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Five Elsevier titles honoured with Textbook Excellence awards
- 24 Feb 2017

STM publisher Elsevier has announced that five of its books will receive 2017 textbook awards in the College category from the Textbook&Academic Authors Association (TAA). Three titles will receive the Textbook Excellence Award, better known as a "Texty;" one title will receive the Most Promising New Textbook Award; and one title will receive a William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award. The awards will be presented during an awards ceremony on June 9, 2017, at TAA's 30th Annual Conference in Providence, RI.

TAA announced a total of 23 award winners in eight categories, including seven 2017. Most Promising New Textbook Awards, which recognise excellence in first-year edition textbooks and learning materials; ten 2017 Textbook Excellence Awards, recognising excellence in current textbook and learning materials in their second edition or later; and six William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Awards, recognizing textbooks and learning materials whose excellence has been demonstrated over time.

The Elsevier books winning the 2017 Textbook Excellence Award ("Texty") are: Carboranes, Third Edition by Russell N. Grimes; Exploring Engineering: An Introduction to Engineering and Design, Fourth Edition by Philip Kosky, Robert Balmer, William Keat and George Wise; and MATLAB®: A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving, Fourth Edition by Stormy Attaway.

The Elsevier book winning the 2017 Most Promising New Textbook Award is: Introduction to Business Analytics Using Simulation by Jonathan Pinder.

The Elsevier book winning the 2017 William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award is: McCurnin's Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, Eighth Edition by Joanna M. Bassert and John A. Thomas.

The Textbook&Academic Authors Association (TAA) provides professional development resources, events, and networking opportunities for textbook authors and authors of scholarly journal articles and books. Established in 1987 by math author Mike Keedy, TAA is the only national, nonprofit membership association dedicated solely to assisting textbook and academic authors. TAA's name was changed from 'Text and Academic Authors Association' to 'Textbook&Academic Authors Association' in 2016 to offer a clearer identity for TAA in light of the new meaning of 'texting' on smart devices today.

TAA created the Textbook Excellence Award in 1992 to recognize current textbooks and learning materials. Nominated works must carry a copyright date for the previous or current year, and entries can include learning materials in all mediums. Textbooks in their first editions with publication dates in the previous or current year may compete for a Most Promising New Textbook Award. In 1993, TAA initiated the William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award ("McGuffey"), to recognize textbooks and learning materials whose excellence has been demonstrated over time. Nominated works must have been in print 15 years and are still being sold. All works are ranked on certain criteria: interesting and informative; well organized and well prepared; up to date and appealing; and teachability. College and elementary-high school books are judged separately.

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The BMJ Awards 2017 finalist announced
- 21 Feb 2017

Medical knowledge provider BMJ has announced that more than 60 healthcare teams from across the UK have made it to the final judging stages for The BMJ Awards 2017. Now in its ninth year, The BMJ Awards is organised by The BMJ, one of the world's leading medical journals.

They include projects to improve the wellbeing of patients undergoing chemotherapy before surgery, addressing the problem of elective surgery cancellations, and confronting the issue of talking about Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions with patients near the end of life.

The BMJ Awards are the UK's premier medical awards programme, recognising and celebrating the inspirational work done by doctors and their teams.

This year's awards attracted 290 entries across 14 categories, with three new categories: imaging, surgery, and mental health.

Next month, the shortlisted teams will present their projects to an expert judging panel, including patient representatives. The winners will be announced on May 4 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London.

For a full list of shortlisted teams is available online at: http://thebmjawards.bmj.com/83171.

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Emerald celebrates 6th annual High Usage Awards
- 21 Feb 2017

Academic publisher Emerald Publishing is celebrating the top 20 international academic institutions with the highest downloads of its eJournal content for the 6th consecutive year.

The Emerald High Usage Awards celebrate the relationship between Emerald and each winning institution; all of which have access to a growing collection of over 300 journals covering business and management research, and including a wide range of other subject areas Emerald specializes in, including health and social care; education; and engineering.

Universiti Teknologi MARA is once again the institution with the highest number of eJournal downloads, with over 960,000 throughout 2016. The Egyptian Knowledge Bank (EKB) Data Centre - the world's largest digital library - is a new entry, straight in at number two with over 440,000 downloads; and this year, Universiti Utara Malaysia features at number three, with almost 300,000 downloads.

Along with the EKB Data Centre, Universitas Trisakti, Universitas Gadjah Mada, and the University of the West of England are newcomers to the high usage list, featuring at second, ninth, fifteenth and seventeenth, respectively.

Along with the top three institutions located in Malaysia and Egypt, institutions from the UK; Australia; United States of America; Indonesia; Pakistan and Thailand have also won an Emerald High Usage Award.

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Wiley ChemPlanner selected as one of five LAUNCH Innovators
- 17 Feb 2017

Wiley ChemPlanner has been selected as one of the five LAUNCH: Smarter Chemistry Innovation Challenge Innovators. LAUNCH was founded by NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of State and NIKE, Inc. The LAUNCH: Smarter Chemistry Challenge aims to identify the most innovative technologies that shift problem solving in chemistry away from the traditional model and towards data-driven, predictive design.

Wiley ChemPlanner is a state-of-the-art workflow product that helps chemists find the best selection of diverse and viable routes for their synthesis. Its unique combination of predictive reactions and curated information delivers the best of both worlds, computer-aided synthetic design backed by millions of empirical reactions. Wiley ChemPlanner has the potential to help pharmaceutical chemists improve efficiency and creativity while synthesising molecules.

As one of the five LAUNCH: Smarter Chemistry Innovation Challenge Innovators, the Wiley ChemPlanner team is now part of the LAUNCH network, which is a group of chemistry industry experts, business and governmental leaders focused on bringing disruptive new technologies to market and growing them thereafter, with the ultimate aim to 'disrupt the chemistry status quo'. ChemPlanner will be officially introduced to the LAUNCH network by Richard Threlfall at the LAUNCH Circular Economy Forum, which will be held at Nike World Headquarters in Portland, Oregon on March 2¬-3, 2017.

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The Institution of Engineering and Technology receives BIC Basic award and Onix 3.0 badge
- 15 Feb 2017

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has been awarded the BIC Basic award for Product Data Excellence under the Book Industry Communications (BIC) accreditation scheme as well as receiving the Onix 3.0 badge. The IET is one of just a handful of publishers that have been accredited under the scheme to date.

Launched in 2010, the Product Data Excellence Awards scheme is designed to encourage publishers to appreciate the contribution made by accurate and timely product data to their sales; to enable them to demonstrate their commitment to making that data available in the supply chain; and to enable them to benchmark their performance against their competitors.

The scheme recognises the issues that publishers face in maintaining and transmitting increasingly complex data and rewards them for adhering to criteria set out by BIC.

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