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UK Online publication seen to facilitate easier publication of sound scientific articles - 12 May 2011

Online publication may reduce delays and ease the publication of sound science, according to a report in Times Higher Education quoting Ronal Laskey, VP of the Academy of Medical Sciences and Professor Emeritus at Cambridge University. It is expected to stem the "dramatic" rise in the amount of time authors are obliged to spend defending their papers from criticism by referees, Prof. Laskey informed the first hearing of the UK's Commons Science and Technology Committee's inquiry into peer review. The engine of peer review had not seized but was misfiring, he was quoted as saying.

There has been a dramatic rise in referees' demands over the past decade. The facility offered by e-publishing for supplementary material to be added is said to part of the reason for the rise in referees' demands. According to Prof. Laskey, the use of publications for "proxy" purposes, such as promotion decisions, meant that scientists were under severe pressure to publish in journals with high impact factors. The high rejection rate of such journals resulted in excessive effort going into trying to satisfy editors and referees, rather than pursuing the highest priority science.

He also expressed concern that at least some of the requests for extra experiments were motivated by unscrupulous reviewers attempting to slow down a rival's research. While some journals were beginning to introduce limits on supplementary materials, he doubted that this would be a complete answer. Emergence of journals such as PLoS ONE, an online journal that is stated to review papers solely for their soundness rather than their impact, could also help, he said.

On the select committee's inquiry, he said that the peer review system deserved attention. But he added that fear of a legislative response explained the 'cautious' treatment of the committee's questions by the witnesses at the first hearing, all of whom represented learned societies.

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France French publishers sue Google for scanning books without permission - 12 May 2011

Three French publishers - Gallimard, Flammarion and Albin Michel - have reportedly sued US-based Internet search services provider Google, Inc. for scanning their books for its online library without permission.

The publishers are demanding $14 billion as compensation. They claim that Google has scanned 9,797 copyright-protected works for its digital library.

In an e-mailed statement, Google said the company had been working with French publishers for some time to find ways to increase audiences and revenue opportunities for publishers, authors and booksellers. It believes the Google Books project complies with French law and international copyright rules.

In December 2009, a Paris court had said Google's book project violated French copyrights. It had then ordered the company to stop scanning works without permission. Six months ago, Google reached an agreement with Lagardere SCA (MMB)'s Hachette Livre publishing to allow the scanning of out-of-print French books.

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US Moore Regional Hospital selects WK Health's ProVation Medical Software for procedure documentation and coding - 12 May 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced Moore Regional Hospital has selected its ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding.

ProVation MD replaces dictation and transcription and allows physicians to efficiently document procedures at the point of care. Available for a full range of medical specialties, ProVation software streamlines the coding and billing process and enhances compliance by producing complete, coding-ready and image-enhanced procedure notes. The end result is greater efficiency, increased profitability and heightened clinician satisfaction.

Wolters Kluwer Health's Clinical Solutions business unit provides evidence-based medical content, workflow-based application software and services that allow clinicians to efficiently and effectively diagnose and document patient care. Key brands ProVation Medical, UpToDate, Medi-Span, Facts & Comparisons, Pharmacy OneSource and Medicom (China) lead in market segments that include drug information, disease information, clinical patient order sets, clinical documentation and hospital pharmacy productivity applications.

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US American Chemical Society launches new educational, web-based video series - 12 May 2011

The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced the launch of Publishing Your Research 101, a new educational, web-based video series. Publishing Your Research 101 is designed to support authors and reviewers with the process of writing, submitting, reviewing, and editing reports of original scientific research intended for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

The video series, freely available from ACS Publications (http://pubs.acs.org/r/publishing101) covers topics such as the essential elements of a scientific journal article, ethical guidelines for authors and reviewers, criteria to consider when selecting a suitable journal for submission, writing a good cover letter, suggesting peer reviewers, responding to reviewer comments and editorial decisions, and guidance for authors who may need assistance with English language writing skills. New videos will be released on a monthly basis throughout 2011.

Publishing Your Research 101 features interviews with prominent authors and Editors of ACS journals about all aspects of the publication process. They provide their unique points of view from their own experiences with ACS journals and offer practical advice for publishing peer-reviewed research intended for interdisciplinary scientific audiences, such as chemistry, biology, medicine, physics, and engineering.

Entitled 'How to Write a Paper to Communicate your Research,' the first video of the series features an interview with George M. Whitesides, Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor at Harvard University, whose publishing record includes more than 1000 peer-reviewed articles in the scientific literature, with nearly 600 studies published within 17 different ACS journals. Professor Whitesides has served on the editorial boards of numerous peer-reviewed journals. The inaugural video, along with links to additional resources, can be viewed at http://pubs.acs.org/r/publishing101.

The second video in the series, entitled “Writing Your Cover Letter,” will be available online in June, 2011.

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UK JANET becomes first research and education network to run 100Gbit/s technology for operational traffic - 12 May 2011

UK research and education is expected to benefit from a network running at 100Gbit/s, the equivalent of uploading 125 doctoral theses in just one second. Internationally other national research and education networks have conducted trials of 100Gbit/s technology but JANET, the UK's education and research network, is the first to run it for operational traffic.

The JANET network is designed to handle vast quantities of data from the world's greatest scientific endeavours and this latest advance ensures that the UK can collaborate and compete with the best there is. As bandwidth demand doubles every 18 months this upgrade is the latest crucial stage in the evolution of JANET.

As more organisations move towards cloud services and shared data centres and research projects produce vast quantities of data, the move to 100Gbit/s provides a cost effective means of meeting this demand.

The international reputation of the UK's education and research is seen as fundamental to the future economic recovery and prosperity of the country and, in a global marketplace, it can only achieve this with a world class infrastructure.

JANET's value to the schools sector in England was recently demonstrated by the Department for Education's decision to continue to provide central funding for the network in the forthcoming financial year.

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US EBSCO A-to-Z enhances linking capabilities from popular research sites - 12 May 2011

Content technology and consultative services provider EBSCO has announced that EBSCO A-to-Z customers who do not already have a link resolver can now offer the benefits of OpenURL linking to help their users locate full text in the library's collection.

Links can be easily integrated with sites like PubMed and Google Scholar so that users can link from the citation to gain access to the full-text article. If the required article is in a subscribed EBSCOhost full-text database or within an e-journal subscribed to through EBSCO, the user is taken directly to the full text. For other titles, the user is presented with the A-to-Z title details list from which they can navigate to the appropriate full text. All of this is available at no additional charge to EBSCO A-to-Z customers.

While this new EBSCO A-to-Z feature is not a replacement for LinkSource, EBSCO's full-featured OpenURL link resolver, it offers libraries that cannot afford a link resolver an economical way to enjoy some of the benefits.

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US McGraw-Hill Professional launches new online resource in Pediatrics - 12 May 2011

Scientific and medical information resources provider McGraw-Hill Professional, US, has announced the launch of AccessPediatrics, an innovative online resource for pediatrics residents, students, and educators. AccessPediatrics is the ninth vertical platform to the company's Access-branded platforms.

This new educational resource integrates renowned medical texts with customisable curriculum functionality and delivers rich content covering the unique needs of the pediatric patient from neonatal care through adolescence. With reductions in the number of hours that pediatrics residents are allowed to be in hospitals observing cases, AccessPediatrics provides a new way to bring experience to the practice of pediatrics through its robust interactive tools. AccessPediatrics provides searchable, full-text access to 13 leading McGraw-Hill pediatric medicine textbooks, including Rudolph's Pediatrics, 22e and Current Diagnosis and Treatment: Pediatrics, 20e; curricular management tracking and testing tools; more than 40 animations detailing pediatric procedures and exam walkthroughs, from descriptions of anatomy to the details of pathophysiology; Q&A for the Pediatric Board Exam; practical skill-building tools; and thousands of images.

AccessPediatrics features McGraw-Hill's Custom Curriculum, an online tool that educators can use to assign, manage, and track the progress of resident and student assignments. The Custom Curriculum allows pediatric residents to view available topics from their programme director, as well as their own individual progress by activity. It also includes Clerkship Corner, a special section that includes content typically needed for a rotation in pediatrics. It is incorporated into Custom Curriculum and quickly directs the medical student to clerkship-focused readings and activities.

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UK BioMed Central, Edanz partnership to provide researchers English language support during peer review process - 12 May 2011

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced an agreement with medical and scientific editing service provider, Edanz, to provide researchers with cost-effective and comprehensive English language support throughout the peer review process. As part of this agreement, BioMed Central authors will be eligible to receive a discount on services offered by Edanz.

It is expected that this agreement will significantly improve the publishing experience of BioMed Central authors worldwide, allowing them to obtain English language assistance wherever they need it.

Edanz's services are provided by expert scientists and will support authors through manuscript submission, peer-review, addressing reviewers' comments, as well as assistance with writing cover letters and advising on the most appropriate journal for their papers. In addition, Edanz will be providing free workshops and training materials for BioMed Central authors concentrating on how to write a scientific manuscript. This training programme will initially begin in China and Japan but will later expand to other important regions.

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UK Tessella's Safety Deposit Box to manage Wellcome Trust’s digitised and born-digital assets - 12 May 2011

Technology and consulting services provider Tessella, UK, has announced that it has been selected by the Wellcome Trust to deliver a Digital Asset Management (DAM) using the former's Safety Deposit Box (SDB), to provide an essential component system of the developing Wellcome Digital Library.

The Trust's current DAM system is version 3 of Tessella's SDB. It will upgrade this to SDB version 4 (SDB4), which is expected to preserve the Trust's digital material for the long term.

Additionally SDB4 will be extended by Tessella to enable ingest and storage of all the Trust's digital material (both born-digital and digitised) and to disseminate it on request from the Trust's delivery system (DDS). The required software extensions were specified during a comprehensive User Requirements phase where Tessella worked in close cooperation with Library staff to identify their needs, for the DAM and that helped clarify the requirements for other component systems that will be needed by the Wellcome Digital Library.

In addition, as part of this upgrade, Tessella will deploy the latest version of the Technical Registry. This will be deployed with a newly populated database.

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US Japan Science and Technology Agency selects Editorial Manager for its journals - 12 May 2011

Online submission system provider Aries Systems, US, and its distribution partner in Japan, Atlas Corporation, have announced that Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) will make the Editorial Manager online submission and peer review system available to its journals.

Editorial Manager is one of two systems selected by JST. Editorial Manager includes the ability to 'toggle' between Japanese and English interfaces and claims to have significantly more configuration options than any other platform.

Editorial Manager is a web-based system for soliciting author manuscripts and managing peer review. It is already used by thousands of scholarly journals worldwide. Dozens of JST journals will be transitioning to the system over the summer of 2011.

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India Attention Subscribers - www.myscoope.com lets you access Knowledgespeak using your mobile devices - 12 May 2011

Mobile access for Knowledgespeak is now available via our new beta application, SCOOPE STM Mobile. Subscribers on the move can now gain easy access to Knowledgespeak through a reader-friendly mobile phone interface.

This application 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 all types of Mobile Phones and Devices including iPhone, iPod, iPad, Black Berry and Android phones. The Java version - SCOOPE.JAR - is for all other Java enabled phones which are not browser friendly.

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» Selecting desired news items
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Knowledgespeak is currently inviting feedback/suggestions from its subscribers as to their experiences with the service. Please send in your feedback to us at kspeaknews@scopeknowledge.com

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