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US IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters adds patent records from patent-issuing authorities of Hong Kong, Poland and GCC - 15 Aug 2011

The IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters has announced the addition of patent records from the patent-issuing authorities of Hong Kong, Poland and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to its Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI) database. GCC is a regional office registering patents from member states which include the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, State of Qatar, State of Bahrain, State of Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Sultanate of Oman.

The DWPI database is a comprehensive collection of editorially enhanced patent documents from 47 global issuing authorities and also includes English language abstracts and titles, making it easier for researchers to quickly find the information they need to make informed decisions regarding protected technologies in these key global markets.

New coverage in DWPI includes Hong Kong patent applications, granted patents and short term patents published from January 2011; Polish patent applications, granted patents and utility models published from January 2011; and GCC-granted patents published from 2004. Patent and literature citations are part of the Derwent Patents Citation Index, a companion file to DWPI.

The inclusion of these authorities in DWPI will improve the effectiveness of technology monitoring, prior art research, and freedom-to-operate searching through the English-language content and intellectually applied indexing for these new regions.

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US WK Health releases new features for Sentri7 - 15 Aug 2011

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that several new improvements have been added to Sentri7, a web-based, enterprise-wide electronic surveillance application that helps hospital staff identify at-risk patients.

A new Report Administrator role has been created, with the ability to group together facilities by region or corporate structure in order to report on healthcare-associated infections across the IDN or health system level. Corporate leaders have visibility into multiple sites’ HAI and prevalence rates in real time on demand.

Designated administrators within Sentri7 can now edit other users’ rules and take ownership of clinical rules to help ease personnel changes.

Infection Prevention teams benefit from full support for National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) uploading capabilities for NICU and SCA reporting forms. They also have access to new features to add notes to reviewed cultures, and to delete and recover documents.

Sentri7 by Pharmacy OneSource combines medication, laboratory, patient, radiology and surgery data to facilitate earlier, better, and more consistent interventions. Accelerating workflows can lead to shorter lengths of stay, lower costs, improved patient safety and reduced antibiotic resistance.

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US Apple, publishers face class-action lawsuit in US over fixing of e-book prices - 15 Aug 2011

Law firm Hagens Berman has reportedly filed a class-action lawsuit in the US, alleging that Apple and five major publishers ‘colluded ... to illegally fix prices’ of e-books. The five publishers include HarperCollins, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, Penguin and Hachette Book Group.

Filed in the California northern district court, the lawsuit claims that the publishers conspired with Apple to increase e-book prices in order to increase profits and compel e-book rival Amazon to abandon its pro-consumer discount pricing. It further claims that this is in violation of a variety of federal and state antitrust laws.

The complaint centres on the agency model – used by Apple for iTunes and by most major publishers for e-book sales – in which the publisher, rather than the retailer, sets the retail price of e-books. The model has already sparked investigations in Europe and the UK. The UK’s Office of Fair Trading is investigating whether certain publisher-retailer arrangements ‘may breach competition law.’ The European commission is also looking into whether companies have colluded to keep e-book prices high.

Naming two plaintiffs, California resident Anthony Petru and Mississippi resident Marcus Mathis – both of whom purchased at least one e-book for over $9.99 after the adoption of the agency pricing model – the lawsuit, once approved, will represent any purchaser of an e-book by a major publisher after the adoption of the agency model. According to Hagens Berman, it could be worth ‘tens of millions of dollars’.

The lawsuit alleges that the five publishers "feared" Amazon's move to price e-books at $9.99. The pricing ‘threatened to disrupt the publishers' long-established brick-and-mortar model faster than they were willing to accept", and to set low consumer expectations for e-book prices.

The lawsuit says the five publishers ‘forced’ Amazon to abandon its discount pricing and adhere to a new agency model. If Amazon attempted to sell e-books below the publisher-set levels, the publishers would simply deny Amazon access to the title. This has, the suit says, seen the prices of new e-books increase to an average of $12-15 – a rise of 33-50% – and reach a point where they are often more expensive than physical editions.

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US SAGE set to publish American Sociological Association’s Sociological Theory and Sociological Methodology journals - 15 Aug 2011

Acadomic publisher SAGE has announced that it will continue its partnership with the American Sociological Association (ASA) by publishing two of the latter’s titles - Sociological Theory (ST) and Sociological Methodology (SM) - beginning in 2012. With the addition of these titles, SAGE now publishes 10 journals in collaboration with ASA.

Sociological Theory covers the full range of sociological theory including ethnomethodology, world systems analysis, commentaries on classics, and cutting-edge ideas. Its themes and contributions are interdisciplinary, and its orientation pluralistic. Sociological Methodology is a collection of new and sometimes controversial advances in social science methodology. Contributions come from diverse areas and include a wide range of topics.

The American Sociological Association is a non-profit membership association, dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good. Founded in 1905, ASA has nearly 15,000 members, including college and university faculty, and researchers at public institutions and in the private sector. Its members participate in 47 special interest sections and its journals are among the best in the field. Joining the SAGE journal family means that the journals will be available through SAGE Journals Online, SAGE’s award-winning online journal delivery platform, in February, 2012.

The ASA journals, as well as other SAGE journals and textbooks, will be on display in the SAGE booth at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, scheduled for August 20-23 in Las Vegas, NV.

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Netherland BioMed Central looking to work with Dutch researchers keen to establish OA journals - 15 Aug 2011

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the main Dutch science funding body, has launched a €1 million open access (OA) fund to help Dutch scientists establish new OA journals or convert existing journals to OA. Publisher BioMed Central has stated that it would be interested to hear from Dutch biologists and medical researchers who are thinking about establishing new OA journals or about converting existing subscription-based journals.

BioMed has expressed keenness to work with Dutch scientists to emulate the success stories of journals such as Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica, Frontiers in Zoology (Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft) and Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases, all of which claim to have been hugely successful since launching with or transferring to the publisher.

The NOW funding plan is the result of a wider initiative that started in 2010 when the organisation committed €5 million to encourage OA development. The deadline for submitting proposals is October 4, 2011.

NWO joins other major European funding bodies in supporting OA. Several initiatives, on a national and European level, have recently been put in place to accelerate OA publishing. More information on this funding is available online at www.nwo.nl/openaccess (English).

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), which is the major funding body in Germany, has also tied OA publishing into its funding policy. It reinforces its programme to help German universities to establish central OA funds by paying up to 75 percent of related costs.

Publisher BioMed Central has stated that it would be interested to hear from Dutch biologists and medical researchers who are thinking about establishing new OA journals or about converting existing subscription-based journals. It has expressed keenness to work with Dutch scientists to emulate the success stories of journals such as Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica, Frontiers in Zoology (Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft) and Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases, all of which claim to have been hugely successful since launching with or transferring to BioMed Central.



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US IEEE webinar to provide an inside view of Engineering for Change - 15 Aug 2011

Iana Aranda, Manager of Technical Programming and Development at ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), will present ‘Leveraging the Power of Engineers ... Engineering for Change’ as part of the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Webinar Series. This free webinar will take place on August 16, 2011, at 10 am EDT (GMT-4).

Launched earlier this year, Engineering for Change (E4C) is a global alliance that encourages collaboration and facilitates the development of engineering solutions to improve quality of life in under-served communities worldwide. IEEE, along with ASME and Engineers Without Borders, are founding partners of the active online community, which recently reached the 5,000-member mark.

Aranda has guided the development of E4C’s online platform and driven content-related partnerships with global technical societies, non-governmental organisations and other organisations at the intersection of technology, design and international development.

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US Dartmouth Journal Services launches mobile journal application for The Endocrine Society - 15 Aug 2011

Journal production services provider Dartmouth Journal Services (DJS), part of The Sheridan Group, US, recently launched a mobile journal application for The Endocrine Society. The free Endo Pubs iPhone app became available in the iTunes App Store on May 23, 2011 with future releases of an iPad-optimised version and Android version scheduled for later this year.

Developed as a content discovery application, the Endo Pubs app features access to article abstracts for four Endocrine Society journals - The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Endocrinology, Molecular Endocrinology and Endocrine Reviews. The app also provides content search, user selected ‘My List’ or bookmarking of articles for later use, and social sharing of article links via email. In conjunction with The Endocrine Society ENDO 2011 Annual Meeting, full access to the entire library of Annual Meeting Abstracts has been added.

Forthcoming updates to the app will provide users with added control over the app behaviour through expanded settings, the ability to receive content from multiple RSS feeds, and the ability to share content via Twitter and Facebook. Users will also have the ability to follow The Endocrine Society on Twitter and Facebook and receive new content alerts from the automatic alert system. Additionally, The Endocrine Society will gain advertising support and receive real time usage statistics via Google Analytics to assist them in identifying and addressing emerging trends.

Sheridan’s Mobile Alert application is the most recent offering in an expanding suite of proprietary technology solutions. Mobile Alerts are customised mobile content delivery mechanisms that can feature article abstract viewing or full-text article access, per the publisher’s request. Sheridan Mobile Alerts are compatible with the predominant mobile platforms, including iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android. All are built on top of a scalable and configurable XML-based Mobile Content Delivery System (MCDS) that handles the content import, conversion, management, and distribution.

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UAE Al-Manhal and Scientific Research Support Fund sign research syndication agreement - 15 Aug 2011

Al-Manhal, an Arabic full-text searchable electronic content platform, recently signed an agreement with the Scientific Research Support Fund, of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Under the deal, Al-Manhal will distribute 17 Jordanian scientific journals issued under the fund's umbrella.

The journals will reportedly enrich Al-Manhal's ever-expanding database of full-text content published by the Arab world's leading research institutions and publishing houses.

Al-Manhal is a joint venture between the management of TechKnowledge, the Middle East's leading electronic library consultancy, and Wolters Kluwer (Ovid), a global publisher and provider of academic and professional electronic information. Al-Manhal's full-text electronic platform was created specifically to enable academics, researchers and scientists to have access to the output of the Arab world's leading research institutions and publishing houses.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 15 Aug 2011

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Orac (Scientific fraud and journal article retractions); Joe Wikert (In Search of Smart E-Reader Apps); Stevan Harnad ( No Need to Wait for Universal Gold OA: Green OA Can Be Universally Mandated Today); and Barbara Fister (Unsinkable? | Peer to Peer Review); 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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India Access Knowledgespeak using your smartphones and mobile devices via Myscoope.com - 15 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.

Java-enabled Phones – We provide a Java version - SCOOPE.JAR - for Java enabled phones. The executable file can be downloaded from http://www.myscoope.com/scm/images/SCOOPE.jar.

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» Easy Selection and viewing of desired news items
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» Navigating to the URL links listed in the news item

Subscribers are invited to send in their feedbacks as to their experiences with the service at kspeaknews@scopeknowledge.com

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