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HighWire expands its journal site hosting provision for the American College of Cardiology
- 23 Aug 2019

Scholarly publishing technology provider HighWire has announced that it is expanding its journal site hosting provision for the American College of Cardiology (ACC).

The Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) family of journals is one of the most widely read and impactful cardiovascular journal programs in the world. Collectively spanning the entire field of cardiovascular medicine, each journal aims to publish the highest-quality peer-reviewed original research, review articles, illustrations and editorial content.

Having provided hosting for JACC and five further speciality journals since 2016, HighWire now hosts the new JACC: Case Reports, launched in June 2019, and will host JACC: CardioOncology, launching in September this year.

The JACC journals utilise JCore, part of the HighWire Hosting solution. This provides a powerful content ingestion, enrichment and publishing infrastructure for journal websites. By electing JCore to be used in conjunction with ScienceDirect, JACC retains full control over its sites, and can provide access to individual users as well as better understand and analyze member behavior.

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Projekt DEAL and Springer Nature reach understanding on world's largest transformative OA agreement
- 22 Aug 2019

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between MPDL Services, on behalf of Projekt DEAL, and Springer Nature, sets the scene for the world's most comprehensive open access (OA) agreement to be finalised later this year.

Reaching such an understanding has been possible through acknowledgement of the common commitment of both parties to the principle of open science: Projekt DEAL's vision and enablement of open access to German research on a large-scale and Springer Nature's position as the largest OA publisher and their expertise as a pioneer of transformative deals. The agreement is expected to see well over 13,000 articles a year from German researchers published OA, meaning they will be freely and universally available for the world's students, scholars and scientists to read, share, use and reuse from the moment of publication.

The transformative two-part agreement will encompass a fully OA element and a Publish and Read (PAR) element. This will enable eligible authors to publish OA in both Springer Nature's fully OA journals, the largest OA portfolio in the world with over 600 titles, and Springer Nature's collection of 1,900 hybrid journals, which collectively already publish one in four of all OA articles. In addition, the model provides the academic community of the participating institutions with permanent reading access to content in Springer, Palgrave, Adis, and Macmillan academic journals published during the term of the contract.

The final contract will run from 2020 to 2022 with an option to extend to 2023. For 2020, the PAR component is based on OA publication of at least 9,500 articles and grants participating institutions with permanent reading access to 1,900 journals in the Springer, Palgrave, Adis and Macmillan portfolios. The costs for reading access and OA publishing in the PAR component will be reflected in a per-article PAR fee of €2,750.

Springer Nature will offer a 20% discount on the list price for OA publishing in BMC and SpringerOpen titles for all institutions; list price increases of article processing charges will not exceed 3.5 % per journal title per year calculated based on the 2020 list price. The PAR element does not include Nature and Nature branded subscription journals or purely professional journals as well as magazines, such as Scientific American or Spektrum der Wissenschaft.

Participating institutions will have complimentary backfile access to issues of included journals during the contract period back to 1997. Springer Nature and Projekt DEAL also aim to close the gaps in access to archive content from all Springer Nature journals covered by the MoU.

Projekt DEAL was set up by the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany representing the vast majority of the most important science and research organisations in Germany. The consortium includes more than 700 mostly publicly funded academic institutions in Germany such as universities, universities of applied sciences, research institutions and state and regional libraries. As part of the project, national licensing agreements are to be implemented for the entire portfolio of electronic journals of large academic publishers.

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Barnes&Noble Education partners with VitalSource to strengthen BNC FirstDay inclusive access platform
- 21 Aug 2019

Barnes&Noble Education, Inc., a provider of educational products and services solutions for higher education and K-12, has announced a new agreement with VitalSource®, part of Ingram Content Group. Under the agreement, VitalSource's technology will power the BNC FirstDay inclusive access platform, bringing together VitalSource's advanced technology and Barnes&Noble College's unparalleled campus and publisher relationships.

This partnership will drive affordability, access and achievement for students nationwide, making it easier for faculty members and academic leadership to implement an inclusive access solution on their campus. BNC FirstDay offers course materials at reduced prices through a course materials charge for participating programs. Students have the option to receive their materials on or before the first day of class, delivered seamlessly through their learning management system.

According to research from Barnes&Noble College Insights℠, 49% of students said they were not prepared with their course materials on the first day of class. Inclusive access models, including BNC FirstDay, ensure students have the materials they need at more affordable prices at the start of the semester, allowing faculty members to begin instruction - and students to begin learning - on day one.

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LibLynx and PSI partner on real-time Open Access Usage Reporting
- 20 Aug 2019

LibLynx and PSI partner to deliver real time usage metrics to organisations wanting to learn who is accessing their Open Access (OA) content.

As the volume of OA content increases, it is becoming increasingly crucial for OA publishers to know who is reading their content and where that readership is based, especially when developing new transformative deals and providing metrics to funders. Traditional methods of usage reporting that rely on authenticating user access do not apply to OA content.

The new OA Usage Reporting solution works by capturing and analysing raw usage data from a publisher's platform. The organisational source of usage is identified by matching incoming IP addresses against PSI's theIPregistry.org to provide organisational detail of users and geographical data for all remote use. The analysis can also identify malicious access, such as Sci-Hub downloads, by matching data to PSI's IP-intrusion.org database.

OA usage reports will be available by title, source organisation, organisation type, and geographical location. Reports can be viewed online or downloaded from any existing website by embedding the LibLynx reporting widget. Alternatively, reports can be delivered as a data feed for ingestion into a third-party analytics tool. Libraries and other information and knowledge managers will be able to access organisational usage data directly from their profile on theIPregistry.org.

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ARL, CNI, EDUCAUSE announce strategic partnership to advance research libraries' impact in a world shaped by new technologies
- 19 Aug 2019

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and EDUCAUSE are working together to better understand how research libraries, as collaborative partners in the research and learning enterprise, can best advance research and learning during these times of significant changes in the production, dissemination, and reuse of digital content.

The three partner organisations are focused on understanding how such technologies and emerging disciplines as data science, artificial intelligence, mobility and ubiquitous networking, cloud and ambient computing, augmented/virtual reality, and the internet of things are-and are not-fundamentally transforming the way research and learning occur. More specifically, the partners will focus on understanding the role research libraries are playing and need to play in this dynamic context.

This project is organised in three phases over 18 months. It will engage experts, leaders and community members from research libraries, information technology, higher education, the research enterprise, and the three organizations. The project will develop a set of recommendations and possible actions for key stakeholders, the broader community, and the partner organisations to consider in response to findings related to questions such as: Based on technologies considered most critical in research and learning, what knowledge and competencies do research library leaders and staff need? What can research libraries do now to advance their knowledge and practice in these technologies given their current and potential impact on research and learning? What support is needed to do so? How should research libraries remain strategically aligned with and capable of adopting digital innovations as collaborative partners in advancing research and learning?

As a result of the recommendations, the organisations will seek to create pathways that position research libraries to positively impact the research enterprise under dynamic digital conditions that continue to dramatically change the world.

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