Elsevier study throws light on India’s performance as benchmarked against other research nations - 04 Mar 2014
A recent study prepared by Elsevier for the UK's Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and based on Scopus data, shows that India has achieved substantial growth in research articles output, increasing from 54 thousand in 2008 to 93 thousand in 2012 at an annualized growth rate of 14.4 percent. This is a rate higher than that of China (10.9 percent), Brazil (7.9 percent), Russia (1.9 percent) and the U.K. (2.9 percent).
Over the same period from 2008 to 2012, India's share of the top 10 percent of the most cited articles – a proxy for high quality research articles – rose from 2.0 percent to 3.1 percent at an annual growth rate of 11.3 percent, which is higher than Brazil (7.6 percent), Russia (8.4 percent) and the U.K. (- 2.7 percent). Only China surpassed India with a 13.8 percent annual growth rate.
India's field-weighted citation impact (FWCI) – normalised at value of "1" as the world average – is below average at 0.75 and is declining at a rate of 1.6 percent per year. China has a comparable FWCI to India, but is experiencing an upward annual growth rate of 2.4 percent. The field-weighted citation impact is generally considered to be a good indicator for quality.
The report indicates that when India collaborates internationally, the articles with Indian and international co-authors are associated with 111 percent greater FWCI than articles with single institution co-authorship.
India's international co-authorship is modest with a share of 16.2 percent in 2012, behind Brazil (24.2 percent), Russia (29.8 percent) and the U.K. (47.6 percent). Only China's international co-author share is below India's at 14.9 percent.
On India's performance in patents, the number of patents granted to India in 2012 is 3588, a figure that is higher than Brazil's (1027), but considerably lower than the numbers for the U.K. (20,194), Russia (24,551) and much farther behind China (152,102).
Dr. Michiel Kolman, Senior Vice-President of Academic Relations at Elsevier, revealed that the proportion of Indian research cited in patents is relatively low. The relative share of India's patent citations to articles published from 2007 to 2011 is at 1.50 for the UK, and generally lower amongst the BRIC countries: India (0.65), China (0.54), Russia (0.42) and Brazil (0.44).
Wolters Kluwer Health to distribute Northern Light Life Sciences Conference Abstracts collection through OvidSP - 04 Mar 2014
Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, has announced a partnership with Northern Light to distribute the Northern Light Life Sciences Conference Abstracts collection through its OvidSP medical research platform reaching thousands of institutional subscribers worldwide.
Northern Light's Life Sciences Conference Abstracts is a bibliographic database containing abstracts and posters from more than one million research papers delivered at 1,400 life sciences industry events over the past four years. New conferences are added as the abstracts are posted. This rich, early data in the grey literature is critical to researchers conducting systematic reviews. The information is targeted to research scientists at pharmaceutical and biotech companies, healthcare organisations, academic institutions, research libraries, and research teams at hospitals.
Northern Light has been providing strategic research portals, business research content, and search and text analytics technology to global enterprises since 1996. Northern Light's current clients include Fortune 100 leaders across multiple industries such as information technology, life sciences, financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing, and consumer products. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Northern Light has unique content aggregation partnerships with more than 150 of the world's leading syndicated technology and industry research publishers.
ÜberResearch launches free funding wizard for ORCID - 04 Mar 2014
ÜberResearch, a provider of software solutions for research funders, has announced the launch of their free funding wizard for ORCID, under the name ÜberWizard. The wizard allows ORCID users to import and associate their funding data with their ORCID record, through a simple search-click-submit process.
The ÜberWizard includes more than 1.2 million grants from 60 of the top US and European funding bodies representing more than $600bn of historical research funding. The launch of ÜberWizard comes the same week as ORCID expands their interface to include funding information. Beyond the current system, ÜberResearch is offering to help other grant funders include their data in the ÜberWizard.
The ÜberWizard is currently available in the ORCID Registry and can be accessed by any user at http://orcid.org/register.
The University of California selects Symplectic to implement a publication harvesting system to support UC’s OA policy - 04 Mar 2014
The California Digital Library (CDL), in conjunction with University of California campus partners, has chosen Symplectic as the vendor to implement a publication harvesting system in support of the UC Open Access Policy, passed by the Academic Senate in July 2013.
Symplectic's flagship product, Elements, will form the basis of a research information management system intended to simplify participation in UC's OA Policy by providing an efficient method for faculty to deposit their research into eScholarship, UC's institutional repository. This system holds great promise for dramatically increasing the rate of deposit of faculty publications in accordance with the policy.
With a robust set of features that address the specific requirements of the UC OA Policy and the needs of UC authors, Elements will closely monitor publication sources, including public and licensed publication indexes, for any new materials published by UC authors. Once a new publication is detected in the indexes, the system will collect as much information about that publication as possible and contact the author(s) by email for confirmation and manuscript upload. Author-approved publications will then be automatically submitted to eScholarship, where they will be openly available to the public.
Symplectic, a UK-based developer of integrated research information management systems, was chosen after an exhaustive RFP process, conducted by members of the CDL team and representatives from the three pilot campuses: UC Irvine, UCLA, and UCSF. The publication harvesting system will launch in June 2014, and will serve the three pilot campuses. Contingent on funding and review by the Academic Senate, the system will be extended in June 2015 to cover the remaining UC campuses.
Further developments in the implementation of this harvesting system can be tracked by visiting the Open Access Policy Implementation (OAPI) wiki or subscribing to the OAPI mailing list.
Nominations for 2014 Chemical Sciences Apprentice of the Year and Chemistry Technician of the Year awards now open - 04 Mar 2014
The Royal Society of Chemistry and National Apprenticeship Service have announced that nominations are now open for the Chemical Sciences Apprentice of the Year Awards 2014.
The award recognises individuals who are working towards, or have completed, an advanced or higher apprenticeship with a strong basis in chemical sciences. This involves studying relevant knowledge-based and competence-based qualifications, alongside development of technical and professional skills through hands-on practical experience.
The award winner will receive £1000 prize money, a £1000 grant to support their career development, a certificate and medal, one year's free membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry and professional registration fees.
Nominations are also open for the Chemistry Technician of the Year Award 2014, recognising individuals that have been working in technical support roles.
Previous winners were rewarded for their commitment to supporting and improving chemistry education in schools, for supporting and developing the teaching of practical chemistry at university level, and for demonstrating excellence in teamwork and a commitment to personal and professional development in industry.
Gale expands product strategy, boosts publishing program to address key library needs - 04 Mar 2014
Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, has announced expanded product and services initiatives, new publishing program and the addition of industry-leading STEM content from partners. These updated strategies and partnerships usher in a new era of resource development that will help libraries and their users thrive in today's education landscape.
As a part of the expansion Gale will now provide science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) eBook collections from Springer and Elsevier through the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL).
Gale offers this in-demand STEM content to meet the growing needs of the hard science disciplines. The U.S. Department of Commerce states that STEM occupations are projected to grow 17 percent by 2018. The availability of more than 2,900 titles from Springer - combined with Elsevier content - provides library users with a single point of access to the most esteemed STEM publications.
Accessing this content through GVRL, as opposed to other eBook platforms, grants users the added flexibility of viewing and downloading content in multiple formats in addition to other unique benefits of Gale's platform, such as ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology and translation of content into other languages.
Gale has launched 70 new eBook collections covering STEM, humanities and social science disciplines, as well as general interest topics like travel and do-it-yourself. Unique collections are now available to meet the specific needs of academic, public and school libraries. Additional collections will be added in the future, underscoring Gale's commitment to being the largest eBook provider to libraries.
In addition to the new content, Gale will rebrand GVRL, which was named Best Database by Library Journal in 2012 and is a research staple for students, professionals and general readers. The company plans to combine the reference content from its 90 publishing partners with monographs and multimedia content, such as videos, to make GVRL the only library platform delivering this broad cross-section of research support.
Monographs - specialized studies on a single subject - are also a core part of Gale's product strategy moving forward. The company is launching a new proprietary monograph publishing program that, when combined with Gale's existing collection of over 350,000 monographs, will deliver unrivalled benefits to scholarly and general researchers. The program will combine the best works available from Gale's partners covering the humanities, philosophy, religion and social science disciplines matched with Gale's core strength across these content areas, resulting in the ability to better discover and understand the research.
Emerald Group Publishing joins ‘Access to Research’ initiative - 04 Mar 2014
Academic publisher Emerald Group Publishing has joined the 'Access to Research' initiative. Led by The Publishers Licensing Society, the scheme brings together UK publishers and librarians to make over 1.5 million academic articles freely accessible to the British public.
The two-year pilot was set up in response to recommendations from the Finch Group, a committee convened by the UK government to explore how access to publicly funded research could be expanded.
'Access to Research' aims to provide the public, students in further education, independent researchers and small businesses with the ability to discover a world of global academic research. In joining the scheme, Emerald has made a number of its Business and Management, Library and Information Science journals freely available to participating libraries.
Emerald is currently one of 17 leading UK publishers collectively offering free content across a range of disciplines.