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US Elsevier announces nine new Medicinal Chemistry Books at American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in Boston - 14 Aug 2015

STM publisher Elsevier has announced nine new medicinal chemistry books, including the latest edition of The Practice of Medicinal Chemistry, considered 'The Bible' by many medicinal chemists for nearly twenty years, which will be available in September.

This highly respected resource for professors, students and researchers, along with eight other books, will be featured in the medicinal chemistry portfolio in Elsevier booth #231 at the 250th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting & Exposition, August 16-20, in Boston. Elsevier's new books support the ACS Expo theme, 'Innovation from Discovery to Application.'

Edited by Drs. Camille Wermuth, David Aldous, Pierre Raboisson and Didier Rognan, the fourth edition of The Practice of Medicinal Chemistry offers a thorough treatment of basic medicinal chemistry principles, as well as new and expanded coverage of the latest technologies and approaches in drug discovery. With topics such as high content screening, scoring, docking, binding free energy calculations, polypharmacology, QSAR, and chemical collections and databases, this book is a go-to reference for academic and pharmaceutical researchers who need a complete understanding of medicinal chemistry and its application to drug discovery and development.

In order to meet content needs in medicinal chemistry, Elsevier identifies the gaps in coverage of the topic using proprietary tools. Editorial teams strategically fill those gaps with content written by key influencers in the field, giving students, practitioners and researchers the content they need to answer challenging questions and improve outcomes. These new books are derived from this strategy and will educate the next generation of medicinal chemists and provide critical foundational content for information professionals.

Elsevier's nine new medicinal chemistry books are: The Practice of Medicinal Chemistry, Fourth Edition edited by Camille Wermuth, David Aldous, Pierre Raboisson and Didier Rognan (available in September); Prodrug Design: Perspectives, Approaches and Applications in Medicinal Chemistry by Vivekkumar Redasani and Sanjay Bari; Medicinal Chemistry of Anticancer Drugs, Second Edition by Carmen Avendano and J. Carlos Menendez; Evidence-Based Validation of Herbal Medicine by Pulok Mukherjee; Basic Principles of Drug Discovery and Development by Benjamin Blass; Essentials of Botanical Extraction: Principles and Applications by Subhash Mandal, Vivekananda Mandal and Anup Das; Anti-Angiogenesis Drug Discovery and Development, Volume 2 edited by Atta ur-Rahman and Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary; Drug Design and Discovery in Alzheimer's Disease edited by Atta ur-Rahman and Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary; Recent Advances in Medicinal Chemistry, Volume 1, edited by Atta ur-Rahman, Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary and George Perry.

The latter three books edited by Dr. Atta ur-Rahman and his colleagues are the first titles available as part of the recent distribution and co-publishing alliance between Elsevier and Bentham Science. They will be distributed through Elsevier's global sales channels, including ScienceDirect, providing researchers greater access to needed chemistry content covering pharmaceutical science, medicinal chemistry, and other multi-disciplinary topics.

All of 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 Results of Publishers Licensing Society survey of text and data mining activity announced - 14 Aug 2015

The Publishers Licensing Society recently conducted a survey of text and data mining activity to which ALPSP Members were invited to respond. A total of 111 unique responses were received and the results will be unlikely to surprise many of those involved in scholarly and professional publishing.

Overall, approaches from those wishing to mine data have been small, totalling 91 for the whole of 2014. Only 15 percent of respondents reported receiving requests to mine data. All 111 respondents indicated they had seen no significant change in the number of requests following the introduction of the UK exception.

What is contributing to such a low number of requests? There are at least two industry-related reasons: More publishers are including a clause in their subscription licences which allows and clarifies the access to the content for TDM; the introduction of services such as CrossRef TDM and CCC's XML for Mining. PLSClear also helps streamline permission requests, meaning that publishers are dealing with manually.

Respondents also noted, in all but one instance, requests were cleared in less than 2 weeks.

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US New Outsell report identifies next generation data visualization tools - 14 Aug 2015

Outsell, Inc., the research and advisory firm focused on media, information, and technology, has announced the publication of a new report 'Next Generation Enterprise Data Visualization Tools'. Big data has ushered in a wave of data-driven decision-making in the enterprise and traditional business intelligence systems have given way to an explosion of next generation analytics companies offering easy-to-use products requiring minimal infrastructure, IT support, and statistical skills.

The acceleration and availability of big data and of data-supported decision-making means that businesses must adopt tools that can uncover insight and present it to executives and stakeholders in intelligible ways (and quickly). Data visualisation is a core component of business intelligence and has evolved from guesswork and simple pie charts to advanced analytics. Despite its importance, it is challenging for businesses to stay on top of the market, but having a current understanding of this market is essential to making sure solutions are well-matched to business objectives.

Outsell estimates the total market size for the global data visualization tools segment to grow to over $8.5 billion by 2018 with top players including: QlikTech International, Splunk, Inc., and Tableau Software, Inc. This growth is affected by increased competition as established and emerging companies enter the business intelligence market, evolving customer requirements, players growing their global footprints, and as the introduction of new products and technologies continues.

The report further reveals that next generation data visualization tools are disrupting this market and traditional 'Big' BI is under pressure to offer core features, functionality, and flexibility common to next generation tools in their suites, which has led to substantial pivots and acquisitions. Big data is still an emerging practice area for most information management professionals; skill gaps remain, investment levels are low, and cross-functional teams are still experimenting with its application.

Data visualization vendors also face their set of challenges and opportunities; they need to innovate and grow at a rapid pace to remain competitive in a dynamic big data ecosystem where business leaders demand superior data visualization solutions.

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US Publishers Communication Group hires Sarah Zhao as new China sales representative - 14 Aug 2015

Sales and marketing consultancy Publishers Communication Group (PCG) has hired Sarah Zhao as its new sales representative based in China, effective July 1.

Working from Beijing, Zhao will promote and sell content to institutions and consortia in the China market on behalf of PCG's client publishers. This new direct appointment expands upon PCGs presence in China previously conducted through a local partnership, reflecting the growing demand for access to the market through dedicated staff on the ground.

Zhao has over ten years of industry experience selling and promoting digital content on behalf of a wide array of publishers, most recently as Sales and Marketing Manager for China Publisher Services, Ltd. She also brings to PCG her network of Chinese librarians, consortia decision-makers, and relationships with authorised Chinese importers. She previously worked for the Beijing offices of Elsevier, World Scientific Publishing Company, and founded her own business assisting international publishers navigate the native import, media, library and tradeshow landscape.

The establishment of a permanent sales position in China rounds out PCG's sales team in emerging markets around the world, including existing offices in Sao Paulo, Brazil and New Delhi, India.

Erika Valenti, Global Sales Director of PCG said: "I am thrilled to welcome Sarah to the PCG team. With US and European publishers eager to tap the booming China market for scholarly and professional content, we have outgrown our local arrangement and made the decision to appoint a dedicated representative in Beijing. Sarah has the domestic relationships and government-approved connections required to do business in this complex yet lucrative market and is hitting the ground running for our publishers."

Sarah Zhao and Erika Valenti, Global Sales Director of PCG, will both be on hand at PCG's exhibit booth at the Beijing International Book Fair, August 26-30 in hall E2, stand J29.

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US Blackboard acquires Nivel Siete - 14 Aug 2015

Education technology company Blackboard Inc. has announced the acquisition of Nivel Siete, a leading Moodle provider operating in Latin America. By joining their forces, the two companies will be able to offer more services and solutions to organizations that leverage Moodle, a widely used learning management system (LMS), and support a greater number of learners to achieve their educational goals.

Nivel Siete offers a variety of learning solutions, hosting, support and consulting services that help organisations succeed in their teaching and learning initiatives, especially those that focus on the use of e-learning for talent management and training. Headquartered in Colombia, the company serves over 200 customers in Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.

This announcement marks the latest investment made by Blackboard in open source after the recent acquisitions of Remote-Learner UK and X-Ray Analytics technology. Since officially joining the open source community in 2012, Blackboard has been contributing to Moodle with code, quality assurance, platform integrations and bug fixes. It has also supported many community gatherings across the world.

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US HighWire appoints Amy Mosher as VP Human Resources - 14 Aug 2015

HighWire Press, Inc., a technology platform and strategic partner to influential scholarly publishers and societies, has announced the appointment of Amy Mosher as Vice President of Human Resources.

As a member of the executive team, Amy will work closely with Dan Filby, HighWires CEO and the broader leadership team to assure that HighWire advances its business, brings in and retains top talent.

Amy comes to HighWire with more than fifteen years of global human resources experience as a strategic HR partner in high growth technology environments. Most recently Amy served as the VP of HR at Kana Software, where during her seven year tenure the organisation grew to 1000 employees and experienced great success. Amy has contributed to the success of several progressive multi-national public and private companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, in fields as diverse as biotechnology, hardware and software.

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US Kudos appoints Rebecca Shumbata as Sales Manager in North America - 14 Aug 2015

Kudos, which helps maximise the reach and impact of research publications, has announced the appointment of Rebecca Shumbata as the company's Sales Manager in North America. Rebecca was most recently at Publishing Technology, prior to which she held roles at the New England Journal of Medicine and Cell Press.

Her background in scholarly and scientific publishing, and her knowledge of the technologies that support research communication, will be a great asset as she works to build uptake in North America of Kudos services for publishers and institutions.

Over 60,000 researchers have signed up to use Kudos' free platform for managing communications around their publications across multiple publishers and tools. They explain work in plain language and generate trackable links for sharing via email, web and social networks; these enable communications to be directly mapped against views, downloads, altmetrics and citations. Kudos thereby provides researchers, and their publishers and institutions, with a rich understanding of which channels and activities are most effective for broadening reach and impact.

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