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US Society for Scholarly Publishing Annual Meeting crosses boundaries, borders and aims to break down barriers - 21 Apr 2016

The 38th Annual Meeting of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) will be held at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, BC, June 1-3, 2016. Although its membership includes professionals from around the world, this is the first time SSP is meeting outside of the US. The theme for this year's meeting is Crossing Boundaries: New Horizons in Scholarly Communication.

"As publishers, librarians, authors, and researchers, we find ourselves at a time of unprecedented change and unexpected collaborations," said Mary Beth Barilla, co-chair of the Annual Meeting Program Committee. "At last year's meeting of SSP, we saw how innovation and change are taking place on the edges of traditional fields and processes. In Vancouver, we will meet again to examine new ways of bridging concepts and challenging assumptions about the marketplace, business models, and our individual roles."

The SSP Annual Meeting includes timely and thoughtful keynote addresses and concurrent sessions featuring an international group of presenters from all areas of scholarly communications - publishers, vendors, librarians, and researchers. The Program Committee received more than 100 high-quality proposals for concurrent sessions this year.

"Organizations and individuals willing to step out of their 'comfort zone' are re-defining the world of scholarly publishing by breaking down silos, forming new partnerships, and expanding their focus to reach a global audience," said Laura Ricci, co- chair of the Annual Meeting Program Committee. "Sessions at this year's meeting will focus on ways we can learn from these experiences and explore what lies over the horizon for scholarly publishing."

The meeting kicks off with a plenary panel on mentorship—a collaboration between SSP and STM—on June 1 at 4:00 pm, followed by Speed Networking at 5:15 pm and the Opening Reception at 6:30 pm.

Attendees will enjoy ample opportunities for meeting colleagues and sharing ideas at evening receptions and interactive lunches. The popular Exhibitor Marketplace provides a central area to learn about new products, programs, services and solutions. Participants will also see the major themes and takeaways unfold in real time as a graphic recorder illustrates ideas and insights about scholarly communication from speakers and attendees.

Entrepreneur and author of The Startup Playbook, David Kidder has been announced as the keynote speaker on June 2, 2016. Kidder is the co-founder and CEO of Bionic, an enterprise innovation accelerator and platform. He also co- founded several startups in the digital advertising space. Kidder received ID Magazine's International Design Award and Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2008.

On June 3, attendees will hear from keynote speaker, Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour, the Associate Dean of Science, Diversity at the University of Alberta. For more than 30 years, she has been active in encouraging women to consider careers in the sciences and engineering, and currently is Chair of the Board of the Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology. Her awards include a 3M Fellowship, a Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case and the Montreal Medal of the Chemical Institute of Canada, and she has been twice named one of the top 100 most powerful women in Canada by the Women's Executive Network and membership in the Order of Canada.

There will be no shortage of opportunities for professional development at the meeting. A variety of half-day seminars on June 1st will offer in-depth discussions and practical advice to prep attendees for the concurrent sessions. Topics include predatory publishing practices; open access and sustainability; data publishing; publishing in international markets; and data interchange practices.

What's more fitting for a publishing conference than to actually publish a book while attendees observe and contribute? Arizona State University's Center for Science and the Imagination is bringing together a team of novelists, scholars, digital publishers, journalists, and technologists to write a book on-the-fly in 72 hours. Using a suite of collaborative technologies, participants will quickly write, edit, assemble and publish a multimedia anthology exploring publishing topics through a series of 'sprints' that take place in real-time at the meeting.

Additional activities planned for the meeting include a Fun Run/Walk on June 2nd morning and a scavenger hunt in Stanley Park on June 3rd afternoon.

"There is so much going on at the SSP Annual Meeting this year," said Melanie Dolechek, SSP Executive Director. "Our Annual Meeting Program Committee has worked diligently to assemble a collection of speakers and sessions to cover the broad and increasingly diverse topics that are shaping our industry today. Our Education Committee has developed timely and engaging pre-meeting seminars and our Development Committee has worked tirelessly with our sponsors and exhibitors to create an exciting and unique attendee experience. Professionals in scholarly communications will not want to miss this meeting!"

For more information and to register for the SSP 38th Annual Meeting, interested parties may visit: http://www.sspnet.org/events/annual-meeting- 2016/event-home/. Register by April 22 for the lowest rates.

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UK Nature Index 2016: US is the largest contributor to high-quality scientific research papers, followed by China and Germany - 21 Apr 2016

The US is the world’s largest contributor to high-quality scientific research papers, followed by China and Germany, according to the Nature Index 2016 Tables. Of the top ten countries in the Nature Index, only China has shown double digit compound annual growth between 2012 and 2015 with some of its universities growing their contribution to the index as fast as 25% annually. US contributions have declined 2.8% in the same period from a very high base.

The Nature Index Tables, which show Nature Index calendar year outputs for the last four years, have been released together for the first time. The Nature Index is built on a country or institution's contribution to about 60,000 high-quality papers each year, and counts both the total number of papers and the relative contribution to each paper.

Harvard University, US, has the highest 2015 contribution of any university in the world. Stanford University (second), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (fourth), University of California, Berkeley (seventh), University of California, San Diego (ninth) and University of Michigan (tenth) - all from the US - occupy top ten positions. The University of Tokyo, Japan, is placed third, the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, UK, are fifth and sixth, respectively, and ETH Zurich, Switzerland, is placed eighth.

Of universities with 2015 Nature Index output of more than 200 articles, Soochow University, China, shows the largest annual compound growth in contribution between 2012 and 2015 of 25%; Sussex University in the UK grew by 23%; Curtin University, Australia, 22%; Nankai University, China, 21%; and Tianjin University, China, 19%. Of the remaining top ten university movers three are Chinese.

IBM is the highest corporate contributor to the Nature Index in 2015 (228th of 8,000+ global institutions). Between 2012 and 2015, IBM’s output of articles grew by 4% per annum whilst its contribution to their authorship decreased by 3%. One interpretation of this pattern is that IBM is increasingly tending to collaborate to produce high-quality research papers.

The 2016 Tables can be accessed at www.natureindex.com/annual-tables/2016.

The Nature Index website — www.natureindex.com - provides free, quick and simple access to the recent research profiles of over 8,000 global institutions and 150 countries. The data behind the 2016 tables remains freely accessible, enabling users to examine patterns of publication and collaboration down to the article level where measures of their media impact are tracked in real time.

To accompany the release of the Nature Index Tables, a News section has been added to the Nature Index website. Here, the Nature Index editors will provide ongoing editorial analysis and commentary around the most recent data, including organisational and country-level profiles and infographics. The analysis will include additional information from other data sources, such as demographics, national spend on research and development, and changes to science policy and funding, that will help to put the Nature Index data into context.

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US Thomson Reuters collaborates with Indian Education Ministry to advance global impact of its academic research performance - 21 Apr 2016

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced a strategic partnership to provide access to its online scientific citation indexing service, Web of Science, to India's e-Shodh Sindhu: Consortia for Higher Education Electronic Resources (ESS).

Formed in 2015, ESS is an initiative of India's Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to provide academic institutes with access to electronic resources and promote their usage.

The partnership between Thomson Reuters and e-Shodh Sindhu will provide 165 Indian universities with online access to the most comprehensive and versatile research platform for search and discovery. Used by over 7000 research organisations across the world, Web of Science™ consists of seven citation databases including sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities covering impactful scientific research from scholarly books, journals, conference proceedings, published data sets and patents. Reliable, integrated, multidisciplinary research delivered alongside the latest information on emerging trends, as well as subject specific content and analysis tools, will make it easy for students to identify the most important and relevant research to inform their work.

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UK SAGE Publishing acquires Women’s Health journal from Future Medicine - 21 Apr 2016

Academic publisher SAGE Publishing has announced the acquisition of the journal Women's Health from Future Medicine, an imprint of Future Science Group. SAGE will begin publishing the journal from its July issue.

Women's Health focuses on the most important advances and highlights their relevance in the clinical setting. The presentation of Women's Health has been optimized to deliver essential concise information in an easily assimilable formats - vital for an increasingly time -constrained community. The audience for Women's Health consist of clinicians, research scientists, decision-makers and a range of professionals in the healthcare community.

Aimed at clinicians, research scientists and a range of professionals within the healthcare community, Women's Health is a key journal for addressing the challenges surrounding women's healthcare needs in the changing medical environment. Focused on key advances in the field of women's health, its management, and the relevance within a clinical setting, each journal issues provides original research articles – the latest findings in therapeutics, diagnostics, procedures and outcomes in women's healthcare; leading reviews on current and emerging topics relating to the safe and effective management of therapy in women, subject to rigorous peer review; cutting-edge editorials discussing contentious issues; drug evaluations of individual therapies discussing the place of the drug in current treatment practices and written with an independent perspective; comprehensive clinical trial reports of recently-completed or ongoing clinical studies; and priority paper evaluations reviewing significant, recently published articles carefully selected and assessed by specialists in women's health.

For more information including subscriber contact information, please visit: https://us.sagepub.com/women%E2%80%99s-health/journal202572#aims-and-scope

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UK BMJ and RCNi form B2B sales partnership for RCNi Learning – a new nursing e-learning platform - 21 Apr 2016

Global healthcare knowledge provider BMJ has announced that it is now the exclusive sales channel for institutional customers outside the UK wanting access to RCNi Learning – a brand new e-learning platform from RCNi for nurses and nursing students.

RCNi is part of the Royal College of Nursing Group, connecting over 430,000 nurses worldwide. The collaboration builds on existing links between BMJ and RCNi.

RCNi Learning is a brand new interactive online learning resource that supports nurses through their academic studies and helps them complete vital continuing professional development (CPD) requirements.

The platform launches with 135 modules, covering topics such as communication, cancer, acute care, wound care, and mental health, with 50 more due for release in the coming weeks. Podcasts, images, case studies, and practical skills based exercises are used to create a rich learning environment.

Accredited by the Royal College of Nursing to ensure it meets the highest standards of excellence, RCNi Learning promotes best practice, and provides effective education outcomes to improve patient care.

RCNi Learning works perfectly on smartphones and tablets enabling learning on the go and very soon there will also be an app for Apple and Android devices so users will be able to learn even without access to the internet.

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US Wolters Kluwer Health global customer support teams honoured with NorthFace ScoreBoard Award℠ for fifth consecutive year - 21 Apr 2016

The Health division of Wolters Kluwer, a global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, has announced that the global customer support teams for UpToDate®, Ovid® and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) each received the NorthFace ScoreBoard Award℠ (NFSB) from Omega Management Group Corp. This marks the fifth consecutive year the teams have been recognised by Omega for excellence in customer service and support.

The award is presented annually to companies that exceeded customer service expectations for the previous calendar year. Because of the unique 'customer-only vote' criteria utilised by Omega, an expert in customer experience management strategy (CEM), the NorthFace ScoreBoard Award is considered the only objective benchmark for excellence in customer service. Customer satisfaction and loyalty levels are measured on a 5-point scale (or equivalent) four times during the year in such categories as technical support, field service, customer service and account management.

Recipients are companies that achieve a 4.0 (or equivalent) or higher out of a possible 5.0, which puts them in what Omega has identified as the "Loyalty Zone" wherein they are successfully locking in profitable, long-term customer relationships. Wolters Kluwer's teams exceeded the average NFSB index of 4.5 points and tied the best-in-class rating of 4.8 points. Teams also achieved 100% satisfaction in the Customer Support (Ovid, LWW) and Phone Support (UpToDate) categories.

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Australia RMIT University opts for Ex Libris Leganto reading list solution - 21 Apr 2016

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, has announced that the prominent Melbourne-based RMIT University has opted for the Leganto reading list solution and has joined the Leganto early adopter program. Ex Libris Leganto is a cloud-based, end-to-end solution that works within an institutional environment and facilitates active, engaging collaboration between instructors, students, and librarians for the creation, management, use, and evaluation of course reading lists.

With the goal of simplifying the management and use of reading lists, the University selected Leganto for the easy access it gives students to reading list materials—print, electronic, and digital—all through a single interface. Another major factor in the University's selection of Leganto was the solution's seamless integration with the Ex Libris Alma® library management service, Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery system, and Blackboard® learning management system.

The RMIT University Library has always collaborated with instructors in providing access to its highly used print and electronic resources and will continue this partnership with a solution that is available to both parties. As an early adopter, the Library will join a global community of Leganto institutions that work closely with Ex Libris and are actively engaged in the development of Leganto functionality.

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