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Netherland Elsevier acquires certain book assets of Gulf Publishing Company - 09 Aug 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has acquired certain book assets of Gulf Publishing Company (GPC). The portfolio of 32 books includes petroleum engineering titles in drilling, pipeline, oil and gas, and safety.

The GPC titles are for professionals in upstream oil and gas engineering and cover drilling, recovery methods, reservoir management, processing, and pipeline transmission. They include the Gulf Drilling Series, which emphasizes current techniques and technologies in the drilling industry; handbooks in oil and natural gas engineering; books on enhanced and non-conventional recovery techniques, including the high interest area of hydraulic fracturing (fracking); and data handbooks useful as reference sources for researchers and applied engineers working with the physical and chemical properties of hydrocarbons.

All of the GPC books will be available through the Elsevier Store and on ScienceDirect, a full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books. Many of the titles are also available on Knovel, a web-based application integrating technical information with analytical and search tools to deliver answers engineers can trust.

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US Publishers in e-book antitrust case object to DOJís proposed punishment for Apple - 09 Aug 2013

The five publishers who settled with the federal government in the ebook pricing case have objected to the government's proposed injunction for Apple in a joint court filing Wednesday. They argue that the injunction modifies the settlements that they already reached with the government, and does more to punish publishers than to punish Apple.

Apple had objected to the proposed injunction. A federal judge found Apple guilty of conspiring with publishers to fix ebook prices in July.

The publishers - Penguin, Hachette, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins -already reached settlements with the DOJ that allow retailers to discount their ebooks for two years and prohibit most favoured nation clauses for five years. These settlements are already in effect; in fact, retailers have been discounting HarperCollins ebooks for nearly a year now. After two years, the existing settlements allow publishers to return to an agency pricing model where they set an ebook's price and the retailer cannot discount below that price.

The injunction that the DOJ proposed last week, however, would force publishers to let Apple discount its ebooks for five years, not just two. While the injunction only specifically mentions Apple, it would affect publishers' contracts with all retailers, including Amazon, because the publishers would not want to offer different terms to Apple than they do to other retailers.

The publishers conclude that the DOJ is attempting to impose a specific business model on the publishing industry, despite their express and repeated representations that they would play no such role. They ask Judge Denise Cote, who is overseeing the case, to reject the DOJ's proposed injunction.

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US Pearson to co-host workshop on digital publishing for education - 09 Aug 2013

Pearson, a US-based provider of educational content and services, will co-host a workshop on digital publishing in education, EDUPUB, with the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), on October 29-30, 2013, in Boston. Co-chairs of the workshop are Paul Belfanti (Director, Content Architecture, Pearson North America) and Markus Gylling (CTO, IDPF and DAISY Consortium.).

The goal of the workshop is to bring together major players in the global K-20 education market - including publishers, educators, platform and solution providers, standardisation organisations, content distributors, and accessibility organizations - to advance implementation of EPUB3, the HTML5 format developed by the IDPF, as the standard delivery format for e-textbooks. Participants will also emphasise the importance of broader adoption of other Open Web standards, such as CSS, QTI, and LTI, to enable the interoperability of education content across key platforms and systems.

As part of its business transformation strategy to standards-based, digital-first content creation, Pearson is developing EPUB3 output profiles, specifications that generate EPUB3 files tailored to criteria such as target audience, product type, target devices/platforms, learning standards, etc. Pearson will release one of these profiles as an open source output standard for basic educational content to provide a platform that all publishers, vendors, and content distributors can contribute to and use.

Prospective participants should submit a position paper or statement of interest by August 23, 2013. A preliminary list of possible workshop topics is available at idpf.org/edupub-2013-topics. For information on how to participate, visit the workshop site at idpf.org/edupub-2013.

EDUPUB's organisation co-sponsors are W3C and IMS Global Learning. Additional corporate sponsors include Aptara and SPi Global.

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US OMICS Publishing Group acquires OA journal, Immunome Research - 09 Aug 2013

OMICS Group Incorporation, a scientific organisation that drives the progress of research through scholarly open access journals, has announced an agreement with Nikolai Petrovsky Publishing for the acquisition of Immunome Research, an open access, peer reviewed, interdisciplinary journal. The journal joins OMICS Group's list of more than 300 peer-reviewed OA journals.

Immunome Research, indexing in PubMed and many other popular indexing services, came to life in 2005 through BioMed Central, bringing the prime focus in the nascent field of Immunomics, which includes traditional wet lab immunology research approaches with the new sciences of Genomics, Proteomics, and Bioinformatics as well as mathematical modelling. The journal is the official journal of the International Immunomics Society.

According to Dr. Srinubabu Gedela, CEO, OMICS Publishing Group, this acquisition will ensure that the journal continues to promote the findings of contemporary research in the challenging field of Immunomics. An Advisory Editorial Board, consisting of world-class, excellent and experienced professors and researchers in the field of immunomics, has been created. Additionally, an efficient Editorial managing system has been implemented for streamlining the whole process from manuscript submission to online publication for authors.

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US Cloud Connect Chicago to align content tracks with competing cloud ecosystems - 09 Aug 2013

Cloud Connect Chicago, produced by UBM Tech, has announced a new conference programme built around the most competitive enterprise cloud stacks including OpenStack, CloudStack and Amazon Web Services. As the premier technology event for the cloud community, featuring the latest technologies, strategies and innovations, Cloud Connect will return to Chicago October 21ó23 in a new downtown location, McCormick Place.

For many organizations, cloud computing has become an integral part of IT, but they continue to face critical technology decisions as competing platforms push for market leadership. As such, this year's program for Cloud Connect Chicago pits major industry players against each other with five conference tracks, each to represent a divergent cloud software strategy: Amazon Web Services & Eucalyptus, CloudStack, OpenStack, Platform-as-a-Service and Virtualization & Private Cloud. As the unique architectures have both benefits and limitations, speakers affiliated with the different tracks will address key technology considerations and business impact across the leading use cases.

In addition to conference sessions, Cloud Connect will open with a full day of intensive cloud computing education through a series of Summits and Boot Camps. Designed to empower technology decision makers, these comprehensive workshops will outline standards and emerging trends around big data, security and risk, as well as management strategies in increasingly heterogeneous cloud environments.

Cloud Connect will host a variety of cloud providers for a two-day exhibition featuring cutting edge products and services. Top sponsors to date include: HP Cloud Services, IBM, Levementum, OVH.com, SoftLayer and Windstream.

Interested parties may visit http://www.cloudconnectevent.com/chicago/ for more information or to register for the event.

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UK F1000Prime and PLOS partner to provide enhanced information to researchers on article-level metrics - 09 Aug 2013

Faculty of 1000's F1000Prime article recommendation service has partnered with Public Library of Science (PLOS), to provide enhanced information to researchers on the impact of their published articles.

'F1000Prime recommended' badges and scores have been added to all PLOS journal articles that have been selected for inclusion in F1000Prime by F1000's Faculty of peer-nominated life scientists and clinicians. Adding F1000Prime scores to PLOS's sophisticated article-level metrics (ALMs) gives authors of important articles more information on the impact of their work and its recognition by respected scientists, and will help guide readers to expert commentaries on important papers.

ALMs offer a rapid and broad view of the reach and impact of research articles through an ever- increasing range of metrics. These metrics include traditional citation data, through to article downloads, discussions on science blogs, and usage of articles on a variety of social media and online bookmarking services.

More than 3,000 articles published in PLOS journals have so far been selected for inclusion in F1000Prime Ė a directory of important articles in biology and medicine. PLOS have also introduced new classifications for their ALMs, which make distinctions between scholarly metrics such as F1000 recommendations, and social media discussions about research, which includes non-scientists.

Research by the Medical Research Council has shown that articles recommended by F1000Prime are more likely to be highly cited, and there are many other ways ALMs can help understanding of the diverse impact of research. PLOS and Faculty of 1000 will be working together to study associations between F1000 recommendations and other measures of research impact.

Faculty of 1000 and PLOS are both supporters of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which launched in May 2013, and promotes the use of more scientific ways, than the Journal Impact Factor, to assess individual research articles and authors.

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UK Dr Andrew Grace named Deputy Editor of Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review journal - 09 Aug 2013

The Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review (AER) journal has announced the appointment of Dr Andrew Grace to the position of Deputy Editor Ė Arrhythmia Mechanisms / Basic Science.

Dr Grace serves as a Consultant Cardiologist at Papworth Hospital Cambridge and as Research Group Head in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge. Clinically he has a general electrophysiology practice focussing on catheter ablation techniques for atrial fibrillation and has overseen the development of one of the UK's largest clinical practices for cardiac arrhythmia management.

Produced in partnership with European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA), AER is a bi-annual journal aimed at assisting time-pressured physicians to stay abreast of key advances and opinion in the arrhythmia and electrophysiology sphere. Aimed at informing both the electrophysiologist and general cardiologist, the journal provides comprehensive update on a range of pertinent issues to support physicians in continuously developing their knowledge and effectiveness in day-to-day clinical practice.

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US The Journal of Restorative Medicine to be preserved with Portico - 09 Aug 2013

The Journal of Restorative Medicine has announced an agreement with non-profit electronic archiving service provider Portico to preserve its e-journal. Through this agreement, The Journal of Restorative Medicine ensures that it will be preserved and available for future scholars, researchers, and students.

The Journal of Restorative Medicine is a peer-reviewed medical journal and is the official publication of The Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine. It publishes medical articles on conditions amenable to restorative treatments, such as herbal, nutritional, bio-identical hormone medicine, and lifestyle recommendations.

Portico will act as a perpetual access mechanism for the title.

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