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'BioTech World' to feature content from Reed publications - 17 Nov 2005

B2B publisher Reed Business has announced an agreement with technology media firm International Data Group, US, under which IDG will license content from Reed Business Information's Science Group for IDG journal BioTech World. The magazine, which covers the latest technology and applications, is targeted at biotechnology and life science researchers in China.

The agreement will allow BioTech World to feature content from BioScience Technology, Drug Discovery & Development, Genomics & Proteomics (G&P), Research & Development (R&D), Laboratory Equipment, Scientific Computing and Pharmaceutical Processing. These journals are focused on the latest developments in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and academic sectors.

BioTech World is a bi-monthly covering the latest developments in biotechnology across many industries including medicine, food processing, drug and vaccine discovery and development, agriculture and genomics. It also examines issues that influence the biotechnology industry, including capital investment trends, market research, finance and government and environmental policy. The journal is delivered to 20,000 subscribers in China.

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'Geochemical Transactions' shifts to open access via BioMed Central - 17 Nov 2005

Open access (OA) publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that it will publish Geochemical Transactions, the online periodical of the Geochemistry Division of the American Chemical Society, from January 1, 2006. Among geochemistry journals, Geochemical Transactions is ranked third in impact factor and will be the first OA journal in that area. It joins a list of over 140 OA journals presently published by BioMed Central, including over 70 titles run by separate editorial groups. Following the switchover, all articles published in Geochemical Transactions can be accessed online for free, immediately and permanently. Back issues will also move to open access.

Scott Wood will continue to serve as Editor¬-in-Chief along with Martin Schoonen and Kenneth Anderson. BioMed Central will construct and host the journal's web site and provide online text submission and article-creation systems plus other editorial tools, technical assistance, marketing and customer support.

Geochemical Transactions covers organic and inorganic geochemistry including marine and aquatic chemistry, chemical oceanography, biogeochemistry, and geomicrobiology. It brings out articles, communications and technical opinion on published studies. Brief reviews of specific geochemical research areas or perceptions on the latest trends in geochemical research are also published.

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Univadis.md launches news service for UAE physicians - 17 Nov 2005

Online medical library and research engine Univadis.md, UAE, in association with STM publisher Elsevier Science, has announced the launch of 'First View', a new service to provide UAE-based physicians with reports on the latest advances in treatment practices. The service will offer access to reviews and abstracts from specialists across Europe on key medical journal articles in their respective fields.

Covering 24 therapeutic areas, First View will offer physicians a regular and continuous clinical review of top medical journals. With over 20 articles per month, the service will help physicians quickly understand the import of the latest developments in their domain. They will receive weekly e-mail alerts and can also communicate with each other through online discussion forums.

The editorial board at First View will select relevant articles from over 100 journals, while a review team will summarise the article and add commentary. Fully annotated graphs and illustrations are also appended. The content is then posted on the univadis web site.

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Six UC Berkeley professors elected as AAAS fellows - 17 Nov 2005

Six faculty members of the University of California (UC), Berkeley, have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). They will be formally inducted at the association's annual meeting in February 2006 in St. Louis, where 376 other elected fellows will also be present.

The newly elected UC Berkeley fellows are Associate Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology, N. Louise Glass, Professor of Chemistry, David E. Wemmer, Professor Emeritus of Earth and Planetary Science, late Bruce A. Bolt, Director of Bioinformatics for the Berkeley Drosophila Genome Project, Suzannah E. Lewis, Professor and former Chair of the Physics Department, Roger W. Falcone, and Professor of Physics and of Materials Science and Engineering, Ramamoorthy Ramesh.

In addition, two faculty members of the UC Berkeley, Prof. Inez Fung, Director of the Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center; and Michael Eisen, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, are among the 50 technological leaders chosen for their scientific achievements and profiled in the Scientific American magazine's December 2005 issue. Both Fung and Eisen are active scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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World Aviation Directory & Aerospace Database renamed 'World Aerospace Database' - 17 Nov 2005

The Aviation Week Group, part of the McGraw-Hill Companies, US, has announced the renaming of its World Aviation Directory & Aerospace Database as World Aerospace Database (WAD) for both its online and print editions. The database features over 19,000 companies and businesses, almost 60,000 people and 150,000 product and service listings divided into 5,000 categories, all in a single platform.

WAD recently introduced a Program Tracker of 50 major airframe and engine programmes globally, a low-cost carrier section, and extended engine and fleet information. It lists suppliers to 50 main US, European and Asia/Pacific engine, commercial and military and airframe programmes. The new low-cost carrier section includes complete listings of over 50 US and international low-cost carriers.

The improved fleet and engine information, sourced from Aviation Week Group, Forecast International and Airclaims, covers over 31,000 fixed-wing turboprops and jet aircraft in commission, stored and on order, as well as engines for about 2,000 operators. WAD can be accessed in print and online through http://www.AviationNow.com/wad and the Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN).

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Ten publishers sue college-area copy shops for copyright infringement - 17 Nov 2005

Ten major publishers have filed copyright violation suits in two separate actions against copy shops serving educational institutions in western Massachusetts and Boston. The two businesses retail coursepacks that typically include journal articles, book extracts and other materials chosen by course lecturers as study material for their classes.

Elsevier, John Wiley & Sons, Princeton University Press, Harvard Business School Publishing, the American Psychological Association and SAGE Publications have sued Shafiis' Inc., which operates the Copycat Print Shop in Northampton in western Massachusetts. The publishers claim that the company had obtained only partial authorisation to develop course materials used at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

In Boston, Julesan, Inc., which operates Gnomon Copy, is facing a lawsuit from Thomson Learning, John Wiley & Sons, Princeton University Press, the American Psychological Association, Elsevier, SAGE Publications, Houghton Mifflin, Pearson Education and the University of Chicago Press. Gnomon has been charged with unauthorised and repeated duplication and distribution of copyrighted materials in the form of print course materials for use at Northeastern University.

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