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BioMed Central launches new journal on hematology and oncology - 30 May 2008

Open access publisher BioMed Central, US, has announced the launch of a new journal - Journal of Hematology & Oncology. Delong Liu of the New York Medical College will be the Editor-in-Chief of the journal. He will be supported by an expert editorial board that will help to provide high quality, rapid peer-review service.

Journal of Hematology & Oncology journal seeks to provide a forum for top-quality research in the fields of hematology and oncology. The journal aims not to specialise, rather to broaden and provide a platform for information exchange to share laboratory and clinical findings related to all areas of blood and cancer.

This journal allows authors to keep the copyright so they can freely use and disseminate their articles as they please. All articles published in the Journal of Hematology & Oncology are also archived in PubMed, PubMed Central, and other repositories.

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China receives first 'Thomson Reuters Research Fronts Award 2008' - 30 May 2008

The Scientific business of Thomson Reuters and the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) Research Front Analysis Center jointly presented China's scientific papers and their authors with the first 'Thomson Reuters Research Fronts Award 2008'. This accolade is awarded to prominent scientific papers and their corresponding authors in recognition of their outstanding pioneering research and influential contribution to international research and development (R&D). The event was attended by over 150 of the winners' industry peers from leading research institutions, universities and libraries.

The award is significant to China's science community as it accords global recognition to their collaborative research work undertaken across all disciplines and institutions and highlights their contribution to research that has made China one of the world's leading countries for the influence of its scientific papers. According to the citation analysis based on data from Scientific's Web of Science, China is ranked second in the world by number of scientific papers published in 2007. Web of Science provides seamless access to current and retrospective multidisciplinary information including the Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts & Humanities Citation Index which cover current and retrospective science, social sciences, and arts and humanities information from nearly 10,000 of the most prestigious, high impact research journals in the world.

The Awards event is part of a series of Asia Pacific Research Days hosted by the Scientific business of Thomson Reuters. Similar events have taken place most recently in Australia and previously in countries such as South Korea, Japan and India.

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Dear Subscribers - 30 May 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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Ingram Digital offers publishers a transition to Ingram Search and Discover platform - 30 May 2008

Digital content services provider Ingram Digital Group, US, has announced an agreement with software vendor Microsoft Corp., US, to offer publishers a transition option from Live Search Books to the Ingram Search and Discover platform. Microsoft recently announced plans to shut down the Live Search Books and Live Search Academic projects.

Ingram is offering to transition all participating Microsoft Live Search Books publishers at no cost, enabling publishers to continue making their content searchable and available to readers. For those publishers who choose, Ingram will archive their Live Search Book files following the closing of Live Search Books, giving them time and options to use those files for future discovery, print-on-demand and e-book distribution.

During a partnership last year, the Ingram and Microsoft Live Search teams built a content ingestion and digitisation centre capable of processing hundreds of thousands of books each year into digital forms. These can be utilised for a variety of search and discovery, print-on-demand and e-book formats. Additionally, Ingram is offering publishers the opportunity to make the content available in Lightning Source print-on-demand programmes and Ingram Digital e-book programmes.

The Ingram Search and Discover platform is projected to enable booksellers to transform the online book browsing experience into a richer one. It seeks to offer book buyers the ability to see a book before they purchase and to look inside the book as if they were browsing in their local bookstore. In addition, the Ingram Search and Discover platform allows potential customers to find books that meet their needs by making publisher content crawlable by Microsoft Live Search, Google and other popular search engines.

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Portico, Equinox Publishing sign digital preservation deal - 30 May 2008

Non-profit electronic archiving service provider Portico, US, has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Equinox Publishing to preserve its entire digital journals collection of 28 titles. Equinox Publishing publishes books and journals on a variety of subjects for an academic audience.

Through this agreement with Portico, Equinox Publishing seeks to ensure that its digital journal collection will be preserved and available for future scholars, researchers and students. The Press has also agreed to make an annual financial contribution to Portico.

With this inclusion, over 7,550 titles have now been entrusted to the Portico archive.

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Reed Elsevier to eliminate 68 IT jobs in Dayton - 30 May 2008

Publisher Reed Elsevier, Netherlands, is reportedly drawing up plans to cut down more jobs as it moves work overseas. According to an internal memo recently sent to employees, 68 Elsevier Dayton IT jobs will be eliminated by the end of the year. The job cuts are in addition to those already disclosed by the company.

In February 2008, Reed Elsevier was reported to have planned 1,000 job cuts as part of its cost-cutting programme. The cost-cut plans envisioned the centralisation of functions such as human resources, procurement and IT across the group. According to media reports, the job cuts were expected to help Reed Elsevier shed as much as £100 million from its annual costs bill.

Elsevier Dayton IT employees design, develop and support Elsevier's flagship science and technology electronic products, such as ScienceDirect. The company employs 13,000 people worldwide and 3,000 in the Dayton area. According to an Elsevier spokesperson, the company cannot rule out future cuts in the Dayton area, but at this time has no more announcements.

Elsevier has been looking at outsourcing local jobs since last fall. According to a company statement, LexisNexis has plans to outsource about 290 company-wide positions this year and in early 2009, with 215 of the positions based in the Dayton area. LexisNexis announced last November that these cuts were coming as the company reorganises to expand its global reach.

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Serials Solutions announces SUSHI support through the 360 Counter e-resource assessment service - 30 May 2008

Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest, US, has successfully tested and deployed the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI), with its 360 Counter e-resource assessment service. Support for SUSHI in 360 Counter will allow librarians to bypass time-consuming, manual data aggregation of usage statistics and to quickly analyse a title's usage and its cost per-use.

The SUSHI protocol was developed to allow librarians to evade the process of downloading, aggregating, and formatting COUNTER-compliant usage reports from vendor websites. SUSHI enables Serials Solutions to retrieve COUNTER reports directly from vendors and upload them to 360 Counter. SUSHI-enhanced 360 Counter means that the customer may go straight to usage analysis and bypass the manual labour.

From 2009 it is planned that SUSHI implementation will be a requirement for vendors to be compliant with Release 3 of the COUNTER Code of Practice. Serials Solutions has completed this development now to make sure its customers can utilise SUSHI immediately as publishers implement the standard. The SUSHI protocol support service is a free opt-in upgrade for all 360 Counter subscribers.

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TechInsights launches three new DesignLine resource sites - 30 May 2008

Business and technical information provider TechInsights, a division of United Business Media, has announced the formal launch of three DesignLines to directly support European designers working in the power management, industrial control and automotive application spaces. DesignLines, part of the TechOnline family of products, provide online support environments for engineers and engineering managers with detailed technical information to improve their designs and develop their expertise in specific application or technology areas.

Editors have been named for each of the three new sites. Industrial DesignLine Europe will be managed by Dipl-Ing Wolfgang Patelay. Vanessa Knivett will manage Analog DesignLine Europe, and Paul Buckley will be editor of Power Management DesignLine Europe. The European DesignLines are accessible from http://www.eetimes.eu. Each of these DesignLines sites will deliver how-to design articles, new product information, blogs, forums, technical papers, and new content on a variety of engineering topics relevant to the application of the technology space it covers.

DesignLines have proven to be a valuable source of current, objective information for the Creators of Technology. Monthly traffic to the combined US sites is well over one million page views per month and growing. It is expected that traffic to the new European sites will ramp up quickly. In addition, three more European DesignLines, including an automotive site, will launch late in the summer.

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Allen Press and Odyssey Press join forces to offer end-to-end publishing services - 29 May 2008

Publishing services provider Allen Press, Inc., US, and Odyssey Press, Inc. have announced that they are integrating operations of the two organisations. The initiative seeks to provide competitive end-to-end publishing services to scholarly journal publishers looking for a single source for content management, digital and offset print, online publishing, association management, and publishing services.

With this integration, both companies hope to maximize their operational efficiency and publishing capability. Odyssey Press will provide digital short-run book and journal production for Allen Press accounts as well as article reprints and author billing services via the EzReprint and EzBilling online e-commerce order management and billing systems. Allen Press in turn will provide offset print production for Odyssey Press customers that require longer print runs. Additionally, Odyssey Press customers will be able to take advantage of the composition, peer review, online publishing, association management, editorial, and publishing services offered at the Lawrence, KS, facility. Although the companies will remain separate entities, Allen Press has made a capital investment in Odyssey Press that will further increase the continued investment in emerging technologies.

Organisations can contact Odyssey Press or Allen Press and access the full spectrum of publishing services offered by both companies. This allows publishers to enjoy the benefits of a single point of contact for all of their journal production needs.

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American Book Company joins NSTA's sciLINKS programme - 29 May 2008

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) has announced that the American Book Company (ABC) has become the latest publisher to join NSTA's sciLINKS programme. NSTA is a professional organisation promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning.

ABC will link the pages of 10 of its science textbooks to NSTA-approved websites that contain grade-appropriate activities and lessons. With 13 publishers now on board and the number of sciLINKed textbooks in the hundreds, quality Internet resources are expected to become more accessible than ever to students and science teachers in the US and elsewhere. The latest NSTA-ABC partnership is expected to provide an even greater number of science teachers and students with direct access to online materials they can use to learn and explore science.

Launched in 1999, sciLINKS connects the content of science textbooks to NSTA-approved websites to enrich student learning both inside and outside the science classroom. NSTA places sciLINKS icons and codes in textbook margins at key subject areas. By accessing the sciLINKS web site and entering the code, students and teachers are guided to professionally selected web sites that support the particular science subject introduced in the text.

The NSTA sciLINKS programme is seen to offer a unique learning experience, reaching thousands of students and teachers around the country through its current partnership with various publishers. To date, more than 720,000 students and 178,000 teachers are registered to use the programme. On average, 90,000 people visit the sciLINKS web site each month, accession tens of thousands of selected and reviewed web pages.

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Dear Subscribers - 29 May 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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Design Science announces MathFlow partner programme - 29 May 2008

Design Science, Inc., US, makers of the MathFlow line of MathML editing and composition tools for XML publishing, has announced the launch of the MathFlow Partner Program for systems integrators, consultants and VARs. The programme is designed for consulting and sales organisations that have clients with mathematical content that are implementing XML publishing systems.

Technology based organisations in areas such as engineering, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, government, and publishing, all have mathematical notation in their content. MathFlow is already in use at Airbus, American Chemical Society, American Institute of Physics, Bechtel Bettis, Boeing, Houghton Mifflin, LexisNexis, MathWorks, McGraw-Hill, Northrop Grumman, Schlumberger, and by many other industry leaders.

Design Science also developed MathType and the Equation Editor built into Microsoft Office. These products are used by millions of people worldwide, and most of the mathematics in content today is created using these products. As of the programme's launch, Index IT, Oberon Technologies, Ovidius, Portalyx, TerraSoft, TerraXML, and xEdge Consultancy have signed on as authorised MathFlow partners. More partners will be announced in the coming weeks.

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informa launches book on image guided radiation therapy for prostate cancer - 29 May 2008

Medical scientific publisher informa Healthcare, UK, a division of Informa plc, has announced the launch of a new book titled Image-Guided Radiation Therapy of Prostate Cancer. The book is claimed to be the first of its kind to provide information on recommended RT doses, fractionation schedules, target volume delineation and IGRT (Image Guided Radiation Therapy) procedures and policies - all in a single resource.

To date, the specific causes of prostate cancer remain unknown. Prostate cancer is most common among men and is the second leading cause of cancer death in the US. Surgery and radiation therapy are the two most common of the treatment options available. Edited by Dr. Richard Valicenti, Dr. Adam Dicker and Dr. David Jaffray, authorities in the field of IGRT research, the book provides disease stage-specific IGRT guidelines and step-by-step description of current techniques. It provides information of critical importance to radiation oncologists, radiologists, urologists and other professionals working in the field.

informa Healthcare delivers authoritative research and analysis, up-to-the-minute news, comment and debate for all sectors of the healthcare and life sciences communities. The company seeks to serve the commercial needs of business leaders, the research needs of the scientific community and the 'good practice' needs of healthcare professionals around the world.

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OCLC Members Council elects new Board members, approves new governance structure - 29 May 2008

Global library cooperative Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), US, has adopted a new governance structure designed to extend participation in the cooperative to an increasing number of libraries and cultural heritage institutions around the world. On May 20, the OCLC Members Council approved changes to the Articles of Incorporation and Code of Regulations that had been recommended by the Board of Trustees. The changes will transform the current Members Council into a Global Council that connects with Regional Councils worldwide.

Members Council also elected two delegates - Tony Ferguson, University Librarian, University of Hong Kong Libraries, and Sandy Yee, Dean of Libraries, Wayne State University, to six-year terms on the OCLC Board of Trustees. The new Global Council will replace the Members Council in a transition that is expected to take 12-18 months and will be coordinated between representatives of the 2008-2009 Members Council and the Board of Trustees.

Members Council passed a resolution recommending that Council, as a body, vote on the new recommended structure; that the Regional Councils should be set up based on agreed upon principles, and that they are funded properly. The resolution also stated that a methodology should be designed for broad representation of all types and sizes of institutions represented on Regional Councils.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Ms. Yee, outgoing OCLC Members Council President, handed the gavel to incoming Members Council President Loretta Parham, Library Director/CEO, The Atlanta University Center. The Council also elected Jan Ison, Executive Director, Lincoln Trail Libraries System as Vice President/President Elect for 2008/2009.

The OCLC governance structure was established in 1977 and was last reviewed and revised in 2000. That process led to changes such as adding more delegates from outside the United States. During that process, it was recommended that OCLC review its governance structure within a 10-year period.

The new governance structure comprises: Members, Regional Councils, Global Council and Board of Trustees. OCLC Members are those entities that meet a minimum threshold of engagement with OCLC as defined in the Membership and Governance Protocols. The purpose of the Regional Councils is to strengthen the cooperative throughout the world and make it easier to participate in its governance. Members will convene at one or more Regional Council meetings on a regular basis to keep current on issues of vital and immediate interest to the OCLC cooperative. The Global Council will be comprised of member delegates elected by the Regional Councils. The Global Council's principal responsibilities are to elect six members of the Board of Trustees and ratify amendments to the articles of incorporation and code of regulations of OCLC.

Under the new structure, the Board will normally have 15 trustees elected to a four-year term, but can vary in size from 13 to 17 trustees from time to time as determined by the trustees. The Global Council will elect six trustees, and the Board will elect the remaining trustees. The President and CEO will continue to hold a voting seat on the Board. The Board of Trustees performs all of the traditional fiduciary and constituency duties related to such governing bodies.

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Really Strategies and Inera, Inc. announce technology partnership - 29 May 2008

Content provider Really Strategies, Inc., US, and editorial and XML production software provider Inera, Inc., US, have announced a technology partnership that benefits publishers working with XML. RSuite, a browser-based content management system (CMS) from Really Strategies and eXtyles, an integrated suite of editorial and XML tools for Microsoft Word, together offer content management along with MS Word-based content editing and XML creation.

RSuite claims to be the industry's only award-winning CMS built on top of a native XML repository. In addition to managing XML, RSuite also manages non-XML content, including PDF, InDesign, jpg, Word, and audio files. Besides the core CMS features and functionality, RSuite also offers many unique features, including drag-and-drop workflow administration tools, automated action handlers, customisable user interface, and metadata management at the element level.

eXtyles is a suite of tools for Microsoft Word that automates error-prone and time-consuming editorial tasks. It automates many of the time-consuming tasks faced by editors, allowing them to focus on content and work more efficiently. Integrating eXtyles into the RSuite CMS offers publishers the efficiency tools they need in the safe and managed environment of an XML repository.

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The Scientific Business of Thomson Reuters adds 700 regional journals to Web of Science - 29 May 2008

The Scientific business of Thomson Reuters has announced that 700 new regional journals have been added to Web of Science. The newly identified collection contains journals that typically target a regional rather than international audience by approaching subjects from a local perspective or focusing on particular topics of regional interest.

For more than two years, Thomson Reuters has reviewed thousands of regional journals in all areas of science, social science and arts and humanities. Although selection criteria for a regional journal are fundamentally the same as for an international journal, the importance of the regional journal is measured in terms of the specificity of its content rather than in its citation impact.

The added journals cover subject areas such as Arts and Humanities, Agriculture Biology & Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Computing & Technology, Life Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, and Earth Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Science. All journals added to the Web of Science go through a rigorous selection process. To meet stringent criteria for selection, regional journals must be published on time, have English-language bibliographic information (title, abstract, keywords), and cited references must be in the Roman alphabet.

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ASCP releases 'Pharmacy Policy and Procedure Manual for Assisted Living' - 28 May 2008

The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) has released the ASCP Pharmacy Policy and Procedure Manual for Assisted Living. The announcement was made during the Opening General Session at Geriatrics '08, ASCP's 30th midyear conference and exhibition.

The new manual is projected as a clear and concise guide on all aspects of pharmacy services that are essential to ensuring quality of care. The product includes a fully searchable CD with modifiable policies and procedures to meet the specific needs of individual assisted living communities and state laws and regulations.

The manual delineates functions and responsibilities of individuals involved with the medication use process including: medication ordering, receipt and delivery; medication administration; and medication packaging, storage and disposal. It is designed to help pharmacists and assisted living staff safely and effectively meet the medication management challenges and varying needs of assisted living residents; from those who manage their own medications but need some assistance with administration, to those who are completely dependent on staff to provide, manage and administer medications.

The ASCP manual may be ordered from MED-PASS. Customisation, fulfillment services and volume discounts are available.

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British Library to make 1,500 more journals available for immediate download - 28 May 2008

The British Library has announced that it is making 1,500 journals available for immediate download at http://direct.bl.uk. The move is in response to customers' growing need for instant digital access to research material.

A huge variety of titles will be added on June 1, 2008, ranging from science, medicine and technology through to politics, history, anthropology and literature. In recent years the British Library's collection of electronically stored content has grown steadily. The imminent addition of over 1,500 titles from such publishers as John Wiley & Sons, Taylor & Francis Group and Future Science Group will bring the total to over 7,000.

The British Library is known for delivering both popular and hard-to-find research materials for over 40 years, and is one of the world's leading document suppliers. The ingest and storage of content from major publishers in electronic form is a relatively recent development that enables customers to download articles immediately as DRM-enabled Adobe PDF files from the Library's secure servers. Beginning June 1, 2008, over one in three documents from the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents (ETOC) database will be delivered immediately.

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Dear Subscribers - 28 May 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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LabX names Mario Di Ubaldi as publisher for Lab Manager magazine - 28 May 2008

LabX, the highly specialised business-to-business marketplace where scientific equipment and supplies can be bought and sold, has appointed Mario Di Ubaldi Publisher of LabX and Lab Manager magazine.

With more than 20 years of publishing experience, Mario was most recently the Group Publisher of Advantage Business Media - Science Group, responsible for adverting sales and product development. In his new position Mario will help LabX capitalise on new and existing market opportunities. His responsibilities include heading up ad sales and product development, and spearheading marketing and strategic development activities.

LabX has evolved as a highly specialised B2B marketplace where scientific equipment and supplies can be bought and sold. It recently acquired the print and digital publication, Lab Manager (http://www.labmanager.com).

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Maney Publishing signs up Accucoms for North America sales representation deal - 28 May 2008

Accucoms, a Netherlands-based provider of sales and marketing services to scholarly and society publishers, has announced that it has been selected by academic publisher Maney Publishing, UK, to deliver sales representation services in North America. The exclusive deal will see Accucoms selling electronic journal collections to library customers in the US and Canada and will take immediate effect.

Maney Publishing has a collection of nearly 80 journals in materials science, humanities, and healthcare and is committed to publishing high quality journals in print and electronic formats that are international in scope and peer-reviewed. All the journals are available online and form the MORE (Maney Online Research E-Journal) collections; Healthcare and Biomedicine, History and Humanities, and Materials Science and Engineering, and the specialist sub-sets Archaeology and Heritage and Language and Literature.

Accucoms offers publishers worldwide a sales representation service that includes face-to-face selling, account management, representation at library events, telesales and local language marketing activities.

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New scientific director for CIHR's Institute of Cancer Research - 28 May 2008

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), along with CIHR's Governing Council, has announced the appointment of Dr. Morag Park as incoming Scientific Director of CIHR's Institute of Cancer Research. This appointment is effective August 1, 2008.

Dr. Park is a James McGill Professor in the Departments of Oncology, Biochemistry and Medicine at McGill University where she serves as director of the Molecular Oncology Group at the McGill University Health Centre. She is also a member of the Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec, Réseau Cancer.

The CIHR is the Government of Canada's agency for health research. It seeks to create new scientific knowledge and to catalyse its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 11,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

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Next-Generation Melvyl search engine to aid library research - 28 May 2008

Students of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) will now have access to a world of knowledge with the launch of the Next-Generation Melvyl search engine. Designed to replace the current Melvyl library search software, Next-Generation Melvyl will be capable of searching all University of California libraries and UC books digitised by Google. In addition, the search engine will grant UC students and affiliates consolidated access to the WorldCat global catalogue. The WorldCat global catalogue is an online computer library center which contains library records from around the world.

The Next-Generation Melvyl seeks to improve search capabilities by providing a more interactive platform for users. Though the search engine is still in its beta phase, it will eventually be a compendium of resources from all 10 UC campus libraries and will serve as an electronic entry into library catalogues throughout the world.

The UC library system will bring this new version into mainstream usage for the next six months, at which point a decision will be made whether or not to proceed with the programme.

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TechTarget launches 50th website - SearchSMBStorage.com - 28 May 2008

IT media company TechTarget, US, recently announced the launch of its 50th website - SearchSMBStorage.com. The new site seeks to provide IT professionals at small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) with a comprehensive information resource for cost-saving strategies and best practices on all aspects of storage. This includes new solutions and techniques such as iSCSI SANs; "all-in-one" storage systems; online backup and disaster recovery services; NAS systems; and Wizard-driven configuration and management.

The new site features news and independent analysis, a library of essential tips, informative tutorials, and white papers, all created to provide IT professionals at SMBs with information resources that deliver strategic and tactical insights to support storage technology acquisition decisions.

SearchSMBStorage.com extends TechTarget's portfolio of targeted IT resource offerings and further strengthens its position as a leading independent source of IT information.

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Thieme releases new reference tool for early detection of breast cancer - 28 May 2008

Thieme Publishers, part of STM publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, recently announced the release of a new book - Crushed Stone-like Calcifications: the Most Frequent Malignant Type - by Dr. Laszlo Tabar, Dr. Peter B. Dean and Dr. Tibor Tot. The book is the latest edition to the recently launched Breast Cancer: Early Detection with Mammography series.

Dr. Tabar and Dr. Dean, internationally renowned breast cancer imagers, along with Dr. Tot, a distinguished pathologist, use their expertise to help readers uncover breast cancer at the earliest possible stage by focusing on the most frequently occurring malignant type of calcifications. The book comprises concise descriptions of mammographic and MRI findings and is projected as one of the most reliable guides for accurate diagnosis and differential diagnosis. It contains more than 800 clear images and includes unambiguous discussions of terminology based on thorough analysis. 3-D histologic features, along with enclosed viewing glasses, assist readers in recognising specially marked images in their true three-dimensional form.

This book is ideal for breast imagers and breast pathologists, as well as surgeons and oncologists who specialise in breast diseases. The resource is adept for use when interpreting mammograms in a clinical setting and is the perfect assistant for radiologists who desire to harness the power of mammography to detect breast cancer at the earliest possible stage.

The Breast Cancer: Early Detection with Mammography series describes in great detail the many subtypes of breast cancer in an effort to improve diagnosis and treatment. Other volumes in the series cover areas such as crushed stone- like and powdery calcifications and spiculated lesions as well as architectural distortion.

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Dear Subscribers - 27 May 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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MC Strategies launches new online Emergency Nursing Triage course - 27 May 2008

E-learning solutions provider MC Strategies, Inc., US, part of Elsevier Health Sciences, has announced the launch of a new online Emergency Nursing Triage course. Edited by Jeff Solheim, an expert in emergency nursing triage, the ENA: Emergency Nursing Triage online course was developed in collaboration with the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). It is targeted at emergency nurses new to triage, as well as those with experience, for orientation and continuing education. Additionally, nurses will have the opportunity to earn up to 17.4 continuing nursing education contact hours through Mosby's Office of Nursing Continuing Education.

Triage is a process of prioritising patients based on the severity of their condition so as to treat as many as possible when resources are insufficient for all to be treated immediately. While the ENA supports a 5-level triage system, this course is meant to be used by any organisation no matter which triage system is in place.

The Emergency Nursing Triage course consists of 18 online lessons that cover basic triage concepts, special situations, and chief complaints. Each lesson is rich in multimedia elements, such as slide shows, flashcards, and audio elements. The course also includes such interactive learning activities as line matching, true/false, and case studies with multiple choice questions to help learners engage with the content while testing their knowledge. As an added bonus, the course includes access to the Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Toolkit, which focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to successfully implement alcohol SBIRT in the emergency setting.

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Microsoft to terminate Live Search Books and Live Search Academic projects - 27 May 2008

Software vendor Microsoft Corp., US, is reportedly shutting down the Live Search Books and Live Search Academic projects. Microsoft will however preserve the Live Search Books and Live Search Academics databases and these will appear in the regular Live web search results. The databases will remain as it is without any further updates, as the company is also winding down its 'digitisation initiatives' that include the library scanning and the in-copyright book programmes.

Microsoft is reaching out to participating publishers and libraries to build on the platform with Kirtas, the Internet Archive, CCS, and other partners. It wants the participating organisations to create and maintain digital archives available to library users and search engines. In partnership with Ingram Digital Group, it is reaching out to participating publishers with information about new marketing and sales opportunities designed to help them derive ongoing benefits from their participation in the Live Search Books Publisher Program. Furthermore, MSN is also providing the publishers with digital copies of their scanned books.

Microsoft has revoked contractual restrictions placed on the digitised library content, thus making it available to its digitiation partners and libraries that can further continue the digitisation programmes.

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New beta version of the ranking Web of World Repositories now available - 27 May 2008

Webometrics has announced an updated new beta version of the ranking of world repositories. In the latest ranking, the top five repositories in descending order are arXiv, SSRN, RePEc, E-LIS, and Citeseer.

New repositories have been added, like PubMedCentral that was inadvertently missed from the previous edition. Other repositories not focused on research papers have been excluded. Rich files ranking now includes only Adobe Acrobat pdf files, as the numbers involved for other formats are very low for ranking purposes. For the same reason, only data extracted from Google and Yahoo are considered for this indicator.

In addition, Scholar ranking is build now on the mean between the total number of items and those published between 2001 and 2008. This is to increase the weight of the "fresh papers" deposited.

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New journal focusing on problems in treating heart failure launched - 27 May 2008

The American Heart Association has announced the publication of the inaugural issue of Circulation: Heart Failure. The title is the second of a planned extension of the association's weekly journal, Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. Under the extension plan, six new journals dedicated to presenting the most important papers in key subspecialty areas of cardiology will be released.

Findings about how the day of admission influences the length of a patient's hospitalisation for heart failure, and questions about the effectiveness of two drugs to treat heart failure patients are featured in the inaugural issue. Scientific articles charting advances and challenges in diagnosing and treating heart failure - a growing disease problem that afflicts 5.3 million Americans - are also featured.

An ongoing series planned in the new journal will include 'Development of Therapeutics in Heart Failure,' 'Advances in Heart Failure,' 'Controversies in Heart Failure,' and 'Challenges to the Basis of Practice.' Another series, 'Cases and Images in Heart Failure' will highlight real-life scenarios that call for clinical thinking beyond guidelines, and is intended to be highly interactive with readers working alongside experts to propose solutions to complex issues.

Each bimonthly issue of Circulation: Heart Failure and the other new journals will be available in both print and online formats. The journal website, http://circheartfailure.ahajournals.org, will also present "Publish Ahead of Print" articles and other online features. The journal Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology debuted in April and four other publications will be launched later this year. Full issues of the specialty journals will be published every other month, and papers from each issue will be published online -ahead of print - as they become available.

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Quadrant HealthCom names Ron Gordon as Account Manager Clinician Reviews - 27 May 2008

Healthcare publisher Quadrant HealthCom Inc., US, has announced that Ron Gordon has joined Clinician Reviews as Account Manager. Clinician Reviews is a peer-reviewed journal for nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

In his new position, Gordon will be developing custom programmes in the dynamic nurse practitioner and physician assistant marketplace. Also, he will be selling advertising and custom programmes for Quadrant's latest publication, Convenient Care, the official peer-reviewed journal of the Convenient Care Association. Set to launch mid-year, Convenient Care will be included in Clinician Reviews. The journal will offer dedicated editorial content addressing the unique and rapidly expanding retail/convenient care clinic environments.

Founded in 1996, Quadrant HealthCom Inc. (QHI) is a leading publisher of clinical and non-clinical information for healthcare professionals. It publishes ten medical journals reaching more than half a million prescribers every month in the primary care, neurology, psychiatry, urgent care, emergency medicine, women's health, pulmonary, dermatology, orthopedics, nurse practitioner/physician assistant and federal markets. The company also develops specialised communications projects, including interactive multimedia, meetings development and management services, custom-sponsored programmes, special journal editions.

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Scientists announce top 10 new species, issue SOS - 27 May 2008

The International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University and an international committee of taxonomists have announced the top 10 new species described in 2007. On the list are an ornate sleeper ray, Electrolux; a 75-million-year-old giant duck-billed dinosaur; a shocking pink millipede; a rare, off-the-shelf frog; one of the most venomous snakes in the world; a fruit bat; a mushroom; a jellyfish named after its victim; a life-imitates-art "Dim" rhinoceros beetle; and the "Michelin Man" plant.

The taxonomists are also issuing a State of Observed Species (SOS) report card on human knowledge of Earth's species. In it, they report that 16,969 species new to science were discovered and described in 2006. The SOS report was compiled by ASU's International Institute for Species Exploration in partnership with the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature, the International Plant Names Index, and Thompson Scientific, publisher of Zoological Record.

The majority of the 16,969 species described in 2006 were invertebrate animals and vascular plants, which according to the SOS report is consistent with recent years. There are about 1.8 million species that have been described since Linnaeus initiated the modern systems for naming plants and animals in the 18th century. Scientists estimate there are between 2 million and 100 million species on Earth, though most set the number closer to 10 million.

The State of Observed Species report will be issued annually by ASU's International Institute for Species Exploration, along with the top 10 new species from the previous year. The International Institute for Species Exploration was created to advance the emerging field of cybertaxonomy in partnership with leading natural history collections, engineer new cyber tools, and educate and inspire the next generation of species explorers.

An international committee of experts, chaired by Janine Caira of the University of Connecticut, selected the top 10 new species for this year's list. Nominations were invited through the species.asu.edu website and generated by institute staff and committee members themselves.

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The Charlesworth Group gains ISO14001 environmental standard - 27 May 2008

Publishing solutions provider The Charlesworth Group, UK, has announced formal accreditation to the ISO 14001 environmental standard. Environmental issues have been at the top of Charlesworth's agenda for many years. During the last two years, the company has made significant investment in new plant and equipment at the Group's manufacturing headquarters, ensuring their environmental best practice objectives continue to be met long-term.

Charlesworth's green offerings provide litho printing with vegetable-based inks on recycled and FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) certified papers as standard, with the option of recyclable laminate. Additionally, greatly expanded digital print facilities provide print buyers with the opportunity to reduce waste through Print on Demand. The company offers a competitive package for book and journal publishers, particularly those looking for 'greener' production of their titles.

The Charlesworth Group offers comprehensive typesetting, print and binding solutions to a diverse range of clients from world leading publishers and learned societies to commercial and not-for-profit organisations. The company's facility in China was originally formed to provide services which would complement those offered through Charlesworth in the UK. It currently offers a wide range of services tailored to meet the specific needs of STM publishers.

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AHRQ releases brochure for patient education on Coumadin/warfarin therapy - 26 May 2008

The US Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a new publication, Your Guide to Coumadin/Warfarin Therapy. The publication is described as a 20-page, easy-to-read patient brochure explaining what patients should expect from, and watch out for, while undergoing Coumadin/warfarin therapy.

The brochure was developed through one of AHRQ's Partnership for Implementing Patient Safety grant projects at Kirkwood Community College. The purpose of PIPS grants is to assist consumers, clinicians and healthcare institutions in implementing safe practices that may eliminate or reduce medical errors, risks, hazards and harms associated with healthcare processes.

According to the latest data from AHRQ, more than 3.8 million Americans were taking Coumadin/warfarin at an estimated cost of nearly $963 million in 2005. Warfarin is a blood thinner that is used to help prevent blood clots that can cause a stroke, heart attack or other serious conditions. Clinicians sometimes prescribe it for other uses as well, and the booklet is intended to help patients who have been prescribed the drug to use it as safely as possible.

The AHRQ brochure, available online at http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/coumadin.htm, seeks to educate patients about their medication therapy and potentially dangerous side effects; explains how to communicate effectively with their healthcare providers; and provides tips for lifestyle modifications. It also provides information on remembering when to take the medicine and learning to stay safe while taking the medicine. Additionally, patients are instructed on maintaining a consistent diet and alerting healthcare providers to concurrent drugs and/or supplements patients are taking to avoid any potential adverse interactions.

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BioMed Central articles now indexed in Zetoc and SOCOLAR - 26 May 2008

Open access publisher BioMed Central, US, has announced that its articles are now indexed in both the Zetoc and SOCOLAR services.

Zetoc provides access to the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents for journals and conference proceedings. The service is free to use for members of JISC-sponsored UK higher and further education institutions and research councils. It provides access to the table of contents rather than the full text. However, once an article of interest has been found, the full record page provides links to help access the full text.

The SOCOLAR platform has been developed by China Educational Publications Import and Export Corp. (CEPIEC) as a not-for profit, public service platform. It provides a home for open access information worldwide, by collecting and aggregating open access journals and repositories into one freely available website.

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Dear Subscribers - 26 May 2008

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New England Journal of Medicine selects Atypon for new integrated content delivery platform - 26 May 2008

Information services provider Atypon Systems, Inc., US, has signed an agreement with the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS), to develop a new website for the delivery of the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal Watch professional newsletters.

Atypon's experience in providing leading scholarly publishers with sophisticated and flexible e-publishing solutions is expected to provide MMS with a highly customisable platform that will engage the user more effectively, provide enhanced reporting capabilities, and deliver increased value to readers of the New England Journal of Medicine.

With over 18,500 physicians and student members, the Massachusetts Medical Society is dedicated to educating and advocating for the patients and physicians of Massachusetts. The Society publishes the New England Journal of Medicine, one of the world's leading medical journals and websites and Journal Watch alerts and newsletters covering 12 specialties. The Society is also a leader in continuing medical education for health care professionals throughout Massachusetts, conducting a variety of medical education programmes for physicians and health care professionals.

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Scopus launches new user-friendly feature - Scopus Journal Analyzer - 26 May 2008

Abstracting and indexing database Scopus, part of STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of a new feature - Scopus Journal Analyzer. Available to all subscribers, the new feature enables researchers and librarians to easily evaluate and compare journals using article and citation data.

Researchers around the globe are in continuous need of journal comparisons while making important decisions such as whether or not to publish in a particular journal, which journals to track for research purposes, whether to review manuscripts or join editorial boards. The new Scopus Journal Analyzer can simplify this decision-making process, leaving more time for researchers to be productive with their own research.

The Scopus Journal Analyzer enables users to select and compare up to 10 journals simultaneously using three distinct graphical representations of their performance over time. The first displays the total number of citations the selected journals receive over the course of each year. The second shows the number of articles published by each journal over time. The third provides the number of citations received in that year, regardless of the publication date of the cited document, divided by the total number of documents published in that year.

Updated every two months, the Scopus Journal Analyzer will provide accurate, up-to-date journal overviews. This will help users to focus on the actual analysis and make clear, well-informed decisions.

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Stuart M. Shieber named director of OSC - 26 May 2008

Stuart M. Shieber, Harvard's James O. Welch Jr. and Virginia B. Welch Professor of Computer Science, will serve as director of the University's new Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC). The impetus for Shieber's appointment and the launch of OSC was the adoption by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University of a policy that granted the University the right to make FAS faculty members' scholarly articles freely available. Shieber authored the policy motion, which passed unanimously.

The Harvard University Library (HUL) created the OSC to enable individual faculty members to distribute their scholarly writings in keeping with the University's long-standing policy that 'when entering into agreements for the publication and distribution of copyrighted materials individuals will make arrangements that best serve the public interest.' The OSC, which will be under the oversight of a faculty advisory committee, will be responsible for executing the University's open-access policy. It will undertake many related activities, which could include the online distribution of Ph.D. dissertations and of gray literature (datasets, technical reports, and occasional lectures), support for open-access journal publishing, and sponsoring of conferences. The OSC will also coordinate other University-wide open-access initiatives. All the faculties of the University will be invited to join in a common effort to transmit scholarly articles to a central repository.

Shieber is the author, co-author, or editor of five books and numerous articles. Most recently, Shieber edited "The Turing Test" (MIT Press, 2004), which explores the philosophical basis for attributing intelligence to machines.

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The Company of Biologists announce completion of the online archive of Development - 26 May 2008

The Company of Biologists has announced the completion of the process of digital retro conversion of the archives of its journal - Development. The entire contents of the journal's predecessor, the Journal of Embryology and Experimental Morphology (JEEM), is now freely available online.

The complete archive of JEEM, from its first issue in 1953 through to the final one in 1986 can be accessed through Development's website at http://dev.biologists.org. It comprises over 40,000 pages of material, published over 33 years, and is now made available online for the first time. The archive is entirely free of charge for everyone irrespective of whether a personal or institutional subscription is held for Development's current content.

Development joins Journal of Cell Science (complete archive available from 1853) and The Journal of Experimental Biology (from 1923) in offering its community free and unrestricted online access to a wealth of significant material that was previously unavailable online.

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UK groups commission study on costs related to scholarly communications process - 26 May 2008

The Research Information Network has reportedly joined together with the Publishing Research Consortium, the Society of College, National and University Libraries, and Research Libraries UK for a new study titled 'Activities, costs and funding flows in the scholarly communications system in the UK'. The study has been commissioned to investigate the costs incurred by key agents in the various stages of the scholarly communications process. The global cost each year of undertaking and communicating the results of research reported in journal articles is estimated at £175 billion.

The report from the study enhances understanding of the scholarly communications process by identifying the cash and non-cash costs incurred by the key agents in the various stages of the process; analysing the sources, nature and scale of the funding and other resources provided to meet those costs; and developing and analysing the impact of possible changes.

The study covers all stages of the scholarly communications process - from the production of research outputs to the reading of those outputs. Detailed modelling focuses on the publication, distribution, and provision of access to articles in English-language scholarly journals. Such articles are considered the most important information outputs produced and read by researchers in most subject areas. They account for over half the acquisitions budgets of UK academic libraries.

Other forms of scholarly communications, including monographs and conference proceedings, have not been covered in this study.

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Baltic Journal of Management accepted into Thomson Reuters (ISI) citation index - 23 May 2008

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced that the Baltic Journal of Management (BJM) has been accepted into Thomson Reuters' Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE), one of the major indicators of quality academic research. This brings the total number of Emerald journals included in ISI to 38.

BJM, now in its third year, provides readers with a fresh look at emerging management practices and research in the countries of the Baltic region and beyond. It claims to be the only journal that actively encourages dialogue between Baltic management researchers and supports research from the region.

Coverage in Thomson Reuters' SCIE will begin with the first issue of 2008.

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Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research moves to BioMed Central - 23 May 2008

Open access publisher BioMed Central, US, has announced that the Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research (JECCR) has moved to BioMed Central's open access publishing platform. Overseen by Editor-in-Chief Mauro Castelli and supported by an international Editorial Board, the journal has joined BioMed Central in order to provide rapid dissemination of scientific results to the widest possible global audience.

The official journal of the "Regina Elena" National Cancer Institute, JECCR seeks to provide a forum for basic, clinical and translational work in oncology. The journal publishes scientific studies on the immunological, epidemiological, pathological, biological and clinical aspects of oncology. Topics considered range from molecular genetics via infectious agents to surgery and therapeutic approaches and outcomes.

JECCR is tracked/indexed by Thomson Reuters, Medline, Embase and CAS.

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British Medical Journal Group signs new agreements in Germany and New Zealand - 23 May 2008

Medical publisher The BMJ Group has signed a three year nationwide licensing agreement with the Bavarian State Library on behalf of the German research foundation, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). Under the deal, BMJ Journals' content will be made available to universities and other publicly financed research institutions across Germany.

The initiative will improve access to online medical resources for 124 universities, medical schools, research institutes and academic libraries throughout Germany. The BMJ Journals' content has been available in Germany since January 2008.

In a further development, The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) has purchased a customised online version of BMJ Learning. The deal provides over 3000 New Zealand GPs with access to online learning resources based on the best available peer reviewed evidence. The site will provide a wide range of learning resources that deal with everyday issues in primary care, general practice and hospital medicine, including interactive case histories to test consultation skills and up to date clinical information on common conditions.

BMJ Learning currently offers over 400 evidence-based learning modules with another 200 to be added in 2008. The site will be customised with the College adding New Zealand specific assessment and curriculum modules.

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Dear Subscribers - 23 May 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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SAGE brings out first full-colour textbook in Psychology - 23 May 2008

Academic publisher SAGE has announced the launch of its first full-colour textbook in Psychology - Brain & Behavior: An Introduction to Biological Psychology, Second Edition, by Bob Garrett.

The new text contains an eye-catching, four-colour interior design and extensive illustrative art programme. Priced at $84.95, Brain & Behavior claims to be the only available text focusing on the "big picture," providing a highly accessible introduction to the biology of behaviour, from emotions to perception to consciousness.

Garrett builds on the material presented throughout the text making a final and convincing case for the power of biological psychology to explain human behaviour. Professors have praised it for its highly readable - but thorough - content, stunning art work, and acceptable price. The ancillaries include an Instructor's Resource CD-ROM, a Student Study Guide, and a companion Website containing state-of-the-art animations.

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Texterity releases digital magazine reader survey results for 2008 - 23 May 2008

Digital publishing solutions provider Texterity, Inc., US, has released the results of its third annual BPA Worldwide-certified digital magazine reader survey. The survey, conducted with Mediamark Research & Intelligence (MRI), is projected as the most comprehensive profile of digital magazine reader preferences and demographic data to date.

The 2008 Digital Magazine Reader Survey, claimed to be the largest body of research available for understanding the profile and needs of the e-magazine reader, attracted participation from readers of over 161 publications representing 51 publishers. About 33,897 recipients completed the survey. According to the survey, digital magazine reader satisfaction rates remain high, with 89 percent of readers 'very satisfied' or 'satisfied' with their digital edition, an increase over the last two years. It also noted that digital magazine readers are highly engaged with the digital edition; 90 percent read the digital edition the same week. Over 61 percent of digital readers have read three or four of the last four issues, comparable to the rate for a typical print reader.

The top three reasons that digital subscribers cite for reading digital editions are, in order, environmental friendliness, ease of saving, and the ability to search issues. Over two-thirds of readers sited environmental friendliness ("green") as being "important" or "very important" to their decision to read digital magazines.

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Thomson Reuters announces new EndNote Web release - 23 May 2008

The Scientific business of Thomson Reuters (formerly Thomson Scientific) has announced a new EndNote Web release, an upgrade to the online bibliographic tool that complements and integrates seamlessly with EndNote desktop and the ISI Web of Knowledge research platform. EndNote Web now has a new look, introduces administrative tools to customise online search connection files, import filters and bibliographic styles for campus users, and more.

The new EndNote Web enables administrators to customise the selection of online search connections, import filters and bibliographic styles seen by their EndNote Web accounts. Administrators can also create institute-specific files in EndNote and upload them to EndNote Web for the benefit of users across campus. IT staff can now deploy the Internet Explorer and Cite While You Write toolbars for EndNote Web on campus computers easily with standard Windows MSI installers.

EndNote Web makes organising and citing references a simple task so users at any level can concentrate on their content. The new design, complementary to ISI Web of Knowledge, is the result of researching how users work with technology to deliver an effortless experience.

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VIF project brings out guidelines to handle version issues in repositories - 23 May 2008

The JISC funded Version Identification Framework (VIF) project has completed a framework of recommendations and solutions for all those with a role in repository use and implementation to address this problem.

A serious growing concern for digital repositories has been the issue of how to identify versions of open access (OA) works deposited in them. Draft versions, working papers, different formats, supporting material and so on are all accepted by repositories, but their version status is often poorly described and items are often not linked together appropriately. The latest framework promotes better practice for repository staff. It offers solutions that enable clearer understanding of version relationships as well as better version identification of digital objects, no matter how an end user accesses the object held in a repository.

Based on discussions with the software development community, the VIF project has identified five essential pieces of version information - defined dates, identifiers, version numbering, version labels or taxonomies and a text description. It recommends that such information be made transparent to the end users of repositories by embedding the information into objects themselves. Other recommendations include the need for repository managers and staff to think strategically about what their repository is for and what it will be required to do. It is also proposed that content creators use a numbering system that denotes their major revisions.

The framework is seen as an important step in ensuring that repository managers and staff, software developers and authors bear the needs of their users fully in mind in the development of repositories.

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Charlesworth Group collaborates with CrossRef to create reference DOI links - 22 May 2008

Publishing solutions provider The Charlesworth Group, UK recently joined as an affiliate member and allied vendor for CrossRef Publisher Services. The move is in response to publisher client requests to create reference DOI (digital object identifier) links in the XML Charlesworth production services and in order to produce hyperlink PDFs.

Charlesworth China production services utilises the CrossRef DOI search and resolution function to incorporate into their clients' XML files prior to delivery for online hosting. The DOI search is also used for automated validation of references against CrossRef data during the data capture and conversion process. This allows Charlesworth journal production services to be a one-stop-shop for journals to publish their content faster, more accurately, and with greater crosslinking. The DOI serves as a persistent, actionable identifier for intellectual property online.

CrossRef is the official DOI registration agency for scholarly and professional publications, including journals, books and other content types. It provides primary publishers with the organisational and technological backbone to facilitate linking by associating DOIs with publisher metadata. As a CrossRef affiliate, Charlesworth can create links to all CrossRef member publishers without signing bilateral linking agreements and without having to track publishers' individual linking schemes.

Since 2007, CrossRef has employed the Charlesworth China's global Rights & Licensing team to create and host a Chinese language web site (www.crossref.org.cn) as well as translate and print their promotional literature.

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Clinical Queries functionality integrated with CINAHL databases - 22 May 2008

Electronic research databases provider EBSCO has announced that the EBSCOhost versions of CINAHL, CINAHL Plus, CINAHL with Full Text and CINAHL Plus with Full Text now offer the ability to employ Clinical Queries as part of any search. The move is in response to customer feedback, and through collaboration with McMaster University.

Clinical Queries allow users to limit searches with specific search strategies, to aid in retrieving scientifically sound and clinically relevant study reports indexed in CINAHL databases. Searches can be refined using specific search strategies designed to produce results in five research areas - Therapy - High Sensitivity; Prognosis; Review; Qualitative; and Causation (Etiology).

As research may require different emphasis, three strategies are provided for each area. High Sensitivity is the broadest search, to include all relevant material. It may also include less relevant materials. High Specificity is the most targeted search to include only the most relevant result set - it may miss some relevant materials. Best Balance seeks to retrieve the best balance between Sensitivity and Specificity.

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Dear Subscribers - 22 May 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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Engineering Village adds Georef, integrates databases with Google Maps - 22 May 2008

Engineering Village, an Elsevier online search platform that provides database content and analysis for engineering researchers, has announced the addition of the American Geological Institute's GeoRef database to its content offerings. Additionally, the new GeoRef database and Engineering Village's existing GeoBase database have both been integrated with Google Maps to create an enhanced results mapping tool.

The additions are expected to optimise geosciences research by plotting geographic locations that are included in GeoRef and GeoBase search results on a digital map. This will show at-a-glance the areas of the world associated with a specific research topic. By providing a visualisation of results, Engineering Village seeks to provide users an alternate way to extract value from information.

GeoRef is seen to provide Engineering Village with a comprehensive, in-depth history of geology and its subfields, featuring over 2.9 million records of geosciences literature. Its coverage of North American geology dates to 1785 and that of international geology dates to 1933; referencing scholarly journals, books, maps, conference papers, reports and theses. GeoRef compliments GeoBase, a multidisciplinary database supplying bibliographic information and abstracts for the earth sciences, including human geography, physical geography, environmental science, geology and oceanography.

Using Google Maps, search results from these two databases can be easily navigated by zooming in, zooming out, moving around, or rolling over an icon. Users can thus find out which location it represents and how many records are associated with that location. Specifically, the mapping function is expected to enhance the users' search experience by giving a visualisation of the geographical features/locations most associated with research topics and where those features are located geographically; facilitating insight into the geographic context of increasingly important research topics, such as environmental trends; and displaying features or locations that researchers were not previously aware of or did not initially think to associate with their research topic.

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MyMedicalRecords.com now available as an integrated service to Google Health users - 22 May 2008

Web-based Personal Health Records (PHRs) provider MyMedicalRecords.com, Inc. (MMR), US, has announced that it is available to Google Health users as an integrated service. The announcement is in conjunction with the recent public launch of Google Health (www.google.com/health).

As an integrated service on the Google Health platform, MMR enables Google Health users to transfer information from their Google Health account into MyMedicalRecords.com and back and forth again. Also, it provides users with their own personal fax number where doctors can fax charts, test results, lab reports, and other medical records directly into their account.

Google Health users will also benefit from full access to and display of their actual medical records that are faxed or uploaded into their MMR account. MyMedicalRecords.com is claimed to be a highly secure, easy-to-use, comprehensive PHR that uses proprietary, patent-pending technology to give patients and healthcare providers the ability to upload images, such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs, fax medical records and other important documents, and to have doctors' notes dictated into their PHR account. The information is then accessible from any Internet-connected computer with no special hardware or software requirements.

A separate Emergency Login feature enables an emergency medical provider to have read-only access to potentially life-saving information pre-selected by the user in the event of a medical emergency. Using the MyMedicalRecords.com service, Google Health users can alert emergency room doctors who see their MyMedicalRecords.com wallet card to gain immediate on-line access to the medical records in their account. Additionally, MMR offers users complete privacy as records are faxed or uploaded directly into their own personal account, without anyone other than the user and his or her provider handling information in the MyMedicalRecords.com system. Users have complete control over how they manage their information and what Emergency information is seen without any third-party intervention.

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SAGE acquires two new medical journals - 22 May 2008

Academic publisher SAGE has announced its continued expansion in medical publishing with the acquisition of the British Journal of Diabetes & Vascular Disease and Journal of the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System.

Published six times per year, the British Journal of Diabetes & Vascular Disease (BJDVD) explores the relationship between diabetes and other metabolic diseases and vascular disease. In the last five years BJDVD has developed an international reputation for the publication of original pre-clinical and clinical research as well as high quality reviews. The first SAGE issue will be vol. 8 issue 3. The new journal website will be http://dvd.sagepub.com.

A quarterly publication, the Journal of the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System is the official journal of the Renin Academy. The journal seeks to highlight the importance of the Renin Angiotensin Aldosterone System (RAAS) in circulatory control and hypertension. The first SAGE issue will be vol. 9 issue 2. The new journal website will be http://jra.sagepub.com/.

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SPARC calls for proposals for presentations at the SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2008 - 22 May 2008

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), in partnership with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan/National Institute of Informatics, has announced the SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2008, to be held November 17-18, 2008 at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. This is the first North American SPARC digital repositories conference since the organisation's popular 2004 meeting, which drew hundreds of participants from around the globe and set the stage for some of the key developments of the past four years.

Coming on the heels of two new US developments - a recent vote by Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences enabling the university to offer access to their articles in an institutional repository and implementation of a new National Institutes of Health public access policy - as well as unprecedented advancement in the international sphere over the past year, the meeting will enable stakeholders to explore next steps for the burgeoning open archiving movement. Librarians, researchers, funders, administrators, government officials, publishers, and technologists from across the globe will share their experiences and best practices in building and supporting institutional and disciplinary digital repositories. The focus will be on effective engagement with scholars and scientists to expand the sharing of research outputs via open repositories.

The programme, developed by a diverse and expert programme committee, will delve into four key areas - The Policy Environment, New Horizons, Campus Publishing Strategies, and Value-Added Services. These tracks will be supplemented with an Innovation Fair, where new technologies, strategies, and approaches will be highlighted, and a Practicum on marketing and advocacy. The committee has called for proposals for presentations at the November meeting. All details on the programme are available at the conference website at http://www.arl.org/sparc/meetings/ir08/. The deadline for submissions is May 30, 2008.

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Thieme launches online tool to help instructors develop Anatomy teaching materials - 22 May 2008

Thieme Publishers, part of STM publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has announced the launch of the Thieme Teaching Assistant: Anatomy (www.thiemeteachingassistant.com), an interactive online presentation tool featuring over 2,000 illustrations from the new 'Atlas of Anatomy' by Anne M. Gilroy, Brian R. MacPherson, and Lawrence M. Ross. The new site supports anatomy instructors by giving them the ability to customise illustrations for multiple classroom purposes.

The presentation tool allows for the smooth incorporation of images into lectures and presentations. Instructors, who desire to focus on a specific topic within a particular image, have the option of turning the individual leader lines and labels on or off, to modify an illustration. Once customised, each image is easily exported as a PowerPoint slide, a PDF file or a stand alone JPEG file. Users can create unlimited personalised folders to save and store their edited images. These high-quality anatomy illustrations create effective handouts, study-aids as well as visually dynamic lectures.

The Thieme Teaching Assistant: Anatomy is projected as an innovative platform that allows users to search for anatomical structures and browse chapters modeled after the book, Atlas of Anatomy. A handy zoom feature allows users to see an exquisite level of detail in each image. A free demo section lets visitors sample the platform's features. This advanced, web-based tool provides every instructor with the opportunity to enhance the learning experiences of their students by incorporating illustrations into lectures and course materials to present complex concepts with unprecedented clarity.

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Thomson Reuters, Phase2 Technology partner to deliver Calais modules for the Drupal publishing platform - 22 May 2008

Thomson Reuters, a US-based provider of information for businesses and professionals, and web software solutions provider Phase2 Technology, US, have debuted three Calais modules for integration with Drupal. Drupal is an open source content management platform that supports a variety of websites ranging from blogs and online publishers to large interactive communities. Calais is Thomson Reuters' Semantic Web Service that enables publishers to automatically metatag the people, places, facts and events in their content to increase its search accessibility on the web.

The Calais modules for Drupal are feature-rich, highly intuitive and designed to make it easy for Drupal users to automatically metatag their content. This is expected to generate rich semantic metadata that can be shared via a simple key, and integrated into the larger content universe.

The modules use the power of Calais to suggest terms for association within a piece of content. They also enable Drupal users to integrate their own publisher- and user-generated metadata as they go forward, to customise their installation. The Calais modules for Drupal are currently available at http://drupal.org/project/opencalais.

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ARL Preservation Statistics 2005-06 published - 21 May 2008

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Preservation Statistics 2005-06, a compilation of data on the levels of preservation efforts in ARL member libraries throughout North America. Highlights from the report suggest that preservation expenditures are in a steady state. In 2004-05, 107 ARL libraries reported expenditures of $99,931,352. In 2005-06, 111 ARL libraries reported $8 million more spent, an 8 percent increase from the previous year.

The total number of preservation staff rose to just under 1,800 FTE, 5.4 percent more than in 2004-05. Since 1989-90, ARL libraries have reported more than 1,700 FTE devoted to preservation in every year but one. The number of volumes microfilmed, which spiked up over 200,000 in 2003-04 as a result of large projects at individual libraries, decreased, for the second year in a row, in 2005-06 to 154,857.

In addition, this publication provides more detailed information about preservation expenditures (including external funds), conservation treatment and preservation reformatting, administration of preservation programmes, and staffing patterns. More information about the ARL Preservation Statistics is available at http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/pres/.

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Dear Subscribers - 21 May 2008

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Emerald to launch Emerald Backfiles at the 9th Southern African Online Information Meeting - 21 May 2008

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced the African launch of Emerald Backfiles at the Southern African Online Information Meeting, to be held at the CSIR Conference Centre in Pretoria, South Africa, from June 3-5, 2008.

Emerald will release the digitisation of the full archive of its journal titles in business, management, library and information services, materials science, and engineering. Working with the British Library, more than 60,000 articles, some going back to the 1800s, are now in PDF format and available electronically for the first time.

Visitors are invited to celebrate the launch of Emerald Backfiles on June 5th at Stand 2. Emerald Backfiles offer a useful historical perspective on the evolution of management theory over the past decades, which continues to inform today's research. Company representatives, Peter Shelley and Katy Oddy, will demonstrate Emerald Backfiles during the event. Also, visitors will have the opportunity to discuss how this digitalised full archive of Emerald journals can benefit institutions.

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Harrison's Practice now available in Lexi-Comp ONLINE - 21 May 2008

Medical information and clinical content solutions provider Lexi-Comp, Inc., US, now offers Harrison's Practice, a point-of-care diagnostic and patient management tool addressing common diseases and conditions. Developed by McGraw-Hill Professional, Harrison's Practice delivers essential information on the diagnosis and management of diseases and disorders. Practitioners can access this information within Lexi-Comp's web-based solution, Lexi-Comp ONLINE.

Lexi-Comp employs the expertise of an internal clinical team to collect, assimilate, and publish information in a concise, consistent, actionable format. Delivering these combined resources in an easy-to-use application helps clinicians locate answers quickly. Users can search the Harrison's Practice database by topic or by symptom for diagnostic information, treatment guidelines, and ongoing care considerations. Seamless linking allows direct access to relevant drug information, related laboratory tests, and diagnostic procedures.

The Harrison's Practice database is also available for PDA and is included in Lexi-COMPLETE, Lexi-Comp's premier PDA software package.

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Hinari initiative seen to boost scientific activity in developing countries - 21 May 2008

Hinari Access to Research initiative has announced that its collaborative efforts to provide free and low cost access to health research in developing countries have made a significant impact on advancing scientific discoveries in these regions.

Designed by the WHO and global biomedical publishers, the programme seeks to provide health sector institutions in developing countries with timely access to high quality research at low or no cost. An impact analysis, conducted by STM publisher Elsevier, has shown that researchers in the countries benefiting from Hinari have begun to publish their findings in international peer-reviewed journals at a rate that is well in excess of the increase seen in the rest of the world.

Over the five-year period from 2002-2006, 105 Hinari countries saw a 63 percent growth in the number of authors publishing in peer-reviewed journals, compared to 38 percent in 102 non-Hinari countries. This is seen to indicate that Hinari has had a significant impact on the participant countries' ability to engage with the global scientific community. Since its inception in 2002, the programme has been adopted by academics, researchers and policy makers throughout the developing world to expand their ability to access and use research information.

Hinari has two sister programmes - Agora (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture), sponsored by the FAO; and OARE (Online Access to Research in the Environment), sponsored by the UNEP and Yale University. All three initiatives have the official commitment from the participating organisations at least until 2015, which marks the target for reaching the UN's Millennium Development Goals. Measuring growth in scientific output will help evaluate the continuing success of these efforts to support the growth of science in the developing countries.

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ICIS, Chemease set to launch another series of China domestic price assessments reports in English - 21 May 2008

Pricing and market intelligence service provider ICIS Pricing, US, and Chemease, a subsidiary of CBI China, have joined forces to launch another series of weekly English language pricing reports covering the Chinese market. The move is in response to increasing demand for domestic price assessments and news on the Chinese market.

Under the deal, ICIS and Chemease will launch a new series of reports covering the Chinese acrylate ester, acrylonitrile, acetone, butadiene rubber, butanediol, bis-phenol A, caprolactam, caustic soda, epoxy resins, expandable polystyrene, epichlorohydrin, oxo-alcohols, phenol, polyether polyols, polyvinyl chloride and sulphur markets. This follows the successful launch of the ABS, acetic acid, acrylonitrile butadiene rubber (NBR), benzene, methanol, mono ethylene glycol, polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, styrene, styrene butadiene rubber (SBR), terephthalic acid (PTA), toluene and xylenes (China) reports.

The second series of ICIS Chemease weekly reports will continue to provide comprehensive coverage of China's domestic markets with price assessments in yuan as well as in-depth commentary and analysis of the latest trends and outlook. The new series is seen as a valuable addition to ICIS's existing portfolio. The company has been reporting chemical markets in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Middle East and the US for several years.

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OCLC in partnership to enhance discovery of library collections via Google search - 21 May 2008

Global library cooperative Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), US, and Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, have signed an agreement to exchange data that will facilitate the discovery of library collections through Google search services.

Under the deal, OCLC member libraries participating in the Google Book Search programme, which makes the full text of more than 1 million books searchable, may share their WorldCat-derived MARC records with Google. This is seen to better facilitate discovery of library collections via Google search. The new agreement enables OCLC to create MARC records describing the Google digitised books from OCLC member libraries and to link to them. These linking arrangements should help drive more traffic to libraries, both online and in person.

Google will link from Google Book Search to WorldCat.org, which will drive traffic to library OPACs and other library services. The search engine will share data and links to digitised books with OCLC, which will make it possible for OCLC to represent the digitised collections of OCLC member libraries in WorldCat. WorldCat metadata will be made available to Google directly from OCLC or through member libraries participating in the Google Book Search programme.

The new agreement between OCLC and Google is the latest in several partnerships between the two designed to increase the visibility of libraries on the web and deliver information to users at the point of need. OCLC will be working with other organisations to include digitised content in WorldCat in the months to come.

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Ringgold, Ingenta sign deal for centralisation of institutional authentication data - 21 May 2008

Information and publishing services provider Ingenta, UK, a division of Publishing Technology plc, has announced a new agreement with Ringgold, UK. Ringgold creates and maintains a hierarchic database of identifiers for institutions to support publishers and other parties in the delivery of e-content within the information supply chain. The company now licenses institutional IP data from Ingenta's global access control system, enhancing the 100,000 records in its Identify database of institutional identifiers.

This collaboration is claimed to represent the scholarly information industry's first centralisation of authentication data relating to academic, professional and business libraries worldwide. The Ringgold-Ingenta partnership seeks to create a functioning system in which administrative updates to one registration database (Ingenta) may be securely syndicated (via Ringgold) to other participating publishers' systems. Ringgold's forty publisher customers - including Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis and SAGE - stand to benefit from the enhanced data, which will support more effective gap analysis and better targeted marketing activities. Ingenta's 270 publisher clients will be offered favourable terms to adopt the Ringgold solution.

This latest development extends the collaboration between Ringgold and Publishing Technology, parent company of Ingenta, VISTA and PCG. Other cooperative advances include VISTA's adoption of the Ringgold identifier as a core field in its fulfilment software, and PCG's partnership with Ringgold to provide marketing services that minimise inappropriate targeting of publishers' sales communications.

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Dear Subscribers - 20 May 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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Free monthly podcast for Toxicology professionals and students - 20 May 2008

Toxicology and pharmaceutical science publisher informa Healthcare, US, is set to launch Toxicast.com - a website dedicated to free monthly podcast interviews and commentary from key opinion leaders presenting the latest breakthroughs in the field of toxicology.

Rapid research advances make it critical for toxicology professionals to stay informed of breakthrough developments in this fast moving field. The site seeks to simplify the process of staying informed by allowing toxicology professionals to schedule alerts that deliver relevant, easy-to-digest news.

Toxicast.com's mission will center on providing easy access to all that's new within the toxicology field. In addition, the site will also feature links to informa Healthcare's extensive library of leading toxicology books and journals and the latest published articles. The site is projected to be an information hub for the entire toxicology community, as well as serving as a gateway for toxicology professionals to stay connected with their peers worldwide.

Launching the podcast series, Dr. Steven Gilbert, author of A Small Dose of Toxicology, addresses popular concerns about the toxins which surround us in our everyday lives. Later podcasts are to include interviews with Dr. Bernadene Magnuson - who will dispel commonly held myths regarding the safety of the sweetener Aspartame, and Dr. James Romano, Jr. discussing the inherent risks associated with chemical warfare for military and civilian populations.

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Hindawi launches new OA journal on zoology - 20 May 2008

STM publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation, US, has reportedly launched a new open access journal - International Journal of Zoology.

A peer-reviewed journal, International Journal of Zoology will publish original research articles as well as review articles in all areas of zoology. There are no page charges, colour charges, or article processing charges. Articles are distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution license.

Founded in 1997, Hindawi Publishing Corporation is a rapidly growing open access publisher with more than 100 journals covering a wide range of areas in Science, Technology, and Medicine. The publisher claims to be the only OA publisher with fully developed open access journals spanning a wide range of subjects in STM.

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Inera launches Reference Correction feature for editorial software eXtyles - 20 May 2008

Editorial and XML production software provider Inera, Inc., US, has announced the release of eXtyles Reference Correction. The new tool is designed to automatically integrate data from online resources to correct errors in bibliographic references quickly and reliably, improving their accuracy before publication.

eXtyles is a suite of tools for Microsoft Word that automates error-prone and time-consuming editorial tasks. The Reference Correction feature is an enhancement to eXtyles reference processing modules that automatically edit bibliographic references to preferred editorial styles and add hyperlinks to online databases such as PubMed and CrossRef.

If a reference in a manuscript contains an error, these hyperlinks provide quick access to reliable online sources, saving time by eliminating the need for author queries or manual searches. The new enhancement is seen to further reduce editing time and dramatically improve accuracy by automatically replacing any incorrect or missing reference elements, such as authors or issue numbers, with metadata retrieved from PubMed and CrossRef.

Rather than merely replacing an author's entire original reference with the reference indexed on PubMed or CrossRef, eXtyles Reference Correction intelligently merges data from online resources with existing data, providing warnings if significant discrepancies are found. This intelligent merge feature is seen to provide greater reference accuracy than simple replacement.

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McGraw-Hill Professional overhauls medical online product - 20 May 2008

McGraw-Hill Professional, part of education materials publisher McGraw-Hill Education, has announced the redesign of its flagship medical online product, AccessMedicine. Featuring a customisable home page, the redesign brings to the fore many of the clinical and educational tools available on the site, while streamlining the ability of users to locate images, video, and audio.

The newly redesigned homepage reflects the diversity of AccessMedicine's users, allowing individuals to customise their own view of the site through their personal profile. Now, users can decide whether they prefer a rich view of available features, a comprehensive list of McGraw-Hill's leading medical textbooks, or a powerful advanced search interface as their homepage, with a top-level tabbed navigation, semantic search engine, and recent updates and enhancements available on all views.

AccessMedicine is an innovative online resource that provides students, residents, clinicians, researchers, and other health professionals with access to over 50 medical titles, updated content, thousands of photos and illustrations, interactive self-assessment, Case Files, diagnostic tools, a comprehensive search platform, and the ability to download content to mobile devices. Updated frequently and expanded continuously, AccessMedicine provides fast, direct access to the information necessary for completing evaluations, diagnoses, and case management decisions, as well as pursuing research or medical education.

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New database covering innovations in biomedical informatics and healthcare technology - 20 May 2008

IGI Global, US, an international publishing company specialising in STM research publications, is launching a new database covering innovations in biomedical informatics and healthcare technology.

The database, InfoSci-Medical (www.infosci-medical.com), is designed to meet a need for authoritative research to help organisations understand and fully benefit from the rapidly expanding role of technology in basic research, medical education, clinical practice, and healthcare delivery and management, across all sectors of the biomedical and healthcare industries. It seeks to deliver full-text studies selected for relevance to biomedical informatics and healthcare technology from IGI Global's peer-reviewed journals, scholarly books, and reference works.

InfoSci-Medical covers a range of topics such as clinical knowledge management; medical informatics and nursing; robotics in healthcare and medicine; technologies for dentistry; telemedicine and healthcare delivery to rural areas; and hundreds of other issues. The database is updated continuously with new content and is available for unlimited, site-licensed access under annual subscription and one-time fee models.

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PhysMath Central launches new OA journal - PMC Biophysics - 20 May 2008

PhysMath Central, sister site of open access publisher BioMed Central, US, has launched a new open access journal - PMC Biophysics. The journal will be of interest to all BioMed Central readers and authors with an interest in the physical processes behind biological systems.

PMC Biophysics will cover the whole spectrum of biological physics. It will publish articles on theoretical and experimental aspects of physical concepts with potential applications to biological systems, physical models inspired by biological system, biological problems addressed by physics-based methods and soft condensed matter & mesoscale systems.

To celebrate the launch, article processing charges have been waived of for all articles submitted before July 30, 2008.

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AAP, copyright groups hail Caucus report on priority watch list for 2008 - 19 May 2008

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) joined other copyright industry groups and the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus at a recent press conference to announce the countries at the top of the Caucus' 2008 Priority Watch List. The Caucus, chaired by Senators Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Gordon H. Smith and Representatives Adam B. Schiff and Bob Goodlatte, highlighted piracy problems in China, Russia and Canada for 2008. It applauded the actions brought against China in the WTO, recognising the need for further efforts to significantly curb piracy. It also highlighted developments in Spain, Greece, Mexico, Lebanon, Malaysia and Turkey.

Global piracy - including commercial scale photocopying, illegal print runs, unauthorised translations and CD-R burning of text - cost AAP member companies more than $500 million in 2007. Book and journal publishers doing business in the Chinese and Russian markets face massive Internet piracy that affects commercial bestsellers, academic books and journals, it has been observed. In addition, piracy of trade books - in English or translation - undercuts the ability of legitimate companies to do business in both countries. US publishers are similarly undermined by Canada's failure to strengthen its laws to enforce against Internet theft.

Malaysia's increased attention to enforcement against illegal commercial scale photocopying in and around universities is commendable, but more remains to be done, say US publishers. In particular, the Malaysian government needs to encourage the country's university community to actively cooperate in curbing theft of academic materials. Similarly, Mexico struggles with the problem of massive photocopying, while Lebanon and Turkey have substantial print piracy problems in addition to the illegal copying in academia. These governments have taken some positive steps, but AAP hopes that the attention focused on these markets by the Caucus report will prompt further action in areas affecting book and journal publishers.

AAP welcomes the Caucus' efforts to protect the US' important intellectual property assets, and looks forward to working with both the US and foreign governments in protecting global markets for the creative industries.

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Australian Academic Press signs archiving agreement with Portico - 19 May 2008

Non-profit electronic archiving service provider Portico, US, has announced an agreement with the Australian Academic Press to preserve its entire digital journals collection of 14 titles. Australian Academic Press, based in Queensland, is a niche academic publisher of books and journals for the behavioral sciences, specialising in psychology.

Through this agreement with Portico, the Australian Academic Press seeks to ensure that its digital journal collection will be preserved and available for future scholars, researchers and students. In addition, the Press has agreed to make an annual financial contribution to Portico and has designated the Portico Archive as an official delivery platform for post-cancellation access claims.

With the inclusion of the Australian Academic Press publications, over 7,500 titles have now been entrusted to the Portico archive.

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Dear Subscribers - 19 May 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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Journal of Orthodontics honoured with FEO award for third successive year - 19 May 2008

Academic publisher Maney Publishing, UK, has announced that for the third year running, a paper published in the UK's Journal of Orthodontics has won the European Federation of Orthodontics (FEO) Award. This is an accolade given to the authors of the paper judged to be the best of any published in the national journal of a FEO member society in the previous year.

The FEO award was created to recognise a scientific study that has made a significant contribution in research and clinical investigation and has advanced orthodontics. The Editors of the FEO's national journals choose to put forward the papers which they think most deserve the award. The paper, Elective orthognathic treatment decision making: a survey of patient reasons and experiences, is available to view free until the end of June via HighWire at http://jorthod.maneyjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/34/2/113.

The paper chosen by the FEO judges reported a study of the reasons why patients decide to have jaw surgery carried out and of their experiences of jaw surgery. The authors are a collaborative team from the Dental Institute and the Clinical Psychology unit at Leeds University. The lead author, Jackie Stirling, undertook the research as part of her professional training in Clinical Psychology. She was supervised by Hilary Bekker from Clinical Psychology, and Jay Kindelan, David Morris and James Spencer from the Dental Institute. Their prime conclusions were that patients need better information in reaching the decision to proceed, and need more support during treatment.

The Journal of Orthodontics is the professional journal of the British Orthodontic Society. The journal seeks to promote high-level, scientific research into different treatment methods and techniques.

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Platts Steel Markets Daily to report prices of hot-rolled coil and rebar originating from Asia - 19 May 2008

Energy information provider Platts, a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies, US, has announced that it is expanding its suite of spot price assessments in global metals to include steel exported from China, specifically hot-rolled coil (HRC) and concrete reinforcing bar (rebar).

The new Asia price series is projected to expand Platts' coverage of steel and scrap product prices from 21 to 23, and better equips industry and other metals market observers with a more complete data series for more comprehensive analysis of spot metals prices globally.

Platts Steel Markets Daily is an online and print publication containing news, market commentary and price information aimed at the steel, construction, and auto industries as well as commodities-focused money managers worldwide. The publication is one of five Platts products directed at the broader metals industry.

Platts' price assessment methodology in steel was developed in consultation with a cross section of key industry players and draws upon Platts' century of experience in benchmark price reporting in the energy markets. It has reported on the broader supply and demand fundamentals of the metals markets for 30 years, drawing on the tradition of its parent company, The McGraw-Hill Companies, which has covered the metals market for more than 75 years.

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Ralf Ueding appointed Managing Director of Birkhäuser - 19 May 2008

STM publisher Springer Science+Business Media, Germany, has announced the appointment of Dr. Ralf Ueding as Managing Director of Springer's Birkhäuser Verlag AG in Basel, Switzerland, effective May 6, 2008. He succeeds Dr. Sven Fund, who left Birkhäuser at the end of March.

Ralf Ueding most recently was Managing Director of ADAC Verlag in Munich, a position he held since 2004. Before ADAC Verlag, he was Managing Director of corporate publishing at Hoffman und Campe in Hamburg, Germany, and from 1998 to 2000 he was Publishing Director of Grafe und Unzer Verlag in Munich, Germany.

Birkhäuser is claimed to be one of the largest specialised publishing houses in Switzerland. It publishes more than 200 new titles annually in the fields of architecture, BioSciences, computer sciences and mathematics. Additionally, the company publishes some forty specialised periodicals in these areas, among them the design magazine form and the renowned Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences. More than eighty per cent of the publications appear in English and are distributed throughout the world.

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Thomson Reuters expand Japanese patent coverage in Derwent World Patents Index - 19 May 2008

Thomson Reuters, a US-based provider of information for businesses and professionals, has further increased coverage of the growing patent activity in the Asia Pacific region with the addition of registered Japanese Utility Models in Derwent World Patents Index (DWPISM). This is the latest addition to the DWPI database, with Chinese Utility Model Registrations added in October 2007. The inclusion of the Japanese Utility Models provides the best access to Asian patents in English, and further enhances the value of DWPI for prior art and patentability searches.

Utility models are similar to patents, but require a less stringent review process and offer a shorter protection period. Japanese Utility Models, which have a protection period of 10 years from the application date, tend to be used to seek protection for devices that have a short lifecycle, or for inventions that have a lower technological aspect when compared to a full patent. Nearly 150-200 utility models are published each week by the Japanese Patent Office (8,000 to 10,000 annually).

The English-translated Japanese Utility Models, beginning with records published on January 10, 2008, are available in DWPI and Derwent World Patents Index First View. Unexamined applications and some granted Japanese patents are available within 6-10 days of publication.

DWPI is the world's most comprehensive database of value-added patent documents. It provides detailed, value-added titles and abstracts - in English - for patent documents issued in over 30 languages.

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US heart associations update cardiac device-based therapy guidelines - 19 May 2008

The American College of Cardiology (ACC), American Heart Association (AHA) and the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) have jointly released updated cardiac device-based therapy guidelines. The ACC/AHA/HRS 2008 Guidelines for Device-Based Therapy of Cardiac Rhythm Abnormalities are viewed as the first guidelines that combine indications for all cardiac implantable electronic devices. They were released at Heart Rhythm 2008, the Heart Rhythm Society's 29th Annual Scientific Sessions.

The updated guidelines are a product of expert analysis of recent studies that have advanced knowledge of cardiac arrhythmias as well as major advances in device technology. These take a patient-centered approach and are projected to help physicians determine the most effective treatment options available for each individual patient.

The updated guidelines offer healthcare providers comprehensive evidence-based recommendations for the appropriate use of cardiac devices. It is claimed to be the first document to comprehensively address device-based therapy indications for life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias and conditions including heart failure, congenital heart disease and sudden cardiac arrest. The guidelines also address treatment for genetic disorders such as catecholaminergic polymorphic VT, Brugada syndrome, arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy and short QT syndrome.

The guidelines will be published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology; Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association; and the HeartRhythm Journal. Full text of the guidelines will be posted on websites of the ACC (http://www.acc.org), AHA (http://www.americanheart.org) and HRS (http://www.HRSonline.org).

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AlphaMed Press names George Kendall as VP, Operations and Business Development - 16 May 2008

Publisher AlphaMed Press,US, has announced the promotion of George Kendall as Vice President, Operations & Business Development.

Kendall has managed AlphaMed's journals, Stem Cells and The Oncologist, and related publications, since he joined the company in early 2007 as Director of Operations & Business Development. He brings over ten years experience in scientific and medical publishing management, including at the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences where he managed production, marketing and licensing.

In his new position, Kendall will continue to expand the journals' circulation, including international readership and web presence, while ensuring that the journals' core values and high editorial standards for physicians and scientists are kept inviolate.

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Back files of Indian Journal of Ophthalmology available for free access - 16 May 2008

The Indian Journal of Ophthalmology (IJO) has announced that back files of the past fifty five years of the journal are now available online. Except for a couple of issues, the entire collection of over 3,500 articles is currently available for free access at www.ijo.in.

Published 6 times a year, IJO is the official scientific journal of the All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS). It seeks to provide opportunities for free exchange of ideas and information. The journal originated as a platform for the scientific expression of the AIOS which is the umbrella society to which almost all ophthalmologists in India belong.

With a print circulation of over 10,000, IJO is PubMed and SCI indexed. The journal's website is accessed by over 1,500 visitors every day, mainly from the US and Europe.

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Copyright Clearance Center names Miles McNamee as VP Business Development - 16 May 2008

Non-profit copyright licensing solutions provider Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), US, has announced the appointment of A. Miles McNamee as Vice President of Business Development.

McNamee brings to the company more than 20 years of business development, sales and marketing experience. In his new position, he will head CCC's efforts to expand the scope and reach of its licensing and rights-management services worldwide. He also will be focused on establishing new licensing and distribution relationships for audio and video content.

Copyright Clearance Center, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, creates innovative licensing solutions for the seamless sharing of knowledge. CCC's licensing services, combined with its web-based applications and tools, allow tens of millions of people in corporations, universities, law firms and government agencies to use and share published information with ease. By offering rights to millions of the world's most sought-after publications, the company plays a major role in the global knowledge economy and encourages support for the principles of copyright.

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CourseSmart selects Ingram Digital for downloadable eTextbook initiative - 16 May 2008

Digital content services provider Ingram Digital Group, US, has announced that it has been selected by CourseSmart to enable the company's downloadable eTextbook initiative. Ingram Digital's Education Solutions unit will provide the software platform for CourseSmart's downloadable products.

A venture founded by six higher education textbook publishers, CourseSmart brings together thousands of textbooks, across hundreds of courses, on a common e-book platform. CourseSmart currently includes eTextbooks from Pearson, John Wiley & Sons Inc., Cengage Learning, McGraw-Hill Education, Houghton Mifflin, Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishing Group and Jones and Bartlett Publishers. It is available as a distributor for all higher education textbook publishers.

Ingram Digital is currently engaged in the conversion of approximately 3,000 textbooks to be made available for download from the CourseSmart website. In addition, it will provide a customised e-book reader application in a bid to enrich CourseSmart eTextbooks with interactive functionalities.

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STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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Elsevier's Dr. Alexander Lawson honoured with 2008 Mike Lynch Award - 16 May 2008

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that Dr. Alexander "Sandy" Lawson, Director, Research & Development, Elsevier Information Systems GmbH, Frankfurt, will receive the prestigious Mike Lynch Award from the Chemical Structure Association (CSA) Trust. This honour is bestowed upon Prof. Lawson in recognition of 25 years of outstanding accomplishments in the field of cheminformatics, specifically relating to the development of the CrossFire Beilstein database and the origination of the CrossFire concept that is claimed to have revolutionised chemical information and reaction and structure searching.

The triennial CSA Trust Mike Lynch Award recognises and encourages outstanding accomplishments in education, research and development activities that are related to the systems and methods used to store, process and retrieve information about chemical structures, reactions and properties. The award will be presented to Prof. Lawson on June 1, 2008 during the International Conference on Chemical Structures.

One of the pioneers of cheminformatics, Prof. Lawson has played an instrumental role in shepherding the progress of CrossFire Beilstein as it moved into the electronic age - from its beginnings as the print Handbuch der Organischen Chemie (1881) to a powerful multimedia information system. Working in close collaboration with an innovative development team, some of Prof. Lawson's major achievements include the eponymous Lawson Number, a classification scheme based on the original Beilstein system numbers that offers an intelligent and rapid way to facilitate compound searching in an online environment; SANDRA (Search and Retrieval in Beilstein) algorithm for rapid searching; CrossFire search software with powerful functionality and extensive hyperlinking, which first enabled delivery of the massive Beilstein database directly to the desktop for seamless integration into chemists' daily workflow; and information extraction algorithms and automatic interpretation of chemical data leading to the creation of the Patent Chemistry Database.

Prof. Lawson and his team are currently working on Reaxys, which will deliver the deep chemistry knowledge contained within the CrossFire databases through an intuitive interface, making it easier for users to find and use information. This solution hopes to bring greater transparency and addressability to the user and focuses on contextual search, multistep reactions and identifying and visualising relationships between objects.

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Emerald announces African launch of its new learning network service - 16 May 2008

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited has announced the African launch of its new learning network service - Emerald InTouch. It is for the first time that Emerald will be exhibiting at the 3rd eLearning Africa Conference and Exhibition, which this year is being held in Accra, Ghana, from May 28-30.

Emerald InTouch is a web space and hosting service designed to support learning and collaboration by bringing together technologies such as blogs, wikis and RSS into one place. It supports distance learning courses, encourages networking and provides a space to share ideas and group reflections. It is projected as an ideal tool for business management training and education.

Emerald representatives will be available at stand M28 to discuss Emerald InTouch, Emerald's innovative, online space for learners, researchers and professionals.

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TechWatch report calls for libraries to take coherent approach to metadata - 16 May 2008

The UK's Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) has announced that its recent TechWatch report, by Richard Gartner, on metadata for digital libraries explores how high quality metadata frameworks are critical if libraries are to provide seamless searching and retrieval technologies. Focusing thus on metadata is a prerequisite for the libraries to hold their own alongside established web-based search engines.

Digital library technologies are by now well established and understood throughout the higher education community. The creation of digital collections, either in the form of 'born-digital' materials or the conversion of standard library materials into digital form, is now a well-established part of the activities of most higher education institutions. The richness and variety of information resources and digital collections that are made available on the web have contributed enormously to the higher and further education community. However, for the average user, accessing information that spans multiple sources can be a messy process involving a plethora of different systems, catalogues and interfaces. For those becoming used to the ease-of-use of search tools such as Google and Yahoo, this rather more fluid environment can be a considerable barrier to accessing information from digital libraries and online collections. What is worrying about this, say some, is that users will increasingly see the search results thrown up by the main search engines as the be-all and end-all of a particular subject or area of interest.

The JISC TechWatch report argues that rectifying this problem requires, above all, the acceptance of the importance of metadata and the need for its standardisation and integration within the library community. The complex metadata requirements of digital objects, which include descriptive, administrative and structural metadata, have so far militated against the emergence of a single standard. However, the report argues that a set of existing standards, all based on XML, can and should be combined to produce a coherent, integrated metadata strategy.

For the library user, the most obvious advantages of the adoption of these standards will be more advanced, federated search facilities that allow disparate digital library collections to be brought together. In addition, the future of digital libraries will increasingly hinge around service-oriented approaches and 'seamless' information flow. Integrated approaches to metadata will necessarily be part of the realisation of that vision. It is in providing the 'glue' that would underlie the service orientation of future developments, that an integrated metadata strategy would have its most profound impact.

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ARL Scholarly communication enhances series of free discussion guides - 15 May 2008

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Office of Scholarly Communication has announced that it has enhanced its popular series of free discussion guides on current scholarly communication issues to facilitate summer discussion programmes among library staff.

As the scholarly communication system continues to change rapidly, the Library Brown-Bag Lunch Series on Issues in Scholarly Communication is seen to be a valuable resource for library staff to use in expanding their own awareness of key issues and preparing for campus outreach. The series now offers eight guides and a discussion leader's introduction. Entirely new discussion guides on new model publications and author rights have been created. The series now includes both an introductory guide for discussions of author rights and a second guide for discussions of institutional policies on author rights. Several of the original guides have been revised to reflect advancements occurring in the past year and new suggestions for further reading have been added.

Developed by Karla Hahn, Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication, ARL's discussion series covers starting discussions of scholarly communication; talking with faculty; access to publicly funded research; author rights; institutional strategies for rights management; scholarly society roles; peer review; and new model publications.

Each guide offers prework and discussion questions for a meeting, along with resources that provide further background for the discussion leader of an hour-long session. The guides can serve as a starting point for a single discussion or for a series of conversations. Electronic copies of the guides are freely available at http://www.arl.org/sc/brownbag/.

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Dear Subscribers - 15 May 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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Dr Jose Guilherme Cecatti joins Reproductive Health as co-Editor-in-Chief - 15 May 2008

Open access publisher BioMed Central, US, has announced the appointment of Dr Jose Guilherme Cecatti as co-Editor-in-Chief of Reproductive Health, serving alongside Dr Regina Kulier. Dr Cecatti is Director of Maternity Services at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil.

Launched in 2004, Reproductive Health is an open access, peer reviewed journal focusing on all aspects of human reproduction. The journal publishes articles on all aspects of human reproduction including clinical practices, social and gender issues, sexual health, country and population specific issues and assessment of access to and utilization of services.

Published by BioMed Central, the title is the official journal of the Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research, a WHO collaborating centre for education and research in human reproduction.

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Mary Ann Liebert brings out premier issue of Environmental Justice - 15 May 2008

Publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., US, has announced the launch of a new journal - Environmental Justice. Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington of the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal, the premier issue of which is available for free online at www.liebertpub.com/env.

A quarterly publication, Environmental Justice seeks to be the central forum for the research, debate, and discussion of the equitable treatment and involvement of all people, especially minority and low-income populations, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. The journal aims to provide an intellectual forum that presents a balanced and objective assessment of environmental inequalities locally, nationally, and globally.

Environmental Justice explores the adverse and disparate environmental burden impacting marginalized populations and draws upon the expertise and perspectives of all parties involved in environmental justice struggles: communities, industry, academia, government, and nonprofit organisations. Legal challenges and lawsuits to ensure prevention of harmful policies, projects, and developments are within its purview. Also, the journal covers issues of compliance and enforcement, activism, and corrective actions.

The inaugural issue focuses on analyses of past and contemporary environmental compliance and enforcement, activism, and corrective actions, environmental politics, environmental health disparities, environmental epidemiology, environmental sociology, and environmental history.

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Nature Publishing Group set to publish ACG' American Journal of Gastroenterology - 15 May 2008

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, and the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) have announced a new publishing partnership. Under the deal, NPG will publish ACG's official publication, American Journal of Gastroenterology, starting January 2009.

With an Impact Factor of 5.608 (according to the Journal Citation Report, Thomson, 2007), the American Journal of Gastroenterology is claimed to be the number one clinical journal in gastroenterology. The journal is led by Editors-in-Chief Dr. Joel E. Richter, of Temple University, and Dr. Nicholas J. Talley of the Mayo Clinic in Florida.

Aimed at practicing clinicians, articles published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology deal directly with the disorders seen most often in patients. The journal brings a broad-based, interdisciplinary approach to the study of gastroenterology, including articles reporting on current observations, research results, methods of treatment, drugs, epidemiology, and other topics relevant to clinical gastroenterology.

NPG was chosen by the American College of Gastroenterology as the publisher of The American Journal of Gastroenterology because of its strategic capabilities and experience in publishing premier research journals in science and clinical medicine. The journal is currently published by Blackwell Publishing.

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ProQuest unveils ProQuest Hospital Collection - 15 May 2008

ProQuest, part of Cambridge Information Group, launched the ProQuest Hospital Collection at the Medical Library Association's Annual Conference in Chicago this week. ProQuest Hospital Collection centralises access to discovery and advisory tools essential to the practice and business of health care and is the first collection to address the area of hospital information needs with a single resource.

ProQuest Hospital Collection assembles five top health and medicine databases, and includes full text articles from 2,100 seminal medical journals, including full text of The New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet. Also, it includes over 19,000 doctoral dissertations, providing cutting edge research, as well as resources in the burgeoning field of evidence-based medicine.

Databases include ProQuest Health and Medical Complete, which offers in-depth coverage from leading medical publications; ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source, covering nursing, allied health, alternative and complementary medicine including full text evidence-based nursing resources; and ProQuest Psychology Journals, which deliver full text from leading psychology and psychosomatic publications. Two additional databases - ProQuest Health Management and ProQuest Family Health - significantly expand the information needs that the latest resource can serve. ProQuest Health Management delivers resources for professional health care administrators and those managing the business of health care, while ProQuest Family Health covers a vast array of subjects of interest to the hospital patient including sports injuries, women's health, food and nutrition, eye care and dentistry.

ProQuest Hospital Collection is projected as a major addition to ProQuest's growing presence in the medical information market. The company has an active product development programme dedicated to delivering a variety of new health and medicine information tools that will accelerate research at all levels.

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SCCT event knowledge available via Ekatius - 15 May 2008

Event archiving solutions provider Conference Archives, Inc. (CAI), US, has announced that The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) has agreed to deliver their annual meeting presentations to a global audience through Ekatius, CAI's new online platform for meeting and conference abstracts, posters, and rich media presentations. SCCT is a professional organisation representing over 4,500 physicians, scientists, and technologists who work in the field of cardiovascular computed tomography.

The SCCT event knowledge to be delivered through Ekatius will include rich media presentations captured from SCCT's 2nd Annual Scientific Meeting held in July 2007. Presentations from the forthcoming 2008 meeting will be added in 2009. SCCT's event knowledge will be available through the public library section of Ekatius (www.ekatius.com), which is free to the public, and through the World Health Organization's HINARI program, which delivers health science content to developing nations.

In combination with the cardiovascular event knowledge already found in Ekatius, the addition of SCCT presentations will provide both clinicians and researchers worldwide with an advanced, in-depth view of the latest research and advancements in cardiovascular diagnostic and imaging technologies.

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Wiley-Blackwell announces publishing partnership with Cognitive Science Society - 15 May 2008

Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced a publishing partnership with the Cognitive Science Society. Under the deal, Wiley-Blackwell will publish the latter's flagship journal, Cognitive Science. In partnership with the global publisher, the Society will also launch Topics in Cognitive Science, an innovative new journal that will focus on emerging areas in cognitive science. Both journals seek to bring together researchers from a range of fields who are dedicated to understanding the nature of the human mind.

Cognitive Science has been a premier journal in the discipline of cognitive science for the past 30 years. The journal publishes articles in all areas of cognitive science, such as knowledge representation, memory processes, natural language understanding, brain theory, motor control, and other areas of interdisciplinary research.

Topics in Cognitive Science will feature multiple scholarly papers dedicated to a single topic. Some of these topics will appear together in one issue, but other topics may appear across several issues. However, the format and origin of the topics will vary greatly. The journal will publish its first issue in 2009.

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American Diabetes Association event knowledge in Ekatius to be delivered through HINARI - 14 May 2008

The American Diabetes Association (ADA), a nonprofit health organisation, and Conference Archives, Inc. (CAI), US, have announced that the World Health Organization's (WHO) HINARI Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) is now delivering the ADA's event knowledge to participating institutions via Ekatius, CAI's new online platform for meeting and conference abstracts, posters, and rich media presentations.

In partnership with commercial and not-for-profit publishers, HINARI provides free or very low cost online access to biomedical and health information to institutions in developing countries. The ADA's professional education activities and courses represent a new, rich media content addition to the collection of journals now available to health institutions in more than 100 countries through HINARI.

The ADA event knowledge in Ekatius to be delivered through HINARI will include abstracts, posters, and rich media presentations captured from the ADA's recent and forthcoming Annual Scientific Sessions, held annually in June, as well as ADA's Clinical and Research Symposia and ADA's Annual Advanced Postgraduate Courses. The Ekatius platform delivers advanced search functionalities that allow users to search for event knowledge - abstracts, posters, and presentations from a meeting - either within a specific event or across several events.

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Dear Subscribers - 14 May 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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Ex Libris releases Primo Version 2.0 - 14 May 2008

Library solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced the general release of version 2.0 of the Company's Primo discovery and delivery solution. The result of close collaboration with the Primo customer community, version 2.0 offers enhanced searching capabilities, including the ability to search in very large collections; improved usability and accessibility of the user interface; and easier system configuration and customisation.

A range of European and Asian interface languages have been added to enhance the user experience for the growing number of Primo customers in Europe and Asia. Version 2.0 provides improved exact-title searching; additional linguistic algorithms and dictionaries; optimised ranking of grouped (FRBRized) records; the identification of frequently misspelled words; enhancements to the "did you mean" mechanism, which "learns" search phrases based on past user queries; and the presentation of results ordered by popularity. In addition, a choice of user interface layouts is also available. The addition of services such as the sending of item information to users by cell-phone text messages complements the discovery process and seeks to enhance user experience.

In adherence to the Ex Libris open platform strategy, Primo now includes an application programming interface (API) for 50 services. This API facilitates the customisation of Primo and enables customers to develop code extensions that can be shared with other members of the Primo community. A new component, Deep Search, enables Primo to leverage the search engines of other repositories and to display results retrieved from these repositories along with local results. Furthermore, the results obtained through the Deep Search component are ranked by relevance and displayed using faceted categorisation.

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IMR International launches new web-based medical market research service - 14 May 2008

IMR International Limited, UK, publishers of epgonline.org, has announced the launch of EPG Survey, a new web-based medical market research service. Qualified and practicing healthcare professionals in Europe are invited to join the EPG Survey panel. Membership is free and panel members are paid for participating in all online survey activities.

Applicable to both general medicine and all medical specialties, EPG Survey activities will be conducted on behalf of the health and market research industries. EPG Survey panel members will be selectively chosen to regularly participate in relevant clinical and scientific survey activities. Surveys will be presented in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian languages according to the participating physician's country of residence. Each opportunity to participate in a survey will enable the doctor to make their own contribution to wider health care provision - in addition to be compensated for taking the time to share their expert clinical opinions.

EPG Survey forms part of the health publishing and e-communications portfolio owned and operated by IMR International (epghealthmedia.com). Other divisions within the business include EPG Online (epgonline.org), a drug and medical information knowledge base for doctors; and EPG Patient Direct, a free online information service for patients and a dedicated health digital Communications consultancy.

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Lippincott Williams & Wilkins set to publish International Journal of Gynecological Cancer - 14 May 2008

Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, has signed a six year agreement to serve as the publisher of the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer. The journal is the official journal of both the International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS) and the European Society of Gynaecological Oncology (ESGO).

The International Journal of Gynecological Cancer provides readers with the latest peer-reviewed research on all gynecologic cancers from across the globe. The international editorial board represents all the major disciplines involved in treating cancers, including gynecologic oncology, medical oncology, radiation therapy, pathology, palliative care, nursing and translation research.

Beginning in 2009, the journal will increase its publishing frequency from six to nine issues per year, and will become part of the LWW Total Access Collection on Ovid.com, also part of Wolters Kluwer Health. The LWW Total Access Collection is a complete collection of over 260 journals, provided to institutions with intensive medical information needs.

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NRC-CISTI offers pay-per-article service for database - 14 May 2008

Canada-based National Research Council's Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI) has launched Discover, a suite of current and planned pay-per-article services. Discover is designed to allow any researcher to search a database of more than 20 million articles for free and pay by credit card to view and print those selected. No pre-registration, user name or password is required.

Each article costs C$12, plus publisher fees and applicable taxes. Users see the full and exact cost of items added to their shopping carts. Open access articles are available free of any charges. Articles from NRC-CISTI's electronic collection (indicated with a green mouse symbol) are available for viewing immediately. Articles in the print collection (indicated with a red flying envelope symbol) must first be scanned, and users receive a link by e-mail when the article is ready to be viewed and printed. Access to all articles is for one view, one print. Access begins when the link is opened and ends when the link is closed. Users may not save the document to their desktop.

NRC-CISTI is planning to launch a free Discover Alerts service later in the year. This service will allow users to register to receive electronic notification of new articles based on search criteria or journal title. The alerts will be delivered either via e-mail or RSS feeds.

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Oxford University Press to publish AIPN' journal - Journal of World Energy Law & Business - 14 May 2008

The Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) has announced that the Journal of World Energy Law & Business will be published by Oxford University Press, starting May 2008. The new journal will complement Oxford's other journals in the energy and environmental law field including the Journal of Environmental Law. The Journal of World Energy Law & Business takes a multidisciplinary approach in analysing significant topical issues in the international energy industry from the perspective of commercial, financial, legal, economic, political, environmental, and policy experts. Edited by Professor Thomas Wälde, Professor & Jean Monnet Chair, Centre for Energy, Petroleum & Mineral Law & Policy, the Journal combines academic excellence with a strong industry focus. Coverage will include upstream oil and gas transactions, finance, taxation, regulation, dispute management, alternative energy resources, energy policy and security, and international energy organisations.

The new publishing partnership for the Journal of World Energy Law & Business will result in several key developments, including a new and cohesive online platform for the journal, developed in association with HighWire Press. Members of the AIPN will gain free access to the journal online and will receive a discount on any print subscription they place.

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Peking University Press to publish Chinese edition of Low Power Methodology Manual - 14 May 2008

Peking University Press, the book translation and publishing arm of the Peking University (PKU), has announced that it will publish the Chinese language edition of the Low Power Methodology Manual (LPMM). The LPMM is the ARM- and Synopsys-authored practical guide to aggressive power management in System-on-Chip design. In addition, PKU will develop a low power design curriculum based on the LPMM and introduce it to universities across the nation.

The English language version of the LPMM, which was first published in August 2007, is seen to have quickly become a widely adopted methodology for low power design, with more than 8,000 readers. Combining extensive commercial experience, scientific understanding, silicon technology case studies and a pragmatic approach, the LPMM is projected to cover a broad range of low power topics. These include clock gating, multiple threshold voltage methods, multi-voltage design and architecture, power gating and dynamic voltage scaling, RTL and architectural considerations for SoCs as well as IP, plus considerations for physical IP.

The Chinese language edition of the manual is expected to be available for purchase from Peking University Press in July 2008. It will be introduced at the ongoing SpringTech Seminar series. In addition, all of the LPMM authors will assemble to deliver a full-day technical tutorial on low power techniques at the forthcoming Design Automation Conference in Anaheim, Calif. on June 13, 2008.

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Cambridge University Library implements WebFeat federated search system - 02 May 2008

Cambridge University Library has launched the WebFeat federated search service in a bid to improve access to the university's collection of electronic resources. WebFeat is projected to enable Cambridge University Library users to simultaneously search across more than 300 subscription databases and multiple catalogues from a single intuitive interface.

The library's customised WebFeat implementation, branded 'eresources@Cambridge CrossSearch', was launched in less than 90 days. After a soft launch to the more than 400 librarians at the university, the system will be available for all staff and students some time in May.

Not only does WebFeat provide a single, customised interface for accessing key electronic resources, but the service's QuickSearch search boxes have also been embedded within more than 30 newly designed subject pages on the library's website. The search boxes enable users to quickly access and search across only those databases that are relevant to their areas of research. These search boxes were created using WebFeat's QuickSearch code generator, which is built into the WebFeat Administration Console and enables libraries to create these search boxes in seconds - with no programming or coding skills required. In addition, libraries can also easily update their QuickSearch boxes through the WebFeat Administration Console even though these boxes reside on other pages of their website that are outside of WebFeat.

In February 2008, WebFeat merged with Serials Solutions. As plans move forward to integrate WebFeat technology with the Serials Solutions Search 360 platform, Cambridge University Library will be invited to preview and test new features. The strengths of WebFeat's and Serials Solutions' federated search services will be combined to create a single discovery tool that is expected to provide libraries with superior power and efficiency in accessing their data pools. As development proceeds, the Serials Solutions 360 and WebFeat services will continue to be supported, enhanced and maintained, according to the company.

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STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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Free online access to papers based on the Workshop on Infinite Dimensional Algebras and Quantum Integrable Systems - 02 May 2008

Non-profit scientific publisher Institute of Physics Publishing (IOP), UK, has announced that the latest special issue of Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical - Papers based on the Workshop on Infinite Dimensional Algebras and Quantum Integrable Systems II (Faro, Portugal, 23-27 July 2007) - is now online and freely available until October 29, 2008.

The issue, guest edited by A Fring, P Kulish, N Manojlović, Z Nagy, J Nunes da Costa and H Samtleben, seeks to provide a comprehensive insight into the theory of integrable systems for the new-comer to the field as well as to the expert. Boasting many papers from invited speakers and participants of the workshop as well as original contributions from non-participants, the issue features highly rated articles from the likes of L Faddeev, M Semenov-Tian-Shansky and H Konno. All contributions contain significant new results or provide a survey of the state of the art of the subject or a critical assessment of the present understanding of the topic and a discussion of open problems.

The Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical publishes research on the mathematical structures that describe fundamental processes of the physical world and on the analytical, computational and numerical methods for exploring these structures. Each issue of the journal is split into six sections - statistical physics; chaotic and complex systems; mathematical physics; quantum mechanics and quantum information theory; classical and quantum field theory, and fluid and plasma theory. To be acceptable for publication in the journal papers must make significant, original and correct contributions to one or more of the topics within these sections.

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ProQuest announces appointment of John Law as VP, Discovery Services - 02 May 2008

ProQuest, part of Cambridge Information Group, has announced the appointment of John Law to the newly created position of Vice President of Discovery Services.

In his new position, Law will oversee business, technical, and project leadership for building information solutions aimed at getting librarians and end-users to their information "discovery moment" effortlessly. Prior to this appointment, he managed the ProQuest brand online platform, with responsibility for strategic planning, user research and definition of new features. He played a key role in the creation and implementation of ProQuest Smart Search, OpenURL linking solutions, authentication and a variety of innovations supporting federated search applications.

Law is widely-known in the industry for leading ProQuest's "Student Research Behaviors Study," which examined the discovery process and identified common barriers in access to library resources. He is a popular speaker on topics related to technology, user-centered design of applications, and product development, both from a library market perspective and in relation to new product management practices.

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Rockefeller University Press adopts Creative Commons license - 02 May 2008

Authors of papers published in Rockefeller University Press journals - The Journal of Cell Biology, The Journal of Experimental Medicine and The Journal of General Physiology - will now retain copyright to their published work, according to a recent editorial published in the Journal of Cell Biology. Authors can now reuse their own work in any way, as long as they attribute it to the original publication. Third parties can use the published materials under a Creative Commons license, six months after publication.

Preying on authors' desire to publish, and thus their willingness to sign virtually any form placed in front of them, scientific publishers have reportedly required authors to sign over the copyright to their work before publication. Since July 2000, the Rockefeller University Press has allowed authors to freely distribute their published work by posting the final, formatted PDF version on their own websites immediately after publication.

With the growing demand for public access to published data, the Press recently started depositing all of its content in PubMed Central. In a further step to enhance the utility of scientific content, it has now decided to return copyright to authors. In return, however, authors will be required to make their work available for reuse by the public. Instead of relinquishing copyright, the authors will now provide the Press with a license to publish their work. This license places no restrictions on how authors can reuse their own work, it only require them to attribute the work to its original publication. Six months after publication, third parties can use the published material under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

The Creative Commons License will apply retroactively to all work published by The Rockefeller University Press before November 1, 2007. Authors who previously assigned their copyright to the Press are now granted the right to use their own work in any way they like, as long as they acknowledge the original publication.

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SirsiDynix unveils latest version of Web Reporter for Horizon 7.4.1 users - 02 May 2008

Library technology solutions provider SirsiDynix, US, has announced the availability of SirsiDynix Web Reporter release 1.5 for users of SirsiDynix Horizon 7.4.1. SirsiDynix Web Reporter is a reporting solution designed to work with Oracle, Sybase, Microsoft SQL, and DB2 SQL databases. It is projected as an easy-to-use, web-based tool for library staff to run predefined reports, as well as create and customise reports.

Effective immediately, Horizon 7.4.1 users can access detailed release notes on Web Reporter 1.5 via the SirsiDynix Client Care Portal, plus upgrade to the new release by contacting SirsiDynix Client Care.

SirsiDynix Web Reporter users are expected to benefit from new dashboard reports, more than 180 modifications to metadata and the upgrade to MicroStrategy 8.1 functionality including interactive dashboard capability. With the latest release, users will be able to report immediately on data collected with new Horizon 7.4.1 functionality for transit materials and top circulation.

The upgrade to Web reporter 1.5 includes the option to have objects moved from the existing 1.4 project into the 1.5 release. This includes locally created reports, custom groups, filters and metrics.

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Virgo Publishing calls for applications for Scientific Excellence Awards - 02 May 2008

B2B publisher Virgo Publishing, US, has announced that applications for the INSIDER, Food Product Design and inside cosmeceuticals Scientific Excellence Awards are now being accepted. The awards will be presented at SupplySide West 2008, October 22-24 at The Venetian & The Sands in Las Vegas. Each award will be given to an ingredient supplier or technology provider that has achieved remarkable innovation.

The Scientific Excellence Awards acknowledge companies that are contributing to science-based, cutting-edge product development. Ingredient suppliers or technology providers with new ingredient/technology science, a new application, or any research-based breakthrough in ingredient/technology science are encouraged to submit an application for the awards online at NaturalProductsINSIDER.com for the INSIDER award, FoodProductDesign.com for the Food Product Design award or InsideCosmeceuticals.com for the inside cosmeceuticals award. Applications will be accepted through July 11, 2008.

The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges comprised of R&D and product development professionals from leading dietary supplement, food or cosmetic/personal care manufacturing companies. R&D, product development and science professionals from supplement, food and cosmetic/personal care manufacturing companies interested in participating on the panel of judges can volunteer at NaturalProductsINSIDER.com/panel, FoodProductDesign.com/panel or InsideCosmeceuticals.com/panel, respectively.

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WVU engineering professor named president of SAE International - 02 May 2008

Professor James E. Smith of the West Virginia University (WVU) has been named the next president of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International, US. A faculty member of the WVU College of Engineering and Mineral Resources since 1984, Smith will be the fourth president to come from academia in SAE history.

Although Smith's term as president will not officially begin until January 2009, the WVU professor will spend much of the next six months attending meetings and conferences, interacting with government and industry officials and otherwise preparing to take SAE's helm. He will serve as SAE president throughout 2009.

Smith has been an active member of SAE for 23 years and served on the organisation's board of directors from 2005-08. He also served on SAE's engineering meetings board and technical standards board, and he was a liaison to its publication board. Additionally, he worked with the SAE Convergence Program Office and served as general chair of the 14th Asia Pacific Automotive Engineering Conference in 2007.

Originally known as the Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE International sets standards for a wide variety of products and processes in the aerospace, automotive and commercial vehicle industries. The organisation provides lifelong learning opportunities for members and professionals by publishing over 3,000 technical papers a year, hosting 23 conferences a year, sponsoring numerous seminars and providing access to industrial and academic research. It also publishes numerous print and electronic publications, including engineering magazines, technical papers and books.

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ALPSP report on author-perceived quality characteristics of STM Journals now available - 01 May 2008

The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), US, has announced the availability of a new research report by John J. Regazzi and Selanay Aytac from the Scholarly Communications Lab at Long Island University.

The research study seeks to explore the author-perceived quality characteristics of science, technology and medicine (STM) journals. This research, using sixteen previously identified and researched measures of quality for STM journals, explores the most important of these measures as well as illustrating what user characteristics might affect quality ratings and perceptions. The study identified some significant differences by discipline, gender, and tenured status. Overall, the three most important attributes were the reputation of the journal, the estimated length of time to article publication, and the readership of the journal.

The findings bring new insight into this area for the scholarly research community.

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Dear Subscribers - 01 May 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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EBSCO Publishing expands Shibboleth authentication service to Germany - 01 May 2008

Electronic research databases provider EBSCO publishing (EBSCO), a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., US, has announced that it has expanded its Shibboleth authentication service to Germany. German institutions will now be able to use Shibboleth via the DFN-AAI (Authentication Authorizing Infrastructure).

EBSCO worked with the German Research Network (DFN) to enable universities to access their EBSCOhost research databases through Shibboleth authentication. The standards-based, open source middleware software provides Single SignOn (SSO) for the web within organisations. Sites using Shibboleth can make authorisation access decisions regulating individual access to their protected online resources.

EBSCO first introduced support of the Shibboleth authentication service in 2004, in response to customer requests. Library administrators can enable any of these Shibboleth authentication services in EBSCOadmin, the administrative module for EBSCOhost.

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MarketResearch.com announces business partnership with CRISIL Research - 01 May 2008

Market intelligence products and services provider MarketResearch.com, US, has announced a business partnership with CRISIL Research, India. The deal allows for the marketing and distribution of CRISIL Research's proprietary market analyses through the MarketResearch.com website.

Business professionals across the globe will now be able to access complete product descriptions and tables of contents from research publications authored by CRISIL Research. In addition, visitors to the MarketResearch.com website will have the ability to purchase the material directly through MarketResearch.com's secure server.

CRISIL Research provides business research and opinion on issues impacting the competitiveness of Indian industries and companies. It publishes reports on over 45 sectors which provide a business and financial outlook as well as an in-depth analysis of parameters that influence the profitability of these sectors - demand-supply dynamics, cost structure, regulation, technology, players and international developments. CRISIL's independent demand forecast over a 3-5 year timeframe and key monitorables are part of each report.

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Scientific business of Thomson Reuters launches a new biomarkers report - 01 May 2008

The Scientific business of Thomson Reuters (formerly Thomson Scientific) has announced the launch of a new biomarkers report - 'Establishing the Standards in Biomarker Research.' The report gives a detailed introduction to the world of biomarkers, an overview of the regulatory context surrounding them, and highlights ongoing biomarker research in some of the world's leading Pharma companies.

Thomson Reuters has chosen to highlight advances in biomarker research because of its capacity to change the way Pharma companies do business. Biomarkers which are blood-based tests, gene sequences or mutations, mRNA expression profiles or tissue proteins, provide unparalleled evidence of the state of an organism, or indicate normal biological processes, pathogenic processes or pharmacological responses to a therapeutic intervention.

The new Thomson Reuters biomarker report suggests that the disease areas at the forefront of the drive to discover new biomarkers are cancer, cardiology, neurology, and metabolic, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. However, although biomarkers represent the future of drug development, Thomson Reuters analysis has found broad differences in the Pharma industry's approach to them. Some innovators have important biomarker research projects progressing, while many others have yet to attempt any research at all.

The Scientific business of Thomson Reuters provides information and knowledge to accelerate research, discovery and innovation. Its authoritative, accurate and timely information is essential for drug companies to discover new drugs and get them to market faster; researchers to find relevant papers and know what's newly published in their subject; and businesses to optimise their intellectual property and find competitive intelligence.

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Springer and Nanoethics Group release anthology on urgent and near-term issues facing Nanotechnology - 01 May 2008

STM publisher Springer, Germany, and The Nanoethics Group have released a collection of important papers addressing a range of near-term issues related to nanotechnology's ethical and social implications. The Nanoethics Group is a non-partisan research organisation formed to study nanotechnology's impact on society and related ethical issues.

The anthology Nanotechnology and Society: Current and Emerging Ethical Issues tackles such contentious issues as environmental impact, health dangers, medical benefits, intellectual property, professional code of ethics, privacy, international governance, and more. It features sixteen papers focused on the most urgent issues arising from nanotechnology today and in the near future. Written by leading researchers, policy experts, and nanoethics scholars worldwide, the book is divided into five units - foundational issues; risk and regulation; industry and policy; the human condition; and selected global issues.

The volume, co-edited by Fritz Allhoff of Western Michigan University and Patrick Lin of California Polytechnic State University; Dartmouth College, presents papers by notable names in nanotechnology and nanoethics. Organisations such as Canada's Commission de l'Éthique de la Science et de la Technologie, the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies, the Meridian Institute, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars also contributed papers.

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Terry Sweeney named Editor in Chief of TechWeb's Internet Evolution - 01 May 2008

TechWeb, a division of United Business Media, has announced that Terry Sweeney will rejoin the company as the Editor in Chief of Internet Evolution. Internet Evolution is a Web 2.0 site dedicated to investigating the future of the Internet. He will report to Joseph Braue, TechWeb Senior Vice President and Group Director of Light Reading.

In this newly-created position, Sweeney will be responsible for the management of Internet Evolution's broadband video documentaries and interviews; investigative reports, ThinkerNet blogosphere and user-generated content. With more than 20 years of experience in storage, networking, security and wireless, Sweeney has a long history with TechWeb. Earlier, he was editor-in-chief of Byte & Switch as well as the founding editor of the IT security website, Dark Reading and Storage Pipeline.

TechWeb, the global leader in business technology media, is an innovative business focused on serving the needs of technology decision-makers and marketers worldwide. The company produces some of the most respected and consumed media brands in the business technology market. TechWeb also provides end-to-end services ranging from next-generation performance marketing, integrated media, research, and analyst services.

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