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UK Improved functionality on Taylor & Francis Online makes research more discoverable - 10 Jul 2017

Academic publisher Taylor & Francis Group has announced several new updates to the Taylor & Francis Online journals platform. It is the first significant refresh to the platform since its relaunch in August 2016, with the Group continuing to incorporate customer feedback to improve the user experience for all.

Enhanced search options make it easier to find relevant articles and journals with the addition of an Advanced Search link on the main homepage, as well as on each individual journal and article page. Users can now enter a more specific set of search criteria, with options to filter by subject area, journal, and publication date.

Scholars will also find it easier to quickly identify the most significant research in their field, with article metrics now clearly displayed on journal contents pages and latest article pages.

These navigation enhancements will be supported by updates to the platform's user interface, which now fixes journal headers in place when users scroll through an article. All the key tools and links will remain accessible from any point on the page to offer readers a smoother, more responsive research experience on any device.

Taylor & Francis Group have also extended the addition of CrossRef's CrossMark to the Version of Record, with this functionality now on all published content. Designed to help readers locate the latest version of an article, as well as view its full publication history, CrossMark is a multi-publisher initiative which encourages the integrity and completeness of the scholarly record.

CrossMark will now be clearly displayed on the title page of every published article, allowing readers to access full publication record information at the click of a button. Users will be able to view any amendments, including corrections, updates and retractions, alongside CrossMark publication information.

Taylor & Francis Online is home to over 3.7 million journal articles published in over 2,500 journals.

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US AIP names information systems expert John Regazzi as board chair - 10 Jul 2017

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) has announced that its Board of Directors has selected information systems expert Dr. John Regazzi as its new chair. He begins his appointment September 10, 2017 and will preside at the board meeting in November.

Regazzi is presently managing director of Akoya Capital, a private equity company, where he also leads their Professional Information Services practice. He retired last year from the faculty of Long Island University. Prior to that he was CEO of Elsevier, Inc.

In his new role, Regazzi will be responsible for providing leadership to AIP's Board of Directors and will lead their efforts to oversee governance, policy and corporate strategy for the institute, a mission-driven non-profit organisation based in College Park, Maryland, which is devoted to advancing, promoting and serving the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity.

Regazzi will also chair the Board of Managers for AIP Publishing, which is based in Melville, New York, and publishes journals devoted to the physical sciences and provides services and tools for the scientific community. Regazzi has already served on the AIP Publishing Board of Managers for the past several years, most recently as treasurer.

Regazzi's academic and professional background is in information systems - the computer science discipline devoted to the study of how data flows within and between networks and the design of hardware and software tools that allow people and organisations to access it.

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UAE MIT convenes ad hoc task force on open access to Institute's research - 10 Jul 2017

MIT's provost, in consultation with the vice president for research, the chair of the faculty, and the director of the libraries, has appointed an ad hoc task force on open access to MIT's research. Convening the task force was one of the 10 recommendations presented in the preliminary report of the Future of Libraries Task Force.

The open access task force, chaired by Class of 1922 Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Hal Abelson and Director of Libraries Chris Bourg, will lead an Institute-wide discussion of ways in which current MIT open access policies and practices might be updated or revised to further the Institute's mission of disseminating the fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as possible.

Adopted in 2009, the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy allows MIT authors to legally hold onto rights in their scholarly articles, including the right to share them widely. It was one of the first and most far-reaching initiatives of its kind in the United States. MIT remains a leader in open access, with 44 percent of faculty journal articles published since the adoption of the policy freely available to the world. In April of this year, the Institute announced a new policy under which all MIT authors — including students, postdocs, and staff — can opt in to an open access license.

The preliminary report of the Institute-wide Future of Libraries Task Force, released in October 2016, acknowledged that while MIT's open access policy and implementation are widely seen as a successful model, 'the fact remains that most of MIT's scholarship remains unavailable for open dissemination. … The gap in coverage not only represents a loss in access for MIT's global community of stakeholders, it also ensures that MIT's full contribution to the scholarly record cannot be comprehensively assessed or computationally analyzed.'

The task force's activities will include reviewing MIT's open access activities to date, as well as those of sister institutions and other organisations, and working with faculty and administration in MIT's departments, labs, centers, and other units such as MITx, MIT Press, and the Office for Digital Learning, to discuss these initiatives and opportunities for enhancing them.

The members of the task force are:

Hal Abelson (co-chair), Class of 1922 Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Chris Bourg (co-chair), director of libraries; Peter Bebergal, technology licensing officer in the Technology Licensing Office; Robert Bond, associate head of the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance and Tactical Systems Division at MIT Lincoln Laboratory; Herng Yi Cheng, undergraduate in the Department of Mathematics; Isaac Chuang, professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and senior associate dean of digital learning; Christopher Cummins, the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry; Deborah Fitzgerald, professor in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society; Mark Jarzombek, professor in the Department of Architecture; Nick Lindsay, journals director at the MIT Press; Jack Reid, graduate student in the Technology and Policy Program and the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Karen Shirer, director of research development in the Office of the Vice President for Research; Bernhardt Trout, professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering; Eric von Hippel, the T. Wilson (1953) Professor in Management; and Jay Wilcoxson, counsel in the Office of the General Counsel.

The task force will prepare recommendations to the administration, and as appropriate, to the faculty, for new and strengthened open access initiatives, together with possible changes to MIT policies, and will work with the administration to develop implementation plans.

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US Research and Markets adds ‘Analyzing the Publishing Industry in United States 2017’ report to their offering - 10 Jul 2017

Market research and data services provider Research and Markets, Ireland, has announced the addition of the 'Analyzing the Publishing Industry in United States 2017' report to their offering.

The report begins with an analysis of the Global Publishing Industry and moves on to analyse the US publishing industry through an industry overview, market growth analysis by value, industry segmentation and an industry forecast up to 2020. Data analysed in the report ranges from 2011 to 2020.

Book publishing in the United States has over the years expanded to an industry housing over 2,600 publishing houses and generating nearly $25 billion annually in revenue. America's most famous publishing houses have borne witness to a transformation from private, family-owned firms to multinational media conglomerates.

With the advent of the World Wide Web and other advances in electronic publishing technology, the industry is on the brink of electronic revolution that is transforming the American economy. In recent years, the US publishing industry has generated $27.78 billion in net revenue, representing 2.71 billion in units (volume).

The US is home to by far the largest publishing industry, followed by China and Germany. The publishing industry's lifeline is driven by the depth and range of titles and formats produced by publishers. Online booksellers, such as Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com, have left an indelible impact on the manner in which publishers market and sell books. After slightly declining in recent years, eBooks reached 3.8% revenue growth to an estimated $3.4 billion dollars. Paperbacks, which remain the most popular format, witnessed strong sales at $5 billion in previous years, the field of largest growth for the trade category was children & young adult books.

The overall newspaper industry on the other hand, has experienced better days in the US. Consumption of newspapers is believed to decline considerably. It is anticipated that by 2018, American consumers will only dedicate 12 daily minutes to the medium. In the avenue of digital platforms, digital consumption in the US newspaper market is parallel with global consumption.

In this industry scenario, this research presents an analysis of the entire publishing industry in the United States in its research report Analyzing the Publishing Industry in United States 2017.

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Ireland Knowledge E expands Crossref partnership to become Sponsoring Publisher - 10 Jul 2017

Knowledge E has announced that it has become a Crossref Sponsoring Publisher.

Being a sponsoring publisher means that Knowledge E can now provide Crossref services to scholarly societies and small publishers. Most academic societies and university presses in the Middle East are not Crossref members and Knowledge E can now expand the scope of their publishing service. Including providing administrative, billing, technical and language support.

Knowledge E and Crossref are actively evaluating opportunities to provide live events that will encourage greater use of Crossref services including anti-plagiarism checks, reference linking, Crossmark, metadata delivery and others.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 10 Jul 2017

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: David S. Rovnyak and George C. Shields (How Undergraduate Research Drives Science Forward); John Bohannon (Hate journal impact factors? New study gives you one more reason); Datuk Dr Ahmad Ibrahim (Prioritise local science journals); Marilyn Deegan (What does the future hold for academic books?); and Jigisha Patel (Do peer review models affect junior doctors’ trust in journals?). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.



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