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Netherland Elsevier partners with edX offering interactive study via the web - 26 Sep 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced plans to provide free content through edX, the online learning initiative founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Students who enroll in edX's course 6.002X: Circuits and Electronics will have free access to an online version of the course textbook, Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits, written by Anant Agarwal and Jeffrey Lang and published under Elsevier's Morgan Kaufmann imprint.

The free version of the textbook was also available in the spring offering of MIT's 6.002x, before the creation of edX.

Through edX, the 'X Universities' – which now include UC Berkeley in addition to founding institutions Harvard and MIT – will provide interactive education wherever there is access to the Internet and will enhance teaching and learning through research about how students learn, and how technologies can facilitate effective teaching both on-campus and online. edX plans to add other 'X Universities' from around the world to the edX platform in the coming months.

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US John Wiley & Sons and The Physiological Society renew publishing partnership - 26 Sep 2012

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, and The Physiological Society have announced the renewal of their publishing partnership, building on over eight years of collaboration. The renewed partnership will ensure the society’s titles, The Journal of Physiology and Experimental Physiology, continue to develop as thought leaders of physiological research.

Under this renewed agreement The Physiological Society and Wiley will also collaborate closely on a number of new initiatives including Wiley's role as principal sponsor of the 2013 Union of Physiological Sciences Congress.

The Journal of Physiology publishes latest research from across the discipline, with the aim of developing understanding of the principles and mechanisms which govern our bodies. Published since 1879, the journal's international editorial board is led by Editor-in-Chief, Professor David Paterson of Oxford University, and currently holds an Impact Factor of 4.881.

Wiley has supported the journal's role as an opinion leader with new initiatives including the publication of dedicated neuroscience issues – eight of which will be published in 2012.

Experimental Physiology, edited by Professor Paul McLoughlin of University College Dublin, focuses on emerging areas of physiological and pathophysiological research, with emphasis on molecular and cellular functions. The journal holds an impact factor of 3.211 and will move to online-only publication from 2013.

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US IEEE Conformity Assessment Programme unveils enhancements - 26 Sep 2012

The IEEE Conformity Assessment Programme (ICAP), a joint initiative of the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) and IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO), has announced a series of improvements and continued development of its IEEE 1588 Telecommunications Certification Programme. The programme replaces and is expected to build upon the work of the IEEE 1588 Conformity Alliance, a programme of ICAP. The changes are designed to increase industry and test lab participation for a conformity assessment initiative in support of the ITU-T G.8265.1 (IEEE 1588 Telecom Profile).

Under the new construct, the IEEE 1588 Telecommunications Certification Programme will be composed of a Steering Committee and a Technical Committee of Experts. Membership fees will not be assessed to participate in either committee. Fees associated with the programme will be aligned with the products submitted for certification.

ICAP, in its role as Certification Authority, will manage the programme and all marketing activities. The Steering Committee and Technical Committee of Experts will assist ICAP during the ongoing development and launch of the programme. Timing and availability of the Certification Programme has been targeted within Q1 2013.

ICAP will establish the programme policies, manage the day-to-day activities of the programme, authorise test labs, establish and license a certification mark, issue the Certification of Compliance, and maintain the certified product registry. ICAP Authorized Test Labs will conduct the testing in accordance with a defined test plan and procedures.

ICAP will issue a public call for participants at the upcoming 2012 International IEEE Symposium on Precision Clock Synchronization for Measurement, Control and Communication (ISPCS), September 26-28, 2012 in San Francisco. The call for participants will extend invitations to Test Laboratories and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to participate in the IEEE 1588 Telecommunications Certification Programme.

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US Methodist Dallas Medical Center selects ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support - 26 Sep 2012

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Methodist Dallas Medical Center has selected its ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support, software as its electronic order set solution.

ProVation Order Sets claims to be an easily customisable order set authoring and management solution that provides flexible integration into clinical processes to streamline the delivery of standardised care for improved patient safety, outcomes, clinician performance and regulatory compliance.

ProVation Order Sets is built upon ProVation Medical's clinician-designed technology platform. A key benefit is continuous updating of clinical content and medical evidence, including direct links to UpToDate, the resource of choice for more than 600,000 users worldwide.

Located in Dallas, the 515-bed Methodist Dallas Medical Center is a part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System. Home to more than 250 physicians with expertise in more than 50 medical specialties, it is the main teaching and referral center for Methodist Health System and features a Level II Trauma Center and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Methodist Dallas is fully accredited by the Joint Commission.

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US The Optical Society and Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics partner to launch new journal - Photonics Research - 26 Sep 2012

The Optical Society (OSA) has announced a partnership with the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (SIOM) and Chinese Laser Press (CLP) to launch a new peer-reviewed, open-access journal. The journal, titled Photonics Research, is a joint publication of SIOM and OSA and is scheduled to publish its first issue in June 2013.

Photonics Research will primarily publish original research papers along with review articles. Topics will cover a broad range of optics and photonics areas - from basic to applied research. The journal will be led by editor-in-chief Professor Zhiping Zhou of Peking University in China and an international editorial board. It will follow a cascading peer review system - a first for OSA journals - which will benefit authors who may have submitted to another OSA journal but whose paper or topic area are more suited for this new journal.

Many features of the new joint journal will mirror those of OSA’s core titles and the CLP publication Chinese Optics Letters. The journal will be open access online, with a subscription-based print edition available in China. Published in English, it will have a bi-monthly frequency and will be highly selective. Authors will benefit from timely publication with professional composition. Articles will be accessible online via OSA's Optics InfoBase, featuring the new enhanced HTML format plus article usage metrics, and on CLP’s OpticsJournal.net platform.

Paper submissions for Photonics Research will be accepted beginning in late December. The editorial board will invite and select from high-quality papers from a variety of optics and photonics research teams around the world.

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US Portico partners with Project MUSE to preserve UPCC e-books - 26 Sep 2012

Non-profit electronic archiving service provider Portico, US, and Project MUSE have announced a partnership to secure the long-term preservation of e-books published online in MUSE through the University Press Content Consortium (UPCC). Working together, Project MUSE and Portico will ensure that the e-book offerings of the UPCC - 73 presses and more than 15,000 books at the time of signing - will remain available for future scholars, researchers, and students.

The UPCC book collections allow thousands of peer-reviewed new and backlist e-books to be discovered and searched in an integrated environment with content from nearly 500 journals currently on the Project MUSE platform. The book collections' inclusion in the Portico archive strengthens a growing e-book preservation service currently responsible for the long-term preservation of more than 150,000 e-books from a spectrum of publishers, including university presses, societies, and commercial publishers.

Project MUSE is a provider of digital humanities and social science content for the scholarly community. Since 1995 the MUSE journal collections have supported a wide array of research needs at academic, public, special, and school libraries worldwide.

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UK OUP ties up with MaRLI, TRNL to deliver monograph content via e-book programme - 26 Sep 2012

Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP), UK, has signed an agreement with the Manhattan Research Library Initiative (MaRLI) and the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN). Under the deal, OUP will deliver monograph content through its University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) e-book programme as well as a "shared collection" of print copies of all 2012 published scholarly works.

Under the programme, the affiliated institutions will have unlimited use and access to all new content added to UPSO in 2012, along with "a fiscally-viable plan" for purchasing one print copy of new scholarly books produced by the participating presses, through Yankee Book Peddler.

According to Angela Carreño, head of collection development at New York University, the agreement provides a new blueprint for providing scholarly content in the most convenient and accessible, user-friendly format to academics, students and researchers. It also redefines the relationships between publishers, library suppliers and librarians, and advances the MaRLI initiative to expand collections and better serve their users.

The programme is expected to build on the principles discussed at the August 2011 Beyond Print Summit, which explored "a dual electronic-plus-print environment" for the academic community.

The programme aims to strike a balance by ensuring that librarians and their patrons have access to the content they want in the format they prefer, in a model that makes it affordable when dual access is still a need. The deal is seen as a major advance for UPSO, which recently added the University of Chicago to its list of partners.

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US Sheridan unveils cloud-based production & management tool Virtual Publisher - 26 Sep 2012

Sheridan Magazines, a US-based provider of magazine and special interest publication printing, binding, comailing and distribution services, has announced the launch of a new cloud-based production and management service, Virtual Publisher. The tool, developed by Blanchard Systems Inc. and supported through Sheridan's Digital Services Team, is an online publishing production system. It seeks to empower publishers to effectively plan, create, collaborate and approve all elements of a publication's multichannel production – for print, web, mobile and tablet access.

The new tool comprises four major modules. These include Planning, which covers easy-to-use layout and planning tools for both print and mobile publications, and Editorial, which includes story synchronisation through Adobe InDesign, definition and management, editor approval, and finished page / folio delivery. The other two modules are Layout, which includes import/export, flatplan creation, online ad-to-editorial "stitching", ad-to-editorial ratio tracking, paper stock/weight/trim management, online dummy generations, versioning and A/B splits; and Advertising which covers full integration to SendMyAd online ad submission /verification portal and ad booking integration for digital IOs.

Virtual Publisher is projected to seamlessly connect editorial, advertising, traffic, premedia, and digital departments into a single real-time project management, production and delivery portal. This integration is expected to not only streamline production time, but also extend advertising deadline windows, thus providing additional revenue opportunities.

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