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US Elsevier publishes Practical Handbook to support Palliative Radiation Oncology - 03 Mar 2017

STM publisher Elsevier has announced the publication of Handbook of Supportive and Palliative Radiation Oncology by Monica Krishnan, Margarita Racsa and Hsiang-Hsuan Michael Yu. A practical tool and rapid reference for radiation oncology practitioners in direct patient care, the book covers the most recent advances in translational palliative care research. It is organised in a succinct fashion to discuss major symptom burdens, suggested assessment and various management options. Elsevier also announced publication of two additional oncology and cancer research books.

Handbook of Supportive and Palliative Radiation Oncology begins by describing general approaches in palliative radiation oncology, followed by a section focused on common symptoms in palliative care and their management. The next section of the book is devoted to site and disease-specific evaluation, intervention and management. This handbook offers general guidelines and management recommendations for common clinical vignettes encountered by palliative radiation oncology practitioners and supported by palliative radiation oncology research, citing concise references to support treatment recommendations.

The three new oncology and cancer research titles are: Handbook of Supportive and Palliative Radiation Oncology by Monica Krishnan, Margarita Racsa and Hsiang-Hsuan Michael Yu; Translational Advances in Gynecologic Cancers by Michael Birrer and Lorenzo Ceppi; and Ecology and Evolution of Cancer by Beata Ujvari, Benjamin Roche and Frederic Thomas.

In order to meet content needs in oncology and cancer research, Elsevier uses proprietary tools to identify the gaps in coverage of the topics. Editorial teams strategically fill those gaps with content written by key influencers in the field, giving students, faculty and researchers the content they need to answer challenging questions and improve outcomes. These new books, which will educate the next generation of oncologists and cancer researchers, and provide critical foundational content for information professionals, are key examples of how Elsevier is enabling science to drive innovation.

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US ProQuest appoints Robert VanHees Chief Financial Officer - 03 Mar 2017

ProQuest has announced the appointment of Robert VanHees as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the company’s financial functions, including financial operations, accounting, procurement, treasury, taxation and investor relations.

VanHees joins ProQuest from JLL Partners, a private equity firm, where he was an Operating Partner for five years, partnering with management to oversee strategy and operations of a variety of portfolio companies.

Prior to that, he served as CFO of the Learning Care Group, a child care and early education provider. Earlier in his career, he was CFO for Corporate Express North America and Corporate Express Europe, served as a Controller, and held several roles in financial planning and analysis, treasury, and audit functions.

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US Three SAGE Publishing titles honoured by the Textbook and Academic Authors Association - 03 Mar 2017

Academic publisher SAGE Publishing has announced that three titles have received awards from the Textbook and Academic Authors Association (TAA). Social Media Marketing, second edition by Tracy L. Tuten and Michael R. Solomon, and Clinical Psychology: Science, Practice and Culture, fourth edition by Andrew M. Pomerantz, were awarded the TAA Textbook Excellence Award while Lifespan Development: Lives in Context, by Tara L. Kuther, was awarded Most Promising New Textbook.

TAA’s Textbook Excellence Award (“Texty”) recognises excellence in current textbooks and learning materials, while the Most Promising New Textbook Award honours first edition works. Both awards are granted based upon the work’s pedagogy, content/scholarship, writing, and appearance and design. This year, TAA named 10 Texty awards and seven most promising new textbook awards.

The Most Promising New Textbook Award winner Lifespan Development: Lives in Context focuses on the importance of context—examining how the places, socio-cultural environments, and ways in which people are raised influence whom they become and how they grow and change. It integrates cutting-edge and classic research to present a unified story of developmental science and its applications to everyday life.

Social Media Marketing explores social media marketing and theory with practical application. It covers strategic planning for social media applications, incorporating platforms into brands’ marketing communications executions, and harnessing social media data to yield customer insights.

Clinical Psychology: Science, Practice, and Culture, fourth edition, addresses the real-world practice of clinical psychology and the latest research in the field. The fourth edition examines cultural/diversity issues in clinical psychology and thorough coverage of recent, prominent developments in psychotherapy and clinical assessment.

TAA will present the awards at their annual conference in Providence, R.I. on June 9, 2017.

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UK New Digital Research Report highlights the need for a reference database of research organisations - 03 Mar 2017

Digital Science, a technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities, has announced its latest Digital Research Report, Discovery and Analysis of Global Research Trends Using GRID. Using data from the open access journal PLOS ONE, the report highlights the need for a reference database of research organisations through analysis of author affiliation strings on articles published between 2006-2016. The report demonstrates the utility of the Global Research Identifier Database (GRID), both as a platform for data consolidation, and as an essential analytical component supplying various opportunities for geographic and sector-based analyses.

As research information management becomes more sophisticated and the diversity of research data available increases, the need to address the issue of ‘location’ becomes ever more important – being able to accurately and unambiguously associate research data to the appropriate organisations, regions, or countries is an essential step in any analysis.

This is a particularly hard task on two fronts: i) the data referencing organisations is often unstructured, hugely varied, and contains ambiguous references to organisations; ii) the domain being modelled (namely the global network of research organisations) is complex, changing over time, and varies in structure between countries.

GRID addresses these two issues using a combination of automatic and manual techniques. The database itself has been hand crafted by a team of curators, following a set of policies put in place that describe a tractable and globally consistent view of research organisations. The disambiguation algorithms are based on a combination of geographic entity recognition and a large database of manually curated name variants from real data sources.

The report showcases the capability and utility of GRID for the purposes of collaboration analysis in journal articles, but is equally useful when processing a range of other research data including grants, patents, books, conference proceedings, clinical trials, and many more.

The report presents an analysis of how author affiliation strings vary, using 1.4M examples from a 10 year period; shows how GRID can be used to measure, compare and track collaborations patterns Includes a visualisation of the global collaboration network, highlighting the activity in key research institutions; maps the world’s research intensity at a regional level, and compares US State collaboration patterns to those in Europe and Asia; and identifies healthcare collaboration precincts where Universities and local hospitals collaborate intensively.

GRID is freely available under a CC0 license in a variety of formats (CSV, JSON, RDF) and can be downloaded from grid.ac/downloads.

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US Marking the 15th Anniversary of the Budapest Open Access Initiative - 03 Mar 2017

This year marks the 15th Anniversary of the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI), a landmark meeting convened in Budapest by the Open Society Foundations (OSF) that aimed to accelerate progress in the international effort to make research articles in all academic fields freely available. The participants issued a widely circulated declaration (subsequently signed by more than 5,000 organizations and individuals) that beautifully articulated the goals of the Open Access movement.

The BOAI declaration has since become widely recognised for establishing the definition of open access, and for articulating specific strategies to promote its adoption. To commemorate this anniversary, an international working group was convened to take stock of progress made to date, and to recommend updates to the BOAI strategy. The results of this effort, which include a comprehensive community survey, will be released in the next few months.

To complement this effort, OA pioneer Jean-Claude Guédon authored a comprehensive article providing his perspective on the progress – as well as the stumbles – made by the open access movement over the last 15 years. This paper, titled ‘Toward the Internet of the Mind,’ provides a thoughtful analysis of the considerable challenges that still remain in achieving the full BOAI vision of Open Access, and offers insight on strategies to capitalise on new opportunities for progress.

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US Australian Research Council and La Trobe University launch Pilot Program with CHOR - 03 Mar 2017

CHOR, a developer of public access research management solutions, has announced its second international pilot program to assist government funding agencies in the identification and tracking of public accessibility to published research in peer-reviewed journals. Starting in March 2017, in partnership with the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Melbourne-based La Trobe University, CHOR will begin monitoring global publication of research funded by the Australian Government through the ARC.

Similar to CHOR’s August 2016 pilot with the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), this program will initiate CHOR reporting on the publication and accessibility of articles tagged as reporting on ARC-funded research.

The pilot will be offered to the ARC at no cost in its first year, enabling the agency and CHOR to study and adapt the program to meet requirements that are unique to the Australian research community.

La Trobe University’s participation with the ARC and CHOR on program development aims to provide a solution for researchers to the challenges of compliance and reporting. Developing a centralized solution with established processes is critical to reducing the cost of meeting public access requirements. The pilot will enable linking via metadata from the La Trobe University institutional repository to published articles reporting on ARC-funded research on CHOR publisher members’ sites, supported by a customised dashboard and search portal.

All CHOR publisher members are encouraged to join the pilot.

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UK CABI’s CAB Direct platform highly recommended by CHOICE magazine - 03 Mar 2017

The CAB Direct platform, a single point of access to all of CABI’s databases, has been rated as ‘highly recommended’ for undergraduates, researchers, faculty members, technical programme students, professionals and practitioners in the March 2017 issue of CHOICE magazine.

CABI launched CAB Direct in July 2016, working with development partners across academia and industry to design a platform around the way researchers work. New features help users get the most out of available literature. CHOICE magazine notes how this enormous collection of scientific research and policy studies has more than doubled in size since its last review of CAB Abstracts almost a decade ago, and details its substantial number of references.

The review also praises the ‘well-developed help guide’ and draws attention to additional training, the CAB Direct user group and functionality that allows researchers to ‘organize their search activities in project files and highlight, annotate, and share them with others.’

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