The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery (JCS), published by healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), US, has announced the launch of a new series of continuing medical education (CME) articles for practicing craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgeons. The first CME-accredited activity in the new series appears in the March 2007 issue of the journal.
The inaugural CME offering features an update on speech evaluation in velopharyngeal dysfunction (VPD), authored by Dr. Bonnie E. Smith, Professor and Director of Speech Pathology at University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago, and Dr. David P. Kuehn, Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences at University of Illinois. In addition, commentaries by Jane Scheuerle and Dr. Habal from the University of South Florida, discuss the implications for craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgeons.
A bimonthly publication, The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery serves as a forum of communication for all those involved in craniofacial and maxillofacial surgery. The journal publishes original articles, scientific reviews, editorials and invited commentary, as well as CD-ROM supplements. In addition, it also brings out select articles from international journals and occasional international bibliographies in craniofacial surgery.
The Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life, a worldwide scientific effort to catalogue all living species, has reportedly reached the 1 million milestone. Six years into the programme, the total has reached 1,009,000 researchers report. The list, likely to be completed by 2011, is expected to reach a total of nearly 1.75 million species. The final catalogue will include all known living organisms - from plants and animals to fungi and microorganisms such as bacteria, protozoa and viruses. The catalogue does not include fossil species from the past.
The Integrated Taxonomic Information System-Species 2000 Catalog of Life provides access to data maintained by several scientific organisations, each specialising in a certain area. The US Agriculture Department's Systematic Entomology Laboratory at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History maintains information on dipteran flies. Natural history museums in London, the Netherlands and New York maintain clothes moth, dragonfly and spider data. Experts in Canada and Paris keep the data on Ichneumon wasps and longhorn beetles. These lists have been peer-reviewed and checked technically before they were integrated into a special software for the catalogue.
The project, involving 3,000 biologists, is led by Frank Bisby of the University of Reading in England and Orrell. It is supported by the US Geological Survey's National Biological Information Infrastructure.
Accucoms BV, a Netherlands-based provider of sales and marketing services to scholarly and society publishers, has announced the release of the first of a planned series of market intelligence reports designed to help publishers take advantage of market opportunities.
The report, available for free online at http://www.accucoms.com/about/Accucoms_MI1.pdf, focuses on the Latin American market. It provides an overview of the financial position of the region together with the results of market research undertaken by ACCUCOMS to identify what kind of resources librarians are currently buying, what they plan to buy in the future, and how they prefer to be contacted. In addition, the report also proposes steps that publishers should take to boost their sales effectiveness in the region. Other factors that the market research highlighted as being of importance include stable pricing and flexible business models.
Librarians taking part in the survey anticipated an increase in their budgets for online products, with investment focusing particularly on e-books, online databases and journals. They felt that by investing in online products they would benefit from reduced space costs and their users would benefit from ease of access.
Educational content provider Thomson Gale, part of Thomson Corporation, US, recently announced the launch of a new online resource called DemographicsNow Library Edition. The new resource is designed to offer public and academic libraries an affordable geographic business-intelligence solution.
New to the library market, the business database is provided in association with SRC, LLC (www.extendthereach.com) of Orange, a geographic business-intelligence technology and solutions provider. It includes demographic estimates, consumer expenditure and retail sales potential for all levels of geography across the US. The database seeks to meet the information needs of students studying entrepreneurship and business and of small-business owners.
The demographic information currently available in DemographicsNow Library Edition pertains only to the US. Additional countries and increased database capabilities will be added in the near future. Librarians may purchase DemographicsNow Library Edition as a stand-alone product or as a complement to Thomson Gale's Small Business Resource Center.
Publisher FDC Reports, Inc., US, part of STM publisher Elsevier, has announced the publication of an exclusive report 'Pharma IP Rights At Risk In Asia' in PharmAsia News, a new beta Web site.
The report, available online at http://www.fdcreports.com/asia/, examines the ongoing compulsory license dispute in Thailand, where the government recently issued compulsory licenses for brand name drugs manufactured by Abbott, Merck and Sanofi-Aventis.
PharmAsia News provides free weekly articles, news summaries and updates about key developments in China, India, Japan and other Asian countries. The publication focuses primarily on pharmaceutical and biotechnology news, but also features original reporting from various FDC publications including coverage of OTC drugs, medical devices and consumer health products.
B2B publisher Cygnus Business Media, US, has announced the promotion of Mike Martin to President of Cygnus Business Media, Publishing. Martin was formerly Group Vice President in the Publishing Division.
In his new position, Martin will be responsible for strategic direction of both the company's magazines and corresponding web portals. As Group Vice President, he managed more than 20 properties, several achieving double-digit growth in revenues during one of the industry's most challenging eras.
Martin began his career at Cygnus Business Media more than 25 years ago as an assistant editor. During his tenure, Martin has worked in several editorial, sales and management positions. He helped launch and reposition some of the company's most recognisable business-to-business titles, and developed and managed several publications for market-leading companies through Cygnus Business Media's Custom Marketing Division.
The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has expressed support for a recent announcement that the US government is filing two World Trade Organisation (WTO) cases regarding China's intellectual property protection and market access commitments. The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has announced the filing of two Requests for Consultations with China. This is the first step in the WTO's clearly defined mechanism for settling disputes among members.
Despite steps taken by the Chinese government to address the problem of intellectual property theft, copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting are seen to remain endemic, causing serious economic damage to all producers of legitimate products. In addition, China has allegedly failed to fulfill its commitments as a WTO member to liberalise restrictive importation and distribution practices that hobble the ability of foreign companies to do business in the Chinese market.
The AAP recently informed a Congressional committee that, by conservative estimates, AAP member publishers lost nearly $52 million from the piracy of books and journals in China in 2006. This is more than double the estimated total value of legitimate book exports to China last year.
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