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US ProQuest’s Ebook Central platform to feature DRM-free titles - 21 Jun 2018

Researchers who use ProQuest's Ebook Central® platform will soon be able to download more than 100,000 DRM-free full books and DRM-free chapters from nearly 1 million books for access on any device. The move is part of ProQuest's ongoing commitment to improve usability and remove obstacles to access.

These books come from leading academic publishers like Cornell University Press, NYU Press, Harvard University Press, IOS Press, and dozens more. They also cover nearly every discipline - including arts, humanities, business, medicine, education, science and technology.

The Ebook Central platform’s DRM-free titles will be available on a concurrent user basis with no sign-in or special software required to retrieve them. Patrons will not be subject to print, copy, or download limitations, and they can download both chapters and full titles from the book's landing page or the reader.

ProQuest's ever-expanding offering of DRM-free ebooks also includes 237,000 titles available via publisher platforms on the OASIS web-based search, selection and ordering service. The addition of these Ebook Central titles gives ProQuest customers access to more than 300,000 DRM-free titles.

Libraries can purchase these books on a title-by-title basis, via subscription, or through usage-based acquisition models like demand-driven acquisition (DDA) and access-to-own (ATO) from preferred ordering services - including the LibCentral®, OASIS® and GOBI services. They will also have the additional option to purchase a DRM-free unlimited user version of a title, or a limited user model with standard DRM protection, to maximise their budgets and develop more flexible collections.

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UK The Canadian Mathematical Society and Cambridge University Press announce publishing partnership - 21 Jun 2018

The Canadian Mathematical Society and Cambridge University Press have announced a new publishing partnership beginning in January 2019. The Society's journals, the Canadian Journal of Mathematics and the Canadian Mathematical Bulletin, will join Cambridge's leading mathematics publishing programme.

The Canadian Journal of Mathematics is a flagship publication of the Canadian Mathematical Society, publishing original, peer-reviewed research of the highest standard in six annual issues since 1949. The Canadian Mathematical Bulletin publishes original research of the highest standard following rigorous academic peer review, in four annual issues since 1958.

The G. de B. Robinson Award was inaugurated in 1994 to recognise the publication of excellent papers in the Canadian Journal of Mathematics and the Canadian Mathematical Bulletin.

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UK Altmetric releases Explorer ‘Highlights’ and enhanced user experience - 21 Jun 2018

Data science company Altmetric has announced a new Altmetric Explorer feature, Highlights, and other useful interface enhancements that will make it easier and quicker for publishers, institutions, funders and researchers to track research influence as it happens.

The Altmetric Explorer platform contains millions of collated mentions for research works since 2012. With the addition of a new Highlights tab and other interface enhancements, the Explorer now summarises and visualises the most important types of information used in evaluation and reporting scenarios, including key influencers engaging with research; international attention and reach; attention trends over time; and top journals that have published the most attention-getting research.

Users can also save custom search queries for any group of research outputs, summaries of which appear in the Highlights tab immediately upon login.

Other aspects of the Explorer redesign put all of Altmetric's powerful data analysis tools at the user's fingertips, including geographic and temporal visualisation modules, a journal metrics comparison dashboard, and mention search and export features.

The Altmetric Explorer redesign and Highlights tab are currently available to customers.

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US Unbound Medicine launches next generation literature search and tracking application - 21 Jun 2018

Unbound Medicine, a provider of knowledge management solutions for healthcare, has announced the launch of the next generation literature search and tracking application - Prime PubMed.

Prime PubMed is the next step in Unbound's vision of integrating evidence from primary literature into the summary content and practice. Replacing its predecessor Unbound MEDLINE, Prime's cutting-edge feature set strives to impact education, research, and clinical care positively.

Prime PubMed allows users to search or browse the full PubMed database on any smartphone or tablet using Unbound's award-winning interface; optimise the library's journal investment by seamlessly integrating branded links to view full-text articles; view the influence and interrelationships between journal articles using Grapherence™, Unbound's exclusive interactive search capability; and personalise with Prime ForYou which delivers customised lists of articles based on users interests and fields of research or study.

Prime PubMed is available for free on the web and in the Apple iTunes and GooglePlay (Android) app stores. Integrated into many Unbound products such as uCentral™ and Nursing Central™, the inclusion of a Prime PubMed provides instant access to current medical information by linking from references to the citation, tracking specific journals, or by giving users the ability to search PubMed from one centralised location.

Unbound Medicine supports practitioners by providing evidence from primary literature at the point of need. Since its inception nearly 20 years ago, Unbound Medicine has created search interfaces and journal tracking products using the content available from the National Library of Medicine. Unbound's leadership team was instrumental in creating the first web interface to MEDLINE along with full-text linking algorithms for easier access to the literature.

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US JSTOR’s Text Analyzer wins People’s Choice Award at SSP Previews Session - 21 Jun 2018

JSTOR has been awarded the first-ever People's Choice Award for their Text Analyzer product during the SSP Previews Session, New and Noteworthy Product Presentations.

JSTOR's Text Analyzer is a new way to conduct academic research created by JSTOR Labs, an innovation team building experimental tools for researchers and teachers. JSTOR Labs Director, Alex Humphreys demonstrated how Text Analyzer works by following the stories of Amy and Amir, two stick-figure researchers, in the light-hearted, lightning-round presentation. With Text Analyzer, researchers can search for content on JSTOR (a digital library with more than 2,000 academic journals and 50,000 books spanning hundreds of years) just by uploading a document. This can be anything: a manuscript, an outline of a work in progress, an article that has been downloaded, even a picture of a page of a textbook. Uploaded documents are not stored.

The tool analyses the text within the document to determine what it is about, and then uses the topics it deems most important - the 'prioritised terms' - to find similar content in JSTOR.

The user can then review the results and download any articles they are interested in. The results can be refined by adding, removing or adjusting the importance of the prioritised terms.

Text Analyzer supports fifteen languages including: English, Arabic, (simplified) Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. Users uploading a document in, for example, Korean, will see relevant material in English. It is compatible with mobile devices by using the device's camera as a document scanner. There is also an API available to beta partners interested in programmatic access.

The SSP Previews Session has been a mainstay at the SSP Annual Meeting for a number of years. Originally it was a concurrent session but after several years of standing room only attendance, the session was offered as a plenary on Friday morning to allow for maximum attendance.

JSTOR Labs received an engraved People's Choice award in recognition of their product innovation.

Other presenting organisations this year included: Atypon, Delta Think, The MIT Press, Association of American Medical Colleges, Quark Intelligent Systems Inc., Digital Science, Edanz Group, PaperHive, sci.AI, eLife & Hypothesis, Kudos, and Copyright Clearance Center.

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US FAO implements OA policy for its knowledge products - 21 Jun 2018

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has implemented an Open Access policy, enabling maximal reach and ease of use for FAO knowledge products.

FAO has been disseminating knowledge since its foundation in 1945, and its publications have been freely accessible in the FAO online Document Repository since 1998.

The new Open Access policy goes a step further; not only ensuring that FAO's wealth of knowledge remains easily accessible to users around the world, but actively encouraging and providing a framework for the broader use, reproduction and dissemination of this material.

In concrete terms, FAO will apply a Creative Commons 3.0 IGO license to all eligible publications and documents published on its Web site.

The policy uses a license developed together with the World Intellectual Property Organization and other United Nations and international organisations and designed for international institutions - which have unique legal status - to allow unrestricted online access to expert research.

The new policy covers FAO publications and documents published in the FAO online Document Repository from now on. For earlier publications, original licensing conditions - which encourage use but may require permission - apply.

With implementation of the policy, third parties can make use of FAO's published works in more and easier ways - reproducing them, using snippets, and adapting them for their own ends. Permission is not required for non-commercial use, as long as FAO is cited as the source of the material.

The policy will particularly benefit member states, policy makers, researchers and others engaged in sharing information in support of resolving global hunger issues and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals - most of which require constant scientific input.

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German Austrian Library Network and Service Center go live with Alma Network Zone - 21 Jun 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that 13 members of the Österreichische Bibliothekenverbund (Austrian Library Network, or OBV) and the Österreichische Bibliothekenverbund und Service GmbH (Austrian Library Network and Service, or OBVSG), have migrated their federated database to a network zone of the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform.

This zone will serve as the cataloguing system for all OBV members, including those running the Ex Libris Aleph® or Ex Libris Alephino® system, until the latter have migrated to the Alma platform. The migration is expected to be completed in 2021.

In early 2016, the OBV (under the management of the OBVSG) and Ex Libris began to migrate member libraries to the Alma platform. The first six institutions went live in August 2017 and were joined by another seven institutions in January 2018. Most of the remaining 57 members of the OBV will migrate to the Alma platform over the next three years.

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