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US Annual Reviews relaunches completely redesigned publications and corporate website on Atypon’s Literatum - 31 Aug 2017

Annual Reviews, a non-profit publisher dedicated to synthesizing and integrating knowledge for the progress of science and the benefit of society, has relaunched its completely redesigned publications and corporate website on Atypon's Literatum, the scholarly publishing industry's most widely used online publishing platform.

The new site enables Annual Reviews, an Atypon client for 14 years, to create and maintain a unique brand for each of its 47 journals that is carried through the entire site. Independent sections for authors, librarians, and researchers create a ‘three-in-one' site architecture that makes user-specific content easily accessible.

The new site design—the publisher's first in six years—is geared specifically to pre-empt 'grab-and-go' user behaviour by encouraging readers to engage with Annual Reviews' site rather than merely downloading a PDF.

Prior to the redesign, the ratio of PDF-to-HTML usage was approximately 2:1, and site visits were brief. After the redesign, that ratio began moving beyond parity for some journals, and users now stay onsite nearly twice as long as they do when they visit just to download a PDF. In addition, the number of onsite searches has doubled, indicating sustained engagement with the entirety of the site's content.

Annual Review's new responsive site features enhanced navigation, search across all content types, and a frictionless eCommerce journey. The website was built with Page Builder, Literatum's easy-to-use, widget-based user experience design tool, which gives Annual Reviews' nontechnical staff direct, real-time control of their content, website design, and branding. Changes can be easily made at the page level and journal level, or rolled out across the entire site at once.

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China Joint white paper explores Chinese nanoscience and technology - 31 Aug 2017

Springer Nature, the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China, and the National Science Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) released in both Chinese and English a white paper entitled 'Small Science in Big China: An overview of the state of Chinese nanoscience and technology' at NanoChina 2017, an international conference on nanoscience and technology held August 28 and 29 in Beijing. The white paper looks at the rapid growth of China's nanoscience research into its current role as the world's leader, examines China's strengths and challenges, and makes some suggestions for how its contribution to the field can continue to thrive.

The white paper points out that China has become a strong contributor to nanoscience research in the world, and is a powerhouse of nanotechnology R&D. Some of China's basic research is leading the world. China's applied nanoscience research and the industrialisation of nanotechnologies have also begun to take shape. These achievements are largely due to China's strong investment in nanoscience and technology. China's nanoscience research is also moving from quantitative increase to quality improvement and innovation, with greater emphasis on the applications of nanotechnologies.

The white paper explores at China's research output relative to the rest of the world in terms of research paper output, research contribution contained in the Nano database, and finally patents, providing insight into China's strengths and expertise in nano research. The white paper also presents the results of a survey of experts from the community discussing the outlook for and challenges to the future of China's nanoscience research.

In 1997, around 13,000 nanoscience-related papers were published globally. By 2016, this number had risen to more than 154,000 nano-related research papers. This corresponds to a compound annual growth rate of 14% per annum, almost four times the growth in publications across all areas of research of 3.7%. Over the same period of time, the nano-related output from China grew from 820 papers in 1997 to over 52,000 papers in 2016, a compound annual growth rate of 24%.

China's contribution to the global total has been growing steadily. In 1997, Chinese researchers co-authored just 6% of the nano-related papers contained in the Science Citation Index (SCI). By 2010, this grew to match the output of the United States. They now contribute over a third of the world's total nanoscience output - almost twice that of the United States.

Additionally, China's share of the most cited nanoscience papers has kept increasing year on year, with a compound annual growth rate of 22% - more than three times the global rate. It overtook the United States in 2014 and its contribution is now many times greater than that of any other country in the world, manifesting an impressive progression in both quantity and quality.

The white paper clarifies the role of Chinese institutions, including CAS, in driving China's rise to become the world's leader in nanoscience. Currently, CAS is the world's largest producer of high impact nano research, contributing more than twice as many papers in the 1% most-cited nanoscience literature than its closest competitors. In addition to CAS, five other Chinese institutions are ranked among the global top 20 in terms of output of top cited 1% nanoscience papers - Tsinghua University, Fudan University, Zhejiang University, University of Science and Technology of China and Peking University.

The Nano database (http://nano.nature.com) is a comprehensive platform that has been recently developed by Nature Research - part of Springer Nature - which contains nanoscience-related papers published in 167 peer-reviewed journals including Advanced Materials, Nano Letters, Nature, Science and more. Analysis of the Nano database of nanomaterial-containing articles published in top 30 journals during 2014–2016 shows that Chinese scientists explore a wide range of nanomaterials, the five most common of which are nanostructured materials, nanoparticles, nanosheets, nanodevices and nanoporous materials.

In terms of the research of applications, China has a clear leading edge in catalysis research, which is the most popular area of the country's quality nanoscience papers. Chinese nano researchers also contributed significantly to nanomedicine and energy-related applications. China is relatively weaker in nanomaterials for electronics applications, compared to other research powerhouses, but robotics and lasers are emerging applications areas of nanoscience in China, and nanoscience papers addressing photonics and data storage applications also see strong growth in China. Over 80% of research from China listed in the database explicitly mentions applications of the nanostructures and nanomaterials described, notably higher than from most other leading nations such as the United States, Germany, the UK, Japan and France.

Nano also reveals the extent of China's international collaborations in nano research. China has seen the percentage of its internationally collaborated papers increasing from 36% in 2014 to 44% in 2016. This level of international collaboration, similar to that of South Korea, is still much lower than that of the western countries, and the rate of growth is also not as fast as those in the United States, France and Germany.

The United States is China's biggest international collaborator, contributing to 55% of China's internationally collaborated papers on nanoscience that are included in the top 30 journals in the Nano database. Germany, Australia and Japan follow in a descending order as China's collaborators on nano-related quality papers.

Analysis of the Derwent Innovation Index (DII) database of Clarivate Analytics shows that China's accumulative total number of patent applications for the past 20 years, amounting to 209,344 applications, or 45% of the global total, is more than twice as many as that of the United States, the second largest contributor to nano-related patents. China surpassed the United States and ranked the top in the world since 2008.

Five Chinese institutions, including the CAS, Zhejiang University, Tsinghua University, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. and Tianjin University can be found among the global top 10 institutional contributors to nano-related patent applications. CAS has been at the top of the global rankings since 2008, with a total of 11,218 patent applications for the past 20 years. Interestingly, outside of China, most of the other big institutional contributors among the top 10 are commercial enterprises, while in China, research or academic institutions are leading in patent applications.

However, the number of nano-related patents China applied overseas is still very low, accounting for only 2.61% of its total patent applications for the last 20 years cumulatively, whereas the proportion in the United States is nearly 50%. In some European countries, including the UK and France, more than 70% of patent applications are filed overseas.

China has high numbers of patent applications in several popular technical areas for nanotechnology use, and is strongest in patents for polymer compositions and macromolecular compounds. In comparison, nano-related patent applications in the United States, South Korea and Japan are mainly for electronics or semiconductor devices, with the United States leading the world in the cumulative number of patents for semiconductor devices.

The white paper highlights that the rapid rise of China's research output and patent applications has painted a rosy picture for the development of Chinese nanoscience, and in both the traditionally strong subjects and newly emerging areas, Chinese nanoscience shows great potential.

Several interviewed experts in the survey identify catalysis and catalytic nanomaterials as the most promising nanoscience area for China. The use of nanotechnology in the energy and medical sectors was also considered very promising.

Some of the interviewed experts commented that the industrial impact of China's nanotechnology is limited and there is still a gap between nanoscience research and the industrialization of nanotechnologies. Therefore, they recommended that the government invest more in applied research to drive the translation of nanoscience research and find ways to encourage enterprises to invest more in R&D.

As more and more young scientists enter the field, the competition for research funding is becoming more intense. However, this increasing competition for funding was not found to concern most interviewed young scientists, rather, they emphasized that the soft environment is more important. They recommended establishing channels that allow the suggestions or creative ideas of the young to be heard. Also, some interviewed young researchers commented that they felt that the current evaluation system was geared towards past achievements or favoured overseas experience, and recommended the development of an improved talent selection mechanism to ensure a sustainable growth of China's nanoscience.

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Switzerland Karger Publishers strengthens Management Board, names Daniel Ebneter as new CEO - 31 Aug 2017

Medical and scientific publisher Karger Publishers has announced the appointment of Daniel Ebneter as the new CEO, effective July 1, 2017. He succeeds Gabriella Karger, who will be focusing on her role as the fourth generation Publisher and Vice Chairwoman of the Board of Directors.

The new CEO Daniel Ebneter brings an ideal combination of knowledge and experience to Karger Publishers. He will significantly help to shape the strategic and operational development of the company. Daniel Ebneter has a strong background in publishing, digital business, and change management. He previously served as an Executive Board Member of a German publishing group specialising in the field of psychology.

Gabriella Karger will focus on her main tasks as Publisher, developing the publication program as well as further developing Karger's relationships with the scientific community. She will continue to serve as the Vice Chairwoman of the Board of Directors chaired by Thomas Karger.

Daniel Ebneter will strengthen Karger's Management Board of three, working closely with Gabriella Karger and COO Ural Tufan. Each member of the Management Board assumes responsibility for specific departments and topics, while important decisions will be taken together whenever possible.

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UK Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital partners with F1000 to launch open research publishing platform - 31 Aug 2017

Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI) has announced a partnership with F1000, a provider of support services for researchers, institutes and funders, to create a publishing platform for MNI researchers that will speed the progress of neuroscience discovery. The MNI is partnering with F1000 to create a new open research publishing platform called MNI Open Research.

MNI Open Research will allow MNI researchers to publish research outputs within days of submission. Through this platform, invited peer-review will take place on an open basis, ensuring transparency. All data involved in studies will be published, including null results, so that researchers from other institutions can avoid wasting time on experiments that have already proven fruitless.

By providing a quick and open publishing option, MNI Open Research will lead to greater collaboration between researchers, more sharing of data and faster development of new therapies.

The partnership is another step in The Neuro's goal of becoming an open science institution. In December, The Neuro launched the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute (TOSI), an initiative that will facilitate the sharing of neuroscience findings worldwide to accelerate the discovery of better treatments for neurological diseases. The publishing of research results, including negative results, without restriction, is a founding pillar of TOSI.

By launching MNI Open Research, The Neuro joins Wellcome, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health in creating open research publishing platforms with the collaboration of F1000. The platforms are based on the publishing model first used on F1000Research.

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France Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo - 31 Aug 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution to manage and expose its expanding collections. The Ex Libris solutions will replace the SirsiDynix Horizon integrated library system, in use since 1995.

The Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées is in charge of managing the Academy of Toulouse (previously the Academy of the Midi-Pyrénées region) academic library network. Starting in the mid-1990s, this network saw substantial growth in the demand for and use of electronic resources. This change in the nature of its collections and services originally led the network to acquire additional software components to manage electronic and digital resources and make them discoverable, resulting in a siloed system with redundant workflows.

In this context and in partnership with l'Agence bibliographique française de l'enseignement supérieur (ABES) and eight other higher education institutions (Université de Bordeaux Service de coopération documentaire, Cité des sciences et de l'Industrie Universcience, Université de Clermont-Ferrand Blaise Pascal, Université du Havre, Université de Lille 3, Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale, BIU de Montpellier, and Université Paris-Descartes), the Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées began a thorough evaluation of solutions, concluding with the selection of Alma and Primo to unify both the management of the libraries and access to their collections.

In addition, the libraries will benefit from more efficient and coherent analytics regarding their use of resources and the ability to better integrate their library services platform with their wider campus systems.

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US Wiley and AACC International announce new publishing partnership - 31 Aug 2017

Publisher John Wiley and Sons Inc. has been selected by the AACC International (AACCI) as publishing partner for its prestigious scholarly journal Cereal Chemistry. Founded as the American Association of Cereal Chemists in 1915, the AACCI is a leading international professional association with nearly 2,000 members.

Beginning in January 2018, Wiley will assume publishing responsibility for the AACCI's esteemed journal, Cereal Chemistry. The journal will be hosted on Wiley Online Library and include 20 years of back file content.

The AACCI has been an influential leader in bringing together scientific information and technical research on cereal grains, pulses, and related materials through its publications and meetings for over 100 years. In keeping with the AACCI's mission, the partnership will expand the global reach and visibility of Cereal Chemistry and provide an enhanced digital presence and exciting new services for the Association's members, authors, readers, and editors.

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US Wolters Kluwer to publish the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners - 31 Aug 2017

Wolters Kluwer Health has announced a new publishing partnership with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Beginning with the January 2018 issue, Wolters Kluwer will publish The Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP) an official, scholarly, peer-reviewed journal of the AANP, as part of its Lippincott journal portfolio.

JAANP publishes timely and original articles addressing clinical practice, health policy, research, education, and other issues affecting nurse practitioners and other primary, acute or long-term health care providers. The journal publishes original research, integrative/comprehensive reviews, case studies, a variety of topics in clinical practice, and theory-based articles related to patient and professional education. JAANP is published monthly.

The AANP is the largest national professional membership organisation for nurse practitioners of all specialties. JAANP, established in 1989, is free for AANP members.

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US Elsevier updates second volume of Methods in Stream Ecology - 30 Aug 2017

STM publisher Elsevier has announced the publication of Methods in Stream Ecology, Volume 2: Ecosystem Function, Third Edition, edited by F. Richard Hauer and Gary A. Lamberti. Updated to reflect recent advances in the technology associated with ecological assessment of streams - including remote sensing - Volume 2 covers community interactions, ecosystem processes and ecosystem quality. Elsevier also announced the publication of seven additional earth and environmental sciences books.

Methods in Stream Ecology, Volume 2: Ecosystem Function, Third Edition, provides a complete series of field and laboratory protocols in stream ecology that are ideal for teaching or conducting research. With a student-friendly price, the new edition is a valuable resource for all students and researchers in stream and freshwater ecology, freshwater biology, marine ecology and river ecology. The book is also appropriate as a supplementary text for courses in watershed ecology/science, hydrology, fluvial geomorphology and landscape ecology.

The eight new earth and environmental sciences titles are: Methods in Stream Ecology, Volume 2: Ecosystem Function, Third Edition, edited by F. Richard Hauer and Gary A. Lamberti; Marine Geo-Hazards in China by Yin-can Ye; Decision Making in Water Resources Policy and Management: An Australian Perspective, edited by Barry Hart and Jane Doolan; Basic Principles of Induction Logging: Electromagnetic Methods in Borehole Geophysics by Alex Kaufman and Gregory Itskovich; Practical Solutions to Integrated Oil and Gas Reservoir Analysis: Geophysical and Geological Perspectives by Enwenode Onajite; Water for the Environment: From Policy and Science to Implementation and Management, edited by Avril Horne, Angus Webb, Michael Stewardson, Brian Richter and Mike Acreman; Terrestrial Depositional Systems: Deciphering Complexities through Multiple Stratigraphic Methods, edited by Kate E. Zeigler and William Parker; and Permo-Triassic Salt Provinces of Europe, North Africa and the Atlantic Margins: Tectonics and Hydrocarbon Potential, edited by Juan I. Soto, Joan Flinch and Gabor Tari.

In order to meet content needs in earth and environmental sciences, Elsevier uses proprietary tools to identify the gaps in coverage of the topics. Editorial teams strategically fill those gaps with content written by key influencers in the field, giving students, faculty and researchers the content they need to answer challenging questions and improve outcomes. These new books, which will educate the next generation of earth and environmental scientists, and provide critical foundational content for information professionals, are key examples of how Elsevier is enabling science to drive innovation.

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German Frank Vrancken Peeters to join Springer Nature as Chief Commercial Officer - 30 Aug 2017

Senior publishing executive Frank Vrancken Peeters will join Springer Nature as Chief Commercial Officer on September 4th. This newly created Management Board level appointment has been established to support the future growth and strategy of the group. Frank will report in the short term to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Derk Haank and then from October 1st to the new CEO of Springer Nature, Daniel Ropers.

Frank has spent more than twenty years in academic, educational and professional publishing in a range of senior commercial roles. He will join Springer Nature from Wolters Kluwer where he is currently Regional Managing Director (RMD), Legal & Regulatory, Western Europe. He also leads the global Sales & Marketing centre at the company.

Prior to joining Wolters Kluwer, Frank was Chief Operating Officer at Infinitas Learning and spent almost ten years with Elsevier Science, where he served as MD Government and Academic Markets, MD Science Direct and MD Global Sales, amongst other roles. Frank entered academic publishing following an early career in management consulting, working with global media clients at Booz Allen Hamilton.

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US Garrett P. Kiely appointed to third term as director of University of Chicago Press - 30 Aug 2017

Garrett P. Kiely, a leader in academic publishing who has expanded and elevated the work of the University of Chicago Press, has been reappointed as its director. He will serve a third five-year term beginning September 1.

Kiely will continue to lead the nation's largest academic press, which publishes award-winning books and journals for both scholarly and general interest audiences. The Press also serves as the largest distributor of academic publications in the United States through its Chicago Distribution Center.

The Press publishes more than 350 new books and 73 journals a year. The Press has in recent years expanded its offerings in law and economics and continues to deepen its connection to the mission of the University through new publishing relationships with faculty as well as centers, institutes and labs. Such relationships include a book series with the UChicago-affiliated Marine Biological Laboratory titled Convening Science: Discovery at the Marine Biological Laboratory and KNOW: A Journal on the Formation of Knowledge, a new journal with the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge.

Under Kiely's leadership, all new works appear simultaneously in print and digital editions, and the Press has expanded its print-on-demand program, which ensures titles are available around the world.

Kiely joined the Press in 2007 after more than 20 years at Palgrave Macmillan USA, a division of St. Martin's Press, where he served as president, vice president of the Scholarly and Reference Division, and both sales and marketing director. He recently served as chair of a task force that developed a new membership structure for the Association of American University Presses.

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UK Peer Review Week calls for community-wide participation - 30 Aug 2017

The theme of Peer Review Week 2017, which runs from September 11-17, 2017, is Transparency in Review, a topic that will allow the community to explore a wide range of opportunities and challenges that this presents for peer review. With activities taking place on social media and across the globe, the event can be followed on #PeerRevWk17 or @PeerRevWeek.

Submit your questions to an expert panel 'Under the Microscope: Transparency in Peer Review' via Twitter using #AskPRW. The expert panel includes Alice Meadows (ORCID & moderator), Carly Strasser (Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation), Irene Hames (researcher and peer review expert), Elizabeth Moylan (BMC publishing) and Andrew Preston (Publons).

Other planned events include webinars, question and answer sessions and informal get togethers to discuss all the topics surrounding peer review.

A list of other Peer Review Week events and activities, as well as a range of resources and information are available on the website www.peerreviewweek.org which will be updated over the next weeks. During Peer Review Week, many organisations will join in the celebrations with additional activities.

The Organizing Committee members are affiliated with the following organisations: AAAS, AAUP, ACS Publications, AMRC, Aries Systems, Editage, Editorial Office Ltd, eLife, Elsevier, Emerald Publishing, F1000, Federation of European Microbiological Societies, INASP, Informa, ISMTE, JAMA Peer Review Congress, OHRI, ORCID, OSA, PEERE, Publons, SAGE Publishing, Science Open, Sense About Science, Springer Nature, Taylor and Francis, The Royal Society, UGR, Wiley.

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US RedLink launches editorial engagement and researcher collaboration tool, Remarq - 30 Aug 2017

RedLink has announced the launch of RemarqTM on the complete collection of 47 journals from non-profit publisher Annual Reviews. Remarq is a new tool for the publishing community offering annotation, commenting, article sharing, and collaboration, all on the publisher's site and utilising the version of record.

Remarq keeps researchers and readers engaged by providing a powerful and smoothly integrated set of tools that support authors, editors, and readers. By facilitating informed conversation on the version of record, Remarq offers the opportunity to leverage author interaction, including providing additional information, data, or other assets related to the article, creating a rich environment for collaboration.

Remarq's fully realised design and sophisticated user interface made it easy for Annual Reviews to adopt Remarq quickly and easily. Annual Reviews joins IOP Publishing and Canadian Science Publishing as early adopters of Remarq, which launched its first version in mid-May 2017.

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US Six communities launch preprint services to accelerate dissemination of research - 30 Aug 2017

This week, six communities launched preprint services to accelerate dissemination of research. These include INA-Rxiv, the preprint server of Indonesia; LISSA, an open scholarly platform for library and information science; MindRxiv, a service for research on mind and contemplative practices; NutriXiv, a preprint service for the nutritional sciences; paleorXiv, a digital archive for Paleontology; and SportRxiv, an open archive for sport and exercise-related research.

Preprints are research papers shared prior to undergoing peer review, and are transforming the scholarly communication landscape. By sharing preprints, researchers can dramatically accelerate dissemination of and feedback for their research findings. Sharing preprints are the norm in some disciplines like physics, and are now emerging rapidly across other disciplines.

These new services join AgriXiv (agriculture), BITSS (research methodology), engrXiv (Engineering), LawArXiv (law), PsyArXiv (psychology), SocArXiv (social sciences), Thesis Commons (theses and dissertations), and OSF Preprints (any discipline) in using the free, open-source Open Science Framework (OSF). A shared infrastructure for operating preprint services fosters economy of scale and a community approach to creating and managing infrastructure. Launched just a year ago, there are now 14 preprint services and already more than 3,600 hosted preprints. The OSF is maintained by the Center for Open Science (COS), a non-profit technology and culture change organisation with a mission to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of research.

The operators of these 14 preprint services illustrate the global growth and diversity of stakeholders invested in accelerating research. Some of the services are operated by scientific societies (e.g., PsyArXiv), research funders (e.g., MindRxiv), libraries and library societies (e.g., LawArXiv), and grassroots communities of researchers (e.g., SportRxiv, NutriXiv). All groups are increasing the accessibility and impact of the research done in their community.

The preprint communities also provide a diversity of use cases that help prioritise features that will enhance the functionality of all preprint services.

In addition to hosting preprint services, OSF uses SHARE to aggregate and index over two million search results from preprint providers hosted on other platforms such as arXiv, bioRXiv, and PeerJ. These preprints can be accessed by selecting a subject of interest, entering specific search terms, or browsing the preprints most recently added to the service.

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UK Altmetric badges now available on EuroIntervention Journal - 29 Aug 2017

Europa Digital & Publishing, a branch of The Europa Group, has integrated Altmetric badges — dynamic visualisations that provide an at-a-glance summary of the attention relating to published research — to the article pages of the EuroIntervention journal.

Official journal of euroPCR, the World-Leading Course in Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine, and of the EAPCI, the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions, a sub-speciality branch of the European Society of Cardiology, the journal publishes over 400 articles a year focused on high quality research and education in the field of percutaneous and surgical cardiovascular interventions.

With this integration, EuroIntervention joins a growing number of publications in displaying up-to-the minute insights on the online engagement surrounding individual research outputs to users, helping them to see a more complete picture of the reach and influence amongst a broader audience.

Users can click on the Altmetric badges to access the details pages for each article, where they can explore and click through to all of the original shares and comments from online sources including mainstream media outlets, social networks, public policy makers, Wikipedia, and other scholarly and non-scholarly forums.

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US American Geophysical Union coalition receives grant to advance open and fair data standards in the earth and space sciences - 29 Aug 2017

Open, accessible, and high-quality data and related data products and software are critical to the integrity of published research. They ensure transparency and support reproducibility and are necessary for accelerating the advancement of science. In many cases, the data are one-time observations that cannot be repeated. Unfortunately, not all key data are saved and even when they are, their curation is uneven and discovery is difficult, thus making it difficult for other researchers to understand and use the data sets.

To address this critical need, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation has awarded a grant to a coalition of groups representing the international Earth and space science community, convened by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), to develop standards that will connect researchers, publishers, and data repositories in the Earth and space sciences to enable FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) data – a concept first developed by Force11.org – on a large scale. This will accelerate scientific discovery and enhance the integrity, transparency, and reproducibility of this data. The resulting set of best practices will include: metadata and identifier standards; data services; common taxonomies; landing pages at repositories to expose the metadata and standard repository information; standard data citation; and standard integration into editorial peer review workflows.

The partnership currently includes AGU, the Earth Science Information Partners and Research Data Alliance, and has support from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature, Science, AuScope, the Australian National Data Service, and the Center for Open Science. This effort will build on the work of The Coalition on Publishing Data in the Earth and Space Sciences (COPDESS.org), ESIP, RDA, the scientific journals, and domain repositories to ensure that well documented data, preserved in a repository with community agreed-upon metadata, and supporting persistent identifiers becomes part of the expected research products submitted in support of each publication. It is expected that the broader community will play a key role in the recommended guidelines and approach. A key goal is to make a process that is efficient and standard for researchers and thus supports their work from grant application through to publishing.

Scientific results are increasingly dependent on large complex data sets and models that transform these data. This is particularly true in the Earth and space sciences, where critical data increasingly provide diverse and important societal benefits and are used in critical real-time decisions. The partners will work with major Earth and space science data repositories, publishers, editorial workflow vendors, researchers, and allied stakeholders to develop common standards and workflows for submission of data, connect repositories and publishers, develop and implement tools needed for search and discovery, and enhance quality peer review. This process will help: researchers understand and follow expectations regarding data curation; publishers adopt and implement standard and best practices around data citation; and make data discoverable and accessible, including to the public.

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US ISNI Organizations Registry announces infrastructure changes, specialized system will identify organisations in scholarly communications - 29 Aug 2017

The ISNI International Agency Ltd has announced changes to its infrastructure focused on providing open identifiers for organisations working in the field of scholarly communications. The ISNI Organizations Registry will enable organisations to change and correct their own records and allow the research community to identify author affiliations persistently and authoritatively, thereby supporting analysis of research output and impact.

ISNI is already an open party identifier, widely used in various sectors and designed to work in many contexts such as resource discovery and royalty payment attribution. The ISNI Registry contains identity records associated with named individuals (8.75 million) and organisations (654 thousand) related to the scholarly and wider media industries. The ISNI-IA will manage its database of organisation records separately. The information it contains will be published under a CC0 licence and data will be available as a download and through an API that enables both retrieval and resolution of ISNI records.

ISNI-IA will also set up an Advisory Board for the ISNI Organizations Registry to ensure that the scholarly communications community has open and transparent access to ISNI-IA and is able to steer the efforts to ensure adoption of ISNI Organization records and cross-walks between all of the important and relevant datasets.

The significant milestones leading to the launch of the ISNI Organizations Registry are: segmentation of the organisation records and respective ISNI IDs into a database with a searchable user interface; the ISNI Organization IDs and associated core metadata available to all under a CC0 licence; regular data downloads of the entire ISNI Organizations Registry; an API for retrieval of ISNI IDs and records with the ability to resolve an existing ISNI ID; an online form for organizations to supply updates to their own records; and a new Advisory Board with representatives of the scholarly communications community to guide the efforts of the ISNI Organizations Registry.

This development responds to the requirements of the academic research community for identifying organisations, as articulated in a number of working groups (initiated by Jisc CASRAI-UK, OCLC, ORCID/Crossref/DataCite, and others). ISNI-IA has been involved in much of this work and this announcement reflects the needs expressed by research organisations and ISNI's own membership – in particular for open access to core identification data and giving user groups influence over the direction and development of the system.

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Netherland Pieter Duisenberg appointed new President of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) - 29 Aug 2017

Pieter Duisenberg has been appointed as the new President of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU). As of 1 October 2017, he will succeed Karl Dittrich who has led the VSNU since 2012 and who will now retire.

The VSNU faces the challenge of maximising the effectiveness and impact of the association and positioning it as the strong and unified voice on behalf of the university sector. The universities wish to make a prominent contribution to the Netherlands as a knowledge society and to work together to achieve a top position, both at the heart of the society as well as on the international stage. To this end, they are committed to effecting more collaboration with social partners, creating space for talent development amongst students and lecturers, a strong international profile and a leading position in the field of human-oriented digitisation in society. With his background, the VSNU's General Board considers Pieter Duisenberg to be the right person to further this ambition and to bring the plans to fruition. Pieter Duisenberg has been appointed for a period of four years.

Pieter Duisenberg has been a member of the Dutch parliament (for the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, VVD) since 2012, where his portfolio is Higher Education and Science. He also chairs the Finance Committee. During the past five years, he has been the driving force in parliament behind the Student Advance Grant (social lending system) implemented to raise the quality of education. He has also been successful in pleading for more academically formed teachers in secondary education, in furthering internationalisation for students and for establishing a stronger role for Education Committees. In 2016 he was recognised as the most 'Sportsmanlike Member of Parliament' for his evident contribution to helping bring people together and empowering them to operate beyond the boundaries of individual political persuasion. Before he entered parliament, Pieter worked for more than twenty years in the business sector holding positions in Shell, McKinsey & Company and Eneco. Pieter is currently a guest lecturer at the VU Amsterdam. He is married with three children, two of whom are currently studying in one of the Dutch universities.

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US Prof. W. Art. Chaovalitwongse appointed department editor in healthcare journal - 29 Aug 2017

W. Art. Chaovalitwongse, professor and holder of the 21st Century Research Leadership Chair in Industrial Engineering, has been appointed as a department editor in the Health Informatics area of the IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering journal.

IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering is an official journal of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, which is the flagship organisation of Industrial Engineers. The journal publishes original high-quality papers on healthcare related topics with cutting edge approaches to healthcare problems.

Chaovalitwongse joined the Department of Industrial Engineering in 2016. His research group conducts extensive analytics research, ranging from basic computational science/statistics, applied mathematical modelling, and translational research at the interface of engineering, medicine, and other emerging disciplines.

He is one of three co-directors of the newly established industry research partnership called the Institute for Advanced Data Analytics. The institute is designed to be a cross college, interdisciplinary initiative that unites the U of A faculty who have deep strengths in analytics, operations research, statistics, information systems, and related disciplines, to create a powerful, productive partnership with local and national industry with the goal of accelerating research on analytics.

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US Proposals for 2018 OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant Program due by September 15 - 29 Aug 2017

Electronically submitted proposals for the 2018 OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant Program are due by midnight September 15, 2017.

OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. and OCLC Research, in collaboration with the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), invite research proposals for the 2018 Library and Information Science Research Grant Program (LISRGP). Awards of up to $25,000 are available to full-time academic faculty in schools of library and information science or related fields.

OCLC and ALISE encourage international proposals and collaborative projects under this program. To aid new researchers, priority will be given when possible to proposals from junior faculty and applicants who have not previously received LISRGP funds.

Award recipients will be notified by the end of 2017 and will be honoured at the 2018 ALISE Annual Conference, February 6-9, 2018, in Denver, Colorado.

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Canada Canadian Research Knowledge Network appoints Gloria Booth-Morrison as ORCID-CA Member Support Specialist - 28 Aug 2017

The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) has announced that Gloria Booth-Morrison has joined the organization as ORCID-CA Member Support Specialist, effective August 8, 2017.

Gloria comes to CRKN from the University of Ottawa, an ORCID-CA member, where she worked as a Science and Engineering Librarian. As part of her role there, she designed and delivered workshops relating to journal selection, authors' rights, and citation metrics.

She previously served as Special Projects Librarian at Concordia University, where she played a key role in the large scale assessment of print and electronic collections. Gloria has in-depth knowledge of the research needs of the academic community as well as the scholarly publishing environment. She also has a strong background in technical support.

In her role as ORCID-CA Member Support Specialist, Gloria will provide front-line support and serve as the primary contact with members in both official languages. She will manage and support new members, provide administrative support, and be the central technical support contact to all ORCID-CA members. Gloria will also develop training materials, tools, and guides for members to use within their own institutions, by adapting existing ORCID materials to the bilingual Canadian context.

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US Dr Michael Schatman appointed Director of Research and Network Development at Boston PainCare - 28 Aug 2017

Open access publisher Dove Medical Press has announced the appointment of Dr. Michael Schatman, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pain Research, as Director of Research and Network Development at Boston PainCare – an interdisciplinary pain treatment/management center based in Waltham, Massachusetts (USA).

Dr. Schatman will be responsible for the development and execution of multiple research programs, in addition to promoting the development of research networks in the Boston area and nationally.

Dr. Schatman (PhD, CPE) is a clinical psychologist with broad expertise in chronic pain management, which he regularly speaks about on national and international forums. He currently serves on the teaching faculty at Tufts School of Medicine in Boston (MA, USA). Dr. Schatman is a member of the Ethics Committee of the American Pain Society, the Ethics Council of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Pain Educators.

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Switzerland Frontiers in Chemistry names Professor Fan Zhang as new Specialty Section Chief Editor - 28 Aug 2017

Frontiers in Chemistry has announced the launch of a new specialty section on Nanoscience. The section will be led by Specialty Chief Editor Professor Fan Zhang, Department of Chemistry and Laboratory of Advanced Materials, State Key Laboratory of Molecular Engineering of Polymers and iChEM (Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemistry for Energy Materials) at Fudan University, China.

In his Specialty Grand Challenge paper, Professor Zhang highlights three key areas in which nanomaterials and technologies feature heavily: energy; environment; and health. He states that despite significant progress in research and the use of nanomaterials in many commercialised products, the field still faces many new challenges.

Professor Zhang stresses the growing involvement of nanomaterials and nanotechnologies in these areas. He notes that although there are challenges to overcome the potential benefits are worth the efforts as this will, in turn, encourage innovation and advancement in the wider field.

As Specialty Chief Editor, it is Professor Zhang's vision for the section to provide a platform for Nano research to be more widely distributed and available via the means of Open Access. Professor Zhang believes strongly that this grants authors a worldwide audience and increased visibility of their work, whilst giving readers barrier-free access to the literature. He also hopes to accelerate innovation and advancements, while creating new opportunities for collaboration by opening up the research to others who could have ideas for applying the findings in innovative ways.

As Chief Editor, Professor Zhang encourages authors to submit high quality papers covering all aspects of the field, as well as novel, original and interdisciplinary theoretical and experimental results. He also offers researchers, academics, students and interested individuals worldwide an opportunity to more easily get informed of latest advancements in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

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US KU Libraries now accepting nominations for 4th annual open access award - 28 Aug 2017

The University of Kansas Libraries is now accepting nominations for the fourth annual Shulenburger Award for Innovation & Advocacy in Scholarly Communication. The award will be granted for exceptional efforts to advance innovations in open sharing and advocacy for positive change in the scholarly communication system.

Up to two awardees will be selected from nominations of KU Lawrence faculty/staff members and/or undergraduate or graduate students involved in a faculty-sponsored project. KU Lawrence academic departments, research centers, or schools are also eligible for the award. Awards will be between $500 and $2,500.

The individual awardee may be invited to serve a term on KU's Open Access Advisory Board. Any individual or unit affiliated with the University of Kansas may nominate an individual, department, school or center that demonstrates excellence in this area – self nominations are also accepted. A selection committee consisting of the previous year's winner, KU Lawrence faculty from multiple disciplines, and chaired by senior library administrators will be appointed annually by the dean of KU Libraries to review nominations and make recommendations for final approval by the dean. The winner will be announced during events at KU during International Open Access Week in mid-October, 2017.

Additional information about the award, including judging criteria and requested nomination materials can be found at openaccess.ku.edu/shulenburgeraward. The nomination deadline is September 18, at 12 p.m.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 28 Aug 2017

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Kyle Siler (There are new frontiers for academic publishing but scholarly associations and faculty must seize the opportunities); Christopher Foote (BMC Ecology is now accepting Registered Reports!); Josh Clark (Analysing online mentions on a massive scale!); and Joe Esposito (Revisiting: The Arms Race in Journals Publishing Heats Up). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.

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UK Taylor & Francis Group partners with the Center for Science Communication, National Natural Science Foundation of China to share Open Access research in China - 28 Aug 2017

Academic publisher Taylor & Francis Group has partnered with the Center for Science Communication, National Natural Science Foundation of China to share Open Access research in China.

A new Memorandum of Understanding between Taylor & Francis Group and the Center for Science Communication, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) will see content and metadata from Taylor & Francis' fully Open Access journals deposited in the NSFC repository. The partnership will enable wider discovery of Open Access journal content for Chinese researchers, and bring greater exposure in China for Taylor & Francis authors.

Taylor & Francis will also support the Center for Science Communication, NSFC, to develop and promote sharing policies, co-sponsored events and researcher surveys in line with the NSFC's aims of furthering Chinese research in core scientific fields and promoting knowledge sharing within China.

The Center for Science Communication, NSFC strives to encourage and facilitate international academic exchange for Chinese researchers. Its new partnership with Taylor & Francis will play an integral part in promoting Chinese research internationally, and help the NSFC to develop links with the global research network.

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US AIP Publishing unveils language editing and other author services - 25 Aug 2017

AIP Publishing, a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), has launched a suite of new services to support global researchers with their publishing goals – AIP Author Services.

AIP Publishing now offers pre-submission services to researchers which include English language editing, translation services, figure creation and figure reformatting, through AIP Author Services.

AIP Author Services, provided by The Charlesworth Group, has a demonstrated track record of high quality, cost effective, editing services for the physical sciences and related disciplines. All language editing and translation services are performed by native-English-speaking postdoctoral editors with subject-matter expertise.

AIP Author Services is available to all researchers, regardless of where they want to submit their manuscript.

This is the latest effort by the scholarly publisher to help the research community realize the full potential of their scientific discoveries. AIP Publishing uses a non-restrictive license to publish, allowing authors to retain copyright of their work and sharing of the Author version of their research without embargo. In June, AIP Publishing launched a new initiative Scilight, to showcase newly published research, expanding the reach of science to researchers across disciplines and to the general public.

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US Authorea partners with the American Association for Cancer Research to streamline research editing and publishing - 25 Aug 2017

Authorea, the online document editor for researchers, has announced a partnership with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the world's first and largest cancer research organisation. By working with the AACR, Authorea aims to help researchers more easily format and submit their papers by offering one-click submission to journals published by the AACR.

The AACR, founded in 1907, publishes some of the world's most important discoveries in cancer research and is comprised of over 37,000 members in 108 countries.

Launched in 2014 and used by over 100,000 researchers from all disciplines in academia as well as leading private research companies, Authorea allows researchers to collaborate in real-time for an easier and more seamless writing and publishing experience. The journal templates assist authors in structuring their manuscript as appropriate for each of the AACR journals.

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German China South Publishing & Media Group attains minority stake in IPR License - 25 Aug 2017

Frankfurter Buchmesse (October 11-15, 2017) has announced that China South Publishing & Media Group (CNS) has taken a minority stake in its global rights and licensing trading platform IPR License. CNS is a leading publishing and media group both in China and in the world. By investing in the IPR License business, it joins Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) which is also a minority stakeholder.

With this successful investment, CNS officially introduces the IPR platform into China, which fills a gap in the online licensing market for Chinese publishing. This significant new partnership between CNS and IPR License will serve the Chinese multimedia publishing organizations by continuing to develop and implement the industry and market dynamics of different new business models with related new financial terms for intellectual property rights.

CNS has achieved rapid growth in the past ten years and is leading the transition in publishing from print to digital. The company is the top publisher in China in terms of market value and profit. By investing in IPR License, CNS aims to bring Chinese publishers and their properties to the global market, and to offer them the chance to join an international, unified, standard and professional rights platform.

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US IM Publications to preserve e-journals with Portico - 25 Aug 2017

Digital preservation service Portico has announced that IM Publications will preserve e-journals with Portico, ensuring that they will be secure and available into the future.

IM Publications have been established for over 25 years and now specialise in Open Access and free-to-read periodicals. Their publications include JSI-Journal of Spectral Imaging, a backlist of books and the controlled circulation magazines Spectroscopy Europe and Spectroscopy Asia, which are published jointly with John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

IM Publications is a specialist publisher of books and open access journals, primarily in analytical chemistry.

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US Primary Research Group publishes Survey of the Academic Library Role in the Use of Open Access Textbooks and Other Open Access Educational Materials - 25 Aug 2017

Primary Research Group Inc. has published the Survey of the Academic Library Role in the Use of Open Access Textbooks and Other Open Access Educational Materials.

This seminal study presents data from 50 colleges and universities about their academic library policies in providing open access textbooks and other open access educational materials and in cultivating their use. The study gives detailed data and commentary on current and planned efforts in areas such as textbooks, journals, periodicals other than journals, MOOCs, course packs, interactive tutorials and other areas of intellectual property. The study also gives highly precise information on the compilation and presentation of links to educational resources on YouTube and Google Scholar, among other sources, and overall college and university and specific academic library efforts to develop open access educational materials. It looks at efforts to provide support services and stipends to faculty, and to publicise the availability of open access educational materials to faculty.

The survey respondents also report on the exact number of courses currently using open access textbooks and their plans and expectations for the future. In addition, the participants name colleges and universities that they view as open access role models, and give advice to their peers on how to approach the provision of open access educational materials, from textbooks to journals and other forms of intellectual property.

In addition, the study presents data on the role of academic libraries in providing commercial textbooks and the impact of open access on these efforts. Data in the report is broken out by size, type and tuition level of the college or university and by other useful criteria.

According to the findings of the report, 32.65% of the universities and colleges sampled produce or contribute to the production of open access textbooks. Nearly 41% of those sampled compiled links to educational materials available on YouTube, Vimeo or other video sites. 75% of community colleges sampled did so as did 44.44% of librarians from public colleges vs. only 36.36% of those from private ones. Colleges in the sample with from 2,501 to 6,000 students have been able to get a mean of 7.75 open access textbooks adopted for use, or about 1 for every 581 students. Most growth in use of open access interactive tutorials was among research universities, a quarter of which said that growth in use of open access interactive tutorials had been significant. Community colleges and research universities were the most enthusiastic adopters of open access educational materials.

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US University of Calgary opts for Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions - 25 Aug 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of Calgary has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Primo® discovery and delivery solution. Alma will be replacing the SirsiDynix Symphony® integrated library system.

The University of Calgary's Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR), which operates seven libraries on campus and across the city, used a rigorous evaluation process to identify a system that applies the latest technologies and is built on a cloud-based, software-as-a-solution (SaaS) platform with automatic updates and streamlined workflows. Alma and Primo were the solutions of choice.

The Alma platform will enable the university to optimise library management processes and will provide the analytics that are essential for making increasingly complex decisions. Primo will facilitate users' access to the University of Calgary's high-quality resources through its customizable interface, comprehensive search capabilities, and personalized search results. In addition, the many configuration options offered by Primo will enable Calgary to meet the needs of its partners in the Southern Alberta Integrated Libraries (SAIL) consortium.

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UK Bioanalysis publishes special focus issue on Bioanalytical Outsourcing Strategies - 24 Aug 2017

Bioanalysis, a MEDLINE indexed journal for bioanalysts, has published a Special Focus Issue on 'Outsourcing Strategies in Bioanalysis'.

As the bioanalytical field continues to evolve with the development of more complex molecules and the demand to outsource work continues to increase, models and trends in outsourcing are also evolving. The issue, published by Future Science Group, explores these aspects from multiple viewpoints in the industry.

Earlier in the year, Bioanalysis Zone (the journal's sister website) featured a Spotlight on 'Future Trends in Outsourcing' covering some of the current trends in the outsourcing industry and also looking at how it may change over the next decade, trying to understand what this will mean for bioanalytical laboratories in Pharma, CROs and various other companies.

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UK BMC Medicine becomes the first clinical research journal to accept Registered Reports - 24 Aug 2017

BMC Medicine, an open access journal, has become the first clinical research journal to accept Registered Reports, enabling researchers to take a proactive approach towards improving transparency and reproducibility in science.

The Registered Reports format is supported by the Center for Open Science (COS) and aims to minimise bias by allowing authors to submit their rationale and methods for peer-review before any experiments are conducted. Articles that pass peer-review will be accepted-in-principle meaning that, as long as the study is completed in accordance with the pre-registered methodology, the article will be published following a second round of peer-review.

Registered Reports shift the emphasis from research results, to the scientific questions being asked and the strength of the study design. The goal is to make it easier for high-quality research to be published regardless of the outcome, enabling researchers to take a proactive approach towards improving transparency and reproducibility in science. Authors will also benefit from having their experimental designs peer-reviewed, providing the opportunity to respond to expert feedback prior to conducting experiments.

BMC has also launched Registered Reports in the journal BMC Ecology, making it the third BMC journal, alongside BMC Biology and BMC Medicine, to accept this type of submission.

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UK Emerald appoints Professor Greg Marshall as Editor-in-Chief of European Journal of Marketing - 24 Aug 2017

Academic publisher Emerald has announced the appointment of Professor Greg W. Marshall, Charles Harwood Professor of Marketing and Strategy, Crummer Graduate School of Business USA as the new Editor-in-Chief of European Journal of Marketing.

Prof Marshall also holds an appointment as Honorary Professor of Marketing and Strategy at the Aston Business School, Birmingham UK. He comes to the journal with a wealth of editorial experience, and strong networks in the marketing field worldwide.

European Journal of Marketing receives well over 800 submissions per year and publishes 12 issues per year. It is included in SSCI and Scopus and registers around 1 million downloads per year. Its Impact Factor has increased steadily since it gained one in 2008.

Prof Marshall will take up his new role in January 2018. Emerald will be appointing three Regional Editors to work with him under a new review structure: Regional Editor – Europe; Regional Editor – Americas; and Regional Editor – Asia Pacific.

Applications are invited for these positions. The role will involve working closely with the Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors with respect to submissions from authors in the respective region. The Regional Editor will control the review process for these submissions and engage the subject expertise of the Associate Editors, who are responsible for the various specific content sub-fields of marketing. The Regional Editors will play a key role in the continued strategic growth and development of the journal and will be its key ambassadors in their parts of the world.

The deadline for applications is September 4, 2017.

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UK SAGE to publish Sociological Research Online in partnership with The British Sociological Association - 24 Aug 2017

Academic publisher SAGE Publishing has announced that it will publish Sociological Research Online (SRO) in partnership with the British Sociological Association (BSA).

Published quarterly since 1996, SRO is an online only journal publishing high-quality research pertaining to sociological enquiry. It is a vital space revealing the importance of how sociological research is crucial to understanding contemporary social issues.

Since 1990, the journal has been published on a stand-alone website by a consortium of the universities of Surrey and Stirling, SAGE and the BSA. The two universities have stepped down and the journal will now be published on SAGE Journals. SAGE and the BSA will work with the Editors and Editorial Board to develop and support the journal's growth moving forwards.

The acquisition of SRO marks the fourth journal published by a partnership of SAGE and the BSA which includes the titles: Sociology; Work, Employment and Society; and Cultural Sociology.

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US USC Press names Richard Brown as Director - 24 Aug 2017

University of South Carolina Press has named Richard Brown as its new director. Brown joins Carolina from Georgetown University where he has served as Press Director since 2001.

At USC Press, he will be responsible for the editorial, fiscal and marketing strategies of USC Press, South Carolina's oldest and largest book publisher, specialising in scholarly humanities and regional trade publications.

Brown has 30 years' experience and has been involved in all aspects of publishing.

He served on the board of the Association of American University Presses for five years, including one year as president. He was a member of the Project MUSE advisory council, and currently serves on the executive council of the Association of American Publishers/Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division. For the past five years, he has served as treasurer and board member of the Theological Book Network, a non-profit organisation that facilitates the donation of scholarly books to libraries in the developing world.

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UK Cochrane launches Cochrane Africa - a network of healthcare decision making launches across sub-Saharan Africa - 23 Aug 2017

Cochrane, a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers and people interested in health, has announced the official launch of Cochrane Africa; a network with a vision to increase the use of best evidence to inform healthcare decision making across the sub-Saharan African continent.

The Africa Network consists of regional centres including its co-ordinating centre at Cochrane South Africa, South African Medical Research Council, and the establishment of hubs at University of Calabar, Teaching Hospital, Nigeria, Stellenbosch University, South Africa and Yaoundé University, Cameroon.

Cochrane Africa is part of the global, independent Cochrane network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers, and people interested in health. The Network will promote evidence-based decision making in health care across the sub-Saharan African region by supporting and training new authors of Cochrane Reviews, as well as working with clinicians, professional associations, policy makers, patients, and the media to encourage the dissemination and use of Cochrane evidence.

Since the late 1990s, African collaborators have worked to improve the production of high-quality, Africa-relevant reviews and to support their use in policy and practice through stakeholder engagement and capacity building. In 2007, the informal Cochrane Network was created to build on this track record and to enhance and expand these activities.

Reviews from Africa have informed several national and international guidelines, particularly in the areas of malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS.

Cochrane Africa will be co-ordinated by Cochrane SA, which will offer methodological support, mentoring, and supervision to the regions.

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Switzerland Frontiers in Veterinary Science launches new specialty section on Animal Reproduction – Theriogenology - 23 Aug 2017

Frontiers in Veterinary Science has announced the launch of a new specialty section on Animal Reproduction – Theriogenology. Prof. Ahmed Tibary of Washington State University Pullman, United States, is leading the new section as Specialty Chief Editor.

According to Prof. Tibary, the section comes at a timely moment as the field faces many challenges in particular, the effect of pollutants, climatic changes and stress in general on reproduction. These are as important not only for animal production but also for the future of some animal species and as models for human infertility which is on the rise. Prof. Tibary explains the questions over the next 10 years remain pretty similar however, it is the approach that may become a little different by using new technologies as they develop and building on new knowledge. He notes that the driving force behind research in reproductive sciences is to discover new ways of dealing with poor reproductive performance or managing fertility.

Prof Tibary explains that he does not look at theriogenology as a different field from reproduction, rather as the medical extension of a biological field and the way to translate research findings into applied approaches to diagnose and treat reproductive disorders. He tells that the field of theriogenology has matured to the point that it needs a section to empower researchers. Through Open Access, scientists can make their work available to a wider audience through the free dissemination of information. As Specialty Chief Editor, Prof. Tibary's goal is to give all researchers equal opportunity to publish and receive recognition for their work. He sees Open Access as a way to start combatting these wider problems and creating a solid source of information for the scientist and the clinician.

Prof Tibary's objective is to receive a well-balanced number of submissions from fundamental/basic research to applied experiments and clinical reports in this section. In particular, he likes the idea of having special topics focusing on areas pertinent in this field. Some of the discoveries in reproductive biology can also be applied in other fields of medicine such as cancer research. Prof. Tibary will use his international network to attract young researchers and upcoming scientists from all backgrounds. His aim is to publish research not just of novel value, but those that support, uphold or call for a revision to prior research.

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India Global medical information provider selects Scope e-Knowledge Center to enhance search and user experience of medical education content - 23 Aug 2017

Scope e-Knowledge Center (Scope), a leading provider of knowledge services and a Quatrro Global Services company, recently completed a major content enhancement initiative for one of the world's largest health information providers.

The extensive project involved the creation of 34 medical topic lists (taxonomies) which were applied to approximately 33,000 healthcare related questions and mapped to appropriate content from the client's existing publications. Overall, the content covered 22 medical specialties. The project aimed to enhance search precision, improve relevant content discovery, and simplify the overall user experience in accessing the most appropriate content.

A team of subject matter experts (SME's) from the medical domain and certified taxonomists analysed the content of each collection, and applied appropriate index terms from both the topic lists and MeSH and SNOMED vocabularies.

In leveraging its rich medical domain expertise, the Scope team was able to deliver the project on time and within the specified quality target.

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US JoVE celebrates 10th anniversary, unveils completely revamped website - 23 Aug 2017

JoVE, the premier producer and publisher of video resources for scientific research and education, has launched a comprehensively redesigned website as part of its 10th anniversary celebration. JoVE.com is now fully responsive, more easily navigable and offers more utility, convenience and customisation to its millions of users around the globe.

JoVE was founded 10 years ago with the goal of creating the ultimate resources for advancing scientific research and education by producing and publishing videos of scientific experiments from the top laboratories around the globe. This year, JoVE will look back on a decade of organic growth and sustained profitability, all while delivering peer-reviewed scientific video resources and innovative technology to make scientific research more productive and reproducible for researchers and educators.

To continue providing the scientific community with the most value possible, JoVE's new website was created with user experience in mind. It offers scientists in a wide variety of disciplines a more intuitive user interface, improved functionally, the launch of brand new features and enhanced content to help users quickly and easily access the videos and resources they’ll need for their lab or classroom. The website also leverages the confidence JoVE's many long-standing subscribers have in the company with testimonials and case studies from leading institutions and prominent scientists in the field.

JoVE's new website will be updated regularly with the most advanced science videos, new product launches and expansions, corporate milestones and events. To stay up-to-date with all these improvements, visitors are encouraged to explore the website and subscribe to the JoVE's monthly newsletter.

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US SAE International announces launch of new Connected and Automated Vehicle journal - 23 Aug 2017

SAE International has announced the December 2017 launch of a preview issue of SAE International's new, timely, and critical scholarly journal of original research for connected and automated vehicles.

Connected and Automated Vehicles: An SAE International Journal furthers the state of the art of engineering research by promoting high-quality theoretical and applied investigations in the arena of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) in on-road, off-road, and aerial operational environments. The enormous growth in numbers, diversity, and complexity of CAVs has been driven by: enhancements of fundamental scientific understanding; technological convergence of computing, communication, and miniaturization; and increased scale and complexity of tangible embodiments and engineering implementations at the component-, subsystem-, and system-levels.

The Journal seeks to further these goals by publishing peer-reviewed scientific articles that showcase strong theoretical and empirical contributions and findings to the body of engineering knowledge surrounding various facets of the lifecycle treatment (design, modeling, controlling, testing, demonstration, and experimentation) of connected and automated vehicles with an emphasis on the system perspective.

The journal's Editor-in-Chief is Dr. Venkat Krovi, Michelin Endowed Chair Professor of Vehicle Automation, Clemson University—International Center for Automotive Research.

Interested authors from industry, academia, and government are invited to submit manuscripts featuring a detailed and complete description of their research for potential journal publication. All submitted articles undergo a thorough double-blind peer-review process. Submissions (full manuscripts) can be submitted initially by emailing managingeditor@sae.org and are not subject to deadlines unless part of a special issue. The Journal will soon be set up on Editorial Manager. When submitting manuscripts, authors must include paper title, author name(s), and contact information on a separate title page. Submissions must not include any author-identifying information in the body of the paper. A preview issue of the journal will be available late this year, with the quarterly Journal launching in March 2018.

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US Wolters Kluwer Health launches Ovid Insights - 23 Aug 2017

Wolters Kluwer Health has announced the launch of Ovid Insights, a current awareness service that provides healthcare professionals with clinically-relevant journal article recommendations filtered to their specific area of practice. Available on any device, this free service delivers content from the most authoritative medical journals used to inform evidence-based decisions on healthcare research, patient care and outcomes.

With Ovid Insights, clinicians and medical researchers can scan specialty dashboards or create personalised email digests that filter the latest research from over 300 clinically-relevant topics, allowing them to skim top-quality articles that are related to their practice or field of interest. Ovid Insights reduces time spent searching for the latest, most relevant journal articles by providing intelligent content recommendations which leverage Altmetric and the McMaster PLUS data to ensure the most newsworthy and targeted evidence-based research is delivered to the user.

According to a Wolters Kluwer survey, more than 900 clinicians worldwide indicated that over 70% of their time is spent engaged in current-awareness activities such as searching for the right full text articles to read. Ovid Insights helps to simplify this process by providing quick access to the study abstract and links to full-text articles via institutional access to a journal website or the Ovid platform.

Created in partnership with Northern Light, which provides strategic research portals, business research content, and search technology, Ovid Insights is available now in beta.

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US Applications for 2018 IFLA/OCLC Fellowship Program now being accepted - 22 Aug 2017

OCLC and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) are now accepting applications for library professionals to participate in the 2018 Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program.

The Fellowship Program, sponsored by IFLA and OCLC, is a four-week program based at OCLC headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, USA, that provides education and professional development opportunities for early career librarians from countries with developing economies. The 2018 program will run from March 17 to April 13, 2018.

A description of the program, along with dates for applications, selection and participation were announced during the World Library and Information Congress: 83rd IFLA General Conference and Assembly in Wrocław, Poland. Details about the program, guidelines and applications are now available on the website. Deadline for applications is October 6, 2017.

The IFLA/OCLC Fellowship Program offers advanced continuing education and exposure to a broad range of issues in information technologies, library operations and global cooperative librarianship. The program has welcomed 85 librarians and information science professionals from 38 countries since its first class arrived in Dublin in 2001.

The Fellows gain professional knowledge, visit leading institutions as models of librarianship and make contacts in the international library community that will help them progress for many years to come. Fellows also have opportunities to share their home customs and cultures with other Fellows, with colleagues they meet during the program, and with their hosts.

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UK BMJ and Ukraine Ministry of Health announce new accreditation agreement to support continuous professional development - 22 Aug 2017

Medical knowledge provider BMJ and the Ministry of Health have announced a new Memorandum of Understanding which accredits BMJ for continuing medical education and professional development.

The initiative provides clinicians and healthcare professionals with evidence-based online tools and resources, including BMJ Best Practice and BMJ Learning, to improve the diagnosis, treatment and management of both communicable and non-communicable diseases. Produced by international experts, they are reviewed by Ukrainian clinicians and experts and adapted to users in-country in Ukrainian language, available offline, online and via mobile devices.

The programme is fully supported by the Ministry of Health and a national Working Group.

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US Clarivate Analytics to be exclusive provider of Web of Science citation data to Australian Research Council for ERA 2018 - 22 Aug 2017

Clarivate Analytics, the global provider of trusted insights and analytics to enable the research ecosystem to accelerate discovery, will provide citation data to the Australian Research Council (ARC), a Commonwealth entity within the Australian Government that provides advice on research matters, administers the National Competitive Grants Program and administers Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Web of Science will be the exclusive source of citation data for the ARC to use when assessing the quality of research at Australian higher education institutions in the 2018 round of ERA. This exercise includes evaluations informed by a range of indicators including citation metrics and peer review, with a focus on those relating most clearly to the quality of research outputs.

Through ERA, the ARC identifies excellence in research by comparing Australia's university research outputs against international benchmarks, creating incentives to improve the quality of research and identifying emerging research areas and opportunities for further development. Using Web of Science data, the ARC exercise will be supported with high quality and accurate data as well as coverage of key relevant journals to identify and promote Australian research excellence.

As the country's national research evaluation framework, ERA identifies and promotes excellence across the full spectrum of research activity in Australia's 42 higher education institutions. The ARC has responsibility for ERA, which provides the government, universities, industry and prospective students with valuable information about academic research performance in Australia, nationally and internationally, for all discipline areas.

ERA promotes high-quality research to benefit Australian society and drive the country's innovation and economic growth. For more information about ERA and ERA 2018, visit: http://www.arc.gov.au/excellence-research-australia.

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US Harvard-Osher Integrative Medicine partners with the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine to highlight new research in the field of mind-body medicine - 22 Aug 2017

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital has engaged a partnership with JACM, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine to highlight the best new research in the mushrooming field of mind-body medicine. Most recently (June 2017), the Osher team explored recent mind-body research for veterans. The three selected studies range from a focus on the impact on telomere length, to a group-based clinical intervention, to an app developed to help veterans heal relationships with their partners as they return to their homes.

In each quarterly column, the Osher Center's Director of Research Peter Wayne, PhD, Gloria Yeh, MD, MPH, Research Fellowship Director, and Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH, the center's Director of Education work with JACM Editor-in-Chief John Weeks to select a theme. The three researchers, all JACM Associate Editors, will each select one study from the literature to abstract and comment upon. Each will be available free on the JACM website until September 21, 2017.

Each column is organized around a theme with upcoming topics in areas such as women's health, environment/nature, and social justice.

JACM is a monthly peer-reviewed journal published online with open access options and in print. Led by John Weeks, the Co-Founder and past Executive Director of the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health, JACM publishes controlled trials, observational studies, scientific reviews and leading commentary intended to help medical organisations and governmental organisations optimise the use of integrative products, practices, and practitioners in patient care and in delivery and payment strategies. Complete tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed on the JACM website.

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US Wolters Kluwer and the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology launch Environmental Epidemiology - 22 Aug 2017

Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, in partnership with the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE), has announced the launch of a new open access journal, Environmental Epidemiology, published as part of the Lippincott portfolio. The journal is a companion title to one of the Society's official journals, Epidemiology.

The new journal is an online only, open access journal aiming to provide a global forum for environmental epidemiology research. Fully peer reviewed and held to the same high standards of rigor as Epidemiology, the new journal will support the global community of environmental epidemiology experts by providing a venue for articles that further the understanding of all aspects of the field. The inaugural Editor-in-Chief is Dr. Bert Brunekreef, Professor of Environmental Epidemiology at Utrecht University, The Netherlands and past president of ISEE.

Epidemiology, which is also an official journal of ISEE, will continue its commitment to publishing high-quality environmental epidemiologic research under the editorship of Timothy Lash, DSc. The two journals will share editorial policies developed over the years by Epidemiology. From time to time, the editors of these companion journals may confer about which journal is best suited for a particular paper.

The journal is now open for peer review of manuscripts. Manuscripts may be submitted online at: www.editorialmanager.com/EE.

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US ACS Publications unveils ACS Direct Correct to improve author experience - 21 Aug 2017

The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced the debut of ACS Direct Correct, an innovative proofing service devised to enhance the publishing process for researchers.

This service will be rolled out across ACS Publications' over 50 journals beginning September 1, 2017. ACS Direct Correct allows for proof corrections and comments to be entered directly into the copy-edited manuscript file. This online process will make it significantly easier and more efficient for individuals and groups of authors to make and communicate any corrections prior to the rapid publication of their research paper.

ACS Direct Correct gives authors more control in the corrections process. Users will benefit from the straightforward interface that displays edited manuscripts in an easy-to-read file format, including editing tools and visible change tracking. The service also includes queries to proactively avoid common oversights, such as verifying funder information, reviewing supporting information and reviewing the spelling of author names, which will speed up the publication process for authors.

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US Brian Pogue named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Biomedical Optics - 21 Aug 2017

Brian Pogue of Dartmouth has been named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Biomedical Optics (JBO), beginning January 1, 2018. The journal is published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

The Journal of Biomedical Optics publishes papers on the use of modern optical technology for improved healthcare and biomedical research. The journal is published in the SPIE Digital Library, at www.spiedigitallibrary.org/journals/journal-of-biomedical-optics.

Pogue will succeed Lihong Wang of the California Institute of Technology, who has served as JBO editor-in-chief since 2010.

Pogue is professor of Engineering Science and director of MS and PhD programs in the Thayer School of Engineering in Hanover, New Hampshire. He is also adjunct professor in Physics and Astronomy and in Surgery at Dartmouth, and director of their Medical Physics program. He retains an appointment as visiting research scientist at the Wellman Laboratories for Photomedicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital ever since being a post-doctoral research fellow there in 1995-96.

After joining the Dartmouth faculty in 1996, he co-founded the Optics in Medicine research program, focusing on advancing optical imaging technologies in cancer diagnosis and management into clinical trial use. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers and 400 conference proceedings, related to fundamental discoveries in cancer imaging, photodynamic therapy, molecular-guided surgery, near infrared tomography and spectroscopy, medical oncology, and radiation therapy imaging.

He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, and served as chair of the NIH Biomedical Imaging Technology grant review study section.

Pogue has been conference chair of the Molecular Guided Surgery: Molecules, Devices, and Applications conference at SPIE BiOS since 2015, has served as a program committee member and session chair for numerous SPIE BiOS conferences, and has been a short course instructor for SPIE. He has been an editorial board member for the Journal of Biomedical Optics since 2007.

The SPIE Digital Library contains more than 465,000 items from SPIE journals, proceedings, and books, with approximately 18,000 new research papers added each year.

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US Donald Keith Roper named associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology - 21 Aug 2017

Donald Keith Roper, associate professor of chemical engineering, has been named associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology. IEEE is the world's largest technical professional organisation for the advancement of technology.

According to IEEE's website, Transactions on Nanotechnology is devoted to the publication of manuscripts of archival value in the general area of nanotechnology, which is rapidly emerging as one of the fastest growing and most promising new technological developments for the next generation and beyond.

As associate editor, Roper will be jointly responsible for a recently announced Letters section of the journal. Letters are short, one or two page peer reviewed articles that highlight discoveries and scientific breakthroughs using a rapid peer-review mechanism. They often precede more traditional full-length papers. The publishers hope that this format will attract emerging research by authors from a broader spectrum of nanotechnology, as well as facilitate the quick dissemination of important developments.

Roper will also be responsible for soliciting material in the field of biotechnology, initiating special and thematic issues and managing the peer review process in this area.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 21 Aug 2017

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Charlie Rapple (MECA - A New Manuscript Exchange initiative); Cat Williams (The missing piece: using Altmetric to complete the puzzle); Jefferson Pooley (Scholarly communications shouldn’t just be open, but non-profit too); Retraction Watch Blog (What should journals do when peer reviewers do not disclose potential conflicts?); and Kent Anderson (Trust Falls - Are We In a New Phase of Corporate Research?). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.

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UK National Library of Scotland selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo to unify management of and access to rapidly growing electronic and print resources - 21 Aug 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the National Library of Scotland has selected the cloud-based Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Primo® discovery and delivery solution to help the Library better manage its collections, increase the visibility of resources, and handle the ever-growing quantity of electronic resources and print deposits.

The increasing volume of electronic resources, as a result of a growing move to non-print legal deposit and an increase in the acquisition of digital resources, have placed a strain on the National Library's print-focused integrated library system and OPAC. In addition, the Library requires better integration with other systems, such as the finance, customer registration and authentication, and digital assessment systems, in order to reduce the duplication of data and processes.

The Library will use Alma to improve efficiency and productivity by automating processes and improving integration so that staff members can spend their time and use their skills more effectively. The unified management of resources regardless of their acquisition method - purchased, donated, or received as legal deposit - will enable the Library to handle the increase in both print and electronic formats in a single workflow. In addition, Primo will provide a seamless, modern resource-discovery experience for users, helping them to easily find and access print and electronic resources from the wealth of the Library's collections.

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US New study explores most popular phase of product development for starting medical publications activities - 21 Aug 2017

A new study by business intelligence provider Cutting Edge Information has found that the highest percentage of surveyed life science teams (30%) delay medical publications activities until products enter the registration and launch phase of product development.

The study, 'Planning Medical Abstracts and Manuscripts,' analysed pharmaceutical, biotech and device company teams to discover current and upcoming trends in the medical affairs space, and found that a quarter (25%) of surveyed teams report planning and executing publication strategies during Phase 3a and 3b.

The same Cutting Edge Information study found that few surveyed life science teams begin medical publications work earlier than Phase 2 of product development. During Phase 2 itself, 19% of pharmaceutical companies reported starting publications activities.

Survey data indicate that a smaller percentage (13%) of medical affairs groups may not develop publications materials until after products have reached the marketplace.

Planning Medical Abstracts and Manuscripts, available online at https://www.cuttingedgeinfo.com/product/planning-medical-abstracts-manuscripts/, provides data about medical publications teams' resources and activity levels throughout launch window. The report presents profiles outlining how teams supporting common, niche or blockbuster products execute their publications strategies. In developing this research, Cutting Edge Information's analysts collected surveys from and consulted with medical affairs leaders at top pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies.

Planning Medical Abstracts and Manuscripts is part of a 10-part series that Cutting Edge Information will be publishing throughout 2017. The Medical Affairs Product Launch Series, available at https://www.cuttingedgeinfo.com/product/medical-affairs-product-launch-series/, investigates how medical affairs resources and key performance indicators (KPIs) shift between two years prior to launch, one year before launch, launch year and during the product's first year on market.

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UK Chemistry World launches digital archive with Exact Editions - 18 Aug 2017

Chemistry World, published monthly by The Royal Society of Chemistry, has launched its complete archive with digital platform Exact Editions.

First published in 2004, Chemistry World brings the latest chemistry news and research to its readers. Every issue of the publication explores recent advances in chemistry, covering all aspects of the field, from discovery and new product applications, to international business news and government policy changes. It also publishes features and commentary from leading figures and thinkers in science, tackling controversies and emerging debates from across the global chemistry community. This comprehensive coverage of the world of chemistry is now accessible on the Exact Editions digital reader, with the additional functionality of the platform serving to enhance the magazine's value as a learning resource for schools and higher education institutions.

Exact Editions' digital platform ensures that every page of the complete archive is covered by the advanced search function. Users are able to search individual pages, issues, or the complete archive by keyword, which will be extremely useful for researchers hoping to quickly find information on a specific topic. Each issue appears in digital format exactly as it would have been printed originally, across web, iOS and Android platforms, which preserves important visual aids such as diagrams and graphs.

Subscriptions to Chemistry World are now available for universities, colleges, schools and businesses, this includes IP authenticated access to the complete archive. Access for users is unlimited so that they can read, download, and search the comprehensive collection of over 164 issues without restriction.

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UK Emerald signs up to Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines - 18 Aug 2017

Academic publisher Emerald Publishing has become a signatory to Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines, a framework supported by the Center for Open Science (COS) that increases the reproducibility of research through the adoption of transparent research practices.

All Emerald journals will encourage adoption of TOP transparency standards, in particular working with the COS to improve the openness of data and research methods and design. As a starting point, as part of their author guidelines, all Emerald journals now encourage authors to cite data as they would an article, which gives data creators more credit for sharing data in repositories.

Becoming a TOP signatory forms part of Emerald's engagement and support for an open research workflow, and position that 'Open' means more than just Open Access.

The Center for Open Science is also encouraging researchers to take on its $1 Million Pre-registration Challenge.

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Netherland LIBER announces Open Science Fair 2017 workshop - 18 Aug 2017

International conference, the Open Science Fair 2017, will take place in Athens, Greece, September 6 - 8, 2017. The event is organised as 'an emblematic initiative of four EU projects in the area of Open Science: OpenAIRE, OpenUP, FOSTER and OpenMinTeD'.

The purpose of the conference is to bring together different stakeholders (funders, policy makers, publishers, content providers, creators, Research Infrastructures/communities, researchers, institutions, libraries, innovators) in order to discuss the implementation of targeted aspects of Open Science and the elements required for this transition.

On September 7 (Parallel session 5, 16:00), the 1.5 hour workshop entitled 'Organising High Quality Research Data Management Services for Open Science' will take place, bringing together representatives of standard organisation (RDA), eInfrastructures (EUDAT) and Libraries (LIBER) that together can organise the high quality data management for research.

LIBER is highly involved in EUDAT on policy and planning for data access, contributes to the research on environments and requirements by libraries, as well as to the communications' activities, and closely collaborates with RDA Europe.

The full conference programme is available at http://www.opensciencefair.eu/programme.

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US Nicole Mitchell to lead AAUP as President - 18 Aug 2017

Nicole Mitchell, Director of the University of Washington Press, recently began her one-year term as President of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP). Mitchell assumed the role at AAUP 2017, the Association's annual meeting in Austin, Texas. She is preceded by Darrin Pratt, Director of the University Press of Colorado.

As President, Mitchell will work with the Executive Director and Board of Directors on a number of organisational goals. She will focus on three major areas during the coming year: establishing a Diversity Task Force; forming a working group of non-US members to better understand the needs of international members; and, working with the Research Task Force to strengthen the case for the unique value and impact of university presses.

Nicole Mitchell has served as Director of the University of Washington Press since 2012.

Over the past five years, among other milestones, she has restructured the press, raised the press's profile on the University of Washington campus and in the Seattle community, refreshed the press's editorial program, and secured new funding for East Asian studies and work by Pacific Northwest writers.

Mitchell has previously served the Association on the Professional Development Committee (including a term as chair in 2009-2010), the Task Force on University Relations, the Nominating Committee, and through a previous term of service on the Association’s Board of Directors.

In 2001, Mitchell was appointed Director of University of Georgia Press. During her ten years at Georgia, Mitchell led a staff of twenty-six, guiding the press's editorial program as Editor in Chief, increasing sales, and establishing the press's fundraising program by recruiting an influential Advisory Council. Mitchell also served on executive committee of the New Georgia Encyclopedia, a pioneering state-focused, online-only encyclopedia.

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US ProQuest appoints Michael Rai as General Manager, Corporate Markets - 18 Aug 2017

ProQuest has appointed Michael Rai as the new General Manager, Corporate Markets, overseeing the ProQuest Dialog and Pi2™ products as well as sales of ProQuest content and book solutions to the company's corporate customers.

ProQuest has been developing and investing in corporate solutions since it acquired Dialog in 2008 and continues to innovate on behalf of professional researchers, curating mission critical content, simplifying workflows and connecting information communities.

Michael has an extensive background in the information, software, and database markets and has served in leadership roles in product management, development, and sales. He joins ProQuest from RELX Group (formerly Reed Elsevier), where he held a variety of roles over the past 18 years, including serving as General Manager for the scientific literature management tool Quosa and, more recently, as business development director for the company's intellectual property group.

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US Wolters Kluwer announces IF gains across its Lippincott and Medknow journal portfolio - 18 Aug 2017

Wolters Kluwer, a global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, has announced Impact Factor gains across its Lippincott and Medknow journal portfolio. The latest Impact Factor (IF) scores and specialty rankings are based on the 2016 Journal Citation Report (Clarivate Analytics).

The Medknow open access journal portfolio had a stellar performance with 78 percent of the 32 titles listed in the JCR seeing an increase in their IF rating over the previous year. Six journals saw significant gains including the International Journal of Shoulder Surgery, Neural Regeneration Research, CytoJournal, National Medical Journal of India, Journal of Minimal Access Surgery, and Journal of Research in Medical Sciences.

For Lippincott's 201 titles listed in the JCR rankings 61 percent of the journals had gains over the previous year with 15 titles increasing 25 percent or more. Lippincott publishes the #1 ranked titles in the subject categories: Education, Scientific Disciplines, Hematology, Peripheral & Vascular Disease, Rehabilitation, and Surgery.

In the top 5 ranks, Lippincott holds 25 spots across 18 specialties; in the top 10 rankings Lippincott holds 51 spots across 33 specialties; and rounding out the top 20 rankings, Lippincott holds 91 spots across 44 specialties.

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US Gale offers free access to science resources to commemorate total solar eclipse - 17 Aug 2017

Gale, a Cengage company and provider of library resources, is offering free, open access to its Science In Context, Student Resources In Context, and Research In Context products through September 15, 2017 to support the thousands of libraries across the U.S. commemorating the total solar eclipse with programs and events.

The Gale In Context product suite will spotlight online content on eclipses, including articles, images, audio, videos on how to safely view a total solar eclipse, and links to NASA's eclipse live-stream. The featured eclipse content also includes interactive activities and experiments for librarians and the community. Gale is also providing suggested activities and lesson plans to help teachers more easily integrate the library content into the classroom.

Current and prospective subscribers to Gale's In Context product suite can access the featured 2017 Solar Eclipse content by visiting: http://www.gale.com/eclipse-in-context.

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US MAP Health Management selects Wolters Kluwer’s Health Language terminology management solutions to promote secure exchange of sensitive patient data - 17 Aug 2017

Wolters Kluwer Health has announced that MAP Health Management® has chosen Health Language® to improve interoperability and support more compliant data exchange within its behavioural health population management platform. By integrating the terminology and data management solution, MAP enhances analytics capabilities for its clients, specifically addressing the sharing of sensitive patient information.

Population health management remains a focal point of industry efforts to improve outcomes and lower costs, requiring accurate and complete health information exchange and analytics. Especially in the behavioural health sector, providers must adequately address the nuances of sharing and protecting sensitive patient information—a category defined by high disclosure risks and often associated with mental health, genetics, substance abuse, reproductive care, sexually-transmitted diseases and other sensitive conditions.

MAP is using Health Language interoperability and mapping solutions to establish a single source of truth, promote interoperability and optimise analytics for regulatory and value-based programs. Specifically, MAP will be leveraging Sensitivity Codes to identify and filter sensitive information to keep it from leaving a patient's trusted provider organisation. These include nearly 40,000 clinical and claims codes covering Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Family Planning groups. This approach will enable MAP to meet and exceed legal and regulatory standards and hospital policies, while also meeting clinical and financial outcomes.

MAP delivers technology-enabled solutions, including telehealth and other remote engagement devices and applications that improve clinical and financial outcomes for chronic behavioural health disorders such as Substance Use Disorder. Its robust ecosystem of solutions empowers treatment providers, health insurance companies, health systems and patients with the right data at the right time to improve clinical and financial outcomes.

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UK SPARC Europe and LIBER joint workshop deals with key challenge areas pertaining to policy implementation - 17 Aug 2017

In connection with the annual LIBER conference, SPARC Europe and LIBER recently joined forces to run a workshop titled Bridging the Gap between Policy and Practice: How do we make Open the Default? The event was held last month in Patras.

Four key challenge areas pertaining to policy implementation were the focus of the workshop. SPARC Europe managed the session on How institutions can engage more with researchers to enable more Open Access and Open Data sharing.

More than 20 participants from across Europe contributed to a lively discussion of ideas and experiences on the topic. Among the various approaches mentioned, the discussion included: involving researchers in publisher negotiations, better informing them of costs, creating competitions to acquire new use case ideas and to advocate for more open data, using researchers as ambassadors or champions, informing and engaging at various creative events and collaborating with them to simplify their work processes.

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US The World Aquaculture Society and John Wiley & Sons signs new publishing contract - 17 Aug 2017

The World Aquaculture Society (WAS) has signed a new publishing contract with Wiley Periodicals, Inc., a subsidiary of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. for the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society (JWAS).

The new publishing contract will continue the more than 10-year partnership between the World Aquaculture Society and John Wiley & Sons, Inc. JWAS has seen significant growth in institutional circulation and usage over time, and launched its re-invigoration of JWAS in January 2016.

A significant benefit of membership in the World Aquaculture Society is free access to all papers published in JWAS, including all back issues. Members can access JWAS by first logging in to the WAS web site and then selecting 'View Articles' under the 'Journal of WAS' heading on the Publications tab. The latest Editor's Choice papers for each issue and Special Virtual Issues, available as open access, are available at: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1749-7345.

JWAS news is also available on Facebook and twitter.

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US University of Montana celebrates first anniversary of campusM mobile solution implementation - 17 Aug 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Ex Libris campusM™ mobile solution and portal has powered the University of Montana's campus app for a full year, with resounding success.

The University of Montana (UM), an early North American adopter of the internationally popular campusM solution, launched the app in August 2016 and has received nearly 12,000 registrations in just one year. The solution's ease of use and robust administration interface led to a rapid implementation brought about by only a small core team of four people, a few student employees, and IT colleagues across campus to assist with some of the development.

According to analytics available through the campusM solution, the most popular services and functionality provided by the app include the LMS integration with Moodle, food menus through the Food Zoo option, and personalized class schedules and grades. Food Zoo, which was developed with the campusM App Extension Kit (AEK), displays cafeteria menus, nutritional information, and daily updates for students.

In a particularly successful campaign, the UM team used the campusM app, leveraging its push notifications mechanism, to host voting in the annual student government elections. This voting system, which resulted in an extremely positive turnout, replaced the Ellucian Banner® system used previously.

Upcoming developments for the UM campusM app include a tutoring service to help connect students with tutors on campus, an International Development Studies (IDS) service to connect students in the IDS program with scholarship, internship, and program information, and integration with the university's Cascade Content Management System so that content owners can more easily manage their service content.

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US ACS Publications announces free training resource for peer reviewers - 16 Aug 2017

The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced the debut of ACS Reviewer Lab, an online course created to help educate researchers on the fundamentals of scholarly peer review. A collaborative effort by ACS Editors, leading chemistry researchers and ACS Publications staff, the course offers scientists practical instruction and challenging exercises designed to hone their peer-reviewing skills.

Incisive and thorough peer review is critical to the advancement of science, which is why ACS Publications has embarked on an effort to provide educational tools for researchers eager to volunteer their reviewing skills, and to confidently and effectively serve as referees for scientific journals.

ACS Reviewer Lab features six interactive modules covering the basics of peer review and publishing ethics, as well as practical guidance on how to write an informative, high-calibre referee report. Comprehensive guides prepare users for a final assessment, for which they are rewarded with a certificate of completion upon achieving a passing score. Successful completion of the course indicates to ACS Editors that researchers have invested their time in this peer-review instruction and have acquired an understanding of the essential skills needed to be a thorough and well-informed volunteer peer reviewer.

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US American Academy of Pediatrics enhances journals platform with ReadCube and Altmetric functionality - 16 Aug 2017

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an independent society publisher of professional and clinical resources for pediatricians and child health professionals, has announced an agreement with technology company Digital Science to integrate Altmetric badges into their journal platform and have their collections indexed via the ReadCube Discover program.

Through ReadCube's Discover program, the AAP collection of journals, including the flagship journal, Pediatrics, will be deep-indexed to offer enhanced discoverability across ReadCube's suite of web, desktop and mobile reference management and discovery tools including search engines, related article feeds and personalised recommendations. AAP articles will be available in interactive PDFs when viewed in Readcube.

Visitors to the AAP journals will be able to explore all of the online attention relating to individual articles via the Altmetric badges, which provide an indicator of the volume and reach of online engagement. Clicking on the badges will open the related Altmetric details page, where users can view all of the original mentions of the article.

AAP staff will also benefit from access to the Altmetric Explorer, a cloud-based platform that enables users to search, filter and report on the altmetrics for over 12.5 million research outputs - including over 7 million published articles.

Both integrations are live now. Interested parties may visit the AAP journals site to find Altmetric data for individual articles, and search in ReadCube for AAP journal content.

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US American Psychological Association appoints David Nygren as senior director, marketing and branding - 16 Aug 2017

The American Psychological Association has appointed David Nygren as senior director, marketing and branding, a new position responsible for leading marketing, community engagement and business development for APA Publishing. In this post, Nygren will oversee marketing and branding initiatives for APA's premier publishing programs, including PsycINFO, APA Style CENTRAL and Magination Press.

Built on community, trust and excellence, APA Publishing's marketing and branding team helps to deliver products backed by psychological research that enhance APA's position and influence in the education, public and clinical domains. The senior director oversees a team of 19 and is charged with leading business development, social media and community engagement for the program.

Nygren spent the last 16 years with John Wiley & Sons Inc. During his tenure as vice president of Wiley's Research Insights, he was responsible for understanding customer needs and market conditions to identify growth opportunities and guide investment decisions. He also led research activities that drove decision-making for strategy, policies and acquisitions, and helped to transition the organisation to data-driven decision-making. Earlier in his career, Nygren served in New York-based positions for U.S. News & World Report and Thomas Financial Media.

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US Applications for 2017 EBSCO Charleston Scholarship now open - 16 Aug 2017

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 EBSCO Charleston Conference scholarship. Sponsored by EBSCO Information Services, the scholarship grants up to $1,000 for the winner to register for the Charleston Conference, as well as other expenses related to attending the conference.

The Charleston Conference is an informal annual gathering of librarians, publishers, electronic resource managers, consultants, and vendors of library materials in Charleston, South Carolina, from November 6-10. Since it began in 1980, the Charleston Conference has grown from 20 participants in 1980 to almost 2,000 in 2016.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada, and currently be employed as a librarian or para-professional. The application consists of providing one professional recommendation, a curriculum vitae and a short essay that describes the top three challenges that librarians need to address to position libraries to succeed and to expand their position within their institutions. Applications must be submitted electronically by September 8, 2017.

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US Ex Libris announces new release of the Summon® discovery service - 16 Aug 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced a new release of the Summon® discovery service. This release helps libraries further address researcher and student needs and improve their users' experience. Patrons will benefit from interface and system enhancements, increased opportunities for discovering content through subject-specific searches, and easy access to course reserves through search results.

A significant feature in the new release enables patrons to explore content through subject-term searches: subject-term links appear within Summon results and on catalogue detail pages to help users discover relevant content. The Summon release also enhances teaching and learning by enabling patrons to discover and access course reserves through search results, leveraging the integration between Summon and the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform.

Libraries can also immediately take advantage of many customer-requested interface and system-level enhancements, which include improved accessibility, more intuitive facet navigation, and options for customising icons and background colours. Additionally, the new release enhances relevancy of English search results through improved handling of punctuation and special characters, use of synonyms, and stemming. Lastly, the new release integrates with Open Athens and supports the most recent version of AngularJS.

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US Oxford University Press and the American Society for Nutrition announce publishing partnership - 16 Aug 2017

Academic publisher Oxford University Press and the American Society for Nutrition have announced a new partnership to publish the society's four prestigious research journals - the Journal of Nutrition, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Advances in Nutrition, and Current Developments in Nutrition, beginning in 2018.

The American Society for Nutrition's portfolio publishes timely and important findings in basic, clinical, and emerging nutrition science research, and features the premier journals in the field of nutrition. In addition to research reports, the portfolio provides commentaries and critical reviews written by leaders in the scientific community and special supplement issues on topics in nutrition.

The Journal of Nutrition, founded in 1928, was the first journal dedicated to publishing original, peer-reviewed research in all areas of nutrition, and provides the latest research on a broad spectrum of topics of vital interest to researchers, students, policymakers and all individuals with interests in nutrition.

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, with a 2016 Impact Factor of 6.925, is the highest ranked peer-reviewed primary research journal in nutrition and dietetics. In publication since 1952, it publishes the latest findings in basic and clinical studies relevant to human nutrition.

Advances in Nutrition, in publication since 2010, publishes review articles that highlight the significance of recent research in nutrition and illustrate the central role of nutrition in the promotion of health and prevention of disease.

Current Developments in Nutrition is a new open access, multidisciplinary nutrition science journal.

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US ChemRxiv™ Beta version now open for submissions - 15 Aug 2017

ChemRxiv, a new chemistry preprint server for the global chemistry community, is now available in a fully functioning Beta version for use and feedback by researchers. The Beta launch has been undertaken with initial strategic input from the American Chemical Society (ACS), Royal Society of Chemistry, German Chemical Society and other not-for profit organisations, as well as other scientific publishers and preprint services. The free-of-charge service, originally announced late last year, is managed on behalf of the chemical science community by ACS and is powered by Figshare, an online digital repository for academic research. Harnessing Figshare’s new preprint capabilities, ChemRxiv will facilitate the rapid and open dissemination of important scientific findings.

Following in the footsteps of arXiv and bioRxiv, preprint servers focused on physics and life sciences, respectively, ChemRxiv will enable researchers working across a broad range of chemistry fields to share early results with their colleagues ahead of formal peer review and publication.

The preprint server includes a one-page streamlined submission portal with drag-and-drop file functionality through which authors can quickly, easily and directly submit preprints in a wide variety of file formats. ChemRxiv does not have submission or access fees. All content is accessible to interested users and also for harvesting through an open API or via OAI-PMH. ChemRxiv is developing a triage process that includes plagiarism and other checks with the goal of posting preprints within one to two business days. To better enable rapid handling, the preprint server features a ‘next-generation curation module’ that allows multiple curators to work together on large volumes of submissions.

ChemRxiv will help to accurately attribute preprints through automatic assignments of digital object identifiers (DOI) and citation tracking, and will leverage CrossRef processes to establish links between the final published version of articles and preprints. Altmetric will track online mentions with each page displaying the associated Altmetric badge and attention score.

ChemRxiv will continue to release updates to functionality and features throughout 2017 and 2018.

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US Clarivate Analytics remains exclusive bibliometric data provider to ShanghaiRanking Consultancy's 2017 world university ranking - 15 Aug 2017

Clarivate Analytics, the global provider of trusted insights and analytics to enable the research ecosystem to accelerate discovery, delivers exclusive bibliometric data for the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy's 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), one of the longest established and most influential rankings.

Using data from the Clarivate Analytics Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) and the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) since 2003, ShanghaiRanking Consultancy draws on unbiased data to measure educational and research performance at each institution. Each year the ranking is applied to over 1,000 universities, but only a subset make the list. For the first time this year, the ranking lists 800 universities, up from 500 last year, giving visibility to 300 more institutions.

Rankings are an important indicator of the progress institutions are making to improve research performance, and they provide visibility to funders, policy-makers and governments supporting research quality and impact.

Considered one of the most balanced and influential rankings in the world due to its academic rigor, ShanghaiRanking Consultancy's (formerly Shanghai Jiao Tong University) annual ranking is based on six objective indicators, including articles indexed in SCIE and SSCI – a network of citations underpinning significant research, as well as Highly Cited Researchers data, representing some of the world's most influential minds as determined by a citation analysis of Web of Science data. These form key components of the ARWU methodology.

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Switzerland Frontiers in Neurology appoints Dr. Irene Litvan as new Field Chief Editor - 15 Aug 2017

Frontiers in Neurology has announced the appointment of Dr. Irene Litvan as the new Field Chief Editor. Dr. Litvan is the Director of the Parkinson & Other Movement Disorders Center at the University of California, San Diego, the Director of the National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence at the University of California, San Diego and the Tasch Endowed Professor in Parkinson Disease Research.

Dr. Litvan is an internationally recognized expert in movement disorders. During her career, Dr. Litvan has worked in diverse but related research areas, from neuropsychology to psychiatry, from neuroepidemiology to dementia and movement disorders and neuropathology. She has led several multicenter studies and task forces involving researchers from multiple universities across the United States and Europe.

In her new position as Editor in Chief of Frontiers of Neurology, Dr. Litvan hopes to have more opportunities to contribute to further advance science and increase the impact of research in neurology. She aims to increase the number of excellent research articles published in Frontiers in Neurology and to make the Journal a prime venue for scholarly reviews, and discussions of controversial neurological themes as well as novel multidisciplinary research.

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US HighWire Press unveils new journal publishing product, Origins - 15 Aug 2017

HighWire Press, Inc., the strategic partner and platform provider for world-leading scholarly publishers and societies, has announced the launch of Origins, a new journal publishing product.

Origins allows publishers to quickly and efficiently launch and maintain multiple journals, distinguishing each brand while offering an integrated design and tailored feature set. Built with HighWire’s JCore technology, publishers have direct control over content features and capabilities, with world-class reliability. Origins delivers end to end support of peer review publication, integrated with BenchPress or other manuscript management systems. Publishers can also readily integrate third-party tools such as Crossref, CrossMark, Altmetrics, and embedded video solutions. Single sign on support across publications and systems provides optimized user journeys.

HighWire will present the new Origins platform in a webinar on August 23.

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US Hindawi and Max Planck Digital Library sign framework agreement - 15 Aug 2017

Hindawi has announced the signing of a new framework agreement with the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL). Under the deal, all Hindawi Article Processing Charges for authors at Max Planck research institutes will be covered centrally by the MPDL, making the process of publishing in Hindawi’s fully Open Access journals even easier for Max Planck researchers.

This is an important agreement as it removes both an administrative and financial barrier for researchers, while allowing them to publish in fully Open Access journals.

This agreement also underlines the strong commitment of both organisations to the EU’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Max Planck has been a key player in the implementation of the framework, and Hindawi’s CEO Paul Peters is an expert advisor to the Open Science Policy Platform that advises on its strategic direction. Hindawi believes that agreements with progressive research organisations such as Max Planck – who are helping to lead the transition to Open Access – help to reduce the burden on researchers and their institutions and, importantly, let them get on with what really matters – their research.

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US ASTM International to be supporting partner for SPE Offshore Europe Conference and Exhibition 2017 - 14 Aug 2017

ASTM International has announced that it is a supporting partner of the SPE Offshore Europe Conference and Exhibition 2017, scheduled to be held from September 5-8, 2017, at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, in the UK.

SPE Offshore Europe is recognised by offshore exploration and production professionals as Europe's leading petroleum event. The conference will explore the most significant technologies, allow for direct engagement with technical experts from more than 1,000 exhibitors, and provide participants with technical insight and industry best practices.

The four-day conference and exhibition is expected to bring more than 50,000 global participants.

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Switzerland Frontiers in Physiology launches new section - Embryonic and Developmental Physiology - 14 Aug 2017

Frontiers in Physiology has announced the launch of a new section, Embryonic and Developmental Physiology. Associate Professor Tim Moss of Monash University, Australia and The Ritchie Centre at Hudson Institute of Medical Research is leading the section as Specialty Chief Editor.

Researchers from the field of embryonic and developmental physiology have been instrumental in showing how the environment before birth can have lasting effects on the body's structure and function. This has demonstrated the clear relevance of the field to improving life-long health and well-being. A/Prof Moss says the pursuit of fundamental knowledge is often overlooked but it has been critically important to major achievements by researchers in the discipline. He urges the community to maintain their efforts to increase knowledge and resist the distraction of the 'next big thing'.

The new section will provide a focused platform committed to embryologists and developmental physiologists, allowing for easy and free access to research.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 14 Aug 2017

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Karin Wulf (Pace Intellectual: Could Publishing Embrace Slow?); Andrew Preston (The Future of Peer Review); Francis Dodds (Increasingly collaborative researcher behaviour is the real threat to the resilient academic publishing sector); Colin Elman and Diana Kapiszewski (Benefits and Challenges of Making Qualitative Research More Transparent); and Mike Iarrobino (Why Text Mining for Pharmacovigilance?). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.

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US Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. appoints Dr. Sergi Ferré as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Caffeine Research - 14 Aug 2017

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers has announced the appointment of Dr. Sergi Ferré as Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Caffeine Research which will be retitled to Journal of Caffeine and Adenosine Research starting January 1, 2018. Dr. Sergi Ferré serves as a senior investigator and chief of the Integrative Neurobiology Section at the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Early in his career, Dr. Ferré reported the existence of specific interactions between adenosine A2A and dopamine D2 receptors which may provide a new therapeutic approach for the treatment of Parkinson's disease and other neuropsychiatric disorders. Dr. Ferré's subsequent experimental work at the National Institute on Drug Abuse has led to important conceptual advances in the field of G protein-coupled receptor pharmacology. Adenosine continues to be a focus of Dr. Ferré's research which includes the numerous social and clinical implications of the widespread caffeine use.

Journal of Caffeine Research is an international multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal. It addresses the need for an authoritative source on caffeine science and its effects on human health. Starting in January 2018, under its new title as Journal of Caffeine and Adenosine Research, the Journal will expand its scope to cover innovative pharmacological advances in adenosine research. The Journal will be the only peer-reviewed publication to publish a broad range of human and animal studies including basic and translational research on adenosine; and clinical, behavioral, pharmacological research on caffeine.

Dr. Ferré will be supported by an outstanding team of Associate Editors including Yijuang Chern, PhD, Academia Sinica; Francisco Ciruela, PhD, Universitat de Barcelona; Ana Maria Sebastião, PhD, Universidade de Lisboa; Popoli Patrizia, PhD, Istituto Superiore di Sanità; David Blum, PhD, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale; George Hasko, PhD, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School; and Laura Juliano, PhD, American University.

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German Springer Nature hosts first SciGraph Hack Day ‘Linked Open Data in Action’ - 14 Aug 2017

Digital Science recently supported Springer Nature's first ever SciGraph Hack Day 'Linked Open Data in Action'. Researchers, developers and Springer Nature staff came together to meet, collaborate and build tools using Springer Nature SciGraph Linked Open Data.

About 30 internal and external participants joined forces from different parts of Europe including the UK, Germany, Denmark and Romania. By drawing on a set of suggestions created in preparation for the Hack Day, participants brainstormed ideas and looked to create new tools to solve challenges.

At the end of the day, a series of presentations and demos summarising the achievements of those involved in the SciGraph Hack Day were given before continuing conversations at a nearby pub.

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Netherland ACCUCOMS to represent The Alliance of Crop, Soil & Environmental Science Societies in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka - 11 Aug 2017

The Alliance of Crop, Soil & Environmental Science Societies (ACSESS) will start working with ACCUCOMS to bring their content to the growing academic market in the Indian sub-continent.

ACSESS is the umbrella organisation for three non-profit societies: American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. These societies comprise over 13,000 members worldwide. ACSESS publishes the Societies' books and journals; sponsors the Societies' Annual Meeting; and administers the Membership, Education, and Professional Activities of the Societies.

ACSESS Digital Library contains all the journals published by the three societies that make up ACSESS as well as content from cooperating scientific societies who also value the highest standards of scientific investigation and professional comportment, and an uncompromising commitment to the advancement of knowledge.

ACCUCOMS is a global sales and marketing company for academic publishers. With people on the ground and 5 years of direct sales experience in the Indian sub-continent, ACCUCOMS is well equipped to bring ACSESS DL to the market in the region.

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US Cenveo Publisher Services announces Author Services 2.0 - 11 Aug 2017

Cenveo Publisher Services, a division of Cenveo, Inc., has announced a major update to Author Services, a publisher-branded e-commerce tool. Author Services enables the collection of fees integrated directly into a publisher's composition workflow.

Cenveo's Author Services solution has been key to helping publishers improve the collection of fees for publication charges, Open Access, reprints/eprints, and membership dues. Publishers who use Author Services report a 90% improved cash flow by eliminating common delays with fee collections. Author Services 2.0 now accommodates advanced payment processing, including discounts, coupon codes and expanded payment terms.

The latest iteration of this tool vastly improves transactions and accommodates grant IDs, funding sources, ORCID IDs, and more directly in the XML. Security enhancements provide new levels of protection and reliability around transaction workflows.

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US Copyright Clearance Center announces enhancements to RightFind - 11 Aug 2017

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a global provider of content management, licensing, discovery and delivery solutions, has announced enhancements to RightFind, a content workflow solution that provides secure, cloud-based access to scientific, technical and medical (STM) information and other categories of high-value content.

With the new release, CCC focused on target areas of RightFind to better serve customers' interests, including instant document delivery for non-subscribed content, which enables users to view a document within seconds of placing an order—regardless of how many articles are being ordered or how the content is being made available—accelerating content workflow and collaboration; improved content in context, including the expansion of Altmetric data, giving users the ability to quickly identify the online attention—for example from social media—surrounding articles from their search results; a refreshed interface that displays re-use rights information in a variety of workflows; and a new Open Access icon that allows users to quickly identify Open Access content, including the growing base of articles available through CCC.

CCC's RightFind includes Open Access content from PubMed, DOAJ, BioMed Central, American Society for Microbiology and SpringerNature. With this update, granular Open Access coverage soon will expand to content from Taylor and Francis, Karger, American Society for Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics and other publishers.

RightFind maximises access to STM research databases, literature, corporate repositories and personal files, while at the same time reducing the cost of managing and hosting these information resources. The solution integrates seamlessly with CCC's Annual Copyright License to make copyright-compliant collaboration easier for users.

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US Elsevier announces publication of nine new pharmaceutical science books - 11 Aug 2017

Elsevier, the information analytics business specialising in science and health, has announced the publication of From Artemisia annua L. to Artemisinins: The Discovery and Development of Artemisinins and Antimalarial Agents by Chinese Nobel laureate Youyou Tu. It is the first book that systematically introduces the origin and development of artemisinine and artemisinine-based drugs. One of the nine new pharmaceutical science books, From Artemisia annua L. to Artemisinins will be a valuable reference work for both researchers involved in the medical industry and scholars who are interested in undertaking innovative research.

From Artemisia annua L. to Artemisinins presents a full view of artemisinin including chemical structure, chemical properties, extracting mode, derivatives, chromogenic reaction, general pharmacological, and toxicology. It features a large amount of experimental data, such as the X-ray crystallography result—the first application reported in China in determining the absolute molecular configuration utilizing the scattering effects of oxygen atoms by X-ray diffraction technique.

Youyou Tu is a Chinese pharmaceutical chemist and educator. She is best known for discovering artemisinin (also known as Qinghaosu) and dihydroartemisinin, which saved millions of lives in the treatment of malaria. Her discovery of artemisinin is regarded as a significant breakthrough of tropical medicine in the 20th century and health improvement for people of tropical developing countries in South Asia, Africa, and South America.

The nine new pharmaceutical sciences titles are: From Artemisia annua L. to Artemisinins: The Discovery and Development of Artemisinins and Antimalarial Agents by Youyou Tu; Profiles of Drug Substances, Excipients, and Related Methodology, Volume 42, edited by Harry Brittain; Essentials of Chinese Materia Medica and Medical Formulas: New Century Traditional Chinese Medicine by Shengyan Xi and Yuewen Gong; Adverse Events and Oncotargeted Kinase Inhibitors by Giuseppe Tridente; Ion Channels Down Under, edited by Dominic Geraghty and Lachlan Rash; Nanotechnology-Based Approaches for Targeting and Delivery of Drugs and Genes, edited by Vijay Mishra, Prashant Kesharwani, Mohd Cairul Mohd Amin and Arun Iyer; A Comprehensive and Practical Guide to Clinical Trials, edited by Delva Shamley and Brenda Wright; An Introduction to Ethical, Safety and Intellectual Property Rights Issues in Biotechnology by Padma Nambisan; and A Paradigm Shift to Prevent and Treat Alzheimer's Disease: From Monotargeting Pharmaceuticals to Pleiotropic Plant Polyphenols by Howard Friel and Sally Frautschy.

In order to meet content needs in pharmaceutical sciences, Elsevier uses proprietary tools to identify the gaps in coverage of the topics. Editorial teams strategically fill those gaps with content written by key influencers in the field, giving students, faculty and researchers the content they need to answer challenging questions and improve outcomes. These new books will educate the next generation of pharmaceutical scientists, and provide critical foundational content for information professionals.

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UK Emerald among first to join NISO Open Discovery Initiative - 11 Aug 2017

Academic publisher Emerald Publishing has become one of the first academic publishers to release a set of checklists detailing what it is doing to make the content it publishes easier to find.

The NISO Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) checklist helps publishers convey, in a standard format, exactly what they are doing to increase the discoverability of their content.

Emerald recently published checklists detailing what it does for each of its three main products: Books, Journals and Case Studies. These checklists include information about Abstracting and indexing (A&I), social media and metadata. Emerald is also working on a fourth checklist, covering its discovery-related activities for Open Access (OA) content, which it plans to release shortly.

The checklists are available online at http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/support/discovery_resources.htm.

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US Northern Alberta Institute of Technology opts for Ex Libris Alma® library services platform - 11 Aug 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform to replace the institute's Voyager® integrated library system. NAIT is already using the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, which will be tightly integrated with Alma to optimise the student and staff experience.

Among the functionality requirements that NAIT defined for its new library system was digital asset management that is part of the library services platform rather than a separate product. The Alma-Primo combination not only meets this requirement but also helps break down silos by enabling libraries to manage electronic, digital, and print assets within a single system and to provide access to all resources within a single interface.

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a polytechnic and applied sciences institute providing career programs in applied research, technical training, applied education, and learning designed to meet the demands of Alberta's technical and knowledge-based industries. NAIT offers approximately 140 credit programs leading to applied degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

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US Elsevier announces exclusive agreement with the Visiting Nurse Associations of America for online clinical skills for home healthcare clinicians - 10 Aug 2017

Elsevier, an information and analytics business, has entered an exclusive agreement with the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) to develop Hospice Skills and more than 400 home healthcare skills from the VNAA's award-winning Clinical Procedures Manual.

The partnership will deliver VNAA content to the competency management platforms of Elsevier Home Health Care and Elsevier Clinical Skills, helping home healthcare organisations increase safety of care, standardise practice, and ensure competency.

VNAA is a leading authority in home health, hospice, and palliative care and the Clinical Procedure Manual, now in its 20th edition, is a staple of home-based care agencies committed to ensuring high-quality care. The first resource to be produced under the agreement will be the Hospice Skills Collection and it will be available in Q3 2018.

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US Healio.com announces new release of ITJplus, provides physicians the cure for hours of reading - 10 Aug 2017

Medical website Healio.com has announced the new release of ITJplus, a time-saving, free resource that provides busy physicians with summaries of the top journal articles in medicine.

ITJplus helps physicians keep up with all their medical journals, without the hours of reading. ITJplus reviews the literature and selects the most important articles from relevant scientific journals. Articles are expertly summarised with physician perspectives to bring practical insight to emerging topics.

New features include streamlined format providing physicians an enhanced user experience; and three prompts (Most Popular, Related Articles and From this Journal) to surface relevant content.

Current specialties in the new release include: Hematology and Oncology at itjplus.com/hemonc, Endocrinology at itjplus.com/endo and Infectious Disease at itjplus.com/id.

ITJplus summarises the most important articles from leading journals. These include NEJM, JAMA, The Lancet, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Clinical Infectious Diseases, The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, and 117 more.

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US Kinokuniya Company named exclusive sales representative for SPIE Journals in Japan - 10 Aug 2017

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has announced an agreement establishing Kinokuniya Company Ltd. as its exclusive sales representative for SPIE Journals in Japan. Kinokuniya has a longstanding relationship with SPIE as the exclusive sales representative for the SPIE Digital Library in Japan.

SPIE publishes 10 peer-reviewed scholarly journals in the fields of optics and photonics. These include Optical Engineering; Journal of Electronic Imaging (with IS&T); Journal of Biomedical Optics; Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS; Journal of Applied Remote Sensing; Journal of Nanophotonics; Journal of Photonics for Energy; Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems; Journal of Medical Imaging; and Neurophotonics.

SPIE Journals are housed in the SPIE Digital Library, which includes more than 465,000 research papers and 310 eBooks, making it the world's largest collection of optics and photonics research. Approximately 18,000 new articles and 25 eBooks are added each year.

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UK Nature Index points industry to institutions providing ideas behind inventions - 10 Aug 2017

The Nature Index 2017 Innovation supplement sheds new light on the impact academic research is having on innovation by examining how research articles are cited in third party patents.

By looking at patents owned by third parties – informed by and citing academic work – rather than those held by institutions themselves, the influence of research on the development of products and services is exposed.

The supplement's tables contain some of the key academic players whose ideas may shape tomorrow's inventions. The top of these tables are occupied by both institutions with global reputations for high-quality research and others whose published work is having a disproportionately high impact relative to their size.

Ranked by a metric developed by The Lens, The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego (1) and Rockefeller University in New York (2) lead the way. Next are the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (3), University of Massachusetts Medical School (4) and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (5). Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel (6) is the only non-US institution in the top ten, followed by three US research heavyweights: National Institutes of Health (7), University of California San Francisco (8) and Stanford University (9). Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is notably placed tenth.

38 of the top 50 institutions by The Lens metric are from the United States. From the rest of the world, institutions placed first in their countries include University of Strasbourg (16, France), University of Geneva (21, Switzerland), Hangyang University (23, South Korea), University of Dundee (26, United Kingdom) and Karolinska Institute (38, Sweden). From Japan, both Osaka University (31) and RIKEN (39) make the top 50.

The Normalized Lens Influence Metric provides a measure of the influence an institution's research has had on innovation by calculating the citations of research articles in patents owned by third parties, rather than those owned by institutions themselves. The metric has been derived for 200 high performing institutions that appear in the top 100 of at least one of a number of institutional rankings (Nature Index, Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Thomson Innovation or the Leiden Ranking).

Nature Index data is also presented for the 200 institutions ranked by The Lens. For the first time, Nature Index data has been normalised against the total research output of an institution in the natural sciences, as indicated by the number of research articles an institution has published in the Web of Science from Clarivate Analytics. This provides a measure for comparing institutions' output in the Index relative to their research capacity, which can then be compared to the normalized Lens Metric that similarly takes into account the scale of the institution's research.

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UK Oxford University Press appoints David Clark as new Managing Director for its Academic Division - 10 Aug 2017

Academic publisher Oxford University Press (OUP) has appointed David Clark, Senior Vice President for Health and Medical Sciences at Elsevier, as the new Managing Director of its Academic Division. David will succeed the outgoing Managing Director, Tim Barton, who leaves OUP in September after 25 years.

David joined Elsevier in 1996 as a Social and Behavioural Sciences publisher. He subsequently led three of its divisions as a Senior Vice President―Physical Sciences, Life Science and Social Science, and Health and Medical Sciences. Prior to his time at Elsevier, he worked at HM Treasury and Edward Elgar Publishing.

David will start his new role in January 2018.

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US Portico’s director of publisher relations, Stephanie Orphan, elected to OASPA board - 10 Aug 2017

Digital preservation service Portico has announced that its director of publisher relations, Stephanie Orphan, has been elected by the members of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) to serve on the board of directors for a term of three years.

OASPA's aims to support and represent the interests of Open Access journal and book publishers globally in scientific, technical, and scholarly disciplines by setting standards, supporting the development of business and publishing models, educating the research community and the public on the benefits of OA journals, and other initiatives.

Joining the 10-member board this year are also Eelco Ferwerda (OAPEN), Paul Peters (Hindawi), and Franck Vazquez (MDPI).

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US Wolters Kluwer announces availability of ProVation Order Sets integration with Epic - 10 Aug 2017

Wolters Kluwer Heath has announced ProVation® Order Sets integration with Epic software to support the importing and exporting of information. This integration enables healthcare providers to streamline labor-intensive governance processes, optimise order set management and support existing order sets with evidence-based clinical content.

ProVation Order Sets integration leverages new order set import functionality to quickly and easily transfer Panels, Smart Groups and SmartSets between systems. The integration, currently available, enables users to import order sets from Epic into ProVation Order Sets, and export order sets directly to Epic. Hospitals can now leverage the full functionality of ProVation Order Sets for clinical content management and order set governance. This preserves the details of orders from the EHR and supports consistent terminology and structure across the care setting. This bidirectional sharing of information also helps hospitals adopt or extend evidence-based practices to drive increased quality-based reimbursement, and enables ProVation Order Sets to serve as a reliable CPOE downtime solution for access to approved order sets.

A vital component of a healthcare organisation's quality improvement strategy, the ProVation Order Sets solution combines powerful clinical content management tools and the trusted content of UpToDate® decision support.

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US Clarivate Analytics board member Annette Thomas to lead Scientific and Academic Research business - 09 Aug 2017

Clarivate Analytics, the global provider of trusted insights and analytics to enable the research ecosystem to accelerate discovery, has announced that Annette Thomas, previously appointed to the Clarivate board, will join the company in September as Chief Executive Officer of its Scientific and Academic Research division, well-known for its industry-leading Web of Science platform. Thomas will lead the global team from its London office.

Thomas brings nearly 25 years of experience to this role including Managing Director of Nature Publishing Group, Chief Executive Officer of Macmillan Science and Education and most recently Chief Scientific Officer and global head of Springer Nature's research business. She also serves as a Trustee and board member of The Yale Corporation, the governing board and policy-making body for Yale University.

Thomas will focus on expanding the company's leadership position in the scientific and academic research market. No stranger to this task, she has spent her career building businesses in scientific and educational publishing, technology and analytics, beginning as a cell biology editor for Nature.

For more than 15 years, she was at the helm of Nature, transforming it from a handful of print-based scientific magazines into one of the most highly regarded, digitally-focused research information groups in the world. While at Nature and Macmillan, Thomas expanded the group globally and diversified the business, including the launch of Digital Science, a technology and analytics company. She was also an early advocate of open access, driving Nature's developments in this area.

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US Elsevier and AMA collaborate on outpatient coding eLearning courses - 09 Aug 2017

Elsevier, the global information analytics business specialising in science and health, and the American Medical Association (AMA) have announced that they will co-develop eLearning course content for Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®), the most widely accepted nomenclature in the U.S. to report outpatient and office medical procedures and services.

CPT meets the data demands of the modern health care system by accurately describing complicated medical services with a simple five-digit numeric code and a clinical description of the service. Understanding proper CPT coding can help physicians and provider organisations reduce risk, obtain appropriate payment, and successfully appeal insurance denials.

The AMA created the CPT code set more than 50 years ago to provide the health care system with a uniform language to concisely transfer vital medical information between health care professionals. Through an extensive editorial process involving the clinical expertise of the health care community, the CPT code set is continually reviewed, revised and updated to accurately reflect the medical services provided to patients.

This new collaboration adds to Elsevier's library of exclusive, co-developed products with key healthcare associations, including the Emergency Nurses Association, the Association for Nursing Professional Development and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

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US John Greivenkamp of Arizona University elected to SPIE presidential chain - 09 Aug 2017

SPIE Fellow John Greivenkamp, professor of optical science and ophthalmology at the College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, has been elected to serve as the 2018 Vice President of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. With his election, Greivenkamp joins the SPIE presidential chain and will serve as President-Elect in 2019 and as the society's President in 2020.

SPIE 2017 President Glenn Boreman, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, made the announcement along with other SPIE election results at the Annual General Meeting of the Society on August 8 during SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego. Terms begin January 1, 2018.

Greivenkamp is the series editor of the popular SPIE Field Guides and has taught the Optical Systems Design course since 2005. He has served on numerous SPIE committees including Strategic Planning and Symposia Committees, and as chair of the Publications Committee from 2011 through 2014. He was an elected member of the SPIE Board of Directors from 1997 through 2000, and again in 2012 through 2014.

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US Neuroscience Bulletin commits to requiring ORCID iDs from authors - 09 Aug 2017

The Neuroscience Bulletin recently signed the ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) Open Letter committing to requiring ORCID iDs from authors. The international scholarly identifiers will be collected during submission using ScholarOne Manuscripts, enhancing the authors' publishing experience. It is the first China-based journal to sign on to the commitment.

ORCID is a non-profit international organisation that provides digital identifiers (iDs) that uniquely and persistently identify researchers and contributors. ORCID helps enable recognition and reduce reporting burdens for researchers by connecting their iDs to research activities and affiliations across multiple research information platforms. It also augments the discovery process and lays the foundation for trust in a digital research environment.

Neuroscience Bulletin authors will benefit from the interoperability between ORCID and other systems such as Crossref. In addition to displaying ORCID iDs in journal articles, Neuroscience Bulletin will include the ORCID iDs in data submitted to Crossref. Crossref will notify the authors that their article is published, and request permission to automatically add the article to their ORCID record.

In committing to collecting verified ORCID iDs, Neuroscience Bulletin joins an international community of publishers and funders to implement best practices in its publishing workflows. More than 3,000 journals worldwide collect ORCID iDs from authors, adding these iDs into published articles' metadata, and auto-updating articles into authors' ORCID records. Many leading funders including NIH, NASA, Welcome Trust, and RCUK also require applicants' ORCID iDs as part of their grant evaluation process.

Neuroscience Bulletin, the official journal of the Chinese Neuroscience Society, is published bimonthly by Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences (SIBS), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Springer. It aims to publish research advances in the field of neuroscience and promote exchange of scientific ideas within the community.

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UK SLA Europe to be London Info International 2017 Association partner - 09 Aug 2017

London Info International has announced SLA Europe as an Association partner. SLA Europe will have a stand in the exhibition and all current members will be entitled to special discounts to attend the two-day conference.

SLA Europe is a thriving network of information professionals who come together from across Europe to benefit from each others' knowledge and experience. SLA Europe offers a year round programme of events, educational and networking opportunities for its members including its popular Early Career Conference Award. In addition it maintains a presence at industry events and conferences to better connect with its potential membership.

SLA Europe joins London Info International's growing list of partners, including Outsell (Research Partner), STM Publishing News, Research Information, Scope e-Knowledge Center's Knowledgespeak and Wired.gov (Media Partners).

More than just another conference, London Info International 2017 is an independent platform that enables discussions, engages communities, shares knowledge and drives change with influencers, users and providers of information across all disciplines. LII 2017 is independent and inclusive. It exists to bring together a community of engaged information professionals to improve outcomes in research, education and business.

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US Crystal Stone joins SSP as General Manager - 08 Aug 2017

The Society for Scholarly Publishing has announced Crystal Stone as the new General Manager. Crystal is an accomplished association management professional with more than 12 years of expertise in helping organisations and volunteers reach new levels of success.

The position of General Manager focuses on the day-to-day operations aspect of the SSP and manages the multiple projects and staff that drive the organisations goals forward. Crystal's skill in improving efficiency and staff development are an excellent fit for the needs of the society. Prior to joining Kellen in 2015, Crystal worked in a variety of non-profit settings including foundation management, religious organizations, and stand-alone professional membership associations.

Crystal is a certified Project Manager, attaining her PMP certification from the Project Management Institute in 2010.

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UK eLife joins Substance Consortium; supports development of open-source online content-editing tools - 08 Aug 2017

eLife recently joined a consortium of organisations committed to supporting Substance, a JavaScript library of tools for web-based content editing.

As an open-source project first started in 2010, Substance provides the building blocks for realising custom text editors and web-based publishing systems that are critical in establishing an open-source ecosystem for knowledge creation and dissemination. The developers behind Substance – Michael Aufreiter and Oliver Buchtala - were key to the 2013 release of the eLife Lens Reader. They have also helped to introduce Texture, a toolset for the production of scientific content, Stencila, an open office suite for reproducible research and Archivist, a platform for publishing interactive historical documents. In 2016, the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (CoKo), SciELO and Érudit formed a consortium committed to the integration and sustainability of the Substance tools.

The Substance Consortium invites other organisations to join. More information is available at: http://substance.io/consortium.

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Switzerland Frontiers in Physiology launches new specialty section – Avian Physiology - 08 Aug 2017

Frontiers in Physiology has announced a new specialty section on Avian Physiology. Professor Colin G. Scanes of the University of Arkansas is leading the new section as Specialty Chief Editor.

According to Prof. Scanes, Avian Physiology will provide an innovative platform specifically dedicated to the physiology of wild birds and, at the same time, to the physiology of poultry. This will promote the interaction between the two important and potentially interconnected research communities. 'Research on poultry is relevant research on wild birds and vice versa. Indeed, this is the raison d'etre for this new section'.

The section comes at the timely moment as the field still hinders many challenges that researchers ought to address. The most relevant being: reproduction in hens; the avian immunology; the metabolic demands of flight; and the hormonal control of growth. This new section explores how birds have been invaluable models in disparate arenas, reinventing the academic landscape, allowing researchers to contribute to the development of the field, from advances in communication between researchers to the public engagement of the academic community.

Frontiers in Physiology, as an open-access journal, is seen to be an ideal platform to share the latest advancements in the field, being fully committed to the open science initiative. This attempt towards the democratization of scientific literature, providing free access and reuse for potentially everyone in the world, will give researchers the opportunity to communicate with a broader audience. Moreover, the liberty of re-utilization drastically supports the spreading of scientific knowledge and its validation, making open-access an efficient system for promoting scientific research.

Prof. Scanes's goal is to empower scientists and give them the possibility to interact both among different fields of the avian community and with laymen. It is likely, due to economical and societal impacts of such topics, a broad portion of the non-academic public will be interested in learning more about their poultry.

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US SSRN launches ChemRN - a new network dedicated to chemistry - 08 Aug 2017

Elsevier, the information analytics business specialising in science and health, has announced that SSRN, its working paper repository and preprint server, has launched the Chemistry Research Network - ChemRN.

The launch of ChemRN follows hot on the heels of the BioRN launch in June 2017, SSRN's new network dedicated to biology and its first outside the social sciences. BioRN already has nearly 5,000 papers live from approximately 6,500 authors.

Chemistry researchers can share ideas and other early stage research, including posting preprints and working papers on ChemRN. Users can quickly upload and read papers for free, across all of Chemistry, including the fields of Energy, Environmental and Materials Sciences.

Chemistry researchers can post preprints and working papers on ChemRN, share ideas and other early stage research, and collaborate. It allows users to quickly upload and read abstracts and full text papers, free of charge.

A preprint is the author's own write-up of research results and analysis that has not been peer-reviewed, nor had any value added to it by a publisher (such as formatting, copy-editing, technical enhancements). A preprint server, or working paper repository as they are also known, allows users to share these documents.

SSRN has been serving the research community since 1994 and was acquired by Elsevier in May 2016. Since joining Elsevier, SSRN has completely redesigned its website making it cleaner and easier to use. It has also launched full-text search. SSRN is now working towards deeper integration with Elsevier's other research products, particularly Mendeley's reference management software and Pure's research management system.

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US Zynx Health introduces FHIR-standard API to deliver evidence-based content for enhanced care - 08 Aug 2017

Evidence- and experience-based clinical improvement solutions provider Zynx HealthTM has announced the availability of the Zynx Health API, which provides access to Zynx content in the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard format. Third-party solution developers and providers can leverage Zynx Health's API-based content to help healthcare organisations enhance their delivery of patient care while expanding their own footprint within the growing healthcare sector.

As healthcare moves to risk-based alternative payment models that emphasise outcomes, clinicians in all care settings require ready access to evidence-based content to ensure the delivery of consistent and standardized care throughout the patient journey. The Zynx Health API extends the availability of Zynx Health's award-winning evidence-based content throughout the healthcare ecosphere, from ambulatory care settings, to post-acute care, homecare, and more. At its core, the API enables multiple platforms to access the most clinically accurate and relevant care guidance including analytics applications, financial applications, clinical quality improvement, and workflow applications. Additionally, the API will ensure the right clinical guidance across all tools to enable interoperability of applications and care settings.

By integrating the Zynx FHIR API, third-party solution developers can facilitate the connection of a wide variety of clinical platforms and pave the way for innovative applications of Zynx Health's evidence-based content. The API also allows multiple platforms to access the most clinically accurate and relevant care guidelines to enhance user workflows, drive clinical quality improvements, and expand analytics and financial capabilities. Thus, patients will receive the right care regardless of the platform, setting, or user. For example, physician orders, post-acute care plans, and health system analytics will all have access to the same clinical pathways, ensuring consistency between care, coordination, and reporting.

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UK First International Digital Preservation Day to be held on November 30, 2017 - 07 Aug 2017

The first International Digital Preservation Day will be held on November 30, 2017 and will draw together individuals and institutions from across the world to celebrate the collections preserved, the access maintained and the understanding fostered by preserving digital materials.

Organised by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and supported by the Open Preservation Foundation, the ICPSR and other digital preservation networks, International Digital Preservation Day is open to participation across all sectors, from anyone interested in securing digital legacy.

International Digital Preservation Day aims to provide a window into the daily activities of those involved with or contemplating digital preservation. Data creators, curators and consumers from around the world will be invited to showcase their own 'Digital Preservation Day' through blog posts on the DPC website, tweets and instagrams using the hashtag #IDPD17. The DPC's own contribution will be in the publication of new resources aimed to support public and institutional advocacy for digital preservation activities.

This activity is just one of the ways the Coalition raises awareness of the strategic, cultural and technological issues which make up the digital preservation challenge. The DPC also supports members through other advocacy activities, workforce development, capacity-building and partnership; helping members to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services, and derive enduring value from their digital collections.

A detailed programme and more information about International Digital Preservation Day will be issued over the coming months.

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Netherland German universities reject latest Elsevier offer for a new country-wide licensing agreement for its research portfolio - 07 Aug 2017

A consortium of German universities, research institutes and public libraries has reportedly rejected the latest offer from Dutch publishing giant Elsevier for a new country-wide licensing agreement for its research portfolio. Germany's chief negotiator says the offer does not meet the requirements of German researchers.

According to report in Chemistry World, the rejection in early July comes after nearly a year of negotiations during which time rock-hard positions on both sides have scarcely budged, leaving a huge gap yet to be bridged. The German side, represented by a consortium founded in 2014 called Project DEAL, includes the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Fraunhofer–Gesellschaft, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Helmholtz and the Leibniz associations, and the Max Planck Society. Backed by these research giants plus dozens of universities, Project DEAL is demanding a nationwide contract from Elsevier that includes fair pricing, open access in Germany to all papers authored by researchers at German institutions, and permanent full-text access to all electronic journals published by Elsevier.

Project DEAL will also lead negotiations for nationwide licensing agreements with Springer Nature and Wiley.

The negotiations between Germany and Elsevier have now entered the second year. Late last year, more than 70 universities, institutes and public libraries cancelled contracts with Elsevier to 'improve their negotiating power'. Earlier this year, the institutions went several weeks without access to Elsevier's portfolio before the publisher restored access in February 'while good-faith discussions about a nationwide contract carry on'.

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Netherland HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht selects OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system - 07 Aug 2017

HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, one of the largest universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands, is now using OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system.

WorldShare Management Services (WMS) is the cloud-based library services platform that provides all of the applications needed to manage a library, including acquisitions, circulation, metadata, resource sharing, license management, and a discovery service for users. It also includes a range of reports that helps libraries better understand their activities and track key metrics over time.

HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht provides education and carries out applied research, working with organisations and institutions to find solutions to a wide variety of complex issues. The university's research generates knowledge and new insights both for the relevant professional field and for teaching activities.

As part of the OCLC library cooperative, WMS libraries work together through the WorldShare environment. Librarians are also able to connect with one another, exchange best practices, contribute ideas and stay informed about new WMS enhancements in the web-based OCLC Community Center, which is available 24/7.

Libraries worldwide are using WMS to share bibliographic records, publisher and knowledge base data, vendor records, serials patterns and more. With WorldCat at its foundation, WMS enables libraries to draw on the collaborative data and work of libraries worldwide for more efficient workflows. WMS also provides libraries with the unique opportunity to share innovation, applications, infrastructure, vision and success in serving their users.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 07 Aug 2017

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Katya Pechenkina (BioMed Central Blog); Björn Brembs (Seven functionalities the scholarly literature should have); Suzanne Kavanagh (Seven Steps to Help Your Authors Through the APC Maze); Jo Johnson (Jisc Futures: research in the age of open science); Phil Davis (The One-Percent Club For Top-Cited Papers); and Mike Shatzkin (Strategies to cut overheads in a shrinking book business make a lot of sense). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.

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US Zynx Health announces strategic partnership with Hexaware to provide evidence-based clinical content - 07 Aug 2017

Zynx HealthTM, a market leader in providing evidence- and experience-based clinical improvement solutions, has announced a strategic partnership with Hexaware, the fastest growing automation-led, next-generation provider of IT, BPO, and consulting services. Under the terms of the agreement, Zynx will deliver evidence-based content through an API that conforms to the HL7 FHIR standard, while Hexaware will integrate the content into its CarrotCube population health management platform.

The announcement highlights the continued expansion of Zynx Health's award-winning evidence-based content beyond the acute care setting. Hexaware will incorporate Zynx plans of care and order sets, including population health-specific content for patient risk stratification, into its next generation population health management platform. The platform spreads across the entire spectrum of care and enables providers, payers, and employers to deliver better health outcomes.

By utilizing Zynx Health's HL7 FHIR API, Hexaware will have real-time, on-demand access to the most current evidence-based content, facilitating Hexaware's efforts to provide users with the latest clinical decision support information.

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UK BMJ appoints Nick Brown as new Editor-in-Chief of Archives of Disease in Childhood - 04 Aug 2017

Healthcare knowledge provider BMJ has appointed Nick Brown as the new editor in chief of Archives of Disease in Childhood (ADC).

A fellow of the RCPCH and British Association of Perinatal Medicine, Nick's UK clinical base is in Salisbury. He is the author of over 60 peer reviewed publications, and for the past 25 years, he has had a parallel career in academic international health and has lived and worked in Sudan, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea, India and Pakistan.

He has a long term academic affiliation with the Aga Khan University in Karachi where he teaches epidemiology, biostatistics and research methodology and is involved in several studies in areas including child pneumonia, rheumatic heart disease, thalassaemia, child protection and early child development.

His clinical interests include infectious diseases, neonatology and cardiology. He has been the college tutor for 12 years and the Salisbury paediatric departmental training programme has been recognised nationally.

Nick has worked with ADC as an associate editor for 10 years and as commissioning editor for the Global Child Health section since 2009.

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US California University of Pennsylvania partners with American Meteorological Society to bolster science education - 04 Aug 2017

California University of Pennsylvania has partnered with the American Meteorological Society to provide graduate level credits tuition-free to K-12 teachers who take AMS Earth sciences education courses.

Chad Kauffman, a professor in Cal U's Department of Earth Sciences, has been named curriculum development coordinator and lead for the AMS DataStreme program, which engages educators nationwide in studying the planet's weather, oceans and climate.

Teachers who complete the courses become science leaders in their own schools and communities, educating their teaching colleagues and ultimately reaching millions of students nationwide.

In the fall and spring semesters, California University of Pennsylvania will offer three-credit DataStreme Atmosphere, Ocean, and Earth's Climate System courses through its online learning management system - the same system that supports the university's nationally recognised Cal U Global Online degree programs.

Cal U's online learning system allows participants to access course content, view presentations, and interact with instructors, mentors and classmates. Teams of regionally based educators and scientists mentor teachers enrolled in DataStreme courses.

Three-credit workshop-oriented courses meet in summer: The Maury Project, based at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Annapolis, Maryland; Project Atmosphere, held at the National Weather Service Training Center in Kansas City, Missouri; and AMS Education courses and workshops may be taken individually, in any order. Teachers who complete nine credits earn a post-baccalaureate certificate from California University of Pennsylvania's School of Graduate Studies and Research.

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UK London Info International introduces second annual Conference Programme - 04 Aug 2017

London Info International (LII) has announced its second annual Conference Programme. LII 2017 has announced a diverse set of speakers to discuss and debate the most important and pertinent topics affecting the information industry.

LII 2017 programme focuses on the changes affecting industries globally: uncertainty, Brexit, AI, cyber security and fake news - a few issues that the speakers will debate. It is increasingly difficult to rely on traditional social and political reference points.

LII will also cover the rise to prominence in the workplace of millennials and Generation C tribes, the latest developments in the Open movement, and how the tools and techniques adopted by customer experience experts in online teams can be applied to the world of professional information. In addition, LII will hear from a new generation of start-ups that are challenging the status quo within the industry.

LII takes place at the Business Design Centre on December 5 - 6, 2017.

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UK SAGE and Campaign for Social Science partner to launch pipeline project - 04 Aug 2017

Academic publisher SAGE Publishing and the Campaign for Social Science have partnered to launch a new research project looking at pathways into different social science disciplines at university and employment prospects for social science graduates.

As a result of the data revolution there is a growing need for more social scientists with number and data skills, along with existing social science analytical expertise. The report will look at the importance of equipping researchers with these skills to ensure that the social sciences continue to respond to the evolving needs of society, expanding on the recently published Smith Review.

The report aims is to help students, schools, and universities make informed decisions about discipline choices, while contributing to debates around how higher education institutions can play a more active part in identifying need and supplying necessary skills.

The social sciences have been instrumental in understanding and tackling many of society's most pressing challenges. Since SAGE's founding over 50 years ago, the company has striven to champion the value of social science research to policymakers and wider society, working together with partner organisations in pursuit of this aim. The new project is the latest in a series of collaborative efforts between SAGE and the Campaign, following The Business of People report in 2015 and The Health of People report in 2017.

The latest project builds on SAGE's 2016 whitepaper Who is Doing Computational Social Science: Trends in Big Data Research whitepaper, which addressed the challenges researchers face in doing big data research, as well as the Campaign's influential 2013 report What do Social Science Graduates do?, which looked at the range of skills acquired by social science graduates and how this translated into successful employment prospects in the public, private and third sectors.

The report, published by SAGE, is due to be launched in early 2018.

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UAE Submissions open for Middle East HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award - 04 Aug 2017

HIMSS Middle East in collaboration with Elsevier, the provider of science and health information, has announced the call for submissions for the third HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award in the Middle East. The award, given annually across Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Europe, recognises outstanding achievements and innovations in health IT that advance patient care and safety.

The deadline for submissions in the Middle East is September 14, 2017, and the winner will be announced during HIMSS Middle East UAE eHealth Week 2017. Nominees can submit their entries to two award categories; Outstanding ICT Achievement and Outstanding ICT Innovation. The judges for 2017 will include figures from HIMMS and Elsevier, as well as healthcare leaders from the Ministry of Defense in KSA and the Ministry of Health in Kuwait.

Judges for 2017 award are: John Daniels, Global Vice President, HIMSS Analytics; Tim Morris, Product & Partnership Director (EMEALAAP), Elsevier; Khalid Alodhaibi, Corporate Chief Information Officer, Medical Services Department, Ministry of Defense, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Cherie Pardue, Chief Information Officer, American Hospital Dubai, UAE; Emad AlShawaf, Consultant in Anesthesia and Critical Care, Chest Hospital, Ministry of Health, Kuwait; and Ryan Banez, Medical Informatics Lead, Ayala Healthcare Holdings, Inc., Philippines.

In 2016, the award program witnessed strong participation with 25 submissions in total, with entries from healthcare organisations across the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Egypt.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, a two-time HIMSS-Elsevier award winner, clinched the 'Outstanding ICT Innovation' award, while SAAD Specialist Hospital emerged winner in the 'Outstanding ICT Achievement' category. Their projects were recognised during the HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award Celebration held at the HIMSS Middle East UAE eHealth Week 2016.

Since its launch, the HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award has attracted 139 submissions from 81 organisations across 21 countries. In total, the submitted projects have impacted over 41 million patients worldwide.

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US APA collaborates with Center for Open Science to offer preprint services, data repository and open science badges to authors - 03 Aug 2017

The American Psychological Association, the non-profit publisher of 90 psychology journals, has entered a partnership with the Center for Open Science to offer open science badges to authors, create an APA data repository to ease sharing and designate a preferred preprint server for APA journal articles.

APA's journals program also supports open science badges, offered to authors who choose to share their data or materials or pre-register studies in an effort to promote transparency in scientific research. According to APA Journals Publisher Dr. Rose Sokol-Chang, three APA-published journals have begun awarding the badges, and more are expected to follow.

The badges were developed in 2013 by a committee supported by the Center for Open Science.

APA's data repository will be hosted by the Center for Open Science's Open Science Framework. This repository will help researchers work on a project privately, with a limited number of collaborators, or allow them to make parts of or their entire project publicly accessible. The repository will store and archive research data, protocols and materials, with data being made open once it is published in an APA journal.

APA Journals has also designated PsyArXiv (psychology archive) as the preferred preprint server for APA titles, with plans to integrate with the submission portals for some APA-published journals. PsyArXiv allows scholars to post documents such as working papers, unpublished work and articles under review (preprints), making them accessible to other researchers and the public at no cost. Users can also upload revisions of their posted document and supplemental documents, such as appendices.

PsyArXiv is operated by the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science and hosted and maintained by the Center for Open Science.

The APA-published journals that are currently awarding badges are: Law and Human Behavior, the journal of APA Div. 41 (American Psychology-Law Society); Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, the journal of APA Div. 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race); and the Canadian Psychological Association's Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology.

To earn badges, authors must report that they have placed data and other materials related to an article on a qualifying repository, or that they have pre-registered their research design.

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US Elsevier acquires bepress - 03 Aug 2017

Elsevier, the global information analytics business specialising in science and health, has acquired bepress, a Berkeley, California-based business that helps academic libraries showcase and share their institutions' research for maximum impact. Founded by three University of California, Berkeley professors in 1999, bepress allows institutions to collect, organise, preserve and disseminate their intellectual output, including preprints, working papers, journals or specific articles, dissertations, theses, conference proceedings and a wide variety of other data.

Showcasing research is critical as competition increases among institutions to secure funding and attract faculty and students. By joining Elsevier, bepress will be better able to address institutions' promotional needs, such as attracting students, faculty and grants, and preserving research data and outputs. Elsevier's suite of research products, such as Scopus, Pure, SSRN and SciVal will enhance the breadth and quality of the reach, promotion and impact services bepress delivers to its customers.

The academic community relies on tools to support more efficient and productive work. Bepress's Digital Commons platform provides cross-repository aggregation and referencing by type of content or author into 'Commons' or 'Networks.' Bepress currently has content containing over 2 million articles and 100 million annual downloads.

The bepress CEO and employees will continue working with the company in Berkeley, California. The acquisition is effective immediately and terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.

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German Journal of High Energy Physics celebrates 20 years of open access electronic publishing - 03 Aug 2017

The Journal of High Energy Physics (JHEP) celebrated its 20th anniversary in July 2017. The open access journal belongs to the international School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, Italy, and is published by Springer in collaboration with SISSA Medialab srl. JHEP covers world-leading research in high-energy physics, as well as related topics including general relativity, gravitation, and mathematical aspects of quantum field theories.

When JHEP was founded by Daniele Amati and Loriano Bonora in July 1997, the aim was to create a journal which would allow physicists to write, submit, referee and edit papers in an electronic format – a concept that was very new at the time. As a result of this foresight, JHEP soon became one of the most prestigious journals in the field.

Since 2014, the costs of publishing open access in the journal (the article processing charges, APCs) have been completely covered by the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3).

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US JSTOR expands in the Sciences with Scientific American - 03 Aug 2017

JSTOR has announced an agreement with Springer Nature to include Scientific American in JSTOR.

Scientific American is the authority on science and technology for a general audience, with coverage that explains how research changes our understanding of the world and shapes our lives. First published in 1845, Scientific American is the longest continuously published magazine in the US. The magazine has published articles by more than 150 Nobel Prize-winning scientists and built a loyal following of influential and forward-thinking readers. The archives of Scientific American include articles penned by Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Jonas Salk, Marie Curie, Stephen Hawking, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Stephen Jay Gould, Bill Gates, and more.

JSTOR will offer the complete run of Scientific American from 1845 to 2012, with new content added each year. Scientific American will be included in the JSTOR Life Sciences collection, where it joins more than 150 other esteemed publications including Science, BMJ: British Medical Journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and many others. The addition of Scientific American expands JSTOR's coverage of a broad range of scientific fields, and will additionally benefit interdisciplinary researchers working across the humanities and social sciences.

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US The Czech Republic National Strategy of Open Access to Scientific Information and Data gets government approval - 03 Aug 2017

The Czech Republic National Strategy of Open Access to Scientific Information for 2017-2020 was approved by the Government on June 14, 2017.

The strategy includes open access to publications and data (Data Management Plans) requirements for publicly funded research projects. Interoperable and OpenAIRE compatible open access e-Infrastructure will be built, and awareness raising and educational activities will be conducted.

According to this decree, the action plan to implement the strategy will be developed by the end of 2017.

OpenAIRE NOAD in Czech Republic Daniela Tkačíková has played one of the key roles in the National Strategy development. She is in touch with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of Science, Research and Innovation and will provide updates on the action plan development.

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US The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley adopts Ex Libris Alma and Primo to unify library systems - 03 Aug 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and Primo® discovery and delivery solution.

Established in 2013, UTRGV is now consolidating systems used by two former schools that are part of the new university. In making the move to Alma and Primo, the university's goal is to streamline the differing workflows from each campus and adopt a standardized, more efficient approach.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley selected Alma and Primo for the superior functionality and interconnectivity they offer. The library's top priority was finding an integrated library system that could serve as a universal tool to tie library functions together in a meaningful way. Library staff members are excited by the prospect of using interconnected workflows, as well as by the ease of generating meaningful analytics. Also, with the merging of two formerly separate libraries, the staff will have an opportunity to learn the new products together and share experiences as resource management becomes unified for a united institution.

With new data-driven capabilities, the library plans to simplify decision-making about de-selection, preferred formats, and how to improve cost efficiency. The university believes that the reports enabled by Alma analytics will make it easier for the library to demonstrate its impact on research, teaching, and learning.

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Netherland ACCUCOMS to represent Canadian Science Publishing in the Middle East and North Africa - 02 Aug 2017

ACCUCOMS and Canadian Science Publishing (CSP) have agreed to expand their collaboration. ACCUCOMS will be representing CSP in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in addition to the current agreement in Latin America from August 1, 2017.

As a result of a number of successful years in Latin America, CSP has decided to expand their collaboration with ACCUCOMS by adding the rapidly developing Middle East and North Africa (MENA). CSP have turned to ACCUCOMS after recognising the importance of growing their presence in the developing territory. ACCUCOMS has more than 5 years' experience in the territory and have established connections with important decision makers across the territory.

CSP is an independent, not-for-profit scholarly publisher dedicated to serving the needs of researchers and their communities. CSP publishes 23 journals and is an important publisher within the sciences. Canadian Science Publishing is also the publisher of FACETS, a multidisciplinary open access science journal, and Anthropocene Coasts, an open access journal that publishes multidisciplinary research that aims to understand and predict the effects of human activity, including climate change, on coastal regions.

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US ARL invites applications and nominations for participation in 2018–2019 ARL Leadership Fellows program - 02 Aug 2017

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is inviting applications and nominations for participation in the 2018–2019 ARL Leadership Fellows program, with a deadline of August 28, 2017. This executive leadership program facilitates the development of future senior-level leaders in large research libraries and archives. Since its inception in 2004, the program has involved 33 research libraries sponsoring 142 key staff in their development as an emerging cadre of senior leaders.

Candidates are welcomed from ARL and non-ARL institutions. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

The Association will grant a limited number of full and partial opportunity scholarships to qualified applicants. The selection committee will choose recipients based on the applicants' stated need for financial assistance and ability to enhance the diversity of backgrounds, roles, and/or perspectives within each year's cohort.

The Leadership Fellows program includes three five-day strategic institutes, several online synchronous sessions, and a customised immersive experience for each fellow to shadow a library director. In addition, the fellows will be invited to participate in the semi-annual Association of Research Libraries Meetings over the 15-month duration of the program. The 2018–2019 strategic institutes will be hosted by the three sponsor institutions for this iteration of the program - The George Washington University, University of Florida, and The University of Iowa.

The ARL Leadership Fellows Program is designed for librarians with department-head or equivalent experience or higher. The successful candidate should have strong interest in pursuing a senior-level leadership role in a research library, regardless of type of library background or current setting, and demonstrate leadership qualities and potential for progressive thinking about the evolving roles of research libraries.

Six fellows will be selected from the three sponsor libraries. The additional fellows will be selected by a committee composed of members of the Leadership Fellows Advisory Group and former ARL leadership fellows.

Prospective candidates should submit application materials online by 11:59 p.m. EDT on August 28, 2017. Complete application instructions are available with the online application form on the ARL Leadership Fellows website.

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UK CAB Thesaurus receives major update for 2017 edition - 02 Aug 2017

The widely acclaimed CAB Thesaurus has received a major update for the 2017 edition, making it easier to access the world's largest source of terminology covering the applied life sciences. The search tool now provides a controlled vocabulary resource approaching 2.7 million descriptive terms.

CAB Thesaurus content has increased significantly since the 2016 edition. The updated version, with 2,651,201 terms, includes 166,395 distinct concepts (preferred terms) and 132,109 synonyms, as well as translations of these from English into ten European languages. These improvements make CAB Thesaurus the largest of its type in existence with at least twice the content of similar resources.

A number of important additions and revisions ensure the search tool remains relevant for various research applications. One of the biggest updates included adding another 800 taxonomic names of invasive plants in addition to the more than 2,000 names added in 2016. Similarly 600 medical terms were added to improve indexing of Global Health content with a focus on neoplasms, medicinal drugs, and metabolic markers related to disease. In total, over 14,700 new terms were added.

New structural and organisational features have been added to increase its utility.

Significant effort was directed to addressing the demands of CABI's award-winning Plantwise food security programme and the open access Invasive Species Compendium, improving the searchability of these new knowledge bases, as well as CABI's traditional database products.

CAB Thesaurus is a key tool for academic, corporate and government librarians, who need to navigate, retrieve and index vast amounts of data in agriculture and human health. Users of CABI's CAB Abstracts, Global Health and related CABI products regularly license the tool for cataloguing and organising in-house databases, as well as managing intranets.

Continuing from last year's work, a second round of updates to the grass family completed the revision of the entire monocots using the APG III (Angiosperm Phylogeny Group version 3) classification system. Looking forwards, a start was made to revising the dicot plants using the more current APG IV system of classification; a large project estimated to take at least two years to complete.

CAB Thesaurus is available in English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish. CAB Thesaurus is also available for licensing.

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US Digital options are boosting space creativity and flexibility, reveals ProQuest survey - 02 Aug 2017

As libraries increasingly function as 'community hubs,' public librarians are prioritising space reclamation to create collaborative spaces, maker/hacker spaces and meeting rooms. This is according to a new ProQuest survey of public librarians about their views, plans and strategies related to space reclamation.

A topic on the library radar for several years, space reclamation has now moved from discussion to priority – 59% of public library respondents to the ProQuest survey started to consider space reclamation a priority within the last two years. A ProQuest survey of academic librarians conducted in late 2016 found that about a third of those respondents had prioritised repurposing space for more than five years.

The public library survey findings highlight common strategies being used to repurpose space: 65% of respondents are weeding historical periodicals and 47% are replacing print with ebooks.

ProQuest is responding to the trend with new services that enable libraries to free shelf-space without reducing the size or scope of their collections. For instance, its Assessment Team works with libraries who are weeding printed materials, identifying comprehensive digital replacements and recommending items that should be available in both print and digital format. The team provides libraries with a complimentary detailed report customised to their collection, user needs and budget. The report even recommends the best acquisition formats to reduce budget impact.

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US Elsevier announces seven new neuroscience and psychology books - 02 Aug 2017

Elsevier, the information analytics company specialising in science and health, has announced an updated version of the most authoritative resource available on the study of learning and memory and its mechanisms. Learning and Memory: A Comprehensive Reference, Second Edition incorporates the expertise of more than 150 outstanding investigators in the field, providing a 'one-stop' collection of reputable information with easy cross-referencing of related articles.

Editor-in-Chief John H. Byrne has ensured that the new edition includes chapters that reflect state-of-the-art references to promote understanding and further research, with expanded coverage of sleep and memory, neuromodulators in memory processing, neurogenesis, epigenetics and working memory. At the same time, Elsevier announced six additional new neuroscience and psychology books.

Learning and Memory: A Comprehensive Reference, Second Edition includes further reading for each chapter to help readers continue their research. There is also a glossary of key terms to assist users who are unfamiliar with neuroscience terminology. This major reference work is aimed at postgraduate students, cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, psychologists, psychiatrists, neurobiologists and neurologists. It is an essential resource for libraries, neuroscience and neurobiology departments, memory centers and institutes.

The seven new neuroscience and psychology titles are: Learning and Memory: A Comprehensive Reference, Second Edition, edited by John H. Byrne; Human Brain in Standard MNI Space: A Comprehensive Pocket Atlas by Juergen Mai and Milan Majtanik; Models of Seizures and Epilepsy, Second Edition, edited by Asla Pitkänen, Paul Buckmaster, Aristea S Galanopoulou and Solomon Moshé; Nanotechnology Methods for Neurological Diseases and Brain Tumors: Drug Delivery across the Blood-Brain Barrier, edited by Yasemin Gürsoy Özdemir, Sibel Bozdag Pehlivan and Emine Sekerdag; Executive Functions in Health and Disease, edited by Elkhonon Goldberg; Handbook of Categorization in Cognitive Science, Second Edition, edited by Henri Cohen and Claire Lefebvre; and Therapist's Guide to Clinical Intervention: The 1-2-3's of Treatment Planning, Third Edition by Sharon L. Johnson.

In order to meet content needs in neuroscience and psychology, Elsevier uses proprietary tools to identify the gaps in coverage of the topics. Editorial teams strategically fill those gaps with content written by key influencers in the field, giving students, faculty and researchers the content they need to answer challenging questions and improve outcomes. These new books will educate the next generation of neuroscientists and psychologists, and provide critical foundational content for information professionals.

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US The National Library of Medicine names Jerry Sheehan as new NLM Deputy Director - 02 Aug 2017

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced the appointment of Jerry Sheehan as the new NLM Deputy Director, effective July 31, 2017. The appointment was announced by Library Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD. The world's largest biomedical library, NLM serves as a national and international resource of biomedical and genomic data for scientists, health professionals, academia, and the public.

During his more than 10 years as the Assistant Director for Policy Development at NLM, Sheehan has made major contributions to the development and implementation of NIH, HHS, and US government-wide policy related to open science, public access to government-funded information, clinical trials registration, and electronic health records. He has built effective relationships with key NLM partners, including health sciences librarians and informatics researchers. From September 2015 to January 2017, Sheehan was detailed to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as Assistant Director for Scientific Data and Information, where he worked to develop public access policies at all Federal science agencies.

In his role as NLM Deputy Director, Sheehan will share responsibility with the Director for overall program development, program evaluation, policy formulation, direction and coordination of all Library activities. In addition, he will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Library and, in the absence of the Director, will assume full responsibility for all functions performed by the National Library of Medicine.

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US The State Library of Iowa partners with Credo to expand Iowans’ access to foundational research materials - 02 Aug 2017

Students and residents across Iowa will now enjoy increased access to foundational research materials as the State Library of Iowa and Credo Reference have partnered on a state-wide agreement that will bring Credo's flagship exploratory research platform to public and academic libraries.

At a time when finding information online means navigating around fake news sites and biased sources, easy access to authoritative sources is critical for meeting Iowans' academic, professional, and personal information needs.

In addition to accessing the Credo Online Reference Service platform, college and university students (in the Iowa Academic Library Alliance consortium) and public library patrons have been granted access to Credo's Complete Core collection. With access to over 850 easily-searchable ebook titles, thousands of high definition images, plus a wealth of video and audio files, there is something for everyone. The interface is intuitive enough for younger students whose schools might not have access to many digital resources, and easily searchable for lifelong learners researching their favourite topics. The award-winning platform also provides the robust and wide-ranging scholarly materials necessary for academic libraries helping their students embark on college-level research.

Credo Online Reference Service is more than just a database of scholarly materials. Its unique user interface includes several features that help cultivate information literacy skills in users while providing them with the information they seek. Topic Pages help researchers gather background information without venturing into the unverified sources found in Google or Wikipedia searches. The Mind Map brainstorming tool helps users see connections between and across topics. Key concepts included in every search use natural language processing to help researchers build subject vocabulary and find links to related resources.

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US Enago and Thieme in deal to empower researchers achieve publication goals - 01 Aug 2017

Enago, an internationally trusted name in author services for the global research community, recently concluded an agreement with international medical and science publisher Thieme. This collaboration will benefit researchers hoping to improve their chances of being accepted in world class journals by assisting them in enhancing the overall quality of their submissions.

Thieme is known for its high-quality standards in journal content and presentation in all of its publications. With the same focus on quality, Enago emerges as the perfect partner for Thieme to drive impactful, error-free research in the field of medicine and science. Authors can perfect and polish their journal manuscripts by using Enago's English editing services through an exclusive online portal.

Enago's medicine and science editors are PhD/MD-qualified published authors and experienced reviewers, who are competent to offer quality pre-submission manuscript reviews. With expertise in nearly 200 different medical and scientific disciplines, Enago’s editors understand the intricacies involved in making a manuscript ready for submission. A rich working experience of 15–20 years in the field of science and medicine equips Enago's editors to ensure that every edited manuscript will meet internationally accepted quality standards.

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US FMC acquires Turner White Communications - 01 Aug 2017

Frontline Medical Communications (FMC) has announced the acquisition of all print and digital Turner White properties including the Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management® (JCOM®), Hospital Physician®, Hospital Physician® Board Review Manuals, interactive websites and mobile apps.

Non-retail pharmaceutical spending in federal and non-federal hospitals, long-term care and HMO locations totals $59B (invoice price), increasing 25% from 2012 to 2016 (Quintiles IMS National Sales Perspectives Dec. 2016). JCOM®, Hospital Physician® Board Review Manuals, and Federal Practitioner® reach 100% of the HCPs and key decision makers throughout this integrated health care system including residents, physicians, NPs, and PAs, medical and pharmacy directors, formulary directors, directors of quality assurance, case managers, among other key decisions makers.

Bruce White, President of Turner White Communications, will join FMC as Vice President/Group Publisher, working closely with JoAnn Wahl, President of Custom Solutions. Together, they will develop integrated, educational programs and sponsorships for clients to reach key decision makers across these managed markets. Lea Drag, National Account Manager, Managed Markets, will assume responsibilities for print advertising and digital optimisation efforts.

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US Johns Hopkins University Press names publishing industry veteran Barbara Kline Pope as new director - 01 Aug 2017

Johns Hopkins University Press, the oldest academic press in America, has announced that Barbara Kline Pope will become director of the Press this fall after 34 years with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Since 1997, Pope has served as executive director of the National Academies Press, steering its traditional print model through an era of digital innovation, including pioneering experiments with open access. She first joined the Washington, D.C., press—the publishing division of the National Academies—in a marketing role in 1983.

In addition to that experience, Pope says, her recent term as president of the Association of American University Presses and seat on the management board at MIT Press help her better familiarise herself with the nuances and trends of university presses.

At JHU Press, Pope will oversee the largest journal publication program of any university in the U.S.—the press publishes more than 85 journals across a range of disciplines. It is also home to a books division with more than 3,000 titles that publishes 150 new books each year. It also includes Project MUSE, a leading provider of digital content in the social sciences and humanities for libraries around the world.

Pope takes over the historic press, which dates to 1878, as the focus of scholarly publishing continues to evolve from printed books and journal subscriptions toward new digital trends and open-access distribution. Under the direction of Pope's predecessor, Kathleen Keane, who retired in April, JHU Press has pursued new paths in this direction, with Project MUSE adding 45,000 e-books and developing MUSE Open, a platform for hosting open-access monographs.

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Netherland Major Educational Content Providers in deal with Barnes & Noble Education to combat counterfeit textbooks - 01 Aug 2017

Educational content providers Cengage, Elsevier, McGraw-Hill Education, and Pearson have announced an agreement with Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. to implement the industry's Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices. The best practices were developed to assist publishers and distributors in combating counterfeits of print textbooks, a growing problem facing the industry.

Sales of counterfeit books are harmful to students, educators, publishers and distributors. The rise of illegal counterfeit materials in the market results in reduced incentives for publishers to invest in new content and technology to improve learning. In addition, distribution of counterfeit materials infringes on the publishers' copyright and trademark rights and ultimately limits royalties due to authors and designers.

Barnes & Noble Education and MBS Textbook Exchange, one of the largest textbooks distributors that was recently acquired by Barnes & Noble Education, joins Ingram and Chegg as distributors working proactively with publishers to reduce the distribution of counterfeit materials.

The best practices outline steps to verify suppliers and avoid illegitimate sources. They require distributors to verify the sources of their textbooks, inspect inventory that has a high risk of being counterfeit and prevent it from infecting their inventory. When a distributor finds counterfeit books, there is agreement to share information about the materials and the supplier with the publishers so they can focus their enforcement efforts on the culprits.

The Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices are available at http://www.stopcounterfeitbooks.com with the goal that all publishers and distributors adopt and implement them as well. The Educational Publishers Enforcement Group (EPEG) is committed to pursuing their legal rights against anyone who is involved or who facilitates the distribution and sale of counterfeit textbooks, as well as those who engage in digital piracy. EPEG is hopeful that the adoption of the Best Practices by Barnes & Noble Education's 1,400 physical and virtual bookstores will prove to have a dramatic effect on the number of counterfeits currently in the marketplace. EPEG is also currently in discussions with other distributors to sign on to the Best Practices as well.

The Publishers worked cooperatively through EPEG to achieve agreement with Barnes & Noble Education on the Best Practices.

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US Society for Integrative Oncology gains access to UBM Medica's oncology distribution channels - 01 Aug 2017

UBM Medica, a provider of educational resources to healthcare professionals, has announced a partnership with the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO).

Through this partnership, SIO will gain significant reach into the cancer-treating community through UBM Medica's oncology distribution channels – the ONCOLOGY journal and CancerNetwork.com – allowing members of SIO greater access to information impacting the field of oncology as well as their day-to-day practice.

In turn, with the addition of one of SIO's key thought leaders to its respected editorial advisory board, the ONCOLOGY journal will be able to provide more relevant integrative oncology information to its readership, furthering SIO's mission to advance evidence-based, comprehensive, integrative healthcare to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.

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US Wiley Content Sharing launches across Wiley Online Library - 01 Aug 2017

Publisher John Wiley and Sons, Inc. has announced the launch of Wiley Content Sharing across its research portfolio. The launch follows a successful trial that began in early 2017. Wiley Content Sharing facilitates collaboration by allowing authors and subscribers to share free-to-read full-text articles with non-subscribers. This new functionality will be available to all journals on Wiley Online Library.

In addition, Wiley Content Sharing provides the public with greater access to research when following links from selected media outlets globally. During the four-month trial Wiley Online Library users shared more than 7,000 links to articles. Upon launch, Wiley Content Sharing will be available to more than 1,700 journals from across Wiley's portfolio.

Wiley Content Sharing enables authors and subscribers to share their work with their peers as well as non-subscribers, including over social media, scholarly collaboration networks and email. Wiley Content Sharing also provides the public with greater access to research through its media sharing capabilities. Popular outlets such as The Daily Mail, The Wall Street Journal and Reuters were included in the pilot alongside specialist sites such as Medscape, Nature and ScienceMag.

Wiley Content Sharing was initially piloted across 180 Wiley journals in early 2017. The four-month trial saw positive results from a global audience, including users in United States, Singapore and Australia. Wiley Content Sharing is powered by ReadCube technology.

Wiley supports the legitimate sharing of research and is a signatory to the Voluntary principles for article sharing on scholarly collaboration networks.

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