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Netherland Elsevier introduces new interactive feature on SciVerse ScienceDirect to enrich content of articles - 02 Aug 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has introduced Genome Viewer, a new interactive feature on SciVerse ScienceDirect for applicable life sciences journals. The Genome Viewer is a SciVerse application that displays detailed gene or genomic sequence information on the genes mentioned in an article.

The Genome Viewer utilises a genome browser developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Institutes of Health (NCBI). Elsevier collaborated with the NCBI as it was developing the browser, and is the first publisher to incorporate the technology into an application for viewing detailed information about the gene sequences that are mentioned in articles.

When an author of an article tags a gene sequence, Elsevier matches this gene with information in NCBI's databases and pulls this information into the article. This allows readers of the article to get specific information about each strand by hovering over it, and also offers functionality such as flipping the strands, zooming to a sequence, or going to a specific position to define a track of interest within the sequence.

The Genome Viewer also allows the user to download the complete list of genes and/or genomes referred in the article along with their respective GenBank accession numbers. This functionality was added based on recommendations of domain experts interviewed.

The Genome Viewer is one of the results of the Article of the Future project, which is designed to improve the readers' experience in all areas of presentation, and offers value-added content and interoperability with external databases. The Genome Viewer will be available for all other Elsevier applicable life sciences journals in the future.

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US Kyushu University in Fukuoka selects Summon web-scale discovery service - 02 Aug 2011

Serials Solutions, a US-based provider of tools and services for libraries, has announced that Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan, has adopted the Summon web-scale discovery service. The Summon service will provide Kyushu's users a single search point for discovery across library resources.

Branded by Kyushu as Cute.Search, the Summon service has been integrated with the university's new catalogue interface, Cute.Catalog, which contains library collections and the comprehensive metadata of scholarly outputs written by university students and faculty, and utilises the eXtensible Catalog (XC) open source software. The two services are integrated to harvest local records from Cute.Catalog and display live circulation status of those records within Cute.Search, making it easy for users to search Kyushu's global academic resources and quickly find and access the information they need.

Currently, the Summon service allows researchers to search full-text content from more than 7,000 providers and contains more than 750 million records. First introduced to the industry in July 2009, the Summon web-scale discovery service provides proven value to more than 250 libraries worldwide, many of whom are seeing extraordinary increases in the use of their library's collections.

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UK JISC announces support for govt. recommendations for peer review process changes - 02 Aug 2011

The UK's Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) has announced its support for the recently recommended improvements to the way scientific papers are checked before they are published, calling for the peer review process to be more transparent.

The recommendations came out of a House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report that also urged that researchers make their scientific data publicly available, and that reviewers have formal training.

According to Executive Secretary of JISC, Dr. Malcolm Read, though most researchers agree with the principles of peer review, many feel there is room to improve how it is implemented. Recently there have been suggestions about alternatives like open peer review. JISC has funded universities to look into open access academic journals which are compiled from other openly available material.

JISC is already acting on a number of the recommendations - including funding the Dryad project mentioned in the report. Dryad-UK provides a repository for the data underpinning research articles, encouraging greater research openness. The BMJ Open journal and titles from BioMedCentral and PLoS have become partners, integrating their submission process with Dryad and strongly encouraging authors to deposit research data.

The government report describes access to data as 'fundamental' for researchers to reproduce, verify and build on each others' results. JISC supports this spirit of openness through its work with the UK Research Councils.

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UK SAGE acquires Learning Matters - 02 Aug 2011

Academic publisher SAGE has announced the purchase of UK independent publisher Learning Matters. The sale was announced jointly by Learning Matters founder and Managing Director Jonathan Harris, and Ziyad Marar, Global Publishing Director, SAGE.

Founded in 1999, Learning Matters is a leading publisher of market focused books and ebooks for professional and vocational courses in education, social work, nursing and health.

The Learning Matters team will continue to operate from their current office based in Exeter. All sales and distributions will continue to be handled through the Learning Matters team. Orders for the Back to University season should be handled in the usual way.

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German Thieme Publishing Group announces version 3.5 of Pharmaceutical Substances - 02 Aug 2011

STM publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has announced that Pharmaceutical Substances version 3.5 is now available. Compiled by renowned scientists Professors A. Kleemann, J. Engel, B. Kutscher and Dr. D. Reichert, this comprehensive reference guide to every significant pharmaceutical compound contains syntheses, patents and applications of all FDA approved active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).

Pharmaceutical Substances claims to be an invaluable resource for everyone involved in the design, discovery, development and evaluation of drugs and is accessible through the Thieme Chemistry website (www.thieme-chemistry.com). Version 3.5 includes eight new API's such as Algoliptin, Hydrochloride, and Eribulin - used to fight cancer, as well as one updated synthesis (Eplerenone). Now there are a total of 27,479 Structures, 10,491 Reactions and 2,511 active pharmaceutical ingredients (API's).

Developed in association with InfoChem and FIZ Chemie, this digital version of the information resource is a web-based, easy-to-navigate portal that utilises standard browser technology. End users appreciate the system's easy-to-use interface, which facilitates locating data rapidly and allows them to graphically search structures using ISIS Draw, ChemDraw or a built-in Java Applet.

Pharmaceutical Substances 3.5 supports both ChemDraw 9.0.1 and 10.0 and is compatible with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox browsers on PC's and Safari 2.0 on MAC's running OS X.

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German Programme for Berlin 9 Open Access meeting announced - 02 Aug 2011

The programme for the international Berlin 9 Open Access meeting has been announced by the organising coalition. Focusing on the impact of Open Access in research and scholarship, the event will explore how open, online access has the potential to transform the process of discovery and the translation of knowledge into benefits to society, as well as to enhance public engagement and create new opportunities for scholarship and business.

This 9th instalment in the Berlin Open Access conference series, which convenes leaders in the science, humanities, research, funding, and policy communities around The Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, will take place at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, MD, on November 9 and 10, 2011. Pre-conference meetings have been planned for November 8th, in Washington, DC.

The programme committee for the meeting has been examining the role that Open Access can play in accelerating the conduct and communication of scholarship, and the opportunities this presents to the funders, creators, and end users of this information. They have identified five key topics to explore. These include transforming research through open online access to discovery inputs and outputs; creation of innovative new opportunities for scholarship and business; the impact of open access and open repositories on research in the humanities; open education: linking learning and research through Open Access; and public interaction: the range and power of OA for citizen science, patients, and large-scale collaboration.

Speakers for each topic area are being invited and will be announced this fall. The committee has also invited keynote remarks from top US and international policymakers, including a high-level exploration on redefining measures of impact.

Berlin 9 is being organised by representatives from the science, humanities, research, funding and policy communities, including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Marine Biological Laboratory, the Max Planck Society, Association of Research Libraries, and SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition). Registration will open in September.

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US Cell Press announces January 2012 launch of new OA journal - Cell Reports - 02 Aug 2011

Cell Press has announced the launch of its latest journal, Cell Reports, which will publish its first issue in January 2012. The journal is the first open-access online-only journal from Cell Press. It will publish high-quality research across the entire life science spectrum. Boyana Konforti will serve as the Editor of the journal.

Cell Reports will focus on shorter, single-point articles, entitled Reports, in addition to regular full-length articles. As with all Cell Press journals, the primary criterion for both formats will be new biological insight.

The journal provides authors with the option to publish in a journal with immediate fully-available global access. Authors will retain full copyright over their articles, and they will be able to choose between two Creative Commons licenses for publication, one of which is the most permissive license that Creative Commons offers.

Cell Reports is now accepting papers for consideration in volume 1, scheduled to publish in January 2012.

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US IBM develops full-text digitisation system for Japan's National Diet Library - 02 Aug 2011

Technology firm IBM, US, has announced that it is helping the National Diet Library of Japan - the country's only national library - digitise its literary artefacts on a massive scale. The aim is to make them widely available and searchable online by all information seekers.

The prototype technology, created by IBM Research, allows full-text digitisation of Japanese literature to be quickly realised through expansive recognition of Japanese characters and enabling users to collaboratively review and correct language characters, script and structure. Additionally, the full-text digitisation system is designed to promote future international collaborations and standardisation of libraries around the world.

Compared to other languages, which rely on just a few dozen alphabetical characters, Japanese is extremely diverse in terms of script. In addition to syllabary characters, hiragana and katakana, Japanese includes about 10,000 kanji characters (including old characters, variants and 2,136 commonly used characters), in addition to ruby (a small Japanese syllabary character reading aid printed right next to a kanji) and mixed vertical and horizontal texts.

Aside from ensuring quality recognition of Japanese characters, IBM researchers aimed to optimise the amount of time needed to review and verify the accuracy of the digitised texts. By introducing unique collaborative tools via crowdsourcing, the technology allows many users to quickly pour through the texts and make corrections at a much higher rate of productivity and efficiency.

The architecture of the full-text digitisation prototype system provides two key collaborative features - Collaborative Correction and Collaborative Data Structuring.

The full-text digitisation prototype system was realised based on two streams of technologies. IBM researchers in Tokyo applied an approach called Social Accessibility, which allows large groups of reviewers to work collaboratively via Web browsers regardless of location. Also, the COoperative eNgine for Correction of ExtRacted Text (CONCERT) technology - developed by IBM Researchers in Haifa, Israel - was leveraged to significantly improve productivity through the repetition of simple operations.

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US Gale announces enhancements to Gale PowerSearch - 02 Aug 2011

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, US, has announced enhancements to Gale PowerSearch, its specially designed platform that offers cross-searching of periodical content, reference content, primary source information and ebooks from a single interface.

Based on user feedback, Gale has added a multitude of new features, including search assist, enhanced results lists, language customisability, expanded content and enhanced subject and publication search options. These features allow for a faster, easier way to search millions of entries and multiple online resources with just one query.

Gale PowerSearch provides libraries, universities, schools and businesses with a sophisticated yet simple solution for managing a wealth of periodical, reference, multimedia and primary source information. Researchers can access almost all of the Gale content in their library's collection through one, single search query. The interface provides users with a Web-like experience and includes features that appeal to and empower library researchers.

Gale PowerSearch will continue to support existing features such as Read-Speaker audio technology, eBook cross-search, sharing tools, language translation and more. Academic OneFile, General OneFile, InfoTrac and PowerSearch enhancements are now available for new and existing customers.

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India Access Knowledgespeak using your smartphones and mobile devices via Myscoope.com - 02 Aug 2011

Mobile access for Knowledgespeak is now available in a mobile browser version and a Java application version.

Smartphones and Tablets We publish a mobile browser version for smartphones and tablet PCs. This is accessible at www.myscoope.com, a site designed specifically for all types of smartphones and tablets including the iPhone, the iPad, and other smartphones like the BlackBerry and Android phones.

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