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UK Nature Publishing Group and Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences launch first Nature Partner Journal in China - 26 Mar 2015

Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (SICCAS) has signed an official agreement with Nature Publishing Group to launch the first Nature Partner Journal in China, npj Computational Materials.

The open access Nature Partner Journals (NPJ) publish high-quality research in collaboration with world-renowned international partners, and have adopted a modified set of Nature editorial standards. npj Computational Materials will be the first to focus on materials designed or discovered largely by computation and on integrated computational and experimental studies of materials. The journal will also publish developments on experimental tools and data that enable computational materials design and discovery.

The agreement was signed by Dr Lixin Song, Director of SICCAS and Charlotte Liu, Managing Director of Macmillan Science and Education in Greater China.

The Editor-in-Chief of the journal is Dr Long-Qing Chen, who is Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Engineering Science and Mechanics, and Mathematics at the Pennsylvania State University. He is also a recipient of the Materials Research Society 2014 Materials Theory Award for his pioneering work in computational materials science.

Dr Lidong Chen, a professor in materials science and Director of the State Key Laboratory of the partner institution SICCAS, is the Co-Editor-in-Chief. He has won People's Republic of China (PRC) State Science and Technology Awards for his great contribution to the design and synthesis of high performance thermoelectric materials.

Editors of the journal include Dr. Sergei Kalinin, Distinguished Research Staff Member and Director of the Institute for Functional Imaging of Materials at the Oak Ridge National Lab; Dr. Gerhard Klimeck, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Reilly Director of the Center for Predictive Materials and Devices (c-PRIMED), and Director for NCN (Network for Computational Nanotechnology) at Purdue University; Dr. Sanat K Kumar, Professor and Head of Department of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University; Dr. Jörg Neugebauer, Professor and Department Head of Computational Materials Design, Max Planck Institute Duesseldorf; Dr. Ichiro Terasaki, Professor and Director of Laboratory of Condensed-Matter Physics of Functional Materials Nagoya University.

The journal will be open access, which means that all research will be freely available upon publication, and can be accessed by anyone, from scientists to engineers and start-ups. Aimed at world-class open access publishing, all journals under the NPJ program are committed to delivering high-quality, peer-reviewed original research as well as a timely peer review process and rigorous editorial standards.

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US Professor Joachim Sauer joins the Editorial Board of Journal of Catalysis - 26 Mar 2015

STM publisher Elsevier and the editorial team of Journal of Catalysis are delighted to announce that Professor Joachim Sauer of the Humboldt-Universität Berlin has joined Professors Johannes Lercher, Christophe Copéret, Graham Hutchings, Matthew Neurock, Hans Niemantsverdriet, S. Ted Oyama and Fabio Ribeiro as Editor of Journal of Catalysis.

Professor Sauer received the Dr. rer. nat. degree in Chemistry from Humboldt University in Berlin in 1974, and the Dr. sc. nat. degree from the Academy of Sciences (Central Institute of Physical Chemistry in Berlin) in 1985. Since 1993 he is Professor of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the Humboldt University in Berlin, and since 2006 external member of the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin (Max Planck Society). He is member of the Berlin Brandenburg (formerly Prussian) Academy of Sciences, the German National Academy Leopoldina, and the Academia Europaea.

Professor Sauer has published more than 300 research papers, notably in the area of modelling the structure and reactivity of zeolites and transition metal oxide catalysts, and has given more than 330 invited lectures.

Published since 1962, Journal of Catalysis is a flagship scholarly publication in the field of catalysis whose international editorial board is headed by Editor-in-Chief Professor Johannes Lercher of the Technical University of Munich, Germany. The journal publishes upward of 300 papers each year and its current Impact Factor is 6.073, making it the 4th ranking journal in the ISI category Engineering, Chemical.

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UK Biomedical researchers look to post-publication peer review to build grant funding case - 26 Mar 2015

Jason McDermott, a Senior Research Scientist in computational biology and bioinformatics at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA, USA, has become one of the first to publish online his preliminary research methodology and data to gain peer reviews that he hopes will strengthen his R01 grant application to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

While the concept of online and transparent peer-reviewing of research is increasingly being adopted, it is unusual for preliminary research to enter the public domain in such a way. It represents a further innovation in the way that scientific research is becoming more open and it is a leap forward in respect of the length of time taken for new thinking to be shared among a wide audience.

The challenge faced by McDermott, who like many researchers has tried multiple times to secure NIH funding, is stark. The NIH budget peaked in 2010 at $31.2 billion, falling to $30.15 billion for fiscal year 2014. While the organisation once funded a third of the research proposals it received, for the past decade it has only funded one in six. NIH Director Francis Collins said recently that, due to inflation, the NIH budget has lost 25 percent of its purchasing power over the last decade.

McDermott's proposal (http://f1000research.com/articles/4-60/v1) describes novel computational methods to predict multi-drug resistance transporters (MDRs), the proteins responsible for moving antibiotics out of the cell. Many different bacteria can now exhibit multi-drug resistance and oppose the action of certain antibiotics rendering them ineffective. McDermott's approach aims to help predict and identify functional patterns from groups of unaligned protein sequence of MDRs in bacteria. Work in this field is intended to contribute to potential new drug development to combat antimicrobial resistance.

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US OCLC and LexisNexis work together to make LexisNexis Academic database available to mutual subscribers via OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services - 26 Mar 2015

OCLC, the non-profit computer library service and research organisation, and LexisNexis are working together to make the LexisNexis Academic database available to mutual subscribers through OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services.

LexisNexis Academic features a collection over 15,000 news, legal, and business sources. The news collection offers deep and reliable coverage of world events from the most trusted newspapers, broadcasters, and social media outlets. It provides local perspectives and insight from across the globe with publications from over 150 countries and in over 21 languages. In addition, LexisNexis Academic offers extensive coverage of legal information on federal and state cases and statutes and has unparalleled business information on over 80 million US and international companies and more than 63 million executives. It is used by more than 2,000 U.S. universities worldwide.

WorldCat Discovery Services is an integrated suite of cloud based applications that enables people to discover more than 1.8 billion electronic, digital and physical resources in libraries around the world and makes library collections visible to information seekers in the places where they start their search.

To access the database through WorldCat Discovery, users must subscribe to both LexisNexis Academic and WorldCat Discovery Services. LexisNexis Academic will be available through WorldCat Discovery later this year.

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US APA to publish new interdisciplinary journal Motivation Science - 26 Mar 2015

The American Psychological Association has announced that it will publish Motivation Science, a new interdisciplinary journal featuring significant contributions to the study of motivation. The journal will publish papers on diverse approaches to the science of motivation, including studies from all subfields of psychology, as well as the fields of cognitive science, economics, sociology, management science, organizational science, neuroscience and political science. The inaugural issue will become available this spring.

The journal will be edited by Dr. Deborah A. Prentice, a leading social psychologist. Prentice is the Alexander Stewart 1886 professor of psychology & public affairs and dean of the faculty at Princeton University. According to Prentice, the time is right for a new journal that is truly interdisciplinary in its scope. The new journal intends to be a catalyst for motivation science as a whole, Prentice notes.

Motivation Science is a publication of the Society for the Study of Motivation. The society's goals include providing a forum for the exchange of scientific information, fostering discussion of new ideas and findings on motivation among researchers and encouraging exchange and collaboration in research.

Articles published in the journal are also available through PsycARTICLES®, the most used full-text database in psychology and one of the most popular databases in all scholarly disciplines and fields. PsycARTICLES is available to a global audience of nearly 3,400 institutions and 60 million potential users.

Prospective contributors and subscribers are encouraged to visit the journal's APA home page .

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US Cengage Learning and Flashnotes.com introduce Cengage Learning Scholar Program - 26 Mar 2015

In an effort to provide new and more effective ways for students to study and learn, Cengage Learning, a global education company, and Flashnotes.com, an online student-to-student study materials marketplace, announced the Cengage Learning Scholar Program. The preferred seller program enhances peer-to-peer learning and empowers instructors to support better learning outcomes, while allowing scholars to profit from their exceptional note-taking, and other students to find varied ways to learn and understand course concepts.

Instructors using a Cengage Learning product, such as MindTap, the company's personalised digital learning platform, will have the opportunity to recruit one student as a Cengage Learning Scholar within Flashnotes.com. Each selected student will be responsible for posting weekly summaries using notes, study guides, flashcards, video tutorials and/or offering live help on Flashnotes.com. The scholar will set their own price and earn 70% of each sale.

According to the results from a survey issued to participants in a Fall 2014 pilot of the Cengage Learning Scholar Program, 73 percent of Scholars said they were more engaged with the course than they would have been otherwise and half of them reported improved academic performance as a result of participating in the program.

To ensure all study materials posted to Flashnotes.com adhere to a high standard of originality, the company has instituted a rigorous internal review process and also employs plagiarism detection software. Flashnotes.com is in full compliance with all DMCA guidelines and has a zero tolerance policy for any exams or homework posted to the site.

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US Peer J and PeerJ Preprints to be preserved with Portico - 26 Mar 2015

PeerJ and PeerJ Preprints will be preserved with Portico through its E-Journal Preservation Service, ensuring that this content will be secure and available into the future.

PeerJ is an Open Access, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal. It publishes research articles in the Biological and Medical Sciences, and also now in Computer Science with the launch of sister journal PeerJ Computer Science.

PeerJ PrePrints is the 'pre-print' area of PeerJ.

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US Arkansas Tech University adopts Ex Libris Alma and Primo - 26 Mar 2015

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the Ross Pendergraft Library of the Arkansas Tech University has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management solution as well as the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. Following an extensive and formal market evaluation, and continuing the trend of current Ex Libris Voyager customers upgrading to Alma, the library is aiming to streamline operations by providing a cloud-based, open, and unified platform for all collections, which integrates smoothly with the university's two satellite campuses.

The adoption of Ex Libris Primo will significantly enhance the discovery experience for students and faculty, who will be able to move easily between search activities and library services such as accounts and hold requests. Library staff members are also looking forward to enabling users to personalize the ranking of Primo search results according to the users' discipline and level of scholarly expertise.

Arkansas Tech University (ATU) is a comprehensive regional institution located in Russellville, Arkansas, United States. The university offers programs at both baccalaureate and graduate levels in a range of fields. Arkansas Tech will welcome its first doctoral cohorts in the summer of 2015. The Arkansas Tech University–Ozark Campus, a two-year satellite campus in the town of Ozark, primarily focuses on associate and certificate education.

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