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Netherland Elsevier divests local author books portfolio in Brazil to GEN - 06 Aug 2019

Elsevier, a global information analytics business specialising in science and health, part of RELX, has sold its Portuguese-language books portfolio in Brazil to Grupo Editorial Nacional (GEN). Elsevier also signed an agreement to license the translation and distribution of certain Elsevier titles in Portuguese to GEN. Elsevier’s Science, Technology and Medicine (STM) portfolio in Brazil of over 1,000 titles spans several disciplines and includes both locally authored content and local editions of Elsevier’s flagship titles such as Netter, Guyton, Cecil, Sabiston, Potter and Krause.

GEN is a leading STM Publisher in Brazil. In addition to being one of the founders of the Minha Biblioteca – e-book rental platform for educational institutions – GEN has been investing heavily in online education as well as online resources for students and universities. By adding the Elsevier Brazil titles to its portfolio, GEN completes its twelfth publishing acquisition in 12 years of existence.

With the sale of this portfolio to GEN, Elsevier Brazil will increase its focus on the electronic solutions which are driving its strategy of combining content with technology to produce knowledge that assists customers in their decision-making process. The recently announced Order Sets and Care Planning products, which are now in the process of being integrated with leading Brazilian electronic health records (EHR) solutions, are notable examples of this strategy.

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Switzerland Karger Publishers taking steps to advance the transition to Open Access in scholarly publishing - 06 Aug 2019

The future of science is “open,” and Karger Publishers supports Open Access (OA) and the broader concepts of Open Research espoused by various organisations and funding bodies.

The Switzerland-based company is actively taking steps to advance OA and Open Research, also known as Open Science, in response to the needs and wishes of research institutions, libraries, authors, funders, and other stakeholders. Embracing OA also demonstrates Karger’s recognition of the importance of early and effective communication of scientific knowledge.

Karger has already taken a number of steps to expand OA within its publishing house and also globally. One step is ‘flipping’ journals (converting subscription journals to OA), starting with five journals for the upcoming publishing year and firm plans to flip more in the following years. Also, Karger is reaching agreements with library consortia that feature OA elements, some of which are ‘transformative’ agreements aiming to increase the share of OA content and decrease subscription content over several years. These actions underpin a sustainable transition to OA.

These moves not only make an increasing number of publications freely accessible to the public and support Karger’s mission to connect and advance the health sciences, but they also aid authors in meeting their funder OA mandates. Starting in 2007 with the launch of its first OA journal, Karger has been helping authors to meet their OA obligations with fully OA journals, hybrid OA (individual OA articles in subscription journals), and Green OA (archiving in an OA repository).

One of the funder mandates that has already generated a great deal of discussion in the publishing community is Plan S. It is a strict OA mandate from cOAlition S, a group of mostly European funders, which takes effect in 2021, according to an update issued on May 31. Authors receiving funding from one of these organisations must publish in journals or platforms that comply with a wide-ranging series of requirements, mostly relating to article access, but also touching on technical aspects and more. Plan S seeks to guarantee access to and reuse of scholarly articles but also poses some challenges for many, and not all stakeholders welcome it in all respects.

Importantly, Karger remains committed to helping authors comply with all funder mandates whenever possible and will update stakeholders on details regarding Plan S compliance before it takes effect in 2021.

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German Dr. Cathrin Weinstein appointed Managing Director of Thieme USA - 06 Aug 2019

Dr. Cathrin Weinstein has been appointed Managing Director of Thieme USA, with immediate effect. The company, based in New York, is one of four international subsidiaries of Thieme Group. Dr. Cathrin Weinstein will be responsible for operations and business performance at Thieme USA and will work with her team to further develop Thieme’s international activities in the North American market.

Thieme’s New York subsidiary has been a cornerstone of Thieme’s international business activities since 1979. It creates a rich variety of content for selected groups of medical practitioners and students, with a growing emphasis on digital assets.

Dr. Cathrin Weinstein, herself a qualified physician, originally joined Thieme in 1997. She was tasked with program planning in Stuttgart, Germany, and New York, USA, publishing materials for medical students and residents. Under her stewardship, Thieme established, for instance, the highly regarded Atlas of Anatomy product portfolio by Anne M. Gilroy and Brian R. MacPherson, including the Winking Skull digital platform. Moreover, Cathrin Weinstein played a key role in the creation of the via medici knowledge and education portal, recognised as the Best Specialist Medium of the Year in 2017 by the German Association of Business Media (Deutsche Fachpresse).

In her role as Managing Director of Thieme USA, Dr. Cathrin Weinstein will be tasked with the evolution of existing and the development of new products and services for North America. In this context, she will collaborate closely with Martin Spencker, and with Louisa Turrell, Managing Director of Thieme Brazil, Ajit Kohli, Managing Director of Thieme India, and Dr. Daniel Schiff, Managing Director of Thieme China.

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US Macmillan Learning unveils new first editions in Humanities, Social Sciences and STEM for upcoming academic year - 06 Aug 2019

Educational publisher Macmillan Learning has announced the availability of their new, first-edition textbooks and courseware for the 2019 - 2020 academic year. As part of the company’s ongoing investment in authors and engaging content, Macmillan Learning launched new course materials and software for humanities, social sciences and STEM courses. The new course materials add new perspective and diversity to the hundreds of already published digital and print works from the company.

The new titles are available in digital formats (LaunchPad, SaplingPlus, e-books) as well as various forms of print (hardback, paperback and loose-leaf) and can be either rented or purchased.

All of these course materials can be paired with iClicker to facilitate classroom attendance, active learning activities, or to complete in-class quizzes and surveys with mobile devices. All of these eBook titles are born-accessible, designed for users of all abilities.

Prior to developing these new titles, Macmillan Learning editors and authors worked closely with college instructors and students throughout the US through research councils and other outreach efforts. Additional titles for college students in STEM, Humanities and Social Sciences for the 2020-2021 academic year are currently in development. In addition to these new titles in higher education, first edition textbooks for Advanced Placement (AP) High School programs in Government and Physics are also newly available for the coming academic year.

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Australia Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology chooses Ex Libris campusM mobile platform - 06 Aug 2019

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that New Zealand’s Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology has chosen the Ex Libris campusMTM cloud-based mobile platform to provide a mobile-accessible portal that will increase student engagement in campus life. The campusM platform will replace a home-grown solution.

The institute’s original mobile infrastructure—a browser-based page of links—lacked real-time information and data, creating a sub-optimal user experience, with students having to click several times to access the information that they need. In addition, the page could not deliver notifications and was not mobile responsive.

Toi Ohomai determined that a key IT strategic goal was to focus on developing the staff and student experience, which resulted in the establishment of a modern mobile infrastructure that would enable students to engage, collaborate, and receive updated information anywhere, at any time.

After evaluating their existing Toi Ohomai Hub platform, the team concluded that the campusM platform would assist the institution in supporting student life via both a native app and a web portal. The campusM platform is designed to provide information of many types, such as grades, computer availability, live bus schedules, cafeteria updates, and campus events. In addition, the institute can extend the campusM capabilities through an app extension kit (AEK). By providing such services, Toi Ohomai will enhance the student experience, gain crucial analytical insight into how students are accessing content, ensure that students receive the latest information, and, more importantly, identify which students might need learner support.

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UK Jisc enterprise OpenAthens opens applications for best publisher user experience award - 06 Aug 2019

The call for applications for best publisher user experience award is now open. OpenAthens has launched this award to inspire publishers across the globe to invest resource into developing the best user journey to content. The leading single sign-on provider is calling for applications from online publishers demonstrating how they have put the needs and experience of users at the heart of changes to digital services.

The deadline for applications is September 30, 2019, with a shortlist announced in February and the winner named at the OpenAthens Conference 2020 in March. Librarians and end users will lead the initial round of voting. The shortlist will be compiled by a panel of information industry experts, including Jisc’s senior digital content and UX manager, Richard West and Andrew Preistner, trainer and consultant from UX in Libraries.

The newly established award demonstrates OpenAthens’ ongoing commitment to the evolution of the information industry and providing simple access to knowledge for the benefit of all.

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