Publisher John Wiley&Sons, Inc., US, has announced a series of strategic branding changes within its Talent Management Solutions program. The move is part of the company's ongoing efforts to expand its product offerings, strengthen brand equity globally, and foster its position as the leading publisher for workplace learning professionals.
The Leadership Challenge a longstanding franchise from James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner of print and digital products is becoming a standalone Wiley brand, encompassing all offerings including the Student Leadership Challenge and the Leadership Practices Inventory. The Leadership Challenge model, based on years of research by Kouzes and Posner, aims to create pathways for everyone from students to CEOs to get started on or advance in their careers. The leadership development programs, assessments, videos and e-learning within the brand are all designed with a single goal in mind - to liberate the leader within everyone.
Everything DiSC, a digital assessment franchise acquired by Wiley in February 2012 as the key offering in the Inscape Publishing program, is now a standalone Wiley brand. It offers online assessment, classroom facilitation, and post-training follow-up reports to create powerful, personalised workplace development experiences.
The Pfeiffer and Inscape names will be discontinued. Pfeiffer's authors, books and other products will continue to exist and thrive within the Wiley imprint. Wiley's editorial, marketing, and production teams are working together to execute a sensible and timely transition for the authors and projects affected by the new branding. Some changes will take effect immediately, while others will be implemented over time.
The IP&Science business of Thomson Reuters, US, has announced the expansion of its intellectual property management consulting offerings to include strategic services for its growing client base. The team now provides specialty consulting related to IP business strategy, benchmarking, portfolio-to-product mapping and data management, in addition to its traditional suite of IP process-related services.
Business for the Thomson Reuters IP management consulting team increased more than 1000 percent over the last year.
The IP management consultants seek to unleash the power of Thomson Reuters' intellectual property solutions for engagement projects, including resources such as Derwent World Patents Index (DWPISM), an editorially enhanced global patent database; Thomson Innovation, an IP collaboration and intelligence platform; and Thomson IP Manager, an intellectual asset management system.
Thomson Reuters IP management consulting services are available for one-off projects or as ongoing engagements.
Knovel, the US-based provider of a web-based application integrating technical information with analytical and search tools, has announced that the company achieved double-digit sales growth in the 2013 fiscal year which closed on March 31, 2013. Knovel's annual subscription renewal rate also continues to exceed 90 percent overall. Knovel's focus on engineers and the expansion of its high quality content offerings are key drivers of the company's success.
Knovel's customer roster of world-class engineering firms and academic institutions expanded. One such customer, Arup, a world-leader in the engineering design and construction sector, now offers access to Knovel's Web-based technical references to its 10,000 employees from 90 offices in 35 countries.
The 2012 Knovel University Challenge reflected Knovel's increased international user base. This student competition saw record global participation with more than 50 percent of participants from outside of North America.
New publishers and subject areas were primary drivers of Knovel's robust content expansion. The company added 14 new publishers, including six European publishers and three new subject areas. Knovel's continued ability to lead the way in delivering the most relevant and trusted content in the industry was once again recognised by EContent, which listed Knovel as one of the EContent 100 for the seventh time.
Throughout the year Knovel also introduced a host of new interactive content and tools. Three new databases were made exclusively available via Knovel's Critical Content line: Yaws Critical Property Data, Titanium Alloy Database and Crude Oil Assay Database. All include highly interactive tables, graphs and data compiled from authoritative sources. Knovel also launched a free engineering unit converter that includes over 1,000 units and performs math functions.
In December 2012, Knovel was acquired by STM publisher Elsevier. As part of Elsevier's Engineering and Technology Markets, Knovel complements a suite of Elsevier products that aim to improve R&D outcomes and the workflow of engineers. Furthermore, Knovel now has more resources available to accelerate its user-focused product development, providing comprehensive engineering content to more organizations worldwide.
Academic publisher SAGE has announced that SAGE's office in Beijing is now a Wholly Owned Enterprise (WFOE) in China, under the name of SAGE Consulting (Beijing) Co. Ltd.
SAGE first established a presence in the Asia Pacific region in 2006, opening a regional headquarters in Singapore, before opening a representative office in Beijing in 2007. SAGE now has over 30 employees in the region. Establishing SAGE as a WFOE provides a more permanent presence in the Asia Pacific region, enabling SAGE to continue to provide a local platform for the global dissemination of research.
In the last few years since setting up the Asia Pacific HQ, SAGE has made a significant impact in various countries especially China, including forming new publishing partnerships with several leading Chinese publishers such as Chongqing University Press, Truth &Wisdom Press and East China Normal University Press to translate SAGE content within the Research Methods discipline and with Beijing Normal University Press, to publish a series of books in Chinese. It is expected that becoming an approved WFOE in the Chinese market will help the company to further deepen and establish business in China and support the publication of both local and international research as well as education content.
STM publisher IOS Press, Netherlands, has announced that it is supporting the International Year of Statistics to promote awareness and public understanding of the power and impact of statistics on all aspects of society.
According to IOS Press, statistics is becoming more acute as academia, businesses and governments come to depend on data-driven decisions, significantly increasing the demand for statisticians. All over the world, people are reportedly commemorating the importance of statistics. Statistics has affected nearly every aspect of life, like healthcare, transportation, national security and climate change, to name a few.
IOS Press contributes in this endeavour with the dissemination of statistical data and analysis through the publication of the Statistical Journal of the IAOS and the Journal of Economic and Social Measurement.
IOS Press seeks to serve the information needs of scientific and medical communities worldwide. It publishes more than 100 international journals and approximately 120 book titles each year on subjects ranging from computer sciences and mathematics to medicine and the natural sciences. The publisher claims to offer distinct benefits to academic, government and corporate libraries as well as to readers, authors and editors.