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US SAGE Publishing acquires Lean Library to bring library services into patronsí workflow - 12 Sep 2018

Academic publisher SAGE Publishing has acquired technology start-up Lean Library and its associated products to promote the value of the academic library to patrons and bring library services directly into the patron's workflow via their web browser.

The Lean Library browser extension provides seamless, one-click access to all licensed library resources, both on and off campus, and offers up legal routes to discover open access full text. At the same time, the service enables libraries to promote their services exactly when and where they are needed by delivering targeted, customisable messages directly into users' workflows.

Founded by Johan Tilstra and Jan Thij Bakker in late 2016, the award winning library technology company delivers a new class of library services, building upon first hand experiences of working within university libraries. In just over 18 months almost fifty institutions around the globe have signed up to Lean Library's services to promote services to their patrons and improve their research experience.

Lean Library currently offers three products: Library Access; Library Assist; and Library Alternatives. The solution has built a strong reputation with almost 50 established partnerships with libraries at universities in Australia, the US, UK, the Netherlands, and beyond.

Lean Library will complement the already growing SAGE Technologies for Learning and Research which offer solutions that support teaching, learning and research in the higher education institution, responding to the evolving student and researcher needs. Existing SAGE software and service solutions include: Talis Aspire: Resource List Management system for academic libraries, enabling them to manage multiple course reading lists, connect faculty and students with the relevant library holdings, and support efficient library purchasing decisions. Quartex: from Adam Matthew, is a platform specifically designed for libraries and archives to showcase their unique collections of primary source materials. It is built using open source technologies. Data Planet's Data hosting service: A statistical data hosting platform for academic libraries to support student and academic research.

On completion of the acquisition, the Lean Library team will continue to operate from their head offices in Delft. Lean Library will become a part of the SAGE Group.

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Switzerland Karger and Wellcome Trust join the Blockchain for Peer Review Initiative - 12 Sep 2018

Medical and scientific publishing company Karger Publishers has recently joined the Blockchain for Peer Review initiative. After Springer Nature, Cambridge University Press and Taylor & Francis, Karger is the fourth reputable publisher to join the efforts towards making peer review more transparent, efficient and recognisable. Karger, with its longstanding history in the scientific community, has recognised the importance of using blockchain technology as well as synergies between different publishers.

In addition, Wellcome Trust has joined the Blockchain for Peer Review initiative as an advisor. They will investigate together how to recognise grant reviewers for their work using the blockchain, and how to broaden the reviewer pool available for grant reviews by leveraging the overlap in grant and journal article reviews.

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UK Publons announces winners of Publons Peer Review Awards - 12 Sep 2018

Publons, a Clarivate Analytics company and the peer review platform for researchers, has announced the winners of the Publons Peer Review Awards - highlighting global researchers for both the quality and quantity of their peer reviews.

The awards honour the best in class for peer review over the past year and are broken down into the following categories: top 1 percent of reviewers in their field; top quality reviewers; top reviewers for top journals; top-handling editors.

In addition, this year a new community-choice award has been added for early-career researchers' exceptional contribution to peer review with a prize of US$1,500. This peer-nominated and voted award recognises an individual who has been influential in the realm of peer review, or has significantly contributed to improving the system.

The theme for Peer Review Week 2018 focuses on helping the world to understand and foster diversity and inclusion in peer review. By focusing on both the quality and quantity of researchers' efforts, the Publons Peer Review Awards are not bound by geographical or educational borders, but rather honour the rich dimensions of diversity within the peer reviewing community.

Publons has also garnered support for the awards from key industry players, which include Sage, Wiley and Cambridge University Press.

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UK American Psychological Association partners with Kudos to accelerate impact of researchersí published work - 12 Sep 2018

Kudos, a service for managing dissemination of research publications, has announced a partnership with the American Psychological Association (APA), a scientific and professional organisation representing psychology in the US. APA has partnered with Kudos to expand its support for APA book and journal authors as they share their work, grow audiences, and accelerate impact.

APA's vibrant publishing program includes a portfolio of more than 80 journals published on behalf of both scholarly communities within APA and related societies worldwide, a scholarly books program, a children's book imprint, digital learning solutions, and a suite of scholarly databases.

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US Gale launches new research environment - Digital Scholar Lab - 12 Sep 2018

Gale, a Cengage company, has announced the launch of a new cloud-based research environment, Digital Scholar Lab. Digital Scholar Lab allows students and researchers to apply natural language processing tools to raw text data (OCR) from Gale Primary Sources archives in a single research platform. The new research environment removes key barriers to entry into digital scholarship, enabling users at any level to perform textual analysis on large corpora of historical texts, streamlining the workflow process to help generate new research insights.

The new platform marks a major milestone in the innovative evolution of Gale's unrivaled primary source collections and the research possibilities that emerge from natural language processing.

Gale's Digital Scholar Lab provides a critical infrastructure for digital humanities research and instruction, and simplifies complex workflows by integrating the most commonly used open source tools. This combination of content and tools allows researchers to analyse texts in ways that are unattainable through traditional close reading, allowing configuration of tools and content sets to meet users' specific needs in a single research environment.

Gale's Digital Scholar Lab is built on user-based design principles that helps keep research activities organised and accessible. It combines analysis-ready raw text data with digital tools and algorithms to generate visualisations and discoveries that are the hallmark of data mining and digital scholarship. The entirely new platform has been architected for interoperability to flexibly allow future sharing of analytical tools and to promote the global spread of digital scholarship.

As academic libraries continually shift to keep up with the changing needs of research and scholarship, many are looking at the digital humanities as an opportunity for closer collaboration with faculty and other campus stakeholders.

With the Digital Scholar Lab, Gale has created a research environment that helps bridge the gap that often exists between scholarly resources and faculty researchers/students. By shrinking the distance between available content and natural language processing tools, Gale's Digital Scholar Lab provides access to open source and proprietary tools that are frequently required to support libraries that are investing in becoming 'Digital Humanities Centers.'

With Gale's Digital Scholar Lab, users can: search and create robust content/data sets from their library's Gale Primary Sources; use analysis tools and visualise results; organise research and manage long-term projects; download and share visualisations and statistical data.

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US BrainFacts.org names Richard Wingate as new Editor-in-Chief - 12 Sep 2018

Richard Wingate, a principal investigator at the MRC Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Reader and head of anatomy at King's College London, has been named as BrainFacts.org's new editor-in-chief. BrainFacts.org, the source for trusted and authoritative information about the progress and promise of brain research, is a public information initiative of The Kavli Foundation, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and Society for Neuroscience (SfN).

Wingate officially begins his tenure as editor-in-chief of BrainFacts.org on January 1, 2019. He will serve as editor-in-chief through December 2021. Wingate previously served on SfN's Public Education and Communication Committee.

Since launched six years ago, nearly 8.9 million users have visited BrainFacts.org, with more than 10.8 million sessions and 17.4 million page views on the site. BrainFacts.org offers a diverse collection of content including animations, articles, and videos. After a relaunch last year, the new site also features an interactive, easy-to-navigate 3D human brain model that allows users to isolate and explore regions of the brain.

Wingate joined the King's College London faculty in 1997 after completing an MRC Travelling Fellowship with Professor Mary Beth Hatten at Rockefeller University. He returned to London as a Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellow.

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is an organisation of nearly 37,000 basic scientists and clinicians who study the brain and nervous system.

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