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US American Geographical Society and Wiley-Blackwell announce Co-publishing deal - 20 Nov 2009

The American Geographical Society (AGS) has announced a partnership with Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc, US, after two years of negotiations and discussions between the society and publisher.

Under the deal, Wiley-Blackwell and the AGS will co-publish the journals Geographical Review and FOCUS on Geography, beginning in January 2010 when the first issue of Geographical Review will publish under the new partnership. Geographical Review is a scholarly periodical exclusively devoted to geography. FOCUS on Geography, which will publish its first issue with Wiley-Blackwell in Spring 2010, has come a long way from its original format as a four-page, two-colour leaflet to a forty-page, full-colour quarterly journal including in-depth theme sections, maps, photos, and special country issues.

According to AGS, this is a significant change in organisational culture for the Society, which has previously self-published both journals, Geographical Review (since 1856, including predecessors) and FOCUS on Geography (founding year, 1950). International subscribers to the Geographical Review already constitute a large proportion of its circulation (forty percent). The international outreach of the journal, as well as new opportunities for FOCUS on Geography, will expand under management by Wiley-Blackwell.

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Netherland Elsevier publishes freely available Special Issue to mark 20th anniversary of the UN Convention for the Rights of the Child - 20 Nov 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the publication of a Special Issue of Child Abuse and Neglect The International Journal 1989-2009 on the 20th Anniversary of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

The Special Issue aims to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It provides an overview of two decades of development in the areas of child maltreatment research, data collection, and reporting practice, as required by the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Also, it will facilitate information and practice exchange to support governments and professionals in their important efforts globally. The Special Issue will be freely available online for a year, along with Part 2 of the Special Issue which will be published in January 2010.

Child Abuse & Neglect The International Journal provides an international, multidisciplinary forum on all aspects of child abuse and neglect, with special emphasis on prevention and treatment. The scope further extends to all those aspects of life which either favour or hinder child development. While contributions will primarily be from the fields of psychology, psychiatry, social work, medicine, nursing, law enforcement, legislature, education, and anthropology, the journal encourages the concerned lay individual and child-oriented advocate organisations to contribute. It is the official publication of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN)

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UK TechXtra launches new service, TechJournalContents - 20 Nov 2009

Technology search service provider TechXtra, UK, has launched a new service, TechJournalContents. The service allows users to search across the current issues of more than 4,500 scholarly technology journals from multiple publishers, in order to find the latest research articles.

TechJournalContents is expected to be of interest to researchers and others who want to keep up-to-date. A number of the journals searched are freely available on Open Access. For others, access to the full text of search results will depend on institutional or personal subscriptions. The service ingests Tables of Contents RSS feeds provided by numerous journal publishers such as Springer, Emerald, Inderscience, Wiley Interscience, Elsevier, Taylor & Francis, IEEE, Sage, AIP, IMechE and more. It then uses the journalTOCs API, produced by the journalTOCs Project, to deliver results to the TechJournalContents service.

An initiative of the Institute for Computer Based Learning (ICBL) and the library at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, TechXtra is an independent service and free source of information in engineering, mathematics, and computing. The service cross-searches 31 different collections relevant to engineering, mathematics and computing, including content from over 50 publishers and providers.

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US DataONE global data access network for environmental research launched - 20 Nov 2009

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and partners have launched DataONE (http://dataone.org), a global data access and preservation network projected to make vast amounts of information related to environmental research readily available. The network, which has received a $20 million grant through the National Science Foundation DataNet programme, will also receive $700,000 over five years.

With this effort, universities and government agencies are coming together to address the growing need for organising and providing large amounts of highly diverse and interrelated but often incompatible scientific data. The resulting computing and processing cyber infrastructure will be made permanently available for use by the broader international science communities. Studies will range from research that sheds light on fundamental environmental processes to identifying environmental problems and potential solutions.

DataONE is led by the University of New Mexico and includes partner organisations across the US, Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and Australia. In East Tennessee, others participating in DataONE are the University of Tennessee and the US Geological Survey in Oak Ridge, which represents the National Biological Information Infrastructure, a key partner in DataONE.

It is expected that DataONE will ultimately provide a way to allow scientists from many disciplines to collaborate on important environmental scientific challenges. The DataONE team will study how a vast digital data network can provide secure and permanent access into the future and encourage scientists to share their data. It will help determine data and data citation standards as well as create the tools for organising, managing and publishing data.

As one of five DataNet collaborations envisioned by the NSF, DataONE will build a set of geographically distributed coordinating nodes that play an important role in facilitating all of the activities of the global network. The initial three coordinating nodes will be at the University of Tennessee/ORNL, the University of New Mexico and University of California Santa Barbara.

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US Cornell’s e-print arXiv to be made more interactive - 20 Nov 2009

Cornell University's arXiv project, which includes an e-print archive of scientific papers, is looking to covert the existing simple database to a more interactive one. It is being projected as a place where authors, articles, databases and readers talk to each other to help users identify a work's main concepts, see research reports in context and easily find related work. The project is funded by a three-year $883,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, with federal stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The arXiv currently contains close to 600,000 papers in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics, with some 5,000 new papers submitted each month. Researchers submit their work as ‘preprints’ before formal publication. New tools will link papers by concepts, not just by the citations they contain. This is expected to help users without advanced expertise including some outside the scientific community - understand the significance of new research. The system will also identify related databases and commentaries.

Computers usually search documents by looking for specific words or phrases, but concepts are not always described with the same exact words, and some words mean different things in different places. New algorithms will use a ‘fuzzier’ approach, inferring concepts by the ways terms are used, and will track related documents over a five- or 10-year time scale. Users will therefore be able to see the ‘genealogy’ of ideas. New documents will be linked to such data as definitions and rules for reasoning about it, which enables machines to infer relationships.

Other enhancements will provide interoperability with such research sites as PubMedCentral and provisions to allow scientists to contribute in newer, more flexible text formats.

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UK Maney Publishing set to publish the Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy - 20 Nov 2009

Academic publisher Maney Publishing, UK, has announced that it is set to publish the Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy (JMMT), starting 2010.

JMMT is an international peer-reviewed journal publishing original research, case reports, and reviews of the literature that contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field of manual physical therapy, clinical research, therapeutic practice and academic training. Editor-in-Chief, Chad Cook from the Department of Community and Family Medicine and Department of Surgery, Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA, looks forward to the journal’s development in the coming years.

JMMT will be hosted online by Maney’s technology partner IngentaConnect, where readers can sign up for Table of Contents alerts to this and other related Maney titles. The journal will be included in Maney’s MORE Health Science Collection which provides instant online access to highly-regarded, evidence-based, clinically-orientated research papers that are of interest to healthcare professionals around the world. JMMT is indexed in PubMed and PubMed Central, and will adopt the online submission and refereeing system Editorial Manager.

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US McGraw-Hill introduces 2nd edition of Exploring Geology based on modern learning techniques - 20 Nov 2009

Education materials publisher McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced the second edition of Exploring Geology, an introductory geology textbook. The new edition introduces the world of investigative geology using a visuals-rich format and new digital teaching and learning tools to engage students in science inside and outside of the classroom. Featuring three times the number of illustrations found in typical geology content, this illustrative format is based on extensive cognitive science research by the book's authors.

Written by Stephen Reynolds, Julia Johnson, Mike Kelly, Paul Morin and Chuck Carter, and endorsed by three former presidents of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, the publication utilises visuals to explain and clarify difficult concepts to students. Nearly all the information in Exploring Geology is communicated through photographs and illustrations, instead of the text-heavy material that is typical of traditional books on the subject. Annotated illustrations help students visualise geologic processes and concepts, and are presented in a way that complement instructors' existing teaching styles. The layout and design seeks to help students focus on one important geologic process or concept at a time by utilising two-page spreads, which are self-contained lessons on a specific topic, and emphasising geologic concepts, processes, features, and approaches. This technique has been shown to help students learn and organise knowledge effectively.

The printed instructional content is also supported by the unique web-based assignment and assessment platform McGraw-Hill Connect, the most advanced all-digital teaching and learning exchange for higher education. Connect Geology uses the latest technology and adaptive learning techniques to better engage professors with their students, and students to the information and customised resources they need to master a subject. Additionally, accompanying the text are DVDs of more than 2,400 high-resolution images, including 100 three-dimensional images, which can be projected and manipulated in the classroom, Quick-Time objects, and extensive author-created PowerPoint presentations, which are tightly articulated with the text.

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