Rich Kobel, Assistant Vice President of Business Development at Scope e-Knowledge Center, a leading content enhancement and knowledge services provider, presented at the Hot Spot Professional & Scientific Information (Hall 4.2) at the recently concluded Frankfurt Book Fair.
Implementation of a thoughtful smart content strategy is seen to be critical for content providers today. During his presentation, Kobel argued that academic books have not enjoyed much visibility online, indicating that books are largely still packaged as a whole with little or no visibility for chapter level content. This lack of discoverability results in poor citations, lack of recognition and frustrated authors.
He further noted that with rich linking, through citations, keywords, detailed abstracts and robust metadata, online journals have handled the discoverability issue well. Kobel suggested that academic and STM publishers should, in fact, copy the "article economy" that has led to the profound success of the journal space online. He pointed to the creation of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for individual chapters as a relatively straightforward way for publishers to increase book discoverability. Further, effective metadata at the chapter level, including abstracts and keywords, is critical to discoverability, he said.
Information services provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Eugene Gastroenterology Consultants, P.C., has selected its ProVation Medical Software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding.
Located in Eugene, Ore., Eugene Gastroenterology Consultants provides state-of-the-art medical care in a broad range of expertise in the specialty of gastrointestinal and liver disease. It claims to be the largest medical group specialising in gastroenterology south of Portland, Ore., and its physicians boast a combined 110 years of specialty experience.
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, put evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.
Medical publisher BMJ Group has launched six specialty editions of its online journal, BMJ Open, to coincide with Open Access Week. The editions are meant to showcase BMJ Open's specialist research, and will initially cover dermatology, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, neurology, obstetrics & gynaecology and oncology.
BMJ Open, which launched in February 2011, is the group's first online general medical journal dedicated solely to publishing open access research. All its research, supplementary files and peer reviewers' reports are fully and openly available online. Underlying data, where available, is linked to in open repositories, such as Dryad.
To date, BMJ Open has published more than 600 original research papers and protocols, many of which have reportedly attracted considerable attention from academics, healthcare professionals and the media.
High impact studies have included a technique to pick up outbreaks of hospital acquired infections more quickly, from Oxford University; the potential link between sleeping pills and cancer, from California's Scripps Clinic; and research on the wellbeing and quality of life of people with locked-in syndrome in France.
Library information provider OCLC Research, US, has announced the availability of assignFAST, a new web service that automates the manual selection of FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) Subjects (the Authorized and Use For headings) based on autosuggest technology.
Subject assignment is a two-phase task. The first phase is intellectual - reviewing the material and selecting the correct heading. The second phase is more mechanical - finding the correct form of the heading, along with any diacritics; cutting and pasting it into the cataloguing interface; and potentially correcting formatting and subfield coding. If authority control is available in the interface, some of these tasks may be automated.
assignFAST consolidates the entire second phase of the manual process of subject assignment into a single step based on autosuggest technology. The service can easily be added to an existing browser based interface, providing both subject selection and authority control in a single step.
assignFAST takes advantage of the features of FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology). Faceting, along with a fully controlled vocabulary, allows simple selection and authority control to take place that would be hard to accomplish in LCSH.
Open access publisher BioMed Central, in partnership with China's National Institute of Parasitic Diseases (NIPD), is set to launch a new journal, Infectious Diseases of Poverty, in Beijing on November 2, 2012 at the Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research. NIPD is an initiative of China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The open access journal will publish original work on transdisciplinary research for the control of infectious diseases which affect mainly poor populations. These include various aspects of the biology of pathogens and vectors, diagnosis and detection, treatment and case management, epidemiology and modeling, zoonotic hosts and animal reservoirs, control strategies and implementation, new technologies and application. Transdisciplinary or multisectoral effects on health systems, ecohealth, environmental management and innovative technology are also considered.
The inaugural issue contains a number of themed articles on "Health system framework for controlling the infectious diseases of poverty", discussing treatment, strategies and innovative programmes which provide a linkage between policy level and academic research. NIPD Director Prof. Xiao-Nong Zhou, who is the journal’s Editor-in-Chief, writes in the editorial of the inaugural issue that the journal aims to build on the "One health, One world" approach recommended by the Global Report for Research on Infectious Diseases of Poverty. The Global Report was published in April by TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases. Infectious Diseases of Poverty welcomes all groups who are engaged in research on infectious diseases, scientific investigators, academic societies, physicians, decision makers, research funders, patient advocacy groups and educational organisations.
The journal is available at www.idpjournal.com. Article abstracts will be translated into the six official working languages of the United Nations.
Academic publisher SAGE has announced that all three of their latest open access journals are now open for submission. The journals are: SAGE Open Medicine, SAGE Open Medical Case Reports and SAGE Open Engineering. All three titles complement SAGE's rapidly expanding portfolio of over 200 titles in engineering, health and medicine, providing an even wider choice of publication opportunities for authors.
SAGE Open Medicine publishes original articles covering all aspects of medicine across the health sciences in the broadest sense, including all clinical medical specialties, veterinary medicine, nursing, allied health and dentistry. It has received support from the research and practitioner communities, and will be editorially led by a prestigious faculty of Associate Editors comprising leading clinical researchers and practitioners from around the world. The journal will offer authors authoritative but rapid peer review, and rapid publication times so that research can be made available quickly and efficiently to the widest possible audience.
SAGE Open Medical Case Reports seeks to be the world’s premier open access outlet for short case reports. These can provide key insights into real medical cases essential for physicians, and play a key role in helping to improve patient outcomes. Submitted case reports may span the full spectrum of medicine. SAGE Open Medical Case Reports will be a dynamic and exciting forum for the publication of specialist case reports, and has attracted a strong Board of Editors.
SAGE Open Engineering claims to be the first open access journal providing a vehicle for the publication of high quality research in all areas of engineering, overseen by a world- leading Advisory Board chaired by Professor Eann Patterson (University of Liverpool, UK).
The titles are rigorously peer-reviewed by experts in the relevant fields and will not limit content due to page budgets or narrow thematic focus. Rather, they will accept articles on the basis of the scientific and methodological validity of each article. The journals will be supported by author-side article processing charges. All three journals will offer a discounted Author Processing Fee for a limited introductory period.
The new journals build on the success of SAGE Open, the only broad-spectrum open access journal for the humanities and social sciences. Launched in May 2011 as SAGE's premiere open access journal, it has recently published its 100th article and been honoured with an Annual Award for Publication Excellence (APEX) in the category of New Magazines & Journals.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Statistics 2010–2011, the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of ARL's 126 member libraries in 2011. Of these, 115 are university libraries (16 in Canada and 99 in the US); the remaining 11 are public, governmental, and non-profit research libraries (2 in Canada, 9 in the US).
ARL libraries are a relatively small subset of libraries in North America, but they account for a large portion of academic library resources in terms of assets, budgets, and the number of users they serve. The total library expenditures of all 126 member libraries in 2010-2011 were slightly more than $4.6 billion. Of that total, roughly $3.2 billion was spent by the 115 university libraries and more than $1.3 million by the 11 non-university libraries.
ARL has collected and published annual statistics for its member libraries since 1961–62, expanding upon the work of James Gerould, who collected this information first at the University of Minnesota and later at Princeton University. The data he collected, covering the years 1907–08 through 1961–62, are now called the Gerould Statistics. The complete data series from 1908 through the present represents the oldest, most comprehensive, continuing library statistical series in North America.
The ARL Statistics Collection provides online access to the annual editions that have been published from 2006 to the present. IP access to the collection for one year is $500 for non-profit organisations and $750 for all others.
Non-profit scientific publisher Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing, UK, has announced a significant change to its copyright arrangements for research published on an open access basis in the company's wholly owned journals and for bibliographic metadata.
As a result of this move, the company will adopt a more liberal Creative Commons licence (CC-BY 3.0) for future articles published on a 'gold' open access basis. This licence allows others to distribute, remix, amend, and build upon a piece of work as long as they credit the original creation. The licences grant rights to the users of the content but do not replace the copyright, which remains with the copyright holder.
The change applies to articles being published on an open access basis in all IOP owned 'hybrid' journals and the gold open access titles New Journal of Physics and Environmental Research Letters.
In addition to the change in licence for open access articles, the basic metadata of the articles in IOP's own journals will also be available for use under a CC-BY licence. This is intended to increase the visibility of such data and to help clarify to third parties what they can and cannot do with metadata.
Unless specifically requested, articles submitted before October 25 will be published under a Creative Commons - Non-Commercial-ShareAlike 3.0 licence. Articles submitted on or after October 25 will automatically be published under a CC-BY licence. IOP's copyright statements on iopscience.org have been updated to reflect this change.
STM publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has announced that 'Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Third Edition,' recently published by Thieme, has been updated and expanded to include three new chapters on anatomy of the sphenoid, surgery of the craniocervical junction, and management of carotid artery and other major vessel injury.
This new edition includes online access to more than 40 videos illustrating the anatomy and surgical steps for all procedures in the book. It is beautifully illustrated with 150 new, high-quality dissection photos that clarify complex techniques throughout the text.
This operative manual is projected as an essential reference for otolaryngologists and skull base surgeons who need a refresher on a surgical procedure as well as residents and fellows seeking guidance on the latest endoscopic techniques for the sinuses and skull base.
The author of the book, Dr. Peter-John Wormald, is Professor and Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Adelaide, Woodville, South Australia.