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US US Reps introduce FASTR bill to expand access to federally funded research - 15 Feb 2013

US Representatives Mike Doyle, Kevin Yoder and Zoe Lofgren have introduced legislation – the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR) - to increase the openness, transparency and accessibility of publicly funded research results. FASTR would require federal agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with online access to research manuscripts stemming from funded research no later than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

It would require federal departments and agencies with an annual extramural research budget of $100 million or more, whether funded totally or partially by a government department or agency, to submit an electronic copy of the final manuscript that has been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The legislation will further ensure that the manuscript is preserved in a stable digital repository maintained by that agency or in another suitable repository that permits free public access, interoperability, and long-term preservation.

FASTR would also require that each taxpayer-funded manuscript be made available to the public online and without cost, no later than six months after the article has been published in a peer-reviewed journal. It would require agencies to examine whether introducing open licensing options for research papers they make publicly available as a result of the public access policy would promote productive reuse and computational analysis of those research papers.

An identical Senate counterpart of this legislation is also being introduced by Senators John Cornyn and Ron Wyden.

It is expected that this legislation will unlock unclassified research funded by agencies like the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Defense, the Department of Education, the Department of Energy, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation.

FASTR is said to echo the interest in public access policies expressed by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which has examined the mechanisms that would leverage federal investments in scientific research and increase access to information that promises to stimulate scientific and technological innovation and competitiveness.

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has, however, termed the legislation an unnecessary and waste of federal resources. According to AAP, the bill revives the majority of the terms set out in the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA), which was introduced without further action in each of the last three Congresses. The Association fears that the bill ignores crucial distinctions among federal agencies and scientific disciplines and would attempt to shoehorn every group into a one-size-fits-all mandate on publication methods and embargo periods. Further, it disregards what is being accomplished through public-private partnerships and agency collaborations, says AAP. It also points out that the bill would require agencies to undertake extensive new duties and reporting requirements while also requiring them to invest in new taxpayer-funded technology resources and systems.

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US ACS Catalysis awarded the AAP’s PROSE Award for ‘Best New Journal in Science, Technology & Medicine’ - 15 Feb 2013

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced that its journal ACS Catalysis has been awarded the Association of American Publishers' (AAP) prestigious PROSE Award for "Best New Journal in Science, Technology & Medicine." Launched in January 2011, the journal has already had a tremendous impact on both science and the world by fostering and publishing research that is helping to solve urgent global challenges such as the development of sustainable sources of energy and chemicals.

ACS Catalysis responds to the increasing importance of catalysis across all fields of chemistry and the need for stronger collaboration among chemists using different forms of catalysis. The journal has taken the lead in defining the scope of the entire field, enabling researchers to discover common ground and make new discoveries by drawing from the three traditionally distinct disciplines of heterogeneous, homogeneous and enzymatic catalysis.

ACS Catalysis is led by Editor-in-Chief Christopher W. Jones, New-Vision Professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Adjunct Professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, both at Georgia Institute of Technology. Jones is supported by Associate Editors T. Brent Gunnoe, Philippe Sautet, Huimin Zhao and Susannah Scott. The journal is also guided by a global Editorial Advisory Board consisting of 27 men and women.

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German Thieme launches Thieme eNeurosurgery, an online resource for the neurosurgical community - 15 Feb 2013

STM publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has announced the launch of Thieme eNeurosurgery, an online resource that gives the global neurosurgical community unprecedented access to Thieme's entire neurosurgery collection.

Thieme eNeurosurgery enables users to search for procedures they want to brush up on, confirm references for their writing, and find visuals for presentations. The platform is the go-to reference for neurosurgical content and seeks to change how clinical information is obtained – making it easier, faster, and more efficient than ever before.

Thieme eNeurosurgery is a continuously growing resource with new neurosurgery content being added as soon as the latest titles are available. As the global market leader in neurosurgery, Thieme is at the forefront of developments in the field, making this platform indispensable for neurosurgeons worldwide.

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US Indonesia’s Bali Royal Hospital selects UpToDate as its evidence-based clinical decision support system - 15 Feb 2013

Information services provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has announced that Bali Royal Hospital has selected UpToDate as its evidence-based clinical decision support system. The hospital represents the first UpToDate client in Indonesia.

Bali Royal Hospital opened its doors in 2010 to provide comprehensive medical services to local patients and tourists in the city of Bali and across East Indonesia. The facility selected UpToDate to increase physician adoption of the latest industry best practices across its four centers of excellence - in vitro fertilization, endoscopy, neuroscience and cosmetic surgery - as well as homecare and general medical practice.

Part of WK Health, UpToDate is an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical knowledge system which clinicians trust to make the right point-of-care decisions. UpToDate's more than 5,100 world-renowned physician authors, editors and peer reviewers use a rigorous editorial process to synthesize the most recent medical information into trusted, evidence-based recommendations that are proven to improve patient care and quality.

More than 700,000 clinicians in 158 countries and almost 90 percent of academic medical centers in the US rely on UpToDate, and more than 30 research studies confirm UpToDate's widespread usage and association with improved patient care and hospital performance, including reduced length of stay, adverse complications and mortality.

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UK Microbial Cell Factories invites submissions to new thematic series on Systems biotechnology and metabolic engineering - 15 Feb 2013

Microbial Cell Factories, an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal published by BioMed Central, has called for submissions to a special thematic series on Systems biotechnology and metabolic engineering, edited by Sang Yup Lee.

The series will focus on systems approaches to microbial biotechnology, spanning up-stream strain (cell and organism development by metabolic engineering) to mid-stream (fermentation and other unit operations) and down-stream processes. In the cases of mid- to down-stream bioprocesses, the systems engineering approach has been successfully applied in chemical industries (as a core subject of chemical engineering). Now, it is time to take systems biotechnological approaches in developing up-stream processes such as strain development, which will ultimately lead to successful biotechnology development when combined with systems engineering of mid- to down-stream processes.

Interested parties may submit their manuscript online, indicating in the covering letter that they would like to be considered for the series. Submissions to the series will undergo rigorous peer review and if acceptable, the article will be formally published in Microbial Cell Factories as soon as it is ready, and will be highlighted as part of the collection. The series will run continuously throughout 2013.

If you would like to enquire about the suitability of a study for consideration, please email a presubmission enquiry to editorial@microbialcellfactories.com.

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UK Woodhead Publishing shortlisted for Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year Award at the 2013 IPG Independent Publishing Awards - 15 Feb 2013

Scientific and technical publisher Woodhead Publishing Limited, UK, has been announced as a contender for the Frankfurt Book Fair Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year award at this year's Independent Publishing Awards.

The judging panel listed Woodhead's consistently strong sales and incomparable knowledge of the field among its reasons for being shortlisted. 'Woodhead Publishing achieved record sales in 2012 for the 12th successive year. It followed substantial growth in many key export territories and across Woodhead's online business. Judges considered it a textbook example of owner-run publishing.

Also shortlisted for the award are Bloomsbury Publishing's Academic and Professional Division, Edward Elgar Publishing and Liverpool University Press. The winners of all 13 awards will be announced at a Gala Dinner during the IPG's Annual Conference on March 7, 2013 at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire.

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German Creative Commons License to apply to all OA content published by De Gruyter - 15 Feb 2013

Academic publisher De Gruyter, Germany, and Versita will be publishing all Open Access content under the uniform application of Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND, effective immediately. This means that publications may now be copied, disseminated, and otherwise made public by users under the conditions that the name of the author/copyright owner must be mentioned in the manner requested by the author/copyright owner; the publication and its content may not be used in its Open Access format for commercial purposes; and the publication and its content may not be edited, modified, or otherwise changed.

Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND is already the basis for the publishing contract concluded just days ago between De Gruyter and the Max Planck Society for the publication of Open Access books.

In 2012 De Gruyter and Versita published over 10,000 Open Access articles in some 300 journals. Since 2009 a large number of books and book chapters have also been published under the Open Access standard. In addition to publication in dedicated Open Access journals, De Gruyter and Versita offer OA publication in established subscription journals (so-called Hybrid Open Access).

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US Brill's Linguistic Bibliography Online migration now complete - 15 Feb 2013

Online publishing services provider Semantico Ltd., UK, recently migrated Brill's Linguistic Bibliography Online from a stand alone site to the existing Brill bibliography site: bibliographies.brillonline.com.

The Linguistic Bibliography Online is a cross-searchable linguistic database with over 300.000 records and 20.000 titles arranged according to a detailed state-of-the-art classification. The migration from stand alone platform to integration into bibliographies.brillonline.com will allow users the ability to search all Brill's extensive bibliography content at once.

Semantico used its industry-respected products Scolaris and SAMS in the project. Scolaris is the next generation integrated content platform, engineered to manage the complexities of journals, e-books, reference works and dictionaries. SAMS claims to be the most widely used access management system in its class and integrates seamlessly with Scolaris to control access across users and institutions, as well as providing a host of flexible options for business models and optimal monetisation of content.

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