Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has announced that it has retained Allen & Company LLC to explore the sale of a number of consumer print and digital publishing assets in its Professional/Trade business that no longer align with the company's long-term strategies. The assets are in travel (including the well-known Frommer's brand), culinary, general interest, nautical, pets, crafts, Webster's New World, and CliffsNotes.
The planned divestiture follows a strategic review of the company's Professional/Trade business portfolio. The company’s strategic focus will center on those opportunities that meet strong global demand for high-quality information for professionals and lifelong learning enabled by new technology.
In Wiley's fiscal year ending April 30, 2011, the publishing assets offered for sale generated approximately $85 million of revenue. No categories from the Company's global Scientific, Technical, Medical, and Scholarly and Global Education operating units will be included in this planned sale.
Publishing forecast firm Simba Information, US, has released a report titled Global Professional Publishing 2010-2011. According to the report, the global market for professional publishing products and services, led by the legal, science/technical and medical (STM) segments, will grow 3 percent through 2012, reaching $41.4 billion. The report further says print and electronic books were the leading delivery method, closely followed by online services and abstracting/indexing.
Print books still dominate the landscape for professional publishing, representing the largest chunk of revenue from the top 10 leading publishers. Additionally, the report finds double-digit growth for e-books. Mobile and Internet applications have also experienced significant growth recently, as publishers have stepped up production efforts.
Although the information itself is critical, providing searchable and accessible content that can be integrated into a professional's workflow is also key and defines the online services and abstracting/indexing market-the fastest growing delivery medium. According to the report, new developments in this market include publishers actively seeking partnerships that will enable users to search multiple databases at one time.
The Simba report is said to provide extensive data and analysis on the global market for legal, STM and business publishing. It segments each market by delivery channel, including books, journals, online services, abstract/indexing, newsletters/loose-leaf/directories and other. It tracks trends including the growth of e-books and online journals, the increased demand for international publishing, publishers' efforts against piracy and many more.
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that it will publish the new journal of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine (FPM), Health Policy and Technology.
In March FPM will launch the first issue of the cross-disciplinary journal focusing on past, present and future health policy and the role of technology in clinical and non-clinical national and international health environments. The journal will publish relevant, timely and accessible articles and commentaries to support policy-makers, health professionals, health technology providers, patient groups and academia interested in health policy and technology.
Topics covered will include: health technology, including drug discovery, diagnostics, medicines, devices, therapeutic delivery and eHealth systems; cross-national comparisons on health policy using evidence-based approaches; health technology assessment (HTA) methods and tools for evaluating the effectiveness of clinical and non-clinical health technologies; stakeholder engagement with health technologies (clinical and patient/citizen buy-in), regulation and health economics.
Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, and the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT) have announced a new, open access journal. CPT: Pharmacometrics & Systems Pharmacology (CPT:PSP). The journal will launch in Fall 2012 and will be hosted at www.nature.com/psp. It will be a companion title to Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (CPT) and will be accepting submissions in summer 2012.
CPT:PSP will be a cross-disciplinary journal devoted to publishing original research in advances in quantitative methods as applied in pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics in humans. The common focus will be on quantitative methods that improve an understanding of pharmacology and therapeutics in humans. The editorial team will be led by newly-appointed Editor-in-Chief Dr. Pieter H. van der Graaf. The team aims to provide a unique international forum for scientists in the pharmacometrics and systems pharmacology space.
All content will be open access and will be freely available to researchers worldwide through the nature.com platform. An article-processing charge (APC) will be levied per article accepted for publication, and articles will publish under a Creative Commons License that will allow readers to download articles and share them with others. CPT:PSP is also an official journal of the American Society of Pharmacometrics, an affiliation that broadens the reach of the journal.
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has partnered with HealthStream, a provider of learning and research solutions for the healthcare industry. Under the deal, WK Health will offer the Lippincott’s Professional Development Programs product suite to HealthStream’s customer base of healthcare organisations. The partnership was announced at HealthStream’s Customer Summit, March 6 – 9, 2012, which is being held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Resort in Nashville.
Lippincott’s Professional Development Programs are projected as evidence-based, interactive learning tools that are designed to help clinical nurses improve nurse competency and meet compliance standards. Each programme contains a series of online courses, case studies, competency evaluations, and/or tutorials delivered in an interactive format.
The 21 educational and training programmes included in Lippincott’s Professional Development Programs will be offered through the HealthStream Learning Center, HealthStream’s learning platform. Lippincott’s Nursing Procedures and Skills and Lippincott’s Nursing Advisor are already offered by HealthStream to its customer base of approximately half of the acute-care hospitals in the US. With this latest agreement, HealthStream customers can utilise all of Lippincott’s Nursing Solutions - a point-of-care nursing workflow product suite - to optimise nursing performance, increase clinical knowledge, ensure staff competence, and improve patient outcomes.
Business information provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that the Crown Research Institutes of New Zealand (CRIs) have selected the Web of Knowledge platform to enhance the research and analytic capabilities of almost 3,000 researchers from six institutes. The renewal of the agreement represents a key step towards enhancing the national research environment to accelerate research and development, and drive New Zealand’s knowledge economy.
The six CRIs selected Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge to help New Zealand researchers identify the most influential literature in the sciences, social sciences and the arts and humanities from around the world. Web of Knowledge contains the world’s largest multidisciplinary citation databases, conference proceedings records and analysis tools from Web of Science.
The six CRIs are the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd (Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research), Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Limited (GNS Science), The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited (Plant & Food Research), Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR) and New Zealand Forest Research Institute Limited (Scion).
Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge provides access to the world’s largest citation databases, including Web of Science which covers over 100 years of research in more than 12,000 of the highest impact journals across multiple disciplines, and over 150,000 conference proceedings records from around the world. CRI members can find high-impact articles and proceedings and detect emerging research trends. Journal Citation Reports extends the capabilities of Web of Science to measure and evaluate journal impact and influence, thereby helping CRIs to understand a journal’s true place in the world of scholarly literature.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced the appointment of Professor James Lam of Hong Kong University as the Editor-in-Chief of the IET Control Theory & Applications and Professor Majid Mirmehdi of the University of Bristol as the Editor-in-Chief of the IET Computer Vision. The IET claims to be Europe’s largest professional body of engineers with over 150,000 members in 127 countries.
Prior to joining the University of Hong Kong in 1993, Professor Lam was lecturer at the City University of Hong Kong and the University of Melbourne. His research interests include model reduction, robust control and filtering of dynamic systems, networked control systems, vibration control, and biological networks.
A key objective for Professor Lam will be to continue development of the IET Control Theory & Applications as a key international journal, and a platform for promotion and dissemination of forefront knowledge and high-quality scholarly research pertinent to control systems, especially in the new and emerging research areas.
Professor Mirmehdi is currently a Professor of Computer Vision at the University of Bristol, and his areas of interest include natural scene analysis and medical imaging.
Professor Mirmehdi’s principle aim is to increase the standing and visibility of the IET Computer Vision journal in the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition community. He will work closely with the Editorial Board and publishing team to further develop the journal.
Academic publisher Maney Publishing, UK, has announced that seven new journals have been added to its growing portfolio for 2012. Maney has built new partnerships with the European Association of Archaeologists, the European Medical Writers Association, The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, and The Chinese Historians in the United States.
Four new health sciences titles - International Journal of Developmental Disabilities; International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health; Journal of Chemotherapy; Medical Writing - strengthen Maney’s existing list and build on its growing reputation in this discipline.
Two new archaeology, heritage and conservation titles strengthen an already robust list. The European Journal of Archaeology aims to publish the best new archaeological research undertaken in and around Europe. Studies in Conservation publishes research relating to the conservation of historic and artistic works.
Maney continues to develop its collection of Chinese studies journals. The Chinese Historical Review publishes original research on the history of China in every period, China's historical relations with the world, the historical experiences of the overseas Chinese, and comparative and transnational studies of history, and complements existing titles such as Early Medieval China and Tang Studies.
National Geographic Learning (NGL), part of Cengage Learning, has announced significant adoptions of their K-5 Science and K-8 English as a Second Language (ESL) products in Florida and Texas, respectively.
NGL Science has been adopted by 21 school districts in the state of Florida, including Hillsborough County, the third-largest district in the state. This innovative and forward-thinking science product is a newcomer to the K-5 science sector and has achieved 28 percent market share in the state – reaching more than 320,000 elementary students. These students will have the opportunity to experience a research-based programme that brings science learning to life.
Covering all aspects of science – science inquiry, science content and scientific literacy – NGL Science works with educators to immerse students in the nature of science, unlock big ideas, build scientific and content literacy, and get students to think objectively as scientists. The product was created to be customisable, so as to target the specific individual science standards in any given state.
NGL’s numerous ELT products span elementary school through high school and teach students and instructors the skills necessary to unlock the power of reading, writing and language instruction. In Texas, three of NGL’s ELT products have been widely successful in the K-8 space and are being used in over 200 of the state’s school districts – reaching close to 650,000 ESL students.
TEMIS, a US-based provider of Semantic Content Enrichment Solutions for the Enterprise, and Agence France-Presse (AFP), one of the three worldwide news agencies, have announced that they are greatly expanding their strategic partnership to deploy semantic enrichment on AFP’s future editorial console.
Covering the world with a combined 5,000 stories a day in English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Arabic, AFP required to increase the productivity and consistency of its news annotation process. To achieve that, AFP has launched a new innovative editorial system called Iris including advanced tools for journalists. The roll-out of the Iris system will begin Q2 2012.
Embedded within AFP’s new editorial Iris workstation, TEMIS flagship Luxid for Content Enrichment Platform will annotate the news on-the-fly. This semi-automated process will increase productivity, making news immediately available, as well as consistency of tagging, making the search more relevant.
The editorial Iris workstation will embed Luxid recently released version 6, combined with Text Mining 360° Skill Cartridge for entity extraction in English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic.
Text Mining 360° Skill Cartridge is an advanced multilingual text analysis solution for extracting entities such as people names, companies, organisations, locations, financial amounts, date & time, addresses, phone numbers, emails, etc...