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US Thomson Reuters and Linguamatics release new solution to advance pharma clinical trial R&D - 08 Dec 2014

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced a collaboration with Linguamatics to advance pharmaceutical clinical trial research and development (R&D) with the launch of Cortellis Informatics Clinical Text Analytics for I2E. The new solution, available through Thomson Reuters Cortellis, a powerful intelligence platform for life science professionals, applies Linguamatics I2E text mining platform to relevant information to assist researchers in finding actionable insights. The content includes clinical trial information, epidemiology data, literature, press releases and conference proceedings.

Cortellis Informatics Clinical Text Analytics for I2E uses the combination of Linguamatics' powerful, market-leading NLP text analytics platform with the largest breadth and depth of integrated clinical content available. Through a single interface, users will be able to glean new insights in support of trials, site selection and competitive intelligence, helping them to design more effective clinical trials and gain a deeper understanding of the implications of their results.

Key features include authoritative, hand-curated content; access to numeric information; data-driven clinical insights; and streamlined search functionality.

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US Wolters Kluwer Health integrates Lexicomp Online with Facts & Comparisons Off-Label, VisualDx drug eruption content - 08 Dec 2014

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced that Lexicomp® Online™, its hospital-wide referential drug information solution, now includes its industry-leading Facts & Comparisons® Off-Label database and VisualDx® drug eruption content. The enhancements are part of an ongoing integration of Wolters Kluwer Clinical Drug Information solutions to deliver to clinicians extensive medication decision support at the point of care.

The Facts & Comparisons Off-Label database provides information on more than 1,200 off-label medication uses, therapy statements, and evidence ratings, enhancing patient safety and providing valuable context. Users can also access nearly 350 in-depth off-label monographs including dosing studies and risk/benefits discussion for more informed decision-making. Availability of off-label indication information helps improve efficiencies by providing a summary statement of uses within core drug content while also enabling more in-depth research with intuitive access to a deeper level of information to support treatment recommendations and clinician education.

Also newly integrated with Lexicomp Online is industry-leading VisualDx drug eruption content to help clinicians identify drug-induced conditions of the skin. Offered by Logical Images, VisualDx is recognized as the premier solution that aids clinicians in the identification of a variety of skin lesions. By entering visual and other cues, such as lesion type, clinicians can quickly and easily confirm skin reactions and link directly to drug eruption content within Lexicomp drug monographs in the Warnings and Precautions fields. This integration also helps clinicians identify appropriate ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes and provides additional related information, such as supportive patient care and therapy options.

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US Elsevier Foundation announces 2015 grant recipients - 08 Dec 2014

The Elsevier Foundation has announced its 2015 grant recipients for the Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries and New Scholars Programs. In total $600.000 has been committed for 2015 that will support various multiyear projects in over 20 countries in the developing world. The Elsevier Foundation is funded by STM publisher Elsevier.

The Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries Program awards grants to libraries for innovation in improving access and use of scientific, technical and medical (STM) information. The 2015 library grant recipients address real developing world issues through the use of STM information resources and include: Consumer Health Literacy in African Public Libraries, Network of African Medical Libraries; Forig Library: Digitization of Indigenous Knowledge in the Forestry Sector in Ghana, CSIR Forestry Research Institute in Ghana; Librarians Without Borders® E-Library Training Initiative, Librarians Without Borders®/ Medical Library Association; Transforming Scholarly Communication and Academic Production in Eastern DRC, Université Chretienne Bilingue du Congo; Eye Health Information Impact Grant, SEVA Foundation; Health Information Research in Uganda, Maria Musoke, Makerere University.

The New Scholars Program supports projects to help early- to mid-career women scientists balance family responsibilities with demanding academic careers and addresses the attrition rate of talented women scientists. The 2015 grants include: Career Building Workshops for STEM Women Scientists, Engineering School of Communications of Tunis; Sustainability and Water Resource Management in the Tropics, University of Florida, University of Hawaii-Manoa, American Society for Microbiology; West Virginia STEM+ Family Travel Initiative, West Virginia University Foundation on Behalf of West Virginia University; Physical Anthropologists Women's Initiative, American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA).

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US CRL and partners release revised LIBLICENSE Model License Agreement - 08 Dec 2014

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL), in collaboration with several partners, including the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), has released the major upgrade of an important tool for library investment in electronic resources: a revised LIBLICENSE Model License Agreement. The new model license incorporates the best practices of the library profession and the best advice of legal and publishing professionals.

The LIBLICENSE Project, started in 1997 at Yale University by Ann Okerson, who now serves as senior advisor at CRL, provides a rich source of information and guidance for libraries and other institutions seeking to license digital resources for their faculty, students, and researchers.

The model license outlines the main provisions a good library e-resources content license should contain, highlighting as well key points for decisions and negotiations with publishers. The document is expected to support libraries' efforts to serve their users and achieve the core mission of preserving intellectual heritage in the digital age by negotiating the best terms of use. The original LIBLICENSE model license, released in 2001, has supported long-term access and stewardship goals. The new revision will help librarians address a new generation of issues and challenges.

The effort was made possible with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. As with the initial 2001 version, the Council on Library and Information Resources again provided support and encouragement. New contributors to this significant, yearlong effort included the Association of Research Libraries, the California Digital Library (CDL), the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), and the NELLCO Law Library Consortium, as well as the Emory University Libraries.

In early 2015, the project expects to release an updated 'Create Your Own License' software. Based on this new model license, the software is a total rewrite of the previous version, which enjoyed a healthy lifespan of over a decade.

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UK CABI publishes new book, Soil Carbon, on World Soil Day - 08 Dec 2014

CABI has announced that it is publishing Soil Carbon to coincide with World Soil Day. The publication brings together essential evidence and policy opportunities regarding the global importance of soil carbon as a critical component in the natural system.

Soil Carbon comes at a time when the debate around soil and climate change, ecology and food security is steadily growing. The management of healthy soil is becoming an increasingly important global subject: the United Nations (UN) has announced 2015 will be the International Year of Soils.

The UN notes that soil is fundamental to food, feed, fuel and fibre production, and to healthy ecosystems and populations. The largest store of terrestrial carbon is in the soil and, as such, its preservation may contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation. A quarter of global biodiversity can be found below ground, is very poorly understood and needs urgent attention. To meet humanity's need for energy, food and water, global soil resources must be enhanced and maintained.

Covering the science and policy background for this critical natural resource, Soil Carbon describes land management options that improve soil carbon status and, therefore, increase the benefits that humans derive from the environment. Developed by an advisory committee of international leaders in soil science, the book is written by renowned global experts. It is the principal output from a SCOPE rapid assessment process project.

Chapter one is available to download. Copies of Soil Carbon can be made available for book review. The book is also available to buy online.

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UK OUP announces January 2015 launch of new OA journal, Neuroscience of Consciousness - 08 Dec 2014

Academic publisher Oxford University Press (OUP) has announced the launch of a new Open Access journal, Neuroscience of Consciousness, in partnership with the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC). Professor Anil Seth of the University of Sussex will serve as the Editor-in-Chief.

Neuroscience of Consciousness will seek to bring a much-needed focus to consciousness science, and through its partnership with ASSC will catalyse further developments in resolving this central mystery of life.

The journal will be open for submissions on January 1, 2015 and the community may register their interest now at http://nc.oxfordjorunals.org.

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US Credo appoints John Hutchinson as Vice President, Product - 08 Dec 2014

Information skills solutions provider Credo has announced the appointment of John Hutchinson as Vice President, Product. He brings broad experience to a position where he will advance a product portfolio that helps learners of all types develop the information skills they need to succeed in the 21st Century.

A cross-functional team leader with over 20 years experience in product development, advertising, and e-commerce, John has directed programs across a range of industries including enterprise software, data warehousing, finance, and consumer products. At Arnold Worldwide, he served as Vice President in Account Management, where he led integrated creative, technology and media teams in the implementation of online campaigns for national brands and multi-billion dollar companies.

Most recently, John served as president at a web development firm where he oversaw the user experience design and technical architecture of clients' e-commerce applications, with a focus on optimizing sales conversions and customer renewals.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 08 Dec 2014

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Phil Davis (Peak PLOS: Planning for a Future of Declining Revenue); Publishing Technology (How scholarly libraries are funding and cataloguing OA journals); Joseph Esposito (Workflow without Strategy is a Dead End); Joe Wikert (Unlocking the hidden value of archives); and Michael Eisen (Is Nature’s “free to view” a magnanimous gesture or a cynical ploy?). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.

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