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Netherland Elsevier announces launch of new journal - Water Resources and Economics - 05 Jul 2013

STM publisher Elsevier has announced the launch of a new journal - Water Resources and Economics. The journal is published in association with the International Water Association (IWA) and the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE). The first issue of the journal is a special issue presenting findings from the 10th Annual Meeting of the International Water Resource Economics Consortium and is now available for free online on ScienceDirect.

At a time when concerns about the impact of climate change on the availability and distribution of global water resources continue to grow, Water Resources and Economics aims to provide a forum for the discussion of the economic dimensions affecting the allocation and use of water resources.

Prof. Dr. Roy Brouwer of the Institute for Environmental Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.

All articles published in the first issue are freely available on Science Direct.

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UK BioMed Central launches new OA journal, Movement Ecology - 05 Jul 2013

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced the launch of a new open access journal Movement Ecology, marking a significant milestone in this field of research as the first journal of its kind. The journal is associated with the new movement ecology institute The Minerva Center for Movement Ecology.

Movement phenomena are among the most basic characteristics of life, playing a key role in determining evolutionary and ecological processes including major global environmental concerns. Movement Ecology welcomes manuscripts on any taxa and any movement phenomena (e.g. foraging, dispersal or seasonal migration) addressing important research questions on the patterns, mechanisms, causes and consequences of organismal movement.

Co-Editors-in-Chief Ran Nathan, a pioneer of the movement ecology paradigm, and ecological mathematician Luca Giuggioli aim to include novel insights from empirical and theoretical approaches into the ecology of movement of the whole organism (animals, plants or microorganisms) as the central theme.

Included in the launch issue is an editorial by the Editors-in-Chief introducing the central themes of Movement Ecology, followed by three high quality articles providing just a glimpse of the diversity of this journal.

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US Bioscientifica launches Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports website - 05 Jul 2013

Bioscientifica, the publishing arm of the Society for Endocrinology, has announced the launch of its new Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports website, which is now live.

Unique in its proposition, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports claims to be the only resource publishing and linking together case reports in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. The product is endorsed by leading international societies, including the Brazilian Society of Endocrinology & Metabolism, the British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes, the Endocrine Society of Australia, the European Childhood Obesity Group, the International Neuroendocrine Federation, the Japan Endocrine Society, the National Osteoporosis Society, and the Society for Endocrinology, with more to be announced soon.

This newly launched open access product publishes peer-reviewed case reports which are free-to-read for everyone across the world, thereby maximising both visibility and readership of authors' work. Purposefully designed, the website will provide users with a wealth of easily accessible information and engagement tools. With its full-text search and sophisticated browse functionality, users will navigate between cases with ease in order to spot trends and contradictions.

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports has an esteemed Editorial Board led by three Editors-in-Chief Maralyn Druce (London), Jennifer Green (USA) and Martin Silink (Australia).

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports publishes case reports across a broad scope ranging from articles reporting unusual symptoms and novel treatments to key findings which shed new light on the possible pathogenesis of a disease. Each case report highlights key learning points for readers, thereby furthering both medical education and clinical practice.

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UK SAGE announces winner of 2013 ALPSP travel grant - 05 Jul 2013

Academic publisher SAGE has announced the recipient of their 2013 library travel grant for the ALPSP International Conference. Penny Andrews, Library Graduate Trainee at Leeds Metropolitan University won by answering 'what would be your top tip to give students about conducting research.'

Penny was chosen by the SAGE judging panel for her consideration of the influential role of the librarian in supporting students and capturing the value of the librarian for academic institutions.

The travel grant supports a librarian or information professional with a free place at the ALPSP International Conference from 11-13 September.

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US UC Libraries discontinue Taylor & Francis system-wide journals license - 05 Jul 2013

The Libraries on the ten UC campuses and the California Digital Library (CDL) have discontinued their system wide Taylor & Francis journals license in favour of local campus subscriptions effective January 1, 2013. Three important system wide principles were the basis for the decision - achieving sustainable pricing, better aligning cost to value, and maintaining the highest quality journal content possible across a broad range of disciplines.

Clear UC-focused value metrics by subject category combined with a structured, holistic review process encompassing all system wide journal packages were used to inform this decision, which will save the Libraries nearly 45 percent over previously projected costs.

Severe budget challenges combined with continuing escalation in the cost of scholarly journals have required UC Libraries to seek economies in system wide online journal expenditures. Since 2010, one package has been discontinued and several other packages have been scaled back to control costs.

A strategic and holistic approach to journal evaluation was undertaken in 2012 using objective, quantifiable, metrics that took into account multiple vectors of value. Comparisons of quality, utility and cost effectiveness were made across all journal publisher packages that UC licenses, focusing on packages that were up for renewal in 2013.

An overview of this methodology is available in the February 2012 CDLINFO article 'Calculating scholarly journal value through objective metrics.' The evaluation methodology carefully accounted for disciplinary differences to ensure that all disciplines of study at the university would be adequately supported. In addition, UC librarians on all 10 campuses did an extensive review of the Taylor & Francis journals using their subject expertise and knowledge of local library licensing practices.

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US Cengage Learning in deal with lenders to restructure balance sheet and strengthen financial position - 05 Jul 2013

Educational content, software and services company Cengage Learning, Inc., US, has announced an agreement with certain of its lenders to restructure its balance sheet and significantly reduce its about $5.8 billion of outstanding debt to better position the Company for long-term growth and profitability.

In order to implement the financial restructuring, Cengage Learning and all of its domestic wholly-owned subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for reorganisation under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York.

In conjunction with the Chapter 11 filing, Cengage Learning entered into a restructuring support agreement with an ad hoc committee of first lien lenders who hold approximately $2 billion of the Company's first lien debt. In this agreement, the lenders committed to support a restructuring transaction that will eliminate more than $4 billion in debt from Cengage Learning's balance sheet and position the Company to implement management's strategic business plan.

Cengage Learning maintains substantial cash balances and expects to generate positive cash flow, and therefore does not need nor intend to obtain debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing. In addition, the Company has reached an agreement with its secured lenders that permits it to continue to use cash flow from operations to continue to fund the business and meet obligations in the normal course during the restructuring process.

Cengage Learning plans to make timely payment to vendors for goods and services provided to the Company during its restructuring in the normal course of business. It is anticipated that employees will continue to receive their usual pay and health and welfare benefits.

Cengage Learning has filed customary 'First Day Motions' with the Bankruptcy Court, which, if granted, will help ensure a smooth transition to Chapter 11 without business disruption and will minimise impact on its employees, customers, authors, content providers, business partners, vendors and suppliers. The motions are expected to be addressed promptly by the Court.

Cengage Learning plans to make timely payment to vendors for goods and services provided to the Company during its restructuring in the normal course of business. The Company fully anticipates that employees will continue to receive their usual pay and health and welfare benefits and is confident that the Court will approve its request to do so.

Cengage Learning's non-U.S. subsidiaries are not included in the U.S. Chapter 11 filings and will continue to operate in the ordinary course without interruption.

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