US-based journal Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and scientific video journal Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) have announced a partnership for joint production and publication of scientific videos online. This partnership seeks to enhance scientific articles published in Science through video demonstrations of experimental techniques. JoVE is a scientific journal that publishes video articles of biological experiments from academic institutions including Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Berkeley.
Under the partnership, which is currently in its pilot phase, Science will select papers suitable for the video enhancement, and will identify author groups willing to help shape the video demonstrations. JoVE will then work with the authors to create the actual demonstrations, using the company's platform for geographically distributed video-production. According to Stewart Wills, Online Editor at Science, direct, in-article video demonstrations should increase the value of Science research to its main audience, working scientists and students.
The first video in the programme documents an innovative method for visualising and mapping the success or failure of immune control in viral infections, work published by Qingsheng Li et al. in Science's March 27, 2009 issue. The paper and associated video can be found at http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/323/5922/1726. Access is free of charge for users who register with the site. The video and detailed protocol notes are also available at the JoVE site at http://www.jove.com/index/Details.stp?ID=1561.
Academic publisher SAGE has announced that Methodspace – the social network for the research methods community – has passed more than 2000 members in less than six months after launch.
Launched in March by SAGE, Methodspace facilitates online discussion about all aspects of research methodology. Registered users can participate in discussions about methodology issues and controversies; find out about relevant conferences and events; and discover and review new resources in methods, including free book chapters and journal articles.
The site has attracted an international community of professional and scholarly researchers from more than 100 countries and from a broad range of disciplines, including quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methods. Users represent PhD students; researchers; lecturers; medical professionals; teachers; and business professionals.
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Higher education publisher Cengage Learning, US, has announced that it will enter the print textbook rental market with the Fall 2009 launch of CengageBrain.com - a single destination providing students with the choice to rent or purchase the company's diverse array of learning solutions. CengageBrain.com will serve as the expanded version of the current iChapters.com. Cengage Learning is the first higher education publisher to offer a print textbook rental option directly to students, with titles available at a cost of 40 to 70 percent less than the suggested retail price, addressing customer demand for additional lower cost options.
The site will launch in December 2009 with an initial offering of several hundred titles for rent, followed by a more comprehensive roll-out of titles available for rent in July 2010. CengageBrain.com will serve as a one-stop shop offering students yet another choice when acquiring course materials, in addition to the current options of purchasing print textbooks, e-textbooks, individual e-chapters and audio books. The site will also include Cengage Learning's broad range of homework and study tools, features a selection of free content and offers discounts for purchasing multiple products.
The rental process will be simple and convenient for customers. Students who choose the rental option will have immediate access to the first chapter of the book in e-book format and will also have a choice of shipping options. Once the rental term is complete, students can either choose to print a return label from CengageBrain.com and ship the textbook back, or purchase the title.
CengageBrain.com is the latest innovation from Cengage Learning, the first higher education publisher to offer a full-choice, direct-to-consumer online retail outlet and the first to sell e-textbooks by the chapter. The company has pioneered the development and delivery of a range of unique print and digital learning solutions, such as 4LTR Press, The Watch and Aplia.
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Digital content products and technologies provider ebrary, US, has announced a first-of-its-kind programme that brings libraries, corporations, and other organisations the best cost savings of the year on full-text e-books from leading publishers across the globe.
Under the Publisher Half-Off Sale programme, institutions around the globe can save 50 percent off list price when they purchase as few as 15 to 25 backlist titles from a single participating publisher through December 15, 2009. The vast majority of these titles are unavailable in Academic Complete or other ebrary subscription products. To date, Cambridge University Press, Elsevier, IGI Global, Springer, Taylor & Francis, University of North Carolina Press, and Wiley have joined the programme, with additional publishers expected to participate shortly.
ebrary offers a growing selection of more than 170,000 digital books, handbooks, reports, maps, journals and other valuable content from over 350 of the world’s leading publishers under flexible subscription, purchase, and usage-based models. Additionally, the company offers e-publishing services for customers to cost-effectively distribute their own PDF content online on ebrary’s servers or their own. With this new initiative, ebrary is offering an opportunity for libraries, corporations, and other organisations to purchase and own authoritative content at discounted rates from an esteemed group of renowned publishers. Simultaneously, the company is providing participating publishers with new revenue opportunities for their backlist selections.
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Publisher Taylor & Francis Group (T&F), UK, and the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology have announced their partnership to publish the Society’s flagship publication - Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (JVP).
The first issue of the journal appeared in 1981 and had 422 published pages. The total pages published yearly has increased steadily since then, but recent increases have been dramatic, leading to an all time high of 1,245 published pages in 2008. Currently, the contributors to the journal are scientists from the across the world.
The past few years have seen numerous changes, many in response to the increases in the size of the journal. These include the introduction of the online submission and review process, changes in format and cover, reorganisation of the editorial structure, and the introduction of a copy editor. Nevertheless, the increases in the size of the journal have placed a significantly increased financial burden on the society and its members. Similarly, the journal’s current format of four issues/year and the continued pressure from the numerous papers that are being submitted for publication each year have resulted in a large backlog of manuscripts.
The new publishing deal is expected to provide numerous advantages to the journal and to the Society. T&F is looking to bring to the Society and JVP its marketing skills and extensive connections to numerous scientific and educational institutions, as well as improved contact with the media. Among the most important positive changes, all at no extra cost to the Society, are a change from four to six issues a year; an increase in the number of pages published annually; a decreased time to publication; elimination of much of the backlog of manuscripts by the end of 2010; significant improvements in the proofing process of accepted manuscripts; a budget of 24 color pages each year subject to the editors’ discretion; and an annual supplementary memoir issue (maximum of 200 published pages).
Contributors to the journal will continue to receive a free PDF of their paper, which may be distributed to colleagues but not posted on the Internet, and will also receive 50 offprints at no additional cost.
T&F will also contribute toward an annual prize for JVP, the criteria to be decided by the editors and the Society. JVP will continue to be archived at BioOne and at JSTOR as at present, while T&F plans to create a similar archive that will be available through InformaWorld. The new arrangement will begin with the first issue of 2010.
Nielsen Book, operator of the UK ISBN Agency and provider of product information, transaction and sales measurement services for the English language book industry worldwide, has announced its listings policy for e-books. This is in response to the International ISBN Agency recently issuing a policy statement on the use of ISBNs for e-books. The International ISBN Agency had restated the requirement in the ISBN standard that each different format of an electronic publication requires a separate ISBN. It had also newly legitimised the application in some circumstances of ISBNs to e-book products by resellers and distributors to ensure the continuity of trade systems across the supply chain.
According to the new Nielsen policy, e-books will only be listed on the Nielsen Book database and in Nielsen Book products and services if they are identified in accordance with the ISBN standard. All digital products including e-books should be listed with all appropriate aggregators. ISBNs that refer to a generic “master” record providing information not on a tradable product in a specified format, but rather on a package of content tradable in a number of different formats, will not be eligible for inclusion on the Nielsen Book database.
Nielsen Book is adopting this policy to support what it firmly believes to be supply chain best practice.
According to the company, hardwiring bibliographic and identification practice to the limited requirements of current initiatives and experiments runs the risk of storing up inhibitors to future flexibility and adds potential costs of system re-engineering down the line. On these grounds, it recommends that publishers adopt the most flexible policy now on product identification.
Nielsen Book has strongly recommended that publishers globally adopt the International ISBN Agency recommendations.
Reed Elsevier has announced the appointment of Ben van der Veer RA as a non-executive director of Reed Elsevier PLC and of Reed Elsevier Group plc with effect from September 3, 2009, and as a member of the supervisory board of Reed Elsevier NV, subject to approval by Reed Elsevier NV’s shareholders at an extraordinary general meeting to be held on September 3, 2009. He will be appointed to the audit committees, effective the same date.
Ben van der Veer held the position of chairman of the executive board of KPMG in the Netherlands from 1999 – 2008 and was a member of the KPMG International board and management committee. He is a member of the supervisory boards of AEGON NV, TomTom NV and Siemens Nederland NV.
Reed Elsevier is a world leading publisher and information provider targeting the science and medical, legal and risk management, and business to business sectors. The company provides high value and flexible information solutions to professional users, with increasing emphasis on internet delivery.
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