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UK New export figures show global reach of UK publishing industry - 11 Apr 2016

New figures released by The Publishers Association show the international demand of UK published material and how educational publishing remains the powerhouse of the UK publishing industry's export business.

Total export revenues were £1.42 billion in 2015 but a combination of education, academic and ELT (English Language Training) accounted for two-thirds of this. Over 35% of physical book exports came from Europe, with sales to the Middle East and North Africa, Asia and South America increasing.

The overall figure is slightly down on previous years, but the figures show sales of most consumer publishing categories holding up strongly in a challenging macro-economic climate with both exports sales of fiction and non-fiction titles seeing an increase.

The data is extracted from the forthcoming PA Statistics Yearbook 2015, which are based on grossed up figures from the ongoing PA Sales Monitor Scheme (PASM) data collection scheme. PASM records the physical and digital sales of publishers who are estimated to account for approximately three-quarters of total UK publishers' sales. The data from PASM have been applied to the results of one-off benchmarking exercise to calculate a base for all UK publishers.

Publisher export sales of books: physical and digital) (net invoiced value) were £1.42bn in 2015, a fall of 3% from 2014. Physical sales were £1.2bn. Digital sales were £218m. The European market remained the strongest performer in terms of physical sales accounting for over 35% of total export revenues. The second best performing market was East and South Asia.

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Netherland Brill partners with Kudos to help authors maximise their impact - 11 Apr 2016

Academic publisher Brill has signed an agreement with Kudos to help authors maximise their impact. Starting April 2016, the Kudos platform will be available for all authors within Brill's publishing program.

Kudos is a platform which allows authors to enrich their publications, and to maximise their visibility, by providing new means to engage with their digital community on social media, in just a few clicks. By providing this new service, Brill will further improve the dissemination and visibility of their high quality research.

Kudos helps researchers and their institutions to measure, monitor and maximise the visibility and impact of their published articles. It builds on three core principles: that readers are increasingly struggling to filter the growing quantity of published research; that information which supports filtering – such as lay summaries and impact statements – often exists but is not made public; and that authors are well placed to increase awareness and impact of their own work, but don't always know how to do this. Kudos provides a platform for assembling or creating information to help filtering, for sharing information to drive discovery, and for measuring and monitoring the effect of these activities.

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US Emerald offers free access to selected research on libraries transformation - 11 Apr 2016

Academic publisher Emerald Group Publishing is offering free access to a selection of its latest Library and Information Science (LIS) research in celebration of National Library Week.

National Library Week is a national event sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) which is celebrated in libraries across the USA each April. This year's event, taking place April 10-16, has the theme of 'Libraries Transform.'

The research, taken from Emerald's Library and Information Science journal and book series, is available free to access until May 6 2016. The selected articles include: "New Trends that Define the 21st-Century Library", Advances in Library Administration and Organization; "Library spaces in the 21st century: Meeting the challenges of user needs for information, technology, and expertise", Library Management; "Beyond books: The concept of the academic library as learning space", New Library World; and "Libraries and Human Rights - Working Together to Reach Our Full Potential", Advances in Librarianship.

Emerald's Library collection spans disciplines such as library management, library technology and information science, and 40 per cent of the titles in the collection are indexed by Thomson Reuters (ISI). One can access and share the collated research for free until May 6, 2016 at www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/promo/nlw2016.htm.

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US HighWire names Tracy Capaldi-Drewett as new VP, EMEA Sales and Global Marketing - 11 Apr 2016

HighWire Press, Inc., the publishing technology platform provider for renowned scholarly publishers and societies, has announced the appointment Tracy Capaldi-Drewett as Vice President, EMEA Sales and Global Marketing, a newly created position on its executive team.

In this new position, Capaldi-Drewett will lead business development and sales in Europe, extending HighWire's commitment to serve the European market and publishers worldwide. Capaldi-Drewett will also lead the strategic development of HighWire's global marketing programs to support customer, partner and channel relationships.

Capaldi-Drewett comes to HighWire with a wealth of knowledge and experience implementing successful business development and marketing strategies, as well as developing global partnership networks. Most recently, at Semantico, Capaldi-Drewett led strategic initiatives for new market entry, service extension, product launch, account management support, thought leadership, and integrated marketing communications. In previous roles he launched several award-winning e-learning platforms, from requirements capture to delivery, for world-recognized brands, generating new revenue through licensing.

Based in London to focus on business development throughout EMEA, Capaldi-Drewett represents HighWire's global executive team in Europe. He will work closely with colleagues in Belfast and throughout the UK as HighWire extends its operational breadth in Europe.

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UK Ingenta to present at London Book Fair 2016 - 11 Apr 2016

Ingenta, a provider of technology and associated services to the publishing and information industries, will be presenting a number of sessions at this year's London Book Fair, all of which will take place in The Faculty; the hub for debate and learning through a programme of academic, scientific and professional topics.

A definitive highlight will be a panel discussion on Open Access entitled 'What is a Publisher Now? Yes, it's Open: But Where on Earth is it?', scheduled for April 13. The session will be chaired by Byron Russell, Head of Ingenta Connect and will include Mark Johnson, Director of Contributor Experience & Product Marketing at PLOS, Ros Pyne, Research & Development Manager at Open Research at Springer Nature, Lara Speicher, Publishing Manager, UCL Press, Dr. Rupert Gatti, Director and co-founder, Open Book Publishers.

The rising tide of Open Access publications – books, monographs and journal articles – brings with it a multitude of difficulties. None more significant than discoverability. The content that publishers and authors create may well be free and available, but how do readers find it? Open Access content is everywhere – in institutional repositories, on sites like OAPEN and DOAJ and on publisher's own websites – but researchers have an increasingly hard time locating exactly what they are looking for, especially when it comes to relevant Gold Open Access content. Publishing Technology's popular What is a Publisher Now? series, in its fourth year, welcomes a distinguished panel of experts from across the scholarly publishing landscape to discuss the challenges brought about by the widespread shift to Open Access models, and the ways in which discoverability of Open Access content can be addressed.

Another highlight will be 'Levelling the Playing Field: How Smaller Society Publishers Use Technology to Aim High' featuring Melissanne Scheld, Managing Director, PCG in conversation with Leighton Chipperfield, Director of Publishing, Microbiology Society.

Hot on the heels of the launch of its new online platform and a major rebrand, the Microbiology Society is the perfect example of a modern-day society publisher making the most of technological advances to bolster its offering. From responsive design and article level metrics to Open Access, Chipperfield will demonstrate how technology is driving success and growth at the Microbiology Society. He will reveal how the publisher is becoming more customer-centric by showcasing its journal and article content more effectively, how it is increasing engagement and interaction with its scientific community and authors, and how it is becoming more nimble as an organisation with the ability to innovate and experiment with new revenue models. Increasingly, where technology is concerned, size doesn't matter, and this unmissable session with one of the most forward-thinking society publishers in the academic publishing arena is guaranteed to provoke debate, motivate and inspire.

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German Cornell University Press and De Gruyter sign distribution partnership - 11 Apr 2016

Cornell University Press, a division of Cornell University housed in Sage House, and academic publisher De Gruyter have formed a partnership for the worldwide sales of electronic publications. These include a frontlist of over 100 titles and a selection of backlist and archive publications. The transatlantic partnership will expand the international reach of Cornell University Press while also strengthening De Gruyter's portfolio with a range of premier academic publications, research-intensive content and world-renowned authors.

America's first university press founded in 1869, Cornell University Press is a leading publisher of titles in the social science and humanities, with distinguished lists in political science and international relations, medieval, European and American history, sociology, anthropology, Slavic Studies, Asian Studies, the classics, philosophy, and literary criticism. Many of their books in the life sciences and natural history, including field guides, are published under the Comstock Publishing Associates imprint, and a distinguished list of books in labor and employment relations, the health care professions, and human resources is offered under the ILR Press imprint.

Headquartered in Berlin, De Gruyter releases over 1,300 new titles each year in the humanities, social sciences, medicine, natural sciences, and law; publishes more than 750 journals; and offers a wide range of digital media. The company group includes the imprints De Gruyter Akademie Forschung, Birkhäuser, De Gruyter Mouton, De Gruyter Oldenbourg, De Gruyter Open, and De Gruyter Saur.

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UK Semantico's access and identity management solution SAMS Sigma shortlisted for CODiE award - 11 Apr 2016

Semantico, suppliers of digital publishing solutions to the scholarly and professional market, has announced that its trail-blazing access and identity management solution SAMS Sigma has been shortlisted for a 2016 SIIA CODiE award for Best Content Rights and Entitlement Solution.

The prestigious CODiE awards recognise innovation and achievement in software design. Judged by a panel of peers, including industry executives and analysts, representatives of media outlets, bloggers, and investors, software is tested against set criteria.

With flexible sales model support for publishers, seamless multi-domain content access for end-users, as well as powerful analytics, SAMS Sigma is unique among its competitors in the publishing technology market in offering true single-sign-on from any device, anywhere.

This is the third year running that Semantico has been a CODiE award finalist, with a win in 2014.

Since 1986, the SIIA CODiE Awards have recognised more than 1,000 software and information companies for achieving excellence. The CODiE Awards remain the only peer-recognised program in the content, education, and software industries so each CODiE Award win serves as incredible market validation for a product's innovation, vision, and overall industry impact.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on May 18 2016.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 11 Apr 2016

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Tamar Loach and Martin Szomszor (What impact evidence was used in REF 2014? Disciplinary differences in how researchers demonstrate and assess impact); Alice Meadows (ORCID: what, why, how?); Joseph Esposito (A Multiplicity of University Publishing); Roger C. Schonfeld (Will the Monograph Experience a Transition to E-Only? Latest Findings); David Matthews (Do academic social networks share academics’ interests?); and Justin Peters (Why Is It So Expensive to Read Academic Research?). 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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