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US SAGE white paper presents collaborative opportunities for improving discoverability in 2015 - 23 Jan 2015

Academic publisher SAGE has released a new whitepaper 'Improving the Discoverability of Scholarly Content: Academic Library Priorities and Perspectives,' which discusses new ways for members of the scholarly communications supply chain to come together to solve discoverability issues.

Lettie Conrad, Executive Manager of Product Analysis and Elisabeth Leonard, Executive Market Research Manager at SAGE surveyed more than 250 librarians about resource discovery practices and priorities. According to the survey findings librarians considered the highest potential for increasing discovery indexing to be mainstream search engines (Google) and in academic databases (A&I). The library catalogue remains a priority discovery channel for librarians. Discovery issues preventing libraries from purchasing/subscribing to scholarly resources included lack of metadata standards compliance (23%), lack of transparency around discoverability (33%), lack of collaboration (26%) and lack of metadata (33%).

The biggest discoverability challenges are found with audiovisual and multimedia materials. The paper discusses how content providers can promote discoverability by ‘getting their metadata out there everywhere.’ For example, publishers can participate in open web and library resource discovery and access tools such as search engine indexing, high-quality, timely MARC records, and metadata standards compliance.

Furthermore, the authors recommend that librarians communicate openly and directly with publishers and others in the community about furthering their library priorities.

Those attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting are invited to join Elisabeth for a special in-booth presentation of the white paper results on January 31st at 2pm in the SAGE Booth #4021. The paper is available to read at http://www.sagepub.com/repository/binaries/pdfs/discoverability2015.pdf.

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US EBSCO and the American Medical Association expand partnership to promote visibility and adoption of top medical journals - 23 Jan 2015

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and the American Medical Association (AMA) are expanding their relationship in an effort to further promote visibility and adoption of the top medical journals around the world. While EBSCO has long made AMA journals available via its subscription services, EBSCO will now act as a sales agent for The JAMA Network.

Long known as both a subscription agency and a database vendor, EBSCO has now pooled the resources from both areas and now offers selected publishers truly expanded worldwide sales and marketing efforts as part of a new program. The list of publisher partners in this program is limited.

Healthcare professionals around the world turn to The JAMA Network for groundbreaking research and insightful commentary from leaders across the broad spectrum of health care. It is a trusted family of esteemed medical journals that shape the future of medicine by connecting physicians with important, innovative research in general medicine and many specialties.

Journals from The JAMA Network that EBSCO will sell as part of the agreement include: Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA); JAMA Dermatology; JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery; JAMA Internal Medicine; JAMA Neurology; JAMA Ophthalmology; JAMA Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery; JAMA Pediatrics; JAMA Psychiatry; and JAMA Surgery.

These journals are indexed in many EBSCO databases, and the two organisations are maximising technology to ensure the best possible linking between EBSCO’s hosted indexes (e.g., Academic Search, CINAHL®, MEDLINE™, etc.), and the AMA e-journal platform for mutual customers. Enhanced linking will also be provided via EBSCO Discovery Service, as well as via EBSCO’s point-of-care products (e.g., DynaMed™) for mutual customers.

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US Elsevier publishes five new geology books essential for professionals in the oil and gas industries - 23 Jan 2015

STM publisher Elsevier has announced the publication of five new geology books. These include the updated and revised third edition of Elements of Petroleum Geology, written by preeminent petroleum geologists, Dr. Richard Selley and Dr. Stephen Sonnenberg.

Elements of Petroleum Geology reviews the concepts and methodology of petroleum exploration and production, and reflects the vast changes in the field since publication of the previous edition. It features new information on drilling activity and production methods including crude oil, directional drilling, thermal techniques, and gas plays as well as additional coverage of 3D seismic interpretation. With first-time sections on pressure compartments, and hydrocarbon adsorption and absorption in source rocks, it is a comprehensive resource for geophysicists, geologists, and petroleum engineers in the oil industry.

Editor Dr. Richard Selley is a Senior Research Fellow and Emeritus Professor of Petroleum Geology at Imperial College, London. He has more than 50 years of experience in the teaching, research and practical application of geoscience to petroleum exploration. Co-editor Dr. Stephen A. Sonnenberg is a Professor and holds the Charles Boettcher Distinguished Chair in Petroleum Geology at the Colorado School of Mines. He specialises in unconventional reservoirs, sequence stratigraphy, tectonic influence on sedimentation, and petroleum geology.

The five new geology books are: Elements of Petroleum Geology, 3rd Edition by Richard Selley and Stephen A. Sonnenberg; Education in Training for the Oil and Gas Industry, Volume Two: Building A Technically Competent Workforce by Phil Andrews; Structural Geology: The Mechanics of Deforming Metamorphic Rocks by Bruce Hobbs and Alison Ord; Geoethics: Ethical Challenges and Case Studies in Earth Sciences by Max Wyss and Silvia Peppoloni; and Practical and Applied Hydrogeology by Zekâi Sen.

The books are available on the Elsevier Store and on ScienceDirect, 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.

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US American Publishers and Authors require OFAC to permit US publication of books and articles from Syria - 23 Jan 2015

A coalition of leading publisher and author associations has written to the Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") of the Treasury Department demanding that it revise trade regulations that effectively prohibit American publishers from publishing books and journal articles written by Syrian authors.

The Association of American University Presses ("AAUP"), the Association of American Publishers Professional and Scholarly Publishers division ("AAP/PSP"), and PEN American Center ("PEN") have condemned the portion of the amended and re-issued Syrian sanctions regulations dictating that American publishers may not enter into transactions for Syrian works not yet fully completed, may not provide 'substantive or artistic alterations or enhancements' to Syrian works, and may not promote or market Syrian works.

The letter states that the Syrian Sanctions Regulations violate federal law and the First Amendment, and by severely restricting the ability of American publishers to publish works by Syrian academics, dissidents, and opponents of the Assad regime and/or ISIS, make a terrible policy decision at odds with this country's longstanding traditions at a time when the American public most needs to educate itself about Syria.

In light of the important First Amendment values at stake, Congress twice passed laws making clear that OFAC has no authority to regulate 'information or informational materials.'

In 2004, the coalition sued OFAC for similar trade sanctions governing works penned by authors in Iran, Cuba, and the Sudan. OFAC quickly revised those regulations and created a general license permitting all publishers to engage in any transactions 'necessary and ordinarily incident to' publishing and marketing written works from those countries, with limited exceptions. When the coalition agreed to voluntarily dismiss the suit, OFAC stipulated that it would 'take [similar] policy considerations into account in the event that it issues regulations pertaining to additional countries under trading sanction.' Despite that stipulation, OFAC failed to include such protections in recent Syrian sanctions regulations – imperiling the US publication of many valuable political and scientific publications.

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UK Oxford University Press publishes first issue of the European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy - 23 Jan 2015

Academic publisher Oxford University Press (OUP) has announced the publication of the first issue of European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy (EHJCVP), which it is publishing on behalf of the European Society for Cardiology (ESC) and the Working Group on Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy.

Pharmacotherapy is an increasingly important area of cardiology given the high number of cardiac patients who are on medication of some kind. This new journal aims to publish the highest quality research, interpreting and integrating new scientific developments within the field of cardiovascular pharmacotherapy. The overarching goal of the journal is to improve the care of patients with cardiovascular disease with a specific focus on cardiovascular pharmacotherapy.

The Editor-in-Chief of EHJCVP is Professor Stefan Agewall of the Institute for Clinical Medicine at the University of Oslo. OUP will publish four issues of EHJCVP in 2015, and the journal will be freely available until December 2016.

The journal's website can be found at http://ehjcvp.oxfordjournals.org/.

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US Orbis Cascade Alliance and Ex Libris complete implementation of a shared resource management and discovery system - 23 Jan 2015

The Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 37 North American academic institutions known for innovative collaboration, and library automation services provider Ex Libris Group have announced the completion of a two-year effort to migrate Alliance members to a shared, next-generation library management and discovery solution. Alliance member libraries have migrated from 37 locally hosted systems comprised of four discovery and three ILS platforms to shared use of the cloud-based Alma unified resource management solution and Primo discovery solution.

Working in partnership, the Alliance and Ex Libris each played critical roles in managing the complex migration of four cohorts comprised of 6-11 libraries, each cohort migrating over a six-month period. Beyond migration, the Alliance and Ex Libris worked in partnership to create a new resource sharing solution and to develop consortial functionality that will allow Alliance member libraries to build on their 20-year history of shared work.

The Orbis Cascade Alliance is a consortium of 37 academic institutions in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, serving faculty and the equivalent of more than 275,000 full-time students. The Alliance helps member libraries to advance institutional missions through collaboration and innovation. Members join together in the spirit of innovation and combined expertise, seeking efficiency and productivity to strongly promote the success of students, faculty, staff, and researchers.

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US Accessible Archives retains Scholarly iQ to upgrade COUNTER Usage reporting capabilities - 23 Jan 2015

Accessible Archives, Inc., a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases, has announced that usage statistics for its collections will become available April 1, 2015 using the new COUNTER Release 4 (R4) standards.

Scholarly iQ, a provider of eBusiness solutions to the academic publishing market, is the new vendor providing the reporting and data management services. This upgraded capability provides an extra benefit for Accessible Archives' customers, utilising the latest version of the agreed international set of standards and protocols governing the recording and exchange of such online usage data to ensure independent reporting of publishers' usage statistics.

This agreement was coordinated through Unlimited Priorities LLC, a firm specialising in support for small and medium-size companies in the information and publishing industries.

A complete list of the new features contained in COUNTER Release 4 standards is available. Among these are a single, integrated Code of Practice covering journals, databases, books, reference works and multimedia content ; enhancements of the SUSHI (Standardised Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative) protocol designed to facilitate its implementation by vendors and its use by librarians; an expanded Database Report 2, which now includes 'access denied: content item not licenced', in addition to the 'Turnaways' (access denied: simultaneous/concurrent user licence limit exceeded) covered in earlier Releases ; and modified Database Reports, in which the previous requirement to report Session counts has been dropped, and new requirements, to report Record Views and Result Clicks, have been added. (Database Report 3 has also been renamed Platform Report 1).

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