SPARC announces ‘Generation Open’ as theme for 2014 International Open Access Week - 09 May 2014
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has announced that the theme for this year's International Open Access Week is "Generation Open". The theme will highlight the importance of students and early career researchers as advocates for change in the short-term, through institutional and governmental policy, and as the future of the Academy upon whom the ultimate success of the Open Access movement depends. The theme will also explore how changes in scholarly publishing affect scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers.
To be held from October 20 – 26, 2014, International Open Access Week is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they've learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.
The theme 'Generation Open' will return International Open Access Week to its foundation. Begun in 2007 as the National Day of Action for Open Access, the event was originally a partnership between SPARC and students who organised local events on a handful of campuses across the United States. Since then, both student involvement in Open Access and Open Access Week itself have grown exponentially.
SPARC's student program, The Right to Research Coalition, has grown to more than 75 member student organisations, which collectively represent nearly seven million students in more than 100 countries around the world. The energy, creativity, and passion of the next generation that sparked the National Day of Action for Open Access in 2007 can now be seen in projects like the Open Access Button, a student-developed tool that helps users find freely available copies of pay walled articles.
SPARC encourages advocates around the world to use the week as a catalyst for raising awareness of Open Access and to build a dialogue with the next generation about shaping the system of scholarly communication that they will inherit.
SPARC will host a kickoff webcast on May 19th at 2:30pm EDT (7:30pm BST) to help advocates begin planning Open Access Week events, featuring advice from experts who have organised successful events during previous weeks.
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins journal portfolio receives 23 ASHPE awards for Editorial and Design Excellence - 09 May 2014
Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry, recently announced that its Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) journal portfolio has won 23 awards across 19 categories in the 2014 American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE) annual awards competition. ASHPE recognises member articles and publications for editorial, design, print, and online award categories.
LWW received 8 Gold awards, and AJN: American Journal of Nursing received 4 of them - Best Case History, Best Use of Social Media, Best Cover Photo, and Best Blog. AJN also received a Silver for Best News Coverage, for a total of 5 awards overall.
Other Gold winners include: Neurology Now®, published on behalf of the American Academy of Neurology, for Best Profile and Best Custom Publication; the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants for Best Original Research; and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, published on behalf of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, for Best Peer-Reviewed Journal. Other highlights include two category sweeps: Best Custom Publication and Best Use of Social Media.
NoveList expands readers’ advisory resources, includes new tools for listeners’ advisory - 09 May 2014
NoveList®, a division of EBSCO Information Services, has expanded its readers' advisory resources by including new tools for listeners' advisory. NoveList will now offer audiobook recommendations through NoveList Plus®, and has also enhanced the user interfaces of all of its products.
NoveList is a trusted source for recommendations and readers' advisory expertise for print books and now will apply that same expertise to audiobooks in NoveList Plus. The new audiobook features include lists of recommended titles and listen-alike recommendations. Users can browse or search for audiobook information and will have search options for length of audio, format and audio characteristics. Listeners will be able to access audio samples to hear previews and get reviews from trusted professional review sources, including Audiofile.
As part of the release, NoveList developed new appeal language to help describe the unique characteristics of audiobooks. Descriptive terms like 'sound effects,' 'read by the author,' or 'folksy,' help listeners determine whether an audiobook is one they will enjoy. NoveList also uses the appeal terms to help create listen-alike recommendations.
NoveList Plus users will start receiving audiobook recommendations automatically as part of the spring release. At the same time, the interfaces for NoveList Plus, NoveList, NoveList K-8 Plus, and NoveList K-8 will be upgraded to improve functionality. The layout will now consist of two columns instead of the previous three, and the toolbar across the top has new categories and options. In addition, there is an improved autocomplete function in the search box to make it easier find what is being searched for by putting in partial titles, author names, or genres.
SAGE to begin publishing open access journal ASN NEURO - 09 May 2014
Academic publisher SAGE has acquired the open access journal ASN NEURO, the official publication of the American Society for Neurochemistry (ASN).
Established in 2009, ASN NEURO provides glial and neuro scholars with high-quality research articles and reviews that cover recent advances across the breadth of the cellular and molecular neurosciences. In the top third of all neuroscience journals ranked with ISI, the journal contributes to the latest body of scholarship in its industry through a rapid yet thorough peer review process and immediate publication.
The journal's research is broken down into nine 'knowledge environments' including chemistry, genetics, metabolism, development, glia, repair, degeneration, immunity, and signaling. The groupings allow papers to be discovered by specific article or searched based on the other articles with which they are associated.
ASN NEURO will transition to the SAGE Journals platform June 2.
BMJ appoints Joe Douress as US Marketing and Sales Director - 09 May 2014
Healthcare knowledge provider BMJ has announced the appointment of Joe Douress as US Marketing and Sales Director to help drive the company's US business objectives. Douress has proven success in developing and launching new products and increasing market share in the information services and publishing industry.
In his new role, Douress will report directly to BMJ US Managing Director Glen Campbell. His previous role was as Chief Marketing & Product Officer for Buyers Lab. He has also held senior roles with high-profile organisations including Dun & Bradstreet, LexisNexis, and Elsevier Health Sciences.
As senior VP of Global Marketing and Sales Development at Elsevier Medical Research, Joe led a strategic marketing program that transformed revenues in the global hospital sector. He is former editor and publisher of Dun & Bradstreet's Exporters' Encyclopaedia and has also co-authored best-selling global marketing books published by Prentice-Hall.
He serves on the boards of a number of non-profit organisations and is founder of a charity that benefits seriously ill children.
Unitec Institute of Technology adopts Alma library management solution, migrates to cloud deployment of Primo - 09 May 2014
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that Unitec Institute of Technology has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management service and is consolidating its Ex Libris solutions into the cloud-based platform of Alma and Primo, unifying both resource management and resource discovery.
In the rapidly changing academic landscape, Unitec Institute of Technology found that Alma and Primo together offered the best solution for its users and staff. As a fully cloud-based solution, Alma offers extensive opportunities for collaboration with libraries worldwide, and its open interfaces enable the library to integrate with other systems on campus and externally. In parallel with adopting Alma, Unitec has moved its Ex Libris Primo implementation to a cloud deployment, thereby relieving library staff of unnecessary technical burdens.
Among its reasons for selecting Alma from the available commercial systems, Unitec cited the solution's energetic user community and comprehensive vendor support. The institute also considered Alma to be a 'strategic fit' with both its own Technology Strategy, and a recent look-ahead report for the Library.
Cengage Learning partners with Celebrus Technologies to harness the power of big data in education technology - 09 May 2014
Cengage Learning, a global educational content, technology and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets, has announced a partnership with Celebrus Technologies, a provider of tagging-free multi-channel digital big data software that captures rich behavioural data to understand how customers are interacting with the company's digital service offerings. As the first major US publisher to work with Celebrus, this partnership puts Cengage Learning at the forefront of the industry in understanding how big data can inform student product usage, learning objectives and learning outcomes.
Cengage Learning's online teaching and learning resources – CengageNOW, Aplia and MindTap – will be the first products integrated with the Celebrus technology. By observing overall student and professor behaviour, such as log-in time, most visited pages and length of time spent on a page, Cengage Learning will gain a complete profile to better understand customers' needs and wants. This collected data will then feed into research and development in an effort to improve upon existing products and create new ones that will increase student engagement and deliver a superior learning experience.
Once data is captured in real-time, Cengage Learning will seek emerging trends among the behavioural patterns that relate directly to student outcomes. This will allow developers to design and refine better products to help students as a whole.