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Netherland Elsevier’s new ECC Webcasts platform offers free access to webcasts of the European Cancer Congress - 25 Jan 2016

A new online platform, run by Elsevier and hosted by the European Journal of Cancer (EJC), seeks to provide healthcare professionals free access to a selection of lectures from Europe's biggest cancer conference, providing them with the latest research on a variety of cancers and treatments. The ECC Webcasts platform features webcasts of some of the ECCO ESMO Industry Sponsored Satellite Symposia.

The European Cancer Congress (ECC2015), held in Vienna on September 25-29, 2015, was the largest European platform for presenting ground-breaking data to a global audience. More than 19,000 oncology professionals attended the conference, which was split into 25 tracks and featured 634 invited speakers. 46 satellite symposia covered a variety of therapy areas, from therapeutic considerations in advanced renal cell carcinoma to targeting hypoxia to unlock new therapeutic opportunities for solid tumors.

The ECC Webcasts platform presents talks from a selection of these symposia as webcasts, so if a healthcare professional was unable to attend ECC2015, they can access some of the content online, free of charge.

Each video is synchronized with the presenter's slides, which viewers can download. The transcript of each lecture is also available. The content is fully interactive: clicking on any slide will skip the viewer to the corresponding point in the lecture.

It is also possible to search across all webcasts – the content is multi-therapy, so healthcare professionals can search for their area of interest in oncology to find the most relevant webcasts.

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US Five Wiley journals become open access - 25 Jan 2016

Publisher John Wiley and Sons, Inc. has announced the conversion of five of its leading journals to the Wiley Open Access Program. All articles in Plant Biotechnology Journal, GCB Bioenergy, Health Expectations, Atmospheric Science Letters, and Clinical and Translational Science will be free to read, download and share, effective January 1, 2016. The addition of these journals to Wiley's Open Access Program brings the total number of Wiley's open access titles up to 61.

Plant Biotechnology Journal is published in association with the Society for Experimental Biology and the Association of Applied Biology, and has an impact factor of 5.752. The journal provides a forum for the most important advances in applied plant science, with an emphasis on molecular plant sciences and their applications through plant biotechnology.

GCB Bioenergy is an international journal publishing original research papers, review articles, and commentaries that promote understanding of the interface between biological and environmental sciences and the production of fuels directly from plants, algae and waste. The journal has an impact factor of 4.882.

Health Expectations, with an impact factor of 2.852, promotes critical thinking and informed debate about all aspects of public participation in health care and public policy. It includes papers relating to patient-centred care and quality improvement, patient participation in treatment decisions, public perception of health services and methods for monitoring and evaluating participation.

Atmospheric Science Letters is published on behalf of the Royal Meteorological Society and has an impact factor of 1.521. The journal offers a fully peer reviewed publication route for new shorter contributions in the field of atmospheric and closely related sciences.

Clinical and Translational Science is published on behalf of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics and has an impact factor of 1.43. Publishing original research from across the broad spectrum of clinical specialties and basic science, CTS highlights investigative work bridging the gap between laboratory discovery and practice.

All five journals are now accepting open access submissions, and all articles will be published under a Creative Commons (CC-BY) License, so authors retain the copyright for their work. As part of the Wiley Open Access publishing program, authors, their funding agencies, or their institutions pay an Article Publication Charge (APC) to cover the cost of publishing. Funders and Institutions can pay on behalf of their authors via a Wiley Open Access Account.

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US SAGE publishes The Metric Tide review into the role of metrics in Research Assessment - 25 Jan 2016

Academic publisher SAGE Publishing has published, in print, the authoritative independent review on the role of metrics in research assessment, The Metric Tide.

First released online only in July 2015, The Metric Tide is the final report from the Independent Review of the Role of Metric in Research Assessment and Management. The review was chaired by Professor James Wilsdon, Professor of Research Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Sheffield, supported by an independent and multidisciplinary group of experts in scientometrics, research funding, research policy, publishing, university management and research administration. The review looks in detail at the potential uses and limitations of research metrics and indicators, exploring the use of metrics within institutions and across disciplines.

SAGE's publication of the report reflects a commitment to both supporting and engaging with the debates around new ways of assessing the academic system, and the importance of ensuring these debates can be accessed by all.

James Wilsdon and his co-authors will also be presenting the report at the Impact and Metrics in the Arts and Humanities, workshop at Trinity College, Dublin, on February 1, where James Wilsdon be speaking about The Metric Tide http://www.tcd.ie/trinitylongroomhub/events/details/2016/2016-02-01research_metrics.php. Paul Wouters (co-author of Metric Tide) will be speaking at the Gaming Metrics conference at UC Davis on February 4/5. Additionally, James Wilsdon will be speaking on responsible metrics February 15 at the Open science session at the AAAS annual meeting in Washington DC.

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US Wolters Kluwer e-book underscores value proposition of integrated clinical decision support to driving adoption of evidence-based care - 25 Jan 2016

The Health division of Wolters Kluwer, a global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, has announced the release of a complimentary e-book that demonstrates the critical role of integrated clinical decision support (CDS) to driving value and optimising patient care in today's healthcare environments. Integrated Clinical Decision Support: Accelerating Adoption of Evidence-Based Care for Optimal Outcomes outlines the evolution of CDS technology and effective implementation of integrated solutions as a foundational strategy for improving overall clinical and financial performance.

As the timeline for value-based care accelerates on the national stage, the e-book provides timely information to equip healthcare providers with effective and sustainable CDS strategies that will increase uptake of evidence-based clinical practices. Specifically, today's healthcare organisations must respond strategically to national initiatives such as the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program—placing approximately $1.4 billion in payments at risk—and plans to tie 90% of Medicare payments to quality or value measures by 2018.

Specifically, the e-book will address the Five Rights of CDS and how the functionalities of various CDS solutions align clinical care activity with industry-respected implementation approaches. The e-book also introduces the integrated CDS offerings of Wolters Kluwer, including the referential powerhouse content of Clinical Drug Information and UpToDate® along with the actionable, intelligent and measurable alert foundation of Sentri7® advanced surveillance technology.

The e-book emphasises the proven effectiveness of solutions like Sentri7 to combine alerts plus referential content to improve patient outcomes. Clinical surveillance tools simplify monitoring of multiple data streams, enable rapid identification of at-risk patients, facilitate evidence-based clinical decision-making and streamline reporting to management, stakeholders, and state and federal regulators—all of which are essential to achieving value- and outcomes-based objectives.

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German National Institute of Informatics in Japan and COAR to co-organise meeting of the Asian OA Community in Tokyo - 25 Jan 2016

The National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Japan and COAR are co-organising a meeting of the Asian OA Community in Tokyo, Japan on March 4th, 2016 in conjunction with the Research Data Alliance meeting.

The aim of this meeting is to establish an Asian community of practice which can share OA related experience and hot topics between members. There is an international open access community such as Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), however, the topics often focus on the high level of OA in the most advanced countries, rather than from the view point of the countries which are less developed. In addition, physical and time distance make it difficult for full engagement by Asian countries in these international discussions. In order to fill gaps and connect OA community beyond continents, the establishment of a local Asian community is crucial. This meeting will provide the opportunity for participants to share current status, success, concern and problem related to the open access activity in the Asian region. The discussion will focus on how to better share OA related activities and practices within Asian region. It will also expand on the librarian role in the research data sharing, which is one of the main topic of RDA.

The meeting will take place from 9am to 12pm on March 4th and the location will be posted on the RDA and COAR site when available. All members of the OA community from the Asian region are invited to attend this meeting.

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US Blackboard announces two new options for deploying its Blackboard LearnTM LMS via Software-as-a-Service - 25 Jan 2016

Blackboard Inc., the world's leading education technology company, has announced two new options for deploying its flagship learning management system (LMS) Blackboard Learn™ via Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Blackboard Learn SaaS Plus and Blackboard Learn SaaS Advantage are now available for higher education institutions in the United States.

This announcement is the latest milestone in the company's plan to provide its customers with customised, flexible and powerful options for deploying their LMS.

The SaaS offerings, which will be available in two tiers differentiated by their respective options and service levels, build on the company's expertise and cloud deployment options by allowing customers to experience their current version of Blackboard Learn in a more flexible and customisable way. Customers using Learn in a SaaS environment have access to significant benefits such as zero-downtime upgrades, higher quality through continuous delivery of regular bug fixes, new services innovation, and increased scalability.

The new Plus and Advantage tiers give institutions the ability to scale, customise and configure Blackboard Learn for their specific and individual needs. These tiers of SaaS also offer more support for commercial and custom-built integrations, additional service tiers, and a new Flexible Deployment Option. The Flexible Deployment Option allows schools to have control over when new features and enhancements are deployed to their environment.

The SaaS Plus and SaaS Advantage offerings are currently available to higher education institutions in the United States. Details about availability in other markets are forthcoming.

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UK Universities in the UK and Egypt sign partnership agreements to develop scientific research and increase opportunities for student and staff exchanges - 25 Jan 2016

Universities in the UK and Egypt have reportedly signed 10 partnership agreements aimed at building scientific research and increasing opportunities for student and staff exchanges.

The memoranda of understanding and letters of intent were signed on January 20 during the visit of an Egyptian higher education delegation to the UK, organised by the British Council. This follows a September 2014 visit by Egyptian government representatives, when it was announced that 2016 would be the 'Egypt-UK Year of Research, Innovation and Education'.

The universities involved in the partnerships are: University College London (UCL) and New Giza University; King's College London and the faculty of medicine at Cairo University; the University of Sussex and the faculty of economics and political science at Cairo University; Aston University and Cairo University; London South Bank University and Alexandria University; the University of Dundee and Alexandria University; Cardiff Metropolitan University and the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AAST), Staffordshire University and AAST; Brunel University London and AAST; and Aston University and AAST.

According to Ashraf Mahmoud Hatem, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Universities in Egypt, each of these partnerships would last at least three years and there is a target for 20 more agreements to be signed between UK and Egyptian universities in the next two years. These collaborations could include dual degrees, research work, student and staff exchanges and curriculum development.

The Supreme Council oversees Egypt's 24 public universities, regulates higher education and accredits foreign qualifications.

Dr Hatem further added that three major projects will begin in Egypt this year with a view to implementation in 2019, as part of the country's higher education reforms. These include the introduction of a funding and regulatory agency based on the Higher Education Funding Council for England; a national centre for assessment and evaluation based on the assessment agency at the University of Cambridge; and a training centre for leadership at Egyptian universities, modelled on the Leadership Training Centre in the UK.

Tarek Shawki, chairman of Egypt's Presidential Advisory Council for Education and Scientific Research, added that the government will officially launch a free digital library of academic journals on 23 January, as part of the president’s mission to transform Egypt into a 'learning society'.

The Egyptian Knowledge Bank will be open to all members of the public in the country. It will include English-language and Arabic-language scholarly books and journals published by 27 of the world's leading academic publishers, including Elsevier, Springer and Thomson Reuters.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 25 Jan 2016

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Michael Kozlowski (The e-Reader Industry Needs to Address e-book Content Errors); Mike Taylor (The world needs One Repo); Joseph Esposito (The Network Model of Publishing); Ann Michael (Ask The Chefs: What Do You See On The Horizon For Scholarly Publishing In 2016?); Ron Johns (Lessons learned) and David Matthews (Journals and publishers setting sights on the unwary). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.

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