Scope eKnowledge Center seeks qualified candidates for the position of Associate VP, Business Development (USA) - 02 Apr 2012
Scope eKnowledge Center, a leading provider of integrated knowledge services and solutions to the scientific and business community worldwide, is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Associate Vice President of Business Development (AVP). This position is a sales hunter role for a range of Content Enhancement Services, Productized clinical decision support Services, Data Services, and Procurement Management solutions.
Specifically, the AVP will be working with an onshore and offshore internal team targeting STM publishers and information providers, clinical decision support service providers in the healthcare market, B2B information providers, and corporate supply chain management. He/She will also be required to manage relationships with current clients.
Additionally, the AVP would serve as an industry expert, including communicating relevant industry trends, new products and best practices to prospective clients in order to create demand for Scope’s products and services. To know more about the prospective candidate’s duties and responsibilities in this position, please visit http://www.scopeknowledge.com/CurrentOpenings.aspx.
The candidate must have a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration or similar field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. He/She must have a minimum of 10 years of sales experience including lead generation, finding contacts, cold calling, qualifying prospects, negotiating, and closing sales deals. The applicant must be comfortable with and capable of working remotely and independently, have excellent communication and presentation skills, outstanding interpersonal and problem-solving skills, and be willing to travel, at times, extensively.
Candidates having professional knowledge of the online content arena in publishing and related technologies, experience with offshore BPO and IT providers, and experience in selling services to large organisations will be preferred. While this job is based from a home office, the preferred candidate will be located in the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast region.
To apply for this position, qualified candidates can upload or attach their resumes by visiting https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=1351311.
Wiley-Blackwell launches new series of life science pages on WileyChina.com - 02 Apr 2012
Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc, US, has launched a new series of life science pages on WileyChina.com. The pages, ranging across the life science spectrum, will make the website a key resource for Chinese scientists looking for the latest research, or for guidance in publishing their own results in international journals.
The new content will include free papers from leading international journals, features on Chinese journals and editors, Chinese-language author services and support, and new special themed pages each month, starting with climate change and plant science in March.
Each new page will feature a wealth of content. This month the pages include a new special collection of articles from WIREs Climate Change which brings together 15 of the most significant papers related to the environmental issues highlighted by China’s National Climate Change Program.
Two presentations in Mandarin have also been added to the Author Workshops page. Following the launch of climate change and plant science in March, subsequent pages will include: proteomics in April, stem cells in May, biotechnology in June, ecology, conservation and aquaculture in July, food science and technology in August, microbiology in September, and earth and environmental science in October.
Duke University Health System selects ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support - 02 Apr 2012
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Duke University Health System has selected ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support as its electronic order sets solution.
ProVation Order Sets provides peer-reviewed evidence-based order set content. Proprietary authoring and management tools allow for online review and management of order sets, building consensus among physicians, driving standardization of practice and computerised physician order entry (CPOE) adoption.
ProVation Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment (ROI). ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.
FPRAA takes Center Stage at Congressional hearing - 02 Apr 2012
The U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight recently conducted a hearing on the topic ‘Examining Public Access and Scholarly Publication Interests.’ The hearing was designed to generate information regarding open access in general, but quickly turned into a discussion of the recently re-introduced Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA).
Committee Chairman, Paul Broun (R-GA), opened the hearing with the assertion that open access to federally funded research is necessary, but noted that questions remain regarding the best approach.
The hearing also featured testimonies from two members of scholarly societies – Fred Dylla (the American Institute of Physics), and Crispin Taylor (the American Society of Plant Biologists) - who expressed concerns with various components of FRPAA. They argued that the current system is working well, and worried that their societies, which are currently funded almost entirely from revenue from subscription based publications, would see a significant decrease in revenue if FRPAA were to be enacted.
Both also expressed that they felt that Congress had already adequately addressed the question of public access to federally funded research through Section 103 of the America Competes Act, which does not establish any actual public access policies, but rather called for an Interagency Working Group to discuss priorities for federal agencies considering such policies.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, (D-CA), noting that the NIH Public Access has now been in place for nearly four years, challenged the publishers assertions that they would be financially harmed by FPRAA, and asked if any data demonstrating financial harm to publishers could be presented by any of the panelists. None was provided.
By contrast, Elliot Maxwell, Project Director for the Digital Connections Council of the Committee for Economic Development, testified that move towards open access to federally funded research would lead to the acceleration of scientific progress, and generate economic growth. He framed his testimony on his recent report ‘The Future of Taxpayer Funded Research: Who Will Control Access to the Results?’ which examines the impacts of the NIH Public Access Policy.
The report, which shows no persuasive evidence of damages to the STM publishers, outlines the clear and calculable public benefits to taxpayer-paid research that far outweighs any negatives.
Dr. Stuart Shieber, Director of the Office for Scholarly Communication at Harvard University, argued that open access to research is an intrinsic public good. Shieber suggested that traditional publishing market is a dysfunctional one - library budgets for serials continue to shrink while journal profit margins increase. He spoke to the growing body of research demonstrating the economic growth occurs from increased innovations from openly accessible research. He discussed several forward-thinking open access publishing models, and focused on the need for policies that facilitate full utility of digital information in order to enable scholarship and research.
Rep. Lofgren supported this assertion, presenting a letter supporting Open Access in general and FRPAA in specific, signed by 52 Nobel Laureates to be submitted for the record.
During the lively Q&A session, Rep. Lofgren spoke to the need for a different model. She asserted the current scholarly publishing model where authors receive no pay for their works cannot be sustained, and that it is, in fact, ‘on life support.’ She expressed her support for FRPAA, noting that this particular legislation would help enable the proper mandates needed for open access.
SPARC, along with six leading National and regional Library organisations, submitted a statement in support of FRPAA for the Congressional record.
JISC invites humanities and social science researchers to participate in online survey - 02 Apr 2012
The UK’s JISC is inviting humanities and social science researchers to participate in an online survey (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/oapenukresearcher) to help JISC Collections understand the future of the monograph.
In an open access model the monograph is made freely available, but the process requires some investigation to establish the priorities for such a business model. Readers or their libraries do not have to pay to read it online because the costs of the publishing process - such as typesetting and marketing - are recovered through alternative routes. The funding routes typically include research grants, institutional funding or readers purchasing print editions or particular formats for their iPad or Kindle.
According to Caren Milloy, head of projects at JISC Collections, it is already six months since the project was initiated and some key questions for researchers – both as authors and readers - have been identified following a series of focus groups. The findings from this survey will combine with interviews and surveys of other stakeholder groups to help understand the big issues and priorities that an open access publishing model must accommodate.
OAPEN-UK is an Arts and Humanities Research Council and JISC funded project exploring the issues impacting upon the publishing of scholarly monographs in the humanities and social sciences. The project is working with Taylor & Francis, Palgrave Macmillan, Berg Publishers, Liverpool University Press, University Wales Press, research funders and universities to understand the challenges and steps required to move towards an open access publishing model for scholarly monographs.
US panel clears publication of revised version of bird flu studies - 02 Apr 2012
The US’ National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) recently announced its support to publish research studies showing how scientists made new easy-to-spread forms of bird flu. According to the board, the studies, now revised, do not reveal details bioterrorists could use.
It is expected that this decision could end a debate that began in December 2011 when the US government asked the scientists not to publicise all the details of their work.
The research, by two scientific teams – one in the Netherlands and the other in Wisconsin – was funded by the US. It was an effort to learn more about the potential threat from bird flu in Asia. The virus so far does not spread easily among people. But the new lab-made viruses spread easily among ferrets, suggesting they would also spread among humans.
Last year, after reviewing earlier versions of the papers, the NSABB expressed concerns that the information could be used by bioterrorists. Scientists worldwide debated the matter. Many argued that full publication would help scientists track dangerous mutations in natural bird flu viruses and test vaccines and treatments.
Recently, the board members met in Washington and announced that they were satisfied with the revised papers. The panel's advice will now go to the US Department of Health and Human Services for a decision.
The board unanimously supported publication of one study, led by Yoshihiro Kawaoka, of the University of Wisconsin. By majority vote it supported publication of the key parts of a second study, from Ron Fouchier, of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
NLM and Cengage Learning come together to complete mass-digitisation projects - 02 Apr 2012
The Archive and Modern Manuscripts Program of the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division recently worked with Cengage Learning to complete two full-collection digitisation projects for Archives Unbound, Cengage’s online digital archive and manuscripts resource. Cengage Learning is a provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide.
The collections total over 70,000 images. Patrons can freely view the collections via Archives Unbound in the HMD reading room or add the collections to their local Archives Unbound accounts. They may also consult the physical holdings in the HMD Reading Room. HMD is currently planning to provide this content, as well as that of other collections, via its own open access digital manuscripts presence.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is a component of the US’ National Institutes of Health.
Journal Microbiome now accepting submissions - 02 Apr 2012
Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that its new open access journal Microbiome is now accepting submissions.
Microbiome aims to unite investigators conducting research in environmental, agricultural and biomedical aspects of microbial ecology. Edited by Jacques Ravel of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Eric Wommack from the University of Delaware, the journal is supported by an international Editorial Board and covers all aspects of human and environmental microbiome research.
Topics considered for publication include microbial surveys, bioinformatics, meta-omics approaches and community/host interaction modelling. Through this collection of literature, Microbiome hopes to integrate researchers having common scientific objectives across a broad cross-section of sub-disciplines within microbial ecology.
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 02 Apr 2012
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Phil Davis (Does Post-Dating Publication Help Journal Impact Factors?); Alex Knapp (Are Apps The Future of Book Publishing?); Michael Cairns (Outsell Report: Where Next for Textbooks?); James Randerson (Should science journalists read the papers on which their stories are based?); and Ann Michael (The Article — Not Quite Dead Yet). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.