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UK Registration for London Info International 2016 still open - 30 Nov 2016

London Info International 2016 opens the doors to its conference and exhibition in a few days. The global information community will gather there next week. An updated list of organisations and participants has been published and the organisers are looking forward to welcoming all delegates, visitors, sponsors, exhibitors and partners from all over the world to London.

LII 2016 has a world leading conference programme; has an extensive exhibition and showfloor education programme; features The Disruptor Zone of new exciting projects; and is the place to be this December 6th and 7th.

For those who are yet to register for the event, you can register here.

More information on the event is available at www.londoninfointernational.com.

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US Major publishers sign the ORCID Open Letter - 30 Nov 2016

In January 2016, eight publishers signed an open letter committing their organisations to requiring ORCID iDs for journal authors. Importantly, they also committed to adopting best practices when implementing this requirement, to ensure that it would benefit their authors, their organizations, and the wider scholarly community. This includes collecting validated ORCID iDs to ensure the correct iD is associated with the author, displaying iDs in articles to signal support for ORCID, and including ORCID iDs with the metadata sent to Crossref to support auto-update of authors' ORCID records when their article publishes.

The eight original signatories - AGU, eLife, EMBO, Hindawi, IEEE, PLOS, The Royal Society, and Science journals - were joined by a further 12 publishers in the months that followed, and 10 publishers have now gone live with their ORCID requirement. On November 28, their efforts received a significant boost when two major societies - the American Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry - and one of the world’s largest scholarly publishers, Wiley, signed the letter.

While this is an initiative that is very much driven by the publishing community, ORCID's Executive Director Laure Haak warmly welcomed the three organizations as Open Letter signatories.

Wellcome Open Research has also signed the open letter, and have been requiring ORCID iDs for authors since November 16.

ORCID will be reporting more fully on the open letter to mark its first anniversary in January, including feedback from the publishers who have gone live with their ORCID requirement and researchers who are using the auto-update service.

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UK The SAGE Encyclopedia of Online Education examines the revolutionary rise of online learning - 30 Nov 2016

Academic publisher SAGE Publishing has announced the launch of The SAGE Encyclopedia of Online Education.

While some consider online learning to be the future of education, others question the value of classroom instruction that occurs outside of the traditional classroom setting. How is the growing trend of online learning affecting educational systems globally, and what does it mean for administrators, faculty, and students? Launching as a three-volume set, The SAGE Encyclopedia of Online Education addresses an array of issues related to online learning with a central focus on the effective education of students.

Interdisciplinary in scope, The SAGE Encyclopedia of Online Education includes more than 350 entries on key topics such as technology used in the online classroom; institutions that have contributed to the growth of online education; pedagogical strategies of online education; effectiveness and assessment; and different types of online education and best practices.

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Online Education includes a Reader's Guide that groups entries by category to help readers find specific information. The text also includes appendices that include demographic data on distance education, academic leaders' opinions on this type of learning, a list of online education books and journals, and a review of distance education policy standards.

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UK ALPSP partners with UCL Press and Liverpool University Press Association to deliver the University Press Redux Conference biennially - 30 Nov 2016

Following the success of the founding University Press Redux conference, organised by Liverpool University Press (LUP) and held in March 2016, the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) has announced a partnership with the presses to deliver the event every two years. The next event to be held in spring 2018 will be hosted and curated by UCL Press in London.

The inaugural University Press Redux conference was arranged by LUP in association with the Academic Book of the Future project. Over 150 delegates gathered to discuss the past, present and future of institutional presses. ALPSP took part and subsequently published a collection of papers that evolved from the event in a special open access issue of Learned Publishing.

The 2018 University Press Redux Conference will be curated and hosted by UCL Press with administrative and promotional support provided by ALPSP. Dates will be announced soon. Mandy Hill, Managing Director of Cambridge University Press's academic division and keynote speaker from 2016, has confirmed that CUP will host Redux in 2020.

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US American Society of Hematology to debut new OA journal Blood Advances at 58th Annual Meeting in San Diego - 30 Nov 2016

American Society of Hematology has announced the launch of the open-access online journal Blood Advances. Blood has led the way in experimental and clinical hematologic research as the flagship journal of the American Society of Hematology (ASH). Blood Advances will fill a niche that complements and expands on topics covered in Blood while also transforming the conversation between authors and readers through innovative communication tools.

Taking full advantage of its digital publication model, Blood Advances will emphasize multimedia, a rapid and continuous publication format, and the ability to readily comment on manuscripts, case studies, and debates via discussion boards. The peer-reviewed journal will regularly relay findings through visual abstracts, three-dimensional images, video, and podcasts.

Blood Advances will be a hub for hypothesis-generating papers, pilot studies, and commentary that can spark conversation. As a complement to Blood, the new journal will focus on valuable areas, including but not limited to vascular biology, immunology, gene therapy, hematologic malignancies, and epidemiology. In addition to original manuscripts, Blood Advances will publish case reports of exceptional novelty, scientific case reports called stimulus reports, point-counterpoint discussions, and educational materials for the practicing hematologist. The journal will also host a series of short talks on topics of interest to hematologists and scientists.

Included in the inaugural issue, a one-time print publication that will be distributed at the 58th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition, are discussions on the use of platelets as immune sensing cells and new perspectives on hemostasis, as well as studies on sickle cell disease variants in sub-Saharan Africa, therapeutic solutions for multiple forms of thrombocytopenia, and a novel means of counteracting the effects of hypoxia in the tumor microenvironment.

Dr. Negrin will introduce Blood Advances to the more than 27,000 attendees expected at the ASH Annual Meeting at the beginning of the Plenary Scientific Session on Sunday, December 4, at 2:00 p.m. in Hall AB of the San Diego Convention Center.

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US Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awards grant for arXiv upgrade - 30 Nov 2016

arXiv.org, the influential open access repository for global scientific research, will begin the first phase of a three-year overhaul and modernization with the help of a $445,000 grant by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The Sloan Foundation grant will fund the creation of a detailed blueprint for next-generation arXiv – to be known as arXiv-NG – allowing planners to establish new partnerships, identify necessary resources and build a core development team to lead the modernization process.

As arXiv celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, the site's leadership embarked on a wide-ranging planning effort to determine its future course, including a user study. Around 95 percent of that survey's 36,000 respondents said they were satisfied with arXiv, and most called for no major changes to arXiv's key mission of quickly disseminating scientific research.

Many users said they would like to see improvements in areas such as arXiv's search function, but because of the site's aging code and infrastructure, these kinds of changes are difficult to implement. Informed by the results of this planning process, arXiv-NG will be a more flexible service that can more readily accommodate new features and external collaborations.

arXiv-NG is being supported through the Sloan Foundation's Scholarly Communication program, which makes grants aimed at empowering research by supporting the development of technologies and practices that allow scientists to communicate more effectively as a community.

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German German hbz Consortium selects Ex Libris Rosetta digital asset management and preservation solution - 30 Nov 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes Nordrhein Westfalen (hbz) has chosen the Ex Libris Rosetta digital asset management and preservation solution to serve the consortium's member institutions.

More than 40 hbz member institutions from North Rhine-Westphalia will be able to deposit digital collections and research data in the central Rosetta system and use Rosetta to manage and preserve these assets. The hbz consortium's efforts in the field of digital preservation are supported by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of North Rhine-Westphalia (MIWF).

Rosetta was chosen for its extensive functionality as well as its support for consortial deposit and preservation and will allow hbz to preserve and manage the academic and literary collections of its members.

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