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EBSCO names Ann Lawson as PR Executive, Europe and UK - 29 Sep 2006

Subscription services provider EBSCO, US, has announced the appointment of Ann Lawson to the newly created position of publisher relations executive, Europe and the UK, effective September 5, 2006. She will report to EBSCO's director of publisher services/publisher relations, Mark A. Williams.

In her new position, Lawson will be responsible for the eight countries that encompass EBSCO's European region. She will provide local liaison support to the more than 42,000 European publishers with whom EBSCO works. Also, she will be responsible for coordinating publisher relations and marketing programs in Europe. As the primary contact with the European publishing community, Lawson will work to create and deliver custom solutions for publishers working to simplify e-resource workflow.

Prior to this, she held various senior management positions at Oxford University Press from 2001 to 2006. Previously, she also served as the data licensing manager in HarperCollins' dictionaries division.

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Elsevier announces publishing partnership with Institute of Coal Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences - 29 Sep 2006

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced its partnership with the Institute of Coal Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Science Press. Under the deal, Elsevier will publish the Chinese-language journal, New Carbon Materials.

The publication now joins the China Collection on Elsevier's ScienceDirect electronic full-text journal platform. The ScienceDirect China Collection is a series of prestigious Chinese STM journals which have never been distributed outside China.

A quarterly, New Carbon Materials publishes research results on the physics, chemistry and technology of those organic substances that are precursors of new carbons, and the materials that may be produced from those organic precursors. Translations of the best articles will be included in the China Collection on Elsevier's ScienceDirect electronic journal platform. The journal was ranked 4th out of all 6000 Chinese journals indexed by Thomson Scientific ISI in 2005.

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FAO announces second phase of Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture initiative - 29 Sep 2006

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has announced the second phase of the Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) initiative. Under the programme, more than a hundred of the world's poorest nations will now be able to access leading food and agriculture journals for little or no cost.

AGORA is a public-private partnership between FAO, 37 of the world's leading science publishers and other key partners including the World Health Organization and Cornell University. The initiative, which initially provided access to 69 low-income countries, will now include universities, colleges, research institutes and government ministries as well as non-governmental organisations in an additional 37 lower-middle-income countries.

Under the second phase of AGORA, 37 countries with a per capita GNP of between US$ 1000 and US$ 3000 will be eligible. Institutions wishing to register will have a three-month free trial period before they are asked to pay an annual subscription of US$ 1000. All income from subscriptions will be invested into local training initiatives to help increase awareness and usage of AGORA amongst librarians and scientists.

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Outsell report forecasts STM revenue growth to $25.5 billion by 2009 - 29 Sep 2006

Outsell, Inc., a US-based provider of research services for the information industry, has announced the publication of the report, Scientific, Technical & Medical Information: 2006 Market Size, Share, Forecast and Trend Report. In its second annual MarketView report, Outsell forecasts that the segment will witness a compounded annual growth rate of 7.2 percent through 2009, to reach $25.5 billion in revenue.

The report seeks to give an expansive view of the STM marketplace, citing companies such as Elsevier, Thomson Scientific and Healthcare and Wolters Kluwer Health. The MarketView analyses the size, growth rates, financial performance and market shares of the top 20 companies in the medical information, scientific & technical information and geophysical sectors.

According to the report, the top 25 companies, particularly in the geophysical and energy segment, will be the engine behind STM growth in the next year. It states that the 'medical part' of STM will continue to expand with more interesting partnerships and acquisitions as non-traditional players enter the market. The top 10 STM companies listed in the report include Elsevier, Thomson Scientific and Healthcare, Wolters Kluwer Health, Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH, Springer Science + Business Media, American Heart Association, Inc., WesternGeco, IHS, Inc., American Chemical Society and John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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Safari Books Online unveils Safari Library Service - 29 Sep 2006

Safari Books Online, US, a joint venture between technology publishers O'Reilly Media, Inc. and Pearson Technology Group, has announced the launch of Safari Library, an online searchable reference library service. The online service provides unlimited access to all technical books available on Safari Books Online, which includes more than 4,000 books from leading technical and business publishers.

The new online service allows technical professionals to easily locate the required information. With an online searchable reference library of thousands of books with no access restrictions, Safari Library aims to improve productivity and provide the training that professionals and organisations need to advance themselves. The service is currently being offered at charter subscription rates of $39.99 per month or $439.99 per year, for users who subscribe by February 28, 2007.

In addition, Safari Library also includes access to Safari Books Online's Rough Cuts service, which provides users with a preview of the latest books covering new technologies, rather than having to wait for several months for a book to go through editing and other processes required for formal publication.

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Scope e-Knowledge Center to present Knowledgespeak at DGI online conference - 29 Sep 2006

Database and research services provider Scope e-Knowledge Center, India, has announced that the company will give a presentation on its daily intelligence resource for the STM publishing industry, www.knowledgespeak.com, at the forthcoming DGI online conference from October 4-6, 2006. The featured speakers are S.Bungartz, Business Development Manager, Germany, and R. Sivadas, Director & CEO, Scope e-Knowledge Center.

The presentation titled "The blog (weblog) and newsletter for the STM-industry: www. Knowledgespeak.com, powered by Scope eKnowledge" is scheduled for October 5, 2006, and will be held at the Congress Center, Conclusio 2 between 1345 hrs and 1415 hrs. The presentation will provide a detailed insight into the various sections of the site, including Blogs, Interviews, etc. All participants will have an opportunity to interact with the company representatives and offer suggestions for further improvement of the site during the session. More information on the event is available at http://online-tagung.de/4481/56130.html.

Knowledgespeak is the world's first online news service to report on all the relevant developments within the STM publishing industry, on a daily basis. Launched in June 2005, Knowledgespeak has become the benchmark for STM news and is widely subscribed by the people who matter in the STM industry spread across 45 countries.

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Thieme's Atlas of Anatomy Image Collection available on DVD - 29 Sep 2006

Thieme New York, part of medical and scientific publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has announced that its medical resource Thieme Atlas of Anatomy Image Collection: General Anatomy and Musculoskeletal System is now available on DVD. The DVD features full-colour, high-resolution illustrations from the original print version in a user-friendly format.

The DVD content has been organised according to the table of contents of the print version of the resource. Thumbnail illustrations, taken from the print edition and digitised for the DVD, have retained their identical page numbers, thereby enabling users to effortlessly cross-reference the disc with the book. Medical practitioners and researchers can enhance their presentations with the artwork created exclusively for the print edition. University faculty members can also expect to supplement their lectures as well as their course material with visuals from the DVD.

Thieme Atlas of Anatomy Image Collection enables users to import individual, high-resolution files with 1,694 illustrations into their PowerPoint presentations. Each image can be displayed with or without labels or captions.

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Wiley launches textbooks series with National Geographic Society - 29 Sep 2006

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced the launch of Wiley Visualizing, a series of introductory textbooks that use a unique visual approach in a bid to maximise student learning. Developed in partnership with the National Geographic Society, the Wiley Visualizing series employs vivid images and diagrams, integrated with clear and concise text.

Created with input from researchers at the New York University, Arizona State, and Columbia University, Wiley Visualizing's visual pedagogy is based on cognitive research to help students learn effectively. The initial titles will introduce non-majors students to environmental science, psychology, physical geology and human biology.

In addition to responding to changing student learning styles, the Wiley Visualizing series seeks to address concerns over rising textbook costs. All the texts are priced 30-50 percent less than traditional texts. The series approach allows the textbooks to be rich in visuals yet streamlined in costs. Each title is offered with WileyPLUS, the online suite of teaching and learning tools such as videos, assessment and study aids. The series' visual approach is carried throughout all supplemental teaching and learning materials.

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Accucoms launches sales representation package for publishers - 28 Sep 2006

Accucoms BV, a Netherlands-based provider of sales and marketing services to scholarly and society publishers, has announced the launch of a new sales representation and support package. The package is projected to help both small and large publishers increase revenues from the key markets of Europe and North America.

Large publishers with their own sales team may require tailored support for lead generation and also for generating business from smaller institutions while their staff concentrates on the larger accounts. Smaller publishers and societies may benefit from the complete sales representation package that, within Europe, includes multilingual customer service support. It is expected to offer them an effective way to compete for institutional sales alongside larger organisations with in-house sales teams.

Accucoms sales managers based in Europe and North America will research leads, visit potential customers, give demonstrations, arrange trial access and negotiate site licence access for individual institutions, large corporations, multi-nationals and consortia.

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CMP Technology continues hiring initiative to accelerate online growth - 28 Sep 2006

Marketing solutions company CMP Technology, US, has announced that Peter Spande has joined its Business Technology Group (BTG) as Vice President, Online Media. He will report directly to Jeff Patterson, President, BTG.

In his new position, Spande will be responsible for all aspects of BTG's online media products and services. This includes targeted branding, lead generation and integrated media programs. Prior to this, Spande led TechRepublic.com's product development, community and editorial teams. Earlier, he also served CNET Networks, where he was responsible for the company's b2b lead generation products, managing all white paper and webcast products across TechRepublic, News.com, ZDNet and ITPapers.com.

The move is the latest in a series of investments in talent made by CMP, as the company strengthens its online market strategy. Last month, the company hired TechTarget founding Vice Presidents, John Cox and Lisa Johnson, as Vice President Account Development for BTG and Senior Vice President, Corporate Marketing, respectively.

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Dear Subscribers - 28 Sep 2006

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

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Healthline announces next-generation content navigation and search service - 28 Sep 2006

Health information services provider Healthline Networks, US, has announced HealthLinks, a next-generation online navigation service. The service is projected to benefit publishers and content creators by significantly enriching and integrating existing health content libraries, improving the overall consumer experience while driving increased site engagement and page views.

HealthLinks is powered by Healthline's underlying semantic taxonomy, and offers readers one-click access to contextually pertinent health and medical resources. It will use the company's method of organising health-related concepts to automatically identify medical terminology and create hyperlinks to relevant health information resources.

The service is currently available to publishers and content hosts as a licensed service. Licensees may use the service to link to their own content and resources, or they may choose to link to health and medical information licensed by Healthline from leading medical reference publishers such as ADAM, Thomson Gale, ProQuest and Cerner Multum.

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Ingenta expands presence in China - 28 Sep 2006

Information and publishing services provider Ingenta, UK, has announced the latest phase in its strategy for providing services in China, on behalf of its 250 publisher customers. The company's long-term activities in this market are expected to benefit from a number of improvements, following feedback gathered during Ingenta's presence at the recently concluded Beijing International Book Fair.

As per the new approach, the focus will be on localised support. The company will extend its customer service team to include staff in China to assist users of the IngentaConnect platform. The site's current support materials will be translated into Chinese, and will be extended to address the particular requirements of this user group. Future developments include the provision of a Chinese interface to IngentaConnect, additional search performance optimisation and more contextual help for administrative functions around the site such as those undertaken by librarians.

Much of the work is being undertaken in collaboration with The Charlesworth Group. The Group's Beijing-based subsidiary, Charlesworth China, is an agent for the promotion of licences to access online content in China, and has already secured deals for a number of customers with content hosted by IngentaConnect. Charlesworth China will carry out translation work and support Ingenta's Chinese customer service representatives.

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Rittenhouse expands R2 Library to include over 200 resources - 28 Sep 2006

Health sciences distribution firm Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Inc., US, has announced the expansion of its R2 Library service to include more than 200 monographic resources from fifteen STM publishers. The R2 Library, launched in May 2005, offers a unique business model for digital content enabling the purchase of individual resources from multiple publishers on one platform.

The library is one of the single largest collections of digital monographic content with 41 allied health titles, 51 nursing titles, and 113 medicine titles. More than 50 new titles from leading publishing partners such as Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, McGraw-Hill, American Psychiatric Press, Inc., Springer, Oxford University Press, and F.A. Davis are scheduled for release in the 4th quarter of 2006, bringing the total to more than 250 monographic resources. The latest additions are projected to enhance Rittenhouse's ability to deliver a more comprehensive collection to its customers. Distribution through R2 Library allows the publishers to reach markets that are otherwise not easy to access.

Other contributing publishers include Thomson PDR, Thomson Delmar, The American Society of Health System Pharmacists, Jones & Bartlett, Slack, Karger, HCPro, The American Academy of Pediatrics and The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses.

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Scopus announces new citation features to improve research - 28 Sep 2006

Abstract and indexing database Scopus, part of STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of two new features - PatentCites and WebCites. While PatentCites helps users to track how primary research is practically applied in patents, WebCites is the first step towards enabling Scopus users to track the influence of peer reviewed research on web literature.

Scopus PatentCites clearly identifies citations from patent sources that cite Scopus articles on the Abstract and References page. Similar to article citation counts, PatentCites links directly to the source items. This feature enables users to immediately see the relationship of primary research to its practical application in patents. It is expected to benefit those working in disciplines such as medicine, engineering, chemistry, agriculture or other applied sciences. Among the key growing number of patent sources covered and updated daily are the US Patent Office, European Patent Office and the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

WebCites, which will launched shortly, will allow users to view citations to articles in Scopus from a number of carefully selected scientific web sources such as institutional repositories and thesis and dissertation databases as well as other carefully selected web sources. Like PatentCites, WebCites will be presented clearly in a separate display allowing the user to link directly to the relevant source items through just one click.

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Unbound Medicine releases 'Merck Manual for Mobile Devices' - 28 Sep 2006

Knowledge management solutions provider Unbound Medicine, US, has announced the release of The Merck Manual for Mobile Devices in partnership with Merck & Co., Inc., US. The manual will debut at the ongoing Scientific Assembly of the American Academy of Family Physicians, in Washington.

Unlike a print book, The Merck Manual for Mobile Devices will be continuously updated to keep clinicians informed of the latest developments that impact practice. Clinicians can now refer to the manual from any location using a personal digital assistant (PDA) or a wireless device. Unbound Platform will deliver bimonthly updates automatically to subscribers when they synchronise their handheld devices.

The Merck manual has been marketed as a source for concise information on diagnosis and treatment for clinicians globally. Unbound Medicine's new release contains full-length contents of the 18th edition of The Merck Manual - the work of more than 300 expert authors. The manual covers areas such as psychiatry, gynaecology, paediatrics, alternative medicine, poisoning and minor trauma.

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CMR releases 2006-07 fact book on pharmaceutical R&D - 27 Sep 2006

The Centre for Medicines Research International Ltd. (CMR), part of information solutions provider Thomson Corporation, US, has announced the publication of its 2006-07 Pharmaceutical R&D Factbook. The fact book pools various data and commentary into a single reference and strategic planning tool.

The resource presents a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of emerging trends in worldwide pharmaceutical R&D, enabling users to utilise this data in their presentations and reports. Findings are presented in a clear, easily understood chart, accompanied by a succinct commentary highlighting the key message together with an explanation of the methodology used and the definitions applied.

The CMR International 2006/2007 Pharmaceutical R&D Factbook is projected as a vital reference and business planning tool for decision makers in R&D, corporate finance, business strategy, marketing planning and corporate communications. The fact book is available as a hard copy report, or in single-user or enterprise-wide electronic formats supplied on CD. The enterprise-wide licence equips users to distribute the complete Factbook throughout an organisation and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, and to use it freely in internal reports and presentations.

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Dear Subscribers - 27 Sep 2006

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

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Emerald to market online information resource, BestofBiz - 27 Sep 2006

Management and library & information science publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, together with the London Business School and A&C Black, is set to launch BestofBiz, an online information resource. BestofBiz will be officially launched at a formal function to be held at the London Business School on October 3, 2006.

BestofBiz comprises practical business advice, such as guidance on business tasks in areas from e-commerce to marketing and personal development; overviews of current best practice in areas such as growth and innovation; a business dictionary; and biographies of the top business leaders of all time. Aimed at students and managers worldwide, the resource focuses on helping managers solve everyday business problems and keeping management researchers abreast of their fast-moving field.

Emerald will provide sales and marketing support for BestofBiz, including customer and user liaison. BestofBiz is expected to be a useful resource for deans and librarians in business schools, alumni offices, university business and management departments and also corporate organisations.

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Hindawi adds three more titles to its OA collection - 27 Sep 2006

STM publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation, US, has announced the addition of three titles - Active and Passive Electronic Components, International Journal of Antennas and Propagation, and Physical Separation in Science and Engineering - to its suite of open access (OA) journals.

While the International Journal of Antennas and Propagation is a newly launched journal, both Active and Passive Electronic Components and Physical Separation in Science and Engineering were previously published as subscription-based journals and have now been converted to open access. All back volumes of Active and Passive Electronic Components as well as Physical Separation in Science and Engineering will be available online for free.

This addition brings the total number of journals in Hindawi's open access collection to 45. The Company expects its Open Access journal collection to reach 60 titles by the end of 2006. Further expansions are scheduled for 2007.

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Ingenta to make library holdings data available to Google Scholar - 27 Sep 2006

Information and publishing services provider Ingenta, UK, has announced latest developments to its relationship with internet search services provider Google, Inc., US. The company has become the first scholarly hosting service to make its library holdings data available to Google Scholar.

Under the deal, Ingenta will allow the search tool to implement prominent 'appropriate copy' links for patrons of the more than 25,000 libraries that use IngentaConnect to access e-journals. Existing links from Google Scholar to IngentaConnect will be expanded to indicate whether or not the current user has access rights.

With development work in progress, 'Full Text@IngentaConnect' links will appear in Google Scholar search results in the near future. The new arrangement will also see Ingenta informing Google of articles which can be freely accessed via IngentaConnect.

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Reed Business names David Nudo as VP and Publisher of Publishers Weekly - 27 Sep 2006

B2B information provider Reed Business Information (RBI), US, has named David Nudo as Vice President and Publisher of the company's flagship publication, Publishers Weekly. He will report directly to Executive Vice President/Publisher of the RBI-US Publishing Group, William McGorry.

In his new position, Nudo will have overall business and editorial responsibility for Publishers Weekly with a focus on growing its circulation, as well as online and print revenue. In addition, he will also be responsible for extending the publication's brand through new initiatives.

Prior to this, he served as Managing Director, Book Advertising, with The New York Times. Earlier, he also served Miller Freeman Publications, The New Republic and Cahners (renamed Reed Business Information in 2002).

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Sage Publications' Integrative Cancer Therapies accepted into ISI index - 27 Sep 2006

Academic and professional publisher Sage Publications, US, has announced that its journal, Integrative Cancer Therapies (ICT), has been accepted by Thomson Scientific (formerly ISI) for inclusion in the Science Citation Index Expanded. ICT will receive its first official Impact Factor in the 2008 Journal Citation Reports.

The Science Citation Index Expanded provides access to current and retrospective bibliographic information, author abstracts, and cited references found in nearly 5,900 of the world's leading scholarly science and technical journals covering over 150 disciplines.

Integrative Cancer Therapies features articles and studies focusing on evidence and science-based understanding of the mechanisms of integrative cancer treatments, which combines the best conventional cancer therapies with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The journal highlights scientific understanding of alternative medicine and traditional medicine therapies, and their responsible integration with conventional health care.

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Springer to publish 'Revue de synthèse' from January 2007 - 27 Sep 2006

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced a publishing partnership with the Fondation "pour la science," France. Under the deal, Springer will publish the latter's quarterly journal, Revue de synthèse, starting January 2007.

The global publisher will publish the French-language journal, with English abstracts, in both print and electronic versions. The journal will be available via SpringerLink, Springer's online information platform, and will include Online First, a feature wherein articles are published online before they appear in print. In addition, it will offer all authors, via the Springer Open Choice programme, the option of publishing their articles using the open access model.

Founded in 1924, The Fondation "pour la science" seeks to develop and coordinate pure scientific research, and thus counteract over-specialization. Its activities focus on new approaches to the historiography, history and philosophy of science, from the era between the two World Wars to our own time.

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Dear Subscribers - 26 Sep 2006

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

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EBSCO releases SUSHI 1.0 server - 26 Sep 2006

Subscription services provider EBSCO, US, has announced the release of its updated SUSHI server, SUSHI 1.0, now in production within EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service (EJS). EBSCO's SUSHI server facilitates automated data retrieval from EJS in compliance with the new NISO standard.

The National Information Standards Organisation (NISO) recently released the Z39.93 The Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) Protocol, as a Draft Standard for Trial Use, after a 14-month development cycle. A partner in the development of this NISO standard, EBSCO is one of the first to offer technology compliant with NISO Z39.93.

The release is followed by a NISO Managing Electronic Collections Workshop on September 28 in Denver. The workshop, co-presented by Oliver Pesch, SUSHI initiative co-chair, member of NISO's board of directors and EBSCO's chief strategist of e-resources, is aimed at introducing the initiative to a community of stakeholders. More information on the initiative is available at http://www.niso.org/committees/SUSHI/SUSHI_comm.html.

SUSHI builds on the work of Project COUNTER by allowing completely automated request and delivery of COUNTER compliant usage reports. As a founding member of Sushi, EBSCO seeks to tap the inherent value of web services and its practical applications for library automation. Sushi allows library staff to gain quick access to usage statistics in a reliable format through Counter.

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Global Publishers to launch new initiative to tackle search engines - 26 Sep 2006

A coalition of print media associations have announced plans to launch a global pilot project to avoid clashes between search engines and newspaper, periodical, magazine and book publishers. The new project, called Automated Content Access Protocol (ACAP), will take steps to stop search engines from offering publishers content for free. The initiative follows another setback for Google last week after a Belgian court ruled against the company for illegally publishing stories by French-language newspapers.

Launched by the European Publishers Council, the initiative is backed by the International Publishers Association (IPA), European Newspapers Association (ENPA) and the World Association of Newspapers. The project will include the creation of new software tags, which will tell search engines crawling the web exactly under what terms content can be used. The new software tagging system will allow individual publishers to set their own terms and conditions depending on their model of business.

ACAP, slated for launch later this year, will be presented at the forthcoming Frankfurt Book Fair on October 6, 2006. The World association of Newspapers, EPC and IPA will reportedly run the pilot for a period of 12 months.

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McGraw-Hill to acquire stake in Indian publisher Hurix Systems - 26 Sep 2006

Information services provider McGraw-Hill Companies, US, has reportedly acquired a 15 percent stake in information technology and e-publishing services company Hurix Systems Pvt. Ltd., India. The 15 percent stake will entitle board positions for the company in Hurix.

The Indian government's Foreign Investment Promotion Board has allowed Hurix to issue nearly 600,000 shares of the company to McGraw-Hill. The equity participation is expected to boost Hurix's market potential significantly.

In addition, it has committed $8 million per year revenue for the next five years for providing software services to McGraw-Hill Companies to enhance the revenues of the new joint venture company. With annual revenue of approximately $6 billion, McGraw-Hill operates in sectors such as education, media and financial services.

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Reed Business names Stephen Baker as CEO of Reed Business Search - 26 Sep 2006

B2B information provider Reed Business Information (RBI), US, part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, has announced the appointment of Stephen Baker as CEO of Reed Business Search (RB Search), the company's new B2B search initiative.

Prior to this, Baker served Norway based enterprise search technologies provider Fast Search & Transfer, where he was responsible for business development. Earlier, he also served Overture/Yahoo, where he worked on web search commercialisation.

RB Search is a new initiative that aims to offer users the best search experience and results for B2B markets.

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Senior academic officers oppose US public access legislation - 26 Sep 2006

Senior academic officers from 10 institutions in the US have expressed their concern on the provisions of a new legislation, called the 'Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006.' These institutions, which collectively make nearly $3 billion in annual research investments, have stated that mandating a six-month public release of journal articles would negatively impact the academic community and the publishers that disseminate their work.

The institutions have pointed out that the mandate may force some journals to shift to a publication model, requiring authors to pay for their publications through their Federal grants, thereby diminishing funds available for research. In addition, they fear that the legislation would damage the special relationship between scholarly societies and academic communities. The two are seen to work in partnership to ensure that these communities are sustained and extended, science is advanced, research meets the highest standards, and patient care is enhanced with accurate and timely information.

The letter, dated September 22, 2006, was signed by representatives of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine; University of Chicago; University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; SUNY Upstate Medical University; Children's Memorial Research Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences; University of Tennessee Health Science Center; University of California; Oregon Health and Sciences University; and the University of Tennessee System.

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SPARC in partnership with open source publishing project PKP - 26 Sep 2006

International alliance Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), UK, has announced a partnership with open source publishing initiative, the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) (http://pkp.sfu.ca/). Under the agreement, SPARC will encourage its members and partners to deploy PKP software tools for their publishing activities.

The PKP initiative, funded by the Canadian government, is based at the Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, and the Simon Fraser University Library. Since 2001, the PKP has offered free, open source software for the management and publishing of journals and conference proceedings. The software is projected to reduce publishing costs, improve management, enhance indexing and increase access to knowledge.

PKP software includes three solutions - Open Journal Systems (OJS), Open Conference Systems (OCS) and PKP Harvester (PKPH). The OJS software, which provides a journal management system to support every stage of the refereed publishing process, is currently used by more than 800 journals.

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British Library to introduce IP manifesto - 25 Sep 2006

The British Library, UK, has announced that it will launch its manifesto on the contentious issue of Intellectual Property (IP) reform at a fringe event at the Labour Party Conference on September 25, 2006.

The event, titled 'IP: Fee or Free? Public Access Versus Commercial Opportunity in the Digital Age', will feature representatives from players including Microsoft UK, Google and the National Consumer Council. Other participants include the British Phonographic Industry and the Open Rights Group. The event will also explore problems and paradoxes of IP rights in the digital age.

The British Library's IP Manifesto recommends that existing limitations and exceptions to copyright law should be extended to encompass unambiguously the digital environment; licences providing access to digital material should not undermine longstanding limitations and exceptions such as 'fair dealing'; the right to copy material for preservation purposes should be extended to all copyrightable works; the copyright term for sound recordings should not be extended without empirical evidence of the benefits and due consideration of the needs of society as a whole; and the length of copyright term for unpublished works should be brought into line with other terms (i.e.: life plus 70 years). In addition, the manifesto has proposed that the US model for dealing with 'orphan works' should be considered for the UK also.

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Cell Press set to launch new journal - Cell Stem Cell - 25 Sep 2006

Scientific publisher Cell Press, US, is set to launch a new journal, Cell Stem Cell. Cell Press will publish the new journal in affiliation with the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR). Deborah Sweet serves as editor.

A monthly publication, Cell Stem Cell is slated for launch in July 2007. It seeks to serve as a forum for issues of stem cell research policy and ethics, and will cover the entire range of stem cell biology, from basic cellular and developmental mechanisms to their therapeutic applications. The journal will include primary research, reviews, and commentaries from the burgeoning field of stem cells. It will also highlight the latest findings with respect to embryonic stem cells, as well as tissue-specific and cancer stem cells.

An Elsevier arm of life science research, Cell Press seeks to improve scientific communication through the publication of exciting biology research and reviews. Until now, Cell Press has published ten scientific journals including Cell and Neuron. In addition, two new titles - Cell Host & Microbe and Cell Stem Cell - are scheduled for launch in 2007.

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CMP Technology promotes Richard Nass to Editor in Chief of Embedded Systems Design - 25 Sep 2006

Marketing solutions company CMP Technology, US, has announced the promotion of Richard Nass to editor in chief of Embedded Systems Design and editorial director of Embedded Systems Conferences and Embedded.com. The appointment is effective immediately.

In his new position, Nass will be responsible for editorial direction and leadership of CMP's fully integrated embedded portfolio -- Embedded Systems Design, Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) and Embedded.com. Prior to this, he served as managing editor of CMP Electronics Group's popular online DesignLine series.

Earlier, Nass spent six years as the editor in chief of Portable Design magazine, driving the editorial to new heights while launching a magazine and technical conference in China. He also served as technology editor with Electronic Design magazine.

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Nature Clinical Practice and the World Heart Federation collaborate to create podcast to mark World Heart Day - 25 Sep 2006

Nature Clinical Practice Cardiovascular Medicine, a publication of Nature Publishing Group, UK, and the World Heart Federation, Switzerland, have announced their collaboration on the creation of an original podcast to mark the World Heart Day 2006. The World Heart Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in September every year.

The podcast, supported by an educational grant from Sanofi-Aventis, can be accessed for free at www.nature.com/ncpcardio/podcast. It comprises interviews with key figures in the world of cardiovascular health such as Dr Sidney Smith, Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the World Heart Federation, and Dr Valentin Fuster, President of the World Heart Federation and Editor in Chief of Nature Clinical Practice Cardiovascular Medicine. In addition, it also includes original material recorded at the World Congress of Cardiology in Barcelona earlier this month.

A monthly, Nature Clinical Practice Cardiovascular Medicine delivers authoritative and timely interpretations of key developments in the field of cardiovascular medicine, translating the latest findings into clinical practice. An official publication of the World Heart Federation, the journal is available online at www.nature.com/ncpcardio.

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Scirus partners with Wageningen UR to expand its repository search service - 25 Sep 2006

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced a partnership between Scirus, its free science-specific search engine, and the Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR), Netherlands. The move is projected to further expand Scirus' repository search service in Europe.

Under the deal, Scirus has indexed the university's institutional repository, the Wageningen Yield database's (WaY) nearly 7,100 full text documents. This content has been added to Scirus.com, making it available to Scirus' user base worldwide. A majority of these documents are in English, and include theses, articles, preprints/technical reports, books and patents.

The Wageningen Yield database (WaY) contains references to all books, articles, dissertations, reports and abstracts authored by Wageningen University staff from 1976 onwards. The repository comprises documents subject to copyright restrictions, and cannot be accessed from outside Wageningen UR.

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Special issue of OMICS on data standards in biological research - 25 Sep 2006

Medical publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., US, has announced a special issue of OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology on data standards in biological research. The special issue includes a compilation of papers highlighting the various strategies and models for data standards development. The entire issue is available for free online at www.liebertpub.com/omi.

According to a paper titled 'Data Standards: A Call to Action,' published in the issue, there is an urgent need for international data standards in this field. The standards would maximise the quality of the vast amounts of biological research data being generated, and make it easier for researchers worldwide to access, disseminate, and share these valuable data sets.

The report is co-authored by Cath Brooksbank from the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute and John Quackenbush from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard School of Public Health. It analyses the main challenge faced by the international research community to integrate diverse types of data and analyse that data to generate information that can support the emerging discipline of systems (integrative) biology.

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Wolters Kluwer Health to expand Indian operations - 25 Sep 2006

Medical information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, is set to expand its presence in India, it has been reported. The move is projected to create more awareness of the company's products in the Indian medical fraternity.

Wolters Kluwer Health, which set up its Indian subsidiary in January 2006, caters to professionals and students in nursing, medicine, allied health, pharmacy and the pharma industry. Though the company has denied any merger or acquisition plans, it is currently in talks with major local and multinational pharmaceutical players for its various products, say media reports.

The company's main focus in India will be to reprint medical publications at more affordable prices while adding material from the Indian context. It also announced that it will hire Indian authors to reproduce local versions of its publications.

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CABI set to publish 'The Encyclopedia of Seeds' - 22 Sep 2006

STM database provider CABI Publishing, a division of CAB International, UK, has announced that it will publish the Encyclopedia of Seeds, starting October 6, 2006. The book is reportedly the first authoritative reference work that offers an extensive insight into all aspects of seed biology, seed technology and the uses of seeds.

Encyclopedia of Seeds is projected to be a valuable resource for students and professionals in biological and agricultural sciences, academia and commerce, as well as for those who work in administrative, regulatory and other seed-related areas. With contributions from 110 expert authors worldwide, the book comprises 560 authoritative articles, illustrated with tables, figures, maps, black-and-white and colour photographs, further reading matter and 670 supplementary definitions.

Edited by Michael Black, J Derek Bewley and Peter Halmer, the encyclopaedia was launched at the recently concluded International Horticulture Conference and Exhibition 2006 in Seoul.

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ICIS Forecasting launches US Propylene to Polypropylene monthly report - 22 Sep 2006

Chemical and oil information provider ICIS, part of Reed Business Information, US, has announced the launch of the Propylene to Polypropylene monthly report covering the US market. ICIS forecasting will report on contract prices for propylene on both polymer and refinery grades as well as major PP grades such as Homopolymer Injection, Homopolymer Rafia, Homopolymer BOPP and Copolymer Film.

ICIS forecasting's methodology predicts prices by incorporating the output of the index in the forecasting model of each feedstock product (e.g. propylene, polypropylene). The price generated by incorporating the Market Sentiment Index is provided separately in the monthly report. This is the fourth product chain included in ICIS forecasting, since the launch of reports covering the polystyrene chain in the US market and the polyethylene chain in the US and Asian markets, in June 2006.

ICIS forecasting is completely independent from ICIS price reporting and is based on statistical analysis of historical assessments plus textual analysis of news files.

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JHU Press signs journal preservation agreement with Portico - 22 Sep 2006

Non-profit electronic archiving service provider Portico, US, has announced an agreement with the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Press to preserve the entire collection of journal titles published by the latter. This inclusion brings the number of titles in the Portico archive to over 3,900.

The JHU Press has been archiving select titles with JSTOR since 1996. Through this agreement, the global publisher seeks to enhance this long-standing commitment to preserve its journal content by archiving 61 journal titles with Portico. JHU Press now joins the growing list of publishers that have chosen to work collectively with JSTOR and Portico. Also, JHU Press has agreed to make an annual financial contribution to support Portico's ongoing operations.

Founded in 1878, the JHU Press is America's oldest university press. It is also one of the world's largest university presses, publishing 61 scholarly periodicals and over 200 new books each year.

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SciDAC 2006 proceedings now available online - 22 Sep 2006

The Journal of Physics: Conference Series, an open access (OA) journal published by the UK based non-profit scientific publisher Institute of Physics Publishing (IOP), has announced that the proceedings of SciDAC 2006 is now available online in volume 46 of the journal. Also, the journal will provide free access to all papers in this volume for the international research community to read.

Organised by the United States Department of Energy, the SciDAC programme funds research that harness the world's most powerful computers to solve the most challenging scientific problems. Held from June 25-29 in Denver, the second annual Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) conference was attended by 300 domain scientists, applied mathematicians, and computer scientists. Papers presented at the conference covered topics from fundamental explorations into the building blocks of matter to integrated climate modelling enabling realistic analysis of the earth's changing climate.

An OA journal for conferences, Journal of Physics: Conference Series publishes high quality, international conferences in a timely manner. It also provides a cost-effective means for conference organisers to quickly publish their proceedings and make them accessible to a wide audience.

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Serials Solutions announces success of participation in OCLC project - 22 Sep 2006

Serials Solutions, a business division of ProQuest Information and Learning, US, has announced that more than 80 of its customers are participating in OCLC, Inc.'s e-Serials project, launched in July 2006. This constitutes nearly 80 percent of the subscriber base of the project.

The cooperation between global library cooperative OCLC and Serials Solutions offers libraries an efficient way to contribute electronic serials holdings to WorldCat and ensure that these holdings are current, accurate and visible. Using a file created by Serials Solutions, OCLC sets holdings for the e-journal subscriptions of libraries. This information appears in WorldCat, OCLC's online union catalogue recently made available to the public at WorldCat.org. Electronic serials holdings information is updated monthly using library-specific information provided to OCLC by Serials Solutions.

There is no charge for Serials Solutions customers and OCLC members to participate in the programme. It makes the library's serials collection more visible to patrons and increases the usage of electronic resources. In addition, the service facilitates the library's ability to control interlibrary loan requests among members of the OCLC cooperatives.

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Wiley to re-launch Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine - 22 Sep 2006

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced an agreement with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine to assume publishing of the Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine. Under the deal, Wiley will publish the journal both in print and online via its online publishing platform, Wiley InterScience.

Wiley will re-launch the journal as Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine: A Journal of Translational and Personalized Medicine, in January 2007 with a completely new design and editorial focus. Published continuously since 1934 by The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, the journal is issued six times a year.

The re-launched version will feature articles on the evolving nature of clinical care; its close linkage to bio-medical research; and resulting opportunities for enhanced patient outcomes. Each issue will contain review articles - invited and submitted - from distinguished guest authors from the US and international institutions. In addition, the journal will accept unsolicited articles on translational and personalised medicine, subject to peer review.

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Cornell University and AAP announce new copyright guidelines governing use of electronic course content - 21 Sep 2006

The Association of American Publishers (AAP), US, and the Cornell University have announced a new set of copyright guidelines to govern the use of electronic course materials on the library's electronic course reserves system, on faculty and departmental web pages, and through the various 'course management' websites used at Cornell. The move is part of ongoing discussions over the manner in which Cornell University provides copyrighted course content to students in digital formats.

According to the guidelines, jointly drafted by Cornell and AAP, the use of such content will be governed by the same legal principles that apply to printed materials.

The guidelines affirm that the faculty must obtain permission to distribute such works to the same degree, as permission is required for reproductions and distributions of publishers' copyrighted works in hard-copy formats. In addition, AAP and Cornell are also discussing other possibilities that may be appropriate to encourage compliance with copyright law so that instructors' postings of electronic course content conform to legal requirements.

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Four more Hindawi journals accepted for Impact Factor tracking - 21 Sep 2006

STM publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation, US, has announced that four more of its open access (OA) journals have been accepted for coverage by Thompson Scientific and are on track to receive their first Impact Factors. This addition brings the number of Hindawi OA journals in one or more of Thompson Scientific's products to sixteen.

The journals - Abstract and Applied Analysis, Boundary Value Problems, the EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, and Fixed Point Theory and Applications - will now be citation-tracked in Thompson Scientific's multidisciplinary citation resource, Web of Science. With the addition of four more journals to the Web of Science, the company expects to attract high quality submissions.

In addition to the sixteen journals already indexed by Thompson Scientific, several more journals from Hindawi's open access collection are currently under review.

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ISPE launches 'Journal of Pharmaceutical Innovation' - 21 Sep 2006

ISPE, a US-based international society for technical professionals in the healthcare manufacturing industry, has announced the launch of a new, scientific, peer-reviewed journal, Journal of Pharmaceutical Innovation. The journal is a cooperative effort between ISPE and Reed Elsevier, with support from the US Food and Drug Administration. Dr. James K. Drennen III, Associate Professor, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, serves as editor of the journal.

The Journal of Pharmaceutical Innovation is intended for the publication of research and review manuscripts emphasising new and innovative methods and techniques used by pharmaceutical professionals serving all aspects of the industry. It will include scientific data from a panel of distinguished authors, and will reach 23,000 ISPE members across 81 countries.

In addition, the journal will be distributed to nearly 15,000 international industry and academic professionals. It will be available at no charge in print and online versions to ISPE members, along with online access to select Reed Elsevier journals.

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Ovid provides the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation access to ClinicalResource@Ovid - 21 Sep 2006

Information solutions provider Ovid Technologies, US, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, has announced that it will provide the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation (HHC) with access to ClinicalResource@Ovid, a comprehensive collection of evidence-based and peer-reviewed clinical information resources. The New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation is a consortium of public hospitals, nursing facilities, treatment centres, and other healthcare facilities representing the largest municipal healthcare system in the US.

Under the deal, every HHC facility in New York will have electronic access to a comprehensive package of evidence-based clinical information. ClinicalResource@Ovid seamlessly integrates major informational resources, providing healthcare professionals with critical answers to key clinical questions at multiple points of care.

Resources available to HHC facilities via Clinical Resource@Ovid include diagnostic and treatment guidelines, review literature, drug information, online journals and books, and more. Sophisticated linking technology enables users to connect seamlessly among all of these resources.

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Thomson set to acquire Solucient - 21 Sep 2006

Information solutions provider Thomson Corporation, US, has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Solucient, LLC. Primarily owned by VNU Group B.V., Veronis Suhler Stevenson and VHA Inc., Solucient provides healthcare decision support solutions to nearly 3,000 customers. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Under the deal, Solucient will now become part of the Medstat business within Thomson's scientific and healthcare group. This acquisition is projected to strengthen Thomson's existing position as a leading provider of healthcare decision support in the US. Solucient has a rich supply of public and proprietary data delivered within integrated work tools. Through Medstat, Thomson has an equally rich set of work tools, primarily serving healthcare payers, including employers, health plans and government agencies responsible for the healthcare of more than 100 million Americans. The combination of the two corresponding businesses will effectively address the decision support needs of healthcare payers and providers.

Thomson is now well positioned to provide healthcare decision makers with the most comprehensive and valuable set of decision support capabilities for managing healthcare costs as well as quality of care. The transaction, expected to close later this year, is subject to customary closing conditions.

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University of Leeds selects Endeavor's digital resource management tool - 21 Sep 2006

Library management software provider Endeavor Information Systems, US, has announced that the University of Leeds has selected the company's Curator technology to serve as the central repository for the school's collection of multimedia teaching aids. Based on open technology standards, Curator will provide the university with a comprehensive solution for searching, creating and managing its digital resources.

A robust digital repository, Curator will enable more effective and efficient allocation of the teaching aids while also reducing the effort required to manage these resources. Centralising control of all the university's teaching aids with Curator is also expected to substantially improve the accessibility of the aids without compromising existing access rights or licensing issues. Previously, the multimedia teaching aids had been maintained in disparate collections by separate departments, often employing systems developed internally.

Curator's wide-ranging support of metadata formats was a key reason for its selection by the university. The functionality ensures that the university's existing collections, which employ both standard and custom metadata formats, can be easily migrated without any loss of functionally.

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Wiley-VCH expands publishing agreement with EFIS - 21 Sep 2006

Publisher Wiley-VCH Verlag, Germany, the Executive Committee (ExCo) of the European Journal of Immunology (EJI), and the European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS) have announced a new expanded publishing agreement. The agreement is projected to make EJI the foremost international immunology journal published in Europe. Edited under the auspices of EFIS, EJI will focus on publishing a broad spectrum of high-quality scientific research from across the globe.

New editors, representing the different subject areas covered in the journal, will be jointly invited by EFIS and Wiley-VCH to serve as ExCo members of the journal on a rotating basis. The aim is to ensure rapid and high standard peer-review of submitted papers.

Prof. Rolf Zinkernagel, Chair of the ExCo for past seven years, will continue to work for the journal until end of 2007. He will be supported by two deputies, one from the US and one from Australasia/Asia. Profits from the journal will be used to aid and support the immunology research community and to sponsor scientific events.

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Dear Subscribers - 20 Sep 2006

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Elsevier signs agreement with Australian University Library - 20 Sep 2006

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced an agreement with the Monash University in Australia, to provide vital scientific and medical information.

Under the deal, Elsevier will provide the university's 55,000 strong student community, from 10 faculties, with full access to 35 Reference Works and 2 Handbooks covering authoritative titles from core scientific and medical literature. This includes titles such as Encyclopedia of Energy, Encyclopedia of Geology, Encyclopedia of Soils in the Environment, Treatise on Geochemistry, Encyclopedia of Biodiversity and the International Encyclopedia of Social & Behavioral Science. In addition, Elsevier's standard 'walk-up' provision will allow all citizens free access to scientific and medical information covered under these agreements.

The Monash University user community will be able to access Reference Works and Handbooks via Elsevier's ScienceDirect platform. Reference Works offer definitive reviews of their fields, via authoritative, validated content, edited by international teams of experts. The scope of these works range from the detailed, exhaustive coverage of specialist areas to the broad-based succinct overviews in the Encyclopedias.

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Information industry to reach $458 billion by 2009, says Outsell report - 20 Sep 2006

Research and advisory firm Outsell, Inc., US, has announced the release of a new report that forecasts the annual trends and drivers that fuel the information industry. The report 'Information Industry Outlook: FutureFacts 2007' predicts that the industry will reach $458 billion in revenues in 2006-09, with a slow but steady compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.4 percent.

According to the report, industry sectors like search and market research, powered by companies like Google, Yahoo, VNU and IMS Health, will be among the high-growth segments. Outsell forecasts that Search, Aggregation and Syndication will achieve a CAGR of 17.3 percent over the next three years, reaching $68 billion in revenues, while Market Research, Reports & Services will achieve a CAGR of 11.3 percent and revenues of $39.7 billion. In a reversal of fortune, the former titans of the information industry - news publishers - will experience just 1 percent growth through 2009 and see their industry market share decline from 37 percent to 30.5 percent.

Outsell unveils FutureFacts each year at Go!, its signature information industry event . It summarizes the metrics, trends and predictions for all key sectors of the industry and key customer groups that fuel their market, including advertisers, enterprises and end users. This year's report looks at 11 segments. This includes STM; Market Research, Reports & Services; Search, Aggregation & Syndication; B2B Trade Publishing & Company Information; News Providers & Publishers; and more.

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Thieme releases Anatomy Series edition on neck and internal organs - 20 Sep 2006

Thieme New York, part of medical and scientific publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has announced the release of Thieme Atlas of Anatomy: Neck and Internal Organs, the newest edition in its Atlas of Anatomy series. The latest release integrates anatomical and medical concepts to offer an amalgamation of anatomical information. The 384-page atlas comprises hundreds of clinical applications containing 962 detailed illustrations, clearly labelled for rapid identification.

Neck and Internal Organs, written, illustrated and assembled using the highest standards, is divided into four sections - Neck, Thorax, Abdomen and Pelvis, and Neurovascular Supply to the Organs. Each chapter presents anatomical information with clarity. Colour-coded summary tables, concisely organising key facts, are ideal for rapidly previewing and reviewing information on specific topics.

In addition, the atlas contains double-paged spreads, effectively producing self-contained guides, dedicated to specific topics. Core information, located easily, sits alongside comprehensive information, enabling more extensive study. Diagrams in conjunction with drawings highlight specific features as well as clarify vital anatomical and medical concepts.

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Thomson launches research assessment and collections management tool - 20 Sep 2006

Information solutions provider Thomson Scientific, US, has announced that its partnership with the University of Melbourne has resulted in the launch of Journal Use Reports, a new research assessment and collections management tool. Australia's University of Newcastle and University of New South Wales are the first universities to reach an agreement for access.

Found within ISI Web of Knowledge, Journal Use Reports harnesses the power and depth of Thomson Scientific citation information and combines it with a library's own usage data. This produces a true picture of the utility of the library's resources. This information, in turn, helps librarians prioritise and evaluate their collections, and helps researchers and universities demonstrate the impact and prominence of their research.

The University of Melbourne worked closely with Thomson Scientific and four universities from the US in the creation of Journal Use Reports. It tested the programme and provided feedback at every stage in the 18-month process.

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Versita, MetaPress deal to deliver advanced E-Content hosting services to Central and Eastern Europe - 20 Sep 2006

Scientific publisher Versita, Poland, formerly called Central European Science Journals, has announced a licensing agreement with MetaPress, a web hosting platform service of EBSCO Inc.'s Publisher Promotion & Fulfilment division.

Under the deal, EBSCO will provide comprehensive hosting services to parts of Central and Eastern Europe, where hosting platforms for electronic content were formerly unavailable. Publishers in these regions can now take advantage of the benefits of e-publishing from one the world's leading e-publishing and hosting solutions provider.

MetaPress is an innovative, controlled-access content-management service that formats publishers' printed products for easy online viewing and provides a customised, branded host system to manage them. Versita publishes scientific journals for Central and Eastern European research institutions, societies and universities. In addition to publishing, the publishing house also offers full publishing services, e-publishing services and e-marketing services.

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Wiley unveils Wiley Pathways imprint - 20 Sep 2006

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has announced the launch of Wiley Pathways, a new imprint of Higher Education textbooks. All Wiley Pathways books focus on the fundamentals and use a modular format with clear, concise language and built-in resources that promote independent learning.

Books in the Wiley Pathways imprint will be published in career clusters focusing on subjects with high employment growth. Priced at under $60, these books are designed to serve the growing group of working students with families, who are pursuing their post-secondary education with a strong career focus. The first three clusters slated for release this fall are in areas such as Emergency Management, Health Care Administration, and Business Management. Titles scheduled for release later this month include Marketing, Health Care Management, Disaster Response and Recovery, and Emergency Planning. This will be followed by a business-oriented information technology cluster in January. Other clusters are in development.

Wiley Pathways books are supported by the new Wiley Pathways website, which delivers information on the field, the market, educational outlook, and corresponding Wiley Pathways resources. In addition, all texts offer a companion Web site for instructors with PowerPoint presentations, image gallery, test bank, instructor manual, and more. The Wiley Pathways site can be accessed at http://wiley.com/go/pathways.

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Wiley-VCH names Dr. Peter Gregory as Editorial Director and member of Wiley's global STM board - 20 Sep 2006

Wiley-VCH, the German subsidiary of John Wiley & Sons, US, has announced the appointment of Dr. Peter Gregory as Editorial Director and member of Wiley's Global STM Board. He will also serve as Editor-in-Chief of the journals Advanced Materials and Advanced Functional Materials.

Dr. Gregory joins Wiley-VCH with extensive experience in journal, magazine, book, and reference work publishing in both commercial and society publishing environments. In his new position, he will be expected to provide the international scientific community with still better services.

Prior to this, Dr. Gregory served as Managing Director of Publishing at the Royal Society of Chemistry in Cambridge. Previously, he served Wiley-VCH from 1989 to 2002.

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APA journals require strict disclosures by authors - 19 Sep 2006

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has called for full disclosure of any industry-derived personal income and research funding from all authors writing for the American Journal of Psychiatry and other peer-reviewed APA publications. This is according to an editorial published in the September 2006 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.

It is feared that the funds - including speakers' honoraria, consultation fees and research contracts - may bias the conduct of studies, the interpretation of data and the reporting of findings. The writers need to reveal such funds received in the 12 months prior to submission, not just for the research covered in the article. Starting with the October issues, the disclosures will be published at the end of each article in APA journals. In a similar move, another medical journal, JAMA, had recently urged authors to disclose financial ties to drug companies.

Among those who have signed the editorial are the editors of the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, Psychiatric Services and Focus and the chair of the task force overseeing the next edition of the DSM. Dr. Jack McIntyre, chair of the APA Steering Committee on Practice Guidelines, also signed the editorial.

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Baywood Publishing offers Abstracts in Anthropology online - 19 Sep 2006

Publisher Baywood Publishing, US, has announced the online availability of the journal Abstracts in Anthropology. The journal covers a broad spectrum of significant, current anthropological topics from several hundred periodicals.

Abstracts in Anthropology Online contains abstracts from print issue 46.1 (2003) to print issue 51.4 (2005) of the indispensable international reference. With over 50 volumes to its credit, the journal claims to be the only comprehensive abstracting journal in the field of anthropology, publishing three thousand abstracts per volume. The new online version is projected to help the international anthropology community to utilise versatile search options, providing information more quickly. Users can also save searches and results using the flexible folders.

Baywood Publishing is currently offering a 90-day free trial. Once registered, users can gain immediate unlimited access to the journals' abstracts. The free trial is available at http://www.baywood.com/journals/PreviewJournals.asp?Id=0001-3455.

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BioMed Central survey shows widespread support for open access - 19 Sep 2006

Open access (OA) publisher BioMed Central, UK, has released results of an international survey of 75 biomedical funders on their policies regarding open access to the results of research.

The survey, conducted in late 2005, revealed strong support by funders to increase access to the results of research, through open access publishing and open access archiving. BioMed Central has so far been able to obtain information on open access policies from 33 of the 75 funders listed. Many of the funders who were contacted as part of the survey indicated that, while they are yet to frame an official policy in support of open access, it is an issue they are actively working on.

To assist authors wishing to publish in open access journals, the results of BioMed Central's survey have been compiled into a comparison table, bringing together detailed information on each funder's policy. The summary of funder policies on open access is available at http://www.biomedcentral.com/info/authors/funderpolicies.

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BMJ Publishing unveils new e-learning service for foundation doctors - 19 Sep 2006

Publisher British Medical Journal (BMJ) Publishing Group, UK, has reportedly launched a new broadband learning service for junior foundation doctors and their clinical tutors. The service, called the BMJ Learning Foundation Programme, is projected to help foundation level 1 and 2 junior doctors to meet the curriculum requirements of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Department of Health syllabus.

The programme will make use of multimedia learning modules to enhance learning. Trainees can view simulation modules as well as diagnosis modules to further engage with their studies. In addition, they can practice filling out forms and also secure advice on how to deal with seriously ill or difficult patients. The service will address seven major areas including maintaining good medical practice, professional behaviour, good clinical care, relationships with patients and communications, working with colleagues, teaching and training, and probity and acute care.

The service, available through the BMJ learning website, can be accessed by doctors and clinicians for free, after registration. Until now, nearly 1400 people have enrolled, since it was first made available in August.

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Dear Subscribers - 19 Sep 2006

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John Wiley to publish Tyler and Baker's book on xBML - 19 Sep 2006

Cedric Tyler and Steve Baker, co-inventors of the eXtended Business Modeling Language (xBML) and co-founders of BusinessGenetics and xBML Innovations, have announced a contract with publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US. The deal covers the publication of their book, xBML: A 21st Century Business Management Tool.

The book challenges mainstream thinking and theories, explores the issues inherent in existing tools and techniques, how and why they have yielded minimal results, and why business modelling is a science and not an art. xBML, which is projected as the world's first and only scientific method for describing business, uncovers the very DNA of business, and is a practical approach to solving some of the most complex business problems.

The book claims to be a must read for those in the corporate world, from leadership to subject matter experts. Readers can educate themselves on what makes xBML different and how they can apply it to their own organisations to drive quantifiable business improvement. The xBML approach has been applied across a broad range of initiatives within many industries and has resulted in significant, client-identified savings - over $2 billion in total. The book may be pre-ordered on the BusinessGenetics Web site at http://www.businessgenetics.net/.

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Publisher Services offers new service for small publishers / authors - 19 Sep 2006

Publisher Services, a division of Bar Code Graphics, Inc., US, has announced that it will provide small authors/publishers with the ability to quickly obtain single ISBN numbers and digital barcode files. The service is particularly suitable for individuals planning to self distribute and/or provide their books over the Internet, as it offers an affordable alternative to obtain the required single ISBN numbers and bar code artwork.

ISBN assignment is available in minutes and orders can be placed over the phone or directly over the Internet. Customers who order ISBN numbers from Publisher Services retain all copyright and distribution rights to their publications.

With Publisher Services, companies that intend to market multiple publications and utilise book distributors are encouraged to obtain ISBN blocks directly from the ISBN agency. Recognising that the small independent publisher market requires personal assistance, customer service representatives are available over the phone to educate and assist new publishers. Copyright registration assistance, web page creation services and Google book search submission aid are also available.

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'Nature' opts for open peer-review systems - 18 Sep 2006

Scientific journal Nature has reportedly adopted an open peer-review system to review papers submitted for publication. Under the initiative, manuscripts will be uploaded to a pre-print server and made available online to members of the scientific community in a blog format.

Comments submitted are subject to review themselves prior to being published, and those commenting will be required to put their name and institution to their words. In addition to public review via the Peer Review Trial, manuscripts will continue to be sent to Nature's experts for a closed review. Also, authors can choose not to have their work reviewed in this manner, as there are some disadvantages associated with having an open peer-review. Although access is intended primarily for the scientific community, anyone can access the pre-published material.

However, the journal will discard any comments found to be irrelevant, intemperate or inappropriate. According to Nature's editors, both sets of comments -- the traditional peer-review opinions as well as the online remarks - will be taken into consideration while deciding whether or not to publish a study.

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ALPSP announces winners of annual awards in professional publishing - 18 Sep 2006

The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), US, has announced the winners of the ALPSP Awards and the ALPSP/Charlesworth Awards. The international awards recognise significant achievements in the field of learned and professional publishing and are open to all publishers, societies and journal owners.

The British Journal of Surgery, published by John Wiley and Sons for the British Journal of Surgery Society Ltd., was announced winner of the ALPSP/Charlesworth Award for Learned Journals 2006. While the judges awarded a Highly Commended certificate to The Lancet Neurology, published by Elsevier, Regenerative Medicine, published by Future Medicine, and Crime Media Culture, published by SAGE Publications, were announced joint winners in the ALPSP/Charlesworth Award for Best New Journal 2006.

The ALPSP Award for Publishing Innovation was won by the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) for its Data Exchange, Quality Assurance and Integrated Data Publication (CIF and checkCIF). The judges also awarded a Highly Commended certificate to the Knovel Interactive Library, an extensive online research platform for scientists and engineers.

Sally Morris, CEO of ALPSP, bagged the ALPSP Awards for Service to Scholarly Publishing for providing inspiration, wise advice and leadership to the stakeholders of the industry. Also short-listed was e-Therapeutics: Drug Therapy Management from the Canadian Pharmacists Association.

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Dear Subscribers - 18 Sep 2006

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

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EBSCO announces key enhancements to A-to-Z service - 18 Sep 2006

Subscription services provider EBSCO Information Services, US, has announced that it has enhanced its A-to-Z (A-to-Z) title listing service to meet the demands of its growing customer base. Several new features have been introduced to reduce the administrative demands of managing electronic resources.

Enhancements include a new account details page that provides vital collection statistics at-a-glance as well as up-to-date information about the account status, including activated features; access to the library's file upload/download history, including date and time of recent downloads; new search capabilities to easily locate individual titles or titles that are part of a package; the ability to manage coverage information for e-journal packages at the package or title level; an updated title wizard providing additional details to help customers select the right titles; and other improvements that simplify usage of notes, icons and more.

EBSCO's A-to-Z service provides library patrons with a single, comprehensive list of the electronic titles to which they have access. The feature allows users to quickly locate and link to journals of interest. Users can search for journals by keyword or browse an alphabetical list by title or subject.

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MetaLib to be integrated with Cambridge Journals Online - 18 Sep 2006

Library solutions provider Ex Libris, Israel, and academic publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP), UK, have announced a new deal. The two will integrate MetaLib, Ex Libris' library portal and metasearch tool, with Cambridge Journals Online, CUP's database of articles from over 200 academic journals. MetaLib will now be able to search the Cambridge University Press XML gateway and retrieve Cambridge Journals Online results.

CUP and Ex Libris jointly developed the Cambridge University Press XML gateway, which uses the Search/Retrieve via URL (SRU) protocol. The new XML gateway enables MetaLib users to include Cambridge Journals Online along with other databases in a single search, retrieving records from all these databases.

CUP, the publishing division of the University of Cambridge, seeks to advance learning, knowledge and research worldwide with the publication of over 200 journals and over 2,500 books a year for distribution in more than 200 countries. Ex Libris is a worldwide developer and provider of high-performance applications for libraries, information centres and researchers, with installations in 62 countries.

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Public Library of Science set to launch new OA journal on neglected tropical diseases - 18 Sep 2006

Non-profit publisher Public Library of Science (PLoS), US, has announced the launch of a new open access (OA) journal, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. The journal claims to be the first OA journal covering the world's most neglected diseases. Peter Hotez, Professor and Chairman, Department of Microbiology and Tropical Medicine, The George Washington University, serves as Editor-in-Chief.

Supported by a $1.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, will focus on the world's most neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), such as elephantiasis, river blindness, leprosy, hookworm, schistosomiasis, and African sleeping sickness. The journal will publish high-quality, peer-reviewed research on all scientific, medical, and public health aspects of these forgotten diseases affecting millions of people every year in poor countries. In addition, the journal will include an engaging magazine section containing commentaries, reviews, features, analyses, and debates, using the latest online functionality.

The journal will begin accepting submissions in 2007. Its International Editorial Board includes experts from developing countries, and some of the biggest names in tropical medicine and global health, including renowned health economist Jeffrey Sachs and the director of the World Health Organisation's African river blindness control program, Uche Amazigo.

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Royal Society to offer free access to over 340 years of landmark science - 18 Sep 2006

The Royal Society, UK's autonomous scientific academy, has announced that a complete archive of the Royal Society journals will be made freely available online for the first time. This includes some of the most significant scientific papers published since 1665.

The Society's online collection, until recently only extended back to 1997. The archive now comprises every paper published in the Royal Society journals from the first ever peer-reviewed scientific journal, Philosophical Transactions in 1665, to the most recent addition, Interface. In addition, the archive provides a record of key scientific discoveries in the last 340 years. It also comprises more amusing experiments and observations such as the use of electrical conductors to cure muscle stiffness and a bizarre description of a 'Very Odd Monstrous Calf' which illustrate the inquisitive nature of science's early pioneers.

The archive will be freely available online until December 2006. Following this period, it will be available as part of Royal Society journal subscription packages or alternatively on a-pay per-view basis.

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Techbooks names Carol Field as Director of Publishing Services - 18 Sep 2006

e-content service provider Techbooks, US, has announced the appointment of Carol Field as Director of Publishing Services.

In her new position, Field will be expected to strengthen professional and higher education content solutions. She will work directly with authors and publishers, such as McGraw Hill and Reed Elsevier, to develop and create content, particularly in the STM sector. Her focus initially will be in medical and humanities world.

A 30 year veteran of publishing industry, Field will initially focus on the medical and humanities world. Prior to this, she served Dovetail Content Solutions, where she oversaw editorial and production services. Earlier, she also served in several editorial and operations positions within Harper & Row Medical Publishers, Saunders College Publishing, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and Elsevier's Clinics of North America division.

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'Science' launches full-text digitised archive, Science Classic - 15 Sep 2006

The journal Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has announced the launch of Science Classic - the newly digitised full-text archive of the journal. Science Classic features cover-to-cover access of every issue, from the journal's first issue in 1880 through 1996. The new comprehensive interface makes it easier to search the entire archived collection.

The Science Classic back file complements Science Online, which covers issues from 1997 until today. All articles from the back file will carry the Science Classic logo for easy identification. The content includes groundbreaking research of the human genome and the genes for breast and colon cancer as well as other original research, commentary and policy articles, news stories, letters, book reviews and association affairs.

Science Classic is now integrated with the current content of Science Online and provides easy access to scientific articles fully text indexed and searchable. The complete collection of Science papers from Volume 1, Issue 1, July 1880 through December 1996 is now accessible from the Science homepage at http://www.sciencemag.org/archive/.

While AAAS members have full-text access to Science Classic for free, institutional access requires a separate site licence. However, AAAS does provide free access to summaries and abstracts.

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Dutch doctor takes BMJ to court with libel charges - 15 Sep 2006

Dr. Matthias Rath of the Netherlands has reportedly filed a lawsuit against BMJ Publishing Group for having published a story in the British Medical Journal, which he alleges is defamatory. He is seeking compensation of over £300,000 for the article published in the July edition of the journal. He has also sought an injunction to prevent any repetition of the allegations.

Titled 'Vitamins promoter goes on trial for fraud', the article is about an alternative medicine doctor, who is blamed for the death of a nine-year-old boy with bone cancer. According to the story, the doctor is sent on trial for fraud in Germany for convincing the boy's parents to reject conventional medical treatments, and use a 'miracle cure' rich in vitamins. The story, which was available online until recently, has been removed on legal advice.

Following Dr. Rath's publicity campaigns, several people have reportedly been giving up antiretroviral drugs to opt for vitamin supplements.

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Harcourt Education names Lloyd Waterhouse President and COO - 15 Sep 2006

Global education provider Harcourt Education, US, has announced the appointment of Lloyd G. "Buzz" Waterhouse to the newly-created position of President and Chief Operating Officer. Waterhouse will report directly to Harcourt Education Global CEO, Pat Tierney. The appointment is effective immediately.

Waterhouse joins Harcourt with extensive experience and a successful track record in managing large education, information, and technology-based businesses. Prior to this, he served as CEO and Chairman of Reynolds and Reynolds Co., Inc., a leading provider of technology solutions for the automotive industry. Earlier, he had a successful career with IBM, where he held general manager positions for a number of key divisions.

In his new position, Waterhouse will oversee operations at Harcourt's domestic businesses which provide instructional materials and related services and products. The business units reporting to him include Harcourt School Publishers; Holt, Rinehart and Winston; Harcourt Achieve; Harcourt Trade Publishers; and Greenwood-Heinemann. Also, he will be responsible for information technology and e-learning services across all business units. Harcourt Assessment, Harcourt International, and Harcourt corporate staff functions will however continue to report to Tierney.

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O'Reilly Media to co-publish books and online resources with Adobe - 15 Sep 2006

Publisher O'Reilly Media, Inc., US, has announced a partnership with US-based software vendor Adobe Systems, Inc., to launch the Adobe Developer Library, a new publishing imprint. It is designed to meet the rising demand among developers for tools and resources to help create the next generation of rich Internet applications.

Under the deal, Adobe and O'Reilly will co-publish and co-brand books and online learning resources for developers creating applications with technologies such as Adobe Flex, ActionScript, Adobe Flash and Flash Video. The first Adobe Developer Library books are slated for publication later this year.

The Adobe Developer Library is the official source for comprehensive learning solutions to help developers create expressive and interactive web applications that can reach virtually anyone on any platform. With top-notch books and innovative online resources covering the latest in rich Internet application development, the Adobe Developer Library offers expert training and in-depth resources, straight from the source.

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Primedia names Gavin Conway as Editor-in-Chief, Automobile Magazine - 15 Sep 2006

Media firm Primedia Inc., US, has announced the appointment of Gavin Conway as editor-in-chief of Automobile Magazine. He replaces Jean Jennings, who has been promoted to President of the Automobile Magazine brand.

Prior to this, Conway served IWC Media as editor of 4Car, one of the largest online motoring magazines in the UK. Earlier, he also served UK publications such as Autocar Magazine and Classic & Sportscar Magazine.

Now in its 20th year, Automobile Magazine is designed to appeal to the interests of automotive enthusiasts. Its diverse editorial mix includes behind-the-wheel experiences in the world's most fascinating cars, as well as personalities, travel, destinations, automotive art, vintage cars, and industry trends.

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ProQuest acquires electronic parts catalogue unit of DCS - 15 Sep 2006

ProQuest Business Solutions Inc., a subsidiary of ProQuest Company, US, has announced that it has closed on its acquisition of the CPD electronic parts catalogue business of Dealer Computer Services, Inc. (DCS), US. The acquisition has received regulatory and ProQuest Company Board of Directors approval.

The deal calls for the immediate transfer of over 2,000 Ford and Lincoln-Mercury CPD customers to ProQuest Business Solutions. The company will now start updating the CPD product used by Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealers with the latest vehicle and parts information.

ProQuest Business Solutions is the original developer of electronic parts catalogues, used by over 33,000 dealerships worldwide. The company's products transform complex technical data, like parts catalogues and service manuals, into easily accessed electronic information for the world's major automotive manufacturers and their dealer networks.

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Wiley expands partnership with Skyscape to provide evidence-based medicine summaries - 15 Sep 2006

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced a new agreement with mobile medical references provider Skyscape, Inc., US, to make InfoPOEMs evidence-based medicine summaries available to Skyscape subscribers.

Under the deal, Skyscape will offer the InfoPOEMs channel to its customer base of over 575,000 medical professionals. InfoPOEMs will be offered as a stand-alone product, and each subscriber will receive monthly updates comprising the entire InfoPOEMs content from the previous month. Updates will be delivered to an array of mobile devices including personal digital assistants (PDAs), smart phones and cell phones, as well as desktop personal computers. The new agreement expands an already existing partnership between the two companies. Since December 2005, Skyscape has provided its subscribers with content from The Cochrane Library, an international resource for evidence-based medicine published by Wiley.

Acquired by Wiley in October 2005, InfoPOEM, Inc. is a leading provider of evidence-based medical content and web-based search tools. Its flagship services -- Daily POEMs and InfoRetriever -- form the basis of a medical information management system that improves patient care and increases clinical efficiency.

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BioMed Central launches open access chemistry journal - 14 Sep 2006

Chemistry Central, a new initiative of open access (OA) publisher BioMed Central, has launched the Chemistry Central Journal, an OA peer-reviewed, online chemistry journal. This was announced at the ongoing American Chemical Society meeting in San Francisco. The journal is expected to publish its first articles in early 2007.

Chemistry Central Journal claims to be the first international OA journal that covers the entire gamut of topics in chemistry. It encompasses all aspects of research in the subject, broken down into discipline-specific sections. Its editorial advisory board comprises senior chemistry researchers from across the world, including four Nobel laureates.

The journal seeks to offer space for research in areas where there has previously been no OA journal available. It is currently accepting submissions. All articles will be deposited in PubMed Central and will therefore be automatically linked into PubChem.

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CAS unveils latest enhancements to SciFinder research tool - 14 Sep 2006

The Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society, has announced the release of SciFinder 2007. The latest version of the SciFinder intelligent research tool, slated for launch in the fourth quarter of 2006, will include new features that enable users to process records more conveniently, including those for commercially available chemicals.

The latest release is expected to make it easier for scientists to fine-tune their answer sets for chemistry-related literature, substances and reactions. The enhancements were demonstrated by CAS at the American Chemical Society national meeting in San Francisco. Enhancements include combining answer sets for substances, reactions, and references; export of commercial chemical records from CHEMCATS into excel; exploring from substance display; and printing structures in thumbnail display format.

SciFinder seeks to provide scientists with easy, point-and-click access to chemical information. The desktop tool is claimed to be an immediate hit with scientists, assisting them and other researchers worldwide with access to the multidisciplinary CAS databases.

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Dear Subscribers - 14 Sep 2006

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

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ECNext adds business news from Newstex to Manta - 14 Sep 2006

Web merchandising and marketing services provider ECNext, US, has announced that its premium business information website, MANTA, will now include news from Newstex. Newstex offers content on demand, including tailored, real-time news and commentary from a range of branded newswires, newspapers, magazines, financial and business sources, official government feeds and blogs.

This partnership is projected to provide ECNext users with access to current business news articles, company press releases and a news archive covering past three years. With millions of articles, both current and archived, available from over 500 leading journals, magazines, newspapers, and newswires, MANTA users will be able to access article archives from leading publishers on a pay-per-view basis.

The addition of business news articles complements the millions of company profiles, financial reports, and industry reports already available on MANTA. The web portal provides basic company profile information for over 45 million global companies, and free detailed company profiles for over 13 million companies when users register for free with the site.

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Endeavor Information Systems announces General Availability of Endeavor Analyzer - 14 Sep 2006

Library management software provider Endeavor Information Systems, US, has announced the general availability of its analysis and reporting module, Endeavor Analyzer. A web-based reporting system providing enhanced insights into operational and institutional data, Analyzer seeks to bring business intelligence capabilities into the library environment.

The Endeavor tool offers an easy-to-use graphical interface that simplifies data collection and evaluation. By monitoring departmental and collection activity, creating customised reports to support special projects, and assisting staff in managing workflows and events, Analyzer helps increase patron service, improve staff productivity, and decrease library operating costs. Currently, it can be used in conjunction with Voyager, Endeavor's flagship integrated library system (ILS). The same technology is built directly into Endeavor Meridian, the company's electronic resource management (ERM) system.

Ultimately, Endeavor plans to offer Analyzer reporting functionality throughout the company's foundation layer of products. The foundation layer, in addition to Voyager and Meridian, comprises Curator, a comprehensive solution to search, create and manage digital resources; and Journals Onsite, an enterprise-level system for libraries to locally store, search and browse e-journals.

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Journal of Dental Research names Dr. Dana T. Graves Associate Editor of CROBM section - 14 Sep 2006

The Joint Boards of the International & American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR), US, has announced the appointment of Dr. Dana T. Graves as associate editor of the Journal of Dental Research (JDR). Dr. Graves currently serves as professor of periodontology and oral biology at Boston University.

In his new position, Graves will be responsible for Critical Reviews in Oral Biology & Medicine (CROBM). Formerly an independent publication, CROBM is now a featured section in the JDR. Selected after an international candidate search, Graves will succeed long-time CROBM editor Olav Alvares, who has been with CROBM since its inception 16 years ago.

The official publication of the International & American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR), JDR provides the latest information on all sciences relevant to dentistry and to the oral cavity and associated structures in health and disease. The journal continues to hold the top SIF ranking of all dental journals worldwide.

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Newgen Imaging increases adoption of PTC's Arbortext to address rising challenges in publishing - 14 Sep 2006

Enterprise software vendor PTC, US, has announced the expansion of its engagement with India based publishing company Newgen Imaging, to further deploy PTC's Arbortext solution for dynamic publishing. The broader adoption of Arbortext is expected to help Newgen to grow business, react faster to customer needs, and become a larger player in the global publishing services industry.

PTC's Arbortext software is used worldwide to automate the production of complex printed documents such as STM journals, legal documents, technical documentation, catalogues and directories. In addition to cutting costs and production time, automation also gives publishers the flexibility to update information more frequently and to produce publications in more variations for multiple target audiences.

Arbortext's dynamic publishing capabilities automatically produce publications in limitless combinations on multiple types of media. The software is geared towards helping customers solve their publishing needs, particularly those related to the global production and delivery of technical documentation, product catalogues, and product information.

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Wiley launches new journal - Statistical Analysis and Data Mining - 14 Sep 2006

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced the launch of Statistical Analysis and Data Mining, a new international journal providing interdisciplinary focus on data analysis. The journal, slated for launch in early 2007, will be published both in print and online via Wiley's online publishing platform, Wiley InterScience.

Designed to encourage collaborations across the diverse disciplines of computer science, engineering, and statistics, the journal will provide new data mining and statistical techniques to both beginners as well as experts involved in the analysis of data from practical problems. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining will adopt Wiley's new business model for newly launched journals, in which complimentary online access is available to institutions throughout 2007 and 2008.

Arnold Goodman, Center for Statistical Consulting, University of California Irvine; Chandrika Kamath, Center for Applied Scientific Computing, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; and Vipin Kumar, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota, serve as Editors-in-Chief. Each issue will feature articles that address key issues such as solving data analysis problems associated with massive complex datasets; providing applications and solutions that are focused on solving real problems; describing innovative data mining algorithms or novel statistical approaches; comparing and contrasting techniques to solve a problem; and conducting an objective evaluation of the analyses and the solutions.

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CMP Technology launches print edition of 'EE Times Europe' - 13 Sep 2006

Marketing solutions provider CMP Technology Electronics Group, US, has announced the launch of the print edition of EE Times Europe (http://www.eetimes.eu) with the September 1-17 issue. The publication is projected to provide both global and local news and analysis to European technology firms. The biweekly print and digital edition complements the integrated media offering that includes the pan-European web site and e-mail newsletters launched in June.

The English-only EE Times Europe print and digital edition has an initial circulation of 55,000, making it the largest electronics industry news publication in Europe. Editorial content includes locally generated European staff copy as well as coverage and analysis from the US version of EE Times. New products coverage from the former Electronics-Express monthly tabloid is now a featured section of EE Times Europe and is an integral part of EE Times Europe Online.

First issue highlights include an exclusive cover story and interview with Carlo Bozotti, president and CEO, STMicroelectronics; and an in-depth News section with coverage from Eastern Europe, Russia, Israel, Malaysia, China and Silicon Valley. The Design Currents section features articles and papers from industry experts focusing on trends, best practices and advances in new systems and chip architectures and tools and methodologies on leading edge designs.

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Dear Subscribers - 13 Sep 2006

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

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Elsevier MDL, Matrix Scientific announce partnership to improve chemical sourcing - 13 Sep 2006

Informatics solutions provider Elsevier MDL, US, has announced a partnership with US based Matrix Scientific, to help researchers in pharmaceutical, agrochemical, polymer, coatings and academic research locate and acquire chemical materials with improved ease and reliability.

Under the deal, Matrix Scientific will provide Elsevier MDL with regular electronic updates of product and pricing information from Matrix Scientific chemical catalogues. This alliance facilitates timely updates to the industry-leading MDL Available Chemicals Directory database, which compiles data from suppliers worldwide. Also, the agreement includes a data exchange that simplifies the ordering process for Matrix Scientific chemical products by referencing the MDL number found in the database. The Matrix Scientific product catalogue includes more than 17000 products, featuring boronic acids, fluorine compounds, sulfonyl chlorides, pyrimidines, indoles, trifluoromethyl pyridines and others.

The Available Chemicals Directory and the Screening Compounds Directory databases from Elsevier MDL compile and index detailed product and pricing information for millions of chemical products from several suppliers. The searchable databases can be accessed via the online DiscoveryGate platform. In addition, researchers can also leverage the value of the Available Chemicals Directory and close supplier relationships with companies like Matrix Scientific through the MDL Logistics application for sourcing reagents and managing in-house chemical inventories.

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EMERALD/EFMD announce 2006 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research award winners - 13 Sep 2006

Management and library & information science publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) have announced the 2006 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award winners.

The Emerald/EFMD Awards rewards excellence in international management research. The winners will be honoured with a cash prize of 1,500 euros, a certificate and an offer of publication in an Emerald journal, as a full paper, or as an executive summary/research note, at the discretion of the Editor. The Highly Commended Award winners will be rewarded with a certificate.

The Awards, part-funded by the Authors' Licensing & Collecting Society Ltd (ALCS), were open to those who have completed and satisfied examination requirements for a Doctoral award between 1 June 2004 and 1 June 2006, and had not applied for one of these Awards last year. More than one hundred entries were received from across the globe for 12 categories.

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European project to build large-scale network of OA repositories - 13 Sep 2006

A consortium of international research institutions has reportedly launched the Digital Repository Infrastructure Vision for European Research (DRIVER) project. The project, funded by the European Commission, will build an extensive public infrastructure for open access (OA) research information across Europe.

The new DRIVER repository project seeks to provide free access to any form of scientific-content resource, including scientific/technical reports, research articles, experimental or observational data, rich media and other digital objects. It will be on test across Europe to assist the development of a knowledge infrastructure for the European Research Area. The project will develop over the next 18 months, building upon existing institutional repositories and networks from countries such as Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France and the UK.

The DRIVER Consortium comprises the Bielefeld University (Germany), University of Nottingham (UK), the University of Athens (Greece), Stichting SURF (Netherlands), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique DIS (France), Goettingen University (Germany), Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (Italy), Uniwesytet Warszawski (Poland), Universiteit Gent (Belgium) and the University of Bath (UK).

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French consortium signs 3-year contract to access ISI Web of Knowledge - 13 Sep 2006

Information solutions provider Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced a contract with a consortium of 47 French academic and government organisations. The US$7.2 million contract allows the consortium members to access the ISI Web of Knowledge for three years.

Under the agreement, more than 60,000 researchers and 400,000 students will gain access to ISI Web of Knowledge, which includes databases offering scholarly coverage, most notably Web of Science. All consortium member libraries will have access to Web of Science, ISI Proceedings, Index Chemicus and Medline, the US National Library of Medicine premier database of biomedicine and health sciences. In addition, some institutions will have access to Journal Citation Reports, a recognised authority for evaluating journals, and to Essential Science Indicators, providing unique and comprehensive compilation of science performance statistics and science trends.

Members of the consortium include INIST, Couperin, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medical, CNRS, Ministere de la Recherche et de L'Enseignement Superieur, Agence Nationale de la Recherche and many universities and schools in Lyon, Strasbourg, Paris, Grenoble, Marseille and Montpellier.

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Ovid provides Irish Nurses Organisation access to ClinicalResource@Ovid - 13 Sep 2006

Information solutions provider Ovid Technologies, US, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, has announced that it will provide the Irish Nurses Organisation with access to ClinicalResource@Ovid, a comprehensive collection of evidence-based and peer-reviewed clinical information resources. More than 15,000 nurses and midwives in Ireland can now access ClinicalResource@Ovid via INO's Nurse2Nurse (N2N) portal.

Under the agreement, ClinicalResource@Ovid will give INO members access to a range of evidence-based information resources. This includes premier bibliographic databases in nursing and medicine, including MEDLINE; Clin-eguide treatment guidelines; descriptions of thousands of brand-name and generic drugs, and information on drug therapy and considerations; reviews of natural products; nearly 20 peer-reviewed nursing journals, including the Journal of Advanced Nursing and Nursing Standard; and online books from Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, one of the world's premier nursing and medical publishers.

N2N is Ireland's first online destination serving the information needs of Irish nurses and midwives. Owned and operated by the Irish Nurses Organisation, it provides more than 15,000 professional nurses with access to comprehensive, up-to-date information resources for education, research, and practice.

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'Cold Spring Harbor Protocols' adds 40 new protocols - 12 Sep 2006

Laboratory manuals publisher Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press (CSHL Press), US, has announced that the journal Cold Spring Harbor Protocols has added more than 40 new peer-reviewed protocols to its archive. The online journal publishes methods used in a wide range of biology laboratories.

The new collection highlights two techniques for characterising protein interactions, which will aid many cell and molecular biologists -- including those who seek to identify the molecular basis of human diseases. Both these methods can be freely accessed from the journal's website at www.cshprotocols.org. The new methods are expected to be useful for researchers seeking to identify molecular partners -- such as other proteins or DNA -- to which specific proteins bind.

In addition, the latest issue also includes a range of other standard and specialised techniques useful to researchers. This includes methods for synchronising cell growth, investigating embryonic development, and preparing specimens for immuno-staining.

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ASPB members given free OA option for publishing in 'Plant Physiology' - 12 Sep 2006

The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) has announced that all papers corresponded by its members in its monthly publication, Plant Physiology, will be published under open access (OA), beginning with the January 2007 issue. This is according to an editorial published in the journal.

Under the initiative, anyone with an Internet connection will now have full access to the published articles as soon as it is published. This includes full access to the publish-ahead-of-print version as well as to the final, fully edited version; full access to supplemental data; and full access to all the advanced linking and tracking tools. Since more than 50 percent of the papers currently published in the journal are corresponded by ASPB members, more than half of the papers in the January 2007 issue will be fully OA. The proportion of OA papers is expected to increase as submitting authors join ASPB to become eligible for this new member benefit.

Established in 1926, Plant Physiology is an international journal focused on subjects spanning physiology, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, genetics, biophysics and environmental biology of plants.

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Dear Subscribers - 12 Sep 2006

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

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EBSCO to offer translated versions of its Subject Classification Schemes - 12 Sep 2006

Subscription services provider EBSCO Information Services, US, has announced that customers of its online title listing service EBSCO A-to-Z (A-to-Z) can now view A-to-Z subject classification schemes in their local language. The company will offer all three A-to-Z subject classification schemes - general, medical and Library of Congress - in the interface language.

This feature requires no administration on the part of the library. Once the default language has been selected (within the admin site), it immediately reflects on the reader site. Native language subject headings appear automatically.

EBSCO's A-to-Z service provides library patrons with a single, comprehensive list of the electronic titles to which they have access. The feature allows users to quickly locate and link to journals of interest. Users can search for journals by keyword or browse an alphabetical list by title or subject. In the next two months, A-to-Z subject classification schemes are expected to be translated into 15 languages. This includes Arabic, traditional and simplified Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Latin American, Portuguese, Russian, and American and Latin American Spanish.

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ICIS insight Asia launches second Middle East petrochem report - 12 Sep 2006

ICIS insight Asia, a division of chemical and oil information provider ICIS, US, has announced the launch of its second Middle East petrochemicals report. Produced each quarter, the ICIS insight Asia report provides an updated and comprehensive guide to the status of key petrochemical projects across the region.

The latest issue examines the current investment climate and re-assesses key issues raised in the first report, such as feedstock availability and rising construction and labour costs. Other topics include the impact of rising Middle East ethylene exports in 2007 on Asian markets; news analysis and corporate profiles, with main focus on Dow Chemical; supply and demand analysis; a news summary of all the key events over the last quarter; and Excel spreadsheets detailing all the olefins, polymers and aromatics projects throughout the region.

The ICIS insight Asia report has been produced in partnership with International eChem, a UK-based petrochemical consultancy. A new report on India is scheduled for launch this month, with other products under development, including a global polypropylene demand and supply database and commentary.

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RBI, SEMI announce partnership - 12 Sep 2006

B2B information provider Reed Business Information (RBI), US, part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, has announced a partnership with the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Institute (SEMI), US, a global industry association serving the micro- and nano-electronics supply chain.

Under the deal, SEMI will merge its Semiconductor Manufacturing Magazine with Semiconductor International, a leading technical publication published by RBI. The association has granted rights to the Semiconductor Manufacturing Magazine trademark and certain assets of the magazine to RBI, including circulation information of subscribers currently not served by SI. In conjunction with the agreement, SEMI has discontinued publication of the global/English language edition of Semiconductor Manufacturing Magazine. However, its publication for the Chinese market - Semiconductor Manufacturing Magazine China - will continue to be published.

In addition, the agreement grants RBI the right to produce the SEMICON West Daily News and the official SEMICON West Show Planner, which provides news on the global industry exposition. Also, RBI and SEMI will collaborate on co-branded supplements to Semiconductor International and other communications projects such as industry information webcasts and event sponsorships.

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SNM offers open access to publications - 12 Sep 2006

The Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM), US, has announced that two of its publications -Journal of Nuclear Medicine and the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - have been converted to open access publishing model, providing free, full-text online articles 12 months after publication.

A monthly publication, the Journal of Nuclear Medicine (JNM) is considered one of the most important and influential international journal in molecular imaging and therapy, and nuclear medicine. It covers a broad spectrum of subjects from basic science and chemistry investigations to clinical studies, molecular biology, therapies, and advanced technologies. It also publishes continuing medical education articles, invited perspectives and commentaries, procedure guidelines, book reviews and professional news.

A quarterly, the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology (JNMT) focuses on technology, quality assurance, radiation safety, expert perspectives and clinical applications of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging.

The OA initiative was approved by SNM's board of directors at its 53rd Annual Meeting in San Diego. JNM and JNMT open access articles will be available online at http://jnm.snmjournals.org, a website hosted by HighWire Press, a division of the Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources. The journals join more than 800 scholarly journals posted on the portal.

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AACN endorses Mosby's Nursing Skills - 11 Sep 2006

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) has endorsed Mosby's Nursing Skills, an online nursing skills and procedures reference solution. The online solution provides healthcare organisations with enterprise-wide access to a suite of high quality nursing skills content. Also, it is an effective tool for documenting assessments of staff competencies.

Mosby's Nursing Skills comprises several of Elsevier's industry leading references including Perry & Potter's Clinical Nursing Skills & Techniques, 6th Ed., Proehl's Emergency Nursing Procedures, 3rd Ed., and AACN Procedure Manual for Critical Care, 5th Ed. It features over 480 interactive skills and supplemental content such as patient handouts, and claims to be the most complete skills product available. Each skill module provides customisable, step-by-step descriptive text written in both summary and detailed versions.

In addition, Elsevier has embedded management tools into the reference system, which allows managers to establish learning criteria for the nursing staff, assess and evaluate staff competency, customize instructional material to the organization, and create a variety of reports to measure performance. Nurse executives and healthcare organizations can view a demo and register for a free trial by visiting http://www.nursingskills.com.

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Dear Subscribers - 11 Sep 2006

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Georgia Southern University unveils new OA journal - 11 Sep 2006

The Center for Excellence in Teaching at the Georgia Southern University has announced the launch of the International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (IJ-SoTL), a new peer reviewed open access journal. The first issue of the journal is slated for release in January 2007. Alan Altany serves as Editor.

Published twice a year, the journal is set to be an international vehicle for articles, essays, and discussions on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and its applications in higher/tertiary education.

IJ-SoTL is currently accepting manuscripts for its inaugural issue. All submissions will reportedly undergo a double-blind peer-review process. All papers are required to be submitted by November 1, 2006 as Word document to aaltany@georgiasouthern.edu. Complete submission guidelines are available at http://www.georgiasouthern.edu/ijsotl/sm.htm.

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NDSL set to offer SFX linking services to Korean Institutions - 11 Sep 2006

Library solutions provider Ex Libris, Israel, has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Digital Science Library (NDSL) of Korea for the implementation of its SFX link resolver. Under the agreement, NDSL will host the SFX link resolver to provide SFX services to a large number of Korean institutions.

The project called SFX@NDSL seeks to offer SFX hosting, implementation, and support services to all participating institutions. These institutions will benefit from high-quality SFX linking services based on NDSL hardware and manpower.

Designed primarily for K-16 educators, NSDL provides organised access to high quality resources and tools that support innovations in teaching and learning at all levels of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. Though access to most of the resources discovered through NSDL is free, some content providers may require a login, or a nominal fee or subscription to retrieve their specific resources.

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PennWell realigns semiconductor media franchises - 11 Sep 2006

B2B publisher PennWell Corporation, US, has announced that its SMT Magazine has joined the Solid State Technology and Advanced Packaging media franchises, effective September 1, 2006. Synergy among the three publications is projected to create a marketing powerhouse reaching over 100,000 engineers globally in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. Group publisher David Barach will lead the trio, which will cover the entire chain of semiconductor manufacturing - from wafer processing to chip packaging and board assembly.

The Solid State Technology franchise includes Solid State Technology magazine, Microlithography World, four international publications, three e-newsletters, an array of digital media vehicles, and the Attendees' Choice Awards programme. Advanced Packaging and SMT Magazine each have international partner publications, targeted e-newsletters, websites, and interactive webcasts, as well as two annual industry awards events -- The Advanced Packaging Awards and SMT Vision Awards.

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

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Portico to archive Copernicus Publications' e-journal collection - 11 Sep 2006

Non-profit electronic archiving service provider, Portico, US, has announced Copernicus Publications, Germany, as its latest publisher participant. This inclusion brings the number of titles in the Portico archive to over 3,700.

Under the deal, Portico will preserve eleven e-journal titles from Copernicus for future scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students. The publisher has designated the Portico archive as an official delivery platform for post-cancellation access claims. Also, Copernicus has agreed to make an annual financial contribution to support Portico's ongoing operations.

Since 1990, Copernicus has been publishing high quality literature in the sciences and fine arts, specialising in serving scientific associations. It plays a leading role in the areas of online, public peer-reviewed and open access publications.

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Thomson Scientific expands coverage of nursing journals - 11 Sep 2006

Information solutions provider Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced that it has increased its coverage of nursing journals. The number is now almost double the number of nursing journals indexed within the Web of Science component of ISI Web of Knowledge.

Noting the present status of the nursing profession on par with law, medicine, etc., Thomson Scientific has developed a whole category of nursing journals in the Science Citation Index Expanded database of the Web of Science. The Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section (NAHRS) of the Medical Library Association, US, had expressed its concern over the representation of nursing journals in the database, mooting Thomson to expand it. Many of the journals identified as high impact in the bibliometric research of NAHRS were chosen for inclusion in the list of nursing journals added to the ISI Web of Knowledge.

ISI Web of Knowledge is an integrated research platform that delivers seamless access to high-quality, diversified scholarly information in the sciences and social sciences, as well as search and analysis tools that enhance this content.

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Vicon to hold audio / web seminar on microbiological methods - 11 Sep 2006

B2B media firm Vicon Publishing, Inc., US, has announced that it will be offering an audio/web seminar on 'Rapid Microbiological Methods in Support of Manufacturing' on October 19, 2006.

The United States Pharmacopeia and the European Pharmacopoeia have both recently issued new guidance on the validation of alternate microbiological methods. The Vicon audio/web seminar will explore the genesis and development of guidance documents, their philosophy, and the likely future of alternate methods. It is primarily targeted at professionals involved with microbial contamination testing of controlled environments.

The audio/web seminars will deliver all the impact of an onsite event in a faster, easier and more affordable manner. Both detailed and quick-paced, the seminars will allow attendees to gain the latest industry knowledge - with limited time and budget impact. The seminar will last nearly an hour and costs $179 per line. More details and registration information are available at www.viconpublishing.com/audio.asp.

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Blackwell acquires history books publisher Brandywine Press - 08 Sep 2006

Society publisher Blackwell Publishing, UK, has announced that it has acquired the publishing assets of Brandywine Press, a publisher of essential college textbooks in American history and American literature. Blackwell will take over the imprint of Brandywine Press effective immediately.

This acquisition further complements Blackwell's North American history list and adds 55 higher education history books to the company's publishing portfolio. The buy expands Blackwell's portfolio in a range of important areas, including civil rights and African-American history, immigration, women's history, and a number of areas in 19th and 20th century American history. The addition of these books supports Blackwell's efforts to expand its presence in American history.

Blackwell recently recruited an Executive Editor dedicated exclusively to the development of this field in the higher education market.

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Dear Subscribers - 08 Sep 2006

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

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EBSCO to offer Springer Online Archives Collection - 08 Sep 2006

Subscription services provider EBSCO Information Services, US, has announced a partnership with STM publisher Springer Science+Business Media, Germany, to provide the Springer Online Archives Collection comprising nearly two million archive records of journals published before 1996.

The archive records, available as 11 subject-specific collections, includes Select Online Book Series chapters published prior to 1996. Each collection contains 50 to 180 journal titles, some chronicled from Volume 1, Issue 1.

The online archives are fully searchable by author, article title, keyword or publication and include HTML title, author and abstract information, XML references, integrated cross-searching for faster results and full integration with current related content. All institutions currently holding SpringerLink subscriptions will have free access to the abstracts of all online journal archives as they become available.

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FIZ Karlsruhe publishes new brochure on information searches in informatics - 08 Sep 2006

Scientific information services provider FIZ Karlsruhe, Germany, has announced the publication of a new brochure 'A Focus on Informatics,' on information searches in the field of informatics.

The special edition features FIZ Karlsruhe' professional information services in informatics and mathematics. It demonstrates the advantages of comprehensive searches in reliable databases such as those offered by FIZ Karlsruhe via its online service STN International. The edition also features a detailed article on the new informatics portal io-port.net which offers centralised access to about two million publications in informatics and related disciplines. The English version of the portal went online in July 2006. Other interesting topics include life and work of two scientists - Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and Alan Turing.

Printed copies of the brochure are available both in English and German, and can be obtained for free from the company's head office in Germany. PDF files are available online at http://www.fiz-karlsruhe.de/about_fiz/informatik_de.pdf (German) and http://www.fiz-karlsruhe.de/about_fiz/informatik_en.pdf (English).

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Oxford Journals selects CCC's online solution to improve customer satisfaction - 08 Sep 2006

Non-profit copyright licensing solution provider Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), US, has announced that Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University Press (OUP), UK, has selected Rightslink as its automated, online permissions licensing solution. The web based solution is expected to help the global publisher to instantly license customer requests to reuse content from more than 170 publications. Oxford Journals processes hundreds of permission requests every month for its journals. It will now utilise Rightslink to automate and streamline its business while delivering higher level service to its customers. With Rightslink, Oxford Journals customers will now be able to secure permissions to reuse digital content directly from the company's online platform, http://www.oxfordjournals.org/.

Oxford Journals' selection of Rightslink builds on the products ongoing success in the STM publishing world. It joins other Sci-Tech publishers such as Nature Publishing Group, British Medical Journal, Springer and Blackwell Publishing who have implemented Rightslink for online permissions or reprint ordering in the recent months.

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ProQuest partners with Iron Mountain to launch the PAL Archive program - 08 Sep 2006

ProQuest Information and Learning, a division of ProQuest Company, US, has announced a partnership with leading intellectual property management services provider Iron Mountain Incorporated, US, to introduce the Perpetual Access Licensed (PAL) Archive Program. This agreement allows ProQuest customers to further safeguard their investments and buy new Perpetual Access Licensed content with confidence.

Under the deal, ProQuest will deposit its PAL content offsite in Iron Mountain's specialised vaults to serve customers who seek the security of a third-party storage option. It will deposit all perpetual access content -- including images, ASCII, and metadata -- in Iron Mountain vaults via the Company's Intellectual Property Management services.

ProQuest will deposit all existing PAL content and will make regular deposits of new content. ProQuest PAL customers can participate in this third-party archive by contacting ProQuest sales representatives, who will guide them through Iron Mountain's simple enrolment process.

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Wiley to provide free copies of 'Hepatology' to NASPGHAN fellows - 08 Sep 2006

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced a new agreement with the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD).

Under the deal, Wiley will provide complimentary subscriptions of the journal Hepatology to all NASPGHAN fellows. An official publication of AASLD, Hepatology covers original, peer-reviewed articles concerning all aspects of liver structure, function and disease. The journal is published by Wiley on behalf of the Association. It is expected that access to the important basic and translational research published in the journal will stimulate young investigators at NASPGHAN, leading to the improved care of children with hepatobiliary disease.

Founded in 1972, NASPGHAN aims to be a leader in advancing the science and clinical practice of paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition in health and disease.

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WK Health names Karen Abramson as new President & CEO for its Medical Research Business Unit - 08 Sep 2006

Medical information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced the appointment of Karen Abramson as President and CEO of its Medical Research business unit. She joins WK Health after serving as Vice President and General Manager of CT Corsearch, a division of Wolters Kluwer Corporate Legal Services.

Prior to joining Wolters Kluwer, Abramson served as Vice President of Operations at MemberWorks, Inc., a $350 million direct marketer of membership service programs, online sweepstakes, and savings promotions. Earlier, she held various senior positions with the Thomson Corporation, including Vice President of Production Services and Director of Quality Management at the Thomson Tax & Accounting and Research Institute of America (RIA) divisions.

The Medical Research business unit, known for its established Ovid brand, is a leading force in the development and delivery of customisable electronic research information for the medical, healthcare and academic markets.

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Case in Point named official magazine of the Case Management Society of America - 07 Sep 2006

Health and managed care business information provider Dorland Healthcare Information, US, and the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) have selected Case in Point as the official magazine of the Case Management Society of America. The magazine is projected to become a membership benefit for the CMSA's over 9,700 members, beginning January 1, 2007.

A contemporary, nationally focused magazine, Case in Point offers cutting-edge clinical information to address challenges that confront healthcare professionals. The magazine covers the latest issues, resources, trends, tools, technology and news in healthcare to help case managers stay up to date and promote professional growth and development. In addition, the publication shares the innovative tools, technologies and resources necessary to meet the varied needs of patients. The magazine will work closely with CMSA to provide its members with the latest news and information from the Association by including the Case Report in every issue of the magazine.

Additionally, Dorland's Case Management Resource Guide (CMRG) has been designated the Official Product and Service Directory of the Case Management Society of America. All CMSA members will receive a complimentary copy of CMRG.

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Dear Subscribers - 07 Sep 2006

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

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EBSCO offers individual online access Elsevier's E-Select: E-journals - 07 Sep 2006

Subscription services provider EBSCO Information Services, US, has announced a partnership with STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, to offer individual e-journals to academic and government institutions at many of its key locations worldwide. The initiative, made possible through E-Select: E-journals from Elsevier, is ideal for institutions with small print journal collections.

Specifically designed for individual-title online access, Elsevier's E-Select: E-journals provides full text access to over 1,300 titles in sectors such as STM and social sciences. It also includes access to a backfile of subscribed content dating back to January 1995.

In addition, researchers have the ability to search all articles available on the ScienceDirect platform, including access to nearly eight million abstracts. They can also set up alerts to notify when new issues are available electronically (often prior to print). Individual password access is available for up to five unique users. Users can also benefit from unlimited viewing, downloading and printing from the journals to which the institution subscribes.

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Elsevier journal included in NYU College of Dentistry curriculum - 07 Sep 2006

The New York University College of Dentistry has announced a partnership with STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, to provide subscriptions to The Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice (JEBDP) to all students and faculty.

Beginning this fall, JEBDP will become a required element in the 'Skills in Assessing the Professional Literature' courses offered in all four years of the dental school curriculum. Elsevier's educational subscription program will provide online access to the full contents of each new issue of JEBDP via the NYU Dental Library. Individual students and faculty members can also opt to receive the print edition of the journal by mail.

A quarterly publication, JEBDP is designed to close the gap between the best research evidence and current practice in clinical dentistry. The journal offers feature articles and clinical opinion pieces on key issues affecting dental practice and oral health, highlighting and evaluating the current research evidence. The Article Analysis and Evaluation section offers concise, structured summaries of new articles of interest, authored and signed by dental clinicians and researchers. Reviews are accompanied by ratings of levels of evidence, commentaries, and recommendations, with an emphasis on objectivity.

Each individual receiving the journal can also have the table of contents and abstracts from each issue of JEBDP delivered directly to their PDA. Subscribers can also access Elsevier's Pocket Consult, a useful suite of online and PDA resources, including 20 useful medical calculators, daily news updates and weekly drug updates from MD Consult; and Mosby's Drug Consult handheld software.

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Evidence Matters adds new modules to medical resource - 07 Sep 2006

Database services provider ProQuest Information and Learning, part of ProQuest Company, US, has announced that Evidence Matters, a new digital medical resource, is releasing specialty content in three new areas for its evidence-based search engine. This includes modules covering disease topics in respiratory disorders, gastroenterology and neurology. ProQuest Information and Learning is the exclusive global distributor of Evidence Matters to the academic and hospital markets.

The three new modules complement current content in oncology, cardiology and endocrine and metabolic disorders. Evidence Matters' growing list of medical disciplines is expected to include 10 specialty areas by the end of 2006. In addition, Evidence Matters recently enhanced its user interface. Improvements included a simplified look to the Evidence Matters basic search page for IP-recognition users. Also, the advanced Question Wizard form has been reorganised to make it even easier to construct searches in a PICO search structure, which provides for more evidence-based results.

Evidence Matters goes beyond the information available in bibliographic databases to provide answers to clinical questions drawn from an enormous collection of statistical evidence. Research comes from a range of sources including MEDLINE and CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health), as well as the Cochrane Library and renowned journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Journal of the American Medical Association, British Medical Journal and The Lancet.

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Google book-scanning deal with UC raises publisher concerns - 07 Sep 2006

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has reportedly expressed concern over the recently signed book-scanning contract between Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, and the University of California (UC). The UC contract's definition of university library patron as "all individuals and organizations that the University Libraries serve from their Web sites" has raised alarm. The "patron" definition is observed to seem broad, as it could include the general public, not just faculty, students and staff.

In 2005, the AAP had sued Google on behalf of five of its publisher members, John Wiley & Sons, Pearson Education, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Penguin Group USA and Simon & Schuster. It had claimed massive copyright infringement in the Google Books Library Project. According to AAP, the UC agreement is even more distressing, as it reportedly contains provisions that differ from the Google contract with the University of Michigan, which is also publicly available. Unlike the Michigan agreement, the contract allows UC to share up to 10 percent of its Google-provided digitised book collection with other libraries and educational institutions for non-commercial purposes.

Last month, Google signed UC to its controversial book-scanning project. Under the agreement, the search engine giant will scan, digitise and make searchable millions of books from UC's over 100 libraries across its 10 campuses. Weeks later, the university decided to post the contract publicly to satisfy a general interest in the document.

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Springer to strengthen life sciences and clinical medicine publishing activities - 07 Sep 2006

STM publisher Springer Science+Business Media, Germany, has announced the acquisition of Humana Press Inc., a US based publisher of research-level books and journals in molecular biology, neuroscience, cancer research, and medicine.

With this acquisition, the global publisher seeks to further strengthen its existing position in life sciences and clinical medicine publishing. In addition, the merger will bring to Springer two market-leading protocol databases that include over 16,000 searchable online protocols in biomedicine. The protocol databases complement the Springer eBook Collection, launched earlier this summer.

The Humana Press portfolio includes 25 journals, including Molecular Biotechnology, Journal of Molecular Neuroscience, Cardiovascular Toxicology, Endocrine, and NeuroMolecular Medicine. It has a distinguished backlist of nearly 1000 titles and is currently adding about 150 books per year, with about half in clinical medicine and half in the life sciences.

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Wiley launches Wiley Registry Eighth Edition - 07 Sep 2006

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced the publication of the Wiley Registry Eighth Edition /NIST 2005 Mass Spectral Library, the latest update of the two trusted mass spectrometry collections.

Featuring 532,573 spectra, 319,256 spectra with chemical structures, and over 2 million chemical names and synonyms, the Wiley resource is considered to be one of the most comprehensive mass spectral libraries ever published. Over 84 times larger than smaller specialty libraries covering drugs, poisons, pesticides and steroids, the Registry provides extensive coverage of these subjects as well as others including small molecule organics, pharmaceutical drugs, illegal drugs, natural products, organic compounds and chemical warfare agents.

The publisher recommends this collection as the base library for critical applications ranging from toxicology and forensics to industrial quality assurance and deformulation. Formats include Chemstation (Agilent) and MSSearch (NIST, Thermo Varian, JEOL, Waters, LECO, Perkin Elmer). Other formats are available on request.

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Dear Subscribers - 06 Sep 2006

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

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Elsevier to extend ScienceDirect College Edition to European colleges - 06 Sep 2006

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that it will extend its ScienceDirect College Edition to Europe, later this year. The product has attracted over 100 teaching-based college customers since its debut in 2005 in North America.

ScienceDirect College Edition is a new offering whereby college librarians pay an annual subscription to access high-quality reference and journal content. The product is available to all colleges that are primarily involved in teaching rather than research and that do not award at a Doctoral level.

Designed to meet students and faculty demands at smaller teaching colleges, ScienceDirect College Edition gives teachers and students online access to high quality full-text content only available on the ScienceDirect platform. An extensive range of full-text journals and reference works are offered in attractively-priced collections spanning subject areas such as Social & Behavioral Sciences, Health & Life Sciences and Physical Sciences.

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EPS report on digital technology use in libraries - 06 Sep 2006

Content industry market intelligence and consultancy provider Electronic Publishing Services Ltd. (EPS), UK, has released a report titled 'Libraries in the digital age: implications for publishers'. The report explores how digital technologies and the Internet are affecting the performance of public, academic and corporate libraries in the US and the UK.

The report looks at how publishers work together with libraries and what they can do to ensure that their content suits the evolving needs of libraries. Also, it includes practical insights into how the latest technology tools - such as social networking, instant messaging, blogging and collaboration tools - are being implemented in libraries. In addition, the report features interviews with Michael Gorman, former president of the American Library Association (ALA); Martha A Whittaker and Peter McCracken, Serials Solution; Gill Crawford, Emerald; Kathy Lemaire, School Library Association; Dr. Paul Miller, Talis; and Sarah Houghton, Librarian in Black.

EPS Focus Reports take an in-depth look at key markets, developments and technologies to understand their strategic significance and implications for the future. Focus reports are delivered to EPS MIAS clients as part of their annual subscription package.

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Ex Libris to celebrate implementation of 1000th SFX link resolver - 06 Sep 2006

Library solutions provider Ex Libris, Israel, has announced the upcoming implementation of the 1000th SFX link resolver. The company will award the 1000th system, free of charge and fully hosted, to the Thomas Mofolo Library at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) to honour this landmark.

This was made possible through the collaboration of Ex Libris and Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL.net), which facilitates access to electronic resources by library users in developing and transition countries. Both companies together selected the NUL as the recipient of the SFX system.

Ex Libris will make a presentation to a representative of the NUL Library at the ongoing meeting of the International Group of Ex Libris Users (IGeLU) in Stockholm. SFX customers worldwide will also participate by sharing their experience and their knowledge of SFX implementation and services with the library staff of the NUL.

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Harcourt Assessment makes new appointments to strengthen education assessment business - 06 Sep 2006

Assessment programmes developer and publisher Harcourt Assessment, Inc., US, has announced the appointment of two senior testing executives, Kevin Brueggeman and Linda McGarvey, to strengthen the company's education assessment business.

Brueggeman will join the company as Executive Vice President and General Manager to head the newly-formed Education Assessment Products and Services group. He will report directly to Harcourt Assessment President and CEO, Michael Hansen. Prior to this, he served assessment publisher AGS Publishing, a subsidiary of Pearson Education.

Linda McGarvey has been named Vice President, Education Product Development reporting directly to Brueggeman. Earlier, she held senior positions at Riverside Publishing Company, Houghton Mifflin's K-12 assessment division and CTB/McGraw-Hill.

Headed by Brueggeman, the new group will include all of Harcourt Assessment's educational assessment products and services. The company's clinical and international testing businesses will continue to be headed by Aurelio Prifitera, Publisher and President of HAI International, who has been serving as interim head of Educational Product Development.

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ICIS rebrands CMR as ICIS Chemical Business Americas - 06 Sep 2006

Chemical and oil information provider ICIS, part of Reed Business Information, US, has relaunched its leading chemical magazine Chemical Market Reporter (CMR) as ICIS Chemical Business Americas.

ICIS Chemical Business Americas will continue to provide incisive business intelligence and market analysis for chemical industry executives, as well as increase its coverage of European, Asian and Middle Eastern chemical markets. The magazine will deliver extensive news coverage of the global chemical industry and provide expert analysis and reporting of key markets including Commodities, Specialties, Pharmaceuticals/Fine Chemicals and Oils, Fats and Waxes. Also, the publication will include special features on important chemical issues and topics in the form of global reports and focus reports and the ever-popular roundup of chemical price movements and chemical profiles.

In addition, the magazine has introduced a new Environmental Affairs section and the Market Intelligence section. The Environmental Affairs section will cover the ever-changing regulatory issues impacting chemical businesses, as well as highlighting important chemical news events and company efforts to improve environmental performance. The Market Intelligence section will bring provocative analysis and commentary on critical chemical industry topics from the ICIS industry experts. Other expanded chemical coverage including special reportage on logistics, is also in the pipeline.

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ReedLink B2B search engine rebranded as FindGuru - 06 Sep 2006

Advantage Business Media, US, has announced the rebranding of ReedLink, its vertical search engine, as FindGuru. The search engine for professionals and suppliers in the manufacturing, construction, science and other B2B industries has been enhanced with additional features in line with the rebranding. FindGuru is seen to more accurately portray the growth, positioning and innovation of the brand.

Professionals can now search and compare over 430,000 products grouped by 13,000 directory categories containing over 1,000 specific product features and functions. Recently launched, FindGuru's Self-Loading Content functionality enables advertisers to upload directory information and product announcements at no cost. The search engine cross-references related articles, white papers and webcasts to provide visitors with most up-to-date and relevant information. Also, users can browse products and content by using FindGuru's taxonomy, which has been structured to provide a clear and concise navigation path to locate products and content.

In addition, FindGuru's new blog section provides a forum for users to post and view comments on products from ball bearings to companies such as Sato America. This allows users to review and recommend products for other professionals in their industry.

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Dear Subscribers - 05 Sep 2006

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Endeavor Information Systems announces new appointments - 05 Sep 2006

Library management software provider Endeavor Information Systems, US, has announced the appointment of Kathryn Harnish as director of Product Management.

Prior to this, Harnish served as product manager for Endeavor's Meridian ERM solution, Analyzer reporting module, and from 1999 to 2001, the Voyager integrated library system. In her new position, Harnish's management responsibilities will span all the three product lines.

In a related announcement, the company also announced the promotion of Mike Dicus' to the position of Voyager product manager. Voyager is the company's flagship integrated library system (ILS). An Endeavor employee since 2001, Dicus joins the company's product management department after distinguishing himself in a variety of roles.

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HCPro acquires National Health Information - 05 Sep 2006

Healthcare information provider HCPro, Inc., US, has announced the acquisition of b2b healthcare publisher National Health Information, LLC, US. Terms of the transaction were however not disclosed.

Under the deal, HCPro will acquire all the assets of NHI, including 13 newsletters and ancillary products, several manuals and one directory. With this acquisition, the company seeks to expand into managed care publishing, and create a new managed care market. The company also plans to launch several additional products in the next 12 months to complement the acquired publications.

NHI comprises subscription newsletters and books in managed care, and also in several of HCPro's core markets, such as health information management and long-term care. The deal is HCPro's fourth acquisition in 2006, following six publishing acquisitions in 2005. The company recently acquired HRAI Coding Specialists, LLC (HRAI), expanding into the medical coding, reimbursement, compliance, Medicare and revenue cycle markets.

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ISI selects Emerald's materials science journals - 05 Sep 2006

Management and library & information science publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced that two of its journals have been accepted into ISI. The entire portfolio of Emerald's five materials science journals is now included in ISI.

The journals - Pigment & Resin Technology and the International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology- join three other titles which were accepted into ISI a number of years ago. This includes Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials; Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology; and Industrial Lubrication and Tribology.

Pigment & Resin Technology will be included in the ISI Chemistry Citation Index (CCI), ISI Current Contents/Engineering, Computing & Technology, ISI Alerting Service, ISI Materials Science Citation Index (MSCI), and ISI Science Citation Index-Expanded (SCIE), including the Web of Science from Volume 34 (1) 2005.

International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology will be indexed from Volume 17 (1) 2005 in ISI: Materials Science Citation Index (MSCI) and ISI: Science Citation Index-Expanded (SCIE), including the Web of Science.

About 2,000 new journal titles are reviewed by the ISI staff every year, of which only 10-12 percent of those assessed are selected. Existing journal coverage in ISI products is also constantly under review and journals are monitored to ensure that they maintain high standards and a clear relevance to the ISI products in which they are covered.

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Merger of German booksellers to change industry contours - 05 Sep 2006

The German book trade is facing a turmoil following the largest-ever bookselling merger, which has reportedly taken former market leader Thalia to the second place. Under the recently announced deal, independent chain Hugendubel and Verlagsgruppe Weltbild will merge Hugendubel with the jointly owned book chain, Weltbildplus, to form DBH Buch Handels GmbH.

The newly formed holding has acquired a majority share in regional book chains Buch Habel and Weiland with effect from January 1, 2007. It is expected that more independent booksellers will join what is already been called the 'Star Alliance'. With combined sales of $792.5 million, DBH is now the main force in German bookselling, demoting Thalia to second place, with sales of $656.8 million.

All four companies, including Weltbild-owned book chain Wohlthat'sche, will continue to be run independently by their current management. A taskforce will look at possible synergies in areas such as IT and supply chain management. Martin Beer, who is responsible for strategic planning at Weltbild's group, has been appointed the holding's managing director. Weltbild's extensive mail order and publishing operations, however, are not affected by the merger.

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ProQuest launches digital database of obituaries - 05 Sep 2006

ProQuest Information and Learning, a division of ProQuest Company, US, has announced the launch of ProQuest Obituaries, offering access to obituaries and death notices from major national newspapers dating back to 1851. The service enables users to easily find ancestors and historical figures, and to trace their family, histories through a database of more than 10 million names.

In order to familiarise users with the database's content, ProQuest has developed In Passing, a free weekly e-newsletter that highlights particularly interesting passages from ProQuest Obituaries, the latest addition to the ProQuest Genealogy Center. Librarian subscribers will be able to use this newsletter to promote the rich rewards of genealogy research during October. Now available to libraries worldwide, ProQuest Obituaries is targeted at all levels of researchers.

Meanwhile, ProQuest has announced that the Freedman's Bank Records, a resource for African-American genealogical research, is now available through HeritageQuest Online. Ancestry Library Edition, the largest online collection of genealogical records, has also made numerous content updates. This includes the US Census Collection, Canadian Census Collection and the UK and Ireland Collection.

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ReedLink allows manufacturers to add content directly to site - 05 Sep 2006

ReedLink, a vertical search engine of Advantage Business Media, has recently added a new functionality that allows manufacturers to upload their product information directly on to the ReedLink website. The search engine will soon be re-branded as FindGuru.

The latest addition is among various enhanced features and functionalities that will be introduced with the launch of FindGuru. Through ReedLink, manufacturers now have the opportunity to promote their company and products, for free. Self-loading content offers manufacturers search engine optimisation by allowing them to link at a highly contextual level. Manufacturers can add their company's directory information on a company, product category and product model level to target B2B professionals.

In addition, by uploading releases that link back to their own website, manufacturers can generate traffic to their website. Self-loading content is projected to give manufacturers greater exposure and increase the accuracy and efficiency of the information displayed. ReedLink users, including professionals in the fields of life science, manufacturing, wireless, engineering and other B2B industries, will experience better searches by allowing the user to find results in a broader range of content.

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Wolters Kluwer set to launch China's first foreign-run bookstore - 05 Sep 2006

Publisher and information provider Wolters Kluwer, Netherlands, has received regulatory approval to open China's first foreign-operated bookstore for professional publications, it has been reported. The bookstore, to be launched in October 2006 in Beijing, will be operated by leading information services provider, CCH, a Wolters Kluwer unit.

The company has partnered with local firm China Law Press, to sell a range of sector-specific publications mainly to medical, legal and accounting professionals in China.

CCH currently sells publications either through local partners, licensed importers or online. The company produces nearly 700 publications in print and electronic form for accounting, legal, human resources, banking, securities, insurance, government and health care professionals.

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Atypon to remain tech partner of LEA for another five years - 04 Sep 2006

Information software and services provider Atypon Systems, Inc., US, has announced a five-year extension of its technology partnership agreement with academic publisher Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. (LEA), US. Under the deal, the two companies will continue to deliver LEA's online publishing platform, LEA Online, as well as explore additional strategic e-publishing initiatives.

LEA Online will continue to be powered by Atypon Premium, the full-service electronic publishing platform of Atypon. Atypon Premium gives LEA complete control over all aspects of its business. Flexible support of business models and critical marketing tools will allow LEA to increase readership, impact and revenue.

LEA reportedly chose to extend its relationship with Atypon not only because of the robust technology behind Atypon Premium, but also because of the high levels of reliable service that Atypon provides.

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Dear Subscribers - 04 Sep 2006

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EMCare database made available via Dialog and DataStar - 04 Sep 2006

Elsevier Bibliographic Databases has announced that EMCare, a database for healthcare professionals, is available via the Dialog and DataStar platforms. With nearly 2 million records from the nursing, allied health and biomedical literature, EMCare is a key information resource for professionals engaged at all levels of healthcare. It is the latest addition to Elsevier's portfolio of bibliographic databases.

EMCare's coverage includes evidence-based healthcare, all nursing specialties and professions, nursing education and training, nursing development and management, health and healthcare economics, midwifery, psychiatry and mental health, traumatology, emergency and critical care medicine, emergency services, dental hygiene, nutrition and dietetics, physical therapy and surgical technology. With cover-to-cover indexing of more than 2,700 international sources, including peer-reviewed journals, trade publications and electronic-only titles, EMCare also includes content not found in other nursing and allied health databases.

EMCare's indexing supports consistent retrieval of relevant records across the entire database. Underlying the indexing is EMTREE: Elsevier's Life Science Thesaurus, which has been expanded with close to 1,500 nursing terms in addition to existing allied health terms.

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Emerald publishes special issue of 'Journal of Business Strategy' - 04 Sep 2006

Management and library & information science publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has published a special issue of its Journal of Business Strategy. Focusing on the role of business in public diplomacy, it appears as issue 27.3 of the journal.

The special issue is edited by Dr. Michael Goodman, founder and director of the Corporate Communication Institute at Fairleigh Dickinson University. It features articles from a number of well-known authors in academia, business and non-profit entities, both in the US and Europe.

A bi-monthly, the Journal of Business Strategy publishes articles designed to help readers develop successful business strategies across all industries. It covers topics spanning marketing strategy, innovation, developments in the global economy, mergers & acquisition integration and human resources. The articles focus on the practical aspect of business theories and implications for real life business situations. Leading strategists, academics, consultants and front-line managers contribute to the journal.

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Lippincott's Case Management named official journal of the Case Management Society of America - 04 Sep 2006

Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, and the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) have announced that Lippincott's Case Management has been selected as the official journal of the Case Management Society of America.

LWW will publish the journal as Professional Case Management: The Leader in Evidence-Based Practice, starting with the January/February 2007 issue. A peer-reviewed journal, Lippincott's Case Management features best practices and industry benchmarks for the professional case manager. It focuses on coordination of patient care, efficient use of resources, improving the quality of care, data and outcomes analysis, and patient advocacy. Articles are evidence-based and include two important features: applicability to practice and connection to the CMSA Standards of Practice.

Apart from this, LWW also publishes some of the most widely read nursing journals including American Journal of Nursing (AJN), Nursing 2006, Nursing Management and Nursing Research.

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Portico to archive The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - American Volume - 04 Sep 2006

Non-profit electronic archiving service, Portico, has announced the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) as its latest publisher participant. This inclusion brings the number of titles in the Portico archive to over 3,700.

Under the deal, Portico will preserve the current and back file issues of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - American Volume for future scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students. Also, JBJS has agreed to make an annual financial contribution to support Portico's ongoing operations.

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc. is a non-profit corporation whose flagship journal is the official scientific publication of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles covering all musculoskeletal surgery and adult reconstructive surgery, pediatric orthopaedic conditions, and basic science of clinical relevance to orthopaedic surgery.

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Saxony Consortium selects Elsevier's online resources - 04 Sep 2006

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that the Saxony Consortium has signed a licensing agreement to provide research information services, Scopus and ScienceDirect, to their research community. This agreement complements the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) license signed in May 2006 which provides the entire research community in Germany with access to ten Elsevier journal backfile packages.

Under the deal, all nine academic libraries in Saxony will provide more than ninety thousand students and researchers with access to the one of the most comprehensive and easy-to-use STM information tools. In addition, Elsevier's standard 'walk-up' provision will allow all German citizens free access to scientific and medical information covered under these agreements.

Saxony's students and researchers will now be able to seamlessly browse between the two resources. Also, Universities in the Saxony consortium will join the growing number of academic institutes that have confirmed their commitment to Scopus.

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Thomson acquires ScholarOne - 04 Sep 2006

Information services provider Thomson Corporation, US, has announced that its Scientific & Healthcare group, Thomson Scientific, has acquired workflow management systems provider, ScholarOne Inc., US. Financial terms of the deal were however not disclosed.

ScholarOne provides subscription-based software for authoring, evaluating and publishing research to more than two million users. It helps publishers of scholarly research to produce journals, meeting abstracts and conference proceedings faster and easier. Under the deal, ScholarOne's management team and employees will now become part of Thomson Scientific. This transaction is expected to bring superior content, analytical tools and innovative product solutions to customers of both companies.

ScholarOne's clientele include not-for-profit societies, university presses, government agencies and leading commercial publishers.

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Animal Lab News announces 2007 TurnKey Awards Program - 01 Sep 2006

Animal Lab News, a publication of B2B media firm Vicon Publishing, Inc., US, has announced the 2007 TurnKey Awards program. The 2007 TurnKey Conference, to be held from April 10-11, 2007 in Boston, will offer programmes specially geared towards building or renovating laboratory animal facilities. The annual conference is expected to draw hundreds of professionals involved in the advancement of life sciences.

The awards have been categorised into two categories - the Facility of the Year Award and the Facility Leader of the Year Award. While the former recognises outstanding achievements in the design/build of a new or renovated laboratory animal facility, the latter honours laboratory animal professionals who exhibit outstanding leadership and promote the highest standards in the care and use of laboratory animals.

An independent panel of industry experts will review all nominations and select winners. All nominations are required to be submitted on or before December 15, 2006.

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Dear Subscribers - 01 Sep 2006

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Elsevier Society News Group to launch GI & Hepatology News - 01 Sep 2006

Elsevier Society News Group (ESNG), a division of Elsevier/International Medical News Group, US, has announced the launch of a new monthly publication, GI & Hepatology News. Slated for release in January 2007, the publication will be the official newspaper of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA).

GI & Hepatology News will feature latest clinical news from key medical meetings and journals, as well as news of trends in practice and practice management. The newspaper will be distributed to 14,000 physicians, including all members of the AGA in the US, non-member gastroenterologists, paediatric gastroenterologists, hepatologists, colon-rectal surgeons and abdominal surgeons.

Founded in 1897, the AGA is the oldest medical-specialty society in the US. It comprises two non-profit organisations, the AGA and the AGA Institute. Members include physicians and scientists who research, diagnose and treat disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and liver.

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Emerald launches online shop for non-subscription products - 01 Sep 2006

Management and library & information science publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, has announced the launch of the Emerald Shop. The online shop offers an easy-to-use e-commerce platform for a range of Emerald's non-subscription products.

The platform complements Emerald's announcement in April 2006 that Special Issues will be available via print-on-demand from Amazon and other distribution partners such as Gardners and Bertrams. Initially, products offered will be hardcopies of selected Special Issues that are normally available only as part of a journal volume or on an article pay-per-view basis, and PDFs of Emerald Management Briefings (article compilations on important topics). Titles include Knowledge Management in the Space Industry, Advanced Manufacturing Processes and An Introduction to Modern Leadership.

While Emerald's key products are subscription-based journals and databases, significant demand also exists for standalone products such as single issues and article collections. The Emerald Shop responds to this demand and offers an opportunity for non-traditional customers to sample the publisher's content in a familiar online shop environment.

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Oxford Open initiative sees wide variation in uptake across disciplines - 01 Sep 2006

Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University Press (OUP), UK, has released full year figures from its optional open access (OA) experiment, Oxford Open. In the first year of launch, almost 400 papers have been published under the optional OA model across 36 of the 49 participating titles.

As predicted, a majority of uptake of optional OA has been in the life sciences segment, with nearly 10 percent of authors selecting the option across 16 participating journals in this area. In comparison, approximately 5 percent and 3 percent uptakes were seen in medicine and public health, and humanities and social sciences, respectively. Three life sciences titles in the areas of molecular and computational biology have seen over 20 percent uptakes. The highest of these was for Bioinformatics, which has published over 50 OA papers in 2006. The 2007 online subscription prices have been adjusted for these journals to reflect this uptake.

Launched in July 2005, Oxford Open gives authors the option of paying for their research to be made freely available online immediately upon publication in the participating journals. Twenty-one titles adopted this model in July 2005, joined by more titles in 2006, bringing the total to 49 at present. Oxford Journals will continue to offer optional OA to the 49 participating journals for 2007. It also expects further journals to join the initiative over the coming year.

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Scientific Publishing announces expansion plans - 01 Sep 2006

Prepress and typesetting services provider Scientific Publishing Services (SPS), India, part of Springer Science and Business Media, Germany, has announced plans to spend nearly Rs 250 million on expansion over the next five years.

Currently, SPS provides its services to four international STM publishers, and is reportedly expecting more orders from publishers in the US and Europe. In addition, the company is also looking at expanding its infrastructure and manpower.

The company serves its customers from its four facilities in Chennai, India. As part of its expansion programme, SPS intends to set up a facility at the special economic zone. It will hire nearly 600 people, taking the total number of employees to more than 2,000 by the end of 2007. While the company plans to add book work services to the STM sector, it also intends to expand to legal and financial areas.

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Society for Conservation Biology provides free access to publications - 01 Sep 2006

The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), in association with society publisher Blackwell Publishing, UK, and STM publisher Elsevier Publishing, Netherlands, has announced free online access to certain publications. According to the announcement, Conservation Biology, Conservation In Practice and Biological Conservation will be offered for free to SCB members in developing countries. Elsevier has added Ecological Indicators, Ecological Complexity and Ecological Informatics to the free publications.

The initiative, funded by The Nature Conservancy, offers free memberships to a large number of conservationists in developing countries. Members will have access to the growing list of free conservation publications. SCB is also negotiating to acquire similar access to a suite of other conservation-related journals from a variety of publishers, including additional titles from Blackwell and Elsevier.

SCB is an international professional organisation promoting the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss and restoration of biological diversity. The Society's membership comprises a wide range of individuals interested in the conservation and study of biological diversity.

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Swets unveils new model of e-only titles for Chinese market - 01 Sep 2006

Subscription services provider Swets Information Services, Netherlands, has announced that it has added 'China Suite', a unique pick-and-choose model of e-only titles for the Chinese market, to its 'Gateway to China' programme. Launched at the ongoing Beijing International Book Fair, the 'China Suite' consists of 234 e-only titles from 16 different publishers.

The new e-titles model seeks to fulfil the demands of many Chinese libraries, whose budgets have reached a plateau and who are now looking to build on their collections by selecting content that is not included in other publisher packaging deals. The model gives Chinese Libraries the opportunity to choose only those titles that can complement their collections. The flexibility of the collection coupled with the favourable discounts on offer provide libraries with the opportunity to attain the kind of high quality content they require at competitive prices.

The 'Gateway to China' programme enables publishers to expand their business in China by being locally represented. The programme comprises a technical solution that allows 1,500 Chinese universities and research institutes to link in to SwetsWise Online Content (www.swetswise.com), while evading the international internet flow fees that is normally charged for accessing foreign websites. The programme also provides opportunity for promotion of publisher content, carried out by Swets' sales and marketing team in Beijing.

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