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Mendeley and WriteLaTeX collaborate to make it easier for authors to 'cite as they write'
- 21 Nov 2014

Global research collaboration platform and academic database Mendeley and WriteLaTeX have collaborated to make it easier for authors to 'cite as they write' by linking their Mendeley reference library to WriteLaTeX's online collaborative writing and publishing service.

WriteLaTeX is fast becoming the leading provider of tools for writing scholarly papers in an online collaborative academic world. With over two million scientific papers published every year, and with most of the world's biggest technical and medical innovations beginning with a scientific paper, there is an ever-growing demand for efficient and effective ways to create and collaborate on scientific papers.

Authors who have built up extensive virtual libraries using Mendeley's reference management software can now use this library more effectively when authoring their scientific and scholarly works on WriteLaTeX.

With over 1.5 million projects created to date by authors in over 180 countries worldwide, WriteLaTeX's flagship product 'Overleaf' makes the power of professional typesetting immediately accessible to scientists and technical writers at all stages of their career.

Mendeley is a global collaborative research platform with over 3 million users worldwide. It offers a suite of cloud-based tools which help scholars to discover content, organise their papers, manage citations and connect with other researchers around the world. Mendeley's API and dedicated developer portal also supports hundreds of third-party applications, like WriteLaTeX, that make science more social and open.
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Syndetic Solutions adds Facebook access
- 13 Nov 2013

ProQuest Syndetic Solutions, the popular OPAC and discovery layer enrichment tool, is offering a free Facebook app for all library subscribers, enabling users who 'like' their library to connect to the catalogue and search for titles right from their library's Facebook page. For libraries, the app provides another way to engage with users and demonstrate value to the community.

With the new Syndetic Solutions Facebook app, library users search holdings by simply clicking on the 'Search the Catalog' call-out button on the library's Facebook page. The topic or keyword searched will return title, author, and ISBN, as well as all of the enriched elements to which the library subscribes - Summaries, Tables of Contents, First Chapters, Author Notes, Cover Images, and more - for all relevant titles in the collection. When the user finds a title they want, the app offers the option of linking to the library's OPAC and placing a hold.

Users can also 'like' a title (which is then displayed on the user's own Facebook page), allowing users to share their new favourite reads with friends and build interest in a broad selection of catalogue titles.
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BMC Medicine to host Twitter-chat to discuss how open access publishing impacts medical research and global health
- 16 Oct 2013

BMC Medicine, an open access journal published by BioMed Central, will be hosting a one hour Twitter-chat to discuss how open access publishing impacts medical research and global health in recognition of Open Access Week (October 21 - 27).

Earlier this year, BMC Medicine launched the Medicine for Global Health article collection, which aims to explore public health initiatives, healthcare policies and economics, and research into the control and treatment of communicable and non-communicable diseases which have strong implications for global health. Accessibility of research findings is vital to the progress of such work, and this is where open access publishing can play an important role in dissemination. In addition, the growing focus on the importance of open data (as reflected in the recent inclusion of the Creative Commons CC0 waiver into the BioMed Central Copyright and License Agreement) should go a long way into facilitating the transparency of raw data.

Interested parties may join BMC Medicine (@BMCMedicine) and a prominent group of researchers - Agnes Binagwaho (@agnesbinagwaho), Charles Wiysonge (@CharlesShey) and Prabhat Jha (@countthedead) - for a one hour Twitter-chat on October 21 at 4 pm UK time. The Twitter-chat will use the hashtag #BMCMed, and will be moderated from the @BMCMedicine account.

The questions that will be asked during the Twitter-chat are: What are the current challenges to medical research for global health?; Does publishing research in an open access journal benefit medical research?; Can having unrestricted access to research drive public health decision-making?; What is the importance of open data for informing large-scale global studies?; and Is there more that open access journals can do to support medical research for global health?
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NLM's History of Medicine Division launches new blog 'Circulating Now'
- 03 Jul 2013

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced that its History of Medicine Division has launched a new blog, Circulating Now, to encourage greater exploration and discovery of one of the world's largest and most treasured history of medicine collections. Encompassing millions of items that span ten centuries, these collections include items from books, journals, and photographs, to lantern slides, motion picture films, film strips, video tapes, audio recordings, pamphlets, ephemera, portraits, woodcuts, engravings, etchings, and lithographs.

The NLM's historical collections also include items from the present day - born-digital materials and rich data sets - like the millions of records in its IndexCat database - that are ripe for exploration through traditional research methods and new ones that are emerging in the current climate of 'big data' and the digital humanities.

Circulating Now will bring the NLM's diverse historical collections to life in new and exciting ways for researchers, educators, students, and anyone else who is interested in the history of medicine. Whether you are familiar with NLM's historical collections, or you are discovering them for the first time, the blog will be an exciting and engaging resource to bookmark, share, and discuss with other readers.
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Scientific American Mind launches new destination for mind-and-brain-themed blogs
- 14 Mar 2013

Scientific American Mind has launched a new destination for mind-and-brain-themed blogs, blogs.scientificamerican.com/mind. The Scientific American Mind blogs will concentrate on psychology, neuroscience, and related fields. Six new blogs will join the 11 existing mind-and-brain blogs on the Scientific American Mind Network. All of the Scientific American Mind blogs will also be featured on the Scientific American Blog Network.

Scientific American blog editor Bora Zivkovic will curate the Scientific American Mind blogs along with Scientific American Mind Managing Editor Sandra Upson and Editor Ingrid Wickelgren.

The introduction of Scientific American Mind blog destination is another point of growth for Scientific American's digital offerings. In July 2011, Scientific American launched the Scientific American blog network to unite editorial, independent and group blogs under the magazine's banner. The blog network provides a platform for people in the science community to exchange ideas and interact with SA readers. It started at 47 blogs and has grown to 56.

Scientific American Mind has also launched a new home page, mind.scientificamerican.com, which hosts print and online articles, as well as multimedia, in one convenient location.
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