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UK 2015 ALPSP Conference begins - 10 Sep 2015

The ALPSP 2015 conference began with a compelling and discussion provoking keynote by Anurag Acharya, Co-creator of Google Scholar. His keynote titled "What happens when your library is worldwide and all articles are easy to find?" covered the changes in scholarly communication and how user behaviour has evolved in response to this, what do users search for, what do they want and what do they cite?

Key takeaways from his session were that abstracts were used more than ever in the search process and as the researcher demands more answers abstracts that are written for a broader audience will improve access across other disciplines. Research is inherently a process of filtering and abstracts are a crucial part of the filtering process. Forcing full text on early-stage users is not useful and limiting COUNTER stats to full text misses much of an article's utility to researchers, Acharya noted. He concluded by stating that we are lucky to live in an era of information plenty. Better a glut than a famine.

How do you improve discovery and access to improve researchers, academics and students better? Roger C Schonfeld, Director of the Library and Scholarly Communications Program at Ithaka S+R, chaired a panel including publisher, librarian and a library supplier later during the day. Lettie Conrad, Executive Manager for Online Products at SAGE talked about their research on discoverability and delivery and learning from users to support their work. Conrad observed that whether we like it or not, the majority of search starts with the mainstream web. As a researcher advances in study skills and moves along their academic careers, they start to shift to speciality databases. Library discovery is for known items.

Deirdre Costello, Senior UX Researcher at EBSCO talked about how user expectations are formed on the open web, what users look for to make decisions about library resources, and why we need to think about our search results as one of the most important user experiences we can craft.

At the end of the 1st day, each of the 9 shortlisted finalists for the ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing presented for four minutes each to profile their submission in an intense lightning session before the Awards dinner.

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Singapore Elsevier and HIMSS extend Digital Healthcare Award from Asia Pacific to Middle East and Europe - 10 Sep 2015

STM publisher Elsevier and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) will extend the HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award from Asia Pacific to the Middle East and Europe. The award, inaugurated in 2013, recognises outstanding achievements in the implementation and usage of health information and technology. To further highlight global innovations, Elsevier and HIMSS are broadening the award globally to include Middle East and Europe starting with HIMSS UAE (United Arab Emirates) eHealth Week in December 2015.

The award promotes Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) adoption through sharing information and lessons learned in areas such as implementation strategies, financial return on investments and value of the systems to improve patient care and outcomes.

The impressive submissions coming from the region at the HIMSS AsiaPac15 this year, have demonstrated the increasing recognition of the awards as the platform for choice by many leading organisations. Award recipients included KK Women's and Children's Hospital (Singapore), National University Hospital (Singapore), Aarogyasri Healthcare Trust (India), St. Stephen's Hospital, Uniting Care Health (Australia) and Shanghai Children's Medical Center (China).

Past recipients include Peking University People's Hospital (China), Shanghai East Hospital (China), Prince of Wales Hospital (Hong Kong), Tseung Kwan O Hospital (Hong Kong), Apollo Hospitals Enterprise (India), Seoul National University Bundang Hospital (Korea), Changi General Hospital (Singapore), National Cancer Centre (Singapore) and Tan Tock Seng Hospital (Singapore). The recipients were recognised for health IT excellence, from improving medication supply processes to creating new systems and processes to enhance accessibility of information, all of which ultimately are aimed at improving patient safety and quality of care.

Award nominations for HIMSS Middle East UAE eHealth Week have already begun (https://www.uaeehealthweek.org), and application is open to all public and private healthcare organisations based in the Middle East.

Award recipients will be announced and honoured at HIMSS AsiaPac Digital Healthcare Week (6-10 September, 2015), HIMSS UAE eHealth Week (7-10 December, 2015) and eHealth Week in Amsterdam (6-8 June, 2016).

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US NFAIS to host NFAIS Humanities Roundtable 2015 - 10 Sep 2015

The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS™), a global non-profit membership organization serving the information services community, will host the NFAIS Humanities Roundtable 2015, October 2 in Chicago with virtual participation available from any location.

This year's event, hosted in conjunction with the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) and Quarles & Brady LLP, focuses on the theme of Digital Humanities & Digital Publishing: Global Opportunities and Challenges. This annual event brings together an array of information professionals working in the collaborative realm of digital humanities, libraries, publishing and advanced information services.

The NFAIS Humanities Roundtable 2015 will address practical aspects of developing and delivering multicultural, multilingual information services to an increasingly broad and diverse market. The event's roster of speakers will discuss myriad ways to spur enhancement of and engagement with the broadest possible forms of interdisciplinary scholarship and education.

Other topics will include updates on scholarly engagement, international intellectual property and licensing concerns, editorial policies and practices, accessibility and disability, user habits of students in the People's Republic of China, as well as actionable advice for meeting and satisfying user expectations and requirements.

Interested parties may visit http://bit.ly/1h9XLYg for event information and registration.

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US Wolters Kluwer and The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc. announce publishing partnership - 10 Sep 2015

Wolters Kluwer, a global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, has entered a multi-year agreement to publish The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (JBJS), JBJS Essential Surgical Techniques, JBJS Case Connector and JBJS Reviews, beginning January 2016. The partnership, which brings together one of the most prominent brands in medical publishing and the premier publisher in the orthopaedic surgery market, marks the transition of the JBJS journals portfolio to a commercial publisher after more than a century of self-publishing.

As publisher, Wolters Kluwer will focus on enhancing JBJS' reputation and influence and expanding its readership globally to further its mission of providing evidence-based research to enhance the quality of orthopaedic care. Global access to the JBJS portfolio will be expanded via its inclusion in various Ovid® collections.

An independent, non-profit publisher, JBJS produces print and online journals and learning products. The flagship journal, The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, traces its origins back to the 1889 Transactions of the American Orthopedic Association, and is the gold standard in peer-reviewed scientific information in orthopaedics. JBJS is also an accredited provider of Continuing Medical Education (CME) and produces online CME activities.

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Brazil ProQuest unveils Portuguese language portal - 10 Sep 2015

ProQuest is launching a Portuguese language version of its corporate website for its Brazilian customers.

The new portal features information about various products and services, helpful resources such as brochures and case studies, and is the gateway to ProQuest's global website. Existing and prospective customers can access customer service pages, and aids such as training videos and end-user support materials.

The new portal mirrors the look and feel of the global ProQuest website with many similar features. It will also contain the existing popular local language blog posts, keeping visitors up to date on news and events taking place in Brazil. The local portal includes a link to the main ProQuest website for easy access to the breadth of information available at the company's global site.

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UK BMJ launches new OA journal on global health - BMJ Global Health - 10 Sep 2015

Global healthcare knowledge provider BMJ has launched a new open access online journal on global health. BMJ Global Health reflects the overarching aspiration of the company—to create a healthier world in which everyone, wherever they live, has access to the information they need to protect their own health and that of the people for whom they are responsible.

BMJ Global Health will publish high quality peer reviewed content that is relevant to global, national, and regional policy makers, funders, researchers, and clinicians as well as frontline healthcare workers, managers, and patients.

Content will include original research— from study protocols through phase I trials to meta-analyses—small or specialist studies, reviews, editorials, analysis, correspondence and opinionated discussions on controversial topics.

Acceptance criteria will be based on ethical and methodological soundness rather than novelty, significance, or relevance to any particular group.

But the title particularly welcomes content from health researchers and practitioners in low and middle income countries, and on issues related to non-communicable disease and emerging mobile health technologies.

BMJ Global Health will operate a fast, rigorous, and transparent peer review process, with continuous publication online, to ensure timely, up-to-date research is available worldwide.

There will be formal links to other BMJ publications, such as BMJ Case Reports (http://casereports.bmj.com), to enable those involved in treatment to share their experiences, as well as access to other BMJ tools and services to support patient care and early career researchers (http://rtop.bmj.com/).

Editor in chief, Dr Seye Abimbola, of the School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Australia, outlines the ethos of the publication in an editorial timed to coincide with the journal's launch.

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US Reprints Desk opens registration for Content Workflow 2015 events in London and Frankfurt - 10 Sep 2015

Reprints Desk, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Research Solutions, Inc., has opened registration for Content Workflow 2015 conferences that will take place October 20 in London, UK, and October 22 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Content Workflow 2015 conferences are one-day events, in which attendees will be able to network with industry peers and hear from thought leaders about case studies, strategies, and cutting edge best practices on legal access, acquisition, management, and reuse of scholarly scientific, technical and medical (STM) content, as well as their integrations into workflow management systems.

The events are designed for corporate librarians and information management professionals, and professionals in Knowledge Management, R&D, IT, and Medical Affairs who control and influence corporate content budgets. Pharmaceutical information managers and drug safety management professionals will benefit from an afternoon session on Pharmacovigilance Workflow Management.

Content Workflow 2015 features sessions and presentations from information industry thought leaders such as Reprints Desk, Eduserv, The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) and ProQuest along with a Technology Showcase, including 10-minute updates on the latest advancements in content workflow management from participating event sponsors.

Registration for content users is free and space is limited to provide the opportunity for networking among attendees, so early registration is strongly encouraged. Sponsorship opportunities and attendance options for industry suppliers are available. To register or for more information, including full agenda and sponsorship opportunities, interested parties may visit the event website at www.contentworkflow.net.

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US Baker & Taylor unveils all-in-one Axis 360 mobile app - 10 Sep 2015

Baker & Taylor, the worldwide distributor of digital and print books, have announced the launch of its all-in-one Axis 360 mobile app, now available for download. The Axis 360 app provides Apple and Android mobile users the ability to discover, download and read ebooks or listen to digital audiobooks, within a single application.

Axis 360 app users can enjoy increased functionality and ease-of-use, with one-stop access to digital content from their library. The new app provides single sign on, eliminating the need for Adobe IDs, additional apps and credentials. Users link to their home library, search or browse their favourite topics and enjoy reading or listening within the Axis 360 app. Axis 360 also presents recommendations from the library's collection, based on the user's selection.

Users no longer need to have Acoustik, Blio or axisReader apps to experience digital audiobooks or ebooks, as all titles open directly in the new Axis 360 application. Users also have access to their bookshelf of borrowed material – "My Stuff" – seamlessly from all their devices – desktop, tablets and smartphones.

Axis 360 is Baker & Taylor's digital media service that provides libraries and schools with a state-of-the-art and visually engaging system for circulating digital books and audiobooks. Library patrons and students are able to download the free app in iTunes and Google Play.

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