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New NIH research publication policy undermines intellectual property rights essential to science publishing, say Publishers - 07 Jan 2008

The Association of American Publishers has criticised the controversial new NIH research publication policy that was enacted as part of the omnibus appropriations package for 2008. It reaffirmed that journal publishers who have opposed the policy will continue to pursue their concerns with Congress regarding the policy's negative impact on science publishing and the protection of related intellectual property rights. Also, they will urge NIH to conduct a rulemaking proceeding, with opportunity for public comment, before implementing the new policy.

The new policy, according to AAP's Vice President for Legal and Government Affairs, Allan Adler, is unprecedented and inconsistent with important US laws and policies regarding the conduct of scientific research and the protection of intellectual property rights. He further stated that smaller and non-profit scientific societies and their scholarly missions will be particularly at risk as their journal subscribers worldwide will turn to NIH for free access to the same content for which they would otherwise pay.

The Association noted that changing to a new mandatory policy undermines publishers' ability to exercise their copyrights in the published articles. The NIH policy also threatens the intellectual freedom of authors, including their choice to seek publication in journals that may refuse to accept proposed articles that would be subject to the new mandate.

Under the previous voluntary NIH policy, NIH-funded researchers were 'requested' to submit an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts to NIH immediately upon acceptance by a journal for publication. The agency would then make it freely available to the international online world through its PubMedCentral web site no more than 12 months after the date of journal publication.

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Dow Jones extends content agreement with ProQuest by two years - 07 Jan 2008

ProQuest, part of Cambridge Information Group, US, and media group Dow Jones have announced an extension of their longtime information provider agreement. The agreement makes key ProQuest licensed content available globally via Dow Jones Factiva, a business information service. Under the multi-year agreement, ProQuest will continue to seek to enhance the newspaper and journal content that is integrated into Dow Jones Factiva products.

Dow Jones provides essential business news and information together with content delivery tools and services to enable researchers to make better decisions faster. Dow Jones Factiva's collection of more than 14,000 authoritative sources includes The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones and Reuters newswires and the Associated Press, as well as Reuters Fundamentals.

ProQuest and Dow Jones's two-year extension of the information provider agreement will leverage ProQuest resources within Dow Jones Factiva's suite of services. ProQuest's ongoing relationships with primary publishers facilitate the delivery of nearly 2,000 full-text titles, meeting the information needs of Dow Jones Factiva business subscribers worldwide.

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'Science' rejoins online archive JSTOR under new licensing terms - 07 Jan 2008

Scientific publication Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has rejoined JSTOR, an online archive of scholarly publications, according to media reports. The terms of the new licence, however, were not disclosed by either of the parties. The changes had to do with price and with linking of articles within JSTOR to other articles, the reports add.

In July 2007, the journal had announced its decision to pull out of JSTOR, effective December 31. The decision had been the subject of much criticism by librarians and others.

The official journal of the AAAS, Science is projected as one of the world's leading outlets for scientific news, commentary and cutting-edge research. Through its print and online incarnations, the journal reaches an estimated worldwide readership of more than 1 million.

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Elsevier unveils new journal - Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering - 07 Jan 2008

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that it is launching a new journal, the Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering. Michael J. Economides, one of the most instantly recognisable names in the petroleum and chemical engineering professions and the energy industry, will serve as Editor-in-Chief of the journal, the first issue of which will appear later this year.

A bimonthly publication, the Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering will focus on the advances in the rapidly expanding area of natural gas science and engineering. The journal seeks to bridge the gap between the engineering and the science of natural gas by publishing papers by and for scientists and engineers working in any field of natural gas science and engineering, from the reservoir to the market. It will cover the fields of natural gas exploration, production, processing and transmission in its broadest possible sense.

In addition, research articles, case histories, field process reports, short communications, book reviews, symposia proceedings and review articles will be available to more than 11 million researchers via Elsevier's online platform ScienceDirect.

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Springer set to launch new journal - Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health - 07 Jan 2008

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced that it is launching a new journal, Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health. Slated for release in February 2008, the first issue of the journal will be made available free on Springer's online information platform, SpringerLink.

A quarterly publication, Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health seeks to provide a forum for the enormous output of research in this rapidly developing area. It is projected to strengthen Springer's expanding environmental and public health publishing portfolio. The multidisciplinary journal will focus on the atmospheric consequences of human activity and its implications for human and ecological health. It will publish original research articles and integrative reviews, treating topics from local, regional and global perspectives. The subject areas will include, among others, climate change and air quality, greenhouse gases, acid precipitation, air quality management, risk assessment, atmospheric chemistry, air pollution climatology, clean air technology and forest-fire emissions.

Fast publication of articles from Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health in Online First will provide readers with immediate access to new research results on www.springerlink.com, Springer's online information platform. Cross Reference Linking and Alert services will be fully implemented for the journal. In addition, all potential authors, via the Springer Open Choice programme, have the option of publishing their articles using the open access publishing model.

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The British Library and Relais International renew contract - 07 Jan 2008

The British Library, UK, and Relais International Inc, Canada, have agreed to renew a 3 year contract for the maintenance and support of the existing Relais Enterprise Document Delivery and Request Management System based at Boston Spa.

Relais International has been selling systems to support interlibrary loan and document delivery services since 1996. The company assists libraries in implementing intelligent and automated methods to support the delivery of documents. Relais products range from scanning stations through to fully integrated request management, scanning and delivery software suitable for a single library through to a consortium.

The British Library provides information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers access to a vast and comprehensive research collection. The Library's collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation. It includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, newspapers and sound recordings in numerous written and spoken languages.

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Inderscience reaches 300 titles - 07 Jan 2008

STM and business publisher Inderscience Publishers, Switzerland, has announced that it now has 300 titles either published or under development. This significant milestone has been reached with its 30th anniversary in sight in 2009. Also, it represents a major achievement for the strategy being pursued by the Inderscience Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Mohammed Dorgham.

The initial establishment of major titles, in cooperation with centres of excellence, was followed by spin-off titles building on the success of these initial titles. Once the general subject areas were defined, journals then started to address different aspects of these subjects. The number and scope of these journals is claimed to have grown dramatically in the last 6 years, in tandem with increases in issue numbers for many of the established titles.

Inderscience publishes peer-reviewed international journals in the fields of science, engineering and technology, management and business administration, and energy, environment and sustainable development. With over 14,500 papers on its full-text database, the publisher has a collection of ever-increasing significance, mapping new frontiers in emerging technologies in research, industry and governance.

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Dear Subscribers - 07 Jan 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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