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Wiley partners with Arizona State University to strengthen higher education outcomes in Vietnam
- 12 Dec 2017

Publisher John Wiley and Sons Inc. has announced a partnership with Arizona State University (ASU) to provide higher education institutions funding, leadership training materials and publishing workshops in order to develop engineering and science capacity in Vietnam. The agreement complements ASU's BUILD-IT Project, sponsored by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), which brings together government, industry and academic partners with the shared goal of providing high-quality programs that link together science, technology engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.

With 80% of the 54 million workers in Vietnam not having appropriate skills to participate in the digital economy, this agreement will strengthen the programs available within Vietnam institutions and provide additional opportunities for students to better compete in the current and future workforce. The agreement aligns closely with the Vietnam government's Industrial Revolution 4.0 initiative to develop skills that will be crucial to ensure Vietnam's sustained growth and competitiveness. Industrial Revolution 4.0 targets major innovations in digital technology, all coming to maturity right now and poised to transform the shape of regional and global economy.

BUILD-IT brings together government, industry and academic partners with the shared goal of providing high quality programs that link together the STEM subjects of science, technology engineering and math. BUILD-IT seeks to strengthen higher education policy toward autonomy in Vietnam to ensure world-class governance; to open opportunities for professional development, innovation and STEM mentorships through university and private sector collaboration; and to develop the highest standard of educational programs, training and accreditation that improve academic outcomes.

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Hypothesis annotation technology now available to publishers hosted on PubFactory platform
- 11 Dec 2017

Hypothesis annotation technology is now available to publishers hosted on the PubFactory platform, which houses more than 400,000 books and 1,400 journals. Enabling this standards-based interoperable tool brings collaboration to any content hosted on the web, a capability foreseen by early technology visionaries like Vannevar Bush and Marc Andreessen. Hypothesis supports scholars throughout the research life cycle, as well as educators assigning collaboration projects to their students, and working groups across market segments and disciplines.

Publishers have long sought a way to enable authors, editors, reviewers, and readers to have discussions directly on published versions of record. Integrating annotation on publishing platforms enables publishers to extend the services they provide to their users to include direct conversations and easy ways to add additional information to published content.

Annotation can also deliver valuable additional content, connecting published works to a wide variety of related resources in other locations.

PubFactory publishers using Hypothesis will now be able to present a branded annotation layer on their platform. Using Hypothesis, publishers can decide not only who can create annotations, but also who can read and/or reply to them. In addition, annotation group administrators can moderate discussions to provide an additional level of screening. Hypothesis can also be integrated with a publisher's existing user account system, enabling users to annotate without separate account creation or login.

Open annotation has fast become a central component of the research and publication workflow. Over the past two years, Hypothesis has seen dramatic growth in the number of annotations added to published works across the web.

Annotation provides opportunities for engagement throughout the publication lifecycle. Researchers, scholars and publishers engage both before and after publication, while faculty and students are also annotating to center teaching and learning directly in publications and scholarly works.

Publishers wishing to learn more about integrating Hypothesis with PubFactory can register now for a free webinar on January 24, 2018 or contact Heather Staines at heather@hypothes.is.

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STM Advisers LLC helps set the Mathematical Association of America's publishing on a new course
- 11 Dec 2017

STM Advisers LLC (STMA), a financial advisory and consulting firm in scientific and scholarly communications, recently assisted the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in successfully exploring strategic alternatives for its high quality mathematics books and journals publishing programs.

Over a fifteen month collaboration, STMA worked with the MAA to evaluate alternatives for its book and textbook program, as well as for its three mathematics journals and one magazine, The American Mathematical Monthly, Mathematics Magazine, The College Mathematics Journal, and Math Horizons. In the eyes of MAA's Executive Director, Michael Pearson, both programs, while venerable and prestigious, lacked sufficient scale to have the financial and outreach impact the Association desired.

STMA recognised the value of the MAA's programs to third parties, and orchestrated separate licensing programs for both elements. This involved STMA's own examination of the properties and preparing comprehensive offering materials. STMA then confidentially contacted, on the MAA's behalf, a number of commercial publishers and societies to determine their interest in partnering with the MAA.

Based on this strong interest, STMA coordinated a carefully controlled bidding procedure, first for the MAA's journals and magazine, and subsequently for MAA Books. This process resulted in bids from multiple parties for both programs, and after presentations and negotiations a winning partner was selected for each program. The net financial benefit to the MAA will be, over the life of the strategic relationships, more than $10 million.

On September 29th, the American Mathematical Society (the AMS) and the Mathematical Association of America announced an agreement for the AMS to acquire the MAA's book publishing program. The high-quality mathematics titles and textbooks developed and edited by MAA Press will now be published as an imprint of the AMS Book Program. The agreement includes all existing MAA Press books, as well as a renewable license to continue to publish new books under the MAA Press imprint.

Beginning in January 2018, the MAA journals and magazine will be published in collaboration with Taylor&Francis.

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American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Editage partner to launch author services
- 08 Dec 2017

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has partnered with Editage to launch author services. The ASHA author services, powered by Editage, are designed to support authors with not only end-to-end pre-submission manuscript preparation, but also post-publication research communication.

All the author support services are available at a subsidised cost to ASHA authors. Authors submitting their manuscripts to journals published by ASHA will also have free access to a wealth of educational resources powered by Editage Insights, the author education arm of Editage.

According to the President of U.S. Operations, Donald Samulack, Editage's services will empower ASHA's author community in publishing world-class research papers and disseminating their published research to a wide audience.

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Wiley and WFSJ partner to deliver science research and training to journalists
- 08 Dec 2017

Publisher John Wiley and Sons Inc. and the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) have announced a new partnership that provides access to scientific evidence to 57 member associations representing 10,000 journalists from around the world. The partnership provides journalists with access to the full collection of journals published on Wiley Online Library, on behalf of societies such as the American Cancer Society, the American Geophysical Union, Cochrane, and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). A new series of science training webinars hosted by The Wiley Network and WFSJ will be introduced in 2018.

Wiley Online Library hosts the world's broadest and deepest multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities. It delivers integrated access to more than 6 million articles from more than 1,500 journals, which include some of the top titles in their respective fields.

Cochrane, an independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers, and people interested in health, produces the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews which contains more than 10,000 systematic reviews and protocols. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians is ranked number one in oncology and Cancer is one of the most pre-eminent peer-reviewed titles in the field. The Journal of Geophysical Research, organised into seven disciplinary sections-most with impact factors of 3.0 or more, covers scientific research on the physical, chemical, and biological processes that contribute to the understanding of the Earth, Sun, and solar system and all of their environments and components. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers one of the foremost international journals of geographical research; and Reviews in Aquaculture, with an impact factor of 4.769 publishes peer-reviewed articles in aquaculture techniques, policies and planning.

Journalists must be active in one of the WFSJ member associations to access studies on Wiley Online Library. Representatives from Member Associations will provide access details to their members who request this benefit.

In 2018, WFSJ members will have access to a series of training webinars that look to increase journalists' understanding of best practices in scientific research. The series will also tackle some of the important global challenges, including extreme weather conditions, antimicrobial resistance, and access to food and water. The webinars will be led by some of the leading science experts with the goal of enhancing communication between researchers and journalists.

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