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New open access proceedings service from IOP Publishing - 27 Nov 2007

Non-profit scientific publisher Institute of Physics Publishing (IOP), UK, recently launched the IOP Conference Proceedings: Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES), a new open access proceedings service. EES is the latest addition to IOP's portfolio of environmental publications and services.

The service, dedicated to conferences specialising in the earth and environmental science disciplines, is based on IOP Publishing's successful open access proceedings in physics. Backed by a highly experienced conference publishing team, EES provides conference organisers with a fast, flexible and cost-effective proceedings service. By choosing EES, organisers can create a comprehensive record of their event and make valuable contribution to the open access literature that will be of long-lasting benefit to their communities.

As part of the service's launch, EES is waiving of $5000 of publication fees for a number of conferences who expect to publish their proceedings during 2008. The first conference to qualify for this is the 14th International Symposium for the Advancement of Boundary Layer Remote Sensing (ISARS2008), scheduled for June 23-25, 2008, at Denmark.

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Elsevier expands ScienceDirect College Edition - 27 Nov 2007

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that their license for two- and four-year colleges, ScienceDirect College Edition, will be expanded to include content going back to 1995 at no additional cost. The expansion is effective January 2008.

Under the initiative, colleges will have access to more content of high-quality journals and reference works to enhance teaching and learning. Before the content expansion, colleges had access to 4 years of content. Students and faculty will now be able to access content from 1995 to present day. This includes two million full-text articles across 1,850 journals.

ScienceDirect is Elsevier's major full-text platform that offers more than a quarter of the world's STM information. Launched in 2005, the ScienceDirect College Edition provides colleges with affordable access to subject packages in the physical, social and health sciences. Both students and faculty benefit from the vast collection of high-quality journal articles online, complemented by authoritative reference works.

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International Journal of Number theory to increase frequency with 2008 volume - 27 Nov 2007

Scientific publisher World Scientific has announced that the International Journal of Number Theory (IJNT) will be increasing its frequency of publication, effective 2008. The journal will now be published 6 times a year to accommodate the ever increasing number of quality papers being submitted.

The IJNT publishes original research papers and review articles on all areas of Number Theory, including elementary number theory, analytic number theory, algebraic number theory, arithmetic algebraic geometry, geometry of numbers, diophantine equations, diophantine approximation, transcendental number theory, probabilistic number theory, modular forms, multiplicative number theory, additive number theory, partitions, and computational number theory.

In a related announcement, the publisher also announced that submission of articles to its journal, Optics and Photonics Letters (OPL), will be set at a rate of $600. With this move, the publisher seeks to encourage researchers and academics to use OPL as the medium of choice for scientific communications in Optics and Photonics.

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Thomson resumes share repurchase programme - 27 Nov 2007

Information solutions provider Thomson Corporation, US, has announced that it has resumed its share repurchase programme (normal course issuer bid). Under the current programme, the company may repurchase up to 15 million of its common shares. Thomson temporarily suspended repurchases prior to the company's announcement of its proposed acquisition of Reuters Group PLC earlier in May this year.

Thomson continues to expect to receive regulatory clearance for the Reuters transaction in the first quarter of 2008. While the regulatory review process continues, integration planning efforts associated with the acquisition are proceeding on course.

Thomson has entered into a pre-defined plan with its broker to allow for the repurchase of common shares at times when Thomson ordinarily would not be active in the market due to its own internal trading blackout periods, insider trading rules or otherwise. This plan was adopted in accordance with the requirements of applicable Canadian securities laws and Rule 10b5-1 under the US Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

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European alliance seek to preserve digital science records - 27 Nov 2007

The Second International Conference on Permanent Access to the Records of Science, recently held in Brussels, saw the launch of the Alliance for Permanent Access, a group of stakeholders dedicated to preserving digital science records.

The Alliance brings together key international and national scientific organisations such as CERN, ESA, European Science Foundation (ESF), Max Planck Society and libraries. These have collaborated to help create a European digital information infrastructure. In the Conference, 60 experts and representatives of partners in the Alliance for Permanent Access to the Records of Science discussed how the preservation of digital science publications and data can be embedded into scientific practice across Europe.

Together with the EU, the Alliance seeks to spread good practices as well as promote research and development in preservation and management tools. With the aim of forming a European Digital Information Infrastructure, it has identified scientific communities as the key structural approach to meet the challenges ahead.

The next steps include the creation of a forum on preservation and access and developing a handbook of good practices. The Alliance is also hoping to secure funding to develop tools from available European Union programmes.

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EU nations agree on widening free access to research - 27 Nov 2007

European Union ministers have reportedly adopted a plan to make it easier for public to access scientific research and to help spread innovation more quickly across the 27-nation bloc. Four joint technology initiatives to carry out research in nano-electronic technologies, aeronautics, medicines and computing systems have also been approved. These initiatives are slated for launch in 2008.

It is expected that the plan will raise concern among scientific publishers, who fear losing revenue if research is made available for free on the Internet. The plan is, however, being welcomed by researchers, librarians and funding bodies. European researchers publish nearly 43 percent of the world's research.

EU nations will look at the way researchers exercise their copyright on scientific articles and how much it costs to disseminate research. Also, they will examine tools such as refunding value added tax to libraries which take out digital journal subscriptions, and how to link national repositories of science data.

EU ministers also encouraged efforts to extend research into nanotechnologies.

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