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CAS expands database collection - 31 Mar 2006

The Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society, has enhanced its databases with a vast quantity of properties data and other substance and document information. Nearly 1.1 billion predicted and experimental properties, tags that refer to additional data and spectra have been added to CAS Registry records for 19 million substances. CAS demonstrated its new database content and search enhancements at the recently concluded American Chemical Society national meeting.

CAS scientists added over 981,000 document records in 2005, an increase of 13.4 against the previous year. CAS recently achieved a scientific literature milestone in January 2006 when the 150 millionth citation was entered into its CAplus database.

CAS has also increased the volume and variety of its substance information collection in several ways. With the addition of nearly 2 million records, the CAS Registry database reached a total of over 27 million organic and inorganic substance records in 2005. The database has been enhanced with the addition of experimental NMR and IR spectra from Wiley Subscriptions and Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. The CASREACT grew by over 10 million reactions, including more than 4.2 million single-step reactions and over 5.8 million multi-step reactions.

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CMAJ appoints new editorial board, crisis continues - 31 Mar 2006

The embattled Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) has announced an interim editorial board as replacement for the 16 former board members who quit earlier this month. This was announced by acting editor Dr. Noni MacDonald.

The newly formed nine-member board includes one current and two former deans of Canadian medical schools, and two members of the previous editorial board who agreed to stay on. Sixteen members of the CMAJ editorial board had recently tendered their resignations in a move to protest the firings of former editor Dr. John Hoey and his senior deputy, Anne Marie Todkill.

Meanwhile, the CMAJ crisis over editorial autonomy continued with authors threatening to withdraw articles from the journal. A group of authors threatened to withdraw a series of papers from publication unless CMAJ and its owners provided reasons for the firings. Speaking for the group, Dr. Gordon Guyatt of McMaster University said that an explanation was necessary to ensure the editorial autonomy of the journal.

The journal has been publishing a series of articles by Guyatt and 11 colleagues aimed to aid doctors interpret medical evidence published in scientific journals and put it into practice.

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EBLIDA appoints new Director - 31 Mar 2006

The European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA), Netherlands, has announced the appointment of Andrew Cranfield as its new Director, starting May 2006. He will continue the EBLIDA lobby for the library and archive community in Europe.

Currently, Cranfield is Chair of the Library Buildings and Equipment section of the International Federation of Library Associations. Earlier, he served as deputy of Hřrsholm Public Library in Denmark, and also as director of the public library in Slagelse.

EBLIDA represents libraries on a European level, and concentrates on subjects such as information technology, copyright, culture and information society related matters.

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McGraw-Hill Aerospace & Defense names new President - 31 Mar 2006

Aviation and defence information services provider McGraw-Hill Aerospace & Defense (MHA&D), part of the McGraw-Hill Companies, US, has announced the appointment of Terence "Tom" Henricks as president, MHA&D, effective April 3, 2006. He succeeds Kenneth Gazzola, who will retire at the end of the year.

Earlier, Henricks led government business development for Textron Inc.'s Bell Helicopter Division. A former NASA astronaut, Henricks has participated in space shuttle missions as both a pilot and commander. Prior to joining NASA, Henricks served as an F-16 test pilot and F-4 fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force.

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McGraw-Hill Digital Learning, CTB/McGraw-Hill launch diagnostic assessment system - 31 Mar 2006

K-12 and adult education assessment solutions provider CTB/McGraw-Hill, US, and McGraw-Hill Digital Learning, part of McGraw-Hill Education's Assessment and Reporting group, have announced the release of a new product, Acuity. A suite of diagnostic and predictive benchmark assessments with clear, concise and informative reports, Acuity is projected to enable teachers to help students achieve better scores.

Acuity offers assessments with both online and paper-and-pencil administration options. Predictive Benchmark assessments mirror state NCLB assessments in grades 3-8 and grade 10 in math and reading/language arts and deliver immediate, actionable data on student progress. Multiple forms of the Acuity benchmarks are administered within a classroom period every two months to monitor student progress. These benchmarks are on a common scale so that student growth can be observed within and across the grades of a content area.

Additional benefits include diagnostic assessments built to match the district's curriculum, predictive benchmarks indicating students' potential performance on the state test, an item bank for additional practice and instructional exercises for re-teaching concepts.

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PE bid for VNU likely to be rejected by half of shareholders - 31 Mar 2006

A € 7.5 billion private equity (PE) takeover offer for media firm VNU, Netherlands, is reportedly shadowed by uncertainty, as nearly half of VNU's shareholders have expressed opposition to the deal. The shareholders are planning to reject the offer, leading industry observers to believe that the company may be headed for a boardroom battle.

The PE firms making the bid, expected to be tabled next week, includes Blackstone, Carlyle Group, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Thomas H. Lee Partners, Hellman & Friedman and AlpInvest Partners. Another PE firm, Permira, withdrew from the bidding consortium earlier this month on the grounds that the takeover offer is too expensive.

The current situation at VNU is being compared with a similar situation it faced last November, as about 50 percent of shareholders forced the company to call off its planned $7 billion takeover of IMS Health. Revolting VNU shareholders recently demanded that the company go for a three-way split and turn itself around, rather than be sold to a PE consortium.

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SAGE partners with NCCHC to publish Journal of Correctional Health Care - 31 Mar 2006

SAGE Publications, US, has partnered with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) to publish the latter's Journal of Correctional Health Care. John R. Miles serves as editor of the journal.

A quarterly, Journal of Correctional Health Care is a peer-reviewed scientific journal focussing on correctional health care topics. The journal helps correctional health care professionals with up-to-date trends and developments in this area. It covers case studies, literature reviews and letters, empirical research, best practices, as well as NCCHC clinical guidelines and position statements.

Aimed at clinicians, allied health practitioners and administrators, the journal is projected to be a key resource for information on research and developments in clinical care for chronic and infectious disease, health services management, mental health care, medical-legal issues, quality improvement, medical records, substance abuse treatment, discharge planning, staffing, cost analysis and other topics.

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ALPSP survey examines factors affecting journal subscription cancellation - 30 Mar 2006

The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), US, has commissioned a study to ascertain the major factors contributing to journal subscription cancellations by libraries. The study is projected to provide data for a current debate on whether author self-archiving of preprint and/or postprint versions of journal articles has a significant impact on journal subscription numbers.

The study revealed that librarians do not view open access (OA) repositories as a substitute for properly managed journal holdings. A large majority of librarians do not even know whether the content of archives overlaps with their holdings, and most do not plan to introduce systems to measure this. Availability via OA archives was ranked a long way behind the needs of faculty, usage and price in determining cancellations. Three times as many respondents thought repositories would have no impact on holdings as they thought they would.

The study consisted of an online questionnaire. The report is an A4 paperback of 72 pages. In addition to the priced printed report and combined PDF, ALPSP has also made available the data from the survey, including the 'free-text' answers from the respondents, at http://www.surveymonkey.com/Report.asp?U=161585570142.

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Infotrieve launches aggregation tool for journal article reprints - 30 Mar 2006

Document delivery services provider Infotrieve, Inc., US, has announced the commercial availability of a new web-based application, Content Awareness & Aggregation Tool (CAAT). The application facilitates peer alerts and aggregation for bulk orders of journal articles that can be used by companies to promote their products.

CAAT allows reprint requestors to notify peers of compelling journal articles, once identified and approved for promotional use. Those selected receive an e-mail notification and access to a CAAT web page where they can immediately place their order quantities and preferences. Reprints are used in a variety of ways by biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, medical device and other research and R&D-driven enterprises for sales training activities, tradeshow promotions, thought leader networks and physician detailing and e-detailing activities.

The benefits of the application include increased purchasing power and lower per-unit costs for organisations that do not currently aggregate journal article reprint orders. Significant time and cost savings opportunity are also possible for organisations that aggregate orders manually by phone or via e-mail.

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McGraw-Hill Professional launches online genetics resource - 30 Mar 2006

Publisher McGraw-Hill Professional, part of McGraw-Hill Companies, US, has launched the eighth edition of the Online Metabolic and Molecular Bases of Inherited Diseases (OMMBID), a web-based reference service. The resource is targeted at researchers, scientists and clinicians who require updated and accurate information on the causation and treatment of inherited disease.

Specially designed for the web and updated continuously, the OMMBID genetics resource service includes a Google-powered search engine, a new intuitive interface, download options for subscribers and pay-per-view options for non-subscribers. The online resource also offers a variety of ways to easily search the site.

In addition to the full four-volume textbook content of the eighth edition, OMMBID also offers a range of material from the innovative field of medical genetics. Supplemental updates and chapters are continuously added to reflect the new developments in the field. Complete with complex illustrations, full-colour figures and 3-D representations, OMMBID is projected to define changes and advances in genetics and continuously translate basic science into patient care.

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Reimbursement experts join Medicare Drug advisory board - 30 Mar 2006

Publisher F-D-C Reports, Inc., US, part of STM publisher Elsevier, has announced that Jayson Slotnik, director of Medicare reimbursement and economic policy at Biotechnology Industry Organisation (BIO), and Eric Trepanier, associate analyst of UBS Securities, have joined its Medicare Drug Reimbursement Guide's editorial advisory board.

A service of FDC Reports, the Medicare Drug Reimbursement Guide is a print and online publication developed particularly for the pharmaceutical industry. It provides latest drug reimbursement news, regulatory information and business intelligence required to create successful Medicare reimbursement strategies.

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

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Scopus integrated into Elsevier Editorial System - 30 Mar 2006

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the integration of Scopus, one of the largest abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources, into its online submission and peer review tool, Elsevier Editorial System (EES). Scopus' user-friendly search bar is embedded directly in the EES system, thereby enabling reviewers to immediately locate an author's related articles and references as well as track citations.

Elsevier's 7,000 editors will now benefit from unlimited access to Scopus, while Elsevier's network of 200,000 reviewers will receive a month's access to further support them during the peer review process.

EES enables Elsevier to provide editors with online editorial administrative assistance, regardless of their global location. It enhances the journal publication process by providing a seamless end-to-end online workflow.

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Special Cuts to provide media monitoring service for Library + Information Show 2006 - 30 Mar 2006

Specialist media monitoring and press cutting agency Special Cuts Ltd, UK, has announced that it will provide online and off-line media coverage of the Library + Information Show 2006, scheduled to be held at the NEC Birmingham from 26-27 April 2006.

Special Cuts, a media monitoring and press cuttings service catering to academic, e- learning, government and library sectors, allows organisations to track their media profile. It provides organisations with access to significant competitor intelligence, apart from environmental scanning. Additionally, it also allows for gauging the effectiveness of the public relations programmes of the various organisations.

The Library + information Show caters to all sectors of the library profession, bringing them together to share major industry developments, the latest technology, exchange ideas and debate current issues. The event features over 160 suppliers of library management systems, security & self-service systems, AV equipment and special needs services, amongst others.

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'Nature' refutes Britannica charges on accuracy of article - 29 Mar 2006

Scientific journal Nature has rejected Encyclopaedia Britannica's call to retract a paper comparing the web-based offerings of Encyclopaedia Britannica and Wikipedia on scientific topics, published in the journal's December 2005 issue. Encyclopaedia Britannica had accused the journal of misrepresentation, sloppiness and indifference to scholarly standards.

According to Nature, the original article consisted of asking independent scholars to review 50 pairs of articles from the Wikipedia and Encyclopaedia Britannica web sites. The source of the articles were not revealed to the reviewers and the subjects were chosen in advance to represent a wide range of scientific disciplines. Lists of factual errors, omissions and misleading statements pointed out by reviewers were compiled and tallied for each encyclopaedia. Nature further says that turning the reviewers' comments into numerical scores did require a modicum of judgement, which was applied diligently and fairly.

Nature says Britannica had raised objections to the article in private a few months ago. The journal had, at that point, sent to Britannica every comment by a reviewer that served as the basis for assessing something as an inaccuracy. Though the journal was willing to discuss the issues, Britannica failed to provide specific details of its complaints, says Nature. No further correspondence was received by the journal from Britannica until the publication of its open letter recently.

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Blackwell partners with IFT to publish Journal of Food Science - 29 Mar 2006

Blackwell Publishing, UK, has announced an expanded partnership agreement with international scientific society, Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), US. Under the deal, Blackwell will provide publishing services for IFT's premier journal, Journal of Food Science (JFS), beginning May 2006. Also, Blackwell will publish IFT's two online journals, Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety and the Journal of Food Science Education.

Published nine times a year, each issue of the JFS includes original research and scientific reviews on latest developments in the food science area. It publishes over 500 papers a year and has more than 4,000 subscribers, which include scientists, researchers, and other food professionals.

Members of IFT will continue to receive the print edition or electronic version of the JFS at a special rate. However, the online journals are available for free to both members and non-members. JFS will also be accessible through Blackwell's online journal platform, Synergy (www.blackwell-synergy.com).

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Dialog to showcase new software for chemical structure searches - 29 Mar 2006

Content aggregator Dialog, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced the launch of DialogLink 5, a functionality that enables chemical researchers to save time and ensures completeness of their chemical structure searches. Dialog will showcase the feature at the 231st American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring Meeting.

Through DialogLink 5, researchers can conduct a chemical structure search in multiple drug pipeline files simultaneously. This provides researchers with a single, comprehensive search of relevant drug pipeline databases, making it easier to identify potentially competitive compounds earlier in the development process. The new features include substructure highlighting in retrieved records, as well as the ability to edit retrieved structures. The application also allows researchers to use any chemical structure drawing software that can create an industry standard MDL MOL file to generate the structure query for a Dialog chemical structure search.

Further, DialogLink 5 allows researchers to set up alerts by chemical structure in some databases to scan newly added research and automatically pinpoint targeted chemical structures. It also features tools to help information professionals integrate information retrieved through Dialog searches into reports and enterprise information-sharing systems, such as portals and intranets. The software is currently available for free at www.dialog.com/products/dialoglink.

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Elsevier launches drug tracking and analysis tool - 29 Mar 2006

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of Inteleos, a new drug tracking and analysis tool. This new database of over 8,000 drugs and 1,200 pharmaceutical and biotech companies is projected to meet the needs of business intelligence, market research and business development professionals.

Inteleos helps users to track and analyse drug activity from late-phase preclinical development to launch and post-marketing studies. It also enables users to monitor licensing, or merger and acquisition activities. With the Inteleos interface, users can run simple or complex searches using a wide set of parameters. Its unique combination of features and functionality helps users to save time and increase efficiency.

The database includes medical conference news from Elsevier's IMNG, weekly updates from The Pink Sheets, and ontology files of 1.25 million terms to enhance searching. While the database will be commercially available in May 2006, a selected group of customers will have immediate access.

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Expert panel meets on European Digital Library project - 29 Mar 2006

The European Commission held its first high-level meeting with the group of experts who will advise the establishment of the Commission's European Digital Library. The High Level Expert Group comprises experts from libraries, archives, museums, content providers, research organisations, academia and the technology industry.

The meeting, chaired by Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding, reportedly discussed the Commission's vision for the library digitisation project and the establishment of a framework for future meetings. The Commission's online consultation included copyright as one of the highest trepidation among respondents.

The expert panel's key objective is to bring authors and publishers together to produce a digitisation process that is satisfactory to all parties.

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Wolters Kluwer redesigns web site, issues 2005 Annual Report - 29 Mar 2006

Publisher and information provider Wolters Kluwer, US, has announced the launch of a renewed corporate website, (www.wolterskluwer.com). The move is aimed at bringing Wolters Kluwer and its diverse brands under one 'umbrella' brand. In conjunction, the company also issued its 2005 Annual Report.

The redesigned site represents the new look and feel of Wolters Kluwer and the integration of Wolters Kluwer business units and their culture of high quality content in context. The new site showcases the company's innovative solutions and reflects the diversity of customers, products, services, tools and employees. Designed by Landor Associates, an internationally recognized branding and design consultancy, the site was tested for user-friendliness by Jungle Rating, a market leader in the improvement of online channels.

The Wolters Kluwer 2005 Annual Report is available in print and online at www.wolterskluwer.com/2005annualreport . The Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of Wolters Kluwer NV, is scheduled for April 26, 2006.

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'Astrobiology' publishes abstracts from NASA meeting presentations - 28 Mar 2006

The February 2006 issue of Astrobiology, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., US, has published abstracts of various topics to be presented at an upcoming NASA meeting, AbSciCon. The latest cutting-edge research on the origin and evolution of life on earth, and the possible existence of extra-terrestrial life, will be presented at the NASA meeting, AbSciCon, scheduled for March 26-30 in Washington, D.C. The abstracts are available online at www.liebertpub.com/ast.

A bimonthly, Astrobiology provides a forum for scientists studying life's origins, evolution, distribution and destiny in the universe. The journal is available both in print and online.

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BJOC included in PubMed Central - 28 Mar 2006

The Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry (BJOC) has been accepted for inclusion in PubMed Central (www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov ), the U.S. National Institutes of Health's free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. PubMed Central hosts over 200 journals, mainly in the life sciences and medicine. BJOC is one of the first chemistry journals to be included in the database.

A peer-reviewed online journal, the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry is published by the Beilstein-Institut in co-operation with BioMed Central. The journal covers areas such as organic synthesis, organic reactions and mechanisms, natural products chemistry and chemical biology, organic materials and macro- and supramolecular organic chemistry. It allows readers free access to all content immediately upon publication.

BJOC's inclusion in PubMed Central is expected to bring high quality articles to a growing number of biomedical researchers with an interest in organic chemistry and chemical biology.

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Blackwell's likely to sell publishing arm - 28 Mar 2006

Bookseller Blackwell's, UK, which is embroiled in a long-drawn-out dispute among the members of the controlling family, may sell its publishing arm, it has been reported. Media reports have estimated the deal size at $300-600 million. Investment bank JP Morgan has been mandated as adviser.

The world's largest privately owned academic publisher, Blackwell has posted a loss in its bookshop operations. However, its publishing business has performed well, particularly in the US market. It is currently enmeshed in a feud among 10 Blackwell family members who run the two businesses. Toby Blackwell attempted to seal a sale in 2002, but it was vetoed by the company's Chairman, Nigel Blackwell.

This time round, if the family does reach an agreement on the sale, it is expected that private equity firms will make a bid for the profitable publishing operations.

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Cambridge University starts NetLibrary e-books trial - 28 Mar 2006

Electronic versions of over 100 titles in Cambridge College libraries are now available to all members of the University of Cambridge through web links in the Newton catalogue and from the supplier's web site. The agreement with NetLibrary, the e-content platform of global library cooperative OCLC, Inc., UK, was negotiated by the Cambridge Colleges' Libraries' Forum.

The initiative is projected to meet undergraduate demand for key texts in all subjects taught in the Tripos and has been formed following negotiation by NetLibrary with the five publishers whose titles are most frequently borrowed from College libraries. NetLibrary was selected as supplier of the pilot for its catalogue, delivery method and price. It currently supplies e-books to universities such as UCL, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Glasgow and the North West Academic Libraries consortium (NOWAL).

This agreement is for a trial period that began in January 2006. During the trial year, the project team will monitor the project through usage statistics and user surveys. Consultations will also take place with colleagues in College, Faculty and Departmental libraries as well as the University Library. An evaluation report will be prepared later in 2006.

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CyberMedia launches BioSpectrum Asia - 28 Mar 2006

Specialty media house CyberMedia, India, has announced the launch of BioSpectrum Asia, a print magazine focussing on the Life Sciences industry. The print edition of the bi-monthly magazine was launched at the recently held BioSingapore Forum Annual General Meeting, in Singapore.

An exclusive biotechnology business magazine, BioSpectrum will cover path breaking happenings in the Asia-Pacific region's life sciences sector. Additionally, the company also brings out the regions latest developments in Life Sciences through a fortnightly digital magazine and a news portal, www.BioSpectrumAsia.com, under the BioSpectrum brand name from Singapore.

The Asia edition of the journal provides comprehensive coverage in areas of biotechnology, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Apart from this it also brings out policy announcements and research highlights from across the world to benefit Life Sciences business leaders in this region.

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Wiley Europe names new COO - 28 Mar 2006

Wiley Europe Limited, part of John Wiley & Sons, US, has announced the promotion of Stephen M. Smith to Chief Operating Officer, effective May 1, 2006.

In his new position, Smith will assume responsibility for all publishing operations at Wiley Europe Limited. He has held several positions in the company since joining in 1992. Most recently, he served as Professional and Trade Publishing Director, as well as Senior Vice President, International Development, a corporate position he continues to hold.

Prior to this, Smith served as President of Simon and Schuster's U.K. Academic and Professional Group, with management responsibility for the European operations of Simon & Schuster and Prentice Hall.

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Britannica refutes Nature findings on encyclopaedias accuracy - 27 Mar 2006

Learning and knowledge products provider Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., US, has called on scientific journal Nature to retract a published study on the accuracy of online encyclopaedias. Nature, however, has refused to retract the paper.

The study, published in the journal's December 15, 2005 issue, claimed to have found that science coverage in the Encyclopaedia Britannica was only a little more accurate than in online encyclopaedia Wikipedia. In an article-by-article analysis of the Nature study posted on the company's Web site at http://www.britannica.com, Britannica has said that the journal's investigation was wrong and misleading.

The company accused Nature's editors of rearranging and reediting Britannica articles before sending them out to reviewers. According to the company, Nature has claimed to have found a number of inaccuracies in the Encyclopaedia Britannica that did not exist and reviewed texts that were not from the encyclopaedia. Britannica also said that in spite of its repeated attempts, Nature refused to provide the original data on which the study's conclusions were based.

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JACI report examines atopy as cause for adult-onset asthma - 27 Mar 2006

The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI) has published a new research, according to which hereditary predisposition to develop asthma (atopy) is an influential factor in new cases on adult-onset asthma. The study, titled "Are atopy and specific IgE to mites and molds important for adult asthma?" is published in the March 2006 issue of the journal, and is available online at www.jacionline.org.

The study has revealed that chances of adult-onset asthma can be lessened by avoiding allergens that trigger atopy. It provides key insights into why some adults may develop asthma and offers ways to reduce the risk of developing adult-onset asthma.

An official publication of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, the JACI features clinical papers, instructive case reports and detailed examinations of the latest equipment and techniques available for clinical allergists other physicians concerned with clinical manifestations of allergies. Articles cover topics such as allergic and immunologic diseases, the latest therapies and treatment programmes, occupational/industrial allergy and studies of antigens, allergens and the environment.

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Medical Consultants Network Inc. re-brands MCN Training Solutions - 27 Mar 2006

Healthcare publishing and education firm Medical Consultants Network Inc. (MCN Healthcare), US, has announced that it has re-branded its learning management system as edept Training Solutions. This was announced at the recently concluded Nursing Management's "Recruitment & Retention Conference" in Las Vegas.

MCN's learning management system, edept Training Solutions can be used to merge online training with a learning management system to provide affordability and flexibility for healthcare professionals to define their own comprehensive suite of solutions to meet their needs.

edept Training Solutions is a new platform that has attained a foothold in the market with over 1,000 courses and more than 10,000 active users in its first few months of availability. The e-learning technology platform adds tremendous value to MCN's course content and meets the needs of healthcare providers. Users have the option to add their own proprietary material together with MCN course content.

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New features available on EBSCOhost interface - 27 Mar 2006

Publisher EBSCO Publishing, US, has announced the availability of a number of new features and enhanced functionality for the EBSCOhost interface. The move is aimed at providing database users with a more efficient search experience.

Some of the key features that will be added to the EBSCOhost interface includes RSS enabled alerts; EBSCOhost clustering; printing, e-mailing and saving in standard industry formats; visual search; database groupings by subject; and tutorials included in EBSCOhost online help. The RSS-enabled alerts enable users to feed EBSCOhost Search and Journal Alert results into their news readers and aggregators as well as their web sites. The EBSCOhost Clustering feature displays links of search results sorted by subject, in addition to a regular list of article links. The links provide users with instant access to only those articles that relate to their areas of interest.

In addition to EBSCO's Basic and Advanced Searching modes, the new visual search feature delivers a graphically-rich, efficient visual searching alternative. Presented through a drop-down list, the option to group database by subject allows customer's databases to be sorted by popular subjects, such as technology, business, medical science, psychology or education. The online help manual helps users find links to tutorials regarding the use of EBSCOhost, EBSCOadmin and other applicable interfaces.

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SirsiDynix partners with FAST to provide enhanced search and research solutions - 27 Mar 2006

Search and filter technology developer Fast Search & Transfer (FAST), Norway, and library technology solutions provider, SirsiDynix, US, have announced an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) agreement. Under the deal, SirsiDynix will integrate its web solution SirsiDynix Rooms with FAST InStream, an enterprise search solution developed particularly to meet the complex application-based search needs of independent software vendors.

SirsiDynix Rooms integrated with FAST's enterprise search solution will provide enhanced search and research capability to libraries, academia and consortia in library settings as well as community Web sites. SirsiDynix Rooms empowers library users to discover and gather quality content according to subject areas and then present that content in virtual spaces or "rooms." This partnership further enhances this solution by providing advanced linguistic capabilities, faster query response time and new tools for customisation.

Specifically designed for embedded delivery, FAST InStream supports both structured and unstructured data and provides distinctive value across all types of software applications.

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Three Oxford Journals titles named in Thomson Scientifics' 2005 Top 40 “Red-Hot Research Papers” - 27 Mar 2006

Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University Press (OUP), UK, has announced that five papers from three of its titles have been included in Thomson Scientifics' recently published Top 40 "Red-Hot Research Papers" for 2005. A paper from Bioinformatics was honoured with the fifth most highly cited research article of the year, while Nucleic Acids Research attained the fifth place overall in terms of numbers of papers in the "Red-hot" list. An article from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute was also included.

The article 'Haploview: analysis and visualization of LD and haplotype maps' by Barrett, Fry, Maller and Daly, included in the January 2005 issue of Bioinformatics was recorded by Thomson Scientific as receiving a total of 90 citations in 2005. The paper was the fifth most cited overall in 2005. With three articles in the top 40, Open Access journal Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) was ranked the "hottest" single-discipline journal and the fifth "hottest" journal overall.

Article 'Clinical and Biological Features Associated With Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Gene Mutations in Lung Cancers', published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI) was cited a total of 43 times, ranking it at 33rd in Thomson Scientifics' review. JNCI has also been named as the only specialist journal in the top ten journals in clinical medicine, according to ScienceWatch's citation analysis of the hottest journals of the millennium.

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Blackwell to publish Cardiovascular Drug Reviews and CNS Drug Reviews - 24 Mar 2006

Blackwell Publishing, UK, has announced that it has acquired two peer-reviewed journals, Cardiovascular Drug Reviews and CNS Drug Reviews. The journals, previously published by Neva Press, Inc., provide extensive review articles on preclinical and clinical studies with new drugs. Alexander Scriabine will continue to serve as Editor-in-Chief for both journals.

This acquisition further enhances Blackwell's portfolio in medical publishing. The company aims to strengthen the position of these journals as authoritative sources on cardiovascular and central nervous system research for the pharmaceutical community.

Both Cardiovascular Drug Reviews and CNS Drug Reviews, provide latest developments and therapies in cardiovascular and central nervous system drug research, respectively. Each quarterly issue includes review articles on pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, toxicology to help research scientists and clinical investigators better understand the mechanisms of drug action, the process of drug evaluation, drug interactions and their adverse effects.

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Document Sciences names Hakan Akbas as Chief Marketing Officer - 24 Mar 2006

Publishing solutions provider Document Sciences Corporation, US, has announced the appointment of Hakan Akbas as Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to this, Akbas served as Managing Director, Business Development Operations of US based Xerox Corporation.

In his new position, Akbas will be responsible for bringing Document Sciences' technology suite to the market and driving lead generation for sales channels. He will also look for non-traditional means to capitalize on the company's many resources. He brings in over 10 years of experience in building successful strategies and programs spanning strategic development, marketing strategy, product marketing and business development within the high tech industry.

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EBSCO unveils LISTA with Full Text - 24 Mar 2006

Publisher EBSCO Publishing, US, has announced the launch of Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) with Full Text. This follows the successful launch of the company's recently released LISTA, a comprehensive library science database providing indexing & abstracts from over 600 periodicals, books, research reports and proceedings.

Apart from the same comprehensive indexing found in LISTA, the new version will provide users with an additional full text of over 100 titles. It covers subjects including librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends as back as the mid-1960s.

While the index-only version of LISTA will continue to be made available to users for free at http://www.libraryresearch.com, LISTA with Full Text will be available for an additional annual subscription cost. However, the LISTA with Full Text index (without full text) will be provided free of charge to interested library or individual. Users currently subscribing to other EBSCOhost databases may choose to have LISTA added to their EBSCOhost profile.

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IFPMA upgrades Clinical Trials Portal - 24 Mar 2006

Geneva-based non-profit NGO International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) has launched an upgraded version of its Clinical Trials Portal at http://www.ifpma.org/clinicaltrials. The portal, which seeks to improve public access to clinical trial data, was developed in conjunction with IT services firm IBM Corp., US.

The portal is projected as the first Internet search engine developed to link to online information about ongoing and completed clinical trials sponsored by research-based pharmaceutical companies worldwide. The latest upgrade, which seeks to help more people use the IFPMA Clinical Trials Portal, will allow the pharmaceutical industry to increase the transparency of clinical trials. Users can input search criteria for clinical trials in German, French, Japanese and Spanish apart from English, thereby extending its usability to millions of people worldwide. Additional languages will be considered later.

The launch of the second stage of the IFPMA Clinical Trials Portal also marks the start of a two-month web advertising campaign on Google and Yahoo. People inputting search terms related to clinical trials, diseases and medical conditions into these two search engines will be provided with a link to the IFPMA Clinical Trials Portal.

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Libraries to pilot LOCKSS system to preserve online journals - 24 Mar 2006

The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), UK, in association with the Consortium of Research Libraries in the British Isles (CURL) has announced the institutions that will pilot the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe). Based at Stanford University, LOCKSS is an association of over 80 institutions located across the world. It offers an open-source archiving solution for its members to preserve key e-content.

The initiative calls for chosen libraries to retain copies of the journals they subscribe to and together ensure continued access to subscribed online journals.

The participating libraries chosen after a tender process which began in December 2005, will be supported by a LOCKSS Technical Support Service based at the Digital Curation Centre (DCC). The LOCKSS Technical Support Service will provide technical advice, software development and training to these participating libraries. JISC's negotiation agent for the NESLi2 national e-journals initiative, Content Complete Ltd, will undertake negotiations to acquire publisher's permissions to allow LOCKSS-based archiving.

The full announcement, including the list of participating libraries is available at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/index.cfm?name=programme_lockss.

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Tribal Technology to launch Virtual Library service - 24 Mar 2006

Enterprise software provider Tribal Technology, UK, is set to launch its 'Virtual Library' offering that provides high quality on-demand library skills, materials and research services to the corporate sector. The service is particularly targeted at organisations that do not require full-time library staff or who wish to complement in-house information teams.

The services will be launched at this year's Library and Information Show at the NEC Birmingham, on April 26-27.

Tribal Technology has also announced enhancements to its Business Intelligence Services that offer pay-per-use research service to enterprise customers. Highly trained researchers carry out research-based telephone interviews, database and literature searches and competitor monitoring across all sectors. Saved search and alerting services are also available.

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UKSG to fund research on usage-based measure of journal quality - 24 Mar 2006

The United Kingdom Serials Group (UKSG), in association with online usage metrics organisation COUNTER, has announced plans to fund a new study. The study will explore how online journal usage statistics might form the basis of a new metric of journal quality.

A widespread and growing adherence by journal publishers to the COUNTER Code of Practice is seen to have increased the credibility of usage statistics as a reliable measure of the comparative use of journals. However, usage statistics currently do not provide a comparative measure of journal quality or value. All other things being equal, a journal publishing 2,000 articles a year will generate significantly more downloads than one publishing 50. Such metrics do not take into account the quality of the articles.

The UKSG initiative seeks to determine if this situation can be addressed in a way similar to how ISI's Impact Factor compensates for the fact that larger journals will tend to be cited more than smaller ones. The new research will investigate practical issues to see how a 'Usage Factor' can be developed and regularly calculated. UKSG plans to put this study out to competitive tender. Full details can be found on the UKSG web site at www.uksg.org/rfp.pdf.

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Elsevier achieves COUNTER Release 2 compliance - 23 Mar 2006

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that all ScienceDirect and Scopus Usage Reports are now fully compliant with Release 2 of the international COUNTER Code of Practice for Journals and Databases. Elsevier initially became COUNTER compliant in November 2003. The company is one of the first publishers to achieve Release 2 compliance.

Supported by a global organisation of librarians, publishers and their professional organisations, the COUNTER Code of Practice promotes reliable, consistent and compatible measurement of usage data from online information resources worldwide. In order to allow librarians to fully benefit from the upgraded COUNTER Code of Practice, Elsevier has introduced new fields and features directly into ScienceDirect and Scopus Usage Reports. The new usage fields include year-to-date totals for PDF and HTML formats of all Full Text Articles per Journal; the name of the e-journal platform, the publisher of each full text article; and a new export option which generates a COUNTER Release 2 compliant report in comma-separated format.

Additionally, Elsevier has also provided librarians with a series of innovative usage reports. For ScienceDirect, these include usage by entitlement and article format; full text usage of book series, handbooks and major reference works; an overview of external sites referring users to full text articles on ScienceDirect; and reports on the active user base and user sessions. Scopus offers a general overview of users, searches and abstracts viewed with detailed reports on the types of search used, and finally, reports on inward, outward and reference link usage.

COUNTER-compliant usage reports are available for librarian administrators at all subscribing institutions and consortia, as well as for those customers requesting departmental reports.

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Elsevier MDL and NIH link databases to aid researchers - 23 Mar 2006

Informatics and database solutions provider Elsevier MDL, US, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), US, have linked databases in a bid to make it easier for researchers to obtain more comprehensive information, improve decision making and support discovery breakthroughs. NIH's free PubChem database will now be cross-indexed with the Compound Index hosted on Elsevier MDL's DiscoveryGate platform.

The collaboration calls for the addition of 5 million chemical structures from the PubChem database to the MDL Compound Index. With this, MDL Compound Index comprises over 14 million unique chemical structures. This integrated information provision is expected to enhance the scientific community's ability to conduct thorough research and find significant information while avoiding repetitive searches of multiple systems or data sources.

The online DiscoveryGate platform (www.discoverygate.com ) provides access to integrated scientific content from databases, journal articles, patent publications and reference works from information providers including Elsevier, Thomson-Derwent, FIZ CHEMIE, the US FDA, Prous Science and Thieme. The new indexing in PubChem provides scientists with appropriate DiscoveryGate licences to move from biological data in PubChem to extensive bioactivity, chemical sourcing, chemistry, synthetic methodology and Environmental, Health and Safety data in DiscoveryGate data sources.

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Healthline forges partnerships with 4 medical reference publishers - 23 Mar 2006

Healthcare information services provider Healthline, US, has announced partnerships with medical reference publishers A.D.A.M., Thomson Gale, ProQuest and Cerner Multum in a bid to expand its health information content base. The company claims to be the only healthcare search engine to deliver contextually relevant, high-quality open Web results combined with doctor-reviewed articles, journals, encyclopaedias and illustrations.

The new round of partnerships is projected to deliver highly comprehensive and contextually relevant health search results on the Web using Healthline's proprietary medical taxonomy system combined with advanced semantic search capabilities. The company's Medically Guided Search technology integrates a one-million word taxonomy system developed by over 1,100 physicians and medical experts with advanced search of the HealthWeb. Site visitors and enterprise customers are expected to benefit as Healthline adds more qualitative content.

While A.D.A.M. is a supplier of visually engaging health content, decision support tools and educational products, Cerner Multum is a medical information company providing a database with comprehensive drug product and disease nomenclature information. ProQuest Information and Learning is a provider of information services while Thomson Gale is a publisher of medical encyclopaedias.

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ProQuest launches phase one of British periodicals collection - 23 Mar 2006

Information services provider ProQuest Information and Learning, part of ProQuest Company, US, has announced the May 2006 launch of the first phase of British Periodicals, a suite of new digital collections. The collections will offer researchers facsimile page images and searchable full text of nearly 500 British periodicals published from the late 17th to early 20th century.

British Periodicals Collection I comprises more than 160 periodicals from the UMI Early British Periodicals collection that details life across three centuries. The titles are projected to support the research needs of different departments, with topics including psychology, popular science, history, literature, slavery, Celtic folklore and religion.

British Periodicals will be accessible via ProQuest's Periodicals Archive Online interface. Starting September 2006, users of British Periodicals can also access the collection via its own separate interface, which will have added features for searching and browsing historical periodicals. Institutions with access to ProQuest Information and Learning's edition of the Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals will be able to cross-search Wellesley indexing with British Periodicals full text using this interface.

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Thomson Scientific wins USPTO contract - 23 Mar 2006

Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced that it has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Under the deal, Thomson Scientific will continue to provide USPTO patent examiners with unlimited access to DWPI patents information service both through an in-house version of the Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI) database and access via online hosts. The contract, initially signed for a period of one year, has the option to be extended up to six years.

The agreement includes a range of training modules to facilitate effective usage of DWPI by the Examiner Corps.

Used by major patent offices worldwide, DWPI is a critical resource for patent examiners. With its international coverage of patents information from major patent-issuing authorities since the early 1960's, DWPI forms an integral part of the search and examination procedure for the granting of patents.

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WK Health unveils Adis BD&LI - 23 Mar 2006

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced the launch of Adis Business Development & Licensing Insight (BD&LI), a new search system to enable pharma companies to shortlist potential partnering opportunities. Adis BD&LI provides an overview of drug-related intellectual property information, as well as a new medium for biotech firms to present the science behind their assets.

Adis BD&LI, considered to be an essential tool for Biotech firms, brings together in-depth commercial, scientific and intellectual property information in a single database. The tool is being sold as a subscription service searchable by indication. Adis BD&LI for Oncology is currently available online. Other therapeutic areas will be introduced in the future.

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Emerald launches online author workshop - 22 Mar 2006

Management and library & information science publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced that it has developed an online author workshop to complement its Emerald Management Xtra web resources. The online workshop provides new authors, or experienced authors who would like to refine their skills, with tips and guidance on taking their paper from pre-submission to revision and publication.

Emerald Management Xtra is Emerald's online management resource designed for business schools and management departments. Exclusively available to subscribers of Emerald Management Xtra, the online author workshop provides video footage of one of Emerald's managing editors giving an author workshop presentation at a university, spliced with PowerPoint slides to highlight key points. The 11-minute presentation includes information on how to approach publications and tips on references and titles, and gives further sources of support for prospective authors.

The online workshop can be viewed with a high-speed Internet connection (at least 384 kbps). This includes home broadband (DSL), cable, ISDN, most institutional networks and some wireless services.

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FCI partners with Thomson Scientific to launch new web store - 22 Mar 2006

Scientific information solutions provider Thomson Scientific, US, and Fluid Controls Institute (FCI), US, have announced the launch of FCI online standards store. The new facility, available at http://www.fluidcontrolsinstitute.org, is projected to make FCI standards and technical documents more accessible.

Under the deal, Thomson Scientifics' business unit, Techstreet, will design, build, promote and manage the new online store. Techstreet will also provide digital document delivery and customer service for FCI members and customers worldwide.

The FCI online standards store enables users to search, order, and download copies of FCI standards and publications, and even choose to order printed copies for delivery. FCI currently serves 40 member companies with standards development, education and training to promote better products of higher quality and greater usefulness. The publications available from the new online store include standards, recommended procedures, pressure ratings, terms and definitions, test methods and conditions, classifications, and operating principles.

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Infomedia acquires Indian publishing services provider - 22 Mar 2006

Niche publisher Infomedia India Ltd., India, has announced plans to acquire publishing services provider International Typesetting and Composition (ITC), India, for an estimated $12 million. ITC's front-end office in the US provides marketing, production management and logistics support to its facility in India.

Under the deal, Infomedia will initially acquire an 83 percent stake in ITC and buy out the balance stake by June 2007. The current management team will continue to be in place, facilitating the transition.

Following its recent acquisition of Keyword Group Ltd., UK, and Cepha Imaging Systems, India, the latest acquisition is projected to help Infomedia beef up its position in the burgeoning publishing services industry. It has developed a presence in both the UK and the US. The company recently inked a 51:49 joint venture with Reed Business, part of the Reed Elsevier Group, to bring some of its popular titles to India.

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McGraw-Hill Aerospace & Defense upgrades Web portal - 22 Mar 2006

Aviation and defence information services provider McGraw-Hill Aerospace & Defense (MHA&D), part of the McGraw-Hill Companies, US, has announced the launch of its upgraded web portal, www.aviationnow.com. The changes made in the portal are projected to help industry professionals keep abreast of the latest news and provide them with dynamic tools to make them more productive.

News and analysis from all MHA&D publications have been divided into six channels - defence, commercial aviation, business aviation, space, maintenance, repair and overhaul, and homeland security. This enables users to view news related to industry segments relevant to their interest. In addition, each channel has a personal toolbox for e-mail alerts and RSS feeds as well as the ability to sign up for a trial to the Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) for access to the entire MHA&D network.

The revamped site also contains business productivity tools like Find A Supplier, which comprises a listing of 15,000 manufacturers, distributors and maintenance providers across 6,000 product and service categories in the aviation, aerospace and defense industry.

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Thomson Scientific names 'Red-Hot' research papers of 2005 - 22 Mar 2006

Thomson Scientifics' subscription newsletter Science Watch has announced the 'Red-Hot' research papers of 2005. The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) topped the list by publishing the most-cited research paper of 2005. Thirteen of the top-40 most-cited papers were published in NEJM, with four of the top-five most-cited articles appearing in the journal.

The research group led by Paul M. Ridker, Harvard University professor of medicine, topped the list of Red-Hot Research Papers for "C-reactive protein levels and outcomes after statin therapy," published in the January 2005 issue of NEJM.

The Medicine area was the highlight of the year with 21 of the top-40 "Hottest Papers" appearing in medicine-focused publications. Apart from NEJM and the Lancet, multidisciplinary publications, including Science and Nature, accounted for 10 of the papers included in the rankings. The Science Watch rankings are part of the publication's annual rankings of the hottest researchers and papers of the year. For the rankings, Thomson Scientific evaluated the number of citations each paper received as indexed in its Web of Science(R) database.

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Wiley to publish 'Inflammatory Bowel Diseases' - 22 Mar 2006

STM publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced that it has been selected by the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) to publish the Foundation's official journal, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, starting January 2007.

The journal, currently published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, claims to be the only peer-reviewed journal providing exclusive coverage on inflammatory bowel diseases. Now in its tenth year, the journal seeks to provide latest information relevant to professionals and researchers in this sector. Each issue covers articles on clinical and basic science, as well as reviews of treatments and ground-breaking research.

Wiley will continue to make the journal available in print and online, and through subscription to other individuals and institutional customers. Starting 2007, the journal will be available online via Wiley InterScience, the company's online publishing platform.

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Cox Enterprises and Landmark Communications announce division of partnership assets in Trader Publishing - 21 Mar 2006

Media Company Cox Enterprises, Inc., US, and Landmark Communications, Inc., US, have announced an agreement, under which both companies will divide the assets of Trader Publishing Company, a 50/50 partnership firm of Cox Enterprises and Landmark Communications.

Under the deal, Cox will assume control of Trader Publishing's automobile-related publications, which includes 341 automobile and light truck titles. Cox will also take control of the publication's websites. The company will acquire Trader's offices for these publications, and will be responsible for managing the distribution system for Trader's paid publications. Also, Landmark will transfer its 26% interest in AutoTrader.com, Internet's leading auto classifieds marketplace and consumer information website, thereby increasing Cox's ownership to 87.9%.

The new company, equally owned by Cox and Landmark, will be formed to operate Trader's printing plants. In addition to sharing production capabilities, both companies will work together on distribution. Cox will help Landmark to distribute its paid publications and Landmark will help Cox to distribute its free publications.

Cox's ownership stake in Trader Publishing, which will be called Auto Trader Publishing and AutoTrader.com, will become part of a new entity called Cox Auto Trader.

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Medical research archive named finalist for Stockholm Challenge 2006 award - 21 Mar 2006

Open access archive for medical and allied sciences OpenMED, India, has been nominated as a finalist for the Stockholm Challenge 2006 award. Supported by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) of the Department of Information Technology, OpenMED enables authors and researchers to self-archive their scientific and technical documents.

The Stockholm Challenge brings together information and communication technology (ICT) entrepreneurs from across the world. This year nearly 100 finalists will participate in the Final Event of the Stockholm Challenge 2006.

A discipline based international archive, OpenMED accepts both published and unpublished documents relevant to research in Medical and Allied Sciences including Bio-Medical, Medical Informatics, Dental, Nursing and Pharmaceutical Sciences. It aims to promote self-archiving and open access to papers / scholarly publications in areas of Medical and Allied Sciences.

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NPG unveils interactive site for laboratory protocols - 21 Mar 2006

Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, has announced the launch of the beta version of its Nature Protocols site. The new interactive resource for laboratory protocols offers peer-reviewed content along with a community forum for researchers. New content and features will be added to the site before its scheduled commercial launch in June 2006.

The site is projected to offer a significant source of high quality, peer-reviewed protocols, coupled with the tools for the scientific community to post its own protocols and comment on or rank those posted by others.

Nature Protocols is currently accepting submissions of protocols across all scientific disciplines related to papers published in the Nature family of research journals. Additional features will be added over the coming months with the intention to offer free content as well as a significant quantity of high quality peer-reviewed content, available to institutional subscribers. Protocols will include content commissioned from leading researchers currently developing new techniques, which will be peer-reviewed and editorially enhanced by the Nature Protocols team.

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Schattauer Publisher's to present journals at China Road Show - 21 Mar 2006

Medical publisher Schattauer Publishing Co., Germany, has announced that it will display a number of its titles to the Chinese academic community during the China Road Show to be held from April 2006. This includes Thrombosis and Haemostasis, Methods of Information in Medicine, V.C.O.T., Hämostaseologie and NuklearMedizin.

The China Road Shows intend to bring high level research of international academic publishers to the attention of professors and researchers in various Chinese cities. The Road Shows offer publishers brand awareness and visibility opportunities, as well as increased potential for new business.

Founded in 1949, Schattauer Publisher's has published over 600 book titles as well as 17 journals in human and veterinary medicine. Many of its books have also been published in several foreign languages.

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Scholarly Exchange launches open web forum for editors - 21 Mar 2006

Free open-source journal publishing platform Scholarly Exchange, US, has announced the launch of Editors' Forum, an open web forum for editors of scholarly journals. The forum, available at www.scholarlyexchange.org, provides practical discussions and information on how to start and run an e-journal.

It serves as a platform for editors to raise their questions on strategies, management and technology, and to share their practical experience. Open to all editors and journal managers, the forum primarily focuses on issues relating to electronic journals. Eminent e-journal and open-access experts have agreed to take part in discussions, as guest commentators.

The initiative has been designed to help with basic issues, developing recognition, archiving options, printing options and sustainability.

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Sigma-Aldrich to sponsor CSHL Protocols - 21 Mar 2006

Life sciences research products provider Sigma-Aldrich, US, has announced that it will provide complementary protocols from laboratory manuals publisher Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Press, US. Researchers can now freely access the CSHL Protocols sponsored by Sigma-Aldrich every month via the Featured Protocols section of BioSupplyNet.com (http://www.biosupplynet.com), CSHL's online directory of laboratory supplies.

Apart from sponsoring the online resource, Sigma-Aldrich will extend it further by creating an easy-to-use materials list for each protocol. Through this move, the company expects to serve researchers better, as a wide range of research tools is typically required to explore genomic and proteomic applications.

The latest deal is an extension of an existing partnership between Sigma-Aldrich and CSHL Press. Protocols are immediately available for RNAi, genomics and proteomics.

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WuXi to deploy chemistry databases of NeoTrident and Elsevier MDL - 21 Mar 2006

Pharmaceutical R&D services provider WuXi PharmaTech, China, has announced that it has signed agreements with informatics solutions company NeoTrident Technology, Hong Kong, and informatics and database solutions provider Elsevier MDL, US. Under the deals, WuXi will significantly increase the user seats of NeoTrident's CrossFire Beilstein and Elsevier MDL's Patent Chemistry Database platforms. The agreement makes WuXi PharmaTech the largest Beilstein industry customer in China.

CrossFire Beilstein is a comprehensive database of organic chemistry for compounds, reactions, properties and citations. The MDL Patent Chemistry Database indexes chemical reactions, substances and substance-related information from organic chemistry and life sciences patent publications. These databases are seen as crucial for generating new leads, planning synthetic routes, determining bioactivity and physical properties.

By making Elsevier MDL chemistry databases accessible to chemists, WuXi expects to improve its overall drug discovery and development productivity and quality. The installation of the two databases will also augment the company's commitment to IP protection, as the use of unofficial and unregistered chemistry software and databases remains rampant in China.

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EBSCO Publishing producing citation indexing for databases - 20 Mar 2006

Publisher EBSCO Publishing, US, has announced that it is now producing comprehensive citation indexing for literature in the disciplines of business, communication & mass media, nursing & allied health and sociology. Existing customers of EBSCOhost databases can now gain significantly improved access to citation indexing in these disciplines.

Scholarly business research databases, Business Source Complete and Business Source Premier, provide searchable cited references for over 1,200 journals. EBSCO has also created massive backfiles for this collection. Communication & Mass Media Complete, claimed to be the most used scholarly communication and communications database, also provides searchable cited references for 307 journals. Massive citation indexing backfiles have also been created for this database. Subscribers can receive the new feature for free.

A comprehensive nursing and allied health research database, CINAHL Plus with Full Text, also contains searchable cited references for 1,174 journals. SocINDEX, a comprehensive index to sociology journals, provides citation indexing for nearly 2,000 titles, including journals dating back to the 1800s. Subscribers to SocINDEX or SocINDEX with Full Text, the full text version, receive the added data at no additional charge.

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ECNext executives to discuss search engines impact on premium content publishers - 20 Mar 2006

ECNext, US, a web merchandising and marketing services provider for business publishers, has announced that ECNext's president and CEO, Pamela Springer, has been selected to speak at two industry events - 'Outsell's BrainGains Premium Content and Search: Growing Revenue in 2006' and the 'Buying and Selling eContent Conference', scheduled for March 21 in New York and April 10th and 11th in Scottsdale, Arizona respectively.

Additionally, the company's search engine expert and vice president of search and online advertising, Peter Morse, has been chosen to speak at 'ContentBiz Selling Subscriptions to Internet Content 2006', to be held on May 8th and 9th in New York.

ECNext specialises in helping publishers market, sell and deliver business information online. Its family of solutions, including publisher-branded sites, MANTA and various web marketing programmes, offers publishers with additional channels to reach online content buyers. With the increase in use of search engines by those seeking business reports and information, these conferences will concentrate on how publishers can capitalize by having their content exposed to search engines.

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Five more publishers join 'Gateway to China' programme - 20 Mar 2006

Subscription services provider Swets Information Services, Netherlands, has announced that five additional publishers have joined the 'Gateway to China' programme.

The 'Gateway to China' programme enables publishers to expand their business in China by being locally represented. The programme comprises a technical solution that allows 1,500 Chinese universities and research institutes to link in to SwetsWise Online Content (www.swetswise.com), while evading the international internet flow fees that is normally charged for accessing foreign websites. The programme also provides opportunity for promotion of publisher content, carried out by Swets' sales and marketing team in Beijing.

New publishers inducted into the programme include scientific publisher Akadémiai Kiadó ; publishing arm of the International Water Association, IWA Publishing; international independent publishing house, Multilingual Matters; publisher Schattauer Verlag; and scientific publisher Walter de Gruyter Verlag.

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InnoVision Health Media announces new appointments - 20 Mar 2006

Media and publishing company InnoVision Health Media, US, has announced the appointment of Joan Boykin as the company's new president. Prior to this, Boykin served as Director of Marketing, New Products, Public Relations and Retail for The Hain Celestial Group. He joins InnoVision backed by an illustrious career in publishing, consumer package goods, brand building, natural products retail, and public relations.

In a related announcement, the company announced that its former president, Karolyn Gazella, has been appointed to the newly created position of vice president, Book Division.

In addition to these appointments, the company also announced that Jim Autry, former president of Des Moines, Iowa-based Meredith Publishing, Magazine Division, and author of many leading management books, has accepted a position on the InnoVision Health Media board of directors.

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Knovel forms publishing partnership with World Scientific - 20 Mar 2006

Web-based information services provider Knovel Corporation, US, has announced a new partnership with STM publisher World Scientific Publishing, Singapore. Under the deal, World Scientific will add several titles to Knovel, some of which will be made interactive using Knovel's suite of analytical tools. Knovel's tools can calculate data, resolve equations, sort and export tabular data and extract data from graphs.

The partnership is projected to allow Knovel and World Scientific to showcase high quality references of topical interest and strong scientific value, in sectors ranging from nanotechnology to biomedical engineering, on an interactive platform. Knovel's suite of productivity tools combined with World Scientifics' content are seen to enhance resources for academic, scientific, professional, research and student communities worldwide.

World Scientific joins McGraw Hill, John Wiley & Sons, Elsevier, Springer, Hanser and other prominent scientific publishers as a publishing partner to Knovel.

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More upheaval at CMAJ as bulk of the editorial board quits - 20 Mar 2006

The bulk of the editorial board of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) tendered their resignations in a move to protest the firing of senior editorial staff last month.

Fourteen of the nineteen editorial board members have submitted their resignations to the association's president, Dr. Ruth Collins-Nikai. Acting Editor-in-Chief Dr. Noni MacDonald, has accepted the resignations.

The CMAJ and its owner, the Canadian Medical Association, have been embroiled in controversy since the dismissals of editor Dr. John Hoey and deputy Anne Marie Todkill, in February. Though CMA explained the dismissals to be a part of the journal's renewal process, the journal's editorial board, however, condemned the move as a result of the dispute over editorial independence.

Dr. Jerome Kassirer, the former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, also resigned from CMAJ's editorial board earlier last week.

Dr. MacDonald has said that a new interim editorial board would soon be announced.

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Royal Society launches journal on medical ethics - 20 Mar 2006

The Royal Society of Medicine, UK, has announced the launch of Clinical Ethics, a new journal on medical ethics. The quarterly examines ethical issues as they relate to healthcare delivery, research and policy and provides a forum for cross-disciplinary research and debate on issues of contemporary relevance.

The journal features case studies, guidelines on handling complex ethical issues, analyses of legal and public policy developments and research papers on empirical ethics. Apart from these regular sections, every issue will also include a range of peer-reviewed articles on challenging issues within clinical ethics.

Bobbie Farsides and Sue Eckstein serve as editors. Each section is overseen by a member of the journal's Editorial Committee. Clinical Ethics also has an international Editorial Advisory Board chaired by Prof. Alan Roberts of the Universities of Bradford and Hull, who is a prominent figure in the field of clinical and research ethics in the UK.

The journal's first issue, posted online on 16 March 2006, is available for free at www.clinicalethics.co.uk.

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'Cancer Science' article on gene therapy for esophageal cancer - 17 Mar 2006

The journal Cancer Science, published by Blackwell Publishing, UK, in partnership with the Japanese Cancer Association, has published a study in its latest issue on a gene therapy breakthrough for esophageal cancer patients. Titled 'A Phase I/II Adenoviral p53 Gene Therapy for Chemoradiation Resistant Advanced Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma', the article was co-authored by Dr. Hideaki Shimada.

The study covers the effectiveness of gene transfer therapy on patients suffering from chemo-radiation resistant advanced esophageal cancer. Conducted by scientists from the Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine, the research looks at the feasibility, safety, biologic activity and therapeutic efficacy of this method of gene transfer.

Cancer Science, formerly known as the Japanese Journal of Cancer Research, covers original articles and editorials, letters to the editor, review articles and reports describing original research in the fields of basic, translational and clinical cancer.

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Blackwell Publishing redesigns web site - 17 Mar 2006

Blackwell Publishing, UK, has announced that it has redesigned its corporate web site (www.blackwellpublishing.com). The move is aimed at strengthening the online presence of the company's journals and books, improving its functionality and enhancing the overall visitor experience.

The first in a set of planned improvements, the web site redesigning was based on inputs from clients, librarians, authors and researchers who visit the site regularly. Blackwell worked with web design agency DesignUK to bring about a new look and a more intuitive navigation.

The new features include a dynamic news section on the home page for faculty, librarians, booksellers, societies and the press; an interactive author services section with information on submitting articles and book proposals, advice on all aspects of the publishing process and online article tracking for various journals; comprehensive pages for all subjects with information on books and journals, including special features, teaching resources and links to free content from journals and books; and faster search results and a new site search.

A redesigned web site for Blackwell Synergy will also be launched in the coming months.

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BPS announces option for author-paid OA articles in the British Journal of Pharmacology - 17 Mar 2006

The British Pharmacological Society (BPS), UK, has announced that the Society's official journal, the British Journal of Pharmacology (BJP) will accept open access articles, subject to payment of a publication fee. BJP is published by the Nature Publishing Group (NPG) on behalf of BPS. The move follows the introduction of 'Online Open' on the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, jointly published by BPS and Blackwell Publishing.

The open access option will be available to all authors submitting on or after 1 April 2006 with a publication fee of $2,500 plus VAT (where applicable). Articles published with a publication fee will be identified in the online and print editions of the journal with a 'BJP Open' logo (BJPOpen).

Authors paying the publication fee will be entitled to self-archive the published version immediately on publication, in the repositories of their choice, and in any format. Other articles will continue to be published under NPG's exclusive License-to-Publish.

Prices of print subscriptions will however remain unaffected.

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Elsevier launches Chinese journals collection on ScienceDirect - 17 Mar 2006

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has launched a collection of Chinese journals on its institutional subscription service, ScienceDirect. By working in collaboration with Chinese research societies and Science Press, the ScienceDirect China Collection offers integrated online access to peer-reviewed literature.

The collection includes diverse research collaborations such as the Institute of Biotechnology, Beijing; the Academy of Military Medical Sciences, Beijing; and the Medical University, Chongquing, which publish their findings on cell genetics. The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Mississippi State University, US, and Justus-Liebig-University, Germany, have formed another key international partnership to publish research findings on subtropical soils. The move follows Elsevier's June 2005 launch of the comprehensive Chinese Journal Cooperation Program (CJCP) in partnership with Chinese publishers, societies and research institutes to improve the international quality and distribution of Chinese journals.

The majority of the journals in the ScienceDirect China Collection have been written in English, and the remainder have been translated into English from Chinese. In November 2005, Elsevier launched a joint translation centre with Science Press, a leading STM publisher in China, to promote books and journals in the Chinese and international markets.

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Ingenta names Louise Tutton as Head of Client Management - 17 Mar 2006

Publishing technology provider Ingenta, UK, has announced the appointment of Louise Tutton to the newly-created post of Head of Client Management position. She will report directly to Douglas Wright, Vice President, IngentaConnect.

In her new position, Tutton will manage a team of 6 client managers in the UK and North America, and will have overall responsibility for progressing the company's business with its current publishing customer partners worldwide.

Prior to this, Louise served as online development manager of UK based academic publisher Taylor & Francis. Previously, she has also held positions at ABC-CLIO, Oxford University Press, Bentham Science Publishers and MIT Press.

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Sage Publications announce Journal Backfile Digitization project - 17 Mar 2006

Sage Publications, US, has announced that it has begun work on its complete journal backfile digitisation project. Under the initiative backfiles of more than 400 SAGE journals will be available online to users at academic, government and corporate institutions worldwide.

Once digitised, the complete SAGE backfile will be available via a range of flexible purchase and subscription options.

SAGE journals span a wide range of subject areas in the humanities, STM and social sciences fields. Currently, SAGE offers deep backfile for selected journals through the SAGE Full-Text Collections.

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Thomson Corporation names Carl Urbania as Senior Vice President, Corporate Chief Information Officer - 17 Mar 2006

Information solutions provider Thomson Corporation, US, has announced the appointment of Carl Urbania as senior vice president, corporate chief information officer. He will report directly to Michael Wilens, Thomson EVP and corporate chief technology and operations officer.

In his new role, Urbania will be responsible for transforming Thomson's business information systems into one integrated, efficient and effective business systems environment capable of serving as one of Thomson's platforms for the future.

Urbania most recently served as senior vice president and chief technology officer for Thomson Learning. At the corporate level, Urbania is one of the founding members of The Thomson Corporation's Technology Council.

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Wiley unveils Wiley Registry of Mass Spectral Data, 8th edition - 17 Mar 2006

STM publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced the launch of the 8th edition of the Wiley Registry of Mass Spectral Data, an essential foundation resource for all mass spectrometry libraries.

The Wiley Registry of Mass Spectral Data comprises nearly 400,000 mass spectra with more than 183,000 chemical structures sourced from leading laboratories worldwide. Most spectra are accompanied by the structure and trivial name, molecular formula, molecular weight, nominal mass and base peak.

The new edition claims to be an essential resource for chemists and biochemists involved in drug development, drug screening, and clinical toxicology, as well as for scientists in forensics and homeland defense, endocrinologists, natural products chemists and mass spectroscopists. It includes topics such as chemical warfare precursors; combinatorial library compounds; high molecular diversity for fragmentation analysis; new high resolution organics; structure and substructure search capability; and more spectra with retention indices.

The library is currently available through Wiley at www.wiley.com/go/databases.

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Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries subscribe to Thomson Scientific Century of Science - 16 Mar 2006

Scientific information solutions provider Thomson Scientific, US, part of Thomson Corporation, has announced that the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries has subscribed to the full data set of the Web of Science component of ISI Web of Knowledge. A multidisciplinary bibliographic resource, Web of Science now offers extensive backfiles of a suite of innovative scientific research information dating from 1944 to 1900.

The initiative known as Century of Science was a two year project undertaken by Thomson Scientific to make available remotely stored archives and rare book collections electronically to researchers worldwide.

With multidisciplinary content from over 8,700 prestigious journals, Web of Science claims to be the most preferred scientific information resource for information professionals and researchers worldwide. Its cited-reference searching feature allows users to navigate forward and backward through the multidisciplinary literature to uncover the information most relevant to their work. It also allows researchers to keep track of who is citing their work, and the impact they, or their colleagues, are having on the global research community.

Apart from Web of Science, the Swiss Consortium of Academic Libraries can also access other key components of ISI Web of Knowledge, including Essential Science IndicatorsSM, Journal Citation Reports and INSPEC.

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Elsevier MDL unveils fully automated OHS document distribution service - 16 Mar 2006

Informatics and database solutions provider Elsevier MDL, US, has announced that its OHS unit has launched a fully-automated Document Distribution Service competent to meet international regulatory requirements.

Elsevier MDL's OHS unit is one of the leading authorities of independently researched material safety data sheet (MSDS) authoring, distribution and database services and products. It provides distribution services to both authoring and non-authoring clients and meets the US, Canadian, European and other country mailing rules.

The service archives the customer's MSDS files in the automated OHS document library linked to the customer's internal sales system. In case of a sales transaction, the document library is electronically alerted and if required, the MSDS is sent with a cover letter to all appropriate end-users globally, via e-mail, fax or mail. The entire past record of the mailing is archived for future reference.

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Emerald Launches online resource for business school leaders - 16 Mar 2006

Management and library & information science publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced the launch of Emerald Management Xtra for Deans and Directors, a suite of online resources designed to support senior managers and administrators in management education.

Presented in association with the European Foundation for Management Development, Emerald Management Xtra for Deans and Directors focuses on leading the future of global business and management education.

The online resource was created with inputs from the Emerald Deans' Advisory Group of thirty senior managers and academic practitioners from top management schools. The Website reviews issues of the day, highlights articles, allows for exchange of ideas, and encourages collaboration between business schools in different parts of the world.

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Groxis to provide visual search tech for EBSCOhost - 16 Mar 2006

Visual search applications provider Groxis, US, and EBSCO Publishing, US, have announced a partnership to deliver the former's Grokker visual search feature as part of EBSCOhost, a database platform for organisations. The partnership is projected to make EBSCO the first major content aggregator to implement visualisation technology in database search.

With nearly 200 research databases, EBSCO serves several institutions representing millions of end users. With the integration of the Grokker visual search facility, EBSCO expects to provide a powerful complement to the basic and advanced search functions of EBSCOhost.

The visual search organises hundreds of search results from a single query into an intuitive, easy to navigate content map. The user can then dynamically filter results by keyword, publication date and full text to pinpoint specific articles and records without having to reframe the query. Visual search is offered to all EBSCO database subscribers at no additional cost. Both companies will work together to deliver ongoing enhancements to the visual search experience on EBSCOhost.

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Infostoria launches Content Integration Suite - 16 Mar 2006

Enterprise content integration solutions provider Infostoria Inc., US, has announced the general availability of its Content Integration Suite. The application enables publishing, media, advertising and financial services companies to implement content driven business processes across the organisation.

The suite comprises the Infostoria Content Integrator and Infostoria Workgroups. A middleware platform, the Infostoria Content Integrator enables people and applications to manage, search and securely share digital assets irrespective of where they are physically stored. Infostoria Workgroups is a collaboration portal that assists individuals form ad-hoc workgroups and populates them with digital assets from different repositories.

Key features of the Content Integration Suite include full-text indexing and search that spans content repositories; an extensive set of media services for image thumbnail creation, video storyboard extraction, format transcoding and others; Meta-data extraction, auto-tagging, and categorisation of content across repositories; transparent and secure access to content stored in shared file folders and content management systems from different vendors; integration with managed file transfer products for efficient content delivery and network traffic optimisation; and a workflow engine capable of orchestrating business processes driven by content stored in different repositories.

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Ovid e-journals made available to Welsh healthcare professionals - 16 Mar 2006

Welsh healthcare programme Informing Healthcare has given electronic information provider Ovid Technologies, US, a contract to supply 90 full-text online journals for health professionals across Wales. Under the deal, Informing Healthcare's Access to Knowledge Project (A2K) acquired the peer-reviewed journals last month to enhance the NHS Wales e-library.

The e-library is part of the Health of Wales Information Service (HOWIS) and is supported by Health Solutions Wales and Velindre NHS Trust. With the addition of these new titles from Ovid, NHS Wales now has over 200 e-journals available online.

The A2K project, working with NHS staff, has released a suite of e-journals covering nursing, midwifery and allied health, medical and dental, public health, pharmacy and healthcare management. The new journals build on an existing range of e-journals, e-books and e-guidelines provided by the A2K project in 2005. Online access to the e-journals for NHS staff is available on the intranet at http://howis.wales.nhs.uk/ovidjournals or on the NHS Wales site at http://www.wales.nhs.uk/ovidjournals.

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Reed Elsevier names Lisa A. Hook as Non-Executive Director - 16 Mar 2006

Publisher Reed Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the appointment of Lisa A Hook to the Boards of Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV as non-executive director. The appointment is subject to shareholder approval at the respective Annual General Meetings to be held on 18 and 19 April 2006.

Hook currently serves as director of Covad Communications Inc. and K12 Inc. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Public Radio Foundation. Previously, she served as Vice President at Time Warner Inc. where she managed corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions.

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'Popular Science' implements Eurekster's SearchPublisher platform for vertical searches - 15 Mar 2006

Community search technologies provider Eurekster, Inc., US, has announced that science and technology magazine, Popular Science, has integrated Eurekster's community search platform, SearchPublisher in its web portal, www.popsci.com.

The Eurekster SearchPublisher refines the search queries and re-ranks results drawn from general search indexes such as web, site, news and image to present the most relevant information. The service allows website publishers to offer their users with a highly tailored Web search experience. Its optional branded toolbar can be used by publishers to widen their site experience and revenue-generating search offering to other web destinations.

A Time4 Media publication, Popular Science covers the latest developments in science and technology, including electronics, communications, cars, tools, space and aviation among other topics.

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CMAJ crisis mounts as another board member quits - 15 Mar 2006

The Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) crisis over editorial autonomy continued with the resignation of Dr. Jerome Kassirer, a CMAJ editorial member. The resignation came merely hours after the CMA announced that it has streamlined the oversight committee, meant to serve as a linking body between the journal's editorial staff and its owner, CMA Media.

The changes are the latest in a series of moves the association has made following the controversial firing of former editor Dr. John Hoey and his deputy, Anne Marie Todkill, last month. Three other editors resigned as a result of the firings. The restructured oversight committee will serve on a temporary basis. Meanwhile, a panel headed by a retired Canadian chief justice has been mandated to provide recommendations on new governance guidelines for CMAJ within 90 days.

Graham Morris, president of CMA Media, the holding company that publishes the journal, dismissed Dr. Hoey and Todkill in what explained was a part of the journal's renewal process. The journal's editorial board, however, condemned the move as a result of the dispute over editorial independence. Dr. Noni MacDonald, a Halifax paediatrician who had served on the committee, was named interim editor of the journal last week.

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EBSCO's enhanced Registration Tracker streamlines registration process for libraries - 15 Mar 2006

Journal subscription services provider EBSCO, US, has announced the expanded functionality of its Registration Tracker, a component of the e-journal management tool EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service Enhanced (EJS). Registration Tracker enables library administrators to manage the registration process from a centralized point.

Library administrators can use the tool to indicate the registration status of their e-journals on subscription; view access, authentication and registration details for these e-journals; block end user access to titles not yet registered; and more.

The Registration Tracker also features an expanded notes capability, which can be used to create follow-up notes. The follow-up notes enable the system to send out automated reminders on the dates that specific actions are to be taken. Administrators can also keep a log of their registration activities using the registration notes field.

Apart from this, an enhanced end user notes option helps librarians streamline access to titles requiring username and password authentication. Administrators use this option to store access instructions, which display in a pop-up window when the end user links to the publisher site.

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PNAS publishes findings of cancer study - 15 Mar 2006

US-based scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has published a study on new potential targets for the therapeutic intervention of an array of human cancers by describing synergistic links between two cellular signalling pathways. The study was conducted by Dr. Charles P. Emerson, Jr., Dr. Xingbin Ai and Ke Lu of the Boston Biomedical Research Institute and Dr. Natalia Riobo of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

The research focuses on characterising a form of cellular communication called Hedgehog signalling. The Hedgehog signalling pathway is activated when Sonic Hedgehog binds to its receptor Patched, ultimately leading to the activation of a family of transcription factors known as Glis (Gli1, Gli2, and Gli3). Normally this pathway regulates fundamental developmental processes such as embryonic tissue patterning and stem cell maintenance. However, inappropriate Hedgehog signalling leads to a number of important human cancers, including pancreatic, lung, prostate, skin, muscle and digestive tract cancer -- all of which remain largely untreatable.

The findings are expected to help in the development of preventative and curative treatments by identifying new therapeutic targets. The work was supported by a National Cancer Institute grant.

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Portico to make permanent archives of Oxford journals - 15 Mar 2006

Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University Press (OUP), UK, has announced that it has signed its third major archiving agreement with Portico, a non-profit electronic archiving service. Under the deal, 149 OUP titles will be preserved in Portico archive (www.portico.org).

The agreement is part of Oxford Journals initiative to ensure long term accessibility to all journals content, and offer perpetual access, back-up archiving and access facilities for all participating journals.

Previously, in 2004, Oxford Journals became one of the first publishers to sign an archiving agreement with Netherlands National Library, Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB). Later in 2005, it became a member of the LOCKSS preservation initiative from Stanford University. OUP joins the growing list of Portico publisher participants, including Elsevier, Berkeley Electronic Press, John Wiley and Sons, Symposium Journals, American Mathematical Society and UK Serials Group.

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WK Health launches web-based drug price and reference tool - 15 Mar 2006

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced the launch of Price Rx, a web-based software application for price analysis and reference information. The product provides quick and simple access to Medi-Span's Master Drug Database (MDDB) for pricing and product information, with analytical, formulary and reporting tools.

Price Rx is claimed to provide enhanced technology for better efficiency and productivity, enabling users to reduce IT support costs and application maintenance. Also, users can search for products by manufacturer, NDC, trade and generic name, as well as by Medi-Span's generic product identifier (GPI) therapeutic classification system. Additionally, users can assess existing as well as up to 10 historical prices based on AWP, DP, CMS FUL, and WAC and Medi-Span's proprietary Average, Average Wholesale Price (AAWP) and Generic Equivalent Average Price (GEAP).

The product combines drug-pricing data with clinical dosing parameters from Medi-Span's Medication Order Management Database to calculate daily and total cost of therapy. It also generates complete reports of generic and therapeutic equivalent products, constructs and maintains several formulary lists and creates complete price history, changes and analysis reports for an individual product or subsets of products. A quick reference version of Price Rx - Price Rx Select - is also available.

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CMPMedica acquires Mediworld Publications - 14 Mar 2006

Healthcare education and information provider CMPMedica, UK, part of United Business Media plc (UBM), has announced the acquisition of Indian medical publisher Mediworld Publications for $844,500. The acquisition is part of UBM's initiative to expand its reach into the Indian market.

The acquisition further strengthens CMPMedica's position in India as a leading healthcare media business and Drug Information Systems provider. It enhances the company's offering for the Indian market with six new specialty medical journals and a Pharmaceutical Marketing Solutions business.

To support its growing activities and widening interests in India, UBM has opened new premises in Mumbai. The new location is designed to provide an operational base for all UBM's businesses as they develop their activities across the sub-continent.

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EBSCO Australia announces new appointments - 14 Mar 2006

EBSCO Information Services (EIS), Australia, has announced the appointment of Jay Glaisyer to the newly-created position of head of business development.

In her new position, Glaisyer will oversee the ongoing development of strategic relationships with key Industry and library organisations, and ensure that EBSCO is well-positioned to meet the needs of its library customers. Prior to this, she served as managing director for the Australian and New Zealand offices of Swets Information Services. In a related announcement, the company also announced the promotion of Academic Sales Manager Richard Steeden to national sales manager. In his new appointment, Richard will address the electronic and print access, and management needs facing all libraries in Australia.

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Google unveils new plan for publishers - 14 Mar 2006

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has announced a new program for publishers, under which publishers can now choose to sell the full text of books online. The move is aimed at enabling better cooperation between Google and other publishers opposing the Google Book Search project.

The program allows publishers to have full control over the price. A part of the profit however, will be retained by Google.

Though Google is yet to officially launch the program, some publishers, including HarperCollins, have decided not to participate in the program. Google however has said that it will go ahead with the launch with or without the participation of a large number of publishers.

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Library Journal names Jay Datema as technology editor - 14 Mar 2006

Library Journal (LJ), US, has announced the appointment of Jay Datema as technology editor.

In his new position, Datema will be responsible for the magazine's quarterly technology supplement netConnect as well as LJ's technology features and columns (Online Databases, Digital Libraries). He will also oversee the LJ Tech Blog.

Earlier, Datema served as project manager, Ovid Technologies, where he supervised several new software additions to the Ovid Gateway product, including Pay per View and the Administrative Interface. Most recently, Datema founded Bookism, a consulting service to scientific and research libraries.

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Software for institutional repositories to integrate bookmarking services - 14 Mar 2006

Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, has announced the release of new software that enables institutional repositories running EPrints to integrate with social bookmarking services Connotea and del.icio.us. The technology allows content within institutional repositories to be bookmarked, tagged and linked to related content. The product development was funded by the UK's Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) as part of its PALS Metadata and Interoperability Projects 2 programme.

Once installed in a repository, the software enables users to bookmark documents in that repository using their Connotea or del.icio.us account, assigning their own tags and without leaving the web page. Users can also view tags that have already been assigned to the document and click on links to related content, either within the same repository or elsewhere on the web.

If bookmarked in Connotea, the bibliographic metadata for the institutional repository item can be automatically imported. Connotea already does this for items bookmarked from several other sources, including Nature, PubMed, Science, Blackwell Synergy, Wiley Interscience and Amazon. It is a free online information management service for researchers and clinicians developed by NPG.

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Study on new pressure monitoring tech during liver transplant - 14 Mar 2006

Blood pressure products firm Medwave, Inc., US, has announced that a study titled "Vasotrac Arterial Pressure and Direct Arterial Pressure Monitoring During Liver Transplantation" has been published in the March 2006 issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia.

An official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS), Anesthesia & Analgesia covers peer-reviewed, original clinical and research articles for practicing physicians, researchers and allied medical personnel in anaesthesiology and related fields.

The study was conducted at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota by James Y. Findlay, Bhargavi Gali, Mark T. Keegan, Christopher M. Burke and David J. Plevak. The conclusion of the study stated that Medwave's Vasotrac technology was not an adequate replacement for direct arterial blood pressure monitoring in liver transplant patients. However, the statistical correlation for 6,468 readings during up to 7.5-hour procedures was found to be impressive. In previous studies from other institutions comparing Vasotrac to arterial catheters, the correlation was much tighter.

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University of Karachi to launch digital library - 14 Mar 2006

The Husein Ebrahim Jamal Research Institute of Chemistry at the University of Karachi, Pakistan, will launch a digital library with 11,500 online research journals. The library, to be named Latif Ebrahim Jamal National Science Centre and launched by June 2006, will offer free facilities to university students.

Supported by the Latif Ebrahim Jamal Foundation, the estimated cost of the library is PKR 11 million. The centre will have research and training facilities in multiple sectors of science and technology. It will also provide complete access to scores of international and industrial scientific databases.

The centre is projected to be one of the largest libraries with a vital database, dictionary of natural products and American Chemical Society database journals. Also, the library will be connected to several universities worldwide via the Net.

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CMP Media launches TechSearch.com - 13 Mar 2006

Technology, healthcare and entertainment media firm CMP Media, US, has announced the launch of the beta version of TechSearch.com. TechSearch integrates the two significant trends on the Web, search and blogs, to create a unique offering for technology professionals.

Published by CMP Media's Business Technology Group, TechSearch indexes more than 60 technology news portals, blogs and publications both inside and outside CMP.

The vertical search site provides instant access to high-technology news and information from CMP's network of leading technology publications and blogs. This includes content from InternetWeek, TechWeb, CMP's Pipeline sites, InformationWeek, Optimize Magazine, CRN, EE Times, and other leading journals and online news outlets.

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EBSCO adopts Sushi standard in electronic journals service - 13 Mar 2006

Journal subscription services provider EBSCO Information Services, US, has announced that following three months of successful trials, a web service that allows automated data retrieval is now deployed in the EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service (EJS). The pilot was part of the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (Sushi), a project being developed by the US' National Information Standards Organization (NISO).

As a result of this technical innovation, customers of Innovative's Millennium library technology platform will be able to automate the transfer of journal usage data from EJS for use within Millennium's ERM module.

Sushi builds on the work of Project Counter by allowing completely automated request and delivery of COUNTER reports. As a founding member of Sushi, EBSCO seeks to tap the inherent value of web services and its practical applications for library automation. Sushi allows library staff to gain quick access to usage statistics in a reliable format through Counter.

NISO will release Sushi as a Draft Standard for Trial Use in 2006 followed by a workshop later in the year, which will introduce the initiative to a wider audience.

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Macmillan India acquires Interactive Composition Corp - 13 Mar 2006

Publishing services provider Macmillan India Ltd., India, has announced the acquisition of 100% shares of Interactive Composition Corp (ICC), US, for an estimated $ 3.4 million.

A publishing services provider, ICC offers a suite of services to major book publishers in the US. This includes copyediting, proofreading, indexing, technical illustration, composition (LaTeX, Quark, InDesign, and FrameMaker), interactive multimedia development, and data conversion services (OEB, XML, SGML, and HTML).

Macmillan India is a leading provider of typesetting, copyediting, project management, digitising, graphics, software and technology services to major publishers in the US, UK and Europe. With this acquisition, the company is now set to become a major supplier of full services to Book Publishers.

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Scientific American Podcast scales to top 5 on iTunes podcast chart - 13 Mar 2006

Science and technology journal, Scientific American, US, has announced that its recently launched "The Scientific American Podcast" has been ranked as the fifth most popular podcast on iTunes Today's Top Podcast list.

Hosted by Steve Mirsky, a featured columnist for Scientific American Magazine, the weekly science podcast covers the latest developments in science and technology, and also includes interviews with leading scientists and science journalists, topical discussions, as well as an entertaining science quiz. The podcast's recent episodes featured topics such as the Korean stem cell research debacle, developments in computer security, the threat of avian flu, the Dover evolution trial, and the science of curling.

In addition to the podcast, Scientific American also publishes Sciam Observations, a blog from the editors of Scientific American (blog.sciam.com).

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Softlink starts research on librarians' role in knowledge management - 13 Mar 2006

Library technology provider Softlink Europe Ltd., UK, has commissioned a research into the external and internal information managed by librarians in the corporate sector. The paper will be launched at the Softlink stand no. 626 at the Library + Information Show in April 2006. The research is expected to help Softlink gather views from a cross-section of corporate librarians across the charity, health and legal sectors.

Since gathering, organising, storing and sharing information assets from within and outside the organisation is a core element of knowledge management, Softlink expects the research to help it develop more significant products for library staff.

Softlink has about 20 years of experience and over 10,000 installations of library management solutions worldwide in libraries in a variety of sectors. Its Liberty3, a fully web-based library and knowledge management system, includes data on traditional library catalogue resources such as books as well as PDF and Excel documents, web sites and e-journals.

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Top VNU shareholders oppose purchase deal - 13 Mar 2006

An offer by a business consortium to buy media firm VNU, Netherlands for € 7.5 billion is currently shadowed by uncertainty as two major shareholders of the company have expressed opposition to the sale. VNU shareholders Knight Vinke Asset Management and Fidelity International, who own nearly 17 percent of VNU's shares, have reportedly opposed the offer.

The agreement with a consortium of buyout firms consisting of Blackstone Group, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Thomas H. Lee & Partners, AlpInvest Partners, Carlyle Group and Hellman & Friedman, was contingent on 95 percent of shareholders agreeing to the deal.

The business consortium however, has a chance to convince those opposing the offer until the annual meeting of shareholders to be held on April 18.

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'Journal of Vascular Surgery' report on new technique for AAA repair - 10 Mar 2006

The Journal of Vascular Surgery has published a study in its March issue on less-invasive techniques for aortic aneurysm repair. According to the study, a shift toward a less-invasive endovascular procedure as an alternative to conventional surgery has reduced the risk of death for patients undergoing repair of dangerous abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs).

AAA is a ballooning of the aorta resulting from a weakening or stretching of the vessel wall. If the aneurysm ruptures, it is usually fatal, but if detected through proper screening, AAAs can be repaired to prevent rupture. However, traditional open surgery for AAA has a significant risk of death and prolonged recovery time. However, endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) provides a less-invasive alternative to open surgery for AAA repair. In this procedure, the vascular surgeon makes a small incision in the groin to thread a catheter through the patient's arteries. Once the catheter reaches the location of the AAA, a device called a stent-graft is placed, expanded, and fixed in place to repair the aneurysm.

The Journal of Vascular Surgery, an official publication of the Society for Vascular Surgery, US, is published by Elsevier, Netherlands.

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BioMed Central names Deborah Saltman as Editorial Director (Medicine) - 10 Mar 2006

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced the appointment of Deborah Saltman as Editorial Director (Medicine). She will report directly to BioMed Central's Publisher, Matthew Cockerill.

In her new position, Saltman will work in conjunction with Theodora Bloom, BioMed Central's Editorial Director (Biology), and will be responsible for all editorial aspects of BioMed Central's medical publishing activity.

Saltman has published over 200 medical works, and is an Honorary Professor in the Discipline of General Practice at the University of Sydney. Earlier, she served on the Editorial Boards of BMC Medical Education, BMJ Clinical Evidence, BMC Family Practice, Postgraduate Medical Journal, and Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.

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Blackwell gets CarbonNeutral certification - 10 Mar 2006

Society publisher Blackwell Publishing, UK, has announced that it is the first global publisher to have become CarbonNeutral. By this move, Blackwell aims to mitigate emissions of greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) caused by the company's use of energy, shipment of books and journals and business travel.

CarbonNeutral is the registered trademark of The CarbonNeutral Company and is a brand mark for action on climate change. CO2 emissions have been considered a primary contributor in increasing the earth's temperature and impacting global climate change.

Blackwell's CarbonNeutral commitment involves measuring CO2 emissions, reducing them where possible and then offsetting the unavoidable emissions. The company has decided to work towards neutralising the effects of CO2 emissions from its office operations and also on all global product shipments. Blackwell worked with The CarbonNeutral Company and the Edinburgh Centre of Carbon Management to calculate its global "carbon footprint" and implement carbon offset projects to reduce the company's emissions to net zero.

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CSHL Press to launch database for interactive online laboratory methods - 10 Mar 2006

Laboratory manuals publisher Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press (CSHL Press), US, has announced the launch of Cold Spring Harbor Protocols (CSH Protocols), a new database for interactive online methods. Slated for release in June 2006, CSH Protocols is being developed by CSHL Press in association with Stanford University's HighWire Press. CSHL's well-known laboratory manuals include Molecular Cloning, Antibodies and Cells.

CSH Protocols will include protocols in cell and molecular biology, genetics, protein science, imaging and bioinformatics. It will seek to widen its coverage by adding new protocols from a variety of sources. Each protocol will be presented gradually, with clarity and attention to troubleshooting and advice. The protocols will be web-linked to online resources to help researchers strengthen their practical skills and build new ones. Scientists can search for and store key information, annotate it, share it with colleagues and contribute improvements and updates.

CSH Protocols will be fully searchable, with a unique taxonomy for browsing and many features that can be customised by users. The collection is expected to have over 900 protocols by the end of 2006 and will be continuously expanded, updated and annotated by the authors and users of the techniques.

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Fiona Foley to quit Elsevier - 10 Mar 2006

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that Fiona Foley has decided to leave her position as Executive Vice President of Global Medicine. Elsevier and Foley are in discussions regarding a possible consultancy role in Medical Publishing.

As a result of the move, the company has taken the opportunity to reorganise the Global Medicine group to ensure that important relationships with Elsevier's customers and authors continue to thrive.

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ScienceDirect journals archives now online at University of Cambridge - 10 Mar 2006

The University of Cambridge, UK, has announced the availability of back issues of key scientific journals. The move follows Cambridge University Library's acquisition of a suite of digitised back issues of Elsevier ScienceDirect journals. Both students and staff at the university will now be able to benefit from more than seven million historic articles that can be accessed online.

The new collection adds to the Library's already existing online provision of more than 12,000 journals. Apart from e-journals, the collection also includes major scientific reference works.

The ScienceDirect journals are available free for current University staff and students, and include titles such as The Lancet, Physics Reports, Analytica Clinica Acta, Topology, Behaviour Research and Therapy, Neuroscience, Research in Microbiology and Cell. Each title is available electronically from the first volume and issue of publication.

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Vicon Publishing unveils 'Lab Manager Magazine' - 10 Mar 2006

B2B media firm Vicon Publishing, Inc., US, has announced the premiere issue of Lab Manager Magazine. The magazine, available both in print and digital editions, will be officially launched at Pittcon 2006 to be held in Orlando, Florida, from March 12-17.

Launched with a circulation base of 30,000, the magazine will initially be published bi-monthly and will increase its frequency to monthly in 2007. The publication seeks to help lab managers of every discipline balance good administrative practices with good science in order to promote scientific analysis and discovery.

The journal, available free of charge to qualified industry professionals, covers topics relating to management, technology, and equipment common to laboratories in industry, government, medicine, research, academia, and biotechnology.

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Blackwell partners with ASDS to publish 'Dermatologic Surgery' - 09 Mar 2006

Blackwell Publishing, UK, has partnered with the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) to publish the Society's peer-reviewed journal Dermatologic Surgery. The journal, which was published by Blackwell from 1998 - 2004, is returning after a brief partnership with another publisher.

A monthly, Dermatologic Surgery covers the most comprehensive and latest information in the field. This includes peer-reviewed original articles, extensive illustrations, case reports, ongoing features, literature reviews, meeting coverage and correspondence.

The journal helps over 9,000 dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and general practitioners stay abreast of the latest advances in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery as well as skin cancer.

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British Library links up with Google Scholar for document delivery - 09 Mar 2006

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has announced that its Google Scholar has partnered with the British Library to offer researchers, students and academics desktop delivery of millions of full text scholarly research articles. Google Scholar enables users to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research.

Searches on Google Scholar will now also include links to the British Library's document delivery service. Search results will be matched against the Library's holdings and where a match is made, users will have the option to obtain articles held via the British Library's online document ordering interface, British Library Direct.

A 'BL Direct' link will appear below every successfully matched Google Scholar result. Users who click on the link will be forwarded to an online ordering form already populated with the bibliographic details of the desired article, enabling copyright fee-paid supply to the desktop. Previously, online subject searches yielded results that could not provide researchers with access to full text. It is expected that by linking Google Scholar with British Library's document supply services, users can now complete the discovery-to-desktop-delivery process with ease.

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CMAJ crisis intensifies - 09 Mar 2006

The Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) crisis has further intensified with one more editor quitting the journal. Dr Anita Palepu, one of the five associate editors of the journal, resigned merely hours after the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) named Antonio Lamer, former chief justice of the Supreme Court, to chair a panel that will devise a governance structure for the CMAJ.

Dr. Palepu said that the interim guidelines on editorial independence issued by the CMA were too weak to guarantee editors the final authority over the journal's content.

Palepu is the third editor to quit the journal following the controversial firing of former editor Dr. John Hoey and his deputy, Anne Marie Todkill, last month. With this the journal is currently left with only four part-time editors on staff.

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Convera adds four partners to Open Excalibur programme - 09 Mar 2006

Search technologies provider Convera Corporation, US, has announced that it has added four partners - Factiva, FMS Advanced Systems Group, Language Weaver and MetaCarta - to its Open Excalibur partner programme. The Open Excalibur search platform provides easy integration of third party products and services by adhering to established open interface standards such as REST and XML.

Convera and Factiva, a Dow Jones and Reuters company that provides business news, plan to develop a universal data box utilising a platform built on Excalibur and representing a vast index of categorised and authority-ranked web results. The companies also plan to create an open source consortium to target vertical markets such as government organisations, and to launch a secure hosted data centre to provide subscription service access to open source content.

FMS Advanced Systems Group is porting its Sentinel Threat Management System link analysis suite to work directly with Excalibur to allow analysts and researchers to use the Internet more extensively. MetaCarta's geographic search capabilities identify geographic references using advanced natural language processing from unstructured content in a customer's archives, including e-mail, web pages, newswires and cables. It then assigns a latitude and longitude to these references so that users can analyse their text archives using geographic maps, keywords and time as filters.

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Endeavor Information Systems partners with TDNet to launch 'Discovery: Resolver' - 09 Mar 2006

Library management software provider Endeavor Information Systems, US, has announced an expanded partnership agreement with US based information solutions provider TDNet, to deliver a new technology offering, Discovery: Resolver.

Discovery: Resolver, a replacement for Endeavor's current LinkFinderPlus product, delivers enhanced electronic access to OpenURL and non-OpenURL target resources. Resolver is part of a suite of tools called Endeavor Discovery, a family of utility products that allow users to easily retrieve, view and access the most relevant information from library resources.

Discovery: Resolver will utilise TDNet technology to provide accurate context-sensitive linking from OpenURL enabled sources to full text sources. Endeavor customers particularly, will benefit from TDNet's enhanced linking functionality, as well as access to the company's multi-disciplinary Knowledge Base, which comprises over 100,000 unique titles updated weekly.

Users of the current LinkFinderPlus product will be moved to the new product on an ongoing basis throughout the year.

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Northwestern University Joins Open Biosystems' Open Access RNAi program - 09 Mar 2006

Genomic research tools provider Open Biosystems, Inc., US, has announced that Northwestern University, US, has joined its Open Access RNAi Program. Under the program, Northwestern's community of 270 participating research labs will be given access to the most advanced RNAi technology via Open Biosystems' whole-genome lentiviral shRNAmir libraries.

The Open Access RNAi Program allows academic systems, including multiple campuses, access to the company's advanced shRNA libraries, priority technical support and constant access to all extensions of current and new libraries. Additionally, Open Biosystems provides Northwestern University with maintenance and quality control of the shRNAmir libraries, thereby enabling researchers to focus on advancing their research.

The Open Access RNAi Program at Northwestern includes shRNAmir lentiviral libraries targeting the entire human and mouse genomes with different constructs per gene. Open Biosystems' shRNAmir libraries are claimed to provide greater gene knockdown and fewer off-target effects than other RNAi systems.

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Blackwell acquires two dentistry titles from BC Decker - 08 Mar 2006

Blackwell Publishing, UK, has announced the acquisition of the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, the official journal of nine esthetics-oriented societies, and the Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research. The journals, previously published by BC Decker, will now join Blackwell's portfolio in dentistry publishing with immediate effect.

This acquisition will further strengthen the company's strong publishing presence in the field of dentistry. Blackwell's other titles in dentistry includes the Journal of Periodontal Research, Journal of Prosthodontics, and Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology.

A bimonthly, The Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry is a peer-reviewed publication committed to advancing and disseminating the latest information on contemporary multi- and interdisciplinary dental esthetics.

An international, peer-reviewed journal, The Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research (CIDRR) is published every quarter, and covers timely and relevant articles related to osseointegration. It also includes sections on basic and clinical research, review articles, and case reports on various aspects of implant dentistry and related sciences.

Under the Blackwell Munksgaard imprint, the company currently publishes 9 out of the top 20 dental journals ranked by impact factor and over a quarter of all dental research articles.

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Elsevier Senior Vice President receives CSA/Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award - 08 Mar 2006

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that the company's Senior Vice President, Karen Hunter has been named the 2006 recipient of the CSA/Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award (formerly the Bowker/Ulrich's Award).

Presented by the ALCTS Serials Section, the award honours distinguished contributions to serials librarianship, including such activities as leadership in serials-related activities through participation in professional associations and/or library education programs; contributions to the body of serials literature; conduct of research in the area of serials; development of tools or methods to enhance access to or management of serials; and other advances leading to a better understanding of the field of serials. The CSA/Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award consists of a citation and $1,500 donated by CSA.

Hunter was honoured for her leadership in the collaborative development of electronic delivery of scholarly information. Her collaborative spirit has yielded significant partnerships between the academic and professional world on a range of projects. Most recently, she spearheaded the Elsevier partnership with Portico, a non-profit electronic archiving service.

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Fealth.com launches comprehensive health search engine - 08 Mar 2006

Health search and information solutions provider Fealth.com, US, has announced the launch of http://www.fealth.com , a comprehensive health search engine. Derived from fitness and health, fealth.com is available for license to internet portals and publishers for integration within their own websites.

Fealth.com search results provide highly relevant and reliable health information from range information available on the Internet. The portal uses industry accepted trust indicators, such as health certifications, to establish high value rankings and to filter irrelevant search results.

An initial portal partner, stayhealthy.com, launched in 1995 as one of the first healthcare websites, is now reportedly using Fealth's on-demand and highly customizable search solution to complement and expand its own health related products.

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HMS to deploy WKHealth's Drug Dosing Database - 08 Mar 2006

Medical information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that healthcare IT firm Healthcare Management System, Inc. (HMS), US, has licensed the Drug Dosing & Administration Database (DDAD) of Medi-Span, its electronic information service. HMS provides information technology systems to over 450 community hospitals across the US.

The DDAD enables healthcare professionals to monitor drug doses by considering patient-specific, clinically relevant factors such as age (including neonates), weight, renal function, indication and co-morbidities. This helps enhance patient safety significantly. As a flat file database, DDAD can be integrated into vendor or self-programmed systems. An application programming interface (API) is also available.

An Institute of Medicine study has revealed that four out of 10 Americans and one-third of practising physicians have fallen prey to medical errors, and a study conducted by Harvard Medical School found that 20 percent of medical errors were a result of incorrect drug dosing.

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Oracle repository to aid clinical data integration and reporting - 08 Mar 2006

Enterprise software vendor Oracle Corp., US, has announced the launch of Oracle Clinical Data Repository, which provides a repository for the integration and reporting of clinical and non-clinical data that enables regulatory compliance. The solution is expected to help life sciences organisations make better decisions based on more accurate and timely information, thereby accelerating the introduction of new products.

The repository provides user organisations with a solution to administer all aspects of the integration process in a compliant framework. It is designed to receive and present data using current and future data exchange standards. This enables organisations to build tools on established standards while providing a platform to leverage emerging standards. The product provides a single program development environment for developers and intuitive browsing tools for clinical researchers, all within a native web environment. Its role-based security features ensure that users see only the data appropriate for their security access.

Oracle's repository is seen to help life sciences organisations simplify tasks around the management of clinical data and reduce the effort and uncertainty around the validation of processes. It is slated for commercial launch later in 2006.

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Sage Publications acquire ten Westminster Publication Journals - 08 Mar 2006

Sage Publications, US, has announced that it has acquired ten medical journals from scientific medical publisher, Westminster Publications, US. This acquisition enhances Sage's portfolio of medical journals in the fields of angiology, pediatrics and vascular surgery.

All these key publications will be available electronically via SAGE Journals Online, beginning April 7, 2006, and unlimited free full-text access to each journal will be available until May 15, 2006. As previously offered, institutional subscriptions will continue to include Combined (Print and E-access), E-access, or Print Only options.

In addition to SAGE Journals Online, the journals will also be available via OVID and EBSCO.

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XyEnterprise shifts HQ, unveils new corporate logo - 08 Mar 2006

XML content management and enterprise solutions firm XyEnterprise, US, has announced that it has moved its corporate headquarters and unveiled a new corporate logo.

In conjunction, the company has made several key appointments to its executive staff and continues to expand their offerings for both high-end XML environments and more moderately-structured environments. The new location is seen to offer a positive working environment for the company's staff of XML and publishing experts. All company phone numbers and e-mail addresses remain unchanged.

The company has also introduced an updated corporate logo. The new logo is projected to reflect the continuous product and consulting innovation that the company offers to its global community of users. It is claimed to symbolise XyEnterprise's expanded view of XML content management and publishing solutions.

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'Electronic Design-China' launched with top tech firms as advertisers - 07 Mar 2006

Electronic Design-China, a simplified-Chinese language edition of US-based Penton Media's Electronic Design, has launched with over 30 leading technology companies as advertisers including Texas Instruments, Philips, Cypress Semiconductor, Analog Devices and Freescale. It is published by eMedia Asia, a joint venture between Global Sources, Singapore, and CMP Media, US, in strategic alliance with Penton Media.

With a subscription base of 40,000 practicing engineers in mainland China's electronics sector, the monthly is complemented by its companion web site, www.ed-china.com. Both provide design solutions, application tutorials, technical features and expert opinions. Technology experts from the key Chinese electronics markets of Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing lead the journal's content team.

The title was launched on the opening-day of Global Sources' International Integrated Circuit-China Conference & Exhibition (IIC-China). Over 250 senior electronics industry executives, including exhibitors from IIC-China, took part.

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'Neuron' carries study on new compound to counter Alzheimer's symptoms - 07 Mar 2006

Neuroscience journal Neuron, in its latest issue, has published a study conducted by UC Irvine researchers. The researchers have found that a new compound, AF267B, relieves the cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and reduces the two types of brain lesions that are hallmarks of the devastating disease, thereby blocking its progression. The study, led by Frank LaFerla, professor of neurobiology and behaviour, was funded primarily by a grant from the US' National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association.

In a study with genetically modified mice, a team of UCI researchers found that AF267B, developed by paper co-author Abraham Fisher of the Israel Institute for Biological Research, reduced both plaque lesions and tangles in brain regions associated with learning and memory. Scientists were aware that there is a major loss of the neurons that produce acetylcholine in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. Compounds classified as M1 agonists are regarded as one hope for counteracting the loss of acetylcholine. Earlier, M1 agonists had been tested but failed in clinical trials.

AF267B, however, appears to have overcome such problems. In this study, the researchers discovered that the administration of AF267B reduced the amount of plaques and tangles in the hippocampus and the cortex of the mice and improved cognitive performance.

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Informatics India launches new open access e-journals portal - 07 Mar 2006

Informatics India Ltd, India, has announced the launch of open access e-journals portal, www.Openj-gate.Com. A free global service, open J-gate is an electronic gateway to a suite of global journal literature, and provides seamless access to millions of journal articles available online.

The portal was launched by Jean-Claude Guedon, a global expert of open access movement, on the occasion of the 12th annual lecture on informatics at the Indian National Academy of Sciences (INSA).

Using a standard database, the portal indexes articles from more than 3000 academic, research and industry journals, and is updated daily. The database allows users to browse the table of content of latest as well as back issues.

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PostNewsweek Tech Media announces new appointments - 07 Mar 2006

PostNewsweek Tech Media, US, has announced the appointment of Duncan Ballantine and Jeri Thorne as group publisher and general manager, respectively.

Ballantine will be Group Publisher for Government Computer News, Washington Technology, Government Leader and Defense Systems. In her new position, Thorne will be responsible for all marketing, online media, production, circulation and business development.

In a related announcement, the company also announced the promotion of Tom Temin as Executive Vice President, Editor in Chief. Temin will oversee all content and new product development.

A division of The Washington Post Company, PostNewsweek Tech Media is a leading media company in the government technology community. The company offers publications such as Government Computer News, Washington Technology, Government Leader and Defense Systems, both in print and online.

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SCS and Blackwell Publishing announce strategic global alliance - 07 Mar 2006

IT services provider Singapore Computer Systems Limited (SCS), Singapore, has announced a strategic global agreement with Blackwell Publishing, UK.

Under the deal, SCS will integrate its expertise in consulting and systems integration with Blackwell's high quality technology solutions to deliver timely and value-added support to customers across the globe. Blackwell has signed a three-year, multi-million dollar contract with SCS to provide maintenance and development services for Blackwell's global applications. The move follows the successful completion of a three-month pilot project by SCS at Blackwell's offices in Oxford, UK.

SCS will further strengthen Blackwell's growth plans and commitment to deliver premium technology solutions to its customers. Developed on Microsoft platform, these technology solutions will continue to be enhanced and upgraded for use with the latest Microsoft architecture and technologies.

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Tenders sought for suppliers to host and manage UK PubMed - 07 Mar 2006

Medical research funding organisation, the Wellcome Trust, UK, has called for tenders to find a supplier to host, manage and develop a UK edition of PubMed Central, the open access archive of medical research papers run by the US' National Library. Interested suppliers need to apply before March 8.

The WellcomeTrust is likely to decide on the tender by late July along with its British partners, the Department of Health, Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation.

Slated for launch in 2007, the UK edition will comprise three systems - a copy of data already held in the US version (500,000 articles), a procedure to submit and track manuscript, and an authenticated login for users to deposit articles. All papers will be preserved in standard XML format.

Starting October 2006, Wellcome Trust grantees are required to ensure that peer-reviewed articles are deposited within six months of publication, either in the UK or US version of PubMed Central. They can be submitted either by the grantees themselves or by the journal publishers.

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'Journal of Materials Science' completes 40th year - 06 Mar 2006

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced that its Journal of Materials Science is celebrating its 40th year of publication. Projected as a key source of communication for scientists investigating the structure, properties and processing of all engineering materials, the journal is published every two weeks. It ranked fifth in total citations of all materials science-related journals for 2004 with over 15,150 citations.

The Journal of Materials Science features reviews, full-length papers and short communications on metals, ceramics, glasses, polymers, electrical materials, composite materials, fibres, nanostructured materials and biological and biomedical materials. It also features special sections on particular aspects of materials science.

Available through the electronic information platform SpringerLink, the journal is also part of Online First, a service that allows users to access articles prior to print publication.

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Blackwell Publishing launches new online reviews journals - 06 Mar 2006

Blackwell Publishing, UK, has announced the launch of a series of new online reviews journals designed especially for researchers, students, and teaching faculty in humanities. Apart from the currently available titles which include History Compass, Literature Compass and Philosophy Compass, six more titles will be included over the next two years. The Editorial Board for each Compass journal comprises international experts.

Each Compass journal publishes hundred authoritative, peer-reviewed survey articles from across their entire discipline every year. These articles provide overviews of current research in the field as well as fresh thinking on key issues.

The Compass journals offer an ideal source for individuals who need a quick entry into a new field of research. Each Compass has its own web portal with full-text articles accessible through Blackwell Synergy.

For more information on Compass journals, visit www.blackwell-compass.com.

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Latest enhancements to ScholarOne peer review platform - 06 Mar 2006

Workflow management systems provider ScholarOne Inc., US, has announced the latest version of Manuscript Central, its peer review tool for authors, reviewers, editors and administrators. Version 3.4 of the product offers journals various usability and workflow enhancements in collecting and routing manuscripts and metadata efficiently to their stakeholders.

To streamline data collection during manuscript submission, the system now enables journals to vary the submission process; including tailoring the submission of specific manuscript type for custom questions, instructions, field limits, key words and file uploads. This flexibility allows authors to deploy a made-to-order submission process, while journals and their production systems receive only the relevant data fields for each manuscript type. Manuscript Central 3.4 is also projected to streamline the reviewer's processes. It offers "deep links" for the reviewer by enabling immediate access to the exact manuscript and review forms without having to remember log-in information, which is particularly seen to help infrequent users.

Key features of the new version include one-click view of the manuscript history at the time of assigning reviewers and making decisions; quick links for reviewers to the decision letter and to the author's response for previous versions of the manuscript; the ability to quickly jump to advanced manuscript and user searches from any page in the application; and the administrative ability to quickly update a submitted review or recommendation without sending it back to the reviewer.

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Mark Logic named to KMWorld's '100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management' - 06 Mar 2006

Mark Logic Corporation, US, has announced that it has been named to KMWorld Magazine's list of '100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management' for the second consecutive year. The KMWorld 100 honours companies that best exemplify the ideals of true knowledge management.

Mark Logic Corporation is the industry's leading provider of XML content server. The company works with information product providers to accelerate new product creation, deliver products through multiple channels, integrate content from different sources, repurpose content into multiple products, build custom publishing systems, and mine content to find previously undiscovered information.

The complete list of '100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management' will be published in the March 2006 issue of the magazine and will also be available online at www.kmworld.com.

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Medical journal condemns CMAJ firings - 06 Mar 2006

Reed Elsevier's medical journal The Lancet, has criticized the Canadian Medical Association for dismissing the editor and deputy editor of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).

In an editorial published in the latest issue of the journal, the editors of The Lancet have described the interference in editorial autonomy as "deeply troubling."

Graham Morris, president of CMA Media, the holding company that publishes the journal, recently dismissed Editor Dr. John Hoey and Deputy Anne Marie Todkill, which he explained as a part of the journal's renewal process. The journal's editorial board however denounced the move as the result of a dispute over editorial independence.

The CMAJ crisis further intensified with Dr. Stephen Choi, a deputy editor who agreed to serve as acting editor, quit along with a fourth editor, Sally Murray. None of the departed editors have spoken in public about the affair, fearing legal action by CMA Media. CMA Media requires all employees to sign confidentiality agreements.

Meanwhile, the editorial board of the journal continues to urge the CMA and CMA Media to restore the four editors and to maintain the editorial independence of the journal.

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Thomson Pharma tool to study clinical data from literature and meetings - 06 Mar 2006

Scientific information solutions provider Thomson Scientific, US, part of Thomson Corporation, has announced a new enhancement to Thomson Pharma, its drug discovery and development information solution. The new Thomson Brand Management Module, slated for launch in April 2006, helps product, brand and franchise managers in the global pharmaceutical industry develop effective messaging and positioning for products introduced in the market.

Derived from the Thomson Message Mapping System, the Thomson Pharma Brand Management Module assigns an evidence-based credibility score and aggregates a range of key message metrics to deliver graphic and statistical analyses. The system analyses information from scientific literature and medical meetings that describe the user's products and competing products from the perspective of the healthcare professional. It then critically evaluates key concepts and themes in terms of their strength, diversity and value. The module provides users with the ability to gauge the potential impact of scientific information on their products from the prescribing clinician's point of view.

The new module is projected to offer various benefits to groups within the pharmaceutical industry, such as professionals in medical affairs and publications planning, marketing and competitive intelligence, as well as regulatory affairs practitioners.

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TradeFair acquires Platts' Power Magazine - 06 Mar 2006

Energy industry information provider TradeFair Group, US, has announced the purchase of Power magazine from Platts, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Under the deal, the Power website, the Powernews digital newsletter and other related properties and titles will now be a part of the TradeFair Group. Terms of the acquisition were however not disclosed.

A 124-year publication, Power provides the power generation engineering community worldwide, with technical and business information.

The addition of Power magazine brings the TradeFair Group portfolio to five publications including the Coal Power Magazine, Industrial Fire & Security Show Guide, Clean Gulf Official Show Guide and the Official ILTA Show Guide.

Brian Nessen, who recently joined TradeFair Group, will serve as the new publisher of the magazine.

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AGCO to deploy SDL solution for technical service documentation - 03 Mar 2006

Global information management (GIM) solutions provider SDL International, UK, has announced a € 1 million agreement with AGCO Corporation, US, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment. Under the deal, SDL will provide an integrated end-to-end solution for the authoring, management and publishing of technical service documentation to AGCO's customers worldwide.

SDL will deliver an integrated GIM solution that spans the entire content lifecycle, enabling AGCO to consolidate technical publications, terminology, content management, translation, web and marketing publications into a single source. With up to 25 languages to support, the new solution is expected to cut down time-to-market, improve the quality and consistency of marketing and service documentation and provide an ROI within 18 months.

The GIM solution includes authoring of structured content in XML featuring Blast Radius XMetaL integrated with SDL AuthorAssistant to ensure consistency of language and terminology. SDL PhraseFinder will be used for terminology mining and SDL MultiTerm for enterprise-wide web-based terminology management. Trisoft InfoShare integrated with SDL Translation Management System will support all XML content management, translation and publication processes, with SDL providing the language translation services.

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Dialog launches two knowledge-sharing tools on DataStarWeb - 03 Mar 2006

Content aggregator Dialog, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has launched two new, time-saving tools - AlertsManager and ReportAid - for use with DataStarWeb, its search service for information professionals.

AlertsManager allows information managers to publish, track and manage access to alerts. End users can subscribe to available alerts once the information manager creates an Alert. The product's features also include the ability to publish or post alerts to enable users to subscribe without any assistance. Copyright compliance is automatically applied based on the number of subscribers to each alert. Publishers who subscribe can check who has subscribed to which alerts, note the number of alerts received by each end user, and track expirations.

The ReportAid tool allows DataStarWeb searchers to post documents from various searches and later assemble the documents in a single, comprehensive report. It also rearranges documents and fields and automatically creates an index. It further adds text to the front page, includes images and defines the report layout. The output report is produced in PDF, RTF and XML formats.

DataStarWeb is designed for both new and experienced information searchers who require current and authoritative information on business, scientific and technology. It enables searchers to access more than 350 databases with worldwide coverage.

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Elsevier to offer price and ordering information online via PubEasy - 03 Mar 2006

Books enquiry and ordering services provider PubEasy, UK, has announced that STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, will become a PubEasy affiliate from July 2006. Under the initiative, all Elsevier titles serviced through its UK distribution facilities will be available online to registered booksellers with a PubEasy password for all ordering and enquiry needs.

Booksellers can freely access PubEasy at http://register.pubeasy.com and register online. Registered booksellers and distributors can check price and availability, place orders and track the status of their Elsevier orders (via fax, telephone, EDI, etc) round the clock from anywhere through the web.

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SmartPros completes acquisition of Skye Multimedia, Inc. and Sage Online Learning - 03 Mar 2006

Online education company SmartPros Ltd., US, has announced that it has completed acquisitions of Skye Multimedia, Inc., US, a training and marketing applications developer for the pharmaceutical industry, and Sage Online Learning, a nationally certified online training solutions provider for the banking, securities and insurance industries.

Under the deal, Seth Oberman, currently Vice President of Skye, will become President of SmartPros' new subsidiary following the acquisition. Other employees of Skye will also join the new subsidiary. Deborah Dilley, founder and president of Sage Online Learning, will now join SmartPros as Director SmartPros Banking. Also, SmartPros will integrate Sage's content library, which features 58 accredited courses, as part of its core product offerings.

While the agreement to acquire Skye Multimedia, Inc. was originally announced on Feb. 14, 2006, the Sage Online Learning acquisition was announced on Feb. 15, 2006.

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Wiley InterScience unveils Author Resources - 03 Mar 2006

STM publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced the launch of Author Resources, a suite of tools and services. Currently available through Wiley InterScience, the company's online publishing platform, the tool is projected to enhance content discovery, improve research pathway and benefit both existing and prospective authors of journal articles.

Accessible to all Wiley InterScience users, the service provides general information on Wiley, the advantages of publishing on Wiley InterScience, information on submitting and tracking a manuscript via Wiley's production process, and a suite of author tools. Additionally, it also provides easy-to-access information regarding all existing Wiley InterScience features of interest to authors.

In conjunction with the launch of Author Resources, the company also launched Track My Articles, a new author tool that facilitates the process of publishing peer-reviewed content. Available for all Wiley InterScience journals, this feature allows authors to track the status of their article from the production process to its publication. The tool also features a publication alert service that notifies authors by e-mail when manuscripts are published online. A feedback area gives authors an opportunity to review the entire publication process once it is completed.

Wiley also introduced two additional author tools, Citation Tracking and Citation Download. Developed in partnership with CrossRef, Citation Tracking enables authors to view published works that have cited the article. The Citation Download allows downloading citations and abstracts from journal articles and online book chapters directly into reference management software, such as EndNoteT.

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Ziff Davis names Chris Stetson as Vice President of Research - 03 Mar 2006

Integrated media firm Ziff Davis, US, has announced that Chris Stetson has been promoted to Vice President of Research and Market Intelligence. He will report directly to Elda Vale, Senior Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Research.

In his new position, Stetson will continue to be responsible for developing analytical research tools and programs for the Company's consumer/small business and enterprise brands across various platforms. He will continue to be responsible for leading programs in a variety of areas including editorial, advertising, marketing and circulation management as well as new product development.

In his most recent position as Research Director, he developed quantitative and qualitative research programs that helped Ziff Davis' customers identify key market drivers, define strategy for business growth and evaluate new products and services.

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CMAJ acting editor quits - 02 Mar 2006

Acting editor, Dr. Stephen Choi, has resigned from the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The move comes barely a week after Choi took responsibility of a post that fell vacant following the firing of the journal's editor and his senior deputy. Choi had been deputy editor under former editor Dr. John Hoey and senior deputy editor Anne Marie Todkill.

Graham Morris, president of CMA Media, recently dismissed Editor Dr. John Hoey and Deputy Anne Marie Todkill, which he explained was a part of the journal's renewal process. The journal's editorial board however considers it as a fight over editorial independence.

Meanwhile, the journal recently published online the report of an independent panel formed to investigate the conflict that would have cost Hoey and Todkill their jobs. The report was highly critical of the journal's owner, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). It condemned CMA's demand that the journal amend an article that disapproved of the manner in which pharmacies across the country were selling the emergency contraceptive pill, Plan B.

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Emerald signs deal with Italian healthcare consortium - 02 Mar 2006

Management and library & information science publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced a three-year agreement with Italy's hospital library consortium, Consorzio delle Biblioteche Mediche dell'Emilia Romagna. Under the deal, users of five of the 12 hospitals of the consortium in the Italian region of Emilia Romagna will receive access to the Emerald Fulltext Plus database of electronic journals. The Emerald Fulltext collection comprises over 120 titles and a database of over 40,000 articles.

The consortium aims to support the spread of evidence-based medicine and continuous education in medicine. Over 2,000 of its users can utilise Emerald's healthcare management portfolio following the deal.

Emerald's healthcare portfolio comprises Clinical Governance, International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance and Journal of Health Organization and Management.

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McGraw-Hill and eInstruction offer Instructional Technology grants - 02 Mar 2006

Publisher McGraw-Hill Higher Education, part of McGraw-Hill Education, US, and eInstruction Corporation, US, global leader in interactive response pad technology, are offering instructional technology grants to colleges across the US. The grants are projected to help these institutions to study the use of technology tools that enhance formative assessment.

The grants offer instructors with unlimited use of a wireless Classroom Performance System (CPS), which includes 32 student response pads and an instructor's transmitter. The recipients will be offered training on how to use the CPS. Research from the grant recipients will be used to make updates for future versions of the CPS and other tools offered to Grades K-12 and higher education institutions.

With the CPS transmitter an instructor can take attendance, administer tests and quizzes, and measure individual and overall student knowledge of the subject. Students will respond to the instructor's queries using their own keypads. Fifteen schools were awarded the grant in 2005, and 17 additional grants are being offered this year.

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OmniMedicalSearch.com selects Healthline as preferred provider for its medical meta search engine platform - 02 Mar 2006

Consumer medical search engine Healthline, US, has announced that US based meta search engine OmniMedicalSearch.com (OMS), has added Healthline as its preferred provider for its selected search of health and medical websites. Designed by healthcare professionals, Healthline.com delivers contextually relevant medical search results and content.

Health information seekers will now be presented with listings from Healthline in the OMS search results pages. The Healthline listings will be highlighted as an 'OMS Preferred Provider' to indicate their preferred status.

Healthline's Medically Guided Search platform features a combination of semantic search technology and comprehensive consumer health taxonomy of over 60,000 interrelated medical concepts. Apart from this it also comprises a terminology database of nearly one million words and phrases. Healthline crawls the Health Web, a filtered set of over 130 million pages from 170,000 health-related sites selected for their content relevancy.

OMS aggregates over 15 leading medical websites, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and HealthFinder.gov, and serves as a platform for the most relevant health and medical information on the Internet.

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PE firm Permira dropping out of VNU bid, says report - 02 Mar 2006

Permira, a European private equity (PE) company, has withdrawn from the consortium bidding for Dutch market research firm VNU on the grounds that the € 7.3 billion euro preliminary offer is too expensive, it has been reported. However, with six other PE firms remaining in the consortium, Permira's move is not likely to upset the takeover bid. The group is expected to table its bid to VNU by the end of the week. It is unclear if Permira's exit will affect the timing.

The others in the PE group include Blackstone Group, Carlyle Group, Thomas H. Lee Partners, Hellman & Friedman, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and AlpInvest Partners. It was earlier reported that PE firm Apax Partners had also dropped plans to acquire VNU due to pricing concerns.

The group of seven PE firms had offered to take over VNU for € 28- 28.50 per share in January 2006. The bid has been opposed by major shareholders of VNU, who claim that the bid price is too low. They have also opined that the company can turn itself around rather than hand over control to a PE consortium.

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ScholarOne launches web services for application information exchange - 02 Mar 2006

Workflow management systems provider ScholarOne Inc., US, has announced the launch of web services for Manuscript Central version 3.4. The version includes a web services interface - a secure industry-standard mechanism for exchanging data with external systems that also support web services. Integration is supported through a set of Simple Object Access Protocols (SOAP) messages.

SOAP are simple, extensible, XML-based protocols designed to let applications exchange information over HTTP and is independent of platform and programming language. The application of this functionality is two-way communication between the Manuscript Central system and customers' production systems.

Manuscript Central web sites will continue to provide the ability to export author-supplied original and supplementary files, to review and ready proofs for the web, and to send manuscript metadata via e-mail or FTP to the journal-specified recipient or FTP site. Manuscript metadata may be exported as XML, mapped to industry-standard document type definitions (DTD), HTML, or in a CSV (comma separated value) file. All exports can be sent automatically based on batch-mode settings or on a manuscript-by-manuscript basis.

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University of Toronto Press to sell printing division - 02 Mar 2006

The University of Toronto Press Inc. (UTP), Canada, a separate entity that functions independently from the university, is reportedly selling its printing division.

UTP publishes results of scholarly research, thereby advancing University of Toronto's role as Canada's leading institution of higher education. Its scholarly publishing enterprise is funded through the profitable operations of its commercial divisions - retail, distribution, printing and UTP Print. The printing division is a customary full-service offset printing operation including pre-press, printing and bindery services.

According to UTP sources, the sale will have no affect on UTP's digital printing division, UTP Print or the other divisions of UTP.

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Adams and Victor's Neurology on AccessMedicine.com - 01 Mar 2006

Print and digital content provider McGraw-Hill Medical Publishing, US, has announced that Adams and Victor's Principles of Neurology will now be available online via McGraw-Hill's clinical and educational online service, AccessMedicine.com. The AccessMedicine update will include concise articles highlighting the significance of new research findings and their impact on neurological care.

Adams and Victor's Neurology Online provides continuous updates for the diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases. It features new research findings that affect neurological care, expanded coverage of neuro-imaging and crucial new material on molecular mechanisms of disease. Sections on signs and symptoms have been integrated all through the online resource. Additionally, in order to speed diagnoses and treatments, drug names have been linked to drug monographs in the continuously-updated Gold Standard(TM) Clinical Pharmacology database.

This neurological resource reflects the current clinical and theoretical aspects of modern neurology, and provides physicians with essential basic background, historical information and current issues.

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Japanese researcher tops Thomson Scientifics' hottest researchers of 2004-2005 - 01 Mar 2006

Thomson Scientifics' subscription newsletter Science Watch has announced the 'Hottest' researchers of 2004-2005. Japanese researcher Shizuo Akira of the Osaka University topped the list by authoring /co-authoring 11 'Hot Papers' on immune-system function. Marc A. Pfeffer of Harvard University led US based researchers, and Japanese researcher, Norio Tamura of Niigata University tied for the second position.

Physicists accounted for 14 of the 21 researchers listed. Three clinical medicine researchers were named this year, placing the field at second in terms of producing "Hot" researchers for the two-year period. On the basis of nations, US led the list with 10 researchers followed by Japan with seven researchers.

The Thomson Scientific Hot Papers database identifies a published work as a Hot Paper if it has attained a rate of citations in scientific journals that is noticeably higher than papers of comparable type and age.

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Micromedex, MercuryMD team up to offer integrated solution - 01 Mar 2006

Clinical knowledge solutions provider Thomson Micromedex, US, part of Thomson Corporation, has announced a partnership with healthcare software provider MercuryMD, Inc., US. Under the deal, Micromedex will integrate its clinical knowledge solutions, including mobileMicromedex handheld software, and patient education resources with MercuryMD's MData Mobile and MData Desktop applications.

The companies jointly demonstrated their new integrated solution at the recently held Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference in San Diego. The comprehensive offering can be accessed via InfoButton Access, a web-enabled linking and information retrieval function developed by Micromedex. Physicians can now access electronic patient information and clinical knowledge solutions through a single linked source, which is seen to enhance the quality of care delivery and productivity.

Physicians using MData with InfoButton Access to access their patients' medical history, medication lists and test results can now quickly click from a test result to obtain evidence-based information on how to interpret abnormal results.

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Oxford University Press upgrade to Mediasurface 5.3.5 - 01 Mar 2006

Content management provider Mediasurface, UK, has announced that academic publisher Oxford University Press (OUP), UK, has chosen to upgrade to Mediasurface 5.3.5, the latest version of the company's content management suite (CMS). OUP will also implement the company's new web-based content management interface, Morello.

Under the initiative, OUP will upgrade the systems currently operating on v4, in order to maintain a secure platform, and to benefit from the features of Morello. The Morello smart client will replace the current editorial interface for content editors who maintain the existing sites. OUP presently uses Mediasurface as the content management system to support its web development.

Mediasurface provides pioneering software that allows business users to create and manage sophisticated content driven websites. The company's products and services have been implemented to drive over hundreds of web applications solutions for customers across Europe and the US.

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Print edition of 'Electronic Publishing' to be stopped - 01 Mar 2006

B2B information provider Pennwell Corp, US, has announced that its industry trade magazine, Electronic Publishing, will now be available only online. The March 2006 issue will be the journal's last print edition. The company will now focus on webcasts and e-newsletters. Keith Hevenor will continue to serve as editor of the journal.

According to company representatives, the close down of the print trade publication is due to a decrease in advertising revenues. This is because of industry consolidation compounded by increased demands on marketing budgets and more options for marketing spend, such as advertising, direct mail and trade shows. Also, results for print advertising are harder to measure than for several alternatives.

The revenue particulars for the printed versus electronic components of the journal, as well as the financial impact of discontinuing the print edition, were not revealed. The company, however, has stated that the move does not reflect the overall health of the print industry.

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Proquest, IBM expand agreement - 01 Mar 2006

Educational content publisher ProQuest Company, US, has announced an extension of its technical outsourcing relationship with enterprise software vendor IBM Corp., US. Under the deal, IBM will provide software development and information technology services to ProQuest's Information and Learning division.

The new agreement replaces the earlier deal which the companies sealed in 2004. It intends to increase its agreement with IBM by at least $2 million a year in 2006 and 2007.

Currently, ProQuest has received nearly $5 million in services from IBM. The total value of the contract is expected to touch $40 million, depending on ProQuest's project requests.

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WKHealth launches user-friendly version of RxNorm - 01 Mar 2006

Medical information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced the release of its RxNorm Cross Reference Files, a user-friendly version of the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) standardised nomenclature for clinical drugs. The new data provides a subset of the fields available in the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS), Metathesaurus for RxNorm, and maps them to existing WKHealth concepts.

Identified to support the electronic prescribing (eRx) initiatives, RxNorm allows healthcare providers to send messages between systems and map drug concepts between proprietary data sets at a level other than the National Drug Code.

The RxNorm subset WK Health provides several enhancements over the NLM's programme. While the NLM's RxNorm is currently updated quarterly or monthly, WKHealth's product is updated weekly and monthly. NLM's UMLS provides mapping to WKHealth's generic drug concepts, whereas RxNorm Cross Reference Files additionally include mapping to WKHealth's drug concepts of Drug Descriptor ID and Drug Name ID.

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