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US Thomson Reuters partners with North American universities to evaluate and promote research output - 31 Aug 2012

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, has joined forces with several North American universities to demonstrate the efficiency and impact of their research. The reliable and trusted indicators from Thomson Reuters InCites, a customised, web-based research evaluation tool, will allow them to measure their research output and impact, monitor trends, and benchmark their performance against peers at the individual, departmental and global levels.

The strategic relationship between Thomson Reuters and Harvard University, Emory University and members of Canada's leading research institutions (known collectively as the "U15") will support these institutions' plans to develop new research strategies, retain talent, pinpoint emerging trends and identify new opportunities for collaboration through InCites indicators. The U15 includes Dalhousie University, Université Laval, McGill University, McMaster University, Queen's University, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, University of Manitoba, Université de Montréal, University of Ottawa, University of Saskatchewan, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo and University of Western Ontario.

Built on data from Thomson Reuters Web of Science, the customised data sets in InCites provide analytics on authors, journals and fields, as well as connect to the universities' proprietary research management and profiling systems for full workflow integration.

InCites is a customised, web-based evaluation tool that enables universities to analyse their research productivity and compare their output with that of their peers. The solution provides normalised metrics for repeatable analysis of outcomes, cross-regional impacts, discipline comparisons and standardized, accurate reviews for promotion and tenure processes. InCites can also serve as a support solution in ongoing quality assurance activities.

InCites is one of a number of solutions in the Research Analytics suite of solutions provided by Thomson Reuters, offering comparative benchmarks to support research management and evaluation. Research Analytics solutions also include enterprise-wide profiling capabilities, consulting services, custom studies, reports, and management systems that enable the world's leading research institutions, governments, publishers and universities to connect research with impact.

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US Wiley joins Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association - 31 Aug 2012

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced its new membership of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA). OASPA represents the interests of open access journal publishers globally in all scientific, technical and scholarly disciplines and enables exchange of information, setting standards, advancing models, advocacy, education, and the promotion of innovation.

Wiley has had an open access offering for authors since 2004 in the form of OnlineOpen, a hybrid open access model for subscription journals, which last month extended to over 80 percent of Wiley journals. OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article.

In early 2011 Wiley launched Wiley Open Access, a fully open access journal programme, which already contains eleven journals. Wiley Open Access provides open access publication in peer-reviewed journals where all published articles are immediately freely available to read, download and share.

In addition to extending the availability of OnlineOpen this year, Wiley also announced the appointment of its first Vice President & Director of Open Access in June and earlier this month moved all fully open access proprietary journals to the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence which allows commercial use of published articles.

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US Access to state-specific and Canadian educational requirements via EBSCO Publishing’s K-8 electronic databases - 31 Aug 2012

Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO), US, continues its commitment as a partner for schools and school libraries by announcing the enhancement of the Curriculum Standards feature available through many of its popular K-8 interfaces and databases. EBSCO’s Curriculum Standards module, powered by Academic Benchmarks, has been expanded to include Common Core for mathematics and language arts; Canadian standards; and new and updated standards from U.S. states.

Improvements to the module also include an update to search strings associated with benchmark levels, better guiding users to the most direct words or phrases needed to retrieve appropriate educational material.

Designed to assist teachers in crafting targeted lessons, the Curriculum Standards module contains more than 1,050 standards aligned to the curriculum of US states, the US Common Core State Standards Initiative and Canadian provinces. The additional standards strengthen an already robust educational tool and add more features for both researchers and educators.

As part of a comprehensive collection of teacher support tools and resources, EBSCO publishes Curriculum Standards that convey educational requirements by subject area and grade level. These standards reflect, by state, what students are expected to learn and what teachers are expected to teach. EBSCO utilises a collection of standards and benchmarks from Academic Benchmarks, a premier standards data services provider.

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US E-readers may survive media tablet onslaught as niche play, says ABI Research report - 31 Aug 2012

ABI Research's Media Tablets Research Service has released a report titled 'eReaders and the Digital Publishing Market'. The growing popularity of media tablets along with declining US baby boomer population and lack of organised digital bookstores outside of the US and Western Europe will reduce the e-reader opportunity over the next five years, according to the report.

It is estimated that 11 million e-readers will be shipped globally in 2012, down from a peak volume in 2011 of 15 million devices.

Regardless of the tremendous historical e-reader success, the market tides have already begun to turn, says senior mobile devices analyst Joshua Flood. Despite the average tablet selling for more than $465 as a result of Apple's dominant market position, tablets are expected to outsell e-readers 9 to 1 this year. Nevertheless, the e-reader market will not be totally cannibalised by media tablets, Flood notes. It is believed there will always be a niche market for the dedicated reading device for voracious readers, business travellers and educational segments, particularly ones that are low-priced.

Over the next five years, annual e-reader shipments are projected to drop by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.1 percent. In contrast, global media tablet shipments are predicted to increase from approximately 102 million annual device shipments in 2012 to nearly 250 million in 2017.

However, e-readers are seen to maintain advantages over media tablets for reading purposes. Electronic paper displays are able to better replicate the print reading experience and are usable in direct sunlight conditions unlike LCD technologies. The e-reader battery life of weeks between charging is significantly greater than the media tablet. Also, e-readers are priced significantly lesser than entry-level tablets.

The decline of buying audiences for dedicated digital readers in the US is more rapid than the digital publishing ecosystems organising for growth in Asia or Eastern Europe, it is observed.

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UK SAGE and United European Gastroenterology to launch United European Gastroenterology Journal - 31 Aug 2012

Academic publisher SAGE and United European Gastroenterology (UEG) have announced an agreement to launch United European Gastroenterology Journal (UEG Journal) in February 2013.

UEG Journal will be UEG's official platform for scientific publication. Published bi-monthly, and edited by Editor-in-Chief Professor Jan Tack, the journal will focus on providing coverage of both translational as well as clinical studies from all fields of gastroenterology including luminal, liver and pancreatic diseases, gastrointestinal surgery, gastrointestinal oncology, paediatric gastroenterology, nutrition and endoscopy.

The first issue will launch with SAGE in February 2013. The journal's website will be http://ueg.sagepub.com.

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US Registrations now open for ARL forum on workforce for 21st-century libraries - 31 Aug 2012

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has announced that it will host a forum, 'Library Workforce for 21st-Century Research Libraries,' on October 11–12, 2012, in Washington, DC, immediately following the ARL Membership Meeting. The forum is open to all and is geared for research library directors, senior library staff, and organisation development and human resources staff. This event will provide a balance of discussion between two sets of issues—the workforce of the future and the processes undertaken to create that workforce.

Research libraries are implementing strategies to ensure that their workforce has the skills and competencies to further the mission of the library and campus institution. The environment continues to change for libraries and the users they serve. A vital workforce is critical to supporting the needs of 21st-century researchers.

This imperative calls for exploration of new roles and the next generation of information professional, and review of organisational models that help define new ways of working. To address these needs, the forum will include sessions on impact of demographic; trends on library services; staffing priorities for workforce transformation; changing the collective mindset; organisational strategies for deep change; new roles for the 21st century.

The forum registration will close on September 14.

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US Western Regional Storage Trust completes first round of print journal archiving - 31 Aug 2012

The Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST), a partnership to create a distributed retrospective print journal repository in western US, has announced that it has completed its first round of print journal archiving. This has been accomplished under a three-year programme jointly funded by WEST members and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

In the first cycle in the 2011-12 academic year, 12 WEST libraries serving as archive holders on behalf of the partnership, archived more than 6,100 journal titles, comprising over 160,000 volumes. These totals include almost 5,100 titles archived at the Bronze level, more than 500 titles archived at the Silver level and more than 500 titles validated at the Gold level.

The WEST validation levels are designed to ensure that library collections are preserved and made available for long-term use by future generations of students and scholars, while investing in archiving efforts appropriate to the level of risk. The archiving commitments have been recorded in the OCLC WorldCat database and the Center for Research Libraries Print Archives Preservation Registry using Print Archives Metadata Guidelines developed in conjunction with an OCLC pilot project last year. The aim is to make the information available in a standardised form to libraries across the US.

Building on these archiving commitments, WEST has produced individualised collection comparison reports for most of its members — an important benefit of WEST membership. To aid in making collection management decisions, each member library that provided information about its print journal holdings has received a report listing the titles in its collection that have been archived by another WEST partner library.

Eight new members joined the initiative in 2012: California State University–Northridge; New Mexico State University; and, through the consortial membership of the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC), California Baptist University, La Sierra University, Santa Clara University, University of Redlands, University of San Diego and Whittier College. This brings the total WEST membership to 109 libraries in 18 states, many through consortial partners Orbis Cascade Alliance and SCELC.

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US Academy of Management launches new AOM Publications Portal on HighWire Open Platform - 31 Aug 2012

The Academy of Management (AOM) has announced the launch of the new AOM Publications portal on the HighWire Open Platform. With this move, the AOM titles on the HighWire Open Platform embrace an online format that is quick and easy to use, offering greater discoverability, potential for innovation and personalization options.

The AOM Publications Portal on HighWire brings news and member highlights to the forefront, offers improved access to journal content, and makes tools and resources easier to find and use.

AOM members will have access to the complete AOM archive, latest journal issues, and In-Press articles. Members may also set up personalised alerts, download citations to their citation manager, and view exclusive content collections of select AOM articles.

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India Holiday Notice - 31 Aug 2012

This is to inform our esteemed subscribers that there will be no newsletter dispatch on Monday, September 03, 2012, on account of the ‘Labor Day’ holiday. We will resume our newsletter service on Tuesday, September 04, 2012. The newsletter will contain all the headlines that have appeared after the August 31st issue.

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