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German Springer and Université Joseph Fourier release new, open source software to discover fake scientific papers - 24 Mar 2015

STM publisher Springer has announced the release of SciDetect, a new software program that automatically checks for fake scientific papers. This is the result of an intensive collaboration with Dr. Cyril Labbé from Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France.

The open source software discovers text that has been generated with the SCIgen computer program and other fake-paper generators like Mathgen and Physgen. Springer uses the software in its production workflow to provide additional, fail-safe checking. Springer and the University are releasing the software under the GNU General Public License, Version 3.0 (GPLv3) so others in the scientific and publishing communities can benefit.

SciDetect scans Extensible Markup Language (XML) and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files and compares them against a corpus of fake scientific papers. SciDetect indicates whether an entire document or its parts are genuine or not. The software reports suspicious activity by relying on sensitivity thresholds that can be easily adjusted. SciDetect is highly flexible and can be quickly customized to cope with new methods of automatically generating fake or random text.

In February 2014, Springer learned that it had published 18 articles that were generated by the SCIgen computer program, which creates fake documents for submission as Computer Science and Engineering conference papers. Springer immediately reached out to Dr. Labbé, the leading expert in the field. As a result of their cooperation, Springer decided to fund a PhD candidate in Dr. Labbé's team, who is working with Springer to create better detection mechanisms and guard against any future programs that are similar to SCIgen.

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US Elsevier announces second edition of Handbook of Toxicology of Chemical Warfare Agents, publishes three additional Toxicology book titles - 24 Mar 2015

STM publisher Elsevier has announced the second edition of its highly respected Handbook of Toxicology of Chemical Warfare Agents. Elsevier is introducing this essential reference – which addresses important aspects of deadly toxic chemicals used in conflicts, warfare and terrorism – along with three other new toxicology books at ToxExpo 2015. They are featured at Elsevier's booth #1406 at the Society of Toxicology's 54th annual meeting and expo, held March 22-26, 2015.

The new edition of Handbook of Toxicologyof Chemical Warfare Agents, edited by Dr. Ramesh Gupta, offers in-depth coverage of individual toxicants, target organ toxicity, major incidents, toxic effects in humans, animals and wildlife, biosensors and biomarkers, on-site and laboratory analytical methods, decontamination and detoxification procedures, and countermeasures. The book has been completely updated to include the most recent advances in the field, with new chapters on the Iran-Iraq war, chemical weapons of mass destruction, explosives, ricin, the human respiratory system, alternative testing methods, and brain injuries.

Dr. Gupta is a professor and head of the Toxicology Department at Murray State University. An award-winning researcher, lecturer and book editor, he is engaged in experimental brain research related to pesticide toxicity and Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Gupta served the panels of NIH, CDC, NIOSH and NAS, and has more than 370 publications to his credit, including six major books. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology, and a fellow of the American College of Toxicology, the American College of Nutrition and the Academy of Toxicological Sciences.

The four new toxicology books are: Handbook of Toxicology of Chemical Warfare Agents, Second Edition edited by Ramesh Gupta; Handbook of Arsenic Toxicology edited by Swaran J.S. Flora; Comparative Biology of the Normal Lung, Second Edition edited by Richard Parent; and the Nonhuman Primate in Nonclinical Drug Development and Safety Assessment edited by Joerg Bluemel, Sven Korte, Emanuel Schenck and Gerhard Weinbauer.

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 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 33,000 book titles.

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UK The National Science Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and IOP Publishing sign new MoU to support OA publications - 24 Mar 2015

The National Science Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSCL) and non-profit scientific publisher IOP Publishing (IOP) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding to support open access publications for Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) researchers.

The Memorandum indicates the commitment of both organisations to work together to create sustainable open access options for the future.

CAS introduced its Open Access Policy in May 2014 and the NSCL has been working to establish efficient and streamlined processes with publishers like IOP to fulfil this policy.

As a result of this agreement, IOP will support CAS authors to self-archive their accepted manuscripts by directly depositing papers published in IOP’s journals in the CAS repository. NSLC has also agreed to fund a proportion of article publication charges for CAS authors who wish to publish with IOP on a gold open access basis. IOP and CAS will also work together to explore longer term sustainable solutions for funding open access publishing, including an agreement to balance article publication charges and subscription fees.

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US Oklahoma Panhandle State University selects EBSCO Discovery Service - 24 Mar 2015

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced that the Oklahoma Panhandle State University has selected EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) as its library discovery tool. The university chose EDS to increase resource usage and improve library visibility at its Marvin E. McKee Library.

The university needed a discovery tool that would increase exposure of library resources to users, and EBSCO Discovery Service was the perfect solution. Elaina Stewart, Systems and Electronic Resources Librarian at McKee Library, attributes this wider use of resources in part to the dynamic interface of EDS. As a result of choosing EDS, the library has seen a 300 percent increase of full-text downloads between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014.

More importantly, EBSCO Discovery Service brought this increased usage at a great value. Stewart says, "Small institutions have small budgets, and very rarely have budget increases in today's economy. McKee Library is very value-conscious and strives to get the most out of any money that we spend on behalf of our university."

EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customised index of an institution's information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box.

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US CCC’s Get It Now academic solution now integrated with OCLC’s WorldShare Interlibrary Loan service - 24 Mar 2015

Global licensing and content solutions organisation Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC) has announced that its Get It Now academic solution is now integrated with OCLC's WorldShare Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service, which claims to be the largest ILL network in the world.

Get It Now, adopted by nearly 300 institutions of higher education, is a cost-effective service that gives library patrons and staff instant access to valuable journal content from over 130 publishers. It increases operational efficiencies, streamlines article ordering and invoicing processes, and includes a comprehensive Librarian Dashboard to manage and track Get It Now article purchases and create real-time usage reports. Tightly integrated within article search and ILL workflows, Get It Now can be implemented as a librarian-mediated version, a link resolver-based unmediated version, or a hybrid of both.

This integration with OCLC is based on the librarian-mediated version of Get It Now and supports payment of Get It Now article purchases through OCLC's Interlibrary Loan Fee Management service. Get It Now was recently selected as a Top Product by readers of University Business magazine for the second consecutive year.

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US Gale announces integration of Gale Artemis: Primary Sources into Cengage Learning’s MindTap e-learning platform - 24 Mar 2015

Leveraging its unique ability to bridge from the library to the classroom, Gale is integrating Gale Artemis: Primary Sources into Cengage Learning's MindTap e-learning platform. The move brings library content directly into a student's learning path, facilitates collaboration between librarians and faculty, drives usage of library collections and positions the library closer to the engagement taking place in the classroom.

Academic institutions that use MindTap and Gale library resources, specifically Gale Digital Collections, can now link the two through the MindTap platform. Instructors using MindTap can select specific primary source documents from Gale Artemis: Primary Sources, Gale's primary sources cross-search interface, and link them directly to syllabi readings, quizzes, research projects, classroom discussions or other activities. This capability saves instructors time and allows them to keep course content current.

Through MindTap, students will be taken into Gale Artemis: Primary Sources at the document level, but will have the ability to perform additional research through the platform alongside their coursework. This integration encourages students to interact with quality research materials that promote critical thinking and help build digital literacy skills. Students benefit from the easy access to materials through a single interface, spending less time searching and more time learning.

MindTap is the digital learning solution that transforms today's students into critical thinkers through personalised paths of dynamic assignments and applications. By combining readings, multimedia, activities and assessments into a singular learning path, MindTap helps instructors engage students in their course content. Instructors personalize the Learning Path by customising Cengage Learning resources and adding their own content via apps that integrate into the MindTap framework seamlessly with Learning Management Systems.

Gale Artemis: Primary Sources is an innovative research environment that integrates much of Gale's vast array of digitised collections of rare historical information. Researchers can search across a wide array of materials and points in time while leveraging twenty-first century graphing and search visualisation tools that help them explore the content in new ways.

Librarians and faculty interested in integrating Gale resources into MindTap should visit http://learn.cengage.com/MindTapIntegration for instructions and further information, or stop by the Gale booth (#427) at the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) meeting March 25-27 in Portland, OR.

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US Four Kentucky university libraries select OCLC WorldShare Management Services - 24 Mar 2015

OCLC, the non-profit computer library service and research organisation, has announced that Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, Northern Kentucky University and the University of Louisville have selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as their library management system.

WorldShare Management Services (WMS) provide cloud-based library management and discovery applications in an integrated suite. WMS offers librarians a cost-effective way to manage workflows efficiently, and improve access to library collections and services for their students, faculty and staff.

The four university libraries are members of the State Assisted Academic Library Council of Kentucky (SAALCK), which was formed more than 40 years ago by the deans of the academic libraries to provide an opportunity to meet and discuss common needs and concerns.

The four Kentucky university libraries are scheduled to go live with WMS by the 2015 academic school year.

At present, more than 325 libraries worldwide are using WMS to share bibliographic records, publisher and knowledge base data, vendor records, serials patterns and more. WMS also provides libraries with the unique opportunity to share innovation, applications, infrastructure, vision and success in serving their users.

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US Covington County Library System signs seven-year agreement with SirsiDynix - 24 Mar 2015

SirsiDynix has announced that Covington County Library System (CCLS), a three-member system in Mississippi, has signed a seven-year agreement with SirsiDynix. In addition to selecting the Symphony Integrated Library System, CCLS has also selected Enterprise, eResource Central (eRC), and SMS Notifications.

A number of BLUEcloud products will be available to CCLS for no additional cost, such as BookMyne, Universal Admin, and BLUEcloud Cataloging.

Covington County Library System consists of R.E. Blackwell Library in Collins, MS, Jane Blain Brewer Library in Mount Olive, MS, and Connor-Graham Library in Seminary, MS and has a combined total of 33,000 titles and 2,000 patrons. CCLS selects SirsiDynix Symphony over its previous ILS, Polaris.

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