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US American Chemical Society President elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences - 30 Apr 2010

The American Chemical Society (ACS) President Dr. Joseph S. Francisco and at least 11 other ACS members have been elected Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Academy, a center for independent policy research, is reportedly one of US’ oldest and most prestigious honorary societies. Its members include winners of the Nobel, Pulitzer and Shaw Prizes as well as MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellows.

The ACS members in this year’s class of Academy Fellows join more than 200 other leaders in science, arts, business, the humanities and other fields elected to the institution in 2010. The new class will be inducted on October 9, 2010, at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.

In addition to being ACS President, Francisco is the William E. Moore Distinguished Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Science and Chemistry at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. He was selected for Academy membership for his research, which has ‘revolutionised our understanding of chemical processes in the atmosphere.’ He has worked with chlorofluorocarbons, mapping the pathways of these and lesser-researched compounds to understand how they break down in the atmosphere.



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US Apple iPAd offers opportunities but with strings attached, publishers told - 30 Apr 2010

Magazine industry experts have reportedly been warned that while Apple's tablet computer, iPad, may offer several publishing opportunities, these are likely to come with strings attached.

According to Juan Senor of the Innovation International Media Consulting Group, the arrival of the iPad and other tablets in development is projected to help publishers who have concentrated on content and refreshing their product. Speaking at the PPA Annual Conference, Senor warned that Apple is going to keep pricing control and publishing data. Further, he noted that publishers must beware and should join forces to negotiate strongly with Apple.

Speaking on another panel, Tim Brooks, Guardian News & Media managing director, said that it was difficult for an individual publisher to get the attention of Apple, which was executing a clear strategy with great skill. According to Brooks, that plan does not include ceding control of its shop or downloadable apps market to publishers.

The iPad went on sale in the US on April 3, 2010, and is expected to launch in the UK in late May. The product’s international launch has been delayed until May 10, citing strong demand for the device in the US.

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UK BioMed Central and MIT Libraries partner to deposit OA articles automatically using SWORD protocol - 30 Apr 2010

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has partnered with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries. The deal is to develop an automated system that uses the latest technology to automatically populate MIT's digital repository, DSpace@MIT, with the official version of articles by MIT researchers that have been published in BioMed Central's journals.

In order to make it easier for MIT authors to submit articles to DSpace@MIT, the MIT Libraries worked with BioMed Central to set up an automatic feed of MIT articles, using a version of the Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit (SWORD) protocol. The SWORD protocol allows the institutional repository to receive newly published articles from any of BioMed Central’s more than 200 journals, as soon as they are published.

DSpace@MIT contains the digital research materials of MIT faculty and researchers, including peer-reviewed scholarly articles, preprints, technical reports, theses and conference papers. Once saved in the online repository, materials can be searched and shared worldwide. Already, over 1,000 articles have been added to the 'MIT Open Access Articles' collection.

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US Carnegie Mellon's ChemCollective website receives science prize for online resources in education - 30 Apr 2010

Carnegie Mellon University has announced that its ChemCollective website has received the Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE). The award, sponsored by Science magazine, recognises outstanding freely available online materials that enrich science education.

The ChemCollective website (www.chemcollective.org), developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, seeks to provide chemistry instructors with access to virtual lab and scenario-based learning activities. It gives introductory level chemistry students the opportunity to participate in activities that go beyond traditional textbook problems, allowing them to engage with chemistry in a way that more closely resembles the activities of practicing chemists.

Associate Professor of Chemistry David Yaron and his team, made up of software engineers, undergraduate programmers and educational consultants, began developing the resources used in the ChemCollective in 2000, and the site was launched in its current format in 2004. Last year, more than 100,000 experiments were performed on the website and the software was downloaded more than 25,000 times for use on local computers. Many instructors have submitted their own materials to the site to be shared among users. Of the 117 labs currently available on the site, 56 have been contributed by 11 different groups from the user community.

Science magazine announces one recipient of the SPORE award each month throughout the year, publishing an essay on each programme. The essay on the ChemCollective appears in the April 30 issue. Co-authors of the essay include Carnegie Mellon's David Yaron, Michael Karabinos and alumnus Donovan Lange, along with James G. Greeno and Gaea Leinhardt from the University of Pittsburgh.

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German DataCite Summer Meeting scheduled for June 2010 - 30 Apr 2010

DataCite, the international consortium to facilitate access to research data, and the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) have announced that the first summer meeting will be held from June 7-8, 2010 in Hannover, Germany. The scope of the Summer Meeting 2010 is to provide a forum to data centers to exchange experience, workflows and standards for the handling of research data.

Under the theme ‘Making datasets visible and accessible,’ experts will discuss topics such as metadata for datasets – more than pure citation information?; peer-review systems and the publication of data sets - ensuring quality; trustworthiness of data centers - a technological, a structural and a legal discussion; best-practice and examples - what can be done and is done worldwide?; visualisation of datasets - more than meets the eye; and datasets and scholarly journals - a perfect combination?. The full programme and additional information on the venue and registration can be found online at www.datacite.org.

Founded in December 2009, DataCite aims to make it easier for scientists to access research data over the Internet, to increase acceptance of research data as quotable scientific objects in themselves and thus to ensure that the rules of good scientific practice continue to be adhered to.

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UK Emerald to exhibit EducationPlus at AERA Annual Conference - 30 Apr 2010

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced that it will be exhibiting at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference and Exhibition, from April 30-May 4, in Denver. Delegates are invited to visit Stand # 521-523 to discover EducationPlus.

EducationPlus is Emerald’s new database combining journals and book series designed specifically for education researchers, academic and policy makers. The collection contains 34 journals, including Journal of Education Administration, Quality Assurance in Education and Multicultural Education & Technology Journal, and 31 book series – including Advances in Educational Administration; Diversity in Higher Education; and International Perspectives on Education and Society.

Emerald Group Publishing Limited publishes over 700 titles, comprising 200 journals, over 300 books and more than 200 book series as well as an extensive range of online products and services. The organisation is a partner of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and also works with Portico and the LOCKSS initiative for digital archive preservation.

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US EPA' new database on chemical hazard, exposure and toxicity data now available - 30 Apr 2010

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a new database, called ToxRefDB, which allows scientists and the interested public to search and download thousands of toxicity testing results on hundreds of chemicals. ToxRefDB captures 30 years and $2 billion of testing results.

ToxRefDB provides detailed chemical toxicity data in an accessible format. It is a part of ACToR (Aggregated Computational Toxicology Resource), an online data warehouse that collects data from about 500 public sources on tens of thousands of environmentally relevant chemicals, including several hundred in ToxRefDB. Those interested in chemical toxicity can query a specific chemical and find all available public hazard, exposure, and risk-assessment data, as well as previously unpublished studies related to cancer, reproductive, and developmental toxicity.

ToxRefDB connects to an EPA chemical screening tool called ToxCast. ToxCast is a multi-year, multi-million dollar effort that uses advanced science tools to help understand biological processes impacted by chemicals that may lead to adverse health effects. ToxCast currently includes 500 fast, automated chemical screening tests that have assessed over 300 environmental chemicals.

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Israel Ex Libris and Gale partner to offer online access to e-books and journals via Primo Central - 30 Apr 2010

Library solutions provider Ex Libris Group, US, has announced an agreement with e-research and educational publisher Gale, part of Cengage Learning, US. Under the deal, a number of Gale’s academic databases can now be accessed directly via the Primo Central mega-aggregate of scholarly e-content.

The flagship full-text periodical databases Academic OneFile and General OneFile, together with the Eighteenth Century Collections Online and Sabin America resources, are now available via Primo Central. Gale is the latest of the rapidly expanding group of aggregators who have chosen to make their content accessible to library users via Primo Central, a centralised index comprising data harvested from primary and secondary publishers and aggregators.

With Primo Central, users simultaneously search locally managed collections and global e-content and receive search results that are blended into a single relevance-ranked list. The service is currently undergoing beta testing by 14 Primo Central partner libraries around the world. It will be available later this year to over 270 customers of the Primo discovery and delivery solution and more than 1500 MetaLib customers.

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India Join Knowledgespeak’s Subscriber Group in Facebook and Linkedin - 30 Apr 2010

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UK Nature Publishing Group and b-on in deal to provide 69 Portuguese institutions with site license access to Nature - 30 Apr 2010

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and Biblioteca do Conhecimento Online (b-on) have signed a three-year agreement to provide 69 institutions in Portugal with site license access to Nature.

More than 300,000 researchers and students in Portugal will now gain access to research and news published in Nature. Higher education institutions, research institutes, and hospitals throughout the country are participating in the agreement.

b-on (Online Knowledge Library) facilitates access for research and higher education libraries in Portugal to over 16,750 scientific international publications from 16 publishers, through subscriptions negotiated on a national basis.

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US Wiley-Wrox named sponsor of Hello World pre-conference session at APPCON 2010 - 30 Apr 2010

Publisher John Wiley & Sons has signed on as a sponsor, co-chair and organiser of the Hello World pre-conference session for the APPCON 2010 mobile app development event in Las Vegas. John Wiley is the publisher of the Wrox line of books, CDs and other educational materials for programmers.

Designed to be a part training, part hands-on coding exercise, the Hello World introductory session is set for August 24 as a prequel to the three-day APPCON 2010 event. The session is projected to provide an opportunity for APPCON attendees to get up to speed quickly on the platform of their choice before the general, technical sessions of the conference begin.

As part of APPCON’s partnership with Wrox, the publisher will develop the content which will be delivered by the imprint’s authors and experts. Attendees are expected to benefit from a hands-on version of Wrox’s ‘Programmer to Programmer’ approach to professional development. Related titles in the Wrox series will be provided to participants during registration.

Hello World is designed to meet the needs of both experienced developers new to mobile app coding and developers experienced on one app platform looking to expand their repertoire into another platform. The session begins with a one-hour overview of the mobile app market and brief introductions to each of the major platforms. Breakout sessions follow, focusing on app development for specific platforms in detail, including installation of development tools on each participant’s laptop.

In addition to the Hello World event, APPCON features more than 40 other education sessions that cover a wide range of mobile app technologies in a practical and technical fashion. The developer conference and expo runs August 24-26 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. The event is dedicated exclusively to mobile apps across all major platforms and carriers. It seeks to provide an opportunity for developers to dive deep into current technologies and platforms to meet the tactical mobile needs of businesses and brands.

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US Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center selects ProVation EHR software for electronic documentation and patient charting - 29 Apr 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center has selected its ProVation EHR electronic health record and patient charting solution.

ProVation EHR is an electronic health record designed for busy, cost-conscious Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs). It offers robust electronic documentation and document imaging for all elements of the patient encounter - from past records to procedure documentation to follow-up care. With ProVation EHR, ASCs have affordable access to a single, patient-centric documentation system that eliminates printing and chart storage costs and streamlines workflow.

Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center is a multi-specialty ASC performing general surgery, gynecology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, facial plastics, ENT, urology, podiatry and pain management surgeries since opening its doors in 2005.

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Canada Canada joins international network of PubMed Central - 29 Apr 2010

Canadian researchers will now be able to contribute to a growing, searchable digital archive of published Canadian health research with the newly launched PubMed Central Canada (PMC Canada). PMC Canada is the result of a partnership between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the National Research Council's Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI) and the US National Library of Medicine (NLM).

The initial version of PMC was launched in October 2009. The full version of PMC Canada, including a manuscript submission system for CIHR researchers, was released earlier this week. PMC Canada now supports CIHR's Policy on Access to Research Outputs, which requires CIHR grant recipients to make their peer-reviewed publications freely accessible online within six months of publication. Its manuscript submission system will enable CIHR-funded researchers to deposit their peer-reviewed articles, in a bid to expose their research to a global audience and facilitate collaboration to advance scientific progress.

PMC Canada builds on PubMed Central (PMC), the archive developed by the US’ NLM, and joins UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) as a member of the larger PMC International network. PMC and UKPMC content are also now accessible to Canadian researchers.

While CIHR supplied the funds for PMC Canada, NRC-CISTI contributed its technological expertise to build the infrastructure and will manage the repository.

The first phase of PMC Canada includes a basic bilingual interface, a manuscript submission system for CIHR researchers and a bilingual help desk. Plans for the second phase of the repository will incorporate a customised web front-end along with enhanced reporting and alerting features for system funders and users. An advisory committee of Canadian health researchers and other stakeholders will guide the repository’s future development.

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US CHCF report examines smartphones use by healthcare providers and consumers - 29 Apr 2010

The California Healthcare Foundation (CHCF) has released a report titled ‘How Smartphones are changing healthcare for consumers and providers.’ The report, by Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, focuses on the recent adoption and use of smartphones by both consumers and healthcare providers. According to the report, the uptake of this technology is rapid - two-thirds of physicians and 42 percent of the public used smartphones as of late 2009, despite the recession that began a year earlier.

The creation of applications related to health and healthcare is also moving quickly. As of February 2010, there were nearly 6,000 such applications within the Apple AppStore. Of these, 73 percent were intended for use by consumer or patient end-users, while 27 percent were targeted at healthcare professionals, says the CHCF report.

Apps geared to physicians include alerts, medical reference tools, diagnostic tools, continuing medical education and patient records programmes. Consumer-oriented apps include those for medication compliance, mobile and home monitoring, homecare, managing conditions and wellness/fitness.

The CHCF report also examines the challenges to continued rapid smartphone growth – these include business model and privacy issues.

The complete report is available at http://www.chcf.org/~/media/Files/PDF/H/HowSmartphonesChangingHealthCare.pdf.

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Netherland Elsevier announces winners of LIBER Award for Library Innovation - 29 Apr 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, have announced the winners of the first-annual LIBER Award for Library Innovation. Awards will be presented at the 2010 LIBER Annual Conference in Aarhus, Denmark on June 29, 2010 (http://www.liber2010.eu).

Sponsored by Elsevier, the award is designed to recognise innovative work with the potential to impact the wider library community. The winners will present their papers during the conference. This year’s inaugural award is related to the overall theme of the LIBER Annual conference ‘Re-inventing the Library: Challenges in the New Information Environment.’

The Stichting LIBER Foundation aims to assist research libraries in Europe to support a functional network across national boundaries in order to ensure the preservation of the European cultural heritage, to improve the access to collections in European research libraries, and to provide more efficient information services in Europe. It actively promotes co-operation with all library-related organisations and has strong links with the Council of Europe, the Commission of the European Communities (CEC), SPARC Europe and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), as well as with national library associations.

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UK Emerald announces winners of 14th annual Citation of Excellence Awards - 29 Apr 2010

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced the winners of its 2009 Citation of Excellence Awards. Now in their fourteenth year, these annual awards recognise the 50 most outstanding articles published by the top 400 management journals in the world.

Each year the Emerald Management Reviews Accreditation Board, comprised of management experts from industry and academia including Cary Cooper, Philip Kotler, Darrell K. Rigby, and B. Joseph Pine II, select the world's top 400 management titles. Independent subject experts then make a thorough and rigorous assessment of every article in each of these journals and 50 outstanding articles are singled out for a Citation of Excellence Award. Authors of the winning articles receive an official certificate and badge to display on their work. The award brings with it peer recognition and, frequently, increases in research funding.

A full list of the 2009 winners, as well as lists of previous winners, is available at: http://info.emeraldinsight.com/products/reviews/awards.htm.

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India Join Knowledgespeak’s Subscriber Group in Facebook and Linkedin - 29 Apr 2010

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US OCLC Global Council elects new member to Board of Trustees, Council vice president/president-elect - 29 Apr 2010

The OCLC Global Council elected a new member to the OCLC Board of Trustees and new leaders for next year during its first meeting (April 19—22) in Dublin, Ohio. Delegates representing libraries from 17 countries heard presentations and participated in discussions about the focus and shared values of the OCLC cooperative. Jan Ison, Global Council President and Executive Director, Lincoln Trail Libraries System, presided over the first annual meeting since OCLC governance changed from a single Members Council to a Global Council and three regional councils—Americas, Asia Pacific, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Global Council comprises member delegates elected by the Regional Councils and serves as a key strategic discussion forum and communication link between member libraries, Regional Councils and OCLC management and staff.

The Global Council elected Brian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian, University of California, San Diego Libraries, to the OCLC Board of Trustees. Schottlaender will be seated on the Board in November. He has been University Librarian at UC San Diego since September 1999. Prior to joining UCSD, his 20-plus year career in libraries has included positions at the California Digital Library; UCLA; the University of Arizona; Indiana University; and Firma Harrassowitz in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Berndt Dugall, Director/Librarian, Universität Frankfurt, Universitätsbibliothek Johann Senckenbenberg, Germany, was elected Vice President/President-Elect of the OCLC Global Council. Dugall will serve as Vice President of Global Council beginning July 1, 2010.

The Council discussed several documents, including a Statement on Principles of Membership, OCLC Shared Values, and WorldCat Principles of Cooperation. Delegates will continue to review and revise these documents for consideration. Also, it heard reports from OCLC leadership and staff, and participated in panel discussions on a variety of issues, trends and emerging technologies in libraries.

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US Open Access Week 2010 to be held from October 18-24 - 29 Apr 2010

Open Access Week, the global event to promote free, immediate, online access to research, has been declared for October 18-24, 2010. Now entering its fourth year, Open Access Week is organised by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), with expert guidance from an international panel of Open Access leaders. The event provides an opportunity for the worldwide academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access (OA), to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

In 2009, Open Access Week spurred the announcement of actions including expanded open-access publication funds, the adoption of institution-wide open-access policies, and the release of new reports on the societal and economic benefits of OA. This year’s OA Week preparations started with a challenge to researchers from Dr. Philip E. Bourne, Professor of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California San Diego and Founding Editor-in-Chief of PLoS Computational Biology. In a video posted to the OA Week website, Bourne calls on scholars to think beyond free and ready access to the literature – made possible by Open Access – and consider how technology may be deployed to advance research, to truly mine the increasing amount of available literature.

Challenges like Dr. Bourne’s, and responses to them, will be highlighted across global efforts in conjunction with the Week. Details may be posted or linked on the Open Access Week Web site by October 10, 2010.

The new Open Access Week Web site, at http://www.openaccessweek.org, details how participants across sectors – from research funders and producers to students and libraries – have taken advantage of the event to advance Open Access, and offers ideas for 2010. Organisations and individuals planning to participate or interested in more information about Open Access Week 2010 should register on the website for access to regional and global contacts and resources.

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US ScholarOne partners with SciVee to capture and share meeting content - 29 Apr 2010

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced a new partnership between ScholarOne and SciVee, a provider of rich media solutions to the scientific, technical and medical market. ScholarOne is Thomson Reuters’ industry-leading peer review workflow management solution.

The partnership between ScholarOne and SciVee will give users of ScholarOne Abstracts (formerly Abstract Central) the ability to capture live meeting content and share this content post-event using one source. From a scholarly standpoint, users can augment their meetings or conferences with fluid, multimedia content. As a business tool, this application increases post-event revenue opportunities.

ScholarOne Abstracts is a web-based workflow solution that provides meeting organisers with a secure, complete, cost-effective workflow solution for abstract submission, peer review, programme creation, publishing output and administrative control.

SciVee was launched in late 2007 as a joint initiative between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego. It provides Internet video and rich media web products and services for institutions and individual researchers to help the advancement of scientific knowledge.

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UK Semantico's online publishing expertise helps Nature improve discoverability - 29 Apr 2010

Online publishing services provider Semantico Ltd., UK, has announced that it has completed an important consultancy project for scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG) examining the use of taxonomies across their online content.

It is observed that readers frequently use search facilities to find articles that interest them and taxonomy plays a vital role in determining which content is returned by search engines. Taxonomy also has implications for the placement of advertising on content pages. For online journals that carry context-driven advertising a good taxonomic scheme has a direct impact on revenue. Semantico helped NPG to identify ways in which their subject term definitions and labelling can increase their discoverability.

Nature Publishing Group’s more than 80 journals are hosted on www.nature.com. The website provides over 5 million visitors per month with access to NPG publications, online databases and services. Working to a complex set of requirements demanded by NPG's extensive offering of online content, Semantico provided valuable insights into how the publisher can provide useful and productive labelling of the content in their online journals.

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UK ChemSpider bags 2010 Bio-IT World Best Practices Award for Community Service - 28 Apr 2010

The Royal Society of Chemistry has announced that its ChemSpider platform has won a 2010 Bio-IT World Best Practices Award for Community Service. Dr Antony Williams, VP of Strategic Development and Valery Tkachenko, Chief Technology Officer for ChemSpider, received the award at the annual Bio-IT Awards Dinner.

ChemSpider is an online resource of chemistry-related data integrating millions of chemical compounds with hundreds of online resources. It currently hosts about 25 million chemical structures that link to additional online resources such as Google's Books, Patents and Scholar offerings and the RSC's archive of over half a million articles and chemical database records.

The award was announced April 21 at the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo in Boston.

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US Cisco Press launches first iPhone/iPad networking technology Apps for IT professionals - 28 Apr 2010

Cisco Press, a publishing alliance between Cisco Systems and the Pearson Education division of Pearson plc, has announced the launch of its first iPhone/iPad networking technology Apps, for IT professionals interested in general networking, networking security, or IP Video.

The new Apps complement the suite of Cisco Press learning materials that are readily available in print, electronic, video, and simulation formats. The Cisco Press Apps join the growing list of topical Apps from Pearson including in the areas of IT certification, programming, operating systems/server, web development, software engineering, home/office, and marketing.

The iPhone/iPad Reader Apps seek to offer technology professionals access to the content they need to solve problems and advance their careers on one of the most popular mobile devices and the paradigm-shifting iPad device. Having Cisco Press content on these portable devices gives users the flexibility to learn anywhere and at any time. Also, it allows users to benefit from features only digital platforms can offer. This includes easier search, navigation, hyperlinking and the unique code view feature only available from Pearson.

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India Dear Subscriber - 28 Apr 2010

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US ebrary announces new functionalities to QuickView - 28 Apr 2010

Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced that it has added significant capabilities to QuickView. QuickView enables end-users to instantly view documents in many of the leading web browsers and even works on the iPhone.

ebrary customers worldwide can now discover information within e-books and other authoritative documents without having to download or install software. Enhancements to QuickView include ability to customise InfoTools, which turns every word into a portal to additional information, with online resources of the customer’s choice; print an entire chapter at a time (up to session limits); choice of four citation preferences; navigate to the previous or next page by double-clicking on the document; ability to select text and navigate throughout documents by finger swiping on the iPad and iPhone; and enable RefWorks, EndNote or both at the institution level.

Additionally, end-users can easily share ebrary citations with peers at other institutions. Anyone who clicks on the URL to an ebrary title will be automatically directed to the same document in their library’s ebrary collection (if available).

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US Elsevier announces new addition to the Clinics of North America series - 28 Apr 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced a new addition to the Clinics of North America series – Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinics. Under the guidance of Consulting Editors Dr. Ranjan Thakur and Dr. Andrea Natale, each issue is devoted to a single topic that covers the most significant concerns in this field.

A quarterly publication, Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinics seeks to provide comprehensive reviews of contemporary issues of interest to clinicians. The journal is expected to help Electrophysiologists as well as other cardiologists and physicians caring for patients with arrhythmias in clinical decision making. Initial issues will feature topics such as sudden cardiac death; epicardial interventions in electrophysiology; advances in arrhythmia analyses; arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia; and advances in antiarrhythmic drug therapy.

Dr. Thakur is Professor of Medicine and Program Director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship at Michigan State University and Director of the Arrhythmia Service at the Thoracic and Cardiovascular Institute, Sparrow Health System, in Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Natale is Executive Medical Director of Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin Texas.

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US MediaNet launches eBook catalogue and distribution service - 28 Apr 2010

Digital media content provider MediaNet, US, has announced the launch of a comprehensive eBook catalogue and product offering. The advanced MN Open platform will now support the integration of eBooks using an intuitive API that has been widely adopted by over 100 application developers, web publishers and online retailers for music offerings.

MediaNet will make available a broad catalogue of eBooks including the most popular titles that are available through major physical and online book sellers. These eBooks will initially be offered in the Adobe ePub and PDF formats which are compatible with a wide variety of devices including PC, Mac, Sony Reader, Nook and new entrants such as the Plastic Logic Que. Additional formats will be introduced as needed.

Currently there are applications available in the marketplace that will allow for compatibility with the ‘iDevices’ including the iPhone and iPad. Web publishers and application developers can access MediaNet’s eBook service through an API built on top of MediaNet’s enterprise class content delivery platform. MediaNet’s API provides complete control over the user experience, functionality, e-commerce and content catalogue. Online retailers can rapidly implement more advanced browsing, discovery, and purchase options under their own brand.

In May 2010, MediaNet will make available its popular suite of Web Components for the eBooks offering. With no coding required and a quick time to market, Web Components allow anyone to place dynamically displayed eBook content anywhere on the Web. This offers a contextually rich experience with eBooks content presented to end users in a relevant manner when they are most interested in an author or subject and likely to transact.

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UK Medical research journal editors call for standards in comparative effectiveness research - 28 Apr 2010

Editors of several medical research journals have issued a statement calling for rigorous standards and transparency in research that is designed to influence patient care and health policy.

Led by Dr. Harold Sox, co-chair of the 2009 US Institute of Medicine Committee on Comparative Effectiveness Research Prioritization, the statement's author list includes editors of the journals Medical Decision Making, Trials, The Cochrane Library, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology and PLoS Medicine. Editors of Journal of General Internal Medicine, The American Journal of Managed Care, Clinical and Translational Science and Croatian Medical Journal have also endorsed the statement.

Comparative effectiveness research (CER) compares the benefits and harms of different medical tests, treatments and procedures, and provides evidence to support clinicians, patients, and policy makers in deciding which approaches to use. Noting that ‘the challenge will be to realise the full potential of such research to improve health,’ the editors call on medical journals to use rigorous approaches to assess the limitations inherent in such research, such as missing data, incomplete follow-up, unmeasured biases, the potential role of chance, competing interests, and selective reporting of results.

The statement includes a list of 11 standards for the conduct and reporting of CER studies, including involvement of patients in selecting and refining research topics; public registration of research protocols prior to beginning a study; inclusion of representative populations in CER studies; rigorous peer review by independent experts; free availability and public archiving of study publications; and public declaration of all relevant competing interests.

The statement appeared in PLoS Medicine on April 27. It will also be published in the Croatian Medical Journal, Medical Decision Making, The Cochrane Library, Trials, The American Journal of Managed Care and Journal of Clinical Epidemiology.

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US SirsiDynix launches SirsiDynix Enterprise 3.1 - 28 Apr 2010

Library technology solutions provider SirsiDynix, US, has announced the launch of SirsiDynix Enterprise 3.1. The new features provide libraries more tools to create an engaging environment for patrons as they explore library collections.

Enterprise 3.1 allows libraries to integrate Syndetics ICE (Indexed Content Enrichment) from Bowker, the leading source for bibliographic information. ICE content such as reviews, cover images, tables of content, awards data, fiction profiles, excerpts, summaries and author notes can be indexed and accessed through Enterprise searches, driving more search results and improved relevancy rankings.

New features in this release include social networking and review application integration capabilities; customisable, end-user help guides; and enhanced view of federated search results. Enterprise is available for libraries using either SirsiDynix Symphony or Horizon.

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UK University of North Carolina at Greensboro shows support for open access - 28 Apr 2010

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) has become its latest institutional member.

UNCG serves nearly 20,000 students on campus and through a variety of distance learning programmes, with an emphasis on both teaching and research. The university hosts a number of research centers including the Center for Biotechnology, Genomics and Health Research, the Center for Health of Vulnerable Populations, and the Center for Research Excellence in the Nanobiosciences.

In 2007, the Faculty Senate formed the Committee for Scholarly Communications to support the development of new initiatives, including the development of more open access publishing by university authors. Under the auspices of the University Libraries, the university has established a supporter membership for an initial period of three years.



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US Wiley Online Library to replace Wiley InterScience website - 28 Apr 2010

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced the launch of Wiley Online Library. Built on the latest technology and designed with extensive input from scholars around the world, Wiley Online Library will host multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science and the humanities. Slated for launch in July 2010, this online service will deliver seamless integrated access to over 4 million articles from 1500 journals, 8000 books, and hundreds of reference works, laboratory protocols and databases from John Wiley & Sons and key imprints including Wiley-Blackwell, Wiley-VCH and Jossey-Bass.

Developed in consultation with researchers, students, authors, society partners and library customers from around the world, Wiley Online Library’s brand new user interface delivers intuitive navigation for all users. Users can easily discover, read, download and cite current journal and book content, EarlyView articles, backfiles, related material and supporting data. Access Icons will identify the content available to users through institutional licenses, society membership, author-funded OnlineOpen articles and as freely available content.

Comprehensive search engine optimisation ensures easy discoverability of content, delivering relevant and immediate results. Content is organised by subject category with books, journals, reference works and databases cross-searchable by subject. With the journal or book title as the prominent brand at all levels, including article and chapter level, users can easily identify their favourite products regardless of how they arrived on the site. Journal and society communities can share news, information and events on specially customised journal home pages.

Wiley Online Library will completely replace the Wiley InterScience website and all content and licenses will be transferred to the new site to enable seamless access for users and subscribers. The new platform is expected to provide new opportunities for libraries to increase the visibility of their licensed content and drive users to it within and outside library catalogues.

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Singapore 'Print-anywhere services via public cloud advantageous but risky' - 27 Apr 2010

In a recent e-mail interview with ZDNet Asia, Ronnie Ng, senior manager of systems engineering at Symantec Singapore, has noted that cost savings and increased productivity benefits can be achieved with print-anywhere services running through the public cloud network. However, security issues and business processes should be considered before adoption. According to Ng, the key concerns in this regard include malicious attacks by cybercriminals, loss of data, internal security policies governing the print service, and awareness and education among employees.

He further notes that traditional security tools occasionally do not work in cloud environments. This leads to the risks that corporate information stored on public clouds may get lost due to unmet service level agreements (SLAs) or cyberattacks. It is also important that employees understand the risks involved in using the service. Additionally, there is a need for companies to implement proper usage policies, he has stated, referring to a recent survey conducted by Symantec and the Ponemon Institute on cloud security. The survey polled 637 IT security practitioners working for companies that have adopted cloud computing platforms in the US.

Only 27 percent of respondents confirmed that their concerns had measures for approving cloud applications that used sensitive or confidential data. The key benefit of cloud printing for enterprises is that it allows them to connect virtually any device to a printer with minimal hassle, says Ng. Enterprises would receive such services to boost productivity and advance business processes.

Ng's comments follow Google's recent announcement to launch its Google Cloud Print concept. The service is expected to help users print from any device or application using any cloud-aware printer. Google Cloud Print is still in its budding state, with Google publishing design documents for the concept and developing it to be compatible with its Chrome operating system.

Similarly, in May 2009, Hewlett-Packard had introduced the CloudPrint service as part of its collaboration with Research In Motion (RIM). While its print service is similar to Google's concept, the main difference is that print jobs are sent to a private cloud network.

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US ARL calls for proposals for 2011 SPEC survey topics - 27 Apr 2010

The Association for Research Libraries (ARL) is seeking proposals for 2011 SPEC survey topics. For more than 35 years ARL has gathered and disseminated data through the SPEC survey programme to assist libraries in the continuous improvement of their management systems. Proposals for topics for the 2011 SPEC survey cycle are now being sought.

Each year, ARL works with librarians in North America to develop six surveys of the ARL membership on ‘hot topics’ related to research library policies and practices. Survey authors do not need to work at an ARL member library, but only ARL libraries are surveyed.

Criteria for selecting a survey topic include its currency and insightfulness, its importance to research libraries, its relevance to ARL’s three strategic directions (Influencing Public Policy, Reshaping Scholarly Communication, and Transforming Research Libraries) or its programmes promoting diversity or assessment, and whether resources that illustrate current policies and practices can be gathered from survey respondents.

Current areas of interest to research libraries that could fit the SPEC survey model include, but are not limited to, collecting global resources; remote storage/collection consolidation; approaches to library collaborations; archiving digital content; non-traditional expertise among library professionals and prevalence of disciplinary expertise among staff; digital image collections and services; managing new forms of scholarship; outcomes influenced by library research across the curriculum; budget restructuring and reallocation, including funding sources, development, and fundraising; strategic planning - approaches and implementation; and strategies for articulating value and impact of library services.

For consideration for 2011, proposals must be submitted online by July 25, 2010, at http://www.formspring.com/forms/?933971-gzgJwsCiFY. Proposals will be reviewed and successful authors will be notified by August 6, 2010.

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US Communications of the ACM examines new approach to lifelogging through Psychology - 27 Apr 2010

The prospect of producing personal digital archives has become a holy grail for many technologists and researchers, according to the cover story in the latest issue of Communications of the ACM (CACM), a print and online publication for the computing and information technology fields. The authors propose a psychological focus to this challenge.

Abigail Sellen of Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK, and Steve Whittaker of IBM Almaden Research Center analyse the role of cognitive processes in stimulating memory, and conclude that lifelogging design must be engineered to work in synergy with users’ memories rather than replacing human memory with digital systems. Also in this issue, Editor-in-Chief Moshe Y. Vardi revisits the ACM Globalization and Offshoring of Software study, published in 2006, for which he was recently recognised. He recalls that the most fundamental insight he gained is that offshoring is just a symptom. The underlying phenomenon is the globalisation of computing. He concludes that we must continue monitoring employment and wage trends as well as global R&D trends to assess the ongoing impact of offshoring.

In a story on the technical and business issues of cloud computing applications, authors Erik Brynjolfsson of MIT, Paul Hoffman of SAP Labs, and John Jordan of Penn State University analyse the computing-as-utility business model. They point to the pace of innovation, the limits of scale, and latency issues as technical weaknesses in this model. They find more profound differences with this model in the potential for innovation and organisational redesigns that are shaping computing as well as the lack of interchangeable cloud offerings, and the stringent security standards required by the management of data and shared, dynamic resources. The real strength of cloud computing, they conclude, is as a catalyst for more innovation, a situation which requires greater creativity and skill from IT and business executives.

CACM is the flagship publication of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). It offers readers access to this generation’s most significant leaders and innovators in computing and information technology.

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US Elsevier releases new reference book on reconstructive techniques for degenerative mitral valve disease - 27 Apr 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has released a new single volume comprehensive book on reconstructive techniques for degenerative mitral valve disease by internationally renowned cardiac surgeon and educator, Dr. Alain Carpentier. The book will launch at the 90th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 1 - 5, 2010.

This reference provides step-by-step instructions on how to apply the techniques and procedures of Dr. Alain Carpentier - pioneer of mitral valve reconstruction - to your practice. More than 200 detailed anatomic drawings depict reconstruction procedures clearly, in a consistent format, chapter by chapter.

A discussion section of questions and answers helps grasp the nuances of each procedure.

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UK Emerald announces first issue of the Nankai Business Review International - 27 Apr 2010

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced that the first issue of the Nankai Business Review International is now available. Published in collaboration with the Nankai University in China, this new launch is the sister publication of the Chinese language publication, Nankai Business Review, which provides separate content.

Published four times a year, Nankai Business Review International is edited by Professor Li Wei'an of the Business School, Nankai University in China. The journal aims to introduce specific management theory with Chinese cultural characteristics, improve understanding of Chinese enterprises’ development and management, especially for multinational corporations in China. Also, it seeks to enhance the understanding of the role of China in the process of economic globalisation.

The first issue of Nankai Business Review International is now available online and in hard copy. It is one of three new China focused journals launched by the publisher this year. The journal welcomes papers and contributions from management scholars from around the world.

Subscribers to the Emerald Management Plus database will gain automatic access to this title. The journal is also available as a single subscription or as part of the Emerald International Business Subject Collection.

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India Join the Discussion at Knowledgespeak’s facebook and linkedin pages - 27 Apr 2010

How much do you think Elsevier’s “Article of the Future” (http://beta.cell.com/) could impact your future? Do you think the new format will make consumption of scientific research more efficient and interdisciplinary? All of you within the publishing community (marketing, editorial, vendors and third parties) – join the discussion at Knowledgespeak’s Facebook and Linkedin pages.

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US McGraw-Hill, Intel collaborate to bring personalised digital learning experience to elementary classrooms - 27 Apr 2010

Education materials publisher McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced a collaboration with Intel. The combination of McGraw-Hill's educational content with Intel Learning Series technology specifically designed for the elementary school classroom creates a personalised learning experience for students. For schools, this collaboration offers the flexibility to choose from a variety of options including total digital solutions or hybrid models consisting of print and digital components.

The first McGraw-Hill Education programme optimised specifically for the new Intel-powered convertible classmate PC reference design is LEAD21, an all-new elementary school literacy programme designed to reach a new generation of readers. LEAD21 offers students and teachers full print, digital and professional development resources. Through this collaboration with Intel, LEAD21 offers integrated content and hardware solutions as well. The programme provides every learner with easy access to digital tools, such as an Online Coach, ePractice activities and more, which help students manage and extend their own learning. In the coming months, McGraw-Hill also plans to introduce additional programmes and software created to work specifically with the classmate PC.

The new Intel-powered convertible classmate PC reference design is based on extensive ethnographic research with students and teachers, catering to how students learn and how teaching is evolving in the classroom. The new design combines aesthetics with ruggedness, full PC functionality with enhanced e-reading capabilities and improved performance with energy efficiency. The two companies have conducted pilots over the last year to test how students and teachers engage with technology during classroom instruction and plan to continue ethnographic research to guide their efforts.

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US Media firms devising marketing strategies centered on iPad - 27 Apr 2010

Video asset management systems firm KIT digital recently conducted a survey, according to which 76.8 percent of senior marketing executives believe an iPad video strategy is crucial to their company's success. Ever since Apple CEO Steve Jobs confirmed the company's plans to release the iPad tablet device, experts have been viewing the new device as the saviour of traditional media. Just under a week after launch, Apple sold 450,000 iPad units, witnessing 3.5 million iPad application downloads and over 600,000 iBook downloads. According to data from web metrics firm NetApplications.com, the iPad already accounts for 0.03 percent of all online traffic. In contrast, Research In Motion's BlackBerry platform reportedly captures 0.04 percent.

While several media giants are betting heavily on the device, rival content providers are introducing competing apps of their own. iPad is seen to enable new entertainment formats and opportunities. It also introduces mobile marketing possibilities, heralding a new, interactive channel to reach consumers. The iPad’s capacity to seamlessly integrate ads into applications and media content is observed to set it apart from previous marketing channels. Publishers and advertisers are presently formulating their approaches to decide what works and what doesn't on the iPad.

With the iPad set to enable new, multimedia-centric developments that revolutionise traditional print formats, publishers are already experimenting with both advertising and content. Earlier last month, it was reported that Time magazine had signed marketing agreements with Fidelity Investments, Unilever, Toyota and at least three other brands willing to pay over $200,000 apiece for a single ad spot in each of the first eight issues of the newsweekly's iPad edition.

Geolocation is reportedly the most revolutionary dimension of the iPad marketing paradigm. The iPad with WiFi and the WiFi + 3G models triangulate user whereabouts to enable location-specific services. While it is not possible to accurately anticipate how dramatically the iPad will shape and reinvent the digital marketing landscape, it is expected that the impact will be significant.

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German Springer and HKBU launch Chinese medicine textbook series in English - 27 Apr 2010

STM publisher Springer Science+Business Media, Germany, and the Baptist University of Hong Kong (HKBU) have launched a new textbook series entitled Essentials of Chinese Medicine. The three-volume English language set is of fundamental significance for the subject. Spearheaded by the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and the School of Chinese Medicine HKBU, the books were co-written by 14 distinguished scholars from Hong Kong, mainland China and the USA.

The book series was initiated by HKBU with the help of China’s State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SATCM) and mainland institutions and organisations. The publication seeks to provide international scientists and students with essential, detailed information about traditional Chinese medicine.

The three-volume series has more than 1,500 pages introducing the theoretical basics, diagnostic methods and therapeutic practices of traditional Chinese medicine, as well as the principles and practices of general healthcare and rehabilitation. It also explains the basic theories and methods of acupuncture and moxibustion. In addition to numerous illustrations of Chinese herbs, nearly a hundred herbal formulas, acupuncture meridians, and acupoints for clinical practice have been specified.

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UK Thomson Reuters and WIPO partner to provide free access to global patent information in developing nations - 27 Apr 2010

The IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters has announced a partnership with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to launch a programme giving industrial property offices and government and academic researchers in developing countries free access to global patent information. The programme, slated for launch in September 2010, is projected to foster global innovation by enabling the development of solutions to the world's technical challenges.

This partnership is to be modeled after WIPO's ‘Access to Research for Development and Innovation’ (aRDi) initiative. The initiative provides free online access to major scientific and technical journals by not-for-profit institutions in the least-developed countries, and low-cost access to industrial property offices in developing nations.

Patent content is a source of rich information when doing scientific research, as the majority of what is contained in a patent application is not yet publicly available elsewhere. It is expected that such access will significantly enhance the innovative ability of these regions. Thomson Innovation, the premier intellectual property research and analysis platform from Thomson Reuters with patent, scientific literature, business and news content, will be made available to researchers through the programme.

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US Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco 2010 previews exhibitor announcements - 27 Apr 2010

Business information provider UBM TechWeb, US, and O'Reilly Media, Inc. will preview exhibitor announcements that will be made at Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco, scheduled for May 3-6, 2010, at Moscone West. Web 2.0 Expos bring people, ideas, products, and companies together to build stronger Web 2.0 communities, shaping the next-generation Web. Registration is now open at www.web2expo.com/sf.

In addition to the vast array of sponsor news, each day will bring major announcements from the event's main stage. The line-up of Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco exhibitors making announcements is growing and a lot of news will be made on site.

Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco will feature workshops, expo show floor, an ‘unconference’ programme called Web2Open, a multi-track conference, networking opportunities and a Launch Pad programme. This year's Launch Pad, sponsored by Elance, is looking to spotlight new and innovative Web 2.0 products or companies.

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US ACP's new initiative to provide evidence-based recommendations for specific interventions for clinical problems - 26 Apr 2010

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has announced plans to provide physicians and patients with evidence-based recommendations for specific interventions for a variety of clinical problems. ACP’s High-Value, Cost-Conscious Care Initiative will assess benefits, harms, and costs of diagnostic tests and treatments for various diseases to determine whether they provide good value - medical benefits that are commensurate with their costs and outweigh any harms.

The initiative will include the development of ACP’s High-Value, Cost-Conscious Care Recommendations by ACP’s Clinical Efficacy Assessment Technical Advisory Committee that will be submitted for review and consideration for publication in Annals of Internal Medicine. The effort seeks to address common medical conditions for which inappropriate use of resources is known to be an issue.

The next edition of ACP’s Medical Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP) will also focus on optimal diagnostic and treatment strategies, based upon considerations of value, effectiveness, and avoidance of overuse and misuse. Additional phases of the initiative may include patient education materials and curricula for medical students and residents.

According to ACP’s 2009 policy paper, Controlling Health Care Costs While Promoting the Best Possible Health Outcomes, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that 5 percent of the nation's Gross Domestic Product is spent on tests and procedures that do not actually improve health outcomes. ACP contends in that paper that savings can be achieved by reducing inappropriate utilisation of services and by encouraging clinically effective care based on comparative effectiveness research.

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UK EU-funded research examines how pressure to publish impacts research quality - 26 Apr 2010

New EU-funded research, published in the journal Public Library of Science ONE, shows that the ever-growing pressure to produce publishable results can adversely impact the quality of scientific research. Support for the work came from the Objective Science ('Quantifying objectivity in the natural and social sciences') project. The project had received more than €161,000 under the People Specific Programme of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to assess the level of bias in the natural and social sciences.

Researchers worldwide produce more than 1.4 million scientific articles each year. Dr. Daniele Fanelli of the University of Edinburgh in the UK investigated over 1,300 papers from disciplines ranging from physics to sociology that declared to have tested a hypothesis. It was found that researchers report more 'positive' results for their experiments if they are based in US states where academics publish more frequently.

Dr. Fanelli used data from the US-based National Science Foundation (NSF) to verify whether the papers' conclusions were in any way connected to the productivity of US states, measured by the average number of papers published by each academic. He found that authors working in more 'productive' states were more inclined to support the tested hypothesis regardless of their research domain and whether or not funding was allocated to them. His research findings also reportedly hint that academics who carry out research in more competitive and productive environments are more likely to make their results look more 'positive'.

Dr. Fanelli also found that positive results were less than 50 percent of the total in the US states of Nevada, North Dakota and Mississippi. The states that had 95-100 percent positive results included Michigan, Ohio and Nebraska, as well as the District of Columbia.

The conclusions could be applied to all scientifically advanced countries, says the study, adding that policies that rely excessively on productivity measures might be lowering the quality of research.

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US FCC releases working paper addressing accessibility and technology issues - 26 Apr 2010

The Federal Communications Commission has issued the agency’s first ever working paper addressing accessibility and technology issues. Part of a series of working papers released in conjunction with the National Broadband Plan, the paper considers the numerous barriers to broadband usage faced by people with disabilities, including inaccessible hardware, software, services, and web content and expensive specialised assistive technologies.

The paper, written by Elizabeth Lyle, a Policy Advisor to the Omnibus Broadband Initiative, recognises the importance of removing barriers to accessibility by promoting industry innovation and building upon ongoing public and private sector collaborative efforts. At the same time, the paper identifies gaps that must be addressed to accelerate the adoption rate by people with disabilities, including improve implementation and enforcement of existing accessibility laws; gather and analyse more information about disability-specific broadband adoption issues; coordinate accessibility policy and spending priorities; update accessibility regulations; update subsidy programmes and ensure the availability of training and support; and update government approach to accessibility problem solving.

The paper builds upon the three broad recommendations from the National Broadband Plan. This includes the creation of a Broadband Accessibility Working Group (“BAWG”) within the Executive Branch; the establishment of an Accessibility and Innovation Forum at the FCC; and the modernisation of accessibility laws, rules, and related subsidy programmes by the FCC, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and Congress.

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US Gov 2.0 Expo to showcase latest innovations in cloud computing, cybersecurity, collaboration, Web 2.0 - 26 Apr 2010

Business information provider UBM TechWeb, US, and O'Reilly Media, Inc. will co-produce the Gov 2.0 Expo. The event, scheduled for May 25-27, 2010, in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, will gather technology leaders and visionaries from government and industry to share the latest innovations in cloud computing and security, social networks and collaboration, emerging technologies, agile government, and open data and web services.

Gov 2.0 Expo is expected to provide government employees, contractors and members of the press access to practical tools, in-depth training, and industry contacts needed to transform the 21st century government. Select government and industry keynote speakers include Tim Berners-Lee, director, World Wide Web Consortium; Dave Girouard, president, Google Enterprise; Tim O'Reilly, founder and chief executive officer, O'Reilly Media, Inc.; Alec Ross, senior adviser on innovation, U.S. Department of State; Todd Park, chief technology officer, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; and Danah Boyd, researcher, Microsoft Research, among others.

Gov 2.0 Expo sponsors include Adobe, Booz Allen Hamilton, ESRI, Microsoft, Palantir Technologies, Google, EffectiveUI, JackBe, Mark Logic, NIC, OpenText, Sapient, spigit, Smartronix; and premier media partners include Government Executive Media Group, and nextgov.

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UK International forum examines ways to improve quality of healthcare - 26 Apr 2010

Publisher BMJ Group, UK, has announced that the 2010 International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare, held in Nice, had been declared a success by organisers and delegates. This was despite the shutdown of a large part of European airspace due to volcanic ash. The forum is jointly organised by the BMJ Group in the UK and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in the US.

About 700 delegates from 60 countries participated in person and a further 2,000 tuned into the three live video streams. The Forum’s website received nearly 3,000 visitors from 42 different countries during the event. Don Berwick, President and CEO at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), spoke live from Boston in his first speech since receiving the presidential nominee for the Administrator of CMS. Berwick congratulated attendees and commented that the rapid redesign and execution of the conference under difficult circumstances was an example of the power of creativity, innovation and teamwork to be found in healthcare professionals worldwide.

The Forum seeks to support the movement for healthcare improvement. It aims to improve outcomes for patients and communities; provide practical ideas that can be implemented in the workplace; promote research into quality and safety improvement; foster effective innovation; and connect healthcare leaders and practitioners worldwide.

The three-day meeting reportedly brought together an international group of people who shared a concern and a passion for improving quality and safety in healthcare. Attendees took part in sessions that ranged from the basic disciplines of quality improvement to the latest thinking in how to improve quality and safety.

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US Israel lifts ban on iPad imports - 26 Apr 2010

Israel has lifted its ban on imports of the iPad. The country had recently banned imports of the iPad citing concerns that the gadget's wireless signals could disrupt other devices. Apple's tablet computer will now be allowed in the country after a ban lead to confiscation of the device at airports.

Israeli officials had then said that the ban is simply a precaution to assure that the iPad doesn't affect wireless devices already in use in the country. Though Israeli standards are similar to those in many European nations, Israel was the only country so far to officially ban imports of the device. The Communications Ministry has said that iPads would be allowed to be imported beginning Sunday, limited to one per person, and that confiscated devices would be returned.

The iPad combines the features of a notebook computer with the touch-pad functions of the iPod. The product went on sale in the US on April 3, 2010. iPad’s international launch has been delayed until May 10, citing strong demand for the device in the US.

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US JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions accepted for coverage by Thomson Reuters abstracting and indexing services - 26 Apr 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and the American College of Cardiology have announced that the journal JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions has been accepted for coverage by Thomson Reuters (formerly Thomson Scientific/ISI) abstracting and indexing services, including the Journal Citation Reports. The Journal will receive its first impact factor in 2011.

Abstracting and indexing will begin with Volume 1:1 (2008) in Science Citation Index Expanded (also known as SciSearch), Social Sciences Citation Index, Current Contents/Clinical Medicine and Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition.

JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions publishes the pivotal trials that influence clinical practice and inform guidelines. Topics of critical interest to practitioners of interventional cardiovascular medicine are examined in clear and focused reviews by the world’s experts, and controversial issues are debated in pro/con features aimed at providing improved insights.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 26 Apr 2010

The latest edition of blogspeak is now online. Featured are Joe Wikert (Payment Models); Mark Lancaster (Why Dynamic Publishing is a Game Changer for Tech Doc); Alix Vance (Mobile Devices and Privacy — Why It’s So Easy to Swap Personal Information to Satisfy an Itch); and Paul Davey (Open access costs and benefits for universities: report available). A service of Knowledgespeak.com, Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of blogspeak Here

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US Wiley to provide emergency access to scholarly content after a natural disaster - 26 Apr 2010

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced that they have approved a Natural Disaster Access Clause that will extend licensed electronic content to emergency workers, students, faculty, and academic institutions affected by a local, national or global natural disaster. The first license to include this clause is the Wiley Online Consortium License with the University of Texas System and Houston Academy of Medicine – Texas Medical Center Library.

Following a major natural disaster, emergency workers, students, faculty, and institutions displaced to other communities may need access to critical scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly information. Under the Natural Disaster Access Clause, Wiley will allow a licensee to provide affected groups with electronic access to its licensed products via the licensee’s secure network. In effect, they would be considered ‘authorised users’ of a licensee with full rights afforded to them.

Such an arrangement was put in place after Hurricane Katrina, when displaced students, faculty, and emergency workers came to institutions in the UT System and served by the HAM-TMC Library that needed access to licensed materials. Wiley agreed to extend their license to these groups, so the parties have a history of working together to help displaced people gain access to the information they need.

This initiative is scheduled to take effect immediately. Institutions needing more information on emergency access following a major natural disaster should contact wissales@wiley.com.

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US ATLA becomes latest partner in the OCLC partnership program - 23 Apr 2010

Global library cooperative Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), US, has announced the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) as the latest partner in the OCLC Partnership Program.

As partners, OCLC and ATLA will collaborate on programmes and activities to enhance services and expand educational opportunities to members of both organisations. ATLA and OCLC have an extensive history of working together on initiatives such as the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program, group services and electronic content offerings. This new partnership formalises the work already under way and extends the opportunity to explore new ways to anticipate and address the needs of shared members.

The OCLC Partnership Program brings value-added services to OCLC member institutions through the development of strategic partnerships with library consortia, groups, networks and other membership organisations. OCLC and its Partners work together to strengthen member relationships and develop programmes and services to serve the needs of shared members.

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Netherland Brill announces second part of online journal archives - 23 Apr 2010

Scholarly publisher Brill, Netherlands, has announced the second part of its online journal archives - Brill Journal Archives Online Part 2: Archives of the 21st Century. After publishing the first part in 2008, covering the 19th and 20th century, the second part of the journal archives covers the first decade of the 21st century.

The Brill Journal Archives Online now offers access to a wealth of scholarly information. This includes more than 85,000 articles (1.265 million pages) published before the year 2010, covering over 3,300 volumes of 160 scholarly journals. The archives include all the back volumes of journals published under the imprints Brill, Martinus Nijhoff and VSP. Brill subscribers automatically have full access to the archives of the journals to which they subscribe. By purchasing the Journal Archives, libraries will obtain perpetual access to these archives. They will also gain access to the archives of all other titles in Brill's journal collection.

The Journal Archives consist of two parts, the first part covering the 19th and 20th century and the second part the first decade of the 21st century. For each part, libraries can either choose the whole journal collection or select one of the subject collections - Humanities & Social Sciences, International Law & Human Rights and/or Science & Biology.

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Canada Concordia University passes landmark Senate Resolution on Open Access - 23 Apr 2010

The Concordia University has announced that its academic community has passed a landmark Senate Resolution on Open Access. The resolution encourages all of its faculty and students to make their peer-reviewed research and creative output freely accessible via the internet.

Concordia claims to be the first major university in Canada where faculty has given their overwhelming support to a concerted effort to make full results of their research universally available.

In 2009, Concordia launched Spectrum, an open access digital repository that continues to grow beyond its initial 6,000 dissertations submitted at Concordia, and at its predecessors Sir George Williams University and Loyola College. The Senate Resolution encourages all of Concordia’s researchers to deposit their research and creative work in Spectrum.

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UK Emerald offers free access to scholarly research on sustainability - 23 Apr 2010

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced free access to key scholarly research on sustainability to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, as well as ‘Rethinking Governance for Sustainability’, a special issue of Corporate Governance, will be freely available online until May 20, 2010. Social Responsibility Journal will also be accessible from April 26, 2010 as part of Emerald’s ‘journals of the week’, which features two of its publications in open access every week.

Edited by Professor Walter Filho, Head of Research, Hamburg University of Life Sciences, International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management regards climate change under the perspective of its wider implications - for economic growth, water and food security, and for people's survival. ‘Rethinking Governance for Sustainability’ is a Special Issue of Corporate Governance guest-edited by Atle Midtun. This title explores new governance opportunities in today’s institutional terrain, with a focus on the global sustainability challenge. Innovative models of governance entrepreneurship are illustrated with examples from ecology, finance, corruption, and general politics.

Emerald has been committed to being a socially and environmentally conscious organisation. In 2008, it implemented an Environmental Management System which was subsequently certified to the international ISO 14001:2004 standard. In November 2009, the publisher was a Green Apple Award winner, receiving the bronze award in the Publishing and Printing category for Environmental Best Practice. Last year, Emerald also became a publishing partner of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI), helping GRLI to promote its mission of ‘developing the next generation of responsible leaders’. The launch of the Journal of Global Responsibility in July 2010 is a direct result of this partnership.

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India Join the Discussion at Knowledgespeak’s facebook and linkedin pages - 23 Apr 2010

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UK OUP releases online edition of 'Encyclopedia of Africa' on Semantico platform - 23 Apr 2010

Academic and reference books publisher Oxford University Press (OUP) has released the online edition of the Encyclopedia of Africa (www.oxford-africaencyclopedia.com) in partnership with Semantico Ltd., a provider of services and technology for online publishing.

The Encyclopedia of Africa is claimed to present an up-to-date and thorough reference on the history, politics and culture of Africa. It features 1,300 entries, 200 illustrations and demographic sidebars to further guide and inform research.

The online resource is an addition to the Oxford Digital Reference Shelf (ODRS), the online collection of OUP’s scholarly reference titles. ODRS is powered by an online publishing platform designed by Semantico, featuring a production interface built on the Semantico Information Publishing Platform (SIPP). This system seeks to allow OUP to manage the uploading and updating of content in-house, simplifying the release of new content to the site.

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German Thieme releases atlas of head and neck anatomy for dental medicine practitioners - 23 Apr 2010

STM publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has announced the release of an atlas titled Head and Neck Anatomy for Dental Medicine, focusing on the structures of the head and neck as taught to dental medicine students. The content has been carved out from Thieme Atlas of Anatomy. Eric Baker has reorganised, revised and added new material to create the resource.

The atlas is projected to include more than 900 large, clearly labeled, full-colour illustrations and schematics, with descriptive captions, plus more than 90 tables summarising key information. Each two-page spread is designed as a self-contained guide to a topic. The arrangement of coverage in each region begins with the skeletal framework, adding the muscles, the vasculature, the nerves, and finally presenting the topographic anatomy for a comprehensive overview. With good artwork, explanatory information and a pedagogic approach, the atlas is claimed to serve as a reference for practitioners of dental medicine. It is also targeted at students and practitioners working in fields dealing primarily with the head and neck.

Head and Neck Anatomy for Dental Medicine comes with access to WinkingSkull.com PLUS, an interactive online study aid with more than 600 full-colour illustrations and radiographs. More than 100 dental images from this book have been added to the Thieme Teaching Assistant, an online platform that enables instructors to incorporate dynamic visuals into lectures and presentations.

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US Thomson Reuters partners with M2 Information Systems to speed clinical decision making and improve patient education - 23 Apr 2010

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that Micromedex clinical decision support and CareNotes patient education content will be integrated within the M2 Health Care Information System (HCIS). M2 is an information systems vendor assisting healthcare organisations in fully maximising their return on HCIS investments.

As a result, hospitals that use the M2 HCIS will be able to seamlessly connect clinicians directly to Micromedex referential summary documents and relevant, evidence-based patient education at any point in the care process. Micromedex clinical decision support will be delivered via InfoButton, an easy-to-implement solution that integrates within a hospital's electronic medical record system, computerised prescription order entry system, pharmacy system, or Web portal. With quick access to abbreviated drug, disease, and lab content, along with the ability to link to more detailed clinical reference material, InfoButton supports the highest standard of care and speeds clinical decision making.

CareNotes helps healthcare information systems generate education material that is tailored for the patient and covers medications, diagnosis, procedures, and tests. With topics including diet, exercise, disease prevention, and a host of ‘How To’ documents, CareNotes empowers patients to actively participate in their care, and also helps meet The Joint Commission and OBRA '90 patient education guidelines. This solution enable physicians, nurses, and pharmacists to make the right clinical decisions and help their patients take a more active role in their recovery, all without disrupting their workflow.

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US Wiley-Blackwell to publish Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health - 23 Apr 2010

STM and scholarly publisher Wiley-Blackwell, US, has announced that it has been selected by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) to publish their journal the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health.

Established in 1955 as the Bulletin of the American College of Nurse-Midwifery, the publication became the Journal of Nurse-Midwifery in 1973. To reflect the expanding scope of practice into primary healthcare for women the journal was further renamed as the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health in 2000. Edited by Frances E. Likis, the journal focuses on contemporary care, current research, and new knowledge in maternal-child health, family-centered maternity care, gynecology and primary healthcare.

This partnership reinforces Wiley-Blackwell’s already prominent position as publisher for more than 750 society partners which includes many nursing and health associations.

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UK 2010 Emerald Chinese and Indian LIS Research Fund Award announced - 22 Apr 2010

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced the 2010 Emerald Chinese Research Fund Award in the field of library and information science (LIS) research. The funding grant of up to £2,000 is expected to address the dissemination of knowledge for the social good with a specific focus towards the benefit of mainland China.

To be eligible for the award, the lead member of the research team must be based in mainland China. Each application is judged by a panel of LIS experts. The research must be of significance, particularly highlighting how it will benefit the social good. It must be original and innovative and demonstrate an outstanding contribution to theory and its application. It must illustrate the appropriateness and application of the methodology and demonstrate sound implications for theory and practice.

In a related announcement, the publisher also announced the 2010 Emerald Indian Research Fund Award in the field of LIS research. The funding grant of up to £2,000 is expected to address the dissemination of knowledge for the social good with a specific focus towards the benefit of India. To be eligible for the award, the lead member of the research team must be based in India.

The closing date for applications is August 1, 2010 and an initial short-list will be completed by September 2010. Winners will be announced in October 2010.

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US CMSS releases voluntary code for interactions with for-profit health companies - 22 Apr 2010

The Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) has announced the release of the CMSS Code for Interactions with Companies. The code seeks to provide detailed guidance to medical specialty societies on appropriate interactions with for-profit companies in the healthcare sector. The voluntary code is designed to ensure that societies’ interactions with companies are independent and transparent, and advance medical care for the benefit of patients and populations. CMSS represents 32 medical professional societies, with a collective membership of more than 650,000 US physicians.

The CMSS code was developed by a 30-member task force consisting of the leaders of member societies. At the time of this release, 13 medical societies have already formally adopted the code and committed to fully implementing it. Others plan to adopt it over the coming months, and many members already have policies in place that meet or exceed some of the principles in the code. The code includes seven core principles and detailed guidance on implementation. The principles cover key areas such as conflicts of interest, financial disclosure, independent programme development and independent leadership.

The 25-page code recognises that CMSS member societies have different organisational structures and may apply its requirements differently based on their individual activities and infrastructure. Further, some societies may choose to adopt policies that are more rigorous than what the code requires.

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US Eastland Medical Plaza Surgicenter selects WK Health's ProVation Medical Software for procedure documentation and coding - 22 Apr 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Eastland Medical Plaza Surgicenter has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding. The Eastland Medical Plaza Surgicenter performs an average of 7,200 procedures annually between its four operating rooms dedicated to multi-specialty surgery and four procedure rooms dedicated to endoscopy and pain management.

ProVation MD, available for the full range of ASC specialties, replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation software produces complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes that result in greater efficiency, increased profitability and clinician satisfaction.

ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment through electronic procedure documentation. ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate decision support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

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India Join the Discussion at Knowledgespeak’s facebook and linkedin pages - 22 Apr 2010

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US Mary Ann Liebert to provide complimentary online access to sustainability journals - 22 Apr 2010

Publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., US, has announced that it will provide complimentary online access to its journals in the field of sustainability, including Sustainability: The Journal of Record; Environmental Justice; and Ecopsychology, through May 15, in recognition of Earth Day’s 40th anniversary. Each journal provides cutting-edge information about sustainability initiatives, and the relationship between mankind and nature.

In the latest issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record, Ray Anderson, the Founder and Chairman of Interface, reflects on ‘Earth Day, Then and Now.’ ‘In the Green’ reports on what a number of organisations and institutions are doing to commemorate this auspicious anniversary. The Journal documents the implementation of sustainability programmes in higher education and business, and provides the central forum for academic institutions, the business community, foundations, government agencies, and leaders of green-collar endeavours to learn about one another’s progress and programmes and foster collaborations for attaining mutually supportive objectives.

Environmental Justice offers a provocative view of ‘Earth Day at the Crossroads of Sustainability and Justice,’ with contributions by Editor-in-Chief Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington, University of Illinois at Chicago; Dr. David Naguib Pellow, University of Minnesota; and Dr. Kristen Schrader-Frechette, University of Notre Dame, among others. Now in its third year, the journal explores the adverse and disparate environmental burden impacting marginalised populations and communities all over the world.

Articles in Ecopsychology, edited by Thomas Joseph Doherty explore the relationship between environmental issues and mental health and well-being, and examine the psychological, spiritual, and therapeutic aspects of human-nature relationships, concern about environmental issues, and responsibility for protecting natural places and other species.

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US OCLC reports analyse research data on digital information seekers - 22 Apr 2010

Library cooperative OCLC has announced that its Senior Research Scientist Dr. Lynn Silipigni Connaway and Post-Doctoral Researcher Dr. Timothy J. Dickey have published two reports in the context of the JISC-funded project, ‘Towards a Profile of the Researcher of Today: What Can We Learn from JISC Projects?.’

One report, ‘The Digital Information Seeker: Report of Findings from Selected OCLC, RIN and JISC User Behaviour Projects reviews’, compares and analyses 12 studies commissioned and/or supported by non-profit organisations and government agencies to provide a synthesised study. This is seen to make it easier for information professionals to better understand the information-seeking behaviours of libraries' intended users. Information professionals can also review the issues associated with the development of information services and systems that will best meet these users' needs. The report summarises each of the selected studies, identifies common findings and draws implications for libraries.

This is one of two reports Connaway and Dickey produced during their work with JISC.

The other report, ‘Common Themes Identified in an Analysis of JISC Virtual Research Environment and Digital Repository Projects’, published by JISC in December 2009, is an analysis of JISC-funded Virtual Research Environments (VRE) and Digital Repositories. This report identifies common themes in research data regarding the scholar in the current VRE. The findings are envisioned as a potential catalyst for improving digital repositories and VREs as well as for future research in the adoption and use of these tools and systems. Implications for future funded research are also identified.

Lynn Silipigni Connaway presented findings from this report at the JISC Conference in London on April 12, 2010.

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German Thieme and Modality, Inc. partner to deliver content via modalityBODY App - 22 Apr 2010

Thieme Publishers, part of STM publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has announced that a free sampling of anatomy illustrations and clinical content from the Atlas of Anatomy is now available for use on iPad, via the newly released modalityBODY App. This sampler highlights the exquisite illustrations and unique features of the Atlas, including schematics, multiple image views, muscle facts, and radiographs. More of Thieme's anatomy content will be available for In-App purchase within modalityBODY in the coming weeks.

The free modalityBODY App, created by Modality, Inc., offers an anatomy and medical image reference and training solution for health sciences professionals. Users of the modalityBODY App for iPad will be able to create their own medical image reference library from Thieme’s atlas and flash card products, as well as clinical case images and notes created by users themselves or drawn from publicly available open source databases. Images may be annotated with custom labels to identify anatomical structures and mark important features. As images are added to modalityBODY, they are simultaneously added to the app’s local database, which can be searched to locate specific anatomical landmarks and data points anywhere within the user’s entire modalityBODY library. Fast access to Google, PubMed, and other web sources for additional information on specific structures is available with a network connection. In addition to interacting with images individually, users have the option to view Thieme content in modalityBODY’s Page Mode, which displays content as it appears on the printed page.

Atlas of Anatomy is based on the work of Michael Schuenke, Erik Schulte, and Udo Schumacher and is edited by Anne M. Gilroy, Brian R. MacPherson, and Lawrence M. Ross. Illustrations are by Markus Voll and Karl Wesker. Anatomy Flash Cards feature illustrations from Atlas of Anatomy and are edited by Anne Gilroy.

The modalityBODY App for iPad is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

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US Thomson Reuters announces Clinical Xpert suite of mobile clinical workflow solutions - 22 Apr 2010

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that it will support the iPhone platform for its Clinical Xpert suite of mobile clinical workflow solutions.

With Clinical Xpert, hospital-based doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and allied health professionals will have real-time access to clinical patient information - including medications, radiology and laboratory results, vital signs, demographics, and transcribed reports - via their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices. Beta testing of Clinical Xpert for iPhone will commence in August and it will be ready for commercial release in October. There is no charge to current Clinical Xpert customers for the iPhone upgrade.

Clinicians will be able to download the Clinical Xpert application to their iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad from the Apple App Store. According to the company, with the addition of the iPhone platform, Clinical Xpert will support more mobile devices than any other real-time clinical surveillance and mobile patient data solution.

Using Clinical Xpert, hospitals deploy a single system that improves clinical efficiency by providing better access to critical patient information, real-time clinical surveillance, automated pharmacy interventions, charge and billing code management, care team coordination, and medication reconciliation. It also provides a seamless backup to the core hospital information system, giving clinicians uninterrupted access to patient data during planned and unplanned downtime.

By aggregating data from multiple disparate hospital information systems, Clinical Xpert gives healthcare providers mobile access to actionable patient data throughout the continuum of care, helping them make better, more informed decisions at the point of care. Clinical Xpert currently supports mobile devices running on BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Palm platforms. The solution also is accessible via Web-enabled laptops, tablet PCs, computers on wheels (COWs) and desktop computers.

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UK Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease becomes official journal of RCPSG's Faculty of Travel Medicine - 22 Apr 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and the Faculty of Travel Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG) has announced that Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease has been chosen to become the official journal of RCPSG’s Faculty of Travel Medicine.

Launched in 2003, Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease publishes original papers and invites reviews covering all aspects of travel medicine and infectious disease. These include the epidemiology and surveillance of travel-related infectious disease, vaccine-preventable disease, illness in returning travelers, aviation medicine including psychological aspects, environmental hazards of travel, practical clinical issues for travelers, tropical medicine and tropical skin disease and general aspects of travel medicine and infectious disease.

The journal brings together knowledge from different specialties involved in the research and clinical practice of travel medicine and infectious disease.

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India Dear Subscriber - 21 Apr 2010

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US Froedtert & Community Health selects CPMRC as clinical content provider for patient care planning - 21 Apr 2010

The Clinical Practice Model Resource Center (CPMRC), an Elsevier firm engaged in developing clinical practice guidelines for healthcare, has announced that it will be the clinical content source for patient care plans and clinical documentation at multiple hospitals of Milwaukee-based Froedtert & Community Health. The Wisconsin hospital group is composed of Froedtert Hospital, the major teaching hospital of the Medical College of Wisconsin; Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls; and St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend.

Froedtert & Community Health began implementation of the inpatient Epic EHR in 2009. As part of phase two planning for the inpatient clinical documentation in 2009, a task force of interdisciplinary professionals from Froedtert, Community Memorial and St. Joseph’s launched a collaborative decision making process to choose the clinical content source for its inpatient care plans. The hospital system’s Epic Executive Management Committee approved the CPRMC recommendation in December 2009.

By partnering with CPMRC to implement standardised evidence based clinical content for care plans and documentation of professional services, these hospitals seek to advance evidence-based interdisciplinary care and collaboration, address requirements of meaningful use and enhance the patient experience. CPMRC’s Point of Care Integrated Solutions, which will serve as content sources for Froedtert & Community Health’s evidence-based interdisciplinary care plans, features patient profile/history/admission assessment, patient plan of care, clinical practice guidelines, patient assessments and interventions, outcome evaluation, professional exchange, and specific content for newborn, neonatal ICU, pediatric, OB, adult and geriatric populations.

Froedtert & Community Health professionals were also eager to participate in CPMRC’s 25-year-old International Healthcare Consortium, where close to 300 hospital members implement an innovative interdisciplinary practice framework across multiple care settings through interdisciplinary teams. The CPMRC consortium recently received the 2010 National Academies of Practice Interdisciplinary Group Recognition Award.

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UK JISC Inform articles examine how colleges can enhance operations with technology - 21 Apr 2010

The latest issue of JISC Inform – which looks at how relationships with students, businesses and the public can be improved with digital tools – says universities and colleges can break down traditional barriers using new technology. The relationships are explored through a debate on whether the public should be involved in academic research; a discussion with Prof. John Traxler on how voting technology and students’ own mobile phones can be used for teaching; and a look at innovation in the lecture theatre.

The role of universities in helping companies out of recession by sharing business resources is also highlighted as part of this consideration of universities and colleges in the context of their surroundings.

As budgets tighten, it is relevant to examine what universities and colleges can do to exploit their existing systems in-house, says the journal. There are now over 1,000 resources added to the UK’s access management federation, so JISC Inform showcases a number of institutions that have got more value out of their membership and developed fresh business models for this complex area.

Advice for managers on calculating the cost of open access is highlighted alongside a feature on integrating the institution’s IT strategy to help different departments work together more effectively.

As JISC prepares for a number of research focused events, there is a look at how today’s tech-savvy researchers are doing things differently using digital tools, from interacting with literature online to using digital tools from Skype to GoogleWave.

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US McGraw-Hill Professional launches custom e-Books covering key business topics - 21 Apr 2010

Medical, technical and business information resources provider McGraw-Hill Professional, US, has announced the introduction of Essentials, a line of custom e-Books covering vital business topics written by acclaimed experts. Selected Essentials are now available exclusively in the Amazon Kindle Store (www.amazon.com/kindlestore) and the Barnes&Noble.com eBookstore (www.bn.com/ebooks).

Designed specifically for time-pressed business professionals, each Essentials is 50 to 100 pages in length and provides readers with concise and timely information on building and enhancing critical business skills in areas including leadership, communication, presentation skills, customer service, management and more. The e-Books are from leading McGraw-Hill authors, on the subjects readers seek most from them.

Essentials is the latest addition to McGraw-Hill's extensive digital offerings, which include traditional e-Books, Select e-Chapters, online learning platforms, mobile apps, and more.

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US Oxford University Press launches first online only product - Oxford Bibliographies Online - 21 Apr 2010

Academic and reference books publisher Oxford University Press (OUP), US, has launched its first online only product, Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO).

OBO is a tool designed to help busy researchers find reliable sources of information in half the time by directing them to exactly the right chapter, book, website, archive, data set they need for their research. It goes beyond search algorithms to present bibliographies in several disciplines selected by leading subject experts and examined by the highest professional standards.

The product is the result of extensive interviews with librarians, numerous focus groups and market research. It seeks to support excellence in research, scholarship and education. It is expected that OBO will help scholars increase productivity, save time and elevate the quality of their work, while enabling them to more efficiently engage with platforms like Google Books.

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UK Publishing Technology set to launch iPhone and iPad App for IngentaConnect - 21 Apr 2010

Publishing-specific software solutions provider Publishing Technology plc, UK, has announced its forthcoming iPhone and iPad App for its flagship collection of e-publications - IngentaConnect. IngentaConnect hosts 4.5 million articles from 13,500 publications and has 2.5 million users.

To coincide with IngentaConnect’s iphone and iPad App, development of a Mobile Web version of the platform will also be launched soon. Publishing Technology has partnered with Mobile Interactive Group (MIG), a fast growing technology company serving the global mobile and digital interactive markets. MIG will team with Publishing Technology to deliver a function-based version of the site, specifically designed with users’ access needs whilst on the move. IngentaConnect’s Mobile functions will include a full-text search, bookmarking via My IngentaConnect or social bookmarking through 14 of the largest and most popular social bookmarking sites it supports, as well as managing subject based alerting via RSS and email and article by article publishing for ‘ahead of print’ content.

There is an increasing demand from academic publishers to make their content available in developing countries. IngentaConnect customers will now be able to make their content accessible on the Mobile Web, compatible with all devices, regardless of brand, age and advanced feature capabilities.

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US ResearchGATE announces new sharing features for scientists - 21 Apr 2010

ResearchGATE, a scientific network for scientists and researchers, has introduced a series of new features to make it easier for scientists to share, stay connected and learn from each other online.

Users of ResearchGATE can now enable micoblogging on their profile to keep their connections up to date on their latest work and subscribe to updates from other scientists in their network. Microblogging feeds from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can be consolidated on ResearchGATE to give users a holistic view. Members can also effortlessly share documents, data or experiment information so that scientists can work smarter together and learn from previous experiments.

ResearchGATE connects researchers and information. It offers tools tailored to researchers' need and helps them keep in touch with scientists all over the world. With ResearchGATE, researchers and scientists can find new research contacts in people performing in the same field or in different fields using the same techniques.

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US SAGE Reference releases 'Encyclopedia of Research Design' in three volumes - 21 Apr 2010

SAGE Reference has announced a new three-volume Encyclopedia of Research Design. The encyclopedia is projected to reveal how to make decisions about research design, undertake research projects in an ethical manner, interpret and draw valid inferences from data, and evaluate experiment design strategies and results.

According to SAGE, the resource is written by leading experts, and features more than 500 A-to-Z entries delineating the history of research design and its terms, theories, laws, principles, leaders, publications and organisations. The information is organised in a Reader's Guide into key areas, such as descriptive statistics; distributions; hypothesis testing; inferential statistics; item response theory; mathematical and measurement concepts; qualitative research; reliability of scores; research design concepts; ethics and validity issues; sampling and scaling; statistical assumptions; and types of variables.

Summaries of advantages and disadvantages of often-used strategies are presented, as well as hundreds of sample tables, figures and equations based on real-life cases. Also featured are reviews of seminal research articles and contemporary tools, such as software and statistical procedures.

The encyclopedia is targeted at public as well as academic libraries.

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UK Section Editors lead peer-review for BMC series journals - 21 Apr 2010

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that its journals BMC Cancer, BMC Genomics, BMC Bioinformatics and BMC Neuroscience have begun operating under an enhanced editorial structure with the appointment of academic Editors to head up different sections of each journal.

Under the new structure, each journal is categorised into sections, and each section is led by a Section Editor with extensive knowledge of the discipline. The Section Editors work closely with a group of Associate Editors to peer-review manuscripts and with the Editor-in-Chief and BioMed Central’s editorial staff to develop their journals by formulating journal policies and encouraging submissions.

This editorial structure seeks to ensure that manuscripts are handled by members of the scientific community with expert knowledge of the field, helping to speed up review times and reduce the need for re-review.

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US Steve Miron to head Wiley's global STMS business - 21 Apr 2010

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has announced the promotion of Steve Miron to the position of Senior Vice President, Scientific, Technical, Medical, and Scholarly, effective May 1, 2010. The announcement was made by William J. Pesce, President and CEO, and Stephen M. Smith, EVP & Chief Operating Officer, of John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

As reported in October 2009, Eric Swanson will retire at the end of October 2010. During his remaining time at Wiley, Swanson will serve as Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Public Policy. In this capacity, he will provide advice and counsel to the Leadership Team and develop relationships with industry bodies and other stakeholders to promote Wiley’s interests and widen the Company’s influence on key policy issues affecting our markets and business globally.

Miron assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer of STMS on November 1, 2009. He has worked closely on the transition with Swanson and other members of the STMS leadership team.

Miron joined Wiley in 1993 as Regional Manager for Taiwan and Korea. After serving for eight years as VP and Managing Director of Wiley Asia, he was appointed as leader of global STM book publishing. Following the acquisition of Blackwell in 2007, Miron assumed the role of VP & Managing Director of the global STMS Physical Sciences business.


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US Colleges delay iPad use over network stability issues - 20 Apr 2010

Apple Inc.'s iPad, lauded by many as the next wave in education technology, is reportedly having difficulty being accepted at the Princeton University and George Washington University due to network stability issues. Additionally, Cornell University is also facing connectivity problems with the device. The university also cited concerns regarding bandwidth overload.

Issues such as these could be a major setback for Apple, which targeted the higher education market by highlighting the iPad's portability and availability of e- books. Some higher education insiders also worry that there is not adequate educational content available via the iBookstore application.

Princeton University recently said that it has blocked about 20 percent of the devices from its network. The university noticed that the malfunctions could affect the entire school's computer system. According to a statement on the school's website, Princeton is working with Apple to resolve the issue. Earlier this month, George Washington University said that its wireless network's security features do not support the iPad. It could take until next spring before the iPad operating system is fully supported on the university's network.

Many school networks are however accepting iPads without problem. Some universities are even embracing the device. However, even these schools accept that the device has its drawbacks.

According to industry analysts and professors, schools will not fully embrace iPads until textbook publishers offer more digital resources that go beyond e-versions of hard copy books. They note that it would be more difficult to translate educational books into e-books as they often include mathematical formulas, graphs and other non-standard-text material.

The iPads went on sale in the US on April 3, 2010. iPad's international launch has been delayed until May 10, citing heavy sales in the US. The company reportedly sold over 500,000 iPads the first week the product was in stores.

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UK Emerald names Valeria Garcia as VP Latin America - 20 Apr 2010

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced the appointment of Valeria Garcia as Vice President: Latin America. In her new position, Garcia will focus on strengthening Emerald’s sales support to new and existing customers in the region, as well as developing regional specific content and partner strategies.

Garcia brings a wealth of experience to the position, previously working in Latin American Markets and publishing in general, with roles at Dot Lib, a significant agent in Latin America, and as a Development Manager at Elsevier.

As a further development in the region, Tutilla Aragao, Emerald’s Relationship Manager for CAPES, will extend her responsibilities across all consortia in Central and Latin America, enabling Emerald to develop closer relationships with libraries throughout the region.

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UK European Parliament to debate report on developing online library Europeana - 20 Apr 2010

The European Parliament will debate a report, drafted by German MEP Helga Trüpel, that calls on member states to provide more books, maps, film clips and photographs for the Europeana online library portal. While asking for more and better content on Europeana, the report emphasises the need to respect intellectual property rights. It also wants better promotion of the library among the broadest possible public. Additionally, the Trüpel report urges the Commission and member states to take all necessary steps to avoid a knowledge gap between Europe and the US and to ensure full access for Europeans to their own cultural heritage.

The debate will cover issues such as handling web copyright rules across various EU countries; payment for items that are still under copyright; and a minimum standard for content. The Parliament's legal committee has also called on the Commission to submit a legislative proposal on the digitisation of ‘orphan works’ (whose ownership is unclear). This is expected to put an end to the current legal uncertainty for the remuneration of rights holders.

Launched in November 2008, Europeana is a multi-lingual online collection of millions of digitised books, journals, films, maps, photographs and music from European museums, libraries, archives and multimedia collections. It is accessible to every citizen with an Internet connection. It also preserves the items for future generations. Europeana's collection has doubled since its launch and there are now more than 6 million items. The aim is to have 10 million digitised objects by the end of 2010.

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US Google, Library of Congress to archive Twitter posts - 20 Apr 2010

The Library of Congress has announced a partnership with networking site Twitter. Twitter is donating its archives of tweets to the Library of Congress, going back to the first one posted by co-founder Jack Dorsey on March 21, 2006.

The Library of Congress will store tweets to provide researchers a better way to revert to discussions of significant events. Only tweets meant for public viewing will be available. Accounts with restrictive privacy settings will not be included. Also, the Library of Congress will not be able to offer access to specific tweets until six months after they are posted.

In a related announcement, internet search services provider Google announced plans to roll out a new tool that will allow people to sift through Twitter messages about specific topics by day, month or year. Only tweets going back to February 11, 2010 will be available initially. Google eventually expects to gain access to all the messages dating back to Twitter's birth.

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US Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and NFID announce publishing partnership - 20 Apr 2010

Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), US, and the National Foundation of Infectious Disease (NFID) have announced a new publishing partnership. The NFID is a non-profit, tax-exempt organisation dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about the causes, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases.

Under the new agreement, LWW will publish NFID's quarterly newsletter, The Double Helix, as part of the online version of Infectious Disease in Clinical Practice. LWW will also publish Clinical Updates in Infectious Diseases, NFID's continuing medical education monograph series, in both print and online.

Beginning in April 2010, Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice (IDCP) will become affiliated with NFID. Subscribers of IDCP receive each bimonthly issue as well as online access to the full contents of each issue plus online only pages at the journal website, www.infectdis.com.

Under the editorial leadership of Dr. Thomas M. File, Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice is geared toward providing clinicians with clinically oriented information that will affect their daily practice. Each bimonthly issue offers original research, reviews, editorials and case reports covering timely clinical topics. Other features include ‘Images in ID-What's the Diagnosis?’ and Clinical Guidelines.

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US Rise in digital textbooks sales to overhaul publishing processes, says Xplana study - 20 Apr 2010

Educational software and consulting services provider Xplana, US, has released a study titled ‘Digital Textbook Sales in US Higher Education – A Five-Year Projection’. According to the study, more than 18 percent of new textbook revenue in the higher education and career education markets will come from digital textbooks by the year 2014. Also, annual revenues from digital textbooks will exceed $1 billion by that year, it adds. It is estimated that this shift in sales will cause the publishing industry to overhaul the traditional textbook production processes.

The study projects annual sales growth and market trends for digital textbooks over the next five years. It is based on private surveys conducted by Xplana and its parent company, MBS Direct, as well as other industry and market research.

According to the report, the anticipated growth in digital textbook sales will create opportunities for new publishers to enter the textbook market due to fundamental changes in purchasing patterns. The rise in the availability of digital textbooks will also make free, open educational resources easier to incorporate into standard curriculum materials, it is projected.

The full report can be downloaded from the Xplana research blog – The Xplanation (http://blog.xplana.com/reports/)

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UK Scientific American appoints new executive editor and design director - 20 Apr 2010

Science magazine Scientific American has announced the appointments of executive editor Fred Guterl and design director Michael Mrak.

Fred Guterl assumes the role of executive editor and brings to Scientific American more than two decades of editorial experience. He has worked, among other titles, for Discover magazine (he was senior editor from 1994 to 1998 and has been a contributor ever since) and for Newsweek (2000- 2010), where he held the position of deputy editor. During his tenure there, Guterl spearheaded the magazine's international coverage of science and technology. As executive editor, Guterl will top edit and create enterprising editorial projects, participate in strategic planning, develop and manage budgets, and represent Scientific American externally.

Michael Mrak comes to Scientific American from Architectural Record where he has been a consulting art director. Prior to that appointment, Mrak worked for titles including Esquire and Discover magazine, where he held the position of design director (2000-2006). As the design director, Mrak will supervise the art team and oversee all editorial design for Scientific American's print and online editions.

Scientific American delivers authoritative and thought-provoking content to more than 3 million readers worldwide. Founded in 1845, Scientific American has over its history published articles by more than 140 Nobel laureate authors including Albert Einstein, Francis Crick, Stanley Prusiner and Richard Axel. The publication became part of Nature Publishing Group (NPG) in 2009, after many years as a sister Holtzbrinck organisation.

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UK SDL integrates LiveContent with Trisoft to offer integrated dynamic publishing tool - 20 Apr 2010

Global information management solutions provider SDL, UK, has announced the first release of the company’s end-to-end publishing technology for technical documentation. The solution, developed by SDL’s Structured Content Technologies division, seeks to address the changing demands of Internet and Smartphone users who expect on-demand, personalised and highly-interactive technical documentation.

According to SDL, global companies are realising that the traditional methods of delivering static PDF and print documentation will be a thing of the past. In the next five years, technical documentation is projected to be transformed from static, printed collateral and PDF to interactive electronic documentation delivered via the web or a Smartphone.

SDL seeks to deliver the first installment on this vision through the integration of SDL LiveContent and SDL Trisoft, the company’s Component Content Management system. The new integration is expected to empower companies to transform static documentation managed as publications into rich interactive, web-based information. SDL LiveContent is projected as a dynamic delivery engine that produces an interactive document with rich animated graphics, sophisticated search for easy navigation and analytics that allow companies to understand how customers are using their content. Customers are seen to benefit from technical content that is easy to find and tailored to the products they purchased and their interests.

With this announcement, companies that have adopted structured content and DITA, a recognised XML writing standard for technical information, can now expect to benefit from a solution that delivers interactive web documents to customers’ browsers and devices.

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German Springer expands service on AuthorMapper.com - 20 Apr 2010

STM publisher Springer Science+Business Media (Springer), Germany, has announced that it has expanded its service on the website www.AuthorMapper.com. AuthorMapper is a free analytical online tool for discerning trends, patterns and subject experts within scientific research.

Launched in February 2009, AuthorMapper offers searchable content from all Springer and BioMed Central journals. The platform now offers eBook data as well. Currently the tool can retrieve useful information across all disciplines - from more than three million journal articles and over 742,000 book chapters from 29,000 eBooks. Adding eBook data allows all the benefits of specific eBook analysis just as the success of the journal data has shown in the past.

The AuthorMapper tool provides a variety of analyses, such as keyword tag clouds and ‘Top 5’ bar charts for various important metrics, and includes an interactive world map of the results. Its advanced search function also allows complex queries using keyword, discipline, institution, journal, publisher and author. The results can identify new and historic scientific trends through timeline graphs and bar charts of top statistics, allowing for identification of trends in the literature, discovery of wider scientific relationships, and locating other experts in a field of study.

The trend timeline graph allows authors to see whether their area of expertise is growing or has already peaked. Users that are only interested in open access content can restrict their searches accordingly, and all search results provide link-outs to content on SpringerLink. For graduates, post-docs and emerging researchers, AuthorMapper.com shows which institutions are the most prolific in specific research areas and allows for their comparison. AuthorMapper.com can even be useful for members of the general public seeking to identify experts.

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US Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions' new service combines scientific writing and publishing expertise - 20 Apr 2010

Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions, Inc., a US-based provider of scientific information and analytics to professionals in the pharmaceutical and biotech fields, has launched a service that consolidates its global scientific writing and communications businesses. Called inScience Communications, the service capitalises on the company's global scale combined with its unique local expertise.

The new offering features scientific writing services including manuscript writing and conference coverage as well as a variety of strategic communications, such as publication planning and meetings management. In addition, it utilises a highly experienced health outcomes team skilled at helping clients address market access issues.

The new service harnesses the growing business trend of 'glocalisation' by allowing clients to tap the company's 'glocal' capabilities, that is, the ability to offer a global perspective and meet the specific needs of each individual market.

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US Google launches Cloud Printing plan for Chrome OS - 19 Apr 2010

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, is set to launch early-stage designs, software code and documentation of a project called Google Cloud Print. The new initiative will allow users of the company's Chrome OS operating system print documents to any printer from any application.

The technology would give away with the need to install printer drivers by routing print jobs from desktop, Web and mobile applications via a Chrome OS Web-hosted broker.

Google Cloud Print can be used to submit and manage print jobs. While the project is still in its initial phase, Google has expressed interest to engage interested vendors and developers in the process of developing this technology.

Chrome OS was launched by Google in November 2009. The first netbooks that run the OS are expected to hit the market late this year.

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US iD8 Publishing Services opts for NVivo 8 software to sort and analyse peer reviews and competitive information - 19 Apr 2010

Research software developer QSR International, US, has announced that publishing company iD8 Publishing Services, Inc., US, has opted for the NVivo 8 to speed up the process for classifying, sorting and analysing peer reviews and competitive information. iD8 Publishing Services specialises in scientific, health and medical publishing.

Developed by QSR International, NVivo 8 allows publishers to explore and analyse qualitative information in a range of formats, including documents, video and audio recordings. It helps publishers to carry out in-depth analysis on large volumes of data, removing the manual tasks associated with analysis, such as classifying, sorting and arranging information.

Utilising the NVivo 8’s coding, query and mapping functions, iD8 has developed an online service for clients, providing them with customised, targeted reports that give authors better editorial guidance and competitive insight. iD8 has already used the service for one of its largest clients, Pearson Education. The service is believed to be the only one of its kind in the publishing industry.

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US Israel bans Apple's iPad over Wi-Fi concerns‎ - 19 Apr 2010

Israel recently announced a new regulation which bans imports of the iPad, Apple Inc.'s latest product, citing concerns that the gadget's wireless signals could disrupt other devices. Customs officials have recently confiscated about 10 of the lightweight tablet computers. The ban does not allow anyone, including tourists, to carry iPads into Israel unless certified by officials that they comply with local transmitter standards.

The US Federal Communications Commission allows devices with Wi-Fi capability to broadcast at higher power levels than are allowed in Europe and Israel. According to Nati Schubert, a senior deputy director for the Communications Ministry, the iPad's stronger signal could throw off others' wireless connections. Some Israelis however successfully got the popular devices into Israel before the ban was imposed. Amnon, a software developer who legally brought an iPad into Israel, said that he and other high-tech businessmen need the iPad to develop new applications for the device.

The iPad combines the features of a notebook computer with the touch-pad functions of the iPod. The product went on sale in the US on April 3, 2010. iPad's international launch has been delayed until May 10, citing heavy sales in the US.

Israeli officials have said that the ban is simply a precaution to assure that the iPad doesn't affect wireless devices already in use in the country. Though Israeli standards are similar to those in many European nations, Israel is the only country so far to officially ban imports.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 19 Apr 2010

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Liz Wager (Should editors punish misbehaving authors?); Mark O'Loughlin (Should editors punish misbehaving authors?); Martin Fenner (Editorial Peer Reviewers' Recommendations at a General Medical Journal: Are They Reliable and Do Editors Care?); Kent Anderson (One Report, Two Findings: Library Roles Changing, Open Access Not Compelling); and David Crotty (Traffic Isn’t Revenue: Twitter and Ning Reach Different Crossroads). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here

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US Latest issue of Clinics in Perinatology covers quality improvement in Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine - 19 Apr 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that the March 2010 issue of the journal Clinics in Perinatology provides Neonatologists and Maternal-Fetal-Medicine specialists with the tools and concepts necessary to understand Quality Improvement (QI) methodology and to initiate QI projects within their own practices and neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). This issue comes at an important time for physicians when participation in quality initiatives is being recognised as a core of their medical career.

Guest Editors Dr. Alan R. Spitzer and Dr. Dan L. Ellsbury have invited some of the world’s foremost QI leaders to share their expertise on a variety of topics addressing the tools and specific applications of Quality Improvement methodology in Neonatal-Perinatal practice. The issue includes articles on topics such as ‘Crossing the Quality Chasm’ in neonatal and perinatal care; QI methodologies and measurement; human factors related to QI; using evidence-based medicine; the role of data collection; tools for ‘Meaningful Use’; quality-assurance procedures; pay for performance; and collaboration between obstetricians and neonatologists. Various QI programmes and resources offered by Pediatrix Medical Group, the Vermont Oxford Network, and the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative are also reviewed. Specific applications of QI practices are covered in articles addressing the improvement of outcomes and delivery room interventions, comprehensive oxygen management for the prevention of retinopathy of prematurity (COMP-ROP), the use of human milk, decreasing central line associated infections, and improving chronic lung disease.

Published quarterly by Elsevier, each issue of Clinics in Perinatology focuses on a single topic relevant to practice. Comprehensive, state-of-the-art reviews by experts in the field provide current, practical information on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the mother, fetus, and neonate.

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UK New Emerald books and book series at London Book Fair 2010 - 19 Apr 2010

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced that it will be exhibiting at the London Book Fair, Earls Court, London, from April 19-21. Delegates are invited to discover its new books and books series volumes in Business Management and Social Sciences at Stand K615.

In total, over 100 front list titles will be added to the existing book and book series portfolio throughout 2010. Key book titles published this year include In Search of Knowledge Management: Pursuing Primary Principles; Understanding Emerging Epidemics: Social and Political Approaches; International Handbook of Psychology in Education (due for publication 26 June); and Handbook of Survey Research: 2nd Edition.

Key book series include Advances in Librarianship; Advances in International Management; Advances in Global Leadership; and Advances in International Marketing. Two eBook Series collections are available for subscription, one focusing on Business, Management and Economics, the other specialising in Social Sciences and including research in sociology, political science, education, transport and linguistics.

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US Public access lobbyists seeking support for passage of US bill - 19 Apr 2010

US Congress Representatives Doyle, Waxman, Wasserman-Schultz, Harper, Boucher and Rohrabacher recently introduced the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA). The bill is expected to ensure free, timely, online access to the published results of research funded by 11 US federal agencies.

All supporters of public access – universities and colleges, researchers, libraries, campus administrators, patient advocates, publishers, consumers, individuals, and others – are being asked to take steps to support the bill.

Before both the House of Representatives and the Senate, FRPAA would require those agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with online access to research manuscripts stemming from such funding no later than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The bill gives individual agencies flexibility in choosing the location of the digital repository to house this content, as long as the repositories meet conditions for interoperability and public accessibility. It also has provisions for long-term archiving.

The bill specifically covers unclassified research funded by agencies including Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation.

FRPAA is observed to reflect the growing trend among funding agencies – and college and university campuses – to leverage their investment in the conduct of research by maximising the dissemination of results. It is seen to follow the successful path forged by the NIH’s Public Access Policy, as well as by private funders like the Wellcome Trust and campuses such as Harvard, MIT and the University of Kansas. The bill is also projected to reflect the Administration’s recent expression of interest in the potential implementation of public access policies across US science and technology agencies – as indicated by the call for public comment issued by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, which closed in January.

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US Quark joins RIXML consortium as associate member - 19 Apr 2010

Publishing software provider Quark, US, has announced that it has become an associate member of RIXML.org, a consortium of buy-side, sell-side, and vendor firms committed to the development and implementation of the first open standard for investment research. Quark offers Quark XML Author, an XML authoring tool that allows anyone to create XML content directly in Microsoft Word. Quark XML Author can be configured for RIXML so that research analysts and other non-technical professionals in the financial services industry can create RIXML content easily, without having an understanding of XML coding.

As an associate member, Quark brings more than a decade of experience in XML authoring, including extending the usability of XML and advancing XML standards. Quark will help advance the RIXML specification through direct participation in RIXML workgroups to discuss trends, solve issues, and develop future releases of the standard.

Quark is also hosting a free and exclusive eSeminar for the investment research community. The event ‘Publish Investment Content Dynamically for Competitive Differentiation’ is scheduled for April 27, 2010. An expert panel of practitioners and technology partners will discuss how XML-based dynamic publishing can drive competitive differentiation for financial firms in 2010.

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US Reed Business Information concludes the divestment of US controlled circulation magazines - 19 Apr 2010

Publisher Reed Elsevier has announced that it has concluded divestment of US controlled circulation magazine titles.

In July 2009, Reed Elsevier announced that the RBI-US controlled circulation magazines and certain other print titles, representing about 45 percent of the revenues of RBI-US, were to be divested. Since then, several titles, representing approximately two thirds of the revenues of the portfolio to be divested, have been sold in seven separate transactions.

NewBay Media LLC acquired Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and This Week in Consumer Electronics (TWICE) in November 2009. Canon Communications acquired Electronic Design News (EDN), Design News, Test & Measurement World and Packaging Digest in February 2010. In the same month, Media Source Inc. acquired Library Journal, School Library Journal and Library Hotline. In March 2010, Sandow Media acquired Interior Design, Furniture Today, Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Home Textiles Today, Casual Living, Home Accents Today, Kids Today and Playthings. Later that month, two management buyouts took place for Tracom and In-Stat. Further, earlier this month Publishers Weekly was acquired by former PW publisher George Slowik, JR. and Partners. To conclude the divestment process, the publishing operations of the remaining RBI-US controlled circulation titles are to be closed.

Variety, Marketcast and 411 Publishing, the RCD (Reed Construction Data) businesses and the Buyerzone lead generation business were not part of the divestment process and are retained. Jewelers’ Circular Keystone (JCK) has been transferred to Reed Exhibitions which runs the JCK Jewelry event and DM2 has been merged with Mardev in the UK to form a global list management operation.

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UK STM challenges JISC over validity of open access advocacy - 19 Apr 2010

The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM), the Publishers Association (PA) and the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) have expressed concern about the validity of open access (OA) claims made by recent advocacy deriving from the UK Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). The organisations believe this seriously understates the contribution of the publishing industry to UK research and makes misleading and incorrect claims about the potential cost benefits of OA.

The report in question is based on work commissioned by JISC from Australian economist John Houghton. STM, PA and ALPSP have jointly addressed a letter to JISC Executive Secretary Dr. Malcolm Read, restating their concerns about Houghton's work and its derivatives, and the way in which this is being used as the basis for claims to UK higher education institutions. The letter proposed a meeting between JISC and representatives of the publishing industry. According to the organisations, response from JISC ignored their concerns but has agreed to a meeting.

In preparation for the meeting, the associations sent JISC a further letter and a presentation to explain the disparity between JISC perceptions and the reality of scholarly journal publishing as an energetic, innovative industry. The industry is said to be greatly valued by researchers, and to have contributed significantly to efficiency and productivity gains for academic research in the UK and around the world. However, JISC continues to contest this reality.

STM, the PA and ALPSP have stated plans to continue to work together to correct misleading information about the industry. The organisations welcome any comments from members or other interested stakeholders.

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US American Chemical Society unveils Molecule of the Week mobile application for iTunes - 16 Apr 2010

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has launched a Molecule of the Week (MOTW) mobile application for iTunes. MOTW is one of the most popular destinations on the ACS website. The new application can be downloaded from www.acs.org/motwapp.

Many molecules are suggested by chemists and chemistry enthusiasts. Every structure is reviewed by a scientist and displayed in 3-D and flat images with a brief description. Each week, the MOTW presents a different molecule, with a description, image of the molecular structure, links to records from the Chemical Abstracts (CAS) Registry, and other information. Each record displays the registry number, index name and synonyms, bibliographic information, and more.

The new app automatically delivers these features to the convenience of an iPhone, iPod Touch, and the just-released iPad.

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US Credo General Reference collection now includes Princeton University Press titles - 16 Apr 2010

Online reference services provider Credo Reference, US, has signed an agreement to integrate five Princeton University Press titles into the Credo General Reference collection.

One of the leading American university presses, Princeton University Press publishes about 250 innovative books written by the greatest minds in academia each year, in a wide variety of disciplines. With this new agreement, Credo users will now gain full access to reference works such as The Princeton Companion to Mathematics (CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles, 2009), The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book, 1993), The Princeton Encyclopedia of the World Economy, The Handbook of Economic Sociology and The Princeton Guide to Ecology.

Credo Reference has been offering completely customisable reference collections for libraries since 2002. Credo’s General Reference services seek to combine content from multiple publishers with a cross-referencing technology. Publisher Collections are expected to allow libraries to augment their collection with specific, deep reference content from highly-regarded publishers.

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UK Critical Care to offer free access to 10 review articles - 16 Apr 2010

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that the latest issue of the journal Critical Care features 10 free review articles co-published as part of a joint effort with the Springer Yearbook of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine. The articles were selected by Editor-in-Chief Prof. Jean-Louis Vincent for their relevance to health care professionals and researchers working in the area of intensive care medicine.

Contributions include a paper by Julia Wendon and colleagues, King’s College Hospital, UK, on renal dysfunction in liver disease; the prevention of infections caused by catheters written by Olivier Mimoz’s group, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, France, and venous oxygen as a physiological transfusion trigger by Editorial Board member Benoit Vallet et al, University Hospital of Lille, France.

The Yearbook compiles the most recent developments in experimental and clinical research and practice in one comprehensive reference book. Review articles published in Critical Care normally require a subscription to read. In order to access reviews, commentaries and other commissioned content, non-subscribers to can register for a free 30-day trial.

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India Dear Subscriber - 16 Apr 2010

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Netherland Elsevier journal to host International Immunopharmacology Conference to mark 10 years of publication - 16 Apr 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, is marking the 10th anniversary of publication of its journal International Immunopharmacology by organising an International Immunopharmacology Conference on Regulatory Myeloid Cells. The conference is scheduled for October 21-24, 2010 in Arlington, near Washington DC.

Since its inception in 2001 International Immunopharmacology has been a primary vehicle for the publication of peer-reviewed original research papers and review articles pertinent to the overlapping areas of immunology, pharmacology, cytokine biology, immunotherapy, immunopathology and immunotoxicology. Under the guidance of the Editor in Chief, James Talmadge of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, the journal has developed into an internationally respected, high quality platform for researchers and clinicians interested in examining how the immune system interacts with pharmacologically active agents.

The conference is expected to bring together scientists and clinicians from the diverse fields in which myeloid cells have a critical role, to engender productive discussions, novel hypotheses and foster new collaborations, all of which are critical to the development of this exciting new field. The Organizing Committee has reportedly developed a strong programme with speakers covering many of the more exciting research areas developing in this important field. The programme of the conference is now available online at www.immunopharmacology.elsevier.com.

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US Federal Research Public Access Act introduced in US House of Representatives - 16 Apr 2010

The Federal Research Public Access Act of 2010 (FRPAA) has reportedly been introduced in the US House of Representatives by Rep. Mike Doyle and other co-sponsors. The proposed bill seeks to build on the purported success of the first US mandate for public access to the published results of publicly funded research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Once passed, the bill would require federal agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with online access to research manuscripts stemming from funded research no later than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The introduction of the bill – HR 5037 - is seen to fuel a growing momentum toward openness, transparency and accessibility to publicly funded information.

Like the Senate bill introduced in 2009, HR 5037 is expected to unlock unclassified research funded by agencies including: Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation.

HR 5037 follows closely on the heels of a recent expression of interest in public access policies from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The OSTP issued a request for public comment on mechanisms that would leverage federal investments in scientific research and increase access to information that promises to stimulate scientific and technological innovation and competitiveness.

The introduction of HR 5037 has reportedly been welcomed by representatives of the higher education community. The Alliance for Taxpayer Access has called on organisations and individuals to write in support of the bill through the website at http://www.taxpayeraccess.org.

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US Nucleus Medical Media launches new enhanced version of SMART Imagebase - 16 Apr 2010

Nucleus Medical Media, a US-based business that creates and licenses medical illustrations and animations, has launched a new version of Scientific and Medical ART Imagebase (SMART Imagebase), a subscription-based website available from EBSCO Publishing. In addition to medical illustrations and medical animations, SMART Imagebase also includes illustrated monographs and interactive projects.

SMART Imagebase is used in schools and colleges worldwide and lets users download more than 20,000 images and animations of anatomy, physiology, disease, conditions, surgery and trauma to use for educational, non-commercial purposes such as classroom projects, web-based course curricula and professional training. For the latest version of SMART Imagebase, Nucleus has added more than 2,000 new content items, along with additional features to help users find, download, share and edit content faster than ever.

SMART Imagebase enhancements include more than 20,000 medical illustrations; 400 medical animations; 250 monographs and interactives; 71 searchable categories; 14 different languages; larger image previews, user comments and collaborative linking; and dynamic image editing tools. Users will notice a new look to the interface and faster performance from the upgraded resource. Pop-down search menus, larger image previews, and a more user-friendly design along with enhancements designed to improve search and display speed is expected to make the resource even easier to use.

Nucleus has also made ‘under the hood’ upgrades that improve the overall performance over the original version. Additional upgrades include better navigation and search -expanded content categories and tag-based search terms. Additional languages, along with a faster search engine, will allow users to access SMART Imagebase content more efficiently. Users may also create collections of content to share with others, comment on content items, and create links to collections, images and third party content.

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US Rider Research report examines impact of iPad on digital media industry - 16 Apr 2010

Rider Research, US, has released a new 19-page research paper that seeks to analyse how the iPad alters the media and publishing industries. According to the report, the iPad is causing the entertainment, publishing and information industries to undergo a radical paradigm shift in their methods of delivering entertainment and information to consumers.

Apple reportedly sold over 300,000 pieces the first day the iPad went on sale in the US. Also, over one million iPad apps were downloaded that day. With the iPad, Apple is said to have created a leisure media device that consumers can use for a wide range of purposes at home - for reading books, playing movies and music or as an instruction manual for home repairs or cooking.

According to Geoff Whiting, who prepared the report, studios, TV networks and magazine/newspaper publishers are no longer limited to immobile TV sets, mobile phones with tiny screens or PCs that place entertainment in a secondary role. Instead, the major TV networks, online video services, newspapers, magazines and book publishers will use the iPad as a hybrid TV/PC. The device is wi-fi and soon its 3G cellular network connections will enable consumers to bypass set-top boxes, media players and the accompanying wires, it is expected. The 3G version does not require the user to have a broadband connection, a modem, a router or a PC.

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UK Semantico technology enables partnership between OUP and BBC - 16 Apr 2010

Online publishing services provider Semantico Ltd., UK, has announced that academic and reference books publisher Oxford University Press (OUP) will make The BBC College of Journalism website available to an international audience using technology from Semantico.

This project, powered by the Semantico Access Management System (SAMS) Gatekeeper technology, will enable Oxford University Press to sell subscriptions to the BBC College of Journalism site to a worldwide audience.

SAMS Gatekeeper will be embedded within the existing website to provide integration with the Semantico Access Management System that manages all access management needs for Oxford University Press. The Gatekeeper technology acts as a proxy between end users and the product site, bringing existing products under the control of SAMS so they can begin earning revenue.

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US Wiley, Reaction Explorer partnership to offer interactive organic chemistry learning system with textbooks - 16 Apr 2010

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced a partnership with Reaction Explorer to bring new capabilities to the online organic chemistry market.

Students can access Reaction Explorer through WileyPLUS, an online teaching and learning solution for organic chemistry. Reaction Explorer is projected to help students achieve a higher level of understanding of the intricacies of organic chemistry reactions, syntheses and mechanisms.

Reaction Explorer was initially developed at the University of California, Irvine, in the laboratory of Professor Pierre Baldi, and has been used there for over 3 years to teach undergraduate organic chemistry. It uses expert system technology to predict the results of arbitrary organic chemistry reactions. This unique ability allows students to explore the results of novel reactions, regardless of whether they were anticipated by the developers.

The Reaction Explorer system has two primary modules, focusing on the most challenging and important problem-solving skills students learn in organic chemistry. Synthesis Explorer allows students to interactively learn and work through multi-step retrosynthesis problems, while Mechanism Explorer challenges a student’s ability to propose and sketch reasonable organic reaction mechanisms.

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US AT&T to build broadband telemedicine system for California healthcare initiative - 15 Apr 2010

A telehealth consortium led by the University of California Office of the President and the UC Davis Health System has selected AT&T to build a secure, medical-grade telecommunications system as part of the California Telehealth Network (CTN). The consortium has been formed to create CTN as a statewide broadband system for healthcare. The project seeks to connect hundreds of healthcare providers throughout the state, making it one of the largest networks dedicated to healthcare in the nation.

AT&T's tasks for the project include establishing new, or upgrading existing, telemedicine connections, especially in rural communities throughout the state. The $30 million project will increase bandwidth capacity for telecommunications so that clinics, hospitals or other provider sites will have direct, peer-to-peer connectivity to all network members, plus connections to a range of external networks and services.

Led by the UC system, CTN is a partnership of organisations throughout the state established in 2007 as part of a $22 million pilot project from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Acceptance of the FCC award required a commitment of matching funds, which was provided by the California Emerging Technology Fund and the California Teleconnect Fund (operated by the California Public Utilities Commission). The CTN was created to improve healthcare access for rural and medically underserved areas of the state and provide a new resource for distance learning, emergency services and disaster preparedness.

Plans call for the new network to be a peer-to-peer system, enabling each member to have reliable, high-quality connections with public and nonprofit healthcare providers located in both rural and urban locations. Communities will benefit through improved access to clinical expertise in specialties ranging from oncology and radiology to infectious disease and psychiatry.

The network will also provide opportunities for continuing education and distance learning for health professionals, along with access to clinical research and the possibility of access to commercially hosted electronic health records systems.

Although CTN’s emphasis is on rural connectivity, its long-range goal is to establish a statewide telehealth system that links a majority of the state's healthcare facilities, including those in urban areas. The network team plans to train and support participants in the use of telemedicine equipment and assist them in establishing working relationships with medical specialists and other health providers.

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US BookMyne application opens multi-language SirsiDynix library catalogues - 15 Apr 2010

Library technology solutions provider SirsiDynix, US, has announced that BookMyne, a comprehensive iPhone application, now supports library catalogues in Spanish, French and German. The application, which allows users to search library catalogues and place holds on materials, claims to be the first industry-wide application available for Spanish, French and German language libraries.

Through BookMyne, library users can find participating libraries around the world, search library catalogues, place holds, and renew materials they have checked out. Libraries can customise their presence on the global directory in a number of ways. BookMyne 1.2 includes expanded language support, as well as options for users to be reminded of material due dates.

More than 300 libraries now offer their catalogue on the BookMyne directory, with more libraries joining daily. The application is made possible through Symphony Web Services, which libraries can download through the SirsiDynix Customer Care Portal. Library users can download the BookMyne application through the Apple Store at no cost.

Over 600 libraries in Canada, Latin America, Spain, France and Germany use SirsiDynix technology to connect users with their catalogues in Spanish, French and German languages. The company expects to offer the application to Horizon users later this year with the release of Web Services for Horizon.

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India Dear Subscriber - 15 Apr 2010

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UK Emerald and IFLA sign partnership agreement - 15 Apr 2010

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited, UK, and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) have signed a partnership agreement to formalise their relationship.

The ‘special partnership’ was first announced at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Milan, August 2009. This was cemented with the signing of a formal agreement between the two organisations. The agreement will provide the IFLA community with substantially more publishing opportunities. The opportunity to be published by Emerald will be available, not only for research produced by the various IFLA Sections, but also for papers presented at the general IFLA Congress and satellite events. Emerald articles arising as a result of IFLA activities will be made available in open access, nine months after publication with Emerald.

Emerald has been an IFLA Gold Corporate Partner since 1998. During this period of more than a decade, Emerald has strengthened its involvement in IFLA’s activities, which culminated in the continuing sponsorship of the IFLA International Marketing Award run by IFLA’s Management and Marketing Section, as well as Emerald’s continuing support of IFLA library initiatives and activities in Africa.

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US Mesquite Surgery Center selects WK Health’s ProVation Medical Software for procedure documentation and coding - 15 Apr 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Mesquite Surgery Center has selected its ProVation MD software for procedure documentation and coding for gastroenterology. The Center has also opted for ProVation EHR electronic health record and patient charting solution.

ProVation EHR is an electronic health record designed for busy, cost-conscious Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs). It offers robust electronic documentation and document imaging for all elements of the patient encounter - from past records to procedure documentation to follow-up care. With ProVation EHR, ASCs have affordable access to a single, patient-centric documentation system that eliminates printing and chart storage costs and streamlines workflow.

ProVation MD, available for the full range of ASC specialties, replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. ProVation software produces complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes that result in greater efficiency, increased profitability and clinician satisfaction.

The Mesquite Surgery Center will utilise the ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedures in their facility, and ProVation EHR to eliminate paper and chart costs and streamline workflow and patient charting.

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US Symyx integrates Isentris functionality with SharePoint to help scientists explore and share information more efficiently - 15 Apr 2010

Information management systems provider Symyx Technologies, Inc., US, has announced the release of Symyx Isentris for SharePoint, a collection of Microsoft SharePoint Web parts that seek to improve project team knowledge sharing and collaboration in an information-driven R&D environment. Integrating Symyx Isentris search/browse and data analysis tools with the SharePoint platform gives scientists access to real-time project information and critical decision-support capabilities within the context of a well- known enterprise collaboration portal.

In a recent Symyx survey of scientists currently using Symyx software, 45 percent of survey respondents stated that they also used the Microsoft SharePoint platform, making Isentris for SharePoint a useful complement to their existing research environment.

Scientists can view and share their latest project information in the SharePoint portal. When deeper analysis is needed, they can download files from SharePoint to the Isentris client to access advanced Isentris query/browse, analysis, and reporting capabilities. Scientists can then quickly and easily post their analysis back to SharePoint where team members have instant access to useful new information and insights including successful search strategies, experimental results, reports, lists and forms.

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US Traditional US book production sees flat growth in 2009, says Bowker report - 15 Apr 2010

Bibliographic information provider Bowker, US, a business unit of ProQuest, has released statistics on US book publishing for 2009, compiled from its Books In Print database. Based on preliminary figures from publishers in the nation, Bowker is projecting that traditional US title output in 2009 was virtually unchanged. Output of new titles and editions dropped less than half a percent, from 289,729 in 2008 to an estimated 288,355 in 2009.

In contrast, 2009 was another significant year of growth in terms of the number of ‘non-traditional’ books. These books, marketed almost exclusively on the web, are largely on-demand titles produced by reprint houses specialising in public domain works and by presses catering to self-publishers and ‘micro-niche’ publications. Bowker projects that 764,448 titles were produced that fall outside its traditional publishing and classification definitions. This number is a 181 percent increase over 2008 - which doubled 2007’s output – driving total book production over 1,000,000 units for the first time.

Changes in major publishing categories indicate that publishers expected the sluggish economy to continue its impact on consumer spending. Categories that grew tended to be in areas that could contribute to workplace knowledge and budgeting.

In 2008, the production of print-on-demand books surpassed traditional book publishing for the first time and since then its growth has been substantial, according to Bowker. With an output twice more than that of traditional titles, the print-on-demand market is currently dominated by a handful of publishers. In fact, the top 10 publishers overall accounted for a 74 percent of total titles produced in 2009.

Numbers are gathered as a result of Bowker’s maintenance of the industry’s bibliographic database, Books In Print, and reported through PubTrack Production Trends Analysis. Books In Print is claimed to be the only bibliographic database with more than 9 million US book, audiobook and video titles. Audiobooks and E-books are excluded. If changes in industry estimates occur, they will be reflected in a later published report.

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US Two IEEE Computer Society titles move to new publishing model - 15 Apr 2010

The IEEE Computer Society, an organisation of computing professionals, has announced that two of its journals will transition to a new publishing model. The journals - IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG) and IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC) - will adopt the new OnlinePLUS+ publication model, beginning with the 2011 issues.

TVCG, which will become a monthly journal in 2011, publishes research on subjects related to computer graphics and visualisation techniques, systems, software, hardware and user interface issues. TDSC, which will now become a bimonthly journal, publishes archival research results focusing on foundations, methodologies, and mechanisms that support the achievement of systems and networks that are dependable and secure to the desired degree without compromising performance.

The OnlinePLUS+ publication model will give subscribers three ways to receive journal content for a lower price than traditional print - Online Access, interactive disk and a book of article abstracts. The new model is expected to speed up publication of research, and access to that research.

In addition to containing the papers in their entirety, the interactive disk will contain supplemental materials that are usually only posted online in the Computer Society Digital Library (CSDL). This will make it possible to view the papers without accessing the Internet. Providing an additional venue for supplemental materials could encourage authors to submit multimedia files more often, leading to a richer content for research. The disk will also allow readers the flexibility of viewing content without needing to be online, a benefit for those readers with limited Internet access.

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US 2010 EBSCO/MLA Annual Meeting grant winners announced - 14 Apr 2010

The Medical Library Association (MLA) has awarded grants sponsored by EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) to four librarians to assist with travel and conference-related expenses to attend the MLA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., May 21-26, 2010. The four $1000 awards are presented annually to librarians who are early in their careers and currently employed in a health sciences library.

The MLA annual meeting provides an opportunity for health sciences librarians to present and discuss papers, posters, applied research, and important issues related to health sciences information management. The four winners will be recognised at the Awards Ceremony and Luncheon during the conference on May 24, 2010.

In order to be considered for the award, applicants must be currently employed in a health sciences library and have 2-5 years experience. Each candidate had to complete an application form and write a short essay answering the question ‘What do you expect to gain professionally and/or personally by attending the MLA annual meeting?’ Applicants were judged by a jury under the auspices of the MLA Grants and Scholarships Committee.

The EBSCO/MLA Annual Meeting Grants are awarded annually to librarians who might not otherwise be able to attend MLA without assistance for conference expenses. The deadline for applications for the 2011 MLA conference is Dec. 1, 2010. Information about the grant and application process for EBSCO/MLA Annual Meeting Grants can be located at the MLA website at http://mlanet.org/awards/grants.

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US ebrary launches Government Complete with DASH! - 14 Apr 2010

Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced the availability of the first e-book collection for government agencies, institutes, and centers.

With more than 47,000 e-books and other titles from over 425 leading publishers including AMACOM, McGraw-Hill, MIT Press, Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis and Wiley, ebrary's Government Complete subscription database spans a vast range of topics relating to government functions. This includes Business & Economics, Computers & IT, Education, Engineering & Technology, Environmental Studies, Health Care & Medicine, Life & Physical Sciences, Military Science, Political Science, Social Sciences and more.

Additionally, agencies and other organisations that subscribe to Government Complete may use DASH! (Data Sharing, Fast) to upload existing PDF documents, or any information that can be converted into PDF, and transform them into a searchable, highly interactive database for internal use. Customers may also use ebrary's Software as a Service (SaaS) for external information distribution and other capabilities. All documents submitted through DASH! and SaaS integrate seamlessly with Government Complete and other ebrary collections.

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US Knovel unveils content and data analysis tools package, Oil and Gas Essentials - 14 Apr 2010

Knovel, a web-based application integrating technical information with analytical and search tools, has announced the immediate availability of Oil and Gas Essentials, a package of content and data analysis tools for oil and gas engineers. From super-majors and oilfield services firms through integrated independents, Knovel’s oil and gas customers are seen to face critical business challenges including optimal asset utilisation, maintaining safety, and implementing environmentally sustainable practices. It has been observed that engineers require access to relevant and reliable technical information to address these challenges with best practices and innovative solutions.

Leveraging historical data of most accessed content and 10 years of experience working with oil and gas companies, the new package has been established to enable organisations to jumpstart their use of Knovel. As a result, engineers can easily access content that many top firms in the industry frequently use to solve challenging technical problems.

Selected from the 23 total subject areas Knovel offers, Oil and Gas Essentials includes seven subject areas. It also offers a collection from AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS), the standard for guidance on process safety including avoiding ignition hazards, fire protection in processing facilities, incident investigation, and risk assessment.

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UK Publishers Licensing Society CEO steps down to take new position at Elsevier - 14 Apr 2010

The Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) has announced that Alicia Wise will be leaving PLS after 5 years as CEO. Her part-time secondment to The Publishers Association as its Head of Digital Publishing will also come to an end at that time. PLS is co-owned by the Association of Learning and Professional Society Publishing (ALPSP), the Publishers Association and the Periodical Publishers Association.

Alicia Wise will be joining STM publisher Elsevier in June to take up the newly created post of Director of Universal Access.

During her time as CEO, PLS has distributed £150 million in revenue to UK publishers, and the number of mandating publishers increased by 33 percent. The society has also steadily modernised all aspects of its operations and infrastructure, in particular PLSe - an innovative online repertoire and royalty account management system.

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US Thomson Reuters study examines research scenario in the African continent - 14 Apr 2010

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has released a study according to which South Africa is the outstanding research leader on the African continent. It has by far the greatest research output of any country, well ahead of Egypt in second place and Nigeria in third.

The study, Global Research Report: Africa, found a relatively high representation of African research - as a share of world publications - in fields that are relevant to natural resources. South Africa's 1.55 percent share of research in Plant & Animal Science is the continent's biggest share in any field. This output surpasses Russia's 1.17 percent but is well behind China's 5.42 percent share in the same field.

The report notes that despite Nigeria's high-volume output, it is not producing as much research as would be expected given the size of its economy. Nigeria's global reach is marked by its research collaboration with China. It is also well-positioned to extend its links westward and partner with the emerging Brazilian research base.

According to the report, there is a marked interaction between researchers in the countries in North Africa which share both language and culture. The African continent's historical ties to France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK ensure a high level of external input and links to European research programmes. At the same time, new links to Saudi Arabia and Japan provide the opportunity for participation in emerging networks in those countries.

The study is part of the Global Research Report series from Thomson Reuters that illustrates the changing landscape and dynamics of scientific research around the world. These studies draw on data found in Web of Science, available on the Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge platform.

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UK Two BioMed Central journals merge to become single title - 14 Apr 2010

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that two of its biology journals, BMC Biology and Journal of Biology, have merged to become a single title. The combined journal, edited by Miranda Robertson, will be called BMC Biology.

The new BMC Biology will publish research and methodology articles of special importance and broad interest across all areas of biology and biomedical sciences. It will include high-profile commissioned content that to date has appeared only in the Journal of Biology.

The journal fusion is marked by a special collection of articles, which introduces a new feature - Video Q&A articles with prominent scientists - that provide a platform for leading researchers to express a personal perspective on a variety of scientific topics. The first Video Q&A features Martin Raff from University College London, who explains, as a grandfather and a neuroscientist, his interest in what goes wrong in autism, and how he thinks genomic and stem cell technology may lead to answers.

BMC Biology is already listed in Web of Science, tracked by ISI and ranked within the top 2 percent of all journals listed in Scopus (212 of 17,124). The journal has close to 50,000 registrants and research published in the journal regularly features in the scientific and mainstream press.

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US UBM Medica releases iPhone application for medical search engine SearchMedica - 14 Apr 2010

UBM Medica, part of United Business Media Plc, US, has launched an iPhone Application for SearchMedica, a search engine designed for medical professionals.

With the SearchMedica application, users can expect to access the most recent, relevant and authoritative information, approved by a board of specialist physicians, in any of 11 specialty channels. According to the company, users can also target searches to journal articles, evidence-based content, guidelines, trials or patient information and locate frequently searched topics with the Recent Searches option. Additionally, they can expect to quickly load content in a format designed specifically for the iPhone, and easily view search results with automatic rotation to landscape and portrait viewing.

SearchMedica.com indexes only authoritative medical information, approved for inclusion by medical editors and physician editorial board. Medical professionals are claimed to receive more relevant, smaller set of search results from SearchMedica than mainstream engines, which are said to contain consumer-oriented, paid testimonial and other types of unreliable information. Since SearchMedica is advertiser supported, medical professionals pay nothing to use the specialty search engine. The results are claimed to be independent and unbiased, containing well-known, credible journals, peer-reviewed research, and evidence-based articles written for practicing healthcare professionals. The SearchMedica iPhone app is available at http://www.searchmedica.com/tools/iphone.html.

The use of handheld devices such as the iPhone is seen to be booming among practice clinicians and medical students. Nearly two-thirds of physicians currently use smartphones and that number is projected to increase to 81 percent by 2012, according to a recent report by Manhattan Research (2010 ‘Future of Physician Media’). Additionally, 95 percent of physicians using smartphones download medical reference applications and access reference materials from their mobile devices more frequently than those using desktops or laptops (2010 Mobile & Social Media Study: Physicians' View of Emerging Technologies).

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US American libraries drawing more users but lesser funds, says ALA report - 13 Apr 2010

The American Library Association (ALA) has released the 2010 State of America’s Libraries report, which suggests that Americans have turned to their libraries in larger numbers in recent years.

Since the recession took hold in December 2007, the local library, a traditional source of free access to books, magazines, CDs and DVDs, has become a lifeline. It offers technology training and workshops on topics that ranged from résumé-writing to job-interview skills, says the report.

Further, the report seeks to show the value of libraries in helping Americans combat the recession. It includes data from a January 2010 Harris Interactive poll that is said to provide compelling evidence that a decade-long trend of increasing library use is continuing—and even accelerating during economic hard times. The national survey indicates that some 219 million Americans feel that the public library improves the quality of life in their community. More than 223 million Americans feel that because it provides free access to materials and resources. With more businesses and government agencies requiring applicants to apply on line, job-seeking resources are among the most critical and most in demand among the technology resources available in public libraries in the US.

However, the report also shows that increased library use did not lead to an increase in funding for libraries. Research by the ALA and the Center for Library and Information Innovation at the University of Maryland reportedly suggests a ‘perfect storm’ of growing community demand for library services and shrinking resources to meet that demand. While library use soars, a majority of states are reporting cuts in funding to public libraries and to the state library agencies that support them.

According to the 2010 State of America’s Libraries Report, Internet use continues to expand at public libraries. Ninety-six percent of Americans feel that school libraries are an essential part of the education experience, adds the report. The nation’s academic libraries are experiencing increased use, both physical and virtual. The report also says that America’s libraries continue their efforts to support minorities and other underserved or disadvantaged populations.

According to the report, librarians nationwide encountered new challenges as a range of individuals and groups sought to have books or other materials removed from public access, and as the federal government debated extending the life of intrusive legislation such as the USA Patriot Act. Library construction fared better in 2009 than many expected during the recession.

The full text of The State of America’s Libraries, 2010, is available at http://tinyurl.com/State2010.

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US Athens Regional Medical Center to implement WK Health’s ProVation Order Sets - 13 Apr 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Athens Regional Medical Center has selected ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support, to automate order set creation, deployment and maintenance. The 315-bed Athens Regional Medical Center is the cornerstone of Athens Regional Health Services, one of Northeast Georgia’s largest healthcare systems.

ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support, is an easily customisable order set authoring and management solution that provides flexible integration into clinical processes to streamline the delivery of standardised care for improved patient safety, outcomes, clinician performance and regulatory compliance. Built upon ProVation Medical’s clinician-designed technology platform, ProVation Order Sets offer automatic linking to the superior clinical decision support content of UpToDate, the resource of choice for more than 360,000 clinicians.

UpToDate covers more than 8,300 topics in 16 medical specialties and includes over 97,000 pages of text and graphics, as well as links to Medline abstracts, more than 385,000 references and a drug database. Content is continuously reviewed and updated by physician editors and authors.

In addition to integrated links to UpToDate and other trusted sources of medical evidence, ProVation Order Sets offer the flexibility to link additional clinical resources based upon client needs and preferences. Further, to help facilities achieve the highest possible degree of automation, ProVation Order Sets feature vendor-neutral mapping and export capabilities that allow for flexible integration into any facility or vendor EMR or CPOE system.

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US Cambridge University Press in alliance to develop tools for digital content in education - 13 Apr 2010

Cambridge University Press (CUP), Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs and Abilene Christian University have announced a joint research project to develop tools to deliver educational content via mobile devices. The three organisations have been analysing what it means to read, write and publish in the learning space in the digital age. The three-year research project extends collaboration that has been underway for almost a full year as all sides worked to understand the impact of new technologies. Just as the advent of printing transformed education, the new generation of digital devices and the access they enable are also projected to be transformative.

The new tools will be based on a core set of software prototypes the three parties are developing. They plan to stimulate insight by presenting users with a diverse range of content – images, text, audio and video – all on the same device, engaging users with serendipitous access to information. These tools will support a level of personalisation and customisation deemed necessary for effective learning.

In developing the programme, the three parties expect to play complementary roles. Bell Labs will conduct technical research and develop the prototypes while CUP will provide content, detail service requirements and validate integration. Abilene Christian University will evaluate user requirements, conduct technical experiments and validate usage patterns and results with a base of on-campus users.

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India Dear Subscriber - 13 Apr 2010

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UK Journal of Asia Business Studies joins Emerald’s management research portfolio - 13 Apr 2010

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited, UK, has announced the addition of the University of San Francisco journal, Journal of Asia Business Studies, to its management research list. University of San Francisco professors, Roger (Rongxin) Chen and Nicholas S. P. Tay, are the co-editors-in-chief of the journal.

The Journal of Asia Business Studies aims to cover the pressing issues facing both companies working cross-culturally in Asia and Asian companies dealing with challenging Western markets. The journal’s editorial board includes prominent and distinguished scholars and experts from top business schools in the US and around the world.

Emerald’s first issue will be Vol. 4:2 (May 2010). The journal can be purchased as a single subscription or as part of either the Emerald Management Plus database or the Emerald International Business Subject Collections. Both databases also include the back archive of previously published issues.

Journal of Asia Business Studies welcomes papers in all the major business disciplines. This includes accounting, e-commerce entrepreneurship, ethics, finance, international business, marketing, management and strategy. Content is published in English and articles are subject to a double-blind peer review process.

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UK Nature Communications publishes first articles - 13 Apr 2010

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, has announced that its recently launched journal Nature Communications has published its first articles. This multidisciplinary, online-only journal is available at www.nature.com/naturecommunications.

The first articles showcase Nature Communications' functionality including a figure preview in article abstracts and an archive browsable by subject, date or article type. Eleven papers are currently online, with more scheduled for publication in the coming weeks. Published research comes from fields across the natural sciences including evolutionary biology, materials science, nanotechnology, genetics and cancer research.

Nature Communications authors can opt to make their published article open access, through payment of an article processing charge (APC). Four of the eleven papers published are open access (36%), and are published under Creative Commons licenses. These papers will be freely accessible in perpetuity.

As part of Nature Communications' launch, all of the journal's content will be freely available until September 30, 2010, after which time, subscribed content will be put behind a paywall. Site license access, pay-per-view, and memberships options are all available. Regardless of which option authors choose, publication in Nature Communications will enable authors to comply with funder mandates for public access.

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US North Carolina universities opt for Collexis and Scopus to create expert community - 13 Apr 2010

Semantic technology and knowledge discovery software developer Collexis Holdings, Inc., US, has announced an agreement with the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University. The deal seeks to link research faculty from the universities utilising data from Elsevier’s Scopus database and the RAMSeS software environment developed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Phase I of the project will include creating research profiles for over 5,000 faculty researchers from both institutions, while phase II will add the remaining 15 North Carolina institutions and their 10,000 faculty researchers. Once implemented it is projected to be the largest statewide research community of its kind. The web community created will have fully populated information on publications grant data and citations from over 15,000 researchers across all research disciplines.

The North Carolina community project, launched in February 2010, is expected to complete the first major milestone in mid-summer for the Beta release to the North Carolina faculty.

By tying in its repository with Scopus’ data and then overlaying it with Collexis’ semantic technology, the University of North Carolina expects to offer its scientists a better way to identify, monitor and leverage relevant research being conducted at the institution. This is projected to result in greater collaboration within and across disciplines.

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US Science education expert Page Keeley joins McGraw-Hill Education editorial team - 13 Apr 2010

Education materials publisher McGraw-Hill Education’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Learning Solutions Center has announced that Page Keeley, senior program director at the Maine Mathematics and Science Association, will be joining as a contributing author for K-12 science.

An active member of the science education community for over 25 years, Keeley brings a wealth of knowledge in K-12 and higher education. Her experience in developing effective assessment strategies, including formative assessment probes that uncover students' ideas and ways of reasoning about common science topics, can serve as an effective tool to help teachers build a bridge between students' initial ideas and scientific ones.

Keeley, the retiring president of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), is well known for her leadership and dedication to quality science instruction and learning. Since 1996, she has been employed at the Maine Mathematics and Science Association, focusing on programme design, leadership, professional development, and development of publications that link state and national standards to research on learning.

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US Wiley launches Chinese language website - Wileychina.com - 13 Apr 2010

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has launched its Chinese language website at http://www.wileychina.com. Wileychina.com is expected to raise the publisher’s profile in China through greater and more meaningful engagement with the community there.

Wileychina.com will feature general information about Wiley’s presence in China as well as specific details about core content of particular interest to the Chinese community. The site comprises tailored sections for librarians, authors, societies and industry partners. In addition, it also includes hyperlinks and cross references to wiley.com, Wiley InterScience and the Press Room where all local news and events will be highlighted.

Wileychina.com will direct Chinese users to specific content relevant to them including Wiley’s other Chinese-language website - Materialsviewschina.com, as well as tutorials and user guides, product presentations and catalogues and contact details for company representatives.

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Netherland Accucoms reports increase in demand in first quarter - 12 Apr 2010

Accucoms, a Netherlands-based provider of sales and marketing services to scholarly and society publishers, has announced that it closed the first quarter of 2010 with an increase in demand for its marketing and sales services. The announcement was made at the ongoing UKSG 33rd Annual Conference and Exhibition.

Since the start of the year, Accucoms has commenced new initiatives with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the American Institute of Physics, ADIS, the Radiological Society of North America, the American Nuclear Society, the Canadian Medical Association, Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group, the Geological Society of America, and the American Medical Association. The American Medical Association (AMA), an existing client of Accucoms' telemarketing and Latin American sales representation services, has recently elected to expand the scope of its engagement with Accucoms to include European representation.

According to Accucoms representatives, there are opportunities for publishers despite the challenging economic climate. Institutions are turning to consortia licensing as a way to reduce costs, and this can create opportunities for publishers that have been historically underexposed in the market, they have stated. It can also create opportunities for well-established publishers who are willing to be flexible. While there have been cuts, acquisition budgets have proven more resilient in Europe than in the US.

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US EE Times Group offers targeted content and exhibits to ARM silicon partners and ARM developers - 12 Apr 2010

EE Times Group, part of United Business Media, has announced the content areas to be delivered at the ARM Technology Conference. The conference provides hands-on tutorials and presentations on the latest trends, design strategies, tools, and in-depth knowledge about achieving the highest level of market differentiation in ARM technology-based products.

The technical conference will be divided into two distinct elements. The ARM Technology Conference will offer targeted content and exhibits to both ARM silicon partners and ARM-based system developers. The annual conference is scheduled to take place November 9-11, 2010 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

Day One will focus on the needs of ARM silicon partners, as the topics will revolve around ARM-based chip design and the software tools that enable such design. Days two and three of the conference will be geared towards systems designers and developers, those interested in building ARM-based modules, boards, and systems. The conference will cover all of the hardware, software, tools, testing, etc., ranging from low-power design, wireless and consumer electronics, to deeply embedded systems.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 12 Apr 2010

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: David Crotty (Rules of Thumb for Social Media in Science); Helen Jaques (Measuring the health of science journalism); Joseph Esposito (Why Publishers’ Brands Matter); and American Editor (Can eBooks Save University Presses?). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here

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UK PCG marks 20 years serving the scholarly and professional publishing community - 12 Apr 2010

Market intelligence, sales and marketing services provider Publishers Communication Group (PCG), a division of Publishing Technology, Inc., UK, is celebrating 20 years in business. Since it was founded in 1990, PCG has been offering consultative sales, marketing and research support to some of the largest and high-profile publishers in the industry.

Representing publishers such as CABI and ASM in North America, Nature in Latin America, and most-recently BioOne globally, PCG anticipates even greater achievements in the years to come. PCG's success is founded on its expertise, evolving knowledge and reach within the scholarly information community. Combined with this is a highly-skilled team of sales and marketing experts, dedicated to enabling publishers to effectively communicate with librarians and researchers and strategically expand penetration in key institutions around the world.

PCG marks 20 years serving the scholarly and professional publishing community at the ongoing UKSG conference in Edinburgh, and with events throughout the year, including at the SSP Annual Meeting in San Francisco in June.

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US SLACK Inc. launches new publication for cataract surgeons - 12 Apr 2010

Healthcare information provider SLACK Incorporated, US, has announced the launch of a new publication - Premier Surgeon. The journal debuts with the March/April, 2010 issue.

Published bi-monthly, Premier Surgeon delivers feature-based content and balanced reports on clinical and socioeconomic issues, new technology, and authoritative insight and guidance on how to build and maintain a successful practice. The journal seeks to bring together clinical articles, essential columns on practice enhancing techniques and numerous information resources that will give the busy refractive cataract surgeon all of the tools they need in print and online.

SLACK Incorporated is a leading provider of information to targeted healthcare specialties. The company produces 42 publications in print and online; publishes more than 250 medical and allied health books; and creates and operates over 50 Websites and Internet-related projects; directs meetings and exhibits around the world; and produces custom newspapers and meeting supplements for a growing number of healthcare conventions and meetings.

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German Springer’s online content now searchable on Korean search engine Naver - 12 Apr 2010

STM publisher Springer Science+Business Media, Germany, has announced that electronic journal and book content on its online platform SpringerLink (www.springerlink.com) is now searchable on Naver, the premier Korean search engine and subsidy of NHN Corporation. Since the agreement between Springer and NHN was signed in July 2009, Springer has added metadata in Korean to SpringerLink, making its contents searchable in that language. The searchability of the content follows Springer’s recent expansion of its academic collaboration with Korean societies. In South Korea, Springer claims to be the most active international science, technology and medicine (STM) publisher, co-publishing 30 Korean society journals.

Springer now has seven editorial and sales offices in Asia, including Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Taipei, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and New Delhi. Together, Springer publishes over 200 high-quality scientific journals in English from Asia.

Naver is the top search engine in South Korea with over 76 percent of internet searches done on its site. The search engine has 34 million registered users and generates one billion page views per day. Naver is globally accessed by 165 countries.

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US Thomson to continue supplying Average Wholesale Price of drugs in RED BOOK - 12 Apr 2010

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that it will continue to supply the Average Wholesale Price (AWP) of drugs in its RED BOOK. The announcement follows some vendors’ decision to stop publishing the AWP of drugs in 2011.

Thomson’s RED BOOK Drug References provide electronic access to current pricing and product information on prescription and over-the-counter drugs, nutraceuticals, bulk chemicals and non-drug items. They are claimed to be the oldest source of drug pricing information in the US. In addition to AWP, the RED BOOk contains Wholesale Acquisition Cost (WAC), Direct Price (DP), Suggested Retail Price (SRP) and Federal Upper Limit (FUL).

The RED BOOK is updated continuously.

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UK Universities in Germany gain access to the Cochrane Library - 12 Apr 2010

STM and scholarly publisher Wiley-Blackwell, US, and the Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg in Frankfurt, Germany, have announced an agreement for The Cochrane Library. Under the deal, more than 650,000 students and faculty at 47 universities in Germany will gain access to The Cochrane Library, published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Cochrane Collaboration.

This German National Academic Opt-In Consortium is open to all academic institutions and university clinics in Germany and allows access to The Cochrane Library for the period from 2010 to 2019. So far 47 institutions have agreed to the deal and more may follow in the future. The German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Central Medical Library (ZB MED) are providing a substantial part of the funding to enable academic institutions to get access at a moderate cost. The Cochrane Library is available to the universities in Germany via www.thecochranelibrary.com.

The Cochrane Library is a collection of regularly updated evidence-based healthcare databases, including the gold-standard Cochrane Systematic Reviews. It seeks to help healthcare professionals to make informed decisions about treatments.

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US Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference now accessible via WK Health’ Facts & Comparisons eAnswers - 09 Apr 2010

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced an agreement to provide access to Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference as part of premium subscriptions to its flagship drug reference, Facts & Comparisons eAnswers.

Published by Pharmaceutical Press, Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference claims to be the world’s foremost drug reference, providing unbiased evaluated information on drugs and medicines used globally. Over its 125-year history, Martindale has evolved beyond an encyclopaedia of medicines to achieve global recognition as a comprehensive resource for answers to specific questions about drugs, as well as broad overviews of pharmaceutical topics.

Facts & Comparisons eAnswers provides retail pharmacies and academia with online access to up-to-date drug information tailored to their unique needs, enabling better therapeutic decisions in less time. For the academic community, Facts & Comparisons provides students, residents and faculty with instant access to reliable, current drug information and medication management tools. Helpful links, student and resident support, scholarships and other information are also available to help meet course and drug reference needs.

For hospital pharmacies, Facts & Comparisons eAnswers addresses the key pain points of workflow efficiency and patient safety by providing the tools and information needed to support drug dispensing activities. These include patient safety screenings for Drug Utilisation Review and drug reference information, which result in a decrease in drug dispensing errors.

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US ARL receives grant to develop code of best practices in fair use - 09 Apr 2010

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has received a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop a code of best practices in fair use for academic and research libraries. ARL will undertake the three-year project with the Center for Social Media at American University and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property in American University’s Washington College of Law.

The project is based on prior codes of best practice for fair use in other fields prepared by Professors Peter Jaszi and Patricia Aufderheide, who are part of the project team. ARL Law and Policy Fellow Brandon Butler will be coordinating the project with Prudence Adler, ARL Associate Executive Director.

The project will operate between April 2010 and March 2013. It will be undertaken in three phases - a research phase, a development phase and an outreach phase. In the research phase, the project team will conduct interviews with members of the library and legal communities. The project team, with members of the academic and research library community, will draft and publish the code of best practices in the development phase. Finally, during the outreach phase the project team will distribute and publicize the code of best practices.

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US Credo launches Topic Page, a topic search tool for libraries - 09 Apr 2010

Online reference services provider Credo Reference, US, has announced the launch of Credo Topic Pages, a new search tool for libraries. Designed to provide contextualised, orderly access to authoritative content, each of the over 10,000 Credo Topic Pages is projected as an all-in-one starting point that assembles topical material from many resources from within and outside the library. Librarians can choose which resources will be displayed on their customised version of Credo Topic Pages, helping their users gain subject orientation, context and vocabulary and pathways to further exploration.

Credo Topic Pages seek to create value for libraries. Presenting and utilising the library’s resources at the point of need, these are claimed to function as an ‘anytime’ reference interview. Designed to drive additional traffic to the library from the open web, the Topic Pages are expected to increase the usage of libraries’ online resource investments, and bring together unconnected databases into one easy-to-use research gateway. According to the company, libraries who participated in the beta testing of the product are giving it rave reviews.

Credo Reference has been offering completely customisable reference collections for libraries since 2002. Credo’s General Reference services seek to combine content from multiple publishers with a cross-referencing technology. Publisher Collections are expected to allow libraries to augment their collection with specific, deep reference content from highly-regarded publishers.

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India Dear Subscriber - 09 Apr 2010

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US EBSCO adds British Library’s ETOC to EBSCO Discovery Service - 09 Apr 2010

Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing, US, has announced a new partnership with British Library to add the latter’s Electronic Table of Contents File (ETOC) to EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). ETOC was created to identify journal articles and conference papers from the British Library’s Document Supply collections. It includes more than 36.5 million records providing broad subject coverage across all academic disciplines with 2.5 million articles being added each year.

ETOC combines article-level access to the top 20,000 research journals requested from the British Library along with papers from 16,000 annual conference proceedings - totaling nearly 40 million records. ETOC is updated daily, and content goes back to 1993. With the addition of ETOC to EBSCO Discovery Service, EDS customers now have an added resource to augment the deep, broad indexing and the complexity of subjects already available from the vast and growing discovery service from EBSCO.

EDS is part of EBSCO’s Complete Discovery Solution combining the core discovery layer/index with the federated search capabilities of EBSCOhost Integrated Search and the familiar, powerful EBSCOhost search experience. The service creates a unified, customised index of an institution’s information resources and provides access via a single search box. Metadata is harvested from both internal (library) and external (vendors) sources, creating a pre-indexed service of significant size and speed.

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US Ithaka survey examines faculty attitudes towards academic libraries - 09 Apr 2010

Ithaka S+R, the strategy and research arm of Ithaka, has released the results from its fourth faculty survey in the past decade. The survey examines changes in faculty attitudes towards the academic library, information resources and the scholarly communications system as a whole.

In a published report, ‘Faculty Survey 2009: Strategic Insights for Librarians, Publishers, and Societies’, Ithaka S+R analyses responses from over 3,000 faculty members based at US four-year colleges or universities. It aims to offer a comparative look at 2009 against previous surveys from 2000, 2003 and 2006, on a variety of key questions facing information service organisations and their parent institutions.

Trends in faculty attitudes and behaviours on various issues are addressed. The issues range from the library as an information gateway and the need for preservation of scholarly material, to the faculty’s engagement with institutional and disciplinary repositories and thoughts about open access. For the first time, Ithaka S+R also looked at the role that scholarly societies play and their value to faculty.

In addition to possible areas for strategic re-thinking, the report is also projected to reveal some new opportunities on the horizon. One of the bigger questions raised is whether faculty will require tailored information solutions to meet their needs over time. According to the survey, Google and Google Scholar play increasingly important roles in faculties’ research, but specialised disciplinary sources for scholarship do as well. This is an area where the need for new services deeply knowledgeable about and able to serve particular research interests – whether provided by libraries, publishers, societies or others – may be on the rise.

The report also offers an analysis of trend data and the study of faculty by discipline.

The full report is freely available at http://www.ithaka.org/ithaka-s-r/research/faculty-surveys-2000-2009/faculty-survey-2009. Results will also be presented at the Coalition for Networked Information Spring Meeting in Washington D.C. on April 12, 2010.

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US John Wiley & Sons develop new online tool to compare eReaders - 09 Apr 2010

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has developed eReaderResource.com to help consumers tap into the power of an eReader to change the way they receive knowledge and entertainment no matter what the source.

Today, eReaders can carry thousands of titles, providing convenience and opportunities for reading. The new site developed by John Wiley & Sons examines what an eReader is, what can be done with it, and which of the available devices is best on an individual basis.

eReaderResource.com has gathered information about the various eReaders available to help consumers figure out which one is best for them. The eReaders that the site examines and compares include Amazon Kindle 2, Amazon Kindle DX, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iPad, Cybook Gen 3, Cybook Opus, IREX DR 1000s, IREX Dr 800, IREX Iliad 2 Standard, Skiff Reader, Sony Daily Edition, Sony Pocket, & Sony Touch.

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UK Oxford University Press aligns three academic publishing divisions under single leadership - 09 Apr 2010

Academic and reference books publisher Oxford University Press (OUP), UK, has announced a new structure for its global academic publishing. This will align the three academic publishing divisions - OUP USA, the UK Academic Division and Oxford Journals - under the single leadership of Tim Barton, and is designed to better position the Press for the future.

Barton is currently President of OUP Inc, and from 2004 to 2008 he was Managing Director of the UK Academic Division. His new role will commence in July 2010, following the retirement of Martin Richardson, current Managing Director of UK Academic and Oxford Journals Divisions.

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. The Press currently publishes more than 6,000 new publications a year, has offices in around fifty countries, and employs some 5,000 people worldwide.



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Netherland Swets’ eBook procurement portal fully integrated into SwetsWise - 09 Apr 2010

Journal subscription services provider Swets, Netherlands, has announced that its eBook procurement portal has been fully integrated into SwetsWise and is now available to all customers. The eBooks procurement portal allows users to purchase both individual titles and eBook collections.

SwetsWise now provides the capability to browse, acquire and manage all eBook purchases through the same interface in which they manage their print and electronic journal subscriptions. Users can compare and contrast the different pricing and purchase models available from different providers. The procurement features included seek to provide customers with a single source for purchasing eBooks and a means to select the desired access route to their acquired content, be it by publishers directly or through an aggregator.

SwetsWise facilitates the essential interaction with publishers needed to ensure the timely delivery of subscriptions in the format information users and knowledge workers require. Its comprehensive eBook catalogue already contains about 300,000 titles, from more than 1000 publishers, with the number rapidly increasing daily. Titles and packages from some of the world’s leading aggregators are available to order.

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Netherland Brill acquires Global Oriental Ltd - 08 Apr 2010

Academic publisher Brill, Netherlands, has announced the completion of the purchase of all publishing assets of UK-based Global Oriental Ltd. Global Oriental publishes books and a journal in the fields of Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Central Asian studies. Managing Director Paul Norbury will continue to develop these lists in the context of Brill's own Asian studies programme, which will be strengthened by the increased focus on modern East Asian studies.

Founded in 1998, Global Oriental currently publishes about 40 new book titles annually, as well as the journal Inner Asia. Brill also publishes some 40 new book titles in Asian Studies annually, as well as ten journals. Together, Global Oriental and Brill will offer over 750 scholarly book titles in the backlist.

The Global Oriental list is expected to add EURO 350,000 in revenues per annum. The acquisition takes effect April 1, 2010. Until further notice Global Oriental publications will be available through all its existing distribution channels.

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India Dear Subscriber - 08 Apr 2010

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US IBM Journal of Research and Development added to IEEE Xplore Digital Library - 08 Apr 2010

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), US, has announced that the IBM Journal of Research and Development is now available online as part of the IEEE Xplore digital library. IEEE and IBM have entered into an agreement to offer expanded access to all papers ever published in the journal, which now includes the IBM Systems Journal. Both peer-reviewed technical journals address advancements in science, technology and engineering of information systems.

The IBM Journal of Research and Development and IBM Systems Journal have been published online since 1998. In 2009, they merged into one fee-based online publication. Now, the combined journals and the complete back issue archives are available to researchers through the IEEE Xplore digital library.

Going forward, IEEE assumes responsibility for article production, copy editing, data conversion, online hosting and maintenance. IBM will be in charge of content acquisition and peer review. With the IBM journals add-on subscription, IEEE Xplore users will have access to the backfiles of the journals - IBM Journal of Research and Development and IBM Systems Journal (1962–2008); full-text PDFs of all issues from 1957; and more than 5,000 articles in all, published bimonthly in IEEE Xplore. Additionally, they will be able to access all the intuitive features of the recently upgraded and expanded IEEE Xplore digital library.

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UK IOP Publishing and ProQuest to make physics-related graduate works easy to search and browse - 08 Apr 2010

Non-profit scientific publisher Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing, UK, has announced that it is working with ProQuest to allow IOPscience extra customers to browse and search for relevant dissertations and theses held in the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database. ProQuest is a leading repository of graduate works.

This agreement will enable IOPscience extra customers to view citation and abstract information for dissertations and theses held in the ProQuest database for all subject areas covered by IOP-hosted journals. For the first time researchers will be able to browse and search for physics-related graduate works alongside the peer-reviewed journal content in IOPscience extra.

Researchers rely on PQDT as both a source of enlightening information and as a pivotal component in making their own scholarly production available to the world's intellectual communities. The database has been chosen by United States Library of Congress as the official archive of American dissertations. The archive is managed at ProQuest by a team of scholars and technologists.

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US More than 16.3 million French records in WorldCat - 08 Apr 2010

Global library cooperative Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), US, has announced that there are now more than 16.3 million French records in WorldCat, following completion of batch loading projects from the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF), Système Universitaire de documentation (Sudoc) and the Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon (BM Lyon).

In 2009, the BnF and ABES, the agency that manages the Sudoc database for French universities, signed an agreement with OCLC to load their records and holdings information into WorldCat. OCLC then processed more than 8.8 million records for BnF and over 7.9 million records for ABES. The Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon, the second largest public library in France, contributed more than 1.3 million records to WorldCat.

With these projects complete, there are now more than 16.3 million French-language records in WorldCat. The total number of WorldCat records has grown substantially in recent years. The percentage of French-language records has increased from 6.2 percent in 2007 to 9.6 percent in 2010.

WorldCat is a global network of library-management and user-facing services built upon cooperatively-maintained databases of bibliographic and institutional metadata. WorldCat enhances productivity across the full range of library workflows - from cataloguing to resource sharing to discovery and delivery - by intelligently reusing contributed data. The service seeks to make library resources more visible on the Internet by distributing data across a growing number of partner services and Web technologies.

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US Regulator FCC has limited authority on web traffic, rules US court - 08 Apr 2010

A US federal appeals court recently ruled that, under current law, regulators have only limited power over web traffic. The decision is expected to allow Internet service companies to block or slow specific sites. Also, they can charge video sites like YouTube to deliver their content faster.

The decision is seen as a setback to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s efforts to require companies to grant web users equal access to all content, although some of that content is clogging the network.

The court ruling follows Comcast's claims that it had the right to slow its cable customers' access to a file-sharing service called BitTorrent. The ruling could reportedly prompt efforts in Congress to alter the law to give the FCC explicit authority to regulate Internet service.

It is believed that the ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit could impede the Obama administration's effort to boost Americans' access to high-speed Internet networks. The FCC will now have to review its strategy for mandating 'net neutrality', which refers to the principle that all network providers should treat all Internet content equally. An option is to reclassify broadband service as a kind of basic utility subject to strict regulation, such as telephone service. Telephone and broadband service providers have already expressed concerns over such a move.

According to media reports, the court ruling will not have any immediate impact on Internet users. This is because Comcast and other large Internet providers are not at present restricting specific types of web content.

Comcast, the US' largest cable provider, is currently seeking federal approval for its proposed acquisition of a majority stake in NBC Universal, the parent of the NBC broadcast network and a cadre of popular cable channels.

The court's ruling may affect content providers like Google, which owns the video-sharing service, YouTube. Content providers worry that Internet service companies will now ask them to pay a fee to ensure delivery of material like high-definition video that takes up a lot of network capacity.

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Netherland SAE International and Elsevier partner to deliver automotive and aerospace science engineering information - 08 Apr 2010

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International, US, has announced a partnership with STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands. Under the deal, both organisations will together deliver extensive automotive and aerospace & defence engineering information to better serve the information needs of industrial, research and academic communities worldwide.

Engineers and researchers will now be able to access SAE International’s more than 20,000 technical papers written between 1906 and 1979, as well as the Society’s entire library of 88,000 documents utilising subject-specific indexing and contextualised searching via Elsevier’s online solutions Scopus and Compendex on Engineering Village. Engineers and researchers can now search and retrieve SAE’s content in context of other publishers, especially in interdisciplinary contexts, such as O&G (including biofuels, fuel cells, alternative energy), plastics, aerospace, electronics, transportation, HVAC, physics and lubricants.

SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. Its competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development.

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UK Taylor & Francis and Dipartimento di Biologia Evoluzionistica “Leo Pardi” dell’Università di Firenze announce new publishing deal - 08 Apr 2010

Publisher Taylor & Francis (T&F), UK, and Dipartimento di Biologia Evoluzionistica”Leo Pardi” dell’Università di Firenze have announced a new publishing partnership. Under the deal, T&F will publish and distribute the journal Ethology Ecology & Evolution, as well as administer subscriptions.

Ethology Ecology & Evolution has an Impact Factor of 0.943. The Journal will continue to publish research and review articles on all aspects of animal behaviour, ecology and evolution. Articles emphasise the significance of the research for understanding the function, ecology, evolution or genetics of behaviour. Contributions are also sought on aspects of ethology, ecology, evolution and genetics relevant to conservation.

The journal will move to Taylor & Francis’ InformaWorld platform, where it will benefit from HTML versions of articles, forward citation linking and advanced publication of articles online through iFirst. ScholarOne Manuscripts online submission and review (formerly Manuscript Central) has also been established, making peer review more efficient and maximising outreach to international authors. All back issues the title will be digitised and made available to subscribers online.

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US Universities and research institutions in Germany gain access to Journal of Clinical Oncology Legacy Archive - 08 Apr 2010

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the Bavarian State Library (Munich), on behalf of the German Research Foundation, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), have completed a nationwide licensing agreement for legacy content from the Society's peer-reviewed Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO).

Under the agreement, JCO's Legacy Archive content will be available to universities and other publicly-financed research institutions in Germany. The institutions will gain access to over 5,000 articles published in 192 issues of JCO between 1983 and 1998.

The deal is part of a German initiative to improve access to specialised electronic resources for over 170 universities, research institutes and academic libraries, financially supported by DFG and coordinated by major research libraries like the Bavarian State Library.

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India Dear Subscriber - 07 Apr 2010

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US ebrary announces new Software as a Service for government documents - 07 Apr 2010

Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced the availability of Software as a Service (SaaS) for governments that make information much more discoverable. With ebrary’s SaaS, agencies, institutes, and centers can transform any PDF documents into searchable, highly interactive databases that can be integrated into master sites, providing a seamless way for end-users to find the important information they need online.

Key features and benefits of ebrary’s SaaS for government documents include ability to seamlessly integrate multiple databases. Each department can maintain its identity and integrate information from other relevant sources. The new service is capable of processing thousands of documents a day. Multiple options for searching, navigating, and browsing are also available. Additionally, ebrary InfoTools turns every word into a portal to additional information on the web.

ebrary will be debuting its new SaaS for government documents at Computers in Libraries, April 12-14, 2010 in Arlington, VA (booth #817). To see how ebrary’s technology works, interested parties can visit ebrary’s complimentary Natural Disaster and Extreme Weather Searchable Information Center, which contains hundreds of government documents, at http://disaster.ebrary.com and ebrary’s H1N1 Searchable Information Center at http://h1n1.ebrary.com.

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UK Emerald acquires information management group ASLIB - 07 Apr 2010

Emerald Group Publishing, UK, has announced that MCB Group, its holding company, has acquired ASLIB, an association for information management. Emerald and ASLIB have been working closely together since 2001, when ASLIB’s collection of research journals, including Journal of Documentation and ASLIB Proceedings, was acquired by Emerald. Following the latest deal, the operating name and identity of ASLIB will be preserved.

Originally established as the Association for Special Libraries and Information Bureaux in London, ASLIB has recently encountered difficult times. Following the sale of its journals to Emerald, ASLIB sold its book publishing business to Taylor and Francis in 2002, and went into voluntary liquidation in 2004. It was then reconstituted as a limited liability company providing membership services to library and information professionals.

Post deal, ASLIB will be run independently, but will draw on services from Emerald, as well as other publishers. Emerald plans to reinstate an advisory board, and to revamp and improve Managing Information (MI), an ASLIB magazine for members. Emerald will hold ASLIB and MI subscription fees at current levels in 2010 and 2011, but will be looking to offer various new service options for members. ASLIB’s registered office will move to Emerald’s UK headquarters in Bingley, West Yorkshire.

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US Knovel redesigns user interface for AIChE members - 07 Apr 2010

Knovel, a web-based application integrating technical information with analytical and search tools, has announced a re-designed user interface for members of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). AIChE members now have the ability to save and organise frequent searches, titles and content. Engineers who join AIChE receive access to a select collection of Knovel’s content and interactive tools through AIChE’s e-library.

AIChE is a leading organisation for chemical engineers with more than 40,000 members from 93 countries. Members of AIChE can take advantage of Knovel's interactive tools to analyse data, including the properties of specific compounds, and incorporate results directly into their work. AIChE has offered earlier versions of Knovel, via its e-library, since 2006.

In a 2009 survey of its members, AIChE found that 92 percent of respondents indicated the time it takes to complete their work would increase by at least 10 percent without access to Knovel. Knovel offers validated engineering content, selected from the most trusted sources and delivered to engineers quickly and with precision. More than 600 major corporations and academic institutions turn to Knovel to search the Company’s validated content.

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US Nature Education founding sponsors to sponsor student access to Scitable - 07 Apr 2010

Nature Education, the educational wing of scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, has announced that founding partners Roche Applied Science, Tata Consultancy Services, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, and New England Biolabs have pledged substantial financial sponsorship to Scitable. Scitable is Nature Education's free online science library for the global educational community.

Scitable draws upon Nature Publishing Group's 140-year strength in scientific research publishing to provide a library of authoritative educational information, ranging from introductory, media-rich online courses to advanced articles combining summaries of milestone research papers with thorough explanations of key concepts. Scitable also provides a comprehensive suite of educational tools designed to help faculty immerse students in the library, including virtual classrooms and learning paths, as well as a collaborative network of scientists, teachers, journalists, students, and lifelong-learners who can connect for discussion, mentorship, and informal instruction. Since its launch in January 2009, Scitable's library - currently focused on the field of genetics - has been used by more than a million students and faculty in 110 countries.

As sponsors, participating companies underwrite cost-free access to chosen areas of the site on behalf of the global student community. Roche Applied Science, a producer of reagents and systems for life sciences, is sponsoring student access to the Genes and Disease section. Tata Consultancy Services, a provider of technology-based solutions to the healthcare and publishing industries, is sponsoring access to the Evolutionary Genetics and Population Genetics areas. The company has also partnered with Nature Education to develop advanced online collaboration tools.

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals will be launch sponsors of a forthcoming unit on RNAi, the technology at the heart of Alnylam's success in developing innovative therapeutics. New England Biolabs, a provider of reagents to the life science industry, will be launch sponsors for forthcoming units on restriction enzymes and related topics.

Future plans for Nature Education involve expanding Scitable's content library across other fields in the life and physical sciences and developing a mobile site extending access to the library to smartphones.

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US Pearson releases latest version of student information management tool, Chancery SMS - 07 Apr 2010

Education and education technology services provider Pearson, US, has announced the release of version 7.3 of Chancery SMS, its student information management tool. The latest release is stated to include various features, including a new Academic Planner tool to help counselors track students’ progress toward graduation. Chancery SMS is claimed to provide student information management for some of the largest school districts in the US.

It has been observed that while the American School Counselor Association (www.schoolcounselor.org) recommends a student to school counselor ratio of 250-to-1, today schools have a national average of 467 students assigned to each counselor. Given all of the possible curricular paths student can take, ensuring they are always making progress toward graduation can become a challenging task, it is noted. With Academic Planner, Chancery SMS is expected to significantly reduce the manual effort required to monitor each student’s status toward meeting graduation requirements.

Academic Planner tracks the courses each student has completed and automatically determines which graduation requirement area each completed course satisfies. Priorities and rules within the Academic Planner are managed by each district, ensuring that complexities such as the number of times a course credit can be awarded are considered. Students can be put on different graduation tracks at any point, and the system will automatically reassign course credits based on the defined rules for that track.

Other new features and enhancements offered in Chancery SMS 7.3 include an enhanced student search results grid that provides users with immediate access to select records, regardless of district size or search complexity. The New Counselor Base Role and Home Page seek to help users define specific counselor roles. Counselors have their own home page, as well as a way to quickly access students specifically assigned to them. Also, users can save a dynamic search list, which is useful for frequently run searches. Chancery SMS is also projected to include full access to the most recent documentation directly from the Chancery SMS interface. Full-text search, extensive hyperlinking, and personal bookmarks are claimed to make it fast and easy for users to find the information they are seeking.

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UK SAGE and National Library of China agree access to backfile collection - 07 Apr 2010

Academic publisher SAGE has announced a new agreement with the National Library of China which enables access to SAGE’s deep backfiles for over 1425 libraries in China. The National Library of China helps to support the country’s research community with more than 241,100,000 volumes/items, including both Chinese and foreign language publications.

The SAGE Deep Backfile Package provides access to over 380 journals in the fields of business, humanities, social science, and science, technology, and medicine. Dating back to volume 1, issue 1 for all journals through to the last issue of 1998, the Backfile contains more than 32,000 issues; 418,000 articles; and over 4.6 million pages. The national licence enables perpetual access to this content from all public libraries in China.

The SAGE Backfile Package will be available via SAGE’s journals platform, SAGE Journals Online. In 2010 the platform will undergo a major upgrade, with all moving to a next generation platform, supported by HighWire Press’ ‘2.0’ technology (H2O). With most readers now accessing content directly at the article level, this advanced technology brings SJO new functionality designed to keep readers in context as they conduct their research.

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US Symyx Technologies and Accelrys, Inc. announce merger agreement - 07 Apr 2010

Information management systems provider Symyx Technologies, Inc., US, and Accelrys, Inc., US, have announced a merger agreement. Accelrys develops scientific business intelligence software and solutions for the life sciences, energy, chemicals, aerospace, and consumer products industries.

The merger, structured as a tax-free all-stock merger of equals, was approved by both companies' Boards of Directors. Under the terms of the agreement, Symyx shareholders will receive 0.7802 shares of Accelrys common stock for each share of Symyx. Following the completion of the merger, Accelrys and Symyx shareholders will each own approximately 50 percent of the combined company.

The merger is expected to be completed by the end of June 2010, subject to customary closing conditions, shareholder and regulatory approvals. Max Carnecchia, chief executive officer of Accelrys, will serve as chief executive officer of the combined company. Isy Goldwasser, chief executive officer of Symyx Technologies, will serve a transitional role in the combined company. The company will be headquartered in San Diego, California. The combined company will have more than 1,350 customers, including 29 of the top 30 biopharmaceutical companies, all five top chemical companies, all five top aerospace companies, three of the five top consumer packaged goods companies, a number of top US Federal Government Agencies, as well as many top academic institutions.

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US American Medical Association’s Physician Consortium marks decade of measure development - 06 Apr 2010

The American Medical Association’s Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

The AMA-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) is committed to enhancing quality of care and patient safety by taking the lead in the development, testing, and maintenance of evidence-based clinical performance measures and measurement resources for physicians. The initiative has developed 270 measures in 43 clinical areas and has members from 170 organisations, including specialty and state medical societies.

The National Quality Forum has endorsed many of the consortium's measures.

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US Cadmus unveils XML-to-EPUB conversion service for scholarly publishers - 06 Apr 2010

Content management and production services provider Cadmus Communications, US, has announced the release of an automated XML-to-EPUB conversion service. The service will provide digital content to EPUB-compliant e-book devices, such as the Apple iPad, for the scholarly publishing community.

EPUB is an industry standard structure developed by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) that combines textual and rich media content in a single containerised format. While there are several device-specific e-book formats, EPUB is claimed to be supported by many devices and computer applications. Apple has reportedly specified EPUB as its preferred format for e-books for the iPad.

Cadmus, a Cenveo company, has developed an automated process to transform the NLM XML standard for the STM community, based on the National Library of Medicine's journal publishing and archiving DTDs, into the EPUB format. This conversion is projected to quickly and efficiently create an e-book reader compliant product derived from the same content currently used for print and online deliverables. Publishers that have adopted the NLM DTDs as a means of maintaining content structure can now expect to benefit from the automated process to expand the distribution channels for their content.

The automated transformation of NLM XML to EPUB is expected to allow publishers to leverage and extend the reach of their content with significantly reduced cost and time to market. The latest release is projected to fulfill a long-stated goal of the company to provide standards-based solutions that are highly automated, flexible and efficient.

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US Center for the History of Medicine receives NEH grant to create digital collection of primary sources documenting the American pandemic experience - 06 Apr 2010

The University of Michigan Center for the History of Medicine has been awarded a two-year $314,688 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to create an original, open access digital collection of archival, primary, and interpretive materials related to the history of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic in the US. The University of Michigan Library, through its Scholarly Publishing Office, is contributing digital conversion, hosting, and archiving services to the project.

The project will include about 50,000 pages of original materials that document the experiences of 50 diverse communities in the US in fall 1918 and winter 1919 when influenza took the lives of an estimated 675,000 Americans. The collection’s primary resources comprise letters and correspondence, minutes of organisations and groups, reports from agencies and charities, newspaper accounts, military records, diaries, photographs and more.

According to Dr. Howard Markel, the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine, ‘The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919: A Digital Encyclopedia’ will be the first to document exhaustively the impact of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic on one nation. This will permit scholars to explore how the 1918 influenza epidemic influenced many communities and sub-communities in the early twentieth-century United States. Also, it will help understand how individuals and society responded to a health crisis of extraordinary magnitude.

Online implementation of the digital collection will take place through collaboration with the Scholarly Publishing Office (SPO) of the UM Library. The SPO partners with faculty at UM and beyond to provide sustainable digital publishing services that place preservation and access at the center of its efforts. The Library is also a lead partner in the Google Book Search project and in HathiTrust, an inter-institutional repository of millions of digitised books.

‘The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919: A Digital Encyclopedia’ will be launched in 2012 at www.influenzaarchive.org. The project team is led by Stern and Markel and includes J. Alexander Navarro, Mary Beth Reilly and Julie Judkins, all based at the Center for the History of Medicine. The digital encyclopaedia is the culmination of more than five years of the Center’s ongoing research in collaboration with the Global Migration and Quarantine Division of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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US CPM Resource Center launches web-based Clinical Practice Guidelines - 06 Apr 2010

The Clinical Practice Model Resource Center (CPMRC), an Elsevier firm engaged in developing clinical practice guidelines for healthcare, has launched its first web-based version of Point of Care Guidelines (http://www.cpmrc.com/). The online edition of its guidelines seeks to support new and emerging meaningful use requirements for care coordination and interdisciplinary collaboration with a model that is aimed at helping improve practice at the point of care.

The online guidelines are designed to offer an evidence-based approach to patient care covering medical, surgical and human response diagnoses. Users are provided with new and enhanced features including varied search mechanisms; direct, internal links; relevant external resource site links; evidence leveling and recommendation grading; and customisation options to add hospital specific policies, announcements and branding on the homepage. Nurses and interdisciplinary professionals can expect to obtain quick access to more than 200 CPMRC clinical practice guidelines.

The Clinical Practice Model Resource Center is projected to embrace both educational and practice settings. The model's core beliefs are purportedly related to safe, individualised healthcare; healthy work culture; continuous learning; evidence-based action; partnership; individual accountability; shared mission, vision and values; and healthy relationships. Information is updated in real-time and developed by expert interdisciplinary clinicians through the nearly 300 member CPMRC International Consortium, which maintains a continuous feedback loop designed to ensure credible, relevant information and CPMRC's development methodology.

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US Ingram to provide publishers with access to Apple's iBookstore - 06 Apr 2010

Ingram Content Group Inc., US, has announced that Apple has selected Ingram as a preferred partner for helping publishers provide content to Apple's new iBookstore. Through CoreSource, Ingram's solution for the storage, management, and distribution of digital content, publishers will be able to submit eBooks to iBookstore for availability on Apple's new iPad.

Ingram will help manage the relationship between publishers and Apple. This will enable a publisher's catalogue to be ingested, converted into ePub - Apple's required format - and submitted to the iBookstore.

Ingram currently distributes over 500,000 digital assets to major retailers and distributors worldwide. The company invests in the latest digital technologies and resources so publishers can invest in the next generation of e-books.

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US OCLC adds new MARC Records for items in Google Books and Hathi Trust Digital collections to WorldCat - 06 Apr 2010

Global library cooperative Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), US, has announced that it is adding records to WorldCat that represent digitised books from the Google Books Library Project and the HathiTrust Digital Library to provide greater access to and increased visibility of these digitised collections.

OCLC is working with libraries, Google and the HathiTrust to derive new MARC records that represent these digital collections based on the rich collection of print records contributed to WorldCat by the OCLC membership over the last 40 years. Searchers will begin seeing these records in WorldCat immediately. OCLC will continue to add records for these collections to WorldCat on an ongoing basis. WorldCat searchers will be able to locate digitised books from these collections and link to the associated book landing page. Also, in some cases, searchers will be able to access the full text of eBooks available through these initiatives.

HathiTrust was conceived as a collaboration of the 13 universities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the University of California system to establish a repository for these universities to archive and share their digitised collections. OCLC and the HathiTrust are working together to implement a public interface for the HathiTrust catalogue through a WorldCat Local interface, to be introduced later this year.

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US Pearson’s CourseConnect selected as 2010 SIIA CODiE Awards finalist - 06 Apr 2010

Education, technology and services provider Pearson, US, has announced that its CourseConnect solution has been selected as a finalist in the 2010 Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards. CourseConnect is a library of customisable online courses with recommended course descriptions, syllabi, lessons containing rich media, graphics and interactivities, discussion questions and assessment banks.

CourseConnect delivers instruction and assessment, innovative instructor tools, and best-selling, class-tested textbooks - all essential components for directly affecting student retention and results. Pearson has 13 education finalists in the CODiE Awards this year. In addition to CourseConnect, Pearson products moving on to the next round of competition are the Mastering Platform, MathXL for School, MyCourse, MyMathLab, MyWritingLab, myWorld Geography, Miller & Levine Biology Digital Path, Pearson LearningStudio, Prentice Hall Literature Online (PHLitOnline) and PowerSchool.

Established in 1986, the CODiE Awards celebrate outstanding achievement across the software, digital information and education technology industries. The comprehensive review process of nominated products included intense scrutiny by subject matter experts, education industry analysts, journalists and specialists in the implementation of education technology.

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US American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collections: Series 2 now available via EBSCOhost - 05 Apr 2010

Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing, US, has released the second of five series from American Antiquarian Society (AAS) with American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 2. The series is part of a collection that provides digital access to a comprehensive collection of American periodicals published between 1691 and 1877.

American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 2 provides over 1,000 titles dating from 1821-1837. The themes in this second series reflect the era of Jacksonian democracy with subject areas including agriculture, entertainment, history, literary criticism and politics. The holdings, consisting of over 888,000 pages, are broad and deep in scope with almost every American title during this timeframe represented. Subject strengths include Agriculture, Mathematics, Science and Medicine, Pharmacy, Business and Trades and Government and Politics, among others.

American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 2 is available through the EBSCOhost Content Viewer, specifically designed to meet the needs of scholars and researchers by enabling them to navigate historical content in new ways. The new interface was designed to allow researchers to navigate historical content in a manner that is fast, natural and preserves the serendipity involved in doing historical research. EBSCOhost Content Viewer replicates the experience of browsing and reading original archival material while also allowing users to explore, manipulate, collect, take notes, and export content.

EBSCO partnered with the American Antiquarian Society in June 2008 to create the American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection. American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 2 is the second of the five series collection that includes digitised images of the pages of American magazines and journals. The collection, broken up into five series based on time period, will total more than 6,500 periodicals estimated at over 9 million pages.

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US Ecological Society of America offers search facility in database of experts - 05 Apr 2010

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) has unveiled its updated resource for policymakers and members of the media. The Rapid Response Team (RRT) database, an ESA resource for several years, has now been made fully searchable. Users can find ecological scientists who specialise in a variety of fields, including climate change, invasive species, urban ecology, conservation and biofuels, or can locate an RRT member by name, affiliation or keyword.

Members of the RRT seek to provide on-call ecological expertise in a variety of ways, such as serving as panelists in briefings for congressional staff; providing expert testimony to Congress; analysing the likely ecological consequences of proposed changes to environmental regulations; and providing scientific feedback for news stories.

ESA claims to be the world's largest professional organisation of ecologists, representing 10,000 scientists in the US and around the globe. Since its founding in 1915, ESA has sought to promote the responsible application of ecological principles to the solution of environmental problems through its reports, journals, research and expert testimony to Congress. The Society publishes four journals and convenes an annual scientific conference.

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US Grants available for new digitisation projects - 05 Apr 2010

College of Arts and Sciences faculty members are invited to apply for funding to create new digital content. The Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences is funded by the college and coordinated by Cornell University Library.

Proposals that fall within the scope of the grants programme include creating new digital collections of resources regularly used in teaching or research including lecture notes, slides, photographs, printed documents and manuscripts; digitising collections already held by Cornell that are instrumental to support learning, teaching and research; and converting materials held by other institutions to support teaching and research at Cornell - especially combining dispersed resources to create new and enriched ones.

The programme seeks to build a library of resources to support scholarly and teaching activities. Digital collections created through this grants programme will become part of Cornell Library's digital library. While April 12 is the deadline to express initial interest, proposals are due May 3, 2010. Awards will be announced at the end of May.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 05 Apr 2010

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Kent Anderson (Improving Peer Review: Let’s Provide an Ingredients List for Our Readers); Martin Fenner (Let's make science metrics more scientific); Michelle Kraft (What is Your Library’s Mission and What Does It Mean to Users?); and Philip Davis (Finally! An Open Access Publishing App for the iPhone). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here

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US Research and Markets adds Scholarly Book Publishing Practice Report 2010 to their offering - 05 Apr 2010

Market research and data services provider Research and Markets, Ireland, has announced the addition of the ‘Scholarly Book Publishing Practice Report 2010’ report to their offering.

This is the first survey undertaken to establish current practices in scholarly book and e-book publishing, to provide detailed analysis and statistics in this rapidly growing market. A survey was conducted of 400 publishers, both commercial and non-profit, consisting of ALPSP and other major association members. A response rate of over 60 percent was achieved.

The publishers surveyed publish over 24,000 new titles each year. The collective backlist comprises nearly 350,000 academic and scholarly titles, covering reference, monographs, textbooks, conference reports, professional handbooks and manuals, and research reports. More than 63 percent of publishers publish e-books in one way or another, but they still account for a fairly small proportion of total book sales, with the average across all publishers at just 9.4 percent.

There has been a dramatic increase in e-book publishing since 2004. Two-thirds of publishers have retro-digitised their backlists. The report notes that 45 percent of publishers provide continuing access to e-books that have been purchased or held on subscription – 30 percent do so online and 15 percent charge an annual maintenance fee for the continued service. With the exception of posting to open access repositories, most publishers recognise authors' right to re-use their work in their own teaching and in future published works, says the report.

The full report provides a vast array of evidence about the current policies and practices of scholarly and academic book publishers. It is expected to act as a starting point for further research in mapping the practices of publishers as the e-book market continues to mature. It is hoped that it will provide clarity on a complex area which involves man more variables and permutations than is seen in the more homogenous online journal market.

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US Symposium examines economic issues in preserving digital data - 05 Apr 2010

The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access recently hosted a one day symposium called ‘A National Conversation on the Economic Sustainability of Digital Information.’ Convening a diverse group of speakers from the academic, private and public sectors, the event discussed a key issue of the Information Age - identifying practical solutions to the economic challenges of preserving today's deluge of digital data.

Speakers at the symposium called for libraries to play a considerable role in digital preservation. Task Force Co-Chair Brian Lavoie, research scientist, OCLC, provided an overview of the Blue Ribbon Task Force's Final Report on economically sustainable digital preservation practices, which was issued in late February. The report includes descriptions of the challenges in preserving scholarly discourse and the importance of stewardship organisations like libraries, archives and museums, in rallying stakeholders.

Speakers included representatives from the Executive Office of the President, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Smithsonian Museum, Nature Magazine, Google, and other organisations for whom digital information is fundamental for success.

According to one library leader, the task force's recommendations regarding the role of libraries in preserving scholarly discourse were too timid. The leader argued that, among other things, scholars should be required - not just encouraged - to grant preservation organisations like libraries non-exclusive rights to preserve their work. Leading off the discussion on scholarly discourse, Task Force Member Lee Dirks of Microsoft summarised five recommendations. According to Dirks, libraries, scholars and professional societies should develop selection criteria for emerging genres in scholarly discourse, and prototype preservation and access strategies. Publishers should partner with third-party archives or libraries to ensure long-term preservation.

Further, he said that libraries should create a mechanism to clarify their responsibilities to preserve monographs and emerging scholarly discourse, and sort out governance issues. Additionally, scholars should consider granting nonexclusive rights to publish and preserve; and all open-access strategies that assume the persistence of information over time must consider provisions for the funding of preservation.

Timo Hannay, director of web publishing at Nature Publishing Group, said that research organisations and national libraries are needed for preservation on a global scale. However, he recommended building in redundancy, a system where lots of different parties preserve for lots of different purposes. Hannay noted that preservation initiatives may rely on commercial players, in which the organisations that take responsibility aren’t the ones that create the infrastructure. According to him, research papers are increasingly using video and beginning to use interactive figures. This could pose more challenges for preservation, he noted.

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US The US' Department of Justice to support The Associated Press’ proposed digital news registry - 05 Apr 2010

The US’ Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced its support for a proposal by The Associated Press (AP) to develop and operate a voluntary news registry to facilitate the licencing and Internet distribution of news content created by the AP, its members, and other news originators. The department said that the development and operation of the registry is not likely to reduce competition among news content owners and could provide pro-competitive benefits to both participating content owners and content users.

The DoJ's position was stated in a business review letter to counsel for the AP from Christine Varney, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division.

The registry would consist of a centralised digital database containing news content from multiple content owners. It would allow content owners to register and list individual items of news content, specify the uses others may make of that content, and detail the terms on which such content may be licenced. The registry would enable content users to determine quickly the licensing and use terms applicable to a specific content owner or to individual items of registered content.

The registry would be a non-exclusive method of accessing, licencing and using content on the Internet. It would be open, on nondiscriminatory terms, to all owners and users of Internet news content. Content owners would be free to select which, if any, content to include in the registry. They would be allowed to offer registered news content outside of the registry. They would also be free to join other competing Internet registry services.

Content owners, including the AP, would not set, formulate, benchmark or suggest any licencing terms for any other content owner's news items listed in the registry. Each participating content owner would set unilaterally the licencing terms for its own content, without the involvement of either other owners or the AP.

Also, The AP would institute and maintain firewalls to prevent the registry from being used to disseminate revenue, use, traffic and transactional information among participating content owners. In addition, the AP intends to limit public information sharing among competitors by allowing only registered content users to access public licencing terms. Under the department's business review procedure, an organisation may submit a proposed action to the Antitrust Division and receive a statement as to whether the division currently intends to challenge the action under the antitrust laws.

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UK A*STAR ranked 7th in Asia-Pacific for research publications - 02 Apr 2010

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) has been ranked seventh most prolific agency in the Asia-Pacific region, in terms of the total number of research papers published in Nature Publishing Group’s portfolio of Nature-branded journals in 2009, according to the Nature Asia-Pacific Publishing Index. The Index, which tracks annual research output published from 13 countries and 429 institutions in Asia-Pacific, placed A*STAR ahead of top universities in China and Australia, including Tsinghua University, Peking University, Australian National University and University of Queensland. Topping the list by institution ranking was Japan’s University of Tokyo.

Publications from A*STAR reflected the wide spectrum of deep capabilities in A*STAR research institutes, such as chemistry, bioinformatics, cancer research, genomics and genetics, signal transduction pathways, stem cell research, materials engineering and nanotechnology. In the past 12 months, A*STAR scientists published a total of 19 papers in eight Nature-branded journals, which included Nature, Nature Cell Biology, Nature Chemistry, Nature Genetics, Nature Materials, Nature Methods, Nature Nanotechnology and Nature Reviews Cancer.

The Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) was one of A*STAR’s most prolific research institutes published in Nature in the past 12 months. By country rankings, Singapore came in fifth overall, out-performing India (sixth) and New Zealand (seventh). The total number of papers published in Nature journals by Singapore’s scientists in 2009 saw more than a 12-fold increase from only two articles published in 1998. Heading the 2009 list of countries was Japan, followed by China, Australia and Korea.

The Nature Asia-Pacific Publishing Index tracks research output published from countries and institutions in Asia-Pacific (including India and Australasia). It is updated weekly by downloading a 12-month window of data from nature.com, the online platform for Nature journals, and offers insight and analysis into the performance of these nations and territories.

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India Dear Subscriber - 02 Apr 2010

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US E-publishing, outsourcing identified as most compelling current trends - 02 Apr 2010

Mobility is reportedly the buzzword in the content industry currently. It was recently reported that 13 American publishers stated that their e-book sales increased 176.6 percent in 2009 to $169.5 million. Industry players – particularly trade publishers and their content services providers — are increasingly noticing this trend.

Various events over the recent past – such as the iPad launch, Amazon’s tiff with publishers and the iBookstore announcement - have only made it clearer that e-books and mobile content rule the roost. However, a fall in US federal and state government funding has been negatively influencing the K–12 segment. It has also hit the higher-ed segment that has otherwise witnessed a rise in adult/continuing education and college enrollment. On a positive note, publishers are going for e-learning in a big way and preparing to reach the audience anywhere.

E-readers and their software may face highs and lows, but the basics - in this case, the ePub and the underlying XML standards - are here to stay, according to an article in Publishers Weekly. The article states that sticking to preferred formats while remaining device agnostic is the way forward. It also points out that European and American publishers have been outsourcing increasing numbers of SSTM and journal projects to India to reduce costs and keep afloat in the midst of a struggling global economy. There has also been an increase in the number of digitisation projects - for both front- and backlists – and this shows no signs of flagging.

There are several companies in India that can help convert, design, manage, dechunk, distribute, or archive content. The challenge for the publisher is to determine who will best serve its needs while meeting its budget.

The Indian publishing outsourcing industry is expected to hit $1.2 billion by 2012, up from $660 million in 2008. But that is just a fraction of the global English-language publishing market (inclusive of the newspaper, magazine and legal segments), which is estimated at well over $250 billion.

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US French publishers set to sue Google over scanning project - 02 Apr 2010

Three major French publishers are reportedly filing lawsuits against Internet search services provider, Google, Inc., US, for the illegal scanning of their catalogues. This was announced by Antoine Gallimard, CEO of French publisher Gallimard, at the Paris Book Fair, media reports have indicated. The move follows extended efforts by Gallimard to stop the scanning.

Google has digitised and made publicly available parts of at least 12 million literary works, many of which are under copyright, it has been reported. According to Gallimard, Google has continued to post its works despite requests to stop. Gallimard will be joined in its action against Google by Flammarion, Eyrolles and Albin Michel.

In 2006, Gallimard was the first French publisher to demand that Google withdraw its titles. After a gap of six months, Google restarted scanning Gallimard titles and has continued ever since.

Digitisation has become a controversial issue and has stirred debate over the sensitive issue of defending cultural and intellectual property. French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand will discuss the issue during a planned trip to Google's California headquarters in July. He's not the first French politician to take on Google. President Sarkozy reacted negatively to GBS 2.0 - the revised version of the Google Books Settlement - in December, stating he would block Google from digitising 'France's heritage'.

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UK RSC supplies practical science teaching software free to all state secondary school in the UK - 02 Apr 2010

The Royal Society of Chemistry is supplying free computer memory sticks, on request, to every state secondary school in the UK. The computer memory sticks will comprise a radical new virtual teaching tool to eradicate fear of performing laboratory experiments.

The new e-learning tool, Chemistry LabSkills, has been produced by Learning Science Ltd and Bristol ChemLabS (University of Bristol). The tool is being disseminated, through the Association for Science Education and the associated Getting Practical Programme, to about 4000 secondary schools for use in enhancing, but not replacing, the teaching of practical chemistry.

The memory sticks are being funded by the Training Development Agency for Teachers in an effort to support chemistry teachers and enhance practical science in the classroom.

The Royal Society of Chemistry hopes that the new tool will meet two key objectives for increasing practical science in schools. Firstly, by getting students up to speed quickly and effectively with the background of the scientific approach to enquiry and how to carry out experiments, it will allow teachers to fit in more practical work. Additionally, by rehearsing key practical skills in a virtual environment before lab sessions, the tool will become instrumental in building student confidence in the laboratory.

The Royal Society of Chemistry with its corporate partner, Pfizer, launched the Discover Chemistry project in 2007. Pfizer provided £600,000 over a three-year period to help address the changing needs of the chemical industry in the UK, encouraging the most capable students into chemistry, and ensuring that they are imbued with the appropriate skills. Initiatives such as this virtual lab software, which is based on innovative best practice developed at Bristol, are key to fulfilling these aims.

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US Serials Solutions receives full permissions as CONSER Affiliate member - 02 Apr 2010

E-Resource Access and Management Services (ERAMS) provider Serials Solutions, US, a business unit of ProQuest Information and Learning, has announced that its catalogers can ‘CONSER authenticate’ non-CONSER records for distribution as new records. Now a CONSER Affiliate member of the Library of Congress’ Serial Record Division with full permissions, Serials Solutions can improve the quality of CONSER records used worldwide and provide current clients of Serials Solutions 360 MARC Update service with new and enhanced records.

The expanded scope of Serials Solutions work within the CONSER database provides a welcome new source of records and data that can be added to existing CONSER records. The benefits of this work extend to subscribers and clients of the variety of products that rely on CONSER records to update and maintain services.

Serials Solutions CONSER membership started in 2006 with maintenance of CONSER records. In the past year Serials Solutions role expanded to include the contribution of new records to the CONSER database. Serials Solutions also joined the Name Authority Cooperative Program of the PCC (NACO), enabling Serials Solutions catalogers to create new name authority records.

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US UpToDate adds Allergy, Asthma and Immunology content to clinical information database - 02 Apr 2010

UpToDate, part of healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced the addition of Allergy and Immunology to its clinical information database. Subscribers to UpToDate can now access over 300 topics specifically devoted to allergy, asthma and immunology, and a total of over 8,300 topics across 16 specialties.

Dr Bruce S. Bochner, Dr. E. Richard Stiehm and Dr. Robert A. Wood are the Editors-in-Chief of the new allergy and immunology content. These editors and 247 physician contributors worked to develop topics that cover all the major areas of allergy, asthma and immunology.

UpToDate is an evidence-based resource that provides fast, accurate clinical answers to physicians and other medical professionals, particularly at the point of care. UpToDate is available online and can also be installed on a computer or mobile device. Widely accepted by more than 400,000 clinicians in 147 countries, UpToDate seeks to improve health outcomes by providing clinicians with current, comprehensive clinical content, including treatment recommendations based on the best medical evidence. Created by more than 4,400 editors, authors and peer reviewers from leading medical institutions, UpToDate monitors more than 440 journals to ensure that the most recent information and findings are incorporated into the content.

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US American Institute of Physics selects Mark Logic Server to launch Scitation C3 platform - 01 Apr 2010

Software solutions provider Mark Logic Corporation, US, has announced that the American Institute of Physics (AIP), a non-profit scholarly publisher, has used MarkLogic Server to build its next-generation platform for hosting online publications, Scitation C³. AIP has moved its 12 archival journals to the MarkLogic-based Scitation C³ platform, which hosts 2,000,000 articles from over 200 science-related publications.

By leveraging the power of XML to slice, dice, and repurpose content, Scitation C³ significantly reduces the time for search and discovery. The platform boasts a new object browser that allows subscribers to see tables, figures, and other valuable information within an article from the abstract view. This helps physics researchers easily navigate rich content and find relevant information more quickly. MarkLogic enabled AIP to re-use content from multiple assets to offer both publishers and end users multi-channel delivery options for content and services, allowing them to be well positioned to take advantage of future publishing opportunities.

Other Scitation C³ features include full-article HTML rendering, improved visual presentation of inline math, and in-context links to references, figures, and tables. AIP now offers ‘Smart ToCs’ that allow users to further customise listings with abstract previews and the ability to hide non-relevant content. AIP has also added more search options and controls to explore content based on article type, topic, author, keyword, PACS, journal, and publication year. In addition, researchers can find information faster by highlighting a term within an article to produce a list of related content.

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US Cengage Learning names Cindy Cook as Chief Marketing Officer of Academic and Professional Group - 01 Apr 2010

Teaching, learning and research solutions provider Cengage Learning, US, has announced the appointment of Cindy Cook as Chief Marketing Officer of the company's Academic and Professional Group. Cindy will join the company on April 5, 2010.

In her new position, Cindy will be responsible for accelerating company growth and digital transformation through aggressive marketing of the company's products, services and solutions. She has a strong background in digital media and more than 20 years of expertise in global consumer products, including significant marketing leadership roles.

Cindy most recently served as Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at Vivendi Games, creator of some of the industry's largest and most profitable games, where she ran marketing operations and was directly accountable for the mobile and casual games divisions. She also drove strategy and was part of the senior management team that led a successful merger with Activision to create the world's largest videogame publisher, Activision Blizzard.

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India Dear Subscriber - 01 Apr 2010

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Netherland Elsevier adds FDA Advisory Committee content to online resource Pharmapendium - 01 Apr 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the addition of FDA Advisory Committee content to Pharmapendium, an online resource for preclinical, clinical and post-market drug information.

The newly added documents seek to provide preclinical and clinical drug development and regulatory affairs departments with a substantial collection of comparative scientific and regulatory data that may not be included in final FDA Approval Package documents. For the first time FDA Advisory Committee content and FDA Approval Packages can be searched simultaneously via a single source on PharmaPendium, according to Elsevier.

The expansion of searchable FDA approval coverage is projected to give pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies deeper insights into regulatory context, precedent content and the FDA drug approval process. Organised by committee, more than 140,000 pages of FDA Advisory Committee meeting minutes, rosters, supplementary documents, transcripts and PowerPoints are being added. Content from 19 CDER and CBER committees is also represented.

PharmaPendium is designed to support both scientific and business decisions within the pharma/biotech industry. The online resource seeks to provide access via a single point to searchable and trusted drug information. It covers close to 4,000 approved drugs, with integrated preclinical, clinical and post-market safety data. PharmaPendium is owned and protected by Elsevier Properties SA and used under licence.

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UK Nominations now open for Nature Awards for Mentoring in Science - Canada - 01 Apr 2010

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group has called for nominations for the 2010 Nature Awards for Mentoring in Science. The 2010 awards focus on Canada. Two prizes of C$10,000 will be awarded - one for mid-career and one for lifetime achievement. Nominations close on June 30, 2010.

Nominees may work in any discipline within the natural sciences, and should be resident in Canada. They may nominate themselves or be nominated by colleagues and ex-colleagues. Nominations for a candidate must include independent testimonials by at least five researchers mentored by their nominee, not all over the same period.

Launched in 2005, the annual Nature Awards for Mentoring in Science recognises outstanding scientific mentorship, and focuses on a specific country or countries each year. In previous years the Nature Awards have highlighted top-notch mentors in Australia, Germany, Japan, South Africa, and the UK.

The 2010 Nature Awards for Mentoring in Science will be announced at the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies annual meeting in Toronto on November 5, 2010. More details and nomination forms are available on the Nature website at www.nature.com/nature/mentoringawards/canada.

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UK One hundred BioMed Central journals now indexed in Medline - 01 Apr 2010

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that three of its journals have been accepted for inclusion in MEDLINE. The journals are: Behavioral & Brain Functions, Molecular Brain and Particle and Fibre Toxicology. This brings the number of BioMed Central journals indexed in MEDLINE to a total of one hundred.

Behavioral & Brain Functions will also receive its first impact factor in June 2010. Particle and Fibre Toxicology is also tracked by Thomson Reuters and will be receiving its first impact factor in June 2011. Molecular Brain was launched just under two years ago with BioMed Central and has rapidly developed a strong readership with many articles receiving high access figures.

Maintained by the US National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE (Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System Online) is a premier bibliographic database containing more than 16 million references to journal articles in life sciences with a concentration on biomedicine.

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US Registration for second webinar in the ARL-ACRL ISC series to close on April 7 - 01 Apr 2010

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) have announced that registration for the second webinar in the ARL-ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC) series Strengthening Programs through Collaboration will close on April 7, 2010.

The webinar, ‘Managing Transformative Change: Campus Policy and Politics, or: So We’re not Harvard…’ is scheduled for April 14, 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. EDT. It will focus on campus mandate and policy issues. Roles that libraries play in advocating for and supporting campus mandates and policies will be explored. Scheduled speakers include Ada Emmett, Associate Librarian for Scholarly Communications, University of Kansas; Lorraine Haricombe, Dean of Libraries, University of Kansas; and Marisa Ramirez, California Polytechnic State University.

The Strengthening Programs through Collaboration webinar series is expected to assist libraries take their scholarly communication programmes to the next level. Featured guest speakers will provide practical perspectives on emerging areas in scholarly communication. Throughout this 8-part webinar series, participants will have opportunities to build and develop a network of colleagues and to review how local successes and activities can build towards a comprehensive programme plan.

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UK RSC Publishing journals now indexed in Thomson Reuters' Science Citation Index - Expanded - 01 Apr 2010

Scientific publisher RSC Publishing, the publishing arm of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK, has announced that two of its latest journals - Nanoscale and Analytical Methods, have now been included by Thomson Reuters ISI in the Science Citation Index - Expanded.

All articles published in Nanoscale and Analytical Methods since Issue 1, Volume 1 are now listed on the ISI Web of Science and the Science Citation Index (SCI). Full indexing is projected to provide further exposure to all work published in the journals, enhancing the already high visibility achieved via the current free access model. To ensure global visibility for all research published, and to allow institutions to fully appraise the new titles before making a subscription decision, access to every current issue of both these journals is free throughout 2010. Free institutional online access to all 2009/2010 content is also available following registration at www.rsc.org/free_access_registration.

Nanoscale encompasses experimental and theoretical work across the breadth of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Published in collaboration with the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST) in Beijing, China, the journal claims to be already attracting work from some of the best research groups in the world.

Analytical Methods communicates research on the demonstration and application of new analytical methodologies and techniques to problems of significant societal concern. The journal poses an addition to the well-established analytical science series of RSC Publishing journals, which include Analyst, Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry and Analytical Abstracts.

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US Symyx joins Pistoia Alliance to streamline drug discovery workflows - 01 Apr 2010

Information management systems provider Symyx Technologies, Inc., US, has announced that it has joined the Pistoia Alliance, a non-profit group that promotes collaboration to streamline non-competitive elements of pharmaceutical and life science discovery workflows. The alliance was initially formed by global pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis and AstraZeneca.

Symyx is participating in the Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) Query Services Working Group. The group, over time, expects to create and release industry standard definitions, a search application programming interface (API), and a service specification for accessing and reporting ELN information. These cooperative efforts are projected to provide for the current and future digital information needs of Symyx customers. They are also expected to help establish a set of standard industry use cases that will align life sciences customers and vendors around the challenges of working with information throughout the discovery process.

As a participating member of the Pistoia Alliance, Symyx will collaborate on helping companies increase the value of research information by enabling searching and reporting across the groups, domains and systems involved in research projects. It is observed that in today's cost-driven R&D environment, companies realise that working together to capture and discuss emerging ideas can be mutually beneficial.

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