Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University select Ex Libris Rosetta - 30 Jun 2015
Library automation and preservation solutions provider Ex Libris® Group has announced that Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University have adopted the Rosetta digital asset management and preservation solution. Rosetta will enable the libraries to manage and preserve their digital collections, including born-digital objects such as web sites and research data, in perpetuity.
With Rosetta, the three institutions will be able to implement the solution together and work off one infrastructure, providing end-to-end digital asset management and preservation for the vast array of assets in all of their libraries.
Installed in libraries and archives worldwide, Rosetta encompasses the entire digital preservation workflow, including the acquisition, validation, ingest, storage, preservation, and delivery of digital objects. Rosetta enables academic institutions as well as libraries, archives, and other memory institutions to manage, preserve, and provide access in perpetuity to institutional documents, research output in digital formats, digital images, websites, and other digitally born and digitized materials.
BMJ opens new office in Hoboken, New Jersey, adds to operations in China and Brazil - 30 Jun 2015
Global healthcare knowledge provider BMJ has opened an office in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA. The North American office reflects the growing demand for BMJ's journals, clinical decision support tools, and quality improvement solutions, in the world's largest healthcare market.
BMJ publishes The BMJ and a portfolio of more than 60 world leading medical and allied science journals, including several that are published in collaboration with US based medical societies and associations.
Located on the Hudson River waterfront at Two Hudson Place, the new office includes staff in marketing, sales, publishing, and customer support. It adds to BMJ offices in other parts of the world, including China and Brazil.
Chemical Abstracts Service registers 100 millionth chemical substance in CAS REGISTRY - 30 Jun 2015
Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), the world's authority for chemical information, has registered the 100 millionth chemical substance in the CAS REGISTRY, in the 50th anniversary year of the world's largest database of unique chemical substances.
With a steady increase in patenting activity around the globe, it is not surprising the 100 millionth small molecule registration comes from a patent. In this case, the substance was reported in a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) patent from Coferon, Inc. (Coferon) in Stony Brook, NY. The inventors claim the molecule, CAS RN 1786400-23-4, available in both SciFinder® and STN®, is a novel therapeutic designed to treat acute myeloid leukemia.
Started in 1965 as a project to uniquely identify and track chemical substance information, the CAS Registry system is the only complete and accurate source of unique identifiers, known as CAS Registry Numbers for all organic and inorganic substances disclosed in scientific publications and other reputable sources. Today, scientists, intellectual property professionals and compliance specialists around the world rely on CAS Registry Numbers to instantaneously identify and access the exact chemical needed for their research, safety and compliance needs.
The invention of CAS REGISTRY revolutionized the chemical information field and transformed research since the mid 60's, and CAS Registry Numbers are ubiquitous in mainstream society today. Global regulatory organisations, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency and The ACT on the Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals regulatory body in Korea, require all new chemical substances manufactured or imported to be identified by a CAS Registry Number. These are also used on Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) around the world as a reliable resource for safe handling and transport of chemicals. CAS Registry Numbers are found on consumer products we use, e.g., paint cans and shampoo labels, and are relied upon in numerous web information sources, including chemical suppliers sites, Wikipedia, PubChem, and ChemSpider, to provide the one unique key that can open the world of information about that substance.
The substantial growth in worldwide chemical discoveries over the past 10 years is reflected in CAS REGISTRY. A view of all substances added since 1965 shows that the pace of research has significantly accelerated in the past ten years. Of the 100 million substances in CAS REGISTRY, approximately 75 million were added over the past 10 years. On average, CAS has registered 1 substance every 2.5 minutes over the past 50 years.
EBSCO Information Services' new tools provide a simple way to download and enjoy e-books anywhere - 30 Jun 2015
EBSCO Information Services has announced two new tools to enhance the EBSCO eBooks™ experience for library users. The EBSCO eBooks mobile app and the EBSCO eBooks viewer allow library users to download e-books easily, and enjoy an optimal viewing environment regardless of whether they are accessing the e-book on a mobile, tablet device or a desktop or laptop computer.
Libraries that make the free EBSCO eBooks app available to their users give their patrons the ability to download e-books to their Apple or Android tablet or mobile devices for an on-the-go, full-text viewing experience. Users can view a list of the e-books their library makes available on EBSCO eBooks, download the e-book using their library card, student ID or corporate employee number and start reading immediately.
The app allows people to access e-books from their library whenever they want, wherever they want. They can also place holds on best-selling titles and new releases, and not worry about late fees or return notices because the e-book is returned automatically once the lending period expires. Each reader can adjust the font size, margins, contrast and more to meet their particular preferences as well as sync bookmarks and recent positions in the same titles across mobile devices.
The EBSCO eBooks viewer is a browser-based, e-book reader for use on a desktop or laptop computer or tablet device. Users can browse a library's online catalogue using EBSCOhost® and EBSCO Discovery Service™, and seamlessly begin reading titles without needing special software. A reader simply has to select the e-book in a library's digital collection and press either the PDF Full Text or EPUB Full Text button to automatically launch the viewer.
Users can customise their reading experience by hiding the contents panel for an unobstructed reading pane, can read in full screen mode and use various options to zoom in and out. Turning pages in the viewer is accomplished by using the Page Next and Page Previous buttons or scrolling vertically using the mouse, track pad or touchscreen. Readers can also navigate by typing in the desired page number in the page number box or by clicking the hyperlinked sections in the table of contents.
Many EBSCO eBooks titles are available in both EPUB and PDF formats and both formats are accessible via the app and the viewer. The app and the viewer also support the new enhanced navigation and accessibility features available in titles in the EPUB format. Additionally, e-books purchased on any platform, including GOBI, ECM, OASIS and Title 3, can be displayed on the app and the viewer.
EBSCO eBooks offers more than 700,000 e-books and audiobooks. EBSCO proactively acquires new content in critical areas, based on the dynamic needs of libraries. Accessing the EBSCOhost platform for e-books and audiobooks saves librarians training time and adds a well-known search platform to the end user's experience. Allowing end users to search for e-books and audiobooks along with their EBSCOhost database content improves the discoverability of library collections. Lowering the cost for libraries makes the decision to focus on or add to e-book and audiobook collections easier and more cost-effective.
Elsevier announces 2014 Citation Impact highlights - 30 Jun 2015
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the highlights of its journal Impact Factor performance in 2014. According to the 2014 Journal Citation Reports® (JCR) published by Thomson Reuters, Elsevier saw 55 percent of its journal Impact Factors increase from 2013 to 2014, ahead of the aggregate across other journals. In 2014, Elsevier journals occupied the top rank in 62 subject categories, up from 61 in 2013.
An additional 14 Elsevier journals have risen to the top of one or more of their subject categories, and 25 journals have received an Impact Factor for the first time. Among these are Physics of the Dark Universe (8.571) and Journal of CO2 Utilization (3.091), ranking in the top quartile of their respective subject categories.
The Lancet saw an increase of 15% (from 39.207 to 45.217), confirming its position as one of the world's leading medical journals. New specialty daughter journals The Lancet Global Health, The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology and The Lancet Respiratory Medicine all debuted with high Impact Factors: 10.042, 9.185 and 9.629 respectively, ranking at or near the top of their subject categories.
Cell, the flagship journal of Cell Press, remains the top research journal in the "Biochemistry & Molecular Biology" and "Cell Biology" categories. Cell Press' open-access titles continue to draw attention, with Stem Cell Reports debuting this year with an Impact Factor of 5.365, while Cell Reports builds on last year's inaugural success with an increase of 16% to 8.358. The Trends review journal series continues to flourish, embodied by Trends in Cognitive Sciences which has more than doubled its Impact Factor in just 4 years from 9.686 to 21.965.
Of the 426 titles in the JCR that Elsevier publishes on behalf of societies, 266 (or 62%) saw their Impact Factors increase in 2014. And with an increase of 8% the Journal of the American College of Cardiology retains its top ranking in the "Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems" category.
Impact Factor evaluates a journal's citation impact when compared to others in the same field. It provides a ratio of citations to the journal normalized by an estimate of the journal's scholarly article contribution. The 2014 Impact Factor takes into account citations in 2014 compared to papers published in 2012 and 2013.
The IET announces new appointments for EMEA sales team - 30 Jun 2015
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced new appointments to its sales team for EMEA, with immediate effect.
Andrew Altmann joins as Regional Sales Director EMEA, based at IET's offices in Stevenage, with responsibility for EMEA digital sales, global books and journals sales, and management of customer services and sales support teams. Most recently, Andrew was Sales Director at BMJ Publishing, with responsibility for sales of the BMJ journals portfolio and clinical information databases. Andrew brings considerable experience of leading sales teams across international markets with EMAP, the Economist Group, and Reed Elsevier.
Chris Murawski joins as Regional Sales Manager EMEA, based from a regional office in Poland, with responsibility for developing new business with academic and corporate customers across EMEA, and also through IET channel partners, agents and distributors. Previously, Chris was Senior Account Manager for Proquest, covering Central Eastern Europe.
The IET knowledge portfolio continues to grow with the launch of IET.tv and Engineering & Technology Reference in addition to the wealth of resources available through IET Inspec (now over 15 million records) and the IET Digital Library.
Thieme Chemistry releases Science of Synthesis 4.1 - 30 Jun 2015
Scientific publisher Thieme Chemistry has announced Science of Synthesis (SOS) 4.1, the latest release of its unique full-text resource for methods and experimental procedures in synthetic organic chemistry. Available as of June, Science of Synthesis will include the latest Knowledge Updates and additions from the Reference Library – a total of approximately 1,650 printed pages of new material. An enhanced interface design and increased content linking through Digital Object Identifiers further enrich the user experience.
The latest release of Science of Synthesis will see the addition of SOS Knowledge Updates comprising approximately 500 printed pages. It includes an entirely new chapter on five-five-fused hetarenes featuring examples of more unusual selenium and tellurium systems. The use of supercritical carbon dioxide as a reaction medium for organic synthesis is another focus. These are only the latest in a continuous series of knowledge updates that follow proven editorial processes and strict criteria for method selection to ensure consistently high content quality. New content will frequently be added to the digital version, which continues to be the most up-to-date evaluated digital reference work available, reflecting the latest developments in synthetic methodology.
The available content from the Science of Synthesis Reference Library has also been expanded to include two new volumes comprising a total of 1,168 printed pages. C-1 Building Blocks in Organic Synthesis (2 vols.), edited by Piet W. N. M. van Leeuwen and written by 54 experts, reviews a wide range of reactions to form C–C bonds, including reactions involving catalytic methods, an area that has seen significant developments in recent years. The authoritative overview includes contributions on the first catalysts to enable the introduction of fluoromethyl groups in aromatics.
Science of Synthesis 4.1 also comes with an enhanced interface design that features book covers with zoom functionality to facilitate navigation and allow for a quick overview of volume editors. The linking to the primary literature through Digital Object Identifiers is increased to further enrich the user experience. The latest SOS version also includes a number of bug fixes and general software improvements to ensure smooth and stable product performance. Many of the suggested fixes arose after intensive discussions with the customer base worldwide (through WebEx sessions, company visits and international roadshows).
Interested parties may visit http://sos.thieme.com to get access to Science of Synthesis 4.1 or a free trial.
University Press of Florida Director, Meredith Babb, assumes leadership of AAUP - 30 Jun 2015
Meredith Babb, Director of the University Press of Florida, assumed leadership of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) on June 20, 2015, at the Association's annual meeting in Denver, Colorado. Babb succeeds Barbara Kline Pope, Director of the National Academies Press, and will lead the Association for one year, ending her term in June of 2016.
AAUP, formally established in 1937, advances the essential need for a global community of almost 140 publishers whose mission is to ensure academic excellence and cultivate knowledge. Babb will lead the Association as spokesperson and advocate for member presses and, as President, will work with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to help steer the organisation as it accomplishes the goals set forth in the Strategic Plan adopted in 2014. Babb has been an invaluable member of the AAUP community, having served on the Board of Directors since 2009 and working on numerous committees, including Nominating, Constituency, Library Relations, and more.
Babb began her work in publishing with William C. Brown Publishing, where she was responsible for sales, service, editorial prospecting, and market information for southeast region of the United States. She joined the University of Tennessee Press as Acquisitions Editor in 1992, serving four years before moving to the University Press of Florida as Editor-In-Chief. In 2005, Babb became the Director of UPF, where she continues to lead the financial, policy, and strategic agendas of the forty-two year old press.
In addition to her work with AAUP, Babb is an avid volunteer. Babb was a member of the Duke University Leadership Council in both 2002 and 2004 and has served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Humanities Council since 2007. In addition to that outstanding service, Babb has also served on the Boards of over 10 other organisations, including the Greater Knoxville Greenways Committee and the Florida Rowing Association.
Boopsie, Inc. releases new case study exploring mobile app’s effect on library system - 29 Jun 2015
Boopsie, Inc., the mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide, has released a case study focused on its partnership with San Diego County Library (SDCL) to expand the library system's reach and engagement with its community. Boopsie worked with the Library to create a custom branded app that enables mobile catalogue searches and access to library services.
Before partnering with Boopsie, SDCL was aware of the trend towards offering mobile access to library resources but did not have the time, budget or expertise required to offer their patrons a custom mobile application. The study explores the results of a partnership between Boopsie and SDCL to implement the SDCL-branded app. Among other key findings, it highlights how SDCL attracted 3,000 monthly unique users through implementation of the app.
Anyone may receive a free copy by visiting the Boopsie booth (#2929) at the American Library Association Conference in San Francisco June 26th-30th, or by registering at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SDCLcasestudy.
California State University adopts Ex Libris solutions for their next-generation library platform - 29 Jun 2015
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris® Group has announced that the California State University (CSU) has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution to deliver seamless, state of the art access to print and electronic resources for students and faculty. CSU campuses are migrating from various systems including Innovative Interfaces' Millennium and Sierra, ProQuest's 360 Link and Summon and from Ex Libris Voyager and SFX.
CSU is the largest senior university system in the nation, with 23 campuses, more than 460,000 students and 47,000 faculty and staff. The 23 campus libraries are leveraging next generation technologies and adopting a new collaborative platform. When selecting a new Unified Library Management System, the CSU looked for a solution that would facilitate discovery, unify resources, provide powerful analytics, and simplify workflows.
After a thorough evaluation, CSU concluded that the Ex Libris suite of solutions offers a comprehensive approach that will help the campuses improve services and enhance the user experience, all while automating and streamlining library operations across workflows and resource types.
Dr. Erik R. Swenson to succeed Dr. John B. West as Editor-in-Chief of the journal High Altitude Medicine & Biology - 29 Jun 2015
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers has announced that Dr. Erik R. Swenson will assume the role of Editor-in-Chief of the journal High Altitude Medicine & Biology in 2016. Dr. Swenson will succeed Dr. John B. West, who has provided extraordinary leadership for the journal over the last 16 years since its launch in 2000. Dr. West will be stepping down from his role and will remain as Founding Editor.
Dr. Swenson is Professor of Medicine, Physiology, and Biophysics at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. His work over the past 20 years has been supported continuously by grants from the NIH, Veterans Administration, and American Lung Association. He serves as an advisor to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, National Institutes of Health, and American Lung Association. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Physiology and American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
High Altitude Medicine & Biology is a peer-reviewed journal focused exclusively on the latest advances in high altitude life sciences, and is the primary source of information for clinicians, physiologists, and researchers studying the effects of reduced atmospheric pressure and oxygen deprivation. The journal delivers critical findings on the impact of high altitude on lung and heart disease, appetite and weight loss, pulmonary and cerebral edema, hypertension, dehydration, infertility, and other diseases. It covers the full spectrum of high altitude life sciences from pathology to human and animal ecology.
EBSCO and the H. W. Wilson Foundation expand partnership to build an open dissertations database - 29 Jun 2015
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and the H.W. Wilson Foundation are expanding their partnership with the goal of making searching for electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) easier and more open.
In 2014, the two organisations created American Doctoral Dissertations™ which contains indexing from the H.W. Wilson print publication, Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universities, 1933-1955. Under the expanded partnership, the H.W. Wilson Foundation has agreed to support the expansion of the scope of the American Doctoral Dissertations database to include records for dissertations and theses from 1955 to the present. The goal is to create a single portal for ETDs which can be added to university profiles and accessed online at www.opendissertations.com.
In addition, the availability of the database on the open Web (www.opendissertations.com) will provide independent scholars a single resource to identify the location of dissertations from top universities related to their research.
The EBSCO Support Site contains information to help librarians learn more about adding American Doctoral Dissertations to EBSCOhost profiles.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 29 Jun 2015
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Michael Clarke (The Changing Nature of Scale in STM and Scholarly Publishing); Jason Illian (Why the Subscription Model for Ebooks Doesn't Work (at Least Not Yet)); Agnès Festré and Pierre Garrouste (The economics of attention: Is there an appropriate balance between the interests of information providers and users?); and David Smith (Surveillance and the Scholarly World: What Shall We Do With The Database of Intentions?). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
NFAIS launches Lunch & Learn Virtual Education Series - 29 Jun 2015
The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS™), a global, nonprofit membership organisation serving the information community, has announced the launch of a virtual program called the NFAIS Lunch & Learn Education Series.
As part of this program, NFAIS invites information experts and professionals to submit presentations to speak in one of the scheduled Lunch & Learn webinars beginning in September 2015. Accepted presenters will share their experiences and expertise on relevant topics in information services, and make valuable contributions to the information community.
Interested potential speakers can submit presentations by August 7, 2015 to be considered for acceptance by NFAIS's Workshop and Webinar Planning Committee for the first set of webinars this fall and in 2016.
Attendees of the Lunch & Learn education series will have access to a dynamic, interactive webinar forum to hear from their peers and learn about emerging technologies, innovative business models, plus new thinking and ideas in the scholarly research and publishing fields. The Lunch & Learn Series is free for NFAIS members while non-members are charged a nominal fee.
Throughout the NFAIS Lunch & Learn education series, presenters will be scholarly and commercial publishers, government officials, entrepreneurial startup leaders, research librarians, data and database professionals and more. Topics covered will range widely from open access, discovery and mobility of information, research data management and publication, the globalization of content, to how new content platforms are changing the game for scholarly researchers and publishers. Attendees of this education series will be at the forefront of understanding what's new, cutting edge and thought-provoking in the information services community.
Presenters can read about the NFAIS Lunch & Learn presentation guidelines and the evaluation process at the program's website.
NISO elects new leadership for 2015-2016 - 29 Jun 2015
The membership of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has elected new leadership for the 2015-2016 term that begins on July 1, 2015. Mike Teets, Executive Director, Strategy, Governance & Architecture at OCLC, who was elected last year and has served as Vice Chair during the current term, will become Chair of NISO for the 2015-16 term.
B. Tommie Usdin, President of Mulberry Technologies, Inc., has been elected to serve as Vice Chair of the NISO Board of Directors. She will transition into the chairmanship in the 2016-17 term next July. Usdin has long been a leader in the technology around content markup and publishing production process and has organised a number of community efforts and conferences on the subject. She has served as an active member of NISO's Board of Directors since 2013 and has been a member of the NISO Journal Article Tag Suite (JATS) working group. She currently also serves as Co-Chair of the JATS standing committee. Gerry Grenier, Director of Publishing Technologies at IEEE, who is completing his term as Chair, will cycle into the role as Past Chair on the NISO Board of Directors Executive Committee when his term as Chair ends on June 30, 2015.
Industry leaders Sayeed Choudhury, Associate Dean for Research Data Management and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center, the Johns Hopkins University Libraries; Chris Shillum, Vice President, Product Management Platform and Content, Reed Elsevier; and Charles Thomas, Executive Director, USMAI Library Consortium were also elected to seats on the NISO Board of Directors.
These new members will join current Directors who will continue their terms through 2015-16 in determining priorities, managing operations and setting strategic direction for the organisation.
ProQuest names John “JG” Chirapurath as its new Senior VP and General Manager of ProQuest Workflow Solutions - 29 Jun 2015
ProQuest has named John "JG" Chirapurath as its new Senior Vice President and General Manager of ProQuest Workflow Solutions. In his new role, Chirapurath will lead strategic development of the company's technology business that focuses on empowering academic researchers with solutions that improve research outcomes, and providing librarians with transformative cloud-based workflow solutions that enable the library to deliver greater value to their institutions.
Chirapurath comes to ProQuest with more than 15 years of progressive experience in technology companies—from start-ups to Fortune 50 organizations. Most recently he was Vice President and General Manager of Hewlett Packard's Application Lifecycle Management business.
Other cross-functional leadership positions include Senior Director at two different business units at Microsoft. He also co-founded Sarvega, a pioneer of intelligent data center switches. As Vice President, Co-Founder and Board Member, he was instrumental in scaling the business and helping lead the acquisition of Sarvega by Intel Corporation.
SAGE set to publish the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism - 29 Jun 2015
Academic publisher SAGE has announced that it will begin publishing the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism (JCBFM) in partnership with the International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism (ISCBFM) from January 2016. JCBFM was previously published by Nature Publishing Group.
JCBFM stands at the interface between basic and clinical neurovascular research, and features timely and relevant research highlighting experimental, theoretical, and clinical aspects of brain circulation, metabolism and imaging. The journal is relevant to any physician or scientist with an interest in brain function, cerebrovascular disease, cerebral vascular regulation and brain metabolism, including neurologists, neurochemists, physiologists, pharmacologists, anesthesiologists, neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons, neuropathologists and neuroscientists.
JCBFM is edited by Ulrich Dirnagl of the Charité University in Berlin, Germany and Martin Lauritzen of the Glostrup Hospital and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
American Psychological Association to index scholarly journal and book collections with ReadCube’s Discover service - 26 Jun 2015
The American Psychological Association (APA) has announced a partnership with publishing software company ReadCube to index their scholarly journal and book collections with ReadCube's Discover service. All 110 journals comprising the PsycARTICLES database, including several of the most highly cited and leading journals in psychology, along with more than 65,000 books and book chapters from PsycBOOKS have been fully indexed and are searchable across ReadCube's web, desktop, and mobile reading portals, and are included in ReadCube's search engines and recommendation feeds.
Over 260K journal articles and chapters from scholarly books are now indexed and available as enhanced PDFs when viewed within ReadCube's free Web, Desktop and Mobile Apps.
In addition to deep-indexing, when read within any of the free ReadCube apps, articles and book chapters will be available with ReadCube's popular enhanced reading features including hyperlinked in-line citations, annotations, clickable author names, instant access to supplemental content and figures, social sharing, and altmetrics.
Association of Research Libraries expresses support for principles of transparency and openness - 26 Jun 2015
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has expressed its support for the principles of transparency and openness. The association has joined an effort to reform research and publishing practices.
Transparency and reproducibility are cornerstones of how science creates knowledge. Evidence for scientific claims should be shared openly so others can evaluate, question, replicate, or extend scientific studies. When evidence cannot be reproduced independently, then it should not be accepted as credible evidence. Despite their importance, transparency and reproducibility are not often rewarded. Lack of transparency reduces the credibility of published results, which in turn undercuts the efficient and effective use of funding to support scientific advancement. To improve research transparency, the scientific community is undertaking a series of reforms.
The Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Committee has published the TOP Guidelines, a set of author guidelines that journals can adopt to enhance the transparency of the research they publish. These guidelines represent a concrete and actionable strategy toward improving research and publishing practices. Already, 111 journals and 34 organisations, including ARL, have expressed support for the principles of transparency and openness and have pledged to consider adopting them within the next year. ARL joins a broad coalition across scientific disciplines including societies such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Geophysical Union, and the Association for Psychological Science.
The TOP Guidelines are modular in nature, encompassing eight standards with three levels of increasing commitment to transparency for each. The modularity allows for journals to select the standards and levels that are practical and appropriate to their discipline.
TOP is first and foremost a transparency initiative that promotes disclosure of data, code, and procedures. By allowing others in the scientific community to retrace the steps that produced a research finding, transparency reduces cost, enables researchers to leverage many datasets to establish greater precision in estimating effects, ultimately accelerating the pace of scientific discovery.
The guidelines are the output of a November 2014 meeting at the Center for Open Science (COS), co-hosted with the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) and Science Magazine, and funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. The TOP Committee is a diverse group of 39 journal editors, society leaders, funders, and other stakeholders in the behavioural and social sciences.
Elsevier unveils seven Library Information Science Books at ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition - 26 Jun 2015
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the publication of seven new library and information science books, including Digital Futures, a co-branded book project with the UK's Jisc; Informed Systems by Mary M. Somerville; and Marketing the 21st Century Library by Debra Lucas-Alfieri.
These and four others will be featured in the library information science (LIS) portfolio in Elsevier booth #504 at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 25-30, in San Francisco. Two of the authors are presenting at ALA in Elsevier's booth and at a luncheon speaker event as part of Elsevier's new Library Learning Trends, a professional development program for librarians.
In order to meet content needs in library and information science, Elsevier uses proprietary tools to identify the gaps in coverage of the topic. Editorial teams strategically fill those gaps with content written by key influencers in the field, giving students, practitioners and researchers the content they need to answer challenging questions and improve outcomes. These new books, which will educate the next generation of library and information science experts and provide critical foundational content for information professionals, are key examples.
A co-branded project with Jisc, Digital Futures: Expert Briefings on Digital Technologies for Education and Research resulted from the Jisc Digital Festival 2014 (Digifest), an event featuring experts on digital education and research. Edited by current and former Jisc leaders Martin Hall, Martyn Harrow and Lorraine Estelle, the book brings cutting-edge discussion - as heard at Digifest - to information professionals and academic librarians. Digital Futures provides expert briefings on emerging trends in digital technologies that are transforming teaching and research in higher education.
Informed Systems: Organizational Design for Learning in Action was written by Dr. Mary M. Somerville, a University Librarian and Professor at the University of Colorado Denver and Library Director at the Auraria Library, a tri-institutional organization serving the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Community College of Denver. Dr. Somerville is speaking twice on June 27, first from 8:30 - 10 am in an ALA session on "Lifelong Learning for Libraries: Using Organizational Learning Theory to Manage Change," and later at 11 am in the Elsevier booth on the topic of "Informed Systems."
Marketing the 21st Century Library: The Time Is Now was authored by Debra Lucas-Alfieri, MLS, head of Reference and Interlibrary Loan at D'Youville College in Buffalo, NY. Ms. Lucas-Alfieri will present three case studies from her book during the Library Marketing and Outreach Interest Group Meeting at the ALA conference on June 27, 10:30 - 11:30 am, and will then discuss "Information Through the Ages" in the Elsevier booth on June 28, at 11 am.
The new library and information science books available now are: Marketing the 21st Century Library: The Time Is Now by Debra Lucas-Alfieri; and To MOOC or Not to MOOC: How Can Online Learning Help to Build the Future of Higher Education? by Sarah Porter.
New LIS titles coming in July are: Digital Futures: Expert Briefings on Digital Technologies for Education and Research, edited by Martin Hall, Martyn Harrow and Lorraine Estelle; Informed Systems: Organizational Design for Learning in Action by Mary M. Somerville; Managing Scientific Information and Research Data by Svetla Baykoucheva; Information Professionals' Career Confidential: Straight Talk and Savvy Tips by Ulla de Stricker; and Strategic Human Resource Planning for Academic Libraries: Information, Technology and Organization by Michael Crumpton.
The books are available on the Elsevier Store and on ScienceDirect, Elsevier's full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from over 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 33,000 book titles.
Ex Libris and EBSCO Information Systems in deal to enable more streamlined journal and ebook acquisition workflows - 26 Jun 2015
Library automation services provider Ex Libris Group and EBSCO Information Systems (EBSCO), a library technology, content and services provider have announced an agreement to streamline libraries' acquisition processes and optimise the experience of library patrons who are using Ex Libris solutions to access full-text content hosted on the EBSCOhost platform. The two companies have committed to expanding their collaboration to other areas as well.
According to the agreement, all print and electronic book and journal orders placed via an EBSCO online collection-development or ordering system will be automatically updated in the Ex Libris Alma® library management service through EBSCO's use of the Alma Real Time Acquisition application programming interface (API). This first phase of the integration will streamline and further automate the acquisition process for libraries.
In addition, EBSCO is making its proprietary linking technology available to Ex Libris to improve the accuracy of links from Ex Libris solutions to full text articles hosted on the EBSCOhost platform.
IOS Press continues Impact Factor growth - 26 Jun 2015
STM publisher IOS Press has announced that its journal Impact Factors continue to increase, according to the 2014 Journal Citation Reports® (JCR) released by Thomson Reuters © 2015.
Twenty-five IOS Press journals are currently included in the JCR, with 64 percent of titles showing an increase. Particularly noteworthy is Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems, a well-established journal that has achieved an impressive 94 percent Impact Factor increase. It ranks 45th out of 123 journals in the competitive Computer Science: Artificial Intelligence category with an Impact Factor of 1,812.
Other journals that have achieved strong Impact Factor growth include Fundamenta Informaticae (50%, with an IF of 0,717), Cancer Biomarkers (45%, with an IF of 1,721), Isokinetics and Exercise Science (38%, with an IF of 0,488) and WORK (89%, with an IF of 0,32).
IOS Press is pleased that a growing majority of its journals continue to show increased Impact Factors in Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports. JCR is the recognized authority for evaluating journals. The constant quality of metrics the Journal Citation Reports offers to researchers, authors, publishers, and institutions sets it apart.
ProQuest to debut functionality of Intota v2 at the ALA annual conference in San Francisco - 26 Jun 2015
ProQuest has announced that it will debut functionality of Intota v2 at the American Libraries Association annual conference in San Francisco. The increasing number of academic libraries selecting Intota™, ProQuest's cloud-based library services platform, demonstrates that libraries are embracing a transformative solution that addresses today's challenges around predominantly electronic collections, with a phased migration path to unplugging legacy ILS systems.
Capabilities in development for Intota v2 address how users think about what they do, and enable progressive academic and research libraries to evolve in a rapidly changing knowledge economy. Intota v2 is a library services platform that will encompass management of both print and electronic resources across the entire collection lifecycle.
Libraries who select Intota v1 now will have special 'preview access' to Intota v2 in the Spring of next year.
Focusing on intelligent workflows (not automation of historical processes), Intota v2 is based on a user-centric model that connects resources with users in ways that showcase the value of the library. Intota v2 will also deliver a next generation version of ProQuest's renowned Knowledgebase. Powered by a linked data metadata engine, Intota will allow libraries to participate in the revolutionary move from MARC records to linked data that can be discovered on the web, increasing the visibility of the library.
Intota is a transformative cloud-based library services platform designed to address the key needs of modern libraries—managing both electronic and print collections across the entire collection lifecycle. Powered by a comprehensive next generation knowledgebase, Intota leverages ProQuest's unparalleled electronic resource management expertise, and industry-leading discovery, linking and assessment solutions. Built using unified intelligent workflows and a linked data metadata engine, Intota increases the presence of the library by better connecting resources, people and places while facilitating knowledge exploration and acquisition on the web, bringing unprecedented value to libraries and researchers worldwide.
Available now, Intota v1 provides immediate benefits by solving the challenges of collection assessment and e-resource management. Intota v2, available mid-2016, will provide acquisitions, description and delivery capabilities and support management of both electronic and print collections. Intota v2 will enable libraries to replace their legacy ILS and evolve their services in the rapidly changing digital knowledge economy.
Research Solutions, Inc. elects John Regazzi to its board of directors - 26 Jun 2015
Reprints Desk's parent company Research Solutions, Inc., a pioneer in providing on-demand access to scientific, technical and medical (STM) information for life science companies, academic institutions, and other research intensive organisations has elected John Regazzi to its board of directors. His appointment increases the total number of board members to seven, with four members serving independently.
Regazzi is an information services and IT industry innovator, with more than four decades of experience. He is currently managing director of Akoya Capital Partners, a sector focused private investment firm, where for the last few years he has served as its professional information services sector leader. He has also been a professor at the Long Island University's College of Education, Information and Technology since 2005, and has served as dean of LIU's College of Information and Computer Science.
Before joining Akoya Capital Partners, Regazzi served for several years as CEO of Elsevier Inc. and managing director of the NYSE-listed Reed Elsevier, the world's largest publisher and information services company for journal and related scientific, technical and medical content. At Reed Elsevier, he oversaw its expansive electronic publishing portfolio, with a program staff of 3,000 and revenues exceeding $1 billion. He was previously CEO of Engineering Information, which he helped turnaround before being acquired by Reed Elsevier.
As a recognized industry thought leader, Regazzi has designed, launched, and managed some of the most innovative and well-known information services in the professional communities, including the Engineering Village, Science Direct, Scirus and Scopus, as well as numerous other electronic information services dating back to the early days of the online and CD-ROM industries.
Regazzi made his first mark on the information industry at H.W.Wilson Company, which was founded in 1888 as the nation’s first publisher of indexing service, monographs and library reference materials. As its vice president, he was the first to bring a publisher online with their own distribution services, successfully challenging the industry of established aggregation services. He also helped launch the content CD-ROM industry, creating the first commercially available CD-ROM text database and delivering the keynote address at Microsoft's first CD-ROM conference.
He has served on a variety of corporate and industry boards, including the British Standards Institute Group and the American Institute of Physics, and he recently was appointed and serves as chairman of the board of National Technical Information Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He currently serves as chairman of LawLogix Group and Inflexxion, both Akoya portfolio companies.
Regazzi's accomplishments have been recognized with a number of awards, including the St. John's University President’s Award, Columbia University's Joseph Wheeler Award, and American Library Association's Dartmouth Medal. He also received the American Society for Information Science Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation. He has published numerous articles in leading trade publications, as well as two noted books regarding the information industry.
Springer presents new white paper on Springer Book Archives - 26 Jun 2015
STM publisher Springer has released a new white paper on Springer Book Archives (SBA) in partnership with Maverick Publishing Services. The whitepaper 'Reflections on closing the gap in research' tells the story of how the Springer Book Archives came into being and how important titles were rescued from the fragility of a few print copies to become part of the world's largest collection of eBooks. The SBA has been embraced by leading universities worldwide, to be studied and enjoyed by modern scientists and to become part of the ongoing conversation that is scientific enquiry.
The paper includes the insights from leading libraries as to what triggered them to invest in an archive product like SBA and how they see the usage developing across this large collection of books. These universities include the University of Melbourne (Australia), University of Auckland (New Zealand), University of Boras (Sweden) and Istanbul Technical University (Turkey).
The general consensus among all early adopters is that the SBA titles show high usage. Researchers and students are finding that the SBA provides a variety of benefits in supporting their work. In addition, the high usage triggers libraries to explore opportunities for further cost savings of physical storage.
The paper is posted on www.springer.com/bookarchives and will be available at upcoming conferences as well.
The Springer Book Archives links the past, present and future of scholarly research with anytime, anywhere access to STM eBooks dating from the 1840s and including some of the finest minds in science. Via SpringerLink, researchers can easily discover tens of thousands of eBooks, previously unavailable. The Springer Book Archives spans 16 subject collections and comprise around 110,000 eBooks.
VU University in Amsterdam selects OCLC WorldShare Management Services - 26 Jun 2015
Vrije Universiteit (VU University) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services to manage its library resources.
WorldShare Management Services (WMS) provide cloud-based library management and discovery applications in an integrated suite. WMS offers librarians a cost-effective way to manage workflows efficiently, and improve access to library collections and services for their students, faculty and staff.
VU University is part of the UKB consortium of Dutch university libraries that is moving its library services to WorldShare, the technology platform that makes it possible to integrate their metadata management and resource sharing into a global network to gain efficiencies in workflow and IT infrastructure.
More than 330 libraries worldwide are using WorldShare Management Services to share bibliographic records, publisher and knowledge base data, vendor records, serials patterns and more. WMS also provides libraries with the unique opportunity to share innovation, applications, infrastructure, vision and success in serving their users.
Elsevier announces Clinical Solutions leadership webinar series - 25 Jun 2015
Top clinical thought leaders from STM publisher Elsevier will discuss hot topics in the healthcare industry in a leadership-oriented series of free webinars starting this week. Elsevier Clinical Solutions' ClinicalKey is presenting these webinars with Health IT Outcomes.
Michelle Troseth, Chief Professional Practice Officer for Elsevier Clinical Solutions, will present on June 25, on The Role of Practice Interoperability to Achieve an Integrated Health System.
Troseth's webinar, moderated by Health IT Outcomes' Editor John Oncea, will start at 2 pm ET, on June 25. Interested parties may visit http://tinyurl.com/nfg8b6f to register for the webinar.
Future webinars in this series will cover such topics as consistency of care, population health, and opportunities for improved patient outcomes. In addition to Troseth, these webinars will feature Dr. Peter Edelstein, Chief Medical Officer for Elsevier Clinical Solutions.
IPR License appoints Antonella Pearce as BDM - 25 Jun 2015
IPR License, the global rights and licensing trading platform, has appointed Antonella Pearce from the Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) to take on the role of Business Development Manager.
Antonella joins IPR from PLS where she worked as Publishers Relations Manager and was the key contact for publishers in relation to mandates, new licensing and rights management services.
Pearce's career in rights management began at Sage Publications Ltd where she worked as Assistant Rights Manager dealing with permissions requests and translation rights. Her role will incorporate identifying new areas of business, pitching the IPR licensing platform/services to new clients, generating additional revenue streams for members and building on existing partner relations. She will also play an integral role in developing and expanding IPR's range of bespoke technological solutions.
ProQuest announces beta launch of new ebook platform - ProQuest Ebook Central - 25 Jun 2015
ProQuest has announced the launch of the beta program for its eagerly anticipated new ebook platform - ProQuest Ebook Central ™. The new ebook platform integrates key elements from both ebrary and EBL - Ebook Library, along with all-new functionality, eliminating the complexities surrounding ebooks and delivering a superior experience for end-users and librarians.
Beta users include libraries at Oxford University, University of Michigan, Fordham Law Library and University of Wollongong.
ProQuest Ebook Central combines the strengths of the EBL and ebrary platforms. The platform's administrative portal simplifies the ebook workflow. Librarians save time and eliminate problems through streamlined acquisition process, customizable administrative tools and support for all access models, including Extended Access, eliminating user turn-aways, real-time usage and expenditure analytics and built-in interoperability with key vendors.
Ebook Central's patron experience encompasses ebrary's new Reader. Designed to work on a variety of devices, the Reader's text and page quality boosts readability while new options, including direct chapter downloads from results and detail pages, give users more control of their reading experience. The beta also debuts a variety of other new features including Superior search, Smart Bookshelf and Library Visibility.
ProQuest expects to conclude beta and go live with ProQuest Ebook Central later this year.
Springer acquires three OA journals from the Max Planck Society - 25 Jun 2015
STM publisher Springer has acquired the three pioneering 'living' open access journals: Living Reviews in Relativity (impact factor 19.25), Living Reviews in Solar Physics (impact factor 17.64) and the recently launched journal Living Reviews in Computational Astrophysics from the Max Planck Society. Furthermore, Springer has acquired the domain names livingreviews.org and livingreviews.eu, all registered Living Reviews trademarks, as well as the journals' wordmarks and logos.
With the first Living Reviews in 1998, the Max Planck Society launched an innovative model for scientific publications. The development of the Living Reviews journal is based on a collaboration between the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics and the Heinz Nixdorf Center for Information Management, the precursor organisation of the Max Planck Digital Library. The unique concept at the heart of the Living Reviews is that authors can update the content as needed. The texts remain 'living' and, unlike conventional survey articles, will not inevitably become outdated. The Living Reviews will complement Springer's open access journal portfolio and other 'living' publications like the Live References.
Living Reviews in Relativity, launched in 1998, has an impact factor of approximately 19.25. The journal, published to date by the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), has held the number one slot in the international ranking of scientific journals in the category 'Physics, Particles and Fields' for the past several years. The peer-reviewed articles provide critical overviews of the current state of research in all areas of general relativity theory. The open access journal has become a valuable tool for the scientific community and is one of the first places a researcher looks to for information about current work in relativity.
Living Reviews in Solar Physics was founded under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in 2004 and has an impact factor of approximately 17.64. The journal publishes freely available reviews of research in all areas of solar and heliospheric physics.
Living Reviews in Computational Astrophysics was launched by the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in 2014. The peer-reviewed online journal publishes freely available reviews of research in all areas of computational astrophysics.
All three open access journals are published online only, and all research reviews can be read by anyone. Graduate students can use the journals to start their initial literature surveys or to learn about fields peripheral to their own. Researchers can use them to quickly find the latest results in fields in which they are no longer up to date, to track down bibliographic references that they have not recorded, or even to find new areas with interesting interdisciplinary connections to their own in which their own skills can be applied. Lecturers can use them to find information and visual materials that can be used in presentations at all levels.
Taylor & Francis Group acquires Maney Publishing - 25 Jun 2015
Academic publisher Taylor & Francis Group has acquired Maney Publishing. Maney's high-quality portfolio consists of scholarly journals in Materials Science and Engineering, the Humanities and Social Sciences, and Health Sciences. Maney's book series will also be joining Taylor & Francis Group.
Taylor & Francis Group is now working to ensure a smooth transition for Maney's books and journals, and will keep all partners and customers fully briefed as plans develop.
Taylor & Francis Group partners with researchers, scholarly societies, universities and libraries worldwide to bring knowledge to life. As one of the leading publishers of scholarly journals, books, ebooks and reference works Taylor & Francis' content spans all areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, Behavioural Sciences, Science, and Technology and Medicine.
Thieme named official publisher of World Society of Child Science’s pediatric journals - 25 Jun 2015
Thieme Stuttgart has announced that it is now the official publisher of seven quarterly subscription pediatric journals from the World Society of Child Science. The journals cover a range of areas that are essential reading for the pediatric professional.
World Society of Child Science journals now published by Thieme in 2015 are:
Journal of Pediatric Biochemistry, Journal of Pediatric Epilepsy, Journal of Pediatric Genetics,
Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Journal of Pediatric Intensive Care, Journal of Pediatric Neurology and Journal of Pediatric Neuroradiology.
The main goals of the World Society of Child Science are to prevent the diseases of childhood, to educate pediatricians on the developments made in early diagnosis and treatments of pediatric diseases, and to hopefully decrease the overall death rate of children in Turkey and throughout the world. The society organises annual scientific congresses, seminars and trainings for pediatricians in Turkey and maintains cooperative relationships with the International Children's Health Center, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
Three NPG titles dominate multidisciplinary science category of the Thomson Reuters 2014 Journal Citation Report for second consecutive year - 25 Jun 2015
Building on its established leadership in multidisciplinary publishing, Nature Publishing Group's (NPG) open access and interdisciplinary journal publishing programs are flourishing. The publisher says that open access, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research are all essential to accelerate progress, aid collaboration and meet the needs of the research community.
For the second year running, three NPG titles dominate the multidisciplinary science category of the Thomson Reuters 2014 Journal Citation Report, with Nature, Nature Communications and Scientific Reports ranking first, third and fifth respectively. Nature Communications also appears in the overall top 150 journals for the first time.
Journal Impact Factors indicate citation impact at a journal level, and are calculated from citations of papers published between 2012-13. NPG titles performed well across the board, with 16 Nature-branded titles occupying the top spot in their categories, and Nature remaining the world's most cited scientific journal with 617,363 citations in 2014. Nature also leads the multidisciplinary sciences category for the seventh consecutive year, with an impact factor of 41.456. The interdisciplinary Nature Climate Change now has an IF of 14.547, and NPG has announced its plan to launch Nature Energy in 2016.
Impact Factors are useful broad measures of average journal citation rates in comparison to others in their subject field, but they have their limitations and other metrics are also important. NPG journals also perform well when using these alternative metrics. For example Altmetric measures the general and social media activity around research papers. Articles from journals published by NPG accounted for nearly a quarter of the Altmetric Top 100 of 2014, with 24 articles making the list. Over 10 million visitors now regularly access nature.com each month, up over 20 percent over the last 2 years, further demonstrating the value of NPG's content to the scientific community.
While maintaining its focus on outstanding research, NPG has been rapidly expanding its open access options for authors with encouragement from most of the world's science funders. In 2014 44 percent of the research published by NPG was published open access and in 2015 this has now grown to exceed 50 percent. NPG is the first major publisher to pass this milestone and is committed to expanding its open science options to better meet scientists' needs.
Multi-disciplinary Open Access journal Nature Communications now has an Impact Factor of 11.470, up from 10.742 in 2014, with 26,346 citations in 2012/13. It is now counted among the 150 top-cited journals in the world. Last year, a statistical analysis of the articles published in Nature Communications, carried out by the Research Information Network (RIN) found that open access articles are viewed three times more often than articles that are only available to subscribers. RIN also found that OA articles are cited more than subscription articles.
Scientific Reports, NPG's fastest growing open access journal which publishes original research that is technically sound and scientifically valid, achieved an IF of 5.578 up from 5.078 and is now ranked as one of the top-cited 500 journals in the world for the first time.
In addition, Light: Science & Applications, an open access journal published in China by NPG, received its second IF of 14.603. This meant that the journal climbed from #4 to #2 in the optics category – second only to Nature Photonics.
Wolters Kluwer e-book outlines how hospitals can turn data into effective infection prevention programs - 25 Jun 2015
Information and point of care solutions provider Wolters Kluwer has announced the release of an e-book that outlines how electronic surveillance systems enable hospitals to leverage their patient data to quickly identify emerging infections and high-risk patients. Particularly timely in light of increased Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) requirements around healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), Turning Data into Action for Automated Proactive HAI Surveillance also documents the cost savings and care improvements realised by hospitals that implement automated surveillance systems.
As government agencies and private payers step up regulatory and financial pressure to reduce HAIs, many hospitals have turned to infection prevention programs. However, the time-consuming manual review of paper reports on which many programs rely cannot keep pace with reporting requirements, nor do they enable hospitals to address infections quickly enough to avoid escalating costs and penalties.
The financial advantages of a robust infection prevention program have increased substantially in the last year. CMS has linked up to 5 percent of a hospital's Medicare reimbursement to HAI and readmissions rates, resulting in a reduction in reimbursement rates at 1 in 7 U.S. hospitals last year. CMS and private payers have also tied payments to quality measures including reducing targeted infections. HAIs cost hospitals between $20 billion and $35 billion a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Turning Data into Action delineates the advantages of a robust infection prevention program supported by electronic surveillance, including quicker identification of at-risk patients, improved outcomes, better patient management, penalty avoidance and improved compliance. The e-book also introduces the Sentri7® surveillance system which enables hospitals to reduce HAI rates 15 percent – 25 percent while saving money and improving care.
Zynx Health and McKesson partner to optimise order set deployment - 25 Jun 2015
Evidence- and experience-based clinical improvement solutions provider Zynx Health has announced the release of an exclusive integration between ZynxOrder® and Paragon® Hospital Information System release 13 from McKesson that makes order set management easy through automated content synchronization. This intuitive solution eliminates common integration challenges including time-consuming file-based uploads.
Hospitals and health systems using both solutions can now optimise their order set build and maintenance in ZynxOrder and then immediately export the order set content directly to Paragon with the click of a button. This streamlined process alleviates the excessive time and resource strains normally associated with the multiple steps and manual file uploads required by traditional content-integration methods.
A common challenge the industry has faced with order set deployment is lack of integration with electronic health records. While customers find value in evidence-based order sets, the duplication and resource constraints related to traditional content guidance solutions lead to suboptimal functionality and usability.
ZynxOrder editing and collaboration tools such as AuthorSpace and ViewSpace simplify usability and expedite deployment of order sets through defined workflows that enable clinicians to provide feedback and participate throughout the development process. By integrating ZynxOrder and Paragon, the instant exchange of content between the systems is facilitated in two ways: content built in ZynxOrder can be pushed to Paragon, and Paragon catalogue terms can be pushed to ZynxOrder – all with a single click.
According to Bertina Yen, executive vice-president of the product group at Zynx Health, this first integration between ZynxOrder and Paragon for full interoperability improves productivity and other operational efficiencies by significantly reducing manual input and eliminating duplicate efforts when building and deploying order sets. Streamlining this process delivers critical evidence-based content to the point of care faster to help clinicians reduce risk, and decrease decision uncertainty and practice variability.
50,000 researchers sign up to use Kudos - 24 Jun 2015
Kudos, which helps maximize the reach and impact of research publications, has announced that 50,000 researchers have now signed up to use its service. They represent a broad range of subject areas; an early bias towards STEM subjects (reflecting the strengths of Kudos' original publisher partners) is gradually balancing out as the company's publisher and institutional services gain more traction – over 40 publishers and 10 institutions are now working with Kudos.
The Kudos vision of a world where research has greater impact and researchers benefit from greater recognition clearly resonates widely, with a global user base. Approximately 83 percent of Kudos users have indicated the country in which they predominantly work. Of these, 44 percent are in Europe, 26 percent in Asia, 19 percent in North America, 5 percent in Australia, 3 percent in Africa and 3 percent in South America.
Kudos is attracting interest at all levels of academia. Approximately 82 percent of Kudos users have indicated their career level. Of these, 87 percent are in academic roles with (for example) 34 percent indicating that they are professors, 18 percent faculty members, 8 percent lecturers and 7 percent post-docs.
The free Kudos toolkit provides researchers with a central platform from which to manage outreach around their publications, across multiple publishers and communication channels, and to map the effects of this against a range of relevant metrics. Using Kudos, researchers can explain their work in plain language and enrich it with links to contextual resources, before generating trackable links for sharing via email, web and social networks. These actions are then mapped against clicks, views, downloads, altmetrics and citations to provide a holistic understanding of which channels are most effective for broadening the reach and impact of publications. Publishers and institutions use Kudos to understand how researchers communicate around their work, and what effect this outreach has.
The intelligence generated by Kudos helps shape publishers' and institutions' own outreach, and the support they are able to provide – from surfacing researchers' social media activity and signposting high-interest research that may benefit from additional media activity, to highlighting those that need more guidance to help them maximize the visibility of their work.
ARL joins 252 groups, 10 business leaders in a call to action for American ‘Innovation Imperative’ - 24 Jun 2015
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has joined scores of other organizations as well as leaders of American business, industry, higher education, science, and engineering in an urgent call to action for stronger federal policies and investment to drive domestic research and development. The move follows the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (AAAS) report Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream.
Ten CEOs and 252 organisations, including ARL, signed 'Innovation: An American Imperative', a document aimed at federal decision makers and legislators. The document underscores the findings—and warnings—contained in the AAAS report.
According to the report, there is a deficit between what America is investing and what it should be investing to remain competitive, not only in research but in innovation and job creation. The United States is failing to keep pace with competitor nations with regard to investments in basic research and development. America's ascendency in the 20th century was due in large part—if not primarily—to its investments in science and engineering research. Basic research is behind every new product brought to market, every new medical device or drug, every new defence and space technology and many innovative business practices.
Over the last two decades, a steady decline in investment in research and development (R&D) in the United States has allowed the nation to fall to 10th place in R&D investment among Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP).
At this pace, China will surpass the United States in R&D intensity in about eight years.
These developments led a diverse coalition of those concerned with the future of research in America to join together in presenting the innovation imperative to federal policy makers and urging them to take action to end sequestration’s deep cuts to federal investments in R&D; make permanent a strengthened federal R&D tax credit; improve student achievement in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM); reform US visa policy; streamline or eliminate costly and inefficient regulations; reaffirm merit-based peer review; and stimulate further improvements in advanced manufacturing.
Details on these action items, as well as a complete list of signatories, are included in the full document, 'Innovation: An American Imperative', which is also posted on the websites of each of the organisations coordinating this effort. These include American Academy of Arts & Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of Universities, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Battelle, Coalition for National Science Funding, Coalition for National Security Research, Council on Competitiveness, Energy Sciences Coalition, Task Force on American Innovation and The Science Coalition, among others.
DynaMed Plus now features Micromedex Medication Management and Lab Recommendation resources from Truven Health Analytics - 24 Jun 2015
Clinical decision support solutions provider EBSCO Health and Truven Health Analytics have announced that Micromedex Medication Management and Lab Recommendation resources are now featured in DynaMed Plus, a cross-platform evidence-based clinical decision support tool for physicians and other medical professionals introduced earlier this month. DynaMed Plus provides clinicians with the ideal blend of evidence and expertise to help them determine optimal patient care paths.
The newly integrated Micromedex content in DynaMed Plus provides clinicians with deeper resources to help better inform prescription decisions, medication management strategies and treatment decisions as a result of lab tests in the course of patient care.
DynaMed Plus features Micromedex drug monographs from Truven Health, which include dosing recommendations, and medication safety information, including interactions and cautions. DynaMed Plus users can also access Micromedex lab content showing indications for tests and reference ranges for lab results. The combination of Micromedex evidence-based resources and DynaMed Plus creates a powerful reference for clinical decision support.
Elsevier to launch a professional development program for librarians and information resource managers at ALA Annual Conference - 24 Jun 2015
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the launch of Library Learning Trends, a professional development program for librarians and information resource managers. The program kicks off with four events at the American Library Association (ALA) 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco, June 25-30.
Library Learning Trends taps into the knowledge and expertise of authors for Chandos Publishing, the Elsevier imprint covering library information science (LIS). Content from these books and authors will offer librarians and information resource managers the latest views on a variety of topics and provide career development opportunities, both in-person and online.
At the ALA Annual Conference at Elsevier booth #504, librarians can enter Book Giveaways at the Elsevier booth each day to win LIS books. Three Chandos authors- Mary M. Somerville, Linda Frederiksen and Debra Lucas-Alfieri - will give presentations in the booth on challenges faced by today's library information professionals on June 27 and June 28.
Also at ALA, Elsevier is hosting a free luncheon and speaker event, Data-driven Decision Making in the Library and Beyond, on June 27, 12-1:30 pm at Parc 55 San Francisco (a Hilton Hotel), Mission Room - 4th floor, 55 Cyril Magnin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, a 10-minute walk from Moscone Convention Center. Anne Mitchell, Head of Acquisitions, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries, and Mary Somerville, University Librarian and Professor at University of Colorado Denver, will discuss how they use information to shape decisions and how to share this information outside the library to further align strategic goals. Interested parties may visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3V7FGYS to register for this event.
Library Learning Trends online offerings include content from Chandos books via Elsevier Connect.
Lastly, a free ebook, Marketing the Academic Library, contains chapters from five Chandos books and is available as a PDF or ePub file. More ebooks of this type will be available in the future as part of the program.
All of the Chandos LIS books are available on the Elsevier Store and on ScienceDirect, Elsevier's full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from over 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 33,000 book titles.
National consortium for ORCID set to improve UK research visibility and collaboration - 24 Jun 2015
ORCID, a researcher identifier solution which enables a wide range of improvements to the scholarly communications ecosystem, will now be offered to UK higher education institutions through a national consortium arrangement operated by Jisc.
The agreement, negotiated by Jisc Collections, will enable universities to benefit from reduced ORCID membership costs and enhanced technical support. This should accelerate adoption and provide a smoother path to ORCID integration for UK universities.
It will ultimately help to transform the management, re-use, and efficiency of the UK research output by improving the integration of research systems and processes, and enhancing data quality.
More than 50 UK universities have expressed an interest in joining an ORCID consortium in 2015, with a further 22 saying they intend to join at a later stage.
Acting as a hub that connects with institutional, funder, publisher, and other researcher identifier systems, ORCID supports the reuse of data through the automation of processes and data exchange.
Feedback from a recent pilot study with eight UK universities showed that organisations that have adopted ORCID expect to see measurable efficiency improvements within two years of implementation - especially in internal data quality, streamlining of publications management, and enhanced reporting to funders – with accrued benefits increasing steadily over the following three to four years.
The importance of this endeavour to research is also demonstrated by the increasing number of funders requesting ORCID identifiers on grant applications. The Wellcome Trust will make ORCID a mandatory requirement from August 2015, while both HEFCE and Research Councils UK (RCUK) have shown high levels of support for the initiative.
In addition, the envisaged enhancements to systems and processes integrating ORCID should also play an important role in helping universities respond to funders' open access (OA) policies, for example as part of the next Research Excellence Framework (REF), supporting the move towards an open culture.
Universities see ORCID as a crucial service, easing the workload of their researchers in ensuring compliance with OA mandates, making research more visible and discoverable, and creating opportunities for international and cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Primo Central Index to cover Wanfang Data Content in Chinese - 24 Jun 2015
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris® Group has announced that the metadata of e-journals, dissertations, conference papers, and gazetteers hosted by Wanfang Data will be indexed in the Ex Libris Primo Central Index of scholarly electronic resources. As a result, this extensive content from Wanfang Data will be easily discoverable via the Ex Libris Primo® discovery service.
The collections to be covered by Primo Central are among the most important resources provided by Wanfang Data. China Local Gazetteers contains about 27,000 gazetteers that were published after 1949 and offers geographical and historical information from regions throughout China; China Online Journals includes more than 7,800 online Chinese journals in numerous disciplines; Dissertations of China is a comprehensive collection of dissertations and master's theses from 1980 onward; and the Academic Conferences in China database offers abstracts and full-text papers presented at conferences in China since the mid-1980s.
A leading provider of Chinese information content and services, Wanfang Data is a holding company of the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC), which was established in the 1950s and operates under the auspices of the Chinese Ministry of Science & Technology. The company maintains offices throughout mainland China and in Hong Kong and North America.
SAGE, Credo, Gale, and IEEE publically disclose their support for the Open Discovery Initiative - 24 Jun 2015
In the cooperative spirit of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), four leading academic content providers - Credo; Gale, a part of Cengage Learning; IEEE; and SAGE - publically disclosed their support for the Open Discovery Initiative (ODI).
In NISO's Open Discovery Initiative: Promoting Transparency in Discovery (RP-19-2014), content providers are encouraged to take specific measures to declare their conformance with ODI's recommended practice for pre-indexed 'web-scale' discovery services, with the goal of increasing open communication and collaboration.
Each organisation has published an ODI Conformance Statement, which articulates their efforts to meet ODI's discovery service indexing recommendations. For example, using ODI's conformance checklists, all four participating content providers make their full-text articles available to all discovery service providers for indexing. These providers state that core metadata for their publications is distributed routinely for indexing and that this data provides 'the content item and additional descriptive content for as much of their content as possible.' In the spirit of transparency, the checklists from these four publishers note any relevant exceptions or gaps in their conformance to the ODI recommended practice.
The four publishers have jointly released a statement in order to support and improve cross-sector collaboration in library discovery. The publishers encourage other publishers and discovery service providers to embrace ODI conformance, as a method for opening up conversations across the industry about discovery service indexing.
These ODI Conformance Statements are linked from the NISO webpage.
Digital instructional materials gaining ground in Science/STEM Education, says new EMR/Simba Information study - 23 Jun 2015
The national trend of shifting to the use of digital instructional materials in the classroom is affecting science/STEM education, according to findings in Science/STEM Market 2015, a new study from Education Market Research (EMR)/Simba Information.
EMR's survey data indicates that the market share owned by the core Science textbook is slipping. There has been a 10-point decline in textbook usage compared to EMR's 2012 survey results, most of which is coming from grades 9-12. On the other hand, the shift to digital continues to gain momentum. The survey data shows that 45.4 percent of the Science classrooms are now 'high digital,' with another 25.7 percent 'medium digital'. That leaves just 28.8 percent at the 'low digital' level.
The report also addresses how widespread school districts are adopting Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and instituting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curricula. The answer, it appears, is that use of both programs is spotty.
On the STEM side, the majority (50.9%) have achieved some degree of implementation, the report found, while 44.3% are still far from implementation. However, that represents a significant improvement compared to EMR's 2012 survey findings.
Science/STEM Market 2015 June 2015, covers the estimated $1.1 billion market for textbook and non-textbook Science instructional materials and digital resources in 2014-15.
EMR's survey was designed to answer critical questions about Science instruction in terms of preferred strategies and materials most frequently used. Areas investigated include which textbooks, supplemental materials and publishers are used most often at different grade levels and how they are perceived by teachers, the level of discretionary funds spent on supplemental texts, workbooks, teacher resource materials, online/digital content, assessments, and other non-textbook materials and programs, and the progress of NGSS and STEM at different grade levels and within each of the five regions of the country.
The information in Science/STEM Market 2015 is unique and not available from any government or commercial source other than EMR/Simba Information. Interested parties may visit http://www.simbainformation.com/redirect.asp?progid=87574&productid=9045613 for more information on the report.
Gale indexes millions of pages of content with Google and library discovery services for easier access and improved researcher workflow - 23 Jun 2015
Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is supporting discovery by working with Google to index millions of documents in Google Scholar, and expanding the amount of content indexed by major library discovery services. In addition, Gale is promoting transparency in discovery through compliance with industry information standards to improve results for researchers and libraries.
Building on an existing effort, Gale will be enabling its full-text scholarly content – roughly 2.5 million articles aggregated from thousands of scholarly publishers – to be indexed by Google Scholar, a free search engine for scholarly research often used by students and instructors in higher education. Users beginning their research in Google Scholar will be able to discover content from Gale and its partners, and either be taken to the full-text of an article (if authenticated users of a subscribed library) or be directed to an abstract and information on how to access the article through their institution or local library. This integration helps researchers more easily discover Gale content and will bring more users directly into the library. In addition, Gale is making its content and technology more accessible and more easily integrated into student workflow in the classroom setting through Google Apps for Education.
To aid in discovery of Gale resources through library discovery services, Gale has shared in the past year more than 750 million documents for 29 of its popular products with discovery services partners, bringing the total number of documents shared to over 1.1 billion across 31 products. Gale is following guidelines set by the National Information Standards Organization Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) and Knowledge Base and Related Tools (KBART) initiative to promote transparency in discovery and shape future activity. Gale is also putting resources behind helping libraries set up and optimize services by developing guides and other useful information. These activities are making it easier to discover Gale content in the library and improve researcher workflow.
International Association for Continuing Education and Training awards accreditation status to Elsevier’s DirectCourse - 23 Jun 2015
The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has awarded accreditation status to Elsevier's DirectCourse, which provides online learning designed to train the direct service workforce that supports persons with disabilities by helping them remain in home and community settings and assisting them to be employed. The online training curricula will now offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to individuals seeking to acquire or maintain professional licenses and/or certifications.
DirectCourse is part of Elsevier. Its suite of online training curricula includes: The College of Direct Support (CDS); The College of Employment Services (CES); The College of Personal Assistance and Caregiving (CPAC); and The College of Recovery and Community Inclusion (CRCI).
In order to achieve Authorized Provider accreditation, DirectCourse completed a rigorous application process, including a review by an IACET site visitor, and a demonstration of adherence to the ANSI/IACET 1-2013 Standard addressing the design, development, administration, and evaluation of its programs. DirectCourse has pledged its continued compliance with the Standard and is now authorized to issue IACET CEU's. In addition, DirectCourse is now linked to the IACET web site and is recognised as offering the highest quality continuing education and training programs.
Italy to implement ORCID on a national scale, signs three-year consortium membership agreement - 23 Jun 2015
The Open Research and Contributor ID (ORCID) has announced that Italy will be implementing ORCID on a national scale, and has signed a three-year consortium membership agreement with ORCID.
Under the auspices of ANVUR and CRUI (the Conference of Italian University Rectors), 70 universities and four research centers will initially participate in the consortium. This large-scale adoption will underpin the IRIDE (Italian Researcher IDentifier for Evaluation) Project, using a platform developed by Cineca. The project's goal is to ensure that at least 80 percent of Italian researchers have an ORCID iD, with links to their research output back to 2006, by the end of 2016.
As a result of this agreement, Italian researchers and their institutions will benefit from access to and integration with the ORCID registry, including setting up and maintaining disambiguated records for all researchers and linking these to their publications and other research outputs - leading in turn to a simpler, more reliable evaluation process.
ANVUR is Italy's National Agency for the Evaluation of the University and Research Institutes. The agency manages the VQR, a four-year summative national research assessment exercise, in which all Italian universities participate. ANVUR sees the use of ORCID in the VQR as a means to reduce the reporting workload for researchers and administrators alike, while at the same time improving data quality. To this end, ANVUR plans to require researchers participating in the 2011-2014 VQR to register for an ORCID iD, and connect their ORCID record and relevant bibliometric databases with all publications submitted for evaluation.
Cineca, a not-for-profit consortium representing 70 Italian universities, four Italian research institutions, and the Italian Ministry of Education, is responsible for the ORCID implementation. Cineca's role includes creating a central ORCID hub that will facilitate the adoption of the identifier by Italian researchers, enabling immediate use of the API from the member's institution, collecting authorisations required to use the Identifier in multiple services, and providing reporting functionalities. The next step will be to use this approach to provide innovative services such as synchronization and notification. Cineca's intention is to release the Hub as open-source software, to help other countries to profit from this experience. The Hub will be integrated with IRIS, Cineca's RIMS solution based on DSpace-CRIS.
ORCID will be supporting the rollout in Italy with technical help desk advice, an Italian user interface and communications documentation, and a central web interface to enable participating universities to coordinate effort.
Penton announces new appointments to lead growth in marketing services - 23 Jun 2015
Penton, an innovative professional information services company, has appointed Barbara Couchois to the newly created role of vice president, marketing monetisation and named George Assimakopoulos head of client services, to drive the company's exceptional growth in marketing services. The company's marketing services group has more than doubled over the last three years and is expected to eclipse $40 million in revenue this year. Barbara and George will report to Chief Marketing Officer Kate Spellman.
Couchois will be responsible for continuing to develop Penton's comprehensive marketing services offering while delivering a strong return on investment for its clients. Prior to Penton, Couchois served as vice president, media operations and client services at UBM Tech where she led the integrated media and marketing services operations. She brings more than 14 years of management experience and a proven track record in agency, software, B2B and marketing services to this role.
In addition, George Assimakopoulos, who was previously vice president of marketing services, will move into a new leadership role as head of client services.
Assimakopoulos will focus on deepening Penton's agency relationships and helping them unlock value from the company's comprehensive capabilities. This includes Penton's new horizontal offering that focuses on key purchase decision makers and influencers by job function across the company's entire database of over 18 million professionals.
Assimakopoulos will be based in Penton's Washington, D.C. office, while Couchois will be based in Penton's new San Francisco office.
Portico tackles the ‘long tail,’ focuses on small publishers - 23 Jun 2015
Digital preservation specialist Portico has grown to include more than 300 participating publishers—representing more than 2,000 societies and associations—and more than half are small publishers. The recent increase in signings of 'small' publishers that produce ten titles or fewer is a result of community feedback.
Portico began working with large commercial publishers, such as Elsevier and John Wiley & Sons, as well as society publishers and university presses, in 2005. The archive has expanded its range of relationships ever since. Recent small publishers that have joined include libraries as publishers, such as Pacific University Libraries and University of Kansas Libraries, and small international presses such as Methaodos Revista de Ciencias Sociales in Spain and Hygeia Press in Italy.
Portico has developed guidelines for and, where possible, tools to facilitate content deposits to ease the path to participation. For example, Portico built an export plugin for the Open Journal Systems (OJS) platform. Acting on recommendations from the community, Portico has been able to establish relationships with long tail publishers and increase awareness of the vital need for preservation of their content.
In 2011, 2CUL, a partnership between Columbia and Cornell university libraries, highlighted the need for increased preservation of journals from small publishers.
Today, Portico preserves more than 46 million archival units, which include journal articles, books, images, videos, and newspaper issues through their E-Journal, E-Book, and D-Collection Services.
SICOT‐J publishes first articles - 23 Jun 2015
The first articles of the new open access journal SICOT‐J are now available. SICOT‐J is a fully Gold open access journal in orthopaedics and traumatology.
The journal places a high priority in rapid publication and seeks to publish a broad range of research study types including original clinical, basic and translational research. In addition, the journal publishes editorials, review articles, surgical technique papers, and case reports as well as the latest congress proceedings and letters to the editors.
SICOT‐J publishes articles under a CC‐BY license, enabling authors to be fully compliant with open access requirements of funding organisations where they apply. Authors are invited to submit their manuscripts. Article processing charges have been waived during the first year of publication.
The Optical Society journal portfolio continue to lead in the Optics Category in new JCR rankings - 23 Jun 2015
The Optical Society (OSA) has announced that its journal portfolio again leads the Optics category in the latest edition of the Journal Citation Reports® (JCR) (Thomson Reuters, 2015). Not only does OSA remain the foremost publisher in the field with the largest number of articles published (35%), but its high quality content also received the most citations (45%) of the 86 titles included in this year's Optics category.
OSA's comprehensive journal portfolio, accessible via the OSA Publishing Digital Library, received over 200,000 citations in 2014 and included 5 of the top 10 journals when ranked by total citations (Optics Express, Optics Letters, Applied Optics, Journal of Lightwave Technology and the Journal of the Optical Society of America A). Its title, Advances in Optics and Photonics, earned an Impact Factor of 10.111, a 5-Year IF of 18.565 and is ranked 3rd overall by Impact Factor in the Optics Category.
As a further reflection of the high quality science published by OSA, 12 out of 14 OSA journals saw an increase in their Impact Factor in this year's edition, and 8 OSA-owned and co-published journals are among the top 25 titles ranked by Impact Factor.
EDP Sciences issues findings from working group on peer review - 22 Jun 2015
EDP Sciences, a not-for-profit publisher, recently released information on the findings and recommendations of a working group into the peer review process. The meeting involved a committee of experts linked to the European Physical Journal (EPJ) including Editors-in-Chief, Associate-Editors, members of the Steering Committee and researchers involved in Scientific and Technical Information. EPJ itself, represents 25 European Physical Societies through its Scientific Advisory Committee.
The aim of the workshop held in Paris in May was to consider whether peer review is adapting to present day demands and constraints, and to consider and make recommendations to EPJ and their partners regarding new practices and improvements that could be made to their procedures.
The workshop firstly confirmed the value of in-depth, quality peer review as an essential part of maintaining the highest possible scientific standards. The huge improvements in availability of information online, only serves to further emphasise the need for this vital filtration service, managed by publishers.
There was consensus that the role of Learned Societies is critical, in not only ensuring transparent evaluation criteria, based on scientific quality and originality, but also in developing broader cultural, economic, technological, and social impact. They called upon Learned Societies to advocate The San Francisco Declaration of Research Assessment (DORA), within their relevant scientific communities.
Their findings also showed that the quality of refereeing was seen as an important factor in attracting authors to publish in EPJ. The workshop recommended that publication of significant reviewer reports alongside articles - once approval is received from the reviewer and author – would promote transparency of the process, give referees more recognition for their work, and provide a useful service to readers.
Finally, the workshop concluded that the concept of portable peer review – whereby previous referee reports are shared when an article is rejected and submitted to another journal – could represent significant improvements in service to the research community, by shortening processing times, and relieving workload pressures on reviewers.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 22 Jun 2015
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: David Crotty (The Problem(s) With Credit for Peer Review); Suzanne Kavanagh (The institution as e-textbook publisher); Jacob Schmidt (Peer-review journals monopolize research, hurt students and faculty); Emma-Louise Aveling and Graham Martin (First among equals? Recommendations and guidelines for deciding who gets authorship credit); and Alice Meadows (The Generation Gap: How Society Membership Varies by Age Group). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
MLA International Bibliography now connects to ORCID - 22 Jun 2015
The Open Research and Contributor ID (ORCID) has announced that the Modern Language Association's prestigious MLA International Bibliography connects to ORCID as of June 17. The Bibliography joins other repositories in supporting discoverability through use of digital identifiers, and is the first primarily focused on the humanities to integrate ORCID.
The MLA International Bibliography provides access to over 2.5 million scholarly citations from print and electronic books, journals, and websites in the fields of language, literature, film, folklore, and pedagogy, making it the most comprehensive bibliography of its kind in the field.
Humanities researchers can now connect their works with their ORCID iD, directly in the Bibliography or from their ORCID account. This allows researchers to easily post their ORCID iD into their existing works, and pull their works information from the Bibliography into their ORCID account. It is a quick process that will enable ORCID registrants working in the humanities to distinguish themselves from others with similar names, connect their works across name variations or changes, and in doing so make their body of work more discoverable.
Nature Publishing Group unveils new open access journal - Cell Death Discovery - 22 Jun 2015
Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group together with the Cell Death and Differentiation Association (ADMC) and the editorial team of Cell Death & Differentiation, and Cell Death & Disease recently launched a new open access journal, Cell Death Discovery.
Cell Death Discovery provides a complementary and unified forum for scientists as well as clinicians within which to publish their work, in conjunction with its sister journals, Cell Death & Differentiation and Cell Death & Disease.
Cell Death Discovery is an international open access journal dedicated to publication of research at the intersection of cell death and medicine, provided it is scientifically sound. The journal will offer a double-blind peer review option.
Professor Gerry Melino, MRC Toxicology Unit Leicester, UK, and University Rome Tor Vergata, Italy, will serve as the Editor-in-Chief.
Cell Death & Differentiation is devoted to scientific excellence in the field of cell biology, molecular biology, and biochemistry of cell death and disease. Cell Death & Disease focuses on the field of translational cell death and seeks to promote diverse and integrated areas of Experimental and Internal Medicine.
The new journal is open for submissions now. Articles are published under a CC BY license by default, with other licenses available upon request. The journal will publish original papers, together with topical, usually solicited, reviews, editorial correspondence and occasional commentaries on controversial and scientifically informative issues.
PLOS appoints Veronique Kiermer as Executive Editor for PLOS journals - 22 Jun 2015
PLOS has announced that Dr. Veronique Kiermer has been appointed as Executive Editor. Kiermer will be responsible for the editorial and content direction and vision for PLOS' journals. Her appointment is effective July 20, 2015.
Prior to joining PLOS, Kiermer was Director of Author and Reviewer Services for Nature Publishing Group (NPG), where she oversaw the Nature journals research integrity and editorial policies. She also focused on the author and reviewer experience across the publishing portfolio of NPG. She was the founding Chief Editor of Nature Methods and subsequently took on publishing responsibility for the title and other online products. In 2010, she became Executive Editor, NPG, overseeing editorial policies and editorial quality assurance for Nature and the Nature journals.
Kiermer will be based at PLOS' San Francisco office.
QS and Elsevier extend cooperation - 22 Jun 2015
QS, the leading global career and education network, and STM publisher Elsevier have announced that they will extend their cooperation. Elsevier will continue to provide the data as well as offer analytical services for QS's rankings, including its flagship QS World University Rankings®, QS Top 50 under 50, QS University Rankings Asia, BRICs and Latin America.
The data Elsevier will provide will continue to come from Scopus while the analytical services will come from SciVal - both are part of the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio. Access to Scopus data will allow QS to analyse a maximum amount of research activity across the globe.
Being able to additionally draw on SciVal, QS will have access to Elsevier's latest research analyses and metrics which will offer meaningful and balanced ways by which universities can be compared.
Royal Society of Chemistry titles post impressive Impact Factors - 22 Jun 2015
The Royal Society of Chemistry has announced that its journals portfolio has performed well across the board with Chemical Science, Chemical Society Reviews and Energy and Environmental Science seeing substantial rises in their Impact Factors.
Energy and Environmental Science, which launched in 2008, performed strongly with a 32.5 percent rise to an Impact Factor (IF) of 20.523. The journal continues to be the first in the Environmental Sciences category of the 2014 Journal Citation Report (JCR)* and comes in the top 5 percent of journals in all four of the ISI categories where it is listed.
Chemical Science showed continued IF development receiving 9.211, a 7.1 percent rise, ranking it 14 from 148 journals in the Chemistry, Multidisciplinary category. In January 2015, Chemical Science became a Gold Open Access journal.
Chemical Society Reviews saw an increase in IF to 33.383, ranked second in the Chemistry, Multidisciplinary category, while Chemical Communications received an IF of 6.834.
Journal of Materials Chemistry, which evolved into three journals: A, B and C in 2013, all received their first Impact Factors of A- 7.443, B-4.726 and C-4.696.
The 2014 JCR indicates the quality of content, and citation impact, across the RSC's titles. Other notable increases included Green Chemistry which saw a 17 percent increase to an IF of 8.020 and Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, which launched in 1999, rose 7 percent to 4.493.
Thomson Reuters releases 40th annual Journal Citation Reports, breaks new ground in journal evaluation - 22 Jun 2015
The Intellectual Property (IP) & Science business of Thomson Reuters is changing the face of scholarly journal evaluation with the release of the 2015 Journal Citation Reports® (JCR) that includes the integration of a new metric, the Journal Impact Factor Percentile; a Normalized Eigenfactor®; detailed analysis of underlying journal level data; an Open Access (OA) Filter; and a variety of user updates that allow for increased transparency and easier access to a greater amount of data. The JCR claims to be the world's most influential resource for evaluating peer-reviewed publications and the source of the annual Journal Impact Factors (JIF).
Since 1975, the JCR has annually provided an assessment of a journal's standing in scholarly literature through the objective evaluation of statistical information. The 2015 release, with 2014 citation data for literature within the sciences and social sciences, features 11,149 journal listings in 237 disciplines; 82 countries are represented. A total of 272 journals received their first JIF; 53 percent of journals saw an increase in JIF from last year and 43 percent saw a decrease. Additionally, 39 journals were suppressed to ensure the integrity of the reports. Suppressed journals are re-evaluated after a year for reconsideration in the JCR.
Science Citation Index founder and father of bibliometrics, Dr. Eugene Garfield, worked with Alexander Pudovkin and a team of Thomson Reuters data scientists to develop a valuable new metric, Journal Impact Factor Percentile. A normalised journal impact factor provides percentile value allowing for a proper and meaningful comparison of journals across different categories.
Normalized Eigenfactor was developed by the Eigenfactor team at the University of Washington to offer greater clarity around the metric. For instance, if a journal's Normalized Eigenfactor is two, it is twice as influential as other journals within the area of study.
Supporting detailed analysis of underlying journal level data will allow users to download cited and citing data tables into an Excel file for greater transparency into the relationship between journals and the outcome of scholarship.
Another new feature, OA Filter, modeled after the Web of Science, will allow users to easily evaluate the performance of OA journals.
In addition to these noteworthy enhancements, the 2015 JCR offers an improved user experience with greater and simultaneous access to information in the sciences and social sciences; increased data transparency with easily accessible metrics to calculations for a specific journal; the integration of OA content into journal profiles; and, enhanced usability with customisable data grids, journal lists and comparison tools.
Now a module within Thomson Reuters InCites, an integrated web-based platform for measuring research output and impact, monitoring trends, and benchmarking articles, journals, institutions and people, the JCR comprises citation data, impact and influence metrics, and millions of cited and citing journal data points from the Web of Science. It also enables users to perform a comprehensive, rich and deep analysis and exploration of journals and the specific articles within a publication.
Thomson Reuters recently released new resources providing more insight into JCR and its new advancements, including the Heart of Research, an infographic illustrating the year-long process of building the JCR; and Innovations in Journal Evaluation, a webinar, scheduled for June 23, at 9 a.m. eastern.
Interested parties may register for the Innovations in Journal Evaluation event to learn more about new advancements to the JCR and follow @ImpactFactor on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest JCR news.
AAUP 2015 convenes in Denver - 19 Jun 2015
The Annual Meeting of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) has convened in Denver, with more than 650 scholarly publishing professionals in attendance at the Sheraton Downtown Denver. The theme of this year's conference, being held from June 18-20, is 'Connect, Collaborate,' highlighting the increasingly cooperative and networked nature of publishing and scholarship.
The Annual Meeting Program Committee, chaired by John Sherer of the University of North Carolina Press, wanted to create a space where the focus on collaboration would allow groups of presses to work together to share ideas and find efficiencies and economies of scale. Innovative session formats such as Collaboration Labs will allow small teams to brainstorm and experiment in multi-press working groups. There is also an increased amount of downtime, and a new Networking Lounge, providing room for 'ad-hoc' meetings and informal knowledge sharing.
Program highlights include: an opening night address and commissioned poem by Colorado native and professor of English at Adams State University Aaron A. Abeyta, author of the award-winning Colcha; a new Solutions Showcase, designed to introduce presses to platforms and services that can help enhance their work; a conversation with Dr. Vint Cerf, one of the 'Fathers of the Internet'; the premiere of the 50th Anniversary Book, Jacket, and Journal Design Show; and much more.
Pre-meeting events increase hands-on learning opportunities, such as workshops on e-publishing with InDesign and non-traditional marketing strategies. With a new generation of leaders appearing, a New Directors Boot camp will precede the annual Press Directors Meeting (which convenes June 18 at Coors Field). The first AAUP Journals Assembly is also planned to address the key interests of journals publishing programs within the community.
Barbara Kline Pope, Director of the National Academies and outgoing AAUP President, will deliver her farewell address on June 19 at the AAUP Business Meeting. Incoming 2015-16 AAUP President and Director of the University Press of Florida Meredith Babb will kick off her tenure with a plenary session on June 20 entitled 'How Can Universities and Their Presses Co-evolve?'
Association for Computing Machinery names Indiana University’s Robert Schnabel as executive director and CEO - 19 Jun 2015
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named Robert ("Bobby") Schnabel executive director and CEO effective November 1, 2015. Schnabel joins ACM after eight years as professor and dean of the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University. As ACM's most senior staff member, Schnabel will work with ACM's volunteer community to provide strategic vision and to develop sustainable business models to ensure ACM's continued worldwide membership, publications and revenue growth.
Schnabel succeeds John R. White, ACM's first executive director to be named CEO, who will retire after nearly 17 years on July 31. ACM COO Patricia Ryan will serve as acting executive director until Schnabel assumes his new role in November. White joined ACM as CEO after serving for 17 years in various volunteer positions culminating in his term as ACM President (1990 – 1992) while a research manager at Xerox PARC's Computer Science Laboratory.
Schnabel has a long history of service to the computing community. He has served in several capacities, including chair, of ACM's Special Interest Group on Numerical Mathematics (ACM SIGNUM). When Schnabel assumes his role as CEO, he will step down as founding chair of the ACM Education Policy Committee, which led to the creation of Computer Science Education Week in the US, and the formation of the industry/non-profit coalition, Computing in the Core. Schnabel also serves as board member of code.org, and as a member of the advisory committee of the Computing and Information Science and Engineering directorate of the National Science Foundation. He has served as a board member of the Computing Research Association.
Dedicated to improving diversity in computing, Schnabel is a co-founder and executive team member of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), a major non-profit organisation in the US for the full participation of girls and women in computing and information technology. He also serves as chair of the Computing Alliance for Hispanic-Serving Institutions Advisory Board.
A Fellow of ACM and SIAM, Schnabel has a technical background in numerical computation, and he has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in this area. He has served as editor-in-chief of SIAM Review and as associate editor of several journals, including SIAM Journal on Optimization, Mathematical Programming A, Mathematical Programming B and Operations Research Letters.
EBSCO Partners with Masaryk University Press, adds more Czech titles to EBSCO eBook offerings - 19 Jun 2015
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Masaryk University Press have collaborated to offer more than 80 Czech titles via EBSCO eBooks. The titles from Masaryk University Press will provide libraries with more multidisciplinary Czech titles representing a wide range of fields – including social science, historiography, linguistics and literary science, archaeology, genetics and many others – from highly specialised scientific publications to significant books aimed at the general public.
With 400 new titles of books and e-books and 50 scholarly journals released annually, Masaryk University Press claims to be one of the most productive academic publishers in the Czech Republic. Its publications in both Czech and foreign languages cover a broad spectrum of disciplines (from humanities and social sciences to science and medicine). As a department of Masaryk University, its publishing activities further the University's objectives of excellence in scholarship, research and education, supporting quality, standard and credibility of academic outputs.
EBSCO eBooks offers more than 700,000 e-books and audiobooks. EBSCO proactively acquires new content in critical areas, based on the dynamic needs of libraries. Accessing the EBSCOhost® platform for e-books and audiobooks saves librarians training time and adds a well-known search platform to the end user's experience. Allowing end users to search for e-books and audiobooks along with their EBSCOhost database content improves the discoverability of library collections. Lowering the cost for libraries makes the decision to focus on or add to e-book and audiobook collections easier and more cost-effective.
Elsevier and Ex Libris collaborate to offer automated updates to subscribed e-content - 19 Jun 2015
STM publisher Elsevier has announced an expanded collaboration with library automation services provider Ex Libris. The collaboration will enable mutual customers of Elsevier's ScienceDirect and the Ex Libris Alma® library management solution and SFX® OpenURL link resolver, to benefit from a fully automated workflow that will keep the library full text access levels up to date for both journals and books.
Using the ScienceDirect Admin Tool, librarians will trigger the automated feed through a one-time activation process. The library's entitlements will then be continuously updated in the Ex Libris knowledge base that underlies Alma and SFX. With the automatic updates, libraries will be able to increase the accuracy and timeliness of full-text links to their subscribed content for the benefit of their users. Furthermore, the up to date e-content will improve the library's collection development and acquisition decision-making processes.
This collaboration is part of ScienceDirect's ongoing effort to make Elsevier content seamlessly accessible and discoverable in third-party applications, ensuring an efficient management, search, and discovery experience. The automated update capability supports Ex Libris' strategy to provide libraries with efficient tools for managing their local holdings in the Ex Libris global knowledge base.
F1000Research and INCF join forces to create digital, open access community journal - 19 Jun 2015
Open science publishing platform F1000Research is working in partnership with the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF) to create a dedicated, digital, open publishing solution for INCF's members and the expanding neuroinformatics community.
The new INCF Community Journal will provide an affordable, open publishing channel to capture research from the INCF Neuroinformatics Congress and workshops, plus research articles from the neuroinformatics field.
Articles will be published using F1000Research's immediate publication and transparent peer review model, without limitation on article size, type, or perceived impact.
The journal, which will be launched in August and will be the first of its kind for INCF, will also enable the organisation's congress and workshop attendees to share and publish academic posters and slides in one searchable domain.
Figshare included in the ‘Cool Vendors in Education, 2015’ report by Gartner - 19 Jun 2015
Figshare, an online repository for academic researchers to securely store, manage, publish and share all their research, has been included in the 'Cool Vendors in Education, 2015' report by Gartner, Inc. The report evaluates vendors that have been innovative in bringing digital productivity tools directly to teachers, researchers, and even parents and children.
Figshare provides an easy-to-use cloud-based data tool to academic institutions around the globe to help them manage and showcase their research data. The platform allows researchers to share, cite and discover their raw scientific research outputs, including data, figures, images, video and even software code.
Figshare, a Digital Science portfolio company, works with journal publishers to provide supplementary data alongside scientific articles.
NISTEP collaborates with Thomson Reuters to standardise titles of research funders in Web of Science - 19 Jun 2015
The National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, and the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters have announced a collaboration to standardise definitions of research funding organisations by analysing and updating funders' acknowledgements within the Web of Science.
When evaluating the strength of a university or organisation's research efforts it is critical to understand how funding for the projects was acquired and distributed. There is often significant variation in how individual researchers, organisations and universities attribute research funders, making it difficult to conduct effective analysis. Properly identifying research funding organisations with a high number of variants in title is a time-consuming challenge for researchers and for staff in charge of research fund management.
As part of its 'Science for RE-designing Science, Technology and Innovation Policy,' NISTEP has conducted a name-based aggregation of Japanese research funding organisations appearing in scholarly paper acknowledgements within the Web of Science.
This joint analysis examines how to conduct name-based aggregation of acknowledgement information within a research publication at an organisational and institutional level. The creation of unified titles and definitions for funding organisations will ease the burden on researchers and better facilitate relations between funding resources and research outcomes.
The addition of this structure for identifying Japanese research funders to NISTEP's map of the nation's scientific research efforts will increase scientific trend analysis, identify, the current status of Japan's research funds distributions, and the influence of research funds on the advancement of scientific research.
SAGE’ new SAGE Research Methods Datasets resource to teach research methods through practice - 19 Jun 2015
Academic publisher SAGE has announced the launch of SAGE Research Methods Datasets, a new resource that supports the teaching and independent learning of quantitative and qualitative analytical methods used in the social sciences. Using real-world data from around the world accompanied by step-by-step instructions, this resource teaches statistical and analytical techniques used in Business, Education, Health, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology, among other disciplines.
SAGE Research Methods Datasets was designed to save time for research methods teaching faculty looking for teaching datasets and to support graduate students learning methods on their own. Each dataset comes with an explanation of the analytical approach, an example to demonstrate the method, and a review to reinforce the material. Users are invited to practice analyses themselves by downloading step-by-step guides and data files.
Quantitative datasets included in the collection are drawn from large surveys, experiments, or government data sources and have been simplified to make them easier for pedagogical use. Qualitative datasets include interview transcripts, field study notes, and visual aids.
Users can browse datasets by method, such as ANOVA, chi-square test, or thematic analysis; discipline, such as education, business, or political science; and data type, such as survey data, case notes, or interview transcripts.
DOAB wins IFLA/Brill Open Access Award 2015 - 18 Jun 2015
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and academic publisher Brill has announced that the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), from the Netherlands, has been selected as this year's winner of the IFLA/Brill Open Access Award.
The IFLA/Brill Open Access Award was created in 2013 for initiatives in the area of open access monograph publishing. This year the jury has chosen Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) (the Netherlands) as the most outstanding and game-changing initiative in the field. Earlier winners were Open Book Publishers (2013) and Knowledge Unlatched (2014).
DOAB, the Directory of Open Access Books, is the discovery service for open access books. DOAB provides a searchable index to peer-reviewed books published under an OA business model, with links to the full text at the publisher's website. DOAB is a service of OAPEN Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to Open Access monographs. DOAB has grown steadily since its launch in 2012. April 2015, the directory reached a milestone with 100 OA publishers listed and over 2800 books included. Research has shown that OA books listed in DOAB receive almost twice as many downloads as unlisted books.
The jury of the IFLA/Brill award recognises that in the few years of its existence DOAB has already proven its invaluable worth by becoming the central hub of the global infrastructure for open access book publishing. DOAB also works to enhance the quality of OA book publishing by requiring transparent independent peer-review procedures from participating publishers. In short, DOAB provides the scholarly community with a trusted channel to a vast and growing amount of open access material. DOAB has received wide recognition from the library world.
Elsevier's Reference Module and Pathway Studio named winners of 2015 SIIA CODiE Awards in three separate categories - 18 Jun 2015
STM publisher Elsevier has announced that two of its content products were named winners of 2015 SIIA CODiE Awards in three separate categories.
Elsevier's Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering won in the Best Scholarly Publishing Information Solution and Best General Reference Service categories. Elsevier's Pathway Studio won in the Best Science and Technology Information Solution category.
Winners represent the information industry's best products, technologies, and services created by or for media, publishers, and information services providers. The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier award for the software and information industries, and have been recognising product excellence since 1986. The awards have over 85 categories and are organised by industry focus of Content, Education, and Software.
The Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering combines thousands of related reference work articles into one online source of trustworthy information that is continuously updated by experts in the field. It includes content from 24 of Elsevier's authoritative, peer-reviewed reference works; more than 4,800 articles that are continuously reviewed, updated as needed and then date stamped with oversight by the expert editorial board; intuitive subject hierarchies, designed by the editorial board, that make it easy to navigate and find essential information; and linking to relevant journal articles and book chapters on ScienceDirect for additional information.
Pathway Studio enables the analysis and visualisation of disease mechanisms, gene expression and proteomics and metabolomics data. It is an exhaustive resource of easily searchable molecular cell interactions. It also helps biological researchers import and analyze their experimental data using normalization and statistical tools to identify cause and possible effects on biological processes.
Winners were announced during the ABM & Information Industry Summit, at Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C. The ABM & Information Industry Summit (IIS) is a flagship conference for leaders across the business information industry, bringing together an audience of 300+ senior executives from B2B media, publishing and information companies to address important strategic issues and to network.
Emerging nations closing gap on established leaders, reveals Nature Index - 18 Jun 2015
China is stepping up its contribution to global high-quality research output year-on-year at the expense of the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom. This is according to the Nature Index 2015 Global supplement, published this week with Nature, that analyses data compiled by the Nature Index.
Overall, North America, North & West Europe, and East & Southeast Asia account for 91percent of the Index's weighted fractional count (WFC), a metric that apportions credit for research articles according to the affiliations of the contributing authors.
North America remains the world's most dominant region for high-quality scientific output in the most reputable journals. China has the second largest output in the Index with a WFC score of 6,037, only a third of the United States' count of 17,936. As ordered by WFC, China is number two behind the US and is followed by Germany, the United Kingdom and Japan. China's contribution grew 16 percent from 2013 to 2014, whereas contributions from each of the other top five countries decreased. Output from the US has fallen 3.5 percent. China's double digit growth is a sustained pattern, building on 14.9 percent growth from 2012 to 2013.
The Nature Index tracks the author affiliations of nearly 60,000 high-quality scientific articles published between 2012 and 2014. Analysis reveals clear regional research focus. The Nature Index 2015 Global supplement finds North America is dominant in the life sciences, highlights the contributions of Central & East Europe and West Asia in the physical sciences, and East & Southeast Asia’s strengths in chemistry. North & West Europe and Australasia & Pacific Islands split their contributions relatively evenly amongst these broad subject areas.
International collaborations are another interesting finding of the Nature Index 2015 Global supplement. The majority of international collaborations in North & West Europe are with institutions within the same region (51 percent). Researchers in East & Southeast Asia tend to look further afield, with nearly three quarters of all collaborations occurring with institutions in North America (45%) or North & West Europe (18%). A future Nature Index supplement, planned for late 2015, will explore international research collaborations in more depth.
First launched in November 2014, the Nature Index uses three measures to track author affiliation data: article count (AC), the fractional count (FC) which takes into account the relative contribution of each author to an article, and WFC. WFC is used as the primary metric as it provides a more even basis for comparison and in determining the relative contribution of each country or institution.
France will be Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2017 - 18 Jun 2015
Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair, and Anne Tallineau, Deputy Executive Director of the Institut français and Interim Executive President, signed, in the presence of Fleur Pellerin, Minister of Culture and Communication, and of Olaf Scholz, Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany in charge of Franco-German Cultural Relations, the agreement formalising the invitation to France to attend the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair as its Guest of Honour. For the second time since 1989, France will be the Guest of Honour of the largest book fair in the world.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the Ministry of Culture and Communication have entrusted the Institut français with coordinating and implementing this invitation.
The Organising Committee has been placed under the responsibility of the Institut français and will be led by Paul de Sinety, who will define and manage the project in close collaboration with the Centre national du Livre, the French Embassy in Germany, and all other players involved.
This invitation highlights the desire to further and deepen Franco-German cooperation in the field of cultural policies. There is a particularly active, on-going dialogue on this topic in the book industry, following the common stances taken by both countries regarding the taxation of eBooks, the defence of copyright, and the single price for books, which they have both been defending together before European institutions.
Future Science Group relaunches Oncology Central, designed exclusively for medical professionals in oncology - 18 Jun 2015
Publisher Future Science Group has announced the relaunch of Oncology Central, the information hub designed exclusively for medical professionals in the field of oncology. Oncology is a fast-moving, multidisciplinary field at the forefront of medical research and Oncology Central unites all aspects to support multilateral progression in the field.
Oncology Central is a free-of-charge platform where peer-reviewed journal articles from highly valued journals, regular cancer news updates, exciting multimedia content, and exclusive features can all be digested quickly and easily. With even more content, the fully redesigned Oncology Central is even easier to navigate, saving time when you need to search by a specific disease area or topic.
The relaunch sees the addition of new site features including a dedicated Pipelines and Trials section, which allows easy access to all phase trials and pipelines by discipline breakdown so you can keep an eye on future therapeutic prospects. Webinars have also been introduced to keep users up to speed on vital areas and allow opportunity to pose questions to fellow experts.
In celebration of the relaunch of Oncology Central, a special collection of recent peer-reviewed articles discussing cancer immunotherapy strategies are being featured. These include an excellent review of anti-PD1 and anti-PD-L1 therapies in the treatment of metastatic melanoma – a key topic highlighted in the Plenary Session of the recent ASCO meeting.
Interested parties may visit http://www.oncology-central.com/immunotherapy-supp/ register for access.
Japan Primary Care Association recognises UpToDate as official Continuing Medical Education resource - 18 Jun 2015
Wolters Kluwer, a global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, has announced that UpToDate®, its acclaimed clinical decision support resource, has received approval from the Japan Primary Care Association (JPCA) as an official Continuing Medical Education (CME) resource. JPCA members can now earn CME credits while using UpToDate to answer clinical questions.
Studies have shown that researching clinical information in UpToDate helps doctors stay current with changes in research and recommended treatments across 22 specialties. JPCA physicians can now use the time they already spend researching clinical questions with UpToDate toward continuing professional development requirements at no extra cost and with no additional testing.
Recognized by the JPCA as a provider of internet point of care learning, UpToDate use can be applied to JPCA members' 5-year certification period.
Using UpToDate to fulfill CME requirements is now easier than ever at hospitals and institutions where UpToDate Anywhere is available. JPCA members can access UpToDate on mobile devices using award-winning mobile apps. UpToDate may also be integrated in the electronic medical record (EMR) system which streamlines both the clinical workflow and access to CME/CE/CPD.
Wolters Kluwer continues to work with professional societies in Japan to facilitate access to innovative continuing medical education via UpToDate.
MIT Press names Amy Brand as new director - 18 Jun 2015
The MIT Press has named Dr. Amy Brand, an executive with a wide array of experience in academic publishing and communications, as its new director. She will begin in this position on July 20.
Brand has previously worked at multiple universities in publishing and scholarly communications — including a period as an editor at the MIT Press — in addition to holding leadership roles with independent firms that facilitate scholarly publishing and research. Her doctorate is in cognitive science, a traditional area of strength at the press.
MIT hired Brand after an extensive search run by a committee composed of both MIT-based members and external experts in academic publishing.
Most recently, since early 2014, Brand has been a vice president at Digital Science, a firm that produces software for scientific research and is a division of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, the majority owner of Springer Nature, publisher of the journal Nature, among other titles.
From 2008 until 2013, Brand was at Harvard University, where she worked as assistant provost for faculty appointments and information and as a program manager in Harvard's Office for Scholarly Communication.
Brand served from 1994 to 2000 as an executive editor for the MIT Press in the area of cognitive science and linguistics.
Brand has also worked for Ingenta, an e-journal hosting platform, and CrossRef, a nonprofit association of academic publishers that has helped develop the Digital Object Identifier (DOI), a standard for scholarly referencing.
As director of the MIT Press, Brand will oversee all aspects of its business and operations, from traditional content acquisition through the development and management of innovative tools and technologies for the delivery of ideas and intellectual property to a worldwide audience. The director will also develop new initiatives and steer the press's publishing list to reflect the intellectual orientation of the Institute.
One of the largest and most respected university presses in the world, the MIT Press is known for quality, innovation, and distinctive design. The press publishes books, journals, and digital products in selected fields across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Its major fields include art and architecture; cognitive science; computer science; economics; environmental science; and science, technology, and society studies. The press is noted for its work in emerging fields of scholarship, its international distribution, and its pioneering uses of technology.
Brand succeeds Ellen W. Faran, who has served as director of the MIT Press since 2003, and who oversaw its continued expansion into areas of digital distribution while sustaining its strengths in acquisitions and journal publishing.
BioMed Central to publish Genes and Environment - 17 Jun 2015
Open access publisher BioMed Central has announced a partnership with the Japanese Environmental Mutagen Society in publishing the open access journal Genes and Environment. Takashi Yagi from Osaka Prefecture University, Japan, will serve as the Editor-in-Chief.
Genes and Environment has been running since 2006 on the J-STAGE platform and has been published by the Japanese Environmental Mutagen Society as the society's official journal. This title has the aim of accelerating communications among global scientists working in the field of genes and environment.
Topics published in the journal include mutagenesis and anti-mutagenesis; genotoxicity; DNA damage; water and air pollution; pharmaceuticals and anticancer agents; radiation; indirect mutagenesis; DNA methylation and chemoprevention of cancer.
COAPI welcomes wave of institutional OA policies - 17 Jun 2015
As evidence of the continued importance of open access in contemporary research culture, several prominent colleges and universities have recently adopted open access policies or resolutions, maximising the reach and impact of their faculty's scholarship: Pennsylvania State University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and Dartmouth Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Representing both faculty-wide and college/department-level approaches to policy adoption, these latest institutions join the ranks of an ever-expanding group of research organisations that have made public declarations about the value and necessity of providing free and unfettered access to scholarly research publications. Inspired by this momentum, the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI) remains committed to advocating for the development and implementation of open access policies across the country and around the world.
The Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI) brings together representatives from North American universities with established faculty open access policies and those in the process of developing such policies. COAPI was originally formed to share information and experiences and to illuminate opportunities for moving faculty-led open access policies forward at member institutions, advocating for open access both nationally and internationally.
Elsevier introduces six chemical engineering books at North American Catalysis Society Meeting - 17 Jun 2015
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the publication of six new chemical engineering books, including Direct Microbial Conversion of Biomass to Advanced Biofuels edited by Michael Himmel. This book brings to the forefront the latest research and experiments in an important new field in biochemical engineering: the consolidated conversion of lignocellulosic feedstocks to advanced fuels. The six new chemical engineering titles are among the books featured in the Elsevier booth # 310 at NAM24, the 24th North American Meeting (NAM) of the North American Catalysis Society, June 14-19, in Pittsburgh, Penn.
In order to meet content needs in growing areas of research and development such as catalysis, Elsevier uses proprietary tools to gain unique visibility into the world's research trends to identify the gaps between industry research now and emerging areas of scientific inquiry. Editorial teams strategically fill those gaps with content written by key influencers in the field, giving researchers the content they need to answer challenging questions and improve research outcomes. These new books providing required knowledge in underlying, background systems of chemical engineering are key examples.
Direct Microbial Conversion of Biomass to Advanced Biofuels has contributions from leaders in the field that provide numerous examples and insights into the most important aspects of the consolidated conversion of lignocellulosic feedstocks to advanced fuels. The book presents the newest ideas, well-designed experiments and outcomes, as well as outstanding illustrations from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and contributing researchers.
During his 33 years at the NREL, Dr. Himmel has worked to support many technical and scientific aspects of the U.S. Department of Energy Biomass Program. More recently, he was responsible for establishing the facilities and staff necessary to pursue projects in protein engineering, computational science, advanced imaging, and systems biology. Dr. Himmel currently manages the award-winning Biomolecular Sciences Group in the Bioscience Center and serves NREL as a Research Fellow.
The six new chemical engineering books are: Direct Microbial Conversion of Biomass to Advanced Biofuels edited by Michael Himmel; Catalysis by Materials with Well-Defined Structures edited by Zili Wu and Steven Overbury; Recent Advances in Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass edited by Ashok Pandey, Thallada Bhaskar, Michael Stöcker and Rajeev Sukumaran; Carbonic Anhydrases as Biocatalysts: From Theory to Medical and Industrial Applications edited by Claudiu Supuran and Giuseppina De Simone; Industrial Biorefineries & White Biotechnology edited by Ashok Pandey, Rainer Hofer, Christian Larroche, Mohammad Taherzadeh and Madhavan Nampoothiri; and Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology, 2nd Edition by Ghasem Najafpour.
At the NAM24 conference, Dr. Zili Wu, editor of Catalysis by Materials with Well-Defined Structures, will present three papers, individually and with others including co-editor Steven Overbury. Dr. Wu is a Research & Development Staff member at Chemical Science Division and Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee. Dr. Overbury is currently a member of the Distinguished Research Staff and leads the Surface Chemistry and Heterogeneous Catalysis group within the Chemical Sciences Division at ORNL.
The books are available on the Elsevier Store and on ScienceDirect, Elsevier's full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from over 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 33,000 book titles.
International Geriatric Fracture Society releases 2nd Edition of the Blue Book - 17 Jun 2015
The International Geriatric Fracture Society (IGFS) has announced the release of the 2nd Edition of the Blue Book by SAGE Publications.
A Guide to Improving the Care of Patients with Fragility Fractures, 2nd Edition, written by Dr. Simon C. Mears and Dr. Stephen L. Kates, is now available as a free download from the Journal of Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation.
The 2nd edition includes a series of chapters authored by a multi-disciplinary team of physician contributors addressing key areas of focus in treating geriatric fractures.
The publication can be downloaded from the website of the Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation, http://gos.sagepub.com/content/6/2/58.full
Jasper Simons to succeed Dr. Gary VandenBos as American Psychological Association publisher - 17 Jun 2015
Jasper Simons, a senior executive with wide experience in the publishing industry who currently oversees the association's PsycINFO® family of databases, will be the next APA publisher. The announcement was made by APA CEO Norman Anderson. Simons will succeed Dr. Gary VandenBos, who is retiring at the end of the year.
Simons currently oversees the business, operational and editorial aspects of PsycINFO, the world's leading discovery platform for the behavioural sciences, and other specialty databases such as PsycTESTS®. In addition, Simons oversees the product strategy for APA's online hosting platform, PsycNET®. Leading research institutions across the world subscribe to PsycNET to provide their end users with access to the latest research content from APA.
VandenBos has been collaborating with and mentoring Simons over that last few months and will continue to do so until he retires in December, and thereafter as a consultant.
Prior to joining APA, Simons was the vice president of product and market strategy at Thomson Reuters from 2012 to 2014. There, he managed products and services for publishers and associations. During his tenure, he advanced the ScholarOne Manuscript and ScholarOne Abstract software solutions, most notably by developing their ReviewerLocator solution and by building a robust Web services infrastructure to enable product and data integrations for publishers.
Simons joined Thomson Reuters after leading product development for the professional division of SAGE Publications, and releasing an innovative new platform for those interested in the social networks in national politics.
Earlier in his career, Simons held a number of business and leadership positions with leading publishing companies. Simons was the vice president and publisher of the clinical oncology journals for the Cancer Information Group in Dallas. Simons also ran the journals division for the American Anthropological Association in Washington. Before that, Simons was the business manager for Elsevier's ScienceDirect sales division in New York.
Wolters Kluwer publishes guide detailing enhancements clinical surveillance has on EMRs to meet triple aim challenges - 17 Jun 2015
Wolters Kluwer, a global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, has announced the release of an e-book detailing the advantages, cost savings and quality improvements realised by hospitals that have enhanced their EMRs by adding electronic clinical surveillance systems. How Clinical Surveillance Enhances EMRs to Meet Triple Aim Challenges demonstrates how clinical surveillance boosts the functionality of EMR systems and helps healthcare organisations meet the triple aim of enhancing the experience of care, improving the health of populations and reducing per capita healthcare costs.
With the Department of Health and Human Services announcing plans to tie 85 percent of all Medicare payments to quality or value measures by 2016 and 90 percent by 2018, the e-book provides timely information for hospitals seeking to protect their bottom lines. It explains how electronic surveillance systems extend the value of a hospital's EMR by simplifying data collection, analysing and transforming that data into actionable information at the point of care, and providing evidence-based clinical information to optimize care delivery and promote continuous improvement.
The e-book also introduces Sentri7®, which brings data and clinical expertise to bear on key hospital initiatives and is used by more than 600 hospitals to care for more than 1 million patients each day. In addition to advantageous revenue protection, the e-book includes information on how clinical surveillance tools like Sentri7 simplify monitoring of multiple data streams, enable rapid identification of at-risk patients, facilitate evidence-based clinical decision-making and streamline reporting to management, stakeholders, and state and federal regulators—all of which are essential to achieving value- and outcomes-based objectives.
American College of Physicians and EBSCO Health partnership to give 141,000 ACP members access to DynaMed PlusTM - 16 Jun 2015
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has announced a partnership with EBSCO Health. This initiative will give 141,000 ACP members complimentary access to DynaMed Plus™, a new cross-platform evidence-based clinical decision support tool. ACP is contributing expertise, content, and multimedia to DynaMed Plus.
DynaMed Plus provides clinicians with the ideal blend of evidence and expertise to help them determine optimal patient care paths. With DynaMed Plus, ACP members and other clinicians can quickly and seamlessly find evidence-based answers to make treatment decisions using any device from any location.
DynaMed Plus is a significant enhancement over other tools currently on the market and includes the most frequently updated evidence-based content. DynaMed Plus content is supplemented with full colour images, is optimised for the way a physician works and provides extremely fast time-to-answer. Additionally, DynaMed Plus gives users thorough and transparent insights into the strength of the evidence-based data for how recommendations are made.
Dr. Robert Centor, immediate past chair of ACP's Board of Regents, and ACP Regent Dr. Jack Ende will join the DynaMed Executive Leadership Board. They will join Dr. Amir Qaseem, ACP's director of clinical policy, who is a current board member. ACP will also provide a deputy editor to be a part of the editorial team overseeing internal medicine topics for DynaMed Plus.
Some content from ACP's current clinical reference tool, Smart Medicine, such as tables, images, and graphics, will be included in DynaMed Plus. Individual paid Smart Medicine subscribers who wish to convert to DynaMed Plus may do so beginning January 1, 2016, when Smart Medicine will be discontinued.
ARL publishes issue brief on fair use in text and data mining - 16 Jun 2015
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released an 'Issue Brief: Text and Data Mining and Fair Use in the United States,' which describes the role and usefulness of text and data mining, provides a short background of fair use, and presents an analysis of fair use in text and data mining, including eight cases that support fair use in this context.
No researcher can read all relevant research articles that are published in their field of interest. Even if they could, she would not be able to detect patterns in the research results that emerge only from large-scale computational analysis, known as text and data mining (TDM). Researchers who want to perform TDM on copyrighted research articles might seek clarity about whether they need permission from journal publishers or whether copyright's fair use doctrine permits TDM on accessible articles. In almost all cases, performing TDM on accessible articles is a fair use.
TDM almost always involves copying, but not all copying amounts to copyright infringement. Numerous courts in the United States have upheld the reproduction necessary to perform TDM as fair use, even though the content being copied into the database is copyrighted. Fair use is a flexible limitation and exception that allows copyright law to adapt to changing circumstances and new technologies and helps ensure a balanced copyright system. Thus, while the United States does not have a specific limitation or exception to explicitly allow TDM, fair use has accommodated the creation and growth of TDM as a new research tool.
TDM may be used for a variety of purposes, some of which are explicitly referenced in Section 107 of the US Copyright Act, such as scholarship and research. Beginning with a 2003 case involving the incorporation of images in a search engine, in at least eight different cases, courts have found that the creation of a database for TDM and its use amounts to fair use. The purposes have ranged from research by scholars, to use by politicians, to checking for plagiarism. Many of these courts have focused heavily on the benefit that TDM provides to the public, because they "enhance information-gather techniques." In assessing the four factors of fair use—purpose and character of the use, nature of the copyrighted work, amount and substantiality of portion used, and effect on the potential market—courts have emphasized the transformative nature of searchable databases and TDM, noting the unlikelihood of adverse impact on the original market for the work, and upheld fair use.
While this issue brief covers fair use and TDM in the United States, TDM is an issue of concern in other countries, as well. Internationally, 171 organisations including ARL, have called for the removal of barriers with respect to data, through the Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age. The Hague Declaration calls for clarity around the scope of intellectual property law as well as calling for better infrastructure to allow for content mining.
The full 'Issue Brief: Text and Data Mining and Fair Use in the United States' is available online at http://www.arl.org/storage/documents/TDM-5JUNE2015.pdf.
Elsevier provides free online access to medical information to help contain MERS outbreak in South Korea - 16 Jun 2015
STM publisher Elsevier will provide free access to its primary online clinical information and reference tool, ClinicalKey, for 30 days to all users within South Korea. This initiative was launched to support healthcare professionals and quarantine aid-workers in South Korea, which has been plagued with the outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus.
Starting June 12, access to ClinicalKey has been granted to all Internet Protocol (IP) addresses originating from South Korea for hospitals, institutional libraries and other healthcare entities supporting the battle against the spread of the virus in the populous country. This initiative is a joint effort between Elsevier and The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - National Center for Medical Information and Knowledge, a key organisation in this crisis.
ClinicalKey provides evidence-based clinical answers drawn from the single largest body of clinical content available, including over 600 journals, more than 1,100 books, drug information, guidelines, patient education and Medline. The Smart Search enables ClinicalKey to understand clinical terms and thus discover the most relevant medical content and find related content often missed by other search engines. ClinicalKey is optimised for any mobile device, making it more convenient to search and validate on-the-go.
Authorities in South Korea have been stepping up responses and putting measures in place to help calm public fear of this deadly but poorly understood virus. The World Health Organization warned that the MERS outbreak in South Korea is likely to grow, as the death toll continues to rise and the number of people kept under quarantine crept up to more than 3,800, as of June 11, according to official figures. The Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also confirmed more than 100 new cases. This is the largest MERS outbreak outside of Saudi Arabia, where the virus last broke three years ago.
Emerald Global Publishing Group acquires GoodPractice - 16 Jun 2015
Publisher Emerald Global Publishing Group (further referred to as 'the Group') has announced the successful acquisition of GoodPractice, providers of cutting edge performance support tools for leaders and senior managers. The acquisition enables the Group to extend its reach into the professional learning and development, education and training sectors, with a focus on digital learning solutions.
The global e-learning market continues to flourish, driven by the demand for blended, accessible, cost-effective learning methods with evolving digital capabilities. With global acceptance of e-learning increasing in both higher education and professional markets, the acquisition of GoodPractice comes with the aim to strengthen the Group's value proposition in the professional learning and development markets.
GoodPractice, which will continue to operate under that name, is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Group, effective from June 12, 2015. The GoodPractice Board will comprise of existing directors, CEO Peter Casebow and COO Owen Ferguson, plus Richard Bevan (Chairman), Simon Cox (Finance Director) and Chris Keenan (Business Development Director).
Subsidiaries of the Group now include: Emerald Group Publishing, GoodPractice and Research Media.
European Commission opens formal antitrust investigation into Amazon's e-book distribution arrangements - 16 Jun 2015
The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation into certain business practices by Amazon in the distribution of electronic books ("e-books"). The Commission will in particular investigate certain clauses included in Amazon's contracts with publishers. These clauses require publishers to inform Amazon about more favourable or alternative terms offered to Amazon's competitors and/or offer Amazon similar terms and conditions than to its competitors, or through other means ensure that Amazon is offered terms at least as good as those for its competitors.
The Commission has concerns that such clauses may make it more difficult for other e-book distributors to compete with Amazon by developing new and innovative products and services. The Commission will investigate whether such clauses may limit competition between different e-book distributors and may reduce choice for consumers. If confirmed, such behaviour could violate EU antitrust rules that prohibit abuses of a dominant market position and restrictive business practices. The opening of proceedings does not prejudge in any way the outcome of the investigation.
E-books have experienced a surge in popularity in recent years and are of increasing importance to online retail. Amazon is currently the largest distributor of e-books in Europe. Initially, the Commission's investigation will focus on the largest markets for e-books in the European Economic Area, namely e-books in English and German.
The Commission has concerns that certain clauses included in Amazon's contracts with publishers concerning such e-books could constitute a breach of EU antitrust rules that prohibit the abuse of a dominant market position and restrictive business practices. In particular, the investigation is focused on clauses which seem to shield Amazon from competition from other e-book distributors, such as clauses granting it the right to be informed of more favourable or alternative terms offered to its competitors; and/or the right to terms and conditions at least as good as those offered to its competitors.
The Commission will now investigate further whether such clauses may hinder the level playing field and potentially decrease competition between different e-book distributors to the detriment of consumers.
This is not the first time the European Commission is investigating the e-books sector under EU antitrust rules. In December 2011 the Commission opened proceedings in the sector because it had concerns that Apple and five international publishing houses may have colluded to limit retail price competition for e-books in the EEA, in breach of EU antitrust rules. In December 2012 and July 2013, respectively, the companies offered a number of commitments, which addressed the Commission's concerns.
The Commission has informed Amazon and the competition authorities of the Member States that it has opened proceedings in this case.
There is no legal deadline to complete inquiries into anti-competitive conduct. The duration of an antitrust investigation depends on a number of factors, including the complexity of the case, the extent to which the undertaking concerned cooperates with the Commission and the exercise of the rights of defence.
Mary Ann Liebert announces fall 2015 launch of new OA journal on Case Reports in Pancreatic Cancer - 16 Jun 2015
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers, has announced the launch of a new peer-reviewed, open access journal, Case Reports in Pancreatic Cancer. The journal will deliver authoritative case reports on all aspects of pancreatic cancer diagnosis, management, treatment, and outcomes.
Pancreatic cancer rates have risen steadily for several years, and the disease results in more than 300,000 deaths globally each year. It is the fourth most common cause of cancer deaths in the US, and has a five-year survival rate of less than 25 percent. There are large disparities in pancreatic cancer diagnosis and survival rates, with a disease risk of over 50 percent greater for African Americans.
Launching in fall 2015, the journal will be the premier open source for clinical reports on the disease, and will publish under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY) license to ensure broad dissemination and participation.
SAGE set to launch the Journal of Connectivity - 16 Jun 2015
Academic publisher SAGE is set to launch the Journal of Connectivity in partnership with the Institute of Measurement and Control. An interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open access (OA) publication, the Journal of Connectivity is designed to facilitate the exploration of the Internet of Things.
The Internet of Things describes how in an increasingly digital world the objects of everyday life are connected together to form a network that can share data and information, and at the same time can accumulate and exploit the knowledge gained. The journal aims to provide a dynamic forum to facilitate the exchange of data, information and knowledge with respect to the application of the Internet of Things.
Ron Summers, Loughborough University and Zhipeng Wu, University of Manchester, will serve as the Editors-in-Chief.
ALA president calls for digital transformation of Copyright Office - 15 Jun 2015
American Library Association (ALA) president Courtney Young responded to the introduction of the Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act (CODE Act) by Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA) and Tom Marino (R-PA).
For more than 20 years, content creators, rights holders, legislators and public users alike have acknowledged that the U.S. Copyright Office needs to modernise its technological capabilities for the 21st century. Unfortunately, the recently introduced Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act does little to address significant technology challenges impacting the U.S. Copyright Office.
The bill's proposal to make the Copyright Office an independent agency does not address the longstanding problems facing the agency, specifically that the Copyright Office's information technology systems are woefully inadequate in serving both rights holders and the public in the digital environment. Much of the Copyright Office's shortcomings were detailed in a Government Accountability Office report published in March 2015. Instead of independent authority, the Copyright Office needs resources - both in the form of funding and technical expertise - to bring it out of the typewriter age.
Rights holders, authors, publishers, libraries and the general public nationwide rely on the robust U.S. Copyright registration and recordation system to identify the copyright status of works. Comprehensive and accurate records in digital systems that can communicate with other digital systems are necessary to handle any transaction - whether one is trying to register copyright in order to proceed with legal action or whether one is just trying to identify who holds the rights to a particular work. In addition, progress should be made immediately to build the necessary digital storage facilities for digitally-born works.
ALA urges the US Congress to support the investment necessary to transition the Copyright Office from a paper-based system to a digital system that uses the most effective digital technology, systems and software–to enable commerce, promote access to content, and to inspire the creators and artists of the future who wish to make use of the previous works. A successful overhaul of the Copyright Office's information technology infrastructure cannot be achieved by securing the Copyright Office's independence from the Library of Congress.
ARL publishes issue brief on the US Copyright Office’s Report on Orphan Works - 15 Jun 2015
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published an issue brief on the US Copyright Office's June 4, 2015, Report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, which includes recommendations for legislation on orphan works - copyrighted works whose owners are impossible to identify or contact - and the creation of an extended collective licensing (ECL) regime for mass digitisation. ARL's 'Issue Brief: Copyright Office Report on Orphan Works' focuses only on the Copyright Office's recommendations regarding orphan works.
The Copyright Office's report asserts that the orphan works problem is widespread and significant' and that 'anyone using an orphan work does so under a legal cloud, as there is always the possibility that the copyright owner could emerge after the use commenced and seek substantial infringement damages, an injunction, and/or attorneys' fees. The Copyright Office rejects the idea that fair use can provide an adequate solution because 'the judiciary has yet to explicitly address how to apply fair use to orphan works. Also, fair use jurisprudence is, because of its flexibility and fact-specific nature, a less concrete foundation for the beneficial use of orphan works than legislation, and is always subject to change.' The Copyright Office also rejects the role of best practices in an orphan works solution because they 'often are arrived at absent consultation with authors and other copyright owners, and therefore run the risk of being more of an aspirational document—what a community believes fair use ought to be—than a descriptive one.'
The Copyright Office's denigration of fair use as a solution to the orphan works problem is disappointing. What the Copyright Office fails to acknowledge in its analysis of recent fair use jurisprudence is that fair use is a fairly predictable doctrine. With respect to community best practices, it is true that they are made without consultation with rightsholders, but this is a conscious decision. Community best practices "arise from the community's values and mission...not a compromise between those values and the competing interests of other parties." Furthermore, these best practice documents are grounded in community practices, often supported by case law, not merely aspirational documents.
As an alternative, the Copyright Office proposes a model that provides for limitations on liability—draft legislation that is largely based on the Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008, which was passed by the Senate, but failed in the House of Representatives. The Copyright Office fails to recognise that its proposed burdensome legislation that requires extremely time- and resource-intensive searches as well as "notice of use" requirements could cause users to forego the use of orphan works. Finally, the notice of use provision is as poisonous now as it was in 2008. If it is included in an orphan works provision, it will ensure that the provision is rarely, if ever, used.
The full "Issue Brief: Copyright Office Report on Orphan Works" is available online at http://www.arl.org/storage/documents/IssueBrief-OrphanWorks-5JUNE2015.pdf.
BMJ and BPP University School of Health partner for new book series - 15 Jun 2015
Healthcare knowledge provider BMJ has signed an agreement with BPP University School of Health to produce a new series of reference books and e-books for clinicians.
Using material from The BMJ’s extensive archives, titles will be published in four series - Clinical Review, Research Methods, Ten Minute Consultation and Easily Missed.
The books are aimed at practising clinicians and initial subjects will include Paediatrics, General Medicine, Haematology and Rheumatology, General Practice, Cardiology and Respiratory Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopaedics, Clinical Oncology and Emergency Medicine.
Matt Green, Director of Professional Development at BPP University School of Health, confirmed plans to produce at least 30 titles over the next three years using content supplied by The BMJ.
Elsevier announces new Reference Modules in Food Science and Materials Science - 15 Jun 2015
STM publisher Elsevier has announced two new Reference Modules, the first in Food Science and the second in Materials Science and Materials Engineering. Each will provide researchers, engineers and students access to reference content updated as science progresses. They are available now for pre-sale. Access for users will begin on ScienceDirect in late 2015.
Elsevier's Reference Modules combine thousands of related reference work articles into one source of trustworthy information that is continuously updated by experts. Each of the new Reference Modules will include content from Elsevier's authoritative, peer-reviewed reference works; articles that are continuously reviewed, updated as needed and then date stamped with oversight by the expert editorial board; intuitive subject hierarchies, designed by the editorial board, that make it easy to navigate and find essential information; and linking to relevant journal articles and book chapters on ScienceDirect for additional information.
Food scientists and materials science researchers and engineers benefit with access to the most up-to-date foundational content that in the past was locked up during the lengthy publishing process. Librarians, under increasing pressure to stretch budgets further and secure content that contributes to meaningful research and learning, see value in the Reference Modules' continuous reviews and updates led by the expert editorial boards.
The Reference Module in Food Science will help researchers access the up-to-date content they require to improve outcomes. Subjects in the new module will include: food chemistry and analysis; food process engineering; food packaging; food safety, defence and microbiology; food quality, storage and transport; food management, policy and regulations; nutrition and health; food products and ingredients; food biosciences; food sustainability, security and effects of global change; food science education, research and professional development; and consumer behaviour and food marketing.
Researchers and engineers using the Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering will have access to interdisciplinary subjects including: materials processing; material properties and integrity characterization; composite materials; nanostructured materials; polymeric materials; renewable and sustainable materials; biomaterials; fundamental materials science; electronic materials; metallic materials; research in candidate materials; ceramic materials; material application, performance and life cycle; and energy materials.
The new Reference Modules in Food Science and in Materials Science and Materials Engineering will be available on ScienceDirect, Elsevier's full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from over 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 33,000 book titles. Modules already available to researchers are: Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering, Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, and Biomedical Sciences.
Future Cardiology journal marks 10 years of publication with special issue highlighting advances and challenges in cardiology - 15 Jun 2015
In recognition of 10 years of publication Future Cardiology has launched a special issue focused on recent advances and emerging challenges in specific areas of cardiology. The journal features articles written by members of its editorial board focused on developing treatments and issues in cardiac care for women, blood pressure targets, and the evolution of genetics and drug response. Future Cardiology is published bimonthly by Future Science Group.
The three featured articles include 'Blood Pressure Target Goals From Guidelines of 2002 to 2014,' by Wilbert S. Aronow, MD; 'Evolving Cardiovascular Care for Women: A Decade of Progress,' by Nanette K. Wenger, MD; and 'Pharmacogenomics in Cardiology – Genetics and Drug Response: 10 Years of Progress,' by Larisa H. Cavallari, MD.
Future Cardiology is published bi-monthly and highlights the new molecular approach to advancing cardiovascular therapy. Coverage also reflects the major technological advances in bioengineering in cardiology in terms of advanced and robust devices, miniaturization, imaging, system modelling and information management issues.
The 10 year anniversary special issue is available at http://www.futuremedicine.com/toc/fca/11/3.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 15 Jun 2015
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: David Crotty (Compliance: The Coming Storm); Ben McCluskey (Impact doesn’t have to be a dirty word – staying positive about the promotion of scientific excellence); and Phil Davis (Social Media And Its Impact on Medical Research). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
University of Michigan and BioMed Central launch inaugural issue of new OA journal - Clinical Diabetes and Endocrinology - 15 Jun 2015
Open access publisher BioMed Central, together with the University of Michigan, has announced the inaugural issue of Clinical Diabetes and Endocrinology, a peer-reviewed, online, open access journal that aims to promote better care for people with diabetes and endocrine disease. To achieve this, the journal publishes for health professionals and researchers on a variety of aspects related to diabetes and endocrine diseases and their management.
Dr. Meng H. Tan, Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes at the University of Michigan, serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal.
The launch issue features a review by Hahr and Molitch from the United States sharing guidelines for managing hyperglycemia in the large group of patients with diabetes complicated by various stages of renal impairment. In addition, Minanni, et al. from Brazil describes their rare complex case of fatal factitious Cushing Syndrome as an example of Münchhausen's Syndrome.
With the goal of supporting the University of Michigan's desire to share knowledge with the world, the collaborators of this journal chose to make this an open access journal to make it more available to health professionals on a global scale. While access is free to readers, authors pay a fee to publish and are the copyright holders of their articles.
Dr. Joachim Pleil appointed as new Editor-in-Chief for Journal of Breath Research - 12 Jun 2015
Dr. Joachim Pleil has been appointed as the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Breath Research.
Dr. Pleil is a Research Physical Scientist with the Office of Research and Development of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (ORD/EPA). He currently works in the Human Exposure and Atmospheric Sciences Division of the National Exposure Research Laboratory located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. He also serves as adjunct Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the Gillings School of Public Health of the University of North Carolina (UNC) in Chapel Hill.
As a Federal researcher, he has had the opportunity to collaborate on environmental health issues with all branches of the U.S. Military, NASA, CDC, NIOSH, and the U.S. intelligence community. He has authored or co-authored over 120 articles, reviews, editorials, book chapters, and published Government reports of which 40 are related to exhaled breath analysis (and 19 are published in Journal of Breath Research). He is a founding member and scientific board member of the International Association of Breath Research (IABR) and of the Journal of Breath Research.
Elsevier and the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation announce publishing agreement - 12 Jun 2015
STM publisher Elsevier has announced that it has been selected by the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (SSCI) to publish its journal, The American Journal of the Medical Sciences, beginning January 2016.
The American Journal of the Medical Sciences (AJMS), founded in 1820, is the 2nd oldest medical journal in the United States. On a monthly basis AJMS publishes peer-reviewed articles in the field of internal medicine and its subspecialties, which include original clinical and basic science investigations, review articles, and case-letters.
The SSCI is a regional academic society dedicated to the advancement of medical research and the exchange of knowledge, information and ideas. Its members are committed to mentoring future generations of medical investigators and promoting careers in academic medicine.
NIH approves strategic vision to transform National Library of Medicine - 12 Jun 2015
National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis S. Collins approved a federal report that lays out the long-term scientific vision for the NIH's National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest biomedical library. This vision, presented at the 110th meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), calls for NIH to position the NLM as a unifying force in biomedicine that promotes and accelerates knowledge generation, dissemination and understanding in the United States and internationally.
The report also cites the need to make NLM the epicenter for biomedical data science, not just at NIH, but across the biomedical research enterprise. In addition, the report recommends dramatically expanding NLM's activities to include research conducted beyond NIH's walls to funded institutions, enabling it to have a greater and wider impact on data science than ever before. NIH plans to work with Congress to implement the necessary infrastructure changes to move this vision forward.
To capitalise on the emerging opportunities in data science, Dr. Collins tasked a working group of his ACD to lay out a strategic vision for the NLM to maintain its global leadership in biomedical and health information. Comprising experts in the fields of biomedical research, bioinformatics, library sciences, publishing, and patient care, the working group assessed the current mission, organisation and programmatic priorities of the NLM. The group presented its recommendations for a strategic vision to the ACD, and it was subsequently unanimously endorsed. In summary, the ACD envisioned NLM to be a modernised conceptualisation of a library and formulated a series of recommendations to guide its future.
Dr. Collins accepted the ACD recommendations in full, but acknowledged that NIH will need to consider the requirements and infrastructure implications for centering NIH's biomedical data science activities within the NLM. In addition, NIH has launched a nationwide search for the director of the NLM to replace Dr. Donald Lindberg, who served as the NLM director for more than 30 years and retired in March 2015.
The ACD advises the NIH Director on policy matters important to the NIH mission of conducting and supporting biomedical and behavioural research, research training, and translating research results for the public.
The Office of the Director, the central office at NIH, is responsible for setting policy for NIH, which includes 27 Institutes and Centers. This involves planning, managing, and coordinating the programs and activities of all NIH components. The Office of the Director also includes program offices which are responsible for stimulating specific areas of research throughout NIH.
SAGE launches OA journal Cardiovascular and Thoracic Open - 12 Jun 2015
Academic publisher SAGE has launched a new open access journal Cardiovascular and Thoracic Open (CTO). Aimed at surgeons and medical professionals alike, this international, open access, peer-reviewed journal will publish research from around the world pertaining to cardiovascular and thoracic medicine.
Cardiovascular and Thoracic Open provides a platform for rapid publication for cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons, cardiologists, and allied health care professionals globally - an international forum to discuss the diagnoses and treatment of cardiovascular and thoracic diseases. This OA journal will be available globally, powered by HighWire.
A. Sampath Kumar of Pushpanjali Crosslay Hospital, India, serves as Editor of the journal.
The 200th Ex Libris Alma implementation goes live at Tennessee Board of Regents Libraries-NorthEast - 12 Jun 2015
Library automation solutions Ex Libris Group has announced that the Tennessee Board of Regents Libraries - NorthEast (TBRL-NE), consisting of the libraries of East Tennessee State University (ETSU) and Northeast State Community College (NeSCC), is the 200th customer worldwide to implement the Ex Libris Alma library management service.
The libraries selected Alma, along with the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, to provide an integrated platform for library resource discovery and library management services delivered via the cloud. With the cloud-based deployment, library staff are freed to focus on services, and new functionality is regularly made available without the need for on-site upgrades. The libraries sought a solution that would also integrate with third-party systems for authentication, resource sharing, procurement, and self-service borrowing.
Having used the Ex Libris SFX® OpenURL link resolver hosted by Ex Libris for several years, ETSU was confident that Ex Libris would continue to provide support and cloud services at a consistently high standard. The libraries replaced a number of legacy systems including Innovative Interfaces Inc. Sierra and EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS).
Thieme Chemistry publishes interactive map with authors worldwide - 12 Jun 2015
Scientific publisher Thieme Chemistry has announced a new 'Thieme Chemistry Author Map.' More than 1600 well-known chemists from all over the world work for Thieme Chemistry. They write for the reference works Science of Synthesis and Pharmaceutical Substances and the online encyclopaedia RÖMPP as authors, contribute to monographs or are members of the editorial boards of SYNTHESIS, SYNLETT and SYNFACTS. The new 'Thieme Chemistry Author Map' presents author details such as who the authors are, where they work and to which publications and databases they contribute, in an interactive format.
The map features Thieme Chemistry authors coming from 46 countries on six continents. Most of them work in Europe, Japan or the USA, for instance at the Max Planck Institute, Harvard University, the University of Tokyo or at well-known pharmaceutical and chemical companies. Researchers from Iceland, French Guinea and South Africa are also represented.
In addition, the map includes an interactive list which can be searched for different criteria. Who is from Singapore or Berlin or who works at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology? The 'Thieme Chemistry Author Map' provides an overview of the authors working for the publisher and closely links each author to the Thieme publications they contributed to.
With its scientific publications, Thieme Chemistry provides chemists in research, science and industry with highly evaluated specialist information on synthetic, organic and general chemistry. All products of Thieme are available in electronic format and predominantly in English language.
Elsevier set to launch new multispecialty, peer-review journal - Perioperative Care and Operating Room Management - 11 Jun 2015
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the launch of Perioperative Care and Operating Room Management, a new multispecialty, peer-review journal that provides high-quality information and research findings on operational and system-based approaches to ensure safe, coordinated, and high-value patient care immediately preceding, during, and soon after medical procedures. The first issue of this quarterly journal is scheduled for publication in September 2015.
Dr. David H. Berger, Professor of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Houston, has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the new journal. His many academic and professional accomplishments include having served as president of both the Association for Academic Surgery and the Association of VA Surgeons.
Guided by an eminent editorial board, Perioperative Care and Operating Room Management supports open access and publishes traditional research articles, subject reviews, performance improvement projects, concept papers, letters, expert opinion, and editorials. Topics covered include among others: quality improvement process initiatives, patient safety, staffing and human factors, process flow modeling, information management, efficient design, cost improvement, use of novel technologies, and management.
This journal's audience includes all groups who participate in the planning, execution, and monitoring of periprocedural process, including medical specialists (surgeons, anesthesiologists, hospitalists, and interventional radiologists), nurses, administrators, pharmacists, systems and process engineers, health care architects, and other health care providers.
Ohio Libraries go mobile with Boopsie via OHIONET partnership - 11 Jun 2015
Boopsie, Inc., a mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide, has announced that many library users throughout Ohio can now enjoy on-demand access to ebooks, databases and other trusted library resources via a library-branded mobile app on all major device types. Boopsie announced that Cuyahoga Falls Library and Lane Public Libraries will join the 25 other OHIONET libraries currently using Boopsie's platform to develop a customised mobile app so more community members can enjoy library services on the go.
Use of native mobile apps instead of mobile websites continues to skyrocket because of the ease of use on mobile devices.
Boopsie's partnerships with dozens of content providers that have served libraries for hundreds of years ensure a seamless user experience, connecting library users with the highest quality resources on a user-friendly, native mobile interface. Boopsie's apps seamlessly connect users to OverDrive, ProQuest, EBSCO, LexisNexis, Comics Plus: Library Edition, and Recorded Books, among other products and services from library industry leaders.
OHIONET is a library membership organisation of academic, public, school and special libraries in Ohio, West Virginia, and western Pennsylvania. A member-funded, 501(c)(3) corporation, OHIONET offers an array of services to meet the needs of its members. Those services include technology management solutions including management of integrated library systems, and proxy hosting; discount programs for electronic resources, equipment and supplies; and continuing education programs on a wide range of topics including library trends and issues, and electronic resource.
Open Preservation Foundation launches new membership model and software supporter model - 11 Jun 2015
The Open Preservation Foundation (OPF) has introduced a new membership model to make participation more accessible to all organisations with a commitment to ensuring long term access to digital content. Alongside the new membership model, a software supporter model has also been established to ensure the sustainability and future development of open source software tools in its stewardship.
Over the last year the OPF has established a solid foundation for ensuring the sustainability of digital preservation technology and knowledge. The new membership model opens participation to organisations of all sizes. The membership tiers are based on the annual operating budget of your organisation. Membership is available in two categories - Charter and Affiliate. Charter members steer strategy and annual planning. They also benefit from exclusive or priority access to interest groups, training and events, and support in adopting and maintaining open source software products. Affiliate members have access to the outputs of activities and may choose to contribute effort in lieu of subscription fees to further digital preservation for the benefit of the community.
The software supporter model allows organisations to support individual digital preservation software products and ensure their ongoing sustainability and maintenance. OPF is launching support for JHOVE based on its broad adoption and need for active stewardship. It is also a component in several leading commercial digital preservation solutions.
SAGE set to publish official journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery, HAND - 11 Jun 2015
Academic publisher SAGE has announced that it will publish HAND, a multidisciplinary journal that specialises in the research and medical management and surgical management of the hand, wrist, and upper extremity. The official journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery, SAGE will begin publishing HAND in 2016.
Launched in 2006, HAND is an international resource for healthcare providers and researchers seeking to manage hand-related injuries and diseases. Published quarterly, the journal disseminates research on studying or treating the hand within surgical, medical, and therapeutic contexts.
Founded in 1970, the American Association for Hand Surgery comprises over 1,200 professionals in the areas of hand surgery and hand therapy. Devoted to global upper extremity health and education, the Association and its endowment support international outreach missions which foster hand health and promote upper extremity education. Additionally, the Association hosts webinars and an annual conference to support advancements in the knowledge and practices of hand care.
Taylor & Francis Group / CRC Press announce ‘Greenfield's Neuropathology, Ninth Edition - Two Volume Set - 11 Jun 2015
STM publisher Taylor & Francis Group / CRC Press will unveil 'Greenfield's Neuropathology, Ninth Edition - Two Volume Set,' the world's leading neuropathology reference at the American Association of Neuropathologists Annual Meeting on June 11-14, 2015, in Denver, Colorado.
Conference attendees who visit the CRC Press booth at the meeting will receive an exclusive discount on the book along with other show specials. This edition includes an eBook version with the purchase of the print book that features rapid search functions, annotation and bookmarking facilities, image collections and live reference links.
Every year, more than 50 million people are diagnosed with a neurological disorder [from Alzheimer and Parkinson disease, strokes, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy to migraine, brain injuries and neuroinfections]. Neurological disorders affect people of every age, but are more common in people older than 50 (1).
'Greenfield's Neuropathology' provides a comprehensive account of the pathological findings in neurological disease, their biological basis and their clinical manifestations. The updated Ninth Edition features new contributing experts who provide a fresh perspective, while retaining the depth, breadth and quality of content so praised in previous editions.
Known for its thorough yet practical approach, 'Greenfield's Neuropathology' continues to provide trusted information to neuropathologists and those in related specialties, including neurologists, neurosurgeons, general pathologists, neuroradiologists and clinical neuroscientists.
The German National Library of Science and Technology to host 36th Annual IATUL Conference 2015 - 11 Jun 2015
The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) will be hosting this year's English-language conference of the International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) at Hannover Congress Centrum (HCC) from July 5-9, 2015. Those interested in attending the five-day conference 'Strategic Partnerships for Access and Discovery' on strategies, management and practice in libraries have until June 19, 2015 to register for the event.
The 36th Annual IATUL Conference will kick off with a word of welcome by Gabriele Heinen-Kljajić, Lower Saxony's Minister of Science and Culture. The prestigious conference on current and future developments in libraries will focus on strategic partnerships, Open Science, future challenges facing libraries, research data management and digital preservation. In addition to the extensive programme comprising presentations, discussions and workshops, IATUL also offers an accompanying company exhibition. More than 200 experts from the field of librarianship are expected to attend the conference.
In the run-up to IATUL, the General Assembly & Workshops of ICSTI, the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information, will take place at HCC on July 4, 2015. Interested IATUL participants are warmly invited to attend the event. More information about the event and the two workshops on 'Open Science and Open Data' and 'Innovation' can be found at www.icsti.org.
1000th article published in SAGE Open - 10 Jun 2015
New research on AD/HD marks the 1000th article published in SAGE Open, an open-access journal launched in 2011 covering the full spectrum of the social and behavioural sciences and the humanities.
Since the launch of SAGE Open in 2011, the journal has received over 5,500 submissions from more than 125 countries, been featured in international news outlets, added more than 375 Editorial Board members from more than 50 countries, and pioneered a sleek new website for its published content. SAGE Open articles have been read/downloaded more than 2.5 million times.
The 1000th article finds that children diagnosed with AD/HD can improve their behaviour and social interactions in the classroom by playing a computer game that exercises their concentration.
American Society for Microbiology announces 2016 launch of new OA journal - mSphere - 10 Jun 2015
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has announced plans to launch mSphereTM, a new pan-microbiology open-access journal, in early 2016. mSphere will create new opportunities for researchers in microbial sciences to share findings that are transforming our understanding of human health and disease, ecosystems, neuroscience, agriculture, energy production, climate change, evolution, biogeochemical cycling, and food and drug production.
mSphere will build on the success of mBio®, ASM's first open access journal. Its scope will reflect the immense range of fields within the microbial sciences. An emphasis will be placed on bringing together these diverse fields to feature their common threads through the data, methods, and conceptual frameworks of original peer-reviewed research.
Dr. Michael Imperiale, Founding Editor in Chief of mSphere is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Michigan Medical School and a member of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Author of more than 135 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, Dr. Imperiale has served as an editor of ASM's Journal of Virology® and mBio® and associate editor of Virology and PLoS Pathogens.
ASM journals have long been recognized as important venues for dissemination of significant, high-quality microbiological research. The launch of mSphere will complement the excellence of ASM's 10 specialised primary research journals. mSphere™ will welcome submissions from authors around the world and will provide rapid decisions on publication, while carrying on ASM's tradition for rigorous peer review. Like the rest of the ASM journals program, the new journals will be hosted on the HighWire platform at journals.asm.org.
A formal 'Call for Papers' will be issued in September 2015, and the journal launch is planned for early 2016.
Copyright Clearance Center launches text mining solution, RightFind XML for Mining - 10 Jun 2015
Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a global licensing and content solutions organization, has announced the launch of its text mining solution, RightFind™ XML for Mining. Using the module, commercial life science researchers can create sets of full-text XML articles from more than 4,000 peer-reviewed journals produced by over 25 scientific, technical, and medical (STM) publishers, and import them into their preferred third-party text mining software.
XML for Mining is built on the RightFind™ platform, CCC’s unique suite of cloud-based workflow solutions that offer immediate, easy access to a full range of STM peer-reviewed journal content. Linguamatics I2E text mining software is the first third-party text mining platform integrated with RightFind XML for Mining; integrations with other third-party solutions are planned.
Publishers participating in the offering include Springer Science+Business Media, Wiley, BMJ, the Royal Society of Chemistry, Taylor & Francis, SAGE, Cambridge University Press, American Diabetes Association, American Society for Nutrition, Future Medicine and more. The module is available to businesses through the sales teams of CCC and RightsDirect, CCC's European subsidiary.
Using RightFind XML for Mining, researchers will be able to identify articles associated with their research from publications to which they subscribe and from those that fall outside their subscriptions.
RightFind XML for Mining enables publishers to facilitate compliant access to article content for life science companies who have been asking for text mining solutions. By participating, publishers have access to usage reports to help them make decisions related to text mining and their content development strategy.
Typically, content from publishers is offered in PDF format, which is poorly suited to the needs of text mining researchers.
Text mining and data mining are methodologies that enable the discovery of knowledge from text materials (unstructured data) and databases (structured data), respectively, through the use of appropriate software. During text mining, researchers use software systems to identify things that they care about (e.g. genes, chemicals, pharmaceutical products, diseases) and relationships between them, for the purpose of discovering new hypotheses, or validating old ones, in a way that would otherwise be very difficult to accomplish.
CCC will conduct live demonstrations of RightFind XML for Mining at the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Annual Conference in Boston June 14-16 in booth 509.
Elsevier and AOCS Press announce publishing partnership - 10 Jun 2015
STM publisher Elsevier and AOCS Press, part of the American Oil Chemists' Society and a publisher advancing the science and technology of fats and oils, have announced that the companies have formed a publishing alliance for food science and chemistry content. It will support the research of those working in lipid science and technology, fats and oils chemistry, and food science and nutrition.
Elsevier will publish and distribute new AOCS Press books, taking advantage of ScienceDirect and other global distribution channels to reach a broader set of researchers in academia, industry and government. In addition, Elsevier will begin distributing a select set of relevant and/or high-demand titles already published by AOCS Press.
The new books will be co-branded under the Academic Press and AOCS Press imprints and published in collections beginning in 2016. They will be available in print as well via the many digital channels Elsevier serves.
AOCS Press titles that will publish in 2016 are part of the ScienceDirect Agricultural, Biological and Food Sciences eBook collection, which is immediately available for presale along with Elsevier's other extensive frontlist collections. Additionally, 21 AOCS Press titles originally published between 1995 and 2014 will be made available on the ScienceDirect platform. These titles will be available for purchase in the second half of this year.
Journal of Patient Safety and The Institute for Safety in Office-Based Surgery announce new partnership - 10 Jun 2015
The editors and publisher of the Journal of Patient Safety, the journal of research and clinical practice in advancing patients safety, have announced a new affiliation with The Institute for Safety in Office-Based Surgery (ISOBS), an independent organisation dedicated to promoting patient safety in office-based surgery. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.
The ISOBS aims to promote patient safety in office-based surgery and to encourage collaboration, scholarship, and physician and patient education. The ISOBS has approximately 2,000 members from a wide range of fields.
As part of the new affiliation, the Journal of Patient Safety will add a section providing new research and insights on perioperative safety. For example, an early publication paper co-authored by Dr. Richard D. Urman, Executive Director and Co-Founder of ISOBS - based on the National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry database and including more than 12 million procedures performed from 2010 to 2013 - finds that on anesthesia procedures performed in non operating-room settings actually have lower morbidity and mortality rates than OR procedures. But the findings highlight the need for special attention to potential safety problems in cardiology and radiology locations.
Dr. Urman will join the Editorial Board of the Journal of Patient Safety, contributing his expertise in the safety of office-based anesthesia, sedation, and surgery. Members of ISOBS will also be eligible to subscribe to the journal at special reduced rates.
The Journal of Patient Safety will continue to present new research and perspectives on every aspect of patient safety, highlighting the full scope of ideas and effective approaches to prevent medical errors and patient harms. ISOBS members and all professionals interested in submitting manuscripts to the Journal of Patient Safety can learn more by visiting LWW's Editorial Manager system at http://www.editorialmanager.com/jps/.
Mark Allen Group selects LibLynx to manage access to online publications - 10 Jun 2015
Mark Allen Group, a UK-based media business, has chosen LibLynx Connect to manage access to select online publications across institutional and corporate markets, with the potential for extending management to individual customers in future.
LibLynx Connect is a cloud-based access management solution supporting a wide range of user authentication methods and access business models. It offers publishers a cost-effective way to maximise access to their online products and services access across a wide range of customer types.
Mark Allen Group was looking to extend and simplify access management across a number of titles and technical platforms.
LibLynx provides high-availability cloud-based Access Management solutions for publishers. LibLynx Connect delivers visitor authentication and authorisation through an API that greatly simplifies integration with internal systems to automate valuable business processes. A web-based CRM enables access to be managed across all customer types and business models from a single tool.
OCLC partners with global STM and Open Access publishers to make content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery Services - 10 Jun 2015
OCLC has signed agreements with leading publishers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and other subject areas to add metadata for books, e-books, journals, databases and other materials that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery Services.
OCLC has agreements in place with more than 180 publishers and information providers to supply metadata to facilitate discovery and access to key resources. OCLC recently signed agreements with the American Society of Civil Engineers; BMJ Publishing Group; EAGE (European Association of Geophysicists and Engineers); Informa Healthcare; SAE International; SPIE; Canadiana.org; Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB); Directory of Open Access Journals; Korean Studies Information (KSI); OpenEditions; and Publishing Technology PLC among others.
Metadata from some of these publishers will also be made available to users through other OCLC services based on individual agreements. Details about how this metadata may be used in library management workflows will be communicated to OCLC users as the data is available.
By providing metadata and other descriptive content for more than 1.8 billion resources, these partnerships help libraries represent their electronic and physical collections more completely and efficiently.
ToxPlanet acquires Expert Publishing from EBSCO Information Services - 10 Jun 2015
ToxPlanet, a division of Timberlake Ventures, Inc., a North Carolina-based holding company, has announced that it has acquired Expert Publishing (ExPub) from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). The deal adds the premier provider of up-to-date, decision support chemical information for the global product stewardship, toxicology and chemical safety communities to ToxPlanet's line of solutions.
ExPub products are designed to help companies and agencies that use or regulate chemicals save time and money by providing a single platform for users to find the latest, up-to-date documents on chemical hazards and toxicology on demand. ExPub databases provide access to over seven million documents containing comprehensive human and/or environmental hazard data needed to manage the impact of chemicals in the workplace or on the environment.
ExPub provides more than 150 collections containing millions of documents from government and licensed sources covering more than 400,000 unique substances and accessible via 2.25 million chemical names and synonyms. Databases include: ChemEXPERT™, ReproEXPERT™, ListEXPERT™, DrugEXPERT™, PoisonEXPERT™, R2 – REACH Registrations, and MSDSonline®.
Owned by EBSCO since 2010, ExPub has seen double-digit annual growth, introduced multiple new products, and increased its unprecedented depth and breadth of content.
Unbound Medicine and APHA release latest edition of Control of Communicable Diseases Manual for Mobile Devices and the Web - 10 Jun 2015
Unbound Medicine, a knowledge management solutions provider for healthcare, and the American Public Health Association (APHA) have announced the release of the latest edition of Control of Communicable Diseases Manual for Mobile Devices and the Web.
Recent epidemics, such as the Ebola outbreak, prove how vital it is for clinicians and public health professionals to have trusted, up-to-date information at their fingertips to answer critical questions about the occurrence, transmission, resistance, and control of infectious diseases. The Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, published by APHA, and now available on the Unbound™ platform, provides this essential information in a mobile, rapid-access format.
When in the field, public health professionals can access the entire contents of the Manual without an internet connection using Unbound's advanced mobile app, available for Apple® and Android™ smartphones and tablets. When in the office, users have access to a full-featured website that allows deeper research on public health topics with search and exploration of the medical journal literature.
To complement the Manual, the Unbound product also includes citations, abstracts, and full-text links from the latest issues of journals such as the American Journal of Public Health and Bulletin of the World Health Organization along with news feeds from public health sources such as APHA, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Users can preview the content and product functionality by downloading the application in iTunes® or GooglePlay™ app stores or by visiting the product website: www.unboundmedicine.com/ccdm.
BMJ set to publish new international orthopaedic sports medicine journal - 09 Jun 2015
Global healthcare knowledge provider BMJ has added The Journal of ISAKOS: Joint Disorders & Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (JISAKOS) to its extensive portfolio of specialty journals. The new title, slated for launch in spring 2016, will serve as an official journal of the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS).
JISAKOS will be a peer review journal with a strong practical and evidence base focus, designed to inform daily practice. Content will include review articles, the latest thinking on diagnosis and treatment, as well as historical approaches to seminal concepts or ideas.
Orthopaedic sports medicine is a rapidly evolving specialty. JISAKOS will help relevant specialists keep abreast of the latest clinical developments and evidence-based guidelines, and provide them with an understanding of the different approaches to diagnosis and treatment around the world.
All content will be posted online first, as part of continuous publication, with print issues published bimonthly.
Digital Science appoints Daniel Hook as new Managing Director - 09 Jun 2015
Global technology company Digital Science has announced the appointment of Daniel Hook, currently Director of Research Metrics at Digital Science, as its new Managing Director. Hook assumes this role from Timo Hannay, who has served as MD since the company's inception in 2009. After five years of successfully mentoring and incubating a portfolio of technology start-ups within Digital Science, Hannay plans to launch his own company in the EdTech sector.
Hook has been working side-by-side with Hannay to allow a smooth transition of the business and continuity of leadership. He has held many positions within Digital Science since joining the business four years ago as co-founder of Symplectic, one of Digital Science's first portfolio companies. Most recently, he served as Director of Research Metrics, while also acting as interim COO of portfolio company, Figshare.
Digital Science is a technology company which invests in and incubates technology companies serving the needs of scientific and research communities, including academic research organisations, publishers and research funders. It is home to more than 250 staff in the UK, USA, Germany, Israel, Romania and Australia. It is wholly owned by the global media company, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, and will have its reporting line into Markus Schunk, who heads the Holtzbrinck Digital, Information & Services division.
JHUP awarded grant to develop ‘MUSE Open’ - 09 Jun 2015
Johns Hopkins University Press has been awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the development of MUSE Open, a distribution channel for open access monographs through Project MUSE, a leading provider of digital humanities and social science content for the scholarly community.
MUSE Open will leverage a powerful and trusted distribution channel for long-form humanities scholarship in an enriched digital format. Monographs included in the program will be distributed globally and made visible and usable through discoverability and accessibility tools normally reserved for paid content. MUSE Open content will be promoted to researchers, students, and general readers worldwide through existing library channels and through social media, including MUSE Commons. Participating publishers will enjoy the freedom to control the sales, distribution, and marketing of the corresponding printed works.
Since its founding in 1878, Johns Hopkins University Press has demonstrated a commitment to both tradition and innovation. Today it stands as one of the world's largest university presses, publishing 83 scholarly journals along with award-winning books in history, science, education, criticism, political science, and consumer health.
Kkottongnae University in Korea implements EBSCO Discovery Service - 09 Jun 2015
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced that Kkottongnae University in Korea has chosen EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) to help integrate resources in the library and simplify the research process for students. Kkottongnae University's mission is to be a new model for social welfare education and it was important for the university to find a discovery solution that would support its mission and help the students specific research needs.
EDS offers a robust set of features and functionality, and unprecedented levels of interface customisation that allow libraries to use EDS as the basis for creating a 'discovery' service that is truly their own. EBSCO's technical approach makes it easy to deliver customisation features tailored specifically to a particular situation.
EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customized index of an institution's information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box-searching made even more powerful because of the quality of its relevance and value ranking technology.
EBSCO's commitment to continuous innovation in discovery was an important factor in the library's decision.
Library Journal and Gale name Ferguson Municipal Public Library 2015 Library of the Year - 09 Jun 2015
Ferguson Municipal Public Library of Ferguson has been named the 2015 Library of the Year by Library Journal magazine and Gale, a part of Cengage Learning. The small suburban library rose above the chaos and stepped up to provide sanctuary and resources for all in a community in crisis, and remained steadfast to that call over months of duress. The library leadership's modest 'it's what we do' stance resonated worldwide through social media and news coverage. It placed libraries in the center of the solution, and created a model for other libraries in communities experiencing strife.
Library of the Year is a prestigious recognition that goes to a public library that profoundly demonstrates service to community, creativity, leadership and innovation in developing community programs. Nominated by over 100 U.S. library leaders, Ferguson Municipal Public Library was recognised for its outstanding commitment to service and its extraordinary role as community anchor.
The 2015 Library of the Year Award will be presented along with prize money at a reception at the American Library Association Annual Conference on June 28, 2015.
New Chemical Resistance Database available via Knovel - 09 Jun 2015
STM publisher Elsevier has introduced its Chemical Resistance Database: Plastics and Elastomers. Available via Knovel, the database is the industry's largest compilation of normalized data detailing the degradation of plastics and elastomers exposed to a variety of environments and elements. Characterizing the effect of thousands of reagents, the environment and other exposure media, the new database enables organisations to make well-informed decisions quickly-selecting the best plastics and elastomers for a wide range of new product and process design and manufacturing settings across specialty chemical, engineering, design and construction and other industries.
The normalised data is discoverable via Knovel's engineering search capabilities, and users also have the ability to search for materials and substances properties data. The database includes information about both commercially available and ‘retired’ plastics carefully curated from various sources, including commercial catalogues, journal articles, technical reports and materials information datasheets.
The Chemical Resistance Database: Plastics and Elastomers offers: more than 183,000 unique records organised by material category; more than 1,100 material grades representing 226 families, consisting of neat and reinforced and/or filled thermoplastics, thermoset resins, rubbers, and thermoplastic elastomers; resistance data for nearly 5,000 exposure media, including more than 2,800 chemical substances (from water to acetone to sulfuric acid); and details about conditions, such as those that exist during weathering, sterilization, aging and environmental stress cracking.
This new database offers benefits for engineering teams, including saving time and increasing efficiency in the early material selection stage, reducing costs of maintenance and improving component performance. It has wide-ranging applications across industries, allowing engineers to easily select new materials for existing design or components, develop new materials such as engineering plastics for new product applications, reformulate existing material grades with new additives and/or fillers to improve their performance, or understand how specific plastic materials for building materials such as roofing membranes will stand up to harsh environments over time.
Knowledge Exchange project to develop sustainable infrastructure to support open access - 08 Jun 2015
With the rapid growth in open-access policies and mandates across Europe and worldwide, shared infrastructure and services are now critical to the efficiency and effectiveness of open access publication. These services include software, platforms, information and data services, and support and advice, without which it would be difficult or impossible for open-access publication at the scale now required by funders to be delivered. Recent work by Knowledge Exchange (KE) on sustainable business models for OA has highlighted the challenges involved in successful, sustainable open access service provision, but the link between open-access policy-making, services and infrastructure remains unclear.
The Knowledge Exchange, an international partnership of organisations in the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Finland and Denmark, has therefore commissioned a project, led by Research Consulting, to clarify and raise awareness of these dependencies. The objective of this work is to establish and demonstrate clearly to policy makers the importance of particular services to the implementation of their OA policies.
As part of their work, the Research Consulting team will be seeking input from a number of experts and stakeholders across the five Knowledge Exchange countries and beyond in order to develop a set of archetypical policies, use cases and service dependencies. The results of the work will be discussed at two workshops to be held with key stakeholders in Autumn 2015, and summarised in a final report due for release later this year.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 08 Jun 2015
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Joseph Esposito (Connecting to End-Users); Michael White (How to Change the Centuries-Old Model of Academic Publishing); Anna Gielas (How journals shape science and academia); Roger C. Schonfeld (Thinking Through the Lit Review: Part 2: Repackaging the Review Article); and Robert Metcalfe (Should policymakers follow the lead of Facebook and Google and use field experiments to implement better services?). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
New portal for Canadian clinical research capabilities launched - 08 Jun 2015
The Canadian Clinical Trials Asset Map (CCTAM), a pan-Canadian database showcasing Canada's clinical research capacities, was launched in front of an audience of scientists, researchers and policymakers, by Senator Kelvin K. Ogilvie.
The CCTAM will help Canada regain its position as a leading destination for clinical trials in the global marketplace, providing a comprehensive picture of the breadth and depth of Canada's clinical research assets.
This dynamic, online database includes details on clinical trial sites, research networks, research ethics boards, institutions/hospitals and individual clinical research experts, and will help advance Canada's clinical research capabilities. The CCTAM offers tremendous marketing benefits to clinical research organisations and investigators and will allow clinical trial sponsors to place trials effectively and efficiently reducing clinical trial start-up times.
The CCTAM database claims to be the only pan-Canadian, fully inclusive database that is bilingual, free to use, easy to search, comprehensive and regularly updated. A forthcoming update will allow users to search by federal riding boundaries.
Nominations for 2016 Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World now open - 08 Jun 2015
Nominations are now open for the Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World, a high-profile honour for scientific and career achievements by women from developing countries in five regions: Latin America and the Caribbean; the Arab region; Sub-Saharan Africa; Central and South Asia; and East and South-East Asia and the Pacific. In 2016 the awards will be in the biological sciences, covering agriculture, biology, and medicine. Nominations will be accepted through September 1, 2015.
The awards are sponsored and organised by The Elsevier Foundation, the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS). The competition will be judged by a distinguished panel of international scientists; one winner from each region will be announced mid-February 2016 at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington D.C. The five winners will each receive a cash prize of US$5,000 and all-expenses paid attendance at the AAAS meeting. The winners will also receive one-year access to Elsevier's ScienceDirect and Scopus.
The Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists rotate annually between disciplines (biological sciences; engineering sciences; and physical sciences) to ensure optimal exposure and networking synergies. According to previous winners, the awards have had a powerful impact, enhancing the visibility of their research and creating new opportunities for the future.
Nominations for the 2016 awards will be accepted for early-career women scientists working in the fields of biological sciences who have received their PhDs within the past 10 years and live in one of the 81 scientifically lagging countries as defined by TWAS. All nominations will be reviewed by a committee of eminent researchers in the biological sciences discipline, and representing the five regions, including members of TWAS and OWSD, and chaired by OWSD President Fang Xin of China.
The award nomination form can be downloaded from the OWSD website and submitted through September 1, 2015 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Palgrave Macmillan imprint to continue as part of Springer Nature - 08 Jun 2015
Global academic and business publisher Palgrave Macmillan has announced that the Palgrave Macmillan imprint will continue as part of Springer Nature, publishing books, monographs and journals in professional, business, finance and the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS). The Palgrave higher education imprint will also continue as part of Springer Nature.
Palgrave Macmillan continues to publish over 2000 books and monographs a year aimed at an academic and professional audience, and there is no change to its publishing programme. With strong publishing teams in New York and London, and a growing programme in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, Palgrave Macmillan will publish more titles globally in 2015 than ever before. All existing contacts and relationships continue unchanged.
St Martin's Press recently announced that they will be retiring the Palgrave imprint, a boutique imprint that publishes 45-50 original titles per year. St Martin's Press use of the Palgrave imprint has been specifically for Palgrave Macmillan's trade non-fiction list for serious non-fiction, aimed at a general audience. The trade non-fiction list moved to Macmillan Publishers and St Martin's Press in 2014, reflecting the close alignment of these titles with the St Martin's Press and wider Macmillan Publishers portfolio.
Springer Nature is now the leading academic and professional book publisher, publishing more than 10000 new titles a year. Springer Nature was formed in May 2015, following the merger of much of Macmillan Science and Education and Springer Science+Business Media.
Registrations now open for 7th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing - 08 Jun 2015
The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) has announced that registration is now open for the 7th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP) which will be held in the Trippenhuis at The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam, September 15-17, 2015.
Open access is now firmly established as a valuable part of the scholarly publishing landscape with a growing number of governments embracing and promoting open access as the way forward to disseminate their national research, together with an increase in the volume of open access papers year-on-year, including from subscription based publishers.
COASP is a key event this year for academic publishers, librarians, funders, policy makers and the research community who will come together and discuss the latest developments and innovation relating to open access publishing and promote best practices within the industry.
Speakers this year include Sander Dekker (Minister for Education, Culture and Science, The Netherlands), Salvatore Mele (CERN), Geoffrey Bilder (CrossRef), Dick Wilder (Gates Foundation), Stephen Curry (Imperial College London), Andrew Preston (Publons), Pierre Mounier (OpenEdition), Jonathan Gray (Open Knowledge), Kaitlin Thaney (Mozilla Science Lab) and Ryan Merkley (Creative Commons).
Early bird registration fees are available until July 9. Further reductions are offered to OASPA and OAPEN members.
SAGE launches Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation - 08 Jun 2015
Academic publisher SAGE has announced the launch of the Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation (JSCAN), the official journal of the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM). JSCAN provides an outlet for cutting edge research and theory about practices that challenge the status quo in strategic contracting and negotiations and the successful implementation of business strategy or policy.
JSCAN seeks to address the significant gap that exists between the knowledge and experiences gathered through scholarly research and theory on strategy, contracting and negotiation. It examines the everyday practices of leaders, managers and employees who engage in processes and practices of contracting and negotiating as part of their everyday working lives; be it in the private, public, or non-profit sector.
The journal will be edited by Tyrone S. Pitsis, The University of Leeds, UK; The University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, Usha C. V. Haley, West Virginia University, USA and David M. Van Slyke, Syracuse University, USA.
University of Leicester opts for Ex Libris Alma and Primo - 08 Jun 2015
Library automation services provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the University of Leicester has chosen the Ex Libris Alma unified resource management solution to streamline business processes and workflows. The University has also selected the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution to maximize the discoverability of resources while improving the user experience and user satisfaction.
With Ex Libris Primo and Alma, libraries lower operational costs, increase efficiency, and add value to their institution through diverse new services and collaboration with other libraries and organisations. The Ex Libris campusM mobile platform enables universities to deliver a unified digital experience, promoting student engagement while providing mobile access to campus-wide information and services.
The University of Leicester is a leading UK University committed to international excellence through the creation of world changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. Leicester is ranked among the top one per-cent of universities in the world by the World University Rankings.
ACRL appoints Wendi Arant Kaspar as College & Research Libraries editor - 05 Jun 2015
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has announced the appointment of Wendi Arant Kaspar to the post of editor for College & Research Libraries (C&RL). Kaspar will serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2016.
Kaspar will serve as editor designate from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016, when she will assume full editorial responsibility. In the position of editor, Kaspar will also serve as chair of the C&RL Editorial Board. She succeeds Scott Walter, university librarian at DePaul University in Chicago, as C&RL editor. Walter will work closely with Kaspar over the next year to ensure a smooth transition.
Kaspar currently serves as policy sciences librarian at the Texas A&M University Policy Sciences and Economics Library, where her duties include working as liaison librarian and subject selector to the Departments of Economics and Political Science as well as the Bush School of Government including International Affairs and Homeland Security. Her extensive publishing experience includes serving as co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Academic Librarianship (2012-2014) and co-editor-in-chief of Library Leadership & Management (2010-2012).
Published since 1939, C&RL is the open access, online-only scholarly research journal of ACRL. C&RL is available online at http://crl.acrl.org/.
American Society of Clinical Oncology invites authors to submit papers to new OA journal, Journal of Global Oncology - 05 Jun 2015
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and Dr. David Kerr, founding Editor-in-Chief of the Society's new Journal of Global Oncology, are inviting authors to submit their next article to this new online-only, open access journal.
Journal of Global Oncology fulfills a growing need for high-quality literature on the array of challenges that healthcare professionals in resource-constrained settings face in caring for patients with cancer and in conducting research. Articles will cover cancer treatment and diagnosis, palliative and supportive care, prevention, barriers to care, epidemiology, and health policy. Article types that will be considered include original reports, reviews, commentaries, correspondence, special articles, case reports, and editorials.
First articles are scheduled to be published in the third quarter of 2015. Details about Journal of Global Oncology and article submissions are online at http://www.GlobalOncologyJournal.org
ASCO also publishes Journal of Clinical Oncology and Journal of Oncology Practice.
Corrigendum - 05 Jun 2015
This is with reference to the news alert titled "SpringerOpen expands Japanese society open access journals portfolio" covered in the News Section of Knowledgespeak (dated Jun 4, 2015). Readers may please note that the news article has been revised on company request. The revised version of the news article is Here .
Duke University selects Altmetric to monitor broader impact of research - 05 Jun 2015
Duke University, a private research university, has selected the Altmetric for Institutions platform to offer its faculty and administrators further insight into the online dissemination and engagement surrounding its research.
The platform enables members of the Duke community to browse, filter and report on the online mentions of their research, as tracked by Altmetric in non-traditional sources including public policy documents, mainstream and social media, online reference managers, post-publication peer-review forums, and other online forums such as F1000 and Wikipedia. Users will also have access to the full Altmetric database, enabling them to compare the attention surrounding their research with that of peer institutions and colleagues.
The Altmetric for Institutions platform provides summary, departmental and author level reporting, meaning that an overall picture of online attention can be easily identified. The ability to create custom groups means that users are also able to report on the outcomes of specific projects or multi-disciplinary research teams.
Implementation is now in progress and expected to be completed in the next few weeks.
Future Medicine and Future Science now discoverable across ReadCube platform - 05 Jun 2015
Future Science Group (FSG), consisting of two imprints, Future Medicine and Future Science, has partnered with Boston-based publishing technology company ReadCube to increase the discoverability and enhancement of their articles within the ReadCube web, desktop and mobile environment.
All 28 titles from Future Medicine and 7 from Future Science have been deep-indexed for easy discovery across ReadCube's search engines and recommendation feeds.
The agreement also offers readers access to enhanced reading features on over 25,000 articles when read within any of the free ReadCube apps. Article enhancements include hyperlinked in-line citations, annotation tools, clickable author names, integrated altmetrics, and direct access to supplemental content.
Growing support for statement against Elsevier policy - 05 Jun 2015
In the last two weeks, over 1600 individuals and organisations from 52 countries around the world have signed a statement opposing Elsevier's new article sharing and hosting policy, underscoring that many in the scholarly community do not support the new policy.
The policy imposes unacceptably long embargo periods for making articles available, the vast majority of which range from 12 months to 4 years after publication. It also requires researchers to apply licenses that restrict the full re-use of articles.
This policy is in direct opposition to the trend towards encouraging greater access to and impact of research results. Research funders from around the world are adopting policies that ensure fast access, use and impact of research outputs. Most of these funders’ require open access to articles within 12 months of publication or less. Elsevier’s new policy limits the value and benefits that can be derived from publicly funded research.
Since the statement was published on May 20, 2015, public support has continued to grow, demonstrating the deep, global support for open access to research outputs.
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. launches six-month pilot program in partnership with F1000Research - 05 Jun 2015
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has announced the launch of a six-month pilot program in partnership with F1000Research. The pilot offers authors whose articles do not meet the specific criteria for publication in five Wiley journals the option to submit their manuscript to F1000Research, giving authors a streamlined process to get their work quickly and easily published online.
F1000Research is an Open Science publishing platform for all life scientists, offering immediate publication and transparent refereeing. F1000Research publishes biological and medical research articles that meet a set of basic criteria within a few days of submission, after which they are formally peer reviewed using a completely open process.
The pilot program will help Wiley to assess the popularity of this service which will enable authors to quickly transfer manuscripts to a broad Open Access biomedical journal and to ascertain whether authors are open to the idea of publishing prior to peer review.
Journals taking part in the initial six month pilot include Journal of Separation Science; Electrophoresis; Plant, Cell & Environment; Journal of Medical Virology; and Journal of Pediatric Dermatology.
ProQuest presents at the CALIS Annual Conference - 05 Jun 2015
CALIS (China Academic Library and Information System) recently hosted its annual conference on May 12, 2015, in Shanghai.
Imported resources from overseas are one of the most important parts of library construction. Since 2002, CALIS (China Academic Library and Information System) has successfully hosted an annual conference to help member libraries comprehensively understand the developing trends of the field and to learn how to best choose and utilize these resources. The conference has become one of the most influential events in Chinese library field.
During the recent CALIS annual conference, Allan Lu, VP of ProQuest research tools, services, and platform, presented to nearly 500 librarians. His presentation, 'Maximizing Library Resource Utilization with Platform Innovations and Leading Business Models,' touched on recent improvements ProQuest has implemented to improve the user experience, how the company continues to support libraries and what's next.
Allan opened the presentation by sharing how through responsive design, ProQuest has improved the user experience (UX) by consolidating platforms and increasing platform interoperability through single-sign-on. Additionally, as one of the largest content aggregators with 2-3 billion documents (3-4 petabytes of content), ProQuest is taking steps toward breaking down barriers to content, and enabling services from different sources to work together by teaming with OCLC, Ex Libris and Google Scholar.
Discovery has always played an integral part of ProQuest's pursuit to drive better outcomes for libraries and their patrons and these partnerships help to ensure content is simple to discover and use. Enter Summon® and 360 Link as best practices for patrons to search and discover the library and web resources, Allan discussed how 360 Link provides the most accurate, up-to-date results for resolving full-text items. He also shared how ProQuest pioneered Summon® as the first academic discovery product to deliver comprehensive, neutral, and truly relevance-ranked search results from a single index that treats each record identically – no matter the source.
Summon has 2.1 billion documents, helping more than 700 academic libraries in 40 countries optimize their discovery services. Allan continued by revealing how ProQuest introduced the DDA model in both ebrary and EBL via multiple methods, revolutionising library book acquisition. Highlighting how libraries can benefit from a DDA model, Allan shared an EBL example in use at the library at the University of Denver, emphasising how the model can save the library money while increasing their ebook holdings.
To conclude the session, Allan previewed what's new in research and development of new products and services to support digital or scholarly commons. He shared how ProQuest is working with the University of Michigan on their Digital Media Commons program by supporting their advanced training labs, audio studio rooms, design labs, electronic music studio, multimedia workrooms, podcasting room, 3D lab, video studio and more. Similarly, ProQuest is collaborating with the University of Illinois by supporting the copyrights, data management, data services, digital humanities and digitization aspects of their Scholarly Commons.
Interested parties may view the full presentation, 'Maximizing Library Resource Utilization with Platform Innovations and Leading Business Models' online.
University of Florida partners with YBP Library Services for collection development - 05 Jun 2015
The University of Florida (UF) has agreed to partner with YBP Library Services for YBP's integrated digital and print discovery and fulfillment services. YBP will serve as a key vendor for academic content for the University and will provide acquisition and collection development to UF via its GOBI interface. GOBI provides access to more than 12 million titles, including more than 1 million digital titles from leading aggregators and publishers.
The Acquisitions Department at UF worked closely with YBP to finalise this affiliation. YBP will serve as UF's primary domestic monograph vendor.
The University of Florida joins Florida State University as a recent addition to YBP's list of partner libraries, which includes many academic libraries in the State University System of Florida (SUS) consortium. YBP's Senior Vice President, Mark Kendall anticipates that UF and other SUS libraries will now be able to take advantage of the collection development services and tools that YBP offers consortia worldwide.
Wolters Kluwer partners with the Federación Nacional de Clínicas Privadas to improve clinical decision-making in Spain - 05 Jun 2015
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer has announced a new partnership with the Federación Nacional de Clínicas Privadas (FNCP), an organisation representing over 550 of the private healthcare institutions in Spain.
The collaboration reflects Wolters Kluwer's focus on fostering growth in the Spanish market and broadening adoption of UpToDate®, the clinical decision support resource used by more than 1 million doctors worldwide. The partnership supports a common mission of the FNCP and Wolters Kluwer to improve care in hospitals and clinics across the country.
As the FNCP strategically focuses on ensuring a higher quality of care and better health outcomes, UpToDate helps member institutions realise these goals by equipping clinicians with access to the most current clinical recommendations to make the best decisions for patients. Working with the FNCP also complements access to UpToDate currently available at over 300 healthcare sites in the Sistema Nacional de Salud (SNS), Spain's national health system operated by Spain's Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality.
OpenStax College, ASM Press partner to offer free introductory-level title in spring 2016 - 04 Jun 2015
Rice University-based publisher OpenStax College and the American Society for Microbiology Press have announced a partnership to produce Microbiology, a new introductory-level textbook due for release in spring 2016 that will be free online and low-cost in print.
The collaborative publishing agreement - the first for each partner - will produce a peer-reviewed, open-copyright textbook. More than 300,000 U.S. college students take an introductory microbiology course for allied health majors each year, and the new book could save them an estimated $30 million over the next four years, according to Richard Baraniuk, the founder and director of OpenStax College and Rice's Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
OpenStax College, which launched with two titles in 2012, publishes free, full-colour, peer-reviewed textbooks for the nation's most-attended college courses. Its 10 current titles have been adopted by instructors in more than 1,600 courses worldwide and have saved students more than $38 million. In addition to Microbiology, OpenStax College plans to add 10 more titles by 2017.
ASM Press, the book publishing division of the American Society for Microbiology, publishes textbooks, references, monographs and general-interest titles that are used as the foundational texts in colleges and universities and as reference materials in laboratories and governmental agencies around the world.
ASM's latest curriculum guidelines were adopted in 2012 in response to the American Association for the Advancement of Science's 'Vision and Change Report,' which recommended sweeping changes to biology and life sciences curricula based on input from thousands of life sciences educators worldwide.
SAGE set to publish Evolutionary Psychology - 04 Jun 2015
Academic publisher SAGE has announced that it will begin publishing Evolutionary Psychology, an open access journal focused on the evolutionary origins of human behaviour, beginning July, 2015.
First published in 2003, Evolutionary Psychology publishes research that examines human psychology and behaviour from an evolutionary perspective and is a leading resource for scientists, researchers, and clinicians across the social, behavioural and life sciences. The journal publishes experimental and theoretical articles as well as reviews.
SAGE publishes more than 800 journals and over 800 new books each year, spanning a wide range of subject areas. A growing selection of library products includes archives, data, case studies, conference highlights and video.
SpringerOpen expands Japanese society open access journals portfolio - 04 Jun 2015
Surgical Case Reports is now being published by SpringerOpen and it will soon be joined by JA Clinical Reports and IPSJ Transactions on Computer Vision and Applications. The addition of these journals to the portfolio adds to the growing number of Japanese society open access journals published by SpringerOpen in fields such as clinical medicine, life sciences and computer science.
Surgical Case Reports is an official journal of the Japan Surgical Society. Hideo Baba from Kumamoto University, Japan, acts as Editor-in-Chief for the journal. Surgical Case Reports aims to contribute to the progress of surgery by providing clinicians and researchers with an educational forum in which to disseminate their personal experiences and novel treatments to a wide readership. This will be done through the publication of interesting and rare cases encountered by colleagues worldwide.
JA Clinical Reports will begin publication later in 2015 and will be led by Michiaki Yamakage, Sapporo, Japan. It will act as a sister journal to the successful Journal of Anesthesia also published by Springer. Both journals will be affiliated with the Japanese Society of Anesthesiologists. JA Clinical Reports will focus on publishing case reports which remain an important aspect of the medical literature, and are needed for education and the cultivation of knowledge in the field of anesthesia.
These two journals add to the growing number of Japanese society open access journals published by SpringerOpen, and will soon be joined by the computer science journal IPSJ Transactions on Computer Vision and Applications to be published in partnership with the Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ). The journal will be led by Yasushi Yagi from Osaka University. IPSJ hopes to strengthen the journal’s international presence by publishing with SpringerOpen.
BioMed Central also adds to the number of Japanese society journals with the following being published this year: Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Care and Sciences (Japanese Society of Pharmaceutical Health Care and Sciences), Zoological Letters (Zoological Society of Japan), Genes and Environment (Japanese Environmental Mutagen Society) and Renal Replacement Therapy (Japanese Society for Dialysis Therapy).
TechTarget appoints veteran Wall Street data scientist Chuck Alvarez as Chief Data Officer - 04 Jun 2015
Technology media company TechTarget, Inc. has hired Chuck Alvarez as Chief Data Officer. In his new role, Alvarez will focus on TechTarget's Big Data strategy and new initiatives that will leverage TechTarget's Deal Data to deliver rich demand-side research, analytics and insight to enterprise Information Technology (IT) professionals, IT vendors and institutional investors.
Alvarez will oversee the development of a data warehouse strategy that will aggregate the wealth of demand side data that TechTarget possesses by being strategically placed between the IT buyer and seller. He will also develop the analytics and visualization capabilities that will make TechTarget a leading industry source for real-time IT spending changes mined by vendor, technology, industry and geography.
Alvarez brings over twenty-eight years of experience in software development, data, analytics, distributed computing, financial markets and business experience. He has held several senior level positions on Wall Street and specializes in integration and realization of business value through the use of data. He was responsible for introducing Big Data analytics practices at Bear Stearns in 2007 and deployed the first Big Data platform at Morgan Stanley. Most recently, Alvarez was a Senior Consultant with Applied Intellect.
Thieme announces new research project examining authors’ perceptions of APC and Pay What You Want as a business model for academic journals - 04 Jun 2015
Medical and scientific publisher Thieme has announced a collaboration with the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität of Munich's School of Management and Department of Economics in a groundbreaking research project. The project involves examining authors' perceptions of Article Processing Fees (APC) and Pay What You Want (PWYW) as a business model for academic journals.
The LMU research department will be setting up the trial parameters so that the results can be analyzed and ultimately published for academics, publishers and anyone else interested in Open Access publishing and PWYW as a business model.
This collaboration coincides with the launch of The Surgery Journal, a new Open Access, multi-disciplinary journal publishing original research and reviews on all surgical specialties. Following acceptance of a paper after peer review, authors will be given the opportunity to pay an APC fee that they feel is most suitable (Pay What You Want - PWYW).
The Surgery Journal (TSJ) is a unique, all-encompassing, open access journal for surgeons and trainee surgeons of all disciplines, as well as other medical professionals engaged in the support and surgical treatment of patients. Available online only, it will publish original articles, reviews, and case reports.
TSJ is an essential resource for surgeons of every specialty seeking a diversified insight into surgery, pre- and post-operative care, emerging operative equipment and techniques, and the issues facing surgical practice.
Three major German consortia select Ex Libris’ Alma resource management service - 04 Jun 2015
Library automation services Ex Libris Group has announced that the Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg (BSZ), the Verbundzentrale des Gemeinsamen Bibliotheksverbunds (VZG), and the Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (hbz) consortia have selected the Alma® resource management service as the technology infrastructure for their new Common Bibliographic Data Zone, which will be based on the advanced Alma Network Zone capabilities.
As part of the collaborative project, the three consortia will form a joint consortium to define, create, and maintain the Common Bibliographic Data Zone. This umbrella consortium will be providing the necessary technical and organisational infrastructure and will have control over data in the Common Bibliographic Data Zone.
During the implementation process the databases of the three member consortia will continue to act as the primary cataloging databases and at the same time will be synchronized with the Common Bibliographic Data Zone database. Once the implementation phase has been concluded, libraries of other consortia will be invited to use this collaborative infrastructure. The project is also an important milestone in the reorganization of the national information infrastructure in Germany and is aligned with the recommendations of the German Council of Science and Humanities and the German Research Foundation (DFG).
American Society for Microbiology set to launch new OA journal, mSystems - 03 Jun 2015
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has announced plans to launch mSystems™, a new open access journal, in early 2016. mSystems™ will publish preeminent work that stems from applying technologies for high-throughput analyses to achieve insights into the metabolic and regulatory systems at the scale of both the single cell and microbial communities. The scope of mSystems encompasses all important biological and biochemical findings drawn from analyses of large datasets, as well as new computational approaches for deriving these insights.
mSystems™ will welcome submissions from researchers who apply ‘omics’ technologies to microbial systems—including the microbiome, genomics, metagenomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, proteomics, glycomics, bioinformatics and computational microbiology.
Jack Gilbert, Founding Editor in Chief of mSystems™, is Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution and the Department of Surgery at the University of Chicago; Microbial Ecologist and Group Leader at Argonne National Laboratory; Senior Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole; and Associate Director of the Institute of Genomic and Systems Biology.
Author of more than 180 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters on microbial (meta)genomics and approaches to ecosystem ecology, Dr. Gilbert currently serves on the advisory board of the Genomic Standards Consortium, and, until July 1st, as section editor for PLoS ONE, and senior editor for the ISME Journal, and Environmental Microbiology.
ASM journals have long been recognized as important venues for dissemination of significant, high-quality microbiological research. The launch of mSystems™ will complement the excellence of ASM’s 10 specialised primary research journals. mSystems™ will welcome submissions from authors around the world and will provide rapid decisions on publication, while carrying on ASM’s tradition for rigorous peer review. Like the rest of the ASM journals program, the new journals will be hosted on the HighWire platform at journals.asm.org.
A formal ‘Call for Papers’ will be issued in September 2015, and the journal launch is planned for early 2016.
Echo360 and Cengage Learning extend partnership to provide faculty and students new tools to engage before, during, and beyond class - 03 Jun 2015
Cengage Learning, a leading global education company, and Echo360 have extended their partnership to combine textbooks and digital instructional materials with advanced student engagement tools for the classroom. The goal of this collaboration is to provide faculty with easy, affordable access to innovative engagement solutions to drive improved student learning outcomes in US universities and colleges.
Under this partnership, faculty using Cengage Learning course materials receive free access to Echo360 student engagement tools. Upon faculty approval, access to Echo360 will also be provided to students, allowing for better engagement with course materials, the ability to ask questions during class in an anonymous and risk-free way, and a means to engage with instructors and peers anytime and from anywhere. In addition, faculty have free access to powerful learner analytics to identify at-risk students and measure learning outcomes.
The Echo360 mobile-enabled platform allows students to participate during class, ask questions in an anonymous and risk-free way, and take notes that are aligned to lectures and other content for easy review; and then collaborate and engage with course materials, instructors, and peers any time and any place. Students can ask anonymous questions and request that the professor revisit complex material that they might be struggling with, all during class.
Elsevier DirectCourse collaborates with CQL, The Council on Quality and Leadership - 03 Jun 2015
STM publisher Elsevier will collaborate with CQL, The Council on Quality and Leadership, an international provider of training, accreditation, consultation and certification services for human service organizations. The collaboration will result in the creation of a comprehensive online resource for the educational needs of direct support professionals, who work to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
The new content, developed through this new partnership between CQL and Elsevier DirectCourse and in collaboration with the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center on Community Living, will focus on CQL's Personal Outcome Measures®. One of CQL's flagship tools and a critical component to accreditation, Personal Outcome Measures® is focused on helping organizations deliver quality services that are defined by the people they support, through a standardized, person-centered approach.
An effective data set for valid and reliable measurement of individual quality of life, Personal Outcome Measures® contain 21 indicators that define quality from the individual's perspective, including freedom of choice, employment, privacy, fair treatment and social support. Training will be offered through DirectCourse's College of Direct Support (CDS), a set of web-based courses designed for direct support professionals (DSPs) and others who support people with I/DD. Service providers can use the online courses to train DSPs to ensure that the services and supports they are providing have the desired results and outcomes for the people they support, as defined by the people themselves.
Additionally, DirectCourse CDS features other courses focused on person-centered practices, which help professionals in the field build upon Personal Outcome Measures®-related competencies, leading to more rewarding careers for them while providing human service organisations seeking or holding CQL accreditation key tools needed to maintain accredited status.
The DirectCourse online curricula, including the College of Direct Support, College of Employment Services, College of Personal Assistance and Caregiving and College of Recovery and Community Inclusion, are designed to train the direct service workforce that supports persons with disabilities to remain in home and community settings and assists them to be employed. The curricula have been developed through a collaboration between Elsevier and various nationally recognised research and training centers, including the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center on Community Living; the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston; the Community Living Policy Center (formerly the Center for Personal Assistance Services) at the University of California, San Francisco; and the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities.
Health Education England partners with ProQuest to supply healthcare research information to professionals and students - 03 Jun 2015
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), working in partnership with and on behalf of Health Education England, have signed a three year national license with ProQuest to provide access to a variety of core healthcare databases. This agreement will enable all NHS staff and eligible healthcare students across England to have access to over 5,000 full text scholarly and professional journals, videos and dissertations within the Hospital Collections portfolio for the next three years.
One of the many elements available to users will be the comprehensive full-text coverage from thousands of credible scholarly journals across hundreds of healthcare related disciplines including medicine, nursing, allied health, psychology, healthcare administration, family management and other complementary areas of research.
In addition to the journals, over 32,000 full-text dissertations will assist health and social care professionals stay abreast of the latest trends and ideas published in their field. Clinical support is available through the curbside consultations, which provide quick answers to the most common questions and invaluable videos provide step-by-step guides for nursing students.
As part of the agreement, the following ProQuest databases will be available ProQuest Hospital Collection; MEDLINE; British Nursing Index; PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES. All of these databases will deliver valuable content to those training within and conducting research in the healthcare professions. Authorised users can search and access the nationally licensed journals and databases from the Journals and Databases page at NICE Evidence Search www.evidence.nhs.uk.
Within the ProQuest Hospital Collection users will have access to ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source, ProQuest Health & Medical Complete, ProQuest Health Management, ProQuest Psychology Journals and ProQuest Family Health databases.
IOP Publishing launches new journal Flexible and Printed Electronics - 03 Jun 2015
Non-profit scientific publisher IOP Publishing (IOP) has announced the launch of Flexible and Printed Electronics (FPE), an international, peer-reviewed journal devoted to publishing cutting edge research across all aspects of printed, plastic, flexible, stretchable, and conformable electronics. Flexible and Printed Electronics is the first journal to bring together both fundamental science and novel technological applications in this field.
Flexible and Printed Electronics will be published under a hybrid subscription model and will offer a gold open access option which means authors can choose to pay an article publication charge (APC) and make accepted papers available at no cost to readers under a CC BY 3.0 licence.
As part of the launch plan, all content in Flexible and Printed Electronics will be free to read for individual users, universities and academic research institutes throughout 2015 and 2016.
The journal team are now actively commissioning content for Flexible and Printed Electronics, and submissions are being invited from across the flexible and printed electronics community. The journal will be open for general submissions shortly.
Registrations now open for 2015 Charleston Library Conference - 03 Jun 2015
The Charleston Library Conference has announced that registration is now open for the 2015 event.
This annual conference on issues in book and serial acquisition will again be held in Charleston, SC, with headquarters at the Francis Marion Hotel. Sessions will also be held at the Courtyard by Marriott Historic, the Embassy Suites Historic, and, for the first time, at the Gaillard Center Charleston.
The Charleston Conference also has a new web address, moving from katina.info/conference to charlestonlibraryconference.com. All of the old links and email addresses will re-direct to the new domain.
Confirmed plenary speakers include Katherine Skinner (Educopia Institute); Courtney Young(Pennsylvania State University and 2014-2015 ALA President); The Long Arm of the Law panel, including Ann Okerson (CRL), Bill Hannay (Schiff Hardin LLP), Lisa Macklin (Emory University), and Gary Price (INFODocket); Jim O’Donnell (Arizona State University); Derek Law (University of Strathclyde); and Clark Morrell (Rittenhouse). Other speakers will be announced soon. We also have a fantastic line up of preconference sessions scheduled for November 4. Details are online at http://www.charlestonlibraryconference.com/preconferences/.
Susan King joins Rockefeller University Press as Executive Director - 03 Jun 2015
The Rockefeller University Press (RUP) has announced that Susan King has joined the Press as Executive Director. King will oversee the editorial and business operations for RUP, which publishes three biomedical journals: The Journal of Experimental Medicine, founded in 1896; The Journal of General Physiology, founded in 1918; and The Journal of Cell Biology, founded in 1955.
King joins RUP from the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Washington, DC, where she was Senior Vice President for the Journals Publishing Group since 2008. She will continue her role as chair of the Board of Directors of CHOR, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organisation, and its first initiative, CHORUS. RUP is a publisher member of CHORUS, which advances, monitors, and reports on public access to content reporting on funded research.
King has previously served on the Executive Committee of the Professional & Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers, Inc. (AAP). Prior to ACS, she spent 15 years at John Wiley & Sons, where she served in various editorial and management capacities.
For more than a century, RUP has provided scientists with vital research and information they can trust. The Press uses the latest technologies to fulfill its commitment to quality and integrity in scientific publishing. It carries out rigorous peer review, applying the highest standards of novelty, mechanistic insight, data integrity, and general interest.
All three journals are edited by leading researchers in conjunction with in-house scientific editors. Authors retain their copyright, and articles are published under a modified Creative Commons license. RUP is a department of The Rockefeller University, a world-renowned center for research and graduate education in the biomedical sciences, chemistry, bioinformatics, and physics.
Design Science and *instinctools partner to provide MathML support in DITAworks CMS - 02 Jun 2015
Enterprise software vendor Design Science, Inc., US, has announced a partnership with *instinctools to provide MathML support in DITAworks CMS (Content Management System) using Design Science's MathFlow™ product. This partnership opens a new avenue for organisations that not only want to have a state-of-the-art DITA CMS but also need to work with mathematical formulas in their content.
MathFlow is a set of tools that enable math editing, formatting and accessibility for publishing systems. The technology at the heart of MathFlow is MathML, the XML standard for representing mathematical notation that is an integral part of many documentation and accessibility standards, including HTML5, EPUB 3, DAISY, DITA, DocBook, NLM, etc. MathFlow is widely used in publishing, aerospace, defence, education, government, science and engineering, e-learning, assessment, as well as enterprise solutions and commercial products.
DITAworks is a ready-to-use DITA CMS with enterprise-grade component content management functionality. It comes in two versions - DITAworks Webtop for onsite installation and DITAworks Cloud, a cloud service that provides an affordable way for users to benefit from the productivity of a modern, topic-oriented documentation using the state-of-the-art CMS infrastructure. The DITAworks product line also includes other product variants and additional modules that can be deployed as per customer requirements. These DITA CMS products provide sound solutions in structured documentation, structured content and single-source publishing areas for small to big enterprises.
EBSCO Health introduces DynaMed Plus, a cross-platform evidence-based clinical decision support tool for physicians and other medical professionals - 02 Jun 2015
Clinical decision support solutions provider EBSCO Health has introduced DynaMed Plus™, a cross-platform evidence-based clinical decision support tool for physicians and other medical professionals. It provides clinicians with the ideal blend of evidence and expertise to help them determine optimal patient care paths.
DynaMed Plus is a significant enhancement over other tools currently on the market and includes the most frequently updated evidence-based content. DynaMed Plus content is supplemented with full colour images, is optimised for the way a physician works and provides the quickest time-to-answer. Additionally, DynaMed Plus is the only clinical decision support tool to give users thorough and transparent insights into the strength of the evidence-based data for how recommendations are made.
The volume and frequency of clinical information updates is staggering, making it challenging for providers to keep current while also treating an expanding patient roster. DynaMed Plus helps medical professionals quickly find evidence-based answers to make the best treatment decisions in any location—in the hospital, at their practice or taking a call at home. With DynaMed Plus, clinicians (and their patients) will benefit from quickest time-to-answer; concise, accurate overviews and recommendations; comprehensive image library; rigorous editorial process; access to specialty content; and anywhere, anytime access.
DynaMed Plus is accessible on all major platforms – the Web, desktops, laptops and mobile devices running Apple iOS or Google Android, including smartphones and tablets. It can be accessed when Wi-Fi is available and also in off-line mode, so clinicians are never without the content they need.
Additionally, DynaMed Plus offers electronic health record (EHR) integration for seamless clinical decision support. It supports all access options offered by most leading EHR systems, including the ability to search DynaMed Plus with one click right from the patient record, and a HL7 Infobutton, which enables quick access to relevant DynaMed Plus content for a specific disease, condition, medication or lab results, and ensures compliance with Meaningful Use Objectives.
Euro payment option now available for Karger customers in the entire eurozone - 02 Jun 2015
Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers has announced that it is offering its customers in the entire euro monetary zone the option to purchase its publications in euro from July 1, 2015. The Swiss-based and globally active family-run publishing company, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, made this decision after the suspension of the fixed euro exchange rate of the Swiss franc in mid-January.
Until now, the digital and printed publications of Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers in Basel, Switzerland, could only be paid for in euro by customers based in Germany. As of July 1, customers in the entire euro monetary zone have the option to purchase Karger publications in euro.
On the occasion of its anniversary in 2015, Karger has made all its book titles since its foundation in 1890 available online and presents Highlights and Special Publications spanning 125 years on the Karger site.
Experts criticise a leading journal’s backtrack regarding policies on conflict of interest - 02 Jun 2015
A group of former senior editors, writing in The BMJ, have criticised a 'seriously flawed and inflammatory attack' by The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on what that journal believes have become overly stringent policies on conflicts of interest.
The NEJM was the first major medical journal to introduce conflict of interest policies in 1984. It required all authors to disclose any financial ties to health industries and made conflict of interests more transparent. But recently the NEJM published a series of commentaries and an editorial that attempt to justify and rationalise financial conflicts of interests in medicine, and assert that there are negative consequences of such policies.
The articles by national correspondent, Lisa Rosenbaum, and supported by editor in chief, Jeffrey Drazen, 'reinterpret and downplay the importance of conflicts of interest in medicine' and do not provide evidence to back claims, argue former senior editors from the NEJM.
They explain that the key concerns for medical journals are not about doctors and researchers being bought by drug companies, or being motivated by a desire for financial gain.
Rather the essential issue is that the objectivity of authors with financial conflicts of interest 'might be compromised, either consciously or unconsciously and there would be no easy way to know whether it had been.'
They explain that judges and journalists, for example, are expected to stay away from cases or stories in which they have a financial conflict of interest.
The authors acknowledge that doctors and researchers sometimes have financial ties with industry for research and consulting specifically related to research, but argue that physicians who develop products and hold patents or receive royalties should not evaluate the products they develop.
Financial conflicts of interest have eroded the credibility of the medical profession, and doctors and the public expect journals to be trustworthy, they explain.
In addition, they commend The BMJ's introduction of a 'zero tolerance' policy on educational articles by authors with any industry ties.
In an accompanying editorial, a group of senior editors at The BMJ also respond to NEJM's articles, saying that they are 'deeply troubled by a possible retreat from policies that prevent experts with relevant commercial ties from authoring commentary or review articles.'
Such policies were not motivated by a few events, as Drazen suggests, but by recognition of extensive, systemic problems, they add, and argue for a separation between doctors working with industry to develop treatments and those who can assess medical evidence without any conflict of interest.
While they agree that experts with industry funding may be able to express independent views, journal readers and editors do not have a reliable way to see which thoughts might be influenced.
ProQuest completes acquisition of Coutts Information Services and MyiLibrary - 02 Jun 2015
ProQuest has completed the acquisition of Coutts Information Services and MyiLibrary from Ingram Content Group. ProQuest is beginning to integrate assets such as Coutts' expertise in collection development, broad catalogue of print and digital titles, and platforms that include not only MyiLibrary but OASIS as well. These are being added to ProQuest's Books unit, which encompasses the widest selection of ebooks supporting research and a rapidly evolving technology framework for discovery, access and management of book content. ProQuest's vision is to combine these collective strengths, creating an integrated workflow for print and digital content that will save librarians time and provide a superior book experience for end users.
Customers and partners can expect a seamless transition as ProQuest welcomes Coutts; both should continue to work with their usual contacts and representatives. Further, the company is committed to keeping the Coutts and ProQuest networks open, collaborating with the many platforms and partners that give librarians choices in how they acquire and manage content. ProQuest is continuing to support EBSCO content just as ProQuest Ebooks remain on YBP's GOBI. ProQuest's ebook initiatives remain on track as well, with the debut of ProQuest's powerful new Ebook Central just a few months away.
Coutts staff members in the US, UK, the Netherlands, Canada as well as sales and collections associates located remotely are joining the ProQuest team, led by Kevin Sayar, ProQuest senior vice-president and general manager, Books. Ingram remains a strategic partner, providing print fulfillment in North America, with its extensive print inventory, fast, on-demand print capabilities and delivery network.
Sixth annual meeting of the Rosetta Advisory Group opens in Leuven, Belgium - 02 Jun 2015
Users of the Ex Libris Rosetta digital asset management and preservation solution are gathering this week at KU Leuven in Belgium for the sixth annual meeting of the Rosetta Advisory Group from June 1-6, 2015 at Leuven, Belgium.
This year the meeting examines the ways in which Rosetta users manage and preserve complex collections as research data, archive records, and 3D architectural data. Contributions from Rosetta customers include presentations on the Rosetta format knowledge base and the path for certifying a digital preservation solution.
Sharing her deep experience in the field of preserving rare physical and digital assets, the keynote speaker Professor Lieve Watteeuw, from the Center for the Study of Medieval Art, KU Leuven, will present her insights on Medieval Manuscripts and Interactive 2D Imaging.
A highlight of the meeting will be a panel discussion on the future of digital preservation, and its challenges and opportunities. Moderated by Steve Knight, programme director for preservation research and consultancy at the National Library of New Zealand, and also chair of the Rosetta User Group, panel members include Michelle Lindlar, Technical Analyst at the German National Library of Science and Technology and Board Member of the Open Preservation Foundation; Edward M. Corrado, Associate Dean of Library Technology Planning and Policy at the University of Alabama; Dvir Hoffman, VP Product Management and Marketing at Ex Libris; and Josh Weisman, Rosetta Development Director at Ex Libris.
American University of Sharjah selects OCLC WorldShare Management Services - 01 Jun 2015
The American University of Sharjah, based in the United Arab Emirates, has selected OCLC's WorldShare Management Services as its new library management solution.
WorldShare Management Services (WMS) provide cloud-based library management and discovery applications in an integrated suite. WMS offers librarians a cost-effective way to manage workflows efficiently, and improve access to library collections and services for their students, faculty and staff.
The American University of Sharjah (AUS) noted several features of WMS that made it most appealing to library staff, including its ability to increase effectiveness of e-resource management workflows. Staff also noted that the integration of applications within the WMS suite, combined with the benefits derived from network effects as OCLC member libraries share data, work and resources in the cloud-based environment, were instrumental in its selection of WMS.
AUS is a member of the American International Consortium of Academic Libraries (AMICAL), which brings together 26 institutions of higher education located in 21 countries across Europe, West and North Africa, the Middle East, and Central and South Asia. AUS is the second member of the AMICAL group to select WMS. John Cabot University in Rome announced last month that it was moving to WMS.
More than 325 libraries worldwide are using WMS to share bibliographic records, publisher and knowledge base data, vendor records, serials patterns and more. By sharing data and work across many member libraries, WMS offers libraries cost savings, workflow efficiencies and the ability to deliver more value to their users.
British Library Chief Executive Roly Keating elected President of CENL - 01 Jun 2015
British Library Chief Executive, Roly Keating, has been elected President of the Conference of European National Libraries (CENL) at their recent meeting in Switzerland for a period of three years.
Founded in 1987, CENL aims to develop and support the role of national libraries in Europe. The British Library is one of 49 current members from 46 European countries.
Since its formation, CENL has had a leadership position in the development of 'The European Library (TEL)', formed in 2005 to create a framework for access to key national library collections within Europe; and FUMAGABA, a partnership aimed at integrating the collections of national libraries in eastern Europe.
Digital Science to host second webinar: Articulating Research Impact – Strategies from Around the Globe - 01 Jun 2015
Laura Wheeler, Community Manager at Digital Science will be hosting the second webinar, 'Articulating Research Impact – Strategies From Around The Globe'. Ben McLeish from Altmetric will be questioning and moderating the panel consisting of: Jonathan Adams, Digital Science's Chief Scientist, Stacy Konkiel, Research Metrics Consultant at Altmetric and Daniel S. Katz, Senior Fellow in the Computation Institute (CI) at the University of Chicago. The webinar will be taking place on June 24 at 4pm BST / 11am ET.
Research outcomes are diverse, complex and realised over a wide spectrum of time. High quality research, whether basic or applied, delivers economic, social and health benefits, and many in very unexpected and complex ways. This is not always easy to communicate and articulate.
Jonathan Adams and his Consultancy Group in Digital Science have recently created a searchable database of impact case studies, with descriptive metadata, from the 2014 Research Exercise Framework (REF) in the United Kingdom. He is therefore very well placed to be able to give an overview of the different types of impact coming out of the research from one of the world's most established and high quality academies.
Jonathan will share some interesting and diverse examples of impact from the case studies database, and speak to the expectations that administrators have when it comes to selecting tools to help them collect key indicators of impact, pinpoint that impact and then report on it accurately.
Building upon Jonathan's insights, Stacy Konkiel will examine specific examples of impact that were not submitted in the REF2014 impact case studies, but that can showcase certain important types of impact like the influence of research on public policy, technology commercialization, and more. She'll showcase how tools like Altmetric can help researchers easily discover where their work is making a difference in academia and beyond.
Daniel S. Katz will discuss how reviewers at the National Science Foundation (USA) consider the "intellectual merit" and "broader impacts" criteria for funding and in particular how metrics might help applicants understand their impacts in these areas. Dan will also talk about how reviewers might use qualitative and quantitative altmetrics data to inform their peer reviews for grant applications. He will address many of the salient questions around this use of metrics, for instance, do reviewers take metrics seriously and what types of metrics are of most value to them?
EBSCO to supply print and online journals as well as e-journal packages to SUPC for the next four years - 01 Jun 2015
EBSCO Information Services will continue as the print and online journal, and e-packages supplier for the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) as a result of a new four-year agreement. EBSCO has been supplying journals to SUPC member libraries since 1996.
EBSCO is ranked as the top supplier to the SUPC for subscription business. Under the new arrangement, EBSCO will provide academic libraries covered by the regional purchasing groups - HEPCW, MUAL, NEYAL and SUPC.
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 8,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customisation. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 700,000 e-books.
Elsevier and People's Medical Publishing House launch English edition of Healthy China 2020: Strategic Research Report - 01 Jun 2015
STM publisher Elsevier and People's Medical Publishing House (PMPH) has launched the English edition of Healthy China 2020: Strategic Research Report, an authoritative documentation of China's healthcare reforms by the country's former Minister of Health, Chen Zhu, who served as Editor-in-Chief.
Originally published in Chinese in 2012 by PMPH and now introduced for the first time in English at the 2015 BooksExpo America (BEA), Healthy China 2020: Strategic Research Report documents China's healthcare developments over the last six decades and includes candid discussions on major healthcare, medical and clinical issues and challenges faced by the country. The book also comprehensively reviews strategic priorities and practical policy framework that became the foundation of China's healthcare infrastructure today.
Hao Yang, General Manager of PMPH, believes that Elsevier's good standing, proven expertise and extensive network as a global information provider and publisher will help deliver the content of Dr. Chen's book to places where it's needed.
China is the Guest Country of the 2015 BEA Global Market Forum. The launch of the English edition of Healthy China 2020: Strategic Research Report is part of BEA's extensive foreign literary and cultural programs.
J.D. Power in deal to acquire NADA Used Car Guide from National Automobile Dealers Association - 01 Jun 2015
J.D. Power and the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) has announced an agreement under which J.D. Power will acquire NADA's Used Car Guide business, a premier source of used-vehicle values. The transaction is expected to close early in the third quarter of 2015 and is subject to Hart–Scott–Rodino Act review.
Established by NADA in 1933, NADA Used Car Guide is a leading provider of US retail, loan, trade-in and auction used-vehicle values, and is widely recognised in the industry as the authority for accurate and comprehensive used-vehicle valuation information. The company will remain based in the McLean, Virginia, vicinity where it serves more than 100,000 subscribing clients, including retailers, financial institutions, insurers and software providers.
J.D. Power is a global marketing information services company known for using the voice of the customer to create reviews and ratings which measure the shopping, purchase and ownership experience across a wide range of brands and products. The Power Information Network® (PIN) from J.D. Power provides real-time automotive information and decision-support tools based on the collection of daily new- and used-vehicle retail transactions.
The agreement brings together PIN, which combines advanced analytics of new- and used-vehicle retail sales and pricing data, with the complementary and extensive knowledge, expertise and market presence of the NADA Used Car Guide, thereby expanding J.D. Power's analytical and modelling capabilities into new product offerings, deepening its presence in auto finance and auto insurance, and enriching retail solutions.
The NADA Used Car Guide name will be used by J.D. Power for a period of time before transitioning to the J.D. Power brand.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 01 Jun 2015
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Joseph Esposito (Can We Stop Talking about the "System" of Scholarly Communications, Please?); Virgina Barbour (Elsevier's new sharing policy is really a reversal of the rights of authors); Jigasha Patel (Publish or perish: is there an alternative?); Scholarly Kitchen Blog (CCC's Roy Kaufman–A Text Mining Primer for Journal Publishers); and Becca Rothfeld (Do Academic Articles Need Wide Audiences?). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
New research shows impact of open data on agriculture and nutrition - 01 Jun 2015
The Global Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative, of which CABI is a partner, released new research in collaboration with the Open Data Institute (ODI): How can we improve agriculture, food and nutrition with open data? Launched at the 3rd International Open Data Conference in Ottawa, the research shows how open data enables more effective decision making in a wide range of contexts, creates innovation and promotes transparency that changes the way organisations work. This helps smallholder farmers who need access to accurate, accessible data on weather and market information to plan their crops and achieve the best yield and price. Consumers are also increasingly demanding accurate information to make food choices and for a healthy diet.
GODAN aims to promote a better understanding of how open data can help solve global challenges in delivering food security and better nutrition. Future systems based on open data have the potential to deliver sustainably produced food by using land more effectively, reduce waste and tackle pests and disease. Access to weather and market data is crucial for farmers making decisions on what and when to plant.
The global food system struggles under the combined pressures of a growing population, climate uncertainty and volatile market forces. As the world’s population grows to around 9 billion by 2050, global demand for food, feed and fibre is predicted to nearly double, with growing numbers of people at risk of hunger and malnutrition and unprecedented demands on land and environment. At the same time increased unpredictability of weather patterns will make it difficult to take sound decisions on crops and cultivation.
Open data is a powerful tool already solving real world problems in agriculture and nutrition, from drought, pests and diseases, to food security and food safety. The power of using the huge amounts of data generated every day has yet to be fully understood, though the potential is enormous. Crucially the data needs to be available and accessible to everyone in a usable form if it is to provide practical solutions for policymakers, farmers and consumers.
The research identifies examples from across the world where open data is already making a difference.
GODAN now seeks examples of real-world challenges that open data can be used to solve, as well as case studies showing how the use of open data has already made a difference to build understanding of the scope for addressing practical problems in future.
Wolters Kluwer Executive to discuss Advanced Data Analytics at Health Datapalooza 2015 - 01 Jun 2015
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer has announced that Sean Benson, Vice President of Innovation, Clinical Solutions, will participate in a panel discussion on data analytics at Health Datapalooza 2015 in Washington D.C. The session, 'Innovation in Action: From Algorithms to Clinical Change,' will take place on June 1 from 1:45-3 p.m. and explore how advanced analytics can lead to change at a clinical level.
During the session, Benson will discuss the work underway in Wolters Kluwer's Innovation lab focused on developing decision support technology that harnesses patient data and clinical knowledge to improve sepsis care. The project is part of the company's goal of addressing disparities in clinical IT systems—a problem that often forces clinicians to make decisions based on fragmented information.
Benson will address the critical issues surrounding siloed medical data and how bridging the information divide can improve patient care, which speaks to the panel's culminating topic on developing solutions for payers and providers using big data. Joining Benson on the panel, which will be moderated by Nick Dawson, MHA, Executive Director of Innovation at Johns Hopkins Sibley Hospital, will be Dr. Basit Chaudhry, Founder and CEO of Tuple Health.