Open access articles have more views and downloads, reveals Nature Communications data - 30 Jul 2014
An independent statistical analysis of the articles published in Nature Communications, carried out by the Research Information Network (RIN), has found that open access (OA) articles are viewed three times more often than articles that are only available to subscribers. RIN also found that OA articles are cited more than subscription articles.
RIN analysed the web traffic to 722 articles published in the first 6 months of 2013 and found that open-access articles were viewed three times as often as subscription articles in html format, and twice as often in PDF format.
Over the first 180 days after publication, subscription articles were viewed in HTML format an average (median) of 804 times, and the PDFs were downloaded an average of 399 times. In contrast, open-access articles were viewed 2051 times on average, and downloaded an average of 904 times.
The statistician analysed a larger dataset of 2008 papers that were published between April 2010 and June 2013 in order to assess the effect of open access on citations. Articles that were published open access had been cited a median of 11 times and articles published using the subscription model were cited a median of 7 times, a difference that was statistically significant. The only discipline not to show any citation benefit from open access publication was chemistry.
Launched in 2010, Nature Communications is a relatively new journal, and its institutional subscriber base is still growing. These results should be considered as a snapshot in the journal's development rather than definitive.
The full dataset, reproduced with permission from Web of Science copyright Thomson Reuters 2014, is available in Figshare. The report from RIN is available at: http://www.nature.com/press_releases/ncomms-report2014.pdf .
MarketResearchReports.Biz adds Global Medical Publishing Market 2014-2018 report to its offering - 30 Jul 2014
MarketResearchReports.Biz has announced the addition of a new market research report 'Global Medical Publishing Market 2014-2018: Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends And Forecast' to its collection of research reports.
According to the report, Global Medical Publishing market will decline at a CAGR of 0.56 percent over the period 2013-2018. One of the major challenges faced by this market is the uncertainty in macroeconomic conditions. The Global Medical Publishing market has also been witnessing the emergence of the digital delivery of journals and books. Despite the declining growth rate, one of the key factors contributing to this market revenue growth is the changing global landscape.
Global Medical Publishing Market 2014-2018, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers North America, Europe, the APAC region, and the ROW. It also covers the Global Medical Publishing market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.
The key vendors dominating this market space, according to the report, are: Informa plc, John Wiley & Sons Inc., Reed Elsevier plc, Springer Science+Business Media GmbH, Truven Health Analytics Inc., and Wolters Kluwer N.V. Other vendors mentioned in the report are American Medical Association, BMJ Group, Hearst Corp, Igaku-Shion Ltd., Massachusetts Medical Society, Thieme Medical Publishers, and UMB Medica.
McGraw-Hill Education Professional's new off-line mobile app delivers instant access to essential diagnostic tools - 30 Jul 2014
McGraw-Hill Education Professional, a global provider of content and services for the science, technical, and medical communities, has announced the launch of the AccessMedicine App, the first off-line mobile application of the world-renowned medical education platform.
A key feature of the new AccessMedicine App, available for download onto all iOS and Android devices, is that users will now be able to gain access to valuable AccessMedicine diagnostic resources in an off-line environment. Because AccessMedicine users – doctors, residents, medical students, nurses – typically work in environments such as wards and ER's, where internet service is frequently unavailable, the AccessMedicine App provides access to essential point-of-care diagnostic tools and resources. These include the Quick Medical Dx & Rx Tool; Visual Diagnostic Tool for Dermatology; Differential Diagnosis Tool; and Diagnostic Tests.
The AccessMedicine platforms are accessible on any device through the recently launched responsive design on the new SCM6 platform. But with the AccessMedicine App, users can tap into the most relevant point of care tools in any environment.
The AccessMedicine App can be downloaded from iTunes for Apple iPhones and iPads and from Google Play for Android devices.
SPIE launches 'Neurophotonics' journal with special section on BRAIN Initiative - 30 Jul 2014
SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has announced the inaugural issue of Neurophotonics, a new peer-reviewed journal. The advanced optical methods and applications for imaging and manipulation of the brain that are driving a revolution in the neurosciences were the inspiration behind Neurophotonics.
The first issue coincides with the launch of the BRAIN Initiative in the United States, and a special section features articles that lay out a vision for and provide examples of the impact that optics and photonics will have on advancing understanding of how the brain works. The journal began publication in May and all articles will be freely available online through 2015.
SPIE Member David Boas, a professor in radiology at Harvard Medical School and a physicist at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the journal's editor-in-chief.
Papers will cover topics such as functional near-infrared spectroscopy, optogenetics, photoacoustics, optical coherence tomography, laser speckle contrast imaging, neural stimulation, energy metabolism, Alzheimer's disease, and calcium dynamics.
Upcoming special sections will focus on causal control of biological systems with light and light microscopy of connectivity. In addition, a special section honouring neurophotonics pioneer Lawrence Cohen is being organised for the July 2015 issue.
Neurophotonics initially will be published quarterly, increasing in frequency as the journal grows, with each article published online in the SPIE Digital Library upon approval.
Brill announces new suite of open access journals - 30 Jul 2014
Scholarly publisher Brill has announced a new suite of open access journals covering four major disciplines - Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, and Biology. These journals will offer a pure open access environment. Each journal will be divided in sections that align with the major subject areas in the discipline.
Each of the four new Brill Open journals will have a dedicated editorial board and undergo the same rigorous peer review and uphold the same high-quality publication standards that Brill is known for. In addition, once accepted, papers will be published online in just one month.
The Brill Open program makes research freely accessible online in exchange for an Article Publication Charge (APC). This can be by choice, or to comply with funding mandates or university requirements. As a rule, APCs are not charged until a paper is accepted for publication. In 2014 and 2015 the four new Open Access journals will offer reduced APCs and waive all submission fees.
The journals are published on Brill's existing books and journals platform and are online only. The content and metadata will be distributed as usual for indexing and discovery purposes.
The new Brill Open journals will open for submissions this August.
The European University Institute opts for Ex Libris Primo with its Central Index - 30 Jul 2014
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris® Group has announced the adoption of Primo® and the Primo Central Index by the European University Institute (EUI) in Fiesole, Italy.
Seeking a solution that would offer users a unified search interface for the school's wealth of specialized resources, which include an official depository of European Union publications and documents, the Institute found that Primo and the Primo Central Index met the library's requirements. Along with the system's customisation capabilities, the ease of a cloud-based solution made Primo the most suitable option for the EUI. The cloud deployment will spare the Institute's staff members the burden of maintenance while also enabling them to modify many aspects of the system.
According to Tommaso Giordano, Director of EUI Library, the extensive electronic collections indexed in Primo Central, together with the presence of a support structure in Europe, played a key role in EUI Library's decision to adopt Primo. In addition, some of the features in the back office for managing Primo played an important role in the decision.
Baker & Taylor announces integration of Axis 360 digital media platform with Boopsie mobile library apps - 30 Jul 2014
Baker & Taylor, a worldwide distributor of digital and print books, has integrated its Axis 360 digital media platform with Boopsie, a mobile app platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide.
For Axis 360-enabled libraries that use a library-branded app created by Boopsie to enable mobile access to their websites, patrons will now have the ability to access the entire Axis 360 digital repository from their smartphone and tablet of choice. Boopsie provides an intuitive and visually appealing interface optimised for mobile devices with its native app platform.
In 2013, 80 percent of American's time on mobile devices was spent in apps vs only 20 percent on mobile websites. Leveraging the Axis 360 API, library customers can now discover, check out and download ebooks and digital audiobooks directly to their devices in a seamless, easy and straightforward in-app experience.
Baker & Taylor has previously announced multi-point integrations with the leading integrated library system and discovery-layer providers to make the user experience for discovering and enjoying digital media completely user-friendly and centered on the library's website. Axis 360 delivers Acoustik digital audiobooks, as well as ebooks in EPUB, PDF and Blio formats, to PC and Mac computers, laptops and netbooks, to smartphones and tablets running on Android and iOS, and to popular ereaders such as NOOK, Sony Reader and Kobo.