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Cadmus Communications third quarter net income released - 30 Apr 2005

Cadmus Communications, content management and production services provider to scientific, technical and medical journal publishers has reported a net income of $7.1 million in third quarter of fiscal 2005. The third quarter net income in fiscal year 2004 was $3.5 million. The company had stated, earlier this year, to work towards gaining pace in Specialty Packaging business and Publisher Services business and capitalize on growth measures in education and professional publishing. "Changes and investments in the company will permit us to not only grow our business, but also to expand our mission to serve education, science, and health," commented Bruce V. Thomas, President and Chief Executive Officer.

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Scientific literature aims to serve commoners too - 30 Apr 2005

Mariette DiChristina, executive editor of Scientific American magazine, asserted that scientific periodicals also cater to common public along with scientists. Scientific information does not matter unless they are brought out. Only 4 to 8 percent of the magazine's readers are scientists, she noted. Scientific American is a monthly magazine a readership of 3 million. The magazine publishes issues of general concern that could be understood by high school graduates.

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Cadmus Communications posts $7.1m net income in third quarter - 29 Apr 2005

Cadmus Communications, a content management and production services provider to STM journal publishers, has reported a net income of $7.1 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2005, as against $3.5 million in the previous year third quarter. The company had stated, earlier this year, that it plans to work towards gaining pace in its Specialty Packaging and Publisher Services businesses and capitalise on growth measures in education and professional publishing. "Changes and investments in the company will permit us to not only grow our business, but also to expand our mission to serve education, science, and health," commented Bruce V. Thomas, President and CEO of Cadmus.

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Commoners as much a target of scientific journals as scientists - 29 Apr 2005

Mariette DiChristina, Executive Editor of Scientific American magazine, has asserted that scientific periodicals cater to the common public apart from scientists. Scientific information does not matter much unless it is brought out. Only 4-8 percent of the magazine's readers are scientists, she noted. Scientific American, a monthly, enjoys a readership of 3 million. It covers issues of general concern that can be understood by high school graduates, the magazine claims.

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Wiley takes over Whurr Publishers - 29 Apr 2005

John Wiley & Sons, US, has acquired health sciences and special education publisher Whurr Publishers Ltd., UK, for an undisclosed sum. Whurr specialises in journals about nursing, speech and language therapy and audiology, psychology and special education. Its publications, including Key Nursing Skills, Greene and Mathieson's The Voice and its Disorders, Cochlear Implants International and Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, are being transferred to Wiley under the agreement. Wiley has also obtained a backlist of 450 titles and 45 journals a year.

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Analysts foresee better performance from Kluwer - 28 Apr 2005

Analysts at Rabo Securities have upgraded the scrip of Wolters Kluwer, Belgium, from 'neutral' to 'outperform'. The publisher is expected to realise higher performance owing to additional cost savings, systems improvements, investments directed at growth and replacements in the top management.

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Dr. Dobb's Journal is official media sponsor for WorldView Conference - 28 Apr 2005

Dr. Dobb's Journal will be the media sponsor for the sixth annual WorldView Conference to be held this year on May 17-18 in Washington, D.C. The conference includes the Industry Expert Roundtable, a press conference and technology showcase and market and technical Sessions related to data management solutions. Visitors can attend the conference after a free registration at www. objectivity.com. "Dr. Dobb's vast readership, comprised of software developers and their management, corresponds directly to Objectivity's user base," said Jay Jarrell, President and CEO of Objectivity, Inc. The journal publishes articles on software design and the latest techniques in various computing environments.

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Elsevier forecasts 'generally improving conditions' this year - 28 Apr 2005

Reed Elsevier has predicted 'generally improving conditions' in its crucial business units. Morris Tabaksblat, outgoing Chairman of the publication, has remarked that the company's performance has met expectations until now. The company expects to see an improvement in its business-to-business and education business performance. Following similar statements by Pearson Plc and McGraw-Hill, Reed Elsevier said US schools are expected to spend more on textbooks this year. The company's Science and Technology and Health Science units have maintained strong revenues and online sales continue to grow well, it stated.

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Elsevier recruits additional staff at International Medical News Group - 28 Apr 2005

Elsevier has employed additional staff for its International Medical News Group (IMNG). Sue Fagan and Christy Tetterton have been appointed as National Accounts Managers to the Primary Care/Cardiology sales team. Jennifer Savo will be the Marketing Assistant for IMNG. The group publishes nine medical journals.

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Over $3m spent on publications for mid-level drugs: study - 28 Apr 2005

A report released by Cutting Edge Information has revealed that pharmaceutical companies spend $ 3.23 million, on an average, in creating medical publications for mid-level products. The research was done by collating the budgets and staffing data of scientific and medical publications. The processes linked to pre-clinical development and Phase IV post-marketing studies of 16 brands were researched upon. Between mid-level and highly successful drugs, the difference in spending on publications does not vary much, remarked Jon Hess, senior analyst at Cutting Edge Information.

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Research and Markets report on digital medical libraries - 28 Apr 2005

Research and Markets has added the 'Creating the Digital Medical Library' report to its services. The report elaborates on policies and issues that govern medical libraries. Some of the issues dealt with by the report include electronic journals, archiving, e- books, electronic directories, virtual reference services, electronic documents delivery, the impact of evidence-based medicine on library practices and attitudes towards university-inspired or controlled cooperative scholarly publishing ventures.

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Elsevier to publish urology association journal - 27 Apr 2005

Elsevier has signed an agreement with the American Urological Association (AUA) to publish The Journal of Urology from 2006. The journal, which has over 18,000 readers, covers adult and pediatric urology and publishes monthly literature reviews. The current editor of the journal, Martin I. Resnick, will retain the post. Glen Campbell, Senior Vice President of the US Health Sciences Journals Division at Elsevier, said: "Partnership with the AUA provides unique and exciting opportunities for Elsevier, complementing and enriching our role as a provider of information to the urology community."

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Prous Science outsources services from Indian firm KGL - 27 Apr 2005

Prous Science has outsourced content production services for its journals to Indian firm KnowledgeWorks Global Ltd. (KGL). Cadmus Communications holds a majority stake in KGL, which caters to scholarly and educational publishers. The deal includes copyediting of articles, abstracts and composing information of various journals including Methods and Findings in Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology.

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Wiley adds new biotech database to its portfolio - 27 Apr 2005

Publisher John Wiley & Sons has released AmicBase 2005, a new biotech database along with revised biotech content AntiBase 2005. The two research resources contain data relating to organic and biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry and pharmaceutical researches. AntiBase 2005 has 160,149 multi data about 7,474 compounds with a search function. Users can search the databases using structure, substructure and features.

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XyEnterprise Spring Conference showcases XML products - 27 Apr 2005

XML content management and enterprise solutions firm XyEnterprise, US, conducted its annual Spring User Conference on April 4-5, 2005 in Spain. The meet highlighted the merits of using XML standards in publishing and analysed workflow organising methods. The recent releases of XyEnterprise, Content@ 3. 2 and XML Professional Publisher (XPP) 7. 3, were discussed by the participants. Design Science, a partner of XyEnterprise, demonstrated the integration of its MathFlow Editor with XPP 7. 3. Customers of XyEnterprise include Reed Business Information, UK, and Wolters Kluwer, Belgium.

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BioSpace begins web page for Puerto Rico life science industry - 26 Apr 2005

BioSpace, an online source for life sciences, has established a page named 'Isla de Biotec' ("Biotech Island"), dedicated to readers in Puerto Rico. The BioZone web page contains the latest information related to the island's bio-pharmaceutical market, including its life science industry, government organisations and bio-pharmaceutical companies.

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EE Times introduces web site for design engineers - 26 Apr 2005

EE Times has launched the Industrial Control DesignLine, a web site aimed at design engineers and engineering managers of networking systems, robotic systems, motor control systems and other techniques in industrial automation. The web site will inform engineers about the latest technologies in automation and process control solutions, new products and resources on standards and techniques. EE Times is owned by CMP Media, which has created five online sources for design engineers for electronic systems.

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Journal of General Physiology to incorporate changes - 26 Apr 2005

Beginning July 2005, there will be changes in the Journal of General Physiology (JGP). The cost of each page will increase to $95, including five colour pages. For an additional colour page required by the author, a charge of $250 will be levied. In addition, the journal brings a new section named 'Communications', which will feature articles that do not exceed beyond six pages.

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Kluwer's Medi-Span site bags award for medical communications - 26 Apr 2005

Medi-Span, the healthcare website of Wolters Kluwer, has won a merit award for best medical communications at the World Wide Web Health Awards competition. The award, organised by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC), appreciates the best health-oriented web sites for users and professionals. Medi-Span was recently redesigned by Greater Than One, Inc., for higher quality of information and customer satisfaction. The site offers extensively updated electronic drug data and clinical information to healthcare professionals.

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Open access journal launched by CSA - 26 Apr 2005

CSA and the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) have partnered to publish an open access journal titled Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy. The aim of this collaboration is to create a sustainability science resource that describes the interactions of living beings with the environment. Each issue will explain the sustainability aspect of the topic in discussion. The journal contains peer-reviewed articles, guest editorials and community essays. A few of the titles in the first issue include "Sustainable consumption in national context: an introduction to the symposium" by Maurie J. Cohen and "Sustainable consumption à la française? Conventional, innovative, and alternative approaches to sustainability and consumption in France" by Samy Sanches.

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ACS objects to PubChem chemical database - 25 Apr 2005

American Chemical Society (ACS) has said that PubChem, the free database of the US' National Institutes of Health (NIH), is a duplication of its database, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS). Both databases are similar in that they offer chemical structures and links to researches. According to ACS President Robert J. Massie, PubChem will be an unfair competition to CAS that was developed on ACS funding. He added that unnecessary competition and controversy can be avoided if NIH restricts the scope of PubChem by obtaining information from NIH-funded researches alone. However, NIH opines that PubChem is complementary to CAS though both are essentially chemical indices. Jeremy Berg, Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, has observed that NIH's database includes just 850,000 compounds, as against the CAS Registry's 25 million.

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Elsevier and Kluwer drop Medimedia bid: Rabo Securities - 25 Apr 2005

Rabo Securities has indicated that Elsevier and Kluwer have failed to acquire medical publishing firm Medimedia, as the bid prices have increased. The estimated price for the firm has been near EUR250 million. Elsevier has declined comment on the report.

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Elsevier to bid for medical publisher Medimedia - 25 Apr 2005

Reed Elsevier will be one of the bidders for Medimedia, an international medical publishing firm. Sir Crispin Davis, CEO of Elsevier, has allotted a sum of € 250m (£171m) for the purchase. Many firms including Wolters Kluwer and other private-equity firms have already expressed interest in acquiring the medical publisher.

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Macmillan aims to expand BPO, publishing activities in India - 25 Apr 2005

Publisher Macmillan is looking to expand its publishing and BPO activities in India to tap the scientific knowledge, institutional data and language and printing skills available in that country. The BPO arm of the company plans to accelerate services to science journals. Currently, the company provides typesetting, data coding and editorial services for the Nature Publishing Group, its scientific publishing division. Mr. Richard Charkin, Chairman of Macmillan India, expressed hope that the company would work with scientists and eminent persons in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and related areas.

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Apprise Media acquires control of Canon Communications - 22 Apr 2005

Apprise Media has taken over Canon Communications for an undisclosed sum, gaining a vital operating base in business-to-business media. Canon specialises in providing print and electronic publications and exhibitions. It caters primarily to the medical devices, plastics and electronics markets. Canon's publications for the $200 billion medical device manufacturing and packaging market include Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry and Medical Product Manufacturing News.

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New magazine for naturopaths - 22 Apr 2005

A monthly magazine called Naturopathic Doctor News & Reviews will be published from June 2005. Aimed to serve as a forum for naturopaths in the US, the magazine will feature researches, case studies, clinical tools and other information pertaining to the field. Razi Ann Berry, publisher of the magazine, plan to distribute the first few issues to all registered naturopaths in the US and Canada. The publisher has been looking out for sponsorships from natural drug companies for revenue.

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Richard Nass named editor of CMP engineering websites - 22 Apr 2005

CMP Media has appointed Richard Nass as the web site editor for CommsDesign.com and Wireless Net DesignLine, a website for engineers who design electronic systems. CommsDesign.com, a division of EE Times Online network, is a technical source for engineers and technical managers developing communication systems and equipment. "Rich brings a strong engineering background, knowledge of the communication and wireless markets, and years of experience in developing technical content, making him a key addition to our online group," commented Robert Keenan, Online Editor, CMP Media Electronics Group.

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Ruth Jones appointed British Library's Head of Product Development - 22 Apr 2005

Ruth Jones has been appointed Head of Product Development at the British Library to strengthen its role as UK's foremost information provider. Jones was previously the General Manager of Extenza e-publishing services, owned by Atypton Systems. She has extensive experience in the editorial and sales and marketing of STM publishing.

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SPI Technologies to expand STM publishing services - 22 Apr 2005

SPI Technologies, a BPO that specialises in STM journal, book editorial and content production services, plans to expand its services and production capacities through organic growth and chosen acquisitions in the US and Asia. With its recent move of setting up a publishing service unit in New Delhi and Dumaguete City, the BPO intends to provide services to non-profit and commercial publishers. It has received increased outsourced works from Springer, a leading publisher of scientific literature.

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CAS introduces chemical information service through mobiles - 21 Apr 2005

Chemical information, along with structures, can be delivered using handheld devices such as BlackBerry. A demonstration of the first-ever portable delivery was given by Chemical Abstracts Services (CAS) at the CAS European Conference in Vienna. Brian Bergner, Vice President of CAS, led the team that worked on providing science data on mobile instruments. The service, named CAS Mobile, will be offered through the organisation's STN and SciFinder services shortly.

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Co-founder of PLoS criticises commercial scientific publishing - 21 Apr 2005

Michael Eisen, co-founder of the Public Library of Science (PLoS) and computational biologist, has remarked that 95 percent of science research studies are still controlled by commercial publishers such as Elsevier and Springer. Although the distribution cost of the papers has been reduced to zero due to the trend of e-publishing, commoners are deprived of scientific information. Eisen has pointed out that Elsevier's Lancet, which commenced publication to spread science, has become more of a business. Calling scientific publishing a $10 billion industry with a 10 percent annual growth, he said publishers might stand to fight for continuance of their business.

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Online medical database for healthcare professionals launched - 21 Apr 2005

The recently introduced DynaMed is a clinical reference online database for physicians and other healthcare professionals. It is updated regularly with the use of a Lotus Notes database. The site offers vital clinical information from various journals, review publications and other web sites. DynaMed compiles data from more than 400 journals, 13 secondary sources and five drug information sources. The database offer an interactive discussion platform for the readers to assimilate various medical issues. Medical professionals in developing countries are allowed free access to the resources.

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Outsourced publishing not productive for drug firms: study - 21 Apr 2005

A study released by Research and Markets points out that pharmaceutical firms increasingly treat medical publications as a key marketing channel. According to Jon Hess, senior analyst at Cutting Edge Information, pharmaceutical companies lack publication departments that may handle the internal works of the brands. This, he adds, results in outsourcing of publication to agencies. The analyst remarks that internal publications are more productive than outsourced agencies though only 25 percent of their time is used. The study, which covered 17 pharmaceutical companies, gives information on outsourcing strategies and the productivity of in-house and outsourced writers. It also examines the preferences of drug companies in publishing articles on their products and the issues that determine the publication selection.

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Research and Markets offers Pharmaceutical R& D Statistical Sourcebook - 21 Apr 2005

Research and Markets has added the Pharmaceutical Research and Development (R&D) Statistical Sourcebook 2005/2006 to its portfolio of services. The Statistical Sourcebook contains studies, analyses, articles and data that project the developments defining the pharma industry and R&D. The content covers diverse topics including drug discovery, R&D performance and productivity in addition to graphical illustrations.

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Chemistry journal celebrates 10th anniversary - 20 Apr 2005

The 10th anniversary of Chemistry, a European Journal was celebrated on April 15, 2005 at France. The event was commemorated by a symposium titled 'Stimulating Concepts in Chemistry' held at the Institute of Supramolecular Science and Engineering (ISIS). Eminent chemistry professors lectured on subjects such as molecular electronics and switches, metal nanoparticles, transition-metal carbene complexes and the future of chemistry. Jean-Marie Lehn, founder-Director of ISIS, was conferred an 'Award for Service' by the European Association for Chemical & Molecular Sciences at the event. Wiley-VCH publishes Chemistry and owns it along with 14 European chemical associations.

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Drug firms spend $6.67m on medical publishing - 20 Apr 2005

A report titled 'Pharmaceutical Medical Publications: Winning Physician Support' has concluded that medical publications spend $6.67 million on an average to publish articles about popular drugs. The research, conducted by Cutting Edge Information, studied the budgets of scientific or medical publications and staffing requirements of 16 popular and niche brands. The report indicated a considerable rise in the budget during clinical trials, registration and launch and post-marketing activities. The report also provides information on outsourced writers, examination of where companies prefer to publish reports on their drugs, timing of activities and issues considered while selecting a publication.

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NPG partnership with The Blueprint for interaction data - 20 Apr 2005

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) has entered into a partnership with The Blueprint Initiative, under which it will offer, before publication, the biomolecular interaction data content of nine NPG journals to BIND, the public database of The Blueprint. The Blueprint has been obtaining interactions of Nature since October 2003 and gives identifiers for pre-published data for Nature Cell Biology since June 2004.

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Thomson ISI adds JGE content to database - 20 Apr 2005

Thomson ISI has added content from the Journal of Geophysics and Engineering (JGE) to its database. Products that have been added to the research list of Thomson ISI include Science Citation Index-Expanded (SCIE) and Current Contents/Engineering, and Computing & Technology (CC/EC&T). A portion of the content can be read free of charge.

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Wiley launches Analytical Sciences Backfile Collection - 20 Apr 2005

John Wiley & Sons, US, has introduced the Analytical Sciences Backfile Collection as part of its collection of digital libraries. The collection will be offered through InterScience, the company's online publishing platform. The Backfile collection will cover the content of 13 journal titles published during 1968-1998. It will also be a source of over 24,000 research topics and over 180,000 electronic pages related to analytical sciences. The collection can be searched in PDF and HTML formats. The results are given along with internal and external citations.

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'Industrial Biotechnology' journal to be launched - 19 Apr 2005

Gen Publishing Inc., US, is to release a new journal titled Industrial Biotechnology at the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocess in Orlando, Florida, on April 20. The magazine is focused on the emergence of biotechnology as a vital force for environmental sustainability. It will record the presence of biotechnology in manufacturing of high quality consumer goods and services, and publish articles on biotechnological improvements in academia, institutions and government bodies along with industry news reports and original researches. Brent Erickson, Vice President of the Industrial and Environment Section of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, is the Consulting Editor of the quarterly.

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ADS and arXig.org to provide customised web and e-mail alerts - 19 Apr 2005

The NASA Astrophysics Data Systems (ADS) and arXiv.org will collaborate to offer customised web and e-mail alerts. The service will notify scientists when preprints or papers relevant to their research subject are published. The instant personalised alert will be included with the existing service named 'myADS'. ADS has the largest non-commercial scientific database of abstracts and articles in the world. It uses statistical techniques to identify interesting and essential current literature in a search process.

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Infotrieve to use Inxight's entity extraction tool - 19 Apr 2005

Content management software and services provider Infotrieve, US, has announced that it is deploying Inxight Software's ThingFinder entity extraction engine. Infotrieve had launched Life Science Research Center (LSRC), a web-based search interface for scientists. LSRC allows complete-text searching of stored scientific, technical and medical (STM) literature, patents, drug pipeline data, genes, technical protocols, laboratory products and industry news. ThingFinder will be utilised with LSRC to map the relationship between conventionally incoherent sources of STM content. ThingFinder is an extraction technology that matches drugs, diseases, organisms, genes, chemicals and other elements related to a drug discovery.

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NIH-funded studies to be released in open access web site - 19 Apr 2005

The US' National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that, beginning May 2, authors who are funded by the NIH will be requested to submit their study to its open access web site, PubMed Central, once the study is accepted for publication. In 2004 alone, NIH has sponsored $14.6 billion for 37,060 studies. Authors have to submit the final manuscript, after alterations by the publishing peer reviewers. Articles thus released in PubMed will be instantly accessible by the public. NIH intends to archive the studies, so that they may also be searchable. Although concerns have been raised on the economic impact of the NIH policy, many groups have commended free access to taxpayers. NIH will confront issues such as the economic feasibility of the policy, impact on the revenues of the commercial publishers and copyright violations to further revise the policy. Publishers will be changing their business models to sustain the long-term effect of NIH's new policy.

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'Medical articles being used as marketing tool' - 18 Apr 2005

Dr. Fugh-Berman, researcher and author of a reference text, The 5-Minute Herb and Dietary Supplement Consult, has said that pharmaceutical companies often use articles written in medical journals as part of their marketing activities, and that these articles are often ghost-written by the companies themselves. Since physicians tend to rely on articles in medical journals to decide on the course of treatment, such ghost-writing is not only unethical, but may also negatively impact patient care. She has sought a public database that details the conflicts of interest between physicians and researchers.

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CAS criticises PubChem for database copying - 18 Apr 2005

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) has expressed its reservations on PubChem, the open access molecular database offered by the US' National Institutes of Health (NIH). CAS claims that PubChem duplicates its own paid database, thereby affecting its revenues.. PubChem's use of CAS information has put up the question of copyright violation, it is claimed.

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ITP to establish operations at iMPZ - 18 Apr 2005

The Information and Technology Publishing Company, a Gulf-based publisher of business and consumer publications, has decided to shift its operations to the 'International Media Production Zone' (iMPZ) on Emirates Road. The company, which has been witnessing continued growth over the recent past, is planning to increase its staff count, as well.

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Most of Thai health web sites unreliable - study - 18 Apr 2005

A research conducted by Health Systems Research Institute (HSRI) in Thailand has concluded that 99 percent of the country's 1,888 health web sites are not credible and potentially harmful. The study pointed out that most of the web sites did not cite the information published and give necessary warning to the readers.

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Sage Publications branches out to Science, Technology and Medical programs - 18 Apr 2005

Blaise Simqu, President and CEO of Sage Publications, said that the publication is now a working on a large science, technology and medical program. The company had launched databases relating to nursing and health sciences, and materials science. Sage has been launching full-text databases, which are connected to its journals publishing program. Blaise Simqu said, "It is not just to bundle journals in groups; it's an effort to put as much content in a single discipline into a single research database." It expects to create research tools that students and faculty "will need five and ten years from now."

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EMBO and Nature Publishing to publish online journal on molecular systems - 16 Apr 2005

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) have initiated an online journal Molecular Systems Biology. The journal pioneers in using new systems biology technologies in the publication of articles and related data. Research papers elaborating properties and behavior of biological systems in lines of molecular systems and their interactions. The journal will operate in an open access model charging authors of selected researches £1700 ($3000). Charges will be waived for authors unable to pay for publishing and from under-developed countries.

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ICIS-LOR introduces Price Alert Service for Polyethylene and Polypropylene markets - 16 Apr 2005

ICIS-LOR introduced a real-time Price Alert Service to track pricing and other news on Polyethylene (PE) and Polypropylene (PP) in Asian, U.S. and European markets. This service will commence along with London Metal Exchange plastics futures contracts. ICIS-LOR is a publisher involving petrochemical and oil markets and is a part of Reed Business Information. "ICIS-LOR provides global benchmarks for the polymers industry and is well positioned to serve the increasing needs of the dynamic PP and PE markets," said Andy Soloman, ICIS-LOR Global Editorial Director.

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Roche provides clinical trials database in association with CentreWatch - 16 Apr 2005

Roche launches clinical trials in association with CenterWatch that can be viewed for no charge. The firm expects to complete the work of publishing data from clinical trials above 30 drugs to take around one year. The website www.roche-trials.com is created to serve patients and healthcare professionals with any information they want. "There is now a global and publicly accessible database, containing comprehensive information about Roche's clinical trials," informed Ed Holdener, Head of Global Pharma Development, Roche. CenterWatch, part of Thomson Scientific & Healthcare, is a publisher of clinical trials data to professionals and patients.

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Thomson Scientific conducts 2005 Liquent Regulatory Affairs Trends Survey - 16 Apr 2005

Thomson Scientific & Healthcare is conducting 2005 Liquent Regulatory Affairs Trends Survey which will be published by the month of June. The survey focuses on four essential areas namely Technology Usage Trends including submission of publishing and desktop software, Document Management System Usage, Regulatory Outsourcing Trends and Regulatory trends including present and future use of the eCTD. Liquent Trends Surveys are conducted on life sciences publishers to analyze how scientists adopt newer technologies and meet deadlines responding to relevant regulations.

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CSIRO Publishing joins with Swets in Chinese Scientific literature community - 15 Apr 2005

CSIRO Publishing has made its full electronic content available in China through SwetsWise Online content service. The publisher, following EDP Sciences and IOS Press, will offer its e-journals to the Chinese scientific community. Swets has an agreement with CERNET, the China Education and Research Network, to link Chinese universities and academic institutions to SwetsWise. This will result in Swets offering CSIRO's digital content to the Chinese libraries.

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Electronics Engineering magazine EE Times Japan to be published - 15 Apr 2005

E2 Publishing Corp. will publish EE Timed Japan, a monthly magazine from July, focusing on the electronic engineering sector in Japan. The magazine intends to cover in-depth technology information in engineering market targeting rapid technical innovation, stronger global competition, and concerns on job security. The magazine is set to start with the largest reader base of 42,000 in Japanese electronics publishing industry.

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Right Hemisphere released SDRC I-DEAS Module for 3D publishing - 15 Apr 2005

Right Hemisphere has launched SDRC I-DEAS Module to enable publishers create files in 3D formats and publishing environment such as Adobe® Acrobat® and Microsoft® Office® platforms. SDRC I-DEAS software is used to convert I-DEAS 3D CAD (Computer-Aided Design) files in to lighter, interactive, graphics-filled, animated documents. Right Hemisphere offers graphics management software to integrate 2D and 3D files with medical, scientific, and architecture/engineering/construction (AEC) application formats.

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SIIA and Outsell estimate information industry growth - 15 Apr 2005

Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and Outsell Inc. have released the results of their effort in defining business information industry. The $250 billion information industry includes publications of scientific and medical books. Funding resources such as ads, sponsorships and subscriptions and sub-sectors to the information industry are studied in the project. Accordingly, Scientific Technical and Medical sector is predicted to register a growth of 10% from $11, 479 million in 2003 to $12, 512 million in 2004.

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Astoria Software named in the prestigious list of KMWorld magazine - 13 Apr 2005

Astoria Software is awarded one of the '100 companies that Matter in Knowledge Management' by KMWorld magazine. The software provides XML content management solution for dynamic publishing. Last year the company widened its customer base by adding clients from medical systems and semiconductor industries.

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McGraw Hill and Unbound Medicine releases portable Harrison's Manual of Medicine - 13 Apr 2005

McGraw-Hill has released the 16th edition of Harrison's Manual of Medicine that can be accessed in Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), web and wireless devices. For the availability of the manual at any time and place, the publisher has collaborated with Unbound Medicine - a knowledge management solutions provider. The manual is based on Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine and has additional texts on basic medical procedures, critical care medicine and bioterrorism.

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Thomson launches improved search tool RefViz 2 - 13 Apr 2005

Thomson Scientific has upgraded RefViz, tool to improve research, writing and publishing, along with Reference Retriever™. RefViz 2, the new updated software, comes to concurrently search and create visuals of multiple data sources without duplications. This software can be worked on Windows, Mac® and OS X.

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XyEnterprise releases recent versions of XPP and Content@ - 13 Apr 2005

XyEnterprise has released new version of its automatic publishing engine XML Professional Publisher (XPP) and its XML content management tool Content@. XPP 7.3 is introduced with additional capacity to work with Design Science MathFlow Editor for MathML editing. Content@ 3.2 Version supports Oracle 10g, Microsoft Windows 2003 and the Apache Web Server apart from integrating with recent XML versions.

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Dialog NewsRoom enhances content sources - 12 Apr 2005

Dialog announced that the content sources to Dialog NewsRoom have risen to over 11000 sources for its current and archive news service. As a result, around 82,000 articles will be appended everyday to its database. Dialog offers electronic information services to science, engineering, business, finance and law. It services include repositories of scientific and technical data. "It (Dialog NewsRoom) has a broad, diverse and continually growing content collection, plus tools and features to help searchers find the precise news reporting they need and then share it with others in their enterprises," said Cheryl Curran, Dialog NewsEdge Service Vice President, Strategic Marketing.

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Kluwer introduces improved version of Master Drug Database - 12 Apr 2005

Wolters Kluwer has released its latest 2.5 version of Master Drug Database (MDDB®) with system updates and patient safety related drug data. The database will serve healthcare professionals with details regarding medications, improved patient safety and general care. "Master Drug Database 2.5 improves customers' access to the most up-to-date information on drugs and other safety issues through daily updates," said Ken Killion, CEO of Wolters Kluwer Health's Clinical Tools business unit.

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South Korea advances publishing more theses in scientific journals - 12 Apr 2005

Nature Biotechnology has featured developments in Science and Technology in South Korea in an issue released last year. According to the article, the research studies in South Korea published in significant science journals have increased more than 10 times from 1998. From 78 theses in 1998, the number of published theses has surged to 940 in 2003. South Korea holds 14th position in the world for having published 18,635 theses in international science journals. More science journals are expected to publish Korean scientific scenario in 2005.

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Springer buys Dutch Medical publisher Brouwer Media - 12 Apr 2005

Springer has acquired Dutch medical publisher Brouwer Media from Consolidated Graphic Industries. This deal results in 17 medical journals included to the current portfolio of science, medicine, economics and engineering titles. The publisher has also entered an agreement with Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of Netherlands, to archive over 100,000 articles every year and 2000 e-prints of its publications.

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EBSCO awards grants and sponsorships - 11 Apr 2005

EBSCO Information Services has awarded grants and sponsorships in association with the Medical Library Association (MLA) and the American Library Association (ALA). Members of hospitals, medical institutions and libraries will get the grants. The recipients of sponsorships will receive $1000 for conference expenses.

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IT journals merge to form Mediateam Ltd. - 11 Apr 2005

Publishers of IT magazines Irish Computer and Computer Scope have announced to merge in order to prevent higher cost. Accordingly, Computer Publications of Ireland and Computer Scope Ltd will amalgamate and be named Mediateam Ltd. The new publication will bring out two computer journals and organize technology exhibitions.

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Thomson CEO aims to increase the growth rate - 11 Apr 2005

Richard Harrington, CEO of Thomson Corporation, asserted that he aims to rise to a low double-digit growth from a high single-digit growth so far. This, he expects, is more possible in the European market by 2008. The Scientific and Healthcare division of the group, with revenue of $836 million in fiscal 2004, will be emphasized for a larger market share. "We will be looking for additional databases (in Europe), but also seeking growth through acquisition," he added.

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Thomson Scientific signs deal with Sentrx - 11 Apr 2005

Thomson Scientific has consented to offer Custom Information Services to Sentrx, a technology enabled service provider for drug safety. Thomson will search articles, based on the clients' requirements, in its scientific database and deliver them in a suitable format. This personalized literature search of Thomson will be offered as value added service by Sentrx. Sentrx has entered in to this deal to comply with the statutory need of obtaining scientific and medical reports of adverse events on the marketed drugs.

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Datacopy Publishing software to use Arbortext for publishing services - 08 Apr 2005

Datacopy Publishing software, an IT services and solution reseller, has agreed to a reseller partnership with Arbortext. Using Arbortext Enterprise Publishing Software, Datacopy Publishing expects its customers from manufacturing, life sciences, and aerospace industries to be benefited. "By using Arbortext's software, we can offer a full range of publishing products and services - from editing structured data to multichannel delivery, and this helps our customer become more successful," opined Rainer Schmidt, CEO of Datacopy.

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Journal for software testing launched - 08 Apr 2005

The Journal of the Association for Software Testing (JAST) will be published to enhance the understanding and practice of software testing. "The JAST is one of the new generations of scientific journals that publish on the Web with free access to the public," said Cem Kaner, founder-editor of the journal. The journal has called for submission of papers before September 1, 2005.

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NAP and Knovel partners to publish electronic version of Food Chemical Codex - 08 Apr 2005

The National Academies of Press (NAP) associates with Knovel Corporation to develop an electronic format of the Institute of Medicine's Food Chemical Codex (FCC). Four editions of FCC's were published until now that were used by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The fifth electronic edition will be available to the customers in May 2005. The new online edition offers researchers an addition of 100 pages of errata and an interactive platform for information on FCC.

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Wicks Medical information to buy Jobson Publishing - 08 Apr 2005

Wicks Medical Information has signed a deal to acquire Jobson Publishing for an undisclosed amount. Jobson Publishing publishes journals, conducts events, programs and symposia and hosts websites for healthcare professionals. The products include Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, /alert Marketing, U.S. Pharmacist, Neurology Reviews, and Pulmonary Reviews.

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Dave Mittman and Gary Falcetano form Advanced Practice Communications - 07 Apr 2005

Dave Mittman and Gary Falcetano have formed Advanced Practice Communications (APC) to bridge the necessities in medical publication and communication. "We are going to represent a select number of high-quality medical journals in specialties that we believe in, and where we have a long history of expertise," told Mittman. APC will offer services enveloping advisory boards, symposiums, publication planning, and CME projects for medical communications. It plans to provide consulting services to new publications and services.

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DMN launches Macintosh-oriented websites - 07 Apr 2005

Digital Medial Net (DMN) introduces publications that cater to Macintosh creative professionals in audio, video, DVD, design and animation industries. DMN has been concentrating on online trade journals and newsletters before diversifying into Mac-related websites. The publications are named Mac Video Pro, Mac Audio Pro, Mac Design Pro, Mac Animation Pro and Mac DVD Pro.

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More exhibitors to join PharmaDiscovery - 07 Apr 2005

Three life sciences firms have agreed to participate in PharmaDiscovery that is to be held from May 10 - 12, 2005 at the Washington, D.C Convention Center. Cellectricon, SIDMAP and Dharmacon will exhibit their products in this Elsevier event. The event aims to highlight automation integration, RNA interference, chemistry oriented products, custom databases, and many more.

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New appointments for The Channel Insider - 07 Apr 2005

Ziff Davis Internet's The Channel Insider has appointed a team of channel and technology journalists for the website www.channelinsider.com. The new appointments will emphasize The Channel Insider's specialized services to resellers, VARs, integrators, solution providers and IT distributors. Elliot Markowitz will join as the Editor-at-Large with 15 years experience in technology publishing. Pedro Pereria will be the contributing Editor after being with software company Information Builders as an Editor of technical newsletters. Benny Lorenzo, who has vast experience in manufacturing and engineering, will be a guest columnist for The Channel Insider.

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APS initiates open access to its previous journals - 06 Apr 2005

The American Phytopathological Society (APS) allows free access to its research articles published before two years along with its current online issues. Users can read the two-year old articles abstained from the copyright. The society also plans to extend its archives by including researches published prior to 1997.

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TechTarget CEO named in Folio:40 - 06 Apr 2005

Greg Strakosch, Co-founder and CEO of TechTarget, is named in Folio magazine's "Folio:40". This list recognizes innovators and influencers in the publishing industry. The magazine pointed Greg Strakosch's efforts in developing the portfolio of TechTarget with print, online content, and events. TechTarget is a media company that publishes magazines and websites and holds conferences for IT marketers and professionals.

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TechTarget launches CIO Decisions for IT products and services in the U.S. - 06 Apr 2005

TechTarget launched CIO Decisions, a monthly magazine, catering to the U.S. midmarket conjured with IT products and services. The debuting issue will be delivered to 60,000 Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and senior IT officers responsible for IT budgets and priorities. Joseph Levy will be in-charge of sales and operations. Maryfran Johnson streamlines the editorial activities and recruited a group of journalists for the magazine.

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TnQ buys Arbortext publishing software for STM journals - 06 Apr 2005

TnQ, publishing service provider to Scientific, Technical and Medical (STM) publishers, has purchased publishing software system of Arbortext. TnQ offers pre-press publishing services including copyediting, graphics processing, and electronic data conversion of documents to STM publishers in U.S. and Europe. This software is expected to facilitate imbedding complex mathematical formulae in the articles.

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Design Science and XyEnterprise combine to support MathML standard publishing - 05 Apr 2005

XyEnterprise partners with Design Science to integrate its XML Publishing Publisher (XPP) with MathFlow™ Editor. XPP, an XML based publishing system, simplifies creation of scientific, technical and medical content. Publishers can combine XPP with MathFlow's MathML to publish complex mathematical data. "The integration of the MathFlow Editor with XPP extends our MathML-based offerings and provides customers the ability to adopt a flexible, standards-based solution for mathematical publishing in many environments," told Dr. Robert Miner, Director of New Product Development at Design Science.

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Elsevier celebrates its anniversaries donating STM books - 05 Apr 2005

Elsevier marks 425th anniversary of the House of Elsevir and 125th anniversary of the modern Elsevier Company by donating books to 10 university libraries of developing countries. Elsevier launched 'A Book in Your Name' program where each of its 6700 employees donates Scientific, Technical and Medical (STM) books to a preferred library. Through this program the libraries located in Africa, Asia and South America will obtain around 700 Elsevier titles of textbooks and references. They are estimated to have a retail value of $1 million.

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Intellisophic associates with Inxight for efficient search solutions - 05 Apr 2005

Intellisophic, publisher of taxonomic content, has joined with Inxight® Software™ to innovate the knowledge access in unstructured data. Taxonomies of industries including Engineering & Materials, Life Sciences, Medicine & Healthcare, and Mathematics & Science are published by Intellisophic. Pre-built taxonomies are organized for to suite Inxight's SmartDiscovery™ for efficient information discovery. Users can find intelligent classification and grouping of documents for powerful search.

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Ovid Technologies updates SilverPlatter platform - 05 Apr 2005

Ovid Technologies has updated Social Policy and Practice bibliographic database on its SilverPlatter platform. This database provides research papers on topics including public health, social care and mental and community health. More than 200,000 bibliographic records and abstracts, most of which are semi-published, are available in the database. Ovid worked with four major institutions to create this database as a bibliographic resource and add it to Ovid's Partner Publishing Program.

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Blackwell Publishing experiments Open Access Publishing - 04 Apr 2005

Blackwell Publishing offers public access to its content through Online Open, an experiment on Open Access publishing. The system that will be active through out 2006 creates a hybrid structure to the subscribers. Free access articles will also be published in the print for which subscription rates will be adjusted. Users can also see the online version of public articles on Black Synergy - Open Access website of Blackwell Publishing.

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Blueprint Initiative and MIPS partners in Biomolecular data assembly - 04 Apr 2005

The Blueprint Initiative-North America has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Munich Information center of Protein Sequences (MIPS). This agreement will result in MIPS using data aggregating procedures of Blueprint. The deal also includes MIPS overseeing the peer-reviewed scientific data into Biomolecular Interaction Network Database (BIND) hosted by Blueprint North America.

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Full disclosure to medical publications mandatory - 04 Apr 2005

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has set forth new rules that will remove the 'conflict of interest' between biomedical companies and their employees. Public interest groups called for full disclosure of funding details and industry relationships to avoid 'pro-industry' bias. Transparency among scientists who study, report and publish medical and public health related topics was demanded. The campaigns by the groups started in 1990s when editorials of credible medical journals published information about pharmaceutical companies funding biased data about their drugs. Pharmaceutical companies are required to provide details on research investment to the publications prior to publishing the study.

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Kluwer announced Academic Partnership Program - 04 Apr 2005

Wolters Kluwer has initiated its Academic Partnership Program for 2005-06 signing deals with National Association of Chain Drug Stores and pharmaceutical and medical schools. Kluwer has agreed to sponsor the first Chain Pharmacy Practice Summer Internship Manual that will be published by National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS). The manual informs about common treatment practices, Over-The-Counter drugs and weekly schedule for interns and preceptors. The other deal mentions one year free subscription of WKHealth's Facts and Comparisons™ to medical students. This online drug information service is known as eFacts and has a drug reference library of publications and references.

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101communications appoints Associate Publisher for its IT magazine - 02 Apr 2005

101communications has appointed Peter Hutchinson as Associated Publisher of its IT magazine Application Development Trends (ADT). Hutchinson's primary responsibility is to monitor ADT's sales volume. ADT has a circulation of 57000 copies and is published for software decision makers. Hutchinson has held executive posts with Miller Freeman, International Data Group, and McGraw-Hill. He has also been the Vice President of CMP Media.

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Pharmacy Choice re-launches website with additional features - 02 Apr 2005

Pharmacy Choice, Inc has released the re-designed version of its website www.pharmacychoice.com that concentrates on pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. The formal launch will be made in the annual meeting of American Pharmacists Association in Orlando. The new version includes drug database offered by Thomson MICROMEDEX that is searchable using a web interface.

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Untied Business Media takes over major French healthcare press - 02 Apr 2005

United Business Media has completed the deal with French healthcare information services MediMedia. Publications of MediMedia such as Le Quotidien du Medecin and Le Generaliste and other business information providers were purchased for EUR60 million. Le Quotidien du Medecin - a weekly, and Le Generaliste - a bi-weekly, lead the French medical press occupying more than half of total spending on advertisements for general practitioners.

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Cadmus Communications releases Macintosh version of delivery platform - 01 Apr 2005

Cadmus Communications has released its 3Path Digital Content Delivery System in a compatible Macintosh version. Publishers use 3Path to dispatch digitized publications and newsletters to the reader's desktop in an interactive and user-friendly format. 3Path, digital communication channel of Cadmus, also enables publishers to form a branded communication model with their customers. "3Path has been available for users of the Windows operating system; this new version now allows publishers to reach Mac users," said Hai Tran, Executive Vice President of Business Development.

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Elsevier appoints Vice President for Health Sciences Division - 01 Apr 2005

Elsevier has appointed Randolph Charles as Executive Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer for its Health Sciences division. Charles will be in Health Sciences division management group and in-charge of its marketing activities. "I am excited to be back in health sciences publishing, and particularly with Elsevier, a world leader," said Charles.

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FDC Reports Inc. launches free Medicare website - 01 Apr 2005

FDC Reports, Inc., division of Elsevier, has launched a web portal www.MedicareforPharma.com that publishes essential business and regulatory news. This is a free website from FDC Reports -Publisher of the "The Pink Sheet" DAILY. Service includes free e-mail alerts and links to resourceful content from FDC Reports.

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Life sciences division of Nordson launches web portal - 01 Apr 2005

Nordson Corporation, producer of precision dispensing equipment, has introduced a website www.nordson.com/lifesciences. The website has information on delivering process technologies and economical spending to biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical devices and medical electronics. Nancy Gleason, manager of the Nordson Life Sciences group said that the website will be a source from all Nordson companies that business with life sciences.

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