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Knowledge Unlatched and National Contact Point Open Access develop quality criteria for OA books
- 06 Aug 2018

Knowledge Unlatched (KU), the central platform for the sustainable funding of Open Access (OA) models, and the National Contact Point Open Access have developed quality criteria for Open Access books.

The agreement aims to provide libraries and publishers with investment security in the future when financing OA books. Criteria have already been established as part of the cooperation, and KU will now be promoting the broad support of publishers worldwide. Participation is open to any publisher that meets the criteria.

In order to facilitate the establishment of standards, especially for smaller publishers, the recommendations are to be implemented in two phases. In the introductory phase to Open Access publishing of books, the main focus is on quality standards in the areas of formats, metadata, accessibility, licenses, costs and distribution. Phase two extends these standards and supplements them with criteria for quality control (peer review) and text and data mining.

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Ex Libris acquires Research Research Ltd.
- 06 Aug 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced the acquisition of Research Research Limited (known as *Research). This acquisition is part of the ongoing strategic investment by Ex Libris aimed at providing a broad and deep offering for academic research stakeholders-scholars, research offices, and libraries.

Founded in 1994, *Research offers broad coverage of funding opportunities and publishes authoritative news and analysis of research politics and funding that improve decision-making by research stakeholders. The company has an extensive customer base of over 250 institutions in the United Kingdom, continental Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Many of these institutions already have a strong relationship with Ex Libris.

*Research products and expertise complement the Ex Libris research services offering, which includes the Esploro research services platform, Pivot® funding and collaboration solution, RefWorks® reference manager, and Primo® and Summon® discovery services. The complementary funding databases of *Research and Pivot will enable Ex Libris to provide the broadest global coverage of funding sources, insights, and collaborator discovery. Ex Libris will continue to develop enhancements for *Research and Pivot services to the benefit of new and existing customers.

Cullerne Bown, a leading authority on the relationship between academic knowledge and the shaping of public policy, will join ProQuest in the role of Research Principal. With his extensive experience, Cullerne Bown will help ProQuest and Ex Libris achieve an even deeper understanding of the research world and enhance offerings for university research offices.

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Elsevier signs definitive agreement to acquire Aries Systems
- 03 Aug 2018

Elsevier, the global information analytics business specialising in science and health, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Aries Systems, a leader in scientific publication workflow solutions headquartered outside Boston, MA. Aries' offerings are used by journals, books and other publications for manuscript submission, peer review, production tracking and eCommerce.

Aries was founded by Lyndon Holmes in 1986 and has successfully developed several generations of technologies to support publications processes, including Editorial Manager®, an online manuscript submission and peer-review system. Elsevier and Aries have worked closely for nearly 20 years and Elsevier already uses the Editorial Manager platform for a significant number of journals, including its high profile Cell Press portfolio and many society titles.

Elsevier is committed to providing the same strong and consistent service for both publishers and researchers as Aries provides today. To that end, Elsevier will be establishing a customer advisory board comprised of Aries' customers and chaired by Lyndon Holmes, who has agreed to remain with the company. Elsevier also plans to retain the Aries team working for the company in the US, the UK and Germany.

The acquisition is in line with Elsevier's organic growth driven strategy, supported by acquisitions of innovative open science companies that are helping to improve the research information ecosystem, following the acquisitions of Mendeley, SSRN, Plum Analytics and bepress. The transaction is subject to customary conditions and regulatory consents and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2018.

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De Gruyter partners with Medieval Institute Publications
- 02 Aug 2018

Academic publisher De Gruyter and Medieval Institute Publications have signed a partnership agreement.

The agreement comes on the heels of recent growth in the number of titles MIP produces in late antiquity, medieval and early modern literature. The partnership will allow MIP to expand its niche publishing market in these areas significantly over the coming years, while also developing new areas of publication.

The benefits of the new partnership are twofold: De Gruyter gains from MIP's experience and reputation in the field of medieval studies and MIP benefits from De Gruyter's extensive global reach and advanced mechanisms for marketing and production.

MIP continues to seek submissions from scholars in MIP's existing areas of expertise for consideration in future publication. In addition, the partnership will allow both organisations to develop new areas of publication, reach new readership, and build on both WMU's and De Gruyter's international reputation for excellence in the humanities.

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Elsevier and the Conference of Italian University Rectors in deal for continued access to ScienceDirect
- 02 Aug 2018

Elsevier, the global information analytics business specialising in science and health, and the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI), have announced an agreement to provide access to ScienceDirect, Elsevier's leading platform of peer-reviewed scholarly literature, for universities and research institutions across Italy.

Details of the subscription agreement were finalised at the end of June following negotiations held at the end of 2017, extending the current partnership between CRUI and Elsevier for the period 2018-2022. This 5-year agreement will enable more than 70 Italian universities and research institutions gain access to ScienceDirect, supporting researchers search, discover, read, and share scholarly literature.

CRUI and Elsevier have also initiated a pilot program that encourages Italian researchers to publish their articles open access in support of CRUI's open access ambitions.

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