Ruder Finn to provide Product Focus section for NPG publications - 31 Aug 2005
Healthcare focused PR agency Ruder Finn, Inc., US, and Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, have forged an alliance under which the former will provide life sciences content for NPG's weekly Nature and other monthly research and review periodicals. Ruder Finn will provide the content and layout for 14 two-page Product Focus sections in the publications. The section is targeted at the academia, pharmaceuticals and biotech industries, government bodies and non-governmental organisations. The section offers the latest life science technology news related to the specific product area. The topics to be covered include cell counting and imaging, microscopy, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), scientific software and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Apart from keeping researchers well informed, the new section is projected to help manufacturers display their products as well as services.
Web creator joins academic group to support free access to research papers - 31 Aug 2005
A British academic group including Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, has urged the government and public funding organisations to stipulate that publically funded research papers be published for free on the Internet. In a joint letter to UK Science Minister Lord Sainsbury and the Research Councils UK (RCUK), the eight academicians have criticised the activities of conventional publishers who hinder free dissemination of the papers. They have urged the RCUK to go ahead with its proposal to mandate the scientists it sponsors to provide a copy of their papers in an online academic repository soon after they are published in a traditional journal. The RCUK funded nearly £2.1 billion (US$ 3.7 billion) in research studies last year. In a similar move, a committee of MPs advocated open access to publicly funded research papers but it was futile due to pressure from the scientific publishing industry.
The academicians' letter is in response to the RCUK's consultation for promoting free access to academic research papers via online institutional repositories. The consultation comes to an end on August 31, 2005.
Last month, the UK's Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) had opposed RCUK's open access policy on the grounds that it would result in the cancellation of libraries' subscriptions. This would, in turn, curb the journal's financial capacity and its peer-reviewing process, the ALPSP contended. The academicians led by Sir Tim have countered this argument with evidence from the field of physics. In this field, self-archiving has been a routine practice for several years, with no resultant loss to journal subscriptions. In fact, says the letter, open access would increase citations and thereby boost journal subscription.
Richard Klasco takes over as CMO of Thomson Healthcare - 31 Aug 2005
Dr. Richard Klasco, MD, FACEP has been appointed Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Thomson Healthcare, part of Thomson Corporation, US. In addition to assuming the newly created post, Dr. Klasco will serve as the company's spokesperson on various medical issues and guide its business strategies. His mandate is also to handle customer information requirements and establish healthcare advisory boards, which will focus on improving patient care and clinical productivity and minimising medication errors.
Dr. Klasco, a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, has previously served as the CMO of Thomson Micromedex, a clinical information services provider. The Thomson Healthcare Group also includes American Health Consultants, PDR, Gardiner-Caldwell, Physicians World and Medstat.
Nanotechnology database covering environment and health issues unveiled - 31 Aug 2005
The Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN) of Rice University and the International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON), US, have released a free online database covering scientific findings related to the risks and benefits of nanotechnology. The environmental health and safety (EHS) resource, the first of its kind in the world, aims to combine vast amounts of scientific content on the effects of nanoparticles. The EHS working group of the National Nanotechnology Initiative - the Chemical Industry Consultative Board for Advancing Nanotechnology - had emphasised the need to identify the EHS aspects of nanoparticles.
The database currently contains archived articles that have appeared in peer-reviewed science journals. The US Department of Energy, Rice University researchers and the chemical industry have contributed to the database that will be further updated and improved upon next year.
Nanoparticles are so diverse in nature that it is impossible for scientists to generalise the hazards they pose to living beings. This is aggravated by restricted scientific data. Though sizeable amount of research studies on the effects of incidental nanoparticles (that are the byproducts incidentally produced by various chemical processes) have been carried out, the specific impacts of engineered nanomaterials have been scarcely studied. The database seeks to pool the available information to enhance the knowledge of scientists.
Apart from traditional searches using keywords like author and year of publication, new search criteria, such as the nature of the particle and the kind of experiment that produced it, will be added shortly.
WKHealth launches latest version of drug reference library - 31 Aug 2005
Healthcare and drug information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WKHealth), US, has released a new edition of its drug reference library, Facts & Comparisons, with tailor-made content and additional tools. Version 4.0 of the product, earlier called eFacts, features Drug Facts and Comparisons, A-Z Drug Facts, the Drug Identifier, Herbal Interaction Facts, Review of Natural Products, MedFacts Patient Information and various drug and clinical identification tools. It also provides the complete text for all datasets, separate drug monographs and links from monographs to books as well as sound documents.
WKHealth's products and services target academic groups and professionals in the healthcare, nursing, allied health and pharmaceutical industry.
Beilstein-Institut introduces organic chemistry open access journal - 31 Aug 2005
Non-profit organisation Beilstein-Institut, Germany, has launched an open access online journal, titled Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry, in conjunction with publisher Biomed Central, UK. Unveiled at the American Chemical Society's 230th National Meeting & Exposition held in Washington D.C., the journal publishes original research in organic chemistry and related fields, including organic reactions and mechanisms, organic synthesis, chemical biology and natural products chemistry. Organic chemists across the world can submit their manuscripts online for publishing in this journal, which provides enhanced visibility and rapid publication with no publication charges. The exclusively online submission ensures a quick publication procedure. Prof. Jonathan Clayden, University of Manchester, UK is the Editor-in-Chief of the peer -reviewed journal.
ALPSP calls for 'opt-in' model in Google library programme - 30 Aug 2005
The UK's Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) has stated that US-based Internet search services provider Google's decision to put its Google Print for Libraries programme on hold for a while is not an 'acceptable solution'. The programme, which seeks to make various research libraries' collections available online, was postponed to after November 1, 2005.
At present, Google allows any publisher to opt out of the programme by giving complete bibliographic information, including ISBN/ISSN, on the content it wants excluded. Instead, ALPSP wants an 'opt-in' model, wherein Google can obtain permission from various stakeholders, such as publishers and authors, before indexing copyrighted content in its database. It has suggested that Google approach licensing agencies, such as the US' CCC and the UK's CLA/PLS, to simplify the process of obtaining permission from numerous publishers. Further, it has urged Google to arrive at a pragmatic solution along with the publishers to avoid legal consequences.
Earlier this month, Google announced plans to freeze the library programme until November and relaunch a modified version of it after discussions with various publishing groups. Its Google Print for Publishers programme has been commended by ALPSP, which says its members have witnessed increased hits due to the programme, though that has not translated into a discernable increase in sales.
ICIS offers news service with enhanced features - 30 Aug 2005
Oil and chemical industry news service provider Independent Commodity Information Service (ICIS), Paris, has announced that its Chemical News and Intelligence (CNI) service has been substituted with an enhanced news service, called 'ICIS news'. Existing subscribers of CNI will automatically gain access to ICIS news.
ICIS offers reports on chemical and oil pricing from ICIS-LOR, a commodity market intelligence provider; breaking news from ICIS news; news analyses from its weeklies such as European Chemical News and Chemical Market Reporter; a directory of chemical industry players; TV news broadcasts; and information on industry events and conferences. The services are offered through print, online as well as interactive media such as Internet TV.
Wolters Kluwer to buy information management division of NDCHealth - 30 Aug 2005
Publisher Wolters Kluwer, Netherlands, has announced plans to acquire the Information Management (IM) operations of healthcare information services provider NDCHealth Corporation (NCD-IM), US, for $382 million (2.3 times its revenues). The acquisition, slated for completion by the end of 2005, is projected to boost Kluwer's operations in the pharmaceutical, medical devices and biotech domains. NDC-IM will become a division of Wolters Kluwer Health's Pharma Solutions division. The content services will be provided across discovery, development and delivery stages. The Pharma Solutions division specialises in business intelligence databases and personalised solutions for medicine development and product management. NDC-IM, expected to earn revenues of nearly $165 million in 2005, offers data and business intelligence services such as research, outcome analysis and sales compensation as well as transactional prescription data.
IHS' $73.4 million initial public offering yet to take off - 30 Aug 2005
Technical data and decision-support tools provider IHS Inc., US, filed for an initial public offering (IPO) in February 2005, but the IPO has not yet taken off. Despite a growing top line and expanded presence, the company's efforts to raise funds in the capital market have not been successful. It seeks to offer 15.325 million shares at $14.50-16.50 each. Keeping the IPO price at the midpoint, the company aims to reap nearly $73.4 million through the offer, which will be used for expansion and other corporate expenses. The listing will be on the New York Stock Exchange, under the ticker 'IHS'.
IHS provides customised tools for clients in the defence, aerospace, electronics, petrochemicals, automotive and government sectors. Its annual subscription service, the major income generating division of the company, makes it a good acquisition target for publishers such as McGraw-Hill. The service formed about 75 percent of IHS' revenues in 2004. Revenues from foreign operations have been increasing, though this comes with various risks including taxes, outsourcing demerits and currency effects. IHS seeks to expand its presence through acquisitions, and its bottom line has proved a rational acquisition model so far. In 2004, it purchased four companies - CERA, International Petrodata Ltd., Intermat and USA.
The company offers geology, potential reserves and technology related content for oil and natural gas companies. Its information products aimed at the emerging energy industry are expected to facilitate a successful IPO.
Elsevier MDL launches Mac compatible version of DiscoveryGate - 30 Aug 2005
Informatics, database and workflow solutions provider Elsevier MDL, US, has introduced a Mac OS X version of its DiscoveryGate content platform that is fully compatible with Tiger Operating System. DiscoveryGate offers a structure-searchable platform for integrated online studies using scientific databases, reference documents, journal articles and patent publications. The version is projected to meet customer demand for a Mac-compatible platform to assist in discovering critical scientific content from diverse resources. DiscoveryGate has assimilated the latest upgrades to offer quick answers to difficult queries, enhance applicability, and ease installation. It has recently included xPharm, a pharmacological reference database, and MDL Patent Chemistry Database, a collection of substance and reaction information, for scientists.
Oklahoma State Chamber launches nanotechnology web portal - 30 Aug 2005
The Oklahoma State Chamber has launched the Oklahoma Nanotechnology Initiative (ONI) web site as part of a wider initiative to generate awareness about the nanotechnology industry and what it holds for the state. The web site hosts information on the rapidly growing nanotechnology field for the financial, industrial, academic and business communities. This includes data on the ONI, nanotechnology companies operating in the state, available federal grants, and samples of nanotech research in the state. It also provides information on upcoming events in the nanotechnology field and key web links. The site is projected to act as vehicle to boost Oklahoma's prospects in the emerging field of nanotechnology.
The ONI project is funded by the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology and coordinated by the Oklahoma State Chamber.
Cardiology journal 'Circulation' commences European edition - 29 Aug 2005
The American Heart Association has launched the European edition of its medical journal, Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, UK (LWW). Following a premiere issue in August 2005, regular publication will commence in January 2006. The European version of the weekly has an additional four-page section, titled 'Circulation: European Perspectives in Cardiology', that carries comments and reviews from European scientists and cardiologists apart from information on local clinical trials, medical, economic and cultural issues, drug development, regulatory factors and upcoming cardiology events. The experts, chosen from various countries, represent varied funding systems, ethical beliefs and academic bodies. Keith Barnard is the Managing Editor of the journal.
European authors and peer-reviewers have a significant contribution in the US edition of the journal. In the past year, 30 percent of the referees for the journal were from Europe. Besides, Europeans form nearly 30 percent of the readership.
Earlier in August, LWW had signed an agreement with the UK's International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer to publish the latter's Journal of Thoracic Oncology. The journal, slated for release in January 2006, will be provided for free to association members.
LISU stands by research findings on Elsevier's median price - 29 Aug 2005
Following Elsevier's comment about its journal pricing study, the Library and Information Statistics Unit (LISU) of Loughborough University, UK, has stated that it stands by the study findings. The study had concluded that Elsevier's median price for biomedical journals was the highest among the 11 publishers it had researched upon. However, LISU agreed that including indexing/abstracting/current awareness publications for the study was an unintended mistake. Elsevier had also pointed out that as only 11 STM publishers had been included, the research was incomplete. LISU recalculated the figures after dropping irrelevant titles and adding certain disputed publications. This time, the median price of Elsevier's biomedical journals in 2004 was found to be £656 ($1194), as against the earlier £731 ($1336).
Elsevier had contended that 790 of its titles were omitted in the study, which skewed the findings by 81 percent. LISU argued that around 200 titles were excluded as they were Harcourt publications until 2000. Elsevier acquired Harcourt in 2001, after which the publications were either stopped or released as new launches during the study tenure. On these grounds, they could not be included for the study.
The study, commissioned by Oxford University Press (OUP), UK, covered nearly 6,000 biomedical journals from 12 well-known scholarly publishers, including OUP, during 2000-04. The online and print versions are available for free.
CrossRef launches two DOI-based search services - 29 Aug 2005
Online reference linking service provider CrossRef, US, has launched the OpenURL and content search tools to aid researchers in retrieving academic and professional journal content. The services will search across the 17 million documents stored by CrossRef. OpenURL is an NISO Z39.88-2004 complaint resolving technology that performs searches as a digital object identifier (DOI). The DOI technology allows permanent availability of the online content even if the journal it originally appeared in, ceases publication or moves to another publishing company. The other text search tool, which again uses the DOI platform, has been launched at www.crossref.org/guestquery. It can be used to search DOI tagged content based on the article title, journal, author and year/page of publication.
CrossRef, an association of publishers who deploy DOI technology, also acts as a DOI registration agency. It has partnered with Google to provide a search engine specifically for academic publishers.
Earlier in August, the UK's Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers announced that it had deployed DOIs in the search results and table of contents of Abstract/AbstractPlus, as a part of reorganising its Xplore online delivery system.
Woods Hole Research Center develops biomass and carbon datasets - 29 Aug 2005
The Woods Hole Research Center, US, is developing the first-ever millennium dataset, the National Biomass and Carbon Dataset 2000 (NBCD 2000), which provides a platform to assess carbon stock, biomass and vegetation height in the US. The NBCD 2000 is created utilising satellite datasets from NASA, land use data, topographic survey information and forest inventory data collated by the federal Forest Service.
It is combined with the US Geological Survey's National Elevation Dataset (NED) and the National Land Cover Database 2001(NLCD2001) to generate carbon stocks for the conterminous area of the country and a high-resolution database of circa-2000 vegetation canopy height. The NBCD2000 is based on the vegetation canopy height, derived during the 2000 Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, which has produced a comprehensive electronic surface map of the earth. The datasets are expected to offer a base to compare data from future earth observing remote sensing systems.
For the project, data from 60 regions in the US with common boundaries, termed as 'mapping zones', are joined with topographic data of the NED to measure the vegetation height. The first phase of the project, slated for completion by 2007, will begin in central Utah. The NLCD and NED data for the region have been produced. The outcome of this phase will be used as groundwork for the second phase, to be conducted between 2007 and 2009.
The project, funded by NASA's Terrestrial Ecology Program, is projected to aid the study of carbon-climate links, forest fire management, wildlife habitat profiles and the national energy policy on bio-fuel and renewable resources.
Six publishers add journals to SwetsWise - 29 Aug 2005
Swets Information Services, Netherlands, has signed deals with six publishers to include their journals in its SwetsWise Online Content service. The publishers include the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT), Edinburgh University Press, RILEM Publications, Woodhead Publishing and Veetech. The service offers an e-collection of over 18.5 million searchable references and facilitates access and management of subscriptions.
ASTM, a provider of standards for materials, systems, products and services, has added six titles to SwetsWise. Woodhead, which is offering five titles, specialises in subjects such as materials engineering, food science, environmental management and finance, welding and metallurgy and technology and nutrition. BINDT, which specialises in identifying and examining flaws in materials and structures, has included one title. Edinburgh University Press, an academic publisher, Veetech, publisher of the International Journal of Ventilation, and RILEM Publications have added one title each to SwetsWise.
In a similar move in July 2005, six STM publishers had added their content to MetaPress, the online hosting platform service of EBSCO's Publisher Promotion & Fulfilment division.
Open source version of ISYS software released - 29 Aug 2005
The US' National Center for Genome Resources (NCGR) has released the open source version of its Integrated SYStem (ISYS) software that combines individual bioinformatics software with databases as well as analysis programmes and visualisation tools. ISYS deploys DynamicDiscovery, a Java-oriented technology that enables scientists to discover paths from a software tool to another, based on the specific datasets and components. An open source version of ISYS will allow professionals to use the solution for basic and advanced work. The technology allows programmes on the users' desktops to integrate with each other while also allowing their integration with web pages. Synchronising the data with graphical client components is also possible. Besides, ISYS offers a published Application Programming platform through which users can integrate their own programmes and databases with ISYS.
Originally, ISYS had been created in association Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) centres to boost global crop yields.
Cancer drug trials (phase I) going vastly unreported: study - 29 Aug 2005
A recent study has concluded that numerous phase I trials for cancer-related medicines are not reported in peer-reviewed publications and one-third of the research papers presented in meetings are not published. It further stresses the theory that disseminating research findings to medical groups is as critical as discovering new compounds. The researchers covered by the study have indicated place relocation or lack of time as the major hindrances in publishing the articles, rather than the kind of drug researched on or lack of funding.
The study was carried out for the period from 1997 to mid-2005 and analysed the factors that affect publication. It found that 67 percent of the research papers were published during the study period. The papers presented orally at science meetings were no closer to publication than the rest. However, the abstracts are found to be published faster.
The study will be published in the October 1, 2005 issue of Cancer, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. Earlier studies have estimated the publication rate of clinical papers at between 78 percent in the paediatrics field and 31 percent in spine studies. In 1984, only 58 percent of the phase I clinical trials presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting were published.
A similar research on the peer-reviewing system, whose results were announced earlier in August, pointed out that one-third of the medical studies published during 1990-2003, after refereeing, either exaggerated the results or were later found to be contradictory. The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, was authored by Prof. John Ioannidis.
Blackwell to introduce journal on congenital heart disease - 26 Aug 2005
Blackwell Publishing, UK, plans to introduce a clinical journal titled Congenital Heart Disease: Clinical Studies from Fetus to Adulthood from January 2006. The publication will cover recent research improvements in congenital heart disease among children and adults. It offers study results on topics such as child and adult care as well as technological developments in the therapy of the disease. Information will be provided as clinical studies, editorials, case reports, video clips, reviews, Continuing Medical Education (CME) material and articles that study the growth of the disease since its discovery. Dr. Douglas Moodie will be the Editor of the journal.
In July 2005, publisher Thomson, US, announced plans to partner with the Hopkins Point of Care-Information Technology Center, US, to publish guides on topics such as cardiology and HIV treatment.
NISC introduces wildlife database on EBSCOhost platform - 26 Aug 2005
Information products publisher National Information Services Corporation (NISC), US has used its partnership with EBSCO Publishing, US, to launch the Wildlife & Ecology Studies Worldwide database through EBSCOhost. The resource contains over 678,000 bibliographic documents, along with abstracts of most them, about birds, wild mammals, amphibians and reptiles. It includes content published before 1935 and thereafter, forming a comprehensive wildlife resource with an international perspective.
The content is mostly collated from the journal Wildlife Review Abstracts that was a print periodical of the US National Biological Service until 1996, as well as seven other databases. Around 18,000 documents covering wildlife behaviour, diseases, zoology, ecotourism, taxonomy and management techniques are added each year.
In July 2005, open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, introduced a free access journal titled BMC Veterinary Research offering information on animal disease and treatment as well as biomedical factors that affect their health.
RSAP thematic issue deals with D2C advertising - 26 Aug 2005
A research published in the June 2005 edition of the quarterly, Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy (RSAP), has concluded that customers experienced in healthcare and those involved in the healthcare industry, tend to seek more information from pharmacists, physicians and web sources, when exposed to direct-to-consumer (D2C) drug advertisements. The issue, dedicated to the topic of D2C drug advertisements, also found that consumers who are confident about such promotions follow the prescriptions directly without consulting medical experts.
The research focuses on the effects of prescription drug advertising on users, and the influence of demographic and psychographic characteristics on the behaviour of the consumers targeted for D2C drug advertisement. The method of presenting the harmful effects of the drugs had a greater impact on the consumers' ability to recall the facts, than in their actual perception of the effects. As part of promotional strategy, television ads were found to use many linguistic tactics, such as vague words in selected contexts and voice-overs with pleasant visuals, for conveying a double message.
RSAP, published by STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, specialises in original scientific studies and review papers about social and managerial pharmaceutical sciences.
HealthLeaders-InterStudy names John Schrefer as President - 26 Aug 2005
Managed care industry intelligence provider HealthLeaders-InterStudy, US, has named John Schrefer as its President. Schrefer, who has 28 years experience in medical publishing, was previously Vice President, Marketing with Elsevier Health Sciences, US. He has also held executive roles in other divisions of Elsevier and at Mosby Consumer Health, US. Schrefer has expressed plans to focus on building a more powerful brand for HealthLeaders-InterStudy and finding opportunities for new products. The company releases market research publications and advisory solutions to assist in more effective resource allocation and strategy formulation. It is owned by pharmaceutical and healthcare research and consulting firm Decision Resources, Inc., US.
ProQuest wins tender to provide e-books to UK university consortium - 26 Aug 2005
ProQuest Information and Learning, US, has won the first-ever tender to deliver e-books to the UK's Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC). The consortium offers services to 46 higher education and 28 further education institutions in the UK. Through this association, ProQuest will allow libraries to provide content and research tools to their members under various licensing systems. The four-year deal covers the complete text and online books of the Safari Tech Books Online e-reference service, distributed by ProQuest. Safari is a joint venture between O'Reilly and the Pearson Technology Group.
ProQuest is expected to offer easy and flexible pricing levels that enable member institutions to opt for individual or multiple institutional subscriptions, published materials in Safari Tech Books Online, user-friendly ProQuest platform, and purchase of slots instead of individual titles. The slots will enable libraries to change titles every 30 days, which is useful for frequently updated subjects such as information technology.
The Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL), UK, has estimated that higher education organisations are spending more than £35 million (US$ 63 million) every year for books.
Shareholders agree to name change at T&F Informa meet - 26 Aug 2005
The recent shareholders' meet at publisher Taylor & Francis (T&F), UK, has approved the change of the company's name to T&F Informa PLC, dropping the 'Taylor & Francis' acronym. The company asserts that the name change does not signal a focus-shift from the academic publishing business. 'Informa' stresses the company's focus on providing essential information to customers. T&F Informa is expected to retain its major academic brands, such as Taylor & Francis and Routledge.
The interim results of the company, due on September 22, will project the effect of its recent acquisition of trade conference and exhibitions organiser IIR Holdings, US. The company was also reported to be considering the acquisition of German academic publisher Springer.
ProQuest-distributed Safari online library is now 3000-books strong - 25 Aug 2005
ProQuest Information and Learning, US, an electronic content publisher for educational institutes and libraries, has announced the addition of the 3000th book to the Safari Tech Books Online e-reference library. As its sole distributor to academic, K-12 and public libraries, and a non-distributor to government libraries, ProQuest has assisted Safari in reaching a wider audience.
With hundreds of titles from parent firms O'Reilly Media, Inc. and The Pearson Technology Group, Safari had launched the e-reference library three years back. It has also partnered with publishers IBM Redbooks, Microsoft Press, Nolo Press and Premier Press. Besides, the company has introduced the Safari Business Books Online service that provides information about key business qualities, from communication to customer care and leadership. The online reference business books include titles from Prentice Hall PTR, Addison-Wesley, Financial Times-Prentice Hall, QUE, Alpha Books and Sams Publishing. Unlike the print versions, the online repository allows users to make a simultaneous search across all the books.
ProQuest Information and Learning is a division of ProQuest Company, US.
LexisNexis introduces tool to monitor plagiarism online - 25 Aug 2005
LexisNexis, US, has introduced CopyGuard, a service that controls plagiarism of copyright protected content, in partnership with iParadigms LLC, US, a provider of plagiarism detection solutions. CopyGuard has a constantly updated repository of over 6.1 billion searchable files. With a pattern-matching method, it spots suspect passages. The extract of the identical passage is underlined and provided with a 'similarity index', which gives the exact proportion of information 'borrowed' from another source. iParadigms is the developer of Turnitin, an online service targeted at the academic community across 80 countries. At its maximum use, the service monitors over 20,000 files per day. LexisNexis, part of Reed Elsevier Group, Netherlands, is a publisher and provider of news, legal and business information and customised solutions.
Microbiological society launches toolbar to facilitate search - 25 Aug 2005
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has released the ICAAC ToolBar (Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy) for free for its members and conference attendees. The tool, once installed in the browser, allows users to search across six research web sites and nine databases, including ProMED, PubMed, Clinical Trials, HighWire and FDA-CBER. It integrates with Microsoft Internet Explorer and provides users with access to search engines, e-databases and links to other online portals. For instance, users can search the CDC-NCID, Crisp, the archived press releases of the past three months in Biomedical NewsAnalyzer and the Biomedical IndustryAnalyzer directory containing over 4,700 organisations. Users can also search the web via Google and Google Scholar. The tool was developed by DMS Data Systems and InternetCM using Visicom Media's software. It requires Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer version 5.0 or higher and is not suitable for Firefox or Macintosh.
Blackwell publishes first ever textbook on animals' mental health - 25 Aug 2005
Blackwell Publishing, UK, has released Mental Health and Well-being in Animals, the first ever textbook to cover the mental healthcare issues of animals. Recent studies have substantiated that animals also undergo emotional and psychological changes. The textbook, edited by Franklin D. McMillan, validates mental health as an integral part of animal healthcare. It analyses the mental health concerns of pets, farm animals, laboratory and research animals and captive birds. The book carries articles by various experts in areas including animal emotion research, cognitive science, veterinary medicine and neuroscience. The issue of mental health in animals, which was dismissed for long as an insignificant topic, is expected to gain wider acceptance through such publications.
BioMed Central launches RNAi Gateway - 25 Aug 2005
Open access publisher BioMed Central (BMC), UK, has introduced the RNAi (RNA interference) Gateway that collects recent open access research and methodology papers on RNAi, as well as news and links to Faculty of 1000 Biology evaluations pertaining to the subject. BMC's Gateways contain free information and resources covering various subjects, collated from journals and web sites released by the publisher. The techniques of RNAi have revitalised molecular biology and offer new tools for the area. The RNAi Gateway, the third in a series of subject-specific gateways launched by BMC, contains the latest articles from more than 130 journals and web sites of the publisher. It is sponsored by Dharmacon, a supplier of siRNA and RNAi-based products.
BMC offers the online version of articles published in all its journals for free while the related content, such as reviews and commentaries, are offered under institutional or personal subscription.
Chemical Abstracts Service launches upgraded SciFinder 2006 - 25 Aug 2005
The Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society, has released SciFinder 2006, an upgraded version of its research tool that carries additional functions. The tool is used to access chemical, biochemical, medical and chemical engineering resources. A single-stop source for international scientific journals and patent details, SciFinder facilitates the access of research content dating back to a century, chemical structures and biological sequences, researching based on topic, author, company and reaction and the latest scientific discoveries. It helps the user explore sub-structures and reactions as well as global biological and chemical literature.
The latest release enables scientists to search using CAS' structure identifiers and Tanimoto algorithm to find substances that are structurally related. The offerings include new structure and reaction query tools, namely the Variable Attachment Position tool and the Repeating Group tool; query emphasising in reaction searching; better access to research data; improved multi-step reaction display; faster viewing of research references; and removing/detecting of duplicate references.
CAS also organises the SciFinder e-Seminar that focuses on structure and reaction searching, research topics and visualising search results.
T&F appoints Adrian Bot as Editor-in-Chief of immunology journal - 25 Aug 2005
Adrian Bot has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of The International Reviews in Immunology, a refereed and opinion journal that covers fundamental, clinical immunology and immunotherapy. The journal is published by Taylor & Francis (T&F) Group, UK. Bot is the Senior Director of Research and Development at MannKind Corporation, a company specialising in the discovery, development and marketing of diabetic and cancer treatments. A member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Cancer Vaccine Consortium, Bot has written over 45 refereed research papers, reviews and chapters in both basic and applied immunology. He is also the Associate Editor of the Journal of Immunology and reviews the journals Vaccine, Viral Immunology, The Journal of Leukocyte Biology and Autoimmunity.
ProQuest launches digital access solution for B2B journals - 24 Aug 2005
ProQuest Information and Learning, a division of ProQuest Company, US, has launched a digital access solution, ProQuest Health Management, for its healthcare industry B2B journals. The solution, part of ProQuest's evolving product suite, seeks to offer clinical databases such as the ProQuest Medical Library for healthcare professionals. It provides access to over 450 significant journals and plans are afoot to include more than 4,500 doctoral thesis papers. The subjects covered include health marketing, health insurance, business and personnel management and statistics.
ProQuest Information and Learning publishes databases and journals for medical libraries and international education institutions. Its publications include Hospital Topics, Journal of Hospital Marketing & Public Relations and Health Care Financing Review. The information, available in complete text and illustrations, is complemented with search options like ProQuest Smart Search, which enables both amateur and expert researchers to get useful information. Smart Search suggests related search topics to assist the researchers as well as offers email alerts for selected topics. It provides 'My Research Summary', using which users can save the selected content in a separate file for viewing later.
The company had recently extended its contract with STM publishers Alliance Communications and NewsRx to tap the vast market for medical databases, which has witnessed over 150 percent growth between 2003 and 2005.
Thomson Scientific enters tie-up to launch CIE online web shop - 24 Aug 2005
Thomson Scientific, US, has partnered with the Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage (International Commission on Illumination - CIE), France, to introduce the CIE online web shop. CIE publishes industry standards, technical documents and conference notes on the scientific and technical perspectives of illumination, lighting and optics. Under the new partnership, Thomson's Techstreet division will create and promote the CIE standards store. It will also manage activities such as document procurement, execution, customer services and digital file management for global CIE customers. The content will be available in both print and digital formats. The website provides unrestricted standards searching and instant access to regular standards for several users across the world. CIE, a non-profit standards body, is approved by international and regional organisations such as ISO, IEC and CEN.
Techstreet is a resource that provides technical professionals with over 300,000 engineering standards and codes from more than 350 standards developing organisations as well as management tools on a subscription basis.
Elsevier Health Sciences deploys OutStart's online learning solution - 24 Aug 2005
Health sciences publisher Elsevier Health Sciences, US, has chosen the OutStart Evolution Learning Content Management System (LCMS) for creating, organising and harnessing its educational content. OutStart, US, is a provider of software services for knowledge sharing and e-learning activities. Its LCMS is used to produce informative, faculty-headed and web-based training as well as to apply the existing materials for a new course. It provides subject experts with template-oriented authoring tools for relocation of information across the enterprise. The course content can be delivered in any format, edited and updated from a single point.
Elsevier Health Sciences, a publisher of scientific, technical and medical content, brings out over 1,800 journals and 2,200 books every year in association with international organisations. Its online bibliographic databases and reference sources include ScienceDirect, MD Consult, Scopus and Evolve.
McGraw-Hill launches e-zine on aviation experiences - 24 Aug 2005
Aviation Week Group, US, has introduced a bimonthly e-zine titled Aviation Week Contrails that covers interesting and personal experiences of aviators such as astronauts, combat aircrews, military and civil pilots, mechanics and aircraft designers and air traffic controllers. The magazine is a spin-off of the 'Contrails' section that is featured every month in the Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine. The section, which has been appearing for three years, covers experiences that range from combat missions to crop-dusting. The electronic magazine's first three issues are offered for free, followed by a $19.95 annual subscription.
Aviation Week Group is a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, which publishes aviation journals such as Aviation Week & Space Technology, Aerospace Daily & Defense Report, Aviation Daily, Homeland Security, ShowNews, Overhaul & Maintenance and Directory & Aerospace Database.
Access Innovations obtains patent for database technology - 24 Aug 2005
The database designing and maintaining technology of Access Innovations Inc., US, which forms the core platform for its Data Harmony software portfolio, has been granted patent by the US Patent & Trademark Office. The company develops and maintains online research databases on news and other information for federal and business customers. The essential technologies of Data Harmony's machine-supported indexing and content development features are covered under the patent. These include solutions to index information, design resources and create and update a thesaurus for efficient searching and recovery of data. The services are targeted at primary, secondary and database publishers, online directory publishers, libraries, web sites and companies with huge intranet connections.
With its intellectual property patented, the company may forge alliances, joint ventures and equity financing agreements as part of its expansion plans. It expects to introduce products such a taxonomy information management system web site by end of the year.
Increase in cost of college books is double the inflation rate: report - 24 Aug 2005
It has been reported that college course materials are becoming increasingly expensive in recent years in the US. The price hikes are double the inflation rate, posing a major challenge to some college campuses. A report released by the Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C., has said that since 1987, the average cost of books has increased 6 percent, as against an overall increase in inflation of nearly 3 percent. Despite discount offers for students, the total spend on college textbooks is becoming unaffordable. Books recommended by professors make no meaning until the complete content is dealt with in the course.
The new publishing strategies encourage faculties to select more costly textbook packages, points out the report. However, the professor groups have asserted that they have no control over the price and that they try to suggest reasonably priced books. In a few other schools, students do not feel the cost burden, as it is embedded in the overall cost of attending the schools.
The National Association of College Stores found that nearly 75 cents of a dollar spent on purchasing books goes to the publisher while the remaining goes to the college book house. The report added that the students are not able to bank on the used books market, as the revised editions are published quickly. The representative group from the Association of American Publishers (AAP) has conceded the surge in prices but justifies it saying the improved textbooks offer better learning. Subjects such as computer science, biology and genetics, which rely on the latest developments, often require the recent edition. Therefore, the students try alternative means, such as online purchase, to control the expense.
The report indicates that every year, approximately US$900 is spent on textbooks and allied supplies by an average student in the US. The textbooks costs amount to 72 percent of the tuition charges and fees at the two-year colleges.
The report was released with assistance from the California Public Interest Research Group, which has recommended a set of strategies to fight what it terms 'price gouging'. The strategies include buying texts abroad, adopting online book swaps, using copies of texts from libraries, negotiating the price or ordering 'unbundled' textbooks through professors and deploying a book hiring system in the campus.
'Safeguard' launches online database on OHS prosecutions in New Zealand - 23 Aug 2005
Safeguard, a magazine published by Thomson Corporation, US, has introduced an online searchable database titled Safeguard CourtBase that carries the summaries of over 1,000 occupational health and safety (OHS) prosecutions in New Zealand. The database, the first of its kind in the country, comes via two subscription schemes - Premium and Standard. It covers OHS prosecutions initiated by the Department of Labour after the health and safety law was passed in 1993. The abstracts, sourced from the Department of Labour and legal houses, are written in plain language and regularly updated. The database offers free search options under the categories of risk type, industry sector, geographic location, legislation and degree of injury. Premium subscribers can download the complete text of the original source in PDF format. Subscribers can use the database to find the OHS record of existing or future subcontractors and suppliers.
New audio electronics portal from 'EE Times' - 23 Aug 2005
EE Times has launched the Audio DesignLine web site that provides information on audio electronics such as portable audio, automotive, satellite radio, advanced audio signal processing and TV and home entertainment audio. The portal, which targets design engineers and managers in the engineering field, is the ninth launch of EE Times in its portfolio of vertically classified web sites for design engineering professionals. It offers technical descriptions under topics ranging from analogue audio and SOC integration to codecs and topical forums on emerging standards to improve audio system design. Henry Davis, the editor of the site, has worked in the OEM electronics business for more than 30 years, of which over 20 years have been in the digital signal processing and audio systems sector.
EE Times is published by the Electronics Group of CMP Media, US, that releases print and online publications and hosts conferences in the electronics engineering area. The print and online publications of CMP Electronic Group include Embedded Systems Programming, Electronics Supply & Manufacturing, EE Times Online, DesignLines, PlanetAnalog.com and Embedded.com.
Elsevier MDL upgrades server product offerings to version 5.1 - 23 Aug 2005
Informatics and database solutions provider Elsevier MDL, US, has made a coordinated technological upgrade of its server products suite to launch version 5.1 of MDL ISIS/Host, MDL Central Library and MDL Direct data cartridges. The enhancements enable greater flexibility, support and easy usability for chemists, database administrators and IT professionals in life science studies. The cheminformatics database of MDL Direct provides the basis for the latest platforms of MDL Isentris and MDL ISIS (Integrated Scientific Information System).
The features of the upgraded versions include improved Tautomer searching, query types supported with Index-Organized Tables in Oracle databases, effective FastSearch index management and facility for higher concurrent connections on MS Windows Server. The latest data cartridge technique allows software developers to construct and deploy enhanced systems to manage molecule structure and relational reaction databases as well as combine other enterprise information on an Oracle platform. While MDL ISIS facilitates saving, finding and integrating of chemical and allied scientific data, MDL Central Library allows access to reagent sources and automatic process of reagents into libraries.
Indian BPO industry and the publishing outsourcing boom - 23 Aug 2005
Publishing outsourcing is the latest boom in the Indian business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, contributing US$300 million in revenues. Established firms such as Elsevier, John Wiley, McGraw Hill, Cambridge, Taylor & Francis, Royal Academy Publishers, Pearson and Clover are some of the publishers who have opted for Indian BPOs. The rates are about seven times higher compared to the voice-based BPO services. The Indian companies charge around US$ 50 per page to compile a college study material and US$35-40 per page for elementary school textbooks. While Quark, Thomson Press, TechBooks, Planman ITeS and Innodata are well positioned as publishing BPO firms, domestic giants such as Reliance and Wipro are expected to soon step into the business. As work overflows, the Indian BPOs are estimated to outsource 70 percent of their processes to smaller domestic publishers.
Last week, Indian publishing BPO TechBooks raised a recapitalisation fund of US$45 million from American Capital Strategies. The company offers data composition, conversion, publishing, e-content solutions and content management solutions for STM, information, financial, enterprise and educational publishers.
Online cotton biomarker database launched - 23 Aug 2005
The US Agricultural Research Service (ARS), a division of the US Department of Agriculture, has tied up with US cotton industry association, Cotton Inc., and the Clemson University Genomics Institute (CUGI) to introduce the Cotton Microsatellite Database (CMD). The project, launched and sponsored by Cotton Inc, aims to offer a one-point access to free data by assimilating biomarker information from various research organisations. There are various groups in the cotton community that generate and map cotton satellites. This collection is instantly accessible on the CMD for enhanced basic and applied research studies. The database, created by CUGI with most of the data sourced from the ARS, is expected to include additional datasets in the following months. The database will hold sequenced information, polymorphism, PIC values and chromosome and map information.
Core Medical launches journal on clinical evidence of drugs - 23 Aug 2005
Core Medical Publishing Ltd., UK, has released Core Evidence, a peer-reviewed journal available both online and in print, to evaluate medicines based on the evidence of clinical results. Targeted at decision-makers, prescribers, pharmacists, healthcare professionals, physicians and outcomes associations, the journal is edited by Paul Chrisp, President of Core Medical. It analyses the effect of using drugs in particular indications, examining the clinical outcomes for patients, payers and prescribes. It investigates the evolving evidence at various phases of drug making and studies its consequence on the treatment. The publication mirrors the increasing dependence on evidence-based processes for medical decisions. It chooses drugs that have potential effects on patient outcomes and disease management and reviews them through all the phases of development.
'Library Journal' introduces RSS feeds in portal - 23 Aug 2005
Library Journal, a publication of Reed Business Information, US, has installed RSS feeds in its online portal in the News, Book News, InfoTech News and Tech Blog sections. The feeds deliver diverse information about the industry via a desktop content aggregator. The user can either subscribe to the service directly or go to a site that offers links customised for various types of software. The RSS service cannot be used for commercial purposes or as a substitute for licensing the content.
SAI Global acquires Anstat Group - 23 Aug 2005
SAI Global Ltd., Australia, has acquired information and risk management solutions provider Anstat Group, Australia, which serves the legal, property and corporate compliance sectors. The deal, part of SAI's strategy to develop technical publishing, dissemination and information operations worth AUS$100 million, adds international regulatory and standards publications to its existing portfolio. It is projected to widen the geographical markets of Anstat's content distribution as well as improve the delivery channels for SAI solutions. SAI expects to enhance the operations of its publishing business, to foray again into compliance and risk management software and services, provide access to an established brand and offer dependable managerial capacities through the deal.
Anstat's three divisions, for regulatory information, property information and Lawlex compliance and risk software, will provide content for SAI's publishing activities. Lawlex offers online regulatory publishing, compliance and risk software and implementation services that support the tools acquired through Easy i, a SAI Global company. The transaction is expected to boost SAI's income by AUS$24 million in the first year.
Content outsourcing firm TechBooks receives $45 million funding - 22 Aug 2005
American Capital Strategies Ltd., US, has invested $45 million for recapitalising digital content outsourcing company TechBooks Inc., US, through senior and junior subordinated loan and convertible preferred equity. Post deal, American Capital will own 20 percent of TechBooks while the TechBooks management will retain a controlling stake. TechBooks, which also has operations in India and the UK, is focused on the following vertical markets - scientific, technical and medical publishing, educational publishing, information publishing, financial publishing and enterprise content services. The services include data composition and conversion, publishing, digital content solutions, e-learning, graphical assistance and content management. American Capital Strategies is a funding company that invests in various activities, including capital reorganisation, sponsors management, employee buyouts and private equity buyouts of private and public companies.
EBSCO's MetaPress to host 150-year old archives of IMechE - 22 Aug 2005
The UK's Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), a publisher and engineering association, has entered into a deal with subscription agent EBSCO, US, to offer its journals and new backfile archives via the latter's service. Professional Engineering Publishing, the publishing arm of ImechE, has said that the move is part of its plan to introduce its Digital Archive of Proceeding. EBSCO will host all prominent IMechE publications - current as well as archives dating back to 150 years - through its MetaPress web hosting platform.
Last month, in a similar move, six scientific and technical publishers including the engineering publishers National Defence Industrial Association (NDIA) and the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology, Hungarian Akadémiai Kiadó and academic publisher Baywood Publishing, had added their content to the EBSCO platform.
TechOnLine acquired and integrated with CMP Electronics Group - 22 Aug 2005
Media solutions company CMP Media, US, has acquired US-based TechOnLine, a provider of information for the engineering community, to integrate it with CMP Electronics Group. The combined offerings of CMP Electronics Group's media products with TechOnLine's services are projected to provide integrated news, information and education resources to electronics professionals. TechOnLine offers educational resources, training and product valuation services while CMP Electronics Group runs media properties such as EE Times, DesignLines and Embedded Systems Conferences.
CMP Media will not modify the brand name and the executive board of TechOnLine, which serves over 335,000 engineering professionals through its web information and training documents. The company's products and services include TechOnLine Webcast, Custom Courseware and TechOnLine VirtuaLab.
The acquisition comes amidst CMP Electronics Group's restructuring of its online, print, and event products' editorial and business strategy to offer a comprehensive platform for its audience. The strategy, titled 'Heads Up/Heads Down', indicates the efforts in delivering information through an effective media mix that meets the expectations of the audience as well as the sponsors.
Cadmus shifts operations to Lancaster - 22 Aug 2005
Cadmus Communications, US, a content management and production service provider to STM publishers, is shifting its printing operations from Science Press in Ephrata to Lancaster in order to provide more rationalised services. The company will invest $15 million in the expansion activity, out of which $12 million will be spent on new equipment and $3 million on renovating the building. The investment is part of Cadmus' US$ 50 million plan to upgrade its operations and services. The company's Digital Publishing Services (DPS) arm will continue at Ephrata with 220 staffers. The company has recently bought advanced technology-based presses, which will reach Cadmus from early October and halve the work time. Although the shift causes a reduction of 193 employees at Ephrata, the Lancaster location will appoint 100 employees at its expanded and rebuilt office. The shift to Lancaster is intended to provide a single-window service for customers and ease the overlap of operations, as both the offices share seven of Cadmus' customers.
BioMed Central introduces mental health and psychiatry journal - 22 Aug 2005
Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has introduced a peer-reviewed online journal titled Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health (CPEMH) that covers various clinical and epidemiological studies. Targeted at clinicians and scientists, the publication offers information on the diagnosis and therapy of mental health problems, the occurrence and factors of the problems and the population that is susceptible to these problems. Edited by Mauro Giovanni Carta, the journal publishes health services studies and information on the economic factors of psychiatry, highlighting the latest research results and process in essential epidemiology treatments in mental health. The categories include research, reviews, short reports, case studies, methodology articles, debate articles and book reviews. The content will range from research studies to clinical cases and unexamined hypotheses to book reviews. The articles can be accessed in open access archive PubMed, after acceptance for publication in the journal. The online articles are cited with a special article number, as they do not have page numbers.
PLoS announces the preview of 'PLoS Pathogens' - 22 Aug 2005
The Public Library of Science (PLoS), US, has announced the preview of its recently announced new magazine PLoS Pathogens that is slated for launch on September 30, 2005. The preview of an article is already online. It describes the origin and development of pathogens causing tuberculosis. The journal will publish refereed articles for free all over the world. It will focus on pathogens studies that cover the role of bacteria, fungi, parasites, prions and viruses in the cause of diseases. The content can be read, downloaded, redistributed and appended in a database, with appropriate mention of the author's name.
PloS had stated plans to charge the authors US$1500 for publishing the research paper and waive the same for authors who cannot afford it.
Ascend Media appoints Howard Roth as Vice President - 22 Aug 2005
Medical and healthcare publisher Ascend Media, US, has named Howard Roth as Vice President, eMedia. He will handle the company's electronic and online strategies. Roth has experience in electronic media, online content management, editorial and operations and has recently served as a consultant for publishing and online media clients. He has organized media operations for firms like CMP Media, HPJ Media, G&G Publishing Services and Context Media. Roth has also worked with Electronic Engineering Times and Electronic Content, publications of CMP Media, and Technology Today newspaper.
LexisNexis Butterworths launches online research tool - 22 Aug 2005
Legal, tax and business information provider LexisNexis Butterworths, UK, has introduced an online professional research tool after two years of worldwide customer research and capital investment. Customers can now access legal and regulatory content from diverse sources, including Halsbury's Laws, All England Law Reports and Simon's Direct Tax Service, through a single point. The resources are offered jointly with an online news and business service that offers content sourced from more than 12,000 published news and 32,000 business resources. The user interface, search and document distribution service of the company have been reorganised for offering maximum productivity.
Wiley acquires three tribology titles from Leaf Coppin Publishing - 19 Aug 2005
John Wiley & Sons Ltd., UK, a division of US publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., has acquired a series of tribology journals from scientific and technical publisher Leaf Coppin Publishing Ltd., UK. The deal adds three tribology publications -Lubrication Science, The Journal of Synthetic Lubrication and TriboTest - to Wiley's engineering titles. These peer-reviewed journals, which are circulated in 36 countries, cover refereed studies in tribology and lubrication and connect theoretical studies to practical use. Lubrication Science, published since 1988, provides information and research studies about lubricants and additives, their functioning and the interaction of their surfaces. The Journal of Synthetic Lubrication is an essential source for studies on potential lubricants that covers advanced synthesis and bio-related solutions for environmental needs. TriboTest provides the latest literature, patents in the subject and selective papers about science and application of tribology and studies that question practised procedures with stress on newer methodologies. Wiley will offer online versions of the journals in 2006 through Wiley InterScience, its electronic content delivery platform.
Wiley had also acquired 500 titles on subjects such as fuel cells, automotive and aerospace engineering and nanotechnology from Professional Engineering Publishing, UK, the publishing division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Springer buys marketing and media titles from Dutch publisher - 19 Aug 2005
Scientific and specialist content publisher Springer Science+Business Media, Germany, has bought ReclameWeek, the marketing communication journal, and Identity Matters, the media trade journal, from Het Dozijn Uitgeefprojekten, Netherlands. The journals will be managed by Springer's Dutch subsidiary, Springer Uitgeverij, and will continue to be published under the existing branding. The founder of ReclameWeek, Nicolette Hogerzeil-Hulsebos, will remain the publisher of the titles while Astrid Prummel and Annemiek van Grondel will be the editors-in-chief of the magazines.
The publisher had purchased Springer Uitgeverij (previously known as Brouwer Media) in April 2005 from Consolidated Graphic Industries and added Uitgeverij's 17 medical journals to its own portfolio of science, medicine, economics and engineering titles. Springer Science+Business Media publishes 1,450 scientific and specialist journals and over 5,000 books annually through its 70 representing publishers across 18 countries.
Study finds inconsistencies in peer-reviewed research findings - 19 Aug 2005
A study conducted on the peer-review model in medical publishing has found that almost one-third of the studies published after refereeing, between 1990 and 2003, either exaggerated the results or were later found to be contradictory. Out of the journal articles researched, 16 percent were disagreed with, and another 16 percent were not justified in subsequent studies. The research, authored by professor John Ioannidis, was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Ioannidis has concluded that many factors, such as different and better-organised trials used in the updated research, may have led to the inconsistency.
The findings of the research have led to questioning the role of peer reviews. Under this system, external experts judge the scientific validity of a research paper. These scientists are generally not paid for the review and their identities and comments are kept confidential. A few journal editors now insist that the reviewing scientists' names be revealed, and that they be paid. However, others assert that the current peer-reviewing system prevents the publishing of erroneous details and unsafe medical suggestions.
The process of reviewing is not standardised among the more than 10,000 medical journals in the world and there is no authorised body that decides the standards. Factors such as time spent for reviewing and expertise of the reviewer lack consistency. The system will be discussed at the Fifth International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication held from September 16 to 18, 2005.
MII develops nano structures printing model with Xaar technology - 19 Aug 2005
Printing technology firm Xaar plc, UK, has forged a joint development agreement with Molecular Imprints Inc. (MII), US, under which the latter has deployed Xaar's inkjet technology to create a uniquely combined lithography and 3D printing model for nano-scale structures and devices. MII, part of the University of Texas, has built the system through a Step and Flash Imprint Lithography (S-FIL) process, for whose technology and applications it holds over 100 patents. It has developed a series of equipment based on the process using inkjet printheads and electronics from Vivid Print Innovations Inc., a subsidiary of Xaar. The equipment are targeted at various markets including data storage, nano fabrication, photonic and optical structures and semi-conductor component devices. The company is selling these products directly and also through sales and distributing agencies such as KLA Tencor Corp. and Hakuto..
QB3 and Berkeley Lab form facility for biological data management - 19 Aug 2005
The California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research (QB3), US, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), US, have agreed to convert the latter's Biological Data Management and Technology Center into a joint facility to manage biological data. The new Biological Data Management Core Facility will assist in organising the increasingly huge and difficult datasets that are developed by leading biological and biomedical research organisations. It will offer data management services specifically to academic bodies allied to QB3 and Berkeley Lab and facilitate the sharing of data management technology, expertise and know-how. The facility will also hold seminars that offer students practical knowledge in biological data management and analysis.
Following its inception in 2004, the Biological Data Management and Technology Center has been associated with various academic institutions. It created the Integrated Microbial Genomes system along with the US Department of Energy (DoE)'s Joint Genome Institute. Berkeley Lab, the national laboratory of the DoE, conducts various research programmes in scientific computing and life sciences. QB3 is a partnership between the San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Berkeley campuses of the University of California.
Adobe announces life sciences initiatives - 19 Aug 2005
Desktop software vendor Adobe, US, has announced its life sciences strategy, under which it will offer assistance in the areas of regulatory affairs, R&D, intellectual property protection, clinical development, manufacturing and marketing and sales. The move partly follows the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s mandate for electronic submission of documents in PDF format. Adobe Life Sciences will focus on biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device firms.
As part of efforts to become an integrated server software firm, the company has launched the Adobe Intelligent Platform architecture, which comprises intelligent documents, Adobe Document Services and the universal client. The universal client software enables employees, partners and other associates to works with documents. The intelligent documents integrate Adobe PDF and XML structures, using which life science companies can give a paper-like appearance to documents while embedding other functions into it, such as error checking, data validation and channeling of information. The company's Document Services provide support for activities such as document creation, control and protection, integration and process management.
FDA norms spurred yet another firm - Publisher Thomson - to launch an initiative in March 2005. It introduced solutions to meet the FDA's Structured Product Labeling (SPL) standards that assist pharmaceutical companies to bring out labels in XML format.
Skyscape adds cardiology content to medical reference service - 18 Aug 2005
Mobile medical references provider Skyscape, US, has added cardiology reference to its Clinical & Healthcare Articles service. The content is sourced from publisher Jones and Bartlett's manuals, Dx/Rx: Coronary Thrombosis and Dx/Rx: Heart Failure. Available for free, the content provides essential clinical data, elaborate therapeutic information and the latest professional suggestions on cardiology, and is formatted to fit into PDAs and smartphones. Readers can also access further information through references. The service comes with smARTlink technology, Skyscape's patented product that allows readers to cross-index with the company's related clinical and drug prescription products.
Earlier this month, Skyscape had partnered with medical publisher Advanstar Medical Economics, US, to introduce the real-time Clinical & Healthcare Articles service. It covers subjects including dermatology, allergy & immunology, clinical pharmacology, cardiology, cosmetic surgery and emergency medicine. It is offered online through desktops or mobile devices with a web browsing facility.
Springer names Velterop Director of Open Access - 18 Aug 2005
STM publisher Springer, Germany, has named Jan Velterop as the Director of Open Access, a new role created for its 'Springer Open Choice' project. Velterop, a vocal supporter of the open access (OA) model, was previously Publishing Director at OA publisher BioMedCentral. In July 2004, Springer initiated the Open Choice programme as an additional model to the conventional subscription system. It allows authors to publish their papers online for free against a fee of US$3,000 to the publisher. Springer has included all of its 1,250 journals to the Open Choice programme and provides them through its online service, SpringerLink. The content is peer-reviewed as well as edited, produced, printed and distributed by the publisher as done in the traditional system. It is also abstracted and indexed in reference databases with links to the complete article.
Gold Standard acquires medical data products range Clini-Doc - 18 Aug 2005
Drug information databases and clinical data solutions provider Gold Standard, US, has acquired the Clini-Doc range of products from Pharmaconomics, US, for an undisclosed amount. Clini-Doc provides comprehensive data on clinical intervention and reporting models for healthcare organisations and pharmacists. It is available online as well as via pocket PCs and Palm PDAs and offers tools that document drug consults, clinical interventions, therapy errors, negative drug effects and clinical activity in the pharmacy for administrative assistance. Since 2004, Gold Standard has been the reseller of Clini-Doc and offers the solution as a complementary feature to its Clinical Pharmacology resource for drug information and medication management. As per the partnership deal, Pharmaconomics will offer Clini-Doc as a reseller for Gold Standard.
Hindawi launches public access journal on speech and audio communication - 18 Aug 2005
STM publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation, US, has launched a new public access journal titled Speech and Audio Processing that covers basic and applied areas of speech communication and audio processes. The journal operates under the 'author-pays' model, wherein it collects article processing charges from the authors' institutions or their funding organisations. The information is disseminated under the Creative Commons Attribution License model that enables unlimited access, delivery and reproduction rights to the content through any medium. The journal's objectives include publishing papers about the development of human and mechanical speech and audio communication, facilitating diffusion of the papers and providing free access to the complete texts of the articles. It covers subjects such as science and engineering technology in speech and audio technology, speech analysis, synthesis, coding, computational auditory scene analysis and room acoustics. The interdisciplinary journal will be edited by Prof. Douglas O'Shaughnessy of the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, University of Quebec, Canada.
Earlier this month, Hindawi had introduced another open access journal titled The Journal of Nanomaterials, which also works under the author-pays model. While the online version of the journal is available for free, the print content is charged.
Medical journals are preferred information source for British doctors: study - 18 Aug 2005
The Hospital Readership Survey 2005, carried out between September 2004 and June 2005, has revealed that British physicians rate medical journals as a more critical source of information than company sponsored meetings and sales representatives. Medical professionals of all disciplines ranked the journals higher than educational material, such as booklets, and Internet/CDs, the survey pointed out. It was gathered that senior doctors read two weekly general publications and about two journals related to their specialisations. Over 55 percent of the respondents opined that medical journals were very useful while 25 percent viewed CDs/Internet as very useful. While general weekly journals were voted for wider news coverage, subject-specific medical journals were selected for better clinical information and original research papers.
The survey covered nearly 1,090 physicians across 28 disciplines. Eleven publishing members of the UK's Periodical Publishers Association (PPA) Professional Media and six media buying companies funded the survey.
Second edition of 'Cutting Costs in the Medical Practice' released - 18 Aug 2005
Medical publisher Greenbranch, US, has released the latest version of its book titled Cutting Costs in the Medical Practice, Second Edition by Alan Whiteman, Jerry Hermanson and Dennis Palkon. The publication aims to provide physicians and practice administrators with feasible guidelines for cost reduction in their practices. The recent edition includes details on recruitment issues, cost savings through the use of appropriate technology, latest information on EMR vendors and practice management, reviewing the practice operations to spot problem areas and optimal organisation structures.
Wiley to publish 'Biotechnology Journal' - 17 Aug 2005
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, US, has announced plans to introduce an international publication in January 2006 titled Biotechnology Journal, principally targeting researchers and professionals in biotechnology and allied industries. The journal will feature refereed papers on healthcare, technology and nutrition and cover the public, legal, cultural and ethical dimensions of biotechnology research studies. Published by Wiley's German subsidiary, Wiley-VCH, each issue of the journal will focus on a specific topic and also provide original research papers, technical documents on scientific discoveries, news and short communications.
The journal aims to serve engineers, food and nutrition scientists, microbiologists, medical and pharmaceutical scientists, environmental scientists, agriculturists and patent lawyers. Wiley's other journals include Proteomics and Electrophoresis.
Liquent to support Microsoft's Digital Pharma programme - 17 Aug 2005
Thomson Scientific, US, has extended Liquent's support for Microsoft's Digital Pharma programme, which provides solutions to the life science value chain, from drug development to business intelligence, data collection and sales and marketing activities. The programme sets a framework to increase productivity, combine incoherent data sources and allow improved collaboration in the pharmaceutical value chain. It functions as an alliance between 17 life science service providers and offers solutions through Microsoft's .NET Framework.
Liquent, Thomson's regulatory solutions business, recently introduced the Structured Product Labeling (SPL) solution to assist drug companies in submitting their prescription product labeling in an electronic SPL version, as per FDA policies. It offers the expertise of regulatory affairs professionals to review the content and conversion across the process to ensure quality. Thomson has partnered with the Digital Pharma initiative to offer supporting technologies to the service and ensure faster understanding by its customers.
PAMA gains affiliation to SAE International - 17 Aug 2005
The US' Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International has granted affiliation to the US' Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA). PAMA had earlier agreed to the association with SAE that will be carried out through the SAE Institute. SAE, in its centennial year, offers various membership benefits to PAMA. It also gains certain benefits from the association with PAMA, such as an added presence in the product life cycle of the maintenance of an aircraft. SAE will also receive publishing, administrative and distribution services along with marketing and PR efforts through the PAMA association.
SAE is a not-for-profit scientific and educational organisation counting over 89,000 engineers and scientists as its members. It publishes books, magazines, technical papers, reports and standards targeted at the vehicle mobility, transportation and safety sectors.
OCLC PICA partners with TDNet to offer collaborated services - 17 Aug 2005
Library systems developer and supplier OCLC PICA, Netherlands, has entered into a partnership with electronic content management solutions provider TDNet, US, to offer collaborated services to libraries and other institutions. Initially, the partners will jointly offer marketing and sales services. This will expand to include the offering of cost-effective and value-added solutions to customers. Staffers of both organisations will undergo training in the related products and services. A set of pilot programmes, such as combined development of products and services, will be tested as part of the partnership. TDNet serves academic and special libraries, enterprise information centres and federal bodies in 18 countries with a knowledge base consisting of metadata of more than 100,000 titles. Its e-resource management services cater to organising internal repositories and external resources.
Auto aftermarket associations launch study on industry data repository - 17 Aug 2005
The Aftermarket Data Trust (ADT), an association formed by three automotive aftermarket trade associations, has commenced a study on the viability of an industry data repository and delivery procedure. This has been instigated by recent reports indicating that the aftermarket industry's sales have declined, and resulted in diversion to OE dealers, due to inaccurate or delayed data. Consulting firm Digiton, US, has been mandated to carry out the industry-wide study. It will assess the requirements of players in the aftermarket supply chain, test the feasibility of a pan-industry solution, create a model of the solution and assist the ADT in choosing vendors for the solution. The partners of the trust are the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA).
At present, each market player provides separate catalogues, published online data and CDs. Developing an industry repository will dispose of multiple methods to prepare and deliver the data. Aftermarket companies will have access to precise and up-to-date data at the counter and therefore not lose customers due to incomplete information.
McGraw-Hill offers digital version of publications for students - 17 Aug 2005
Publisher McGraw-Hill Higher Education, US, has associated with digital publishing services provider Zinio, US, to offer an online version of 150 of its college titles, priced lower than half of the print editions. The e-books come with interactive features, search options, online links, archiving and video and audio facilities apart from print text facilities such as provisions for highlighting text and inserting notes. Students can download a McGraw-Hill publication on to their computers and access it anytime, online or offline. Subjects covered include science, engineering, mathematics, humanities and business.
Elsevier to launch online account management tool - 17 Aug 2005
Publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has created an administration tool termed 'Admin Tool' for librarians to view and edit ScienceDirect and Scopus accounts. Slated for launch in October 2005, the tool is projected to meet customer requirements for an online platform to manage the accounts. The company's E Customer Service Department carried out a series of studies on libraries that specialise in electronic content collection and administration across America, Europe, Asia and Australia before the tool was developed. Admin Tool assists in creating groups and departments in the institution's IP range for checking the usage per department and purchase on credits, to develop remote access accounts for the library customers, and deliver documents for all accounts. It will be offered for free through the web sites of Scopus and ScienceDirect. It is expected to assume a vital role in activities such as e-collection development and cataloguing. The tool also allows content coverage for both databases and access to ScienceDirect E holding and usage reports. Customers can also personalise the accounts with individual logos.
Google holds back Print for Publisher Program until December - 16 Aug 2005
Following discussion with various groups of the publishing industry, Internet services firm Google, US, has announced a temporary freeze of its library project. Under the Google Print for Publisher Program, launched in December 2004, Google scanned copyrighted content from libraries and carried it in its search engine database. Under the programme, a publisher can also request Google to offer the summaries of the text in the search results, with links directed to the publisher's web page. The project will be relaunched after November this year with some changes. One new feature allows the publisher to stipulate which of its books can be scanned and which cannot. The programme - developed in association with libraries at Harvard University, Stanford University and other academic institutions - has received negative responses from publishers and other groups, as it is seen as violating copyright rules.
eMedia Asia and Penton partner to launch Chinese electronics magazine - 16 Aug 2005
eMedia Asia Ltd., the joint venture company of Global Sources, Singapore, and CMP Media, US, has partnered with Penton Media, US, to introduce a new magazine, Electronic Design-China. The monthly, to be published from March 2006, is a simplified Chinese version of Electronic Design, the electronics magazine of Penton Media. It will offer information on current technologies and application procedures to the engineering community in Mainland China. Penton Media expects to leverage on the experiences of Global Sources in the Chinese market while the latter can source content from Penton Media publications such as Electronic Design, Microwaves & RF and EE Product News. Mark A. Saunderson will head the partnership and all the operations of the new magazine.
Cientifica releases report on carbon nanotubes - 16 Aug 2005
Nanotechnology information provider, Cientifica, US, has released a global study on the market and technological impact of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in the composite materials field. The 146-page report highlights Cientifica's analysis on the opportunities, uses and potential technical hindrances to be countered. It includes a quantitative and qualitative examination of the existing and potential applications of CNTs in composite materials, a detailed analysis of international CNT trends and prices, and the overall output and capacity over the next half decade. Cientifica provides nanotechnology information through services such as research studies, business intelligence and consultancy.
IEEE standards for test information exchange through XML - 16 Aug 2005
The UK's Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has started developing two standards - IEEE P1671.1 and IEEE P1671.2 - to improve the exchange of descriptions using XML. The standards include certain instruments on which an automatic markup language is tested to transfer the information. IEEE P1671.1 will describe an XML-based system for use of test conditions to identify, support and check the information exchange process in the semiconductor, military, automotive and aerospace markets. IEEE P1671.2 will allow the diagnosis of the electronic system by implementing the exchange of static information in an XML structure of an instrument. The Standards Coordinating Committee 20 - Test and Diagnosis for Electric Systems is sponsoring the two projects.
WoodWing upgrades Smart Connection editorial solutions - 16 Aug 2005
WoodWing Software, Netherlands, has launched upgraded versions of its Smart Connection editorial workflow solutions that are compatible with Adobe InDesign CS2 and InCopy CS2. The company has been working since 1997 to develop plug-ins and solutions for publishing customers who use the two Adobe services. The newly launched Smart Connection Enterprise 4.0 and Smart Connection Pro 4.0 are improved from both client and server ends to offer enhanced services to the publishing industry. The enhancements at the client side enable users to implement a seamless work process by using Smart Connection as well as features of InDesign and InCopy with CS2 versions. At the server side, Smart Connection Enterprise 4.0 provides support from database vendors such as PHP5 and Sybase as well as database drivers. Both versions come in eight languages including Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. WoodWing has a clientele across 50 countries throughout the world.
BiotechConnection.com installs RSS feeds - 16 Aug 2005
BiotechConnection.com, an online biotechnology resource for scientists, researchers, chemists, biologists, engineers and physicians, has installed RSS feeds in its web site. The RSS feeds offer information about the arrival of new articles, either through e-mail or desktop alerts. The portal, targeting the biotechnology industry, aims to reach newer audiences and provide more enhanced critical biotechnology information by the inclusion of this feature. The website also offers recent news and knowledge articles about biotechnology.
WIPO updates online patent classification system - 15 Aug 2005
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)'s web site now features an updated version of the International Patent Classification (IPC), which facilitates easier search and retrieval of patent data. The eighth version, available in English and French, covers the latest technological developments. It follows a six-year project to make the IPC user-friendlier in an electronic environment, enhancing its access and functionality for industrial property offices and the public. The IPC is regularly updated to include the latest technological developments and widen its accessibility. It seeks to provide classification of patent information that can be easily searched and accessed by both specialists and common users. The eighth edition will go into effect on January 1, 2006, following which all patent documents will be classified according to it.
Reed Elsevier estimates two-fold growth in online sales - 15 Aug 2005
Publisher Reed Elsevier, Netherlands, has projected organic growth, without acquisitions, of more than 5 percent this year and a two-fold rise in online sales to more than US$5 billion (£2.9 billion) over the next few years. It also expects to witness double-digit growth in operating profits at fixed currency levels. At present, the company's online businesses account for 27 percent, or about US$ 2.5 billion, of its annual turnover.
The company supports its statement with the current trend of a substantial shift to online publishing, especially by business publications such as Hollywood trade journal Variety and IT journal Computer Weekly. The company sees no threat from open access to scientific research studies, offered by companies such as Google Scholar. On the other hand, it contributes content to Google services.
IEEE adds 15,000 articles to digital collection - 15 Aug 2005
The UK's Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has digitised over 15,000 articles up to the first issue of the first volume in 1954, as part of its recent initiative to create electronic back files of all its publications. The newly appended set of articles has been sourced from IEEE Electron Devices Society publications. Research papers relating to electron devices and other influential technology research documents are now part of the online repository, taking its size to nearly 1.2 million documents. The Electron Devices Society is one of the oldest societies of IEEE and brings out 14 technical publications.
ASM's MicrobeWorld Radio show via daily podcast - 15 Aug 2005
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has launched the daily podcast of its MicrobeWorld Radio programme in home computers and mobile digital audio systems. Users can subscribe to the podcast at http://feeds.feedburner.com/microbeworld through podcast software applications such as iTunes and iPodder. It features a 90 second news capsule to increase awareness about the importance of microbes and promote microbiology. Every year, MicrobeWorld Radio hosts 260 shows covering recent studies, the flow of discovery and multiple disciplines in that field. The instructions to access the podcast are provided at ASM's web site. The producer of MicrobeWorld Radio is Finger Lakes Productions International.
ASM, which comprises more than 42,000 scientists and healthcare professionals, publishes journals such as Antimicrobial Agents, Chemotherapy, Clinical Microbiology Reviews, Eukaryotic Cell and Journal of Clinical Microbiology.
Tripos introduces lab informatics products suite - 15 Aug 2005
Chemistry research technology and services provider Tripos, US, has announced the launch of Benchware, a portfolio of laboratory informatics products targeted at lab chemists. The range, presented at the Drug Discovery Technology conference in Boston this month, combines re-branded Tripos and Optive Research products and other new products to offer predictive scientific planning, chemistry and collaborative tools. Tripos acquired Optive Research last year. Benchware supports scientists in testing decisions and chemical synthesis as well as in storing, searching, exchanging and obtaining research information.
The suite provides applications including Benchware 3D Explorer, Benchware HTS DataMiner, Benchware LibraryMaker and Benchware LibraryDesigner.
New magazine on fertility launched - 15 Aug 2005
Reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist Dr. Diana Broomfield has brought out a new magazine titled Fertility Today. The magazine is governed by an advisory and editorial board comprising certified reproductive endocrinologists and infertility specialists, urologists, mental health practitioners and other professionals. The bi-monthly, targeted at physicians as well as patients, seeks to simplify technical terms and approaches as a means to educate the general public. It also carries articles on alternatives such as adoption and living without children. The magazine, premiering with the July-August issue, features personal experiences with fertility issues.
Elsevier MDL releases upgraded Assay Explorer system - 15 Aug 2005
Informatics, database and workflow solutions company Elsevier MDL, US, has released version 3.0 of the MDL Assay Explorer system, which offers enhanced usability, performance and integration features to augment biology workflow. The latest version of the software enables biologists to capture bioassay research findings and methodologies as well as examine biological details. It allows scientists to import columns and related calculations to a spreadsheet for analysing the research data. The system introduces the Job Monitor that allows keen observation of HTS data under a robotics system, using which scientists can exit the research in case the result trends portend problems. Biologists can also create and measure a 500 x 96-well-plate HTS study and recalculate an existing experiment in a short time. The plate layouts can be transported between the system and the MDL Plate Manager repository for further streamlining the workflow. They can also be integrated with third party statistical tools such as GraphPad Prism to perform a non-linear regression analysis.
Elsevier MDL and Tripos integrate life science software products - 12 Aug 2005
Elsevier MDL and Tripos, Inc. have linked up to reinforce the integration of their software products and offer an empowered discovery informatics interface to their customers. The alliance particularly supports the integration of Elsevier MDL's Isentris software with Tripos' Benchware portfolio of laboratory informatics applications. As per the deal, Elsevier MDL becomes a global strategic partner of the Tripos Alliance Program while Tripos joins the MDL Isentris Alliance to obtain training, software and other assistance. Tripos will offer web services consistent with the Isentris platform as well as domain services through Tripos' Concord, a product to generate 3-D molecular structures. It also plans to make its Benchware products compatible with MDL's Isentris and ISIS and choose the MDL Draw chemical-rendering application as the preferred one for its Benchware sketching programme. The financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.
Media measurement arm boosts VNU first-half profits - 12 Aug 2005
Publisher and business information provider VNU, Netherlands, has reported an 11% increase in profits for the first half ended June 2005. This was mainly attributed to a strong performance by the company's media measurement and information division. Sales increased 6 percent, while the EBITDA improved 19 percent to US$534 million (€
296 million). The growth was negatively impacted by currency effects as well as a sluggish performance by the company's marketing information division in Europe. However, it was compensated by robust sales in Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. VNU's business information division, which runs magazines and a trade show business in the US, boosted the EBITDA 15 percent. The $6.3 billion acquisition of medical data and analysis provider IMS Healthcare, US, is projected to boost VNU's performance in the forthcoming years.
Fundamentals of numeric programming to be developed - 12 Aug 2005
The Numerical Mathematics Consortium has announced that mathematics software vendors and various individuals are working in tandem to develop a foundation for numerical programming that is reliable and manageable. The association aims to create open math semantic standards for the development of numeric algorithm, which will allows tools and platforms to be portable and reusable. The algorithms are applicable in areas such as scientific research studies, embedded design and industrial control. They can also be shared by R&D personnel in the industry and academia. At present, the tools and platforms work in independent environments, with little portability. This requires repeated relearning of skills and higher costs.
The Numerical Mathematics Consortium, a not-for-profit association, has been formed by various individuals and software vendors including INRIA (Scilab Publisher), Mathsoft, National Instruments and Maplesoft.
SoundPractice.net gets new look - 12 Aug 2005
Greenbranch Publishing, US, has revamped its medical practice podcast and blog site SoundPractice.net with the shifting of all RSS feeds to the home page and various other features. The portal, launched in May 2005, now hosts a streaming player that allows users to listen to podcasts without podcast software. Apart from updated content, the web site now carries news items of community interest, compiled by Kent Bottles, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medical Practice Management, a magazine published by Greenbranch Publishing. The journal provides archived material to SoundPractice.net.
Nature Publishing Group introduces nephrology journal - 12 Aug 2005
In line with its plan to publish Kidney International from January 2006 for the International Society of Nephrology (ISN), Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, is to extend its Nature Clinical Practice series to launch a title on nephrology. Nature Clinical Practice Nephrology, a monthly, will be available on print and online and provide physicians with information on critical research improvements in the nephrology field, which in turn is expected to enhance practical patient care. The journal will be mailed to the ISN's 5,500 members in the US and over 3,000 overseas. Offered on a limited subscription basis, the Nature Clinical Practice series covers fields such as cardiovascular medicine, oncology, gastroenterology & hepatology. From the current eight, the number of journals in the series is expected to reach 15 over the next three years.
CODATA seeks managing organisation for official online journal - 12 Aug 2005
The Committee for Data for Science and Technology (CODATA), France, the scientific committee of the International Council of Science (ICSU), has called for proposals from organisations to manage its online journal, CODATA Data Science Journal. The partnership between CODATA and Queens University Belfast, which currently manages the journal, expires on December 31, 2005. The new contract is for the period January 2006 to December 2007. The committee provides and accepts online applications. It has also spelt out the tasks required of the new partner. The deadline for submitting the application is August 19, 2005 and the decision will be announced in September. The committee seeks to enhance the quality of experimental results, observation and calculation data in the fields of biology, astronomy, engineering, geology, environmental science, ecology and physical science.
ProQuest launches online version of African Writers Series - 12 Aug 2005
Database developer ProQuest Information and Learning, US, has announced plans to offer its new online version of the African Writers Series to higher education institutions in Africa under free as well as discounted schemes. The series, published between 1962 and 2003 by Heinemann Educational Books, is available in 360 volumes. Early this year, ProQuest launched Release 0ne of the series that was sourced from 65 volumes of the original. It includes features, fiction, poetry and drama penned by various African writers. Each volume carries a near-replica of the original content along with text from the author, illustrations, notes and introductions. While Release Two is slated for launch next year, ProQuest aims to publish all the works in the Heinemann series by 2007.
Emerald Group acquires six titles from Henry Stewart Publications - 12 Aug 2005
Business and information science publisher Emerald Group, UK, has acquired six business journals from academic publisher Henry Stewart Publications, UK. The accounting and finance titles acquired include two on real estate management and one on corporate communications. The Journal of Financial Regulations and Compliance (JFRC), one of the financial publications transferred, covers legal issues for the accounting community. Yet another, the Journal of Money Laundering Control (JMLC) deals with technological improvements in restricting money laundering. The Journal of Corporate Real Estate, the Journal of Facilities Management and the Journal of Financial Crime have also changed hands under the deal. Emerald brings out the Aslib journals that cover the field of library and information science.
PennWell to publish report on unconventional gas market - 11 Aug 2005
PennWell Corporation, US, has entered into a partnership with energy intelligence consultancy Warlick International, US, to release a report on evolving trends in the unconventional gas business. Slated for release in October 2005, the report, North American Unconventional Gas Market Report 2005-06, will provide comprehensive information on gas shale and coalbed methane developments in the US and Canada. It includes market analyses, estimation on drilling, production and completion, economic investment strategies and predictions on oilfield equipment and services. The report targets the investment and banking sector, oilfield service firms, providers of engineering and environmental services, exploration and production companies and equipment manufacturers. An online pre-publication version of the report is offered by PennWell's OGJ Online Research Center under the 'Special Reports' section. PennWell's portfolio includes PennEnergy, an online portal for the business-to-business market, and magazines such as Oil & Gas Journal, Offshore and Oil Gas & Petrochem Equipment.
Five publishers add content to ebrary's online delivery platform - 11 Aug 2005
Information services and solutions provider ebrary, US, has signed in five international publishers to include their complete texts and licensed content in its Dynamic Content Platform (DCP). Oxford University Press, Brill Academic Publishers, Artech House, SAGE Publications and Manchester University Press will deliver their books to libraries across the globe via DCP, ebrary's online content delivery service. The partnership is projected to boost the revenues of the publishers and allow libraries to offer the content in a cost-effective manner and create an enhanced research environment.
Over 200 global STM, academic and professional publishers use DCP to distribute their publications under the subscription and perpetual access models. Libraries can adopt the perpetual access model to develop their own databases that allow simultaneous use by single- or multi-user access systems. Under the subscription system, libraries can access the content across various fields through a multi-user model.
The DCP comes with the ebrary Reader and InfoTools software. While the former enables page-by-page distribution of content in PDF format, the latter allows users to link to other resources in the library by selecting a single word or phase.
Astoria introduces XML management in MS Word content - 11 Aug 2005
XML content management solutions provider Astoria Software, US, has introduced an additional functionality that allows integration between MS Word 2003 and Astoria XML Content Management Platform 4.4. This combination facilitates authors working with MS Word documents to seamlessly manage and simplify large and complex technical content using the XML management solution. Both large and small publishers can deploy the new feature to create and update content of different types. Astoria's product is also compatible with Arbortext Epic Editor 5, Adobe FrameMaker 7.1, Blast Radius XMetal Author 4.5 and Blast Radius XMetal ActiveX.
Latest version of ASN offers enhanced science standards - 11 Aug 2005
Non-profit organisation JES & Co., US, has announced the release of enhanced K-12 science standards for science publishers, educational software creators and assessment specialists. The standards have been developed as part of the Achievement Standards Network (ASN), which is funded by the National Science Foundation, and monitored by JES. ASN 1.2 allows affordable access to the authenticated digital collection of local and national academic standards. It supports learning management models and assessment engines, made possible through an improved database with additional data, a vendor-neutral interactive platform and documentation. It also offers documented structures with which states can publish their academic standards even as they are being developed. ASN Version 1.2, which is compatible with earlier versions, has the capacity for new subjects and varieties of standards and benchmarks.
Schering journal bags corporate publishing award - 11 Aug 2005
Research magazine livingbridges, published by Schering AG, Germany, has won the 'Best of Corporate Publishing' (BCP) Award for three successive years. The bi-lingual magazine, with a circulation of 35,000 issues, carries analyses, features and interviews related to research studies and science. This year's award went to the 'Perception and Reality' edition of livingbridges, in the b2b and health publications categories. BCP is sponsored by the Forum Corporate Publishing (FCP), Germany and the trade journals Horizont, Aquisa and w&v. Schering, a research-oriented pharmaceuticals company, is focused on oncology, gynaecology & andrology, diagnostic imaging and specialised therapeutics for disabling diseases.
Jobson Medical Group appoints associate publisher - 11 Aug 2005
The Jobson Medical Group (JMG) has appointed Phil Molinaro as the Associate Publisher of its Clinician Reviews and Clinician News. Molinaro has previously worked with publishers Quadrant Healthcare, Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Medical Economics Company and the American Academy of Family Physicians. JMG, part of the Jobson publishing group, targets physicians in the fields of infectious diseases, neurology, psychiatry, women's health and pulmonary medicine. It also caters to the nursing and patient community.
EBSCO introduces botanical and horticultural database - 10 Aug 2005
EBSCO Publishing, part of EBSCO Information Service, US, has introduced the Garden Literature Index database through its electronic journal service, EBSCOhost. The index is projected to meet the need for a research studies resource in the niche subjects of horticulture and botany. It provides articles on topics such as botany, plant and garden conservation, garden management, horticulture, ecology and horticultural therapy, with a focus on the environmental sustainability of horticultural and landscaping practices. More than 300 scholarly and refereed titles from various local, national and international publications are indexed in the database. Titles that were published over 10 years ago are also offered, the target audience including gardening enthusiasts, professionals and students. The title database maintained by EBSCO Information Service consists of over 298,000 serial titles from global publishers.
R&E Portal for US federal defence agency staff launched - 10 Aug 2005
The US' Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) and the Office of the Director, Defense Research & Engineering (DDR&E) have launched the Research and Engineering (R&E) Portal for the staffers and contractors of the Department of Defense (DoD). The R&E Portal assists DoD's research and developmental, test and evaluation (RDT&E) personnel, from service laboratories right up to the Pentagon. The resource allows users to sign in once and access DDR&E planning data and financial information along with technical documents from DTIC.
DTIC provides DoD's technical data to US federal agencies' employees and contractors. The centre influences investments in scientific and technical research studies at DoD.
Research urges Brazilian scientists to publish more on Amazon - 10 Aug 2005
A Brazilian research has revealed that less than a quarter of the research studies on the Amazon region published between January and April 2004 have been carried out by native researchers. Out of 452 papers published during the period, only 100, or 22 percent, were authored by Brazilian scientists. The presentation, given by Adalberto Val at the 57th annual meet of the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science, urged greater participation from Brazilian researchers in the Amazon in order to retain the nation's sovereignty over the territory. He said that steps are required to boost the number of PhD researchers in the region, such as encouraging scientists from other parts of the country to shift their research focus to the Amazon. Val, himself a scientist at the National Institute of Amazon Research, examined the research papers obtained from the 'CAPES gateway' for his study. 'CAPES gateway' is an online resource of the Brazilian Ministry of Education hosting over 9,000 journals.
New open access journal on nanomaterials launched - 10 Aug 2005
STM publisher Hindawi Publishing Corp., US, has introduced a new open access journal, The Journal of Nanomaterials (JNM). The journal works on the author pays model, under which the authors or their funding agencies pay to get the articles published. While the online version is for free, the print version is available for a charge that covers the printing cost. The content is delivered under the 'Creative Commons Attribution License' that allows unlimited usage, transfer and reproduction in any medium, provided the source is quoted. The editor of JNM is Michael Hu of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Hindawi brings out various open access journals in areas including biomedicine, applied mathematics, mechanical engineering and computer engineering. Further launches are slated for the coming months.
Thailand initiates database for personalised healthcare - 10 Aug 2005
The Thai government has launched efforts to create a database covering a sample portion of the native population's genetic and health details. This is part of a three-year ongoing project to integrate drug and genetic studies to personalise the local healthcare system, effectively doing away with trial and error methods. The database will enable doctors to adopt 'pharmacogenomics', or studying the genetic makeup of patients to assay the diseases they are most susceptible to and decide on a suitable treatment and medication process. Wasun Chantratitaya of the government-managed Thailand Centre of Excellence for Life Science (TCELS) heads the project. The database is also expected to help scientists to formulate drugs that exclusively suit Thai patients. TCELS has collaborated with software major Oracle Corp., US, to develop the database.
UK nurses require greater access to information, says study - 10 Aug 2005
A survey conducted by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), UK, has concluded that nurses have restricted access to the current research studies and information while at work, which in turn affects the quality of patient care. Among 1,700 nurses surveyed, more than one-third had limited access to online research papers and nearly one-fifth had no Internet access in the work places. In the independent sector, almost half of the respondents never had Internet access in their work places. The nurses at the National Health Service (NHS) hospitals were unable to go to health libraries due to work pressure and lack of time. The survey found local and regional disparities in the access to online resources and visiting health libraries. Nine-tenth of the respondents sought additional access to a variety of full-text journal articles. Nearly 90 percent expected assistance in finding relevant articles or reports. The demand for training in information skills was also observed to be high. The survey is one of the largest analyses done on the information needs of nurses in the UK.
Elsevier MDL to shift headquarters - 10 Aug 2005
Informatics, database and workflow solutions provider Elsevier MDL, US, will shift its headquarters to San Ramon's Bishop Ranch in November 2005. The company, headquartered at San Leandro for 20 years, will move into a 63,000 square feet area with its 300 employees. For nearly a year, the company had been hunting for a new location - one that would offer a better IT platform for its software solutions. Bishop Ranch was chosen particularly because it is located between BART stations in Walnut Creek and Dublin. It also provides a shuttle service between the two stations. Elsevier MDL was formed in 1997 after Elsevier's acquisition of software firm Molecular Design Ltd. Elsevier publishes 1,800 journals and 2,200 books annually.
Journal for new physicians launched - 09 Aug 2005
The Medicine Publishing Company, UK, has announced the August 2005 launch of a new journal, The Foundation Years, which offers supporting material for physicians who have just entered the profession, as well as trainees. The new journal complements the publisher's existing clinical medical practice publication, Medicine. The topics covered include clinical care, acute care, relationship with colleagues, communication abilities and teaching. A package combining the monthly Medicine and bimonthly The Foundation Years will be available for subscription for members of the UK's Medical Protection Society (MPS). Subscribers are offered unrestricted access to all the online supporting content at the web site, Medicine Online, which includes the articles published in the Medicine. The Medicine Publishing Company brings out the latest news on medicine and clinical practice in a standardised format.
China to grant US$20,000 for UNESCO scheme - 09 Aug 2005
The Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology has announced plans to provide US$20,000 for UNESCO's Information for All Programme (IFAP). This was declared by the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC), the ministry's information centre. The IFAP is an initiative of UNESCO to formulate guidelines for global cooperation and international and regional partnerships. It supports common strategies and tools that create free knowledge societies as well as bridge the digital divide. It has awarded funds for projects related to the ethical, societal and legal implications of information and communication technology (ICT) improvements among various other projects.
Euroscience's Science Publishing Group invites more members - 09 Aug 2005
The Science Publishing Working Group of Euroscience, France, has invited learned societies to join the group. Euroscience is an association that offers an open forum to discuss science and technology issues. The Euroscience Working Group: Science Publishing has been recently created by the board to seek answers for various questions faced by scientists about the development of online scientific communication. Its open forum, ESOF, held in Stockholm in 2004, focused on the significance of scientific research publishing. As the number of scientific issues to be addressed increases, Euroscience has called on knowledge societies to join its existing group of two societies. The next symposium will be conducted in Munich in 2006.
ALPSP releases formal statement against RCUK policy - 09 Aug 2005
The UK's Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) has stated that it does not support the Research Councils UK (RCUK)'s policy on access to research information. The RCUK consultation that ends on August 31, 2005 discusses the Councils' position on public access to research outputs. The ALPSP members had examined the debate on the RCUK's research policies and arrived at a formal response that was delivered to Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Science and Innovation at the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Chief Executives of Research Councils. The association has opined that RCUK's policy, which mandates self-archiving by authors, will lead to cancellation of library subscriptions, as a significant proportion of research papers will be made available for free. This would curb the journal's financial capacity, its peer-reviewing process as well as other advantages to authors and readers as a part of a prestigious journal. The consequence of such policies will negatively impact a journal's income and its related activities, according to the association. It added that the open access model, among all other alternate publishing models, has not been thoroughly tested and its sustenance capacity is in doubt.
SirsiDynix to be deployed for Irish medical publication archiving - 09 Aug 2005
The HSE Eastern Region Medical Library, UK, has added the SirsiDynix Hyperion Digital Media Archive to its Unicorn Library Management System. Though the archive is already used by various European specialty libraries, this marks the first time that it is used for archiving an Irish health publication. The archive, projected to become a vital national online source, will digitise the publications of Ireland-based Area Health Board, Eastern Regional Health Authority (ERHA) and Eastern Health Shared Services (ESS). The SirsiDynix Hyperion Digital Media Archive will be added to the library's Windows server that presently operates under the Unicorn system.
LWW to publish journal of lung cancer association - 09 Aug 2005
Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), UK, has partnered with the US' International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) to publish the latter's official journal, Journal of Thoracic Oncology (JTO). The journal, slated for launch in January 2006, will publish original articles on translation studies, basic science, staging, pathology, radiology, multidisciplinary diagnosis and treatment of lung cancers and thoracic tumours. Available for free to association members, JTO will advocate the use of genetic and molecular methods in studying thoracic malignancies. Journals@Ovid, the online database of Ovid Technologies containing over 900 medical journals, will also host JTO on the web. James R. Jett has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of JTO, which replaces Lung Cancer as IASLC's official journal from January 2006.
CSA, NBII tie up for new journal on sustainable science - 09 Aug 2005
Information services provider CSA, US, and the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) have released an open access journal titled Sustainability: Science, Practice & Policy as part of a private-public partnership programme. The refereed web journal specialises in emerging practices in the area of sustainability. CSA will assist in creating a database on sustainability science. The database features analyses of innumerable interactions by living beings, particularly human beings, with the atmosphere. The premier issue contains a report on 'Sustainable consumption in national context'. Apart from full-text articles, the bi-annual free publication features guest editorials and community essays.
Emerald appoints advisory group for librarian service - 08 Aug 2005
Management and library & information science publisher Emerald Group Publishing, UK, has named a group of advisers who will assist in developing content for the section of Emerald Management Xtra that is specifically targeted at librarians. The team has been put together with experts from across the world. It has been mandated to assess the potential needs of academic bodies all over the world facilitate the development of new products and services. The library advisers will help in creating essential academic offerings for libraries, business institutions and management departments. Emerald Management Xtra is the flagship online information resource of the publisher that integrates peer-reviewed journals with assistance from researchers, librarians and academics. Emerald also publishes books covering applied science, engineering and technology.
In July 2005, the company formed an editorial advisory team for Emerald Management Xtra.
More titles included in Referex Engineering - 08 Aug 2005
Referex Engineering, the online reference of publisher Elsevier's Engineering Village 2, has added 32 titles to its existing resource of 321 titles that can be purchased (perpetual licence) or subscribed annually. The three collections included in Referex, viz. Electronics & Electrical, Mechanical & Material, and Chemical Petrochemical & Process, offer wide ranging content aimed at academics, researchers, technicians, R&D engineers and corporate engineers. Some of the titles that have been newly included in the database are Analog Interfacing to Embedded Microprocessor Systems, Introduction to Colloid and Surface Chemistry, Energy Technology and Directions for the Future and Renewable Energy.
In May 2005, Elsevier announced that the Engineering Village 2 database will offer access to allied web resources, including the US Patent and Trademark Office, Esp@cenet, Scirus, GlobalSpec and EEVL.
Interoperability experiment for open geospatial data - 08 Aug 2005
The US' Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), Inc. has launched an interoperability experiment in efforts to support free access to atmospheric and oceanographic modeling and simulation data. The Gateway or Geo-interface for Air Land Earth Ocean NetCDF (GALEON) Interoperability Experiment has installed a geo platform through protocols of OpenGIS Web Coverage Server. The platform allows interoperable functions within the netCDF, ADDE, THREDDS client/server, OPeNDAP and catalog protocols. Among the participants in this experiment are University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, NASA, and Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis of the Italian National Research Council. The OGC is a global grouping of over 270 universities, government bodies and companies, which seeks to develop open access interface specifications.
Wiley InterScience launches citation export facility - 08 Aug 2005
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, US, has launched a new feature, called Citation Export, in the Wiley InterScience online service. The new functionality allows visitors to download citations and abstracts from the search results or the abstract page, for use in journal articles or book summaries. To facilitate the exports, the site offers the latest versions of Thomson ResearchSoft's EndNote, Reference Manager and ProCite software. These tools automate the creation of bibliographic information for scholarly publishers as well as researchers, authors and students.
The Wiley InterScience service covers subjects ranging from chemistry and life sciences to psychology, astronomy, medicine and healthcare.
In May 2005, Ovid Technologies launched a search and resource tool, called SearchSolver, which allows users to export the search results from its bibliographic and full-text databases.
Kluwer releases Sustainable Entrepreneurship Report - 08 Aug 2005
Publisher Wolters Kluwer, Netherlands, has released its first company-wide 'Sustainable Entrepreneurship Report', which describes the status of the company in the context of environmental, social and economic sustainability. The 2004 report examines the company's three-year strategy to move towards sustainable growth. In line with this strategy, the company seeks to embed sustainability measures across the organisation, the aim being a united and effective strategy stemming from business techniques, more transparent reporting and value creation for all the concerned parties.
Meanwhile, Kluwer has announced a partnership with Kenyan non-profit organisation NairoBits to offer education and web products for poor students in Nairobi. Kluwer provides the Digital Design School with operational assistance as well as curriculum support.
Ovitas companies form global alliance - 08 Aug 2005
The Ovitas companies based in the US, Scandinavia and Hungary have collaborated to form the Ovitas International Network, which widens their XML, knowledge and content management services to customers across the globe. The Hungarian and Scandinavian companies have taken up the Ovitas brand name after separating from their parent company, empolis GmbH, which is part of the Bertelsmann group. The Ovitas companies principally distribute software from empolis in their respective regions. Their offerings include applications such as an Interactive Electronic Technical Manual and a maintenance information website. The new alliance allows the organisations to offer services to each other's clients irrespective of their geographic distribution. For instance, Ovitas Hungary's XML and SGML based assistance services can be offered to the publisher clients of Ovitas Inc. and Ovitas Scandinavia.
New medical site for patient safety - 08 Aug 2005
BMJ Publishing Group, UK, and the National Patient Safety Agency have partnered with the US' Institute for Healthcare Improvement to develop a medical web site as part of ongoing international activities to improve patient safety. The site contains referred tools and content that enable medical practitioners to check for erroneous information. The resource seeks to instil safe practices in everyday operations at clinics and hospitals. The British Medical Journal, in its editorial, has requested the participation of healthcare professionals in this project.
Medical errors have been termed the biggest killer, more deadly than motor accidents and AIDS.
IEE to digitise back issues from 1872 - 08 Aug 2005
The UK's Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) has initiated efforts to digitise back issues of its journals published between 1872 and 1993. The collection is slated for launch in 2006 on the IEE Digital Library, which was recently launched on the Scitation platform. The library currently contains electronic versions of journals published from 1994 onwards only. Under the new project, the first journal of IEE that was published in 1872 (a year after it was formed under the name 'Society of Telegraph Engineers') will also be digitised. Since the IEE merged with the Institution of Electronic and Radio Engineers and the Institution of Manufacturing Engineers during the 1980s, the journals of these two institutions will also be digitised.
The existing content in the IEE Digital Library can be accessed using searching and browsing facilities, customised tools, reference links and also through a pay-per-view system for non-subscribers.
Blackwell to publish 'Journal of Travel Medicine' - 05 Aug 2005
Blackwell Publishing, UK, has entered into a partnership with the US' International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) to publish the latter's Journal of Travel Medicine from January 2006. The peer-reviewed journal, presently published by BC Decker, Canada, covers disease prevention, infectious disease epidemiology, the impact of travel on a host country and vaccine development. In the six issues published every year, the journal carries original articles, book reviews, letters, opinion papers and a questions section.
In January 2005, Blackwell signed a publishing agreement with the American Nursing Academy to publish The Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
OCLC PICA ties up with SwetsWise for click-through content access - 05 Aug 2005
Subscription agent Swets Information Services, Netherlands, and library cooperative OCLC PICA, UK, have forged a partnership that enables direct linking between PiCarta and the complete texts of SwetsWise Online Content. Until now, PiCarta, a searchable database of OCLC PICA, had offered only a search option, the results of which were to be followed up in a separate search. The partnership enables researchers using PiCarta to access the full text of the search results through the SwetsWise Online Content management system. It aims for a faster and more effective access to the required content, even if the abstracts are not provided. Researchers subscribing to SwetsWise Online Content will also be licensed to use the click-through system in PiCarta.
OCLC PICA, a membership association that combines the earlier organisations, OCLC Europe, the Middle East & Africa and Pica, seeks to assist libraries in offering low-cost access to information through various tie-ups.
In June 2005, OCLC PICA had won a tender from NHS Scotland e-Library to provide 5,000 digital health documents from its NetLibrary eBook Service.
NRC Research Press offers national site licence to Chinese government - 05 Aug 2005
NRC Research Press, the publishing division of the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI), has partnered with the Chinese government for a national site licence. Under the deal, NRC Research Press allows scholarly researchers in Mainland China to access its 15 journals. It has tied up with The Charlesworth Group, UK, to promote its journals in China. The Group, which hosts a Chinese language website, delivers NRC Research Press content to approximately 900 university and academic libraries and accepts online submission of manuscripts from Chinese authors. The deal extends NRC Research Press' horizon to the Far East and accelerates its international publishing activities.
In July 2005, a research conducted by Thomson Scientific concluded that the Asian scientific publishing industry is fast reaching the output levels of its European and US counterparts. It estimated that the Asian research output will exceed that of the US in six-seven years if the current publishing rate continues.
Ei introduces 'Blog This' for engineers and scientists - 05 Aug 2005
Engineering Information (Ei), US, has introduced 'Blog This', an information exchange platform for scientists and engineers, in its Engineering Village 2 information service. The new feature allows users to cite documents from the database with ease. It provides an HTML code for all documents in Engineering Village 2 on a pop-up screen, which users can copy and paste on to their blogs. Engineering Village 2 also provides RSS feeds that can be used along with Blog This for efficient use of the database. The launch reflects Ei's recognition of blogs as a significant information source. Ei is part of STM publisher Elsevier.
Thomson's new application to measure impact factor and usage data - 05 Aug 2005
Thomson Scientific, US, has collaborated with five universities to develop Collection Development Manager, a web-based application to analyse journal usage and impact factor in the lines of institutional publishing and citation behaviour. The tool is projected to meet information professionals' requirement for a single application that measures article usage, impact factor, academics' most opted for resources for publishing and the journals that are referred to. It helps judge if the publishers' usage data are consistent with the actual usage reports as well as the connection between impact factor and the institution's journal usage. While the launch is slated for 2006 under a different name, Collection Development Manager will be offered to institutions as a subscribed service in 2005. The five universities collaborating in the project are Dartmouth College, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, Drexel University and the University of Melbourne.
IEEE publications bag top rankings in Journal Citation Report - 05 Aug 2005
The UK's Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has announced that 18 of its publications have been included in the top 20 ranking of the 2004 Journal Citation Report (JCR). This marks the third consecutive year that the IEEE journals are making it to the ranking, carried out by Thomson ISI. The journals IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence and IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics scored high in the subject category. The top six telecommunication journals and top 11 Computer Science Hardware & Architecture journals were also published by IEEE. As a criterion for the ranking, the JCR identifies the impact factor, which measures the average number of times that articles published in a particular journal over two years are cited in the next year.
Wolters' Ovid shows strong performance against dip in healthcare revenues - 05 Aug 2005
Publisher and information service provider Wolters Kluwer, Netherlands, has released its results for the first half ending June 2005 that indicates a flat performance as against that of the previous year. Though the healthcare division witnessed a small slump due to a decline in advertising revenues, the division's Ovid operations showed strong performance owing to substantial renewals and fresh subscriptions. The company, in the final year of its three-year restructuring and stabilisation activity, earned revenues of £1,097 million (US$ 1,948 million). Though it witnessed a 1-2 percent top-line organic growth, the net income of £73.6 million (US$ 131 million) was the same as the previous half-year period.
Syntext upgrades Serna XML Editor - 05 Aug 2005
XML software vendor Syntext, Inc., US, has released version 2.3 of its Serna WYSIWYG XML Editor, installed with an on-the-fly XSL-driven model that provides users with XML documents similar to the print appearance. This version features support for WebDAV and XInclude and redlining, which facilitate enterprise technical author associations to speed up their group work on XML documents. XInclude support enables authors to re-use and gather content from various sources at their convenience and edit the XML portion as a part of the complete document. The WebDAV support offers the capacity to distribute the XML authoring and integrate it with the latest content management systems. Using the redlining feature, the authors can comment in the XML documents while finding, accepting or ignoring changes done by others. In addition, the version offers features such as support of XML standards like DocBook, DITA, TEI, XHTML and NITF, on-the-fly XSL rendering and XML Schema document confirmation, as well as multilingual spell checks.
Web of Science is UK academia's preferred research platform - 04 Aug 2005
US publisher Thomson Scientific's Web of Science has been chosen as the preferred research platform by the UK academic community, as the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) has extended its five-year deal with the publisher. The renewed deal offers additional content of six million articles, published from 1970, to 158 higher education institutions. Nevertheless, several British academic institutions have sought the complete offering of 100 years' literature from Web of Science. JISC is a committee formed by higher education funding organisations in the UK to promote information and communication technology (ICT) usage. The past two months have witnessed a new trend, as eight universities opted for the Web of Science Century of Science programme, which covers content from 1900 onwards. Web of Science has a subscription base of more than 2,500 organisations across 80 nations. It offers scientific content, such as bibliographic information, cited references and searchable abstracts, sourced from over 8,700 journals. The research platform's unique searchable cited reference is a key differentiator. It allows the users to search forward, backward and across various areas of literature.
In May 2005, Thomson Scientific had extended its contract with JISC to provide seamless access to Web of Science.
New content delivery agreements for Cadmus ArticleWorks - 04 Aug 2005
Four scholarly publishers have signed agreements with Cadmus Communication, US, to have their content distributed through the Cadmus ArticleWorks content-on-demand delivery platform. The publishers, Pharmacotherapy Publications, American Society for Clinical Nutrition, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Endocrine Society, will use the system to deliver their content in PDF and print versions. The system taps the growing trend of sale of individual articles by STM publishers to promote services for non-subscribers, commercial sales efforts and educational course packs. ArticleWorks provides content selling and digital rights management solutions to professional and scholarly publishers. Additional features include RapidRights, which protects PDF content from unauthorised access. Elsevier, Infotrieve and the American Society of Investigative Pathology are among the earlier clients of Cadmus ArticleWorks.
IEEE revamps Xplore online delivery system - 04 Aug 2005
The UK's Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has upgraded its online delivery system, IEEE Xplore, with enhanced search and other features. The latest development, based on customer feedback, allows users to purchase IEEE books and standards, view the updated Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) and obtain additional information in Abstract/AbstractPlus content. Users can browse IEEE Xplore to identify and buy sections of IEEE books such as links to the Wiley web site for the print edition, search for content in PDF versions and view bibliography on current books, abstracts and table of contents. IEEE standards, including those not available through online subscription, can be purchased using the ShopIEEE service. Similarly, the OPAC includes a greater number of fields now, such as the year in which the publication started and ended in IEEE Xplore, the existing volume and online subscriptions that have access to the particular publication. IEEE has also deployed Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) in the search results and table of contents of Abstract/AbstractPlus for quick reference to single articles and research studies.
WKHealth's 'Clinical Pharmacokinetics' among most cited journals - 04 Aug 2005
Clinical Pharmacokinetics, published by Wolters Kluwer Health (WKHealth), US, has gained a 40 percent increase in its impact factor and has been ranked among the top 15 most cited journals. In a 2004 ranking, the bio-medical journal has moved up from the 26th to 14th position in the ISI Pharmacology & Pharmacy category. The journal, published since 1976, is a clinical review publication that covers pharmacokinetics and related pharmacodynamics of a drug and its classes, pharmacokinetic principles for effective drug therapy, evolving concepts in pharmacokinetic and safety prescriptions for drug usage. Pharmacokinetics, the study of a drug's behaviour in the body for analysing drug development and rational use, has received more attention in recent research studies.
The open access journals published by BioMed Central (BMC) were similarly ranked in the top list of high impact journals. Many areas of the journals, including genomics, molecular biology, genetics and critical care and bioinformatics, were placed in higher ranks.
'Family Business Review' enters Thomson ISI indices - 04 Aug 2005
The Family Business Review (FBR), a journal published by Blackwell Publishing, US, has been included by Thomson ISI in its Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) and Current Contents/Social & Behavioral Sciences (CCBS). The ranking reflects the growing importance of the subject of family business in academic circles. Launched in 1988, the journal is owned by the Family Firm Institute, US, which provides awareness on the trends and improvements in the family business field. Thomson ISI, a division of Thomson Corporation, US, enables global researchers and scholars to access critical information through research platforms such as ISI Web of Knowledge and Web of Science.
Apress introduces new titles and promotional schemes - 04 Aug 2005
Technical publisher Apress, US, has announced the launch of a new set of titles as well as promotional offers. The new titles include OSCON 2005, LinuxWorld San Francisco and Pro MySQL. It plans to publish books on MapServer and Mozilla Firefox shortly for IT professionals. To mark the company's commitment to the open source system, Apress will sell all open source titles throughout August under the 'Open Season, Open Source' scheme at its eBookshop. The company has forged a partnership with Zend Technologies, the PHP Company, to offer Apress-Zend Certification Rebate as a strategy to develop Zend-certified engineers. Readers can buy a voucher along with any Apress PHP title to obtain a discount.
Thomson reports growth in second quarter revenue - 03 Aug 2005
Information service provider Thomson Corporation, US, has reported a 10 percent increase in its revenues, amounting to $2.06 billion, in the second quarter ended June 2005. The rise was attributed to the performance of the company's existing operations, acquisitions and positive currency translation. The total organic growth of the four businesses was 4 percent, twice the level witnessed in the first quarter. Among the various successful solutions for knowledge processing, Thomson Pharma, launched for scientific professionals, was a major contributor to the company's bottom line.
The company's scientific and healthcare division posted revenues of $254 million, a 13 percent rise from the 2004 second quarter. The acquisitions of companies such as IHI, higher subscription income from ISI Web of Science and Micromedex and higher consumer expend on the Medstat healthcare decision's tools were responsible for the revenue growth. However, a fall in the performance of medical education solutions partially brought down the division's revenues.
NSTI appoints new Director of Publishing for Nano 2006 publications - 03 Aug 2005
The Nano Science and Technology Institute (NSTI), US, has appointed Jennifer Rocha as Director of Publications, handling the new journal, Nano World News, and other Nanotech 2006 publications. Nanotech 2006 is a trade show covering small technologies, held in the US and attended by more than 3,000 people. Nano World News, a monthly targeted at the 150,000 global members of NSTI, covers small technologies and other topics discussed at Nanotech 2006. Rocha was previously with the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative's flagship annual journal, the Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy.
The NSTI aims to promote nano and integrate it with other technologies via consulting, scientific and business publishing and continuing education programmes.
Skyscape partners with AME for added medical web content - 03 Aug 2005
Mobile medical references provider Skyscape, Inc., US, has partnered with medical publisher Advanstar Medical Economics to introduce a real-time Clinical & Healthcare Articles section on its web site. The content covers a wide range of subjects such as clinical pharmacology, endocrinology, internal medicine, pharmacy and nursing. The service enables unrestricted open access to the content published in AME's medical journals including Drug Topics, Medical Economics and Contemporary OB/GYN. The section provides peer-reviewed, current, reliable and focused content for surgeons, physicians and nurses. Skyscape offers interactive medical resources, including Harrison's Manual of Medicine, The Harriet Lane Handbook of Pediatrics, The Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics and DSM IV Handbook for Psychiatry, to over 450,000 medical practitioners.
Elsevier acquires medical publishing services provider MediMedia MAP - 03 Aug 2005
Scientific and healthcare publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has acquired French firm MediMedia's medical publishing service, MediMedia MAP, to expand its portfolio of publishing and digital solutions. The deal is projected to spur growth and help the company offer structured continuing education to medical and related healthcare experts across the world. MediMedia MAP offers medical content via its imprints, newsletters, books and journals, as well as reference materials for medical practitioners, continuing medical education and information funded by the pharmaceuticals industry.
In May 2005, Reed Elsevier had acquired MediMedia's Netter medical publishing services in Europe and the US for $339 million (€
In-Stat expands Asian presence with office in China - 03 Aug 2005
Market research service provider In-Stat, US, has opened an office in Beijing and announced the launch of China-oriented consulting and research services. The company has forged a joint venture with US technology publisher International Data Group (IDG) to provide China-focused services. The inaugural ceremony was attended by professionals from the international and local technology industries. With the new Chinese office and an existing one in Singapore, In-Stat seeks to expand its presence in the Asian market. It offers information and analytical solutions to technical vendors, professionals, specialists and service providers in industries such as semiconductors, multimedia, wireless technology and business and home networks. In-Stat is part of publisher Reed Elsevier.
SPARC releases free online guide on sponsorships programmes - 03 Aug 2005
The US' Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has introduced a free online guide titled Sponsorships for Nonprofit Scholarly & Scientific Journals: A Guide to Defining & Negotiating Successful Sponsorships. The guide assists non-profit publishers in gauging the feasibility of corporate sponsorship programmes and recommends solutions to develop the programmes as a part of their journals' revenues. It identifies the marketing and commercial motives behind sponsoring organisations and helps those organisations as well as the publishers to effectively gain mutual benefits. Viewing sponsorship projects as a strategy to reach the sponsor's target audience, the guide identifies the compatibility of the journals with the funding organisations. Publishers can obtain an idea of the suitable sponsors for their areas of specialisation and kind of audience. The various sections of the guide deal with a range of topics, such as examining the potential for journal funding, sponsorship guidelines and dealing with sponsorships. There are several case studies, as well.
In May 2005, SPARC expressed its support for the open access efforts of the US' National Institutes of Health (NIH), particularly its database, PubChem.
CSA installs composite application tool for customer information - 03 Aug 2005
Scientific bibliography and research information provider CSA, US, has completed the deployment of the Above All Composite Application Platform for its sales force. The customer information tool was developed in association with Above All Software, US, to deliver an interactive composite package to CSA's sales personnel. The application, working as part of CSA's Salesforce.com interface, offers a complete customer profile to the sales force, including data on business transactions, products bought and support issues. CSA publishes and distributes print and web databases and journals covering subjects including natural sciences, technology, arts and social sciences.
In another effort to augment customer satisfaction, CSA had introduced a federated search tool, MultiSearch, to facilitate digital access for libraries and researchers.
Nature's 1970-79 archives available online - 02 Aug 2005
Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, has brought online the archives of the journal Nature published between January 1970 and December 1979. The searchable archive includes nearly 37,405 articles published in 510 issues. NPG releases the Nature archive in 10-year instalments under a project to digitise the issues published from 1950. The project, when completed in 2006, will comprise nearly 154,500 articles from 2,399 issues. The archive includes web access to editorial content including comments, articles, letters, reviews, literature and supplements, which were previously available only in print. Licensed users can also view the images along with the content. The archives are also available in HTML abstracts, full-text PDF formats and hyperlinked to other citations using Medline, ISI and CrossRef. The other instalments, viz. 1960-69 and 1950-59, are likely to be released in Spring and Autumn 2006, respectively.
Elsevier to publish BMS journals on fungal studies - 02 Aug 2005
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has partnered with the British Mycological Society (BMS) to publish the latter's journals, Field Mycology, Mycological Research and Mycologist, from 2006. Field Mycology, which is a quarterly available on subscription, carries features on the study of fungi. Mycological Research, a monthly, publishes papers and reviews on mycology-related issues. Mycologist is a quarterly publication containing news about BMS, mycotechnology articles, original research papers, reviews and general mycology. The institution, with over 2,000 members across the world, caters to varied member interests, such as biodiversity, biotechnology, ecology, evolution, genetics and molecular biology, physiology and biochemistry.
Connexions wins acclaim for open courseware model - 02 Aug 2005
The OpenCourseWare programme of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been a phenomenal success amongst the academic community as an open access model in recent times. Rice University's similar offering, Connexions, has now won acclaim for some of its innovative features. Primarily, Connexions offers materials contributed by teaching professionals from all over the world as well as the required tools to access them. It is also working towards standardising the content that is pouring in through a peer review mechanism. Many universities are also dynamically creating and updating their course materials with content from Connexions, which is not possible with the traditional CD-ROMs and textbooks.
Connexions has been visited by over 350,000 individuals as of May 2005, nearly half of them returning for further reference. The content focus has also been widened from engineering to various other subjects. Founded in 1999 by Richard G. Baraniuk, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rice University, Connexions currently features over 2,300 modules. The project is sponsored by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
The National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, a US-based scholarly association, has recommended Connexions to its members for peer review.
Trees for Life group to introduce free journal - 02 Aug 2005
US-based not-for-profit group Trees for Life has announced plans to publish The Journal of Grassroots and Science in August. The free online journal seeks to disseminate information on the value of various trees and plants. Doren Fredrickson, a preventive medicine professional at the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine, Wichita, will be the Editor and Jeffrey Faus, who belongs to the Trees for Life organisation, will be the Managing Editor. The organisation's founder, Balbir Mathur, intends to combine the works of scientific journals and newsletters to provide information for grass-root level readers, particularly the poor.
Thieme Chemistry journals layout overhauled - 02 Aug 2005
Thieme Chemistry, Germany, has changed the appearance of its English journals Synlett and Synthesis to make the layout similar to that of its parent company, Thieme Publishing Group, US. The manuscript submission to the two journals has increased almost twice over the past 10 years, with a 60 percent growth in submission from China. As a result, the publisher will release 20 issues of the journals in a year, specialising in research papers and current trends in the synthetic chemistry arena. Synthesis and Synlett, with an impact factor of 2.074 and 2.741, respectively, are ranked among the top 10 global organic chemistry journals. The titles are available in the databases of Current Contents/Physical, Science Citation Index, Chemical Abstracts and Chemical and Earth Science. The online preprint versions can be viewed in eFirst, which was introduced last year. The articles approved for publishing can be accessed online at Thieme-connect, the online publishing service of the group.
MPS Technologies creates new online content delivery tool - 02 Aug 2005
MPS Technologies, the technology arm of Macmillan India, is developing a content delivery platform (CDP) that enables global publishers to bring out numerous online research papers. The company offers various publishing services, such as a web platform that manages integrated publishing and three billion visits a month. The platform supports e-content from sources such as journals, databases, newspapers, images, audio and software downloads. It offers various access control environments such as a subscription management model for publishers. Publishers are enabled to provide real time e-business with features including searching of and linking to texts. The company views STM (scientific, technical, and medical) publishing as a burgeoning market in India and plans to expand its workforce by the end of this year. Company officials have opined that online publishing tools will facilitate linking to primary, secondary and tertiary databases and original research information and avoid repetition of information to researchers. Therefore, when STM publishers install the platform they can provide scientists with access to previous research works. The company, which sees more business out of medical content than technological content, expects revenues of US$3.5-4.7 million this fiscal.
APA amends content reuse policy - 01 Aug 2005
The American Psychological Association (APA) has modified its scholarly content re-use policy, to strike a balance between spreading scientific information wider and maintaining copyrights. The Association now allows customers to reuse a restricted number of online and print tables, figures and abstracts without seeking permission. The reusable data is limited to three tables/figures from any APA journal or book, five tables/figures from a single book, one abstract of less than 400 words and a series of abstracts lesser than 800 in all. Though the policy complies with the guidelines of the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM), Netherlands, other permission policies of APA are highly different from those of STM.
Elsevier profits climb on online services and journal sales - 01 Aug 2005
Scientific and legal publisher Reed Elsevier, Netherlands, has reported increased revenues for the first half ended June 2005, owing to the performance of its online services and a 96 percent subscription renewal rate for the company's journals. Around 40 percent of its services are web-based. The publisher's income for the first half stood at £2,368 million (US$ 4,150 million), a 6 percent rise over the £2,263 million (US$ 3,966million) earned in the corresponding period of 2004. For the full year, Reed Elsevier projected a 7 percent increase in overall revenue growth, as against 3% in 2004. The company's scientific, technical and medical publishing division benefited from the easing of budget limits at libraries and witnessed a 4 percent increase in article submission by academics. Reed Elsevier plans to look beyond the traditional markets of the UK, the US and the Netherlands to expand its global presence, particularly in China.
EBSCO buys clinical reference tool DynaMed - 01 Aug 2005
EBSCO Publishing, US, has acquired the point-of-care clinical reference tool DynaMed, which provides complete text summaries of over 1,800 titles. The evidence-based tool contains a menu that enables high-end research on integrated information from publications, healthcare professionals and associations. It covers more than 400 medical publications with various direct and indirect reviews for healthcare scholars, physicians and medical students. Summaries of the reviewed journals are arranged alphabetically and category-wise for better search results. Using the tool, customers can view the latest information, send comments and access patient-related data. The product has been developed by Dr. Brian S. Alper, a physician and founder of DynaMed. DynaMed LLC now operates as a subsidiary of EBSCO.
JNN appoints Julian Gonzalez as new Associate Editor - 01 Aug 2005
The Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) has appointed Julian Gonzalez, an applied physics professor at the University of the Basque Country, Spain, as its Associate Editor. The journal, edited by the American Scientific Publishers, is cited by various researchers and has an impact factor of 2.017. Gonzalez will head the journal's magnetic nanostructures department, which covers topics such as magnetic recording, nanophysics, nanoelectronics, magnetic nanosensors and nanofabrication. JNN publishes original articles, scientific or technological discoveries and news covering fundamental and applied studies in science, medicine and engineering. Ranked 30th amongst 177 cross-disciplinary journals on materials science and 29th amongst 125 multidisciplinary chemistry journals, JNN aims to be a single source for research studies in nanotechnology and nanoscience.
The Publishing Practice partners with Satyam for content publishing services - 01 Aug 2005
The Publishing Practice Ltd., UK, has formed an alliance with Satyam Computer Services Ltd., India, to jointly offer content and data solutions to publishers in the US and Europe. The Publishing Practice's clientele includes publishers such as T&F Informa, Reed Business Information, Blackwell Publishing, Reed Elsevier, and Harcourt Education. The partnership integrates the publishing techniques, multiple delivery systems and work processes of The Publishing Practice with the technical expertise and innovative skills of Satyam. Publishers will be offered services that enhance their infrastructure and capacity to produce and deliver content through wider channels in a cost-effective manner. The partnership offers customised or packaged services including XML structured work, data management, multiple publishing channels, organising editorial and content workflow and enterprise search.
OCLC PICA bags NHS Scotland tender to offer 5,000 e-medical records - 01 Aug 2005
OCLC PICA, UK, has won the tender to license 5,000 electronic health records from its NetLibrary eBook Service to the NHS Scotland e-Library. The NHS Scotland Knowledge Services has chosen OCLC PICA to provide an e-collection of various topics on medicine and health for its staff, students and customers. The collection covers various subjects including medicine, biomedical sciences, life sciences, nursing, midwifery and health visiting, allied health, psychiatry, psychology, and health economics. Under NHS' patient journey system, the Scottish Executive, local health services staff, healthcare staff and voluntary health associations can also access the e-books.
The collection of OCLC PICA, one of the largest European health e-resources, is used by over 14,000 libraries across the globe. Its e-solutions, combined with online research, citation and learning services, are targeted at academic, public and special libraries.
CSA introduces federated search tool - 01 Aug 2005
The US Information services firm CSA has developed and released MultiSearch, an integrated search tool, in association with MuseGlobal. The product facilitates combined access to over 2,000 digital information sources for libraries. MultiSearch, supported by CSA Illumina servers, comes with multiple search levels for researching across various information portals. The relevant results are integrated and organised for easy examination by the researcher. The tool is user-friendly - it can be accommodated in many database platforms, is usable in any host source and offers uninterrupted access to the system. The services include integrated access to over 2,000 content portals, subject-related search process, flexible search workflow, complete-text links through OpenURL, simultaneous searching, federated search results, and direct link to the hosting platform.
ProQuest sponsored conference on future of health libraries - 01 Aug 2005
ProQuest Information and Learning, US, sponsored an international conference titled 'Building the Future of Health Libraries' held on July 7-8, 2005 in Barcelona. The conference was attended by industry experts, who analysed the procedures through which libraries meet information requirements and tailor their information services. Various issues, such as the future of medical libraries and digital libraries for quality healthcare and research, information techniques for policies on intellectual property and funding and patients' rights, were discussed. The conclusions drawn in the event will be added to a report to be submitted to various governments, the EU and providers of health information solutions. The event was organised by the Josep Laporte Library Foundation and the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Singer named Director of SLACK's Custom Publishing Group - 01 Aug 2005
Healthcare information and education service provider SLACK, Inc., US, has appointed Henry W. Singer as the Director of its Custom Publishing Group. He was previously the executive editor of three SLACK publications, namely Endocrine Today, Diabetes Vital and Hem/Onc Today. The Custom Publishing Group brings out monographs, electronic projects and supplements for SLACK publications. The company publishes over 200 books on medical and allied health, 50 web resources, custom newspapers and supplements. It also organises meetings and exhibitions.