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US First SSP Berlin Regional Event discusses ways to improve discoverability of OA books - 18 Apr 2018

Members of the scholarly communications community in Berlin gathered for the first-ever Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) regional event on continental Europe to discuss ways to increase the discoverability of open access books on March 9, 2018. The speakers included Agata Morka, Senior Manager, OA books at Springer Nature; Max Mosterd, Head of Operations at Knowledge Unlatched; Prof. Dr. Michael Seadle, Director of the Berlin School of Library and Information Science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; and Benedikt Fecher, leading the research program "Knowledge Dimension" and "Internet-enabled innovations" at the Humboldt Institute of Internet and Society. Alexander Naydenov, Co-Founder of PaperHive, served as a moderator.

Looking for and, even more importantly, finding OA books proves to be a challenging endeavour. The panelists, representing key stakeholder groups, gave their answers to the questions of where the largest frictions in discovering OA books occur and how to make sure that OA books are living up to their full potential.

The panelists first identified the main approaches for discovering Open Access book content: searching in cross-discipline platforms (e.g. Google Scholar, Library Catalogues, Discovery Services, JSTOR, and OA-focused platforms OAPEN, HaithiTrust, DOAB); and relying on discipline and community-specific platforms, usually publisher-maintained and integrated with publisher-websites (e.g. SpringerOpen, DeGruyter Open, Peter Lang OA, OUP, CUP, or Language Science Press).

These channels each face different challenges. The largest frictions resulting in low discoverability, frustrated researchers, wasted time, and lower author visibility are the effect of low-quality or missing Metadata; erroneous MARC Records; missing SEO optimisation; often bad usability of library portals and publisher; and libraries are not indexing MARC records for Open Access they did not financially support.

To overcome these and other frictions the panelists recommended higher investment in good metadata, ideally on a chapter level basis; agreeing on industry standards for books; enriching MARC records data with licensing information to clearly indicate Open Access eBook availability in library systems; promote the cataloging of Open Access eBook records by libraries, especially in case they did not financially contribute; work on clear information streams to the different stakeholders (including aggregators) so that books that switch to OA do not circulate as paid titles anymore; and dive deeper into different scientific communities and react on their individual discovery needs and user behaviour.

The event, which was held at the new Berlin offices of Peter Lang International Academic Publishers and sponsored by Springer Nature and Knowledge Unlatched, welcomed attendees from publishing and technology companies (Wiley, PaperHive, Science Open, Klopotek, Dunker & Humblot, Dariah-EU) and the university library and research community (Free University, Technical University, Humboldt University, Leipzig University of Applied Sciences).

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US SAGE Publishing to publish American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy and Allergy & Rhinology - 18 Apr 2018

Academic publisher SAGE Publishing has begun publishing American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy and Allergy & Rhinology. Both the journals will join SAGE's growing medical portfolio.

American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy is committed to expanding knowledge and publishing the best clinical and basic research within the fields of Rhinology & Allergy. It focuses on information that contributes to the improved quality of care for patients with nasal and sinus disorders.

Allergy & Rhinology aims to provide a platform for original research, clinical trials, review articles and case reports within an Open Access platform. The medical specialty journal publishes original research, clinical trials, and review articles on topics ranging from surgical techniques to diagnostic dilemmas, as well as treatment options and pathophysiologic investigations in sinonasal diseases, asthma and other allergic disorders.

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US Wolters Kluwer Health expands local language search capabilities in Ovid Discovery - 18 Apr 2018

Wolters Kluwer Health has announced an expansion of local language search capabilities in Ovid® Discovery that lets clinicians quickly and easily search evidence-based guidelines and other medical resources in German, Chinese, and six other languages.

Clinicians now have a single point of entry to search across a healthcare institution's information resources in eight languages. Ovid Discovery lets users enter a simple search and retrieve results from their organisation's library and electronic health record (EHR) system as well as up to 100 million other biomedical resources on the Ovid platform.

In partnership with Pschyrembel, German clinicians and researchers can now search Ovid in their native language and receive results in German and English. Clinicians and researchers in China can also search in their native language with integrated Simplified and Traditional Chinese dictionaries from UpToDate®.

Ovid Discovery also includes language dictionaries and controlled vocabulary thesauri in Dutch, French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese. Native language search capabilities promote increased use of an institution's resource library. Clinicians can be more effective with faster and more accurate searches for the evidence-based and peer-reviewed information they need to make better-informed treatment and care decisions.

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US McGraw-Hill Education appoints Dr. Nana Banerjee as President and CEO - 18 Apr 2018

Learning science company McGraw-Hill Education has announced the appointment of Dr. Nana Banerjee as president and chief executive officer, effective April 23. Dr. Banerjee, is currently group president of Verisk Analytics, a leading data analytics provider, and has a proven track record of driving global growth and exceptional performance in both public and private companies.

He will be based in New York and succeeds Lloyd G. "Buzz" Waterhouse, who became interim president and CEO in October 2017 having previously served as president and CEO from June 2012 through April 2014. Waterhouse will remain with the company until Dr. Banerjee begins his tenure and will continue to serve on the company's board of directors after he steps down as interim president and CEO.

Dr. Banerjee has extensive experience leading, innovating and scaling technology businesses globally. He came to Verisk as part of its acquisition of Argus, where he was chief operating officer. He served as the group president of Verisk and helped drive its transformation into a global leader in big-data and advanced analytics. He also helped drive the acquisition of several high-profile global companies during his tenure at Verisk. In prior roles, he served as head of Citibank's credit card business in the United Kingdom and as vice president of marketing at GE Capital.

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US New LMS integration simplifies access to Gale resources, seamlessly connecting libraries to learners - 18 Apr 2018

Gale, a Cengage company, has made it easier for students and educators to discover and access Gale digital resources from within their learning management system (LMS). Gale has achieved conformance certification for Learning Tool Interoperability (LTI) 1.0 and Deep Linking from IMS Global Learning Consortium. Now educators can seamlessly integrate their library's Gale content into learning management systems that support LTI and Deep Linking such as Schoology, Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle and others. This provides easy access to Gale resources from one platform through single sign-on, streamlining workflow to meet classroom instruction needs, foster student engagement and support textbook affordability initiatives. View a list of Gale's LTI-compliant and Deep Linking certified products.

Educators want to incorporate digital resources into their lesson plans and assignments, but typically do not have the time to search through multiple programs or platforms to find or create content themselves. Additionally, most are unaware of the high-quality resources available through their library. With this LMS integration, instructors can embed links to Gale resources into their courses and assignments from within their LMS, enabling students to access Gale content directly from their assignment, within their workflow.

Since the integration follows the natural workflow within the LMS, instructors do not need to learn a new process for integrating content.

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UK Future Science journal Personalized Medicine accepted for coverage by MEDLINE - 18 Apr 2018

Future Science Group (FSG) has announced that its journal Personalized Medicine has been selected for coverage by MEDLINE, allowing enhanced discoverability of articles in this important area of research.

MEDLINE is the US National Library of Medicine® (NLM) premier bibliographic database that contains more than 24 million references to journal articles in life sciences.

Personalized Medicine contributes to one of the most up-and-coming areas in modern medicine: how genetic and 'omic information can effectively be used in the clinic. The journal draws research manuscripts from clinical researchers, laboratory researchers, ethicists and lawyers to put a spotlight on some of the key areas in the growing field of personalised and precision medicine.

This peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal is a vital addition to the literature, providing an integrated forum for all stakeholders involved. Topics covered include the implementation of genomics in medicine; advances in the integration of diagnosis and therapy; and the impact of precision medicine strategies on drug development and health care delivery, amongst many others. Personalized Medicine offers fast-track and open access publishing options, helping authors publish in a timely, accessible manner. Unsolicited article proposals are welcome, and interested authors are welcome to contact the journal's Commissioning Editor Adam Tarring (a.tarring@futuremedicine.com).

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