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US Reference management tools essential to scientific and technical publishers' customer strategy, reveals Simba report - 22 Sep 2015

A recent report from media and publishing intelligence firm Simba Information reveals that reference management tools such as Mendeley and ReadCube only generate 1% to 2% of scientific and technical journal sales, but publishers are betting on them in a big way to build deeper relationships with customers.

The report, Global Scientific & Technical Publishing 2015-2019, found that the global scientific and technical publishing market saw very modest growth in 2014 with total sales up only 1.6%. Journal growth has slowed with the difficult library environment while online database services have matured. Even with strong growth from e-books, the book sector has shrunk several years running.

According to Dan Strempel, senior analyst business and professional, Simba Information, with the industry undergoing change and experiencing slow growth, publishers are turning to the development and acquisition of reference management tools to pull their customers closer to them, creating an interdependence that can help insulate them though this period of disruption and transformation.

Thomson Reuters was one of the first to exploit the opportunity of becoming ever more involved in the daily work of scientists. In 2009, they added to their Web of Knowledge by buying InCites, a solution for citation-based research evaluation.

The sector took off in 2012. Springer Science+Business Media acquired Papers, one of the earliest document managers. In the same year, Elsevier acquired Quosa life science software, Atira research management solutions and Aureus Science, provider of database and information tools for pharmaceutical and bioscience companies.

But it was Elsevier's April 2013 purchase of Mendeley, which created the most excitement — and the highest price (estimates ranged as high as $100 million). Mendeley is reference manager as well, but Elsevier coveted its community of more than 2 million users.

More recently, ReadCube from Nature Publishing Group has come on strong and is being kept separate from the Springer Nature merger. ReadCube has been aggressively adding publishers, integrating their journals across ReadCube's reading platforms.

Researchers prefer to read articles in print, but they find articles and share them online. Reference management tools like Mendeley and ReadCube are becoming central to those interactions. Publishers are using these tools to begin shaping the future at the desktops of their customers.

Global Scientific & Technical Publishing 2015-2019 provides detailed market information for scientific and technical publishing, segmented by delivery medium: journals, books, online content, abstracting and indexing, and other activities (audio, video and CD-ROM). It analyses trends impacting the industry and forecasts market growth to 2019. The report includes an in-depth review of 15 leading scientific and technical publishers, including Reed Elsevier, Thomson Reuters, Springer Science+Business Media, John Wiley & Sons, IHS, American Chemical Society and others.

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UK New journal covering all research disciplines publishes its first papers - 22 Sep 2015

STM publisher Elsevier has announced that Heliyon, its new open access journal publishing research across all disciplines, has published its first eight papers since the journal opened for submissions earlier this year.

Covering topics as diverse as Yard-long beans in Sri Lanka and cattle in Western Germany, the newly published papers span multiple research disciplines from authors across four continents. According to Claudia Lupp, Heliyon's Editor in Chief, these first papers demonstrate the journal's commitment to publishing sound research across a broad range of disciplines.

Heliyon aims to offer authors a superior user experience, drawing on Elsevier's extensive network of cutting-edge technologies to streamline every stage of the publication process. In line with this commitment, the journal is set to be the first in the world to use the newest version of Proof Central, a tool which allows authors to quickly input corrections and immediately generate a final version of their paper's PDF for review - thus speeding up the proofing stage. Using technologies developed at Elsevier and Mendeley, the journal will continue to focus on improving the author, editor, reviewer, and reader experience.

The Heliyon team aims to garner maximum visibility for papers, enabling them to be easily discoverable and connected to relevant communities and readers. All published papers are immediately and permanently available to read, download and share on both Heliyon.com and ScienceDirect.

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UK IPR License announces partnership with BMJ, extends STM reach - 22 Sep 2015

IPR License, the global rights and licensing specialists, has announced a partnership with global healthcare knowledge provider, BMJ, extending its reach into the STM marketplace.

BMJ is looking to utilise the fully transactional rights and licensing marketplace TradeRights, IPR's flagship product, to reach a wider international audience for its extensive collection of journal and book rights. It will join other major names in the STM field already showcasing key titles on TradeRights, including Elsevier, Wolters Kluwer, SAGE, Ashgate, Gower and Lund Humphries and Kogan Page.

Since starting out as the publisher of a single medical journal in 1840, BMJ has developed a unique range of capabilities to meet today’s global healthcare challenges. The BMJ is now one of the world's top four medical journals and publishes more than 50 of the world's leading medical and allied science journals.

IPR License is also in extensive discussions with a number of STM and academic publishing houses with deals expected to be signed at the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair.

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US UpToDate accepted by the Turkish Medical Association for Continuing Medical Education - 22 Sep 2015

The Health division of Wolters Kluwer, a global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, has announced that UpToDate®, its acclaimed clinical decision support resource, is recognised as a Continuing Medical Education (CME)/Continuing Professional Development (CPD) resource by the Turkish Medical Association (TMA). For Turkish clinicians, UpToDate can be used as a continuing medical education resource that provides the most current clinical research coupled with expert recommendations to help them provide the best care for their patients.

The Turkish Medical Association plays an important role in ongoing continuing medical formation in Turkey. Founded in 1953, the TMA is the largest physician organisation in the country, counting over 80% of the country's physicians as members. The TMA has over 65 provincial chapters where membership exceeds 100 members. At the international level, the TMA is a member of the World Medical Association (WMA), the European Federation of Medical Specialist (FEMS), the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), and an associate member of Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME).

Since 2000, UpToDate has been accredited as a CME provider by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). In 2012, UpToDate received Accreditation with Commendation, the ACCME's highest award status, for demonstrating engagement with the environment to further physician learning and change.

Searching clinical information in UpToDate helps doctors stay current with changes in medical practice and recommended treatments across 22 specialties. Turkish physicians can use the time they already spend researching clinical questions with UpToDate toward continuing professional development requirements at no extra cost and with no additional testing.

The Turkish Medical Association recognises programs like UpToDate that offer AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians may submit their credits earned from UpToDate toward their TMA CME/CPD personal board certification requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits physicians may submit toward their requirements.

In Turkish hospitals and institutions where UpToDate Anywhere is available, using UpToDate to fulfill CME/CPD requirements is easier than ever. Physicians can access UpToDate on mobile devices using award-winning mobile apps. UpToDate may also be integrated in the electronic medical record (EMR) system, which streamlines both the clinical workflow and access to CME/CPD.

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US University of Economics in Slovakia opts for EBSCO Discovery Service to broaden search experience for researchers - 22 Sep 2015

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced that the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia, has implemented EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) as its discovery tool. The university was looking to deliver the best possible search for its students and after evaluating discovery services over the past two years, it decided to implement EDS due to its relevancy ranking and vast amount of content.

As the university evaluated discovery service options, it found many advantages with EDS. When conducting comparative searches, relevant and current records were consistently at the top of the result list with EDS. The subject indexes also helped to maximize the value of its full suite of library resources. The university has been a long-term subscriber to EBSCO databases and the inclusion of subject indexes allows for leveraging the controlled vocabularies associated with important indexes to which they subscribe. The university also benefits from EBSCO’s collaboration with ILS vendor, Cosmotron, which enables the inclusion of its OPAC ARL from Cosmotron.

EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customized index of an institution's information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box-searching made even more powerful because of the quality of its relevance and value ranking technology.

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UK Altmetric and Scholastica release new free-to-download eBook resource - 22 Sep 2015

Academic journal management platform Scholastica and data science company Altmetric have announced the release of a new free-to-download eBook resource: The Evolution of Impact Indicators: From bibliometrics to altmetrics.

As scholarly workflows and academic communication patterns evolve to meet the needs of today's digital researcher, a huge shift in the way we think about and identify indicators of broader impacts is taking place.

This eBook provides an overview of the ongoing changes in the impacts and metrics landscape, and offers a handy guide for any journal editor or researcher interested to learn more about the latest developments in the area - including what these new metrics are, and how they can be used in practice.

This ebook features the most common bibliometrics in use today and their strengths and limitations; what altmetrics are: applications and misconceptions; how journals and publishers of all sizes can benefit from tracking altmetrics; how scholars can use altmetrics to find new ways to express the reach of their work; and projections for the future of research impact indicators.

The ebook is available for download at http://scholasticahq.com/altmetrics-the-evolution-of-impact-indicators.

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German ZB MED – Leibniz Information Centre for Life Sciences partners with DeepDyve to provide online access to research portal LIVIVO - 22 Sep 2015

ZB MED – Leibniz Information Centre for Life Sciences has announced a partnership with DeepDyve to provide online access to millions of fulltext articles available in its research portal LIVIVO. The content is provided to users instantly via the cloud on a monthly subscription basis for web browser viewing. This innovative new service enables scientists, particularly those no longer affiliated with an academic library, to gain instant and affordable access to authoritative content from thousands of leading journals.

The ZB MED search portal LIVIVO offers a semantic search engine which retrieves information across more than 45 life sciences data sources including library catalogues, databases and publisher directories. With more than 55 million records, LIVIVO allows the user to search beyond the limits of their own holdings. Whenever possible, freely accessible sources are linked and the full texts are provided. With DeepDyve, users now have an affordable alternative to paid content. DeepDyve offers unlimited access to more than 12 million full text articles from over 10,000 peer-reviewed journals from such leading academic publishers as Springer Nature, Wiley-Blackwell and Elsevier.

For $40 per month, users can read as many articles as they wish via their browser. The monthly subscription also includes the ability to print up to 20 pages per month, and purchase/download PDFs on a discounted basis. Users can register for a two-week free trial period to get acquainted, and they can cancel at any time.

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