American Journal of Nursing announces 2013 Book of the Year awards - 31 Dec 2013
The American Journal of Nursing (AJN) has recognized the best nursing and healthcare publications of 2013 with an announcement of its Book of the Year Award recipients. Winners in 17 separate categories appear in the journal's January issue.
AJN, "the leading voice of nursing since 1900", is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, part of Wolters Kluwer Health.
Since 1969, the AJN has been announcing its annual list of the best in nursing publishing. The AJN Book of the Year program is a prestigious competition that garners the attention of its broad-based readership and half a million others who read the journal online or on the iPad.
The most valuable texts of each year are chosen by AJN's panel of judges. Only books published between August of the prior year and August of the award year are eligible.
There were no winners chosen in the Electronic Media and Gerontologic Nursing categories.
Founded in 1900, the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) is nursing's premier journal and recognized world-wide. The journal was the only nursing journal named among the top 100 journals of the century by the biomedical division of the Special Libraries Association.
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National Library of Medicine announces new addition to its Digital Collections - 31 Dec 2013
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced a new addition to its Digital Collections: over 400 NLM publications and productions dating from the 1860s to the 1990s.
This new digital collection encompasses all printed monographic publications produced by the National Library of Medicine and its earlier incarnation as the Library of the Surgeon General's Office. The collection also includes nearly three dozen audiovisual productions produced by the NLM during the past six decades, as well as publications of the NLM's institutional and historical "sister," the Army Medical Museum, which is today the National Museum of Health and Medicine.
In the early 1920s, the Library of the Surgeon General's Office was renamed the Army Medical Library, and it was housed with the Army Medical Museum until the 1950s when the institutions were physically separated as they are today. They continue to share a common goal of collecting, preserving, and providing knowledge about the past, present, and future of biomedicine and health care.
Among the variety of materials in this collection - including books, catalogues, indexes, prospectuses, policy statements, planning documents, ephemera, and technical reports -are dozens of historical gems.
ACCP Drug Information PRN announces Joyce Generali as recipient of the 'Distinguished Drug Information Practitioner Award' - 30 Dec 2013
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that Joyce Generali, Director of Synthesized Drug Content, Clinical Solutions, Clinical Drug Information, is the recipient of the inaugural "Distinguished Drug Information Practitioner Award" by the ACCP Drug Information PRN at a recent meeting of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. The "Distinguished Drug Information Practitioner Award" was established to recognise deserving individuals who have worked diligently to promote the practice of Drug Information.
Prior to joining Wolters Kluwer Health, Joyce served as the Director of the Drug Information Center and Drug Information Residency Program at Kansas University Hospital and faculty member since 1990; she was recognised with Professor Emeritus status by the University Department of Pharmacy Practice in the School of Pharmacy.
ACCP Practice and Research Networks (PRNs) represent focused interest groups of ACCP members, providing a means for clinical pharmacists with common practice and research interests to gather for professional interactions, networking, and continuing education. PRNs interact continuously via electronic listserv messages and exchange timely information to improve practice and patient care. The Drug Information PRN is a forum for addressing practice and academic issues related to drug information.
ALA TechSource announces new workshop, Getting Started with Open Access - 30 Dec 2013
ALA TechSource has announced a new workshop, Getting Started with Open Access, with Emily Puckett Rodgers and Meredith Kahn. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is scheduled for January 15, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. EST.
Journals continue their transition to becoming increasingly digital publications, experimenting with new publishing models such as Open Access (OA) and incorporating multimedia into their formats. In addition to these changes in scholarly output, the process of research is also changing due to mandates from funding agencies to publicly share research findings and data. In this workshop, Emily Puckett Rodgers and Meredith Kahn will provide attendees with tools, techniques and advice on how to successfully engage with emerging open publishing practices in their own library.
After participating in this event, participants will be able to recognize foundational aspects of these trends in order to understand, evaluate and apply open scholarly practices at their own institution; know techniques to develop a customised elevator pitch to your faculty or administration when they have question about these issues; and be able to engage with these trends in their own library.
Registration for this ALA TechSource Workshop is available on the ALA Store. ALA TechSource is a publishing imprint of the American Library Association.
Brill acquires scholarly publishing activities of HES & DE GRAAF Publishers - 30 Dec 2013
Scholarly publisher Koninklijke Brill N.V. has reached an agreement for the acquisition of all scholarly publishing activities of HES & DE GRAAF Publishers B.V (Houten, NL). The take-over will take effect on 1 January 2014.
Under the deal, Brill will acquire an English language list of high reputation with book series in fields like book history and the history of cartography. In total the list includes over 600 titles, with 10-15 new titles added each year. A special part of the agreement is Brill's exclusive global distribution rights for the highly prestigious Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem, a unique facsimile publication of one of the most famous atlases from the 17e century.
To ensure the continuity of the program Sebastiaan Hesselink, managing director of HES & DE GRAAF has agreed to support Brill in an advisory role.
International Journal of Business, Humanities and Technology invites papers for Vol. 4 No. 1 - 30 Dec 2013
The International Journal of Business, Humanities and Technology (IJBHT) is inviting papers for Vol. 4 No. 1 which is scheduled to be published on January 31, 2014. While the last date of submission is January 11, 2014, an early submission will get preference in case of review and publication process.
IJBHT is an open access, peer-reviewed and refereed multidisciplinary journal published by Centre for Promoting Ideas (CPI), USA. The objective of the journal is to provide a forum for the publication of scientific articles in the fields of business, humanities and technology. In pursuit of this objective the journal not only publishes high quality research papers but also ensures that the published papers achieve broad international credibility.
The journal publishes original papers, review papers, conceptual framework, analytical and simulation models, case studies, empirical research, technical notes, and book reviews. Special Issues devoted to important topics in business, humanities and technology are also occasionally published.
Published both in print and online versions, IJBSS is indexed with and included in Cabell's, EBSCO, Ulrich's, Index Copernicus International and Gale. Moreover the journal is under the indexing process with ISI, ERIC, DOAJ, Scopus, and Econlit.
Interested parties may send their manuscript to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 30 Dec 2013
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Kent Anderson (Trusting Scientists and Science Journalists — A New Poll Suggests the Public is Skeptical); Hilda Bastian (Open access 2013: A year of gaining momentum); Jeremy Greenfield (Predictions For Book Publishing In 2014: Cutting-Room Floor Edition); and Mark Carrigan (Continuous Publishing and the rise of the Open-Source Academic). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
ARL and Ithaka S+R’s free web seminar to bring together leaders of seven of the eight cases profiled in the Searching for Sustainability report - 27 Dec 2013
Museums and libraries are taking advantage of advances in technology to move their rare and unique collections online. What most institutions learn quickly is that digitization is the easy part. As grant funding rarely covers ongoing operations, the larger challenge is to develop a successful strategy to make sure the digitized collections remain accessible and relevant over time.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and Ithaka S+R are offering a free web seminar that will bring together leaders of seven of the eight cases profiled in the recently published study funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections, to share lessons from their own experience in developing and supporting their digital resources.
In this interactive session, project leaders and team members will discuss the strategies they have employed to build the audience, infrastructure, and funding models necessary to maintain and grow their digital collections for the long term.
The web seminar, scheduled for January 31, 2014, noon–1:15 p.m. EST, will be moderated by Judy Ruttenberg, Program Director for Transforming Research Libraries, ARL, and Nancy Maron, Program Director, Sustainability and Scholarly Communications, Ithaka S+R.
Credo named to EContent Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry - 27 Dec 2013
Information skills solutions provider Credo has been named by EContent to its Top 100 Companies that Matter Most in the Digital Content Industry in the Content Commerce and Digital Content Provider categories.
The EContent 100 List is selected each year by a team of judges, made up of editors from Information Today, Inc., EContent magazine contributing editors and industry experts. The List can be seen at http://www.econtentmag.com and in the December 2013 issue of EContent.
To help people achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals, Credo partners with libraries, educators, publishers, and technology providers to deliver solutions for developing information skills. Credo's information literacy platform, Literati, is implemented in 600 institutions. Founded in 1999, Credo has offices in Boston and the UK.
Elsevier launches new OA journal - Interdisciplinary Neurosurgery: Advanced Techniques and Case Management - 27 Dec 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of open access journal, Interdisciplinary Neurosurgery: Advanced Techniques and Case Management. Petra Klinge, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, will serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.
Neurosurgery has recently seen a range of advances in imaging techniques and experimental research in the field of neurorestoration and neuroregeneration, offering new treatment options for neurosurgeons, such as stem cell treatment and implanting of biotechnical devices.
Interdisciplinary Neurosurgery will provide a new home for high quality manuscripts, of interest to clinical researchers in the field of neurosurgery and neurology, and clinicians of related disciplines who are involved in the treatment of central and peripheral nervous system diseases and the spine.
The article based publishing model allows for immediate publication of the final version of a paper without waiting for other articles to be compiled into a full issue. This, amongst other Elsevier content innovation initiatives, will ensure that Interdisciplinary Neurosurgery delivers accessible and current content with reduced publication delays.
The first published articles will become available for access online on ScienceDirect in the first quarter of 2014.
LWW journals win eight awards in four categories at 2013 FOLIO: Eddie & Ozzie Awards - 27 Dec 2013
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced that its Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) medical and nursing journals won eight awards in four categories at the 2013 FOLIO: Eddie & Ozzie Awards.
Taking home the top spot in the "Best Full Issue BtoB Category," was Neurology® Clinical Practice, an official publication of the American Academy of Neurology, which commenced publication in 2011. Sponsored by FOLIO: Magazine, the Eddie & Ozzie awards represent one of the industry's largest, most prestigious awards competitions for magazine and digital editorial and design excellence.
The LWW journal winners were culled from among approximately 500 finalists, which were initially narrowed down from more than 2,300 entries. Winners received either Category Winner or Honorable Mention awards (in past years, winners received either Gold, Silver or Bronze awards).
The annual Eddie and Ozzie awards competition is the largest of its kind for magazine publishers and is open to national and regional publications in various categories, including consumer, business-to-business, society and non-profit associations. The Eddies honor the best in editorial; the Ozzies, the best in design. Publications are judged on how well they fulfill their stated mission, the quality of their content, and their overall design and production.
UBM Tech appoints Kim Davis as Editor-in-Chief of SaaS in the Enterprise - 27 Dec 2013
Business information provider UBM Tech, US, has announced that Kim Davis has been promoted to editor-in-chief of SaaS in the Enterprise, the company's community-oriented site that keeps readers up-to-date about applications in the cloud.
Davis has worked as managing editor of SaaS in the Enterprise since July. His promotion comes at a time when UBM Tech is looking to expand its coverage of SaaS and the business of cloud computing in 2014. SaaS in the Enterprise is one of the longest running of UBM Tech's IT communities, with readers tuning into the site every day to learn about the SaaS market from the site's roster of IT professionals who share their experience and know-how in blogs, live chats, and other content.
During the past several months, Davis has overseen a number of new features on the site, including a special cartoon caption contest to bring some humour to the subject, as well as a feature called "SaaS Days of Our Lives," which highlights different SaaS applications that are voted on by the readers.
Davis joined UBM TechWeb in April 2011. He has served as Community Editor and Senior Editor for Internet Evolution, where his beat covered enterprise cloud computing, business analytics, and IT security.
Davis is assigned to UBM Tech's New York City offices.
American College of Cardiology Research Network uses big data to connect practices with trials - 23 Dec 2013
The American College of Cardiology has established the PINNACLE Registry Research Alliance to connect cardiovascular care teams with information about clinical trials and accelerate the systematic access of patients to potentially groundbreaking therapies.
Clinical trials are the gold standard for studying the effectiveness of new treatments, but difficulty in identifying eligible patients often limits the ability of researchers to conduct research studies worldwide.
The Research Alliance, which is open to nearly 2,500 cardiovascular professionals who are part of the outpatient PINNACLE Registry, will offer access to information about a range of research opportunities, expedite the identification of patients with the potential to benefit from participation in clinical trials and observational studies, and support the advancement of up-and-coming researchers through investigator development programs.
Through the Research Alliance, information about clinical trials and potentially eligible patients identified through PINNACLE will be shared with their respective physicians. If physicians and their patients decide to partake in a research opportunity, the Alliance serves to reduce the participation burden for both practices and patients, and potentially drive down costs associated with trial recruitment.
One of the first research studies in line to access the Alliance network is a clinical trial for a potentially groundbreaking investigational drug in a new class of LDL-cholesterol modifying therapies, known as PCSK9 inhibitors. Recruitment for the phase 3 PCSK9 clinical trial program, ODYSSEY Outcomes, is underway and aims to include over 18,000 patients at 750 study locations worldwide.
The NCDR is the preeminent cardiovascular data repository in the United States. Through the analysis and benchmarking of patient risk factors, procedures, devices and clinical outcomes, the NCDR's growing suite of registries provides evidence-based quality improvement solutions for cardiologists and other medical professionals who are committed to measurement, improvement and excellence in cardiovascular care.
Arizona University Library Consortium joins Alexander Street’s pilot program for evidence-based acquisition of video resources - 23 Dec 2013
The Arizona University Library Consortium has become the first library group in North America to join Alexander Street's pilot program for evidence-based acquisition (EBA) of video resources.
The Arizona University Library Consortium comprises the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona State University. For a full year, authorised users at these institutions will have unlimited access to Alexander Street's complete suite of streaming video content, which includes 28,000 titles, with more than 1,000 added annually. At the end of the access year, library administrators will use Alexander Street's COUNTER-compliant statistics and customer usage reports - including details down to the title level - to select which videos they'd like own in perpetuity. The library is not obligated to purchase the most-viewed titles; it can instead use usage metrics as evidence to inform the decision on what to incorporate into the permanent collection.
The Arizona University Library Consortium's deal follows agreements from George Mason University in the United States, The University of Dundee and Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK, The University of New South Wales and The University of Queensland in Australia, and The University of Malaya in Malaysia.
Evidence-based acquisition options are available to academic, public, and school libraries worldwide. All videos feature Alexander Street's trademark functionality, including semantic indexing, synchronised transcripts, free MARC records, and more.
Holiday Notice - 23 Dec 2013
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Jo Lendle to succeed Michael Krüger as new publisher at Hanser - 23 Dec 2013
German publishing house Carl Hanser Verlag is pleased to announce the appointment of Jo Lendle, who will succeed Michael Krüger as the company's literary publisher. Krüger, who will be stepping down at the end of 2013, will hand over the reins as Managing Director to Lendle.
Jo Lendle is an accomplished publisher who brings with him a wide range of assets to ensure Hanser will steer a confident course into the future. In addition to his infallible instinct for literary talent and exceptional writing, he is equipped with an extensive network of contacts within the industry; qualities that will enable him to continue Hanser's tradition of excellence established by the company's present incumbent, Michael Krüger.
Hanser's reputation as a pioneering literary publisher will be reinforced by Lendle's sound judgement and outstanding track record in a wide variety of style and genre. His name is synonymous with the discovery and advancement of numerous authors who have meanwhile become household names. Sustained by professional foresight, Lendle is ideally equipped to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing world of modern publishing head-on. Working alongside existing directors Wolfgang Beisler, responsible for the STM publishing group Hanser Fachverlag, and Stephan Joss, CFO/COO, Lendle will place Hanser in an optimum position to face the challenges of the future.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 23 Dec 2013
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Rick Anderson (The Future (?) of the Scholarly (?) Monograph (?)); Cristóbal Cobo (Can MOOCs and Open Badges provide an alternative to the so-called ‘inflation of educational credentials’?); Tracy Vence (Pondering Science Publishing); David Crotty (Getting Open Access Embargoes Right: Rational Policy Must Be Evidence-Based); and Gracy Olmstead (Can Books and E-Readers Coexist?). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
OCLC partners with Novelry to connect readers with libraries - 23 Dec 2013
OCLC, the non-profit computer library service and research organisation, has added the newly launched book search engine Novelry to its growing list of WorldCat.org traffic partners in the US.
Based in Omaha, NE, Novelry provides a framework to find connections based on what users care about most. For instance, clicking on the 'Book Cover' icon provides information on when the book was written, what it is about, the subject as well as the genre.
Readers can also add filters to narrow their search as many times as they want with additional search information - including favourite book, topic or award-winning book.
Once the user discovers what they are looking for, they can select the 'Borrow' link feature, which uses WorldCat to connect them to the libraries in their area that hold the book or books.
No registration is needed to use Novelry, which currently is available on the web and tablets. Novelry joins other WorldCat.org traffic partners who provide search options for their users that connect to libraries, including Goodreads, EasyBib, DesignersandBooks and Citavi.
Proposal submission deadline approaching for Library Assessment Conference 2014 - 23 Dec 2013
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the University of Washington Libraries, and the conference planning committee are accepting proposals through January 17, 2014, for the Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held in Seattle, Washington, August 4–6, 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 encourages proposals in 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.
Full details on submitting a proposal are available on the Library Assessment Conference website.
SirsiDynix releases version 4.3 GA5 of Enterprise and Portfolio - 23 Dec 2013
Library automation solutions provider SirsiDynix has announced the release of version 4.3 GA5 of Enterprise and Portfolio, SirsiDynix's premium discovery platforms.
This update brings highly anticipated features to Enterprise and Portfolio, including in-catalogue downloads and user authentication for OverDrive titles. The update also includes item-level holds, improved Chinese-language searching, and deeper integration with EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS).
The updates in version 4.3 GA5 of Enterprise and Portfolio include in-catalog downloads and authentication with OverDrive and eRC; additional EDS Integration; item-level holds; improved Chinese searching; and charge history opt in/opt out.
Two of the oldest German journals in Zoology opt for 'platinum' open access - 23 Dec 2013
Two of the oldest German journals in Zoology – Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift and Zoosystematics and Evolution – will join the journal publishing platform of Pensoft Publishers and adopt "platinum" open access beginning January 1, 2014.
For Pensoft, "platinum" open access means not just that the articles and all associated materials are free to download and that there are no author-side fees but even more so that novel approaches are used in the dissemination and reuse of published content. This publishing model includes free to read, reuse, revise, remix, redistribute; easy to discover and harvest by both humans and computers; content automatically harvested by aggregators; data and narrative integrated to the widest extent possible; community peer-review and rapid publication; easy and efficient communication with authors and reviewers; and no author-side fees.
Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift and Zoosystematics and Evolution are titles of the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin. Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift, founded in 1857 as Berliner Entomologische Zeitschrift, is one of the oldest entomological journals worldwide, and the oldest one in Germany. It publishes original research papers in English on the systematics, taxonomy, phylogeny, comparative morphology, and biogeography of insects. Having long been indexed by Thomson Reuters's Web of Science, now the journal will go on the route of innovation with Pensoft.
Zoosystematics and Evolution is an international, peer-reviewed life science journal devoted to whole-organism biology. The journal also has a rich history behind itself (established in 1898). It publishes original research and review articles in the field of zoosystematics, evolution, morphology, development and biogeography at all taxonomic levels.
ARL appoints Krista Cox as director of public policy initiatives - 20 Dec 2013
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has named Krista L. Cox director of public policy initiatives, effective January 6, 2014. Cox is currently the staff attorney/legal counsel at Knowledge Ecology International, a non-profit organisation that searches for better outcomes, including new solutions, to the management of knowledge resources.
The director of public policy initiatives advocates for the policy priorities of ARL and executes strategies to implement these priorities. The position monitors legislative trends and participates in ARL's outreach to the Executive Branch and the US Congress.
Cox brings to ARL a strong technical and policy background in copyright law and other information policy issues. She has published and, by invitation, has organised and led workshops on intellectual property laws, their relationship to technology, and their impacts on consumers. She has worked closely with civil society organisations and the private sector, participating in ad hoc coalitions to promote common goals, submitting joint comments, collaborating on legal strategies, and preparing amici briefs.
Cox also follows these issues at the international, multilateral level. She has attended the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) meetings of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) as well as the recent WIPO diplomatic conference on the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled.
In her current work for Knowledge Ecology International, Cox has gained experience monitoring legislative trends and outreach to the Executive and Legislative Branches. She has testified before numerous federal agencies and regularly submits comments in response to Federal Register notices. She works closely with a number of Congressional offices to promote the public interest and consumer rights concerning intellectual property issues.
Brill and Semantico launch BrillOnline Discovery - 20 Dec 2013
Academic publisher Brill and UK-based online publishing services provider Semantico have announced the launch of BrillOnline Discovery, which offers users the option to search across all of Brill's online resources from one central place. BrillOnline Discovery uses the Scolaris Linking Hub technology developed by Semantico. This enables federated search increased discoverability across the family of Brill platforms - BrillOnline Primary Sources, BrillOnline Books and Journals, BrillOnline Reference Works and BrillOnline Bibliographies.
A multi-platform publisher like Brill faces challenges in communicating the wealth of online information to users. With over 150 reference works and primary source collections, 200 journals and 4000 e-books the challenge is big. The number of visitors to Brill's online resources increases every month, which is an extra incentive for Brill to continue to invest in and improve user experience.
The Scolaris Linking Hub developed by Semantico helped Brill solve the problem of communicating the wealth of online information by enabling the user to discover and navigate to content on every site within the publisher's ecosystem, in a simple and cost-effective way. Users are now offered a full view of all content, links to related documents and access to multiple content types. With the introduction of BrillOnline Discovery, widgets have been added on the different platform which gives the user a full view of all content while visiting any one of the BrillOnline platforms, making it easier for users to search and discover the rich, high quality content Brill offers.
The Scolaris technology – developed by Semantico - promotes discoverability by providing intelligent, full-text search powered by Solr and allows rich taxonomy support for faceted search and browsing. The Scolaris Linking Hub solution also creates enhanced flexibility for customers by enabling different levels of subscription and direct access. This allows a broader range of customers to discover and engage with Brill content.
CAS and Kalexsyn announce three-year agreement to offer unlimited SciFinder access to researchers - 20 Dec 2013
Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), the world's authority for chemical information, has announced a three-year agreement for SciFinder, the choice for chemistry research, with Kalexsyn, a Contract Research Organization (CRO) uniquely positioned to address the needs of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology communities. Through this partnership, Kalexsyn will provide unlimited searching in SciFinder for every chemist on its staff.
Kalexsyn joins a host of other CROs that have chosen SciFinder to advance research projects. In addition to top ranking CROs globally, 47 of the top 50 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and 46 of the top 50 chemical organisations around the world, rely on SciFinder to save valuable time and money by learning from previously disclosed research that is collected, organised and made discoverable by CAS.
Leaders at CROs recognise that allowing their researchers to have access to the same product their client organisations rely on giving them an advantage in the marketplace. A multi-year, unlimited agreement allows researchers at Kalexsyn to explore discovery opportunities while maintaining a predictable budget.
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Springer and the American Thoracic Society join forces on the book series Respiratory Medicine - 20 Dec 2013
STM publisher Springer and the American Thoracic Society (ATS) have entered into a partnership to collaborate on the book series Respiratory Medicine. Springer will hold editorial responsibility, but will work with the ATS to develop new topics for books. Members of the society will have free access to the eBooks in the series on SpringerLink and be eligible for discounted prices of the print versions on Springer's website. The series includes 20 books with about 15 in development. The first volume was published in 2009.
The books in the series Respiratory Medicine offer clinical and research-oriented resources for pulmonologists and other practitioners and researchers working in respiratory care. Spanning a broad range of issues in respiratory medicine, the series covers topics such as COPD, asthma and allergy, pulmonary problems in pregnancy, molecular basis of lung disease and sleep disordered breathing.
The series editor is Dr. Sharon Rounds, Professor of Medicine and of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University in the US.
SwetsWise becomes COUNTER 4 compliant - 20 Dec 2013
Information services provider Swets, Netherlands, has announced that customers using its SwetsWise Online Content and Selection Support modules are now able to retrieve COUNTER 4 compliant usage reports from both platforms.
The COUNTER Code of practice for e-Resources is a development undertaken by Project COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources). The Code of Practice sets the standards that facilitate the recording and reporting of online usage statistics in a consistent, credible and compatible way. This fourth release has been developed with input from vendors, librarians and intermediaries, creating a single, integrated Code of Practice covering journals, databases, books and multimedia content.
SwetsWise Online Content is an end-user focused platform that provides an electronic gateway to over 14,500 full text titles. Libraries can report on the usage of this platform using Counter compliant reports such as: Journal Report 1 (JR1), JR3, JR4 and Consortium Report 1.
SwetsWise Selection Support is a powerful library analysis and evaluation tool, combining usage statistics, subscription details and pricing information into one clear overview. Libraries can also examine Scimago impact factor data and generate price-per-use information through the platform. Selection Support harvests usage data on behalf of the library, collecting reports from publishers and converting that information into an easily digestible format. All usage statistics gathered by the system will now be made available for customers in COUNTER 4 compliant reports such as: JR1, JR1a, JR3, Database Report 1(DB1), DB2, DB3/Platform Report1, Book Report 1(BR1) and BR2.
Any customers retrieving SUSHI protocol compliant statistics via SwetsWise will also receive COUNTER 4 compliant reports from now on.
Wolters Kluwer Health updates Lexicomp and Facts & Comparisons with information on European meningitis B vaccine approved for emergency importation - 20 Dec 2013
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced the addition of information on the European vaccine to fight a meningitis B outbreak to its referential drug information resources, Lexicomp® Online™ and Facts & Comparisons® eAnswers. The rapid response by the Wolters Kluwer Health reference content team demonstrates the speed and proficiency with which the resources are updated to keep clinicians current in a rapidly evolving drug information environment.
Meningitis B does not respond to any of the four vaccines licensed for use in the US. Thus, when eight cases were identified at Princeton University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took the unusual step of requesting permission from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to import Bexsero, the only vaccine proven effective against strain B. Made by Novartis, Bexsero is licensed for use in Europe and Australia.
The FDA granted the emergency request in mid-November, and the vaccine is expected to be available to Princeton students in December. Within days of the approval, a presentation of the vaccine was developed by the in-house team of advanced-degree pharmacists and incorporated into both Lexicomp Online and Facts & Comparison eAnswers.
In December, four new cases of meningitis B were identified at the University of California Santa Barbara, bringing the total between the two universities to 12. As the number of institutions battling the outbreak continues to grow, it is imperative that clinicians across the country have access to current clinical information on the vaccine.
BISG to co-locate 2014 Making Information Pay Conference with 2014 IDPF Digital Book Conference at BookExpo America - 19 Dec 2013
The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) has announced the co-location of Making Information Pay 2014 with the International Digital Publishing Forum's (IDPF) annual Digital Book conference. The Making Information Pay conference will take place in the afternoon of May 29 as part of the expanded two-day IDPF Digital Book 2014 conference at BookExpo America. Early Bird registration to IDPF Digital Book 2014 is now open at idpf.org/db14 and includes access to the BISG Making Information Pay conference as well as the BEA exhibit hall.
New data confirms the consolidation of consumer preferences in physical and digital book consumption, with significant variation by genre, subject, and demographics. Making Information Pay dissects these shifting patterns with new information from a range of BISG research including BookStats, the Joint Venture between the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) which provides a comprehensive and trendable report on the size and shape of the US book publishing industry.
Analysis from industry leaders adds invaluable perspective. For the past ten years, senior executives in operations, sales, and marketing have attended Making Information Pay for data-first information and essential direction. Previous Making Information Pay conferences have featured a keynote from Hilary Mason, Chief Data Scientist at Bitly and one of Forbes "40 under 40 Ones to Watch;" Kyusik Chung, Vice President of Business Development at Goodreads; and Mike Shatzkin, Founder & CEO, The Idea Logical Company, among many other industry leaders.
The IDPF Digital Book conference is the flagship digital conference at BEA and the longest running digital publishing conference in the industry. The perennially sold-out conference has hosted hundreds of key speakers including bestselling authors Malcolm Gladwell, Bella Andre, Seth Godin, Sylvia Day and more; C-suite experts such as Madeline McIntosh, COO of Penguin Random House, Chantal Restivo-Alessi, CDO of HarperCollins, Jane Friedman, CEO of Open Road Integrated Media, Richard Charkin, Executive Director of Bloomsbury, Otis Chandler, CEO and Founder of Goodreads; as well as leading authorities from Aptara, Apex Content Solutions, Baker and Taylor, Barnes and Noble, Copia, Google, Gutenberg Technology, Ingram, Kobo, McGraw Hill Education, Monotype, O'Reilly Media, OverDrive, SPi Global, and many more. Current Platinum Sponsors of IDPF Digital Book 2014 include Ingram Content Group and SPi Global.
Diane Grob Schmidt elected 2015 president of the American Chemical Society - 19 Dec 2013
Dr. Diane Grob Schmidt, a section head in Research and Development at Procter & Gamble will become president of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in January 2015 after serving as president-elect in 2014.
As president, she will lead the way to initiate and support actions for solutions that will turn the challenges facing ACS into opportunities to build a sustainable, thriving future for its members.
Dr. Thomas J. Barton, a distinguished professor emeritus of chemistry at Iowa State University and former director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames National Laboratory, will lead the American Chemical Society (ACS) as president in 2014.
The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 163,000 members, ACS is the world's largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.
Nature Publishing Group and the Japan Society of Human Genetics announce 2014 launch of Human Genome Variation journal - 19 Dec 2013
Publisher Nature Publishing Group and the Japan Society of Human Genetics (JSHG) has announced the 2014 launch of Human Genome Variation, an online open access journal. The journal, a sister title to the Journal of Human Genetics, will go live on nature.com in 2014, and will begin accepting submissions early next year. A journal information site is now live at nature.com/hgv.
Led by Editor-in Chief Katsushi Tokunaga, Human Genome Variation will publish original research articles, summaries, reviews and data reports. The journal will seek to provide a forum for scientists working in human genetics, variation and mutation to publish their discoveries, results, analysis and insights.
Published research articles will be freely accessible online to a global audience immediately on publication. An article-processing charge (APC) will be levied on acceptance, and authors are offered a choice of Creative Commons Licenses, including the Creative Commons Attribution (BY) license.
Human Genome Variation is the 6th journal to be published by NPG in collaboration with partners in Japan, and 16th in the Asia-Pacific region. Its sister title, The Journal of Human Genetics, is the leading genetics journal based in the Asia-Pacific region.
Established in 1956, the JSHG is a broad-based society whose membership includes clinical and research human geneticists, cytogenetecists and genetic counsellors. It is heavily involved in education and provides authoritative guidelines on key issues in human genetics in Japan.
New report analyses usage patterns of academic journal articles - 19 Dec 2013
A new report funded by the Professional & Scholarly Publishing (PSP) division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) analyses the usage pattern of articles published in over 2800 academic and professional journals. It identifies the 'half-life' of journals - the amount of time it takes for articles in a journal to receive half of their lifetime total downloads - and is the first major broad-based report conducted on this topic.
Dr. Phil Davis, an independent researcher and former science librarian, analysed lifetime usage data from 2812 journals representing the works of 13 scholarly publishers in 10 distinct scholarly disciplines including life sciences, engineering, social sciences and the humanities.
According to the report, journal article usage varies widely within and across disciplines. It takes significant time for journals to experience half of the lifetime downloads ("half-life") of their articles. Articles in the majority of journals receive more than half of their lifetime downloads three or more years after publication. Only 3 percent of journals in all fields have half-lives of 12 months or less. Further, the study noted that health sciences articles have the shortest median half-life of the journals analysed, but still more than 50% of health science journals have usage half-lives longer than 24 months. In fields with the longest usage half-lives, including mathematics and the humanities, more than 50 percent of the journals have usage half-lives longer than 48 months.
In response to the February 2013 OSTP directive, federal agencies are developing plans to support increased public access to research funded by the government. AAP publishers support the OSTP directive and have engaged with agencies and other stakeholders regarding public access. While the study was funded by the PSP Division of AAP in response to interest from federal agencies and others in relevant data, participating publishers submitted the data to Davis individually and the Association had no involvement in Davis's analysis.
New research project allows faster and easier access to innovation trends in future technologies through trend mining in patent information - 19 Dec 2013
A new research project at FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure allows a faster and easier access to innovation trends in future technologies through trend mining in patent information. FIZ Karlsruhe has developed efficient analysis tools for trend research with patent information which draw 'landscapes' of the international research.
According to Sabine Brünger-Weilandt, President and CEO of FIZ Karlsruhe, the new research project 'Trend Mining for the Sciences' seeks to strengthen the know-how within the area of data- and especially textual analysis on a consequential level, for supporting science and economy even better when it comes to company-critical business decisions.
It has become more and more important for industry and science to ascertain new trends and developments in research as early as possible in order to stay ahead in an increasingly tough international competition. The new research project Trend Mining for the Sciences is funded by the Leibniz Association on basis of the joint initiative for research and innovation in the course of the line of funding for especially innovative projects. It will be financed for three years. The methods of text mining are to be applied to the challenging text type of 'patent texts' for the first time.
Patent information reflects the innovation capabilities and productive efficiency of companies, regions, industry sectors and entire national economies. The results of technical and natural scientific research are often exclusively published in the form of a patent. Experts estimate that 70 – 90 percent of all the technical knowledge ever published is documented exclusively in patent publications. Hence, patent publications are an extremely valuable source of information for researchers in science and business.
Within the recently started Leibniz-Project the involved researchers of FIZ Karlsruhe and the University of Hildesheim aim to develop new software tools for being able to conclude innovation trends from the enriched and edited patent documents by analysing full texts, patent classifications, bibliographic and other information. The difficulty mainly comes from the patent terminology and the linguistic structures which differ from the everyday speech. The goal of the research project is to develop prototype software which can be used easily by researchers, information professionals and patent experts for identifying innovation trends.
This software shall be able to make trends visible based on an analysis of different text features in the patent publications by combining the results with further information such as scientific publications, with the aim to show innovation trends more simply, faster and comprehensively than before. The high reliability of the search results and the information lead are crucial advantages. The use of this new software will make competition relevant and business critical decisions more certain.
While the term Data Mining has become more known in public recently the experts of FIZ Karlsruhe have worked to develop special tools to extract information from a huge amount of data already for almost 30 years. Trend analysis from patent information is already possible. However, the method available is very time consuming and only meaningful if a trend can be numerically identified on the basis of increasing patent publications. Moreover, only by a careful processing of patent information the information contained in the data about technology and markets becomes specifically and appropriately analysable. Content, system and tools have to be perfectly synchronised. The online service STN® International, operated by FIZ Karlsruhe, plays a central role in this context. The online service provides a unique combination of premium databases. The content of STN International currently includes about 150 databases and 1.5 billion documents. It covers patent specifications and metadata, like abstracts of scientific publications, facts like chemical structures and reactions as well as biosequence data.
For the analysis of the retrieved patent information special visualisation tools like STN AnaVist are needed. STN AnaVist allows a large number of hits (out of thousands) to be visually displayed as "patent landscapes". These types of landscapes are formed by merging documents with similar content. With the help of numerous analysis features, these landscapes can then be interactively evaluated.
Springer’s open access titles to move to new CC-BY 4.0 license - 19 Dec 2013
Articles submitted to BioMed Central, Chemistry Central, and SpringerOpen journals from February 03, 2014 onwards will be subject to the new CC-BY 4.0 Creative Commons Attribution license. This also applies to open access articles published in the majority of Springer's subscription-based journals using the Open Choice option. The new license is more digital-friendly, and includes a simplified attribution requirement.
For BioMed Central and Chemistry Central, this will mean works will be published under a combined Creative Commons Attribution license for published articles and Creative Commons CC0 waiver for published data, for instance, in tables and supplementary material. For SpringerOpen and Springer Open Choice, all content will fall under the CC-BY 4.0 license.
CC-BY is designed to allow for the benefits of open access to be truly realized in a digital world. With this version, research can benefit from more than a decade of input and improvement the CC-BY license has had. This updated version brings with it several benefits to authors, such as a simplified attribution requirement, a requirement that the person reusing a work indicate whether the work has been modified, the addition of specific database rights, a no endorsement clause, and much more.
CC-BY 4.0 is the most global, legally robust version of the "attribution license" produced by Creative Commons to date, and comes with many improvements. This new CC-BY 4.0 license is well-suited for use by governments and publishers of public sector information and other data, especially for those in the European Union.
In September 2013, BioMed Central and Chemistry Central transitioned to a combined license, using the Creative Commons CC0 public domain waiver for data published and continuing to use the CC-BY 2.0 license for published articles. An editorial on this consultation and subsequent licensing change was published in BMC Research Notes.
Techstreet launches latest version of its enterprise standards management platform, Techstreet Subscriptions - 19 Dec 2013
Industry codes and standards provider Techstreet, part of the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, has announced the launch of the latest version of its enterprise standards management platform, Techstreet Subscriptions. Techstreet Subscriptions provides customers with new collaboration capabilities, including note taking and the ability to view exact equivalents, providing greater collaboration for subscribers.
Techstreet Subscriptions customers can now take and share notes about the products within the application. In addition, the exact equivalents feature offers the certainty they are using the correct standard. Equivalents flags notify subscribers when identical versions of the document are available, and a single click produces a complete list of these documents from multiple publishers, showing which international standards have been adopted by national standards bodies.
Techstreet subscriptions offers powerful search capabilities, easy-to-use workflow tools and flexible content, making the latest standards easily accessible. Techstreet's comprehensive offerings include more than 500,000 codes, standards and technical books, aggregated from more than 350 of the world's leading authorities, and made available through Techstreet's online store.
University College London and Elsevier launch UCL Big Data Institute - 19 Dec 2013
University College London (UCL) and STM publisher Elsevier will establish the UCL Big Data Institute as part of a new collaboration to explore innovative ways to better serve needs of researchers through the exploration of new technologies and analytics as applied to scholarly content and data.
Elsevier believes linking analytics and scientific content is one of the key enablers to better serve scientists and the company will fund research and studentships through the new Institute, offering exciting new opportunities to research the analysis, use and storage of big data.
The new Institute will complement Elsevier's recent acquisition of Mendeley, a company that operates a global research management and collaboration platform in the heart of east London's tech start-up community, and Elsevier's recent investment into building a London-based world-class web analytics group. Elsevier will establish a Centre of Excellence within the web analytics group in connection with the Institute, co-staffed with UCL researchers looking at areas outlined earlier. This will offer employment as well as commercialisation activities in collaboration with UCL Business and UCL Consultants.
UCL has a wide range of other research activities and joint initiatives within the broad and expanding area of big data and research analytics. To fully realise the synergy between these initiatives through the sharing of insights and resources, UCL is developing a Research Domain for "e-Research". UCL plans to have a connected community, from particle physics to digital humanities, sharing insights into better use of large computational resources in research. The Big Data Institute will be a key addition to that family of activities.
UCL will have access to Elsevier's world-class research data and enterprise-level technology, opening up new research possibilities with a broad range of applications. One such proven, open source big data technology, HPCC, is being used by Elsevier in the ScienceDirect platform, and across Elsevier's parent company Reed Elsevier.
ARL publishes Library Management of Disciplinary Repositories, SPEC Kit 338 - 18 Dec 2013
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published Library Management of Disciplinary Repositories, SPEC Kit 338, which examines the ways in which research libraries are involved in the administration of disciplinary repositories. This SPEC Kit explores the disciplinary scope of the repository, collection policies, funding models, assessment practices, and staffing, among other information.
The SPEC Kit presents case studies of 12 disciplinary repositories that are managed entirely or in part by a library and includes examples of web pages for each repository that describe the repository content, features, policies, organizational structure, and how to submit resources.
The SPEC Kit Collection provides online access to all titles published from 2006 to the present (SPEC Kit 292– ).
Brill and Semantico launch new online platform for primary sources - BrillOnline Primary Sources - 18 Dec 2013
Academic publisher Brill and UK-based online publishing services provider Semantico have announced the launch of BrillOnline Primary Sources – Brill's new online platform for primary sources. The new platform consists of thematic collections of unique materials such as rare books and documents from around the world. These essential research tools in the area of humanities and social sciences are an integrated part of Brill's product portfolio.
Primary Sources offers access to over six million high resolution scans of documents, research data, models, illustrative images and associated metadata in over 70 collections in 9 different subject areas. Scholars are offered access to Brill's primary source collections in an attractive and easy to use online environment. Much care and effort has been spent to ensure that functionality and usability meet the high expectations from today's users.
Semantico built the site using their latest technologies. Scolaris, the next generation integrated content platform, is engineered to manage the complexities of journals, reference works and dictionaries. Scolaris promotes discoverability by providing intelligent, full-text search powered by Solr and allows rich taxonomy support for faceted search and browse. Content is consumed through the Scolaris Reader, a powerful and flexible solution for viewing and annotating rights-managed PDF files.
EBSCO and Cosmotron partner to boost library discovery in Czech and Slovak Republic - 18 Dec 2013
Library resources provider EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced a new partnership with Cosmotron, an ILS vendor serving the Czech and Slovak Republic, to provide expanded services to mutual customers. A joint development will enable libraries to deliver valuable content from EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) to customers using the systems that are familiar to them.
Providing access to EDS's unified index will expand the quality and amount of content available for Cosmotron users. The partnership provides users with a solution that allows Cosmotron users to have access to the EDS search engine, leveraging the strong metadata and relevancy ranking system as well as other features and functionality of EDS.
EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customised index of an institution's information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box - searching made even more powerful because of the quality of metadata and depth and breadth of coverage.
EBSCO Discovery Service is quickly becoming the discovery selection for many libraries (www.ebscohost.com/discovery/eds-news), and an obvious partner for content providers. Because the service builds on the foundation provided by the EBSCOhost platform, libraries gain a full user experience for discovering their collections/OPAC—which is not typical in the discovery space.
Further still, in the many universities and other libraries where EBSCOhost is the most-used platform for premium research, users are not asked to change their pathways or habits for searching. There's simply more to discover on the familiar EBSCOhost platform, and the same can be said for library administrators who can leverage their previous work with EBSCOadmin.
Elsevier to flip 7 subscription journals to Open Access in 2014 - 18 Dec 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that it will flip seven established subscription journals to a gold open access model starting January 1, 2014.
These titles include Physics Letters B and Nuclear Physics B as part of Elsevier's participation in the SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) initiative. Other titles include Stem Cell Research, The International Journal of Infectious Diseases, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Epidemics and EJC Supplements.
Journals that are changed from subscription-based to open access will retain the same editorial standards and instead of through subscriptions, the publication costs of the journals will be covered through an article processing fees paid by the authors or, in the case of Physics Letters B and Nuclear Physics B, by the SCOAP3 consortium. Libraries will no longer need to subscribe to these titles, and past issues remain accessible to subscribers through their collection agreements.
Thomson Reuters announces winner of the inaugural ScholarOne Journal Triathlon - 18 Dec 2013
The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced the winner of the inaugural ScholarOne® Journal Triathlon, an online contest designed to celebrate and recognise the innovative practices of scholarly research journals.
Thrombosis and Haemostasis was named Journal Triathlon Champion from among 27 total submissions. As Champion, Thrombosis and Haemostasis will speak on the procedures that have kept them ahead of the ever-changing scholarly publishing industry at the Thomson Reuters ScholarOne User Conference, April 10-11 2014, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., USA.
South Asian Journal of Management Sciences was awarded second place and Al-Shajarah third in recognition of their approaches toward advancing the publishing process.
The ScholarOne Journal Triathlon is a global, virtual tournament designed to have scholarly journals compete in the areas of agility, speed and endurance, attributes essential for successful publications. The contest comprises three stages of competition to honour the scholarly journal community's most novel publishing practices: Swim (Agility): the ability of a journal to validate it is accepting the right papers; Bike (Speed): how quickly a journal implements ways to increase its efficiency; and Run (Endurance): the longevity of a journal and how it seamlessly adapts its processes to stay competitive in an ever-changing industry.
The top three journals receiving the most public votes in each leg of the competition advanced to the finals to compete for the coveted spot of Journal Triathlon Champion, determined by a panel of Thomson Reuters judges.
The ScholarOne Journal Triathlon coincided with the recent release of Thomson Reuters ScholarOne Web Services, the industry's only scalable, enterprise-wide solution for integration with peer-reviewed recommendations based on the Web of Science®.
ScholarOne Web Services will allow publishers and associations to maintain a competitive advantage by integrating internal tools and industry platforms using ScholarOne's standard application programming interfaces (APIs) for single sign on and linking to external resources, such as ORCID and FundRef for standardized, consistent data exchange. Users will also be able to extend their connectivity with Reviewer Locator, cutting-edge functionality that will search Thomson Reuters Web of Science® for uniquely qualified peer reviewer recommendations.
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Medical School in deal with McGraw-Hill Professional For AccessMedicine - 18 Dec 2013
McGraw-Hill Professional, a division of McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced a subscription agreement with The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill Medical School for AccessMedicine, McGraw-Hill Professional's premier online learning product.
UNC Chapel Hill Medical School is a leader in interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research. This agreement provides UNC-Chapel Hill's students, residents, and physicians 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 optimized content for mobile viewing. It is updated frequently and expanded continuously to keep current on new developments in medicine.
Wolters Kluwer Health announces new Health Language EHR integration - 18 Dec 2013
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that its Health Language® Provider Friendly Terminology (PFT) can now be used with Epic's EHR technology for mid-size and large medical groups, hospitals and integrated healthcare organisations.
PFT makes it easier for clinicians to record problems and diagnoses by providing a comprehensive library of commonly-used synonyms with mappings to SNOMED CT, ICD-9 and ICD-10.
Clients using PFT within Epic can create problem lists using familiar clinical terms such as "afib," "ank fx," or "elevated BP". The content has the potential to increase clinician satisfaction by reducing the time spent searching for problems and diagnoses. The mappings in PFT also ensure that the associated ICD-9 and, soon, ICD-10 billing codes are captured.
Elsevier and the Russian Foundation of Basic Research announce agreement to provide funding experts with access to Scopus - 17 Dec 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has reached an agreement with the Russian Foundation of Basic Research (RFBR) to provide its funding experts with access to Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Furthermore, an additional 50 RFBR research institutes will receive access to ScienceDirect, Elsevier's full-text platform for research literature.
With a total of 200 RFBR research institutes now having access to ScienceDirect and funding experts having access to Scopus, this one-year license agreement aims to increase the visibility and quality of Russian scientific research. This should further improve Russia's research ranking position and support a more qualified and efficient grant assigning program.
Scopus features smart tools to track, analyse and visualise scholarly research. Its vast database contains abstracts and references from nearly 21,000 titles from 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.
Knovel announces new partnerships with Taylor & Francis and five other publishers - 17 Dec 2013
Knovel has announced the addition of six publishers, including Taylor & Francis and ICE Publishing, to its roster of more than 100 authoritative publishers and societies.
Knovel has signed more than 20 new publishing partners since January, making 2013 a record year for content expansion. As a result, engineers worldwide have access to more content, data and answers from credible sources. Knovel's cloud-based application integrates technical information with analytical and search tools.
The six new publishing partners include: American Geosciences Institute; BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT; BNi Building News; Cambridge International Science Publishing; ICE Publishing; and Taylor & Francis.
Medical Daily and UBM Medica US announce marketing and distribution partnership - 17 Dec 2013
Medical Daily has announced a marketing and distribution partnership with UBM Medica US. Medical Daily is a source of breaking health news, scientific trends and innovations.
UBM Medica US is one of the largest media companies in the US serving the healthcare industry and delivers integrated and strategic communication solutions to a comprehensive audience of medical professionals and healthcare consumers through online, print, live and custom programs.
Through this marketing and distribution partnership, medical professionals will benefit from educational content across Medical Daily. This includes the latest on science and technology; new drugs and prescriptions that are being released; updates on all types of medical conditions; and new policies and regulations from around the world.
Scope unveils enhanced content enrichment capabilities with ConSCIseTM version 1.4 - 17 Dec 2013
Scope e-Knowledge Center (Scope), a leading provider of content enhancement and knowledge services, has announced the release of its ConSCIse™ 1.4, the latest version of the company's abstracting and metadata enrichment platform.
In line with current content enrichment trends, the new ConSCIse version 1.4 focuses on delivering highly accurate descriptive metadata such as abstracts, keywords and subject terms to support enhanced discoverability and more accurate levels of contextual relevancy. Using controlled vocabulary indexing, it can disambiguate terms that could relate to multiple concepts across different subject domains. ConSCIse 1.4 also features advanced functionality such as named entity extraction, enhanced linguistic and natural language processing (NLP) to improve machine learning, thesaurus integration for controlled vocabulary indexing, and the ability to index tables/figure captions.
Earlier features such as automatic coherence evaluation and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) are retained in the new version as well. The platform can automatically categorize documents based on their subject domains and recognize common acronyms and abbreviations. The platform is highly scalable and customizable based on individual client requirements, and all output is curated by highly trained subject matter experts.
In addition, ConSCIse offers seamless integration with any XML-centric publisher workflow. The platform currently processes over 15,000 highly technical documents per week.
In today's digital publishing market, content is increasingly sliced and diced for more granular access and salability. The use of descriptive metadata has become a key factor in improving search precision in digital content discovery. This trend is further reinforced by leading publishers. Appendix 4: Abstracts and Keywords, under the Instructions for Authors writing for the Global Academic Business Division of Oxford University Press, states, "The availability of Abstracts and Keywords (A&K) is now an industry standard. Referrals from Google represent a higher percentage of total visits for sites that have free A&K (up to 40-70%), compared to those that do not (around 13-30%)."
Commenting on the launch of the new enhanced version of ConSCIse, Tram Venkatraman, President of Scope, said, "Descriptive metadata will bridge the gap between basic bibliographic metadata and highly contextual semantic metadata. Scope solutions not only cater to the current pressing needs of publishers and other digital information providers, but also look at the evolving needs of the future."
M.A. Eswaran, Senior Vice President of Scope, commented, "The new features of ConSCIse 1.4, such as controlled vocabulary indexing and indexing of figures and tables, add further strength to the existing algorithms based on location heuristics and cue phrases in abstracts. This helps to deliver more robust descriptive metadata and enhanced precision in discoverability."
Scope invites Publishers, A&I providers and Digital Libraries to evaluate this new enhanced version of ConSCIse. Interested parties may contact Rich Kobel (firstname.lastname@example.org, U.S.A), John Camarano (JCamarano@scopeknowledge.com, U.S.A) and Deborah Harman (Deborah@scopeknowledge.com, Europe & U.K.) for further details.
Special themed issue of Information Standards Quarterly focuses on the Evolution of Bibliographic Data Exchange - 17 Dec 2013
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has announced the publication of a special themed issue of Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) on the topic of the Evolution of Bibliographic Data Exchange.
Libraries are in the midst of moving away from AACR2 and MARC 21 to the new world of the semantic web, linked data, FRBR, and RDA. As noted by Ted Fons, Executive Director, Data Services & WorldCat Quality at OCLC and the guest content editor for this ISQ issue, "the success of the web as a research tool has dramatically changed the library's role in the exposure of library catalogs....The rise of new metadata initiatives reflects the need to respond to this change and to increase our effectiveness in the exchange and management of library metadata." Fons has gathered together in the Winter 2013 issue of ISQ a set of thoughtful and informative articles about the work that is underway in this bibliographic data evolution.
In the feature article, Are Current Bibliographic Models Suitable for Integration with the Web?, Lars Svensson from the German National Library discusses why it is important for libraries to make their metadata an integral part of the web and why libraries need (but don't yet have) an agreed-upon model that can draw in entities across the cultural heritage sector. Paul Moss (OCLC) in his opinion piece, Replacing MARC: Where to Start, further emphasizes the need to step away from thinking solely about a single library interchange format and instead consider that "each function MARC serves should be examined independently and may be replaced by a different technology."
The Library of Congress initiated a Bibliographic Framework project (BIBFRAME) in 2011 to define a replacement for MARC 21. The George Washington University is one of the early experimenters for BIBFRAME and Jackie Shieh in the first in-practice article reviews how their participation was a "transformative opportunity" for their staff "to contribute and establish a new standard that would benefit researchers navigating the information sphere."
ISQ is available in open access in electronic format on the NISO website. Both the entire Winter 2013 Evolution of Bibliographic Data Exchange issue and the individual articles may be freely downloaded. Print copies are available by subscription and as print on demand.
Thomson Reuters pilots Web of Science Certification program at Russia’s Saint Petersburg State University Scientific Library - 17 Dec 2013
The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters recently piloted the first-ever Web of Science Certification program at Russia's Saint Petersburg State University Scientific Library. Working in close collaboration, Thomson Reuters trained 15 members of the library's staff to become experts in the company's Web of Science, the premier web-based research platform for information in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.
The Web of Science Certification Program was designed to train employees of subscribing university libraries to become certified specialists, in order to better train university staff, researchers and students, and to help further the institution's use of the platform and to help advance the university's scientific research efforts. The program is part of Thomson Reuters continued commitment to supporting the professional development of its customers.
The program comprised two days of intense training, including theoretical and practical sessions on how to better work within the Web of Science and with trusted indicators from Thomson Reuters InCites, the company's flagship, web-based research evaluation tool, including the Journal Citation Reports, the recognised authority for evaluating scholarly journals; and ResearcherID, a unique identification tool to help researchers manage their publication lists and citation counts. The program also provided training on EndNote Basic, the industry's leading free reference tool. Each of the 15 participants are now certified for use, consulting and to train staff and students on the Web of Science and InCites platforms.
Wolters Kluwer Health and Emmi Solutions partner to offer integrated patient education - 17 Dec 2013
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that its Lexicomp Integrated Patient Education solution has been integrated into EmmiEngage™, a patient engagement platform offered by Emmi™ Solutions. This integration will help foster patient's understanding of their medical care by allowing clinicians to direct patients to information on topics such as medications, conditions and procedures from beyond the point of care.
The Lexicomp Integrated Patient Education solution allows clinicians across the continuum of care to provide reliable information regarding medications, procedures, conditions, and healthy living as well as discharge instructions to patients and family members at the point of care through integration with their EMR/HIS or other healthcare applications.
To accommodate the needs of an institution's system, multiple delivery options are available, including HL7 InfoButton, APIs, web services, and flat files. By integrating this content into Emmi Solution's patient engagement platform, clinicians can direct their patients to this same content after they have left the close care of clinical staff, offering consistency of information and helping to improve patient retention of healthcare instructions.
China has a flourishing academic black market involving scientists, agencies and journal editors, says new Science report - 16 Dec 2013
China has a flourishing academic black market involving scientists, agencies and journal editors, according to a report published in the Science magazine. The report, based on a five-month investigation by a team of reporters, reveals myriad questionable practices, including paying for author slots on papers written by other scientists and buying papers from online brokers.
Looking into 27 agencies that trade in SCI papers - papers in journals indexed by Thomson Reuters' Science Citation Index (SCI) - the investigation found authorship fees ranging from US$1,600 to US$26,300.
SCI papers - especially those published in journals with a high impact factor - are so critical to getting promotions in China that researchers are willing to shell out for them, says the report's lead author Mara Hvistendahl, a contributing editor with Science who has been based in Shanghai for seven years.
China has become a powerhouse in scientific publishing. The number of papers originating in China on SCI Expanded - an information database of more than 8,500 of the world's leading scientific and technical journals - skyrocketed from 41,417 in 2002 to 193,733 in 2012, ranking it second in the world, after the US, the Science report says.
But corrupt practices taint that achievement. The investigation began with a tip-off that a sales agent for a Chinese company called Wanfang Huizhi was selling authorships for a forthcoming scientific paper to be published in Elsevier's International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. According to the report, the company was selling the title of co-first author for the paper, which described a potential strategy for curbing drug resistance in cancer cells, for 90,000 yuan (US$14,800).
The Wanfang Huizhi website, which was accessible before the investigation report was published, has ceased operating.
IFLA publishes Statement on Libraries and Text and Data Mining - 16 Dec 2013
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has announced the publication of a Statement on Libraries and Text and Data Mining. The IFLA Governing Board approved the statement on December 4, 2013.
There are vast amounts of information and data being generated every day through government, academic, economic and social activities. Text and data mining has emerged as a significant tool to assist individuals and institutions identify patterns, trends and anomalies in data, and to develop new efficiencies and forms of knowledge.
Because the technological process of text and data mining involves copying of works in order to extract information from them, text and data mining is coming into conflict with copyright laws in many parts of the world. In 2011, the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth in the United Kingdom recommended the adoption of a copyright exception to facilitate text and data mining, and highlighted significant benefits offered by text mining and analytics to support innovation and the development of new knowledge.
IFLA believes that legal certainty for text and data mining (TDM) can only be achieved by (statutory) exceptions. As an organisation committed to the principle of freedom of access to information, and the belief that information should be utilised without restriction in ways vital to the educational and cultural well-being of communities, IFLA believes TDM to be an essential tool to the advancement of learning, and new forms of creation.
The IFLA Statement on Text and Data Mining is particularly timely. On December 5, 2013, the European Commission announced its public consultation on modernisation of copyright rules. Whether text and data mining should be facilitated by an exception is one question contained within that consultation.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 16 Dec 2013
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Kent Anderson (Scale Rewards, Scale Punishes — Is the Future of Scholarly Publishing Already Determined?); Jason Koebler (What Happens When Science Journals Start Focusing on Pageviews?); Inger Mewburn and Pat Thomson (Academic blogging is part of a complex online academic attention economy, leading to unprecedented readership); and Angela Cochran (What Does “Federally Funded” Actually Mean?). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
Sciedu Press launches International Journal of Diagnostic Imaging - 16 Dec 2013
Sciedu Press, a Canada-based research publication agency in Canada, has announced the launch of the International Journal of Diagnostic Imaging.
Sciedu Press handles the promotion and publication of all scientific research and education. The goal is to spread and increase awareness of scientific knowledge all over the world. The major expertise of Sciedu Press lies in the field of education, culture, engineering, business, medicine, as well as biological and social sciences. They publish scholarly journals, educational books and pamphlets. They also support and sponsor research projects through international networks and corporation in science, education and culture.
International Journal of Diagnostic Imaging is a new way of allowing open access, peer-reviewed online journal, which promotes and publishes original research based articles about and related to the clinical practices for Diagnostic Imaging. Since it is based on modern approach, the idea is to propel all scientific researches and advancements in diagnostic imaging.
The best thing about this open access online journal is that researchers, academics and scientists throughout the globe would be able to communicate with each other, share information and discuss their individual findings. This in turn would help expand the field in vast proportions.
ScienceDirect now includes 25,000 science and technology books - 16 Dec 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that ScienceDirect now includes 25,000 science and technology books. This increases the depth and breadth of Elsevier's book content available on the platform. The 25,000th book published and added to the database is Fukushima Accident: Radioactivity Impact on the Environment by Pavel Povinec, Katsumi Hirose and Michio Aoyama.
Fukushima Accident discusses the impact of the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear accident on the radioactivity of the total environment, as well as lessons learned on a global scale. Lead author, Dr. Pavel Povinec, is a professor of nuclear physics at the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, From 1993 to 2005 he led the Radiometrics Laboratory of the International Atomic Energy Agency Environment Laboratories in Monaco. He has edited and contributed chapters to several other Elsevier books, and has published more than 250 Elsevier journal articles.
Fukushima Accident is available on ScienceDirect and also on the Elsevier Store.
ScienceDirect is home to almost one-quarter of the world's peer-reviewed full-text scientific, technical and medical content. Over 15 million researchers, healthcare professionals, teachers, students and information professionals around the globe rely on ScienceDirect as a trusted source of nearly 2,200 journals, almost 900 serials and 25,000 book titles. ScienceDirect supports research and education with interactive elements in articles such as audio, video, graphs, tables and images, and offers tools so users can easily set alerts.
Content on ScienceDirect also features embedded links to external datasets, including earth and environmental science data from PANGAEA, abstract and indexing data from Scopus and chemical reactions data from Reaxys. With almost 12 million content pieces available - including pre-publication release of articles and open access content from Elsevier journals - ScienceDirect is a premier platform for discovering the world of research.
Twenty nine organisations and 71 individuals oppose copyright term extension in Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement - 16 Dec 2013
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has joined 28 other organisations and 71 individuals in a letter opposing a copyright term of life plus 70 years in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).
Authors of the letter, sent to TPP negotiators on December 6, noted that there is no benefit to society of extending copyright beyond the 50 years mandated by the WTO. While some TPP countries, like the United States, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Singapore or Australia, already have life + 70 (or longer) copyright terms, there is growing recognition that such terms were a mistake, and should be shortened, or modified by requiring formalities for the extended periods.
The letter continued, the primary harm from the life + 70 copyright term is the loss of access to countless books, newspapers, pamphlets, photographs, films, sound recordings and other works that are 'owned' but largely not commercialised, forgotten, and lost. The extended terms are also costly to consumers and performers, while benefiting persons and corporate owners that had nothing to do with the creation of the work.
APS journal Physical Review Applied now accepting submissions - 13 Dec 2013
The American Physical Society (APS) has announced that it is now accepting submissions for Physical Review Applied, the latest member of the Physical Review family. Dedicated to publishing the highest quality research at the intersection of physics and engineering, Physical Review Applied will debut in early 2014.
Troy Shinbrot, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers University, is the Editor and will work closely with a distinguished and diverse Editorial Board. Professor Shinbrot's research focuses on computational biology and multiphase flow. He was selected as an APS Outstanding Referee in 2008.
Physical Review Applied expands the current APS family of journals to provide comprehensive coverage of applied physics research. This new journal will include Letters, Research Articles, and Review Articles and follow the same high-quality peer-review process as the other Physical Review journals.
More information about Physical Review Applied, including manuscript submission, is available online at journals.aps.org/prapplied.
Australia’s Adelaide Research and Innovation selects Wolters Kluwer Health as “Innovation Champion” - 13 Dec 2013
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has been selected as an Innovation Champion by Adelaide Research and Innovation (ARI), which is owned by the University of Adelaide in Adelaide, Australia, and provides logistical and financial support for research projects at the University. ARI Innovation Champions were selected for their partnerships with University of Adelaide entities on research and development activities through more effective products, processes, services, policies, technologies or ideas.
Wolters Kluwer Health was selected for its ongoing partnership with the Joanna Briggs Institute to bring their evidence-based practice resources to healthcare institutions globally. JBI produces databases, books and interactive tools to help physicians, nurses, and allied healthcare professionals use EBP to improve patient care.
ARI announced its inaugural 10 Innovation Champions this year donating A$500 to each of the recognised institution's charity of choice. Wolters Kluwer Health selected the Hospital Research Foundation to receive its charitable award. The Foundation supports vital world-leading medical research in South Australia conducted at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) and the Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research (BHI). Its research programmes are designed to improve treatment, prevention and potential cures for heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, asthma, arthritis and other diseases and illnesses.
JBI is recognised the world over for its expertise in evidence-based practice; specifically, in synthesizing and assessing the best available medical evidence, and helping healthcare providers translate that evidence into clinical best practices that improves patient care and minimises healthcare costs. JBI's selection of evidence databases, ebooks on translational science and interactive evidence synthesis, assessment and implementation tools are available to more than 180 institutional customers - hospitals, clinics, medical schools, nursing schools - of Wolters Kluwer Health through OvidSP, and to individual healthcare providers via the Lippincott Evidence-Based Practice Network.
Other joint activities include interactive professional development programs, webinars and videos and educational sessions conducted throughout North America, Europe, South Africa, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan.
Elsevier successfully deploys unified clinical medication decision support solution in China - 13 Dec 2013
STM publisher Elsevier has announced that it has successfully deployed the unified clinical medication decision support solution, known as Clinical Medication Decision Support All (CMDS- All), at The First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China.
Developed by Shanghai Datong Medical Information Technology Co. Ltd. (Datong), a fully-owned Elsevier entity that focuses on delivering localised solutions for drug-related decision support, CMDS-All integrates previously disparate medical and pharmacological applications into a single solution platform with additional functionalities of prescription and analytics solutions.
CMDS-All is deployed as an end-user application software solution supported with a backend system that provides real-time information and alerts. These are based on analytical processing of integrated content such as patient information, patient prescription history, drug-related database and health information systems to deliver real-time medication decision support to clinicians and health care providers.
Through an integrated medication solutions platform, CMDS-All offers medical and health care institutions the advantages of: greater operational efficiencies for healthcare providers; improved and faster responsiveness; more comprehensive and greater prescription accuracy; and improved and better hospital and patient management.
Fifty percent grant now available for Knowledge Unlatched pilot fee - 13 Dec 2013
Jisc has announced that the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has agreed to make a grant of up to £550 to universities in England that participate in the Knowledge Unlatched pilot, from December 11. This grant contribution will be used to reduce the participation fee paid by English libraries by 50 percent.
Knowledge Unlatched is an organisation dedicated to promoting open access for scholarly books. Their model uses the collective purchasing power of the world's libraries to make academic books freely available to all and they are inviting libraries from around the world to participate in a pilot to trial this new model. Libraries can participate by pledging (a maximum of) £1100 to 'unlatch' a collection of 28 humanities and social sciences books. If at least 200 libraries from around the world sign up for the collection by January 31, 2014, these books will be made free for anyone in the world to read on an open access basis.
Libraries that participate in the pilot will receive a Knowledge Unlatched membership fee waiver until January 2016, usage data on the collection and the right to participate in Knowledge Unlatched governance. As a result of HEFCE's grant, English libraries will be able to secure the benefits of participating in the Knowledge Unlatched Pilot by pledging a maximum of £550.
Jisc is managing the pledging process for UK universities and colleges and will administer grant funding for the English libraries. Full details of how to pledge can be viewed on the Jisc Collections website. Pledging will remain open until January 31, 2014.
Knowledge Unlatched is planning to establish a joint forum that brings together libraries and publishers in early 2014.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem selects EBSCO Discovery Service to provide enhanced discovery experience - 13 Dec 2013
Library resources provider EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced that Hebrew University of Jerusalem has selected EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) to provide an enhanced discovery experience for students. The customisable resource from EBSCO will be known as HU Find. HU Find will search across multiple databases and the library's catalogue to create a customised discovery solution.
Library staff at Hebrew University evaluated other discovery services and they believed that EDS came out as the best in terms of relevance and refining searches. Other deciding factors included the intuitive user interface, customisation and easy implementation.
EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customised index of an institution's information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box-searching made even more powerful because of the quality of metadata and depth and breadth of coverage.
IHS and Synapse announce strategic partnership to add Chemistry and Chemical Engineering publications to Knowledge Collections - 13 Dec 2013
IHS Inc., a global source of critical information and insight, and Synapse Information Resources, publisher of a chemicals database and related eBooks and publications, have announced a new agreement. The deal allows IHS to globally sell Synapse's chemicals database and related chemical publications and feature key titles like Industrial Chemicals Thesaurus and Specialty Chemicals Source Book within the IHS Knowledge Collections.
The Synapse in-house database contains thousands of trade names and hundreds of thousands of chemicals and is widely used across chemicals and process industries, oil & gas operations, aerospace, automotive and virtually every industry interacting with various chemicals and chemical compounds. Synapse currently publishes dozens of titles covering lubricants, chemical datasheets and corrosion resistance and is known industry wide for their flagship publications - Industrial Chemicals Thesaurus and Specialty Chemicals Source Book.
The inclusion of Synapse eBooks and Chemicals Database within the IHS Knowledge Collections accelerates knowledge discovery for chemical engineers and technical professionals. With unique federated, question-answer search technology, answers related to chemicals information and insight buried deep within Synapse's publications can now be discovered in up to 70 different content lenses including causes/effects, advantages/disadvantages, definitions and many more relevant to a given search.
OSA journal Advances in Optics and Photonics to be indexed in Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science - 13 Dec 2013
The Optical Society (OSA) has announced that its journal Advances in Optics and Photonics has been approved for indexing in Thomson Reuters' Web of Science™, the Scientific, Technical and Medical publishing industry's leading citation database.
Advances in Optics and Photonics articles are scheduled to start appearing in Web of Science beginning early next year, with its first Impact Factor expected in June 2014, when Thomson Reuters announces its Journal Citation Reports (JCR) rankings for all journals. The Impact Factor is a metric meant to indicate the average number of times recent articles in a journal are cited during the previous year and is used by many scientists to determine where they should publish their work.
Advances in Optics and Photonics launched in 2009 and publishes peer-reviewed long review articles and multimedia tutorials from prominent authors in optics and photonics. The journal will join 14 other OSA journals already indexed in Web of Science. Collectively OSA's journals receive the highest number of citations of any publisher in the JCR Optics category.
Content in Web of Science covers more than 12,000 of the highest-impact journals worldwide, including both subscription and open access journals as well as more than 150,000 conference proceedings. Articles cover topics in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities and date back to 1900.
Peer-reviewed articles from F1000Research now visible on PubMed and PubMed Central - 13 Dec 2013
Open Access life-sciences journal F1000Research has announced that articles published and peer-reviewed via its novel post-publication peer review model are now visible in PubMed, the largest and most-used biomedical literature database, and PubMed Central (PMC).
Since its launch at the start of this year, F1000Research has published over 300 articles, and continues to challenge the traditional scholarly publishing model through its innovative, open and transparent Open Science publishing model. The journal's first articles are now visible in PubMed and PMC, and from now, new articles will be deposited with these indexers as soon as they pass peer review.
All articles accepted by F1000Research are published rapidly (on average, articles are published live on the site within seven days of acceptance) using an open access license, and are then formally peer reviewed by invited referees. Referee comments and names are published with the original article. This process aims to remove the standard publication delays and significantly reduce referee and publication bias.
The Open Science publishing model has afforded new opportunities to capture and index a wider range of associated rich article metadata. F1000Research publishes referee reports, author responses and underlying data alongside the article itself, and has worked with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to ensure this additional information is accessible in PMC by developing a more robust way of archiving full-text biomedical literature. This marks a milestone in the communication of scientific findings, and one that will help to lead the way for the increasing number of other publishers who are now developing similar approaches to publication.
The London Book Fair to launch London Book and Screen Week 2014, announces move to Olympia in 2015 - 13 Dec 2013
Events organiser Reed Exhibitions has announced that The London Book Fair 2014 will be the last to take place in its current location, Earls Court. Following the substantial coverage in the media regarding The Earls Court Opportunity Area, the future of Earls Court as an exhibition venue from 2015 onwards remains uncertain and it is unlikely to be available.
From 2015, The London Book Fair will move from Earls Court to an equally iconic new home at sister ECO venue, Olympia. This decision was taken following extensive consultation with The London Book Fair Advisory bodies, representing the industry at home and overseas.
In 2014, The London Book Fair will launch London Book and Screen Week 2014, with the book fair as the pivotal three day event within a five day programme. The week will open with the established and highly acclaimed Publishing for Digital Minds Conference, on April 7 and will close with a direct-to-consumer creative writing event The London Writers’ Fair on April 11, with other events to be confirmed over the coming weeks. The week is designed to bring into focus the importance that written content has across an increasingly multi-channel route to the consumer.
The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every spring in the world's premier publishing and cultural capital, the Fair welcomes over 25,000 visitors and exhibitors from 114 countries each year and is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. The London Book Fair 2014, the 43rd Fair, will take place from April 8 – 10, 2014, Earls Court, London. The London Book Fair's Digital Minds Conference will take place the day before LBF opens, on April 7. Korea is Market Focus country in 2014, following Turkey in 2013.
Thomson Reuters and Tohoku University Tohoku Medical Megabank collaborate to restructure Tohoku and further its scientific research efforts - 13 Dec 2013
The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced a collaboration with Tohoku University Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization (ToMMo) to help restore Tohoku's medical system to its pre-earthquake state and help its medical community further develop its research efforts. Thomson Reuters is providing the organisation with a suite of solutions including its CortellisTM for Informatics Gene Variant Database to support the organisation's unique, large-scale genetic research study to further personalised medicine.
ToMMo was established in February 2012 to help rebuild Tohoku, after the devastating earthquake in 2011, with a state-of-art research platform and a study designed to record the changing health of families over a ten-year period, examining the relationships between genetic traits and lifestyle and the future incidence of certain diseases. The three-generational study is the largest project of its kind designed to understand the causal relationships between disease, environment and genetics. ToMMo expects that the results of the study will help build higher-quality medical services that are better adapted to a patient's genetic traits (genome information). The large-scale study is helping to rebuild the community by training local healthcare professionals and experts, and by constructing a biobank to store health information, medical records, clinical test data, blood samples and other data.
Thomson Reuters is supporting ToMMo's study and biobank by providing an array of its research solutions, including its Gene Variant Database, which offers gene variant information related to diseases and treatment responsiveness, efficacy and toxicity, as well as information on the drugs used in treatment. This will effectively support the project's risk analysis and drug efficacy screening by genotype, and will contribute to the organisation's overall aim in realising personalized medicine and disease prevention.
Cortellis for Informatics is a series of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that access data from Thomson Reuters Cortellis, the premier source of Life Science information, to be integrated into an organisation's internal systems. The Gene Variant Database within the platform is the industry's leading gene variant index, with data from journals, scientific papers, proceedings, patents, clinical trial registrations to clinical guidelines and FDA approval documents. It is manually curated by Life Science experts and also includes pathway and clinical trial information.
Digital Science donates SureChem data of more than 15 million chemical compounds and patents to EMBL-EBI - 12 Dec 2013
Digital Science, a division of Macmillan Science & Education, is donating the SureChem collection of more than15 million chemical structures from world patents into the public domain through the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI). It is the first time a world patent chemistry collection has been made publicly available, marking a significant advance in Open Data for use in drug discovery. This transfer will give researchers around the globe access to a vast new source of medicinally relevant compounds related to the curing of human disease.
SureChem, developed by Digital Science, extracts chemical structure data from the full text and images of patents. This makes it easier to check whether a newly developed drug or other product is actually novel. Previously held within commercial systems and inaccessible to most researchers, this important life science data source is now freely available from EMBL-EBI as SureChEMBL.
SureChEMBL joins a wide array of connected life-science informatics resources at EMBL-EBI, which offers a comprehensive source of freely available molecular data. This transfer opens the door to integrating disease and drug-target data in more meaningful ways, enhancing links between chemical structures and other biological data and their discoverability through the scientific literature.
Researchers working in the public and private domain are invited to explore these data at www.surechembl.org.
Elsevier to publish NADAC price type from CMS - 12 Dec 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that, effective November 30, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) survey-based price type, National Average Drug Acquisition Cost (NADAC) is included for all available drugs where applicable in Elsevier's Gold Standard Drug Database and web-based solutions, ProspectoRx and RxPrice Verify.
CMS invested in NADAC, which is based on a monthly voluntary survey of randomly selected pharmacies nationwide. NADAC was created in order to provide Medicaid agencies with a better estimate of prices paid by pharmacies for drugs, which would be based upon actual drug purchases. The NADAC file is updated on a weekly basis and each month a new survey file is posted to reflect findings from the previous month's survey results. Elsevier publishes both the weekly price type file and monthly file.
Elsevier's Gold Standard Drug Database pricing file is the only compendia that continues to publish Average Wholesale Price (AWP), along with several other price types: Wholesale Acquisition Cost (WAC), Direct Price (DP), Federal Supply Schedule (FSS), CMS Federal Upper Limit (CMS-FUL), Maximum Allowable Cost (MAC), and Predictive Acquisition Cost (PAC). Elsevier's drug pricing database delivers up-to-the-minute data available via web-based solutions, ProspectoRx and RxPrice Verify.
Emerald teams with the Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries initiative to promote research - 12 Dec 2013
In 2011, academic publisher Emerald Group Publishing set up an informal arrangement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Libraries initiative, which aims to provide public access to information through computers in public libraries. Under this arrangement, Emerald publishes the findings of the Global Libraries initiative on Impact Planning and Assessment and makes them freely accessible nine months post official publication.
Global Libraries initiative are now hosting easy to read summaries of the eleven articles published in a special issue of Emerald's journal Performance Measurement and Metrics (Volume 13, Issue 1). The summaries, dedicated to Impact Planning and Assessment, can also be used as a teaching resource and have been published for the benefit of information professionals and practitioners around the world.
Five of the summaries and a glossary of Impact Planning and Assessment acronyms are now available on the WebJunction website and will also be hosted on a selection of authors' websites featured in the special issue of Performance Measurement and Metrics.
As a global publisher, Emerald aims to link research and practice to the benefit of society. This arrangement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offers a perfect opportunity to further the dissemination of valuable, quality research to help develop literacy, including information literacy, and education.
IMS Health unveils Cloud-based mobile health prescribing solution and secure platform for health app development - 12 Dec 2013
Information, technology and services provider IMS Health has announced the immediate availability of AppScript, an mHealth app prescribing solution designed to help healthcare providers and health plans create proprietary formularies based on an objective assessment of healthcare app functionality and value. The company also announced the launch of AppNucleus, its customisable, cloud-based hosting platform that will enable developers to build secure, industry-compliant healthcare apps at very low cost.
Both new products will leverage IMS Health's comprehensive data on diseases, treatments, costs and outcomes. The solutions address the growing demand for secure mobile apps that drive patient engagement and enhance the delivery of care.
The AppScript Software-as-a-Service solution classifies and evaluates more than 40,000 mobile healthcare apps currently available for download on iOS and Android platforms, categorised by stage of the patient journey. Each app is assessed using the company's proprietary IMS Health AppScore, which ranks apps based on functionality, peer and patient reviews, certifications, and their potential to improve outcomes and lower the cost of care. As part of wellness, prevention and treatment regimens, physicians can organise these apps into formularies based on their specific patient population and practice preferences. In addition, AppScript enables them to securely prescribe, reconcile and track app use by patients from any mobile interface.
AppNucleus is the company's innovative healthcare app development and hosting platform that makes it easier for app developers to offer HIPAA- and HITECH-compliant solutions. The platform, compatible with all mobile operating systems, uniquely integrates IMS Health information and analytics at every stage of app development to support design and performance evaluation decisions. AppNucleus features a suite of plug-and-play solutions, enabling patients and physicians to exchange health information on mobile devices via a secure, encrypted channel to protect patient information. It also offers app developers a highly economical way to build security into their apps and protect patient information.
The launch of AppScript and AppNucleus is a key step in IMS Health's efforts to deliver connected healthcare solutions that leverage the company's intelligent cloud and extensive information assets to inform strategic decisions, reduce costs and improve the quality of care. The solutions are being featured at the 5th Annual mHealth Summit, which is being held near Washington D.C. December 8-11.
Infotrieve announces latest release of its Mobile Library e-content access and management software - 12 Dec 2013
e-content business service solutions provider Infotrieve, Inc., US, has announced the latest release of its Mobile Library™ e-content access and management software. Mobile Library 6.0 brings a completely redesigned user interface offering a sleek and intuitive browsing experience for end users.
A new welcome page has been designed as a fully customisable centralised portal providing one-click access to database search functionality, internal and external resources, useful links, and RSS feeds. To further streamline the user experience, enhanced search functionality explores all available content types simultaneously, including journals, books, patents, conference proceedings and more.
A newly released Executive Dashboard provides a detailed on-demand view of enterprise-wide content usage, offering users a unique perspective into access history and usage trends that can be used to impact licensing, subscription planning and spend. Japanese language support has also been added to Mobile Library's foreign language portfolio.
Infotrieve designed Mobile Library 6.0 almost exclusively around customer commentary. A common thread emerged from many hours of direct one-on-one discussions between Infotrieve's senior management team and its client administrators and end users -- the need to further improve the efficiency of research. Those conversations served as the framework for the platform redesign, complete with user-friendly terminology, intuitive content finder, streamlined workflows and sleek interface.
Infotrieve's Mobile Library offers fully secure, cloud-based anywhere, anytime access to all enterprise information assets. Leveraging Infotrieve's "borderless office" technology, users can seamlessly switch between their desktop, laptop, iPad or smartphone without skipping a beat, as their workspace is automatically synchronized across devices. As a flexible e-content software solution, the Mobile Library can serve a variety of customer needs, from easy searching and ordering of pay-per-view content, to a comprehensive rights management solution integrated with shared libraries and social features.
The Mobile Library was initially launched in September 2010 as an update to Infotrieve's award-winning content access and management solution that has more than 400,000 users from more than 8,000 organizations in over 110 countries.
Ingram Content Group announces new appointments - 12 Dec 2013
Ingram Content Group Inc., a US-based provider of physical and digital services, has announced the addition of new leaders to Ingram Publisher Services, Ingram's full-service publisher distribution and sales services company.
Gonzalo Ferreyra has joined Ingram Publisher Services in the role of Director of Acquisitions, Full-Service Distribution. Gonzalo has 24 years of experience in the book industry having held prior positions with Weldon Owen Publishing, VIZ Media, Ten Speed Press and Borders Group, Inc.
Carter Holliday, most recently with Ingram's Lightning Source, has been appointed to Director of Acquisitions, Third-Party Logistics and Ingram Content Group Services. Carter will work with publishers on the development of outsourced logistics services and solutions. Carter has an extensive background in publishing, warehousing, print-on-demand book manufacturing and digital content distribution.
Leah Rex, has been promoted to Director of Client Relations, Ingram Publisher Services. Leah previously held the position of Director of Acquisitions, Full-Service Distribution at Ingram Publisher Services. Leah will succeed Karen Cross, Vice President, Client Relations for Ingram Publisher Services, who will retire in January 2014.
ISPG expands agreement with ACCUCOMS to include Latin America - 12 Dec 2013
The Independent Scholarly Publishers Group (ISPG) has announced that it is expanding the agreement with its Middle East representative, ACCUCOMS, to now include the region of Latin America, starting in January.
ACCUCOMS has been a worldwide provider of sales and marketing services to academic and professional publishers since 2004. The company has been working with the ISPG in the Middle East for the past few years. Now libraries and researchers in Latin America will be able to access ISPG's high-quality content of 47 journals from 20 publishers, as well as choosing from three ISPG collections: The Complete Collection, The Life Science Collection and The Medical Collection.
The Independent Scholarly Publishers Group (ISPG) is a coalition of independent publishers of high-impact journals and related academic content, hosted on the HighWire platform, which promotes, markets to, and negotiates with library consortia, hospitals and other organizations around the world.
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. launches new journal - Drug Repurposing, Rescue, and Repositioning - 12 Dec 2013
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers has announced the launch of Drug Repurposing, Rescue, and Repositioning, a new peer-reviewed journal that will present techniques and tools for finding new uses for approved drugs – particularly for disorders where no animal model, physiologic abnormality, biochemical pathway, or molecular target has been identified. The Journal will be published online with open access options and in print, and is currently under the leadership of Managing Editor Dr. Bill Ferguson.
Repurposing allows human investigation early in the drug discovery process, speeding up the development of important therapeutics. Repurposing can be an important tool in dissecting complex disorders, discovering molecular targets, and unravelling disease processes leading to therapeutic compounds for drug discovery and development. Drug "rescue" refers to research using small molecules and biologics that previously were used in studies but not further developed and submitted for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval.
Drug repositioning is a scientifically logical process for finding new uses for drugs in well-defined and selected patient populations. These initiatives have attracted the attention of regulators around the world; the National Institutes of Health in the United States has launched its National Center for Advancing Translational Medicine (NCATS), with the goal of promoting drug repurposing by industry. There are also several similar European and Asian initiatives already well underway.
Drug Repurposing, Rescue, and Repositioning will include original papers, application-oriented technology reviews, and reports in methodology and technology application. Timely and authoritative articles will cover topics such as: assay design, target development, high-throughput technologies, and chemistry; lab automation, sample management, bioinformatics, data mining, virtual screening, and data analysis; approaches to assays configured for gene families, inherited, and infectious diseases; assays and strategies for adapting model organisms to drug discovery; the use of stem cells as models of disease; translation of phenotypic outputs to target identification; and exploration and mechanistic studies of the technical basis for assay and screening artifacts.
Elsevier publishes first titles in the new Cell Press Reviews book series - 11 Dec 2013
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the publication of the first titles in the new Cell Press Reviews book series, making review content from Cell Press journals more accessible to researchers without institutional access and to others interested in learning more about the topics at a high level. The first book to publish, Cell Press Reviews: Core Concepts in Cell Biology, will be presented at the upcoming American Society for Cell Biology annual meeting in New Orleans, LA, December 14–18, Booth #224.
Cell Press's in-house journal editors, who are subject-matter experts, curated the high-quality, high-impact journal review articles into accessible books on the current state and future direction of cell biology, cancer therapeutics and stem cells to model and treat disease.
The books in the series, published under the Academic Press imprint, include Cell Press Reviews: Core Concepts in Cell Biology; Cell Press Reviews: Stem Cells to Model and Treat Disease; and Cell Press Reviews: Cancer Therapeutics. The books are available on the Elsevier Store and through other online book retailers.
Global healthcare stakeholders want standards-based interoperability and communications, says IEEE-SA - 11 Dec 2013
Tens of billions of dollars a year reportedly slip through the cracks in interoperability and connectivity among medical devices in the United States alone, but it now appears there exists new interest to close those gaps in the global web of healthcare, says the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA).
The ability for health information to be seamlessly shared among devices and enterprise health systems is key to improving patient safety, managing individual health and lowering healthcare costs. Indeed, "Driving Medical Interoperability to Improve Care and Lower Costs" is on the agenda at the mHealth Summit external link this week (December 8-11) in Washington, affirming that interoperability is essential to creating a sustainable connected health ecosystem.
The inability of multi-vendor medical devices to exchange information across primarily proprietary interfaces has been identified as a prime culprit in the inefficiencies and waste in healthcare worldwide.
The IEEE-SA reports strong interest among industry and government to put in place the standards-based foundation that would support the medical-device interoperabiity and communications that the global healthcare community seeks.
Earlier this year, for example, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognized interoperability-related standards in its guidance to the healthcare industry. Twelve such standards that the FDA recognized are among the IEEE 11073™ family, which is designed to help healthcare product vendors and integrators create interoperable devices and systems for disease management, health and fitness and independent living that can help save lives and improve quality of life for people worldwide.
By supporting interoperable communications among both traditional medical devices and personal health devices, the IEEE 11073 standards assist in the support of patients living independently with chronic diseases like asthma, diabetes, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, high blood pressure, stroke and atrial fibrillation.
Driven by its industry participants to intensify its efforts in this field, the IEEE-SA earlier this year signed a collaborative agreement with Continua Health Alliance to help accelerate and broaden the adoption of globally relevant standards-based technologies for the healthcare arena. The collaborative agreement is intended to provide an environment for like-minded organisations and individuals to come together quickly, effectively and economically to collaborate on standards-based solutions for the global healthcare arena to the benefit of equipment manufacturers, governments and consumers worldwide.
OCLC library data now supplementing Yelp.com listings to improve public access to library information - 11 Dec 2013
OCLC, the non-profit computer library service and research organisation, is working with Yelp, a website and mobile app that connects consumers with great local businesses, to increase public access to local library information.
Yelp is integrating information from the database of library listings maintained through the OCLC Library Spotlight program to supplement existing library listings on Yelp.com. Information provided through OCLC has already been added to over 1,400 library listings on Yelp.com, ensuring that accurate addresses, phone numbers, hours and other information will be available in addition to information already listed on Yelp.
The OCLC Library Spotlight program offers a free, easy-to-use service with which any library can add, edit and update its own profile that will then appear on online listing sites. Yelp is the first to work with OCLC, which will incorporate more partners in the future to give libraries greater visibility on the Web. Libraries can already claim their free account and use a suite of business tools on Yelp.
The Library Spotlight program improves access to online library information by providing a convenient way for Internet services to update multiple library listings at once, at scale.
The Library Spotlight program also uses data from the WorldCat Registry to pre-populate information about thousands of library locations. Libraries can use the Library Spotlight program to update and enhance that information, or create a new account if none exists.
The partnership between OCLC and Yelp was first announced in April 2013. The initial feed of library data is now available on Yelp. OCLC will provide Yelp with additional profiles and updates on a regular basis.
RSuite CMS 4 now powered by MarkLogic 7 - 11 Dec 2013
RSuite CMS, a content management system for publishers, is now powered by MarkLogic 7, the industry's leading Enterprise NoSQL database.
RSuite CMS 4 provides an entirely new user experience through an intuitive user interface that minimises actions required to execute complex searches across an entire set of content, globally apply metadata, dynamically organise content into collections, package and distribute content to licensing partners, and much more.
RSuite CMS claims to be the software of choice for many of the world's leading publishers. Publishing organisations of all sizes use RSuite CMS to search, store, manage, and transform content into print and digital products.
Thomson Reuters acquires AVEDAS, expands scholarly-research analytics solution - 11 Dec 2013
The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has acquired German-based AVEDAS, a company specialising in the development and implementation of current research information systems. AVEDAS will be integrated into the Scientific and Scholarly Research unit of Thomson Reuters.
AVEDAS' flagship research information system, CONVERIS® 5, supports universities, research institutions and funding agencies in collecting and managing data across the research life cycle. CONVERIS complements the Thomson Reuters InCites solution, the company's next generation Research Analytics platform for scholarly benchmarking and analysis, and will become part of that offering.
AVEDAS, founded in 2005, has several research management insight modules in CONVERIS, some of which include graduate student management, pre-and-post award management, research analytics, publications management and data integration. The company has a global client base with a concentration of users in Europe. Its headquarters are in Karlsruhe, Germany, with other office locations in Leiden, Netherlands, and Hyderabad, India.
Wolters Kluwer Health releases Medi-Span Federal Government Pricing File - 11 Dec 2013
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has released the Medi-Span® Federal Government Pricing File™, which consolidates NADAC pricing data from CMS, serving as a key resource to payers, pharmacy benefit managers, and retail pharmacies.
In late November, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the first publication of the National Average Drug Acquisition Cost (NADAC), a new national benchmark reflective of the prices pharmacies pay to acquire outpatient prescription and OTC medications.
Medi-Span has developed the Federal Government Pricing File that reports NADAC pricing information, allowing Medi-Span customers to easily utilise the new pricing information for their business needs. Additionally, the file also extrapolates pricing to similar NDCs that are not reported by CMS, providing a more robust picture of affected NDCs reported by Medi-Span. The extrapolated NDCs are readily identified and distinguished from the CMS-based NDCs.
World Scientific and Nobel Media sign new memorandum of agreement to publish Nobel Lectures Series (2006–2010) - 11 Dec 2013
STM Publisher World Scientific has announced the signing of a new memorandum of agreement with the Nobel Foundation to publish the latest series of Nobel Lectures in all subjects - physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, economic sciences and literature - from 2006 to 2010. World Scientific broke new ground in the early 1990s when it signed a memorandum of agreement with the Nobel Foundation to publish the entire series of Nobel Lectures in all subjects. The company looks forward to more fruitful collaboration with Nobel Media, a Nobel Foundation subsidiary, in the coming years.
Previously, the company had published and distributed the Nobel Lectures series (1901-2005) worldwide, making accessible the scientific, literary and humanitarian achievements of numerous Nobel laureates to a wide audience.
As part of the company's promotional efforts, many memorable book launches with these Nobel laureates as speakers have been organised, reaching out to a wider audience of both professionals and students. These events have provided students the opportunity to be both inspired and challenged to think deeply on a subject.
Chemical Abstracts Service and PerkinElmer collaborate to enhance efficiency of researchers’ workflows - 10 Dec 2013
Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), the world's authority for chemical information, and PerkinElmer, Inc., a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment, have announced a collaboration to combine the power of two leading chemistry solutions - SciFinder and ChemBioDraw.
The ChemBioDraw platform is a digital drawing tool for chemists and biologists to create publication-ready, scientifically intelligent drawings for use in ELNs, databases and publications. SciFinder is a research discovery application that provides integrated access to the world's most comprehensive and authoritative source of references, substances and reactions in chemistry and related sciences, which are collected, organised and indexed by CAS scientists.
New functionality is being developed to enable a ChemBioDraw user to directly initiate a search in SciFinder, providing access to comprehensive content available in the CAS databases. The integrated solution is expected to be available in early 2014.
Digital bone library offers global resource for chronic disease identification - 10 Dec 2013
The Digitised Diseases web resource, created by the University of Bradford and Jisc, launched at the Royal College of Surgeons in London. The online resource contains 3D models of bones affected by over 90 chronic pathological conditions. These range from common complaints such as osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis, to rare bone cancers, skeletal trauma and conditions that are often considered to be diseases of poverty in the modern world, such as tuberculosis and polio.
The resource seeks to bring together world-renowned skeletal collections including the university's own archaeological skeletons housed in the Biological Anthropology Research Centre (BARC); historic medical specimens housed in the Hunterian Museum and the Wellcome Museum of Anatomy and Pathology at the Royal College of Surgeons in London; and human remains excavated by the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA).
The bones have been digitised using a combination of 3D laser scanning, CT and radiography, providing a unique opportunity for students and researchers all over the world to examine both the internal and external changes caused by chronic diseases. The models are accompanied by descriptions and broader clinical synopses of these conditions.
Elsevier launches new OA journal - Operations Research Perspectives - 10 Dec 2013
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the launch of an open access journal - Operations Research Perspectives. Rubén Ruiz García of Universitat Politècnica València, Spain, will serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.
Operations Research Perspectives is a new open access journal in the field of operations research and management science. The journal is aimed at a wide audience, ranging from management scientists, industrial engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians, practitioners and scientists working in the operations research field. The journal will publish all kinds of material, from short communications and technical letters to full papers and case studies.
Operations Research Perspectives will publish its first four issues beginning 2014. For more information or to submit an article, interested parties may visit www.journals.elsevier.com/operations-research-perspectives.
McGraw-Hill Education expands efforts to ensure fully interoperable future for the education technology industry - 10 Dec 2013
Digital learning company McGraw-Hill Education, US, has designated its Tel Aviv-area technology innovation center as its company-wide interoperability hub. The center will continue to ensure that all of the company's current and future digital learning solutions adhere to the IMS Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) guidelines, the industry standard for edtech interoperability. A contributing member of the IMS and an advocate for open standards, McGraw-Hill Education aims to make its content open and searchable to anyone and to help make education technology more seamless and flexible for instructors and students everywhere.
Although digital education technology has become increasingly sophisticated over the past decade, there has been a proliferation of edtech tools and solutions that run only within specific operating systems and are therefore incompatible with one another. This lack of integration means that the promise of the real-time classroom – where data can instantly be processed and analysed across students' academic records – cannot be realised. By prescribing a set of universal protocols on which all new education technology will operate, the LTI guidelines promise to alleviate virtually every edtech compatibility concern that exists today.
According to IMS Global, school technology leaders have already reported that LTI alignment routinely saves them more than 90 percent of the time that would otherwise be spent on custom software integrations.
McGraw-Hill Education's Tel Aviv technology center has been instrumental in the company's interoperability work to date and will expand in the coming months, adding technology professionals from both within and outside of the education sector.
McGraw-Hill Education has already successfully aligned many of its premier digital learning solutions to the LTI guidelines. Of note is McGraw-Hill Connect, the online learning platform of choice for hundreds of colleges and universities around the country, which is now equipped to support any LTI-certified digital learning solution on the market. Additionally, McGraw-Hill Campus allows schools to integrate the company's digital products, including Connect and McGraw-Hill LearnSmart, with any learning management system.
Stewart Wills named Editor and Content Director of Optics & Photonics News - 10 Dec 2013
The Optical Society (OSA) has announced that Stewart Wills has joined the organisation as the new editor and content director for its monthly news magazine, Optics & Photonics News (OPN). Wills will be wholly responsible for the society's magazine portfolio and will oversee its editorial strategy, content, artistic direction and production.
Before joining OSA, Wills was the editorial director of web and new media at Science magazine. There he implemented a highly successful weekly podcast, new video initiatives, and the journal's first entry in social media channels. Prior to joining Science, Wills was a freelance writer and editor as well as a securities analyst. He currently produces podcasts and a microblog for the Society for Scholarly Publishing's The Scholarly Kitchen.
Optics & Photonics News provides in-depth coverage of recent developments in the field of optics and offers busy professionals the tools they need to succeed in the optics industry, as well as informative pieces on a variety of topics such as science and society, education, technology and business. The publication strives to make the various facets of this diverse field accessible to researchers, engineers, businesspeople and students. Contributors include scientists and journalists who specialise in the field of optics.
STM seminars focus on Data and Content Enrichment - 10 Dec 2013
The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers' (STM) hosted two interesting and thought provoking seminars, STM – Innovations and STM – E-Production, in London last week.
On December 4, 2013, the STM – Innovations seminar kicked off with an opening Keynote from Gerry Grenier – IEEE and chair of the STM Future Lab Committee. Gerry welcomed everyone to a very interesting day on Data focussed around the Research data revolution. Sayeed Choudhury, Assistant Dean for Research Data Management, John Hopkins University, provided some thought provoking concepts and suggested that perhaps data is the new oil and that we should think about content being more about Data. The sessions that followed provided an insight into some future concepts for how we should view content and data including a truly inspired session from Chris Lintott from the University of Oxford who talked about the Zooniverse, a project for worldwide collaboration on Science projects.
The STM – E-Production seminar was held on December 5th. The day's session focussed around Content Enrichment - When does it happen, what needs to happen and how it gets done. The event featured some interesting sessions from Evan Owens from AIP; Kaveh Bazargan from River Valley Technologies; and Bill McCoy from International Digital Publishing Forum, who talked about Epub3 and HTML5. The presentations in the morning panel session centered around "What's new in Content Enrichment" from Access Innovations, Elsevier Clinical Key, Oxford University Press, TEMIS and Silverchair. The afternoon sessions focussed on improving access to STM Publications featuring Cambridge University Press, JISC TechDis and International Digital Publishing Forum. The day concluded with a session from Cambridge University Press and Apex CoVantage discussing the Pioneers Dilemma around rethinking and retooling at the University Press.
Transferable peer review to be piloted with nine of Wiley’s high impact neuroscience titles - 10 Dec 2013
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has announced the trial of an enhanced system of peer review, which will allow for the transfer of reviewer comments between journals. Peer review is an integral part of scientific publishing and the new pilot is being trialled in selected neuroscience journals.
Across the publishing industry traditional peer review reportedly takes an average of 80 days per paper. Research articles submitted to Wiley journals are reviewed by at least two suitably qualified experts before an editor makes a decision to publish based on the reviews provided.
If a paper is rejected from the author's first choice journal the entire process is repeated upon resubmission, sometimes with the same reviewers. To make this process more efficient, Wiley has developed a system to preserve and transfer the initial peer review, enabling the review to travel with the article between journals on its route to publication.
This enhanced system of transferable peer review will be piloted amongst nine of Wiley's high impact neuroscience titles. The journals will use their usual review format, with the addition of a standard scorecard that will be used by all other participating journals. If, following a rejection, a manuscript is submitted to a second journal, the author will have the option to transfer the review and the paper's scorecard. Authors will have the opportunity to revise their manuscript according to review comments prior to transfer and resubmission.
The pilot will run for at least six months and results will be used to develop a robust process which can be expanded across Wiley's journal portfolio. Wiley journals that also participate in the Neuroscience Peer Review Consortium will continue to participate in that program.
University of Houston selects Ex Libris Discovery solutions - 10 Dec 2013
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the University of Houston (UH) has selected the Primo discovery and delivery solution and the SFX OpenURL link resolver. After defining the library's long-term requirements and evaluating a number of commercial options, the university library - a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) - chose to integrate Primo with its existing systems.
Founded in 1927, the University of Houston (UH) is the second most ethnically diverse major research university in the United States, with more than 40,750 students enrolled in over 300 undergraduate and graduate academic programs, on campus and online. UH awards more than 8,000 degrees annually. The university's faculty and students conduct research through 40 research centers, across every academic discipline.
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.
Elsevier launches new journal - Mental Health & Prevention - 09 Dec 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of a new journal, Mental Health & Prevention. The international journal will publish high quality reviews, original research and other papers related to research on prevention to support the psychological development across the complete life span.
The journal aims to provide a platform facilitating international scientific exchange in the field of mental health and mental health promotion. Professor Manfred Cierpka of the University Hospital of Heidelberg, Germany, will serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.
The first issue of the Mental Health & Prevention is available for all to view on ScienceDirect. The journal offers options for open access publishing of research papers.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 09 Dec 2013
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Kent Anderson (Tip of the Iceberg - How the Illusion of Products Can Mislead Customers About the Realities of Business); Stevan Harnad (“Nudging” researchers toward Gold Open Access will delay the shift to wider access of research); Joseph Esposito (How PLoS ONE Can Have It All); Peter Sergo (Medical Journals Fail To Publish Half Of Drug Studies In Federal Registry, Weakening Evidence-Based Medicine); and Matthew Brady (Why do young readers prefer print to ebooks?). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
Library Community encourages FCC to make materials accessible via FDsys - 09 Dec 2013
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) recently joined others in the library community in a letter requesting that the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) make its primary legal materials and publicly available comments accessible via the Government Printing Office (GPO) Federal Digital System, FDsys.
The signatories noted that, "In doing so, the Commission stands not only to improve the public's access to official government information and ability to participate in critical governmental processes during periods of crisis, but serve as a model for other agencies to implement the principles of President Obama's Open Government Initiative."
The letter cites the fact that FDsys remained accessible during the prolonged government shutdown in October, giving the public access to such government information as the Congressional Record, the Federal Register, and bills and laws. Furthermore, GPO partners with the LOCKSS-USDOCS program, a private LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) network, which replicates content to various geographic locations, providing an additional redundant mechanism for making information publicly accessible in the event of a shutdown.
New OA journal from the American Geophysical Union and Wiley publishes first articles - 09 Dec 2013
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) and publisher Wiley have announced that Earth's Future, a new open access journal, has published its first group of articles.
Created to reflect the risks and opportunities associated with environmental changes and challenges, the journal features primary research across disciplines and seeks to connect it to policy through editorials, essays, reviews, and other commentary pieces. Contributors tackle solutions to such grand challenges as population increase, industrial and agricultural development, urbanisation, climate change, geohazards, energy, food and water resource sustainability and security.
Earth's Future joins AGU's prestigious portfolio of peer-reviewed research publications, including Geophysical Research Letters and Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres. Both are ranked among the top ten most-highly cited research publications on climate change over the past decade.
Editor in Chief Ben van der Pluijm is the B.R. Clark Collegiate Professor of Geology and Professor of the Environment at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on active and past deformation of the Earth's crust, and his teaching and outreach target the societal dimensions of global change.
UMass Amherst Libraries join HathiTrust partnership - 09 Dec 2013
The UMass Amherst Libraries has become one of the newest partners of HathiTrust, a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in an extraordinary digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form.
As HathiTrust members, UMass Amherst students, faculty, and staff will have access to more than 3.5 million public domain books. The campus community will be able to search HathiTrust's catalogue and download titles in the public domain. Users can then create their own private libraries of these electronic titles.
HathiTrust is an international community of research libraries committed to the long-term curation and availability of the cultural record. Through their common efforts and deep commitment to the public good, the libraries support the teaching and learning activities of the faculty, students or researchers at their home institutions, and the scholarly needs of the broader public as well. Launched in 2008, HathiTrust has a growing membership currently comprising more than 80 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 allow users to gather subsets of the digital library into "collections" that can be searched and browsed.
Wellcome Library signs up for new OA pilot project, Knowledge Unlatched - 09 Dec 2013
The Wellcome Library has signed up to a new open access pilot project, Knowledge Unlatched (KU). KU aims to make a collection of books, covering a wide range of humanities and social science topics, available on open access licenses through funding from hundreds of libraries.
Representing an additional route to open access for books, alongside funder- or author-pays models, the KU model allows participating libraries to share the cost of a single fixed fee to a publisher to 'unlatch' a book, making it available on a Creative Commons license via OAPEN as a fully downloadable PDF. As the fee amount is fixed, the cost per library for each title declines as more libraries participate in the scheme, ensuring that library spending results in the widest possible access to scholarly books.
By participating in the KU pilot scheme, the Wellcome Library will join other libraries and publishers in collaborating towards a sustainable open future for specialist books.
Libraries can participate in the Knowledge Unlatched pilot scheme until January 31, 2014.
Wolters Kluwer Health’ Customer Support team receives certification as a Center of Excellence by BenchmarkPortal for the fourth time - 09 Dec 2013
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced that its Customer Support organisation for its Ovid and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins businesses received certification for the fourth time as a Center of Excellence by BenchmarkPortal, the global leader in support center benchmarking. The Technical Services team has been recognized again with this award for 2013.
BenchmarkPortal recognition is a rigorous certification process where only 10 percent of organisations surveyed are awarded a "Certification of Excellence." Wolters Kluwer Health's Technical Services team was the first in the STM industry to achieve certification in 2005. Several Wolters Kluwer Customer Support organisations have since earned certifications for both Customer Service and Technical Support.
As part of the certification process, BenchmarkPortal audits and verifies the center's key performance indicators and compares that data to data from other peer organisations in its best practice database. Organisations that demonstrate superior performance on both cost-related metrics and quality-related metrics compared with their industry peers earn the award.
BIBSYS Consortium opts for Ex Libris Alma - 06 Dec 2013
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that BIBSYS, the Norwegian national provider of library services, has selected the Alma library management service. BIBSYS will use Alma in conjunction with Ex Libris Primo to provide next-generation library services for a consortium of over 100 institutions that includes all Norwegian universities, colleges, the National Library and a number of research libraries.
Having adopted the Primo discovery and delivery solution earlier in 2013, BIBSYS has now made a strategic decision to modernise its library management systems. After a thorough evaluation of commercial alternatives, BIBSYS chose Alma because it offered unified management of the full life-cycle for all types of resources, based on powerful and streamlined functionality. At the same time, Alma's capabilities for large consortia, its cloud-based SaaS design, and its advanced analytics capabilities were important to the BIBSYS decision.
Among the many requirements set out by BIBSYS in their evaluation process, one of the most critical was the need to increase efficiency by unifying workflows across all resource types.
Health Market Science selects Medi-Span Controlled Substance Files for integration with Prescriber Eligibility solution - 06 Dec 2013
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced that its Medi-Span Controlled Substances Drug File has been selected by Health Market Science (HMS), a supplier of provider data and end-to-end solutions that address data management, regulatory compliance and market intelligence, for integration with HMS's Prescriber Eligibility® (PE) solution. The enhanced solution will provide the industry with near real-time validation of prescriptive authority for scheduled drugs at the US state and territory level to reduce the risk of regulatory fines and improve third party reimbursement rates, including Medicaid.
Medi-Span is a provider of comprehensive drug information and drug interaction database solutions for more than 35 years. The Controlled Substances File can be implemented to assist pharmacists in dispensing settings to meet mandatory compliance with US regulations of controlled substances by providing regulation schedules, Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), and Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System (ARCOS) in one data resource.
Health Market Science's PE solution ensures real-time, point-of-service compliance checks against all submitted pharmacy claims before they are transmitted to payers. PE leverages data from the HMS Provider MasterFile, a database of 8 million healthcare practitioners, nearly half a million healthcare organisations, as well as the affiliations between them.
IOP Publishing appoints Dr Matthew Salter as new Publishing Manager for Asia Pacific - 06 Dec 2013
IOP Publishing (IOP), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute of Physics, has announced the appointment of Dr Matthew Salter as the new Publishing Manager for Asia Pacific. He will take up his role on December 14, 2013 and will be based in IOP Publishing’s Tokyo office.
Dr Salter has a wealth of experience, having worked in both science research and publishing roles. He has a PhD in organic chemistry and has worked at King's College London and the University of Tokyo in lecturing and research positions. More recently Dr Salter worked as Publisher, Asia Pacific, for Macmillan Science Communication, having been at the organisation for more than 5 years.
He joins Dr Tim Smith in the role of Publishing Manager. Dr Smith is based in the Bristol office.
Knowledge Unlatched to preserve with CLOCKSS Archive - 06 Dec 2013
The CLOCKSS Archive has partnered with Knowledge Unlatched to preserve their ebooks in CLOCKSS's geographically and geopolitically distributed network of redundant archive nodes, located at 12 major research libraries worldwide. This action provides for content to be freely available to everyone after a 'trigger event' and ensures an author's work will be maximally accessible and useful over time.
Knowledge Unlatched believes that by working together libraries and publishers can create a sustainable route to Open Access for scholarly books and secure long-term cost savings for their own institutions by sharing the costs of making HSS monographs available on a Creative Commons license.
CLOCKSS (Controlled LOCKSS) is a not-for-profit joint venture between the world's leading academic publishers and research libraries. The initiative seeks to build a sustainable, geographically distributed dark archive with which to ensure the long-term survival of Web-based scholarly publications for the benefit of the greater global research community.
SCOAP3 to begin January 1, 2014 - 06 Dec 2013
CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, has announced that the SCOAP3 Open Access publishing initiative will start January 1, 2014. With the support of partners in 24 countries, a vast fraction of scientific articles in the field of High-Energy Physics will become Open Access at no cost for any author: everyone will be able to read them; authors will retain copyright; and generous licenses will enable wide re-use of this information.
Convened at CERN this is the largest scale global Open Access initiative ever built, involving an international collaboration of over one thousand libraries, library consortia and research organisations. SCOAP3 enjoys the support of funding agencies and has been established in co-operation with leading publishers.
Eleven publishers of high quality international journals are participating in SCOAP3. Elsevier, IOP Publishing and Springer, together with their publishing partners, have been working with the network of SCOAP3 national contact points. Reductions in subscription fees for thousands of participating libraries worldwide have been arranged, making funds available for libraries to support SCOAP3.
The SCOAP3 initiative looks forward to establishing further partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, where scientists will enjoy the advantages of Open Access and many libraries and library consortia will benefit from reductions in their subscription costs.
Thomson Reuters and Masaryk University collaborate to quantify global research impact - 06 Dec 2013
The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced a commitment between Masaryk University and Thomson Reuters to demonstrate the efficiency and global impact of the university’s scientific research. The trusted indicators of Thomson Reuters InCites, the company’s flagship, web-based research evaluation tool, will enable the institution to measure research output and impact, monitor trends and benchmark its performance against peers at the individual, departmental and global levels.
The strategic relationship between Thomson Reuters and Masaryk University supports the university’s plans to develop new research strategies, retain talent and identify new opportunities for collaboration through InCites indicators. InCites’ objective benchmarks and metrics also enable the University to establish more informed investment decisions and standardise reporting processes, which help ensure it is allocating funding to the people and projects that yield the highest returns.
Built on content from Thomson Reuters Web of Science, the industry’s premier collection of citation information in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, InCites provides analytics on authors, journals and fields, as well as connections to the proprietary university research management and profiling systems for full workflow integration.
InCites is a customised, web-based evaluation tool that enables universities, funding bodies and policy makers to analyze their research productivity and compare their output against that of their peers. The solution provides normalized metrics for repeatable analysis of outcomes, cross-regional impacts, discipline comparisons and standardised, accurate reviews for promotion and tenure processes. InCites can also serve as a support solution in ongoing quality assurance activities.
World Scientific launches new journal – Technology - 06 Dec 2013
STM Publisher World Scientific has announced the launch of a new journal, Technology. Dr. Martin Yarmush from Rutgers University/Massachusetts General Hospital, and Dr. Mehmet Toner from Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University, will serve as the Editors-in-Chief.
Technology will feature the development of cutting-edge new technologies in a broad array of emerging fields of science and engineering. The content will have an applied science and technological slant with a focus on both innovation and application to daily lives. It will cover diverse disciplines such as health and life science, energy and environment, advanced materials, technology-based manufacturing, information science and technology, and marine and transportations technologies.
The first issue of Technology is the December 2013 issue. All issues for the first two years of publication are free to access for registered users.
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. announces publication of World Stem Cell Report 2013 - 05 Dec 2013
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers has announced the publication of the World Stem Cell Report 2013, a special supplement to the peer-reviewed journal Stem Cells and Development. Dr. Graham Parker (Wayne State University School of Medicine) and Bernard Siegel (Genetics Policy Institute) serve as Co-Editors-in-Chief of the Report, joined by Rosario Isasi (McGill University) as Managing Editor.
The World Stem Cell Report is the official publication of the 2013 World Stem Cell Summit, being held December 4–6, 2013 in San Diego, CA. The Report is available to all subscribers of Stem Cells and Development and to attendees of the World Stem Cell Summit.
The Summit, presented by the Genetics Policy Institute, is the flagship meeting of the international stem cell community. The Summit aims to accelerate the discovery and development of lifesaving cures and therapies, bringing global stakeholders together to solve global challenges. It builds a foundation to advance cell therapies by establishing a supportive environment of regulation, legislation, financing, reimbursement, and patient advocacy. Attendees from more than 40 nations are expected to attend this year's meeting.
McGraw-Hill Professional’s eBook catalogue now available for K-12 school libraries and public libraries worldwide - 05 Dec 2013
McGraw-Hill Professional, a division of McGraw-Hill Education, US, and OverDrive, an eBook, audiobook, music and video lending service for schools and libraries, have announced that McGraw-Hill Professional's eBook catalogue is now available for K-12 school libraries and public libraries worldwide. This catalogue claims to be one of the premier eBook collections for business, consumer, education, technical, and medical titles available.
To celebrate this new offering, 2012 and 2013 McGraw-Hill eBook releases (more than 700 titles) will be offered at special bundled rates and packages for K-12 school and public library partners through the end of this year in OverDrive Marketplace.
Through OverDrive, K-12 school libraries and public libraries will be able to offer 24/7 access to McGraw-Hill Professional digital titles in four broad categories: Business/Consumer, Science/Technical, Test Prep/Education, and Medical. The eBook collection for schools and public libraries includes more than 700 recently released titles for researchers, business, medical, and technical professionals, and students preparing for ACT, SAT, MCAT or LSAT exams. These titles and more are available now for libraries and schools to lend for virtually any device with a modern browser, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle® (U.S. only) through OverDrive Read or OverDrive Media Console.
New Zealand universities extend access to Thomson Reuters Web of Science database for three more years - 05 Dec 2013
The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced that all eight universities in New Zealand have extended access to the Thomson Reuters Web of Science database for three additional years. This ensures researchers, administrators, faculty and students in New Zealand universities have access to the highest quality, curated, multidisciplinary scientific literature. This extension marks the tenth year of their partnership with Thomson Reuters.
The eight universities in New Zealand are the University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, University of Canterbury, Lincoln University, Massey University, University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington and University of Waikato.
Web of Science is a Thomson Reuters Scientific & Scholarly Research solution that is known to be the world's most trusted citation index for leading scholarly literature.
Palgrave Macmillan joins OASPA - 05 Dec 2013
Academic publisher Palgrave Macmillan has announced its membership of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), a trade association which represents the interests of open access publishers in all academic disciplines.
OASPA enables exchange of information, setting standards, advancing models, advocacy, education, and the promotion of innovation in open access.
Palgrave Macmillan published its first open access monograph, Fungal Disease in Britain and the United States 1850-2000, funded by The Wellcome Trust, under a CC-BY license in November 2013. However, an open access option has been available for journals since 2011, and for Palgrave Pivots and monographs since January 2013.
Publishers Communication Group to promote ISPG in India - 05 Dec 2013
The Independent Scholarly Publishers Group (ISPG) has announced that Publishers Communication Group (PCG) will be representing the ISPG collections of journals to the Indian sub-continent starting in January.
PCG is an internationally recognised sales and marketing consulting firm providing services designed to support and drive sales throughout the US, Europe, India, China and Latin America. With the new agreement, PCG will be expanding its ISPG work in Europe to India, helping libraries and researchers there to access ISPG's high-quality content of 47 journals from 20 publishers. Libraries now also have the option to choose from three ISPG collections: The Complete Collection, The Life Science Collection and The Medical Collection.
ISPG is a coalition of independent publishers of high-impact journals and related academic content, hosted on the HighWire platform, which promotes, markets to, and negotiates with library consortia, hospitals and other organizations around the world.
Versita partners with Polish Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology to publish Nukleonika - International Journal of Nuclear Research - 05 Dec 2013
Open Access scholarly publisher Versita has announced a partnership with the Polish Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology to publish Nukleonika - International Journal of Nuclear Research. Published since 1956, the journal claims to be one of the world's oldest periodicals in nuclear sciences.
Nukleonika - International Journal of Nuclear Research is an international, peer-reviewed, scientific journal, publishing original top quality papers on fundamental, experimental, applied and theoretical aspects of nuclear sciences. The journal brings together scientists working on nuclear technologies to disseminate and debate recent developments and applications. Nukleonika will join the strong range of open access STM Society Journals published by Versita.
The first issue of Nukleonika to be published by Versita will be volume 59 (2014). The journal has been distributed online for 13 years now, and as of 2012 has an Impact Factor of 0.507.
Winners of the 2013 “Health Science Librarians Make a Difference” video contest announced - 05 Dec 2013
Wolters Kluwer Health has announced the winners of its 2013 'Health Science Librarians Make a Difference,' video contest. With this initiative, Wolters Kluwer Health seeks to recognise the value medical librarians bring to their medical schools, hospitals and other healthcare institutions globally. All the winning videos and a selection of other entries are available to view on the Wolters Kluwer Health YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/woltersKluwerlibrariancontest.
The video contest was designed to help medical librarians promote their services and resources to the doctors, nurses, residents, faculty and students they support. Finalists were judged on the basis of creativity and originality, quality, and content of the message.
Winners received cash prize grants for their videos selected by a panel of clinicians, medical librarians and publishers, including representatives from Wolters Kluwer Health and outside experts.
Video entries came from librarians all over the world, including the United States, Canada and Europe. Each 3-minute video showed how their library helps to improve patient care, demonstrates institutional leadership, or contributes to the global healthcare community. Entries were judged on the basis of creativity and originality, quality, and message content. Contest judges included an expert panel of clinicians and medical librarians, as well as publishers of Wolters Kluwer Health medical and nursing journals.
ACCUCOMS to represent IOS Press across the whole of Europe - 04 Dec 2013
ACCUCOMS, a Netherlands-based provider of sales and marketing services to scholarly and society publishers, will take over from Van De Bilt Sales and Marketing in representing IOS Press across the whole of Europe, including Turkey from January 1, 2014. This choice has been favoured by the existing collaboration between ACCUCOMS and IOS Press in Italy and Turkey.
Commencing its publishing activities in 1987, IOS Press serves the information needs of scientific and medical communities worldwide. IOS Press now (co-)publishes over 100 international journals and about 100 book titles each year on subjects ranging from computer sciences and mathematics to medicine and the natural sciences.
ACCUCOMS is an independent provider of services to academic and professional publishers around the world. Established in 2004, ACCUCOMS now operates from the Netherlands, Turkey, Costa Rica, the USA, MENA and India. ACCUCOMS' multilingual teams offer efficient and intelligent representation, telemarketing and business intelligence services as well as user interaction programs to clients that range from large publishing houses to specialist society publishers.
Content from U.S. Patent and Trademark Office now searchable via EBSCO Discovery Service - 04 Dec 2013
Library resources provider EBSCO Information Services has announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), an agency of the Department of Commerce, is the latest content source to be added to EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS). Patent attorneys, patent agents and others involved in intellectual property management will benefit from the addition of USPTO's Patent Application Full Text and Patent Full Text to EDS.
USPTO houses full text for patents issued from 1976 to the present and PDF images for all patents from 1790 to the present. The content from USPTO includes metadata from their patent databases. Patent Application Full Text includes full-text and image versions of patent applications from March 2001 to the present. Patent Full Text includes information about patents that have already been filed or granted.
A patent grant document contains a patent number, title, inventor name, assignee, application number, filing date, prior publication date, foreign application priority data (if applicable), classification information, references cited, examiner and attorney information, abstract, specification, claims, and drawings.
With the continued demand for patents by American inventors and entrepreneurs, the inclusion of the metadata to EDS will benefit many professionals. Earlier this year, EBSCO also released a new resource designed to assist those involved with the patent approval process, Non-Patent Prior Art Source™ , providing a fast, single point of access to the largest non-patent literature repository available for those conducting prior art searches.
EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customised index of an institution's information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box.
Elsevier and the Library of Alexandria sign MoU to provide access to ScienceDirect and Scopus to 150 researchers in low-income countries - 04 Dec 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and the Library of Alexandria (BA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide 150 researchers working in least-developed and low-income countries across the globe with access to ScienceDirect, Elsevier's online scientific research platform with 11 million full text articles and Scopus, an abstract and citation database containing 21,000 peer-reviewed journals from 5,000 publishers. The new agreement will provide courtesy access for a period of three years.
As an integral part of this initiative, the BA will also facilitate research capacity building, or the development of strong research skills through a closed Virtual Knowledge Community (VKC) to provide the scientists with regular support including: research best practices, information literacy and authorship skills training.
Many of the 150 scientists who will be granted access to ScienceDirect and Scopus focus their research on areas relevant to the UN Millennium Development Goals including the treatment and prevention of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis; promoting rural development with improved water, sanitation and food security.
Kudos announces new publisher and society clients for 2014 - 04 Dec 2013
Kudos, which helps authors and institutions maximise the impact and visibility of their publications, has announced a raft of new publisher and society clients for 2014. Building on Kudos' existing partnerships with AIP Publishing, the Royal Society of Chemistry and Taylor & Francis, Kudos has announced the addition of new clients for 2014 including Bioscientifica, The British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery, Cambridge University Press, Cogent OA, Dove Medical Press, eLife, Elsevier and the International Union of Crystallography.
Kudos provides a platform for assembling or creating information (such as lay summaries or related multimedia) that helps readers filter the growing quantity of published research; for sharing such information (for example, via social media or email) to increase discoverability; and for measuring and monitoring the effect of both creating and sharing additional metadata and multimedia.
Since its launch in September, over 5,000 authors have registered to use Kudos for claiming, enhancing and sharing articles. Hundreds of lay summaries, impact statements, short titles and multimedia items have been added to aid discoverability, generating thousands of page views. By making research easier to interpret, even by non-specialists, publishers strengthen their support for authors' efforts to attract citations; both publishers and authors also benefit from additional traffic, and can measure and monitor the effect of the Kudos service on article-level usage and Altmetrics.
Kudos will publish final results of its 2013 program in early 2014. The service will be further developed during 2014 to provide publishers with insight reports that indicate which kinds of article enhancement and sharing are most effective for their specific authors, informing the development of future marketing, product development and editorial strategies.
RSI Content Solutions named to EContent 100 List for third consecutive year - 04 Dec 2013
RSI Content Solutions, a content management solutions provider to the publishing industry, has been named to the 2013 EContent 100 list of companies that matter most in the digital content industry for the third year in a row.
Selection of the companies for the EContent 100 list falls to a team of judges including editors from Information Today, Inc., EContent magazine contributing editors, and other industry experts. Additional companies on the list include Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, O'Reilly Media, and others.
RSI Content Solutions' flagship product, RSuite CMS, is the content management system trusted by leading publishers worldwide. It is a single-source, multi-channel system that allows you to create, store, manage, transform, and deliver content with speed and ease. RSuite is the leading solution for publishers big and small to manage their full lifecycle of content.
RSNA to deploy TEMIS's Luxid Content Enrichment Platform - 04 Dec 2013
The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), an international society of radiologists, medical physicists and other medical professionals, has signed a strategic Software as a Service (SaaS) agreement with TEMIS, the provider of Semantic Content Enrichment solutions.
RSNA hosts the world's premier radiology forum, drawing over 55,000 attendees annually to McCormick Place in Chicago, and publishes two flagship peer-reviewed journals: Radiology, the highest-impact scientific journal in the field, and RadioGraphics, the only journal dedicated to continuing education in radiology.
RSNA will use Luxid® Content Enrichment Platform to provide its 53,000 members with an enhanced search and navigation experience within and across its Journal, Education and Scientific content.
Specifically, RSNA will embed Luxid within its Atypon Literatum ePublishing platform to power automated tagging, categorisation and linking of its Journal content. RSNA will also deploy Luxid on the myRSNA knowledge portal that hosts a broad variety of content including journals, education and certification materials, as well as conference proceedings. TEMIS will produce rich metadata on RSNA content assets by leveraging its off-the-shelf extraction components as well as RSNA's own taxonomy, RadLex.
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 includes domain-specific extractors called Skill Cartridges to extract relevant information from unstructured text and semantically enrich it with metadata that reveals its content. This enables Publishers to efficiently package and deliver differentiated and compelling information products to their audience, and helps Enterprises to intelligently archive, manage, analyze, discover and share increasing volumes of information.
Wiley and Educational Testing Service announce new agreement - 04 Dec 2013
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., has been announced as the new publisher of research reports from Educational Testing Service (ETS), the non-profit educational assessment and research organisation. From January 2014, the ETS Research Report series will be available on Wiley Online Library.
Based in Princeton, New Jersey, ETS develops, administers, and scores more than 50 million achievement and admissions tests each year, at more than 9,000 locations across the United States and over 180 other countries.
Since its foundation in 1947, ETS has developed a range of research programs, covering psychometric and statistical methodology; educational evaluation; performance assessment and scoring; large-scale assessment and evaluation; cognitive, developmental, personality, and social psychology; and education policy. New research, as well as archives dating to 1948, will be published on Wiley Online Library, the world's broadest multidisciplinary collection of online resources.
American Meteorological Society becomes AIP’s latest member society - 03 Dec 2013
The American Institute of Physics has announced that the Boston-based American Meteorological Society (AMS) has become the institute's newest member society.
AMS will now receive all the benefits conferred by full membership, including free subscriptions to AIP's flagship magazine, Physics Today, for all AMS members and eligibility for increased participation in AIP's history, news, media outreach, statistics, public policy, and student programs.
The premier scientific society for meteorology and related atmospheric, oceanographic and hydrologic sciences, AMS has about 14,000 members worldwide, including more than 3,000 students and 1,700 international members. As an umbrella organization, AIP provides services and benefits to AMS and other member societies, which represent a broad spectrum of physical science professionals.
Dr. Howard E. Michel elected 2014 IEEE President-elect - 03 Dec 2013
Technical professional organisation IEEE has announced that Dr. Howard E. Michel, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UMass-Dartmouth and engineering consultant, has been elected 2014 IEEE President-elect. Nominated by the IEEE Board of Directors, Michel will begin serving his one-year term on January 1, 2015. He will succeed 2014 IEEE President J. Roberto B. de Marca of Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Michel plans to focus on four key initiatives, which include providing tools and educational resources that will facilitate career security for all IEEE members worldwide, boosting local and global membership, delivering a high-quality user experience for IEEE publishing and conference businesses, and increasing prestige, recruitment and employer support for IEEE across the globe.
Michel has been an active IEEE member for more than 35 years and has held a series of leadership positions within the organisation. Previously IEEE Vice-President, Member and Geographic Activities, Michel also served on the IEEE Board of Directors for four years, held the position of IEEE Region 1 director (Northeastern U.S.), and was a past chair of IEEE Public Visibility Committee.
EBSCO Information Services named to 2013 EContent 100 list - 03 Dec 2013
Library resources provider EBSCO Information Services has announced that it has been named to the 2013 EContent 100 List of Companies that Matter Most in the Digital Content Industry.
Selection of the companies for the EContent 100 List falls to a team of judges including editors from Information Today, Inc., EContent magazine contributing editors, and other industry experts. The EContent 100 List can be seen at www.econtentmag.com and in the December 2013 issue of EContent.
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) provides more than 375 research databases and nearly 500,000 e-books plus subscription management services for more than 360,000 unique titles including more than 57,000 online titles. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS), which provides each institution with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of journals and magazines.
Elsevier launches new open access journal - Current Plant Biology - 03 Dec 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of a new open access journal - Current Plant Biology. Dr. Steven P. Briggs from the University of California San Diego, will serve as the Editor-in-Chief.
The field of fundamental plant science is increasingly becoming an interdisciplinary domain of research, now including physics, mathematics and chemistry disciplines. This trend is largely fuelled by the last decade's technical advances and discoveries which have created new challenges, such as data storage, analysis and prediction. Current Plant Biology will publish articles that focus on this newly emerged interdisciplinary research domain.
The first issue of Current Plant Biology is a Special Issue with selected papers from the Second Current Opinion Conference on Plant Genome Evolution held in September 2013 in the Netherlands. Articles will appear online directly after acceptance and proofing.
Interested parties may visit www.journals.elsevier.com/current-plant-biology for more information or to submit an article.
Ex Libris’ Rosetta to ensure permanent access to research data, web sites and digital collections of the Bavarian Library Network - 03 Dec 2013
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the Bavarian Library Network (BVB) has selected Ex Libris Rosetta to provide long-term preservation services to all the academic libraries in the state. This decision extends the existing Rosetta implementation at the Bavarian State Library (BSB) to all university libraries in Bavaria.
In 2009, BSB, which claims to be one of the world's leading institutions in the area of digital preservation, formed a partnership with Ex Libris to digitise texts, images, and sound files, as well as to permanently and reliably save digital objects from websites to research data, thus ensuring their accessibility in the future. The solution was built on the Rosetta digital preservation system, and is successfully in production at BSB.
The challenge of digital preservation consists not only in dealing with different data formats and the limited shelf life and rapid changes in storage media, but also in enabling digital data and objects to remain usable in the long term: the content must be accessible, retrievable and properly interpreted. In addition, an electronic workflow of the entire process from entry to discovery of the date is necessary. Rosetta meets all these requirements. The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences is also involved in the project, since the data is stored in the Academy’s storage systems.
Bavaria is now to become the first German state to roll out digital long-term archiving state-wide. As of early 2014, use of Rosetta will be expanded step by step to the libraries of the universities and applied science institutions in the Bavarian Library Network. This will enable them to increase their range of services relating to the long-term availability of digital data. The implementation of Rosetta is supported by a special fund from the Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Culture, Science and Art.
Techstreet Standards Publishers Innovation Forum addresses how innovation can drive success for standards organisations - 03 Dec 2013
Leaders from the standards publishing industry gathered on November 14 in Alexandria, Virginia, for the bi-annual Standards Publishers Innovation Forum (SPIF) presented by Techstreet, part of the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters and a provider of industry codes and standards. The fall forum, The Anatomy of Innovation: Global Perspectives for Standards Developing Organizations, focused on how innovation drives success.
The one-day event attended by standards professionals and industry experts focused on innovation and how it helps drive growth and manage change. Participants learned how organizations use innovation to develop new products and services to better serve customer needs. Speakers from Innodata and Thomson Reuters engaged with attendees on topics including the link between standards, innovation and patents; building persona-based web applications; and using innovation for information discovery.
Launched in 2012, the Standards Publishers Innovation Forum is held twice annually to address key issues in the standards industry. The forum offers a unique opportunity to learn from industry leaders, collaborate with peers, and help shape the future of standards publishing.
Techstreet comprehensive offerings include more than 500,000 codes, standards and technical books aggregated from more than 350 of the world's leading authorities, and are available through Techstreet's online store. Customers can also streamline standards management with Techstreet Subscriptions, a workflow solution for managing standards across teams, projects and locations.
American College of Emergency Physicians and Wiley announce publishing partnership - 02 Dec 2013
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has announced a new publishing partnership with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). From January 2014, Wiley will publish the society's newsmagazine, ACEP News, which provides the latest in clinical and industry news for emergency physicians throughout the United States.
As the society's official newsmagazine, ACEP News enjoys the largest circulation of any emergency medicine publication. The title's breaking news stories, coverage of medical meetings and expert perspectives are read by more than 37,000 emergency physicians, including 32,000 ACEP members. Reflecting the ever-changing needs of emergency physicians, ACEP News will be renamed ACEP Now with a new editorial direction and design, effective with the January 2014 issue.
ACEP Now will be edited by Kevin Klauer, Director of the Center for Emergency Medical Education and the Chief Medical Officer for Emergency Medicine Physicians, Ltd., Canton, Ohio. Dr. Klauer is an assistant clinical professor at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and he currently serves as ACEP Council Speaker.
Launched as ACEP News in 1981, ACEP Now will contain the latest in emergency medicine research, news and industry issues, along with updates on recent or upcoming society-sponsored programs, activities and educational opportunities. Wiley will distribute ACEP Now to all members of ACEP, as well as members of the Society of Emergency Medicine Physicians Assistants.
Cerebellum & Ataxias now open for submissions - 02 Dec 2013
Open access publisher BioMed Central has announced that its new journal, Cerebellum & Ataxias, is now accepting submissions.
Led by Editor-in-Chief Mario Manto, FNRS, Belgium, the journal hopes to mirror the success of its older, sister journal The Cerebellum, and complement its focus on the fundamental neurosciences of the cerebellum in providing a platform for more clinical cases and scientific reports of the numerous forms of ataxias.
Cerebellum & Ataxias welcomes both research and clinical descriptions of novel findings relevant to daily practice, from psychological, radiological, neurological and neurosurgical perspectives. In addition to research articles, clinical series and case reports, the journal publishes scientific correspondence, commentaries and teaching neuroimages. Articles highlighting advances of important impact in the field of ataxiology are also considered.
Elsevier in deal with Russia’s Far Eastern Federal University to expand access to scientific publications - 02 Dec 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has reached an agreement with Russia's Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) to grant access to ScienceDirect's Journal Backfile Collection and e-Book Collection as well as Reaxys® to its researchers. In addition, Elsevier will host two of FEFU's open access journals on ScienceDirect.
FEFU plays a key role in the Russian government's objective to strengthen the economic position of the Russian Far East region. FEFU contributes to this objective by providing its researchers with access to Elsevier's historical journal content (prior to 1995), e-Books and Reaxys, a workflow solution for chemistry researchers, aiming to increase scientific output to become a research hub for the Far East region in Russia and adjacent countries. By also committing to publishing two of FEFU's journals on ScienceDirect through its Production & Hosting (P&H) program, Elsevier aims to help to increase the university's scholarly influence in the global scientific landscape.
ScienceDirect is home to almost one-quarter of the world's peer-reviewed full-text scientific, technical and medical content. Over 15 million researchers, healthcare professionals, teachers, students and information professionals around the globe rely on ScienceDirect as a trusted source of nearly 2,200 journals, almost 900 serials and close to 22,000 book titles. ScienceDirect supports research and education with interactive elements in articles such as audio, video, graphs, tables and images, and offers tools so users can easily set alerts.
Content on ScienceDirect also features embedded links to external datasets, including earth and environmental science data from PANGAEA, abstract and indexing data from Scopus and chemical reactions data from Reaxys. With almost 12 million content pieces available - including pre-publication release of articles and open access content from Elsevier journals - ScienceDirect is a premier platform for discovering the world of research.
Ex Libris announces appointment of Roger Brisson as Strategy Director Europe - 02 Dec 2013
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Germany, has announced that Roger Brisson has been appointed Strategy Director for Ex Libris Europe. As the former head of Metadata Services at Boston University, which has run Ex Libris Alma for the past year, Brisson brings with him a wealth of real-world knowledge of academic libraries and their evolving needs.
Brisson's broad experience of the library industry includes expertise in building next generation libraries, development of digital and metadata systems and in addressing the strategic challenges that libraries face. Prior to his role at Boston University, he served in senior positions at Harvard and Penn State Universities. He is well-known for his work on several national and international working groups as well as his active involvement in the development of the Dublin Core standard and in the translation of the AACR2 Cataloguing rules into German.
Brisson will be based at the Ex Libris offices in Hamburg.
Frontiers launches new OA journal - Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution - 02 Dec 2013
Swiss open-access publisher and research network, Frontiers has announced the launch of a new journal - Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution is an addition to the 'Frontiers in' journal series and will cover research in evolutionary biology, ecosystem and systems ecology, macroecology, phylogenetics, and conservation. The journal's logo, the duck-billed platypus, symbolises its scope.
With its world-class editorial board, interdisciplinary scope, Open Access, article-level metrics, fast publication, and rigorous, collaborative and transparent peer review, the new journal is projected to be the optimal choice for researchers working in ecology and evolution.
Frontiers publishes all articles under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY), which allows users to share, copy and distribute a work, provided they credit the original authors and their work.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 02 Dec 2013
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Holly Else (Open access funds 'adequate', government maintains); Rob Kitchin (Four critiques of open data initiatives); Jocelyn Kaiser (Scientists Ambivalent About Open Access); and Martha Gill (Scientific journals should stop trying to be exciting - and focus on being right). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst and the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research selected for coverage by MEDLINE - 02 Dec 2013
Publisher Future Science Group Ltd has announced that Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst and the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research have been selected for coverage by MEDLINE. Maintained by the US National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE® (Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System Online) is a premier bibliographic database containing about 13 million references to journal articles in the life sciences.
Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst publishes 6 issues per year in print and online formats on a rapid publication basis, with articles subject to peer review by three independent assessors. The journal has an international expert authorship and offers scientific analysis of recent developments in the patent literature, and commentary on IP law issues affecting research and development. Coverage of the journal is overseen by three Senior Editors and an extensive international advisory panel.
The three Senior Editors are Dr Lyn Jones, Pfizer (USA), Dr Andrew McKnight, AnaptysBio (USA) and Professor David Rotella, Montclair State University (USA).
The Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research is also a bimonthly publication, maintaining the rigorous publication standards of all Future Science Group journals. CER, or patient-centred outcomes research, draws from the disciplines of health technology assessment, outcomes research, clinical epidemiology and implementation science, among others, to better answer the fundamental question 'which treatment will work best, in which patient, and under what circumstances?' Calls for more patient-centred care have substantially increased the need for, and support of, research evidence that can assist patients, physicians, payers and policymakers in making 'real-world' choices among available treatments.
The JCER provides stakeholders with the information they need to make informed and specific decisions on clinical practice. The journal content is shaped by two Senior Editors, Sheldon Greenfield (University of California, Irvine, USA) and Eugene C Rich (Mathematica Policy Research, USA), a team of six Associate Editors and international Editorial Board representing the diverse stakeholders in this topic.
Saudi Digital Library secures access to leading science journals on nature.com - 02 Dec 2013
The Saudi Digital Library (SDL), part of The Saudi Ministry of Higher Education, has signed a major agreement with scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG).
Under the deal, thirty Saudi Arabian universities, members of the Saudi Digital Library Consortium, will gain access to all journals on nature.com until December 31, 2014, including six years of archive content. NPG's journals include the prestigious Nature and the Nature research and review journals, some of the world's leading scientific journals. As part of the agreement between SDL and NPG, over one million students, researchers and scientists in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) will have access to these journals.
Investments in infrastructure like SDL are part of KSA's drive to become a knowledge economy by 2022. In 2013, KSA will spend about a quarter of its federal budget on education and research infrastructure, allocating $54.4 billion (SR204 billion) to education and training. Launched in November 2010, the SDL holds more than 260000 e-Books and reference works, covering all academic disciplines. It is also a Digital Consortium for all the Saudi Universities and provides them with a rich digital platform for research.
NPG is committed to working with institutions in the Middle East region to help build research capability and promote scientific excellence. In the last few years, NPG launched Nature Middle East and Nature Arabic Edition. Nature Middle East showcases scientific and medical research from the Arabic-speaking Middle East region and is continuously updated with articles in English and Arabic. Nature Arabic Edition is a translated digest of Nature, the 144 year old prestigious scientific magazine.
SLACK Inc. launches Spine Surgery Today - 02 Dec 2013
STM publishing company SLACK Incorporated, US, publisher of Orthopedics Today, has announced the March 2014 launch of Spine Surgery Today, which claims to be the only newspaper dedicated to spine surgery. Spine Surgery Today will reach more than 8,000 US physicians with a multidisciplinary platform serving as a primary news and information source for busy spine surgeons and neurosurgeons.
Published 6 times a year, this tabloid-style newspaper will strive to be the global, definitive information source for healthcare professionals who treat or conduct research related to spine. By delivering timely, authoritative and balanced reports on clinical issues, socioeconomic topics and spine industry developments, Spine Surgery Today will present clinically relevant information on the surgical techniques, products, therapies, procedures and technologies used in spine surgery. With a reporting style designed to develop a deeper connection with readers, this newspaper will engage readers' interest while presenting the news in a time-saving format. Readers will also benefit from free access to daily news at Healio.com/Spine – the online home of Spine Surgery Today.
The first issue will be published in March 2014 and will be unveiled at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) 2014 Annual Meeting to be held March 11-15, 2014, in New Orleans, Louisiana.