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US Elsevier's Gold Standard launches MEDalternatives, a new comprehensive resource for drug therapy options and costs - 08 Feb 2013

Elsevier's Gold Standard, a drug information provider, has announced the launch of the MEDalternatives database, a comprehensive resource for drug therapy options designed to give health plans and their members additional drug cost savings options through access to information on alternative therapies. MEDalternatives uses only evidence-based alternatives that have comparable or better efficacy and safety, compared to current prescriptions.

MEDalternatives covers a broad range of health conditions and the widest scope of medications, including a complete offering of drugs, drug classes, and product formulations. It returns alternatives within the class of the patient's current medication and across classes, including both generics and brands, and also provides therapeutically appropriate choices among subclasses of drugs.

MEDalternatives includes complete dosing options to ensure accurate comparisons in daily/weekly regimens and monthly/yearly costs, including those for in-store purchase versus mail-order delivery.

According to the company, MEDalternatives is derived from the most technologically sophisticated drug database available today and will easily integrate within and across diverse healthcare systems.

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US French Open Access Works to be indexed in Serials Solutions' Summon Discovery Service - 08 Feb 2013

Serials Solutions, a ProQuest business, has announced that Le Cléo, le centre pour l'édition électronique ouverte (The Centre for Open Electronic Publishing) is working with the company to have their scientific research content indexed in the Summon service. Founded by French research and academic institutions, Le Cléo publishes thousands of scientific works with a focus on social sciences and the humanities.

Content from Le Cléo' Revues.org, Calenda and Hypotheses.org will be indexed in the Summon service. By making content available in multiple languages, Le Cléo's platforms have developed an international reputation and are widely visited by non-French speakers. Inclusion in the Summon service allows libraries to easily add these resources to their collection for use by their researchers.

Revues.org is a web platform for journals and book collections in the humanities and social sciences, and currently consists of more than 380 academic journals, in French as well as other languages.

Calenda publishes dates for conferences, seminars, calls for papers and other announcements that are of interest to the scientific community in France and other countries. To date, it has documented more than 20,000 events in the humanities and social sciences, with a dedicated scientific council sets standards for the scope and significance of the scientific news that is covered.

Hypotheses.org is a publication platform for academic blogs that enables researchers to provide real-time updates of their research efforts, with more than 550 separate blogs currently available.

Used by more than 500 libraries in more than 40 countries, the Summon service claims to be the first and only discovery service based on a unified index of content. Proven to increase usage of library resources, the Summon service consistently meets user expectations by delivering innovative new features for enhancing discovery.

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US John Wiley & Sons launch Labtiva’s ReadCube Web Reader on Wiley Online Library - 08 Feb 2013

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has launched Labtiva's ReadCube Web Reader on Wiley Online Library. PDFs read using the ReadCube Web Reader feature hyperlinked in-line citations, annotations, clickable author names, and direct access to supplemental content, making it easier for researchers to discover, access and interact with scientific literature.

The ReadCube Web Reader is available now on 109 journals in the Wiley Online Library and will gradually become available for the whole collection during the first half of 2013. Wiley Online Library is a multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities, and contains approximately six million scholarly articles from over 1,500 journals and reference works.

Users of the ReadCube Web Reader can save articles and annotations to the free ReadCube Desktop reference manager for PCs and Macs. ReadCube Desktop offers additional features to help researchers organize their academic literature, rapidly acquire articles without the hassles of proxies and logins, and discover new research through easy search tools, including a recommendation system based on reading habits.

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US AAAS / Science and HighWire Press renew long-standing relationship - 08 Feb 2013

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has announced its decision to renew its relationship with long-standing ePublishing partner, HighWire Press.

AAAS's reputation as a pioneer in scientific publishing comes from more than 150 years of a mission-driven goal to advance science and serve society. Since 1995, as one of HighWire's first society partners, and now into the future, the two organisations will continue to share a collegial and collaborative working relationship, exploring new ways to innovate in the scientific marketplace.

AAAS has long been a distinguished source of content for their members and the scientific communities they serve. Over the years of working with HighWire, AAAS has created a series of connected digital assets, from the prestigious and multi-media content of Science, to experimenting with topical Knowledge Environments, to reaching new users with leading research news and career sources.

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US NISO unveils project to develop standards for open access metadata and indicators - 08 Feb 2013

The voting members of the US' National Information Standards Organization (NISO) have approved a new project to develop standardised bibliographic metadata and visual indicators to describe the accessibility of journal articles with respect to how 'open' they are.

It has been observed that many offerings are available from publishers under the banner of Open Access (OA), Increased Access, Public Access, or other names; the terms offered vary both between publishers and within publishers by journal, and in some cases, based on the funding organisation of the author. Adding to the potential confusion, a number of publishers also offer hybrid options in which some articles are 'open' while the rest of the journal's content are available only by subscription or licence.

It is said that no standardised bibliographic metadata currently provides information on whether a specific article is openly accessible and what re-use rights might be available to readers. Visual indicators or icons indicating the openness of an article are inconsistent in both design and use across publishers or even across journals from the same publisher.

The project launched by NISO will focus initially on metadata elements that describe the readership rights associated with an OA article. Specifically, the NISO Working Group will determine the optimal mechanisms to describe and transmit the rights, if any, an arbitrary user has to access a specific article from any internet connection point. Recommendations will include a means for distribution and aggregation of this metadata in machine-readable form. The group will also consider the feasibility of incorporating information on re-use rights and the feasibility of reaching agreement on transmission of that data.

This new project will be discussed in NISO's Open Teleconference call on February 11.

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UK Cambridge University Press and Chinese Laser Press to launch OA journal - High Power Laser Science and Engineering - 08 Feb 2013

Academic publisher Cambridge University Press and Chinese Laser Press will be launching a new open access journal from 2013.

The new journal, High Power Laser Science and Engineering (HPLaser), will be an online-only (printed version available only in China), international and peer-reviewed journal focusing on all aspects of high power laser science and engineering. HPLaser will be dedicated to strengthening the exchange of information in this area.

HPLaser covers topics in both physics and engineering, and aims to be the leading international journal combining high power laser science and engineering. The journal will build on the need to strengthen information exchange in the area of high power lasers, with research of the highest quality and act as an academic forum for scientists and engineers in this field to share their latest discoveries.

For the first year, Cambridge University Press and Chinese Laser Press will waive publication costs, and after this a low article processing charge (APC) of £1,000/$1,500 will be set.

High Power Laser Science and Engineering will be hosted on Cambridge's industry leading platform, Cambridge Journals Online (CJO), and Chinese Laser Press's journal online platform. Content will be available online from the beginning of 2013. All articles will be handled according to the highest standards of peer-review and produced to the high quality production values associated with Cambridge University Press. The journal will publish original articles, rapid communications (letters), invited reviews and comments.

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US Lorraine Haricombe elected Chair of the SPARC Steering Committee - 08 Feb 2013

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has announced that Lorraine Haricombe, Dean of the University of Kansas Library, has been elected to the position of Chair of the SPARC Steering Committee. Haricombe has served as member of the Committee, which provides strategic advice and guidance to the SPARC staff, since 2010.

Haricombe brings to the Chair position a rich and deep perspective informed by working with a variety of libraries and institutions in her career, spending five years as Dean of Libraries at Bowling Green University, as well as serving in various capacities at Northern Illinois University, and Penninsula Technikon in South Africa.

Haricombe has been an active participant in industry-level scholarly communication activities, especially those related to Open Access. She has spearheaded Open Access activities at KU, including playing a leadership role as the University became the first public university in the U.S. to adopt a campus-wide Open Access policy. Haricombe has also been an active supporter of national public access policies and has been a vocal advocate of the NIH Public Access Policy as well as the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA). She also played an active role in forming The Coalition of Open Access Institutions (COAPI), a rapidly growing group of institutions dedicated to advancing the implementation of open access policies and practices on campus.

SPARC's voting membership, which includes representatives from over 200 academic libraries in the U.S. and Canada, also elected Mary Case, University of Illinois at Chicago (ARL director); Barbara Dewey, Pennsylvania State University (ARL director); Deborah Jakubs, Duke University (ARL director); and Mary Marlino, National Center for Atmospheric Research (non-ARL director) to serve on the SPARC Steering Committee for three-year terms beginning January 1.

Steering Committee members whose terms concluded in December include outgoing Chair (2010 through 2012) David Carlson (Texas A&M University), Maggie Farrell (University of Wyoming), and Rick Luce (Emory University).

The full SPARC Steering Committee represents ARL and non-ARL libraries in the US and Canada as well as SPARC Europe, SPARC Japan, CARL, and AASHL. The full list is available at http://www.arl.org/sparc/about.

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Netherland BioScientifica, SAGE select ACCUCOMS for global telemarketing projects - 08 Feb 2013

Not-for-profit publisher BioScientifica and academic publisher SAGE have selected ACCUCOMS for major telemarketing projects in 2013. SAGE has renewed an ongoing agreement for global telemarketing support. BioScientifica has started a long-term project to increase awareness of its products across the world.

BioScientifica publishes journals on behalf of three societies – the Society for Endocrinology, European Society of Endocrinology, and the Society for Reproduction and Fertility. ACCUCOMS will contact prospects and subscribers to increase global awareness and sales. Following an initial campaign which BioScientifica ran with ACCUCOMS in 2012, it is extending its relationship in 2013.

ACCUCOMS has been working closely with SAGE for several years and will continue to offer global telemarketing support, with a focus on takeover titles and renewals.

ACCUCOMS is an independent provider of services to academic and professional publishers around the world. Established in 2004, it now operates from the Netherlands, Turkey, Costa Rica, the US, MENA and India. ACCUCOMS’ multilingual teams seek to offer efficient and intelligent representation, telemarketing and business intelligence services as well as user interaction programmes to clients that range from large publishing houses to specialist society publishers.

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