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'SMT Magazine' and Rochester Institute to hold workshop on PCB assembly - 31 Jul 2006

B2B publisher PennWell Corporation's SMT Magazine and the Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) Center for Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly have jointly announced a workshop to be held on October 16-19, 2006 at the RIT campus. The event, called Implementing Lead-free: A Hands-on Workshop, will offer a combination of hands-on and lecture-only sessions covering several facets of the PCB assembly process, including board design, wave soldering, selective soldering, inspection and lead-free certification.

The four-day workshop will cover topics such as lead-free rework and repair; failure analysis technologies for process engineers; tin whisker mitigation; lead-free system compatibility; IPC-7711 certification; and RoHS traceablility, certification, and compliance. Featured speakers include Doug Peck, Ronald Lasky, Scott Anson, Paul Vianco, Ning-Cheng Lee, Yun Zhang, Prof. S. Manian Ramkumar, Dennis Barbini, Viswam Puligandila and Jim Dills.

A leading surface mount technology resource, SMT delivers the latest, focused information in the industry. The online edition of the magazine provides daily international business and industry-related news, current issue articles, and access to years of searchable editorial archives.

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Cadmus forms print management solutions venture with Periscope - 31 Jul 2006

Publishing services provider Cadmus Communications Corporation, US, has announced a 50:50 joint venture with graphic services and creative agency, Periscope, Inc., US. The new entity, PeriscopeCadmus, will integrate Cadmus Specialty Packaging's global packaging network with Periscope's design and pre-press capabilities to provide an end-to-end worldwide print management solution.

The new entity has already begun operations at its new, expanded pre-press and print management operation in Hong Kong. John Riley, Vice President of Operations at Cadmus Specialty Packaging, has assumed the position of Director, Global Operations and will lead the team that will manage PeriscopeCadmus print operations in the East. Additional support offices are planned in the next few months in Shanghai, India and Thailand to provide even closer regional support for anticipated business in those regions.

Cadmus also announced that PeriscopeCadmus has been selected as one of only four global print managers to serve a large US-based retail chain.

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Dear Subscribers - 31 Jul 2006

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

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Franklin Electronic Publishers to acquire data conversion firm KEP - 31 Jul 2006

E-books provider Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc., US, has announced the acquisition of data conversion media firm Kreutzfeldt Electronic Publishing GmbH (KEP), Germany, for € 500,000 (US$629,000). The purchase deal also provides for a 10-year earn-out of up to an additional € 1,550,000 (US$1,950,000) in cash and stock based on KEP's income and savings realised by Franklin.

Franklin has, over the past nine years, contracted with KEP for data conversion services. Post deal, Franklin is projected to make gains from KEP's team of innovative programmers and substantial savings in time-to-market and costs. KEP's focus on mobile products is also seen to be in sync with Franklin's experience in providing e-books in handheld format. Both KEP and Franklin use the Mobipocket e-book format.

KEP will continue providing services for other publishers, such as the Oxford University Press, Barron's Educational Series, Inc., Ernst Klett Sprachen GmbH, Brockhaus Duden Neue Medien GmbH and Mobipocket.com. It will also continue its e-book sales via the Internet, as well as support all of Franklin's data conversion work.

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McGraw-Hill Companies setting up new headquarters at Iowa - 31 Jul 2006

Information services provider McGraw-Hill Companies, US, has broken ground for a state-of-the-art, 135,000 sq ft office building in the Port of Dubuque, Iowa. The new headquarters will provide the company with a new base of operations to develop textbooks, digital products and other content in subjects such as engineering and math for higher education customers around the world.

Employees in the new four-storey building will provide editorial, production and marketing services focused on the development of educational programmes for the science, engineering, math and allied health fields. All of McGraw-Hill Education's nearly 400 employees currently based in a leased facility on Kerper Boulevard in Dubuque will move to the new building, which is expected to be ready for occupancy in mid-2007.

McGraw-Hill also operates a distribution centre in Dubuque, which is the primary distribution point for educational products from CTB/McGraw-Hill, a publisher of standardised student achievement tests. It also handles distribution for McGraw-Hill Professional, which focuses on professional, reference and trade publishing.

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Pharmiweb Solutions joins UK Association of Online Publishers - 31 Jul 2006

Online publisher and e-business specialist PharmiWeb Solutions, UK, has announced that it has achieved affiliate membership status of the UK Association of Online Publishers (AOP). Through the AOP membership, PharmiWeb expects to interact better with other players in the field and enhance the scope of online publishing within the pharma and healthcare space.

PharmiWeb provides e-business solutions to the healthcare sector, helping pharmaceutical manufacturers increase their reach in both the professional medical and consumer segments. It owns and operates the online publication, PharmiWeb.com, which offers real time news, features, events and press releases. Sponsored by many of the world's leading pharmaceutical corporations, such as Roche, Pfizer, Merck and AstraZeneca, the publication has an international readership with over 200,000 unique visits per month, and an e-newsletter distribution to over 18,000 premium subscribers.

PharmiWeb Solutions operates other properties, including the medical communications portals, HospitalPharma.com and Detail-Direct.com.

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Wiley unveils major redesign of online reference works interface - 31 Jul 2006

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced a major redesign for new and select backlist reference works on its online publishing platform, Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com/reference). The redesign is part of a new initiative to upgrade the company's online reference works over the next two years to offer researchers and professionals more efficient search capabilities and new options.

With a more user-friendly interface, the redesign features improved functionality including: expanded article display options; prominently displayed readership levels (Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced); enhanced search capabilities; advanced search screen with checkboxes for article type; and easier subject browsing. Other features such as pay-per-view and ArticleSelect are also available.

Launching in conjunction with the interface redesign is Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (www.interscience.wiley.com/mrw/els), the first online major reference to be published under the new redesign. All key online reference works currently available on Wiley InterScience will also be upgraded to the new design over the next nine months, starting with the relaunch of Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences in September 2006.

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Aries Systems launches tool for manuscript supply chain coordination - 28 Jul 2006

Online submission system provider Aries Systems Corporation, US, has announced the release of Preprint Manager - Production Tracking, a new web-based tool. The product enables the coordination of the manuscript 'supply chain' involving geographically disparate participants such as authors, editors and offshore vendors.

Preprint Manager allows publishers to retain operational flexibility and also avoid high costs and risks common with content management systems. The tool can be initially deployed for a few thousand dollars, and utilisation begins immediately without software development. This is unlike traditional content management systems, which require journals to make massive up-front and recurring investments in software licensing, customisation and hosting infrastructure. It can be customised with a web-based administrator toolkit and regular software updates are provided free of charge.

Publishers who have already placed orders for Preprint Manager include the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) and Nature Publishing Group (NPG). While AAPS will use Preprint Manager to manage post acceptance workflows for AAPS PharmSciTech and The AAPS Journal, NPG will be piloting the system for Nature and other journals.

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ECNext adds free company information to Manta - 28 Jul 2006

ECNext, a US-based provider of web merchandising services for business publishers, has announced the addition of detailed company profiles to its premium business information website, MANTA. Access to detailed information on over 13 million US companies is currently available free to registered users.

MANTA provides basic company profile information for more than 45 million global companies in its existing company index. Company profiles for 13 million companies within Manta have now been further enhanced. Registered users can view detailed profiles, which includes a company's address and contact information, annual sales revenue, number of employees and year of incorporation. In addition, premium business information, such as in-depth business profiles, market research reports, and credit and risk analysis, is also available for secure purchase and immediate access.

ECNext specialises in helping publishers market, sell and deliver business information online. Its family of solutions, including publisher-branded sites, MANTA and various web marketing programmes, offers publishers additional channels to reach online content buyers.

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Harcourt Education names new CEO of Harcourt Assessment - 28 Jul 2006

Educational publisher Harcourt Education, US, part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, has announced the appointment of Michael Hansen as President and CEO of test developing and publishing firm, Harcourt Assessment. In his new position, he will report directly to Harcourt Education Global CEO, Pat Tierney.

Prior to this, Michael served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development for Bertelsmann AG, where he led a dramatic turn-around in performance and profitability for the company's lowest-performing business units.

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IASIS adopts MCN Healthcare's edept system for staff training - 28 Jul 2006

Healthcare publishing and education firm MCN Healthcare, US, has announced that IASIS Healthcare has adopted MCN's learning management system, edept Training Solutions. IASIS has licensed edept for use by its 11,000 users across all of its facilities. Currently, over 1,000 IASIS employees access the system every day.

The edept system offers over 700 high-quality clinical, compliance as well as billing and coding courses in the edept course libraries. IASIS reportedly chose it for its high quality, as well as the advanced features and ease of use. edept will provide IASIS with online staff training, continuing education credits, tools for management and tracking of in-service training and classroom instruction, advanced report builder tools, rapid course authoring tools, automated course assignments and completion deadline reminders. It will also offer instant access to data, easy-to-use administrative tools and an easy interface with IASIS' HR information system.

Users can access and take either one course or all that are available 24/7 at their convenience. There is a one-time set-up fee and most courses are available for less than $1 per person.

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Reed Elsevier reports first-half profits - 28 Jul 2006

Publisher Reed Elsevier PLC, Netherlands, has reported a profit for the first half of 2006, as strong growth in online revenues and from its publishing and information businesses offset a flat performance by the group's US education unit. The company informed that it is on track to meet its full year targets.

Reed's science and health division, Elsevier, increased revenues to £721 million from £644 million. The business witnessed strong subscription renewals and good growth in online sales. The company stated that the book publishing programme was well positioned for the crucial second half. Its LexisNexis business continued to see strong growth for its online information and digital solutions.

Adjusted pretax profit for the six months ended June 30 increased 14 percent to £446 million. This beat the average analysts' forecast of £430-435 million. Revenue increased 8 percent to £2.63 billion from £2.37 billion. The company has announced an 11 percent increase in dividend to 4.1 pence.

In February 2006, Reed announced a $1 billion share buyback programme after a disappointing performance by its school textbook business. The company has stated that it witnessed encouraging success in US textbook adoptions, despite seeing a fall in operating profit to £10 million from £15 million.

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Skyscape launches new CME service - 28 Jul 2006

Mobile medical references provider Skyscape, US, has announced the launch of Skyscape CME, an innovative program for earning Continuing Medical Education credits. The newly launched CME service is based on the Point of Care model of Continuing Medical Education formalised by the American Medical Association (AMA).

Skyscape CME helps physicians earn required credits while continuing to use approved resources from Skyscape's growing portfolio of over 300 medical resources in more than 30 unique specialties. Physicians can now earn credits seamlessly, while performing their daily clinical duties, including patient care and recording activities.

The growing list of Skyscape CME resources that have been approved from its evidence-based portfolio include Griffith's 5-Minute Clinical Consult; Harrison's Manual of Medicine; Outlines in Clinical Medicine; RxDrugs: Drug Dosing Information; Harriet Lane Handbook; American College of Physician's PIER (Physicians' Information and Education Resource); and more.

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US equity firm set to acquire Ex Libris - 28 Jul 2006

Library solutions provider Ex Libris, Israel, has been wholly acquired by Francisco Partners, a leading US based technology-focused private equity firm, for an estimated $62 million.

This acquisition will enable Ex Libris to expand its geographical reach, while continuing to explore opportunities for complementary products in the library automation and e-resource markets. Subject to regulatory and third-party approvals, the transaction is expected to close by September 2006.

The Ex Libris Group is a worldwide supplier of software solutions and related services for libraries and information centers. The Company's suite of products has been customised to serve users' functional and linguistic needs in over twenty different languages. It serves a diverse installed base of 2,500 customers across 62 countries, including 70 of the top hundred universities worldwide, and 45 of the top fifty universities in North America.

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EBSCO adds medical subject classification scheme to EBSCO A-to-Z - 27 Jul 2006

Library services provider EBSCO Information Services, US, has announced the addition of a medical subject classification scheme to its online title listing service, EBSCO A-to-Z.

The new medical classification scheme further expands the scope of A-to-Z classification options, thereby enabling hospital and other medical libraries to offer their users a more precise search for medical and health-related materials. The subject headings are based on a blend of subject terms from both the National Library of Medicine's List of Journal's Indexed for MEDLINE and General subject terms.

In addition, other classification schemes are also available on EBSCO A-to-Z. This includes General and Library of Congress subject headings.

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FAST unveils Center for Search Innovation - 27 Jul 2006

Enterprise search technologies provider Fast Search & Transfer, Norway, has announced the formation of the FAST Center for Search Innovation. Hadley Reynolds, former senior vice president and director of research at Delphi Group, will serve as vice president and director of the Center.

The Center seeks to provide executives in the corporate, government, and academic communities with research programmes, thought leadership content, and exclusive knowledge exchange opportunities. It offers a centralised resource for catalysing the development of intellectual capital, methods, and best practices that leading organisations can leverage to take advantage of the expanding business uses of enterprise search. The outcome generated by the Center's work is expected to help FAST and its customers promote new management approaches and technology applications to meet the needs of global markets.

Under the leadership of Reynolds, the Center will operate as a virtual global team that includes members of FAST's R&D and Search Best Practices organisations, as well as implementation management leaders, industry experts, and partners. Also, its programmes will engage an advisory board of top personalities from industry, government, and academia.

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ICIS forecasting launches Ethylene to Polyethylene monthly report - 27 Jul 2006

Chemical and oil information provider ICIS, part of Reed Business Information, US, has announced the launch of the Ethylene to Polyethylene monthly price forecasting report, the second product chain included in ICIS forecasting. The continuing market volatility in the petrochemical industry is seen to provide a strong demand for the report, which is expected to help traders minimise the risk in their decisions regarding the polyethylene chain of products.

ICIS methodology forecasts prices by incorporating the output of the index in the forecasting model of each feedstock product (such as ethylene and polyethylene). The price generated by incorporating the Market Sentiment Index is provided separately in the monthly report. It is based on statistical analysis of historical assessments plus textual analysis of news files.

The first ICIS monthly forecasting report, covering benzene, styrene and polystyrene, was published last month. A free sample of ICIS forecasting is available at http://www.icis.com/forecasting/registerforecast.aspx?mode=trial.

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LWW launches peer-reviewed emergency nursing journal - 27 Jul 2006

Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced the launch of a peer-reviewed quarterly publication, Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal (AENJ). The journal is principally targeted at experienced clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, educators and other advanced practice clinicians in emergency care.

Continuing Education opportunities are available in each issue and may be taken online at Nursingcenter.com. In addition, the journal covers evidence-based articles that can be applied to daily practice. Feature articles focus on in-depth, up-to-date content relevant to advanced practice nurses and experienced clinicians in emergency care.

AENJ also offers practical advice on implementation and application of new information that is of specific interest to advanced practice nurses and educators.

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New sections in Knowledgespeak - 27 Jul 2006

Knowledgespeak is pleased to announce the addition of a new blog section. The blog is currently available at http://www.knowledgespeak.com/Blog/Blog_main.asp. A free resource, the blog will be a useful resource for publishers, scientists and researchers in the scientific, technical and medical sector. Blogs can be created in various categories, which currently include new STM publishing models, STM content sourcing/creation/management, copyrights/data integrity/security, and more.

A links section too has been introduced. This section will cover major companies, societies, industry associations, academic institutions and libraries that operate in the STM publishing domain. Visit http://www.knowledgespeak.com/Links_display.asp for more details.

Knowledgespeak is a creation of Scope e-Knowledge Center, a globally oriented knowledge services company. With offices in New York, London, Brussels, Cologne and Chennai, Scope offers world-class database, research and analysis services that are of enduring value to clients. Scope's clientele include leading print and online publishing companies, patent offices, corporate organisations, legal firms and a host of information intermediaries in the US, UK and Europe.

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Pew, Nielsen study on Blog and Podcast - 27 Jul 2006

Two separate research studies conducted by US based research information providers, Pew Internet and Nielsen Analytics, have presented interesting findings backed by statistics on the growing platoons of bloggers, blog readers and podcast listeners.

A new, national phone survey by Pew Internet found an increase in the blog population to about 12 million American adults, or about 8 percent of adult internet users, while the number of blog readers has increased to 57 million American adults, or 39% of the online population. The report, titled 'Bloggers' revealed that more than half of the bloggers are under the age of 30.

Meanwhile, Nielsen Analytics released a report titled 'The Economics of Podcasting', which found that 6 percent of US adults, or 9 million web users, have downloaded podcasts in the past one month. The findings reveal that nearly 38 percent of active podcast downloaders have said that they are now listening to radio less often. The Economics of Podcasting is the latest in a series of reports from Nielsen Analytics on the "über-media consumers" who lead the media industry in terms of trends and technology.

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SchemaLogic unveils latest version of semantics management solution - 27 Jul 2006

Metadata and taxonomy management software provider SchemaLogic, US, has announced the release of version 4.1 of the company's Business Semantics Management (BSM) solution, SchemaLogic Enterprise Suite. The solution is available directly from SchemaLogic, as well as via international resellers and distributors, and the company's strategic partners channel model. Current strategic partners include IBM, Microsoft and FAST.

Enterprise Suite 4.1 allows data and content applications and services to share common terms, taxonomies and semantics, providing better information management and increased data quality. It provides a single view into multiple sources of information, helping employees, partners and customers access commonly understood terminology and information and resolve the problems caused by the mismatched language used across the enterprise. The key features of the solution include improved data streaming; searchable extension properties; term manager; import/export; clone, graft and merge vocabulary; and IBM OmniFind Adapter.

The SchemaLogic Enterprise Suite was recently adopted by Reed Business to boost the quality of data and relevance of the search results of its B2B search portal, Kellysearch.com. SchemaLogic is seen to have enabled Kellysearch to accelerate its international expansion, drive revenue growth and streamline business processes by empowering content contributors, and enhance business capabilities.

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Techbooks names Gurvinder Batra as new Chief Technologist - 27 Jul 2006

e-content service provider Techbooks, US, has announced the appointment of Gurvinder Batra to the new position of Chief Technologist. He will report directly to the president and CEO, Ranjit Singh.

In his new position, Batra will be in charge of aligning the development of innovative technologies with the business demands of the company's customer base. He will also work with senior executives and the technology team to recommend modifications to workflows and introduce leading technology into the production process. Batra, who has worked for Techbooks since its founding in 1988, most recently served as President of Publishing.

Techbooks provides publishing, data conversion, learning & performance and content technology services to leading publishers, information aggregators, professional societies, government agencies, universities, libraries, research groups, major corporations, and financial institutions. The company offers a comprehensive suite of services that allows customers to capture, digitise, and distribute their content in a much more accessible and re-usable format.

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JNCCN readership ranking climbs among oncology journals - 26 Jul 2006

The Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (JNCCN) has announced an increase in its ranking among top oncology journals. This is according to FOCUS, a company that measures readership for medical journals.

A monthly publication, JNCCN moved from ninth to eighth in readership, a quality determined by FOCUS based on reader survey responses. The company polls physicians twice a year to find out whether they receive, and how often they read, particular journals. JNCCN's recent scores show a 5 percent increase in readership since December 2005, and a 19 percent increase since it was first evaluated in 2004. The journal has achieved this recognition and status among cancer journals after the publication of less than 20 issues.

Launched in 2003, JNCCN provides a forum for original research and review papers focusing on clinical and translational research and applications of the NCCN guidelines in everyday practice. It delivers information across the cancer care continuum by publishing clinical practice guidelines. Also, the journal reports rigorous outcome data collected and analysed by experts from leading care centres across the globe.

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Dear Subscribers - 26 Jul 2006

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

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Dialog launches enhanced version of Derwent World Patents Index - 26 Jul 2006

Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced the release of the upgraded version of Derwent World Patents Index (DWPISM) by Dialog. A comprehensive database of value-added patent information, DWPI (Files 350, 351, 352 on Dialog) now features a more robust content set and enhanced database functionality.

The enhanced DWPI database provides Dialog patent searchers with additional value-added content, improved indexing and better display options. The enhanced DWPI database also meets the requirements of the International Patent Classification (IPC) version 8, which entered into force on January 1, 2006. A complete list of the enhancements, including a sample record, is available at www.dialog.com/dwpi.

Used by major patent offices worldwide, DWPI is a critical resource for patent examiners. With its international coverage of patents information from major patent-issuing authorities since the early 1960's, DWPI forms an integral part of the search and examination procedure for the granting of patents.

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Eight publishers add content to EBSCO's online information service - 26 Jul 2006

Eight publishers have reportedly added their journal content to MetaPress, a web hosting platform service of EBSCO Inc.'s Publisher Promotion & Fulfilment division. MetaPress provides content management and end-user access websites for e-content from leading publishers across the globe.

Publishers that have added content to the online information service include McFarland & Company Inc., Stylus Publishing, Peter Lang publishing group, College of Public Affairs and Community Service, Boston University, ELT Press, The National Catholic Bioethics Center, and the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska.

MetaPress is an innovative, controlled-access content-management service that formats publishers' printed products for easy online viewing and provides a customised, branded host system to manage them. Apart from providing an outstanding e-publishing platform for its publisher clients, it also offers reliable and secure e-content access and management solutions for libraries, thereby making the service an invaluable resource for librarians and their patrons.

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SOPHE releases special issues of two healthcare journals - 26 Jul 2006

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), US, a non-profit publishing partner of SAGE Publications, has announced that it has released special issues of two of its journals, Health Promotion Practice (HPP) and Health Education & Behavior (HEB). To further advance the dialogue and action on these concerns, SAGE is sponsoring a two-part webinar series to feature the journals' editors and authors. While one was held on July 25, the second is scheduled for August 29.

The complimentary peer-reviewed publications include writings taken from SOPHE's inaugural summit, Health Disparities and Social Inequities: Framing a Transdisciplinary Research Agenda in Health Education, held last summer.

Authors writing in the August 2006 issue of HEB have focussed on the need for a transdisciplinary approach to provide the scientific framework for interventions, collaborations, and policies in order to address the highly complex, interactive factors contributing to health disparities. Similarly, the complimentary July 2006 issue of HPP examines health funding, politics and policy impacting health disparities.

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Springer set to launch new titles - 26 Jul 2006

Scientific books and research journals publisher Springer Science + Business Media, Inc., Germany, has announced the forthcoming release of thirty new titles. Many of these titles are currently on display at the ongoing Design Automation Conference in San Francisco.

Leading the group is a text titled Metric Driven Design Verification: An Engineer's and Executive's Guide to First Pass Success by Hamilton Carter and Shankar Hemmady. The book, slated for release in November 2006, is projected to become an essential tool for all professionals responsible for the functional verification of hardware and software designs.

The Design Automation Conference is a leading Electronic Design Automation (EDA) and silicon solution event. The conference features over 50 technical sessions covering the latest in design methodologies and EDA tool developments, and an Exhibition and Demo Suite area with more than 250 leading EDA, silicon and IP Providers.

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Victor Lam joins Elsevier Asia Pacific - 26 Jul 2006

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the appointment of Victor Lam as the new Managing Director of Elsevier Health Sciences in Greater China. He replaces Fergus Hall, who moves to focus on the growth in Australia, New Zealand and Korea. Lam will also assume the role of board member of Elsevier Health Sciences Asia Pacific.

In his new position, Lam will report directly to Lex Rozenbroek, Managing Director Health Sciences, Asia Pacific.

Prior to this, he served as Senior Business Management Director Asia Pacific, and was responsible for leading an access and distribution team to develop commercial and distribution strategy, market intelligence and new product launch decisions and strategy. He also established and led the e-business team to develop corporate websites and e-marketing programs in China.

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WebFeat introduces next generation federated search proxy - 26 Jul 2006

Search engine provider WebFeat, US, has announced the release of its latest generation federated proxy, boosting the performance of full text display by 150-500 percent.

First released in 2002, the WebFeat proxy enables full text/full record content to be displayed within the content provider's native user interface with all the original functionality preserved intact. With results displayed in the true native interface, all the original native database functions are fully operative, thereby enabling the user to e-mail, print, or refine searches from within that interface. The latest release of the proxy seeks to enhance the performance of the original full record display.

WebFeat is the developer of the Webfeat Prism federated search engine, used by more than 2,500 public, academic, government and Global 1000 libraries and information centres. WebFeat Express, a more efficient version of the original WebFeat federated search engine, is designed to meet the administrative demands and budgets of small- to medium-size libraries.

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'Semiconductor International' announces annual awards - 25 Jul 2006

Semiconductor firm Asymtek, US, has announced that it has received the Editors' Choice Best Product Award for developing the Asymtek Axiom dispensing system. The award is hosted annually by the editorial staff of Semiconductor International. This year, the award was conferred upon 19 companies with products that best reflect the level of excellence.

A publication of Reed Business Information, Semiconductor International is a leading technical publication covering the global semiconductor manufacturing industry. The journal claims to have the largest circulation to semiconductor manufacturers of any industry publication.

The Axiom series offers precise, automated dispensing control for in-line semiconductor package and printed circuit board assembly. While highly configurable to meet specific customer requirements, two standard configurations are available for SMT applications and advanced electronics packaging and semiconductor assembly. The Axiom system builds upon Asymtek's 20-plus years of experience and intellectual property.

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ALPSP and Swets launch 2007 ALPSP Learned Journal Collection - 25 Jul 2006

The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), US, and subscription services provider, Swets Information Services, Netherlands, have announced the launch of the 2007 ALPSP Learned Journals Collection (ALJC). The collection, now entering its fourth year, contains several additional benefits that have been developed in response to market feedback.

With 618 titles and the availability of new subject-specific collections, the 2007 ALJC seeks to provide high quality electronic content in an affordable and flexible manner. It offers a unique and easy way for libraries and consortia to acquire content from 48 leading publishers from a single source. Sixty two new titles have been added to this year's collection, with more than half of those titles being made available by two new publishers - Alliance Communications Group and International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research. The close contact with ALJC licensees and publishers has also resulted in the creation and launch of a new web portal, www.alpsp-collection.org.

Initiated by ALPSP in 2003, this unique cooperation enables smaller and medium-sized publishers to efficiently sell their titles to consortia and other library customers through a single umbrella license, pricing model and delivery platform. Library customers can now access all of the high quality, full-text E-Journals directly via SwetsWise Online Content or through the ALJC web portal.

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Aries Systems offers EM Data Bridge tool with Editorial Manager - 25 Jul 2006

Online submission system provider Aries Systems Corporation, US, has announced the availability of the EM Data Bridge tool as part of its newly released Editorial Manager 5.0.

The EM Data Bridge provides a seamless and cost-effective solution for importing historical manuscript and people data from legacy online or desktop manuscript tracking systems. Journals can now switch from poorly performing systems without worrying about losing valuable historic data stored on their existing system.

The EM Data Bridge comprises journal-customisable fields, import utilities, migration protocols and advanced search capabilities. Journals wishing to evaluate the EM Data Bridge and view their historical data on an Editorial Manager system can send sample data to Aries' customer service department for loading and access in the Editorial Manager system.

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Former CMAJ editors launch new open access journal - 25 Jul 2006

Former editorial board members of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) have recently announced the launch of 'Open Medicine,' a new open access journal. The launch is expected to provide more opportunities for researchers in Canada to publish their works.

An open-access publication for peer-reviewed science, the journal will examine issues relevant to health and clinical medicine both in Canada and internationally. It seeks to promote understanding of health and health care, improve clinical practice, and encourage open discussion and dialogue on all health-related issues among international researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and the public.

The journal is currently accepting manuscripts through its interim site at http://openmedicine.ca/index.php/om/index.

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HighBeam redesigns and renames free online encyclopaedia - 25 Jul 2006

Research engine operator HighBeam Research, Inc., US, has announced that it has renamed and redesigned its free online encyclopaedia to provide a more powerful online research tool for users. The service, formerly called Encyclopedia.com, has been renamed 'HighBeam Encyclopedia', consistent with the HighBeam family of brands -- HighBeam Library, HighBeam Web and HighBeam Reference. It continues to be available at the same URL, www.encyclopedia.com.

Additionally, HighBeam Encyclopedia now offers a faster-loading, easy-to-navigate design with the same look as the HighBeam Research Engine. The new user interface has been designed to appeal to the wide demographic that uses the online encyclopaedia. This includes individuals who need information for business and personal use and students working on research projects.

In addition to providing free access to over 57,000 frequently updated encyclopaedia articles from Columbia University Press, the new HighBeam Encyclopedia makes it easier for users to find newspaper and magazine articles from HighBeam Library. Links to HighBeam Library's archive of over 35 million articles from more than 3,000 sources appear together with HighBeam Encyclopedia's results. Also, it is now seen as a more complementary fit with HighBeam Reference, projected as one of the largest and deepest reference resources on the web.

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Membership of British Computer Society exceeds 55,000 - 25 Jul 2006

The British Computer Society (BCS), an industry body and chartered engineering institution for IT, has announced that over 20,000 IT professionals have now been recognised as full members of the Society. The total membership of the Society now stands at more than 55,000 IT professionals.

BCS recently made the movement from student to full membership far more accessible to graduates entering the IT profession. With many employers now looking upon BCS membership as a distinct advantage when seeking prospective employees, students are arming themselves with the extra incentive that employers are seeking.

The membership increase is seen as representing British IT professionals' perception that a chartered status, regular retraining and the acquisition of new skills are beneficial to one's career.

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Springer announces publishing partnership with international materials science societies - 25 Jul 2006

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced a new partnership with The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) and ASM International -the materials information society.

Under the deal, Springer will publish seven of the societies' journals, beginning January 2007. This includes Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A and B, Journal of Electronic Materials, Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance, Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention, and Journal of Phase Equilibria and Diffusion. While the Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A and B is co-owned by the two societies, Journal of Electronic Materials is owned by TMS. The remaining journals under the deal are owned by ASM.

With this partnership, the societies seek to further expand the international reach of these journals. Springer currently publishes on behalf of over 300 academic associations and professional societies globally. The publisher claims to be a leader in the publication of materials science and engineering books and journals.

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ALPSP welcomes RCUK position statement on access to research outputs - 24 Jul 2006

The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), US, has welcomed the position statement of the Executive Group of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) on access to research outputs. The ALPSP has noted that the RCUK statement has given individual Research Councils the flexibility to set their own policies.

The association also welcomed the emphasis on the importance of abiding by agreements signed with publishers, and the intention to carry out objective research on the basis of which the policy will be reviewed in 2008 and, if necessary, revised. It expects that the RCUK will keep its earlier promise to involve publishers and their representatives, including ALPSP, in scoping and monitoring that research.

The ALPSP has expressed its reservation about the Research Councils not being encouraged to make additional funds available, as done by the Wellcome Trust, to cover the costs of Open Access publication. Such a move is expected to allow immediate free access to the definitive published version, with all the functionality provided by the publisher's site. It has also expressed concern over the Medical Research Council's announcement of a policy which appears to restrict authors' freedom to publish wherever they believe is best for them.

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GeneGo, Elsevier partner to provide seamless access to compound databases, patents, literature and pathways - 24 Jul 2006

Software and databases provider GeneGo, Inc., US, has announced a partnership with informatics and database solutions provider, Elsevier MDL, US. Under the deal, GeneGo will integrate the latest version of its data mining platform, MetaCore 4.0, with MDL's suite of databases via the DiscoveryGate content platform.

This partnership seeks to open up new applications for GeneGo's products in medicinal chemistry. This includes high-throughput and high-content screening, hit selection and validation, lead development programs and chemogenomics. The integration of MDL databases with GeneGo's pathways information systems will help scientists bridge the gap between organic chemistry and cell biology. Researchers will now be able to spot drug targets and bioactive compounds using pathway analysis, and retrieve comprehensive information on their biological effects, synthesis, commercial availability and relevant literature within one application.

In addition, Biologists can now rapidly review cheminformatics data of small molecules involved in biological pathways. Also, chemists will be able to view molecular pathway information relevant to their lead compounds.

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Picower Institute launches free neuroscience newsletter - 24 Jul 2006

The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, an independent research entity within MIT's School of Science, US, has announced the launch of a quarterly newsletter, 'Neuroscience News'. Neuroscience News is available free to subscribers via e-mail in PDF format and in print form.

The newsletter focuses on the latest advances in brain research related to learning and memory. The summer 2006 issue, available at http://web.mit.edu/picower/news/index.html, features research that overturns the prevailing belief that adult neurons do not grow; and research that shows that after rats run a maze, they mentally replay their actions in reverse. Another article covers a simple new method of creating transgenic birds which could become resistant to avian flu.

The Picower Institute helps brain scientists unravel the mechanisms underlying the capacity to remember and to learn, as well as related functions such as perception, attention and consciousness.

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Seven STM Publishers sue Commax Worldwide for subscription fraud conspiracy - 24 Jul 2006

Seven leading STM publishers have filed a lawsuit against US based subscription agency, Commax Worldwide, its subsidiary Commax Technologies, Inc., and nine individuals including Henry Chen, the president of Commax Technologies. The publishers have alleged that the defendants are engaged in a massive scheme of subscription fraud.

The publishers - Elsevier, Inc., American Institute of Physics, Taylor & Francis (a subsidiary of Informa Plc.), American Chemical Society, Springer Science and Business Media LLC (part of Springer Science + Business Media Group), Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and Wiley-Liss, Inc. (subsidiaries of John Wiley & Sons, Inc.) and Blackwell Publishing, Inc. - have filed their complaint in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. Commax Worldwide and its subsidiaries have been charged with fraud, breach of contract, misrepresentation, conversion, violation of California's Unfair Competition Act and violation of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations Act.

Commax Worldwide operates a subscription agency serving libraries and other institutions in handling their subscriptions to scholarly journals. The publishers' complaint accuses Commax of obtaining subscriptions to plaintiffs' scientific, technical, and medical journals at deeply discounted individual subscriber rates and reselling them to institutional clients at the institutional rate. The publishers seek damages and injunctive orders against future misconduct, among other relief measures.

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Three US academic libraries select SirsiDynix Library Management Systems - 24 Jul 2006

Library technology solutions provider SirsiDynix, US, has announced that three academic libraries in the US have selected SirsiDynix Library Management Systems. SirsiDynix's comprehensive integrated systems like Horizon and Unicorn provide industry-standard, versatile, scalable technology for managing all technical and public services within libraries.

The academic libraries are Principia College, in Elsah, IL, St. John's Seminary, in Calif., and Washington and Jefferson College, in Washington, PA. While Principia College and St. John's Seminary have selected the ASP (application service provider) version of the SirsiDynix Horizon Library Management System, Washington and Jefferson College, will deploy the SirsiDynix Unicorn Library Management System.

In addition, the Principia College has also purchased SirsiDynix Web Reporter, and Washington and Jefferson College has added SirsiDynix DataStream enriched content to its suite of SirsiDynix solutions.

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Vicon to hold audio/web seminar on various aspects of nanotechnology - 24 Jul 2006

B2B media firm Vicon Publishing, Inc., US, has announced that it will present an audio/web seminar on 'Environmental, Health and Safety Aspects of Nanotechnology - Implications for the R&D in (Small) Companies' on September 7, 2006. The seminar will demonstrate how nanotechnology companies can obtain nanotoxicology data on their materials, implement appropriate safety measures during the R&D process and provide responsible risk management to their clients and customers.

The growing hype of nanotechnology has lead to an unprecedented research and development effort in both the public and private sectors. An ISO committee on nanotechnology has recently started looking into creating an appropriate nomenclature and a potential standardisation of nanometer-sized materials. However, a proper legislation of the environmental, health and safety aspects of nanotechnology will take years to be implemented. Seminar attendees will learn what steps they can take now to leverage future opportunities.

The featured speaker at the seminar will be Dr. Steffi Friedrichs, a nanotechnology consultant at The Technology Partnership plc.

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Atypon names Xenia Prionas as Manager, Client Services - 21 Jul 2006

Information software and services provider Atypon Systems, Inc., US, has announced the promotion of Xenia Prionas to Manager of Client Services.

Prior to this, Prionas served Atypon as Project Manager. In her new position, she will manage the global Client Services team and will be responsible for the overall running of the department. Also, she will continue to work with the engineering team to coordinate and manage the successful software releases that Atypon provide to both Atypon Premium & Atypon Link throughout the year.

Atypon offers a suite of e-publishing software and related services for scholarly publishers and other content providers. Its primary services, Atypon Link and Atypon Premium, together with other custom offerings, provide services to more than 65 publishers.

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ebrary deploys ProactiveNet technology to monitor IT systems performance - 21 Jul 2006

Business services management provider ProactiveNet, Inc., US, has announced that e-book technology and services firm, ebrary, US, has deployed ProactiveNet's technology to gain early warning of IT performance issues that could threaten online service delivery.

ebrary has developed an eContent delivery platform that turns static PDF files into highly interactive databases that are full-text searchable and can be cross-referenced via the ebrary Reader and InfoTools software. Currently, over 220 publishers deliver more than 80,000 e-books and other authoritative content to libraries via the ebrary platform.

ProactiveNet provides early warning when a performance attribute is outside of its normal range but has not yet affected service delivery. This preemptive problem identification, combined with the product's ease-of-use and automated management features, is projected to enable organisations like ebrary to achieve value quickly while optimising the service experience for their end users and partners. In addition, ProactiveNet's patented service analytics technology provides the ability to link SLAs, and other business-related performance data, directly to the performance of the IT infrastructure in real-time.

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FIZ Karlsruhe unveils English version of informatics portal - 21 Jul 2006

Scientific information services provider FIZ Karlsruhe, Germany, has announced the launch of the English version of informatics portal, io-port.net. The portal, initially launched in German in January 2006, was jointly developed by FIZ Karlsruhe, Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI), a non-profit organisation to promote informatics, and experts from the universities of Karlsruhe, Trier and Munich. It seeks to offer computer scientists with fast and convenient access to more than 2 million publications in informatics and related subject areas.

io-port.net provides scientists with conference proceedings, electronic journal articles, dissertations or technical reports on research in informatics, available from different databases, in one single source. The portal pools information from world-wide publications such as CompuScience, DBLP, LeaBib and CCSB. Also, it provides exclusive access to all texts from the series "Lecture Notes in Informatics" (LNI) published by the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI).

In order to meet the basic needs of scientists, the portal offers free basic services and chargeable value-add services. Among basic services are simple search without access to full-texts; the informatics lexicon provided by the GI; and special pages with extensive information on various informatics topics. The use of value-add services is conditional on a license agreement.

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Four STM publishers sue Document Delivery Service for copyright violation - 21 Jul 2006

Four leading STM publishers have filed a copyright violation suit against US based document delivery services provider 4 Research Solutions, Inc.

Publishers, the American Chemical Society, Wiley-Liss, Inc. (a subsidiary of John Wiley & Sons, Inc.) and Excerpta Medica, Inc. (a subsidiary of Elsevier, Inc.), have alleged that 4 Research Solutions routinely copies and distributes copyrighted articles without obtaining permission or paying royalties. The publishers filed their complaint in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

The petitioners have charged 4 Research Solutions of making and selling high-value STM articles belonging to the petitioners. 4 Research Solutions, which conducts business under the name Research Solutions, delivers copies of published materials, usually journal articles, by mail, fax or email. Companies that do this for commercial gain are required to obtain permission from copyright holders.

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Medical journal to disclose ties between researchers and drug firm - 21 Jul 2006

Medical journal Neuropsychopharmacology has reportedly announced plans to publish a correction statement regarding an article on a controversial new treatment for depression. The journal intends to disclose that the researchers who had written the article had financial ties with Cyberonic, the company that manufactures the implanted device in question.

The Cyberonic device delivers electrical pulses to the patient's vagus nerve to treat depression. In the Neuropsychopharmacology article, the authors had called the FDA-approved device "promising and well-tolerated for treatment-resistant depression". The publication has stated that it had failed to cite that eight of the study's nine authors were paid consultants to Cyberonics. The authors include the article's lead writer, Dr. Nemeroff, who is also the editor of the journal.

In a similar move earlier this month, the Journal of the American Medical Association issued a correction to a study on anti-depressants it had published in February 2006. The study article had failed to disclose that its seven authors had financial ties to the makers of anti-depressants.

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Medical University of Graz to implement Ex Libris library system - 21 Jul 2006

Library solutions provider Ex Libris, Germany, has announced that the newly founded Medical University of Graz has chosen ALEPH 500 as its integrated library management system (ILS).

The system is projected to help the University library to rapidly conform to its very specific requirements. The ALEPH 500 implementation will take place during the summer academic break. Production is scheduled for September 2006, after the completion of data transfer from the existing catalog.

Ex Libris' integrated library solution, ALEPH, has been installed at over 1,700 sites worldwide. Built on an Oracle database, the solution offers full Unicode support, employs system-wide XML technology, and offers third-party integration through an XML gateway as well as standard protocols such as Z39.50 and ODBC.

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Publishers to launch website for disability support services - 21 Jul 2006

Higher education publisher members of the Association of American Publishers (AAP), US, have announced plans to launch a beta version of a Publisher Look-Up Service. The service, scheduled for launch on August 15, 2006, is part of AAP's Alternative Formats Solutions Initiative (AFSI), which seeks to identify ways to provide print-disabled, post-secondary students with specially formatted course materials.

AFSI research has shown that college campus Disabled Student Services (DSS) coordinators sometimes have a difficult time finding publisher contact information. The information is typically sought to request an electronic file of a book (known as e-text) or to obtain permission from the publishers to scan a book to create a digital file. The new website interface is expected to help DSS professionals search for e-text and permissions contacts at textbook publishing companies.

Once the Look-Up Service site goes live, publishers - AAP members and non-members - can secure a login from AAP that will enable them to directly upload, edit and update company information to the site. DSS offices across the US will be able to search by publisher or imprint name.

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Aries Systems unveils Editorial Manager Version 5.0 - 20 Jul 2006

Online submission system provider Aries Systems Corporation, US, has announced the release of Editorial Manager Version 5.0. The online manuscript submission and peer review system is used by over 1,850 scholarly and scientific publications.

The new Editorial Manager Version 5.0 seeks to improve user interface; extend inventory of Web-based configuration options; and facilitate interactive communications between journals, authors, and reviewers. Version 5.0 will be rolled-out to journals on a phased basis, and in a way that does not require journal downtime or immediate staff retraining.

The new enhancements are based on feedback from the Editorial Manager (EM) User Group and key customers. The online manuscript system is used by several scholarly societies including the American Gastroenterological Association, The Institute of Mechanical Engineers, The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The British Psychological Society, and The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, among others.

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Cambridge University Press ventures into India - 20 Jul 2006

Academic publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP), UK, has announced its foray in the Indian publishing market with the acquisition of Foundation Books Pvt Ltd., for an estimated $6 million. The new entity will be called Cambridge University Press India Pvt Ltd.

The publisher has acquired a 51 percent stake in the New Delhi based publishing house, and is targeting a share in the Indian publishing industry, which delivers nearly 20,000 new titles annually. With this acquisition the company seeks to offer reasonably priced books to the Indian market. It however did not reveal its target on the number of titles to be published from India.

Besides India, the company is also eyeing under-served markets like Gulf countries and Africa. CUP books published in India will cater to the domestic market, and also meet export demands for Cambridge.

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Economist Intelligence Unit launches online content channel with ECNext - 20 Jul 2006

ECNext, a US-based provider of web merchandising services for business publishers, and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a business information arm of the Economist Group, have jointly announced the launch of a new website. The portal, run and managed by ECNext, features the EIU's comprehensive suite of global research and advisory services and ECNext's search marketing expertise.

Built on ECNext's proprietary content merchandising platform, the site allows the EIU content set to be available to executives who require quick access to the latest business intelligence for their marketplace. The EIU provides a constant flow of analysis and forecasts on more than 200 countries and eight key industries. The co-branded site will feature country analysis and forecasts, risk assessments, economic and market data, industry trends and management strategies, each individually available for purchase. The aim is to expose millions of individual pieces of company information to search engines via large-scale search marketing programmes. This way, ECNext drives highly targeted search traffic to the co-branded site.

Managing over 55 publisher websites, ECNext's technology and search-driven marketing programmes allow publishers to sell on-demand content to users and build an online audience of repeat visitors.

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Electronic Design to acquire schematics site Web-EE.com - 20 Jul 2006

Design technologies provider Electronic Design, part of Penton Media, Inc., US, has announced the acquisition of Web-EE, http://www.web-ee.com. An online entity, Web-EE offers a range of schematics, project and tutorial content and components application notes for electronic design engineers.

The acquisition is projected to offer Electronic Design a new platform for content growth for its online network, thereby providing more opportunity for ED's online advertisers to reach their key design engineering customer-base. The addition of Web-EE.com is expected to assist Electronic Design in meeting the information needs of its growing online audience.

Founded in 1999 by design engineer Jerry Wassinger, Web-EE was developed as a solution to fill the void Wassinger realised while looking for schematics online. Based upon a full review of the sites metrics through HitBox for the March-May 2006 period, Web-EE.com generates on average 100,000 page views per month from 30,000 unique visitors. Post acquisition, Wassinger will remain the primary editor of Web-EE and will continue to generate content for the site.

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McGraw-Hill Professional launches online resource for surgical training - 20 Jul 2006

Publisher McGraw-Hill Professional, part of McGraw-Hill Companies, US, has announced the release of AccessSurgery, a media-rich resource for surgical education. The online resource combines McGraw-Hill references with surgical videos and animations. It is primarily targeted at resident surgeons studying for the American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination as well as for practicing surgeons seeking recertification.

AccessSurgery is organised by key topics to reflect the Accreditation College for Graduate Medical Education's mandate for a general surgery core curriculum. It enables surgeons to simply select a core curriculum topic or choose a procedure/operation to find relevant content from over 12,000 pages of McGraw-Hill surgery references. AccessSurgery complements these surgical references with an integrated library of multimedia instructional materials. Surgeons can tailor their searches to find just videos or images, or can search the full site.

AccessSurgery delivers text updates, editor's journal reviews, and video podcasts (vodcasts) that highlight key surgical techniques from the editors of Schwartz's Principles of Surgery, 8th Edition. It also includes a comprehensive drug database updated in real-time, one-click access to related government guidelines, a differential diagnosis tool with over 100 symptoms and diseases, and detailed cancer staging tables. In addition, the AccessSurgery blog provides a public forum for users to keep abreast of the latest advances in surgery and to debate the merits of different surgical approaches.

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PTG titles now available in new 'print fidelity' format - 20 Jul 2006

Technology publisher Pearson Technology Group (PTG), US, has announced that more than 100 of its leading technology books are now available in a new 'print fidelity' format in PTG's online reference library at http://safari.informit.com. The print fidelity feature allows users to access searchable Web versions of PTG titles with the original printed page design and instructional elements retained to look exactly like the printed versions.

Print fidelity titles include The Photoshop Channels Book by Scott Kelby, Refactoring to Patterns by Joshua Kerievsky, Effective C++: 55 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Designs by Scott Meyers, and more.

The company also announced the release of several additional enhancements to help increase user productivity and improve the overall reading experience. New features include free access to book prefaces and introductions; a search tool that gives users real time search suggestions, based on the most popular search phrases; Ajax-enabled, faster and more efficiently served pages; and more.

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Strathclyde University lecturer bags Elsevier/LIRG Award - 20 Jul 2006

The Library and Information Research Group (LIRG), a special interest group of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), UK, has announced that David McMenemy, a Strathclyde University lecturer, has been awarded the Elsevier/Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) Award. Selected from a strong pool of submissions, McMenemy was awarded £1000 to apply for new research activities.

The Elsevier/LIRG Research Award seeks to encourage research and innovation in library and information science, and focuses on improving accessibility, retrievability and usefulness of information. It may be used to defray research expenses, to fund attendance at high level meetings or to fund a study tour.

McMenemy's proposed project, "Open gateway or guarded fortress: variances in public library internet access in UK public libraries," will commence in September with a results report submitted next summer.

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Dear Subscribers - 19 Jul 2006

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European Commission selects TechWatch report for RFID consultation - 19 Jul 2006

The European Commission has announced that it has selected a TechWatch report on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies to form part of its consultation exercise on RFID. The report, published in May 2006, will be used together with other research and industry reports from across the EU. RFID technologies allow the transmission of a unique serial number wirelessly, using radio waves. Attaching an RFID tag to a physical object allows the object to be 'seen' and monitored by existing computer networks and back-office administration systems.

The TechWatch report 'RFID: frequency, standards, adoption and innovation' focuses on RFID technology and its impact on education. One of the report's findings revealed that it is difficult to discuss the technology without considering privacy issues and the health implications for those working in RFID-enabled environments. It was similar concerns that led the European Commission to initiate a public consultation process.

The UK-based Joint Information Systems Committee's TechWatch report has been selected for a collection of reports and white papers that have been put together to provide an overview of current thinking from research and industry across Europe. This collection will complement the outputs of the EU consultation process and be made available from the EU's RFID consultation website.

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HCPro to relaunch 'Contemporary Long-Term Care' magazine - 19 Jul 2006

Healthcare information provider HCPro, US, has announced the October 2006 relaunch of the Contemporary Long-Term Care magazine. John Guyot has been named Publisher and heads a team mandated with launching a new version of the magazine that published from 1978 to 2005. It was acquired by HCPro in February 2006.

To be published nine times in a year, the new version of the magazine will be mailed to nearly 22,000 industry decision-makers selected from HCPro's database. It will provide HCPro's exclusive analysis and expert advice on the news and issues important to skilled nursing and senior care industry managers.

The publication, available for free to qualified subscribers, is claimed to be the only long-term care industry trade publication to benefit from HCPro's expertise, resources and proprietary data. HCPro has been publishing key information related to long-term care regulatory compliance, reimbursement, staff training and risk management since 1993.

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Microsoft to expand publisher programme to accept digital material - 19 Jul 2006

Software vendor Microsoft Corp., US, is set to expand its Windows Live Books Publisher Program in the coming weeks. Launched in May, the programme will move further into searching copyright material and also accept submissions in digital form in addition to the print material currently being processed. Book publishers including Elsevier and John Wiley & Sons have reportedly responded positively to the company's latest initiative.

The latest move follows Microsoft's recent initiative to search copyrighted content within journals with the Windows Live Academic Search service. The programme allows rights holders to submit in-copyright titles for inclusion in its index. With this, the company seeks to avoid criticism as faced by Google when it launched the Google Books Library project.

Under the Microsoft programme, participating publishers decide how much or how little of their content should be made available for users to preview. While titles already available in digital form can be uploaded, books available only in print are shipped to Microsoft for scanning.

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MuseGlobal appoints new VP for Publishing and Digital Media - 19 Jul 2006

Metasearch technology provider MuseGlobal Inc., US, has announced the appointment of Frank Bilotto as Vice-President, Publishing and Digital Media.

Prior to this, Bilotto served US based search and clustering software provider, Vivísimo Inc., as head of publishing. A member of several industry associations, he currently serves as Secretary on the executive committee of the Association of Information and Dissemination Centers (ASIDIC). He is a frequent speaker at technology and e-content conferences.

With recent advancements in interface and content navigation technologies, MuseGlobal is positioned to provide complete solutions to online publishers and ecommerce sites. The company seeks to optimize the productivity of information users and knowledge workers by enabling the discovery, integration, and delivery of information and services from different systems.

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PennWell appoints new publisher for water magazines - 19 Jul 2006

B2B publisher PennWell Corporation, US, has named Timm Dower as publisher of WaterWorld and Industrial WaterWorld. An online news and technology source, the publications serve engineers, managers, and consultants in the Water/Wastewater Industry globally. In his new position, Dower will report directly to Robert Smock, senior vice president of PennWell's Global Energy Group.

A monthly publication, WaterWorld provides up-to-date information on technology, products and trends in the water and wastewater industry. The magazines editorial topics include energy management, biosolids treatment and disposal, chemicals, computers and automation technology and corrosion control, among others.

Industrial WaterWorld serves engineering and consulting professionals in the industrial process water and wastewater industry. It provides news, and product/service information necessary for planning, designing, operating and maintaining of industrial water systems.

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Ziff Davis names Thomas Rousseau VP Corporate Sales - 19 Jul 2006

Integrated media firm Ziff Davis, US, has announced that Thomas Rousseau has been promoted to Vice President of Corporate Sales. He will continue to report to Ken Beach, Senior Vice President of Corporate Sales.

In his new position, Rousseau will be responsible for managing a group of designated top-tier corporate accounts. He will work both with client managers and advertising agencies of these companies to develop and manage comprehensive integrated marketing programs across all of Ziff Davis' online, print and event offerings.

Rousseau has held senior-level positions within Ziff Davis, most recently serving as Director of corporate sales. He has a proven and extensive track record of over 23 years of experience to his new role.

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CMA accepts all recommendations of expert panel on CMAJ - 18 Jul 2006

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has reportedly agreed to give its medical journal, the CMA Journal (CMAJ), greater editorial independence, as recommended by an expert panel. The CMA had asked the panel to examine editorial independence at the CMAJ following the controversial dismissal of two of its editors in February 2006.

The eight-member Governance Review Panel, chaired by lawyer Dick Pound and co-chaired by Dr. John Dossetor, CMAJ's ethicist/ombudsman, has proposed 25 recommendations covering a vast territory. This includes the return of CMAJ ownership to the CMA. The journal was acquired by CMA Holdings, a profit-driven subsidiary, in January 2005.

The panel has urged the formation of a neutral committee to settle disputes between the association and the journal. It has also called for advanced warning, if the journal intends to publish an editorial on any controversial issue, as a courtesy. However, the panel has said that the association should be forbidden from interfering with the content. With governance issues settled, the CMA President has said that a new editor-in-chief will be appointed by the end of the year.

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Dear Subscribers - 18 Jul 2006

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Dutch publisher selects Editorial Manager for manuscript submission management - 18 Jul 2006

Online submission system provider Aries Systems Corporation, US, has announced that Dutch publishing house, Brill, has selected its Editorial Manager system. Under the deal, Brill will use the system for the management of its journals in sectors such as natural sciences and humanities.

With Editorial Manager, the publishing house seeks to increase the speed and control of editorial workflow for each of its journals. Initially, six journals including Early Science and Medicine, Journal of Early Modern History and Behaviour will be migrated to workflows configured in Editorial Manager. Additional journals will follow in future project phases.

In addition, Brill plans to integrate the system into their Content Management System (CMS). Using online manuscript management software is part of an overall strategy to support everyday publishing activities by means of state-of-the-art technology.

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ICIS Pricing launches new China polypropylene report - 18 Jul 2006

Pricing and market intelligence service provider ICIS Pricing, US, has announced the launch of a new China polypropylene report. Available both in Chinese and English, the report will include assessments of the Chinese domestic market prices.

Launched in response to increasing demand, the report is projected to provide an insight on the market relationships between China and its key trading partners in Asia, Europe and the US. Following the recently launched Polyethylene (China) report, this is the second report written in Chinese by ICIS pricing reporters in China.

ICIS Pricing is an independent pricing and market intelligence service from ICIS, part of Reed Business Information. It provides petrochemical and oil markets with reports published daily, weekly or monthly on more than 120 commodities.

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MPS Technologies, Ex Libris perform SUSHI usage data transfer at Yale library - 18 Jul 2006

MPS Technologies, the technology arm of Macmillan India, and UK-based library solutions provider Ex Libris Group, have announced the successful transfer of Yale University usage data between their two systems. The transfer was done using the automated SUSHI (Standardised Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative, sponsored by NISO) protocol.

This test was made in preparation for future integration of MPS' ScholarlyStats usage data into Verde, the Ex Libris ERM system. This will provide Verde libraries with access to a suite of integrated reports combining usage data with other subscription, holdings and pricing information. ScholarlyStats provides libraries across the globe with consolidated vendor usage statistics. It collects, standardises and consolidates journal and database usage reports, providing libraries with a single point of access to their usage data.

SUSHI allows completely automated request and delivery of usage reports, saving time and resources for the library. The delivery of ScholarlyStats reports will make it possible for Verde to automatically integrate the latest usage data from over 35 major vendor platforms with other subscription information.

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Techbooks names Devashish Ghosh as Executive Vice President, Global Operations - 18 Jul 2006

e-content service provider Techbooks, US, has announced the appointment of Devashish Ghosh as Executive Vice President, Global Operations. He will report directly to the president and CEO, Ranjit Singh.

In his new position, Ghosh will lead the Techbooks operational team across all locations, including the US, Australia and India. Prior to this, he served as COO of Wipro BPO, where he played a key role in growing the team from 4,000 to 15,500 people in 28 months.

Techbooks provides publishing, data conversion, learning & performance and content technology services to leading publishers, information aggregators, professional societies, government agencies, universities, libraries, research groups, major corporations, and financial institutions. The company is now pursuing business opportunities in sectors such as pharmaceutical, petroleum, automotive industries and litigation support.

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Web resources database Intute launched - 18 Jul 2006

Intute, a free online service that provides access to web resources for education and research, was launched at a recently held event at the Wellcome Trust in London. Hosted by MIMAS at the University of Manchester, the service is a collaboration between a host of partners and contributors.

The Intute database enables lecturers, researchers and students to discover and access quality Internet resources. The service is funded by the UK's Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) with support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The collaborating institutions include the University of Birmingham, the University of Bristol, Heriot Watt University, the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Oxford.

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Axel Springer to deploy Woodwing editorial solution - 17 Jul 2006

Cross-media workflow solution provider WoodWing Software, Netherlands, has announced that German publisher, Axel Springer, will install Woodwing's industry-leading Smart Connection Enterprise editorial solution in some of its leading magazines. Axel Springer's publications join an international list of Smart Connection Enterprise customers that continues to grow.

Axel will begin this month using Smart Connection Enterprise to publish its magazines which include Computer Bild, Computer Bild Spiele and AudioVideoFoto Bild. The installation is slated for completion in October, 2006.

Smart Connection Enterprise is currently being used by publishers across sixteen countries worldwide. The tool is available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish versions.

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Chinese institution chooses Web of Science database - 17 Jul 2006

Life science solutions provider Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced that Chinese academic institution Academia Sinica has chosen Web of Science to accelerate the development of academic research. Web of Science is a database operated by Thomson.

Taiwan's leading researchers will now have full access to the 37 million records in Web of Science dating back to 1900. Academia Sinica chose Web of Science as it delivers over 100 years of the highest-quality cited reference data.

The Analyze Tool was also reportedly an important factor in Academia Sinica's decision to choose Web of Science. The tool helps researches take a broader view and discover emerging 'hot' areas, plus find top researchers and institutions in their field for future collaboration.

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Factiva content made searchable by Central Search - 17 Jul 2006

Serials Solutions, a business division of ProQuest Information and Learning, US, has announced that content in Factiva.com will now be searchable by Serials Solutions' federated search engine, Central Search. A Dow Jones and Reuters Company, Factiva provides essential business news and information to professionals and students. It joins the nearly 1,000 e-resources to which Central Search is actively connected.

Central Search accesses the e-resources of academic libraries and delivers search results in a single interface, allowing library users at colleges and universities to explore a wide variety of resources immediately. It significantly reduces the time required to search multiple resources and allows academic libraries to merge a variety of databases under a single search engine.

Serials Solutions' parent, ProQuest Information and Learning, has partnered with Factiva since 1997 to reach academic and public libraries. In 2005, the collaboration expanded to include global distribution of Factiva.com for the academic market, including for-profit and distance-learning institutions and public libraries. This year, the relationship further has been enhanced to include distribution to corporate and government sectors in Latin America.

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MMS unveils new online daily news update, Physician's First Watch - 17 Jul 2006

Not-for-profit medical society Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS), US, publishers of the New England Journal of Medicine and Journal Watch, has announced the launch of Physician's First Watch, a free daily e-mail update on the medical news that matters most to practicing physicians and their patients.

Physician's First Watch is a service of Journal Watch and coincides with the launch of a redesigned and enhanced Journal Watch Online (www.jwatch.org).

The service seeks to provide physicians with a summary of key medical news in the last 24 hours within the first three minutes of a physician's day. A team of ten physician board members monitor developments from medical journals, government agencies, scientific conferences and major media outlets to bring out timely and relevant information to the medical community.

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Rice University to launch fully digital academic press - 17 Jul 2006

Independent research university Rice University, US, has announced plans to introduce the country's first all-digital academic press after a 10-year interval. The University will now make its products available online and via print on demand only.

The digital press will operate similar to the old-school press, in which books will be solicited, reviewed and edited for final approval by an editorial board. The new programme, slated for launch later this year, will operate under the university's current e-publishing platform, Connexions. The online format will enable authors to revise their work, link to more content on the Internet and also interact with readers.

While the university is yet to release financial details, it is estimated that the start-up costs and annual operating expenses will be one-tenth of those associated with traditional publishing.

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Slack Publishing unveils redesigned Ophthalmology Web portal, OSNSuperSite.com - 17 Jul 2006

Healthcare information provider SLACK Publishing, US, has announced that it has redesigned OSNSuperSite.com, a leading daily source for ophthalmic news. The redesign is part of an ongoing effort to make the site a more powerful resource for ophthalmologists.

The new enhanced SuperSite offers improved navigation and new features to serve its more than 43,000 registered users. The site's major new upgrades include advanced search engine for better results, improved functionality for more comprehensive research, weekly podcasts, wireless access at OSNSuperSite.com/PDA, and ophthalmic meeting coverage section.

The site provides ophthalmologists and health care professionals globally with free access to daily breaking news. In addition, it also offers more than 12,000 searchable full-text news stories and peer-reviewed articles, and a wide range of educational resources. A new CME Learning Center has been added to facilitate ophthalmologists to earn even more continuing education credits at their own convenience. Advertisers can now showcase their products with exclusive and custom sponsorships.

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Wake Forest professor named editor-in-chief of Emergency Radiology - 17 Jul 2006

Dr. Ronald J. Zagoria, radiology professor at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine has been named editor-in-chief of the medical journal Emergency Radiology.

Zagoria has been on the faculty at the medical school since 1987. He currently heads the radiology department's Section on Abdominal Imaging.

Published by STM publisher, Springer, Germany, Emergency Radiology is the official publication of the American Society of Emergency Radiology. The journal aims to advance and improve the radiologic aspects of emergency care. It focuses on the medical imaging of emergency conditions, and provides a mechanism for presentation of scientific papers on various aspects of Emergency Radiology and continuing education.

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Business research tops ProQuest's best-selling dissertations of 2005 - 14 Jul 2006

ProQuest Information and Learning, a division of ProQuest Company, US, has announced that its annual analysis of the best-selling dissertations has once again found business research leading the way. While the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) database records scholarship from hundreds of academic disciplines, nine of the top 10 on this year's list are business related - with topics such as organisational sustainability, knowledge management and manager-employee collaboration. The best-selling dissertation of 2005, by Kelly Preston Anderson of the University of Phoenix, focuses on job satisfaction.

Published by UMI, a unit of ProQuest Information, the PQDT database includes 2.3 million bibliographic citations for materials ranging from the first US dissertation accepted in 1861, to those accepted as recently as last semester. With over 775,000 of these titles available in full-text PDF, PQDT is stated to be the largest collection of e-books in the world.

ProQuest's dissertation and theses publishing programme is claimed to have provided top quality services for more than 65 years. Through the creation of a digital copy, dissertations and master's theses can be made accessible 24 hours a day for authorised users worldwide. These important works of scholarship are a valuable resource for researchers in a wide variety of fields.

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CrossRef, Microsoft announce web services agreement - 14 Jul 2006

Publisher linking services provider CrossRef, US, has announced that software vendor Microsoft Corp., US, will become the first official CrossRef Web Services Search Partner. Under the deal, CrossRef will provide Microsoft with a bulk feed of metadata from hundreds of participating CrossRef member publishers.

Microsoft is using CrossRef Web Services to assist in the indexing of scholarly content for the Windows Live Academic Search, a beta of which was released in April 2006. The new search service is projected to help students, researchers and university faculty conduct research across a spectrum of academic journals. The program is a joint effort between Windows Live Search, CrossRef, and several leading publishers.

CrossRef Web Services creates a user-friendly tool for authorised search and web services partners to collect metadata to simplify web crawling. The Search Partner Program eliminates the need for bilateral agreements covering use of metadata among publishers and search providers. Participation in CrossRef Web Services is optional for CrossRef member-publishers.

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Deutsches Bucharchiv to implement Ex Libris library system - 14 Jul 2006

Library solutions provider Ex Libris, Germany, has announced that German book depository, Deutsches Bucharchiv, will implement its ALEPH 500 Integrated Library System in place of the current Allegro library software system.

The new system is projected to help the depository to display its catalog online, and also offer vastly expanded and improved services to its library patrons. Also, it will benefit from the experience of the Vadiana Cantonal library and the St. Gallen library consortium, longtime users of ALEPH 500, with which the institution has partnered on this project.

A nonprofit organisation, Deutsches Bucharchiv serves a large research and user community of bibliophiles, authors, editors, book-sellers, printers, information and documentation providers of various kinds, and literary figures. The depository's migration to the ALEPH 500 library management system will follow its move from Munich to St. Gallen in September this year.

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EPS research forecasts $11 billion market for STM information by 2008 - 14 Jul 2006

Content industry market intelligence and consultancy provider Electronic Publishing Services Limited (EPS), US, has announced the results of the latest edition of the EPS Market Monitor - STM. According to the research, the STM information market is likely to reach nearly $11 billion by 2008, as electronic publishing revenues reach critical mass.

Other findings of the research show that publicly-traded STM publishers grew 8.6 percent in their reported currencies in 2005, while aggregate profit margins held steady at 25 percent. Thomson posted the strongest increase in profits with a year-over-year gain of 20.5 percent, outperforming the market average of 17.7 percent. Elsevier achieved the strongest organic growth: 5 percent and 6 percent in its Science & Technology and Health Sciences divisions, respectively. The five largest players (Reed Elsevier, Thomson, Wolters Kluwer, Springer and Wiley) continued to acquire scale, and now account for over half (52.3 percent) of total market revenues.

The research programme was created to provide accurate market measurement and reliable performance benchmarking in the global STM, B2B publishing, legal, tax & regulatory, education & training, and information services sectors. The programme seeks to assist publishers, investors and technology and services providers in organising the facts and analyses needed to design and execute successful business strategies, assess performance and mitigate investment risk.

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Nature Clinical Practice journals chosen for inclusion in MEDLINE - 14 Jul 2006

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, has announced that four of its latest titles from the Nature Clinical Practice (NCP) series have been selected by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to be indexed in MEDLINE.

The four titles include Nature Clinical Practice Nephrology, Nature Clinical Practice Neurology, Nature Clinical Practice Endocrinology & Metabolism and Nature Clinical Practice Rheumatology. Launched in November 2005, these will now be included in MEDLINE with the first four titles in the series, which were accepted for indexing in July 2005. The NCP journal content that has now been indexed for MEDLINE will include forthcoming articles as well as all articles which have been published in the journals since their launch, dating back to the first issue of the first volume of each journal.

Nature Clinical Practice journals deliver timely, authoritative interpretations of major research developments, translating the latest findings into clinical practice. Content includes editorial and opinion pieces, highlights from the current literature, commentaries on the application of recent research to practical patient care, thorough reviews and in-depth case studies.

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Penton Custom Media names Peter Banks Senior VP Association Publishing - 14 Jul 2006

B2B custom publisher Penton Custom Media, US, has announced the appointment of Peter Banks as senior vice president of association publishing.

In his new position, Banks will lead in the creation of custom communications strategies for associations. With 25 years of experience in association publishing, scholarly publishing, health and science publishing and custom publishing, Banks will be expected to expand the company's already-growing association clientele.

In a related announcement, the company also named Christy Barksdale as account coordinator. In her new role, Barksdale will assist in creating and implementing custom media tactics for the company's clients, with specific focus on association projects.

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Results of scientific research at research centre Jülich available online - 14 Jul 2006

Multidisciplinary research institution Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), Germany, has announced the online availability of its database, Juelicher Wissenschaftliche Elektronische Literatur (JUWEL). The database comprises articles from scientific journals, written scientific contributions made to conferences, doctoral theses and items published by FZJ's own publishing house.

JUWEL will implement the requirements set out in the "Berlin Declaration" issued in 2003 and signed by leading scientific research institutions. According to the declaration, items of scientific knowledge are to be made available globally in line with the open-access publication paradigm.

The research center currently generates 1,800 publications - such as theses, contributions and articles - annually.

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Strategic alliances - 14 Jul 2006

PetroVietnam Technical Services Corporate (PTSC) and CGGVeritas have announced that they have entered into an agreement to create a marine-based joint venture company. CGGVeritas will own a 49% stake while PTSC will own a 51% stake in new entity to be known as PTSC CGGVeritas Geophysical Survey Company Limited. The new company will offer 3D and 2D marine seismic acquisition services and will offer these services to oil and gas companies operating in and around Vietnamese waters. PTSC will contribute its 2D seismic vehicle, the Binh Minh II while CGGVeritas will offer its 3D seismic vehicle, the Amadeus in the joint venture.

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BioSpace and Infinata announce online content deal - 13 Jul 2006

Life sciences information services provider BioSpace, Inc., US, has announced a partnership with Infinata, Inc., US, an online databases and market research provider for life sciences and financial services.

Under the deal, BioSpace will deliver premium content from Infinata's BioPharm Insight via BioSpace.com. BioPharm Insight is the leading information resource to professionals that are part of the worldwide network of drug development activities. With this alliance, BioSpace seeks to deliver both free and subscription-based content from BioPharm Insight to its 1.5 million monthly web site visitors.

The BioSpace.com audience will now have free access to market data and charts from BioPharm Insight on the BioSpace.com website. Also, users can access detailed information on investigational drugs, clinical trials, post-launch manufacturing, sales forecasts, prescriptions, as well as company profiles and key contacts by subscribing to BioPharm Insight. In addition, most of the BioPharm Insight information will be referenced within BioSpace's content, thereby allowing easy cross-navigation across the BioSpace.com and BioPharm Insight platforms.

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CILIP to offer new benefit to members in partnership with Emerald - 13 Jul 2006

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), UK, has announced that it will offer a new benefit to its 22,000 members in partnership with library & information science publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK. CILIP members will now be able to access full-text versions of the latest published issues of five internationally respected journals covering key areas of professional interest as a free, automatic upgrade to their current membership.

This addition further complements the existing range of online resources available to CILIP members. The full text journals provide in-depth analysis of a range of professional issues, and the latest practical ideas on how to tackle some of the key problems faced by library and information services professionals today. The Emerald portal (www.emeraldinsight.com) can be accessed through the CILIP website, and is available immediately and free of charge to all members.

The five journals include Interlending and Document Supply, New Library World, Library Hi-Tech, Vine and The Journal of Knowledge Management. The benefit coincides with the official announcement of the partnership between CILIP and Emerald, which commenced on July 1, 2006.

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Italian online books catalogue body opts for Millennium library platform - 13 Jul 2006

Online books catalogue provider Unione Romana Biblioteche Scientifiche (URBS), Italy, has selected Innovative Interfaces' Millennium integrated library technology platform to provide the union catalogue for its network of 14 libraries. The URBS comprises various academic institutions that provide patrons with about half-a-million English and Italian items. Twelve of these libraries will also share the Millennium system as their integrated library technology platform.

URBS leadership cited the sophistication of Millennium and the company's track record as major factors in their decision. Millennium is projected to enable URBS to offer enhanced online-access services like the relevance-ranked search results provided by RightResult.

URBS was founded in the early 1990s by the directors of a number of foreign academies in Rome, together with the Prefect of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana. Their intent was to create a common online catalogue in order to make their book collections more easily and widely available not only to internal researchers but also to the Italian academic and the scientific community.

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JAMA tightens norms on author disclosure - 13 Jul 2006

Medical journal the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has reportedly announced that it will tighten its conflict-of-interest policy. The earlier norms allowed authors to decide what constituted 'relevant conflict of interest'. The latest announcement is in response to the exposure that authors of a recent article on antidepressants had failed to reveal ties to several drug companies.

The JAMA article had found that pregnant women who discontinued antidepressant medication were at a risk of relapse five times higher than women who did not. A letter to the editor, written in response to the article, noted the failure of the authors to provide apt financial disclosure. According to that letter, readers were not told that most of the authors of the article had been paid by antidepressant manufacturers. Also, the lead author had reportedly received support from numerous pharmaceutical companies.

In a move to provide utmost transparency, the journal has now made it mandatory for authors to reveal any financial or other relationship with any company, even if a particular medication is not referred to in the article. In addition, mention of any relationship must be made both in the body as well as at the end of the article.

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McGraw-Hill, CNET announce publishing venture - 13 Jul 2006

Publisher McGraw-Hill Professional, part of McGraw-Hill Companies, US, has announced that it has partnered with CNET, part of CNET Networks, Inc., US, to jointly publish a new series of books aimed at the home technology market. The first four books in the 14-book series will be released at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show to be held in Las Vegas in January.

A collaborative effort between McGraw-Hill authors, and CNET's award-winning editorial team, the series is projected to provide readers with more functionality out of their favorite gadgets and software. Also, it will provide consumers with creative ideas on how to incorporate technology into their homes, home offices, and cars so they can get the most out of the products that they already own.

CNET will host online tutorials and how-to videos for each book. In addition, the company will also conduct special live-events in which both the McGraw-Hill authors as well as CNET editors will provide training and advice to consumers.

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Reed Business Information names Julian Francis as VP/Publishing Director for Building & Construction Group - 13 Jul 2006

B2B information provider Reed Business Information (RBI), US, part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, has announced the appointment of Julian Francis as Vice President and Publishing Director for the Building & Construction Group within the company's Chicago Division.

In his new position, Francis will be responsible for the Residential Group, Building Design & Construction and Construction Equipment, integrating the Division's print, online, research and event offerings across its construction brands. Prior to this he served USG Corporation, as VP Marketing for the Building Systems Division.

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XyEnterprise releases new version of XML Professional Publisher - 13 Jul 2006

XML content management and enterprise solutions firm XyEnterprise, US, has announced the launch of the latest version of XPP, XML Professional Publisher - version 8.0. The new version is projected to enhance the creation, deployment, and support of XML publishing environments.

Information communications technology provider, DCC, Belgium, is one of the first sites to deploy XPP 8.0. The new release extends a proven, standards-based foundation for implementing a flexible, automated publishing process that supports leading best practices in the industry. Other enhancements include support for additional graphic formats, including PDF and SVG; and OpenType fonts, an industry-wide font format widely adopted by font vendors.

XPP is used by leading corporations and organisations to process and transform standardised inputs into high quality PDF and print output. The latest release widens XPP's support for Unicode encoded content, making it easier to import Unicode content, work with it natively in the course of composition and revision, and easily deliver it to various channels as required.

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JSTAT to honour young scientist publication - 12 Jul 2006

The Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment (JSTAT) has announced a new annual award for the best paper written by young scientists. The judging panel, comprising members of the journals editorial board has invited nominations for the award. All entries should be submitted on or before 31 December, 2006.

To be eligible for the award, scientists must have had a paper accepted for publication in JSTAT. Also, they should have completed PhD within the past five years at the time of submission. In case a group would like their paper to be considered, all members of the group must fulfill the criterion.

A multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed journal, JSTAT brings together cutting-edge research in all aspects of statistical physics. Being an online journal, it offers authors the opportunity to publish large data sets, tables and figures, as well as multimedia attachments. The journal offers web-only submission and aims for rapid publication.

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Blackwell announces high growth in impact factors - 12 Jul 2006

Society publisher Blackwell Publishing, UK, has announced that two-third of its journals have increased their impact factor from 2004 to 2005, according to the Thomson ISI 2005 Journal Citation Reports (JCR). Blackwell increased the number of published articles recorded by JCR by 15.5 percent, from 2004 to 2005, the highest growth rate among all major publishers.

The global publisher now maintains the largest share of articles in twenty six different subject areas. This includes agricultural economics, allergy, dermatology, ecology, family studies, gastroenterology and hepatology, geography, international relations, nursing, political science, public administration and sociology.

Blackwell works closely with societies and editors to develop the journal within its discipline, and ensure that a journal is able to reach its full potential. It currently publishes 19 titles which are the top-ranked title in their subject category, and 103 journals that rank within the top 10 in their respective categories.

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Document Sciences partners with Gimmal Group to resell xPression - 12 Jul 2006

Publishing solutions provider Document Sciences Corporation, US, has announced an agreement with information technology solutions and services company, Gimmal Group, US. Under the deal, the Gimmal Group will resell Document Sciences' xPression software to organisations in a variety of industries. This includes healthcare, petroleum, telecommunications, financial services, insurance and utilities.

XPression, which is built on open, standards-based architecture, seamlessly combines with Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and other enterprise applications to automate the creation and delivery of complex enterprise business documents.

Awarded the EMC Designed for Documentum certification, the solution also offers a state-of-the-art WYSIWYG document design interface, xPresso for Adobe InDesign. The xPression suite also streamlines the creation of well-made relationship statements and billing notices that integrate transactional data with targeted marketing messages.

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Emerald announces winners of 2005 Citation of Excellence Awards - 12 Jul 2006

Management and library & information science publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced the winners of its 2005 Citation of Excellence Awards, now in its tenth year. The authors of the winning papers receive an official certificate and badge to display on their work and have reportedly found winning the award to be useful in gaining research funding.

Every year, Emerald Management Reviews grants the award to authors of exceptional papers covered in its article-review database. Management experts from both industry and academia form the Emerald Management Reviews Accreditation Board, who selects the world's top 400 management titles. An independent team of reviewers then review every single article from each journal.

While all publications on the list are already guaranteed to be of the highest quality, the reviewers single out just 50 articles from the database each year for the Citation of Excellence Award.

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Swets named global sales partner for Springer eBooks Collection - 12 Jul 2006

Subscription services provider Swets Information Services, Netherlands, has announced an initiative with STM publisher Springer, Germany, under which Swets will be a global sales partner for the Springer eBooks Collection.

The recently launched Springer eBook Collection provides web-based access to over 12,000 e-books in 2006, with at least 3,000 newly released STM titles added each year. Swets expects to bring its extensive knowledge and expertise in handling e-subscriptions to this partnership.

By allowing customers to order the eBooks collection through Swets, the process of ordering, licensing and accessing of the collection will be made even simpler. The deal is projected to make a substantial library of information and content available to Swets customers in an efficient and economical manner.

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Thomson, ScholarOne and Blackwell tie up for manuscript review tools - 12 Jul 2006

Life sciences solutions provider Thomson Scientific, US, workflow management systems provider, ScholarOne Inc., US, and society publisher, Blackwell Publishing, UK, have announced a new collaboration. Under the deal, the trio will provide authors, editors and reviewers with tools to enhance each stage of the manuscript review process.

The tools will integrate elements of ScholarOne Manuscript Central with Thomson Scientifics' Web of Science and EndNote. This will allow authors to create their manuscript in EndNote and seamlessly submit it for review using Manuscript Central. In addition, reviewers and editors using Manuscript Central will benefit from one click access to times cited, related records and links to the full record in Web of Science from manuscripts, thereby making the review process more efficient. The new task-focused tools developed for Manuscript Central will interact immediately with the Web of Science so that editors can easily find reviewers and check references for completeness. Also, reviewers can place an author's new work in its entire research context with a single click.

Blackwell Publishing will collaborate in the application of these innovative tools before they are made available to the publishing community at a later date.

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ANA acquires OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing - 11 Jul 2006

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has announced that it has acquired OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, a free, peer reviewed online publication, from the Kent State University College of Nursing. Harriet V. Coeling will continue as the journals Editor-in-Chief.

Under the deal, ANA will continue to provide digital publishing services, technical support, and Web hosting. Also, it will maintain and deliver an electronic newsletter for OJIN readers to announce postings of new journal articles, keynotes, columns and continuing education offerings. The journal is currently available on ANA's web site at www.nursingworld.org/ojin.

Published three times in a year, OJIN presents timely information required by nurses and other health care professionals to provide current and informed patient care, and to meet professional development needs. The journal addresses relevant topics affecting nursing practice, research, education and the wider health care sector. Its readership includes nurses, researchers, educators and students worldwide. Both Medline and CINAHL index the journal.

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Blackwell sponsors Chinese librarian to attend the IFLA Annual Conference 2006 - 11 Jul 2006

Society publisher Blackwell Publishing, UK, has announced an academic scholarship for a librarian representative from the Chinese Academic Library & Information System (CALIS) to attend the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) conference to be held in Seoul, Korea from August 20-24, 2006. The move follows Blackwell's recent announcement of its 100th Asian journal.

After a rigorous selection process, Liu Xia, Assistant Director at the Wuhan University Library, was named the winning librarian. Blackwell will provide funds for the CALIS representative to attend the full delegate program at the IFLA Annual Conference 2006.

Liu heads the Information Services Centre at the Wuhan University Library, and has published several papers addressing issues of selection and evaluation of databases.

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Forensic Magazine honoured for Editorial Excellence - 11 Jul 2006

B2B media firm Vicon Publishing, Inc., US, has announced that its Forensic Magazine has been awarded the 2006 "Tabbie" award for editorial excellence. The magazine won an Honorable Mention in the Feature Article category for the article 'Life in a Disaster Morgue,' by Douglas Page.

Presented by Trade, Association and Business Publications International (TABPI), the Tabbie award honours excellence in business, association and trade publications. This year more than 800 entries were received from North American, European, and Asian publications.

A quarterly publication, Forensic Magazine provides forensic professionals with relevant and timely information regarding all aspects of forensic technology, products, equipment and laboratory design. Available both in print and digital versions, the publication serves as a resource for professionals responsible for forensic laboratories.

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Former British Medical Journal editor critics NEJM moves on Vioxx study - 11 Jul 2006

Richard Smith, former Editor of the British Medical Journal, has accused the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) of waiting five years before publishing a correction to its study on the VIGOR trial. The trial, which focused on the arthritis drug Vioxx, was published in November 2000. In an article published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Smith questioned the conduct of the NEJM and, in particular, editorial decisions which delayed the publication of corrections in the journal.

According to the article, concerns about the correctness of the study were raised with the NEJM's editor, Jeff Drazen, as early as August 2001. Even as the drug was withdrawn in 2004, it was not until December 2005 that the journal published its first correction.

Before Vioxx was withdrawn from the market, Merck reportedly bought 900,000 reprints of the article from the NEJM at an estimated cost of $700,000 - $830,000 for promoting the drug. Vioxx was voluntarily withdrawn by Merck in 2004 in the light of evidence suggesting it increased the risk of heart attacks and stroke.

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ICIS Pricing launches Asian ethanol price report - 11 Jul 2006

Pricing and market intelligence service provider ICIS Pricing, US, has announced the launch of a new weekly Asian ethanol price report. The Asia Ethanol Report provides precise weekly price assessments for 95 percent purity hydrous ethanol (CFR North East Asia and CFR South East Asia) and 99 percent purity anhydrous ethanol (FOB Asia). It also offers commentary on the emerging Asian bio fuels market.

In addition, the report gives information on Chinese ethanol exports and the Chinese domestic ethanol market, apart from covering activities in the India ethanol market. Details of Brazilian ethanol exports to Asia will also be covered.

ICIS Pricing is an independent pricing and market intelligence service from ICIS, part of Reed Business Information. It provides petrochemical and oil markets with reports published daily, weekly or monthly on more than 120 commodities.

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Springer eBook Collection available via EBSCO Information Services - 11 Jul 2006

Library services provider EBSCO Information Services, US, has announced that the Springer eBook Collection is now available for order through its service. The collection comprises 12 online libraries, and provides web-based access to over 12,000 e-books in 2006, with at least 3,000 newly-released STM titles added each year. EBSCO has also closed the first-ever sale of Springer eBooks, to the University of Texas at Tyler.

With the latest arrangement, libraries can obtain immediate access to Springer's complete range of e-books, electronic reference works and e-journals via its online platform, SpringerLink.

The availability of unlimited, simultaneous access to the content is seen to provide significant flexibility and value for the librarian. With this partnership, Springer seeks to increase the number of librarians worldwide who can reap the benefits of its innovative collection.

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BioMed Central adds eighteen OA journals to Medscape Publishers' Circle - 10 Jul 2006

Open access (OA) publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that eighteen of its open access (OA) journals have been added to the Medscape Publishers' Circle, a collection of premium healthcare information from leading medical publishers. The initiative seeks to provide physicians and other healthcare professionals with access to current research articles on biology and medicine.

The newly included BioMed Central journals are: BMC Family Practice, BMC Gastroenterology, BMC Health Services Research, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, BMC Nephrology, BMC Neurology, BMC Nuclear Medicine, BMC Pediatrics, BMC Psychiatry, BMC Public Health, BMC Surgery, Comparative Hepatology, Harm Reduction Journal, Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, Human Resources for Health, International Journal of Health Geographics, Journal of Neuroinflammation and Respiratory Research. Up to four clinically relevant articles will be selected every month from each journal and made available on Medscape from WebMD (www.medscape.com).

Medscape Publishers' Circle is available free on Medscape.com to registered Medscape members. The collection includes a wide range of full-text material from leading publishers including clinical journals, clinical reference books, professional periodicals, newsletters, searchable databases and self-tests.

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Cambridge University Press acquires CABI Journals - 10 Jul 2006

STM database provider CABI Publishing, a division of CAB International, UK, has announced the sale of its journals division to academic publisher, Cambridge University Press (CUP). The acquisition is part of CUP's ongoing strategy to increase presence in the STM market.

Under the deal, CUP will continue to publish the CABI list with current editors and Societies with effect from July 1, 2006.

As the publishing division of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge University Press publishes nearly 200 peer-reviewed academic journals across a wide spectrum of subject areas, in print and online. The CABI primary journals list comprises 15 titles either owned or published by CABI on behalf of various Learned Societies. This acquisition further expands CUP's existing journals portfolio of academic and professional journals.

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McGraw-Hill Professional unveils Harrison's Practice - 10 Jul 2006

Publisher McGraw-Hill Professional, part of McGraw-Hill Companies, US, has announced the release of Harrison's Practice, a clinical tool which provides answers on demand at the point-of-care. Developed in collaboration with knowledge management solutions provider, Unbound Medicine, the tool is the latest addition to McGraw-Hill Professional's offering of online medical resources.

An online reference tool, Harrison's Practice includes fully integrated, detailed information on over 51,000 brand name and generic drugs including pill photos and patient handouts in both Spanish and English. It contains succinct information on diagnosis and management for the most common medical conditions, with continuous updates. Additionally, hyperlinks throughout Harrison's Practice allow quick access to the primary literature via PubMed. Written by a team of expert physicians, the tool helps medical professionals to quickly find either brief answers or more in depth information to deliver optimal patient care.

In addition, the company offers other resources such as AccessMedicine, an online service that provides access to numerous world-renowned McGraw-Hill medical references; Harrison's Online, providing fast access to the entire text of and images of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine with daily updates and self-assessment features; and USMLEasy, which delivers web-based practice tests to prepare students for success on the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination.

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Monmouthshire Libraries select SirsiDynix Horizon - 10 Jul 2006

Library technology solutions provider SirsiDynix, US, has announced that Monmouthshire Libraries and Information Service, UK, has selected the SirsiDynix Horizon Library Management System to replace its current system.

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

The Monmouthshire Libraries and Information Service has a collection of 164,000 items. The library circulates nearly 640,000 items annually to over 48,000 registered users.

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Open Text announces plan to acquire Hummingbird - 10 Jul 2006

Enterprise content management (ECM) software provider Open Text Corporation, US, has announced plans to acquire ECM solutions provider Hummingbird Ltd., Canada, for an estimated $27.75 per share in cash. Open Text has offered $1 more per share than a competing bid by Symphony Technology Group.

The acquisition bid, to be launched by July 15, 2006, is via a wholly-owned subsidiary of Open Text. Open Text, together with its affiliates, already holds a nearly 4.3 percent stake in Hummingbird.

The acquisition is projected to help Open Text in terms of size and global reach. Hummingbird is particularly seen to increase the reach of Open Text's Global Partner Program. In December 2005, Hummingbird was included in EContent magazine's fifth annual "EContent 100" list of companies that "matter most" in the digital content industry. The company was selected under the "Content Management" category for Hummingbird Enterprise, its integrated ECM platform.

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Talis Information expands strategic Advisory Board - 10 Jul 2006

Library management systems and services provider Talis Information Ltd., UK, has announced that five new members have been added to its strategic Advisory Board. These include Prof. Andrew McDonald, Prof. Derek Law, John Wolstenholme, Melanie Keady and Stephanie Crossley. The Talis advisory board comprises a wide range of professionals with vast experience and knowledge within the library domain.

Established in 2005, the Advisory Board has provided a creative and informed strategic contribution, using its skills and experience to constructively challenge and enhance Talis' strategic direction. Other initiatives taken by Talis include open forums, publications and blogging activities.

Talis offers library and information management software to public and academic libraries. It works closely with world standards bodies such as the World Wide Web Consortium, the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, and NISO. Its ongoing research activities include Web Services, Services Oriented Architectures, RDF based metadata and RSS.

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LWW nursing journal wins ASHPE' special distinction for innovative approach - 07 Jul 2006

Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that its Nursing Made Incredibly Easy journal has been awarded the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE) 2006 Innovation Award. The journal was honoured for its creative and refreshing approach to the field of nursing.

A bimonthly publication, the journal focuses on breaking down challenging clinical concepts and presenting them in an easily understood and engaging format. Experienced practising clinicians contribute articles to ensure that content is based on sound clinical principles and practical expertise.

Each year, ASHPE honours excellence and achievement in the healthcare publication field. This is for the first time that an innovation award has been conferred. This year, LWW nursing and allied health journals earned twenty ASHPE awards, including the Best New Publication Gold Award for LPN2006. Other LWW journal winners include Nursing2006, American Journal of Nursing, Nursing Management, The Nurse Practitioner, Journal of Nursing Care Quality and Oncology Times.

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NPG unveils online protocol resource, Nature Protocols - 07 Jul 2006

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, has announced the launch of Nature Protocols (www.natureprotocols.com), an online protocols database. The resource comprises commissioned, peer-reviewed Nature Protocols combined with a forum, Protocols Network, wherein scientists can comment on existing protocols and post their own lab protocols.

Nature Protocols seeks to combine NPG's editorial and production values with the principles of 'Web 2.0' to create a unique, dynamic protocols resource. The site has two protocol streams - Nature Protocols and the Protocols Network. Access to the full content presented in Nature Protocols is available through an institutional site licence. Protocols and comments published in Protocols Network will remain publicly viewable without charge.

Nature Protocols are high impact, commissioned, peer-reviewed protocols selected on the basis of their relevance to outstanding biological and biomedical research questions. The Protocols Network features protocols uploaded to the site by scientists in the community and are not commissioned or peer-reviewed. This part of the site provides an opportunity for scientists to share the experimental protocols they have developed in the course of their research.

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Reed Business Information divests RNP Division to Advantage Business Media - 07 Jul 2006

B2B information provider Reed Business Information (RBI), US, part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, has announced the sale of its Reed New Product Division (RNP) to Advantage Business Media. The division reportedly has a total circulation of 1.3 million, and revenue exceeding $50 million. Financial terms of the deal were however not disclosed.

Advantage Business Media is a new company formed by Richard Reiff, former President of the Publishing Division of Cygnus Business Media, and George Fox, former Cygnus VP-group publisher. The new company, headed by Reiff as CEO, and George Fox as president, believes its purchase is in line with its vision to grow b2b publishing and online-based media.

RBI has divested 19 properties, which include Bioscience Technology, Chem.info, Drug Discovery & Development, ECN, EITD (Electronic Industry Telephone Directory), Food Manufacturing, Genomics & Proteomics, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation, Laboratory Equipment, Manufacturing.net, Medical Design Technology, Pharmaceutical Processing, Product Design & Development, Production Technology News, R&D Research & Development, ReedLink, Scientific Computing, Surgical Products, and Wireless Design & Development.

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Scopus database chosen by three more Australian universities - 07 Jul 2006

Abstract and indexing database Scopus, part of STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the addition of three universities to its user base. The three - University of South Australia, University of Tasmania and University of Western Sydney - have chosen Scopus to support their literature research workflows.

Under the deal, Scopus will meet the needs of all at these sites, enabling faculty to monitor the performance of their researchers and students. Scopus helps students to instantly identify the hottest topics and most cited papers, and researchers to identify collaborators and keep up to date with the latest developments in their field.

A key factor driving the universities' decision to adopt Scopus is reportedly its bearing on the Research Quality Framework; an initiative introduced by the Australian government in 2004 to assess the quality and impact of publicly funded research and its contribution to scientific innovations. The Framework recommends the use of quantitative indicators such as bibliometrics to support the assessment of research quality. Innovations such as the Scopus Author Identifier and Citation Tracker make it easy for universities to provide this data.

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Thomson Pharma unveils single information source for Regulatory Professionals - 07 Jul 2006

Life science solutions provider Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced new enhancements to Thomson Pharma, its pharmaceutical information solution. The new Thomson Pharma Regulatory Affairs Module provides regulatory, legal and scientific information for development and registration of medicinal products and biologics.

The Regulatory Affairs Module provides professionals at all stages of drug development with the information required to make effective decisions in regulatory intelligence, regulatory affairs, clinical research, quality assurance, strategic marketing, and pharmacovigilance and risk management.

Derived from IDRAC, the module offers Thomson Pharma users unparalleled access to expert documents and historical/current versions of regulations, thereby helping them to build strategies to accelerate entrance of their products into the global market. IDRAC is a global regulatory intelligence database that brings together information on regulatory requirements from 140 different sources, including 70 authorities.

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University of Nottingham selects Ex Libris' ERM solution to manage e-library collections - 07 Jul 2006

Library solutions provider Ex Libris Group, UK, has announced that the University of Nottingham has chosen its e-resource management (ERM) solution, Verde, to improve the way it manages its electronic library collections.

Developed by Ex Libris, Verde is projected to improve internal workflows within the University's library services to facilitate end users. For instance, end-user interfaces such as SFX, MetaLib and other library Web services will now be able to pull license terms and conditions from the Verde databases. This will help users to see what they can and cannot do with some resources.

Other institutions that have chosen Verde to manage their e-collections include the Universities of Cranfield, Nottingham Trent and Liverpool John Moores.

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WebFeat launches federated search services for Armenian library - 07 Jul 2006

Search engine provider WebFeat, US, has partnered with the American University of Armenia (AUA) and the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN), to demonstrate federated search services for the AUA community.

Used by over 5,000 leading libraries, WebFeat enables patrons to search the online database resources and the library catalogue simultaneously with a single search interface. The search engine has been designed such that both beginners and experienced users can easily describe the information they seek and get access to the high-ranking files quickly.

WebFeat is the developer of the Webfeat Prism federated search engine, used by more than 2,500 public, academic, government and Global 1000 libraries and information centres. WebFeat Express, a more efficient version of the original WebFeat federated search engine, is designed to meet the administrative demands and budgets of small- to medium-size libraries.

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Blackwell's AJT Journal announce increase in impact factor - 06 Jul 2006

The American Journal of Transplantation (AJT), published by Blackwell Publishing, UK, has increased its impact factor from 5.30 to 6.00, maintaining its number one ranking in transplantation and number two ranking in surgery. This is the publication's highest score to date.

Published monthly, the journal features case reports, innovative articles, crucial reviews, consensus documents and instructions on the latest research in organ and tissue transplantation and other allied sciences. The impact factor reflects a journal's actual impact on research and clinical practice.

AJT is published on behalf of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

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Elsevier to donate medical publications to Mongolian university - 06 Jul 2006

STM publisher Elsevier Asia Pacific has announced a partnership with non-profit organisation, Asia Foundation to donate critical medical books to the Health Sciences University of Mongolia. With 4,400 undergraduates and 460 graduates, the university provides a platform for modern education, research and training of physicians and healthcare professionals. The estimated value of journals and books donated on behalf of Reed Elsevier's global community programme, RE Cares, is $80,000.

The handing over ceremony will be held on July 7, 2006. The books are being donated through the Asia Foundation's Books for Asia programme, which has provided books, software programmes and other educational materials worth several millions to more than 50,000 institutions across 40 countries since 1954.

In addition to its 2005 Anniversary Book Donation project to provide 10 universities in the developing world with 7,000 core health and science books, Elsevier has worked to ensure that universities in developing countries have access to peer-reviewed research. It provides institutions in developing countries with free or very low-cost access to 900 health research journals through a WHO project called Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative.

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Harcourt Education launches interactive health CD for students - 06 Jul 2006

Secondary education publisher Holt, Rinehart and Winston, part of Harcourt Education, US, has announced the release of the Exploring Food and Fitness Choices Interactive CD-ROM. The interactive computer programme seeks to build middle and high school students' decision-making skills on nutrition and physical activity.

Based on the US Department of Agriculture's MyPyramid programme, the new CD-ROM includes practical tips for incorporating healthy practices into everyday living. For instance, it offers resources on how to visualise amounts of food and advice on easy ways to add fruits and vegetables to one's diet. It contains many teachable moments where students learn the positive and negative consequences of their decisions.

Available both in English and Spanish versions, the CD can be used by a single user or during a teacher's classroom presentation. The software for the CD was developed by Fusion Learning Systems, Inc., a provider of custom learning solutions, in conjunction with Holt, Rinehart and Winston.

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Ingenta's new Metastore wins HP award - 06 Jul 2006

Information and publishing services provider Ingenta, UK, has announced that it has been awarded the Best Applications Paper award at the inaugural Jena User Conference, organised by technology systems provider HP. The award was conferred for Ingenta's presentation of the technology behind its new Metastore, an RDF triplestore which was implemented using Jena, the open source Java framework developed by HP Labs' Semantic Web Programme.

The Metastore has been designed to accommodate the raw data delivered by its IngentaConnect research platform. A scalable data repository, Metastore allows for increased flexibility of content models. This empowers IngentaConnect to meet the broadening user expectations and publisher requirements of the semantic web era. Also, Metastore will remove the barriers of content type, by handling all forms of data equally.

IngentaConnect provides access to more than 10,000 electronic journal, book and monograph titles and over 20,000 fax- and Ariel-delivered publications. The site receives over 30 million users a month, and allows users to view full text via subscription and through a variety of different payment models such as library payment accounts, individual subscription sales and article pay-per-view access.

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New Zealand ministry, SURF Foundation join education initiative - 06 Jul 2006

The New Zealand Ministry of Education and the SURF Foundation, Netherlands, have joined the e-Framework Initiative - launched by the UK's Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and Australia's Department of Education, Science and Training - as partners. The initiative seeks to create an evolving and sustainable, open standards-based, service oriented technical framework to support education and research communities. It is attracting growing international support, from national education and research bodies as well as commercial IT suppliers globally.

The new partnership arrangements were formalised at a recently concluded meeting of the JISC-DEST Cooperation Partnership Board in London. While overall responsibility for the initiative remains with the Board, the new partners will participate in the e-Framework Partners' Strategy Group and the e-Framework Partners' Development Group.

SURF and the New Zealand education ministry have been developing IT solutions for education and information over the past years. That experience is projected to help in the development of the e-Framework.

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Universities UK celebrate 50 years of life-changing research, unveils new journal - 06 Jul 2006

Universities UK, an umbrella group representing UK university vice-chancellors and principals, has announced the launch of a new publication, Eureka UK, to mark 50 years of life-changing research. The publication highlights 50 years of world-changing discoveries at UK universities.

Eureka UK features 100 key discoveries, developments and inventions by academics at universities throughout the UK. It will publish some of the most inspiring and dramatic breakthroughs in academic research, from unlocking DNA to the discovery of pulsars, from the first programmable computer to the artificial cows combating disease in Africa. The examples span the medical, physical and social sciences as well as the arts and humanities, and demonstrate both the unpredictable nature of research and the length of time it can take to measure its success.

The journal will be distributed to secondary schools across the country at the beginning of the next school year.

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APA to discontinue print index but retain online service - 05 Jul 2006

The American Psychological Association (APA) has announced that it will publish the last issue of its abstracting and indexing (A&I) service, Psychological Abstracts, in December 2006, after 80 years of publication. The move follows a three-year review that indicated a drastic drop in the print publication in the recent past. However, PsycINFO, the online A&I database, is already well established.

The number of records added annually to PsycINFO that do not appear in Psychological Abstracts has exceeded the total number of records in Psychological Abstracts for over 15 years. The print source's coverage reportedly reached only 32 percent of PsycINFO's coverage. By 2006, it included almost 2.3 million records. This comprised 2,082 journals from 900 publishers as well as other content types with weekly updates, in contrast with the monthly Psychological Abstracts.

The print costs have restricted APA to limit coverage in Psychological Abstracts for years. Documents such as dissertation abstracts, journals in languages other than English, lengthy abstracts, and most books, never made it to Psychological Abstracts. In 2005, 116,000 records went into PsycINFO, but only 37, 256 made it to the print resource.

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Frankfurt Book Fair invites India as 'Guest of Honour' - 05 Jul 2006

The Frankfurt Book Fair has invited India as a Guest of Honour country for the book fair to be held from 4 - 8 October, 2006. India is the only country to receive the honour twice, the first time being in 1986.

The country's National Book Trust (NBT) has organised reading sessions by distinguished Indian authors and seminars on topics of mutual interest with German collaborators. NBT will also showcase books from India in all 24 languages.

As the world's largest trade fair for books, The Frankfurt Book Fair is attended by representatives from book publishing and multimedia companies worldwide. Organised by a subsidiary company of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, the fair is a critical marketing event for the launching of books. It is also seen as an important event to facilitate the negotiation of the international sale of rights and licences.

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Global publishers protest content use by search engines - 05 Jul 2006

A taskforce of global and European publishers has agreed to look at ways to obtain payment from Internet search engines and news aggregators for making content available for free, it has been reported. Led by the Paris-based World Association of Newspapers (WAN), the taskforce is exploring options to enforce copyright and preventing brand infringement. It is expected to frame standards and policies to define the commercial relationship between publishers and search engines, such as Google and Yahoo, and content aggregators.

WAN has expressed concern over the actions taken by Internet companies to meet censorship demands by 'repressive' governments. Google and Microsoft Corp. have said they will block information on their search engines that the governments deem to be inappropriate based on local laws. Google is currently facing a lawsuit in the US, filed by major book publishers in October 2005, objecting to the search engine digitising and storing library books without the permission of copyright holders.

The first meeting of the task force included representatives of WAN, the International Publishers Association, the European Federation of Magazine Publishers, the European Magazine Publishers Association, the World Editors Forum, the International Federation of the Periodical Press, the European Publishers Council, AFP and several other French organisations.

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Lancet partners with Mexican government to host meeting on Health-system reform - 05 Jul 2006

The Lancet, a medical journal of Reed Elsevier, has partnered with the Mexican Ministry of Health to host a ministerial and scientific expert meeting scheduled for October 4-6, 2006. The meeting is projected to aid health-system reform in middle-to-low-income countries.

The symposium and a parallel series of papers, to be published by the journal, will report the results of Mexico's work with health reform in the past six years. Like all Latin and Central American nations, Mexico is facing old and new health threats. This includes child and maternal mortality, infectious threats, and new dangers, such as obesity, stroke, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.

The conference and the series seek to generate a set of scientifically-based policy options for middle-to-low-income governments in order to deal with multiple health challenges. This partnership is expected to distil more extensively applicable lessons, and to offer interventions that can safeguard and advance the health of vulnerable people globally.

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Oxford Journals launches 'SCAN' - 05 Jul 2006

Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University Press (OUP), UK, has announced the launch of a new journal, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN). Matthew D. Lieberman serves as Editor-in-Chief.

SCAN joins Oxford Journals' portfolio of Medicine titles, which includes some of the most highly read titles in clinical medicine, public health, epidemiology and medical research. The journal will publish peer-reviewed research at the cutting edge of social cognitive neuroscience, affective neuroscience, and neuroeconomics. In addition, it will also publish papers that address issues of mental and physical health as they relate to social and affective processes.

All articles published in the journal can be accessed for free online. Though the journal will be available through subscription from 2007, it will also offer optional open access via the Oxford Open initiative.

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Western Michigan University professors named editors of 'Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis' - 05 Jul 2006

Two associate professors of psychology, Dr. James Carr and Dr. Linda LeBlanc, from the Western Michigan University have been named associate editors of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA).

A psychology journal, JABA publishes experimental research on applications of the experimental analysis of behaviour to problems of social importance. The Journal is published quarterly by the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (SEAB).

The duo was also recently named to the editorial boards of two Elsevier publications - Research and Developmental Disabilities and Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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Ascend Media Healthcare Division names Dr. William Doutré as Director of Clinical Affairs - 04 Jul 2006

Medical and healthcare publisher Ascend Media, US, has announced that its Healthcare Division has appointed Dr. William Doutré as Director of Clinical Affairs.

In his new position, Doutré will work on journals such as Surgical Rounds, Resident & Staff Physician, Cardiology Review, Internal Medicine World Report and Family Practice Recertification. Prior to this, he served Wicks Medical Information, where he directed the editorial and scientific support group, and was also responsible for the review of all educational programs sponsored by The Postgraduate Institute of Medicine. Doutré has over 27 years of experience in healthcare, including a broad background in clinical practice, medical editing and publishing, healthcare business, consulting and product development.

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Atypon relaunches Atypon Link with improved functionalities - 04 Jul 2006

Information software and services provider Atypon Systems, Inc., US, has announced the re-launch of the upgraded Atypon Link platform that offers a quick and easy way to access academic and professional publications. The company has also introduced enhanced functionalities to assist publishers in managing their subscriptions and user accounts.

Publishers can now upload their own subscription files automatically, which are processed in real-time. Once a file has been uploaded successfully, end-users will have immediate access to their subscription. A new page has also been added to the publisher admin interface, which allows publishers to view their end-users account and check if they have activated their subscriptions.

Atypon Link seeks to provide publishers a cost-effective, simple-to-use content hosting and delivery service that enables them to launch and manage their content online. Publishers benefit from a well-managed outsourced e-publishing service that requires minimal in-house resources. Currently, Atypon Link is being used by 45 publishers.

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Dear Subscribers - 04 Jul 2006

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

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NetLibrary presents 'Climate Change: Turning up the Heat' as eBook for July - 04 Jul 2006

NetLibrary, the e-content platform of global library cooperative OCLC, Inc., US, has announced that it will feature 'Climate Change: Turning Up the Heat,' as its July eBook of the Month. The eBook will be provided free and with unlimited access, starting July 1-31, through more than 14,000 participating libraries.

Authored by leading climate researcher Barrie Pittock, Climate Change: Turning up the Heat looks at the controversy on global warming and other predicted changes, examining the scientific basis for the changes observed till date, how they relate to natural variations and why the evidence points to larger changes later this century. The July eBook of the Month is provided by CSIRO Publishing, an independent science and technology publisher.

The NetLibrary eBook of the Month increases awareness of online resources and highlights the value of a library's eBook collection. Each month, NetLibrary selects a new featured title and provides free, unlimited access via the authenticated homepages of over 13,000 academic, public and special libraries.

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ReedLink offers RSS feeds on website - 04 Jul 2006

ReedLink, a vertical product search engine of Reed Business Information, US, has announced that it has added the Real Simple Syndication (RSS) technology on its site to distribute its content online. The launch is part of a range of innovative changes on ReedLink. It recently announced the addition of filters to enhance overall user experience and increase the efficiency and relevancy of an online product search.

An XML-based technology, RSS provides syndication feeds of a website's content in such a manner that it is easy to distribute for web publishers and easy to receive and read for users. Users can access content by clicking the RSS button available on the header of all pages on www.reedlink.com. Also, they can opt to receive ReedLink's content feed by adding http://reedlink.com/RSS/ReedLink.xml to their customisable RSS readers. Initially used mainly by news-sites, RSS has grown increasingly popular with owners of all types of content on websites.

ReedLink, first launched in early 2005, provides search results linking to in-depth product or company information, including white papers, product specifications, company profiles and editorial content. Its RSS feeds are expected to provide fresh content in bite-sizes that business users in the manufacturing, science, electronics, cable and construction industries can manage more readily.

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Scirus partners with Saarland University to index PsyDok - 04 Jul 2006

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced a partnership between Scirus, its free science-specific search engine, and Saarland University, Germany.

Under the deal, Scirus will index the University's psychology-based repository, PsyDok, and also power the discovery service on the PsyDok site. A disciplinary Open Access repository for psychological documents, PsyDok is jointly maintained by Saarland University, and State Library of Germany. The repository collects and preserves psychology-related journal articles, post prints, prepublications, reports, and dissertations.

The Scirus index currently includes subject-based repositories such as CogPrints (cognitive sciences), RePEc (economics), Project Euclid (mathematics and statistics) and Organic Eprints (organic agriculture) and others. With this partnership, Scirus seeks to be the most comprehensive source of science-focused content on the Web.

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SHERPA launches repository resource, Juliet - 04 Jul 2006

The Securing a Hybrid Environment for Research Preservation and Access (SHERPA) project, part of the JISC Focus on Access to Institutional Resources Programme, has launched a new resource called Juliet. The resource gives information to authors and academics in receipt of grants from UK Research Councils, outlining the respective positions of each of the Research Councils on requirements for the archiving of research outputs. The move follows the recently announced statement of Research Councils UK (RCUK) on its position on access to research outputs.

While the RCUK statement outlines overarching principles, responsibility for policies in this area has been transferred to individual Research Councils. The resource analysis the differing needs and simplifies what according to the policies needs to be done, what authors should archive and where and when they should archive their outputs. The list then classifies the different sets of advice in comparison to an ideal open access mandate.

Juliet is a complement to the RoMEO, which summarises publishers' permissions for archiving research articles. The lists are part of a suite of advice and guidance available from SHERPA, a 25-member consortium of research-led universities specialising in promoting and advising on the development of open access repositories. Other services include OpenDOAR, which is a directory of open access repositories worldwide.

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BioMed Central welcomes research councils actions on open access - 03 Jul 2006

Open access (OA) publisher BioMed Central, UK, has welcomed the latest moves by the UK research councils to enhance access to publicly funded research in the nation. The new policy statements from Research Councils UK (RCUK), as well as from the individual research councils, add additional momentum to the movement towards making all publicly funded research freely accessible. Three research councils - the MRC, BBSRC and ESRC, have already announced that they will mandate OA archiving for all research funded by the respective councils.

The RCUK statement has clarified that article processing charges for OA journals could be part of an institution's indirect costs under the full economic costing regime. This aspect of the statement is seen to be of high significance, as it clarifies to institutions that the cost of article processing is a research infrastructure cost, and can be funded as such. This should be of great help in smoothing the transition from the traditional model towards an OA model. In the former, research publishing is paid for through library subscriptions, whereas in the latter, it is paid for as part of the cost of doing research.

For UK-based authors, the new policies from the MRC and BBSRC, in particular, provide additional reasons to publish in BioMed Central's over 160 OA journals. Not only do they get to retain the copyright, but the articles are automatically deposited with PubMed Central and made openly accessible immediately on publication.

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Dear Subscribers - 03 Jul 2006

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

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Google wins lawsuit against book scanning project - 03 Jul 2006

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has reportedly won a lawsuit filed by Germany based scientific publisher Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft (WBG). Backed by the German publishers association, WBG had filed a lawsuit in a Hamburg court against the search engine's book scanning project.

Google is working with six libraries to digitise library books and place their content in its search engine. While out of copyright books are fully searchable, access is restricted for books under copyright. The American web giant had earlier stated that its drive to digitise library books is not an attempt to smash copyright laws.

Following the court verdict, Google said that it recognised the significance of copyright law and authors and publishers deserved to be rewarded for their creative endeavour. The company is reportedly working with several publishers on a separate part of Google Book Search.

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IOP opts for PublisherStats for Counter reporting and web analytics - 03 Jul 2006

Non-profit scientific publisher Institute of Physics Publishing (IOP), UK, has announced that it has selected PublisherStats for its web analytics and Counter reporting services. A usage statistics service, PublisherStats is designed to meet the needs of the publishing industry.

Provided by MPS Technologies in partnership with Coremetrics, PublisherStats helps academic publishers better serve their existing customer base and attract new users. The web analytics service allows publishers to gain a better understanding of user behaviour and identify ways to further enhance their web sites. Its current users include Elsevier, IEEE, Nature Publishing Group, Royal Society of Chemistry, SAGE Publications and William S. Hein.

IOP, wholly owned by the Institute of Physics, publishes a wide range of journals and magazines, including the Journal of Physics series and the open access title, New Journal of Physics.

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Reed Electronics publishes electronics industry's Movers and Shakers, 7th edition - 03 Jul 2006

Electronics information provider Reed Electronics Group (REG), part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, US, has announced the Seventh edition of Movers and Shakers. Presented by technical information provider, EDN and sister publications Electronic Business, Test & Measurement World, and Design News, the annual Movers and Shakers identifies the electronics industry's leaders and fastest-growing companies.

Movers and Shakers 2006 provides in-depth regional forecasts, market leaders by product category, and Q&As with industry figures. This annual edition looks at how leading companies drive innovation and what they look for while designing new innovations into new products. Many important executives who were missed in 2005 have been included in this year's edition.

REG will deliver Movers and Shakers 2006 via an integrated mix of media. Its content will be published in print, online, and in digital format, via e-mail newsletters. This special edition will be delivered to over 200,000 top electronics engineering and corporate managers via select Reed Electronics Group circulation.

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Royal Society study on scientists' communication trends - 03 Jul 2006

The Royal Society, the UK's autonomous scientific academy, has published a study, according to which the 'research driven' culture in British universities is a key barrier to scientists communicating their work with the public. The Society published the study with support from Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Wellcome Trust.

The study involved a web survey of 1,485 research scientists in higher education institutions and 41 more detailed interviews with a cross section of respondents and other key players within science policy and science communication. This included social scientists, senior managers, funders and science communicators. It seeks to provide evidence for funding organisations, universities and other research institutions on which they can base a workable system to reward scientists for their efforts to become involved with public engagement activities.

According to the scientists surveyed for the report, the pressure to publish research, attract funding to their departments and build careers on 'hard research' is high. This means public engagement work, such as debates, dialogues or exhibitions, media appearances or outreach activities with schools, is not a priority.

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Springer unveils new eBook Program - 03 Jul 2006

Scientific books and research journals publisher Springer Science + Business Media, Inc., Germany, has announced the launch of a new eBook initiative that will allow students and researchers electronic access to over 10,000 books. The initiative was unveiled at the recently concluded American Library Association's annual conference in New Orleans. The new eBooks program is expected to accelerate the acceptance of eBooks and e-publishing.

The company relaunched its online platform, SpringerLink (www.springerlink.com), as part of its eBooks program. The site now integrates Springer eBooks with millions of articles from Springer's peer-reviewed journals. Under the initiative, Springer will allow unlimited real-time access to eBooks. The eBooks' PDF and HTML documents are fully searchable and can be downloaded and printed.

In addition, once a library purchases Springer's eBook collection, it will own the book content for its use in perpetuity. Libraries can choose to purchase from a complete collection of all Springer titles from a copyright year or to purchase one or more of the 12 distinct topic categories. This includes engineering, medicine, computer science, mathematics, and more. Nearly, 3,000 new eBooks will be published and available every year.

For librarians, the new eBooks program will link to the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC), an instructional tool that helps students to quickly search a library's catalogue from a computer station either within the library, or from an off-site computer. Additionally, Springer's eBooks will give librarians easy access to books published by Springer every year.

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VNU BPL names John Barnes as Deputy Managing Director - 03 Jul 2006

B2B publisher VNU Business Publications Ltd, UK, the publishing arm of VNU Business Media Europe (BME), has announced the appointment of John Barnes as Deputy Managing Director, effective 1 July, 2006.

A 21 year veteran of publishing industry, Barnes has spent more than half of his career at VNU in a series of editorial management and publishing roles. In his new position, he will be responsible for all of the company's publishing portfolios, which include leading brands in professional IT, consumer technology and business & finance. He will also take on additional responsibility for wider general management issues together with current UK Managing Director, and European CEO, Ruud Bakker.

The company also announced changes to the structure of VNU's management team. Accordingly, Kumaran Ramanathan, Publishing Director of the Business & Finance Group, and Duncan Tickell, Publishing Director, Personal Technology Group, will now report to Barnes who will also maintain responsibility for the Business Technology portfolio. Current Online Director Robert van Loon will continue to be responsible for UK online and European online recruitment activities, reporting to Ruud Bakker. Barnes and van Loon will work together with Bakker to accelerate the opportunities, growth and the pace of transforming VNU into a leading publisher across multiple platforms.

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