A global campaign by scientists, librarians, research funders and universities to increase open access (OA) to scientific research has created a fast growing revenue stream for scientific, technical and medical (STM) journal publishers — this according to Open Access Journal Publishing 2014-2017, the most recent report from media and publishing intelligence firm Simba Information.
Open access is the online digital delivery of scholarly research free of charge and without most copyright and licensing restrictions. The term was only coined a dozen years ago and continues to undergo theological debate about how free is free (costs) and how open is open (copyrights).
Open Access Journal Publishing 2014-2017 found that the major revenue source for open access journals are the author-paid, article processing charges (APC) publishers collect to cover the costs of peer review, editing, layout and electronic publication. Simba estimates the revenue generated by these fees grew 32.8 percent in 2013. This includes gold open access journals that publish entirely on an open access basis and survive solely on the payment of APCs, but also from hybrid journals that are sold primarily on a subscription basis, but will make individual articles available OA with payment of a APC.
Some of this OA revenue growth is being generated by pure open access publishers that have formed in the wake of calls for change in the STM publishing ecosystem. However, a great deal of that revenue is being generated by commercial publishers that thrive under traditional subscription models, and at times have been vilified by the OA movement's leaders as profiteers.
Despite this rapid growth, OA revenue still only represents 2.3 percent of global 2013 STM journal sales, according to Simba Information's research. But this revenue stream is a bright spot against a flat market. While STM journal revenue is expected to increase at a compound annual rate of between 1 percent and 2 percent between 2011 and 2017, OA revenue is expected to more than triple in that period.
Open access is already having a bigger impact in terms of publishing output. By some estimates, OA already represents 10 percent to 20 percent of all research articles published.
Open Access Journal Publishing 2014-2017 provides detailed market information for this segment of scholarly journal publishing. It analyses trends impacting the industry and forecasts market growth to 2017. The report includes an in-depth review of 10 leading OA publishers, including Springer Science+Business Media (including Biomed Central), PLOS, Hindawi, John Wiley & Sons, Elsevier, Frontiers, Medknow and others.
STM publisher Elsevier has announced that new chemical engineering content is available. This content includes three new books on industrial distillation and two additional books on flow analysis and water reclamation. These books provide researchers and graduate students with latest knowledge required for those working in the oil, petrochemical, chemical, pharmaceutical and environmental industries.
Edited by experts Andrzej Górak, Eva Sorensen, Zarko Olujicand Hartmut Schoenmakers, the three distillation handbooks address the most important and current research on industrial distillation, including all steps in process design, operation and control aspects, and conceptual design.
The books present practical information on latest developments with contributions from recognised experts in the field. They also cover a wide range of laboratory and industrial distillation approaches and offer extensive references for each chapter to facilitate further study. The handbooks will be valuable to researchers, practitioners and students of distillation and separation science, including biochemical engineers, chemists, environmental engineers and mechanical engineers in a variety of industries.
The five new books include Distillation: Fundamentals and Principles by Andrzej Gorak and Eva Sorensen; Distillation: Equipment and Processes by Andrzej Gorak and Zarko Olujic; Distillation: Operation and Applications by Andrzej Gorak and Hartmut Schoenmakers; Flow Analysis: A Practical Guide by Victor Cerda, Laura Ferrer, Jessica Avivar and Amalia Cerda; and Water Reclamation and Sustainability by Satinder Ahuja.
The books are all available on the Elsevier Store and on Science Direct, Elsevier's full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from over 2,200 peer-reviewed journals and more than 25,000 book titles.
Academic publisher SAGE has announced the purchase of legal journal publisher, Vathek Publishing. The sale was announced jointly by Lilli Waterford, founder of Vathek Publishing and Ziyad Marar, SAGE's Global Publishing Director.
Vathek Publishing, incorporated in the Isle of Man in 2000 by Lilli Waterford, is best known for supporting academics and law practitioners with cutting edge research and practical evaluation. Vathek Publishing's portfolio includes some of the flagship academic journals within common law, policing, criminal law, evidence law and environmental law.
The acquisition results in Vathek Publishing's entire journal portfolio of six titles becoming a part of SAGE's journal program. The titles include The Journal of Criminal Law; The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles; Common Law World Review; Environmental Law Review; International Journal of Police Science & Management; and The International Journal of Evidence & Proof.
As such, with immediate effect following the sale, SAGE will be taking over full control of the production, editorial, marketing and sales of the journals. Lilli Waterford has agreed to provide assistance to the business to help facilitate the transition of Vathek Publishing's journal portfolio to SAGE. Once the transition is complete, Vathek Publishing will be dissolved as a company.
Earlier this year, the companies teamed to make titles from Ebook Library (EBL) available through Ingram's OASIS® content platform. Ingram has now added ebrary's vast range of titles, integrating all ProQuest e-book titles within the platform, simplifying acquisition for the companies' shared customers. In addition to adding titles to the OASIS platform for firm orders, EBL has also been integrated with Ingram's e-book approval plans and Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) services.
Libraries using Ingram's OASIS platform can now search and purchase both EBL and ebrary e-book content through OASIS. Users can view and select from 600,000+ EBL and ebrary e-book titles from more than 1,000 publishers that serve the unique research needs of students, scholars, professionals and other information seekers, alongside existing e-books and print books on the platform, with no changes to existing preferred workflows. Billing is consolidated, offering libraries integrated acquisition services and invoicing for all ProQuest e-book content.
Ingram recently announced that it will be integrating its OASIS® platform with its ipage® search and order content management tool in the fourth quarter of 2014, and will transition customers to the integrated platform in phases through mid-2015. All the features and benefits of OASIS will be integrated with Ingram's comprehensive ipage platform, giving libraries enhanced tools to efficiently manage content. EBL and ebrary content will continue to be supported in the combined OASIS platform.
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced that Lippincott NCLEX-RN® PassPoint has been selected as the only NCLEX Exam preparation solution officially endorsed by the Canadian Nursing Students' Association (CNSA). Lippincott PassPoint is a prominent NCLEX-preparation learning tool in the US, and is now poised to become a familiar resource in Canada.
Beginning in 2015, all new nurses in Canada will be required to pass the standard US National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to meet certification. Although all registered nurses working in the US are highly familiar with and have passed the NCLEX, this is the first time it will be required in Canada.
Lippincott PassPoint is a powerful, online learning tool created specifically to help students hone their understanding and improve preparedness for NCLEX-RN. The product is powered by prepU, an adaptive learning system that continually adjusts to each student's demonstrated level of learning. The NCLEX is a computerised adaptive test, so the adaptive nature of PassPoint provides an authentic practice experience. Research shows that nearly 99 percent of students who use PassPoint report that they pass NCLEX — more than 10 percentage points higher than the US national average.
In PassPoint, students can take practice quizzes that adapt in difficulty and reinforce knowledge of individual needs, topics or nursing concepts. With each new quiz, the system adapts to the student's current knowledge level, so the questions are neither too easy nor too hard. They also can take simulated NCLEX-RN exams to gauge their readiness for the actual licensure experience. Students can take practice exams as many times as they wish and benchmark their performance across time. PassPoint also provides detailed performance insight to help instructors and students determine where to focus future study.
Since taking up the editorship of the IJE at the turn of the millennium, George Davey Smith and Shah Ebrahim have slowly but surely driven the journal up the impact factor rankings.
According to Paul Kidd, Oxford University Press, which publishes the IJE, this is the first time an epidemiology journal has ever achieved an impact factor of 9+. This is a triumph for the editors and the editorial board.
Shanghai Library, the largest public library in China and one of the largest in the world, has contributed 2 million holdings to WorldCat, including some 770,000 unique bibliographic records, to share its collection worldwide.
These records, which represent books and journals published between 1911 and 2013, were loaded in WorldCat earlier this year. The contribution from Shanghai Library, an OCLC member since 1996, enhances the richness and depth of Chinese materials in WorldCat as well as the discoverability of these collections around the world.
WorldCat is a set of databases that together comprise the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. WorldCat data is contributed, maintained and shared by libraries around the world, and is managed and enhanced by OCLC. WorldCat data supports a range of OCLC and partner services, driving efficiency in library management, improving discovery of library collections and increasing the visibility of libraries on the Web.