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Netherland Elsevier launches new article metrics module in abstract and citation database Scopus - 31 Jul 2015

STM publisher Elsevier has launched a new Scopus module that will provide metrics for articles indexed in Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.

The Article Metrics Module enhances the value of Scopus for researchers by enabling them to make quick decisions around articles based on a summary of authoritative research metrics. In addition, researchers will be able to more easily benchmark articles (including their own) against similar works without compromising the speed of their workflow.

For any given Scopus article page, citation and alternative metrics are displayed in both a quick view sidebar and a full details dashboard.

For the alternative metrics, Scopus has introduced the Snowball Metrics standard definitions which are: Scholarly Activity - Downloads and posts in common research tools such as Mendeley and CiteULike; Social Activity - Mentions characterized by rapid, brief engagement on platforms used by the public, such as Twitter, Facebook and Google +; Scholarly Commentary - Reviews, articles and blogs by experts and scholars, such as F1000 Prime, research blogs, and Wikipedia; and Mass Media - coverage of research output in the Mass Media (e.g. coverage in top tier media).

In addition to displaying the established metric of Field-Weighted Citation Impact, Scopus has introduced new percentile benchmark metrics for citations, Scholarly Activity, and Social Activity. These benchmarks show how citations or activity received by this article compare with the averages for articles of the same discipline, age, and document type.

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UK SAGE launches OA journal Translational Research in Oral Oncology - 31 Jul 2015

Academic publisher SAGE has today announced the launch of a new open access (OA) journal -Translational Research in Oral Oncology. This international, peer reviewed publication will provide a forum for the dissemination of high- quality oncology research concerning neoplasms in the head and neck.

As an interdisciplinary journal, spanning all the different sub-disciplines of oral oncology research, from diagnosis and detection to prognosis and management, Translational Research in Oral Oncology will be a vital source of both basic and clinical knowledge pertaining to oral oncology. The journal will publish research, clinical trials, review articles, editorials and commentaries and is projected to be an invaluable resource for all scientific and healthcare professionals working with head and neck tumors.

Prof. Saman Warnakulasuriya OBE of King's College London Dental Institute will serve as the Editor-in-chief of the journal.

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US The Ecological Society of America and Wiley announce publishing partnership - 31 Jul 2015

Publisher John Wiley and Sons Inc. has been selected by the Ecological Society of America (ESA) as its publishing partner for its distinguished portfolio of scholarly journals in ecology. With over 10,000 members globally, the ESA is one of the largest and most highly regarded professional organisations for researchers and scientists working across the ecological sciences.

Beginning in January 2016, Wiley will assume publishing responsibility for ESA's diverse portfolio of publications which include its flagship title, Ecology, and top-ranked journals, Ecological Monographs, Ecological Applications and Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, as well as its premier Open Access publications, Ecosphere and Ecosystem Health and Sustainability. Wiley will also publish the Society's newsletter, The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, which will be freely available on Wiley Online Library.

Founded in 1915, the ESA has been an influential leader in disseminating knowledge and promoting awareness of the ecological sciences among researchers, policy makers, and the broader community for 100 years. In keeping with the ESA's mission, the partnership will expand the global reach and visibility of the ESA publications, and provide an enhanced digital presence and exciting new services for ESA members, authors, readers, and editors.

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UK Nature Publishing Group and Zapnito partner to build expert communities - 31 Jul 2015

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and Zapnito have announced a collaborative partnership to build online expert communities for global research. NPG will use Zapnito's platform and expertise to create communities for journals, training, events and conferences. They will bring together interdisciplinary groups of experts to tackle complex problems, as well as supporting scientists in their work and career development.

The partnership kicks off with an expert community aligned to open access journal npj Biofilms and Microbiomes (npjbiofilmscommunity.nature.com), published in partnership with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE).

Further expert communities are planned to connect NPG's audience of over 10 million researchers, educators and policy-makers, as well as the ever-curious public.

Founded in early 2013, Zapnito enables organisations to create focussed knowledge communities.

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UK CABI offers eTextbooks to academic institutions and university libraries via eBook Collections platform - 31 Jul 2015

Global academic publisher CABI is offering eTextbooks to academic institutions and university libraries via eBook Collections, the ProQuest platform that CABI uses to give customers access to eBooks. eBooks will be available in both HTML and PDF, meaning users can access eTextbooks at any time online with the ability to electronically annotate pages and print when needed.

Launched in July 2015, CABI now has 44 handpicked textbooks available in eBook format across its core subject areas, including agriculture, animal and veterinary sciences, environmental sciences, horticulture, human health, soil sciences and tourism.

These titles are available as individual titles, under an adoption purchase model based on numbers of students. By purchasing these eTextbooks, academic institutions and university libraries can offer their students access to key textbooks for the duration of their course, making core reading available at any time.

More titles will be available as they are published later this year.

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US American Chemical Society national meeting features variety of presidential events - 31 Jul 2015

American Chemical Society (ACS) President Dr. Diane Grob Schmidt will sponsor several events related to the theme of the ACS 250th National Meeting & Exposition, 'Innovation from Discovery to Application.' The meeting runs from August 16-20 in Boston. The presidential events will be held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and area hotels.

The meeting's first presidential symposium, highlighting the research at the National Science Foundation's Centers for Chemical Innovation, will be held on August 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Burroughs Room, Westin Boston Waterfront, and then from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.in the Galleria Room, Westin Boston Waterfront. Speakers will include the heads of all eight Centers for Chemical Innovation. A poster session and reception will follow.

A symposium called '21st Century Education: Formal and Informal' will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday and from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Monday in room 158 at the convention center.

Also on Sunday, a symposium honouring Edwin Land and instant photography, sponsored by the ACS History Division, will be held from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 50 at the convention center. This symposium follows the National Historic Chemical Landmark designation on 'Edwin Land and Instant Photography' at the MIT Museum on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Thursday, August 13, at 3:30 p.m.

On August 17, ACS will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ACS Scholars program with a special symposium, 'ACS Scholars: Rising Stars in Industry,' at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, Back Bay A Room, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. and from 1:45 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.

On August 18, an all-day symposium called, 'Transforming University-Industry Partnerships for an Innovative Future,' will be held in the Burroughs Room, Westin Boston Waterfront, from 8:15 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Speakers from both academia and corporations will highlight the role that better university-industry partnerships can play in driving more innovation.

The times and details of these presidential events and other recommended symposia can be found at www.acs.org/boston2015.

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US HathiTrust Digital Library announces 2015 Board of Governors election - 31 Jul 2015

HathiTrust Digital Library has announced its 2015 Board of Governors election cycle. Beginning August 3, the Nominating Committee will receive nominees for an election to be held in the fall. Nominations are due no later than August 24. These will be the first Board elections held since the original at-large members were elected to staggered terms in 2012.

Official notice of the 2015 Election Process, which includes detailed instructions for nominations and requirements of nominees, can be found at https://www.hathitrust.org/elections2015.

The Board of Governors has ultimate responsibility for HathiTrust's activities, functions, finances, and operations. It includes six at-large members elected by the membership and six members appointed by the founding institutions. Elected members serve three year terms. To be selected to be part of the final ballot, nominees should have a record of significant administrative responsibility, have demonstrated leadership within the community, and currently serve as the official member representative of a HathiTrust member institution.

Three seats will be filled in the election - two seats with terms running from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2018, and one seat with a term running from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

Nominations may be made by any individual affiliated with a HathiTrust member institution. Self-nominations are permitted.

The members of the 2015 Nominating Committee are:

Chaired by Sarah Michalak, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the other members of the 2015 Nominating Committee are: Alberta Comer, University of Utah; Robert Gerrity, University of Queensland; Lorraine Haricomb, University of Texas, Austin; and Karen Williams, University of Arizona.

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US Dr. Daniele Piomelli appointed Editor-in-Chief of Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research - 31 Jul 2015

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers has announced that Dr. Daniele Piomelli has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. Dr. Piomelli serves as Louise Turner Arnold Chair in Neurosciences and Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Pharmacology, and Biological Chemistry at University of California, Irvine. He is also founding director of the unit of drug discovery and development (D3) at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa, Italy.

Dr. Piomelli is the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, three full-length books, and 25 patents. He has received several awards and honours, including the Dargut and Milena Kemali Prize in Neuroscience and the National Alliance for Research on Depression and Schizophrenia (NARSAD) Outstanding Investigator Award.

He has made several contributions to the pharmacology of lipid-based signalling molecules. With his collaborators, he elucidated the biochemical pathways involved in the formation and deactivation of endocannabinoid substances including anandamide and 2-AG and uncovered various physiological functions served by these substances in the brain and in peripheral tissues. Additionally, his lab discovered the role of the lipid amides oleoylethanolamide and palmitoylethanolamide in the control of energy balance, inflammation, and pain, and identified their cellular receptors.

Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research claims to be the only peer-reviewed open access journal dedicated to the scientific, medical, and psychosocial exploration of clinical cannabis, cannabinoids, and the endocannabinoids system. The Journal publishes a broad range of human and animal studies including basic and translational research; clinical studies; behavioural, social, and epidemiological issues; and ethical, legal, and regulatory controversies.

Dr. Piomelli will take editorship immediately and begin developing the Journal to launch in Fall of 2015.

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