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Access Intelligence acquires Harriman Chemsult - 07 Feb 2006

B2B information provider Access Intelligence, US, has announced that its Chemical Business Media Division has acquired UK based global pricing information service Harriman Chemsult Ltd., for an undisclosed amount. Under the deal, Harriman Chemsult will join Chemical Business Media Division, and Managing Director, Stephen Harriman, will now serve the company as Publishing Director.

The Chemical Business Media Division includes the industry-leading Chemical Week and Chemical Engineering portfolios comprising magazines, conferences, newsletters and Web products.

Harriman Chemsult operates four monthly services covering global market movements and prices. These include, Chlor-Alkali Report, Vinyl Chloride Report, Bleaching Chemicals Report and Paper Chemicals Report. Together with its sister division SRI Consulting, the group provides news, analysis, information and consulting services.

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BioMed Central unveils new online open access journal - 07 Feb 2006

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced the launch of Biology Direct, a new online open access journal with a new peer review system. Led by Editors-in-Chief David J Lipman, Director of the National Center Biotechnology Information (NCBI); Eugene V Koonin, Senior Investigator at NCBI; and Laura Landweber, Associate Professor at Princeton University, the journal seeks to provide authors and readers with a unique system of peer review.

The journal will cover original research articles, hypotheses and reviews, and is available online at www.biology-direct.com. The journal includes publications in the fields of Systems Biology, Computational Biology and Evolutionary Biology, to be soon followed by an Immunology section.

The journal will operate wholly open peer review, and will publish named peer reviewers' reports alongside every article. It requires the author to approach its Editorial Board members directly to review the manuscript or to nominate alternative reviewers. This gives the author an opportunity to discuss the points raised directly with the reviewers, and to revise their manuscript according to the suggestions or criticisms of the reviewers.

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Tunisian varsities acquire access to ISI Web of Knowledge - 07 Feb 2006

Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation, US, has announced that the Tunisian Ministry of Science & Technology has agreed to the terms of a one-year investment in ISI Web of KnowledgeSM. Under the deal, all Tunisian universities will gain immediate access to major components of this web-based interface for seamless navigation of high quality journal and Web content, evaluation tools, and bibliographic management products.

The agreement provides the Tunisian universities access to ten years of backfile data from the Web of Science component of ISI Web of Knowledge. With content back to 1900, Web of Science delivers multidisciplinary, retrospective information from nearly 8,700 scholarly journals. It also provides the unique search method, cited reference searching, enabling users to navigate all disciplines and time spans to determine the most relevant information.

Additionally, Tunisian researchers will also secure access to two vital evaluation tools, Journal Citation Reports (JCR) and Essential Science IndicatorsSM (ESI). While JCR provides a systematic, objective way to evaluate, categorise, and compare leading scholarly journals and measure their influence on the global research community, ESI enables researchers to conduct ongoing, quantitative analyses of the research performance of scientists, institutions, countries, and journals; and track trends in science.

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MEDS offers NCLEX programmes for international students - 07 Feb 2006

Nursing education services provider MEDS Publishing, US, has announced that its portfolio of products and services is now available for international markets. The company's new international web site offers resources designed specifically for customers overseas, many of whom are looking to work as nurses in the US.

The site provides abbreviated product packages for students, staffing agencies and schools. It allows international customers to access various programmes including NCLEX Exam Essentials Review Online, Skill Building Modules, NurseLogic and Total Curriculum Support access for schools. These programmes have been developed to guide international students and international nurses who are already working, easing their transition to the US system and preparing them for the NCLEX.

MEDS provides the nursing sector with a variety of learning tools for students and educators. It seeks to help students garner the critical thinking skills required to succeed in the NCLEX and other examinations.

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Statement on European e-publications voluntary deposit scheme revised - 07 Feb 2006

A Committee of the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) and the Foundation Conference of European National Librarians (CENL) has announced the revision of the Statement on the Development and Establishment of Voluntary Deposit Schemes for Electronic Publications. The Statement, a revision of an earlier one issued in 2000, guides national libraries and publishers on the voluntary deposit of e-publications.

The revision reveals the experience of national libraries and publishers in the acquisition of, and provision of access to, e-publications. It also reflects the progress made by them in this regard. The deposit seeks to ensure that a nation's published output is systematically collected and made available to researchers through national libraries, so that the material is preserved for future use.

The Committee has been authorised to monitor deposit practices and legislation; give advice on deposit practices; function as a platform for discussion and as an exchange of information on matters of common interest; and produce clarifications, definitions, agreements on issues of mutual interest to national libraries and publishers. It will continue to explore ways for national libraries and publishers to work together to meet societal needs.

FEP represents 25 national associations of book and learned journal publishers of the European Union and of the European Economic Area Member States. CENL represents 45 national libraries from 43 European countries.
The full statement can be accessed at www.fep-fee.be and www.cenl.org.

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Fast unveils advanced Enterprise Search Platform, FAST ESP 5 - 07 Feb 2006

Search and filter technology developer Fast Search & Transfer (FAST), Norway, has announced the launch of the next generation of the FAST Enterprise Search Platform (FAST ESP), FAST ESP 5. The product is projected to empower organisations and their users with a secure, unified point of access to all structured, unstructured and rich media data.

FAST ESP 5's new Contextual InsightTM capability delivers faster and more accurate answers. It provides users with the most intelligent search experience developed, and allows knowledge workers to solve business problems intuitively. Several organisations have made FAST ESP a strategic element of their IT infrastructure, leveraging its power across all information resources to streamline business operations and to create new sources of revenue.

The Search Business Center feature included in FAST ESP 5 provides an intuitive, workflow-based user interface to enable centralised search management, tuning, configuration, monitoring, and reporting. Additionally, its superior flexibility significantly reduces implementation and maintenance costs and total cost of ownership.

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