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Japan NISTEP and Thomson Reuters collaborate to improve assessment of research funding organisations - 22 Apr 2016

The Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced the implementation of unified research funders on InCites Benchmarking. This was the first outcome of the 2015 collaboration agreement with the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan to standardise definitions of research funding organisations by analysing and updating funders' acknowledgements within the Web of Science.

In order to effectively evaluate a university or organisation's research outputs, it is critical to understand how funding for their projects were acquired and distributed through an analysis of funding acknowledgements. As part of its 'Science for RE-designing Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciREX),' NISTEP has conducted a name-based aggregation of Japanese research funding organisations appearing in scholarly paper acknowledgements within the Web of Science. This joint analysis examines how to conduct, verify and sustainably update name-based aggregation of funding acknowledgement data within a research publication at an organisational and institutional level.

The first outcome of this project delivered unified funding name acknowledgements within InCites Benchmarking. This followed an assessment of a name based aggregation of Japanese research funding organisations, Web of Science. The joint analysis will be continued and applied to unify other Japanese research funding organisations, and implemented to Web of Science Core Collection in the future. The creation of unified names and definitions for funding organisations will continue to improve analytical linkages between funding resource and research outcomes.

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German Springer journal Quantum Information Processing presents first Howard E. Brandt Best Paper Award - 22 Apr 2016

Publisher Springer has announced that its journal Quantum Information Processing has awarded the first annual Howard E. Brandt Best Paper Award to the most outstanding paper published in the journal during the previous year. The winning paper is 'Ultrastrong coupling in a scalable design for circuit QED with superconducting flux qubits' by Mun Dae Kim of the Korea Institute for Advanced Study in Seoul. The award was announced at the Quantum Information and Computation Conference at the SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Meeting in Baltimore, MD, USA.

The award commemorates the journal's late editor-in-chief Howard E. Brandt, and carries a prize amount of 500 USD. At the meeting, Quantum Information Processing editor-in-chief Yaakov S. Weinstein of the MITRE Corporation, Princeton, NJ, USA, and Springer publishing editor Sara Kate Heukerott announced the winner and presented copies of the March 2016 special issue "In Memory of Dr. Howard Brandt" to Dr. Brandt's widow and family.

Quantum Information Processing is a high-impact, international journal publishing experimental and theoretical research in all areas of quantum information science. The journal supports and inspires research by providing a comprehensive peer review process, and disseminating high-quality results in a range of formats. These include original papers, letters, broadly focused perspectives, comprehensive review articles, book reviews and special topical issues.

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US ARL’s Research Library Issues 288 highlights how research libraries are using data visualisation to improve services - 22 Apr 2016

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 288, an issue focusing on how research libraries are using data visualisation to improve their services and to communicate their value. The two articles in this issue were presented at the Library Assessment Conference in Seattle, Washington, in August 2014.

In an introduction to this issue of RLI, Martha Kyrillidou provides an overview of the two articles and briefly discusses potential future applications of data mining and visualisation in research libraries.

Rachel Lewellen and Terry Plum compare two implementations of the MINES (Measuring the Impact of Networked Electronic Services) for Libraries protocol at UMass Amherst. In the second implementation of MINES for Libraries at UMass, the library used Tableau data visualisation software to analyse and report its e-resource usage data.

Jeremy Buhler, Rachel Lewellen, and Sarah Anne Murphy demonstrate how they have used Tableau to create online dashboards and interactive graphics and reports at the University of British Columbia, UMass Amherst, and The Ohio State University, respectively. The authors discuss the impact their libraries' use of Tableau has had on their ability to interpret data and communicate with library stakeholders.

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UK Emerald Group Publishing appoints Caitlin Cornish as Head of Books Publishing - 22 Apr 2016

Academic publisher Emerald Group Publishing has announced that Caitlin Cornish, former Publishing Director for Palgrave Macmillan, has joined Emerald as Head of Books Publishing.

This significant strategic appointment of an industry big-hitter forms part of Emerald’s investment in a major new programme of academic and professional books and monographs designed to bring the very latest ideas and approaches to global universities, researchers, students and practitioners.

Caitlin was integral to the merger of Palgrave Macmillan and the Nature Publishing Group that created Springer Nature; and was thereafter VP for the economics, business, statistics, finance, mathematics and law programmes with responsibility for books and journals.

Caitlin began her publishing career with Macmillan Publishers before moving to Wiley (later Wiley Blackwell), where she became Editorial Director for the Wiley Finance programme. From Wiley, Caitlin moved to Palgrave Macmillan to head up the academic, professional and reference books teams for humanities and social sciences in the UK, US and Asia – during which her team more than doubled growth over a four-year period – before becoming Publishing Director.

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German Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and the Oldenburg Regional Library select Ex Libris Alma - 22 Apr 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest® company, has announced that following an EU-wide tender, the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg's Library and Information System (BIS) and the Oldenburg Regional Library (Landesbibliothek Oldenburg) have signed agreements to license the Ex Libris Alma® resource management service. This service will replace the libraries' URICA integrated library system (ILS). The decision was announced during the 6th Library Congress 2016 in Leipzig.

In particular, the growing demand for electronic and digital resources created a need to develop new workflows, and the two libraries recognised that adding Alma to their Ex Libris Primo® discovery solution would give them a modern architecture, flexible workflows, and APIs for connecting other systems.

The two institutions will also benefit from enhanced sharing capabilities and connection to the bibliographic data in the emerging German Common Bibliographic Data Zone.

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UK Kudos appoints Jason De Boer as Publisher Sales Manager - 22 Apr 2016

Kudos, a service for maximizing the reach and impact of research publications, has announced the appointment of Jason De Boer in the role of Publisher Sales Manager. Jason brings a range of valuable experience from past roles with publishers including McGraw Hill, Harcourt Academic and, most recently, Elsevier. He has also worked with service providers including Thomson Learning and OCLC, giving him a useful understanding of the technology and metrics shaping scholarly communications today.

Jason will take responsibility for the continued success of Kudos for Publishers, which provides a central and actionable view onto how and where authors communicate around their work, and to what effect. This enables publishers to understand and amplify the role that authors play in building the visibility and usage of their work.

Jason's role encompasses publisher sales outside North America; he can be contacted at jason@growkudos.com. North American sales of Kudos for Publishers and Kudos for Institutions continue to be looked after by Rebecca Shumbata.

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