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US Digital delivery breathes new life into professional books and scholarly monographs, says new Simba report - 23 Mar 2018

Media and publishing intelligence firm Simba Information has released a report titled 'Scholarly & Professional E-Book Publishing 2018-2022.' The report examines the scholarly and professional market including e-books in law, business, scientific and technical, medical, and social science and humanities. It found that, although the book market as a whole has taken its lumps due to declining print sales, e-books have greater appeal with library customers, which has led publishers to reinvest in their collections.

According to this report, scholarly and professional e-books sales increased globally by 5.6% in 2017 and will grow an additional 4.8% in 2018, revitalizing medium publishers once wrote off.

Individual print book sales, long a mainstay in medicine and nursing textbooks, are being supplanted by applications on tablets and mobile phones, electronic references and other online services. Libraries are increasingly using their book budgets to buy digital collections rather than individual titles. Researchers swoon for enriched content that can be searched en masse.

The new landscape is messy, says the report. It is not always clear whether content is being delivered as an online service or an e-book, but digital delivery has breathed new life into monographs, extending their life and attracting investment from major publishers. Encyclopedias and major reference works as e-books form the core of major content delivery services in law and across the scholarly and professional spectrum.

Scholarly and professional books as a whole still face steep challenges. Academic library budgets are under pressure, which has hurt books particularly hard after decades losing budget battles to journals and databases. Law school enrollments are declining in the large, rich U.S. market. Print sales and total sales are down and these trends can be expected to continue.

Scholarly & Professional E-Book Publishing 2018-2022 provides an overview and financial outlook for the global scholarly and professional e-book publishing markets based on specific research and analysis of the leading competitors’ performance. Leading competitors' performance is projected through 2018. Scholarly and professional market categories are projected through 2022. The report also discusses trends, challenges, pricing models, usage, major e-book publishers, aggregators and platform providers.

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UK St. Stephen's Clinical Research adopts Elsevier's MACRO to support complex clinical research - 23 Mar 2018

Elsevier, the information analytics business specialising in science and health, has announced the successful implementation of its MACRO solution by St. Stephen's Clinical Research in the UK.

St. Stephen's Clinical Research (STSTCR) is a specialist clinical research organisation providing services to pharmaceutical companies, clinical research organisations, academic institutions, the healthcare sector and NGOs. STSTCR adopted MACRO to support the management and delivery of complex clinical research, specifically in the field of infectious diseases including HIV and hepatitis, which they conduct across multiple centers across the UK, Europe and worldwide.

As electronic data capture solutions are increasingly becoming the norm in clinical trials, users worldwide are looking for proven technology that is adaptable, user-friendly and meets their needs for efficiency, cost-effectiveness and regulatory compliance.

Elsevier's MACRO is a powerful, industry-standard electronic data capture solution that has been proven in commercial and not-for-profit clinical research since 1999. MACRO's dynamic and easy to use tools for study definition, data capture and data management simplify set-up, reduce time to first data entry and to database lock, and help researchers succeed every time in increasingly complex clinical trials. MACRO is used by pharmaceutical companies, academic medical centers, contract research organisations (CROs), and medical device companies.

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US GALILEO in deal with EBSCO Information Services and OpenAthens to provide users with federated single sign-on access - 23 Mar 2018

The GALILEO (GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online) consortium is making the research experience easier for their library users by implementing federated single sign-on access, enabling end users to sign-on once into any resource from the site or within Discovery. GALILEO has entered into a five-year agreement with EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and OpenAthens providing single sign-on software that allows the end user to move from resource to resource without re-entering their credentials. The software delivers all of GALILEO’s library resources to its 10 million users by simply having them sign in via a single login.

The GALILEO community, comprised of 400 libraries including those in academic and technical colleges, K-12 and public libraries, strives to provide unlimited and easy access to information for citizens of the state of Georgia. College students will seamlessly access GALILEO services on or off campus with one login, one time. Public library patrons and K-12 students will be also be able to utilise content in the library, at home, at work or wherever they go with their devices: One login, one time. With the implementation of OpenAthens, the need for users to sign in through multiple logins or for administrators to create complicated authentication processes is eliminated. GALILEO will benefit from an easily managed system, access in one place for all users, privacy protection for their libraries and huge reductions in time saved managing proxy servers on IT development.

OpenAthens also provides usage statistics which map content usage by individual users while preserving their privacy. It provides a federated SAML-based approach to single sign-on that is more secure, reliable, and transparent than IP recognition and involves minimum or no involvement of IT resources. GALILEO will gain improvements in reporting and analysis of resource use with access to better, accurate data that helps target resource investment more effectively.

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UK Cambridge University Press expands Author Hub into a new, integrated online platform for book authors - 23 Mar 2018

Academic publisher Cambridge University Press (the Press) has announced the expansion of Author Hub into a new, integrated online platform for book authors.

Since its launch in 2013, Author Hub has expanded to offer services for current and prospective authors spanning all three of the Press's publishing groups - Academic, ELT and Education - to support them throughout the publishing process and offer an enhanced experience.

Authors have been involved in testing Author Hub throughout its development to ensure it serves their needs. The services that will be available on the platform include exclusive access to a wide range of publishing resources relevant to each publishing area, ranging from manuscript preparation to marketing guides, to help authors at every stage of the publishing journey; prospective authors can learn more about publishing with the Press and contact editorial teams directly; more detailed sales information ranging from format to geographical location; view and download royalty statements; access to exclusive author discounts on Press books; and latest news and developments from the Press.

Author Hub will evolve and adapt over time with new functionality continually being added in line with author feedback and requirements. Author Hub will replace the Press's existing author site, AuthorNet, in its entirety.

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Switzerland Frontiers in Psychiatry appoints Prof. Sören Krach as Specialty Chief Editor of new Social Cognition section - 23 Mar 2018

Frontiers in Psychiatry has announced the appointment of Professor Sören Krach from Lübeck University, Germany, as Specialty Chief Editor of the new Social Cognition section. Professor Sören Krach heads the Social Neuroscience in Psychiatry group at Lübeck University's Social Neuroscience Lab. His clinical research focuses primarily on Autism Spectrum Disorder and social anxiety.

As the Specialty Chief Editor of the new Frontiers in Psychiatry section, he aims to encourage scientists in the field of psychiatry to dare new avenues in the study of social cognition. He also hopes to create a space for researchers to embrace the full methodological breadths of the field.

The domain of social cognitive processes thus belongs to the central themes on the way to a better understanding of mental disorders. This has been also acknowledged in the Research Domain Criteria (RDOC) initiative of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) by explicitly listing 'Systems for Social Processes' as one of their five research domains to the investigation of mental disorders.

Prof. Krach believes that Open Access facilitates and fosters fruitful communication, interaction and collaboration between researchers worldwide, and does not exclude researchers from ongoing discussions in the field. Prof. Krach argues this is a key ingredient to the development of novel paradigms in general - something especially known in the field of social cognition.

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US National Academy of Medicine launches online resource hubs on clinician burnout and well-being - 23 Mar 2018

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has launched the Clinician Well-Being Knowledge Hub, a comprehensive online repository for health system leaders, clinicians, and trainees that contains resources highlighting promising approaches for combating clinician burnout, such as research and news articles, toolkits, peer-reviewed literature, and reports.

More than half of U.S. physicians experience burnout, a syndrome characterized by a high degree of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a low sense of personal accomplishment at work. Nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals are also experiencing high rates of burnout, putting an unsustainable strain on the health care system.

Improving clinician well-being requires sustained action at the organisational, state, and national levels. This knowledge hub provides a comprehensive overview of the causes of clinician burnout; its consequences for healthcare professionals, patients, and their families; and innovative approaches that organizations can take to promote well-being.

Launched in 2017, the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience is a network of organisations committed to reversing trends in clinician burnout, with the goals of raising the visibility of clinician burnout, improving understanding of challenges to clinician well-being, and elevating evidence-based, multidisciplinary solutions that will improve patient care by caring for the caregiver. The Action Collaborative will host a public meeting on May 2 in Washington, D.C. The meeting will feature Expressions of Clinician Well-Being, a pop-up art exhibition focused on clinician well-being.

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UK Jisc and HESA analytics project in the running for national technology award - 23 Mar 2018

A business analytics service developed by Jisc and the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) for use in higher education has been shortlisted for the 2018 National Technology Awards. The analytics labs and community dashboards project is one of five services shortlisted for Analytics Project of the Year. The winner will be announced on May 17 at a ceremony in central London.

The analytics labs and community dashboards are part of a collaboration between Jisc and HESA to build a business intelligence shared service for education. The project enables higher education institutions to use a series of dashboards to review comparative data from a number of sources, compare their performance with peer organisations and identify trends and gain insights.

The dashboards were developed through a series of analytics labs made up of HE professionals with the most promising ones published through HESA's Heidi Plus service.

The first dashboards were published in September 2017, the second set following in January 2018, with more in the pipeline. The project seeks to help universities and colleges as they face mounting financial pressure and increasing overseas competition.

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