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STM expresses disappointment over new OA mandate - 08 Jan 2008

The International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) has expressed disappointment with the recent passage of legislation in the US.

STM believes that this legislation establishes an unfunded government mandate with an unknown impact on the advancement of science. Also, according to STM, it puts at risk a system which has enabled more research to be available to more scientists in more countries than at any point in the history of science. The Association has said that while STM publishers will comply with the laws of the nations in which they operate, they will continue a vigorous engagement with appropriate stakeholders on issues such as this where legislative change seems necessary or desirable.

The new mandate was signed into law by President Bush on December 26 as part of the 2008 appropriations bill, which went through much iteration before its final passage. By law, the NIH must now require that its funded researchers submit a copy of any published work into PubMed Central within one year of publication, when allowed by copyright laws.

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BioOne forms agreement with Allen Press, integrating Atypon's platform - 08 Jan 2008

BioOne, US, a web-based aggregator of research in biological, ecological and environmental sciences, has announced a new agreement with printer and publishing services provider Allen Press, Inc., US. The deal will continue the organisations' seven-year partnership and provide for a superior new online platform through a strategic alliance with Atypon Systems, Inc.

Under the agreement, Allen Press will continue to provide comprehensive customer service and support for BioOne, with the new platform build, content migration, and ongoing technological development managed by strategic partner Atypon Systems. Allen Press recently signed an agreement with Atypon Systems for online platform hosting services and technological tools to offer BioOne's service.

Now entering its eighth year of operation, BioOne includes three full-text collections (two subscribed and one open access) representing 143 publications from 102 not-for-profit society and institutional publishers. In order to better serve this growing community of publishers, libraries, and end users, the BioOne leadership had issued an RFP for online hosting services to leading industry providers in mid-2007.

BioOne, Allen Press and Atypon Systems will begin development of the new BioOne platform in early 2008, with a public launch date of the new interface in early January 2009. The new BioOne website will focus on enhanced administrative capabilities for both publishers and subscribing libraries, as well as a superior user experience for scholars and researchers.

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Ex Libris Group unveils new corporate branding - 08 Jan 2008

Library solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has launched its new corporate branding. With this initiative, the company seeks to provide a comprehensive suite of solutions for managing the full spectrum of materials and processes for academic, research, and national libraries worldwide.

Since its establishment in the 1980s, Ex Libris has been at the forefront of library automation and has retained its leadership position by combining technological expertise with a thorough understanding of market trends. This new offering enables libraries worldwide to manage and disseminate the full spectrum of library materials-print, electronic, and digital.

The new Ex Libris branding can be seen on the corporate website at www.exlibrisgroup.com and will appear on the Ex Libris booth (#544) at the forthcoming American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

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ProQuest to distribute Corporate PressDisplay from NewspaperDirect - 08 Jan 2008

ProQuest, part of Cambridge Information Group, US, has announced plans to distribute Corporate PressDisplay, a new specialised product from NewspaperDirect. The digital daily newspaper collection allows corporate librarians to deliver customised news services directly to executives' and information specialists' desktops or mobile devices.

Corporate PressDisplay offers more than 450 titles from around the world. These may be viewed in their original format using a standard web browser or through a BlackBerry, iPhone or smart mobile device (with or without an audio function). Unlike websites of newspapers, which typically provide only selected stories from the printed publication, Corporate PressDisplay presents a digital, interactive replica of the paper's original print format.

Corporate PressDisplay's features and navigation tools make it easy for users to find and read articles of interest. Smart Navigation titles offer instant translations in up to 12 languages and a powerful keyword monitoring feature, allowing global executives to keep tabs on news around the world - no matter the language barriers. Users can also choose single-page or two-page views, duplicating the feel of a printed newspaper's 'spread'. In addition, Corporate PressDisplay includes customised home pages, bookmarking and up to a 90-day archive.

NewspaperDirect provides digital delivery of same-day newspapers and magazines from across the globe. Corporate PressDisplay is one of four on-site delivery methods offered by NewspaperDirect and distributed by ProQuest. NewspaperDirect's Print-on-Demand and ND Press services offer more than 600 newspaper titles in an 11"x17"/A3, black & white or colour version. ND Press offers the additional flexibility of printing newspapers in a variety of sizes.

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Commercial Director of BMJ Group appointed to APPSI panel - 08 Jan 2008

Medical publisher BMJ Group, UK, has announced that the company's Commercial Director, Shane O'Neill, has been appointed by the Ministry of Justice to the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information (APPSI).

Established by the Cabinet Office in 2003, the APPSI is a non-departmental Public Body of the Ministry of Justice. Its role is to advise ministers on how to encourage and create opportunities in the information industry for greater re-use of public sector information; to advise the Director of the Office of Public Sector Information and Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office about changes and opportunities in the information industry, so that the licensing of Crown copyright and public sector information is aligned with current and emerging developments; to review and consider complaints under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005 and advise on the impact of the complaints procedures under those regulations. Until recently, Shane has been advising the Department of Health in a number of information related areas. His experience makes him a valuable addition to this panel.

Shane O'Neill joined the BMJ Group as Commercial Director in December 2007. The commercial division of the British Medical Association, the BMJ Group publishes and distributes leading journals covering all major medical specialties and clinical evidence. The Group's flagship journal, British Medical Journal (BMJ), is rated as one of the world's top five general medical journals.

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Cengage Learning names William D. Rieders as executive VP - 08 Jan 2008

Print and digital information services provider Cengage Learning, US, has announced the appointment of William D. Rieders as executive vice president of Cengage Learning. He will report directly to Ronald Dunn, CEO and president of Cengage Learning.

As a member of the Cengage Learning Executive Committee, Rieders will initially focus efforts on growth strategies and the integration of the recently acquired Houghton Mifflin College Division into the existing Cengage Learning operations. He was most recently a partner of The Parthenon Group, a leading global strategy consulting firm. While at Parthenon, Rieders was an advisor to Thomson Learning (now Cengage Learning) and played a significant role in improving the overall growth and profitability of the business. In addition, he has been instrumental in transforming a variety of information businesses, including healthcare, scientific, intellectual property, legal, and tax.

Cengage Learning, formerly Thomson Learning, provides integrated information solutions to business and professional customers. These solutions are delivered through specialised content, applications and services that foster academic excellence and professional development, as well as provide measurable learning outcomes to its customers. Cengage Learning's existing company and imprint brands include Heinle, Gale, Wadsworth, Delmar Learning, Brooks/Cole and South-Western, among others.

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Dear Subscribers - 08 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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