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UK Oxford University Press and the European Society of Cardiology launch European Heart Journal - Quality of Care and Clinical Outcomes - 07 Jul 2015

Academic publisher Oxford University Press (OUP) and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) have announced the launch of European Heart Journal - Quality of Care and Clinical Outcomes (EHJQCCO), the first issue of which was published on July 2. EHJQCCO is the eleventh ESC journal, which focuses on the quality of care affecting cardiovascular outcomes at hospital, regional, national, and international level.

This new addition to the ESC journals portfolio will showcase the best cardiovascular outcomes research to inform cardiovascular public health policy globally. In addition it aims to encourage young investigators and support growth of the outcomes research community. The journal will publish four issues in a year.

European Heart Journal - Quality of Care and Clinical Outcomes is an English language, peer reviewed journal focused on publishing quality cardiovascular outcomes research. It is an official journal of the European Society of Cardiology and has a close alliance with the new European Heart Health Institute. EHJQCCO is published on behalf of the ESC by Oxford University Press, along with six other ESC journals.

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UK Cambridge University Press launches new Open Access subscription policy to prevent double-dipping - 07 Jul 2015

Academic publisher Cambridge University Press is launching a new policy to prevent charging both authors and subscribers for Open Access journal content (so-called double-dipping).

The new policy discounts 2016 subscription prices for journals that have received Open Access (OA) Article Processing Charges (APCs) from authors in the last full journal volume (that is, in 2014). If the fraction of OA articles in a journal was at least 5 per cent and the income from APCs was at least £5,000, then the Press is discounting renewed subscriptions by the lower of the percentage OA or the percentage APC income. All Open Access articles are included, except those in supplements published in addition to a volume's subscription content. Subscribers already receiving a substantial discount on a journal's subscription price, via a consortium package for example, will not receive an additional discount on their collection access fee as a result of these changes.

The effect of the policy is that the renewal prices for six hybrid journals are being reduced by between 2.6 percent to 7.7 percent.

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Netherland Universities in the Netherlands may ask their researchers to resign from editorial positions with Elsevier journals in open access row - 07 Jul 2015

Universities in the Netherlands are reportedly preparing to ask their researchers to resign from editorial positions with Elsevier journals amid deadlock over a new subscription deal with the publisher.

The universities have been in dispute with the Amsterdam-based publisher since late last year after they refused to renew their 'big deal', via which they get access to all of Elsevier's subscription journals, unless it permitted, without significant price rises, 60 per cent of the country's scientific output to be open access by 2019 and 100 per cent by 2024.

The universities' previous big deal ran out at the end of last year, but the contract stipulated that it should roll over for one more year in the event of deadlock in order to allow time for further negotiation.

In order to impose further pressure on the publisher, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) surveyed Dutch editors-in-chief of Elsevier journals to assess their willingness to resign from their positions. If this does not work, the Association will reportedly go on to ask Dutch researchers to stop reviewing for Elsevier journals, and may, as a last resort, ask them to stop publishing their papers in the publisher's titles.

According to a newsletter produced by VSNU last month, Elsevier’s most recent proposal "is based on an increased number of open access publications, but comes with exponential price increases, requiring double payment from academia to both publish work and to read Elsevier articles".

A spokesman for Elsevier said it was in 'a constructive dialogue with the VSNU' and was 'optimistic that a solution that meets VSNU's objectives and that supports the interests of Dutch research will be found'.

Several other publishers, such as Springer, Sage and Wiley, have recently agreed new big deals that conform with the VSNU's terms.

Universities have threatened to cancel big deals with Elsevier earlier also – including British universities in 2011. However, compromise agreements have always been reached. Unusually, the Dutch negotiations are being led by university presidents, rather than less powerful figures at university libraries.

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UK Dove Medical Press and The Charlesworth Group partner to expand publishing services in China - 07 Jul 2015

Open access publisher Dove Medical Press and The Charlesworth Group have announced the collaborative launch of a Chinese-language website to better serve Dove's authors and users in China. The website is now live at www.dovepress.com.cn and integrates with Dove Medical Press' existing website.

China is a major contributor of articles and, together with the new website, Dove Medical Press will provide editorial and publishing support facilitated through its partner, The Charlesworth Group's China Experts team.

Key objectives of this partnership include supporting article submissions to Dove Medical Press journals from authors within the Chinese university and healthcare sectors, and developing a comprehensive profile of the Chinese academic, pharmaceutical and research markets specifically for Dove with an emphasis on feedback from authors, potential authors, institutions supporting open access and Chinese authorities.

In the competitive world of Open Access publishing, the ability to reach out to academic communities in this way, and in their own native language, with the support of an expert team, greatly enhances a publisher's ability to secure the best connections with and serve authors, readers and editorial contacts alike.

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US High ranking OA publications in OpenAIRE, Russia tops the list - 07 Jul 2015

The scientific open access library CyberLeninka recently provided OpenAIRE with their data to about half a million articles stored in its database. According to updated data storage, Russia entered the top five European countries by the number of articles published in open access.

OpenAIRE indexed a total of 514,571 items available at that time in the library CyberLeninka. According to the updated statistics, the five European countries with the largest number of published articles in open access are: the Netherlands (654,000 entries), Spain (604), Great Britain (585), Germany (580) and Russia (525).

CyberLeninka is a scientific library, that contains articles published in Russian journals which are publicly available. At this point the library holds more than 564 thousand articles. The main challenges facing the library are: the popularization of science and research activities, public monitoring of quality of scientific publications, the development of interdisciplinary research, institute of modern scientific review and increase the citation of Russian science.

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US HighWire Press appoints Wendy Newsham as Director of Business Development, North America - 07 Jul 2015

HighWire Press, Inc., technology platform and strategic partner to influential scholarly publishers and societies, recently announced the appointment of Wendy Newsham as Director of Business Development, North America.

Wendy joins the team eager to drive new business through strategic marketing and business development channels. She has worked in publishing for over 25 years and has been thoroughly involved in all aspects of the publishing process - from manuscript submission and tracking, through content production, to manufacturing and distribution - serving association and society publishers, as well as commercial publishers and university presses.

Wendy comes to HighWire from her previous role as Director of Client Services at Aries Systems. Prior to that she was Sales Director for Cadmus/Cenveo and Sheridan. Her publishing services experience extends back to 1990 when she worked for Banta (now part of RRD) in the educational publishing market. She has been actively involved with SSP, co-chairing the development committee, as well as with other industry organisations. Wendy is based in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Switzerland CERN organises Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication (OAI9) for the ninth time - 07 Jul 2015

For the ninth time CERN organised the Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication (OAI9) held in Geneva, from June 17-19.

With more than 200 participants from around the world (mostly from Europe and North America), OAI9 had a very rich, diverse and interesting programme, starting with a look into the future in the opening keynote from Michael Nielsen 'Beyond Open Access'. All the presentations, and some of videos are now available in the Programme pages.

Several members of COAR attended OAI9 and the COAR work on Interoperability was presented, and discussed with interest, with some participants, both at the Open Access Café, on the Tutorials session, where Eloy Rodrigues chaired one of the "tables" on repository networks and interoperability, and during the Poster session where one poster on the COAR Roadmap for Future Directions for repositories Interoperability was presented.

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US Pearson and Wide Range, Inc announce publishing partnership - 07 Jul 2015

Learning company Pearson has announced a publishing partnership with Wide Range, Inc. Effective immediately, Pearson will take over all responsibilities for the publication of all Wide Range assessments, including the Wide Range Achievement Test 4 (WRAT4); the Wide Range Assessment of Memory and Learning, Second Edition (WRAML™2); the Wide Range Intelligence Test (WRIT); and the Wide Range Assessment of Visual Motor Abilities (WRAVMA).

Pearson and Wide Range, Inc., share more than 80 years of history in the assessment field. The addition of Wide Range's clinical assessments to the Pearson family will expand the company's comprehensive portfolio of internationally recognised products and services that assist professionals in improving lives.

Among the products in the Wide Range portfolio at Pearson are: WRAT4: accurately measures the basic academic skills of word reading, sentence comprehension, spelling and math computation; WRAVMA: a tool that provides a reliable, accurate evaluation of visual-motor skills of children and adolescents ages 3-17 years; WRAML2: a standardized instrument that allows the user to evaluate an individual's memory functioning; and WRIT: a highly reliable assessment of cognitive abilities that can be used with individuals ages 4-85 years.

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