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Switzerland Switzerland takes top spot for OA publishing with 39 percent open access publications - 10 Aug 2018

According to a report, compiled by the European Commission (EC), Switzerland occupies the top spot for OA publishing with 39% open access publications, closely followed by Croatia with 37.9% and Estonia with 37.1%. Globally, the share of research results published 'open access' is 30%.

220,416 scientific publications produced in Switzerland have been entered in the Scopus database for the 2009-2016 period. Thereof, 86,030 or 39% are in open access journals or on open access platforms. The United Kingdom achieved 36.1% open access publications, the United States 36.1% and Germany 30.8%.

With a share of 28.5% of all publications, the green road is the preferred version of open access publishing in Switzerland. It involves initial publication in a paywalled scientific journal followed by archiving in an OA repository at a later stage. The gold road - immediate open access - is only followed for 10.6% of publications. The green road is also the prevailing trend internationally, although its share dropped slightly during the seven-year duration of the study. The share of gold road publications, on the other hand, increased almost threefold in the same period.

According to the authors, the transition to open access has been slow due to a range of factors including funders’ mandates, journal policies, researcher attitudes, and costs.

Research funded by the SNSF has contributed to Switzerland's high rating: approximately 50% of the publications resulting from SNSF-funded research between 2011 and 2017 are freely accessible. By pursuing its OA policy 2020, the SNSF seeks to achieve 100% open access by 2020. This will speed up the dissemination of new knowledge across the sciences, the economy and society at large.

The European Commission study is based on the bibliometric data of the Scopus database between 2009 and 2016. All academic disciplines were considered in the study.

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US Premier social science titles now available via ProQuest’s OASIS® platform - 10 Aug 2018

Academic libraries can now search for and acquire SAGE Knowledge content directly through the OASIS® platform, ProQuest's search, selection and ordering system for print and ebooks.

SAGE Knowledge is a cross-media platform with high-quality ebook and e-reference content in 10 social science disciplines. Its expansive collection of more than 5,000 titles includes reference works, academic books and professional development titles. SAGE Knowledge is the only online ebook delivery platform to link out to SAGE Journals and SAGE Research Methods.

ProQuest's OASIS platform connects libraries with the widest selection of academic ebooks, including more than 1.5 million titles and more than 25 million print titles. The addition of top academic publishers like SAGE Publishing to OASIS gives busy librarians a single place to search and order electronic and print books.

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UK Emerald joins interdisciplinary research collaboration to facilitate inclusive research environments - 10 Aug 2018

An interdisciplinary research collaboration which includes Emerald Publishing as a project partner has been awarded over half a million pounds of funding by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to improve equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within engineering and physical sciences. The project forms part of a broader programme within EPSRC's Inclusion Matters initiative, launched as part of the collective approach by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to promote EDI.

The Advanced Strategic Platform for Inclusive Research Environments (ASPIRE) project offers an innovative approach to improve EDI within the sector, with a primary focus on long term behavioural and cultural change. The project will develop an evidence based online toolkit to connect best practice with improved ways to measure, monitor and implement EDI initiatives for maximum impact across initially HEI and also business settings.

Emerald Publishing joins the project as an advisory board member, a communications partner, and a test bed to pilot the ASPIRE toolkit and report back on implementation of recommendations.

The partnership is led by the University of Lincoln and includes Vitae, Oxford Brookes University, the Lisbon Council, Emerald Publishing, University of Sheffield, University of Kent, University of Trento, Aston University, Coventry University and Towards Vision as project partners.

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US American Thyroid Association appoints Dr. Angela M. Leung as new Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Thyroidology - 10 Aug 2018

The American Thyroid Association (ATA) has announced the appointment of Dr. Angela M. Leung as the new Editor-in-Chief of the ATA monthly journal Clinical Thyroidology, effective 2019.

Clinical Thyroidology is one of the ATA official journals distributed electronically. This highly valued abstract and commentary publication provides a broad-ranging look at the clinical thyroid literature. Experts in the field summarise the most cutting-edge, relevant articles of which clinicians should be aware and provide insight into the relevance and impact of each article on patient care.

Dr. Leung was selected based on her abilities to promote the growth, quality, reputation, and scholarship of this important ATA publication. She will continue the strong leadership of Dr. Jerome Hershman who, as EIC for 8 years, has led the diverse editorial board dedicated to making Clinical Thyroidology indispensable to clinicians and scientists interested in thyroid diseases.

Dr. Leung is a Health Sciences Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and at the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System. She is also an Associate Program Director of the UCLA/VA endocrinology fellowship training program. Since 2012, she has written regular commentaries for Clinical Thyroidology for the Public and, since 2014, reviews of papers in the current literature for Clinical Thyroidology as an Associate Editor. She also serves on the editorial board of Thyroid, the official peer-reviewed ATA journal.

Dr. Leung has been a member of the ATA since 2006 and has chaired committees focused on the scientific meeting program and on public health. For ATA annual meetings since 2006, she has served as a poster judge, been a moderator or speaker, served on the 2016 Program Committee, and co-chaired the program of the 87th Annual Meeting of the ATA.

She is also a current member of the Endocrine Society and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). Dr. Leung has served on the Endocrine Training Support Committee and Abstract Review Subcommittee for the AACE. She has been a reviewer of trainees' abstracts and a poster judge for Endocrine Society annual meetings, and most recently has worked with the Endocrine Society to consult on a multidisciplinary, international toxicologic review of thyroid disruptors. She serves on the editorial boards of the AACE's Endocrine Practice and of the Journal of Clinical and Translational Endocrinology and since 2013 has co-edited the annual thyroid issue of Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Obesity.

Following her training and fellowships, she was appointed Instructor of Medicine, then Assistant Professor of Medicine at BU School of Medicine. For the past five years, she has held an Assistant Professor appointment at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Along with her academic appointments have come Dr. Leung's clinical appointments in the Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Nutrition at Boston Medical Center; the Division of Endocrinology at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates (Quincy, MA); the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism in the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and to the same-named division in the UCLA Health System.

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US McGraw-Hill Education improves accessibility of its learning materials for US college students - 10 Aug 2018

Learning science company McGraw-Hill Education has reached several new milestones in its expanded 'Affordability & Outcomes' program, aimed at improving student savings and driving better learning outcomes. The company now covers nearly the entire marketplace with its textbook and eBook rental program with the addition of six distribution partners. In addition, McGraw-Hill continued to rapidly grow instructor and student use of its digital solutions and expanded its first-day-of-class Inclusive Access program to a total of more than 550 college campuses nationwide.

McGraw-Hill has finalised new rental agreements with six providers include: Amazon, indiCo, Nebraska Book Company, eCampus.com, Ambassador and Tree of Life. They join existing partners Follett, Chegg, Inc. and Barnes & Noble Education and its Barnes & Noble College and MBS Textbook Exchange subsidiaries. The program covers more than 200 copyright 2019 titles and all future titles, with materials available to students for as low as $40 and up to 70 percent off the cost of purchasing traditional textbooks. Students can access McGraw-Hill's rental program at their local bookstores, through online retailers or directly through the company's website, www.mheducation.com.

The company has continued to make inroads with its industry-leading digital platforms: McGraw-Hill Connect® and ALEKS®. The number of US student activations of Connect so far in 2018 has increased 9 percent compared to this time last year. Growth in Connect usage this year has been driven in part by innovative new capabilities such as ConnectMaster®, a digital-first learning experience that improves student engagement and success through experiential learning, simulations and relevant skill practice in areas ranging from Biology to Economics and other disciplines. In Math and Chemistry, the number of students using ALEKS has expanded by 10 percent in higher education year-over-year, fueled by its ability to diagnose student strengths and weaknesses and provide them a personalised learning path.

Since last year, McGraw-Hill has more than doubled the number of campuses it reaches through its inclusive access programs – up to 550 campuses - with a number of new agreements with partner organisations that enable students to have more affordable digital course materials automatically delivered to them on the first day of class, or earlier. Under this model, student costs are typically 30-40 percent less than the price of traditional digital materials and at a fraction of the cost of purchasing traditional textbooks. With the company's newest partners, including RedShelf, VitalSource, Barnes & Noble Education, Follett and the Unizin consortium, McGraw-Hill is now able to offer this affordable, convenient option to nearly three out of every four US college students for at least one of their courses.

In addition to the rental, digital and inclusive access components of its affordability initiative, McGraw-Hill has further improved the accessibility of its learning materials as it moves to ensure all new content and solutions meet WCAG 2.0 AA guidelines.

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US Credo and TexShare partner to improve research capabilities for millions of Texans - 10 Aug 2018

Information skills solutions provider Credo and TexShare, a consortium of over 700 libraries in Texas, have announced a new partnership to increase access to high-quality digital research materials for millions of Texans. Credo Online Reference Service will support the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC), through the TexShare consortium, in its goals of closing the digital divide, helping Texans better navigate the world of online information, and providing residents of all ages and backgrounds with the tools they need to conduct excellent research.

K-12 learners, college students, and public library patrons will all benefit from Credo's exploratory search platform, which offers a robust collection of full-text reference titles while fostering the development of essential 21st-century skills.

TexShare works with libraries to provide users with the latest and most effective products for facilitating higher levels of teaching, learning, and research. Representing a diverse array of K-12, academic, public, and medical libraries, the consortium sought a resource that could improve digital literacy skills among its younger and less experienced populations, while still delivering the authoritative content required by its scholarly community. Credo's intuitive interface, helpful features like Topic Pages, Mind Map, and world-class titles proved to be a perfect fit.

Credo helps learners at all levels start their research by providing an easy-to-navigate exploratory search platform stocked with multimedia content from the world's most well-respected publishers. Librarians will also find the platform useful and versatile, with simple options for creating subject guides for courses and embedding videos and articles in Learning Management Systems or websites. One of Credo's newest content features, Real-time Reference, offers users rigorously vetted background information on topics unfolding in the headlines, creating a bulwark against fake news and biased media. Whether individuals are crafting an argumentative paper for their English Comp 101 course or conducting research to inform themselves on current events, Real-time Reference will show them multiple facets of controversial topics and cut through partisan agendas in order to gain a better understanding of issues.

Texas's diverse population will benefit from the accessibility of digital resources for learners of all types as Credo is ADA and 508 compliant, which includes a translate feature incorporating over 60 languages, and gives users the option of ReadSpeaker in English to aid ESL learners, seniors, and those with disabilities. TexShare joins regional groups in Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and others in providing Credo Online Reference Service to member libraries in a larger effort to improve user skills around information literacy, research, and critical thinking.

TSLAC provides Texans access to the information by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic, and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records, and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities.

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