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Switzerland Frontiers, the Austrian Science Fund and University of Vienna sign landmark Open Access Publishing Framework Agreement - 22 Dec 2017

Under a landmark Open Access Publishing Framework Agreement signed between Frontiers, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the University of Vienna, Austrian researchers affiliated with or funded by these institutions can now publish their articles in Frontiers' open access journals through a simplified process that covers article processing charges. In addition to a national discount and centralised invoicing process, the signatory institutions benefit from transparent, comprehensive reporting on expenditures and research outputs at an institutional and national level.

The Agreement, the first-of-its-kind national Open Access framework agreement with a Gold Open Access publisher, is open to any academic research and/or state funding institution based in Austria. All new signatories will benefit from the same terms and conditions, regardless of size or research output.

Numerous Austrian institutions, including the University of Vienna and the Austrian Science Fund, have signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities and implemented open access policies. The Austrian Science Fund has also expressed support for the OA2020 initiative, which calls for innovative open access solutions 'by converting resources currently spent on journal subscriptions into funds to support sustainable [open access] business models.' Frontiers has been an innovation leader in Open Science for over ten years and is aligned with the European Commission's Open Science vision and policies as well as the Council of the EU's commitment to support a transition to immediate Open Access as the default by 2020.

Researchers submitting an article under the Agreement will have access to Frontiers' full suite of Open Science tools, including a collaborative peer-review platform and article and author impact metrics. All submitted articles will remain subject to Frontiers' editorial processes, policies and conditions including peer-review, acceptance and rejection.

As of December 20, 2017, Frontiers has 59 institutional membership plans in place with university libraries, consortia and funders.

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UK Syed Hasan to step down as President Global Sales of Springer Nature - 22 Dec 2017

Syed Hasan, President Global Sales, will be leaving Springer Nature at the end of January 2018 to take advantage of a sabbatical period and subsequently pursue new challenges outside of Springer Nature.

Syed has held senior management sales roles within Springer since 1998. He was appointed Global President STM Sales in 2009. In 2015, he was appointed President Global Sales for the newly merged Springer Nature organisation and for the past two years has led the alignment of the sales and marketing teams at Springer Nature.

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Netherland IOS Press publishes inaugural issue of OA journal - Data Science - 22 Dec 2017

STM publisher IOS Press has announced the publication of the first issue of Data Science, a new interdisciplinary peer-reviewed Open Access journal covering a broad range of aspects around Data Science, aiming to unleash the field's full potential.

The journal's Editors-in-Chief are Michel Dumontier (Maastricht University) and Tobias Kuhn (VU Amsterdam). In the inaugural issue's introduction they explain the motivation for starting this new journal.

Data Science has a number of distinctive features to maximise the transparency, speed, and quality with which results are published and made available for current and future reuse and interpretation.

Being an Open Access journal, Data Science seeks to increase the visibility and enables simple access and use of the reported results. Article processing charges will be waived for the first year and charges thereafter will be reasonable and competitive. The journal gives reviewers only ten days to respond and aims for sending out first decisions on submissions within weeks rather than months. Open and attributable reviews increase the visibility and recognition of reviewers, thereby promoting accountability in the reviewing process. Moreover, submissions will be publicly available as preprints right away.

Additionally, FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) data requires authors to represent and provide any data used or produced in their studies with community-based data formats and metadata standards. These data should furthermore be made openly available free of charge, unless privacy or other well founded concerns apply. Authors are encouraged to write their papers in HTML and to provide (meta) data with formal semantics, as a step towards the vision of semantic publishing, which will allow for, to a certain extent, automatic integration, combination, organisation, and reusable scientific knowledge.

The journal welcomes papers which add a social, geographical, and temporal dimension to Data Science research, as well as application-oriented papers that prepare and use data in discovery research. The first issue is openly accessible at https://content.iospress.com/journals/data-science/1/1-2.

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UK Royal Society of Chemistry names Dr Peter Vikesland as the new Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Science: Nano - 22 Dec 2017

The Royal Society of Chemistry has announced that Dr Peter Vikesland will be the next Editor-in-Chief of their journal Environmental Science: Nano. Dr Vikesland is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, USA. He previously served on the Editorial Board of the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology and will move to his new role on January 1, 2018. He will succeed current Editor-in-Chief Dr Vicki H. Grassian.

Vikesland's research focuses on the application of fundamental chemical principles to the study of natural and engineered systems. He currently leads an international team of researchers as the principal investigator for a five-year 'Partnerships in International Research and Education' grant from the National Science Foundation. The team is seeking to halt wastewater-derived antimicrobial resistance dissemination.

Environmental Science: Nano is a comprehensive source of information on nanomaterial interactions with biological and environmental systems, and the design and use of engineered nanomaterials for sustainability. The journal's Impact Factor is 6.047, making it a leading publication in environmental and nanomaterial science.

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US AAUP is now the Association of University Presses - 22 Dec 2017

The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) has announced a name change to the Association of University Presses (AUPresses), effective immediately.

The membership of the Association voted in June to undertake this change, as part of a strategic assessment of the organisation's identity, mission, and goals. The new logo and visual identity that were revealed are vibrant expressions of the Association's purpose and vision.

The Association of University Presses is a community of publishing institutions and professionals committed to the highest caliber of research-based scholarship. Together, they advocate for the fundamental role of scholarly publishing in achieving academic excellence and in cultivating and disseminating knowledge.

A Brand Working Group, including Association staff, officers, and members, provided guidance throughout the brand strategy and logo development process. The new logomark was created in collaboration with Studiolo Secondari and designers Paper Plus Rocket. The designers were briefed on the core identity, reaffirmed through the strategic assessment, of the Association: open and engaging, representing a forward-thinking and mission-driven publishing community that holds to - and stands for - high standards of scholarship and professionalism. The new visual identity will be easily adapted to print, online, and social uses.

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India Dear Subscribers - 22 Dec 2017

This is to inform you that the number of articles carried in the newsletter will be fewer than usual, as business activity during this period (Dec 25 - 29, 2017) is relatively low. Also, please note that there will be no newsletter dispatch from December 25, 2017 to December 27, 2017 on account of Christmas holidays. We will resume our newsletter service on Thursday, December 28, 2017. The newsletter will contain all the headlines that have appeared after the December 22nd issue.

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