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Netherland Negotiations on subscription fees and Open Access between Dutch universities and Elsevier fail - 05 Nov 2014

Negotiations between the Dutch universities and publishing company Elsevier on subscription fees and Open Access have ground to a halt. In line with the policy pursued by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the universities want academic publications to be freely accessible. To that end, agreements will have to be made with publishers. The proposal presented by Elsevier last week failed to address this inevitable change. The universities hope that Elsevier will submit an amended proposal.

Agreements are being made with individual academic publishers on subscription fees for academic journals for all Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences, as well as for the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and other research institutes. These agreements form part of what are known as the 'Big Deal' negotiations. The universities are only prepared to renew the agreements on subscriptions if the publishers take steps towards Open Access. Several publishers are not very keen to do so, given the drastic changes in their revenue model that this transition will cause. At the same time, negotiations with publishers other than Elsevier have shown that the parties do succeed in moving towards Open Access.

The Dutch universities and the Dutch government are very much in favour of opening access to academic publications. Open Access publications are easier to find, more frequently quoted and capable of reaching a larger audience - benefiting not only science, but society and the economy at large. According to targets set by State Secretary Dekker for Education, Culture and Science, five and ten years from now 60 percent and 100 percent of all Dutch academic publications, respectively, should be Open Access publications. A great deal of academic research depends on public funds, and the universities aim to prevent a situation in which users eventually have to pay twice for consulting Open Access publications.

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US EBSCO modernizes publication discovery with Full-Text Finder - 05 Nov 2014

EBSCO Information Service (EBSCO) has announced the introduction of Full-Text Finder™ (FTF). Available to all EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) customers with their subscription, and as a stand-alone application to non-subscribers, Full-Text Finder delivers the intuitive, time-saving experience when searching for journals, e-books and articles, and managing the library's holdings.

Full-Text Finder features an integrated workflow solution that includes a state-of-the-art publication search service and vendor-neutral link resolver, along with a knowledge base and streamlined Holdings and Link Management™ (HLM). A part of EBSCOadmin™, HLM allows library administrators to save time with integrated auto-population of holdings; auto-complete to readily identify and find resources; and a multitude of workflow enhancements.

FTF is the culmination of extensive research and development to identify library and end-user needs, understand user habits, and deliver a modern experience to find journals and manage holdings. EBSCO built FTF from the ground up as the natural progression of the EBSCO experience with EBSCO A-to-Z and LinkSource, which have been the familiar publication browse and link resolver respectively focused on journals and journal content. The proliferation of more than a million eBooks and the growth to thousands of journal packages and full-text databases required a new approach to handle the massive volume of content while meeting the expectations of today's users.

The features of Full-Text Finder that improve the end user experience include Seamless Discovery Integration; Responsive Auto-Complete; Publication-Targeted Full Text Search; Discipline-Specific Browse; State-of-the-Art Linking; and Faceting of Publication Search Results.

Full-Text Finder is being released to existing customers of EBSCO A-to-Z and LinkSource in phases to ensure continuous, uninterrupted service during the migration period.

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UK IOP Publishing collaborates with JournalMap - 05 Nov 2014

Non-profit scientific publisher IOP Publishing (IOP), UK, and USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have signed an agreement to add more than 1000 articles from IOP's journal Environmental Research Letters (ERL) to the JournalMap literature discovery database.

JournalMap's vision is to help scientists find out what research has been done in a specific location, as well as to determine whether a study undertaken in a specific region, could be relevant to another part of the world.

Geographical tags are applied to published journal articles so that the location(s) featured in the research are available and searchable via the JournalMap website. Once JournalMap users have found a relevant article, they can click on the article to read it on the publisher's website. As well as being able to filter research by different ecological or environmental aspects, or by author name, journal or keyword, users can create their own collection of articles.

The importance of being able to search by location or on attributes that can be derived from a study's location is most obvious for a journal such as ERL where the majority of its research articles are tied to locations on the globe. Adding ERL to the JournalMap database not only improves the ease and accessibility of relevant research findings but also promotes syntheses and meta-analyses, and provides greater understanding of processes that create environmental patterns.

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Netherland Elsevier unveils new OA journal - EBioMedicine - 05 Nov 2014

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that two of its leading brands, Cell Press and The Lancet, have now joined forces to launch a new open access journal, EBioMedicine. The broad-spectrum journal will publish research papers covering the entire breadth of life and health sciences, ranging from basic research to clinical and public/global health science.

EBioMedicine will also place a high priority on rapid publication and seeks to publish a broad range of research study types. In addition, the journal will publish commentaries and viewpoints that enhance the access to and applicability of basic research findings for health professionals, and promote a better understanding of clinical challenges for biomedical researchers.

With two full-time professional Editors in Chief, Dr Duc Le and Dr Julie Stacey, working from within The Lancet and Cell Press offices, this new journal is perfectly poised to facilitate the dialogue and collaboration between basic researchers and clinicians who are at the interface of these two communities.

Anne Kitson, EVP for Health & Medical Sciences journal publishing at Elsevier, added, "We believe that EBioMedicine will become the premier open access publication for where these two communities meet to disseminate ideas and cross-fertilize information, enabling quicker transformation of scientific insights into health improvement."

First articles have been published and are available through ScienceDirect.

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US Dr. Kathleen Murphy White named new Editor-in-Chief of Quality Management in Health Care - 05 Nov 2014

Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that Dr. Kathleen Murphy White has been named Editor-in-Chief of Quality Management in Health Care (QMHC), a peer-reviewed journal of evidence, ideas, and experience in improving health care quality and patient outcomes.

Dr. White is an Associate Professor at The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, with a joint faculty appointment in the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business. The appointment is effective with the current issue of QMHC.

Quality Management in Health Care covers new research tools, methods, and results aimed at improving health care delivery and patient outcomes. It provides an international forum for discussion among all stakeholders involved in patient care and ongoing quality management. The journal is published quarterly, in print and online.

In addition to her academic appointments, Dr. White is a clinical nurse specialist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she was a member of the collaborative team that developed the award-winning Johns Hopkins Nursing evidence-based practice model and guidelines. She brings extensive experience in health care practice policy and leadership at the hospital, state, national and international levels.

Dr. White's selection as Editor-in-Chief heralds the next step in the evolution of QMHC, with plans for a fresh new design along with new columns and content and an updated look.

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German Dr. Peter Nakaji and Dr. Peter Vajkoczy sign on as editors-in-chief of Thieme eNeurosurgery editorial board - 05 Nov 2014

Scientific and medical publisher Thieme has announced that Dr. Peter Nakaji and Dr. Peter Vajkoczy have signed on as editors-in-chief of the editorial board for Thieme eNeurosurgery. In this capacity, Dr. Nakaji and Dr. Vajkoczy are responsible for providing Thieme with regular input on relevant new content for eNeurosurgery so that the platform continues to offer comprehensive coverage of the field. In doing so, the editors also support Thieme in further expanding its portfolio of market-leading neurosurgery content.

Dr. Nakaji is a practicing neurosurgeon at Barrow Neurosurgical Associates in Phoenix, Arizona and a leading neurosurgeon in the U.S. known for his expertise in vascular, tumor, endoscopic, and minimally invasive neurosurgery.

Dr. Vajkoczy is Director of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Charite University Medical Centre in Berlin, Germany where he specializes in the surgical treatment of tumors located in hard to reach areas of the brain as well as in techniques used in minimally invasive spine surgery.

Thieme eNeurosurgery is a unique online resource that provides the global neurosurgical community with unprecedented access to Thieme's entire neurosurgery collection. This powerful platform enables users to search for procedures they want to brush up on, confirm references for their writing, find visuals for presentations, and much more! Thieme eNeurosurgery is projected as the go-to reference that makes finding clinical information easier, faster, and more efficient than ever before.

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Switzerland CERN Council selects Dr Fabiola Gianotti as next Director-General - 05 Nov 2014

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, has selected Italian physicist, Dr Fabiola Gianotti, as the organisation's next Director-General at its 173rd Closed Session. The appointment will be formalised at the December session of the Council, and Dr Gianotti's mandate will begin on January 1, 2016 and run for a period of five years.

Dr Gianotti was leader of the ATLAS experiment collaboration from March 2009 to February 2013, covering the period in which the LHC experiments ATLAS and CMS announced the long-awaited discovery of the so-called Higgs boson, recognised by the award of the Nobel Prize to François Englert and Peter Higgs in 2013. She is a member of many international committees, and has received many prestigious awards. She will be the first woman to hold the position of CERN Director-General.

Headquarterd in Geneva, CERN is the world's leading laboratory for particle physics. At present, its Member States are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Romania is a Candidate for Accession. Serbia is an Associate Member in the pre-stage to Membership. India, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United States of America, Turkey, the European Commission and UNESCO have Observer Status.

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