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Netherland Elsevier announces participation in SCOAP3 with journals Physics Letters B and Nuclear Physics B - 19 Jul 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced its participation in SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics), a new model for open access publishing. Key SCOAP3 principles are perpetual open access, wide re-use licenses, and reduction and re-direction of subscription fees to centrally cover for article processing charges in journals carrying SCOAP3 content, with no charges to authors.

Under SCOAP3 two well-established Elsevier journals - Physics Letters B and Nuclear Physics B - will change from a subscription based model into an open access model by the start of 2014. Both journals are fully focused on publications from the High Energy Physics field. Articles funded by SCOAP3 will be available open access in perpetuity, under a CC-BY license.

Acting for the benefit of SCOAP3, CERN conducted the tendering. This open and competitive procedure took into account the quality of journals (as measured by Impact Factor), the quality of services provided (as measured by re-use licenses and delivery formats) and the unit price for publishing each article.

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US Thomson Reuters launches latest version of transfer pricing solution - 19 Jul 2012

The Intellectual Property and Science division of Thomson Reuters, US, has announced the launch of the latest version of its end-to-end transfer pricing solution, Onesource Transfer Pricing. The tool is projected as the first comprehensive software and content suite to address the entire transfer pricing workflow within a corporation.

Onesource Transfer Pricing is expected to help organisations automate and control data collection, policy creation and documentation, and ongoing financial monitoring to ensure compliance. This is said to be particularly important in light of recent moves by governments globally to tighten transfer pricing regulations and strengthen enforcement to generate billions of dollars in incremental revenues each year.

New and updated components in the solution include a Transfer Pricing Analyzer (TPA) that provides users with a single, up-to-date view of transfer pricing obligations across key jurisdictions around the world. Updated data collection features in the Documenter and Benchmark web-based solutions that enable corporations to analyse the arm’s-length nature of tangible, intangible and service transactions.

In a recent Thomson Reuters poll of 70 tax executives and controllers, nearly half did not have a standard process in place for transfer pricing planning, pricing and documentation. The Onesource Transfer Pricing solution is said to help global companies to identify and collect transfer pricing information and data; design and implement inter-company procedures and policy, monitor analyze and fine-tune inter-company policies and pricing; and prepare the required documentation.

Additional information can be obtained by visiting http://onesource.thomsonreuters.com/solutions/transfer-pricing/transfer-pricing

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UK STM responds to EC communications on scientific information and ERA - 19 Jul 2012

STM, an international association of over 120 scientific, technical, medical and scholarly publishers, has responded to the two communications (on the European Research Area and on access to scientific information) and the European Commission Recommendation on access to and preservation of scientific information. The communications were published on July 17, 2012.

STM has stated that it is pleased to see that the EC recognises the importance of the European academic and professional publishing market, and respects intellectual property rights as the major challenge to broadly implement open access in the European Research Area (ERA). STM has also applauded the EC’s conclusion that access to publicly-funded information has to be wide, fair, sustainable and easy.

Further, STM welcomes the efforts of the EC on research data and applauds the recognition that the process of selecting, reviewing and publishing articles has a cost. The organisation is pleased to see that the Commission maintains eligibility for Gold open access publishing costs in Horizon2020 and even considers providing reimbursement after end of the grant agreement, previously a major practical stumbling block.

However, STM has expressed disappointment that the Commission decided not to follow the lead of the UK Finch Access Group in preferring Gold to Green open access and in opting for minimum Green embargo periods of not less than 12 months when APCs cannot be paid.

STM is looking forward to work with the Commission, the Council, the European Parliament and the member states to overcome the areas of concern and to help achieve a smooth and successful transition to a sustainable OA environment.

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US EBSCO in deal with Elsevier to enhance e-book medical collection available via eBooks on EBSCOhost - 19 Jul 2012

Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO), US, has announced an agreement with STM publisher Elsevier to significantly enhance the e-book medical collection available through eBooks on EBSCOhost. The agreement adds 965 health science titles to EBSCO’s medical e-book collection with over 580 of the titles representing coverage from 2010 to the present.

eBooks on EBSCOhost offers a variety of e-book and audiobook collections for medical research, containing high-quality titles ensuring that researchers find the right material for any of their healthcare needs. The titles from Elsevier further expands the variety of medical specialties covered in the medical collection including topical areas such as: Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Nursing, Anesthesia, Anatomy/Physiology, Cardiology, Orthopedics, Oncology, Veterinary Medicine, Allied Health, Dentistry, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Surgery, Radiology and others.

The Elsevier titles are available in Subject Sets which provide convenient, pre-packaged sets of titles chosen to meet libraries’ needs for new content on popular, in-demand topics. The titles are also available via selection through EBSCOhost Collection Manager (ECM). ECM can be used to search or browse for e-books and audiobooks by title, author, publisher and more or make selections from the Subject Sets or Featured Collections created by EBSCO’s collection development experts.

ECM can also help libraries create and manage lists of titles they want to expose to patron drive acquisition (PDA), manage deposits and determine which ownership models to apply to the various e-books and audiobooks in their collection.

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US Wiley-Blackwell and the American Geophysical Union announce publishing partnership - 19 Jul 2012

Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc, US, has announced that it has been selected by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the world’s leading society of Earth and space science, as its publishing partner for its portfolio of journals and books. The new partnership will be effective January 2013, subject to completion of a publishing agreement in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding signed last week.

The AGU, a scientific society with a membership of more than 60,000 Earth and space scientists worldwide, publishes 17 journals for the global research community and an extensive book programme in Earth and space science under the Geopress imprint.

Subject to the finalisation of the agreement, Wiley-Blackwell will assume responsibility for AGU’s journal publishing activities in January 2013, collaborating closely on new product and delivery models, subscription fulfillment, production, content management, sales and marketing, and distribution.

AGU will retain control and ownership of all its journals and the scientific aspects of publishing including editorial control and oversight by AGU governance. A separate agreement is being negotiated for partnership on AGU’s book publishing programme. Both will help to support AGU’s wide array of member services and programmes to advance scholarly communication.

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UK RSC announces £1 million initiative to support British researchers as they begin transition to Gold OA - 19 Jul 2012

The Royal Society of Chemistry has announced a £1 million initiative to support British researchers as they begin the transition to Gold Open Access (OA).

'Gold for Gold' is an innovative experiment to support the funder led evolution to Gold OA, by recognising institutes that subscribe to RSC Gold, a premium collection of 37 international journals, databases and magazines offering online access to all published material.

UK institutes who are RSC Gold customers will shortly receive credit equal to the subscription paid, to enable their researchers, who are being asked to publish Open Access but often do not yet have funding to pay for it directly, to make their paper available via Open Science, the RSC's Gold OA option.

The number of UK institutes subscribing to RSC Gold is now approaching 50, having doubled in the last two months. It is anticipated that this initiative will equate to the RSC donating more than £1 million pounds worth of Gold Open Access article processing fees to the UK research community by the end of the year.

Earlier this week the Government confirmed its support for migrating towards Gold Open Access by making publicly funded scientific research available for anyone to read for free, accepting recommendations in a report on OA by Dame Janet Finch.

The Research Councils UK (RCUK) also published their revised policy on Open Access, requiring researchers to publish in OA compliant journals. 'Gold for Gold' seeks to support researchers until the block grants from RCUK are distributed next April, which, once established are intended to fund Gold OA.

Since 2007 all RSC journals have carried the option to make articles Open Access through Open Science - the Gold OA model.

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UK Oxford University Press attains joint ownership of the Journal of Surgical Case Reports - 19 Jul 2012

Academic publisher Oxford University Press (OUP) has announced a major new acquisition that will see the publisher take joint ownership of the Journal of Surgical Case Reports. The first issue of the journal will be published by OUP from January 2013.

OUP will take 50 percent share in the title from January 2013 in a new long-term collaboration which will continue to strengthen OUP’s Medicine collection and its Open Access programme.

Journal of Surgical Case Reports is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal that will consider any original case report that expands the field of surgery. The journal aims to publish reports showing unexpected or unusual presentations of a disease; description of a rare surgical condition; an unexpected event in the management of a patient; description of a new surgical procedure; and innovation in surgery.

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US CCC announces Annual Copyright License for university hospitals - 19 Jul 2012

Licensing solutions provider Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), US, has announced its Annual Copyright License for university Hospitals.

Developed to meet the content reuse and business needs of university hospitals and their employees, including medical students in clinical training, the license combines the rights and titles of CCC’s corporate and academic licenses to cover the sharing of content among employees, faculty, researchers, and students, reducing the risk of unintended copyright infringement.

Available to any hospital with a medical school, the license enables the sharing of content from millions of journals, books, blogs, newspapers, e-books and more; efficient practice of evidence-based medicine; simplification of the copyright permission process; reduction of permission costs; and minimisation of copyright infringement risk.

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