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Netherland Elsevier announces availability of Urban and Fischer Journal Archives on SciVerse ScienceDirect - 02 Nov 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the availability of Elsevier Urban & Fischer Journal Archives, three new backfile collections in the life and health sciences, on SciVerse ScienceDirect.

The new backfiles, published in English under the German imprint Urban & Fischer, contain journals concerning immunology and microbiology, medicine, and biochemistry. The biochemistry collection is scheduled for release in mid-November. The archives extend from1970, when the articles were first published in English, to 2000 and seamlessly link to volumes starting from 2001 already available on SciVerse ScienceDirect.

SciVerse ScienceDirect contains over a quarter of the world's full text STM peer-reviewed articles - managed by renowned editors, written by respected authors and read by researchers from around the globe. Elsevier's extensive full-text collection covers authoritative titles from the core scientific literature with more than ten million articles available online.

Coverage includes over 2,500 journal titles published by Elsevier with dynamic linking to journals from approximately 2,000 STM publishers through CrossRef. Additionally, SciVerse ScienceDirect contains an expanding library of online major reference works, handbooks, book series and over 10,000 eBooks in all fields of science seamlessly interlinked with primary research referenced in journal articles.

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US Publishing services a key growth area for academic libraries, says SPARC report - 02 Nov 2011

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has released a new report on behalf of a team of researchers from the libraries of Purdue University, Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Utah. The “Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success” research project suggests that publishing services provided by libraries are expanding and professionalising.

The report is the result of a year-long study of library publishing services made possible by a collaborative planning grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), with additional support from Berkeley Electronic Press and Microsoft Research. It is available at http://wp.sparc.arl.org/lps.

A series of recommendations for future development of library publishing services based on the survey, workshops, case studies and literature review have been included. These are centred on developing best practices, collaborating to create community-based resources and formalising skills and training. The report is open for comment through the end of the year. A final version will be issued in early 2012.

The research included a survey distributed to deans and directors at all 223 institutions that are part of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Oberlin Group and University Libraries Group, supervised by consultant October Ivins; three detailed sustainability case studies of library publishing programs at Purdue, Georgia Tech and Utah by consultant Raym Crow; three consultative workshops involving over 120 leaders in the library publishing community; and a literature review. Together, these sources paint a picture of the state of library publishing services in the US and Canada that is stated to be unique in breadth and depth of coverage.

Key findings of the project include approximately half (55 percent) of all respondents to the survey indicated having or developing library publishing services. Interest in such services varied by institution size, with over three-quarters of ARLs being interested, compared to 30 percent of Oberlin Group institutions. Most libraries with existing programmes anticipated increasing the programme's scale or scope in the next year.

About three-quarters of the programmes publish between one and six journals, the majority of which are only distributed electronically and are less than three years old. About half of the programmes publish conference proceedings, technical reports, or monographs; most often electronically, but with some print-on-demand distribution.

The vast majority of library publishing programmes (almost 90 percent) were launched in order to contribute to change in the scholarly publishing system, supplemented by a variety of other mission-related motivations. The prevalence of mission-driven rationale aligns with the funding sources reported for library publishing programmes, including library budget reallocations (97 percent), temporary funding from the institution (67 percent) and grant support (57 percent). However, many respondents expect a greater percentage of future publishing programme funding to come from service fees, product revenue, charge-backs, royalties, and other programme-generated income.

Almost two-thirds of the programmes collaborate with one or more other campus units —including departmental faculty, university press and campus computing — and two-thirds collaborate with individuals or organisations outside of the institution. Over half of the respondents expect collaborations to increase in the next year.

About half of responding institutions centralise management of their publishing activities within one library unit. The number of staff allocated to publishing activities is modest —averaging 2.4 FTE for ARLs and 0.9 FTE for Oberlin Group institutions — with older programmes typically being larger. Staff dedicated exclusively to publishing service programmes are relatively rare, with responsibility for such services typically fragmented across multiple staff members.

The perceived relevance of publishing services to the library's mission, and the integration of such services into the library's budget, is seen to explain the relative lack of emphasis on sustainability planning. Only a few institutions (15 percent) have a documented sustainability plan for their publishing services, and only a fifth have evaluated the value or effectiveness of their publishing services.

The most prevalent journal publishing platforms reported were Open Journal Systems (57 percent), DSpace (36 percent) and Berkeley Electronic Press's Digital Commons (25 percent). According to respondents, the three resources most needed for planning or operating a library-based publishing service are guides to business issues, information on publishing platforms and examples of policy and process documents.

The research project was conducted between October 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011 with support from a Collaborative Planning Grant in the National Leadership Program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The PI is James L. Mullins, Dean of Libraries at Purdue University, and the co-PIs are Catherine Murray-Rust, Dean of Libraries, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Joyce Ogburn, Dean of the J. Willard Marriott Library and University Librarian, University of Utah.

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US Google launches eBookstore in Canada - 02 Nov 2011

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has expanded its online bookstore to Canada, offering hundreds of thousands of electronic books for sale and millions of others for free.

According to Google, the company is partnering with a number of Canadian publishers for the launch including McClelland & Stewart, Douglas & McIntyre, House of Anansi and Dundurn, and retailers such as Campus eBookstore and McNally Robinson.

Google launched its eBookstore in the US in December 2010. The service was further expanded to the UK last month. Digital books sold through Google can be read on the Nook from Barnes & Noble, Sony Reader and other e-book readers. It is however not available on the Kindle from Amazon.

They can also be read on a variety of other devices including personal computers and Apple and Android tablets. The Canadian catalogue includes hundreds of thousands of books for purchase and two million free books in the public domain, according to Google.

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UK Scientific American archive now available on nature.com - 02 Nov 2011

Science magazine Scientific American has announced that its complete archive, back to volume 1, issue 1, is now available on nature.com. To celebrate the completion of the Scientific American archive on nature.com, the 1845-1909 archive collection will be free to all to access from November 1-30, 2011. Published since 1845, Scientific American claims to be the longest continually published magazine in the US.

Scientific American founded the first branch of the US Patent Agency, in 1850, to provide technical help and legal advice to inventors. The 1845-1909 collection chronicles major inventions, including the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876 and the incandescent light bulb by Thomas Edison in 1879. Other highlights include coverage of New York City's first subway in 1870, a special issue in 1899 dedicated to bicycles and automobiles, and Wilbur Wright's completion of a three-mile flight at Kitty Hawk, South Carolina. In all, the 1845-1909 collection contains more than 75,000 articles.

Collections contain content from Scientific American and Scientific American Mind, beginning with its premier issue in December 2004/January 2005, plus all Special Issues. The articles are available as PDFs.

The Scientific American archive is an integrated part of the nature.com platform. All users can browse the archive online. The archive is searchable by keyword, author, article title or DOI for refined results. Alternatively, users can also browse by year and issue.

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German Wiley-VCH and the Chemical Society Located in Taipei announce publishing partnership - 02 Nov 2011

Wiley-VCH, part of the scientific and technical publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and the Chemical Society Located in Taipei have signed an agreement to closely cooperate and jointly publish the Journal of the Chinese Chemical Society. The journal will be available online from volume 2011 in Wiley Online Library. Wiley Online Library claims to be one of the world's most extensive multidisciplinary collections of online resources, used by 10 million people a month.

The Journal of the Chinese Chemical Society was founded by the Chemical Society Located in Taipei in 1954. The journal is the oldest general chemistry journal in Taiwan and has been published in English since its inception. The journal publishes strictly peer-reviewed primary and secondary research results in the form of review articles, full papers, notes and communications.

The Journal of the Chinese Chemical Society has been covered by Science Citation Index since 1990 and is included in all major abstracting & indexing services. Effective from Volume 58 (2011) all issues will be published online in Wiley Online Library. Archive volumes (1954-2010) are currently available through the website of the Chemical Society Located in Taipei.

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US ARL endorses Berlin Declaration on OA to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities - 02 Nov 2011

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) joined over 300 organisations and institutions to endorse the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities.

In a letter to Dr. Peter Gruss, President of the Max Planck Society, Winston Tabb, ARL President and Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums at the Johns Hopkins University, wrote that the ARL has been a longtime and consistent supporter of Open Access and has worked hard to advance its principles internationally. During the October 2011 meeting of the Board of Directors, a decision was taken to become a signatory to the Berlin Declaration.

The Berlin Declaration was drafted by the Max Planck Society to, in part, 'promote the Internet as a functional instrument for a global scientific knowledge base and human reflection and to specify measures which research policy makers, research institutions, funding agencies, libraries, archives, and museums need to consider.'

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US ebrary announces initial results of 2011 Global Student E-book Survey - 02 Nov 2011

E-books and research technology provider ebrary, US, has announced the initial results of its 2011 Global Student E-book Survey. A comparison of the new survey with the same survey conducted in 2008 implies that aggregators, publishers, and librarians need to better collaborate to address students' information and research needs.

The survey of more than 6,500 students reveals that e-book usage and awareness have not increased significantly in 2011 over 2008. Preference for printed books over electronic books has not changed - both are still equally important, the survey noted. Further, it states that the vast majority of students would choose electronic over print if it were available and if better tools along with fewer restrictions were offered. The survey also noted that there is a need for reliable social media tools geared toward research.

Carol Zsulya, Head, Collection Management; Business/Economics Librarian, Cleveland State University, and Kevin Sayar, President and General Manager of ebrary, will co-present the initial comparison of the 2011 vs. 2008 Global Student E-book Surveys along with Cleveland State University's institution-specific results in 2011 at the Charleston Conference. A live webinar from the Charleston Conference will be available to anyone unable to attend the event and will begin at 12:45pm EDT. Interested parties may sign up for the webinar at http://www.tfaforms.com/222269.

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US CTB/McGraw-Hill forms Publishing Advisory Board to help develop next generation of K–12 assessments - 02 Nov 2011

Education assessments provider CTB/McGraw-Hill, US, has announced the creation of a Publishing Advisory Board that will guide the company as it works to develop assessments that reflect the goals of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Board's experience in developing assessments and their insight into the CCSS and other emerging educational requirements is expected to help CTB stay at the forefront of the ever-changing world of K–12 assessment.

CTB's Publishing Advisory Board is comprised of diverse professionals with deep experience and leadership across the education arena. Represented on the board are the perspectives of state assessment directors, classroom teachers, university professors, education researchers, and business leaders. Many members of the Board have specific knowledge of or have been deeply engaged with the development and implementation of the CCSS, and each is committed to helping CTB play a more effective role in serving the needs of today's educators.

While CTB has long sought advice from external experts in regard to general publishing practices and product development, the creation of the Publishing Advisory Board establishes a formal framework for these relationships. The Board will not endorse specific products or solutions, but it will provide general guidance, review specific product development plans and content development work, and help CTB serve the needs of customers, including states, consortia of states, and other education stakeholders.

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US MarkLogic unveils latest version of Big Data applications product - 02 Nov 2011

Data analytics products firm MarkLogic Corporation, US, has announced MarkLogic 5, the latest version of its product designed for Big Data applications across the enterprise. MarkLogic 5 is projected to help organisations build Big Data applications that make information actionable.

With MarkLogic 5, organisations can reportedly get smarter answers faster by analysing structured, unstructured and semi-structured data in the same application. This allows a complete view of the health of the enterprise. Key features include the MarkLogic Connector for Hadoop, which marries large-scale batch processing with the real time Big Data applications MarkLogic has been delivering for a decade. MarkLogic 5 is stated to be a visionary step forward for organisations who want to manage complex Big Data on an operational database with confidence at scale. The product is immediately available.

The MarkLogic Connector for Hadoop powers large-scale batch processing for Big Data Analytics on the structured, semi-structured and unstructured data residing inside MarkLogic. Using MarkLogic for real time analytics with Hadoop for batch processing is seen to bring the best of Big Data to companies that need real time, secure, enterprise applications that are cost effective with high performance.

MarkLogic 5 enables applications that solve the challenges associated with Big Data. These applications can manage the complexity of information and fulfil enterprise Big Data requirements with high performance at scale.

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UK Emerald Management Reviews celebrates 50 years with 50 winners - 02 Nov 2011

Academic publisher Emerald Group Publishing, UK, has announced that its abstracting service, Emerald Management Reviews, is holding a double 50 celebration this month – recognising the 50th anniversary of its launch and the 50 winners of its Annual Citations of Excellence Awards.

First launched in 1961 as 'Anbar Abstracts', Emerald Management Reviews has a long and illustrious history. It was the first abstracting and indexing service in the UK, and, in 1988, became one of the first searchable electronic databases being produced on the old 5¼ -inch floppy disks. In 1997 it became available online for the first time.

Alongside the anniversary celebrations, the winners of Emerald Management Reviews Citation of Excellence Awards are also celebrating. Now in their fifteenth year, these distinguished annual awards recognise the 50 most outstanding articles published by the top 300 management journals in the world. With 15,000 reviews added to the Emerald Management Reviews database annually, receiving a Citation of Excellence is an extraordinary achievement and represents one of the highest accolades that an author can achieve.

This year, to reflect the changing perceptions and assessment of quality in the publishing world, Emerald adopted a new approach to selecting the winners of these prestigious awards. Working with Professor Anne-Wil Harzing, a recognized authority on journal quality and citation metrics, Emerald used a two-tier system based on citations from Harzing's Publish or Perish software, and research impact.

A full list of the 2011 winners, as well as lists of previous winners, is available at: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/tk/citation_of_excellence

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India Access Knowledgespeak using your smartphones and mobile devices via Myscoope.com - 02 Nov 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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Subscribers are invited to send in their feedbacks as to their experiences with the service at kspeaknews@scopeknowledge.com

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