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Netherland South Korean universities reach agreement with Elsevier for access to ScienceDirect - 17 Jan 2018

A consortium of hundreds of South Korean universities has reportedly reached a new deal with scientific publisher Elsevier for access to ScienceDirect, a database containing content from 3500 academic journals and thousands of electronic books. The agreement includes price hikes between 3.5% and 3.9%. The publisher had earlier pushed for a 4.5% increase.

The universities will be seeking more concessions in future negotiations. According to Lee Chang Won, secretary general of the Korea University & College Library Association, Elsevier should abolish the minimum flat rate system, in which these universities have to pay for digital content that nobody reads. The Korea University & College Library Association, together with the Korean Council for University Education (KCUE), leads the consortium.

In May 2017, the association, the council, and other groups formed a consortium to represent 300 university and college libraries in negotiations with 42 database providers. The group took a hard line on Elsevier's proposed rate hike and also sought concessions on charges for open-access publications and little-used journals included in the database. When talks hit an impasse at the end of the year, the group organised a boycott under which the schools refused to renew their contracts. Elsevier agreed to provide access while negotiations continued.

Individual universities will now have the option of a 1-year renewal at an increase of 3.9% or a 3-year contract with yearly increases of 3.5%, 3.6%, and 3.7% above the 2017 baseline. Schools are expected to start concluding contracts with Elsevier this week. The publisher has however agreed to continue to provide access to ScienceDirect until documents are signed.

Singapore-based Elsevier spokesperson Jason Chan has confirmed that the publisher reached an agreement with the South Korean consortium for access to ScienceDirect through 2020 and has agreed to continue to discuss future access options.

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US Nominees for Clarivate Analytics Cortellis “Deal of the Year” awards announced at 36th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference - 17 Jan 2018

Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation, revealed that the market value of the most innovative and impactful global life sciences transactions of 2017 increased by 6% totalling US $364 billion, despite a decrease in overall deal volume. The transactions nominated for the annual Clarivate Cortellis Deal of the Year Awards include licensing and mergers and acquisitions. The announcement of the nominees at the 36th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco coincided with the Clarivate Deals and Portfolio Annual Review presentation - the foremost independent analysis of the economic trends shaping the life sciences sector in 2017.

Clarivate's Deals and Portfolio Annual Review showcased a deep-dive analysis of 4,234 life sciences transactions. While overall the aggregate dollar value for deals increased from 2016, deal volume dropped by approximately 3% and saw contractions in almost every type of deal structure. This represents a reversal from last year when deal volume was up, but deal dollars were down.

A total of ten 'Deal of the Year' nominees were announced, five each in the categories of M&A and licensing. These include some of the industry's most recognisable names (AstraZeneca, Celgene, and Merck) and life sciences upstarts like Rigontec, CureVac, and IFM Therapeutics. Nominees were recognised for innovations in creative deal structures, the use of novel technology, addressing unmet medical needs and new market penetrations. The analysis was drawn from the Cortellis suite of solutions from Clarivate Analytics. Industry participants may vote for the Deals of the Year at http://info.clarivate.com/DOTY. Winners will be announced in the beginning of February 2018.

This year's Deals and Portfolio Review included a particularly deep investigation into oncology trends, which account for the largest number of M&A transactions by therapeutic area and the largest volume of licensing transactions. All but one of the top 20 dealmakers were active in oncology transactions last year.

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UK Oxford University Press joins the Initiative for Open Citations - 17 Jan 2018

Academic publisher Oxford University Press has joined the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC), a collaboration between scholarly publishers, researchers and other interested parties to promote the unrestricted availability of scholarly citation data.

I4OC is a project which promotes the unrestricted availability of scholarly citation data by making metadata for references within academic articles publicly available. It aims to establish a global public web of linked scholarly citation data to enhance the discoverability of published content, explore connections between knowledge fields, and follow the evolution of ideas and scholarly disciplines.

There are several benefits to the I4OC scheme which OUP will support. Researchers will now be able to study the dissemination of methods and scientific ideas. Authors will gain machine-readable access to references for all their papers. Funding organisations will be able to rely on this public resource to develop transparent and reproducible evaluation metrics and create new tools to assess the academic and societal impact of research they fund. Members of the public will be able to trace information back to its source or reuse it in open knowledge repositories such as Wikipedia and Wikidata.

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Netherland Bladder Cancer named official journal of the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network - 17 Jan 2018

STM publisher IOS Press and the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN), have announced that the journal Bladder Cancer will now become the official journal of BCAN.

As the result of this new partnership, Bladder Cancer and BCAN will combine resources to support a readily accessible information platform to serve the bladder cancer research and clinical practice communities. As such, the journal is dedicated to providing an open forum for publishing original peer-reviewed research in basic science, translational research and clinical medicine that will improve the fundamental understanding of bladder cancer and lead to more effective treatment of tumours of the bladder and upper urinary tract and improved patient outcomes.

Launched in 2015, Bladder Cancer is an international multidisciplinary journal designed to facilitate progress in understanding the epidemiology/etiology, genetics, molecular correlates, pathogenesis, pharmacology, ethics, patient advocacy and survivorship, diagnosis and treatment of tumours of the bladder and upper urinary tract. Guided by an eminent editorial board comprising global leaders in the field, the journal publishes research reports, reviews, short communications, letters-to-the-editor, and special features that deliver timely commentary, alerts of groundbreaking research, clinical trials coverage, challenging case studies and access to current funding information.

Bladder cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the United States with over 79,000 new cases and nearly 17,000 deaths that were projected for 2017. With only recent advances in treatments over the past 30 years, there continues to be a tremendous need for more bladder cancer research.

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Taiwan National Taiwan University selects Ex Libris Alma Library Services - 17 Jan 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that National Taiwan University (NTU) has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform to replace the school's library management system.

In addition, NTU's local implementation of the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution will be migrated to the cloud and integrated with the Alma platform. Through the software-as-a-service model, the university library services will enjoy benefit from the real-time synchronisation and automatic updates of the Alma and Primo software solutions.

The evaluation process for the library platform focused on several main requirements: open access, flexibility, extension capabilities and plug-ins, support for traditional Chinese characters, and adaptability to accommodate the library's specific needs. Furthermore, as NTU embarks on a restructuring of its library and the adoption of the Resource Description and Access (RDA) standard, Alma's support for this standard will facilitate the review and streamlining of workflows and processes.

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US Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. set to publish new peer-reviewed journal - Bioelectricity - 17 Jan 2018

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. has announced that it will publish Bioelectricity, a peer-reviewed journal and an influential and dynamic meeting place for the rapidly growing bioelectricity community. Spearheaded by Editor-in-Chief, Dany Spencer Adams, Tufts University, Bioelectricity will be published online and in print with open access options. The journal will seek to provide an authoritative, high-profile forum for groundbreaking original research papers, review articles, and captivating front matter, debate, and commentary. A preview issue of the journal is planned for summer 2018.

Authoritative Associate Editors include Dr. Annarosa Arcangeli, University of Florence School of Medicine; Dr. Emily Bates, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine; Dr. Mustafa Djamgoz, Imperial College London; Dr. Richard Kramer, University of California, Berkeley; Dr. Michael Levin, Tufts University; Dr. Richard Nuccitelli, Pulse Biosciences Inc.; Dr. Ann Rajnicek, University of Aberdeen; and Dr. Min Zhao, School of Medicine, UC Davis.

The journal will provide rapid, fair peer-review and welcomes original research papers on every aspect of bioelectricity in biology and technology, including basic research (in any organism), translational, clinical, and agricultural applications. Specific areas of interest include (but are not limited to) bioelectric mechanisms associated with cancer, cell signaling, channels and pumps, channelopathies, development, health, homeostasis, immunity, microbiology, physiology, regeneration, and senescence; practical applications for biomedical approaches, electropharmaceuticals and electroceuticals, medical devices, nanotechnology, regenerative medicine, synthetic biology, tissue engineering, and transplantation; and tools for bioelectricity research including imaging, intellectual property and patenting, bioethics, optogenetics, simulation software and mathematical models, and tools to manipulate bioelectric signals.

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US CLOCKSS and SAGE Publishing announce preservation deal - 17 Jan 2018

The CLOCKSS Archive and academic publisher SAGE Publishing have announced that the SAGE e-book offerings on its SAGE Research Methods (SRM) and SAGE Knowledge (SK) platforms will be digitally preserved for the long-term in the CLOCKSS Archive.

SAGE, an independent academic publisher, is known for its commitment to quality and innovation, and has helped to inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students across a broad range of subject areas.

CLOCKSS, the decentralised preservation archive that ensures that the digital assets of the community will survive intact, simultaneously announced the support of five additional participating publishers for future generations of researchers. New Publishers include: Annals of Family Medicine; European Journal of Business Science and Technology; Mersenne Center for Open Scientific Publishing; Parenteral Drug Association, Inc.; and Verduci Editore (European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences).

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