Elsevier launches new OA journal - Case Studies in Construction Materials - 27 Nov 2013
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the launch of a new open access journal - Case Studies in Construction Materials.
Case Studies in Construction Materials seeks to provide a new forum for the rapid publication of structured case studies and short communications on construction materials. The journal functions as an essential compendium for practicing engineers, designers, researchers and other practitioners who are interested in all aspects of construction materials.
Michael Grantham, consultant to Sandberg LLP and visiting Professor at Queen's University of Belfast, will serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.
Case Studies in Construction Materials is part of a series of "Case Studies in…" open access journals published by Elsevier within the field of engineering. Journals in the series will all follow the article based publishing model, allowing for immediate publication of the final version of a paper without waiting for other articles to be ready to compile a full issue.
The first articles published in Case Studies in Construction Materials is available on ScienceDirect.
Holiday Notice - 27 Nov 2013
This is to inform our esteemed subscribers that there will be no newsletter dispatch on November 28, 2013 and November 29, 2013 on account of Thanksgiving Day. We will resume our newsletter service on Monday, December 2, 2013. The newsletter will contain all the headlines that have appeared after the November 27th issue.
Jisc launches new network to inspire a future of innovation in research and education - 27 Nov 2013
Jisc is set to increase the country's global competitiveness by launching one of the world's most advanced computer networks - Janet6.
This advanced network has been designed to address future demands for high capacity connectivity, enabling vast amounts of data to be exchanged in seconds. Designed specifically for research and education, Janet6 is highly scalable up to 8.8 terabits of capacity and uses state-of-the-art 100 gigabit ethernet technology. Janet6 provides excellent bandwidth and a flexible infrastructure, enabling the UK's research, higher education, further education and skills sectors to collaborate and compete on a global scale.
Replacing the current SuperJanet5 backbone, the Janet6 architecture will facilitate further development of the UK's knowledge economy.
The current Janet network has been critical to landmark scientific projects such as the 'Upscale' climate simulations, which required petabytes of data to be moved from supercomputers in mainland Europe to sites in the UK, including the Met Office. Mathematical models and high-resolution data captured from Earth observations from space are used to glean important information on sea surface temperature and cloud cover, which provides valuable insights into climate trends that are needed to inform policy decisions.
The official 'switch over' to the Janet6 network took place on November 26, 2013. The new infrastructure will help businesses that connect UK education institutions to one another, super-computing facilities and global research and education networks, unlocking the potential for a greater number of collaborative research projects.
The Janet6 project was brought to successful fruition in partnership with a number of organisations. The key partners included: SSE Telecoms for the underlying fibre for the network; Ciena for the optical processors to light the fibre; Juniper Networks, who provided the high-performance routing and switching technology to create the network, and its deployment partner Imtech.
Janet6 has been developed in the context of the government's Public Services Network with funding from the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and managed through the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
Massachusetts Library System selects Baker & Taylor as ebook platform partner - 27 Nov 2013
Baker & Taylor, a distributor of digital and physical books, has been selected by the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) to participate in an innovative six-month pilot project designed to expand access to ebooks for the state's multi‑type libraries. This pilot project was conceived by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioner's (MBLC) Statewide Resource Sharing Committee to explore new models of ebooks. Funding for the MA eBook Project is made possible by MLS, in partnership with the MBLC, the pilot libraries and in part, with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and administered by the MBLC.
Baker & Taylor is assisting MLS in establishing a state-wide shared collection, in which an initial group of 51 participating libraries will access more than 3,000 general interest ebooks using the company's Axis 360 digital media platform. The pilot program will leverage Baker & Taylor's digital collection development services, with an eye toward expanding the scope of the shared collection to the nearly 1,700 public, school and academic libraries throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Axis 360 gives library patrons the ability to borrow and download best-sellers and new release fiction and non-fiction titles in electronic format directly to their devices.
Axis 360 is compatible with Windows and Mac PCs and mobile Apple iOS and Android devices, including smartphones and tablets, and dedicated e-reading devices. The platform is also integrated with Blio, the multi‑function e-reader born from the partnership of the National Federation of the Blind and visionary Ray Kurzweil, to provide an ADA-accessible ebook solution for library patrons.
SAGE partners with academic news site The Conversation to support access to high quality academic research - 27 Nov 2013
Academic publisher SAGE has announced a new partnership with a major online news website, The Conversation, to support access to high quality academic research within the mainstream media.
Originally launched in Australia in 2011 and now their largest independent news site, The Conversation UK, which launched 6 months ago, brings a unique combination of academic rigour and journalistic flair to the world of academic research. Articles published on the site are authored by academics with the help of experienced journalists to ensure research is accurately reflected within the media.
SAGE has championed the importance of social science since its founding in 1965 through the publication of high quality research and pedagogy, through stimulating debate events and partnerships, and through the creation of online communities (www.socialsciencespace.com, www.methodspace.com and Pacific Standard). This partnership takes this commitment further. As a partner, SAGE will be supporting the important role that The Conversation plays in helping academics to engage directly with the public and increasing the reach, the impact and the public understanding of high quality and influential academic research.
US Department of Commerce seeks comment on Green Paper on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy - 27 Nov 2013
The US Department of Commerce is seeking comment on the recently released Green Paper on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy. In response, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), of which ARL is a member, provided comments on a number of issues raised in the Green Paper. LCA commented on issues relating to statutory damages, online licensing, collective rights organisations, and contractual restrictions on copyright exceptions.
In the comments, LCA noted that as the Task Force examines online licensing, it should assess the adverse impact of the potential replacement of the public law of copyright with the private law of contract, both on libraries and the public at large. This assessment could very well lead to the conclusion that the government role in 'improving the online licensing environment' is not to encourage the growth of the online licensing marketplace but to limit its possible excesses. This regulatory role is more appropriate for government than the direct or indirect subsidisation of one particular business model.
Accordingly, LCA strongly urges the Task Force to advise Congress to adopt restrictions on the enforcement of contractual terms that attempt to limit exceptions to the Copyright Act such as first sale or fair use. Likewise, the Task Force should recommend greater oversight of CROs.
Versita implements Crosscheck Plagiarism Screening across its portfolio of third-party-owned journals - 27 Nov 2013
Open access publishing services provider Versita has announced that it is introducing Crosscheck Plagiarism Screening to the entire portfolio of its third-party-owned journals.
Crosscheck is an initiative between iThenticate and CrossRef®, a not-for-profit membership association of publishers, established to help publishers prevent professional plagiarism and other forms of scholarly misconduct. With thousands of journals sharing published works with the iThenticate database, the CrossCheck service offers publishers a way to compare documents against the largest comparison database of scientific, technical and medical content in the world.
In the first instance, it is the editors of individual journals who handle the submission process. Nevertheless, Versita stands by its duty to detect and act upon any signs of scientific misconduct, and also to prevent any duplication of research to appear on its platform. Versita considers this to be an important measure in upholding the integrity of the rising volumes of its scientific contents.
Versita will have implemented Crosscheck across its portfolio until end of 2013.
ALA now accepting submissions for John Cotton Dana Award - 26 Nov 2013
The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting submissions for the John Cotton Dana Award (JCD). The award, which is managed by the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) division of ALA, honours outstanding library public relations. Eight $10,000 awards are granted each year by the H.W. Wilson Foundation and the annual Awards Ceremony is sponsored by the ALA and EBSCO Information Services.
A new site has been created for the 2014 JCD entries which allows all entries to be submitted electronically. Entry documents are available at: https://johncottondana.nonprofitcms.org/awards.
According to ALA LLAMA Division Executive Director Kerry Ward, the new site will streamline the submission process and make it easier for eligible organisations to submit an entry.
The award is named after John Cotton Dana, the father of the modern library, credited with helping transition libraries from reading rooms to community centers. JCD submissions include strategic library communication campaigns from all sizes and types of libraries. Submissions include rebranding efforts, promoting unique archives, awareness campaigns and community partnerships. Entries may be submitted by any library, Friends group, consulting agency or service provider, excluding libraries represented by the JCD Committee members.
JCD entries are organised around the areas such as: needs assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation. Libraries submit samples of their processes, research, media releases, media coverage or other results received plus evaluation of the results and other documentation and supporting materials that show the scope and effectiveness of the library's strategic communication effort.
In recognition of their achievement, JCD award winners receive a cash development award from the H.W. Wilson Foundation. The John Cotton Dana Awards are presented during an Awards Ceremony hosted by EBSCO Information Services held during the American Library Association annual conference.
Authors Guild case against Google and its Library Project dismissed - 26 Nov 2013
On November 14, Judge Denny Chin of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the digitisation of millions of books from research library collections was a fair use and dismissed the Authors Guild case against Google and its Library Project, saying that the project "advances the progress of the arts and sciences, while maintaining respectful consideration of the rights of authors and other creative individuals, and without adversely impacting the rights of copyright holders." In his decision, Judge Chin cited a November 2012 amicus brief submitted by the Library Copyright Alliance (comprising the Association of Research Libraries, the American Library Association, and the Association of College and Research Libraries). The Authors Guild has stated that they disagree with the decision and plan to appeal.
This ruling examined whether Google's digitisation of copyrighted works constituted fair use under copyright law. Chin cited benefits for librarians, researchers, students, teachers, scholars, data scientists, and underserved populations, such as disabled individuals who cannot read print books or those in remote places without libraries.
The District Court ruling bodes well for libraries, scholars, and researchers in the pending appeal of Authors Guild v. HathiTrust. Judge Chin agreed with Judge Baer's fair use analysis in the HathiTrust case, indicating that the result in the Google case is compatible with the Authors Guild v. HathiTrust decision and suggesting the possibility of a favourable decision for HathiTrust on appeal.
Google's book digitisation project, the Library Project, started in 2004. The purpose of the digitisation project was to create a searchable index of books that would allow key word searching of the collections of major research libraries. Snippets of the books are accessible to the public who would not otherwise have access to the library collections. The company did not acquire permission from copyright holders, and so in 2005, individuals and the Authors Guild sued Google for copyright infringement.
Google currently has a collection of more than 20 million digitised books, mostly out-of-print titles. While titles are searchable, the Google Books website only returns snippets from the digitised texts, not full texts.
Elsevier unveils new OA journal - Urology Case Reports - 26 Nov 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of a new open access journal - Urology Case Reports. The journal is a new peer-reviewed, open access journal dedicated to publishing case reports in all areas of adult and pediatric urology.
Surveys of practicing urologists have shown that the time available for them to read journals, medical newspapers and attend lectures for Continuing Medical Education (CME) is diminishing. Some studies note that the average time physicians can realistically spend on furthering their education is 15 minutes per week; what they choose to read during this limited time is now ever more important.
Urology Case Reports acknowledges these time constraints while at the same time fulfilling educational needs. Case reports published are short and frequently well illustrated with images that can 'speak a thousand words'.
The first case report published in Urology Case Reports is now available to read online on ScienceDirect. The article describes a rare neoplasm which poses a therapeutic challenge to urologists who manage patients with this rare disease: "A Case Report of Primary Recurrent Malignant Melanoma of the Urinary Bladder."
Metadata from HBO Knowledge Base to be indexed in Serials Solutions’ Summon Service - 26 Nov 2013
Serials Solutions, a ProQuest business, is working with HBO Kennisbank to index the results of publicly funded research contained in the institutional repositories of Dutch universities in the Summon service. Metadata from the HBO Knowledge Base will be indexed allowing researchers to discover articles, research reports and theses produced by lecturers, teachers and students within the universities alongside their library's other resources to gather the most relevant information for their projects.
A store of knowledge, the HBO Knowledge Base offers public access to the results of research done by Dutch Universities of Applied Science. The HBO Knowledge Base is part of the HBO Knowledge Infrastructure (HKI) and stimulates the exchange of knowledge between research, education, business and society. The participating universities of applied science work together in the HKI to maximise the visibility and use of research output.
With one of the participating universities, Fontys University of Applied Sciences institutional repository already indexed in the Summon service, Serials Solutions is responding to clients in the region requesting content from the other institutions to be indexed. Making material of the colleges visible and available for sharing and reuse, the HBO Knowledge is an important gateway to the results of research of colleges.
Serials Solutions continues to fulfill its commitment to make the most comprehensive discovery service for researchers around the world with the addition of the HBO Knowledge Base to the Summon service. With an interface available in 32 languages and dialects, the Summon service makes global content discoverable by scholars worldwide. It applies native-language searching capabilities and language-tuned relevance ranking for 17 languages.
Registrations for SPARC Open Access Conference 2014 now open - 26 Nov 2013
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has announced panel topics and invites participants to register for the SPARC Open Access Meeting set to take place in Kansas City on March 3–4, 2014.
Advances in the areas of open access, open data, and open educational resources have grown exponentially since the last SPARC Open Access Meeting was convened in 2012. As this push for greater openness continues, these three fronts are converging in interesting and potentially transformative ways.
Leaders from the library community, academia, industry, the student community, and other research avenues will discuss how open access, open data, and open educational resources are intersecting, and the impact this convergence will have on research and discovery. The meeting is designed to emphasise collaborative actions that stakeholders can take to positively impact publishing, policy, digital repositories, author rights, and licensing.
The conference program will cover: advocacy and policy, practical information, professional development and blue sky and big picture.
Registration for the SPARC Open Access Meeting is now open. Early bird rates start at $279 for SPARC members. To register and to see more details about the event, visit the SPARC Open Access Meeting 2014 website.
STM Association to host Innovations Seminar 2013 - 26 Nov 2013
The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers' (STM) will host the Innovations Seminar 2013 at the Congress Centre, Great Russell Street, London, on December 4. This annual London-event brings together the industry's most established thinkers and bright up-and-coming future stars to give attendees an insight into the hottest innovations and vital technological trends and developments which will define STM publishing for years to come.
Science and research is rapidly evolving into e-science and e-research, and this in turn is sparking a continuous flow of new e-publishing evolutions. The 2013 Innovations seminar will bring the latest developments from these frontiers including: new methods of enriching academic information; develop semantic technologies which add context and meaning; data mining, bringing new patterns and new relationships; and entity linking which helps forge connections to deeper data and related information elsewhere on the web or in the cloud.
This year's event has brought together an impressive list of enticing speakers to examine the research data revolution, information augmentation and information analytics. The afternoon is dedicated to e-Science and we-Science and includes an exciting tour through the Zooniverse, one of the most successful manifestations of citizen science.
Interested parties may visit http://www.stm-assoc.org/events/innovations-seminar-2013/ for registration and more details.
Three prominent Italian scientists recognised with 2013 Nature Award for Mentoring in Science - 26 Nov 2013
Three prominent Italian scientists were honoured at the Quirinal Palace for mentoring and inspiring a generation of young scientists, receiving the 2013 Nature Award for Mentoring in Science.
Biologist Michela Matteoli (University of Milan) received the mid-career award and €10,000 prize. Chemist Vincenzo Balzani (University of Bologna) and Physicist Giorgio Parisi (University of Rome I, La Sapienza) were jointly presented with the lifetime achievement award and €5,000 each.
The prizes were presented by the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano; Editor-in-Chief of Nature, Philip Campbell; and chair of the judges for 2013 Awards, Luciano Maiani.
Giorgio Parisi is known globally for his contributions to theoretical physics and his research on disordered systems, including the development of a systematic theory for spin glasses and glass transition. Currently professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Rome I, La Sapienza, Parisi has inspired up-and-coming physicists for more than 40 years.
Vincenzo Balzani has been described by many as a pioneer working in photochemistry and photo physics, and is one of the world's most cited chemists. He graduated from the University of Bologna in 1960 and went on to teach Chemistry there for more than 30 years between 1973 and 2011. He has been an Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of Bologna since 2011.
Michela Matteoli is an internationally respected neuroscientist and a Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Milan. She started her own research laboratory at the CNR Institute of Neuroscience in 1992 and has since taught researchers from across the globe.
Launched in 2005, the annual Nature Awards for Mentoring in Science recognise outstanding scientific mentorship and focus on a specific country or countries each year, and 2013 focused on Italy. Nature is the leading weekly, international scientific journal.
More information about the Nature Awards for Mentoring in Science is available at www.nature.com/nature/awards/mentorship/.
Elsevier and Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Research announce winners of 2013 Algerian Scopus Award - 25 Nov 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education recently announced the winners of the 2013 Algerian Scopus Awards. The selected 12 winners work covers a range of academic disciplines, recognising Algeria's top researchers.
The Algerian Scopus Awards program was first launched in 2010 and came to fruition through a joint initiative between Elsevier and the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Research with the aim to foster and encourage Algerian research talent. The award nominees are all researchers who have published since 2007 and are affiliated to a university or research institution in Algeria.
Nominations were assessed by a jury consisting of representatives of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and other discipline-specific experts. Their assessment was based on publication and citation data drawn from Elsevier's Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of global research literature.
Elsevier has hosted the Scopus Researcher Awards program around the world with various partner organisations since 2006 in a concerted effort to support the growth and development of research talent globally.
Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, features smart tools to track, analyse and visualise scholarly research. Its vast database contains abstracts and references from 21,000 titles from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and Arts & Humanities. Scopus was designed and developed with input from researchers and librarians internationally; and features direct links to subscribed full-text articles, other library resources and interoperability with applications such as reference management software.
IHS content indexed in the Summon discovery service to include IHS Jane’s modules and databases - 25 Nov 2013
Serials Solutions, a ProQuest business, is working with IHS Inc. to expand IHS content indexed in the Summon discovery service to include IHS Jane's modules and databases. With the inclusion of metadata and full text from the IHS Jane's content sets in the Summon index, researchers will now be able to discover information in the defence, security, aerospace and transport sectors alongside their library's other resources.
IHS Inc., solutions for an interconnected world, is widely known for hosting vast and extensive databases, including the Jane's sets. Founded in 1959 as a provider of product catalogue databases on microfilm for aerospace engineers, IHS has grown from an aerospace engineering solution to a global information company with world-class experts in pivotal areas shaping today's business landscape: energy, economics, geopolitical risk, sustainability and supply chain management.
Serials Solutions continues to fulfill its commitment to make the most comprehensive discovery service for researchers around the world with the addition of IHS Jane's content to the Summon service. The Summon service is the first and only discovery service based on a single, unified index of content, leveraging its unique 'match and merge' technology to combine rich metadata and full text from multiple sources to ultimately make items more discoverable. The Summon service index contains more than 1.4 billion items in which the vast majority of article and book content is full-text searchable.
Used by more than 700 libraries in more than 40 countries, the Summon discovery service is proven to increase usage of library resources across a library's collection without bias to format, vendor, or platform. With the introduction of Summon 2.0 – groundbreaking features and a new, modern interface – the Summon service continues to deliver on its mission to return researchers to the library by providing a user experience that resonates with users familiar with open web search engines. Streamlined navigation and contextual guidance features significantly advance the research experience and provide greater opportunities for librarians to deliver value and scale their services to connect with more users.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 25 Nov 2013
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Joseph Esposito (The Natural Limits of Gold Open Access); Stevan Harnad ("Our Mind's Made Up: Don't Confuse Us With Facts"); Claire Armitstead (Ebooks need more attention from their publishers); Kent Anderson (Seeing Beyond Transparency - Do Disclosure Rules Blunt the Need for Actual Ethics?); and Filip Vostal (Should academics adopt an ethic of slowness or ninja-like productivity? In search of scholarly time). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
UA Libraries join HathiTrust - 25 Nov 2013
The University of Alabama has become one of the latest partners of Hathitrust, a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in a digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form.
Launched in 2008, HathiTrust has a growing membership currently comprising more than 60 partners. Over the last four years, the partners have contributed more than 10 million volumes to the digital library, digitised from their library collections through a number of means including Google and Internet Archive digitisation and in-house initiatives.
More than 3 million of the contributed volumes are in the public domain and freely available on the Web. HathiTrust serves a dual role. First, as a trusted repository it guarantees the long-term preservation of the materials it holds, providing the expert curation and consistent access long associated with research libraries. Second, as a service for partners and a public good, HathiTrust offers persistent access to the digital collections. This includes viewing, downloading and searching access to public domain volumes, and searching access to volumes still in copyright.
Specialised features are also available which facilitate access by persons with print disabilities, and they allow users to gather subsets of the digital library into collections that can be searched and browsed.
The University of Alabama Libraries is home to more than 3 million print items, plus a multitude of electronic resources and expanding digital archives serving the teaching, research and learning needs of University of Alabama students and faculty.
Wolters Kluwer Health convenes expert panel to explore impact of evidence-based medicine on Canada’s healthcare system - 25 Nov 2013
Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, brought together a panel of distinguished physician administrators from Canada's leading healthcare institutions for a series of regional seminars that explored the impact of evidence-based medicine on the country's healthcare system. Entitled 'Advancing the Practice of Evidence-Based Medicine - The Role of Clinical Decision Support in Improving Patient Outcomes,' the invitation-only seminar series took place in Montreal, Toronto and Halifax November 11-14, 2013.
Panelists shared with hospital executives and clinicians their firsthand experience on how the combination of evidence-based clinical decision support, electronic health records, and clinical best practices is being used to standardise treatment and improve care.
David Rind, MD, Co-Executive Editor, UpToDate at Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions, was joined on the panel by Dr. Luc Valiquette, Chief Clinical Officer of the Technological Transition at the Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal; Dr. John Machado, Managing Director of the Complexe Desjardins Urban Medical Centre and Health Technology Vitrine in Montréal; Dr. Jeremy Theal, Chief Medical Information Officer and a gastroenterologist at Toronto's North York General Hospital and physician lead on the hospital's "eCare" project, which has won national and international awards for its use of health IT to improve the quality and safety of patient care; Dr. Candice Silversides, Head of Obstetric Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, Director of Research at the Toronto Congenital Cardiac Centre for Adults; and Mary-Ann Hiltz, Vice-President, Strategy & Organizational Performance at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.
WorldCat Metadata API powers new enhancements in latest MarcEdit release - 25 Nov 2013
MarcEdit, the popular free library metadata software suite, includes new functionality that will give OCLC member libraries the ability to contribute and enhance their bibliographic and holdings data within WorldCat while using MarcEdit. The new functionality will provide catalogers with a new way to interact with their OCLC data, as well as provide another option for libraries looking to streamline their metadata workflows. The new functionality in MarcEdit is made possible by leveraging the WorldCat Metadata API, one of the many APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) being made available from OCLC through the WorldShare Platform.
The integration work between MarcEdit and OCLC's platform services started out as a discussion between the application's author, Terry Reese, and OCLC's Steve Meyer, the WorldShare Technical Product Manager.
In addition to the new functionality being made available in MarcEdit, Reese has released the source code used to interact with a variety of OCLC WorldShare Platform Services. The code library, written in C#, is available via github at: https://github.com/reeset/oclc_api, and includes support for OCLC's Metadata API, Search API, Classify web services, and FAST web services.
API-eligible libraries that also use MarcEdit will now be able to upload new records to WorldCat or create new WorldCat-derived records through MarcEdit. In addition, libraries can now update WorldCat holdings, with options to add or delete holdings in batch.
In order to utilise the new features in MarcEdit, libraries will need to request a Web Services Key (WSKey) that supports both the WorldCat Metadata API and the WorldCat Search API. The WSKey enables OCLC to authenticate users and activity so libraries can be confident about updating their data through third party or locally-built applications. WSKeys can be requested through OCLC's Service Configuration and used across applications. If institutions already have a WSkey for the WorldCat Metadata API and WorldCat Search API, they can put the new functionality in MarcEdit to use immediately.
MarcEdit also uses two additional OCLC Web Services, notably the FAST service to generate subject headings and Classify, to provide classification recommendations based on a control number.
Diane Grob Schmidt elected ACS president-elect for 2014 - 22 Nov 2013
The members of the American Chemical Society have elected Diane Grob Schmidt, a section head at Procter & Gamble, as ACS president-elect for 2014. During her three-year succession, Schmidt will serve as president of the society in 2015 and immediate past-president in 2016; she will also serve on the board of directors. The society, which publishes C&EN, also elected or re-elected four other board directors.
During her term in office, Schmidt plans to focus on working "to create an atmosphere that encourages growth and the addition of U.S. jobs." Among her many honours, Schmidt received the Henry A. Hill Award from the ACS Division of Professional Relations in 2012 and was named an ACS Fellow in 2011.
In other ACS election results, George M. Bodner, the Arthur Kelly Distinguished Professor of Chemical Education and an engineering faculty member at Purdue University, won re-election as District II director for a three-year term. He defeated Alan A. Hazari, director of chemistry labs and lecturer at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
For the District IV director position, Rigoberto Hernandez, a professor of chemistry at Georgia Institute of Technology, defeated incumbent Larry K. Krannich, a professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.
In elections for at-large director, Dorothy J. Phillips, a retired Waters Corp. marketing director, and Kathleen M. Schulz, president of Business Results, secured the two open seats. They will join four other current at-large directors.
Only ACS members in a given district vote for that district's director. Also, only voting councilors can submit a ballot for director-at-large. Out of 486 councillors eligible to vote, ACS received 382 valid ballots for director-at-large. Voter participation for president-elect was about the same as last year, totalling nearly 14 percent of eligible voters, defined as ACS members in good standing who joined the society no later than August.
JBJS, Inc. launches new online journal, JBJS Reviews - 22 Nov 2013
The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc., has announced JBJS Reviews, an innovative online and tablet journal, is now live. Dr. Thomas A. Einhorn will serve as the Editor of the journal.
JBJS Reviews joins the growing JBJS portfolio, including the 125-year-old flagship publication, The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, and two online journals launched in 2011 - JBJS Case Connector, with thousands of semantically linked case reports, and JBJS Essential Surgical Techniques, with step-by-step descriptions and illustrations of thoroughly vetted orthopaedic surgical procedures.
JBJS Reviews will aim to publish the best evidence and most compelling clinical information in an easy-to-read format that is optimised for tablet, mobile, and online use. The JBJS Reviews app for the iOs and Android platforms is expected to be approved and available shortly.
Leading scientists join BioResearch Open Access editorial board - 22 Nov 2013
Fifteen world renowned experts, including ten members of the National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine, have joined the new Editorial Board of BioResearch Open Access, a bimonthly, peer-reviewed, open access journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers.
The expanded editorial board includes Dr. Piero Anversa, Harvard University; Dr. Anthony Atala, Wake Forest School of Medicine; Dr. Mina J. Bissell, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Dr. Simon Cool, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Singapore; Dr. Ronald G. Crystal, Weill Cornell Medical College; Dr. Denise L. Faustman, Harvard University; Dr. Donald E. Ingber, Harvard University; Robert Langer, ScD, MIT; Dr. Jeanne F. Loring, The Scripps Research Institute; Dr. Robert M. Nerem, Georgia Institute of Technology; Nicholas A Peppas, ScD, The University of Texas at Austin; Dr. Julia Polak, Imperial College; Dr. Joseph Vacanti, Harvard University; and Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Columbia University.
BioResearch Open Access is a fully peer-reviewed open access journal for the rapid-publication of a broad range of scientific topics including stem cells, molecular and cellular biology, tissue engineering and biomaterials, bioengineering, gene therapy, genetics, biochemistry, virology, microbiology, and neuroscience. All articles are published within 4 weeks of acceptance and available on the BioResearch Open Access website. Dr. Robert Lanza serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.
OECD selects Luxid to semantically integrate its knowledge, publications, and workflows - 22 Nov 2013
TEMIS, a provider of Semantic Content Enrichment solutions for the Enterprise, has won a call for tender issued by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for the company's Semantic Content Enrichment solution, Luxid.
The OECD provides its expertise, data and analysis to its 34 member governments and 100 other countries to help them support sustainable economic growth, boost employment and raise living standards. To fulfill its vision of increased relevance and global presence, the OECD has launched a Knowledge and Information Management (KIM) Program that establishes an integrated framework for managing and delivering information and improving its accessibility and presentation. The KIM framework is intended as the steward of the OECD's information lifecycle, with a universal knowledge referential at its core facilitating enhanced searching and findability, rationalised content re-use/repurposing processes, and supporting the organisation's Open Data and Linked Data initiatives.
In this context, the OECD has chosen TEMIS's flagship Luxid Content Enrichment Platform to address all Semantic Enrichment stages of the KIM framework. Luxid will help OECD to consistently enrich document metadata in alignment with its taxonomies and ontologies, providing a genuinely semantic integration layer across heterogeneous document storage and content management components. This semantic layer will both enable new search and browsing methods and improved relevance and accuracy of search results, as well as progressively build an integrated map of OECD knowledge.
Based on patented and award-winning Natural Language Processing technologies, Luxid exploits off-the-shelf extractors called Skill Cartridges to extract targeted information from unstructured content and semantically enrich it with domain-specific metadata. This enables professional publishers to efficiently package and deliver relevant information to their audience, and helps enterprises to intelligently archive, manage, analyse, discover and share increasing volumes of information.
ORCID announces changes in member agreements and new authentication-only API - 22 Nov 2013
ORCID, a non-profit organisation that provides an open registry of unique identifiers for researchers, has reviewed its member agreements to incorporate feedback received from the community, as part of the organisation's first anniversary.
A number of changes have been announced. ORCID hopes that these changes will encourage responsible use of ORCID identifiers and streamline the membership and integration process, including an Authentication-only API that does not require membership.
Over the past year, a number of groups, including BioShare, have been requesting that ORCID provide fee-free, public access to the authentication component of the ORCID service. This is of particular concern for those groups that are not legal entities — such as grant funded consortia - and cannot sign a member agreement. It has also been observed that a number of organisations are 'integrating' ORCID identifiers by providing a type-in field for users. This presents a significant data quality issue, allowing typographical and other errors to enter into databases.
In March 2014, ORCID will be providing an authentication-only API that does not require membership. This API can be used, for instance, in a workflow in which users are asked to log into their ORCID account (or create one) as one step in a data deposit workflow, and then their ORCID ID is returned to the deposit system in a computer-to-computer interaction.
According to ORCID, splitting member agreements into 'Trusted Party' and 'Creator' license options will help streamline the membership sign-up process. Those organisations that want to be able to request access from record holders to write to ORCID records and read limited access data may now sign a Trusted Party license that removes indemnity provisions. Those organisations that wish to create ORCID records for their employees and affiliates will find that the new Creator agreement includes a narrowed, reciprocal indemnity clause with a cap. Both new license agreements have reciprocal liability caps and limited damages. Existing members may elect to keep their current agreements or sign the new version upon renewal.
Support terms for current and new Basic and Premium members have been clarified to ensure quality technical support while controlling costs. Basic members receive support for one set of client credentials, email support and integrated user acceptance testing for up to four releases or major updates per year. Premium members receive monthly usage reports, support for up to five sets of client credentials, priority queue for help desk requests, and user acceptance testing for an unlimited number of releases per year.
Serials Solutions Intota Assessment now available - 22 Nov 2013
Intota™ Assessment, a library collection analytics service from Serials Solutions, a ProQuest business, is now available. It claims to be the most comprehensive assessment solution that gives libraries a holistic view of both monographs and serials in both electronic and print format, enabling data-driven decisions regarding collection development. Intota Assessment is also the first production service of Intota™, a new cloud-based library services platform (LSP).
Developed for comprehensive assessment of today's collections, Intota Assessment is a robust suite of business intelligence tools that makes it possible for library staff to focus on higher value services to their patrons. Using the library's historic circulation data, as well as qualitative data such as Books in Print, Intota Assessment provides evidence data regarding usage to make better collection decisions.
Libraries can now analyse their entire collection using one solution. The service offers dozens of reports with multiple views of the data, including Cost per Use (CPU), cost by subject and peer analysis. Overlap and gap analysis for both print and electronic resources enable 'smart weeding.' Libraries can now acquire, renew or deselect resources more efficiently while making more informed collection decisions.
During development of the service, the company gained powerful insight from the Intota Development Partners. Features and functionality by design address the challenges libraries face extracting data from the ILS and other disparate systems. Pre-filtered accreditation reports are one example of the efficiency gained with the service. What used to take hours to complete is available in minutes.
A series of educational webinars about evidence-based assessment is scheduled to illustrate the comprehensive benefits of Intota Assessment.
Wolters Kluwer Health launches new HTML5 web application within ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support - 22 Nov 2013
Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, has announced the launch of an enhanced web application within its leading clinical content management solution, ProVation® Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support. Built using HTML5 technology, the improved user interface provides a more intuitive experience that can be accessed from any web browser on any type of computer or mobile device.
The advanced, responsive design interface speeds clinician training and uptake of ProVation Order Sets and ProVation Care Plans, powered by Lippincott's Nursing Solutions, enabling time-strapped physicians, nurses and pharmacists to be more organised and efficient with document review. Enhanced usability features - including single-click approvals, tracking of clinician 'likes,' and a real-time message board with threaded comments - further streamline the order set and care plan development process, ensuring efficient roll-out of the latest evidence-based decision support at the point of care.
A central component of a healthcare organisation's care quality and core measures improvement strategy, ProVation Order Sets improves patient outcomes and quality of care by providing evidence-based order set templates co-developed with the authors from UpToDate. Customers achieve a return on investment through lower costs of care and the use of an intelligent clinical content management system.
ProVation Care Plans offers evidence-based care plans derived from Lippincott's Nursing Solutions and its network of hundreds of practicing clinicians, allowing hospitals to define and maintain a custom library of care plan templates while adhering to industry-accepted nursing and medical diagnoses, goals and interventions.
Insentia and TEMIS partner to bring value to Enterprise Content - 21 Nov 2013
By becoming TEMIS' premier partner in Switzerland, insentia reinforces its Enterprise Content Management activities and now provides Luxid®, the flagship platform which received the CODiE Award 2013 for Best Semantic Solution. Embedded within a content management system, it powers more efficient categorisation, search and analysis processes.
Based on patented and award-winning natural language processing technologies, Luxid Content Enrichment Platform meets the needs of organisations to better structure, manage and exploit their unstructured content. Luxid is a powerful and flexible solution which identifies and automatically extracts relevant information from documents. Stored as metadata, they reveal the intimate nature of informational assets and help organisations to optimise the efficiency and performance of their enterprise content management.
As a renowned integrator on the Swiss market, insentia will provide its customers with integration services of the Luxid platform within flagship Enterprise Content Management solutions. Insentia supports its customers throughout their projects, whether it be for functional and technical consulting, architecture design, development, deployment and/or training.
New report from ARL and Ithaka S+R provide answers to how digital collections are being sustained - 21 Nov 2013
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the not-for-profit research and consulting group Ithaka S+R have released the Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections report. The report aims to address one of the biggest challenges facing libraries and cultural heritage organisations: how to move their special collections into the 21st century through digitisation while developing successful strategies to make sure those collections remain accessible and relevant over time.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a major funder of digitisation projects for the past decade, observed the same challenge among libraries, archives, and museums. As a result, IMLS funded ARL, in partnership with Ithaka S+R, through a cooperative agreement as part of the National Leadership Grants Program to undertake a study to uncover and share examples of good practice, with the expectation that others might model the approaches seen among those digital collections that are succeeding.
The resulting report draws out several strategies that have worked for a range of digital collections across eight institutions, all of which have demonstrated longevity and public benefit, and all of which have reliable and recurring funding models.
The case studies include: American Antiquarian Society Digital Collections, Biodiversity Heritage Library (Smithsonian Institution), Florida Folklife Collection (Florida Department of State, Division of Library & Information Services), Grateful Dead Archive Online (University of California, Santa Cruz), Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition, and History (Cornell University), Maine Memory Network (Maine Historical Society), Quakers and Slavery (Haverford College) and Vanderbilt Television News Archive (Vanderbilt University).
Each case study begins with a brief history of a project and an outline of the project's current sustainability strategy. It then focuses on the project's economic model and other sources of value, like its ability to attract and serve its users. The studies also highlight potential risks and lessons that others can learn from these project experiences.
The summary report brings together key takeaways from the studies, revealing that collections are most successful when their creation and maintenance are mainstreamed in ways that diverge from special collections of the past. The report also shows that collections best succeed when they align strongly with the missions of their home institutions. While there is not one clear answer or silver bullet for success, there are consistent themes. Some of these reflect insights that emerged from previous studies of digital projects, such as having strong, dedicated leadership and funding models that fit the intentions and value of the resource - from membership fees to strategic partnerships of various kinds.
Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections is freely available at http://www.sr.ithaka.org/research-publications/searching-sustainability.
NFAIS webinar to focus on Ithaka S+R report Faculty Survey: Discovery, Scholarly Communication, and the Print to Electronic Transition - 21 Nov 2013
During the last decade the academic landscape has changed significantly. Library holdings are digital rather than physical, campuses are networked, and technology has invaded the classroom. As a result, the attitudes and practices of faculty as they relate to information discovery, research, publishing, and teaching have changed and continued to evolve – requiring that the information products and services created by publishers and offered by librarians evolve in parallel.
On December 5, 2013, the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) will hold a 90-minute webinar (11:00am - 12:30pm EST) that will look at the results of a recent survey undertaken by Ithaka S+R to better understand how these faculty attitudes and practices have altered over time. Expert speaker will be Roger C. Schonfeld, Program Director for Libraries, Users, and Scholarly Practices, Ithaka S+R.
Since 2000, the Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey has triennially surveyed U.S. faculty members in their roles as researchers, authors, and teachers. In addition to its ability to track change among faculty members for such a long period of time, the survey also allows for analysis at the disciplinary level in many arts and sciences fields, as well as selected professions. Drawing from this dataset, and focusing especially on the most recent findings from fall 2012, this webinar will focus on three key areas of interest to libraries and content providers alike - the discovery of scholarly information, the audiences that faculty members wish to reach and the mechanisms they value to help them to do, and the print to electronic transition for journals and scholarly monographs.
In addition, some selected comparisons will be presented from a parallel survey of UK academics, which was fielded in partnership with JISC and Research Libraries UK (RLUK) in 2012.
The registration form can be accessed at: http://nfais.org/event?eventID=536.
Thomson Reuters and Ural Federal University collaborate to advance global research impact - 21 Nov 2013
The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced a commitment with Ural Federal University (UrFU) to create a map of the University's scientific research efforts in order to demonstrate the efficiency and global impact of its programs and scientists. The first phase of the project will focus on determining how the scientists of the UrFU and the institutes of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (UB RAS) compare internationally with scientists at competing laboratories, universities and institutes.
This strategic relationship between Thomson Reuters and UrFU will identify the areas of science in which the UrFU and UB RAS are the most competitive, as well as other areas that may require further attention, and support the University's plans to further the global impact of its research efforts by developing new strategies to retain talent, pinpoint emerging trends and discover new opportunities for collaboration.
The map of UrFU's scientific research will be developed by tracking citation data in the Thomson Reuters Web of Science, the world's most trusted citation index for leading scholarly literature, the Conference Proceedings Citation Index, Book Citation Index, BIOSIS Citation Index, Derwent Innovations Index, Medline, and Journal Citation Reports. The trusted indicators of Thomson Reuters InCites, the company's flagship, web-based research evaluation tool, will further the reach of the map by enabling the institution to measure research output and impact, monitor trends, and benchmark its performance against peers at the individual, departmental and global levels. These tools will ensure that UrFU and UB RAS objectively evaluate with the maximum amount of transparency.
The UrFU will draw upon the comprehensive view provided by the map of its research efforts to determine the strengths of its scientific activities and opportunities for further improvement in cooperation with the scientific institutions of UB RAS. The data will also help clarify the scope of the University's scientific activities through the analysis of authors, articles, journals, patents, conference proceedings and books indexed in Thomson Reuters industry-leading databases.
UBM Tech announces new InformationWeek community model - 21 Nov 2013
Business information provider UBM Tech, US, has announced the launch of a new community-driven InformationWeek. Combining the brand's world renowned content, over 200 new expert contributors, fresh content-sharing tools, and a proven, editorially-facilitated engagement platform, the iconic 34-year old media brand is unlocking the ability for its community members – senior IT professionals – to digitally connect around the most pressing market issues they face. Users will be able to freely share ideas, gather peer feedback, and ultimately help shape the future of the technology market.
As part of its new community approach, InformationWeek will host live radio shows featuring CIOs and other IT executives, who will share their strategies and challenges. The first radio series will include CIOs from top ranking companies in the 2013 InformationWeek 500: UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center), Penske Truck Leasing and Conoco Phillips. The Gap Inc.'s CIO will talk about the retailer's IT preparations in conjunction with Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, among other issues.
InformationWeek has also lined up several high-profile executive interviews for the new site, including Cisco CEO John Chambers, SAP CEO Bill McDermott and Hewlett-Packard CIO Ramon Baez.
InformationWeek's community model complements its award-winning editorial with insightful content from a 'virtual masthead' of over 200 market experts around the industry.
InformationWeek provides millions of business technology executives worldwide with the insight and analysis they need to drive technology-based competitive advantage and advance their careers. The new InformationWeek provides users with the mission critical content they've always trusted, while bringing the IT community together online, and at UBM Tech events like Interop, Enterprise Connect, Black Hat and Cloud Connect.
The 2014 InformationWeek Conference will take place March 31 – April 1 during Interop Las Vegas. UBM Tech's community strategy focuses on providing technology decision makers with the ability to have live conversations online and offline, year-round.
Australia's national science agency selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo - 20 Nov 2013
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has selected the Alma library management service and the Primo discovery and delivery solution. Alma and Primo replace a number of systems including Ex Libris Voyager and Proquest AquaBrowser.
The implementation of Alma and Primo will allow CSIRO to consolidate existing systems, thereby reducing the technical and administrative burden on staff members. The move will enable CSIRO to consolidate workflows and knowledge bases across all collections, and enhance the discoverability of cutting-edge research material by simplifying support for all resource types, using new and emerging standards.
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is Australia's national science agency, and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world. CSIRO researchers deliver solutions for agribusiness, energy and transport, environment and natural resources, health, information technology, telecommunications, manufacturing and mineral resources.
Bibliographic citations from over 2,500 biomedical journals and other serial publications published in Japan to be added to EDS - 20 Nov 2013
Library resources provider EBSCO Information Services has announced that bibliographic citations and abstracts from Ichushi Web, Japan's largest medical-literature database, will now be searchable for mutual customers via the EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS). The move is the result of a recent agreement between EBSCO and the Japan Medical Abstracts Society (JAMAS).
Ichushi Web is an online bibliographic database established in 2000 and is updated by JAMAS, a non-profit and non-governmental body. The partnership between EBSCO and JAMAS will allow metadata for bibliographic citations from more than 2,500 biomedical journals and other serial publications published in Japan to be added to EDS. Content from Ichushi Web will appeal to medical, dental, nursing and other health-sciences schools and institutions as well as individual scientists, healthcare professionals and consumers.
EBSCO strives to increase global content in EBSCO Discovery Service and the addition of Japan Medical Abstracts Society's metadata to EDS will be valuable to many worldwide as well as significantly enhance discovery.
Japan Medical Abstracts Society is part of a growing list of publishers and other content partners that are taking part in EDS to bring more visibility to their content. Partners include the world's largest scholarly journal & book publishers including Elsevier, Wiley Blackwell, Springer Science & Business Media, Taylor & Francis Informa, Sage Publications, Nature Publishing, IEEE, ACM and thousands of others. Partners also include content providers, such as LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters (Web of Science), JSTOR, ARTstor, Credo Reference, Encyclopedia Britannica, World Book, ABC-CLIO, The Hathi Trust and many others.
Elsevier launches two new open access journals in its cardiology journals series - 20 Nov 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of two new open access journals in its cardiology journals series - International Journal of Cardiology-Heart & Vessels and International Journal of Cardiology-Metabolic & Endocrine.
Heart disease is the leading cause of deaths worldwide, with nearly 600,000 deaths in the US alone in 2011, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Both new journals will publish essential research in the field of cardiology open access, enabling the latest research to be freely available worldwide. Prof. Michael Henein, Umeå Heart Centre, Sweden, will be the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Cardiology (IJC): Heart & Vessels.
Prof. Giuseppe Rosano, of the IRCCS San Raffaele Pisana, Italy, will serve as Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Cardiology (IJC): Metabolic & Endocrine which will be devoted to cardiovascular medicine in general and to the interplay between the cardiovascular system metabolism and hormones in particular. The journal will also publish articles reporting the effect of clinical trials and therapeutic interventions affecting the metabolic and/or hormonal influences on the cardiovascular system.
The first open access issues of both journals have been published and are now freely available on ScienceDirect.
Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy launches new website on Atypon’s Literatum - 20 Nov 2013
Atypon, a provider of software to the scientific and scholarly publishing industry, has announced the launch of the new website for the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy® (JOSPT®). Powered by Atypon's Literatum, the next generation JOSPT website features full-text articles, enhanced search and seamless content delivery to mobile devices.
All JOSPT content published from January 2010 onward – as well as the clinical practice guidelines JOSPT produces in cooperation with the American Physical Therapy Association's Orthopaedic Section and JOSPT's imaging features – are now provided in full text on www.jospt.org, in addition to PDF. This new full-text capability enables JOSPT to deliver content to desktop and laptop computers and mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets.
Several features of the new site are intended to improve the user experience. A content widget on the site's home page provides easy access to JOSPT content - whether the articles are recent, ahead of print, imaging, clinical practice guidelines, or written for patients. An improved search engine lets users explore content by author, title, keywords, collections, and publication dates. Searches can be saved, and search histories can be displayed. The home page also contains lists of most read and most cited articles. Each article page provides a link to related articles in PubMed and Google Scholar that have cited the JOSPT article. Users can also run faceted searches by keyword and author to access related articles in JOSPT and CrossRef.
In addition, individual article pages include an Article Tools box. This box provides single-click access to the article and the article's figures in PDF and PDF Plus, which includes references and citing articles. The toolbox also lets users add the article to their Favourites file, download the article citation to a variety of reference managers, track citations of the article, and email the abstract to a colleague.
NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol Standing Committee to replace former maintenance agency - 20 Nov 2013
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has announced the replacement of the maintenance agency for the two-part American National Standard on the NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP), ANSI/NISO Z39.83, with a Standing Committee for ongoing maintenance of the standard. NCIP addresses the need for interoperability among disparate circulation, interlibrary loan, consortial borrowing, and self-service applications by standardising the exchange of messages between and among computer-based applications. The NCIP protocol is widely supported in integrated library systems (ILS) and resource sharing software.
A number of supporting tools and documentation have been developed to aid in implementation. These include an XML schema that matches the implementation profile defined in Part 2 of the standard, an Introduction to NCIP to provide librarians and other implementers with a basic introduction to NCIP, and links to sources of additional information about the standard. The NCIP Core Message Set defines a minimal set of nine messages (out of the full set of 45) that supports the majority of the current functionality for resource sharing and self-service applications and provides a simpler starting point for new implementers.
The NCIP standard and the supporting tools and documentation are freely available at: www.ncip.info/.
PeerJ announces free publications through end-2013 - 20 Nov 2013
PeerJ, an open access publisher of scholarly articles in the biological, life & medical sciences, has announced that authors can now publish their work in PeerJ, entirely for free, through end-2013. PeerJ has allowed free submissions twice in the last year, and each time the response from authors has been strong.
Although PeerJ has already published the work of over one thousand authors, it is a fact that the majority of academics have not yet experienced the benefits of publishing at PeerJ (an integrated system which includes a preprint server, sophisticated Q&A functionality, rich personal profiles, and a formal peer-reviewed journal). Therefore, in keeping with their mission to provide a cost-effective publication venue for all authors, PeerJ is announcing an extended period of 'free publication' so that as many researchers as possible can experience their end-to-end publishing process.
As a result, from now until the end of the year, any article which is submitted to PeerJ PrePrints can go on to be published in PeerJ (the journal) entirely for free (assuming it passes peer review and assuming the PeerJ submission process is initiated in that period).
As the Open Access movement celebrates the 10 year anniversary of the Berlin Declaration (a seminal moment in the history of open access) PeerJ hopes that as many authors as possible can now experience, first-hand, what open access publishing has evolved into!
Thomson Reuters announces winners of the Thomson Reuters Award for Innovation in Big Data - 20 Nov 2013
The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced the winners of the Thomson Reuters Award for Innovation in Big Data, part of an ongoing collaboration with The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine of London to drive scientific innovation and research in the life sciences. This collaboration was designed to explore innovative new technologies to better manage and interpret the volume and diversity of data generated in pharmaceutical and clinical research environments, while providing Imperial College students with real-world experience as they contribute to Thomson Reuters driving innovation.
The award was presented to the students who demonstrated the best technical applications, specifically related to data modeling and integration, visualization, and analytics. The award, presented on November 13 at the Thomson Reuters Hatton Garden office in London, was given to four Imperial College Masters students: Panagiotis Tzirakis, Michal Bachman, Bernardo Lemos Caldas and Paul Williams for their significant contributions to projects focused on data integration, analytics, visual integration, linked data, algorithms, machine learning and text mining. The winners received £500 each and were chosen from among 167 students.
The Thomson Reuters Award for Innovation in Big Data is part of the company's continued efforts to drive innovation for better managing Big Data in life sciences, specifically by converting large amounts of content or data into meaningful and accessible Little Data.
Cengage Learning and Southwestern College Professional Studies partner to provide and develop online courses and curriculum - 19 Nov 2013
Educational content, software and services company Cengage Learning has announced a two-year partnership with Southwestern College Professional Studies in Kansas to provide Course360 general education online courses and to develop custom curriculum for new online courses. Course360 provides a flexible online course solution for Southwestern that uses the expertise of leading subject matter experts and the resources of Cengage Learning to design and customise every aspect of an online course, making it unique to the institution.
Through this new partnership, Southwestern College Professional Studies will adopt 32 Course360 courses for their online general education classes over the next two years. All courses will be accessible via Southwestern College's LMS, Blackboard.
Additionally, Cengage Learning will work with Southwestern College Professional Studies to develop five new online courses that are tailored to their specific needs. The custom curriculum for each of the five courses will include instructor resources; a syllabus with course descriptions, outcomes and readings; graded and non-graded activities; lessons that match course and learning objectives; and assessments, among other features. After courses have been designed and implemented, Cengage Learning will continue to provide valuable training, advice and other services for faculty at Southwestern College Professional Studies.
Columbia University Medical Center signs subscription agreement with McGraw-Hill Professional for AccessMedicine - 19 Nov 2013
McGraw-Hill Professional, a division of McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced a subscription agreement with Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) for AccessMedicine, the company's premier online learning product.
CUMC is a global leader in scientific research, health and medical education, and patient care. The agreement seeks to provide CUMC's students, residents, and physicians at four schools and teaching hospitals with instant access to the world's leading medical textbooks, including Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, Schwartz's Principles of Surgery, and Tintinalli's Emergency Medicine.
AccessMedicine delivers rich content from more than 75 medical references along with tens of thousands of images and illustrations, videos, interactive self-assessment, time-saving diagnostic and point-of-care tools, a curriculum workflow tool, a comprehensive search platform, and optimised content for mobile viewing. It is updated frequently and expanded continuously to keep current on new developments in medicine.
Elsevier and Ex Libris announce collaborative initiative to incorporate SNIP and SNR journal metrics in the ranking of search results - 19 Nov 2013
STM publisher Elsevier and library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group have announced a collaborative initiative to use the source normalised impact per paper (SNIP) and SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) metrics in calculating relevance ranking for Primo search results.
The SNIP indicator takes into account the fact that the frequency of citations varies from one field to another. The SJR indicator combines several factors to produce a measure of the prestige of the citing source. With the new initiative, the SNIP and SJR metrics will be included in the Primo algorithm for calculating the relevance of search results. Also, the display of results will show these metrics to help users assess the scholarly significance of items.
Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables libraries to maximise productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.
HighWire Press and JBJS, Inc. announce expanded partnership - 19 Nov 2013
Stanford University's HighWire Press has announced an expansion of their partnership with JBJS, Inc., with the migration of the growing suite of JBJS titles to the HighWire Open Platform.
By mid-2014, The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, JBJS Case Connector, JBJS Essential Surgical Techniques, and the JBJS Archive, will sit alongside JBJS Reviews, their forthcoming journal on the HighWire platform. The highly regarded orthopaedic journals will have integrated CME and will include new designs utilising HighWire's flexible Drupal architecture in an easy-to-read format optimised for tablet, mobile, and online usage.
The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (JBJS) has been a valued source of information for orthopaedic surgeons and researchers for over 100 years and is the gold standard in peer-reviewed scientific information in the field. The Journal is published twice a month with a comprehensive PDF archive dating back to 1889. JBJS, Inc. also publishes JBJS Case Connector, JBJS Essential Surgical Techniques, JBJS Reviews, and CME and professional development products.
IEEE statement on appropriate use of bibliometric indicators in evaluation of scientific publications - 19 Nov 2013
Technical professional organisation IEEE recently issued a statement on the appropriate use of bibliometric indicators in journal citations to emphasise the importance of providing accurate citation counts and other indicators when evaluating the quality and impact of scientific publications.
The IEEE recognises the increasing importance of bibliometric indicators as independent measures of quality or impact of any scientific publication and therefore explicitly and firmly condemns any practice aimed at influencing the number of citations to a specific journal with the sole purpose of artificially influencing the corresponding indices.
The IEEE also recognises the recent concerns expressed by the scholarly community about the inappropriate application of bibliometrics to the evaluation of both scientists and research proposals.
The use of multiple complementary bibliometric indicators is fundamentally important to offer an appropriate, comprehensive, and balanced view of each journal in the space of scholarly publications. The IEEE has recently adopted the Eigenfactor and the Article Influence in addition to the Impact Factor for the internal and competitive assessment of its publications and welcomes the adoption of other appropriate complementary measures at the article level, such as those recently introduced in the framework of the so-called altmetrics, once they have been appropriately validated and recognized by the scientific community.
Any journal-based metric is not designed to capture qualities of individual papers, and must therefore not be used as a proxy for single-article quality or to evaluate individual scientists. All journals' bibliometric indices are obtained by averaging over many papers, and it cannot be assumed that every single article published in a high-impact journal, as determined by any particular journal metric, will be highly cited.
While bibliometrics may be employed as a source of additional information for quality assessment within a specific area of research, the primary manner for assessment of either the scientific quality of a research project or of an individual scientist should be peer review, which will consider the scientific content as the most important aspect in addition to the publication expectations in the area, as well as the size and practice of the research community.
The full IEEE statement on appropriate use of bibliometric indicators is available online at http://www.ieee.org/publications_standards/publications/rights/bibliometrics_statement.html.
The Radiological Society of North America launches two journal apps, developed by Sheridan - 19 Nov 2013
Sheridan, a provider of print, publishing services and technology solutions to publishers, associations, university presses, and cataloguers has created two full-text journal apps for The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) - one for Radiology, and the other for RadioGraphics. Each app accommodates both Apple and Android platforms.
Radiology claims to be the world's most-cited peer-reviewed publication in the field of radiology. RadioGraphics is the only radiology journal dedicated to continuing education, awarding more than 827,000 CME certificates since 2000.
Members can access these apps in time for RSNA's 99th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, December 1 – 6, in Chicago, IL.
Features of note within these apps include access to article abstracts as well as full-text PDFs, new content push notifications, title and author search, article bookmarking, and article share via email, Twitter and Facebook. High-resolution images and expanded table views are built-in, as is the ability to view in-article reference citations. Both apps support advertising and sponsorship opportunities through an integrated ad mediation system.
The Radiology app also features streaming video content from RSNA's YouTube channel, and both the RadioGraphics app and the Radiology app provide links to CME accreditation sites.
CLIR publishes Research Data Management: Principles, Practices, and Prospects - 18 Nov 2013
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has published Research Data Management: Principles, Practices, and Prospects. The report examines how research institutions are responding to data management requirements of the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and other federal agencies. It also considers what role academic libraries and the library and information science profession should have in supporting researchers' data management needs.
University of North Texas (UNT) Library Director Martin Halbert opens the report with an overview of the DataRes Project, a two-year investigation of data management practices conducted at UNT with colleagues Spencer D. C. Keralis, Shannon Stark, and William E. Moen. His introduction is followed by a series of papers that were presented at the DataRes Symposium that UNT organised in December 2012.
Additional papers in the volume are contributed by Kiyomi Deards, of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, who provides an overview of data management services at four land-grant research universities. Chris Jordan and colleagues from the Texas Advanced Computing Center summarise several national-scale cyberinfrastructure projects for data management and discuss the relationship of national and regional responses to data management requirements. Anthropologists Lori Jahnke and Andrew Asher examine research ethics and the problems of data sharing.
The volume includes a copy of 'The Denton Declaration: An Open Data Manifesto,' written in May 2012 by a group of technologists and librarians, scholars and researchers, university administrators, and other stakeholders who gathered at UNT to discuss and articulate best practices and emerging trends in research data management.
The report is available as a PDF download free of charge at http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub160.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory unveils freely accessible, citable preprint server for biology – bioRxiv - 18 Nov 2013
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has announced the launch of a new stage in the evolution of life science communication - a new, free service, called bioRxiv. It is a preprint server that enables research scientists to share the results of their work before peer review and publication in a journal. Posting to the server and reading its contents costs nothing. Each paper is given a citable web address and is indexed by internet search engines. Submission to posting takes only hours.
Journals remain the arbiters of quality and reliability in the publication of research results. In addition to editorial selection, journals provide peer review, a process in which a paper must pass critical scrutiny by experts and perhaps be revised before being accepted for publication. But peer review comes at a cost: it may take many months for a manuscript to go from submission to publication. With current biology moving ahead at a phenomenal pace, both scientists and the public are left wondering: how much is progress slowed during the review period?
The lag between the submission of a manuscript to a journal and its eventual publication can be particularly frustrating for new and early-career scientists, whose future employment and funding depend on the availability of their work for scrutiny and assessment soon after they get their first research grants.
BioRxiv bridges the gap between cutting-edge discoveries and traditional publication. It is modeled after arXiv, a well-established service provided by Cornell University for the physics research community. To post to bioRxiv, an investigator submits an unpublished manuscript through a web portal; bioRxiv accepts submissions from all areas of the life sciences. The manuscript is then passed on to scientists who have agreed to be bioRxiv affiliates. If a paper is deemed legitimate science, it is published on the bioRxiv website where it is freely available to read.
Such preprints are therefore not peer reviewed in the traditional sense – in essence the bioRxiv is a distribution service for manuscripts, not a journal. Instead of traditional peer review, scientists have the opportunity to discuss the merits and weaknesses of a manuscript through web-based, moderated comments or by direct interaction with the author.
Emerald provides access to key research, supports Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013 - 18 Nov 2013
Academic publisher Emerald Group Publishing has announced that to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, it is providing free online access to a collection of articles, case studies and book chapters, which have been selected to support young and aspiring entrepreneurs to 'Take a Step Forward'– the theme of this year's event. This content will be available from the November 18-24 by visiting www.emeraldinsight.com/tk/gew2013.
Each year, Global Entrepreneurship Week encourages people to think about starting up their own business, providing practical skills and support for aspiring entrepreneurs. With this year's theme to encourage current and aspiring entrepreneurs to take a step forward in their plans - whether that's starting a business, seizing a new opportunity or finding out more about careers in enterprise, Emerald is providing free access to recent articles from their enterprise and innovation portfolio.
With articles taken from, amongst others, the Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Social Enterprise Journal and the Journal of Enterprising Communities, the articles cover a range of topics, including entrepreneurship education, business start ups during a recession and inspiring case studies including the "big society" project Incredible Edible.
Emerald is also offering the chance to win a copy of their recently published book "Entrepreneurial Marketing" which encapsulates the latest developments in this rapidly evolving area of entrepreneurship.
European Commissioners endorse STM’s text and data mining initiatives - 18 Nov 2013
European Commissioners have recommended the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers' (STM) TDM Roadmap as an official 'pledge' to help improve digital content licensing across Europe. At the final meeting of the Licences for Europe stakeholder dialogue, a broad spectrum of STM publishers presented their declaration of commitment to facilitate text and data mining for non-commercial scientific research in the European Union. This commitment has now been recognised by the Commission as one of the ten outcome 'pledges' which are expected to bring real practical value to the future of digital content delivery and licensing within Europe.
Thirteen signatories have already committed to the declaration, which grants the necessary copyright licenses to permit TDM of copyright-protected content so that bona-fide researchers at non-commercial institutes are able use TDM to harness its potential to drive discoveries in medical and scientific disciplines. STM issued a variety of sample licenses which publishers can adopt for TDM purposes, and now hopes that the adoption of its TDM roadmap as an official pledge of the Licences for the Europe Initiative will ensure both a sustainable as well as a digital future.
With the increasing digitisation of content across Europe, it is crucial that content licensing be smart, speedy and intuitive. Publishers are dedicated to practical, forward-thinking solutions to digital content management and the outcomes of the Licences for Europe initiative demonstrates the cross-industry desire of publishers to ensure a vibrant digital future across the whole of Europe.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 18 Nov 2013
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Jenny Mudarri (Why Data Matters for Digital Publishers); Helen Margetts (Five recommendations for maximising the relevance of social science research for policy-making in the big data era); Kent Anderson (The Silent Dog - Why Didn’t the PubMed Central National Advisory Committee Even Bark?); Bonnie Swoger (Vestiges of print publication in scientific journals); and Alex Berezow (Science And Scientific Journals Are Flawed. Can Better Statistics Help?). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
Primo Central Index now features metadata from e-books and e-journals published by De Gruyter - 18 Nov 2013
The Primo Central Index, a discovery and delivery service offered by the library software provider Ex Libris, now features metadata from all of the e-books and e-journals published by De Gruyter as well as its imprints and publishing partners. The Primo Central Index is a library software application that enables users to find hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources of global and regional importance.
According to Ben Ash- croft, Sales Director at De Gruyter, the index service not only provides general information on book titles, but also displays metadata at the level of individual chapters and articles.
The Primo Central Index claims to be one of the most comprehensive and powerful tools for locating high-quality academic content, easing the work process of libraries and their users alike. All index data are kept current with weekly updates.
Troy Shinbrot named Editor, Physical Review Applied - 18 Nov 2013
The American Physical Society (APS) and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, have jointly announced that Troy Shinbrot, a professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Rutgers, has been appointed Editor of Physical Review Applied, the latest APS journal.
Launching in 2014, Physical Review Applied will publish the highest quality research across all aspects of experimental and theoretical applications of physics, including their interactions with other sciences, engineering, and industry. A call for papers will be made soon.
Shinbrot holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Maryland. He held positions with the Xerox Corporation, and AD Little, Inc. before coming to Rutgers in 1998. He was elected an APS Outstanding Referee in 2008, the first year of the program.
ALA launches Policy Revolution initiative for libraries - 15 Nov 2013
The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) will immediately begin work on a national public policy agenda and action plan for U.S. libraries with support from a new grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Nearly $1 million in funding over three years will enable the ALA to increase library visibility and build capacity for sustained action on the national level.
The telecommunications, information technology, and content industry interest groups in Washington, D.C., are large and influential in federal policymaking. Advancing library and information policy objectives in this crowded and competitive field has been the founding purpose and driving force behind OITP. In recent years, ALA OITP has led library efforts to sustain and expand federal E-rate support for libraries, coordinated successful engagement with publishing stakeholders to expand library e-book lending, advocated for fair use, coordinated national digital literacy efforts with federal agencies, and worked to maximise library participation in the Broadband Technology Opportunities Programme.
The three-year initiative includes three major components which includes establishing policy priorities; engaging decision makers and influencers to advance policy goals; and upgrading ALA policy advocacy practice and capabilities for long-term sustainability. An important activity under this capacity-building umbrella is training a cadre of library policy advocates to supplement ALA staff capacity.
Alan Fishel, a partner at the D.C.-based law firm Arent Fox, and others at the firm, will provide strategic advice and capacity, along with other policy and communications consultants.
ALA will coordinate closely on all of the major activities with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), which includes seeking federal-state policy linkages. An advisory committee will provide advice from the library community broadly. Close communication and collaboration will be a priority to ensure that the U.S. library community speaks with a unified voice as much as possible.
ARL invites proposals for 2014 Library Assessment Conference - 15 Nov 2013
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the University of Washington Libraries, and the conference planning committee are inviting proposals for the 2014 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held in Seattle, Washington, August 4 – 6, 2014. The deadline for submissions is January 17, 2014.
The goal of the biennial Library Assessment Conference is to build and further a vibrant library assessment community by bringing together interested practitioners and researchers who have responsibility or interest in the broad field of library assessment. The conference provides a mix of invited speakers, contributed papers, posters, pre- and post-conference workshops, and, new this year, lightning talks and panels that stimulate discussion and provide workable ideas for effective, practical, and sustainable library assessment. The 2014 conference builds on the success of the first four conferences held in Charlottesville (2006, 2012), Seattle (2008), and Baltimore (2010).
Proposals are invited as papers, posters, panels, and lightning talks (short papers) that cover any aspect of library assessment. The conference planning committee especially encourage proposals in the areas that include collaborative assessment; digital libraries; information resources, collections, and e-metrics; learning outcomes; management information; methods and tools; organisational issues; performance measurement and measures; return on investment (ROI); services; space planning and use; special collections; usability; user needs; and value and impact.
The 2014 conference planning committee is composed of the members include Nisa Bakkalbasi, Columbia University; Jackie Belanger, University of Washington; Rachel Besara, Florida State University; Bob Fox, University of Louisville, Ex Officio as Chair of the ARL Statistics and Assessment Committee; Steve Hiller, University of Washington, Co-Chair; Lisa Hinchliffe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Lorie Kloda, McGill University; Martha Kyrillidou, Association of Research Libraries, Co-Chair; Jennifer Nutefall, Santa Clara University; Megan Oakleaf, Syracuse University; Kathy Perry, Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA); Jim Self, University of Virginia, Ex Officio Co-Chair Emeritus; Stephen Town, University of York, UK, Ex Officio as Liaison to the Northumbria Conference; Joe Zucca, University of Pennsylvania
EBSCO Information Services releases eBook History Collection - 15 Nov 2013
Library resources provider EBSCO Information Services has released eBook History Collection, a growing subscription package of eBook titles concentrated in the various aspects of World History that is a strong complement to any academic collection.
eBook History Collection includes more than 9,000 titles from leading publishers. Titles encompass a variety of world history subjects designed to assist students and scholars with history research.
Subject matter includes Medieval History, History of Music, History of Science, History of the World, History of the Caribbean & West Indies, History of the Holocaust, Law in History, History of Philosophy, History of Africa, Art History, History of Technology & Engineering, History of Business & Economics, History of the Middle East, History of Latin America, History of Canada, History of Asia, History of Political Science, History of Religion, History of Europe, History of the Military and History of the United States.
eBook History Collection is offered on an annual subscription basis with unlimited access to the content and optional downloading. Each title is offered with unlimited users allowing more users access to each title in the collection. As with all e-books available from EBSCO, eBook History Collection is integrated and works seamlessly with all EBSCOhost content. Users will be able to search the collection on its own or side-by-side with other EBSCOhost databases bringing together e-books, periodicals and other content for a seamless search experience.
Elsevier announces new OA journal, BBA Clinical - 15 Nov 2013
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the launch of BBA Clinical, the first full open access journal within the Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) journal series. BBA Clinical will focus on translating molecular insights into clinical research.
BBA Clinical is a biomedical journal dedicated to publishing research on the molecular basis of human diseases, as well as presenting findings from clinical trials that target biochemical pathways and processes. All articles in BBA Clinical describe, in part or entirely, studies using human patient samples or human cohorts.
Clinical areas of particular interest include aging, cancer, cardiovascular-, metabolic-, neurological-, and immunological diseases; the interactions that may occur among these different diseases and conditions; and studies that examine their early or pre-symptomatic states. Cross-sectional and prospective studies from well-established cohorts, and studies involving imaging methodologies, are particularly encouraged for submission.
Libraries applaud dismissal of Google Book search case - 15 Nov 2013
The Library Copyright Alliance, which is comprised of the American Library Association, the Association of College & Research Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries, welcomes Judge Denny Chin's decision to protect the search database that allows the public to search more than 20 million books. In his dismissal of the case, Judge Chin enumerated the public benefits of Google Book Search by calling the project transformative and a fair use under the copyright law.
Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association, said that ALA applauds the decision to dismiss the long running Google Books case. This ruling furthers the purpose of copyright by recognising that Google's Book search is a transformative fair use that advances research and learning.
According to Carol Pitts Diedrichs, president of the Association of Research Libraries, this decision, along with the decision by Judge Baer in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust, makes clear that fair use permits mass digitisation of books for purposes that advance the arts and sciences, such as search, preservation, and access for the print-disabled.
Also Dawes, president of the Association of College & Research Libraries said that Google Book search also makes searchable literally millions of books by students and others with visual disabilities.
In 2005, the Authors Guild sued Google over the scanning of over 20 million library books from several research libraries without the prior authorisation of rights holders. The purpose of the digitisation project was to create a searchable index of books that would allow key word searching of the collections of major research libraries. The searchable index is accessible to the public who would not otherwise be able to search research collections.
The District Court ruling bodes well for libraries, scholars, and researchers in the pending appeal of Authors Guild v. HathiTrust. Judge Chin agreed with Judge Baer's fair use analysis in the HathiTrust case, indicating that the result in the Google case is compatible with the HathiTrust decision and suggesting a favorable decision on appeal.
NPG and ASGCT announce new OA journal, Molecular Therapy – Methods & Clinical Development - 15 Nov 2013
Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT) have announced a new online open access journal, Molecular Therapy – Methods & Clinical Development. Launching in Q1 2014, Molecular Therapy – Methods & Clinical Development will explore novel methods and technology development, as well as significant improvements to established research techniques in basic, translational, and clinical cell and gene therapy.
Molecular Therapy – Methods & Clinical Development is a sister journal to the well-established and highly respected journal, Molecular Therapy (2012 Impact Factor 7.041). Molecular Therapy – Methods & Clinical Development builds upon the success of Molecular Therapy and Molecular Therapy – Nucleic Acids. It will publish important peer-reviewed methods and procedures, as well as reviews and commentaries targeted to technological and methodological advances in the broad array of fields under the molecular therapy umbrella.
Molecular Therapy – Methods & Clinical Development will make all content freely available to all researchers worldwide. Authors of accepted manuscripts are charged an article-processing fee dependent upon article type and license chosen. Articles are published under a choice of Creative Commons licenses: CC BY-NC-SA, CC BY-NC-ND, or CC-BY.
The editorial team is lead by Matthew H. Porteus, MD, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University in the Divisions of Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplantation and Human Gene Therapy.
Molecular Therapy – Methods and Clinical Development joins over 60 journals in NPG’s journal portfolio that have either an open access option or are entirely open access.
Reprints Desk announces release date for next version of Article Galaxy - 15 Nov 2013
Reprints Desk, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Research Solutions, Inc. (RSSS), has announced January 2014 as the release date for the next major version of the award-winning Article Galaxy document delivery management system. Research-driven corporations, academic institutions, and government organisations use document delivery as a legal method for retrieving single copies of full-text papers from scholarly peer-reviewed journals when subscriptions do not exist.
First launched in February 2012, the next version of Article Galaxy is designed to deliver many customer benefits which includes enhanced researcher efficiency through system infrastructure enhancements and leveraging of digital object identifiers (DOIs) throughout the document delivery workflow; and better support for the specific needs of customers in the legal and small-to-midsized markets through new service configuration options such as concierge support, batch delivery, after hours production scheduling, and transaction-level credit card payment capabilities.
The other benefits include greater administrator insights through a re-designed administrator interface that shows active and available account features, provides easy access to view release notes and submit product feedback, and facilitates quick navigation to any needed documentation; and expanded delivery and data capture configuration options in support of regulatory (Sunshine Act) compliance related to the distribution of medical reprints for Pharmaceutical and other Life Science customers.
Swets appoints Ted van Dongen as Chief Technology Officer - 15 Nov 2013
Information services provider Swets, Netherlands, has announced the appointment of Ted van Dongen as its new Chief Technology Officer. In this role, Ted will be responsible for both IT and product development within the company.
Ted brings a strong IT background in the publishing sector and extensive product development experience; with a strong understanding of the service offerings and go-to-market requirements of media companies. His career spans over 20 years of experience in companies such as Telegraaf Media Netherlands, PCM and Veronica Publishing.
Most recently he worked as programme director for product development at Ziggo, the Netherlands' largest cable operator providing cable television (digital and analogue), Internet and telephone services. Here he was responsible for product development for their business to business Voice services. In the same period, he took up an interim CTO job at online platform Workspot.nl.
ASA announces 2014 annual conference programme - 14 Nov 2013
The Association of Subscription Agents and Intermediaries has announced its programmes for the upcoming annual ASA Conference to be held in London on 24-25 February 2014.
The conference, dubbed 'Transforming the Publishing Landscape', will cover the evolving publishing business, and the forces that are transforming it.
The ASA conferences underscore ASA members' credo includes maintaining the highest standards of business practice, providing excellence in service and support, facilitating transfer of knowledge to a growing global audience, and helping sustain the knowledge economy.
The two-day programme is richly packed, featuring 24 speakers.
The programme opens with a Keynote Address by Youngsuk (Y.S.) Chi, Chairman, Elsevier, covering the 'e-volution of publishing.' Other featured presentations include Dan Tonkery (CEO, Content Strategies) providing a perspective on the role of agents and intermediaries; Kathy Misunas (Co-Founder, Essential Ideas) offering valuable lessons about threats and opportunities of disintermediation from the travel industry; Sheila Lambie (Sr. Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University) telling us about how future generations of publishers are being trained; and Janne Järvinen (CEO, LM Information) discussing the agents and intermediaries doing what they do best, adding value in the knowledge economy.
The keynotes and featured presentations on the programme frame the four sessions:
SESSION 1: Covering publisher perspective with speakers from Wiley (Greta Boonen), Georg Thieme Verlag (Bernd Hess), Springer (Roné Robbetze), and the NEJM Group (Eileen Welch); chaired by Lorna Summers from Turpin Distribution.
SESSION 2: Providing institution perspective with speakers from University of London (Russell Burke), Portland State University (Jill Emery), Research Consulting (Rob Johnson), Imperial College London (Chris Banks), and Catholic University of Leuven (Hilde Van Kiel); chaired by Paul Harwood from EBSCO.
SESSION 3: Discussing the evolving OA landscape with speakers from California Digital Library (Ivy Anderson), European Commission (José Cotta), Sheffield University (Rob Freckleton), Gold OA Infrastructure Initiative (Neil Jacobs), and Max Planck Institute (Ralf Schimmer); chaired by Richard Wynne from Aries System.
SESSION 4: Talking about the role of archives and aggregation with speakers from EDINA (Peter Burnhill), Rittenhouse Book Distributors (Clark Morrell), Schweitzer
Elsevier announces new OA journal, Photoacoustics - 14 Nov 2013
STM publisher, Elsevier, has announced the launch of a new open access journal, Photoacoustics. The aim of Photoacoustics is to publish original research and review contributions within the fast growing scientific field of photoacoustics (optoacoustics) and thermoacoustics.
Research in this area exploits optically and electromagnetically excited acoustical and thermal phenomena for visualisation and characterisation of a variety of materials and biological tissues, including living organisms.
Research directions employing photoacoustics are revolutionising the ways that optical sensing and imaging are applied. Imaging based on photoacoustic techniques is considered the fastest growing bio-imaging modality. Likewise, photoacoustic sensing of tissues and cells, environmental and industrial measurements, spectroscopic detection and applications in nanotechnology and nanomedicine experience an unprecedented growth.
In parallel, novel technologies including novel light sources, advanced ultrasonic detectors, novel contrast generation approaches and data processing and inversion methods are advancing to enable more accurate and quantitative use of photoacoustic techniques. Overall, photoacoustic techniques are expected to shape the future of optical methods and bring significant new performance in sensing and imaging sciences.
Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Photoacoustics, Professor Vasilis Ntziachristos, from the Technische Universität München and the Helmholtz Zentrum München, together with Section Editors Professor Daniel Razansky, Professor Stanislav Emelianov and Professor Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, and a highly accredited international Editorial Board, aim for the journal to not only contribute as a medium to report on exciting progress in the field, but also as means to develop a society of scientists with interests in the development and application of the technology.
HHC selects McGraw-Hill Professional’s AccessMedicine, AccessSurgery for online information delivery - 14 Nov 2013
The largest municipal hospital and health care system in the US, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), has selected McGraw-Hill Professional's AccessMedicine and AccessSurgery to deliver online medical and procedural information to HHC's clinicians.
Serving 1.4 million New Yorkers every year, HHC provides medical, mental health, and substance abuse services through its eleven acute care hospitals, four skilled nursing facilities, six large diagnostic and treatment centers, and more than 70 community-based clinics.
McGraw-Hill Medical's acclaimed suite of Access-branded online learning products provide students and health practitioners with full-text access to medical books from renowned thought leaders, updated content, tens of thousands of images and illustrations, multimedia, a curriculum workflow tool, interactive self-assessment, clinical cases, diagnostic tools, a comprehensive search platform, and the ability to download content to mobile devices.
Indiana University Press selects Ingram for US and Canadian book distribution - 14 Nov 2013
Ingram Content Group Inc., a US-based provider of physical and digital services, has announced that Indiana University Press has selected Ingram Publisher Services for US and Canadian book distribution.
Ingram Publisher Services is currently handling distribution for the press in the US and Canada with integrated e-book distribution through Ingram's CoreSource platform, and print-on-demand book manufacturing and fulfillment though Ingram's Lightning Source solution.
As a result of the agreement, Indiana University Press will grow the reach of content to more outlets worldwide, and gain increased flexibility in the management of physical and digital distribution. Using integrated Ingram services, the press will have more time and resources for its core business as a leading publisher of academic, trade and reference titles, and journals.
ProQuest launches information literacy solution to simplify research projects - 14 Nov 2013
Information resources and technologies provider ProQuest, US, has launched its new cloud-based information literacy solution, ProQuest Research Companion. The tool is a one-stop resource that guides high school, community college, and university students through research projects, helping them overcome typical barriers.
Easy, intuitive, and informative, ProQuest Research Companion enables students to move through projects such as research papers efficiently, generating better research outcomes and reducing frustration.
Instructional and reference librarians, media specialists, instructors, and curriculum directors can rely on ProQuest Research Companion as a framework to teach their students important critical thinking skills. For students, automation of the research process enables them to swiftly complete projects and hone their research skills.
ProQuest Research Companion encompasses nine dynamic learning modules that engage students in thinking more critically and creatively about their research. The modules, all of which can be watched or read, guide students through each step of the research process. Clear explanations expressed in a conversational style improve learning outcomes and maximise retention. Research Companion starts with research basics such as finding a topic and looking for information, then goes on to discuss evaluation, citations, revision, and much more.
ProQuest Research Companion also helps students find more enjoyment in their research projects. While the learning modules engage them to think creatively about their projects, the quick tools automate the most basic parts of the research process, allowing students to focus on the areas of the project that interest them the most.
ProQuest Research Companion will be demonstrated at the American Association of School Librarians national conference, November 14–17, 2013. The company is also offering complimentary trials.
The Wellcome Trust and Palgrave Macmillan publish first open access monograph - 14 Nov 2013
Academic publisher Palgrave Macmillan has announced that they have published their first open access monograph, the first comprehensive history of fungal infections, funded by The Wellcome Trust.
Fungal Disease in Britain and the US 1850-2000, by Dr Aya Homei and Professor Michael Worboys, will be available as a free ebook to download from Palgrave Connect and online retailers such as Amazon Kindle.
The book is published through a CC BY license, the most permissive open access license, meaning that readers can alter, transform, or build upon the article and then distribute the resulting work as long as the original work is correctly cited. It will be available in print copy on demand.
Wiley to provide emergency access to medical literature in support of Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts - 14 Nov 2013
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, will offer free access to medical literature in support of Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts to those affected by the disaster and those providing assistance to the affected population as part of the Emergency Access Initiative.
The free access period is currently November 11, 2013 - December 9, 2013. Content provided is the Cochrane Library, Essential Evidence Plus and over 150 medical journals, including Journal of Traumatic Stress, Nursing in Critical Care, Public Health Nursing, and Perspectives in Psychiatric Care.
Access to biomedical literature through the Emergency Access Initiative is only available to those affected by the disaster and for those providing assistance to the affected population.
The Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) is a partnership of the National Library of Medicine, the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers, and other publishers. EAI provides temporary free access to full text articles from major biomedicine titles to healthcare professionals, librarians, and the public affected by disasters.
The National Library of Medicine will be working with WHO, libraries, and other organisations that could assist with getting needed literature to health care personnel in the impacted area.
Elsevier unveils adaptive study solution for improved learning and memory retention for nursing and health professions - 13 Nov 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of Elsevier Adaptive Learning, a personalised learning experience for nursing and health profession students that maximises the efficacy and efficiency of learning, memory and retrieval of knowledge in an effort to improve learning outcomes.
Powered by technology from Cerego, a memory management tool with patented algorithms that apply scientifically researched principles, Elsevier Adaptive Learning will help nursing and health professions students acquire knowledge rapidly, maintain knowledge to a high degree of retention, and retrieve knowledge quickly and effortlessly throughout their education and into their clinical practice.
This launch is part of a partnership between Elsevier and Cerego, centered upon meaningfully improving learning outcomes through powerful adaptive learning solutions.
Elsevier Adaptive Learning uses scientifically-based principles to determine an appropriate schedule for each student to learn and review, helping to ensure readiness for exams and long-term success in his or her professional field. Additionally, the solution emphasises individualised learning, cognitive skills training and time management. Product features also include instructor and student performance dashboards with at-a-glance access to data on individual knowledge usage and retention at the course and item level, as well as a mobile app.
Google’s Giles Spackman to join OUP as Group Finance Director - 13 Nov 2013
Academic publisher Oxford University Press (OUP) has announced that Google's Giles Spackman has been appointed Group Finance Director at OUP.
Spackman, who is currently Senior Finance Director, Global Business Organization, at Google Inc., has gained extensive experience in the media and digital industries. He has held CFO and strategic leadership roles at Time Inc., Pearson, and AOL, and has been with Google since 2009.
He will join OUP in December 2013, working from OUP's head office in Oxford.
Springer and Brazilian Society of Adhesion and Adhesives announce publishing partnership - 13 Nov 2013
STM publisher Springer and the Brazilian Society of Adhesion and Adhesives have announced a partnership to publish the new open access journal Applied Adhesion Science. The publication strengthens Springer's open access portfolio, which now comprises over 400 journals. The journal can be read free of subscription charges or registration barriers on SpringerLink as well as on the dedicated journal website at appliedadhesionscience.com.
Applied Adhesion Science focuses on the practical applications of adhesives, with special emphasis in fields such as oil, aerospace and biomedicine. Topics on the problematics related to the phenomena of adhesion and the application of adhesive materials are featured, especially in biomedical areas such as dentistry adhesives. Both theoretical and experimental studies are published.
Professor Silvio Romero de Barros, Professor at the Federal Centers of Technological Education, Rio de Janeiro, will serve as the Editor-in-chief of the journal.
SpringerOpen journals are published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license which enables authors to easily comply with the open access mandates of their institutions and funding bodies and to retain copyright to their work.
STM publishers present copyright and licensing options for a digital European future - 13 Nov 2013
A broad coalition of STM publishers have been supporting the European Commission's 'Licenses for Europe' initiative to demonstrate their continuing commitment to appropriate copyright and licensing within the new digital landscape which is emerging across the continent. As part of this engagement, publishers have pledged support to a roadmap to enable text and data mining (TDM) for non-commercial scientific research within the European Union.
Thirteen signatories have already committed to granting the necessary copyright licenses to permit TDM of copyright-protected content so that bona-fide researchers at non-commercial institutes are able to use TDM to harness its potential to drive discoveries in medical and scientific disciplines. The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) issued a variety of sample licenses which publishers can adopt for TDM purposes, and now hope that the TDM roadmap will inspire even greater collaborative working to ensure that big data and big science successfully converge.
The Licenses for Europe dialogues commenced in December 2012 with the formation of four working groups. The STM sector has been an active part of three of those working group led debates. Within Working Group 1: on inter-operability of content delivery platforms and devices as well as multi-territory licensing. Within Working Group 2: STM assisted with the identification of potential legal issues and the determinants of user experience on social and other online platforms. Likewise, user-generated content was exploded, leading to solutions for individualised licensing to be presented.
With the increasing digitisation of content across Europe, it is crucial that this content licensing be smart, speedy and intuitive. It is hoped by all STM publishers that their active and constructive engagement with the Licenses for Europe Working Groups, that the interests of research and knowledge creation can be furthered alongside the maintenance of high levels of copyright and database protection to ensure both a sustainable as well as a digital future.
SummaCare selects Wolters Kluwer Health’s Health Language to help navigate national regulatory initiatives - 13 Nov 2013
Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, has announced that SummaCare has selected its Health Language applications to aid with the complex transition to ICD-10. As part of its readiness strategies for the approaching deadlines, the health insurance company will leverage LEAP I-10 and Provider Friendly Terminologies to ensure successful compliance.
SummaCare will use Health Language solutions to convert ICD-9 codes and DRGs to ICD-10 and to assist with problem and diagnosis search, ensuring compliance with regulatory initiatives and promoting interoperability. Built on a foundation of analytics, LEAP I-10 will also be used to help identify other content mapping needs that may impact interactions with providers and accountable care organisations.
Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, SummaCare is one of the region's only provider-owned health insurance companies. The company is part of Summa Health System, one of the largest integrated health delivery systems in Ohio which encompasses a network of hospitals, community health centers, a physician-hospital organisation, a multi-specialty physician organisation, research and multiple foundations.
Swets and Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization announce partnership - 13 Nov 2013
Information services provider Swets, Netherlands, has partnered with the Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization (WALDO), to maximise the effectiveness and expand the impact of libraries throughout the Northeast. The agreement provides WALDO members competitive pricing to a wide array of Swets solutions that address Selection Management, Access Management and Research Collaboration.
The Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization is a membership organisation supporting the procurement & administration of electronic information services for libraries since 1982. Supporting over 1,000 member libraries, WALDO offers consortia discounts for over 10,000 products and services.
Swets develops and delivers innovating services that enable the use of knowledge to its full extent. From more than twenty offices around the world the company actively serve clients and publishers in over 160 countries.
Syndetic Solutions adds Facebook access - 13 Nov 2013
ProQuest Syndetic Solutions, the popular OPAC and discovery layer enrichment tool, is offering a free Facebook app for all library subscribers, enabling users who 'like' their library to connect to the catalogue and search for titles right from their library's Facebook page. For libraries, the app provides another way to engage with users and demonstrate value to the community.
With the new Syndetic Solutions Facebook app, library users search holdings by simply clicking on the 'Search the Catalog' call-out button on the library's Facebook page. The topic or keyword searched will return title, author, and ISBN, as well as all of the enriched elements to which the library subscribes - Summaries, Tables of Contents, First Chapters, Author Notes, Cover Images, and more - for all relevant titles in the collection. When the user finds a title they want, the app offers the option of linking to the library's OPAC and placing a hold.
Users can also 'like' a title (which is then displayed on the user's own Facebook page), allowing users to share their new favourite reads with friends and build interest in a broad selection of catalogue titles.
A new fine chemical propels CAS REGISTRY cross the 75 million mark - 12 Nov 2013
Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), the world's authority for chemical information, registered its 75 millionth small molecule. CAS REGISTRY, traditionally known for providing access to substances reported in the literature back to the early 1800s, now contains this substance identified in a chemical catalogue. In addition to covering substances from journals and patents, CAS REGISTRY includes substances from chemical catalogues, worldwide governmental regulatory agencies and valuable web resources.
CAS claims to be the only organisation in the world whose objective is to find, collect and organise all publicly disclosed chemical substance information. To support the needs of discovery chemists and intellectual property professionals worldwide, CAS has collected, and added to the CAS REGISTRY, fine chemicals from commercial suppliers since 1995.
A recent update from Aurora Fine Chemicals to CHEMCATS, the commercially available chemical database comprising millions of substances from more than 880 suppliers, is the source of the 75 millionth unique small molecule in the CAS REGISTRY. This molecule, available for purchase from Aurora, may be useful to chemical, biochemical and biomedical researchers alike. Although this compound is new to the CAS REGISTRY, substances similar to it, previously indexed by CAS, have been studied for their medicinal effects.
Seeking to improve workflow and to help speed the pace of scientific research, CAS provides scientists with convenient and rapid access to starting materials for chemical synthesis, pharmaceutical development, diagnosis and large scale manufacturing. With the inclusion of chemical suppliers from around the world, SciFinder, the choice for chemistry research, gives chemists direct access to commercially available fine chemicals.
Broad coalition urges senate to reauthorize COMPETES Act - 12 Nov 2013
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has joined more than 300 universities and businesses; higher education associations; and non-profit, industry, and research organisations in a letter (PDF) to US Senate Commerce Committee leadership supporting reauthorisation of the America COMPETES Act.
The COMPETES Act promotes innovation through research and development to improve the competitiveness of the United States. The legislation is focused on the activities and programs of several agencies, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
The signatories of the letter noted, "we stand ready to work with you to make the case to the public and other Members of Congress that the federal government must close the innovation deficit by making robust investments in science and education if we are to remain the world's innovation leader and continue to reap the economic and national security benefits of such investments."
The ARL is a non-profit organisation of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL 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, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organisations.
Elsevier announces addition of new content types to Mosby's Nursing Consult - 12 Nov 2013
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the addition of new content types to Mosby's Nursing Consult. The latest edition will be available in early November, along with an enhanced mobile app for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android. New content has been added for diseases and disorders, labs and diagnostics, and more.
Mosby's Nursing Consult brings leading resources together in one integrated online platform to help nurses efficiently find answers to important clinical questions. Mosby's Nursing Consult is a trusted resource for clinical nurses, nurse administrators and nurse faculty.
Mosby's Nursing Consult puts trusted clinical information into nurses' hands and claims to be the most trusted and comprehensive online resource for nurses, offering authoritative information to help provide better patient care. The Mosby's Nursing Consult App is available for free from the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch or from Google Play for Android devices.
F1000Research launches data plotting tool at Neuroscience meeting in San Diego - 12 Nov 2013
Open Access life-sciences journal F1000Research launched a new data plotting tool at the ongoing Neuroscience meeting in San Diego. The tool enables referees and readers to visualise and manipulate the raw data within the journal's articles. This is a significant step forward in enabling data peer review, which has typically been too time consuming for most article referees to contemplate.
A condition of publishing in the Open Access life sciences journal F1000Research is that authors make the data underlying their findings publicly available alongside the article. Openly sharing data is an important step in helping tackle issues around the lack of reproducibility of much published research, as well as enabling data reuse.
The new data plotting tool from F1000Research enables the data in the journal's articles to be assessed and reviewed, by letting users replot, analyse and interpret the supporting data through an instant first- pass view.
The tool can plot all numerical values in a CSV file as a scatter plot, with the options of defining the x-axis, as well as selecting whole columns or specifying particular values within individual columns. For the first time, this simple visualisation of the data set allows users to determine whether there are any obvious outliers, any correlations in the data that were possibly missed by the authors, and whether the authors' summary results (and hence their conclusions) make sense from their raw data.
The tool was initially launched in beta, and is available on two datasets from two different articles: http://f1000research.com/articles/2-150/v1#plot and http://f1000research.com/articles/1-70/v1#plot. It will soon be rolled out across all numerical spreadsheet data published in F1000Research. In addition, the tool is currently being showcased at the Neuroscience 2013 meeting in San Diego on booth 222.
HathiTrust announces intention to become a DPN replicating node - 12 Nov 2013
HathiTrust recently announced its intention to become a 'replicating node' in the Digital Preservation Network, contingent upon acceptable terms and conditions for doing so.
HathiTrust is one of five institutions or consortia that have been collaborating over the past year to build a robust technological infrastructure for DPN, envisioned to be a broad, collaborative preservation safety net under girding digital repositories, ensuring that 'a single point of failure cannot jeopardize centuries of scholarship.'
DPN replicating nodes together will maintain a 'dark archive' of digital content submitted by DPN contributing nodes. The content will be replicated among the nodes with appropriate metadata and policies in place such that under certain conditions, content could be 'brightened' or made available at a future time irrespective of who deposited the content.
IDSA announces new OA journal, Open Forum Infectious Diseases - 12 Nov 2013
The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has named Dr. Paul Sax as the editor-in-chief of the Society's new peer-reviewed, open access journal, Open Forum Infectious Diseases (OFID). Oxford University Press (OUP) will begin publishing the new journal in early 2014.
OFID will seek to provide a global forum for the rapid publication of clinical, translational and basic research findings in a fully open access, online journal environment. All content will be available for anyone to read immediately upon publication at no cost. The journal will reflect the broad diversity of the field of infectious diseases (ID), and will focus on the intersection of biomedical science and clinical practice, with a particular emphasis on knowledge that holds the potential to improve patient care in populations worldwide.
Fully peer-reviewed, OFID will be positioned to consider articles directly submitted to it, or cascaded from Clinical Infectious Diseases or The Journal of Infectious Diseases, as well as articles in a special track for Fellows of IDSA (FIDSA). Members of IDSA and the HIV Medicine Association will receive discounts on article-processing fees.
Dr. Sax was selected as editor after a comprehensive search that generated applications from 20 highly qualified candidates. He is the clinical director in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Brigham and Women's Hospital and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Since 1992, Dr. Sax has maintained an active clinical practice at Brigham and Women's Hospital in both inpatient and outpatient infectious diseases. His academic and research activities have primarily focused on HIV disease, while his inpatient experience has immersed him in general ID.
Dr. Sax is an experienced editor and writer, having served as editor-in-chief of Journal Watch AIDS Clinical Care (published by the Massachusetts Medical Society and the NEJM Group) and author of the popular blog, "HIV and ID Observations."
PeerJ announces significant new benefit for authors - 12 Nov 2013
Open access publisher PeerJ has announced that all authors can now make unlimited submissions to PeerJ PrePrints, entirely for free. Previously authors without a PeerJ publication plan could only publish one free preprint per year.
PeerJ launched 'PeerJ PrePrints,' an innovative pre-print server for un-peer reviewed articles in the biological, health and medical sciences, in April 2013. Since that time, almost 100 preprints have been published, some of which have received more than 5,000 views. Reflective of the diverse ways in which preprints are being used by authors, many have been revised multiple times; several have gone on to be published as formal peer-reviewed articles in PeerJ (and other journals); several have received multiple instances of 'review level' feedback from readers; several have been submitted by 'citizen scientists'; and one preprint was even used as a way to get work into the world despite the US Government shutdown. Preprints have also been used as a way for conferences to build up a complete record of their conference output.
It is a core belief of PeerJ to maximise the ability of all authors to publish their work as freely as possible, and as a result this new policy ensures that as many people as possible are able to do so. Henceforth any author will be allowed to publish as many PeerJ PrePrints as they wish, without needing to take out a paid PeerJ publication plan.
Thomson Reuters and SHEDL collaborate to advance Scotland’s Global Research Impact - 12 Nov 2013
The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced a five-year commitment between the Scottish Higher Education Digital Library (SHEDL) and Thomson Reuters to advance the global impact of Scotland's research efforts through citation connections within the Web of Science. Thomson Reuters Web of Science provides a single destination for the world's largest collection of research data, publications, proceedings and patents to be utilised from the initial stage of discovery through the application of scholarly research. The unified web-based platform will provide researchers in Scotland with the ability to perform granular and big-picture analyses via a full range of data, tools and technology.
The collaboration between Thomson Reuters and SHEDL, a cooperative comprising Scotland's universities and research institutions, will enable researchers in Scotland to uncover new theories, spot emerging trends and evaluate their work within the global research landscape with a comprehensive view into possible funding opportunities from one platform. Built upon a core collection of journal literature from the sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities, the citation connections within Web of Science build upon its foundation as the world's most trusted citation index and provide users with access to more content to advance their workflow - Book Citation Index; Data Citation Index; Biosis Citation Index; Zoological Record; Derwent Innovations Index; and Current Contents Connect.
The Web of Science also enables scholars to apply robust research metrics throughout the entire research process, to pinpoint the most relevant research, improve search, measure collaboration, and track impact of research by integrating data from the leading Thomson Reuters Research Analytics tools - Journal Citation Reports and InCites.
Jisc Collections, an organization supporting the provision of digital content for education and research in the United Kingdom, worked with Thomson Reuters and SHEDL to facilitate this effective collaboration.
Accelrys announces latest release of its unified biology assay and study management software suite - 11 Nov 2013
Accelrys, Inc., a provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management solutions, has announced the latest release of its unified biology assay and study management software suite consisting of Accelrys BioRails DM 4.5, Accelrys BioRails PTO 4.5 and Accelrys Morphit 3.0. The Accelrys BioRails assay data management and project tracking/optimization applications together with the powerful Morphit spreadsheet application help improve the efficiency and productivity of research and development scientists engaged in early-stage screening through in vitro ADME, in vivo DMPK and pharmacology experiments.
In the latest BioRails releases, deeper integration with the Accelrys Enterprise Platform and Accelrys Pipeline Pilot extends the data processing and reporting capabilities of BioRails, significantly improving personal and project team productivity in bringing new drugs to market.
Accelrys BioRails DM (Data Management) and Accelrys BioRails PTO (Project Tracking and Optimization) offer a comprehensive, extensible solution for capturing, processing, analysing and reporting low to medium-throughput in vitro and in vivo biological data and associated workflows. Through integration with the Accelrys Electronic Lab Notebook and the Accelrys Chemical Registration applications, BioRails enables research scientists and project teams to capture experimental data and methodologies together in a single system, enabling them to quickly analyse assay results and refine study designs.
ARL invites libraries to join global assessment community of LibQUAL+ by registering for the 2014 LibQUAL+ survey - 11 Nov 2013
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) invites libraries to join the global assessment community of LibQUAL+ by registering for the 2014 LibQUAL+ survey, which will feature several enhancements.
When the LibQUAL+ survey year opens in January, the team will introduce a mobile version of the survey. LibQUAL+ survey respondents will be automatically directed to the appropriate version of the survey based on the width of their browser window, so libraries will not need to distribute multiple survey URLs. The survey platform will also generate QR codes to use in promoting the mobile version.
In response to another popular request, LibQUAL+ will be piloting the ability to add institution-specific local questions in early 2014. New participants may register by e-mailing LibQUAL+. Participants will receive access to an array of assessment resources, free training, and timely delivery of survey results. Past participants may register on the LibQUAL+ website and may be eligible for discounted fees.
As a benefit of registration, participants are able to view results for all libraries participating in the same survey year. For access to the full set of survey results from 2000 through 2014, institutions may purchase an annual LibQUAL+ Membership Subscription for $1,000.
HathiTrust releases new bibliographic metadata management system – Zephir - 11 Nov 2013
HathiTrust has announced the release of a new, state-of-the-art bibliographic management system for its 11-million volume digital repository. The new system, called Zephir, is developed and managed by the California Digital Library, and represents the first distributed development of a major repository component outside the University of Michigan.
HathiTrust is a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in a digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form. HathiTrust's membership continues to grow, with 89 institutions currently participating from the United States, Canada, and Spain. 11 new institutions have joined in 2013.
California Digital Library (CDL) receives and manages bibliographic records in Zephir that are associated with digital items to be deposited in HathiTrust. Zephir stores all versions of submitted records and selects the 'best' record when records for a given title are submitted from multiple sources. The records are then exported for use in HathiTrust's catalogue, data feeds, and APIs.
Laine Farley, Executive Director of the California Digital Library, noted that decades of experience managing bibliographic data for distributed campuses made the University of California system, and the California Digital Library in particular, well suited to this work.
Jisc and Ex Libris announce collaboration to support UK academic libraries - 11 Nov 2013
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has entered into a collaborative agreement with Jisc to help academic libraries manage their e‑resources. The collaboration will improve library efficiency by continually updating data from Jisc's Knowledge Base+ (KB+) to the KnowledgeBase of the Ex Libris SFX OpenURL link resolver and Alma library management solution.
Jisc, an organization providing digital services for UK education and research institutions, recently launched KB+, a shared community service for academic institutions in the UK. The initiative is designed particularly to assist libraries in managing titles and packages that are centrally negotiated on behalf of several UK consortia: NESLi2, the Scottish Higher Education Digital Library (SHEDL), and the Wales Higher Education Electronic Library (WHEEL).
Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables libraries to maximise productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.
Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems set to launch in mid-2014 - 11 Nov 2013
SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has announced the mid-2014 launch of the Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems (JATIS). The journal will cover fundamental research and applications focused on the full range of astronomical instrumentation.
The new journal responds to the need expressed by the astronomical instrumentation community for a high-quality, peer-reviewed journal focusing on the technologies and techniques covered in the astronomy programs at SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation and SPIE Optics + Photonics. Dr Mark Clampin has been named editor-in-chief of the journal. Dr. Clampin is the James Webb Space Telescope Observatory Project Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
JATIS will be published in quarterly print volumes as well as online in the SPIE Digital Library. Individual papers will be published online as soon as each is ready; the online version will be freely available through the end of 2015.
Submissions will be accepted beginning December 2. More information on the JATIS scope and submitting a manuscript is available at spie.org/JATIS.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 11 Nov 2013
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: David Wojick (Open Access on the Sea of Confusion); Mark Lorch (Accusations of fraud spur a revolution in scientific publishing); Mark Bell and Nicholas Miller (A replicated study on nuclear proliferation shows the critical necessity of reviewing accepted scientific results); and Joseph Esposito (The Web-scale University Press). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
Dr. Kenneth M. Merz named new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling - 08 Nov 2013
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced that Dr. Kenneth (Kennie) M. Merz will assume the role of Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling in January 2014. Merz is a professor in the departments of chemistry and of biochemistry and molecular biology at Michigan State University.
Dr. Merz will succeed Dr. William L. Jorgenson, who will retire from the journal at the end of this year. Jorgenson, Sterling Professor of Chemistry at Yale University, served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling since 2004. He will assist with the transition and remain with the journal in his current role through the end of 2013.
Merz joined the Pennsylvania State University as Assistant Professor in 1989 and served as Professor of Chemistry from 1998 to 2005. While at the Pennsylvania State University, he also worked as Senior Director at Pharmacopeia, Inc. He joined the University of Florida in 2005 where he was the Edmund H. Prominski Professor of Chemistry. In 2013, Merz moved to Michigan State University where he now holds appointments in the Department of Chemistry and in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He also serves as Director of the Institute of Cyber Enabled Research. He is an ACS Fellow.
Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling publishes research reporting new methodology and/or important applications in the fields of chemical informatics and molecular modelling. Specific topics include the representation and computer-based searching of chemical databases; molecular modelling; computer-aided molecular design of new materials, catalysts, or ligands; development of new computational methods or efficient algorithms for chemical software; and biopharmaceutical chemistry including analyses of biological activity and other issues related to drug discovery.
The journal is ranked #2 in citations in the Computer Science, Information Systems category with 11,250 total cites in 2012. Also indexed in the Multidisciplinary Chemistry and the Computer Science, Interdisciplinary Applications categories, the journal recorded an Impact Factor of 4.304 as reported in the 2012 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2013).
Elsevier and the Neuroscience Information Framework collaborate to improve reporting of research in neuroscience literature - 08 Nov 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced its collaboration with the Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF), by incorporating the Minimal Data Standards across four of its neuroscience journals.
Minimal Data Standards are a set of recommendations developed by NIF, the most comprehensive portal of available web-based resources in the field of neuroscience, to facilitate resource identification in published neuroscience articles. One of the big challenges that neuroscientists face today is that research findings reported in the literature often lack sufficient details to enable reproducibility of methodology or reuse of data. With the launch of the Minimal Data Standards, NIF aims to address this issue.
Elsevier is one of the first scholarly publishers to adopt the Minimal Data Standards guidelines. Initially four Elsevier journals will take part in the pilot: Brain Research, Experimental Neurology, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, and Neurobiology of Disease. These journals will incorporate the guidelines into their article submission process, recommending authors to include gene/genome accession numbers, species specific nomenclatures, antibody identifiers, and software details in the methods section of their articles. More Elsevier neuroscience journals will join the initiative as the pilot further develops in 2014.
Supporting the NIF to roll out the Minimal Data Standards pilot with the aim of developing better and more accurate resource identification within the neuroscience literature, falls within the scope of Article of the Future, Elsevier's on-going program to improve the format of the scientific article.
New Delhi to host first Macmillan Science Communication scientific writing and publishing workshop - 08 Nov 2013
Macmillan Science Communication (MSC), an exclusive partner of Nature Publishing Group (NPG), has announced its first workshop in New Delhi on November 29, 2013. Sponsored by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), the intensive workshop will help one hundred researchers from across India improve their scientific writing skills and learn about the editorial processes at a top-tier journal. The one-day session will be held at the JNU Convention Centre. Registration information is available at http://msc.macmillan.com/en/training/JNU.
Dr James Butcher, a former editor and currently Associate Director of the Open Publishing Division at NPG, will deliver the workshop. Before moving to his current role, Dr Butcher was Publisher of the Nature Reviews journals.
This training workshop is aimed at science faculty and research scholars from any field in the natural sciences interested in developing their scientific writing skills to improve their chance of publishing research in top-tier journals. Dr Butcher will discuss the entire publishing process from paper submission to publication. Regular quizzes and a question-and-answer session will give participants ample opportunity to learn more about what it takes to get their research published in an international, peer-reviewed journal.
In association with Nature India, an online news and research portal for the latest research in India, the workshop will also cover some of the big issues facing Indian scientists today. This is the first in a series of workshops that MSC plans to organize across India in the coming years.
Oxford University Press set to publish Poultry Science Association journals - 08 Nov 2013
Academic publisher Oxford University Press (OUP) has announced its partnership with the Poultry Science Association (PSA) to exclusively publish their two journals, Poultry Science (PS) and The Journal of Applied Poultry Research (JAPR).
First self-published in 1921, Poultry Science is an internationally renowned monthly journal, known as the authoritative source for a broad range of poultry information and high-calibre research. The Journal of Applied Poultry Research is a quarterly journal that provides practical, reliable, and timely information to those whose livelihood is derived from the commercial production of poultry.
These journals play a pivotal role in the dissemination of pre-eminent poultry-related knowledge across all disciplines, making PS and JAPR indispensable resources for any library or scholar of poultry science.
PS features original research papers, symposium papers, and reviews of science as applied to poultry. Based upon Impact Factor, PS is the highest ranked journal dedicated to publishing poultry research. JAPR encourages scientific approaches to practical problem solving through the publishing of research reports, field reports, and reviews. Subject areas for both journals include, but are not limited to: metabolism and nutrition, physiology, immunology, genetics, health and well-being, microbiology, food safety, welfare, environment, processing and production. These journals will join Oxford Journals' strong collection of life science journals.
OUP will distribute PS and JAPR beginning in 2014.
ProQuest automates ebrary and EBL Holdings in its Summon and 360 services - 08 Nov 2013
Information resources and technologies provider ProQuest, US, is streamlining librarian workflows by automating holdings updates for its ebooks businesses, ebrary and EBL - Ebook Library in the knowledgebase supporting the Summon service as well as its 360 discovery and management services. The process, which is currently in beta testing, eliminates the need for librarians to manually load records and set holdings. Data that supports Demand-Driven Acquisition models will be automatically updated, making it simple for libraries to improve 'just in time' collection development strategies.
In addition to titles acquired through ebrary subscription and both businesses' perpetual archive models, ebrary and EBL demand-driven titles will be automatically updated, simplifying access to ebooks within the Summon service. The Summon service has a track record of innovative collaborations that enable rich, precise discovery of library collections. The service is the first and only service to work directly with publishers to build a single, unified index for delivery of fast, unbiased search results.
Optimisation of ebook processes is also occurring on another front at ProQuest as it creates a single, unparalleled ebook solution encompassing both ebrary and EBL. Leveraging ebrary's and EBL's 24 years of combined experience helping libraries, publishers and researchers around the globe, the new solution will offer robust content selection, paired with the most flexible and innovative acquisition models. Libraries will have many options, making the best use of their budgets while effectively serving users.
QuadraMed expands partnership agreement to further leverage Health Language terminology management solutions - 08 Nov 2013
Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, has announced that QuadraMed Corporation has expanded its partnership agreement to further leverage its Health Language terminology management solutions. Enhanced integration of Health Language applications into the QuadraMed Computerized-Patient Record (QCPR) continues to build upon the clinical value and usability of the Enterprise Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution for QuadraMed users.
QuadraMed will specifically utilise Health Language Provider Friendly Terminologies to improve clinical documentation through enhanced problem and diagnosis search. International Code Standards and SmartMapping capabilities will also be leveraged to support regulatory compliance and advance data extraction and electronic information exchange capabilities.
For 20 years, QuadraMed has been a provider of healthcare technologies and services that improve the safety, quality and efficiency of patient care. The company's solutions help streamline processes, drive positive clinical outcomes and improve patient satisfaction and financial health at over 600 healthcare providers.
Springer and the Mathematical Biosciences Institute announce publishing agreement - 08 Nov 2013
STM publisher Springer and the Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI) in the US have signed a publishing agreement to collaborate on the Mathematical Biosciences Institute Graduate Lecture Series. The lecture series consists of readable, up-to-date collections of authored volumes that are tutorial in nature and are inspired by annual programs at the MBI. Publication will commence in early 2014.
The purpose of the MBI Graduate Lecture Series is to provide curricular materials that illustrate the applications of the mathematical sciences to the life sciences. The collections are organised as independent volumes, each one suitable for use as a two-week module in standard graduate courses in the mathematical sciences. They are written in a style accessible to researchers, professionals and graduate students. The MBI Graduate Lecture Series can also serve as an introduction for researchers to recent and emerging subject areas in the mathematical biosciences.
All books in the lecture series will be available as eBooks on Springer's online platform, SpringerLink, and in print. The Mathematical Biosciences Institute has editorial oversight of the series and Springer will publish, market and sell the books. Approximately five to eight books are planned each year.
The IET partners with Publishers Communication Group for sales representation in Europe - 08 Nov 2013
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Europe's largest multidisciplinary professional engineering institution, has selected Publishers Communication Group (PCG) for a new sales representation agreement in Europe. With this arrangement, PCG will support institutional sales of the IET's collection of digital resources, including the IET Inspec database, across key European markets.
PCG, a division of Publishing Technology plc, is a sales, marketing and research firm providing audience development strategies for over 100 scholarly publishers each year. The IET's portfolio of research journals, books, and monographs in electronics, electrical engineering and related subjects is available online through the IET Digital Library, recently re-launched by Publishing Technology's pub2web platform. The IET Digital Library serves the institution's 150,000-plus international members and houses content from 128 journal and magazine titles, 400 eBooks and 1,300 conference publications, comprising 255,000 articles ranging back to 1872, 5,000 eBook chapters, and 36,300 conference papers.
PCG will be responsible for selling the full IET portfolio as the publisher's exclusive sales agent in Europe, served by PCG's established sales and marketing team based in Oxford.
Elsevier and University of Birmingham launch first large scale investigation analysing discourse used in interdisciplinary research - 07 Nov 2013
STM publisher Elsevier and the University of Birmingham, UK, have announced the launch of an Investigation of the Discourse of Interdisciplinary Research (IDRD). It is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (UK).
Research is increasingly bringing together scientists from different fields and this investigation aims to analyse how this development is reflected in the language used in scholarly articles and how trends in the discourse used can support research policy development.
IDRD was launched on August 30, 2013 and will run for two years under the direction of Dr Paul Thompson, Director of the Centre for Corpus Research at The University of Birmingham. The investigation will be based on content published in Elsevier's journal Global Environmental Change, a highly interdisciplinary journal, and a group of selected control Elsevier journals. Corpus linguistics, a relatively new area of analysis for applied linguistic research, will be used to examine the discourse employed in the journals.
Elsevier will provide free access to the journals' content allowing for full text mining of the papers published. The publisher will also provide analytical support and will help contact journal editors, reviewers, and authors for additional qualitative surveys and interviews.
With the results of the investigation both Elsevier and the University of Birmingham's Centre for Corpus Research aim to provide research councils with a fuller understanding of the distinctive features of discourse practices in interdisciplinary research. They hope to be able to deliver insights into the nature of communication between researchers from different disciplines so that interdisciplinary research can be better promoted and managed.
IMLS awards grants to OCLC to support national continuing education programs for libraries - 07 Nov 2013
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently awarded OCLC two 2013 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grants aimed at strengthening and sustaining continuing education programs for libraries nationally.
A grant award of $289,387 will aid the formation of the "Coalition for National Learning," a widely representative group of organisations that holds the potential to support and advance continuing education on a national scale. The coalition's purpose will be to find new approaches for the coordination of national continuing education investments and activities, and explore and advance new sustainable funding and support models. This 18-month initiative will culminate in community-built strategies for approaching continuing education in libraries and cultural institutions across the nation.
A second grant award of $248,982 will produce new online learning content for public libraries. In partnership with Infopeople, OCLC will provide training and guidance for continuing education providers to create effective learning content that can reach larger audiences of library staff. Participants will receive comprehensive formal training focused on how to design and deliver engaging, high-quality e-learning, and then will collaboratively produce up to six new online course modules on topics identified as highest priority for public libraries. The content will be designed for publication on any platform and distributed nationally through WebJunction.org.
New BioMed Central journal Molecular and Cellular Therapies launches - 07 Nov 2013
Open access publisher BioMed Central has announced the launch of a new journal - Molecular and Cellular Therapies. The journal is led by Editors-in-Chief Xiangdong Wang and Bryon Peterson, and the four Section Editors, Ulf Andersson Ørom, Andrew Badley, Marek Malecki and Dan Peer.
Molecular and Cellular Therapies aims to publish both basic and clinical research that helps to establish new therapies, exploring for example, pharmacokinetics, biomarkers and novel treatment applications. In recent years, cellular therapies have received greater consideration for their use in disease treatments across many clinical disciplines, and the journal therefore welcomes research from a range of fields, from genetics and biotechnology to drug development and delivery.
The launch editorial, written by the two Editors-in-Chief and Section Editor Dan Peer, discusses in more detail how cellular therapies have become an increasingly popular choice for the development of novel disease treatments. They also note that while the identification of disease-specific targets for molecular and cellular therapies is important, it is equally important to identify disease biomarkers to trace the biological effects of the therapies.
While submissions relating to all aspects of molecular and cellular therapies are welcome, the journal aims to focus on four key sections - HIV pathogenesis and Treatment; Nanomedicine; Regenerative Medicine and Therapies; and Noncoding RNA Therapies.
New ESF report calls for sustained public endorsement and funding for human stem cell research - 07 Nov 2013
The European Science Foundation (ESF) reports on the scientific and policy issues surrounding human stem cell research across Europe.
A strategic report from the European Science Foundation examines the key scientific questions for human stem cell research in the context of the rapidly emerging field of regenerative medicine. In parallel to the potential new treatments for incurable diseases resulting from stem cell research, heated ethical and legal debates have arisen across the world. This report presents a comparative view of the legislative framework on human stem cell research across Europe and provides a selection of success stories in frontier research and clinical trials that underpin the advances achieved in Europe to date.
In recent years, international research on regenerative medicine and stem cells has yielded some promising results and even greater expectations in society. In this medical field, human embryonic stem cells could be applied in a variety of ways, for example to identify new compounds for drug development, or as cell-based therapies. The potential to use human stem cells to repair or replace tissue or organ functions lost through age, disease, damage or birth defects may raise ethical issues that must be considered integrally with any research. Europe is currently witnessing developments and debates that will impact regulation and public funding of stem cell research and innovation for years to come.
The report observes that Europe plays a leading role in regenerative medicine research, with most countries featuring legislative frameworks that are globally favourable to human stem cell research. The 30 countries' position on human stem cell research was grouped into five broad categories; very permissive, permissive with restrictions, restrictive by default, very restrictive and unlegislated. The report found that 63 percent of the countries fell into the first two categories.
The authors recommend that sustained public endorsement and funding need to continue in order for further research to be carried out and public-private partnerships to develop, bringing safe and innovative therapies to the market, with a potential benefit to millions of patients worldwide.
The strategic report 'Human Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine: Focus on European policy and scientific contributions' is available online at: http://www.esf.org/media-centre/ext-single-news/article/new-report-calls-for-sustained-public-endorsement-and-funding-for-human-stem-cell-research-978.html
Prof. Martin Hall appointed new chair of Jisc - 07 Nov 2013
Professor Martin Hall has been appointed as the new chair of Jisc, succeeding Professor Sir Tim O’Shea after his very successful tenure.
The appointment, announced by UUK, GuildHE and AoC following an open and competitive selection process, will see Professor Hall taking up his position in January 2014. He has been closely involved with Jisc a member of the board since 2011 and became a trustee in December 2012 when Jisc was incorporated and became an educational charity.
Professor Sir Tim O'Shea, vice-chancellor and principal at the University of Edinburgh has provided exceptionally strong leadership, guiding Jisc through a challenging time for higher and further education. He has overseen a series of changes in the organisation, notably its move to charitable status and the development of a more focused, impactful and clear customer-focused ethos.
Professor Hall has been vice-chancellor of the University of Salford since August 2009. He joined Salford from the University of Cape Town where he was deputy vice-chancellor for six years. His career has been characterised by a passion for innovative research, teaching and learning – particularly through the use of advanced digital and new media.
ProQuest appoints John Law to lead Enterprise Product Strategy - 07 Nov 2013
Information resources and technologies provider ProQuest, US, has named John Law to the newly created position of Vice President, Enterprise Product Strategy. In this role, Law will lead initiatives that enable coordination among ProQuest's business areas, leveraging the company's breadth of expertise and assets to create product and service innovations. He will be based in ProQuest's Ann Arbor headquarters.
Credited with the invention of the Summon service, Law has spent the past five years guiding it from initial development through its most recent advances as Vice-President of Discovery Services at Serials Solutions. The Summon service's genesis is in Law's landmark 'Student Research Behaviors Study,' which examined the discovery process and identified common barriers in access to library resources. The study provided critical information on the competitive advantages libraries hold, insights into how students choose databases, the most powerful influencers on those decisions and the environment in which students conduct research.
Prior to leading Discovery Services, Law managed the ProQuest platform, with responsibility for strategic planning, user research and definition of new features. He played a key role in the creation and implementation of ProQuest Smart Search, an advanced technology that has sustained a differentiated benefit, along with a variety of innovations supporting search and discovery.
Law is a popular speaker on topics related to technology, user-centered design of applications, and product development, both from a library market perspective and in relation to new product management practices.
The London Book Fair takes a scholarly approach with the launch of The Faculty@LBF - 07 Nov 2013
The London Book Fair (LBF) is delighted to announce a brand new academic theatre which will feature in its Academic & Scholarly zone in 2014. The theatre, called The Faculty@LBF, will be located on the show floor. The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) is announced as official partner of The Faculty@LBF, which will also be fully supported by LBF strategic partners, The Publishers Association (The PA).
As changes in scholarly, academic and professional publishing continue apace, The Faculty@LBF will provide a forum for the academic community to share and discuss issues relevant to the sector, through a programme of session topics covering academic, scientific and professional themes. As curation partners, ALPSP will create a total of four sessions, with additional sessions co-ordinated across the wider book fair content programme by LBF, The PA and other associations, partners and LBF exhibitors. Networking slots are planned to run at the end of each day.
The seminars that will take place in The Faculty@LBF are part of LBF's Insights Programme (formerly Love Learning) which runs across the three days of the Fair, offering high level debates, panel discussions and seminars on issues and trends across the industry.
Exhibitors who would like to submit an idea for a speaking slot within The Faculty@LBF seminar programme can do so by visiting www.londonbookfair.co.uk/seminarsubmission. The deadline for entries is 5 December 2013.
The Faculty@LBF will be situated in the Academic/STM/Professional zone, situated in Earls Court 1. ALPSP members will receive a discounted Fair entrance, which will be communicated once registration goes live.
CCC adds 16 publishers to Get It Now academic service - 06 Nov 2013
Global licensing and content solutions provider Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC) has announced the addition of 16 new publishers to its award-winning Get It Now academic service.
The new publishers include Alcohol Research Documentation, Allerton Press, Allied Health, American College of Chest Physicians, American Psychiatric Association, American Society of Agricultural and Biology, American Society of Nephrology, Annals Publishing, British Editorial Society of Bone and Joint Surgery, Endocrine Society, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Innovision Health, Oncology Nursing Society, Science & Medicine, Society of Leukocyte Biology, and Summit Business Media.
In June, CCC announced the integration of OCLC’s ILL Fee Management (IFM) Service, which officially went into operation on August 1. Get It Now provides library patrons with immediate fulfilment of cost-effective, full-text articles from unsubscribed journals – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Dr. Cynthia J. Burrows named new Editor-in-Chief of Accounts of Chemical Research - 06 Nov 2013
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced that Dr. Cynthia J. Burrows will assume the role of Editor-in-Chief of Accounts of Chemical Research, effective January 2014. Burrows, who currently serves as an Editorial Advisory Board member for the journal, is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair at the University of Utah.
Burrows will succeed Dr. Joan S. Valentine who will retire from the journal at the end of this year. Valentine, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles, has served as Editor-in-Chief of Accounts of Chemical Research for 19 years. Valentine will assist with the transition and remain with the journal in her current role through the end of 2013.
Appointed in 2013 as the inaugural Thatcher Presidential Endowed Chair of Biological Chemistry, Burrows is a Fellow of the ACS, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has received numerous awards and honors for her research and teaching, including a University Distinguished Teaching Award and the ACS Cope Scholar Award. She has been a member of numerous editorial boards including from 2001 to 2013 as Senior Editor for The Journal of Organic Chemistry, and prior to that, Associate Editor for Organic Letters. Burrows also currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Organic Letters.
Accounts of Chemical Research presents short, concise and critical articles offering easy-to-read overviews of basic research and applications in all areas of chemistry and biochemistry. The journal is highly ranked in impact in Multidisciplinary Chemistry with a 20.833 Impact Factor in 2012. The journal also achieved 42,112 total citations as reported in the 2012 Journal Citation Reports.
European Federation of Societies of Microsurgery now also affiliated with Thieme’s Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery - 06 Nov 2013
Medical and scientific publisher Thieme recently announced that the European Federation of Societies of Microsurgery (EFSM) is now also affiliated with Thieme's Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery (JRM). EFSM represents a total of eleven European microsurgery societies and focuses on promoting education in microsurgery through courses and meetings as well as exchange programmes for microsurgeons in training.
Published nine times per annum the Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery is already associated with several microsurgical societies. The addition of EFSM to the journal's affiliations conveys further recognition of the journal's international significance.
JRM, available in print and online, is a peer-reviewed, indexed journal publishing original research and topical reviews containing clinical information of use to the practicing micro-surgeon. In addition, special sections discuss new technologies, innovations, materials and significant problem cases.
Frontiers launches new open-access journals - Frontiers in Earth Science and Frontiers in Environmental Science - 06 Nov 2013
Open-access publisher Frontiers, part of the Nature Publishing Group family, has announced the launch of two new open-access journals - Frontiers in Earth Science and Frontiers in Environmental Science.
Manuscripts submitted to specialty sections in "Frontiers in" journals are peer reviewed by specialty associate and review editors. Specialty Chief Editors oversee subject areas across the 'Frontiers in' journals.
The initial specialty sections open for submissions to Frontiers in Earth Science are: Atmospheric Science, Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism, Hydrosphere, Interdisciplinary Climate Studies, Paleontology, Structural Geology and Tectonics, Quaternary Science, Geomorphology and Paleoenvironment and Structural Geology and Tectonics. Further specialty sections will be added soon.
Initially, Frontiers in Environmental Science will offer specialty sections in: Agroecology and Land Use Systems, Air Pollution, Atmospheric Science, Environmental Informatics, Environmental Toxicology, Green and Environmental Chemistry, Groundwater Resources and Management, Interdisciplinary Climate Studies, Microbiotechnology, Ecotoxicology and Bioremediation, Soil Processes, and Wastewater Management.
Frontiers publishes all articles under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY), which allows users to share, copy and distribute a work, while at the same time crediting the authors of the article.
Harvard University Press partners with De Gruyter to re-release 2800 titles from its publishing history - 06 Nov 2013
To celebrate its 100th anniversary, academic publisher Harvard University Press is working with De Gruyter to make available for sale worldwide virtually all the books published since its founding.
The 2800 HUP titles will be offered in ten separate subject-area packages that reflect the entire spectrum of the university press's catalogue.
The academic publishing house De Gruyter can look back on a history spanning over 260 years. The Berlin-based group of companies releases over 1,300 new titles each year in the fields of medicine, the humanities, natural sciences, and law, in addition to more than 650 journals and digital media publications. The De Gruyter Group includes the publishing houses Versita, Birkhäuser, Oldenbourg Wissenschaft, and Akademie.
JUSP welcomes Springer adoption of COUNTER Release 4 to improve journal usage data - 06 Nov 2013
The Journal Usage Statistics Portal (JUSP) has welcomed the adoption of Release 4 of the COUNTER standard by international publisher Springer Science+Business Media.
The implementation ensures that the journal usage data Springer is providing to higher education libraries are now compliant with the standard, ensuring comparable, standard-based measurement.
The COUNTER Code of Practice for e-Resources provides an agreed international set of standards and protocols governing the recording and exchange of online usage data. Springer is the first of the 59 JUSP participating publishers to implement the new Release 4 standard, setting a precedent for other publishers to follow suit by December 31, 2013. This will ensure that data provided by JUSP continues to be of the highest quality.
JUSP, funded by Jisc, claims to be the first system of its kind internationally that automates the process of gathering journal usage data from publishers and provides a single point of access to this data for higher education libraries.
The COUNTER standard forms the basis of JUSP, enabling access to consistent and comparable journal usage statistics.
The benefits of JUSP include immediate access to data that is verified to be COUNTER compliant, and access to the system provides economies of scale to save institutions time and money, enabling organisations to concentrate on the important task of data analysis rather than data collation. A shared approach also ensures a better quality of data than was previously achievable. Lastly, the automated usage statistics portal helps libraries to assess the value for money they are deriving from participating in NESLi2 journal agreements and other licence agreements with scholarly publishers.
Swets appoints Teri Hawksworth as Global Head of Sales - 06 Nov 2013
Information services provider Swets, Netherlands, has announced the appointment of Teri Hawksworth as Global Head of Sales. Teri brings more than 15 years of experience in the information industry, joining Swets directly from a Managing Director role at Sweet & Maxwell, Thomson Reuter's legal publishing business.
In addition to her previous role, Teri's career path has seen her hold a range of top-level sales, marketing and general management positions at companies including Wolters Kluwer UK, LexisNexis UK, Tritec.Ltd and ICC Group PLC.
Swets vision is 'to improve the delivery and use of knowledge'. From more than twenty offices around the world it actively serves customers (users of information) and publishers in over 160 countries. The company's active role in today's complex information marketplace has been regularly awarded by E-Content Magazine in their annual '100 Companies that Matter Most in the Digital Content Industry.'
Thomson Reuters collaborates with Australian National Data Service to aid in the discovery of global data sets - 06 Nov 2013
The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced a collaboration with Australian National Data Service (ANDS) to aid in the discovery of global data sets. The collaboration connects researchers to data repositories through the Data Citation Index, a single-point solution providing access to quality research data sets from multi-disciplinary repositories worldwide.
ANDS is one of a growing number of institutions included in the Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index. The collaboration ensures that Australian research is discoverable, properly attributed and reusable by other researchers. The influx of data from Australia also provides a wealth of new content that can be cited and furthered by researchers around the world.
Since creating the Data Citation Index, Thomson Reuters has worked closely with global industry leaders to capture bibliographic records and cited references for digital research, promoting the accurate identification, attribution and measurement of this growing body of scholarship. The Data Citation Index allows users to gain a comprehensive view of the genesis of research projects and influence the future paths they may take, while minimising the duplication of work and speeding the scientific research process. Through linked content and summary information, this data is displayed within the broader context of the scholarly research ecosystem, enabling users to gain perspective that otherwise would be lost if viewed in isolation.
Currently, the Data Citation Index contains approximately 3.5 million data records from nearly 130 repositories.
ACRL releases '2012 Academic Library Trends and Statistics' - 05 Nov 2013
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has announced the publication of the ‘2012 Academic Library Trends and Statistics,’ the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures and service activities of academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications. The three-volume set includes Associate of Arts institutions, Master's Colleges and Universities/Baccalaureate Colleges, and Research/Doctoral-granting Institutions. The individual volumes for Associates Colleges, Masters/Baccalaureate and Doctoral-Granting institutions are also available for purchase.
The 2012 data show that library expenditures for collection materials increased 7.3 percent over 2011. Baccalaureate schools increased their spending by an average of 11 percent; associate degree-granting institutions increased spending by an average of 5.4 percent; comprehensive degree-granting institutions spent 6.9 percent more on average and doctoral degree-granting institutions spent 7.1 percent more than in 2011.The percentage of the collection materials budget spent on ongoing resources purchases (including subscription expenditures) averaged 64.8 percent of the total materials budget.
On average, doctoral degree granting institutions spent 72.4 percent of their materials budgets on ongoing purchases in 2012; comprehensive schools spent an average of 71.4 percent; baccalaureate schools spent an average 65.9 percent and associate degree granting institutions spent an average of 49.4 percent.
The 2012 data show that library expenditures for salaries and wages increased 3.7 percent over 2011. Salary and wages expenditures increased only slightly for comprehensive institutions (by 0.4 perfect) while increasing 9.4 percent for baccalaureate schools. On average, doctoral degree-granting institutions increased salaries and wage expenditures by 4.1 percent and associate degree-granting institutions increased spending by an average of 3.2 percent. Salaries and wages constituted 74.2 percent of total library expenditures for associate-degree granting institutions, 52.7 percent for baccalaureate, 53.4 percent for comprehensive schools and 44.1 percent for doctoral/research institutions.
In the past year 76 percent of all academic libraries reported using social media, with Facebook, blogs and Twitter being the top three. The top three reasons for using social media include promotion of library services, marketing of events and community building.
The 2012 survey includes data from 1,495 academic libraries in six major categories. These include: collections (including titles held, volumes and electronic books); expenditures (library materials, salaries and wages, etc.); personnel and public services (staff and services); Ph.D.s granted, faculty, student enrollment; social media use; and awareness and use of ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education.
The survey also provides analysis of selected variables and summary data (high, low, mean and median) for all elements. The 2012 data can be used for self-studies, budgeting, strategic planning, annual reports, grant applications and benchmarking.
OCLC and ProQuest collaborate to automate e-book collection management - 05 Nov 2013
A new collaboration between OCLC and ProQuest automates the process to keep e-book holdings from ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library up to date in WorldCat and library catalogues and offers current links to library users for easy access to those titles. The initiative builds on OCLC’s work with ProQuest’s e-book businesses to support Demand-driven Acquisition (DDA) workflow and e-book access.
Libraries can now request that ebrary and EBL provide OCLC with holdings data for purchased collections and DDA repositories. The data will be loaded into the WorldCat knowledge base, which combines information about a library’s electronic resources with linking features that enable access to the content. E-book holdings and access will be automatically kept up to date for OCLC cataloguing libraries, without the need for library staff to manually intervene.
Libraries interested in implementing this new program should contact ebrary and EBL customer support with their OCLC symbol at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Portico reaches major milestone, more than 25 million articles preserved - 05 Nov 2013
Digital preservation specialist Portico has reached a major milestone preserving 25 million journal articles - and counting - through its E-Journal Preservation Service. The articles represent content from more than 287,000 volumes and over one million journal issues.
This is a significant milestone for Portico and the library and publisher community that supports digital preservation. Portico developed out of an urgent need for the preservation of a growing number of electronic journals.
Since 2005, the number of titles and types of content has grown significantly, as has participation, which now exceeds 1,000 libraries and publishers. Nearly 17,000 e-journals, more than 220,000 e-books, and 72 digitised historical collections have been entrusted to Portico for long-term preservation. The articles, books, and digital collections currently preserved in the archive translate to nearly 415 million files and 60 terabytes of content.
Portico is a digital preservation service for e-journals, e-books, and digitized historical collections. More than 850 libraries and 220 publishers, representing thousands of professional and scholarly societies, are preserving their content in the Portico archive to ensure that the community's investment in digital content is protected.
Qatar National Library signs agreement with Springer for eBooks and journals - 05 Nov 2013
STM publisher Springer and the Qatar National Library (QNL) have signed a groundbreaking agreement for access to eBooks and electronic journals on Springer's platform SpringerLink. The national license entitles Qatar to use one of the largest scientific, technical and medical eBook collections in the world.
The agreement offers country-wide access to Springer's electronic scientific content. Anyone who lives in Qatar and has a valid Qatari ID or residence permit is eligible to register at the library free of charge. In this way, all registered members of the library will benefit from the national license without any limitations on user classifications.
QNL, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, is currently offering free online access to a vast collection of online resources, including the latest bestsellers, classical works, concerts, top academic journals and documentaries.
Qatar National Library (QNL) is a non-profit organisation under the umbrella of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF). QNL is supporting Qatar on its journey from carbon-based economy to knowledge-based economy by providing resources to students, researchers, and the community in Qatar. It was announced in November 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. QNL carries out its mission through three functions, National Library, University and Research Library and a Metropolitan Public Library of the digital age. The National Library function collects and provides access to global knowledge relevant to Qatar and the region. It also collects, preserves and provides access to heritage content and materials about Qatar and the region.
The University and Research Library function supports education and research at all levels by providing printed and digital library materials for students and researchers. Metropolitan Public Library delivers library services and information for everyone to enjoy reading, meet people and become information literate.
Russia's Ministry of Education and Science selects Elsevier's SciVal Strata to assess Russia's research performance - 05 Nov 2013
STM publisher Elsevier has reached an agreement with Russia's Ministry of Education and Science to provide access to SciVal Strata for the assessment of Russia's Research Performance. Access to SciVal Strata, a performance benchmarking tool within Elsevier's SciVal suite of research management solutions, builds on the Russian Government's previously granted access to Elsevier's SciVal Spotlight and Scopus.
Early 2013 the Russian Government launched a national research assessment program with the aim of identifying key areas for future investments in its research and development sector. With access to SciVal Strata, the experts at Russia's Federal Research and Consulting Center of Expertise, who are involved in the national research assessment, will be able to analyse the productivity of Russian scientists and research groups. These assessments will help the Ministry to effectively support the most fruitful researchers and research groups and stimulate new collaborations.
Built on Elsevier's 130-year heritage in the world of research, SciVal helps institutions make more informed decisions to drive research outcomes. Serving research institutions, funders and policy makers, the company's objective data and trusted solutions enable organisations to build their portfolios, optimise funding flows, assemble collaborative partnerships and manage research activities. Elsevier integrates institutional and external data sources with information from Scopus, the world's largest abstract and citation database, to provide innovative solutions including Pure, SciVal Experts, SciVal Funding, SciVal Spotlight, SciVal Strata and SciVal Analytics.
SirsiDynix acquires EOS International - 05 Nov 2013
Library automation solutions provider SirsiDynix has announced the acquisition of EOS International, a California-based technology company that develops solutions for legal, government, corporate, medical, and other special library customers.
With 1100 implementations worldwide, EOS customers will join SirsiDynix customers to create the largest and most inclusive customer base in the history of the library automation industry. Because of their unique focus on special libraries, the EOS products and services will continue to be developed and maintained as currently constituted.
There are no plans for product consolidation, nor will the product roadmaps of either organisation be changed by the acquisition.
Thomson Reuters and NuMedii launch new initiative to identify drugs for repurposing - 05 Nov 2013
The IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced a strategic initiative with NuMedii, a biotech company dedicated to revolutionising drug discovery, to identify new treatments for areas of unmet medical need. The partnership, which pairs NuMedii’s technology with the authoritative, hand-curated drug and disease information and systems biology expertise of Thomson Reuters, will create an unprecedented repository of content and methodologies to systematically identify new applications for existing drug compounds.
NuMedii will use Thomson Reuters MetaCore and Integrity content, as well as Thomson Reuters Life Sciences Professional Services expertise in systems biology, in conjunction with its unique Big Data technology and databases, to find FDA-approved drugs or discontinued development compounds that are appropriate for repurposing. The companies will leverage this comprehensive collection of high-quality data, knowledge and predictive technologies to identify therapeutic candidates with the greatest probability for clinical success, in turn fulfilling NuMedii’s mission to discover and de-risk drugs that target new pathologies.
NuMedii’s Big Data technology uses machine learning, pattern matching, and network biology algorithms to find new indications for existing drugs. Three publications by researchers at Stanford University have already shown the promise of NuMedii’s approach. In each case, researchers demonstrated novel activity for existing drugs in preclinical experiments as predicted by NuMedii’s technology. Most recently, researchers showed that certain antidepressants identified with NuMedii’s technology have activity in experimental models of small cell lung cancer.
After a novel treatment is identified and validated in appropriate preclinical models, NuMedii will optimise the formulation and administration of the drug for the new use and advance the program to early clinical development. In most cases, NuMedii expects to leverage the expedited 505(b)(2) regulatory pathway in the United States for drugs previously approved by the FDA. NuMedii ultimately looks to license the drug to specialty pharmaceutical companies, as it has done with Aptalis Pharma. In its work with Thomson Reuters, NuMedii will own and be responsible for any resulting drug development programs.
Wolters Kluwer Health collaborates with Joint Commission Resources to develop eCourses for nurses - 05 Nov 2013
Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, has announced the availability of professional development eCourses for nurses that were developed in collaboration with Joint Commission Resources (JCR), official publisher and educator of The Joint Commission. This first set of 30 courses focuses on Compliance, Patient Safety and Heart Failure care. All of the new courses are included in Lippincott's Professional Development Programs, an e-Learning library available to hospitals and other health institutions.
The new eCourses are the first to be released as a result of the collaboration announced in July between JCR and Wolters Kluwer Health. Designed to help hospitals meet Joint Commission certification and accreditation requirements, all of the new courses have been reviewed and certified by The Joint Commission experts.
This first set of online courses includes 10 on Compliance; 10 on Patent Safety; and 10 on disease-specific care certification support for Heart Failure. A second set of 10 courses on Heart Failure and 10 on Stroke will be available in March 2014; and a third set of 10 additional Stroke courses is expected to be available in June 2014. Thereafter, JCR and The Joint Commission experts will continue to add new courses in other disease-specific care areas, and review, update and certify content on a quarterly basis.
Lippincott's Professional Development Programs consist of evidence-based online courses organized into programs by key nursing specialties and topic areas, such as critical care, cardiovascular care, obstetrics, neurologic care, pediatrics, behavioral health, compliance and patient safety. Designed to optimise nurses' clinical performance, most courses include continuing education (CE) credit and are delivered in easy-to-learn, interactive formats.
Lippincott's Professional Development Programs are part of Lippincott's Nursing Solutions, a series of evidence-based software applications designed to improve patient outcomes, enhance nurse competency, standardise care, save time and promote clinical excellence.
ACS Publications expands open access publishing options - 04 Nov 2013
Scientific journal publisher ACS Publications, a Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS), has announced a far-reaching expansion of its open access publishing options - including a major new open access journal, more licensing choices for authors and a stimulus program to support authors who select ACS journals when seeking to publish their work open access.
ACS Publications recently appointed Dr. Kevin Davies, Vice President, Business Development and Publisher, Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), to lead the development of its new open access initiatives. Prior to joining ACS, Davies served as Editor-in-Chief of Bio-IT World, was former Editor-in-Chief of Cell Press and first established Nature Genetics, serving as its Founding Editor.
The four major components of the Society’s expanded portfolio of open access options include ACS Central Science, ACS Editors’ Choice, ACS Author Rewards and Expanded ACS AuthorChoice.
In the coming year, ACS will introduce a new, open access, peer-reviewed journal, ACS Central Science. The journal will be the first highly selective, society-published, pure open access journal to cover the breadth of chemistry and its interfaces with research across the natural and physical sciences. It will be led by a renowned scientist and an international editorial board, with peer review overseen by active research scientists representative of the journal’s disciplinary and geographic diversity. ACS Central Science will be the ACS’ first completely open access journal.
ACS Editors’ Choice is a new service designed to feature highly innovative research of broad public interest, and to make this material widely accessible. Starting January 2014, drawing on timely recommendations from the more than 400 editors of ACS’ over 40 peer-reviewed journals, who are themselves active researchers, ACS will select and openly feature one new article per day to highlight the newly published work of an author and research team that exemplifies the Society’s commitment to improving people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry. Articles featured in the ACS Editors’ Choice program will be open access immediately upon publication in the respective journal issue, and these selected articles will remain open for all to access and read.
Recognizing that research communities may require time to fund and transition to new open access publishing models, in 2014 ACS will sponsor a direct-to-author open access stimulus program, ACS Author Rewards. Each article published in ACS journals during 2014 will qualify the corresponding author for ACS Author Rewards article credit. Credits issued under this program, at a total value of $1,500 per publication, may be used to offset article publishing charges and any ACS open access publishing services of the author’s choosing, and will be redeemable over the next three years (2015-2017).
ACS Publications offers its authors an easy and cost-effective route to open access through its ACS AuthorChoice program. Beginning in 2014, authors or their funding sponsors who elect this fee-based option may select from an expanded menu of licensing options to enable the final published article to be openly discoverable and available to readers worldwide, both from the ACS website and other institutional repositories of the author’s choosing. ACS AuthorChoice has been updated to allow authors to choose between immediate or 12-month delayed open access of the final published article of record, depending on their preference and funder requirements. ACS AuthorChoice options provide progressive discounts based on membership in the ACS and the institutional subscriber affiliation of the Corresponding Author.
Additional details on these ACS open access initiatives can be found at www.acsopenaccess.org.
Keith Pfeffer joins Harvard Business Review Press as Associate Publisher - 04 Nov 2013
Keith Pfeffer has joined Harvard Business Review Press as Associate Publisher. He was formerly Senior Sales Director, Digital and Print Group Sales at McGraw-Hill Professional. During his tenure at McGraw-Hill Professional, Pfeffer led all ebook, print, and print-on-demand sales activities and oversaw Sales Managers in National Accounts, Field, and Special Markets.
Reporting to Sarah McConville, Publisher of Harvard Business Review Press and Vice President of Marketing for the Harvard Business Review Group, Pfeffer will oversee and coordinate Press commercial operations, directly managing the domestic and international sales, marketing communications, and foreign rights and licensing teams. He will also work closely with McConville and Harvard Business Review Press Editorial Director Tim Sullivan to continue the evolution of the Press’ publishing strategy and business model, leveraging the multiple platforms of the Harvard Business Review Group.
Prior to his role at McGraw-Hill, Pfeffer was Sales Director, National Accounts Group Sales at Hachette Book Group and Director of Marketing at HarperCollins Publishers where he worked on several best-selling business books. He has also been a National Accounts Sales Manager at HarperCollins and for The Perseus Books Group, and was a Marketing Manager at Borders.
Pfeffer will be based in Harvard Business Review Press’ Watertown office.
A global book publisher Harvard Business Review Press is a division of the Harvard Business Review Group. HBR Press publishes for the general, professional, and academic markets on the topics of leadership, strategy, innovation, and management.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 04 Nov 2013
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Kent Anderson (Should the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) Stop Using PMC As Its Publishing Platform?); Joe Wikert (Byliner and the art of curation); Bonnie Swoger (You can’t read just one: Reproducibility and multiple sources); Joseph Esposito (A Snapshot of the Scientific and Technical Publishing Market): and Paul Benneworth (Exploratory analysis of researcher behaviour challenges the assumption that STEM subjects are more societally useful than SSH). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
National Library of Sweden to index Swedish National Bibliography in Serials Solutions’ Summon discovery service - 04 Nov 2013
Serials Solutions, a ProQuest business, is working with the National Library of Sweden to index the Swedish National Bibliography in the Summon discovery service. With the inclusion of the Swedish National Bibliographic Database in the Summon index, researchers will now be able to discover references to books and materials published in Sweden alongside their library's other resources.
Part of the LIBRIS national search service, the Swedish National Bibliography is a record of all book publication in Sweden, regardless of subject. With the objective to report all publications sold by book dealers and other printed documents of general interest, the Swedish National Bibliography contains more than books. A resource of great interest to libraries in Sweden, it includes coverage of references to publications issued in Sweden beginning in 1976, and maps starting from 1986, so that researchers can discover periodicals, articles, maps, atlases, posters, printed music, electronic resources, newspapers, and more.
Serials Solutions continues to fulfill its commitment to make the most comprehensive discovery service for researchers around the world with the addition of the Swedish National Bibliography to the Summon service. With an interface available in 32 languages and dialects, the Summon service makes global content discoverable by scholars worldwide. It applies native-language searching capabilities and language-tuned relevance ranking for 17 languages.
Used by more than 600 libraries in more than 40 countries, the Summon discovery service is proven to increase usage of library resources across a library’s collection without bias to format, vendor, or platform. With the introduction of Summon 2.0 – groundbreaking features and a new, modern interface – the Summon service continues to deliver on its mission to return researchers to the library by providing a user experience that resonates with users familiar with open web search engines.
Onsite and virtual registration for NFAIS workshop ‘Open Access to Published Research: Current Status and Future Directions’ now open - 04 Nov 2013
The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) will hold a one-day workshop on November 22, 2013. This workshop will take a look at the current state of open access to published research and the significant social, financial, technical and legislative forces that are driving it.
This workshop ‘Open Access to Published Research: Current Status and Future Directions’ will be held from 9:00am – 5:00pm EST in Philadelphia, PA and virtual attendance is an option. Discounts are available until November 8th.
The workshop will attempt to answer questions such as What is the current status of Open Access to published research in the U.S.?; Why do researchers care about Open Access and what tools do they use?; What policies have been established by the U.S. Government to meet researchers’ needs and how will those policies impact government agencies and publishers?; Where do new initiatives such as CHORUS and SHARE fit in?; What is the perspective of traditional publishers with regard to the open access movement and recent government mandates?; Why was the Public Library of Science established, how has it expanded, and what is its perspective on the future of open access to published research?; What role does copyright play in an open access environment?; and what is the future of open access to published research, how it is being adopted around the world, and what are the challenges still to be faced in order to meet the needs of both researchers and publishers?
Details on the full agenda and confirmed speakers is available online at http://nfais.org/event?eventID=534.
Both onsite and virtual registrations are available for individuals and for groups of three or more from the same organization. Group registrations can be a mix of onsite and virtual attendees, with a small food charge added for those attending onsite. Members of Sister Societies (CENDI, ISCTI, AAUP, NISO, ASIS&T, SSP, AAP/PSP, and LYRASIS) are eligible for discounts (see registration form at http://nfais.org/event?eventID=534).
OUP set to launch new open access journal, Journal of Law and the Biosciences, in 2014 - 04 Nov 2013
Academic publisher Oxford University Press (OUP) has announced its partnership with Duke University, Harvard Law School, and Stanford University to launch a new open access journal in 2014 - Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB).
JLB is projected to become the preeminent outlet to publish cutting-edge scholarship wherever law and the biosciences intersect. The JLB will take a broad and interdisciplinary view of its area, publishing articles on topics generally considered part of bioethics or neuroethics, such as the ethical, legal, and social implications of reproductive technologies, genetics, stem cell research, neuroscience, or human biological enhancement. At the same time, it will be a home for work that speaks directly to legal issues where the biosciences can be involved, such as food and drug regulation, biosciences patent law, scientific evidence, and criminal responsibility.
The JLB’s initial co-editors in chief are I. Glenn Cohen from Harvard, Nita Farahany from Duke, and Hank Greely from Stanford. The journal will also be assisted by an editorial board. The current board comprises nearly thirty leading scholars working in the area of law, bioethics, philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, and other disciplines.
The JLB is an open access journal. Authors will have the choice of publishing under either a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivs (CC-BY-NC-ND), or a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. Authors electing to publish under CC-BY will be required to pay an article processing charge (APC).
Publishing Technology Director for Dartmouth Journal Services, Mary McRae, appointed to NISO’s Standing Committee for JATS - 04 Nov 2013
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has announced that its Standing Committee for Journal Article Tag Suite (JATS) has invited Sheridan’s Mary McRae to serve on the committee.
The JATS Tag Suite began as the NLM Journal Archiving and Interchange Tag Suite and was sent to NISO for standardization in August 2009. It was approved as a NISO standard in 2012. JATS provides a common XML format in which publishers and archives can exchange journal content by preserving the intellectual content of journals independent of the form in which that content was originally delivered. In addition to the element and attribute descriptions, three journal article tag sets (the Archiving and Interchange Tag Set, the Journal Publishing Tag Set, and the Article Authoring Tag Set) are part of the standard. While designed to describe the textual and graphical content of journal articles, it has been widely adopted for other uses, including the production and maintenance of ISO standards.
McRae, who joined Dartmouth Journal Services as Director of Publishing Technology in 2012, has served on numerous technical committees focused on developing standardised markup vocabularies including DocBook, DITA, and Open Document Format.
Russia's International Biotechnology Center Generium in deal with Elsevier to gain access to ScienceDirect and Embase - 04 Nov 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that Russia's International Biotechnology Center (IBC) Generium, has signed an agreement to grant access to ScienceDirect and Embase for its scientists.
Access to ScienceDirect, Elsevier's full-text platform for scientific, technical and medical research literature and Embase, a comprehensive international database for biomedical researchers, supports the company's strategy to maintain its leading position in Russia in generic drug development and innovate in biotechnological therapies.
Established in 2011, Generium has a unique and extensive portfolio of innovative drugs and biotechnological therapies. Generium's aim is to innovate in biotechnological therapies against diseases such as oncology as well as cardio-vascular, neurodegenerative and autoimmune disorders. The center's research and development teams will benefit greatly from its newly acquired access to ScienceDirect and Embase, by providing them with peer-reviewed full-text research papers published in more than 2000 international journals, as well as timely access to biomedical information.
The International Biotechnology Center "Generium", (LLC IBC Generium) is a private biotechnology research and development company founded in Russia in 2011. IBC Generium is a rapidly growing company with current portfolio of more than 30 innovative biotechnology-based medications and cell-based products. The company is highly focused on international collaboration approach and exchange of experience for discovery of innovative drugs.
The Semantic Web Journal launches first version of Linked-Data Driven and Semantically Enabled Journal Platform - 04 Nov 2013
The Semantic Web Journal, published by IOS Press, has launched the first version of its Linked-Data Driven and Semantically Enabled Journal Platform (SEJP). The portal publishes a wide variety of data that are obtained from the journal’s unique and open review process. Each submitted manuscript is available online together with the full history of its successive decision statuses, assigned editors, solicited and voluntary reviewers, their full text reviews, and in many cases also the authors' response letters. Combined with a highly customised journal management system, this provides the journal with semantically rich manuscript time lines and networked data about authors, reviewers, and editors.
These data are now published using a SPARQL endpoint, an extended ‘bibo ontology’, and a modular Linked Data portal that provides interactive scientometrics based on established and new analysis methods. The data is extracted on-the-fly form the Drupal-based journal management system, annotated using extended ontologies, interlinked, cached, and made available for everyone’s analysis.
New features, more extensions to the used ontologies and more Linked Data will be added in the near future. The portal can be accessed here.