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UK BMJ launches new OA paediatrics journal - BMJ Paediatrics Open - 13 Jun 2017

Healthcare knowledge provider BMJ has added a new title to its expanding portfolio of more than 60 specialist journals, with the launch of BMJ Paediatrics Open.

BMJ Paediatrics Open is a fully open access, international multidisciplinary journal, dedicated to publishing original research, clinical reviews, and protocols that deal with every aspect of child health, including surgery, public health, healthcare provision and qualitative research. It particularly welcomes research in the neglected diseases that disproportionately affect children in low and middle income countries.

BMJ Paediatrics Open adds to BMJ's other paediatric titles—Archives of Disease in Childhood (ADC), ADC Fetal & Neonatal, and Education & Practice—and like them, is co-owned with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

In common with all BMJ's other open access titles, BMJ Paediatrics Open will maintain a rigorous and transparent peer review process and adhere to the highest ethical standards for research conduct. It will operate a fast submission and review process with continuous publication online, to ensure that timely, up-to-date research is available worldwide.

The journal's editor in chief is Imti Choonara, Emeritus Professor in Child Health, Academic Division of Child Health, University of Nottingham, The Medical School, Derbyshire Children's Hospital.

Professor Choonara is one of the world's leading paediatric clinical pharmacologists and has had a key role in ensuring that paediatric clinical pharmacology is an accredited subspecialty of paediatrics in the UK.

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US HighWire Press partners with Peer Review Evaluation to increase transparency for peer review - 13 Jun 2017

Scholarly publishing company HighWire Press has announced a partnership with Peer Review Evaluation (PRE) to offer turn-key integration of PRE, a transparency service from AAAS that improves the visibility of the peer review process.

To mark this partnership and help publishers illustrate the integrity of their peer review process, PRE will cover any development costs for the first five HighWire publishing partners to adopt PRE in 2017. The PRE service uses an API to display details about the peer review process applied to an article when it goes live, without changing editorial workflows or requiring editorial action by using manuscript meta-data.

In a market research conducted by PRE, 95 percent of readers of scholarly research said they want a clear indicator that the article they are reading is peer reviewed and 74 percent want to see details about the peer review method used. The number of visitors viewing the PRE display is another indicator of reader interest in peer review. Each month, there are as many as 13,000 reader clicks on the PRE badge across prestigious journals in the Science family.

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US The Optical Society celebrates 20 Years of OA journal, Optics Express - 13 Jun 2017

The Optical Society (OSA) is celebrating 20 years of its open access journal, Optics Express. Optics Express was developed in 1997 as a test-bed to explore the capabilities of all-electronic publishing, and simultaneously launched what is now known as Gold open access publishing.

With Optics Express, OSA pioneered the model for making research articles freely accessible on the Internet with a rapid online peer review and a template-driven production process, supported by author fees. After just a few years in the market, the Journal experienced a period of exponential growth in the number of articles submitted and published.

Today the Journal publishes 3,000 articles per year with an incredibly short submission-to-publication time of less than 65 days, and it is one of the largest publications indexed by Web of Science. Currently ranked number two in Google Scholar's metrics for Optics and Photonics publications, Optics Express plays an important role in the field. It has also earned an Impact Factor of 3.0 or higher for the past 13 years.

To acknowledge the Journal's milestone, OSA has launched an anniversary website featuring commemorative editorials, a list of the top 100 most-cited Optics Express articles, recognition of all current and past editors, and historic material, as well as a series of Topical Editors' Picks Collections. These features will be posted and updated throughout the remainder of the year.

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Canada Canadian Association of Research Libraries elects Donna Bourne-Tyson as CARL President - 13 Jun 2017

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has announced that Donna Bourne-Tyson, University Librarian, Dalhousie University, has been elected CARL President for a two year-term (2017–2019). She succeeds Martha Whitehead, Vice-Provost Libraries & Digital Planning at Queen's University, who served as CARL President from 2015 to 2017.

Bourne-Tyson recently commenced her second term as the University Librarian at Dalhousie, having been in the role since 2011. She currently oversees a team of 120 librarians and staff and ensures Dal Libraries meet the needs of the Dalhousie community through supporting initiatives such as open access, scholarly communications, research data preservation and learning communities. Previous to Dalhousie, she served as the University Librarian at Mount Saint Vincent University.

As President of CARL, Bourne-Tyson will work collaboratively with 29 of Canada's largest university libraries plus Library and Archives Canada and Canada's National Science Library. CARL supports Canada's research community by providing improved access to research services, promoting effective and sustainable scholarly communication and advocating public policies that enable broad access to scholarly information. CARL member libraries spend over $335 million annually on information resources to support learning, teaching and research and act as a foundation for Canadian-led innovation by providing access to knowledge, as well as preserving vital information required to support Canada's research community.

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UK PCG to represent Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. across India and Latin America - 13 Jun 2017

Publishers Communication Group (PCG), international sales and marketing consultant for the publishing market and part of the Ingenta Group, has signed a three-year contract with Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. to provide exclusive sales representation across India and Latin America.

The content sales partner agreement, starting August 1, 2017, comprises Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.'s complete portfolio of over 80 journals for the scientific, technical, medical (STM) and information industries. According to Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., PCG's experience in selling highly regarded research content, coupled with extensive local networks in the academic and medical fields, clinched the deal.

PCG provides the high-level of market knowledge and insight required to grow in these important territories.

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. is universally acknowledged for publishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in the most promising areas of biomedical research, biotechnology and regenerative medicine, clinical medicine, public health, law, environmental studies, and technology and engineering. The company's publications make critical contributions in advancing research and facilitating collaboration throughout the world in academia, industry, and government, and are also highly respected resources for legislators, policymakers, and educators. Today, the company's flagship title, GEN (Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News), is the most widely read publication in its field worldwide.

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US Scholastica releases first customisable website templates specifically for OA journals - 13 Jun 2017

Scholastica, a peer review and publishing platform for academic journals, has announced the release of the first customisable website templates specifically for open access journals.

Scholastica's customisable journal website templates are designed to showcase journal content, provide a superior user experience, and enhance article discoverability (including automatic Google Scholar indexing). With Scholastica's customisable journal website templates, academic journal teams can easily setup and maintain a modern publication website without having to pay a web developer or learn advanced technical skills.

Internet Mathematics started using Scholastica for peer review and publishing in January 2017 after the journal flipped from a subscription Taylor & Francis publication to an independent open access journal. The journal chose to follow in the footsteps of Discrete Analysis and embrace the arXiv overlay model.

For Bonata and his team, Scholastica journal websites provided an easy and affordable way to get a website off the ground without having to hire a website developer or learn to code.

Scholastica's journal website templates and publishing functionality are integrated with its peer review platform, which has also proven invaluable for Bonata and his co-editors. As a small team handling all aspects of the publication of Internet Mathematics, they have been able to streamline their workflow with Scholastica seamlessly moving manuscripts from peer review to publishing.

Other journal website beta partners include: Discrete Analysis, Journal of New Librarianship and Central Asian Journal of Water Research.

Scholastica journal websites are made for desktop and mobile and feature built-in metadata and automatic Google Scholar indexing for all articles. Once out of beta, the websites will also include readership analytics that journals can use to track their performance. The journal websites have a sleek design that will work for publications in any discipline.

Using a simple website editor, journals can choose website colours and upload a logo; create sections for different article types; and upload images to accompany articles or use the included image gallery.

Scholastica started working on journal-specific website templates to help OA journals get off the ground quickly and have a modern web presence at an affordable price.

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UK IPR License unveils Instant Rights - 13 Jun 2017

IPR License, the marketplace for publishers to trade rights globally, has announced that it has launched Instant Rights. This new service will enable rights sellers to place 'Buy Rights' buttons anywhere online that can then lead buyers to a simple, automated process to purchase translation rights quickly and efficiently.

Instant Rights is designed to fit into any publisher's existing rights ecosystem and the 'Buy Rights' buttons can be placed on any website or rights guide. In fact, they can be placed anywhere that publishers have rights listed online. Once these buttons have been installed, Instant Rights can (for a flat fee) then automatically handle a publisher's low-value or backlist transactions, leaving its rights team to focus on high-value deals. The solution has been created with the view to delivering a better ROI for the rights department. Not only will this free up time in their Rights departments, and avoid endless chasing of royalty statements on low-value sales, but it will also improve the company's rights revenue.

Publishers choosing to adopt the Instant Rights solution will first need to set up a rights seller account with IPR License. They will then be able to customise, by territory or even by title, which deals are handled automatically and which are sent directly through to their own rights professionals. When it comes to payment, once the rights deal has been approved, there will be no more waiting for cheques to clear because Instant Rights includes an online payment processing system with Stripe, making sure that buyers pay online before receiving their content.

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