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UK New report on digital transformation in publishing finds slow advancement in digital transformation, high emphasis on metadata investment - 15 Mar 2017

An in-depth study analyzing digital transformation in the publishing industry has found that 25 percent of publishers see themselves as "lagging" versus the rest of the industry in their current transformation efforts, while only 25 percent feel they are "leading." The study, which included 25 leading U.S. and U.K. publishers in education; scientific, technical and medical (STM); and trade, was commissioned by software professional services firm and leading provider of publishing solutions Ixxus, along with its parent organization Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), creator of content management, discovery and document delivery solutions. Research for the study was conducted by Imbue Partners, LLC. The full report is now available for download.

Overall, the study found that digital transformation in publishing is being driven by consumer demand (41 percent) and the desire for new revenue streams (26 percent) and new products (22 percent). Fifty percent of publishers interviewed are looking for ways to replace declining revenues from print
and advertising, with 41 percent looking to new product options. Publishers unanimously agree that digitization is critical to business growth but are experiencing confusion and frustration at the complexity of the journey.

Publishing executives were asked to score their current capabilities and planned future investments in five main elements of digital transformation: content storage, metadata, content agility, discoverability and collaboration.

According to the report metadata ranked as the highest priority for publishers across all verticals (4.6 out of 5), but also represented the largest gap in current organizational ability (2 out of 5). Determined to overcome key challenges and make strategic investments to accelerate their progress, 90 percent of all publishers are planning to invest in metadata over the next three years. Publishers ranked discoverability as the second most important transformation element (4.5 out of 5) and felt that current abilities were the highest in this category (2.5 out of 5). Roughly 30 percent of publishers reported recent efforts in platform, widget and partner services, with an additional 30 percent actively reviewing new tools to help end users discover content. Content agility ranked as the third most important element of digital transformation, with a variance across verticals. Education publishers put a higher emphasis on this element as it is a key enabler to personalized learning, targeted content and predictive analytics.

Content storage was ranked second to lowest on "importance to the business" as many publishers feel they have already made significant investments in this area. However, most publishers have not solved their content problems and the lack of standardization regarding how and where content is stored complicates external workflow and ease of doing business. Publishers used the terms "fragmented," "inconsistent" and "limited" to describe current automated collaboration abilities and consider email and Excel spreadsheets sufficient tools for content sharing. All agree that collaboration is held back without top-down change leadership and insistence on requisite processes and technology.

Further, the report notes that in the face of perceived challenges to digital transformation, such as inconsistent standards, updating archives, leading cultural change, requiring new skillsets and evolving technologies, publishers are determined to embrace digitization. In addition to technology tools, publishers plan to hire and/or train employees with more relevant skills to help achieve transformation goals. Full research results are available at https://www.ixxus.com/whitepapers/digital-transformation-journey-publishing-2017/.

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US ProQuest joins Jisc’s Digital Archival Collections group purchasing pilot - 15 Mar 2017

ProQuest is working with Jisc to enable UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to build strong, user-centered research collections that better support their research focus areas and budgets.

ProQuest is taking part in an innovative group purchasing pilot program aimed at supporting HEIs with a more efficient, coordinated and transparent approach to the acquisition of digital archival primary source collections that Jisc set up in response to requirements from its members. This group purchasing program leverages institutions' collective purchasing power to enable the widest adoption of digital primary source archives.

Institutions will be able to select from a broad range of resources and pledge their interest until mid-July. The final price of each resource database will be based on the number of pledges received from institutions across any of the ProQuest products offered in the Pilot Program.

This program will also allow HEIs to trial the resources databases for up to 90 days at no cost. ProQuest’s detailed trial-usage statistics let HEIs make data-driven purchase decisions, expanding their collections with materials that have demonstrated value to each of their communities. The pilot includes databases that address the interests and needs of the UK HEI community – including librarians, faculty and end users. Anchored by seven essential databases that support core curriculum needs and research interests, the ProQuest offering also includes a rich variety of new and noteworthy products, enabling institutions to customize to the needs of their users. While each HEI chooses their own custom menu of products, they're able to take advantage of preferential group pricing.

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France EDP Sciences to publish OA journal BioMedicine - 15 Mar 2017

Not-for-profit publisher EDP Sciences has announced that it is now publishing the fully Open Access journal, BioMedicine. EDP officially took over publication of the journal at in the beginning of 2017. The first issue published by EDP Sciences is available since beginning of March 2017.

BioMedicine is a peer-reviewed international Open Access journal that publishes high quality scientific research in the fields of translational and personalized medicine, with the goal of disseminating medical science knowledge to improve global health. The journal is owned and sponsored by China Medical University, Taiwan, and as such there are no article processing charges, so it is free for both authors and readers.

BioMedicine accepts articles on clinical, laboratory and social research in translational and personalized medicine, especially in the field of rare diseases. The following article types are accepted: reviews, original articles, case reports, short communications, and letters to the Editor.

The latest articles will be available to read online at http://biomedicine.edp-open.org/

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German ScienceOpen launches suite of powerful new features - 15 Mar 2017

Research network ScienceOpen has launched a suite of powerful new features on its platform, including filters for Open Access articles and author affiliations. Using state-of-the-art technology, ScienceOpen enriches and exposes the context of research articles for a dynamic, multi-level search and discovery experience.

ScienceOpen currently indexes more than 28 million article records, 3 million of which are Open Access, and is rapidly accruing new content from a range of publishers across the STEM and HSS fields.

These new filtering functions will assist researchers in identifying relevant Open Access content more easily, and in exploring the output of particular institutes and universities. Publishers will also be able to easily document the impact of their Open Access content.

Additional new features being released also include being able to sort content by the affiliation of an author at the time of publication, as well as the date articles were indexed at ScienceOpen. A filter for Open Access articles on ScienceOpen has been in constant demand from researchers.

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German Germany’s Common Bibliographic Data Zone goes live with University of Mannheim as first member institution - 15 Mar 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of Mannheim, a member of the Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg (BSZ) consortium, has become the first university in Germany to be connected to the Common Bibliographic Data Zone (CBDZ). The CBDZ is a collaboration between BSZ and two other major German consortia—Verbundzentrale des Gemeinsamen Bibliotheksverbunds (VZG) and Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (hbz). The Ex Libris Alma® resource management service, and particularly the advanced Alma Network Zone capabilities, serves as the CBDZ's technology infrastructure.

The three consortia are working together to define, create, and maintain the Common Bibliographic Data Zone. They also provide the necessary technical and organisational infrastructure and have control over the data in the CBDZ. The databases of the three consortia will continue to act as the primary cataloging databases while also being synchronized with the CBDZ.

Member libraries can now access data in the CBDZ as well as contribute data to it. This arrangement saves the libraries time, keeps data consistent, and leverages Alma's advanced workflows to increase the libraries' operational efficiency.

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UK American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene launches new online journal platform on Ingenta CMS Go - 15 Mar 2017

The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) has launched its new online journal platform on Ingenta's packaged publishing platform solution, Ingenta CMS Go.

Just three months after starting the implementation, ASTMH's new fully branded, feature-rich, cloud-hosted website has launched, featuring existing and historic content from the Society's journal the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene – including full XML journal content since 2003, and PDF content dating as far back as 1921.

Founded in 1903, ASTMH claims to be the largest international scientific organisation of experts dedicated to reducing the worldwide burden of tropical and infectious diseases and improving global health. Published monthly, the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene was established in 1921 and is among the top ranked tropical medicine journals in the world.

Ingenta's out-of-the-box solution offers publishers simplicity and speed of implementation, along with an expansive range of features, such as responsive and user-friendly design across mobile devices. It also provides full customer control, faceted browse and search, and third party integrations with publishing industry and social media tools, including Altmetric, Kudos, TrendMD, CrossRef and PubMed as well as ecommerce options including WorldPay and PayPal.

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US RSI Content Solutions release of two new fully-integrated modules - RSuite Edit and RSuite Publish - 15 Mar 2017

RSI Content Solutions, creators of the RSuite Enterprise Information Management Solution, has announced the release of two new fully-integrated modules, RSuite Edit and RSuite Publish. Together, these applications enable RSuite customers to further enhance their ability to manage and produce print and digital content in a single enterprise-strength solution.

RSuite Edit provides a simple, user-friendly interface that allows RSuite users to seamlessly create and modify content directly within the publishing solution. Authors, contributors, editors, and reviewers can produce structured content in an intuitive, browser-based environment.

RSuite Publish provides an automated, template-driven capability to produce print and digital outputs, rather than having to rely on manual design processes. Publishers can automate the creation of both print-ready PDF and EPUB output with a simple click of a button.

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