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Article on link between physical function and Alzheimer's disease - 31 May 2006

Medical journal Archives of Internal Medicine has published a report, according to which poor physical function may be associated with an increased risk for dementia and Alzheimer's disease in elderly adults. The study reveals how physical performance is linked to the development of dementia or the intermediate stage known as cognitive impairment.

Authored by Li Wang and colleagues at the University of Washington, Seattle, the study examined 2,288 individuals aged 65 years and older, who did not have dementia at the beginning of the study. Between 1994 and 1996, participants underwent initial testing to determine their cognitive abilities, which were scored on a scale from zero to 100. During the six years of follow-up, 319 participants developed dementia, including 221 with Alzheimer's disease. Those with physical performance scored higher than 10 and were much less likely to develop dementia than those with scores of 10 or lower.

An international peer-reviewed journal, the Archives of Internal Medicine is published 22 times a year. The JAMA/Archives journal reaches more than 100,000 physicians across 75 countries worldwide. The journal aims to promote the art and science of medicine by publishing manuscripts of interest and relevance to internists practicing as generalists or as medical subspecialists.

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CABI launches new database, CAB Abstracts Plus - 31 May 2006

STM database provider CABI Publishing, a division of CAB International, UK, has announced the launch of CAB Abstracts Plus, which provides access to comprehensive online information on animal science, nutrition, plant science, agriculture and the environment. The new resource is currently available via CAB Direct and OVID and will shortly be available on SilverPlatter and other platforms.

Based on the CAB Abstracts database, CAB Abstracts Plus brings together a range of full text material, including difficult-to-find research articles, conference papers, reviews and distribution maps. All CAB Abstracts Plus content is directly linked to the CAB Abstracts database, which recently recorded a milestone with the addition of its 5 millionth abstract.

The primary component of the database, CAB Abstracts Full Text Select, currently comprises more than 8,000 full text articles. Ten thousand new articles are likely to be added to this every year. Much of this literature, it is claimed, has been unavailable in electronic format or not permanently stored online until now. Over 100 specially commissioned reviews are added to this database each year. Additionally, it is now possible to access important past research via the Reviews Archive, which contains over 3,000 reviews dating back to 1930, made available electronically for the first time.

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New look 'Automotive World' launched - 31 May 2006

Automotive information provider Automotive World, UK, has announced that the company has been re-launched with a new-look, faster website and a new corporate logo. The company has been an active publisher of automotive news, analysis and research covering all aspects of the global car and truck industry, for the past 16 years. Oliver Wilkinson will take charge as the company's new Commercial Director.

Under the initiative, the 'AWKnowledge' and 'AWResearcher' brands and their websites have now been merged and re-launched under the Automotive World brand and one website - www.automotiveworld.com. Automotive World's subscription includes daily updates on 12 major automotive sectors and 37 OEM's internationally. Printed research publications include the World Car and World Truck reports, and the Automotive Quarterly Review.

The company is scheduled to publish a comprehensive analysis of powertrain strategies used by each truck OEM to meet Euro 4&5 legislation, later this year. Forthcoming research titles are expected to cover in-depth OEM forward model insight and merger and acquisition strategies of the supply base.

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O'Reilly in legal wrangle with it@cork over Web 2.0 conference - 31 May 2006

Not-for-profit Irish industry group it@cork has announced that it has become the target of a 'cease and desist' letter from the legal team of technology publishing firm O'Reilly Media, Inc., US. O'Reilly has applied for a trademark for the term 'Web 2.0' and claims that it@cork ought not to use the term for its scheduled Web 2.0 conference at the Radisson Hotel, Little Island, Cork on June 8.

The media company claims to have a pending application for "Web 2.0" as a service mark to promote an O'Reilly brand conference in 2003. A service mark, under US laws, is similar to a trademark but relates to advertising and services rather than products. According to it@cork, "Web 2.0" is now widely used to describe and promote new software and IT concepts.

However, under sizeable international pressure, it@cork has been permitted to use the title for the conference this year only. O'Reilly has also apologised for taking legal recourse, rather than sorting the issue out with it@cork amicably.

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PCS, Royal Society sign agreement to handle journal subscription fulfilment - 31 May 2006

Portland Customer Services (PCS), a division of Portland Press Ltd, UK, has announced that it has been selected to handle journal subscription fulfilment for UK's autonomous scientific academy, The Royal Society. The agreement will begin with the renewal of journal subscriptions for 2007.

With this agreement, the number of journals handled by Portland Customer Services has increased to over 120 on behalf of 20 publishers. Currently, the Royal Society publishes seven journals in the life and physical sciences. The academy previously handled journal fulfilment in-house.

In addition to managing journal fulfilment, PCS also offers online journal hosting, book order processing, and membership fulfilment and conference registration on behalf of learned societies and publishers.

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The National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy conducts international seminar on copyright and libraries - 31 May 2006

The National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kiev, Ukraine, recently hosted an international seminar on the role of libraries and access to knowledge, supported by UNESCO's Information for All Programme (IFAP). The IFAP is reportedly the only intergovernmental programme exclusively dedicated to promote universal access to information and knowledge for development.

The seminar, 'Advocacy for Access to Information: copyright & related issues,' featured thirty specialist librarians from twenty-five countries across the globe. The speakers debated on how copyright law impacts on access to information and knowledge, especially in the digital age. Policies and strategies to safeguard future access to scientific and cultural heritage were also discussed.

Organised by Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL.net) and local partner Informatio Consortium, the seminar is the first step to mobilise a network of library copyright experts in the region.

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Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups publishes Cancer Clinical Trials Newsweek supplement - 30 May 2006

Non-profit organisation Coalition of Cooperative Cancer Groups, US, has announced the publication of 'Knowledge is Power: Lance Armstrong Encourages Everyone to Learn about Cancer Clinical Trial' as a supplement to the June 5 edition of Newsweek. The move is part of efforts to increase awareness of cancer clinical trials in the US.

The eight-page supplement covers clinical trials and cutting edge cancer research. In addition, it also brings out common myths and misconceptions that often prevent patients from enrolling in clinical trials. Clinical trials are carefully monitored research studies designed to find new ways of preventing or treating cancer using new drugs, medical devices or procedures.

Supported by unrestricted educational grants from Amgen, Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Pfizer, Inc., the supplement also includes profiles of seven cancer survivors, as well as patient advocacy group resources.

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International food journal shifts production to India - 30 May 2006

Scientific journal Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment (JFAE), published by science and technology publisher WFL, Finland, has shifted its production base to India. The move was made to leverage the high-quality printing and cost reductions offered in the country. Currently, the journal is dispatched to around 1,500 destinations across the globe through the Indian Postal Department.

A publication of the International Society for Food, Agriculture and Environment, JFAE publishes peer-reviewed, original research, critical reviews or short communications in areas such as food science & technology, human nutrition, animal science, agriculture and environment. It is particularly focused on interdisciplinary studies in the fields of food, agriculture and environment.

In 2005, the subscription rate of the journal was reduced in a bid to make it more affordable for developing countries.

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Keithley introduces nanotechnology test blog - 30 May 2006

Nanotechnology products maker Keithley Instruments, Inc., US, has announced that it has sponsored a nanotechnology test blog targeted at engineers and researchers dealing with electrical testing issues in the field of nanotechnology and micro electromechanical systems (MEMS). The blog, coordinated by Nanotech Briefs magazine, a digital magazine from the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs, can be accessed at www.nanotestblog.com.

The blog provides visitors with the latest news in the nanotechnology and MEMS industry through frequent posts of technical and business developments. Visitors to the blog can send responses to particular items or post questions to other visitors.

In addition, there is a link to a library of white papers and articles and announcements of upcoming events and conferences, which may be of interest to the nanotechnology and MEMS test and measurement community.

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OCLC CAPCON names Irene M. Hoffman as Executive Director - 30 May 2006

OCLC CAPCON, part of global library cooperative OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc., US, has announced the appointment of Irene M. Hoffman as Executive Director, effective May 15, 2006.

Prior to this, Hoffman served as Associate University Librarian for Personnel Planning and Assessment at Georgetown University Library. An active member of the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries, she has earlier worked at OCLC Pacific (now OCLC Western) as Sales Manager and later, Director.

A nonprofit, membership, computer library service organisation, OCLC CAPCON serves libraries of all types and sizes. This includes those in academic, medical, corporate, school, public, special, legal and civic organisations.

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Reflex Publishing launches new energy magazine - 30 May 2006

Energy publisher Reflex Publishing Middle East, Dubai, has announced the launch of a new energy publication, Future Fuels Middle East. The magazine now joins Reflex' list of other titles such as Pipeline magazine and Offshore Arabia, and is reportedly the first energy publication from the Arabian Gulf peninsula state of Qatar.

Future Fuels Middle East will be officially launched at the World Gas Conference in Amsterdam and at a major industry event in Qatar in the first week of June. Chris Mullinger will serve as the Managing Editor, while Nigel Armstrong, has been appointed as the Qatar-based editor.

The magazine, available both in print and online, seeks to reflect the demands and changes in the global energy market, seen and analysed from a Middle East perspective. It will focus on clean energy derived from both hydrocarbons and renewables. It will be circulated to nearly 11,000 senior energy industry executives across the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Indian Sub-continent, Europe, North Africa and the Caspian, free of cost.

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UConn offers electronic repository to a wider audience - 30 May 2006

The University of Connecticut (UConn), US, has announced that it has launched full-scale operation of its electronic institutional repository, DigitalCommons@UConn, following a successful one-year pilot programme. Available at http://digitalcommons.uconn.edu/, the repository is licensed by the UConn Libraries from ProQuest, and powered by the Berkeley Electronic Press.

A digital collection of the university's scholarly products such as journal articles, reports, monographs, papers presented, seminar series and conference materials is now open to all faculty, staff and students of UConn. It is also available to the regional campuses, the Health Center, and the Law School. While documents placed in the repository are available to all for free, the full text of UConn dissertations from 1997 will be available only to UConn-affiliated individuals.

Established in 2005, the project was coordinated by Jonathan Nabe, a reference librarian and liaison to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Submission to the repository was available only to a limited number of people initially.

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AIDS journals available online for free prior to PBS broadcasts - 29 May 2006

Medical publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., US, has announced that complimentary online access for two of its journals is now available till June 8, 2006. The journals, AIDS Patient Care and STDs and AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, are being made available as a lead in to "The Age of AIDS" PBS broadcasts on May 30-31, 2006. A monthly publication, AIDS Patient Care and STDs helps readers keep pace with the latest developments in this rapidly evolving field. The journal offers updates on research and advances in diagnostics and therapeutics designed to prolong the lifespan of patients and improve their quality of life.

The official journal of the International Retrovirology Association, AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses claims to be the first biomedical journal to have addressed AIDS/HIV before it was designated a threat to public health. A monthly publication, it provides papers on the latest developments and research advances, including: molecular biology of HIV and SIV; innovative developments in HIV vaccine research; rapid publication of emerging sequence information; molecular biology, immunology, and pathogenesis of HTLV infections; HIV/HTLV epidemiology; pharmacology of HIV therapy; development of novel therapeutic and immuno-restorative approaches; and clinical trials of antiretroviral agents.

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AIP to launch open access journal, 'Biomicrofluidics' - 29 May 2006

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is set to launch a new rapid-publication, open access journal, Biomicrofluidics, in January 2007. An interdisciplinary electronic-only, web-based journal, Biomicrofluidics will seek to unite the various disciplines that together form this field of study. Prof. Hsueh-Chia Chang of the University of Notre Dame has been named its Editor.

A quarterly, Biomicrofluidics will primarily focus on original research articles and will also organise special sections and issues to explain and define specific challenges unique to the field of biomicrofluidics. It will cover topics such as DNA and molecular manipulation, microfluidics and nanofluidics, wetting and nano-rheology, drop and digitated platform, electrokinetics and magneto-hydrodynamics, pathogen and molecular concentration and separation and sorting devices.

The journal will publish each article online in final citable form as soon as it is available. As an open access journal, the full-text version of every published article will be made freely available to any online user without subscription.

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CSA's MultiSearch wins 2006 Codie Award for Best Solution Integrating Content into an Application - 29 May 2006

Research information provider CSA, US, has announced the selection of its MultiSearch, a federated searching solution, as winner of the Software and Information Industry Association's (SIIA) 21st annual Codie Awards. The tool was selected for 'Best Solution Integrating Content into an Application,' at a recently held function in San Francisco. It was also nominated in the category of Best Content Aggregation Service.

Developed in conjunction with MuseGlobal, US, and powered by CSA Illumina, MultiSearch is quickly and easily implemented by subscribing organisations, providing an easily accessed, easily searched tool for the end-user. Released by CSA in 2005, the tool facilitates the discovery of significant resources and offers an easy and fast way for users to stop searching and start finding.

The CODiE Awards honours the best software, information, and education technology industries. This year, 348 finalists were chosen from over 1,026 nominations submitted by more than 500 companies.

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Dr. Gary Sibbald named Clinical Associate Editor of 'Advances in Skin & Wound Care Journal' - 29 May 2006

Dr. R. Gary Sibbald, has been appointed as the new Clinical Associate Editor of Advances in Skin & Wound Care, a multidisciplinary professional journal published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US.

As the chairman of the 3rd Congress of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies, to be held from June 4-8, 2008, in Canada, Dr. Sibbald is the driving force behind an effort to build the first comprehensive summary of the wound care evidence base. He is also president-elect of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies. At the University of Toronto, Dr. Sibbald currently serves as Professor of Medicine and the Director of Continuing Medical Education in the Department of Medicine.

A peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal, Advances in Skin & Wound Care focuses on new clinical research developments. Published 9 times a year, it provides practical information to help skin and wound care professionals better manage their clinical practice and make informed patient care decisions.

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Penton Custom Media unveils 'NMA HealthyLiving' - 29 May 2006

B2B custom publisher Penton Custom Media, US, has announced the launch of NMA HealthyLiving, a quarterly publication. The journal is the official health publication of the National Medical Association (NMA), an organisation representing African-American physicians and the patients they serve.

A quarterly, the publication covers a variety of topics ranging from treating and preventing heart disease, cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure to managing pain, monitoring health and beating the common cold. It also comprises a section exclusively for doctors complete with NMA news and happenings. Additionally, the journal will also feature an article on children's safety and health issues, health-related news, and a health quiz.

Launched with an initial circulation of 470,000, the publication aims to bridge the gap between patients and their doctors.

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SLACK editors receive internationally recognised BELS certification - 29 May 2006

Healthcare information provider SLACK Publishing, US, has announced that two of its editors, Christine Klimanskis and Jaime Underwood, have passed the recently held Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS) certification exam.

The certification examination is designed to assure employers or clients of editors that a Board-certified editor has established a high level of credibility. With this addition, the number of BELS members employed by SLACK Publishing has grown to sixteen.

A division of SLACK Incorporated Company, SLACK Publishing brings out over 42 publications, more than 200 medical and allied health books, and maintains over 50 Web sites and Internet-related projects. In addition, it also produces custom newspapers and meeting supplements for a growing number of health care conventions and meetings.

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Aspen unveils clinical research compliance manual - 26 May 2006

Aspen Publishers, part of the Wolters Kluwer Law & Business group, US, has announced a comprehensive one-stop resource for organisations and individuals conducting clinical research studies. The Clinical Research Compliance Manual: An Administrative Guide covers all issues concerning clinical research, from compliance through reimbursement, with expert guidance and timesaving features. Edited by Patricia L. Brent of Morgan Hill Associates, the manual features the works of 22 authors.

The manual helps establish best practices to carry out all administrative tasks in a compliant manner while keeping readers updated on recent developments. It covers topics such as human subject protections; Institutional Review Board regulations and requirements; informed consent; grants administration; conflicts of interest; scientific misconduct; reimbursement issues; clinical practice standards; and intellectual property issues.

In addition, it covers the major clinical research issues with chapters written by experts in the field, while providing legal explanations of the major regulatory issues in an easy-to-understand format. The manual comprises practical features such as charts, tables and in-depth footnotes.

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British Library examines content strategy with EPS research - 26 May 2006

The British Library, UK, has published a consultation document that sets out to establish what information resources the library should collect and connect with. Entitled 'The British Library's Content Strategy - Meeting the Knowledge Needs of the Nation,' the document seeks to determine the kind of content required to meet the needs of UK research, both now and in the future. The consultation, which began on April 25, ends on July 21, 2006.

The British Library has commissioned Electronic Publishing Services (EPS) to provide research on the current trends in the creation and dissemination of information. The move is part of efforts to help establish the context for the content strategy.

In section 2.3 of the report, EPS estimates that worldwide book and serial publishing revenues currently exceed $110 billion. 'Research-level' publishing represents nearly 12 percent of that value. STM publishing is largest with $9.3 billion, of which serials represent 52 percent and books 15 percent. Social sciences, and arts and humanities are around $2.5 billion and $1.8 billion, respectively.

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Cambridge Healthtech Institute unveils premier issue of Pharma DD - 26 May 2006

Biomedical conference development and management company Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI), US, has announced the launch of the Pharmaceutical Discovery & Development (Pharma DD) magazine. The magazine, previously published by Advanstar Communications Inc., will be officially launched at the upcoming World Pharmaceutical Congress in Philadelphia.

A bimonthly publication, Pharma DD will cover latest news, features and case studies providing in-depth coverage of critical technical and business strategy issues from drug discovery through development and into commercialisation; and commentary from industry leaders. Aimed at management and laboratory professionals, the magazine will be launched with an initial circulation of 40,000 subscribers who are actively involved in research and development within pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and research laboratory industries.

The premier issue of the magazine, available online at www.pharmaDD.com, features a special report authored by editor-in-chief, Malorye Allison Branca. Titled 'Proof of Concept: Pharma's New Watchwords,' the report provides detailed insight from leading pharmaceutical companies on technologies and strategies that may allow them to predict a drug failure earlier in the development cycle, and ensure greater success of those that go on to clinical trials.

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Chemistry search engine 'Chmoogle' changes name to eMolecules - 26 May 2006

Chemistry Internet company eMolecules, Inc., US, has announced that it has changed the name of its premiere chemistry search engine Chmoogle to eMolecules. The move is a result of internet search services provider Google, Inc.'s aggressive campaign to claim any trademark related to -oogle. Despite having a legitimate trademark, the company has said that it does not intend to waste time and resources in a protracted legal battle.

Google had recently filed an opposition to the trademark application for "CHMOOGLE" at the US Trademark office, claiming it as highly similar to 'GOOGLE' and likely to cause confusion. However, eMolecules had earlier substantiated that as the search engine's content, functionality and audience are fundamentally different, confusion can never occur.

eMolecules is one of the world's leading free open-access chemistry search engine, created by continuously indexing public chemical information from across the globe. The search engine distinguishes itself by extremely fast searches, an appealing presentation of results, and high-quality chemical drawings.

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GlobalSpec launches product specific e-Newsletters - 26 May 2006

Search engine and online engineering community operator GlobalSpec, US, has announced the addition of three monthly publications to its suite of product-specific e-newsletters. The e-newsletters are the first in a series of 14 titles that will be added to GlobalSpec's publication list between April and July 2006.

The new additions, Industrial MRO, MEMS Technology, and Medical Equipment Design, will join GlobalSpec's portfolio of nearly 40 e-newsletters, including Techs & Specs, a weekly engineering-focused electronic publication with over one million subscribers. While Industrial MRO focuses on the areas of inventory & asset management; software solutions; monitoring, testing & analysis; and products & services, MEMS Technology delivers information on components & systems; automated assembly; design & applications; and manufacturing techniques. Medical Equipment Design reports on packaging & production; computer hardware & software; medical grade materials & products; electrical & electronic equipment.

The company now has a combined newsletter subscriber base of over two million online readers to its suite of product-specific e-newsletters.

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MPS Technologies to deliver digital content platform for the Bórsenverein - 26 May 2006

Technology arm of Macmillan India, MPS Technologies and sister company HGV Publishing Services (HGV), Germany, have been selected to develop the digital content platform for Germany's publishing association, the Bórsenverein des Deutschen Buchandels. The project called 'Full-text searching online' was launched by MVB Marketing und Verlagsservice des Buchhandels GmbH, a Sister Company of the association.

The project, the beta site of which will be available in late June, seeks to provide all German publishers with access to a standard digital content delivery platform. Also it aims to make all content available and saleable in electronic form in the future.

A custom-built version of the BookStore platform that stores and displays e-book content for publishers will be developed for the Bórsenverein, and will be offered to publishers across Germany. The prototype of the Bórsenverein platform will be demonstrated at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2006.

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VNU enters into termination protection agreement with CFO - 26 May 2006

Media firm VNU NV, Netherlands, has said that it has entered into a termination protection agreement with Rob Ruijter, its Chief Financial Officer. This follows the proposed acquisition of VNU by Valcon Acquisition B.V., a consortium of six private-equity firms, for € 7.7 billion ($9.7 billion).

The termination protection agreement is as provided for in the Merger Protocol and as disclosed in the March 31, 2006 Offer Memorandum of Valcon. It is the same as the termination protection agreements currently in force for other VNU executive officers.

According to the agreement, if Ruijter is dismissed by VNU without cause or if he resigns for good reason within two years following a change in control, he will be entitled to receive twice the sum of his annual base salary and average annual bonus for the previous two years. He will also be entitled to pro-rata payouts of his annual and long-term incentive awards. The acquisition of VNU by Valcon is deemed to qualify as such change of control.

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EBSCO offers enhanced search in clinical reference tool - 25 May 2006

Publisher EBSCO Publishing, US, has announced the availability of an enhanced search functionality in DynaMed, its clinical reference online database for physicians and other healthcare professionals. The resource now allows users to search for relevant research information more easily and efficiently.

DynaMed is a clinical reference tool created by a physician for physicians and other healthcare professionals for use primarily at the point-of-care. With clinically organised summaries for nearly 2,000 topics, it claims to be the only evidence-based reference shown to answer most clinical questions during practice.

Updated daily, DynaMed examines content from over 500 medical journals and systematic evidence review databases directly and indirectly by using many journal review services. Each publication is reviewed cover-to-cover, and each article is evaluated for clinical relevance and scientific validity. The new evidence is then integrated with existing content, and overall conclusions are changed as appropriate, representing a synthesis of the best available evidence.

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Engineering Village 2 wins 2006 Codie Award for Best Content Aggregation Service - 25 May 2006

Engineering Information (Ei), Inc., a US-based provider of online information to engineering researchers and part of Elsevier Science, has announced the selection of the Engineering Village 2 discovery platform as the winner of the Software and Information Industry Association's (SIIA) 21st annual Codie Awards. The service was selected under the 'Best Content Aggregation Service' category at a recently held function in Westin San Francisco.

The CODiE Awards honours the best software, information, and education technology industries. This year, 348 finalists were chosen from over 1,026 nominations submitted by more than 500 companies.

Engineering Village 2 is an online information service for professionals and researchers of the applied science and engineering. The platform integrates premium engineering content databases and utilises faceted search technology to provide users with greater intelligence throughout the search and discovery process. Premium data sources include Compendex, Inspec and patents databases.

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Hindawi adds 'Neural Plasticity' to its OA collection - 25 May 2006

STM publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation, US, has announced the addition of 'Neural Plasticity' to its suite of open access journals. This journal was acquired from its former publisher and immediately converted to an open access model. Gal Richter-Levin of the University of Haifa serves as the editor-in-chief.

An interdisciplinary journal, Neural Plasticity covers articles concerning all aspects of neural plasticity, with special emphasis to its functional significance as reflected in behaviour and in psychopathology. The journal publishes full research papers, short communications, commentary, and review articles from the entire range of relevant disciplines, including basic neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, biological psychology, and biological psychiatry.

The back volumes of the journal will be digitised and made freely available online. Volume 12 of the journal is currently available for free on the journal's website at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/np/.

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JCO study on Oncotype DX's ability to predict chemotherapy response - 25 May 2006

Life science Company Genomic Health, Inc., US, has announced that the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) has published the results of a large-scale trial conducted with the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP). The trial confirms that the Oncotype DX 21-gene panel, which quantifies the risk of breast cancer recurrence, also predicts the possibility of response to chemotherapy in a large portion of women with early-stage breast cancer. Oncotype DX, a product of Genomic Health, is a diagnostic multi-gene expression test.

The study follows the publication of a large Oncotype DX study published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 2004. It successfully challenges the common theory that all women benefit similarly from chemotherapy.

JCO has published the study online as an "early release" to coincide with the launch of TAILORx (Trial Assigning Individualised Options for Treatment), an individualised treatment trial. TAILORx will utilise Oncotype DX to identify and assign treatment to over 10,000 women from 900 cites in the US and Canada. The NSABP study will appear in JCO's August print edition.

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Korea to reward scientists for articles in top journals - 25 May 2006

The Korean government intends to reward scientists who get their papers published in one of the three most prestigious science journals - Science, Nature and Cell - it has been reported. The move is part of efforts to raise the morale of scientists and boost development in the country's science and technology sector.

The Science and Technology Ministry is currently working on a plan to offer prize money and a plaque to first authors of papers published in these journals. According to ministry officials, an increasing number of papers published in the three journals are by Korean scientists - from two in 1995, it has risen to 29 in 2005. The number is expected to rise further in 2006.

The first batch of the awards is likely to be given in the second half of this year. The Science & Technology Ministry is working on the budget for the award and drawing up norms to implement the plan.

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Springer acquires Obesity Surgery from FD-Communications - 25 May 2006

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced that it has acquired Obesity Surgery, a leading periodical in the field of bariatric surgery, from FD-Communications, Inc, Canada. Under the deal, Springer will publish the journal, both in print and online, starting January 2007. Dr. Mervyn Deitel and Frances Deitel will continue in their respective roles as the journal's Editor-in-Chief and Director of Advertising Sales.

This acquisition is projected to increase the international visibility of the journal, as well as to enhance Springer's portfolio of surgery journals. A monthly, Obesity Surgery is the official publication of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity (IFSO). It covers a wide range of content, including original research, reviews, technical innovations, guidelines, medico-legal matters and case reports.

The journal will be available on Springer's online platform SpringerLink and will include Online First, a feature where articles are published online before they appear in print. It will offer all authors the option of publishing their articles with open access, via the Springer Open Choice program.

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Thomson Gale's virtual library adds new publishing partners - 25 May 2006

Thomson Gale, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has added four publishing partners to its Gale Virtual Reference Library, an unprecedented platform for delivering electronic reference material as eBooks.

The publishers include Grey House Publishing, Knowledge inForm, Times Books and Omnigraphics. Grey House Publishing is an independent publisher of authoritative reference directories and encyclopedias, while Knowledge inForm publishes pragmatic, actionable guides in the areas of competitive intelligence and market research. Times Books is an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, one of the leading English-language publishers, and Omnigraphics publishes reference content on history, culture and popular reference issues.

Apart from this, STM publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, which has been a partner since 2004, has also agreed to include nine new science encyclopedias on the platform. This brings the Wiley title count to 14 eBooks.

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CBUA members select Emerald Management Xtra and Emerald Engineering - 24 May 2006

Management and library & information science publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced that it has been chosen by members of the academic consortium Spanish Consorcio de Bibliotecas Universitarias de Andalucia (CBUA) in a five year deal running until 2010.

Under the deal, all the university students in the Andalucia region of southern Spain will gain access to Emerald Management Xtra's 110 full text journals and reviews from 300 top management journals, and the Emerald Engineering portfolio of journals. Students in this region will now be able to access more than 50,000 articles via Emerald.

CBUA, a group of 10 universities from Andalucia, aims to harness cooperation between the university libraries of Andalucia. The consortium also seeks to make it more economical to buy-in resources, provide greater accessibility to shared resources and to facilitate the shared use of information and communication technology.

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Dialog seeks applications for Roger K. Summit International Scholarship - 24 May 2006

Content aggregator Dialog, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced that it is seeking applicants from Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Africa for its annual Roger K. Summit International Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded at the 2006 Online Information Conference and Exhibition, to be held in London from November 28-30, 2006.

This international scholarship of € 5,000 is awarded to graduate students enrolled in library or information science programs. All applications are due by October 20, 2006. Applications are available at gep.dialog.com/scholarship/application.shtml.

Dialog awards two scholarships annually, one to a student in the Americas and one in Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, or Africa. A panel of local information professionals selects the regional winner after reviewing academic achievement, interest in electronic information services, proficiency using Dialog online services and faculty recommendations.

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EBSCO launches full-text version of Medline database - 24 May 2006

Publisher EBSCO Publishing, US, has announced the availability of a full-text version of its Medline database. The move is part of the company's ongoing plan to offer a more comprehensive suite of medical research databases.

Medline with Full Text offers a source of full text for journals indexed cover-to-cover in Medline. The database includes the entire Medline index as well as cover-to-cover full text for 1,014 journals indexed in Medline, including 310 journals not available in full text in any other EBSCO database.

To provide researchers with enhanced search facilities, EBSCO offers Medline Select as a companion database along with a subscription to Medline with Full Text. Combined, these two databases offer cover-to-cover full text for 1,193 (unduplicated) journals indexed in Medline. The Medline Select database allows libraries to provide links to all articles in an issue from their online catalogue.

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Elsevier presents iCONSULT service at the MLA annual conference - 24 May 2006

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that it is demonstrating its Electronic Health Record (EHR) integration capabilities to medical librarians at the ongoing Medical Library Association (MLA) annual conference. iCONSULT was developed to integrate Elseviers' clinical reference content directly into the electronic workflow and enhance clinical decision support.

The service delivers real-time clinical decision support by putting evidence-based, point-of-care clinical reference content directly into the electronic workflow of health practitioners. Content is indexed against industry standard clinical vocabularies and patient demographics and organised around the clinician's workflow, allowing iCONSULT to deliver rapid answers to specific patient scenarios directly into the electronic medical record.

iCONSULT can be used by healthcare organisations to integrate Elsevier's premier medical, nursing and drug information directly into their EHR applications to better support healthcare provider. In order to better support the medical librarian, the company is working with an increasing number of EHR vendors. This includes Epic Systems Corporation; GE Healthcare; Misys Healthcare Systems; McKesson; MDTablet; MedAppz; and Healthvision.

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ScienceDirect improves Research Productivity with Innovative Redesign - 24 May 2006

ScienceDirect, part of Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced plans to release a series of new, user-driven features. The move, to be implemented over the next two years, is aimed to further improve researcher productivity by making full-text content quicker and easier to access.

ScienceDirect will witness new redesigns and features that will include enhancements to the overall user interface, streamlined browsing and searching and additional personalisation features, beginning August 2006. Further enhancements will be launched over the next two years. The redesign will include revised search features that will make it easier for researchers to conduct more targeted searches faster. New customisation features will help researchers better track past actions, make it easier for them to set up automated alerts and connect them to favoured titles right from the homepage.

ScienceDirect will demonstrate aspects of the redesign during the American Library Association annual conference in New Orleans from June 24-27, 2006.

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Swets Gateway to China programme takes to the road - 24 May 2006

Subscription services provider Swets Information Services, Netherlands, has announced that its China Scholarly Journals Road Shows will begin at Peking University in Beijing from May 24-26, 2006. The initiative is part of its innovative 'Gateway to China' programme for publishers. The Beijing show will be followed by two shows at the Fudan University in Shanghai from June 6-8 and at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou from June 20-22.

With this initiative, the company expects to reduce the problems faced by publishers and Chinese customers to sell and access foreign based scholarly content. The Road Shows will bring thousands of academic journals from more than 60 international publishers to the attention of professors, researchers and librarians.

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

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VNU shareholders okay Valcon acquisition - 24 May 2006

A consortium of private-equity (PE) firms led by Backstone Group and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co has announced the success of its € 7.7 billion ($9.7 billion) acquisition bid for publishing company VNU, Netherlands. This follows several months of conflict between the VNU management and shareholders on the financial grounding of the proposed acquisition.

The Valcon consortium, comprising six PE firms, has reportedly said that 78.7 percent of VNU's shareholders have agreed to the offer price of € 29.50 ($37.15) per share. The consortium, which had originally targeted 80 percent of shares, has said it will waive that stipulation. In January 2006, the consortium, then comprising seven PE firms, had offered to take over VNU for € 28- 28.50 per share. Two months later, European PE firm Permira withdrew from the consortium on the grounds that the preliminary offer was too expensive.

The Valcon proposal had been shadowed by uncertainty, as VNU's bid in November 2005 to acquire IMS Health, Inc., US, was blocked by some of VNU's American institutional shareholders such as Knight Vinke Asset Management. Such unprecedented shareholder activism led to doubts on whether or not the Valcon bid will be accepted.

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DHI names Anne Llewellyn as the Editor-in-Chief of all case management products - 23 May 2006

Health and managed care business information provider Dorland Healthcare Information (DHI), US, has announced the appointment of Anne Llewellyn as the Editor-in-Chief of all its case management products - the Case Management Resource Guide, Case in Point and CMRG.com.

A 28-year veteran of healthcare industry, Llewellyn is Past President of the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) and continues to be an active member of the local chapter, the South Florida Case Management Chapter. She has also written and lectured nationally on topics related to patient safety, quality of care, and case management.

DHI publishes a variety of industry print and online reference books, such as the Case Management Resource Guide, Dorland's Medical Directory, the Directory of Physician Groups and Networks, the Medical Healthcare Marketplace Guide, and Dorland's Healthcare Website Guide. In addition, it also publishes several healthcare magazines such as Case In Point for medical professionals in case management, and the Good Neighbor Health Guide for consumers.

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FIZ Karlsruhe, SequenceBase unveil USPTO Genetic Sequence Database - 23 May 2006

Scientific information services provider FIZ Karlsruhe, Germany, and bio-sequence information provider, SequenceBase Corporation, showcased the USPTO Genetic Sequence Database, USGENE, for the first time at the recently held Patent Information Users Group Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. USGENE will be available on The Scientific & Technical Information Network (STN International) later during the year.

A comprehensive database, USGENE offers a new resource for freedom-to-operate, prior-art, validity and patent infringement searches. It covers all peptide and nucleic acid sequences from the published applications and issued patents of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) from 1982 to date. The database has been loaded for worldwide access at FIZ Karlsruhe, the European Service Centre of STN. It also provides fully searchable organism name, sequence length, publication sequence identity number and feature tables for modifications and other features.

The USGENE database includes extensive bibliographic and text search options, including publication title, abstract, full patent claims, patent assignees at issue, full inventor names, plus the complete set of publication, application and parent case WIPO/PCT numbers and dates.

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Inderscience adds IJNHPA to its unique nuclear sector collection - 23 May 2006

Scientific publisher Inderscience Publishers, Switzerland, has announced the addition of peer reviewed journal, International Journal of Nuclear Hydrogen Production and Applications (IJNHPA). With this, the company completes its unique collection of eight journal titles dealing with the nuclear sector. Edited by Professor Dr. André Maďsseu, WONUC, the journal is available at http://www.inderscience.com/browse/index.php?journalCODE=ijnhpa.

A quarterly, IJNHPA aims to establish an effective channel of communication between professionals, policy makers, government agencies, academia and research institutions concerned with nuclear production of hydrogen and its applications. The journal covers original research and critical review papers covering experimental, theoretical, and computational issues. It also publishes papers relevant to hydrogen nuclear production technologies and applications, and closely related aspects of science, technology, engineering and policy analysis.

Other nuclear science & technology titles published by Inderscience include Atoms for Peace: an International Journal (AFP); International Journal of Low Radiation (IJLR); International Journal of Nuclear Desalination (IJND); International Journal of Nuclear Energy Science and Technology (IJNEST); International Journal of Nuclear Governance, Economy and Ecology (IJNGEE); International Journal of Nuclear Knowledge Management (IJNKM); and International Journal of Nuclear Law (IJNL).

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NetLibrary to offer CRC Press titles - 23 May 2006

NetLibrary, the e-content platform of global library cooperative OCLC, Inc., US, has announced the availability of new STM titles from scientific publisher CRC Press, UK. Part of the Taylor & Francis Group, CRC Press publishes a wide range of textbooks and reference works for professionals in the STM industry.

NetLibrary currently offers over 12,000 Taylor & Francis Group titles on its site. More than 3,000 new Taylor & Francis titles are added to its eContent catalog annually. This new agreement with CRC Press builds on this relationship, and will result in an additional 1,000 STM titles being added to the NetLibrary catalog every year.

NetLibrary continually adds different types of eContent to its catalogue to further its objective of helping libraries meet the digital demands of their users. This includes the latest information technology titles, reference essentials, business and economics resources, and more.

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Sage to publish official journal of school principals association - 23 May 2006

Academic and professional publisher Sage Publications, US, has partnered with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to publish the latter's official journal, NASSP Bulletin. Edited by Lenoar Foster, the publication features a wide range of articles for educators.

The journal aims to promote student learning and achievement, provide insight for strategic planning and decision making in schools, and provide research and a contemporary perspective on educational reform and policies. The peer-reviewed quarterly provides principals with research-based information to advance the performance of middle and high school principals.

NASSP Bulletin is also used as a resource and a teaching text by professors of educational leadership who are involved in preparing new school administrators and by school district leaders at all levels.

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SPARC allies with Bioline to offer open access to journals from emerging nations - 23 May 2006

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), UK, has announced a partnership with online publishing service Bioline International, UK, which provides open access to peer-reviewed research journals published in developing countries.

Bioline offers a platform for the free and open distribution of scientific publications from developing countries, which are otherwise largely invisible to the international scientific audience. It covers a wide range of subjects and disciplines. This includes biotechnology, biodiversity, environmental and ecological sciences, food science, agriculture, veterinary science, medicine, microbiology and taxonomy. The company's service includes a technical platform and document conversion. Both these facilities are freely available to journals that desire to offer free online access to readers yet lack the financial and technical resources to do so. In recognition of its efforts, the Open Society Institute's Open Access Project has awarded the company a $30,000 grant.

SPARC and SPARC Europe are an international alliance of more than 300 academic and research libraries that seek to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system.

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Bowker introduces online message board on new RCL web portal - 22 May 2006

Bibliographic information provider Bowker, US, has launched a new online message board that will allow some of the reputable library professionals globally to post updates concerning their progress on individual subject areas. The updates are being developed for the new Resources for College Libraries (RCL) database, a new database of core titles for academic libraries, slated for launch in the fall of 2006.

The online messages from industry experts will be posted in a Web Log format in the Project Update section of www.RCLweb.net, a newly designed web portal projected to help keep library professionals informed on the latest development of the RCL. Developed as a collaborative effort between the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and Bowker, RCL will be launched as both a Web-based subscription product and a multi-volume print offering. The product will feature a comprehensive core list of over 50,000 books and electronic resources spanning all undergraduate liberal arts and sciences subject areas.

Additionally, RCLWeb.net will also host rotating monthly profiles of several eminent subject editors. The profiles will feature Q&A-style commentary from subject-matter experts, most of who are from highly esteemed academic institutions.

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Corporate China to witness biggest hike in R&D budget: Thomson survey - 22 May 2006

The Economist Intelligence Unit recently conducted an executive summary for Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation, US, according to which two-thirds of Asian executives are set to boost R&D budgets over the next three years. The country most expected to benefit from this investment is China, with 48.15 percent of companies stating it will have the biggest share of R&D spend, ahead of India (24.07 percent), US (21.69 percent) and Europe (20.99 percent).

The survey, conducted in April-May 2006, polled 165 senior executives in the Asia-Pacific. The findings were revealed at the 'Think Smart R&D and Innovation Roundtable' held in Beijing recently. Up to 40 percent of respondents cited the Chinese government's active support for R&D as the nation's greatest asset. The results are seen to reflect China's rapid shift from being a low cost manufacturing base to a low cost innovation base.

With over 30 years expertise in China, Thomson expects to assist Chinese companies to innovate faster and with higher frequency by providing authoritative and reliable patent data. It produces the Derwent World Patents Index, the world's largest commercial collection of patent data. Thomson also has 900 databases (with 6 billion pages of content) as well as the analytical software solutions to help academics and business professionals uncover trends, profile competitors and identify strategic development opportunities.

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Endocrine Society to offer patients free access to information from journals - 22 May 2006

The Endocrine Society, US, has announced a new initiative that will give patients with endocrine disorders immediate access to cutting-edge research and patient information through the Society's online journals. The initiative not only connects the public to the latest scientific research but also includes materials designed specifically for patients, creating a one-stop resource.

Under the initiative, patients will have free, unlimited access to current content of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, the society's premier journal. The journal's content is normally available to scientists and medical libraries only by subscription. Patients who search Google for endocrine diseases and disorders, such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension, will now be directed to articles published in the journal.

With this initiative, the society aims to set an example for other not-for-profit and commercial publishers to provide free access to patients to published medical research.

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McGraw-Hill Ryerson names David Swail as President and CEO - 22 May 2006

Educational publisher McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited, Canada, part of McGraw-Hill Companies, US, has announced the appointment of David Swail as president and chief executive officer.

In his new position, Swail will be responsible for advancing the Company's growth agenda for its digital products and services, enhancing capabilities to meet the growing information needs of the Canadian marketplace, and expediting Ryerson's integration into McGraw-Hill's global educational publishing network.

Prior to this, he served as vice president of Operations, as well as interim publisher at Sun Media Corporation, Canada's leading media company.

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PLoS launches new open access journal covering clinical trials - 22 May 2006

Non-profit publisher Public Library of Science (PLoS), US, has announced the launch of PLoS Clinical Trials, a new peer-reviewed open access journal. The launch coincides with experts and funders of research worldwide proposing measures to ensure that the results of publicly funded research, including clinical trials, are placed into the public domain.

Published online, PloS Clinical Trials covers reports of randomised clinical trials in all areas of medicine and public health. It will publish all randomised trials that are ethically and scientifically sound, registered and reported accurately, irrespective of the outcome of the results. By doing so, it seeks to increase the accuracy and completeness of the evidence available for clinical decision-making by practitioners, policy makers and patients.

All trials considered for publication will be thoroughly peer-reviewed by expert statisticians and clinicians. Each published trial is linked to its corresponding entry in a public registry and supplementary data, such as original trial protocols, are linked to each report, enabling readers to evaluate the trial more thoroughly.

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Portico to make permanent archives of SIAM journals - 22 May 2006

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), US, has signed an agreement with Portico, a non-profit electronic archiving service, to preserve thirteen journal titles published by the former. SIAM now joins the growing list of society publishers that have chosen to work collectively with JSTOR and Portico to preserve their journal content.

JSTOR has been preserving three SIAM journals, SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, and SIAM Review for the past ten years. Through this archiving agreement, SIAM aims to make certain that its entire collection is preserved for future scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students. Also, SIAM has agreed to make an annual financial contribution to support Portico's ongoing operations, and has designated Portico as an official delivery platform for post-cancellation access claims.

With the inclusion of SIAM's journal publications, more than 3,400 titles have now been entrusted to the Portico archive. The Society's publications reach an international membership that exceeds 10,000 people.

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Springer to publish SSAT's Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery - 22 May 2006

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced that it has been chosen by the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) to publish the Society's peer-reviewed Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, starting January 2007. The journal is currently published by Elsevier.

The official publication of the SSAT, the journal serves as an outstanding forum for continuing education in surgery and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Designed to furnish surgeons with the latest developments in gastrointestinal surgery, the journal covers original scientific articles, articles by a guest orator, symposia and results of conferences. In addition, it also includes editorial columns and the SSAT presidential address.

Published both in print and online, the journal will be available on Springer's online platform SpringerLink and will include Online First, a feature where articles are published online before they appear in print. The Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery now offers all authors the option of publishing their articles with open access, via the Springer Open Choice program.

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ALPSP names Ian Russell as new CEO - 19 May 2006

The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), US, has announced the appointment of Ian Russell as the new Chief Executive Officer, starting October 1, 2006. He replaces Sally Morris, who retires at the end of December after more than eight years with ALPSP.

Prior to this, Ian was Head of Publishing at the Royal Society, UK's autonomous scientific academy. Earlier, he also served as Assistant Director of Journals at Institute of Physics Publishing.

An international trade association for not-for-profit publishers, ALPSP, has nearly 340 members in 36 countries, publishing nearly 10,000 journals.

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Blackwell acquires three leading Gastroenterology Books - 19 May 2006

Blackwell Publishing, UK, has announced the acquisition of the Textbook of Gastroenterology, the Atlas of Gastroenterology, and the Handbook of Gastroenterology from healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW). All three books will continue under the editorial direction of Dr. Tadataka Yamada.

This acquisition is projected to enhance Blackwell's portfolio in gastroenterology. Other gastroenterology titles published by Blackwell include Practical Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Colonscopy - Principles and Practice, and Barrett's Esophagus and Esophageal Adenocarcinoma. Both the Handbook of Gastroenterology and the Textbook of Gastroenterology have been included in the Brandon/Hill list of "Selected List of Books and Journals for the Small Medical Library." This list has been used as measure of quality and value for medical clinical and reference texts for librarians, book buyers, societies, and publishers.

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Elsevier to offer web-based version of ScienceDirect to Chinese group - 19 May 2006

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and library management software provider Endeavor Information Systems, US, have announced that they will provide the Chinese Academic Library & Information System (CALIS) with web-based access to ScienceDirect. The web-based model is projected to help Elsevier realise increased economies of scale while delivering the latest academic research in 'real time.' Endeavor is a wholly owned subsidiary of Elsevier.

Previously, a localised version of ScienceDirect was utilised by the CALIS' 100 member organisations to access the more than seven-and-half million articles, 2,000 journals and hundreds of Elsevier books available through the information resource.The localised version required a weekly update of articles and journals. This was achieved by uploading content accessed from CD-ROMs sent directly from Elsevier's Amsterdam headquarters.

The move is one of many Elsevier has launched in recent years to cater to the Chinese market. Its comprehensive Chinese Journal Cooperation Program (CJCP), launched in June 2005, was aimed at improving international quality and distribution of Chinese journals. Earlier, in November 2005, Elsevier launched a joint translation centre with STM publisher Science Press, China, to promote books and journals in the Chinese and international markets.

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Institute of Physics unveils new open-access environmental science journal - 19 May 2006

The Institute of Physics, UK, has announced the launch of open-access (OA) journal Environmental Research Letters (ERL). The new journal seeks to bring together professional scientists, economists and engineers, as well as the public sector and people engaged in efforts to understand the state of natural systems and, increasingly, the human footprint on the biosphere. Daniel Kammen of the University of California, Berkeley serves as the editor-in-chief.

The OA journal will offer a combination of research letters, commentaries, job and other advertisements, reviews and news items. Additionally, it will also provide free access to wide-ranging content on topics extending across environmental science. Slated for release in October 2006, the journal will be available online for free.

The journal has called for research letter submissions from all researchers working at the forefront of environmental science. The peer-review of all articles will be guided by the Editorial Board to ensure maximal appeal to the journal's broad readership.

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Kellysearch.com launches online search tool for chemical industry - 19 May 2006

B2B search portal, Kellysearch.com, UK, and chemical information provider International Chemical Information Services (ICIS), have announced the launch of a new search portal, ICISsearch. The portal allows users to search from over 40,000 commercially available chemicals using a chemical abstracts services (CAS) number, the globally recognised number for chemical classification, on both ICIS and on Kellysearch.com.

ICISsearch provides high quality chemical product and service details. With ICISsearch, chemical purchasers can source products from across the globe using a CAS number or a product, service or company name. It is claimed to be the industry's most comprehensive global source of purchasing information for chemicals and chemical services.

The ICISsearch online buyer's guide does not require organisations to pay to register their products and company information. Previously, only advertisers were included in the chemical industry buyer's guides, limiting access to many chemicals, products and services.

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McGraw-Hill offers free BETA access to new Harrison's Practice - 19 May 2006

Publisher McGraw-Hill Professional, part of McGraw-Hill Companies, US, has announced free beta access to its new Harrison's Practice, a clinical tool which provides answers on demand at the point-of-care. During the beta period, which ends June 16th, users can access Harrison's Practice on the web at http://www.HarrisonsPractice.com. Harrison's Practice will be available for individual and institutional subscriptions including web, wireless and PDA access, starting June 28, 2006.

Harrison's Practice includes fully integrated access to Clinical Pharmacology(R) from Gold Standard Media with in depth information on over 51,000 brand name and generic drugs including pill photos, and patient handouts in Spanish and English. Additionally, hyperlinks throughout Harrison's Practice allow quick access to the primary literature via PubMed.

Written by the team of expert physicians, Harrison's Practice helps medical professionals to quickly find either brief answers or more in depth information to deliver optimal patient care. Additionally, specific guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of the most common medical conditions are available on the desktop, PDA, or via wireless devices like the BlackberryTM or TreoTM.

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Thomson PDR to publish dental therapeutics guide for ADA - 19 May 2006

Medical information provider Thomson PDR, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced a partnership with the American Dental Association (ADA), under which Thomson will publish The ADA/PDR Guide to Dental Therapeutics, 4th Edition. Edited by Sebastian G. Ciancio of the University of Buffalo, the publication will be available in September 2006.

The Dental Therapeutics Guide is written by a team of experts and includes the work of leading academicians and clinicians in dentistry. The guide has been redesigned to facilitate rapid access to critical information needed to treat patients. The content has been categorised into three sections - Drugs Used in Dentistry, Drugs Used in Medicine and Drug Issues in Dental Practice - to enable easier searches.

ADA and Thomson PDR are also discussing additional print and electronic products that will help dentists to provide better care for their patients.

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Blackwell partners with the Australian Veterinary Association to publish AVJ - 18 May 2006

Blackwell Publishing, UK, has announced a partnership with the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA). Under the deal, Blackwell will publish Australia's leading veterinary science text, the Australian Veterinary Journal (AVJ), starting July, 2006. Dr. Anne Jackson serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.

This agreement is projected to increase the international visibility of the journal, as well as to enhance to enhance Blackwell's portfolio in veterinary science.

A monthly, the journal provides the veterinary profession with leading-edge clinical and scientific veterinary research, case reports, reviews, news and timely coverage of industry issues. As part of the agreement, Blackwell will also provide its publications to AVA members at special rates. This strategic collaboration will help AVA to add extra value for their members.

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Elsevier MDL unveils new drug safety resource - 18 May 2006

Informatics and database solutions provider Elsevier MDL, US, has announced the release of PharmaPendium, an essential drug safety resource. The new resource is projected to help toxicologists, safety pharmacologists, drug safety team members and information specialists in the pharmaceutical sciences.

PharmaPendium provides researchers with unique access to an online collection of best-in-class drug safety content, including searchable FDA approval packages. Also, it provides them with a longitudinal view of preclinical, clinical and post-market safety data, thereby enabling them to determine what observed effects in animals translate to humans for similar candidate compound drugs. Additionally, it also helps researchers to instantly search key resources such as the Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS), Meyler's Side Effects of Drugs and Drug monographs from Mosby's Drug Consult. Selected terminology from the Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Activities (MedDRA) has also been built into the resource to enhance intelligent searching and browsing of side effect content.

The concept was developed with input from the FDA under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between the FDA and MDL Information Systems. In addition, inputs were also provided by various preclinical researchers utilising drug safety in their daily work.

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FAST acquires selected assets of IT consultancy bWise - 18 May 2006

Search and filter technology developer Fast Search & Transfer (FAST), Norway, has announced the acquisition of certain assets of IT consultancy bWise AS, Norway. Under the deal, intellectual property and four bWise employees will be transferred to FAST.

FAST has been working closely with bWise to develop data cleansing solutions based on the FAST Enterprise Search Platform (FAST ESP). Post deal, the bWise staff will become members of the FAST research and development team in Oslo and focus on next generation data access and data cleansing solutions based on FAST ESP.

FAST's strategy is to discover M&A opportunities that yield accelerated growth within the enterprise search sector; particularly to evaluate synergistic companies with a strong focus on solving information management challenges and/or technologies that boost the value of FAST ESP.

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Healthnostics announces MedBioAccess - 18 May 2006

Medical and bioscience analytics company Healthnostics, Inc., US, has announced the first availability of content for MedBioAccess, an exclusive clustering search engine that mines open access content on the Web through the Healthnostics portal. The algorithmic clustering capabilities of the MedBioAccess engine lists search results in groups by topic to aid navigation and discovery.

Currently, MedBioAccess uses keyword search, find-similar context search, term-suggest technology, and now clustering to semantically search the Collection of Biostatistics Research Archive (COBRA). The COBRA is an open access resource from The Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress), a company working to increase access to research. The repository currently contains nearly 700 scholarly working papers written by scholars from top universities in the field of biostatistics, including Berkeley, Harvard, The University of Michigan, The University of Washington and the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Content from the Berkeley Electronic Press will now be offered through MedBioAccess to facilitate MedBioWorld professional users to simultaneously search several collections of papers and view results in a topical hierarchy, thereby making it easier to find and pinpoint relevant scholarly work.

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Open access results in more citations, says study - 18 May 2006

Open access (OA) journal PLoS Biology has published a study, according to which OA papers are cited more frequently than subscription-based articles. The study, authored by Gunther Eysenbach, publisher and editor of OA publication Journal of Medical Internet Research, focused on papers in PNAS, which started offering a per-article OA publishing option in June 2004. But how widely applicable these findings are, and whether they will induce authors to consider OA publishing, is unknown.

The study is based on an analysis of 1,492 articles published between June and December 2004, 212 of which were open access. Raw citation data was measured from zero to six months after publication, four to 10 months after publication, and again 10 to 16 months after publication. The study revealed that OA articles were cited more heavily both four to 10 and 10 to 16 months after publication. Self-archiving also seemed to increase citations.

The author plans to continue examining his dataset at six-month intervals. The latest data suggests that the OA advantage continues to widen at 16 to 22 months post-publication.

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United Business Media to merge healthcare activities into CMPMedica - 18 May 2006

Publisher United Business Media plc (UBM), UK, has announced that the company's healthcare activities worldwide will now be consolidated into CMPMedica, UBM's healthcare division. Henry Elkington, Director of Corporate Development at UBM, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of CMPMedica with immediate effect.

The newly-consolidated CMPMedica division will bring together expertise in healthcare print, events and electronic media. This merger will enable CMPMedica to better serve the mounting needs of its pharmaceutical customers and its physician audience worldwide.

In a related announcement, the company has announced that media solutions company, CMP Media, will now focus its activities exclusively on the needs of its principal market, the global technology industry. The company's US-based medical publishing and continuing medical education businesses will now be transferred to CMPMedica, while its exhibitions businesses in the beauty and cruise shipping markets will be transferred to UBM's CMPi division. Reflecting the focus on its core markets, CMP Media will in future operate as CMP Technology.

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Wiley and Duodecim expand agreement for EBM Guidelines - 18 May 2006

John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., UK, part of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced an expanded agreement with medical publisher Duodecim Medical Publications Limited, Finland. The current agreement builds on an earlier relationship that began in 2005 when the companies co-published the print version of Evidence-Based Medicine Guidelines (EBM Guidelines).

Under the deal, Duodecim will grant Wiley the exclusive publishing, sales, and distribution rights of its EBM Guidelines throughout the world, with the exception of Finland. Users will now be able to access EBM Guidelines via Wiley's online publishing platform Wiley InterScience, starting May 24, 2006.

EBM Guidelines is a continuously updated collection of concise and easy-to-use clinical guidelines for primary care combined with the best available evidence. Particularly designed to be read on small screens, the guidelines are available online at http://www.ebm-guidelines.com/ebmg/ltk.koti , and also through Personal Digital Assistants (PDA) devices.

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APA selects Hummingbird software to manage business content - 17 May 2006

Enterprise content management (ECM) solutions provider Hummingbird Ltd., Canada, has announced that the American Psychological Association (APA) has selected the Hummingbird Enterprise software to manage its business content. The software will help APA streamline the internal business processes associated with document and records management.

Hummingbird Enterprise will also ensure that legal and compliancy requirements such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other legal requirements are addressed. The certified records management capabilities of the solution ensure proper retention of vital documentation, such as scientific reports and papers. Additionally, Hummingbird Enterprise will help APA to protect all its documents and records in the event of a disaster.

Initially, the solution will be implemented to manage APA's legal department documents and will gradually be deployed across all departments.

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EDN.com unveils new vertical search solution - 17 May 2006

Technical information provider EDN, part of Reed Business Information (RBI), US, has launched a new vertical search solution on its web portal EDN.com. The new search functionality provides a comprehensive, single-search-box experience for the EE (electronics engineer) community. Also, it allows engineers to quickly find relevant answers to their industry-specific queries.

Powered by Zibb, a new business-to-business vertical search engine developed by Reed Business, EDN.com's site search allows users to search news and editorial content, supplier listings and the Web. Zibb will soon be rolled out to other Reed Business electronics industry Web sites, including Electronic Business, Electronic News, Design News and Test & Measurement World.

EDN provides engineers and engineering managers with in-depth design features and deep technical information through its print magazine, Web site, e-newsletters and RSS feeds. It also explores important application areas such as computers, communications, embedded, industrial, and consumer electronics.

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Elsevier names Scott Virkler as VP of Web Strategy & Business Development - 17 May 2006

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the appointment of Scott Virkler as Vice President of Web Strategy & Business Development.

In his new position, Virkler will be responsible for the overall development and execution of the company's strategy in the fast-growing multi-billion dollar internet Search marketplace. Prior to this, he served as Vice President, Business Development at GlobalSpec, where he was responsible for developing the company's overall strategic direction and business relationships. Earlier, he also served as director and manager of Global Corporate Sourcing for General Electric.

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FIZ Karlsruhe to present databases at Frankfurt chemical industry event - 17 May 2006

Scientific information services provider FIZ Karlsruhe, Germany, has announced that it will present comprehensive electronic sources of information for the chemical industry at the ACHEMA event in Frankfurt/Main. Nearly 200,000 visitors from 100 countries are likely to attend the ongoing international exhibition for the chemical technology, environmental protection and biotechnology sectors.

The company will present its key databases that include ICSD (Inorganic Crystal Structure Database) and DGENE (Derwent Geneseq) that offers information on nucleic acid and protein sequences from international patents. Also included in the list of offerings is WPINDEX (Derwent World Patents Index), which is considered the world's most important patent database.

FIZ Karlsruhe offers its customers across the globe over 200 sci-tech online databases with nearly 500 million searchable records through its online service, STN International. Information found in these databases comprises 95 percent of scientific and patent information on all areas of chemistry and related fields. Specifically compiled high-quality data are also available for biotechnology, pharmacy, materials and materials research, environmental technology, food production, energy and, in particular, on patents and patent claims in the chemical industry.

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Liquent Regulatory Affairs Survey results by June - 17 May 2006

Life sciences solutions provider Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced that its 2006 Liquent Regulatory Affairs Trends Survey is underway and exceeding response rate expectations. Now in its fifth year, the survey provides insight and perspective into how regulatory departments use technology and how they plan to harness technology in the future.

The survey is ranked amongst pharmaceutical professionals, industry analysts and life sciences publishers as a premier standard of global regulatory submission trends. The survey will gather input till May end and the findings will be published to coincide with the Drug Information Association's 42nd Annual Meeting in Philadelphia from June 18-22, 2006. Full survey results will be made available by the end of June.

This year's global survey is expected to generate substantial responses from Europe and North America. Chronicled last year by over 16 global life science industry publications, the 2006 Liquent Survey will provide new insights into how life science professionals are embracing technology, responding to rapid regulatory change and handling the deadline pressures of mission-critical regulatory submissions.

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Three STM publishers sue Document Delivery Service for copyright violation - 17 May 2006

Three leading STM publishers have filed a copyright violation suit against document deliverer, Research Associates, Bethesda, MD. Research Associates delivers copies of published materials, usually journal articles, by mail, fax or email. Companies that do this for commercial gain are required to obtain permission from copyright holders.

Blackwell Publishing, Inc., Elsevier, Inc. and Wiley-Liss, Inc. (a subsidiary of John Wiley & Sons, Inc.) have alleged that Research Associates routinely copies and distributes copyrighted articles without obtaining permission or paying royalties. The publishers filed their complaint in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

The petitioners have charged Research Associates of making and selling high-value scientific, technical and medical articles belonging to the petitioners. They also allege Research Associates engages in false advertising as it claims to use the services of Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), a not-for-profit company that provides permission services on behalf of thousands of publishers, including the three plaintiffs. According to the petitioners, Research Associates had previously used CCC services but failed to do so starting early 2005.

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'Scripta Materialia' redesigned for better functionality - 16 May 2006

Scripta Materialia, a companion journal to Acta Materialia, has been redesigned in a new letters format. The move is aimed at providing a forum for rapid publication of cutting edge research in materials science and engineering and providing a clear visual distinction between the two companion journals. Scripta papers will be limited in length, while Acta papers will remain full length.

Scripta Materialia will continue to highlight the understanding of structural materials. Also, it will expand its coverage of functional materials such as alloys, ceramics, semiconductors and polymers. Additionally, it will encourage the submission of comments on papers published in Scripta Materialia and Acta Materialia. The journal will also publish Viewpoint Sets, a collection of short articles on focused topics of current interest within the scope of the journal and coordinated by Scripta's in-house as well as invited editors.

Scripta Materialia and Acta Materialia are published by Elsevier, Netherlands, on behalf of Acta Materialia Inc.

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Bowker's BooksInPrint.com named official database partner for BookExpo America 2006 - 16 May 2006

Bibliographic information provider Bowker, US, has announced that its BooksInPrint.com Web resource has been chosen as the official database partner of BookExpo America 2006, to be held in Washington from May 18-21, 2006.

In recognition of its selection, Bowker will provide free access to BooksInPrint.com for attendees at the show. Visitors will now be able to discover complete bibliographic details on over 5.9 million US book, audio book, and video titles from the Bowker database. The Company will also be introducing significant enhancements to many of its highly acclaimed product offerings for the publishing industry.

Other Bowker market announcements at BookExpo America 2006 include enhanced functionality for BooksInPrint IntelliMarket service for publishing companies; a newly enhanced version of Bowker's BookWire.com web site, the online resource to discover new titles by small and independent publishers; and a book signing event with author Salvador SeBasco.

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Elsevier announces new appointment at IMNG - 16 May 2006

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the appointment of Sally Cioci as National Account Manager of Skin & Allergy News, a publication of the International Medical News Group (IMNG). She will report directly to Mark E. Altier, IMNG's Sales Director.

In her new position, Cioci will be responsible for the publication's advertising and project tasks. Prior to this, she served Quadrant HealthCom as National Sales Manager/ Associate Publisher for Cutis and Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Kustem launches 'Journal of Sustainability Science and Management' - 16 May 2006

Kolej Universiti Sains dan Teknologi Malaysia (Kustem) has announced the launch of its first publication, Journal of Sustainability Science and Management. The institution launched the journal in conjunction with its recently held 5th annual seminar on Sustainability Science and Management. Prof Mohd Azmi Ambak will serve as the journals editor-in-chief.

To be published twice a year, the journal is projected to provide a platform to share information as well as a medium to discuss sustainability issues. The publication is available online at http://journal.kustem.edu.my.

The premier issue of the journal will include research papers such as distribution and normalisation of lead, copper and zinc in Terengganu mangrove surface sediment; the side effects of Kacip Fatimah extract on liver and kidney of white rats; the transformation of chicken manure into mineralised organic fertiliser; and the Straits of Malacca: hydrological parameters, biochemical oxygen demand and total suspended solids.

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LGH launches new medical journal - 16 May 2006

The Lancaster General Hospital (LGH), US, has announced the launch of a new quarterly publication, Journal of Lancaster General Hospital. Dr. Lawrence I. Bonchek will serve as the journals editor-in-chief.

The premier issue of the journal covers scientific articles on the chemoprevention of prostate cancer, thoracic impedance and heart failure, ventricular assist devices, and colorectal cancer screening and CT scanning. In addition, the journal also features articles written by local physicians. Though intended for a scientific audience, the journal also covers articles of interest to the common man. Launched with an initial circulation of 7,500, the journal is freely delivered to physicians, nursing leaders, hospital administrators and others involved in health care.

The journal comes with a compact disc featuring interviews with personalities in the health care sector. The first two interviews are with LGH president and chief executive officer Tom Beeman and Dr. Holmes Morton, founder and director of The Clinic for Special Children.

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Open access issues are not obstacles to research productivity: study - 16 May 2006

A survey of 883 biomedical scientists in Europe and North America, commissioned by the Publishing Research Consortium, UK, has found that funding and bureaucracy, not lack of access to journals, are the chief obstacles to scientific productivity. On the other hand, says the study, a significant majority of respondents are more effective researchers because of access to online journal content.

Aside from lack of resources, a 'stop-go' funding culture prohibits scientists from initiating new ideas, choosing research projects that contrast with funders' priorities, and recruiting and retaining qualified staff, the report points out. Conversely, 90 percent of respondents reported that access to publishers' online content had increased their productivity by saving them significant time in locating research articles and enabling them to become more effective researchers. The study is seen to reinforce the critical role played by publishing in advancing research and scholarship. A number of recommendations to address the non-financial barriers to productivity were highlighted in the study, including help with recruiting suitable research and administrative staff, autonomy in setting research direction, and technical help in writing proposals.

The study was conducted by Information Behaviour and the Evaluation of Research (CIBER) in 2005. It utilised one-to-one interviews to find out what researchers thought were the main issues affecting their productivity.

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Scientists should consider public interest for research results: report - 16 May 2006

The Royal Society, the UK's autonomous scientific academy, has published a report, according to which scientists should keep public interest in mind while deciding whether, when and how to communicate their research results. The report outlines 15 questions that researchers should ask themselves to help them take public interest into account.

The report, titled 'Science and the public interest: communicating the results of new scientific research to the public', deals with issues arising from recent controversies over research on issues such as the MMR vaccine, smoking and GM foods. It indicates that public interest is involved not only in publicly funded research but also when funds come from private or commercial sources, thereby raising issues of corporate social responsibility.

The 26-page report further states that considerations of intellectual property rights, commercial confidentiality and security are important. However, they should not prevent the research community within the private sector from meeting their responsibilities with respect to the communication of research results that have implications for the public.

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Mary Ann Liebert offers free online access of Journal of Women's Health - 15 May 2006

Medical publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc, US, has announced that it will provide free online access to all issues of its authoritative, peer-reviewed publication, Journal of Women's Health, to mark the Journal's upcoming 14th Annual Congress on Women's Health from June 3-6, 2006. The offer can be availed of till June 15, 2006 at www.liebertpub.com/jwh.

The Congress provides practical, clinical information on advanced therapeutic protocols, new diagnostic procedures, and innovative research advances that impact on patient care to physicians, nurses, and policymakers. This year, the Congress has collaborated with NAASO: The Obesity Society, to offer a special morning session on obesity and weight management in women.

Journal of Women's Health is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes the latest clinical and research papers on the medical health issues that affect women all through their lifespan. The Journal covers the latest advances and clinical applications of new diagnostic procedures and therapeutic protocols for the prevention and management of women's healthcare issues.

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Sage ties up with Portico, Clockss to preserve e-journal content - 15 May 2006

Academic and professional publisher Sage Publications, US, has signed an agreement with Portico, a non-profit electronic archiving service launched last year, to ensure long-term stability of over 400 scholarly journals published by the former. It will also participate in the Controlled Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe (Clockss) initiative for this purpose.

Portico will provide an ongoing, permanent online archive of Sage journals, ensuring that an accessible copy of each issue is preserved for the future. The service also provides for the migration of the content into future technological formats as they are developed. Portico was initiated by JSTOR, US, and has been developed with the initial support of Ithaka, US, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, US, and the Library of Congress, US.

Participation in Clockss will assure that access to the Sage journals is maintained even in the event of a disaster that would prevent the delivery of content. A joint advisory board, made up of societies, publishers and libraries, will determine if the content is orphaned and whether it should be made publicly available. Since it is collectively managed, publishers are ensured that content is controlled and no one entity has authority over orphaned digital materials in the system.

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South African publications urged to boost global presence - 15 May 2006

The Academy of Science of South Africa has reportedly urged the nation's scientific publications to launch open-access online editions in order to expand their visibility on a global scale. Welcomed by South Africa's science establishments, the report is being circulated to academies in other African countries as well to kindle the open access debate.

The Academy recently published a report according to which, in the past 14 years, one third of South African journals have not had a single paper quoted in international publications. According to Academy representatives, a significant amount of South African research has been published for a global audience. However, only less than one tenth of the country's 255 accredited journals have obtained citations enough to feature in key research databases across the world.

Furthermore, the Academy has called for reforms in government subsidies for journals to improve quality and visibility. At present, the Department of Education pays universities US$14,000 each time a government-accredited journal publishes a paper by one of their academics, regardless of the journal's international standing. It has been observed that these subsidy funds can be used instead to finance the initiatives of journals to launch open access Internet editions.

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Swets Information launches SwetsWise 4.2 with RSS - 15 May 2006

Subscription services provider Swets Information Services, Netherlands, has announced the release of the 4.2 version of SwetsWise, a web-based, modular service for the procurement, access and management of subscriptions and online information. The 4.2 release will include RSS Feeds as well as a number of technical improvements and new functionalities to SwetsWise Online Content.

The RSS Feeds will provide SwetsWise customers with the latest news and information on the journals and articles they have subscribed to via SwetsWise. By activating the RSS Feeds customer can now receive instant notification of any updates, including TOC reports and new article or issue availability to all of their electronic subscription holdings.

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VNU management and board reaffirm status on Valcon bid - 15 May 2006

Media firm VNU NV, Netherlands, has confirmed the status of its Supervisory Board and Executive Board with regard to comments recently made in The Wall Street Journal. The VNU boards continue to believe that the Valcon Acquisition BV offer is in the best interests of all stakeholders and are confident that the transaction will be concluded successfully.

The Valcon consortium, comprising six private equity firms, has launched a € 8.7 billion takeover bid for VNU, and the bid is pending approval from shareholders.

In case Valcon's offer for VNU is rejected by shareholders, the company has confirmed that changes to the composition of the Supervisory Board and Executive Board are likely. However, no formal decisions have been made in this regard. VNU has emphasised that, under such circumstances, the boards will continue to fulfil their fiduciary obligations and take proper steps to ensure a systematic transition to new leadership.

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Wellcome Trust announces free online access to nearly 200 years of medical research - 15 May 2006

Medical research funding organisation the Wellcome Trust, UK, has announced a new project under which complete back issues covering nearly 200 years of historically significant biomedical journals will be made freely available online. The initiative is the result of a partnership between the Wellcome Trust, JISC, the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) and a number of medical journal publishers.

Participating publishers will continue to deposit current content of their journals into this archive after an embargo period of one year for all research papers. Additionally, the archive will also provide a number of innovative, value-added functions, including links from references to full text, high resolution images, full text searching across the entire archive, and links from the original article to corrections and retractions and vice-versa.

On completion, the back files project will deliver more than three million pages of medical journals via standard search tools such as PubMed and Google. The backfiles archive can be accessed for free through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), full-text, life sciences repository PubMed Central (PMC). Journals will be added to the archive as soon as they are digitised. PubMed citations will be added to the database on completion of the archive.

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WK Health names Jack Lynch as Senior Vice President, Business Development - 15 May 2006

Medical information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced the appointment of Jack Lynch as Senior Vice President of Business Development. Lynch replaces Dave Lampert, who was recently named President, Wolters Kluwer Asia Pacific.

In his new position, Lynch will identify and investigate cross-divisional business opportunities for Wolters Kluwer, focusing on leveraging flagship products and business models. He will also play an important role as a thought leader in Wolters Kluwer's continued online transformation.

Prior to this, Lynch served as president of the Pearson School Technology Group within the Pearson Education School Companies. Earlier, he was also the founding CEO and board member at Bigchalk.

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ACD/Labs joins MDL Isentris Alliance programme - 12 May 2006

Informatics and database solutions provider Elsevier MDL, US, has announced that chemistry software company, Advanced Chemistry Development, Inc. (ACD/Labs), Canada, has joined the MDL Isentris Alliance, an Elsevier MDL program designed to maximise opportunities for life sciences researchers using the new MDL Isentris information management and integration platform.

Initial integration between the two companies will focus on ACD/Name software and the Isentris-based MDL Draw chemical representation tool and MDL Notebook application. The same will be later extended to enable researchers to simplify everyday chemistry-related tasks, including accessing chemical property calculators and name/structure converters. ACD/Labs join a group of global software and consulting companies working with Elsevier MDL to create specific informatics solutions that integrate MDL Isentris technology and offerings from different vendors to improve life science research productivity and return on R&D investment.

The Isentris Alliance seeks to provide researchers in pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other life sciences industries more effective, better integrated solutions to manage challenging R&D workflows.

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Canon to acquire trade shows and publication from Reed Elsevier - 12 May 2006

B2B publisher and digital media firm Canon Communications LLC, US, part of Apprise Media LLC, has announced the acquisition of Reed Elsevier's eight trade shows and one magazine dedicated to the advanced, technology-based manufacturing sectors in the US. The acquisition, whose financial terms were not disclosed, is projected to expand Canon's portfolio of B2B business media products. It is also seen to enhance and strengthen Canon's events serving the Southeast and New England manufacturing regions.

The sale of trade shows is part of a strategic refocusing of Reed Elsevier's B2B operations in North America. The company's Reed Exhibitions unit will now increase its focus on the life science/healthcare, security, home enhancement and luxury & lifestyle sectors, where it already has a portfolio of major events.

Canon will also be acquiring Powder/Bulk Solids magazine, a publication covering all aspects of the plastics, packaging, chemical, food and other related industries already served by Canon's publications and trade shows.

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Emerald Group launches resource for management graduates - 12 May 2006

Management and library & information science publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced the launch of an online management resource, Emerald Alumni. The resource is projected to help graduates keep abreast of developments in the business world.

Under the new offering, high quality content is supplied through Emerald's managementfirst.com web site. The resource includes international business and management articles, case studies, interviews with experts, management briefings and discussion forums. Emerald Alumni also provides access to Emerald Management Reviews, a database of short summaries of every single article published in the world's top 400 management titles. There are 190,000 article reviews available to help users quickly and reliably pinpoint the most relevant material for their needs.

Higher education institutes that choose Emerald Alumni can ensure that their alumni association members gain automatic access to the latest happenings in the business world. The web resource includes coverage of strategy, marketing, change management, human resources, knowledge management, healthcare, e-business, quality and public sector management.

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Ex-CMAJ editor speaks out on dismissal - 12 May 2006

The former editor of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), Dr. John Hoey, has stated that he was fired without a valid cause. However, he mentioned that his tendency to explore politically sensitive issues in the journal could have added to the 'irreconcilable differences' on which his dismissal has been blamed.

Dr. Hoey revealed this for the first time since his dismissal in an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine. He has further detailed how his views differed from those of his former employers, the Canadian Medical Association. CMA Media requires all employees to sign confidentiality agreements. This prevented both Dr. Hoey and his senior deputy editor, Anne Marie Todkill, from presenting their side of the story.

Dr. Hoey and Todkill were abruptly dismissed by Graham Morris, president of CMA Media. Though Morris explained that the dismissals were part of a renewal process for the journal, the journal's editorial board viewed it as an issue over editorial independence.

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Holdfast Bay Library Service chooses SirsiDynix Horizon - 12 May 2006

Library technology solutions provider SirsiDynix, US, has announced that Holdfast Bay Library Service, Australia, has deployed its SirsiDynix Horizon Library Management System.

Horizon provides industry-standard, versatile, scalable technology for managing all technical and public services within libraries. It offers its users with improved searching of resources and easier database authentication.

Formed in 1997, the City of Holdfast Bay Library Service aims to provide its community's information needs and assist in its recreational and cultural pursuits. The Library Service has nearly 25,000 members who borrowed 595,000 items over the last financial year.

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McGraw-Hill Professional and the American Cancer Society announce distribution deal - 12 May 2006

Publisher McGraw-Hill Professional, part of McGraw-Hill Companies, US, has announced a new sales and distribution agreement with the American Cancer Society. Under the deal, McGraw-Hill Professional will be the exclusive distributor of the Society's books to the book trade and libraries in the US and Canada, effective May 1, 2006.

The American Cancer Society is scheduled to publish titles such as Breast Cancer Clear & Simple and American Cancer Society's Complete Guide to Complementary and Alternative Cancer Methods in 2006. These titles will further add to the Society's portfolio of over 30 books.

A unit of McGraw-Hill Education, McGraw-Hill Professional provides print and electronic content and services for consumers and the business, scientific, technical, and medical communities. Its offerings include consumer, business, and technical reference books and online solutions on medical and health, engineering, and scientific topics.

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WebMD implements Next Phase of Health Search - 12 May 2006

Health information services provider WebMD Health Corp., US, has announced that it has implemented the next phase of WebMD Health Search, enabling physicians and consumers to navigate health information more easily and accurately.

The Company's new health search platform, WebMD Health Scan, allows users to search for the most relevant health information based on their individual needs. Customised for over 800 of the most commonly searched health topics, WebMD Health Scan sorts information by condition types, medications, tests, related conditions and communities.

The new application complements the existing WebMD Health Search platform which also enables users to customise their search to the most relevant type of information, including health news, health reference content, and journal research via Medline and health communities. Additionally, it also offers results from across the Internet within the trusted environment of WebMD.

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Britain surpasses US as top publisher - 11 May 2006

The US title output, for the first time since 1999, decreased by over 18,000 to 172,000 new titles and editions in 2005, according to a recently released statistics on the US book publishing by bibliographic information provider, Bowker, US. This follows the record increase of over 19,000 new books in 2004.

The statistics revealed that only the very large academic, professional, and trade publishers could publish close to the number of new titles and editions that they did in 2004. Output from small publishers declined by over 7%, while new titles from the small-to-medium and medium-to-large publishers dropped by 10% and 15% respectively. Meanwhile, university presses showed some rise in most categories, with science and law displaying the largest increases.

Great Britain now replaces the United States as the publisher of most new books in English. In 2005, nearly 206,000 new books were published in the UK, representing an increase of nearly 28% over 2004.

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CMAJ review panel announces new members - 11 May 2006

Richard W. Pound, has announced several new members to the panel struck to review the governance of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). Pound recently replaced Antonio Lamer, a retired chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada who stepped down last week due to health problems.

The new panel members include Dr Catherine D. DeAngelis, Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of the American Medical Association; Dr Martin T. Schechter, Professor and Head of the Department of Health Care and Epidemiology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia; Dr Eldon R. Smith, Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology; and Dr Amir Attaran, Canada Research Chair in Law, Population Health and Global Development Policy at the University of Ottawa.

In light of the recent changes to the CMAJ Governance Review Panel, the deadline for submissions has been extended to May 15th. The Panel is expected to present its final recommendations to the Canadian Medical Association by July 14, 2006.

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Iceland hospital launches repository using BioMed Central service - 11 May 2006

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that its Open Repository service has built the recently launched Landspitali's institutional repository, utilising its open-source DSpace technology platform. The repository is currently available at http://landspitali.openrepository.com/lsh/.

Landspitali's institutional repository will enable its staff and students to deposit and share research findings. While BioMed Central will provide hosting services, customisation, backups and technical support, Landspitali will maintain complete administrative control over the repository.

Landspitali chose BioMed Central's Open Repository service for its value-added features in addition to the standard DSpace functionality, such as a submission form using PubMed ID and external linking to Entrez databases. Open Repository now offers a new Pilot Repository setup scheme, allowing customers to have working demo sites personalised to their needs for a three-month, no obligation, free trial.

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LWW and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses launch new quarterly journal - 11 May 2006

Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) have announced the launch of a quarterly journal, AACN Advanced Critical Care. The journal will be released at the National Teaching Institute (NTI) and Critical Care Exposition to be held in California from May 20-25, 2006.

A replacement for AACN's quarterly journal AACN Clinical Issues, the journal will now cover a wide range of critical care challenges, including moral distress in caregivers, understanding advanced modes of mechanical ventilation, and preventing and managing complications of critical illness. Additionally, it will also deliver the latest and most crucial advice on topics such as complex ECG rhythms, healthy work environments, new critical care drugs and leading-edge technologies.

AACN Advanced Critical Care joins AACN's portfolio of other periodicals such as the American Journal of Critical Care, Critical Care Nurse, and clinical reference publications including the award-winning AACN Procedure Manual for Critical Care. The journal will be offered at an unprecedented discounted subscription rate for AACN members.

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Ovid partners with Primal Pictures for 3D human anatomy animation - 11 May 2006

Information solutions provider Ovid Technologies, US, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, has announced a partnership with 3D medical imagery producer, Primal Pictures, UK, to offer a service called Primal Pictures on Ovid. Under the deal, Ovid will provide access to 3D interactive human anatomy animation, including video, through its Ovid Web Gateway search and discovery platform. Currently available on Ovid, the product also includes a study guide and sample test questions for students.

Primal Pictures on Ovid includes 21 interactive learning modules that focus on the anatomical, surgical, sports medicine and other aspects of one or more areas of the human body. Each module consists of three-dimensional computer models and animations that show structural relationships, functions and biomechanics. The modules are also available in German and French languages.

The computer models and animations have been created by anatomists and graphic designers using medical scan and dissection data taken from real bodies. More modules will be added to Ovid Web Gateway later this year. In addition, users will be able to search all Primal Pictures content across all modules on Ovid simultaneously. Primal is the creator of the world's first complete 3D model of human anatomy.

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University of Cambridge takes top rank in citation ranking - 11 May 2006

Thomson Scientifics' subscription newsletter Science Watch has ranked UK universities based on both the total number of citations as well as their impact during 2001-2005. The rankings are published in the latest issue of the bimonthly newsletter.

The University of Cambridge ranked first in 10 of the 21 fields based on total citations, while the University of Oxford took the lead in four of the 21 fields based on the average number of citations per paper. The University of Cambridge registered the highest total-citation count in almost half of the scientific fields studied. The university published over 21,000 papers between 2001 and 2005, increasing its high total citation count. Imperial College London ranked second with the highest total citation count in three fields having published nearly 19,000 papers.

The Science Watch rankings are derived from Thomson Scientific's United Kingdom University Science Indicators, a database containing publication and citation statistics on more than 150 UK universities and affiliated institutions in nearly two dozen main scientific fields.

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US scholarly publishers oppose Bill on mandatory public access - 11 May 2006

Professional and scholarly publishers in the US have expressed strong opposition to the recently proposed Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006. Calling the legislation a duplicative effort that places an unwarranted burden on research investigators, the publishers have argued that if passed, the legislation will seriously endanger the integrity of the scientific publishing process. The legislation would require the majority of recipients of US federal research agency funds to make their findings freely available online within six months of their initial publication in a scholarly journal.

According to the publishers, the provisions of the Act threaten to undermine the essential value of peer review by eliminating the publishers' incentive and ability to sustain investments in a range of STM activities. The proposed legislation comes at a time when increased public access to government-funded research is already occurring in a voluntary and highly effective manner through a variety of publisher-initiated mechanisms and cooperative approaches.

The Bill was introduced on the first anniversary of the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) adoption of its public access policy. As the NIH's implementation of the policy has not yet progressed to the point where its impact can be assessed, publishers view the introduction of the Bill as premature.

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AutoTrader.com selects FAST ESP to boost search capabilities - 10 May 2006

Search and filter technology developer Fast Search & Transfer (FAST), Norway, has announced that AutoTrader.com, an online auto classifieds marketplace and consumer information site, has adopted the FAST Enterprise Search Platform (ESP) to power search across the site. The FAST tool was selected for its flexibility, scalability and ability to integrate with AutoTrader.com's existing systems.

FAST ESP enables AutoTrader.com's PowerSearch feature to offer site visitors a more flexible and powerful way to find a car on the site. Starting with broad parameters and little input, potential car buyers can perform a single search that compares new, used and certified pre-owned vehicles.

PowerSearch also allows AutoTrader.com visitors to shop by body style, colour preference, by up to three makes and models and by mileage. Through the use of new car aggregate listings, new car buyers can see entire inventories across over 40,000 dealerships. From one initially displayed ad, users can click to view the rest. It is claimed that no other automotive web site offers such an enhanced selection feature.

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Dick Pound to head CMAJ review panel - 10 May 2006

The Canadian Medical Association has named Dick Pound as the new head of a panel appointed to advise a revised governance structure for the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).

Pound, a partner with the law firm Stikeman Elliot, is the chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency. He replaces Antonio Lamer, a retired chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada who stepped down last week due to health problems.

The panel was set up in the wake of the controversial firings of the former editor and senior deputy editor of the journal, which the CMA owns. The Panel is expected to release its recommendations by July 14, 2006 to the Canadian Medical Association.

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Elsevier MDL partners with Key Organics to improve chemical sourcing - 10 May 2006

Informatics and database solutions provider Elsevier MDL, US, has announced a partnership with screening compounds and chemical building blocks supplier Key Organics Ltd., UK. The deal is projected to provide improved access to timely, accurate information for chemical sourcing and procurement for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemistry researchers.

The partnership includes an exchange of information to make it easy and quick for mutual customers to order products from Key Organics using the MDL number from the databases. Key Organics supplies new building blocks for customers to use within their discovery chemistry programs, via its Bionet Research Intermediates catalog.

Elsevier MDL's structure-searchable Available Chemicals Directory and the Screening Compounds Directory databases compiles product and pricing information for millions of chemical products from hundreds of suppliers worldwide. Researchers can also leverage the value of Available Chemicals Directory and close supplier relationships with companies like Key Organics through the MDL Logistics application, a reagent procurement and inventory management application developed in collaboration with customers to meet the needs of research organisations.

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ePharmaceuticals launches e-newsletter on drug safety - 10 May 2006

ePharmaceuticals, a division of healthcare regulatory publisher HCPro, US, has announced the launch of a monthly e-newsletter, Briefings on Drug Safety. The newsletter is projected to provide information and guidance to help pharmaceutical professionals make informed decisions on drug safety, risk management and marketing.

This launch further expands ePharmaceuticals' line of informational and training products on regulatory compliance in the life sciences industries. Products and services include newsletters, training handbooks, webcasts, e-learning, audio conferences, and on-site workshops covering topics such as drug safety/risk management, Part D compliance, formulary and reimbursement issues under Medicare Parts B & D, and marketing innovation.

The newsletter is intended to facilitate readers to effectively prepare for rigorous FDA oversight of drug safety, design risk management and risk communications plans, initiate post-approval safety studies and comply with unfavourable event reporting requirements.

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HarperCollins names Gregg Sullivan as Director of Marketing and Promotions for ReganMedia - 10 May 2006

Publisher HarperCollins, US, a division of News Corp., has announced the appointment of Gregg Sullivan as Director of Marketing and Promotions for its ReganMedia, starting May 17, 2006. Sullivan will report directly to Judith Regan, CEO and Publisher, ReganMedia.

Prior to this Sullivan served St. Martin's Press, where he began his book publishing career in 1997.

A subsidiary of News Corporation, HarperCollins is one of the leading English-language publishers. The company has publishing groups in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australasia.

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Matthews to distribute SmartDraw Healthcare Solution in US market - 10 May 2006

Medical graphics software publisher SmartDraw.com, US, has announced a partnership with Matthews Book Company, a US-based distributor of health science information to bookstores and libraries. Under the deal, Matthews will be the reseller of the SmartDraw Healthcare Solution, a graphics programme designed for healthcare professionals and medical and nursing students.

Matthews will now deliver SmartDraw's software to bookstores, health science libraries and hospitals. The product will be shrink-wrapped for bookstores and site licences will be offered to libraries and hospitals. Featuring over 50,000 symbols with templates specialised for the healthcare community, the SmartDraw Healthcare Solution (www.smartdrawhealth.com) helps healthcare practitioners and students to make effective diagrams for patient and staff education, case management and presentations.

The product includes specialised symbols suggested by healthcare practitioners. In addition, it includes over 3,000 textbook-quality medical images from Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins and Netter Images from Elsevier.

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WK Health's clinical monograph service celebrates 20th anniversary - 10 May 2006

Medical information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced the 20th anniversary of The Formulary Monograph Service (FMS), a tool that allows hospitals and managed care pharmacists to obtain detailed information about recently released and investigational drugs.

The monographs provide drug information appropriate for Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee presentations. They also include comparative charts and tables that demonstrate how each new drug compares with related agents, as well as a full complement of data references. Prepared by the Washington State University Drug Information Center, the monographs are updated monthly. The updates include five well researched papers about the most recently released drugs, as well as those in late Phase 3 trials.

Recommendations in the monographs are clinical trial-based, allowing hospitals and managed care organisations to meet regulations requiring primary literature-based formularies. Given new Medicare Part D plan requirements, the FMS' ability to compile and support appropriate formularies is seen to be especially relevant.

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'Nature Chemical Biology' report on discovering safe and effective drugs - 09 May 2006

Biotechnology company Odyssey Thera, Inc., US, has announced the publication of a major study validating its strategy of pathway-based drug activity profiling in living human cells. The article, "Identifying off-target effects and hidden phenotypes of drugs in human cells," will be published in the June 2006 issue of the biomedical journal, Nature Chemical Biology. The study is currently available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nchembio790.

In the study, Odyssey Thera's proprietary high-content Protein-fragment Complementation Assays (PCAs) were used to measure spatial and temporal changes in protein complexes in response to drugs. Using high-throughput automated microscopy, 107 diverse drugs were each screened in 49 live-cell assays at multiple early time-points, resulting in a dataset of significant depth. The data recapitulated known structure-function relationships, and indicated that four drugs harboured unexpected or 'hidden' anti-proliferative activity. As predicted by the profiles, these four drugs potently suppressed the growth of several types of human tumour cells. It also revealed that the approach is suitable for any target class or therapeutic area.

A monthly publication, Nature Chemical Biology caters to scientists in both the chemical and the life sciences spheres. Published both in print and online, the journal covers original research, editorials, correspondence with the chemical biology community, research highlights from across the field, reviews and perspectives, commentaries, book reviews, meeting reports and news & views.

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'Tissue Engineering' publishes study on engineered functional lung tissue developed on 3D Hydrogel - 09 May 2006

Tissue Engineering, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., US, has published a report in its April 2006 issue, according to which the ability to produce functional, three-dimensional lung tissue in the laboratory would provide an important source of engineered replacement tissue to treat a number of pediatric pulmonary diseases. The engineered, 3-D pulmonary tissue constructs represent a successful first step in the creation of functional pulmonary tissue constructs designed for therapeutic use.

The paper reveals that functional lung tissue derived from fetal pulmonary cells and grown on a 3-D support structure in the laboratory could be used to enhance or restore under-developed or damaged lungs.

A monthly peer-reviewed journal, Tissue Engineering brings together scientific and medical experts in the fields of biomedical engineering, biomaterials science, molecular and cell biology, genetic engineering and surgery to present and discuss advances in this emerging field. Available both in print and online, the journal is the official journal of the Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine International Society.

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CMP Media honours IT solution providers - 09 May 2006

Technology, healthcare and entertainment media firm CMP Media, US, has announced that its GovernmentVAR magazine has honoured leading information-technology (IT) solution providers and vendors serving the government sector in its second annual GovernmentVAR Awards program. Winners were honoured at a recently held presentation ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The GovernmentVAR Awards were presented in association with the second annual XChange Government Integrator event powered by the CMP Media XChange Conference Group. Winners were selected based on factors such as company growth and presence in a particular segment, as well as specific wins that the company has achieved.

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New electronic infrastructure project to provide world-class biological databases for European science - 09 May 2006

Biological databases provider the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), UK, has announced the launch of the Free European Life-science Information and Computational Services (FELICS), a new project to provide the scientific community with unrestricted access to some of the world's most vital biological databases. This £11.4 million infrastructure project was launched in conjunction with the Swiss Institute for Bioinformatics (SIB), the European Patent Office and the University of Cologne, Germany.

FELICS will provide specific support for mining information from patent literature in collaboration with the European Patent Office. Additionally, the European Patent Office will also collaborate closely on CheBI, a database of chemical entities of biological interest, which will receive a substantial boost as part of the project. FELICS includes many of EBI's familiar databases, but will also feature some crucial new activities. The EBI site currently receives around 2 million hits every day, and is expected to rise to ten million over the next five years.

The Commission of the European Union has awarded 16.7 million Euro for the project to develop, enhance and interlink many important data resources in Europe and broaden their accessibility to the scientific community worldwide. This award is reportedly the largest ever European award for computational infrastructures needed to support biological research.

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PaperThin announces additional clients for web content solution - 09 May 2006

Web publishing and content management software vendor PaperThin, Inc., US, has announced that several colleges and universities have recently selected its web content management solution, CommonSpot, to support their online marketing strategies. CommonSpot provides higher education institutions with a flexible, campus-wide workflow and collaboration features such as e-mail review, collaborative authoring and visual difference that facilitate the efficient review and approval of content.

On completion, over 50 content contributors across 60 departments at Skidmore College will use CommonSpot to publish timely information on the web. Joining PaperThin's clientele are Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY), IMD International (Lausanne, Switzerland), the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Continuing Education (Champaign, IL ) and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI).

CommonSpot's versatile templates and support for Cascading Style Sheets are claimed to allow users to maintain tight control over design and navigation. Content authors, meanwhile, can easily assume responsibility for content creation and maintenance.

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US Bill on free online access evokes mixed reactions - 09 May 2006

The publishing industry may take a financial hit if the recently proposed US Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006 is enacted, media reports quote critics in academic institutions as saying. If enacted, the Bill would require 11 government agencies to publish online any articles that contain research financed with federal grants. The articles will compulsorily have to be made accessible online without charge within six months of their initial publication in a scholarly journal.

Certain members of the scholarly publishing industry have expressed reservations about the legislation. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, an organisation whose members collectively publish nearly 60 journals, has argued that the legislation will affect the link between the journals and their readers. The Federation has further said that journals may also lose subscribers and ad revenue if the articles are made available online for free.

However, supporters of the Bill claim that mandatory compliance will augment the sharing of information, stem the duplication of research activities and create new avenues of scientific inquiry. Funding agencies will be able to better monitor what publications are a result of their respective grants, goes the argument.

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Document Sciences partners with Strategic Solutions to offer customised customer communications - 08 May 2006

Publishing solutions provider Document Sciences Corporation, US, has announced an agreement with customer communications design firm Strategic Solutions LLC, US. Under the deal, Document Sciences will provide complete customer communications solutions built around its content publishing suite, xPression, and its latest design component, xPresso for Adobe InDesign.

Document Sciences' xPression and its design tool for Adobe InDesign provide powerful design features that allow organisations to quickly create tailored catalogs, collaterals and other promotional pieces. The xPression suite also streamlines the creation of well-made relationship statements and billing notices that integrate transactional data with targeted marketing messages.

The companies together seek to help customers create individually customised marketing collaterals, transactional documents and correspondence.

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EBSCO offers enhanced integration on A-to-Z service - 08 May 2006

Journal subscription services provider EBSCO, US, has announced that its online title listing service EBSCO A-to-Z has been enhanced with a new Custom Tab feature. The feature allows a library to display virtually any customised content or web page directly to patrons from within the A-to-Z reader site.

Libraries can now use the new feature to embed the library's federated search engine, information about a new resource for example, a live link to a new trial access database, general details such as library hours, special event information and training classes.

A-to-Z, supported by leading knowledge bases in the industry with over 101,000 unique titles, provides a single, comprehensive list of print and electronic titles to which a library has access.

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Emerald to launch new Emerald Engineering web portal - 08 May 2006

Management and library & information science publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced the launch of the new Emerald Engineering web portal (http://engineering.emeraldinsight.com). The portal will be officially launched at the 2006 ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) 113th Annual Conference and Exposition to be held in Chicago from June 18-21, 2006.

An online, comprehensive and focused information resource for engineers, the Emerald Engineering web portal, offers peer-reviewed content drawn from Emerald's 15 engineering and materials science journals, complemented by material from its technology and management titles. In order to ease navigation, content is split into four major disciplines: advanced automation; computational mathematics; electronics manufacture and packaging; and materials science.

To mark the new service, the company is now offering free access to full content until September 2006. The portal is also AAA accessibility-compliant under the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, ensuring it is as easy as possible to read and navigate for those with disabilities.

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Nature Publishing Group launches Neuroscience Gateway - 08 May 2006

Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, and non-profit medical research organisation, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, US, have announced the launch of the Neuroscience Gateway, a free online resource for advanced neuroscience and genomics research. The first update of the Neuroscience Gateway is currently available at www.brainatlas.org.

Developing on the successes of the other NPG collaborations, the Neuroscience Gateway will provide free access to highlighted primary research papers from Nature journals. Available twice a month, the resource will offer a collection of the latest papers, up-to-the-minute neuroscience news, and free access to highlights of key articles. Its will also feature current research papers vital to the neuroscience and genomics communities. Each update will include a neurotechnique review, highlighting a recent technical advance.

In addition, the Neuroscience Gateway will present direct access to the Allen Brain Atlas, a freely available scientific resource developed by the Allen Institute. The Allen Brain Atlas provides maps of the expression of nearly 20,000 genes in the mouse brain with detailed gene expression data available at the cellular level.

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Private-equity consortium raises bid for VNU - 08 May 2006

A consortium of private-equity firms led by Backstone Group and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. has raised its bid for media firm VNU NV, Netherlands, from € 28.75 per share to € 29.50 per share. The deadline for the tendering of the shares has been extended to May 19 from May 5.

The new offer values the company at 8.7 billion euros. The VNU management has asked shareholders to accept the revised buyout offer. A group of shareholders led by Knight Vinke Asset Management LLC, which owns less than 2 percent of VNU shares, had asked investors to reject the earlier offer, saying it continues to undervalue the company.

The consortium has reportedly obtained assurances from Templeton Global and ING Group NV, two of the top five shareholders of the company, to accept the offer. The consortium will now consider the deal successful on receiving 80 percent of the shares in instead of the earlier said 95 percent.

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Softlink research into libraries in charity, health and legal sectors - 08 May 2006

Softlink Europe, a specialist in library and knowledge management systems, has commissioned research into the work of librarians in the charity, health and legal sectors. The research, called 'The role of librarians in knowledge management', was carried out during March and April 2006 involving organisations in England, Scotland and Wales, including private sector companies, charities, the NHS and universities.

The majority of respondents from the charity and legal sectors felt that knowledge management would become a significant part of their job in the future, with five out of 10 of those surveyed from health backgrounds agreeing with the statement.

Definitions of knowledge management offered by those polled were varied, with some believing it only applies to information internal to the organisation and others feeling that it should also apply to external information such as journals.

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Ziff Davis Media unveils eWEEK Strategic Partner - 08 May 2006

Ziff Davis' enterprise newsweekly, eWEEK, has announced the launch of the eWEEK Strategic Partner (ESP), a new online and print supplement designed to provide strategic information that helps solution provider executives better manage their business. The new monthly supplement, slated for launch on 29 May 2006, will appear in print with an initial circulation of more than 89,000 readers within the pages of eWEEK. The online edition will be available at http://esp.eWEEK.com.

ESP will feature articles on how to drive demand, manage employees and understand general economic trends. It will focus on issues that will directly affect the profitability and strategies of solution provider executives. Apart from this, it will also feature columns by experienced journalists including Pedro Pereira, Elliot Markowitz and Michael Vizard.

A technology information resource, eWEEK provides news analysis, technology reviews and unbiased expert opinion, and is unique in its ability to guide leading IT decision makers to the best choices for their companies.

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American Chemical Society joins Iraq electronic library project - 05 May 2006

The world's largest scientific society, the American Chemical Society (ACS), US, has announced that it will offer deeply discounted electronic access to 17,500 full-text scientific journal articles to Iraqi chemists, engineers and students. ACS is the first among the over 20 scientific publishers and other organisations who have agreed to offer discounted electronic access to scientific journal articles under the Iraq Virtual Science Library project.

With the National Academies coordinating the overall programme, the library was launched on May 3 at the National Academy of Science in Washington, D.C. Nearly 80 percent of Iraq's scientists and university students will now have access to the electronic library.

Including ACS, 20 non-profit and commercial scientific publishers and federal and academic organisations will now be offering access at discounts up to 95 percent. According to NAS officials, the scientific community in Iraq will be billed as one site by each publisher, as if all of the scientists and students comprised a small college library.

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Clarification - 05 May 2006

This is with reference to the news alert titled "Editors voice concern over BioMed Central publishing process" covered in the News Section of Knowledgespeak (dated 3rd May 2006). BioMed Central has clarified that under a new agreement which covers more than half of its independent titles, journal editors do receive payment, in the form of a share of the revenue from article processing charges for their journal.

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Dear Subscribers - 05 May 2006

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FAST forms new Strategy Advisory Board - 05 May 2006

Search and filter technology developer Fast Search & Transfer (FAST), Norway, has announced the formation of the FAST Strategy Advisory Board to provide organisations with insight into global market trends, economic forecasts and strategic perspectives. The service will be offered free for FAST customers or companies initiating a formal relationship with FAST.

The company's newly formed advisory board will comprise academics who will provide objective views on competitive landscapes, technological innovation, consumer trends and buying habits. The Board is expected to provide an extraordinary resource to organisations looking to further their leadership positions or enter new markets.

Members of the FAST Strategy Advisory Board include Michael H. Zack, associated professor, Northeastern University; Ron Adner, associate professor of strategy and management, INSEAD, France; and Steve Haslett, affiliate professor of entrepreneurship, INSEAD, Singapore and France.

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GlobalSpec launches targeted newsletters, product alert system - 05 May 2006

Search engine and online engineering community operator GlobalSpec, US, has announced the recent launch of several new product-specific e-newsletters. It has also introduced a new product alert system to its millions of segmented e-mail subscribers with the help of retention e-mail marketing services provider iPost, US.

Engineers and technical professionals visiting the GlobalSpec site can now select from 132 product topics to receive weekly e-mail updates about new products, suppliers and technical articles. iPost has helped keep GlobalSpec e-mail subscribers returning to the site through the expansion of its suite of product-focused e-newsletters. The company increased its set publications from four to 16 in late 2005, and has launched several more in 2006, in areas ranging from lights and lasers to supply chain management and scientific instruments. The company's Techs & Specs weekly e-newsletter has an audience exceeding one million.

GlobalSpec's trademarked parametric search technology, SpecSearch, allows visitors to search for products by specification, while The Engineering Web enables users to examine over 250 million engineering and tech web pages. The company publishes over 40 e-newsletters each month.

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Ingenta names Carol Rice to head Information Commerce Division - 05 May 2006

Information and publishing services provider Ingenta, UK, has announced the appointment of Carol Rice as Vice President, Product Development for the company's Information Commerce Division.

In her new position, Carol will lead the strategic and technological development of separate Information Commerce software and websites for prestigious customers such as OECD, Oxford University Press, Institute of Physics and World Bank.

Earlier, Rice served Progress Software where she was responsible for defining standards for technical designs.

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Lancet's forum on flu pandemic - 05 May 2006

A two day medical forum on flu pandemic was recently organised by the British medical journal, The Lancet. The bird flu conference held in Singapore attracted nearly 500 scientists, policy makers, public health experts and about 300 international organisations from 52 countries and regions.

Themed "Preparing for Pandemic Influenza: the Avian Dimension and other Emerging Threats," the forum was co-organised by American publisher of health science books and journals, Reed Exhibitions and Elsevier Health Sciences.

Participants discussed topics such as the evolution of bird flu viruses, the development of vaccines against flu pandemic and the World Health Organization's (WHO) pandemic preparedness planning, as well as to identify the gaps in pandemic preparation. About 23 experts, including Jai P. Narain from the WHO, Martin Meltzer from the United States' National Center for Infectious Diseases, and John Oxford from St. Bartholomew's and the Royal London hospital expressed their views on the issue.

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RLG, OCLC announce merger - 05 May 2006

Global library cooperative OCLC, Inc., US, and US based non profit organisation RLG, have announced a merger under which the two service and research organisations will be combined, effective July 1, 2006. The merged organisation is projected to provide an opportunity to leverage program strengths, services and innovative research initiatives, and to deliver more value to a greater number of libraries, museums, archives and other research organisations worldwide.

Under the deal, RLG member institutions, RLG's online products and services will be integrated with OCLC products and services. RLG's program initiatives will be brought forward as a new division of OCLC Programs and Research. Also, RLG's president and chief executive officer, James Michalko will serve as Vice President of RLG-Programs Development.

The agreement is subject to approval of two-thirds of voting RLG member institutions. Voting is expected to conclude in early June 2006.

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Thomson offerings for instructors to design course materials - 05 May 2006

Higher education material provider Thomson Higher Education, part of The Thomson Corporation, US, has announced three new custom publishing offerings from Thomson Custom Solutions (TCS). The new offerings provide professors with additional options to design course programmes tailored to their individual teaching styles as well as the requirements of a given group of students.

The products launched include Flex Texts, a variety of print-online hybrid solutions; Thomson Custom Collections, groupings or collections of materials that can be mixed and matched; and the Signature Series, premium custom publishing services for authors including development, design, technology and marketing.

In addition to the literary works available through Thomson Custom Collections, TCS also allows for the integration of audio, video and interactive instruction. Instructors can choose which of these additional supplements they want to accompany the customised text.

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Access Intelligence acquires energy and defence publications from King - 04 May 2006

B2B information provider Access Intelligence, US, has announced that its Business Information Division has acquired three publications from King Publishing Group, US. The publications, which include the dailies The Energy Daily and Defense Today and the weekly newsletter Space & Missile Report, are projected to enhance Access Intelligence's portfolio in the energy and defence marketplace.

Founded in 1973, The Energy Daily covers major developments in the energy industry including electric utilities, nuclear power, natural gas, oil, coal and alternative fuels. Jennifer Schwartz, Vice President and Group Publisher, Defense, has been mandated to add Access Intelligence's Energy Group to her existing product portfolio. George Lobsenz, Executive Editor of The Energy Daily, will continue in his current role.

Access Intelligence will merge Defense Today with its flagship publication, Defense Daily. Weekly newsletter Space & Missile Defense Report will join Access Intelligence's sister publications, Defense Daily, Terror Response Technology, Report, Helicopter News, Defense Daily's Capitol Hill Report, Defense Daily International and the premier web site, Defense Daily Network.

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Blackwell Publishing announce Journal Backfile Digitisation program - 04 May 2006

Blackwell Publishing, UK, has announced the launch of its Journal Backfile Digitisation Program. Under the initiative, all back issues beginning volume 1, issue 1 will be digitised for at least 500 journals over the next two-and-a-half years, comprising nearly 6.5 million pages by the time the program is complete.

The first 121 journals to be digitised are available for purchase now. Backfiles of about one quarter of these journals have already been loaded on Blackwell Synergy. The digitised backfiles for these initial titles represent 2.5 million pages and almost 3000 years of content. Journal of Phytopathology dates back to 1852, with Journal of Applied Entomology close behind with a start date of 1876.

Libraries can order any number of journals, from a single title to the complete collection. Discounts are available depending on the size of the order.

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Dear Subscribers - 04 May 2006

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Fired editors of CMAJ bag World Press Freedom awards - 04 May 2006

Two editors of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) who were fired recently, Dr. John Hoey and Anne Marie Todkill, have been awarded the National Press Club of Canada's World Press Freedom awards for 2006. The awards were presented on May 3, 2006.

Dr. Hoey and Todkill were fired in late February after a clash with the journal's publisher over an investigation that revealed that some pharmacists in Canada were invading women's privacy rights while selling an emergency contraceptive drug. The Canadian Medical Association, which owns the journal, has called the dismissals the result of incompatible differences with the publisher and not a dispute over editorial independence. But the journal's former editorial board, which resigned almost en masse, took up the issue as a blatant case of editorial censorship.

Three journalists, including Paul Knox, chair of Ryerson University's School of Journalism and of the Canadian issues committee of the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), nominated Dr. Hoey and Todkill for the award. The award is reportedly given to editors who express critical but responsible views about all aspects of medicine without fear of retribution, even if those views might conflict with the commercial goals of the publisher.

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Journal article by Nobel laureate on current economics scenario - 04 May 2006

The Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, in its Summer 2006 issue, has published a research conducted by Nobel laureate Ronald Coase. In this article, Coase, who won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1991, criticises the current climate of economics, including the direction of microeconomics, and the lack of interaction between empirical work and economic theory.

Entitled 'The Conduct of Economics: The Example of Fisher Body and General Motors (GM),' the article uses the case study of GM's acquisition of Fisher Body in 1919. It sets out to show how inaccurate facts and interpretation of the event reflect an underlying problem of the conduct of economists. The GM-Fisher case study has often been used by economics programmes as an example of market contracts failure despite detailed analysis of the absence of some events. Through this article, the author calls for economists to renew their commitment to accurate description and careful understanding of economic institutions.

The Journal of Economics and Management Strategy is published by Blackwell Publishing.

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NetLibrary launches new remote authentication solution - 04 May 2006

NetLibrary, the e-content platform of global library cooperative OCLC, Inc., US, has announced the launch of NetLibrary Authentication Server, a new authentication solution that will allow libraries to seamlessly expand access to remote users.

Librarians can now manage remote access to their NetLibrary collections using their existing Integrated Library System (ILS). Powered by CybraryN software, the solution offers in-built security control features that enable libraries to check usage based on stored user data that includes branch, card type, fines on card and more. Additionally, subscribing libraries will have access to usage reports that provide sophisticated reporting tools for securing and analysing vital usage data.

NetLibrary Authentication Server is currently offered for sale in the US and Canada, and will be available worldwide within the next few months.

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Symyx joins MDL Isentris Alliance programme - 04 May 2006

Informatics and database solutions provider Elsevier MDL, US, has announced that Symyx Technologies, Inc. has joined the MDL Isentris Alliance, an Elsevier MDL program designed to maximize opportunities for life sciences researchers using the new MDL Isentris information management and integration platform.

The Isentris Alliance seeks to provide researchers in pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other life sciences industries more effective, better integrated solutions to manage challenging R&D workflows. Symyx joins a group of global software and consulting companies working with Elsevier MDL to create specific informatics solutions that integrate MDL Isentris technology and offerings from different vendors to improve life science research productivity and return on R&D investment.

Collaborative efforts under the MDL Isentris Alliance are particularly important to pharmaceutical companies and research organisations that bank on multiple, specialised R&D software tools.

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The Curry Rockefeller Group announces new appointments - 04 May 2006

The Curry Rockefeller Group (CRG), US, has announced the promotion of Karen Farrington to Senior Program Manager in the CRG Connect division. In her new position, Farrington will continue to report to Mary Krupinsky, VP, Operations.

In a related announcement, the company also announced the appointment of Mayra Estrada as Finance Administrator. She will report directly to Frank Simone, VP, Finance.

CRG is focused on providing medical education and coaching for healthcare professionals. While CRG Oncology caters to the cancer treatment market, CRG Neuroscience targets the neuro-psychiatric and neurology markets. CRG Connect is engaged in arranging teleconferences and dinner meetings for enterprises. CRG Publishing brings out handbooks, articles and textbooks covering various clinical and scientific areas.

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Digital library for Iraqi scientists and engineers - 03 May 2006

University of Maryland scientist D.J. Patil and a group of colleagues have built a digital scientific library comprising nearly 17,422 journal titles for Iraqi scientists and engineers. The Iraqi Virtual Science Library (IVSL) will be officially launched on May 3, 2006 at the National Academies building in Washington.

The IVSL has been made available to seven Iraqi universities, one research institution and the Ministries of Higher Education and Science & Technology. It provides nearly 80 percent of Iraq's scientists and students with access to full text technical articles, training and online courses. Nearly $360,000 was allocated by the US Department of Defence as initial funding for the IVSL.

The experiences of Dr. Alex Dehgan, an ecologist working in Iraq to rebuild the Museum of Natural History for the US Department of State, revealed an urgent need among Iraqi scientists to access updated scientific literature. An interagency working group of current and former fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) was established to implement the IVSL via their respective agencies. The fellows used their professional contacts to develop public-private partnerships to support the library and also continue to remain actively involved with the development and implementation of the initiative.

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Editors voice concern over BioMed Central publishing process - 03 May 2006

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, is reportedly set to face a revolt from the editors of several of its 93 independent journals who have expressed discontent over the way the journals are being managed. According to media reports, the editors are contemplating shifting their journals to other publishers.

The editors of BMC independent journals are not paid for their contributions. They have full editorial control over the titles but the article production process is managed by BMC. The editors have voiced their dissatisfaction on BMC's execution of the open access model. Among other issues, editors are protesting recent increases in the article processing charge (APC), and reductions in the number of waivers that editors are permitted to offer to contributors who cannot afford the APC. Several editors have also complained that BMC is signing up new journals that compete with existing ones, leading to market cannibalism.

BMC's publisher, Matthew Cockerill, has said that the company is working on the problems and insisted that the complaints are normal for any new company.

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Medical journals should bar drug commercials, say researchers - 03 May 2006

Open access journal PLoS Medicine has published a study according to which medical journals have accepted an exclusive and dependent relationship with pharmaceutical companies by accepting only advertisements for drugs and medical devices.

The study conducted by a team of researchers from the Georgetown University School of Medicine examined advertising in nine multi-specialty medical journals. These journals received the most advertising revenue in 2002. The study revealed that in eight of these journals the advertisements were almost exclusively for drugs, rather than for cars, computers, vacations, or other products of potential interest to doctors.

According to Medical journals, authors argue that drug advertisements provide doctors with valuable information on drugs and diseases. However, the study showed that advertising in medical journals is cheaper than in consumer magazines. It also said that medical journals sometimes emphasise their low-cost advertisement rates while reaching out to drug companies.

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MHHE and eInstruction Corporation offer next generation of classroom learning solutions - 03 May 2006

Publisher McGraw-Hill Higher Education (MHHE), part of McGraw-Hill Education, US, has teamed up with eInstruction Corporation, US, a global leader in interactive response pad technology, to offer the next generation of student response devices to college classrooms. Both companies had recently joined forces to offer instructional technology grants to colleges across the US.

The new RF Gen2 response units will be available for use in the fall term. With these devices students can now provide immediate feedback to classroom questions using a touch pad. The Gen2 units are compatible with all previous eInstruction higher education RF systems, and includes features such as larger display screen to display student answers, ability to confirm the receipt of an answer, security function that "masks" each student's response entry and the unit's signal strength.

In response to user feedback from instructors and students, software features have been added to the Gen2 system from its award-winning Classroom Performance System (CPS). This includes a PowerPoint Plug-in, an improved data-sorting capability, a comprehensive grade book complement, web-based access to all McGraw-Hill CPS content, and other powerful classroom learning functions.

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NAL deploys ZyLAB solution for digital repository - 03 May 2006

Information access solutions developer ZyLAB, US has announced that the US' National Agricultural Library (NAL) has launched the NAL Digital Repository (NALDR) using ZyLAB's ZyIMAGE system. The NALDR will provide access to the full text of selected US Department of Agriculture (USDA) publications. The new site is available at http://naldr.nal.usda.gov.

The NALDR comprises a range of publications that have been digitised by NAL. It uses the ZyIMAGE system to convert images into searchable text and a web interface to display and print/download documents. ZyIMAGE system powers the NALDR by offering several features that facilitate searching and access. The repository currently contains volumes for 1894 through 1914, and the remaining volumes will be added later in 2006.

In mid-2005, ZyLAB implemented a similar solution for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA worked with ZyLAB to upgrade its National Environmental Publications Information System to help users locate information in over 11,000 EPA documents, equating to over one million pages.

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The Wellcome Trust receives first SPARC Europe Award - 03 May 2006

Medical research funding organisation, the Wellcome Trust, UK, has been presented with the first SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications. The award, initiated by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Europe, was presented at the third Nordic Conference on Scholarly Communication: Beyond Declarations - The Changing Landscape of Scholarly Communication held in Sweden.

The award recognises the work of an individual or group within Europe that has made significant advances in understanding of the issues surrounding scholarly communications and/or in developing practical means to address the problems with the current systems.

Following the success of the first Award, SPARC Europe has decided to make this an annual event. It is expected that the second Award will be presented at the CERN Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communications (OAI5) to be held in Geneva in 2007.

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Thomson Delmar Learning Launches new electronic automotive repair information system - 03 May 2006

Learning products and services provider Thomson Delmar Learning, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced the launch of ChiltonPRO, a new electronic automotive repair information system for the professional market. Designed for certified technicians, shop owners and corporate buyers, the tool allows technicians to access all Chilton's auto repair information. It covers over twenty years of domestic and import vehicles in an online or DVD format, and includes diagnostics data, labour times and mechanical service information.

ChiltonPRO delivers up-to-date information including OEM recommended maintenance schedules, OEM Technical Service Bulletins, and instructor-designed diagnostics. In additional, it also demonstrates unique content with diagnostic training, body information and ASE test preparation. Key Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) available through ChiltonPRO help customers stay current, and the electronic format allows for easy printing.

ChiltonPRO online and DVD products, available via a monthly subscription plan, allows automotive technicians to create better estimates using labour times developed with real world factors.

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Elsevier's iCONSULT to be offered with GE Healthcare's electronic medical record - 02 May 2006

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced a strategic partnership to deliver its iCONSULT clinical information service directly to the hospital and group medical practice community as part of GE Healthcare's Centricity Physician Office electronic medical record (EMR). The service was developed to integrate Elseviers' clinical reference content directly into the electronic workflow and enhance clinical decision support.

iCONSULT delivers real-time clinical decision support by putting evidence-based, point-of-care clinical reference content directly into the electronic workflow of health practitioners. Content is indexed against industry standard clinical vocabularies and patient demographics and organised around the clinician's workflow, allowing iCONSULT to deliver rapid answers to specific patient scenarios directly into the EMR.

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Emerald to sell special issues on Amazon - 02 May 2006

Management and library & information science publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced that it is now offering selected special issues of its peer-reviewed journals via Amazon, using print-on-demand services. The titles are otherwise only available as part of a journal volume or on a per article pay-per-view basis.

Print-on-demand is an innovative printing process that makes it possible to print books one at a time. Books are digitised and stored in the Lightning Source library, a resource for publishers providing printing, distribution and digital fulfilment services. Lightning Source prints titles in small quantities in order to meet orders. It then rapidly ships these titles directly to retailers or via distributors and wholesalers with which it has an alliance.

Priced at £34.99 for single issues and £49.99 for double issues, the titles are now available via www.Amazon.com and www.Amazon.co.uk as well as other distribution partners including Gardners, Bertrams, Paperback bookshop (marketplace trader), Book Depository (marketplace trader), Coutts, Bertrams Library Supplies and Blackwells Library Supplies. Its partners in the US include Ingram, Amazon.com, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble and Nascorp.

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NPG journal reports on Alzheimer trigger study - 02 May 2006

Korean scientists have reportedly discovered a new trigger for the start of Alzheimer's, thereby setting the groundwork for developing new treatments or cures. Currently, there is no known cure for this memory-destroying illness, but there are several drug treatments available to improve or stabilise symptoms.

The achievements of a team led by Dr. Suh Yoo-hun, medicine professor at Seoul National University, was featured in the online edition of Nature Publishing Group's bio-science journal, Cell Death and Differentiation. The study determined that "C-terminal fragments" residing at the tip of the amyloid precursor-like protein 2, or APLP2, may possibly help to trigger this neurodegenerative disease. According to the study, an injection of gamma-secretase, which controls the formation of C-terminal fragments, and indirubin-3, an inhibitor against GSK3-beta, will help to reduce the number of dying neurons in these patients.

It is likely that the study will lead to the development of medicines that check the creation of C-terminal fragments, or drugs that inhibit activity of GSK3beta. The research till now has been supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation.

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Pay-for-Performance concept gaining traction in healthcare, says Survey - 02 May 2006

Healthcare information and databases provider Thomson Medstat, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has released the results of a survey which reveals that healthcare pay-for-performance programs are budding, even though the lack of impartial, objective research evaluating their effectiveness is impeding faster adoption and growth. The survey results were presented by Jeffrey Hanson, Medstat's vice president and practice leader for pay-for-performance, at its recently concluded annual customer conference, Connection 2006.

The four-day annual event gathers healthcare leaders from major US corporations, health plans, hospital systems, and state and federal agencies to discuss their challenges and successes in managing healthcare costs and quality. Attended by over 300 healthcare leaders, Connection 2006 featured case studies showcasing Medstat customers' use of healthcare information, analytics, and technology to guide organisational decisions and deliver measurable results.

Pay-for-performance (P4P) programs aim to improve healthcare quality and manage healthcare costs by rewarding physicians, hospitals, and other providers that deliver efficient, effective care. Medstat surveyed nearly 300 managers and executives from hospitals, health plans, large employers, and government health agencies for their views on and experience with P4P programs. A total of 154 participated in the survey for a response rate exceeding 50 percent.

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SAI Completes Acquisition of ILI - 02 May 2006

SAI Global Limited, Australia, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of ILI, a UK-based international standards publishing and database subscription services business, for US$60 million. Under the acquisition deal, the existing key management of ILI will remain with the business as per the new two year contract.

This is SAI Global's fourth acquisition in Europe and is expected to provide a platform for international expansion of its publishing business. ILI's intellectual property licences and distribution platform provide a unique combination to drive further growth in SAI's publishing business in the near to medium term.

The move is considered significant for the continued growth and expansion of SAI's publishing business, with operations in the UK, Europe and North America and an extensive range of intellectual property licences. The Company is also proposing to raise equity capital via an institutional placement of shares. The placement will be conditional upon shareholder approval at a General Meeting to be held in June 2006.

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Thomson Scientific announces sponsorship with China's SIPO - 02 May 2006

Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced an exclusive sponsorship deal with China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) to sponsor the SIPO China Intellectual Property News (CIPN) Public Intellectual Property Contest - known as the Thomson Scientific Cup China Public Intellectual Property Knowledge Contest. Thomson Scientific is the first company to sponsor the Contest.

According to Thomson, this Contest is timely as more patents were filed with China's SIPO than with the Korean, Japanese or US patent offices in 2005. This reflects a shift towards innovation originating from Chinese enterprises and nationals, as well as from foreign companies that are registering patents in China.

Launched in 2005, the contest is projected to gauge professional and academic understanding of IP issues, and to improve public awareness of Intellectual Property (IP) rights. This knowledge Contest will run until July 2006, with the results providing an insight into how Chinese organisations currently view and utilise IP.

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'Clinical Cancer Research' publishes breast cancer recurrence study - 01 May 2006

Molecular cancer profiling firm AviaraDx, Inc., US, has announced that it has published a study in the April 2006 issue of Clinical Cancer Research. The study, conducted in collaboration with Mayo Clinic, demonstrates the clinical utility of two novel genes that can identify patients at higher risk for early breast cancer recurrence.

Researchers at Mayo Clinic tested the level of expression of the HOXB13 and IL17BR genes from paraffin-embedded tumour tissue derived from postmenopausal women with early stage, estrogen positive breast cancer. The women had been enrolled in an earlier prospective tamoxifen study conducted by the North Central Cancer Treatment Group. They demonstrated that the two-gene expression ratio was an independent marker of early breast cancer relapse and overall survival in lymph node negative breast cancer patients, but not lymph node positive tumours.

AviaraDx discovered both biomarkers in a collaborative study with Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, which was published in the June 2004 issue of Cancer Cell. That study revealed that the biomarkers serve as the foundation of the AviaraDx Breast Cancer Recurrence Technology.

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CrossRef attains 20 million DOI mark - 01 May 2006

Publisher linking services provider CrossRef, US, has announced that over 20 million content entities have been registered in the CrossRef system since its setting up in early 2000. A bulk of these Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) is assigned to online journal articles. However, more than 1.6 million DOIs have been allocated to conference proceedings and books, at the chapter and title level.

Scholarly journal archive JSTOR has added over 640,000 DOIs to CrossRef. The 20 millionth DOI, http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/BC.2006.059, was registered by de Gruyter publishing, for their journal Biological Chemistry.

The Company is the official DOI registration agency for scholarly and professional content, and supports DOI assignments to technical reports, working papers, dissertations, standards, and data elements. Persistent identifiers for 38,000 protein description pages in the Protein Data Bank, and 27,000 working papers published by the Social Science Research Network are among the most recently registered DOI's in CrossRef.

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Former editorial members of CMAJ set to launch new medical journal - 01 May 2006

Some of the editorial board members of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), who resigned recently over a controversy on editorial autonomy, are reportedly planning to start a new medical journal. The new journal is likely to be electronic and international in scope.

Most of the editorial board quit CMAJ following the dismissal of Editor Dr. John Hoey and Deputy Editor Anne Marie Todkill in February 2006. The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) was widely criticised by leading medical journals across the globe for its reported interference in editorial sovereignty. The journal recently announced an interim editorial board. In a recently released statement, the CMA has said that the firings of Dr. Hoey and Todkill were the result of incompatible differences with the publisher and not a dispute over editorial independence.

The launch of a new medical journal in Canada is expected to be received favourably. It is seen to provide more opportunities for researchers to publish their works, as well as offer healthy competition to the CMAJ, which currently has no significant rivals in its domain.

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Macmillan names Steven Inchcoombe as new International Director - 01 May 2006

Publishing house Macmillan Publishers, UK, has announced the appointment of Steven Inchcoombe as International Director. He will serve on the Group Board and report directly to Richard Charkin, Group Chief Executive.

Prior to this, Inchcoombe served with the FT Group for 16 years during which time he worked with digital and print media, in finance, marketing, commercial management, development and general management roles. Most recently he served as FT Group's UK Publisher.

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ProQuest to distribute 'Globe and Mail' electronically - 01 May 2006

ProQuest Information and Learning, a division of ProQuest Company, US, has announced a new agreement with The Globe and Mail division of Bell Globemedia Publishing Inc., Canada. Under the deal, ProQuest will bring the full text of The Globe and Mail to the company's online databases, including ProQuest Newsstand, Canadian Newsstand Complete, International Newsstand and eLibrary Canada Curriculum Edition.

The latest deal allows ProQuest to distribute the newspaper content electronically to educational institutions and libraries worldwide.

The online historical newspaper product, Canada's Heritage from 1844, published by the Globe and Mail, is already distributed by ProQuest. Now, Globe and Mail, among Canada's widely read English language newspapers, will be available by subscription in ProQuest Newsstand, Canadian Newsstand Complete and International Newsstand. It will also be offered via eLibrary Curriculum Edition, serving the K-12 educational market.

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Subject-based repository search tool now available - 01 May 2006

The PerX project has developed a pilot service which provides subject resource discovery across a variety of repositories of interest to the engineering learning and research communities. Funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), UK, the project is part of the Digital Repositories Programme, and is projected to help scope a possible future cross-search service.

This pilot will explore the practical issues encountered while considering the possibility of full scale subject resource discovery services. The repositories included in the pilot are relevant to engineering; however, the cross-searching methods and interface used, and the range of repository types included, are expected to be of interest to many as demonstrators of one method of resource discovery across multiple digital repositories.

Twenty-eight repositories are currently cross-searched by the pilot. Its basic search interface and advanced search interface enable cross-searching of the repositories, and allows filtering by resource type: articles, theses and dissertations, technical reports, books, learning and teaching resources, key websites, industry news and new job announcements. Overall, over 1.5 million resources are cross-searched by the pilot service.

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WK Health and Allscripts partner to provide improved clinical interactions at the point of care - 01 May 2006

Medical information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced an expanded partnership agreement with clinical software vendor Allscripts, US. Under the deal, Wolters Kluwer Health will integrate its industry-leading clinical content with Allscripts' access to the ambulatory physician market. This will help physicians to streamline their documentation process while enhancing the quality of patient care they provide.

The partnership is projected to provide physicians using Allscripts products access to pre-built templates for documenting patient care. This includes the latest scientific and clinical information on drug therapies, and evidence-based treatment guidelines to support clinical decisions.

This extended partnership follows a July 2004 strategic alliance between the two companies that gave physicians global access to the latest scientific and clinical information on new medical products and drug therapies.

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