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German Frankfurt Book Fair 2014 begins - 08 Oct 2014

This year the Frankfurt Book Fair began with a very thought provoking conference organised by the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) on October 7. Cathy Wolfe President & CEO, Medical Research, Wolters Kluwer, keynote speech began with an active programme on discussing the ways clinicians, nurses and other health professionals access and consume content on their various devices. Cathy showed statistics on how access to content via different devices has changed and increased over the years and how publishers can learn from this activity. What more needs to be done with content to facilitate a better experience and how publishers should adapt.

Ruth Francis, Head of Communications, Open Access and UK, Springer, moderated a session about how the use of social media can impact communication between academics and publishers. This was followed by three presentations from Jacob Molyneux, Senior Editor, American Journal of Nursing; Simon Chadwick, Professor of Sport Business Strategy and Marketing, Coventry University UK; and Joachim Müller-Jung, Science Editor, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources & Collections, Marriott Library, University of Utah, followed with a provocative and inspiring session about whether or not a rationale discussion about open access is possible. Like any other system of dissemination, Open Access (in its various forms) carries with it both benefits and costs. The OA advocacy community is very receptive to discussion of its benefits, but tends to respond negatively -even aggressively - to any attempt to address its costs and downsides. This tendency makes rational discussion of OA unnecessarily difficult. Ricks presentation demonstrated the scope of this problem and proposed some strategies for mitigating it.

The conference ended with presentations from 3 post doc researchers talking about the challenges they face to advance their careers through the system and what publishers can do to help them with the process of publishing papers on their research within relevant journals.

In the CONTEC session ‘Big Data's Crystal Ball: Industry Predictions from a Data Guru,’ speaker Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute / Oxford University, talked about how the value in data is using and reusing it over and over again. Big Data may give us the keys that unlock the mysteries of what consumers do and when, but he warns us to approach Big Data with humility and leave space for creative, irrational human behaviour that flies in the face of data.

Samsung, the 2014 Frankfurt Innovation Partner, is searching for collaborators to help them showcase their cutting-edge products. Samsung will work with its partners to engage and support both publishers and consumers through a series of events.

On the first day of the Frankfurt Book Fair, Rich Kobel from Scope e-Knowledge kicked off a very dynamic Hotspot session discussing the role of descriptive metadata & Controlled vocabularies in improving semantic linkages. In smart content discovery architecture, descriptive metadata discovers and describes content and semantic linkages. This session discussed the challenges publishers face in improving the relevance of semantic linkages and how descriptive metadata coupled with controlled vocabularies and expert human curation can be the right solution.

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US CAS and Obiter Research collaborate to provide SciFinder to scientists at Obiter Research - 08 Oct 2014

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), the world's authority for chemical information, has announced a collaboration with Obiter Research, a custom contract chemical research and manufacturing company. Under the deal, CAS will provide SciFinder, the choice for chemistry research, for the Obiter research staff, resuming their access to the most accurate, comprehensive and current source of chemical and related scientific information.

Obiter Research specialises in complex, multi-step synthesis of custom chemical compounds for pharmaceutical, agrochemical and biotechnology companies as well as academic institutions. With exceptionally high success rates in difficult process and preparative chemistry, Obiter is expanding the contract manufacturing branch of its business.

"SciFinder is one of the most important tools we have," said Dr. William Boulanger, chairman and executive chemist at Obiter. "When developing synthesis plans, we need access to more than just the most recent work on a compound. The latest synthesis method is not always the best choice for our purposes."

According to Dr. William Boulanger, chairman and executive chemist at Obiter, it is often necessary to refer to publications dating as far back as the 19th century. Therefore, access to content available only on SciFinder, with extensive coverage of past scientific publications, is essential. Obiter's scientists use the vast database content to their advantage, evaluating synthesis methods, experimental procedures and property data as well as accessing the original, full-text references. They pass this benefit on to their clients, finding the best way to make a substance in order to give customers the best possible price.

Obiter is also expanding its chemical product lines which range from pharmaceutical intermediates to monomers to radionucleotide chelators. In support of this effort, Obiter is a participating supplier in CHEMCATS, an essential source of commercially available chemicals from suppliers worldwide. Available through CAS products such as SciFinder and STN, CHEMCATS increases visibility of Obiter products among potential buyers and gives them convenient, point-of-need access to product and purchasing information.

Originally a SciFinder customer, Obiter briefly used alternative sources for chemical information but quickly determined that these had large shortcomings and were inadequate for their research needs.

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US Elsevier unveils Miller's Anesthesia, 8th Edition - 08 Oct 2014

STM publisher Elsevier will unveil Miller's Anesthesia, 8th Edition, a comprehensive two-volume medical reference book, at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2014, the American Society of Anesthesiology annual meeting in New Orleans, October 11-15. This go-to reference book provides an in-depth review of technical, scientific and clinical challenges ranging from fundamental principles to advanced subspecialty procedures.

Elsevier will also feature its robust collection of anesthesiology titles at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2014, including seven new editions published this year. Featured books will include Chestnut's Obstetric Anesthesia: Principles and Practice and Non-Operating Room Anesthesia. In addition, conference attendees will have the opportunity to meet Dr. Ronald Miller, who will participate in an Author Meet & Greet on Monday, October 13, from 9-10 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. at Elsevier's booth (#1901).

This expanded new edition of Miller's Anesthesia features 2 volumes and 112 chapters which cover the most current industry topics, including non-OR anesthesia; the role of the anesthesiologist in disasters; sleep medicine in anesthesia; perioperative and anesthesia-related neurotoxicity; anesthetic implications of complementary and alternative medicine; and robotics. New to the 8th edition are chapters on perioperative fluid management, extracorporeal support therapies, anesthesia for organ donation/procurement; and malignant hyperthermia and other genetic disorders.

Additional features include a new section on pediatric anesthesia that addresses the unique needs of pediatric patients, more than 1,500 full-color illustrations, step-by-step instructions for patient management, and an in-depth analysis of ancillary responsibilities and problems, quick-reference "Key Points" included in every chapter; and the ability to search the full text online at Expert Consult, and access regular updates, related websites and an expanded collection of procedural videos.

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US KLAS Clinical Decision Support report names ProVation Order Sets as overall best performer among order set solutions - 08 Oct 2014

Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced that ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support, was ranked by KLAS Research as having the best overall performance among order set solutions in its report, 'CDS Order Sets and Care Plans 2014: Choosing the Best Option.' This marks the third time ProVation Order Sets has achieved top ranking in the annual report on the clinical decision support solutions market.

ProVation Order Sets outscored other solutions on key indicators including overall satisfaction, improving patient outcomes and effectively standardising care, as well ease of use, proactive service, quality of phone/web support and delivering service that lives up to expectation. High scores were also earned for overall product quality, quality of implementation, as well as delivery of new technology and ability to support integration goals. Further, 98 percent of users surveyed indicated that ProVation Order Sets was part of their organisation's long-term plans.

KLAS, an independent healthcare IT research firm, compiled the 2014 report based on interviews with 139 providers. It covers whether integration with EMR systems has gotten better, how order set and care plan solutions impact patient outcomes and how vendors and providers can increase that impact.

ProVation Order Set users interviewed for the report specifically highlighted its easily consumed content and integration with UpToDate for current evidence-based decision support. The report notes that, in particular, 'deep adopters who have shown positive patient outcomes also point to pushing out updates as key to success.'

A central component of a healthcare organisation's care quality and core measures improvement strategy, ProVation Order Sets improves patient outcomes and quality of care by providing evidence-based order set templates co-developed with the editors of UpToDate. Customers achieve a return on investment through lower costs of care and the efficiencies of an intelligent clinical content management system. ProVation Order Sets also contains over 11,000 unbreakable links to UpToDate, the resource of choice for more than 850,000 users worldwide.

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US MyHeritage partners with EBSCO Information Services to bring MyHeritage to libraries and educational institutions worldwide - 08 Oct 2014

MyHeritage, the popular family history network, has announced a significant expansion into the institutional education market, with the launch of a dedicated, high-performance family history service for institutions and the signing of a strategic partnership with EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) to distribute it exclusively.

As the leading provider of online research content for libraries and other institutions, EBSCO's partnership with MyHeritage reaffirms its commitment to providing first-class content to libraries at affordable prices.

The new, state-of-the-art MyHeritage Library Edition empowers people to discover more about their family history and the lives led by their ancestors. It's the first product servicing libraries that offers a one-stop-shop of global content, powerful technologies and remote access.

The MyHeritage Library Edition™ provides access to a vast collection of U.S. and international documents online, with images of original documents to enhance research and encourage critical thinking.

Key highlights include: Vast Global Content; Powerful Technology; and Remote Access.

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US Three Scholarly Publishers implement CCC’s RightsLink for OA platform and Aries Systems’ Editorial Manager - 08 Oct 2014

Global licensing and content solutions organisation Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC) has announced that scholarly publishers De Gruyter, Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Publishing, and Maney Publishing have chosen to automate the collection and management of author charges by leveraging the integration between RightsLink for Open Access and Aries Systems’ Editorial Manager.

The integration of Aries Systems' Editorial Manager and RightsLink for Open Access provides scholarly publishers with a seamless way to collect article processing charges (APCs) from within the Editorial Manager workflow, simplifying the experience for authors while providing publishers with a robust pricing, discount and collections engine.

Aries Systems is an industry leader in editorial and production workflow solutions for scholarly publishers. Editorial Manager is the company's online manuscript submission and peer review solution.

RightsLink for Open Access is CCC's next-generation platform that automates the collection and management of APCs. Through a new application programming interface (API), it can be easily integrated with publishers' manuscript management and production systems, helping publishers more easily collect Open Access APCs while letting editorial staff focus on what they do best – working closely with authors and publication personnel to produce high-value content for subscribers and customers. RightsLink for Open Access also provides publishers with turnkey billing and collections services, offers priority customer service to authors, and delivers detailed reporting to both publishers and authors.

Each year, De Gruyter publishes over 1,300 new titles in the humanities, STM and law, more than 650 Open Access journals, and a variety of digital products. ICE Publishing produces a wide range of books and journals sharing expert advice, leading research and best practice in civil engineering and construction. Maney Publishing is an independent publisher of academic and professional journals, specializing in materials science and engineering, health and life sciences, and the humanities.

In collaboration with the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), CCC launched an Open Access Resource Center that links to the latest Open Access news, reports, industry whitepapers, webinars and websites.

CCC will host a 'Town Meeting' on October 9 from 9:00 – 11:00 am at the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair: 'Open Access: Who Holds the Power?' featuring Brandon Nordin, American Chemical Society; Ralf Schimmer, Max Planck Digital Library; Arend Kuster, QScience; Audrey McCulloch, Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers; Dr. Niels Peter Thomas, Springer; Natasha White, John Wiley & Sons; and Frederick Fenter, Ph.D., Frontiers. CCC's booth at Frankfurt is in Hall 4.2, E23.

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German Mobile phone reading on the rise in the US and UK, says Publishing Technology study - 08 Oct 2014

An increasing number of people are now using their mobile phones to read ebooks, a survey by Publishing Technology has revealed.

The survey of 3,000 consumers across the US and UK found that 43 percent have read an ebook, or part of an ebook, on their handsets, and that 66 per cent (59 per cent UK/ 72 per cent US) of mobile phone book readers currently read more on their phones than they did last year.

However, despite the mobile phone's overall growth in appeal and popularity as a reading device, the survey discovered that readers, particularly those in the UK, tend to read on their handsets fairly infrequently and in much shorter bursts, compared to the amount of time they would spend reading printed books or ebooks on tablets and ereaders.

Just 26 per cent of British mobile phone book readers use their devices to read more than once a week in contrast to 53 percent of their American counterparts. Two thirds of Brits (65 per cent) like to spend less than 30 minutes reading on their mobile phones at each sitting, whereas half (50 per cent) of Americans are comfortable spending more than 30 minutes on each mobile phone reading session.

In the USA, 46 per cent of mobile readers claimed they regularly finish books on their phones, with 34 per cent reading books across multiple devices, including their handsets. Curiously in the UK the completion rate is far lower at just 17 per cent, with 28 per cent regularly switching between devices. Exactly half (50 per cent) of all respondents said they read exactly the same content on their phones as they do on other formats with 29 per cent suggesting they preferred to indulge in shorter content forms on their mobiles.

According to respondents who were opposed to reading full-length books on their phones, the main turn offs were: general lack of convenience (40 per cent), mobile phone over usage (31 per cent), unpleasant overall reading experience (33 per cent) and ease of use and accessibility shortcomings with platforms (24 per cent).

Additionally, people who don't read on their mobiles cited a number of catalysts that could potentially encourage them to read on their phones more readily: better user experience (21 per cent), more bundling deals (15 per cent), an increase in price promotions (15 per cent) and wider availability of shorter content forms (13 per cent). Half (50 per cent) of all survey respondents across the UK and US said nothing could encourage them to read books on their mobiles.

The survey also unveiled UK consumers' preferences when it comes to the mobile handsets and reading platforms available. Apple was voted top dog in the device category, with 40 per cent of mobile readers claiming to be iPhone users, compared to 28 per cent who own a Samsung and seven per cent who own either an HTC or Nokia.

In the battle of mobile phone reading platforms, Amazon and Apple have 81 per cent of the market share between them, with Amazon's Kindle ahead on 50 per cent and Apple's iBooks on 31 per cent. Kobo and Nook lie in third and fourth places with nine per cent and six per cent respectively. Interestingly, iBooks is closing ground on Kindle among the younger generations. The study found that 41 per cent of 18-24 year olds are using Kindle versus 39 percent who are now using iBooks.

Those interviewed in the UK were also quizzed on their favourite genres for mobile reading. The crime/thriller category came out on top (27 per cent), followed by autobiographies/biographies (25 per cent), general fiction (20 per cent), sci-fi/fantasy (19 per cent) and romance/erotic fiction (18 per cent).

Britons' favourite places to read books on their mobile phones are the comfort of their homes (47 per cent) and on public transport (also 47 per cent), with 36 per cent reserving the pleasure for holidays and 11 per cent enjoying a cheeky read on the lavatory!

The Mobile Book Reading Habits survey was conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Publishing Technology. The full results can be accessed at www.publishingtechnology.com/research.

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US Annual Reviews announces new journal - Annual Review of Virology - 08 Oct 2014

Annual Reviews, the non-profit publisher that synthesises critical research literature, has announced the launch of Annual Review of Virology. This journal will capture and describe the most important advances in our understanding of viruses of animals, plants, bacteria, archaea, fungi, and protozoa. Reviews will address exciting discoveries and new directions in basic and applied virology including studies of virus structure and replication, viral pathogenesis, virus-host interactions, viral evolution, and immune responses to viral infections.

The Annual Review of Virology is edited by Professor Lynn W. Enquist (Henry L. Hillman Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University), with Associate Editors Terence S. Dermody (Dorothy Overall Wells Professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine) and Daniel DiMaio (Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Genetics at Yale School of Medicine).

Complimentary online access to the first volume of the journal is available until September 2015 at virology.annualreviews.org. Interested institutions that do not have a current online account and would like to track usage statistics of the complimentary access to the journal may register with the Sales Department (sales@annualreviews.org).

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