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US The Association of American Publishers welcomes judgment against ‘Sci-Hub’ pirate site - 23 Jun 2017

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) welcomes the June 21, 2017 ruling of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York regarding the wilful infringement of scores of scholarly articles protected by copyright law. Ruling in favour of Elsevier, the publisher that brought the action, the Court entered a default judgment against Sci-Hub, the Library Genesis Project, and a number of related sites, and against the defendant operator.

The Court awarded Elsevier $15,000,000 in damages based on a representative sample of 100 infringed works and makes permanent a 2015 preliminary injunction that required U.S. domain name registries to suspend the defendants’ U.S.-administered domain names. The award is the maximum damages award permitted by law and reflects the intentional nature of the infringements. It should be a deterrent to those who support or do business with illegal operators.

For years, Sci-Hub illegally accessed the secure computer networks of a large number of major universities by, among other methods, hijacking ‘proxy’ credentials, and compromising some 51 million protected works. Yesterday’s decision confirms Elsevier’s right to seek just restitution for the infringements it has suffered, and gives hope to the many smaller publishers, scientific societies, and authors who navigate bad actors on a daily basis.

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UK Collaboration essential for the future of the academic book, reveals Academic Book of the Future report - 23 Jun 2017

Two major new reports demonstrate that the future of the academic book is at a crossroads with the number of new book proposals growing rapidly but sales per title continuing to fall. Researchers on the Academic Book of the Future project are recommending that academics and publishers work together to develop a new vision for the sector that embraces technology and focuses on enhancing the readers experience.

The findings of the two-year research initiative, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in collaboration with The British Library, and led by Dr Samantha Rayner (UCL), are unveiled in a Policy Report written by Dr Michael Jubb, together with a Project Report outlining the extensive activities and achievements of the project, authored by Professor Marilyn Deegan (KCL).

The reports highlight that although a willingness to collaborate across the different stakeholder groups is very positively proven by the outputs of the project, greater dialogue involving academics, libraries, publishers, sales agents, booksellers, intermediaries and beyond, in a context of rapid change and growing external pressures, is vital for sustaining vibrant scholarly communications in the arts and humanities in the future.

The report also stresses that, while there are already diverse examples of digital innovations transforming academic book publishing, more research is needed to understand reader behaviours in online environments, to capitalise on the true potential of digital technologies, and to address concerns around the preservation of digital texts.

The Academic Book of the Future project has produced a substantial range of outputs over the past two years, including the Project Report, Policy Report, numerous commissioned reports on specific issues, surveys, over 50 blog posts, formal articles and collections, BOOC (an innovative OA publication from UCL Press), Academic Book Week, the Academic Book of the Global South and much more. Additional background and resources can be found on the Academic Book of the Future website: https://academicbookfuture.org.

The full reports can be viewed at: https://academicbookfuture.org/end-of-project-reports-2/

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US Four Thomson Reuters solutions named finalists for SIIA CODiE Awards - 23 Jun 2017

Thomson Reuters has announced that four of its products are finalists for the 2017 SIIA CODiE Awards.

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries, and have been recognising product excellence for over 30 years. The awards offer 93 categories that are organised by industry focus on business and education technology. Thomson Reuters solutions were among 205 finalists across the 59 business technology categories.

Thomson Reuters was recognised as a finalist in the Best Compliance Solution, Best Content Marketing Solution and Best Solution for Integrating Content into Workflow categories.

This year’s winners will be announced during the CODiE Award Business Technology Winner Announcement & Celebration in San Francisco on July 25.

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Israel Syndetics Unbound integrated with Primo and Summon - 23 Jun 2017

ProQuest and Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, are helping libraries improve the research experience and expand exploration by integrating ProQuest® Syndetics Unbound with the Ex Libris Primo® and Summon® discovery services.

The integration with ProQuest® Syndetics Unbound, a groundbreaking online enrichment service, enables libraries to create a better discovery experience for today’s researcher while maximising the value of their collections. Libraries can display Syndetics Unbound data on their Primo and Summon catalogue detail pages to showcase items and increase user engagement. Researchers see familiar elements such as title recommendations, author information, look-inside-the-book pages, series information, professional reviews, reader reviews, tags, book profiles, and awards.

Activation of the Syndetics Unbound integration is easy, requiring just a click in the discovery service’s administration console. Summon customers with Syndetics Unbound subscriptions can benefit from enriched catalog detail pages immediately, and Primo customers will be able to activate the service with the next Primo release in August 2017. Customers interested in obtaining Syndetics Unbound subscriptions can request additional information at https://proquest.syndetics.com.

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US The American Society of Plant Biologists’ flagship journals now live on HighWire Press’s JCore platform - 23 Jun 2017

The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) has announced that its two flagship journals, The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology, are now live on HighWire’s JCore platform. The Society will demonstrate the new sites at their upcoming Plant Biology 2017 annual meeting in Hawaii, which starts this June 24.

According to HighWire Press CEO, Dan Filby, ASPB’s move to HighWire’s powerful JCore platform allows the Society to disseminate their rich content more effectively and dynamically. The new sites’ features, functionality, and UX design, ensure that readers and authors can find what they’re looking for when they need it.

The new sites are available at: www.plantcell.org and www.plantphysiol.org

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US Michael Thoennessen appointed new APS Editor-in-Chief - 23 Jun 2017

Nuclear physicist Michael Thoennessen has been selected to become APS Editor in Chief at the end of August 2017. Currently an Associate Director of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University (MSU) in Lansing, Michigan, and University Distinguished Professor of Physics at MSU, he was appointed following a vote of the APS Board of Directors on June 16.

Thoennessen joined the MSU physics faculty in 1990 and was named an Associate Director of the FRIB project in 2015. FRIB is a $730 million user facility funded by the U.S. Department of Energy for nuclear science and is slated for completion in 2020. From 2004 to 2016, he was Supervisory Editor of the journal Nuclear Physics A.

Thoennessen will succeed Pierre Meystre as Editor in Chief. Meystre, named to the position in 2016, announced his resignation earlier this year in a message to APS staff. Meystre will continue as Editor in Chief until the end of August, when Thoennessen steps in.

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UK Figshare and ASHA partner to enhance discoverability and reuse of research outputs - 23 Jun 2017

Figshare, an online digital repository for academic research, has announced a new partnership with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to showcase supplementary research outputs within the communication sciences and disorders discipline.

As a professional society representing 191,500 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists, ASHA is committed to the publication of research, and has been for more than 80 years.

Research outputs published across ASHA’s peer-reviewed scholarly journals will be aggregated under one portal. The new customised Figshare portal is available at asha.figshare.com.

All files uploaded will be given a DOI, making them easily citable. Authors will be able to make use of Figshare’s viewer technology, which supports over 650 different file types, to display presentations, videos, data sets, documents, and more in the browser. Authors will be able to share their materials more easily-tracking usage through Figshare’s metrics and altmetrics-and will benefit from the platform’s integrations with other standards and systems such as ORCID.

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