ACRL 2013 conference discusses changing role of academic libraries - 30 Apr 2013
The ACRL 2013 came to a close with more than 4,800 library staff, exhibitors, speakers and guests from 50 US states and 19 countries meeting at the Indiana Convention Center. The conference, hosted by ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) from April 10-13, discussed the changing role of academic libraries.
Themed 'Imagine, Innovate, Inspire,' the conference offered more than 300 programmes that featured a wide range of content curated by academic librarians, addressing the value of academic libraries and librarians. Attendees were said to have had access to cutting-edge content and opportunities to engage in conversations on the value of academic libraries as partners in the higher education community, trends in technology, scholarly communication, information literacy instruction, space planning and design and recruitment.
ACRL 2013 featured a line-up of distinguished keynote speakers, with social justice as a reoccurring theme. Education reform advocate Geoffrey Canada, described as 'inspiring' and 'thought provoking,' discussed the need to invest in education as an alternative to a cradle-to-prison pipeline.
Punk rock icon Henry Rollins' keynote address focused on how social change and human progress were fueled by preservation and free access to information. Hinojos closed ACRL 2013 with remarks that touched on the changing narrative of multiculturalism in the US and academic librarians' role in empowering youth through access to information.
ACRL continued its focus on innovative programming, offering such programmes as IdeaPower Unconference, Powers of Ten Dialogue and THATCamp, among others.
More than 500 academic and research librarians unable to make the trip to Indianapolis attended the conference virtually. The ACRL 2013 Virtual Conference provided 12 webcasts, as well as asynchronous activities, allowing for convenient scheduling and flexibility. Attendees who missed sessions can now log on to the Virtual Conference archive, which provides access to slidecasts of invited paper and panel sessions along with Cyber Zed Shed presentations. Access to 130 contributed papers is also freely available to all online at http://www.ala.org/acrl/acrl/conferences/2013/papers.
The next ACRL Conference, themed 'Creating Sustainable Community,' will take place in 2015 in Portland, Ore. from March 25-28 and will be one of the premiere events highlighting ACRL's 75th anniversary.
Elsevier and IEDA launch data rescue competition for Earth Sciences discipline - 30 Apr 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and IEDA (Integrated Earth Data Applications), an NSF-funded data facility in the geosciences at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, are jointly launching a new competition, the International Data Rescue Competition, which aims to improve preservation and access of research data in the earth sciences discipline. The challenge invites members of the international geosciences community who have worked on efforts that advance preservation and access of research data, particularly dark data, to share their work and the varied ways that these data are being processed, stored and used.
In launching the competition, Elsevier and IEDA hope to showcase the breadth, depth and diversity of existing initiatives for disclosing research data within the field of geosciences, to promote recognition of these efforts and to encourage new developments in this direction. In addition, they hope to encourage the establishment of a multi-disciplinary community across all areas of geosciences to discuss the multitude of tools and methods that are being developed to rescue data from oblivion and stimulate the sharing of knowledge, tools and standards pertaining to making research data reusable across various earth and environmental sciences domains.
As part of the submission process each participant must describe different aspects of their data rescue project, including examples of the data as it looked before and after the rescue process; a description of ways in which the data could be or is used after being made available electronically; a description of metadata, models and standards and the data repository or collection used to make the data available to be accessed and used; and a description of the rescue process, whether it be manual, automated, or a combination of both.
A cross-disciplinary panel of judges will assess the submissions and invite the top ten proposals to a special award ceremony to be held in December 2013. The award will consist of a Data Rescue trophy and $ 5000.
Researcher proposals are welcome to be submitted until October 10, 2013. Details of the competition criteria and a link to a submission template can be found on the Data Rescue Award website: http://researchdata.elsevier.com/datachallenge.
IET selects CCC’s RightsLink to manage article processing charges for OA journal publications - 30 Apr 2013
Licensing solutions provider Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), US, has announced that The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has chosen CCC's RightsLink for Open Access to manage article processing charges for all of its open access journal publications. This includes the recently launched, The Journal of Engineering.
Publishers must provide a seamless article processing charge (APC) payment experience for authors and universities while demonstrating policy compliance to funding agencies. As they collect APCs from their authors, publishers must manage publishing requirements from funders and offer licensing options at the article level that are consistent with a publisher's Open Access policies. Moreover, publishers must continually measure and test their OA business models – all with a focus on building a sustainable business. RightsLink for Open Access is a flexible solution that automates these processes.
According to the company, RightsLink provides the most comprehensive OA solution on the market. RightsLink for Open Access can be integrated with a journal-production system or manuscript-submission workflow, providing publishers a secure way to manage APCs, submission charges, page and colour charges, and author reprints. Further, RightsLink also allows publishers to offer 'OA aware' licenses at the article level from their websites 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, providing publishers with a complete OA solution from manuscript acceptance through post-publication licensing.
Maney Publishing offers free access to Health Sciences content for fourteen days - 30 Apr 2013
Academic publisher Maney Publishing, UK, is running the second in a series of 'Free Access 14' campaigns from May 13-26, 2013. For fourteen days Maney is making all 26 journals within its Health Sciences Collection freely available. Interested parties may gain access to content, which includes special issues and archived content as well as the latest research, by completing the sign-up form available at www.maneypublishing.com/fa14.
The MORE Health Sciences Collection provides instant online access to highly-regarded, evidence-based, clinically-orientated research papers that are of interest to healthcare professionals around the world. The articles integrate academic and clinical perspectives of case studies, reports and reviews providing a complete information resource.
The wide range of fields covered include audiology; physical and developmental disabilities; health and social care management; infectious diseases; haematology; medical communication; neurology; occupational and environmental health; orthodontics; physical therapy; palliative care; pathology; and rehabilitation.
All articles will be freely available from flagship journals such as Neurological Research, Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, Journal of Orthodontics and Pathogens and Global Health, alongside new titles such as The Linacre Quarterly, Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless and Speech, Language and Hearing.
Anyone can register for free access to the collection, whether they are a practitioner, researcher, clinician, librarian or student.
OCLC Research to host webinar on managing research data at libraries - 30 Apr 2013
Library information provider OCLC Research is to host a webinar on May 14, 2013, titled 'Managing Research Data—from Goals to Reality'. It has invited all OCLC Research Library Partners to join the dialogue between Sally Rumsey, Digital Research Librarian at the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, and Wendy Kozlowski, Science Data and Metadata Librarian at Cornell University. The dialogue is about how they are managing research data - the raw output of research investigations, not the resulting reports.
Rumsey and Kozlowski will both provide the context in which they are handling research data, including their goals, current activities and plans, with demonstrations of the systems they are developing.
OCLC Research Library Partners in attendance who are also managing research data are invited to chime in on how they are addressing the issues the two librarians rise. OCLC Research Programme Officer Karen Smith-Yoshimura will provide an overview of OCLC Research activities in various aspects of dataset curation and will facilitate the discussion.
OCLC Research Library Partners are invited to register for 60 minutes of presentation and discussion in this free webinar. A recording of the webinar will be made publicly available on the OCLC Research website, on YouTube and in iTunes in March.
SAGE partners with Canadian International Council to publish International Journal - 30 Apr 2013
Academic publisher SAGE has announced a partnership with the Canadian International Council (CIC) and the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History (CCIH) to publish Canada's pre-eminent journal of global policy analysis, International Journal. The journal publishes brief, policy-relevant articles alongside peer-reviewed scholarly assessments of interest to foreign policy makers, analysts and academics around the world. The journal publishes four times a year.
Established in 1946, International Journal is cross disciplinary in approach, combining the insights of history, political science and economics with anthropology and other social sciences to advance research and dialogue on global issues of significance.
International Journal has been recognized as Canada's pre-eminent scholarly publication on international relations since its inception in 1946. Readers benefit from wide-ranging research and analysis by scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers, Canadian and non-Canadian.
Stem Cell Research & Therapy now accepting research submissions for special series focusing on cardiovascular regeneration - 30 Apr 2013
Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that its journal Stem Cell Research & Therapy is now accepting research submissions for consideration in a special series focusing on cardiovascular regeneration.
The publication of these articles will be coordinated, with a series of commissioned reviews and opinions, edited by Prof Ronald Li (University of Hong Kong) and written by leaders in the field including Kenneth Boheler (National Institutes of Health, USA), Steve Oh (BTI, Singapore) and Sean Wu (Stanford University).
The series will review the current state-of-the-art stem cell-based approaches for disease modelling, drug discovery and myocardial repair, as well as the associated hurdles and potential solutions.
The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2013.
Australia’s Swinburne University of Technology goes live with Ex Libris’ Alma - 29 Apr 2013
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that Australia's Swinburne University of Technology - an Alma collaborative partner - is in production with the Ex Libris Alma library management solution. In addition, Swinburne University is the first live Alma site whose cloud-based services are delivered by the company's new data center in Singapore.
With a full suite of Ex Libris systems in operation on the Swinburne campus for a number of years, Swinburne welcomed the opportunity to replace much of its library software with a complete, streamlined solution for managing the library's diverse collections and - through Primo - making them fully discoverable.
Swinburne University is now carrying out a multifaceted, yearlong change program that will have an impact on many aspects of the library's operations. The implementation of Alma at Swinburne marks another important event - the opening of the new Ex Libris data center in Singapore. Ex Libris customers in the Asia-Pacific region will now benefit from high‑performance, high‑availability cloud‑based services delivered by a data center in their own backyard.
BioMed Central appoints Caroline Black as Senior Publisher - 29 Apr 2013
Open access publisher BioMed Central has announced the appointment of Caroline Black as Senior Publisher. Caroline is moving from her position as Managing Director of Portland Press Limited and Group Head of Publishing for the Biochemical Society.
Caroline brings a wealth of experience in STM publishing, having previously worked at Current Science, Thomson Science, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Blackwell Publishing and Mac Keith Press. In the newly created role of Senior Publisher, she will be responsible for the leadership, strategic direction, management and growth of a portfolio of BioMed Central's key products.
The BMC Series comprises community-focused inclusive open access journals and BioMed Central's Medical Evidence portfolio, a group of journals and databases which register and publish medical case reports, negative results, clinical trials and systematic reviews.
Future Medicinal Chemistry publishes special focus issue on boron chemistry - 29 Apr 2013
Future Medicinal Chemistry, a journal published by Future Science Ltd., UK, has published a special focus issue dedicated to boron chemistry, with contributions from academic experts based in Europe, North America and Asia. This special focus issue is guest edited by PV Ramachandran (Purdue University), a Herbert Brown Professor and a leading expert in organoborane research.
The special focus issue is dedicated to the discussion of boron-containing molecules that can aid or act as stand alone therapies in the treatment of diseases. Particular attention has been given to boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT), an area of active research for boron chemists for several decades. The issue also provides a forward-looking overview of current efforts, new insights and significant advances in the evaluation and future outlook on this emerging area of medicinal chemistry.
With a selection of absorbing articles including Reviews, Editorials and Preliminary Communications, this issue discusses bio-conjugates for imaging and therapy, boron-containing drug-delivery vehicles, as well as BNCT. In addition, an interview with Fred Hawthorne, one of the pioneers in BNCT research, provides a detailed insight to his research to date. Other additions include the use of antibacterial glycopeptide antibiotics conjugated with benzoxaboroles by Maria Preobrazhenskaya et al. (Gause Institute of New Antibiotics. B.), while an Editorial by Steve Westcott discusses the use of boron-containing capsaicin derivatives for the treatment of cancer.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 29 Apr 2013
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Phil Davis (Institutional Repository Study Is Recast in UK Political Light); Pat Thomson (Heroic impact narratives create a dangerous divide between the researcher and the local context); Indiatimes (E-Books Challenge Traditional Reading: Survey); Joseph Esposito (The Law of Unintended Consequences Pays a Visit to the OSTP); and Alison Flood (Ebook anxieties increase as publishing revolution rolls on). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
Library Copyright Alliance supports GSU in amicus brief in copyright lawsuit - 29 Apr 2013
The US' Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) has filed a 'friend of the court' brief in support of Georgia State University (GSU) in the appeal of Cambridge U. Press et al. v. Mark P. Becker et al. In its brief, LCA argues that GSU's e-reserves policy is consistent with widespread and well-established best practices for fair use at academic and research libraries, and that these uses have no negative effects on scholarship. LCA was represented by Jonathan Band and attorneys from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The case is on appeal with the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
The case began in 2008 when Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and SAGE Publishers sued GSU for alleged copyright infringement. The publishers argued that GSU's use of excerpts from copyright-protected materials in password-protected course e-reserves and class sites was a violation of the copyright law. Notably, the Association of American Publishers and the Copyright Clearance Center, the licensing arm for much of the academic publishing industry, organised and funded the lawsuit.
In May 2012, Judge Orinda Evans of the US District Court in Atlanta ruled in favour of the university in a lengthy decision that reviewed each of 75 alleged infringements, finding only five infringing uses. In her ruling, Judge Evans saw little evidence of market harm to the publishers, and stated that current teaching practices were beneficial to teachers and students, as well as being reasonable and fair. She further ordered the publishers to pay GSU’s attorneys' fees and costs (nearly $3 million), a ruling that is seen to help discourage future aggressive lawsuits against good-faith fair users.
Now that the issues are narrowed and clarified on appeal, LCA is one of several groups filing on the side of GSU in a purported show of solidarity across the academic community. The American Council on Education, the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries and the American Association of University Professors, among others, are all represented in briefs defending the fair use rights of faculty, students and librarians.
medicalphysicsweb launches iPad supplement - 29 Apr 2013
Non-profit scientific publisher IOP Publishing (IOP), UK, has announced that medicalphysicsweb, the website for the medical physics community, has launched an iPad version of its supplement, the medicalphysicsweb review. The supplement, which is available to download from the Apple Store for free, is published several times a year to coincide with the key conferences in the field.
It provides readers with in-depth news, analysis and commentary on the fundamental research, emerging technologies and clinical applications that underpin the dynamic disciplines of medical physics: radiation therapy, diagnostic imaging, nuclear medicine and biomedical optics.
The supplement has been designed for optimal display on the iPad and users can download the issue to their iPad to refer back to at another time. It can be downloaded from the Apple App Store, or directly from Apple's Newsstand.
New issue brief from Elsevier identifies potential impact of evidence-based medicine in meeting healthcare challenges - 29 Apr 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the availability of the first in a series of issue briefs on evidence-based medicine (EBM). The issue brief, 'Building a Business Case for Evidence-Based Medicine,' reveals the urgent need for EBM, as identified in a roundtable discussion of healthcare industry thought leaders at the CMIO Leadership Forum: Transforming Healthcare Through Evidence-based Medicine, last fall in Chicago.
The roundtable discussion, which featured five physicians representing hospital and healthcare technology CMIOs, research directors and clinical professors, was convened by the developers of ClinicalKey, Elsevier's clinical insight engine designed to help physicians quickly locate accurate answers to their clinical questions. The issue brief, based on the roundtable, emphasises the need for a business case for EBM as a central necessity to enhancing the American healthcare system. According to findings highlighted within the brief, making the business case for EBM will not be attributed to a single event or destination, but will become more of a process or journey.
EBM is a long-term, problem-based learning process that involves conversion of information needs into focused questions; identification of the best evidence for answering a question; review of evidence for validity and clinical usefulness; application of results to clinical practice; and evaluation of how the evidence performs in clinical applications. Identified within this brief are opportunities and strategies that will assist the healthcare system through the EMB journey.
The issue brief is available for download at http://ckey.co/ckebmbiz. Subsequent briefs will focus on EBM implementation and the future of EBM.
OCLC Global Council discusses impact of global cooperation on libraries - 29 Apr 2013
The OCLC Global Council met in The Hague, Netherlands, to discuss the opportunities and challenges libraries face in an increasingly global environment and the importance of international cooperation. The Council elected leaders for next year, elected a new trustee, and announced results from regional council elections. It also accepted a report and recommendations by the Global Advisory Group on Credits and Incentives.
It was the first OCLC Global Council meeting to take place outside the US or Canada. Forty-two Council delegates and four alternates from 16 countries and territories participated in the meeting under the direction of OCLC Global Council President ChewLeng Beh, Senior Director, Library & Professional Services and Director of SILAS, National Library Board, Singapore.
Council delegates elected Berndt Dugall, Director/Librarian at Universität Frankfurt's Universitätsbibliothek Johann Senckenberg (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) to the OCLC Board of Trustees. Dugall has served the OCLC membership since 2005 in various Council roles, most recently as Vice President (2010–2011), then as President (2011–2012). His term on the Board will begin in November, replacing Kathleen Imhoff, Library Consultant. In November, 10 of the 16 Trustees serving on the Board will be librarians.
Barbara Preece, Director, Loyola/Notre Dame Library (Baltimore, Maryland, USA), was elected Vice President/President-Elect of the OCLC Global Council. Her one-year term as Vice President will begin July 1, 2013, and her one-year term as President will begin July 1, 2014.
Anne Prestamo, Claud D. Kniffin Professor of Library Service and Education and Associate Dean for Collection and Technology Services, Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA), will begin her term as Global Council President July 1, 2013.
The Global Council accepted a report and recommendations by the Global Advisory Group on Credits and Incentives. Following 18 months of analysis and discussion with members, the report recommends that the Cooperative gradually phase out the Financial Credits Programme through June 2016. The report recognises the important role that the Financial Credits Programme has played in the Cooperative.
The report calls for the continued promotion and celebration of member contribution and sharing, and the need to ensure that the phase-out of the programme minimises any financial impact to members currently participating in the Financial Credits Programme. While the current programme is being phased out, the Advisory Group report said that the Cooperative should support development of new mechanisms that celebrated and encouraged member cooperation and sharing in support of its common purpose of furthering access to the world's information.
The recommendation goes to the OCLC Board of Trustees and OCLC management for consideration.
OCLC's three Regional Councils - Americas Regional Council (ARC), Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional Council (EMEARC) and Asia Pacific Regional Council (APRC) - has concluded elections and announced results during the meeting.
Annual OCLC Research Library Partnership Roundtable scheduled for April 27 - 26 Apr 2013
Library information provider OCLC Research has announced that its annual Library Partnership Roundtable will be held on April 27 at ARLIS/NA in Pasadena, CA. This meeting will provide an opportunity for staff from OCLC Research Library Partnership institutions to hear about and influence OCLC Research plans and priorities and to explore challenges that require collaborative solutions.
OCLC Research has staked out some of the most pressing issues facing the library community in the areas of Metadata Management, Advancing the Research Mission, and Mobilizing Unique Materials. Staff from OCLC Research Library Partnership institutions as well as prospective partners are invited to attend this meeting to hear about the latest development in areas of particular impact to art libraries.
The meeting agenda was determined by OCLC Research Library Partners through a survey.
ARL applauds US Judiciary Committee action to reform privacy laws - 26 Apr 2013
The US Senate Judiciary Committee has, on April 25, reportedly taken another crucial step toward fixing outdated privacy laws by endorsing a bill proposed by Chairman Patrick Leahy. The bill includes vital reforms to give appropriate privacy protection to e-mail and cloud storage.
The committee passed a similar bill in November 2012, but the legislative session ended before the measure could reach the full Senate. The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) applauds Chairman Leahy and all members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for their strong, bipartisan support for reasonable privacy protections online.
For more information about the committee action and the bill, which would update the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), see "Updating an E-Mail Law from the Last Century" in the New York Times (April 24, 2013).
ARL is a nonprofit organisation of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve.
EOCME extends collaboration with AcademicCME and ArcheMedX to re-launch ThrombosisClinic.com - 26 Apr 2013
Elsevier's Office of Continuing Medical Education (EOCME) has announced that it is extending its existing collaboration with AcademicCME and ArcheMedX to re-launch the ThrombosisClinic.com website. The ArcheMedX connected learning platform will power the new site to create a collaborative learning experience for interdisciplinary teams of clinicians.
The new site provides a one-of-a-kind educational resource for the entire interdisciplinary clinical team, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare providers dedicated to thrombosis prevention, treatment and management.
The site will centralise the clinician's natural learning actions and simplify their lifelong learning journey. In an age when clinicians face a daily challenge to stay current with new and emerging best practices, the all-new ThrombosisClinic.com will introduce resources and an innovative set of connected learning tools that clinicians need to streamline their information gathering and support practical, lifelong learning.
Powered by the ArcheMedX Connected Learning Platform, the site will seamlessly connect the virtual courses and new forms of educational content to Elsevier's comprehensive archives of clinical publications, making it simple for clinicians to access, review, share, and apply related educational content to clinical practice. Access to the new Virtual Courses, collaborative learning tools, and other educational activities on ThrombosisClinic.com will be available for registered learners beginning in the second half of 2013.
John Wiley, Elsevier to sponsor APEC prize for ocean research - 26 Apr 2013
APEC member economies have announced that they will honour a young scientist in 2013 whose collaborative work in the region has made an outstanding contribution to sustainable ocean development. Publishers John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and Elsevier are sponsors for the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE Prize).
'Sustainable Ocean Development', the theme of this year's ASPIRE Prize, is seen to reflect members' focus on boosting cooperation that can help to generate innovative, environmentally and economically sustainable management solutions for the region's oceans and waterways. It
targets young scientists from APEC economies who specialise in fields such as oceanography and marine sciences, aquaculture and fisheries science, hydrology, hydrography and costal geography. The merit of their collaborative accomplishments must be evidenced by scholarly publication.
Each APEC member economy may nominate one individual under 40 years of age for the 2013 ASPIRE Prize which is sponsored by Wiley and Elsevier, and carries $25,000 in prize money. The submission deadline is May, 3 2013.
Luc Prudhon named General Manager of EBSCO Information Services SAS - 26 Apr 2013
Library information services provider EBSCO has announced the appointment of Luc Prudhon as General Manager of EBSCO Information Services SAS to address emerging challenges presented by the French information industry.
With over 20 years of experience in the information industry, Luc Prudhon managed EBSCO France, between 2003 - 2009. During this time, following EBSCO's acquisition of RoweCom, Luc substantially increased EBSCO's market share in France and drove strong growth in sales. More recently Luc served as a general manager in the industrial sector. Prior to that, most of his career was spent in the information industry, with Dawson France, RoweCom and EBSCO, where he held several roles in top management and finance.
In his new capacity, Luc will take advantage of his wealth of experience in management and finance to reposition EBSCO France on a path to growth and stability, by developing a rigorous strategy based on service and quality.
eBooks on Demand network receives 2013 ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects award - 25 Apr 2013
The eBooks on Demand (EOD) project of the EOD Network is one of three projects selected to receive the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects.
The EOD Library Network aims to digitise the public domain books on users' request. It was nominated for the ALA award by a network member, Alenka Kavčič-Čolić from the National and University Library in Slovenia. Among other things, the nomination letter drew attention to EOD network has enlarged by 10 libraries since last three years; the EOD search engine, which was launched in 2011, comprises more than 3.5 million items by now; and the digitised books are made available to the public through the repositories of the participating libraries.
The Citation will be presented on July 1 by Maureen Sullivan, ALA President at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. It will be received by the coordinator of the EOD network, Silvia Gstrein and a network member, Guy Cobolet from Academic Health Library in Paris.
The ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects began as an ALA Presidential initiative of Dr. Loriene Roy, ALA President in 2007-2008. Recipients are selected by a committee of the International Relations Round Table through a nomination process.
The EOD service provides e-books on demand in a single PDF file mostly with full-text search option. The service was launched by 13 libraries in 8 European countries in 2006 and is currently provided by 35 libraries in 12 countries.
ICD-10 mapping files from Medi-Span continue to aid customers meet HHS compliance requirements for diagnosis coding by deadline - 25 Apr 2013
Information services provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that Medi-Span customers still have time to add previously released files to map Medi-Span proprietary vocabularies to ICD-10, helping to meet the Department of Human and Health Services (HHS) compliance requirements by the October 2014 deadline.
Nearly one year ago, Medi-Span launched ICD-10 mapping files for its customers to map Medi-Span proprietary vocabularies to ICD-10, helping customers to meet HHS compliance requirements before the previously-set deadline. Several Medi-Span clinical content sets utilise proprietary vocabularies to identify diseases, conditions and procedures. These include Drug Disease Monitoring System, Medical Conditions Master Database, The Medi-Span Solution or Middleware COM, Drug Information Bridge, and Medi-Span Clinical. Medi-Span continues to support its customers with the flexibility to either continue with existing Medi-Span solutions or to implement more current and advanced Medi-Span offerings to meet the ICD-10 requirements. Available in flat file and API solutions, these files help enable healthcare systems to translate to and from codes in the patient record, supporting interoperability.
Part of Wolters Kluwer Health, Medi-Span is a provider of drug information for thousands of healthcare professionals worldwide. With more than 30 years experience, Medi-Span continues to offer authoritative drug databases in a variety of formats, including clinical decision support and disease suite modules, application programming interfaces and stand-alone software applications.
iThenticate survey probes concerns of editors and editorial staff at scholarly publications - 25 Apr 2013
iThenticate, a US-based provider of professional plagiarism detection and prevention technology, has conducted a survey probing the concerns of editors and editorial staff at scholarly publications. Findings indicate that ethics issues top the list of their most pressing challenges. The survey results will be discussed at a live webcast on April 25. Registration for the webcast is open.
The study queried 120 journal editors and staffers about what they believed to be the top challenges facing scholarly publishing as a whole, as well as what they perceived as the greatest threats to the integrity of the field. Five issues surfaced as the leading concerns in the eyes of editors, many of them ethics-related - plagiarism, pressure to publish, poorly designed studies, technological advances that simplify image or data falsification and conflicts of interest between researchers and industry.
Among those, plagiarism and misconduct was ranked as the most worrisome, with 82 percent of respondents classifying it as a 'serious' or 'very serious' problem. 38 percent of editorial staffers classified the plagiarism they encounter as intentional, and 29 percent said most plagiarism is 'blatant', involving large portions of un-attributed text.
'Pressure to publish' followed closely, with 58 percent of those surveyed deeming it 'serious' and 20 percent 'very serious.' Close to half of respondents believed that 'poorly designed studies' (52 percent) and 'conflicts of interest' (47 percent) were serious challenges, and 'image/data falsification' was deemed serious by 38 percent of respondents.
When asked to identify specific concerns with researchers' practices, once again, plagiarism led the list. 60 percent of editors and editorial staff stated plagiarism as a top worry. 54 percent cited 'focusing on number of publications rather than making advances' as a lead concern, and 53 percent honed in on 'publishing the bare minimum' as a major issue. 'Splitting studies across publications' garnered 38 percent of respondents' concern.
The survey also tapped editorial staffers' insights on preventing ethical issues, plagiarism in particular. While plagiarism detection software ranked highly as a prevention method, a significant faction of respondents favoured more aggressive or punitive measures to deter ethical breaches.
Among prevention techniques touted as 'effective' or 'very effective', plagiarism detection software was the clear leader, with 88 percent of respondents suggesting its use. 62 percent found that publicising their journal's use of plagiarism detection software was a deterrent, and half of respondents advocated directly advising submitting authors on how to avoid plagiarism.
Asked about the efficacy of exposing plagiarizers, 47 percent of respondents believed maintaining a blacklist of authors who have been associated with plagiarism would deter others from submitting unoriginal work. 63 percent stated that informing an author's employer when plagiarism is found would be an effective prevention method.
Nature measures to improve transparency in life sciences research publication - 25 Apr 2013
Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, has introduced new measures to improve the consistency and quality of reporting in the life sciences research published in the journals Nature and Nature Research. An editorial in Nature highlights the problems that result from publishers exerting insufficient scrutiny and failing to publish enough information for other researchers to assess the reliability of results.
It also announces measures to improve procedures at the Nature journals, including systematically ensuring the reporting of key methodological details, increasing the space given to methods sections, and examining statistics more closely.
Central to the initiative is a checklist that will prompt authors to disclose technical and statistical information in their submissions and encourage referees to consider aspects important for research reproducibility. It focuses on a small number of often-incompletely reported elements of experimental and analytical design that are crucial to the interpretation of research results. It also consolidates several existing policies about data deposition and presentation. In addition, the Nature journals will employ statisticians as consultants on certain papers, abolish length restrictions on methods sections and encourage authors to provide data underlying figures in papers.
The editorial concludes that 'tackling these issues is a long-term endeavour that will require the commitment of funders, institutions, researchers and publishers' and urges others to 'do whatever they can to improve research reproducibility'.
New OA journal on therapeutic ultrasound launched - 25 Apr 2013
Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced the launch of the Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound in partnership with the Focused Ultrasound Foundation and the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound.
Therapeutic ultrasound is a fast growing field and all parties involved believe that having a dedicated open access journal in this area can only speed up the development and eventual adoption of this important clinical tool by the wider medical community.
The Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound encompasses all aspects of therapeutic ultrasound, namely, the stimulus, inhibition, or modification of tissue function or structure via insonification. Led by Editors-in-Chief Arik Hananel, Focused Ultrasound Foundation, USA and Robert Muratore, Quantum Now LLC, USA, with an international editorial board consisting of the best in the field of focused ultrasound, this open access, peer-reviewed, online journal focuses mainly on translational and clinical research.
The launch edition includes two research articles. One looks at the impact of vaporized nanoemulsions on ultrasound-mediated ablation. If these results can be replicated in the clinic, microbubbles could improve the efficiency of high intensity ultrasound treatment of solid tumors. An editorial on 'The Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound - broadening knowledge in a rapidly growing field' by Editors-in-Chief Arik Hananel and Robert Muratore, is also featured.
All Article-Processing Charges (APC) for the journal are currently covered by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation.
Reed Elsevier announces appointment of Senior Independent Director and Remuneration Committee Chairman - 25 Apr 2013
Professional information solutions provider Reed Elsevier has announced changes to its Senior Independent Director and Remuneration Committee Chairman.
Lisa Hook has been appointed Senior Independent Director with immediate effect. Hook has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Reed Elsevier NV and a Non-Executive Director of Reed Elsevier PLC since 2006. She is a member of the Remuneration Committee, Nominations Committee and Corporate Governance Committee.
Dr. Wolfhart Hauser will be appointed Chairman of the Remuneration Committee following the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting of Reed Elsevier PLC to be held on April 25, 2013, subject to his election as a Director at that meeting and at the Annual General Meeting of Reed Elsevier NV.
SAGE and the Association for Experiential Education announce publishing partnership - 25 Apr 2013
Academic publisher SAGE has announced that it has been chosen by the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) to publish its journal, the Journal of Experiential Education, beginning April 2013.
The Journal of Experiential Education (JEE) is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that publishes research on a diverse range of scientific and conceptual topics related to the study and practice of experiential education and its various subfields such as service learning, outdoor adventure programming, environmental education, therapeutic applications, and the creative arts. The interdisciplinary diversity of topics in the JEE makes it of special interest to academics, consultants, educators, practitioners, and students of experiential education.
The Association for Experiential Education is a non-profit, professional membership association dedicated to experiential education and the students, educators and practitioners who utilise its philosophy.
Taylor & Francis survey notes OA dichotomy among authors - 25 Apr 2013
Academic publisher Taylor & Francis has released the fifth in a series of press releases on the themes and findings of the Open Access Survey. In this survey, Taylor & Francis investigated authors' attitudes and values relating to the communication of research when publishing in open access journals.
According to the survey, authors agree that publication should not be limited by the ability to pay, but all research outputs should be free to read online. Respondents were asked about their level of agreement with statements concerning the communication of their research. Findings from the survey confirmed agreement that, ‘the publication of research should not be limited by the ability to pay', as affirmed by 86 percent of authors surveyed.
However, 66 percent of respondents agree that 'all research outputs should be free for everyone to read online'. This is considered to be evidence of the 'Open Access Dichotomy' - a tension between aspirations and reality. Publication of research does incur costs, it is noted. Seventy-seven percent of respondents agree that publishers are an essential part of the research communication process and significantly contribute to the dissemination of research.
Taylor & Francis charges article publishing charges (APCs) for those authors wishing to take the gold OA route to publication, which cover the costs of OA publication. It, however, offers waivers for authors in developing countries and is also an active participant in a number of development initiatives offering free or reduced price access to research for those in the developing world. Of the publisher's journals, 94.5 percent now comply with the author mandates for those funded by Research Councils UK and the Wellcome Trust.
Biological Sciences, Public Health and Social Care are said to appear consistently in the top three subjects most committed to the ideals surrounding the freedom of data, namely that 'all research outputs should be free for everyone to read online', 'the dissemination of research is a common good that should not be monetised in any way' and 'there should be no restrictions on research outputs'. Additional, Biological Science authors also show the highest level of agreement that 'publication of research should not be limited by ability pay'.
Business and Economics stands out as the subject with the highest level of agreement for the statements 'researchers have access to most of the articles they need' and 'free access to data matters more to me than free access to research articles'. In the case of free access to data - the level of agreement in Business and Economics (39 percent) is 50 percent higher than the next most supportive subjects, Politics, International Relations and Geography (26 percent).
Worldwide, as many authors agree (37 percent) as disagree (38 percent) that they have access to the articles they need. One could be forgiven for thinking those at either end of the spectrum were likely to be from very different regions of the globe. However, examining the level of agreement for each region reveals a surprising degree of homogeneity, according to the survey.
Food and Environmental Virology to be official publication of the International Society for Food and Environmental Virology - 24 Apr 2013
STM publisher Springer has announced that its journal Food and Environmental Virology is now the official publication of the International Society for Food and Environmental Virology. The new affiliation takes effect immediately. The journal, founded in 2009 by Springer, was accepted in January 2013 by Medline, the US National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database.
Food and Environmental Virology publishes original articles, notes and reviews on research relating to the transmission of human, animal, and plant pathogenic viruses through the environment (water, air, soil, etc.) and foods. Topics include epidemiological studies, identification of novel and emerging pathogens, methods of analysis or characterization, studies on survival and elimination, and the development of procedural controls for industrial processes.
The International Society for Food and Environmental Virology aims to encourage research and knowledge exchange to improve the understanding of, and prevent diseases associated with, viruses transmitted via the environment and food. The society links researchers from academia with professionals from industry and policy decision makers, to promote research in the field and to cooperatively meet the ongoing challenges of food and environmental virology.
HTRC unveils data mining and analytics tools for HathiTrust Digital Library - 24 Apr 2013
The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) has announced the availability of data mining and analytics tools for the HathiTrust Digital Library, a collection of digital texts from over 70 research libraries around the world. The new tools seek to provide an entry point to large-scale analysis of HathiTrust's contents.
Indiana University and the University of Illinois are the founding partners of the HTRC. The new infrastructure release follows an aggressive development path set forth by the HTRC Executive Management Team at the 2012 HTRC UnCamp, a gathering of HTRC developers, researchers and librarians. Users can now expect to apply sophisticated computational research methodology across the large-scale collection, leveraging metadata crafted over time by libraries.
In phase two of the HTRC (September 2012-March 2013), the HTRC Technical Working Group created production versions of the beta services previewed at the 2012 UnCamp event. They are now working to open the resources to community testers who are part of the HTRC User Group Community.
The HTRC service stack, which provides the analytical entry point, is based on a completely new technical architecture. This framework leverages existing analytics tools such as SEASR (seasr.org), digital library software such as Blacklight, and a services-oriented architecture application interface. The current production phase includes a HTRC Sandbox that is open to scholars for evaluation of the HTRC services stack as part of their experiments.
Journal of Molecular Psychiatry publishes first articles - 24 Apr 2013
Open access publisher BioMed Central has launched a new open access journal, Journal of Molecular Psychiatry, with its first published articles.
The new journal aims to disseminate state-of-the-art research focussing on psychiatric conditions, their diagnosis, therapy and prevention, by providing a platform for the rapid communication of scientific work focussing on the elucidation of the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying neuropsychiatric disorders. The first articles to be published showcase the extensive range of topics covered in the journal. This includes a review discussing the use of post-mortem analysis of brain tissue as a possible tool to gain a deeper insight into the neurobiology of different psychiatric disorders, as well as an article reporting an investigation into the effect of Methylphenidate, a drug commonly used to treat ADHD, on neuronal stem cell differentiation.
Journal of Molecular Psychiatry will join BioMed Central's growing portfolio of psychiatry journals. The journal is supported by an expert Editorial Board.
ORCID, ISNI plan interoperability - 24 Apr 2013
ORCID and ISNI have issued a joint statement on the need for interoperation between the two organisations and about the first collaborative steps in defining system interoperability. While ORCID is an international, interdisciplinary, open and not-for-profit organisation, ISNI is a UK-based non-for-profit organisation.
According to the statement, ORCID and ISNI are separate, independent organisations that assign identifiers to individuals and are using the same identifier format. While ISNI and ORCID have different missions and employ different processes for assigning identifiers and linking people with their works and their affiliated institutions, points of overlap between them justify investigating options for interoperability. ORCID and ISNI agreed on the need to aim for interoperation through linking and of sharing public data between the two systems. In addition, the two are committed to investigate the feasibility of a shared identifier scheme for a single number to represent an individual in both the ORCID and ISNI databases.
ISNI is an ISO certified global standard for identifying the millions of contributors to creative works and those active in their distribution, including writers, artists, creators, performers, researchers, producers, publishers and aggregators. It is part of a family of international standard identifiers that includes identifiers of works, recordings, products and right holders in all repertoires, e.g. DOI, ISAN, ISBN, ISRC, ISSN, ISTC, and ISWC.
ORCID is an open, non-profit, international, and interdisciplinary community-based effort to provide a self-claim registry of unique researcher identifiers. To ensure the identifier links researchers with their works, ORCID works with the research community to embed these identifiers in workflows, such as manuscript submission, grant application, and dataset deposition. ORCID is stated to be unique because of its direct relationship with researchers and with organisations throughout the research community.
ISNI manages a disambiguation process based on data matching between authoritative sources and with a broader remit than the researcher community, including rights management. In addition to identifying individuals, ISNI assigns identifiers to organisations, including research institutions. Through its core relationship with the VIAF database, ISNI provides the prospect of widespread diffusion of identifiers into the databases of hundreds of national and major university research libraries worldwide. The ISNI database is also rich in other data concerning researchers. Among the assigned ISNIs are 396,618 identities from six research based sources: American Musicological Society, British Library Theses, JISC Names (UK), Modern Languages Association, Proquest Theses, and Scholar Universe. More researchers' rich data is being added from OCLC theses and ZETOC, among other sources. Assignment is made when two independent sources have data in agreement, or where a name is unique.
ORCID has reportedly gained worldwide interest from the research community since its launch in October 2012. The registry has over 100,000 unique iDs and is growing by about 5,000 researchers each week, through a combination of direct registrations and registrations through external systems that have embedded the iD, such as manuscript submissions systems, repositories, and associations with external identifiers. More than a quarter of the researchers are stated to have enriched their record with additional metadata about their publications and research works.
ORCID and ISNI have already taken a first collaborative step in defining system interoperability. The ORCID iD is compatible in format with the ISNI ISO Standard (ISO 27729). The ORCID Registry randomly assigns ORCID iDs from a block of numbers set aside for them by the ISNI International Agency which avoids having the same number assigned to different people.
SAGE announces two executive appointments - 24 Apr 2013
Academic publisher SAGE has announced the internal appointments of Martha Sedgwick as Executive Director of Product Innovation within the UK, and Todd Baldwin as Executive Director, Online Library and Reference Publishing within the US.
The promotions reflect SAGE's continued commitment to developing innovative solutions that support education and scholarship. Sedgwick and Baldwin will now join SAGE's global senior management team, providing a consolidated approach to SAGE's online product development for the library and college market.
Sedgwick has extensive experience in developing online digital products and content delivery platforms for the library market. Having joined SAGE just over five years ago, Sedgwick has had a significant impact on both the development and launch of several highly acclaimed products including SAGE Research Methods, the award-winning research methods tool; SAGE Knowledge, the social science online e-book platform and SAGE Navigator a literary research tool.
Since joining SAGE in 2010, Baldwin has made a significant impact on SAGE's online product strategy. Baldwin has been instrumental in the development of SAGE's data products, including the award-wining State Stats in 2012, and the development of CQ Researcher. In 2013, he assumed management responsibility for the SAGE U.S. reference program, integrating the traditional reference publishing program with SAGE's online library product development into a fully aligned publishing team.
SPIE ‘gold’ open access program meets new needs of UK authors - 24 Apr 2013
SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, recently adopted an open access publishing program that supports the needs of authors seeking open access publication. This includes authors affected by new rules adopted in the UK by the Research Councils UK (RCUK).
The RCUK recently expanded the scope of its open-access policy, and other public funding agencies and some employers around the world have implemented or are considering similar directions.
SPIE asks payment of $100 per published journal page for two-column journals or $60 per published page for single-column journals. The new program is also responding to growing author interest in open access publication to expand the reach of their research.
Authors may continue to publish their articles in SPIE journals if they opt not to pay page charges. If accepted, these articles are published with access control and standard SPIE copyright. However, all SPIE authors are permitted to deposit their articles in institutional repositories to meet 'green' open access requirements.
In addition to the new program, review articles, tutorials, and most letters published in all SPIE journals have been made open access by SPIE without cost to either authors or readers. For its Journal of Biomedical Optics, SPIE deposits articles funded by the US National Institutes of Health with PubMed Central on the authors' behalf.
Stockholm University in Sweden selects EBSCO Discovery Service as its new custom discovery solution - 24 Apr 2013
Library resources provider EBSCO, US, has announced that Stockholm University in Sweden has selected EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) as its new custom discovery solution. The library wanted to provide more innovative services to its students and EDS provided them with the single interface they were looking for and the ability to navigate their searches through a native interface and an API.
Library resources provider EBSCO, US, has announced that Stockholm University in Sweden has selected EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) as its new custom discovery solution. The library wanted to provide more innovative services to its students and EDS provided them with the single interface they were looking for and the ability to navigate their searches through a native interface and an API.
The library at Stockholm University puts a strong focus on the delivery and quality of electronic resources for their students, so when looking for a discovery solution they launched a detailed analysis of many services. Ultimately, they wanted a reliable service that would help them promote and use more of their electronic resources now and also help the library grow in the future.
EDS API offers easy integration (with systems and for programmers), provides comprehensive documentation and support, and its straight-forward technology allows libraries to create a unique user interface experience. According to Anders Söderbäck Head of Publishing and e-Resource Management at Stockholm University, easy integration was an important factor when choosing a discovery service.
By integrating critical components of EDS API into Stockholm's library solution via EDS API, the students at Stockholm benefit from leading content and features including rich metadata, relevancy ranking, full-text linking, access to critical subject indexes, persistent links, custom links, facets, limiters and many other helpful features.
EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customised index of an institution's information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box.
Thomson Reuters launches EndNote Basic online offering, provides researchers with new alternative in the marketplace - 24 Apr 2013
The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced the launch of its EndNote Basic online offering, an enhanced solution with features and functionality for reference management users looking for a free alternative.
EndNote Basic includes storage for two gigabytes of attachments and 50,000 references, as well as the top 20+ most frequently used styles.
EndNote claims to be the industry's premier research resource with flexible tools for searching, organising and sharing work, creating bibliographies, and writing papers. It is used by more than three million people around the world, including more than 100,000 enterprises and academic institutions. The EndNote iPad App will soon be updated to reflect the new EndNote Basic functionality.
Thomson Reuters has made it easy for users to migrate files to EndNote in a few simple steps. More information is available at http://endnote.com/basic.
BioMed Central announces winner of 7th Annual Research Awards - 23 Apr 2013
Open access publisher BioMed Central has announced the winner of the 7th Annual Research Awards. The awards honour the very best research published in one of BioMed Central's 250 plus open access journals in 2012.
The winners of the BioMed Central Research Award, supported by antibodies-online.com, were selected from a shortlist consisting of the winners of the ten subject categories. Geoffrey S Diemer and Kenneth M Stedman, from Portland State University, won the award for their article A novel virus genome discovered in an extreme environment suggests recombination between unrelated groups of RNA and DNA viruses, which was published in Biology Direct. The article won accolades not only for the method used to uncover the virus, but for its biological insights into the novel viral genome.
The awards were commemorated as part of an evening celebrating BioMed Central and open access, including the tenth anniversary of the initial publication of BMC Biology, the flagship biology journal of BioMed Central, and the launch of the new medical and biology online magazine Biome. The evening also included a panel discussion on the hotly-debated topic of how to avoid the 'tyranny' of current peer review practices, which was fitting since Biology Direct, which published the award-winning article, has pioneered a novel form of peer review.
The winners were selected by a panel of top scientists and clinicians picked from the editorial boards of BioMed Central's portfolio of over 250 journals, which has published over 150,000 peer-reviewed open access articles to date.
BISG selects Ingram’s CoreSource platform for digital asset management - 23 Apr 2013
Ingram Content Group Inc., a US-based provider of physical and digital services to the book industry, has announced that the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) has selected its CoreSource platform to manage digital assets and distribute e-content worldwide. BISG is a trade association representing the book industry.
The CoreSource platform is expected to provide BISG with comprehensive tools to manage and expand the reach of its digital content to consumers worldwide. Digital publications will continue to be available directly from BISG and will also be available through Ingram's global distribution network.
The first BISG publication to be integrated into the CoreSource platform, Development, Use, and Modification of Book Product Metadata (ISBN: 978-193-675-7176), is now currently available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble.com, Kobo and Apple. Ingram's print-on-demand unit Lightning Source will continue to manufacture print material for the group.
BISG seeks to promote book industry standards and best practices, and provide unique forums for industry professionals to collectively share and address issues affecting the efficiency and effectiveness of the international book trade. It also conducts and publishes research related to the size of the book industry, consumer attitudes toward e-book reading, student attitudes toward content in higher education, and other topics related to the successful operation of the supply chain.
The CoreSource platform is claimed to be an easy to use, online solution for the storage, management and distribution of digital content. It seeks to delivers a secure, searchable content repository and a high-capacity data distribution network, allowing publishers to move digital content easily and swiftly from their organisation to any channel partner globally.
Elsevier announces incorporation of MathJax into research papers published online on ScienceDirect - 23 Apr 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the incorporation of MathJax into research papers published online on ScienceDirect. Developed through a collaboration of industry associations, MathJax is a new technology for high-quality, crisp display of mathematical symbols and equations on the web.
With the inclusion of MathJax, ScienceDirect can now display high-resolution, fully scalable symbols and equations seamlessly with the surrounding text, improving the readability and interpretation of authors' research. With this development readers have the ability to magnify equations within an article for closer look, as well as copy and save equations for further research.
There are no further requirements for authors, editors and reviewers to benefit from MathJax. As part of the typesetting process, Elsevier converts mathematical symbols and equations included in submitted manuscripts into MathML, the World Wide Web Consortium standard for mathematics on the web. MathJax has the capability of displaying the generated MathML, ensuring that past and future articles published online on ScienceDirect can benefit from the enhanced display.
The initiative to develop MathJax as a feature was launched in 2009 by the American Mathematical Society, Design Science, Inc., and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Elsevier was one of its first supporters making a commitment to support researchers who want to display and read mathematics on the web. Employing MathJax into research papers published online on ScienceDirect further extends this commitment by enhancing the usability and readability of Elsevier's content to benefit researchers for the long-term.
F1000Research drives evolution of open science publishing - 23 Apr 2013
F1000Research, an Open Access life-sciences journal launched in January 2013, has pioneered a uniquely fast and transparent Open Science Publishing model enabling research papers to be published within a week. After analysing its first few months, F1000Research shares that on average, articles go live within seven days of acceptance, with 35 percent of those published within four days or less.
F1000Research achieves such speedy publication as a consequence of its innovative and completely open post-publication peer review process. All accepted articles are published immediately and are then reviewed, openly, by named referees. This system puts science into the public domain without unnecessary delay. It encourages fair, honest and fast peer review, with most articles receiving two referee reports within two weeks.
F1000Research's first articles span topics from cell biology to public health and are freely accessible to all at F1000Research.com.
The journal further encourages transparency by requiring publication of complete data sets for all papers, where appropriate, and making them freely available for sharing and reuse. In addition, the journal encourages the submission of non-traditional article formats, such as data papers.
F1000Research will publish all research, regardless of potential impact. It is dedicated to encouraging scientists to publish null and negative studies, replications, and other results not normally accepted by standard journals, in the belief that all research should be communicated because doing so helps prevent redundant work and ultimately saves time and valuable funding. In addition, F1000Research will publish all article types, not only classic research papers, but also case studies, single findings, protocols, data-only papers, posters, commentaries, opinion pieces, reviews and other information that is valid and useful for other scientists.
LWW launches fully interactive, mobile edition of Barash’s Clinical Anesthesia - 23 Apr 2013
Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, launched the first fully interactive, mobile edition of Barash's Clinical Anesthesia, the authoritative text on anesthesiology. For the first time, readers can access the text plus all of the interactive multimedia content using their iPad tablets and iPhones. The new digital package also allows subscribers to access the content online through a PC or Mac browser, and to receive the complete print edition - all for a single price.
Clinical Anesthesia, Seventh Edition, is edited by six distinguished anesthesiologists from leading teaching institutions including Dr. Paul Barash of Yale University, Dr. Michael Cahalan of University of Utah, Dr. Bruce Cullen of University of Washington, Dr. Rafael Ortega of Boston University, textbook author Robert Stoelting, and Christine Stock of Northwestern University. It covers the full spectrum of clinical options, providing authoritative coverage of pharmacology, physiology, co-existing diseases, surgical procedures, anesthesia equipment, and much more. All of the areas found on certification and recertification exams are covered in detail including patient preparation and positioning, airway management, nerve blocks and muscle relaxants, anesthetic effects on organ function, neonatal and pediatric considerations, and postoperative recovery.
The new e-textbook, built on the Inkling platform, incorporates a rich collection of video and images designed to give residents and practitioners one of the most detailed and comprehensive reviews of anesthesiology. Nearly 300 videos and more than 800 photographs and illustrations help demonstrate teaching points for procedures and concepts.
The new Clinical Anesthesia e-textbook allows users to harness powerful interactive capabilities such as a precise index-based search across the entire text. Users also can select terms in the text and look them up on the fly using an electronic glossary, as well as highlight and take notes within the text and share with others in a study group. All referenced cases, studies and pages are linked throughout for instant access. Optimized video and high-resolution images offer breathtaking display on the iPad and iPhone.
All of the content is updated bi-monthly and includes regular postings of new videos.
Pearson acquires learning analytics and assessment startup, Learning Catalytics - 23 Apr 2013
Pearson, a US-based provider of educational content and services, has acquired Learning Catalytics, a cloud-based learning analytics and assessment system developed by Eric Mazur, Brian Lukoff and Gary King of Harvard University.
Learning Catalytics reportedly allows faculty to obtain real-time responses to open-ended or critical thinking questions, determine which areas require further explanation, and then automatically group students for further discussion and problem solving. The system is said to support numerical, algebraic, textual and graphical responses. The comprehensive and advanced analytics also help faculty better understand student performance in real time while lecturing.
By actively engaging students with questions and receiving their immediate responses, faculty can see a graphical representation of the current state of learning in their classes. They can then adjust their teaching method, in real-time, and provide more in-depth instruction on areas of common misunderstanding. Learning Catalytics also empowers faculty to author questions directly, or further develop questions written by other faculty whose questions they can rate, comment and improve upon.
Learning Catalytics was co-founded by Eric Mazur, a thought leader in the flipped classroom movement and a Pearson author, Brian Lukoff, an education researcher and software engineer, and Gary King, a social scientist and statistician.
SAGE’s office in Beijing now a Wholly Owned Enterprise in China - 23 Apr 2013
Academic publisher SAGE has announced that SAGE's office in Beijing is now a Wholly Owned Enterprise (WFOE) in China, under the name of SAGE Consulting (Beijing) Co. Ltd.
SAGE first established a presence in the Asia Pacific region in 2006, opening a regional headquarters in Singapore, before opening a representative office in Beijing in 2007. SAGE now has over 30 employees in the region. Establishing SAGE as a WFOE provides a more permanent presence in the Asia Pacific region, enabling SAGE to continue to provide a local platform for the global dissemination of research.
In the last few years since setting up the Asia Pacific HQ, SAGE has made a significant impact in various countries especially China, including forming new publishing partnerships with several leading Chinese publishers such as Chongqing University Press, Truth &Wisdom Press and East China Normal University Press to translate SAGE content within the Research Methods discipline and with Beijing Normal University Press, to publish a series of books in Chinese. It is expected that becoming an approved WFOE in the Chinese market will help the company to further deepen and establish business in China and support the publication of both local and international research as well as education content.
CHILL selects EBSCO to provide health and medical information to libraries in Greater London - 22 Apr 2013
Library resources provider EBSCO has announced that it has been selected as dual supplier of print and electronic serials subscriptions, packages and databases for CHILL, the Consortium of Independent Health Information Libraries in London (an association of forty-three libraries in the greater London area, specialising in information on health and medicine). The two-year renewable contract is under a framework agreement between CHILL and EBSCO, initiated through a competitive tendering process.
EBSCO's medical offering available through CHILL includes print and e-journals, access to full-text journals through EBSCOhost databases such as MEDLINE and CINAHL plus medical e-book collections and evidence-based, point-of-care reference tools such as DynaMed, Nursing Reference Center, Rehabilitation Reference Center and PEMSoft.
The Consortium of Independent Health Libraries in London aims to provide institutional members with opportunities to improve their services through mutual communication, co-operation and support. Their main objective is to improve the availability of and access to information resources for the benefit of members and their users.
Elsevier launches Mosby's Nursing Consult App - 22 Apr 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of its Mosby's Nursing Consult App, now on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Mosby's Nursing Consult puts trusted clinical information into nurses' hands.
Features include patient education (including Spanish when available); drug calculators; drug monograph sections; and nursing recommendations from evidence-based nursing monographs.
Updated patient handouts, drug monographs and evidence-based nursing monographs from Nursing Consult are available every time a nurse accesses the app and is connected to the Internet, while the drug calculators will work online or offline. Being able to access Nursing Consult through an app means that nurses can get the clinical information they need anywhere, any time, wherever their patients are located.
Mosby's Nursing Consult claims to be the most trusted and comprehensive online resource for nurses, offering authoritative information to help provide better patient care. The App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.AppStore.com.
Freeslate to develop and sell Accelrys' Lab Execution and Analysis software - 22 Apr 2013
Freeslate, Inc. and Accelrys, Inc. have announced that the latter has exclusively licensed the RAS and Polyview components of the Lab Execution and Analysis (LEA) software suite to Freeslate for automated research applications. While Freeslate is a provider of high throughput research systems, Accelrys is a provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management software.
Freeslate, owner of the Library Studio and Automation Studio modules of LEA, will now have the exclusive right to develop, sell, and support the entire LEA software suite for high throughput research. LEA will also be integrated with the Accelrys Enterprise Platform to include high throughput research data and insights as part of customers' overall information architecture.
The LEA software suite is claimed to be the market-leading software solution for supporting high throughput research. It reportedly creates a one-of-a-kind, integrated software environment that spans the entire experimental process, from design of experiments, to the execution of experiments and collection of data, to the analysis and presentation of data. The software supports integrated multi-instrument automation and experiment control with real-time data collection and data processing through a single application.
The Accelrys Enterprise Platform is claimed to be a scientifically-aware software platform that enhances organisational efficiency, improves collaboration and speeds innovation in lab-to-plant processes, enabling organizations to bring better products to market more quickly and efficiently. Using the Accelrys Enterprise Platform, companies can reportedly integrate all of their laboratory tools and applications to accelerate innovation and gain competitive advantage.
Within the LEA software suite, Library Studio allows scientists to design complex experiments for a variety of applications, including polymer formulation, catalyst synthesis, pharmaceutical API salt selection and crystallisation and biologics formulation. Automation Studio seeks to improve R&D productivity by automating and controlling multiple laboratory instruments. The experiment design, processing data and analytical data are then stored in a centralised, enterprise database where they can be searched and reported on.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 22 Apr 2013
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Kent Anderson (The Dynamics of a Complex and Varied Expense for Journals); Mike Shatzkin (The three forces that are shaping 21st century book publishing: scale, verticalization, and atomization); Eli Horowitz and Russell Quinn (Publishing Companies Are Technology Companies. Now It's Time For Them To Act Like It); Rolf Zwaan (Pre-publication posting and post-publication review will facilitate the correction of errors and will ultimately strengthen published submissions); and Husna Haq (Are e-readers hurting our reading comprehension?). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
Publisher associations unveil safe harbour rules for use of out-of-commerce journals - 22 Apr 2013
The International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM), Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), and the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division (PSP) of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) have issued a joint statement setting out clear rules for the digitisation of copyright works which are out of commerce. Along with these rules, the trade associations also mutually granted a 'safe harbour' on behalf of publishers in the form of a waiver of claims for fees or damages for use of works when the new rules are followed.
Following on from the EC Memorandum of Understanding 'Key Principles on the Digitisation and Making Available of Out-of-Commerce Works', which was signed by a number of organisations including STM in September 2011, the new joint statement applies the same principles as the Memorandum in terms of providing a safe harbour for digitisation projects taking place within EU countries.
Likewise, it follows the three trade associations' safe harbour statement on the use of content from orphan works in new works, course-packs and compilations, which was released in 2007 and has subsequently been signed by more publishing houses.
The rules for the use of out-of-commerce works set out in the new joint statement recognise that the right to authorise the use of an out-of-commerce work is vested in the copyright holder (authors and publishers) and that voluntary solutions involving collective management represent the most logical and practical ways forward. The safe harbour document outlines a need for a viable and diligent search to exclude materials that are not out of commerce, as well as for clear and adequate attribution in order to respect the authors' moral rights.
Users who comply with these rules when completing their digitisation projects will be subject only to normal licence fees and will not be subject to any statutory, punitive or special fees or damages under the terms of the safe harbour arrangement.
Royal Society of Chemistry wins Queen's Award for Enterprise - 22 Apr 2013
The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is celebrating being awarded the UK's highest accolade for business success - the 2013 Queen's Award for Enterprise. This award recognises outstanding business achievement by UK organisations. The RSC has been honoured in the International Trade category for its sustained and impressive international growth.
The recommendations committee, chaired by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, commended particularly the RSC's overseas earnings growth of 45 per cent over six years. Also commended were the RSC's exports to 86 countries worldwide, with recent high increases in sales to the US, India and China, and its world class portfolio of high-profile scientific conferences.
The RSC's success will be recognisable by the Queen's Award emblem, which can be used on its products and materials for five years.
SAGE to support library travel grant for ALPSP International Conference 2013 - 22 Apr 2013
Academic publisher SAGE has announced that it will be sponsoring a librarian place again at this year's Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) International conference. The annual event is scheduled for September 11 - 13, 2013 in Birmingham, UK.
SAGE has supported the ALPSP conference as a sponsor since its launch in 2008. This is the third year SAGE has supported a librarian travel grant at the event, which provides a free place at the conference for a librarian or information professional, including entry to the ALPSP awards dinner, travel within the UK, and accommodation for one person.
To enter the competition to win a sponsored place librarians must answer the question 'What would be your top tip to give students about conducting research?' in 140 characters or less either via email or via Twitter to @SAGELibraryNews.
Completed answers should be sent to @SAGElibraryNews tagged with #ALPSP or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date is May 24, 2013.
ACCUCOMS launches training services for publishers in Turkey - 19 Apr 2013
ACCUCOMS, a Netherlands-based provider of sales and marketing services to scholarly and society publishers, has announced the launch of a dedicated training team for publishers in Turkey.
ACCUCOMS has now an established training team in Turkey dedicated to train end subscribers of scholarly publishers active in the market. ACCUCOMS' team will organize training programmes to educate institutional subscribers and end-users on information tools and research oriented solutions. Following a successful training for Elsevier, our team is now working on new projects.
Pinar Teke, Sales and Training Executive, and Baris Öguz Yilmaz, Training Specialist, will organize, manage and coordinate all training sessions.
DEStech Publications announces inaugural issue of The Journal on Multifunctional Composites - 19 Apr 2013
DEStech Publications, Inc., best known for advanced publications in engineering and science, has announced the inaugural issue of The Journal of Multifunctional Composites, edited by Dr. Gaurav Nilakantan of the University of Southern California.
The Journal of Multifunctional Composites is dedicated to identifying and publishing original work on multifunctional materials and structures. It welcomes analytical, experimental and computational studies of multifunctional composites covering topics such as design and manufacturing; processing and transport; characterisation and properties; interface and damage mechanics; microstructural characterization; modeling and simulation; testing; performance and commercial applications.
Of particular interest is the behavior of multifunctional composites that bridge the length scales from the molecular to the macro, as well as performance under extreme environments that span quasi-static to ballistic strain rates and sub-freezing to above-melting temperatures. Composite materials include synthetic, natural and biological fibers and particle reinforcements in polymer, metal and ceramic matrices - and hybrid variants. Biomimetic, self-healing, self-cooling, active morphing, functionally graded, nano, green and smart composite structures are of interest.
EBSCO appoints Paul Harwood as new GM to lead UK and Nordic operations - 19 Apr 2013
Library resources provider EBSCO has appointed Paul Harwood to a new role as General Manager of the UK and Nordic operations for EBSCO Information Services. Paul will officially start with EBSCO on May 30, 2013.
Well known in the library, publisher, and intermediary communities, Harwood has been active on various committees and professional interest groups, including a long association with UKSG, where he was Chair between 2006-2008. He is currently a member of the UK Open Access Implementation Group. Most recently, Harwood has been Deputy CEO of JISC Collections, playing a lead role in their open access activity for journals.
EBSCO provides more than 375 research databases and nearly 400,000 e-books plus subscription management services for 355,000 e-journals and e-journal packages. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.).
Ingram Content Group in deal with EBL to expand OASIS Library Platform - 19 Apr 2013
Ingram Content Group Inc., a US-based provider of physical and digital services to the book industry, has announced an agreement with EBL - Ebook Library, an e-book aggregator serving academic, corporate and research libraries worldwide. The deal will allow libraries to search and purchase EBL e-book content on the Ingram OASIS content platform for academic libraries worldwide.
Through the alliance with EBL, Ingram will add more than 325,000 EBL e-book titles to the OASIS platform, substantially growing the selection of e-content available to libraries. Users of the OASIS platform can view and select from an expanded selection of e-books alongside print books, with no changes to existing and preferred workflows. Billing will be consolidated, offering libraries integrated acquisition services and invoicing for all EBL content.
Ingram continues to grow its offerings to provide a total solution for academic libraries through Coutts Information Services Inc. and Ingram Library Services Inc. Through the company's comprehensive services, libraries can find all the materials they need whether print, digital, print-on-demand or hard to find content from one company, easing the burden of collection development, acquisition, and payment for libraries around the globe.
The Ingram OASIS platform is an online library interface for bibliographic information and searching, book and e-book acquisition, collection development and workflow management. Through the OASIS platform, libraries are able to access a database of millions of titles; search, select and manage orders online; download records, including no-cost MARC downloads; monitor standing orders; manage approval plans and new title notification plans; track orders and access reporting information.
JISC's metadata application profile for repositories to comply with RCUK's new OA policy - 19 Apr 2013
Research Councils UK (RCUK)'s revised policy on open access (OA) for publicly-funded research to be disseminated through OA routes is coming into force this month. A new metadata application profile called RIOXX has been developed by JISC and UKOLN to ensure that university institutional repositories can start to comply with this policy.
It has been observed that, currently, key information about research outputs is not systematically recorded and funders and universities face a challenge in tracking research across systems. The first release of RIOXX and the associated guidance focuses on applying consistency to the metadata fields used to record research funder and project/grant identifiers. This will allow research outputs to be consistently tracked between systems, thus saving time and effort for activities such as research reporting, compliance checking and gathering business intelligence.
RIOXX also takes into account the need for interoperability between repositories, current research information systems (CRISs) and the Outcome Collection Systems (ROS), and Researchfish operated by research funders. It has also taken into consideration other metadata schemas such as ETHoS and OpenAIRE. Future releases of the profile and guidelines will also include the agreed language to track OA publications, and support compliance monitoring with the Research Councils' policy on OA.
According to Dr Mari Williams, chair of the RCUK Research Outcomes Project, the RIOXX guidelines offer clear and practical guidance to organisations wanting to attribute research outcome information to specific funders and research grants in their repositories.
Mellon Grant awarded to NISO to encode e-resource license templates in ONIX-PL - 19 Apr 2013
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) a grant to support the encoding of a collection of template licences for e-resources into the ONIX for Publications Licenses (ONIX-PL) format. The encodings will be deposited into the GOKb and KB+ knowledgebase for free distribution to the library, publishing and library systems community.
The deposited encodings, made available under a Creative Commons Public Domain (CC-0) licence, will allow libraries that licence electronic content to import the template licences into their own electronic resource management systems for further local customisation to match their negotiated licence and implementation. The project will also fund publicly available training resources that will inform community members on how to use those encodings for their own purposes.
JISC Collections, a division of the UK's Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) that manages electronic content acquisitions for member institutions of higher learning in the UK, has already encoded all of the licences for JISC Collections-subscribed content and deposited them in its KnowledgeBase Plus (KB+) database.
While KB+ has reportedly proven a useful tool for institutions in the UK, it has not moved beyond this venue because the encodings produced by the JISC Collections are restricted to JISC members' usage. To encourage ONIX-PL adoption and the use of encoded licences, JISC Collections provided additional funding to support the project and provide training in the encoding format and the ONIX-PL Editing software.
According to Todd Carpenter, NISO's Executive Director, NISO has contracted with Selden Lamoureux to obtain the template licences, encode them in ONIX-PL format, and deposit the files in the GOKb and KB+ knowledgebases.
It has been noted that ONIX-PL is elegant but very complex, since it's designed to describe the nuances of licences which are extremely variable.
Sparrows selects Knovel for global engineering teams - 19 Apr 2013
Sparrows, the global provider of oilfield engineering services, has selected Knovel to increase efficiency in its global business by enabling its engineering teams to work 'smarter and faster' with access to a consistent source of engineering references. Used by engineers worldwide, Knovel is a Web-based application integrating technical information with analytical and search tools that delivers answers engineers can trust.
Feedback from internal evaluations conducted by Sparrows pointed to an estimated time saving of between 20 and 30 percent for engineers to find answers and data using Knovel compared to searches using textbooks.
Sparrows is a fast growing, dynamic company and the market leader in engineered lifting and handling solutions to the offshore sector. Sparrows' projects span new build designs, equipment upgrade and refurbishments and mechanical handling schemes involving mechanical, structural, electrical and hydraulic disciplines. These types of projects require information that Knovel provides. Knovel works with a network of more than 100 recognised societies and publishers to provide validated technical references and data across more than 30 subject areas.
Knovel has more than 700 customers worldwide including top 10 firms in the oil and gas, engineering design, industrial equipment and process industries such as BP, Shell, Chevron and Subsea 7.
Thomson Reuters releases 'Research Fronts 2013: 100 Top Ranked Specialties in the Sciences and Social Sciences' report - 19 Apr 2013
The IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters has released its report, 'Research Fronts 2013: 100 Top Ranked Specialties in the Sciences and Social Sciences,' identifying 100 important research areas across multiple fields of science.
By examining highly cited research papers from 2007 through 2012, Thomson Reuters identified research fronts built on recently published 'core,' or foundational, journal articles. These research fronts were segmented into 10 broad fields of science and social sciences, and a top 10 listing was provided for each. A research front consists of a group of highly cited core papers and the more recent literature that frequently co-cites these papers. They define specialty areas of contemporary research.
Climate change is a theme that appeared in several of the research fronts identified in the study. Specifically, the effects of climate change are present in the areas of Agricultural, Plant and Animal Sciences; Ecology and Environmental Sciences; Geosciences; and, Economics, Psychology and other Social Sciences.
Data from Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators, a unique compilation of science performance statistics and trend data based on journal article publication counts and citation data from across Thomson Reuters science databases, was used to identify the fronts.
Interested parties may access the full Thomson Reuters Research Fronts 2013 paper on ScienceWatch.com, a Thomson Reuters open, web-based resource dedicated to scientific metrics and research performance analysis.
antibodies-online.com to sponsor BioMed Central's overall Research Award - 18 Apr 2013
Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced antibodies-online.com as the overall BioMed Central Research Award Sponsor for the 7th Annual Research Awards. This prestigious award celebrates the very best in open access research across all disciplines published in BioMed Central's 250 journals for 2012.
antibodies-online.com is the biggest independent distributor for proteomics (eg. ELISA kits, antibodies, proteins) research worldwide, serving universities and biotech companies in 53 different countries. antibodies-online claims to have the fastest life sciences product search on the web, smart filters and a comparison list to make the life of scientists easier.
Founded in 2006 as a university spin-off, antibodies-online.com now employs over 60 people. These include PhD biologists, IT-developers and entrepreneurs, all working closely together to bring transparency into the proteomics market.
The overall winner of the BioMed Central Research Award, which carries a £5000 prize, will be announced and presented at a ceremony to be held on April 21, at the Seaport Hotel in Boston, USA.
China’s trademark output more than tripled that of US, says Thomson CompuMark report - 18 Apr 2013
Thomson CompuMark, a Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property & Science business and global operator in trademark searching and brand protection solutions, has released its 2012 State of Trademarks report. The report tracks published trademark activity and identifies trends across the world's largest collection of trademark databases from186 countries and registrars using the Thomson Reuters SAEGIS on SERION online screening tool.
According to the report, the UK and Turkey have shown the strongest growth among top 10 registrars. Trademark offices in the two countries had the largest percent increase in activity over the prior period, with jumps of 10 percent and 8 percent, respectively.
China led global registrars, with the Chinese trademark office publishing nearly 925,000 trademarks in 2012, more than triple the US' total of 234,527. The activities of these two offices were followed by Brazil: 114,668, Turkey: 86,517, and France: 86,348, to round out the top five.
Italy may be labelled as the fashion capital of the world, but trademark statistics showed that Class 25 (Clothing, Footwear, Headgear) was led by China (69 percent), the US (15 percent), France (8 percent), Japan (4 percent) and Turkey (4 percent) - all of which outpaced Italy.
The report has further said that Advertising & Business Management (Class 35) topped the charts. Across all international trademark classes, class 35 was by far the most active with nearly 393,000 published trademarks across the 186 authorities studied.
There was little change among the top 10 registrars publishing trademarks. On a year-over-year basis, China, the US, Brazil, Turkey, France, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Canada and the UK collectively showed a modest decline of 0.25 percent compared to the top 10 countries from the prior period in total published trademarks (as of data from December 18, 2012).
Elsevier launches Japanese user interface to Scopus - 18 Apr 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of a Japanese user interface to Scopus. The interface provides Japanese users with the ability to find their way through the product in their local language.
Japanese users will now be able to find the research information they are looking for more efficiently - expanding beyond Scopus' basic search functionalities to utilising more advanced features such as personalisation and alerts. As additional support all in-product help files have been translated into Japanese to further increase product understanding, helping Japanese librarians in their teaching and usage of Scopus.
According to Tetsu Ikeda, Director, Science & Technology, Elsevier Japan, this local-language interface will help Japanese users accelerate the speed of their research, conduct analyses, determine their research strategy, provide trainings in a more efficient and effective way and gain information critical to develop their academic career.
Covering the world's research literature, Scopus claims to be the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Featuring smart tools to track, analyse and visualise research, Scopus was designed and developed with input from over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from nearly 20,500 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage.
IOS Press and TERI Press sign hosting agreement for three journals - 18 Apr 2013
STM publisher IOS Press, Netherlands, and TERI Press have reached an agreement to make TERI Press journals available through IOS Press. Metapress, IOS Press' online journal platform, will now host three of the TERI Press journals.
These journals are: the International Journal of Regulation and Governance, the Journal of Resource, Energy and Development and World Digital Library - An international Journal.
TERI Press is the publishing arm of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), a premier research institute in the areas of energy, environment, and sustainable development. The Press publishes academic journals and magazines, and several newsletters. According to Yogesh Chander of TERI Press, the prime purpose of venturing with IOS Press is to distribute this valuable information to the suitable target audience.
Koby Rosenthal joins Ex Libris as corporate vice president - 18 Apr 2013
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that Koby Rosenthal, a prominent manager in the high-tech industry, will run the Company's European operations and serve as the corporate vice president, effective May 6, 2013.
Ex Libris is a provider of automation solutions for academic, national, and research libraries. Offering the only comprehensive product suite for electronic, digital and print materials, Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 80 countries on six continents.
Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables libraries to maximise productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.
Statement calls on universities to provide input on access to federally funded research - 18 Apr 2013
The Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and Association of Research Libraries (ARL) have released a two-page statement by David E. Shulenburger, APLU's Vice President for Academic Affairs. The statement calls on the research university community to provide input to the US government for increasing access to the results of federally funded research.
In February, John P. Holdren, Director of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy, issued a memorandum directing federal research funding agencies with R&D budgets of $100 million or more to develop a plan within six months to support increased public access to the results of research funded by the federal government.
Shulenburger states that to assure that resulting plans serve scholarship well, it is critically important that research universities provide input to federal agencies while they are considering what to propose to the White House, as well as during the Director's approval process. It is imperative to ensure that agency plans are efficient and effective, and that they meet the needs of the academy, the government and the public, according to him.
ARL is a nonprofit organisation of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve.
World Scientific Publishing and YBP Library Services sign eBook agreement - 18 Apr 2013
STM publisher World Scientific Publishing, Singapore, has signed a new agreement with YBP Library Services (YBP), the academic division of Baker & Taylor.
Under the deal, customers will be able to access the publisher's 2012-2013 Front List Full Collection of eBooks that will be available for purchase from World Scientific Publishing through GOBI3 (Global Online Bibliographic Information), YBP's acquisition and collection management interface. Currently, more than 300 ebook titles have been added, with plans to expand and grow the business partnership.
Information on title availability for the full range of World Scientific Publishing handbooks and reference works will be accessible by libraries through GOBI3, enabling YBP's customers to view and select individual ebooks, as well as subject collection ebooks, from World Scientific Publishing with no change to their existing workflow. The result is a fully-integrated, user-friendly library acquisition process, from selection and profiling to ordering and invoicing.
ADHA launches Journal of Dental Hygiene on HighWire - 17 Apr 2013
The American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) has announced that the Journal of Dental Hygiene (JDH) has launched on the HighWire Open Platform.
The Journal of Dental Hygiene is the premier, peer-reviewed scientific research publication for dental hygienists. Starting in 2013, as part of the transition to HighWire, JDH will begin publishing six issues per year.
At the forefront of strategic scholarly publishing, HighWire Press provides the latest in digital content development and hosting solutions to the scholarly community through its HighWire Open Platform. A division of the Stanford University Libraries, HighWire partners with influential societies, university presses, and other independent publishers, sharing ideas and innovations in publishing, and producing definitive online versions of high-impact, peer-reviewed journals, books, reference works, and other scholarly content.
CCC and PubMatch partner to create Web-based sub-rights licensing service - 17 Apr 2013
Licensing solutions provider Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), US, has announced a partnership with PubMatch, the book publishing portal and rights database jointly owned by Publishers Weekly and Combined Book Exhibit. Under the deal, CCC and PubMatch will create an automated, Web-based exchange for sub-rights deals focused on whole book translation and distribution rights, using CCC's RightsLink transaction engine.
The world's leading publishers use RightsLink to help increase revenue, streamline the online licensing process and enhance the licensing experience for their customers.
As a result of this new agreement, rightsholders will now have a way of facilitating transactions that might have otherwise been lost. Utilising CCC's RightsLink, parties will have a new resource to arrange and vet rights sales. According to George Slowik, Jr., president of Publishers Weekly, this improved efficiency will make more works available in more languages and more markets internationally than ever before.
Elsevier and O'Reilly Media announce ebook distribution deal - 17 Apr 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and technology publisher O'Reilly Media have announced that O'Reilly will distribute many of Elsevier's academic, research-focused ebooks. This expands the depth of ebooks available from O'Reilly in areas such as computer security and networking and includes leading imprints such as Morgan Kaufmann, Syngress, Academic Press, Butterworth-Heinemann, Newnes and Elsevier with more than 1,200 individual titles.
Elsevier ebooks purchased through oreilly.com are offered DRM-free and are available in multiple formats, including PDF, EPUB, and .MOBI. Free ebook updates are also guaranteed, along with lifetime access.
O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.
Ingram Content Group expands CoreSource platform to include direct distribution to British Library - 17 Apr 2013
Ingram Content Group Inc., a US-based provider of physical and digital services to the book industry, has announced that it has expanded its CoreSource platform to include direct distribution to the British Library, making it easy for publishers to comply with United Kingdom legal deposit law.
Publishers and distributors in the UK have a legal obligation to send one copy of each of their printed books and paper publications to the Legal Deposit Office of the British Library within one month of publication. Beginning April 6, 2013, publishers will also be able to submit non-print works including e-book content to comply with new legal deposit regulations.
Ingram has developed a distribution option within its CoreSource platform to allow publishers to seamlessly submit content to the British Library and comply with e-book submission legal requirements. Many publishers use the CoreSource platform for digital asset management in the UK. Taylor & Francis and Kogan Page will be among the first to use the platform to furnish the British Library with e-book content. The British Library intends to work with up to 25 UK e-book publishers in 2013 as it begins to scale up digital collecting under the digital legal deposit regulations.
The CoreSource platform from Ingram is an easy-to-use, online solution for storing, managing, and distributing digital content. The platform delivers a secure, searchable content repository and a high-capacity data distribution network, allowing publishers to move digital content easily and swiftly from their organisation to any channel partner or organisation globally.
McGraw-Hill Education and ePals partner to expand global collaborative learning opportunities for K-12 students - 17 Apr 2013
McGraw-Hill Education, a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., US, has formed a collaboration with ePals Corporation, an education media company and a leading global learning network. The partnership pairs world-class content from McGraw-Hill Networks, McGraw-Hill Education's award-winning digital social studies learning program for Grades 6-12, with ePals' global community and social learning platform. The collaboration will allow teachers and students to connect with peers in more than 200 countries to enjoy the type of authentic, global learning experiences that are required for 21st century education and workplace success.
McGraw-Hill Education's digital learning resources will provide users of ePals and McGraw-Hill Education products with a new source of dynamic educational project- and activity- based learning experiences aligned to McGraw-Hill Education's trusted content. With a strong focus on critical thinking, reading, writing and other academic skill development, these interactive experiences will aid teachers in meeting Common Core as well as other standards. McGraw-Hill Education's resources on ePals will be directed initially toward middle school and high school social studies topics. Additional core curriculum content from McGraw-Hill Education on ePals is planned for the future.
Launched in 2011, McGraw-Hill Networks combines engaging print and digital resources to help students discover and learn essential social studies content. The programme can be personalised and customised for each student to support differentiated instruction, and transforms social studies instruction and learning into an exciting and interactive experience.
Publishers' online communities to double by 2015, says Bowker study - 17 Apr 2013
Publishing Technology, a publishing-specific software solutions provider, and Bowker Market Research have released the findings of the first US and UK research into the growth of academic and trade publishing online communities. The number of publisher-owned online communities is set to more than double over the next two years, according to the research.
The study, conducted by Bowker Market Research, a service of ProQuest affiliate Bowker, found that two-thirds of responding publishers currently host reader communities, and that this is set to rise to over 90 percent over the next two years. A quarter expect to have seven or more networks up and running by 2015, with many respondents predicting a huge growth in the number of online communities for their company, from a current average of 2.1, to more than five over the next two years.
The survey, which included UK and US publishers across trade and academic sectors, revealed that trade publishers are currently most engaged in this area with 86 percent of respondents owning an online community in some shape or form.
The study also investigated the rationale and perceived benefits for publishers moving into this arena, revealing that 84 percent of publishers felt their spending on online communities would increase in the next two years with only 14 percent envisaging expenditure remaining stagnant. Sixty-four percent of publishers with online communities were convinced that their investment in this market was already paying off and a further 24 percent believed it would do so in the short term.
Seventy-three percent of all the publishers interviewed felt that online communities helped or would help them to engage better with their audiences. Seventy-two percent of trade publishers said they helped or would help to increase direct relationships with customers and 45 percent claimed they provided or would provide good marketing support to sales channels. Forty percent of academic and professional publishers said that increasing knowledge and understanding of customers was a key benefit, whilst 40 percent felt increasing content usage was a priority.
Although currently only 16 percent of all respondents viewed online communities as viable direct sales channels, the formats that have benefited most from online community activity are e-books for trade publishers (40 percent) and online resources for academic publishers (67 percent).
Trade and academic publishers in the UK and US were invited to contribute to the survey. The full results are available now on publishingtechnology.com/blog. The key findings were made available at the joint Book Marketing Society (BMS)/Publishers Publicity Circle (PPC) London Book Fair panel on THE CAMPAIGN REVOLUTION: Reshaping the way publishers are reaching readers.
SPARC releases new community resource on Article-Level Metrics - 17 Apr 2013
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has released a new community resource, Article-Level Metrics - A SPARC Primer, delving into Article-Level Metrics (ALMs) an emerging hot topic in the scholarly publishing arena.
ALMs are rapidly emerging as important tools to quantify how individual articles are being discussed, shared, and used. This new SPARC primer is designed to give campus leaders and other interested parties an overview of what ALMs are, why they matter, how they complement established utilities and metrics, and how they might be considered for use in the tenure and promotion process.
While Article-Level Metrics are not inherently part of the open access movement, they are tools that can be applied in a variety of ways that are of interest to SPARC and its constituents. The community can develop, distribute, and build upon ALM tools in a manner that opens up impact metrics as never before. These community efforts are transparent in the methodologies they use to track impact, as well as the technologies behind the processes. In this manner, ALMs dovetail with not just SPARC's push for open access but various other 'open' movements - open science, open data, and open source chief among them.
ALMs that are free to use, modify, and distribute contribute to a world in which information is more easily shared and in which the pace of research and development is accelerated as a consequence.
Thomson Reuters posts sessions from conference on impact of US govt. R&D programme - 17 Apr 2013
The IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters has posted the sessions from its recent industry conference, 'Understanding Federal R&D Impact through Research Assessment and Program Evaluation,' which took place at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
The conference reportedly explored the impact of government research programmes and current challenges faced by researchers, information professionals and administrators. Thomson Reuters hosted panel discussions featuring individuals affiliated with government agencies presenting their best practices for overcoming obstacles related to acquiring and allocating funding, retaining resources, and ensuring the continued success of research programmes through evaluation and impact analysis.
The session materials and videos include Partnering with Information Professionals to Achieve Organizational Research Goals which features James King, National Institutes of Health Library; Terrie Wheeler, National Institutes of Health Library; Al Berger, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and Bonnie C. Carroll, Information International Associates, Inc. (IIA) and CENDI. Also included are Big Data: Measuring the Impact of the Government's Research and Development Investments which features Joseph Marks, Nextgov; Dr. Bhavya Lal, IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute; and, Vanessa Peña, IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute.
The other session materials include Increasing Research Impact through Effective Planning & Evaluation which features Dale Pahl, EPA Office of the Science Advisor; Nicole Moore, Office of Physical Sciences-Oncology National Cancer Institute; Dewey Murdick, Ph.D., FUSE; the Power of Agency-Wide Collaboration in Research Evaluation and Planning: NOAA's Balanced Scorecard Initiative
featuring Chris Belter, LAC Group, NOAA, Neal K. Kaske, Ph.D., NOAA Central & Regional Libraries, NOAA, and Dr. Gary C. Matlock, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, NOAA. The keynote address was delivered by Samuel F. Baldwin, Chief Science Officer, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US Department of Energy.
APS partners with ACCUCOMS for shared representation in Europe, Turkey and MENA - 16 Apr 2013
Non-profit membership organisation the American Physiological Society (APS) has signed an agreement with ACCUCOMS for shared representation in Europe, Turkey and MENA.
The APS is devoted to fostering education, scientific research, and dissemination of information in the physiological sciences. The organisation publishes 14 peer-reviewed journals and book series covering all aspects of physiology.
ACCUCOMS will ensure that the American Physiological Society's journals are best placed for maximal market growth as well as for servicing and expanding their existing customer base in Europe, Turkey and MENA. ACCUCOMS is a leading agency in these territories, with a successful track record of sales growth.
CLOCKSS Archive to preserve LWW ejournals - 16 Apr 2013
The CLOCKSS Archive has announced that Wolters Kluwer Health is participating in the preservation of their Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) ejournals in CLOCKSS's geographically and geopolitically distributed network of redundant archive nodes, located at 12 major research libraries around the world. This action provides for content to be freely available to everyone after a 'trigger event' and ensures an author's work will be maximally accessible and useful over time.
By archiving with CLOCKSS, Wolters Kluwer Health seeks to ensure that the scholarship in their publications will continue to be available to as wide an audience as possible, now and in the future for the long-term good of scholars worldwide.
Part of Wolters Kluwer Health, LWW is an international publisher of trusted content delivered in innovative ways to practitioners, professionals and students to learn new skills, stay current on their practice, and make important decisions to improve patient care and clinical outcomes.
COPE holds European Seminar on publication ethics from student to professional - 16 Apr 2013
Open access publisher BioMed Central's in-house team of Biology and Medical Editors attended the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) European Seminar, held at Charles Darwin House, London. The theme of the seminar was 'Publication ethics from student to professional', and the talks ranged from the role of institutions in investigating research misconduct to plagiarism at the student level.
Professor Pieter Drenth, Honorary President of the All European Academies, provided an in-depth discussion of institutional responses to violations of research integrity. Editors are said to rely heavily on institutional support in dealing with issues such as authorship disputes and allegations of research misconduct. It was reportedly useful to gain an insight into the guidance available for institutions, including for funding agencies and academies of science in addition to universities and research institutes.
Gill Rowell, Academic Advisor at Turnitin, presented a perspective on student plagiarism, emphasising the need to educate rather than simply punish individuals. She talked about some practical measures used by Turnitin to communicate the message. These include, but are not limited to, talking heads, quizzes, animated guides and a self-test facility.
Irene Hames, COPE Council Member, announced the launch of COPE's Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers, which is said to complement BioMed's own journal-specific guidelines. She briefly discussed the reasoning behind the project, citing a lack of generic guidelines for peer reviewers across different disciplines. Hames explained that in addition to setting out 'the basic principles and standards to which all peer reviewers should adhere', the document also provides guidance on specific issues, such as the involvement of junior researchers in the review process, reviewing work from authors for whom English is not their first language and editors acting as referees on manuscript they are handling. The reviewer guidelines will now be disseminated widely, it is believed.
The participants also discussed 'anonymised' COPE cases. Ginny Barbour, COPE Chair, brought the meeting to a close with debate on how editors should respond to anonymous whistle-blowers.
De Gruyter presents new OA model for e-dition titles - 16 Apr 2013
Academic publisher De Gruyter, Germany, has announced that with its new Open Access model, some 45,000 e-dition titles from the publishing house's backlist can be made freely accessible. Customers can purchase an e-book in the same standard as a work produced normally through De Gruyter's e-dition program for €1,500. The book is then made freely accessible at De Gruyter Online under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND.
This new Open Access offering is directed first and foremost at libraries and research institutes, and a discount is offered when multiple titles are purchased simultaneously. Yet individuals can also take advantage of this offer. Authors, for example, can choose to make their previously published works available as Open Access. The new Open Access model is available for all publications released in 2004 or earlier and which are not available in any 'Best Of' packages.
At the beginning of April De Gruyter began offering 100 selected titles from its e-dition program at the crowdfunding platform www.unglue.it, so that they can be made accessible worldwide as Open Access books.
Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation to implement NGL’s Reach for Reading Common Core Reading program - 16 Apr 2013
National Geographic Learning (NGL), part of Cengage Learning, has announced that its Reach for Reading product, a comprehensive K-5 Common Core reading program, has been adopted for use by the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) in Evansville, IN. As the third largest school district in the state, EVSC will implement the program for use beginning in Fall 2013 and it will be used by students for at least six school years.
The Reach for Reading program features multicultural literature paired with exclusive content from National Geographic and real-world accounts from famous National Geographic Explorers. The program was constructed by a team of industry-leading authors, including Nancy Frey, Patricia Edwards and Deborah Short, among others, and was built around Common Core Standards.
Reach for Reading goes above and beyond simple compliance of the standards and thoroughly applies the shifts of the Common Core to the program. It is built on three basic principles that will help each classroom within EVSC to achieve reading success - Common Core State Standards; National Geographic Content; and Content-based Instruction.
Impelsys and DataLore Inc. partner to offer branded eBookstores to schools and colleges in the Caribbean - 16 Apr 2013
Electronic content delivery solutions provider Impelsys, US, has entered into a partnership with DataLore Inc. in which the two companies will work together to offer branded eBookstores to schools and colleges located throughout the Caribbean region.
The partners are currently developing a new eBook platform specifically for educational institutions in the Caribbean. The Caribbean Shared Educational Resource Service will provide customised eBookstores for participating schools and colleges. From these branded eBookstores, students will be able to purchase their eTextbooks and other digital content, as well as access those eBooks at any time and from any device.
The customised eBookstores will be powered by Impelsys' iPublishCentral digital publishing software platform, which allows publishers to warehouse, deliver, distribute, market and sell their eBooks without making significant capital or engineering resource investments on their own.
Thieme publishes Latin version of ‘Gold Standard Atlas of Anatomy’ - 16 Apr 2013
STM publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, recently published the Atlas of Anatomy Latin Nomenclature, Second Edition. The resource is the Latin version of the latest edition of Anne Gilroy et al.'s Atlas of Anatomy, which became a bestseller by promoting the process of learning anatomy while providing exquisite art and clinical context.
The new edition is said to take the same user-friendly approach as the first edition and is packed with over 2,400 full-colour illustrations. It guides users step-by-step through each region of the body, helping them master the details of anatomy.
Popular features retained from the first edition include coverage of each region intuitively arranged to simplify learning. Over 170 tables summarise key anatomic information for ease of study and review. An innovative, user-friendly format is used, in which each two-page spread is a self-contained guide to a topic. Muscle Fact spreads are seen to facilitate memorisation, reference and review. These organise the essentials about muscles, including origin, insertion, innervation and action.
The features of the new edition include more clinical correlations to help students make the connection between anatomy and medicine. Surface anatomy spreads now include regions and reference lines or planes in addition to landmarks and palpable structures to develop physical exam skills. Also, new sectional anatomy spreads at the end of units build familiarity with 2D views of anatomic regions.
Vital Source Technologies and B.i. Publications form joint venture to launch VitalSource Bookshelf e-textbook platform in India - 16 Apr 2013
Vital Source Technologies, Inc., the e-textbook arm of Ingram Content Group company, and B.i. Publications Pvt. Ltd. have agreed to form a joint venture, Ingram-B.i. Pvt. Ltd., to launch Ingram's comprehensive VitalSource Bookshelf e-textbook platform to institutions in India. B.i. Publications is an India-based distributor of scientific, technical and medical content to the academic and professional communities.
Ingram and the Bi Group have plans to make the VitalSource Bookshelf platform available to institutions throughout India. The new company will provide VitalSource sales, service, and user support for publishers, schools, and channel resellers in India.
The VitalSource Bookshelf platform, designed for education, claims to be the preferred and most used e-textbook delivery platform in higher education today. With longstanding relationships with more than 300 of the best-known publishers, and with over 3 million registered users on 6,000 campuses worldwide, the platform was designed to support learning and built to scale for dramatic growth.
The higher education marketplace in India is expanding rapidly, with industry sources projecting that its current capacity of 14 million students is expected to expand to 40 million by 2020. Similarly, the marketplace has seen a dramatic growth in Internet use, with 5 to 7 million new users added every month, making India third in Internet users after China and the United States.
Complete 'College & Research Libraries' archives made freely available online - 15 Apr 2013
The full archive of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)'s official scholarly research journal, College & Research Libraries (C&RL), is now available for free. The move is seen as part of the association's commitment to scholarly publishing and open access.
The online C&RL archive now contains the complete contents of the journal from its beginnings in 1939 through the current issue. The archive is available through the C&RL website.
C&RL archival contents from 1939 through 1996 were digitised through the volunteer efforts of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library. The library's Digital Content Creation department performed scanning and metadata creation for the approximately 340 back file issues of the journal in 2011 and 2012. The digitised files were added to the journal's online presence with the financial assistance of the ACRL Friends Fund.
Published since 1939, C&RL enacted an open access policy in April 2011. C&RL will become an online-only publication in Jan. 2014.
Hosted through HighWire Press, a division of the Stanford University Libraries, C&RL's online presence seeks to provide a variety of robust features. Online readers have the ability to comment on articles, share contents through social media and perform basic and advanced searches across C&RL and other ACRL serials. A variety of RSS feeds and e-mail alerts provide notification of the availability of newly posted preprint and issues contents. Articles are freely available to read online or download as PDF files. The mobile-optimised version of C&RL online allows readers to read and interact with articles from their smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 15 Apr 2013
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Joseph Esposito (Disruption Ain’t What It Used to Be); Joe Wikert (The future of educational publishing); Andrew M. Seaman (Many medical journals lack ghostwriting policies); David Crotty (Stick to Your Ribs: Going Legit: The Difficult Path from Piracy to Partnership); and Bob Stein (The future of publishing will be shaped by a more dynamic social reading experience). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
McGraw-Hill Education launches SCOREboard Adaptive Learning Program to help students prepare for AP Exams - 15 Apr 2013
McGraw-Hill Education, a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., US, has announced the launch of McGraw-Hill SCOREboard, the first AP exam preparation tool built on adaptive technology to help students build the skills and background knowledge they need to succeed on their AP exams. The initiative is part of the company's ongoing efforts to prepare high school students for success in Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams.
The launch of SCOREboard comes at an important time for U.S. high school students, who are increasingly taking AP courses as a cost-effective, efficient way to earn college credit. More than 950,000 U.S. public high school graduates took at least one AP Exam in 2012.
The latest addition to McGraw-Hill Education's growing array of adaptive and digital learning solutions, SCOREboard uses adaptive technology to adjust to students' individual learning needs, providing students with personalised learning plans that help them master course material as they prepare for their AP exams. SCOREboard, which McGraw-Hill Education developed in conjunction with adaptive technology partner Area9, supports the company's ongoing commitment to college and career readiness, helping to prepare students for the rigors of college-level work before they step foot on campus. Additionally, SCOREboard is designed to support the latest AP standards released by the College Board, including new AP standards for science.
Built using official AP guidelines produced by the College Board, the solution includes a personalised learning plan and comprehensive student and teacher reports. Through adaptive questioning, SCOREboard assesses student understanding and provides detailed, immediate feedback about students' areas of weakness. The personalised learning plan provides each student - after completing a diagnostic test - recommendations on AP topics that the student still needs to master. Four complete, timed practice exams for each course provide practical AP test-taking experience. Like the diagnostic test, these auto-graded exams give immediate feedback and include detailed scoring rubrics.
SCOREboard, part of McGraw-Hill Education's suite of adaptive learning solutions, builds upon the success of such innovative tools as McGraw-Hill LearnSmart, which has already helped more than one million college students improve their grades and was recently made available for high school students. The program can be used in conjunction with McGraw-Hill Education's ONboard Series for Advanced Placement, which is designed to improve students' performance in AP classes by developing the skills they need to succeed before they enter the course.
The program is available to schools via subscription and can also be purchased directly by students and parents at the price of $20.00 per course. Currently available for use on PC and Mac, SCOREboard will be available for iOS devices by Fall 2013.
Nanomedicine publishes special issue on regenerative medicine and tissue engineering - 15 Apr 2013
Nanomedicine, the international peer-reviewed monthly journal published by Future Medicine Ltd, has published a special focus issue on the topic 'Advanced nanobiomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.'
Guest edited by leading researchers in the field from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, the special issue contains cutting-edge research on the design and application of micro-/nano-biomaterials for tissue engineering, as well as reviewing some of the most recent advances in the field. Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine have the potential to solve the problem of the vast shortage of organ transplants, as well being promising strategies for effectively treating a variety of presently incurable diseases.
Guest editors Chee Kai Chua, Lay Poh Tan and Jia An highlighted the relevance and importance of this issue. The issue features contributions from renowned leaders in the field, including a number of comprehensive review articles. The review articles highlight the broad range of functional biomaterials and strategies used to advance the field including nanocomposites for bone tissue regeneration, biofabrication for skin repair, mechanoregulation of stem cell fate via micro-/nano-scale manipulation and bioresponsive hydrogel scaffolds.
In addition to the review and research articles, there is a selection of opinion-based editorial pieces on topics including nanofibrous scaffolds for tissue engineering of orthopaedics tissues, the potential of electrospun core/shell nanofibers for cartilage engineering and the prospects of combining photobiology and nanobiotechnology.
The articles can be accessed from the Nanomedicine website http://www.futuremedicine.com/toc/nnm/8/4.
New OCLC Library Spotlight program to increase online visibility for libraries - 15 Apr 2013
Library information provider OCLC, US, has announced that libraries can now increase their visibility on the Web by registering basic local information with the OCLC Library Spotlight program - a free service that works with popular Web services to promote libraries. Yelp, the popular local directory service, has agreed to be one of the first to work with OCLC on this new program.
OCLC uses information from a variety of sources to pre-populate location and contact information for thousands of libraries. The OCLC Library Spotlight program takes this a step further, providing a single, easy-to-use interface in which any library can add, edit and update its own information once, in order to populate multiple Web destinations. Initial data was taken from the WorldCat Registry, but libraries can add a variety of information, including pictures and links to services, social content and collections. A custom, mobile-optimised link allows libraries to easily publish information to smartphones and other mobile devices.
OCLC's Library Spotlight program extends the reach of all libraries to more audiences with essential information about libraries - through WorldCat.org and a network of partnerships across the Web. The simple process of claiming and managing a prepopulated profile gives any library a quick path to participation and visibility. This program represents one more way to register library data into the worldwide network of libraries.
The initial phase of the program will focus on public and academic libraries in the US. Subsequent phases will include new partners to address additional library types and regions.
ProQuest offers archival copies to institutions for digitisation projects - 15 Apr 2013
Information resources and technologies provider ProQuest, US, has announced that it is offering archival copies to institutions from their digitisation projects. The aim is to help universities to build robust institutional repositories (IRs) by sharing digital copies of their graduate works which have been converted from paper or microfilm and archived in the ProQuest Dissertations and Thesis database (PQDT). The move is expected to enable universities to build their own searchable, historical archives even if their IR programmes are new.
The new programme is seen to deepen ProQuest's policy of sharing digital copies of dissertations with universities as they are submitted when authors allow broad dissemination. Any university that has participated in ProQuest's Digital Archiving and Access Programme (DAAP) is eligible to receive copies of their converted dissertations for loading into their IRs. Some nominal charges may apply. Additionally, the university must comply with any limits that the author has placed on posting and dissemination.
ProQuest has reportedly been showcasing innovative graduate works through multiple new programmes. In 2007, it launched PQDT Open, an online repository of open access graduate works. This expanded service seeks to provide authors with the widest possible distribution of the official published version of their dissertation or thesis. ProQuest's traditional publishing service is also included with rigorous quality assurance, assignment of an ISBN and permanent storage in the company's microfilm and digital vaults. Breadth of dissemination is determined by dissertation authors within the context of institutional policies and ProQuest is said to strictly adhere to author dissemination choices.
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses claims to be the world's largest commercially available repository of graduate works. Researchers are said to rely on it 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 archive is managed at ProQuest by a team of scholars and technologists, who combine their talents in an effort to make the archive accessible, reliable and supported by continually advancing technology.
SciELO preserves with the CLOCKSS Archive - 15 Apr 2013
The CLOCKSS Archive has partnered with SciELO to preserve their ejournals and ebooks in CLOCKSS's geographically and geopolitically distributed network of redundant archive nodes, located at 12 major research libraries around the world. This action provides for content to be freely available to everyone after a 'trigger event' and ensures an author's work will be maximally accessible and useful over time.
By archiving with CLOCKSS, SciELO seeks to ensure that the scholarship in their publications will continue to be available to as wide an audience as possible, now and in the future for the long-term good of scholars worldwide.
Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) is known and respected globally for indexing and publishing peer-reviewed Open Access academic ejournals to promote the advancement of research by facilitating the communication of its results. SciELO's goals have always been to increase the visibility, access and impact of research from emerging and developing countries. It is a Program of the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) developed through a decentralised network of open access journals collections covering 17 different countries, mainly from Latin America and Caribbean but also including Portugal, Spain and South Africa.
2014 Chemistry Award nominations for early career women scientists in developing countries called for - 12 Apr 2013
The Elsevier Foundation, the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world have called for award nominations for the 2014 Elsevier Foundation Awards recognising talented early career women scientists from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. This year's awards programme will focus on chemistry.
The five winning scientists will be celebrated for their research excellence, and receive a cash prize of US$5,000 in addition to a year's complementary access to ScienceDirect and all-expenses paid attendance at the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference in February 2014. Nominations will be accepted from April 10 - September 15, 2013. The award winners will be announced in February 2014 at the AAAS annual conference.
Each year, the Elsevier Foundation Award Program, in collaboration with OWSD and TWAS rotates between disciplines (medical/life sciences, chemistry and physics/math) to ensure optimal exposure and networking synergies. The 2013 awards issued in Boston in February, awarded five medical and life sciences researchers from Bangladesh, Yemen, Peru, Nigeria and Mongolia for their research excellence.
Nominations for the awards will be accepted from early career scientists (within ten years of graduating with a PhD degree) from the 81 scientifically-lagging countries as defined by TWAS. All nominations will be reviewed by a committee of eminent scientists representing the five regions in the discipline selected, including members of TWAS and OWSD, and chaired by OWSD president, Prof. Fang Xin.
Award Nomination forms may be downloaded from the OWSD website.
Bowker BookWire App allows on-the-go access to book data - 12 Apr 2013
ProQuest affiliate Bowker is introducing a free mobile app that streamlines the search for books by consumers, librarians and booksellers. Using Bowker's new Bookwire app, iPhone or iPad users can scan the barcode of any book to receive a quick search result for that title and format, view a list of the lowest retail prices, and make a purchase through multiple e-retailers. For subscribers to Books In Print or Resources for College Libraries (RCL), the Bookwire app offers an additional benefit, enabling subscribers to login to access detailed book information and add titles to selected lists from any location.
The Bookwire app provides a variety of options to connect to book information. Users can scan a barcode, enter an ISBN or search by title, author or publisher to review details. Then, they can complete a purchase or save the information for later use.
Subscribers to Books In Print and RCL will be able to link to detailed metadata and add items to existing lists. Book buyers in a store, faculty office or at a trade show will be able to simply scan and save titles from Books In Print on the spot to their device. Collection weeding in libraries will happen right from the stacks, eliminating the need to cart books back to a desk for evaluation.
The Bookwire App is available in the iTunes Store.
CCC's suite of Pubget document management solutions now available to Ovid's global corporate institutional customer base - 12 Apr 2013
Information services provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, and licensing solutions provider Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), US, have announced a partnership to make available CCC's suite of Pubget document management solutions - PaperStream, RightSphere and PaperStats - to simplify institutional content discovery, compliance and collection development.
Pubget's comprehensive solution in partnership with Ovid allows global corporate institutional users - librarians, researchers, scientists, and other consumers of medical information - to search, download, organise, and share full text and PDF documents quickly, while automatically managing copyright permissions. Pubget's time-saving productivity tools allow users to focus on their research and practice, while information managers can monitor and optimise their holdings and institutional e-resource costs.
With Pubget's PaperStream, users can search journal articles - OvidSP, subscribed holdings, internet and institutional and pay-per-view article repositories - and quickly download and save PDFs articles in one online environment. They can access and organise files according to licensing permissions and copyright policies. RightSphere advises all users across an organisation on their rights to freely share and collaborate around the content, while providing librarians and other information managers with a compliant institutional repository. Users can also purchase access rights while they search.
PaperStats gathers usage statistics of all of the e-resources at an institution so librarians and information managers can make informed e-resource development decisions, such as eliminating duplicate resources and underperforming resources, to more effectively control costs.
Children's Tumor Foundation ties up with Thomson Reuters for research funding schemas - 12 Apr 2013
The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced a partnership with the nonprofit Children's Tumor Foundation (CTF). The aim is to further the understanding of neurofibromatosis (NF) research by creating schemas that visually demonstrate the main pathways involved in NF and how the organisation allocates funds for research and development.
CTF is dedicated to finding effective treatments for neurofibromatosis, a term for three distinct genetic disorders - NF1, NF2 and schwannomatosis. NF causes tumours to grow on nerves throughout the body and affects one in every 3,000 people. There is currently no known cure and there are relatively few treatment options.
CTF selected Thomson Reuters to construct disease funding maps for each of the different types of NF. The project was led by the Thomson Reuters Life SciencesProfessional Services team, which started with MetaCore, an integrated software suite for systems biology that includes the manually curated, database of biological pathways.
Extracting the key biological processes from the disease pathways and then merging them with funding data through the MetaCore Pathway Map Creatorsoftware resulted in new pathway maps. These maps give a snapshot of the different biological processes in each of the NF disease types and the list of grants funded by the Foundation. Integrated with the maps are dashboards that show how key areas of the research and development process – such as disease model development, biomarker population studies and development stage, and drug development status — are also funded. These interactive visualisations provide a detailed view that demonstrates how funds are being invested. The disease maps are currently available on the CTF website and the biological content will be updated annually by Thomson Reuters as part of the ongoing collaboration.
Knowledgespeak Exclusive - 12 Apr 2013
Majority of journals published by Taylor & Francis now comply with RCUK and Wellcome Trust mandates - 12 Apr 2013
Academic publisher Taylor & Francis has announced that more than 1,650 of its journals now comply with The Wellcome Trust and RCUK's open access (OA) policies that came into effect on April 1, 2013. Over 500 of these journals are published on behalf of society partners.
The publisher is encouraging funded authors to publish their materials in these quality journals on an open access basis, either via Gold or Green OA routes to compliance.
A list of all Taylor & Francis and Routledge journals with notes on compliance can be found online by visiting http://journalauthors.tandf.co.uk/permissions/Green-OA-AAM-embargo-periods.pdf.
Additionally, Taylor & Francis has also announced a number of updates to the Open Access section of its Author Services site (http://journalauthors.tandf.co.uk/preparation/OpenAccess.asp) and their platform (http://www.tandfonline.com/page/openaccess), providing information to help guide researchers through the options available to them, should they wish to publish their work on an open access basis.
RCUK-funded researchers from the Universities of Birmingham, Cardiff, Durham, Glasgow, Leeds, Sheffield and Strathclyde are eligible to have their article publishing charge (APC) covered by their institution's pre-payment scheme, or may be entitled to a discount on the APC.
ProQuest to demo cloud-based collaboration platform for research materials - 12 Apr 2013
Information resources and technologies provider ProQuest, US, has announced that it will demo its new RefWorks Flow, a cloud-based collaboration platform for research materials, at the UKSG and Association of College and Research Libraries conferences. Attendees at the conferences can expect to get a look at the next generation of document and reference management.
RefWorks Flow was created to provide a better solution for the changing workflow of researchers, who are increasingly working in team environments and want seamless access to full text documents, rather than citations alone. Built with user experience as its primary development driver, Flow reportedly features an intuitive interface that needs little training to use and simplifies the management of research materials. It enables users, whether they are students or scholars, to organise full text documents and references, keeping them together, accessible and usable for a variety of needs -- team collaboration, class reading scenarios, etc.
Users can save web page content and metadata, create collections to organise documents and citations, and upload PDF and Office documents. Once saved to the cloud, these documents can be read, highlighted and annotated on multiple devices. Flow has built-in recognition of documents and citations so users don't have to enter metadata manually.
The platform is also designed to be easy for institutions to use. A cloud-based service, it requires no installation or updates. Flow is compatible with all modern web browsers on computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones. The product is available immediately.
Ringgold launches ProtoView - 12 Apr 2013
Journal supply chain support provider Ringgold Inc. has announced a new service for publishers which simplifies the process of creating and disseminating comprehensive metadata for web-scale discovery and Demand-Driven Acquisition. ProtoView puts quality book, e-book and database information in the hands of end-users at the point of use and purchase.
ProtoView is a cost effective, single source solution for publishers to enhance content discoverability. It includes the creation of standards compliant, enriched and normalised metadata about each title which is fed directly into the scholarly supply chain, including discovery services, aggregators, and vendors.
Publishers provide Ringgold with their content, either in print or online, along with any existing metadata. Ringgold's professional writers produce an objective and keyword-rich summary of each title. Ringgold builds an extensive metadata record from MARC records, original research, standard identifiers and our authoritative Identify database. Records are distributed in accepted industry standard formats to our network of licensees.
All metadata is also provided on ProtoView.com. This fully searchable website was designed for librarians and patrons to search and browse, and to set new title alerts according to their interests.
Ringgold will be launching ProtoView at the London Book Fair at stand O660.
Waseda University Library becomes first in Asia to acquire the Springer Book Archives - 12 Apr 2013
STM publisher Springer has announced that the Waseda University Library, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan, has acquired the English-language Springer Book Archives (SBA). Members of the university community now have online access to Springer content dating back to 1842 via SpringerLink, Springer's online platform. This is the first such purchase, not only at a Japanese university or research institute, but in all of Asia.
The SBA is an eBook collection of newly digitised historic titles published by Springer since its foundation. Currently, the English collection comprises more than 43,000 eBooks, which will increase to 50,000 when the SBA project is completed at the end of 2013 as planned.
This unprecedented collection of historic scholarly content is available without digital rights management and allows for full-text searchability. The eBooks offer a wide variety of reading options since they can be used across devices, and can even be ordered through print on demand (POD). By offering a POD option for most of the titles, Springer is also bringing books unavailable for decades back to bookshelves.
When Springer launched its first eBook collections in 2006 (containing books published since 2005), Waseda University Library acquired all collections, in all disciplines. With the purchase of the SBA, all English titles from Springer, ranging from rare books that were out-of-print in the past, to titles just published, will be available at the Waseda University Library.
Waseda University Library has a history of over 130 years since it was founded at the time the university's predecessor Tokyo Senmon Gakko opened in 1882. The university has more than 20 libraries and library rooms throughout the campus such as the Central Library, holding more than 5,500,000 publications. One of the largest university libraries in Japan, Waseda University Library has about two million visitors, borrowing about 900,000 books in total every year.
AASL seeks proposals for ALA 2014 Annual Conference programmes - 11 Apr 2013
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is inviting proposals for programmes to be presented during the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. The conference will be held from June 26 - July 1 in Las Vegas.
The deadline for pre-conference submissions is 11:59 p.m. CDT on May 27, 2013. The deadline for concurrent session submissions is 11:59 p.m. CDT on August 26, 2013. More information is available at www.ala.org/aasl/aaslrfp.
AASL seeks proposals for 60- or 90-minute concurrent sessions and half- or full-day pre-conference workshops. All programmes should include up to three learning objectives and should address how the session supports the AASL Strategic Plan, the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and/or Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs. The AASL Annual Conference committee will evaluate proposals for clarity, originality and timeliness.
Submissions will only be accepted via the online form located at www.ala.org/aasl/ala14rfp. Email, mail or fax submissions will not be accepted. All questions regarding AASL programming at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference should be directed to Melissa Jacobsen, AASL Manager of Professional Development, at email@example.com or (800) 545-2433, ext. 4381.
Bowker, ebrary and Choice in joint initiative to enhance RCL tool for libraries - 11 Apr 2013
ProQuest affiliate Bowker, e-book business ebrary and Choice, a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), have united to improve the accessibility and utility of Resources for College Libraries (RCL), a collection development tool for academic libraries.
Choice and Bowker, whose partnership created RCL, have launched a variety of enhancements including a mobile application for the web-based resource, which is used by academic libraries to identify core titles for scores of academic subject areas. Additionally, more than 13,000 RCL titles will now be available on the ebrary platform.
Originally launched in 2006, RCL is a suite of works based on the American Library Association's classic reference work, Books for College Libraries (BCL). As ebrary collections, it is expected that universities, colleges and other institutions will be able to provide their users with anytime, anywhere access to RCL's essential titles. RCL titles can be browsed by its broad range of subjects -- traditional liberal arts and sciences curriculum, business, computer science, education, engineering and health sciences – or by publisher.
The titles are supported with ebrary's features, such as free mobile apps for the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Android, along with InfoTools, granular usage statistics, and sophisticated searching and navigation. Through ebrary, RCL titles will also be surfaced through the ProQuest platform and the Summon service, significantly enhancing its discovery. RCL titles can be purchased as a perpetual archive and enabled for patron-driven acquisition.
Through Bowker, the RCL interface has been updated with a simpler browse function, faster search results and improved mobile access through Bowker's BookWire app, which enables subscribers to login to access book details and add titles to selected lists from any location. RCL also includes RSS feeds for new titles, and dynamic facets to help reﬁne search. Content includes the full text of Choice reviews and easy identiﬁers for Choice Outstanding Academic Titles.
Three Bowker subscription options include the traditional RCL collection, which allows libraries to discover and collect over 80,000 essential titles in 61 core subject areas; Resources for College Libraries: Career Resources (CR), an essential list of 4,500 titles in 56 subject areas covering vocational, technical, and career programmes for two-year and four-year undergraduate institutions; and, RCL Plus, which includes both RCL and CR products.
Credo announces new technology to streamline research through EBSCO Discovery Service - 11 Apr 2013
Credo, a provider of information and digital literacy solutions for libraries, has deployed new technology that integrates its growing library of Topic Pages with EBSCO Discovery Service.
Students who search EDS will now see Topic Pages, which provide a gateway through Credo's trusted multimedia-rich reference content to other library resources, alongside their search results, providing a highly targeted starting point for deeper research. These searches will also retrieve Credo full-text reference entries, and will soon include high resolution images and videos.
Credo's new technology is available at no cost to libraries that subscribe to both Credo and EBSCO Discovery Service.
Elsevier and Security Executive Council launch Elsevier’s Security Executive Council Risk Management Portfolio - 11 Apr 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and Security Executive Council (SEC), a research and advisory services firm for risk mitigation solutions, has launched Elsevier's Security Executive Council Risk Management Portfolio at ISC West in Las Vegas. This new content equips executives, practitioners and educators with proven information and practical solutions for successful security and risk management programmes. Ten titles are now available in the portfolio with 15 more planned for later in 2013.
The new portfolio provides real-world solutions and 'how-to' guidelines that executives, practitioners and educators can use to implement and teach proven physical and digital risk management strategies and tactics, written by SEC subject-matter experts including industry-recognised practitioners and leaders. Elsevier's Security Executive Council Risk Management Portfolio makes all of this research-based and rigorously vetted information available to non-Council members.
The portfolio includes a variety of content types including trend reports and proven practices.
Elsevier's Security Executive Council Risk Management Portfolio is the newest addition to the broader Elsevier Risk Management & Security Collection, which provides executives, practitioners, and educators with essential resources for risk management, security leadership, digital forensics, IT security, physical security, homeland security, and emergency management. The titles can be purchased individually on the Elsevier Store or as a collection on ScienceDirect.
PeerJ announces first institutions to provide PeerJ memberships to their faculty - 11 Apr 2013
Academic publisher PeerJ Inc. and PeerJ PrePrints (a preprint server) have announced the first four universities to enter into an institutional arrangement to centrally fund PeerJ membership fees for their faculty.
Universities who have already entered into these arrangements for their faculty include Duke University, the University of Nottingham (UK), the University of Birmingham (UK), and Arizona State University.
PeerJ emphasises research integrity; high ethical standards; constructive peer-review; exemplary production quality; and leading edge online functionality. The journal is indexed by PubMed, PubMed Central (PMC), Scopus and Google Scholar. There is an Editorial Board of over 800 world class researchers, and a 20-member Advisory Board which includes 5 Nobel Laureates. In addition, PeerJ members benefit from the ability to publish articles in PeerJ PrePrints.
Institutions can choose to purchase individual memberships for their authors in advance (and distribute them as they choose), or they can pre-pay for memberships which are then used by their faculty as and when they come to publish at PeerJ. Both options allow an institution to provide an Open Access option to a large number of their authors, in a cost effective way.
Taylor & Francis survey studies authors’ perceptions on benefits of open access - 11 Apr 2013
Academic publisher Taylor & Francis has released the fourth in a series of press releases on the themes and findings of the Open Access Survey. In this survey, Taylor & Francis explores authors' perceptions regarding the advantages and disadvantages of open access (OA).
Popular opinion is reflected in the fact that a strong majority of authors felt that OA journals offer wider circulation (71percent). However, when asked to think more specifically, only a slim majority (55 percent) would agree that OA journals offer wider visibility; less than half (45 percent) said they resulted in a wider readership; and only a quarter thought that papers published in OA journals were cited more often (25 percent) than subscription content. This last finding seems to correlate to research on the citation advantage of OA published by Davis et al and Bjork and Solomon, but goes against the findings of other studies, such as that of Xia et al.
Authors' views are fairly evenly split when asked about the quality and production standards of OA journals, when compared to subscription journals. Only a third (36 percent) of respondents believe that OA journals drive innovation in research, with another third (38 percent) remaining neutral on the question. There is still, however, a clear sentiment that OA does have some advantages, with 60% of respondents disagreeing with the statement that OA has 'no fundamental benefits' - half of whom 'strongly disagree'.
The basic results from the full survey and a copy of the questionnaire can be found here and is available under a Creative Commons Attribution licence:
The Virtual Library of Virginia and the Washington Research Library Consortium sign eBook deal with Springer - 11 Apr 2013
STM publisher Springer has signed a major deal with the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) and the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC). The agreement gives students and researchers from across more than 80 campuses access to Springer eBook content.
With the completion of this deal, users at the private and public institutions belonging to VIVA and WRLC will have access to tens of thousands of Springer's eBooks via SpringerLink, Springer's online platform.
The schools covered by this agreement include Georgetown University, The University of Virginia, George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech, to name a few. And with Springer's liberal usage policies (no digital rights management and inter-library loan rights), libraries will be able to share these resources with each other easily and efficiently.
WK Health's Global Customer Support team receives NorthFace ScoreBoard Award from Omega Management Group - 11 Apr 2013
Information services provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that its Global Customer Support team supporting the Ovid and LWW Journals business has received the NorthFace ScoreBoard Award from Omega Management Group Corp for achieving excellence in customer service and support in 2012. The award is presented annually to companies that exceed expectations in customer satisfaction scores - based solely on direct customer feedback.
Omega is an expert in customer experience management (CEM) strategy, and helps companies boost revenue and profits by consistently exceeding customer expectations for service quality. Wolters Kluwer Health received a top score of 4.7 (out of 5.0) in receiving its second consecutive NorthFace ScoreBoard Award.
This award recognises excellence in customer satisfaction scores over the last calendar year across the Ovid and LWW customer service, technical support, training, sales engineering, and integration support services teams assisting customers in 117 countries. The audit includes a quarterly review of customer survey process and ratings. Companies must achieve a customer satisfaction rating of 4.0+ out of a possible 5.0 score (or equivalent rating system), over a 12-month calendar period.
Omega's methodology measures customer satisfaction and loyalty levels on a 5-point scale (or equivalent) regularly during the year in such categories as technical support, field service, customer service and account management.
Accelrys unveils Externalized Collaboration Suite for externalised network research - 10 Apr 2013
Accelrys, Inc., a US-based provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management software, has announced the launch of the Accelrys Externalized Collaboration Suite. The software solution is stated to be designed specifically to address the needs of life sciences organisations engaged in externalised network research.
The suite is reportedly the only offering currently available that addresses the full range of externalisation needs from technology transfer through networked collaboration to scientific informatics across all research data including experiments, chemical structures, assays and other test results. The result, according to the company, is a more holistic externalisation strategy for partnering pharmaceutical, contract research, biotechnology and academic organisations as well as increased flexibility, reduced complexity and improved operational excellence in collaborative network research.
The suite is designed to enable secure, real-time, cloud-based access to results within research networks by both sponsor and partner organisations, enabling them to advance their parts of shared projects with maximum efficiency and speed.
It consists of Accelrys HEOS, a SaaS-based information management and collaboration workspace enabling secure, real-time transfer of structured project data among multiple partners; enforcement of sponsor business rules on results posted by network partners; and IP storage in a secure, project-specific information warehouse.
It also features Contur ELN, a flexible, multi-disciplinary, low-cost-of-ownership electronic lab notebook that improves information sharing and reuse, data protection, process documentation and overall productivity. Also included is Accelrys Enterprise Platform, a scientifically aware information integration and analytics platform facilitating the exchange and management of information created in-house and within externalised partner networks and transforming the data where necessary.
ARL releases pre-publication version of an article from RLI 280 - 10 Apr 2013
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released a pre-publication version of an article on 'Open Educational Resources as Learning Materials: Prospects and Strategies for University Libraries,' which will be featured in the forthcoming Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 280.
In this article, authors Marilyn S. Billings, Sarah C. Hutton, Jay Schafer, Charles M. Schweik, and Matt Sheridan provide an overview of open educational resources (OERs), discuss faculty use of OERs as alternatives to traditional resources, and describe the new Open Education Initiative at University of Massachusetts Amherst including the challenges and opportunities it presents. The authors conclude that while assessment of student and faculty satisfaction is still under way, preliminary indications are that both groups are very satisfied with efforts to challenge the existing model of expensive commercial textbooks with a model using OERs.
One-time savings to students of over $205,000 have resulted from an initial investment of $27,000—and these savings will multiply each time the course is taught. Working with faculty and commercial publishers to promote and facilitate the adoption of open educational resources and other hybrid models places the libraries in an excellent position to uphold their public land-grant mission and to gain support from campus administration, parents, and students.
The final version of this article will be published later this month, in the complete issue of RLI 280. RLI is freely available from ARL Digital Publications.
Elsevier acquires Mendeley - 10 Apr 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the acquisition of Mendeley, a London-based company that operates a global research management and collaboration platform. Researchers worldwide use Mendeley's desktop and cloud-based tools to manage and annotate documents, create citations and bibliographies, collaborate on research projects and network with fellow academics.
Launched in late 2008, Mendeley was the brainchild of three PhD students wanting an easier way to manage their research papers and collaborate with colleagues overseas. They developed a desktop app that could automatically extract metadata and keywords from PDFs, thus turning loose collections of PDFs into structured, searchable research paper databases that were synchronised to the cloud.
To welcome Mendeley's individual users, Elsevier is increasing the product's Freemium offer. The free storage level has expanded from 1 gigabyte to 2, and the amount of storage provided in the premium levels has expanded as well. For institutions, the Mendeley Institutional Edition (MIE) will continue to be available. MIE is a tool that helps universities analyse research activity in real time, complementing the traditional Impact Factor system of academic citations. It also enables librarians to extract more value from resources by optimising their subscriptions and providing a better service to their researchers by tracking which journals are being read by faculty and students.
This union extends a history of collaboration between the two companies that began in 2009. For instance, Elsevier has referred users to Mendeley, invited Mendeley to build apps on ScienceDirect using its open APIs, and sponsored Mendeley's Science Online London conferences on Open Science.
NISO publishes annual review issue of ‘Information Standards Quarterly’ - 10 Apr 2013
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published the Spring 2013 issue of its Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) magazine in open access on the NISO website. The magazine provides a summary of the 2012 standards development work conducted by NISO and by the international ISO Information and Documentation committee (TC46). NISO provides this Year in Review issue on an annual basis to keep readers apprised of all the accomplishments of its community in the past year.
In 2012, it published two new standards, the revision of a two-part standard, two new recommended practices, two recommended practice revisions, and a new white paper. It also launched three new initiatives and was awarded two new grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. These are all described in more detail in this issue of ISQ.
The Spring issue also contains a standard spotlight article on the Journal Article Tag Suite (JATS), a new standard based on an older specification, originally developed at the National Library of Medicine. Also included in the issue is the annual reference listing of all of NISO's published standards, recommended practices and technical reports.
The ISQ Spring issue is available electronically in open access from the NISO website at: www.niso.org/publications/isq/. ISQ is also available in print format by subscription or in print-on-demand.
ProQuest and ebrary content now discoverable in a single, integrated search - 10 Apr 2013
Information resources and technologies provider ProQuest, US, is streamlining research by enabling ebrary and ProQuest content to be discovered within a single search experience. Now, researchers can surface e-books side-by-side with relevant reports, videos, journal and newspaper articles and more in one step. The advance in searching comes via linking technology that enables users to navigate seamlessly from search results to the platform that best supports the content they want to explore.
ProQuest launched a beta of the linking technology in 2011, making ebrary's flagship subscription database Academic Complete, discoverable alongside ProQuest Research Library, ProQuest Central and ProQuest 5000. All ebrary e-books are now discoverable on the ProQuest platform and cross-searchable with any ProQuest database. Users connect to full-text of any of the sources through the search results screen. In the case of e-book content, they move directly to relevant passages within the books via ebrary's relevancy ranking by document and chapter.
Interoperability between the platforms is automatic for libraries that have ProQuest and ebrary content through any acquisition model.
E-book discovery is being propelled by a variety of initiatives at ProQuest. In 2012, the company completed full-text indexing of ebrary’s vast collections of titles within the Summon discovery service, enabling users to find relevant e-books as part of a broad search of their library.
SAGE to publish The Journal of Inborn Errors of Metabolism and Screening - 10 Apr 2013
Academic publisher SAGE has announced that it will publish The Journal of Inborn Errors of Metabolism and Screening (JIEMS), a new open access, online-only journal in 2013, with manuscripts being accepted in mid-April. JIEMS will be the official journal of the Latin American Society of Inborn Errors of Metabolism and Neonatal Screening (SLEIMPN).
Published continuously, JIEMS will disseminate peer-reviewed original research articles, short reports, clinical cases, and reviews that will advance clinical and experimental research on inherited genetic disorders and on screening activities. Topics will include basic and applied research findings that have implications for the understanding of disease pathogenesis, development of diagnostic strategies and of innovative therapies, as well as screening of diseases in populations and in selected groups.
The journal will be edited by Dr. Roberto Giugliani, Chief of the Medical Genetics Service of Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre and Professor of the Department of Genetics at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. Dr. Giugliani, who is a Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, is also Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for the Development of Medical Genetics Services in Latin America, is the Coordinator of the Brazilian National Institute of Population Medical Genetics (INAGEMP) and Chair of the Administrative Council of SLEIMPN.
JIEMS will publish papers from a variety of different health, life, and biomedical science researchers including geneticists, genetic counsellors, dieticians, biochemists, molecular biologists, reproductive medicine researchers, obstetricians/gynecologists, neonatologists, pediatricians, and pathologists.
CRC Press announces availability of the CRC Physical Constants of Organic Compounds app - 09 Apr 2013
CRC Press, a member of the Taylor and Francis Group, an informa business, has announced the immediate availability of a new mobile app that provides access to The CRC Physical Constants of Organic Compounds table from the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. The app is now available through the iTunes App Store for $4.99 or GBP 2.99.
Interested parties may visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/crc-physical-constants-organic/id615328782?mt=8&ls=1 to download The CRC Physical Constants of Organic Compounds app now.
The new app allows students, researchers and professionals to quickly and easily explore The Physical Constants of Organic Compounds table from the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics from their mobile device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch). Tapping in the search box will bring up tabs for chemical name, CAS number, Mol. Wt. and formula.
Data for the table are derived from many sources, including both the primary literature and evaluated compilations. The values for the normal boiling point and the melting point that are accompanied with uncertainties (in parentheses) are critically evaluated using the NIST ThermoData Engine. The uncertainties listed are combined expanded uncertainties (level of confidence, approximately 95%) representing the most comprehensive measure of the overall data reliability.
Dissertations from European universities to be available via ProQuest's PQDT Global - 09 Apr 2013
Information resources and technologies provider ProQuest, US, has announced that it is digitising more than 15,000 dissertations from premier European universities, providing broad, online access to these works for the first time.
Digital discovery of the works from University College London, University of Aberdeen, Cardiff University, University of Leicester, University of Bath and University of Valencia will be through the universities' institutional repositories (IRs). This will be carried out in the fourth quarter of 2013, through PQDT Global, a new resource for search and discovery of graduate works in emerging research areas from the world's top universities.
ProQuest will manage all digitisation, sharing digital copies of the works with sponsoring universities to build their IRs. Works from authors who request broad distribution will be accessible through PQDT Global when that resource launches later this year. PQDT Global will combine content from a range of the world's premier universities - from the Ivy League to the Russell Group. With planned additions of content from the UK and Continental Europe, PQDT Global is projected to grow to more than 2 million full text works and 3.5 million A&I records by 2015. An additional 90,000 full text works are expected to be added each subsequent year, including more than 15,000 works per year from Continental Europe, creating a rich, multi-lingual database.
PQDT Global is being developed by the same team of scholars and technologists as behind ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT), a repository of intellectual property and emerging research from the global universities. PQDT now encompasses more than one quarter of a billion pages and is the official off-site repository for dissertations and theses for the United States Library of Congress. This growing trove of emerging research reportedly supports more than 2 million searches per year and is relied upon by scholars as a source of enlightening information and as a pivotal component in making their own scholarly production available to the world's intellectual communities.
Elsevier announces significant content expansion and improved user interface for Reaxys - 09 Apr 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced a significant content expansion and an improved and enriched user interface for Reaxys, a unique chemistry workflow solution. With this interface and content update Reaxys now supports the entire chemistry workflow resulting in a faster and more efficient research process. Reaxys now encompasses over 16,000 periodicals and has coverage of over 30 million reactions and over 500 million experimentally measured data.
Designed by chemists for chemists, Reaxys enables researchers to advance quickly and confidently through their workflow in order to deliver superior outcomes.
Reaxys is a key pillar of Elsevier Life Science Solutions, a suite of interoperable, domain-specific, decision support tools which span the discovery and development workflow. Reaxys works with solutions including ScienceDirect, for immediate full-text access; Scopus, for in-depth bibliometric information; and PharmaPendium for a comprehensive view into FDA/EMA approved drugs
Future Science Group launches new journal - Pharmaceutical Bioprocessing - 09 Apr 2013
Publisher Future Science Group has announced the launch of Pharmaceutical Bioprocessing, a new bimonthly peer-reviewed online and print publication addressing all aspects of bioprocessing for the development and manufacture of biopharmaceutical healthcare products. The journal is the latest addition to the internationally recognised Future Science portfolio.
Pharmaceutical Bioprocessing captures the latest key innovations and debate emerging in this burgeoning field and will serve as an essential 'one-stop shop' for researchers and other stakeholders. It is supported by a multidisciplinary, international editorial board comprising leading researchers and opinion leaders from academia and industry.
The journal fills an important gap in literature with its exquisite focus on this field, providing readers with concise, high-value information, enriched with expert commentary and analysis.
Pharmaceutical Bioprocessing seeks to provide an authoritative forum for the publication of original research articles, reviews and perspectives covering all areas of advanced bioprocess science and technology – from manufacturing to purification, through to the assessment and preparation of the final product for patient delivery. Each issue also features news updates along with regular editorial and opinions on hot topics and pressing areas of debate, and Interviews with international experts.
The full content of the launch issue is free-to-access on the journal's website:
IET appoints Prof. Peter Dobson and Prof. Gwo-Bin Vincent Lee as co-editors-in-chief for its Micro & Nano Letters journal - 09 Apr 2013
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced the appointment of two new co-editors-in-chief for its Micro & Nano Letters journal. Prof. Peter Dobson, specialising in the area of nano-scale science, and Prof. Gwo-Bin Vincent Lee, specialising in micro-scale science, bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this rapid publication online journal.
The recruitment of these editors-in-chief will further cement the IET's commitment to providing essential engineering intelligence to researchers in this field with both editors supporting the broad aims and content of this journal and the imminent addition of open access publishing as an option for authors.
Prof. Gwo-Bin Vincent Lee is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Power Mechanical Engineering at National Tsing Hua University. Prof Lee is active in the field of micro/nanofluidic systems, with his research lying within their biomedical applications.
Prof. Peter Dobson from the University of Oxford is responsible for setting up a new type of Science Park that combines university activities with company R&D, and leads a team that facilitates the rapid transfer of technology and knowledge. He is experienced in a broad range of nanotechnology areas and is currently the Strategic Advisor on Nanotechnology to the Research Councils in the UK.
Launched in 2006, Micro & Nano Letters specialises in the express online publication of short research papers concentrating on the latest advances in miniature and ultra-miniature structures and systems that have at least one dimension ranging from a few tens of micrometres to a few nanometres. The journal offers a rapid route for international dissemination of high-quality research findings generated by researchers from both the micro and nano communities.
PeerJ journal selected for indexing by PubMed Central, PubMed and Scopus - 09 Apr 2013
PeerJ Inc. has announced that the journal PeerJ has been accepted for indexing by PubMed Central (PMC), PubMed and Scopus. PeerJ Inc. is a new academic journal publisher, founded on the principles of affordability, innovation, and Open Access.
PeerJ articles will start to appear in PMC, PubMed and Scopus in the next few weeks. In addition to being indexed in these major Abstracting and Indexing venues, PeerJ facilitates full discoverability. All PeerJ articles are fully Open Access (via a Creative Commons, CC-BY 3.0 license) meaning that they fully comply with all Funder and Institutional mandates for OA publication.
All PeerJ articles are marked up with comprehensive metadata: all HTML content contains embedded microdata, articles are made available as an XML download (to the NISO JATS standard), as well as in PDF format. Machine-readable metadata for each article is provided as JSON, RDF/XML, BibTeX, RIS and many other formats, and is deposited with indexing services such as CrossRef, to maximise discoverability.
Springer Book Archives now comprise 72,000 titles - 09 Apr 2013
STM publisher Springer has announced that the Springer Book Archives (SBA) now contain 72,000 eBooks. This news represents the latest developments in a project that seeks to digitise nearly every Springer book ever published, dating back to 1842 when the publishing company was founded. The announcement was made at the British UKSG Conference in Bournemouth.
The titles are being digitised and made available again for the scientific community through SpringerLink, Springer's online platform. By the end of 2013 an unprecedented collection of around 100,000 historic, scholarly eBooks, in both English and German, will be available through the SBA. Researchers, students and librarians will be able to access the full text of these books free of any digital rights management. Springer also offers a print-on-demand option for most of the books.
Notable authors whose works Springer has published include high-level researchers and Nobel laureates, such as Werner von Siemens, Rudolf Diesel, Emil Fischer and Marie Curie. Their publications will be a valuable addition to this historic online archive.
When complete, the SBA will contain roughly equal numbers of titles in English and German. The archives include around 50 different imprints, the majority of which are scientific publications, reflecting Springer's long publishing tradition. Some well-known specialist book imprints include the long-standing German engineering publisher Vieweg (now SpringerVieweg), the U.S. computer book publisher Apress and the U.S. science publisher Copernicus.
Thomson Reuters' Data Citation Index helps universities worldwide improve discoverability of research - 09 Apr 2013
The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced that numerous institutions worldwide are using its Data Citation Index solution to aid in the discovery of global data sets that connect researchers to data repositories.
Australia's University of Queensland, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Queensland University of Technology, and University of Adelaide; Europe's University of Leeds and University of Surrey; and, North America's Tufts University are among many institutions finding value in the Data Citation Index. It ensures work they do is discoverable, properly attributed and that their researchers are able to leverage work done by others, as well as helps progress research projects they're funding.
Thomson Reuters launched its Data Citation Index in October 2012. It worked in close collaboration with industry leaders from the California Digital Library's UC Curation Center and the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) to capture bibliographic records and cited references for digital research, in order to promote the accurate identification, attribution and measurement of this growing body of scholarship.
Data Citation Index allows users to gain a comprehensive view of the genesis of research projects and influence the future paths they may take, while minimising the duplication of work and speeding the scientific research process.
Annual Reviews unveils new journal for animal scientists - 08 Apr 2013
Annual Reviews, the non-profit publisher that synthesises critical research literature, has announced the new Annual Review of Animal Biosciences journal. The journal was created to address the enormous wealth of new knowledge brought about by biotechnology, and the characterisation of the genomes and transcriptomes of domesticated and wild animals.
Harris A. Lewin from the University of California, Davis, and R. Michael Roberts from the University of Missouri will serve as the journal's co-editors.
The journal provides experts and non-specialists with comprehensive reviews of significant studies and contemporary advances across animal biology and medicine, animal agriculture, and conservation biology, helping to inform their research and advancing progress in the field. Its interdisciplinary perspective will be invaluable to scientists; practitioners; and all those working to feed a growing population, promote the highest ethical standards in the treatment of animals, and preserve biodiversity on our planet.
Unrestricted online access to the journal is available through February 2014 at http://animal.annualreviews.org. The Annual Reviews team will have additional information about the journal at upcoming events, including UKSG (April 8-10), ACRL (April 10-13), MLA in conjunction with ICAHIS (May 3-8) and SLA (June 9-11).
BISG study reveals correlation between genre preference and reading device selection - 08 Apr 2013
Multi-function tablets have become consumers' preferred e-reading devices, overtaking dedicated e-readers for the first time, according to the Book Industry Study Group (BISG)'s Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading survey. The survey is an ongoing study conducted with book research firm Bowker.
Results from the first installment in Volume Four of the survey show 44 percent of e-book readers prefer a tablet, up from 37 percent in the August 2012 survey. During the same period, respondents' choice of a dedicated e-reader fell from 49 percent to 42 percent. The study suggests the trend will continue as respondents' intent to purchase a dedicated e-reader has dropped, while intent to purchase has remained consistent for tablets, at about 37 percent.
Understanding device use is important, as the survey reveals further correlation between device choice and genre preference, with certain fiction genres continuing to dominate on dedicated e-readers, while some specialised nonfiction genres perform better on other devices.
The survey also reveals that those who prefer dedicated e-readers were more likely to select general fiction, mystery, literary fiction, or romance as key e-book genres than users of other types of devices. How-to guides and manuals were more popular with those who prefer reading e-books on personal computers. Consumers who prefer e-reading via smartphones were more likely to read travel books than either tablet or dedicated e-reader users.
The study also shows the consistent upward swing in preference for e-books over print. About 82 percent of Power Buyers (consumers who acquire e-books on a weekly basis) say they prefer e-books over print and nearly 70 percent of Non-Power Buyers say they now prefer e- over print.
BookBrunch and the London Book Fair launch BookBrunch Award for Supply Chain Customer Service - 08 Apr 2013
BookBrunch, an information site and daily news service for the book industry, is joining the London Book Fair to launch the BookBrunch Award for Supply Chain Customer Service.
The Award aims to highlight ways in which supply chain companies have transformed their working methods to benefit their customers. It will go to the company that in the past year (March 2012-March 2013) has identified an area for improvement in its customer service and addressed it in a manner that has most impressively demonstrated customer focus, innovative thinking, excellent execution and measurable results.
All companies exhibiting at the London Book Fair are eligible to make a nomination for the award. Supply chain companies can nominate themselves where appropriate.
Each nomination should include 500 words explaining the business challenge and its resolution, along with an endorsement from one of the company's largest customers including details of how the customer has benefited from the nominee's transformation.
All entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts, with the winner being announced at The London Book Fair 2013.
Interested parties may visit http://www.londonbookfair.co.uk/Forms1/PS-Awards-Question/ for more info.
DeepDyve selects Reprints Desk to expand access to full-text articles - 08 Apr 2013
Research Solutions company Reprints Desk, Inc., US, has announced a collaboration with DeepDyve Inc., an online rental service for scholarly and professional research articles. With this agreement, the companies seek to expand access to full-text articles for registered DeepDyve.com users by supplementing DeepDyve's existing article rental and PDF purchasing service with an expanded list of titles for which the full-text can be legally acquired via Reprints Desk.
Users can search or browse DeepDyve's catalogue containing millions of scholarly articles across thousands of peer-reviewed journals. Upon discovering a relevant article, users can rent 'view-only' full-text articles for as little as $1 per article. They can also purchase an article following a rental or buy immediately without renting if they need a printable-PDF version of a full-text article. Previously, users could purchase only a subset of articles directly from DeepDyve. With this agreement, Reprints Desk now makes the majority of DeepDyve's collection available for purchase.
Scholarly articles fuel research, innovation, and intellectual property protection for organisations around the world. DeepDyve provides simple and affordable access to millions of scholarly articles across thousands of peer-reviewed journals. DeepDyve has partnered with the world's leading academic publishers, including Reed Elsevier, Springer, Wiley-Blackwell and more. Reprints Desk helps customers to improve literature acquisition and spending.
edX collaborates with Stanford University to offer learning platform via open source - 08 Apr 2013
Stanford University and edX recently announced their collaboration to advance the development of edX's open source learning platform and provide free and open online learning tools for institutions around the world. edX is a not-for-profit online learning enterprise founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
As part of this announcement, edX will release the source code for its entire online learning platform on June 1, 2013. In support of that move, Stanford will integrate features of its existing Class2Go platform into the edX platform, use the integration as an internal platform for online coursework for on-campus and distance learners and work collaboratively with edX and other institutions to further develop the edX platform.
EdX and Stanford will collaborate along with others around the globe on the ongoing development and refinement of the edX online learning platform. As of June 1, developers everywhere will be able to freely access the source code of the edX learning platform, including code for its Learning Management System (LMS); Studio, a course authoring tool; xBlock, an application programming interface (API) for integrating third-party learning objects; and machine grading APIs.
EdX will seek to support and nurture the community of developers contributing to the enhancement of the edX platform by providing a rich environment for developer collaboration as well as technical and process guidelines to facilitate developer contributions.
EdX is reportedly pursuing an open source vision to enhance access to higher education for the entire world. One of the chief benefits of massive open online courses (MOOCs) is that they bring together a tremendously diverse student body to learn with and from each other. EdX has chosen to extend that perspective to its learning platform as well, knowing that drawing upon the global community of developers is an effective route to both transform and deliver the world’s best and most accessible online and blended learning experience.
MOOCs and innovative online teaching approaches on college campuses, such as the 'flipped classroom,' use web environments that support interactive video, online discussion, social/cohort interaction, assessment and other functions. Open source online learning platforms will allow universities to develop their own delivery methods, partner with other universities and institutions as they choose, collect data, and control branding of their educational material. Further developing online opportunities through open source technology is a key objective of the partnership between edX and Stanford.
Stanford will continue to provide a range of platforms for its instructors to choose from in hosting its online coursework, including continued partnerships with Coursera and other providers. The university will focus its ongoing platform development efforts on the new platform, combining key features from the Class2Go open source platform with the open source edX code base.
The edX learning platform source code, as well as platform developments from Stanford, edX and other contributors, will be available on June 1, 2013 and can be accessed from the edX Platform Repository located at https://github.com/edX.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 08 Apr 2013
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Phil Davis (PubMed Central Reduces Publisher Traffic, Study Shows); Kane Hsieh (Why Do We Keep Making Ebooks Like Paper Books?); Evolution News and Views (Will Open-Access Publishing Break the Darwinist Stranglehold?); Kent Anderson (The Lens We Look Through — Are We All About Containers or What Goes Into Them?); and Lukas Koster (Beyond the Library: Researchers and libraries must work together to respond to changes in scholarly communication). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
McGraw-Hill Education names Ronald Schlosser as Executive Chairman - 08 Apr 2013
McGraw-Hill Education, a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., US, has announced the appointment of Ronald Schlosser as executive chairman of its board of directors. Schlosser is a senior advisor to Apollo Global Management on investments in education, and he has extensive experience as a global business leader, achieving outstanding results at a variety of education and information companies.
In his new position, he will work closely with Buzz Waterhouse, president and chief executive officer of McGraw-Hill Education, and our other senior leaders, providing guidance on industry best practices, performance improvement, product strategy, trends and opportunities in international markets, and more. Prior to Apollo, Mr. Schlosser was chairman and chief executive officer of Haights Cross Communications (HCC), an educational and library publishing company, where he led expansion of the company's product lines especially with digital segments.
McGraw-Hill Education is a digital learning company that draws on its more than 100 years of educational expertise to offer solutions that improve learning outcomes around the world. McGraw-Hill Education is the adaptive education technology leader with the vision for creating a highly personalised learning experience that prepares students of all ages for the world that awaits.
NISO publishes Recommended Practice for Institutional Identifier - 08 Apr 2013
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has announced the publication of a new Recommended Practice: Institutional Identification: Identifying Organizations in the Information Supply Chain. This Recommended Practice describes the work done by the NISO Institutional Identifier (I²) Working Group to define the requirements for a standard identifier for institutional identification in the supply chain. It also provides background on the collaboration agreement between the NISO I² Working Group and the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) International Agency to use the ISNI standard (ISO 27729) and the ISNI-IA's infrastructure for institutional identification, rather than publish a separate standard for institutions.
According to Grace Agnew, Associate University Librarian, Digital Library Systems, Rutgers University Libraries, and Co-chair of the I² Working Group, the I² Working Group did extensive community needs assessment with the publishing, library, and repository use sectors. Based on this input, the Working Group developed a minimum set of metadata elements needed to uniquely and unambiguously identify an organisation engaged in a digital information workflow. This metadata was later harmonised with that of the ISNI standard to define the final set of elements.
The Institutional Identification: Identifying Organizations in the Information Supply Chain Recommended Practice is available for free download from the NISO I² workroom webpage: www.niso.org/workrooms/i2.
Thomson Reuters to host tranSMART Community meeting - 08 Apr 2013
The IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters will host a tranSMART Community meeting in collaboration with the Pistoia Alliance and the tranSMART Foundation on April 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Thomson Reuters office at 22 Thomson Place, Boston.
This meeting will bring together key stakeholders from universities, non-profit research organizations, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and vendors to discuss the future of translational research and to help speed promising discoveries from the laboratory to the clinic. It will also provide attendees with an overview of the tranSMART open-source, community-driven platform.
Presentations include an overview of the tranSMART Foundation (community home); a roadmap outlining tranSMART as the preferred data sharing and analytics platform for translational biomedical research; major initiatives and active projects including eTRIKS and TraIT; and the development of a partner network offering content and data curation, platform provisioning and implementation services.
This meeting is open to all interested parties but space is limited. Reservations for a space can be made online. Attendees will be welcomed on a first come, first served basis.
ASM Press chooses Scope for enhanced metadata for its books - 05 Apr 2013
Scope eKnowledge Center (Scope), a leading provider of content enhancement and knowledge services, recently completed an engagement to help enhance book content discoverability for ASM Press, the book publishing division of the American Society for Microbiology.
The engagement involved the creation of two types of metadata for selected book publications. For monograph, reference, textbook and trade publications, ASM Press required a rich set of MARC record metadata for each book, based on MARC21 standards and AACR2/RDA rules. Scope employed its technology-enabled mARCatTM suite of cataloguing services. The mARCat platform assists Scope's library information professionals in creating and updating MARC bibliographic metadata. In addition, Scope has in-house domain experts who validate subject classifications. For the ASM Press engagement, the mARCat-created tags/MARC fields were customised based on client requirements to improve the discoverability of the book via enhanced, data-rich tagging.
Scope also developed abstracts/summaries and keywords for each book chapter to support ASM Press' objective of making chapters more discoverable. Scope employed ConSCIseTM, its unique abstraction solution for the engagement. ConSCIse generates keywords and abstracts, conforming to client specifications, using a combination of software algorithms based on natural language processing (NLP) rules, Scope's expertise in text mining, knowledge repositories and subject matter expert (SME) curation.
Christine Charlip, Director of ASM Press, commented, "Creating enhanced metadata and librarian-friendly MARC records will propel the discoverability and usage of our extensive microbiology ebook collections. Scope provided expert guidance and high-quality deliverables within a very tight timeframe."
Tram Venkatraman, President of Scope, added, "Scope is very pleased to have the opportunity to support a prestigious life science publisher like ASM Press. Our mARCat and ConSCIse solutions combine our proprietary technology with our experienced SMEs to surpass client's expectations in terms of quality and cost-effectiveness."
Australasian universities welcome Springer Book Archives - 05 Apr 2013
STM publisher Springer has announced that it will offer online access to 100,000 eBooks with historic content through its Springer Book Archives (SBA), available anywhere, at any time, via SpringerLink by the end of 2013. As early adopters, Australasian universities were some of the first to offer access to this wealth of scientific content to students, faculty and researchers. Official launch events for the SBA will be held at the University of Melbourne on April 5, 2013, and at The Higher Education Technology Agenda Conference in Hobart, Australia, on April 8.
An undertaking of this magnitude involved thousands of hours to carefully scan each historic title, clean up any markings or imperfections, convert illustrations into high-resolution digital images, make the content discoverable and offer it to users in convenient formats. The end result of these efforts is an unprecedented collection of historic, scholarly eBooks, available DRM-free with full text searchability, and optimized for any device. Springer is also bringing titles unavailable in print for decades, if not longer, back to bookshelves by offering a print-on-demand option.
Rudolf Diesel, Paul Ehrlich and Emil Fischer are among the notable names that will appear in the SBA. Works of many Nobel Laureates are among the titles offered, including those of a number of Australian luminaries.
The University of Melbourne became the first institution in the southern hemisphere to purchase the SBA in November 2012, ahead of its official launch in January 2013. The University of Auckland, La Trobe University and The University of South Australia all subsequently purchased the SBA ahead of its official launch, and numerous other institutions are in discussions to acquire it.
EBSCO and ALA award seven scholarships for librarians to attend 2013 ALA Annual Meeting - 05 Apr 2013
EBSCO, in co-sponsorship with the American Library Association (ALA), has awarded seven librarians $1,000 scholarships to attend the ALA Annual Meeting in Chicago, to be held from June 27– July 2, 2013. As part of the application process, librarians were asked to write an essay on the topic of how attending the conference will contribute to the librarians' professional development.
The EBSCO ALA Annual Conference Sponsorship is an annual award consisting of $1,000 for actual reimbursed expenses designed to allow librarians to attend the ALA Annual Conference. The scholarship recipients will be honoured by EBSCO and ALA representatives during the conference at a breakfast on June 30, 2013.
Applications were judged by an ALA-designated jury chaired by Julius C. Jefferson Jr., information research specialist, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Other jury members included Stacy L. Creel, assistant professor, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Miss.; Elizabeth Nelson, knowledge analyst, UOP LLC, Woodstock, Ill.; Elizabeth M. Williams, information literacy librarian, Belk Library, Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C.; and Courtney L. Young, head librarian and associate professor, Kelly Library, Penn State Greater Allegheny.
IOP Publishing appoints Beth Mayes as Partner Development Manager, North America - 05 Apr 2013
Non-profit scientific publisher IOP Publishing (IOP), UK, has announced the appointment of Beth Mayes as Partner Development Manager, North America. In her new position, Beth will work closely with Jane Roscoe, Head of Partner Development at IOP.
Based in Boston, Beth will develop relationships with organisations in North America. She has over ten years' publishing industry experience in a broad range of areas from product development to marketing and sales.
She co-founded Dublin Six, Inc., a consultancy, specialising in providing technical services and products to electronic publishers and digital libraries. Prior to this role, Beth worked for Springer Science & Business Media as Director of Development, eProduct Development & Innovation.
Northwestern University Libraries select Ex Libris Alma - 05 Apr 2013
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that Northwestern University has selected the Ex Libris Alma next-generation resource management solution for its libraries. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of American Universities, Northwestern counts among its libraries the Pritzker Legal Research Center and the Galter Health Sciences Library, both at the school's Chicago campus.
Northwestern took the first step toward unifying its library services by adopting the Primo discovery and delivery solution in 2008. The libraries are now moving ahead with their transition to a next-generation infrastructure by implementing a single solution to replace the multiple systems used for managing print, electronic, and digital collections. The Primo and Alma solutions are fully integrated and designed to provide an optimised user experience and synergy between user services and library operations.
The library system's strategic plan, published last year, identifies the need to find new ways to offer customised services to the Northwestern community by redirecting staff time and resources away from the management of library collections. Alma will deliver on this strategic vision by fully automating common workflows across print, electronic, and digital resources. Human intervention will be required only to address exceptions to the rules that the library has defined. This more efficient environment will enable Northwestern's libraries to continue providing core services while pursuing new strategic objectives. With cost savings identified through Alma's advanced analytics and collection analyses, the library system will be able to channel resources to support emerging areas of growth.
Northwestern University joins two fellow members of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (a collaborative association of 11 U.S. universities) - Purdue University and the University of Minnesota - in adopting Alma to manage its extensive research collections.
NPG set to launch Scientific Data to aid scientists publish and reuse research data - 05 Apr 2013
Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, has announced the Spring 2014 launch of Scientific Data. Open for submissions this autumn, Scientific Data is a new open-access, online-only platform for the publication of descriptions of scientifically valuable datasets. Scientific Data will initially focus on experimental datasets from the life, biomedical and environmental science communities with future plans to expand to other fields in the natural sciences.
Scientific Data will introduce and publish a new type of content called Data Descriptors: peer-reviewed, scientific publications that provide detailed descriptions of experimental and observational datasets. Data Descriptors will be a combination of traditional scientific publication content and structured information curated in-house, and are designed to maximize reuse and enable searching, linking and data mining. Data Descriptors may be associated with articles from a broad range of journals.
Scientific Data gives credit through a citable publication, for depositing and sharing research data. Data Description will be accessible and searchable via the Scientific Data online data platform, under a Creative Commons license. The actual data files will be stored in one or more public, community-recognised systems. The full release of Data Description and associated data will be verified as part of the peer-review process. Where a community recognized repository does not exist, Scientific Data supports the deposit of the data into a more general repository such as Dryad and Figshare. All accepted data descriptors will be published on payment of an article-processing charge (APC) that will also cover the Data Description curation process.
Susanna-Assunta Sansone, Associate Director and Principal Investigator at the University of Oxford e-Research Centre, has worked with the NPG team for the past months to define the Data Description's concept. She has now been appointed Honorary Academic Editor of Scientific Data. She will work closely with the Advisory Panel which comprises senior scientists, data repository representatives, bio-curators, librarians, and funders who guide the policies, standards, and editorial scope.
OUP journals compliant with RCUK and Wellcome Trust open access policies - 05 Apr 2013
Academic publisher Oxford University Press (OUP) has announced that from April 1, 2013 Oxford journals will be compliant with the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Wellcome Trust policies on open access (OA). OUP claims to be mission-driven to facilitate the widest possible dissemination of high-quality research.
The publisher embraces both 'gold' and 'green' OA publishing to support this mission. It is reportedly committed to work with the society partners to support sustainable OA for each community, and has consulted with each of its partners to decide on the best route to compliance for each journal.
OUP's OA programme, Oxford Open, dates back to 2004. It publishes 13 fully OA titles, and over 120 'hybrid' titles. In total through these two channels OUP published over 3,200 open access papers in 2012. With the new funding policies in place, it wants to ensure it meets the needs of its authors and will be extending OA options to virtually all its journals.
The RCUK's OA policy requires authors to comply either by publishing 'gold' OA using a Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY), or by 'green' OA after embargo periods specified by the RCUK and laid out in the Publishers' Association flow chart.
Authors will be able to comply via both routes with OUP. Under Gold OA, the vast majority of its titles will offer authors the option of making their paper immediately available by payment of an APC (Article Processing Charge). Authors will be able to choose between various Creative Commons licences, including CC-BY, CC-BY-NC, and CC-BY-NC-ND. The exact choice of licences will be dependent on individual journal policy.
The another route is Green OA, wherein the embargo periods for OUP journals will largely comply with the RCUK/Wellcome policies, as laid out in the RCUK and government endorsed flow chart.
Rubriq enters second phase of beta testing of peer review system - 05 Apr 2013
Rubriq, a for-benefit organisation offering peer review and journal matching services, has completed the first phase of beta testing for its independent peer review system, and the second phase is now underway. During all three planned beta phases, publishers are helping to validate Rubriq's patent-pending scorecard, and to explore how it can help facilitate the publishing process.
As of the second phase, a total of eight publishers are providing feedback on all aspects of the Rubriq report and system, and will help develop the features and options designed for journal editors.
This second phase of the Rubriq beta launch introduces two new services for authors in addition to the Rubriq scorecard. The first is a plagiarism check. Rubriq has selected iThenticate to provide a complete plagiarism report, as it is stated to be widely recognised as the industry standard. This will not only help authors resolve any issues prior to submission, but can also be attached to a manuscript for use by any journal.
The second new service is the journal recommendation report. After the scorecard is completed, a list of journals is compiled that most closely matches the paper's scores and content. These data-driven suggestions are then checked for accuracy and relevance by a Rubriq team member who is experienced in journal selection, and who is also a published researcher. Authors will be able to filter and sort all of these journal recommendations by their own preferences, and therefore can make a well-informed decision about the best place to submit for a higher likelihood of success.
Rubriq is also expanding from its initial three areas of study to cover over 200 biological and medical fields. Information about journals in these fields has been compiled into a proprietary database, which is used in the journal recommendation process. Selected journals will soon receive invitations to claim their profiles, update their data, and become active in the Rubriq network. There is no cost for journals to join or participate in the Rubriq network. Journals that do not receive invitations can request membership on the Rubriq website.
Rubriq is actively accepting manuscript submissions as well as reviewer applications. Visitors to the website can sign up to participate as an author, reviewer and journal editor with a single account.
SPARC-sponsored report on Strategies for Sustaining Open Access Resources released - 05 Apr 2013
Knowledge Exchange has released 'The Collective Provision of Open Access Resources,' the third report in its multiphase 'Sustainability of Open Access Resources' initiative. Knowledge Exchange is a cooperative effort that includes Finland's CSC (IT Center for Science), Denmark's Electronic Research Library (DEFF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) in the United Kingdom, and SURF in the Netherlands.
The report, which was funded by SPARC, examines the practical planning issues relevant to the economic sustainability of infrastructure services that support the growth of the open-access dissemination of scholarly and scientific research. Specifically, the report aims to guide funders and project planners in constructing and coordinating collective funding models capable of supporting open-access infrastructure resources.
The report examines the role of a sustainability model in maximizing an initiative's mission impact, the centrality of sustainability planning to a service's design and purpose, and the implications of non-subsidy models for an organisation's staffing and mindset.
Providing free infrastructure services poses challenges that differ from market-based approaches. The report explores two critical elements to designing an effective sustainability model for a free-to-the user infrastructure service - inducing potential participants to reveal their demand for the service; and getting organisations to contribute voluntarily to its provision.
Sustainability design elements covered by the study include establishing an explicit financial hurdle for an initiative, how group size and dynamics affect the potential success of a collective funding model, using assurance contracts to coordinate collective support and generate a high level of participation.
By reviewing the key elements that comprise a sustainability model, the economic realities that affect free-to-user distribution, and practical approaches for coordinating collective funding, the report provides a framework to guide individual initiatives in developing successful sustainability plans.
The full report is available online at http://www.arl.org/sparc/bm~doc/collective-provision-of-oa-services.pdf.
BioMed Central launches new OA journal - Animal Biotelemetry - 04 Apr 2013
Open access publisher BioMed Central has announced the launch of a new open access peer-reviewed journal, Animal Biotelemetry. The journal joins the publisher's growing portfolio in ecology and conservation and marks a significant development in the area of Animal Biotelemetry research.
Animal Biotelemetry publishes the results of studies utilizing telemetric techniques (including biologgers) to understand physiological, behavioural, and ecological mechanisms in a broad range of environments (e.g. terrestrial, freshwater and marine) and taxa. The journal also welcomes descriptions and validations of newly developed tagging techniques and tracking technologies, as well as methods for analyzing telemetric data.
Dr A. Peter Klimley will be the Editor-in-Chief of the journal. He will supported by an editorial board of prominent experts.
Karger Publishers automates licensing process with CCC solution - 04 Apr 2013
Licensing solutions provider Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), US, has announced that Switzerland-based Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers has implemented CCC's RightsLink Premium to manage copyright permissions for its journals and books.
RightsLink Premium supports a publisher's online strategy by providing its customers with instant reprint and permission services, 24 hours 7 days, worldwide, integrating seamlessly with online content wherever it resides: on a Website, mobile application, or archive server, or at a third-party aggregator. It automates the entire licensing process, from secure order processing and workflow management to real-time reporting and royalty payments while adapting to each publisher's unique licensing requirements and business processes.
Karger Publishers is an international biomedical publisher. Currently, production comprises 90 subscription and open access journals and about 50 book titles per year, both research and clinical, the majority of which are in English.
McGraw-Hill Professional and IHS partner to deliver critical engineering content to professionals worldwide - 04 Apr 2013
Scientific and medical information resources provider McGraw-Hill Professional, US, has signed an exclusive agreement with IHS, the premier source of insight and information to professionals in the field. As part of the agreement, IHS will provide McGraw-Hill Professional's innovative AccessEngineering platform as part of its suite of resources and expertise for professional organisations and companies worldwide. The agreement makes IHS the exclusive reseller for AccessEngineering to the corporate market.
AccessEngineering, McGraw-Hill Professional's innovative reference and learning platform for engineers, draws on the company's more than 100 years of expertise in creating the critical engineering content and services that are necessary to professionals throughout their working lives. The platform provides access to widely adopted titles such as Perry's Chemical Engineers' Handbook, Marks' Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, Roark's Formulas for Stress and Strain, as well as a plethora of newer publications, such as Advanced MEMS Packaging and Energy Systems Engineering. It was recently honoured with the 2012 PROSE Award for Best eProduct in Physical Sciences and Mathematics.
Through the agreement, IHS will offer AccessEngineering as a standalone solution as well as through IHS Goldfire, a product that helps technical professionals achieve dramatic improvements in productivity and knowledge capture and reuse.
AccessEngineering also comprises dynamic online features, such as instructional videos, downloadable data and interactive charts, as well as personalisation tools allowing users to organise crucial project information as they work. These trusted resources allow engineers to apply broadly accepted industry best practices in context as part of their daily workflow while updating and expanding their skills.
Newly established Ural Regional Universities Consortium in Russia gains access to ScienceDirect and Scopus - 04 Apr 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced its official collaboration with the Ural Regional Universities Consortium by providing 11 universities in Russia's Ural region with access to ScienceDirect and Scopus throughout 2013.
Led by the Ural Federal University, the Ural Regional University Consortium was newly established at the beginning of this month. Researchers in the region of Russia are increasingly focused on new achievements in theoretical and applied mathematics and mechanics, metallurgical processes, physics and chemistry of solids. Access to ScienceDirect and Scopus is expected to help Ural scientists increase the quality of their research in these focused areas and share their work with the wider, global research community.
ScienceDirect is a premier full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and 11,000 books. The platform offers search and retrieval functionalities that enable users to work effectively in the knowledge discovery process. It carries an ongoing innovation aiming to revolutionise the traditional format of the academic paper, the interactive elements, enhanced online-readability, alerting services, and linking options to external datasets help researchers to build insights at the article level.
Scopus claims to be the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Featuring smart tools to track, analyse and visualise research, Scopus was designed and developed with input from over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from nearly 20,500 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage.
Project MUSE partners with HighWire Press - 04 Apr 2013
The Johns Hopkins University Press (JHUP) has reached an agreement with Stanford University's HighWire Press to transition to the HighWire Open Platform as the new digital hosting and delivery platform for Project MUSE.
Over the past year, JHUP and its digital publishing unit Project MUSE have conducted an extensive search for a technology partner to assist in expanding the capacity of Project MUSE to support its current content offering and allow MUSE to pursue opportunities in developing new products, business models and service offerings for its growing community of more than 200 publishers and 2700 libraries.
HighWire's history tracks very closely with that of Project MUSE, with similar missions and both having launched in 1995. Several of HighWire's publishing partners (Duke University Press, The Oxford University Press, and the University of Wisconsin Press) also have content on the MUSE platform.
The successful expansion of the Project MUSE publishing programme is highly dependent on an advanced delivery infrastructure that combines rich functionality, customisability and a collaborative relationship with an innovative vendor of proven track record such as HighWire. This relationship will enable Project MUSE to create new products, incorporate new content types such as online references, foster personalisation and collaboration, and continue to provide a sustainable model for libraries, publishers and researchers.
SAE International launches database on alternative fuels - 04 Apr 2013
Engineers and technical experts association SAE International has launched the 'SAE Global Technology Library-Alternative Fuels' packed with more than 3,100 technical papers, 60 technical standards and six e-books.
The searchable online database seeks to enable mobility engineering professionals to stay up-to-date and compete in a rapidly changing environment by accessing the most timely, relevant information related to alternative fuels. The library is the second in a series of new products developed by SAE International over the past year to address the changing needs of the industries it serves. The 'SAE Global Technology Library-Electric Vehicle,' launched in June of 2012, covers the latest developments in vehicle electrification worldwide.
In addition to the SAE International technical papers and standards and e-books, the database includes convenient access to public and private research from the US National Laboratories; global production data from Lux Research's seminal Alternative Fuels Data Tracker; global magazine issues and articles; current news and in-depth analysis; and webzine covering a range of topics from world-renowned journalists and publishers.
SAGE launches SAGE Navigator, a resource to simplify the literature search and review process - 04 Apr 2013
Academic publisher SAGE has announced the launch of SAGE Navigator: the essential social sciences literature review tool. Hosted on the SAGE Knowledge platform, SAGE Navigator provides students, faculty and researchers with access to the resources they need to kick start their literature search and review.
With over 290 topics covered at launch, SAGE Navigator provides students with a single platform from which to discover high quality literature in their chosen field, while the interactive research chronology provides researchers with a new perspective on their field. Guiding users through seminal pieces within their chosen subject, the tool enables students, faculty and researchers to access more than 20,000 recommended readings from over 1,000 publishers.
With each topic introduced by an internationally renowned academic within the field, SAGE Navigator enables students to bring an authoritative voice to their review. For readers, SAGE Navigator offers full text HTML display, with print and PDF download options. Functionality to enable multiple citation options is also provided.
SAGE Navigator is available for purchase as a complete collection, or as part of the SAGE Knowledge Title Collections. Demonstrations and trials will be taking place at the forthcoming UKSG conference scheduled for April 8-10 (SAGE booth at 47/47), and the Association of College &Research Libraries (ACRL) conference taking place in Indianapolis from April 10-13.
UBM Tech’s Big Data Conference to focus on strategy, governance and operations - 04 Apr 2013
Business information provider UBM Tech, US, has announced The Big Data Conference, the event which is designed to help both business and technology professionals capitalise on the boom in big data. The focus includes strategy (both business and technology), governance and operations, plus the latest in tools and technologies.
The Big Data Conference is a global brand and its sister event, The Big Data Show, takes place annually in London each spring. The Big Data Conference will be held alongside Cloud Connect in Chicago's McCormick Place, October 21-23.
The Big Data Conference is partnering with Nemertes Research, the research-advisory and strategic-consulting firm specialising in analysing and quantifying the business value of emerging technologies, to provide three days of comprehensive content for every technology, marketing seeking to benefit from the boom in data volume, variety and velocity.
Attendees will learn about new business models and how to use big data to shape and determine the future of their businesses. The conference is seen as a critical event for marketing and other lines of business executives, technology executives including CIOs and CTOs, enterprise architects, and data warehousing professionals tasked with the responsibility of capitalising on the big data opportunity.
Spanning three days, the conference offers in-depth educational programmes, workshops, case studies, demonstrations and real-world technology implementations. Topics addressed at the event include Large enterprise case studies in key verticals covered including manufacturing, retail, healthcare, financial services; The big picture: A lifecycle for big data management; Structuring the organisation to take advantage of big data; Setting a big data strategy; Data visualization & interfaces; Domain-specific data types centered on people, money, time, and location; and Hadoop and other big data platforms & architectures.
The Advisory Board members include Johna Till Johnson, President & Founder, Nemertes Research and Conference Co-Chair, The Big Data Conference; Paige Pires de Almeida, GM & Conference Co-Chair, The Big Data Conference; Doug Henschen, Executive Editor, Informationweek; John Burke, CIO and Principal Research Analyst, Nemertes Research; Andrew McAfee, Principal Research Scientist at the Center for Digital Business, MIT Sloan School of Management; Marc Seybold, CIO, SUNY Stonybrook; and Ashok Joshi, Director, Berkeley DB Development, Oracle.
Wiley journals comply with new OA policies of UK funders - 04 Apr 2013
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced that the majority of Wiley's journals in its open access publishing program now offers authors funded by The Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK the opportunity to publish their articles under a Creative Commons Attribution CC BY license when paying an Article Publication Charge (APC). This will support authors in complying with funder requirements that came into place April 1, 2013. The CC BY license allows others to modify, build upon and/or distribute the licensed work (including for commercial purposes) as long as the original author is credited.
Wiley has also updated its self-archiving policy for RCUK authors. If an author funded by RCUK chooses to publish in a Wiley journal but does not select and pay for OnlineOpen, they will be able to self-archive the accepted version of the article after a 12 month embargo period (starting with first publication online), or after a 24 month embargo for authors funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). If a journal does not offer an open access option, the embargo period is reduced to 6 months (RCUK's STM Councils) or 12 months for authors funded by AHRC and ESRC.
A limited number of society owned journals have not adopted the new self-archiving policy and/or the new OnlineOpen license policy and will continue to publish under the usual journal copyright license terms.
Wiley now publishes eighteen fully open access journals and additional journals are expected to publish in 2013. Wiley's OnlineOpen option is offered by more than 1200 journals or more than 80 percent of its titles. This option is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication. When selecting OnlineOpen, authors, their funding agencies, or their institutions, pay an APC to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library. Wiley Open Access Journals and those published under OnlineOpen are deposited in PubMed Central.
ACM expands options for free access to content from ACM Publications - 03 Apr 2013
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has introduced several policy changes that are seen to increase access to its journals and conference proceedings. The changes are intended to better balance the needs of authors and researchers in the computing community, many of whom have expressed a desire for expanded rights and open access options to ACM publications from its Digital Library (DL).
The publishing policy changes not only expand author rights but reportedly provide greater levels of flexibility in the transition to open access. Under the options now available, authors who prefer to have ACM manage the rights and permissions associated with their work can continue to use the traditional ACM Copyright Transfer Agreement.
Authors who want to retain copyright of their work can choose an equivalent exclusive licensing agreement developed by ACM. It grants certain publication and distribution rights to ACM but allows authors to retain the core intellectual property rights that are important to many authors.
Authors can also select an author-pays option that enables them to retain all rights to their work and allows them to make it openly accessible in perpetuity via the ACM DL.
In addition, the new publishing policy enables open access to the most current proceedings volume of ACM Special Interest Group (SIG) conferences at the option of their sponsoring SIG. SIGs may also make their conference proceedings freely available via the ACM DL platform for up to two weeks before the event and for a total of one month. Intended to facilitate easy access to the proceedings by conference attendees, these changes will also enable the computing community to learn about the latest technology developments presented at conferences during the time of the event.
CC-BY license option now available on 42 NPG journals - 03 Apr 2013
Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, now offers authors a wider choice of journals using the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. NPG and its publishing partners have introduced the CC-BY license option on twenty-two further journals, including Nature Communications. Of the 61 NPG journals that are open access or have open access options, 42 now offer the choice of CC-BY as one of the options.
The Wellcome Trust and RCUK revised public access policies came into effect on April 1, 2013. These funders will require a CC-BY license when their funds are used to pay open access article processing charges.
Nature Communications will offer CC-BY licenses at an APC of $5200, for authors submitting manuscripts on or after April 1. Two non-commercial CC license options remain available, and the APC for these has been reduced to $4800, from the current APC of $5000.
Twenty-one of the journals introducing a CC-BY option are published by NPG on behalf of publishing partners and either offer open access options, or are open access journals. They join Scientific Reports and the 19 NPG-owned academic journals that introduced CC-BY in 2012.
The partner journals that have introduced the CC-BY licence are: BoneKEy Reports, The ISME Journal, Emerging Microbes & Infections, European Journal of Human Genetics, Eye, Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, Cell Death and Differentiation, Cell Death and Disease, Cell Research, Genetics in Medicine, Heredity, Laboratory Investigation, Modern Pathology, Molecular Therapy, Molecular Therapy — Nucleic Acids, Light: Science & Applications, Spinal Cord, The EMBO Journal, EMBO reports, Molecular Systems Biology and the British Dental Journal.
The CC BY license will be available to authors choosing open access publication options in these journals, in addition to the two non-commercial Creative Commons (CC) licenses currently on offer.
In addition, The EMBO Journal, EMBO reports and Molecular Systems Biology have adopted CC0 waiver for the release of published datasets and figure source data. CC0 allows unrestricted re-use of research data. Data available on nature.com's linked data platform is also available under CC0.
Other NPG publishing partners are also considering introducing CC-BY in due course.
The CC BY license allows for articles to be distributed and amended, including for commercial opportunities. Papers can be developed upon, as long as attribution is given to the original work and its authors. An APC is levied per article accepted for publication for authors choosing to make their work open access.
Oxford University Press launches new journal - Gastroenterology Report - 03 Apr 2013
Academic publisher Oxford University Press (OUP), UK, has announced the launch of a new journal - Gastroenterology Report. The journal launched its first content on March 26, 2013.
Gastroenterology research has developed quickly in China in the last decade, and as a result there is a gap between the current status of clinical journals in gastroenterology, and the increased demands for international communication in the field. This new journal, Gastroenterology Report (GR), aims to be a pioneer in this regard.
Gastroenterology Report will be a high profile peer-reviewed online-only open access (OA) journal, co-owned by OUP and Digestive Science Publishing Company Ltd. It will cover all areas related to gastrointestinal sciences, including studies of alimentary tract, liver, biliary, pancreas, enteral nutrition, and related fields. The journal aims to publish high quality research articles on both basic and clinical gastroenterology, authoritative reviews that bring together new advances in the field, as well as commentaries and highlight pieces that provide expert analysis of topical issues.
PeerJ unveils PeerJ PrePrints - a new ‘Preprint Server’ for the Biological and Medical Sciences - 03 Apr 2013
Open Access publisher PeerJ has launched 'PeerJ PrePrints' an entirely new 'preprint server' for the Biological and Medical Sciences. With the launch of PeerJ PrePrints, the publication ecosystem of PeerJ is now complete.
For an academic article, publication in a peer reviewed journal is simply the end point in what has typically been a lengthy process of drafts, comments from colleagues, and revisions. The physical sciences have, for a long time, circulated these drafts (or 'preprints') amongst their colleagues in a community-wide practice which culminated in the creation of the successful arXiv preprint server. However, despite the apparent benefits of gaining early feedback, preprint servers have not taken off in the Biological or Medical sciences. Although there have been several experiments, for example by Nature Preceedings or the BMJ's NetPrints.org, the biological and medical fields have so far failed to embrace preprints in the same way that their physical sciences colleagues have done.
Despite this history, it is the belief of PeerJ that an increased awareness of the benefits of early and open sharing, combined with advances in the ease of online publishing, means that the time is right for the biological and medical sciences to finally take advantage of a preprint server dedicated to their fields. By doing so, authors can establish their priority, seek wider feedback, distribute their work in advance of formal publication and develop a stronger narrative before submitting that work to a formal peer-reviewed journal.
Other than passing a basic vetting process, PeerJ PrePrints are not peer reviewed, and so should not be viewed as a formal publication. However, all PeerJ PrePrints receive a permanent, stable identifier (a Digital Object Identifier) and are formally archived for long term preservation.
All PeerJ PrePrints publications are issued under a Creative Commons CC-BY license and publication in PeerJ PrePrints is free for all PeerJ Members. Authors wishing to experience the future of publishing can now submit PeerJ PrePrint articles at https://peerj.com/preprints and they can submit PeerJ journal articles, for formal peer review, at https://peerj.com/.
SAGE appoints David Ross as Executive Publisher of Open Access - 03 Apr 2013
Academic publisher SAGE has announced the appointment of David Ross as Executive Publisher of Open Access. In his new role, Ross will assume global responsibility for the strategic direction of OA in SAGE's Journals program. He will oversee a team that will manage SAGE's flagship Open Access journals: SAGE Open, SAGE Open Medicine, SAGE Open Engineering, and SAGE Open Medical Case Reports and develop systems, process and policies to support OA publishing.
Ross has a rich history of experience with Open Access. He managed SAGE's initial venture into OA publishing, a partnership with Hindawi, and was a founding board member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), the now burgeoning global trade association established in 2008 to represent the interests of OA journal publishers.
As SAGE's official representative on a number of OA panels and projects, Ross represented SAGE as one of the publishing partners for the Study of Open Access Publishing (SOAP), a two-year project launched in 2009 with the aim to disseminate broadly a description and analysis of models of open access publishing.
The Charlesworth Group to represent ISPG in Mainland China and Hong Kong - 03 Apr 2013
The Independent Scholarly Publishers Group (ISPG) is pleased to announce the renewal of its exclusive agreement for representation in Mainland China with The Charlesworth Group. The renewed agreement now includes representation in Hong Kong.
ISPG is a coalition of 20 independent HighWire hosted publishers of 51 journals and related academic content that promotes, markets to, and negotiates with library consortia, hospitals and other organisations around the globe. The Charlesworth Group has successfully negotiated agreements for the ISPG collection with important new customers in China. These include institutions such as The Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, China Medical University and Nanjing Medical University.
Last year, the director of the ISPG, Tom Taylor, was hosted by The Charlesworth Group on a trip to China, where he conducted seminars at prominent Beijing medical institutions. He introduced the curators, librarians, medical researchers, and others who attended the seminars, to the world-renowned ISPG journals and also shared the top trends in publishing. As a result of the enthusiastic response, Tom will return to China early this summer to conduct further seminars with key staff from The Charlesworth Group.
The London Book Fair to feature first ever literary ‘pop-up’ version of The Club at The Ivy - 03 Apr 2013
The London Book Fair has announced that this year's book fair will feature the first ever literary 'pop-up' version of The Club at The Ivy, the prestigious London private members' club.
The Club at The Ivy spans three floors of the building that also houses The Ivy restaurant and it regularly plays host to publishers, agents and leading figures from across the UK's culture scene. Membership is by invitation only, but for just three days, this congenial club will come to Earls Court.
Located within the International Rights Centre, The Club at The Ivy at The London Book Fair offers publishers and IRC table holders the opportunity to enjoy a private space to socialise, hold meetings and relax.
Membership is available per day or for the entirety of the Fair and includes membership for one person plus a guest; waiter service; continental breakfast, tea and bar snacks served daily; champagne bar with seating area; concierge desk offering a booking service for The Ivy and its sister restaurants (subject to availability); and the Ivy's florist service.
The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every spring in the world's premier publishing and cultural capital, it is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. The London Book Fair 2013, the 42nd Fair, will take place from April 15-17, 2013, Earls Court, London.
Thomson CompuMark offers 24 hours customer support throughout business week - 03 Apr 2013
Thomson CompuMark, a Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property & Science business and global player in trademark searching and brand protection solutions, has announced that Global Customer Support is now available 24 hours a day, five days a week. According to the company, customers can access world-class trademark research expertise and service solutions, as well as place an order, day or night, to quickly and efficiently expand and protect brands in new markets.
Thomson CompuMark's stated global trademark resources and deep industry expertise are said to uniquely position it to deliver the responsive service clients need to achieve their business goals with greater speed, efficiency and certainty. By offering around the clock person-to-person customer support, clients can now easily receive answers to questions from trademark experts who are knowledgeable across worldwide markets, check on the status of an order, or place an order throughout the entire business week.
The company's Global Customer Support reportedly has knowledgeable and highly responsive global representatives in geographic locations around the world, including multiple locations in Europe and the US. Customer support is available in multiple languages including Dutch, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Thomson CompuMark seeks to offer guaranteed delivery times and a range of delivery options to meet changing business needs.
Wolters Kluwer Health and Wiley expand partnership for content on Ovid - 03 Apr 2013
Information services provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced an extension of its long-term partnership with publisher John Wiley & Sons to provide more than 460 premier journals on the Ovid medical research platform. The new agreement includes the addition of Early View (pre-publication) articles from Wiley journals on Ovid.
Ovid's aggregated medical research solution delivers exceptional value to researchers and practitioners in its mission to provide users with the most current content available from its publishing partners. In addition to the journals, Ovid also licenses over 700 ebooks from Wiley.
The OvidSP platform is a single destination for conducting efficient and effective medical research whether managing large scale document-intensive projects or making time-sensitive, evidence-based decisions. Users can search and discover current full text ejournals and ebooks, as well as bibliographic information, plus manage their results and research documents - all within the OvidSP platform. OvidSP combines leading search technology with powerful productivity tools to help users save time in the research process, so they can focus on the output of their work to answer important patient questions, uncover new theories, and make groundbreaking contributions to their field.
ARL publishes Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2010-2011 - 02 Apr 2013
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2010–2011, which presents data describing collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 63 health sciences libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada.
In 2010–2011, the reporting health sciences libraries held a median of 217,811 volumes, spent a total of $240,675,218, and employed 1,977 FTE staff. Expenditures for materials and staff accounted for the bulk of total expenditures, at about 52 percent and 38 percent respectively. Respondents reported spending a total of $101,124,356 for electronic materials, or a median of almost 89 percent of their total materials budgets; this includes a total of $97,504,002 for electronic serials.
The ARL Statistics Collection provides online access to the annual publications ARL Statistics, ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics, and ARL Academic Law Library Statistics that have been published since 2006.
Gale and Library Media Connection seek nominations for the 2013 TEAMS Award - 02 Apr 2013
Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and Library Media Connection magazine are calling all media specialists and educators at K-12 public and private schools in the US and Canada to share their collaboration success stories and submit for the 2013 TEAMS Award – Teachers and Media Specialists Influencing Student Achievement. The TEAMS Award recognises teacher–media specialist teams in elementary, middle and high school settings for their critical collaboration to promote learning and achievement.
Examples of efforts that have been recognised include: a collaborative school-wide project involving the art, music, physical education and computer teachers; a program to improve student research skills using authenticated, credible websites; and an integrating digital curriculum with Google Docs. The three winning teams will each receive a cash award, Gale products, a one-year subscription to Library Media Connection and the Educator’s Professional Bookshelf from Linworth Publishing/Libraries Unlimited. In addition, the winners will be featured in an article in Library Media Connection. Awards will be presented at a special reception held in conjunction with this year’s American Association of School Librarians annual conference.
Nominations may be submitted by a library media specialist, teacher, principal, student or parent for work done in the 2011-12 or 2012-13 school year. There is no entry fee; however each nomination packet must include six copies of each: completed submission form with appropriate attachments; one-page letter of recommendation from school’s principal or assistant principal on school letterhead; signed release form (available at www.galeschools.com/TEAMS) for each person involved; and photograph of the collaborating media specialist/teaching team.
All entries must be post-marked by July 1, 2013. Winners will be announced in November 2013 at the American Association of School Librarians annual conference in Hartford, CT.
IEEE forms 4-pair Power over Ethernet study group - 02 Apr 2013
Technical professional organisation IEEE, US, has announced the formation of a new study group to consider initiating a formal project to standardise 4-pair Power over Ethernet (PoE). The IEEE 802.3 4-pair PoE study group will consider a 4-pair solution’s capability to enhance energy efficiency and provide greater than 25.5 W of power in improving PoE, which has reportedly become the preferred method to power networked devices, such as IP phones and access points.
According to David Law, chair of the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group and distinguished engineer with HP Networking, the formation of this study group would allow collaboration on a proposal for the development of a 4-pair PoE standard. This standard would allow support of new PoE applications in the areas of IPTV and industrial Ethernet. A 4-pair approach would result in increased efficiency, since the use of additional pairs results in lower channel resistance.
According to Chad Jones, chair of the IEEE 802.3 4-pair PoE study group, PoE has become the dominant powering method in many Ethernet-based products—access points and IP phones. Enabling applications beyond 25.5 W will extend this convenience to other products. An additional benefit is the reduction of power lost in the delivery channel by at least half. This benefit can be extended to existing powered products by moving from a 2-pair powering system to a new 4-pair powering system.
The group’s main purpose is to continue the success of the PoE family of standards, which started with IEEE P802.3af DTE Power via MDI Task Force and the IEEE P802.3at DTE Power Enhancements Task Force. Both resulting standards are part of the Ethernet family of interfaces and are part of the recent revision of IEEE 802.3-2012 'Standard for Ethernet.'
Individuals interested in the future of PoE standards are invited to contribute to the IEEE 802.3 4-pair Power over Ethernet study group, which is scheduled to meet during the IEEE 802.3 Interim Meeting, May 14-17, 2013 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
LRG launches third annual study of North American library spending and budgeting - 02 Apr 2013
The Library Resource Guide (LRG) has launched its third annual study of library spending and budgeting. Respondents to the study will be eligible to download the final report at no charge when the results are published and will be entered into a sweepstakes drawing for an Apple iPad.
The LRG ResearchLine Benchmark Study on 2013 Library Spending Plans will look at technology investments, budgets and budget trends, and funding sources for the complete range of libraries in North America. It will be conducted for LRG by the Unisphere Research Group. Unisphere had conducted the 2011 and 2012 Library Spending reports and the 2013 report will include comparative reporting between the new survey data and previous findings.
The final report is projected to be a substantial document intended to provide with unprecedented comparative data for similar libraries and a market overview intended to assist in the budgeting and budget justification process for the libraries. Every respondent of the survey will receive access to the final report on a complimentary basis.
Individual respondents will not be identified by name or institution. Submitting an email address at the conclusion of the survey is required only for the purpose of delivering the link to the final report and for use in drawing/notification of the Sweepstakes winner. The last date for the survey is April 5.
NERL operations to relocate to CRL - 02 Apr 2013
Center for Research Libraries (CRL) and the North East Research Libraries Consortium (NERL), a non-profit program operating under the auspices of Yale University, have come to an agreement to relocate NERL operations to CRL. Under this new arrangement, NERL, which licenses major online products on behalf of 28 member academic research libraries and about 80 affiliates, will be managed as a cooperative program under the CRL organisational umbrella.
For the past two years, CRL has been strengthening its own capacity to support licensing and procurement of electronic resources in areas of traditional CRL collecting strength: news, historical archives, government records and publications, and statistical information. In this effort, CRL has been able to obtain favourable terms for the acquisition of a number of major databases for CRL libraries. This new working relationship will offer CRL and NERL libraries greater leverage in acquiring key electronic resources, and in shaping the terms of access to those resources.
This partnership compares in many respects with the arrangements CRL has with the Global Resources and Area Microform projects. It preserves a high degree of autonomy and self-governance for NERL, while creating synergies between NERL licensing and CRL’s own Global Resources Forum activities.
More details about this new development will be discussed at the CRL Annual Council of Voting Members meeting, which will be a web conference, scheduled for April 19.
Credo partners with ReadSpeaker to add text-to-speech technology into Literati solutions - 01 Apr 2013
Credo, a provider of information and digital literacy solutions for libraries, has announced that it is integrating technology from ReadSpeaker, a provider of online text to speech, into its Literati solutions. ReadSpeaker’s text-to-speech technology is one of many recent additions to the innovative learning technologies that Literati combines with authoritative scholarly content and customisable services to help libraries do more.
The new text-to-speech technology is now available to the growing number of libraries that subscribe to Literati Public, the SIIA CODiE 2013 winner for Best General Reference Service. Text to speech will soon be added to Literati Academic, as well as to Literati School and Literati Student Athlete, which were both launched earlier this year.
ReadSpeaker claims to be the worldwide leader in online text to speech. ReadSpeaker speech enables online content on the fly in more than 35 languages and over 100 voices. The company provides a portfolio of web-based text-to-speech solutions for websites, mobile sites, mobile apps, RSS feeds, online documents and forms, and online campaigns. More than 5000 corporate, media, government, and non-profit customers around the world use ReadSpeaker online text-to-speech solutions.
Elsevier releases book on Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor high performance programming - 01 Apr 2013
STM Publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the release of Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessor High Performance Programming, a book authored by two Intel evangelists, Jim Jeffers and James Reinders. The book has also been selected for Intel’s Recommended Reading List, an industry resource for the most pertinent technical books for professional developers.
The book is said to benefit software engineers, scientific researchers and high performance and supercomputing developers in need of high-performance computing resources, by providing a guide to exploiting the parallel power of the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor for high-performance computing. It also presents best practices for portable, high-performance computing and a familiar and proven threaded, scalar-vector programming model.
The resource includes simple but informative code examples that explain the unique aspects of this new highly parallel and high performance computational product. It also covers wide vectors, many cores, many threads and high bandwidth cache/memory architecture.
This announcement coincides with the formal dedication of the Stampede supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) in Austin, TX which is currently ranked number seven on the list of Top 500 supercomputers, with over 6400 Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. Jeffers and Reinders have committed several hundred books to support TACC’s training efforts for Stampede.
The book, published by Elsevier under the Morgan Kaufmann imprint, is available electronically and in print and can be purchased on the Elsevier Store, as well as on ScienceDirect.
Other books on Intel’s Recommended Reading List published under Elsevier‘s Morgan Kaufmann and Newnes imprints include Programming Massively Parallel Processors by David Kirk and Wen-mei Hwu; Structured Parallel Programming: Patterns for Efficient Computation by Michael McCool, James Reinders and Arch Robison; and Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach by John Hennessy and David Patterson.
The others in the list include An Introduction to Parallel Programming by Peter Pacheco; Interconnecting Smart Objects with IP by Jean-Philippe Vasseur and Adam Dunkels; and Embedded Systems Design with Platform FPGAs by Ronald Sass and Andrew Schmidt.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 01 Apr 2013
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Rick Anderson (Another Door Opens (Quietly) for MOOCs); Andrew Farke (Who’s to blame (or credit) for fast peer review?); Martin Eve (Open access and the humanities: reimagining our future); Kent Anderson (“By Scientists, For Scientists” — Deconstructing a Misguided, Misleading, and Thoughtless Cliché) and Martin Fenner (The price of innovation – thoughts from Beyond the PDF). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
McGraw-Hill Education launches new version of LearnSmart - 01 Apr 2013
McGraw-Hill Education, a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., US, has launched a new version of the company's market-leading adaptive learning program, McGraw-Hill LearnSmart.
With this expansion, McGraw-Hill Education aims to help improve education and results for a market of more than 15 million students who are currently enrolled in the 31 course areas for which the new version of LearnSmart is available. More than 2 million students have used LearnSmart in tandem with their McGraw-Hill Education course materials since LearnSmart's launch in 2009, making it the most widely used and intelligent adaptive study tool in higher education. Nearly 500,000 students have used LearnSmart in the first quarter of 2013 alone.
LearnSmart, which McGraw-Hill Education developed in conjunction with adaptive technology partner Area9, personalises learning by continually assessing students' knowledge, skill and confidence levels and then designing targeted study paths that help students improve in the areas they need to the most. By allowing students to focus their outside-of-class study time on the topics and concepts that are most challenging to them, LearnSmart has been shown to help students study more efficiently, develop greater proficiency and earn better grades.
Because this new version of LearnSmart is organised by course learning objective rather than the objectives of specific textbook content, students and instructors can use it with any title or even with open source material in the course areas where it is offered.
The decision to expand access to LearnSmart comes on the heels of several other company announcements and milestones related to adaptive learning. Earlier this year, McGraw-Hill Education launched LearnSmart Advantage, a new suite of adaptive learning products for the college market that includes SmartBook, the world's first-ever adaptive e-book, and it recently introduced LearnSmart to the high school market. Last summer, McGraw-Hill Education announced plans to make LearnSmart – which was traditionally sold only to instructors and institutions – available for students and parents to purchase directly.
Nichols School library opts for EBSCO Discovery Service - 01 Apr 2013
Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing, US, has announced that Nichols School, a Buffalo, New York school for grades 5-12, has chosen EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) for ease of searching and breadth of information.
EDS seeks to provide users with access to a school's entire collection via a single, customisable entry point. The school integrated EDS into its existing library collection by taking advantage of some of the EDS customisation features and transformed the search page to match the school colours and the heading of its web pages. School representatives have expressed the hope that EDS will minimise their students' use of Google. Since the EDS implementation, the school has reportedly seen fewer general web searches than in the past.
EBSCO Discovery Service seeks to create a unified, customised index of an institution's information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box-searching made even more powerful because of the quality of metadata and depth and breadth of coverage.
Oxford University Press launches new journal - Journal of Complex Networks - 01 Apr 2013
Academic publisher Oxford University Press (OUP), UK, has announced the launch of a new journal, the Journal of Complex Networks. Professor Ernesto Estrada of the University of Strathclyde will serve as the editor-in-chief of the journal.
The study of complex networks has recently emerged as a truly interdisciplinary area of research. Scientists in many different fields already use the shared language of ‘network science’ which has applications in a variety of fields ranging from physics and mathematics to social and economic sciences. This is a new discipline at the intersection of mathematics, physics, and computer science that studies the patterns of interconnections among diverse entities representing a variety of chemical, biological, informational, semantic, cognitive, socio-economical, infrastructural, and engineering systems.
In spite of the growing strength of this discipline, researchers often find it difficult to get their papers accepted in traditional journals. This situation is not due to any lack of quality but has more to do with the restrictive scope of many traditional journals. As a result, many excellent papers have been dispersed in specialised journals across Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Medicine, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, and Socio-economic sciences. This is a problem because it can impede necessary communication and interaction between researchers working in the same area.
The Journal of Complex Networks publishes original articles and reviews with a significant contribution to the analysis and understanding of complex networks and its applications in diverse fields. The journal covers everything from the basic mathematical, physical, and computational principles needed for studying complex networks, to their applications in molecular, biological, ecological, informational, engineering, social, technological, and other systems.
Topics covered by the journal include (but are not limited to): Mathematical and numerical analysis of networks; Network theory and computer sciences; Structural analysis of networks; Networks and epidemiology; Social, socio-economic and political networks; Ecological networks; Technological and infrastructural networks; Biological and molecular networks; Evolving networks; Biomedicine related networks; Animal social networks; Climate networks; Cognitive, language and informational networks.
Springer, CAS collaboration to accelerate chemistry research - 01 Apr 2013
STM publisher Springer and chemical information provider Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society, will collaborate to include thousands of new experimental procedures for chemical reactions reported in Springer journals in the CAS databases. This collaboration will increase the visibility of articles with experimental procedures published in 165 Springer chemistry journals from 1985 to the present.
The addition of experimental procedures from Springer journal articles provides important information that helps scientists evaluate search results. Using SciFinder The choice for chemistry research, a tool that allows scientists to explore the CAS databases, critical full-text articles which are essential to scientists in their research can be identified quickly.
CAS provides access to more than 62 million single- and multi-step reactions and synthetic preparations, as well as associated experimental procedures for reactions, through SciFinder. The information in CAS is provided by journals from prestigious publishers and patents issued by major patent offices. CAS has long recognised how important global chemical publications are to research, and will continue adding relevant chemistry content throughout 2013.
Wolters Kluwer Health announces enhancements to Sentri7 - 01 Apr 2013
Information services provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced several new enhancements to Sentri7, a web-based, enterprise-wide electronic surveillance application that helps hospital staff identify at-risk patients.
The Sentri7 Pharmacy Module now prioritises patients by need for intervention when pharmacists are rounding. Sentri7 also allows easier exchange of patient assessment information across shifts and provides finer control when a patient should be assessed. Pharmacists easily see the clinician that reviewed the patient last, as well as the time of the last review.
The Sentri7 Infection Prevention Module features the patient birth date on the patient card, allowing an infection preventionist to easily complete forms. Additionally, multiple enhancements have been made to comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).
Sentri7 by Pharmacy OneSource combines medication, laboratory, patient, radiology and surgery data to facilitate earlier, better, and more consistent interventions. Accelerating workflows can lead to shorter lengths of stay, lower costs, improved patient safety and reduced antibiotic resistance.