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Switzerland Frontiers launches new open-access medical journal - Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine - 31 Jul 2014

Swiss open-access publisher Frontiers, part of the Nature Publishing Group family, has announced the launch of Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, a new open-access medical journal.

Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine will publish peer-reviewed articles on the diagnosis, treatment, and pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease that help to advance medical education and to improve clinical practice and patient care.

The journal will provide unrestricted and global online access to all articles, published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. The Frontiers Interactive Peer Review will enable authors, reviewers and editors to directly and collaboratively engage in a Review Forum, ensuring a rigorous and objective review, and fast publication. Reviewer names are disclosed on articles to enhance transparency. Frontiers advanced article impact metrics track the reach and impact of articles, and the community can engage in post-publication review.

Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine is now open for submissions.

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US Oxford University Press set to publish International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology as a fully open-access journal - 31 Jul 2014

Academic publisher Oxford University Press (OUP) has announced its new relationship with the International College of Neuropsychopharmacology (CINP). Beginning in 2015, OUP and CINP will partner to publish International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology (IJNP) as a fully open-access journal.

IJNP serves as a major forum for the rapid publication and wide dissemination of high quality, influential research in neuropsychopharmacology. IJNP's focus is on research which advances understanding of neuropsychopharmacological agents, including clinical application, or which provides insights into the biological basis of neuropsychiatric disorders and thereby advances their pharmacological treatment.

Alan Frazer, University of Texas Health Science Centre, San Antonio, USA, serves as Editor of the journal.

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UK Wellcome Library and Jisc announce partners in 19th century medical collections digitisation project - 31 Jul 2014

The Wellcome Library and Jisc have announced nine partner institutions whose holdings will be digitised and added to the UK Medical Heritage Library, an online resource for the history of medicine and related sciences.

Six university libraries have joined the partnership UCL (University College London), University of Leeds, University of Glasgow, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Kings College London and University of Bristol along with the libraries of the Royal College of Physicians of London, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Approximately 15 million pages of printed books and pamphlets from all ten partners will be digitised over a period of two years and will be made freely available to researchers and the public under an open licence. By pooling their collections the partners will create a comprehensive online library. The content will be available on multiple platforms to broaden access, including the Internet Archive, the Wellcome Library and Jisc Historic Books.

The project's focus is on books and pamphlets from the 19th century that are on the subject of medicine or its related disciplines. This will include works relating to the medical sciences, consumer health, sport and fitness, as well as different kinds of medical practice, from phrenology to hydrotherapy.

Works on food and nutrition will also feature: around 1400 cookery books from the University of Leeds are among those lined up for digitisation. They, along with works from the other partner institutions, will be transported to the Wellcome Library in London where a team from the Internet Archive will undertake the digitisation work. The project will build on the success of the US-based Medical Heritage Library consortium, of which the Wellcome Library is a part, which has already digitised over 50,000 books and pamphlets.

The UK MHL initiative started in 2013 when the Wellcome Library embarked on a project with the Internet Archive to digitise their collection of 19th-century medical books. The project was extended earlier in 2014 with the support of Jisc and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. It was co-designed with Research Libraries UK and is informed by an Academic Advisory Group to ensure that the best collections are included.

For the Wellcome Library this forms part of a larger ambition to digitise and make freely available over 50 million pages of historical medical books, archives, manuscripts and journals by 2020.

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UK Journals from IOP Publishing show Impact Factor growth - 31 Jul 2014

The 2013 Impact Factors, published by Thomson Reuters, once again show growth for many of the journals published by IOP Publishing (IOP).

This year, more than half of the titles published by IOP have seen an increase in citations from last year. Additionally, 25 titles have had an increase of over 5 percent and 28 percent of IOP's journals have Impact Factors above 2.000.

There were high performances from individual journals: Biofabrication increased by 16% to 4.302; Environmental Research Letters increased by 14% to 4.090; Journal of Breath Research increased by 40% to 3.590; Nuclear Fusion increased by 19% to 3.243; Physical Biology increased by 20% to 3.140; Plasma Sources Science and Technology increased by 22% to 3.056; Reports on Progress in Physics increased by 18% to 15.633; and Semiconductor Science and Technology increased by 15% to 2.206.

Full results will be published on IOPscience shortly.

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UK F1000Research brings static research figures to life - 31 Jul 2014

F1000Research has published a new research from Bjorn Brembs, professor of neurogenetics at the Institute of Zoology, Universitaet Regensburg, in Germany, with a proof-of-concept figure allowing readers and reviewers to run the underlying code within the online article. This represents an important leap forward for scientific publishing, by demonstrating a completely novel framework for assessing the quality of a scholarly output.

Figure 3 in fact doesn't really exist. The authors submitted their data and their code to F1000Research, and the figure is generated 'on the fly' when the article is viewed. Readers can select the appropriate parameter to run the code and alter the figure that is generated. The ability to adjust how data is plotted enables readers to evaluate the data for themselves, bringing scientific figures into the Internet age alongside article versioning, replication and complete transparency in the publishing process.

Brembs' work suggests that naturally arising genomic differences between different stocks of the widely used animal model Drosophila melanogaster could profoundly impact on subsequent comparisons between nominally identical fly stocks. The paper additionally includes a call for participation to other laboratories and research groups to contribute to a second proof-of-concept figure that is slated to be added to a future update of the current article. Figure 4 will enable multiple laboratories to feed in behavioral data from their local experimental setup into a single 'living' figure. The data will be generated 'on the fly' as each data stream is updated and fed into the figure. Thus readers will be able to see the evolution of the behavior of several fly strains over time.

The recent rise in retraction rates of scientific articles proves that attempts at reproducibility by other labs are crucial to cross-checking understanding of science. With only one or two figures to choose from in the past, authors were incentivised to pick the view of the data that best demonstrated their conclusions.

Interested parties may visit http://f1000research.com/articles/3-176/v1 for the full paper.

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UK Portland Press Limited announces across-the-board increase in Impact Factors - 31 Jul 2014

Portland Press Limited, the not-for-profit publishing subsidiary of the Biochemical Society, has announced an across-the-board increase in Impact Factors for its molecular bioscience publications.

The 2013 InCites Journal Citation Reports (Thomson Reuters, 2014) show that Clinical Science, Biochemical Journal, Essays in Biochemistry, Biochemical Society Transactions and Bioscience Reports all received increases in their Impact Factors.

The journals are owned by the Biochemical Society and published by Portland Press Limited.

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Netherland IFLA launches 2014 eLending Background Paper - 31 Jul 2014

The eLending environment for libraries around the world continues to change at a rapid pace. In 2012, IFLA released its Background Paper on eLending, which formed the basis for the production of the IFLA Principles for Library eLending, the third revision of which was issued at the World Library & Information Congress (WLIC) in Singapore in August 2013.

Cognisant of the great changes taking place in ePublishing, and the varied eLending challenges and opportunities facing libraries in different geographical regions, the IFLA Governing Board commissioned a supplement to the eLending Background Paper in 2013 reflecting recent developments.

Chair of the eLending Group Paul Whitney coordinated the updating of the IFLA eLending Background Paper, together with Working Group members comprising Margaret Allen, Vincent Bonnet, Christina de Castell, Harald von Hielmcrone, Sarah Kaddu, Gerald Leitner, Ngian Lek Choh, Barbara Lison, Mary Minow, Harald Mueller, Denise Nicholson, Carrie Russell, Amelie Vallotton, Chloe Vicente and Qiang Zhu.

Issues addressed in the updated eLending paper include: acknowledgement of the differing interpretations of what is an eBook, reflected in the vastly differing holdings and use statistics reported by libraries, definitions of 'eBook' and 'eLending' are proposed; recent trends in the publishing and distribution of ebooks are reviewed; library advocacy efforts with publishers and governments are described; and relevant court rulings on digital exhaustion governing how libraries can acquire and deploy eBooks are analysed.

eLending Working Group Chair Paul Whitney will present the 2014 eLending Background Paper at the EBLIDA/CLM Satellite Meeting, Copyright and beyond: Libraries in the public sphere in Strasbourg, France from 13-14 August.

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US HathiTrust Research Center awarded grant from National Endowment for the Humanities - 31 Jul 2014

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) has announced a new project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The NEH awarded $324,841 for 'Exploring the Billions and Billions of Words in the HathiTrust Corpus with Bookworm: HathiTrust + Bookworm' (HT+BW) a two-year project that begins September 1, 2014 and will conclude August 31, 2016.

This project will be directed by J. Stephen Downie (Co-Director of the HTRC and Professor and Associate Dean of Research at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) in collaboration with internal partners from the Illinois Informatics Institute (I3) and the University Library and external partners from Indiana University, Northeastern University, and Baylor College of Medicine.

For this project, the HTRC is partnering with the Cultural Observatory team that developed the Google Books Ngram Viewer together with Google. The goal of this collaboration is to implement a greatly enhanced open-source version of the Cultural Observatory's "Bookworm", a faceted text analysis and visualization tool used to track trends in the use of words and phrases over time. The HT+BW tool will assist scholars and their students in navigating the massive HT corpus by providing more powerful visualisations that incorporate multi-faceted "slicing and dicing" of the underlying data through an enhanced set of content-based and metadata-based features.

The HTRC is the official research arm of the HathiTrust, a repository that centrally collects image and text representations of library holdings digitized by the Google Books project and other mass-digitization efforts. Its mission is to contribute to the common good by collection, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge.

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