STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that it has been selected by the Chinese Society of Particuology to publish China Particuology, the only English language publication on the science and technology of particles in China. This partnership further strengthens the collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, launched in 2005 as part of the Chinese Journal Cooperation Program to distribute high-quality Chinese research to an international audience.
A bimonthly publication, the journal covers papers in research, engineering and application in the overall field of Particuology, including particle characterisation, particle preparation, aerosol, fluidisation and ultra-fine particles. Sponsored by the Chinese Society of Particuology, it serves as a medium for all accepted papers of international origin, in addition to the best papers representing current advances in China.
The journal will be included in the China Collection on Elsevier's ScienceDirect electronic full-text journal platform. The ScienceDirect China Collection is a series of prestigious Chinese STM journals which have never been distributed outside China.
Society publisher Blackwell Publishing, UK, has announced a partnership with the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD).
Under the deal, Blackwell will publish the Journal of Public Health Dentistry (JPHD), starting with the first issue of the 67th volume, in March 2007. The journal was previously self-published by the AAPHD. The global publisher will digitise all of the journal's back issues beginning with issue 1, volume 1. The journal will also gain an online presence via Blackwell's Synergy resource, offering greater accessibility to subscribers, readers, and researchers.
A quarterly publication, the Journal of Public Health Dentistry seeks to advance public health dentistry though the exploration of related research, practice, and policy developments. It covers original research articles featuring topics such as oral epidemiology and dental health services. The journal also publishes review articles, community action reports and guest editorials.
Medical publisher BMJ Publishing Group (BMJ), UK, has announced that it has renewed a three-year contract with healthcare information services provider United Health Foundation, US. Under the deal, United Health Foundation will distribute copies of BMJ's Clinical Evidence free of charge to 500,000 US physicians every year.
Clinical Evidence is one of the world's most authoritive medical resources for informing treatment decisions and improving patient care. Utilising systematic reviews of rigorous medical studies, Clinical Evidence summarises the effectiveness of common clinical interventions, and provides access to supporting citations and research.
In addition to providing doctors with Clinical Evidence, BMJ and United Health Foundation will also collaborate on a physician newsletter. Scheduled for 2007, the newsletter will promote practical techniques for incorporating medical evidence into everyday practice.
Information services and technologies provider Factiva, US, has announced the addition of three new US-based partners - Cycorp, Ibuki and Intellisophic - to its Taxonomy Warehouse Partner Network. Existing partners in the network include Thomson Gale and WAND. The new deal seeks to bring together the largest collection of taxonomies, thesauri and classification schemes to its global customer community.
Cycorp brings integrated taxonomies across a range of areas including business, education, general finance, information technology, military and counter-terrorism. Ibuki, meanwhile, will add a set of controlled vocabularies, particularly in the areas of corporate compliance, sensitive corporate information, intellectual property and name authority files. Factiva customers are also expected to benefit from the over 100 new taxonomies in the areas of medical and pharmaceutical information, computing, economics, environmental issues, finance, espionage and counter-terrorism, general knowledge and law from Intellisophic.
Located at www.taxonomywarehouse.com, Taxonomy Warehouse is a community directory and information source for taxonomies, thesauri and classification schemes. It provides enterprises and academic and government organisations with the information required to categorise internal and external data collections and ensures that relevant answers to search queries are found with speed and precision. It lists more than 650 taxonomies arranged in 73 subject domains, produced by nearly 300 publishers in 40 languages, and helps answer over 10,000 user queries per month.
Library technology solutions provider SirsiDynix, US, and Alliance Library System (ALS), US, have announced plans to dramatically improve library services for the latter's more than 170 library automation consortium in central and west central Illinois. Under the initiative, ALS will deploy the SirsiDynix Unicorn Library Management System.
As part of the Unicorn implementation, ALS will integrate SirsiDynix Enterprise Portal Solution (EPS) and SirsiDynix Rooms. This will allow ALS and online ALS member libraries to relaunch their Web presence. Also, libraries will be able to maintain up-to-date websites and events calendars more easily. In addition, SirsiDynix's Director's Station, a real-time statistical analysis solution, will also be implemented. The tool will help library administrators to examine trends in borrowing and circulation.
When fully implemented, the SirsiDynix Unicorn Library Management System will manage all technical and public services for ALS automation consortium member libraries. The system, which will be installed over the next year, is expected to be functional by December 2007.
Scientists at the US Geological Survey (USGS) are the latest to be subjected to controls on research, according to media reports. As per the new rules, screening is mandatory for all facts and interpretations by agency scientists who study a vast range of subjects - from caribou mating to global warming. The rules apply to all scientific papers and other public documents, including minor reports and prepared talks.
According to the new requirements, USGS' communications office must be alerted about articles containing high-visibility topics or topics of a policy-sensitive nature. Also, findings or data that may be especially newsworthy, have an impact on government policy, or contradict previous public understanding, should be communicated to the agency's director and its communications officer prior to submission for publication. Top officials at the Interior Department's scientific arm state that the rules only standardise what scientists must do to ensure the quality of their work, and give a heads-up to the agency's public relations staff.
The changes amount to an overhaul of commonly accepted procedures for all scientists, not just those in government, based on anonymous peer reviews. Effective immediately, USGS supervisors will demand to see comments of outside peer reviewers' as well any exchanges between the scientists seeking to publish their findings and the reviewers. Some of the agency scientists have expressed fears that political interference may lead to compromises in the objectivity of their work.
Information solutions provider LexisNexis in Europe has announced the acquisition of Datops, a France-based provider of analytical solutions for large corporations, financial services and public sector organisations. Datops' solution is projected to enable LexisNexis customers in various functions to spot emerging market trends, anticipate financial portfolio risks and maximise research and development effectiveness.
Under the deal, LexisNexis will combine Datops' expertise in text analytics software solutions with its technology and premium information sources such as the Financial Times, Le Monde, El Pais, The Guardian, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Het Financieele Dagblad, The New York Times, and The Economist. This addition is expected to enable information-driven organisations to derive actionable intelligence. The first markets slated to offer Datops solutions are the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium.
Datops solutions can scan and analyse large amounts of unstructured data, in multiple languages and in different formats, including audio and visual. The data is assessed for tone, origin and source credibility. The solution presents summaries of the results in customised, dashboard-like views to allow users to manage risk, track competitors, monitor trends and capitalise on opportunities.
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