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UK Nature Index 2018 Annual Tables released, competition heats up in the world of high-quality scientific research - 07 Jun 2018

The Nature Index 2018 Annual Tables has been released, and the United States is the world's largest contributor to high-quality scientific research papers, followed by China and Germany. These tables track by country and institution the research published in 82 high-quality journals each year, counting both the total number of papers and the share of authorship of each paper.

The US retains its leading position despite a slight decline in output from last year. Its high-quality research output remains more than double that of China's, which continues its sharp ascent. Alongside the US, China and Germany, South Africa and Brazil are regional leaders. The Chinese Academy of Sciences is the leading international institution in the 2018 tables.

The increasingly global nature of high-quality research publishing including China's dramatic rise has led to considerable competition between institutions looking to place their research in the finite space available in the world's top journals. 49 institutions from China have improved their positions in the global top 500 institutions tables from the previous year, with an additional 14 Chinese institutions entering the top 500 and only 15 losing ground. In contrast, 62 US institutions increased their rank and 74 dropped down. In Japan - fifth in the index overall - only four institutions gained positions compared to 15 that moved in the other direction.

The Nature Index Annual Tables show calendar year output in Nature Index journals for the last three years, and reveal the countries, institutions and companies that are leading the way in publishing high-quality global science. (See 'About the Nature Index' for full definitions of measures). The Nature Index is compiled by Nature Research, part of Springer Nature, and forms part of Nature Research's wider efforts to provide the research community with relevant information about the state of global science and publishing trends.

The leading international institutions in the 2018 tables are: the Chinese Academy of Sciences (1), Harvard University, US (2), Max Planck Society, Germany (3), French National Centre for Scientific Research (4), Stanford University, US (5), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US (6), Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany (7), The University of Tokyo, Japan (8), University of California Berkeley, US (9) and the University of Cambridge, UK (10).

F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Switzerland, is the top performing corporate institution globally. It is followed by: IBM Corporation, US (2), Novartis International AG, Switzerland (3), Merck & Co., Inc., US (4), AstraZeneca plc, UK (5), Pfizer Inc., US (6), GlaxoSmithKline plc., UK (7), GNS Science, New Zealand (8), Samsung Group, South Korea (9) and Amgen Inc., US (10).

The Nature Index website - natureindex.com - provides free, quick and simple access to the recent research profiles of more than 9,000 global institutions and 150 countries and territories. The data behind the 2018 tables remain freely accessible, allowing users to examine patterns of publication and collaboration. Nature Index supplements are curated by a dedicated team of editors and provide analysis and commentary around the most recent data, including organisational and country-level profiles. These supplements also include additional information from other data sources, such as demographics, national spending on research and development, and changes to science policy and funding, which help to put the Nature Index data into context.

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UK Frontline Gastroenterology journal appoints Prof. Mark Beattie as the new Editor-in-Chief - 07 Jun 2018

Professor Mark Beattie has been appointed the new Editor-in-Chief of Frontline Gastroenterology. The journal publishes articles about innovative and best practice in the fields of gastroenterology and hepatology. It is one of more than 60 specialist journals published by BMJ.

Based in Southampton, Professor Beattie is a Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist at Southampton Children's Hospital and leads the Wessex Regional Paediatric Gastroenterology Service. He has an extensive track record of research into paediatric inflammatory bowel disease over the last 20 years.

He has authored multiple publications on the management of Crohn's disease and other gastrointestinal conditions. Professor Beattie was the Editor-in-Chief of Archives of Disease in Childhood from 201217 and is the co-author of the Oxford Handbook of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. He was President of the British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, 201013.

Frontline Gastroenterology is co-owned with the British Society of Gastroenterology. The journal publishes articles that accelerate adoption of innovative and best practice in the fields of gastroenterology and hepatology. It includes original research, reviews, education and practice papers, and news articles. It is one of more than 60 specialist journals published by BMJ.

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UK OpenAthens joins Publishers Association and ALPSP - 07 Jun 2018

OpenAthens, which provides federated identity and access management services to a global client base, has announced its formal affiliation to the Publishers Association (PA) and membership of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP).

Through its membership with the PA and ALPSP, OpenAthens hopes to be able to work with members on issues such as piracy and improving users' online experience.

As an important supplier to the publishing industry, OpenAthens has become an affiliate to the PA. UK based PA represents the interests of UK publishers across consumer, education and academic publishing. It works to strengthen the trading environment for British publishers by providing a strong voice for the industry in government, in society and with other stakeholders in the UK, Europe and internationally.

Associate membership of international membership trade body ALPSP has also been confirmed, enabling 300 publishers of scholarly and professional content in 30 countries to network and find out more about OpenAthens' federated single sign-on services.

OpenAthens plans to make full use of their membership by accessing news, journals and research reports and take advantage of networking opportunities with other members at ALPSP events.

These membership opportunities will enable OpenAthens to offer bespoke guidance to publishers on how to offer users a better experience when accessing content online and to help inform the future developments of OpenAthens' products and services by identifying emerging trends in how users access scholarly content.

ALPSP members can meet OpenAthens Commercial director, Jon Bentley at the ALPSP 'Power of Partnership seminar' on July 12 and International Sales Manager, Kieran Prince at the ALPSP Conference, September 12 14 in Old Windsor, Berkshire, UK.

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German COAR and DuraSpace launch collaborative partnership - 07 Jun 2018

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and DuraSpace have announced the launch of a collaborative partnership.

Both organisations are jointly committed to supporting the adoption of repository platforms that are interoperable, compliant with international standards and protocols, and reflect the vision of next generation repository.

By working together, DuraSpace and COAR will leverage their unique strengths and communities to pursue the common goals. In particular, the partnership will focus on building capacity in the repository community by delivering and participating in training events, with a special emphasis on developing countries; and promoting the value of open repositories with other communities internationally.

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Switzerland MDPI appoints Vladimir N. Uversky as Editor-in-Chief of Biomolecules - 07 Jun 2018

Academic open-access publisher Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) has appointed Vladimir N. Uversky as the Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal Biomolecules. Vladimir N. Uversky is an Associate Professor at the Department of Molecular Biology at the University of South Florida.

In addition to being the Editor-in-Chief of Biomolecules, Vladimir serves as a Co-Editor-in-Chief for the 'Molecular Biophysics' Section of the International Journal of Molecular Sciences (IJMS), an Executive Editor of the Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports; Section Editor for the Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology Section of the PeerJ, an Academic Editor for Protein and Peptide; an Associate Editor for the Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Proteins and Proteomics, Current Protein and Peptide Science, and Frontiers in Protein Folding, Misfolding and Degradation; and an Editorial Board Member of more than 10 journals in the fields of protein science and bioinformatics. He was a Co-Founder and one of the first council members of the Intrinsically Disordered Proteins Subgroup of the Biophysical Society. He also co-founded the 'Intrinsically Disordered Proteins' Gordon Research Conference.

Vladimir's research interests include experimental studies on protein folding, misfolding and aggregation, as well as experimental and computational characterisation of intrinsically disordered proteins (i.e., biologically active without unique structures). His work on different aspects of protein physics has received international recognition. Each year from 20142017, he was selected as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher.

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