassy in India.

The full-featured Voyager software supports public access cataloging control and authority as well as acquisitions, serials, circulation and course reserves. Sophisticated reporting and system administration are all part of the out-of-the-box product offering. Standards-based, and built on open technology, Voyager interoperates smoothly with existing library systems and new technologies, ensuring that it continues to meet the ever-evolving needs of contemporary libraries. Voyager 7.0, released in June 2008, focuses on ease of use and increased functionality for library staff and users. Among the highlights of this version are the newly designed WebVoyage OPAC with a modern, user-friendly layout and intuitive search interface; a wide range of accessibility and usability enhancements; and more than 40 new administrative features, including greater flexibility for library staff in customizing search and navigation functions to the needs of their institution.

The American Embassy in India, which has four libraries located in Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, and New Delhi, chose to replace its former ILS with Voyager to achieve a more robust platform for cataloging activities.

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US Former president of the University of South Carolina joins Collexis' Board of Directors - 20 Nov 2008

Knowledge management and discovery software developer Collexis Holdings, Inc., US, has announced that former president of the University of South Carolina, Dr. Andrew Sorensen, has joined the company's Board of Directors.

Dr. Sorensen's leadership experience at The University of South Carolina, Johns Hopkins University and many other institutions will be a valuable asset to Collexis as the academic and government markets represent a major area of the company's growth. Sorensen retired as President of The University of South Carolina in June 2008. He continues to serve as a distinguished professor at the University's School of Medicine.

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. In addition, the company now offers the world's first pre-populated professional social network for life science researchers, www.biomedexperts.com.

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US SAGE and FEDLINK partner to offer electronic resources to US federal libraries - 20 Nov 2008

Academic publisher SAGE has announced an agreement with the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) to provide its online products to participating US federal libraries.

SAGE has been awarded a Basic Ordering Agreement by FEDLINK and now offers the Direct Express ordering option to US federal libraries. FEDLINK librarians across America can now explore content-rich resources, including the SAGE Full-Text Collections - SAGE's discipline-specific research databases; SAGE Scientific, Technical, and Medical Journal package; SAGE Humanities and Social Science Journal package; SAGE eReference - 80 authoritative reference works available online on the SAGE eReference platform; and counseling and psychotherapy transcripts, clients narratives, and reference works. Adding SAGE products is projected to enhance FEDLINK's online offerings to better serve the information needs of federal libraries and information centers.

FEDLINK serves federal libraries and information centers as their purchasing, training and resource-sharing consortium. As the business subsidiary of the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC), FEDLINK customers can tap into the expertise of federal librarians, contracting officers, financial managers, and customer service representatives to get the best products and services at the best available prices.

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US ARL publishes survey of libraries' effort to post manuscript information online - 19 Nov 2008

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published Manuscript Collections on the Web, SPEC Kit 307, a survey of ARL libraries' current efforts to provide information about their manuscript collections online.

There is growing demand from users, administrators and donors for web availability of manuscript collection information. Many of those who are responsible for the arrangement and description of manuscript and archival materials suffer from chronic backlogs and often lament the lack of resources (staff and time) to deal with their workloads. Libraries find it difficult to post information about their valuable resources online.

The SPEC survey investigated how many manuscript collections are held in ARL member libraries; what percentage of these collections are represented on the web; what types of information about the collections are available in finding aids and on the web; what formats are used for finding aids on the web; how many library staff are working on manuscript collections; the challenges and benefits of migrating collection information to the web; and whether and how usage of manuscript collection information is tracked.

Of the 123 ARL member libraries, 72 completed the survey by the March 2008 deadline for a response rate of 59 percent. All of the survey respondents indicated that they are managing to post at least some information about their manuscript collections on the web. Most of the comments indicated that the respondents want to post more information online, but are unable to do so for a variety of reasons, primarily staff and time constraints. Almost all respondents are creating MARC records for their collections; fewer are creating EAD finding aids. A select few represent all of their manuscript collections on the web in some way, either as MARC records, brief blurbs in HTML, or EAD finding aids.

The survey results also show that librarians and archivists squeeze arrangement and description duties in between a multitude of other responsibilities. They are not the only staff in these institutions who perform these tasks, but they do spend larger percentages of their time than anyone else on actually adding information to the web.

The SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents in the form of manuscript collection websites, finding aid websites, websites of collaborative online resources, arrangement and description guidelines, and web processing procedures.

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India Dear Subscribers - 19 Nov 2008

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Netherland Elsevier's new service provides over half a million reviewers free access to published research - 19 Nov 2008

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of reference linking, a new service enabling its community of reviewers to have direct access to referenced articles published by Elsevier, directly from the manuscript they are reviewing.

Reference linking means that by clicking on the hyperlinks, listed alongside the referenced articles, reviewers are brought to the abstracts of those articles. Furthermore, depending on the reviewer's personal or their institute's subscription entitlements, reviewers can also link directly, via CrossRef's DOI service, through to the articles referenced in other publishers' journals. This functionality and the facilitating tools are integrated, seamless and accessible through Elsevier's submission and peer review editorial system (EES).

Elsevier's network of 7,000 journal editors and 500,000 reviewers using EES will have access to abstracts in Scopus and full text of referenced articles in ScienceDirect. Also, they will benefit from the functionality of these systems, such as searching for related articles, author and citation information. Reference linking will help reviewers to reduce the time spent for searching relevant information during the review process, ensuring a more accurate review process.

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Netherland Gerard van de Aast to step down from the boards of Reed Elsevier - 19 Nov 2008

Publisher Reed Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that Gerard van de Aast will step down from the boards of Reed Elsevier on December 15, 2008 and from his position as chief executive of Reed Business. Keith Jones, currently CEO of Reed Business Information UK, will be appointed acting CEO for Reed Business Information (RBI), pending resolution of the current divestment process.

Reed Business (comprising RBI and Reed Exhibitions) has performed strongly during the eight years of Aast's leadership. During that time, RBI has been transformed from a print-based publisher to a world-leading b2b information provider, with a third of its revenues from online services, mostly built through organic development. Reed Exhibitions has become the world's largest exhibitions organiser and expanded significantly in both developed and emerging markets.

The Reed Business division comprises RBI and Reed Exhibitions. A process to divest RBI is underway. Reed Exhibitions is being retained by Reed Elsevier.

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US GSA Journals Collection made available to UK universities via NESLi2 initiative - 19 Nov 2008

The Geological Society of America (GSA) has announced that its Journals Collection is now available to UK universities and colleges through the NESLi2 Small and Medium Publishers initiative. The Collection includes the GSA's three prestigious journals in earth sciences and a new journal for 2009.

The package offer provides significant discounts on the subscription to the individual titles and is tiered according to JISC Banding. It also includes discounted options to subscribe to or purchase the archives of the journals Geology and the GSA Bulletin, which for the GSA Bulletin, reaches back to 1890.

The Geological Society of America Journals Collection includes major research papers from the GSA Bulletin; short papers, new investigations and provocative topics in Geology; interactive and visually enhanced research articles in Geosphere; and a new title for 2009, Lithosphere. All the journals are profusely illustrated and present some of the best international research in the geosciences.

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US Infotrieve launches Content SCM at UCB - 19 Nov 2008

Information management company Infotrieve, Inc., US, has announced the launch of the new Content SCM software solution at the biopharma company UCB.

Content SCM is Infotrieve's web-based technology for automating document sourcing and delivery with a full array of rights management capabilities, copyright compliance auditing, and complete view of content usage throughout the entire organisation - both licensed and pay-per-view content. It is claimed to be the only product which brings document delivery and rights management together in one seamless solution. A unique content supply chain management platform, Content SCM was designed from the point of view of the actual content user and the administrators responsible for managing, purchasing, and ensuring copyright compliance of that content.

End users can easily research content using integrated search and discovery platforms with advanced citation referencing capabilities, select and order specific articles, advice as to how the content is being used, see the cost of the article, and then place an order. Content SCM will check copyright compliance rights based on each client agreement with reproductive rights organsations then secure the article through licensed content, internal holdings, or on a pay-per-view basis.

By implementing Content SCM, administrators have a full view of all content being accessed and by whom, the intended usage of each article, compliance details, how it was delivered, and all associated costs. This granular information will allow for more cost effective content licensing in the future.

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US ISMPP offers certification programme for medical publication professionals - 19 Nov 2008

The International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP), US, has announced that it is implementing a certification programme that will offer professionals an opportunity to earn the newly established Certified Medical Publication Professional (CMPP) credential.

The CMPP programme is expected to allow medical publication professionals to become credentialed in this increasingly specialised practice, and help promote integrity and excellence in the profession by encouraging adherence to best practice standards. The CMPP credentialing effort seeks to provide assurance to the public and the professional and lay media that the industry is striving towards achieving practices that ensure scientific and professional integrity in medical publications.

Medical publication professionals are responsible for publishing clinical research and information that can affect medical decision making and clinical judgment. A CMPP credential will signify a level of knowledge and experience required to effectively plan, develop and implement a medical publications programme. To achieve certification, candidates must pass a validated 150-item, multiple-choice, computer-based examination. This exam assesses candidates' knowledge across numerous content domains related to publication planning and development. Qualified candidates can take the three-hour exam during two 30-day testing windows each year at approved testing centre locations across the US and Europe.

The CMPP Candidate Handbook is now available through the ISMPP website, providing a comprehensive overview of how potential CMPP candidates can register and prepare for the exam. Numerous opportunities for examination preparation - ranging from educational programming through ISMPP U monthly webinar series, to other online reading materials and guides - are available through ISMPP as well. Examinations will be offered during the months of February and September in 2009.

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US New online resource transforms American Chemical Society's online journals - 19 Nov 2008

The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced the launch of a new online resource for the hosting and delivery of the Society's flagship Journal of the American Chemical Society and portfolio of peer-reviewed scholarly journals covering major sub-disciplines of chemistry as well as interface areas of scientific inquiry. Developed by ACS in conjunction with software partner Atypon Systems, the new online offering provides a fully integrated Web platform rich with new features and functionality, customised to deliver a more robust electronic journal and to enhance the online reading experience for ACS customers and their end-users.

Building on the ACS' reputation for editorial excellence, this new technology initiative reinforces the Society's position as one of the leading innovators in scientific publishing. The new website delivers enhanced searching and browsing capabilities, better user navigation in aid of reader comprehension, and improved administrative features for librarians and other institutional customers.

Features and benefits of the new site include enhanced PDF and Full-Text HTML functionality; enriched Tables of Contents; advanced search interface; new home pages for all ACS journals; and abstract-level display for ACS legacy archives.

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UK BioMed unveils accredited CME webcast in 'Arthritis Research & Therapy' - 18 Nov 2008

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has published its first Continuing Medical Education (CME) webcast, in the journal Arthritis Research & Therapy. The webcast, titled Clinical Conundrum: Use of COX-2 Inhibitors, nsNSAIDs and ASA in Patients with Cardiovascular Risk, provides education to meet the needs of primary care physicians and rheumatologists.

The webcast is presented by Dr. Vibeke Strand from Stanford University with Dr. William B. White of the University of Connecticut and R. Andrew Moore, DSc, from the University of Oxford. Supported by an educational grant from Pfizer, the programme is designed to help physicians maintain and develop their knowledge, skills and practice.

Arthritis Research & Therapy is an international, peer-reviewed online and print journal publishing original research, reviews, commentaries and reports. The major focus of the journal is on the mechanisms of, and translational laboratory and clinical research into, localised and systemic immune-inflammatory and degenerative diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Phase I, II and III clinical trials are also published.

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India Dear Subscribers - 18 Nov 2008

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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Netherland Elsevier's 3D research tool set to change the face of brain research - 18 Nov 2008

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, in partnership with the Allen Institute for Brain Science has announced the launch of a product that is expected to change the face of brain research. External link BrainNavigator, a 3D research tool, will replace bulky desk atlases and move brain research online, saving scientists time while improving the quality of day-to-day research.

BrainNavigator is an electronic brain map that combines the coronal, transverse and sagittal atlases on easy to navigate planes that show detailed image descriptions of each brain section. Instead of printed graphs, BrainNavigator provides a 3D precise picture, allowing for better visualisation, enhanced accuracy and increased productivity.

Researchers are also able to slice the brain virtually and overlay images to see sections that previously took hours to link. The preciseness of measurements on BrainNavigator leads to faster and easier identification, marking, and visualisation of brain structures for researchers who depend on accurate research data.

Elsevier is exhibiting the prototype at the ongoing Neuroscience 2008 in Washington D.C. The global publisher is also registering potential beta testers. Scheduled for release in May 2009, registered users will have free access to select content on the BrainNavigator prior to purchase.

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US Helicos launches OA website for sharing data sets and bioinformatics software tools - 18 Nov 2008

Lifescience Company Helicos BioSciences Corporation, US, has announced the launch of the HeliSphere Technology Center, an open access website (http://open.helicosbio.com/) for sharing Helicos data sets and bioinformatics software tools. Launched during the 58th annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, the open source site showcases single molecule sequence reads from whole genome resequencing and digital gene expression runs using the Helicos Genetic Analysis System.

The first sample datasets released include whole genome sequences of the microbes Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Rhodobacter sphaeroides, sequenced with consensus accuracies greater than 99.995 percent. Each sample dataset, containing between six and 12 million aligned reads, was generated from one channel of a 50-channel run on the HeliScope Single Molecule Sequencer. Data from a number of exciting sequencing projects currently underway will be posted on the HeliSphere Technology Center website on a regular basis.

In addition to Helicos data sets, the new website is also a gateway to Helicos' open source project, which includes downloadable source code and software documentation and is hosted on the website http://sourceforge.net/. The site supports 'tarball' downloads of the source code and uses well known shared access tools, such as Wiki docs and Mailman mailing lists. The Helicos Technology Center will also feature an open bug tracking system and will entertain patch submissions from developers.

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German Neuroinformatics special issue highlights Neuroscience Information Framework - 18 Nov 2008

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced a special issue of Springer's Humana Press journal Neuroinformatics. The issue describes the new Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF), an inventory of web-based neurosciences data, resources and tools that scientists and students can access via any computer connected to the Internet. The entire issue of the journal is available free on Springer's online information platform at http://www.springerlink.com/content/120559.

Edited by Dr. Daniel Gardner and Dr. Maryann Martone, this special issue presents the culmination of NIF development to the neuroscience and neuroinformatics community. An introductory White Paper summarises the project and its development in the context of the present and future of neuroinformatics, as well as the challenges of serving the entire neuroscience community.

An initiative of the National Institutes of Health Blueprint for Neuroscience Research, the NIF seeks to advance neuroscience research by enabling discovery and access to public research data and tools worldwide through an open source, networked environment. It enables users to discover global neuroscience web resources that cut across traditional boundaries - from experimental, clinical and translational neuroscience databases to knowledge bases, atlases, and genetic and genomic resources.

The NIF provides deeper access to a more focused set of resources that are relevant to neuroscience, search strategies tailored to neuroscience, and access to content that is traditionally 'hidden' from web search engines. The NIF may be viewed at http://nif.nih.gov and other sites as they appear online. All components of the NIF are available Open Source to encourage multiple community, institution and publisher development of NIF-compatible portals and web resources.

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US Portico, NISO announce preservation agreement - 18 Nov 2008

Non-profit electronic archiving service provider Portico, US, has announced an agreement with the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) to preserve its online publication, Information Standards Quarterly. With this inclusion, over 7,900 e-journals and 4,400 e-books have now been entrusted to the Portico archive.

Through this agreement with Portico, NISO seeks to ensure that the online version of its publication will be preserved and available for future scholars, researchers and students. NISO has named Portico as a mechanism to fill post-cancellation access claims and has also agreed to make an annual financial contribution to Portico.

NISO, a non-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute, identifies, develops, maintains, and publishes technical standards to manage information in a digital environment. NISO standards apply both traditional and new technologies to the full range of information-related needs, including retrieval, re-purposing, storage, metadata, and preservation.

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US Safari Books launches version 3 of Information Technology Infrastructure Library - 18 Nov 2008

Safari Books Online, a US-based e-reference joint venture between publishers O'Reilly Media, Inc. and Pearson Technology Group, has announced the launch of version 3 of the official Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) book series. The ITIL book series provides guidelines, processes and best practices for managing information technology infrastructure, development and operations.

The latest version provides customers with a detailed description of important IT practices and includes comprehensive checklists, tasks and procedures that can be tailored to any IT organisation. The books are published by The Stationery Office (TSO) on behalf of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), a UK government office that is part of HM Treasury. Safari Books Online's ITIL offering includes all of the most recent ITIL Version 3 publications - the five core titles as well as eight supplemental titles. These publications focus on an integrated service lifecycle approach to IT service management.

Demand for information about IT and technology management best practices continues to grow. ITIL is responding to this market need with important framework changes in Version 3, completing an evolution from specific practices to broader guidelines to now an integrated service lifecycle approach.

Safari Book Online subscribers will be able to search and read the official collection of ITIL titles, as well as to save and bookmark searches and content. The complete collection of 13 ITIL Version 3 titles is now available on Safari Book Online. As new official ITIL titles are published by TSO, Safari Books Online will expand its ITIL library to include them.

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US ARL and ALA release guide for libraries on Google Library Project settlement - 17 Nov 2008

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the American Library Association (ALA) have released a guide titled A Guide for the Perplexed: Libraries and the Google Library Project Settlement, authored by Jonathan Band, JD. The guide is designed to help the library community better understand the terms and conditions of the recent settlement agreement between Google, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers concerning Google's scanning of copyrighted works.

Band notes that the settlement is extremely complex and presents significant challenges and opportunities to libraries. His work seeks to outline and simplify the settlement's provisions, with special emphasis on the provisions that apply directly to libraries. The guide and related materials are available from the ARL website at http://www.arl.org/pp/ppcopyright/google/.

ARL seeks to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. The organisation pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries; providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities; fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise; and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organisations.

Jonathan Band helps shape the laws governing intellectual property and the Internet through a combination of legislative and appellate advocacy. He has represented clients with respect to the drafting of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and other statutes relating to copyrights, privacy, spam, cyber security and indecency.

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India Dear Subscribers - 17 Nov 2008

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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UK Duncan Enright named new Publishing Director for BNF - 17 Nov 2008

Duncan Enright has been appointed as the new Publishing Director for The British National Formulary (BNF) and the BNF for Children.

The BNF is a joint publication of the British Medical Association and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. The journal is used daily by over 200,000 health professionals, with an updated version published every six months. Compiled with the advice of clinical experts, the BNF for Children provides up-to-date, authoritative and where available evidence-based guidance on prescribing, dispensing and administering medicines for newborns (neonates), infants, children and adolescents. It is published annually and complements the BNF which is published twice a year.

Enright most recently served as Publishing Director for the UK Division of Elsevier. His career in publishing also involved appointments at Pergamon press and Butterworths where he was responsible for commissioning the engineering and electronics programme.

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Netherland Elsevier and the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions announce winners of first annual ASAIHL-Scopus young scientist award - 17 Nov 2008

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions announced today winners of the first annual ASAIHL-Scopus Young Scientist Award. The award is designed to recognise outstanding young scientists and researchers in the Asia-Pacific region who have made significant contributions to scholarship and research. Insight from Scopus, Elsevier's abstract and citation database of peer reviewed literature, was used to determine the winners.

One hundred and eighty four scientists and researchers under the age of 40 from Southeast Asia, South Asia and Hong Kong submitted their work in one of four categories - Life Science, Medicine, Agricultural Science, and Engineering and Technology. The top five young scientists in each category will receive a certificate of recognition. The winner will be given a monetary gift as well as a trip to the official award ceremony at the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang in December.

Finalists were selected by 12 panelists, three peers from each of the four categories of entry. Applicants were evaluated based on three key criteria - number of citations and h-index, number of publications and patents based on Scopus data, as well as documented social impact.

Founded in 1956, ASAIHL is a regional organisation of 166 member universities from 17 countries in Asia Pacific. It aims to lead regional efforts in promoting excellence in teaching, learning and research through capacity building and collaborative activities with its stakeholders from the academic community, public and private sectors, and support the needs of its member institutions. The ASAIHL General Conference, now on its 28th year, draws participation from top level administrators and major higher education players.

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UK First advance articles for Integrative Biology now available online - 17 Nov 2008

Scientific publisher RSC Publishing, UK, the publishing arm of the Royal Society of Chemistry, has announced that the first Advance Articles for Integrative Biology are now available online. Integrative Biology seeks to bring together scientists focusing on quantitative multi-scale biology using enabling technologies and tools to exploit the convergence of biology with physics, chemistry, engineering, imaging and informatics.

Mina Bissell from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, reviews human mammary progenitor cell fate decisions, while Douglas Kell (Manchester Centre for Integrative Systems Biology at the University of Manchester) reports on the analysis of aptamer binding sequence-activity relationships using micro-arrays. An article on genome-wide transcriptome analysis of 150 cells samples from Mehmet Toner at Harvard Medical School makes up just a part of the initial release of articles.

Integrative Biology is one of two new journals to join RSC Publishing's prestigious portfolio. The online publication of the journal's first issue is anticipated shortly, and will be freely available online. Institutional online access to all 2009 and 2010 content will be freely available on registration. Readers will also benefit from enhanced HTML articles via the RSC Prospect (including, structure and sub-structure searching, hyperlinked compound information and many more useful features).

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US ICIS Pricing launches new weekly Glycol Ethers Asia Price Report - 17 Nov 2008

Pricing and market intelligence service provider ICIS Pricing, US, has launched a new weekly Glycol Ethers Asia price report. The move is in response to growing demand and increased trade flows within the Asia-Pacific region.

The report covers propylene- and ethylene-based glycol ethers, providing CFR China & CFR South East Asia price assessments and commentary on the northeast Asia market. The arrival of in-depth commentary and comprehensive price assessments combined with incisive market intelligence on the Asian glycol ethers market makes the new Asia report a vital must-have to understanding the current price volatility and market situation. The Asia report completes the global portfolio where ICIS has established price benchmarks in Europe and the US.

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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UK Papers of EPS Conference on Plasma Physics available for free online - 17 Nov 2008

Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, published by IOP publishing, UK, has announced that papers contributed by invited speakers at the 35th European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics are now available online. All of these papers will be free to read online in a special issue of the journal until the end of June 2009.

This issue includes the paper 'Alfvén waves: a journey between space and fusion plasmas' by Liu Chen, winner of the EPS Plasma Physics Division 2008 Hannes Alfvén Prize. Also included is 'The Interactions of a flowing plasma with a dipole magnetic field: measurements and modelling of a diamagnetic cavity relevant to spacecraft protection' by R. Bamford et al. This paper shows how knowledge gained from the pursuit of nuclear fusion research may reduce the threat posed by energetic particles to astronauts to tolerable levels, making man's first mission to Mars a much greater possibility.

Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion covers all aspects of the physics of hot, highly ionised plasmas. This includes results of current experimental and theoretical research on all aspects of the physics of high-temperature plasmas and of controlled nuclear fusion, including the basic phenomena in highly-ionised gases in the laboratory, in the ionosphere and in space, in magnetic-confinement and inertial-confinement fusion as well as related diagnostic methods. A list of previous EPS Conference on Plasma Physics issues in Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion and related news can also be found on the journal website.

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German Thieme Publishing Group launches new book - Revision Surgery in Otolaryngology - 17 Nov 2008

STM publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has launched a new book - Revision Surgery in Otolaryngology. The publication is projected as an essential reference for both experienced and beginning otolaryngologists, as well as other specialists in areas such as facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Edited by Dr. David R. Edelstein, clinical professor of otorhinolaryngology at Cornell University, Revision Surgery in Otolaryngology includes more than 450 illustrations and diagrams, such as pre- and postoperative photos that clearly demonstrate surgical results. Every chapter has a handy 'decision tree' that guides the practitioner, step-by-step, through the management process. Recommendations on how to address scarring and physiological differences caused by prior surgeries round out the text.

Revision Surgery in Otolaryngology covers all the most common problems encountered during revision surgery. The book reveals the mistakes that are made in primary surgery, and how best to avoid those mistakes, obviating the need for revision surgery in the first place.

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US BioMed Central launches online open access journal, Genome Medicine - 14 Nov 2008

Open access publisher BioMed Central, US, has announced the launch of a new journal titled Genome Medicine. The publication seeks to provide the latest information and findings that have an impact on the understanding and management of human health and disease to physicians around the globe. The online, peer-reviewed open access research journal was launched at a special event at the 58th annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) in Philadelphia.

The recent surge of DNA sequence information resulting from deciphering the human genetic code has acted as a catalyst for innovative technological developments that have been vital in the identification of genes associated with disease pathologies. This has allowed for the development of novel genetic therapies to treat a wide range of inherited disorders. The new genomic era heralds earlier diagnoses, greatly improved prevention and treatment of diseases and enhanced avoidance of side effects from drugs.

The launch issue is sponsored by Agilent Technologies, a provider of microarrays, scanners, reagents and other life science tools. In addition to publishing high-quality research, Genome Medicine seeks to serve the international research community as a forum for the discussion and critical review of information about all areas of medicine informed by genomic research.

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India Dear Subscribers - 14 Nov 2008

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Netherland Elsevier announces publishing partnership with the Royal Netherlands Society for Agricultural Sciences - 14 Nov 2008

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that it will publish NJAS - Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences on behalf of Royal Netherlands Society for Agricultural Sciences (KLV), starting in 2009 with Volume 57, issue 1.

Published since 1952, NJAS - Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences is the quarterly journal of the Royal Netherlands Society of Agricultural Sciences. It offers new research results of disciplinary as well as transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary studies, with an emphasis on interaction between natural and social sciences and system approaches in Plant Science, Plant Genetics and Biotechnology; Animal Science; Environmental Science; Social Science; and Food Science, Nutrition and Technology.

Elsevier will distribute the NJAS globally via its electronic platform, ScienceDirect. ScienceDirect is currently accessed by over 11 million users worldwide who are able to easily further their research through linked references and many other helpful features.

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UK Emerald and CAPES announce two research grant awards - 14 Nov 2008

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, and CAPES library consortia (A Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superioris) have announced that they are offering two research grant awards. While one will contribute to the development of management in Brazil, the other is specifically for the development of library information sciences.

The funding grants of up to $4,000 in each category is expected to address the dissemination of knowledge for social good with a specific focus towards the benefit of Brazil. The winners of the research fund awards will be announced in July 2009 at the CAPES anniversary event.

CAPES assists the Brazilian Ministry of Education in the formulation of national policies related to post-graduate study. Through CAPES, which was founded in 1951, the Brazilian government provides access to quality information for professionals, professors and students at member universities and research institutes.

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Canada NewspaperDirect unveils online news portal PressDisplay on iRex digital reader - 14 Nov 2008

Digital newspaper distributor NewspaperDirect, Canada, previewed its PressDisplay.com online news portal on the iRex digital reader at the recently held Monaco Media Forum in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. The PressReader software will run on the iRex Digital Reader 1000 series, allowing readers to download their favourite daily newspapers in a matter of seconds and read them at their leisure.

With newspaper publishers facing mounting pressure to cut costs while maintaining their circulation, PressDisplay.com and the other distribution channels offered by NewspaperDirect are providing them with more ways to reach their readers. The iRex DR1000 is projected as a sleek and lightweight portable digital reader featuring the world's largest electronic paper display.

With official release slated for next month, the iRex DR1000 will join a growing list of handheld devices on which PressDisplay.com is available, offering more than 800 newspapers and magazines from over 80 countries. These include Apple iPhone, Apple iPod Touch, BlackBerry and numerous smartphones.

As with all its content distribution solutions, PressDisplay.com for iRex is available at no additional cost to publishers. NewspaperDirect's technology taps into the pre-press workflow of any publishing system, making it possible for it to extract rich digital content that can be repurposed for use in a variety of distribution channels. The company provides full hosting, payment acceptance, customer service management and technical support.

iRex Technologies, which was spun off from Royal Philips Electronics in 2005, is a Netherlands-based provider of products to read written digital content.

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US OCLC Members Council meet to discuss similarities and differences in libraries worldwide - 14 Nov 2008

Global library cooperative Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), US, has announced that the OCLC Members Council recently met in Dublin, Ohio, to discuss similarities and differences in libraries around the world, continue planning a transition to a Global Council and Regional Councils to extend OCLC participation, and elect a council delegate to the OCLC Board of Trustees. Under the direction of Members Council President Loretta Parham, Library Director and CEO, The Atlanta University Center, delegates also heard reports from OCLC senior management and staff, and discussed the worldwide library cooperative's plans and activities.

Kathleen Imhoff, Executive Director and CEO, Lexington (Kentucky) Public Library, was elected by Members Council to serve on the OCLC Board of Trustees. Imhoff, a public librarian, will serve a term of five years. She has advocated for the formation of global library networks, and has considerable budgeting, contracting, project management, collaboration and strategic planning experience.

In the opening council session, three speakers discussed similarities and differences in libraries around the world. Graham Jefcoate, Director Universiteitsbiblioteek, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, in the Netherlands, focused on the culture of the new global OCLC cooperative. He noted that differences in location and language influence communication and participation within OCLC. While Chew Leng Beh, Senior Director, Library and Professional Services and Director of SILAS, National Library Board (NLB), explained how libraries work in Singapore, Gwenda Thomas, Library Director, Rhoades University, in Grahamstown, South Africa, spoke about "South Africa and the Second Decade of Democracy: What Makes Our Libraries Special." She set the context for changes in South Africa and how libraries operate in the country. OCLC President and CEO, Jay Jordan, brought delegates up to date on OCLC's plans and activities.

Delegates also discussed the Members Council transition to a Global Council and Regional Councils. In May 2008, the OCLC Members Council approved changes to the Articles of Incorporation and Code of Regulations that had been recommended by the Board of Trustees. The changes will transform the current Members Council into a Global Council that connects with Regional Councils around the world. The new Global Council will replace the Members Council in a transition that is expected to take at least one year and will be coordinated between representatives of the 2008-2009 Members Council and the Board of Trustees.

In addition, the Council discussed and passed two resolutions proposed by the Members Council Executive Committee. The first provided for the establishment of implementation committees that will organise three Regional Councils. These regional committees are chaired respectively by Chew Leng Beh, from the Asia Pacific region; Berndt Dugall, Direktor and Librarian, Universitat Frankfurt, from the Europe, the Middle East and Africa region; and Patrick Wilkinson, Director, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, from The Americas region. Members Council unanimously passed the second resolution that defined the process for transitioning to a Global Council Executive Committee including the three chairs who also will serve as members of the group. Jan Ison, Executive director, Lincoln Trail Libraries system (ILLINET), current Members Council vice president/president-elect, will serve as the first president of the new OCLC Global Council in 2009-2010.

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UK Oxford Journals passes annual COUNTER audit - 14 Nov 2008

Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University Press (OUP), UK, has announced that their usage statistics have passed their annual COUNTER audit for 2008. This audit was carried out on behalf of COUNTER by ABCe, an independent third-party auditor, who analysed data from June 2008.

COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) was set up in 2002 to improve the reliability of online usage statistics, and is supported by the vendor, intermediary, and librarian communities. The COUNTER Codes of Practice specify the content, format, delivery mechanisms, and data processing rules for a set of core usage reports that are easily implemented by vendors and easily understood by librarians.

Oxford Journals publishes over 210 journals covering a broad range of subject areas, two-thirds of which are published in collaboration with learned societies and other international organisations. The collection contains some of the world's most prestigious titles, including Nucleic Acids Research, JNCI (Journal of the National Cancer Institute), Brain, Human Reproduction, English Historical Review, and the Review of Financial Studies. Read more about Oxford Journals.

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German Springer signs co-publishing deal with Metrology Society of India - 14 Nov 2008

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has signed a co-publishing agreement with the Metrology Society of India (MSI) for one of the latter's prestigious publication MAPAN - Journal Metrology Society of India. The society plays a vital role in the technological, industrial and economic development of the country.

A quarterly publication, MAPAN - Journal Metrology Society of India is exclusively devoted to Metrology (scientific, industrial or legal). MSI invites the submission of research communications or technical articles on topics of current interest. Original work, tutorials and survey papers, which contribute to new knowledge or understanding of any metrology principle, method or technique, are also welcome.

Springer will ensure the speedy publication of important articles in the field by using a manuscript tracking system in the journal editorial office. Articles will be published in Online First, in full text via Springer's electronic platform, SpringerLink. The journal will include Cross Reference Linking, alert services, and Online First, a feature by which articles are published online before they appear in print. Springer will also implement the online author submission system, Editorial Manager. This system allows the peer-review process to be handled faster, resulting in the speedy publication of the articles.

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UK BMJ Group set to publish medical journal on acupuncture - 13 Nov 2008

Medical information publisher BMJ Group, UK, has announced that it will begin publishing a medical journal on acupuncture, Acupuncture in Medicine, beginning January 2009. This will be the first complementary medicine title that the BMJ Group has published.

A quarterly publication, Acupuncture in Medicine aims to build the evidence base for acupuncture. It is currently self-published by the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS). The journal will be issued through the BMJ Group's Affinity programme on behalf of the Society from January 2009.

BMJ Group provides a range of products and services to doctors, other healthcare professionals, and patients. Through Affinity this includes a full publishing service from business development, through editorial support, to sales and marketing. As part of the service, the journal will be fully digitised and an archive of all its back issues will be made available online.

Acupuncture in Medicine was first published in 1982 and boasts a multidisciplinary international editorial board. The journal's editor in chief is Dr Adrian White, of the Peninsula Medical School in Plymouth, and its editor is Dr Mike Cummings, Medical Director of the BMAS.

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US Collexis bags NIH contract for reviewer selection and grant optimisation - 13 Nov 2008

Knowledge management and discovery software developer Collexis Holdings, Inc., US, has announced that it has been selected by the National, Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to deliver an application, Collexis Reviewer Finder Platform, to help find the most qualified grant reviewers.

NHLBI's Review Branch of the Division of Extramural Research Activities is seeking to optimise grant reviewer selection by increasing their pool of qualified grant reviewers. Using Collexis proprietary Fingerprint technology, the Collexis Reviewer Finder will deliver a list of the most qualified candidate reviewers, from 1.8 million Collexis Profiled Biomedical Experts, specific to the ideas in the grant being reviewed. The system will also identify potential conflicts of interest between the reviewers and the grant authors based on publication, co-author relationships or institutional affiliations.

As a result, NHLBI's Review Branch of the Division of Extramural Research Activities will have a larger candidate pool of qualified reviewers to choose from. The programme is also expected to reduce the amount of time staff spends on reviewer searches. A similar environment deployed with another funding organisation has been shown to save over 70 percent of the time required to assign reviewers.

NHLBI plans, conducts, and supports research related to the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases; and sleep disorders. The Institute also administers national health education campaigns on women and heart disease, healthy weight for children, and other topics.

The NHLBI contract expands the relationship between Collexis and NIH. Earlier this year, the NIH announced the results of a multi-year collaboration with Collexis for the Research Condition and Disease Categorization (RCDC) project which uses Collexis for Portfolio Analysis and Reporting on all funded NIH grant projects. Using this environment, NIH analyses over $20 billion a year in external funding.

The NIH and Collexis also announced that all internal NIH researchers and project managers would be a part of a Collexis built NIH Expert Locator system which was deployed earlier this year. The system is similar to the environments Collexis has built with leading academic medical institutions like Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins.

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India Dear Subscribers - 13 Nov 2008

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US EBSCO Publishing unveils clinical database for rehabilitation specialists - 13 Nov 2008

Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO), a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., US, has announced the availability of a database called Rehabilitation Reference Center (RRC). With this initiative, EBSCO seeks to provide access to the latest evidence-based clinical information to thousands of physical and occupational therapists, orthopedists, and outpatient centre and homecare facilitators. RRC is designed to deliver valid and relevant information at the point-of-care so that rehabilitation specialists can build treatment regimens for patients.

RRC will grow to contain more than 600 clinical reviews, which pull together the latest research on diseases and conditions. The reviews are written and reviewed by in-house physical and occupational therapists, with the content organised such that information is easy to find and fit into the work flow.

RRC content will be updated monthly and urgent issues will be included in real time. The database will also provide users with access to tests and measures, patient education handouts, a drug reference guide, reference books, guidelines, clinical updates and nearly 10,000 exercise images. Each image demonstrates and explains an exercise. RRC users will be able to create custom patient education packets for individual patients that include home exercise images and instructions, plus evidence-based patient handouts.

The EBSCOhost Integration Toolkit is projected to allow for easy integration of EBSCO's clinical reference content directly into Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems. Bringing evidence-based information from a trusted source into the clinical workflow is seen to allow clinicians to quickly find relevant content and make informed treatment decisions. Linking technology available from EBSCOhost allows RRC users to link to other subscription databases from EBSCO Publishing, such as CINAHL, MEDLINE, SPORTDiscus and the soon-to-be-released Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Source.

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US GlobalSpec launches four monthly publications, expands suite of targeted e-newsletters - 13 Nov 2008

Search engine and online engineering community operator GlobalSpec, US, has announced the recent addition of four monthly publications to its suite of targeted e-newsletters. With the launch of these publications, GlobalSpec has expanded its e-newsletter offerings to more than 60 titles with a combined newsletter subscriber base of over 7.6 million online readers.

Aerospace Technology, Appliance Technology, Automotive Technology, and Defense & Security Technology, all launched in October, are the latest additions to a suite of e-newsletters published by GlobalSpec. Each of the new publications are designed for an audience of manufacturing, industrial, engineering and technical professionals. These newsletters will cover rich editorial content including industry trends and events, the latest research, new technology and products, and career information.

GlobalSpec, Inc. is a specialised vertical search, information services and e-publishing company serving the engineering, technical and industrial communities. GlobalSpec users benefit from domain-expert search engines, a broad range of proprietary and aggregated web-based content, including GlobalSpec's PartFinder product, and more than 60 e-newsletters - helping them search for and locate products and services, learn about suppliers and access comprehensive technical content.

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UK Palgrave Macmillan, NPG collaborate to launch new ebook platform - 13 Nov 2008

Publisher Palgrave Macmillan has announced that it will launch its own ebook platform, Palgrave Connect (www.palgraveconnect.com), in January 2009. The move is in response to the growing demand for digital resources.

Developed in association with Nature Publishing Group (NPG), Palgrave Macmillan's sister company, Palgrave Connect seeks to offer libraries a flexible approach to building an ebook collection in the Humanities, Business and Social Sciences. From January, more than 4000 ebooks will be available in collections organised by year of publication and by discipline. The 2009 collections will be updated quarterly with newly published titles. Both 2009 and backlist collections will be available for purchase on a one-time fee perpetual access basis.

Palgrave Connect is powered by NPG's online platform, nature.com, alongside the Palgrave Macmillan journals content. Palgrave Connect incorporates NPG's full range of library services, including institutional usage reports and promotional tools. MARC records will be available for all collections. Hosting both ebooks and journals on the same platform is seen as an important first step towards offering integrated collections of content in the future.

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Ireland Report on journal purchasing practices of academic and research libraries released - 13 Nov 2008

Market research and data services provider Research and Markets, Ireland, has announced the release of the report, 'The Survey of Academic & Research Library Journal Purchasing Practices'. The report looks closely at the acquisition practices for scientific, technical and academic journals of academic and research libraries.

Survey participants discussed issues such as attitudes towards the pricing and digital access policies of select major journal publishers; preferences for print, print/electronic access combinations; and electronic access alone arrangements.

The report covers spending plans; preferences for use of consortiums; and use of, and evaluation, of subscription agents. It also charts attitudes towards CLOCKSS, open access, use of URL resolvers and other pressing issues of interest to major purchasers of academic and technical journals.

The study presents data about the journals acquisitions and management practices of an international sample of academic and research libraries. The issues covered include spending trends; use of print vs. electronic access; purchases in "bundles"; purchases through consortia; the role of subscription agents; use and plans for use of open access; attitudes towards the pricing practices of a range of major journal publishers; sources of funding for journal purchases, relations with academic and administrative departments of library parent organisations; and the practical management of the journal acquisition process.

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UK TechInsights boosts combined print and digital circulation of EE Times Europe - 13 Nov 2008

TechInsights Europe, the information and marketing services business serving the European electronics market, has announced that circulation of its flagship publication EE Times Europe will increase to 70,000, combined print and digital, in 2009.

EE Times Europe will also be published on a monthly basis as of January 2009, with four additional special issues devoted to Test & Measurement; Avionics and Defense Electronics; Automotive; and Smart Sensors, Sensor Networks & Medical Electronics. These four special issues are expected to provide targeted circulation into these specific markets as well as bonus distribution at leading exhibitions. In addition, the current format of EE Times Europe in print will change to an A4 format and pagination of each issue will be increased.

These significant publishing changes will enable EE Times to extend its reach and better address the evolving European market. The additional 20,000 copies represent a 40 percent increase in circulation, which will be aimed at the major European countries, with particular focus on the Central and Eastern European countries.

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US American Institute of Physics names new Vice President of Publishing - 12 Nov 2008

Scientific publisher American Institute of Physics (AIP), US, has announced the appointment of John S. Haynes as Vice President of Publishing. Haynes succeeds Darlene Walters who held the position for more than 17 years.

Haynes will take the helm of a publishing business that provides specialised print and digital production, hosting, and subscription/fulfillment services for more than 170 science and engineering journals. He most recently served as editorial director of the Royal Society of Chemistry, where he spearheaded new journal development and the establishment of international offices. Prior to that, he spent 17 years in publisher and business development roles at the Institute of Physics Publishing in the UK.

Dedicated to the advancement of physics, AIP serves a federation of physical science societies, and provides leadership through its own programmes and publications. A pioneer in digital publishing, AIP is also one of the world's largest publishers of physics journals and produces the publications of more than 25 scientific and engineering societies through its New York-based publishing division.

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US ARL releases Ithaka study report on current models of digital scholarly communication - 12 Nov 2008

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released the final report of "Current Models of Digital Scholarly Communication", a study that ARL commissioned Ithaka to conduct. The study, conducted by Nancy L. Maron and K. Kirby Smith, comes with the database of exemplars that it produced.

In the spring of 2008, ARL engaged Ithaka's Strategic Services Group to conduct an investigation into the range of online resources valued by scholars. The focus was on those projects that are pushing beyond the boundaries of traditional formats and are considered innovative by the faculty who use them. The networked digital environment has enabled the creation of many new kinds of works, and many of these resources have become essential tools for scholars conducting research, building scholarly networks, and disseminating their ideas and work. But the decentralised distribution of these new-model works has made it difficult to fully appreciate their scope and number.

Ithaka's findings are based on a collection of resources identified by a volunteer field team of over 300 librarians at 46 academic institutions in the US and Canada. Field librarians talked with faculty members on their campuses about the digital scholarly resources they find most useful and reported the works they identified. The authors evaluated each resource gathered by the field team and conducted interviews of project leaders of 11 representative resources. Ultimately, 206 unique digital resources spanning eight formats were identified that met the study's criteria.

The study's innovative qualitative approach is seen to have yielded a rich cross-section of the latest digital scholarly resources. The report profiles each of the eight genres of resources, including discussion of how and why the faculty members reported using the resources for their work, how content is selected for the site, and what financial sustainability strategies the resources are employing. Each section draws from the in-depth interviews to provide illustrative anecdotes and representative examples.

The report is freely available on the ARL Web site at http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/current-models-report.pdf.

In August 2008, ARL had released 'PubMed Central Deposit and Author Rights: Agreements between 12 Publishers and the Authors Subject to the NIH Public Access Policy,' by Ben Grillot, legal intern for ARL. To help authors make informed choices about their rights, Grillot compared how the agreements of 12 publishers permit authors to meet the requirements of the revised NIH Public Access Policy and share their works while they are under embargo.

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US Digital repository HathiTrust offers beta version of full-text search feature - 12 Nov 2008

HathiTrust, a digital repository for some of the US' research libraries, has announced that it is currently experimenting with large-scale full text searching. The move is part of an effort to create a mechanism to search across the entire repository. As an initial public beta of full text search functionality, HathiTrust is offering a simple mechanism to search across all of the fully viewable works (both those in the public domain and those for which it has permissions) and a sprinkling of search-only works.

The size of the content indexed is approximately 500,000 volumes, and the majority of the works are fully viewable. Although this is a fully functioning and reliable search mechanism for these works, it is being provided as a public beta in order to learn more about these large search indexes in a public setting.

HathiTrust, launched in October 2008, is the result of collaboration between a group of US research libraries to create a repository of their vast digital collections, including millions of books, to be archived and preserved in a single repository. The group included the 12-university consortium known as the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and the 11 university libraries of the University of California (UC) system.

Creation of the HathiTrust is seen to support the digitisation efforts of the CIC and the UC, each of which has entered into collective agreements with Google. The alliance with Google is to digitise portions of the collections of their libraries, more than 10 million volumes in total, as part of the Google Book Search project. Materials digitised through other means will also be made available through HathiTrust.

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US ebrary chosen to present QuickView and other technologies at ALA midwinter meeting - 12 Nov 2008

E-book technology firm ebrary, US, has announced that it is one of 10 vendors chosen to present at the American Library Association's Technology Showcase, during the ALA midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado. In addition to new technologies in development, ebrary will showcase its new ebrary QuickView, which enables end-users to instantly view documents in many of the leading web browsers on Windows and Linux operating systems, and even works on the iPhone. No software downloads or installations are needed.

Currently offered in conjunction with ebrary's new Java-based Reader, ebrary QuickView is ideal for quickly accessing and exploring documents in the ebrary system such as e-books, maps, journals, reports, and other authoritative information. For a richer and more productive research experience, an end-user can also choose to use ebrary's Java-based Reader, which provides added functionality such as printing, copying and pasting, highlighting, note taking, and ebrary InfoTools.

ebrary helps libraries, publishers, and other organisations disseminate valuable 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. In addition to ALA's Technology Showcase, ebrary will be showcasing its new technologies as well as its existing e-book products and e-publishing system at ALA Booth #2404.

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US HarperCollins publishers and The Wall Street Journal announce publishing partnership - 12 Nov 2008

Publisher HarperCollins Publishers, US, has announced a three-year publishing partnership with The Wall Street Journal. Under the deal, both parties will develop books written by the Journal's expert editors and reporters across a variety of topics for a wide range of readers. Both HarperCollins Publishers and Dow Jones & Company, which publishes The Wall Street Journal, are owned by News Corp.

The programme will be overseen by Steve Ross, group president of the Collins Group, a division of Harper Collins, and Alan Murray, deputy managing editor at The Wall Street Journal, in conjunction with the Publishers and editorial teams from the Collins, Collins Business, Collins Living and Collins Design imprints.

The first guidebook to be published under the agreement will be 'The Wall Street Journal Guide to the End of Wall Street As We Know It: What You Need to Know About the Greatest Financial Crisis of Our Time - And How to Survive It,' by Dave Kansas. The book is a definitive guide for Main Street readers who want to make sense of what's happening on Wall Street. It will be published by Collins Business in January 2009. Additionally, Collins Business will publish 'The Wall Street Journal Guide to Management' in early 2010.

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UK NPG and BioCentury Publications launch HTML version of SciBX - 12 Nov 2008

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, and BioCentury Publications, Inc., US, have announced the launch of a full-text HTML version of SciBX: Science Business eXchange to complement the existing distribution via PDF. The HTML version is expected to appeal to librarians serving academic and corporate research institutions.

A weekly publication, SciBX evaluates hundreds of high impact peer-reviewed scientific papers and selects the most commercially relevant findings that merit deeper analysis. Each issue contains analysis, in-depth articles examining the commercial impact and next steps required to translate the latest developments in the lab into innovative healthcare solutions. This coverage is complemented by The Distillery, a compilation of the most recently published science with commercial implications, including information on patent and licensing status. The same content will be published weekly in both formats.

SciBX is now compatible with the site license subscription model, whilst maintaining the simplicity and convenience of PDF delivery for biotechnology and pharmaceutical executives and the investment community. Under the site license option, SciBX will be integrated with the services on www.nature.com, allowing full-text search of archived content, registration for Table of Contents E-alerts, links to references and inclusion of articles from SciBX in Saved Search results. The complete archive back to Issue 1 will be available in HTML by the end of the year. Pricing for site-wide access is calculated based on institution type and size.

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German Springer set to publish International Journal of Social Robotics - 12 Nov 2008

STM publisher Springer, Germany, is set to publish the International Journal of Social Robotics, beginning January 2009. The journal will be an important addition to Springer's growing engineering publishing programme. Professor Shuzhi Sam Ge, from the National University of Singapore, will serve as Editor-in-Chief.

The International Journal of Social Robotics will cover a broad array of topics related to the study of robots able to interact and communicate among themselves, with humans and with the environment within the social and cultural structure in which they function. The original, peer-reviewed articles and contributions will focus primarily on innovative ideas and concepts, new discoveries and improvements, as well as novel applications in the core technologies of social robotics. Topics of interest include design philosophies, socially appealing design methodologies, human-robot interaction, robot-robot interaction, neurorobotics, biomedical robotics, robot-ethics in human society and interactive robotic arts.

Maximum exposure of articles will be gained through SpringerLink, Springer's online platform. Features of the online edition include fast publication with Online First and CrossRef, which are reference links into and out of the electronic content. Editorial Manager, a state-of-the-art submission and peer-review system, will be fully implemented for the journal.

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India Dear Subscribers - 11 Nov 2008

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UK Informa Pharmaceutical Science names new editor for Critical Reviews in Microbiology - 11 Nov 2008

Informa Pharmaceutical Science, the Pharmaceutical Science division of Informa Healthcare, has announced the appointment of Dr Malcolm Richardson as the new editor-in-chief of Critical Reviews in Microbiology. Critical Reviews in Microbiology is an international, peer-reviewed journal that publishes comprehensive reviews covering all areas of medical microbiology. Areas of interest include bacteriology, virology, microbial genetics, epidemiology, and diagnostic microbiology.

Dr Richardson, currently an associate professor in medical mycology at the University of Helsinki in Finland and a consultant at Helsinki University Central Hospital, joins the journal with extensive laboratory, professional and editorial experience. In addition to his professorship and roles in Helsinki, Dr Richardson acts as the General Secretary of The International Society for Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM). He also is a member of the WHO Group on Development of Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality, acts as an advisor for the European Food Safety Authority, and is a sought-after international speaker.

He most recently served as a specialist reviewer for several infectious disease and mycology journals - among which is the Informa title, Medical Mycology. He also acts as an Editor of the Journal of Medical Microbiology and is the author of Fungal Infection: Diagnosis and Management, 4th Edition, The Pocket Guide to Fungal Infection, 2nd Edition, and Therapeutic Guidelines in Systemic Fungal Infection, 4th Edition.

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US Lippincott Williams & Wilkins set to publish the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing - 11 Nov 2008

Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has signed an agreement with the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses. Under the deal, LWW will publish the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, beginning January 2009.

The Journal of Neuroscience Nursing is the official journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses. The bi-monthly publication offers original articles on advances in neurosurgical and neurological techniques as they affect nursing care, theory and research, and commentary on the roles of the neuroscience nurse in the health care team. It provides information to nurses and health care professionals working in diverse areas of neuroscience patient care, such as multi-specialty and neuroscience intensive care units, general neuroscience units, combination units (neuro/ortho, neuromuscular/rehabilitation, neuropsychiatry, neurogerontology), rehabilitation units, medical-surgical units, pediatric units, emergency and trauma departments, and surgery departments.

Founded in 1968, the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses is committed to working for the highest standard of care for neuroscience patients by advancing the science and practice of neuroscience nursing. The association accomplishes this through continuing education, information dissemination, standard setting, and advocacy on behalf of neuroscience patients, families, and nurses.

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US MuseGlobal, MyThum partner to enable access to enterprise content from mobile devices - 11 Nov 2008

Metasearch technology provider MuseGlobal, Inc., US, has announced a strategic partnership with MyThum Interactive, Inc., a leading mobile media company. Under the deal, MuseGlobal will leverage MyThum to build customisable mobile applications for third parties, providing quick and easy mobile access to key business information from both internal and external data sources throughout the enterprise.

Enterprise mobile applications are often pared-down versions of existing websites, sacrificing depth and breadth of information for ease-of-use. Conversely, too much information in a mobile application can result in too much clutter. MuseGlobal and MyThum will tackle these inconsistencies by helping enterprises to efficiently build mobile portals that allow user access to preferred databases on a single and customised mobile platform. With MuseGlobal's more than 5,500 connectors and MyThum's proven track record in mobile platform integration, enterprises can bypass long development cycles to quickly capitalise on a custom mobile content solution.

In leveraging MuseGlobal to distribute content, MyThum will now able to provide its own customers with integration access to thousands of content sources including internal and external databases, subscription content sources, data feeds and Web mining applications. MuseGlobal has established and maintained connectors in broad categories, including healthcare, mainstream media, legal, finance, technology and science.

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US Society for Endocrinology releases archive going back to 1939 - 11 Nov 2008

The Society for Endocrinology has unveiled its new online archive charting the history of endocrinology over the past 70 years. The archive, which comprises a collection of material published from 1939 to late 1997, will be available from January 2009. It is hosted by online services provider HighWire Press.

The archive contains more than 10,726 articles and 93,000 pages. It includes papers from the Journal of Endocrinology from Volume 1 in 1939 to September 1997, from Journal of Molecular Endocrinology from Volume 1 in 1988 to August 1997, and from Endocrine-Related Cancer, the latest journal, from 1994 to 1997. All the papers published from 1997 up to 12 months before the current issues will continue to be available for free to all users.

As a non-profit organisation, the Society for Endocrinology is dedicated to the advancement of scientific and clinical education and research in endocrinology. The new archive is projected to provide the endocrine community with a valuable source of key papers. Key papers within the archive will be available online for free from October 2008 until January 2009.

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US SUSHI Schemas updated to support latest release of COUNTER Code of Practice - 11 Nov 2008

The NISO SUSHI Standing Advisory Committee has announced the approval and final release of the schemas (and related files) providing full support of Release 3 of the COUNTER Code of Practice for Journals and Databases. Notable in the latest release is the requirement that content providers implement the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) as a means of delivering their reports. With the schemas now finalised, content providers can expect to set their development agendas for implementing SUSHI.

The SUSHI standard (ANSI/NISO Z39.93 - 2007) defines an automated request and response model for the harvesting of electronic resource usage data utilising a web services framework. Designed as a generalised protocol extensible to a variety of usage reports, it also contains an extension designed specifically to work with COUNTER usage reports. COUNTER reports have become a mainstay of collection analysis for many libraries. SUSHI serves to automate the time consuming and error prone process of manually running, retrieving and loading these reports.

NISO's SUSHI Standard Advisory Committee, formed last summer to maintain the standard, has used community feedback to identify additional needs for implementation and to examine the standard for areas that may need updating or improving. In addition to addressing the needs of the schemas, the Committee's charge includes the goal of making SUSHI easier for implementers to understand and work with. As part of that effort, the schemas have been annotated with descriptions and examples for key elements, and the website (www.niso.org/workrooms/sushi) now includes clear graphical representations of the schemas. In addition, the FAQs on the site are being updated and include sections specifically for librarians and developers.

Also on the site is a link to the draft, 'How to Start Building a SUSHI Service.' This work in progress by Thomas Barker, Software Engineer, IT and Digital Development at the University of Pennsylvania Library, is seen as a valuable tool for those interested in getting started with building a client.

Launched in 2002, COUNTER is designed to help librarians and publishers in the recording and exchange of usage statistics for electronic resources. By following COUNTER's Code of Practice, vendors can provide libraries with data using standardised formats and data elements. The SUSHI protocol is a SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) request/response Web services 'wrapper' for the XML version of COUNTER reports.

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Austria Vienna hosts 'Research Meets Practice' Information Retrieval Symposium 2008 - 11 Nov 2008

The annual Information Retrieval Facility Symposium (IRFS 2008) 'Research meets Practice' was recently conducted in Vienna, Austria. The IRFS seeks to promote, facilitate and enable Information Retrieval (IR) research in close cooperation with experts from the Intellectual Property (IP) community and to offer an environment for large scale experimentation. In 2007, more than 100 attendees contributed to building significant bridges between the practical world of professional patent searching and the world of IR research.

Building on the IRFS2007, world leading information retrieval scientists and IP information specialists from all industries once again gathered to share their experiences and emphasised on the need to work together towards solutions. The main themes of this year's speeches were multilingual retrieval, annotations and ontology, retrieval in non-textual documents and the improvement of user interfaces. Latest scientific projects from the fields of semantic and linguistic retrieval, text mining, automated quality control and machine translation were presented for the first time.

The main sponsor of the event, the Austrian company, Matrixware, presented its patent database, 'Alexandria', and its retrieval and development environment, 'Leonardo'. All speeches can be downloaded via LiveStream under www.ir-facility/livestream.

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India Dear Subscribers - 10 Nov 2008

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US Hindawi launches 'Country Web Pages' - 10 Nov 2008

STM publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation, US, has announced the launch of its 'Country Web Pages,' which gives its website visitors an overview of the research output of a particular country published in Hindawi's open access journals. Along with the list of articles originating from the country, these pages will also list the scholars who authored these articles, scholars who are currently on the Editorial Boards of Hindawi journals, and those who reviewed one or more articles for any Hindawi journals in the past couple of years.

The Country Web Page for a particular country can be accessed using a URL of the form 'http://www.hindawi.com/countries/code/,' where 'code' is the ISO Standard 3166 two-letter code of that particular country.

In August 2008, Hindawi launched its Open Access Institutional Membership program. The programme enables authors from member institutes to publish their work in Hindawi's more than 125 open access journals without having to administer and pay any Article Processing Charges from their individual research budgets. The company's next project will be the creation of Research Funder Web Pages, which it hopes to release in the near future.

While collaborative research efforts continue to grow, another prominent trend is that some leading publishers are beginning to develop country specific websites. For instance, Nature Publishing Group (NPG) formed NPG Nature Asia-Pacific in January 2006, in response to the rapid growth in output of research from the region. Almost a year later, the company launched its first country-specific portal - Nature China (www.nature.com/nchina) - in February 2007. This was followed by the launch of Nature India (www.nature.com/natureindia), a new website highlighting best scientific research from researchers based in the country, in February 2008. In addition, STM publisher Elsevier recently launched the German language version of its professional clinical reference tool, MD Consult, in a move to provide interactive clinical reference and clinical decision support (CDS) tools to new markets in Europe.

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Canada Independent News to deploy Nstein's TME to tag and organise media assets - 10 Nov 2008

Nstein Technologies, Inc., a Canada-based provider of online publishing solutions for newspapers, magazines and online content providers, has announced a pact with media chain Independent News and Media (UK) Ltd. Under the deal, Independent News will deploy Nstein's Text Mining Engine (TME) solution to semantically tag and organise its library of media assets. TME is the foundation and a key component of Nstein's Digital Publishing Suite, which also includes a Web Content Management Solution (WCM), Digital Asset Management (DAM) and Picture Management Desk (PMD).

Independent News owns paper and radio stations across continents including the UK's The Independent and Northern Ireland's 137-year old Belfast Telegraph. The two papers represent a vast range of content on their respective websites, but readers have not begun to tap it. It is expected that with Nstein's TME, Independent News's news articles will be semantically analysed and automatically enriched with content tags, enabling better search engine optimisation and an enriched online readership experience with easier content discovery.

Nstein Technologies is the online provider of choice for many of the world's leading media companies, including Condé Nast, Reed Business Information, Transcontinental Media and ImpreMedia. Earlier this month, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Chronicle of Philanthropy chose Nstein's WCM and TME to upgrade their entire editorial and web operations.

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Netherland IOS Press launches new journal, 'Risk and Decision Analysis' - 10 Nov 2008

STM publisher IOS Press, Netherlands, has launched a new journal titled Risk and Decision Analysis. A comprehensive framework is seen as necessary to develop the new scientific area of risk and decision analysis. This implies convergence between finance, industry, the environment, security, cyber security and the many domains which are concerned by risks and decision analysis. The objective of the new journal is to fill this need.

Risk and Decision Analysis is a journal where theory and practice inter-relate and where scientists and professionals contribute and present new results and developments in various areas where uncertainty is a predominant concern. The journal's editorial board consists of leading scientists in the many areas that relate to risk and decision analysis. Alain Bensoussan and Charles S. Tapiero will serve as editors-in-chief.

The unfolding meltdown in financial markets, globalisation and the growth of dependency -individual and collective - increase the need for a comprehensive approach to risks, decisions and their management. The journal seeks both theoretical and application based articles. Its objective is to combine various disciplines in providing an integrated approach that scientists and professionals alike will appreciate and use to meet the pressing needs that increasing risks have impounded on their decisions.

The first issue of Risk and Decision Analysis was published in October 2008. The journal will be published in one volume of four issues (volume 2) in 2009.

Last month, IOS Press announced that it had acquired Millpress Science Publishers for an undisclosed amount. Millpress is focused on conference proceedings in the field of engineering, earth sciences and environmental sciences.

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US Journal of Pharmacy Practice becomes official journal of NYSCHP - 10 Nov 2008

Academic publisher SAGE has announced that, beginning November 2008, the Journal of Pharmacy Practice (JPP) will become the official journal of the New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists (NYSCHP). As part of the new agreement, the society's former journal New York State Journal of Health-System Pharmacist (NYSJHP) will merge with JPP.

The Journal of Pharmacy Practice offers practicing pharmacists in-depth, useful reviews of new drugs, new therapies, pharmacokinetics, drug administration, and adverse drug reactions. Each informative, guest-edited issue focuses on a vital theme in current pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical care, presenting important peer-reviewed articles assessing issues arising from today's constantly changing health-care environment. The new, merged format will include an addition of two to three NYSJHP articles in each issue of JPP.

The Journal of Pharmacy Practice, now containing NYSJHP content, seeks to offer practicing pharmacist topical, important, and useful information to support pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical care and expand the pharmacist's professional horizons. The journal is presented in a single-topic, scholarly review format.

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US OCLC, Syracuse University and University of Washington set to develop new web search experience based on inputs from librarians - 10 Nov 2008

Researchers and developers from global library cooperative Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), US, and the information schools of Syracuse University and the University of Washington have announced their participation in a new international effort to explore the creation of a more credible web search experience based on inputs from librarians worldwide. Called the 'Reference Extract,' the planning phase of this project is funded through a $100,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Reference Extract is projected as a web search experience similar to those provided by the world's most popular search engines. However, unlike other search engines, Reference Extract will be built for maximum credibility of search results by relying on the expertise of librarians. Users will enter a search term and receive results weighted toward sites most often used by librarians at institutions such as the Library of Congress, the University of Washington, the State Library of Maryland, and over 2,000 other libraries worldwide.

The Reference Extract project will hold a series of meetings and consultations over the coming months. As part of the planning process, participants are reaching out to partners in libraries, technology organisations and research institutions. Those interested in providing input on the project and learning more can visit the project website at http://digref.org.

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US ResNet update for the Q3 2008 now available - 10 Nov 2008

The latest quarterly update of ResNet Mammalian database is now available for subscribers to download. The update includes new data from PubMed for the Q3 2008.

ResNet Mammalian includes curated signaling and cellular process regulation pathways, as well as ontologies and annotations, and a database of molecular interactions extracted from the entire PubMed (17,000,000 abstracts) and 61 full text journals that can be used for data mining and pathway building. It contains information on over 1.5 million functional relationships for human, rat, and mouse, linked to all of their original literature sources.

The latest update does not contain information from previous ResNet updates. Subscribers will need to install these separately.

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Netherland Swets appoints TED Engineering Documents JSC as sales distributor in Vietnam - 10 Nov 2008

Subscription services provider Swets, Netherlands, has announced that it has selected TED Engineering Documents JSC as sales distributor in Vietnam. With vast experience in marketing and selling information products and solutions to the academic market, TED Engineering Documents JSC will be the local sales distributor for Swets' comprehensive products and services platform. The decision is taken in line with Swets' strategy to expand into the Asian markets with either a local sales presence or a preferred partnership.

According to the company, this strategy will lead to a synergetic match of the global capabilities of Swets with the local knowledge and experience of TED Engineering Documents JSC. While publishers will benefit from a structured sales effort in Asia, customers will experience an improved level of support and easier access to better products and services.

TED Engineering Documents JSC's business focuses on providing the Vietnamese community with document delivery services (DDS), and marketing and selling foreign publishers' information products and library solutions. In addition, TED also identifies and provides advanced digitalisation and digital content management solutions, The Company also helps local libraries to digitise, preserve, manage, share knowledge and move local libraries' print holding and collections of huge bound documents to digital realm.

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US CIG Media in pact with Medscape to add oncology journals to Publishers' Circle - 07 Nov 2008

Publisher CIG Media Group, LP, US, a subsidiary of Medical Media Holdings, has announced that it has joined Medscape Publishers' Circle, a collection of journal articles from prominent medical publishers, professional societies, academic and government institutions.

Medscape (www.medscape.com), a source of health information for physicians and healthcare professionals, will offer selected full-text articles from each journal, providing free access to important, peer-reviewed journal articles. The newly added journals from CIG Media include: Clinical Breast Cancer, Clinical Colorectal Cancer, Clinical Genitourinary Cancer, Clinical Leukemia, Clinical Lung Cancer, Clinical Lymphoma & Myeloma and Clinical Ovarian Cancer.

Founded in 1996, CIG Media publishes peer-reviewed, tumour-specific medical oncology journals, all of which are indexed in PubMed. Each year, the company also publishes multiple tumour-specific journal supplements that provide oncology professionals with opportunities to earn American Medical Association-accredited continuing medical education credits.

Via the latest collaboration, CIG Media expects that oncologists and hematologists across the world will be able to access more content that enhances their ability to provide optimal care for their cancer patients.

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India Dear Subscribers - 07 Nov 2008

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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Netherland Dr. Henry Greenberg named new Editor-in-Chief of Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases - 07 Nov 2008

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the appointment of Dr. Henry Greenberg as the new Editor-in-Chief of Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases. Dr. Greenberg will be joined by Dr. Marrick L. Kukin and Dr. Franz H. Messerli as Editors.

Dr. Greenberg is a leading researcher in clinical trials for various aspects of coronary disease and in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases in emerging economies. He has a long association with the New York Academy of Sciences, serving on the Board of Governors for many years and for one term as the board chairman. He currently chairs the Academy's Human Rights of Scientists Committee. Dr. Greenberg is Associate Director of Cardiology at St.Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City.

Dr. Kukin is Director of the Heart Failure Program at St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City. His areas of research include beta blockade and other neurohormonal antagonists in congestive heart failure and the use of inotropic agents in heart failure.

Dr. Messerli is an internationally recognized expert in hypertensive cardiovascular disease and preventive cardiology. He is Director of the Hypertension Program at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital and Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, Division of Cardiology, in New York City.

Published bimonthly, Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases covers single topics in the understanding and treatment of disorders of the heart and circulation. Many issues include special articles and definitive reviews that capture cutting-edge information in the management of cardiovascular diseases.

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UK EPG Online launches new interactive Thrombosis Knowledge Centre for physicians - 07 Nov 2008

e-communication and clinical information solutions developer EPG Health Media, UK, has announced the launch of a new interactive Thrombosis Knowledge Centre within the web-based physician resource www.epgonline.org.

Sanctioned by the European Medical Association (EMA), EPG Online is a free educational service dedicated to providing healthcare professionals (HCPs) with access to best practice diagnosis and patient management guidance. This independent service provides access to a range of EU pharmaceutical drug data via an innovative search tool.

The Thrombosis Knowledge Centre contains information about the epidemiology and risk factors, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of VTE and acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Considerable detail is given to available pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapy options to prevent thrombolytic events. This includes a comprehensive list of available management guidelines.

The Thrombosis Knowledge Centre, developed in partnership with GlaxoSmithKline, is the most recent addition to the range of interactive guides that form part of the EPG Online 'library' of more than twenty Knowledge Centres. Others include Asthma, Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) & Cervical Cancer, Parkinson's Disease and Renal Anaemia.

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US Jones and Bartlett Publishers acquires Infinity Science Press - 07 Nov 2008

Educational publisher Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc. (J&B), US, recently announced the acquisition of Infinity Science Press, a privately held publisher, for an undisclosed amount. Infinity specialises in the areas of computer science, engineering, mathematics, business and physics designed primarily for the educational and professional/reference markets.

David Pallai, founder of Infinity Science Press and a Yale graduate with 30 years of publishing experience, will be joining J&B as Publisher. Previously, he had founded Charles River Media, a publisher of computer science books that was acquired by Thomson Learning in July 2005. Pallai has also worked with Academic Press and Addison-Wesley.

Infinity's titles are designed primarily for the educational and professional/reference markets. The company's worldwide distribution includes domestic and international universities, wholesalers, independent retailers and chain stores, Internet-based retailers, e-book vendors, book clubs, as well as corporate, public and academic libraries.

J&B offers textbooks, reference products, testing and assessment services and training materials in both print and digital formats. Its products are primarily targeted at students and professionals in schools, corporations, hospitals, government organisations and the military.

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German New book 'Policy Innovation for Health' calls for radical new mindset for health policy - 07 Nov 2008

A new book, Policy Innovation for Health, published by STM publisher Springer, Germany, calls for shifting the focus of the health policy debate. The book is being featured at the ongoing European Public Health Association (EUPHA) annual congress in Lisbon, Portugal, from November 6 - 8, 2008.

The recognition of health as a central economic and societal driving force requires new approaches to how health policy is conducted. Policy innovations, in particular mechanisms that recognise the critical role of patients and consumers and that involve a wide range of stakeholders, is expected to be the defining factor for health sustainability in the 21st century. The new book, with contributions from leading European health policy experts, describes unique approaches for 21st century societies.

Growing demands for patient-centered policy, rising rates of chronic disease, epidemic obesity and diabetes and a widening longevity gap between rich and poor have all been creating increasing pressures on policymakers and providers. These pressures will likely increase in the context of the current financial crisis. Policy Innovation for Health argues that one needs to shift course and apply a radically new mindset.

The long-term strategies and case studies outlined in the book emphasise collaboration within government through Health in All Policy approaches, and beyond government through new partnerships for health that recognise health as a central economic and societal force; bridge the gaps between prevention, health promotion, and healthcare; improve core health determinants such as living conditions, education, and social supports; close the financial divide in public health priority setting; and encourage the democratization of health knowledge patient empowerment. According to the book's authors, these social, political, medical, and technological advances are crucial to meeting the challenges of the decades ahead.

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US Portico to preserve the Indiana University Mathematics Journal - 07 Nov 2008

Non-profit electronic archiving service provider Portico, US, has announced that it will preserve the online version of the Indiana University Mathematics Journal. With this inclusion, over 8,000 e-journals and 4,400 e-books have now been entrusted to the Portico archive.

Through this agreement with Portico, the journal will be preserved and made available for future scholars, researchers and students. The Journal has named Portico as a mechanism to fill post-cancellation access claims and has also agreed to make an annual financial contribution to Portico.

Founded in 1952 and edited by faculty members of the Department of Mathematics of Indiana University, the journal is committed to fostering both pure and applied mathematics by publishing original research conjoined with a high level of expository clarity.

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US ProQuest redesigns website, adds more features and support tools - 07 Nov 2008

ProQuest, part of Cambridge Information Group, US, has redesigned its website (www.proquest.com) that enables customers, partners, end users and other visitors to find what they're looking for with greater ease. The redesigned site - the result of extensive librarian and user feedback, testing, and focus groups - gathers information on ProQuest brands and products and enhances discovery with powerful search capabilities and tools.

Among the key features of new site are the ProQuest Support Center, more powerful search engine, and an all-new product access feature that directs end-users to library gateways. The ProQuest Support Center brings ProQuest's acclaimed customer service, technical support and training onto the Web 24/7. With a virtual decision-tree, the Support Center allows users to diagnose and fix problems, plus answer all types of questions from 'How do I login to products from home?' to 'How do I run usage reports?'.

Website visitors can also quickly zero in on products that meet their needs with an enhanced search engine that includes more precise ways to find product information. Searches can be narrowed by subject, library type, or name and results can be filtered by key criteria. The outcome is fast, intuitive navigation of the breadth of ProQuest's products and brands, delivering users to just the right solution. Additionally, with its new Product Access feature, ProQuest helps end-users understand how to connect to content through their library.

The redesigned website will continue to evolve over the coming months, creating an even more seamless user experience for ProQuest customers, partners, and researchers.

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US SAGE offers free online access to The Diabetes Educator - 07 Nov 2008

Academic publisher SAGE has announced complimentary online access to The Diabetes Educator (TDE), a leading journal for diabetes educators, during National Diabetes Awareness Month in November. TDE is published by SAGE on behalf of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Diabetes educators are healthcare professionals who focus on helping people with and at risk for diabetes and related conditions, achieve behaviour change goals which, in turn, lead to better clinical outcomes and improved health status. They apply in-depth knowledge and skills in the biological and social sciences, communication, counseling, and education to provide self-management education/self-management training.

The Diabetes Educator is a peer-reviewed journal intended to serve as a reference source for the science and art of diabetes management. The journal publishes original articles that relate to aspects of patient care and education, clinical practice and/or research, and the multidisciplinary profession of diabetes education as represented by nurses, dietitians, physicians, pharmacists, mental health professionals, podiatrists, and exercise physiologists.

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UK ALPSP announces new workshop for acquiring and selling publishing content - 06 Nov 2008

The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishing (ALPSP), the international trade association for scholarly and professional publishers, is conducting a workshop for acquiring and selling publishing content. The workshop is designed for senior editorial/publishing managers, directors and managing directors involved in the process of buying or selling content or publications or considering how to do so in future.

The event, scheduled for November 28, 2008, will examine the issues, decisions and legal processes involved in the acquisition and sale of content or publications and demonstrate how to achieve these as successfully and smoothly as possible. Apart from focusing on sales and asset purchase, it will also touch upon the considerations for buying or selling a company.

The ALPSP has over 350 organisational members in 37 countries who collectively publish over 10,000 journals as well as books, databases and other products. The association seeks to connect, train and inform the scholarly and professional publishing community and to be an advocate on behalf of the non-profit publishing sector.

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India Dear Subscribers - 06 Nov 2008

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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US DynaMed user interface enhanced with additional functionalities - 06 Nov 2008

Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing, US, has announced upgrades to DynaMed, its clinical reference tool. The DynaMed user interface now includes several enhancements based on feedback and requests gathered from thousands of clinical users. A simplified 'one button' Basic Search combines the browse and full text search functionality into one simple action. Auto complete on searching minimises spelling errors and increases search speed.

New linking features make DynaMed extensible to full text holdings, electronic applications and unique user groups. The PubMed LinkOut Custom Linking feature allows customers who wish to link directly from a DynaMed PubMed reference to their institution's PubMed holdings, remotely and on campus. Enhanced persistent linking enables users to link from a web page or other application into the specific section of a topic. Search Other Services, when enabled, allows users to add URLs, links and EBSCOhost profiles to their DynaMed home page. In addition to the standard URL linking, users can add the option of passing the titles of the selected DynaMed topic as a search term when the other service is selected, enabling contextual linking.

DynaMed is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other healthcare professionals for use primarily at the 'point-of-care'. With clinically-organised summaries for nearly 3,000 topics, the tool is claimed to be the only evidence-based reference shown to answer most clinical questions during practice. Updated daily, DynaMed monitors, evaluates and integrates the content of over 500 medical journals and systematic evidence review databases directly and indirectly by using many journal review services.

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US Gale's new web service for easy access to online usage statistics - 06 Nov 2008

e-research and educational publisher Gale, part of Cengage Learning, US, has announced the availability of a new web service, dedicated to electronic resource usage reporting, for its online databases. The new service is in compliance with the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) Protocol and the Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources (COUNTER) Codes of Practice.

Gale's SUSHI service makes it possible for librarians to receive usage statistics for Gale databases using a SUSHI-compatible client. Automating the retrieval of COUNTER reports saves time and makes it easier for customers to collect usage statistics in an industry-standard format.

The usage reports delivered by the service are in compliance with Release 2 of the COUNTER Code of Practice for Journals and Databases.

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German German institutions launch project to develop integrated e-publishing platform - 06 Nov 2008

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has announced the launch of the Community for Academic Reviewing, Publishing and Editorial Technology (CARPET) project. The project aims to develop an electronic platform where tools and services for electronic publishing can be systematically and clearly represented.

Supported by DFG over the next two years, the project is a collaboration between the DFG, the Berlin Humboldt-University, the Max Planck Digital Library and the Goettingen State and University Library. It is expected to allow a more efficient use of existing tools and foster coordinated developments avoiding redundancies.

A DFG survey and a subsequent workshop entitled 'Development of Generic Publication Tools' are the initial points for the project. Given the current multitude of publication tools, the survey revealed an urgent need for presenting existing approaches on an Internet-based platform. The CARPET project will create such an openly accessible platform step by step. As a start, a catalogue of existing tools will be generated. These will be expanded to an information platform and eventually be developed to a collaboration platform, a forum to support users and developers alike.

The aim of the project is to establish the platform permanently as a virtual competence centre to make the results of developments in the area of e-publishing available in the long term and to effectively support their use and future developments. The platform is open to to the presentation of international developed publication tools provided that they can be reused freely.

The project partners will contribute their experience and expertise of many years in the field of developing integrated publishing and research environments as well as the practical use of publication tools to the CARPET project.

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Netherland Ian Smith to succeed Sir Crispin Davis as Reed Elsevier CEO - 06 Nov 2008

Publisher Reed Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the appointment of Ian Smith as Chief Executive Officer. He will succeed Sir Crispin Davis. Smith will join Reed Elsevier's board as CEO-designate on January 1, 2009 to ensure a seamless transition before Sir Crispin retires in March.

Smith is a seasoned global business leader with significant international experience of strategy and operations across a diverse range of companies and sectors. He most recently served as Chief Executive of Taylor Woodrow plc, which he left having completed the merger with George Wimpey plc. His previous roles have included CEO of General Healthcare Group (GHG); CEO Europe, Middle East and Africa at Exel Group; and CEO Europe of Monitor.

Reed Elsevier is a world leading publisher and information provider. It is owned equally by its two parent companies, Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. Operating in the scientific, legal, educational and business-to-business sectors, the company provides high value and flexible information solutions to professional end users, with increasing emphasis on internet delivery.

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Israel The Ex Libris Digital Preservation System goes live at the National Library of New Zealand - 06 Nov 2008

Library solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that after a successful beta-testing period at the National Library of New Zealand (NLNZ), version 1.0 of the Ex Libris Digital Preservation System has gone live as scheduled. The Digital Preservation System, developed in collaboration with the NLNZ, provides a complete, first-of-its-kind solution enabling academic, research, and national libraries to maintain the usability and integrity of their digital resources in perpetuity. Development of the system was also supported through collaborative work with an international peer review group.

Based on the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) model and conforming to trusted digital repository (TDR) requirements, the Ex Libris Digital Preservation System provides institutions with the infrastructure and technology needed to preserve and facilitate access to the collections under their guardianship. The understanding that preservation and access belong together-that they are not mutually exclusive entities-dictated a design in which preservation support is built directly into the platform rather than serving as an add-on feature. This end-to-end solution offers full security, auditing, replication, and integrity checks that maintain the safety of collections over time, while persistent identifier tools and standard APIs (Application Programming Interface) enable institutions to make their collections easily accessible to users.

The National Library of New Zealand is using the Digital Preservation System to collect a range of digital material types from a wide variety of sources such as publishers, government agencies, and Web sites in the New Zealand domain; to review, validate, and organise such materials; and to make them available to end users in accordance with user access rights. Risk analysis and conversion tools enable the system to provide meaningful access to the digital objects over time. The integration of the system with other National Library of New Zealand applications is facilitated by a built-in software development kit and a suite of APIs.

December 2008 will see the general release of the Digital Preservation System by Ex Libris Group.

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India Dear Subscribers - 05 Nov 2008

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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US ebrary Launches QuickView for Instant Document Viewing in a Browser - 05 Nov 2008

E-book technology firm ebrary, US, has announced the availability of ebrary QuickView, which enables end-users to instantly view documents in many of the leading web browsers and even works on the iPhone. No software downloads or installations are required.

Currently offered in conjunction with ebrary's new Java-based Reader, ebrary QuickView claims to be ideal for quickly accessing and exploring documents in the ebrary system such as e-books, maps, journals, reports, and other authoritative information. For a richer and more productive research experience, an end-user can also choose to use ebrary's Java-based Reader.

ebrary QuickView currently offers features such as instant viewing and page flipping in a web browser; relevancy ranking at the chapter level with links to specific sections; navigate to search terms or specified pages; search within documents for key words; view and navigate to highlights and notes created using an ebrary Reader; and multiple view magnifications.

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US Mary Ann Liebert offers free online access to Journal of Palliative Medicine - 05 Nov 2008

Medical publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., US, has announced complimentary online access to the Journal of Palliative Medicine in recognition of National Hospice/Palliative Care Month. The offer can be availed of through the end of 2008 at www.liebertpub.com/jpm.

A MEDLINE journal, Journal of Palliative Medicine is the official journal of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The journal reports on the clinical, educational, legal, and ethical aspects of care for seriously ill and dying patients. It includes coverage of the latest developments in drug and non-drug treatments for patients with life-threatening diseases including cancer, AIDS, cardiac disease, pulmonary, neurological, respiratory conditions, and other diseases.

Published 10 times per year in print and online, the journal reports on the development of palliative care programmes around the US and the world, and on innovation in palliative care education.

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US McGraw-Hill Professional launches CME functionality on online medical resource - 05 Nov 2008

Scientific and medical information resources provider McGraw-Hill Professional, US, has announced a partnership with the American College of Emergency Physicians to launch Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for learning modules on AccessEmergency Medicine (http://www.accessemergencymedicine.com). Physicians can now earn AMA PRA Category 1 credits for watching procedural videos, reading associated materials and answering a few key questions about the procedures. The modules are designed to provide busy emergency physicians and other health professionals working in emergency departments with readily accessible opportunities to earn CME credits.

On logging into their personal profiles, AccessEmergency Medicine subscribers can complete CME activities after watching videos or animations and reading accompanying chapters from leading references such as Tintinalli's Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide. Users can pause and resume activities at any time, download and print CME certificates, and track their overall CME activities completed within the website. Ten CME modules are currently available on AccessEmergency Medicine with 10 more scheduled for launch in early 2009.

In addition to the dedicated CME modules, AccessEmergency Medicine provides a library of more than 50 videos and animations including step-by- step procedures, decision rules and critical interventions. New videos are added every month. While annual institutional and individual subscriptions are available, physicians can also purchase 24- or 48- hour subscriptions.

AccessEmergency Medicine is an integrated online resource that seeks to provide emergency medicine practitioners and residents and medical students with quick answers to diagnosis and treatment questions for complaints encountered in the emergency department.

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US MuseGlobal appoints John Thomas Gensch as Senior VP and chief revenue officer - 05 Nov 2008

Metasearch technology provider MuseGlobal, Inc., US, has announced the appointment of John Thomas Gensch to senior vice president and chief revenue officer. Having served more than 18 years in sales and marketing roles for Fortune 500 companies, Gensch brings extensive experience in driving sustainable, scalable revenue generation to his role on the MuseGlobal executive team.

Gensch joins MuseGlobal from Cygnus Business Media, a Wisconsin-based business to business publisher, where he served as chief growth officer. In this role, Gensch led a corporate-wide effort across multiple business units to build alternative revenue streams, develop webinars for the sales program, cultivate relationships with major advertising agencies and create sales revenue programs for more than 100 employees, generating more than $97 million in annual revenue. Prior to Cygnus, he held senior management positions for a variety of successful Web-based consumer businesses and Fortune 500 clients including Knovel Corporation, Teleknowledge, Payment One, Support soft and NewsEDGE.

MuseGlobal delivers content integration technology that creates easily maintained information solutions from a wide range of content sources. Through the company's many business partnerships its content integration technology is deployed in thousands of organisations worldwide.

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US Safari Books Online adds Apress books to the Safari Books Online platform - 05 Nov 2008

Safari Books Online, a US-based e-reference joint venture between publishers O'Reilly Media, Inc. and Pearson Technology Group, has announced the addition of Apress books to the Safari Books Online platform. The move is in response to requests from the company's growing base of corporate customers and individual users.

Safari Books Online provides the most current and comprehensive library of business and technology publications, offering more than 7,500 books, articles and videos to its subscribers. Publishers contributing to the content on Safari Books Online own 85 percent of the market for technology content.

Seventy new Apress titles are currently available to Safari Books Online subscribers which cover topics ranging from Open Source to Java to .Net.

Apress has been making its entire list of published books available as e-books since 2005 via the Apress eBookshop at http://eBookshop.apress.com. In September 2008, the technology publisher made more than 200 of its books available directly from Amazon's Kindle Store as Kindle Editions.

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German Springer set to launch new journal in neurosciences - 05 Nov 2008

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced the March 2009 launch of a new multidisciplinary journal in the neurosciences - Cognitive Computation. With this addition to its publishing programme, Springer seeks to provide a new platform for the dissemination of research, current practices and future trends in the emerging discipline of cognitive computation.

A quarterly publication, Cognitive Computation will bridge the gap between the life sciences, social sciences, engineering, physical and mathematical sciences and the humanities. The journal will publish cutting-edge articles describing original basic and applied work involving biologically inspired computational accounts of all aspects of natural and artificial cognitive systems. By establishing a forum to bring together different scientific communities, Cognitive Computation will promote an understanding of diverse topics, including those related to perception, action, attention, learning and memory, decision making, language processing, communication, reasoning, problem solving and consciousness aspects of cognition.

Dr. Amir Hussain from the University of Stirling, Scotland, will be the Editor-in-Chief and Dr. Igor Aleksander from Imperial College is the Honorary Editor-in-Chief. The international editorial board includes leading experts from Finland, Switzerland, Germany, Turkey, Japan, and the USA as well as the United Kingdom, with Dr. John Taylor from King's College, London, serving as Chair of the journal's advisory board.

Springer will publish the journal in both electronic and print formats. All articles will be published online via Online First, a feature that allows authors to bring their work to the attention of their peers at a very early stage of the publication process. All authors, via the Springer Open Choice programme, will have the option of publishing their articles using the open access publishing model.

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US Thomson Innovation with Japanese user interface launched - 05 Nov 2008

The Scientific business of Thomson Reuters, US, has announced the launch of a Thomson Innovation user interface in Japanese (www.thomsoninnovation.com) in a bid to enhance productivity and decision making for Japanese intellectual property (IP) professionals. Japan remains the worldwide leader in published patents, according to an analysis of data in Derwent World Patent Index, a database of enhanced patent documents.

Thomson Innovation, recognised by R&D Magazine as one of the top 100 most technologically significant products in 2008, integrates IP, scientific literature, business data and news with analytic, collaboration and alerting tools. Researchers, information professionals, attorneys and analysts can simultaneously search global patent data, Japanese and Asian patent sources, scientific literature, and business and news content. Such information is projected to help their organisation boost innovation, drive strategy, increase productivity and gain a competitive advantage.

Thomson Innovation is claimed to be the most complete resource for prior art and competitive intelligence research with comprehensive coverage of Asia-Pacific patent information in English, including Japanese full-text, Korean abstracts and editorially-enhanced abstracts of Chinese data; a fully-integrated, searchable patent database combining Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI) editorially-enhanced records with full-text documents; the ability to search patents, scientific literature and business and news information simultaneously; support of strategic IP decision making through analysis and visualisation tools, such as charting, citation mapping and search result ranking; and enhanced collaboration capabilities, including customisable folder structures that enable users to organise, annotate, search and share relevant files.

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US BioMed Central unveils new OA journal - PathoGenetics - 04 Nov 2008

Open access publisher BioMed Central, US, has announced the launch of a new journal - PathoGenetics. Stylianos Antonarakis of the University of Geneva Medical School, and Andrea Ballabio, Director, Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine, will serve as co-Editors-in-Chief. They will be supported by an international Editorial Board.

PathoGenetics was created to meet the needs of a rapidly growing scientific community investigating the mechanisms of genetic disease. The journal will publish articles on the discovery of the mechanisms of genetic diseases. It will focus on both in vitro and in vivo studies on the cascade of events leading from genomic lesions (i.e. either a pathogenic mutation on a gene or another functional genomic element or a genomic rearrangement) to disease phenotypes. The use of animal models of human genetic diseases is considered highly relevant to the journal scope and a special emphasis will be given to the discovery of novel molecular and metabolic pathways that are relevant to disease pathogenesis. The journal includes studies on monogenic and polygenic diseases, and genomic disorders of somatic cells (including cancers). By covering the entire spectrum of molecular and metabolic pathways that are disturbed in genetic diseases, the journal seeks to provide an ideal platform for scientists from different backgrounds to publish and read research at the forefront of disease pathogenesis.

All articles published in the journal will be 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. The journal is also participating in the British Library's e-journals pilot project, and plans to deposit copies of all articles with the British Library.

To mark the launch, BioMed Central will be distributing a special inaugural print issue of the journal at the American Society for Human Genetics annual meeting scheduled for November 11-15.

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India Dear Subscribers - 04 Nov 2008

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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Netherland Elsevier launches German language version of clinical reference tool MD Consult - 04 Nov 2008

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of DoctorConsult (http://www.doctorconsult.de), the German language version of its professional clinical reference tool, MD Consult. The move is part of Elsevier's expanded efforts to provide interactive clinical reference and clinical decision support (CDS) tools to new markets in Europe. The launch of DoctorConsult is seen to make Elsevier the first multi-lingual professional clinical reference product provider.

The customised products are seen to meet the cultural needs of users who do not speak English as a first language, and address specific medical practice needs within different countries. The Internet-based products provide users with a full range of medical information covering a variety of clinical needs. In one integrated interface, users can now access evidence-based immediately actionable 'quick answers' (i.e. Elsevier's FirstConsult) as well as background references such as books and full text journal articles suitable for more in-depth research. Additional localised versions of MD Consult are in development for Italy, France and Spain.

The Consult suite of multilingual reference products is one of several solutions being developed to meet local reference, point-of-care, workflow and decision support needs. Additional solutions in development include Clinical Decision Support; guidelines and best practice information delivered when and where they are most useful at the point of care; leveraging of patient data to pinpoint the most needed information for a given clinical task; drug information and safety checking, also linked to patient data when possible; seamless content integration with Electronic Health Records, including info buttons and alerts; payer services; retrospective analytics for identifying performance gaps and outliers; and tools to influence provider behaviour.

According to Elsevier, the company is well positioned to replicate its success in the US in other markets as well. The company further noted that European e-health markets and Elsevier's positions within them are at an earlier stage of development than in the US. While market dynamics are different, key underlying market forces are similar to those in the US, particularly the drive to contain costs and improve outcomes, and the rapid increase in Internet usage by healthcare practitioners.

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US OSA launches Interactive Science Publishing initiative with two research results - 04 Nov 2008

The Optical Society of America (OSA) has launched an Interactive Science Publishing (ISP) initiative. The initiative allows authors to submit a manuscript that includes large three-dimensional data and gives researchers, scientists and engineers a way to evaluate new research results more thoroughly. The first results to be published under the new system are the findings of two groups of researchers, one in the US and one in Australia. The researchers are announcing the development of new optical techniques for visualising the invisible processes at work in several human diseases.

Described in upcoming issues of Optics Express, the OSA's open-access journal, and in the Journal of the Optical Society of America A (JOSA A), one of these techniques may help clinicians diagnose and treat people with breathing disorders. The other can show three-dimensional structure and the blood flow mechanism at the earliest stages of heart development.

The research takes advantage of ISP, an initiative undertaken by OSA in partnership with the National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health, and with the support of the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research. This initiative allows scientists to expand upon traditional research results by providing software for interactively viewing underlying source data and to objectively compare the performance of different technologies. This data may be related to medical images, such as those taken with X-rays, MRIs, CT scans and ultrasounds, or it may be created in research involving oil and gas exploration, climatology, pollution monitoring and many other fields.

Besides being published in OSA's journals, both articles will also be deposited in PubMed Central, NIH's free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

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Netherland Reed Business Geo names new Editor-in-Chief for Hydro International - 04 Nov 2008

Publishing house Reed Business Geo, Netherlands, has announced the appointment of Roosmarijn Haring as the new editor-in-chief for Hydro International. The transition is effective from the January issue of the journal.

Published ten times in a year, Hydro International claims to be an essential resource for the hydrographic market and professionals. The journal covers latest developments, news and overviews.

An international publishing house Reed Business - Geo provides information to professionals active worldwide in the survey and mapping fields of Geomatics, Hydrography and Navigation.

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US Stanford University Libraries and SirsiDynix partner for original script access - 04 Nov 2008

Library technology solutions provider SirsiDynix, US, and Stanford University have announced the completion of a project that allows searching and display of the library's Chinese, Japanese, and Korean holdings in the original scripts. In a previous related project, functionality for searching, sorting, and displaying was made available for Arabic and Hebrew scripts.

Stanford and SirsiDynix worked together for over a year to make support for Asian and other non-Roman character sets a reality in the Stanford environment. In order to make the character sets available and of the highest quality, both parties partnered on the intricate details of searching, sorting, and displaying of multiple character sets in a single collection for both patron and staff access. Stanford Libraries' language experts assisted and offered enhancement suggestions to culminate in the most accurate, high-quality search solution available. Stanford moved from their original SirsiDynix Unicorn library system to a newer system - SirsiDynix Symphony - and a Unicode platform to make the character set display possible.

Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources supports Stanford's mission of teaching, learning, and research by making information and knowledge accessible and preserving it for the future. The libraries have amassed rich collections of more than 8.5 million volumes in the humanities, social sciences, science and engineering.

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German Thieme Publishing Group launches Pharmaceutical Substances Version 3.1 - 04 Nov 2008

STM publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has announced the largest update to Pharmaceutical Substances since its launch in 2003. Pharmaceutical Substances Version 3.1, available via Thieme-connect (thieme-connect.com), is a comprehensive reference guide to every significant pharmaceutical compound and includes all FDA approved active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).

With 51 completely new and some 1,300 fully updated drug monographs, Pharmaceutical Substances Version 3.1 is claimed to be the most up-to-date resource for researchers in industry and academic institutions involved in the synthesis of active pharmaceutical substances. The substantial revisions include information regarding patents, literature, medical use, as well as trade and vendor names.

Compiled by leaders in the field of pharmaceutical chemistry in association with InfoChem and FIZ Chemie, the online version of the information resource is projected as an easy-to-navigate, web-based portal that utilises standard browser technology. The user-friendly interface lets you rapidly locate data and graphically search structures.

Pharmaceutical Substances provides a compendium of 2461 APIs of interest to the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. The guide is a useful resource for everyone involved in the design, synthesis, development, and evaluation of drugs.

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Netherland Wolters Kluwer names Robert Becker as President and CEO Wolters Kluwer Health - 04 Nov 2008

Information services and publishing company Wolters Kluwer, Netherlands, has announced the appointment of Robert Becker as President and CEO Wolters Kluwer Health, effective November 1, 2008. Becker is currently CEO of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. Stacey Caywood will be appointed President and CEO of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (US).

In his new position, Becker will report to Nancy McKinstry, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Wolters Kluwer. Becker has been global CEO of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business since July 2003. Prior to joining Wolters Kluwer, he was CEO of Jupiter-MediaMetrix. His rich leadership experience in the global media and information services industry includes 13 years at the Thomson Corporation.

Wolters Kluwer Health is a leading provider of information and business intelligence for students, professionals and institutions 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; and pharmaceutical information providers such as Adis International and Source.

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India Dear Subscribers - 03 Nov 2008

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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UK Emerald to be the main publishing partner of the first virtual global conference on climate change - 03 Nov 2008

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced that it will be the main publishing partner of the world's first global, purely virtual climate conference, 'Klima 2008 / Climate 2008'. The event takes place online at www.klima2008.net from November 3 - 7, 2008. Registration is free, allowing participants to interact, access, comment and discuss a wide range of scientific papers focusing on climate change from environmental, social, economic and policy aspects.

'Klima 2008 / Climate 2008' is expected to attract around 70,000 registered users from universities, research agencies, government offices, NGOs and over 1 million users who will click in to access the latest information on climate change. 72 nations are currently represented in the conference.

The online event is organised by the Faculty of Life Sciences of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, Germany, under the leadership of Professor Walter Leal Filho, Head of Research and Transfer Centre 'Applications of Life Sciences'. Professor Walter Leal Filho is also the Editor of the International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management which Emerald will be launching in early 2009. In collaboration with Emerald, a 'Best Paper Award' will be selected by the organisers and the scientific committee, taking into account the votes of users, among the scientific papers submitted to 'Klima 2008 / Climate 2008'. Other partners to the Conference include the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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US Gold Standard re-launches clinical toxicology poisoning reference tool - 03 Nov 2008

Clinical software vendor Gold Standard, Inc., US, part of STM publisher Elsevier, has re-launched ToxED (http://www.toxed.com/), an electronic clinical toxicology reference. The newly updated and revised electronic clinical toxicology reference addresses clinicians' need for quick access to concise and comprehensive information at the point-of-care for the diagnosis and treatment of poisonings, drug overdoses, and exposure to chemicals and hazardous waste.

The first version of ToxED, introduced in 2006, offered clinicians limited insight into the basis of a treatment recommendation or how patients were responding on a physiological or molecular level. In contrast, this new version of ToxED is based on the toxicology manual by Haddad and Winchester, Clinical Management of Poisoning and Drug Overdose, published by Elsevier.

ToxED offers quick access to concise and comprehensive information at the point-of-care for the diagnosis and treatment of poisonings, drug overdoses, and exposure to chemicals and hazardous waste. Clinical toxicology information is presented in three sections - Emergency Management Principles, Specific Agents and Treatments, and Environmental and Occupational Toxicology. Transformed into an efficient online tool with easy drop-down navigation and quick summaries, ToxED now offers clinicians enough information to save patients' lives at the point-of-care, along with detailed but accessible and actionable treatment recommendations, sources and rationales.

Gold Standard is offering a free electronic 'Open House' to showcase the new version of ToxED for the month of November.

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US Google in pact with authors, publishers for Book Search project - 03 Nov 2008

The Authors Guild, the Association of American Publishers (AAP), and Internet search services provider Google recently announced a settlement agreement on behalf of a broad class of authors and publishers worldwide. The agreement is projected to expand online access to millions of in-copyright books and other written materials in the US from the collections of a number of major US libraries participating in Google Book Search. Reached after two years of negotiations, the pact is expected to resolve a class-action lawsuit brought by book authors and the Authors Guild, as well as a separate lawsuit filed by five large publishers as representatives of the AAP's membership.

The agreement promises to benefit readers and researchers and enhance the ability of authors and publishers to distribute their content in digital form, by significantly expanding online access to works through Google Book Search. It acknowledges the rights and interests of copyright owners, provides an efficient means for them to control how their intellectual property is accessed online and enables them to receive compensation for online access to their works.

If approved by the court, the agreement would provide more access to out-of-print books; additional ways to purchase copyrighted books; institutional subscriptions to millions of books online; free access from US libraries; and compensation to authors and publishers and control over access to their works.

Under the agreement, Google will make payments totaling $125 million. The money will be used to establish the Book Rights Registry, to resolve existing claims by authors and publishers and to cover legal fees. The settlement agreement resolves Authors Guild v. Google, a class-action suit filed on September 20, 2005 by the Authors Guild and certain authors, and a suit filed on October 19, 2005 by five major publisher-members of the AAP: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.; Pearson Education, Inc. and Penguin Group (USA) Inc., both part of Pearson; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; and Simon & Schuster, Inc. part of CBS Corporation. These lawsuits challenged Google's plan to digitise, search and show snippets of in-copyright books and to share digital copies with libraries without the explicit permission of the copyright owner.

Holders worldwide of US copyrights can register their works with the Book Rights Registry and receive compensation from institutional subscriptions, book sales, ad revenues and other possible revenue models, as well as a cash payment if their works have already been digitised.

Libraries at the Universities of California, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Stanford have provided input into the settlement and expect to participate in the project, including by making their collections available. Along with a number of other US libraries that currently work with Google, their significant efforts to preserve, maintain and provide access to books are seen to have played a critical role in achieving the agreement. Through their anticipated participation, they expect to further such efforts while making books even more accessible to students, researchers and readers in the US. It is expected that additional libraries in the US will participate in this project in the future.

Google Book Search users in the US will be able to utilise and purchase the products and services offered under the project. Outside the US, the users' experience with Google Book Search will be unchanged, unless the offering of such products and services is authorised by the rightsholder of a book.

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US NIH Library opts for Bibliotheca's RFID technology - 03 Nov 2008

Library solutions provider Bibliotheca, Inc., Switzerland, has announced that it has been selected as the RFID technology provider for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), part of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The NIH Division of Library Services, through a comprehensive range of information resources, services and knowledge, seeks to advance high quality research and service by NIH and selected HHS agencies. The resource library serves the biomedical and behavioural research needs of the NIH community.

While selecting an RFID partner, the NIH Library sought to simplify the library's circulation and enable its staff members to spend more time interfacing with more than 18,000 researchers, clinicians and active NIH staff on the main campus alone. To this end, the NIH Library purchased 235,000 Bibliotheca RFID book tags as well as 1,000 Bibliotheca CD/DVD RFID tags.

Bibliotheca's RFID tags, with BiblioChip technology, automate sorting, handling, security and inventory management. The tags are rewritable for 100,000 re-writes so information can be edited and updated to comply with future data model formats. BiblioChip RFID tags are also ISO-compliant and integrated with the NIH Library's Millennium ILS software.

The NIH Library expects to utilise BiblioChip RFID tags' intelligent detection capability of "knowing" when components are missing in a CD/DVD pack-without the hassle of opening the pack and processing each item individually. Not only will patrons be automatically alerted at self-check kiosks when returning incomplete CD/DVD packs (thereby not allowing them to return the media), but librarians will also be alerted to incomplete returns of media packs during automated sorting.

The NIH Library is currently converting its collection with Bibliotheca's mobile conversion cart and plans to install Bibliotheca's single- and dual-configuration security gates as well as two Bibliotheca self-check kiosks by January 2009.

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UK Powder Injection Moulding International magazine launches new on-line resource for the MIM and CIM industry - 03 Nov 2008

Business and technical publisher Inovar Communications Ltd, UK, has launched a new on-line archive of all previously published feature articles and technical papers of its publication Powder Injection Moulding International. The journal offers in-depth industry coverage of the global metal (MIM) and ceramic (CIM) injection molding industry.

Available to download in PDF format, the diverse range of content available will be of interest to both PIM industry professionals and end-users. The articles available can be viewed and downloaded from www.pim-international.com. Articles and technical papers from PIM International are made available to purchase three months after the date of publication in the printed magazine.

As part of the launch, the publishers are offering a special 50 percent introductory discount on all PDF downloads purchased before November 14, 2008.

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India Scope eKnowledge Center names Jabin White as VP-STM Sales - 03 Nov 2008

Database and research services provider Scope eKnowledge Center, India, a Quatrro Group Company, has announced the appointment of Jabin White as Vice President-STM Sales based at Pennsylvania.

In his new position, White will drive sales of Scope's STM services in the US market. White most recently served as Vice President of Marketing at Silverchair Inc and prior to that, as Executive Director-Electronic Production at STM publisher Elsevier. He is a frequent speaker on XML and related technologies in industry fora. His deep experience in publishing technologies, markup languages and content development should see Scope gaining ground in the US.

Led by an experienced management team, Scope eKnowledge Center offers a range of remote knowledge services. This includes business research, scientific and technical databases, abstraction and indexing, patent drafting, patent analytics and business and competitive intelligence. The Company's capabilities were further strengthened after the Quatrro group, one of the largest BPO companies in India, took a majority stake in April 2007. With offices in New York, Florida, Amsterdam, London and Chennai, Scope's clientele include leading print and online publishing companies, patent offices, corporate organisations, legal firms and a host of information intermediaries in the US, UK and Europe.

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Canada The Chronicle of Higher Education selects Nstein's WCM and TME to upgrade editorial and web operations - 03 Nov 2008

Nstein Technologies, Inc., a Canada-based provider of online publishing solutions for newspapers, magazines and online content providers, has announced that The Chronicle of Higher Education has chosen Nstein Technologies Web Content Management (WCM) and Text Mining Engine (TME) to upgrade its entire editorial and web operations for its two publications.

Founded in 1966, The Chronicle of Higher Education provides news, information, and job listings for college and university faculty members and administrators. Its sister publication, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, founded in 1988, covers news of fund raising, donors, and charitable causes.

Always on the forefront of technology, The Chronicle first appeared on the Internet as a Gopher service in 1993, and then on the Web two years later, making it one of the very first papers to do either. The Chronicle of Philanthropy went online in 1997. The sites are operated by a home-grown system that has been in use since 1995. It now handles more than 1.5 million monthly visitors and provides the primary job board for higher education. Additionally, both sites offer daily, monthly, and annual subscriptions to premium content.

The Chronicle had been seeking a new system that incorporates modern content-management techniques, eases the process of publishing on the Web, and expands the newspapers' Internet offerings, both for readers and for advertisers. Further, it was eager to adopt Nstein's TME to automate tagging and associate relevant content with relevant job listings and other advertising. With Nstein's WCM 4, editors will have a streamlined back end that will allow them to create, modify and manage content from this system - and push content to any digital channel - including print, Web, e-mail newsletters, or mobile.

Nstein Technologies is the online provider of choice for many of the world's leading media companies, including Condé Nast, Reed Business Information, Transcontinental Media and ImpreMedia.

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US Wiley-Blackwell and Pittcon launch new webinar series - 03 Nov 2008

Wiley-Blackwell, the scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced an agreement with Pittcon, the world's premier Conference and Exposition dedicated to laboratory science. Under the deal, both parties will combine their information resources to produce four webinars in 2008-2009 as the beginning to the new 'Wiley-Blackwell/Pittcon Webinar Series.'

The webinars are hour-long web-based seminars delivered to a global audience of scientists on a specific topic of interest. Initial plans include coverage of two horizontal application topics, e.g. chromatography and spectroscopy, and two industry-specific topics such as food analysis and pharmaceutical analysis.

Each programme will be delivered by a respected scientist or thought leader in the relevant industry and made freely available to a limited number of attendees. The content of each webinar will be digitally recorded and posted on both the Wiley-Blackwell and Pittcon websites.

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