Choice Reviews Online: Version 3.0 launches on HighWire Open Platform - 31 Jul 2013
HighWire Press, a not-for-profit division of Stanford University Libraries, and CHOICE, a publishing unit of the Association of College & Research Libraries, have announced the launch of Choice Reviews Online: Version 3.0 on the HighWire Open Platform. The latest version of CHOICE's popular discovery and reference tool, CRO3 includes a comprehensive collection of reviews and other timely editorial content from the CHOICE editors.
Choice Reviews Online is the go-to resource for thousands of collection development librarians who rely on CHOICE's experienced, expert reviewers when making buying decisions from among the vast list of new scholarly works published each year. Highly selective, CHOICE publishes concise, critical, and authoritative reviews of more than 7,000 new titles a year, spanning the entire liberal arts and sciences curriculum. CHOICE reviews are widely recognized by publishers, librarians, and authors as a benchmark of quality.
Choice Reviews Online 3.0 takes advantage of the flexibility, discovery and advanced search options of HighWire's Open Platform to offer integrated search options, allowing users to discover content in both the reviews and features sections; rich linking capabilities, both to external book content, and to internal related reviews, features and comments; 'Browse the Book' links in the Publisher's Choice Online program, allowing readers to view full book content; full compliance with academic web standards such as COUNTER, OpenURL and DOI's; and expanded social media sharing options, and moderated user commenting.
Howard Ratner joins CHORUS to guide start-up phase - 31 Jul 2013
The Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS) has announced that Howard Ratner has joined CHORUS as Director of Development in its start-up phase to lead the proof of concept - a conceptual design framework - and pilot stages for all stakeholders.
CHORUS is a framework for a possible public-private partnership to increase public access to peer-reviewed publications that report on federally-funded research. It will offer a full suite of services for researchers, federal agencies, institutions, publishers and the public ensuring continued innovation in the delivery of scholarly communication.
Most recently CTO and Executive Vice President, Nature Publishing Group, he was instrumental in the founding of such not-for-profit joint ventures as the Digital Object Identifier, CrossRef and CLOCKSS. Additionally, he co-founded and served as chair of ORCID, the open, community-based initiative providing a registry of researcher identifiers and a means to link research activities and outputs to these identifiers.
Ratner has also been actively involved in the creation of services and technology critical to the development of CHORUS.
IDPF calls for participation in EDUPUB Workshop - 31 Jul 2013
The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) has announced EDUPUB, an IDPF workshop on digital publishing for education. The workshop will take place October 29-30, 2013 in Boston (USA).
EDUPUB is hosted by Pearson Education and organisationally co-sponsored by W3C and IMS Global Learning, with corporate sponsors including Aptara and SPi Global. The workshop goal is to assess the current state of the art and identify critical gaps that need to be filled to advance the effective global adoption and use of e-textbooks and digital learning materials. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to share their own perspectives, requirements, and ideas to help ensure that EPUB, the overall Open Web Platform of which it's a part, and eLearning-specific standards harmoniously evolve to better meet the needs of education publishing.
EDUPUB workshop program co-chairs are Paul Belfanti (Director, Content Architecture, Pearson North America) and Markus Gylling (CTO, IDPF and DAISY Consortium.). Workshop program committee members include executives and senior leaders from W3C, IMS Global Learning, Pearson, Apex Covantage, Aptara, Benetech, Cengage, CourseSmart, Google, Hachette Livre, Ingram/VitalSource, Inkling, Jouve, Kaplan, KERIS (Korea), McGraw-Hill Education, SPi Global, Sophia University (Japan) and other leading organisations involved in education publishing .
Prospective participants are asked to submit a position paper or statement of interest by August 23, 2013. Interested parties may visit http://idpf.org/edupub-2013 for more information on the workshop including how to participate.
New Zealand’s Lincoln University opens access to research outputs - 31 Jul 2013
In a first for a New Zealand university, Lincoln University has implemented an open access policy, allowing staff and postgraduate students to make their research outputs including research data, teaching materials and public records, openly and freely accessible on the web.
The decision by Lincoln University to make content openly and freely available stems from the mindset that if public funding has supported the creation of an idea, research or other content, then it is reasonable and fair that it be made accessible to the public.
The University's Open Access Policy encourages Lincoln University authors and content creators to use a Creative Commons or other public copyright licences. A Creative Commons license provides free licences and tools that copyright owners can use to allow others to share, reuse and remix their material legally.
Content is be available through the Lincoln University Research Archive website and the newly created Lincoln University Community Archive website, an online history of the people, events, and local community since the founding of the institution, and its websites.
In another initiative to facilitate greater access to information and to foster literacy in the Selwyn District the University is working with the Selwyn District Council, National Library of New Zealand and Lincoln High School.
ORCID launches two premium member services - 31 Jul 2013
ORCID, a non-profit organisation that provides an open registry of unique identifiers for researchers, has announced the launch of two premium member services - change notifications and monthly data files. Premium members can now use these features to synchronise data with the ORCID Registry.
Change Notifications (also known as Webhooks) is a new premium member feature that enable applications to be informed when an ORCID Record changes. This feature allows premium members to keep their data systems up-to-date or trigger events based on activity in an ORCID Record. Actual data exchange, however, is based on privacy levels set by the ORCID iD holder and permissions this individual has granted to the member organisation.
Another benefit of premium membership is the provision of monthly data files, which can be used to regularly synchronise data with that in the ORCID Registry. These files contain public Registry data and any non-public data that individuals have explicitly shared with the member organisation. Non-public data use is governed by the terms of the member agreement. Public data are provided by ORCID under a CC0 waiver, and ORCID provides a set of community norms for using this data.
Reed Construction Data releases Demand View, an interactive new data set for cūbus - 31 Jul 2013
Construction information provider Reed Construction Data has announced the release of Demand View, an interactive new data set for cūbus that provides unparalleled visibility into the construction market.
Demand View uses intelligent building models, developed by the experts at RSMeans, to quantify product demand across Reed's entire database of new construction projects, including projects in planning and bidding stages without specifications. Because the intelligence is based on actual projects ‒ not forecasts or projections - cūbus + Demand View delivers results that allow manufacturers to analyze, plan, market and deploy resources with added precision.
cūbus includes a number of new features, as well, that give manufacturers a more complete picture of the market. New unit-of-measure display options provide a view of data based on project count, project value, interior square foot and square foot footprint, while Demand View adds the ability to quantify product demand based on materials, labour and equipment, and total installed costs. New Market Share features help manufacturers visualise specification share and compare specification rates against competitors, providing insight companies need to align resources and capitalise on existing or emerging opportunities.
UAE University gains access to Elsevier's SciVal research management solutions and Scopus - 31 Jul 2013
STM publisher Elsevier has announced its collaboration with United Arab Emirates University by providing the university with access to Elsevier's SciVal research management solutions and Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.
Built on Elsevier's 130-year heritage in the world of research, SciVal helps institutions develop their portfolios, optimise funding flows, assemble collaborative partnerships and manage research activities. UAE University will have access to SciVal Strata, SciVal Spotlight and SciVal Experts. In addition, SciVal Analytics will provide the university with a tailored report on researcher mobility between the UAE and other countries, and how it relates to research productivity.
It is expected that these trusted research management solutions, which analyse publication data from Scopus, will help UAE University establish, execute and evaluate its strategies to drive research and innovation.
Wiley and American Neurological Association partner to launch new OA journal - 31 Jul 2013
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. US, and the American Neurological Association (ANA) have announced a partnership to launch Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, a new online-only, open access journal.
The journal will publish original research and scholarly reviews focused on the mechanisms and treatments of diseases of the nervous system; high-impact topics in neurologic education; and other topics of interest to the clinical neuroscience community.
Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology is supported by Annals of Neurology, which is owned by the ANA. The journal is co-sponsored by the Child Neurology Society, and published by Wiley. With a 2013 Impact Factor of 11.193, Annals of Neurology is among the most prestigious peer-reviewed clinical neurology journals worldwide. The high selectivity of Annals of Neurology will support the development of Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology and provide global community of researchers and clinicians with a dynamic outlet for scientific and clinical content.
Dr. John "Jack" Kessler has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the journal. Dr. Kessler is the Ken and Ruth Davee Professor of Stem Cell Biology at Northwestern University.
The journal will publish articles under a Creative Commons License enabling authors to be fully compliant with open access requirements of funding organisations where they apply. All articles will be published open access on Wiley Online Library and deposited in PubMed Central immediately upon publication.
A publication fee will be payable by authors on acceptance of their articles. Authors affiliated with, or funded by, an organisation that has a Wiley Open Access Account can publish without directly paying any publication charges.
Design Science and Vasont Systems partner for MathML tools and support - 30 Jul 2013
Enterprise software vendor Design Science, Inc., US, has announced a partnership with Vasont Systems to provide a combination of XML content management and MathML editing and formatting tools to efficiently write and publish mathematical content to multiple formats.
At the core of these technologies is XML, an industry standard markup language for creating portable content that can be used with many publishing tools. The Vasont Content Management System (CMS), developed by Vasont Systems, stores XML content at a component or topic level to get maximum reuse of the content. Clients average 71 percent content reuse, which reduces their editorial, production, translation, and publishing costs by 63 percent on average and shortens overall lifecycle times by an average of 75 percent.
The MathFlow product line is a set of components used to add math editing, formatting, and accessibility to publishing systems. The technology at the heart of MathFlow is MathML, the XML standard for representing mathematical notation that is an integral part of many documentation and accessibility standards, including HTML5, EPUB 3, DAISY, DITA, DocBook, NLM, etc. Using MathFlow and the Vasont CMS, organisations can improve the time and costs it takes to create, reuse, and publish scientific, engineering, or other complex mathematical content.
Jisc welcomes the Department for Business Innovation and Skills’ publication of the UK’s international education strategy - 30 Jul 2013
Jisc has welcomed the publication of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills' international education strategy outlining the UK's role in contributing to worldwide innovation within schools, colleges and universities.
Jisc aims to enable people in UK higher education, further education and skills to perform at the forefront of international practice by exploiting fully the possibilities of modern digital empowerment, content and connectivity.
The UK boasts one of the best digital infrastructures in the form of the Jisc research and education network Janet, delivering unparalleled connectivity and access to resources, while being safe and secure.
Jisc works in partnership across UK education and research to explore and provide cutting edge technologies in education, creating high-value-added products and services that have been built by the UK's education sectors for the UK's education sectors.
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc launches preview issue of LGBT Health journal - 30 Jul 2013
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers has published the preview issue of LGBT Health, a new peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting optimal healthcare for millions of sexual and gender minority persons worldwide.
The journal seeks to provide a valuable forum for members of the research, medical, and advocacy communities to present and discuss the latest research findings and critical issues related to all aspects of the health and healthcare of sexual orientation and gender identity minorities. LGBT Health is published online with Open Access options and in print. The preview issue is available free on the LGBT Health website.
The full inaugural issue of the journal, publishing in September 2013 and launching at the GLMA conference in Denver, CO, will feature a wide range of articles and topic areas aimed at clarifying LGBT health needs, defining clinical and educational best practices, identifying means to increase access to care, and educating and empowering medical consumers.
Spanning a broad array of disciplines, LGBT Health brings together the LGBT research, medical, and advocacy communities to address current challenges and improve the health, well-being, and patient outcomes of LGBT populations. The journal publishes original research, review articles, clinical reports, case studies, legal and policy perspectives, and much more. The journal is published quarterly online with Open Access options and in print.
NISO publishes fifth edition of Metrics Data Dictionary for Libraries and Information Providers - 30 Jul 2013
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has announced the publication of the fifth edition of the standard ANSI/NISO Z39.7, Information Services and Use: Metrics and Statistics for Libraries and Information Providers – Data Dictionary.
The purpose of the Z39.7 Data Dictionary is to assist the information community in the identification, definition, collection, and interpretation of statistical data used to describe the current status and condition of libraries in the United States. It absorbs many of the de facto definitions established in various national surveys and data collection programs to provide a body of valid and comparable data on American libraries.
Originally published in 1968 with the title Library Statistics, the standard has evolved through its subsequent editions, culminating in an online data dictionary and new title in the 2004 edition. In 2008, NISO moved the standard from periodic to continuous maintenance and established the Z39.7 Standing Committee to maintain the standard.
The Z39.7 Data Dictionary is available in open access on the NISO website at http://z39-7.niso.org/. A downloadable PDF version of the standard is also available. Users of the standard are encouraged to submit suggestions to the Z39.7 Standing Committee at any time. Information on the continuous maintenance process is available from the Committees' webpage at www.niso.org/workrooms/z39-7.
SpringerPlus journal passes 1,000 article submissions mark - 30 Jul 2013
STM publisher Springer has announced that its SpringerPlus journal has passed an important milestone – more than 1,000 submissions by authors wishing to be published in the journal. SpringerPlus is published under the SpringerOpen brand, and is an interdisciplinary, fully open access (OA) publication.
SpringerPlus was first launched in January of 2012 and is a peer-reviewed, open access journal with a broad interdisciplinary approach covering all areas of science, technology, engineering, medicine, the humanities and social sciences. The submissions for the journal are handled by an esteemed international board of academic editors.
Earlier this year Springer announced that SpringerPlus is now indexed by PubMed Central and Scopus. This provides authors publishing in the journal maximum exposure for their research. And furthermore, as an OA journal published under the liberal Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license, SpringerPlus allows for authors to easily comply with their funders' open access mandates.
Finally, SpringerPlus counts a fast and transparent publication process among its many outstanding qualities. All submissions are peer-reviewed with a singular focus on the scientific quality of the manuscript, rather than its fit with any one discipline, journal or editorial direction. Authors whose papers are accepted can count on a very short time between acceptance and publication.
UC Davis Library joins Google Book Digitisation project - 30 Jul 2013
The UC Davis Library has become the 6th UC site to participate in the Google project, joining NRLF, UCSC, UCSD, UCLA, and UCSF. In June 2013, the UC Davis Library began sending public domain (out-of- copyright) books and journals to be digitised as part of UC's partnership in the Google Books Library Project.
During the course of the project, UC Davis expects to digitise approximately 45,000 volumes, from regular and special collections, including the Viticulture & Enology Collection. Public domain materials digitised from the UC Davis collections will be available in full view within HathiTrust, several months after scanning. These materials will also be fully viewable in Google Books.
More information about the UC Davis project can be found on the UC Davis University Library site.
The California Digital Library (CDL) provides project planning, coordination, and technical leadership for the UC Libraries' participation in the Google Books partnership. This work continues to benefit the UC community, as well as researchers and readers throughout the world. Amongst all of its projects collectively, the UC Libraries have digitised over 3.7 million volumes. Over 500,000 of those volumes are in the public domain and available to all via Google Book Search, the Internet Archive, and HathiTrust.
BMJ announces new international appointments - 29 Jul 2013
Healthcare knowledge provider BMJ has announced that the company has created two new Managing Director posts in India and the US, ahead of planned growth in these two important territories.
Anand Ekambaram joins as MD, India, from Educomp (one of the country's largest education business) where he was President of Smartclass. Prior to Educomp, Anand had a distinguished career in the technology industry. Most recently he was Senior Vice President and Head of the Learning Business at Indian technology giant HCL Infosystems. Before HCL he was a VP for SAP India, specialising in education and other public sector business.
The BMJ board agreed earlier this year that in order to maintain the momentum of growth outside its home market, it was essential to recruit local senior management in these vital territories. According to BMJ CEO Tim Brooks, Anand brings very strong experience of dealing with the public sector and a deep understanding of the application of technology to knowledge businesses.
Anand will start his new role on 2nd September 2013 and will be based at BMJ's new offices in Noida in the National Capital Region. The appointment of his counterpart in the US will be announced shortly.
Elsevier announces winner of the first Netter Atlas Medical Illustration Contest - 29 Jul 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the winner of the first Netter Atlas Medical Illustration Contest. Paul J. Kim, a professional medical illustrator based in Montclair, N.J., was selected by a distinguished panel of judges who chose 10 finalists, with Kim as the grand prize winner.
The announcement was made at the recent Annual Meeting of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists in Denver, CO, by officials from Elsevier, publisher of the best-selling Netter Atlas of Human Anatomy. Kim, who has an MS in Medical Illustration from the Georgia Health Sciences University, was among 37 contest entrants from nine countries and all walks of life. He will receive a cash prize of $5,000.
Contest participants were challenged to create an original illustration demonstrating the spatial relationships of the nerve root and the surrounding structure that could potentially replace the Netter Atlas plate 163-top in the new edition of the Atlas. The current image is a straight axial section.
The contest was designed to identify emerging artists in the complex field of medical illustration. Blending scientific understanding with artistic technique, today's medical illustrators use advanced computer technology to create illustrations, infographics and animations used in medical education, patient information, health news, law and pharmaceutical advertising.
The value of detailed images in illuminating medical content has been recognized for almost 100 years. However, it was Dr. Netter (1906-1991), with his unique combination of artistic training and a physician's perspective, who took anatomical illustration from a simple quest for verisimilitude and raised it to an art. He brought the hand of a master medical illustrator, the brain of a physician, and the soul of an artist to portray the beauty and complexity of the human body in sickness and in health. His Atlas of Human Anatomy has been a core element in the education of generations of physicians in the U.S. and abroad and is recognized as the standard in the field.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 29 Jul 2013
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Rick Anderson (Dissertation Embargoes and the Rights of Scholars: AHA Smacks the Hornet’s Nest); Stevan Harnad (Green OA Embargoes: Just a Publisher Tactic for Delaying the Optimal and Inevitable); Tabitha Innocent (Communicating the uncertainty in science is necessary to improve public confidence and decision-making of non-specialists); Joseph Esposito (The New Gatekeepers are Economists); and Mike Shatzkin (The future of books in stores). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
LCA submits statement on the role of copyright in innovation to the House Committee - 29 Jul 2013
The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) recently submitted a statement on the role of copyright in innovation to the US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary. The committee has been conducting a series of hearings on copyright issues as a way to educate members and prepare for reform.
In the statement, LCA discusses the diminishing role of copyright in centivizing activity in one of the most important sources of innovation in the US economy: scholarly communications. LCA then discusses the economic importance of collaborative activities such as open source software and Wikipedia, which do not rely on the incentive provided by copyright. Finally, with respect to sectors that do appear to rely on copyright, LCA points out that many of the leading firms in those sectors are foreign owned. This suggests that the importance of copyright to maintaining US leadership in the global economy may be overstated.
The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) consists of three major library associations - the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Association of College and Research Libraries. These three associations collectively represent over 300,000 information professionals and thousands of libraries of all kinds throughout the US and Canada.
Oxford University Press to publish AIBS journal, BioScience, from 2014 - 29 Jul 2013
Academic publisher Oxford University Press (OUP), UK, has announced that beginning in January 2014 it will be publishing the journal BioScience, from the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS).
Since 1964, BioScience has presented readers with timely and authoritative overviews of current research in biology, accompanied by essays and discussion sections on education, public policy, history, and the conceptual underpinnings of the biological sciences.
A peer-reviewed, heavily cited, monthly publication with content written and edited for accessibility to researchers, educators, and students alike, BioScience is subscribed to online and in print by libraries around the world and provided to all AIBS members as a part of regular AIBS dues.
With the stated goal of serving as a 'Forum for Integrating the Life Sciences,' BioScience includes articles about research findings and techniques, advances in biology education, professionally written feature articles about the latest frontiers in biology, discussions of professional issues, book reviews, a policy column, and an education column. Roundtables, forums, and viewpoint articles offer the perspectives of opinion leaders and invite further commentary.
Occasional special sections in the journal provide an in-depth look at important topics. Recent special sections have addressed animal migration, protected areas, acid rain, science and public policy, the US Long Term Ecological Research network, and conservation-reliant species.
Platts launches Light Houston Sweet assessment to reflect US crude fundamentals - 29 Jul 2013
Energy and metals information provider Platts, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., US, has announced that it will publish a new daily oil price assessment – Platts Light Houston Sweet – that reflects the value of light sweet crude flowing from inland domestic production centers to Houston, Texas.
Platts Light Houston Sweet (LHS) is the latest in a series of assessments launched by Platts in response to the significant structural shifts taking place in the US crude market as 'tight oil' exploration and development has dramatically increased domestic production and reshaped traditional crude flows and refinery demand patterns. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, domestic U.S. crude oil production has reached 7.5 million barrels per day (b/d) as of July 19, the highest levels since 1989.
Houston, currently the location for several Americas refined products benchmarks, is the largest refining center in the U.S. with 2.2 million b/d of refining capacity. With the rebirth of US crude production nearby, the Gulf Coast port city is undergoing a massive infrastructure renaissance, evidenced by the development of 31 million barrels of crude oil storage and the expansion of local pipeline capacity between storage terminals and refineries by the middle of 2014. Pipelines, including Enterprise/Enbridge's Seaway and Magellan's Longhorn, are connecting inland production centers to the U.S. Gulf Coast, with Houston as the main target of these shifting crude oil flows.
Platts uses WTI Midland specifications at East Houston in its LHS assessment, and may normalize Domestic Light Sweet and Eagle Ford bids, offers, and transactions at Houston to a WTI Midland specification basis. The quality specification basis for WTI Midland at Houston is detailed in a subscriber note issued by Platts earlier.
On July 1, Platts introduced a daily assessment reflecting the value of U.S. Gulf Coast propane gas cargoes loading at major U.S. Gulf Coast export centers. Like the LHS assessment, the propane assessment responds to the dramatic increase in U.S. production, specifically significant growth in propane production which has transformed the U.S. from a net importer to a net exporter of propane.
Both the Platts LHS and propane assessments were developed using its Market-on-Close (MOC) methodology, a highly-structured, transparent price assessment process based on the principle that price is a function of time. The MOC process in oil identifies bid, offer and transaction data by company of origin and results in a time-sensitive, end-of-trading-day daily price assessment.
The assessments are published in numerous Platts publications including Global Alert, a real-time news service; Platts Market Data - Oil, a data delivery service; and the publications Platts Crude Oil Marketwire, North American Crude Wire, and Platts Oilgram Price Report.
SAGE set to publish The Annals of Pharmacotherapy and The Journal of Pharmacy Technology - 29 Jul 2013
Academic publisher SAGE recently purchased two journals long published by Harvey Whitney Books Company - The Annals of Pharmacotherapy and The Journal of Pharmacy Technology. SAGE will begin publishing the journals in September 2013.
Since its launch more than 45 years ago, The Annals of Pharmacotherapy has been pivotal in the creation of clinical pharmacy as a discipline and has been a mainstay in drug therapy ever since. The articles published in the journal help to educate practitioners, students, clinical pharmacologists, and others interested in drug action and reaction as they seek to improve treatment options for patients.
The Journal of Pharmacy Technology was launched in 1985 as a peer-reviewed outlet for in-depth information relevant to pharmacy practice and has served both pharmacists and technicians by publishing research and reviews that help them progress in their careers.
Dr. Milap C. Nahata, and Eugene M. Sorkin will continue to serve as Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor of The Annals of Pharmacotherapy.
Harvey AK Whitney, Jr., a clinical practitioner and educator in the field of pharmacy, assumed the roles of editor and publisher of The Annals of Pharmacotherapy in 1978 and has been a passionate advocate for the discipline of Pharmacotherapy ever since.
CCC announces winners of Conference Scholarship Program for Academic Librarians - 26 Jul 2013
Licensing solutions provider Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), US, has announced the winners of its Conference Scholarship Program for Academic Librarians. Each of the winners received a travel stipend of $1,500 to attend the American Library Association Annual Conference recently held in Chicago.
CCC is currently offering the same program for academic librarians to attend the Charleston Conference from November 6-9 in Charleston, SC. Applicants must be full-time, permanent staff academic librarians currently employed by a US-based academic institution of higher learning. A full list of requirements is available online at http://goto.copyright.com/LP=361.
To apply for the scholarship program, librarians need to submit a response of up to 300 words to a short question. The application deadline is September 20, 2013. Winners will be notified by September 30, and scholarship stipends will be issued by October 18. CCC encourages librarians who applied for an ALA scholarship to resubmit their entries for the Charleston programme.
Denver Endoscopy Center selects ProVation Medical software for documentation and coding - 26 Jul 2013
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that the Denver Endoscopy Center has selected its ProVation Medical software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding.
ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD and ProVation MultiCaregiver reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment (ROI). ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support, and ProVation Care Plans, powered by Lippincott's Nursing Solutions, put evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.
Denver Endoscopy Center is a licensed, certified ambulatory surgery center that offers state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment. It is owned and operated by the physicians of Colorado Gastroenterology, one of the region's most trusted resources for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of all gastrointestinal and liver diseases.
EBSCO and Casalini Libri in deal to add Torrossa Collections to EBSCO Discovery Service - 26 Jul 2013
Library resources provider EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Casalini Libri have developed a new partnership enabling content from Casalini Libri's extensive Torrossa.it platform to be searched within EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). Casalini Libri is a supplier of European books, journals, digital content and bibliographical data to libraries and agencies throughout the world. Torrossa hosts the full text content of over 160 publishers.
The agreement between EBSCO and Casalini Libri will add metadata from the following Torrossa.it collection's into EDS: Editoria Italiana Online (EIO), Edición Española Online (EEO), Fabrizio Serra Editore e-journal collections, Franco Angeli e-journal collections, Olschki ebook and e-journal collections, Ecole Française de Rome, BIZ - Biblioteca Italiana Zanichelli. The content represents an expansive range of subject areas such as social sciences, history, geography, biography, arts, philosophy, psychology, pure sciences, religion, literature and applied sciences.
The addition of the Casalini Libri metadata will benefit EBSCO Discovery Service users in Europe and all over the world. EBSCO is constantly expanding EDS to fulfill the needs of all of their users and EDS customers can include metadata from their own unique collections, including their catalogue (OPAC), Institutional Repositories, databases, archival collections and more.
Casalini Libri is part of a growing list of content partners that are taking part in EDS to bring more visibility to their content. Partners include the world's largest scholarly journal & book publishers including Elsevier, Wiley, Springer Science & Business Media, Taylor & Francis Informa, Sage Publications, Nature Publishing, IEEE, ACM and thousands of others. Partners also include content providers, such as LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters (Web of Science), JSTOR, ARTstor, Credo Reference, Encyclopedia Britannica, World Book, ABC-CLIO, The HathiTrust and many others.
EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customized index of an institution's information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means ofaccessing all of that content from a single search box.
Elsevier articles on ScienceDirect and scientific and medical research data at Dryad now reciprocally linked - 26 Jul 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and the Dryad Digital Repository, an archive for scientific and medical research data, have implemented two-way linking between their respective content.
The Dryad Digital Repository provides facilities for archiving, discovery and accessibility of data files associated with any published article in the sciences or medicine, as well as software scripts and other files important to the article. Dryad is a non-profit organisation committed to its mission of making data publicly available for research and educational reuse. All datasets stored by Dryad receive persistent, resolvable Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to allow their proper citation.
Scientific and medical research datasets stored by Dryad for research articles published in 28 Elsevier journals can now be immediately accessed at Dryad from their online article on ScienceDirect and vice versa. This allows readers to easily find the background information they need in order to develop a deeper understanding of the article, and helps to place the article in a larger context.
This type of linking between articles and data is one of the pillars of Article of the Future, Elsevier's on-going programme to improve the format of the scientific article. Elsevier collaborates with more than thirty data repositories, and is continually looking to collaborate with other relevant organisations.
New Thomson Reuters CompuMark whitepaper outlines strategies for effective brand expansion in China - 26 Jul 2013
Thomson Reuters CompuMark, a Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property & Science business and global leader in trademark searching and brand protection solutions, has released a whitepaper outlining best practices for companies to file and protect trademarks in China. The new paper, 'Best Practices for Brand Expansion in China: How to Navigate a Unique Intellectual Property Landscape,' identifies specific strategies companies can implement to protect their brands in one of the most challenging intellectual property environments in the world.
With over 1.3 billion consumers, China claims to be the world's largest target market for global brand owners. However, multinational firms are quickly learning that in order to seize rampant growth opportunity in China, they must deal with the country's complex intellectual property landscape. Early leaders in the region have established a clear set of best practices for trademark filing and maintenance that greatly improves the odds of success against counterfeiters and trademark squatters.
According to the paper, between 2006 and 2012 over 5 million trademarks were published in China, a 76 percent increase in a six-year period. In 2012, China published 924,414 trademarks, the most of any nation in the world. File Early: China's first-to-file system for trademark registration, combined with the trademark office's new push to speed-up processing times, makes it essential for brand owners to file a mark well in advance of a Chinese brand introduction. Due to China's unique single-class filing system, companies need to protect their brands across all sectors, not just those in which they are active. This limits the potential for trademark squatting of brands associated with non-traditional products. Further, the paper notes that the best way to fight counterfeiting is to implement a systematic approach to identifying the source of the problem. The time spent pursuing the leaders of counterfeiting practices will vastly outweigh the cost of systematically going after each individual infringer.
Thomson Reuters CompuMark, with more than 40 years of trademark search, clearance and watch experience, protects nearly all of the world's top brands and is used by leading trademark law firms around the globe.
SPARC and the World Bank to co-sponsor Open Access Week 2013 kick-off event - 26 Jul 2013
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and the World Bank will co-sponsor the kick-off event for Open Access Week 2013 on October 21 in Washington, DC. The live event will take place at the World Bank facilities and will host a liveblog and webcast for those who cannot attend in person. The event will also be recorded, and will be available to the community for use during and after local Open Access Week events.
The kick-off event will begin at 3:00 p.m. eastern time and will consist of a 90-minute panel discussion with open access experts from a variety of stakeholder groups as well as representatives from the World Bank and SPARC. As this year's theme is 'Open Access: Redefining Impact,' the panelists will discuss article-level metrics and changing the way scholarly communication is measured. Speakers will be announced in early September.
During the event, the winners of the Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) will be announced. The ASAP Program - sponsored by 27 global organisations including Google, PLOS, the Wellcome Trust, ARL, and SPARC - recognises those who have built upon open access scientific research for new innovations shaping our society.
Springer and W. Montague Cobb/National Medical Association Health Institute announce publishing agreement - 26 Jul 2013
STM Publisher Springer has entered into an agreement with the W. Montague Cobb/National Medical Association (NMA) Health Institute to publish the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. Starting in 2014 the new society journal will be published quarterly, electronically on link.springer.com and in print.
The Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities will report on the scholarly progress of work to understand, address and ultimately eliminate health disparities based on race and ethnicity. The underlying causes of racial and ethnic health disparities, and interventions to address these disparities, will be featured. Original articles, 'evolutionary' reviews presenting the state-of-the-art thinking on problems centered on health disparities, and review articles of timely interest will be published.
Dr. Cato T. Laurencin of the University of Connecticut is the founding editor-in-chief.
AAP announces new initiative to rapidly advance implementation of EPUB 3 as the standard global distribution format for eBooks - 25 Jul 2013
The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has announced its support for the establishment of EPUB 3 as the standard global distribution format for eBooks and has embarked on a new initiative designed to rapidly advance the format's implementation in the marketplace.
The EPUB 3 Implementation Project is being developed in a partnership with retailers, digital content distributors, device makers, reading systems providers, assistive technology experts and standards organisations, with the support and engagement of leading advocates for people with disabilities.
The initiative's goal is to accelerate the across-the-board adoption of the EPUB 3 format in the consumer market by identifying and implementing what stakeholders consider to be the core set of baseline features critical to the format's acceptance. Among these features are greater interactivity for users, multimedia-enhanced content and expanded accessibility for people who are blind or have other print disabilities.
Publishers have set an ambitious six-month goal to rapidly advance implementation of EPUB 3 through the initiative. Although each individual publisher will make decisions about introducing EPUB 3 titles on its own timeline, many anticipate introducing large numbers of EPUB 3 files into the marketplace beginning first quarter 2014.
AAP publishers are currently recruiting representation from all stakeholder groups to participate in the initiative's two central efforts - a working group to identify baseline accessibility features for the EPUB 3 files and for metadata, and to plan the program for the September workshop.
Alexander Street Press launches evidence-based acquisition - 25 Jul 2013
Electronic publisher Alexander Street Press, US, has announced a milestone agreement with the University of Dundee in Scotland that establishes the publisher as a key resource for evidence-based acquisition of library materials.
Beginning this month, patrons of the University of Dundee's library will have unlimited access to Alexander Street Press's complete suite of academic video titles - more than 23,000 titles-for one full year. At the conclusion of this period, university staff will use Alexander Street's detailed metrics to evaluate the most-viewed titles and select those they'd like to incorporate into their permanent collection.
This agreement, according to the company, will pave the way for libraries worldwide to add the most highly sought-after content into their university's collection in a precise, cost-effective way. And because all video content within Alexander Street Press's databases is carefully selected by expert editors, library administrators can rely on the quality and relevance of all materials to the academic populations they serve.
EBSCO and BiblioLabs sign agreement to include metadata in EBSCO Discovery Service - 25 Jul 2013
Library resources provider EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced an agreement with BiblioLabs. The deal will make possible for more people to access high quality, historical content and enable libraries, museums and other institutions to make digital content from their internal repositories available to others. Metadata from BiblioLab's historical content will be searchable via EBSCO Discovery Service and EBSCO will sell BiblioLab products, including BiblioBoard Library and BiblioBoard Creator.
BiblioBoard Library is an award-winning content ecosystem that connects library patrons with digital archives from around the world. It includes over 14,000 e-books and consists of millions of pages of high-quality primary source content covering literature, philosophy, history, geography, science and more. In addition to the web version, BiblioBoard Library is available as a native application on a variety of popular tablets. These include: iPad, Kindle Fire HD, Nook, Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy.
Through a highly visual and intuitive interface, BiblioBoard Library provides library patrons with a fun and engaging experience interacting with curated multi-media collections that incorporate books, articles, images, audio and video. BiblioBoard Creator is an easy-to-use and cost effective authoring tool that enables libraries to make available valuable digital assets in their internal repositories to others either for free or for sale via BiblioBoard Library.
The MARC records that are created by BiblioLabs' team of cataloguers will be searchable through EBSCO Discovery Service, allowing users to find many types of historical material that are virtually indiscoverable, as libraries are not routinely creating MARC records for their digitised content. Users can also easily uncover content by browsing BiblioBoard Library's BiblioBoard Core content module, which includes historical books, articles, images, photographs, maps, pamphlets and documents as well as streaming audio and video content.
The BiblioBoard Core content module has been expertly organised into more than 200 anthologies and will be updated with new anthologies quarterly. BiblioLabs currently offers two additional modules for purchase, African American History and Folk and Americana. Each features content from highly regarded museum collections. Additional modules will be available for purchase in the future.
IOP Publishing presents new e-books programme for the first time in Latin America - 25 Jul 2013
IOP Publishing (IOP), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute of Physics, presented its new ebooks programme for the first time in Latin America, showcasing unique features and benefits to librarians and scientists and encouraging regional authors to submit their own book ideas.
During the reception, held at Mexico's Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the IOP team, together with their ebook publishing partner Morgan & Claypool, explained the collection's highlights, including born-digital content, a suite of multimedia platform enhancements, and books from renowned leaders in physics.
The IOP ebooks program features two collections – Expanding Physics and Concise Physics. Expanding Physics publishes definitive texts from leading voices across the research landscape on key areas in physics and related subject areas. Concise Physics, developed in partnership with Morgan & Claypool, focuses on shorter texts in either rapidly advancing areas or topics lacking an introductory text. In combination, the two series serve the needs of undergraduate students to advanced students and experts in both industry and academia.
The first titles announced for the Expanding Physics collection are: Renewables: A review of sustainable energy supply options (David Elliott); Semiconductors: Bonds and bands (David K. Ferry); Mathematical Theory of Composite Materials and Exact Relations (Yury Grabovsky); Robustness of Network of Networks (Shlomo Havlin, Jianxi Gao, and Amir Bashan); and The Embedding Method for Electronic Structure (John E. Inglesfield).
During the wrap-up researchers and librarians were encouraged to contact their IOP representatives for information on submitting their own book ideas and details on purchasing the collections.
McGraw Hill Financial signs definitive agreement to sell Aviation Week to Penton - 25 Jul 2013
Financial intelligence company McGraw Hill Financial has signed a definitive agreement to sell Aviation Week to Penton, a privately held business information company. Terms of the all-cash transaction, which is expected to close shortly, were not disclosed.
The transaction continues the execution of the Company's strategy of exiting non-core assets while investing for growth in markets where it has size and scale. Earlier this year, the Company sold McGraw-Hill Education as part of its Growth and Value Plan; in 2011, it divested its nine-station Broadcasting Group to The E.W. Scripps Company; and in 2009, the Company sold BusinessWeek to Bloomberg L.P.
These changes, in combination with recent investments, have created a leading financial intelligence company with the mission of promoting sustainable growth by bringing transparency and insights to the global capital and commodity markets.
Aviation Week serves over 1.2 million professionals in 185 countries and claims to be the largest information and services provider to the global commercial, defence, maintenance/repair/overhaul (MRO), space and business aviation communities. It is anchored by its flagship Aviation Week & Space Technology.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.
NPG and BioCentury announce second annual SciBX Summit on Innovation in Drug Discovery & Development - 25 Jul 2013
Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, and BioCentury Publications, Inc., a source of biopharma business intelligence, have announced the second annual SciBX Summit on Innovation in Drug Discovery & Development. The Summit will be held October 29-30 in Boston, MA, at the Colonnade Hotel Boston.
The Summit will bring together key stakeholders from academia, biotech, pharma and the investment community with the goal of creating roadmaps for solving key translational issues in important emerging areas of drug discovery and development. This year's summit will consist of four tracks - Non-coding RNAs as tools and targets; New models in neurological diseases; CAR-based cellular therapies; and Epigenetics' second wind.
This year's line-up of panelists includes James Audia (Constellation), Bruce Booth (Atlas Venture), Art Krieg (RaNa) and Stuart Schreiber (Broad Institute).
The Summit is the result of a months-long process during which the SciBX editorial team convenes working groups of four to six key opinion leaders for each track. Following the Summit, the SciBX team will create a document outlining the conclusions of the Summit participants, with an emphasis on solving key problems in each of the four fields.
New for this year's Summit is the establishment of an Advisory Council that creates a link between the SciBX editorial team and companies at the forefront of innovative drug discovery. The 2013 Advisory Council includes Amgen Inc., AstraZeneca plc, Biogen Idec Inc., Merck & Co. Inc., GlaxoSmithKline plc., Novartis AG, and Sanofi.
Swets and JSTOR in deal to add JSTOR e-Book content into SwetsWise catalogue - 25 Jul 2013
Information services provider Swets, Netherlands, has signed a deal with JSTOR, the digital library of journals, books and primary sources, to make all of their eBook titles available to order directly through its SwetsWise platform. With over 20,000 current and backlist books available in the Books at JSTOR program, this adds a wealth of high-quality additional content into the already extensive SwetsWise catalogue.
Through its SwetsWise platform, Swets offers its customers access to the industry's largest one-stop shop of eBook publishers and aggregators. With over 1 million titles from close to 50 publishers and vendors contained in the catalogue, libraries can quickly compare the pricing and policy features of different vendors, select the purchasing option to suit their budget and receive expert consultation on how best to develop their collection.
JSTOR is a digital library of more than 2,000 academic journals, 20,000 books, and 2 million primary sources. JSTOR helps people discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content through a powerful research and teaching platform, and preserves this content for future generations. JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organisation that also includes Ithaka S+R and Portico.
Thomson Reuters announces new content milestones for its Cortellis platform - 25 Jul 2013
The IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced a series of industry-first milestones in its Cortellis platform. Cortellis, the premier source of life sciences competitive intelligence information and analytics, has reached new content milestones with more than 50,000 investigational drugs, 400,000 bioactive compounds, and six million biologically active patents. In total, the solution contains over 15 million expert, human-curated reports featuring deal information, patents, literature and clinical trials data.
The Cortellis milestones are in addition to new data being integrated into the platform as a result of three recent acquisitions. These include Deloitte Recap, the leading biopharmaceutical provider of life science deals, acquisitions data and analytics; BioWorld and Medical Device Daily, premiere daily news sources in the biopharma and medical device industries; and Timely Data Resources, the esteemed provider of epidemiology information for biopharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers, universities and research institutions.
Thomson Reuters employs a rigorous review process for each investigational drug featured in Cortellis. The editorial team combs through two-to-three years' worth of information, compiling a unique profile that includes basic drug information as well as recent news articles, publications, events, and more. Users benefit from an all-in-one-place summary of the compound, without having to spend days researching and parsing information on their own.
Reports on trials, literature, patents and deals are also manually curated and revised daily by industry experts to ensure they contain the most up-to-date competitive intelligence from over 40,000 sources. In addition to providing sophisticated analytics and visualizations within Cortellis, the platform also has an open architecture that allows information to be easily incorporated into other software solutions and customer workflows to enable faster decision making.
Wolters Kluwer Health adds multimedia enhancement to OvidSP’s search and discovery technology - 25 Jul 2013
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced a multimedia enhancement to the OvidSP medical research platform to aid in clinical research, practice and learning. Now researchers and healthcare practitioners using Ovid will have improved functionality to discover, download and export more than two million assets, including video and images integrated with searching full-text and bibliographic content.
The enhancement is based on direct feedback from Ovid users including clinicians, nurses and students who indicated their use of multimedia resources for research, teaching and learning is increasing. The videos and images span a wide variety of healthcare specialties including surgery, neurology, physical therapy, obstetrics and gynecology, cardiology and emergency medicine. Video topics include demonstrations on clinical procedures, diagnosis and treatment techniques; expert interviews; lectures; and article discussions. Images have been sourced from some of the leading journals and reference books in their fields.
Multimedia on OvidSP is accessible using either Basic Search or Advanced Search modes. Search results of multimedia are ranked by relevance and marked prominently in results lists to help users identify them quickly. In addition, results lists now include an option to browse all related video and images while maintaining access to results of full-text content. Users can filter results by media type, duration of video, subject matter and other criteria. Print, export, download, and email features are also available.
AIP Publishing joins Kudos as final pilot partner - 24 Jul 2013
Kudos, the new service that helps authors and institutions maximise the visibility of their publications, has announced a third and final partner for its pilot phase of research and development.
AIP Publishing (AIP) now joins the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and Taylor & Francis (T&F) in supporting Kudos' exploration of tools and services to increase discoverability and facilitate filtering of research articles.
The results of the pilot program will be published later in the year, at which point Kudos will move into a beta phase of development. Kudos is currently seeking partners for this beta phase. Publishers or institutions interested in participating should contact the company at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Argentinean Bioengineering Society and IOP Publishing in deal to publish conference proceedings - 24 Jul 2013
IOP Publishing, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute of Physics, and the Argentinean Bioengineering Society (SABI) have signed an agreement to publish the conference proceedings from the Argentine Congress of Bioengineering and Clinical Engineering Conference VIII (SABI 2013) for the fourth time running.
SABI 2013, scheduled to be held on September 4 - 6 in Tucumán, Argentina, will bring together students and science professionals working in the field of bioengineering from around the world.
The biennial conference is being organised by the NOA Regional of the Argentinean Bioengineering Society and the Bioengineering Department of the Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Tecnología (FACET), Universidad Nacional de Tucumán (UNT).
SABI have published their proceedings in IOP's Journal of Physics: Conference Series since 2007.
Caleb Kraft joins EE Times as Chief Community Leader - 24 Jul 2013
Business information provider UBM Tech, US, has announced that Caleb Kraft, a popular and experienced community leader in the tech space, has joined EE Times as Chief Community Leader.
In this highly visible position, Kraft will be the public face and community leader of EE Times, as well as conference director for DESIGN West, an annual industry-leading event for the electronics industry. He will be responsible for creating and procuring high-impact, unique content that engages electronics design engineers, with a focus on the underlying systems, hardware and software and the principles of good design—both online and at DESIGN West.
An engaging on- as well as off-camera presence with a keen understanding of the engineering sub-culture, Kraft has extensive broadcasting skills and experience in producing entertaining video segments that showcase hacker projects. Leveraging this expertise, Kraft will develop an online video show for EE Times, showcasing offbeat and irreverent projects that exemplify good design practices and engineering problem solving.
Kraft was most recently Senior Editor at Hackaday.com, where for three years he has been visiting garages and basements around the globe—both on-line and in-person--and exploring the things techies build in their free time. An enthusiastic tinkerer, Kraft has extensive hands-on experience with hardware and software and is always ready to take on new engineering challenges.
While at Hackaday.com, Kraft doubled the traffic, through a combination of highly compelling content, deep understanding of the community's needs, and social media outreach. He also launched thecontrollerproject.com, a community where tinkerers and modders are paired with users with special physical needs for game controls and work with them to develop custom input devices.
Elsevier publishes seven new cyber security books - 24 Jul 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the publication of seven new cyber security books, including Introduction to Cyber-Warfare: A Multidisciplinary Approach and The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing Made Easy. These and other related book titles will be available at DEF CON and Black Hat conferences in Las Vegas from Breakpoint, the official conference bookstore.
Written by experts Paulo Shakarian, Jana Shakarian, and Andrew Ruef, Introduction to Cyber-Warfare explains how cyber-warfare is carried out, why it is the new means of warfare, and the relevant military, policy, social, and scientific issues at play. It presents detailed case studies of cyber-attacks on governments, corporations and individuals.
The second edition of The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing provides updated information about ethical hacking, as well as penetration testing and interpretation using the most modern hacking tools. Author Dr. Patrick Engebretson is an expert in information security and a frequent speaker on the topic. The first edition of the book was cited by General Keith B. Alexander, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency in a keynote address on cyber security and American power in 2012.
All of the books are available through the Elsevier Store or can be found on ScienceDirect, a full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books.
Ex Libris Alma promotes success at RMIT University - 24 Jul 2013
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that RMIT University is in production with the Alma library management service from Ex Libris. In tandem with Ex Libris Primo, which RMIT implemented in 2012, Alma has replaced multiple systems, including the Library's Voyager ILS.
The largest institution of higher education in Australia, RMIT was keen to stay at the forefront of innovation in the library automation sphere, having experienced the benefits of a single search interface via Primo.
RMIT is a global university of technology and design and Australia's largest tertiary institution. The university enjoys an international reputation for excellence in practical education and outcome-oriented research. RMIT is a leader in technology, design, global business, communication, global communities, health solutions, and urban sustainable futures.
Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, the company enables libraries to maximise productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.
First OCLC EMEA Regional Council Meeting to be held in South Africa in February 2014 - 24 Jul 2013
The programme has been announced for the first OCLC Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional Council Meeting to take place in Africa. The theme, 'Library Community in Action: advancing knowledge, cooperation and innovation' will address the importance of community - exploring how a cooperative approach can make a difference and what greater collaboration between libraries can really offer in the context of sharing and innovation.
Librarians from nearly 30 countries are expected to gather in Cape Town, many with a view to explore the potential for new partnerships and collaboration. The OCLC EMEA Regional Council Meeting offers a rare opportunity to move outside the regular circuit of national library conferences and engage in new conversations with peers offering a fresh perspective.
The EMEA Regional Council Executive Committee has announced that the first keynote will be Charles Leadbeater, one of the world's leading authorities on innovation and creativity. He has advised companies, cities and governments around the world on innovation strategy. He has also worked extensively as a senior adviser to the U.K. government and the European Commission on the rise of the knowledge-driven economy and the Internet.
The OCLC EMEA Regional Council Meeting will take place in Cape Town from February 24 – 25, 2014 at the International Convention Centre. The event is free to attend and libraries from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa are welcome. To register interest in attending, go to the event website.
Information specialists from science and business would recommend FIZ AutoDoc, confirms new US market survey - 24 Jul 2013
FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure has announced that its FIZ AutoDoc service has been ranked among the best in almost all categories in the current market survey conducted by Outsell, a US-based research and advisory firm.
Document delivery services are gaining more and more importance in the information sector. The (global) library system (infrastructure) is undergoing fundamental changes that are driven, among other things, by Open Access, new user requirements, the increasing frequency and number of publications, and decreasing budgets.
Document delivery services like FIZ AutoDoc offer an important service - digital or printed articles or patents can be delivered just in time or on demand. FIZ AutoDoc as a full-text broker service partners with renowned scientific libraries, aggregators and publishing houses and can therefore access to comprehensive stocks from various subject areas. FIZ AutoDoc can be easily integrated into existing business processes, infrastructures and intranets through various interfaces.
FIZ AutoDoc is part of the STN Full-text solution and provides convenient document ordering from retrieved online results. Especially scientific and corporate libraries benefit from this easy integration. The usually automatic ordering process allows for a much easier and faster handling of user requests. More than 80 percent of the ordered documents are available in digital form at one of the partnering publishers and therefore can be downloaded immediately, usually in high quality and full colour.
In the current market survey conducted by Outsell, many renowned document delivery services were examined with respect to relevant market and customer criteria. The respondents came from the corporate sector as well as from government, education and healthcare in the USA. Although tested for the first time, FIZ AutoDoc ranked among the best in almost all categories. FIZ Karlsruhe's service ranked second out of nine in the category Overall Satisfaction.' FIZ AutoDoc also ranked second and third in 'Depth and Breadth of Coverage'; 'Ease of Doing Business'; and ‘Would Recommend'.
Other document delivery services tested in the Outsell survey were the FIZ AutoDoc partners Reprints Desk, British Library Document Supply Service (BLDSS), Infotrieve, the Document Solution of Thomson Reuters IP & Science, Linda Hall Library, IE Online, ingentaconnect, and The Research Investment.
Assessing library value explored at ACRL Conference 2013 - 23 Jul 2013
Several papers and posters on library value assessment were presented at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference in Indianapolis this spring, as noted in the ACRL Value of Academic Libraries blog.
In 'Demonstrating Value through Assessment and Surveys,' Terri Fishel discusses a poster about data collected from more than 80,000 faculty, staff, and students over eight years by the Measuring Information Services Outcomes (MISO) survey. MISO is a web-based survey that measures frequency and value of use for both library and IT services.
Melissa Bowles-Terry highlights three papers in 'More Value Research from the 2013 ACRL Conference.' These include: "Academic and Public Library Collaboration: Increasing Value by Sharing Space, Collections, and Services," by Daniel Overfield and Coleen Roy; "Answering 'How' and 'Why' Questions of Library Impact on Undergraduate Student Learning," by Derek Rodriguez; and "Choosing and Using Assessment Management Systems: What Librarians Need to Know," by Megan Oakleaf, Jackie Belanger, and Carlie Graham.
The 2013 ACRL Conference proceedings are currently available online at http://www.ala.org/acrl/acrl/conferences/2013/papers.
Bloomberg BNA announces new edition of Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Laws - 23 Jul 2013
Bloomberg BNA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bloomberg, has published the June 2013 Edition to Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Laws, which contains all the changes enacted into law through May 1, 2013. The latest edition fully integrates the provisions of the Act into the U.S. Code sections of this book, providing helpful visual guides that will aid practitioners in understanding the law and when provisions will go into effect.
The myriad provisions contained in the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), which was signed into law in September 2011, will have profound effects on attorneys and inventors for years to come. Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Laws, June 2013 Edition, with CD-ROM, fully integrates into Title 35 the many important changes to U.S. patent law set forth in the Act, including those effective March 16, 2013, such as changes to provisions implementing the 'first-inventor-to-file' system. The June 2013 Edition also incorporates the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013, and the new patent fee schedule effective March 19, 2013.
Most importantly, the June 2013 Edition covers technical corrections to the AIA and significant laws enacted by the 112th Congress, which ended January 3, 2013. These include the Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act of 2012 and the Foreign and Economic Espionage Penalty Enforcement Act of 2012. This edition has the entire text of United States Code Titles 35 (Patents) and 17 (Copyrights), and Chapters 22 and 63 of Title 15 (Trademarks and Technology Innovation). Sections of the Code and treaties relating to intellectual property also are provided.
The June 2013 Edition has an updated CD-ROM with the entire text of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, plus the full text of the book, allowing for quick and easy searching. To aid with research, the CD ROM provides an easy-to-use chart showing all of the patent law revisions contained in the Act, with effective dates, and a full legislative history.
Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Laws, June 2013 Edition, is edited by Jeffrey M. Samuels, who is the David L. Brennan Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology at The University of Akron School of Law, Akron, OH. This handbook is available for sale directly from Bloomberg BNA and also will be available on the Bloomberg Law legal research system.
circPoint from collectionHQ gives publishers valuable details on print and ebook circulation trends - 23 Jul 2013
collectionHQ, a collection performance improvement solution that helps libraries better manage their collections, has announced that it now offers circPoint, a Web-based toolset that gives publishers valuable insight into trends about public library circulations. Available on a subscription basis, circPoint claims to be the first system of its kind offering publishers a behind-the-scenes look into how titles are circulated at public libraries.
With just a login and password, publishers can mine circulation data from 55 of the country's top 100 public library systems, filtering and searching by author, title, subjects, ISBNs, publishers and regions to determine where readership is on the rise or falling. Publishers, for example, can see how western authors are faring in specific southeastern states. Or users can search to see which subjects or BISAC subject headings are performing best to aid with strategic planning.
circPoint's data is driven by collectionHQ, a collection management tool that manages circulation data for the majority of the United States' top libraries. Data is available from more than 250 U.S. public libraries, including more than 4,000 library branches.
Dr Isabel Escobar named new Editor-in-Chief of the IDA Journal of Desalination and Water Reuse - 23 Jul 2013
Academic publisher Maney Publishing, UK, and the International Desalination Association (IDA) have announced the appointment of Dr Isabel C Escobar as the new Editor-in-Chief of the IDA Journal of Desalination and Water Reuse. She will succeed Dr Jim Birkett, who steps down this year after a long and dedicated service to the journal. Dr Escobar will work alongside Dr Birkett before assuming full duties from the first issue of 2014.
Dr Escobar is based at the University of Toledo, where she is Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and Assistant Dean for Research Development and Outreach for the College of Engineering. Well-known for her research on membrane separation, Dr Escobar has published over 50 research papers and presented at over 100 national and international conferences.
The IDA Journal of Desalination and Water Reuse is the technical journal of the International Desalination Association (IDA). The journal publishes articles on all aspects of desalination and water reuse research and practice, providing professionals and academics engaged in the desalination and water reuse industry with invaluable insights into existing and emerging technologies and practices that help improve current operations and shape future strategies.
Springer and CAPES in deal to provide over 400 institutions in Brazil with access to Springer content - 23 Jul 2013
STM publisher Springer and the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) in Brazil have entered into a new five-year agreement. The deal provides students, researchers and professionals at more than 400 institutions access to Springer's content. CAPES is made up of both academic and government institutions, and Springer has been a partner of the government consortium since 2007.
The new deal encompasses Springer's entire online English-language journal collection, the complete Online Journals Archive (OJA) and the zbMATH database. Through this agreement, CAPES members will now have full access to all online journal titles, all subject collections in the OJA and the more than three million entries in zbMATH.
Founded in 1951, CAPES assists the Brazilian Ministry of Education in the formulation of national policies related to postgraduate study. Through CAPES, the Brazilian government provides beneficial services to the country's academic and educational community, promoting imaginative programs both at home and abroad, and enabling the exchange of scientific and technological knowledge and skills.
Thomson Reuters CompuMark unveils Trademark Analysis for iPad - 23 Jul 2013
Trademark searching and brand protection solutions provider Thomson Reuters CompuMark has announced the launch of Trademark Analysis, a software application (app) for the iPad. Trademark Analysis allows Thomson Reuters CompuMark SERION users to easily review, analyse, annotate and share Full Trademark Report search results from their iPads.
The new Trademark Analysis app for iPad offers users the flexibility to continue the trademark research process away from their desks, helping increase productivity and expediting trademark decision making. The app allows users to automatically synchronize their iPads with the SERION Analysis Tool to download Full Trademark Reports, comprehensive documents that identify the availability of an intended trademark for use and registration.
At their leisure and without any Wi-Fi connection needed, trademark professionals can now review, analyse and make annotations to the search results. Once users complete their work, synchronization with the SERION Analysis Tool ensures the work is saved and available for later viewing. Clients also have the option to easily share their completed, annotated work via email, keeping the decision-making process moving.
Trademark Watching is being added to the Trademark Analysis app for the iPad later this month. Trademark Watching Services monitor trademark applications and publications and notify brand owners when potentially conflicting marks are identified. Clients will also have the ability to review, analyze, annotate and share the results compiled in Watch reports.
With more than 40 years of trademark search, clearance and watch experience, Thomson Reuters CompuMark protects nearly all of the world's top brands and is used by leading trademark law firms around the globe.
UBM Tech and ON24 announce strategic partnership - 23 Jul 2013
Business information provider UBM Tech, US, has announced a strategic partnership with ON24, the virtual communications platform for the global enterprise. Under the deal, ON24 will be the preferred supplier for webcasting services.
Leveraging a strong six-year relationship, the partnership will enable UBM Tech and other UBM divisions worldwide to more freely use ON24's entire suite of products and services. Many UBM divisions will be migrating to ON24's newer Platform 10 state-of-the-art webcasting platform, which is already being utilised by flagship UBM brands such as InformationWeek, EE Times and CRN.
The newer ON24 webcasting platform couples the most engaging, interactive and customisable user experience with powerful real-time analytics and reporting. ON24 webcasts live in the cloud, which means that participants never have to download anything. Content can be accessed from anywhere, by anyone, on any device. ON24 webcasting is available with end-to-end webcast management or easy-to-use self-service options.
The benefits are more engaging interactions and greater overall user experiences with social media and communications tools including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Wikipedia, RSS and group chat, as well as robust reporting and analytics with detailed data on audience behaviour and other metrics.
GigaScience journal unveils new features and functionality at ISMB meeting - 22 Jul 2013
Open access publisher BioMed Central and the Beijing Genome Institute (BGI) have announced that the journal GigaScience will unveil new features and functionality at the Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) meeting. The move comes one year on from the launch of the journal.
As well as a print issue celebrating the best of the last year, GigaScience is announcing new features and tools for academics, along with a new data analysis platform, GigaGalaxy. GigaGalaxy is an online platform that supports the reproducibility of data analyses. It provides a means to share computational tools and workflows that further document and reproduce data analyses reported in papers published in the journal.
Through GigaGalaxy, GigaScience offers method publishing and sharing workflows and analyses in a transparent, executable manner: http://galaxy.cbiit.cuhk.edu.hk/.
GigaDB is a repository to host data and tools associated primarily with articles in GigaScience. The database recently re-launched with a new look, new functionality, and updated browsing options. GigaDB also offers Aspera data transfer, which can be up to 100x faster than FTP, and a clear benefit for academics handling huge datasets. Through an association with DataCite, datasets and methods in GigaDB will be assigned a DOI that can be used as a standard citation for future use of these data in other articles by the authors and other researchers.
GigaScience has over 50 datasets, and more than 25TB of data, to date. As well as extending to a broader range of fields producing mega-datasets, the journal is able to track how datasets have been used. Many of the unpublished BGI datasets released on the platform have been used by other projects, and this has not prevented publication of genome papers at a later date.
Executive Editor Scott Edmunds will be at ISMB in Berlin from July 21. He will be on BioMed Central's booth #18 and also coordinating and speaking in a workshop on July 22, on 'What Bioinformaticians need to know about digital publishing beyond the PDF'.
IMLS and Heritage Preservation announce second Heritage Health Index - 22 Jul 2013
Heritage Preservation, working in cooperation with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), will conduct a second Heritage Health Index. The original survey, conducted nearly 10 years ago, was the first comprehensive study to assess the condition of U.S. collections. It examined the state of preservation across the entire spectrum of collecting institutions, large and small, from internationally renowned art museums and research libraries to local historical societies and specialised archives. The results were published in 'A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America's Collections' and reported that 4.8 billion artifacts held in public trust were at risk and that 190 million were in need of immediate care.
Heritage Preservation and IMLS have entered into a $338,554 cooperative agreement to complete the study in 2015. The project will receive an additional $100,000 of support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The new Heritage Health Index, HHI II, will use a similar instrument and methodology to the 2004 study to see what changes have taken place in collections care in the US during the last ten years. HHI II will examine the extent and effectiveness of preservation activities and initiatives during that time and will recommend actions to improve the care of collections and ensure that they will be available for public access now and in the future.
Since the Heritage Health Index was first conducted, there has been a significant increase in museums and libraries collecting digital material or digitising collections. HHI II will address this by including questions asking how institutions are caring for digital artifacts. It will also determine how creating digital surrogates may be improving access to paper, photograph, audiovisual, and other collections, while protecting them from damage due to handling.
King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology honours best papers in applied technology from Springer journals - 22 Jul 2013
King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), a scientific organisation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has provided awards for the best paper from five technical journals it publishes in collaboration with Springer. The articles chosen reflect not only excellent science, but also the potential impact of the discoveries. The winning authors receive the KACST Medal and $5,000 each.
KACST partners with Springer to publish a collection of international journals to foster the development of key applied technologies. The publications provide a forum for the dissemination of research advances from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the world. The first five journals were launched in 2011 and focus on the key technology areas of oil and gas, water, petrochemicals, nanoscience and biotechnology.
The awards for best paper were based on a selection process by the editorial boards of each journal for articles published during 2011-2012.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 22 Jul 2013
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Kwissoker (The Relationship Between Research and Publication, Or Why Libraries Should Buy More First Books Than Any Others); Stevan Harnad (Further Fell Fallout From Finch Folly: The Royal Society Relapse); Joseph Esposito (Having Relations with the Library: A Guide for University Presses); and Danny Kingsley (The Open Journal Project: Accessibility is more than making the paper openly available). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
Online hub for digital literacy DigitalLearn.org launches - 22 Jul 2013
After months of thoughtful planning, development and beta testing, DigitalLearn.org has officially launched. This online hub for digital literacy offers an active community of practice and an evolving collection of training resources for those who teach and support digital learners. DigitalLearn.org is managed by the Public Library Association (PLA) and funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. It receives ongoing support from the ALA Office of Information Technology and Policy, the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies and the input of committee members from a diverse array of organisations.
There are two main branches to DigitalLearn.org. The first leads to self-directed, interactive trainings. These online classes can be used independently by digital learners or can complement in-person classes. The second branch of the site allows those that teach and support digital literacy to share resources and best practices, work collaboratively, seek input from others in the field and more. Organisations can even create their own unique online groups to centralise information, calendars, resources and discussions for their staff and volunteers.
Central to the success of DigitalLearn.org is community engagement and participation from digital literacy trainers and supporters. PLA is actively seeking volunteers to join the community of practice, develop online classes, share ideas, and promote the site as well as funders for support of operating expenses and sustainability. Visit the site for details.
SAE International completes asset purchase of TechAmerica Standards Program - 22 Jul 2013
Engineers and technical experts association SAE International has announced the completion of an asset purchase of the TechAmerica Standards Program and IBIS Consortia.
TechAmerica is the leading voice for the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry in the US. Its membership comprises large, medium and small technology companies that create a variety of products and deliver a multitude of services in the private sector and to governments at the state and national level.
Through the acquisition, TechAmerica's members will benefit from SAE International's core competency of technical standards and publications development.
EBSCO and Cairn.Info in deal to add French-language journal content to EBSCO Discovery Service - 19 Jul 2013
Library resources provider EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Cairn.info have come to an agreement allowing metadata and selected full text from Cairn.info's comprehensive collection of French, Belgian and Swiss journals to be added to EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). Content from Cairn.info includes 370 French-language academic journals with 150,000 articles. Coverage dates back to 2001.
Cairn.info was formed in 2005 by four French and Belgian publishing houses (Belin, De Boeck, La Découverte and Erès) and progressively joined by more than 120 publishers dealing with francophone (French-speaking) humanities and social sciences.
Cairn.info offers the most comprehensive collection of publications in French language available online. The collection covers many disciplines appealing to a variety of users including: social sciences, humanities, economics, psychology, political science, history, philosophy and literature.
This agreement will enable the francophone scholarly journals to extend their global reach, and enhance their discoverability, via the rich metadata and full text searching in EBSCO Discovery Service.
Cairn.info is part of a growing list of publishers and other content partners that are taking part in EDS to bring more visibility to their content. Partners include the world's largest scholarly journal and book publishers including Elsevier, Wiley Blackwell, Springer Science & Business Media, Taylor & Francis Informa, Sage Publications, Nature Publishing, IEEE, ACM and thousands of others. Partners also include content providers, such as LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters (Web of Science), JSTOR, ARTstor, Credo Reference, Encyclopedia Britannica, World Book, ABC-CLIO, The HathiTrust and many others.
EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customised index of an institution's information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box.
Emerald reports Impact Factor increase for journals - 19 Jul 2013
Following the release of the Journal Citation Reports by Thomson Reuters in June, academic publisher Emerald, UK, has announced increased impact factors for 71 per cent of its titles currently indexed.
The report reflects outstanding performances for journals in the Operations and Logistics Management collection. International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management recorded the largest increase, jumping from 1.038 to 1.826, placing it in the top 30 of the Management category; The International Journal of Logistics Management increased significantly from 0.841 to 1.463; and Supply Chain Management consolidated its position further rising from 1.535 to 1.684.
With 65 percent of its titles ranked in ISI, the Engineering collection boasts a strong position in the company's portfolio. With an impact factor of 1.674, Industrial Management & Data System appeared in the top ten of the Engineering, Industrial, category.
In the fields of Library and Information Science, titles have also displayed strong results, with Internet Research increasing its score from 1.115 to 1.5 and appearing in the first quadrant of the Computer Science and Information Systems category; and Journal of Documentation seeing a rise from 1.058 to 1.138. Strengthening from 1.248 to 1.474, Journal of Knowledge Management continued to be the leading title in the field of Knowledge Management, and sitting in the top 20 in the Information Science & Library Science category.
Three journals received their first impact factors this year. International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management in the Environmental Management collection made a noticeable new entry with 0.824; along with International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education recording 0.426 in the Education collection; whereas Accounting, Auditing, and Accountability Journal, in the Accounting and Finance collection, leads new results with 0.835.
Other standout performances to highlight are Journal of Service Management, in the Industry and Public Sector collection, which rises from 1.218 to 1.864, and International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management ranked 11 in the Hospitality category with a score of 1.266.
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. unveils preview issue of new journal on engineered soft devices that interact with living systems - 19 Jul 2013
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers has introduced a preview issue of Soft Robotics (SoRo), a new peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the science and engineering of soft materials in mobile machines.
The scope and contents of the journal capture the innovative research on robotic technology that is enabling robots to interact safely with living systems and to function in complex natural or human-built environments. Soft Robotics will be available online with Open Access options and in print. The articles in the preview issue are available on the Soft Robotics website.
The insightful Roundtable Discussion included in the preview issue, 'At the Crossroads: Interdisciplinary Paths to Soft Robots,' brings together experts in the many diverse fields needed for the successful development, integration, and application of this complex technology. The panelists discuss the challenges, opportunities, state-of-the-field, and future promise of soft robotics.
A quarterly publication, SoRo combines advances in biomedical engineering, biomechanics, mathematical modeling, biopolymer chemistry, computer science, and tissue engineering to present new approaches to the creation of robotic technology and devices that can undergo dramatic changes in shape and size in order to adapt to various environments. Led by Editor-in-Chief Dr. Barry A. Trimmer and a distinguished team of Associate Editors, the journal provides the latest research and developments on topics such as soft material creation, characterization, and modeling; flexible and degradable electronics; soft actuators and sensors; control and simulation of highly deformable structures; biomechanics and control of soft animals and tissues; biohybrid devices and living machines; and design and fabrication of conformable machines.
Prof. Charles Brennan named new Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Food Science & Technology - 19 Jul 2013
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and the Institute of Food Science & Technology have announced the appointment of Professor Charles Brennan as the new Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Food Science & Technology (IJFST). Charles has been a dedicated Editorial Board member on the Journal.
Charles is Professor of Food Science at Lincoln University in New Zealand and has experience in education both in Australasia and in Europe. He is a respected academic, researcher and manager, having previous positions at Durham University, Plymouth University, Massey University and Manchester Metropolitan University.
The current Editor, Professor Chris Smith, will be officially stepping down from his role in November 2013. However, in order to ensure a smooth and thorough handover, Charles and Chris will be working in combination from July 2013.
IJFST is an authoritative and well-established journal. It publishes papers in a wide range of subjects, ranging from pure research in the various sciences associated with food to practical experiments designed to improve technical processes. Subjects covered range from raw material composition to consumer acceptance, from physical properties to food engineering practices, and from quality assurance and safety to storage, distribution, marketing and use.
Springer to publish new OA journal in collaboration with the State Grid Electric Power Research Institute in China - 19 Jul 2013
STM publisher Springer has announced that it is publishing a new open access journal in collaboration with the State Grid Electric Power Research Institute (SGEPRI) in China. The Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy will be fully sponsored by the Chinese research institute and will function as its official journal. The peer-reviewed publication joins Springer's Chinese Library of Science, a collection of more than 90 high-quality Chinese research journals.
The Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy presents top-level academic achievements by international researchers and engineers. The journal seeks to serve as a bridge between Chinese and global researchers in the power industry. The journal appears quarterly, focusing on modern power systems such as Smart Grid technologies, clean energy integration, clean energy control and protection, and the electricity market.
Professor Yusheng Xue, Honorary President of the SGEPRI, will serve as the editor-in-chief of the new journal.
SwetsWise adds Edward Elgar eBook content to its catalogue - 19 Jul 2013
Information services provider Swets, Netherlands, has announced that Edward Elgar Publishing has signed an agreement to make all of its 2300 eBooks on Elgaronline available to order directly via SwetsWise. Edward Elgar Publishing is an international publisher of academic books and journals in economics, finance, business and management, law, environment, public and social policy.
Swets' online information management and procurement platform provides customers with a single, one-stop shop from which to browse over 1 million eBooks, from close to 50 providers and aggregators, making it the largest collection of its kind in the industry.
SwetsWise's eBook service makes it easy for librarians and information professionals to quickly locate the eBooks they need. Through one interface they can compare the pricing and purchase models of differing vendors and select the policies to suit their budget. Popular acquisition models include: Pick & choose in perpetuity; Subject collections in perpetuity; Patron driven collections through aggregators in perpetuity; and Annual subscription collections.
Wolters Kluwer Health and Joint Commission Resources collaborate to develop eCourses for nurses - 19 Jul 2013
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has signed an agreement with Joint Commission Resources (JCR), official publisher and educator of The Joint Commission, to develop online professional development courses for nurses in hospitals and other health institutions. These eCourses will be included in Lippincott's Professional Development Programs catalogue for sale to providers.
The initial development effort calls for Wolters Kluwer Health to develop and provide 50 courses, including 10 on patient safety, 10 on compliance, and 30 supporting disease-specific care certification in Heart Failure and Stroke. As the official publisher of The Joint Commission, JCR will review and verify the quality of the courses. The courses will be available to all providers and institutions by working with their Lippincott's Nursing Solutions representative to select the appropriate programmes from the course catalogue.
The courses will be packaged into four programs within the library - Patient Safety, Compliance, Disease-specific Certification for Heart Failure, and Disease-specific Certification for Stroke. Each will enable nurses to learn what they need to provide excellent patient care.
Lippincott's Professional Development Programs consist of evidence-based online courses organised into programmes by key nursing specialties and topic areas. Each course is designed to optimise nurses' clinical performance. In addition, nurses can improve their management and leadership skills with goals that include continuous improvement of patient outcomes and ongoing evaluation of nursing competence. Most include case studies and/or tutorial modules delivered in easy-to-learn, interactive formats.
In addition to institutional purchase, the courses will be included with the courses currently for sale on www.lww.com. In total, almost 300 courses will be available for direct purchase within the Lippincott's Professional Development catalogue. These courses cover a variety of specialty areas including critical care, cardiovascular care, obstetrics, neurology, pediatrics, behavioral health, and a wide variety of compliance, patient safety, professional development and disease state issues.
Starting this fall, the new co-developed courses will be available by subscription to hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
Alexander Street Press appoints David Parker as publisher for business products - 18 Jul 2013
Electronic publisher Alexander Street Press, US, has announced the appointment of David Parker as publisher for business products. David is the founder and past-president of Business Expert Press.
David brings with him more than 14 years’ experience in the e-learning and library products space. After founding Business Expert Press (BEP) in 2008, he served as president of BEP and sister publishing company Momentum Press. Prior to this role, he served as editor-in-chief and member of the global business publishing committee at Pearson Education, where he managed a team of editors responsible for more than $80 million in annual sales.
At Alexander Street Press, David will utilise his skills in digital publishing to launch multimedia business resources with e-learning functionality. In his new position, he plans to pair traditional business materials with previously undiscovered content to deliver exceptional digital-era teaching and learning products built to empower faculty and students in new ways.
David’s forthcoming work will build upon the rapidly growing business sector at Alexander Street Press, and will join the company’s suite of more than 80 academic online databases, including Global Business and Economics in Video.
Booksellers can now obtain book price and availability from Argosy Books via PubEasy - 18 Jul 2013
Ireland’s independent book wholesaler Argosy Books has joined the growing, international e-community of booksellers using PubEasy, the global enquiry and ordering service for the book industry. A service of ProQuest affiliate Bowker, PubEasy is a global publishing e-Marketplace that enables cost-effective, online access to order placement, order tracking, price, title and availability data.
Once Argosy goes live in August, titles serviced via its distribution facilities in Ireland will be available to registered booksellers with a PubEasy account for ordering and enquiry needs. Booksellers will be able to check price and availability and place orders with Argosy through PubEasy’s simple interface.
Booksellers who wish to receive free access to PubEasy can go to www.pubeasy.com and register online.
Connexin Software selects Health Language to enhance clinical documentation and regulatory compliance in its pediatric EHR solutions - 18 Jul 2013
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that Connexin Software has selected its Health Language applications to promote higher-quality clinical documentation and regulatory compliance in its suite of pediatric electronic health record (EHR) solutions.
The advanced Language Engine will be utilized by Connexin Software to normalise data into standard terminologies, ensuring compliance with Meaningful Use and ICD-10. Connexin will also use Provider Friendly Terminology, comprehensive content sets and mapping services to promote enhanced problem and diagnosis search, delivering more accurate and actionable clinical documentation.
Conceived and developed by practicing pediatricians, Office Practicum solutions by Connexin Software are designed to address the unique workflow needs of a pediatrician’s office. A full suite of solutions addresses everything from EHRs and practice management to exclusive vaccine prediction logic and bidirectional immunisation registry capabilities.
Elsevier publishes second edition of Molecular Biology as enhanced ePub3 book - 18 Jul 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the publication of the second edition of Molecular Biology as an enhanced ePub3 book, available from Apple’s iBooks and VitalSource.
Written by David Clark and Nanette Pazdernik and originally published in 2012, the new version of Molecular Biology is a transformation of traditional print textbook and reference content into a multidimensional digital format that is interactive, engaging and dynamic. It eliminates the need for students, researchers and professors to access content across multiple platforms and resources, bringing all the requisite learning tools – associated sites, online databases, journals, and supplementary material – under one roof for optimal use.
Molecular Biology, winner of a 2013 Texty award from the Text and Academic Authors Association, reflects the significant increase in the understanding of the molecular foundations of genetics. The book introduces basic concepts of how living organisms function at a molecular level and the technological advances that support the understanding of this, followed by more specific applications. Molecular Biology is published under the Academic Cell imprint, the result of collaboration between Academic Press books and Cell Press journals, combining primary research journal content with foundational book content.
The enhanced ePub3 version of Molecular Biology showcases Apple’s iBook functionality by combining self-testing digital widgets and high-quality primary research materials, all available offline and off-network. The interactive digital learning tools are designed to serve the needs of students, researchers and professors, and include 32 animations that bring abstract and complex concepts to life within the pages of the book; 36 ‘hot spot’ interactive learning widgets where the reader is prompted to select the area of the figure described by a keyword using the touch screen; 48 ‘drag and drop’ widgets to test knowledge of elements within a figure by dragging the appropriate label to the segment on the screen that it describes; and 62 Cell Press journal articles that correspond with chapters in the text.
In addition to the enhanced ePub3 book, Elsevier recently published several titles in the areas of life sciences under the Academic Press and Academic Cell imprints. These include The Dictionary of Cell & Molecular Biology by John Lackie; Handbook of Systems Biology by Marian Walhout, Marc Vidal and Job Dekker; Translational Neuroimaging: Tools for CNS Drug Discovery, Development and Treatment by Robert McArthur; and Molecular Biology (traditional print and ebook) by David Clark and Nanette Pazdernik.
All of these books are available through the Elsevier Store or can be found on ScienceDirect, a full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books.
IOP Publishing set to launch three new journals in 2014 - 18 Jul 2013
IOP Publishing, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute of Physics, will introduce three new journals in the field of materials science to its journal publishing programme. The journals are: Translational Materials Research, 2D Materials and Materials Research Express.
The new journals will enable IOP Publishing to respond to author and reader demand across the materials research community, while also supporting the company's broader physical sciences remit and established materials science programme.
Translational Materials Research will focus on the steps needed to translate breakthroughs in materials research into ready-for-market products and applications. The journal will combine primary research with news, analysis and opinion from both the creators of new technologies and key stakeholders in the policy, funding and business communities. Professor George Grüner from the University of California Los Angeles, USA, will serve as the journal's Editor-in-Chief.
2D Materials will bring together fundamental science and applications of one of the most rapidly developing classes of novel new materials. The journal will cover all aspects of graphene and other two-dimensional materials from a multidisciplinary angle. Professor Vladimir Fal'ko from the University of Lancaster, UK, will serve as the journal's Editor-in-Chief.
Materials Research Express has the broadest scope of the three new journals and will embrace the full range of research activities that now extend across materials science to complement IOP Publishing's other existing titles in the area. Meyya Meyyappan from NASA Ames Research Center, CA, USA, will be the journal's Editor-in-Chief.
All three journals will offer open access publishing options and will call for submissions later this year.
McGraw-Hill Education completes acquisition of Tata Group's stake in India joint venture - 18 Jul 2013
Digital learning company McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced the completion of its acquisition of the entirety of shares in Tata McGraw-Hill Education Private Limited, the company's long-existing joint venture with Tata Group. As part of the agreement, McGraw-Hill Education purchased the minority ownership stake in the company held by two Tata charitable trusts. The purchase comes as McGraw-Hill Education increases its focus on providing its educational solutions and services globally. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Formed in 1970, the Tata McGraw-Hill joint venture quickly became a leader in providing learning solutions to India's burgeoning economy in higher education, professional and test prep markets. As part of the transaction, the company will change its name to McGraw-Hill Education India Private Ltd.
The acquisition follows McGraw-Hill Education's recent announcement that it has signed an agreement to acquire ALEKS Corporation, the developer of the ALEKS adaptive learning technology for the K-12 and higher education markets. In January 2013, McGraw-Hill Education acquired an equity stake in Area9 Aps, the Denmark-based adaptive learning company.
OCLC Research scientists co-author second edition of Preservation Metadata report - 18 Jul 2013
Library information provider OCLC Research scientist Brian Lavoie and Richard Gartner from King's College London have co-authored the second edition of Preservation Metadata, which focuses on new developments in preservation metadata made possible by the emergence of PREMIS as a de facto international standard. This report will be of interest to digital preservation practitioners interested in learning about key issues in implementing preservation metadata (especially in the context of the PREMIS Data Dictionary), as well as anyone seeking to learn more about the general topic of preservation metadata.
In the space of less than a decade, preservation metadata has evolved from a research topic to an integral part of best practice for the long-term stewardship of digital materials. The first edition of this report chronicled the evolution of preservation metadata from concept to standard, ending with the release of the PREMIS Data Dictionary.
The report is intended for digital preservation practitioners interested in learning about the key developments in preservation metadata, especially as these development concern the PREMIS Data Dictionary. The report will also be of interest to anyone seeking to learn more about the general topic of preservation metadata. The focus of work in preservation metadata has shifted from theory to practice. Consequently, this report focuses on the key implementation topics that have emerged since the publication of the PREMIS Data Dictionary, including revisions of the Data Dictionary. The report also suggests some areas which future work in preservation metadata should address.
An abstract of Preservation Metadata (2nd Edition) is available below. The complete report is available from the Digital Preservation Coalition website (pdf: 986K/40 pp.).
Publishers Communication Group appoints Elica Markovska as European Business Development Manager - 18 Jul 2013
Sales and marketing service provider Publishers Communication Group (PCG) has announced the appointment of Elica Markovska as European Business Development Manager and member of the PCG management team.
Markovska will work closely with publishers based in Europe to support their outreach efforts with PCG’s core sales, marketing and research services. She will collaborate with new and existing clients to develop sales strategies including institutional promotions, telemarketing campaigns, consortia negotiations and library visits in the European academic market.
Markovska comes to PCG with broad experience in a variety of sales roles at Taylor & Francis and most recently sold content in Europe for the Burgundy Information Services on behalf of publishers including Alexander Street Press, Future Science Group, ICE Publishing, the IET, Mary Ann Liebert, Morgan & Claypool, Newspaper Direct, Royal Society of Chemistry and SPIE.
PCG, a division of Publishing Technology plc, is a sales, marketing and research firm providing audience development strategies for over 100 scholarly publishers each year. With offices in Boston, Oxford, São Paulo, New Delhi and Beijing, PCG combines a breadth of marketing and sales experience with a depth of industry knowledge in publishing and the global library community.
CAS announces 2013 SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry programme participants - 17 Jul 2013
Chemical information provider Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society, has announced the 2013 SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry programme participants. Since 2010, the program has been dedicated to providing Ph.D. students – and for the first time this year, postdoctoral researchers – from around the world an opportunity to help shape the future of chemical information.
The students and researchers selected will attend the 246th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Indianapolis, Ind., as part of their eight-day immersion with scientists, editors and staff of CAS and ACS Publications. Participants will also travel to Columbus, Ohio, to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the CAS databases are built and maintained, discuss challenges in scientific information, share feedback with SciFinder developers, and tour local centers of innovation and technology, such as TechColumbus, Battelle Memorial Institute and The Ohio State University.
The students and postdocs will join thousands of chemistry professionals to learn about 'Chemistry in Motion' in Indianapolis at one of the most respected scientific gatherings in the world. Above all, the SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to exchange ideas and network with peer scientists from around the world.
The 246th ACS National Meeting & Exposition will showcase contemporary research and future technologies that will transform the transportation industry in the 21st century.
EBSCO and EOS International partnership to enhance library discovery - 17 Jul 2013
Library resources provider EBSCO and EOS International, a leader in cloud computing library automation software, have announced a new partnership to bring more choice to libraries looking for a discovery solution. A joint development schedule will enable more tightly integrated access between EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) and EOS International's suite of ILS systems benefiting mutual customers and continuing EBSCO's partnership initiatives.
Providing access to EDS's unified index will expand the quality and amount of content available for EOS users, adding the enhanced features and functionality available from EDS. The partnership offers library end users a choice of interfaces to begin their research creating an intuitive unified search experience.
EDS has quickly become the discovery service for thousands of universities around the world. EDS provides a full-featured experience for end users bringing together a comprehensive index and a single search approach while also offering a true academic and powerful environment in order to facilitate a comprehensive discovery experience.
Elsevier announces 2012 Journal Impact Factor highlights - 17 Jul 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the highlights of its journal Impact Factor performance in 2012. According to the 2012 Journal Citation Reports (JCR) published by Thomson Reuters, Elsevier saw 53 percent of its journal Impact Factors increase from 2011 to 2012. Furthermore, 17 percent of Elsevier journals are in the top 10 percent of their subject category.
Elsevier journals top the rankings in 59 subject categories, up from 57 in 2011. Of Elsevier's 1,600 journals in the JCR, 44 percent are in the top 25 percent of their subject category. In 2012, 15 Elsevier journals have risen to the top of their subject category, including Cell, reclaiming the top position in "Biochemistry & Molecular Biology".
All of The Lancet journals' Impact Factors increased. The Lancet rose from 38.278 to 39.060. The Lancet Oncology saw an increase from 22.589 to 25.117 moving up its subject category ranking from 4th to 3rd position. The Lancet Neurology increased to 23.917, from 23.462, and The Lancet Infectious Diseases went up from 17.391 to 19.966, both journals maintaining the top rankings in their respective categories.
The journals of Cell Press, an imprint of Elsevier, mostly saw quite stable trends in Impact Factor, with highlights including strong growth from Molecular Cell – an 8 percent increase to 15.280 and Trends in Cognitive Sciences, which saw a 27 percent increase in comparison to 2011, to 16.008. Its flagship journal Cell continues to lead in its field with an impact factor of 31.957, and is the number one research journal in the Cell Biology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology categories.
Of the 420 titles in the JCR that Elsevier publishes on behalf of societies, 261, or 62 percent, showed a rise in their Impact Factors. Nine of these rank number one in their subject categories, among which Evolution and Human Behavior, rising from the 4th position in the category 'Social Sciences, Biomedical'. Two society journals reached a number one position for the first time: European Urology reached the number one position in 'Urology & Nephrology', and Forensic Science International: Genetics ranked highest in the category: 'Medicine, Legal'.
The Impact Factor helps evaluate a journal's impact compared to others in the same field by measuring the frequency with which recent articles in a journal have been cited in a particular year. The 2012 Impact Factor takes into account citations in 2012 to papers published in 2010 and 2011.
SAGE reports strong performance in 2012 Journal Citation Reports - 17 Jul 2013
Academic publisher SAGE reported strong performance across its journals portfolio in the 2012 Journal Citation Reports (Thomson Reuters, 2013), with an increase of 30 indexed titles on prior year to 461 across both the Social Science (SSCI) and Science (SCI) Citation Indexes.
Over the last five years, SAGE has experienced consistent growth in its coverage in the reports, with the increase in the number of JCR-indexed journals exceeding 60 percent. 52 percent of SAGE-indexed titles are now ranked within the top two quartiles of their JCR subject categories and 102 titles have achieved a top-10 category rank.
Eight titles have a top #1 category rank including American Journal of Sports Medicine (4.439), Child Maltreatment (2.589), Gender & Society (2.000), International Journal of Robotics Research (2.863), Journal of Consumer Culture (2.793), Journal of Management (6.704), Personality and Social Psychology Review (8.195), and Review of Educational Research (4.229).
Six SAGE titles were awarded their first Impact Factor. A particular highlight included Emotion Review, a recent SAGE launch published in association with the International Society for Research on Emotion, achieving a first impact factor of 1.894 placing it in the top quartile for Psychology, Multidisciplinary.
Within the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI), SAGE maintained a strong position across all subject categories with 256 journals ranked in the top two quartiles of their JCR subject categories. Particular 2012 highlights (achieving the highest number of total cites in their respective categories) were American Sociological Review, Social Studies of Science, and Theory Culture & Society.
Within the Science Citation Index (SCI), SAGE continues to significantly grow its coverage adding 18 titles to the 2012 release representing 13 percent growth on prior year and 77 percent growth over the last five years. Highlights include The Neuroscientist, which increased its impact factor to 5.633; Multiple Sclerosis Journal, which increased its impact factor to 4.472; and Journal of Dental Research, which both increased its impact factor to 3.826 and achieved the highest total cites in its subject category.
Scientific American announces science fiction competition, Quantum Shorts - 17 Jul 2013
Science magazine Scientific American has announced the Quantum Shorts 2013 competition, in partnership with Tor Books, a science fiction and fantasy publisher, and the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore. The Quantum Shorts contest encourages readers to submit a short story that is inspired by quantum theory. Entries can be submitted now through December 1, 2013 at http://shorts.quantumlah.org.
Quantum theory states that particles can be in more than one place at the same time, or exhibit a strange, almost telepathic link called entanglement.
A panel of judges will select the winners and runner-ups in three different categories: Open International, Student International and Student Singapore. The public will vote and decide the People's choice prize in the Open International category. Winners will receive a trophy, a cash prize and a one-year digital subscription to ScientificAmerican.com. The winner of the Open International category will be featured on ScientificAmerican.com.
The short story submissions are limited to 1,000 words in length, in English. Entries must be uploaded to the Quantum Shorts website at http://shorts.quantumlah.org, which also features a full set of rules and guidelines.
Student use of alternative and illicit course materials on the rise, says new BISG survey - 17 Jul 2013
Student use of alternative and illicit course materials is on the rise, according to new research from the Book Industry Study Group (BISG)'s ongoing survey of Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education. The second instalment in Volume Three of the study, powered by Bowker Market Research, shows that the percentage of students reporting they had downloaded course content from an unauthorized Web site has risen steadily to 34 percent from 20 percent when it was first measured in 2010. Over the same period, the percent of students saying they photocopied or scanned chapters of textbooks from other students rose from 21 percent to 31 percent.
Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education, Volume Three, Report 2 also features highlights from a parallel survey of higher ed faculty. Among the additional insights into the issues affecting college programs and curriculum is faculty concern about value in return for student spending. For instance, 75 percent of faculty respondents felt that the overall cost of obtaining a college degree is too high (although only 33 percent feel education at their own institution is too expensive). Faculty respondents reported that students typically paid $110 for a printed textbook and $58 for a digital textbook—down slightly from last year's survey results of $118 and $65. However, they felt that both print and digital course materials were priced higher than their value to the class and should be $74 for print and $40 for digital—also down from $79 and $48 last year.
For the first time 'Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education' explored Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and found that while awareness of these courses is still low among survey respondents, the phenomenon is beginning to impact student attitudes and behaviours. Slightly more than 15 percent of student respondents said they were familiar with MOOCs. Of those respondents familiar with MOOCs, 56 percent said they had explored or considered enrolling in one. Of those who actually enrolled in a MOOC, a remarkable 83 percent completed the course and 20 percent received college credit. Fully, 68 percent of all survey respondents said they would be more likely to try a MOOC for university credit if the tuition was lower than for an online or classroom course.
The findings from Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education come from a semi-annual online survey of college students, drawn from a nationally representative panel. The additional faculty survey is conducted once per year. To ensure the survey questions explore the appropriate trends and issues, they are developed in partnership with a variety of publishers and other companies serving the higher education market. In addition to the core question set, survey sponsors and other interested parties can submit proprietary questions to supplement the core fieldings.
The Dutch Publishers Association creates e-textbook offering with VitalSource Bookshelf platform - 17 Jul 2013
Vital Source Technologies, Inc., an Ingram Content Group company, and CB, a Netherlands-based educational content provider, have announced an agreement with the Dutch Publishers Association to develop a comprehensive e-textbook fulfillment platform for the higher education system throughout the region.
Publishers that are members of the association and that work with CB will have the opportunity to take advantage of expanded title reach through the platform, beginning this month. The VitalSource Bookshelf platform supports more than 17 languages, including Dutch.
Students, educators, and institutions who purchase e-textbooks from CB will enjoy the benefits that the VitalSource Bookshelf platform provides, which includes integrated download, online and mobile content options, advanced searching, annotation, reporting, note-sharing and accessibility features. The platform also provides analytic and outcome support tools to supplement learning.
CB integrated its online store with the VitalSource Bookshelf platform through industry-standard web integration.
The VitalSource Bookshelf platform claims to be the most used e-textbook delivery platform in higher education with more than 3.25 million users across 6,000 campuses worldwide. It uses the latest technology to enhance the learning experience through e-textbooks and digital education. Content from more than 350 of the world's top academic publishers is accessible to Bookshelf users anytime, anywhere, and on a variety of operating systems and devices.
zbMATH launches redesigned user interface with more intuitive and visual user guidance - 17 Jul 2013
Zentralblatt MATH (zbMATH), a leading online database for mathematics, has launched a redesigned user interface with more intuitive and visual user guidance. The main changes are the simplified search functionalities, in particular the ability to use any combination of criteria, continual refining of the search options, simplified switching between main categories, documents, authors or journals, and the integrated links between the indexed articles and the newly designed database swMATH. In the future the database will be accessible on mobile devices as well.
The online database zbMATH is produced jointly by FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure, the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the European Mathematical Society (EMS). Springer is responsible for the marketing of zbMATH.
The changes were made following a survey conducted by the EMS in 2012 among zbMATH users. The new website marks the first step in implementing feedback from the surveyed scientists. Additional elements tailored to meet their needs and further components will follow.
The database was first published in 1931 by Springer, and came to be regarded as the most comprehensive and oldest review journal for mathematics. zbMATH is now run as an online resource, and offers a wide variety of services that go far beyond the original concept of a journal, networking the mathematics research community across the globe.
The database covers almost the entire mathematics literature, making it the leading publication medium in the discipline. It currently contains three million citations from 3,500 journals and more than 1,100 book series, and 170,000 monographs. zbMATH reflects the current state of research in the field and its development over the past 150 years.
Chemistry-based industry is vital to Britain's recovery prospects, says RSC chief - 16 Jul 2013
The Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institution of Chemical Engineers echoed the main messages conveyed in a new report from the Chemistry Growth Strategy Group.
Commenting on Strategy for Delivering Chemistry-Fuelled Growth of the UK Economy, Dr Robert Parker, chief executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry said that chemistry-based industries and chemistry research in companies and on campuses comprise a vital facet of Britain's efforts to regain its economic momentum and to challenge world competitors.
Throughout this year, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institution of Chemical Engineers, Society of Chemical Industry, Chemical Industries Association and Chemistry Innovation Knowledge Transfer Network have been campaigning together to underline the tremendous contribution that the chemical sciences make to the economy.
The Strategy for Growth report highlights the need for competitive energy sources. The report, in particular, mentions shale gas, a developing source of fuel; if the UK adopts fracking to access shale gas, chemical scientists and engineers will need to play a central role in its production and in monitoring any environmental impact.
The report also puts the spotlight on the need for an innovative environment, and also the need to ensure a continuing supply of highly-skilled chemical scientists, including those with vocational, graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
EBSCO augments multilingual search functionality, enhances Arabic content search - 16 Jul 2013
Library resources provider EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced that it has improved upon its already superior platforms for Middle Eastern Studies. By enhancing multilingual content search technology, EBSCO will make the Arabic-language content in EBSCOhost databases and EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) more discoverable.
EBSCO products, including Arab e-Marefa, benefit from the improvements which overcome many of the challenges that arise when performing keyword searches in the Arabic language, such as variations in spelling that can occur across the Arabic speaking world. The search engine also accounts for unique characteristics in the Arabic language by removing common prefixes and suffixes that only serve a grammatical purpose.
Finally, it is quite common in Arabic for a noun to have an irregular (or "broken") plural, similar to English with mouse/mice or child/children. The search engine recognises broken plurals and returns documents containing either version.
The Arabic language search upgrades are part of EBSCO's efforts to support multi-language capabilities for non-English language searches. It is expected that these enhancements will further improve the already superior platform for Middle Eastern Studies that EBSCOhost and EBSCO Discovery Service provide.
Elsevier to provide 25 ROSATOM affiliated research institutes with access to ScienceDirect and Scopus - 16 Jul 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has extended its collaboration with Russia's State Atomic Energy Corporation (ROSATOM) by providing 25 research institutes with access to ScienceDirect and Scopus as part of its Knowledge Management Program.
Launched in 2011, ROSATOM's Knowledge Management Program offers its researchers an infrastructure to access and preserve international scientific information, supporting its development in fundamental and applied research in nuclear and radiation safety, nuclear medicine, composite materials and new energy sources. Providing access to ScienceDirect and Scopus expands the ROSATOM programme and will help the 25 affiliated research institutes to further develop their position in nuclear energy research.
ScienceDirect is a full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and 11,000 books. The platform offers search and retrieval functionalities that enable users to work effectively in the knowledge discovery process. ScienceDirect aims to revolutionise the traditional format of the academic paper. Interactive elements, enhanced online-readability, alerting services, and linking options to external datasets help researchers to build insights at the article level. ScienceDirect now has more than 10 million users; its wide reach makes it an ideal place for scientists to publish and disseminate their research findings.
Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, features smart tools to track, analyse and visualise scholarly research. Its vast database contains abstracts and references from nearly 21,000 titles from 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and Arts & Humanities. Scopus was designed and developed with input from researchers and librarians internationally; and features direct links to subscribed full-text articles, other library resources and interoperability with applications such as reference management software.
HighWire Press and Tizra announce strategic partnership - 16 Jul 2013
HighWire Press, a not-for-profit division of Stanford University Libraries, has announced a strategic partnership with Tizra to extend ebook functionality and integration to the HighWire Open Platform.
Combining an intuitive web control panel with uniquely integrated content remixing, ecommerce, SEO and mobile web capabilities, Tizra empowers content owners to respond quickly to market feedback and build brands that will hold up over the long haul. With the addition of Tizra's ebook reader features, HighWire publishers can now blend books alongside their e-journals, offering an integrated cross-content solution that falls into the reader's natural workflow.
With help from Tizra, HighWire's expanded ebook solution offers easy-to-read display, chapter navigation and page views, focusing on the page-turning experience; social sharing options (Twitter, Facebook, bookmarking) at the page level; increased discoverability through search engine optimisation and the ability to provide readers with cross-content recommendations; mobile optimisation using responsive and adaptive design to support access and viewing on smartphones and tablets; and intuitive tools available to editorial staff giving them direct control over content updates.
ICIS Chemical Business magazine unveils annual ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors listing - 16 Jul 2013
ICIS Chemical Business magazine has unveiled its annual ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors listing ranked by 2012 sales.
Topping the charts once again is Germany-based Brenntag, with $12.8 billion in sales, followed by US-based Univar with $10.3 billion in revenues. Germany-based Helm takes the third spot at around $7 billion in sales with US-based Nexeo Solutions in fourth with sales of $4.1 billion.
Currency conversions to US dollars for the ranking were based on year-end 2012 exchange rates.
The ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors ranking is available for download as a PDF at http://www.icis.com/pages/icis-top-100-chemical-distributors.
The ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors is a global ranking based on total sales. Separately, it also lists leaders in key geographies such as North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America and Middle East & Africa based on sales in those regions.
LexisNexis merges MEDai into healthcare business - 16 Jul 2013
LexisNexis Risk Solutions recently completed an agreement with its sister company Elsevier to transfer MEDai, its clinical-analytics-focused business unit, to the LexisNexis healthcare business. LexisNexis Risk Solutions and Elsevier are both part of Reed Elsevier Group plc.
The combined organisation will allow LexisNexis to offer a more comprehensive set of cost-containment solutions to curtail wasteful spending, help coordinate better care, improve population health management, enhance clinical outcomes and reduce exposure to fraud, waste and abuse (FWA).
This announcement comes as healthcare organizations strive to accomplish three critical goals driven by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - improve access to healthcare, improve outcomes and reduce overall costs. In order to achieve progress against these priorities, many payer and provider organisations are deploying technology at an enterprise level to address and align the needs of various operational workflows.
This transfer follows LexisNexis' fall 2012 acquisition of EDIWatch, a provider of fraud, waste and abuse (FWA) technology solutions exclusively for the healthcare payer industry. Through that acquisition, LexisNexis added products to address FWA detection, recovery, and prevention while leveraging automated business fraud rules and analytics and adding user-friendly case management workflow tools and investigatory services.
Springer and Bookshare in deal to make content available globally to people with print disabilities - 16 Jul 2013
STM publisher Springer has signed an agreement to provide Bookshare with world rights to its titles. Bookshare provides people with visual impairments, physical disabilities and/or learning disabilities access to copyrighted digital accessible books. Springer published more than 7,500 book titles in 2012, and it is home to one of the world's largest Scientific, Technical and Medical (STM) eBook collection.
Springer claims to be the first major STM publisher to commit to making its books accessible at this scale. By contributing digital files directly to Bookshare, students with disabilities will receive accessible books in a timely fashion. Additionally, the cost of making these books available is reduced significantly.
Providing STM content in accessible formats is particularly difficult due to the highly graphical nature of the content. Digital files will be created in the EPUB2 file format which can be converted to specialised accessible formats such as DAISY. As a result of this agreement, Springer will deliver over 10,000 EPUB files to Bookshare, followed by thousands of new titles annually.
Wolters Kluwer Health announces Impact Factor gains across its LWW journal portfolio and Medknow OA titles - 16 Jul 2013
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced impact factor gains across its Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) journal portfolio and Medknow open access titles with the release of the latest Impact Factor (IF) scores and specialty rankings, based on the 2012 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters).
The Medknow open access journal platform continued to gain influence globally with 79 percent of the 14 titles listed in the JCR posting an increase in their IF rating over the previous year.
For LWW's 200 titles listed in the JCR Rankings, including 38 titles in the Social Science Index, 50 percent of the journals had gains over the previous year with 16 titles increasing 25 percent or more. Impressive gains were noted in LWW's rankings across categories in the JCR Science category. In the top 5 rankings, LWW holds 27 spots across 12 specialties; in the top 10 rankings, LWW holds 60 spots across 27 specialties; and rounding out the top 20 rankings, LWW holds 82 spots across 36 specialties.
Circulation (IF 15.202), published on behalf of the American Heart Association (AHA), maintained its #1 position in Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems category. In the surgery category, Annals of Surgery (IF 6.329) still holds the #1 ranking and is the most-cited journal in its category with 36,761 citations. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, published on behalf of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, increased its Impact Factor 5 percent to 3.535. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation took the #1 spot in the Rehabilitation category increasing 33 percent (IF 4.443), while Ear & Hearing (3.262), the official title of the American Auditory Society, increased 27 percent to take the #1 ranking in the Otorhinolaryngology specialty. In the Social Sciences Index, Epidemiology, the official title of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, held its #1 ranking in the Public, Environmental & Occupational Health category.
Other titles showing impressive gains include the Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing rising 90 percent (IF.727), Orthopaedic Nursing moving 48 percent (IF .688), and the European Journal of Cancer Prevention increasing 40 percent (IF 2.974).
Rankings are published annually in the Journal Citation Reports, a registered trademark of Thomson Reuters. Impact Factor (IF) is a measurement of the frequency by which an article in a scholarly journal is cited in a particular year. It is considered by many to be a measure of a journal's influence and prestige.
Emerald announces winners of 17th Annual Citation of Excellence Awards - 15 Jul 2013
Academic publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited, UK, has announced the winners of its 2013 Citation of Excellence Awards. Now in their seventeenth year, these distinguished annual awards recognise the 50 most outstanding articles published by the top 300 management journals in the world. These include Harvard Business Review, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Finance, Strategic Management Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review and McKinsey Quarterly.
With 15,000 article abstracts published in these journals annually, receiving a Citation of Excellence is an extraordinary achievement and represents one of the highest accolades that an author can achieve. Authors of the winning articles receive an official certificate and logo to display on their work. The award brings with it peer recognition and, frequently, increases in research funding.
For 2013 Emerald has again been working with Professor Anne-Wil Harzing, using the Publish or Perish software program, to select the winners using a two-tier system based on citations and research impact.
The number of citations received by each paper abstracted for Emerald Management Reviews over the previous three years has been analyzed using Anne-Wil Harzing's Publish or Perish citations analysis software, and separated into the main subject areas of management, economics and business. As papers need at least three years to accumulate citation data, the 2013 Awards have been selected from papers published in 2009.
A shortlist of the most highly cited papers for each subject area was then assessed by an editorial judging panel, who chose the final top 50 best papers based on their research impact using Emerald's Impact of Research quality criteria, developed in conjunction with editors of over 250 Emerald journals.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 15 Jul 2013
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Michael Clarke (Why the Apple Ebook Ruling is a Loss for Publishers, Authors, and Readers); Joe Wikert (Why are you surprised by Amazon's pricing fluctuations?); Samuel Moore (Academics: Ask not what Open Access can do for you, but what it can do for your disciplines); Joseph Esposito (What Happens When the Marginal Cost of Content is No Longer Zero?); and Gillian West (Digital content consumers would welcome the option to buy and sell second-hand content). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
Nature Communications' and Scientific Reports' submission and publication rates continue to grow rapidly - 15 Jul 2013
Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG) has announced that Nature Communications and Scientific Reports are now the fastest growing journals published by NPG. Launched in 2010 and 2011 respectively, both journals reached the milestone of 2000 published papers in June 2013, and their submission and publication rates continue to grow rapidly.
The 2012 Journal Citation Report (JCR) places Nature Communications at #3 and Scientific Reports at #8 in the top 10 Multidisciplinary Sciences titles. Nature remains #1 in the Multidisciplinary Sciences, with an Impact Factor of 38.597, and is the most cited science journal in the world with 554,745 citations in 2012.
Nature Communications, with over 7000 citations in 2012 and an Impact Factor of 10.015, is now in the top 2 percent of all science journals worldwide, according to the 2012 JCR. Scientific Reports received its first impact factor this year (2.927) ranking eighth out of 56 journals in the Multidisciplinary Sciences category.
The Nature Communications website had over 4.3 million page views in 2013 (January-June), and now receives more submissions per month than Nature. The journal has already published more articles in the first six months of 2013 (723 articles) than in the whole of 2012 (702 articles). The first six months of 2013 account for 36 percent of Nature Communications' total output to date. The journal is projected to publish 1650 articles in 2013. Nature Communications offers an open access publication option to authors, and 38 percent of content published since launch is open access under Creative Commons (CC) licenses.
Scientific Reports is NPG’s fastest growing journal. More than 1,000 papers have been published in Scientific Reports so far in 2013, 50 percent of the total output since the publication launched in June 2011. All articles in Scientific Reports are open access under CC licenses. The Scientific Reports website has had 3.5 million page views to date in 2013.
Open-access platform Libre set for October launch, academics invited to publish papers and solicit reviews - 15 Jul 2013
Three academics are set to launch a new open-access platform that they hope will allow researchers to wrest control of peer review from journals and remove academic publishers' justification for charging high prices for their titles.
The Libre platform, slated for launch in October, will host open reviews of manuscripts solicited by the authors themselves. The authors will also be encouraged to continually update their manuscripts in the light of the ongoing comments.
Pandelis Perakakis, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Castellón in Spain and co-founder of Open Scholar, the UK-registered non-profit company that will run Libre, said that journals used their present 'monopoly' on administering peer review to justify excessively high prices – even though the current model of peer review was flawed by conflicts of interest.
Dr Perakakis acknowledged that the pressure on academics to publish in high-status journals made it unrealistic to ask them to commit exclusively to Libre.
But instead of being the 'gatekeepers of quality', journals' role should be 'to detect the most interesting articles and combine them in meaningful collections for specific audiences' – at a much reduced cost. He hoped that reviewers would be persuaded to submit open reviews not only by the lure of 'doing the ethical thing' but also by the prospect of building up a public reputation as reviewers.
Reviews will be citable and readers will be able to rate them. The Libre platform will also present various metrics about article usage.
The idea for Libre was first set out in the 2010 Scientometrics paper 'Natural selection of academic papers' co-authored by Dr Perakakis and the other two founders of Open Scholar.
Registrations now open for ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses 2013 - 15 Jul 2013
Registration is now open for the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at four ARL member libraries through 2013. Dates are being finalised for course offerings at seven additional ARL libraries in 2014.
ARL and SAA have designed a weeklong immersion in four core courses of the DAS programme for ARL library staff to take alongside their peers. Registration is per course - participants are not required to sign up for the whole week but are offered a package discount if they do. The four courses being offered are: Digital Archives and Libraries; Digital Forensics (newly expanded to two days); Digital Curation: Creating an Environment for Success; and Preserving Digital Archives.
The special weeklong offering of the four DAS courses will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago: September 9–13; University of New Mexico: October 21–25; Ohio State University: November 4–8; and University of California, Los Angeles: December 16–20.
The courses will be offered at seven additional ARL institutions in 2014. Interested parties may visit the ARL website for the list of host institutions.
Three new publishers participate in the CLOCKSS digital preservation archive - 15 Jul 2013
The CLOCKSS Archive has announced the participation of the Philosophy Documentation Center; Reveal Digital; and the Southwest Journal of Pulmonary and Critical Care. CLOCKSS will preserve their collections in its geographically and geopolitically distributed network of redundant archive nodes, located at 12 major research libraries around the world.
This action provides for content to be freely available to everyone after a "trigger event" and ensures an author's work will be maximally accessible and useful over time.
The Philosophy Documentation Center has been serving the scholarly community on a non-profit basis since 1966, earning a reputation for excellence with the publication of essential reference materials, peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, and research databases.
Reveal Digital is a revolutionary platform and framework for libraries to collaborate and create unique digital collections using a strict cost-recovery pricing model. It helps libraries and other content owners work together as partners to bring rare – and untapped – content to the digital world as an effective alternative to popular mass digitisation projects.
Southwest Journal of Pulmonary and Critical Care is the official publication of the Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado Thoracic Societies. It is an on-line, broad-based journal that features original research in the multidisciplinary specialties of chest medicine, such as pulmonology, critical care, sleep medicine, and more. In addition, the journal features case presentations, chest imaging and pathology for clinicians, relevant reviews, and much more.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office launches Global Patent Search Network - 15 Jul 2013
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently launched the Global Patent Search Network, a free service that will eventually provide translations of patents granted in multiple countries and languages. The agency hopes to make patent research easier and more comprehensive with this move.
The Global Patent Search Network recently came online and immediately began providing Chinese patent documentation for search and retrieval - both full-text Chinese patents and English machine translations. According to PTO Acting Director Teresa Stanek Rea, users can search documents including published applications, granted patents and utility modes from 2008 to 2011 in this collection, which will periodically be updated with more current data.
The PTO says the new search tool offers an additional source of foreign patent collections to the public and to the agency's patent examiners. The immediate availability of English machine translations, even though imperfect and sometimes awkward, will allow for quick analysis of the relevancy of the prior art while reducing the need for costly human translations.
The PTO is soliciting suggestions from the public to help it identify future enhancements to the Global Patent Search Network. Ideas should be sent to GPSN@uspto.gov.
MetaMetrics partners with five major publishers to provide Quantile measures for over 30 new mathematics textbooks - 12 Jul 2013
MetaMetrics, developer of The Quantile Framework for Mathematics, recently collaborated with five major publishers to provide Quantile measures for more than 30 new mathematics textbooks that cover materials intended for students in Kindergarten to 10th grade. These textbooks will join over 600 textbooks and 3,500 resources currently measured that can be found using the 'Find Your Textbook' search tool available on Quantiles.com.
The Quantile Framework for Mathematics is a unique measurement system that uses a common scale and metric to assess a student's mathematical achievement level and the difficulty of specific skills and concepts. The use of Quantile measures can lead to improved mathematics teaching and learning by providing a way to target instruction and monitor student growth toward proficiency standards and the mathematical demands of college and careers.
The recently measured textbooks and their publishers include: McGraw-Hill Education: Everyday Mathematics (18 books - Grades K-6), Algebra I; Carnegie Learning: Carnegie Learning Math Series (3 books - Grades 6-8); Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Texas GO Math! (3 books - Grades 6-8); Big Ideas Learning®: Big Ideas Math (3 books - Grades 6-8), Algebra I; and Pearson: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II.
The majority of these textbooks were measured for state textbook adoptions as states are moving toward textbooks aligned with Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). CCSSM help communicate what is expected of students at each grade level in order to better prepare students to succeed in college and in the workforce.
The Quantile Framework differs from other measurement systems in that it evaluates student mathematical achievement and the difficulty of mathematical skills and concepts and places them on the same developmental scale. Quantile student measures describe a student's readiness for instruction and indicate which skills and concepts the student is ready to learn and those that may require more background instruction. Educators and parents can use this information to connect the student with resources that are designed to meet his or her unique learning needs and to determine if the student is ready for the demands of college and careers.
MOBIUS provides member libraries with access to over 138,000 eBook titles with EBSCO eBook subscriptions - 12 Jul 2013
Library resources provider EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), US, has announced that for the first time, people in Missouri will gain access to more than 138,000 unique e-book titles at 59 MOBIUS member libraries. MOBIUS recently purchased EBSCO eBook subscription packages from EBSCO.
The subscription provides quality information resources to all ages and levels of users from kindergarten to college and beyond with Academic, Community Colleges, Public Schools, K-8, High School and Medical collections. The subscription gives 59 MOBIUS member libraries unlimited simultaneous user access to a large selection of multidisciplinary EBSCO eBook titles covering a wide range of subject matter.
New titles are added regularly and feature a growing selection of frontlist and award-winning titles from leading publishers. Because the eBooks are searchable through the familiar EBSCOhost interface, users can discover relevant eBook titles alongside other EBSCO databases, find the same intuitive search features and tools and enjoy a simple download process.
Annual subscription is one of the ways EBSCO enables libraries to add e-books to their collection. Libraries are also offered a growing number of purchase and lease options as well as patron driven options. E-books are available on an individual basis as well as in Subject Sets, Featured Collections and Custom Collections. EBSCO eBooks represents a deep collection of e-book content that is accessible via a variety of devices. EBSCO eBooks are provided with no markups and no fees and can be ordered through the EBSCOhost Collection Manager, YBP's GOBI3 or Ingram's OASIS, allowing libraries more freedom to make purchasing decisions.
Seoul National University opts for Ex Libris Alma - 12 Jul 2013
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that Seoul National University (SNU) has selected the next-generation Alma library management solution. SNU is the first Korean institution to join the Alma early-adopter programme, following in the footsteps of over 160 leading institutions worldwide.
Seoul National University sought a new solution to replace its legacy library system, which no longer met the needs of library staff and users.
Ex Libris is a provider of automation solutions for academic, national, and research libraries. Offering the only comprehensive product suite for electronic, digital, and print materials, Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future.
Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables libraries to maximise productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.
Serials Solutions expands Dutch audio-visual content in the Summon service - 12 Jul 2013
Serials Solutions, a ProQuest business, has acted on requests to expand discovery of audio-visual content by working with the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision ('Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid') to include the database Academia. One of the largest audio-visual archives in Europe, the institute preserves a major part of the Dutch audio-visual heritage.
Academia is an online database providing access to thousands of hours of video and audio for higher education in the Netherlands with sources selected from the archives of the Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision. The collection comprises about 60,000 records covering historical and recent television, radio and film material.
The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision ('Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid') is a cultural-historical organization of national interest. It collects, preserves and opens the audiovisual heritage for as many users as possible: media professionals, education, science and the general public. In addition, the institute develops and disseminates knowledge in the area of audiovisual archiving, digitisation and media history.
The Summon service makes global content available to scholars worldwide, with an interface available in 32 languages and dialects. It applies native-language searching capabilities and language-tuned relevancy for 17 languages.
Springer publishes 1,000th volume of Methods in Molecular Biology - 12 Jul 2013
STM publisher Springer has published Vascular Proteomics, the 1,000th volume of Methods in Molecular Biology (MIMB), both part of the SpringerProtocols database. Making this accomplishment even more noteworthy is the fact that the series has had the same editorial direction for its entire 30 years through John Walker, whose name is synonymous with MIMB.
As one of the first series to introduce the step-by-step protocols approach for reproducing laboratory techniques, MIMB was groundbreaking when it was created, and is a mainstay in labs and colleges across the world. In addition to detailed directions, MIMB was the first to provide a notes section including tips, tricks, shortcuts and troubleshooting advice. So rather than just presenting techniques, guidance from the users themselves is also offered. Finally, each volume focuses on specific sub-disciplines, not just a spattering of general protocols. This makes the series unique due to the depth and focus of each volume.
MIMB was also the impetus behind the creation of the SpringerProtocols product. Making up 90 percent of SpringerProtocols content, MIMB spawned many of the other primary series in the protocols family. The chapter lay out and format from MIMB also served as the template for all other protocols series, which offer up reproducible, tested and trusted laboratory guides for scientists everywhere.
Stephen Carter to succeed Peter Rigby as Group Chief Executive of Informa Plc - 12 Jul 2013
Informa Plc, an international publishing, business information and events company, has announced that Peter Rigby will retire as Group Chief Executive at the end of 2013. Stephen A. Carter, currently a non-executive board director, will succeed him on January 1, 2014.
Peter first joined Informa in 1983 and has served as Chief Executive or Executive Chairman since 1988. Under his leadership, Informa has grown from a company valued at a few million pounds to a business with a market capitalisation exceeding £3 billion.
Stephen A. Carter (49), who has been an Informa board director since 2010, was formerly President/Managing Director EMEA and President/Managing Director Global Managed Services at Alcatel-Lucent, the telecommunications and technology group. Before joining Alcatel-Lucent, he worked in a number of senior roles in the media and communications sector, including serving a term as the Founding Chief Executive of Ofcom, the UK Communications Industry Regulator.
The orderly leadership transition follows a sustained period of growth at Informa, which now employs more than 7,000 people across its Academic Publishing, Events and Business Information operations.
Ukrainian research institutions to benefit from broader access to Elsevier content and solutions - 12 Jul 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced its cooperation with the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science in order to provide access to Elsevier's scientific databases for sixty Ukrainian research institutions.
A Declaration of Intent for Cooperation has been signed by the Ministry of Education and Science and Elsevier. The agreement includes access to Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. The Ukrainian Ministry also intends to license ScienceDirect, Elsevier's full-text platform for research literature and Elsevier's SciVal research management solutions, which provide insights into research performance.
The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine is the central executive body, whose activities are directed and coordinated by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. The Ministry is a part of the Central Executive Authority of Ukraine and is the main body responsible for the central executive development and implementation of National Policy in education and science, (including issues of innovation and information technology, and intellectual property rights), Youth, Physical Culture and Sport.
Baker & Taylor and Bookmasters, Inc announce strategic partnership - 11 Jul 2013
Baker & Taylor, a distributor of digital and physical books, has entered into a strategic partnership with Bookmasters, Inc., a provider of publisher services. This partnership will expand Baker & Taylor's portfolio of value-added services to include the full suite of high quality services Bookmasters currently offers.
The services include print-on-demand and short run digital printing; offset printing, as well as a full range of binding formats; content and editorial services; eBook conversion and distribution; publisher distribution services and third-party fulfilment; and book sales and marketing services.
Bookmasters will work closely with the Baker & Taylor leadership team to leverage Baker &Taylor's substantial relationships with domestic and international publishers.
Baker & Taylor and Bookmasters are independently owned by investment funds controlled by Castle Harlan, Inc., a New York-based private equity firm. The two companies will operate under a commercial agreement to capitalise on their complementary strengths.
Blackboard announces free, flexible option for running massive open online courses - 11 Jul 2013
Enterprise technology and innovative solutions provider Blackboard Inc., US, has announced a free, flexible option for running massive open online courses (MOOCs): a hosted instance of Blackboard Learn, the company's flagship learning management system (LMS). With more institutions looking to offer large, open courses, the offer will give institutions a fully functional, flexible platform option complete with social learning capabilities and a wide range of course management and student engagement features.
The platform will be available soon to all Blackboard clients at no extra cost in a non-exclusive, non-binding manner. The option lets schools retain full control over the form and direction of their MOOC courses. In addition, institutions maintain all current and future revenue associated with MOOCs that are offered for-pay or for-credit.
Several course management features of Blackboard Learn currently support large courses and will scale for MOOCs. These include rule-based learner identifications to find and take various actions on students at scale, last name searches to quickly filter through hundreds of students and automatic group creation to help large courses 'feel smaller' to students.
Mobile applications for Blackboard Learn enable students and instructors to access all MOOC course content from iPhone, iPad, or Android devices.
Karo Bio opts for Reaxys and Reaxys Medicinal Chemistry to support chemists in research and development - 11 Jul 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that Karo Bio, a developer of innovative drugs for large medical needs, has started to use Reaxys and Reaxys Medicinal Chemistry. Karo Bio has chosen the solutions to support its chemists in their research and development objectives, ensuring they have quick and easy access to state of the art chemistry information.
Reaxys, with its recent expansion of chemistry data and capabilities now encompassing content of over 16,000 periodicals, is recognised by users as having the deepest and richest fact-base of experimentally measured chemistry data. Reaxys Medicinal Chemistry offers access to data from a vast repository of peer-reviewed journal articles and patents and is interoperable with Reaxys.
Adding this content to Karo Bio's information sources means that chemists will have readily available access to relevant information. That, coupled with the flexibility of the search function and the way results are presented, will enable chemists to more quickly identify and prioritise viable compounds, helping reduce the time it takes to bring innovative drugs to market.
Reaxys and Reaxys Medicinal Chemistry are part of Elsevier Life Science Solutions, a suite of interoperable, domain-specific, decision support tools which span the discovery and development workflow; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, TargetInsights, Pathway Studio, PharmaPendium, QUOSA and Embase.
ProQuest appoints Tony Rummans as VP, Global Sales - 11 Jul 2013
Information resources and technologies provider ProQuest, US, has announced the appointment of Tony Rummans as Vice President Global Sales. In this role, Rummans will be responsible for leading the Global Sales organisation, helping to drive the strategic transformation of ProQuest's integrated go-to-market approach.
In addition, Rummans will also serve on the sales, marketing and customer experience leadership team.
Rummans has a rich background of international sales leadership with 30 years' experience in the information technology industry. He most recently served as Senior Vice President for Americas Software & Solutions Sales at Kofax, a leading provider of smart process applications.
ProQuest is celebrating the 75th anniversary of microfilm and the legacy of innovations that have supported researchers and librarians for more than a century. The launch of University Microfilms, Inc. (UMI) introduced a new era for libraries, enabling preservation and sharing of large document collections.
Springer announces impact factor increases for journals in 2012 - 11 Jul 2013
STM publisher Springer has announced that among those journals receiving a first-time impact factor (IF), 46 were Springer publications. Thomson Reuters recently released its Journal Citation Reports (JCR) for 2012.
This brings the total number of Springer journals with IFs to 1,539, many of which are published on behalf of Springer's society partners. In addition, the growth in citations among Springer journals was also impressive, with 86 percent of the portfolio's journal titles having increased their citations. Finally, 55 percent of journals increased their impact factors, another indication of the quality and reach of Springer's journal publications.
Among the list of journals that received a first-time IF, 21 were open access (OA), including those at BioMed Central. The total number of Springer's OA journals with an impact factor now stands at 163, which account for a full 41 percent of all open access journals at Springer. These figures further underscore the importance of open access in the world of scientific publishing.
Swets introduces Open Access APC management service - 11 Jul 2013
Information services provider Swets, Netherlands, has introduced a new APC management service. As the open access publishing model expands at an increasing rate, new challenges naturally arise for libraries, publishers, funders and researchers. Libraries in particular have to develop, implement and manage new workflows and procedures across their institutions that are time consuming and resource-heavy. One of the major administrative burdens revolves around Article Processing Charges (APC's), which are paid to publishers for (Gold) Open Access papers. Swets' new APC management service seeks to address this need directly.
Swets aims to reduce the burden on the library by managing the complex APC invoicing and payment processes on their behalf. The service provides APC management for all types of institution: APC fund management options to keep track of spending; a single point of contact to handle all publisher relationships; a clear, concise way to handle all micro-transactions; a means to reduce the number of invoices that need processing; and detailed, real-time reporting on the status of all transactions
Customers interested in Swets' APC Management service should visit www.swets.com/open-access or contact the company directly to discuss their requirements at http://info.swets.com/OA2-join-requestform-eng.
Thomson Reuters acquires BioWorld - 11 Jul 2013
BioWorld and its companion publication Medical Device Daily (MDD) have been acquired by Thomson Reuters, a leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.
It is expected that joining Thomson Reuters will allow the company to further invest in innovation and to grow its offerings. Thomson Reuters is also the provider of Cortellis. Thomson Reuters Cortellis is a single source of pharmaceutical intelligence with flexible delivery options for quicker, more-informed decision making.
Bringing the BioWorld portfolio into Thomson Reuters will strengthen publications by giving journalists access to all the information Thomson Reuters captures on the industry. The news and industry perspective published by BioWorld and MDD will likewise strengthen the information, analytics and insight Thomson Reuters delivers to its customers.
ALPSP seeks new representative for representation on the Publishers Licensing Society Board of Directors - 10 Jul 2013
Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) is seeking an individual from a member organisation to represent the interests of all ALPSP members as a Director on the Board of the UK Publishers Licensing Society (PLS). The Board is made up of representatives from each of the three owners and ALPSP provides three representatives. One of the ALPSP representatives will complete his term and stand down at the end of 2013.
Established by the UK publishing industry in 1981, PLS is a collective management organisation (CMO) working on behalf of publishers to facilitate licensing solutions for education, public bodies and businesses. PLS provide mandates to the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) which in turn provides the licences to end users. It is PLS's responsibility to ensure that the distribution of income from such licences is accurate, efficient and transparent. PLS also plays an important role in promoting publishers' interests by protecting and strengthening copyright and licensing in the both UK and overseas.
PLS is part-owner of the CLA (with the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society) and PLS Board members are also responsible for providing guidance and support in the management of this joint venture. An ALPSP representatives is likely to be asked to represent the PLS Board on the CLA Board at some point in the future. The CLA Board also has a number of sub-Committees and any PLS Board member could be asked to serve on them.
Skills required for this position include, but are not reserved to, a knowledge of copyright and licensing, corporate governance, negotiation, and scholarly and professional publishing.
Candidates wishing to be considered for this position should provide details of their relevant experience to Audrey McCulloch, Chief Executive of ALPSP by July 26. ALPSP Council will be responsible for agreeing the successful candidate.
Core measures compliance feature added to Lippincott’s Nursing Advisor - 10 Jul 2013
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has developed a new feature for Lippincott's Nursing Advisor that can help nurses and hospitals better meet Core Measures. Developed by The Joint Commission in conjunction with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Core Measures are evidence-based quality indicators designed to improve patient care by focusing on improving outcomes. Lippincott's Nursing Advisor is a leading online clinical decision-support solution used by nurses in hospitals and other healthcare institutions.
To develop the new feature, Wolters Kluwer Health asked nurses how they implement the Core Measures. Many said that they had access to good descriptions but had little specific guidance addressing the steps required to meet each measure. The new Lippincott's Nursing Advisor feature is designed to make it easier for nurses and hospitals to comply.
Developed and reviewed by expert nurses and quality managers, Lippincott's Nursing Advisor Core Measure programme helps nurses understand each core measure and relate it directly to patient care. The new content also identifies key nursing interventions the nurse can take to ensure the core measure is met.
Core Measures are sorted into sets as defined by The Joint Commission with each set consisting of multiple individual measures. A total of 13 Core Measure Sets, including Acute MI, Heart Failure and Venous Thromboembolism, have been incorporated into Lippincott's Nursing Solutions. Content will be reviewed and updated on an annual basis to ensure that it conforms to the most current Joint Commission standards.
Lippincott's Nursing Advisor includes more than 3,000 collective entries of critical, evidence-based information spanning diseases, treatments, diagnostic tests, drugs, signs & symptoms, nursing care plans, core measures, and patient education. Using the system's proprietary synoptic search, the product delivers the appropriate entry within seconds of a nurse's inquiry. When a nurse requires further reference, access to nursing-related eBooks is now available directly from the product.
Written by nurses for nurses, Lippincott's Nursing Advisor is the leading nurse-centric resource designed for online and mobile point-of-care environments. In use in hospitals and healthcare institutions worldwide, the product is accessible from any Internet-enabled device including PCs and mobile devices such as iPad and Android tablets.
Elsevier launches two new modules in Pure, its research information management system - 10 Jul 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of two new modules in Pure, Elsevier's research information management system. These modules are: Award Management and Research Intelligence.
Pure, one of the latest additions to Elsevier's SciVal research management tools, aggregates an institution's research and faculty information and provides customised reports for research administrators, researchers and librarians. The system facilitates an evidence-based approach to making business decisions, setting research strategy and performing assessment exercises.
With the Award Management module in Pure, users are now able to track funding opportunities, structure the grant application process and provide an overview of awarded grants and related projects. The Research Intelligence module complements this by allowing users to set departmental targets and display these and other customised metrics, such as Snowball Metrics, on dashboards that can be easily shared with members of their organisation. Together these modules help Pure extend its coverage across the research management life cycle, enabling the entire institution to more successfully track and manage their research effectiveness.
Designed to support the many stages of the research planning cycle, Elsevier's SciVal suite of solutions provides information about research performance, funding and expertise to enable informed decision-making and drive successful outcomes. Serving research institutions, funding agencies and policy bodies, SciVal delivers objective analytical capabilities that can enhance the performance of individuals, teams and organisations.
John Wiley & Sons appoints Dr. James Milne as Publishing Director, Physical Sciences - 10 Jul 2013
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has announced that Dr. James Milne has been appointed to the position of Publishing Director, Physical Sciences. Dr. Milne will join the leadership team of the Research Communications group, part of Wiley's Global Research business from September 1.
Dr. Milne brings over twenty years of experience in scientific publishing and will lead Wiley's global physical science journals portfolio from Oxford, England, and Weinheim, Germany, the home of the Wiley-VCH imprint.
Dr. Milne first entered STM publishing by joining Pergamon Press after completing his PhD in computational structural engineering. After Pergamon was acquired by Elsevier Dr. Milne held a number of editorial positions over 17 years, becoming Executive Publisher for Chemistry and latterly Business Developer, Innovation and Business Development.
In 2009 Dr. Milne joined the Royal Society of Chemistry as Editorial Director, being appointed Managing Director, Publishing a short time later. He is Chair of the STM Training Committee and a member of the board and council of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers.
Wiley's physical sciences portfolio is an established source of world leading research, as reflected by the recent increase in journal impact factors. Leading titles include Angewandte Chemie, Advanced Materials and Advanced Energy Materials.
UBM Tech's InformationWeek appoints four new editors, James Donahue promoted to Managing Editor - 10 Jul 2013
Business information provider UBM Tech, US, has announced four new editors and one promotion for its InformationWeek. All four editors will contribute to InformationWeek's move onto a new community-based media platform, where IT professionals will find the latest technical and business information; connect with their peers and with InformationWeek's editors and contributors; and ultimately engage with that community to ask and answer questions, share ideas and debate the latest issues.
Wyatt Kash joins the team as Editor of InformationWeek Government. Kash will lead InformationWeek Government's editorial mission to provide IT professionals at federal, state and local government agencies with news, analysis, research, and insight on IT strategies and initiatives. Previously, Kash was part of an AOL startup team that helped create, launch, manage and market a specialized government IT news website featuring advanced social media tools. He is based outside Washington, DC.
Shane O'Neill joins InformationWeek as Managing Editor. Prior to InformationWeek, O'Neill was Assistant Managing Editor at CIO.com, and his news stories and blog posts have appeared in a variety of Web and print publications, including NYTimes.com, PCWorld.com, Computerworld.com and Bloomberg Businessweek. In 2011, he won an ASBPE Bronze Award for his blog "Eye On Microsoft."
Alexandra Rudansky joins InformationWeek Healthcare as Associate Editor. A recent graduate of Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, she has interned at McClatchy Washington Bureau, Chicago Sun-Times and the Washington Post.
Kristin Burnham joins the InformationWeek team as Senior Editor. She will cover social business, IT career and leadership issues, and general assignment news. Burnham most recently served as senior writer at CIO.com, where she covered social business and led IDG's efforts on Facebook. Burnham won a 2010 National Digital ASBPE Gold Award for a story she wrote related to Facebook privacy. She will be based outside of Boston. She is a graduate of Syracuse University.
Copy Chief James Donahue has been promoted to Managing Editor of InformationWeek, where he has worked for 18 years. Donahue has also worked for Elsevier and William Morrow, and has done freelance writing and editing.
Vital Source unveils e-textbook building block for Blackboard Learn platform - 10 Jul 2013
Vital Source Technologies, Inc., an Ingram Content Group company, has announced the general availability of a comprehensive e-textbook Building Block that integrates its VitalSource Bookshelf platform with Blackboard Learn, Blackboard's flagship learning management system (LMS).
The VitalSource Building Block for Blackboard Learn is an integrated e-textbook solution that benefits institutions, instructors, and students. In addition to providing single sign-on integration between the two systems, the VitalSource Building Block is the first Blackboard integration for e-textbooks configured to work directly with Blackboard Mobile Learn for iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle Fire devices.
Instructors can search, sample and adopt VitalSource Bookshelf platform e-textbooks and make them available directly for students within their Blackboard Learn course environment with a single click. Instructors can quickly construct courses, deep link to rich media and interactive learning activities, and annotate and direct students to exact sections of an e-textbook and required readings. Through rich analytic tools, faculty can easily view individual and aggregate class engagement data, and use it to manage successful learning outcomes.
Through the VitalSource Building Block, students have instant access to feature-rich interactive e-textbooks that allow for deep exploration of online content. The Building Block provides access to the cutting-edge technology the VitalSource Bookshelf platform offers, including integrated notes and note sharing, highlight features, annotations and more. The platform provides complete portability online, offline and across devices so wherever a Vital Source e-textbook is read, a students' work will always be in sync.
The integrated solution fully supports the needs of the two education business models. Institutions that include textbooks as part of tuition can place e-textbooks directly into Blackboard Learn courses for immediate student access, while supporting add/drop periods at the start of class. Alternatively, a student-purchase option would give instructors the opportunity to make e-textbooks available for students to purchase or rent from within their Blackboard Learn course environment.
The VitalSource Bookshelf platform claims to be the most used e-textbook delivery platform in higher education with more than 3.25 million users across 6,000 campuses around the world. It uses the latest technology to enhance the learning experience through e-textbooks and digital education. Content from more than 350 of the world's top academic publishers is accessible to VitalSource Bookshelf users anytime, anywhere, and on a variety of operating systems and devices.
APA and the APA Insurance Trust announce new business relationship - 09 Jul 2013
The American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Association Insurance Trust (The Trust) have announced that they have agreed to restructure their long-standing relationship, and, together with the American Psychological Association Practice Organization (APAPO), enter into a new business arrangement.
This new relationship will enhance the ability of APA and APAPO to provide funding for mission-related advocacy and other projects and, at the same time, enable The Trust to strengthen the stability of its insurance programmes through an expanded marketplace while continuing to offer a premier array of insurance and financial security products and risk-management services to its policyholders.
Under the terms of the new business arrangement, APA will receive a one-time payment from The Trust totalling $6.25 million, which will be paid over the next 24 months. Going forward, The Trust will operate as a programme partner with APAPO and will be the sole authorized and preferred insurance provider for APA and APAPO members under a five-year agreement, for an additional payment totalling $3.75 million.
The majority of these prospective payments - $3.25 million - will be designated to the APAPO budget to support its mission. Taken together these payments from The Trust will provide a critical new revenue stream to APAPO and APA to fund their respective mission-related work, including advocacy for appropriate reimbursement for psychological services, research funding, mental health care access and quality in psychology education.
Over the last two years, APAPO has assumed the responsibility for selecting and managing affinity and business-partner programs for all APA and APAPO members. The APAPO will manage the program partnership with The Trust. The new business relationship between APA, APAPO and The Trust became effective on July 1, 2013.
Barnes & Noble announce organisational changes - 09 Jul 2013
The Board of Directors of Barnes & Noble, Inc. have announced that William Lynch has resigned as Chief Executive Officer and director of the Company effective immediately. The Company also announced other organisational changes.
Michael P. Huseby has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of NOOK Media LLC and President of Barnes & Noble, Inc. Max J. Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble College will continue to lead the digital education strategy and report to Huseby, as will the Executive Management team of NOOK Media. Huseby and Mitchell Klipper, Chief Executive Officer of the Barnes & Noble Retail Group, will report directly to Leonard Riggio, Executive Chairman of Barnes & Noble, Inc.
The Company also announced that Allen Lindstrom, Vice President and the Company's Corporate Controller, has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc. He will report to Huseby. Kanuj Malhotra, Vice President of Corporate Development, has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer of NOOK Media LLC.
Huseby joined Barnes & Noble as Chief Financial Officer in March 2012, and has led the Company's financial organisation since that time. Prior to joining Barnes & Noble, he had a distinguished career in the media communications industry having most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cablevision Systems Corporation, a leading telecommunications and media company.
Lindstrom joined Barnes & Noble in November 2007 as Vice President, Corporate Controller. Prior to joining Barnes & Noble, Lindstrom was Chief Financial Officer at Liberty Travel, Inc.
Malhotra joined NOOK Media in May 2012 and in his role as Vice President of Corporate Development has been responsible for developing strategic priorities for growth and profitability. He was previously Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Affinion International.
Elsevier articles on ScienceDirect and datasets in the ORNL DAAC data repository now reciprocally linked - 09 Jul 2013
STM publisher Elsevier has announced its implementation of reciprocal linking between Earth Science content on ScienceDirect and related data sets of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory Tennessee (ORNL).
The ORNL Distributed Active Archive Center (ORNL DAAC), which is funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, US, provides facilities for archiving, discovery and accessibility of biogeochemical dynamics data. Research datasets deposited at the ORNL DAAC are now automatically linked to relevant articles in Elsevier journals available on ScienceDirect using DOIs, and vice versa.
This fruitful cooperation between Elsevier and the ORNL DAAC promotes the flow of data into trusted archives and supports long-term storage, wide availability and preservation of research data. Interconnecting journal articles and relevant data serves the needs of researchers and funding agencies by diminishing the loss of data and helps researchers find data that is necessary to reproduce results from the literature.
This type of linking between articles and data is one of the pillars of Article of the Future, Elsevier's on-going programme to improve the format of the scientific article.
RSC Publishing selects TSO’s OpenUp platform to publish bibliographic Linked Open Data - 09 Jul 2013
The Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing has chosen TSO, part of the Williams Lea group, and their OpenUp platform to publish bibliographic Linked Open Data.
Building on and supporting complementary platforms and projects such as ChemSpider, OpenPhacts and Prospect, the RSC will open up its bibliographic data from thousands of journal articles as Linked Data, accessible under an open metadata licence.
The project will initially include 20,000 articles which is approximately 40 million Resource Description Framework (RDF) statements, including bibliographic metadata from three RSC journals - Chemical Communications, MedChemComm and Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry (OBC). In the first release the datasets will include basic citation information (title, author, publication date, etc).
To support the RSC's strategy to unlock the potential from data, a dedicated RSC Linked Data portal, will encourage developers and consumers to query and pull the RDF for re-use via SPARQL queries or a Linked Data API. Consumers and Developers will be able to search and query the bibliographic data alongside other RSC datasets using TSO's Flint SPARQL query editor. The Linked Data can be mashed up with other open data sources to create innovative applications and visualisations extending its value for the scientific community.
TSO will set up and host the data, held as RDF on its OpenUp Linked Data platform. The leading in-house team will use its expertise in Linked Data and semantic technologies to provide an end-to-end solution for the RSC including data modelling, URI scheme and reporting.
The RSC joins another prominent scientific publisher, Nature Publishing Group (NPG), in selecting the OpenUp RDF hosting service, to disseminate scientific Linked Data. The tried-and-tested platform has already been relied upon for the dissemination of Linked Data for some of the most important government institutions such as the National Archives - their UK legislation, data published in the Gazettes - and the Office for National Statistics.
SAGE announces winners of SAGE sponsored ARL attendance grant for IFLA Congress 2013 - 09 Jul 2013
Academic publisher SAGE has announced the three recipients of the co-sponsored Academic and Research Libraries Section (ARL) attendance grant for the annual IFLA World Library and Information Congress (IFLA WLIC).
Joseph A. Semugabi, Librarian at the Law Development Centre, Uganda; Sasekea Harris, Academic Librarian at the University of the West Indies; and Aditya Nugara, Head of Library at Petra Christian University, Indonesia, were all selected for their creative and insightful take on how the conference will impact their professional development.
Each travel grant supports a librarian or information professional with a free place at the IFLA WLIC, taking place this year in Singapore from August 17 - 23. Each winner will also have their congress experience published as part of The Academic and Research Libraries Section (ARL) blog, to be published three months after the conference.
A discussion with the award winners is being held at IFLA WLIC on August 20 from 12:45-13:45 in the Expo Pavilion, Exhibition Hall.
SAGE will be taking part in two panel discussions at IFLA WLIC. Consortia/Library Sales& Marketing Director Rosalia Garcia will be presenting as part of the panel discussion on the future of the library, and Group Marketing Manager Nell McCreadie will be presenting the findings of SAGE's research study into library value in the developing world. In addition SAGE will be running a "How to Get Published" panel session.
Elsevier launches Quiz for Science series for universities and institutions in Pakistan - 08 Jul 2013
STM Publisher Elsevier has announced the launch of the Quiz for Science series for 30 leading universities and institutions in Pakistan, recognising local research efforts from across the country.
Quiz for Science is based on content and information available through ScienceDirect, Elsevier's database of scientific, full-text information. All students, researchers and faculty of the 30 leading universities and institutions in Pakistan have access to ScienceDirect through the digital library program of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and can participate in the quiz. Quiz for Science is designed as an innovative and interactive way for researchers to enhance their scientific knowledge while providing them an opportunity to win prizes.
To participate in the quiz, each applicant must register and answer 20 questions in the subject area of their specialisation. The majority of the questions contained in the quiz are based on journal articles published by Pakistani researchers over the last few years.
The initial phase of the quiz runs from July 4 to October 31, 2013.
International Neuroethics in Medicine calls for papers - 08 Jul 2013
Open access publisher BioMed Central has announced a cross-journal thematic series which addresses 'International Neuroethics in Clinical Practice: From Bench to Bedside and Beyond'. The series Editors are James Giordano, Editor-in-Chief of Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine, and Dan Stein, guest Editor.
The expanding applications of the neuroscience foster questions about the definition of treatment, the limitations and limits of biomedical technology, and issues of justice in the provision of medical goods, services and resources. Neuroethics is the ethics of these questions, and is somewhat contentious.
Given the broad international scope of neuro-scientific research and use, neuroethics must be sensitive to multi-cultural issues to be viable in the pluralist world-stage that defines 21st century medicine and society. Submissions addressing the questions, concepts, problems, and potential solutions in medical research and practice as enacted internationally and cross-culturally are welcome. To gather the full range of viewpoints researchers, scholars, and practitioners in the sciences, humanities and practices of medicine are all invited to submit to this thematic series.
Submissions to this series are welcome and all manuscripts will undergo rigorous peer review according to the relevant journals' policies. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2014.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 08 Jul 2013
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Joe Wikert (When will ebook covers evolve?); Tom Allen (E-books strain relationship between book publishers and libraries); Graham Steel (Science is fundamentally a peer-to-peer process and online communities will shape the evolution of scholarly publishing);and Bonnie Swoger (Textbooks and open educational resources). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
MRS Communications receives first impact factor - 08 Jul 2013
Academic publisher Cambridge University Press and Materials Research Society have announced that MRS Communications received its first impact factor (IF) of 1.250, based on just one issue. Also notable - the journal achieved this ranking in its first year of eligibility and within two years of its launch.
In addition, the Journal of Materials Research and MRS Bulletin have increased their respective IFs. The IF for the Journal of Materials Research rose to 1.713 and the IF for MRS Bulletin, one of the most widely recognised and highly respected publications in advanced materials research, increased to 5.024.
The IF is a measure of the frequency with which the average article in a specific journal has been cited in a particular year or period. It helps recognise journals of key importance in their subject area and is one of the evaluation tools provided by Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports.
Launched in 2011 by the Materials Research Society and Cambridge University Press, MRS Communications was the first journal of its kind to establish future directions for the broad materials science community via Prospectives articles. The journal, attracting Open Access and traditional submissions, brings together researchers and professionals from the full range of materials fields, including physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and engineering, to identify and report on trends in research.
NLM collaboration with The Universities at Shady Grove expands to include virtual internships - 08 Jul 2013
The Universities at Shady Grove (USG), in partnership with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), will offer five virtual internships to students from the University of Maryland, College Park, College of Information Studies (iSchool), beginning Fall 2013. USG is a campus community of nine leading Maryland universities.
The virtual internships will span NLM's research and development initiatives and social media outreach.
The 'Assessing the quality of automatic classification of NLM customers requests and corresponding automatically generated responses to customers requests' project will assess the feasibility of providing an automatic reply to some of the thousands of inquiries received annually for changes to MEDLINE/PubMed. Dr. Dina Demner-Fushman, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communication, will serve as mentor and project sponsor.
The 'Should NLM resources be added to Wikipedia?' project will examine the potential to use Wikipedia as a method of directing the public to NLM websites through linking of web topics pages. Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, Specialized Information Services Division, will serve as mentor and project sponsor.
The 'Creation of a promotional strategy for NLM_HIVplus50 Twitter handle?' project will assist in the development of a promotional strategy for the @NLM_HIVplus50 a Twitter handle that provides news, updates and resources on HIV/AIDS and aging adults.
Andrew Plumer, Specialized Information Services Division, will serve as mentor and project sponsor.
Creation of a "Tech Tuesday" monthly forum for familiarizing National Library of Medicine (NLM) staff with current emerging and converging technologies project will investigate new technologies and determine which ones would be most useful for a monthly brown bag session. Jamie Peacock, Specialized Information Services Division, will serve as mentor and project sponsor.
Social media 360: scanning the landscape of literature to research and provide recommendations for how the National Library of Medicine (NLM) can most effectively use social media to provide health information to the public project will investigate social media platforms and innovative uses of these. Project goals include evaluating the pluses and minuses of NLM Twitter chats; developing a 'how to' guide for NLM staff wishing to start up new social media outlets; and exploring some of the most popular and successful Facebook pages and Twitter feeds and what they're doing to communicate their messages and share their information. Melanie Modlin, Office of Communication and Public Liaison, will serve as mentor and project sponsor.
NLM has a longstanding commitment to open its collection, products and services to the public. Virtual internships allow NLM to further extend access to include interns who might not otherwise be able to physically spend time at NLM and on the NIH campus. As an institution, NLM has extensive experience in supporting flexiplace and telework options for its own employees and through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), working with contracted staff throughout the country. This experience, along with the many students NLM trains through Alternative Spring Breaks, internships, and fellowships, lends itself to offering a rich and robust internship experience virtually.
PLoS journals now optimised for tablets - 08 Jul 2013
PLoS has announced that its journals are now optimised for tablets. In December 2012, PLoS redesigned its journals, and although these journals have always worked on tablets, they are now tailored to suit these devices as part of a continued roll-out of site enhancements to meet the needs of the community.
Many of the new site features introduced are ideally suited to the tablet's touch interface. These include: more prominent figures and a figshare widget to visualise Supporting Information files. Improvements to content navigation are also supported by the addition of touch and swipe capability.
These tablet optimisations is just the beginning of PLoS's efforts to improve the mobile experience. It will next focus on optimizing journals for mobile phones. PLoS will replicate all the core features found on the main journal websites but enhancing them for use on the go. It is currently working on features such as presenting content only when it is needed to improve loading speed on low bandwidth connections and simplifying the visual interface for small touch screens.
BioMed Central launches new OA journal, Movement Ecology - 05 Jul 2013
Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced the launch of a new open access journal Movement Ecology, marking a significant milestone in this field of research as the first journal of its kind. The journal is associated with the new movement ecology institute The Minerva Center for Movement Ecology.
Movement phenomena are among the most basic characteristics of life, playing a key role in determining evolutionary and ecological processes including major global environmental concerns. Movement Ecology welcomes manuscripts on any taxa and any movement phenomena (e.g. foraging, dispersal or seasonal migration) addressing important research questions on the patterns, mechanisms, causes and consequences of organismal movement.
Co-Editors-in-Chief Ran Nathan, a pioneer of the movement ecology paradigm, and ecological mathematician Luca Giuggioli aim to include novel insights from empirical and theoretical approaches into the ecology of movement of the whole organism (animals, plants or microorganisms) as the central theme.
Included in the launch issue is an editorial by the Editors-in-Chief introducing the central themes of Movement Ecology, followed by three high quality articles providing just a glimpse of the diversity of this journal.
Bioscientifica launches Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports website - 05 Jul 2013
Bioscientifica, the publishing arm of the Society for Endocrinology, has announced the launch of its new Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports website, which is now live.
Unique in its proposition, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports claims to be the only resource publishing and linking together case reports in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. The product is endorsed by leading international societies, including the Brazilian Society of Endocrinology & Metabolism, the British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes, the Endocrine Society of Australia, the European Childhood Obesity Group, the International Neuroendocrine Federation, the Japan Endocrine Society, the National Osteoporosis Society, and the Society for Endocrinology, with more to be announced soon.
This newly launched open access product publishes peer-reviewed case reports which are free-to-read for everyone across the world, thereby maximising both visibility and readership of authors' work. Purposefully designed, the website will provide users with a wealth of easily accessible information and engagement tools. With its full-text search and sophisticated browse functionality, users will navigate between cases with ease in order to spot trends and contradictions.
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports has an esteemed Editorial Board led by three Editors-in-Chief – Maralyn Druce (London), Jennifer Green (USA) and Martin Silink (Australia).
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports publishes case reports across a broad scope ranging from articles reporting unusual symptoms and novel treatments to key findings which shed new light on the possible pathogenesis of a disease. Each case report highlights key learning points for readers, thereby furthering both medical education and clinical practice.
Cengage Learning in deal with lenders to restructure balance sheet and strengthen financial position - 05 Jul 2013
Educational content, software and services company Cengage Learning, Inc., US, has announced an agreement with certain of its lenders to restructure its balance sheet and significantly reduce its about $5.8 billion of outstanding debt to better position the Company for long-term growth and profitability.
In order to implement the financial restructuring, Cengage Learning and all of its domestic wholly-owned subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for reorganisation under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York.
In conjunction with the Chapter 11 filing, Cengage Learning entered into a restructuring support agreement with an ad hoc committee of first lien lenders who hold approximately $2 billion of the Company's first lien debt. In this agreement, the lenders committed to support a restructuring transaction that will eliminate more than $4 billion in debt from Cengage Learning's balance sheet and position the Company to implement management's strategic business plan.
Cengage Learning maintains substantial cash balances and expects to generate positive cash flow, and therefore does not need nor intend to obtain debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing. In addition, the Company has reached an agreement with its secured lenders that permits it to continue to use cash flow from operations to continue to fund the business and meet obligations in the normal course during the restructuring process.
Cengage Learning plans to make timely payment to vendors for goods and services provided to the Company during its restructuring in the normal course of business. It is anticipated that employees will continue to receive their usual pay and health and welfare benefits.
Cengage Learning has filed customary 'First Day Motions' with the Bankruptcy Court, which, if granted, will help ensure a smooth transition to Chapter 11 without business disruption and will minimise impact on its employees, customers, authors, content providers, business partners, vendors and suppliers. The motions are expected to be addressed promptly by the Court.
Cengage Learning plans to make timely payment to vendors for goods and services provided to the Company during its restructuring in the normal course of business. The Company fully anticipates that employees will continue to receive their usual pay and health and welfare benefits and is confident that the Court will approve its request to do so.
Cengage Learning's non-U.S. subsidiaries are not included in the U.S. Chapter 11 filings and will continue to operate in the ordinary course without interruption.
Elsevier announces launch of new journal - Water Resources and Economics - 05 Jul 2013
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the launch of a new journal - Water Resources and Economics. The journal is published in association with the International Water Association (IWA) and the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE). The first issue of the journal is a special issue presenting findings from the 10th Annual Meeting of the International Water Resource Economics Consortium and is now available for free online on ScienceDirect.
At a time when concerns about the impact of climate change on the availability and distribution of global water resources continue to grow, Water Resources and Economics aims to provide a forum for the discussion of the economic dimensions affecting the allocation and use of water resources.
Prof. Dr. Roy Brouwer of the Institute for Environmental Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.
All articles published in the first issue are freely available on Science Direct.
SAGE announces winner of 2013 ALPSP travel grant - 05 Jul 2013
Academic publisher SAGE has announced the recipient of their 2013 library travel grant for the ALPSP International Conference. Penny Andrews, Library Graduate Trainee at Leeds Metropolitan University won by answering 'what would be your top tip to give students about conducting research.'
Penny was chosen by the SAGE judging panel for her consideration of the influential role of the librarian in supporting students and capturing the value of the librarian for academic institutions.
The travel grant supports a librarian or information professional with a free place at the ALPSP International Conference from 11-13 September.
UC Libraries discontinue Taylor & Francis system-wide journals license - 05 Jul 2013
The Libraries on the ten UC campuses and the California Digital Library (CDL) have discontinued their system wide Taylor & Francis journals license in favour of local campus subscriptions effective January 1, 2013. Three important system wide principles were the basis for the decision - achieving sustainable pricing, better aligning cost to value, and maintaining the highest quality journal content possible across a broad range of disciplines.
Clear UC-focused value metrics by subject category combined with a structured, holistic review process encompassing all system wide journal packages were used to inform this decision, which will save the Libraries nearly 45 percent over previously projected costs.
Severe budget challenges combined with continuing escalation in the cost of scholarly journals have required UC Libraries to seek economies in system wide online journal expenditures. Since 2010, one package has been discontinued and several other packages have been scaled back to control costs.
A strategic and holistic approach to journal evaluation was undertaken in 2012 using objective, quantifiable, metrics that took into account multiple vectors of value. Comparisons of quality, utility and cost effectiveness were made across all journal publisher packages that UC licenses, focusing on packages that were up for renewal in 2013.
An overview of this methodology is available in the February 2012 CDLINFO article 'Calculating scholarly journal value through objective metrics.' The evaluation methodology carefully accounted for disciplinary differences to ensure that all disciplines of study at the university would be adequately supported. In addition, UC librarians on all 10 campuses did an extensive review of the Taylor & Francis journals using their subject expertise and knowledge of local library licensing practices.
APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education awarded to Dr. Carissa Klein of Australia - 03 Jul 2013
Dr. Carissa Klein of Australia was awarded the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE), sponsored by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and Elsevier. The award was presented by Minister Gusti M. Hatta, Indonesian Ministry of Research and Technology.
Dr. Klein's selection is a result of her research with the University of Queensland that uniquely addresses the issue of sustainable ocean development by striking a balance between biodiversity conservation and socioeconomic viability.
This is one of the issues Dr. Klein's research effectively addresses. Her work has helped two APEC member economies - Malaysia and the United States - sustainably zone the ocean for fishing and conservation. Using spatial conservation prioritization, her research informed a systematic design of a network of marine protected areas along California's central coast that accounted for commercial and recreational fisheries in the region.
The APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research, and Education is an annual award that recognises young scientists. Each member economy, through its representative on the APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI), is invited to nominate one young scientist under the age of 40 to be considered for the ASPIRE Prize. The US $25,000 ASPIRE prize is sponsored by Wiley and Elsevier, two of the world's leading publishers of scholarly scientific knowledge.
Holiday Notice - 03 Jul 2013
This is to inform our esteemed subscribers that there will be no newsletter dispatch on July 4, 2013, on account of Independence Day. We will resume our newsletter service on Friday, July 5, 2013. The newsletter will contain all the headlines that have appeared after the July 3rd issue.
IEEE journals post impressive impact factors - 03 Jul 2013
Technical professional organisation IEEE has maintained its position as one of the top publishers of science and technology journals. According to the 2012 Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports (JCR) released in June 2013, IEEE journals sustained their status as premier scholarly publications, earning high rankings in the Impact Factor report.
The publications that ranked #1 in their respective categories include IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics (Automation & Control Systems); IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems (Computer Science – Artificial Intelligence); IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics: Part B, Cybernetics (Computer Science – Cybernetics); IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems (Computer Science – Hardware & Architecture); IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation (Computer Science – Theory & Methods); IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics (Engineering – Industrial); IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (Engineering – Manufacturing); and IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (Telecommunications).
The report also found that IEEE publishes all of the top 10 journals in the Telecommunications category and 8 of the top 10 journals in the Electrical & Electronic Engineering category based on the Eigenfactor score, a scale that measures the number of times articles from a journal are published in the last five years.
The JCR offers a systematic, objective means to critically evaluate the world's leading journals. By compiling articles cited references, the JCR helps to measure research influence and impact and shows the relationship between citing and cited journals.
Mayo Clinic Proceedings 2012 Impact Factor grows to 5.79 - 03 Jul 2013
The latest Impact Factor data for Mayo Clinic Proceedings shows progressive growth over the past 13 years, with the newly released 2012 scoring (published June 19, 2013) bringing the journal to a 5.79 Impact Factor. This places the journal in the top 7 percent of 151 journals in the Medicine, General & Internal category.
While most top-tier journals witness ups and downs in scoring year-to-year, Proceedings is unique in increasing its Impact Factor in twelve of the last thirteen years. This trend reflects both upon Mayo Clinic leadership for their support of the journal's editorial excellence and independence, and upon the efforts of the editorial team to turn Proceedings into a premier scholarly journal.
The flagship journal of Mayo and one of the premier peer-reviewed clinical journals in general medicine, Mayo Clinic Proceedings is among the most widely read and highly cited scientific publications for physicians, with a circulation of about 125,000. The journal welcomes submissions from authors worldwide, publishing articles that focus on clinical medicine and support the professional and educational needs of its readers.
NLM’s History of Medicine Division launches new blog ‘Circulating Now’ - 03 Jul 2013
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced that its History of Medicine Division has launched a new blog, Circulating Now, to encourage greater exploration and discovery of one of the world's largest and most treasured history of medicine collections.
Encompassing millions of items that span ten centuries, these collections include items from books, journals, and photographs, to lantern slides, motion picture films, film strips, video tapes, audio recordings, pamphlets, ephemera, portraits, woodcuts, engravings, etchings, and lithographs.
The NLM's historical collections also include items from the present day - born-digital materials and rich data sets - like the millions of records in its IndexCat database - that are ripe for exploration through traditional research methods and new ones that are emerging in the current climate of 'big data' and the digital humanities.
Circulating Now will bring the NLM's diverse historical collections to life in new and exciting ways for researchers, educators, students, and anyone else who is interested in the history of medicine. Whether you are familiar with NLM's historical collections, or you are discovering them for the first time, the blog will be an exciting and engaging resource to bookmark, share, and discuss with other readers.
SAE International unveils new scholarly journal on transportation safety - 03 Jul 2013
Engineers and technical experts association SAE International has announced the availability of a new scholarly journal focusing on accident prevention and occupant protection – specifically accident reconstruction, injury investigation, intra-vehicle safety mechanisms, and mitigation related to human travel.
The SAE International Journal of Transportation Safety encompasses basic research as well as issues of vehicle design and infrastructure. It provides a forum for scholarly works concerning all aspects of injury causation and mitigation associated with any transportation system. This includes safety mechanisms, impact, and injury response and tolerance on multiple scales, with the objective of developing restraint, vehicle, and infrastructure environments that are safer for the occupant, rider, passer-by, and war-fighter. Broad areas such as biomechanics, crashworthiness, accident reconstruction, and physical and computational modeling are within the Journal's scope.
For decades, SAE International has worked with industry leaders and researchers to present research and publish information on accident prevention and occupant protection. This new Journal facilitates discussion among researchers, engineers, academic faculty and students, and industry practitioners working with systems as well as components on the technological aspects of biomechanics, occupant restraints including child safety seats and automatic occupant protection systems (e.g., air bags), pedestrian safety, electric vehicles and noise, vehicle testing, and crashworthiness.
Two issues of the Journal will be published in 2013 (June and August). The first issue will feature technical papers from the SAE 2013 World Congress; and the second issue will feature technical papers from other events sponsored by SAE International and related organisations. An open call for papers is planned for 2014.
Dr. Warren Hardy, an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech and Wake Forest universities, is the Editor-in-chief of the Journal.
STN partners, FIZ Karlsruhe and CAS launch Version One of new STN platform - 03 Jul 2013
The STN partners, FIZ Karlsruhe and Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) have announced the launch of Version One of the new STN platform. Users from hundreds of organisations worldwide explored Version One during the half year of beta testing, providing valuable feedback. Their feedback confirms that the new STN platform design, project-oriented workflow, search power, precision, and speed meet professional searchers' exacting demands and exceed their expectations.
The broad release of Version One of the new platform extends the benefits of this new technology to all organisations using STN under fixed fee programs. Version One is the first step toward a modern and powerful new STN system.
Version One of the new STN platform delivers core STN content including the complete CAS REGISTRY and CAplus content along with Thomson Reuters' Derwent World Patents Index (DWPISM), including the Derwent Chemistry Resource (DCR). Proprietary search technology offers new features that allow for STN's unique content offering to be explored in new ways.
With its advanced design, STN's intuitive user interface is oriented toward the work processes of patent specialists. Users can manage their search strategies and results in dedicated 'projects,' which enable search professionals to organize and efficiently work on numerous projects concurrently. Specific emphasis has been placed on workflow. The user interface has been designed to show search query, history, and results at a glance while highlighting the most relevant answer sets. The greatly increased search capacity allows for completely new approaches to searching and results evaluation.
Robert Massie, President of CAS noted that users will be supported on both current and new STN platforms, with access on the new system provided initially to fixed fee customers. Access will be extended to transactional customers in 2014. He also confirmed that the STN partners will continue to fully support and enhance the classic STN platform during the transition period.
177 universities in Turkey gain access to Scopus and ScienceDirect for next 3 years - 02 Jul 2013
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced an agreement with the Turkish Academic Network and Information Center (ULAKBIM) to provide 177 academic and research institutions in Turkey with access to Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. In addition, access to ScienceDirect, Elsevier's full-text platform for research literature has been extended.
The 3-year agreement ensures Turkish researchers can benefit from access to high quality scholarly information resources and tools, allowing them to stay abreast of scientific developments in their fields. The previous ScienceDirect agreement with ULAKBIM provided access to 104 institutions, whereas the new agreement welcomes an additional 73 new members.
ULAKBIM aims at providing technological facilities such as computer networks, information technology support, and information and document delivery services, to meet the information requirements of universities and research institutions, and to increase the efficiency and productivity of their end users. ULAKBIM consists of National Academic Network (ULAKNET) Unit, which undertakes the task of formation and operation of research and education network infrastructure in Turkey, and Cahit Arf Information Center, which provides information and document supply services nationwide.
British Academy publishes series of 8 newly commissioned articles debating future of open access - 02 Jul 2013
The British Academy has published a series of 8 newly commissioned articles reflecting on the challenges and opportunities for humanities and social sciences open access publishing practices.
Debating Open Access - edited by British Academy Vice-Presidents Professor Nigel Vincent and Professor Chris Wickham - demonstrates that there is still much work to be done in ensuring that government policies to mandate open access publication do not damage the quality and reputation of UK academic research.
The collection includes contributions from experts across the spectrum of humanities and social sciences research. These include Dr Rita Gardner, Director of the Royal Geographical Society; Professor Stuart M. Shieber, founding director of Harvard University's Office for Scholarly Communication; Professor Chris Wickham, British Academy Vice President (Publications); Professor Stephen Curry of Imperial College; Dr Martin Paul Eve, director of the Open Library of the Humanities; Ziyad Marar, Global Publishing Director at SAGE; Professor Robin Osborne of Cambridge University; and Professor Nigel Vincent, British Academy Vice President (Research and Higher Education).
The full collection and individual articles is available to read and download from July 1, 2013 at www.britac.ac.uk/openaccess.
California State University San Marcos opts for Ex Libris’ Alma and Primo for resource management and discovery - 02 Jul 2013
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that California State University San Marcos has selected the Alma library management service and the Primo discovery and delivery solution.
The university library will consolidate library operations under Alma, which will replace a number of systems including the Innovative Interfaces Millennium integrated library system and Ex Libris SFX OpenURL link resolver.
The decision to collaborate with Ex Libris came as part of a campus-wide strategy to migrate systems to the cloud with the goal of reducing the technical burden on library staff members so that they can focus on other initiatives. The sophisticated relevance ranking and intuitive interface of Primo were also important factors in the university's decision.
CSU San Marcos is the second member of the California State University system to opt for Alma, joining California State University, Sacramento.
Encyclopedia of Life Open Access Support Project begins next phase with new eligibility criteria - 02 Jul 2013
The new phase of the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) Open Access Support Project (EOASP) started July 1, 2013, with some slight changes in eligibility criteria.
The aim of the EOASP project is to increase the data flow into EOL, promulgate the open access publishing model in taxonomy and support and educate next generation of taxonomists in open science principles. It provides help for taxonomists living in developing countries to publish their results in quality journals and pays tribute to retired taxonomists by continuously supporting their research. EOASP is also an initiative aiming to motivate publishers to modernise their publishing models and workflows.
The main change in the eligibility criteria concerns the content of the publication. Manuscripts will be considered for funding only in case they contain at least 4 taxon treatments. They do not need to be newly described taxa. A good example is a genus treatment (re-description) consisting of at least three species treatments, either new or re-described.
The total amount of funding per paper is increased to USD 500. The support for larger papers (e.g., larger revisionary works or monographs) should be limited to the same maximum of USD 500; authors should meet the remaining costs themselves. More details on the new eligibility criteria is available online at http://www.pensoft.net/page.php?P=29.
IMLS and CMS to partner with libraries to meet public demand for information on Health Insurance Marketplace - 02 Jul 2013
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), together with representatives from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), met with library representatives to hear more about what librarians can do to get ready to respond to patron requests for assistance in navigating new health insurance options in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The meeting took place during the annual meeting of the American Library Association.
The Marketplace website, HealthCare.gov will be the primary tool for delivering information to Americans about their health coverage options. As prominent providers of Internet access and digital literacy training for people who lack Internet connections at home, libraries can anticipate intensified demand for computer services. IMLS and CMS will work cooperatively to make sure that libraries are aware of and able to connect patrons with information resources and community partners who are trained enrolment assistors.
IMLS has also awarded $286,104 to OCLC to support the effort through its flagship public library program WebJunction.org. The goal is to assure that librarians have the information and connections with local experts needed to connect their patrons to information about the Health Insurance Marketplace when open enrolment begins October 1, 2013. OCLC will work closely with ZeroDivide, a social impact organisation that helps underserved communities realise the transformative power of technology to improve health outcomes, to implement the programme.
Libraries have a long history of meeting public demand for consumer health information. A recent IMLS study showed that an estimated 37 percent of library computer users (28 million people) use library computers and seek assistance from librarians for health and wellness issues, including learning about medical conditions, finding health care providers, and assessing health insurance options.
Karger Publishers expands Open Access programme with several initiatives - 02 Jul 2013
Biomedical publisher Karger Publishers, Switzerland, has announced the expansion of its Open Access programme with several initiatives to benefit researchers, readers, authors, funding organisations and other partners.
With market demand increasing for Open Access in scientific and medical publishing, the Switzerland- based, international biomedical publisher is now offering more flexibility with Creative Commons licenses for Open Access work. In addition, Karger plans to introduce a searchable web platform in the summer of 2013 to make it easier for readers to discover content in Karger's growing collection of Open Access articles.
With 17 Open Access journals and more in planning, as well as the Author's Choice option to make any paper Open Access in Karger's subscription journals, Karger provides an Open Access option for every discipline in biomedical science.
Among the important benefits of Karger's Open Access offering is that it allows all authors to meet the archiving or Open Access requirements of their institutions or virtually any organisation that funds their work. Such funders include the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Wellcome Trust or Research Councils UK and a host of other funders internationally. Karger is ranked as a "green" publisher, the top rating, by SHERPA/RoMEO, an organisation that tracks publishers' copyright and self- archiving policies.
To help authors fulfill these obligations, Karger Open Access articles are now licensed according to the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported license (CC BY-NC), so that Karger can seek to protect an author's work from misuse. However, Karger also supports the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license (CC BY) whenever a funder requires it.
Thomson Reuters previews ScholarOne Web Services - 02 Jul 2013
The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced the preview of ScholarOne Web Services, an innovative addition to industry-leading publishing solution ScholarOne.
ScholarOne Web Services is a holistic approach to integration that will enable publishers to uncover connections between shared research and its impact in the broader world of scholarship. The new resource's content, tools and services will help publishers remain on the pulse of their journal's field of research and streamline the publishing process to deliver critical and influential content to the market quickly.
Through this initiative, Thomson Reuters continues its commitment to scalable solutions rather than utilising web services to only support specific objectives or integrations. Amenities such as ScholarOne Web Services are designed to accommodate every customer need and budget, from freely available options offered as part of a subscription to paid services that support more specific requirements.
ScholarOne Web Services provides integration with ORCID, which allows clients to verify and map individuals to their work and automate administrative tasks, allowing for better-informed publishing decisions; and FundRef, which allows clients to capture unique funding identifiers and grant numbers as part of the submission process and include funding identifiers and grant numbers in published articles.
ScholarOne Web Services will also provide the option to extend connectivity with the Reviewer Locator, which allows clients to search the industry-leading Web of Science for appropriate reviewers, preventing review fatigue and accelerating the time to publish.
Beginning with the support for the FundRef taxonomy in September, components of the ScholarOne Web Services offering will continue to be released over the course of 2013.
UBM Tech launches new EE Times, the center of the global electronics engineering community - 02 Jul 2013
Business information provider UBM Tech, US, has announced the launch of the new EETimes.com, the community powerhouse engaging the global electronics industry. The completely restructured platform provides an environment that brings the audience into the conversation through moderated discussions, blogs, and social media, giving the community equal share of voice with content experts. In addition, the revised design is optimised for rapid interaction and engagement among community members, combining both digital and live event content.
For over 40 years, EE Times has served as the go-to source for expert information and resources for electronics engineers worldwide. The new EE Times will continue to provide users with the expert content they have always trusted, while now raising the bar on learning, mentoring, peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, and discussion opportunities.
The new EE Times will use UBM Tech's and UBM DeusM's award-winning community solution, which focuses on building specialist B2B communities for targeted market segments. EE Times is the first in a series of groundbreaking community-based launches for UBM Tech coming throughout 2013.
Along with expert content, the website will include new community features to enable participants to share their own content, ideas, and experiences directly on the site. EETimes.com will also bring users into the conversation through moderated discussions, blogs, and a full suite of multimedia content such as video and audio.
The EE Times content team is led by Karen Field, Senior VP and Editorial Director, EE Times, and General Manager, DESIGN West.
Wiley announces increase in Impact Factors - 02 Jul 2013
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced a continued increase in the proportion of its journal titles indexed in the Thomson Reuters 2012 Journal Citation Reports (JCR), with 1,192 (about 77 percent) titles now indexed, up from 1,156 in the 2011 JCR. Wiley titles now account for the largest share of journals in 50 categories.
In the 2012 JCR, the number of Wiley journals with a top category rank increased by 19 percent and the number of Wiley titles indexed in the top ten of their categories also increased by 11 percent. Of publishers with more than 100 journals indexed in the 2012 JCR, Wiley saw the largest proportion of titles (close to 60 percent) increasing in Impact Factor (IF).
One of the largest changes this year is the partnership between Wiley and the American Geophysical Union, whose portfolio of influential geoscience and geophysics titles is responsible for 6 percent of citations to journals published by Wiley in the 2012 JCR. Of these titles, Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems entered the Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences category in the top ten, with an IF of 4.117.
Other success stories include the first appearance of Advanced Energy Materials, entering the JCR with an Impact Factor of 10.043 – putting it in the top ten of all five of its JCR subject categories. Advanced Energy Materials joins the successful Advanced Materials series, which includes titles such as Advanced Functional Materials (9.765) and Advanced Materials (14.829). Collectively, these journals appear in the top ten of a JCR subject category 15 times, asserting the traction of this journal series within the scientific community.
This year also sees a continuing increase in IF of CA – A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, published on behalf of The American Cancer Society. Last year, this journal became the first to achieve an IF over 100 and has this year broken its own record with an IF of 153.459 at 0 percent self-citation, a 51 percent increase from its 2011 IF. The Impact Factors of its two sister titles, Cancer (5.201) and Cancer Cytopathology (4.434) also increased.
The WIRES (Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews) portfolio has continued to increase in strength, with seven WIRES titles now indexed in the JCR, three of which received their first IF this year.
Impact factors are a metric that reflect the frequency that peer-reviewed journals are cited by researchers, and are often used as a tool for evaluating a journal's quality.
3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing preview issue to publish in fall 2013 - 01 Jul 2013
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers has announced the launch of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, a highly innovative, peer-reviewed journal on this rapidly growing disruptive technology. The preview issue will publish in the fall of 2013, and quarterly thereafter in 2014.
Editor-in-Chief Dr. Hod Lipson is the Director of Cornell University's Creative Machines Lab at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
The Journal will include original articles, exclusive interviews with top professionals and innovators in the field, commentaries, opinion pieces, industry reports, a debate section, webinars, videos, and podcasts. 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing will publish comprehensive and timely authoritative world-class material and will enable readers to become global participants in a unique multimedia platform.
EBSCO and Innovative Interfaces announce expanded strategic partnership - 01 Jul 2013
Library resources provider EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), US, and Innovative Interfaces, Inc. (Innovative) have expanded their strategic partnership designed to improve access to library resources. The expanded partnership will incorporate catalogue functionality within the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) experience including real-time circulation status checking, enabling end users to place holds via EDS, providing libraries with single sign-on authentication and displaying patron account status within EDS. The partnership also allows Innovative to sell EBSCO A-to-Z with LinkSource, which will be known as Full Text Finder.
The existing agreement has provided for joint development designed to enable more tightly integrated access between EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) and Innovative’s Encore discovery platform in addition to facilitating access between EDS and Innovative’s Sierra Services Platform. Having access to EDS’s unified index expands the quality and amount of content available for Encore users while adding the enhanced features and functionality available from EDS. Encore users are also able to search their EBSCOhost databases via the Encore interface - providing a uniquely powerful article search experience.
The partnership has also lead to the development of the newly released Encore with EBSCO Discovery Service which brings the most comprehensive collection of full-text articles available into Encore. The robust metadata offered by EDS is culled from thousands of major journal publishers and information providers, providing the deepest possible indexing for the majority of journals and magazines. In addition, users of Encore with EBSCO Discovery Service benefit from more full-text resources.
Ingram adds over 50,000 titles and new functionality to its MyiLibrary e-book platform - 01 Jul 2013
Ingram Content Group Inc., a US-based provider of physical and digital services to the book industry, has announced that it has grown its MyiLibrary platform, adding more than 50,000 titles and new functionality to meet the changing needs of today’s libraries.
More than 50,000 titles have been added to the MyiLibrary e-book platform since the beginning of the year. The MyiLibrary platform also includes new content from Random House imprints, including Melville House, Rizzoli New York, Seven Stories Press, Smithsonian Books, Soho Crime, and Steerforth Press, among others.
New functionality enhancements include the addition of an e-book loan access model, which makes the best use of resources to reduce a library’s number of turnaways. In addition, the MyiLibrary platform recently integrated with Readmill, an e-book reading app that provides patrons with additional flexibility to read content when, where and how they choose.
Used by more than 3,000 academic, professional and public libraries around the world, Ingram's MyiLibrary platform provides a full range of resources and purchasing options from single-title acquisition to publisher and genre-specific subject collections. Ingram’s e-book solutions give libraries meaningful tools to make the best use of resources. Patrons who use the platform have the flexibility of obtaining content via download and online options as well as mobile options.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 01 Jul 2013
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Kent Anderson (On the Likelihood of Academia “Taking Back” Scholarly Publishing); Joe Wikert (The content concierge: Curation and personalization, not discovery); Mike Shatzkin (Publisher margins today may be enviable, but it will be a big challenge to keep them that way); and Clément Bosquet and Pierre-Philippe Combes (Departmental characteristics play an important role in determining the productivity of individual researchers). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
Memorial Hospital selects Wolters Kluwer Health’s ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate decision support - 01 Jul 2013
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that Memorial Hospital has selected its ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support, software as its electronic order set solution.
A central component of a healthcare organisation’s care quality and core measures improvement strategy, ProVation Order Sets is an easily customisable order set authoring and management solution. It integrates seamlessly into clinical processes to streamline delivery of standardised care for improved patient safety, outcomes, clinician performance and regulatory compliance.
Built upon the award-winning clinician-designed ProVation platform, ProVation Order Sets also provides continuous updating of clinical content and medical evidence, including direct links to UpToDate, the resource of choice for more than 700,000 users worldwide.
Located in Gulfport, MS, the 303-bed Memorial Hospital is a multi-specialty medical complex, supporting a comprehensive range of health and wellness services. Part of Memorial Health System, which offers several of the region’s most comprehensive clinical programmes, Memorial Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and is a member of the National Association of Public Hospitals, VHA and the American Hospital Association.
More than 120 libraries now using Web-based library management services - 01 Jul 2013
Computer library service OCLC has announced that fifty additional libraries have selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services, choosing the Web-based library management services that simplify back-office operations, streamline library workflows, and provide a powerful discovery and delivery service for library users.
WorldShare Management Services offer unified, web-based applications - from acquisitions and circulation, to metadata and license management, resource sharing and analytics - to streamline workflows, and create new value for their institutions and users.
WorldShare Management Services were released for general availability in July 2011. Currently, more than 120 libraries on three continents - Australia, Europe and North America - are using the services. More than 200 libraries have signed up to use WorldShare Management Services.
Among the latest subscribers to OCLC WorldShare Management Services is the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the first state library to subscribe and begin the implementation process.
ProQuest names Rafael Sidi as General Manager, ProQuest Information Solutions - 01 Jul 2013
Information resources and technologies provider ProQuest, US, has announced the appointment of information industry veteran Rafael Sidi as General Manager, ProQuest Information Solutions. In his new role, Sidi will lead strategic development of the company’s content-rich solutions for academic markets globally.
He comes to ProQuest after a dozen years at Elsevier, where he held several senior positions, including head of product management and development for many of the company’s largest, most successful and innovative products, including ScienceDirect, SciVerse, Engineering Village, illumin8 and Elsevier’s first e-book platform, Referex. He also led efforts that created the first STM online application marketplace and developer network. His product management roles served customers globally in academic, corporate and government markets.
Prior to Elsevier, Mr. Sidi was Director of e-commerce operations for Bolt Media Inc., a teen-age social network platform.
The BMJ rises to 4th place in global rankings of most cited general medical journals - 01 Jul 2013
The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) has risen from sixth to fourth place in the international rankings of the most influential general medical journals in the world, show new figures on research citations (impact factor) for 2012. The BMJ has now overtaken two heavyweight US titles, PLos Medicine and the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Only the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) now rank above The BMJ, the flagship publication of international healthcare knowledge provider BMJ (formerly BMJ Group).
The BMJ’s impact factor rose from 14.093 in 2011 to 17.215 in 2012 - an increase of 3.112 points or 22 percent. The BMJ is now the most highly cited open access general medical journal in the world.
Not only is this increase greater than for any of the other publications in the world’s top 10 general medical journals in 2012, but The BMJ is one of only three general medical titles in the top 10 not to have decreased its impact factor since 2011.
Additionally, the title’s total citations rose from 74759 to 81336 - a total increase of 8.7 percent. Furthermore, The BMJ was not the only journal among the publisher’s growing stable of more than 40 specialist and open access titles to register an increase in impact factor. Of the 25 eligible journals with comparative data over the past two years, 17 titles increased their impact factor.
Among notable gains were Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, co-owned with the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), which jumped from 8.727 to 9.111, retaining its number 1 ranking for a purely scientific and original research journal for the 5th year running.
Similarly, Heart, co-owned with the British Cardiovascular Society, rose from 4.223 to 5.014; Thorax, co-owned with the British Thoracic Society, rose from 6.848 to 8.376; while Tobacco Control rose from 3.011 to 4.111, so that it is now ranked third in the Social Science Public Health category.
The publisher’s paediatric titles, co-owned with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, also registered gains. The impact factor for Archives of Disease in Childhood rose from 2.881 to 3.051, pushing the title up to 10th in the Pediatrics category; the Fetal & Neonatal Edition rose from 3.045 to 3.451, taking it to eighth position; while the Education & Practice Edition rose from 1.318 to 1.843.
The BMJ’s first dedicated open access title, BMJ Open, which launched in 2011, acquired an impact factor of 1.583 in 2012.
BMJ also publishes titles on behalf of other organisations and learned societies, and several of these increased their impact factor over the past year. Among them, the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, published on behalf of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, rose from 1.636 to 2.1, while the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery, published on behalf of the US Society for NeuroInterventional Surgery, rose from 0.923 to 1.378.
University of Oklahoma Libraries select Ex Libris solutions - 01 Jul 2013
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that the University of Oklahoma Libraries, including libraries at the Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, and University of Oklahoma College of Law, have selected the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, the bX article recommender, and the SFX OpenURL link resolver.
A new member of the Ex Libris community, the University of Oklahoma (OU) Libraries opted for Primo as part of a wider initiative to strengthen the libraries’ ability to serve the research needs of students and faculty. Primo will provide the library team with more flexibility in areas such as interface customisation, relevance ranking, and the configuration of facets.
Furthermore, Primo will enable each library to adjust the blending of results so that users are presented with an appropriate balance of local and global collections. The advanced ScholarRank technology will offer users a discovery experience that is personalised to meet their own academic needs and interests.