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US Thomson Reuters unveils 2016 ranking of most influential scientific journals - 14 Jun 2016

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced the 2016 update of its Journal Citation Reports® (JCR), the world's most influential resource for evaluating peer-reviewed publications and the source of annual journal metrics, including the Journal Impact Factor (JIF).

The Journal Citation Reports provides an assessment of a journal's standing in scholarly literature through the objective evaluation of quantifiable, statistical information. The analysis comprises citation data, impact and influence metrics, and millions of cited and citing journal data points from the Web of Science, the industry's leading citation indices in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

The 2016 release, with 2015 citation data for literature within the sciences and social sciences, features 11,365 journal listings in 234 disciplines; 81 countries are represented. A total of 239 journals received their first JIF; 57 percent of journals saw an increase in JIF from last year and 42 percent saw a decrease. Additionally, 18 journals were suppressed to ensure the integrity of the reports. Suppressed journals are re-evaluated after a year for reconsideration in the JCR.

The journal selection process is an ongoing exercise focused on identifying, evaluating, and selecting the most important and influential international and regional journals for coverage in the Web of Science. Once the requisite three consecutive years of known source item counts are available, the data for each listed journal are analyzed and published in the JCR.

Exclusively available as a module within Thomson Reuters InCites™, an integrated web-based platform for measuring research output and impact, monitoring trends and benchmarking articles, journals, institutions and people, the JCR comprises citation data, impact and influence metrics and millions of cited and citing journal data points from the Web of Science™. JCR and the InCites platform also enable users to perform a comprehensive, rich and deep analysis and exploration of journals and the specific articles within a publication.

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US WuXi AppTec adopts Reaxys and Reaxys Medicinal Chemistry to support research and expansion ambitions - 14 Jun 2016

STM publisher Elsevier has announced that WuXi AppTec, the world's largest Contract Research Outsourcing (CRO) provider, has adopted Reaxys® and Reaxys® Medicinal Chemistry. More than 3,500 chemists across WuXi will use the products to support their synthetic chemistry and medicinal chemistry research, giving them quick and easy access to state of the art chemistry information. The deal also supports WuXi's ambitions to expand and move into newer areas, such as medicinal chemistry, and to build strong technology platforms.

By extracting and indexing more than 500 million experimental details, the Reaxys platform provides the most robust system for searching published, reviewed data, along with the ability to utilise data in the manner that most suits researchers' workflows and needs. Reaxys, with its recent expansion of chemistry data and capabilities, encompassing content from over 16,000 periodicals, provides the deepest and richest fact-base of experimentally measured chemistry data.

Reaxys Medicinal Chemistry offers access to data from a vast repository of peer-reviewed journal articles and patents, and is interoperable with Reaxys. Both solutions also integrate with technology from other vendors, allowing WuXi to incorporate its own data and content. Coupled with the flexibility of its search function and the way results are presented, this will enable chemists to more effectively examine the reactions and relationships between different compounds, supporting WuXi's continued growth in medicinal chemistry, and its novel pharma R&D business.

The five-year agreement between Elsevier and WuXi took effect in December 2015, and consists of an unlimited license for both solutions that covers all WuXi sites. Established for over 13 years, WuXi AppTec has operations in both China and the United States, with over 3 million square feet of laboratory and manufacturing space.

The Reaxys® solutions empower early discovery in drug development with access to over 500 million published experimental facts on compounds, reactions and bioactivity, including structure-activity relationship (SAR) data supporting hit identification, lead optimization and synthesis planning.

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German THE MARKETS – Global Publishing Summit 2016 - 14 Jun 2016

In 2015, for the first time in four years, sales of printed books once again rose slightly, by 0.4 per cent, from 2.748 billion pounds to 2.760 billion pounds. By contrast, at the same time and for the first time in seven years, digital sales (e-books, audio downloads, online subscriptions) decreased by 2 per cent, from 563 million pounds to 554 million pounds. In addition to the United Kingdom, THE MARKETS Global Publishing Summit, the conference to kick off the Frankfurt Book Fair, will also put the spotlight on six other book markets in 2016 – Brazil, Flanders & the Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Spain, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.

On October 18, 2016, important publishers, strategists and industry experts from these countries will present their markets and offer analyses, visions, professional contacts and personal tips. The one-day conference is organised by the Frankfurt Book Fair in cooperation with the US trade magazine Publishing Perspectives.

The United Kingdom's book market, known to be the world’s fifth largest book market (after the USA, China, Germany and Japan), is maintaining its position. In 2015, total sales in the British book and publishing industry rose from 3.311 to 3.314 billion pounds. At 17 percent, the digital sector's share remains unchanged from the previous year. In terms of categories, academic/reference books hold the lead with 32 per cent, followed by children's books (24 per cent) and textbooks (17 per cent).

These figures were published in early May 2016 in The UK Publishers Association's Statistics Yearbook 2015. It is worth noting that the figures for digital sales only include traditional publishers, and not the growing self-publishing market. In fact, according to Nielsen Book UK, self-published e-books have a 22 percent share in the digital book market (2014: 16 per cent).

In 2015, domestic sales (print and digital) rose by 3 per cent to 1.893 billion pounds. The largest jumps in sales were seen in non-fiction/reference books (+9 per cent) and textbooks (+13 per cent). Fiction sales were also up slightly, by 1.6 per cent over 2014. With revenues of 1.42 billion pounds and a quota of 43 per cent, the United Kingdom is the world champion in book exports. Education, science and ELT (English Language Training) account for the lion's share – namely, two-thirds – of this. The share of digital products remained at 15 percent, and Europe continues to be by far the most important target market, followed by the regions South Asia and Middle East/North Africa.

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US Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. announces significant growth in journal impact factors - 14 Jun 2016

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers has announced significant growth in the impact factors of its peer-reviewed journals, as reported in the new 2015 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2016).

More than 60 percent of the Publisher's portfolio of previously indexed journals received increased impact factors, with 17 titles seeing double-digit percentage increases. Of particular note are the increases and continued impact of Journal of Neurotrauma with an 18% increase, Journal of Endourology with a 23% increase, DNA and Cell Biology with a 25% increase, and Environmental Engineering Science with a 49% increase.

Seven journals received first impact factors this year, including Soft Robotics with a groundbreaking first impact factor of 6.130 and LGBT Health with a first impact factor of 2.261.

Flagship publications Human Gene Therapy, Tissue Engineering, and Stem Cells and Development maintained strong impact factors and reinforced their positions as leaders in their respective fields.

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UK Digital Science invests in TetraScience, a scientific start-up - 14 Jun 2016

Digital Science, a technology software company that makes the research process simpler and more efficient, has invested in TetraScience, a Boston, MA based scientific start-up and an Internet of Things company, that aims to modernise research by bringing cloud software to the laboratory. Founded by scientists and engineers from Harvard & MIT, TetraScience has developed a solution for connecting and managing research equipment and instruments via the web.

TetraScience was the recipient of a prestigious Digital Science Catalyst Grant in 2015 – awarded to support the innovation of new software tools and technologies for scientific research and intended to provide initial support to take ideas from concept to prototype. TetraScience is the first Catalyst Grant winner to receive a follow-on investment from Digital Science.

TetraScience, started by Harvard and MIT researchers Alok Tayi, Siping Wang and Salvatore Savo, was founded with the mission to modernise research by bringing cloud software to the laboratory. The company already works with some of the most respected research and academic institutions and scientific instrument manufacturers, and will use the funds to accelerate development and market penetration.

Digital Science supports a suite of renowned researcher tools across a wide portfolio of companies across the globe, including ReadCube, Figshare and LabGuru. The addition of TetraScience will expand the research management portion of the Digital Science portfolio, enabling the delivery of ever more comprehensive solutions for researchers.

Modern scientific research is rife with manual processes and inefficiencies. Experimental deviations, instrument failures and underutilised equipment are just a few of the challenges that contribute to 45% of R&D dollars wasted each year.

TetraScience's solution is purpose-built for science and used across industries including pharma, biotech, food & beverage, oil & gas, chemistry, plastics and others.

The solution connects scientific instruments and equipment to the web, allowing research teams to remotely monitor and manage experiments in real time, and log data automatically — accelerating productivity, saving time and money.

Key use cases and users for TetraScience include scientific workflows, lab monitoring, and utilisation.

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US Innovative Interfaces collaborates with YBP Library Services for GOBI integration - 14 Jun 2016

Innovative Interfaces, a provider of library automation software that empowers libraries globally, has collaborated with YBP Library Services to enhance Sierra acquisitions with an integration between Innovative's RESTful API and YBP's acquisition and collection development interface GOBI (Global Online Bibliographic Information).

Part of a long-standing, strategic partnership between Innovative and YBP Library Services, a division of EBSCO Information Services, this integration is expected to dramatically improve library operations and efficiencies, and ensure staff are equipped to leverage the latest technologies to easily manage acquisitions workflows. GOBI orders are reflected in Sierra in real time, without requiring traditional FTP or EDI ordering. By reducing the number of steps and manual input required to complete a purchase, libraries will experience significant savings in time and resources.

Four notable libraries have participated in beta testing the integration, including Michigan State University, Santa Clara University in California, Union College in New York, and Wright State University in Ohio.

As the first vendor to provide an interface for leveraging MARC record data to initiate acquisitions activities, Innovative has evolved to offer API access to rich acquisitions data in real time—more than double the data elements than other ILS vendors in the industry. This integration will enable library staff to track material usage and value better when ordering content through YBP.

This functionality will be in general availability with Sierra Release 2.3, scheduled in Q2 2016.

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