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LBF launches the first ever Audiobook Publisher award, entries open for The LBF International Excellence Awards 2018
- 13 Oct 2017

The London Book Fair (LBF), in association with the Publishers Association (The PA), has launched the LBF International Excellence Awards' first ever Audiobook Publisher award.

The 2018 awards, in their fifth year, have now opened online submissions. The awards, sponsored by Hytex, celebrate publishing success in 16 categories, representing the best publishing ambassadors, innovative publishing, and ground-breaking initiatives in the industry. Awards are given to companies and individuals across the world and across sectors, with categories including Bookstore of the Year, Educational Initiatives, Literary Agent, Adult Trade Publisher and Brand Licensing.

Companies or individuals can enter the awards via the LBF website by January 26, 2018. Publishers are also encouraged to nominate companies or individuals who they feel deserve to be recognised for outstanding achievement in publishing this year.

The Awards are the UK's recognition of international publishing industry excellence. They have been designed to celebrate achievement across the entire business of publishing. Twelve categories are open to international companies outside the UK only, and UK organisations are eligible for four awards. New Market Focus Baltic Countries award categories will be announced soon.

Awards open to countries outside the UK only include: The Audiobook Publisher Award (new); The Adult Trade Publisher Award; The Children's and Young Adult Publisher Award; The Academic and Professional Publisher Award; The Educational Learning Resources Award; The Literary Agent Award; The Literary Translation Initiative Award; The Bookstore of the Year Award; Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) International Excellence Award; The Literary Festival Award; The Rights Professional Award; and The Educational Initiatives Award.

Awards open to all countries, including the UK, include: The London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award; The Brand Licencing Award; and The Quantum Publishing Innovation Award.

The Inclusivity in Publishing Award is open to the UK only.

Nominations and submissions in these categories will be reviewed by panels of UK judges with relevant expertise in each category.

The Awards ceremony will also celebrate several other awards including the Association for Publishing Education (APE) Awards. Nominations will not be sought for these categories with judging undertaken by APE respectively.

This year's winners included companies from India, China, France, Turkey, Finland and Argentina, with the Arab world leading the pack with two awards. Nermin Mollaoglu (Kalem Agency) from Turkey was awarded The Literary Agent Award and new Rights Professional Award was awarded to Hui Hou from Foreign Language Teaching and Research Publishing Co., Ltd. Wydawnictwo Dwie Siostry was crowned The Market Focus Poland Children's and Young Adult Publisher.

The awards, which celebrate international excellence in the book industry, cover the whole scope of international publishing, including academic and scholarly publishing, children's publishing, literary translation and digital innovation.

The LBF International Excellence Awards will be an invite-only evening event, and will take place on April 10, 2018 on the first day of The LBF 2018 in The Conference Centre, Olympia, London.Full details on the entry criteria for each award category are available on the LBF website - www.londonbookfair.co.uk/awards.

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Wolters Kluwer celebrates 25th anniversary of UpToDate, launches 25th specialty, Anesthesiology
- 06 Oct 2017

Wolters Kluwer Health has announced that UpToDate, the acclaimed evidence-based clinical decision support resource, is commemorating the 25th anniversary of its founding with the launch of its 25th clinical specialty, anesthesiology.

In 1992, Dr. Burton "Bud" Rose, a renowned nephrologist and medical textbook author, created UpToDate in the basement of his house. Initially a nephrology-focused disease reference tool accessed via floppy disk, UpToDate has since grown to become one of the most trusted and indispensable clinical resources used by doctors around the world to diagnose and treat patients.

Over the past 25 years, UpToDate has grown to include over 10,500 clinical topics in 25 specialties. A clinical faculty of more than 6,500 physician authors, editors, and peer-reviewers from 53 countries apply their deep clinical domain expertise to critically evaluate available medical literature and produce original content in a succinct, searchable format that can be quickly and easily accessed at the point of care. Today, more than 1.3 million clinicians in 187 countries consult UpToDate's website and mobile apps, viewing more than 32 million topics per month.

In concert with its 25th anniversary, UpToDate is introducing its 25th specialty, anesthesiology. This new specialty covers anesthesia topics related to surgical procedures and other interventions, pain management, opioid avoidance, blood transfusion, and postoperative critical care. Led by Editors-in-Chief, Roberta Hines, MD; Stephanie B. Jones, MD; and Lena S. Sun, MD, the topics in the specialty are written to assist anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists with finding the best evidence to manage perioperative care for complex patients undergoing common and uncommon procedures, including preoperative consultation, intraoperative anesthetic management, postoperative acute care, and optimal pain management. The new specialty is also a vital resource for general practice clinicians as well as specialists such as surgeons who routinely care for patients together with anesthesiologists.

The specialty's actionable, evidence-based content is authored, edited and reviewed by 188 world-renowned anesthesiology experts. With 270 topics associated with anesthesiology, UpToDate provides comprehensive coverage complemented by 888 graphics and 98 recommendations that are graded to specify the strength of the recommendations and the quality of their underlying evidence. Additionally, 19 patient education topics provide clinical guidance that can be shared with patients. The specialty's content will continue to expand in the coming years.

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Ex Libris becomes first in the industry to achieve ISO 22301 certification for business continuity management
- 04 Oct 2017

Ex Libris® Group, a ProQuest company, has announced that the company is the first in the library industry to achieve ISO 22301:2012 certification. ISO 22301:2012 is the first international standard published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) that focuses exclusively on business continuity management (BCM).

This Ex Libris certification joins two others awarded to the company-ISO 27001:2013, certification for information security management systems; and ISO/IEC 27018:2014, certification for the protection of personally identifiable information in the cloud computing environment.

ISO 22301 is a comprehensive standard that represents the highest level of commitment to business continuity and disaster preparedness. By achieving ISO 22301 certification, Ex Libris continues to demonstrate its focus on high availability and business continuity, as well as the company's commitment to providing customers with a reliable, highly secure SaaS environment.

Ex Libris continues to support ever-higher industry standards, enabling customers to enjoy the most up-to-date technology and safeguards in the industry.

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PLOS reaches 200,000 research articles milestone
- 29 Sep 2017

PLOS has announced that it has now published more than 200,000 research articles across its seven Open Access journals.

PLOS was incorporated in 2001 as an Open Access advocacy organisation and became a publisher to prove the value of Open Access, beginning with PLOS Biology in 2003 and PLOS Medicine in 2004 as open alternatives to prestigious subscription journals. In 2005, PLOS launched PLOS Genetics, PLOS Pathogens, and PLOS Computational Biology as proof of concept to show that research communities built around and across specific areas and disciplines could thrive with an Open Access model. In late December 2006, PLOS ONE spearheaded the innovative editorial approach focused on evaluation of research independent of perceived impact; this editorial approach has now been adopted by journals from nearly every scientific publisher. Since its founding, PLOS ONE has published more than 175,000 research articles based on three compelling features: advancing quality science for everyone, moving publication forward in all scientific disciplines, and favouring speed to publication over subjective assessment of significance.

In 2007, with the support of the Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation, PLOS launched a fourth community journal, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). Together with the journal's leadership and global community, PLOS celebrates the 10th Anniversary of PLOS NTDs and the more than 4,500 research articles that contribute to advances in the field.

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Stanford, MIT and Harvard top the third annual Reuters Top 100 ranking of the most innovative universities
- 28 Sep 2017

Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University top the third annual Reuters Top 100 ranking of the world's most innovative universities. The Reuters Top 100 aims to identify and rank the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies, and power new markets and industries. Compiled in partnership with Clarivate Analytics, the ranking is based on proprietary data and analysis of numerous indicators including patent filings and research paper citations.

The most innovative university in the world, for the third consecutive year, is Stanford University. Located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, Stanford has long played a key role in the development of the modern networked world: A Stanford professor designed the basic communication standard for the Internet, and university alumni founded some of the biggest tech companies in the world, including Google, Intel, Hewlett-Packard and Netflix. At present, the university continues to consistently produce original research and technology. Innovations that originate at Stanford are frequently cited by researchers elsewhere in academia and in private industry.

The top ranks of the World's Most Innovative Universities remain largely unchanged, with nine of last year's 10 highest-ranked universities remaining in the top 10. And the most elite institutions are almost all large, well-established universities based in the US and Western Europe. Rounding out the top three are MIT and Harvard, which have held onto their respective 2nd and 3rd place rankings for the past three years. In fourth place is the University of Pennsylvania, which climbed four spots from #8 last year. The highest ranked university outside the US, Belgium's KU Leuven (#5), is a nearly 600-year-old institution that maintains one of the largest independent research and development organisations on the planet.

In contrast, there are only two Asian universities in the top 20, both of which are based in South Korea, and one of them actually teaches the majority of its classes in English: South Korea's KAIST, formerly the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, ranked #6. Established in 1971 by the Korean government, KAIST was modeled after engineering schools in the US, and initially funded with a multimillion-dollar loan from the United States Agency for International Development.

The top 100 consists of 51 universities based in North America, 26 in Europe, 20 in Asia and three in the Middle East.For more on the Reuters Top 100, including a detailed methodology and profiles of the universities, visit www.reuters.com/innovative-universities-2017/.

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