Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, will offer site license access to Spektrum der Wissenschaft, the German-language edition of Scientific American, as well as to Spektrum's sister publications and archives. All titles, available in German, will be hosted on the Spektrum.de platform. Together with Scientific American, Spektrum der Wissenschaft complements the consumer media portfolio of NPG to the German speaking scientific community.
Spektrum der Wissenschaft has offered site license access directly to institutional customers for many years. NPG institutional customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland can now work with one sales representative for NPG journals, Scientific American and the Spektrum der Wissenschaft site license platform.
The NPG sales team will offer site license access to government, corporate and academic customers. A current site license subscription includes access to the current year and the previous 4 years in PDF format. Archive articles before 2003 are only accessible in full-text HTML.
The archive package from Spektrum also includes former titles Abenteuer Archaelogie (Archeology Adventure: 2004-2007) and Astronomie heute (Astronomy Today: 2003-2007). All users can browse the archive online. The archive is searchable by keyword, author, article title and subject area. Alternatively, users can also browse by year and issue.
Licences and customer support will be continued to be handled directly by the Spektrum team, to ensure that customers are dealing with native German speakers and have support in their time zone.
The Spektrum der Wissenschaft portfolio, hosted on the Spektrum platform, is the latest in archive offerings from NPG. Scientific American's complete archive, back to volume 1, issue 1 in 1845, is available on nature.com. The Nature archive 1869-1996 is also available on the nature.com platform.
Techstreet, a Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property & Science business, has announced a new online marketplace for the American Petroleum Institute (API), designed to provide oil and gas engineers with immediate access to API best-in-class publications and technical standards. Techstreet created the architecture and is hosting the global online store for API at http://www.techstreet.com/api/apigate.html.
The new API online store uses advanced web technologies to provide customers with best practices for standards in health and safety, environmental protection, regulatory and legislative compliance and business operations. Seamless navigation, advanced search and one-click access to historical and redline documents provide accurate and immediate results among API's 600 technical standards and 1,000 research papers and publications. Customers can order print copies or quickly download PDF editions with full copyright protection.
The online store also includes time-saving account management tools, a publication and standards tracking alert service and other value added services such as Techpoint Customer Rewards programme for repeat customers.
The American Petroleum Institute claims to be the only national trade association that represents all aspects of America's oil and natural gas industry. More than 400 corporate members, from the largest major oil company to the smallest of independents, come from all segments of the industry. They are producers, refiners, suppliers, pipeline operators and marine transporters, as well as service and supply companies that support all segments of the industry.
Australia is one of the leading markets for e-book adoption, according to Bowker Market Research's Global eBook Monitor. The study tracks consumer attitudes to and purchasing of e-books in 10 major world markets. Bowker Market Research is a service of Bowker, an affiliated business of ProQuest.
Australia ranks along with the UK and the US in adoption of e-books, with 43 percent of its online population reporting they have downloaded at least some digital content in the past six months. About a third of wired Aussies downloaded a free e-book, but 21 percent felt committed enough to the format to pay for a book.
Bowker's Global eBook Monitor revealed that majority of Australian respondents have regular and convenient access to desktop and laptop computers. More than half have access to smartphones, about a quarter are using tablets and another 10 percent have access to dedicated e-readers. The connections to devices that support e-books means the market is primed for further development.
The Global eBook Monitor seeks to track consumer purchases of e-books, and attitudes about e-books, in 10 major world markets and aims to inform the publishing industry during a critical period of change. An annual study, over time it is expected to create a unique view of market shifts in response to new digital formats. It currently operates in partnership with Pearson, Tata Consultancy Services, AT Kearney and Book Industry Study Group (BISG).
Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing, US, has announced that the Freedonia Group's Focus Reports Collection providing the US, world and international country specific market research reports will now be searchable via EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS).
A new agreement adds Freedonia's extensive and reliable research to the Base Index of EDS. The Freedonia Focus Reports provide tangible insight and analysis into 18 industry categories and 15 countries through more than 750 concise market research reports. The addition of these business reports will provide deeper coverage of the already vast selection of subject areas available in EBSCO Discovery Service.
Freedonia's Focus Reports offer accurate and reliable forecasts, trend analysis and competitive intelligence for business decision makers. The reports contain industry insights and analysis including market size, product segmentation, market segmentation, product forecasts, industry composition, market leaders and business trends. Reports are about eighteen to twenty-five pages in length and are composed by in-house industry analysts.
EBSCO Discovery Service offers much fuller metadata than any other discovery service, and the valuable data from Freedonia's Focus Reports adds even more value and usefulness to end users. The data delivers an unbiased outlook and a reliable assessment of an industry — a valuable resource for business research.
Freedonia is part of a growing list of publishers and other content partners that are taking part in EDS to bring more visibility to their content. Partners include the world's largest scholarly journal & book publishers including Elsevier, Wiley Blackwell, Springer Science & Business Media, Taylor & Francis Informa, Sage Publications, and thousands of others. Partners also include content providers, such as LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters (Web of Science), JSTOR, ARTstor, Credo Reference, World Book, ABC-CLIO, and many others.
EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customised index of an institution's information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box. The EDS Base Index represents content from about 20,000 providers (and growing) in addition to metadata from another 70,000 book publishers.
TBI Communications, a UK-based strategic marketing consultancy for scholarly publishers, has announced the beta launch of the Sales Management Dashboard (SMD).
SMD is a new tool designed for publishers, societies and other content providers with multiple sales agency relationships to help them understand and manage their sales pipeline. It was initially developed as an Excel-based tool, but is now in beta as a web-based tool.
TBI has called on publishers to join the SMD beta phase. To know more about SMD, or discuss a trial of the beta version, interested parties may contact TBI at
email@example.com. Alternatively, the company will be attending SSP in Crystal City, Arlington, VA from May 30 – June 1, 2012.
Academic publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited, UK, will present Emerging Markets Case Studies, a new online collection of peer-reviewed case studies, at the 7th Annual eLearning Africa Conference, to be held at Le Palais des Congrès, Cotonou, Bénin, from May 23-25, 2012. Delegates are invited to meet Sibu Zondi, Emerald's Business Manager, Sub Saharan Africa, at stand 43 to find out more about the collection.
The Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies collection focuses on business decision making and management development throughout key global emerging markets. It has been developed in response to increasing demand from business educators and practitioners for quality-controlled teaching cases. Written primarily by case-writers working in developing economies, it offers local perspectives with global appeal.
Emerald is currently inviting submissions for teaching case studies from Africa.
Licensing solutions provider Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), US, has announced over 100 campuses have signed up for CCC's Get It Now service since its 2011 launch. 'Get It Now' complements an institution's Interlibrary Loan (ILL) borrowing services by providing digital copies of journal articles in minutes as opposed to days.
Institutions of higher education use Get It Now to provide library patrons with immediate fulfillment of full-text articles from unsubscribed journals 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a single, cost-effective and easy-to-use application integrated directly into their workflow. Such institutions include Drake University, Eastern Kentucky, Nazareth College of Rochester, St. Anselm College, University of Wisconsin Madison and West Virginia University, among others.
The University of Texas and University of Vermont recently embraced both 'Get It Now' and the Annual Copyright License for Academic Institutions enabling them to obtain copyrighted content quickly and efficiently and share it with faculty, students and staff in course materials and scholarly research. Other institutions that have both Get It Now and the Annual Copyright License include Brooklyn Law School, St. Catherine University, SUNY Tompkins Cortland Community College and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Get It Now was developed with the cooperation of The California State University system, the Information Delivery Services Project at The State University of New York at Geneseo, and Elsevier. It includes content from over 15 leading journal publishers, including Informa Healthcare, John Wiley & Sons, Nature Publishing Group, Springer and Wolters Kluwer, representing more than 8,500 journals and millions of articles. Additional publishers are being added every month.
Engineers and technical experts association SAE International has announced the publication of the new 4th edition of its popular handbook, 'Design Practices: Passenger Car Automatic Transmissions.'
For nearly half a century, this book has offered design considerations for automatic transmission industry engineers of all levels of experience. This latest edition represents a major overhaul from the prior edition and is arguably the most significant update in its long history. In summary, the authors have put together a definitive handbook for automatic transmission design practices currently available.
Virtually all existing chapters have been updated and improved with the latest information and many have been significantly expanded with more detail and design consideration updates; most notably for torque converters and start devices, gears/splines/chains, bearings, wet friction, one-way clutch, pumps, seals and gaskets, and controls. All new chapters have been added, including information on lubrication; transmission fluids; filtration, and contamination control. Details about the latest transmission technologies - including dual clutch and continuously variable transmissions - have also been added.
This edition is made possible in part through sponsorship by The Lubrizol Corporation.
Ingram Content Group, a provider of a range of physical and digital services to the book industry, has announced that its Vital Source business unit has been awarded four Telly Awards, including the highest Silver Award, for their innovative work in educational video production. The Telly award honours the finest video and film productions, outstanding cable TV commercials and programmes, and online commercials, video and films.
The Vital Source media group is a leader in developing e-textbooks, interactive media, and innovative high-quality videos for the education community. Vital Source received one Silver Award and two Bronze Awards for videos produced for the New York City Department of Education as well as a Bronze Award for their work for The National Center on Time & Learning.
A judging panel of more than 500 industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition. The Council evaluated entries to recognise distinction in creative work. This year, the 32nd Annual Telly Awards received over 11,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Less than 10 percent of entries were chosen as Winners of the Silver Telly, the highest honour. About 25 percent of entries were chosen as Winners of the Bronze Telly.