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India Scope launches SCOOPE STM Mobile with iPhone, iPad compatibility - 16 Aug 2010

Content enhancement and knowledge services provider Scope e-Knowledge Center, a Quatrro Group Company, has announced the launch of its SCOOPE STM Mobile (beta) to access the company's daily news alert service, Knowledgespeak. For subscribers on the move, this latest innovation takes knowledge sharing to the next level, allowing easy accessibility through a reader-friendly mobile phone interface.

SCOOPE STM Mobile is uniquely available in two versions - a mobile browser version and a Java application version. The mobile browser version, www.myscoope.com, is designed specifically for the iPhone, the iPod, the iPad, and Android phones. The Java version, SCOOPE.JAR, is for all other Java enabled phones. While the Java version is fully functional, the browser version is currently in its beta stage. When complete, it will incorporate a 'subscriber management module' that will allow users to pick and choose specific categories of news and information, without having to navigate through several screens or options.

R.Sivadas, CEO of Scope e-Knowledge Center says, "As a knowledge management service specialist, this is a clear demonstration of Scope's mobile content delivery capabilities. While SCOOPE STM Mobile is designed for customisable STM news alerts for Knowledgespeak subscribers, the model behind this can be replicated for numerous other business and information applications such as communication of concise and abstracted content, quick reference material at point-of-use, tips and guidelines for travelling executives, etc".

Some of SCOOPE STM Mobile's other features include selecting desired news items, saving them in the local phone memory for later reading, search options, forwarding information via SMS or email, navigating to the URL links listed in the news item and many other user-friendly features.

Scope eKnowledge Center is an award-winning provider of outsourced, cost-effective content enhancement and knowledge services to the global information industry. Scope uses a combination of deep subject matter expertise in a number of business and STM domains, innovative technology and proprietary intellectual property to provide world-class services. In operation for over 22 years, the company has built a clientele loyal to its abstracting, indexing, semantic enrichment, database/directory development and content authoring solutions.

A free daily news service published by Scope e-Knowledge Center, Knowledgespeak is an authoritative news service focusing on the STM information industry. Launched in June 2005, the service has become the benchmark for STM news and is widely read by professionals across more than 80 nations. It is particularly relevant for those who need to understand and respond to the continuous challenges of the STM publishing industry.

For more information on SCOOPE STM Mobile and other Scope services, please contact Elizabeth Donohue, Associate Vice President, Content Consulting, Scope eKnowledge Center, at bdonohue@scopeknowledge.com.

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US ProQuest adds Singapore Management University content to Dissertations & Theses database - 16 Aug 2010

Information resources and technologies provider ProQuest, US, has announced that the Singapore Management University, through a joint project with its Office of Research and its Li Ka Shing Library, has joined the ranks of research institutions worldwide who contribute to ProQuest's acclaimed Dissertations and Theses database. With the addition of Singapore Management University's intellectual output, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, a commercially available repository of graduate works, will expand its global reach into Singapore.

Singapore Management University is the first university in Singapore to publish with ProQuest Dissertations & Theses. This is part of a larger movement of international universities that are raising their global profiles by making their graduate works accessible through ProQuest's service. The University supports open access of theses and dissertations and makes its graduate research available for free on the open Web.

Singapore Management University will release its enhanced institutional repository platform in the last quarter of 2010. The repository serves as the central knowledge base of the research and scholarly intellectual assets of the University. Presently, it includes primarily faculty journal articles, with links to full text where available, as well as working papers. The university will use ProQuest Dissertations & Theses and ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Open, a new service that enables authors to make their research available for free on the open Web via an easy to use search box.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses is the seminal repository of intellectual property and emerging research from the world's great universities. Chosen by United States Library of Congress as the official archive of American dissertations, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses now encompasses more than one quarter of a billion pages, creating a unique, continually growing trove of emerging research, landmark works and surprisingly engaging prose. Researchers rely on ProQuest Dissertations & Theses as both a source of enlightening information and as a pivotal component in making their own scholarly production available to the world's intellectual communities. The archive is managed at ProQuest by a team of scholars and technologists, who combine their talents to make the archive accessible, reliable and supported by continually advancing technology.

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US Analysis of 'Science' papers suggests correlation between references and citations - 16 Aug 2010

An analysis of 100 years' worth of papers published in the journal Science suggests that a long reference list at the end of a research paper may be the key to ensuring that it is well cited.

The research puts forward the idea that scientists who reference the work of their peers are more likely to find their own work referenced in turn. A single extra reference in an article now produces, on average, a whole additional citation for the referencing paper.

According to Gregory Webster, a psychologist at the University of Florida in Gainesville, who conducted the research, there is a strong relationship between the number of citations a paper receives and its number of references. Further, Webster says that he believes that his study is the first to investigate the phenomenon comprehensively. Webster also found the effect, though to a lesser extent, in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and Evolution and Human Behavior, with the results for the latter published last year.

The latest study was presented at the International Society for the Psychology of Science & Technology conference in Berkeley, California, on August 7, 2010. Data was gathered from the Thomson Reuters Web of Science database for all 53,894 articles and review articles published in the journal Science between 1901 and 2000.

The study also looked at how the relationship has changed over time. It found that it had strengthened more than threefold over the 100-year period studied.

Webster has announced plans to extend the analysis to include Nature papers, as well as interview scientists about their behaviour. However, he thinks that the psychology of working scientists may see them behave in an almost 'tit-for-tat' way that boosts their citation counts.

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UK Royal Society of Chemistry moots increase in R&D spending - 16 Aug 2010

As the UK Government's autumn CSR (Comprehensive Spending Review) approaches, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has entered the recent debate over research and development funding, via a letter sent to Prof. Adrian Smith of the department for Business Innovation and Skills. In the letter, RSC chief executive Richard Pike has pointed to a quartet of messages of extreme importance to ensure a sound R&D community for Britain in the future to keep the country competitive and innovative.

From the standpoint of the RSC, the four principal messages which it would wish to convey address the total level of government funding for R&D, funding of teaching in universities, the effectiveness of scientific decision-making within government, and the desirability of independent advice to improve scientific and economic outcomes for the benefit of the country.

Current governmental funding of 1.7 percent of GDP places UK at 14th in a recent comparative assessment, says RSC. Further decline risks opening a wider gap between UK and its major industrial competitors such as Japan, US, South Korea, Germany and France. Although China, at about 1.4 percent of GDP, is less than that for the UK, this proportion is increasing rapidly over time and in absolute terms far exceeds all other countries, with the exception of Japan and the US, says RSC representatives. Within the chemistry sector, the RSC expects China to overtake the US next year to become the largest source of scientific papers published in the world.

In the report "Follow-up Study of the Finances of Chemistry and Physics Departments in UK Universities", a sample of 11 chemistry departments showed that all were in deficit on research activity during the period 2007-08, largely because the overhead element of grants was still short of full economic costing (FEC). The very significant contribution of the chemical sciences to the country's economy is to be summarised in a report by Oxford Economics entitled, "The economic benefits of chemistry research to the UK", which will be launched later this year.

The financial position of teaching in chemistry at university over the same period 2007-08 in the above report showed significant improvement because of increased tuition fees from home undergraduates and additional funding from HEFCE for strategically important and expensive laboratory-based subjects. Even so, most of the departments in the study were operating with a teaching deficit approaching 10 percent. Moreover, the future situation is likely to deteriorate because of the downturn on public expenditure, upward pressure on staff costs and the decline in 17-18 year olds during the period 2010-2019. According to RSC, given the contribution of the chemistry and chemistry-dependent industries to the UK economy, it is essential to develop a long term vision for the chemical sciences in higher education, with chemistry-related science available to undergraduates at all universities, in order to maintain and further develop the science base within the UK.

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US American Chemical Society wins 2010 Mayor's Environmental Excellence Award - 16 Aug 2010

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced that it has won the 2010 Mayor's Environmental Excellence Award from Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. The annual award recognises businesses and nonprofit organisations for their environmental stewardship, innovative best practices, pollution prevention, and resource conservation. Chosen from among 44 applicants, ACS was one of only nine recipients, and one of only two in the large facilities category.

In the last seven years, ACS has prioritised sustainability in facilities management and achieved the prestigious U.S. Green Building Council gold certificate for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Existing Buildings. ACS facilities were the second in the District of Columbia to achieve this certification and were one of only 40 sites nationwide to meet this level of sustainability for operations and maintenance.

ACS has implemented more than 20 separate initiatives to greatly enhance sustainability. The Society purchases energy certificates to invest in 100 percent renewable energy resources. The net effect of this single effort has been to offset 4.6 million pounds of carbondioxide annually.

In addition to the facilities management initiatives, the ACS Green Chemistry Institute promotes the implementation of green chemistry and engineering principles into all aspects of the chemistry enterprise. ACS has also engaged its staff to support the green mission by forming an ACS Greening Committee, which consists of staff members from across the organisation who develop innovative ideas in sustainability that can be implemented among the Society's local sections across the nation and abroad.

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US Google acquires Jambool's Solid Gold virtual currency platform - 16 Aug 2010

Internet search services provider Google Inc. has announced that it has acquired Jambool, developer of the Solid Gold virtual currency platform that competes with Facebook Credits. Jambool CEO Vikas Gupta and CTO Reza Hussein, who previously worked on Amazon.com, announced the deal in a company blog post.

While the details of the acquisition were not disclosed, media reports indicate that Google is paying about $ 70 million for this acquisition. Jambool's Solid Gold virtual payment platform lets application developers insert payment options into online games and other applications.

With this acquisition, Google seeks to further boost its social-networking presence. Earlier this month, Google announced the acquisition of Slide, a US based manufacturer of social apps for sites like Facebook, Orkut, MySpace, Bebo and Friendster.

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US PLoS goes live with Editorial Manager for PLoS ONE publication - 16 Aug 2010

Online submission system provider Aries Systems Corporation, US, has announced that Public Library of Science (PLoS) has gone live with Editorial Manager for its PLoS ONE publication, with additional PLoS publications to follow in the coming months. The system launch in July, 2010 was the result of close collaboration between the Aries and PLoS teams.

The Editorial Manager online submission system is used by several scholarly journals and processes tens of thousand of manuscripts per month. Commenting on the project, Nikolais Linsteadt, Publishing Systems Analyst at PLoS, said that Editorial Manager offers additional standardisation across journals and better control over settings and roles.

PLoS ONE receives a large number of submissions covering a broad range of subjects. Editorial Manager seeks to help administer matching manuscripts to appropriate external editors.

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India Pearson Education India launches its first online book store - 16 Aug 2010

Education publisher Pearson Education India has announced the launch of its first 'Online Bookstore' through its online retail partner, VRVBookshop. The online bookstore will include the complete catalogue of all Pearson Education India publications. These include imprints like Prentice Hall, SAMS, Longman, Addison Wesley, QUE, Wharton School Publishing, Peachpit and more.

The online bookstore will focus on faculty and students in school, higher education, professional as well as competitive exam segments. Also, it will highlight the latest launches and special bargain offers on Pearson Education books.

VRVBookshop will set up a customer service desk to take care of queries and to assist customers in ordering. Users will be able to pay via multiple modes like debit or credit card and internet banking. All transactions made on VRVBookshop will be secured through a VeriSign secured Payment Gateway.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 16 Aug 2010

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Philip Davis (Ending the Supplemental Data “Arms Race”); Joe Wikert ( Digital Publishing & POD: What's "Good Enough"?); Kent Anderson (It’s Going Too Fast — Can Embargoes Manage the Real-time Web?); and Ronald Firquain (Publishing Formats for Digital Books). 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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