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US American Chemical Society expands applied materials portfolio with two new journals - 27 Sep 2018

In response to the growing community of interdisciplinary research in materials science, the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced two new additions to the ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces family of peer-reviewed journals. Launching in late 2018, ACS Applied Electronic Materials and ACS Applied Polymer Materials will publish original research covering all aspects of electronic materials and polymers, respectively, emphasising applied work across the fields of chemistry, biology, engineering and physics.

Dr. Kirk Schanze, editor-in-chief of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, will oversee the editorial teams for ACS Applied Electronic Materials and ACS Applied Polymer Materials. These launches bring the family of applied materials journals led by Schanze to six, reflecting the growth in high-quality applied research being undertaken globally in the associated interdisciplinary fields.

Dr. Hyun Jae Kim, professor of electrical and electronic engineering at Yonsei University in South Korea, will serve as the inaugural deputy editor for ACS Applied Electronic Materials. Kim serves on the editorial advisory board for ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces and is a leading expert in the areas of thin-film transistors, biosensors, and flexible and transparent electronics. Dr. Jodie Lutkenhaus, professor of materials science and engineering at Texas A&M University, will lead ACS Applied Polymer Materials. Lutkenhaus is an editorial advisory board member for three ACS journals: ACS Applied Nano Materials, Macromolecules and ACS Macro Letters. Her research interests include redox active polymers, polyelectrolytes and energy storage.

Both ACS Applied Electronic Materials and ACS Applied Polymer Materials will begin accepting submissions in October, and the first peer-reviewed articles are set to publish online by the end of 2018. Both journals will publish original research articles, research letters and timely reviews, among other editorial features. Authors will benefit from the broad range of exceptional author services from ACS Publications, as well as expert editorial review handled by active researchers, rapid publication, and flexible and affordable open access publishing options.

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German CCC partners with Frankfurt Book Fair 2018 to highlight the ideas changing the publishing world - 27 Sep 2018

Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) has announced a partnership with The Frankfurt Book Fair. This year at the fair, CCC will help shine a spotlight on the market pressures driving the publishing industry, including big data, open access, research, technological innovation and copyright.

As part of the partnership, CCC will participate in talks throughout the week, including 'Getting on the Road to Intelligent Content: No Time Like the Present,' scheduled for October 10, 11:30 -12:00 at the Education Stage (Hall 4.2 C 94). Agile workflows and easy access to targeted, relevant content have obvious benefits for publishers who have long dreamed of repurposing their catalogues for markets around the world. Transforming content to become 'intelligent,' however, is no easy task. In this presentation, Carl Robinson, Head of Consulting, Ixxus, and Renee Swank, Senior Director, Sales, Ixxus, will propose a pragmatic, sensible approach to making the most of technologies without significant upfront investment.

Publisher Voices Raised For Copyright will feature a conversation between Michael Healy and Michiel Kolman, President of the International Publishers Association, will address some of the publishing industry's most pressing questions, including: What are publishers doing to ensure their voices are being heard in Europe, Asia, North America and elsewhere? Who is helping publishers to defend their business and creative interests? How can you make certain your voice gets heard? The event is scheduled for October 10, 14:30 - 15:00 at the Academic & Business Information Stage (Hall 4.2 N 101).

Open Access is transforming scholarly journal publishing, yet the looming size of the journal ecosystem has thrown into deep shadow an equally remarkable transformation in scholarly books. A panel discussion, Open Access Monographs, 10 October, 15:30 - 16:00, at the Education Stage (Hall 4.2 C 94), featuring Brian O'Leary, Executive Director, Book Industry Study Group, Carl Robinson, Head of Consulting, Ixxus and David Worlock, Publishing Analyst and Co-Chair of Outsell's Leadership Programs, will discuss the viability, models and the unique needs of OA books compared to OA journals.

"Plan S" was announced just weeks ago and now everyone in scholarly publishing will talk about it at Frankfurt Book Fair. An initiative of 11 European national research funding organisations, "Plan S" puts pressure on Open Access publishing business models by capping article fees, ending embargoes and withdrawing support for "hybrid" OA journals. A panel of publishing leaders and expert analysts offers insights to help prepare for "Plan S" and get smart about the next wave of change in Open Access publishing. Get Smart About "Plan S", scheduled for October 11, 09:00 - 09:30, at the Academic & Business Information Stage (Hall 4.2 N 101), will feature Tim Britton, Managing Director, Open Research Group at Springer Nature, and others.

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US 36,000 Alexander Street streaming videos now available on OASIS platform - 27 Sep 2018

ProQuest has announced that 36,000 titles from Alexander Street's platform are now available on the OASIS® platform, allowing academic librarians to acquire videos in the same workflow they use to order books.

There is a growing demand for varied content, including streaming video, to support research and learning. ProQuest and OASIS aim to offer libraries maximum flexibility in curating their collections. OASIS allows libraries to search, select and order from more than 1.5 million ebooks and more than 35 million print books. By adding video into this same workflow, they are simplifying the steps librarians need to take to build comprehensive collections.

Librarians who use OASIS can search, select and order videos from key publishers like Sony Pictures Classics, BroadwayHD™, the Royal Shakespeare Company, A&E TV, the BBC and PBS. The videos cover timely and popular topics, supporting curriculum in nearly every discipline – including healthcare, anthropology, history, environmental studies, diversity studies, theatre, music and dance.

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UK Adoption of blockchain on the rise, lack of skilled staff hampering its development in the life science industry, says new Pistoia Alliance survey - 27 Sep 2018

The Pistoia Alliance, a global, not-for-profit alliance that works to lower barriers to innovation in life sciences R&D, has announced the results of a survey on the adoption of blockchain in the pharmaceutical and life science industries. According to the survey, 60 percent of pharmaceutical and life science professionals are either using or experimenting with blockchain today, compared to 22 percent when asked in 2017; however, 40 percent are not currently looking at implementing, or have no plans to implement blockchain. The biggest barriers identified to adoption are access to skilled blockchain personnel (55 percent), and that blockchain is too difficult to understand (16 percent). These factors underline why The Pistoia Alliance is calling for the life science and pharmaceutical industries to collaborate over the development and implementation of blockchain.

The survey also showed life science and pharmaceutical professionals are becoming more aware of the capabilities of blockchain. Respondents believed the greatest opportunities for using blockchain lie in the medical supply chain (30 percent), electronic medical records (25 percent), clinical trials management (20 percent), and scientific data sharing (15 percent). Of the benefits of blockchain, life science and pharmaceutical professionals believe the most significant is the immutability of data (73 percent). Significantly, for an industry with tight regulations, 39 percent also believe the transparency of the blockchain system is its best feature. However, almost one fifth (18 percent) of professionals believe using blockchain adds no value beyond a traditional database, showing there is some reluctance in the industry to use the technology. The Pistoia Alliance believes that some of the misconceptions about blockchain can be overcome with greater education of those in industry.

The Pistoia Alliance is continuing its drive to educate the life science industry about blockchain. Interested parties may join The Pistoia Alliance's two-day Blockchain Bootcamp on October 8 and 9 in Boston. The event will consist of an introduction to the Hyperledger platform, as well as a mini hackathon incorporating a range of life science use cases, which will allow participants to code their own blockchain-enabled apps in teams.

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UK RCNi and Impelsys to launch new point-of-care tool, RCNi Decision Support - 27 Sep 2018

RCNi, a health information and learning provider for nurses, and Impelsys Inc., a digital publishing and healthcare solutions provider, have teamed up to launch a new interactive point-of-care tool, RCNi Decision Support.

Decision Support will help nurses make evidence-based decisions when assessing and treating patients and includes over 100 peer-reviewed topics across 24 specialities. The tool will support nurses by guiding through the process with the relevant information at each step and help in nurses' critical thinking.

Impelsys was already a partner over the last few years in the provision of the RCNi Learning, an interactive online and mobile resource for nurses to meet continuing professional development requirements. The RCNi Decision Support tool was a strong and successful development over the last year.

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UK Overleaf launches new platform to enhance collaborative writing and publishing features - 27 Sep 2018

Scholarly writing and publishing tools provider Overleaf has updated its tool to offer enhanced collaboration and editing features. Bringing together the best features of both the original Overleaf and ShareLaTeX tools into a single cloud-based platform, the new Overleaf has been designed to enable students and researchers at academic institutions, industrial laboratories, technology companies and publishers to benefit from a powerful centralised documentation process.

As part of a philosophy of 'ship early, ship often', Overleaf introduced a beta version of the new Overleaf in May 2018. During the summer, a wealth of helpful feedback on the new platform's functionality was provided by users, which has driven further development leading up to the recent launch.

Addressing popular demand, the new Overleaf platform has been developed to offer a wide range of capabilities to support authors working both online and offline. Some of the updated platform features include: real-time track changes and commenting; private invitation, link sharing and chat functionality; auto-compiling and real-time preview; complementary Rich Text and LaTeX modes; ability to import and sync external files (e.g. datasets, bibliographies); direct submission to journals and repositories; advanced reference search; and automatic two-way Dropbox/Github sync.

Similar benefits have been enjoyed by universities when processing student thesis submissions. At Purdue University, where a growing number (35 percent) of all STEM students now use the Purdue thesis template on Overleaf, workload and review times decreased in cases where students used Overleaf to write a thesis – falling from 5 or more graduate staff/student meetings per thesis to approximately 2–3 meetings per thesis. It is estimated that this removes the need for approximately a thousand meetings each year at this single institution.

By the end of the year, the new platform will enable direct Git access to projects, Zotero bibliography imports and additional publisher submission links, as well as an upgrade to Overleaf's on-premise offering to include the new platform features.

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