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US Wolters Kluwer Health announces launch of UpToDate Anywhere in Japan - 19 Jan 2015

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced the launch of UpToDate Anywhere in Japan. UpToDate Anywhere enables Japanese hospitals and healthcare organisations to provide clinicians with mobile access to UpToDate, the acclaimed evidence-based clinical decision support resource. Clinician usage of UpToDate nationwide is expected to steadily increase as mobile access becomes available in the country's healthcare institutions.

St. Luke's International Hospital, a general and teaching hospital located in the Tsukiji district of Chūō, Tokyo, is the first institution in Japan where access to UpToDate is available on smartphones and tablets. As one of central Tokyo's largest and most comprehensive medical care facilities, St. Luke's International Hospital uses UpToDate as a key resource to improve the quality and effectiveness of patient care.

With the launch of UpToDate Anywhere in Japan, clinicians can use the UpToDate app anytime and anywhere—in the hospital or at home. Ranked first among ‘The best medical apps for your new iPhone’ by iMedicalApps and rated as one of ‘The Best Apps in Publishing’ by EContent Magazine, the app is available in iOS, Android™ and Windows 8 mobile platforms.

UpToDate Anywhere has been enthusiastically received by the healthcare community in Japan. St. Luke's International Hospital is joined by a number of hospitals who have rapidly adopted the mobile health resource to ensure easy access to current, evidence-based clinical answers and recommendations for diagnosis and treatment.

Hospitals and healthcare systems in Japan that have a strategic objective to enhance workflow integration can opt to embed UpToDate in their electronic medical record systems. This allows clinicians to search UpToDate with fewer clicks and without additional windows or log-ins.

UpToDate Anywhere users in Japanese healthcare organisations benefit in particular from Search in Your Own Language, a customisable suite of multi-language search and navigation tools enabling clinicians to pose clinical questions in several languages, including Japanese. The intuitive auto-complete feature of UpToDate search also predicts words or phrases in Japanese to deliver faster search results.

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US EBSCO Health and MEDCOM Inc. sign reseller agreement - 19 Jan 2015

EBSCO Health, part of EBSCO Information Services, has announced an agreement with MEDCOM Inc. A leader in nursing education for more than 50 years, MEDCOM produces online healthcare training courses designed to give nursing students, allied health students and nurses access to the latest nursing content. The new agreement will allow EBSCO Health to resell a nursing education resource from MEDCOM Inc.

MEDCOM produces highly-regarded videos to help educate nurses and ensure they have the most current information. These videos complement EBSCO Health’s suite of medical research products, such as CINAHL® and Nursing Reference Center Plus™.

MEDCOM’s courses are comprised of video programs that can be accessed through an internet-based learning management system. The courses are developed with the assistance of leading subject matter experts in a variety of healthcare specialties, as well as leading healthcare and professional organizations.

The videos can be used in a classroom setting or remotely through desktop computers, tablets and mobile devices. CE credits are available quickly and easily with test results available instantly. Educators can customise a set of course materials to fit their needs and can include entire programs or desired sections.

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US NISO Publishes Recommended Practice on metadata indicators for accessibility and licensing of e-content - 19 Jan 2015

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a new Recommended Practice on Access License and Indicators (NISO RP-22-2015) that defines metadata to be used to indicate free-to-read content and a link to license terms for the use/re-use of that content.

Developed by the NISO Working Group on Access License and Indicators (formerly Open Access Metadata and Indicators), the recommended practice proposes the adoption of two core pieces of metadata and associated tags: and . The first tag would indicate that the work is freely accessible during the specified timeframe (if applicable). The second tag would contain a reference to a URI that carries the license terms specifying how a work may be used.

Access and License Indicators (NISO RP-22-2015) is available for free download from the ALI Working Group webpage on the NISO website at: www.niso.org/workrooms/ali.

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US Dr. John Morrison named new Editor-in-Chief of BrainFacts.org - 19 Jan 2015

Dr. John Morrison of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai began his term on January 1 as editor-in-chief of BrainFacts.org, a public information initiative of The Kavli Foundation, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and the Society for Neuroscience. Morrison joins an editorial board composed of leading neuroscientists from across the globe in providing guidance on content development, ensuring scientific validity, and facilitating engagement from the scientific community.

In less than three years, BrainFacts.org has helped transform the neuroscience field’s ability to share accurate and accessible information about the brain with a global public. Since launch, nearly 2.5 million people have accessed more than 5.25 million articles, images, and videos about the brain on BrainFacts.org. Nearly 50 percent of site traffic comes from outside the United States, with recent increases in access from India, Pakistan, and Mexico. Driving the site’s continued growth and innovation are an expanding presence on social media, an active blog led by SfN members, and emerging strategies for greater incorporation of multimedia content and engagement opportunities.

Morrison serves as professor of neuroscience, professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine, and dean of basic sciences and the graduate school of biomedical sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. His scientific work focuses on synaptic plasticity, the aging brain, and the synaptic basis of age-related cognitive decline. Morrison has a long history of leadership in the public communication of science, including engaging policymakers, educators, and patient groups, as well as a sustained interest in helping convey the importance of animal research.

His volunteer service with SfN includes roles as councillor from 2010-2013 and chair of the three SfN committees dedicated to educating and engaging the public. Morrison served as chair of the Public Education and Communication Committee during the BrainFacts.org launch in 2012 and was a member of the advisory group that helped conceptualize BrainFacts.org and forge a relationship with the site’s founding partners.

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US Oklahoma State University Library joins HathiTrust - 19 Jan 2015

Oklahoma State University Library has become the newest member of HathiTrust, a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in an extraordinary digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form.

Launched in 2008, HathiTrust has a growing membership currently comprising more than 80 partners. The partners have contributed nearly 11 million volumes digitized from their library collections. More than 3.4 million of the contributed volumes are in the public domain and freely available online.

HathiTrust serves a dual role. First, as a trusted repository it guarantees the long-term preservation of the materials it holds. It provides the expert curation and consistent access associated with research libraries. Second, HathiTrust offers persistent access to the digital collections as both a service for partners and a public good. This includes viewing, downloading, and searching to public domain volumes, and searching of copyright volumes. Specialised features are also available which facilitate access by people with disabilities and allow users to gather subsets of the digital library into ‘collections’ that can be searched and browsed.

In a related announcement, the Georgia Tech Library also joined HathiTrust as one of its members. Through HathiTrust, the Georgia Tech campus community can now freely access more than 4.5 million digital books and journals in the public domain from a desktop or mobile device. Users can search HathiTrust’s catalogue, curate their own private libraries, and download digital material at no cost.

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US Credo adds new titles and video collections to its Academic Core collection - 19 Jan 2015

Credo, the industry leader for information skills solutions, has announced the addition of nearly 50 new titles to its Academic Core general reference collection this month. The new titles come from notable publishers such as Harvard University Press, National Geographic Society, SAGE, and others, as well as videos from the MacNeil/Lehrer PBS Newshour.

New titles include Global Social Issues: An Encyclopedia, a Choice OAT selection, published by Routledge; Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems, published by Elsevier Science & Technology; Ask Harvard Medical School Video Series from Harvard Health Publications; Defining Digital Humanities, published by Ashgate Publishing; and Encyclopedia of the History of Astronomy and Astrophysics, from Cambridge University Press.

Academic Core is available for annual subscription on the Credo Online Reference Service and Literati Academic platform (a 2014 Choice OAT selection) and will be updated monthly with new and updated titles. In addition to the Academic Core Collection, Credo offers general reference collections tailored to Public and School libraries as well as the Complete Core collection, comprising all titles from the three Core collections.

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US Reprints Desk expands reach to over 200 academic libraries with three new library consortiums deals - 19 Jan 2015

Research Solutions subsidiary Reprints Desk, Inc., a document delivery supplier, has announced new agreements with University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Consortium of Libraries, Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS), and the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium (PALCI) to provide group purchase pricing incentives to more than 200 academic library members who are now eligible to sign up for Reprints Desk’s award-winning Article Galaxy software platform to retrieve scholarly research articles that are not available via journal subscriptions.

An alternative to interlibrary lending and borrowing, academic library consortia members rely on Reprints Desk’s Article Galaxy as an online gateway to specially priced scholarly journal articles from more than 40,000 publications as well as hundreds of thousands of book records. Reprints Desk provides a high quality PDF of the article for a small transactional fee plus a special academic copyright royalty charge that can be as low as $15.00. Participating publishers currently include Elsevier, John Wiley & Sons, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Springer Verlag, Nature Publishing Group, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and dozens of others.

Other Article Galaxy features include 24/7 ordering and customer support, integration with popular interlibrary loan (ILL) lending software such as ILLiad and RapidILL, a searchable and browsable A-Z list of participating publishers and publications, optional secondary sourcing for articles beyond the collection, and single-source billing via subscription agents.

Academic institutions, corporations and government organisations around the world rely on Reprints Desk and its online platform Article Galaxy for legal, low cost access to full-text scientific, technical, and medical (STM) content.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 19 Jan 2015

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: David Crotty (Compliance: The Coming Storm); Ben McCluskey (Impact doesn’t have to be a dirty word – staying positive about the promotion of scientific excellence); Phil Davis (Social Media And Its Impact on Medical Research); and Steven T. Corneliussen (Should journals pay peer reviewers $50 per hour?). 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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