STM publisher Springer Science+Business Media, Germany, has announced the launch of SpringerMaterials – The Landolt-Börnstein Database (www.springermaterials.com). SpringerMaterials claims to be the most comprehensive and timely resource of data in physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering. The database comprises 91,000 online documents, 165,000 substances and materials systems, 3,000 properties and more than one million literature references.
SpringerMaterials was developed for scientists in academia and research departments in industry sectors such as industrial metals, semiconductors, electrical and electronic engineering, chemicals, aerospace and defence, and oil and gas. Scientists can easily access data on material parameters for their research and rely on critically evaluated information. International experts scan the primary literature in more than 8,000 peer-reviewed journals, and evaluate and select the most valid information to be included in the database. The users of SpringerMaterials save time by gaining quick access to reliable substance properties, functional relationships and numerical data. In addition, SpringerMaterials offers full-text search, advanced search features and tailor-made keyword searches for speedy and smart drilling into Landolt-Börnstein’s rich content.
SpringerMaterials is available as a subscription database on www.springermaterials.com and includes to date the complete Landolt-Börnstein New Series plus 40,000 REACH documents. In the future, more content and related databases will be added on a quarterly basis, keeping SpringerMaterials at the forefront of materials science.
SpringerMaterials will be officially launched at the London Online Information on December 1, 2009.
STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that it will support the new information and communication center of the Humboldt University in Berlin with an undisclosed donation. The Elsevier announcement was made at the opening ceremony of the Jacob-and-Wilhelm-Grimm Center, in which more than 800 representatives from politics, culture, scientific research centers and libraries participated.
The center is seen to embody the unity of sciences in a unique way. The central library combines twelve humanities, cultural, social and economics libraries as well as a computer and media service center under one roof. Around 2.5 million media units and 2,400 journals are housed in this building.
Elsevier will support the information and communication center of the Humboldt University with a publication that documents the inauguration and character of this modern library. Its donation is used to make the reading area more enjoyable and to give readers better access to journals and magazines.
Collaboration of the Humboldt University libraries and Elsevier dates back more than 10 years. The Grimm Center subscribes to over 2,000 journals of the publisher.
Elsevier claims to produce around 25 percent of all scientific, technical and medical publications worldwide, including the publications of Nobel laureates. An agreement with the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) also provides comprehensive journal archives of the Elsevier publisher in electronic format to universities and academic research institutions.
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Using IEEE Xplore Mobile Beta, users can conduct basic search, display the top 10 results by relevancy, and view abstracts and citations. To view the full-text of an article, the user can email the link to any email address and, if they are a subscriber, view the article directly from the main IEEE Xplore Web site on their personal computer. Non-subscribers can purchase the article or subscribe to the IEEE Xplore digital library.
According to IEEE, IEEE Xplore users conduct an average of 200,000 searches a day, and in 2008 made an average of seven million downloads a month or 230,000 a day – up 60 percent from 2004. The growing popularity of using mobile devices for Internet access was a key motivation driving the development of the mobile version. Another impetus for the mobile search option was the popularity of IEEE content. In recent studies by 1790 Analytics LLC, IEEE journals and conference proceedings received more than 117,000 patent citations — nearly 3.5 times the number of citations of any other publisher.
Two million engineers, scientists, students and other technology professionals worldwide have access to IEEE’s 144 journals, transactions, and magazines through individual and institutional subscriptions. In 2008, a record number of authors contributed 171,000 articles – 82 percent more than in 2004. There are also more than 4,300 customer sites, worldwide, accessing IEEE electronic subscription packages.
IEEE is inviting users to send their feedback on this new Beta service. Other enhancements will debut in 2010 based on feedback from Beta users.
EU-funded researchers have developed an integrated platform for the Internet by combining advanced semantic search technologies and the required tools. The MESH (Multimedia semantic syndication for enhanced news services) project received €7.4 million in grant under the Information Society Technologies (IST) Thematic area of the Sixth Framework Programme.
According to MESH partners, searching fuels activity on the Internet and reduces the confusion that people feel when surfing the web. They have established a working platform for a semantic search that generates results based on content and context of film and audio files, and text.
Existing search engines provide answers for individual keywords introduced. MESH is claimed to be unique in that it initially evaluates the query and then provides results for the actual meaning of the query. MESH partner Deutsche Welle of Germany has also developed 'Full Story', a dossier-developing tool that supports editors in linking to audio, video and text that are related to specific topics.
The results obtained in the MESH project could also benefit user-generated content in the short-to-medium term. Experts say user-generated content plays a central role in Web 2.0 applications, which is the material used for networking sites including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Participating in MESH are 12 partners from seven EU member states including Greece, Cyprus, the Netherlands and the UK.
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Copyright licensing solutions provider Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), US, has announced that publisher John Wiley & Sons has selected Rightslink as the online licensing solution for its portfolio of top scientific, technical, medical and scholarly journals, encyclopaedias, books and online products.
Wiley will add Rightslink to over 1,300 journals, by mid-November 2009. With Rightslink, users will be able to obtain permission to reproduce Wiley articles (in whole or part) directly from the article abstract online at Wiley InterScience. Rightslink will be added to over 7,500 online books and other online content during 2010.
Wiley publishes scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, encyclopaedias, books, and online products and services; professional/trade books, subscription products, training materials, and online applications and Web sites; and educational materials for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. Through Wiley InterScience, the company provides online access to a virtual library consisting of three million journal articles, 7,500 books, 100 major reference works, a dozen databases and the Current Protocols laboratory manuals.
Rightslink supports publishers online strategy by providing their customers with instant reprint and permission services. It helps generate new revenue, improve customer satisfaction, and provide publishers with valuable insight into customer buying behaviour. The solution integrates seamlessly with online content wherever it resides - on a Website, on an archive server or at a third-party aggregator. It automates the entire licensing process, from secure order processing and workflow management to real-time reporting and royalty payments while adapting to each publisher’s unique licensing requirements and business processes.
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The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), Germany, has announced the appointment of Dr. Bernd Pulverer as Head of Scientific Publication. Pulverer takes on the position following the retirement of Les Grivell who joined the management team in 2000 and has led EMBO publications for the past five years.
In his new role, Pulverer will lead the development and execution of publication strategy in support of the organisation’s peer-reviewed research journals. Reporting directly to the EMBO Director and to the EMBO Council, Pulverer will be responsible for editorial policies and overall management of the journals including business development, publication and marketing. Consulting with an advisory board, he will develop coherent strategies that ensure existing and potential future journals attain leading positions in the highly competitive and dynamic field of peer-reviewed research publication. He will lead the EMBO team of research editors – currently 14 PhD scientists supported by five editorial assistants across the four journals.
EMBO currently publishes four peer-reviewed journals - The EMBO Journal, EMBO reports, Molecular Systems Biology and EMBO Molecular Medicine. These journals span a broad spectrum of molecular biology topics and reflect how science is shaping the world.
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