STM publisher Springer and the Italian Society of Applied and Industrial Mathematics (SIMAI) have announced a partnership to publish a new book series - SIMAI Springer Series. Research-level monographs, advanced textbooks and collected works in English will make up the series, focusing on the applications of mathematics to social and industrial problems.
The SIMAI Springer Series will publish books on the relevance of mathematics in real life, including applications in biology, medicine, engineering, environment, social sciences and finance. The books will provide useful reference material to academic and industrial researchers, as well as to graduate students, at an international level.
The first publication, New Challenges for Cancer Systems Biomedicine, will be published in mid-2012. All books in the series will be available as eBooks on Springer’s online platform www.springerlink.com, and in print-to-order (PTO) format. Co-editors-in-chief are Prof. Nicola Bellomo, SIMAI President, and Prof. Luca Formaggia, SIMAI Secretary.
Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, and EMBO have announced that EMBO Molecular Medicine will, as of March 2012, join the Wiley Open Access publishing programme. Articles in the journal will be open access and free to view, download and share for non-commercial use.
Since its launch in 2009, EMBO Molecular Medicine has attracted high quality submissions and attained a first Impact Factor of 8.833, placing it 6th in the Medicine Research and Experimental ISI Category. With its emphasis on translational medicine, the studies published in EMBO Molecular Medicine are of interest to a wide spectrum of researchers, clinicians and the public. Converting to open access allows all readers to benefit from the research advances reported in the journal, aiding the dissemination of biomedical research and accelerating discovery.
EMBO Molecular Medicine was the recipient of the 2009 PROSE Award for Best Journal/ Science, Technology and Medicine. The journal is supported by professional editors Anneke Funk and Céline Carret and an eminent international panel of Senior Editors, Drs. Dario Alessi, Giulio Cossu, Uta Francke, Fred Gage, Matthias Hentze, Edison T. Liu, Philippe Sansonetti and Bart de Strooper.
EMBO Molecular Medicine will publish all future articles under an Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) Creative Commons License, which permits use, distribution, reproduction and adaptation in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes. A publication fee will be payable by authors or their funder on acceptance of their primary research articles.
Turnitin, web-based solution for plagiarism prevention, has partnered with information resources and technologies provider ProQuest to include more than 300,000 dissertations and theses from 2008 to the present in the Turnitin comparison database.
With this agreement, Turnitin seeks to enhance its repository of scholarly content while extending its plagiarism-checking database, which now tops 20 billion current and archived web pages, 200 million student papers and more than 110 million articles from scholarly journals.
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database is the seminal repository of intellectual output and emerging research from the world’s great universities. Chosen by United States Library of Congress as the official archive of American dissertations, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database encompass more than one quarter of a billion pages, creating a unique, continually growing trove of emerging research and landmark works.
Graduate works from ProQuest will extend the breadth of the Turnitin database, which claims to be the world’s largest comparison database of scholarly content, to provide customers with a single solution for originality checking before publication. Turnitin customers can compare documents against ProQuest’s dissertations content as part of a new premium content offering called ‘Turnitin Research.’
The offering consists of Turnitin bundled with iThenticate, the plagiarism checker for scholarly publishers, as well as the ProQuest content.
Business information provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced an extension of its machine-readable news offering to include a sentiment scoring service for social media. Thomson Reuters News Analytics will mine the expansive wealth of social media and blog content to deliver digestible analytics on selected companies and market segments, to help trading and investment firms identify and capitalise on new opportunities.
The impact of social media has expanded beyond personal use, it is observed. Financial markets have seen a dramatic rise in the volume and influence of industry blogs, social-networking and commentary websites. According to Aite Group, 35 percent of quantitative firms are using some kind of machine readable newsfeed, up from 2 percent just three years ago.
Thomson Reuters News Analytics enables clients to leverage a set of analytics such as sentiment, relevance and novelty indicators that capture market opinion, for algorithmic trading systems as well as risk management and human decision support processes. This launch provides access on up to 50,000 news sites and 4 million social media sites, and allows customers to quickly sift through the noise to better interpret the extensive amount of available data on the Internet.
The service utilises information delivered by Moreover Technologies, an aggregator of global news and social media, to create intelligent information that clients can use to power their trading strategies. Thomson Reuters News Analytics software is available as a deployed solution or can be hosted in Elektron, the firm’s high performance data and trading infrastructure.
Thomson Reuters News Analytics seeks to offer a bottoms-up approach to analyse and provide sentiment on individual companies as well as commodity and energy topics. Data can be aggregated at the stock, sector, market and country levels to track sentiment on desired parameters. Customers have the ability to filter the available content to hone in on specific information sources they want to target and leverage analytic tools to spot trends and anomalies.
Academic publisher SAGE has announced the launch of Emerging Adulthood (EA), as the new peer-reviewed flagship journal for the American Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (SSEA). The journal will publish studies that advance theory, methodology, and empirical research on the development of 18 to 29 year olds.
Emerging Adulthood will be the first to bring together the scholarship of a growing network of international scholars publishing on the topic of emerging adulthood. The journal will have a multidisciplinary focus covering clinical, developmental and social psychology and other social sciences such as anthropology, psychiatry, public policy, social work, sociology, public health, and post-secondary education. Emerging Adulthood will be available in both print and online forms.
Emerging Adulthood encourages the submission of original research papers that will contribute to the contemporary discussion on the defining elements of the 18-29 age period. Both theoretical and empirical work will be published and papers that take a creative, integrative, and cultural approach are especially encouraged. Strong qualitative or quantitative methodology is required for acceptance.
The London Book Fair Market Focus Professional and Cultural Programme, China: New Perspectives, New Concepts, will showcase Chinese publishers and writers at the London Book Fair (LBF) in April. It is claimed to be the largest Market Focus programme of events since LBF launched the Market Focus initiative in 2004.
The General Administration of Press and Publications of China (GAPP) and its partners China National Publications Import & Export (Group) Corporation (CNPIEC) and China Universal Press & Publication Co. Ltd. (CUPP) have been working closely with LBF, the British Council and the Publishers Association (PA) to build a programme of professional and cultural activities both at the Fair and in the days preceding and after the Fair, at events around the UK.
The LBF Market Focus programme showcases one particular country or region of note each year, with the objective of putting the spotlight on publishing trade links with this territory, its publishing industry and the opportunities for conducting business with the rest of the world.
A professional programme of Market Focus seminars, events and industry debates has been created to support international publishers’ understanding of the Chinese market and highlight opportunities for mutual benefit. The main Market Focus Professional events will take place from April 16-18, including four high-level, half-day forums at Earls Court Exhibition Centre. A further 35 seminars will take place at the Fair covering all aspects of the Chinese publishing industry. There will also be a pavilion with over 180 Chinese publishers.
The Market Focus seminars are part of LBF’s Love Learning seminar programme of over 420 seminars, interviews and workshops taking place over the three days of the book fair, on the issues affecting the publishing industry today.
The British Council, now in its fifth year as strategic partner of LBF, has worked in wide consultation with its official partners, industry professionals, experts in the field and on research based over a number of years in the formation of the 2012 Market Focus Cultural Programme.
The selection of writers aims to showcase the very best of Chinese literature today representing the diversity of Chinese writing in all genres and inclusion of both established names and new writers. The delegation will be hosted in the UK in collaboration with the Chinese organising committee. Topics under discussion at the Fair will include ‘From Page to Screen’, ‘Modern Chinese Masters' ‘A Female Perspective, ‘Writing for the Digital World’, ‘Contemporary Chinese Poetry’ and ‘The Art of Publishing Literary Magazines’.
In addition to the 13 events held onsite at LBF, the authors will also take part in events at some of London’s popular cultural institutions including the Southbank Centre, the British Library, LRB, SOAS and Asia House.
LibQUAL+ has announced that five institutions will be selected to receive in-kind grants to participate in the 2013 LibQUAL+ survey. This will be the eighth year LibQUAL+ has sponsored an in-kind grant programme. There are two application deadlines for the 2013 grant programme: June 17, 2012, and December 16, 2012.
LibQUAL+ is a suite of services that libraries use to solicit, track, understand, and act upon users’ opinions of service quality. These services are offered to the international library community by the Association of Research Libraries.
The selection of grant recipients will be based on financial need, contribution to the growth of LibQUAL+ and the ability of the participating library to both improve overall services and contribute to the quality of service provided to students and faculty at the institution.
Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by an advisory committee. Interested applicants must submit a three- to five-page narrative explaining their unique situation and how they meet the criteria above; a brief paragraph describing their institution (less than 500 words); the name, phone number, e-mail address, and mailing address of the contact person for the application; and a short biography of the person applying on behalf of the institution.
The Harvard Library has announced that it will deposit about 200,000 public domain volumes in HathiTrust, a shared digital repository for published materials. The move follows Harvard's first deposit of about 53,000 volumes in HathiTrust in 2011.
The Harvard Library, founded in 1638, claims to be the world’s largest university library and the oldest academic library in North America. With approximately 17 million books, more than eight million photographs and an estimated 400 million manuscript items, the Library’s holdings span a vast range of subjects, languages and dates.
HathiTrust was formed in 2008 with a mission to ‘contribute to the common good by collecting, organising, preserving, communicating and sharing the record of human knowledge.’ Currently, the shared repository has more than sixty institutional participants and contains more than 10 million digitised volumes, with more than 2.7 million public domain works are available online.
The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) and the European Science Foundation (ESF) have been informed by the European Commission Directorate-General for Research & Innovation of their decision to allocate an additional EUR 10 million to COST. This allocation raises the total budget for COST to EUR 250 million which was the maximum initially envisaged by the EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) subject to a mid-term evaluation.
In 2010, the evaluation Expert Panel strongly recommended ‘that the appropriate process be put in place to allocate the additional EUR 40 million reserved in FP7 for COST’.
In April 2011, the European Commission already invested an additional EUR 30 million. The European Commission’s budget situation now allowed confirming the complementary EUR 10 million.
COST implements networking activities for researchers, contributing to the European Research Area (ERA) goals and participating in the delivery of the Europe 2020 agenda.
COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, making it possible for the various national universities, research organisations and private industry to work jointly on a wide range of Research and Development (R&D) activities contributing to integration of research communities and share, creation and use of knowledge. COST is presently used by the scientific communities of 36 European countries to cooperate in more than 250 research networks (called COST Actions) that leverage national research funds.