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HighWire becomes first systems supplier to roll out Universal CASA, in partnership with Google Scholar
- 15 Jun 2018

HighWire, the technology partner of choice for leading commercial and scholarly publishers, has become the first systems supplier to roll out the new 'Universal Campus Activated Subscriber Access' service (Universal CASA) in cooperation with Google Scholar. All content published through HighWire's Intelligent Publishing Platform will be compatible with Universal CASA - meaning researchers can access the content anytime, anywhere, from any device and any source.

Traditionally, researchers were limited to accessing scholarly content on-campus, meaning their workflow was restrictive and productivity was limited. The introduction of CASA functionality by Google Scholar and publishing systems suppliers last year was the first step in addressing that challenge, allowing researchers to access subscribed content remotely and on mobile devices, in the same way they would on-campus.

As the workflows and processes of researchers continue to evolve, the rollout of Universal CASA addresses the next key problem: scholars start their research journeys from a variety of different places. These can range from a journal's homepage or search engines such as PubMed or Google Web Search, social media feeds and email alerts. And prior to the introduction of Universal CASA, these journeys did not have easy pathways to legitimate, accessible content available off-campus.

Universal CASA introduces a new, small badge to let the reader know they have access to a specific article. This badge will display on each article page and will include a help link that will allow users to learn more about or to remove CASA based links.

In addition to CASA and Universal CASA, over the last year, HighWire and Google also rolled out their Quick Abstract innovation, which optimises mobile Google Scholar to speed up mobile research workflow by loading article abstracts at fast speeds so that researchers can quickly scan, swipe and discover the correct scholarly resource remotely and on the go.

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MIT Libraries and the Royal Society of Chemistry sign 'Read and Publish' agreement
- 15 Jun 2018

The MIT Libraries and the Royal Society of Chemistry have signed a license agreement that incorporates elements of a traditional subscription purchase and open access to scholarly articles.

The experimental two-year agreement, known as 'read and publish,' is seen as an important step on the path toward making more research freely and openly available to the world.

The new agreement combines traditional subscription-based access to Royal Society of Chemistry articles for the MIT community with immediate open access to MIT-authored articles, making them freely available to all audiences at the time of publication. It is the first of its kind among North American institutions.

The agreement will run through 2019. Through the agreement, articles published in Royal Society of Chemistry journals by MIT corresponding authors during this period will be made openly available at the time of publication at no cost to the author. The aim of the offsetting agreement is that, over time, as more universities adopt this type of contract, the proportion of paywalled articles will decline and funding will shift to supporting open access to research.

In order to encourage this overall transition to open access, MIT and the Royal Society of Chemistry collaborated on significant new language in the agreement, signalling the Royal Society of Chemistry's commitment to a fully open access publishing model in the future. The agreement affirms that the current read and publish model is a 'transitional business model whose aim is to provide a mechanism to shift over time to full open access.' Making this successful transition to full open access will require collaborations across universities.

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Elsevier and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists collaborate to improve productivity for global oil and gas exploration teams
- 14 Jun 2018

Elsevier, the information analytics business specialising in science and health, has announced that content from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) is now available in Geofacets, Elsevier's information solution for exploration and development. AAPG is the leading professional association for geoscientists, engineers, and oil and gas professionals working in upstream exploration. The addition of its content will significantly enhance the Geofacets portfolio, which currently offers approximately 1.8 million maps, figures and tables from over 100 publications.

Exploration teams can leverage Geofacets' unique technological and search capabilities to discover and integrate must-have maps, figures and data from select AAPG publications into their basin and petroleum system models. With the combination of AAPG and Geofacets content, exploration teams now have access to 90 percent of the relevant unstructured published data and information used in the industry. With Geofacets, exploration teams spend less time searching, formatting and integrating data, and more time on analysis and interpretation.

Geofacets is a geoscience solution that enables comprehensive, in-depth research of surface and subsurface geology, regardless of the individual specialties or information needs of geoscientists. Geofacets allows helping companies of all sizes to prioritize opportunities, optimise resources, and manage risk. Visual search lets oil and gas companies assess locations at a glance.

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Wiley partners with Kudos to enable authors to generate Shareable PDFs for Wiley publications
- 13 Jun 2018

Wiley, the global research and education company, has extended its partnership with Kudos, the award-winning platform for managing research dissemination, to enable authors to generate Shareable PDFs (S-PDFs) for their Wiley publications.

S-PDF makes it easy for researchers to create and share plain language summaries of their work, encapsulated in PDFs that can be uploaded to PDF-based sharing services. These overviews set work in a broader context and help a new audience to find and understand it. The Kudos platform then provides authors and participating publishers with metrics to enable like-for-like comparison of different sharing efforts, including the PDF-based sharing supported by S-PDF. This unique dataset makes it possible to understand whether engagement with research is more effectively driven by scholarly collaboration networks, social media, email, or traditional 'offline' activities such as conference posters and talks.

S-PDFs link readers through to full text on publisher websites, and dovetail neatly with other initiatives designed to help researchers improve copyright-compliant visibility for their work on scholarly collaboration networks and via other PDF-based sharing platforms and media. Since its launch in late 2017, S-PDF has doubled the number of publications being shared via Kudos and is substantially the most popular mechanism for sharing.

The Kudos shareable PDF is now available for any publisher who wishes to activate this feature, whether a current Kudos customer or not.

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IWA Publishing selects DataSalon for sales reporting and publisher dashboards
- 12 Jun 2018

IWA Publishing (IWAP) has announced the adoption of DataSalon's MasterVision platform in order to deliver comprehensive data reporting against the backdrop of a complex picture of customer data that encompasses relationships with numerous partners selling and distributing their industry leading journals. MasterVision joins up all of the IWAP's different data sources and is easily scalable so that more can be added over time or changed as their business develops.

MasterVision empowers all staff to take control of their own data analysis with agile and flexible tools and direct access to key business intelligence. Publisher dashboards allow for clear visualisation of trends in sales, article submissions, PPV purchases, usage and more. The integration of historic book data means that the IWAP team can incorporate all of their legacy data into one system, making for easy analysis without the need to access multiple databases. The lifetime performance of content can therefore be easily tracked.

The IWAP team will use MasterVision to assess sales performance of their books and journals via a suite of reporting options which consolidate sales data from numerous third parties. MasterVision's analytics tools allow for further interrogation by granular categories such as price type, customer category and price region.

MasterVision provides IWAP with clear and powerful dashboard functionality, including the ability to control which staff see which reports immediately upon login. This allows for instant access to the most relevant data via pre-set searches, reports and dashboards.

IWAP was keen to partner with DataSalon because of their understanding of the scholarly publishing industry, data expertise and efficient and tailored customer service. Having a system that has been 'tried and tested' over 10 years, with a fast and collaborative implementation phase, has meant that IWAP staff could continue with day-to-day business, leaving all the complexities of data integration to the DataSalon team.

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