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US Elsevier publishes three new encyclopaedias on mental health, pharmacology and forensic medicine - 19 Nov 2015

STM publisher Elsevier has announced the publication of three new encyclopedias - the Encyclopedia of Mental Health, Meyler's Side Effects of Drugs, and the Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine.

The second edition of the Encyclopedia of Mental Health, edited by Dr. Howard Friedman, provides up-to-date descriptions of the neurological, social, genetic, and psychological factors that affect the individual and society. It contains more than 240 articles written by domain experts in the field and is written in an accessible style using terms that an educated layperson can understand. The encyclopaedia will be of interest to public as well as research libraries with coverage of many important topics, including marital health, divorce, couples therapy, fathers, child custody, day care and day care providers, extended families, and family therapy. It also provides essential material on assessment, theories of personality, specific disorders, therapies, forensic issues, ethics, and cross-cultural and sociological aspects. Dr. Friedman is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside.

The 16th edition of Meyler's Side Effects of Drugs: The International Encyclopedia of Adverse Drug Reactions and Interactions, edited by Dr. Jeffrey Aronson, provides expanded coverage of each drug, with more than 1,500 drug articles and information on adverse reactions and interactions. It offers clearer, systematic organisation of information for easier reading, including case histories to provide perspective on each listing and an extensive bibliography with more than 40,000 references. It is an appropriate reference work for any academic or medical library, pharmacologist, regulatory organisation, hospital dispensary or pharmaceutical company. Dr. Aronson is a consultant clinical pharmacologist and physician in the Department of Primary Health Care in the University of Oxford and a consultant physician in the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Trust.

The Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine, edited by Drs. Roger Byard and Jason Payne-James and now in its second edition, is a four-volume encyclopedia compiled by an international team of forensic specialists who explore the relationship between law, medicine, and science in the study of forensics. This reference work includes more than 300 chapters with articles covering autopsies, ballistics, fingerprinting, hair and fiber analysis, and the sophisticated procedures associated with terrorism investigations, forensic chemistry, DNA and immunoassays. It is suitable for any practitioner in a forensic, medical, healthcare, legal, judicial or investigative field looking for easily accessible and authoritative overviews on a wide range of topics. Dr. Byard holds the George Richard Marks Chair of Pathology at the University of Adelaide and is Senior Specialist Forensic Pathologist at Forensic Science SA in Adelaide, Australia. Dr. Payne-James is an independent specialist in forensic and legal medicine and has been a Forensic Medical Examiner with the Metropolitan Police Service in London, UK, for nearly 25 years.

Elsevier uses proprietary tools to identify knowledge gaps in fields such as psychology, pharmacology and forensic medicine. Editorial teams then strategically fill those gaps with content written by key influencers in the field, giving students, faculty, researchers and practitioners the content they need to answer challenging questions and improve outcomes. These new reference works are examples of how Elsevier is enabling science to drive innovation.

The encyclopaedias are available on both the Elsevier Store and 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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German Springer and the Brazilian Center for Research and Development launch book series - Telecommunications and Information Technology - 19 Nov 2015

STM publisher Springer and the Brazilian Center for Research and Development (CPqD) have signed an agreement to jointly publish an international book series called Telecommunications and Information Technology. The books are aimed at both researchers and corporate professionals. Two to four books will be published annually.

Telecommunications and Information Technology will publish scientific monographs on a variety of topics under research and development at CPqD. These include, among others, optical and wireless communications, sensors, cognitive and advanced computing, information security, embedded systems, smart grid, energy storage, and operation support systems. The topics reflect current trends such as broadband, smart grid, future banking, smart cities, defense and security.

The first book in the series, Long Term Evolution - 4G and Beyond is scheduled to be released in November 2015 and is dedicated to CPqD wireless communication research and development on broadband mobile networks. All books in the series will be available in print and electronic formats.

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UK Nature Publishing Group and The University of Texas Medical Branch announce new open access journal - npj Vaccines - 19 Nov 2015

Nature Publishing Group and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston on behalf of its Sealy Center for Vaccine Development have announced a new open access journal, npj Vaccines. From preventable diseases such as measles and mumps, to Ebola and HIV, new clinical trials and vaccine debate, the new journal will be dedicated to highlighting the most important scientific advances in vaccine research and development.

The journal will publish a variety of research articles on human and veterinary vaccinations from discovery and basic science to nonclinical development of vaccines, vaccine formulation, AIDS vaccine, cancer/oncology vaccines, clinical evaluation of vaccines and vaccine safety, to mention just a few. Each original research article will include a lay summary that will summarize the key issues being addressed within the article with the goal of keeping the readership informed of advances in the field of vaccinology.

Given the public health importance of vaccines, in addition to publishing high quality original research, npj Vaccines also publishes commentaries, news, research highlights, editorials, and correspondence from readers, to provide state-of-the-art information for all of those interested in vaccines.

Dr. Alan D. Barrett, director of the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development will serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.

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US The NFAIS 2016 Annual Conference scheduled for February 21-23, 2016, experts on data and data management to deliver keynote addresses - 19 Nov 2015

Three leading, global thinkers in the fields of data, data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) will deliver the slate of keynote addresses at the National Federation of Advanced Information Service's (NFAISTM) 58th Annual Conference, February 21-23, 2016 at Philadelphia's Hyatt Regency at the Bellevue.

The NFAIS 2016 Annual Conference theme, 'Data Sparks Discovery of Tomorrow's Global Knowledge,' centers on managing data and establishing appropriate policies; maintaining privacy and intellectual property rights; text and data mining; predictive modeling; new software, systems and analytic tools; the globalization and internationalization of content; AI and more. The 2016 conference aims to help attendees understand what to expect and how to prepare solid foundations for tomorrow's data-driven, global knowledge standard.

NFAIS's kick-off Keynote speaker is Steven Miller, Data Maestro, Global Leader Academic Programs & Outreach for IBM Analytics Group. Miller, who will address conference participants on February 21, leads academic programs for IBM Analytics Group with a primary focus on collaborating with universities to build the pipeline of talent needed by data-driven organisations. His work spans data and analytics literacy for every student to emerging specialist roles such as the data scientist and data engineer.

The annual NFAIS Members-only Luncheon features Simon Inger, owner of Simon Inger Consulting, as luncheon keynote speaker. Inger, who will speak on February 22, has worked in the journals industry since 1987 when he joined B.H. Blackwell, the Oxford-based subscription agent. In 1994, he founded CatchWord, the world's first journal platform service provider where he led the company through to its acquisition by Ingenta in 2001 (now Publishing Technology). Since 2002, Simon has led a consulting company, specializing in services to publishers, libraries, service providers and intermediaries in the scholarly publishing arena.

The NFAIS Conference Closing Keynote speaker is Stephane Bura, Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of London-based Weave.ai. Bura, who will speak on February 23, has worked in AI and interaction design for more than 25 years. He was the creative director of a video game studio and consulted on game design for companies around the world. He co-founded two AI startups, both with the goal of transforming the relationship users have with their devices: Storybricks, which built tools for game developers to generate emotional connections in players, and Weave.ai, which proposes a new model for connecting data, contexts and interactions.

Registration for the NFAIS 2016 Annual Conference is open with Early Bird rates set to close on January 8, 2016. In addition, the Conference Hotel's limited block of rooms are available for special discounted rates through February 1, 2016.

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UK Special focus issue of Biomarkers in Medicine explores the translation of biomarkers into regulatory science - 19 Nov 2015

MEDLINE-indexed journal Biomarkers in Medicine, published by Future Science Group, has published a special focus issue exploring the increasingly important role of biomarkers in both drug development and regulatory decision making.

The special focus issue is guest edited by William Slikker (Director of the FDA's National Center for Toxicology Research, USA) and Huixiao Hong (also of FDA's NCTR). The editors open the issue with a scene-setting foreword which explains, “the motivation behind this issue of Biomarkers in Medicine is to provide a contemporary summary of advances in the translation of biomarkers into regulatory science.”

The special issue includes original research, review articles and editorials focused on developments in biomarker research in regulatory science. Articles review the latest advances across a broad range of biomarkers, including miRNA, transcriptomic markers and mechanism-based markers.

Biomarkers, the physical, functional or biochemical indicators of physiological or disease processes, can provide vital information in disease prognosis, in predicting response to therapies, adverse events and drug interactions, and in establishing baseline risk. Biomarkers are being used to develop new predictive, diagnostic and prognostic products, and are playing an increasingly important role in the discovery and development of new drugs.

Biomarkers in Medicine is a peer-reviewed, online and print journal delivering commentary and analysis on the advances in our understanding of biomarkers and their potential and actual applications in medicine. The journal aims to facilitate translation of research knowledge into the clinic to increase the effectiveness of medical practice.

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US West Virginia University selects OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system - 19 Nov 2015

West Virginia University Libraries, which serves more than 31,000 students and comprises five libraries and the WVU Press, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system.

WorldShare Management Services (WMS) is a complete, cloud-based library management system that offers all the applications needed to manage a library, including Acquisitions, Circulation, Metadata, Resource Sharing, License Management and a single-search Discovery interface to connect library users to the information they need. WMS also includes a range of Reports based on local data that help libraries understand their activities and track key metrics over time.

Libraries at Potomac State College, WVU Institute of Technology, West Virginia Northern Community College and West Liberty University will also move to WorldShare Management Services to share resources, applications and infrastructure.

The WVU Libraries currently use multiple systems to manage various types of resources that require moving data from one system to another system. As a result, users sometimes encounter difficulties. WMS provides applications specifically designed to handle all of the Libraries' collections-electronic, physical and digital-and will bring everything under one integrated system.

The cloud-based management system will also reduce costs of dedicated servers, software upgrades, and maintenance. It will simplify work by library staff, offering an opportunity to redirect staff time to enhancing library resources and adding digital collections.

About 380 libraries worldwide are currently using WMS to share bibliographic records, publisher and knowledge base data, vendor records, serials patterns and more. With WorldCat at its foundation, WMS enables libraries to draw on the collaborative data and work of libraries worldwide for more efficient workflows. WMS also provides libraries with the unique opportunity to share innovation, applications, infrastructure, vision and success in serving their users.

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