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US Peerless Media, CFE Media acquire titles closed by Reed Elsevier - 03 May 2010

Peerless Media and CFE Media, two firms formed by former Reed Business Information (RBI) executives, have recently acquired some of the titles closed by RBI parent Reed Elsevier, US, last month.

Peerless Media, which was formed by managers of the former RBI supply chain group, has acquired Logistics Management, Material Handling Product News, Modern Materials Handling and Supply Chain Management Review from Reed Elsevier. CFE Media, formed by former RBI publishers Jim Langhenry and Steven Rourke, has acquired Control Engineering, Consulting-Specifying Engineer and Plant Engineering. The financial terms of neither deal was disclosed.

Peerless operates as a subsidiary of EH Publishing, a publisher of magazines, events and digital products focused on the technology and construction industries.

According to industry observers, more such management buyouts are being negotiated for the 16 other RBI titles shuttered by Reed Elsevier.

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UK ‘Nature Photonics’ to host photovoltaics conference in Tokyo in October - 03 May 2010

Publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), US, has announced that Nature Photonics, its optics and photonics journal, will hold its second technology conference in Tokyo on October 19-21, 2010. The event, ‘Future Perspectives on Photovoltaics’, will include keynotes from Nobel Laureate Alan Heeger of the University of California at Santa Barbara, and Michael Grätzel of the École Polytechnic Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. Japanese companies in the photonics field and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) have signed up as key supporters of the event.

The conference will be held at Tokyo Fashion Town Hall on Odaiba Island. An adjoining exhibition will showcase the latest solar cell technologies and R&D from companies and research institutions worldwide.

The conference is hosted by NPG Nature Asia-Pacific and co-organised with Impress R & D. Heeger, who will give a keynote on the first day, shared the 2000 Nobel Chemistry with Prof. Hideki Shirakawa and Prof. Alan McDiarmid for their work on semiconducting polymers. Fellow speaker Prof. Grätzel invented the Grätzel cell, a dye-sensitised solar cell which was described in a paper in Nature in 1991.

Prof. Konagai of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, a well-known figure in photovoltaic research, heads the conference's advisory board of researchers from Japanese academia and industry. Working with Nature Photonics, Prof. Konagai and the advisory board are drawing a list of speakers from industry and academia. Plenary-style talks on the current status and future evolution of the key technologies in the field of photovoltaics will be complemented by a panel discussion.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Nature Photonics claims to rank first among all primary research journals in optics and photonics, with a 2008 Impact Factor of 24.982.

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German Springer sets up regional base for Middle East at Dubai’s IMPZ - 03 May 2010

International Media Production Zone (IMPZ), a member of TECOM Investments, has reportedly announced that STM publisher Springer, Germany, is to establish its Middle East headquarters at IMPZ in Dubai. Springer publishes over 2,000 journals and more than 6,500 books every year. The opening of the new office at IMPZ is claimed to be the outcome of Springer's success in developing publishing projects and a rapidly increasing client base within the region.

According to TECOM representatives, the strategic location of Dubai at the crossroads of the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, as well as its logistical support have induced global majors to set up operations there. IMPZ claims to offer significant media resources, technologies and advanced production amenities.

Spread on an area of 43 million sq. ft., IMPZ will provide printing, publishing, packaging and graphics art industries with competitive support infrastructure and business incentives. TECOM Investments' media entities - Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City and International Media Production Zone – seek to provide a complete value chain of specialised offerings. These are seen to create an established community hub for the media and content creation industries in the region.

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US iPad to have positive impact on mobile operators, says Pyramid report - 03 May 2010

Pyramid Research (www.pyr.com), the telecom research arm of Light Reading Communications Network (www.lightreading.com), US, has released a report that analyses the impact of Apple’s iPad on mobile operators. The report says mobile operators will be among the biggest beneficiaries of the iPad's success, thanks to the device’s use of mobile data services to access applications and digital content.

The report, titled ‘Apple's iPad: No Revolution, but a Potential Revenue Driver for Mobile Operators’, also analyses the impact of the iPad on device vendors, publishers and developers. The 12-page report summarises the impact the iPad has already had on mobile communications providers and looks into possible future developments. It compares the iPad against other e-reader products, and expected competitor reactions. The report also looks at the impact on other content industries, and the reaction of game developers, online video service providers, and newspaper publishers, and how whole new content categories are already emerging.

While the Pyramid report is primarily appreciative of the iPad, other media reports have been more critical. According to these reports, the device lacks certain features – for instance, the storage capacity cannot be upgraded, so file management on the device is reportedly difficult. Another observed deficiency is that URLs cannot be added or embedded in a document. Also, the device does not feature a camera or a USB port. Additionally, according to some observers, the small screen of the iPad makes it almost impossible to multi-task.

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US GenomeQuest to host IP seminar with Thomson Reuters - 03 May 2010

GenomeQuest, a US-based provider of sequence data management (SDM) products, has announced plans to host a free IP seminar with information provider Thomson Reuters, US, on June 10 in South San Francisco. The seminar, Web-based Searching for Patent Information Across Global Sequence Databases, will be held at Embassy Suites Hotel.

The amount of data recorded in global sequence databases is seen to be growing exponentially, and information about patented sequences is said to be growing even faster. Legal professionals and scientists doing the critical work of IP research are seeking the best and fastest way to discover IP sequence information across these databases.

Their options include outsourcing the work or serially searching through the full set of global databases. Increasingly, they are claimed to be choosing a third alternative - GenomeQuest, an online, single point of IP information with mining tools. More than 160 life science companies purportedly use GenomeQuest for mission-critical work, including 17 of the top 20 pharmaceuticals.

Geneseq is the manually curated value added biological sequence database from Thomson Reuters. The planned presentation will show the complimentary role of Geneseq to other patent sequence resources such as GQ-PAT. The company will explore trends in biological sequence patenting and why accessing Geneseq via the GenomeQuest live solution may give users a competitive edge.

Registration for the seminar can be done online at www.genomequest.com/IPseminarWest.

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US CIG Media Group offers financial aid for cancer support groups - 03 May 2010

Oncology journals publisher CIG Media Group, US, has announced that it has made a financial endowment to aid local clinical cancer research, and foundations such as the ThriveWell Cancer Foundation that support them. The endowment is aimed to help groups such as Jake Remembered and START, which seek to provide hope and improve options for those with cancer.

CIG Media Group seeks to disseminate clinically relevant information to practicing clinicians through its portfolio of tumour-specific journals. These include Clinical Lung Cancer; Clinical Colorec¬tal Cancer; Clinical Breast Cancer; Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia; and Clinical Ovarian Cancer.

All of the company's established journals are indexed in PubMed. Each year, CIG Media Group also publishes multiple tumour-specific journal supplements that provide oncology professionals with opportunities to earn Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

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UK Maney Publishing expands archive offerings - 03 May 2010

Publisher Maney Publishing, UK has announced that over one-third of its journals in materials science and engineering, health sciences and humanities now have full archives available online following a retrodigitisation programme. The digital archives feature up to 80 years of journal content. Over 1,500 issues of archival material are available electronically from 2010, in addition to the 400 back issues that went online in 2009. To encourage further readership of the archives, there is a reduced pay-per-view price for all content published before 2000.

The project began in 2009 in conjunction with Hollingworth & Moss, who have been responsible for scanning all the hard copy archive issues, and Publishing Technology. The journals are hosted by IngentaConnect, the online platform for Maney journals, and the archives are available for institutional subscribers and certain society member subscribers alongside current journal content. The archives will also be included in CrossRef, enabling interactive linking to and from cited references.

The archives are included in the MORE (Maney Online Research E-journal) Collections – packages of online journals available as the full or subject-specific collections. A current year’s subscription to any journal with an extended archive includes access to the full range of content.

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US Molly Raphael elected ALA president for 2011-12 - 03 May 2010

Molly Raphael, former director of libraries at Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon, has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association (ALA). James Neal, vice president for information services and university librarian at Columbia University, was elected treasurer, defeating Alan Kornblau, director of the Delray Beach Public Library in Florida.

As ALA president, Raphael will be the chief elected officer for ALA. She will serve a one-year term as president and a one-year term as Immediate Past President. Raphael previously served as director of the District of Columbia Public Library from 1997-2003. She has served in a number of capacities with ALA as early as 1976, when she was co-founder and first chair of the ALA committee and then the ASCLA Section on Library Service to the Deaf.

Neal will become ALA treasurer in June 2010 following the 2010 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. and will serve in this capacity through June, 2013. Before joining Columbia University, he served as the dean of university libraries at Indiana University and Johns Hopkins University and held administrative positions in the libraries at Penn State, Notre Dame, and the City University of New York.

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UK Steven Hall named new Managing Director for IOP Publishing - 03 May 2010

Institute of Physics Publishing (IOP Publishing), US, has announced the appointment of Steven Hall as the company’s new Managing Director. He replaces Jerry Cowhig, who is retiring.

Having started out at Macmillan Press, Hall went on to Chadwyck-Healey as Sales and Marketing Director and then Managing Director. Following ProQuest’s acquisition of Chadwyck-Healey, he was appointed Senior Vice-President, Publishing and Publisher Relations of ProQuest. He moved on in 2004 to become Journal Sales and Marketing Director for Blackwell Publishing and later Commercial Director for Wiley-Blackwell.

Hall founded and ran his own scholarly publishing consultancy from 2008 onwards.

The Institute of Physics has a worldwide membership of more than 36,000. It aims to act as a communicator of physics-related science to all audiences, from specialists through to government and the general public. Its publishing company, IOP Publishing, is claimed to be a world leader in scientific publishing and the electronic dissemination of physics.


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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 03 May 2010

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Ann Michael (STM Association Spring Conference: Are Publishers Listening?); Charlie Rapple ("UKSG 2010, Librarians and Open Access"); Colin Smith (How Are institutional research repositories relatively less important for the sciences?); and Isaac Fitzgerald (eBook Wars Continue). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here

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